Everything You Need to Know About This Under-the-radar Disney World Food Festival

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:45
<p>There’s a food festival at Disney World that has been running for nearly a decade, only it’s not the one you’re thinking of.</p><p>Walt Disney World <a href="" target="_blank">Swan and Dolphin Food &amp; Wine Classic</a> hosts seminars, events, and 90 festival booths each October for a phenomenal festival that only in-the-know Disney fans are aware of — even though it's just steps outside of the parks.</p><p>With <a href="" target="_blank">Epcot International Food &amp; Wine Festival</a>, the famed spectacle celebrating global cuisine lasting through November, Swan &amp; Dolphin’s festival — this year October 26–28 — deems autumn the best season for foodies to visit Florida.</p><p>Even better? This under-the-radar festival is open to non-hotel guests, doesn’t require park admission and is walking distance from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, located just beyond <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts</a> and Disney’s BoardWalk.</p><p>At nightly events on October 26 and 27, guests can sample food from hotel’s award-winning restaurants like Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Shula’s Steak House and Todd English’s bluezoo on the outdoor causeway between both hotels, along with additional food booths, beverage stands and a seperate beer garden. Special themed areas like Chinatown and Carnival Corner provide a set of different experiences to guests as well, with the hotel’s private beach transformed into a Hawaiian-themed getaway with baked Kalua pork and steamed white rice, tuna poke, and shave ice, all set to the sounds of live music.</p><img alt="Lobster Benedict Disney "src=""><p>Unlimited food and beverage wristbands, which begin at $119 per person, are <a href="" target="_blank">available online</a>, along with hotel packages booked directly through <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort</a>.</p><p>Ticketed seminars focusing on subjects including wine blending, craft cocktails and pasta making are offered throughout the festival weekend for $50 to $85 per person. Hungry vacationers can also opt for the Sunday Bubbles Brunch inside <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Swan’s Il Mulino </a>restaurant on October 28. For $85 per person, attendees can dine on an awe-inspiring spread of meats, cheeses and sushi, entrees like saltimbocca and lobster benedict and a glass of champagne or mimosa, with an optional upgrade to bottomless drinks.</p><img alt="Food & Wine Classic Disney "src=""><p>Still in the mood for more culinary expertise? The second-annual <a href="" target="_blank">Homestead Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando</a>, Grande Lakes’ Whisper Creek Farm, honoring sustainable food and practices at a dinner hosted by James Beard Award-winning chefs, will also be happening that weekend on Friday, October 26.</p><p>2018’s Food &amp; Wine Classic marks the ninth year of the festival at <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort</a>, which recently underwent a $150 million renovation updating guest rooms and enhanced lobby spaces. A new 349-room, 14-story tower with a rooftop space and fireworks views is slated to open in late 2020 on the property, which is walking distance from Disney’s Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Though not operated by Disney, Swan &amp; Dolphin hotel guests receive select <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World benefits</a>, including early mornings in the park and first availability for FastPass booking, along with significant transportation perks.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays at a Glamping Retreat in Torres del Paine National Park

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:29
<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="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Chile: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Patagonia Camp</a>, a collection of tricked-out yurts off the shores of Del Toro Lake in Torres del Paine National Park.</p><p>The deal includes:</p>Three nights in a Deluxe Yurt or a Deluxe Yurt + Jacuzzi Shared transfers to and from the Presidente Carlos Ibáñez International AirportFull board (buffet breakfast, lunch, or boxed lunch during excursions, plus three-course dinners) Open bar with house wines and standard liquorsSelect guided excursions Bilingual guidesEntrance fee to the National Park<p>Original Price: From $1,390 per person, all-inclusive (or $463 per night) for a Deluxe Yurt, or $1,530 per person, all-inclusive (or $510 per night) for a Deluxe Yurt + Jacuzzi</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $973 per person, all-inclusive (or $324 per night) for a Deluxe Yurt, or from $1,071 per person, all-inclusive (or $357 per night) for a Deluxe Yurt + Jacuzzi; book by October 31, 2018 for travel through May 26, 2019. </p><p>Booking details: Use reservation code TL18 when emailing <a href=""></a> or calling 56 241 5149 or 56 2259 40591.</p><p>Availability: Subject to availability.</p><p> </p>
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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby Is Shaking Up the Royal Line of Succession

