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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.

MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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MLS Players Test Positive As Teams Travel To Florida To Start Tournament

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The numbers are startling. The number of COVID-19 infections in the U.S. is skyrocketing and breaking records for the number of infections almost daily. One of the hardest-hit states in Florida and the MLS is determined to bring their season back using Florida as their meeting ground.

MLS athletes and staff members are testing positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Florida.

Major League Soccer is one of the first sports to attempt to restart its season. Fans were excited about the decision to restart the sport and MLS officials set their sights on the Walt Disney World Resort. Teams were flown down to Orlando to create a bubble to restart the sport as safely as possible.

Florida is experiencing one of the most severe spikes in cases in the country and the MLS is not immune to the spread.

Florida recently reported more than 10,000 cases July 1, a record for the state, and within 1,000 infections from the nation’s record set in New York. Orange County, which is home to Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort, is facing one of the most devastating outbreaks in the state.

There is a lot of chatter about whether or not is possible for this bubble idea to work.

“So far, most guys have been sticking to their rooms, playing video games, FIFA and 2K. We’ve had the opportunity share meals together, which was nice because I haven’t eaten in a group in a long time,” San Jose defender Tommy Thompson told Tampa Bay Times. “It felt great to be back on the field. When we all got on that bus together and started to train with contact, it felt really good.”

Fans are questioning if this idea is going to work.

Some players have told the press that they do feel safe in the bubble as the teams practice and prepare for the MLS is Back Tournament.

“Everyone is wearing masks, some guys are wearing gloves, and I feel safe 100 percent,” Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann told Tampa Bay Times. “They separated us on the buses and on the plane. We are staying one to a room in the hotel. So, I feel really safe. They have good procedures in place, so everything should go smoothly.”

The MLS is Back Tournament is set to begin July 8, considering everything goes according to plan. The rest of the teams are expected to arrive this week with the first game between Inter Miami and Orlando City.

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Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

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Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

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The world is still in the midst of a deadly viral pandemic. COVID-19 is not going away on its own and there are things that people can do to slow the spread. One of the most effective tools is wearing a mask followed up by social distancing. One man thought he could ease up and contracted the virus. Here is his warning.

A man known as Tommy Macias died one day after warning people about the dangers of COVID-19.

Credit: Tommy Macias / Facebook

Macias died the next day after posting this message on Facebook warning his friends and family about the dangers of COVID-19. According to the man’s post, he attended a party and contracted the virus there. Health experts have warned against gathering with friends and family right now. Parties have become some of the most infectious sites leading to the current outbreaks across the country.

Macias’s Facebook post touches on a point that drives home the importance of wearing face masks. After being exposed, he then exposed his entire family because he ignored health regulations.

The man’s death from COVID-19 has created a fear among his friends.

“Don’t take advantage of the unknown, don’t expect things to be fine. Take this shit seriously,” @flawlessbikerzcordova wrote on Instagram. “I had been diligent about wearing my mask but from time to time loosen up around the crew and friends. Not anymore!”

The U.S. is seeing a spike in cases across several states and cases are increasing in 35 states. The U.S. has seen record infection numbers in recent days and that trend is mirrored in Calfornia where the sudden reopening of the economy led to a runaway outbreak in the state.

Macias is now one of the more than 127,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

According to NBC News, the Riverside County Office of Vital Records confirmed that Macias did die from COVID-19. According to Macias’s brother-in-law, Macias was diligent about wearing his mask and following health regulations. However, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signaled rapid reopening within weeks in June, Macias felt safe letting down his guard.

“He was quarantining because he was overweight and had diabetes,” Lopez told NBC News in explaining how careful Macias has been.

Macias’s death is a warning to Americans.

As the quarantining drags on due to reopening reversals, fatigue is setting in with Americans about self-isolation. With a holiday weekend underway, Macias’s message is a warning call to Americans as social distancing is forgotten and people argue over masks.

Health experts continue to stress the importance of wearing face masks when out in public and to stay away from indoor gatherings with friends, like parties. It might be uncomfortable and you might not like it but it is what we need to do to get back this virus.

Please stay safe, smart, and follow health guidelines this 4th of July weekend.

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