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What to know about summer cruises and the industry’s comeback

Much is still in flux as the cruise industry ramps up again.

How to know when you need a mental health break and ways to make the most of it

Experts hope Naomi Osaka’s actions will encourage more Americans to take time off when they need it — and more workplaces to make that possible.

A visitor’s guide to Deep Creek Lake, Smith Mountain Lake and Lake Anna

A trio of major lake destinations beckons D.C.-area vacationers. Here’s how to tell which is which.
  • Jun 3

Eight road-trip-worthy restaurants in Maryland and Virginia

What’s better than a summer road trip? A summer road trip to a destination restaurant.
  • Jun 3

You asked: Can I go on a group trip with un-vaccinated travelers?

In this week’s By The Way Concierge, we look into the safety concerns of group camping and rafting trip.

Cicadas, plants and too much sun: How to keep your pet safe from summer hazards

Dogs can overindulge on cicadas; cats can be harmed by an insecticide called permethrin. Be aware of these and other summer hazards.

Watch out for these pandemic travel scams

Bogus travel deals proliferated amid the confusion and cancellations of the past year.

Jumping rope has physical and mental benefits. Here’s how to do it safely and effectively.

Sales of jump-ropes rose during the pandemic because of the activity’s affordability and convenience. Here’s how to pick a rope, size it and jump without injury.
  • Jun 2

Your ability to focus may be limited to 4 or 5 hours a day. Here’s how to make the most of them.

To maximize focus: Do your work in chunks, schedule breaks in between, protect your most creative time and reduce distractions.
  • Jun 1
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