World 9 Best Places to Book Summer Travel
What's happening with foreign travel?
The BBC looks at the factors involved in order to get international travel going again.While the government has always said that international travel would be limited, the travel industry had not foreseen that the list would be as limited as it is, particularly now that Portugal has been moved to the amber list.
It's no secret that in a near post-pandemic world, we're all itching to get out of the house. Listen, the couch—and the potato chips and all of the binge-watching television—has been great to us during the past unbelievable year, but it's time to get on out there and do some much-needed traveling. You know, a little change of scenery. But if you're like the 77 percent of Americans who plan on taking a vacay in summer 2021, then despite your efforts, you too might be hitting a little snag: Everything—and we mean, everything—is booked up. So, what's a wanderluster to do?
We're not just talking...because yes, Airbnb is booked-up beyond belief, but even the national parks are overcrowding. With so many people wanting to travel but only a limited amount of places to travel to and book with, tourists everywhere are searching high and low for other options. Whether you're more of a jet-setter or a backpacker, here's what we found for booking travel during summer 2021.
Travel industry dismisses US-UK moves to reopen
President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have agreed to set up a taskforce to ease restrictions.A new taskforce will be set up to make recommendations on easing restrictions as part of an "Atlantic Charter", set to be agreed on Thursday.
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9 Best Places to Book Summer Travel
Vrbo offers more than 2 million vacation rentals, making it one of the top booking sites there is. With offerings of just about anything you could be looking for—pet-friendly spots, condos, beach houses, specific amenities and more—Vrbo has everything from properties for large groups to smaller rental spaces for couples or solo travelers. The best part about Vrbo by far—its affordable prices aside—are its various options for amenities. Whether that's a private pool and hot tub or a full kitchen with functional space and appliances, Vrbo makes it easy to search for locations based on exactly what you need.
Travel industry anger as Germans flock to Majorca
The bosses of two travel firms say the Balearic islands should be on the green list for safe travel.The boss of Jet2 said he was "bewildered" over why they couldn't fly to those destinations.
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Sonder offers the ultimate luxury experience with all the high-quality vibes of a hotel experience, but without the hassle. You can handle everything from the comfort of your phone—from the initial booking to check-in—and there's more than 4,500 listings worldwide to choose from. You'll find Sonder listings in 35 cities across the globe, including big hub cities like Montreal, London and Amsterdam. Keeping it in the U.S.? Our top favorite Sonder spots in the U.S. right now are this one-bedroom at the Duncan Plaza in New Orleans' Business District (starting at $90 per night) and this San Diego apartment that fits six (starting at $199 per night).
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Got high standards? Travel with Plum Guide! Three percent of its homes in each destination win the highly coveted Plum Award, the new global quality standard for rentals. If it's listed on Plum Guide—and there are more than 5,000,000-plus listings on this booking site—then you know it's of the highest quality. Be sure to check out unreal destinations in the U.S. like Ojai, California; Charleston, South Carolina; New York's Hudson Valley and more.
Meghan's book reaches top spot on prestigious list as duchess praises 'another side of masculinity'
The Duchess of Sussex has thanked readers for helping to make her children's book become a bestseller.The Duchess of Sussex has thanked readers for helping to make her children's book become a bestseller.
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Expedia has long had a reputation for being a one-stop travel site where you can book anything and everything to make your vacation dream worthy. With car rentals, flights and hotel options, Expedia is the closest thing to a travel agent as technology allows. With more than 2.9 million properties, 210,000 unique activities and 500-plus airlines, cruise lines and car rental options, you can arrange just about every aspect of your travels right on the computer or phone!
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With more than 2,000,000-plus properties worldwide, Agoda offers all kinds of bookings, from traditional options (like hotels and homes) to private or even long-term stays. (If we had to make a particular recommendation, we'd say nab one of its private villas ASAP—so luxurious and expensive-feeling, but without blowing the budget.) According to the website, some of its most popular locations in the U.S. are Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas and Orlando, Florida. When it comes to destinations abroad, its most booked include Dubai, Singapore, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur.
