January 23, 2021

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Cape Lewes Ferry Rides

The MV Delaware of the Cape May Lewes Ferry, pulls into the port at the North Cape May Terminal. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry offered free rides to residents of Cape May County and to Sussex County, Delaware on Sunday May 7, 2017, for National Tourism Day. (Dale Gerhard / Staff Photographer)




CAPE MAY — Starting Monday, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is open only to vehicles and their passengers, officials said Thursday, barring foot and bicycle travel.

“We are once again taking proactive steps to protect the health and well-being of our passengers and crew,” said Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations. “At this time, we are not reducing our public sailing schedule. These restrictions will be in place until further notice.”

Officials encouraged passengers to stay in their vehicles for the crossing, according to a news release from the Delaware River & Bay Authority.

“Vehicle passengers may roam the outer decks and enjoy the sunshine; however, the passenger salon is closed except to use restrooms or to pass through the galley area for limited food and beverage selections,” according to the release. “Customers will not be permitted to sit in the passenger salon.”

When not inside a vehicle, passengers must wear a face mask and social distance from anyone not traveling with them, officials said.

The Cape May Terminal gift shop and ticket counters will be closed; however, restrooms will be open in the terminal, according to the release. In Lewes, Grain On the Rocks and the Lewes Coffee Company will remain open.

“We’d like to thank our customers in advance for their cooperation with our efforts limit the spread of the virus,” Gehrke said. “We look forward to returning to normal operations, hopefully in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, we feel that this mode of transportation aboard the ferry is among the safest in the nation.”

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In a year full of unknowns and uncertainties, what’s normally the busiest travel season of the year will certainly slow down. People will decide what makes most sense for them when it comes to family gatherings and trips. For those who choose to travel this holiday season, their family’s health and safety is a top priority, more so than ever.

Celebrating the holidays virtually to avoid large gatherings would be the safest option, but those who are planning to see family members should plan to quarantine ahead of time to decrease the risk of exposure. That said, many see traveling by car as a way to have more control over potential exposure to COVID-19. In fact, a recent survey conducted on behalf of Toyota shows more than half of Americans see their vehicle as a “safe haven” from the coronavirus.

Despite the pandemic, the survey also found:

  • 42% of U.S. adults are likely to go on vacation or travel by year-end
  • 56% said they were less likely to venture outside their home state
  • 72% said they would take a vehicle versus flying

“Safety is one of our top priorities, but it reaches well beyond making our Toyota vehicles among the safest on the road,” says Mike Goss, general manager, social innovation. “Our mission extends to making the roads safer for everyone who travels by car. Starting with the safety of infants and children, to teens behind the wheel, and graduating up to safe driving for seniors — it is an all-encompassing safety commitment.”

Buckle Up for Life is a national safety program from Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center that educates parents and caregivers about the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts.

Regarding infants, a startling 75% of child safety seats are not used correctly. Beyond installing the seat in the car, do you know which way your child should face? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children remain in rear-facing seats until age 2, or until they exceed the height and weight limit for the seat. And don’t forget to remove your child’s winter coat before you buckle them into their car seat. Puffy coats and excess clothing can prevent straps from tightening enough to properly restrain your child if an accident occurs.

Buckle Up for Life, a national child passenger safety program created by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Toyota, teaches parents how to help keep their children safe. Here are the top safety tips provided by Buckle Up for Life and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for traveling during the pandemic:

1. Conduct vehicle safety checks. Before departing, have a service shop check your vehicle’s tire pressure, battery, fuel filter, radiator coolant and brake fluid. Also top off your windshield-washer fluid.

2. Plan your route. When considering your destination, the CDC suggests asking yourself the following questions:

  • Is COVID-19 spreading in the community or the area you are visiting? If so, you may have a higher chance of becoming infected or infecting others.
  • Will you be able to maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others during travel and at your destination?
  • Does the destination require visitors to quarantine themselves
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  • Travel rates this Thanksgiving will be down across the board, but those who elect to travel will largely do it by driving, according to AAA.
  • Traffic and road congestion will be lighter than in years previous, but those in urban areas can expect heavier-than-normal delays in bottleneck areas.
  • Traffic in urban areas is expected to peak the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving.
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Traditionally, the days around Thanksgiving are the ones that would see some of the heaviest travel in the United States. But thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, travel will be a lot lighter this year.

