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As Hospitals Fill, Travel Nurses Race to Virus Hot Spots

“I’m taking care of this man and he said, ‘I can’t take wait for the election to be over so all this will all go away,’” she said. “And I’m like, ‘That’s not happening. It’s real, I promise you, it’s real.’”

Others have all but shrugged when they receive a positive coronavirus result.

“A lot of people tend to have the response, when they’re told they have it, they’re like, ‘Oh, I’ve got the Covid,’” said Heather Ozmun, 46, a travel nurse in Green Bay. “They’re treating it like a rite of passage, like it’s their turn to have it.”

John Deaton, 27, has spent most of his nursing career so far as a traveler, as they are commonly called.

Throughout the pandemic, he has treated Covid-19 patients and even caught a mild case of the virus himself, working in El Centro, Calif., near the border with Mexico; Sacramento; and now Green Bay.

Places to stay in northeastern Wisconsin were difficult to find. He settled for renting the basement in a house while the owner lives upstairs, negotiating for shared use of the kitchen so he would have more than a microwave to use for cooking.

Mr. Deaton, who is from Akron, Ohio, was attracted to travel nursing because it pays so well — he estimated that he makes four times what he would earn if he accepted a staff position somewhere. There is a range of pay for such work, but a weekly paycheck could be more than $5,000 during the pandemic, by some of the nurses’ estimates, in addition to benefits.

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9 Great Spots For Glamping In Portugal Right Now

If there was ever a time to get back to nature, this is it. Travel may have become tricky in 2020, but road trips, remote accommodations and private, family friendly, covid-calm escapes make more sense than ever. The isolation makes them one of the safest travel options around, and their beautiful, wide-open spaces—and indoor creature comforts—make them a healing balm for the soul.

These nine spots from Glamping Hub are open this season, set up to withstand Portugal’s fairly mild but sometimes rainy winters, and a good alternative to being locked down under curfew in a city apartment.

Modern Dome Tents Near Lagoa de Santa André

Near the northern end of the scenic Alentejo Coast, near Santiago do Cacém, these new domed tents are set on top of a large wooden platform on a hillside. They have walls of windows that give them sweeping, panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. Each tent has a bedroom with a queen-size canopy bed and its own private bathroom. There’s a small kitchen and a dining table for two; breakfast can be delivered in the morning. The tents share access to a natural pool, a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar with Wi-Fi and, optionally, a Jacuzzi.

Lima Escape Tree Houses in the Peneda Gerés National Park

These elevated bungalows amid the trees in the north of Portugal were designed to have minimal effect on their environment. They give guests direct contact with nature and comfortable (climate-controlled) conditions inside and on the suspended glass balconies. They have kitchenettes, bathrooms with showers and wide glass facades that face the Lima River. There’s a small market and barbecue areas, as well as a bar and restaurant.

Villa Epicurea Tiny House Near Sesimbra

There’s a reason Lisboetas talk about their Sesimbra holidays in breathless tones. The town is just 45 minutes from the capital but a world away. It’s calm, quiet and peaceful, with some of Portugal’s most striking beaches. This tiny house has a bedroom with a queen-size bed and twin sofa beds in the bright and airy living area, making it suitable for a family of four. The private deck is furnished and has lovely ocean views. It has access to a main lodge with a large kitchen, deck and yoga dome.

Family-Friendly Safari Tents in Nazaré

Nazaré is home to Portugal’s famous winter-time surfing waves, and it’s an impressive place to watch the virtuosos of the sport. Even better is to stay on one of the luxury safari-style tents in this small park. Each one has a double bed, two single beds and bunk beds to accommodate a family of six. They have private kitchens and showers, Wi-Fi, heat and AC, as well as terraces for enjoying the sunset of the dawn of the day.

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NSW calls for third of Covid-19 hotel spots to go to international students to boost economy | 1 NEWS

Senior federal cabinet minister Simon Birmingham is sympathetic to NSW’s call to be able to open up a third of the states’ hotel quarantine capability to international students to boost the economy.

