Everything You Need to Pack for Machu Picchu

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:48
<p>If you’re headed to the Sacred Valley, be sure to pack the right essentials.</p><p>Travelers with their sights on <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a>, located high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, are in for plenty of challenging trails, gorgeous views, and fascinating historical sites.</p><p>The 15th-century fortress, considered the most famous icon of the Inca civilization, is about 7,970 feet above sea level. The high altitude makes it important to not only pack the right supplies, but to not pack any more than what you need to keep your pack light.</p><p>To start, always begin with the right trail bag. Something light, durable and supportive will help you get through the day without weighing you down or making you tired. If you need a suggestion for a specific bag, the video above has a great recommendation: the <a href="" target="_blank">REI Co-op Flash 65 Pack</a>.</p><p>Inside your bag, you’ll also want to efficiently pack only what you need on the trail while also planning for all kinds of weather and situations. Some tour operators may provide camping basics, but more personal supplies are up to you.</p><p>Remember to always have a good pair of <a href="" target="_blank">hiking shoes</a> with good traction and support. In your bag, keep a pair of sunglasses, a hat (for the sun) and <a href="" target="_blank">sunscreen</a> to protect your skin from damage. For colder or unpredictable weather, also pack a thicker, knit hat and gloves, long underwear, flannel, a long sleeve thermal, a <a href="" target="_blank">light down jacket</a>, a <a href="" target="_blank">rain jacket</a> and a rain cover for your bag. You can get <a href="" target="_blank">stuff sacks</a> to save space in your bag for all these items.</p><p>It’s great to pack layers, so also bring one or two T-shirts and your <a href="" target="_blank">hiking pants</a>. Bring a swimsuit and flip-flops, too, for bathing and potential swimming opportunities. And, don’t forget lots of socks (we like <a href=";node=2588109011&amp;field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=Darn+Tough" target="_blank">Darn Tough</a>). Hikers always have to take care of their feet.</p><p>Campsite essentials include a camping pillow and an ultra-warm <a href="" target="_blank">sleeping bag</a>, a dopp kit for toiletries and a <a href="" target="_blank">headlamp</a> (because no one wants to get stranded outside in the dark).</p><p>Throughout the trip, remember to stay hydrated with a <a href="" target="_blank">special pack</a>, which is easier than carrying a water bottle, too. Don’t forget your medications or passport as well.</p><p>Once you get to the site, you’ll have to store your large, hiking bag somewhere safe. But, in order to carry your daytime essentials, bring a small <a href="" target="_blank">day bag</a>. Bring your <a href="" target="_blank">camera</a> and <a href="">portable chargers</a> as well, because you’ll want lots of pictures.</p><p>If you’re worried about carrying all this stuff, don’t worry. Keep heavier items low in the bag and daily essentials packed in the front. As long as your bag is under 25 pounds, you’ll still be comfortable on the trip.</p>
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Run Away to Spain This Fall for $356 Round-trip

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:54
<p>As the Northeast’s <a href="" target="_blank">interminable winter rages into spring</a>, we’re already looking for ways to extend our summer fun. Running away to Spain this fall sounds like just the way to do it.</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Points Guy</em></a> reported yesterday, several airlines are offering round-trip flights to Barcelona and Madrid in the mid-$300s. <a href="" target="_blank">Iberia</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Air Europa</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Tap Air</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Norwegian Air</a> are all offering the discounted fares.</p><p>There are flights from Boston to Barcelona, with basic economy tickets starting at <a href="" target="_blank">$356 round-trip</a> in September. And if you’re in New York City, there are tickets starting at <a href="" target="_blank">$370 round-trip</a> to Madrid this October.</p><p>In the mood for an island getaway? <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Scott’s Cheap Flights</em></a> found deals from New York to Mallorca, Málaga, and Tenerife starting at just over $400 round-trip, with fares available this September through February 2019.</p><p>If you’re interested in flying to Spain this fall, use <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a> to search for deals. Once you’ve identified the best possible fare, you can purchase your ticket with your preferred online travel agency like <a href="" target="_blank">Orbitz</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Momondo</a>, or <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia</a>, or just book directly through the airline.</p>
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Sail Across Alaska's Prince William Sound on This Seven-night Adventure Cruise

