Stay at National Parks with Points, Cannabis Tourism Tips, Delta Calls COVID “Ordinary Seasonal Virus”

Man smoking marijuana by Elsa Olofsson on Unsplash
Man smoking marijuana. Photo by Elsa Olofsson on Unsplash.
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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 Wednesday, April 20, 2022, that we think you should read.

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Exploring national parks in 2022: Where to stay using points. – Since it’s National Park Week, here are some ideas of how to save money when visiting national parks by using points at nearby hotels. If you’re going to Yellowstone National Park, check out my list of foodie options and fun activities in West Yellowstone.

Cannabis Tourism: 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Imbibe. – Since its National 420 Day, here are some things to consider before visiting destinations that allow cannabis tourism, like Colorado, Washington, and Amsterdam. Most importantly, don’t pack any to bring home. The drug-sniffing dogs at the airport won’t be so kind.

Rolling a marijuana joint by Elsa Olofsson on Unsplash
Rolling a joint. Photo by Elsa Olofsson on Unsplash.

The Best New Hotels in North America and the Caribbean, 2022. – There are some gorgeous properties on this list. While most do not participate in hotel loyalty programs where we can redeem hotel points, you can book free stays using flexible points that allow you to book travel. Definitely, some amazing inspiration if you’re thinking about where to travel next.

Delta updates its statement calling COVID a ‘seasonal virus’ after a backlash. – While there is some seasonality to the waves of COVID, it isn’t “ordinary” as Delta says in its press release. The irony that Delta Air Lines has the same name as the deadly Delta variant is not lost on many travelers. I’m hoping that the vaccines and people who have recovered provide some immunity to slow down its spread. And our hearts go out to those who have died or are still trying to recover from their infections.

U.S. Justice Department Will Appeal Mask Changes if CDC Says It’s Necessary. – While a federal judge canceled the mask mandate, it’s still possible that the Justice Department will appeal the decision. I’m hoping that they don’t appeal it since the mandate was set to expire in a couple of weeks anyway. There’s no sense fighting over the mask mandate since the case probably wouldn’t be heard before the government eliminates the mandate in early May. But, keep in mind that local rules, like those at New York airports, may still require masks.

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