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It’s the only Australian territory without restrictions on travellers from within the country and New Zealand.

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But he insists the priority has to remain on returning Australians.

“Getting those Australians, particularly those who might be in challenging or distressed circumstances home is a genuine priority,” he told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program.

“But if we can see fast enough movement in terms of the bringing down of that list of returning Australians then I would like nothing more than to see international students able to safely come through proven processes.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian understands the federal government’s position, but points out her state welcomes back 3000 Australians every week and more than all the other states combined.

“So all I’m suggesting is next year after Christmas and New Year’s, let’s consider … having a proportion out of that 3000 to international students,” she told reporters in Albury.

“A lot of our universities will actually have to axe jobs if we don’t, especially regional universities. I don’t want to see that happen.”

She said since the pandemic started, NSW has seen in excess of 100,000 Australians returned, whereas other states combined have only done a small fraction of that.

More broadly, Senator Birmingham says it’s “not impossible” that international travel could be back on the cards next year, but to do it in the first half of 2021 would be challenging.

Such travel will depend on the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines.

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South Australia virus cluster raises questions over allowing quarantine workers to have second jobs

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been logging into the virtual G20 Leaders Summit while in isolation in The Lodge after his trip to Japan last week.

There was some optimism among the leaders of the world’s biggest economies about vaccines given the encouraging results of some candidates.

But the leaders also said a vaccine and treatment had to be safe, affordable and available to all, especially in developing countries, saying “no one is safe until we are all safe”.

Meanwhile, South Australians are enjoying easier restrictions earlier than initially envisaged after a pizza shop worker was found to have lied about how he contacted the virus.

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The police commissioner said the state wouldn’t have gone into lockdown if a pizza bar worker had been honest.
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Even so, SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said she had no regrets about ordering the the lockdown after modelling showed her state had a 99 per cent chance of enduring a “significant wave”.

In Victoria, Premier Daniel Andrews announced compulsory face mask-wearing will come to an end for Melbourne along with a further easing of other restrictions.

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Expedia Group revenue falls 58% despite bright spots in ‘bumpy and unpredictable’ travel market

Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern. (Expedia Group Photo)

You know things have been rough for a company when quarterly revenue plummets 58% from the prior year, taking the business from a $409 million profit to a loss of $221 million, and the trend is seen as relatively good news.

Those are some of the key trends in Expedia Group’s financial report for the September quarter, released Wednesday afternoon. The results reflect what CEO Peter Kern called “basically a stabilization” of the global travel market, which has been decimated by COVID-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions.

Shares of Expedia Group are up more than 5% in after-hours trading.

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“We obviously can’t control what’s going on out there in the travel market or in the scientific community,” Kern said on a conference call with analysts and investors. “We are hoping for all the same things you are in terms of vaccines and other treatments that will help us get through this. We do believe that people have been, up until recently, getting increasingly comfortable with the idea of traveling.”

Elaborating on those recent trends, Kern noted that the “third wave” of the pandemic in the US and elsewhere is having an impact, saying the travel market “will remain bumpy and unpredictable” amid the pandemic.

The Seattle-based online travel giant’s revenue of $1.5 billion in the quarter compared to $3.56 billion the year before. Its quarterly loss was 22 cents/share, down from a profit of $3.38/share a year ago. Both measures exceeded the expectations of Wall Street analysts, who expected revenue of $1.38 billion and a loss of 79 cents on average.

Expedia Group, based in Seattle, includes  travel brands such as vrbo, Orbitz, Hotwire, Trivago, Hotels.com, and Egencia in addition to the flagship Expedia.com. Kern, a longtime Expedia Group board member, has been CEO since April.

For the September quarter, revenue in Expedia Group’s Retail segment was down 52% to $1.25 billion, boosted in part by growth of Vrbo, the company’s alternative accommodations brand, which competes against Airbnb and others.

