The Evolution of the Airplane Seat

Travel and Leisure - 1 hour 17 min ago
<p>Airplane seats have changed a lot over the decades, but their evolution isn't just due to trends of the years. </p><p>PJ Wilcynski, Boeing’s associate technical fellow and Payloads chief architect, has witnessed the progress of cabin architecture for over two decades and dug into the Boeing historical archives to share exclusive imagesof aircraft seats past with <em>Travel+Leisure. </em></p><p>The aircraft seat had a humble start as little more than a collection of wicker chairs fastened to the floor. By the late ‘20s, these wicker chairs were lined with leather and padding to make them a little bit more comfortable.</p><p>“Leather was very popular because it allowed them to wipe down the seats easily because of all of the soot from the airports and dusty runways where the aircraft would land in the early days,” said Wilcynski.</p><img alt="1929 Boeing Model 80 "src=""><p>There were <a href="">improvements in the late ‘30s</a> with aluminium-tube seating, thick seatbelts made of leather, thicker padding, and velour covers.</p><img alt="1934 Boeing 247 "src=""><img alt="circa 1935: Interior view of a fourteen-seat Fokker Douglas commercial airplane used by Dutch Airlines. "src=""><p>From 1939 to the late ‘40s, the Boeing 314 Stratoliner, the flying boat 314 Clipper, the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, and the Douglas DC-3 to DC-6 reflected the airlines’ ambitions to make flying a <a href="">luxury travel experience</a>.</p><img alt="1939 Boeing-307 Stratoliner "src=""><p>There were seats that converted to beds for <a href="">sleeping on overnight flights</a> and seatbelts got an upgrade from thick leather straps to something closer to the types of buckled fabric belts we see on planes today. More decorative details made the aircraft interior feel like a living room.</p><p>Boeing’s 377 Stratocruiser from 1949 had a spiral staircase at the back of the plane which gave passengers access to a lower deck lounge where they could <a href="">stretch their legs</a> and socialize. There were also drop-down beds overhead for sleeping.</p><img alt="1949 Boeing 377 "src=""><p>Stratocruiser seats also introduced new comfort features, and Boeing was involved in these design improvements.</p><p>“These seats were mounted on shock absorbers to minimise some of the vibration from the propellers,” said Wilcynski. “When you look at them, you don’t see a lot of development at the highest levels, but there was certainly recline and there was a footrest that deployed from the seat.”</p><p>Seats were basically designed for one class — those who could <a href="">afford to fly</a> — until the late-‘50s and early-’60s.</p><p>“The 1959 Pan Am 707 was one of the last of the airplanes that we delivered with one class of service before the introduction of tourist class,” said Wilcynski. ”What’s interesting is that even in the late ‘50s you can see that these seats didn’t have tray tables in the back. As I understand, meals were served by putting a pillow on your lap and the tray placed on the pillow.”</p><img alt="Boeing Jet Stratoliner, which will enter service with airlines of the world in 1959, "src=""><img alt=" Boeing 747 passenger plane under development. Due for completion in 1969 "src=""><img alt="1970s Pan-Am 747 Lower Cabin "src=""><p>The seats on the one-class five-abreast Pan Am 707 were 19-inches wide, but not all airplane seats were as forgiving on the hips.</p><p>“Out of the development of tourist class in the late ‘50s, you saw the introduction of the six-abreast 17.2-inch wide triple seat. It [was] featured on 707, the 727, and 737,” said Wilcynski.</p><img alt="1959 PanAm 707-120 "src=""><p>When the 747 entered service in 1970, it featured nine-abreast seats — a triple, a quad, and a double row. This meant seats were a bit wider — but <a href="">that didn’t last</a>.</p><p>“As a result of changes to the fare structure, many airlines quickly went to 10 abreast,” said Wilcynski. Legroom was tight too. “While many of the first planes were introduced with 34 or 33-inch pitch, they very quickly went into 32-inch pitch. And I have evidence of early 747-200s of premiere airlines which operated at a 31-inch pitch.”</p><p>But the 747 was <a href="">definitely a trendsetter</a> in positive ways.</p><p>“The 747 was also the first to have enclosed pivoting overhead stowage bins, which has carried on to today’s most modern models,” said Wilcynski. “It was really with the 747 that the multiplex system was introduced, with attendant call and reading light activation. It was also the system that provided the audio for the movies that you listened to, with pneumatic tubes that plugged into the armrest.”</p><img alt="1960s Boeing 727-100 "src=""><img alt="1970s Boeing 747 Upper Cabin "src=""><p>The 747 also featured an upper lounge for first class passengers.</p><p>“It was a very special place and brought us back to the lower lounge that started with the Stratocruiser,” said Wilcynski.</p><p>In the ‘80s, there were dramatic improvements that passengers couldn’t see, and which still drive the design of airline seats we fly in today.</p><p><a href="">New safety regulations</a> required seats to withstand up to 16 Gs of force on impact (16 times the force of gravity). There were also new fire regulations, which led to the introduction of a fire-blocking layer on seat cushions and fire-retardant cabin textiles.</p><p>Today’s luxury business and first class seating options are very recent. Up to the late ‘90s, and even in the early ‘00s, most premium classes offered recliner-style seating. New composites allowed for shells around convertible seats to create beds and private suites.</p><img alt="Singapore Airlines new Boeing 787-10 "src=""><img alt="Airbus Airspace Cabin A320 Neo Airplane "src=""><p>In economy class, the last decade has seen new <a href="">in-flight entertainment</a> systems that are mounted to seat backs, power outlets, tray tables which can fit our electronic devices, and much more.</p><p>Designers are still working on improvements and Boeing has started production on the next generation of flight — the 777X <a href="">which promises a new era of flying</a>.</p><p>While the seating details are still tightly under wraps, we’re sure they won’t be made of wicker.</p>
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Coach Is Having a Major Sale on Leather Booties Right Now — Here are the Best Deals

Travel and Leisure - 2 hours 4 min ago
<p>Whether you're milling about the cobblestone streets of a new city or heading out for a night on the town, a pair of <a href="">leather booties</a> will take you just about anywhere you need to go. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Coach</a> is a tried-and-true brand when it comes to <a href="">leather goods</a>, and that includes <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">boots</a>. From sleek heeled styles to lace-up flats, the brand has all kinds of booties that are perfect for any season, particularly that tricky <a href="">winter to spring transition</a>. </p><p>And now is the perfect time to shop, since Coach is having a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">major sale right now</a>, including a wide variety of shoes. Keep reading for our favorite leather bootie deals. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">must-have boots</a></p><h2>The Bowery Bootie</h2><img alt="Leather Snakeskin Print Booties "src=""><p>If you're going for a step up from traditional black or brown leather, these snakeskin Chelsea boots with a beadchain trim are just bold enough to take any outfit to the next level. And while these boots are undoubtedly stylish, ribbed panels at the ankles make them easy to slip on and off. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $113 (originally $225)</p><h2>The Drea Bootie</h2><img alt="Leopard Print Heeled Booties "src=""><p>For a real statement, go for these ultra-stylish leopard-printed calf hair booties. With a heel at just over three inches and beadchain trim, these booties will add flair to any outfit. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $125 (originally $250)</p><h2>The Laura Combat Bootie</h2><img alt="Black Leather Combat Boots "src=""><p>These black leather booties are a modern take on the classic edgy combat boot. The buttery-soft leather upper features a front zipper and polished rivets, while the rubber sole makes them easy to wear and walk in for hours. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $125 (originally $250)</p><h2>The Pheobe Bootie</h2><img alt="White Leather Buckled Booties "src=""><p>These edgy leather booties, which are available in both cream and black leather, will be the centerpiece of any outfit. Between the unique cutouts, stud embellishments, and buckles, it's no surprise that all eyes will be on these block-heeled ankle boots. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $125 ($250)</p><h2>The Lorren Bootie</h2><img alt="Black Suede Lace-up Booties "src=""><p>For a modern take on the outdoorsy boot, consider the Lorren Bootie. These boots feature water-resistant suede and leather, a sporty lace-up front, and durable rubber sole, making them both stylish and practical enough to become your new everyday footwear for the rest of the winter. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $113 (originally $225)</p><p><em>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. </em></p>
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The Old West Meets Old Hollywood at This Quirky-cool Hotel Inside Death Valley National Park