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:36
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Alaska: 34 percent off a 7-night cruise from <a href="" target="_blank">Offshore Outpost Expeditions</a>, a small-ship expedition company that offers wildlife-focused itineraries in the Sea of Cortez and Alaska.</p><p>The Discover Alaska’s Prince William Sound deal includes:</p>Seven nights aboard the Pacific Provider, sailing from Whittier to Cordova to in a spacious stateroomThree chef-prepared meals per dayAll snacks and beverages, including a well-stocked open barAdventure gear for fishing and kayakingOvernight accommodations in Anchorage and transfer to the ship in WhittierActivities such as: kayak in remote coves and along unspoiled shorelines alongside rafts of otters; catch Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon or gather fresh prawns (the chef will prepare them for your next meal or vacuum seal your catch to take home); encounter pods of humpback whales and orcas across Prince William Sound; watch tidewater glaciers calve into the sea (Prince William Sound has the world’s largest concentration of tidewater glaciers)<p>Original Price: From $8,900 per person (or $1,271 per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $5,900 per person (or $843 per night); book by May 10, 2018 for May 27 and June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2018 departures.</p><p>Booking details: Use booking code TandL34 <a href="" target="_blank">when booking online</a> or call 877-460-9757.</p>
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Voodoo Doughnuts Is Opening Its First East Coast Location in an Amusement Park

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:24
<p>Portland point of pride Voodoo Doughnuts is opening up its <a href="" target="_blank">first East Coast location</a> at <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios Florida</a>.</p><p>The flamingo-colored donut shop with a cult following will open at Universal CityWalk in Universal Resort.</p><p>“We used to joke that we dreamed of opening a donut palace, and we’d say things like, ‘wouldn’t it be cool to have a water slide in it?’ Now there’s one right nearby!” Tres Shannon, one of Voodoo Doughnut’s founders, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Delish</em></a>.</p><p>The shop became famous for its inventive flavor combinations after opening in Portland in 2004. The maple bacon doughnut (<a href="" target="_blank">beloved by the likes of Anthony Bourdain</a>) has become the shop’s bestseller. <a href="" target="_blank">Other unique doughnuts</a> include Oh Captain My Captain (topped with Captain Crunch cereal), Voodoo Bubble (topped with a piece of Double Bubble gum) or Memphis Mafia Fritter (with banana chunks, peanut butter and chocolate chip).</p><p>The shop is so beloved by its customers that <a href="" target="_blank">it’s even possible to get married there</a>. <a href="" target="_blank">Half-hour lines</a> have already formed to get into the Universal shop.</p><p>The Orlando location will officially open later this spring, although staff has already begun operating the store in “preview” mode. It will stay open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays to satisfy late night doughnut cravings.</p><p>This will be the eighth location for Voodoo Doughnuts. There are already shops in Portland and Eugene, Oregon; <a href="" target="_blank">Denver</a>, Colorado; <a href="" target="_blank">Austin</a>, Texas; and Los Angeles, California.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off a Four-night Stay in a Luxury Seaside Villa in Barbados

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:51
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Barbados: 30 percent off Villas at Port Ferdinand, a luxe seaside escape on the historical northwest coast with spacious villas that have coral stone walls, marble and limestone touches, and covered terraces. The resort’s new features include an outpost of the club Nikki Beach, complete with an octagonal bar and docks for yachts and a refreshed restaurant, 13/59, with Mediterranean and Asian inspired cuisine.</p><p>The Exclusive Summer Deal includes:</p>A minimum of four nights in a VillaVIP meet and greet upon arrival at the airportUnlimited water taxi service between Port Ferdinand and sister property Saint Peter’s BayActivities such as swimming and snorkeling with turtles and non-motorized water sportsA $100 spa credit<p>Original Price: From $2540 (or $635 per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> $1,778 (or $445 per night); book by May 15, 2018 for travel from April 14 – December 14, 2018</p><p>Booking details: Use booking code TL3018 when <a href=";s=default&amp;l=en_US" target="_blank">booking online</a>.</p>
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The Playlist You Should Listen to Depending on the City You're Visiting