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:09
<p>On Monday morning, Prince Harry and <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle announced they are expecting their first child</a>. The baby, Kensington Palace shared, is expected to arrive this spring.</p><p>“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace shared in a statement as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in <a href="" target="_blank">Australia</a>. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since <a href="" target="_blank">their wedding in May</a> and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”</p><p>The baby will become Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s eighth great-grandchild, and fourth grandchild for Prince Charles.</p><p>While the baby will sit in the number one spot in Harry and Meghan’s hearts, where exactly will <a href="" target="_blank">he or she sit in line for the throne</a>?</p><p>As <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em> broke down, the newest child would sit seventh in line to take over the monarchy. The new line of succession is as follows: Queen Elizabeth (current reigning royal), followed by Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry, then Harry’s expected child. The new baby pushed Prince Andrew, the Queen’s son and the Duke of York, into eighth place. His children, Princess Beatrice and <a href="" target="_blank">Princess Eugenie</a>, are now ninth and tenth in line.</p><p>This royal order will continue to change over the years. For example, Prince Harry and his soon-to-be child could move further down the list if Prince William and Kate Middleton have more children. And, one day, when Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis have their own children, Harry and his child will be pushed further away from the throne.</p><p>Though the baby will likely never become the reigning monarch, they will at least have a large family — and even bigger fanbase — to support them along the way.</p>
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Here's What Bookies Think Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Name Their Firstborn (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 16:18
<p> </p><p>It’s official: There’s a new royal baby on the way.</p><p>On Monday morning, just after landing in <a href="" target="_blank">Australia to celebrate the Invictus Games</a>, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle <a href="" target="_blank">announced they are expecting their first child</a> sometime in the spring.</p><p>While there’s still a long way to go until the newest Windsor baby enters the world, people are already obsessing over every element of the pregnancy. And bookies in the United Kingdom are already taking bets on the name.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Evening Standard</em></a>, which spoke to the private bookmakers <a href="" target="_blank">Fitzdare</a>, Alexander is the favored male name with 2/1 odds, and Alice is the favorite for a girl at 5/2. But, those aren’t the only names in play.</p><p>“Meghan’s loose coat at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday led to speculation that an announcement was imminent and now that we have it, the Royal Baby name game starts,” Katie Baylis of <a href="" target="_blank">Betfair</a> said. “At this stage Diana, Arthur and Alice, which was favorite at different stages for Kate and William’s babies, are the 12/1 front-runners. However, with months until the baby is born, those odds will shorten, change and other names will come to the forefront.”</p><p>There are still other names in the running, according to Betfair. Edward and Elizabeth are both coming in with 16/1 odds, James at 18/1, and Victoria at 20/1.</p><p>At the bottom of the betting list? Barry — which would be a nice nod to Prince Harry’s friend Barack Obama — which has 150/1 odds, and Joffrey — which would prove their extreme Game of Thrones fandom — at 200/1.</p><p>The one thing this baby won’t have in his or her name is a Prince or Princess title. Unless, of course, the Queen steps in.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Metro</em> reported</a> the child would automatically become a Lord or a Lady at birth, and would be given the last name Mountbatten-Windsor. If it’s a son, he would also become the Earl of Dumbarton, which is one of Harry’s lesser peerage titles.</p><p>However, Queen Elizabeth could also step in upon the child’s birth and gift the title of Prince or Princess for their birthday. Even without a title, this child will certainly be living a charmed life.</p>
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Adobe Releases 'All-in-one' Video Editing App Premiere Rush for Creating Social Video

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:59
<p>Adobe is releasing a video editing app on Monday that will help you take your Instagram videos to the next level.</p><p>Adobe Premiere Rush CC is an “all-in-one, cross-device” video editing platform that brings several features associated with professional editing software (which typically require a more powerful desktop computer) to iPhone, iPad and Windows — and soon Android as well.</p><p>The app syncs with the Creative Cloud, and Adobe provides 100 GB of storage so that video shot and edited on any device is immediately available to edit on all your others. When the final product is ready for social, it can be shared from the app seamlessly, and unleashed upon your Instamasses.</p><p>Adobe previewed the app <a href="" target="_blank">over the summer</a>, and will announce the publicly available app at <a href="" target="_blank">Adobe MAX</a> in <a href="">Los Angeles</a> on Monday.</p><img alt="iPhone Adobe Premiere Rush "src=""><p>While the most obvious appeal is for content creators looking for an on-the-go solution to creating professional-quality video for Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook, the app is beginner-friendly to the point where even with minimal experience you can be editing in minutes. Premiere Rush simplifies editing — including adding transitions, background music, and titles — into a mobile interface that offers all the necessities on a screen the size of a smartphone, while also offering cross-device access for more complicated projects.</p><p>Those who already have experience editing, whether with Adobe Premiere or other software, will be pleased with the easy access to the most useful features.</p><p>Adobe Premiere Rush CC is now available <a href="" target="_blank">for iOS (for iPhone, iPad, and Mac</a>) and Windows, and will be available on Android some time next yaer, the company says.</p><img alt="iPad Adobe "src=""><p>There's a free <a href="" target="_blank">Starter Plan</a> for the app, while individual subscriptions are $9.99 a month (through <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or the <a href="" target="_blank">App Store</a>), or included in several Creative Cloud memberships.</p>
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New Bullet Train Could Transport Passengers from Oregon to Canada in Under Two Hours (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:00
<p>A <a href="" target="_blank">new ultra-high-speed train</a> could soon be whisking passengers from <a href="" target="_blank">Portland, Oregon</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Vancouver, British Columbia</a> in just under two hours.</p><p>Officials in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia are currently in the stages of looking into the planning for a proposed ultra-high-speed train that would travel at speeds 250 miles per hour or greater, transporting passengers from Portland to Seattle in under one hour and from Seattle to Vancouver in just under another hour.</p><p>The concept of the new train is <a href="" target="_blank">one of three high-speed transportation options</a> officials are looking into, with additional options include magnetic levitation (maglev) trains and a hyperloop system. </p><p>The goal is to create transportation options that would alleviate traffic and transit congestion and help to boost business innovation across the <a href="" target="_blank">Cascadia</a> megaregion (a network of metropolitan regions that have shared economies, infrastructures, and ecosystems). While the concept for the ultra-high-speed train is still in its early stages, officials hope to launch it by 2035.</p><p>The concepts are under evaluation and will be discussed at October's Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference before a more in-depth study on how each transportation system would work is set to be released in July of 2019.</p><p>The train would serve as an additional travel option to the already available <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak Cascades</a> trains, which serve 18 cities across Canada, Washington, and Oregon. In contrast to the newly proposed trains, the Cascades train travels at a mere 79 miles per hour.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">How to Master the Art of Amtrak Travel</a></strong></p><p>So far, the project has received 1.5 million in funding from officials from Washington state, British Columbia, Oregon, and Microsoft. Should the new train be built, it will stand as <a href="" target="_blank">one of the world’s fastest</a>.</p>
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Get 30% off Stays at This Lavish Art-Centered Hotel in Rome

