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Travel the World Through These Dance Tutorials

Do you have itchy feet after all these months of lockdown? Now could be the time to do a little homework on the world of dance. And dance does span the globe, with genres found all over that are historically integral to their communities, cultures and regions.Of course, being culturally engaged is not the only advantage of learning to dance. Moving your body can provide great comforts, both emotionally and physically. Not only does dancing provide health benefits, improving everything from cardiovascular strength to bone density to brain activity, moving your body has also been proven to reduce stress and anxiety — which everyone could benefit from right now.Here are eight cultural dances that you can learn at home through online tutorials or mobile dance apps. Take a look (or a spin) a...

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The Caribbean Dilemma – The New York Times

The tourist industry itself trained Americans to think of the Caribbean as “sun, sand and sea,” and to think of the diverse islands as interchangeable, Mr. Mignott said. Other than the sea they share, the islands are different, each with a unique geological and human history. The older islands to the west, including Cuba, are formed of limestone and billions of shells and skeletons of ancient marine life, while the black cliffs and crags of the younger islands along the eastern edge — where the Caribbean and the Atlantic tectonic plates grind against each other — are relics of violent prehistoric volcanic events.In my years exploring the Caribbean, I’ve visited Guadeloupe, Bonaire, St. John, Vieques, Jamaica and Tobago, and met people who have in common that they were born with the soun...

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Summer Recreation? It’s Backordered – The New York Times

By the end of April, however, interest had resumed. “Usually, with significant orders we have a little bit of lead time,” Mrs. Johnson-Leipold said. Not this time. Demand for boats — tandem kayaks stood out as a surprising example — was “through the roof,” with orders soon outpacing production. People were fishing more, or taking it up for the first time. Later, especially as public lands began to reopen, demand for camping gear followed; Mrs. Johnson-Leipold suspects that, if current trends continue, Eureka and Jetboil could soon be dealing with backorders, too.For much of the outdoor recreation industry, this is generally good news: lots of people buying lots of things, potentially finding hobbies or forming habits that will last for years. “The participation rate will grow,” said Mrs...

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Why Delta Is Leaving Middle Seats Empty During the Pandemic

The number of people flying today is down about 75 percent from a year ago. And in the fight to attract those few passengers who remain, airlines have promoted their health and safety policies.Delta Air Lines has tried to stake a claim as one of the most cautious companies in the industry by promising to leave middle seats empty even as American Airlines and United Airlines are selling as many seats as they can. Delta has also said that it cleans planes between flights, tests all employees for the coronavirus and aggressively enforces a mask requirement. On Monday, it announced a partnership with Lysol’s parent company aimed at improving Delta’s cleaning practices.The man responsible for all of those initiatives is Bill Lentsch, a 30-year veteran of the airline who is its chief customer...

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Hurricane Douglas: Hawaii Braces for ‘Triple Threat’

Hurricane Douglas moved north of Hawaii early on Monday, sparing the islands the direct hit that forecasters had feared.The hurricane pelted some areas with winds of 90 miles per hour and torrential rains as it passed by Oahu on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center reported. A hurricane warning was canceled early on Monday for the western islands of Kauai and Niihau, and forecasters expected the storm to pass north of the islands.The hurricane was moving rapidly away from Kauai, but it will remain a hurricane until it passes west of the island, the hurricane center said. Maximum sustained winds neared 90 m.p.h. early on Monday, and heavy surf and rainfall were expected to pound the main islands, the center said.But the force of the storm was forecast to weaken during the next 48 hours....

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Urban Explorers Give Modern Ruins a Second Life

For Jake Williams, nothing means success like wrack and ruin.Mr. Williams had studied business marketing in college before withdrawing and pursuing a full-time career as an urban explorer, researching and telling the stories of abandoned properties.He films his excursions and, as the producer of Bright Sun Films, shares them on YouTube. The subjects of some of his more popular videos, like a former Days Inn hotel or an abandoned Walmart, are fairly mundane, but viewers are drawn out of morbid curiosity, he said.“I think when you see an abandoned place on the side of the road,” he said, “people will ask, ‘How’d that get there?’”The urban exploration movement traces its origins to online forums that allowed “all these weirdos to connect” and trade tips on places to visit, said Matthew Chr...

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Longer, Slower, Farther: Savoring the Prospects of Future Travels

Beth Warren, a middle school history teacher in Lookout Mountain, Ga., had been looking forward to a much-anticipated trip this summer to Egypt, a country she vowed to show her husband and friends after her first visit several years ago. She was deep into organizing the trip with High End Journeys when the pandemic struck, and has since shifted the visit to summer 2022, in part to make sure the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza is open.“2022 sounds really far away,” she said. “But once I saw Egypt, I couldn’t get enough of it.”People have always planned big trips months or even a year ahead of time, but now many are extending that timeline even further. In the travel stasis induced by the pandemic, future travelers have taken to tackling their bucket lists with big trips that are more d...

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Time for a Literary Road Trip

In a typical year, when the thick summer heat descends, you might plot an escape from everyday life. But this is not a typical year, and whether you’re trapped in your home office or on your couch, the urge to get away from it all is likely stronger than ever. A road trip — one way to take a cautious vacation — might be the answer to this malaise. But if you’ll be staying put, these books offer the thrills of the open road, of driving fast into a new reality, far from the safety of your own home.The title of Mona Simpson’s first novel, “Anywhere But Here,” might capture your current mood. But hopefully you have it better than Ann, the 12-year-old daughter of the charismatic yet impulsive Adele. The pair flee Wisconsin for California in the hopes of making Ann a child star, yet their pat...

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Virgin Galactic Unveils Comfy Cabin for Jet-Setting to the Edge of Space

The inside of Virgin Galactic’s space plane is like a space-age executive jet.The seats recline to absorb the forces of acceleration toward space. Mood lighting shifts during each phase of the flight. Twelve windows — two for each of the six passengers, who have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars each for a seat — provide an impressive view of Earth and the darkness of space. Sixteen cameras will capture you floating. And the back of the cabin includes a big circular mirror so that you can watch yourself enjoying a few minutes escaping the effects of gravity.Virgin Galactic will be offering short up-and-down trips to the edge of space, essentially like giant roller coaster rides with better views, in its space plane, SpaceShipTwo.But how can the company unveil the fancy new interior ...

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‘Hidden Gem’ Made Popular by TikTok Is Shut to Keep Out-of-Towners Away

HIGH BRIDGE, N.J. — Lake Solitude it was not.For years, the 35-acre picturesque lake, waterfall and century-old dam had been an unspoiled treasure for local residents, but through the power of social media, the secret got out.People began pouring in, bringing portable speakers, children and food, and leaving behind trash. Borough officials installed extra garbage cans and portable toilets, and brought in police officers to direct traffic — many vehicles with New York license plates. On a recent Sunday, some visitors had to be turned away.Residents had seen enough. They swarmed a virtual town-hall-style meeting this month, demanding that Lake Solitude be shut. Last week, the Borough of High Bridge complied, closing the area to all visitors.Some of the complaints stemmed from fears that v...

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