NASA Astronauts Will Soon Be Testing These Adidas Running Shoes in Space — and You Can Get a Pair Too (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 17:00
<p>When you think of <a href="">running shoes</a>, you probably think of athletes — not astronauts. However, thanks to a new collaboration between Adidas and the International Space Station, <a href="">sneaker</a> technology is about to get out-of-this-world.</p><p> The Ultraboost 20 running shoe is Adidas' latest running shoe launch, and it's ready to be tested by avid runners and astronauts alike. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">19 Comfy, Travel-friendly Shoes Made for Walking</a></p><img alt="Black and Purple Adidas Running Shoe "src=""><p>To buy: (men) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $180; (women) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $180</p><p>The shoes include a Primeknit upper with Tailored Fiber Placement technology, which gives them a supportive, sock-like fit and stitched-in reinforcement. The Boost midsole captures energy in your stride and uses it to help propel you forward, making them a great pick for long-distance runners. The sole also provides maximum traction to grip on all surfaces. </p><img alt="Black, Grey, and Purple Adidas Ultraboost Running Shoes "src=""><p>Shoppers have a wide variety of colors to choose from with the Ultraboost 20s, including black with metallic details that evoke the shoe's intergalactic inspiration. </p><img alt="Black and Purple Adidas Running SHoe "src=""><p>And while the running shoes are available now for runners and athletes on Earth, Adidas will soon be sending Boost technology for NASA astronauts to test at the International Space Station to further inform the shoe's technology and fit. </p><p>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </p>
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The Smoke From Australia's Bushfires Is so Bad, It's Setting Off Fire Alarms 60 Miles Away in Sydney (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 15:47
<p>Sydney’s skyline disappeared on Tuesday as smoke from nearby bushfires settled in the city and even seeped into buildings, setting off fire alarms.</p><p>“This smoky period we’ve been experiencing for the past month or so, it is unprecedented, so these conditions are a risk to people’s health,” Richard Broome, the New South Wales government’s director of environmental health, announced Tuesday.</p><p>Authorities are calling the current air pollution in New South Wales "the longest and most widespread" on state record.</p><p>Although there isn’t an official evacuation order in place, many are considering leaving until the smoke dissipates. Commuters are opting for breathing masks when they’re outside. </p><p>In addition, officials halted ferry service as the smoke ruined visibility.</p><img alt="Toxic haze blanketed Sydney on December 10 "src=""><p>“It is eerie, many people have decided to leave, and I’m going to do the same,” <a href="">Hawkesbury Mayor Barry Calvert told <em>Reuters</em></a><em>.</em> “I’ve been through this before about 20 years ago when I stood outside my house looking at flames 50 feet high, I decided then that I would leave early if it happened again.”</p><img alt="Toxic haze blanketed Sydney on December 10 "src=""><p>The closest fires are burning about 60 miles away from Sydney but the air pollution in the city center is 11 times more than its “hazardous” rating. Locals are <a href="">posting images</a> of ash falling from the sky and collecting on Sydney beaches.</p><p>“I know there are guidelines telling people to stay inside if they have certain health conditions, but that’s no good if your house isn’t sealed and you can’t afford an air filter,” <a href="">Dr. Kim Loo told <i>The Guardian Australia</i>.</a></p><p>Hospital admissions have increased about 25 percent over the past few weeks, with a particular increase in those with respiratory problems.</p><p>Several office buildings in downtown Sydney — including the headquarters of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service — were evacuated when the smoke set off fire alarms, <a href="">according to <em>The BBC.</em></a></p><img alt="Toxic haze blanketed Sydney on December 10 "src=""><p>As of Tuesday, there were 85 wildfires burning across New South Wales. Forty-two were uncontrolled.</p><p>Since the bushfires broke out in September, at least six people have died and more than 700 <a href="">homes were destroyed.</a> The fires have burned almost five million acres of land in New South Wales alone.</p>
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You Can Watch This Week's Meteor Shower From a Glass 'Sky Slide' High Above Los Angeles (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:01
<p>Staring up at the night sky watching colorful meteors streak across can be a magical experience — and doing it from a glass slide nearly 1,000 feet above the ground would only make it more special.</p><p>As the country prepares to watch the <a href="">Geminid meteor shower</a> this week, one Los Angeles venue is ready to welcome visitors with a unique perspective on the sky show. Stargazers interested in adding a little adrenaline to their meteor viewing should head to <a href="">OUE Skyspace LA</a>, an outdoor deck in Downtown LA that features a 45-foot, fully enclosed glass slide on the side of the <a href="">U.S. Bank Tower</a>.</p><img alt="OUE Skyspace LA "src=""><p>Speed down the slide, <a href="">originally installed</a> by a helicopter in 2016, as you take in the view of the skyline and the shooting stars lighting it up in colors like orange, blue, red, and green.</p><img alt="OUE Skyspace LA Skyslide "src=""><p>The Geminid meteor shower, which produces the most shooting stars per hour of any other shower of its kind, is caused when particles from comets discharge energy as they hit the Earth’s atmosphere at 22 miles per second (and we thought <a href="">air travel was fast</a>). The shower is predicted to be at its strongest from Dec. 13-14 or 14-15.</p><img alt="OUE Skyspace LA Skyslide "src=""><p>“Whether it’s a meteor shower, eclipse, full moon, or any other celestial event, the panorama is much more spectacular 1,000 feet closer to the sky,” Ray Serafin, the general manager of OUE Skyspace LA, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> in an email, adding it is a “one-of-a-kind interstellar viewing experience.”</p><p>While there’s a chance a full moon might make the dazzling meteors harder to see (and it’s Friday the 13th, to boot), OUE Skyspace LA isn’t letting that get them down.</p><img alt="OUE Skyspace LA Skyslide "src=""><p>The space (which charges $25 for admission and $8 to ride the slide on Friday) is utilizing its two open-air observation terraces — with 360-degree views of the city — to keep an eye out for the sky show with live music and drinks to entertain until 2 a.m. Grab a local sip from one of two bars on the 69th floor, including a beer and wine bar offering more than two dozen varieties from across California on tap.</p><p>And while there’s no guarantee you’ll see the meteor shower, if you ask us, there’s no better way to try your hand at stargazing than with a drink and a thrilling turn in a slide that hovers high above the city.</p>
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This Cozy Canadian Tepee Village Is One of the Best Places in the World to See the Northern Lights

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 11:01
<p>Longer nights and lower temperatures mean one thing: winter is here. And one of the best parts of winter is enjoying beautiful, colorful lights.</p><p>We’re not talking about the kind on a Christmas tree, though. We're talking about the Aurora Borealis (also known as the <a href="">Northern Lights</a>) — Mother Nature's most beautiful light display.</p><p>One of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights is in the Northern Territories of <a href="">Canada</a>, also known as the Aurora Capital of North America. From Dehcho to Inuvik, a view of the lights is (mostly) guaranteed. In fact, visitors are 95 percent likely to expect to catch them. And the best part is, you <a href="">don’t have to completely rough it</a> in the wilderness to get a peek.</p><p>In Yellowknife, on the shore of the Great Slave Lake in Northern Canada, there is an incredible <a href="">Aurora Village</a> that offers a warm and cozy tepee for you to enjoy the view from.</p><p>At Aurora Village, visitors can choose the package that’s right for them. The village offers one-night aurora viewing, dining experiences, dog sledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and even a tour of the city of Yellowknife.</p><p>The village itself is a gathering of 21 teepees surrounding a picturesque lake. Inside the tepees are wood-burning stoves, and hot drinks are available so you can look out over the stars in perfect comfort. Overnight accommodations are not available in the Aurora Village itself, but it’s a cozy way to celebrate this natural phenomenon.</p><p>Instead, the tours last four and a half hours and include transportation to and from downtown Yellowknife (with hotel pickup), transport along the Aurora Hunting Ingraham trail, around four hours of aurora viewing, your own tepee, hot drinks, a photography tutorial, an ice show, and guides who speak multiple languages. Pick-up times are generally between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.</p><p>Plus, since it opened in 2000, Aurora Village has been entirely indigenous-owned – operated by an Aboriginal family formerly from Fort Resolution, which was the “oldest trading settlement in the territories and home to mostly Dene and Metis people,” according to the Aurora Village website.</p><p>The cost for the first-night viewing is $126 CAD (about $95 USD) for adults and $84 CAD (about $64 USD) for children. Extra nights may be purchased at a discount in order to increase your chances of seeing the aurora.</p><p>For more information or to make a booking, visit the <a href="">Aurora Village website</a>.</p>
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These National Parks-themed Packing Cubes Will Keep You Organized on Your Next Camping Trip

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 10:32
<p>Packing cubes are often thought to be a purely functional <a href="">travel accessory</a>. However, this set of <a href="">packing cubes</a> with original artwork inspired by the US National Parks will make your packing experience easier <em>and </em>more colorful. </p><p>The National Parks Mesh Packing Cubes Set from the brand Well Traveled is a practical way to stay organized while traveling, not to mention perfectly themed for camping or adventure travel. The set includes one small, two medium, and one large cube, so you'll be able to find the right fit for all of your belongings. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">This Kayak Will Fold Up and Fit in a Backpack — and It’s Under $100 on Amazon Right Now</a></p><img alt="Printed National Parks-themed Packing Cubes "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvnationalparksthemedpackingcubesmdiamonddec19-20&amp;linkId=0625143ab1eef5e2e75efcaca1c26c50"></a>, $27</p><p>The cubes work particularly well for camping and outdoor adventures because they are durable, lightweight, and water-resistant. High-quality polyester, thick zippers, and reinforced seams help the bags withstand whatever your travels throw their way. Plus, a mesh top on each bag allows you to find your belongings with ease but also makes sure that clothing can breathe and avoid odor (a must-have if you'll be traveling outdoors for an extended period of time). </p><img alt="Printed National Parks Themed Packing Cubes "src=""><p>If you'll be giving luggage and travel accessories as gifts this holiday season, this set should be at the top of your list for outdoorsy, adventure-loving friends. </p><p>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </p>
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Shoppers Are Obsessed With This Size-inclusive Swimwear Brand — and You Can Finally Find It at Nordstrom (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 10:17
<p>Finding a swimsuit that's flattering, comfortable, and stylish at a reasonable price point used to seem like a near impossible task. Then <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Summersalt</a> came on the scene with its range of size-inclusive swimwear that shoppers immediately flocked to. Now, it's even easier to get your hands on these best-selling suits thanks to the brand's collaboration with Nordstrom. </p><img alt="Summersalt One Shoulder Swimsuit "src=""><p>The full collection includes 15 swimwear styles in a variety of colors. The best part? All of the suits retail for $95 or less and most range from sizes 2 to 22.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">This Brand Makes Packable, Wrinkle-resistant Pants That Are Perfect for Any Trip</a></p><p>The brand is best known for its sleek, feminine one pieces, like the color-blocked one-shoulder Sidestroke suit. </p><img alt="Summersalt Pink and Orange Swimsuit by the Pool "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><p>When creating their swimwear collection, Summersalt's founders took 1.5 million body measurements from 10,000 women to inform the fit of their suits.</p><p>The fabric also sets these suits apart, since they are designed to stand up to sand, sweat, and chlorine. Summersalt's swimwear is made from recycled materials, so in addition to being comfortable and durable, they are environmentally friendly. </p><p>You can shop some of the brand's most popular styles here. </p><img alt="Summersalt Pink and Red One Piece Swimsuit "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><img alt="Summersalt Green and Blue One Piece Swimsuit "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><img alt="Summersalt Pink and Orange One Piece Swimsuit "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><p>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </p>
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This Sleep Internship Is the Definition of a Dream Job — All You Have to Do Is Get 8 Hours Per Night (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 10:14