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:32
<p>America is full of rich musical history, but that doesn't mean we all agree on what to listen to.</p><p>To show just how diverse our musical tastes can be from coast to coast, Spotify has teamed up with <a href="" target="_blank">Visit the USA</a>, part of U.S. marketing organization <a href="" target="_blank">Brand USA</a>, to put together a series of playlists based on the songs locals listen to most in 22 different cities across the country.</p><p>Visit the USA chose <a href="" target="_blank">22 cities known for their musical offerings</a>, like <a href="" target="_blank">Nashville</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">New Orleans</a>, as well as up-and-comers like Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. </p><p>Curated playlists can be found for each of the following cities: Miami, New York City, Chicago, Memphis, Los Angeles, Detroit, New Orleans, Nashville, Portland, Houston, San Juan, Atlanta, Denver, Baltimore, Providence, San Antonio, Sioux Falls, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Charleston, Cheyenne, and San Francisco.</p><p>Spotify customized each playlist based on the listening habits of users in each of the cities, comparing this data to their aggregate user base to pull the top hits. Brand USA also created a "mood" to describe each of the cities and their playlists, like “Undiscovered, Serene” in Sioux Falls and “Upbeat, Excitement, Dance, and Latin” in <a href="" target="_blank">Miami</a>.</p><p>Top songs range from "I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan and “All Falls Down” by Kanye West in <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a> to Miley Cyrus' "Malibu" and the appropriately named "Californication" from the Red Hot Chili Peppers in <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>. </p><p>“Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie and the Blowfish, “Can’t You See” by The Marshall Tucker Band, and “Let’s Twist Again” by Chubby Checker landed in <a href="" target="_blank">Charleston’s most popular songs</a>, while Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” and The Avalanche’s “Since I Left You” were popular in <a href="" target="_blank">Providence</a>, Rhode Island. </p><p>Each of the playlists can be viewed on <a href="" target="_blank">Visit the USA's Spotify page</a> starting Thursday, April 19, and on <a href="" target="_blank">Visit the USA’s website</a> starting Monday, April 23. </p><p>The partnership is part of Brand USA's <a href="" target="_blank">“Hear the Music, Experience the USA”</a> campaign, which explores the musical range of America through five artists who create their own version of the famed song, “Do You Wanna Dance?” by Bobby Freeman in their respective cities.</p>
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This Miami Hotel Has a 'Grocery Guru' Who Teaches Guests How to Make Healthy Choices at the Supermarket

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:31
<p>Wellness resorts are all the rage these days: Top health hotels like <a href="" target="_blank">Canyon Ranch</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Rancho La Puerta</a> help harried urbanites reconnect with nature, rediscover nutritious, plant-based foods, and conquer stress.</p><p>But it’s one thing making healthy choices, say, at a luxury wellness resort on the ocean, and another when you’re back to your daily grind.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Carillon Miami Wellness Resort</a>, a newly renovated hotel on North Beach, understands the challenge of bringing these healthy practices back home, and has launched a number of services and unique amenities in response.</p><p>One such offering is a one-on-one consultation with a so-called “grocery guru,” who teaches guests how to make healthy choices in the supermarket. After an initial conversation in which the client’s goals and lifestyle is discussed, the grocery guru and the guest hit the aisles, analyzing nutrition labels, doing product comparisons, and examining produce.</p><p>We caught up with the grocery guru, registered dietitian and personal trainer Monika Arenas, to learn more about the one-of-a-kind service and get her best tips for eating well at home and on the road.</p><img alt="Monika Arenas, RD, helps guests with healthy grocery shopping at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort "src=""><p><strong>T+L: Where did idea behind the “grocery guru” service originate?</strong></p><p>“The Carillon is really committed to the long-term wellness game. We want to teach guests how to make mindful changes that they can apply to their lives back home. The grocery guru service is an extension of that philosophy.”</p><p><strong>What does the tour to the grocery store entail?</strong></p><p>“The whole thing takes 90 minutes. We start in the produce aisle, where we look at the organic and seasonal options and learn how to do price comparison. Then it’s on to the rest of the store to find nutritious snack options, good quality meats and fish, and more. I'll ask guests what they typically buy, then make recommendations on healthier alternatives. For example, if someone regularly buys potato chips, I'll suggest baked or kale chips."</p><img alt="Gym at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort "src=""><p><strong>What are the biggest mistakes people make at the store?</strong></p><p>“Where to start?! For one, grabbing whatever looks appealing. Whether it’s fancy packaging or eye-catching labels, I see a lot of people reaching for things that are well-marketed but not great from a nutritional standpoint. I also see a lot of people buying fat-free items, not realizing that a lot of these foods are packed with fillers and chemicals. Lastly, too many people are buying packaged products that are super high in sugar and sodium.”</p><p><strong>Beyond the grocery store, how can people make good dietary choices when they travel?</strong></p><p>“Keep snacks on you at all time. I love Shanti bars, RX bars, and raw nuts. And when you eat out, fill half your plate with vegetables and allow yourself to only indulge in only one of the three: breads, beverages, or dessert.”</p><img alt="Pool at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort "src=""><p><strong>Any other tips?</strong></p><p>“Make sure you’re moving during the day and not eating to the point of being stuffed. You’re allowed to indulge on vacation— you just have to do some mindfully and with moderation.”</p>
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You Can Get Free Admission to Any National Park This Saturday

