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EasyJet sees flight, holiday bookings soar on hope for UK travel restart – Reuters

EasyJet sees flight, holiday bookings soar on hope for UK travel restart – Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britons rushed to book foreign holidays after the government laid out plans to gradually relax coronavirus restrictions, giving battered airlines and tour operators hope that a bumper summer could come to their rescue.Bookings flooded in on Monday evening and Tuesday following the government’s announcement on Monday that travel could restart from mid-May, with Spain and Greece the most popular destinations, airlines and holiday companies said.EasyJet said that bookings on its flights from Britain for this summer had jumped by more than 300% compared to a week ago and bookings for its summer holiday packages had increased by…
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Holiday bookings soar as Britons hope for travel restart – Reuters

Holiday bookings soar as Britons hope for travel restart – Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britons rushed to book foreign holidays after the government laid out plans to gradually relax coronavirus restrictions, giving battered airlines and tour operators hope that a bumper summer could come to their rescue.Bookings flooded in on Monday evening and Tuesday following the government’s announcement on Monday that travel could restart from mid-May, with Spain and Greece the most popular destinations, airlines and holiday companies said.EasyJet said that bookings on its flights from Britain for this summer had jumped by more than 300% compared to a week ago and bookings for its summer holiday packages had increased by…
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U.S. driving fell to lowest level last year since 2001 – USDOT – Reuters

U.S. driving fell to lowest level last year since 2001 – USDOT – Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Cars fill the road as people travel before the Thanksgiving Day holiday in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Kamil KrzaczynskiWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. drivers logged 13.2% fewer miles in 2020, as road use fell to its lowest level since 2001 while millions of Americans worked from home and avoided travel and tourism destinations during the coronavirus pandemic, the government said Thursday.The U.S. Department of Transportation said driving on American roads last year fell by 430.2 billion miles to 2.83 trillion total miles and was down 10.3% in December.Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Jonathan Oatis
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Australian regional airline Rex to take on Qantas, Virgin in leisure market – Reuters

Australian regional airline Rex to take on Qantas, Virgin in leisure market – Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Regional Express Holdings Ltd (Rex) will switch some of its marketing emphasis to the leisure market rather than business travel as it adds new destinations to challenge Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia, its deputy chairman said.Rex celebrated its first Melbourne-Sydney flight on Monday and said it would start flights from Melbourne to Adelaide and Melbourne and Sydney to Queensland’s Gold Coast by April 1, rather than Sydney-Brisbane as it had previously planned.“Certainly leisure is booming at the moment and business is not so busy,” Rex Deputy Chairman John Sharp told Reuters in an interview at Sydney Airport.He…
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Spain betting on vaccine passports to revive summer tourism – Reuters

Spain betting on vaccine passports to revive summer tourism – Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain hopes the introduction of vaccination passports combined with pre-travel COVID-19 testing will allow British tourists to return to Spanish destinations this summer, a tourism ministry source told Reuters on Tuesday.“We support the vaccination certificate but not as the only way to recuperate mobility, rather, as one of the means within a portfolio of measures including social distancing, pre-travel tests, mask-wearing,” the source said.The government has no plans to introduce quarantines on foreign visitors, and was also counting on a wider agreement to be hammered out between Europe and Britain to remove restrictions on non-essential travel, the…
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Travel industry bets on vaccine passports to draw Brits to Mediterranean – Reuters UK

Travel industry bets on vaccine passports to draw Brits to Mediterranean – Reuters UK

LONDON/MADRID/PARIS (Reuters) - The race to roll out vaccination passports is spurring competition among travel companies and tourist destinations for the large number of Britons set to receive COVID-19 shots before the summer.FILE PHOTO: Travellers at Heathrow Airport, London, Britain, February 13, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File PhotoThanks to its swift vaccine deployment here, Britain is the only major European country likely to inoculate a large share of working-age adults by the peak season. They may become the first big regional test of digital health credentials in development.Airlines such as easyJet saw outbound bookings from Britain surge last week as the government…
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Pandemic dating often feels like a period drama courtship

Pandemic dating often feels like a period drama courtship

In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. Pandemic dating is still hell, but my lifelong affection for period piece romances has at least prepared me to yearn. At this point the United States is coming up on a year of bumbling through the COVID-19 pandemic, and our need for basic human connection has only gotten stronger as time has worn on. When it comes to having sex, preaching abstinence, whether to a classroom of horny teenagers or an entire country going through a devastating pandemic, simply does not work.  There are,…
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SpaceX’s floating oil rig spaceship launch pad could be operating later this year according to Elon Musk

SpaceX’s floating oil rig spaceship launch pad could be operating later this year according to Elon Musk

SpaceX’s grand vision for Starship, the next-generation spacecraft it’s currently in the process of developing, includes not only trips to Mars, but also regular point-to-point flights right here on Earth. These would skim the Earth’s outer atmosphere, reducing travel times for regular international flights from many hours to around 30 minutes. They’ll need to take off from somewhere, however, and rockets are a bit more disturbing to their local environs than traditional aircraft, so part of SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s plan for their regular use is covering oil rig platforms into floating spaceports. Musk has talked about these plans before,…
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How Pokémon GO Turned Me Into a Birder

How Pokémon GO Turned Me Into a Birder

Screenshot: Pokémon GO/Andrew LiptakNiantic celebrated the 25th anniversary of Pokémon last week, using the occasion to roll out an extensive event on its popular mobile game, Pokémon GO. I’ve been playing the game for a couple of years now, ever since my son got interested in Pokémon through his friends at daycare. Early on, we walked around town to look for new creatures that we hadn’t yet discovered, slowly advancing in our Pokémon journey.Unexpectedly, over the past year, getting more into the game also primed me for a new activity that I’ve taken up in the midst of the COVID-19…
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How to Find Out If Your Flight Is Canceled Before Its Officially Announced

How to Find Out If Your Flight Is Canceled Before Its Officially Announced

Photo: SynthEx (Shutterstock)Even before the COVID-19 pandemic upended air travel, there were still plenty of opportunities for inconvenience—like when your flight was delayed or canceled (or that one decent food option at the airport was closed when you needed it the most). But with so much rebooking over the past year, you may have a flight coming up in the next few weeks or months that you are no longer able to take (remember when people thought we’d be up and functioning as a normal society by now?).Instead of waiting for the airline to send you a notification about your…
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8 Miami-area investors assess America’s southernmost tech ecosystem

8 Miami-area investors assess America’s southernmost tech ecosystem

The exodus out of San Francisco and New York is making a big impact on Miami, a city that’s been steadily growing into a tech hub over the last 15 years. We’re seeing a “moment” in Miami, but many are hoping — and working — to turn it into a movement. In late January, Softbank Group International announced a $100 fund directed at Miami’s exploding tech scene. As explained in this article, this is the latest validation that Miami is booming. Softbank Group Intl. told TechCrunch this ahead of his announcement. “Miami is quickly evolving to accommodate increasing demand as…
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