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Americans Are Lying About How Amazing Their Vacations Are, Study Says

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:33
<p>If you think your friend’s travel photos on Instagram look a little too perfect, you may be right.</p><p>A survey conducted by the flight-comparison site <a href="https://us.jetcost.com/en/" target="_blank">Jet Cost</a> found that a significant number of U.S. travelers might be lying about how great their vacations are, <a href="https://www.travelpulse.com/news/features/new-study-shows-americans-are-lying-about-their-vacations.html" target="_blank"><em>Travel Pulse</em> reported</a>.</p><p>About two-thirds of the more than 4,000 survey respondents said that they have misrepresented how amazing their last getaway was, especially when it came to the weather, their accommodations, and the number of attractions they saw.</p><p>It seems the constant stream of postcard-perfect photos on Instagram — from both friends and influencers — could be making travelers feel like their actual vacation didn't measure up.</p><p>“With the modern pressures of social media, people feel as if they have to prove themselves to others, which is a shame,” a Jet Cost spokesperson told <em>Travel Pulse</em>. “But life isn’t a competition and just because someone says they’ve done something, doesn’t mean you’re less of a person for not having done it.”</p><p>A 2018 report revealed that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/allianz-vacation-confidence-index" target="_blank">more than half of U.S. workers haven’t taken a vacation in more than a year</a>, mostly due to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/summer-vacations/americans-not-taking-summer-vacation" target="_blank">not being able to afford to getaway</a> or fear of work piling up. It's possible that when they finally take a vacation, travelers feel extra pressure to make it seem amazing.</p><p>Survey respondents said that the most common reasons for lying about their vacations was to avoid embarrassment and to impress people by appearing well-traveled and worldly.</p><p>Travelers also said they lied about how much alcohol they drank, how much money they spent, and even how much they enjoyed the vacation overall. More than half of respondents said they wouldn’t tell anyone if the vacation was absolutely terrible. And 1 in 10 respondents admitted to posting a fake photo to make their trip seem more glamorous.</p><p>If you're feeling the pressure to exaggerate about your vacation, consider putting the phone away. A <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/social-media-vacation-time-waste" target="_blank">study from Expedia</a> suggests avoiding social media and living in the moment to experience your vacation to the fullest.</p>
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Your NYC MetroCard Could Win You a Free Trip to Hawaii

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:02
<p>If you’ve ever lived in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>, or travel there frequently, you know the feeling of having dozens of MetroCards lining your pockets or purse. Well, it's time to add another to your collection — really, hear us out — because it could be your ticket to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/hawaii" target="_blank">Hawaii</a>.</p><p>On Tuesday, the Hawaii Visitors &amp; Convention Bureau (HVCB) launched an initiative that will bring one lucky New Yorker (and a plus-one) all the way from New York to one of the Hawaiian Islands. And your MetroCard is your chance to win.</p><p>“New Yorkers are some of the hardest working people on the planet and the subway is a pivotal part of their everyday lives,” said Jay Talwar, chief marketing officer of HVCB. “We appreciate the hustle of New York City, but know that New Yorkers crave time to get refreshed and inspired. Last year, we gave New Yorkers the chance to Work From Hawaii (WFH), but this year it’s all about seeing the islands in a new way before going back to the bustle of the city.”</p><img alt="Black sand beach in Hawaii "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555966761/hawaii-black-sand-beaches-NYCHI0419.jpg?itok=Eh1um769"><p>Here’s how the giveaway works: From Tuesday, April 23, until Tuesday, April 30, participating MTA subway MetroCard Vending Machines (MVMs) will be filled with 250,000 Hawaii-branded MetroCards. Anyone who purchases one of these refillable cards can then go to <a href="http://www.hawaii.nyc" target="_blank">www.hawaii.nyc</a> to enter the code printed on the back. Once registered, the MetroCard holder will be entered into the giveaway. A drawing to select the first winner will be on Wednesday, May 8.</p><p>In total, there are eight MTA subway stations participating in the initiative, which means many New York City subway train lines are included. Stations selling the cards include:</p>72nd and Amsterdam – (1, 2, 3)86th and Lexington – (4, 5, 6)59th and Columbus – (A, B, C, D)23rd and 8th – (C, E)14th and Union Square – (L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6)Broadway &amp; Lafayette at Houston – (B, D, F, M)Fulton Street – (A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5)Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr – (B, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5)<p>But this isn’t the only giveaway New Yorkers can get involved in. According to the tourism board, there are six additional giveaways in collaboration with six distinct New York-based brands — ranging from fashion to fitness to culinary.</p><p>For those giveaways, the tourism board worked with different brands to create bespoke Itineraries for each of the six islands. They'll be given away every month from May through October 2019. Collaborating New York brands and their corresponding island giveaways include:</p>Oahu x The Governors Ball (May)Island of Hawaii x Barry’s Bootcamp (June)Molokai x Best Made (July)Maui x The Infatuation (August)Kauai x Saturdays NYC (September)Lanai x Four Seasons Lanai (October)<p>“New Yorkers use the subway to travel to different neighborhoods for their unique experiences, in a similar fashion each of the six islands of Hawaii provides a unique set of experiences,” Jay Talwar, chief marketing officer, HTUSA, said in a statement. “The MTA brings New Yorkers to the places they want to go, and our goal is to remind New Yorkers that they can maintain this mindset when planning a vacation in the Islands of Hawaii.”</p><p>For more information about HVCB’s MetroCard promotion and for the full Official Rules, or to enter using your Hawaii-branded card, visit <a href="http://www.hawaii.nyc" target="_blank">hawaii.nyc</a>.</p>
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Colorado’s Hanging Lake Is So Popular Visitors Have to Request a Permit in Advance

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 15:43
<p>Clear, turquoise water is usually used to describe a beach in the Caribbean, not a mountain lake in Colorado. Perhaps this is why people flock to see Colorado’s Hanging Lake for themselves.</p><p>The lake boasts rare turquoise-colored water that comes from carbonate minerals from the fault line that sits below the lake.</p><img alt="Dead Horse Creek Canyon trail leading to Hanging Lake (1,000 foot elevation gain), Glenwood Canyon "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555953372/dead-horse-creek-canyon-colorado-LAKEHANG0419.jpg?itok=ACg09w0a"><p>Hanging Lake is only accessible by foot and visitors must hike approximately 1.2 steep miles to reach the lake. Still, the destination is so popular, summer visitors are required to secure an access permit in advance. During the peak hiking season from May to October only 615 people can <a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2019/04/18/colorados-hanging-lake/" target="_blank">access the lake</a> each day and visitors must park at the Hanging Lake Welcome Center and <a href="https://www.visitglenwood.com/hanginglake/" target="_blank">make a reservation</a> for a shuttle, bike, or hike to the trailhead. These restrictions – in addition to a ban on dogs and swimming – help protect the lake’s fragile ecosystem.</p><img alt="Spouting Rock waterfall, Hanging lake, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555953372/spouting-rock-hanging-lake-colorado-LAKEHANG0419.jpg?itok=xAdywuga"><p>For 2019’s peak season, thousands of visitors have already secured <a href="https://www.visitglenwood.com/hanginglake/" target="_blank">online permits</a> which opened to the public on April 1.</p><img alt="Hanging lake, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555953372/hanging-lake-glenwood-canyon-colorado-LAKEHANG0419.jpg?itok=3xOqL0IG"><p>The lake, which is located near Glenwood Springs, is a three-hour drive from <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/denver" target="_blank">Denver</a>. Aside from the crystal-clear waters of Hanging Lake, visitors can visit Sprouting Rock, a waterfall that pours through holes in limestone cliffs.</p><p>Visitors to Hanging Lake before April 30 do not need to secure a permit, but starting May 1, a reservation and shuttle costs $12 per person and must be <a href="https://www.visitglenwood.com/hanginglake/" target="_blank">booked in advance</a>.</p>
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Disneyland Will Offer 4-hour Reservations for Visiting Star Wars Land

