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Trending vacation habits in 2021

February 19, 2021

FAMILY FEATURES For many travelers itching to go on vacation, 2021 offers plenty of opportunities to get out and go. Whether it’s heading to an outdoor escape or simply cozying up with loved ones while enjoying beautiful surroundings, vacation is on the minds of many. To identify which trends will shape travel in the coming…

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Smooth Traveler: Jackson, Mississippi Civil Rights Trail — Relentless Tenacity

February 12, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Mississippi Civil Rights Museum  (Photo: Michael Barera / Wikipedia) By Renée S. Gordon The first recorded European explorer to reach Mississippi was Hernando De Soto in 1540. At the time, Native Americans had been living there for 12,000 years and three indigenous tribes had the largest presence — the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Natchez….

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Top ways to vacation responsibly in 2021

January 14, 2021

BPT After months of cautionary travel and shelving vacation plans, people, especially those with families at home, are researching how they can indulge their wanderlust safely again in 2021. The goal is to enjoy a vacation in a responsible manner, creating memories while keeping yourself and others safe. Heading to Coastal Mississippi: The Secret Coast…

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Smooth Traveler: Daytona, Florida

January 8, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Daytona Beach (Photo: Shutterstock) By Renée Gordon Many Americans are hopeful that shortly when our lives will begin to stabilize, we will once again engage in what were ordinary activities, rebuild our economy and reestablish our unifying cultural links.  Travel has proven to be one of the most effective ways to accomplish all…

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Smooth Traveler: Maryland: Frederick Douglass in Talbot County

October 2, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Frederick Douglass statue (Photo: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon “I now resolved that, however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.” Frederick Douglass September was International Underground Railroad Month and nowhere is that history better preserved and…

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Airbnb bans house parties worldwide, citing virus mandates

August 20, 2020

By DEE-ANN DURBIN Airbnb is banning house parties worldwide as it tries to clean up its reputation and comply with coronavirus-related limits on gatherings. The San Francisco home sharing company will limit occupancy in its rental homes to 16 people. It may offer exceptions for boutique hotels or other event venues. Airbnb said it may…

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Carnival Corp. hacked; guest and worker information accessed

August 20, 2020

MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Corp. says it was the victim of a ransomware attack that likely got some personal information about the cruise company’s guests and employees. The attack was first detected Saturday. The attack accessed an encrypted portion of technology systems for one of the cruise line’s brands and certain data files were downloaded,…

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Spirit airlines warns of layoffs; aid for contractors being examined

August 3, 2020

Spirit Airlines is warning employees that it could furlough up to 30% of its roughly 9,000 workers in October, when federal payroll-help money runs out. CEO Ted Christie said in a memo to employees that furloughs might be needed because Spirit is burning through too much cash as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cut sharply…

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Bahamas bans US travelers starting Wednesday

July 21, 2020

HAVANA (AP) — The Bahamas is banning travelers from the United States starting Wednesday after a surge in coronavirus infections followed the islands’ reopening to international tourism. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Sunday that the country had seen 49 new coronavirus infections since it opened on July 1, nearly a third of the total of…

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CDC extends US ban on cruise ships through September

July 21, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of September as coronavirus infections rise in most U.S. states, including Florida. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it was extending a no-sail order that had been scheduled to expire July 24. In the…

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