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:00
<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="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Italy: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">The First Hotel Roma Arte</a>, a former nobleman’s palace near the Spanish Steps. Enjoy an aperitivo on the rooftop garden, Acquaroof, and Mediterranean fare at the Michelin-starred Acquolina restaurant. </p><p>See Rome First package includes:</p>One or more nights in a Junior Suite and above Welcome drinks upon arrivalEarly check-in and check-out<p>Original Price: From $522 per night (or 450 euro)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $365 per night (or 315 euro); valid for travel from November 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Reservations can be made by emailing <a href=""></a> and mentioning the code Travel + Leisure.</p><p>Availability: Subject to availability. Not combinable with other promotions. Blackout dates are Dec 21, 2018 to Jan 2, 2019.</p>
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This Country Was Just Named the Best Place for Expats for the 4th Year in a Row

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:00
<p>Singapore has been named the world’s best country for expats for the fourth year in a row.</p><p>The results are based on HSBC’s annual <a href="" target="_blank">Expat Explorer survey</a>, a global survey completed by 22,318 expats across 163 different countries.</p><p>Expats were asked to rate countries based on three different categories: economics, experience, and family.</p><p>Singapore came in first overall, scoring high on its economic offerings. According to the survey, close to half (47 percent) of respondents said they moved to Singapore to progress their career, with expats in Singapore earning an average income of $162,000. This income is $56,000 more than the global average, according to HSBC.</p><p>While salaries earned are higher, Singapore is also one of the <a href="" target="_blank">world's most expensive places to live</a>. </p><p>Despite this, Singapore also ranked high thanks to its wellbeing and education offerings for children. A total of 60 percent of participants said they found their children’s health and wellbeing improved since moving to Singapore, with three quarters of family respondents saying their child’s life has also improved overall since the move.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> came in at second place, earning the highest ranking in the experience category thanks to its wide array of outdoor activities. </p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">How to Get the Most Adventure out of the Adventure Capital of the World</a></strong></p><p>Germany came in at third place, scoring the second highest rating in economics, followed by Canada and Bahrain in fourth and fifth place, respectively.</p><p>Of the 31 countries listed on HSBC’s <a href="" target="_blank">leaderboard</a> (countries that had at least 100 expat respondents and scored highest on each category) about a third hailed from <a href="" target="_blank">Asia</a>. </p><p>The U.S. ranked in 23<sup>rd </sup>place, dropping down three places since 2017. While the U.S. offers almost $80,000 more than the average expat salary, long hours spent at work and difficulty forming social circles were some of the factors that lowered the country’s ranking.</p>
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Here’s a Sneak Peek at Legoland’s New Rides in the Lego Movie World Expansion

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:20
<p>What’s better than watching "The Lego Movie?"<i> </i>Being<em> in</em> the Lego Movie (so to speak).</p><p>No, we’re not talking about “walk on” roles in the animated film. We’re talking about an incredible new theme park completely based around "The Lego Movie" cinematic universe.</p><p>According to <a href="">t</a><a href="" target="_blank">he company's blog</a>, The Lego Movie World at Legoland Florida Resort is a brand new project in conjunction with Warner Bros., allowing guests the chance to stroll around the movie’s fictional town of Bricksburg and experience amazing rides based on the original movie and its sequel, "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part."</p><p>Some of the awesome (because <a href="" target="_blank">EVERYTHING IS AWESOME</a>) new rides include The Lego Movie Masters of Flight, a flying theater attraction in which you sit on Emmet’s (played by Chris Pratt in the movie) flying couch and go on an adventure through the town. According to a press release, this ride will be the first attraction at a major theme park in the United States "that embeds a 180-degree turn in the ride experience."</p><p>For people who are in love with Lego cat-icorns, there’s Unikitty’s Disco Drop. The tower-style ride is a dropping, spinning, bouncing thrill ride that only the quirky Unikitty (played by Alison Brie in the movie) can provide.</p><p>And for the master builders out there, put your skills to the test at the Battle of Bricksburg attraction. On this ride, guests fight off alien invaders with water sprayers as they sail through downtown Bricksburg.</p><p>Aside from rides, fans of the movie can meet their favorite characters, enjoy delicious food and even stay in a "Lego Movie" themed room at the <a href="" target="_blank">Legoland Hotel</a>. The park itself is scheduled to open in spring 2019. Trust us, if you’re a fan of the movie, you’re going to want to grab a season pass.</p><p>More information about The Lego Movie World, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Legoland website</a>.</p>
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12 Ways to Earn Airline Rewards You Might Be Missing Out On