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 15:24
<p>Experiencing life as one of your favorite Star Wars characters won’t require fighting a Sith lord or hijacking a starspeeder — but you may want to clear your morning schedule next week.</p><p>On Thursday, May 2, hopeful young padawans can finally secure their visit to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/star-wars-galaxys-edge-inside-look" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge</a>, the cinematic theme park land opening in California at Disneyland on May 31, 2019.</p><p>Guests hoping to visit Star Wars Land anytime between opening day and June 23 will need to secure a free reservation in advance. Details on how to nab a reservation will be released at 8 a.m. PT on May 2. Registration <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/disneyland/star-wars-galaxys-edge/" target="_blank">will open at 10 a.m. PT</a> — and spots will likely go quickly.</p><h2>How to Get a Star Wars Land Reservation</h2><p>Wondering how to make sure you’re among the first to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/every-alcoholic-drink-disneyland" target="_blank">see the cantina</a> and board the Millennium Falcon? Sign up for a <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/registration/" target="_blank">Disney Account in advance</a> — you’ll need it to make a free reservation — and be sure to be at your computer well before 10 a.m. on May 2. It is likely, too, that guests will need valid Disneyland tickets prior to obtaining a reservation, so having your dates and plans ready would be advantageous.</p><p>The one way to guarantee reservations without signing up is to <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/" target="_blank">book a room</a> at one of Disneyland Resort hotels. Hotel guests with reservations at Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort &amp; Spa, or Disney’s Paradise Pier hotel between May 31 and June 23, 2019 will automatically receive one free reservation per guest. (Valid Disneyland admission is also required.)</p><p>These <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/how-to-get-star-wars-land-tickets" target="_blank">free Star Wars Land reservations</a>, which allow access to the shops, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/build-your-own-droid-star-wars-land" target="_blank">droid factory</a>, and famed cantina are expected to be in four-hour increments, with predetermined entrance and exit times. Theme park admission to Disneyland Park and a Galaxy’s Edge reservation will be required until June 23, 2019.</p><p>Beginning June 24, a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disneyland-star-wars-land-may-2019" target="_blank">new reservation system</a> will go into effect. All reservations will continue to be free, but required.</p><p>(Here's more information on <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/how-to-get-star-wars-land-tickets" target="_blank">visiting Star Wars land at Disney World</a> in Florida.)</p>
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How to Avoid Over-packing and Actually Sleep on a Long Flight, According to a Travel Expert (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:31
<p>Most travelers have a tendency to over pack or under prepare for a long flight, resulting in two travel no-nos: bag fees and jet lag. That sort of inefficiency and lack of sleep might be the norm for some travelers, but it doesn’t fly when travel is your lifestyle.</p><p>Scott Keyes, co-owner of <a href="https://scottscheapflights.com/" target="_blank">Scott’s Cheap Flights</a>, spoke with <em>Travel + Leisure</em> to explain how a travel expert prepares for a long flight. Keyes is all about taking advantage of the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-scotts-cheap-flights-finds-plane-travel-deals" target="_blank">cheap international flight deals his team digs up</a>, but knows that a little strategy goes a long way when it comes to long flights and new destinations.</p><img alt="Brian Kidwell and Scott Keyes - Scott's Cheap Flights "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555527521/scott-cheaps-flight-SCOTT0419.jpg?itok=YJZqsBSs"><h2>He only brings a carry-on backpack.</h2><p>Keyes takes the notion of traveling light seriously. Forget about a carry-on suitcase, Keyes limits himself to a carry-on backpack and clarifies that, “It’s not a massive backpacker backpack.” His version of traveling light lets him skip the baggage claim and allows him to get in and out of public transportation and up and down stairs without difficulty.</p><h2>He never packs more than a week’s worth of clothes.</h2><p>As you might guess, a small carry-on backpack doesn’t lend itself to overpacking, which Keyes admits can be tough. “I’m an overpacker by nature, so it’s a bit of a struggle,” he said. “Because I’m carrying it all on my back, I do my best to prevent overpacking.”</p><p>There’s enough space in his backpack to bring about a week’s worth of clothes, if he’s traveling for longer than a week, he does a load of laundry on the road. Other than clothes, he makes sure to bring his “computer so I can pitch in at work, an iPad, and a couple books.”</p><h2>He doesn't buy trinkets on the road.</h2><p>When you travel, it can be tempting to pick up gifts, home decor, and knick knacks – especially if the price is right. But in the name of not over packing and traveling light, Keyes said, “Rarely, if ever, do I buy anything on the road. I’m not buying trinkets.”</p><h2>He adheres to the time at his destination as soon as the airplane door closes.</h2><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/common-jet-lag-myths" target="_blank">Jet lag</a> can be one of the hardest parts of travel. Entire days can be wasted when your body tells you to sleep at all the wrong times. When you travel as often as Keyes, strategies to acclimate quickly go a long way. He adheres to the “notion that as soon as the [airplane] door closes you set your internal time to the destination time.” Explaining that he’ll immediately set his sleeping and eating schedule to match that of his destination.</p><p>The method, which is backed by people like Peter Cistulli, a <a href="https://www.aarp.org/travel/travel-tips/transportation/info-2018/jet-lag-remedies.html" target="_blank">professor of sleep medicine</a> at the University of Sydney, can be difficult – as you won’t want to necessarily eat dinner at 8 a.m. or sleep during the middle of the day – but Keyes says he prefers to jump in and get acclimated as quickly as possible.</p><h2>He deprives himself of sleep for overnight flights.</h2><p>Frequent fliers know there’s nothing as frustrating as boarding a plane with every intention to sleep only to find it impossible. Keyes has his own method to make sure he can sleep on the plane on command.</p><p>“I’ll purposely try to make myself sleep deprived the night before. If I only got five to six hours the night before then I’ll fall asleep,” he said.</p>
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Where to Stay in Austin: The Best Neighborhoods and Hotels for Partiers, Hipsters, and Everyone in Between

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:01
<p>The campaign to keep <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/austin" target="_blank">Austin</a> weird may or may not be succeeding — Austinites all have their own opinion about the rapidly changing city — but <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-austin" target="_blank">Austin certainly is unique</a>, with distinct neighborhoods characterizing different facets of Austin city life. On Rainey Street, colorful former homes welcome in the partying hoards, while blocks away, on Sixth Street, traffic shuts down for University of Texas students and more visitors to roam between shot bars and bar parties spilling out into foot traffic. Pockets of Downtown Austin quiet down on the weekends, while more residential neighborhoods like East Austin and South Congress are at their best on weekend afternoons.</p><p>Here's where to stay in Austin, Texas. </p><p> </p><h2>Where to stay in Austin for bachelorette or bachelor weekend: Rainey Street</h2><p>One of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/austin-bachelorette-party-itinerary" target="_blank">two essential party areas</a> in the city of Austin, Rainey Street is strewn with colorful houses-turned-bars, most with outdoor patios and spacious backyards for drinking and fueling up with food from nearby food trucks. DJs blast dance music throughout the bars well into the night (and early morning, if it’s a weekend) and the surrounding hotels carry on the party vibe when you eventually roll out of bed in the morning (okay, <em>early afternoon</em>).</p><img alt="Rainey Street entertainment district with restaurant bar in Austin Texas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532987169/rainey-street-austin-ATXSTAY0718.jpg?itok=5qSb3Hl7"><h2>Where to stay near Rainey Street</h2><p><strong>Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt</strong></p><p>This stylish music-themed property looms over Rainey Street. A pool with a spacious party deck and bar, as well as a connected restaurant, <a href="https://www.hotelvanzandt.com/austin-restaurants/geraldines/" target="_blank">Geraldine’s</a>, which hosts live music most nights, is packed with partiers <i>and </i>relaxers on sunny afternoons. A daily complimentary wine, beer and margarita hour in the Van Zandt’s lobby makes sure everyone is in a party mood before dark.</p><p><em>605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701, (512) 542-5300, <a href="https://www.hotelvanzandt.com/" target="_blank">hotelvanzandt.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Austin-Hotels-Kimpton-Hotel-Van-Zandt.h10269315.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><p><strong>Fairmont Austin</strong></p><p>With over 1,000 rooms and 37-stories high, the Fairmont, which opened just in time for South by Southwest in March 2018, is one of Austin’s largest (and glitziest!) properties. Inside, the vibe is Miami-meets-Texas, with colorful interiors, neon lights wherever you look and a palm-tree adorned pool area with outdoor TVs, plenty of lounge space and an enviable view of the Austin skyline.</p><p><em>101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, (512) 600-2000, <a href="https://www.fairmont.com/austin/" target="_blank">fairmont.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Austin-Hotels-Fairmont-Austin.h18156638.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><h2>Where to stay in Austin for cheap: Downtown Austin</h2><p>A hub of activity during the workweek, Downtown Austin is where you’ll find the city’s skyscrapers, office buildings, and yes, hotels. Cheap deals can be found on weekends, when business travelers are less likely to be staying in downtown Austin, and the density of hotels means that prices remain reasonable throughout this central area.</p><img alt="Texas Flag Over Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532987169/downtown-austin-ATXSTAY0718.jpg?itok=sfpKNKvZ"><h2>Where to stay in downtown Austin</h2><p><strong>The Line Hotel</strong></p><p>Officially <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/line-hotel-austin-texas-opening" target="_blank">opened in June 2018</a>, this trendy property housed in an iconic 1960s-era building is the result of a $75 million dollar renovation. Some rooms offer incredible views of Lady Bird Lake, as does the hotel’s restaurant, <a href="https://www.thelinehotel.com/austin/food-drink/" target="_blank">Arlo Grey</a>, helmed by "Top Chef"<i> </i>winner Kristen Kish. Across the street, Austin’s first official food hall, <a href="https://faregroundaustin.com/" target="_blank">Fareground</a>, is just steps away for more bites by culinarily influential Austinites.</p><p><em>111 East Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701, (512) 478-9611, <a href="https://www.thelinehotel.com/austin/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwzK_bBRDDARIsAFQF7zNgPtInZ9eLBszcG0kkzADQlFgNyi4HgT1AsiJC4ISIjQ_I_5I2YtAaAnTmEALw_wcB" target="_blank">thelinehotel.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Austin-Hotels-The-LINE-Austin.h23193716.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><p><strong>Native Hostel</strong></p><p>This well-appointed, contemporary boutique hostel looks more like an after shot on a home renovation show than a traditional hostel. Think velvet curtains shielding bunk beds, wood flooring, exposed beams and brick walls, as well as plenty of Instagram-worthy decor. Private and shared rooms are available.</p><p>807 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702, (512) 551-9947, <a href="https://nativehostels.com/" target="_blank">nativehostels.com</a></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Austin-Hotels-Native-Hostel-Austin.h22776731.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><p><strong>The Driskill</strong></p><p>Known as the oldest operating hotel in Texas, this late 19th century hotel is packed with character. Now operated by Hyatt, guest rooms in the historic Romanesque building are a range in size, from petite rooms for those who just need a place to sleep to balcony-equipped suites.</p><p>604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701, (512) 439-1234, <a href="https://thedriskill.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html" target="_blank">thedriskill.hyatt.com</a></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Austin-Hotels-The-Driskill-In-The-Unbound-Collection-By-Hyatt.h425573.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><h2>Where to stay in Austin without a car: East Austin</h2><p>Though areas of Austin are walkable, the city itself isn’t quite a Mecca for those who love strolling from site to site. East Austin, however, is easy to navigate and guided by pedestrian sidewalks that can take visitors from the new <a href="https://rosewoodatx.com/home" target="_blank">Rosewood restaurant</a>, located in a Victorian home, to the farmer’s market and streets full of boutiques and old school Tex-Mex joints.</p><img alt="East Side Showroom, East 6th St, Austin "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532987169/east-austin-ATXSTAY0718.jpg?itok=WR4UMc_s"><h2>Where to stay in East Austin</h2><p><strong>Hotel Eleven</strong></p><p>This three-star boutique hotel nestled on Eleventh Street — across from a food truck park — offers spacious rooms, a communal rooftop with 360-degree views and a community feel, thanks in part to a casual cafe that also serves as the check-in area.</p><p>1123 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, (512) 675-0011, <a href="http://hotelelevenaustin.com/" target="_blank">hotelelevenaustin.com</a></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Austin-Hotels-Hotel-Eleven.h15662859.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><p><strong>Heywood Hotel</strong></p><p>Tucked into East Cesar Chavez Street, checking into this design-focused boutique hotel feels more like getting settled in a room at your friend’s dreamy Austin vacation home. Rooms are all uniquely and creatively appointed and the property is surrounded by walkable destinations.</p><p>1609 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, (512) 271-5522, <a href="https://www.heywoodhotel.com/" target="_blank">heywoodhotel.com</a></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Austin-Hotels-Heywood-Hotel.h16187217.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><h2>Where to stay in Austin for a weekend: South Congress</h2><p>One of the most recognizable areas of Austin to out-of-towners may be South Congress, a revitalized shopping and dining district with views of the Texas State Capitol building, as well as several now-famous Austin relics like the iconic “I Love You So Much” mural and vintage neon signage.</p><img alt="South Congress Avenue looking to CBD, Austin, TX "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532987169/south-congress-austin-ATXSTAY0718.jpg?itok=Eg5CTBzl"><h2>Where to stay in South Austin</h2><p><strong>South Congress Hotel</strong></p><p>Stylish, spacious and often full of locals at happy hour, this hotel is built on prime real estate on South Congress. A rooftop pool, as well as proximity to all of South Congress’ shops and restaurants sweeten the deal.</p><p>1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, (512) 920-6405, <a href="https://southcongresshotel.com/" target="_blank">southcongresshotel.com</a></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Austin-Hotels-South-Congress-Hotel.h9869259.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><p><strong>Hotel San Jose</strong><b> </b></p><p>This forty-room bungalow-style hotel is a renovated version of a 1930s motor inn at the same location, though the new iteration is hypermodern and relaxed, with a spacious outdoor dining and drinking area and small backyard pool that attracts guests and Austinites alike.</p><p>1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, (512) 852-2350, <a href="https://www.sanjosehotel.com/" target="_blank">sanjosehotel.com</a></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/South-Congress-Hotels-Hotel-San-Jose.h3389410.Hotel-Reviews" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p>
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You Could Live in This Actual Filming Location From ‘Game of Thrones’