<p>A sleep solutions company is looking for the perfect candidate to literally do their job in their sleep.</p><p><a href="">Wakefit</a> — a Bangalore-based company that also sells mattresses and pillows — is hiring a “Sleep Intern” to participate in the company’s study of sleep patterns and come up with creative products and solutions to help people sleep better.</p><p>For anyone who loves to sleep, this is truly the ultimate <a href="">dream job</a> (in a way, literally). The Sleep Intern’s job is quite simple: This person is able to practically <a href="">fall asleep anywhere</a> and can track their sleep patterns for research purposes. And, they’ll get paid for it too.</p><p>The ideal candidate is someone with a college degree in any field (a “history of falling asleep during class will be counted as relevant experience,” <a href="">according to the job description</a>), can commit to staying in bed to <a href="">sleep for at least eight hours</a>, can fall asleep within 10 to 20 minutes (without the use of sleep aids, presumably), and has the knowledge to record and analyze their personal sleeping patterns.</p><p>The company will provide a mattress and fitness tracker to the candidate –– so you don’t already have to have a FitBit ready to go before you apply.</p><img alt="Get paid to sleep "src=""><p>The candidate seemingly will have a fairly strict routine to stick to, including guidelines about drinking caffeinated beverages as well as restricted screen time (including social media, TV, and computers). People who love to binge-watch shows before bed, drink coffee, stay out late, or snore are at a disadvantage, according to the job description.</p><p>In addition, the company is looking for someone who is fairly inactive on social media, has <a href="">knowledge of meditative practices</a> and stress management, and “in-depth knowledge on the lyrics and tunes of lullabies.”</p><p>Even though a lot of the sleep-deprived masses may be interested in this internship, it will sadly only go to the best sleepers out there.</p><p>As for compensation, Wakefit says on its listing that it will be paying their Sleep Intern 1 lakh, which is 100,000 rupees, or about $1,400 USD.</p><p>The job lasts for about nine hours per night for 100 nights (weekends included). Luckily, all of the work is required to be done in the comfort of your own home, in your pajamas (or whatever you sleep in).</p><p>Applications are currently open. In order to apply, visit the <a href="">application website</a> and tell Wakefit why you’re the best sleeper for the job.</p><p> </p>
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NYC Christmas Trees Are Selling for As Much As $6,500 a Pop This Year (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 09:47
<p>It’s the most wonderful time of the year. For many, that means buying and bringing a live Christmas tree into their home. However, for New Yorkers that can be a rather expensive proposition. A $6,500 proposition, to be exact.</p><p>According to the <a href=""><em>New York Post</em></a>, one Manhattan Christmas tree dealer, Soho Trees, is selling a 20-foot Fraser Fir for a whopping $6,500. That means the tree is $325 per foot.</p><p>While that may be shocking, what is perhaps more surprising is the fact that the tree farm is currently sold out of that size.</p><p>“We’re sold out,” Scott Lechner, sales manager of the Soho Trees lot, plainly told the <em>Post</em>, noting most of the massive trees end up in penthouses and building lobbies.</p><p>Though these trees are specifically meant for the ultra-wealthy and corporations, it appears all Christmas trees are a little more expensive this year. And that’s thanks in large part to a small drop in supply and an even higher demand.</p><p>"The supply is still strong, but so is the demand,'' Sara Vera, data analyst at Square, told <a href=""><em>USA Today</em></a>. "So we’ll likely continue to see tree prices slightly increase this season as we have for the last four in a row, making 2019 the most expensive season for Christmas trees in history.''</p><img alt="NYC Christmas tree vendors skyrocketing prices "src=""><p>According to Vera, Christmas trees jumped in price by 23 percent between 2015 and 2018. The average Christmas tree in 2019 will likely set people back $78. Even artificial trees are seeing a price increase, averaging $20 more this year than last.</p><p>However, if you want to save you still can. You’ll just have to wait it out. According to <em>USA Today</em>, prices are projected to drop 29 percent on Christmas trees the week before the holiday. You could even score a tree for just $50 on Christmas Eve.</p><p>What’s causing this new demand? According to the experts, it’s because people simply still crave the real thing, and want to make more eco-conscious decisions, like choosing the real deal over plastic fakes.</p><p>"While consumers once valued convenience over all else, we now see the rise of an eco-conscious consumer who questions where something came from, how it was made, and the impact that purchase may have on the environment,'' O'Connor additionally told <em>USA Today</em>. "Real trees are just part of this trend."</p>
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You Could Get Paid to Build Lego Models All Day at California's New Legoland Park (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 08:57
<p>Do you have what it takes to be a master builder?</p><p>According to <em><a href="">SFGate</a></em>, <a href="">Legoland</a> Discovery Center Bay Area, a new <a href="">Lego</a> park opening soon in Milpitas, California, is looking for a master model builder, so break out those tiny, plastic bricks and show Lego what you’re made of.</p><p>Candidates who think they have the Lego know-how must participate in The Brick Factor competition, a two-day event that will challenge candidates with many different creative activities. The competition will take place at the Great Mall in Milpitas on Jan. 18 and 19, and the top 10 competitors will be chosen for an interview process and final building challenge, <em>SFGate</em> reported.</p><p>According to the job <a href="">listing</a>, Master Model Builder is a full-time position (with a competitive salary and benefits) that will ask the chosen candidate to “make Lego building fun” by leading workshops and taking “ownership of the Legoland Discovery Center creative workshop.” The candidate will also be asked to do media appearances, building events, corporate events, and PR related activities. Frankly, it sounds like a <a href="">dream job</a> for any wannabe Lego engineer.</p><p>In addition, the chosen candidate will be participating in “conceptualization, design, production and installation and facilitation of displays and events both internally and externally,” according to the listing.</p><p>The ideal candidate has a strong love for Lego and can present themselves in a professional manner while also having fun. Candidates with former experience in model making are preferred, but not required. They will have to be able to read model drawings and sketches, have knowledge of Lego elements, be a talented builder in their own right, and enjoy teaching children. A college degree is not required, according to <em>SFGate</em>.</p><p>Prospective candidates over 18 can apply on the <a href="">job listing website</a>. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 10. Candidates chosen to be part of the Brick Factor competition will be notified after this date.</p><p>The new Legoland Discovery Center Bay Area will open in Milpitas in spring 2020.</p>
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A J.Lo Super-fan Convinced a JetBlue Crew Member to Make a Special Announcement Urging the Entire Plane to Watch 'Hustlers'

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 08:16
<p>There’s ringing endorsements and then there’s sky-high ones.</p><p>That’s exactly what happened when one of <a href="">Jennifer Lopez</a>’s biggest fans asked JetBlue’s crew to make an announcement requesting passengers watch the singer’s “Hustlers” movie during a flight from New York to Los Angeles.</p><p>The request comes after Lopez snagged a Golden Globe nomination for her supporting actress role in the movie.</p><p>“In honor of JLO’s Golden Globes nomination this morning, I WILL make sure everyone watches Hustlers on this flight,” Joseph Longo <a href="">tweeted</a>, adding he was sure there were awards voters on the flight. Longo wrote he calls himself “The Backup JLo.”</p><p>“AJetBlue pilot read my plea that passengers watch Hustlers in honor of JLo’s #GoldenGlobes nom,” he wrote. “The friendly skies supports our Fly Girl!”</p><p>A fellow passenger <a href="">tweeted</a> about the announcement calling it, “history's only good midair announcement.”</p><p>Longo posted a video of himself listening to a crew member make the announcement, smiling the whole time. “We’d greatly appreciate if you would join us in supporting Ms. Lopez and watch “Hustlers” on our flight today,” the crew member said.</p><p>And even the Fly Girl herself was a fan of the plug.</p><p>“This is amazing!!!!!!! You can be my backup dancer any day THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT!” <a href="">Lopez tweeted.</a></p><p>JetBlue also <a href="">chimed in on social media</a> offering to fly Longo to Los Angeles in the carrier’s <a href="">premium cabin</a> if Lopez “can get him in.”</p><p>J.Lo isn’t the first celebrity fan of JetBlue’s in-flight entertainment options.</p><p>On Dec. 5, Brian Koppelman, the co-creator of Showtime’s “Billions,” <a href="">tweeted</a> that he was going to “watch some of #Billions season one on this plane, since they are offering it, because I haven’t reviewed it in a long while. And it helps to look at an old season while making new one.”</p><p>JetBlue supported the idea but <a href="">joked</a>: “What’s the point of having Fly-Fi if you never do an AMA about your own show inflight?”</p>
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Bitter Cold Temperatures and Snow Are Expected for Many Parts of the U.S. This Week (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 08:03
<p>More than half of the U.S. will feel below-freezing temperatures this week as an arctic blast moves across the country. </p><p><a href="">According to CNN,</a> 65 percent of the country will need to bundle up, specifically in the Midwest where temperatures dipped below zero. Des Moines, Iowa had a 50-car pileup on Monday morning caused by the snow.</p><p>The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a wind chill advisory for parts of the upper Midwest, where temperatures could fall to 25 degrees below zero Fahrenheit through Wednesday morning. In addition to the winds and the bitter temperatures, the area could receive a foot of snow.</p><p>Those who live in the plains will feel the cold blasts and possible flurries, but might not see any snow accumulation. The NWS warned residents to dress warmly and limit their time spent outdoors.</p><p>And the Great Lakes are primed for very significant snowfall.</p><p>"We expect this to be the most substantial lake-effect snow event of the season so far throughout the Great Lakes region," AccuWeather meteorologist Laura Velasquez <a href="">told </a><em><a href="">USA Today.</a> </em></p><p>Meanwhile, parts of the East Coast will be about 10 to 20 degrees warmer than usual. In New York City on Tuesday, temperatures almost reached 60 degrees Fahrenheit.</p><img alt="U.S Winter Weather NOAA Arctic Blast "src=""><p>However, later this week, a band of snow could develop more than 2,000 miles, stretching from Texas to Maine.</p><p><em>CNN</em> reported that cities in the south like Little Rock, Ark. and Memphis, Tenn. could receive a dusting of snow. The more northern cities like Boston and New York could see anywhere from two to four inches of snow. Cities in the northeastern corridors will likely experience slick roads later this week.</p>
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You Can Rent an Entire English Castle and Live Out Your Meghan Markle Dreams for Under $500 a Night

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 07:16
<p>While most of us will never live as kings and queens do in lavish castles like the Palace of Versailles or Arendelle, it is possible to get a taste of the royal life during your next vacation — for a few days, anyway. Thanks to the vacation rental booking site HomeAway, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">you can actually book your very own castle</a> during your next holiday in England.</p><p>And before you start to fear that seeing photos of the place will make you max out your credit card to rent it, don’t worry. The average cost of the property, called Tawstock Castle, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">is about $476 a night</a>.</p><p>No, that’s not a typo: Your very own castle in England for under $500 a night.</p><p><strong>RELATED:</strong> <a href="">12 Castles Where You Can Have Your Own Royal Wedding</a></p><img alt="Enchanting Grade II 18th Century Bailey Castle "src=""><p>Even better is that Tawstock Castle sleeps eight people, so if you get seven of your friends in on this vacation, it’s only going to average out to about $60 per person per night. There’s a two night minimum, so double that — $120 per person for two nights — and that’s still not much to pay when you consider that you will be staying in an actual castle.</p><p>Situated in the Devon, UK countryside village of Tawstock, the 18th-century castle is the last of its kind to have been built in England, according <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">to the listing on HomeAway</a>. Interior-wise, the castle is far from the 18th century, though: It’s as modern as can be with fully updated living and TV areas, a remodeled kitchen, and bedrooms with ensuite facilities. There’s even a foosball table, in case that’s how you like to spend your time in your castles. (I don’t know, is foosball the game of choice in castle life? I am but a mere peasant!)</p><p>Two lookout towers that were constructed for the original owner, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tawstock’s very own Lord Wrey, are now used as two of the four bedrooms, and the property</a> is surrounded by a castle wall (how fancy!). What’s more, guests can enjoy a one-acre lawn and a rooftop terrace that displays amazing views of the English countryside.</p><img alt="Enchanting Grade II 18th Century Bailey Castle "src=""><p>To book: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $476/night</p><p>To book Tawstock Castle, simply head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";noDates=true" target="_blank">HomeAway here</a> and sign up for an account. Then pack your favorite fascinator and get ready to live your best royal life.</p><p><em><strong>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </strong></em></p>
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WestJet Continues Their Holiday Video Tradition — This Time Asking People If They Want to Donate Prizes They’ve Won

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 06:39