Girl dads: Famous fathers of daughters
On April 6, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine shared a photo of himself and his wife Behati Prinsloo alongside their two daughters, Dusty Rose, 4, and Gio Grace, 3. The best part? They were all wearing matching dresses. Levine wore a pink tie-dyed halter maxi dress from Tiare Hawaii, matching his girls as they all hold hands and pose with their backs to the camera. Levine captioned the post, "Girls just wanna have fun." And that is just one of the many joys of being a father to girls! Many celebrities are, of course, quite protective, even secretive, when it comes to their families, and often celebrity kids are kept out of the spotlight. But in fact there are many celebrity fathers who join Adam Levine in the team of girl dads. Check out this gallery to find out who they are.
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Booking.com is more than hotels! Whether you're looking for an apartment, resort, cabin or private home, it's all there, so long as you know what to look for. And trust us, there's a lot to search through. With more than 774,874 apartments, 17,678 resorts, 387,467 villas, 30,584 cabins and 781,245 hotels, there's no limit to booking your dream vacation. To top it all off, Booking.com also has an exceptional community of like-minded travelers who can connect about their upcoming trips, ask location-specific questions and, of course, share their top traveling tips.
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TurnKey calls itself "the smarter way to vacation rental," thanks to the booking platform's super high standards. Each rental is professionally cleaned regularly (as it should be) and features complimentary Wi-Fi, easily accessible digital locks and 24/7 guest support. A Travel Weekly Gold Magellan Award Winner, TurnKey has amassed more than 40,000 five-star reviews from satisfied guests. Oh, if TurnKey looks super familiar to you, it's probably because you've watched Stay Here on. As if you needed more reasons to book with them!
Book at TurnKey.
If you're looking for a travel experience more off the beaten track, or are still having trouble booking a hotel, going the RV route is a great option. Outdoorsy pairs travelers—um, campers?—with the RV that fits their needs. Whether that's a camper van, a trailer, a Class A or Class C RV, simply find an RV rental by inputting your travel dates and destination. For something a little extra, you can check out Outdoorsy's newest launch, Collective Retreats locations, which feature luxurious amenities like spa showers, covered terraces and soaking tubs. By booking an exclusive location with Collective Retreats, guests also unlock access to other luxury amenities, public spaces and guest programming—which, if you're lucky, could include anything from farm-to-table restaurants to cocktail bars and live music.
Meghan reveals 'special detail' that pays tribute to Princess Diana 'tucked within' her new children's book
The Duchess of Sussex has revealed the "special detail" hidden inside the pages of her new children's book that pays tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. The Duchess of Sussex has revealed the "special detail" hidden inside the pages of her new children's book that pays tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.
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Camping not your style? No worries! Live the luxe life—well, at least while you're on vacation—by booking with Onefinestay. A kind of go-big-or-go-home booking platform that features luxury rentals one could only dream of—Turks and Caicos; Greece; Hawaii; St. Barts; Cannes, France; Ibiza, Spain, and so many more—Onefinestay has listings that can only be described as chic. Guests are greeted in person when they arrive (because you should literally feel like a star when traveling with Onefinestay), and a concierge can help you book just about any amenity you could think of: a private chef, driver, child care, dining, activities—you name it. Onefinestay may not be the least expensive booking site on this list, but it is definitely the most glamorous.
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Celebrities managed by their parents .
In recent months, there's been a lot of attention on Britney Spears and her father, Jamie, who as his daughter's conservator has controlled pretty much every aspect of her life since she was admitted to hospital in 2008. This may be an extreme case of parents taking the reins when it comes to their kids, but there are lots of other celebs who at some point have been managed by their parents. Just look at Kris Jenner, the world's most famous "momager." Check out this gallery to find out which stars have been managed by their parents.