Tag: Summer

European vacation? Not in 2020 as pandemic turns summer tourism into lean season

BRUGES, Belgium — Bruges mayor Dirk De fauw first realized something was desperately wrong with European tourism when on a brisk March morning he crossed the Burg square in front of the Gothic city hall and there was nothing but silence.

“There are always people. Always,” De fauw said. That morning?

“Nothing. Nobody is on that large square” at the heart of one of Europe’s most picturesque cities, he said.

Six months later, as Europe’s meanest tourist summer season in history is starting to draw to a close, COVID-19 is yet to loosen its suffocating grip on the continent.

If

How Tourist Corridors May Reopen Europe For 2020 Summer Travel

“Tourist corridors” linking Europe’s summer holiday resorts least affected by the coronavirus pandemic, may help pave the way for tourism industry recovery on the continent.

The EU is pondering the possibility, as

You’re probably not camping at Yosemite this summer

The door is closing fast on camping in Yosemite this summer.

Though the park has been open by reservation to day-trippers and lodging guests since June 11, almost all of its campgrounds remain closed, reopening dates unknown. Park officials, trying to limit pandemic spread, have been gradually canceling reservations (made before the pandemic) every week or two.

The great exception is Yosemite Valley’s Upper Pines campground, which has about 240 sites, but it is operating at half-capacity (for distancing purposes) and is booked far ahead.

In emails to reservation holders this week, Yosemite’s park management warned that previous reservations for

Which California Campgrounds Are Open This Summer?: LAist

Marta Jerebets, left, and Arthur Pettit pitch their tent on a campground at Joshua Tree National Park in California, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Let’s be real. Summer 2020 doesn’t exactly set the stage for the vacation of your dreams…

But we’re lucky. California has some of the best campgrounds in the country, with pretty much every variety of terrain you can think of, from redwood forests to desert lakes.

If you’re looking for a mental health break or some (more) alone time in a place other than your own home, camping might be one of the safest

It’s the summer of RVs, and Trump joins the bandwagon

Though RV business suffered during the worst of the pandemic, demand for the vehicles has swelled in recent weeks.
Forty-six million Americans plan to take an RV trip in the next 12 months, according to findings from the market researcher Ipsos that the RV Industry Association funded.

Even President Donald Trump suggested he may ditch Air Force One for an RV trip to New York.

“I think I’m gonna buy an RV and travel in an RV with our first lady,” Trump said at a news conference Friday at the White House. “It’s great, people are traveling. And you …