With positive COVID-19 cases on the rise and renewed, tighter quarantine restrictions, AAA believes anticipates at least a 10% decrease in travel from 2019 — the “largest one-year decrease since the Great Recession in 2008,” it said.

AAA predicts that all forms of travel — whether via cars, planes, buses, trains, and cruises — will decrease this year compared to last year. Bus, train, and cruise travel will fall from 1.5 million passengers last year to 353,000 this year, a 76.2% decrease; air travel will fall from 4.6 million passengers to 2.4 million, a 47.5% decrease; and car travel will dip slightly from 49.9 million to 47.8 million, a 4.3% decrease.

Road trips dominate

“Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including health concerns and high unemployment, are impacting Americans’ decisions to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday,” Julie Hall, AAA’s public relations manager, told Business Insider. “Those who decide to travel are likely to drive shorter distances and reduce the number of days they are away, making road trips the dominant form of travel this Thanksgiving.”

So if you’re the type of dread holiday travel traffic, you can expect less of it this year.

But those living in major urban areas won’t be so lucky. AAA projects increased delays at typical bottleneck areas of “up to 30% above normal pandemic congestion levels,” Hall said, citing transportation analytics company Inrix’s prediction that Wednesday afternoon will have the highest traffic volume.

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AAA and INRIX’s predictions for the busiest corridors during this Thanksgiving.


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Just be sure your car is travel ready so it won’t break down on the way. AAA said it “expects to rescue more than 413,000 Americans at the roadside this Thanksgiving.”

Know the risks

Knowing the risks involved is important to those choosing to travel this holiday. 

AAA highly recommends planning ahead. Check with state and local authorities where you are, along the route you’re planning on taking, and at your destination to find out about any potential restrictions that could be in effect.

And follow public health guidelines! Wear a mask consistently, follow social distancing protocols (at least six feet), and wash your hands regularly. Holidays can mean interstate travel and seeing relatives in close quarters, so it’s worth bearing some caution in mind. Bring extra face masks, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and a thermometer so you can monitor your health.

If you’re staying in

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. motorists drove 8.6% fewer miles in September, marking the smallest monthly decline since the coronavirus pandemic forced millions of Americans to begin working from home in March.

The Federal Highway Administration said on Friday road travel fell by 23.4 billion vehicle miles in September, but it was up 2.8% over August and the first time that travel fell by less than 10% since February. In the first nine months of 2020, Americans have driven 355.5 billion miles, down 14.5%, the lowest number in that period since 2000.

Rural travel fell by about 5% in September, while urban traffic is down about 10%.

In contrast, travel fell by 39.8% in April amid state-at-home orders with Connecticut, Hawaii and New Jersey reporting around 50% drops that month.

Volkswagen VOWG_p.DE Group of America Chief Executive Scott Keogh said at a Reuters Events conference on Friday the number of first-time U.S. car buyers had grown during the pandemic, up from a historic 3-4% average to about 11%.

“It’s clearly a signal that people have some doubts in public transportation, potentially some doubts in ride-share,” Keogh said.

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols told Reuters on Thursday that “driving is back up again, way ahead of opening of a lot of stores or offices.”

“The need and the desire that people have to be able to get out of their houses or their apartments and go someplace appears to one of the kind of basic human drives,” Nichols said.

Mass transit demand has been devastated in large part of because of people’s fears of the coronavirus, she added. “It’s actually leading to an increase in sales of old cars for people who might have taken a bus before.”

Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Richard Chang

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U.S. Department of Transportation launches website to help air passengers navigate travel during pandemic