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:31
<p>National parks that typically charge entrance fees will be offering free admission this weekend to mark the start of <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Week</a>.</p><p>On Saturday, April 21, visitors will be able to visit popular parks like <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Canyon </a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Joshua Tree</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Yosemite</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Death Valley</a> free of charge. Depending on the park, visitors can save up to $30.</p><p>In addition to a free admission day, National Park Week also offers a <a href="" target="_blank">series of special events and free guided tours</a>. Activities range from guided hikes at popular stops like Zabriskie Point at <a href="" target="_blank">Death Valley</a> to stargazing in Joshua Tree. This year’s theme of “<a href="" target="_blank">Park Stars</a>” celebrates the dark skies and natural gems that travelers can admire at U.S. national parks, as well as the NPS employees that keep the parks welcoming to visitors.</p><p>Earth Day is April 22, and there will be <a href="" target="_blank">festivals</a> at parks like Yosemite with live music, ranger meet and greets, photo walks, and Shakespeare performances.</p><p>There are <a href="" target="_blank">two more days in 2018</a> when there will be free admission at the parks: National Public Lands Day, on September 22, and Veterans Day, on November 11.</p><p>Budget conscious travelers will want to take note of the free days, since the National Park Service will be increasing fees to <a href="" target="_blank">117 popular parks</a> like Zion, Acadia, and the Grand Canyon starting June 1, 2018.</p>
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Once-abandoned 'Wizard of Oz' Theme Park Is Opening for the Summer (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:30
<p>An infamous theme park dedicated to “<a href="" target="_blank">The Wizard of Oz</a>” is reopening this summer for just six days in June. While the dates are limited, you won't need a hot air balloon or ruby slippers to get there.</p><p>The Land of Oz, a famously failed theme park on Beech Mountain, in North Carolina, will be offering one-hour guided tours every Friday in June, as well as Saturday, June 30, <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Charlotte Observer</em> reported</a>.</p><img alt="Tin Man at the Land of Oz on Beech Mountain, N.C. "src=""><p>The “Journey With Dorothy” tour asks you to “drop all inhibitions and to remember your childhood,” according to the <a href="" target="_blank">park’s website</a>. “With Dorothy as your guide, you will skip down the yellow brick road through the magical Land of Oz™ to help her search for the wonderful wizard during this interactive experience.”</p><p>Guests may even be asked to play Dorothy or another Oz character for the tour, as it makes stops at particular points on the Yellow Brick Road to act out scenes. So, brush up on your improv skills.</p><p>The park got famous on the internet after urban explorers posted spooky pictures of the desolate park. Features look decrepit, plants are overgrown, and parts of the road are missing.</p><p>Even though it has been closed for over 35 years, only opening from time to time over the years, management of the park says it is not “abandoned.” The park originally opened in 1970 and officially “closed” in 1980. In the 1990s, the park began opening once a year in the fall. Sales from its Autumn at Oz event are put toward restoring the park, according to the website.</p><p>Tickets for June’s Journey With Dorothy are $25 per person, and will officially go on sale on April 20. More information can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Land of Oz website.</a></p>
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Oprah’s Cute Travel-friendly Sneakers Are Actually Orthopedic

