Amazon Shoppers Love This Spacious, Durable Suitcase — and It’s On Sale Now

Travel and Leisure - 1 hour 37 min ago
<p>Finding the <a href="">perfect carry-on suitcase</a> is no easy task. You want something that holds all your belongings comfortably, but is also compact enough to fit into an overhead bin on a flight.</p><p><a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifetravelsuitcasemdiamondoct19-20&amp;linkId=a3f74831896c46d82795f48307f22446&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Travelpro's Platinum Elite 21" Expandable Carry-on Spinner</a> might be as close to perfect as it gets when it comes to luggage, considering it's one of the top-rated suitcases on Amazon and has received rave reviews from satisfied shoppers. </p><img alt="Travelpro Luggage "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifetravelsuitcasemdiamondoct19-20&amp;linkId=a3f74831896c46d82795f48307f22446&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $255 (originally $300)</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">How to Choose the Perfect Travel Backpack</a></p><p>The softside suitcase expands two full inches, giving you plenty of room to fill up your bag as you travel. But this bag is still easy to maneuver, even as it expands, thanks to 360-degree spinner wheels. The exterior fabric is made from durable, high-density nylon, which has a special coating that resists stains and tears. </p><p>External pockets allow you to keep all your necessities handy. It also includes tech features — like a dedicated powerbank pocket and external USB port — that make life easier when you're constantly on the go.</p><p>Inside, you'll find convenient compartments, like a wet pocket for safely storing toiletries. There's also a fold-out garment bag that allows you to keep suits and other clothes wrinkle-free while traveling.</p><img alt="Travelpro Luggage "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifetravelsuitcasemdiamondoct19-20&amp;linkId=a3f74831896c46d82795f48307f22446&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $255 (originally $300)</p><p>Customer reviews demonstrate just how well this bag works for travelers. </p><p>"Beautiful bag, and definitely built for travelers. Lots of useful compartments/zippers/cinches. My first spinner bag, and it's changed my life!" wrote one reviewer. </p><p>Another buyer commented on the bag's convenient size. "It is the perfect size to fit in and out of various plane's overheads. (I flew four different [airlines] and the bag was a winner both in and out.) It handles incredibly well."</p><p>And even though this bag was designed as a carry-on, another buyer raved about how spacious it is. "The storage space, in this case, is massive. You could easily fit 1-2 weeks of clothes in here depending on the fabrics size. Even large-size clothes can be packed in here for at least a week."</p><p>While the carry-on is a fan-favorite, this suitcase style is also available in medium and large checked luggage sizes on <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifetravelsuitcasemdiamondoct19-20&amp;linkId=a3f74831896c46d82795f48307f22446&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a> if you're looking for a larger option. </p>
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These Fleece Jackets From Alo Yoga Are the Perfect Cozy Winter Accessory

Travel and Leisure - 1 hour 51 min ago
<p>A comfortable, <a href="">cozy jacket</a> is a must-have for winter, especially if you'll be spending a lot of time outdoors.</p><p>The athletic clothing brand <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Alo Yoga</a> just released two new jacket styles for women in ultra-soft Sherpa fleece. Even better, you can choose from an oversized hoodie or a cropped half-zip jacket. The two styles are both meant to be worn from "studio to street," so you can wear them and be comfortable just about anywhere. </p><p>The Shanti Half Zip Sherpa, which comes in Camel and Dove Grey, features a mock neck with cadet collar, ribbed paneling for mobility, and handy side pockets. Wear it unzipped to show off your favorite workout top underneath or zip up the collar completely for extra warmth.</p><img alt="Sherpa Jackets "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $138</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">These 'Buttery Soft' $8 Leggings Will End Your Search for the Perfect Travel Pants</a></p><p>The Streetside Half Zip Hoodie might be even cozier (if that's possible) thanks to its oversized fit and plush hood. This jacket comes in the same colors and features a kangaroo pocket in front — perfect for keeping your hands warm on a chilly day — as well as a ribbed hem and cuffs. </p><img alt="Sherpa Hoodies "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $158</p><p>These fluffy statement jackets pair well with any of Alo Yoga's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">leggings</a> — and probably your favorite hat, gloves, and <a href="">winter boots</a>, too. </p>