Revenue fell by 72% to $203 million in the company’s business-to-business segment, “impacted by the slower recovery for corporate travel demand,” the company said in its earnings report. Total gross bookings were down 68% to $8.6 billion for the quarter, below the $9.9 billion expected by Wall Street.

Expedia Group has been cutting costs in part by reducing its workforce, recently making an unspecified number cuts in its Travel Partners Group, following a larger reduction of 12% of its workforce earlier this year, impacting about 3,000 jobs at the time. The company is also consolidating its data and tech platforms across its brands in an effort to streamline its operations.

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Relaxing Sounds From 50 Popular Vacation Spots

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The holiday season is a time when many people go to see loved ones, discover new places, or enjoy a few days on the beach. But thanks to the pandemic, travel enthusiasts may feel more restless than usual. This year, help the armchair adventurers in your life ease their wanderlust with these gifts that’ll get them dreaming about their future trips.

1. Explore The World Wall Calendar; $26

Since 2020 has not been the year of travel, hopefully 2021 will be. This wall calendar from Rifle Paper Co. features a new city each month, beautifully designed to make viewers want to grab their passports. From month to month, your traveler will get to discover new places to explore, from Kenya to Marrakesh to Kyoto to Oaxaca.

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2. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: The World as You’ve Never Seen It Before (Deluxe Edition); $40

It seems as though every traveler has read the original 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz. Now, she’s back with a deluxe edition of the book. The updated tome features over a thousand stunning new photographs and 544 new pages of prose for wanderlusting individuals to add to their itinerary.

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3. Mental Floss Holland Shirt; $25

Here at Mental Floss, we know a good joke when we see one. Our new and improved shop features some of the best shirts out there that will almost guarantee a smile from spectators. This particular shirt will help lift anyone’s spirits about not being in the Netherlands with the slogan “Can’t Dutch This.”

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4. Moleskine Traveller’s Journal; $26

Every good traveler knows they need to document their trips. Your loved one can pretend they’re Jack Kerouac, Elizabeth Gilbert, or Hunter S. Thompson with a trusty travel journal in their hands as they embark on a new great adventure. This one from Moleskine is the perfect travel companion on any type of trip, since it already does all the organization. The sturdy cover can withstand wherever your giftee takes it.

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5. Ancestry DNA Genetic Ethnicity Test; $99

Heritage tourism has been around for a long time, but with the introduction of accessible ancestral DNA tests, these types of trips have skyrocketed. While your travel enthusiast is waiting for the pandemic to be over, they can pass the time by learning more about where their family came from, and even plan their heritage trip once travel is safe again.

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6. Condé Nast Traveler 1-Year Autorenewal Subscription; $5

Have travel brought to your giftee’s doorstep with a subscription to one of the industry’s leading magazines. Condé Nast Traveler is known for its stunning photography, coverage of hidden locales, and luxury getaways. Since people are stuck at home this holiday season, let the pages of this magazine virtually transport

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N.J. sticks with 14-day quarantine travel advisory for coronavirus hot spots despite N.Y.’s rule change

New Jersey doesn’t plan to scrap its travel advisory calling for a 14-day quarantine for those arriving from coronavirus hot spots despite the announcement over the weekend that New York was ending its list and instead will require visitors from non-neighboring states to take a COVID-19 test, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

Both states, along with Connecticut, have maintained a joint travel advisory for states with high COVID-19 infection rates. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday it was dropping its list as coronavirus numbers continue to rise across the country.

New York is now requiring travelers from all non-neighboring states to test negative no more than three days before they enter. Those who arrive without proof of a negative test won’t be stopped from entering but will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Even those who test negative will have to quarantine for three days after they arrive and then take a second test. If that’s also negative, they can cease their quarantine.

Cuomo admitted Saturday it had become increasingly difficult to enforce the travel advisory.

“The list started small and then the list got longer and longer and longer,” he said. “At one point, it was no longer a list, it was all-inclusive. Now, you don’t have a list.”

