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The best summer books, according to our readers – The Washington Post

By Stephanie Merry, May 27, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. PDT

(The Washington Post illustration)

Summer reading means different things to different people.

Case in point: The subscribers to our Book Club newsletter answered a recent call-out to share the books they’d recommend for the months ahead, and let’s just say this isn’t your typical roster of beach reads.

Gilgamesh and Herodotus were among the cerebral choices that made the cut, among an eclectic crowd of others.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/summer-books-reader-recommendations/2021/05/26/9067cc96-b741-11eb-a5fe-bb49dc89a248_story.html

Travel is Heating Up: Two-Thirds of Americans Planning Summer Vacations – Apr 20, 2021

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NEEDHAM, Mass., April 20, 2021 / PRNewswire /

With summer right around the corner, it’s not just the weather that’s heating up. Tripadvisor’s 2021 Summer Travel Index reveals that – with every passing day – travel is making a big comeback.

Nearly half of Americans (43%) in a recent Tripadvisor survey believe travel activity will rebound within three months.

With Americans no longer settling for staycations and local trips, it appears true vacation getaways are coming back en vogue.

Over two-thirds of Americans (67%) are planning to travel this summer (June 1 – August 31), which is a 17% increase from those who traveled this spring (March 1- May 31). Millennials are the most excited to get back out there with the vast majority (72%) of the generation planning trips. Although many still plan to drive to their destination (43%), 19% plan to fly, up 4% from this spring.

Most popular destinations for Americans this summer (and what to do in each)*

Top 10 destinations
this summer
Highly-rated hotel
that’s still available
Most booked
experience
Highly-rated
restaurant
1. Cancun, MexicoLe Blanc Spa Resort CancunBest ATV Tour, Five Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport IncludedEl Timón de Cancún
2. Orlando, Fla.The Delaney HotelSEA LIFE Orlando AquariumLa Luce
3. Myrtle Beach, S.C.Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand VacationsPolynesian Fire Luau and Dinner Show Ticket in Myrtle Beach42nd Street Bar And Grill
4. Key West, Fla.Havana Cabana at Key WestKey West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D’oeuvresSeaside Cafe at the Mansion
5. Miami Beach, Fla.The Standard, MiamiCity Half Day Tour of Miami by Bus with Sightseeing Cruiseil Pastaiolo
6. Las Vegas, Nev.Four Seasons Hotel Las VegasLas Vegas Helicopter Night Flight with Optional VIP Transportation Edge Steakhouse
7. Playa del Carmen, MexicoBanyan Tree MayakobaBuggy Tour in Playa del Carmen with Cenote Swim and Mayan Village VisitNørdic
8. Cabo San Lucas, MexicoVista Encantada Spa Resort & ResidencesCabo San Lucas – Beach and Desert 4×4 ATV Tour Panache Restaurant
9. Tulum, MexicoAhau TulumSelva Maya Eco Adventure Park: Ziplining, Hanging Bridges, Rappelling and CenoteLoco Tulum
10. Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicDreams Macao Beach Punta Cana5 tours in 1 – Horseback Riding / City Tour / Cacao Farm / Zipline / Dune BuggyMontserrat Manor Restaurant
*Most popular experiences in each destination based on bookings on Tripadvisor made between June and August 2020. Highly-rated hotels and restaurants sourced from Tripadvisor Popularity Index as of April 19, 2021. 

Source: Travel is Heating Up: Two-Thirds of Americans Planning Summer Vacations – Apr 20, 2021

Western U.S. may be entering its most severe drought in modern history – CBS News

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By Jeff Berardelli, April 12, 2021 / 6:46 AM / CBS News

Extreme drought across the Western U.S. has become as reliable as a summer afternoon thunderstorm in Florida. And news headlines about drought in the West can seem a bit like a broken record, with some scientists saying the region is on the precipice of permanent drought.

That’s because in 2000, the Western U.S. entered the beginning of what scientists call a megadrought — the second worst in 1,200 years — triggered by a combination of a natural dry cycle and human-caused climate change.

In the past 20 years, the two worst stretches of drought came in 2003 and 2013 — but what is happening right now appears to be the beginning stages of something even more severe. And as we head into the summer dry season, the stage is set for an escalation of extreme dry conditions, with widespread water restrictions expected and yet another dangerous fire season ahead.

Source: Western U.S. may be entering its most severe drought in modern history – CBS News

How to plan for summer travel in 2021 – The Washington Post

(iStock/ Washington Post illustration)
(iStock/ Washington Post illustration)
While we may be traveling this summer, it won’t be the “old normal.” Here are travel experts’ predictions.

February 24

After a particularly brutal winter in isolation, summer travel dreams feel like a glimmer of hope shimmering on the distant horizon.

Source: How to plan for summer travel in 2021 – The Washington Post

A Summer Poem

Summer poem image

Meatballs: An Oral History | Vanity Fair

Illustration by Sam Hadley.
Illustration by Sam Hadley.

In the summer of 1978, two future directing legends, Bill Murray, and a group of teenagers went into the Canadian woods. They came back with one of the most groundbreaking movie comedies of their generation.

Source: Meatballs: An Oral History | Vanity Fair

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