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Prince William and Kate Middleton's Flight Turned Around After 2 Failed Landings During Thunderstorm

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 17:38
<p>Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton’s flight from Lahore to Islamabad in Pakistan on Thursday was forced to return to its origin airport after two failed landings due to severe weather. </p><p>The journey should have taken about 26 minutes, but according to a journalist onboard the pilot circled around Islamabad for an hour. He attempted two landings but could not complete either because of the lightning and thunder and was forced to return to Lahore. The royal couple was traveling with their staff and a team of journalists. </p><p>After the turbulence, Prince William — a Royal Air Force pilot — tried to make light of the scary situation, according to an ITV reporter.</p><p>"Prince William (a pilot) just joked that *he was fine. Even if the rest of the plane and royal press corps were looking a little shaken," the journalist <a href="">shared on Twitter</a>, in addition to live updates of the ordeal. </p><p>The royal couple spent the night in a hotel before resuming <a href="">their tour of Pakistan.</a></p><p>“‘I think it was quite an adventure really, it was pretty bumpy up there,” Middleton said, <a href="">according to <em>ITV News.</em></a> “But we were looked after so wonderfully by the RAF who did a great job liaising with everyone and got us home safely, so we are hugely grateful to them."</p><p>The trip resumed to Islamabad the following day, where the couple had the best stress relief: playing with puppies. <a href="">People reported</a> that they took yellow Labrador puppies, Sky and Salto, out on an agility course at the Army Canine Centre in Islamabad.</p><img alt="The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Islamabad And West Pakistan "src=""><p>The dogs are being trained to detect explosives, modeled after a program developed in the UK.</p><img alt="The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Islamabad And West Pakistan "src=""><p>Prince William and Middleton have boarded their flight back to London after a five-day journey in Pakistan that included <a href="">visits to a school for girls’ education</a>, a <a href="">rapidly-melting glacier</a> and even <a href="">a cricket match</a>.</p>
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I Stayed at The Equinox Hotel and Didn’t Exercise Once

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 11:31
<p>I’ve never understood people who stick around the gym after their workout to chat with the trainers or grab a drink at the juice bar. Such is my aversion to the crowded, windowless boxes that are most <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> fitness clubs (even the bougie ones) that I usually duck out before even doing a proper cool down.</p><img alt="Equinox Hotel, New York City "src=""><h2>Staying at the Equinox Hotel </h2><p>Because of this, I wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit to overnight at Equinox's first <a href="" target="_blank">hotel</a>, a glorified temple of fitness if I've ever seen one. Located in New York’s $25 billion <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a> neighborhood, the months-old property is arguably the ultimate realization of the brand’s tagline, “It’s not fitness, it’s life.” There's a 60,000-square-foot gym, an enormous spa with cryotherapy chambers, and an indoor saltwater lap pool. There's even an expansive sun deck with an outdoor pool and dead-on views of the Vessel, the large public artwork anchoring Hudson Yards. (One of the hotel’s most unique fitness offerings is the Vessel Run, a guided cardio class that involves walking and running up the structure’s 154 interlinked flights of stairs.)</p><p>Curious to see if the sleek, Rockwell Group-designed spaces and luxe amenities could win me over, I checked in for a one-night stay this past summer. What followed was the most restful staycation I’ve ever had — and a sleep so deep that I’m <em>still</em><i> </i>dreaming about it.</p><img alt="Equinox Hotel, New York City "src=""><p>The actual gym — Equinox’s 100<sup>th </sup>location — is the hotel’s crowning glory. But because it occupies the fourth and fifth floors, far from the bustle of the 25th-floor lobby, you thankfully don’t need to pass by it every time you, say, overindulge at the restaurant or come back indoors after vegging on the sun deck. Admittedly, I didn’t break a sweat once during my stay; the classes, equipment, and facilities didn’t seem all that different from what’s offered at Equinox’s other clubs. What <em>did</em> sell me on the hotel was the feeling of refuge that pervades the space — a hard thing to come by in a city as frenetic as New York.