2021 LuxPin Weekly Travel Abstract from the Latest News W5 September

Week 05, September 2021

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” 〜 Will Rogers

By LuxPin Team

1. For designers of Universal’s annual Halloween bash, spooky season never ends. Here’s what their job is like.

◆ Lora Sauls and Charles Gray are two of the people behind Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. The annual 42-night event takes place around Halloween and includes 10 haunted houses. For Sauls, Gray, and the team, Halloween never ends. They’re already working on next year’s event.

2. 17 of the most mind-boggling optical illusions of the summer of 2021

◆ Optical illusions are a good way to challenge your brain and keep it working. Insider compiled some of the top optical illusions of the summer, some of which went viral. Here are 17 of the most mind-boggling optical illusions of this summer.

3. An astronaut captured stunning images of an aurora from the International Space Station

◆ Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut based at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) International Space Station (ISS), lives on the International Space Station, posted a breathtaking video of the Aurora Australis on his social media.

4. This Historic Maine Resort Feels Like Its Own Coastal Town — and You Can Sleep in a Lighthouse While Visiting

◆ Arriving at Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg, Maine, is like stepping into a private coastal community with hints of luxury, authentic local roots, and enough charm to convey the spirit of the destination. Lobster bakes, pirate-themed cruises, and vintage arcade games are all part of the experience, too.

5. JetBlue just began flying between New York and London with the smallest plane of any airline on the route — here’s why I’m eager to book it again

◆ JetBlue Airways just began flying between New York and London with one of Airbus’ newest jets. The Airbus A321neoLR is the next-generation variant of the popular A321 and is capable of flying transatlantic flights. JetBlue has packed the aircraft full of customer-friendly features that take away from the fact that the aircraft is smaller than what competitors use.

6. Chile Plans to Reopen to International Travelers in October — What to Know

◆ Chile plans to reopen its borders to international travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning Oct. 1, but anyone visiting the South American country from abroad will also have to self-isolate for the first five days of their trip.

7. Hawaii Will Remove Its Famous ‘Stairway to Heaven’ — Here’s Why

◆ Hawaii’s famous Haiku Stairs, known as the “Stairway to Heaven,” will be removed due to illegal trespassing and injuries at the site that have led to hefty costs.

8. The 10 Best Small Towns to Retire in the U.S.

◆ Retirees can enjoy the simple joys of life in these quaint towns. There are practical reasons to move to a small town upon retirement, including affordability, safety, wellness, culture, and comfort. Here are some of America’s best small towns to consider for retirement or perhaps even for a weekend visit.

9. You Can Rent the Maker’s Mark Family’s Historic Kentucky Home — and It Comes With an Epic Bourbon Bar

◆ Love a nice glass of bourbon? Now’s your chance to stay in the home where the best bourbon was born. For the first time ever, the Maker’s Mark family is opening the home owned and operated by the founders and sharing their personal family history in an unforgettable way. Known as Samuels House, the three-bedroom home in Bardstown, Kentucky can now be yours — at least for a night.

10. Buc-ee’s is the best convenience store to visit on a road trip with delicious food, clean bathrooms, and cheap gas. Here’s what it’s like.

◆ I took a road trip from New Jersey to Disney World in mid-August. During the drive, I visited Buc-ee’s — a giant convenience store — for the first time. Now, I think Buc-ee’s is the perfect road-trip stop thanks to its fresh food and clean bathrooms.

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