<p><a href="">WestJet</a> has done it again. </p><p>The Canadian carrier continued its annual tradition of producing a hearfelt Christmas video by offering people free flights and vacations — and then asking if they’d like to donate them instead to benefit families who are part of the <a href="">Ronald McDonald House</a> charities.</p><p>Spoiler alert: many people donate their gifts and we can’t promise you won’t be crying by the end of it.</p><p>In <a href="">the video,</a> released on Sunday, people are invited to enter a giant blue hat where they are greeted by none other than Santa himself wearing WestJet blue suit. Santa, who knows everyone’s names (we hear he keeps a list), suggests “a little bit of a game.”</p><p>The Christmas icon offers families gifts, including a $2,500 WestJet gift card, a trip for two to Rome, and a trip for two to anywhere WestJet flies. He then asks the all important question: “Now you have a choice. If you want, you can donate it to families at Ronald McDonald Houses or —” Santa tells them before being cut off.</p><p>“Or you can keep it for yourselves,” a woman says, calling herself Ebeniza Scrooge (the lone descendant of Ebenezer Scrooge himself, <a href="">according to the airline</a>).</p><p>Tempting prospective winners, <a href="">Santa</a> and Scrooge offer higher value prizes like a seven day vacation at a Mexican resort. But several kids can’t be swayed, offering to donate their prizes.</p><p>“You have everything you need, right?” one man asks a baby. “Yeah, we’ll give it back.”</p><p>So far, the video, which ended with some of the people who donated their surprise flights spending time at the Ronald McDonald House, has clocked more than 451,000 views.</p><p>“So all the donations from inside the hat went to reunite families at Christmas — well how ‘bout that,” the narrator said. (We’re not crying, you’re crying).</p><p>And while giving a gift is often more satisfying than receiving one, sometimes it’s nice to do both.</p><p>In that spirit, WestJet is giving away a pair of round-trip tickets to anywhere WestJet flies, allowing Canadian citizens to enter on their <a href="">website</a> for a chance to win.</p><p>Last year, Santa went on a global search for Christmas traditions and reunited families and friends in the airlines annual commercial. The year before, WestJet helped Santa bring kids’ stories and illustrations to life.</p>
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Death Toll Expected to Rise in Aftermath of New Zealand Volcano Eruption

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 17:13
<p>The number of deaths from the volcano eruption in New Zealand on Monday may continue to climb as emergency workers have not been able to search on the island where the fatal incident took place. </p><p>Six deaths were confirmed after Monday’s eruption of the White Island volcano. Five people died at the time of the blast or soon after, while a sixth person died Tuesday night at an Auckland hospital. Dozens of people survived the explosion by running into the sea for relief from burns and hot ash, <a href="">according to <em>The Associated Press.</em></a></p><p>“It is now clear there were two groups on the island,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern​ said at a press conference Tuesday. “Those who were able to be evacuated, and those who were close to the eruption.”</p><img alt="New Zealand's White Island volcano erupts - 09 Dec 2019 "src=""><img alt="New Zealand's White Island volcano erupts - 09 Dec 2019 "src=""><p>Police believe there were a total of 47 people on the island at the time of the explosion. Tour groups who were in boats nearby acted as first responders for survivors, cutting them out of their clothes and pouring fresh water on their burns. The survivors were flown to burn units around the country.</p><p>One tourist documented the horrifying incident <a href="">in a Twitter thread,</a> explaining that he and his family left the island right before the eruption. </p><p>"My family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it," he wrote adding, "boat ride home tending to people our boat rescued was indescribable."</p><p>In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, police believed there would be no survivors on White Island. They saw no signs of life during a helicopter flyover. and at least eight people are still missing, <a href="">according to authorities</a>. </p><p>A number of locals and tourists were on White Island at the time of the explosion. At least 24 Australian visitors were touring the island, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison <a href="">said in a statement</a> on Monday. There were also nine Americans, five New Zealanders and others from Germany, the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Many were passengers onboard the Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas cruise ship.</p><p>The first victim who died at the hospital was Hayden Marshall-Inman, a guide with New Zealand's White Island Tours.</p><p>New Zealand police launched a rescue mission using helicopters and drones as the island was still too dangerous for rescuers to land.</p><p>"They're just trying to figure out how they can get the helicopters in,” <a href="">a spokesperson for the rescue told <i>The</i> <i>Sydney Morning Herald</i></a>. “And how close we can get without it being very unsafe for our crew.”</p><p>An evacuation just before the explosion brought 23 people off the island, some of whom were hospitalized.</p><p>The island is uninhabited but visited by an estimated 10,000 tourists every year. The volcano, called Whakaari, is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano. GeoNet, New Zealand’s geological hazard monitoring system had registered moderate volcanic unrest in the weeks before the explosion.</p><p><a href="">A webcam showed that a group of tourists</a> were inside the crater just moments before the eruption.</p><p>Many are questioning why tourists were allowed on the island when seismic monitors had raised the volcano’s alert level last month. “These questions must be asked and they must be answered,” Prime Minister Ardern said in Parliament on Tuesday.</p><p>"On the morning (the volcanic activity) was level 2, we had no indication of this event occurring," Paul Quinn, <a href="">chairman of White Island Tours, told CNN</a>. "There was nothing that signaled there was going to be an eruption."</p><p>Most of the survivors have burns covering at least 30 percent of their bodies, <a href="">according to CNN</a>. "It's possible that not all patients will survive," Ministry of Health spokesperson Pete Watson said Tuesday. The injured range in age from 13 to 72.</p>
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Australia’s Wildfires Are Turning New Zealand’s Glaciers Pink

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 16:52
<p>Australia’s dangerous and deadly wildfires have been <a href="">raging by the hundreds for weeks</a>, getting so bad, they started to turn the glaciers in New Zealand a pink color.</p><p>The colorful phenomenon, captured late last month by photographer and blogger Liz Carlson, showed what happened after smoke from the bushfires blew over to neighboring <a href="">New Zealand</a>, discoloring the snow on the country’s South Island.</p><img alt="New Zealand glaciers show pink ash from Australian brush fires "src=""><p>As recently as this weekend, officials decided a wildfire burning about 37 miles from Sydney was “too big to put out,” <a href=""><em>Newsweek</em> reported</a>, and would have to wait for a good rain to be extinguished.</p><p>For her part, Carlson shot the eerie images of pink-tinged snow while on a helicopter flight around Mount Aspiring National Park on Nov. 28, <a href=""><em>CNN</em> reported</a>.</p><img alt="New Zealand glaciers show pink ash from Australian brush fires "src=""><p>“After we flew deep into the park around the Kitchener Glacier, I could really see how red it was, and it was shocking, I've never seen anything like it before," Carlson told <em>CNN.</em> “Often at the end of summer the glaciers can appear dirty, even gray with all of the snowmelt and bits of black rock on them, but this was the height of spring so it was really bizarre. The ice was coated in a way that gave it a pinkish-red tinge.”</p><p><em>CNN</em> meteorologist Monica Garrett has said the phenomenon is caused when heavier particles from smoke fall down. It’s a safe assumption that it came from bushfires in Australia with satellite images showing smoke crossed from New South Wales over the Tasman Sea and the North Island of New Zealand.</p><p>"It's not uncommon to have this occur during periods of severe drought in eastern Australia," University of Queensland geographer Hamish McGowan told the<em> Australian Broadcasting Corp</em>.</p><p>After capturing the images, Carlson posted them on her blog, <a href="">Young Adventuress</a>, writing that a helicopter flight really puts the expansive scenery into perspective.</p><img alt="New Zealand glaciers show pink ash from Australian brush fires "src=""><img alt="New Zealand glaciers show pink ash from Australian brush fires "src=""><p>“I want everyone to be able to experience the joy and euphoria that comes from these wild spaces. I want to preserve our glaciers for generations to come,” she wrote. “It breaks my heart to see the devastation both directly in Australia but also high on our precious mountains here in New Zealand.”</p>
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This Luxurious New Zealand Hotel Only Has 13 Rooms — All With Stunning Lake and Mountain Views

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 16:37
<p>We get it — even on vacation, it’s nice to have your own private quarters to retreat back to after a long day of exploring, beaching, and sight-seeing. One might even say the quieter and more secluded the hotel, the better.</p><p>But you can enjoy your downtime without staying on a remote, uninhabited island away from the rest of the world — you'll likely crave a little entertainment to complement all that peace and quiet, after all. Thanks to a <a href=";utm_medium=tlsite&amp;utm_campaign=private_new_zealand_hotel&amp;utm_content=eichardts_private_hotel">new Skylark deal at Eichardt’s Private Hotel</a> in Queenstown, New Zealand, a dream vacation that offers the absolute best of both worlds is now a reality.</p><p>Located between bustling downtown Queenstown and tranquil Lake Wakatipu, Eichardt’s is truly a unique hotel. With stunning views of water, city, and The Remarkables mountain range, nearly every type of traveler can fulfill their sense of wanderlust at this property. But as the name suggests, Eichardt’s Private Hotel is big on, well, privacy. The lakefront getaway boasts just 13 rooms in all, including suites, apartments, and a penthouse, meaning there will never be more than a few dozen guests on property at a time. Each room, no matter the size, comes stocked with the finest amenities, the coziest of living spaces, and fireplaces — not to mention, gorgeous views of the surrounding wonders.</p><p>Eichardt’s Bar is a local social hub as well as a culinary destination, meaning a little excitement is always just a few steps away from your blissful, private paradise. And in case the privacy and views alone aren’t enough to sweep guests off their feet, <a href=";utm_medium=tlsite&amp;utm_campaign=private_new_zealand_hotel&amp;utm_content=eichardts_private_hotel">Skylark is offering a special deal</a> to give travelers a little more. If you <a href=";utm_medium=tlsite&amp;utm_campaign=private_new_zealand_hotel&amp;utm_content=eichardts_private_hotel">reserve a room now</a> through Skylark, you’ll receive a complimentary cocktail making class with Eichardt’s head barman, or a wine tasting with the onsite sommelier. You’ll also score daily breakfast for two.</p><p>As far as pure, undisturbed luxury goes, it doesn’t get much better than this. Book your stay at Eichardt’s Private Hotel <a href=";utm_medium=tlsite&amp;utm_campaign=private_new_zealand_hotel&amp;utm_content=eichardts_private_hotel">here</a>.</p>
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The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 14:01
<p>What makes a place worth visiting <em>right now</em>? That’s what we at <em>Travel + Leisure</em> ask ourselves when compiling our annual list of the 50 best places to travel. Is it a show-stopping new hotel? A once-in-a-lifetime celebration? A critical mass of <a href="">game-changing restaurants</a>?</p><p>For definitive answers on the best vacation spots of the moment, we hit the books, scouring tourism statistics, scoping out major events, charting new flight routes, and logging hotel debuts. We take stock of the most compelling new restaurant openings, scroll through the Instagram posts of our most well-traveled pals, and mine our inboxes for tips. We also survey our vast network of travel experts — T+L’s <a href="" title="">A-List travel advisors</a>, first, plus trusted writers, hospitality insiders, and other industry pros — to see what places they have their eyes on.</p><p><strong>Related</strong><b>: </b>Guide to more <a href="" title="">travel ideas</a></p><p>The result is a list of must-visit vacation destinations, and with something to suit every interest — food, shopping, culture, history, and nature — one is bound to spark your wanderlust. We’ve got traveler favorites like <a href="" title="">Costa Rica</a> and <a href="">Austria</a>, which are making waves in the months ahead. There are vacation spots still flying under the radar, like a tiny coastal surf town in Denmark, or Guyana, a South American idyll that has a fraction of the crowds of its neighbors. There are even places in your own backyard worth a closer look — who would’ve guessed just a few years ago that Oklahoma City would become <em>this</em> red-hot?</p><p>So, we ask you: where will your travels take you this year? On a wine-soaked <a href="">river cruise</a> through Portugal? To a <em>ryokan</em>-style <a href="">luxury hotel</a> in a serene corner of Kyoto? To a chic cabin in Maine for a feast of oysters plucked fresh from the sea?</p><p>Ahead, Travel + Leisure’s 50 best places to travel in 2020. If you already have travel plans lined up for the coming year, share your vacation destination picks with us on social media with <a href="">#TLBestPlaces</a>.</p><h2>1. