Week 04, May 2021
“To travel is to live.” 〜 Hans Christian Anderson
By LuxPin Team
◆ Officials at Montana’s Glacier National Park will release more tickets to access the park’s iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road after the first batch for the month of June sold out in minutes. Due to new capacity restrictions, the park has implemented a new ticketed and timed system to access the 50-mile mountainous road.
◆ Smorgasburg, the country’s biggest weekly open-air food market, started in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood in 2011, and now, it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary in a big way — by heading across the Hudson River to Jersey City.
◆ All that hard work deserves a reward. Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in Walt Disney World Resort is recognizing educators and first responders by offering them special hotel rates so they can truly relax and enjoy a little magic.
◆ Caribbean destinations are developing new ways to make travel safer for guests and locals alike. Take a look at the islands to see how they’re pulling it off.
◆ Whether you’re making up for a missed birthday, celebrating an anniversary, or just reconnecting with family, these above-and-beyond hotels are the perfect settings for a memorable (vaccinated) reunion.
◆ Auberge Resorts Collection and Black Tomato want you to hit the road in a stunning Mercedes. The brands have teamed up to create “Remarkable Drives of Discovery,” a set of five road trip itineraries that take travelers to Auberge Resorts Collection properties throughout the United States. The best part? Guests will get to test drive some of the newest models in the Mercedes-Benz fleet, including the GLS600 Maybach, and take to the skies with Surf Air as well.
◆ With travel opening in fits and starts around the world, there’s one pandemic itinerary that remains popular: the “flight to nowhere.” Qantas’ latest three-hour “flight to nowhere,” set to depart from and return to Sydney on May 26, sold out in 2.5 minutes. The 100 or so passengers lucky enough to score a seat on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will get a bird’s-eye view of the moon turning red against the night sky when a total eclipse occurs alongside a supermoon.
◆ Washington, D.C. is ready to get back to business. The city plans to lift more capacity limits later this month and eliminate most coronavirus restrictions on June 11 — here’s what you need to know.
◆ New York will start vaccinating visitors to the city in popular tourist spots like Times Square and the High Line in an effort to boost both tourism as well as overall vaccine numbers, the city’s mayor announced. The vaccine effort will provide U.S. tourists with one-dose Johnson & Johnson shots at mobile vaccination hubs.
◆ More than 1-in-10 Americans have already moved in the past year. Yelp and Zillow teamed up to create the Digital Nomad Index, which ranks the top U.S. metros most favorable to the nomad lifestyle. Which spot came in first for digital nomads? That would be none other than Jacksonville, Florida, followed closely by Austin, Texas.
◆ White Oak Conservation, located just north of Jacksonville, Florida, will soon be home to dozens of Asian elephants that were once a part of circus attractions. A group of Asian elephants that were once a part of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have begun relocating to their retirement home in north Florida.
◆ Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order banning businesses from requiring customers to show they’re vaccinated to receive service. The restart of cruises in the United States may still be up in the air, but the CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings said whenever they do resume, the company may not be stopping in Florida.