Airlines That Won’t Let You Take Pics/Video, Airport Lounge Just For Kids, Best Way To Contact Hotel, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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What Do Hotels Do With Their Old, Worn Out, and/or Stained Towels & Sheets?

If you consider how much use they get, and how many washings they go through, it’s not tough to realize that linens wear out and need to be replaced much more often than the ones we use at home.

But did you ever wonder what they do with those old towels and sheets that they can’t use in the rooms anymore? I did. So I did some research to find out…

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21-Year-Old Becomes The Youngest Person To Visit Every Country In The World

A while back, we wrote about 27-year-old Cassandra De Pecol, who visited all 196 countries in the fastest time ever documented. She was also the youngest American to complete such a feat. She not only broke the previous Guinness World Record in less than half the time of the previous record holder but also became the first woman on record to travel to every country in the world.

Of course, records are made to be broken, and there’s a new person on her way to earning the reign of “youngest person to visit them all,” and she’s a 21-year-old American named Lexie Alford.

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Visiting NYC? Prepare For Price Hikes For Taxis, Uber/Lyft, Bridges, Tunnels, AirTrain, PATH, & More

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is in the middle of NYC’s current transportation transformation. They built a new Goethals Bridge between Staten Island and New Jersey, rebuilt the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, and did extensive renovations on the George Washington Bridge. JFK is getting a $13 billion transformation, LGA is in the midst of an $8 billion renovation and EWR’s Terminal One is being redeveloped. They’re also looking at a replacement for the obsolete Port Authority Bus Terminal.

So when the Port Authority suddenly announces proposed plans for toll and fare increases, is anybody really surprised? Raise your hand if you are. Anyone? Bueller?

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Here’s the low-down on the proposed increases:

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An Update On The Zika Virus: Is It Still Out There?

Zika was THE thing you read about in terms of travel during the summer months of 2016. Spread primarily by Aedes mosquitoes that bit during the daytime, the symptoms of the virus, if they had any at all, were relatively mild for most people – just a few days of fever, rash, conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), muscle and joint pain, malaise (a general sense of feeling unwell, often with fatigue) and/or headache.

But if you contracted the Zika virus while pregnant, you ran the risk of your child having severe birth defects that included microcephaly (smaller than normal head, and intellectual disabilities) and other disabilities.

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Nearly 85 countries, mainly in South and Central America, but also some in Southeast Asia, as well as several states in the U.S. reported incidents of Zika that year, and it with the number of cases, it was considered an epidemic.

Transmission dropped significantly during the summers of 2017 and 2018, but cases continued each year – just at a lower level.

And then we come to the summer of 2019…

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