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>> IF YOU HAVEN’T FLOWN SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IF YOU HAVE A FLIGHT COMING UP, BE AWARE THERE ARE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE PROCESS OF HOW TO INTERACT IN THE TERMINAL, NAMELY A LOT OF PLEXIGLAS IN PLACES THERE WASN’T BEFORE AND A LOT OF SIGNS TO ALERT YOU TO THE NEW RULES. YOU CAN ALSO GO ONLINE. THEY CREATED A WEBSITE CALLED FLYHEALTHY.GOV. IT SPELLS OUT WHAT PEOPLE CAN EXPECT, LIKE WEARING A MASK THE ENTIRE TIME YOU ARE IN THE AIRPORT AND ON THE FLIGHT ITSELF AND WHEN YOU LEAVE. SOME FLIGHTS COME IF INTERNATIONAL, MAY REQUIRE YOU TO CHANGE YOUR MASK EVERY FEW HOURS. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FEW WITH YOU. MAKE SURE TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING THE ENTIRE TIME AT THE AIRPORT, INCLUDING ON THE SHUTTLE. THERE MAY NOT BE AS MANY AS YOURS ALLOWED ON THE SHUTTLE. THERE MIGHT BE LIMITED FOOD AND DRINK OPTIONS ON YOUR FLIGHT, SO YOU MAY WANT TO PACK A SNACK. WHEN YOU GO TO GRAB YOUR LUGGAGE, YOU ARE ASKED TO ONLY TOUCH YOUR OWN BAGS. YOU WILL ALSO NOTICE A LOT OF THESE AROUND THE TERMINAL, HAND SANITIZER STATIONS. THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH EVERYWHERE. ONE THING YOU MAY NOT ENCOUNTER IT WHILE YOU ARE HERE ARE CROWDS. THEY ARE ADDING ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS FOR THE THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS, BUT EVEN WITH THAT, THEY ARE EXPECTING TRAFFIC WILL BE DOWN MORE THAN HALF OF WHAT IT WAS DURING THE LAST HOLIDAY TRAVEL SEASON.

U.S. Department of Transportation launches website to help air passengers navigate travel during pandemic

WGAL News 8 coronavirus coverage


The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a new online resource to help travelers navigate airlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.FlyHealthy.gov spells out what travelers can expect, from the shuttle to the terminal and the flight itself. Travelers should start wearing a mask as soon as they arrive at the airport and exit their vehicle.Passengers should expect to practice social distancing, which might mean fewer people are allowed on each shuttle.Some international flights may require passengers to change their mask every few hours.There may be limited food and drink options on the flight.When passengers retrieve their luggage, they’re asked to only touch their own bags.Travel forecastAirports aren’t expected to be as crowded this year due to the pandemic.Harrisburg International Airport said it will be adding additional flights for Thanksgiving and Christmas but traffic is still expected to be down more than half compared to last year.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a new online resource to help travelers navigate airlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FlyHealthy.gov spells out what travelers can expect, from the shuttle to the terminal and the flight itself.

  • Travelers should start wearing a mask
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I
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ordinary American who decided to live out my dreams.  I saved my money,
quit my job, sold my possessions and set off to travel around the world by
bicycle.  I left my home in Arizona, USA on March 2002 and traveled on
a bicycle for many years. 

 

 

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Tips & Advice 


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– Camping


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Places I have visited


North
& Central America
(3-30-02 to 4-17-03) Arizona, Mexico,
Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.


South
America
  (6-3-03 to 6-17-04) Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia,
Argentina, and Chile.


China & Southeast
Asia
  (11- 22, 04 to 9-15-06) Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam,
China, Laos, Thailand again, Malaysia, and Singapore.


Australia
(9-15-06 to 9-15-07) The states of South Australia, Victoria,
Tasmania, Victoria again, New South Wales, Queensland, and the
Northern Territory.


New Zealand
(
9-16-07 to 5-2-08)
North and South Island


Alaska / Canada / USA
(5-3-08 to 4-30-10) Visiting family and exploring my own backyard


India, Nepal, and the Subcontinent


(5-1-10 to present) I already know I like the food and plan on

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Transportation in Bali comes in plenty of flavors, some more tourist-friendly than the others. If you’re not relying on your hotel to get you around—not that there’s anything wrong with that—you can get around town on foot, on rented bike or motorbike, or via bemo.

If you’re seeking to go between towns, you can catch a ride on a public bemo (bus), a private bemo, a taxi, a car/driver rental package, or rent a car to drive.

Due to its large and spottily-regulated tourist industry, Bali hosts an endless number of short- and long-distance transport entrepreneurs, each jostling to get your business. Some of them are honest brokers; some are not. Follow our tips to ensure you don’t get ripped off by unscrupulous Balinese transportation providers.

Emily Roberts / © TripSavvy

Taxis

Riding a taxi in Bali works the same way it does everywhere else: you hail a taxi from the curb; a taxi stops to pick you up, and off you go.

Unfortunately, some taxi drivers are dishonest. Two favorite tricks are claiming to have a broken meter or taking a long way around. The blue taxis marked “Bali Taxi” (known as Blue Bird Taxis) are the most honest, so much so that other taxi operators try to make trouble for these guys.

