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Mexico City Travel Tips & Pandemic Travel Update with Ubish Yaren of Mexico Underground

A lot of people are curious about what it’s like to travel today — especially when it comes to Mexico, which is one of the few countries that U.S. travelers can easily visit during the pandemic. Mexico City, the nation’s capital, is traditionally a hub for everything from culture and architecture, to fashion, cuisine, nightlife and art. But what is it like today, during the pandemic? What pandemic travel advice should you follow? (Click on that link to see some of my recent posts on this topic.)

HOTEL VIDEO TOUR: TRS Turquesa Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

I’ve been traveling every month lately to report on COVID-19 pandemic protocols, showing how hoteliers, tourism officials, tour operators and other travel industry organizations are dealing with today’s challenging situation. But it wasn’t until recently that I made it back to the Dominican Republic, one of the top Caribbean beach destinations. •••••• PLEASE NOTE: We are living in a pandemic. Most people should not be traveling. It’s my job to report on the realities of travel today so you can

What It's Like to Golf in Mexico Now

Travelers have had to give up a lot of their favorite activities during the pandemic. For some, golfing in Mexico was one of them. But now, new hygiene protocols are allowing golf enthusiasts to safely test their swings again in a variety of scenic courses around the country. “It's important to recognize that Mexico remains one of the few international destinations open to Americans in the first place, yet it’s considered a premier North American golfing destination,” said Dwight Zahringer, pre

Best of 2020: Top Travel Posts & Destinations of the Year

Best of 2020: Top Travel Posts & Destinations of the Year As the year closes, it’s only natural to look back at the previous months and review the highlights. During a difficult year like 2020, however, that tradition is decidedly different. So is reviewing the top trending travel destinations, posts and travel topics of the year. This year, most people didn’t travel much, or at all. We all need to do what we can to protect ourselves and others. But that doesn’t mean we weren’t thinking of tra

HOTEL VIDEO TOUR: Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun

A lot of travelers are curious about how the Mexico hotel experience has changed as a result of the pandemic. As a travel writer and journalist, I’ve visited a number of hotels in Mexico in recent months, to give first-hand reports about what to expect if you decide to travel. One of my favorite recent visits was to the Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun, an adults-only, all-inclusive hotel that’s known for its modern style and extensive amenities.

What is the All-Inclusive Resort Experience Really Like Now?

It happens every year. As temperatures drop in the north, the allure of a luxurious, sun-soaked all-inclusive vacation grows stronger. This year, of course, the urge to get away is different, as travellers and the tourism industry adjust to the “new normal” of travel during the pandemic. But surprisingly, new protocols can actually enhance the all-inclusive experience, as hoteliers up the ante with new services designed to keep travellers comfortable and safe. See the full article here: https://issuu.com/ensembletravel1/docs/ensemble_vacations_winter_2020?fr=sOTM4MTI0MDQ0OTc

Spotlight 2021: How the Travel Industry Is Paving a Way Forward

After months of pandemic-era challenges, it’s a given that everyone in the travel industry is hoping for a much better 2021. But the road forward is far from simple, as hotels, cruise lines and airlines strategize to find the best way forward. There is reason to be optimistic, according to George Aquino, vice president and managing director of AHC Hospitality, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based hotel management company that operates multiple Marriott International and Hyatt properties.

How to Get a COVID-19 Test in the Dominican Republic

How to Get a COVID-19 Test in the Dominican Republic The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how we travel in myriad ways. And now, even as the vaccine starts rolling out, travelers need to take into account hygiene and safety precautions as well as travel restrictions. So what happens if you need a COVID-19 test in the Dominican Republic? First off, you should know that COVID-19 tests are not required for U.S. travelers who visit the Dominican Republic. All you need to do is fill out a health form

How to Visit Mexico Safely: Is It OK to Travel During the Pandemic?

The CDC recently warned against travel to Mexico due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases. The United States is in a very similar situation, too. So is it possible to travel to Mexico safely during the pandemic? There’s a lot more to consider when deciding to travel nowadays, regardless of the destination. Can you stay safe and healthy? What is the tourism industry doing differently to prevent the spread of the virus? What sho

Hotel Review: TRS Turquesa Hotel in Punta Cana

Being among the first guests to visit a new hotel is always exciting, and it’s equally interesting to get an early look at a recently reopened property. So, naturally, I jumped at the chance to stay at Palladium Hotel Group’s TRS Turquesa Hotel, which reopened in November following several months of closure during the pandemic. I was impressed with how quickly this beachfront property has gotten back on track, with its blend of upscale amenities, excellent service and diverse activities, all of

Pandemic Travel: What It’s Like to Fly JetBlue to Punta Cana During the Pandemic

Pandemic Travel: What It’s Like to Fly JetBlue to Punta Cana During the Pandemic If you’re concerned about COVID-19 hygiene protocols and pandemic travel in general, then this is yet another post for you. On my recent trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, I experienced the latest pandemic hygiene protocols on JetBlue and also what it’s like to fly in and out of the Punta Cana airport. These travel tips can help you to better decide if the time is right to travel again, and to know what to exp

Hotel Review: Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences

It would be easy to think you have arrived at an elegant villa in some hilltop village when you pull up to Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences. With its classic architectural lines and elegant decor — not to mention the view of a picturesque chapel perched on a nearby summit — this new hotel is designed to immerse guests in sumptuous, evocative style. Opened in late 2019, Vista Encantada is the newest, most upscale hotel component at Hacienda Encantada Resort & Residences, a AAA Four Diamo

Time to Start Booking Travel Again?

Tools and tips to determine if your travelers are ready to start booking—and how to stay top of mind to help guide their decisions. As the world grows accustomed to the hygiene protocols and other particulars of travel’s “new normal,” more people are considering the idea of taking a much-needed vacation. Travel advisors, meanwhile, are adjusting business strategies to keep their finger on the pulse of clients’ comfort levels and desires, to be ready to sell in a rapidly evolving marketplace. ••• SPONSORED CONTENT CREATED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALG Vacations. •••

What It's Like Staying at Two Grupo Posadas Resorts in Cancun During COVID-19

When a hotel offers you a tour of its employees-only area, you know it’s serious about safety and cleanliness. So I was very impressed when Erika Mitzunaga, director of public relations for Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun All Inclusive Spa Resort, invited me to see what the property is doing to protect both guests and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. I witnessed well-executed hygiene protocols in areas that most hotel guests never see — including the staff cafeteria and the employe
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