20 Virtual Summer Camps to Keep Your Child Busy When the Days Are Long

When school lets out for summer, the excitement is palpable…there’s no homework, so much ice cream and, of course, camp! But what to do if Covid-19 has closed down the camps in your neck of the woods? Fear not: There’s a Zoom for that. (And some of them are actually pretty innovative and pretty adept at keeping your children active.) Read on for our roundup of virtual summer camps, which offer something to keep every type of child entertained this (long, long) season.

1. Varsity Tutors

These week-long camp sessions allow parents and kids to test the waters of virtual summer camp before diving into a longer commitment. Varsity Tutors boasts a large staff of expert instructors with experience in a wide range of subjects—ranging from uproarious improv games for little ones to mathematical research for the highschool set—and live, interactive learning (i.e., new summer camp friends) is part of

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You Should Still Take Vacation Days

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If you’ve been working from home during the shutdown, the past eight weeks have probably felt twice as busy and stressful as usual. After all, you’ve had the difficult task of staying productive while learning new tools, figuring out how to communicate with remote coworkers, trying to balance productivity and parenting (not to mention homeschooling), and keeping a household running when everyday tasks like buying groceries are much more complicated than usual—plus all of the anxiety associated with living during a global pandemic.

Which means it might be time to take a vacation day.

As Kenadi Silcox explains at, if you’re working the kind of job where you have the ability to request a long weekend, it’s worth taking one—even if you won’t be leaving home.

Think of a regular vacation you’d take. When you splay out on the beach or read by

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Happy Days | Cherry Grove Channel Vacation House


This is a family rental property that is located in a quiet, residential community.  No groups or house parties allowed. 
Adherence to maximum occupancy, parking and noise ordinances is required and enforced.

Warm, cozy and comfortable describes Happy Days, a large and spacious beach home that rests along a North Myrtle Beach channe. This four-bedroom vacation rental channel home has two baths and accommodates10 guests just perfectly. Soft comfy beds await your arrival soon. Did we mention the master bedroom has a dreamy channelside view? It is breathtaking!

When you arrive at Happy Days you will discover why it was named Happy Days. Here you will find the most beautiful accommodations including flatscreen CCTVs, DVD players, central heating and air conditioning, WIFI and a washer and clothes dryer. Relax in the evening on the pretty southern porch decked out in soft comfy furniture. There is

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Why Americans Aren’t Taking Half Of Their Vacation Days

Only 23% of employees are taking all of their eligible time off, according to a recent survey by job site Glassdoor. In fact, the average employee takes about half (54%) of his or her vacation time—a number that hasn’t changed much since Glassdoor asked the question in 2014.

And when people do take their vacation days, they aren’t 100% vacationing. Two-thirds (66%) report working when they take vacation, which is higher than the number in 2014 (61%).

The folks at Glassdoor weren’t surprised by the first number, which has remained fairly consistent. But the second number raised some red flags. “More employees are doing work and thinking about work while on vacation,” says Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor community expert. “Technology is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it can allow parents to take off at 3 p.m. and see their child’s soccer game during the week. But it’s

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Why You Really Need to Take All of Your Vacation Days: Women Who Travel Podcast

We say it a lot over here at Traveler: Americans are really bad at taking vacation. So much so that in 2017, we left 705 million vacation days on the table, the U.S. Travel Association reported. Think of all the walking tours, island naps, and life-changing meals that were missed! And while we always urge you to take all of your days—be they five or 25—we don’t always practice what we preach, either. One of us (cough, Meredith) left nearly half of her vacation days unused during her first year at Traveler, for fear of being gone from work too much.

Thankfully, we’ve since learned the error of our ways—but we could all use the reminder that we’re actually devaluing our salary by leaving those days behind. (Especially given women are already earning about 19.5 percent less than our male counterparts, according to the Institute for

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Only 28% of Americans plan to max out their vacation days this year

Even Americans who get paid time off from their jobs generally don’t take all of it. But experts say that if you aren’t taking advantage of your time off, you may be leaving money on the table and even putting your health at risk.

Among Americans who are currently employed, 13% say they plan to take a quarter of their vacation days or fewer this year. That’s according to recent poll of nearly 2,600 U.S. adults conducted by Bankrate, which also finds that 4% of Americans aren’t planning to take any vacation time at all, even though their employers offer it.

“That’s too much time to be leaving on the table,” Ted Rossman, a credit card analyst for Bankrate, tells CNBC Make It.

The average American only took about 54% of their available time off in the previous 12 months, Glassdoor found in 2018.

Time off is a valuable perk

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Ted Karras talks Patriots days, ‘new adventure’ with Dolphins

Ted Karras said he’s always been a diligent notetaker — at least in the football classroom.

“Not so much at school, but football-wise, yeah, I have,” Karras told Illini Inquirer on Monday.

The former Illinois guard made sure to jot down as many lessons as possible from his four years with the New England Patriots.

Karras played for the most decorated head coach of all time, Bill Belichick. He played for one of the most respected offensive line coaches of all time, Dante Scarnecchia. And he protected the winningest quarterback of all-time, Tom Brady.

“They’ve kind of been the pinnacle of winning football and at the top of the football world for 20 years,” Karras said. “I’ve taken notes in every meeting since I’ve been here. I’ve got about 35 full notebooks. I’ve learned so much. There’s so many extraordinary people

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President Obama’s Vacation Days –

Q: Has President Obama taken more vacation time than his predecessors?

A: According to one count, Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush spent more time on “vacation” during their first year than President Obama did. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton spent less time on “vacation.”


President Obama has spent all or part of 26 days “on vacation” during his first year as president, according to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller.

Knoller, who has covered every president since Gerald Ford and is known for keeping detailed records on presidential travel, counts the following among President Obama’s “vacations” in 2009:

  • A four-day holiday weekend in Chicago in February where the president played some basketball and treated First Lady Michelle Obama to a Valentine’s Day dinner date.
  • An eight-day stay with his family at a rented house on Martha’s Vineyard in August.
  •  A trip
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How to make the most of your 2020 vacation days

As the coronavirus pandemic continues , canceling event after event and closing attractions, it’s probably also led to the cancellation of your upcoming vacation plans.

The weather is getting warmer, kids are gearing up for summer and you were excited to bid your workplace adieu for a week or two. Now, you may be left with extra paid time off and no Caribbean beach to spend it on. 

Whether you’re being forced to use your vacation days now to care for children who are suddenly home full time or have to re-route your Thailand trip, the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t have to completely rob you of a vacation. World travelers Jessica Nabongo, who has been to every country in the world, and Cedric Wood have offered up some creative ways you can spend your PTO. 

“You don’t really have to travel all the time,” Wood said.


We know it’s no

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Countries with the most vacation days

Alexander E. M. Hess

24/7 Wall St.

The red-tiled rooftops of Lisbon, Portugal's capital, spill to the banks of the Tagus River where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Portugese receive a great deal of vacation time.
  • By law%2C every EU country has at least 4 weeks of paid vacation
  • Italy%2C France%2C Spain and Germany – 4 largest Eurozone economies – crack top 7
  • According to experts%2C paid vacation and holidays don%27t seem to have much macroeconomic effect

The United States is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day or holiday. By law, every country in the European Union has at least four work weeks of paid vacation.

Austria, which guarantees workers the most time off, has a legal minimum of 22 paid vacation days and 13 paid holidays each year. The average private sector U.S. worker receives 16 paid vacation days and holidays. One in four Americans does not have a single paid day off. Based on a report released by the Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR), 24/7 Wall

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