</p><img alt="Equinox Hotel, New York City "src=""><p>The sense of escape largely has to do with the hotel’s perch in a futuristic-looking skyscraper that towers over Hudson Yards. From the window in my room on the 39<sup>th </sup>floor, I had unobstructed views of the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan. But there are lots of little things, too, that set the tone for health and wellness. The minibar, for example, is stocked with health products ranging from natural deodorants and magnesium sleep supplements to a CBD pain-relieving gel pen. There’s also Rhone workout gear for purchase along with yoga blocks and a foam roller. If you want a vitamin-infused IV drip post-workout, a nurse can come and administer it in the privacy of your room.</p><img alt="Equinox Hotel, New York City "src=""><p>At Stephen Starr’s Electric Lemon restaurant, my friend and I polished off a healthy yet delicious spread of chickpea pasta with blistered shishito peppers and sungold tomatoes, duck dumplings garnished with turnips and lemon verbena-scented apples, and the Chocolate Moon Rock dessert, a lunar-looking mound of black sesame crunch, honeycomb, and goat’s milk ice cream. Exiting the restaurant, I passed the adjoining lounge, a dramatic, blonde-wood space accented with mirrored chairs, a black marble bar, and low-slung leather sofas. The place was bumping: hip twenty- and thirty-somethings filled the room, sipping cocktails and taking in the views. Had this place really only opened weeks before? And wasn’t Hudson Yards supposed to be the <em>antithesis</em> of cool?</p><img alt="Equinox Hotel, New York City "src=""><p>Back in my room, I collapsed onto the bed, a spring-free mattress improbably composed of coconut fiber. I swaddled myself in one of the two duvets (for temperature regulation) and hit the “lights off” button next to my bed, causing the blackout shades to descend and the temperature to dip to a sleep-optimized 66 degrees. In that cold, dark box inside the Equinox Hotel, I had one of the best sleeps of my life.</p>
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All the Odd Ways People Have Lost Their AirPods on Planes — and How to Keep Yours Safe

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 11:00
<p>There’s always a catch when it comes to getting the latest, trendiest piece of tech out there. When it comes to those sleek, tiny <a href="">AirPods</a>, it mostly has to do with making sure you don’t accidentally lose them on a subway platform, in a storm drain, or even between airplane seats.</p><p>Sadly, this happens all too often.</p><p>Of course, losing a <a href="">wireless headphone</a> isn’t the end of the world, but it can be a big inconvenience when you’re trying to get <a href="">comfortable on a long flight</a>. Not to mention, new AirPods retail between $159 and $199, or $79 for a brand new charging case alone. You can, however, replace one that you lost for $69, according to <a href="">9to5Mac</a>. Still.</p><p>Lately, <em><a href="">USA Today</a> </em>reported, people have been sharing their sad stories of how they lost their precious earpieces on flights. For instance, Isabelle Tham managed to misplace one of her AirPods on one flight, which was thankfully retrieved by a passenger behind her. But on her return flight, she lost her charging case when she left it in a seatback pocket while rushing to catch a connection.</p><p>Harish Malik had a similar story on his American Airlines flight when his wife lost a pod (which was an anniversary present) between two seats, he tweeted. Sadly, it was caught inside a metal portion that would've had to have been taken apart by a technician to retrieve.</p><p>But these people are certainly not alone. Do a quick search on Twitter and you’ll find countless people lamenting their wayward AirPods, forever lost to the bottoms of seats and airport waiting areas.</p><p>If you can relate, just know that you are definitely not alone. Sadly, if you can’t find your lost AirPod at the moment, it may be lost for good. According to <em>USA Today</em>, most airlines don’t have figures on lost earphones, but Delta said it gets “40 pairs of AirPods per month.” Considering that AirPods are also desirable items, they could get snatched by anyone who happens to find them. Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Laura Adams told <em>USA Today </em>it’s important not to just return random earpieces to people who have claims.</p><p>“That is the frustrating part for us. We can't just return anybody's AirPods. We have to return that rightful owner's AirPods,” Adams told <em>USA Today</em>.</p><p>The surefire way to never lose your AirPods while traveling is to simply not travel with them, of course. But what’s the point of having handy, wireless AirPods with incredible battery life if you’re only going to use them at home or in the office? No, AirPods are kind of meant to travel.</p><p>But short of being incredibly careful and stressed anytime you put them in, or trying this not-so-attractive <a href="">DIY solution this Twitter user thought up</a>, you’ll have to think about some accessories if you want a little assurance.