Baseball packages, New England rail travel, and a food lover’s road trip

The Mount Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire.HANDOUT


Fans of rail travel will want to check out Vacations By Rail’s five New England tours offered in September and October, 2021-2022. The six-to-10 day fall tours traverse a variety of states with options for museum tours, city walking tours, scenic cruises and optimum foliage viewing opportunities. For example, the six-day New England in a Nutshell tour explores historic and scenic sites in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont by rail, water, and sky (from $1,895); and the eight-day New England Autumn Foliage Express

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Michigan’s Top Health Official Vacations in Alabama After Whitmer Tells Residents Not to Travel

Michigan’s health director traveled to Alabama last week after Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer warned residents not to leave the state as coronavirus cases soar, prompting sharp criticism from the Republican party.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Elizabeth Hertel traveled last week to Gulf Shores, Alabama, which is a popular resort destination along the Gulf of Mexico, Fox News reported.

The report brought criticism from the state’s GOP, as Michigan continues to grapple with the highest coronavirus rates in the nation.

“The sheer brazenness of Gov. Whitmer and her staff is truly something else,” Michigan GOP spokesman

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Delta Reports Another Quarterly Loss, but Says Travel Demand Is Rising

Delta Air Lines Inc. signaled the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is likely behind it, as the airline anticipates that travel demand will continue to gain steam in the coming months.

Delta’s brighter outlook came as it reported a net loss of $1.2 billion for the first quarter on Thursday—its fifth straight quarter of losses—but said its operation began generating cash again last month for the first time in a year, and passenger revenue that month jumped 50% from February.

The beginning of the year, when Covid-19 cases and fatalities were surging, looked bleak for airlines. But as more people

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Experts call for travel restrictions as COVID-19 cases surge in India

New Delhi — The coronavirus is spreading much faster in India than in any other country in the world, worrying experts about the threat posed to the rest of the world. 

India has been reporting an average of nearly 150,000 new cases daily over the past week. On Tuesday, the country reported nearly 162,000 new infections — slightly lower than an all-time high of 168,912 fresh cases from a day earlier, raising the total number of cases in the country to nearly 13.6 million. 

Experts believe the surge of infections in India poses a threat to other parts of the

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Travel: Blue spaces (around water) boost well-being

During the pandemic, many people have discovered the restorative benefits of green spaces. Now, there’s growing evidence that there may be similar benefits from being around water, or “blue spaces.”

From 2016 to 2020, researchers at BlueHealth — an interdisciplinary research project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program — investigated the links between water-based environments and health and well-being. The team, which includes public health experts, psychologists, epidemiologists and landscape architects, surveyed 18,000 people in 18 (mainly European) countries and collected information about their visits to blue spaces (mostly the coast but also rivers, lakes

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