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:01
<p>Earning airline miles isn’t as difficult as it seems. Whether it’s getting points for dining at certain restaurants or booking a ride to the airport, there are many different ways to rack up mileage.</p><p>Instead of getting overwhelmed by these overlooked perks, just take a quick scan through this list to see the simple ways you could get closer to that next free flight.</p><h2>Open a credit card.</h2><p>If you frequently fly a particular airline, consider opting for their partner travel card, but make sure to wait for the best introductory bonus. Depending on the company, first-time card holders can be awarded thousands of <a href="" target="_blank">sign-up bonus miles</a>. (Note: Never open or use a credit line that you won't be able to handle responsibly. Rewards will never make up for interest if you don't pay off the balance.)</p><h2>Then bring everyone you know on-board.</h2><p>Once your card is squared away and you’re happy with it, tell someone. Referrals are a seamless way to get more miles if you’re a fan of the service.</p><h2>Shop online.</h2><p>Even though online shoppers rave about cash back platforms such as E-Bates and Honey, those dedicated to their miles know airline portal shopping is where it’s at. For instance, having an account on <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines’ Advantage Shopping</a> site can provide you with miles for every dollar spent at tons of popular stores. Why not get rewarded for things you were going to buy anyway?</p><h2>Take a vacation.</h2><p>Don’t just go to an airline for flights, work with an agent to book an entire vacation as it likely guarantees huge mile bonuses coming your way. Plus, it takes the stress of planning away and nothing beats that!</p><h2>Have dinner out.</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">United MileagePlus’ Dining program</a> is the perfect example. Eating at their list of restaurants can earn members miles with a simple card swipe along with 2,500 extra miles during the first 30 days.</p><h2>Rent a car.</h2><p>Not only will you land a good rate through an airline, you may end up with added rewards along the way. Always check for promotional deals and discounts when planning a trip.</p><h2>Or use a ridesharing app.</h2><p>If you live in a big city, this one’s for you. Delta gives out <a href="" target="_blank">one mile per dollar spent</a> (and two for any rides to the airport) on Lyft. This might not seem like a lot initially, but it adds up if it’s your main way of getting around town.</p><h2>Pay your bills.</h2><p>Make the most of that partner credit card and use it to pay your bills. The bigger and more frequent the transactions, the greater your mile reward. For things not payable by card, use <a href="" target="_blank">Plastiq</a>. Though the platform charges a 2.5% fee, the miles you end up with could be worth so much more.</p><h2>Join a wine club.</h2><p>Cheers to that and take your pick as many offer their own club. A solid option is <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest’s Rapid Rewards with Laithwaite’s Wines</a> where customers get a 2,000 mile bonus for their first club case.</p><h2>Book a hotel.</h2><p>On top of the airlines, there are several sites out there determined to get you as much mileage as possible for your accommodations including <a href="" target="_blank">Agoda PointsMAX</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">PointsHound</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">RocketMiles</a>.</p><h2>Take some surveys.</h2><p>Have spare time? Take an online survey on <a href="" target="_blank">eMiles</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">e-Rewards</a> in exchange for miles.</p><h2>Book a flight.</h2><p>If all else fails, flights alone accrue mileage — which proves it’s never too late to start earning and if you’re lucky, the miles you earn won’t expire.</p>
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How to Travel the World After You Retire