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia</h2><img alt="Addis Ababa's Unity Park "src=""><p>For much of the past four decades, Menelik Palace loomed over Addis Ababa as a symbol of imperial imposition. Now, nearly two years into his term and with a Nobel Peace Prize already under his belt, the country’s reformist prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has opened the 19th-century palace to the public and tapped local artist Elias Sime to build a public garden, slated to open midyear alongside the once-forbidding space. It’s the latest sign that something has shifted in Ethiopia’s capital — and thanks to a major expansion of <a href="">Addis Ababa’s airport</a> that’s tripled capacity and brought new routes, U.S. travelers can easily witness the change firsthand. Last year, Sime and his partner, the curator and cultural anthropologist Meskerem Assegued, opened the <a href="">Zoma Museum</a> after a 20-year planning and building process. Situated in the Mekanisa neighborhood, the museum blends <a href="">Ethiopia old and new</a>, using vernacular architecture as a backdrop for contemporary art — including some of Sime’s own pieces. In its attention to both traditional and modern influences, Zoma parallels the aims of <a href="">Addis Foto Fest</a>, a biennial photography festival that will be held again in December 2020. Until then, find work by the country’s finest artists on display at institutions such as <a href="">St. George Gallery</a>, <a href="">Addis Fine Art</a>, and <a href="">LeLa Gallery</a>. <em>—Hannah Giorgis</em></p><h2>2. Arequipa, Peru</h2><img alt="Arequipa, Peru "src=""><p>The preserved colonial architecture of “the White City” — so named for its gleaming structures made from sillar, a volcanic rock — earned the historic center of Arequipa UNESCO World Heritage status in 2000. But a dearth of upmarket lodgings has kept this <a href="">Peruvian destination</a> off most travelers’ radar. Now, the town finally has accommodations befitting the local history: August saw the opening of <a href="">Cirqa</a>, originally built in 1540, the year Arequipa was founded, as an inn for guests of the Church of San Agustín next door. The property marries preserved elements of the original parador — high vaulted ceilings, textural stone walls — with contemporary flourishes, such as black-steel-framed windows and a plunge pool. Further steeped in history is the cuisine at <a href="">La Nueva Palomino</a>, where a female-led staff cooks hearty stews from heirloom recipes. It’s all best enjoyed while admiring the three volcanoes in the distance (Chachani, Misti, and <a href="">Pichu Pichu</a>) with a tall glass of chicha, an Andean beer made from corn. <em>—Scott Bay</em></p><h2>3. Asheville, North Carolina</h2><img alt="Chow Chow event, in Asheville NC "src=""><p>With a small-town feel and big-city cultural cred, <a href="">Asheville, North Carolina</a> is home to artists, musicians, and food and drink entrepreneurs who were making microbrews and serving farm-to-table meals long before such things were de rigueur. Now the mountain town is becoming more traveler-friendly than ever, with new offerings that showcase the sophisticated side of Appalachia. The <a href="">Asheville Art Museum</a> reopened in November with 70 percent more gallery space, including a new wing and rooftop sculpture garden. Last September, the city hosted the inaugural <a href="">Chow Chow</a>, an Appalachian food festival featuring chefs like Katie Button and John Fleer. There’s a slew of new watering holes, like cocktail bar and live-music venue <a href="">Asheville Beauty Academy</a> and neighborhood cocktail joint the <a href="">Golden Pineapple</a>. And Beer City still lives up to its nickname, with new openings like Burial Beer Co’s <a href="">Forestry Camp Restaurant and Bar</a>, set on a former Civilian Conservation Corps compound; <a href="">Cultura</a>, a restaurant from the Wicked Weed Brewing team; and <a href="">Dssolvr</a>, a taproom that goes beyond beer with experiments in cider, mead, wine, and more. Downtown, the <a href="">Foundry Hotel</a> and <a href="">Hotel Arras</a> both arrived in 2019, adding lively, urbane alternatives to the scene. <em>—Lila Harron Battis</em></p><h2>4. Austria</h2><img alt="Hotel Sans Souci, Vienna, Austria "src=""><p>Not long ago, Austria was viewed as the meringue of the Germanic world: beautiful to look at, yet somewhat dry when one actually bit in. But the country has reinvented itself, pouring resources into cutting-edge arts institutions while lovingly elevating the cultural jewels that made it so beloved in days gone by. In <a href="">Vienna</a>, a wave of new hotels is catering to a younger, hipper crowd. None is more emblematic of the changing capital than the <a href="">Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere</a><i>,</i> part of a more than $240 million development project surrounding the city’s central train station, which was completely rebuilt in 2015. Across the street, one of Vienna’s preeminent venues for contemporary art has been rechristened the <a href="">Belvedere 21</a><i>,</i> and the nearby Belvedere palaces, two Baroque buildings filled with classical art, have been beautifully renovated. Over in the ninth district, the <a href="">Freud Museum</a> has moved into two temporary locations while its main building readies for a May reopening; the expanded space will give access to Freud’s family quarters and add a nearly 40,000-volume library. It’s also a celebration-packed year for Austria’s classical music world. The legendary concert hall <a href="">Musikverein</a> turns 150, and this year marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. His party in Vienna will last through 2020, with events like a weeks-long series of all of his symphonies by the Vienna Philhar­mon­ic and dozens of concerts at Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein. Plus, the world-renowned <a href="">Salzburg Festival</a> celebrates its centennial this summer with theatrical premieres and performances ranging from avant-garde chamber music to lavish productions of opera classics such as <i>Tosca, Don Giovanni, </i>and <i>Elektra</i>. <em>—John Wray</em></p><h2>5. Baja Sur’s East Cape, Mexico</h2><img alt="Four Seasons Costa Palmas "src=""><p>Just when you think the Baja buzz has reached a fever pitch, new arrivals make it all the more thrilling. This year, the locus of the excitement has shifted away from the towns of <a href="">Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo</a> up to the East Cape, where a dreamy new 1,000-acre luxury enclave has finally come to fruition near Los Barriles. The <a href="">Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas</a> opened in October, with 141 rooms overlooking the placid Sea of Cortéz, and the <a href="">Costa Palmas Beach &amp; Yacht Club</a> is welcoming members and hotel guests to its pools, golf course, two miles of beachfront, and — should you need a place to park your superyacht — a glittering, lake-size marina. Keep an eye out in 2021 for the arrival of Amanvari, Aman Resorts’ corner of Costa Palmas, with 20 villas and 24 residences. But all of that is merely the gateway to the real draw: An undisturbed corner of Baja where desert, mountains, and water meet. <em>—Lila Harron Battis</em></p><h2>6. Barbados</h2><img alt="Bridgetown, Barbados "src=""><p><a href="">This 166-square-mile island</a> on the eastern edge of the Caribbean is largely famous for its powder-white beaches, British-colonial roots, manifold rum shops, and native daughter Rihanna. Recently, the country’s first female prime minister, Mia Mottley, sent out a rallying cry for anyone with Bajan roots to return to the island in 2020 to partake in a year-long calendar of events celebrating Bajan heritage and culture. The 52-week festival, dubbed “<a href="">We Gatherin’</a>,” will launch in January and travel to all 11 parishes before culminating in a country-wide blowout in December. Visitors can expect lively street parades, traditional eats like flying fish and cou-cou, live soca music, and must-see jamborees such as the carnivalesque<a href=""> Crop Over Festival</a>, <a href="">Food &amp; Rum Festival</a>, and<a href=""> Oistins Fish Festival</a>. Away from the action, the 40-suite hideaway <a href="">Cobblers Cove</a> just emerged from a five-year renovation and now sparkles with coral stone floors, local artwork, and original rattan furniture. In addition to surfing and diving, active travelers can take advantage of the hotel’s new coast-to-coast hiking experience or participate in the <a href="">Walkers Reserve</a>’s new lineup of outdoor pursuits. <em>—Nora Walsh</em></p><h2>7. Beijing, China</h2><img alt="Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing hotel "src=""><p>Last September, the <a href="">largest airport in the world</a> opened in Beijing. After five years of work and an estimated $25 billion, the 7.5 million-square-foot behemoth, designed by starchitect Zaha Hadid, is predicted to greet some 70 million travelers annually. Though you could visit for the airport alone, Beijing has seen a surge of new developments over the past year. The new <a href="">Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing</a>, opened last March, has a boutique hotel feel, with 73 capacious rooms, yet offers big-time amenities like a state-of-the-art spa, a sleek fitness center with a lap pool, two on-site restaurants, and a library. A short walk away, the Forbidden City, a palace complex in central Beijing, will open the historic Qianlong Garden for the first time ever in 2020. Its stunning interiors have remained mostly unchanged since they were built in imperial China. <em>—Scott Bay</em></p><h2>8. Big Island, Hawaii</h2><img alt="Rendering of the pool at Mauna Lani "src=""><p><a href="">Despite the eruption of Kīlauea volcano</a> in 2018 and the subsequent tourism downturn, visitors to Hawaii’s largest island were never really in danger — the volcanic activity was limited to its east side, far from the resorts on the Big Island’s western coast. But now that the lava has stopped flowing, there’s new energy in the air. The island’s biggest resort opening in years is set to debut in January 2020 — a reimagining of <a href="">Mauna Lani</a> by Auberge Resorts, the first Hawaiian venture by the Bay Area-based luxury hotel brand. After a yearlong, $200 million renovation, the property will unveil a redesigned spa that’ll incorporate Hawaiian botanicals grown on-property into its treatments, as well as Canoe House, a beachfront restaurant with a menu full of local items like grilled Kona lobster. Elsewhere, a new wave of artisans is taking hold, like Kona’s <a href="">Big Island Distillers</a>, which sources ingredients for its spirits — like honey, sweet potatoes, and coffee — directly from the island. <em>—John Wogan</em></p><h2>9. Botswana</h2><img alt="Botswana, Great Plains Conservation Selinda Camp "src=""><p>Take your pick from a slew of new <a href="">safari lodges</a>. The Okavango Delta just saw the opening of Natural Selection’s <a href="">Tuludi</a>, a treehouse-inspired camp with seven tented suites connected by elevated boardwalks, and come June, the solar-powered <a href="">Xigera Safari Lodge</a> will debut in the delta’s Moremi Game Reserve. On the edge of Chobe National Park, you’ll find a new, six-tent mobile camp called <a href="">Linyanti Expeditions</a>, where travelers take walking safaris through the bush in search of elephants, zebras, and rare birds. Meanwhile <a href="">Great Plains Selinda Camp</a>, in an area of northern Botswana best known for sightings of the rare African wild dog, has been dazzling guests since its opening last June, with guest rooms that put a fresh spin on the classic safari aesthetic, and exteriors that echo the thatched-roof buildings in the tribal center of the Bayei people. <em>—Madeline Bilis</em></p><h2>10. Boston</h2><img alt="Four Seasons One Dalton, Boston, Massachusetts "src=""><p><a href="">Boston</a> is becoming the country's next great hotel city. Recent months saw two top-shelf debuts: the <a href="">Four Seasons One Dalton</a> landed in a new 61-story skyscraper offering 215 rooms, a massive spa and indoor pool, and a branch of haute-Japanese eatery Zuma. The <a href="">Whitney </a>reinvents a 1909 brick building on the Charles River as a 65-room, Federalist-chic boutique hotel; the restaurant’s from the team behind the nationally awarded <a href="">Juliet</a>. This summer, the Langham emerges from a closure and redo, and early in 2020, the city's former Taj will be rebranded the <a href="">Newbury</a>. The 90-year-old grand dame will show off contemporary cachet inside classical bones, with interiors by Alexandra Champalimaud, Jeffrey Beers, and Ken Fulk. Beyond hotels, there’s the new permanent installation of one of Yayoi Kusama’s kaleidoscopic <a href="">Mirror Infinity Rooms</a> at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and the recent opening of a Time Out Market, bringing together 15 of the city's best eateries. Five more food halls will launch in the next year, giving you the makings of one very satisfying getaway. <em>—Andrew Sessa</em></p><h2>11. Brisbane, Australia</h2><img alt="Fantauzzo Hotel, Brisbane "src=""><p>Though the massive <a href="">Queen’s Wharf</a> revitalization project in the <a href="">Queensland</a> capital won’t be complete until 2022, headway is already being made in the form of three buzzy waterfront recreation areas. Family-friendly Waterline Park courts outdoor enthusiasts with a climbing wall and other sporting equipment; Mangrove Walk focuses on indigenous culture and local wildlife, with educational signposts stationed throughout the quarter-mile path; and the initial section of a rehabilitated Bicentennial Bikeway features wider lanes, better sight lines, and improved traffic flow. <a href="">A hotel boom in 2018 and 2019</a> brought such high-profile openings as the Calile, Ovolo Inchcolm, and Fantauzzo, but a host of five-star properties slated for the Queen’s Wharf — including a Ritz-Carlton and a Rosewood — will elevate the <a href="">Australian</a> city’s cache even further. <i>—</i><em>Sarah Bruning</em></p><h2>12. Caesarea, Israel</h2><img alt="Caesarea, Israel "src=""><p>The happy marriage of antiquity and modernity is drawing more visitors to <a href="">Caesarea</a>, a coastal town and national park in northern Israel on the site of a 2,000-year-old Roman harbor. The new King Herod Visitor’s Center, named for the port’s founding monarch and built in the massive arched vaults that once stood beneath a temple, displays recent archaeological finds, such as colorful mosaics and gold coins recovered from shipwrecks. Admire the ancient harbor from a table at <a href="">Helena Restaurant</a> — a seaside fine-dining spot that features locally foraged ingredients and Israeli wines — then wander the ruins of bathhouses or explore submerged Roman breakwaters, columns, and cargo along the snorkeling and scuba diving trails at the <a href="">Old Caesarea Diving Center</a>. Spend the night at the newly renovated <a href="">Dan Caesarea</a>, a posh midcentury resort built by French banking scion Baron Edmond de Rothschild. <em>—Sara Toth Stub</em></p><h2>13. California’s Central Coast</h2><img alt="Aerial View Of Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California "src=""><p>Long considered a necessary interlude on the way to somewhere else, this once-sleepy stretch has become a destination in its own right. Travelers are finally catching on to what locals have known long all along: the Central