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New U.S. Olympic Museum Is Your Only Chance to Cheer on Team USA in 2020

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2020, 12:00 PM

The 2020 Summer Olympics were originally scheduled to kick off in Tokyo at the end of this week. Because of the pandemic, the games have been pushed back to 2021.  But at least one Olympics-related project is moving forward this summer.  The brand-new U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, opens to the public on Thursday, July 30. Constructed over the last thr...

10 Spectacular and Stirring Waterfall Hikes in the USA

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2020, 11:00 AM

Rewarding treks, of varying lengths and levels of difficulty, centered on gorgeous waterfalls that will inspire awe and soothe the soul

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WATCH: Underwater Cam Follows Migrating Beluga Whales

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/16/2020, 12:00 PM

If you can tear yourself away from the bear cams streaming from Katmai National Park in Alaska, there's another entertaining wildlife feed that has launched for the summer.  An underwater beluga cam mounted to a boat in the Churchill River estuary of Hudson Bay, off far-north Manitoba, Canada, began capturing images of playful beluga whales starting July 15.  The Churchill region is best kno...

Stuck at Home? Send Your Scream of Frustration to the Wilds of Iceland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/15/2020, 1:00 PM

Babies, mental health experts, and teenagers who hang out near freight trains in movies all agree: Screaming helps relieve frustration and anxiety.  And 2020 has given us a lot to scream about, what with its pandemic, record unemployment, divisive presidential election, brutal displays of white supremacy, and tantrum-throwing Karens. Not to mention the murder hornets. (Did anyone take care of t...

One European Union Country Is Now Allowing Americans to Visit

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/14/2020, 3:00 PM

The European Union has recommended that its 27 member states bar Americans from entry for the time being due to the surge of Covid-19 infections in the United States. But ultimately, governments in individual EU countries are responsible for their own borders and can make regulations as they see fit. And one member of the bloc has seen fit to break with the others. Croatia has officially reo...

NYC Tourism Creeping Back: Reopening Date Set for Empire State Building

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/13/2020, 2:00 PM

While the coronavirus continues to rampage across most of the United States, New York City has recorded its first 24-hour period with no Covid-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.  That's a remarkable occurrence, considering that the city was once the world's epicenter of the disease. And though there remain troubling signs with regard to infection rates among New Yorkers (especially thos...

Airline Now Requires Full Face Shields Plus Masks During Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/10/2020, 11:00 AM

As part of an effort to ramp up safety precautions amid the global health crisis, Qatar Airways is now requiring passengers to wear full face shields as well as masks throughout flights.  According to a news release, the airline will distribute disposable plastic shields, which sort of resemble welder's masks except that they're entirely see-through, at departure gates prior to boarding.  Fa...

WATCH: Hilarious Video on How to Ride a Japanese Roller Coaster Without Screaming

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/09/2020, 9:00 AM

Back in May, when amusement parks began reopening in Japan following coronavirus closures, owners imposed a widely reported ban on screaming while riding roller coasters.  Letting out squeals, shrieks, and howls can expel droplets that spread the virus, the reasoning goes, even when the screamer is wearing a mask (another requirement at theme parks).  But as the Wall Street Journal discovere...

EU Releases Safety Guidelines for Resuming Cruises in Europe

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/08/2020, 12:00 PM

On the same day the European Union announced that Americans would be barred from entering member states due to the U.S. coronavirus surge, the EU also released guidelines for the resumption of cruises in Europe.  In a lengthy document, the bloc's Healthy Gateways program recommends numerous regulations for lowering the risks of Covid-19 infection among cruise passengers and crew members, from p...

Airline Accidentally Gives Multimillion-Dollar Refund for Canceled Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2020, 10:15 AM

Given the high volume of cancellations and refunds that airlines are processing amid the pandemic, it should come as no surprise that mistakes are popping up.  An eyebrow-raising one was reported last week on the Australian Frequent Flyer travel site.  Forum moderator Jessica Tam wrote that she was supposed to get a refund from Qatar Airways for business class seats on a round-trip flight be...

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