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The holiday travel season is going to look very different in 2020.

Many people will be weighing whether they should go anywhere at all, not just because of safety, but because of social responsibility.

And while some will stay home, others will still plan to travel by plane, train, or car to see loved ones after months of separation, or to take a long-anticipated vacation. After all, exceptionally low prices are being promoted right now on everything from flights to hotels and vacation packages, adding serious temptation. 

“In normal years, the holidays are one of the most expensive times of year to travel,” explains Scott’s Cheap Flights founder Scott Keyes. “That’s because it’s such a popular time not only to see family, but for many students, teachers, and families with kids, it

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Appeals court upholds ban on holding immigrant children in hotels

Houston — An appeals court refused Sunday to allow the Trump administration to resume detaining immigrant children in hotel rooms before expelling them under rules adopted during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals left in place a lower court’s order that requires the U.S. to stop using hotels in most situations to detain children unaccompanied by a parent. The judges denied the U.S. government’s request for a stay of that order.

Border agents since March have placed at least 577 unaccompanied children in hotel rooms before expelling them from the country without a chance to request asylum or other immigration protections. The Trump administration argues it has to expel most people crossing the border due to public health considerations. Advocates for immigrants accuse the administration of using the coronavirus as a pretext to restrict immigration.

“It is a sad fact that court involvement

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Nicole Kidman reflects on marriage to Tom Cruise while making ‘Eyes Wide Shut’

Nicole Kidman is looking back on her marriage to Tom Cruise.

At one point in time, Kidman, 53, and the “Top Gun” star, 58, were among Hollywood’s A-list couples — and now she’s opening up about their relationship while they filmed “Eyes Wide Shut” in 1999. The pair play a married couple mired by infidelity in the film.

Kidman told the New York Times — in an interview published on Monday — that she and Cruise were “happily married” when asked if she had harbored any “negative feelings” about their marriage during that time.

“We would go go-kart racing after those scenes,’’ recalled Kidman. “We’d rent out a place and go racing at 3 in the morning. I don’t know what else to say. Maybe I don’t have the ability to look back and dissect it. Or I’m not willing to.”


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Tim Haughinberry to Serve on Nevada Commission on Tourism’s Recovery Committee

Tim Haughinberry to Serve on Nevada Commission on Tourism’s Recovery Committee

Nevada’s travel and tourism industry was devastatingly hit this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and because of this, the Nevada Commission on Tourism has organized a recovery committee to aid the return of travel back into Nevada safely. Tim Hauginberry, president of the Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada, CEO of Back Bar USA and founder of TRH Development, is proud to announce his role as a voting committee member that will be part of the team allocating funds to support various travel-related businesses in Nevada.

Haughinberry, a longtime activist and Nevada resident, has dedicated his career to assisting local businesses through his efforts in supplying hospitality and consulting services with Back Bar USA and leading the Gay & Lesbian Chamber that supports LGBT-owned and allied businesses with development opportunites. Additionally, with his company TRH Development, Haughinberry invests in Downtown Las Vegas real estate and diverse

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Independent Indonesian deliveries in Melbourne

The picnic revolution has well and truly begun and restaurants are gearing up for the herculean task of reopening. But until then, Melbourne spring is doing its thing and yo-yoing between winter and summer weather.

If you want to neatly straddle this transition, you could do a lot worse than secure the sambals, rich rendangs and urap salads that have lit up social media this past month both from established and independent chefs.

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Who: Chef Nicole (no surname, because she was not registered during the riot-led government shutdown in 1998-1999) is one to watch. The Jakarta-born 21-year-old has two years at Grossi Florentino under her belt and has built a sharp independent (fully accredited) side hustle. Once she was stood down from Marnong Estate, she decided to investigate her Bataknese heritage. Nicole touched base with her grandmothers, who “have their own food businesses”, to get the traditional recipes

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London Marathon 2020 – What Was It Like Inside the Bubble?

The easy option was to quit, to throw this year’s London Marathon into the garbage, and start looking ahead to 2021. It’s what most World Marathon Majors did—and who could blame them, given the global pandemic?

Seven months ago, the Tokyo Marathon hosted an elite-only race on March 1. Ten days after that race, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. For many months, the world’s best marathoners saw few competitive lights on the horizon.

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Staging an event of this magnitude long seemed an impossible dream. For athletes, agents, and organizers, there were so many hoops to jump through, so many headaches to deal with.

And even if the marathon existed, who would be willing to travel?

The London Marathon organizers decided to find out. In June and July, they reached out to agents

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Appeals court rules Trump administration can’t detain young immigrants in hotels

A U.S. appeals court on Sunday ruled that the Trump administration cannot resume detention of unaccompanied immigrant children in hotels.

A three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower-court ruling that barred the practice in most cases, rejecting a government request for a stay, The Associated Press reported.

U.S. officials have used hotels to detain nearly 600 children before expelling them since March. Citing the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has expelled nearly 9,000 migrant children overall without following usual asylum procedures.

Immigrant rights advocates, meanwhile, have accused the administration of simply using the pandemic as a pretext to bypass the asylum process. Documents obtained by The Intercept in September indicated that border officials did not test any detainees for the coronavirus between March and early May.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson told CBS News Thursday that the agency has not detained minors in hotels since

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Can I cancel my hotel due to earthquake swarm?

DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: I’m trying to cancel an upcoming trip to the Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Rico. There’s been daily seismic activity in the area, and as I write this, the resort is not open. I’m very concerned about the earthquakes in this region of Puerto Rico. In January, Gov. Wanda Vazquez Garced signed a request for a major disaster declaration.

Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter ...
Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter 

I believe that they can’t guarantee the reopening of Copamarina, and where would that leave us last minute? We would like to be able to make different plans, where we don’t fear being in the water or in buildings in the region, but in order to do that, we will need a refund from Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa. Can you help us?

— Nick Hinrichs, New Brighton, Minn.

ANSWER: Your desire to cancel your stay in Puerto Rico is understandable.

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Will cruises resume in 2021? Here’s what the industry is doing to sail safely | Sandy Fenton

It seems like forever since I last wrote a travel column for PennLive. The truth is I haven’t had a lot to say. There has been so many changes within the industry, sometimes weekly, often daily, and always confusing.

So here I am now, celebrating 28 years of broadcasting “Let’s Talk Travel with AAA” on iHeartRadio/WHP580, and I do have some thoughts to share. And positive thoughts at that.

For one thing, the cruise industry is ready to get back to work. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio recently stated to the press, “Enough is enough,” and with a several billion dollar market cap drop from the three largest cruise lines, the CEOs are telling the CDC and government officials the industry must return to service in the United States.

Cruise lines from the U.S. have put together new plans to ensure a healthy return to cruising as

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Norwegian Cruise Line cancels cruises until December after CDC no-sail order extended

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has canceled cruises on its three brands — Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas — until December.

The announcement comes just days after the White House overruled a plan by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ban U.S. cruises until February 2021. Instead, the agency extended its “no-sail order” through Oct. 31. Cruise operations stopped in the U.S. in mid-March amid COVID-19 outbreaks on several ships.

Carnival Cruise Line canceled all U.S. cruises for November and December except for those that will leave from PortMiami and Port Canaveral, which are on track to restart Nov. 1. Royal Caribbean Group and MSC Cruises continue to sell cruises for November. Disney Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages are still selling cruises for December.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean Group teamed up to hire a group of medical experts who published a

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