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#TravelFromHome Videos Are Trending Right Now On TikTok Because We Can’t Escape The Real World

Andy Warhol predicted a time everyone would have 15 minutes of fame. He was nearly right – it is actually 15 seconds. That is the maximum duration of a video clip with music (non-music clips can last up to a minute) on TikTok, the video-sharing platform that has taken the world by storm as so many of us are under safer-at-home orders.

For many the social media platform offers an escape from the very real and often very scary world that we are all trying to get used to amid a global pandemic. For others, the platform is trying to offer a literal escape through hilarious #TravelFromHome videos. They’re everything I want in a viral video right now and I couldn’t be happier.

Despite the global lockdowns, everyone is still traveling…without leaving their living rooms.

The pandemic is forcing people to get creative if they want to hold onto those dreams of flying up, up and away again. Social media users are now one-upping each other on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook by recreating scenes of themselves roaming through airports, gazing out of airplane windows, and even missing their flights.

TikTok is the social media sensation of lockdown and here’s why.

Popular with the under-25 crowd who make up its core audience, TikTok this year surpassed Facebook and WhatsApp as the world’s most downloaded non-gaming app.

TikTok’s content doesn’t take itself too seriously, and ranges from food to fashion, pranks to pets – as well as the ubiquitous dance challenges. It is a perfect fit, in other words, for the lockdown, when many of us are stuck inside and in desperate need of some fun/distraction. This may be why, even if you haven’t downloaded it, you suddenly find, clogging up your social media, clips of Justin Bieber dancing to I’m a Savage by Megan Thee Stallion, or Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez swapping outfits to Drake’s Flip the Switch. It seems everyone from doctors and nurses in PPE to bemused parents quarantined with teenagers are flocking to the app – and sometimes going viral in the process.

So what is this #TravelFromHome challenge all about?

Let’s start with this incredible ski vacation that was filmed by Philipp Klein Herrero. He had his annual family ski trip planned but had to cancel because of the Coronavirus pandemic. So he got creative. And the results are incredible.

He used his GoPro and a stop-animation technique to recreate his trip, hoping to cheer up family and friends. When he posted the video to YouTube he ended up reaching an audience of over 600,000.

How did this TikTok’er make it to a beautiful beach during a lockdown?

Oh wait…he didn’t.

This TikTok star is causing some serious travel envy…

But why?! It’s all fake. And I’m living for it nonetheless.

Then there’s clip of a wannabe business class traveler arriving to his tropical beach destination.

The now viral video shows what looks like a business-class passenger enjoying the luxuries of business class travel: a cocktail in hand, tray table down, and arriving into a tropical paradise.

But a few seconds later – as the camera moves backwards – we see the big reveal. The ‘plane window’ is actually the door of a washing machine and that beautiful tropical scenery – a YouTube clip playing on an iPad placed inside.

The clip was created, with the world grounded, by the would-be ‘passenger’, Jeroen Gortworst, who hails from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and uploaded to TikTok, where it has been viewed millions of times. He told the Daily Mail that he only spent about 10 minutes dressing the set with all the props with his boyfriend.

He added: “I’m really surprised by how popular it has been. The video got 40,000 views on TikTok.” Then he saw it had been posted on Facebook where it had racked up millions of views.

But don’t worry if you don’t have an expensive washing machine. A coffee mug will do.

Apparently, it’s totally fine to also use short clips of copyrighted (read: popular) songs on TikTok. In one viral video, Dina Butti, an Egyptian Canadian living in Dubai, edited her take with Bob Marley’s “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” Marley tells us “Don’t worry about a thing” as Butti pretends to stare out her plane window while actually gazing into her washing machine door. Others have cleverly placed screens behind toilet seats – anything that mimics that classic airplane oval shape seems to work.

We’ve even got people using baby laundry detergent bottles to trick us…

Is nothing sacred??!

And apparently surfing is still in option during lockdown… You just can’t actually go into the ocean.

Just don’t try doing this at an actual beach. Even in Florida where apparently the governor has reopened the state’s beaches despite the ongoing threat of Covid-19.

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As The U.S. Expands Vaccine Eligibility Here’s What You Need To Know

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As The U.S. Expands Vaccine Eligibility Here’s What You Need To Know

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Starting today, everyone 16 and older can get in line for the Coronavirus vaccine. This is a huge milestone that has been months in the making after a very ambitious plan by the Biden administration.

But with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine still on pause, many have been wondering what the vaccine program will look like – especially since nearly everyone is now eligible to receive a shot in the arm.

As of Monday, anyone 16 and over is technically eligible to receive the Coronavirus vaccine.

On Monday, every state in the U.S. expanded its vaccine eligibility to include all adults over the age of 16, meeting President Biden’s deadline which he established two weeks ago.

The country is now administering 3.2 million doses a day on average, and half of all adults have now received at least one dose. Additionally, 84.3 million people have now been fully vaccinated against the disease. These are truly encouraging figures in the fight against the pandemic but a lot of uncertainty remains.

Ok but can I get a shot?

Technically, yes, anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible for the vaccine but your access to it really varies from state to state.

Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, D.C., were the last to open up eligibility on Monday, after other states expanded access to the general public over the past month.

If the country’s present vaccination rate continues, 70% of the total U.S. population could be vaccinated by June 17 and 90% by July 25, the New York Times has projected. That timeline will likely depend on what happens with Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, however, as distribution is now paused following reports of blood clots, despite being statistically extremely rare.

So, what’s going on with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

On Sunday, the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said that he believed the pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will likely be lifted on Friday. During interviews on talk shows, Fauci stated that he expected federal health officials to decide on the vaccine’s future by the end of the week and that he did not anticipate the vaccine being permanently banned.

One alternative to banning is to limit who is able to receive the one dose shot, perhaps limiting it to males over the age of 50. This is how Europe adjusted its strategy following similar blood clotting issues with the Astra Zeneca vaccine, which was created using similar methods.

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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