Week 01–1, July 2021
“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” 〜 Clifton Fadiman
By LuxPin Team
◆ Ginger ale: the unsung hero of the sky. And some of us know that crisp, bubbly ginger ale is by far the best drink at 36,000 feet. If you haven’t tried a ginger ale on a flight yet, we highly suggest giving it a shot. You’ll never feel more refreshed.
◆ Hurtigruten Expeditions is celebrating the 4th of July holiday with a blowout sale on many of its amazing itineraries throughout the world, offering as much as 50% off. The sale, which lasts through July 8, includes half-off voyages to Antarctica, Chile, Norway, the West Coast of the United States, transatlantic crossings, and more.
◆ Large cruise ships have won their battle with idyllic Key West. Key West residents approved a ban on cruise ships carrying more than 1,500 passengers in November, a time when the industry was effectively shut down by the pandemic. But with cruise lines sailing from the U.S. again, Florida’s governor has overturned the law and is prohibiting the state’s cities from attempting to limit ship traffic in the future.
◆ Carnival Cruise Line set sail from Florida and Texas over the weekend, cruising for the first time in more than a year, with fully vaccinated passengers. On July 4, the company sailed from PortMiami on the Carnival Horizon, heading out on a six-day cruise with stops planned in the Dominican Republic and Carnival’s private island in the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay.
◆ In Namibia, new luxury lodges allow visitors to take in the country’s endless wide-open spaces in style. Space. Miles and miles of space. Locals seem to revel in the sheer emptiness of Namibia, on average, there are only eight people per square mile there.
◆ On a pristine Caribbean beach in the upscale Playacar area of Playa del Carmen, Palmaïa takes an eco-conscious approach to luxury. Founder Alex Ferri was very intentional with every aspect of the resort — including the name, a reference to the palma chît, an endangered tree that grows along the Riviera Maya. The property hopes to one day become a carbon-neutral operation. There are no plastic water bottles to be found. Ferri thinks of wellness holistically: as a goal not just for guests but for the places they stay, the surrounding communities, and the flora and fauna on the property.
◆ It’s about to get easier and more affordable to travel between New York and Paris. French bee, a discount long-haul airline that launched in 2016, is starting direct flights between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Paris Orly Airport (ORY) on July 15. Fares on the non-stop flights start at an eye-popping $139 each way, including a 26-pound carry-on.
◆ Disneyland Paris introduced a new service on Tuesday which will replace the park’s free FastPass feature with a paid version. Park-goers will be able to reserve space on rides like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy for €8 to €15 each.
◆ Several British airlines plan to continue requiring masks on board even after the United Kingdom lifts face-covering requirements later this month. When it comes to travel, the UK has said it intends to ease quarantine restrictions for vaccinated residents heading home from “amber” countries, including the U.S. and several other countries in Europe. That could also happen as soon as July 19.
◆ The state of emergency will remain in effect from July 12 through August 22. Fans will no longer be allowed at the Tokyo Olympics, starting in just two weeks, as Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo due to the recent rise of COVID-19 cases.
◆ While many travelers will only converge on major destinations like Detroit, Chicago, or Minneapolis, the Midwest’s small towns make for memorable excursions, too. Here are 10 of the best small towns in the area with less than 15,000 residents. Read on to plan your next Midwestern getaway.
◆ In honor of the company’s 21st birthday, online booking search engine CheapCaribbean is launching its new Woohoo Beach Ambassador Program. This special program allows three “ambassadors” to document their “woohoo” moments on three, all-inclusive stays at CheapCaribbean resorts in the next year.
◆ Slice, an app that connects pizza lovers to over 16,000 local, independent pizzerias around the country, is looking for 50 pizza lovers to try out different pizzerias in their state to determine which are the best of the best. To be considered as their state’s Head of Pizza, applicants can fill out the online form on the Slice P.I.E. Society website between June 24 and July 30. Winners will be notified on Aug. 13.
◆ Now’s your chance to live your digital nomad dreams. Airbnb is on the hunt for 12 intrepid travelers to spend an entire year living the nomadic lifestyle in-home rentals around the world. Participants just need to be 18 years old or older and must be able to travel for 12 consecutive months from July 2021 to July 2022. Airbnb will assist with listing suggestions, local Experiences, and more. Each participant will be allowed to bring up to three companions to be part of the program.
◆ The digital gift cards include flights on Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines. On July 4, Paisley and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that the state is giving away $250 airline vouchers to the first 10,000 travelers who book a two-night stay through TennesseeOnMe.com.