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LPGA’s ANA Inspiration to be held without spectators

(Reuters) – Next month’s ANA Inspiration, which is traditionally the LPGA’s first major championship of the year, will be played without spectators because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the elite women’s professional golf circuit said on Friday.

The Sept. 10-13 event at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California was originally slated to take place in April but was postponed because of the virus that halted professional sports across the globe.

“The champion’s walk at 18 and the jump into Poppie’s Pond are two of the greatest traditions on the LPGA Tour,” LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan said in a news release.

“While we wish we could have fans with us in person to celebrate these exciting moments, ensuring the health and safety of everyone inside and outside the ropes is of the utmost importance.”

Four of the LPGA’s five majors remain on the schedule this year, including the Aug. 20-23 Women’s British Open which will also be held without spectators at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland.

The Oct. 8-11 Women’s PGA Championship in Pennsylvania and Dec. 10-13 U.S. Women’s Open in Texas have not yet announced whether spectators will be allowed to attend.

In June, the LPGA cancelled Evian Championship that was scheduled for this week in France because of travel restrictions and governmental quarantine requirements related to the pandemic.

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Tips for Planning a Socially Distant Road Trip

Get behind the wheel of an RV.

If you’re not comfortable staying in a hotel or renting a home, consider renting an RV to limit exposure to others. “As travel restrictions continue, many families are exploring RV travel as a way to vacation in a self-contained environment where they can have complete control over where, how and with whom they travel,” says Jer Goss, CEO of Goss RV. “For those wanting a little more luxury, high-end RV resorts offer unbelievable amenities and ample distancing. RVs afford people a sense of freedom, privacy and control that many travelers are craving right now.”

When you’re deciding what kind of comforts you want in your RV, think about hygiene first. If you don’t want to look for campgrounds with open amenities, consider an RV that has a shower and toilet. “Nothing feels safer than living in your own space,” says Marianne Edwards, co-founder at Boondockers Welcome. “You’re the only one using your kitchen, don’t have to use public washrooms (which may not even be available), can wash your hands as often as you like, and perhaps best of all, sleep in your own bed every night.”

A survey from Nissan found that 28% are thinking of renting or buying a vehicle capable of towing. What many folks may not realize, however, is that a typical family vehicle they may already own can tow many of today’s lightweight RVs. Before you get on the road, ensure that your trailer and vehicle are

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Summer travel tips during COVID-19 from consultant Chuck Flagg

A travel consultant shared some tips on summer travel for those wanting a break during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chuck Flagg said he recently took a trip to a resort in the Dominican Republic.

He said the airport was not packed and the planes were half full. The resort itself was booked at 15 percent.

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Flagg also said things are changing every day with the pandemic. The Dominican Republic has a new policy in place requiring travelers to test negative for COVID-19.

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Resorts in Cancun, Mexico, are not packed and neither are the Florida Keys.

He said to be sure to get insurance that allows cancellation for any reason if you plan to travel.

“I would also recommend checking with the tourism board of the places you want to go to every day because this situation is so fluid,” said Flagg. “The story we are telling today could change tomorrow.”

Those cancel-for-any-reason policies can cost up to 40 percent of your trip expenses, but right now there are travel deals, so that could offset the costs.

One last tip he shared was to be sure to check restrictions on people from Texas because some states require you to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

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How to take a European road trip without leaving America’s Midwest

The drive to New Glarus, Wisconsin, 25 miles south of Madison, winds through a classic midwestern landscape. Barns painted a dark red frame the country road beside tall silos stacked with corn. There are Victorian farmhouses flying American flags, ripe green fields rolling to a low horizon, and groups of grazing Holstein dairy cows, standing in bovine formation.

When Highway 69 dips down into a valley and turns a corner into New Glarus itself, though, you enter an entirely different scene that’s anything but midwestern. The Stars and Stripes gives way to Switzerland’s red-and-white flag, mounted on the wooden chalets that line First Street.

Murals of Alpine meadows splash across storefronts; overhanging balconies sprout banks of flowers. And adding to the sustained yodel of Swiss pride are 16 life-size, fiberglass cows popping up all over town, decked in folk costumes that would do Heidi proud.

The only thing more Swiss than New Glarus, in fact, is the original Old World canton of Glarus itself. Too often dismissed as a blandly homogenous landscape, southern Wisconsin, like much of the Midwest, offers pockets of diverse, deeply authentic European cultures imported and zealously preserved by their original settlers.

And the payoff for Americans is especially meaningful now. In the middle of our pandemic lockdown, when so many borders are shuttered, it’s still possible to set off on a European marathon without ever leaving the country.

(Related: Borders are closing to Americans. Here’s where you can still go.)

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