Ask LP experts: top tips for summer travel 2022


Thinking about going on a big rail adventure through Europe, getting remote in the US national parks or perhaps a luxe visit to the idyllic scenes of the new Downton Abbey film in southeastern France? 

Well, you’re not alone. We polled the Lonely Planet community across our social media channels for all your questions regarding everything and anything summer travel. 

Read on for Lonely Planet experts’ top tips, advice and travel inspiration for what will be a very well-traveled summer of 2022. 

All about US and Canada travel this summer

sand boarding adventure in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Out for a sandboarding adventure in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado © David Spates / Shutterstock

Where can I take my kids to give them a great outdoor experience in the US?

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado is a one-of-a-kind destination and especially fun with kids. Sandwiched between snowy mountains in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, the massive dune field rises in a series of gold-edged waves, hundreds of feet above the valley floor. Dune hiking is a must – no trails mean endless possibilities, impromptu races to sandy peaks and spectacular views. The descent, though, is where it’s at: sand sleds and boards (available for rent near the entrance) have kids zipping down the steep slopes, wiping out on the soft tawny sand and trekking back up to do it all over again. Spring snowmelt brings a temporary miracle: Medano Creek, a slow flowing waterway at the foot of the dunes, is perfect for wading and tubing, a legit sandy beach in the high desert. In the evening, pitch your tent at Pinyon Flats Campground or head to nearby Alamosa for creature comforts. – Liza Prado, Lonely Planet Writer

Natural highs: Colorado’s stunning national parks

What’s the best way to get out of the heat in summertime New Orleans?

When the scorching summer heat arrives, seek shade beneath the live oaks along New Orleans’ Bayou Metairie in City Park. Dripping with Spanish moss, these dense-leafed beauties cast wide shadows, making a fine retreat from the blazing sun. If that doesn’t do the trick, head to the nearby New Orleans Museum of Art, where you can see thought-provoking works, including a current exhibition on Queen Nefertari’s Egypt, amid heavenly air conditioning. – Regis St. Louis, Lonely Planet Writer

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Introducing the USA’s National Parks

Are there any free US national parks I can visit this summer?

Yes! And probably a lot more than you think, too, since national parks also include parkways, historical parks and national seashores. Most people aren’t aware that the majority of the 423 national parks never charge admission for entry (only around 100 parks have an entry fee, in fact).

Of the top 25 most visited national parks in the United States, 11 of them do not charge an entry fee at all. That includes the following 7 parks, which are in the top 10 most visited: Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Gateway National Recreation Area, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Natchez Trace Parkway and the Lincoln Memorial.

Additionally, all 423 parks in the NPS system will offer free admission (including Denali National Park & Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and all of these ones that usually charge admission fees) this summer on August 4, 2022, the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act. Other free admission days this year include Sept. 24, 2022 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 11, 2022 (Veteran’s Day). Free entrance to national parks is also given to members of the military, military veterans, Gold Star Families, citizens with disabilities and all fourth-grade students. How awesome is that? Get out there and enjoy–even if you have to pay, you’re still supporting a vital and cherished federal service. – Terry Ward, Lonely Planet Writer

15 unforgettable experiences in US national parks for summer 2022

Bow Valley, a less crowded retreat to nature in Banff National Park
Bow Valley, a less crowded retreat to nature in Banff National Park © dszc / Getty Images

What’s the best way to avoid crowds in Canada’s national parks this summer? 

It’s hard to imagine you’d need to try to get away from crowds in Canada’s vast national parks ⁠— but their beauty lures in millions of visitors each year.

However, with so much focus placed on national parks, provincial and territorial parks are often overlooked. They also provide epic outdoor experiences but lack the international reputation of a Jasper or Cape Breton Highlands. If you’ve been dreaming of the soaring mountains and turquoise lakes of Banff, Bow Valley and Peter Lougheed provincial parks are only a short drive away ⁠and offer similar scenery ⁠— but at spots you probably haven’t seen all over Instagram.

If there’s a particular national park you’re excited to explore, by all means, go. Do your research and you’re sure to find a less trodden path. But also research nearby provincial parks. You’ll still find stunning scenery and if you do run into crowds, they’re more likely to be locals ⁠— so you may even get a tip on a must-see spot. – Alex Butler, Lonely Planet Staff

When is the best time to visit US and Canada’s national parks?

What are some of the best art destinations in the US for the summer?

