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Queen Elizabeth Is Ending Summer Vacation Early, Moving to Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth is cutting her summer break short. Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are still living their best regal lives at Balmoral Castle right now, as they make the most of the last days of summer. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh usually stay at Balmoral until the beginning of October, but this year they’re making a few adjustments to their traditional schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Queen Elizabeth typically returns to Buckingham Palace in October, but this year, she’s expected to move back to Windsor Castle, where she and Prince Philip relocated in March, amid the COVID-19 crisis, and remained until they traveled to their estate in the Scottish Highlands.

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But Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are actually going to cut their Balmoral trip short, as

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Last-minute vacation rentals available for end of summer and Labor Day

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With the novel coronavirus leaving a wake of dashed travel plans, travelers are learning to be more flexible. Figuring out how to make the most of a summer break amid a landscape of closed borders and emerging hotspots takes a little bit of creativity and some compromising.

However, vacation rentals, national parks, and road trips are surfacing as some of the safest ways to travel, making a well-deserved summer vacation still doable.

And when it comes to booking socially-distanced getaways, vacation rentals are considered by experts to be one of the safer ways to travel. Vacation home-booking platforms have also rolled out new policies to ensure hosts are keeping homes safe for guests. So, if you’re hoping to make use of your vacation days before the summer

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Summer vacation and the viral life

To vacate means to empty out or go away, but I’m still at home with my Social Security check locked in for another few months, perhaps.

Minnesota winters have hardened me to viral life. In winter I circle and swirl, mainly in my head where thoughts rise like yeasty bread, half-baked. I’m also fortunate to suffer from imagination deficiency. Try conjuring the faces of thousands of virus victims. I can’t. I’m also unscientific enough to conclude the virus is Nature’s way of asking us all to try Business as Unusual. It’s a tiny, horrendous disease, with a grim sense of humor clever enough to leave in its wake cleaner city air, back-to-basics behaviors, inner resource development opportunities, and a widespread sense of mutual dependency.

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As a retired college prof I brood about how the virus will infect public education systems already being undermined by

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Stats: 72 Percent of Americans Did Not Take a Summer Vacation

Nearly three-quarters of Americans (72 percent) did not take a summer vacation this year. Of those who did travel this summer, 71 percent opted for a road trip rather than flying. This is according to a recent survey by Value Penguin by LendingTree.

Among those that did take a trip, men were more likely to travel than women (37 percent to 20 percent) and younger Americans said they traveled more than older Americans (39 percent, 36 percent and 37 percent of Gen Z, Millennials and Gen Xers, respectively, traveled; compared to 13 percent of Baby Boomers and 9 percent of the Silent Generation). Nearly half of those with kids under 18 (46 percent) took a summer vacation.

It would also make sense that many Americans did not utilize their paid time off (PTO) this summer. Nearly half (44 percent) did not use any, while 22 percent used less PTO

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Why Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Will Not Reopen Until Summer 2021

In July, Disney World reopened its doors to visitors after having been closed for nearly three months. The majority of Disney resorts immediately followed the theme park’s lead; however, four have still yet to open.

According to the Walt Disney World website, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will all reopen before the end of 2020. That leaves one resort left—Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort— which will not reopen until summer 2021.

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The delay in reopening is due to far more than just putting necessary safety protocols into place. A Disney spokesperson confirmed to Travel+ Leisure that the resort will actually undergo a special renovation project while closed. What

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How the Queen’s summer vacation at Balmoral Castle will be completely different to previous years



Elizabeth II et al. standing in front of a building: The Queen is currently spending her vacation in Balmoral, Scotland. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images, Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images


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The Queen is currently spending her vacation in Balmoral, Scotland. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images, Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images

  • The Queen and Prince Philip are spending their summer at Balmoral Castle, but this year there will be restrictions to their vacation. 
  • The monarch won’t host the Ghillies Ball, an annual party where royals and staff get together for traditional Scottish dancing.
  • Instead, the royals will be engaging in smaller scale activities, including family picnics and barbecues, former royal chef Darren McGrady told Insider. 
  • The Queen reportedly won’t attend church, as she usually does every Sunday, as she wants to avoid crowds gathering.
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip spend every summer at Balmoral Castle, their holiday home in the Scottish Highlands.

This year is no different, and the couple are hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children at the

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No Summer Vacation This Year? What to Do with the Money You’ve Saved

From spring through summer this year, we’ve seen travel get disrupted by COVID-19. Some countries have even banned international travel to help contain the virus.

Clients at my firm who began planning dream vacations many months ago have been asking us for suggestions: What should they do with the cash they saved up for these trips that they’ve had to cancel? It’s a good question, considering the potential amounts we’re talking about. A typical one-week Disney vacation for a family of four costs an average of $6,716, and a two-week European trip costs about an average of $4,000 per person, according to financial site SpendMeNot.

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Here are five options to consider implementing with your saved funds. No one is better than the other, and you have to rank these for your own situation. No shame in doing more than one!

Option 1: Stash That Cash

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Best Colorado hot springs for the summer, from Orvis to Mt. Princeton

The town of Ouray is a popular hot springs destination in Colorado. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Post)

After months cooped up in Denver, I am craving the mineral-rich hot springs of the West — the waters, the cure. In Colorado, they’re scattered from the sides of highways to the most remote mountain ranges. And when some girlfriends and I took a spring road trip some years ago, we explored the lot of them.

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We dipped and we soaked, taking in the natural silica, magnesium and sodium. Believe in the healing properties or don’t, at the very least, your skin will thank you after some time plunged inside spring-fed pools.

So if you’re venturing out this season, here are my personal favorite and less-touristed springs. Each offers something a little different, so you can choose your own adventure. Of course, be sure to call ahead

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Disinfectant and an Airbnb made our summer vacation possible

In April my husband and I were set to take our grandsons, ages 6 and 9, on a getaway to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and a nearby resort. COVID-19 and the shutdown crushed our plans. As summer approached I had hopes for a beach getaway with them, but COVID-19 remained a grim deterrent to travel. Crowded hotels were out of the question. I turned to Airbnb to find a vacation rental where we could stay on our own.



a group of people on a raft in a body of water: Kayakers visit California sea lions lolling on a raft in Morro Bay. (Danna Dykstra Coy / Morro Bay Tourism)


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Kayakers visit California sea lions lolling on a raft in Morro Bay. (Danna Dykstra Coy / Morro Bay Tourism)

It was reassuring to learn that in response to COVID-19 the world’s most popular vacation-rental website mandated a new protocol for sanitizing and disinfecting rental spaces “informed by recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” (See box.)

I launched a

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Rural Route 4: The end of summer vacation | Columnists

My younger son is much more interested in the animals. He enjoys riding horses and loves to move or check cows on horseback. He has also developed a liking for checking and fixing fences too. His rabbits are still a big focus, and the rabbit herd is increasing rapidly. If anyone likes rabbit meat, let me know! He is also still the main lawn boy, and enjoys mowing and trimming our 5 acres as well as our friends or neighbors’ lawns. If only he was so conscientious about his room!

Yes, it has been a long summer vacation, but our boys have not been loafing around. There has been a great deal of learning — they just don’t realize it. They have learned mechanics, animal health and breeding, patience, finances, nutrition, record keeping, cooking, laundry and the value of working together and a hard day’s work.

Yes, it will be

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