Which nations are finest for street journeys? See the highest 5 on the earth

The highly transmissible omicron Covid-19 variant has some travelers thinking twice about air travel again.

while travel bookings are surging this year, some people are sticking with one of the biggest trends to have emerged from the pandemic: the road trip.

“With driving you can significantly lower your risk of exposure when interacting with large groups … making it a safer option,” said Anja Benson, public relations and marketing manager at the vacation home rental website Holidu.

Road trips also give travelers the chance to “clear their minds — something that many will be keen to do after almost two years of being cooped up inside,” she added.

Holidu is behind a new list to inspire travelers to buckle up and hit the road. its “Cross Country Road Trip Index” published in December Factors analyzed such as road quality, gas prices and landscape variety in 118 countries.

It also took into account the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a given country and the number of cities in the top 100 world ranking, as determined by the website BestCities.org.

These factors, plus others, were weighted equally in the ranking. When countries tied, the country with the best road infrastructure was given the edge because “having decent roads to drive on is something that every ‘road tripper’ will deem important,” said Benson.

Here are the top five countries on that list, along with famous routes in each destination.

1.United States

Home to 29 of the 100 best-ranked cities in the worldthe United States offers road warriors a range of landscapes, from mountains and deserts to glaciers and forests.

The country also ranked eighth in the world for road quality.

U.S. Route 66

  • Popular route: Chicago, Illinois to the Santa Monica Pier in California
  • Distance: about 2,450 miles

The old US Route 66 stretched across three time zones and eight states — Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Known as the country’s “Mother Road,” Route 66 was decommissioned in 1985, when American transportation officials decertified it and voted to remove its highway signs. Drivers can still trace much of the old route, though the highways have new names now.

Roy’s Motel & Cafe along historic Route 66 in Amboy, California.

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Those who do can see St. Louis’ Gateway Arch; half-buried cars at the Cadillac Ranch outside of Amarillo, Texas; and Route 66 relics along walking tours in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Along the way, there are small towns with old-school diners and vintage barbershops with remnants of the 20th-century Americana that made the route famous.

Pacific Coast Highway

  • Popular route: San Diego, California to Olympic National Park in Washington
  • Distance: about 1,250 miles

Pacific Coast Highway — called “the 101,” “Highway 1” or “PCH,” depending on the location — extends much of the length of the US West Coast, providing breathtaking views of the coastlines of the Pacific Ocean.

The route passes national parks, beaches and picturesque coastal towns as well as cities like Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Oregon’s Portland.

Travelers can soak in the sun at famous beaches like Long Beach and Huntington Beach, or enjoy the giant trees at Redwood National Park.

Pacific Coast Highway’s Bixby Bridge, near Big Sur, California.

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For a shorter trip, drivers can begin at San Juan Capistrano in Southern California and end at Leggett, north of San Francisco. It’s about half the distance, but still takes drivers along the majority of the Californian coastline.

2. Mexico

Known for its beach resorts and colorful culture, Mexico is also home to 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it No. 7 in the world by number of heritage sites.

Like its neighbor to the north, Mexico has deserts and mountain ranges. It also has jungles, which give it an edge when it comes to the number of animals present in the country — another factor in the road trip ranking.

Baja California Peninsula

  • Popular route: Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas
  • Distance: about 1,625 miles

Many travel guides recommend a drive down Baja California, a state in Mexico south of the US state of California.

Road trippers can stop to explore Cabo Pulmo, one of the most well-known diving sites along the peninsula. Much of the diving is geared toward experienced divers, though snorkelers can also see Mexico’s diverse marine life.

Visiting Cabo Pulmo between January and March is ideal for whale watching, when humpback and gray whales can be spotted in area lagoons.

Yucatan Peninsula Loop

  • Popular route: Cancun, back to Cancun
  • Distance: about 1,460 miles

Travelers who circle the Yucatan Peninsula can take in the region’s history, culture and famous beach towns.

Drivers can choose their own path, but common routes include a stop to see the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza — designated one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” in 2017 — and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Mayan monuments of Uxmal and the Spanish colonial harbor town of Campeche.

A tourist stands next to the algae-tinted pink lakes of Los Colorados in Yucatan, Mexico.

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On the way back to Cancun, travelers can stop in the beach towns of Tulum and Playa Del Carmen. Another picturesque spot is the collection of pink lakes in Las Coloradas, although visitors are no longer allowed to swim in the water.

3.Canada

Holidu’s study ranks Canada as the sixth country in the world for its “natural assets,” which include its national parks.

The country also scored high for its road infrastructure, with popular cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal clinching spots on the best city list.

Trans Canada Highway

  • Popular route: Victoria, British Columbia, to St. John’s, Labrador
  • Distance: about 4,860 miles

Known as the second-longest national highway in the world, the Trans-Canada Highway runs through all of Canada’s 10 provinces. It can take a month or more to fully take in the picturesque views along the route.