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 13:02
<p>If you’ve never been to <a href="">Death Valley</a>, the name probably conjures up images of an unforgiving sand-strewn landscape that’s arid and lifeless. And while there are definitely parts of the 3.4 million-acre national park in central California that fit that description, it’s also home to <a href="">an oasis</a> where 80,000 gallons of water rise to the surface every day.</p><p>The flooding leaves vast deposits of borax, a mineral sometimes known as “white gold.” Although its discovery has been traced back to Tibet in the 8th century, borax became popular in the 19th century, when it was widely used in ceramics and gold mining. It also touted as a cure-all for everything from dandruff to epilepsy. In the late 1800s, bountiful deposits were discovered in Nevada, and later, in Death Valley (long before it became a national park). Harmony Works — later known as the Pacific Coast Borax Company — bought up thousands of acres of land to mine in the inhospitable terrain and built multiple railroads to transfer the lucrative mineral out of Death Valley.</p><p>But by 1926 another deposit had been discovered in the much-more accessible Mojave Desert, leading the Borax Company abandoned their mines in Death Valley. Railroad manager Frank Jenifer had the idea to build a hotel on the property to continue to make use of the rail lines that could transport guests to a desert inn.</p><p>Opened in 1927 with ten rooms, the <a href="">Inn at Death Valley</a> quickly became popular with Hollywood celebrities like Clark Gable and later George Lucas, who filmed the original Star Wars movies in Death Valley. The Inn expanded with more rooms, a spring-fed pool, tennis courts, and a golf course (the world’s lowest at 214 feet below sea level). It eventually added the more casual Ranch across the road, turning the hideaway into a full-fledged resort stretching across a total of 341 acres.</p><img alt="Guest Room, The Oasis at Death Valley "src=""><p>“The Borax Company had a dream and despite the skepticism of most everyone outside the company, their vision of drawing visitors to this enchanted and mystical land was fulfilled,” says David Woodruff, a retired longtime employee and the resort’s unofficial historian. “The number of tourists visiting the Inn increased every year, even through the Great Depression.” One potential explanation for that continued growth, despite challenging economic times: In 1933, President Herbet Hoover designated Death Valley as a national monument, which recognized the region’s cultural, historical, and scientific value.</p><p>Over the time, the inn became dated and the property’s hot springs were under-utilized. But thanks to a recent $100 million facelift, it has been reborn into the destination-worthy <a href="">Oasis at Death Valley</a>. The resort is the ideal jumping off point to explore some of the national park’s best attractions, like sunrise at Zabriskie Point, sunset at the Artists Palette, walking the salt flats at Badwater Basin, taking in Dante’s View, or catching the spring’s wildflower bloom. Just don’t go in summer, when temperatures often soar upwards of 100 degrees.</p><img alt="Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park "src=""><p>The renovated property, which is now privately owned by Xanterra Travel Collection, features 66 mission-style updated rooms and a refreshed lobby, restaurant, and cocktail lounge. Don’t miss the new, two-treatment room Tranquility Spa — there’s nothing like an invigorating massage after a day spent in a place called Death Valley — adjacent to the spring-fed pool that is now bordered by a new pool café (order the date shake, which uses fruit grown on property) and chic cabanas. Best of all, 22 stylish one-bedroom casitas have been added, perfect for families or small groups looking for privacy and a little more space.</p><img alt="Last Kind Words Saloon, The Ranch at Death Valley "src=""><p>Just across the road, the <a href="">Ranch at Death Valley</a> also underwent extensive renovations, including mission-style town square complete with a courtyard holding relics from the Borax age. There’s also a new retail shop and refreshed food and beverage facilities, including an ice cream counter and saloon. The latter is filled with hundreds of Old West artifacts, historic posters and photographs, antique firearms and ranching tools, taxidermied game animals, vintage Western clothing and accessories, and Western-themed paintings, with many pieces coming from Xanterra owner Philip Anschutz’s personal collection.</p><p>Order a drink from the cheerful barkeep and peruse the saloon’s walls; there’s no better way to end a long day spent discovering the hidden gems of Death Valley, which, as it turns out, isn’t so inhospitable after all.</p>
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It's World Pangolin Day – Here's What to Know About the Animal's Possible Link to Coronavirus

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 12:00
<p>The unofficial holiday of World Pangolin Day falls on Saturday, Feb. 15 this year and comes at an interesting as the animal has been linked to the ongoing <a href="">coronavirus.</a> </p><p>Although it is not known where the virus — which has infected tens of thousands globally — originated from, researchers suggest that the animal has acted as an “intermediate host,” <a href="">according to <em>The New York Times.</em></a> </p><p>So, what is a pangolin?</p><p><a href="">According to the World Wildlife Fund,</a> it’s a scaly, ant-eating mammal that kind of looks like a cross between an armadillo, an anteater, and a badger.</p><p>It’s certainly not a commonly seen creature outside of Asia and Africa, but it is one of the most trafficked animals on the planet, according to <em>The New York Times,</em> which might have contributed to the virus’ worldwide spread.</p><p><strong><a href="">Related: Everything You Need to Know If You're Traveling During the Coronavirus Outbreak (Video)</a></strong></p><p>However, it’s not entirely clear how the animal could have spread this disease to humans.</p><p><a href="">According to <em>Business Insider,</em></a> the animals are often poached for their scales (which are made of keratin) that are marketed as medicine and the animal’s meat is considered a delicacy in China and Vietnam. So, the virus could have spread from a bat to a pangolin to humans through the consumption of the animal. </p><p>Researchers from South China Agricultural University found that coronavirus that presented in human patients was 99% identical to the virus taken from wild pangolins. <br /> </p><p>Pangolins, when they are in the wild, are not considered deadly animals. Most people never interact with them since they are mostly nocturnal and have no teeth. Eight species of pangolins are threatened with extinction and three are on the critically endangered list.</p><p>The real culprit lies in the animal trafficking trade. According to <a href=""></a>, these animals are often captured and kept in poor conditions as they travel long distances where they are kept in close quarters with not only unhealthy or dead animals but human shoppers as well. This isn’t only an issue in China, because these animals are shipped all over the world.</p><p>Unfortunately, putting a stop to illegal animal trafficking in order to stop the spread of the virus is easier said than done. </p><p>“If the illegal animal trade was at the root of this outbreak, it is going to be really difficult to trace, and I suspect most of the evidence is gone already — destroyed or spread out across the black market," Benjamin Neuman, chairman of the biology department at Texas A&amp;M University-Texarkana, <a href="">told <em>The Washington Post.</em></a><em> </em>"People aren't going to want to talk, because of the consequences."</p><p>The best way to combat the problem, if pangolins are found to be helping to spread the disease, would be clamping down on animal trafficking worldwide. According to <em>,</em> a committee in the Chinese Community Party said they will “strengthen market supervision, resolutely ban and severely crackdown on illegal wildlife markets and trade, and control major public health risks from the source.”</p><p>Regulation and legislation are the keys to stopping illegal animal trading. For individuals, avoiding places that may give them exposure to the disease, especially markets where pangolin meat and scales are sold, may help. However, if you are concerned with the fate of this animal in response to the outbreak, you can donate to the World Wildlife Fund or join their “Stop Wildlife Crime” campaign.</p><p>Since December 2019, the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has claimed the lives of over 1,300 people and infected nearly 50,000. The crisis has spurred <a href="">several quarantines</a> and travel bans to and from China as well.</p>
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These Comfy Leather Sneakers Are on Sale for $75 This Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 10:30
<p>When you're traveling, a pair of <a href="">comfortable yet stylish sneakers</a> can take you just about anywhere you need to go. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hush Puppies</a> has long been known as a brand that focuses on comfort while remaining on trend, and the brand's latest styles are no exception.</p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sabine Sneaker</a> is a simple yet stylish shoe that comes in a wide variety of colors and materials. And there's no better time to shop, since Hush Puppies is holding a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">sale this Presidents' Day Weekend.</a> The brand is offering 20 percent off select styles and an extra 20 percent off sale styles with the code HPLOVE this weekend. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">comfortable shoes</a></p><img alt="Light Blue Suede Sneaker "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $76 with code HPLOVE (originally $100)</p><p>The simple, sleek silouhuette of these sneakers is accompianied by a removable polyeurathane footbed for added comfort and an EVA foam sole that provides energy rebound, cushioning, and flexibility. There's a dry mesh lining and socklining that prevent odor and help keep your feet at a comfortable temperature. You'll also find a small interior wedge that adds height while still allowing the shoes to be impressively easy to wear and walk in for hours. </p><p>The sneakers are available in eight colorways, which include leather, suede, and calfhair styles. Whether you're looking for an everyday shoe or a statement piece, you can find the right look for you in the Sabine sneaker. We're particularly excited about the Sky Blue Suede option, which features a cream-colored sole with red detail. And while the Sabine style is only available in women's sizes, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hush Puppies' Heath Sneaker</a> for men has a similar look. </p><p><em>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.</em></p>
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You Can Buy These Samsonite Spinner Suitcases for $99 Each This Presidents’ Day Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/16/2020 - 10:16
<p>If you're on the hunt for new <a href="">luggage</a>, whether it's a <a href="">compact carry-on</a> or large <a href="">checked suitcase,</a> now's the time to shop, since three different sizes of <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";edge=hybrid&amp;cm_kws=samsonite" target="_blank">Samsonite bags</a> are on sale for $99 each at Macy's right now. Samsonite is a customer-loved brand that makes a wide variety of luggage, and it's available at <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";edge=hybrid&amp;cm_kws=samsonite" target="_blank">Macy's</a>. </p><p>And while many of the brand's bags are worth taking a look at, the majorly discounted bags are from the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Samsonite X-tralight 2.0 Spinner collection</a>, which includes a 21-inch carry-on and 25-inch and 29-inch checked bags. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> More <a href="">travel bags</a></p><p>These soft-sided suitcases are made from durable polyester with vegan leather accents. Multiple exterior zippered pockets allow you to keep essentials secure yet within reach, while handles on the top and sides of the bag make it easy to carry. Each bag in this collection features dual spinner wheels that make it a breeze to roll over any type of surface. The carry-on size is expandable up to .65" while the 25" and 29" checked bags expand up to one inch. On the inside of these bags, you'll find two zippered mesh pockets, as well as tie down straps with buckles to ensure that your belongings remain in place in transit.</p><p>These lightweight bags are easy to pack and maneuver — and at just $99 each from Feb. 15 to Feb. 23, there's no better time to shop than now. </p><h2>The Samsonite X-Tralight 2.0 21" Carry-On Spinner</h2><img alt="Grey Softside Carry-on Suitcase "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $99 (originally $280)</p><h2>The Samsonite X-Tralight 2.0 25" Softside Check-in Spinner</h2><img alt="Medium Grey Softside Suitcase "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $99 (originally $340)</p><h2>The Samsonite X-Tralight 2.0 29" Softside Check-In Spinner</h2><img alt="Large Grey Softside Suitcase "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $99 (originally $400)</p><p><em>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. </em></p>
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How Quarantined Cruise Passengers Are Celebrating Valentine's Day

