9 Unusual Airbnb Rentals Around New York State

These rentals are as odd as they are secluded.

You want to get out of the city, sure, but you don’t just want to go anywhere, right? Of course, you don’t–because you’re different. You’re just a little weird, right? You need a rental that stands above the rest in a super bonkers way. A private island? Perhaps. A goat farm? Absolutely. Something called a “milk barn”? Why not! If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that separates itself from the crowd in a big way then look no further than these 10 bizarre Airbnbs in New York State.

10 Stories of Shipwrecks and the People Who Lived to Tell the Tale

“Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn’t see the first shark for about a half an hour.”

Despite the dangers that come with seafaring, human beings can’t stay away. We’re drawn back to the ocean for travel, for riches, for sheer curiosity. And yet when mariners encounter these dangers, some have persevered against impossible odds. But in order to beat impossible odds, you have to do the seemingly impossible. Some trekked across frozen lands, navigated the treacherous expanse of the open ocean in nothing but a small boat, and some were left with no choice but to resort to cannibalism–but all of them survived.

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.      

11 of the World’s Most Isolated Destinations

These hard-to-get-to destinations are perfect for social distancing.

Isolation is the new buzz word, whether we like it or not. But even if it’s a new approach to most of us, in some parts of the world isolation is the old normal. The following destinations turn travel back into an adventure, making access difficult and so much more rewarding when you do finally get there. Keep these isolated spots in mind for future adventures.

These New Fall Cookbooks Are Full of Your Next Favorite Quarantine Comfort Meals

Stay inside, cook, eat, repeat.

We all need a little more comfort than usual these days, given that most everything is uncomfortable and we are still jailed in the confines of quarantine life. Yes, it’s true, fall looks extremely different this year, and going out and enjoying everything it has to offer just isn’t be possible, hard stop. So, bring fall to you, but this time, through food. It’s BYOC (bring your own comfort) this autumn season, so let’s sift through some cookbooks to keep your stomach and hopefully your mind (it’s connected to the gut!) comforted.

The 13 Most Haunted Places in New York City

You may want to put the Ghostbusters on speed dial before checking out these spooktacular spots in the city that doesn’t sleep.

As delightful as this urban jungle may be, New York City is brimming with horrors more arresting than the threat of a 13th sequel in the never-ending Halloween franchise (yes, it’s real, and it’s coming in 2021). There’s that mysteriously empty subway car haunted by the smell of an upchucked cheeseburger, the cultish co-op boards more sinister than the Satanic coven in Rosemary’s Baby, and of course, the Elmos in Times Square who pervert our childhood heroes more effectively than the clown from It. These scenarios, however spine-chilling, are child’s play compared to the grim stories hiding on the city’s darkest streets. You name it, we’ve got it: showgirl ghouls, cursed mansions, and apartments plagued with paranormal activity. New York, New York is a Hell of a town—literally. Visit these thirteen haunted sites to see for yourself.

It’s 2020 and Somehow These 5 U.S. Cities Don’t Have Clean Drinking Water

We should all have clean water by now.

We don’t talk about this enough and we should—water is essential, so if we don’t have it, we die. ­But, if we have it, and it’s filled with toxic chemicals, we die. We found the five U.S. cities with some of the most contaminated drinking water, and a few resources you can turn to to help.

It’s 2020 and Somehow These 6 U.S. Cities Don’t Have Clean Drinking Water

We should all have clean water by now.

We don’t talk about this enough and we should—water is essential, so if we don’t have it, we die. ­But, if we have it, and it’s filled with toxic chemicals, we die. We found the six U.S. cities with some of the most contaminated drinking water, and a few resources you can turn to to help.

10 Small Towns That Turn Into Jack Skellingtons Halloweentown Each October

Every fall they go from quaint to spooky.

Halloween enthusiasts everywhere have had to come to terms with the fact that their favorite holiday will look slightly different this year. For kids, this might mean socially distanced trick-or-treating and for adults, your favorite night out will likely be a spooky night in. To help those looking for a new way to celebrate, we turned toward the towns so done up for Halloween that you can enjoy the holiday all from the comfort of your own car—but feel free to get out and enjoy the socially-distanced festivities, of course. For those needing a new way to get their Halloween-fix, we found 10 places where you can experience this season to its fullest.