Check Into Bike Sharing In Busy Big City Downtowns

If you’re in good physical shape and need to roam quickly around crowded downtown areas, seek online info about bike share. It’s more convenient and much cheaper than ever-rising charges for taxis, Uber or Lyft. Many cities already offer the bike service free or at very low cost.

They include Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Minneapolis, New York City, Orlando, Phoenix and Portland. When you roam foreign cities and want to bike your way around, you’ll  find many of them offer similar economic bike share programs.

Coronavirus Fears Cause Travel Cancelations & Lower Prices PDF Print E-mail

If you’re thinking of springtime travel, note that amusement parks, airlines, hotels, cruise lines and other businesses that depend on travelers are slashing prices as worldwide coronavirus concerns grow. The deals are because of losing customers with travel cancellations and fears causing low demand.

When booking for spring break and other seasonal events, be sure you’re aware of the areas where the epidemic illness has been most serious. Then, while traveling take all necessary precautions to protect yourself from the illness with personal cleanliness and medical advice.

For all trips, take prescribed medications, disposable tissues, mouthwash, first aid kit and other necessary anti-infection items. When you arrive at your destination in the U.S. and other world sites, familiarize yourself with local medical facilities in case you note serious illness symptoms that begin to affect your heath.

Spend Some Springtime Sunshine In The Sonoran Desert PDF Print E-mail

For example, vacation home booking site Vrbo suggests Scottsdale, Arizona. Lovely town with great restaurants, shops and surrounding desert landscapes. Daytime temperatures spike to 80 degrees in March and April. And one fun thing to do is attend pre-season San Francisco Giants' practice games at Scottsdale Stadium.

Budget tip: When planning, check the Experience Scottsdale tourism website for city attractions, including hiking among brilliant cactus blossoms and river rafting. If you’ll be there for several days, consider an Airbnb. A three-bedroom vacation rental home with a pool on Vrbo starts at $133/night.

Washington DC: Cherry Blossom Festival On Schedule…Mebbe PDF Print E-mail

Hotels, restaurants and other tourist-related businesses in the nation’s capital city have good reasons to be worried this season. The estimated cherry blossoms peak bloom dates and a million tourists are predicted to happen during the last week of March this year.

So far, the coronavirus panic hasn’t hit the city, and the festival producers say, ”If the situation remains the same, we feel that people are still going to come.” This year’s events are planned from March 20 to April 12.

They include the Blossom Kite Festival, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, foods, kids’ programs, music and more. Grammy award-winning rapper Nelly is scheduled to perform at Cherry Blast, and World Series baseball champs Washington Nationals will play the Miami Marlins at Blossoms and Baseball on April 6 at Nationals Park.

WalletHub: Top U.S. Cities For Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day PDF Print E-mail

Named the best: #5. Tampa FL, #4. Pittsburgh PA, #3. Philadelphia PA, #2, Boston MA, #1.  Chicago IL. History: All of these cities experienced large arrivals of Irish immigrants during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Their traditions are still practiced throughout the U.S.A.

WalletHub compared 200 of the largest cities across the nation, and found many traditional Irish pubs and restaurants, especially in the top five. If your travels take you to any of those destinations, you’ll find a variety of ways, including colorful parades and bright music, to celebrate in true Irish traditions. www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/airline-news/2020/03/04/best-cities-st-patricks-day-per-wallethub

USA Today: Why Do Airports Offer Chapels For Prayers? PDF Print E-mail

The story gives the 90-year history of how it began with Catholic requests for airline employees to have a place to pray and rest. Since then, all major airports offer multi-sectarian chapels for all to attend.

So, in this era of sudden impact by coronavirus panic, if you’re scheduled to fly, make time to spend some quiet moments in your airport’s chapel to contemplate. Pray that you don’t catch the dreaded disease during your journey!


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