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 07:21
<p>On April 14, Over <a href="https://ew.com/tv/2019/04/15/game-of-thrones-ratings-season-8/" target="_blank">17 million people</a> tuned in to watch the return of "<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/game-of-thrones-sets-tourist-attractions" target="_blank">Game of Thrones</a>," easily making it not only the most-watched episode of the series but also the most-watched television show of the night. Now, fans only have a few episodes left to revel in their favorite characters. But, your "<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/game-of-thrones-bar-chicago" target="_blank">Game of Thrones</a>" fandom could live on forever — if you just buy this castle in Northern Ireland.</p><p>According to <a href="https://people.com/home/game-of-thrones-castle-for-sale/" target="_blank"><em>People</em></a>, a portion of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/game-of-thrones-filming-locations" target="_blank">the filming location for Riverrun</a> — AKA the childhood home of Catelyn Stark — is up for sale for a mere $656,452.</p><p>The real-life location is known as Gosford Castle. And it’s just as medieval-looking as you’d expect.</p><p>“Built in the mid-1800s by the 2nd Earl of Gosford, Archibald Acheson, Gosford Castle is a grade A listed building,” the building’s <a href="https://www.maisonni.com/gosford-castle-mullaghbrack-road-markethill/528198" target="_blank">Maison Real Estate listing</a> explained. “It was designed in the Norman Revival style by London architect Thomas Hopper and was occupied by the Earls of Gosford until 1921. During the Second World War, the Castle was commandeered and used to accommodate troops and prisoner of war camp was set up in the estate.”</p><p>According to the listing, the castle was sold to the Ministry of Agriculture following World War II. Since in 1983, the property has been run as a hotel and in 1986 was designated Northern Ireland’s first conservation forest.</p><p>In 2006, the castle underwent extensive renovations, which not only brought the building up to current code, but also turned the space into 23 luxury residences. Now, six of those apartments are up for sale.</p><p>“The restoration was undertaken by artisans and craftsmen with a focus on retaining the character and historic integrity of the castle,” the listing noted. “Particular care was taken to use existing features such as staircases and vaulted ceilings and even to use original color schemes wherever possible. These apartments are extremely popular and command great interest when they are placed on the market.”</p><p><em>People </em>additionally noted each of the available apartments is approximately 3,500-square-feet and come with at least three bedrooms. Some of the apartments even come with rooftop gardens. Perhaps best of all for fans, the apartments come with "Game of Thrones" appropriate names including the Inner Bailey, the Great Hall, the Old Keep, the Dining Room House, the Library Wing, and the Round Tower.</p><p>If you put in an offer now you could move in before the series ends. Just make sure to invite us to your finale viewing party.</p>
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You'll Be Able to Roast S'mores and Play Lawn Games at Universal Orlando's New Mountain-themed Restaurant

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 07:08
<p>The next time you enjoy dinner in a lakeside lodge with waterfront views and lights strung across the patio, you could be far from the mountains — and just steps from a theme park.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/universal-orlando-resort-guide" target="_blank">Universal Orlando Resort</a>’s newest restaurant, Bigfire American Fare, is bringing the charm of the Rockies to Florida. With camp lanterns, comfy plaid blankets, and even a full fireplace — true commitment to the theme despite the central Florida climate — grabbing a table at this just-announced restaurant will feel like sneaking away to a cabin deep within the mountains. </p><p>A central kitchen, viewable from the entire restaurant, will serve folksy fare from a menu packed with a woodsy ethos. Each dish at Bigfire (freshwater trout, coffee-rubbed sirloin) will be cooked on wood chosen specifically to bring out its best flavors. Even with an impressive selection of meaty mains, we’re most excited for the signature dessert: s’mores prepared tableside.</p><img alt="Bigfire restaurant menu "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554932014/steak-and-potato-bigfire-BIGFIRE0419.jpg?itok=lr6x11dY"><p>This two-story homage to great mountain resorts is being touted as extremely themed, which comes as no surprise, since Bigfire was conceptualized by the creative team behind the theme parks. From modern wood-and-iron interiors to lawn games out on the patio, the new dining experience comes from the same people who brought a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/amusement-parks/universal-orlando-volcano-bay-water-park-winter-weather" target="_blank">200-foot volcano</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/amusement-parks/universal-studios-stranger-things-2019" target="_blank"><em>Stranger Things</em> haunted house</a>, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/amusement-parks/hagrids-motorbike-adventure-new-ride-harry-potter-world" target="_blank">new Harry Potter coaster</a> to life, so it’s bound to be good.</p><p>It’s not the first big-concept restaurant Universal Creative has debuted at the Orlando theme parks, either. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium &amp; Savory Feast Kitchen, a steampunk-inspired ode to all things chocolate, opened in 2016 and remains one of the busiest restaurants within Universal Orlando Resort.</p><img alt="Bigfire restaurant menu "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1554932014/salmon-avo-toast-bigfire-BIGFIRE0419.jpg?itok=w09cPnyL"><p>Bigfire American Fare will open later this year in the former location of Emeril’s Orlando at Universal Orlando Resort CityWalk. </p>
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NYC’s Most Unbelievable Rooftop Pool Is Opening at the Airport This Summer

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 06:59
<p>New York City is teeming with rooftop pools, but this summer’s most exciting rooftop pool opening is in an unexpected location — and it could just lure New Yorkers away from the skyscrapers in favor of something even more exciting.</p><p>The much-anticipated TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy Airport announced Tuesday it will open an infinity pool with clear views of the airport’s runways and planes taking off.</p><p>Gerber Group — the nightlife company behind fashionable venues like Mr. Purple and The Campbell Apartment — will be operating the onsite pool, alongside <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/twa-hotel-lounge" target="_blank">The Sunken Lounge, a bar space inside the hotel. </a></p><img alt="TWA Hotel Rooftop Pool "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556031129/TWA-Hotel-Rooftop-Pool-TWAPOOL0419.jpg?itok=D1vCAOid"><p>The pool will be open year-round, with a pool bar and observation deck. The pool is capable of being heated up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the water purifies itself completely every 30 minutes. Guests will be able to recline in loungers while overlooking the airport’s Runway 4 Left/22 Right. The runway is more than 12,000 feet long and is used by major airlines like JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta and Lufthansa.</p><p>On a clear day, guests at the pool deck will be able to look beyond the runway to the waters of Jamaica Bay.</p><p>And, like any self-respecting pool bar, this one will feature a signature cocktail (the Mile High Spritz with vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice and prosecco) and a full rooftop kitchen.</p><p>Hotel guests will be able to use the pool at any time. If you aren’t staying there, you’ll have to make a reservation to access it. But it could be the reservation that transforms your JFK layover from a nightmare to a delight.</p><p>Other anticipated features of the hotel include a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/vintage-plane-cocktail-bar-jfk" target="_blank">transformed former TWA aircraft that will be a cocktail bar</a> adjacent to the building.</p><p>The hotel will open to the public on May 15.</p>
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The Force Is With This Irish Town That Renamed Its Road After R2-D2

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 06:41
<p>The Force is strong with this particular part of Ireland with a whole lot of love for “Star Wars.”</p><p>Road signs that say “R 2D2” will be installed on a road in Ireland ahead of the first annual May the Fourth festival in Inishowen, which will run from May 3–5, <a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2019/04/19/irish-road-star-wars/" target="_blank"><em>Lonely Planet</em> reported</a>. The road, originally named the R 242, is being renamed in honor of the beloved character.</p><p>The local tourism organization, which approved the new signs, may possibly make the change permanent in the future.</p><img alt="R2D2 Road, Ireland "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556037299/r2d2-road-star-wars-ireland-RTWODTWO0419.jpg?itok=p9o5Jqbe"><p>Tributes to “Star Wars” have been popular all over the world in recent years. With the release of the latest installment, “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker,” this year is no different. United Airlines has already announced its own tribute to the new movie with a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-airlines-announces-star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-themed-plane" target="_blank">special aircraft outfitted with “Star Wars”-themed livery</a>.</p><p>In previous years, Heathrow airport has pulled some “Star Wars” stunts on May the Fourth, particularly with a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/heathrow-airport-departure-board-may-the-fourth" target="_blank">themed arrival and departure sign</a> with destinations from the movie on it. And in Ireland, the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/dublin-spire-lightsaber" target="_blank">Spire of Dublin has lit up like a lightsaber</a> in honor of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”</p><p>Beyond a simple tribute, the new R 2D2 road has some special significance for the film. Areas of Malin Head were actually used as filming locations for two installments of the “Star Wars” films, <em>Lonely Planet</em> reported.</p><p>Malin Head is part of Ireland’s <a href="https://www.wildatlanticway.com/may-the-4th" target="_blank">Wild Atlantic Way</a>, which is hosting not only a <a href="https://www.wildatlanticway.com/may-the-4th" target="_blank">May the Fourth festival</a> in Inishowen, but also related festivals in the nearby towns of Portmagee and Ballyferriter. Activities during the festivals include stargazing, fireworks, a fun run, and, of course, movie screenings.</p>
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The Best Places to Travel in July