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 17:48
<p>What started out as a dream vacation on board a <a href="">Princess Cruise bound for Japan</a> quickly turned into a nightmare when the <a href="">coronavirus</a> broke out. The ship, which originally set sail on Jan. 20, was quickly quarantined by the Japanese government, meaning the more than 2,000 guests and 1,000 staff members were not allowed to disembark at all.</p><p>While you may think this decision would lead to pure chaos, it turns out we’ve all been underestimating humanity this whole time. Especially on Valentine’s Day.</p><p>Earlier this week, quarantined guests shared that the staff aboard the ship are trying to make the most of their difficult situation by planning an adorable Valentine’s Day dinner surprise.</p><p>“Day 9: We have our Valentine’s Day Dinner plans!” one guest on the ship shared via the twitter account, @quarantinedondiamondprincess.</p><p>As the tweet shows, the ship is offering guests a lunch offering that includes a choice of fish and chips, bangers and mash, and baked bell pepper with aromatic rice, bok choy and tomato sauce. For dinner, guests can choose between Cupid's avocado and shrimp salad along with Shrimp Valentine Japanese style, coq au vin with mashed potatoes and vegetables, or Bermuda onions and potato tart with caponata.</p><p>"It was sweet," passenger Matt Smith, who’s traveling with his wife, Katherine Codekas, told <a href=""><em>USA Today</em></a> about the crew offerings. He additionally shared, the crew also cooked them a cute Valentine’s breakfast complete with chocolate croissants and even placed roses, chocolates, and a poem in their room.</p><p>"It was literally, 'I'd like to read you a poem: Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.' I read those lines once at a friend's wedding,” he said.</p><p>However, despite all the love passengers are still hoping to get off the shipped filled with dozens of people now carrying the coronavirus.</p><p>“On the ship, infections are getting very dense … it now provides a favorable environment for the virus to spread and I think it’s time for people to get off,” Shigeru Omi, an infectious disease prevention expert and former regional director for the World Health Organization, told <em>The Guardian</em>. “It is like we are seeing a very condensed version of what could happen in a local community.”</p><p>And as Kent Frasure, an American on board the cruise explained to <em>The Guardian</em>, the stay is no longer considered a vacation, but rather a test of human will.</p><p>“The hardest part is the unknown of what is going to happen and trying to stay busy,” Frasure said. “Boredom is a real thing, and it is getting more difficult to stave off, but so far so good.”</p><p>Thankfully, earlier this week the cruise line <a href="">announced</a> plans for “voluntary disembarkation of guests to complete their quarantine period at a shoreside facility.” It’s also offering all guests a full refund as well as a credit for a future cruise, though it’s hard to imagine any of the passengers taking them up on that offer for another sailing any time soon.</p>
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Parents Flying Home With Newly Adopted Baby Get Heartwarming Surprise From Southwest Flight Crew, Passengers

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 17:27
<p>Traveling with a baby can always be a hectic time for parents, but a newly minted mom and dad had their anxieties put at ease when they received a surprise on their Southwest flight. </p><p>Dustin Moore, a registered dietitian, and his wife, Caren, were flying home to California after adopting an infant daughter when the plane's crew sprung into action to create a special moment for the first-time parents. </p><p><a href="">In a detailed Twitter thread,</a> Moore explained that he and his wife were having a typical experience of parents have while boarding a flight, <a href="">said</a>, "my wife carried our precious bundle, while I offered numerous apologies to passengers while maneuvering the aisle with 4 bags." </p><p>He continued, <a href="">recounting</a> how when his daughter woke up and needed a diaper change, a flight attendant named Jenny accommodated them by offering them a space for more privacy. </p><p>Afterward, Jenny asked why they were on a flight with such a young baby, finding out what a special trip the Moores were having. Another flight attendant, Bobby, also approached the couple with a few questions.</p><p>After that, Bobby took over the intercom and announced to the cabin that there was a “special guest” on board. “She’s just been adopted by her parents Caren and Dustin, and is making her way home,” Bobby said, to which passengers applauded. </p><p>The flight crew then passed out napkins and pens, asking fellow passengers to share a little bit of advice for the new parents.</p><p>Bobby read out some of the best ones over the intercom.</p><p>About 60 napkins were collected for the Moores to keep.</p><p>In addition, the crew <a href="">gave their daughter a pair of wings,</a> in honor of her first flight.</p><p>“What all of those perfect strangers and attendants did not know, was the emotionally tender state of two brand-new parents,” <a href="">Moore wrote</a>. “Parents who after 9 years of trying had been blessed with their first child. Parents who felt scared, but determined in their new role.”</p><p>It turns out, the flight attendant Jenny and Bobby were a married couple that were paying forward the kindness they received on their honeymoon flight.</p><p>“Thank you all for the love you've shown us. We only wish we could sit down with each of you, tell you the rest of the story, and hear yours. Maybe another time,” <a href="">Moore concluded.</a></p><p>Southwest Airlines is known for going above and beyond in terms of customer service, especially recently. Earlier this week, the <a href="">airline helped a customer recreate his romantic proposal</a> to his wife of 25 years.</p>
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Mercury Is in Retrograde Again — Here's What That Actually Means

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 16:27
<p>A breakdown in communication is never good, but what’s it got to do with the planet Mercury? From February 16 through March 9, 2020, the tiny inner planet will appear to go backwards — from east to west — <a href="">in the evening sky</a>.</p><p>Astrologers will have you believe all sorts of things about Mercury's likelihood to cause indecision, moodiness, and nervous tension in humans, blaming Mercury's retrograde for communication issues and <a href="">even travel delays</a>.</p><p>Is any of that true? What’s actually going on with Mercury? Here's what you need to know about Mercury's retrograde. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">More space travel and astronomy news</a></p><h2>When is Mercury in retrograde?</h2><p>Mercury will appear to travel backwards in the sky from February 16 through March 9. It will do so again between June 18 and July 12, and then for the final time in 2020 between October 14 and November 3. Modern astronomers call this “apparent retrograde motion,” but ancient astronomers called planets “wandering stars” because they didn’t appear to be following a direct path around the sun.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>:<a href=""> 2020 Will Be an Amazing Year for Stargazing — Here's Everything You Have to Look Forward to</a></p><h2>What is Mercury retrograde?</h2><p>A reversal in Mercury’s orbit is a common celestial phenomenon, and it’s actually an optical illusion. It merely appears to go backwards from our point of view on Earth, which is, like Mercury, orbiting the sun. The little planet whizzes around the sun every 88 days, sometimes appearing to us low on the horizon before sunrise or just after sunset (as it is right now).</p><p>From Earth, we don’t get to witness any other planet’s complete orbit around the sun because we’re on our own journey — each planet occasionally appears to go backwards in the sky to us as we overtake a planet, or get overtaken.</p><h2>Why does Mercury "go backwards" in our night sky?</h2><p>All planets orbit at different speeds, and Mercury is going a whole lot faster than Earth. It completes an orbit four times in the time that it takes Earth to complete one orbit. Mercury laps us, just as we often lap the outer planets. Our line of sight to Mercury therefore changes constantly, and so does our perspective.</p><p>It’s observational proof that the sun is the center of the solar system and the planets — including Earth — are merely orbiting around it. That’s the heliocentric model.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><a href=""> From Cordless Vacuums to In-flight WiFi, These Innovations From NASA Changed Life on Earth</a></p><h2>Does Mercury retrograde affect humans?</h2><p>No, it’s merely superstition and pseudoscience spread by astrology, which attempts to give meaning to line-of-sight observations that seem odd only to an untrained eye. Mercury’s movements certainly don’t exert any gravitational pull on anyone on Earth.</p><p>Furthermore, the importance of the ancient Greek and Roman god Mercurius — the “messenger god” that governed communications — to modern humans is questionable. Even if you <a href="">believe in astrology</a> — the pseudoscience that says the movements and relative positions of planets and stars have an influence on humans — and that Mercury is the planet that rules all communication, it’s a fact that Mercury's retrograde is an illusion.</p><p>Feeling frazzled, tense, or nervous and want to blame it on Mercury? Before you do, take a moment to think about how Mercury isn’t actually moving backwards. Understand what Mercury's retrograde actually means, and the solar system’s inner workings will open up to you. Or you could just check <a href=""></a> and find something else to blame.</p>
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Delta Announces $1 Billion Investment to Become Carbon Neutral by 2030

