With many Americans sheltering in place and working from home, staying connected is more important than ever. New remote workers turn to Zoom to stay in contact with coworkers and other business associates. The video conferencing service offers a fun option to jazz up your virtual meetings: virtual backgrounds. This option allows users to select a unique backdrop to display behind them, instead of wherever they are in their home.
Hotels around the world offer images to use as virtual backdrops to inspire travelers. Check out these properties for an escape, all from the comfort of your home office.
Visit Santorini via Zoom courtesy of Adronis Concept. The only 5-star wellness retreat on the island, the hotel features a large spa and beautiful views.
Located in Northland, New Zealand, the luxurious property boasts stunning views of lush greenery and the Pacific Ocean.
Marquis Los Cabos
The all-inclusive resort and spa in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, offers breathtaking views of the sunset, as seen from three infinity pools overlooking the Sea of Cortés.
The Mulia Bali
Experience the white-sand beaches of southern Bali from the comfort of your home. The property boasts design elements inspired by Balinese culture, blending with natural landscapes.
The Shore Club Turks and Caicos
The Caribbean retreat is located on Turks and Caicos’ coveted Long Bay Beach. Take in poolside views for a rejuvenating experience.
Washington School House
The Park City, Utah, boutique property is a National Historic Registry landmark. Built in 1889, the elegant property provides striking views during any season.
The small colonial town of Valladolid in the center of the Yucatan peninsula is easy to see in a day or two, but when you’re not roaming the streets, snapping photos of the brightly colored houses and buildings, swimming in the nearby cenote or admiring the architecture of the 16th-century convent of San Bernardino de Siena, consider passing time in the multipurpose Hostería del Marqués, a hotel that offers more than just lodging.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Munich Airport is prepared for increased air traffic and passenger numbers with an extensive package of measures to protect against infection. The new rules of conduct will be made known through regular announcements, posters, video screens and an increased staff presence. Cleaning frequency will also increase and in areas where passengers linger. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed throughout the airport and passengers and employees will be required to wear masks.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced a collaboration with John Hopkins Medicine International on its Lead With Care global health and safety program. John Hopkins Medicine experts will review and validate the Lead With Care program, which will then be implemented at Four Seasons properties around the world.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Saint Lucia announced a phased plan to reopen island tourism responsibly, beginning June 4. Phase One includes welcoming international flights at Hewanorra International Airport from the United States only. In preparation, 1,500 hotel rooms are being prepared to open. The approach to reopening continues through July 31.
HIKING ALONG A PATH THROUGH THE FOREST, the only sounds I heard were the wind rustling through the leaves, the flow of a distant waterfall and, from time to time, the soft sounds of chatter from the others in my group. Missing were the sounds of traffic rushing by, car horns and the din of the everyday world in which most of us live. On this part of the Japan Hiking – Kumano Kodo & Nakasendo trip with REI Adventures, just the eight of us were on the trail, not another human in sight. An eco-adventure at its best, and it was glorious.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Iceland’s otherworldly landscape made the perfect backdrop for the beloved Game of Thrones, which did some filming here. Iceland’s angry volcanoes, unbridled seas, ubiquitous rainbows, explosive geysers, waterfalls, glaciers, lava fields and jaw-dropping Northern Lights make it like no destination on earth.