An interesting and accidental beneficial side effect of recent travel bans is that large swaths of the world affected by over-tourism are beginning to heal themselves. Major cities from Los Angeles to London and Beijing are reporting their best air quality in years with less nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emitted by cars and industry. The canals in Venice are so clear, schools of fish and even a dolphin were easily spotted by locals — all of this and more taking place before Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in April.
Prior to any family trip, every responsible adult will have a checklist to ensure the journey and destination can be made as safe as possible for everybody. A packing list can incorporate healthy snacks, bug repellant, a first-aid kit and minor illness remedies (cold and flu meds; anti-diarrhea pills) while pre-trip cautions — depending on the location — immunizations and family discussions on how to avoid injury.
Life is what happens to us when we are making other plans — the current situation with COVID-19 is perhaps one of the most extreme examples of the old adage in our lifetime. Even the best-laid plans will need a complete overhaul, and there’s bound to be expressions of disappointment, exasperation and some tears shed — and not just among the kids.
EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE NOT VISITED South Africa know Cape Town as a chic, lifestyle-driven destination that sells itself. It is the gateway to the lush Winelands anchored by Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, home to breathtaking Table Mountain, the starting point for a day at the thought-provoking Robben Island and, of course, a departure point for luxury safari camps and outdoor adventure.
LEGOLAND California Resort’s big birthday year may be in the rearview mirror, but the party continues with an awesome two-acre addition, converting everything kids and grown-ups loved about The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part to life-sized fun.