Fall colors along the Trans-Canada Highway near Golden in British Columbia, Canada.

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Hiking in Glacier National Park is a highlight for many road-trippers. The park is open year-round with campgrounds opening in late June, and ski season running from November to April.

Sea to Sky Highway

  • Popular route: Horseshoe Bay to Whistler, both in British Columbia
  • Distance: about 75 miles

A road trip along the Sea to Sky Highway — officially Highway 99 — is filled with natural, cultural and outdoor sport attractions.

Though the distance is short, road trippers routinely stretch out the drive over several days. This grants travelers time to stop at places such as the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, which brings visitors 885 meters (2,900 feet) above sea level for panoramic views of the coastal mountains.

In the winter months, the gondola serves crowds of families who come to ski, hike and snowboard.

4.Malaysia

With affordable accommodations, food and fuel prices, money goes far in Malaysia, the only country in Asia to make the top five.

“One thing that Asia offers road trippers over western countries is value for money,” said Holidu’s Benson. Malaysia is the “seventh cheapest country in the world for gas at only $1.87 a gallon.”

Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands

  • Distance: about 125 miles

The drive from the buzzing capital city of Kuala Lumpur to the high altitudes of Cameron Highlands can be done in half a day.

Dotted with tea plantations and hiking trails, Cameron Highlands is lush and cooler than other parts of Malaysia.

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Strawberry-picking season usually lasts from May to August, but travelers who visit at other times can explore the municipality’s bee and butterfly farms.

Cameron Highlands is also well known for its tea plantations. Rolling green hills and English-style cottages surround the area for visitors looking to enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea break.

Petaling Jaya to Langkawi

  • Distance: about 300 miles

This road trip covers most of Malaysia’s western coast, from Petaling Jaya — a city on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur — to the islands of Langkawi, which are accessible via ferry.

The Langkawi Sky Bridge is a curved suspension bridge popular with tourists.

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To take a break from the sweltering heat, travelers can stop by the seven-tiered Taman Eko Rimba Kanching waterfalls for a swim. From there, it’s only half an hour to Selangor Fruit Valleya 646-hectare tropical fruit farm with a petting zoo and tram ride.

5 Argentina

Road trippers passing the Argentinian capital city of Bueno Aires — ranked No. 63 on the list of 100 best cities — can “explore its mansion-lined cobblestone streets, bustling boulevards and its nightlife that goes on until dawn,” said Benson.

Those looking for a quieter journey can visit the Yacutinga Rainforest, Andes mountain range or the Patagonian Desert.

route 40

  • Popular route: Cabo Virgenes, Patagonia to La Quiaca, Jujuy province
  • Distance: about 3,230 miles

Argentina’s Route 40 is said to be one of the most captivating road trips in the world.

Ruta de los Siete Lagos, also known as Route of the Seven Lakes, in Argentina.

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One of the biggest highlights along the route is the Route of the Seven Lakes. Visitors can spend an entire day exploring the mountainous backdrops, small villages and aquarium-blue waterfalls in the lake region.

There are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way, including Los Glaciares National Park — the country’s largest national park — and the Cueva de las Manos, or “Cave of Hands,” with cave drawings of human hands executed between 9,500 to 13,000 years agoaccording to UNESCO.

Buenos Aires to Salta

  • Distance: about 925 miles

Travelers embarking on this route usually spend the weekend in Mendoza, arguably Argentina’s most acclaimed wine region. Many of the vineyards here produce the country’s signature wine grape — Malbec. Horseback riding is a popular way to take in the breathtaking scenery.

Vineyards in the Mendoza wine region of Argentina.

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The region also attracts visitors looking for an adrenaline rush, with options to go paragliding and whitewater rafting on the Mendoza River.

NASCAR Foursome To Develop into Highway Warriors IMSA Type at Daytona

A quartet of NASCAR Young Guns will leave their production cars at home to compete in the IMSA sportscar events at Daytona International Speedway next week to open the 2022 season.

Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, Chase Briscoe and Hailie Deegan – all part of the Ford Performance program in NASCAR – will compete in two Ford Mustang GT4s on Friday, January 28 for the season opener of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, the BMW M Endurance Challenge, A day later, Cindric will climb into the No. 15 Proton USA Mercedes-AMG GT3 and compete in the new GTD PRO class at the 60th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, North America’s premier sportscar race on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar , 29.-30. January.

Cindric and Burton will share the #41 PF Racing Mustang for the Michelin Pilot Challenge race, with Briscoe and Deegan in the #42 Mustang from the same stable. The goal for all four drivers is to gain valuable street circuit experience before the start of their NASCAR seasons—the Camping World Truck Series for Deegan and the Cup Series for the other three.