But Murphy said Monday there are no plans to make a similar change in New Jersey.

“We’re gonna stay with the current posture that we’ve got,” the governor said during his latest online coronavirus briefing.

Murphy stressed that the advisory does not apply to people who are crossing into neighboring states like Connecticut, Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania for work or other essential reasons.

But he emphasized that people shouldn’t travel unless it’s necessary.

“We’re just asking people if you don’t have to travel, just flat out don’t travel. Period,” he said.

Things got awkward in New Jersey last month when New Jersey met the criteria to qualify for its own advisory. The Garden State has recorded 16 straight days of more than 1,000 new cases.

While violators of New York’s advisory have faced a possible $2,000 fine, New Jersey has never established fines. Instead, Murphy and other officials have asked people to practice “personal responsibility” and follow the order.

There are currently 41 states and territories on the quarantine list. Neighboring states — New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware — are exempt from being on the list despite meeting the criteria.

New Jersey on Monday reported 1,379 more COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths. The state’s hospitals had more than 1,000 patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases for the sixth straight day, and the statewide rate of transmission decreased slightly to 1.28, but it remains above the key mark indicating the outbreak here is growing.

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Cape Cod Named Among U.S.’s Best Vacation Spots: Travel Magazine

HYANNIS, MA — The coronavirus pandemic has made vacationing a challenge in 2020, but Cape Cod was still named among the best family vacation spots in the United States according to travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.

The magazine’s editorial board annually names its favorite spots, and last week, the magazine wrote that “Cape Cod has remained a favorite of vacationing families for generations — and for good reason.”

“From the moment you cross Sagamore Bridge (or Bourne Bridge—both connect the island to mainland Massachusetts), you, too, will be swayed by all it has to offer,” the magazine wrote. “The picturesque ocean views and fresh-from-the-water lobster rolls are just the beginning.”

Some of the highlights Condé Nast Traveler pointed out for families to check out included the Nauset Lighthouse, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and the Villages at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster.

Cape Cod was one of seven vacation spots listed. The list also included Catalina Island, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Alexandria, Virginia; Finger Lakes, New York; Moab, Utah; and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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These trendy vacation spots will top every traveler’s bucket list in 2021

It’s still up in the air when, or even if, we’ll be able to safely travel in 2021, but that hasn’t stopped us from dreaming about vacation spots across the globe. And according to a new study from Airbnb, we aren’t the only ones. Of the 1,100 U.S. adults surveyed, 47 percent of respondent who work from home daydream about travel daily—and they even know what far-flung city they want to be in next summer.  

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After months of spending most of our time indoors, island vacations and escapes to wide open spaces are at the top of traveler’s bucket lists for the new year, from the white sand beaches of the Maldives, to the enchanting red peaked landscape of Taos, to the striking Italian island town of Ischia (known for its thermal spas). With Copa América postponed to 2021, soccer fans are eyeing Bogotá, while Maine’s bicentennial events and cozy, quaint vibes are also inspiring potential trip itineraries.

So, without further ado, here are the top vacation spots Americans are dreaming about for 2021: 

  •       Bogotá, Colombia
  •       Seoul, South Korea
  •       Hampton, London
  •       Tisbury, Massachusetts
  •       Maafushi, Maldives
  •       Maine, US
  •       Salon-de-Provence, France
  •       Taos County, New Mexico
  •       La Misión, México
  •       Ischia, Italy

In case we don’t make it to these spots next year, you can always plan a domestic trip to the coolest park in the U.S., or a new aquarium exhibit where you can swim with sharks. 

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Vacation Spots Trending as Interest in Second Homes Surges

Affordable Beach TownsAs interest rates have dropped to record-breaking lows and many Americans now find themselves being able to work remotely, there has been a sudden peak in demand for second homes and vacation homes. 

According to research conducted by Point2Homes, second home buyers are looking into purchasing vacation homes at increasingly high levels this year. Demand for vacation homes has now reached a five-year high. 

