Judge Overturns Mask Mandate, 20 Most Terrifying Places on Earth, Hyatt Ends Contract With Russia

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Timmy on the North Shore of Hawaii in 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 Monday, April 18, 2022, that we think you should read.

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Honolulu is requiring 3-month stays for short-term rentals. – Hawaii is cracking down on short-term rentals, which is hurting both travelers and the investors who own the STRs. The previous rules weren’t very favorable for most travelers either with a 30-day minimum requirement. But the new rules are even worse with a 3-month minimum. If you’re considering renting through Airbnb, here are 11 pros and cons you need to know.

U.S. judge overturns mask mandate for airplanes and trains. – I’m not sure if this means that you can start taking off the masks yet or not. Still a lot of uncertainty around this. Including whether or not the Federal government will appeal the decision. Although this centers around masks, the bigger issue is Federal vs. state powers and how much the Feds can do that affects interstate commerce.

Scarlett and Lee on AA flight from The Bahamas 2021-10
Even if they drop the mandate, I’ll probably continue wearing masks while we fly. What about you?

Top Playa del Carmen Beach to Stay Closed for Sargassum Cleanup. – Normally beautiful beaches are dealing with massive amounts of seaweed (aka sargassum). This overgrowth makes it difficult to enjoy your beach vacation. When we visited St Kitt’s, there was so much seaweed that we didn’t even use the beach at our resort. Hopefully, it will be cleaned up quickly in Playa del Carmen.

The 20 Most Terrifying Places on Earth. – Are you brave enough to visit these destinations? Ok, there are some seriously disturbing places on this list. But, some that I think are pretty cool. I’d love to visit Nagoro (Japan), the Taylor Glacier, and The Door to Hell in Turkmenistan. Although, Turkmenistan’s president recently said that he’s considering trying to extinguish the flames somehow. And the Blue Hole would be an amazing SCUBA experience.

Hyatt becomes 1st US hotel company to terminate hotel contract over Ukraine war. – Excellent to see more businesses putting pressure on Russia to stop their invasion of Ukraine. Although you feel bad for the business owners and citizens who suffer, the hope is that they’ll put pressure on Putin to end his war (and possibly oust him from power).

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