Maddow Blog | State Dept, CDC lift travel advisories, but where are we welcome?

For Americans eager to engage in international travel, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is, the Trump administration is lifting the “Do Not Travel” advisory it issued in mid-March. Reuters reported yesterday:

The U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on Thursday lifted global advisories recommending U.S. citizens avoid all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, and instead issued a raft of high-level warnings for individual countries.

“With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice,” the State Department said in a statement.

And what’s the bad news? As USA Today reported the other day, a lot of countries aren’t exactly eager to welcome us.

For the second time this month, the European Union extended its travel ban on Americans

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Wichitan sues travel insurance company over refusal to pay after COVID-19 cancellation

A Wichita woman is suing an online booking website’s travel insurance provider for breach of contract after she says the company refused to refund her more than $3,500 for a Texas vacation she canceled over COVID-19.

Audra Sanchez, in the Aug. 5 lawsuit, said she canceled a week-long family trip to a Rockport, Texas, beach house along the Gulf Coast after her 12-year-old daughter was exposed to the novel coronavirus while playing with a friend on July 13. Sanchez paid $254.53 for a travel insurance coverage plan through CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services when she booked accommodations on May 10 through Austin, Texas-based Vrbo, the lawsuit says.

During a doctor’s appointment the day after the COVID-19 exposure, a physician told Sanchez and her family to quarantine for two weeks. The physician also wrote a letter to the travel insurance company, asking it to “release (Sanchez) from her obligations

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U.S. travel warning puts virus-battered Mexico on par with war-torn nations

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department urged citizens on Thursday not to travel to Mexico, despite easing a global travel ban, and warned of the rapid spread of coronavirus in the neighboring nation, in addition to rampant crime and kidnapping.

FILE PHOTO: Mexican paramedic checks the temperature of a traveler as he enters to Ciudad Jurez, Mexico from the United States through the Stanton-Lerdo international bridge to prevent contagion due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ciudad Juarez , Mexico July 4, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

The United States and Mexico have close commercial ties and share the world’s busiest land border, crossed by many of their citizens for work, travel or family visits.

Mexico’s health ministry reported 6,590 new infections and 819 more deaths, taking its virus tally to 462,690 confirmed cases and 50,517 fatalities.

On Twitter, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Christopher Landau, said his country

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How Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Became the Busiest in the World

While the air travel industry is facing numerous declines during the pandemic, one unexpected upturn has surfaced: a new busiest airport in the world. For the first time in recent memory, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is now operating more flights than any other on the planet.

In fact, for three months in a row the Texas hub has had the most takeoffs and landings around the globe. Starting in May, the airport climbed to the top ranking, with 22,831 airline takeoffs and landings, according to data from the Federal Aviation Administration. That was enough to edge out some typically busier hubs in the U.S.—including Atlanta, Denver, Charlotte, and Chicago O’Hare—for the number one spot. DFW topped those same airports in June with 25,294 takeoffs and landings, according to the FAA’s data.

“I’ve connected through DFW a few times during the COVID outbreak,” says Ryan Ewing, founder and president of Airline

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A Canadian man set out on a solo sail around the world in October. He returned 9 months later in the middle of a pandemic.

a man in a boat on a body of water: Sailing ships sit at anchor as dawn breaks outside the harbor in Victoria, British Columbia, on June 23, 2005. REUTERS/Andy Clark AC/CN

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Sailing ships sit at anchor as dawn breaks outside the harbor in Victoria, British Columbia, on June 23, 2005. REUTERS/Andy Clark AC/CN

A Canadian man who set out on a solo sail 267 days ago returned to land earlier this month to a much different world than he left.

Bert terHart, a public speaker and IT entrepreneur, set sail from Victoria, British Columbia, in October, making a months-long trip around the world via the five Capes —  South Cape in New Zealand, South East and Cape Leeuwin in Australia, Cape Agulhas in South Africa, and Cape Horn in Chile — with no aid from electronic navigational devices.

