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Avelo is the first of two realistic new domestic startup airlines to announce specifics about how and when it will actually start flying. West Coast travelers are the first winners: Avelo ("ah-VEE-lo") will fly nonstops into 12 regional destinations from a base at Burbank Airport in the LA area. Those 12 destinations, with service varying from daily to three weekly, are, in order of starting date, Santa Rosa, April 28, Pasco, Bozeman, Mesa (Phoenix), Ogden, Monterey, Grand Junction, Medford, Eugene, Redmond to Bend, Eureka to Arcata, and Redding, May 30.

One of Singapore’s most famous actors, Chin Han has also found success in Hollywood. Currently based out of Los Angeles, the acting veteran’s movie credits include “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” “The Dark Knight” and “Ghost in the Shell.” He also portrays Shang Tsung in the new “Mortal Kombat” film. “He’s a powerful sorcerer from Outworld, bent on conquering Earthrealm,” Han said from L.A. “He is a shapeshifter, who consumes souls to stay immortal. But most enviable is his ability to create portals for interdimensional travel — anything to get by lines at customs and long TSA checks.” Fans may stay in touch with him via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where his username is @thechinhan.

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from the Netherlands — a reminder of the rich experiences that await us at the other end of this crisis.

Amtrak already has a list of projects to fund if it gets the billions it expects from a big infrastructure bill. And some of its proposals can be put into effect rapidly, which is a big change from many other infrastructure proposals. Typically, even "shovel ready" projects need years to show results, but some of Amtrak's ideas are "service ready." Basically, infrastructure required for many Amtrak needs is already in place: Amtrak just adds trains to existing operational rail systems. So Amtrak can quickly add as many routes as it is able to equip and staff within a short time.

“City on a Hill” actress Keiko Elizabeth said that when she was cast as Karen Shimizu — a U.S. attorney who had grown up in an internment camp during World War II — she had the unique knowledge of talking to someone who had experienced that firsthand: her father. “My dad is simultaneously very idealistic and very cynical about the American justice system and I really wanted to illuminate that paradox,” said Elizabeth, who resides in California. “Karen is a woman who, in spite of having experienced the worst of the American justice system, is committed to improving it from the inside. And that commitment is the source of (her) power and the root of (her) conflict with Jackie Rohr (played by Kevin Bacon).”

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Siena — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

“I moved to Los Angeles in late 2018,” said Lexie Duncan, who is one of the stars of the NBC series, “Young Rock.” “However, when the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, I returned to the safety of mom and dad’s home (in Sydney, Australia). I plan to return to L.A. as soon as possible.” Duncan said Sydney is one of her favorite places. “It is very safe,” she said. “That is one thing that I probably took for granted. Sydney has a very outdoor climate and doesn’t get cold enough to snow here. It’s absolutely beautiful.”

Right now, travel seems to be on a roll: Almost everyone in the industry is issuing ambitious schedules for mid-summer ramp-up to near pre-COVID-19 levels. "Normalcy," along with the more grammatical "normality," is being tossed around widely. Regions and countries tout their "opening up" and cruise lines are pitching midsummer returns. Much of the optimism is linked to widespread vaccination, which for once is a government program proceeding ahead of schedule. Survey data show that most of you are aching to get back on the road and the industry is certainly encouraging that urge. And if you're itching to go somewhere, by all means start to plan your trip. But as you do, keep an eye open for gotchas that might upset your best-laid plans.

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Turkey — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

We’ve already seen a huge grizzly munching on a ground squirrel, four Dall sheep, Caribou (get a load of those antlers that grow an inch a day in summer! There is a herd 2,200 strong in the park!), a moose and two recently born calves, a red fox … and we had only been in Denali National Park a few hours.

If you travel, there's a "health passport" in your future. Unfortunately, nobody has yet to settle exactly what a health passport is, how it should work, and who will officially recognize it. Still, it's happening, and you need to start figuring what you have to do.

Canadian mixed martial arts (MMA) champion Georges St-Pierre has dabbled in acting since 2009. But after appearing in 2014’s Marvel film, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” St-Pierre is kicking it up at notch. He’s reprising his role as Georges Batroc in the Disney+ series, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” “I can’t share much,” said St-Pierre. “But I can tell you that I had more screen time and I am in more scenes then when I appeared in (the film).” His martial arts training has been helpful in his physically demanding roles, he said. “Karate made me gain confidence,” said the actor. “I believe you need confidence with everything you do. If you have skills to do something but no confidence, it is like someone who has a lot of money in his bank account but no way to access it. You need both for the magic to happen.”

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from the land of my forefathers, Norway — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

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