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:30
<p>Hitting the road after retirement, whether by vehicle or plane, train, or cruise ship, is the goal of many people contemplating a work-free future.</p><p>Both retirees and those years away from retirement look forward to relaxation, travel, family time, and leisure activities, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">survey by Prudential Financial</a>. And another <a href="" target="_blank">study by Bank of America</a> indicated that 95 percent of retirees would prefer to have enjoyable experiences over buying things. Travel is a way to achieve this — whether visiting out-of-town relatives or vacationing together.</p><h2>Travel and Retirement Finances</h2><p>Funding travel along with basic living expenses on a fixed income is a concern for many retirees. In this age of increased longevity, costly health care, and declining availability of pensions, many retirees find that their savings and investments are not adequate.</p><p>“While working and preparing for retirement, it’s important to take full advantage of savings options including catch-up contributions to IRAs and 401(k)s. That is critical in creating a nest egg,” Chief Financial Analyst Greg McBride of <a href="" target="_blank"></a> told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Travel expenses will need to be funded from those savings.” He suggests paying off as much debt as possible to create breathing room in the retirement budget that might provide some latitude for expenses such as travel.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">11 Trips You Need to Take as Soon as You Retire</a></p><p>Asked about how retirees can fit in travel during the early years of retirement when health and mobility might make travel easier, McBride advises pre-retirees to build travel costs into anticipated retirement expenses as opposed to waiting until retirement to figure out how to pay for travel. He warns against pulling too much money from savings early in retirement.</p><p>“The risk is taking withdrawals in a falling market during those early years. It’s very hard to recover from that,” he said, adding that tax planning is important. “Be aware of tax obligations when you start taking minimum distributions as required after age 70 and a half.”</p><p>McBride suggests that savvy consumers use credit cards that offer attractive rewards. “They can fund significant travel expenses — airline and hotel points or rebates can offset travel costs. This works for disciplined consumers who will pay off the balance every month.”</p><h2>Retirement Travel Planning with a Professional</h2><p>T+L asked Peggy Goldman, president and founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Friendly Planet Travel</a> about retirees with limited budgets and the desire to travel. “Great experiences can be affordable for almost anyone. We’re able to create programs that even retirees with fixed incomes will be able to manage, with no compromise on quality.”</p><p>Since international travel is on many bucket lists, “the number of first-time international travelers is growing each year,” Goldman said. “Individuals have to be realistic about themselves, what they’re capable of, and what arrangements they need. We advise them not to limit themselves in terms of selecting programs — if they feel good and can do it, they should go for it.”</p><p>Goldman says that travelers are seeking experiences instead of just sightseeing: “People want to interact with locals; they want to get their hands dirty in the kitchen, meet people in their homes,” she said. “That’s what is so wonderful about people-to-people experiences and optional excursions. It’s more than just visiting monuments; it’s about having experiences with people.”</p><p>Asked for some examples, Goldman described how visitors to Hangzhou can visit tea plantations for demonstrations on how agricultural workers select and pick the leaves. Travelers get a chance to do it for themselves and gain a new appreciation for the tea they’re drinking. “And don’t rule out things like zip lines or hanging upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone. Typically it’s the older folks who don’t care how they look, so they’re just game to try something new.”</p><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">May 2018 study</a> by found “a surge in solo travel, with two fifths (40 percent) of global baby boomers having taken a solo trip in the last year, and another fifth (21 percent) planning to take one in the future.” Goldman’s Friendly Planet Travel has already seen more solo bookings this year, with their <a href="">Best of Egypt &amp; Nile Cruise</a> solo trip bookings up by 116 percent, and <a href="" target="_blank">A Taste of South Africa</a> package up by 95 percent. “We often find that our solo travelers form close friendships with their group members that enrich their lives and future travels.”</p><h2>Travel Options for Retirees</h2><p>Cruises offer many choices, from river cruises in Europe, Asia, and South America, to ocean cruises just about anywhere in the world. Nearly all-inclusive with most details planned ahead, the ability to visit many places easily, onboard entertainment, quality dining, and specialized themes, cruises are attracting more travelers each year.</p><p>The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Industry Outlook study</a> showed a steady increase of cruise passengers over the last 10 years, and 27 new ocean, river, and specialty ships set to debut this year. The study also indicates that cruisers come from all income levels, with a third having a household income of less than $80,000 annually.</p><p>Train travel takes passengers away from highway traffic and airport crowds, while allowing them to enjoy the surrounding scenery in comfort. Domestic and international routes cover many popular destinations, and for long trips, private sleeping quarters are available. Lounges, restaurants, bar cars, and room to move around make train travel a desirable alternative for travelers.</p><p>Many seniors want the total freedom and access to out-of-the-way places that road trips offer. Recreational vehicle sales are increasing each year as more retirees are getting on the road in this relatively low-cost mode of travel. If rolling through the country in an RV sounds appealing, a good way to start is with a rental. Before investing in a vehicle, it’s important to be sure it meets one’s needs and capabilities.</p><p>Volunteer vacations offer travel along with an opportunity to contribute skills and experience to others both domestic and abroad. Many seniors are finding these trips to be rewarding, and they can also fulfill the desire to interact with locals and broaden cultural experiences. Others enjoy “learning vacations,” traveling for workshops, conferences, cooking schools, cultural programs, or music festivals.</p><p>Older travelers are increasingly tech savvy, and many still prefer to book their own trips through airline and hotel websites. They buy tickets online to avoid lines at museums and attractions, and they shop for the best fares, room rates, and last-minute deals. Their flexibility allows them to take advantage of off-season and shoulder season rates, longer stays, and mid-week airfares.</p><p>Whatever mode of transportation, destination, or price level a traveler chooses, there are options available for everyone who desires to make travel a goal for their retirement years.</p>
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This iPhone Hack Is Perfect for People Who Always Miss Messages

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:01
<p>“Sorry, I’m just seeing your text!”</p><p>If you are notorious for having sent this message (like this writer), there’s a simple iPhone hack that could change the way you communicate.</p><p>There’s a hidden setting on all iPhones that will trigger the camera flash to blink every time a text or alert comes through. So there’s no excuse for missing messages.</p><p>To activate the feature, enter your phone’s setting menu. From there, select “General” then “Accessibility.” Select “LED Flash For Alerts” and make sure the toggle is on (the bar should be green). Voila, you are out of excuses for missing messages. You can also choose to have the light flash when the phone is on silent.</p><p>The feature is perfect for when you’re in a noisy environment, when you’re wearing headphones or simply if you’re more of a visual person than audio.</p><p>Regardless, your contacts will be surprised by how quickly you get back to them.</p><p>But, on the flip side, sometimes you want to ignore unnecessary alerts — especially if you’re on vacation. Here's how to <a href="" target="_blank">mute annoying emails</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">turn off the group chat notifications</a> when you don’t need (or want) to be involved.</p>
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You Can Now Send Holiday Cards Filled With Gin to Show You Truly Care

