1Here’s How To See Auroras — From The Great Lakes. It turns out you do not have to go all the way to Iceland or the Arctic Circle to see these otherworldly Northern Lights. If you are in the Upper Midwest or want to travel there, you just may have a chance to see this annual phenomenon. If you are really fortunate, you may see the aural oval in Chicago or Cleveland, where I was born and lived until I went off to college. Peak sighting conditions are on a clear night with no full moon lighting up the sky. You want as little light pollution as possible. I only glimpsed these lights once when I was producing a television show in Alaska. It was spectacular to see.
2Why Is Anyone Going to Disney World Right Now? I think the answer speaks to places we are missing and willing to visit during this time. As many feel the pull to venture beyond the walls of our homes, we can do one of three things: take part in the re-opening of places we love, adapt to how we experience places we love, or keep waiting for places to have an ‘all clear.’ This article points to people willing to take measured risks to return to places where they feel a sense of security and happiness. For some, it is Disney World. For others, it is our public beaches or national parks. What Disney fans talk about is the fantasy park being associated with memories that feel good. It reminds them of a time and place where they felt a sense of joy. Such a place like Disney World becomes a blissful touchstone, their happy place. While Disney World may not be your brand of happiness, I think the idea is valid for wherever you are longing to go and why. We want to be in physical places that tap into our inner happy place.
3The Best Road Trips To Take In The U.S. Before You Think About Going Abroad. While many of us are not traveling around the world right now, or even getting on planes, that does not mean domestic road tripping is off the table. Here are some ideas on how to still enjoy what is left of the summer. At the top of the list is a journey through my current home state of California. The drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, especially the farther north you go, is stunning. Its winding roads are fun in a sports car or on a motorcycle! Though I am opting for a van road trip before the winter; camping, doing some photography, and writing will be a welcomed change from looking at the walls of my home in Los Angeles. I can feel the soothing negative ions now.
49 Essential Steps for Planning a Family Trip During COVID-19. Top three recommendations: read up on travel restrictions, check-in with your doctor, and know everyone’s risk status.