Tickets are available for next weekend’s activities and include the following. Sign up to receive all ticket information for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA weekend www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

4-Day Adult Ticket: $125 (Infield/Frontstretch/Garage Access); Children up to 12 years FREE

Adult Sat-Sun Tickets: $75 (Infield/Frontstretch/Garage Access); Children up to 12 years FREE

Sat-Sun Adult Tickets: $50 (Infield, Frontstretch Access): Children 12 and under FREE

Adult tickets Saturday-Sunday: $50 (unreserved front seats): Children 12 and under FREE

Adult tickets on Friday: $30 (unreserved front seats): Children 12 and under FREE

Adult Sunday tickets: $35 (unreserved front stretch seating): Children 12 and under FREE

Cindric, the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion who will be a Cup Series rookie with Team Penske this year, is no stranger to IMSA racing. The 22-year-old has contested 16 Michelin Pilot Challenge races with two wins and has six WeatherTech Championship races under his belt.

For Burton, 21-year-old driver of NASCAR’s Wood Brothers Racing Ford and son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports race analyst Jeff Burton, the 3.56-mile Daytona track will be a new experience.

“I’ve had these conversations with my friends at Ford, at the Wood Brothers and at Penske. The only thing I wanted to work on to get better was to be a better street racer,” said Harrison Burton. “Having the opportunity to do this right away is awesome and recognition that they have made a commitment to help me get better. It really is everything a driver could ask for.”

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Drivers have their teams’ blessing to venture outside of their regular work area to compete at Daytona.

“We want to be flexible,” said Walter Czarnecki, vice chairman, Team Penske. “We want to give them the opportunity to expand their skills.”

But the four gets plenty of space in Daytona. It started on Friday with three days of testing for both IMSA series at the Roar Before the Rolex 24. In the second session on Friday, Cindric was 7th fastest of the 30 cars in the Grand Sport (GS) class with a lap of 1 minute and 54.027 seconds. (112.394 mph) while Briscoe finished 12th with a 1:54.367 (112.060 mph).

“That’s one thing I’ve really buckled up and said for this 2022, I just need to get as much seat time as possible, whether it’s in the dirt, on circuits or whatever I can ride,” Deegan said. 20, returning to David Gilliland Racing in 22 for a second trucking season. “I just want to come in and get more experience and I feel like there’s one thing I could improve on – I can improve on a lot of things – but I feel like there’s one thing that’s really coming up more in the NASCAR world and that’s the street circuit Run. I have the feeling that being able to drive any kind of road course will just improve me as a driver.”

It will be a reunion for Deegan and Briscoe, who shared a Mustang for the 2020 Daytona race. Briscoe, who is driving for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Cup Series this season, is looking forward to the seat time and to seeing how Deegan has improved in the two years since they have raced together.

“The last time we were there, it was her first time ever running a road course,” said Briscoe, 27. “Well, getting back to her, she’s probably done three or four truck races now (on road courses) and has raced some other IMSA stuff so it will be fun to see her improve as a racer.

“She’s doing a really good job in a lot of different disciplines and it’s going to be fun to go down there and show us both a whole new discipline and go down there and just have a good time.”

When the Michelin Pilot Challenge race is over, the race ends for three of the drivers. Not so for Cindric, who will make his fourth start in the Rolex 24, this time alongside Dirk Mueller and Patrick Assenheimer in the #15 Mercedes. Cindric has a clear goal in mind.

“I have a very strong desire to win the Rolex 24 and that is my motivating factor to compete in this race,” said Cindric, who won the beef last February. It’s what’s for dinner. 300 races of the NASCAR Xfinity Series. “I’ve worked really hard every offseason to try and make a difference, not to get into a five-rider lineup just to race and experience it. I kind of did it all.

“I would say the Rolex is probably the most realistic race I can watch and say I would love to win that race. I think this is a great opportunity for me to do that, or at least establish my skills for it, and as I said, against a group of drivers who are incredibly talented and incredibly experienced, all in their cars.”

GTD PRO is just that – a class based on professional drivers. Most cars have factory support. In a way, Cindric says, this Rolex 24 will reflect what he expects as a NASCAR Cup Series rookie – going head-to-head with the best pro drivers.

“On GTD PRO you look at the roster and my jaw kind of dropped,” said Cindric, “so I’m looking forward to this challenge.”

Once the checkered flag drops at the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the World Center of Racing will focus on DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth (February 15-20) and the 64th Annual DAYTONA 500. The week will be six days of incredible track action with practice, qualifying and a total of six races across four different series. It will offer multiple opportunities for fans to see the next-gen NASCAR Cup Series car, as well as some of the world’s greatest drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, and the ARCA Menards Series.

For ticket information for Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, log in www.DAYTONA500.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. If fans would like to buy or sell reserved seats for the DAYTONA 500, please visit SeatGeek, the DAYTONA 500’s preferred ticket exchange, and Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as the all-new NASCAR tracks apartment, for the latest speedway news.

Colonial-Fashion Residence On Cactus Highway Promoting For $430Ok

LEVITTOWN, PA – A home on Cactus Road in Levittown is currently selling for $ 429,900.