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 16:14
<p>Delta Air Lines announced it is investing $1 billion over the next 10 years to become the first carbon-neutral airline.</p><p>“There’s no challenge we face that is in greater need of innovation than environmental sustainability, and we know there is no single solution. We are digging deep into the issues, examining every corner of our business, engaging experts, building coalitions, fostering partnerships and driving innovation,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian <a href="">said in a press release</a> on Friday. “We are on a journey, and though we don’t have all the answers today, we know that our scale, along with investments of time, talent and resources will bring meaningful impact to the planet and ensure the sustainability of our business for decades to come.”</p><p>In addition to offsetting the carbon produced by flights, Delta said the $1 billion investment will go towards developing new clean air travel technologies and reducing overall carbon emissions and waste. The initiative will start on March 1. </p><p>In an additional statement and video message from Bastian <a href="">on LinkedIn</a>, he also noted, "Travelers shouldn’t have to choose between flying and being good environmental stewards. The broad, industry-leading work we’ve done over the past decade isn’t enough – we need to do more, faster. This is a race for our planet, not a race to be No. 1."</p><p> </p><p>Last year, the airline replaced 80 of its aircraft with new planes that are 25 percent more fuel-efficient. The airline has also previously said it wants to cut its fuel emissions in half by 2050, <a href="">according to <em>The Points Guy</em>.</a></p><p>Despite their major investment, Delta isn't the only airline vowing to be more environmentally friendly. </p><p>Earlier this year, JetBlue announced that it wanted to become the first airline to offset all emissions produced by its domestic flights, <a href="">according to <em>The Washington Post</em></a>. Qantas, British Airways and Air France <a href="">also announced</a> they would offset their carbon emissions.</p><p>And last year, easyJet made a similar claim that it was going to become the first airline in the world to offset all its carbon emissions. </p>
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The Secret to Singapore Airlines' Delicious Meals Is an Indoor, Vertical Farm in New Jersey

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 16:07
<p>On an industrial block in Newark, New Jersey, behind the cement and brick Ironbound Recreation Center, there’s some magic happening. Inside a nondescript warehouse, sprouts are thriving under banks of LED lamps: kale, bok choy, arugula, tiny little plants only a horticulturalist could identify. Rows and rows and towers and towers of plants — like a scene from a super-sanitized version of "The Matrix" — are quickly becoming salad greens at AeroFarms. This 70,000-square-foot vertical farm, which the company says is the largest of its kind in the world, is hidden in plain sight — as planes roar overhead, on final approach for <a href="" target="_blank">Newark Liberty International Airport</a>.</p><img alt="Vertical indoor farm at AeroFarms Facility "src=""><p>During a recent visit to the farm, <em>Travel + Leisure</em> got an up-close look at how aeroponic farming works: A variety of greens are grown from seed to harvest, planted not in soil but rather in reusable cloth that’s woven from recycled plastic water bottles. Lettuces and other leafy greens are constantly monitored, and environmental sensors throughout the facility make frequent adjustments. AeroFarms co-founder and chief marketing officer Marc Oshima says they’re even able to alter the taste of their crops — say, making arugula that much more peppery — by manipulating water levels, lighting, and other factors. (They don’t, he’s quick to point out, use any pesticides or herbicides.)</p><p>Despite the energy-intensive technology powering the operation, AeroFarms says its food is significantly better for the environment compared to traditional farming. A single square foot of vertical farm — like the one in Newark — can yield 390 times the produce as one outdoors, Oshima says. Water use is limited, as the plants are grown <a href="">aeroponically</a> and only misted when necessary. All this helps reduce the carbon footprint of the food, both by greatly reducing the resources it takes to grow the greens in the first place and by putting the harvested crop closer to market.</p><p>That’s where Singapore Airlines comes in. The carrier, which operates <a href="">the longest flight in the world</a> between Newark and Singapore, has been working for years to reduce its carbon footprint, an airline rep says. One way to do that? Reduce the impact of on-board meals by sourcing greens from right down the road. AeroFarms, which is just a few miles from Singapore Airlines’s catering facility at Newark, is now supplying hyper-local produce for the nearly 19-hour <a href="">Singapore Airlines Flight 21</a>.</p><p>“Passengers understand that we’re trying to limit carbon footprint,” says Singapore Airlines food and beverage director Antony McNeil. Beyond that, high-tech vertical farming gives a level of control not found anywhere else, he says. “The beautiful thing is that we can work together to design, say, do we want more pepper in the arugula?” he says. “It’s like <em>Star Trek</em>!” Singapore Airlines will start serving AeroFarms produce on their flights from JFK International Airport, starting next month, and they may soon have sustainably sourced cuisine on <em>all</em> flights from the six U.S. cities the airline serves.</p><p>“The goal is, in the coming months, to have ‘farm-to-plane’ at every one of our U.S. gateways,” said James Bradbury-Boyd, a spokesman for Singapore Airlines. That could mean sustainably fished seafood for Seattle flights or thoughtfully made cheeses from Oregon aboard West Coast routes, McNeil said, in addition to vertically farmed greens.</p><p>For now, passengers will find AeroFarms produce in both business class and premium economy on flights from Newark, in these selections: Soy Poached Chicken, a riff on the classic Singaporean dish chicken rice; The Garden Green, a hot-smoked salmon salad; and Heirloom Tomato Ceviche, a sort-of caprese salad with burrata and arugula.</p><p>It’s possible that the partnership could grow in the future: AeroFarms has started an expansion of its Newark headquarters, which will give them even more space for indoor farming. And if they scale up, who knows? We may all soon be eating <em>Star Trek</em>–style salad in the air, no matter our destination.</p>
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This New 5-in-1 Toiletry Palette Will Save Suitcase Space and Eliminate Messy Leaks

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 15:45
<p>Nothing sends a vacation or business trip into disarray like an overstuffed, disorganized suitcase. Not only do you run the risk of losing items and having liquids or gels spill all over your clothes, but odds are, a bag that’s bursting at the seams is also bound to be heavy and slow you down. One way to keep things in their place while simultaneously lightening the load is to trade in your toiletry bottles for one compact, carry-all gadget: <a href=";tag=tlpalettebypakfeb20-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B083ZNZLM7&amp;linkId=74cc5d9f1b5403b15bd4960b73a3757b">the Original High Fiver Palette by Pak. </a></p><img alt="The Original High Fiver - Palette by pak "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlpalettebypakfeb20-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B083ZNZLM7&amp;linkId=74cc5d9f1b5403b15bd4960b73a3757b"></a>, $39</p><p>The palette is designed to simplify travel. Instead of packing big, bulky bottles of liquids like face wash, moisturizer, serums, hair gel, oils, and so on, the Original High Fiver allows you to stow a week-or-so’s worth of essentials in your luggage — all in one handy-dandy place. With five leak-resistant silicone wells large enough to hold .17 oz each, you can pack five different products, and eliminate a handful of those heavy bottles or containers from your suitcase.</p><p>Now, reading over that last sentence, you may be feeling a bit skeptical — .17 oz <i>does</i> sound pretty minuscule. But think about it this way: most airlines restrict liquids to small, 3.4 oz containers. And the likelihood you’ve ever used all 3.4 ounces of a product on a week-long jaunt are slim to none. Plus, each of the Original High Fiver’s wells are made of squishy “press up” silicone, which makes it easy to sop up every last drop of product.</p><p>So, on your next trip, forego the full-size products that’ll only weigh you down. <a href=";tag=tlpalettebypakfeb20-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B083ZNZLM7&amp;linkId=74cc5d9f1b5403b15bd4960b73a3757b">Pick up the Original High Fiver Palette by Pak here</a> — and thank us later.</p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a aria-describedby="external-disclaimer" href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567" target="_blank" title="(opens new window)">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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Airbnb Suspended Bookings in Beijing Until May Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 15:08
<p>Airbnb has shut down bookings in Beijing as the deadly coronavirus has sparked global travel alerts. </p><p>The homesharing site has been adhereing to travel regulations for affected areas by canceling reservations in Beijing between February 7 and April 30, a spokesperson confirmed to <em>Travel + Leisure </em>on Friday.</p><p>“As efforts to control the novel coronavirus outbreak continue, we will comply with additional guidance issued for the industry during this public health emergency,” the company said in a statement. “We will refund and support guests who had cancelled reservations. And we will continue to work diligently to build programs that support our community of hosts."</p><p>As an overwhelming majority of confirmed cases are in mainland China, the company says it is following municipal orders regarding short-term rentals.</p><p>Outside of Beijing, local governments have requested to suspend bookings in Wuhan until March 31, Wuxi until February 20, Chongqing’s Yongchuan District until February 29 and Shenyang’s Sujiatun District until March 31.</p><p>The regulations are released at a city or district level and may be updated as time goes on. </p><p><strong><a href="">Related: Everything You Need to Know If You're Traveling During the Coronavirus Outbreak (Video)</a></strong></p><p>The Airbnb website also lists mainland China and the Hubei province <a href="">under its current extenuating circumstances policy.</a></p><p>Reservations booked in Hubei before January 28 with a check-in date of April 1, 2020 or earlier are eligible for a full refund. Those who had booked travel to mainland China can receive a refund on reservations booked before February 1 for travel through February 29.</p><p>At least 1,369 people have died of coronavirus so far, mostly in mainland China, <a href="">according to the newest World Health Organization (WHO) report.</a> There are nearly 48,000 confirmed cases around the world.</p><p>Hilton has also <a href="">closed 150 properties</a> in China as the virus continues to spread. </p>
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This Tiny Tech Emergency Kit Holds 8 Travel Essentials — and It’s Only $27 on Amazon

