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What to Expect at Hotels as Travel Returns https://www.cntraveler.com/story/what-to-expect-at-hotels-as-travel-returns
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<p><em>All listings featured in this story are independently selected by our editors. However, when you book something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.</em></p><p>The good news is that summer 2021 is on track to feel very different from summer 2020. <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/story/cdc-guidelines-clear-vaccinated-americans-for-travel”>If the vaccine roll out</a> continues to be successful, Americans should be safe to travel and gather with certain precautions. With this in mind, hotels across the country are gearing up for what is expected to be a phenomenally busy season.&nbsp;</p><p>Like much of the travel industry, hotels had to recalibrate, swiftly and suddenly, as the pandemic set it. “Last summer was difficult,” says <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/story/amid-covid-19-hotels-are-hosting-florists-and-red-cross-responders”>Amar Lalvani</a>, CEO of The Standard International. “No one knew exactly how to operate.” But with a year of best pandemic practices under their belt, hotels are swinging open their doors with more confidence this summer, to a market hungry to get back out there. You shouldn’t expect your annual stay at, say, <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/hotels/united-states/westerly/ocean-house-watch-hill-r-i” target=”_blank”>Ocean House</a> in Rhode Island to feel exactly as it had in the years before, but you can assume it will feel more familiar than it would have last year. Just remember, this renewed sense of optimism doesn’t mean you can leave the mask at home. Here, what you need to know.</p><h2>Book now</h2><p>Word is that hotels are filling up fast. “We are starting to see a surge already,” says <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/story/2021-conde-nast-traveler-advisory-board”>Tina Edmondson</a>, global brand and marketing officer of Marriott International and <em>Condé Nast Traveler</em> Advisory Board member. Edmondson attributes the demand to longer booking windows. “Early in the pandemic was all about searching on Monday for a stay on Friday, that is all people could plan for.”&nbsp;</p><p>But as the vaccine rolls out, that window gets longer and longer. As early as March, <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/story/marriot-bonvoy-brilliant-125000-point-credit-card-offer” target=”_blank”>Marriott</a>’s 30 brands, which include <a class=”external-link” data-event-click=”” href=”https://cna.st/affiliate-link/372k3dFnGNnsakKFitAVxaWFMVAwLcVLCaPdP6iMxFLmK9DbmALzxJ3Mv3LappLkDSNXDi69g21oc57wC?cid=60709b0e4a370cde9faf6d92″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>St. Regis</a> and <a class=”external-link” data-event-click=”” href=”https://cna.st/affiliate-link/47v5BiBrmbdVXLR56pVqLAz7BkTrEbhYXtNnktvsYwMXNXuprC2bmxdayZFTvU5x7Bend9XXFExKHh1g14ZDY?cid=60709b0e4a370cde9faf6d92″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>JW Marriott</a>, have been seeing bookings into September. At cozy <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/hotels/los-angeles/los-angeles/surfrider-malibu” target=”_blank”>Surfrider</a> in Malibu, owner Emma Goodwin says that their daily bookings report in February was six times the average and that, as of March, the hotel was already 90 percent filled for May with bookings through October.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s also worth noting that many hotels are continuing to operate at a lower capacity for safety reasons, which makes competition even stiffer and forces rates to climb more quickly as bookings pick up. If you can’t get the days you want, Mike Minchin, chief marketing officer at <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/hotels/united-states/calistoga/calistoga-ranch-napa-valley” target=”_blank”>Auberge International</a> says don’t give up. “People do cancel. Call the hotel or keep checking the website.” The best advice? Be flexible with dates. “This is the summer to stay Sunday through Thursday,” says Minchin. In other words, use your vacation days.&nbsp;</p><h2>‘Flexible’ has new meaning</h2><p>If there was one silver lining for travelers last year, it was that nearly every booking was fully <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/story/coronavirus-hotel-cancellation-policy”>flexible and refundable</a>. Though we can expect most properties to honor credits through the end of this year, conditions will start to change. At Auberge, whose retreats include Utah’s <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/hotels/wanship/the-lodge-at-blue-sky-auberge-resorts-collection” target=”_blank”>Lodge at Blue Sky</a> and Austin’s new <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/story/commodore-perry-estate-first-in” target=”_blank”>Commodore Perry Estate</a>, booking is still flexible but Minchin says this will shift as demand continues to increase. Edmondson echoes this. “There will be periods of time across the Marriott portfolio where we will have to be more strict for pragmatic purposes, but the goal is to provide flexibility.” Ask in advance what the conditions are before you book <strong>t</strong>o avoid any surprises.