FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Excellence Collection

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Advises All Hikers to Keep Off — For Now

by Angelique Platas

Mar 26, 2020

© Dbpetersen | Dreamstime.com

Daily

While self-quarantining prevents citizens from going out to public places, including dining, shopping and entertainment, many Americans are hitting local parks and trails for some active distancing — but clearly more than a few had the same idea.

After multiple lengths of the Appalachian Trail saw large crowds this weekend, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy issued guidance, asking all hikers to postpone upcoming visits to the popular trail until risks of spreading COVID-19 have diminished.

In a letter to the Appalachian Trail hiking community, ATC President & CEO Sandra Marra addressed the issue of practicing social distancing, even on such popular hiking trails as the Appalachian Trail, as the risk of unknowingly contracting and spreading the virus is still high.

“In a time when social distancing is necessary to minimize the spread and contraction of a dangerous virus, many have escaped to nature seeking isolation and unpopulated spaces,” said Marra in the letter. “On the Appalachian Trail, however, what they’ve found are trailhead parking lots exceeding their maximum capacities, shelters full of overnight hikers, day hikers using picnic tables and privies, and group trips continuing as planned. Hiking the A.T. has become, in other words, the opposite of social distancing.”

Marra also noted the high risk coronavirus poses to rural communities along the trail, where many hikers begin and end hikes — many of these quieter communities do not have healthcare resources equipped to handle a COVID-19 outbreak. Marra also noted ATC’s lack of staff and volunteers, who typically work to minimize environmental impacts from visitors.

“Many day hikers see the outdoors as an escape from the stresses of these difficult times,” she said. “But with crowding from day hikers reaching unmanageable levels and the lack of any staff or volunteers to manage this traffic, it is necessary that all hikers avoid accessing the Trail.”

The A.T. is one of the most popular in the world and sees more than 3 million visitors each year. The trail sees approximately 3,000–4,000 hikers each year attempting to traverse the “thru-hike” from Maine to Georgia, or vice versa, totaling 2,193 miles in one calendar year.

“There is an unfortunate truth about this virus: unless everyone is safe, no one is safe,” said Marra.

Click here to read the full letter and for more COVID-19 information and its effects on the A.T.

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

eFlyer Lead
Mar 25, 2020

FXExpress Publications, Inc. Staff, Readers and Writers Share COVID-19 Experiences

For the next several weeks, we are compiling the thoughts and experiences of our staff, writers and readers about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a travel publication, we’ve all been affected during these difficult times, as have many of our clients, friends, partners and more.

Athens: A city that charms its guests and stirs their emotions

The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.

News
Mar 22, 2020

Air Canada Announces New Service Between Santa Ana, California, and Vancouver

Air Canada recently announced new, non-stop service between Vancouver (YVR) and Santa Ana (SNA), California, starting June 15. An Airbus A319 aircraft is slated for the route, with 14 seats in business class and 106 seats in economy class. Flights depart Vancouver daily at 9 a.m., arriving in Orange County at 11:59 a.m. Return flights depart Orange County at 12:40 p.m., arriving in Vancouver at 3:27 p.m.

News
Mar 21, 2020

New The Fives Oceanfront Puerto Morelos, An All-Suites Property, Set to Open in Riviera Maya

The new The Fives Oceanfront Puerto Morelos is set to open in Riviera Maya July 1, situated a 15-minute drive from Cancún International Airport. A Fives Hotels & Residences property, the hotel is “all-senses inclusive.”

A Lighter Footprint

United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.

Feature
Mar 20, 2020

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Gets Club MSY Lounge

The new Club MSY, a premium lounge, opened at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

eFlyer News
Mar 19, 2020

Accor Announces New Signing in Thailand of V Villas Phuket-MGallery

Accor announces the signing of a 24-pool villa resort in Phuket, V Villas Phuket-MGallery.

Goway Offers Travelers Journey of a Lifetime

Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.

eFlyer News
Mar 19, 2020

Agoda Launches Long-Term Stay Feature

One of Asia’s leading digital booking platforms, Agoda, is rolling out a new feature that paves the way for all new experiences, facilitated by long-term stays.