Located on Cobalt Ridge, this colonial house has 4 bedrooms, a spacious back yard patio and large living room. This home is the perfect size for small families and is located in the Neshaminy School District.

Owners will have the pleasure of using a cooking island in the kitchen that doubles as a cooking area. A small balcony gives the owners the opportunity to look out onto their backyard. Located near Colbat Ridge Park, families can always walk over for a day of fun and games outdoors.

The house, originally built in 1956, was completely rebuilt in 2002, giving it a multitude of modern innovations and styles.

For the full listing, read all of the additional details below.

  • Address: 53 Cactus Road, Levittown, PA
  • Price: $ 429900
  • Square feet: 2433
  • Bedroom: 4
  • Bathroom: 2
  • Listing Description: Welcome home to an absolutely stunning colonial home in the coveted Cobalt Ridge, Neshaminy School District. The pride of ownership is evident as soon as you approach the beautifully landscaped front yard of great attractiveness. The modern open floor plan overflows into the well-appointed dining area and upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and contemporary finishes. This house was completely reconstructed in 2002. Seller reviewed all listings Friday night 12-3

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Hitting the street in type: the native story of a 1940 Packard | Information

When Jim Long was a kid, his neighbor told him he was going to sell him a car. Life intervened, but after many years the car came into Long’s possession.

Long lived on 193 High Street as a child. He explained that across the street on 194 High Street “lived two bachelors, William Davis and his brother Ross. Mr. Davis was the Church of the Assumption Music Director for many years. He was well known in Bradford. “

Long described Mr. Davis as a very conservative elderly gentleman.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in anything other than a suit and tie,” Long said. Mr. Davis owned a 1940 Packard 110 which he kept in a garage on Rochester Street. To reach his house from the garage, Mr. Davis walked up an alley between Long’s house and his neighbor’s – the popular thoroughfare for those in the neighborhood that goes from point A to point B.

Long said Mr. Davis would always talk to the family when they were out when he came by.

“He always told me he would sell me the car,” Long said. However, Long was drafted into the army in 1966, and when he was released and returned home in 1968, something was different.

“I looked across the street and the house was empty. I asked my mom, ‘What happened to Mr. Davis?’ “Long said. He said his mother stated that Mr. Davis had gotten older and moved to the Holley Hotel because there were no retirement homes at the time and the Holley was a respectable place to live. When Long asked about Mr. Davis’ car, his mother said it had been sold to Paul Abernathy.

Long later learned that Abernathy had gone to church with Mr. Davis, which provided an opportunity to bond for the sale.

During a conversation with Abernathy’s daughter, who is a friend of the family, Long discovered that the car was not being driven. His understanding was that the car was not in tip-top condition when it was sold to Abernathy and he was concerned about its reliability. Instead of driving on the road, the car was idling.

After Abernathy’s death, the car was given to his son Sheldon, who Long said everyone called “Bernie” and who was a local postman. Like his father, the younger Abernathy stowed the car without driving it.

In 2003, however, Sheldon Abernathy had the car completely restored. Long said the work was done by Greg Davis, who has a shop in Westline and does the restoration, and the car was painted by Don Swander. The interior, which was fully restored after the 1940s, was made by a company in Buffalo, NY. executed

Long’s opportunity to purchase the car came accidentally after Sheldon Abernathy’s death when the car was in the possession of John Piganelli, Abernathy’s nephew.

“The funny thing is that I found it by accident,” Long said. He explained that his brother-in-law Lanny Layton had gone to see John Piganelli’s son Evan on an unrelated matter, and during the conversation Evan asked if he knew anyone who might want to buy an old Packard.

“Lanny said, ‘Yes I do,'” Long said. “Lanny called me and I contacted John Piganelli and said, ‘Don’t sell it. I’m going to buy it.'”

Long closed the deal on Aug. 3, agreeing to Piganelli’s condition to take him to the Packard – which he had never ridden in before.

Lange went to work replacing the fuel pump and other parts. The car was not yet ready to drive. Then Long’s friend and VFW colleague Steve Belleville came by.

“He said, ‘We’re going to your garage and we’ll get this thing up and running in five minutes.’ In fact, he was right, ”said Long. “The timing was a little off.”

Long said the car is now running smoothly and has been taking it easy for the past two weeks.

“The longest distance I’ve ridden is my brother-in-law’s house – he lives Stickney,” said Long. “It went well.”

Long said there was a consequence of the car sitting idle.

“Basically, I have a rust problem in the gas tank of (the car) that has been sitting for so many years. I put some fuel filters on it and it seems to be going well, ”he said. “I try to put a few short miles on it and make sure it starts every time I try to start it.”

Long is happy to have a car with such a personal story and to have it ready for new adventures. However, he does not plan to adapt his wardrobe to the decade.

“It’s a pretty decent car. Everyone tells me to get a pinstripe suit and a fedora, but that’s not my style, ”he said.