Coast of California offers quiet beauty, agricultural bounty, and some of the best wines in the state. Coastal enclaves such as Cayucos, which self-identifies as “the last of the <a href="">California beach towns</a>,” and Pismo Beach, where monarchs flock to eucalyptus groves every winter, still feel refreshingly low-key — despite major updates like <a href="">Vespera on Ocean</a>, a 124-room resort overlooking the Pacific which opened in October. In the Paso Robles area, young gun winemakers thinking outside the barrel continue to draw a cult following. Stay at the <a href="">Piccolo</a>, a new urban extension of the <a href="">Paso Robles Inn</a>, and taste for yourself at the recently opened <a href="">Tin City</a>, an industrial complex that’s home to 23 small-production wineries. Quaint San Luis Obispo is getting overdue credit thanks to a budding restaurant scene and super chic hotel arrivals: check out the <a href="">Hotel San Luis Obispo</a>, from the team behind Hotel Healdsburg, and <a href="">Hotel Cerro</a>, opening soon with a rooftop pool and in-house distillery. Further north, the more rural communities of Cambria and San Simeon retain the same countryside charm that attracted William Randolph Hearst to build his enchanting <a href="">Hearst Castle</a>, which celebrates its centennial this year. With sand and surf, food and wine, stunning hikes, and historic architecture, now is the time to go before the secret’s out. <em>—Tanvi Chheda</em></p><h2>14. Chilean Lakes District</h2><img alt="Osorno volcano and Llanquihue Lake, Parque Nacional Vicente Pérez Rosales, Lake District, Puerto Varas, Chile "src=""><p>Primed to be the perfect spot for viewing <a href="">December’s solar eclipse</a>, the <a href="">Chilean Lakes District</a> is graced with clear skies and out-of-this-world landscapes. Located just north of the more rugged Patagonia region, the Lakes District offers the same stunning views, but with the option for softer adventures. (Think: white-water rafting, mountain biking, fly-fishing, and truly top-notch stargazing.) Take it all in at the <a href="">andBeyond Vira Vira</a>, a luxury lodge on a 56-acre estate offering a long list of outdoor excursions, plus impressive farm-to-table dining. Or opt for the iconic <a href="">Hotel Antumalal</a>, once visited by Queen Elizabeth II, which overhauled its culinary program in November. Now, the focus is on local and traditional dishes, like the savory pastel de jaiba, or Chilean blue crab pie.<i> </i><em>—Scott Bay</em></p><h2>15. Costa Rica</h2><img alt="Sloths at Nayara resort complex in Costa Rica "src=""><p>Several just-opened eco-retreats are offering more ways to unwind in <a href="">Costa Rica</a>. Perhaps the most-anticipated is <a href="">Nayara Tented Camp</a>, a safari-style retreat inside a sloth sanctuary. Adjacent to the famed Nayara Hotel and Nayara Springs resort, the camp debuted in December, and offers 29 family-friendly suites linked by footbridges across the rain forest. Then there’s <a href="">Kasiiya Papagayo</a>, which opened as an adventure-focused getaway; walkie-talkies and headlamps are distributed at check-in. Its five sustainably built, ocean-facing tents rest on platforms above the local flora, leaving much of the landscape undisturbed. Farther south is <a href="">Kinkára Luxury Retreat</a>, built on the slopes of the Talamanca mountain range. The wellness resort's 31 glamping tents are centered around a thatched-roof yoga pavilion and a garden. Seriously indulgent bathhouses feature indoor-outdoor rain showers; outside, you can take a dip in the waterfalls and wading pools that dot the property. <em>—Madeline Bilis</em></p><h2>16. Doha, Qatar</h2><img alt="Exterior of the new National Museum of Qatar building, on a clear summer day. "src=""><p>Doha’s arts and culture scene is giving travelers a reason drop in before the crowds arrive for the 2022 Fifa World Cup. The <a href="">National Museum of Qatar</a>, by architect Jean Nouvel, opened last year, and adds to the city’s collection of art hubs, like <a href="">Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art</a> and the <a href="">Museum of Islamic Art</a>. And thanks to a brand-new underground railway system, it’ll be a breeze to go from Hamad International Airport to the restaurants and galleries along the palm-edged Corniche. The new <a href="">Mandarin Oriental, Doha</a> and the <a href="">Al Najada Doha Hotel by Tivoli</a> are among the stylish hotels to arrive on the scene—both are in Old Doha, striking distance from the Souq Waqif, the city’s historic open-air street market. <em>—Siobhan Reid</em></p><h2>17. Dominica</h2><img alt="Jungle Bay resort in Dominica "src=""><p>This 290-square-mile teardrop is an outdoorsy traveler’s oasis, claiming 365 rivers, 300 miles of hiking trails, a dozen waterfalls, and the world’s second-largest hot spring. And resorts are betting that visitors will find the trek to this “Nature Island” utterly worth it. The game-changer is <a href="">Cabrits Resort &amp; Spa Kempinksi</a>, which debuted in October and claims to be the first five-star hotel in a destination better known for landscapes than luxury. The resort has 151 rooms and suites; three restaurants; a massive spa, offering mud baths sourced from one of the island’s 10 volcanoes; and a bar called Rumfire, winkingly called a “barmacy,” where you can sample more than 30 “bush rums” — homemade spirits infused with medicinal herbs, spices, or fruit. But it’s not just Kempinski that’s <a href="">betting on Dominica</a>. Wellness resort <a href="">Jungle Bay</a>, destroyed when Hurricane Maria careened through the island in 2017, relocated from Délices to Soufrière and reopened last fall. <a href="">Secret Bay</a>, a clutch of luxury treehouse villas, is also back in business after the storm. And <a href="">Anichi Resort &amp; Spa,</a> an Autograph Collection project, is scheduled to debut on Picard Beach later this year. <em>—Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon</em></p><h2>18. The Douro River</h2><img alt="Portugal, Douro River Valley "src=""><p>Portugal remains a popular getaway — and in 2020, it’s all about experiencing it from the water. Last spring, Viking River Cruises christened the <a href="">Viking Helgrim</a>, a vessel built for its new <a href="">Douro itinerary</a>. A few weeks later, AmaWaterways debuted the <a href="">AmaDouro</a>, which sails between Porto and Vega de Terrón in Spain. This year, Tauck will launch the 84-passenger <a href="">Andorinha</a>, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will christen the<a href=""> S.S. Saõ Gabriel</a>, which has décor that channels the ambience of the Douro Valley. On land, wineries like <a href="">Quinta do Portal</a> and <a href="">Quinta do Seixo</a> serve light reds, vinho verde, and the ubiquitous port. Stay in Porto at recent additions like the Art Deco stunner <a href="">Le Monumental Palace</a> or the art-filled <a href="">Torel 1884</a>, whose 12 rooms and 11 standalone apartments feature art inspired by fabrics, materials, and spices from faraway lands. <em>—Hannah Walhout</em></p><h2>19. Dubai</h2><img alt="Dubai, United Arab Emirates "src=""><p><a href="">Expo 2020 Dubai</a>, the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, is set to change the face of a city whose face is always, already, constantly in flux. About halfway between <a href="">Dubai</a> and Abu Dhabi, the 1,000-acre “<a href="">District 2020</a>” will eventually have multiple parks, a dedicated metro station, and more than 200 restaurants and food venues. (After the expo wraps, the government plans to turn the site into a LEED Gold certified tech and education hub.) The country’s fraught record on labor issues has brought heightened scrutiny to the endeavor, but a whopping 192 countries have signed on to join in the festivities, including Iran, Israel, and Qatar, three nations with whom the U.A.E. has had strained diplomatic relationships. The program will feature 60 live shows every day, including “Al Wasl,” the first Emirati opera, scored by American composer Mohammed Fairouz with a libretto by Emirati writer Maha Gargash. And for the first time ever, each and every nation, from China to Djibouti, will have its own pavilion. During its run, which begins in October, the city expects to receive around 25 million visitors. It’s not often we get to publish the words “an event the likes of which the world has never seen” — but in this case, whatever you think of the whole expo enterprise, it certainly applies. <em>—Hannah Walhout</em></p><h2>20. Durban, South Africa</h2><img alt="Durban, South Africa, Golden Mile "src=""><p>Despite a thriving food scene and tropical beaches, Durban has always lurked in the shadows of Cape Town and Johannesburg. But with the unveiling of Durban’s new seaside promenade, part of a $2.5 billion development designed to rejuvenate the waterfront area, the city is becoming <a href="">South Africa</a>’s next cultural and coastal getaway to watch. Dubbed the ‘Golden Mile’, the shiny 3.7 mile strip, which is an ongoing development over the next 15 years, will flaunt glistening buildings with apartments, shops, a hotel, and public hangout spaces, plus a hotly anticipated new cruise terminal, which began construction in late 2019 and is set to open in 2021. Beyond the shiny waterfront, the city’s food scene, which is rooted in South Asian cuisine due to the substantial Indian community, thrives. Street food dishes are a must: look for bunny chow (a hollowed out bread loaf filled with curry) at <a href="">CaneCutters</a> and lemony pieces of chicken and slap chips (fries doused in vinegar) from <a href="">Afro’s Chicken</a>. Another key stop: A trip to the newly relocated <a href="">African Art Centre</a> for clay pots and beaded baskets. <em>—Mary Holland</em></p><h2>21. Guyana</h2><img alt="Kaieteur Falls, Potaro-Siparuni, Guyana "src=""><p>Guyana is known as the land of giants — giant river otters, giant anteaters, giant water lilies, and one of the tallest waterfalls in the world, <a href="">Kaieteur Falls</a>. And the South American nation is soon to loom large for travelers: Visits were up 10 percent in 2019 from the already-record highs of 2018, and new direct flights on American and JetBlue and global industry accolades for ecotourism promise still more growth in 2020. (It doesn’t hurt that it’s the continent’s only English-speaking country.) Guyana’s unique offerings recall the Costa Rica of 40 years ago: nighttime ride-alongs with naturalists who are trapping and tagging wild caimans; horseback rides on the savannah in search of anteaters; stays at indigenous-owned eco-lodges in picturesque mountain villages. Over 75 percent of the country is rain forest and about seven percent is savannah, which means there’s plenty of opportunity to catch a glimpse of one of the 900 animal species that make it their home<i>. </i><em>— Judy Koutsky</em></p><h2>22. The Great Lakes</h2><img alt="Harbor view of Mackinac Island from Lake Huron "src=""><p>The next hot cruise destination is…The Great Lakes? Believe it. The five lakes collectively offer 11,000 miles of attraction-packed shoreline, and new small ship cruises are making it easier to explore. Luxury French cruise line <a href="">Ponant</a> launched a Québec-to-Milwaukee itinerary for the first time in 2019 (book now for the next sailing in 2021), and <a href="">Blount Small Ship Adventures</a> just added a two-week Great Lakes trip to its roster, taking visitors from Chicago to Montréal. There’s boatloads to discover on the ground, too. <a href="" target="_blank">Michigan’s Mackinac Island</a>, a perennial (and famously unchanging) traveler favorite, got two new hotels in 2019, the <a href="">Mackinac House</a> and <a href="">Waterfront Collection</a>, and the historic <a href="">Grand Hotel</a> added new rooms and suites. On the UP, Chicago chef Iliana Regan and her wife, sommelier Anna Regan, launched the remarkable <a href="">Milkweed Inn</a>, an intimate converted hunting lodge and glamping destination where the Regans serve exquisite meals all weekend long, capped off by a multi-course Saturday night tasting menu. And lakeside cities like Cleveland and Milwaukee are drawing new crowds, the former for a thriving creative scene and revived waterfront, the latter for its dynamic restaurant landscape, new museums, and anticipatory buzz ahead of July’s Democratic National Convention. <em>— Emma Balter</em></p><h2>23. Istanbul</h2><img alt="Istanbul New Airport, Istanbul, Turkey "src=""><p>In 2019, the opening of the monstrous <a href="">Istanbul New Airport</a> — now the world's biggest — brought Istanbul back into travelers' field of vision.This year, cultural openings have the city abuzz. <a href="">Arter</a> is putting Istanbul back on the map as an art capital: The angular mosaic-wrapped building houses the city's — and country's — first permanent collection of contemporary art, showcasing more than a thousand works by Turkish and global artists throughout six floors and terraces. After a few years of slow growth, Istanbul's hotel game is heating up again, particularly with the impending christening of the new <a href="">Six Senses Kocatas</a>. An hour-long ferry ride up the Bosphorus, in a quiet seaside district, the luxury hotel brand transformed a pair of opulent Ottoman-era mansions into a boutique hotel unlike any other. Add to that the city's newest hammam, the intimate Curkurcuma Hamami — a gleaming 19th century white marble bath that was painstakingly renovated for 11 years — which isn't in overcrowded Sultanahmet, but tucked away on the charming cobblestone streets of Çukurcuma. To top it off, the long-in-the-works Galataport cruise terminal is set to open this spring. Despite all the flashy openings, you can still visit old favorites like the <a href="">Hagia Sophia Museum</a>, <a href="">Topkapi Palace</a>, and <a href="">Ciragan Palace Kempinski</a>, because Istanbul is a city that has all but mastered the precarious art of commingling traditional with contemporary. <em>—Jenna Scatena</em></p><h2>24. Jalisco, Mexico</h2><img alt="Mexico, Jalisco, Aerial view of Playa Los Muertos, beach and pier in Puerto Vallarta "src=""><p><a href="">Mexico City</a> has been the recent travelers’ darling, but it doesn’t have a national monopoly on boutique hotels, innovative fine dining, or cultural riches. In the state of Jalisco, tradition and modernity mingle in fantastic fashion — and the region has never been more accessible. In Puerto Vallarta, the 55-room <a href="">Hotel Amapa</a>, coming this spring, is a boho-chic boutique alternative to the town’s many all-inclusives. On the Costalegre — the stretch of shore between Cabo Corrientes and Jalisco’s southern border — the 160-room <a href="">Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo</a> will open in 2021. Meanwhile, infrastructure investments are making the region easier to navigate. Highway expansions will soon trim the drive between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta from five hours to three, and the trip from Puerto Vallarta to the Costalegre from two hours to 25 minutes. And the Costalegre’s own international airport will open this year, making it even easier to sample all of Jalisco’s wonders in a single trip. <em>—Carey Jones</em></p><h2>25. Klitmøller, Denmark</h2><img alt="Kitmoller, Denmark, Surfer "src=""><p>Surfing in <a href="">Denmark</a>? It’s legit! Consistent breaks and large swells — ideal conditions for both beginners and pro surfers — earned the town of Klitmøller, on the edge of the North Sea, the nickname “Cold Hawaii.” <a href="">Cold Hawaii Surf Camp</a> is the place to go for lessons and rental gear; further inland, the sandy dunes and glimmering lakes of Thy National Park are ideal for hiking. Just under an hour’s drive away is the region’s choicest stay: the new <a href="">Svinkløv Badehotel</a>. After a devastating fire destroyed the original 90-year-old hotel in 2016, Danish chef Kenneth Toft-Hansen spent nearly three years bringing the much-loved property back to life. The barn-like wooden building houses 36 white slatted rooms with raffia rugs, floral curtains, and windows that overlook the wind-beaten dunes and ocean. In the sunny restaurant, Toft-Hansen, a recent Bocuse D’Or winner, serves approachable yet inventive dishes like steamed cod with a crispy pimento crumble and no-fuss fishcakes with fries. <em>— Mary Holland</em></p><h2>26. