All posts tagged: travel

Things to Remember When Gearing Up for Wine Country Adventures

It’s harvest time once again in vineyards all over wine country and road trips are on!

Travel Bans and Restrictions Within and Outside US

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. This single announcement has changed our lives drastically. For our safety, we were advised to stay inside our homes, which makes perfect sense as the virus is highly contagious. Just a few minutes of contact with an infected person or a carrier could expose a person to the virus. A factor why COVID-19 keeps spreading is that most of the time, the virus is transmitted unknowingly. A person could be asymptomatic and yet highly contagious. This is why a travel ban and certain travel restrictions are being imposed, not only in the United States but also in almost every corner of the earth. On their website, the USA Department of State advises against travel to a long list of foreign countries. American citizens are either totally barred, restricted, or conditionally allowed to travel to a foreign country, depending on the situation in the country they wish to visit. There will be no travel for Americans into 54 countries including China, Brazil, …

Explore from Home via These Virtual Tours

For most of us, going out and about has been restricted to going out for essential purposes only, such as going to the grocery store, the bank, or maybe the pharmacy. Many countries have imposed travel bans or even required taking a CoViD-19 test with “Negative” as a result. For some, two negative results are needed. You might be thinking, “Why even travel out of the US at all right now?” and you’re right! There are lots to see around the United States of America! However, that doesn’t change the fact that travel is still restricted, even for domestic travel. In addition, you can’t argue that staying at home will always be safer. Still, if you need to scratch that travel itch, you can do so from the comfort of your own homes! I am not talking about high-level imagination here, I am talking about virtual tours! That’s right, there are museums, landmarks, theme parks, hotels, and even outer space venues that you can visit via the internet. It only takes a few clicks to …

This US Territory has Zero COVID-19 Cases!

COVID-19 cases in the United States have reached about 5.74M cases already. If you Google “COVID-19 cases in the USA,” the first thing that turns up in the results is a tabulated summary. This summary has an interactive filter, enabling a drop-down search so you can check any area of choice. I noticed that the tally of cases was done from the highest count. So, I wondered, what is the lowest number for an American territory? As I scrolled to the bottom of the list, the numbers decreased from six digits to three. Then, for the second to the last entry, there were only 54 cases.  I thought, “Hey, that’s a good number!” That is until I saw the last entry. It says, “American Samoa: ZERO cases, ZERO deaths!” I was so impressed and amazed at the same time! Not to be confused with Samoa, American Samoa is an unincorporated and unorganized territory of the US, and is located way off the coast of the United States —I’m just messing with you, it actually is …