58-86: Actual Madrid wins in fashion in opposition to MoraBanc Andorra on first street journey of league marketing campaign

real Madrid made two out of two wins and took a first win on the road after taking a sublime away from MoraBanc Andorra with a good team performance. Five players finished the game with double digits, led by Tavares (15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks and 26 in PIR). The team, trained by Pablo lasso – who reached the 600-victory mark as the whites in charge – delivered another good defensive performance that Andorra – which had previously recorded 98 – limited to only 58 points. In less than 48 hours, Madrid will be back in the league against Mombus Obradoiro WiZink Center.

The Whites got off to a flying start, taking a 0-10 lead in the first two minutes and 39 seconds – a perfect magic when the team defended solidly, had the rebound on top, moved the ball well and kept running, to take the initiative against a shocked home team. Heurtel determine the tone of the game (5 assists) and its follow-up game Tavares (9 points and 5 rebounds), along with Give it back‘s contribution (5 + 3), led the Madridistas in the early stages. MoraBanc Andorra responded well from the three-point line (14-16) but the rotations around lasso helped the guests to a comfortable seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter (14:21).

Madrid under control

The high number of sales and the introduction of diagnosis for Andorra prevented Madrid from clearing the scoreboard in the first half. The defensive solidity of the team, which corresponds to the physicality of the opponent, and the contribution of the players who come off the bench in the form of Llull, Taylor, Pear tree and Alocén, allowed the team to extend the lead to 12 points at 22:34 in the 17th minute. By this point in the game, the Vitoria-born coach had already used all 12 players, including Rudywho, after an injury in the Spanish Supercup (30-38, at least 20).

The team remained determined even after the break and, thanks to an aggressive defensive and energetic offensive, gradually built the gap to an opponent who was rarely able to react. At 32-38 in the 21st minute, Build put Madrid firmly in power with an exhibition from the three-point area. His three straight threesomes were followed by another six points from the fire Tavares, kept pounding on the home side’s basket as he approached a doubles doubles. Until then, Madrid was very comfortable and the combination Heurtel, Entertainer and Give it back opened in the third quarter with a minute before the end a 22-point lead (42:64).

Convincing victory

Madrid remained mentally strong and did not let the big lead carry them away as the guests continued to shoot determinedly and fought for every ball. MoraBanc Andorra couldn’t counter lassoTroops and encountered a remarkable defense in which both Tavares and Pear tree Proved to be unbeatable (4 blocks from Cape Verde). Williams-Goss made sure that the lead was expanded further, which was 33 points at 53:84 one minute before the end. It was the second win for real Madrid and the team is sure to start clicking. The whites must now concentrate on the duel against Monbus Obradoiro, who the WiZink Center on Sunday (8 p.m. CET).

MORABANC ANDORRA-REAL MADRID STATISTICS

Individuals are wanting to hit the street Labor Day vacation weekend

Large areas such as national parks and beaches are still popular for long vacation weekends.

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A spike in Covid-19 infections due to the Delta variant may slow recovery from the pandemic, but Labor Day travelers looking for a hurray last summer – and with the shadow of possible future bans on their mind – are eager to to be on the way.

Recent studies have shown that this is happening despite ongoing concerns about Covid-19 and related restrictions like mask and vaccination requirements for travel destinations and venues.

Up to that point, 75% of people surveyed by travel website The Vacationer and SurveyMonkey on August 1 said the coronavirus remains a “minor” or “major” problem, according to co-founder Eric Jones. However, Jones said he thinks Labor Day travel is on the rise “because people want to make sure they get something”.

“There is talk of new quarantine rules or bans … so some fear they will not be able to travel again,” added Jones, finding in an earlier poll this summer.

The Vacationer found that 25% of Americans are planning so-called revenge trips. “That means they travel more than usual just because they were bottled at home,” Jones said. “Well, I suspect this is one of the last Labor Day opportunities you have this summer.”

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In fact, The Vacationer’s latest survey found that more than 53% of 571 respondents are planning a work holiday trip, with 4.03% using public transit, 12.08% flying, and 36.95% driving a car. The result – extrapolated to the US population as a whole – would mean that 137 million American adults will travel that weekend, according to the website, an increase from July 4th and more than 10% more than the total number of weekends on Easter and on Memorial Day together.

For its part, Tripadvisor found that only 31% of Americans surveyed plan to travel this weekend, which is in line with 2020 (32%) and even 2019 (35%) levels.

Elizabeth Monahan, senior communications manager and US travel expert on site, said that “this is pretty consistent when it comes to a long weekend.” Tripadvisor found that 86% of travelers will stay in the US, with 45% traveling locally by car or train and 41% using domestic flights. Only 14% plan to travel abroad.

Among the age cohorts, Millennials are the most willing to travel with 38%, followed by Generation X with 32% and Generation Z with 31%. Older Americans are far less inclined to travel this week, with only 13% of baby boomers traveling.