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 06:39
<p>We have a few ways to go in the middle of summer. Embrace the warm weather, seek the air-conditioned indoors, escape to the beach, or satisfy that seasonal urge to get away. Then the question is where to go. For family vacations, a pool is usually a requirement along with lots to keep everyone busy. Solo or friends trips have different prerequisites.</p><p>Music festivals can be a magnet to attract travelers to new destinations. For a relatively less traveled country with an established event, think about Slovakia and the annual <a href="https://www.pohodafestival.sk/en/" target="_blank">Pohoda Festival</a> that welcomes visitors from around the world. The <a href="https://www.montreuxjazzfestival.com/en/program" target="_blank">Montreux Jazz Festival</a> on Lake Geneva in Switzerland is set in one of the most beautiful locales in the world and features a range of musical genres and performers. Another kind of festival, also headlining popular artists, is the annual <a href="https://www.cheyennefrontierdays2019.com/" target="_blank">Frontier Days</a> event in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Rodeo competitions, country singers, and a carnival atmosphere make it another sought-after July destination.</p><p>Families and lovers of the outdoors will enjoy a visit to <a href="https://www.lakeplacid.com/" target="_blank">Lake Placid</a>, New York, known for its winter sports but just as appealing in summer. Set in the Adirondacks, the lakeside location provides activities and events from July 4 celebrations to barbecue competitions and horse shows. There’s always something happening in <a href="https://www.sandiego.org/" target="_blank">San Diego</a>, with the baseball park right in town, Sea World, the Zoo, Balboa Park, and of course, the ocean and bayfront beaches. <a href="https://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/" target="_blank">Williamsburg,</a> Virginia is the place for traditional Independence Day celebrations and history.</p><p>If your goal is to escape the hot weather or make the most of every summer day, consider getting to know <a href="https://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/trondelag/trondheim/" target="_blank">Trondheim</a>, Norway where the days are long and the weather is cool. This historic area among the fjords offers water sports, delicious food, and quaint neighborhoods to explore. To really get away from summer, head to the southern hemisphere and <a href="https://www.australias.guide/vic/" target="_blank">Victoria</a>, Australia’s mountain ski resorts where you can get into winter sports or just enjoy the après-ski atmosphere and snowy scenery. Lion King fans awaiting the July release of the film’s remake might want to take advantage of east Africa’s dry season with a safari through the <a href="https://serengetinationalpark.com/" target="_blank">Serengeti</a>. Land in one of the world’s newest airports while you combine a visit to historic <a href="https://visit.istanbul/" target="_blank">Istanbul</a> with a stay at a luxurious seaside resort in one trip to Turkey.</p><p>Wherever your July vacation takes you, this mid-summer month is time to break out of the routine, even for a long weekend or staycation. Perhaps these ideas will stir your imagination and inspire you to start making plans.</p><h2>Lake Geneva, Switzerland</h2><img alt="Lake Geneva, Switzerland "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555616462/lake-geneva-switzerland-WHERE2JULY0419.jpg?itok=XGv2-HqB"><p>Pleasant temperatures in the high 70s and mild evenings make July a lovely — and popular — time to visit “the Swiss Riviera” of Lake Geneva. This year, the <a href="https://www.fetedesvignerons.ch/a-propos/la-fete/#histoire" target="_blank">Fete des Vignerons,</a> the Winegrowers’ Festival, will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from July 18-Aug. 11. Held about once every 20 years, the festival celebrates <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/switzerland-wine-regions-vaud-valais-zurich" target="_blank">Swiss wine</a> and culture in the town of <a href="https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/vevey.html" target="_blank">Vevey</a>, in the heart of the Lavaux wine region where grapes have been planted since Roman times. A hike or stroll among the hilly, terraced vineyards of the region is a great pleasure in summer even if you’re not there for tasting. Lakeside Vevey was once home to Charlie Chaplin, and a <a href="https://www.chaplinsworld.com/" target="_blank">museum</a> there commemorates his family life and work. Along the lake, the next town of Montreux will feature its annual <a href="https://www.mjfswipe.com/" target="_blank">Jazz Festival</a> from June 28-July 13 with music of every genre from jazz to rock and country to pop. <a href="https://www.montreuxriviera.com/en/P7643/freddie-mercury-and-queen-in-montreux" target="_blank">Freddie Mercury</a> of Queen composed and recorded his last album in Montreux, and a bronze statue stands at the lakeside promenade in his memory, perpetually decorated with flowers by his faithful fans. In Lausanne, the iconic <a href="https://www.brp.ch/en/home/" target="_blank">Beau-Rivage Palace</a> offers classic comfort, and their Montreux steamboat turns into a floating restaurant during summer. Not far away, where the Rhone meets Lake Geneva, is the <a href="https://www.mandarinoriental.com/geneva/rhone-river/luxury-hotel" target="_blank">Mandarin Oriental, Geneva</a> with five-star luxury, mountain views, and peaceful river vistas.</p><h2>Trencin, Slovakia</h2><img alt="Pohoda Festival, Slovakia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555616462/pohoda-festival-trencin-slovakia-WHERE2JULY0419.jpg?itok=xCMwuLRa"><p>If you enjoy finding under-the-radar destinations and attending outdoor music festivals, you’ll want to know about Trencin and the annual <a href="https://www.pohodafestival.sk/en/about-festival" target="_blank">Pohoda Festival</a>. In the western part of the country, about two hours by car or train from the capital city of <a href="http://slovakia.travel/en/bratislava" target="_blank">Bratislava</a> and about three hours from Vienna, Trencin is home to the magnificent 11th century Trencin Castle, one of hundreds of medieval castles and chateaux in the <a href="http://www.slovakia.org/" target="_blank">Slovak Republic</a>. The Pohoda Festival, on July 11-13, is described as a “music and arts festival with an international acclaim, where alternative, indie, electronica, world music, and punk meet classical; alongside literature, dance, visual art, film, and theater.” Held near the ancient castle on a former military airfield surrounded by three of the Western Carpathian Mountains, the festival would be an ideal introduction to this central European country. The Slovak Republic has seen growth in its tourism industry over the last 25 years since it gained independence. Quaint villages, historic towns, mountain ski resorts, national parks, and welcoming citizens make Slovakia a destination worth visiting. The <a href="https://www.slovakia.com/national-parks/high-tatras/" target="_blank">High Tatra Mountains </a>feature streams, caves, hiking trails, and snowy winters. Slovakia also boasts hot springs, spa towns, wineries, breweries, rich food, and attractive prices. </p><h2>Greater Williamsburg, Virginia</h2><img alt="Jamestown, Virginia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555616462/jamestown-settlement-williamsburg-virginia-WHERE2JULY0419.jpg?itok=1MftjOOA"><p>Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg form this historic area of Virginia, a perfect place to explore and celebrate <a href="https://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/trip-idea/spend-fourth-july-williamsburg" target="_blank">Independence Day</a> on July 4, 2019. In Yorktown, the <a href="https://www.historyisfun.org/yorktown-victory-center/" target="_blank">American Revolution Museum</a> tells the story of the nation’s beginnings through artifacts, interactive exhibits, films, and recreated settings. <a href="https://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/" target="_blank">Jamestown Settlement</a> commemorates the site of America’s first permanent English colony with re-creations of a ship that sailed from England in 1607, a life-sized colonists’ fort, Powhatan Indian village, and costumed historical interpreters who tell stories of daily life in 17th century Jamestown. For a full day of July 4 celebrations, visit <a href="https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com" target="_blank">Colonial Williamsburg</a>, beginning with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Capitol West Balcony and ending with evening fireworks. There’s lots to do all summer in Williamsburg even if you don’t make it there for the Fourth. Bike trails along the York River, guided horseback tours through the woods, and hiking trails are there for outdoor activities. Kayak, canoe, fish, or swim at local beaches. The <a href="https://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/williamsburg-tasting-trail" target="_blank">Williamsburg Tasting Trail</a> boasts wineries, breweries, distilleries, and breathtaking scenery. <a href="https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/?utm_source=gmb&amp;utm_medium=organic" target="_blank">Busch Gardens</a>, with rides, a water park, and shows, is perfect family entertainment.</p><h2>Cheyenne, Wyoming</h2><img alt="Cheyenne, Wyoming "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555616462/frontier-days-cheyenne-wyoming-WHERE2JULY0419.jpg?itok=AGaO_pAx"><p>Cheyenne, on the southern border of Wyoming, is the state’s capital and a true western-style town. Each year <a href="https://www.cfdrodeo.com/" target="_blank">Cheyenne Frontier Days</a> takes place, billed as the world’s largest rodeo and western celebration, this year from July 19-28. Professional bull riding, steer wrestling, roping, carnival, art show, and top entertainment including Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, and others are just a few of the attractions. There’s a Native American village with handicrafts, traditional dancing, storytelling, and music. Cheyenne is also a place for what they call “trainiacs,” fans of railroads and their history. This year marks 150 years since the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in Cheyenne, and the <a href="https://www.cheyennedepotmuseum.org" target="_blank">Cheyenne Depot Museum</a> tells stories of the construction of the railroad in a building donated by the Union Pacific. The world’s largest steam locomotive, one of only eight remaining Big Boys, can be seen in Cheyenne’s Holliday Park. Even the <a href="https://www.botanic.org/" target="_blank">Cheyenne Botanic Gardens</a> has a historic locomotive on display. The <a href="http://wyospcr.state.wy.us/CapitolComplex/hgm.html" target="_blank">Historic Governor’s Mansion</a> in Cheyenne was home to the nation’s first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross, who served from 1925-1927 before becoming director of the U.S. Mint. <a href="https://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm" target="_blank">Rocky Mountain National Park</a> is less than 100 miles away.</p><h2>Trondheim, Norway</h2><img alt="Trondheim, Norway "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555616462/rockheim-museum-trondheim-norway-WHERE2JULY0419.jpg?itok=bOZEgU9B"><p>Norway’s <a href="https://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/trondelag/trondheim/" target="_blank">third largest city</a> is set among fjords on central Norway’s coast. July’s long days and moderate temperatures in the mid-60s make it a great time to visit the city, said to have been founded in 997 A.D. by Viking King Olav. Nature is a great attraction in summer, with hiking trails, water sports, and beaches (with chilly water temperatures). <a href="https://www.nidarosdomen.no" target="_blank">Nidaros Cathedral</a> is Norway’s National Shrine, built over the tomb of St. Olav the Holy. Construction began in 1070, and restoration from a destructive fire began in the mid-1800s and continues today. Three pipe organs, magnificent stained glass windows, and its Gothic style make it a must-see. Colorful wooden houses, coffee shops, cobblestone streets, and cafes invite strolling through Trondheim’s neighborhoods. Visitors can see the city from the Nidelva River on a boat or kayak. Museums covering music, art, science, history, and culture make learning about Norway interesting and fun. <a href="https://rockheim.no/" target="_blank">Rockheim</a>, a museum of popular music, features interactive exhibits, and <a href="https://ringve.no/" target="_blank">Ringve</a> focuses on musical instruments and history. The luxurious and historic <a href="https://britannia.no/collector/an-icon-renewed" target="_blank">Britannia</a>, in the heart of Trondheim, opened its doors in 1870 and once again in 2019 after a major renovation. </p><h2>Victoria, Australia</h2><img alt="Falls Creek, Victoria "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555616462/falls-creek-victoria-australia-WHERE2JULY0419.jpg?itok=ngYrtgu6"><p>Let’s not forget that while we’re enjoying hot July weather, there’s snow and skiing in the the Southern Hemisphere. Near Melbourne in southeast Australia, Victoria’s largest alpine resort, <a href="https://www.fallscreek.com.au" target="_blank">Falls Creek</a>, features more than 1,000 acres of skiing terrain, including downhill and snowboarding, for all skill levels as well as snowshoe and cross country trails, terrain parks, and night skiing. With 90 runs and 14 lifts, there’s something for everyone. <a href="https://www.fallscreek.com.au/airtravel" target="_blank">Fly</a> or <a href="https://www.fallscreek.com.au/selfdrive" target="_blank">drive</a> from Melbourne, the closest major international airport. <a href="https://www.mthotham.com.au/discover/explore/about-us" target="_blank">Mt. Hotham</a>, Australia’s highest alpine village in the Victorian Alps of the Great Dividing Range, also offers all levels of winter sports during its season from about early June through September. The village is located on the mountaintop, with 13 chair lifts, three terrain parks, and miles of cross country skiing. There’s tobogganing, dog sled tours, snow mobile rides, spas, restaurants, and bars. <a href="https://www.perisher.com.au/" target="_blank">Perisher</a> Ski Resort in Kosciuszko National Park offers more than 100 groomed trails along with cross-country ski trails and five terrain parks. With <a href="http://www.vailresorts.com" target="_blank">Vail Resorts</a> 2019 <a href="https://www.epicpass.com/info/australia.aspx" target="_blank">Epic Australia Pass</a>, skiers will have unlimited access to these ski areas. Before or after you hit the slopes, be sure to spend time in Melbourne. Take in the panorama from the <a href="https://www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/" target="_blank">Eureka Skydeck</a>, the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit Melbourne’s museums, zoo, aquarium, and enjoy historic <a href="https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/bays-rivers-and-ports/st-kilda-pier-and-breakwater" target="_blank">St. Kilda’s Pier</a> for views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay.</p><h2>Lake Placid, New York</h2><img alt="Lake Placid, New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555616462/cabins-lake-placid-new-york-WHERE2JULY0419.jpg?itok=enMPIZ11"><p><a href="https://www.lakeplacid.com/" target="_blank">Lake Placid,</a> in the <a href="https://visitadirondacks.com/" target="_blank">Adirondacks</a> of upstate New York, is well known for snow sports and for hosting the Winter Olympics, but it’s also an ideal vacation spot in summer. Hiking trails, beaches, biking, and relaxing with a book are favorite warm weather activities. Farmers’ markets bring a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables (summer corn!) each week, and those in the know look for sour cherries during July’s short season. The <a href="http://www.lakeplacidhorseshows.com/upcoming-shows/i-love-new-york-horse-show-35" target="_blank">“I Love New York” Horse Show</a> from July 1-7 is the second of two prestigious equine events in Lake Placid, featuring world class riders in a hunter and jumper competition. <a href="https://www.lakeplacid.com/events/4th-july-celebration" target="_blank">Independence Day</a> is celebrated with a parade through downtown, live entertainment at Mid’s Park, and fireworks set to music. The <a href="https://www.lakeplacid.com/events/i-love-bbq-festival" target="_blank">“I Love BBQ Festival”</a> follows from July 5-7, attracting the best competitors in the country. Food, entertainment, and children’s activities make this a most enjoyable annual charity event. Of course, water sports like water skiing, wakeboarding, and boating are popular. Lodging includes campgrounds, cottages, bed and breakfasts, hotels, and motels. On the luxury end, <a href="https://www.thewhitefacelodge.com/" target="_blank">Whiteface Lodge</a> combines rustic charm with a spa, fitness center, indoor and outdoor heated pools, outdoor hot tubs, movie theater, and children’s programs, and nightly s’mores by the campfire.</p><h2>Tanzania</h2><img alt="Serengeti National Park, Tanzania "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555616462/serengeti-national-park-tanzania-WHERE2JULY0419.jpg?itok=ZXXBmRIG"><p>If the upcoming July release of "The Lion King" remake has you thinking about a trip to see a real Simba, Timon, or Mufasa in their native habitat, it might be time to experience your first safari. July, in dry season, is considered one of the top wildlife viewing months in Tanzania with the best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. Established in 1951, <a href="https://www.britannica.com/place/Serengeti-National-Park" target="_blank">Serengeti National Park</a> is home to huge herds of wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras that migrate when their grazing lands disappear in the dry season. In addition to these animals, lions, hyenas, giraffes, cheetahs, leopards, and baboons occupy the area along with rhinos, hippos, and hundreds of species of birds. Organized all-inclusive safaris make travel to the popular areas of <a href="https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/39" target="_blank">Ngorongoro Crater</a> and Serengeti National Park convenient, especially for first-time visitors. As an example, <a href="https://www.originaltravel.com/itineraries/ultimate-tanzania" target="_blank">Original Travel’s “Ultimate Tanzania”</a> includes these locales, plus a chance to snorkel off the coast of Zanzibar, with options on price and lodging levels. A variety of itineraries available through <a href="https://thomsonsafaris.com/" target="_blank">Thomson Safaris</a> offer tours that pass through Ngorongoro Crater and visit the privately owned <a href="https://thomsonsafaris.com/blog/region/eastern-serengeti-nature-refuge/" target="_blank">Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge</a> where guests can walk with zebras and giraffes or go on night drives to see animals up close.</p><h2>San Diego, California</h2><img alt="Balboa Park, San Diego "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555616462/balboa-park-san-diego-california-WHERE2JULY0419.jpg?itok=oaN0P8I2"><p>San Diego’s mild coastal weather is just one of the reasons to head to this southern California city in July. Whether you want to sit on a quiet beach or check out the crowds at Comic-Con, watch a <a href="https://www.mlb.com/padres" target="_blank">baseball game</a> or thoroughbred horse race, browse museums or picnic in a park, you’ll find something to keep you happy in San Diego. There are miles of <a href="https://www.sandiego.org/explore/things-to-do/beaches-bays.aspx" target="_blank">beaches</a>, lively <a href="https://www.sandiego.org/explore/downtown-urban/downtown.aspx" target="_blank">downtown</a> and urban areas, and <a href="https://www.balboapark.org/" target="_blank">Balboa Park</a>, home to museums, theaters, gardens, and the fabulous <a href="https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/" target="_blank">San Diego Zoo</a>. A full-day barely covers all the zoo has to offer, from a guided bus tour, animal shows and films, children’s play areas, to special programs like overnight experiences and early morning photo expeditions. The spectacular July 4 <a href="https://www.sandiego.org/explore/events/holidays/big-bay-boom.aspx" target="_blank">Fireworks Show</a> begins at 9 p.m. with a choreographed display from barges placed in more than five locations. Catch the last few days of the <a href="https://sdfair.com/" target="_blank">San Diego County Fair</a> at the Del Mar Fairgrounds before it closes on July 4. The thoroughbred racing season opens July 17 at <a href="https://www.dmtc.com/" target="_blank">Del Mar Racetrack</a>, with concerts every Friday after the last race throughout the summer. Lodging ranges from beachfront to downtown at all price levels from the Gaslamp District <a href="https://www.pendryhotels.com/san-diego/" target="_blank">Pendry</a> to the downtown <a href="https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/manchester-grand-hyatt-san-diego/sanrs" target="_blank">Manchester Grand Hyatt</a> and boutique <a href="https://meritagecollection.com/estancia-la-jolla" target="_blank">Estancia La Jolla Hotel &amp; Spa</a>.</p><h2>Istanbul and Bodrum, Turkey</h2><img alt="Istanbul, Turkey "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555616462/istanbul-turkey-WHERE2JULY0419.jpg?itok=mtEy31Z5"><p>Temperatures are moderate in Istanbul’s summer, ranging from the mid-80s in the daytime to the mid-60s at night. Operations began in Istanbul’s new <a href="https://www.istanbulhavalimani.com/en" target="_blank">airport</a> in April, with plans to become one of the largest in the world, so you’ll be one of the first to experience the modern facility. Istanbul, once known as Constantinople and Byzantium, has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires during its thousands of years of history. Museums, churches, mosques, and monuments testify to its background and strategic importance in the area. <a href="https://www.hagiasophia.com/" target="_blank">Hagia Sofia</a>, a museum built as a church and then a mosque, is an architectural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site. <a href="https://www.dolmabahcepalace.com/" target="_blank">Dolmabahce Palace</a>, one of the most glamourous in the world, is open for tours five days a week. Cruise the Bosphorus Strait for more views of the the ancient city, and be sure to visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world and one of Istanbul’s most visited attractions. When you’ve finished exploring Istanbul, head to the new airport for a one-hour Turkish Airlines flight to Bodrum, a port and seaside resort city. Then relax at the luxurious <a href="https://www.mandarinoriental.com/bodrum/paradise-bay/luxury-hotel/presentation" target="_blank">Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum</a> overlooking the Aegean with private beaches, pools, water sports, and international cuisine.</p>
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Southwest Is Having a Sale With Flights Starting at $49