He arrived home on July 18, in a world hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic. He had seen COVID-19 restrictions first-hand during a stop in Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands, in May, but didn’t fully know what

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New UK quarantine rules shake up summer travel plans

The Lunt family from Bath, in western England, had planned to visit Spain this summer but like so many British holidaymakers have had their plans upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

The family-of-five, who had booked two weeks on the Balearic island of Majorca next month, are now headed to Rock, an upmarket resort in the southwest English county Cornwall dubbed “Chelsea-on-Sea” after the wealthy London suburb.

They finally decided to swap the azure waters of the Mediterranean for the cooler currents of the North Atlantic amid growing fears about a second wave of COVID-19 sweeping Europe.

Initially, the family were worried they might test positive for the virus on arrival in Spain and have to spend their holiday in self-isolation, before the British government abruptly imposed its own quarantine.

“We were worried about having our temperature taken at the airport and potentially having to quarantine for two weeks,” Rosie Lunt,

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Fan Recommendations for Traveling and Camping

Fan recommendations for Traveling and Camping. Traveling and camping activities certainly can’t just stop in hot weather. Just prepare yourself so that the tour agenda continues to run smoothly and comfortably despite the intense sunlight.

Even if forced to undergo outdoor tourist activities during hot weather, prepare yourself and bring supplies, equipment that must be worn like sunglasses, wearing sunscreen, carrying and wearing hats, carrying the best fan for camping tents, wearing comfortable casual clothes, and no need to use excessive makeup.

The use of a fan is one easy way to get fresher air. Fans are commonly used when the weather is hot. Various models of fans are offered in the market with a variety of prices and functions.

The fan is a device that is often used to help air circulation so it is not stuffy.

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The Father-Son Duo Behind ‘Rogue Trip’ Talk Travel In A Changing World

Conversations around travel are shifting rapidly. As social justice movements push our society to evolve, the colonial and exploitive aspects of the travel experience are being highlighted and called out. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has underscored both the interconnectivity of humans and the fragility of many of our systems. Plus it’s grounded us for the foreseeable future — make wanderlust-inspiring TV, when done well, all the more vital.

This is the context for last week’s release of Rogue Trip on Disney+. The show stars longtime war reporter Bob Woodruff, who was injured in Iraq in 2006, and his son Mack, a talented young photographer. The premise is simple and representative of the conversations happening around travel right now — Bob wanted to show Mack the world he’d reported on and wash away any longheld stigmas about those nations; Mack wanted to have the sort of adventure he’d grown up hearing about from

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Travel bucket lists are changing during the covid-19 pandemic

We didn’t get a heads-up that the coronavirus would shut the world down. There was no opportunity to steal away one last time before locking down indefinitely. We had to be grateful for the travel we already had enjoyed, and maybe start planning escapes for the distant future.

“The appetite for travel has not gone down; it’s in our DNA to travel,” said Stephen McGillivray, chief marketing officer for Travel Leaders Group, one of the largest networks of travel agents. “The interest is just as robust … but it’s for ’21 and beyond.”

What will those trips in the beyond look like?

The pandemic, and the contemplation that’s followed, has led me to retool my travel bucket list. I’ve spent some downtime looking at old travel photos, reliving the memories and reflecting on the experiences worth repeating — and the new experiences worth trying. And it seems I’m not alone.

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Where can Americans travel now amid bans in many destinations?

People traveling from the U.S. are banned in popular destinations around the world due to large spikes in coronavirus cases in several states.

Americans looking for a summer vacation destination have a dilemma on their hands as they ask, “Where am I allowed to travel right now?”

The Department of State issued a warning in March to all U.S. citizens against international travel, saying “your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite time frame.” The CDC also warns against nonessential travel.

Besides warnings within the country, people traveling from the U.S. are banned in popular destinations around the world due to large spikes in coronavirus cases in several states.

The European Union is turning away American visitors, and Mexico and Canada have closed their land borders, but there are still some options available for those who

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