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 11:01
<p>For those in search of a holiday gift that keeps on giving, Scottish small-batch gin distiller Daffy’s Gin has launched a <a href="" target="_blank">Christmas card</a> that comes with a special gift inside.</p><p>Send friends or family one of Daffy’s new gin cards and they’ll open the holiday-themed card to find a miniature bottle of Daffy’s gin tucked inside.</p><p>The 50ml bottles are placed into a letterbox, giving customers the option to insert a handwritten message onto the card with the recipient’s name.</p><p>The festive card includes the brand’s logo up front, with a cheerful message inside that reads “Merry Christmas and a Daffy New Year!” The message continues on the back of the card, where a play on a famed holiday jingle reads, “The weather outside is frightful but the gin inside delightful; let it snow…let it snow… let it snow!”</p><p>The cards can be bought individually for a price of about $10 or a set of six at for $60.</p><p>While U.K. orders can be placed directly online, those looking for international shipping will need to place an order by contacting the company by telephone or email. Delivery on the cards start on Oct. 22. </p><p>Daffy’s gin is made using pure wheat grain spirit from northern France that is distilled in an ancient single batch copper pot still and blended with eight different botanicals. These include lemon peel imported from Italy, cassia bark from Indonesia, orris root from Morocco, orange peels from Spain, mint from Lebanon, juniper and coriander seeds from the Balkan states, and angelica root from Belgium.</p><p>All of these flavors combine to create a gin that’s known for tasting notes of toffee, citrus, spice caramel, and mint. </p><p>The gift can even be paired with other jovial presents that range from a <a href="" target="_blank">cheese advent calendar</a> to a box of goodies from around the world from the <a href="" target="_blank">Try the World subscription service</a>.</p>
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The One Item the Queen Absolutely Can’t Sleep Without

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:30
<p>Queen Elizabeth is one well-traveled woman. The 92-year-old is the <a href="" target="_blank">most traveled British monarch in history</a>, having visited 120 countries over her magnificent life (so far). Along the way, the Queen picked up a travel hack or two that may be worth trying out for yourself.</p><p>Yes, the Queen’s typical travels include traveling with high-end items like a <a href="" target="_blank">slice of her favorite cake</a> and her <a href="" target="_blank">luxury Globe-Trotter luggage</a>, but she also travels with more practical items as well.</p><p>According to historian <a href="" target="_blank">Robert K. Massie</a>, the Queen never leaves home without a nice, <a href=";tag=tlqueenhotwater-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B016W7W9JE&amp;linkId=ad9c8e4485ec2048ed0689a6fcaa7a3c" target="_blank">hot water bottle</a>. Typically, she has someone available to her to fill it with water and tuck it into her sheets at night no matter where in the world she is traveling, but, the <em>Daily Mail</em> noted the Queen is also happy to fill it herself.</p><p>As <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a> </em>reported, one of the Queen’s personal maids, Melani Dimple, once forgot to fill the Queen’s personal water bottle. Elizabeth herself found the bottle unfilled next to her bed and filled it herself.</p><p>“The Queen was amused to have to do it herself,” a royal insider shared with <em>Daily Mail.</em> “I think she found it quite a novelty.”</p><p>Sadly for Dimple, the Queen’s senior aide, Angela Kelly, allegedly let her go for her forgetful act.</p><p>“Angela’s beady eye is on everything that is done for Her Majesty, making sure everything is perfect,” an unidentified palace employee shared with the <em>Daily Mail</em> in 2014. “The next thing we knew after the hot water bottle business was that Melani was gone. We’re all very upset about it. Everyone’s entitled to make a mistake.”</p><p>Long story short, if you work and travel with the Queen, never forget her <a href=";tag=tlqueenhotwater-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B016W7W9JE&amp;linkId=ad9c8e4485ec2048ed0689a6fcaa7a3c" target="_blank">water bottle</a>, cake, luggage, a black outfit, and apparently, <a href=";IR=T#11-hot-water-bottle-11" target="_blank">a pint of her blood</a>. The Queen has to be prepared for anything.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays at This Charming Boutique Hotel in Virginia's Wine Country

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 15:01
<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="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Virginia: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">The Inn at Willow Grove</a>, a plantation house that dates back to 1778 and is situated in Virginia's wine country. </p><p>Escape to the Virginia Foothills includes:</p>Two nights in any room category A picnic lunch for twoA six-hour private chauffeured wine tour with Central Virginia Wine Tours, including a Library 1821 tasting at Barboursville VineyardsA tour of the historic Montpelier Mansion, a 1780′s National Historic Landmark site 20 percent off treatments at the Mill House Spa<p>Original Price: From $915 (or $458 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $640 (or $320 per night); valid for travel from November 1 to December 30, 2018. </p><p>Booking details: Use booking code TRAVEL2018 when reserving <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or calling 540/317-1206.</p>
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The Camera Backpack I'm Obsessed With After Trying a Ton