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 06:29
<p>Get away to popular U.S. stops for a fraction of the price with <a href="https://www.southwest.com/html/offers/clicknsave_nonstop_sale_190423.html" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines’</a> latest sale.</p><p>The airline is running a flash sale offering domestic flights starting at just $49 one-way for travel between April 23 through June 12 and between Aug. 30 and Oct. 31 of 2019, giving travelers the chance to take a last-minute spring getaway or even start prepping for foliage-viewing trips <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/fall-vacations" target="_blank">in the fall</a>. </p><p>Most of the $49 one-way deals are available on routes along the west coast, including from Burbank, Los Angeles, and Long Beach to San Jose, as well as between Atlanta and Nashville. </p><p>A wide variety of deals are available at under $80, including $59 one-way flights from Burbank to San Francisco, $59 one-way flights between Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville, $59 one-way deals from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, $62 one-way fights from Providence to Washington, D.C., and $67 one-way flights from Oklahoma City to Dallas.</p><p>Additional deals under $90 include flights between Louisville and Chicago, between Minneapolis and Kansas City, and between New Orleans and both Austin and Fort Lauderdale. </p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/working-for-southwest-airlines-career" target="_blank">Here's What It's Like to Work for Southwest, One of Glassdoor's Best Places to Work for 10 Years in a Row</a></strong></p><p>From New York, travelers can find $99 one-way flights to Nashville, $100 one-way flights to Atlanta, $104 one-way flights to Tampa, $119 one-way flights to New Orleans, and $155 one-way flights to Denver.</p><p>Meanwhile, deals from Atlanta include $82 one-way flights to Fort Lauderdale, $85 one-way deals to Orlando, $93 one-way flights to Houston, and $141 one-way deals to Las Vegas.</p><p>Those in Austin can snag $94 one-way flights to Orlando, $119 one-way deals to Los Angeles, and $126 one-way flights to Chicago, while those flying from Chicago can book $84 one-way flights to Grand Rapids, $91 one-way deals to New York, $116 one-way deals to Memphis, and $191 one-way deals to San Juan, Puerto Rico.</p><p>To see the best deals available from your home airport, take a look at <a href="https://www.southwest.com/html/offers/clicknsave_nonstop_sale_190423.html" target="_blank">Southwest's website</a>, but be sure to act fas as the sale only lasts through April 25. </p>
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Etihad Airways Launches Ultra-long-haul Flight Free of Single-use Plastics for Earth Day

