7 can't-miss travel hotspots to visit in August
If you think it's too late to enjoy an affordable summer getaway, you should think again. Whether you're in the mood for sunbathing on a Caribbean island, exploring a historic European capital, or dancing at a music festival in the heart of the Great White North, there's still plenty of time to travel this summer without breaking the bank. You just have to know where to look for the low-season bargains. Here are seven exciting destinations that are surprisingly economical to visit for an August vacation.
Late summer is the slowest month for tourism in sunny Cancun, which means that smart travelers can find excellent deals on all-inclusive resort packages. And since the city's street food scene is truly incredible, savvy visitors can stretch their dollar by avoiding overpriced restaurants. Best of all, by arriving late in the season, you'll avoid the crowds, giving you plenty of space to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate.
Travelers looking to maximize their August vacation budget should consider visiting Toronto this summer. One of North America's most sophisticated destinations, the city is pulling out all the stops this year to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. Free festivals and events are scheduled each month to honor the occasion, which means you'll have no trouble finding lavish entertainment at a fraction of the cost. Music lovers will enjoy the free summer concert series held every weekend at the Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown, while literary fans will adore the "Word on the Street" festival, a free event that recognizes Canada's most influential authors.
Between the gorgeous public beaches and the wealth of convenient Airbnb options, travelers to the French Caribbean island of St. Barth's can save plenty during the summer low-season. And since much of St. Barth's can be explored on foot, why not rent an affordable scooter or an inexpensive bicycle, rather than get around by over-priced taxi? Although hotel restaurants are costly even during the summer months, the island's markets are well stocked with authentic French cheeses, delicious meats, and sparkling wines, making it easy to prepare affordable picnic lunches for you and your travel companions.
A generous exchange rate, comfortable weather conditions, fewer crowds, and discounted accommodations during the low-season makes vacationing in the Caribbean one of the best choices for affordable summer travel. Topping the list of Caribbean destinations worth visiting is the island of Barbados. Though you might assume that renting a private villa in Barbados would add to your trip's cost, the truth is that you can take advantage of remarkable savings during the months of August and September as renters compete to fill their seasonal vacancies.
One of the least expensive major cities in western Europe, Berlin is a perfect last-minute travel destination during the months of August and September. Late summer visitors can experience a variety of outdoor food and music events, including the world-famous International Beer Festival. If art is what you're interested in, the city's countless small galleries offer free exhibits showcasing some of the most exciting new talent in the world.
Late summer means fewer crowds in Athens, so the city welcomes the handful of tourists it receives with excellent deals on hotels, food, and entertainment. And with the Greek economy is still finding its footing, travelers can expect many businesses to compete heavily for their valuable vacation dollars. Temperatures in August and September average in the 70s and 80s, making Athens a comfortable spot for a getaway visit.
While most tourists flock to Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast in late summer, excellent vacation deals can be found in the beautiful capital city of Sofia, which empties out during August and September. Famous for its stunning ancient ruins and historical architecture, Sofia has a well-deserved reputation as one of Europe's most affordable capital cities. Whether you're strolling the cobblestone streets on the way to an ornate royal palace or sipping coffee at a trendy cafe with a picturesque view of the mountains, you'll discover that few places in the world are as charming as Sofia.
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Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.
Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.
In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.
"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."
As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.
Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.
Jessica's new role is effective immediately.
By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.
United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.
Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.
A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.
United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.
A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group
Fellow United team members –
Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.
Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.
Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.
Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."
Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.
To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.
Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.
UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)
Together, we are facing an unprecedented challenge. United Together, we rise to meet that challenge.
Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Here's a fun way to take your next video call….from a United Polaris® seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude. We're introducing United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom and Microsoft Teams, video conferencing tools that many people are using to stay connected.
So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started. If you've already downloaded Zoom you can skip ahead to updating your background image (see instructions below).
To use on Zoom:
- Start here by downloading your favorite United image to your computer or mobile device. Just click "download" in the bottom left corner of the image.
- Next go to your Zoom app (you'll need to download the app to access backgrounds) and click on the arrow to the right of your video camera icon in the bottom of the screen.
- From here select, "choose virtual background" to upload your uniquely United photo.
- Start by downloading your favorite United image to your computer. Just click "download" in the bottom left corner of the image.
- If you're using a PC, copy the image you want to use into this folder:
- C:\[insert your device user name here]\AppData\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads
- If you're using a Mac copy the images to this folder on your computer:
- /users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams/Backgrounds/Uploads
- If you're using a PC, copy the image you want to use into this folder:
- Once you start a Teams meeting, click the "…" in the menu bar and select "Show background effects" and your image should be there
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20 UCSF Health workers, who voluntarily set aside their own lives to help save lives, are on their way to New York City.
We are humbled by your selfless sacrifice.
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This is the story of Jason and Shantel. You see, Jason and Shantel love each other very much. They also love traveling and they love the classic Adam Sandler film, The Wedding Singer.
It all began when Jason reached out to United's social media team, hoping for assistance with his upcoming plan to propose. Some phone calls and one borrowed guitar later, the stage was set for Jason. Put all that together, mix in some helpful United employees and, voila, you have a truly memorable marriage proposal. Congratulations to this fun-loving and happy couple, and here's to many more years of making beautiful music together.
A big thank you to Chicago-based flight attendants Donna W., Marie M., Karen J. and Mark K. for making this proposal come to life.