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 14:00
<p>As a traveling journalist <a href="" target="_blank">known to wander solo in forbidding landscapes</a> while trying to capture my adventures in words and photos, almost nothing is more important than having the right gear — specifically the right camera bag. If you have the wrong bag, it can feel as if your back and shoulders are breaking. (I still have a shoulder injury from a heavy pack that didn’t have a waist belt.) Or you can end up with something that just isn’t spacially effective.</p><p>Over the years I'd estimate I've spent close to $1,000 on camera backpacks. It sounds nuts, I know – but considering that the majority of them are $200 to $300 it makes sense when trying to find the perfect fit. A good pack should not only have room for your camera, tripod, chargers and lenses, but also compartments for your computer, a change of clothes, toiletries and other things you’d bring in a carry on.</p><p>But, like Goldilocks, finding the right fit was hard. The first pack I had was sporty, good looking, and had decent space for my non-camera items, but didn’t have a waistband, which, if you’re trekking or walking for long distances (I was) kills your back. The second pack had a waistband but was large, bulky and didn’t have enough room for a change of clothes, toiletries or other essentials. It also only had a front top opening so if you needed a toiletry, you had to open the whole pack and everything would fall out.</p><img alt="Brevité Backpack Camera Roll Top "src=""><p>It wasn’t until this summer while on a trip to Zambia, that I found the perfect pack.</p><p>My friend Danny Seo was on my trip and doing a feature on Victoria Falls for his magazine, <em>Naturally by Danny Seo</em>, and had brought his photographer, Biz Jones along. I was immediately in love – with Biz’s bag, a <a href="" target="_blank">Brevite rolltop backpack</a>. It was not only good looking but also comfortably carried two cameras, lenses, and a tripod, as well as a clothing change, her toiletries, and water bottles.</p><p>“Where did you get that?” I asked. “I’ve looked everywhere – I’ve never seen this pack.”</p><p>“The internet,” she laughed. “Everyone needs to know about this bag,” I said. “I know!” she said.</p><p>Brevite was founded by photographers for photographers and it shows, even with the little things like having a lens cap holder on the waist belt so you won’t misplace your cap (So. Many. Caps!) or having a rolltop so, it can expand. It also has openings on the top (via the roll) as well as on the front and side – so if you just need to grab a toiletry or your camera quickly you can. In addition, the camera is packed into a separate bag within the pack so if you want to use the pack for a hiking trip or something else you can remove all the camera gear and pack it like a regular bag. What was also useful is that the bag has a large computer slot.</p><p>While looking for bags that wouldn’t kill my back, I had come across some pro hiking packs – but they all only fit a 12-inch laptop – too small for my 15-inch monster. The second I got home from Zambia, I immediately ditched my bulky, heavy pack and ordered the $185 bag. Best money I’ve ever spent.</p>
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Maggie Gyllenhaal on Why Travel Makes You Better at Work

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 12:01
<p>Maggie Gyllenhaal is rather busy these days starring in the HBO series <i>The Deuce</i>, which just started its second season, and producing and starring in the new film "The Kindergarten Teacher." She is also adapting Elena Ferrante’s novel “The Lost Daughter" for the big screen. </p><p>On top of that, the Oscar-nominated actress is the mother of two daughters with husband Peter Sarsgaard. Yet she still finds time to spread her sage advice and keen eye as a long-time veteran of the film industry (her parents were both in the business and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal) and also support women in film.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Jessica Biel’s Travel Hack Will Completely Change the Way You Pack</a></p><p>That is why she has taken on the role of Independent Film Advisor for <a href="" target="_blank">Autograph Collection Hotels’ Screenwriters in Residence Program</a>, which provides female screenwriters with time at one of their many hotels all over the world to work on their craft. </p><p>Autograph partnered with <a href="" target="_blank">Black List</a> — which finds the industry’s most-liked yet unproduced screenplays — to find these writers and create these retreats for them. Last year, screenwriter Liz Hannah was selected. She wrote the Oscar-nominated film<em> </em>"The Post."</p><p>Gyllenhaal drew personal inspiration after reading Virginia Woolf’s famed 1929 feminist essay “A Room of One’s Own,” which insisted on the concept of giving a woman space, both literally and figuratively, in order to succeed in an industry dominated by men.</p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> caught up with the actress to discuss where she would travel to find a room of her own.</p><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure</em>: I know you're working on your own script right now. Is there an ideal place you'd like to travel to to write it?</strong></p><p>"I'm working on an adaptation of an Elena Ferrante novel and even though I'm not setting it in <a href="" target="_blank">Naples</a> [where it takes place], I would love to go there. In my fantasy life if they offered me a room somewhere it would be there."</p><p><strong>What do you look for in a hotel when you travel?</strong></p><p>"I love to travel. Autograph is unusual in that it has this independent aesthetic and I always want hotels that have individual aesthetics. That's all I'm looking for. I never want to go to the big corporate one. I want the windows to open. I'm always looking for the little, tiny, small, unusual characteristics but great... I also want a little luxe."</p><p><strong>What are some of your favorite hotels?</strong></p><p>"I love the <a href="" target="_blank">Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur</a>. There's also this riad in Marrakesh called <a href="" target="_blank">El Fenn</a>. I really like the <a href="" target="_blank">Covent Garden in London</a>. I've been staying there forever and it feels homey. There's a lot of places I'd like to go."</p><p><strong>Do you enjoy traveling for work?</strong></p><p>"I love to travel. When you're writing, when you're acting, or when you're in your process doesn't everything start to become food for the mill? Wherever I am is feeding my mind for the work that I do. Let's say I were in Naples writing and I go for a walk, get something to eat, even if the project isn't around Naples somehow being deeply in the mindset of your work, everything feeds it."</p><p><strong>How and why did this collaboration with Autograph Hotels come about?</strong></p><p>"I had been listening to 'A Room of One's Own' at the dentist so it had been on my mind. This idea of just because there's a woman writer it doesn't make it an actual expression of something feminine. We live in a male world and, also, not just in 1928 when Woolf was writing it, but now too. No matter how much we were wishful thinking, we live in the opposite, we live in a misogynistic world. And just being a woman doing work, it doesn't mean you are able to express that feminine element of yourself.</p><p>Wolf talks about Charlotte Bronte hiding her writing underneath her sewing books and her anger and her rage clouds her writing. It makes me think about what is feminine film making? Just because a woman is writing, just because a woman is directing, it doesn't mean that the actual product is — Wolf uses the expression whole and entire — of the feminine mind. She says we need money and the physical space of our own, but we need space in our mind. You need the luxury of having space in your mind so this is symbolic in a way."</p>
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This Airline Will Soon Provide Nervous Flyers In-flight Meditation and Dedicated Onboard Assistance