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia</h2><img alt="Dish at Atas, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia "src=""><p>Travel to Malaysia, and you’re likely to be headed to its alluring beaches or the historic Straits cities of Penang and Melaka. But a recent explosion of chic hotels and restaurants has put Kuala Lumpur in the spotlight. These days, the menu at the swank open-air pool lounge of the <a href="">RuMa Hotel &amp; Residences</a> includes the rum- and Campari-based tiki-bar staple, a Jungle Bird — here, the glass comes presented in a stylized metal birdcage. Just five years ago, nothing like that existed in KL — nothing like that cocktail; not a single hotel of RuMa’s caliber. Opened in late 2018, it brings a boutique’s design sensibility (take note of the showstopping twin spiral staircases in the lobby) and sense of intimacy to a 253-room hotel. Bona fide boutique properties have landed here, too: <a href="">the Chow Kit</a> opened last fall with spaces by Studio Tack, the Brooklyn-based design firm behind a number of chic stateside properties, such as Scribner’s Catskill Lodge in New York and the Anvil Hotel in Wyoming. Major players have taken notice, too: Four Seasons and W landed in 2018, with Conrad and Kempinski following in 2021. Malaysian cuisine, with its mix of Chinese, Indian, and Malay influences, is among the world’s greats — and these days, it’s finally showing up in the capital’s high-end restaurants. The RuMa’s sleek ATAS, hipster-magnet <a href="">ChoCha Foodstore</a>, and the extraordinary <a href="">OpenHouse</a>, at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers, each offer a different angle on modern Malay cuisine, taking exciting liberties with local ingredients. <em>— Carey Jones</em></p><h2>27. Kyoto, Japan</h2><img alt="Aman Kyoto Japan "src=""><p>As visits to Kyoto continue to climb, a trend that will only intensify when the Olympics come to Japan this summer, innovative hotels and museums are opening. The <a href="">Fukuda Art Museum</a><i>, </i>which focuses largely on Kyoto artists from the Edo period to today, debuted in October, and the<a href=""> Kyocera Museum of Art</a> is slated to reopen this March after a three-year expansion that added contemporary art galleries to supplement the existing 1933 building. The <a href="">Park Hyatt Kyoto</a><i>,</i> a hillside retreat that launched last fall, echoes Kyoto’s imperial history and its time-honored aesthetics, including those of the <em>ryokan</em>. The Kengo Kuma–designed <a href="">Ace Hotel</a><i>,</i> opening this spring, is inspired by the restored <em>machiya</em> shop-houses that have played a large role in Kyoto’s self-renewal. But the most notable arrival is no doubt that of the new <a href="">Aman Kyoto</a>. Far from the anonymous urban grids of central Kyoto and the <a href="">manicured tourist neighborhoods of Gion</a> and Higashiyama, the property sits in a small valley surrounded by forested foothills in the northeastern suburbs. The Aman’s guest pavilions, all minimalist in style and largely made of cedar, are set along a mountain stream. The surrounding garden is landscaped with monumental stone walls and pathways. The <em>onsen</em> is outdoors, surrounded by ornamental boulders, and the guest rooms overlook trees glittering with fireflies; the <em>ofuro</em> tubs in the bathrooms are made of aromatic cypress. The whole effect is one of simplicity and understatement. <em>—Lawrence Osborne</em></p><h2>28. Lille, France</h2><img alt="MamaShelter, Lille, France "src=""><p>Crowned as the <a href="">World Capital of Design 2020</a> for its advances in urban development, the once-struggling industrial city of Lille is on its way to enjoying optimized public spaces thanks to a slew of sustainable design initiatives. It’s also quickly becoming a cosmopolitan oasis with new galleries, museums, restaurants, and boutiques. Among the new art-forward destinations is La Piscine, an Art Deco indoor swimming pool turned art museum that just reopened after a two-year renovation. The bohemian-chic brand <a href="">Mama Shelter</a> also debuted a hotel in the city center last summer — its rooms offer sweeping views of the skyline. And jaw-dropping restaurants like <a href="">Coke</a>, a brasserie and hotel serving French classics beneath ornate moldings and crystal chandeliers, and <a href="">La Belezza</a>, a new Italian spot from the owners of Big Mamma in Paris, are marrying old Lillois style with contemporary flair. <em>—Sarah Souli</em></p><h2>29. Maine</h2><img alt="Salad at Arogosta, in Maine "src=""><p>With the navy seas beyond Deer Isle as a backdrop, you can marvel at breakfast at <a href="">Aragosta at Goose Cove</a>, where chef Devin Finigan sources everything locally, from the blueberries in her pancakes right down to the salt, harvested from the briny waters outside. It was a sign of the changes afoot in Midcoast and Down East, where ambitious hoteliers and chefs are ushering in a new, sophisticated era. Finigan is among those leading the charge. She opened Aragosta at Goose Cove last June, with 11 understated, Scandi-style cottages and suites that let the landscape shine. In nearby Stonington, chef Ryan McCaskey, of Chicago’s much-lauded Acadia House, recently opened <a href="">Acadia House Provisions</a><i>,</i> where he serves scallops with butter-braised radishes and the plumpest mussels you’ll ever taste. Farther inland is <a href="">Tops’l Farm</a><i>,</i> a glamping retreat in Waldoboro that counts 11 tents and A-frame cabins decked out with sheepskin rugs and hurricane lamps. At check-in, guests receive a guide on how to relax and unplug, plus a menu of campfire kits that come with house-made marshmallows. And the fresh-aired lodgings don’t end there: come summer, <a href="">Terramor Outdoor Resort Bar Harbor</a><i> </i>will open with luxe tents and a modern, glass-walled lodge. <em>—Madeline Bilis</em></p><h2>30. Malawi</h2><img alt="Robin Pope Safaris Kuthengo Camp, in Malawi "src=""><p>Wedged between the <a href="">safari superstars</a> of Zambia and Tanzania, Malawi, a sliver of a country, has had a hard time establishing itself as worthy wildlife hotspot. But two decades of conservation efforts are paying off across the country’s wild places. Now, after years of repopulating the major <a href="">Liwonde National Park</a>, which has a tragic history of poaching, 2020 will be the first year that visitors can anticipate seeing the Big Five. Following a large elephant relocation in 2016, there’s been a steady increase in the population, and the park is finally home to a number of healthy herds. Lions and cheetahs, too, are back, and in November 2019, 17 black rhinos were relocated to Liwonde from South Africa to encourage population growth. Travelers can enjoy luxury accommodation offerings, like Robin Pope Safaris’ low-key <a href="">Kuthengo Camp</a> on the Shire River in Liwonde, which opened in 2018. And even established spots are ever-evolving: In 2020, <a href="">Mvuu Lodge</a>, a classic property in Liwonde, will open a collection of star beds, where guests can slumber under the night sky. On the shores of glimmering Lake Malawi, one of the country’s other major draws thanks to its swimmable water, the unfussy <a href="">Chinchetche Inn</a> recently expanded with four new rooms that roll onto the lake. <em>— Mary Holland</em></p><h2>31. Maldonado Department, Uruguay</h2><img alt="Sacromonte, Uruguay "src=""><p>The playground of South America’s elite is catching on stateside. The buzz began picking up with the arrival of <a href="">Sacromonte Landscape Hotel</a>, a high-design vineyard retreat with 12 mirrored cabins. In Garzón, winery <a href="">Bodega Garzón</a> will soon unveil a second hotel. In the meantime, creatives are flocking to <a href="">Campo</a>, a new artistic community where an on-site gallery, café, and food lab, Canteen, opened just weeks ago. Nearby, <a href="">Garzón Sculpture Park</a>, a nearly 400-acre parcel that’s part outdoor museum, part nature preserve, will host its first exhibition in December 2020, featuring site-specific works by African artists created in partnership with NIROX Sculpture Park in South Africa. And in José Ignacio, <a href="">Bahia Vik</a> just added new bungalows and a spa. Still to come: the Museum of Latin American Art, slated to open near Punta del Este in 2021. <em>—Siobhan Reid</em></p><h2>32. Manchester, U.K<b>.</b></h2><img alt="Englnd, Manchester, pub at Shambles square "src=""><p>Once famed for its towering industry and more recently, vibrant music scene, Manchester is now one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, buoyed by an influx of digital and media companies. Servicing this boom are a number of upscale and design-led arrivals.The new <a href="">Cultureplex</a>, an ex-railway goods warehouse in the northern quarter, offers up a restaurant, bar and a café, alongside a constantly revolving program of film, visual arts and performance. Opening this spring, <a href="">Hotel Brooklyn</a>, inspired by the New York City borough from which it gets its name, is housed in a Victorian brownstone. The team behind Chiltern Firehouse recently unveiled <a href="">Native Manchester</a>, a new multi-use 166-apartment hotel in the northern quarter. Meanwhile, chef du jour Tom Kerridge has opened an outpost in the new <a href="">Stock Exchange hotel</a>, a 40-room Relais &amp; Chateaux property in a storied Edwardian Baroque building. Kerridge’s Bull &amp; Bear restaurant serves smartly prepared British classics, such as crispy pig’s head with celeriac rémoulade. Epicureans are also flocking to <a href="">Mana</a>, which recently won the city’s first-ever Michelin star. The Nordic-leaning restaurant’s highlight is a 12- to 16-course tasting menu featuring morsels such as barbecued duck broth and lavender or yakitori-style eel with roasted yeast and blueberry. <em>—Jemima Sissons</em></p><h2>33. New Brunswick, Canada</h2><img alt="Origines restaurant in New Brunswick, Canada "src=""><p>New Brunswick’s Acadian population suffered a massive blow in 1755, when more than 14,000 members of North America’s oldest French-speaking community were <a href="">forcibly expelled</a> from Canada’s Maritime region. Today, Acadians living in New Brunswick — the only officially bilingual province in Canada — are driving tourism by raising awareness of their history and traditions. At <a href="">Origines</a>, a seaside restaurant overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Campbellton-raised chef Benjamin Cormier creates five-course, Acadian-inspired tasting menus that use local ingredients like seaweed and oyster mushrooms. In Moncton, <a href="">Black Rabbit</a> is a pop-up turned fine dining restaurant that serves traditional Acadian comfort food like râpure, a casserole made from grated potato, onion, and chicken. Learn to make some of these recipes at the <a href="">Village Historique Acadien</a>, a living museum comprising more than 40 restored buildings, including a tavern and a school. Or head to the family owned <a href="">Distillerie Fils du Roy</a> to try an absinthe called Courailleuse that’s made using techniques from the 1850s (don’t leave without also sipping Gin Thuya, which has won gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition). At the year-old <a href="">Cielo Glamping Maritime</a>, travelers sleep in fully insulated geodesic domes, each equipped with a private patio and a wood-fired hot tub. In the warmer months, the property can organize paddle boarding excursions on the bay to forage for oysters. <i>—</i><em>Siobhan Reid</em></p><h2>34. North Island, New Zealand</h2><img alt="The Landing, New Zealand "src=""><p>New Zealand’s upper isle is a study in delightful contrasts: it’s smaller than its southern counterpart, yet more populous, and the scenery varies widely, from geothermal geysers to mud pools to <a href="">white-sand beaches</a>. The rugged South Island has long been the traveler’s go-to for its mix of adventure and wine, but in 2020, intriguing new developments should draw them north. <a href="">The Landing</a> — a four-villa property staffed entirely by Kiwis and already a draw for its pristine private beaches and walking trails — will open its own winery and tasting room in April to immerse guests more fully in its award-winning vineyard. And come November, the secluded, ultramodern <a href="">Owhaoko</a> will open in the Kaimanawa and Kaweka Forests for adventurers willing to fly in by helicopter. Until then, head to Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the new Sky Waka gondola, the largest of its kind in the country, takes visitors into the clouds of Mt. Ruapehu. <em>—Sarah Bruning</em></p><h2>35. North Macedonia</h2><img alt="Kale Fortress is a historic fortress located in the old town in Skopje, Macedonia "src=""><p>Refreshingly free of big-box chains and tourists (fewer than 1.5 million visitors were recorded in 2018), the Republic of North Macedonia won’t fly under the radar for much longer. The newly renamed country has a wealth of historic sights, like the Kale (or fortress) in the capital, Skopje; Kokino, a megalithic observatory; and the ancient city of Heraclea Lyncestis, on the outskirts of Bitola. In Ohrid, the new <a href="">Sky Corner