As travel is picking up, the art scene is, too, with new museums, can’t-miss exhibitions and exciting installations from coast to coast. Here are three destinations where you can get your culture fix this summer.

New York City: There’s no denying that New York City reigns supreme when it comes to arts and culture — and now it’s back and better than ever. The new Museum of Broadway celebrates the rich history of the Great White Way. Set in the Hudson River, the recently opened Little Island is an architecturally dazzling public park with arts programming ranging from music to dance. Then there’s Governors Island, where Collective Retreats has launched an artist-in-residence program, where guests can engage with the artists and view destination-inspired pieces.

Washington, DC: In honor of its 175th anniversary, the Smithsonian is pulling out all the stops in 2022. The biggest news: the Smithsonian Latino Center, opening within the National Museum of American History and telling the complicated history of the Latino experience in America. Plus there are plenty of shows not to miss, from the must-awaited Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum (complete with infinity mirror rooms) to a retrospective of Watergate artwork at the Portrait Gallery. Stay at the female-themed Hotel Zena, which is like a living museum filled with artwork by and about women.

Tusla, Oklahoma: When it comes to major art cities, Tulsa might not be at the top of your hit list, but this city is fast becoming an emerging cultural destination. The Bob Dylan Center, a museum dedicated to the legendary singer and his work, just opened right next to the Woody Guthrie Center, which honors the “Father of Folk.” Other cultural stops include the revitalized Arts District (with art crawls, museums and galleries) and the 66-acre Gathering Place, a waterfront park with plenty of art events and sculptures on display. – Laura Begley Bloom, Lonely Planet Writer

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A backpacker stops to take in the splendor of Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
A backpacker stops to take in the splendor of Crater Lake National Park, Oregon © Cavan Images RF / Getty

What are the best outdoor destinations in the US for the summer?

In summer when many Americans explore the great outdoors, it can be a challenge to find destinations not entirely overrun with crowds. For travelers looking to visit a few headliners in peak travel months but also occasionally escape the masses, a road trip along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway that stretches between California and Oregon strikes just the right balance.

Stretching from Northern California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park and ending at Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon, the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway passes up to ten volcanoes within the Cascade Range. The road trip also includes Mount Shasta and Lava Beds National Monument.

Each volcano along the byway is entirely unique. Lassen has bubbling mud pots and geothermal features. Mount Shasta offers jaw-dropping views or even a challenging climb for the adventurous and prepared. Lava Beds present the opportunity to explore and crawl through cooled lava tubes. And Crater Lake’s collapsed caldera filled with clear blue water is a sight to behold.

I’d recommend taking about 5-7 days for this road trip to slow down and take in the sights along the back roads. Camping and RVing are popular in the region, but inexpensive motels are also an option. Consider continuing north and ending in Bend, Oregon where Newberry Volcanic National Monument is located. – Leslie Harvey, Lonely Planet Writer

Plan a drive on America’s most iconic road trips

Big adventures and top insights for Europe travel this summer

A cyclist climbs Col des Aravis in the Haute-Savoie region of France
A cyclist climbs Col des Aravis in the Haute-Savoie region of France © Justin Paget / Getty

I’m looking for a peaceful spot in France to holiday this summer, with mountains, water and no crowds. Where can you suggest?

The Aravis mountains, between Mont Blanc and Lake Annecy in Savoie and Haute-Savoie. The key hubs, La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand, are reasonably well-known among winter sports enthusiasts. But meander away from these towns into largely unsung, alpine landscapes strewn with ancient footpaths and pastoral shepherds’ huts and you find hidden spots cooking up peace, tranquility – and Savoyard gastronomy – in spades. This is the land of creamy Reblochon and Tomme cheese, tangy saucisson (air-dried sausage) and organic zero-kilometer dishes peppered with wildflowers and herbs foraged on the mountainside (Chalet de Paccaly, with mountain guide and botanist Astrid Marty at the helm, is a favorite lunch address).

Cycling, e-biking and scenic motoring is hot here: the Col des Aravis mountain pass linking La Clusaz and Le Grand-Bornand is part of the mythical Route des Grandes Alpes – an incredible 720km road trip from Lake Geneva to the French Riviera by way 17 hairy mountain passes in the French Alps. Mermaids seeking water can dip in Lake Annecy (the ‘busier’ option), hike up to crystal-clear alpine lakes like Lac des Confins or Lac du Mont Charvin (clearly created with star-topped bivouacking in mind), or dabble in heart-warming Tummo yoga in glacial rivers. In short, if you’re seeking a deep dive into untouched nature, Aravis is it. – Nicola Williams, Lonely Planet Writer

The 12 best beaches in France

Expert tips for camping in Iceland

What’s your favorite summertime thing to do with your kids in Iceland?