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:02
<p>Let it be known that stylish orthopedic shoes exist! Need proof? Fine. Look no further than <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah Winfrey</a> on the cover of <i>O, The Oprah</i> <i>Magazine</i> wearing a sleek pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vionic</a> sneakers that are as comfy as they are chic.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Emma Watson and Kate Middleton Go Everywhere in These $65 Sneakers</a></p><p>The shoe brand, known for its comfort technology, is a certified Oprah favorite — having made the Hollywood icon’s <a href="" target="_blank">personal list of favorite things</a> last year. So, of course, she had to sport them for the April 2018 issue of <i>O</i>, where she’s seen dressed up in all-white everything, completing her relaxed outfit with <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vionic’s ‘Hattie’ espadrille-sneaker hybrid</a> — and honestly, have orthopedic sneakers ever looked chicer? Anybody? Just asking for a friend here.</p><img alt="Vionic White Hattie Sneaker "src=""><p>You can shop the sneakers (plus four other colorways!) at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> for $90.</p>
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'Cliff Camping' Lets You Sleep in a Bed Dangling 60 Feet Above the English Channel (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:00
<p>Most people love hotel beds because they’re <a href="" target="_blank">soft and luxurious</a>. However, there are some travelers out there who prefer a constant adrenaline rush to a comfortable night's sleep.</p><p>A unique B&amp;B, the brainchild of climber Eddy Young, offers thrill-seekers the chance to sleep on the face of a cliff in Dorset, about 60 feet above the English Channel.</p><img alt="Cliff Camping Dorset "src=""><p>Sounds relaxing.</p><p>Young’s website describes his “portaledge,” or cliff camping, idea as “a tent in the world of vertical life.” In order to go cliff camping, apparently all you need is a “sense of adventure, a head for heights, and a basic level of fitness.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">If You’re Having Trouble Sleeping, a Weekend of Camping Could Be the Cure</a></p><p>Of course, if you’re prone to tossing and turning at night, we assume this is not right for you.</p><p>An overnight stay, which includes dinner, costs £450 (just under $640 USD) for one person, and £250 (about $355 USD) per person for two people. If you have three or more people in your party, you’ll need to contact Young’s company directly.</p><p>It’s slighting cheaper to enjoy lunch and watch the sunset without staying overnight.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>, only six people have opted for this experience. Young told the news site, however, that the experience is very comfortable and safe.</p><p>“The clients will stay tied to a harness and the portaledge sinks a bit in the middle to stop you rolling off,” Young said.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">These New Stackable Tents Are Like Bunk Beds for Camping</a></p><p>Guests need to bring warm clothes, appropriate climbing shoes, a camera (of course), and any personal essentials such as medications they may need on the trip.</p><p>“Of course, a sense of adventure is most important,” it says on the website. For more information on booking a <a href="" target="_blank">cliff camping</a> trip, as well as other activities, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Young’s Adventure Solutions website</a>.</p>
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Expedia Is Offering Up to 90% Off Hotels This Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:35
<p>Summer is right around the corner, and if you’re already planning a vacation, you could save some money on your hotel with <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia’s latest sale</a>. The booking platform is launching its first <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">semi-annual sale</a>, with discounts up to 90% off of hotel stays in cities across the U.S., Europe, and Asia.</p><p>The sale starts at 9:00 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET on Friday, April 20. The biggest savings (of up to 90% off) will be available through Expedia's mobile app (available on <a href="" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href=";hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a>), while there will also be a selection of hotels up to half off on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia’s website</a>.</p><p>Travelers can also save on package deals that combine Delta flights with 50% off hotels, as well as up to $750 off a $1,000 vacation package, or $50 off a $200 hotel coupon. If you're waiting for the catch, here it is: The best deals will be available in limited quantities, so you'll have to act fast if you want to score a cheap vacation.</p><p>The sale runs through Monday, April 23, with Monday’s last-chance deals offering 25% off hotels through the app, and 20% off hotels on Expedia’s site, as well as $50 off of a $200 hotel coupon.</p>
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After Years of Delays, the Queen Elizabeth 2 Is Finally Opening as a Floating Hotel (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 15:54
<p>After 10 years of sitting in <a href="" target="_blank">Dubai</a>, the historic <a href="" target="_blank">Queen Elizabeth 2</a> ocean liner is opening as a hotel.</p><p>The QE2 rose to prominence when it set sail in 1969 as an emblem of Great Britain. For almost 40 years, the ship traversed the globe on more than 1,400 voyages. In its seafaring history, the QE2 circumnavigated the globe 25 times, hosted 2.5 million passengers, and sailed more than 6 million nautical miles.</p><p>In 2008, the ship took its last voyage to Dubai. The city had spent $100 million on the ship with the intent to quickly transform it into a floating hotel. But a global recession stalled plans, and the QE2 has sat in Dubai’s port for the past 10 years.</p><p>This week, the hotel finally opens with 224 rooms and suites, 13 restaurants and bars, a movie theater, and an exhibition detailing the ship’s history. Visitors will be able to step onboard the boat, docked permanently at Mina Rashid, just to sample the cuisine at a few of the restaurants.</p><img alt="Queen Elizabeth 2 ship hotel "src=""><p>“To finally open the QE2 is a dream come true for my team and I,” Hamza Mustafa, chief executive of PCFC Hotels, <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “It is one of Dubai’s most highly anticipated projects and we know that a lot of people are going to be very excited to see her for the first time, or to step back on board the vessel that created so many wonderful memories during her 40 years at sea.”</p><p>The QE2’s sister ship, <a href="" target="_blank">the Queen Mary</a>, is also a floating hotel and tourist attraction. It has been docked in Long Beach, California, since 1972.</p><p>Cabins are available from April 18, starting at $190 (AED 700) per night for the soft opening. The hotel will host <a href="" target="_blank">its grand opening in October</a>.</p>
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U.K. Cracks Down on Drunk Passengers With Proposal to Put Alcohol in Sealed Bags

