Pandemic

Vacation shaming during the pandemic is the new hate sport

And nearly 7 million Americans road-tripped it, according to AAA’s numbers.

One company said RV rentals are nearly double what they were last year.

You’re still traveling, America. But now it’s just in stealth mode.

“I’ve even refrained from posting on my personal social media page,” said Lungi Moore, a Michigan mom whose Instagram is usually all about her family’s far-flung travel adventures.

And who could blame her? Because the pandemic means vacation shaming has hit a new level.

“I thought there was a travel ban.”

“How incredibly irresponsible,” a reader told me after I wrote about the road trip my son and I recently took to Massachusetts to scout out colleges. “Stay home. Be well. Make sacrifices in line with the global emergency that exists. You may be bored; you’ll live. Teach your child this time isn’t going to be perfect, but we must be collectively responsible to get

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Vacation days are essential in a pandemic, even if you don’t travel

It’s no secret that in the midst of a global pandemic, Americans are anxious. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health in the United States has been well documented by Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Polls monthly, with 53 percent of adults saying in July that “worry and stress” related to the pandemic have negatively affected their mental health.

And for many Americans, one big factor in managing mental health is travel — something most are not supposed to do right now. So it might not come as a surprise that a July LinkedIn survey about paid time off recently found that, amid the pandemic, two-thirds of people are not planning to take or don’t know whether they will take a vacation in 2020.

Yet experts say regular breaks from work are essential to mental health, especially during a pandemic.

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Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC Discusses What It’s Like to Travel in Style During a Pandemic

Guest Room at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

As people begin to emerge from their quarantines, many of our readers are asking about what it’s like to travel now, as we feel like we’re past the first wave of re-openings and looking ahead to hopefully brighter future days for the travel industry.

While traveling in these uncertain times is certainly a personal choice, it’s important that all travelers be prepared with what to expect before departing their homes. Whether you’re seeking a simple staycation, venturing out on that first business trip, or really looking to get away in style, there are definite changes ahead.

We turned to the team at Washington’s longest-running five-star hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, for an insider’s view. We asked key members of their leadership team what it’s been like to run a hotel, as well as some key advice for guests traveling.

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Outdoor recreation industry sees some rebound from pandemic, but says future remains uncertain

Business is starting to turn around for parts of the outdoor recreation industry, which has suffered during the pandemic not only from the shutdown of stores and manufacturing plants but also the closure of national and state parks, trails, marinas and other places where people recreate.

In May, the U.S. Bureau ranked the industry as the second most affected by the coronavirus-induced downturn, behind the food and accommodations sector, said Lindsey Davis, vice president of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable.

But Davis said a new survey of the national trade organization’s members shows that the financial impacts are starting to ease as more Americans have turned to the outdoors as options for vacations and entertainment remain limited. Sales of recreational vehicles, boats, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles are setting records, she said during a call with reporters Thursday.

The surging sales and the start of a turnaround for many businesses coincide with

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Labor Day weekend travel driven by road trips as people stay closer to home while COVID-19 pandemic persists

Summer’s last gasp this Labor Day weekend comes during a year of dismal tourism and hospitality activity, with campers and road-trippers driving travel trends.

“Families aren’t wanting to do the plane flights and the hotels, and they still want to be able to vacation, so they’re finding a way to take home away from home,” said Troy Hooper, general manager of Dunlap Family RV in Ringgold, Georgia, where sales have boomed for months.

Hooper normally has about 130 campers on his lot, but his inventory is down to just 14, and everything he has on back order will be sold before it hits the lot, he said. “I’m as low as I’ve ever been on inventory,” he said.

(READ MORE: Here are three things to know for your Chattanooga area Labor Day gatherings.)

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Labor Day weekend travel driven by road trips

People are still wary

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How to safely vacation during a pandemic?

How to have fun while staying safe.

CLEVELAND — Hotel stays and air travel have all declined since the Coronavirus pandemic hit. Despite the risks, people are still vacationing and not just close to home. Travelers are just getting a little creative with their trips. And according to travel expert Erik Hastings, it could change the way we vacation forever.

Widely known as Erik the Travel Guy, Hastings says, “People right now are spending more time on vacations where they can control as many of the variables as they can,” he says.

One of the most popular ways to travel these days is by RV. A recent survey by the RV Industry Association found 46 million Americans plan to take an RV trip in the next 12 months.

“I believe they were maybe all going to condos and beaches and now they’re going to have an experience in a more

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Can gaming satisfy our pandemic thirst for travel and adventure?

 But there is another way to be transported to new worlds and challenged in mind and, sometimes, body. We’re talking about gaming.

 Long before the pandemic encouraged the travel sector to go virtual, free-roaming or open-world games — where players can move about more or less without restraint — were taking us into fantastic, surrealistic times and places. They allowed us to live out impossible fantasies without worrying about life, limb or legal consequence, and they were far ahead of the travel industry when it came to offering digital excursions.

“For years, clubs and groups have been meeting in spaces like GTA [Grand Theft Auto] and WoW [World of Warcraft] to go on virtual tours,” says Derek Burrill, an associate professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California at Riverside. “Since gamification is such a buzzword right now across so many industries, gamelike elements are finding their

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Hotels struggling to recover from coronavirus pandemic, per AHLA

  • The US hospitality industry is struggling to weather the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA).
  • The analysis found hotels are half-staffed and half-occupied, and while the industry is in a better place than it was in April, it is still in crisis.
  • Labor Day weekend hotel bookings are down 66% compared to last year, and if occupancy rates continue to stay so low, the president of AHLA said thousands of hotels will have to shutter forever. 
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The hospitality industry is changing — and struggling — amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) released an analysis on Monday that assessed how the hotel industry is weathering the pandemic, from how hotel workforces are evolving to how slowly hotel occupancy rates are recuperating.

The analysis found that 40% of those employed in

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A Dirtbag’s Guide to Sanitation During a Pandemic

It’s the summer of the American road trip. COVID-19 has made flying risky and staying close to home a much more appealing getaway option. Though many people have canceled or postponed vacations, it’s still possible to get out—if you plan very, very carefully and follow CDC guidelines. We spoke with Dr. Sallie Permar, a professor of pediatrics, immunology, and microbiology at the Duke University School of Medicine, for advice on how even the crustiest dirtbags can stay clean on the go. In short, she said in an email, “Remember the three W’s: wear a mask, wash hands, wait (maintain a six-foot distance)—and enjoy the great outdoors.”

Cover Up and Stand Back

Masks have been shown to effectively reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. If you’re in a public place, you should be wearing a mask or face covering “whenever you are indoors or outdoors, well before [being within] six feet

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6 Ways Travel Has Become More Accessible During the Pandemic

Dale Reardon of Tasmania, Australia says the pandemic has prompted increased interest in the inclusive travel market. Reardon uses a seeing-eye dog while traveling around his country and a cane for mobility when traveling internationally. He and his wife created Travel For All as a community and directory for accessible and inclusive travel. “It shouldn’t have required a pandemic, but businesses, particularly travel and accommodation-related, are really suffering so they are looking into attracting more customers—marketing to and providing services to new customers they haven’t targeted before,” he says. “This means some of them are much more receptive to fixing website accessibility issues, improving booking processes, and generally being far more open and accommodating to accessibility requirements.”

3. A move toward contact-free

The risk of COVID-19 led to the implementation of more contactless options, such as more automatic doors, which Reardon says also helps improve access for many with mobility

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