Hawaii Removing Stairway to Heaven, London Centurion Lounge Open, No Domestic Vaccine Mandate For Flights

North Shore Hawaii with Timmy in March 2016
North Shore Hawaii with Timmy in March 2016
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Welcome to The Morning Shave. We read a ton of travel articles each day for our personal research and to share the best travel tips and tricks with you. Here are the articles for Saturday, November 27, 2021, that we think you should read.

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London’s First Centurion Lounge Is Now Open at Heathrow Airport. – Although it is smaller than others, this is the 3rd new Centurion Lounge this year. The lounge includes the first-ever Centurion tea cart and an art gallery featuring local artists. Another Centurion Lounge will open at DC’s Reagan National Airport in late 2022 and the SFO and SeaTac lounges are getting expansions in the near future.

Hawaii Will Remove Its Famous ‘Stairway to Heaven’ — Here’s Why. – Although these stairs have been closed since 1987, people still continue to climb them. They were built by the U.S. Navy in the 1940s and offer some of the best views in all of Hawaii. While the views are amazing, there is a $1,000 fine if you get caught… so you need to decide if it is worth it.

Buttigieg: No interest in vaccine mandate for domestic flights. – Many travelers are fearful that the U.S. will require vaccines in order to fly domestically. Peter Buttigieg, the Transportation Secretary, addressed those concerns and reiterated that masking and other safety measures are all that we need under the current environment.

World races to contain new Covid threat, the omicron variant. – On the other hand, the more people remain unvaccinated around the world, the more opportunities there are for the virus to mutate. The latest mutation, “omicron,” has world leaders concerned enough that they’re now limiting travel from certain countries. Let’s see how this plays out this winter as more people are indoors, more are traveling to see friends and family, and everyone is in close proximity to each other.

Masks now required outdoors in Paris. – We loved our visits to Paris, and I can’t wait to bring Scarlett there in the next year or two. However, current spikes in COVID cases have led the local government to require masks outdoors. This is just a couple of months after French officials eliminated the outdoor mask mandate this summer. Examples like this illustrate how international travel remains challenging amid ever-changing rules and COVID case loads.

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