</p><p>Luckily, there are lots of good-looking and practical accessories for AirPods out there that can help you out. For instance, Amazon has a <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifeallthewayspeoplehavelostairpodsaroct19-20&amp;linkId=ced259696762626edbbb62ebb9f4ecea&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">full kit of accessories</a> that includes a case that will attach to your bag or keys, ear hooks, a strap, and even a bigger case to keep it all in. It’s <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifeallthewayspeoplehavelostairpodsaroct19-20&amp;linkId=ced259696762626edbbb62ebb9f4ecea&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">only $12</a> and comes in lots of nice colors, too.</p><p>There are also affordable <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifeallthewayspeoplehavelostairpodsaroct19-20&amp;linkId=e2ec4b9081c587e887687d6e2d34a40c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">EarBuddyz</a>, which are ear hooks that come in white, so they match your AirPods’ aesthetic.</p><p>Or, if you like the idea of a strap but are not really into hooks, there’s a <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllifeallthewayspeoplehavelostairpodsaroct19-20&amp;linkId=f73c2b6841683f7bae51eba3dcb47008&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">handy strap</a> that also has magnets on it to use while you’re not listening, so you can easily keep it around your neck without slipping.</p><p>All of these options are way better than paying $69+ for a new earpiece. Or just opt for some old fashioned, wired headphones for your journey.</p>
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You Can Finally Shop the Sold-out Winter Boots That Had a 3,500-person Waitlist Last Year

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 10:30
<p>If there’s one thing we will never sacrifice — no matter the season — it’d have to be <a href="">comfortable walking shoes for traveling</a>. A pair of well-made shoes designed to be comfortable can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying a full day of sightseeing, and those behind M. Gemi, an Italian-made shoe brand, know quality is key when it comes to designing its handmade styles. </p><p>What makes M. Gemi stand out among so many shoemakers is that the brand drops limited quantities of new styles every Monday, so there’s always something to get your hands on (or in this case, your feet in). So when M. Gemi first introduced its newest boot to the winter collection last year, the style was literally an instant hit. When M. Gemi first dropped the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Alpi Shearling Bootie</a> in October 2018, it sold out in black within the first 24 hours of its release, with the grey and Luggage Nubuck colors selling out shortly after. The boots were such an immediate customer favorite that they even garnered a 3,500-person waitlist.</p><img alt="M. Gemi Boots "src=""><p>This <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Shearling Bootie</a> is that perfect mix of comfy, casual, and chic, making it an obvious choice for a fall boot that you can wear with anything and still rock going into ski season for that cozy apres ski outfit you can’t wait to wear. Not to mention, this shoe’s nubuck leather is water-resistant and has a thick lug sole so you can wear it in winter weather without worrying about ruining your <a href="">new favorite pair of shoes</a>. The shearling collar is an added cozy bonus,like a shearling coat for your feet.</p><h2>M. Gemi’s The Alpi Shearling Bootie </h2><img alt="The Alpi Shearling Boot "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $298</p><p>Since it’s an Italian-made shoe (produced only in small, family owned workshops across Italy), M. Gemi suggests using its handy sizing chart to ensure you find the correct size and to go down half a size if you’re planning to wear regular socks versus thicker boot socks. If you’re all about the hiking boot look but are searching for a chicer option, here’s your answer, and it's available in six colorways. But hurry! Some colors and sizes are already selling out despite the recent drop and you don’t want to regret waiting too long and getting added to a waitlist.</p>
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Nordstrom Has Tons of Travel Finds on Sale Before Cyber Monday — Here Are the Best Deals to Shop Now

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 10:15
