The specter of Ebola hangs over the travel world, and for good reason. The virus has the potential to ground all international travel, not just travel to and from Africa.
Fortunately, it is possible to take a common-sense approach to the virus and intercontinental travel, and there are plenty of resources available for travelers.
If you’re looking to get a 360-degree view of the disease and the crisis and don’t want mounds of detail, this Q-and-A from The New York Times is the perfect starting point. Or, if you prefer, there’s a video version.
If you’re looking for more detail, the one key source for Ebola information, especially as it pertains to the U.S., is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has a number of Ebola-specific pages, including pages that deal with how airlines have been instructed to handle Ebola and recommendations for travelers.
The U.S. State Department has helpful information for people considering travel to countries where Ebola has been diagnosed. (Naturally, the State Department does not recommend that U.S. citizens visit Liberia, Sierra Leone, or other regions where Ebola has been found.) It has issued an Ebola-specific travel advisory that’s updated regularly. And if the State Department tells us we shouldn’t go somewhere, you’d better believe we don’t go there.
From an international perspective, the World Health Organization has a series of helpful FAQs on Ebola as well as a detailed fact sheet on the disease. Also, the place to get in-depth ongoing international news coverage of the Ebola outbreak is the British Broadcasting Company. The BBC has set up a landing page that specifically deals with Ebola.
Because of our unique position, we will continue monitoring the Ebola situation – and any global crisis that can have significant impacts on world travel – and we’ll point you in the right direction.
Outside of that, what’s good this week? Barbecue, of course, mainly because barbecue is good any week. If you like barbecue – and what flesh-eater doesn’t? – you’re going to love Yahoo Travel’s roundup of America’s best barbecue. It’s NSFW for the drool factor alone.
You also need to save some drool for Condé Nast Traveller’s piece on the best hotels in America. The piece underscores the stunning variety of lodgings available to American travelers, from the time-capsule ‘50s elegance of Beverly Hills’ Chateau Marmont to the much-older elegance of New York’s Carlyle to the avant-garde minimalism of Amangiri in the Utah desert to the endearing hippiness of Napa’s Auberge du Soleil.
Oh, and that adorable phone-returning KLM beagle that went viral? He’s a fake.
We’ll be back to burst more bubbles on Wednesday.
Photos from Facebook and Huffington Post.