My kids are going to fiercely disagree with this answer, but OUR favorite summertime activity in Iceland is camping. Each trip begins with me bulldozing gear and family members into the car and then, halfway out of the driveway, check the weather forecast to see where to go. Foreseeable sunshine dictates everything. If the warmest spot is a one-hot spring village five hundred kilometers away – well, buckle up. Last year, it was Hallormsstaður Forest. Super fun, right kids? – Egill Bjarnason, Lonely Planet Writer

In Iceland’s remote Westfjords region, a new bicycle route takes shape

A train hugs the coast of Manarola, Italy
Use your Interrail pass to glide through Europe: Manarola, Italy © Diana Robinson Photography / Getty Images

I want to go Interrailing this summer but I only have seven days – where should I go?

Even a cursory glance at the Interrail map shows the size of Europe’s rail network – and just how much fun pass holders can have.

Bear in mind there are many different types of Interrail pass, covering individual countries (known as Country passes) and the entire continent (Global passes). If you live outside the EU and UK, you’ll need a Eurail pass – prices work out roughly the same. Youth and senior travelers pay less.

You might not even need a pass. Many of Europe’s trains require a seat reservation or, in some cases, the payment of a supplement for pass holders. The passes described above may work out more expensive than four point-to-point journeys – which is the maximum you should take in this time period – depending on where you go and how far in advance you book. You can compare options at trainline.com. Then again, point-to-point tickets will not give you the flexibility of a pass, nor any of the helpful discounts on other transport like mountain cable cars or entry to attractions pass holders enjoy.

So, without turning this into an essay, I’d say with seven days get the Italy country pass and take a route connecting Venice, Bologna, Florence (pausing in Pisa en route) and Rome, adding on Naples if you’re very energetic. It’s more than you’d normally cover with a week in Italy but it makes great use of your pass.

With a Global Pass valid for four days travel across a one-month period you could take in Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna – taking the convenient night train connection – and Budapest as a bonus.

That’s two very brief options. If there’s any way you can beg, borrow or steal a few extra days you can stay longer, travel and really start to use that pass. – Tom Hall, Lonely Planet Staff

Europe’s top 10 scenic train journeys for 2022

Exploring Snowdonia's Gylder Fach in Wales
Exploring Snowdonia’s Gylder Fach in Wales © Sebastien Coell / Shutterstock

I want to go on a big adventure in Europe that isn’t on any bucket lists, can you recommend a place?

Wales. I’m unashamedly biased but the country of my birth is a wild land of craggy peaks and wave-lashed shores, all wrapped up in ancient Celtic myths and legends. It’s also often totally overlooked by travelers to Britain.

The mountains clamber to over 1000 meters up in the Snowdonia National Park, a place that was muse to Romantic poets like Wordsworth back in the day. Skip Yr Wyddfa, the highest, in favor of the sleeping-dragon peak of Tryfan or haunting Glyder Fawr, where the assemblages of dagger-like rocks are known as the Devil’s Kitchen.

For beaches, go south to Pembrokeshire and the Gower. Sweeping sands at Llangennith hoover up the Atlantic swell there for surfers and there are long-distance hiking paths that link seal-filled coves and puffin-stalked islands alike. – Joe Francis, Lonely Planet Writer

The 10 most beautiful hikes in Wales

The colorful and sunny shores of Carvoeiro, Portugal
The colorful and sunny shores of Carvoeiro, Portugal © Pawel Kazmierczak / Shutterstock

What sunny European destination is cheapest in summer? 

There are some more affordable locations once you are on the ground. Bulgaria’s Black Sea beaches, Turkey’s beautiful Aegean Mediterranean coast and Portugal’s Atlantic seaside all represent good value for meals and shopping.

