Theme Park COVID Changes, Avoid Booking Ghost Flights, Marriott’s Cuba License Canceled

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Orlando Florida Epcot Center Timothy and Scarlett entrance
Timothy and Scarlett at Epcot Center in Orlando
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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 Thursday, June 11, 2020, that we think you should read.

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Google Maps launches features for traveling during coronavirus pandemic. – If you’re looking to start traveling, check out the new features of Google Maps. It provides alerts to border restrictions, directions to COVID testing and medical centers, and gives estimates on how crowded public transportation is.

How to avoid booking ‘ghost flights,’ which aren’t likely to fly. – You’re searching for the perfect flight. One that leaves and arrives at the right time, while still staying within your budget. Only to find out later that your flight is canceled. Here’s how to figure out which flights aren’t likely to actually fly.

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What It Means to Be a Black Traveler. – I’ve been speaking more to my Black, Hispanic, and Arabic friends to understand their travel struggles. So many situations that I’ve never encountered because I’m white. Some issues are small, yet others are huge. Either way, they add up to a completely different experience than what I have while I travel. I’m glad that we’re having these conversations now to better understand the struggles so that we can effect change.

Trump administration cancels Marriott’s license to run hotels in Cuba. – I missed out on the opportunity to visit Cuba while it was easy to travel there. Step-by-step, the strides we made to open up this country to travelers have been systematically dismantled.

What Is the Post-COVID-19 Theme Park Experience Like? – When you have kids, going to a theme park is just part of your life. Our kids love the make-believe world, and I love going on roller coasters. With coronavirus, the experience is going to be markedly different the next time you go. Switching to virtual queues, the removal of character interactions, and more changes await.

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