Millennials, who are often thought to be in their 30s and 40s now, are more likely to be parents of children who went to school at home in the last year – perhaps Monahan explains the population’s eagerness to leave the home.

“This group in particular really missed some of the great memories that travel and experience different parts of the world with those who are closest to you can make,” she said.

It’s not just surveys that show an increasing interest in Labor Day travel, but also in hard sales data. TripIt, from Concur’s data analysis, showed domestic flight, car rentals, accommodations and vacation rentals bookings were 53%, 75%, 62% and 46% respectively, compared to Labor Day 2019 only 33% of 2019 levels; Bookings from car rental companies and accommodation have also increased significantly since the end of May.

Jen Moyse, TripIt’s senior director of product, said the analytical results were not a “big surprise”.

“What we’ve seen in our previous studies is that people are more comfortable traveling and that is reflected in the bookings,” she said. “As soon as the vaccines came out, we saw the level of comfort increase.”

In terms of spending, 39.4% of respondents said they wouldn’t spend cash on travel this weekend, The Vacationer found. But of those who take a trip, the majority of travelers are spending less than $ 500 at 37.13%, while 12.08% will spend $ 501 to $ 1,000, according to The Vacationer’s survey. Meanwhile, about 11.38% will spend $ 1,001 or more. That means almost one in four adults will be spending more than $ 500 this weekend.

TripIt found that travelers stay longer, with accommodation reservations increasing by a factor of 10 since 2019 for both 8-13 day trips and trips longer than 14 days. Moyse also attributes this to business travelers who just want to stay away longer when they decide to travel. “When I get out, I’ll travel as I mean,” she said.

The more flexibility the various hospitality sectors can offer guests, the more businesses these providers will win.

Elizabeth Monahan

Senior Communications Manager at Tripadvisor

According to Tripadvisor, flexibility remains important for travelers; Filters like Free Cancellation, Pay at Stay, and Travel Safe are some of the most clicked filters on the page.

“The biggest benefit people are looking for is cleanliness, but flexibility is also a priority right now,” said Monahan. “The more flexibility the various hospitality sectors can offer guests, the more business these providers will win.”

Later that year they also booked weekend Labor Day flights, with TripIt seeing 51% of reservations in July, compared to just 18% in 2020. Tripadvisor has also seen a trend towards last minute bookings. The website found that 70% of trips booked in the first week of August were for trips within three weeks.

TripIt’s Moyse attributed this behavior to people knowing that conditions change day by day.

“Some of this has to do with looking at the current conditions and thinking, ‘Am I ready to go? What will it be like in this destination?'” Moyse said, citing Hawaii, which eased entry restrictions in July just got to tighten them again.

No escape from Covid

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Three in four of The Vacationer’s respondents said Covid-19 was a “slight” or “big” problem for Labor Day. Almost half fear that they (46.06%) or a family member or friend (46.76%) could get Covid, and 37.83% fear that they could unwittingly spread it. Mask (28.55%) and test or vaccine requirements (20.32%) were also of concern, regardless of whether respondents were for or against such mandates. Only 16.99% had no concerns at all.

Moyse at TripIt said, “There’s still some nervousness there [and] they are still cautious. “

However, this may be due to the surprising rise of the delta variant. “Once the Delta variant has been with us for a while, it’s possible we will see other responses from people,” she added.

“But right now, people are learning how to mask, they’re learning to take precautions, they’re learning to plan ahead, and that’s some of the advice we’ve given a lot,” added Moyse. “Think about how you can plan your trip a little differently than in 2019.”

Top 15 Labor Day Destinations on Tripadvisor for 2021

  1. Ocean City, Maryland
  2. Orlando Florida
  3. Las Vegas
  4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  5. new York
  6. Cancun, Mexico
  7. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  8. Miami Beach, Florida
  9. Key West, Florida
  10. Honolulu
  11. Panama City Beach, Florida
  12. Atlantic City, New Jersey
  13. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  14. Chicago
  15. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Source: Tripadvisor

In fact, Tripadvisor found that beaches and national parks – mostly outdoor areas that became popular amid pandemic lockdowns last year – remain the most sought-after attractions in August.

“When people want to get out and travel, they want to be sure to do so in places like the outdoors or on beaches or while hiking – we’re even seeing a lot of interest in camping,” Monahan said. “Places where you can enjoy beautiful views but also practice social distancing have remained a really strong trend, and we’re now seeing that for Labor Day weekend as well.”

The trend is reflected in how Tripadvisor’s top Labor Day travel destinations compare to those in 2019, when more urban spots were popular. This year, Ocean City, Maryland ranked first, pushing former No. 1 destination Las Vegas to third, and 10 of the top 15 travel destinations are warm weather or seaside destinations. Two years ago, on the other hand, 10 out of 15 top positions were large cities.

That said, don’t expect the city to stay out forever.

“We’re seeing some places like New York and even Chicago popping up again,” Monahan said.