A destination is only cheap if it hasn’t cost you a fortune in flying there. It’s vital to factor in not just the cost of a plane ticket (or train ticket – this is Europe) but getting to and from the airport, and any money you spend while making the journey. This can make the per-day difference in choosing a less expensive destination less relevant. Another big factor is accommodation, and whether you have any meals included. There’s strong demand across the continent this year as travelers look to make up for lost vacation time. This combined with high fuel costs and increases in the cost of living across Europe means there won’t be too many deals during peak months of July and August even for late availability specials. – Tom Hall, Lonely Planet Staff

Why the Azores are Europe’s secret islands of adventure

Where is the villa where they filmed Downton Abbey: A New Era? 

I looked this up right after I saw the movie last week. The villa inherited by Violet Crawley is actually La Rocabella in Le Pradet, on the coast of southeastern France. If you have tens of thousands of dollars to burn, you can also rent it for your own private, Crawley family-esque Cote d’Azur sojourn. Or you can just watch the movie again. – Brekke Fletcher, Lonely Planet Staff

Downton Abbey the movie: filming locations you can visit

Naplavka, the go-to riverside hangout for summer fun in Prague
Naplavka, the go-to riverside hangout for summer fun in Prague © Ivana Larrosa

Where should I go in Europe for outdoor fun this summer?

Around 2009, the city of Prague removed the parking lots that had existed on the Vltava River embankments, just south of the city center, starting where Frank Gehry’s “Dancing House” meets the Jirasek Bridge. And with that, locals began setting up impromptu outdoor bars along the eastside of the river, beginning with Bajkazyl, a bike shop and bar. A few years after that, Naplavka, as its called, began growing into a near-mile, outdoor, warm-weather strip of bars, some of which are on moored boats and barges.

Today, Naplavka is more popular than ever. With Prague Castle and the Gothic spires of St Vitus Cathedral looming in the distance, revelers sit along the river nursing frothy pints of pilsner as buskers sing and street vendors cook up snacks. On Saturdays, a popular flea market plants itself here. Naplavka has become the go-to place for outdoor amusement in Prague. – David Farley, Lonely Planet Writer

Prague’s best nightlife: great pubs, bars and live music for the perfect night out

Discover Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

I’m traveling to Ireland and I hear renting a car is a nightmare. Do you have any suggestions? 

In Ireland, there are reports that the cost of car hire has tripled and at times quadrupled since before the pandemic. A lack of cars in the rental market has meant that many visitors are unable to secure car hire for the duration of their visit. The increased demand with return to travel along with a shortage of certain car components has meant that European care hire is at a premium now for visitors. Ireland however is compact, and all parts of the country can be accessed through a network of busses and trains. Be sure to do your research in advance, know the routes you need to take and reserve seats online to ensure the cheapest rate and that you get seated with your companions. Sit back, relax, leaving the driving to someone else and enjoy the views. – Fionnuala McCarthy, Lonely Planet Staff

Car or public transport? How best to get around in Ireland

The relaxed, family-friendly vibes of Brač Island, Croatia
The relaxed, family-friendly vibes of Brač Island, Croatia © Pawel Kazmierczak / Shutterstock

Where is good to go in Croatia with kids? 

Brač Island is a great choice to experience the best of Croatian island life with the entire family. The world-famous Zlatni Rat has calm, shallow waters and is great for splashing and snorkeling. The promenade from Bol to the beach is easily navigated with prams and there’s a play area and an inflatable water park to enjoy on the way. Further inland, there are ancient fortress ruins to explore or get a guided tour to see the Dragon’s Cave (about an hour’s walk from Bol). – AnneMarie McCarthy, Lonely Planet Staff

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Nine Arches Bridge in Sri Lanka
Capturing the moment at Nine Arches Bridge in Sri Lanka © Cavan Images / Getty Images

Is it safe to travel to Sri Lanka, I’m already booked? 

Sri Lanka is going through a tough patch at the moment. Hot on the heels of the pandemic, the country is facing a full-blown economic crisis that has already led to a change of government. The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office is currently advising against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka because of the risk of unrest and shortages of essential supplies.

But this is not the whole picture. While the country has seen violent demonstrations and curfews, trouble has been concentrated in the capital, Colombo, and other large cities. The airport lies north of the capital, and it’s possible to bypass Colombo when heading to beach resorts along the coast.

A bigger problem for visitors is the shortage of essential commodities. Petrol, cooking gas and medicines are in short supply, and there have been periodic interruptions to the electricity supply. If you have to visit Sri Lanka at this time, stick to self-contained beach resorts with their own generators, and avoid crowds and other potential flashpoints. – Joe Bindloss, Lonely Planet Staff

8 of the top surfing spots in Sri Lanka: experience the best waves whatever the season

The best of Caribbean islands

What is the best Caribbean island to avoid the crowds?

