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    OVER half of Americans would rather take a vacation this holiday season than have a traditional family get-together, according to new research. A recent survey polled 2,000 nationally representative Americans to see how this year’s holiday season will shape up and found 59 percent are eager to take a trip rather than celebrate at home. 3Families would rather plan a vacation than spend the holidays at homeCredit: Getty 3Many people are itching to get out after years of lockdownCredit: Getty Many are actively planning their trips – 73 percent of those planning to travel for the holidays will have started making arrangements by October, and for good reason. Nearly three-quarters of those planning to travel for the holidays this year plan to spend more on these plans this year than ever before. Conducted by OnePoll for Affirm, the survey found that 54 percent of all respondents plan to spend more on experiences (like traveling or attending and hosting parties) over physical gifts. In fact, the top gift Americans plan to give this year is a memorable experience, like tickets to a...
    Vaccinated Americans are hesitant to gather with unvaccinated family and friends this holiday season, a new Harris poll suggests. Half of vaccinated respondents said they are either 'extremely' or 'considerably' hesitant about congregating with those who haven't gotten their COVID-19 shots. About 38 percent said they were not hesitant, while the final 12 percent said this question was not an issue - because anyone they would see at a holiday gathering was already vaccinated. The poll reflects continued caution among the vaccinated and an increasing social divide between Americans who have and haven't chosen to receive their Covid shots. Vaccinated people are likely to hesitate before making holiday plans with unvaccinated friends and family members, a new poll suggests. About 50 percent say they're 'very or somewhat' hesitant about making such plans, while 38 percent say they're not hesitant The poll results highlight vaccinated Americans' tendency to continue taking Covid precautions and avoiding large gatherings Last winter, gatherings at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays became a major source of rising Covid cases in the U.S. Though public health...
    CHILDREN will insist they have ‘nothing to do’ just five days into the school summer holiday – despite parents spending more than £1,300 on activities to keep them entertained. A study of 1,000 parents of children aged 4-16 found 54 per cent feel anxious about the long school holiday due to worries about how they are going to keep their offspring occupied. 2Parents are concerned children will spend most of their time on technologyCredit: Getty And despite enjoying three different day trips and five separate activities a week, children will still claim they are bored four times a day – 168 times over the average six-week summer break. One in twenty parents even claimed their children are already fed up by the first day of the holiday. Day trips (57 per cent) were found to be the top way parents plan to keep their children entertained, followed by walks (56 per cent) and going to the park (50 per cent), while another third (33 per cent) will keep their kids entertained with books. But the study also found many will...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh is one of the best places in the country to celebrate the holidays, according to WalletHub reports. WalletHub ranks Pittsburgh as the sixth best place to spend Christmas and the 19th best place to spend New Year’s in 2020. For its Christmas study, WalletHub says it ranked the 100 biggest cities in the country based on 15 “key indicators” of a safe and affordable Christmas, setting ranges from COVID-19 cases to the availability of traditions to the city’s overall generosity. At the top of that list are Durham, North Carolina; San Jose, California; and Honolulu, Hawaii. As for ringing in 2021, WalletHub ranked cities based on factors like safety, COVID-19 cases, food delivery options and costs. The biggest 100 cities were also ranked on 15 key factors. Coming in at the top of that list are Virginia Beach, Virginia; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Plano, Texas.
    Davina Potratz is ready to swap the Los Angeles sunshine for the chilly Germany air this holiday season. The “Selling Sunset” star told Page Six Style that she plans to spend Christmas and her birthday on December 29 with her parents in Hamburg and is taking the necessary precautions when traveling to ensure everybody’s safety. “I have not traveled during Covid,” she said. “This is going to be my first trip. I’m a little freaked out, but hopefully, it’s going to be okay. I’m a little nervous about — I have a German passport and a green card, so I think I should be fine both places and I’m checking the CDC online. It should be okay, but it changes all the time so fingers crossed.” If she makes it to Germany, she’s looking forward to participating in some of her favorite holiday traditions. Davina PotratzLindy Lin “I’m really looking forward to walking to the Christmas markets in Germany with my parents and to have a glass of gluvine, which is kind of like a wine that’s hot, so it...
    THE BACHELORETTE’S Clare Crawley and Dale Moss are paying no attention to rumours that Dale was recently seen with other women, as a source close to the couple denies there was any wrongdoing. The couple are ignoring claims Dale kissed another woman while in New York last week, and are preparing to spend Thanksgiving together in San Diego. 8Dale and Clare are preparing to spend the holidays togetherCredit: Instagram Fans of the couple were distraught to hear that former football player turned model Dale, 32, had been seen getting close to two female models in NYC.  However, it appears that The Bachelorette stars have dismissed the speculation regarding their relationship, with a source telling TMZ they'll be spending their first Thanksgiving together on the West Coast. TMZ reported that Dale flew to Sacramento to meet Clare, 39, and they'll be heading down to San Diego to spend time with family and friends on both sides. The source revealed there is no truth in the rumours swirling around Dale being sighted with two women, explaining: “They got drinks afterward, and...
    Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, allows families to experience the holiday season in the 1830s. Old Sturbridge Village When it comes to getting into the Christmas spirit, some towns or cities are simply more festive than others. From decked-out Christmas light festivals to European-inspired holiday markets, many places around the country have their own unique holiday traditions. In some towns and cities, traditional holiday events are still going ahead this year, but with added safety measures in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Whether your dream holiday season involves driving through a glittering light parade, strolling under the stars at a European-style Christmas market, or snowshoeing through the hills of Vermont, these places are perfect for spending the holidays, albeit in a more socially distanced way this year. Whatever you celebrate — be it Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or New Year's Eve — these are by far the most festive, cheery places to be come the holidays. These towns and cities have even adjusted their most beloved events to keep...
    12 Things a New Homeowner Often Doesn’t Know Hertz will pay lenders $650 million to resolve dispute over fleet reduction Diego Della Valle Invites Italians to Spend Holidays in the Country © courtesy image LOCAL ENDORSEMENT: Diego Della Valle took a full-page ad in a range of prominent Italian media outlets on Sunday to invite his compatriots to spend the summer holidays in the country. The page’s graphic featured the shape of Italy, the national colors and a brief message, all set against the image of a blue sky. “This year, if we can take a little vacation, let’s try to spend the holidays in Italy. Our country is very beautiful and it now needs the support of all of us Italians,” reads the statement signed by Della Valle, the chairman of Tod’s SpA. More from WWDCruise 2021 Beauty Trend: Natural Beauty His message appeared in major dailies including Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, La Stampa and Il Sole 24 Ore, in a period that was usually considered high-season in terms of tourist flows in the country. But the...
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