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 15:47
<p>There are many reasons why a flight could have a disruptive passenger on board, but one of the most common is too much alcohol.</p><p>According to the Civil Aviation Authority in the U.K., one in six people have witnessed aggressive behavior on flights in the last three years. One way the British government is cracking down on disruptive, and particularly drunken, passengers is by proposing all alcohol bought in airports be sealed in plastic bags.</p><p>At the moment, according to <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Daily Mail</em></a>, sealed bags are already in use, but only for passengers on international flights.</p><p>While it’s <a href="" target="_blank">not true that people can get drunk</a> quicker on a flight, it is still true that both the cabin air and alcohol can <a href="" target="_blank">dehydrate</a> you, which can significantly affect a passenger’s health if they drink too much. It’s also not a good game plan if you want to get a <a href="" target="_blank">restful sleep while flying</a>.</p><p>In addition to the sealed bags, the British government is considering more extreme punishments for people who disrupt flights due to drunkenness.</p><p>Currently, a person is still prohibited from being drunk on a plane in the U.K., despite being able to drink their own alcohol and being able to order as many drinks as they wish. Punishment can include up to two years in prison and an unlimited fine, according to <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Scotsman</em></a>. U.K. officials are also considering adopting a policy prohibiting passengers from drinking their own alcohol, as well.</p><p>The new measures will be discussed this fall, and most likely put into effect early next year.</p>
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The World’s Coolest Public Swimming Pool Will Be in Copenhagen’s Harbor

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:31
<p>No matter where you are in Denmark, you’re never more than <a href="" target="_blank">30 miles from the sea</a>.</p><p>Seaside life is an important part of Danish culture — and something that architects will hope revitalize a disused artificial island in Copenhagen’s harbor.</p><p>Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma &amp; Associates recently won a competition to build <a href="" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>’s new <a href="" target="_blank">Waterfront Culture Center</a>, paying homage to the Danish seaside culture.</p><p>Visitors to the center will be able to swim in indoor/outdoor pools that terrace down directly to the sea while elevated glass pools will allow visitors to swim through brick pyramids. The mock-ups are a fantastic, almost futuristic look into the elegant potential for public swimming pools. The building will also include spaces for sports and wellness activities.</p><img alt="Water Culture House in Copenhagen "src=""><img alt="Water Culture House in Copenhagen "src=""><p>“Our focus in design is to create an experience, and not just a standalone object, in the form of the landscape, art and architecture that are unified and defined by the water,” the project's lead architect Yuki Ikeguchi, <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “Our design attempts to soften and dissolve the edge and blur the sense of boundary of the land.”</p><img alt="Water Culture House in Copenhagen "src=""><img alt="Water Culture House in Copenhagen "src=""><p>The architects have not released an expected date of completion for the project.</p><p>The project is part of a redevelopment to turn an disused artificial island into a center of culture as Copenhagen expands and revitalizes its waterfront. Christiansholm (known locally as Paper Island) used to be the home of the Danish press. Today, <a href="" target="_blank">it is a public center</a> where visitors wander through former industrial warehouses that now house street food stalls, event space and an experimental science and technology museum.</p>
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Why Anderson Cooper Orders Room Service Off the Kids’ Menu