Dominica is the perfect Caribbean destination to avoid crowds. Situated in the southern part of the Caribbean, close to the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, Dominica’s nickname is “Nature Island”.

The country boasts an extensive network of hiking trails, wonderful diving opportunities and a boiling lake – the second-largest in the world.

Perhaps it’s because people confuse the country with the Dominican Republic or its lack of large, glitzy all-inclusive resorts, but Dominica is an oft-overlooked country. Sure it’s not your typical Caribbean island with white-sand beaches (the beaches are black due to the nine volcanoes), but trust me, that’s definitely part of the appeal. – Alicia Johnson, Lonely Planet Staff

8 of the best surf spots in the Caribbean: turquoise waves and paradise beach breaks

COVID-19 travel concerns for summer 2022

Should you bring a mask while traveling?
Capturing the moment at Nine Arches Bridge in Sri Lanka © Cavan Images / Getty Images

Do I still need to pack a mask?

It depends on where you’re going and who you’re flying with but generally speaking, yes. Even though the US and many countries in Europe have dropped mask mandates, most nations elsewhere require them on flights and in airports. And individual airlines can still set their own rules. If we’ve learned anything during the pandemic it’s that rules can change with very little notice. So it’s a good idea to have a mask with you just in case you need it, particularly an FFP2/N95/KN95 mask. Purchase some in advance and keep them in your hand luggage because you don’t want to be caught short at the airport where prices for masks tend to be higher. – Sasha Brady, Lonely Planet Staff

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What do you do if you get COVID when traveling?

So unfortunately the possibility of getting COVID-19 when traveling is something we have to consider. Travel does require some preparation now.

First of all, make sure you are fully vaccinated and boosted before travel. Second, before you travel, make sure you buy travel insurance where COVID-19 isn’t an excluding factor for coverage. These policies typically will reimburse you for expenses due to quarantining and also cover medical expenses should you need treatment.

Even if your destination does not require it, you may want to test before departure. Better to find out you’re testing positive and isolate at home than have to do so abroad. If you do get it while traveling, don’t travel and risk exposing others. You’ll need to isolate. From contacting your host/hotel to rescheduling your flight, here’s a detailed explanation of what to do next.

One thing I’m doing for my travels is packing a home test kit so I have one on hand in case of an emergency. Finally, it goes without saying if you’re not feeling well, don’t travel. – Melissa Yeager, Lonely Planet Staff

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Memorial Day weekend 2022: Here are some fuel saving tips as gas nears $5 a gallon in Philadelphia region


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Gas prices continue to inch closer to $5 a gallon throughout the region.

Drivers are being forced to become resourceful and find ways to minimize the pain at the pump.

According to AAA, the average price of gas across the Philadelphia five-county region is now at $4.88 a gallon.

Here are some ways you can save.

AAA recommends that people take advantage of fuel rewards and discount programs. For instance, Wawa is offering a 15 cents per gallon discount if you pay using their mobile app now through June 12.
Grocery store chains like Giant offer a 10 cent discount for every $100 spent in their stores.

Gas companies also have rewards programs.

Exxon offers 3 cents off a gallon. Citgo offers 3 cents off per gallon with additional discounts on Tuesdays and Fridays. Sunoco also offers 3 cents off per gallon.

According to experts, staying on top of vehicle maintenance is key when it comes to savings.

Regular service will prolong fuel economy and your car’s performance.
Another big tip is to not let your car idle. Experts say most cars perform a lot better when you get in and start driving them.

While it’s always important to drive safely, AAA says studies have shown that personal driving habits are one of the biggest factors that affect fuel consumption.

It’s best to drive the speed limit, avoid quick acceleration and to take your foot off the gas early when approaching a stop. That way your car can coast before you brake.

Cruise control is another great option to save on gas, and get rid of any accessories on your vehicle.

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Tee Cee’s Tip for Monday, May 23, 2022


Dear Tee Cee,

I have a question about compostable forks, plates, cups, etc. A few months ago, I put some compostable forks in my backyard compost bin, and while they have broken down a little bit, they’re a long way from being fully composted, while everything else around them is fully broken down. I think it will take well over a year for the forks to fully compost at this rate! Are compostable forks not really compostable?