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 14:48
<p>The various tech products we carry with us each day tend to make life a little easier — unless we’re traveling, that is. Trying to neatly pack all our wires, chargers, and tech accessories, not to mention our devices themselves, into a limited space can quickly turn into a nightmare; after all, traveling with tech runs the risk of forgetting, losing, or ruining a device or one of its parts.</p><p>Pricey tech cases can help solve that problem, but only if you have the cash or suitcase space to spare. If you’re looking for a simple, budget-friendly fix, this <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvtinytechemergencykithmaglinfeb20-20&amp;linkId=22bc9320fdfb5863dbb77eca5d6ae683&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">tiny tech emergency kit</a> from <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvtinytechemergencykithmaglinfeb20-20&amp;linkId=22bc9320fdfb5863dbb77eca5d6ae683&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Amazon</a> is worth a test run — and it’s only $27.</p><img alt="Pinch Provisions Tech Emergency Kit "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvtinytechemergencykithmaglinfeb20-20&amp;linkId=22bc9320fdfb5863dbb77eca5d6ae683&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $27</p><p>At just 4 inches x 3 inches x 2 inches, the stylish little kit is a lightweight traveler’s dream. Eight emergency tech essentials fit seamlessly into the palm-sized pouch, including a two-in-one charging cord, a wall plug, two cord organizers, a phone/tablet stand, earbuds, a microfiber cloth, and a password cheat sheet, just in case.</p><p>We can think of a few scenarios the kit would come in handy — because really, who hasn’t forgotten their earbuds at home, spent a good half-hour untangling cords after unpacking, or found themselves on vacation with a broken phone charger thanks to some disorganized packing? As long as you throw this barely-there kit in your carry-on or purse, you should be able to avoid most tech-related catastrophes.</p><p>As if the kit couldn’t be more of a convenience, it comes in an aesthetically pleasing soft pink hue with gold accents. Basically, this kit is so cute, you’ll want to have it with you on all your travels for the sheer fact that it’s stylish as can be. (Trust us, you’ll want to show it off on your next girls’ trip!)</p><p>Grab the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvtinytechemergencykithmaglinfeb20-20&amp;linkId=22bc9320fdfb5863dbb77eca5d6ae683&amp;language=en_US">handy emergency kit here</a>, and say goodbye for good to all of your traveling tech woes.</p>
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This Salt Lake City Hotel Will Let You Research Your Family's History for Free With Ancestry (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 14:09
<p>Your next hotel stay could help you discover your own family history — right from your room. </p><p>Kimpton's Hotel Monaco <a href="">Salt Lake City</a> has teamed up with <a href=""></a> to offer guests free access to the Ancestry’s expansive online family history resources.</p><p>In order to find a little more information about your own heritage, book a stay at the Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City and access the hotel’s WiFi once you arrive. From there, you can visit the hotel’s website to take a look at over billions of records to learn a little more information about yourself and your ancestors.</p><p>"Partnering with Ancestry directly aligns with our mission to further connect with our guests on an authentic and personal level,” said Jared Tomlinson, director of sales and marketing, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, in a statement. “We feel this is a natural relationship given the growing trend of travelers visiting the genealogy capital of the world to explore their family lineage.”</p><img alt="Kimpton Monaco Salt Lake City Hotel "src=""><p>Once you get started, who knows what fascinating information you might find. Ancestry has over 20 billion records, including birth, marriage, death, and census documents detailing occupations, ages, siblings, birthplaces, addresses, and even maiden names. An Ancestry subscription can cost anywhere from $20-$45 per month, so you’re not only accessing knowledge about your past but also getting a great discount.</p><p>“At Ancestry, we empower journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives and partnering with Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, is a great way to enrich the lives of those visiting our own back yard,” said a spokesperson for Ancestry in a statement. “Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City and Ancestry share the mutual hope that guests will take full advantage of their stay and be inspired to learn more about their family history during their trip and even when they return home.”</p><p>It's worth noting that the educational amenity will only work while staying in the range of the Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City’s WiFi since its IP address is recognized by to allow for free access.</p><p>Not only is helping travelers discover their heritage in all parts of the world, people have also <a href="">opted to DNA kits like 23AndMe</a> to help them unearth their own family histories. Who knows, depending on what you find, you may discover a new relative, a new story, or get some inspiration to visit a place that’s linked to your family’s lineage.</p><p>And for those looking to see their family history beyond their own homes or a computer screen, exploratory options thanks to <a href="">the uprise of heritage travel</a> can anyone trace their roots in real life. </p>
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14 Essentials Meghan Markle Always Travels With (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 14:00
<p><a href="">Meghan Markle has a pretty distinct style</a>, especially when she’s traveling. Although she travels a little differently now that she’s married a literal prince — a.k.a. it’s all about private jet luxury now — her taste in suitcases, outfits, and accessories hasn’t changed much since her days as one of the stars of Suits. And, considering <a href="">Markle has always been an avid traveler</a>, much of her airport style is well-documented in things like paparazzi photos, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">interviews</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">even her old lifestyle blog The Tig</a>.</p><p><strong>RELATED</strong>: <a href="">Meghan Markle's Airport Outfit Is a Master Class in Traveling in Comfort (Video)</a></p><img alt="Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Dublin airport at the start of a two day visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018. "src=""><p>Markle’s travel essentials range from suitcases to hats to even things like <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=7fd334d7261ad4620fd20e2d4c7d36ee&amp;language=en_US">Neosporin</a> and dryer sheets — everything she has either recommended or been spotted with over the years. According to a post she once wrote on The Tig about traveling, her bottom line was always self-care. “It’s easy to run yourself ragged, hopping from one locale to another, sometimes feeling homesick, and other times just feeling plain-old sick (tummy, head cold, you name it),” she wrote. Every item is meant to make traveling easier, and more streamlined, which is definitely something we could all use when we’re on the road.</p><p>Below, check out <a href="">the best Meghan Markle-approved travel essentials</a> to shop.</p><h2><strong>Stow First Class Leather Tech Case</strong></h2><img alt="Stow First Class Leather Tech Case "src=""><p>Nothing is more synonymous with Markle’s travel uniform than <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">the Stow First Class Leather Tech Case</a>. Not <a href="">only has she been pictured with the tech case</a> on multiple occasions, but she also wrote about it on her now-defunct lifestyle website The Tig. Luckily, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">the website is still accessible via internet archives</a> (nothing is ever actually gone on the web, after all), so we can still see everything she said about it. “What I have learned is that having a perfect <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">travel folio</a>...that makes you feel like a frequent flier, things will speed along so you can avoid less airport hiccups and can focus on the vacate part of the vacation.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $535</p><h2><strong>Travel Shawl</strong></h2><img alt="Francoise Travel Shawl "src=""><p>The Duchess <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">also wrote on The Tig</a> that she loves to pack a “portable hug” when she travels, a.k.a. “a scarf or thin cashmere blanket that feels like a hug.” While the Madewell scarf she specifically recommends has long been sold out, you can still get the same amount of comfort, portable hug and all, with this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Francoise Travel Shawl</a> that’s all sorts of cozy.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $58</p><h2><strong>Rimowa Wheeled Suitcase</strong></h2><img alt="Classic 22-Inch Wheeled Suitcase RIMOWA "src=""><p>While Markle is rarely pictured with her own luggage now that she’s the Duchess of Sussex, she used to be photographed at airports quite often with her bags, jet-setting around the world as a successful actress. The <a href="">photos were pretty telling</a> in terms of what sort of bags Markle prefers to carry when she travels. For instance, in a series of photos <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">taken at Vancouver International Airport in December 2015</a>, Markle is pictured with a Rimowa Topas Sport carry-on suitcase in aluminum. Although this specific style is now sold out, there are still plenty of Rimowa suitcases that look similar to the Duchess’, including the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Rimowa Classic 22-inch Wheeled Suitcase</a>, which is available at Nordstrom.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $950</p><h2><strong>Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Original Formula</strong></h2><img alt=" Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics Original Formula 3 Year Fermented Food Supplement "src=""><p>Another recommendation from <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Markle via The Tig</a>: a good brand of high-strain probiotics. “Gooooo pro…biotics! Always travel with a high strain probiotic, and hydrate like you’re dying of thirst — because even if you’re not, for your body — the thirst is real. This dynamic duo of probiotics and agua will keep your gut health in check and honestly stave off jet lag if you’re globetrotting on your travails.” The brand she recommended is <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=e34877983a69bfffe12a9a7ac5f9a361&amp;language=en_US&amp;th=1">Dr. Ohhira, which is available</a> (and highly rated by customers) on Amazon. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=e34877983a69bfffe12a9a7ac5f9a361&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $46</p><h2><strong>Neosporin</strong></h2><img alt=" Neosporin Original Antibiotic Ointment "src=""><p>Markle <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">wrote in a post on The Tig</a> that “a dear friend” once told her that Leonardo DiCaprio’s top travel tip was to pack <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=7fd334d7261ad4620fd20e2d4c7d36ee&amp;language=en_US">Neosporin</a>, and recommended it as a way to avoid in-flight germs. “Evidently, he said that to avoid getting sick on planes, he puts a little Neosporin on a cotton swab and coats the inside of his nostrils,” she wrote. “Not only does it create a barrier for germs, it also lubricates the skin in the nose.” While it might seem like a weird use for Neosporin, it’s still one of Markle’s travel tips, so it makes the list. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=7fd334d7261ad4620fd20e2d4c7d36ee&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $7</p><h2><strong>The 1887 Clutch by Ebby Rane</strong></h2><img alt=" The 1887 Clutch by Ebby Rane "src=""><p><a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=c33eeded3415d16c55edc40e62500c56&amp;language=en_US&amp;th=1">The 1887 Clutch by Ebby Rane</a> was featured <a href="">on Markle’s Instagram</a> next to a plate of delicious-looking tacos before she met Harry, so it’s clear she was a fan. It’s a simple clutch that will keep all your important travel items like your passport, phone charger, boarding pass, and reading materials totally organized, and will also keep you looking as chic as the Duchess herself.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=c33eeded3415d16c55edc40e62500c56&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $245</p><h2><strong>Fedora Hat</strong></h2><img alt="Lanzom Women Lady Retro Wide Brim Floppy Panama Hat "src=""><p>In the paparazzi photos snapped of Markle at various airports over the years, there’s usually one constant amongst her ever-changing style: a chic-looking fedora style hat. (<a href="">Case-in-point</a>.) This laidback, no-frills style is totally achievable with a cute hat of your own, like this <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=84e112eda489d32d6f3cbf97f6a72b87&amp;language=en_US">Lanzom Fedora Hat</a> from Amazon for only $16.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=84e112eda489d32d6f3cbf97f6a72b87&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $16</p><h2><strong>Dryer Sheets</strong></h2><img alt=" Snuggle Plus Super Fresh Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">During her interview with Birchbox</a> about her travel musts, Markle also revealed her top packing hack for always ensuring her clothes look and smell fresh: dryer sheets. “Your clothes will smell fresh when you arrive — and especially when you return home!” she commented. This hack is simple enough to implement; just layer dryer sheets, like this <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=3b46df9160ab0199262d5ca3c4f13046&amp;language=en_US">Snuggle Plus option from Amazon</a>, between your clothes when you’re packing. You’ll be able to tell all your friends that it’s advice straight from the Duchess herself.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=3b46df9160ab0199262d5ca3c4f13046&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $4</p><h2><strong>Hand Sanitizer Spray</strong></h2><img alt=" Dr. Bronner's - Organic Hand Sanitizer Spray "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">According to her post on The Tig</a>, Markle is also a stickler for wiping down her tray table and airplane screen when she flies. “Sure, the person next to you may give you a side eye, but at the end of the flight, you’ll be the one whistling dixie with nary a sniffle,” she wrote. The specific brand she recommends, Murchison-Hume travel spray essentials, has since been discontinued, but you can still follow her travel tip with this small bottle of <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=74925ba8410292c3732a48374903d03c&amp;language=en_US">Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizer Spray</a>. The all-natural ingredients would likely make Markle proud.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=74925ba8410292c3732a48374903d03c&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $13</p><h2><strong>Multi-Use Stick</strong></h2><img alt="Julep Skip the Brush Creme to Powder Blush Stick "src=""><p>During an interview with Birchbox in June 2015, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Markle revealed some of her favorite travel</a> hacks for feeling and looking good while on the road. Her biggest recommendation? Find a good multi-stick, and stick to it. “Pack your favorite multi-use stick...for a quick touch up on cheeks, lips, face when you land.” This <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">blush stick from Julep</a> comes in a variety of pretty colors, and can be used on your cheeks, eyes, and/or lips for a fresh glow no matter where in the world you are — or how much sleep you’ve managed to get.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $14</p><h2><strong>Ebby Rane Travel Bag</strong></h2><img alt=" Ebby Rane"The Wing Man" Men's Travel Duffel "src=""><p>Markle is a fan of the brand Ebby Rane, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">according to The Tig</a>. Although her favorite suitcase, a carry-on style called The Quartermaster, is no longer available, you can still follow in her style footsteps with another selection from the brand. This <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=ce16e1ad44c3ff36770ca7c10453af9b&amp;language=en_US">Ebby Rane tweed duffel bag</a> is totally stylish, and it’ll go well with the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=c33eeded3415d16c55edc40e62500c56&amp;language=en_US&amp;th=1">Ebby Rane 1887 Clutch</a> that’s also featured on this list.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvessentialsmeganmarkleisalwaysseenwithtgharhemanifeb20-20&amp;linkId=ce16e1ad44c3ff36770ca7c10453af9b&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $425</p><h2><strong>Rolling Duffel Bag</strong></h2><img alt="Brics Life Collection 28-Inch Rolling Duffle Bag "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Markle was photographed on multiple occasions</a> wheeling a rolling duffel bag during her various travels. Her specific bag of choice was the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ghurka Kilburn II No. 252 Rolling Suitcase</a>, which is currently sold out, but you can cop the style with this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Brics Life Collection 28-inch Rolling Duffel Bag</a> from Nordstrom, currently $850.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $850</p><h2><strong>Cuyana Classic Structured Leather Tote</strong></h2><img alt="Classic Structured Leather Tote "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Markle has often been spotted at airports</a> — and in her <a href="">general day-to-day life</a> — with a structured leather tote bag. Though she’s carried around a few different brands over the years, her <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cuyana Classic Structured Leather Tote</a> has been spotted on her arm as far back as 2017. She’s been photographed with it in two different colors, including black and caramel. It’s a simple and chic addition to any travel ensemble, and large enough to fit everything you’ll need while you’re on the road. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195</p><h2><strong>Birdies The Starling Flat in Black Velvet</strong></h2><img alt="Birides The Starling "src=""><p>While touring Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and the Republic of Tonga with Prince Harry in 2018, <a href="">Markle was often spotted wearing</a> a sleek and comfortable pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Birdies Starling Flats in Black Velvet</a>. Again, during a tour in Morocco with Prince Harry in 2019, <a href="">she was pictured wearing the same flats</a> while pregnant with baby Archie. However, her love of the shoes <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">can be documented as far back as 2016</a> in various paparazzi photos and on her now-defunct Instagram account. You can get your own pair just like Markle’s for only $95, over on the Birdies website.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><p><strong><i>Love a great deal? </i><a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567"><i>Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</i></a><i> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week.</i></strong></p>
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You Can Travel Solo and Still Enjoy an Overwater Bungalow — and This Maldives Resort Is Here to Prove It