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:01
<p>Anderson Cooper is sentimental.</p><p>Whether traveling around the world or ordering at a restaurant, Cooper reverts to comfort and memory.</p><p>“I have the palette of a five-year-old. I order off the kids menu at hotels,” he jokes in an interview with <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p><p>Cooper had just finished dining with Anthony Bourdain at Heidelberg, a German restaurant on New York City’s Upper East Side. The menu was not for kids.</p><p>The two CNN hosts sat behind giant boot-shaped steins of pilsner, eating pickled herring, various sausages, and liver dumplings — tame in comparison to previous meals. “Anthony likes to torment me,” Cooper laughed. “I’ve eaten the aorta of a heart and all sorts of French blood things, like pudding and sausage and stuff. But this was pretty straightforward.”</p><p>For the past few years, Bourdain and Cooper have met at a <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> restaurant to sample foods (often to Cooper’s horror) and discuss the locations in each new season of Bourdain’s series, “Parts Unknown.”</p><p>Because of his annual meals with Bourdain, one of the world’s most adventurous eaters, Cooper said he’s “a little more willing to try new things.”</p><p>Bourdain’s influence also extends to Cooper’s travel plans. “I’ve actually traveled to a bunch of places because he’s been there,” Cooper told T+L. “Like Tangiers. I went after seeing his episode. It was funny because I was there and I ran into people that he had had on his show.”</p><p>Although Cooper doesn’t have much free time to travel. Between his nightly news show on CNN, “60 Minutes,” and “AC2,” a traveling talk show with Andy Cohen, he has only one weekend off per month. (That weekend is lowkey, generally spent at his home in Connecticut.) But when he does travel, he’s “a creature of habit.”</p><p>“I tend to go to the same places over and over again,” Cooper explained. “I go to Rome a lot. I go to Africa a lot.”</p><p>Cooper holds Africa particularly dear. At 17, he left high school and rode in a truck across sub-saharan Africa (the lead-up to which he self-effacingly refers to as “a long, boring story,” by the way). In the years since, he has returned numerous times to the continent. He cites seeing mountain gorillas in Rwanda and diving with great white sharks off the coast of <a href="" target="_blank">Cape Town</a> as two of his most memorable travel experiences.</p><p>He returns often to his seaside house in Trancoso, Brazil (<a href="" target="_blank">he wrote about it for <em>Travel + Leisure</em> in 2015</a>) — a place he is trying to convince Bourdain to visit. “My town is this really unique little place so I’m always trying to get him to go there,” Cooper said.</p><p>Asked where he plans on traveling next, Cooper mentions Luang Prabang, Easter Island or the Galapagos — although it’s impossible for him to say for certain where he’ll end up next.</p><p>“I’m hugely disorganized and because of my schedule, I can’t plan things very far in advance because, inevitably, it will change,” Cooper said. “So I’m always last minute thinking ‘okay, I’d like to go to Laos next week.’ I don’t have time to call a travel agent or anything. It’s all last minute.”</p><p>During those last minutes, Cooper said he will “always look at <em>Travel + Leisure</em>, their website to look at all the articles they’ve had on Laos and recommendations, places to stay.” Although, it’s unlikely Cooper is browsing for restaurant recommendations. No matter where he goes, “you can’t go wrong with peanut butter and jelly.”</p><p><em>Anderson Cooper’s interviews with Anthony Bourdain will air on Anderson Cooper 360 every Friday night, beginning April 27. </em></p>
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The Queen Shows Her Sassy Side While Joking About Her Grandchildren in New Documentary

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:32
<p>A new documentary from ITV shows just how humorous <a href="" target="_blank">the Queen</a> can be — while providing a rare look into some of the traditions that have taken place behind closed doors at <a href="" target="_blank">Buckingham Palace</a>. </p><p>The documentary, titled <a href="" target="_blank">“The Queen’s Green Planet,”</a> brings the 91-year-old face to face with another famed 91-year-old, British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The duo discuss the Queen’s love of trees and her dream of creating a global network of protected forests around the world through the <a href="" target="_blank">Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy</a>.</p><p>Aside from being impressed by the project’s ambitious aim of bringing people together across the U.K. and all of the 53 Commonwealth countries to plant forests, viewers are smitten with the Queen’s sassy humor.</p><p>From discussing the royal family’s Christmas traditions to joking about garden parties, the Queen provides viewers with a rare look into her personality.</p><p>As the two walk through the palace grounds, the Queen makes Attenborough laugh and the two discuss <a href="" target="_blank">Christmas</a> traditions at the palace, including the Queen's gifts to her staff and Prince George and Princess Charlotte's habit of knocking the ornaments off the tree.</p><p>"The problem is the children love knocking those," the Queen says. "The great thing is to make them decorate it, and then they're a bit more careful."</p><p>The documentary also reveals how the Queen’s love of trees started in her early childhood and reveals that she planted trees for each of her children throughout the palace grounds. </p>
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A Mesmerizing Flower Bloom Turns This Entire Forest Blue Every Spring

