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As Layoffs Surge, Airbnb, DoorDash Raise Billions with IPOs for Life After COVID-19

Leisure travel and “order-in” dining are very different markets, but as end to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be in sight, Airbnb and DoorDash are looking to expand by issuing IPOs.

The IPOs for both companies hit the market as the Labor Department announced that a seasonally adjusted figure of 853,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week for the first time, the largest number since mid-September. Current jobless claims rose to 5.8 million, the first rise in those figures since late August. Overall unemployment declined slightly in October to 6.7%.

But Airbnb and DoorDash are betting on better times ahead.

DoorDash, a food delivery service, rode that trend to a strong IPO Wednesday after state officials closed restaurants last spring as part of the effort to curb spread of COVID-19, forcing an increasing number of people to eat meals at home.

“The pandemic-fueled rally in DoorDash is here to stay

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Is it safe to travel for Christmas? Travel+Leisure lists Sea Island in Georgia as a top destination

The hotel will even entertain your kids while the adults enjoy a “culinary 6-course trip in The Cloister Wine Cellar, the perfect setting as dinner is paired with some of our favorite holiday wines.”

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This isn’t the first time the luxury resort has been recognized. The Lodge at Sea Island has been recognized twice by U.S. News & World Report as the best hotel in the country.

About 85 miles south of Savannah, on St. Simons Island, Sea Island is within easy driving distance of Atlanta. But it’s not the only hotel on Travel+Leisure’s list you won’t need an airplane to visit.

Also making the list are the French Quarter Inn and The Dewberry in Charleston, S.C.; the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.; the Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in

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The Best Sites For Stylish Holiday Cards

Once upon a time, a little version of you may have graced your family’s holiday card. Now you’re the one creating your own season’s greetings — and you need a site that will help you do it, whatever your goal or aesthetic. Maybe you want to express your holiday cheer with snaps of you and your friends and accompany it with some witty holiday truism. Maybe you want to embrace the weirdness of the 2020 holiday season. Maybe you’re more the bleak, Instagram snowscape type. Or, maybe you like rich letterpress cards with tasteful typography. Whatever your vision, you want to reach out to loved ones with stylish and personalized good wishes for the year ahead.Fortunately, creating a just-right-for-you card no longer involves hours spent trolling bargain bins at bookstores or sitting at home with Love Actually playing in the background, licking

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California’s stay-at-home order allows essential travel only. What does that mean?

Big Sur offers beautiful hikes above the coastline.
Big Sur is among the California tourism destinations that may be affected by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s tightening of travel restrictions. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Stop traveling, the governor says.

With the “regional stay-at-home” order issued Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom is imploring Californians to stay home for the next three weeks and cinching already tight restrictions in areas where the COVID-19 pandemic has hospitals under the heaviest pressure.

Outlining the new restrictions, which include new capacity limits for retailers and other changes, state officials said hotels and other lodgings will be allowedto open for critical infrastructure support only.” But in the immediate aftermath of the governor’s announcement Thursday afternoon, details of the new travel restrictions remained unclear.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s secretary of Health and Human Services, said the state is, in effect, telling, not asking, Californians to stop all nonessential travel. That includes canceling

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