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 13:00
<p>For most, the Maldives is the pinnacle of romance with blindingly white sands and impossibly blue waters designed for honeymooners to enjoy. But one resort wants to end that misconception with a brand new package designed for solo travelers looking to treat themselves — majorly.</p><p>"We have a lot of solo guests who come here to recover,” said Tammy Gan, <a href="">Gili Lankanfushi’s</a> marketing communications manager. “A lot of people like to come here for a digital detox, to disconnect and just get away from it all.”</p><p>Since reopening in December, <a href="">Gili Lankanfushi</a>, the five-star, “No News, No Shoes” barefoot luxury resort of your dreams has been offering the <a href="">Gili Solo Experience</a>. I took a 20-minute solo speedboat ride (included in the package) from Velana International Airport to the recently refurbished Robinson Crusoe-style hideaway to try it out myself.</p><p>The experience saves guests 25 percent on room rates in the villa of their choice for a minimum four nights’ stay (if you’re really looking for privacy, book a Crusoe Residence). Half board meals are a part of the package, so their extensive, top-notch breakfast — including a new cold room with charcuterie, cheeses, cereals, and homemade chocolate — and dinner buffets are included. Don’t miss the Asia market buffet night; the satay station is killer.</p><img alt="Gili Solo Experience, Maldives "src=""><p>The island has a variety of sprawling <a href="">overwater bungalows</a>, so you can’t go wrong no matter what you decide. I opted for the other-worldly stand-alone <a href="">Crusoe Residence</a> and was greeted with a bottle of champagne and a welcome snack at my dining table. The natural, upcycled wooden materials are paired with a thatched roof over glass flooring, all housing a bed you would never want to leave were it not for your private lagoon access. And with the Solo Experience, the tray charge for in-room dining is waved, so if your swim works up an appetite, you can head right back to bed.</p><p>In a place as jaw-droppingly beautiful as this, you’ll need plenty of photos. I was worried that going alone would mean no Instagram pictures of me lounging in my private water hammock, but the package includes a “Gili Goes Photogenic” photography session with your butler, known as your Mr. or Ms. Friday. Luckily, my Mr. Friday had a passion for photography and got <a href="">some stunning shots</a>.</p><p>This solo trip also comes with several once-in-a-lifetime experiences. My favorite was the “Make Your Own BBQ” at the peaceful Palm Beach with a cooking class thrown in. I walked onto the soft sand and saw a beautiful table for one facing the dreamy Crusoe Residences. My local Maldivian chef had a barbecue set up and a variety of raw food including a whole fresh Maldivian lobster, lamb, shrimp, reef fish, and vegetables. Together we added olive oil, butter, salt, and pepper and he showed me how to cook them under the palm trees. Afterward, I devoured the entire plate while watching the fish swim by.</p><img alt="Gili Solo Experience, Maldives "src=""><p>Another excursion for the books was snorkeling on Gili Lankanfushi’s house reef with their <a href="">in-house Marine Biologist</a>, Sarah. She took me along the reef and pointed out unique Indian Ocean fish I’d never seen before including the polka-dotted Sweet Lips and the harmless Black Tipped Shark.</p><p>Since this vacation is designed for some personal R&amp;R, the Solo Experience takes travelers to the tranquil overwater <a href="">Meera Spa</a> for a 120-minute spa treatment with a glass bottom, combined with Gili cuisine and spa juices. I opted for the Meera Signature massage and a Mellow Melon fruit juice with cucumber, melon, pear, and mint leaves.</p><p>On my last night, the team really made it memorable with a sunset sail on a traditional Maldivian boat called a Dhoni. Afterward, my Mr. Friday led me to my “Dine in The Dark” experience — fully blindfolded. I proceeded to slowly make my way through a delicious four-course dinner, missing one of my primary senses. I mistook the reef fish for chicken in the gnocchi course but was pleased to know my palate wasn’t half bad.</p><p>Another misconception Gili works to debunk is that just because you’re on a solo vacation you have to be in total solitude. Everyone on the island knows you by name and will even stop for a genuine chat about how things are going. There is also a weekly sunset cocktail party every Wednesday where guests and staff mingle.</p><p>By the time you leave, the hosts at Gili Lankanfushi will feel more like friends, sending you home with a framed photo of you and your Mr. or Ms. Friday. I know I’ll be coming back... maybe I’ll bring my boyfriend, but probably not.</p><p><em>Prices for the <a href="">Gili Solo Experience</a> start at $2,050 per villa per night.</em></p>
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How to Prevent Getting Sick While Traveling Abroad