Hotel</a> will add more rooms and a restaurant later in 2020. Record enthusiasts will relish the <a href="">Skopje Vinyl Convention</a>, where there will be concerts, workshops, and the chance to add some rare discs to your collection. And in June, Bitola will host the Slow Food festival <a href="">Terra Madre Balkans</a>. Held in rotating European countries, the biannual event brings in chefs and experts to celebrate the movement with regional cooking and round table discussions. <em>—Courtney Lichterman</em></p><h2>36. Oklahoma City</h2><img alt="Scissortail Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma "src=""><p>Oklahoma City is officially hitting its stride as an arts and culture destination. Last fall, local arts collective <a href="">Factory Obscura</a> debuted Mix-Tape, a permanent, immersive installation that personifies the feelings that go into creating musical compilations for friends. Meanwhile, March will see the opening of the <a href="">Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center</a> satellite, a brand-new expansive campus with galleries, performance spaces, classrooms, studios, and a café. It’s not far from the city’s just-opened Scissortail Park, a 70-acre green space that stretches from downtown to the banks of the Oklahoma River. The park is part of an ongoing effort to boost the quality of life in <a href="">Oklahoma City</a> — as are downtown’s newly installed streetcar lines. Six miles of tracks now connect central attractions. And next year, the city’s new convention center and Omni hotel will be complete, rounding out a revitalized downtown. <em>—Madeline Bilis</em></p><h2>37. Paros, Greece</h2><img alt="Parilio Hotel, Paros, Greece "src=""><p><a href="">Paros</a> is a place overtourism forgot. The rugged <a href="">Greek island</a>, located smack in the middle of the Cyclades, can only be described as the cooler cousin of more populated islands like Mykonos and Santorini. Part of what makes it so cool: The newly opened <a href="">Parilio</a>, a 33-suite high-design hotel that rises from the landscape. A neutral palette graces its interior and exterior, while traditional building techniques elevate the Cyclades’ classic cubic houses. The island is home to those white-washed and blue-roofed buildings Greece is famous for, too, but with far less travelers elbowing you for the perfect Instagram. It’s worth navigating the labyrinthine streets in the town of Naoussa to spot some picturesque alleys, and booking a table at the much-loved <a href="">Sousouro</a> for a colorful breakfast spread. <em>—Stacey Leasca</em></p><h2>38. Quito, Ecuador</h2><img alt="Hotel Carlota in Quito, Ecuador "src=""><p><a href="">High in the Andes, the Ecuadorean capital</a>, with its unwieldy urban sprawl and car-centric downtown, has never quite held the allure of Rio or Lima when wanderlust strikes. The city’s been making real strides to address that: Several years ago, Quito moved its airport from the city center to its fringes in an effort to make landings less treacherous and satisfy noise-addled locals, and work is underway to transform the former terminal into a public park. Now, the long-awaited 2020 opening of Quito’s first-ever underground railway line, running 14 miles north-south, promises to truly transform Ecuador’s mountain city, putting once-inaccessible neighborhoods within reach and bringing locals downtown. The city’s skyline is changing, as the likes of Moishe Safdie and Jean Nouvel are enlisted for major new buildings in town. And after last year’s protests caused damage in the area, a community restoration effort has brought the Spanish Colonial Centro Historico back to its former glory. Check into the 12-room <a href="">Carlota Hotel</a>, and don’t miss a meal at <a href="">Nuema</a>, the much-lauded Ecuadorian restaurant that moved to a new space in San Marcos last year. <em>—Lila Harron Battis</em></p><h2>39. Rajasthan, India</h2><img alt="Six Senses Fort Bawara, Rajasthan, India "src=""><p>The colors, creative traditions, and opulent palaces of Rajasthan are what many of us picture when we think of India — but this coming year, even those who think they’ve been there and done that should plan a return trip. Fall will see the launch of Six Senses’ first India property, the 48-suite <a href="">Fort Barwara</a>, which is set in a 14th-century fortress south of Jaipur. In nearby Udaipur, the Raffles group is also due to make its Indian debut later in 2020. Set on a private island in Udai Sagar Lake, the palatial hotel will have a rooftop restaurant, an outdoor pool with gardens, and a capacious spa. Just outside the city, <a href="">India’s first sculpture park</a> opened at Madhavendra Palace, displaying the work of heavy-hitting Indian artists like Subodh Gupta and Mrinalini Mukherjee in a dramatic fortress setting. And in downtown Jaipur, the recently opened <a href="">Amrapali Museum</a> Jaipur showcases some of the 4,000-plus Indian gems collected by the founders of the Amrapali jewelry brand. <i>—</i><em>Flora Stubbs</em></p><h2>40. Rome's EUR District</h2><img alt="Palazzo della Civilta Italiana palace or square Colosseum at dusk. EUR. Rome. Lazio. Italy. Europe "src=""><p>EUR, which stands for Esposizione Universale Roma, has long been one of <a href="">Rome's</a> most curious neighborhoods. Built in the late 1930s by Mussolini for a World’s Fair that never happened, the neighborhood’s bizarre fascist-neoclassical buildings and monuments have starred in many masterpieces of Italian cinema. It's a must-visit for architecture buffs and those who want to see another side of the city — and in 2020, it's more important than ever to keep the dark history of fascism in Europe fresh in our minds. Lately, EUR has undergone significant redevelopment, with corporate headquarters like Fendi moving in, as well as the addition of a boundary-pushing <a href="">new convention center</a> called “The Cloud.” Designed by Studio Fuksas, the it’s brought a <a href="">revitalized food</a> and shopping scene along with it. And soon, there will finally be an upscale hotel suitable for business travelers and leisure tourists alike: the <a href="">Hilton Rome EUR</a>, which will open in a striking skyscraper called La Lama, or “the blade.” <em>—Hannah Walhout</em></p><h2>41. Rijeka, Croatia</h2><img alt="Rijeka, Croatia "src=""><p>With amazing views of the Adriatic coast, blockbuster beaches, and a colorful Baroque heart — not to mention <a href="">one of the world’s biggest Carnival celebrations</a> — it’s a wonder that Rijeka isn’t better known. But despite ticking pretty much every conceivable vacation box (toss in world-class museums, a bevy of top restaurants, and cinematic hikes in the surrounding mountains), it remains an under-the-radar Adriatic treasure. That’s all set to change in 2020, when Croatia’s third city is honored as a <a href="">European Capital of Culture</a>. Plenty is planned within the port town to mark the occasion: more than 1,000 official musical performances, literary events, art exhibitions, and parties; the multimillion dollar overhaul of the historic <a href="">Sugar Refinery building</a> into the Rijeka City Museum; and the addition of Hilton’s new five-star resort, the <a href="">Costabella</a>, in April. But perhaps most anticipated is the reopening of the ship <a href="">Galeb</a> (“Seagull”). Used as Tito’s personal mobile home while he was President of Yugoslavia, the yacht — where countless global leaders and celebrities were entertained — is being refurbished and transformed into a museum ahead of Rijeka’s moment in the global spotlight. <em>—Jonathan Thompson</em></p><h2>42. Rwanda</h2><img alt="Singita Kwitonda Lodge in Rwanda "src=""><p>Safari goers take note: new lodges are springing up in the Land of a Thousand Hills. November saw the opening of <a href="">One&amp;Only Gorilla’s Nest</a>. Set in a jungle sanctuary of eucalyptus trees at the base of the Virunga Volcano Range, the lodge gives travelers the chance to get up close and personal with gorillas in their natural habitat. <a href="">Singita Kwitonda Lodge</a> in <a href="">Volcanoes National Park</a> opened a few months earlier, in August — the high-design property offers eight suites and a private villa for rent. Before game drives and gorilla treks, visitors meet in the property’s conservation room, where a selection of maps, books, photos, iMacs, and TV screens teach guests about the region’s endangered mountain gorillas. Beyond guide-led tours, you’ll want to head to Akagera National Park to spot zebras, giraffes, hippos, and, if you’re lucky, elephant or rhino. Plus, Rwanda’s abundant forests, lakes, and volcanoes make the landscape a perfect backdrop for a trip filled with wildlife viewing. <em>—Elizabeth Rhodes</em></p><h2>43. Singapore</h2><img alt="Raffles Hotel, Singapore, reopened after renovation in 2019 "src=""><p>Each year, there are just a handful of hotel openings that the travel-obsessed world awaits with bated breath. In 2019, all eyes were on <a href="">Singapore</a>, where the historic <a href="">Raffles Singapore </a>finally reopened in August after a two-year restoration. Now, the 133-year-old grande dame is a destination once more. In its new iteration, the property retains classic details — parquetry, mullioned French doors, the dramatic black-stained beams and banisters of the Grand Lobby — but has a fresh, bright look. At <a href="">Changi Airport</a>, meanwhile, the new glass-enclosed Jewel complex makes a long layover a pleasure, with nearly 300 shops, a movie theater, and a hotel. It has the feel of an enormous botanical garden, thanks to lush plantings and a towering central waterfall. Later in 2020, the city-state will also roll out new green spaces, overhauled railway stations, and pedestrian corridors linking parks and gardens­. <em>—Lila Harron Battis</em></p><h2>44. Songyang County, China</h2><img alt="Shimen Bridge by DnA "src=""><p>In China’s eastern Zhejiang province, rural Songyang County has quietly become an architecture lover’s dream. Since 2014, architect Xu Tiantian has been radically overhauling the region’s villages, bringing over a dozen <a href="">serene</a>, <a href="">striking buildings</a> that serve as both tourist draws and community hubs. Her work distills local tradition and culture, putting an artistic, visitor-friendly spin on seemingly workaday buildings like a <a href="">brown sugar factory</a> or a <a href="">pedestrian bridge</a>. Xu’s firm will unveil two new projects, a poetry museum and a maritime museum, in the region in early 2020. In the meantime, her “architectural acupuncture” strategy has brought a burst of energy to the area, increasing tourism 75-fold, <a href="">according to China Daily</a>, and paving the way for arrivals like the two-year-old destination bookstore <a href="">Chenjiapu Librarie Avante Garde</a>, <a href="">Stray Bird hotel</a>, and the 33-room <a href="">Lanshu Mountain House</a>, which opened in June. The rural revival has been so successful that Songyang recently hosted a UN forum to share its development approach with leaders from around the globe, and in November, Lishui implemented new regulations to ensure the preservation of traditional villages. With a new Lishui airport in the pipeline for 2021, this architectural wonderland is headed for even greater heights—plan your trip now to beat the (American) crowds. <em>— Lila Harron Battis</em></p><h2>45. Sri Lanka</h2><img alt="Haritha Villas, Sri Lanka "src=""><p><a href="">Sri Lanka</a> has long been popular among surfers and adventure travelers. Though the country is still on the mend after last <a href="">Easter’s bombings</a> in Colombo, a new crop of resorts opening in 2020 make the island nation a luxury destination to be reckoned with. <a href="">Haritha Villas &amp; Spa</a>, for one, debuts in December. It’s an elegant property located in Hikkaduwa, a resort town known for surfing, beaches, and sea turtles. Guests can enjoy infinity pools overlooking private gardens and one-of-a-kind treatments at the property’s jungle spa. <a href="">Alila Koggala</a>, a new sustainable resort located near the city of Galle, is set to open in fall 2020, offering 40 sleek suites and villas, plus guided excursions to nearby rain forests. <em>—Madeline Diamond</em></p><h2>46. St. Bart’s</h2><img alt="Eden Rock St Barth's "src=""><p>When Hurricane Irma pummeled <a href="">St. Bart’s</a> in 2017, it put most of the French territory’s hotels out of commission. But after a slew of improvements and renovations, the island is back in business. November marked a new chapter for the fabled <a href="">Eden Rock</a>, which originally opened in the 1950s as the first luxury hotel in St. Bart’s. Fresh off a two-year overhaul, the island’s iconic resort harks back to its early days with 37 beachy-retro rooms featuring bold colors and midcentury modern furniture. A brand-new spa offers seaside treatments featuring locally made Ligne St. Barth products. In Gustavia, Barrière, the hotel group behind Le Majestic in Cannes, will debut <a href="">Le Carl Gustaf</a> in February. Situated on a hillside, the 16-room property will feature suites with sea-view terraces and private plunge pools, as well as the restaurant Shellona, which marries Mediterranean and Caribbean culinary traditions. <em>—Scott Bay</em></p><h2>47. Taiwan’s Mountains</h2><img alt="HOSHINOYA Guguan, Taiwan "src=""><p>You know it as a destination for bubble tea, buzzy night markets, and the modern metropolis of Taipei. But in 2020, Taiwan is shining a light on one of its most prized yet overlooked treasures: its mountains. Seventy percent of the island is covered with craggy peaks, but until recently, red tape made hiking permits tough to come by. Now the government has streamlined the application process, and to celebrate, the <a href="">Taiwan Tourism Bureau</a> collaborated with the Construction and Planning Agency to identify 24 trails that showcase the very best of the island’s scenery, such as the Lake Jiaming National Trail, which runs through a hemlock forest, and the Nenggao Cross-Ridge Historical Trail, an ancient trade path used by the indigenous Atayal and Seediq tribes. Luxury operator <a href="">Remote Lands</a> just launched an itinerary that takes visitors deep into Taiwan’s rugged terrain, from touring the dramatic Taroko Gorge — the island’s Grand Canyon — to tasting whiskey at <a href="">Kavalan Distillery</a> in the mountains of verdant Yilan County. And enjoying the great outdoors is made even more pleasurable at the brand-new <a href="">Hoshinoya Guguan</a>, where private outdoor baths are fed by the mineral-rich hot springs of the Central Mountain Range. <em>— Chadner Navarro</em></p><h2>48. Tasmania</h2><img alt="Mona – Museum of Old and New Art Hobart, Tasmania, Australia "src=""><p>This heart-shaped <a href="">Australian island</a> rose to international prominence