Will Gap Year Programs Continue During Uncertain Travel Times?

In its simplest terms, a Gap Year is time taken off between high school and college, but Gap Years can mean different things to different people. Some students find it necessary to take time off before starting college in order to save money, while others take a year to volunteer for a meaningful cause or to take a break from academics for awhile.

Regardless of motives, Gap Year Programs have become increasingly popular, and about 40,000 students did some kind of Gap Year in 2019, according to the Gap Year Association. That’s out of more than two million first-time college students starting as freshmen in the U.S. each year.

However, given the current health concerns throughout the world, there are many question marks surrounding the

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Guide to United Airlines Premier Elite Status

If you’ve experienced the perks of elite status (i.e., free upgrades, extra baggage allowance, lounge access), you’ll understand why it’s so valuable. United Airlines’ elite status program is called MileagePlus Premier, and it can be very rewarding not just for United flyers but also for those who travel on Star Alliance partner airlines.

Follow along as we discuss the perks that come with each elite tier, show you how to attain it and help you decide if it’s right for you — whether you’re a United Airlines loyalist or just a travel credit card novice. We will also cover the positive changes United announced to help elites due to the travel changes related to COVID-19.

In this guide

On April 5, 2020, United announced positive changes to help its loyalists, including:

  • Elite status for members extended by one year to Jan. 31, 2022.

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Here are 8 summery SoCal day trips to take when you are ready



a group of people riding on the back of a horse: Head trail guide Cole Wade, right, leads a group of riders near the Los Angeles Horseback Riding ranch in Topanga Canyon. Photo taken in July 2019. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)


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Head trail guide Cole Wade, right, leads a group of riders near the Los Angeles Horseback Riding ranch in Topanga Canyon. Photo taken in July 2019. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

One day, you will be ready to roam again — maybe not far, but in familiar territory. Here are eight places to start, all within a day’s drive of Los Angeles, some with overnight options, a few with beaches and one with that small-town feel.

Qualms? Just because they’re open now doesn’t mean you have to go today. In fact, state officials are still urging Californians to avoid nonessential trips.

For that day when you do feel comfortable heading out, these destinations await.

No matter where you go, health experts urge you to wear a mask unless you’re eating or in the water. (And if you’re eating or in the water, try to keep distance

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Free bike repair stations, a new RV adventure company, and comfortable face masks

Visit this rural NH distillery

Take a road trip to New Hampshire for a tour of Tamworth Distilling, situated on sprawling grounds beneath Mount Whiteface in the Waterville Valley region. The distillery uses house-milled grain, White Mountain water, and herbs and botanicals from the property’s woods and garden. It also incorporates other wilderness-to-table ingredients including wheat, rye, apples, corn, and malt all harvested within a 150-mile radius, to create its unique spirits. Enjoy tastings by the river Sundays through Fridays noon to 4 p.m. or organize a private cocktail class, when staff offer a hands-on workshop and guide you through creating three unique cocktails. The distillery also hosts a Garden Infusions Cocktail Workshop Aug. 14, 6-7 p.m., and an Outdoor Cocktail Class Sept. 18, 6-7 p.m. $30 per person for classes/workshops. 603-323-7196, www.tamworthdistilling.com.

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Mountain bike the Grand Canyon

Bring your family to Nevada and enjoy pedaling along the

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As St. Augustine advances vacation rental policies, legal pressure follows – News – The St. Augustine Record

St. Augustine is facing a wave of legal pressure over its vacation rental regulations.

The city adopted a series of rules for short-term rental operators this year but has yet to begin enforcing the rules. The city plans to start collecting fees and begin enforcing the rules in October.

But the city is facing dozens of lawsuits from property owners who are opposed to the regulations, said Attorney Keith Brady, speaking on The 904 Now online broadcast.

“We’ve already started the process for well over 40 suits, putting them at risk of more than $50 million,” Brady said. “And we’re not going to stop. We’re not going to go away.”

Brady said attorneys are working on cases that have different focuses. One set of cases says the city’s regulations go well beyond what is necessary.

“We were counseled by the nation’s largest property rights nonprofit, and they showed us all

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Monument-based bestselling author still on a mission for kids after many worldly adventures | Lifestyle

Sally Clarkson can’t remember the last time she stayed in one place like this.

Her work as a bestselling author and speaker and in Christian ministry requires lots of travel throughout the year. Or at least that’s the way it had been since her 20s, when the recent college grad traveled to Communist Eastern Europe and Vienna, Austria, to start her journey in overseas missions.

The adventure didn’t stop there.

When introducing herself, Clarkson often tosses out this fun fact: She has moved 19 times, including six times internationally.

It gives people a glimpse into the 67-year-old’s life filled with constant dreaming, reading, writing, mentoring and mothering. But just a glimpse.

In recent months, she hasn’t been going much of anywhere as COVID-19 canceled her travel plans and speaking engagements.

So she’s been home in Monument more than ever. From this house, she’s been blogging; hosting her podcast; managing Whole

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2021 Yamaha XT250 Buyer’s Guide: Specs, Price, and Photos

Last year was the 40th anniversary of

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Three hotels approved for Oceanside-Carlsbad border near lagoon

Oceanside has approved plans in the works for more than 10 years to build three Hilton-brand hotels up to six stories tall with a total of 426 rooms along the Buena Vista Creek and lagoon near the city’s border with Carlsbad.

Construction is still probably two years away, city officials said, but when complete the project will include a four-story parking structure, restaurants, banquet and meeting rooms, pools, spas and other amenities. The main entrance will be from Jefferson Avenue, just south of state Route 78, with secondary access from a bridge to be built across the creek connecting the hotels to the Ring Road at the Shoppes at Carlsbad mall.

The Oceanside Planning Commission voted 5-1 last week to approve the project, with one member absent and Commissioner Kyle Krahel opposed.

Krahel said he could not support the plan because it will create excessive greenhouse gas emissions, which have

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What will Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi do after ‘retiring’ from Jersey Shore Family Vacation?

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Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi posted a selfie on Instagram. Pic credit: @snooki/Instagram

It seems like just yesterday when Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi entered our lives on the very first episode of Jersey Shore. Back then, Nicole sported a very different hairstyle and claimed her biggest goal in life was to ”move to Jersey, find a nice, juiced, hot tan guy and live my life,” which quickly made her a household name.

Now, a decade later, Snooki has sadly decided to retire from Jersey Shore: Family Vacation after three seasons, leaving our hearts shattered.

But this likely won’t be the last we hear from the meatball since she has a personality that reality TV cameras can’t stay away from. The Jersey Shore alum even claimed she would do a different show if given the opportunity.

Snooki claimed she is open to another reality show

Now that Snooki is

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Visit Estes Park: ‘Base Camp to the Rockies’ Reopens for Recreation

Estes Park is open and waiting for you. Already called the ‘base camp’ to Rocky Mountain National Park, the Town of Estes Park provides a place to stock up on last-minute gear, enjoy a meal, and stretch your legs around a scenic mountain town.

A trip to a national park is all about time in the wilderness. We get it. But taking a few days to enjoy the activities and lodging just outside the park is a great option for anyone traveling with children or bookending their vacation with modern amenities.

The town’s trails and marina offer mountain views and fresh air for popular activities like hiking, running, biking, and paddleboarding. And when you’re done getting after it, the shops and eateries offer a change of pace.

Couple Hiking Estes Park
Photo Credit: Visit Estes Park

COVID-19 Policies

Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) are open and have issued clear safety protocols

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