Week 03–1, Apr. 2021
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” 〜Oliver Wendell Holmes
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” 〜 Susan Sontag
By LuxPin Team
◆ These are some of the best Airbnbs in the US for foodies, sorted by price from low to high.
1. Retro cottage with outdoor dining space in Richmond, Virginia: Typical starting price: $80
2. Luxury apartment in Chicago, Illinois: Typical starting price: $87
3. Glam apartment in Denver, Colorado: Typical starting price: $114
4. Home with an outdoor oasis in Columbus, Ohio: Typical starting price: $119
5. Quaint studio for two in Portland, Oregon: Typical starting price: $164
6. Historic home in downtown Savannah, Georgia: Typical starting price: $208
7. Modern home near Malibu, California: Typical starting price: $260
8. Coastal getaway in Yarmouth, Maine: Typical starting price: $271
9. Hidden creek chalet in Park City, Utah: Typical starting price: $380
10. Pet-friendly home in Flagstaff, Arizona: Typical starting price: $442
11. Private farmhouse in Woodstock, New York: Typical starting price: $450
12. Historic house in Charleston, South Carolina: Typical starting price: $484
13. Home near James Beard-awarded restaurant in Austin, Texas: Typical starting price: $498
14. Mountain-view home in Stowe, Vermont: Typical starting price: $633
15. Private lakefront compound in Arkansas: Typical starting price: $829
◆ In April, Princess Cruises announced its plans to deliver “super-charged internet connectivity” to all its passengers by leveraging a new constellation of satellites that will launch later this year, offering all those on board the chance to call the world’s oceans their office. This flexible booking option is available for any cruise bookings made through June 30, 2021, on sailings departing through Oct 31, 2021.
◆ France just took a big step forward in cutting back on carbon emissions released by planes. The country voted to eliminate all domestic flights to destinations that can be reached by train in less than two and a half hours, Reuters reported. Lawmakers in the National Assembly voted on Saturday in favor of the move, which is one part of a larger climate bill that aims to lower the nation’s emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030. The bill still needs to pass in the Senate and lower house before going into effect, the news agency added.
◆ There may be few better ways to ease back into travel than to kick back for six weeks in gorgeous St. Lucia, especially when someone else is willing to do all of the planning. The program pairs travelers with “Live It island specialists” (a.k.a. local tour operators who serve as personal guides before, during, and after). And if you find yourself hooked on island life once your six weeks are up, the specialists can help you make arrangements.
◆ The Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru is offering a buyout option for friends and family to enjoy the entire property for themselves. Guests who buy out this entire resort will have access to its 105 private villas, suites, and residences, located both overwater and on the beach; a five-star PADI dive and water sports center; a stunning spa; and recreational facilities such as tennis and volleyball courts.
◆ Three European cities will be in even closer reach this summer. United Airlines announced today that it will be launching a trio of new nonstop routes: Newark Liberty International Airport to Dubrovnik, Croatia; Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Reykjavik, Iceland; and Washington Dulles International Airport to Athens, Greece. All three seasonal routes are bookable now for travel starting in July — and each is a landmark in its own way.
◆ Full beverage service will soon be returning to the skies for American Airlines customers. Passengers in American Airlines’ premium cabins will see full beverage service return May 1 while beverage service in the main cabin will resume a month later on June 1. Alcoholic beverage options, as well as the airline’s buy-on-board food program, will be reintroduced later this summer.
◆ France will look to welcome vaccinated Americans once again this summer, French President Emmanuel Macron said over the weekend, even as the country remains in lockdown. “The idea indeed is altogether to offer that to the American citizen when they decide to vaccinate or with a PCR test being negative,” he said. “So the idea is indeed to always control the virus, to maximize the vaccination and to progressively lift the restrictions.”
◆ In honor of National Park Week, which runs through Sunday, April 25, this company is giving away a $10,000 adventure at one of the country’s national parks. Evolve, a plant-based protein shake company, is showing its commitment to getting Americans outdoors by donating $5,000 to the National Park Foundation, as well as offering one person an epic trip to a national park of their choice. Additionally, 50 winners will get an America the Beautiful annual pass (worth $80), which grants access to all national parks and wildlife refuges. Another 100 winners will get a case of Evolve protein shakes.
◆ These stunning routes have the most Instagram posts per mile. It’s great to see so many bucket-list-worthy road trips cropping up from all around the world — from the UK to Australia, and Norway to the USA — it proves that everyone can jump in their car and embark on an epic adventure.
1. Great Ocean Road, Australia: 157 miles, 8,418 pictures per mile
2. Big Sur, USA: 90 miles, 5,226 pictures per mile
3. Jebel Hafeet, United Arab Emirates: 7 miles, 4,840 pictures per mile
4. Hai Van Pass, Vietnam: 13 miles, 4,298 miles pictures per mile
5. Chapman’s Peak Drive, South Africa: 5.5 miles, 3,425 pictures per mile
6. Blue Ridge Parkway, USA: 469 miles, 1,148 pictures per mile
7. Going-to-the-Sun Road, USA: 50 miles, 940 pictures per mile
8. Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland: 1,553 miles, 853 pictures per mile
9. Olympic Peninsula Loop, USA: 300 miles, 798 pictures per mile
10. Icefields Parkway, Canada: 144 miles, 781 pictures per mile