Week 04, Apr. 2021
“Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.” 〜 Anthony Bourdain
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” 〜 Aldous Huxley
By LuxPin Team
◆ Although hotels will always be tempting, Airbnb makes it easy to get away while still keeping a social distance from others. Here are some of the best spa-like Airbnbs in the US, sorted by price from low to high.
1. Naturalist Boudoir in Texas
2. Sleek home with a sauna in Michigan
3. Spa retreat with a Finnish sauna and saltwater hot tub in Washington
4. Desert hideaway with a sauna, hot tub, and plunge pool in California
5. Cabin for stargazing from a hot tub in California
6. Forest lodge with a hot tub, sauna, and pool in California
7. Eco-luxury farmhouse with a pool and sauna in California
8. Modern retreat with a pool, sauna, and steam shower in New York
9. Luxe Retreat on 12 acres with swimming, a hot tub, and a sauna, in New York
◆ These tips are sure to make a good Las Vegas vacation even better.
1. Not Having a Plan
2. Overlooking the Limo
3. Waiting on the Airport Car Rental Line
4. Betting on Games You’ve Never Played
5. Not Tipping
6. Forgetting to Check the Events Calendar
7. Not Asking If the Pool Is Heated
9. Not Scoping Out Deals
10. Sleeping on Downtown
11. Not Saving Room for a Fourth Meal
12. Not Signing Up for a Players Club Card
◆ Israel, known for its robust vaccination program, will reopen its borders to vaccinated tourists in May, becoming the latest nation to welcome visitors who receive the protective jab. The return of international tourists isn’t the only thing to look forward to in May: Royal Caribbean plans to launch a series of vaccinated cruises that month to the Greek Isles and Cyprus from Haifa, open to Israeli residents.
◆ The new Wonder of the Seas ship from the Royal Caribbean is set to debut in Shanghai in March 2022, sailing from Shanghai toward Japan. China is about to become home to the world’s biggest cruise ship. The ship will be able to accommodate nearly 7,000 guests and an additional 2,200 crew members with its almost 2,900 staterooms.
◆ To help nude sunbathers, swimwear brand Pour Moi created a global guide showcasing where travelers can sunbathe topless or naked, without breaking the law. The brand’s guide includes 39 countries around the world that permit either one, meaning there is most certainly a destination for every type of traveler.
◆ HowNow, an intelligent learning platform, is hoping you’ll hit “close” on Instagram and open an educational app instead. They’ll even pay you for it. In an effort to change our app behavior to something potentially more useful, the platform is recruiting three members of the public to replace their Instagram time with learning a new skill of their choosing as part of its Study Contractors program. And they’ll pay the winning candidates $692 a month for three months to do it.
◆ These are some of the world’s best yoga retreats in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central America.
1. Sen Wellness Sanctuary — Sri Lanka
2. Soulscape — Italy
3. Ashiyana — India
4. Whole Health Retreat — United States
5. Yoga Explorers — France
6. Mandali Retreat Center — Italy
7. Blue Spirit — Costa Rica
8. Retreats at Casa Fuzetta — Portugal
9. Miraval Arizona — United States
10. Shambala Gatherings — Sweden
◆ New York City’s American Museum of Natural History will become one of the city’s latest COVID-19 vaccination sites later this week. New Yorkers will be able to receive a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the museum’s Hall of Ocean Life, beneath the gigantic blue whale model that hangs from the ceiling. Those who get vaccinated at the museum will receive a voucher for free future admission to the museum for a group of up to four people.
◆ A rental-car shortage is currently rippling across the US. Hot travel destinations like Hawaii and Florida are especially impacted by this shortage. Some tourists in Hawaii have found a savvier workaround to this rental-vehicle shortage: rent a U-Haul instead.
◆ Channel Islands National Park consists of five islands off the coast of Southern California. The islands are a few hours by boat from LA, but they feel like a getaway far from the US. Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and Anacapa Islands are picturesque, rich in history, and filled with plants and animals that don’t exist anywhere else in the world.
◆ In anticipation of Earth Day, Google Earth launched its biggest and perhaps most important update since 2017. The new Timelapse feature — created in collaboration with NASA, the European Space Agency, and other organizations — shows how much the planet has changed in the last four decades (between the early 1980s and now). These satellite images show that things have changed dramatically over the last 40 years.
◆ Singapore and Hong Kong’s long-delayed travel bubble is set to launch on May 26, both cities announced Monday. Residents will be able to travel between the two cities without a quarantine. The bubble will start with one flight per day each way with a maximum of 200 passengers.
◆ The head of the European Commission said the bloc would switch policy, under certain conditions, after more than a year of mostly banning nonessential travel. American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit the European Union over the summer.
◆ Gordonstoun is an elite boarding school in the Scottish Highlands. The $19,000-per-semester school once enrolled Prince Philip and his son Prince Charles. Sailing has been on the curriculum since Philip was a student in 1934 and is mandatory for students attending the school today.