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:46
<p>Monday marks Earth Day, and in celebration of the annual event focused on environmental protection, Etihad Airways has <a href="https://www.etihad.com/en-us/about-us/etihad-news/archive/2019/etihad-airways-to-operate-single-use-plastic-free-flight-on-earth-day-as-part-of-its-commitment-to-sustainability/" target="_blank">announced</a> an ultra-long-haul flight free from any single-use plastics.</p><p>The airline launched flight EY484 in an effort to raise awareness of plastic pollution, according to Etihad. The flight departed <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/abu-dhabi-desert-hotels-jumeirah-al-wathba-saadiyat-island" target="_blank">Abu Dhabi</a> on April 21, landing in Brisbane, Australia, on Monday, April 22.</p><p>The airline replaced most of the 95 single-use plastic products used on its aircraft with eco-friendly alternatives, leaving out items that could not be replaced.</p><p>Items like cups, cutlery, dishes, headset bags, and toothbrushes were switched out with environmentally friendly varieties, like edible coffee cups made out of natural grain products from <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cupffee-the-edible-wafer-cup-for-your-coffee#/" target="_blank">Cupffee</a>. With these changes, <a href="https://www.etihad.com/en-us/about-us/etihad-news/archive/2019/etihad-airways-to-operate-single-use-plastic-free-flight-on-earth-day-as-part-of-its-commitment-to-sustainability/" target="_blank">airline representatives said</a> they were able to keep 110 pounds of plastic out of a landfill.</p><p>The flight is part of Etihad's plan to reduce its single-use plastics by 80 percent by 2022. “There is a growing concern globally about the overuse of plastics which can take thousands of years to decompose," CEO of Etihad Aviation Group Tony Douglas said in the statement.</p><p>The changes extend beyond what passengers will see on flights, including reducing plastic water bottles in facility break rooms, and working with organizations like the <a href="https://www.ead.ae/SitePages/home.aspx" target="_blank">Environment Agency Abu Dhabi</a> on initiatives like a marine environment clean-up.</p><p>Etihad isn't the only airline taking steps to help the environment. <a href="https://news.delta.com/earth-day-delta-offsets-most-carbon-emissions-single-day-over-300k-customers" target="_blank">Delta </a>announced that it is offsetting the emissions of more than 300,000 passengers flying into and out of select cities for Earth Day.</p>
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Here’s One Major Clue the Royal Baby May Soon Be on the Way

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:36
<p>Over the weekend, the entire British royal family attended Easter Sunday church services at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Everyone but Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, that is.</p><p>Why didn’t one of the newest members of the royal family attend both the church service as well as the 93rd birthday celebration for Queen Elizabeth? Because not only is she <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-harry-royal-baby-names" target="_blank">expecting her first child</a> any day now, but she was also reportedly busy welcoming her own mother to town.</p><p>According to reports, Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, officially landed in the United Kingdom last week. And she’ll remain in the country until well after the new royal baby is born.</p><p>“She has sometimes worried about being so far away but she is absolutely going to be there for her at the birth,” a source told <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8906351/meghan-markle-doria-arrives-uk/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a> about Doria’s move. “She wants to spend as much time as possible with her first grandchild and has come over for a sustained period of time. Meghan also wanted to show off her new house to her mum and the two have been enjoying spending time together.”</p><p>And it’s not just Meghan who is thrilled to have Doria around for help, guidance, and a loving helping hand.</p><p>“Harry adores Doria and is happy to have her around. Meg is understandably apprehensive and wanted her mum with her to calm her,” the source added. “She wants the birth to be as natural as possible and wants to stay at home for as long as possible. But her watchword is flexibility. If at the last minute, doctors advise her to go to the hospital or she feels she wants drugs, then, of course, she’ll take their advice.”</p><p>Now that Meghan’s mom is in town the baby could arrive any day. However, adoring fans around the world may not know about its arrival for quite some time.</p><p>As <em>Travel + Leisure</em> previously reported, Harry and Meghan will forgo the traditional route of having their child in the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/st-marys-hospital-preparing-for-kate-middleton-third-baby" target="_blank">Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital</a>. Instead, they may choose to give birth at home or at a nearby hospital in Windsor. Then, the couple is planning to invite just one photographer to take pictures of the baby, which will be posted to the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/meghan-harry-announce-birth-baby-instagram" target="_blank">couple’s new Instagram page</a>. So, make sure you’re following the royals there or you may miss out.</p>
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Horseshoe Bend Adds Parking Fees and Restrictions to Help With Overcrowding

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:24
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks" target="_blank">America’s national parks</a> are a treasure meant for all of us to enjoy. However, thanks to an influx of snap-happy tourists, one of the country’s most beautiful national park locations is about to get more expensive.</p><p>You have probably seen images of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/top-north-america-destinations?slide=656043#656043" target="_blank">Horseshoe Bend</a>, located near the town of Page, Arizona, where the Colorado River literally bends around the landscape. The bend is visible from a steep cliff that's accessible via a short hike off U.S. Route 89, and it's wildly popular.</p><p>“This place is one of the world’s most photographed locations, so it’s cool to get to check it off of the bucket list, but you only get a real sense of the scale when you see it in person,” Nick Paquette, a freelance video editor who drove more than 21,700 miles around the country, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/top-north-america-destinations" target="_blank">previously shared with <em>Travel + Leisure</a></em>. “It looks huge in the photo but you don’t really get a sense of how deep it is until you’re right there in front of it.”</p><img alt="Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555945852/horseshoe-bend-page-arizona-3-HBEND0419.jpg?itok=BgPMV8y4"><img alt="Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555945852/horseshoe-bend-page-arizona-2-HBEND0419.jpg?itok=pVMvsSqY"><p>Because it’s so photogenic, Horseshoe Bend can attract crowds to the single parking lot that serves the single trail to see it. To handle the traffic, the park service is now going to start charging an entry fee. Visitors looking to get a glimpse of the bend must now pay $10 per vehicle to park in the newly expanded lot, <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2019/04/20/horeshoe-bend-now-has-fees-due-part-instagram-popularity/3528273002/" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em> reported</a>. Motorcyclists will pay $5. Fees for buses range between $35-$140, based on the number of passengers. And take note: Alhough Horseshoe Bend is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, National Park Service passes will not be accepted.</p><p>The fees, <em>USA Today</em> explained, will go toward the long-range improvement plan implemented by officials from Page, who remain in charge of the parking area, as well as the National Park Service, which oversees Horseshoe Bend and the surrounding land.</p><p>In another new change, parking will only be allowed in the lot and not on the street. If there are no spots available visitors will be asked to return later.</p><p>And you may be waiting a mighty long time for that spot as the area’s popularity skyrocketed over the last few years, thanks in large part to Instagram. The location now has more than 400,000 mentions and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/217260994/horseshoe-bend/" target="_blank">millions of location tags</a> on the photo-sharing social media app. And though these changes seem annoying, one look at those images and you’ll see why it’s so awe-inspiring and well-worth a single Alexander Hamilton.</p><img alt="Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555945852/horseshoe-bend-page-arizona-4-HBEND0419.jpg?itok=rg1psd_v">
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Napping Owl Just Minding Its Own Business Found Inside Plane Engine by Airport Workers