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 12:02
<p>Contaminated water should be an important concern for any tourist who doesn’t want to lose vacation days to illness. Cholera, Hepatitis A, and typhoid are just some of the water-borne illnesses affecting parts of underdeveloped countries, according to clinical pharmacist Elizabeth Bunk, who administers vaccines and medications to travelers at Duquesne University. Here are four ways to avoid getting an infection.</p><h3>Use bottled water</h3><p>Travel health professionals strongly advise sticking to bottled, carbonated, and even canned water, and to refuse bottled water at restaurants if it’s brought to the table with the cap opened.</p><h3>Avoid salads</h3><p>Eating steamed, boiled, or fried vegetables, instead of salads rinsed in water, also reduces the risk of illness.</p><h3>Bring a prescription antibiotic</h3><p>Consult with your doctor before your trip and ask for a prescription for a strong antibiotic, such as ciprofloxacin or levfloxacin, which can wipe out multiple types of bacterial infections that cause upset stomach and diarrhea. It’s wiser to come prepared than to try finding a doctor and pharmacy while abroad.</p><h3>Use a purifier</h3><p>In rural areas and smaller villages, purify water with iodine pills (except if you’re pregnant or have thyroid problems), or alternatively chlorine pills. For the most remote locations, water purifiers are the safest option. Try the <a href=";pd_rd_i=B00NK9948M&amp;pd_rd_r=517d73e3-7738-420d-a3d0-beddec94732a&amp;pd_rd_w=xOlRR&amp;pd_rd_wg=V6aZ1&amp;pf_rd_p=e44de6bb-cc27-4696-9c22-3a1bddefabbd&amp;pf_rd_r=GPDD85AGWXE1XT6W929Q&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=GPDD85AGWXE1XT6W929Q" target="_blank">Steripen Ultra</a>, which has a UV lamp to kill bugs, microbes, and bacteria. Or consider the <a href="" target="_blank">Lifesaver water bottle</a>, which uses nano-filtration to remove viruses, bacteria, cysts, and parasites from contaminated water.</p>
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See Glaciers, Gauchos, and Prehistoric Paintings in Chile's Most Beautiful National Park

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 12:01
<p>Towering mountain ranges, cascading waterfalls, hanging glaciers, and a system of trails weaving through steep moraines are just a few of the wonders you can expect to find while exploring <a href="">Torres del Paine National Park</a>. Set in Chilean <a href="">Patagonia</a>, the area offers adventures like <a href="">horseback riding </a>with gauchos and hikes to discover some of the country’s oldest artifacts from Chile’s first inhabitants.</p><img alt="Photographer Michaela Trimble Patagonia Nature Hike Chile "src=""><p><a href="">Planning a trip to Patagonia </a>can seem like quite the challenging feat, as you’re going to the bottom of South America where weather conditions tend to change on a whim. The best time to go is during the summer, from November to early March, as temperatures are high and you have the chance to explore even the most arduous terrain. No matter when you choose to visit, be sure to <a href="">bring layers</a>, as extreme fluctuations in temperature tend to occur throughout the day, especially when hiking to varying altitudes.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">More Latin American trip ideas</a></p><p>For a luxurious stay, book one of 14 villas at<a href=""> Awasi Patagonia</a>, the world's southernmost Relais &amp; Chateaux hotel. The lodge operates on a private-guide system, so you can explore at your own pace and visit the sites you want, when you want, and for however long you want, without the intrusion of other travelers. Located a short drive from Awasi Patagonia is<a href=""> EcoCamp Patagonia</a>, the ideal starting point for travelers aiming to hike the famous W trek, which takes 5 to 7 days. Stay at the property’s own mountain huts before embarking along the route, resting in the park’s campsites each evening.</p><p>Set in the middle of the park on the shores of Lake Pehoé is<a href=""> explora Patagonia</a>, a property offering over 40 guided hikes and horseback rides for both novices and experts. If you have your sights set on the area’s plentiful fly-fishing opportunities, perhaps a stay at<a href=""> Tierra Patagonia</a> is the best choice. Set on a bluff near Lake Sarmiento, the restaurant at this 40-room lodge will prepare your catch for you, complete with the best wines in Chile.</p><img alt="Photographer Michaela Trimble Patagonia Nature Hike Chile "src=""><p>No matter when you choose to go or where you choose to stay, Torres del Paine National Park offers endless adventures for intrepid travelers. These are the sights you can't miss in this stunning national park. </p><h2>Grey Lake</h2><p>Whether you kayak, canoe, or boat across its glacial-fed waters, visiting Grey Lake (an international biosphere reserve) is sure to be one of your best experiences in Torres del Paine National Park. Formed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, Grey Lake offers the perfect mirrored view of the famed Paine Massif; but perhaps the most striking feature of Grey Lake is Grey Glacier, one of the smallest, yet most stunning glaciers in the region.</p><h2>Grey Glacier</h2><p>As the postcard icon of Grey Lake, Grey Glacier is the prize of the Grey Peninsula. Also formed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the world’s second largest contiguous ice field outside of the poles, Grey Glacier is located west of the Paine Massif and extends for nearly 12 miles. On a boat excursion to Grey Glacier, you can get up close to the formation’s towering blue ice walls. You may even have the chance to walk on the glacier’s own island, called a nunatak, which divides the glacier in two.</p><img alt="Photographer Michaela Trimble Patagonia Nature Hike Chile "src=""><h2>Las Torres Base Hike</h2><p>As you climb higher in the Ascencio Valley, you’re well on your way to witnessing the stunning eastern face of the famed Las Torres, or towers, of Torres del Paine. Beyond a gradual ascent of mountain ridges, beech forests, and small rivers, this moderate hike becomes rigorous. After a steep scramble up loose moraine, you will finally reach the base of the towers, the perfect point to marvel at the granite monolith triumvirate, which stands nearly 6,500 feet in the air and spans 12 million years of geological history. If you’re lucky, the day will be clear enough to see the glacial blue pool below the towers.</p><h2>Lake Pehóe</h2><p>Fed by glaciers and located in the center of the park, Lake Pehóe is the picture-perfect foreground to the range’s stunning sunrises and sunsets. From the glassy shores, you can glimpse the Paine Massif and Los Cuernos, the iconic horned range. While water sports aren’t the main prize of icy Lake Pehóe, the views are. Wind gusts often sweep through the lake, causing stunning tornado-like phenomenon to appear in gusts along the water. Visit nearby sites like Salto Grande waterfall to the northeast and Salto Chico waterfall to the southeast.</p><img alt="Photographer Michaela Trimble Patagonia Nature Hike Chile "src=""><img alt="Photographer Michaela Trimble Patagonia Nature Hike Chile "src=""><h2>Paine River and Salto Grande Waterfall</h2><p>Hold onto your hats at this park stop: whipping wind and surging water merge to form the Paine River’s Salto Grande. The main river flowing through the park is at its most beautiful at Salto Grande; while the waterfall steals the show, keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife species that flock nearby — you may see a group of guanacos grazing. Wild relatives of llamas and alpacas, guanacos are fond of these wetlands, as are their foremost predator, the puma. Both are found here, as well as foxes and endangered Chilean huemul deer.</p><img alt="Photographer Michaela Trimble Patagonia Nature Hike Chile "src=""><img alt="Photographer Michaela Trimble Patagonia Nature Hike Chile "src=""><h2>Frenchman’s Valley and Los Cuernos</h2><p>A highlight of the Torres Del Paine W trek, Frenchman’s Valley is best viewed up close. On a day hike, hitch a catamaran ride across Lake Pehoé to the valley’s base. Climb the steep moraines to the foot of the hanging French Glacier. If you’re lucky, you may witness ice calving from the structure as chunks of ice fall from the glacier. Continue skyward to the Los Cuernos peaks, which form a ring around the natural basin. Once at the top, imposing peaks and immense granite rock walls abound.</p><h2>Fauna Trail</h2><p>The Fauna Trail (often called the Nomad Trail) is a walk that reveals what life was like for the park’s earliest inhabitants. As you walk along the vast steppe that was once traversed by the ancient Tehuelches, you'll find a small cave. As you explore the cave adorned with pictographs from the nomadic indigenous people who once lived here, marvel at the paintings depicting guanacos, a mysterious figure, and stenciled hands. The prehistoric paintings are thought to be up to 8,000 years old.</p><h2>Laguna Azul</h2><p>An easy, one-hour hike takes visitors to Laguna Azul, a lake with some of the best views of the Paine Massif. Much of the park’s birdlife flocks near the lagoon, including geese and ducks. Hikers often report sightings of guanacos and <em>ñandús</em>, a bird that's similar to an ostrich. </p><img alt="Photographer Michaela Trimble Patagonia Nature Hike Chile "src=""><img alt="Photographer Michaela Trimble Patagonia Nature Hike Chile "src=""><h2>Sierra Baguales Fossil Trail</h2><p>While Sierra Baguales is technically outside of Torres del Paine, it’s well worth a visit. Whether you prefer to take a horseback ride at a local estancia or mountain bike through the area’s undulating hills, Sierra Baguales is sure to impress. To hike the area’s Fossil Trail, enter the La Cumbre-Baguales Geological and Paleontological Park along the banks of the Baguales River. Here, amidst the trail’s deep valleys and cliffs, find shark teeth, mollusks, and other fossils of marine fauna that once flourished in the Atlantic Ocean nearly 23 million years ago.</p><img alt="Photographer Michaela Trimble Patagonia Nature Hike Chile "src=""><img alt="Photographer Michaela Trimble Patagonia Nature Hike Chile "src=""><h2>Sarmiento Lake</h2><p>Unlike Torres del Paine’s glacial lakes, Sarmiento Lake is derived from rain water, which causes its deep blue hue. This lake is at the epicenter of the area’s mountains and wildlife, a natural paradise with calcium carbonate thrombolites (rare fossils depicting the earliest days of life on our planet) on its white shores.</p>
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These Travel Accessories Make Sleeping on Airplanes Way Easier

