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Take Virtual Guided Tours Of Puerto Rico To Feel Like You Are On Vacation

Wouldn’t a little vacation sound nice? Sure it would. However, it is not the best time to get onto a plane with too many surfaces to touch. Puerto Rico understands this issue and is going to be offering guided tours of the island to give people a virtual vacation from their couches.

Discover Puerto Rico wants you to join them for some 30-minute virtual tours of the Caribbean island.

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Posted by Discover Puerto Rico on Friday, May 1, 2020

This is a pioneering move by the Caribbean island. Puerto Rico is the first to offer live guided tours using Google Maps. It is an attempt to give people a break from their self-isolation realities and give them a chance to explore Puerto Rico.

It is an inventive way to get people thinking about travel once the COVID-19 pandemic starts to subside.

A recent study of American travel plans after COVID-19 shows a country of people too scared to travel after the virus is under control. About one-third (33 percent) of Americans surveyed said they would be willing to stay in a hotel three months after COVID-19 subsides. Only 28 percent of Americans are willing to get on a plane three months after the pandemic subsides.

“With nearly 73 percent of Americans saying they miss travel, we want to continue offering travelers ways to vacation virtually,” Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico, said in a statement. “Through these and other activations we’ve been offering, we’ve not only been able to keep Puerto Rico top of mind, reminding travelers of everything that will be waiting for them when the time is right to travel again, but it’s also given us the opportunity to highlight valued members of the local tourism industry.”

There are several tours that you can take through Discover Puerto Rico in the coming week.

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Posted by Discover Puerto Rico on Thursday, April 30, 2020

Discover Puerto Rico is using National Travel and Tourism Week as a chance to help all of us travel from home to escape the mundane routines of waking up in isolation and going to bed in isolation. Here are a couple of the tours available through Discover Puerto Rico.

On May 5, you can tour the natural beauty of Puerto Rico.

This tour will give you a chance to explore El Yunque, which is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Parks system. The tour will take you through the trails of some of the most beautiful and sought after hiking destinations.

On May 8, you can get a taste of Puerto Rico less traveled.

From Ponce to Gilligan’s Island, this virtual tour will offer you a look at the Puerto Rico you rarely see plastered on social media. These destinations are rarely the first places people would think about visiting when traveling to the island. The local guides provided for the tours will offer you some local insights into the places you are virtually exploring.

On May 13, you can kick back and enjoy a road trip across Puerto Rico.

Just sit back and enjoy some of the biggest and best landmarks on the island. The road trip will include seeing Castillo San Felipe de Morro, which we have all seen all kinds of photos of.

All fo the tours are available on the Discover Puerto Rico Facebook page at 5 p.m. EST.

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Americans Are So Fed Up With The Pandemic They’re Willing To Give Up Sex To Travel

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Americans Are So Fed Up With The Pandemic They’re Willing To Give Up Sex To Travel

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What do you miss most about pre-COVID life? Is it eating out at restaurants? Going to the club to perrear? Or is it traveling? For many Americans, it seems like the number one answer would be traveling. In fact, a huge number of Americans miss traveling so much that they would be willing to give up sex just to be able to go on a trip right now. 

So just how many people are willing to give up sex for a trip right now?

According to an informal survey conducted by travel site Trivago, a whopping 38% of Americans say they’d give up sex for an entire year to go on a trip right now. And that’s a poll of 2,000 people! 

“After a year that changed everything, it’s clear that modern travel has been profoundly altered, perhaps forever. As the vaccine rollout continues and restrictions begin to lift in parts of the globe, eager travelers everywhere wait patiently for the clear signal to be able to get away and adventure once again,” Trivago shared in a statement alongside its survey results. “The results reveal significant desires to travel, including what consumers would give up, what they’d like to do and where they’d like to go, as well as why they’d like to get back on the road.”

But it wasn’t just sex…Americans are willing to give up a lot that they care about for a trip.

Beyond finding out that more than one-third of Americans would give up sex for a year, Trivago also found that one in five people would give up their partner to travel now, and one in four said they’d give up all their savings. Additionally, nearly 50% of respondents in the U.S. said they’d happily give up their job to hit the road again.

Why are people so willing to give it all up for a few vacations?

“More than 80% of those surveyed somewhat or strongly agree that travel is a part of a well-rounded life,” Trivago added. “The concept of travel as a form of self-care/wellness and to expand one’s perspective is one that continues to grow.”

It noted, in both the U.S. and the UK, a substantial majority of respondents said that being prevented from traveling freely is one of the worst aspects of the pandemic and that because of the pandemic this is the most they’ve ever felt like traveling.

But hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer. Although international travel is still largely discouraged by governments around the world, some level of travel is starting to return to normal. But until we have the COVID-19 pandemic under control, it’s important we do our part to keep everyone safe. Things like staycations, domestic trips, and even taking a virtual vacation. While it may not be entirely the same thing, at least you won’t have to give up all the good parts of life to get it.

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Today, Puerto Rico Celebrates Emancipation Day–the Day When the Island Officially Abolished Slavery

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Today, Puerto Rico Celebrates Emancipation Day–the Day When the Island Officially Abolished Slavery

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Today, March 22nd marks Día de la Abolición de Esclavitud in Puerto Rico–the date that marks the emancipation of slaves in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, enslaved peoples were emancipated in 1873–a full decade after the U.S. officially abolished slavery. But unlike the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico celebrates today as an official holiday, where many businesses are closed.

The emancipation of Puerto Rican slaves was a very different process than the United States’. For one, the emancipation was gradual and over three years.

When the Spanish government abolished slavery in Puerto Rico 1873, enslaved men and women had to buy their freedom. The price was set by their “owners”. The way the emancipated slaves bought their freedom was through a process that was very similar to sharecropping in the post-war American south. Emancipated slaves farmed, sold goods, and worked in different trades to “buy” their freedom.

In the same Spanish edict that abolished slavery, slaves over the age of 60 were automatically freed. Enslaved children who were 5-years-old and under were also automatically freed.

Today, Black and mixed-race Puerto Ricans of Black descent make up a large part of Puerto Rico’s population.

The legacy of enslaved Black Puerto Ricans is a strong one. Unlike the United States, Puerto Rico doesn’t classify race in such black-and-white terms. Puerto Ricans are taught that everyone is a mixture of three groups of people: white Spanish colonizers, Black African slaves, and the indigenous Taíno population.

African influences on Puerto Rican culture is ubiquitous and is present in Puerto Rican music, cuisine, and even in the way that the island’s language evolved. And although experts estimate that up to 60% of Puerto Ricans have significant African ancestry, almost 76% of Puerto Ricans identified as white only in the latest census poll–a phenomenon that many sociologists have blamed on anti-blackness.

On Puerto Rico’s Día de la Abolición de Esclavitud, many people can’t help but notice that the island celebrates a day of freedom and independence when they are not really free themselves.

As the fight for Puerto Rican decolonization rages on, there is a bit of irony in the fact that Puerto Rico is one of the only American territories that officially celebrates the emancipation of slaves, when Puerto Rico is not emancipated from the United States. Yes, many Black Americans recognize Juneteenth (June 19th) as the official day to celebrate emancipation from slavery, but it is not an official government holiday.

Perhaps, Puerto Rico celebrates this historical day of freedom because they understand how important the freedom and independence is on a different level than mainland Americans do.

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