</p><figure class=”sc-DJfgX cuQiAM asset-embed”><div class=”asset-embed__asset-container”><span class=”responsive-asset sc-dwqbIM lgnhdE asset-embed__responsive-asset responsive-asset–invisible”><picture class=”sc-bBXqnf iuJcCU sc-dwqbIM lgnhdE asset-embed__responsive-asset responsive-image”><noscript><img alt=”Image may contain Housing Villa House Building Outdoors Architecture Monastery Nature and Flagstone” class=”responsive-image__image” src=”https://media.cntraveler.com/photos/607066e85dfcf91f14a72adf/master/w_1600%2Cc_limit/phxcb-views-7918-hor-clsc.jpeg” srcset=”https://media.cntraveler.com/photos/607066e85dfcf91f14a72adf/master/w_1600%2Cc_limit/phxcb-views-7918-hor-clsc.jpeg 1600w, https://media.cntraveler.com/photos/607066e85dfcf91f14a72adf/master/w_1280%2Cc_limit/phxcb-views-7918-hor-clsc.jpeg 1280w, https://media.cntraveler.com/photos/607066e85dfcf91f14a72adf/master/w_1024%2Cc_limit/phxcb-views-7918-hor-clsc.jpeg 1024w, https://media.cntraveler.com/photos/607066e85dfcf91f14a72adf/master/w_768%2Cc_limit/phxcb-views-7918-hor-clsc.jpeg 768w, https://media.cntraveler.com/photos/607066e85dfcf91f14a72adf/master/w_640%2Cc_limit/phxcb-views-7918-hor-clsc.jpeg 640w” sizes=”100vw”></noscript></picture></span></div><figcaption class=”sc-fubCfw sc-iwyYcG dJbuzr cOcJXr caption sc-gUUzQN lfdMmu asset-embed__caption” readability=”1.5″><span class=”sc-fubCfw sc-pFZIQ sc-cxFLnm jetItr bzImWS gJbkZd caption__text” readability=”28″><p>JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort &amp; Spa had more nights on the books in March than ever in its history.</p>
</span></figcaption></figure><h2>Safety matters</h2><p>Last year the American Hotel and Lodging Association rolled out its five-point <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/story/hotels-across-america-launch-covid-19-guidelines-for-summer-travel”>Stay Safe guidelines</a>, which outlined mask wearing and other protocols to keep staff and guests safe. At press time those protocols remain in place, though it is up to the individual hotels to implement.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org”></a></strong> <a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptable.html”>(Why?)</a></p>
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 22:20:08 +0000 Erin Florio
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Postpartum Depression: Three Women on How Travel Helped Them Through https://www.cntraveler.com/story/three-women-on-how-travel-helped-them-navigate-postpartum-depression
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<div><img src=”https://media.cntraveler.com/photos/606e7fa550f16c474fede696/16:9/w_1280,c_limit/Cabo-2021-GettyImages-452125851-2.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>Traveling as parents can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/story/complete-guide-to-family-travel” target=”_blank”>family trips</a> are a way to create long-lasting memories or traditions that can span generations. On the other, traveling with children—especially young children—can be a source of significant stress.</p><p>But for new moms experiencing perinatal and postpartum mood disorders, traveling with an infant can also be a step toward healing. Isabel, 30, who asked to be referred to by her first name only, realized relatively quickly that she was struggling with symptoms of postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety after the birth of her third child at the end of 2019. She had experienced both debilitating disorders after the births of her first two children, though it took much longer—over a year after her first, and nine months after her second—for her to recognize it. This time was different, though.</p><p>“I was snapping at my older children a lot and very quickly,” says Isabel. “I hated that it was happening again, but the rage and heaviness were all too familiar.”</p><p>She immediately sought out talk therapy and was promptly put on medication to help ameliorate and treat the ever-increasing symptoms—including irritability, mood swings, and hopelessness—but the onset of the <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/story/coronavirus” target=”_blank”>COVID-19 pandemic</a> only made things worse. “Had 2020 not fallen apart, I think I would have been able to handle it better,” she says.&nbsp;</p><p>So she did what she thought was best for her mental health. She traveled.</p><p>“We took several overnight trips [to visit family] and we took one belated anniversary trip with just the baby as well,” says Isabel, who had to navigate the country’s <a class=”external-link” data-event-click=”” href=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html” rel=”nofollow noopener” target=”_blank”>ongoing travel restrictions</a> to do so. “My children love seeing their grandparents and we appreciate the extra love and support for our children. I feel relieved when we visit family instead of my usual state of being constantly overwhelmed.”