The Big Apple, # 2 in 2019, held its fifth place this year, and the Windy City, once the sixth most popular, retains some attraction at 14th place.

Jeep fans hit the highway to lift cash for St. Jude

PEKIN (Heart of Illinois ABC) – More than 100 Jeep owners made their way to a “Jeep Creep” Saturday to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The group started in Uftring Pekin and drove slowly through the back roads in the area, making several stops before ending at Lake Sankoty.

At each station there were games and raffles to raise money, as well as a live auction and a concert in the evening to close.

Organizer Mitzi Pollitt said they expected to raise more than $ 50,000 on Saturday and shared what she hoped the drivers would leave after their experience.

“I just hope that they leave with a big heart for what they do and with appreciation for everyone. It’s just a great thing and I hope you leave feeling like you’ve really achieved something today,” said Pollitt.

The fundraising campaign started in 2019 with around 60 jeeps. Pollitt said it has gotten bigger and better every year and she hopes it will keep growing.

ALDOT Strikes Highway Cash to Admin Fund | Information

The Alabama Department of Transportation recently withdrew $ 7 million from a street fund to cover administrative expenses for the last three months of the fiscal year.

The department said the move was legal and typically late in a fiscal year. The money comes from ALDOT’s public road and bridge fund, which is largely made up of gas tax revenue and federal fund revenue, but not the 2019 gas tax increase. This account, known as the Rebuild Alabama Fund, is allowed to do so expressly not diverted from road and bridge projects for other purposes.

Government agencies often transfer funds allocated by law between funds during a fiscal year as permitted by law. The measures must run through the Ministry of Finance.

Still, the decline in street funding and the surge in administrative funding, first reported on Monday by the Alabama Daily News, has paused some lawmakers.

Rep. Andrew Sorrell, R-Muscle Shoals, was one of the few lawmakers to vote against the 2019 gas tax increase, despite requirements in the bill that new revenue should not be “non-integrally” used for salaries and benefits, new equipment or construction A Rebuild Alabama Fund was also created to collect the new tax revenue.

“That sort of thing happens in government all the time,” said Sorrell on Monday. “They say, ‘Okay, we’re collecting this new school property tax and it’s only going to be used to build new schools.’ Okay, great. But then other money is released in another bank account that you don’t have to spend on a new school and you can do whatever you want with it. “

In June, ALDOT Commissioner John Cooper said in a letter to Governor Kay Ivey that the transfer was necessary because of an underestimation of the cost of the department’s general administrative program. This financing is based on estimates from previous years.

“Currently, the results of the underestimation require additional spending powers to perform administrative functions for the duration of the fiscal year,” he wrote.

The fiscal year ends on September 30th.

“It’s not uncommon for government agencies to get this type of approval late in a fiscal year,” ALDOT spokesman Tony Harris said Monday when asked by the Alabama Daily News. “This is about getting spending powers in a certain budget category, not a money transfer. ALDOT is one of at least seven government agencies that have found it necessary to shift spending powers from one budget category to another. The budgets for this fiscal year are based on two-year-old projections, so it is not uncommon for these changes to be made in the last quarter of a fiscal year. “

Senator Chris Elliott, R-Daphne, said Monday he wanted to know why ALDOT’s management fund needed extra cash to close the year.

“I am always concerned when money that could be used for infrastructure is used for overheads,” Elliott said.

“That’s why we expressly forbid this when we passed Rebuild Alabama (transfers away from road projects).”

The 2021 General Fund budget allocated $ 142.1 million to ALDOT’s General Administration Program and $ 1.3 billion to the Surface Transportation Improvement and Maintenance Program. There was a separate allocation of $ 160.9 million under the Rebuild Alabama program.

For fiscal 2021, ALDOT had total funds of $ 1.6 billion, according to the Legislative Services Agency. Almost 57% of that money came from government funds. The rest was federal and local.

17 Cash-Saving Ideas for Your Highway Journey to Las Vegas

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How to save money on a trip to Las Vegas

Follow some or all of these tips to save money on your Las Vegas adventure.

1. Get a new credit card

If you’re eligible, you might be able to get a nice welcome offer by opening a new one Credit card Account. Look for one that offers a Sign up bonus Cash or points that can be used directly on your trip. This strategy requires a bit of foresight, as most rewards credit card Bonus offers depend on the fact that you debit the card with a certain amount within the first few months of opening the account.

2. Use your points

Did you Credit card points who have sat around with little to no travel over the past year? Break them out. Redeem any free hotel room certificates you have as they may have an expiration date.

3. Avoid holidays

This is a golden rule of travel. More people have time to travel on and around holidays. Popular travel destinations will be more crowded and businesses will have little incentive to offer deals or savings.

4. Visit during the week

For the same reasons, Las Vegas is cheaper on weekdays. Some hotels charge more on Saturdays – sometimes double or more – compared to earlier in the week.

