Editorial: Put hold on more Hawaii vacation rentals

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Coronavirus surge prompts Miami Beach to prohibit short-term, vacation rentals

Miami Beach will close and prohibit all short-term and vacation rentals starting Thursday at 12:01 a.m. as part of the city’s modified reopening order in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

“Short-term and vacation rentals shall cancel all existing reservations, and shall refrain from accepting new guests or making new reservations, until the Order expires or is otherwise amended,” the city said in a press release Tuesday.


Miami Beach mayor Dan Gelber told FOX Business that local police have determined that the rentals are attracting large crowds to gather in the city.

“There’ve been too many gatherings that have not been following our mask rules and our systems and guidelines, and a lot of

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Should I stay or should I go? Has coronavirus changed your vacation plans this summer? (poll)

While airline travel continues to sink because of the coronavirus, Americans seem to still be going on vacation this summer.

A study by the American Hotel & Lodging Association shows 44% of people will take some type of vacation or family trip this year. Because New Yorkers must quarantine for 14 days after visiting certain states, many opt for drivable getaways like nearby campgrounds or beaches.

“It’s OK to have fun, (but) do it safely,” Saad Omer, the director of Yale Institute for Global Health, told the TODAY show last month.

What about you? Are you scrapping your plans to get away this summer? Or are you planning a vacation despite the pandemic? Take the poll:

(Click here if you can’t see the poll.)

Previous poll: The abbreviated Major League Baseball season began Thursday night. Spectators are banned from games this season because of the coronavirus. Stadiums now

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The best of Oregon’s oddball vacation getaways: Treehouses, RVs, yachts

You might not be able to take a vacation now, but you can dream of one and even make plans. To inspire you, we’re selected a list of the best of Oregon’s oddball vacation getaways, from treehouses and a fire lookout tower to sleek Airstreams and colorful camper vans.

Before you go, check for the most current travel recommendations and best practices to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Also read 10 things to consider before going back outside during the coronavirus pandemic in Oregon.

Escape ideas when you’re ready to get out there:

10 cool treehouses Do we really ever grow out of wanting a treehouse? A vacation rental might answer that question. In this getaway roundup, we look at 10 treehouses, near and far, designed to elevate your point of view.

These modern dwellings in mostly remote forests are perfect perches for birdwatchers and nature lovers, but

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Dave Franco’s ‘The Rental’ is an indecisive tale of a bummer vacation

“The Rental” is the directing debut from actor Dave Franco, who also co-wrote the screenplay with filmmaker Joe Swanberg. The film — an ambitious hybrid of relationship drama and horror thriller under an umbrella of contemporary technology fears — doesn’t quite fulfill its premise on any front in telling the story of a getaway vacation that gets very out of control.

Dan Stevens standing in a dark room: Dan Stevens and Alison Brie in the movie "The Rental." (Allyson Riggs / IFC Films)

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Dan Stevens and Alison Brie in the movie “The Rental.” (Allyson Riggs / IFC Films)

The film stars Dan Stevens, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White and Alison Brie as Charlie, Mina, Josh and Michelle, respectively, who set out for a weekend of drugs, board games, long hikes and hot tubbing at a spacious, remote rental house tucked along dramatic seaside cliffs. Toby Huss, one of the most dependable character actors working in contemporary film and TV, who elevates everything he is in, is

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Can you safely go on vacation amid coronavirus? And other burning travel questions we asked an expert

With COVID-19 cases rising in popular vacation spots, should people be going on vacation?

They can, but with the same precautions you would be taking if you were home, said Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland. Before COVID-19, the travel center mainly assisted people traveling internationally to ensure they were prepared (such as vaccines) for travel.

The Akron Beacon Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, asked Armitage his advice about summer travel plans, amid rising COVID-19 cases nationwide.

We asked an expert: How much coronavirus risk is there in common travel activities?

Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland, says you can still take that summer vacation -- with precautions.
Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland, says you can still take that summer vacation — with precautions.

Q: As cases are spiking, should people be taking their

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Summer-vacation initiatives to preserve the ocean

NGOs are now offering lovers of the ocean, who would like to do something about the sad spectacle of beaches littered with rubbish and waters polluted by plastic, the opportunity to make a difference by participating in one of the many eco-volunteer programs to preserve oceans and marine species that are underway around the globe. Summer is the ideal time to take advantage of these schemes, which offer a chance to take a politically committed vacation that can also contribute to a break for the planet. 

A recent survey conducted by GlobeScan for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) of over 20,000 individuals across 23 countries has shown a growing interest in the preservation of ocean environments: in particular, among young people (18-24 years old), who have indicated a willingness to change their consumer habits. For example, 89% of that age group indicate their willingness to take action in the future

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‘Palm Springs’ Finds the Perfect Way to End a Time Loop Movie

Photo credit: Elaine Chung
Photo credit: Elaine Chung

From Esquire

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Palm Springs.

If you’ve ever been curious about what living in a time loop (a la Groundhog Day) might be like, you’ve likely had more than enough of a taste of that by now, four months into quarantine. However, yours probably doesn’t involve daily morning beers with Andy Samberg in the pool or attending an open bar wedding every night. Which makes the Palm Springs time loop better than quarantine, but also, a strangely perfect quarantine watch. The Sundance-premiered rom-com dropping onto Hulu and drive-in movie theaters on Friday July 10 is a breezy ninety minutes of delight on a loop.

The film follows Nyles (Andy Samberg) as he lives the same November 9th over and over again at his girlfriend’s friend’s destination wedding in Palm Springs. He’s in a comfortable routine of staying drunk and making

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20 things from Best Buy that make aging in place easier

20 things from Best Buy that make aging in place easier
20 things from Best Buy that make aging in place easier

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I’ll admit, I didn’t hear the phrase “aging in place” until late last year when I coached a TED talk about the importance of it. The speaker I worked with is a geriatric and orthopedic trauma surgeon (I know, what a mouthful) who taught me about the obstacles people face within their own homes. She was concerned mainly about smoke alarms and grab bars, and her data was compelling. What stuck out with me most, though, is that we’re all susceptible to these dangers. If you fall and need to have surgery on your leg, your mobility is impacted.

The CDC describes the notion of “aging in place” as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely,

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More Than Two Dozen States Have Reported A Surge In Coronavirus Cases

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Photo credit: MarioGuti – Getty Images

From Delish

Some health experts first postulated that a second wave of coronavirus cases would rock the United States when winter arrived later this year, alongside the seasonal flu — but many are now wondering if a second outbreak is already here. After spending the better half of two months sheltering in place, Americans are eager to get back to work and into their normal routines, with governors in virtually every state rolling back stay-at-home orders while following new Centers for Disease Control guidelines on reopening non-essential businesses (some as early as the end of April). With social distancing efforts still in place at the local level, some states are showing a downward trend in new cases (including New York), while others are reporting steady cases (from Maine to Mississippi), according to CNN. But in the wake of reopenings taking place across the country,

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