</p><p>As many as <a class=”external-link” data-event-click=”” href=”https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/depression/index.htm” rel=”nofollow noopener” target=”_blank”>one in eight women in the United States will experience postpartum depression</a>, which can manifest in feelings such as anger, social withdrawal, and worthlessness, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research. And the ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the country’s pre-existing mental health crisis, especially for mothers. As many as <a class=”external-link” data-event-click=”” href=”https://www.mother.ly/news/state-of-motherhood-survey/burnout-is-real” rel=”nofollow noopener” target=”_blank”>74 percent of U.S. mothers say they feel mentally worse</a> since the pandemic began, according to a Motherly survey in May 2020, due in no small part to the isolation of sheltering in place, the loss of support systems like child care or nearby family, and the stressors of working from home while facilitating at-home e-learning and other childrearing and household responsibilities. A study of over 600 women with infants up to 12 weeks old found that during the first U.K. lockdown, <a class=”external-link” data-event-click=”” href=”https://theconversation.com/lockdown-study-finds-undiagnosed-mental-health-crisis-among-new-mothers-154529″ rel=”nofollow noopener” target=”_blank”>43 percent met the criteria for clinical depression and 61 percent met the criteria for anxiety</a>.</p><p>Studies have also shown that traveling can and often does improve mental health. One 2013 survey of 485 U.S. adults <a class=”external-link” data-event-click=”” href=”https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1470595812452633″ rel=”nofollow noopener” target=”_blank”>linked travel to enhanced empathy, attention, energy, and focus</a>. Another 2010 survey found that simply <a class=”external-link” data-event-click=”” href=”https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11482-009-9091-9″ rel=”nofollow noopener” target=”_blank”>planning a trip can significantly increase one’s overall happiness</a>.</p><p>That was certainly the case for Lindsey Davidson, 32, an Oklahoma City native. Even after assessing her own COVID-19 risk factors, including the possibility of being travel shamed, taking a trip felt like more than a good change of pace—it felt necessary.&nbsp;</p><p>After she was told her first pregnancy wasn’t viable and underwent a dilation and curettage (D&amp;C) to remove the remains of the pregnancy, she and her husband considered canceling their previously planned trip to <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-free-diving-in-hawaii-taught-me-to-slow-down-in-life” target=”_blank”>Hawaii</a>. But she and her husband had to get away—to be somewhere other than their home. “We had just moved into a new house two weeks before <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/story/taking-our-babymoon-helped-us-grieve-after-a-miscarriage” target=”_blank”>the miscarriage</a>, so we bought this beautiful new home and our first memories are of this terrible, horrific loss,” she explains. “After losing our first pregnancy that way, our world was literally turned upside down. It would have been really easy to cancel that trip, stay home, and cry, but I looked at my husband and said, ‘I can bleed here in Oklahoma or I can bleed on a beach.’”</p><p><strong><a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org”></a></strong> <a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptable.html”>(Why?)</a></p> Fri, 09 Apr 2021 20:40:45 +0000 Jessica Zucker
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12 Best Beaches in San Diego https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-beaches-in-san-diego
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<div><img src=”https://media.cntraveler.com/photos/5a8ecbbc20dfb6552425e63f/16:9/w_1600,c_limit/Fletcher-Cove_EF19NG.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><div readability=”27.422084623323″><p>Beach time never goes out of season in southern California. With perfect temperatures throughout most of the year, you won’t have to delay your sun- and- sea-filled trip until summer. And with 70 miles of coastline, San Diego has many options that range in size, accessibility, and offerings—providing something for everyone. You can head up as far north as Encinitas to find rocky cliffs and wilder waves, or south to Coronado to enjoy calm waters with one of the city’s most famous buildings as your backdrop. So pack the kids, dog, surfboard, kayak, volleyball, or lounge chair, and find out why we think that these are the best beaches in San Diego.</p><p><strong>Click the link to read our complete</strong> <a href=”https://www.cntraveler.com/destinations/san-diego” target=”_blank”><strong>San Diego city guide</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p><em>Editor’s note: Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hours and accessibility of many places are fluid and subject to change. We advise you to contact businesses directly for updated safety guidelines and hours of operation before visiting.</em></p></div><p><strong><a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org”></a></strong> <a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptable.html”>(Why?)</a></p> Fri, 09 Apr 2021 20:06:00 +0000 Archana Ram
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