Jeff

Tee Cee's Tip
Tee Cee’s Tip

Hi Jeff,

That’s an appropriate question as we wrap up Compost Awareness Month! (Maybe you didn’t know May is Compost Awareness Month, but you’re in the groove.)

Your certified compostable forks are compostable, just not in your backyard compost.

Here’s the deal: There is a difference between what can go into your backyard compost bin and what should only go into your curbside compost cart for industrial-scale composting.

The difference comes from the fact that the composting process at the industrial facility is able to reach far-higher temperatures than a backyard compost bin, so the list of what can be included for each is different.

Let’s break it down (pun intended):

Backyard composting

First of all, if you’re a backyard composter, good for you! You are preventing the need for your organic discards to travel to be turned into compost and making good use of them right where you live! For backyard composting, you can include certain food scraps (not all!) and yard debris that easily break down, such as fruit and veggie scraps, yard clippings and dried leaves.

Some backyard composters find that paper products such as coffee filters, paper towels and paper napkins also break down in their backyard bins, while those who are perhaps a little more passive with their backyard compost bin (and therefore not “cooking” their compost at temperatures as high as others) struggle to get these materials to break down.

If you’re in the latter category, read on for curbside compost guidelines.

Note: If you’re surprised to learn that paper products like paper towels and napkins are compostable, remember that they come from trees and are therefore carbon, which is needed to balance out nitrogen-rich food scraps and yard waste.

To get more details on what is appropriate for backyard composting, go to ecocycle.org/recycle-compost-reuse/compost to see our list of compostable materials and to learn the ins and outs of backyard composting.

Industrial composting

Industrial composting facilities can accept anything that can go in a backyard compost bin and more. Industrial composters create giant piles of organic material, or “windrows,” which get much hotter than your backyard compost and therefore can break down larger or more-durable compostable items, such as those plant-based forks you have, as well as meat, bones, dairy scraps and chipped tree branches, as well as those paper products such as paper towels or soggy cardboard.

Concerning your compostable fork, as well as other compostable products like cups and plates specifically designed to be composted, check the product labeling to see if it is BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) Certified Compostable to be sure the product is actually compostable.

For a full list of what can be composted at the curb as well as guidelines for checking product labeling for compostability, visit ecocycle.org/compost.

If you don’t have curbside composting service, but would like to, you can sign up for just $6 per month. Visit the City of Longmont’s website at longmontcolorado.gov.

A final note on composting for your backyard or curbside cart: The biggest contamination in compost is plastic. Plastic bags, plastic-coated papers like paper plates and coffee cups, and plastic produce stickers don’t fully decompose. Instead, they break down into microplastics, plastic particles so small they can easily work their way into our water, soil, food and bodies. Please do not ever bag your compostables with a plastic bag or put plastic-coated paper products in your curbside compost cart.

There is so much more to learn about composting! If you have more questions about composting, send Eco-Cycle an email at [email protected] or call us at 303-444-6634.

Tee Cee

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Tee Cee’s Tip for Monday, May 23, 2022


Dear Tee Cee,

I have a question about compostable forks, plates, cups, etc. A few months ago, I put some compostable forks in my backyard compost bin, and while they have broken down a little bit, they’re a long way from being fully composted, while everything else around them is fully broken down. I think it will take well over a year for the forks to fully compost at this rate! Are compostable forks not really compostable?

Jeff

Tee Cee's Tip
Tee Cee’s Tip

Hi Jeff,

That’s an appropriate question as we wrap up Compost Awareness Month! (Maybe you didn’t know May is Compost Awareness Month, but you’re in the groove.)

Your certified compostable forks are compostable, just not in your backyard compost.

Here’s the deal: There is a difference between what can go into your backyard compost bin and what should only go into your curbside compost cart for industrial-scale composting.

The difference comes from the fact that the composting process at the industrial facility is able to reach far-higher temperatures than a backyard compost bin, so the list of what can be included for each is different.

Let’s break it down (pun intended):

Backyard composting

First of all, if you’re a backyard composter, good for you! You are preventing the need for your organic discards to travel to be turned into compost and making good use of them right where you live! For backyard composting, you can include certain food scraps (not all!) and yard debris that easily break down, such as fruit and veggie scraps, yard clippings and dried leaves.