in 2011 with the opening of the quirky-cool <a href="">Museum of Old and New Art</a> in southeastern capital city of Hobart. Now the Tamar Valley in the state’s central north region is beginning to attract travelers with its zippy sparkling wines, balanced chardonnays, and easy-drinking pinot noirs. The region is also experiencing a boutique-property boomlet. One of the most promising new options: the charming seven-suite <a href="">Ship Inn Stanley</a>. Housed inside a refurbished building from 1849 that at one point also served as a pub for the seaside town of Stanley, the inn celebrates local history, decorating rooms with maritime antiques and custom artwork. Some small winemakers have also branched out to offer their own accommodations. The husband-and-wife team behind <a href="">Loira Vines</a> recently introduced <a href="">The Shed</a>, a well-appointed studio apartment on their five-and-a-half acre vineyard. <em>—Sarah Bruning</em></p><h2>49. Tbilisi, Georgia</h2><img alt="TBILISI, GEORGIA, Nightlife with People in Bars and Restaurants in the Courtyard of Fabrika Hostel "src=""><p>This city’s creative groundswell has been building for a few years now, with young designers, chefs, architects, and artists — many of whom never knew life under the USSR — lending a palpable energy to the place. Georgian design, its profile boosted by Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia, is on full display at the city’s surfeit of concept stores — find many of them, such as clothing atelier <a href="">Flying Painter</a>, at the mixed-use development <a href="">Fabrika</a>, which occupies a Soviet-era clothing factory. And “new Georgian” cuisine is finding its footing as young chefs bring traditional foods into the 21st century, with a glut of wine bars and standout restaurants like <a href="">Shavi Lomi</a>, <a href="">Keto and Kote</a>, and <a href="">Kharcho</a> (located inside a new creative hub and workspace called <a href="">Art House</a>). There are also an outsize number of excellent hotels for a city so small. Fabrika houses a colorful hostel, the brainchild of Adjara Group, also responsible for the trendy <a href="">Rooms Hotels</a> and the soaring, sensual <a href="">Stamba</a>, opened in 2018 inside an old Soviet printing factory. Next year, Stamba will expand its <a href="">photography museum</a>, which displays work by Georgian artists. Others followed in Adjara Group’s wake, with the opening of several small properties including a <a href="">Moxy</a> and the colorful <a href="">City Wine Hotel</a>, an offshoot of favorite wine bar <a href="">g.Vino</a>. If all goes according to plan, 2020 will see the opening of a <a href="">Kempinski</a> in Tbilisi — a gleaming, glass complex on Mount Mtatsminda that will shout to the world that Tbilisi has arrived. <em>—Hannah Walhout</em></p><h2>50. Turks &amp; Caicos</h2><img alt="Aerial view of Ambergris Cay in the Turks & Caicos "src=""><p>To say that Turks and Caicos is having a moment would be an understatement. The country — home to more than 40 picturesque islands and cays — is less than a four hour flight from New York City and under two hours from Miami, and with new flights from Southwest and JetBlue, it’s easier than ever to get to one of its jaw-dropping resorts. For private island indulgence, consider the December opening of <a href="">Ambergris Cay</a>, where a charter plane will transport you from the international airport to untouched, white-sand beaches away from the crowds. For a family vacation, Turks and Caicos’ first all-suite resort, <a href="">Grace Bay Club</a>, has bounced back from Hurricane Irma, and is home to hot-ticket, oceanfront restaurants and <a href="">exclusive kids’ and teen excursions</a> like a treasure hunt and mermaid encounter. And at the recently redesigned <a href="">Seven Stars Resort and Spa</a>, you can relax with a beachside massage as the sounds of the ocean lull you into an even deeper state of relaxation. <em>—Tanner Saunders</em></p>
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Colorful Shooting Stars Will Light Up the Sky Like Celestial Christmas Lights This Weekend (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 12:00
<p>One of the most intense and most colorful meteor showers will light up the night skies of both hemispheres this weekend. Cold temperatures and a big moon will make bright Geminid shooting stars a little more difficult to spot, but those who persevere could see orange, yellow, blue, green, and red shooting stars — your very own celestial <a href="">Christmas lights</a>!</p><img alt="Geminid meteor shower "src=""><h2>Why is it called the Geminid meteor shower?</h2><p>A meteor shower gets its name from the constellation where the shooting stars appear to come from in the night sky — this origination point is called the "radiant." In this case, the shooting stars appear to come from the constellation of Gemini, so they are called Geminids. You can see Gemini high in the sky after dark this month. Find its two bright stars, Castor and Pollux, known as “the twins." The one at the top, Castor, is very close to the radiant of the Geminids meteor shower. All Geminids shooting stars will appear to come from this point, though they can be spotted anywhere in the night sky.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">Best Places to See the Northern Lights</a></p><p>The Geminids are often called the <a href="">"king" of meteor showers,</a> and for good reason. Not only does this shower produce the most shooting stars per hour — as many as 150 per hour at its peak under true dark sky conditions — but it’s also the most colorful. In practice, observers can expect to see about 50 shooting stars in an hour.</p><h2>When is the Geminid meteor shower?</h2><p>Although this shower begins on December 4 and lasts until December 17, the peak of activity in 2019 is predicted to be on the night of December 13-14 or 14-15, depending on who you ask.</p><p>Usually, you have to be out after midnight to catch the peak of a meteor shower, but because the constellation of Gemini is already “up” after the sun sets, you can theoretically begin watching as soon as it gets dark. </p><p>Related: <a href="">Best Places to See the Northern Lights in January 2020</a></p><h2>Why are the Geminids a challenge this year?</h2><p>The Geminids are always a challenge. Despite being the best and most prolific meteor shower of the entire year, it can also be one of the most challenging to watch because it comes to the Northern Hemisphere during the winter. Consequently, few stargazers are out to watch it, and the skies are regularly cloudy, blocking the view. To make matters worse, this year there is a full moon just a few days before the peak of the Geminids. That means the moon will be big and bright just as the meteor shower peaks, which will make it harder to find shooting stars. However, there are ways around this problem.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">This 'Space Plane' Could Fly You From London to New York in Only 1 Hour (Video)</a></p><h2>How can you find shooting stars?</h2><p>Although it will be slightly spoiled by bright moonlight, if there’s a clear sky where you are, you should still be able to find some bright Geminids in sparkling winter night skies. The brightest Geminids should still cut through the moonlight, but you’ll vastly increase your chances of spotting them if you stand with your back to the moon (and Gemini). That way, you’ll see shooting stars – and possibly some super-bright “Earth-grazers”— in the darkest areas of the night sky. One technique is to stand in the shadow of a building that blocks out all of the moonlight from your peripheral vision. Unfortunately, in reality, finding clear skies could also be a problem.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">The First Commercial Space Hotel Plans to Have a Low-gravity Basketball Court and Views of Earth From Bed (Video)</a></p><h2>What causes the Geminids meteor shower?</h2><p>Shooting stars are caused by streams of particles left by comets in the solar system, each one lighting up as it discharges energy after striking the Earth’s atmosphere at 22 miles per second. However, the Geminid meteor shower is unique in that it happens when Earth moves through a dust cloud left by an object called 3200 Phaethon, an asteroid that comes close to the Sun every 17 months.</p><p>The gift that asteroid leaves is a display of colorful celestial lights just in time for the <a href="">holiday seaso</a><a href="">n</a>.</p>
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Travelers Will Spend 60% More This Year on Holiday Trips Than Last Year, According to trivago (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 11:02
<p>Travelers will truly be in the holiday spirit this year as they will spend more on their trips than in years past, according to new data from booking site <a href="">trivago.</a> </p><p>This year, global travelers over the Christmas holiday will spend an average of about $455 on their trip, which is a 60 percent jump from last year when they spent about $284, according to the site's findings shared with <em>Travel + Leisure.</em> Vacationers are also spending more time away with a three nights stay as compared to only two last year.</p><img alt="Hotel Spa pool "src=""><p>Holiday spending has been increasing for several years, with 2019 seeing the biggest jump from year-to-year recently. In 2015, people spent an average of $274 on their trips, according to the booking site.</p><p>“trivago attributes the increase both to longer stays and seeking more comfortable amenities,” Stephanie Lowenthal, the global head of communications for trivago, told<em> T + L</em>. “Many travelers will choose to pay more for the assurance that their selected accommodations can meet their expectations and desires.”</p><p>The data was collected from travelers all over the world, with most searches coming from the U.S., followed by Brazil, Australia, the U.K. and Germany.</p><p>And while a pricier holiday getaway is often associated with <a href="">booking last minute</a>, that is not the case this time around. In fact, trivago found that this year, people booked their Christmas travel an average of 86 days in advance — a way longer lead time than 2015 when the average was 38 days ahead of travel.</p><p>For those traveling globally for the holiday season, the booking site found some of the most popular destinations were in Japan with both Tokyo (which came in at No. 1) and Osaka (No. 8) placing in its top 10 list. London was the second most popular holiday destination with New York snagging the third spot.</p><p>And while these cities are great to visit any time of year, the holidays are a truly special time to see them with many festive <a href="">holiday markets</a> and <a href="">wintry activities</a> to explore.</p>
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This 3-in-1 Liquid Dispenser Is the Secret to Simplifying Your Toiletry Bag — and It’s TSA-approved

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 10:46
<p>As someone who hates packing shampoo, conditioner, and other various liquids because of the sheer amount of space the bottles take up in my TSA-approved toiletries bag, I’ve gotten pretty acquainted with the intricacies of most hotel-supplied hair products. I won’t say much more (for fear of ruining my chances of one day being sponsored by a hotel chain when my career as an influencer inevitably takes off), but let’s just leave it at this: I’d rather become a little less acquainted with hotel-supplied hair products, but I also still want to have the space in my luggage to bring extra <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Supergoop! Superscreen Moisturizer</a> if I feel like it — not shampoo and conditioner.</p><p>Of course, I could buy small sizes of a shampoo and conditioner when I’m at my destination, but then I either have to take them back with me — thus putting my toiletry bag space in the same position as if I’d just packed my own products to start — or I’d have to toss my purchases, which is a total waste.</p><p><strong>RELATED</strong>: <a href="">This Is the Best Travel Pillow I’ve Ever Used — and It's 20% Off on Amazon Right Now</a></p><p>Just when I thought my hair was doomed to a life of dryness — at least while traveling without my regular products, anyway — I stumbled upon a potential gamechanger on Amazon. The <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeutraveldispenserbottletghahremanidec19-20&amp;linkId=a3737a309bc059851b2d0220ef999128&amp;language=en_US">3-in-1 TSA-approved, leak-proof travel dispenser set</a> from brand Favonian consolidates three bottles into one, eliminating the issue of unnecessary bulk in your toiletries bag. The future really is now.</p><p>The design (which, <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeutraveldispenserbottletghahremanidec19-20&amp;linkId=a3737a309bc059851b2d0220ef999128&amp;language=en_US">according to the Amazon page</a>, is about the size of a phone) is extremely simple. You just twist off the capto reveal an internal system of three clear bottles. Remove the bottles, twist off their caps, and fill them up with whatever product you’d like. Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, cleanser — the sky’s the limit. Plus, the bottles come with pump tops, making it really easy to use your products once you reassemble everything. </p><img alt="Travel Bottle Set 3 in 1 Lotion Dispenser "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeutraveldispenserbottletghahremanidec19-20&amp;linkId=a3737a309bc059851b2d0220ef999128&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $16</p><p>To do that, twist the caps back on, and slide the bottles back inside the main carrier. Make sure each of the pumps is aligned with the corresponding hole in the dispenser so you can still use each while it’s in there. That’s the beauty of this thing: You don’t have to disassemble it once you’ve got the products in there. Then, just put the cap back on, and you’re done.</p><p>There are even transparent panels on the side of the dispenser that allow you to see what labels you’ve put on the interior bottles to prevent product mix up.</p><p>The Amazon reviews are overwhelmingly positive: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeutraveldispenserbottletghahremanidec19-20&amp;linkId=a3737a309bc059851b2d0220ef999128&amp;language=en_US&amp;th=1">One customer called it</a> “a sanitary Swiss army knife,” while others commented that its claims to be leak-proof really holds up.</p><p>Oh, and the best part? It’s only $16. A small price to pay for a travel-friendly product that lets you carry three bottles of liquid in one container!</p><p><em><strong>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </strong></em></p>
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