5. Set a gambling budget

You really don’t have to gamble to have fun in Las Vegas. But if you’re looking forward to taking a risk, take action budget. Decide how much you want to spend on gambling in advance and then stop when that amount runs out.

6. Get a gamer card

When you plan to play, every casino will give you a loyalty card. You may receive a freebie just for signing up. You can then collect points for rewards such as restaurant or room discounts.

7. Play from the strip

You will likely find lower minimum stakes and friendlier player rules once you step out of the general area of ​​Las Vegas Boulevard. Some people say that the slot machines also pay out more often off the strip.

8. Get a room away from the Strip

Hotels along the Las Vegas Strip are often the most expensive accommodations. The prices of course depend on the day of the week and the time of year you are traveling. But when doing your research, be sure to compare prices for off-strip and lesser-known hotels. Many are of the same caliber as the better-known hotels, offering great food and entertainment without the high room rates.

9. Rebooking and rebooking

Hotels and resorts in Las Vegas often offer free cancellation up to a few days before arrival. Find out about the cancellation policy for your reservation and keep booking better deals until there are no more options. Canceling a prepaid or third-party reservation can be more difficult than canceling a reservation made directly with a hotel. So make sure you understand the policies before booking.

10. Book a last minute room

Are you enthusiastic about spontaneity? This strategy is for you, especially if you live near Las Vegas. Book your room the day you want to go. Rooms sometimes show up for as little as $ 20.

11. Watch free shows

All major casinos and many smaller venues offer free entertainment. That’s because they want you there so they can trick you into spending money. That is why they go to great lengths to attract and hold you. That means some of the free conversations are really pretty spectacular. Some shows take place outdoors, like the volcanic eruption in front of The Mirage. And some are inside, like the amazing painted ceilings at The Venetian.

12. Buy tickets at half price

Las Vegas is where you’ll find world-class entertainment. From Cirque du Soleil to Taylor Swift, Vegas shows can leave you breathless and amazed. Unfortunately, ticket prices can leave you gasping for breath. But if you’re flexible with your plans and are open to the show you end up seeing, you may be able to snag cheap tickets at the last minute. Discount resellers sell tickets for the same day at a steep discount. There are kiosks all over Las Vegas.

13. Use public transport

Find free parking spaces and leave your car parked. Aside from the challenge of finding free parking in other locations, traffic in Las Vegas can be brutal. Las Vegas has a bus that takes you back and forth between downtown and the Strip for a few dollars a day. Some hotels have free tram service to other hotels. The Downtown Loop Shuttle is also free. If necessary, you can get into a rideshare vehicle at any time.

14. BYO drinks and snacks

Many hotel rooms are equipped with a small refrigerator. Do some grocery shopping to save money on restaurant meals.

15. Eat brunch

Rumor has it that Las Vegas hotel buffets will reopen sometime in June or July 2021. Fingers crossed! If a buffet is an option when visiting Las Vegas, schedule your visit for a late breakfast / early lunch to save an entire meal for the day. Another great option is to purchase the Buffet of Buffets Pass, which gives you access to a range of buffets for one price. Usually enough for a full day, but if you buy it just before dinner, it’s good for 24 hours, giving you the option of getting four meals for one price.

16. Avoid using a casino ATM

Casino ATMs often charge very high fees for cash withdrawals. Get your money in advance from an ATM outside the casino.

17. Protect your money

The best thieves in the world are in Las Vegas enjoying things right alongside unsuspecting visitors with money to spend. Do you think a thief couldn’t take your wallet out of your purse or pocket? Think again Aside from the old fashioned pickpocket, you can find all kinds of scammers. Be more defensive than usual and be wary of any heartfelt plea for help or golden opportunity.

One thing that you should NOT be doing to save money in Las Vegas

We’re all about saving money, and this list just scratches the surface when it comes to how to save money on a Las Vegas vacation. But you should also know a money-saving strategy that could bring you bad service, bad karma, bad luck, or a combination of the three:

Be stingy with tips. The folks in Las Vegas work around the clock to give you a good experience. The personal finance many of these workers rely on tips as it can be their main or sole source of income. So be kind and plan to tip the workers who are performing a service to your benefit.

Enjoy!

‘Assist a Hero’ occasion to lift cash for Highway Residence Program, which helps veterans, households with PTSD

CHICAGO (WLS) – A mother from Chicago who lost her son, a soldier in Afghanistan, works to help veterans and their families with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Corporal Conner Lowry was killed abroad in 2012. Modie Lavin used her grief to help other soldiers and their families, and now she has support from a local aldermen.

Modie Lavin is the Outreach Coordinator for the Road Home Program in Rush and the 19th Ward Alderman Matt O’Shea is starting the “Help a Hero” fundraiser this month to help. They joined ABC7 to talk about the program and fundraiser.

You can find more information about the fundraiser at www.the19thward.com For more information on the Road Home program, please visit roadhomeprogram.org.

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