BBC: New Zealand to reopen to vaccinated visitors

BBC: New Zealand to reopen to vaccinated visitors. “New Zealand has unveiled its plans to reopen borders and will allow foreigners to enter next year. Fully vaccinated visitors can enter from 30 April, and will have to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival. More New Zealanders will be allowed to travel home from early next year as well, under similar rules.”

CNET: Google Maps beefs up tools for holiday shoppers and travelers

CNET: Google Maps beefs up tools for holiday shoppers and travelers. “The tech giant is expanding its Directory feature to help people better find their way around large buildings, allowing them to quickly see what shops are inside or the location of airport lounges, car rental kiosk or parking lots, among others. The enhancements, which are rolling out to both Android and iOS apps, will also include relevant information such as hours of operation and ratings.”

Futurism: People Keep Sneaking Onto Simulated Mars Base for Social Media Clout

Futurism: People Keep Sneaking Onto Simulated Mars Base for Social Media Clout. “The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) uses the Utah desert to simulate life on the Red Planet. However, the station’s director has found that the biggest issue isn’t coping with the effects of isolation or the inhospitable environment — instead, it’s dealing with annoying tourists.”

Nerdwallet: Airline Point Transfers and Partner Award Bookings Tool

Nerdwallet: Airline Point Transfers and Partner Award Bookings Tool. “You might have a bunch of frequent flyer miles for a specific airline, but often those miles are actually more valuable when redeemed for flights on other airlines, known as a partner award booking…. We built a tool that allows you to input the points/miles that you have and where you want to go, and we’ll give you our recommendations based on our nerdy research of which partner airline likely offers the best value for your points.”

Gizmodo Australia: 4 Google Translate Features to Use When Travel is a Thing Again

Gizmodo Australia: 4 Google Translate Features to Use When Travel is a Thing Again. “We’re all familiar with Google Translate to some degree. It’s a feature Google has allowed us to use for a few years to translate websites or make our friends think we’re bilingual. But did you know you can use your camera to translate text? There’s a bunch of sweet things you can do with Google’s Translate smarts, but here are our favourite four.”

Slate: We Are Everywhere

Slate: We Are Everywhere. “Mapping the Gay Guides is an online exhibition that shows the growth of queer spaces for “community, pleasure, and politics” from 1965 to 1980 in all 50 states as well as Washington, DC. Built using data from the Bob Damron Address Books, a collection of travel guides that offered detailed information on spaces welcoming to queer people, MGG’s centerpiece is a map that places these bars, bathouses, restaurants, and churches as close to their original locations as possible.” This project launched in early 2020 but I only found out about it recently thanks to a Cal State Fullerton announcement of a grant related to the project.

Mashable: Nude art is getting censored on social media for a tourism board. So they went to OnlyFans.

Mashable: Nude art is getting censored on social media for a tourism board. So they went to OnlyFans.. “Vienna, Austria’s capital city, is known amongst other things for a rich history of art, measured by its many museums and infamous artistic revolt. But the tourist board found obstacles in its path to promote the city’s art, particularly the works that feature nudity. Turning to OnlyFans as a solution, Vienna has featured its ’18+ content’ on the site from artists known for ‘provocative’ portraits, some nude, like Egon Schiele, Richard Gerstl, and Amedeo Modigliani, saying it is providing ‘these artworks the freedom they deserve’.”

Washington Post: How the ultra-rich are traveling during covid, according to their travel advisers

Washington Post: How the ultra-rich are traveling during covid, according to their travel advisers. “After a year of being confined to their one, two or three homes, they are spending more than ever on vacations to make up for lost time. So what does a dream pandemic vacation look like when you’ve already been everywhere and bought everything? That’s the question travel advisers for ultra-high-net-worth individuals have to ask themselves on a regular basis.”

Indonesia Covid: Slow start as Bali re-opens to foreign tourists (BBC)

BBC: Indonesia Covid: Slow start as Bali re-opens to foreign tourists. “The much anticipated re-opening of Indonesia’s famed tourist island Bali has seen a slow start, with no international flights scheduled. As of Thursday, fully vaccinated travellers from 19 countries including China, India, and France can enter Bali. The UK is not on the list. But visitors must first serve a five-day quarantine in a hotel.”

New York Times: The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers in November

New York Times: The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers in November. “The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers, reopening the door of the United States to tourists and separated family members who had been sealed out of the country during the pandemic.”

BBC: Covid threat looms over Thailand’s plans to open up to tourists

BBC: Covid threat looms over Thailand’s plans to open up to tourists. “Covid-19 was successfully contained through most of 2020, but by June this year infections were rising quickly, and the government was being roundly criticised for being too slow to start vaccinating. Opening up in October seemed impossible. But true to his word, the great reopening appears to have begun, albeit with only very modest steps.”