Some backyard composters find that paper products such as coffee filters, paper towels and paper napkins also break down in their backyard bins, while those who are perhaps a little more passive with their backyard compost bin (and therefore not “cooking” their compost at temperatures as high as others) struggle to get these materials to break down.

If you’re in the latter category, read on for curbside compost guidelines.

Note: If you’re surprised to learn that paper products like paper towels and napkins are compostable, remember that they come from trees and are therefore carbon, which is needed to balance out nitrogen-rich food scraps and yard waste.

To get more details on what is appropriate for backyard composting, go to ecocycle.org/recycle-compost-reuse/compost to see our list of compostable materials and to learn the ins and outs of backyard composting.

Industrial composting

Industrial composting facilities can accept anything that can go in a backyard compost bin and more. Industrial composters create giant piles of organic material, or “windrows,” which get much hotter than your backyard compost and therefore can break down larger or more-durable compostable items, such as those plant-based forks you have, as well as meat, bones, dairy scraps and chipped tree branches, as well as those paper products such as paper towels or soggy cardboard.

Concerning your compostable fork, as well as other compostable products like cups and plates specifically designed to be composted, check the product labeling to see if it is BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) Certified Compostable to be sure the product is actually compostable.

For a full list of what can be composted at the curb as well as guidelines for checking product labeling for compostability, visit ecocycle.org/compost.

If you don’t have curbside composting service, but would like to, you can sign up for just $6 per month. Visit the City of Longmont’s website at longmontcolorado.gov.

A final note on composting for your backyard or curbside cart: The biggest contamination in compost is plastic. Plastic bags, plastic-coated papers like paper plates and coffee cups, and plastic produce stickers don’t fully decompose. Instead, they break down into microplastics, plastic particles so small they can easily work their way into our water, soil, food and bodies. Please do not ever bag your compostables with a plastic bag or put plastic-coated paper products in your curbside compost cart.

There is so much more to learn about composting! If you have more questions about composting, send Eco-Cycle an email at [email protected] or call us at 303-444-6634.

Tee Cee

Have Zero Waste questions? Want to become a volunteer Eco-Cycle Eco-Leader? Let us know at [email protected]



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Savvy Senior: Best Senior Travel Discounts in 2022


Dear Savvy Senior,
What are some of the best travel discounts available to seniors? My husband and are about to retire and are interested in traveling more but live on a tight budget.
Frugal Travelers

Dear Frugal,

There are literally hundreds of different travel-related discounts available to older travelers that can add up to save you hundreds of dollars on your next trip. To qualify, you’ll need to meet the age requirement, which varies by business. Some discounts may be available as soon as you turn 50, but most don’t kick in until you turn 55, 60, 62 or 65. Here’s a rundown of top travel discounts, along with some extra tips to help you save.

Ways to Save

The first thing to know is that most businesses don’t advertise them, but many give senior discounts just for the asking, so don’t be shy.

You also need to be aware that when it comes to senior travel bargains, the “senior discount,” if available, may not always be the best deal. Hotels, resorts, airlines and cruise lines, for example, offer advanced bookings along with special deals and promotions from time to time that may be a lower rate than what the senior discount is. Before you book, always ask about the lowest possible rate and the best deal available.

Another way you can save is to be flexible when you travel. Last minute travel deals can offer huge savings, as does traveling during off-season or off-peak times, and avoiding holidays.

Club memberships can also garner you a wide variety of travel bargains. AARP, for example has dozens of travel discounts available on hotels, rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and more – see AARP.org/benefits-discounts. The American Automobile Association (AAA.com) is another membership club that provides some great travel discounts to members at any age.

Types of Discounts

Here are of some of the best senior travel discounts available in 2022.

Airline: British Airways offers AARP members $65 off economy travel and $200 off business club travel. American, Delta and United also offer senior fares to passengers 65 and older in certain markets but are extremely limited. JetBlue offers 5 percent discounts for retired military and veterans that are enrolled in Veterans Advantage.

Train: Amtrak provides a 10 percent discount to travelers 65-plus, and a 10 percent discount to passengers over age 60 on cross-border services operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada.

Rental Car: Avis and Budget provide AARP members up to 30 percent off at participating locations. Hertz offers up to 20 off to 50-plus travelers. Thrifty and Sixt provides 5 percent off to those 50 and older.

Hotels: Certain hotel chains offer discounted rates for seniors usually ranging between 10 and 15 percent off but may vary by location. Some popular hotels that offer these discounts include Best Western, Choice Hotels, Hyatt, IHG Hotels, Marriott, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Red Roof and Wyndham Hotels.