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:00
<p>Head to the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hallerbos forest in Belgium</a> in the springtime and you’ll be treated to a magical scene as the lush grounds become blanketed in seas of <a href="" target="_blank">blooming</a> bluebells.</p><p>Hallerbos is known as <a href="" target="_blank">“The Blue Forest”</a> thanks to the millions of hyacinths (also known as bluebells due to their striking purple-blue hue) that carpet the forest floor. Visitors will find winding paths with prime views of miles and miles of the colorful flowers made all the more striking against the forest's lush beech trees.</p><img alt="belgium hallerbos "src=""><p>While the bluebells bloom at different times each year based on weather conditions and how much sunlight the forest is getting, Belgium's Forestry Service representatives recommend visiting the area around the second half of April for the best chance of seeing the flowers in all their glory.</p><p>The forest, which is located in the municipality of Halle, has <a href="" target="_blank">already started seeing bluebells</a> blooming this year, with increased sunlight expected to bring more bluebell blooms to the forest over the upcoming weeks.</p><img alt="hallerbos belgium "src=""><img alt="belgium hallerbos "src=""><p>For those curious about when the bluebells are blooming, the Forestry Service provides regular <a href="" target="_blank">updates on its website</a>, adding that bluebells typically staring to change from a bright blue to a grayish-blue in May.</p><p>When the birch trees start to sprout their leaves, they begin to darken the area, which in combination with fog can make the scene all the more striking.</p><img alt="belgium hallerbos "src=""><p>Visitors can take their own paths through the <a href="" target="_blank">forest</a> or join in on a series of hosted walks to learn about the various plants and animals like deer and <a href="" target="_blank">rabbits</a> that call the space home.</p><p>If you are planning to visit the forest, being mindful of its paths and avoiding stepping on the flowers can help ensure their beauty lasts for years to come, as tourists who step on the plants can cause devastating destruction.</p>
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Meghan Markle's Crossbody Bag Is Surprisingly Affordable — Here's Where to Buy It

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:09
<p>Meghan Markle has done it again. And by “it,” we mean stepped out in an <a href="" target="_blank">eye-catching outfit that inspires us</a> to scour the internet for the <a href="" target="_blank">exact pieces to replicate her look</a>. This time around, the soon-to-be royal joined fiancé Prince Harry at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London, wearing a head-to-toe monochromatic look and — what’s that? — a surprisingly affordable bag.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle’s Sold-out Leather Tote Is Back, But You’ll Have to Hurry</a></p><img alt="Meghan Markle "src=""><p>Markle is no stranger to affordable fashion. The <i>Suits</i> alumna has been <a href="" target="_blank">spotted with an under-$200 handbag before</a>, but somehow, this look still caught us by surprise. Perhaps it’s the fact that she’s paired it so effortlessly with a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">striped Altuzarra dress</a> ($1,995) and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">menswear-inspired blazer</a> ($700) — both of which cost a lot more than the bag’s $221 price tag. Or maybe the real surprise is the sheer fact that she made a crossbody bag look elegant enough for a royal occasion. Ah, the power of Meghan Markle.</p><img alt="Meghan Markle "src=""><p>If you’re wanting to cop Markle’s exact bag, head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> to shop the "Avalon" zip-top crossbody. Or if you’re looking for an even more affordable alternative, you can shop one on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><img alt="Kate Spade Cameron Street Straw Clarise Crossbody Bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $178</p>
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Queen Elizabeth Just Said Goodbye to Her Last Corgi

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:56
<p>On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II lost a beloved member of her family, Willow, <a href="" target="_blank">her last Corgi</a>.</p><p>As <em><a href=";utm_medium=f1&amp;utm_campaign=feed-part" target="_blank">The Cut</a></em> noted, Willow’s death means the Queen is royal corgi-less for the first time since 1936.</p><p>Willow, who reportedly died of cancer-related causes, lived for 14 wonderful years by the Queen’s side. She was also the 14th generation of corgis bred by Queen Elizabeth.</p><p>The Queen <a href="" target="_blank">received her very first corgi</a> as a gift when she was just 7 years old. That pup was a Pembroke Welsh corgi named Dookie.</p><p>Next, the Queen and Prince Philip were gifted a corgi they lovingly named Susan prior to their wedding. The dog was so beloved that she even accompanied them on <a href="" target="_blank">their honeymoon</a>. The couple then used Susan to begin their long breeding line, which led all the way down to Willow.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Is Why the Queen Dresses in Bright Colors</a></p><p>“She has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them,” a source told the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>. “It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood. It really does feel like the end of an era.”</p><p>Though the Queen had to say goodbye to her long line of royal corgis, she’s not done with being a dog mom just yet. As the <em>Daily Mail </em>noted, she still has two corgi-dachshunds named Vulcan and Candy. Moreover, in 2017, the Queen kindly agreed to adopt a corgi named Whisper after the death of his owner, who happened to be a former Sandringham gamekeeper.</p><p>Still, this doesn’t make Willow’s death any easier for the Queen or her dog-loving fans.</p><p>“Willow represents a significant thread running through the Queen’s life from her teenage years to her 90s,” the source added. “For many, many years she bred and raised corgis and to think that the last one has now gone is something of a milestone.”</p><p>According to the source, the dog is now buried on the castle grounds. Soon, its grave will reportedly be marked with a headstone with Willow’s name and the words “A faithful companion of the Queen.”</p>
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