No matter which holiday is coming up at any time of year, I am always excited for a three-day weekend. This Labor Day weekend we were lucky enough to close early on Friday, giving us time to get ready for the weekend’s festivities.
On Saturday afternoon my girlfriend and I took a ride toward the shore to camp at her trailer, set up at a campground for the season. We didn’t actually manage to make it to the beach, but the days were filled with fun, regardless.
After arriving and setting up, including putting the air conditioner on and unpacking the car, we took a ride to get dinner. Afterward, we had a campfire for a few hours.
The next day we took our time getting ready. We sat by the pool with our books for a few hours before the sun got too hot. I made a bunch of progress in Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, while my girlfriend worked on Stephen King’s Pet Semetary. After enough time at the pool, we showered and headed into Atlantic City for the afternoon, the first time I have ever been to the seaside city.
The campground’s location is an easy rideshare from the boardwalk, so we spent some time walking up and down, playing games before grabbing dinner.
The Monday of a long weekend always plays with my head. I spent most of Monday thinking it was Sunday; and although we needed to come back home for work on Tuesday, we decided to spend a few hours in historic Smithville. We did some walking and shopping before grabbing lunch.
— Erich Martin, assistant editor
For any traveler interested in backcountry camping, wilderness exploration or any other type of outdoor adventure, REI now offers a wilderness safety training course to the general public. The programming is in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School, takes place on weekends and is “ideal for all outdoor enthusiasts.”
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Southwest Airlines is adding new flights to, from and within Hawai’i, beginning mid-January 2020. The airline will add a new daily service between Sacramento International Airport and Honolulu (HON), plus new non-stop flights between Oakland (OAK) and San Jose (SJC) and both Kauai (LIH) and the Island of Hawai’i (KOA).
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
The Luxury Collection welcomes its eighth property in China with the opening of Na Lotus Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanning. The property is situated in the capital of the Guangxi Province, in a high-rise landmark building in the business district.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics to determine the best destinations for an upcoming Oktoberfest celebration. The brand’s study found the estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is $5,000. Munich boasts a $1.43 billion annual economic impact on Munich. During Oktoberfest, nearly 2 million gallons of beer are consumed and more than 510,000 whole roast chickens eaten.