Hurricane Irma: Some hotels closed in Miami Beach, occupancy drops | Miami Herald

In the days before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, Miami-Dade’s hotels emptied out and profits plummeted, signaling the first of a sting of hurricane-induced challenges for the region’s tourism industry.

Now, a week after the hurricane, some properties have shuttered their doors until October as they repair damage caused by Irma’s strong winds.

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As Hurricane Irma neared, Hyatt Regency Orlando hotel in Florida opened doors for nearly 1,000 dogs | Miami Herald

This is awesome! Show them you appreciate their effort & pay them a visit 🙂
 

Over 800 dogs became temporary guests at the Hyatt Regency Orlando last weekend as Irma, then a Category 5 storm with viciously fast wind speeds, barreled toward the state, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Full Story: As Hurricane Irma neared, Hyatt Regency Orlando hotel in Florida opened doors for nearly 1,000 dogs | Miami Herald

Planet Abled: Meet the woman making travel accessible for disabled people in India | The Independent

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“Most of the time, a person with a disability remains in their own group of other people with the same disability, or with their family and friends,” she says. There was no travel service – at least in India – where a deaf person could travel with a blind person, or a wheelchair user with a traveller without a disability. Arora was determined to change that. Then came the customisation for each client – special needs, special interests, solo travel, group travel, honeymoon, wellness, adventure.

Full Story: Planet Abled: Meet the woman making travel accessible for disabled people in India | The Independent

Idaho hopes to bring stargazers to first US dark sky reserve – News-Sentinel.com

A new “Dark Sky” are may soon be here. These are really cool for astrophotographers and tourists in general who really want to see a true “night sky”.

Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way.

The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States would fill a chunk of the state’s sparsely populated region that contains night skies so pristine that interstellar dust clouds are visible in the Milky Way.

“We know the night sky has inspired people for many thousands of years,” said John Barentine, program manager at the Tucson, Arizona-based International Dark-Sky Association. “When they are in a space where they can see it, it’s often a very profound experience.”

Full Story: Idaho hopes to bring stargazers to first US dark sky reserve – News-Sentinel.com

Berlin emerges as the number one city in the world to work while you travel

A new report by PeoplePerHour has revealed the capital city of Germany as the top spot for ‘digital nomads’ to earn a living while travelling. The study takes into account things like the number of co-working spaces, monthly salaries, the overall cost of living, visa requisites and crime rates.

View all Top 5 Cities here: Berlin emerges as the number one city in the world to work while you travel

The Hotel Where Drinking Straws are Outlawed | TravelPulse

Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa has become the first of its kind in Hawai‘i to entirely end the use of plastic straws on its property. Children’s drinks and blended tropical drinks are now served with eco-friendly paper straws, while other drinks are only served with paper straws on request at the hotel’s dining establishments, luau and other events.

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TSA Labor Day Travel Tips: 2017 | Transportation Security Administration

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As we mark the end of summer with Labor Day celebrations, we must not forget the families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Those in south Texas and Louisiana are just beginning to recover from an incredibly destructive storm, one that halted air and rail transportation in the region, devastated communities both large and small, and continues to threaten the safety of local residents, our colleagues and their families.

Full Story: TSA Labor Day Travel Tips: 2017 | Transportation Security Administration

How to Be Happier When You Travel

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Step one: Stop checking Facebook.

A few years back on a solo trip to Europe, Jaime L. Kurtz found herself standing on the Croatian island of Hvar. The sun shone. Boats bobbed in the Adriatic Sea. But instead of feeling happy and free, she felt homesick and lonely.

“I realized that a lot of this was due to my own habits and personality, rather than to characteristics of the places themselves,” Kurtz, an associate professor of psychology at James Madison University and author of The Happy Traveler: Unpacking The Secrets of Better Vacations, tells Condé Nast Traveler.

More tips at Conde Nast Traveler

How Global Travel Helps You In The Corporate World

Take a trip anywhere in the world and you’ll return home with a refreshed spirit and energy. You will also develop some skills you may not even be aware of gaining while abroad. No matter what industry or role you’re in, these skills are valuable and can be leveraged in the corporate world instantaneously. Whether taking a vacation or going abroad for an extended period of time, you are guaranteed to learn any or all of the following skills. I know I’ve certainly picked these up along my journey!

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