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 10:16
<p>While flying gives travelers a way to see destinations across the globe, it can also be a frightening experience for some.</p><p>Those who have a <a href="" target="_blank">fear of flying</a> can now rest easier on flights with <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Australia</a>, as the airline has announced a new initiative to assist nervous flyers throughout their journey.</p><p>The airline is partnering with the nonprofit <a href="" target="_blank">Smiling Mind</a>, which offers both web and app-based meditation programs created by a range of psychologists and educators focused on mindfulness.</p><p>As part of the new partnership, the airline will be incorporating Smiling Mind’s guided meditations into its in-flight entertainment system, providing a tool for travelers to use to calm their anxiety and focus on their wellbeing.</p><p>In addition to in-flight entertainment offerings, Virgin Australia is also introducing a new system to allow passengers with a fear of flying an opportunity to connect with airline staff before their journey.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">6 Ways to Completely Disconnect While on Vacation</a></strong></p><p>This way, crew will be able to assist passengers with personalized tips and communication before their journey, and one-on-one interactions throughout their flight to ensure a comfortable experience.</p><p>The airline has yet to specify exactly what the in-flight programs and pre-journey and on-board assistance will look like, though it plans to announce additional details on the new initiative in the coming months.</p><p>“Integrating mindfulness into our everyday lives is just as important as eating and exercising regularly, and I am so excited to see Virgin Australia deeply embedding mindfulness into the workplace and onboard flights,” Sir Richard Branson said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p><p>The airline will also be implementing the new Smiling Mind program for its staff outside of flights.</p><p>Several other airlines have recently begun integrating options to ease travelers during flights, including American Airlines’ introduction of nature videos and Calm’s meditation app and Qantas’ creation of an <a href="" target="_blank">in-flight meditation video series</a>.</p>
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Here's What Jack Brooksbank Whispered As Princess Eugenie Walked Down the Aisle

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 17:06
<p>Princess Eugenie looked every bit the fairy tale bride on Friday morning as she walked down the aisle for her wedding at St. George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle. And clearly, the groom Jack Brooksbank noticed.</p><p>While making her way to the altar, <em>Daily Mail</em> royal reporter Rebecca English <a href="" target="_blank">noticed</a> Jack mumble something to his best man and smile. She consulted with a lip reader who said Jack was saying, “Oh, my heart…oh, break my heart.”</p><p>The pair’s display of deep love and admiration was on display throughout the entire ceremony. When Eugenie finally arrived at the end of the aisle she turned to Jack and jokingly said: “Aren't you going to hold my hand?”</p><p>When their vows were all said and done, the duo walked out of the church and to the delight of everyone kissed on the church steps.</p><p>And really, this adoring moment should come as no surprise from a couple who said it was love at first sight when they met on a ski trip in Verbier, Switzerland, in 2010.</p><p>“You came over and shook my hand, and I was all butterflies and nervous,” Eugenie explained in a television interview about the first time they met. “I think I ran to my mom that night and was like, 'I just met this guy Jack!' I remember being like, 'I really, really like this guy and I really want him to like me, too.' And then you gave me this huge windscreen-wiper wave and I was like, 'Right, he likes me.'”</p><p>Now, all that’s left to do is cut their delicious-looking wedding cake and live happily ever after.</p>
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People in Hawaii Were Receiving Mysterious Phone Calls From an Animal Hospital — Turns Out They Were Coming From a Gecko

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 17:02
<p>Getting incessant, mystery phone calls can be a hassle. It’s even worse when they’re from a tiny lizard.</p><p>Well, maybe not worse, but definitely weirder.</p><p>Dr. Claire Simeone, a director of <a href="" target="_blank">Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital</a> in Hawaii wrote on Twitter that she was called over and over from her work while she was out to lunch. When she answered no one was on the other end of the line.</p><p>“NINE calls in 15 minutes. I start to panic a bit, and drive back to the hospital. Seal emergency? I am on it,” Dr. Simeone wrote in her Twitter thread.</p><p>But when she arrived at the hospital, she found that no one was having a so-called "seal emergency." In fact, everything seemed fine, and to make it even more of a mystery, no one confessed to calling her.</p><p>After speaking with IT to see if the phone system was on the fritz, Dr. Simeone found out that several other people had been getting strange calls from the office.</p><p>“Several other people call the hospital, asking WHY WE ARE CALLING THEM INCESSANTLY?” she wrote, adding in another tweet, “a bazillion calls are coming from one line. But I look at our office line. It’s not that one. [The IT representative] asks me to look around to find the problem line.”</p><p>Her search eventually led her to the hospital laboratory where she found the culprit: a tiny gecko, perched on top of a touch-screen phone.</p><p>“I had to apologize to @HawaiianTel man, who said 'well, I haven’t heard that one before.' I had to send out a note to all of our staff and volunteers, who may have received telemarketing calls. I immediately hired gecko,” she wrote.</p><p>The gecko, according to <em><a href=";utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&amp;utm_medium=socialflow" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>,</em> was not a patient at the hospital, but a local who had wandered in from outside.</p><p>So the mystery is solved and a lucky gecko has found itself a lucrative career in customer service, much like the proud Geico geckos before it.</p><p>Dr. Simeone’s entire thread can be read on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a><em>.</em></p>
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