Point2Homes discovered Google search trends revealing that terms such as “buying a 2nd/second home” and “buying a vacation home” have become more popular over the past few months. The report shows that interest in second homes and vacation properties grew by 235% above July 2019 and 103% over August of last year. 

Home prices had been on the rise just before the pandemic spread across the country, causing less interest in purchasing second homes. Since the pandemic, lockdown measures and working from home became the new norm, causing many Americans to search for an escape. Hunting for a new vacation home seems to be a popular way to do just that. 

Some vacation hot spots have been especially trendy on Google searches. The location that has seen the greatest increase in interest is Big Sky, Montana. The popularity of keywords “big sky house” on Google had a 177% year-over-year increase. 

The second top-trending location is Fort Bragg, California, which had a 143% increase in consumer interest since 2019. The other top three vacation spots with the most increase in interest were Harbor Springs, Michigan had a 70% increase, Gulf Shores, Alabama, which saw a 47% rise in searches, and Waikoloa, Hawaii, which had a 38% growth in popularity since last year.

Point2Homes also found that some vacation spots, such as “southeastern destinations of Key West, Myrtle Beach, Destin, Blue Ridge and Kissimmee,” which had waning interest before this year, have either bounced back to the same level of popularity they had five years ago or have developed even more interest among potential second home buyers.

The top five luxury destinations which “returned to their pre-pandemic levels by mid-summer” include Aspen, Colorado; Park City, Utah; Palm Springs, California and Newport Beach, California.

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Thomas Salzano’s Travel Guide to the Best Vacation Spots In 2020

One of our colleagues in the travel industry, Thomas Salzano, being a passionate traveler and trip advisor who love to explore the world, helps you satisfy your wanderlust by listing the top 6 places to spend your vacation in 2020.

This post was written by Thomas for those ones who are searching for the answer to the following questions:

  • Where to travel in 2020?
  • Which location is the best for traveling?
  • What is the best place to travel?

Are you one of those who are planning a vacation but can’t decide? You may read this post to get answers to your queries.

Thomas Salzano’s Travel Guide to the Best Vacation Spots In 2020
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Every New Year is a chance to make new memories and what else can add wonderful memories to your life than traveling to new places. Now that we are already a few months into 2020, the year that will mark the end of a decade, it seems to be the right time to plan a grand vacation. Many have already started to look for a perfect holiday destination and some are struggling to find their vacation spot.

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Thomas Salzano’s Travel Guide to the Best Vacation Spots In 2020

It is said that you are made up of experiences you have had, people you have met and the places you have been. Those who love to travel can very well understand this and Thomas is one of them. He has traveled to the most wonderful places around the world and thus helps you choose the perfect holiday destination.

1. Nikko, Japan

Thomas Salzano’s Travel Guide to the Best Vacation Spots In 2020

Japan is going to be a major attraction for tourists from all over the world as the 2020 Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to be held in Tokyo. But if you want to spend your vacations at a quiet and peaceful place away from the crowds while still being able to witness the Olympic Games, then the small and beautiful town of Nikko makes the perfect vacation spot for you. The town is surrounded by the wonders of mother nature. From scenic mountains & hot springs to national forests, the town has a lot of breathtaking views to offer. Moreover, Nikko has a rich cultural history so that would make your trip more enjoyable. The town of Nikko is only two hours away from Tokyo so you can easily make it to the 2020 Olympic Games.

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhagen is known as the happy capital of one of the world’s happiest countries. The city fascinates the tourists with its cycling culture, amazing restaurants and merchant houses painted in different hues. A visit to Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park encircling splendid gardens, lake, and playgrounds will make your trip enthralling. Traveling to Copenhagen this year will be a great experience as the city’s much-loved square, Kongens Nytorv reopened earlier this year, after 7 years of closure and The Museum of Copenhagen is also going to be opened soon this year. Strolling down Stroget, one of the

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