You can use your smartphone to summon a Bali Taxi, visit their official site to download the app.

  • Range: Limited to within South Bali and Ubud
  • Cost: Flag-down rate of IDR 5,000 (about fifty cents in U.S. currency), then IDR 2,500 (about a quarter) for every added kilometer
  • Pros: Best way to get around South Bali—fast and available everywhere
  • Cons: Limited mostly to South Bali, so, if you’re planning to go to Kintamani or somewhere similarly distant, you’re out of luck

Ride-hailing apps like Grab (the Southeast Asian answer to Uber; official site) and Gojek (the motorcycle taxi equivalent; official site) are available in Bali, but many areas sympathetic to taxi drivers ban the entry of any Grab or Gojek-summoned rides. Before hailing a ride from an app, find out first if your destination will allow entry.

Car Rentals

If you have cash to spare, you can hire a car in Bali, with the option to drive it yourself. If you rent from a reputable car company, you can have the benefit of driving your own vehicle to Bali’s less-traveled destinations, with your range being limited only by your gas budget.

Don’t bother, though, if you’re not used to driving a right-hand-drive car or panic easily when other motorists break the road rules. Bali’s traffic is both chaotic and dangerous. Get a car with a driver if you’re not up to it.

  • Range: Anywhere in Bali you can drive a car through, as far as your gas budget will permit.
  • Cost: Daily rates range from about $20 for a small car to about $60 for a large van, gas not included.
  • Pros: Great way to explore Bali on your own; allows you to create your own
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Getting to Romania (International Transportation)

Getting to Romania by Plane

The airlines member of the Sky Team
partnership (Delta, KLM, Air France
and Alitalia)

offer excellent connections from all major airports in North
America to Romania’s capital city – Bucharest.

Romania’s national airline Tarom as well as all major European Airlines

are offering non-stop flights from cities in Western and Central Europe to Bucharest.

There are also non-stop flights from other major cities in Romania (Arad, Bacau, Cluj, Constanta, Craiova, Oradea, Sibiu, Targu Mures and Timisoara)
to destinations in Europe (operated by Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, LOT, Lufthansa, RyanAir, Tarom, Turkish Airlines and Wizz Air).

Getting to Romania by Train

Traveling by train from other European countries to Romania takes from four hours

(Budapest to Arad or to Oradea) to about 30 hours (Paris to Bucharest).

As most train tickets allow several stopovers en route,

train travel can be an affordable and relaxing way
to include Romania in a European trip.

First and second-class sleepers are available for journeys longer than 10 hours and for overnight trains.

Schedules of international trains to and from Romania can be obtained at:
www.bahn.de
or
www.InterRail.eu

To quickly check international train service availability or to get an idea of travel times please check:

Information on Direct Trains from European Countries to Romania

Information on Direct Trains from Romania to European Countries

Tickets for international trains

At the present time Romania’s National Rail Company (SNCFR or CFR)

only offers
on-line tickets for domestic destinations.

Tickets for international destinations can be purchased at any SNCFR Rail Travel Agency (Agentia de Voiaj CFR)

or at ticket offices in most major train stations in Romania.

If you would like to purchase a train ticket for an international destination,
before your arrival to Romania,

you will need to contact a local travel agency or an international rail travel company:

ACP Rail – Central Station to Great Destinations

RailEurope SelectPass

www.InterRail.eu

Eurail Romania Pass — “Eurail Train Passes” for non-European citizens

The Romanian Railway Company (SNCFR) operates service

between most of Romania’s main cities and tourist areas.

For information on domestic train schedules and fares please check our Domestic Transportation section.

Getting to Romania by Car

Documents required by Border Police are the vehicle’s registration, proof of insurance and

a valid driver’s license.

U.S. / Canadian/ Australian/ New Zealand driver licenses are valid for driving in Romania

for 90 days from the date of entry into Romania.

When renting a car in Europe, please check with the car rental company its policy

regarding taking the car across national borders.

Independent travelers entering Romania by car (own or rental) need to obtain a road toll badge, called Rovinieta.

Rovinieta is available on-line www.roviniete.com

as well as at any border-crossing point, postal office and most gas stations.

Cost of Rovinieta
for passenger cars is the

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