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:02
<p>There are two types of <a href="">travelers</a> in this world: those who can <a href="">sleep on planes</a> and those who can’t.</p><p>This one ability — or lack thereof — can make a world of difference, particularly for flights any longer than six hours. It’s a matter of landing and feeling functional (albeit a bit groggy and stiff) versus arriving at your destination and feeling as if you’ve undergone some twisted form of <a href="">sleep deprivation</a> in an otherworldly dimension of crying babies, armrest battles, and movies with a max rating of 55 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">travel accessories</a> </p><p>For travelers who fall into the latter category, it’s worth exploring any avenue to secure some precious in-flight shut-eye — even if the methods elicit more than a couple raised eyebrows from fellow passengers.</p><p>These products may look a little ridiculous, but they'll also help you finally slip into a glorious, elusive slumber in the skies.</p><h2>Ostrich Pillow Light</h2><img alt="Grey and Blue Round Travel Neck Pillow "src=""><p>The internet has gone wild for a variety of oddly-shaped <a href="">travel pillows</a> from Ostrich, and while they may look a little strange, customers swear by them for successful airplane sleep. This soft, circular-shaped pillow provides neck support and doubles as a surprisingly comfortable <a href="" target="_blank">eye mask</a>.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvaccessoriessleepingonairplanewayeasierswaldenmdiamondfeb-20&amp;linkId=915054c24e776879802e88ff2a05685b&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $40</p><h2>Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="Black Travel Neck Pillow "src=""><p>This memory foam pillow has just about everything you could want in a <a href="" target="_blank">travel pillow</a>: It provides plenty of neck support, is made with breathable fabric, and comes with a convenient carrying case. This product is a major upgrade from the standard, bead-filled neck pillows that have become synonymous with overpriced airport gift shops. With a sturdy, ergonomic design and real memory foam, it's effective enough to be worth the investment.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvaccessoriessleepingonairplanewayeasierswaldenmdiamondfeb-20&amp;linkId=693ba34442ccda8a20fbc17158dd6fee&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $40</p><h2>Andyer Portable Travel Footrest</h2><img alt="Black Portable Airplane Footrest "src=""><p>This portable footrest secures around the seatback tray table to solve the where-the-heck-do-I-put-my-feet issue that’s all too common in an era of limited legroom and oversized carry-ons.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvaccessoriessleepingonairplanewayeasierswaldenmdiamondfeb-20&amp;linkId=e301c3458976c5966c1fd282ca6d95a6&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $10</p><h2>Bucky 40 Blinks Eye Mask</h2><img alt="Gadgets that will help you sleep on a plane. "src=""><p>This Bucky eye mask is a vast improvement from the flimsy option that came with your last international flight care package. It may look a little Martian, but it's available in a variety of colors and patterns — some that actually verge on stylish. Plus, it comes equipped with a strong strap that won’t lose elasticity the third time you use it.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvaccessoriessleepingonairplanewayeasierswaldenmdiamondfeb-20&amp;linkId=f1e9c93445cec1d56b72e638fbdcb9c5&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $8 (originally $10)</p><h2>Bose Noise-canceling Wireless Headphones 700</h2><img alt="Black Wireless Headphones "src=""><p>A pair of noise-canceling headphones is a must-have while traveling. For serious travelers who are willing to drop a pretty penny for a night of sound sleep, these may be worth it. For those seeking the noise-canceling power of these headphones for a fraction of the cost, consider the <a href=";tag=tlridiculousproductsforsleepplane-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01D50RZQI&amp;linkId=eb3989f9ea725c69be361e1b39a98dbe" target="_blank">Rohm portable white-noise machine</a>. Although this product is more suited for a hotel room than an airplane, it gets high reviews for effectiveness.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvaccessoriessleepingonairplanewayeasierswaldenmdiamondfeb-20&amp;linkId=54ee02e3a3664178a64509323123584b&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $399</p><h2>Kiehl's Cactus Flower &amp; Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist</h2><img alt="Green and White Bottle of Facial Mist "src=""><p>Before you scoff at the seemingly superfluous nature of this product, it’s worth giving it a try on your next long flight. This mist by <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Kiehl’s</a> contains a combination of lavender, geranium, and rosemary that moisturizes and refreshes sensitive skin in dry conditions (like inside a plane cabin). Lavender is also known for its calming, slumber-inducing effects.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $27</p><h2>Clorox Disinfecting Wipes</h2><img alt="Clorox Travel Size Disinfectant Wipes "src=""><p>We’ll do you a favor and refrain from delving into the statistics behind bacteria and germs on the average commercial airliner. If you’re losing sleep on planes because of the mental ick factor of traveling in a less-than-sterile environment, carrying these on-the-go Clorox wipes for your tray table and armrests may help ease your mind.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvaccessoriessleepingonairplanewayeasierswaldenmdiamondfeb-20&amp;linkId=4e8522cb4feda935ee4d9989a69def96&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $14</p><h2>Travelrest Travel Blanket</h2><img alt="Blue Airplane Blanket/Poncho "src=""><p>You might not have ever thought to bring your own blanket on an airplane, but doing so is a real game changer. You can wear this travel blanket from Travelrest as a poncho, so there's no question that you'll be warm and cozy during your flight. 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