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Universal Studios, Beijing, China to Open Soon

Dementors, Decepticons, Minions and Raptors are just a few of the fantasy encounters one can have at the new Universal Studios Resort, Beijing, China. It will fully open on 20 September 2021 after delays due to Covid.

It will include seven “themed” parks that will include 37 rides. The Beijing location will be the fifth Universal Studios theme park.

While it shares many of its popular attractions found at its sister sites in Los Angeles, Singapore, Osaka and Orlando. But it will also include some new attractions unique to the Beijing location including the the Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness.

Some park visitors who were invited to a soft opening for trial operations reported that some wait times could be high and that some of the most popular shows were almost impossible to get into.

 

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New Program Will Allow Use of Apple Wallet Instead of Analog ID at TSA Checkpoints

Apple has found eight states to participate in a program that lets people securely add their state ID or driver’s license to their Apple Wallet for use at airport security checkpoints.

Connecticut, Kentucky, Iowa, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah will be joining soon while the program is already in place in Arizona and Georgia. Apple claims the program is a new, fast and secure way to interact with TSA agents at the airport.

Apple announced no specific dates for when the program will go live in additional states signed up to the program.

The security protocol will require the user to take a self after uploading a picture of their state ID or driver’s license. Users will also be required to complete a series of face and head movements, much like Face ID, and submit those for verification. Only afterwards will their information be provided for the state to verify.

However, users will still have to carry ID if traveling to states not participating in the program.

Additional security measures include the use of biometrics to ensure the correct person is attempting to use the phone or watch.

 

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Does and Donts: Sleeping on Planes

Whether it is for business or pleasure, when we fly, we want to feel rested and ready when the flight is over. On longer flights getting some rest might figure into feeling good when one lands. While there are many distractions on a flight that might keep some up, others just don’t sleep well while flying, quiet plane or no.

Over the counter medications or alcohol may help some people relax and sleep, however these will usually leave one groggy after waking.

Fliers should do their best to be comfy. Wear loose fitting and, if you need them, warm clothes. Try to use the restroom before falling asleep. Undo your belt and other restrictive accessories. Let your neighbors know you want to try and sleep through the flight.

It is best to bring one’s own comfort items like pillows and blankets as these are becoming more and more rare on flights. Noise canceling headphones, music, white noise, noise generators or some television episodes downloaded from your favorite streaming app help some people sleep.

The cues of your nighttime routine can help your brain prepare for sleep. Try sticking to any of them you can during the flight. Make your routines portable, not only for the plane, but your destination as well. Likewise, following your rituals will prepare your brain for sleep in an unfamiliar place and time zone.

The most important thing to remember is that if you can’t sleep, it is best not to stress out about it. Relax as much as you can. Even just lying back, shutting your eyes and letting your mind wander can be restful.

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Spring Vacation Travel Tips

As the weather gets nicer or if you are considering traveling immediately for Spring or the Easter holiday here are some items you may want to take into consideration that come directly from the CDC:

“Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated.

If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.”

The CDC has more extensive suggestions on their website. You might also consider other items like:

Double check what is open at your destination–you don’t want to end up like the Griswolds, getting all the way to WallyWorld just to find out they are closed. Additionally, you may want to call or check the website of any major destinations to make sure you are able to comply with any new rules they may have. Also, some destinations may only be partially open; meaning that they may have reduced capacity and limited or restricted activities.

What is your backup plan if someone does get sick? Covid-19 aside, it isn’t a bad idea to know what you would do if someone got ill while you are away. You may want to have a quick conversation with your health insurance provider about out of state care.

Safe Travels!

 

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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)