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:30
<p>Bird enthusiasts know that owls love to catch some zzzs in nice, dark crevices, where they’re shielded from the harsh light of day.</p><p>These nocturnal animals usually like to stow away in the hollows of trees and barns — or inside plane engines, apparently.</p><p>A small barn owl was snoozing inside the engine of a Virgin Australia plane, minding its own business, when a team of airport workers at the Sydney Airport disturbed its nap during their pre-flight check on April 18, <a href="https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wildlife/owl-takes-a-nap-between-propeller-blades-ng-b881174511z" target="_blank"><em>Perth Now</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Sheesh, can’t an owl get in a few winks inside a giant piece of machinery anymore?</p><p>For both flight safety and owl safety, the bird was removed from the engine and checked for any injuries before being released back into the wild, according to <a href="https://www.independent.ie/world-news/and-finally/airline-finds-owl-napping-in-a-plane-engine-during-preflight-checks-38032510.html" target="_blank">Independent.ie</a>. Hopefully, it’ll think twice before napping at the airport again.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/brown-tree-snake-hitchhiked-guam-hawaii" target="_blank">Snakes on a plane</a> may be some cause for alarm, but owls on a plane just seem magical.</p><p>Virgin Australia posted on Twitter about their avian discovery, writing, “Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up?”</p><p>Virgin owner Richard Branson responded to the news with his own pun, saying, “Just when I thought I’d seen it owl ... Great job team.”</p><p>There are lots of places around the world where you can see owls, besides plane engines in Australia. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/where-to-see-winter-animals" target="_blank">The Great Lakes region in the United States</a> is a great place to spot snowy owls since it’s a popular stop on their migration patterns.</p>
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You Can Rent an Amazing Literary-themed Airbnb for $17 a Night on World Book Day

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:18
<p>Tuesday, April 23 is a very special day for book lovers around the globe. Not only does it mark <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/books" target="_blank">World Book Day</a>, but it also denotes the day that bibliophiles can reserve a seriously stunning literary-inspired <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.airbnb.com/" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> for the average price of a novel.</p><p>To celebrate <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/books/best-vacation-books" target="_blank">World Book Day</a>, 10 Airbnb hosts with homes that come filled with bookish decore, are offering their spaces for just $17, which Airbnb notes is the average price of a book, per night, plus applicable taxes and fees. The homes will only be bookable at that price for a limited selection of dates occurring throughout May, June, and July.</p><img alt="Airbnb's for World Book Day "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555700488/great-gatsby-airbnb-WRLDBKDAYBNB0419.jpg?itok=SuNuU06Z"><p>What kind of homes are available? How about this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13562206" target="_blank">"Great Gatsby"-inspired house</a> in Bridgehampton, New York.</p><p>The stunning Long Island estate comes with a heated saltwater pool, a glorious yard to sprawl out on with your glamorous friends, and enough plush space inside to make you feel like a 1920s-era billionaire too. Again, the home will be available for just $17 per night, plus applicable taxes and fees, from May 10 – May 12 and May 17 – May 19.</p><p>Not doing it for you? What about this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/32336723?guests=1&amp;adults=1" target="_blank">bright, white farmhouse</a> that looks like it’s straight out of "The Notebook" instead?</p><img alt="Airbnb's for World Book Day "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555700488/the-notebook-airbnb-WRLDBKDAYBNB0419.jpg?itok=k3s-LDGE"><p>Located in New Bern, South Carolina, the storybook-style home is an ideal spot for a quick escape from the real world. It even comes with a dock so you can paddle out just like Allie and Noah. This home is available for $17 a night, plus fees, from May 19 – May 22.</p><p>Oh, you want to take your love of books international? Then book a stay at this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16900719" target="_blank">Pride and Prejudice</a> home in Chawton, England.</p><p>In case you didn’t know Chawton is the birthplace of the "Pride and Prejudice" novel. In fact, according to Airbnb, the author was a nearby neighbor of this very property and is said to have visited this home socially. Bring your copy and book a stay for $17 a night, plus fees, from May 24–26 and again from June 14–16.</p><img alt="Airbnb's for World Book Day "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555700488/handmaids-tale-airbnb-WRLDBKDAYBNB0419.jpg?itok=GvyMhGQ7"><img alt="Airbnb's for World Book Day "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555700488/big-little-lies-airbnb-WRLDBKDAYBNB0419.jpg?itok=ni9fmGEB"><img alt="Airbnb's for World Book Day "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555700488/interview-with-the-vampire-airbnb-WRLDBKDAYBNB0419.jpg?itok=Koz0JWij"><p>Want to see the rest of the drool-worthy literary homes available for this sweet deal? <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://press.airbnb.com/en-us/airbnb-homes-hosts-offer-novel-inspired-getaways-for-17-per-night-on-world-book-day/" target="_blank">Check out all the Airbnb listings here</a>. Just make sure to pack a pen and paper for your stay as you may be inspired to write the next great novel too.</p><p><em>Note: This article was corrected to reflect World Book Day is April 23.</em></p>
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You Can Now Spend the Night on the Beaches of Hawaii in a Retro Volkswagen Campervan (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:30
<p>People go to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/hawaii" target="_blank">Hawaii</a> for the island experience, but quite often end up in high-rise hotels without beach views and a shuttle to the beach. For adventurous travelers who want to be near the ocean — and aren’t interested in a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/resorts-in-hawaii" target="_blank">traditional resort experience</a> — there’s another option.</p><img alt="Kauai Camper Rental "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555601015/kauai-camper-rental-vw-bus-rental-view-VWHAWAII0419.jpg?itok=bZgr_OSX"><p><a href="http://www.kauaicamperrental.com/" target="_blank">Kauai Camper Rental</a> on the Hawaiian island of Kauai rents out their fleet of restored Volkswagen camper vans to travelers who want to camp beachside and are open to a unique glamping experience. The fully equipped VW Westfalia vans have pop-up tops that carve out a sleeping area when opened and every van rental includes enough camping gear to accommodate three adults or two adults and two children. Each van has a stove, sink, and all the necessities — from linens to pots and pans.</p><img alt="Kauai Camper Rental "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555601015/kauai-camper-rental-vw-bus-rental-exterior-VWHAWAII0419.jpg?itok=8Hl2TNht"><p>The main perk? The fact that travelers can take their home all over the island. Josh Tjarks, who owns Kauai Camper Rental with his wife Sarah Piano-Tjarks, told the <em><a href="https://www.latimes.com/travel/hawaii/la-tr-travel-volkswagen-camper-vans-kauai-hawaii-20190416-story.html" target="_blank">Los Angeles Times</a>,</em> “You can wake up at a different beach every morning, if you want” or if you need a break from the beach you can “wake up in the mountains [and] be the first one on the hiking trails.”</p><img alt="Kauai Camper Rental "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555601015/kauai-camper-rental-vw-bus-rental-VWHAWAII0419.jpg?itok=LU5_TRWt"><img alt="Kauai Camper Rental "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555601015/kauai-camper-rental-vw-bus-rental-interior-VWHAWAII0419.jpg?itok=xg4u3XHq"><img alt="Kauai Camper Rental "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555601015/kauai-camper-rental-vw-bus-rental-kids-VWHAWAII0419.jpg?itok=DqZk34s4"><p>The couple’s fleet of VW campers were built between 1985 and 1990 and are in pristine condition. And for newbies to Kauai, the duo helps out with local tips on how to best experience the island by campervan.</p>
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17 Comfortable Sneakers for Women That Amazon Reviewers Can’t Stop Raving About

