Column: Challenges of 2020 make those cheery holiday newsletters a tad difficult
This year has been unique in its collective misery. In case you’ve been living in a cave for much of 2020, we’ve all been living in caves for much of 2020, and that could make writing the annual holiday newsletter a bit challenging.No amazing vacations, no graduations or weddings to attend, only raging wildfires, civil unrest and politicians running amok.We know devoted newsletter writers will be stymied on how to compose those normally cheery and positive missives, so we’ve decided to give you a little help with our MadLibs-style holiday newsletter. You can go joyful, or you can go full 2020....
The Mercury News
After a year like this, what will Wave Season 2021 be like?
In a normal year, travel advisers would be preparing right now for Wave Season, traditionally the busiest time of year for selling cruises. It normally hits right after the New Year and extends throughout the first quarter. Increasingly, as more travelers jump the gun, the selling season can begin late in the year, well before Christmas.But with nothing being normal in 2020, what happens to Wave Season in 2021 when most cruises are canceled several months into the year?Will Wave Season be later? Will it be shorter? Will it skip a year? Will it be crazier than ever?“Wave 2021 will be timed diff...
The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: To which country would you travel to visit New South Wales?Answer: Australia. The state in the country’s southeast is between the states of Queensland and Victoria and borders the Pacific Ocean. It’s home to Sydney, Australia’s largest city.———©2020 Chicago Tribune
'Van Gogh Alive' brings multisensory art experience to the Dali Museum
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Though painter Vincent van Gogh has been gone for more than a century, his work is alive and thriving in a multisensory exhibit now showing at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg through April 11, 2021.“Van Gogh Alive” presents visitors a nearly 40-minute immersion in the Dutch post-impressionist’s work with more than 3,000 images projected at enormous scale and set to classical music. Though the exhibit doesn’t contain narration, the creative works reveal an artist who was passionate and expressive but deeply troubled.“In his 37 years, he painted abundantly enough to be p...
Auto review: It's a bird, it's a plane … it's the 702-horse Ram TRX supertruck
Flying at over 65 mph in a 2021 Ram 1500 TRX — four feet off the ground — is when you realize that there’s not much pickups can’t do anymore. Hold that image, and let me catch you up.The 702-horsepower TRX — pronounced T. rex — is the most powerful truck made.But it’s much more than a rocket-sled. It’s like the recent crop of insane high-performance supercars I’ve tested — McLaren GT, Porsche 911 Turbo, Chevy Corvette C8 — that defy the laws of on-road physics while surrounding you in luxury. The TRX is an off-road weapon with the interior of a Bellagio Hotel suite.This remarkable versatility ...
The Detroit News
Second gentleman, first Jew, New Jersey-raised: Doug Emhoff is making history
Doug Emhoff wasn’t always this way. He wasn’t always the type to go around talking about how much he loves his wife, let alone quit his high-powered job to travel the country talking about how much he loves his wife.When he was married to Kerstin, not Kamala, Doug Emhoff was more likely to throw himself into his work as a Los Angeles entertainment lawyer, play golf, sit on a couch, and watch sports on television. A guy, devoting billable hours to a fight over the origins of the Taco Bell Chihuahua, otherwise not out to change the world.His signature piece of life advice, still ringing in the e...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Why now is a great time to book a future cruise vacation
We’re facing a long, cold winter with surging COVID-19 cases, but there is a bright spot for those longing for a vacation on the world’s waterways.It’s a great time to book a cruise vacation. No, probably not for February or spring break, but maybe for summer, early fall or later.Of course, exactly when cruising will resume with a vengeance depends on the rise and fall of the coronavirus. But by booking now, you’ll miss the onslaught of pent-up demand that will be unleashed at some point, likely when testing becomes routine and/or vaccines are available.There’s also something to be said for th...
MGM Resorts closing Mirage, Mandalay Bay hotels during midweek
MGM Resorts plans to shut down hotel operations at the Mirage and Mandalay Bay resorts during the midweek, due to the lack of consumer demand resulting from COVID-19.Beginning Monday, the hotel towers at the two iconic Las Vegas Strip properties will be open for business only between noon on Thursdays and noon on Mondays, though the resorts’ casinos, restaurants and amenities will remain open.The modification to Mirage’s and Mandalay Bay’s operating hours occurs three weeks after MGM Resorts’ decision to close its Park MGM hotel from noon on Mondays to noon on Thursdays.MGM Resorts said in a s...
Susan Tompor: 'Guilt gifting' is a thing in 2020 as we try to make up for a rough year
The country is polarized about so many things — the election, the right way to tackle the virus, who you should or shouldn’t sit next to at Thanksgiving. So why shouldn’t 2020 holiday gift giving join the ever-growing list of potentially hot button topics?On the one side, you can run into girlfriends or cousins who want to ditch holiday shopping. “Let’s just share good wishes, not gifts,” they’ll say. Makes sense. After all, many consumers suffered job losses, pay cuts or furloughs, shuttered businesses, the loss of loved ones to the coronavirus, and seemingly never-ending anxiety in 2020.Then...
Detroit Free Press
You're going to Disney World? Here are 10 COVID-19 changes that will greet you at the parks
Despite the warnings about traveling, Disney World can be irresistible.So, if you’re thinking of spending some holiday time in the Land of the Mouse, you’ll want to note that things just aren’t the same there.COVID-19 has complicated the rules.Earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Chapek told investors that the maximum capacity of its theme parks would increase to 35%, up from 25%, because its parks in Orlando, Florida, were seeing high demand and strong attendance, according to ClickOrlando.com.It still won’t look like how it used to.Since the parks reopened in July, COVID-19 has changed the Dis...