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How Many of France’s Natural Wonders Have You Been To?

Despite receiving more tourists than any other country on earth, how many of these natural wonders in France are you aware of?

Think of France and immediately you’ll probably conjure up images of elegant Parisian architecture, red wine, and needlessly complex (but amazing) gastronomy. Yet for a country with so much variety in its scenery, from palm tree-lined beaches to immense snow-capped mountains, France’s natural beauty gets far less attention than its culinary contributions. Here are 15 stunning natural wonders to consider visiting next time you’re in L’Hexagone.

Whether Stuck at Home or Out Traveling, You’ll Love This Loungewear

The comfiest outfit for every quarantine activity: from Zoom calls to road trips and everything in between.

Like most of the world, you probably aren’t going to be leaving your house anytime soon, which for many introverts and PJ-lovers, is actually a dream come true. For some of us, just because we can’t leave home doesn’t mean we’re letting our fashion go to the wayside. That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite loungewear that will keep you cozy AF and still have you looking cute enough to go out–even if you can’t. From Lunya’s chic maxi dress to Summersalt’s all-day jumpsuit, you may never want to leave your house again if it means living in these ensembles. Bonus points? They serve as chic travel wear when the skies and roads are safe for us to explore again.

The 9 Weirdest, Most Disturbing, or Just Plain Confusing Virtual Tours

Oh, I can tour THAT? Wait, why?

We’ve been going on virtual tours of museums for months now. We’ve walked around gorgeous Parisian gardens, watched animals in their little habitats, and even stared at aquariums full of kelp. It was fun for a while, but perhaps at this time, we need a change. Enter these virtual tours, all of which will make you go, “Do I want to go there?” Which will probably be followed by an unimaginably long sigh and saying to yourself, “Fine. Yeah, show it to me. Show me literally just grass growing in a yard.” Here are nine of the weirdest virtual tours you can take right now from your home–and when you learn of their existence, it will certainly leave you asking, “Wait, there’s a virtual tour of that? Really? Why?”

Where Can You Travel? What’s Open? What’s Closed? Here’s the Current Status for All 50 States

The states are starting to reopen. But is it wise to venture out?

[Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article that originally ran on May 19.] Disclaimer: This is meant to be a general overview of how each state is reopening. It is not intended to provide every last detail regarding guidelines and restrictions; please refer to the government website of each state for specifics. In addition, please remember that even if a state has been given the green light for a category of businesses to reopen, individual businesses may choose to remain closed. As such, please be sure to contact each business or site before visiting to ensure that it is open. As the United States begins to relax its shelter-in-place orders and some emerge from their homes, many are counting the days when we can get back out there and travel, even if it’s by car to a neighboring community or state. But as we know, a very different landscape awaits out there than the one we left earlier this winter at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. There are things travelers must consider that we never did before, including social distancing and personal sanitization. The big question is: Is it safe to travel in the United States? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pretty clear in its stance. It’s recommended that you stay home as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential. Social distancing still needs to be practiced, especially if you are in a higher risk category or an older adult. You shouldn’t travel if you feel sick, or travel with someone who is sick. And you need to protect yourself and others by knowing how to prevent the virus from spreading.  Perhaps the most hopeful advice comes from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. According to him, summer travel “can be in the cards.” He urges caution, since we risk COVID-19 spreading rapidly if proper precautions are not taken. “When infections start to rear their heads again,” he says, “we have to put in place a very aggressive and effective way to identify, isolate, contact trace, and make sure we don’t have those spikes we have now.” As long as we’re aware that “getting back to normal is not like a light switch that you turn on and off,” he says, we should be able to get back to some sort of normalcy. So the answer is: We’re not quite there yet. The best thing to do is pay attention to the several-phase reopening plans that each state has developed, outlining when hotels, restaurants, retail businesses, outdoor areas, etc., should be open for business and what precautions they must take. Some states are freer than others—and that’s something to consider. Do you really want to be on a beach where social distancing guidelines aren’t being maintained? It’s a whole new world that we’ll be navigating, literally. The guidelines are fast-changing and it’s hard to keep up, but here’s where they stand today, state by state.

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