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Holiday Travel Tips for the Pandemic

This year holiday season travel is going to be very different. Some will stay home instead of visiting far flung relatives. But for those choosing to travel here are some tips.

Expect the unexpected. While this is probably good advice for travel in general it is more important than ever to be ready for changes in your plans. Pandemic updates come daily. Expect shifting quarantine rules. Expect canceled or delayed flights.

Choose an airline who have flexible booking policies. Many airlines have adjusted their policies to allow no-fee ticket changes, but double check! Free changes could be limited in number. Certain types of tickets may not have special privileges. You may also owe the difference if you change to a more expensive flight. Again, check before booking!

Also, “free change” doesn’t mean you’ll get a refund if you cancel. Some airlines are offering vouchers for canceled flights but many are not going to simply hand you back your cash.

Don’t choose a high-risk itinerary. While normal holiday travel is rife with delayed and canceled flights, this year could be much worse. Try to leave earlier in the day before delays get a chance to build up. Try to get longer connection times between flights. Choose small airports for connections and if you can those with a lesser chance of crazy weather.

Choose itineraries with longer connection times.

Select smaller (and less crowded) connection airports and, if possible, those with less risk of severe winter weather.

Know the quarantine rules for your destination. If you need to get tested before you leave, make sure to get that done in plenty of time.

Lastly, if you want to fly trouble-free it is highly suggested you follow all safety protocols required by airlines including wearing a mask.

 

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Lesser Known But Beautiful Get Away: Lake Hope State Park Ohio

Lake Hope sits among the rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, which some consider to be the most scenic land in the state. And Hocking Hills, a very popular state park, is only 20 miles away. However, Hocking Hills is known to get quite crowded.

Lake Hope is very much a destination all its own despite its proximity to Hocking Hills. It has a lovely lake, 67 cabins (more than any other Ohio state park). It also has a very well kept, state-owned campground.

Many people find it more peaceful than some of the other state parks which tend to be more crowded. It is also completely surrounded by the massive 28,000-acre Zaleski State Forest which makes it feel even more remote (the closest gas station is about 12 miles away).

There is plenty to do at the park if one wants: mountain biking, fishing, hunting, hiking, swimming, boating and hummingbird feeding (although this service is closed do to the pandemic).

The Zaleski State Forest is also very popular with overnight backpackers. Its 29-mile trail that includes 3 primitive camping areas and smaller loops for day hiking is one of the most popular among backpackers in Ohio.

Hope Lake, however, is also a great place to sit, relax and just take it all in.

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When is the Best Time to Visit Iceland?

Visiting Iceland in August offers mind boggling untamed chances (puffins relocation and whale viewing are at their pinnacle), a bunch of celebrations and social occasions, and totally lovely climate. August denotes the finish of the mid year, and in this way is a standout amongst the most calm a very long time to movement to Iceland with wonderful temperatures, little precipitation, and chances to encounter both the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights.

Things to Do in Iceland in August

Charming individuals from all around the globe, Iceland has such a great amount to offer. From natural life seeing chances to social celebrations there is never a deficiency of exercises. Find the Top 10 exercises you ought to do in Iceland in August,

Celebrations consistently

Puffin Migration

Beginning of the Northern Lights

Brilliant Circle Visit

Ring Road Tour

Blue Lagoon and Hot Springs

Midnight Sun

Cascade and Glacier climbs

Whale Watching

Town visits (streets are clear of ice)

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Man Finds Unique Treasure Hoard in Scotland with Metal Detector

An amateur metal detectorist has unearthed a trove of Bronze Age artifacts in a Scottish field. Experts are calling it “nationally significant” find.

The objects date back to 1,000-900 BC and include a full horse harness and sword. It was all found near Peebles Scotland by Mariusz Stepien while with friends.

After getting strong signals from a bronze object buried about a foot and one-half underground Stepien reported his find.

Archeologists worked on the field for 22 days. They found a sword still in its scabbard, buckles, rings, decorated straps, chariot wheel axle caps among other objects.

Stepien and friends camped out with the archeologists for the whole 22-day dig wanting to see the excavation through.

Stepien’s find is only the second of its kind found in Scotland according to Scotland’s Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

The most unique thing was the way the soil preserved the organic material which has never before been seen in Brittan

 

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Travel Virtually to a New Point of View

Whether or not you are a travel junkie most of us have been, more or less, stuck at home during the pandemic. It is then no surprise that many of us may feel the need for a new point of view, literally. Traveling to achieve this may still not be possible, however one website is offering the chance virtually.

WindowSwap provides these different points of view by offering, 10 minutes at a time, streaming views or photos, from different users’ windows all around the world. You can even submit your own through their website. The view switches automatically every 10 minutes or you can choose to move on yourself at any time.

While perhaps not exciting to some viewed just on their laptop or phone, plenty of devices provide options to where one could stream these to you flat-screen TV. For those who have a dual monitor setup or using something like Firefox’s browser based Picture-In-Picture option WindowSwap can make for a calming view while you work and provide unique background noise instead of listening to the same old Spotify playlist, traffic or HVAC system you are used to.

While writing this I’ve visited Tokyo, Japan; Bangkok, Thailand; Wales, U.K. and Glasgow Scotland.