Week 03–1, May 2021
“Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your soul.”
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
By LuxPin Team
◆ More than 6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in New York City as of May 3. Crowds are coming back to the streets of New York City.
◆ Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey created a documentary series about mental health. The series, “The Me You Can’t See,” will be available on Apple TV+ on May 21. The duke and TV host will lead discussions and discuss their own journeys of mental well-being.
◆ During COVID-19, the ideal vacation is in a remote setting, away from others outside your group. Here are remote homes across the US on vacation rental sites such as Airbnb, TurnKey, and Vrbo. These isolated and highly-rated listings are priced between $99 and $500 per night to start.
◆ Young Koreans are upping their dating game, exchanging stocks instead of chocolates and flowers. The vouchers are issued by Korean stock corporations and list blue-chip stocks from Tesla to Netflix. It all started when securities brokerage and investment banking company Shinhan Investment Corp started listing “stock gift cards” on the KakaoTalk mobile app’s “Kakao Gift” store around Christmas last year.
◆ GetMyBoat, the self-proclaimed “Airbnb of Boats,” has been seeing rising demand for boat rentals. Founded in 2013, the company now expects to accommodate over one million boaters this year. This demand started before COVID-19: the company’s gross bookings grew nine times from Q1 of 2019 to 2021.
◆ When it’s time for your friend group to expand their travel repertoire and try something new, consider heading to northern Florida’s Historic Coast for a stay in charming St. Augustine. It may be the oldest city in the continental U.S. — founded by Spaniards in 1565 — but St. Augustine has a youthful energy that vibrates throughout its brick-paved streets.
◆ Find farm stays everywhere from a high-end hotel with an apiary in Carmel Valley, California to Airbnbs on farms nestled in Vermont’s Green Mountains, and even on Hawaii’s lush Big Island. Here are a variety of vacation rentals and hotels on farms, ranging from $95 to $795 per night.
◆ You could win a fully renovated home in a beach town on southern Italy’s Coast of the Gods. And it’ll only set you back $35. Raffle tickets for this home are available now through Sept. 16, 2021, or until 10,000 tickets are sold.
◆ American Ballet Theatre is hitting the road this summer, taking their performances outdoors with shows for audiences from Nebraska to Virginia. The New York-based ballet company’s three-week summer series — inspired by its tours done in the 1940s and 1950s — will take 20 ABT dancers and 28 support crew on a 3,100-mile journey across 14 states to perform for socially distanced audiences.
◆ There’s a lot to celebrate in Washington, D.C. this year — it’s the 175th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution, the 100th anniversary of The Phillips Collection, and the 50th anniversary of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The nation’s capital is welcoming back tourists in a big way — by offering 51 prizes ranging from $500 to $25,000 for winners. Through the initiative launched by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), various tiers of prizes will be offered, with winners being announced throughout the month of June.
◆ The best thing you’ll eat at 30,000 feet. In May, the airline announced the return of its in-flight chef service, serving passengers on long-distance flights of eight hours or longer.
◆ June 16 will see the return of Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Los Angeles via Tokyo, Japan route that was suspended in the early days of the pandemic. The route is known as a “fifth-freedom route” because it touches a country that is neither Singapore nor the US, and the airline has the right to fly passengers solely between the US and Japan, or Singapore and Japan.
◆ With the operation of its first flight from Hollywood Burbank Airport in Los Angeles to Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County in Santa Rosa at the end of April, Avelo Airlines became the first new mainline carrier in the U.S. in 15 years. By using secondary airports in larger markets — Ogden instead of Salt Lake City, for instance, Mesa instead of Phoenix, and Burbank instead of Los Angeles (LAX) — Avelo hopes to attract customers looking for straightforward point-to-point flights to get them to vacation spots like national parks, ski areas, and wine regions.
◆ What to know if your pet is a service animal, an emotional support animal, or fits under another category in travel. Many airlines still accept pets — albeit with potential size or breed restrictions — for a fee on the plane. Still, others require animals to fly in the cargo hold, depending on the destination they are flying to. See which category your furry friends fit into and help prepare them for their next flight.