Restaurants: Many restaurant chains offer senior discounts ranging from free drinks, to senior menus, to discounts off your total order, but they may only be available on certain days of the week or at certain locations. Some popular options include Applebee’s, Denny’s, IHOP, Chili’s, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, and McDonalds.

Cruises: Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise lines offer discount rates to cruisers 55 and over on select cruises. Grand European Travel offers AARP members up to $100 savings per person on river cruises. Call before booking to inquire.

Entertainment and Attractions: Most museums, zoos, aquariums, movie theaters, public golf courses and even ski slopes provide reduced admission to seniors over 60 or 65. And, for those 62 or older, one of the best deals available is the America the Beautiful Senior Pass ($20 for an annual senior pass or $80 for a lifetime pass), which provides admittance to more than 2,000 national parks and recreation sites.

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.



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Maryland Men’s Basketball To Play In 2022 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off


UNCASVILLE, CT — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the field of teams for the 2022 Tip-Off Tournament, which includes Maryland. The annual NCAA men’s exempt  tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. 

Maryland will play Saint Louis on Nov. 19 and Miami will play Providence on the same day. The winners and losers will play the following day on Nov. 20. 

Miami advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight this past season while Providence won the Big East Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Saint Louis advanced to the National Invitation Tournament last season. 

“We are very excited to play in the 2022 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament,” said Maryland men’s basketball head coach Kevin Willard. “This event features some of  the best teams in the nation and we are excited to have an early-season challenge for our program.  Playing at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut is a great location for our fans to travel as we have a large following throughout the entire Northeast corridor, and they will be able to come and support the Terps.” 

Maryland Men’s Basketball season tickets for the 2022-23 season are on sale now. Special sales packages are available to all fans who purchase by June 1. For more information, please visit umterps.com/willard.

Maryland and Saint Louis have played once previously with the Terrapins winning a 1994 NCAA Tournament First Round game in Kansas City, 74-66 on March 17, 1994 with Joe Smith leading the way with 29 points and 15 rebounds. 

The Terps and Miami have played 19 times with the Hurricanes leading the series, 12-7, with most of those games coming as ACC rivals. The teams last played on Jan. 29, 2014, a 74-71 Maryland victory

Maryland and Providence have played three times with the Terps winning twice, including the last matchup on Nov. 25, 2013, a 56-52 victory in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Terps’ other win against the Friars came on Dec. 4, 1991, which was played at the Hartford Civic Center, that was Maryland’s last game played in the state of Connecticut. 

Maryland has played in the Hall of Fame Classic, when the event was held in Springfield, Mass., in 1993, 1995 and 2004.  

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will continue to serve as the host conference for the annual  event. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is also proud to continue its relationship with  Learfield IMG College for sponsorship representation of its portfolio of collegiate events.  

“We look forward to another exciting weekend at the Mohegan Sun for the 2022 Hall of Fame Tip-Off  Tournament,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This year’s  field of teams will bring a high level of competition to one of the country’s best early-season events.” 

Ticket information, game times and television broadcast details and will be released at a later date.  As the health and safety of the athletes, fans and staff is of the utmost importance, the Basketball  Hall of Fame will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely in the coming months and  provide updates as needed. For more information, please visit www.halloffametipoff.com. 

 

2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Schedule:

Saturday, November 19 
Maryland vs. Saint Louis 
Providence vs. Miami 

Sunday, November 20 

Consolation Game 

Championship Game 

About Mohegan Sun Arena: 

Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard  Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in  2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las  Vegas. Mohegan Sun Arena was also ranked among the top 10 arena venues in the nation for 2014,  regardless of size. In 2015, Mohegan Sun took home the IEBA award for “Casino of the Year.” Mohegan  Sun also won “Casino of the Year” in 2 categories at the 2013 & 2016 Academy of Country Music  Awards. For more information on concerts and other great events, visit Mohegan Sun. For information on  this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1-888.226-7711, ext. 27163. 

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: 

The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield  University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University,  Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University and Siena College. For more on the  conference, please visit www.maacsports.com

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:  

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial  Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting,  preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and  professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame  museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball  history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game,  experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of  Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite,  the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually  throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame  organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall #HOFTipOff or  call 1-877-4HOOPLA. 

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