How Travel Brands Are Approaching TV Advertising Now

Hotels.com’s Captain Obvious in its COVID-19 Social Distancing TV commercial. The company pivoted its advertising because of the pandemic. Hotels.com Skift Take: Most travel brands aren’t doing TV or much of any advertising now because of the pandemic. But for the ones still broadcasting spots, they’d better be very clever in terms of sensitivities, or … [Read more…]

Virtual field trips to take online

We’ve all been spending a lot of time at home lately, and for some, this new reality is tougher than others. After two weeks you may have already binged every Netflix show that piqued your interest and are desperately looking for new sources of entertainment — especially if you have kids. The Caroline County Public … [Read more…]

Best online language-learning tools

As most of us have been ordered to stay home to help control the spread of COVID-19, we’re all looking for ways to pass the time and learn new skills from the confines of our own houses. Because we will travel again when this is all over, and because speaking a foreign language is an … [Read more…]

Travelzoo to Exit Asia-Pacific as Coronavirus Proves Too Much

Travelzoo’s Toronto office. Travelzoo Skift Take: Businesses in the times of coronavirus are damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Travelzoo’s decision to exit Asia-Pacific when signs of recovery are being spotted in China is a good example of that. — Raini Hamdi Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card Case … [Read more…]

National parks closing for COVID-19

To combat the spread of coronavirus and encourage social distancing, many national parks are closing to the public or modifying their operations, including Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Although, thanks to their sizes, parks might seem somewhat safer than other public gathering places, they attract large numbers of visitors, which poses a health risk. View this … [Read more…]

Museums release coloring books

If you’re feeling restless during the coronavirus lockdown, there’s one fun way to keep you busy that does not require any particular craft skills: coloring. Hundreds of libraries and museums have released coloring books based on their popular book collections, available for free download. Since 2016 the New York Academy of Medicine invited libraries, cultural … [Read more…]

Great American Takeout Tuesdays

Though everyone in America is feeling the strain of the COVID-19 crisis, few industries have been negatively impacted on the same scale as the restaurant industry. Just a few weeks ago, our nation was experiencing a renaissance of fresh food and local chefs, but now nearly all have seen their dining rooms shut down in … [Read more…]

Free grocery delivery in Jersey City

As reports flood in from across the country of toilet-paper shortages and grocery store shelves picked clean, it’s difficult to not feel disheartened by inconsiderate neighbors. Food shortages created by panicked shoppers add more unnecessary stress for those who are especially vulnerable, like elderly, pregnant, and immunocompromised people. And then there are the people who … [Read more…]

Exercising outside while distancing

If ever there were a time to be a couch potato without feeling guilty or unproductive, it’s now. But staying home doing nothing gets old pretty quick for those used to being active outdoors, particularly when spring has sprung and the sun is shining over your favorite local trail. But is it safe to walk, … [Read more…]

Lastminute.com Optimistic Bookings Will Start Returning by May

An image from a recent Lastminute.com campaign. The parent company is optimistic about a bounceback in demand later this year. LM Holding Skift Take: Given that we still don’t know enough about the coronavirus, is this a case of overoptimism? Whatever happens, an online player like Lastminute.com is probably more resilient than asset-heavy travel companies. … [Read more…]