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:16
<p>Just like a little black dress or goes-with-anything pair of jeans, every woman needs at least one pair of versatile sneakers in her closet. And with over 30,000 “sneaker” results that populate its shoe department, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/womens-shoes/b/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;node=679337011&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=8800ea1e458264b82888defe5458bfd1" target="_blank">Amazon is one of the best places to find your perfect pair</a>.</p><p>To narrow it down to only the best and most comfortable styles, we turned to Amazon’s community of reviewers and found all the sneakers shoppers can’t stop raving about. With thousands of positive reviews, and plenty of four- and five-star ratings, these sneakers for women were all tested and thoroughly approved by droves of shoppers.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/comfortable-mens-travel-shoes-for-walking" target="_blank">The 21 Most Comfortable Travel Shoes for Men</a></p><p>And while <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/cute-arch-support-shoes-for-women" target="_blank">comfort and arch support are obvious must-have features</a> when it comes to sneakers, style is important, too. Here you’ll find 17 cute <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-walking-shoes-for-travel" target="_blank">sneakers that will provide all-day support</a> for the many steps you’ll take on your next adventure and look great in your Instagram photos. All you have to do is choose your favorites and get yourself a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/best-travel-shoe-bags-amazon" target="_blank">handy travel shoe bag</a>, like YAMIU’s waterproof set (<a href="https://www.amazon.com/YAMIU-Travel-Waterproof-Nylon-Zipper/dp/B01N4B7C9X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=db0dad65aa2a49e2fa0760294ca9a480" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $12), and you’ll be ready for days of globetrotting, sightseeing, outdoorsy adventures, or whatever you had in mind for your next trip.</p><h2>Yilan Women’s Breathable Sport Shoe</h2><img alt="Yilan Women’s Breathable Sport Sneaker "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/yilan-womens-breathable-sport-shoe.jpg?itok=xlICA1ja"><p>Coming in under $30, these lightweight shoes are among Amazon’s most popular and affordable sneakers. Shoppers love their stretchy knit material and gorgeous color options, including six pretty pinks, as well as classic black, navy, gray, and purple. </p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Womens-Fashion-Sneakers-Flexible-Casual/dp/B079FF6MCC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $17</p><h2>Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe</h2><img alt="Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/adidas-womens-cloudfoam-pure-running-shoe.jpg?itok=EQNNMJdi"><p>While these sharp sneakers are labeled as running shoes, Amazon shoppers love these lightweight, 4.5-star shoes for everyday wear, travel, and long days out and about, too. “I promptly wore these for three days straight at Disneyland after only wearing them for about a week prior and had zero blisters,” one reviewer wrote. “They were so comfortable!”</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Womens-Cloudfoam-Pure-Running/dp/B07D9KZ9B6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $40</p><h2>Puma Adult Suede Classic Shoe</h2><img alt="Puma Suede Classic Shoe "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/puma-adult-suede-classic-shoe.jpg?itok=eBWJ1ZvZ"><p>This iconic style has been a best-seller for decades, and it’s now racked up more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. Longtime fans love their old school look, large selection of color combinations, and comfy, high-quality design, which allow you to wear them straight from the box — no breaking in required. </p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/PUMA-Adult-Suede-Classic-Shoe/dp/B0058XG2LA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $30</p><h2>Tiosebon Women’s Mesh Sneakers</h2><img alt="Tiosebon Mesh Sneakers "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/tiosebon-womens-mesh-sneakers.jpg?itok=R8z4LnI6"><p>Hop on the mesh sneaker trend this spring and summer without spending a fortune with these 4.5-star laceless shoes. Owners love their supportive feel and lightweight, sock-like design that’s ideal for warmer temperatures. “They have been great in hot weather and do not make my feet smell when worn without socks,” one reviewer noted. Plus, you can throw them in your washing machine to give them a quick refresh whenever they need it.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/TIOSEBON-Athletic-Walking-Mesh-Comfortable-Sneakers/dp/B06Y6MT3BN/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $20</p><h2>Keds Champion Originals Women Canvas Sneakers</h2><img alt="Keds Champion Originals Canvas Sneakers "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/keds-champion-originals-women-canvas-sneakers.jpg?itok=0j3gtEWS"><p>With Ortholite insoles and a large assortment of sizes ranging from narrow to extra wide, it’s easy to understand why shoppers have given these Keds Originals over 1,500 five-star reviews. Their simple design makes them <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/comfortable-travel-dresses" target="_blank">easy to style with everything from dresses</a> and skirts to jeans and leggings.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Keds-Champion-Original-Canvas-Sneaker/dp/B0006N5CWC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $24</p><h2>Adidas Women’s Original Superstar Shoes</h2><img alt="Adidas Original Superstar Shoes "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/adidas-womens-original-superstar-shoes.jpg?itok=a-WcBFWa"><p>These fashion-forward Adidas sneakers are called “Superstar Shoes” for a reason. The only thing shoppers love more than their spongy and supportive soles are their versatility. Select your favorite from over 25 color combinations and patterns, and they’re sure to become the hit of your shoe collection.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Originals-Womens-Superstar-Running/dp/B00LLS5EVK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $40</p><h2>Reebok Women’s Princess Sneaker</h2><img alt="Reebok Princess Sneaker "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/reebok-womens-princess-sneaker.jpg?itok=-OistDQA"><p>There’s nothing you can’t wear with (or do in) these, according to their many owners. “Perfect perfect perfect,” one reviewer wrote. “I needed a tennis shoe I could hike trails with, but travel through airports and [wear with] dress pants. Love them.”</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Reebok-Womens-Princess-Sneaker/dp/B000AP3BRY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $32</p><h2>Vans Unisex Classic Slip-On Shoes</h2><img alt="Vans Unisex Classic Slip-Ons "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/vans-unisex-classic-slip-on-shoes.jpg?itok=D6NxByt3"><p>Looking for a pair of casual shoes you can wear year-round with anything? Look no further than these classic canvas Vans. And those with wide feet will be happy to know that these boxy-shaped shoes will fit perfectly the moment you slip them on.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Vans-Unisex-Classic-Checkerboard-Slip/dp/B000K7FTTK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $22</p><h2>Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Madison Fashion Sneaker</h2><img alt="Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Madison Sneaker "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/dr-scholls-womens-madison-fashion-sneaker.jpg?itok=l1XwOhNx"><p>Get the support and comfort your feet crave with this stylish slip-on sneaker from Dr. Scholl’s, which sold <a href="https://www.instyle.com/fashion/shoes/dr-scholls-madison-comfortable-sneaker" target="_blank">nearly half a million pairs last year</a>. No matter what style you choose from its 40 various colors and materials, you’re bound to love its memory foam insole and super soft lining.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Scholls-Shoes-Madison-Fashion/dp/B076C9KPSL/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $23</p><h2>Keds Chillax Washable Women’s Sneakers</h2><img alt="Keds Chillax Washable Sneakers "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/keds-chillax-washable-womens-sneakers.jpg?itok=zQODlei2"><p>These canvas Keds, which come in 21 colors, have been a classic for decades, and now thousands of Amazon shoppers love ‘em too. “I've had Keds sneakers on and off since I was a kid and I still love them,” one shopper wrote. “I much prefer their pared down look to the thick bulky look of most of today's sneakers with all their bells and whistles. I wouldn't recommend using them for running a marathon, but I do a lot of walking in New York and I find them quite comfortable.”</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Keds-Womens-Chillax-Laceless-Sneaker/dp/B011SBR9PS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $39</p><h2>Skechers Women’s Go Walk Joy Shoe</h2><img alt="Skechers Go Walk Joy Shoe "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/skechers-womens-go-walk-joy-shoe.jpg?itok=zj73wYof"><p>Just like their name implies, these soft, mesh shoes from Skechers will spark so much joy — especially for those with foot woes. “I have feet that are always in pain — bunions, hammer toes, [and] arthritis from prior breaks. These shoes are so comfortable I bought them in three colors,” one reviewer wrote. “When I am walking around the pain is hardly noticeable. I highly recommend.”</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Skechers-Womens-Joy-Walking-Shoe/dp/B072LHNCP2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $31</p><h2>Van Authentic Sneakers</h2><img alt="Vans Authentic Sneaker Shoes "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/van-authentic-sneakers.jpg?itok=dtB0I1SY"><p>Come spring and summer, you’ll find yourself reaching for these shoes time and time again. With thick soles and flexible canvas, which <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/how-to-break-in-shoes" target="_blank">takes almost no time to break in</a>, it’s no wonder they’ve earned over 1,500 five-star reviews. “As for comfort and fit: just as expected for Vans. In case this is your first pair, that means: "They're very comfortable and they fit great,” one reviewer wrote.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Vans-VANS-Authentic/dp/B000UYJBOC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $20</p><h2>Grasshoppers Women’s Shelborne Slip-On Flat</h2><img alt="Grasshoppers Women’s Shelborne Slip-On "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/grasshoppers-womens-shelborne-slip-on-flat.jpg?itok=twfcOiuL"><p>Shoppers of all professions and lifestyles love these cushy, slip-on kicks, which <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/best-stylish-flats-for-travel" target="_blank">resemble ballet flats</a>. “Wonderfully comfortable, which is a lot to say considering I have wide feet,” one reviewer wrote. “The adjustable strap makes it easy to loosen or tighten the shoe as needed throughout the day. The bonus — they're really cute, too!”</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Grasshoppers-Womens-Shelborne-Slip-On-Flat/dp/B00MAAUN5A/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $23</p><h2>Saucony Jazz Original Women</h2><img alt="Saucony Jazz Original "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/saucony-jazz-original-women.jpg?itok=qJBLWwiw"><p>These iconic sneakers have been the brand’s most popular style since launching in 1981, and for good reason. Shoppers love ‘em for their classic look, cushioned design, and endless color combinations. And while owners recommend dousing them in some suede-protecting spray before you wear them, they’ll stand up for years in all sorts of conditions. “I've loved Sauconys for over ten years,” one reviewer wrote. “You can wear these puppies in any weather you like. I cannot recommend these shoes enough.”</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Saucony-Originals-Womens-Original-Sneaker/dp/B0000728T3/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $35</p><h2>New Balance Womens FuelCore Nergize V1</h2><img alt="New Balance FuelCore Nergize V1 "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/new-balance-womens-fuelcore-nergize-v1.jpg?itok=UbnM48dg"><p>These New Balance shoes, which come in 18 stylish shades, are a favorite among Amazon shoppers looking for a sporty shoe to wear beyond the gym. “They’re easy on and off, yet fit well and [are] super comfy for every day,” one reviewer wrote. “My first pair became my go to throw on shoes for day to day, going for walks, errands, etc. They hold up well and are so versatile. The silhouette looks great with leggings or shorts, [and] they’re not chunky or bulky looking.”</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/New-Balance-FuelCore-Nergize-Trainer/dp/B0751QNH1B/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $32</p><h2>Aleader Women’s Quick Drying Aqua Water Shoes</h2><img alt="Aleader Quick Drying Aqua Water Shoes "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/aleader-womens-quick-drying-aqua-water-shoes.jpg?itok=cKBN-M3o"><p>If your adventures often take you through a variety of wet terrains, these <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/best-water-shoes-for-women" target="_blank">breathable, fast-drying water shoes</a> are just what you need. Shoppers love these supportive sneakers for everyday wear, as well as beach trips, waterfall ventures, and summer travel. “I love these aqua shoes,” one reviewer wrote. “I wore them around some beach trails and they worked perfectly transitioning from the trails to the water. I was able to explore the rocky areas of Laguna Beach, California without any discomfort.”</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/ALEADER-Womens-Quick-Drying-Water/dp/B06XYWM4HZ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $17</p><h2>Superga Women’s 2750 Cotu Sneaker</h2><img alt=" Superga 2750 Cotu Sneaker "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1555009991/superga-womens-2750-cotu-sneaker.jpg?itok=Mwro53T-"><p>Amazon shoppers aren’t the only ones who love these classic kicks. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/emma-watson-kate-middleton-same-sneakers" target="_blank">Kate Middleton, Emma Watson</a>, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/princess-diana-kate-middleton-sneakers" target="_blank">even Princess Diana</a> have all sported the casual shoe out and about. While people love their breathable cotton material and cushy sole, its their versatility that makes them a big hit. Get them in classic white to pair with jeans, shorts, and even dresses, or pick up a fun hue like pink or dusty blue to add some color to any outfit.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Superga-Womens-2750-Cotu-Sneaker/dp/B005GHQ8SK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmostcomfortablesneakersamazonjmattern0419-20&amp;linkId=6826840bf606934c332043911e5e7a2b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $28-$95</p>
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Save 30% off Stays at a Hip Boutique Hotel in New York's Financial District

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:57
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>New York: 30 percent off <a href="https://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/new-york/new-york/gild-hall" target="_blank">Gild Hall</a>, a hip 126-room hotel in New York's Financial District, steps from popular downtown attractions like the South Street Seaport and the World Trade Center. The property has an intimate library lounge, midcentury-inspired guestrooms, and a rustic Italian restaurant. </p><p>T + L Summer in the City includes:</p>30 percent off the best available rate for at least two nightsA welcome bottle of Felice Rosé from Felice RistoranteUse of the hotel’s Pure Cycle bicycles and a personalized guided walking tour of the neighborhood, including the services of a photographer<p>Original price: From $349 per night<br /><br /><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $249 per night; book in April and May for travel from June 27 to September 2, 2019.<br /><br />Booking details: Use promo code TL SUMMER when booking <a href="https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=59796&amp;Chain=15564&amp;arrive=6/27/2019&amp;depart=6/29/2019&amp;adult=1&amp;child=0&amp;promo=TL%20SUMMER&amp;template=TH_RBE&amp;shell=TH_RBE&amp;BRAND=TM" target="_blank">online</a>.<br /> </p>
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