Month: September 2020

These states still require travelers to self-quarantine or present negative COVID-19 test results

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is no longer being updated. Please refer to the latest state quarantine information for travelers here

States are slowly beginning to open back up but that doesn’t mean travelers are free to come and go as they please just yet. USA TODAY has an update on the states that discouraged interstate travel by imposing 14-day quarantines on visitors and residents returning from other states. See which have lifted their quarantine orders and which require them.

Alaska

In Alaska, travelers arriving at state airports will be required to fill out a mandatory State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form and identify their “designated quarantine location,” which would be home for residents and a hotel room or rented lodging for visitors. 

The state’s mandate, issued in March and extended until June 2, requires travelers to go straight to their quarantine location from the airport and remain there for

Read More

Ponzi-style schemes to pay bookings

The Grand Palladium resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, was a swank respite in March for Leigh Anne Belcher and her daughter until they got a call to stop by the front desk about a billing question. 

Their travel agency, swamped with coronavirus cancellations, had abruptly closed its doors and disconnected its phone lines – and refused to pay the hotel for the room even though Belcher had paid the agency in full for the trip.

On the spot, Belcher had to come up with thousands of dollars to pay the upscale hotel, which threatened to call authorities and advised the front-gate attendants to make sure no one escaped without paying. When she and her daughter tried to head home to Lexington, Kentucky, they had to shell out more money; their flight had been canceled, and the airline wouldn’t allow them to change it since it, too, was booked by

Read More

What ‘Level Four’ shutdown status means for your holiday

Cornwall - GETTY
Cornwall – GETTY

Boris Johnson has announced new national restrictions before MPs in the House of Commons as the Covid-19 alert level moves back up to Level Four. He will follow this up with a televised address tonight at 8pm. 

Key changes to the rules include a move to table-service only and a 10pm curfew for hospitality venues including restaurants and bars, a return to working from home where possible, a extension of the requirement to wear face coverings, and a change in policy that means Covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations for retail, leisure and tourism.

For now, he has stopped short of the two-week “circuit break” and it seems the “rule of six” will remain in place for now, meaning you can still go on holiday with another household as long as your group size is no larger than six in England. In Wales, children under the age

Read More

RV makers are rushing to cater to the new ‘work from anywhere’ crowd as the pandemic continues to force people to rethink their lives

Blacksford's van. <p class="copyright"><a href="https://www.blacksford.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Blacksford" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Blacksford</a></p>
Blacksford’s van.
  • The pandemic and the subsequent rise in remote workers has encouraged many Americans to take up the “digital nomad” or “work from anywhere” lifestyle.

  • Many camper van, RV, and travel trailer makers have noticed the rising popularity of this community and are tapping into the potential client base by adding updates on existing builds or creating new floor plans.

  • Companies like Bowlus Road Chief and Leisure Travel Vans already have remote work-friendly builds, but will continue adding updates as needed.

  • Road travel makers Winnebago and Airstream are taking a different approach by creating completely new designs, some of which will be unveiled soon.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Many RV, camper van, and travel trailer makers have started catering their road travel builds to accommodate the rising popularity of digital nomads and “work from anywhere” crowd amid the pandemic.

A study by MBO Partners

Read More