<p>The holiday shopping season is about to begin, and one of our favorite places to <a href="" target="_blank">shop for gifts</a> has to be Nordstrom. Not only does it have an amazing selection of products, but its sales can’t be missed! Since the beloved retailer had so many killer deals during Cyber Monday 2018, we have high expectations for this year’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom Cyber Monday</a> sale — and we want to make sure you don’t miss out on any of these major markdowns. </p><p>So to help you out, we’ve created this handy guide to everything you need to know about the big day — like when Cyber Monday begins, how long it lasts, what kinds of deals to expect, and what travel finds are currently on sale at Nordstrom. </p><h2>When Does Nordstrom Cyber Monday 2019 Start?</h2><p>Cyber Monday is always the Monday after Thanksgiving, and this year it falls on December 2. Nordstrom plans to start dropping sales immediately after midnight ET, so set your alarms now to be among the first shoppers to score big. We anticipate that some of the <a href="">Nordstrom Black Friday sales</a> will continue through Cyber Monday as well. </p><h2>How Long Does Nordstrom Cyber Monday Last?</h2><p>Cyber Monday should last a full 24 hours, and we expect to see the retailer dropping new sales and markdowns throughout the day. So be sure to keep this page bookmarked as we will be continuously updating it with new sales during the big event.</p><h2>What Deals Should You Expect From Nordstrom Cyber Monday?</h2><p>We have to wait until Cyber Monday to find out exactly which products will be on sale, but last year shoppers saw major discounts on items from beloved brands like UGG, Nike, The North Face, Hunter, and more. We expect to see everything from clothing and shoes to luggage and handbags majorly marked down during the shopping event. </p><p>The best part? Even though Cyber Monday is still a few months away, Nordstrom already has a ton of travel finds currently on sale so you don’t have to wait to start scoring big. Keep reading to shop the best deals happening at Nordstrom now. </p><h2>Best Shoe Deals for Women</h2><img alt="Sam Edelman Felicia Flat "src=""><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sam Edelman Felicia Flat</a>, $70 (originally $100) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cole Haan GrandPro Spectator 2.0 Slip-On</a>, $91 (originally $130) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">UGG Kriston Waterproof Bootie</a>, $130 (originally $200) <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";breadcrumb=Home%2FSale%2FWomen%2FShoes%2FSneakers%20%26%20Athletic&amp;color=grey%2F%20silver" target="_blank">Asics Gel-Nimbus 21 Running Shoe</a>, $120 (originally $150)<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Naturalizer Andie Loafer</a>, $80 (originally $110) <h2>Best Shoe Deals for Men</h2><img alt="Thomas & Vine Siege Boot "src=""><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Thomas &amp; Vine Siege Boot</a>, $100 (originally $130) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cole Haan Jefferson 2.0 Grand Cap-Toe Derby</a>, $140 (originally $280) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">UGG Hepner Woven Sneaker</a>, $87 (originally $130) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Trask DIllon Tie Loafer</a>, $130 (originally $195) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ecco Biom Terrain Gore Tex Hiking Boot</a>, $154 (originally $200) <h2>Best Luggage Deals</h2><img alt="Briggs & Riley Transcend VX Wide Expandable 21-Inch Spinner Suitcase "src=""><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Briggs &amp; Riley Transcend VX Wide Expandable 21-Inch Spinner Suitcase</a>, $376 (originally $469) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Bric's Bellagio 2.0 21-Inch Rolling Carry-On</a>, $417 (originally $595) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Briggs &amp; Riley Transcend 400 16-Inch Wheeled Cabin Bag</a>, $264 (originally $329) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Victorinox Swiss Army WT 5.0 Duffel Bag</a>, $120 (originally $170) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Briggs &amp; Riley Transcend 400 Cabin Bag</a>, $176 (originally $219) <h2>Best Bag Deals</h2><img alt="Kate Spade New York Large Molly Leather Tote "src=""><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Kate Spade New York Large Molly Leather Tote</a>, $137 (originally $228) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Under Armour Hustle 4.0 Backpack</a>, $33 (originally $55) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Urban Originals Earthling Vegan Leather Crossbody Bag</a>, $59 (originally $98)<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tommy Jeans Urban Tech Backpack</a>, $48 (originally $80)<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">BP Net Tote Bag</a>, $30 (originally $49) <h2>Best Beauty Deals</h2><img alt="MAC Up Close and Personal Travel Size Brush Set "src=""><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">MAC Up Close and Personal Travel Size Brush Set</a>, $32 (originally $43) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">T3 SinglePass Curl 1.25-Inch Ceramic Curling Iron</a>, $130 (originally $160)<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">NuFace NuBody Skin Toning Device</a>, $268 (originally $399) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Clinique Moisture Surge Deluxe Set</a>, $39 (originally $49)<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Dermaflash Glow in a Flash Set</a>, $128 (originally $225) <h2>Best Clothing Deals for Men</h2><img alt="Marc New York Baltic Faux Fur Trim Down & Feather Fill Parka "src=""><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Marc New York Baltic Faux Fur Trim Down Feather Fill Parka</a>, $105 (originally $225)<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Topman Whyatt Polo Stripe Skinny Pants</a>, $39 (originally $65)<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ted Baker London Curbing Slim Fit Quarter Zip Pullover</a>, $93 (originally $155) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Adidas Water Repellent Hooded Windbreaker</a>, $68 (originally $85)<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Southern Tide Samson Classic Fit Fleece Vest</a>, $60 (originally $100)<h2>Best Clothing Deals for Women</h2><img alt="BP. x Claudia Sulewski Longline Cardigan "src=""><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">BP x Claudia Sulewski Longline Cardigan</a>, $36 (originally $59) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Halogen Cinch Waist Hooded Raincoat</a>, $80 (originally $150) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zella Zellness Jogger Pants</a>, $50 (originally $79)<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Chelsea28 Front Tie Shift Dress</a>, $50 (originally $98) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Champion Mock Neck Reverse Panel Crop Sweatshirt</a>, $45 (originally $65)
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This Cruise Passenger's Instagram Photoshoot Got Her Banned From Royal Caribbean for Life

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 08:49
<p>A passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise has been banned for life after climbing over the railing of her balcony while posing for a photo.</p><p>Another passenger on the Allure of the Seas, Peter Blosic, took a picture of the woman, who had climbed over her room’s balcony in her swimsuit to pose, and reported the incident.</p><img alt="Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas "src=""><p>“I showed the concierge. The staff captain then wanted to meet with me and get a copy of the photo. We easily determined the cabin number since it’s on the hump,” <a href="">Blosic told <em>The Sun</em></a>. The woman was removed from the ship when it pulled into its next port, Falmouth, Jamaica.</p><p>“Earlier this week on the Allure of the Seas a guest was observed recklessly and dangerously posing for a photo by standing on her stateroom balcony railing with the help of her companion," Jonathon Fishman, corporate reputation manager for Royal Caribbean Cruises, <a href="">told<em> USA Today</em> in an email.</a> She has been banned from all Royal Caribbean cruises for life because of her actions.</p><p>The cruiseline’s policy reads that “guests removed from a Royal Caribbean International ship pursuant to this policy are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation home, at their expense.”</p><p>Cruise ships take passenger safety seriously, especially because several passengers have fallen to their deaths. In August, <a href="">a 37-year-old Australian man fell to his death</a> when he went overboard on a Royal Caribbean cruise around the Virgin Islands.</p>
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San Francisco Is Banning Cars From One of Its Busiest Streets — Here's What Visitors Need to Know

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 07:14
<p>One of the busiest streets of San Francisco will be closed to vehicles starting next year.</p><p>Market Street in downtown San Fran will be closed to all private vehicles in an effort to increase the efficiency of the public transit system and increase the general safety of the area. </p><p>Buses and taxis will have access to the street while Lyft, Uber and other rideshare platforms will be banned. Passengers will have to walk to pick-up points at side streets to get their rides.</p><p>Cars will still be able to cross Market Street at intersections, but drivers who turn on the street will risk a moving violation, <a href=""><em>The San Francisco Chronicle</em> reports.</a> </p><p>The road closure was a unanimous decision among the Municipal Transportation Agency board this week with the approval of the <a href="">Better Market Street Project.</a> The over $600 million initiative will significantly cut down vehicular traffic on the busy strip. The project will also widen the bike lanes and make them separate from pedestrian sidewalks with benches, bike racks and planters, <a href="">according to <em>CityLab</em></a>.</p><p>Market Street sees 500,000 pedestrians and 650 cyclists "every hour during the peak commute," <em>The Chronicle</em> noted, and "its intersections are known for a high number of crashes that injure pedestrians and cyclists."</p><p>“Market Street is at the heart of our city, and we need to do everything we can to make it a safer, more livable, and more vibrant place for our residents, workers, and visitors,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “Last year, there were 123 injury collisions on Market Street and the majority involved people walking and biking. Better Market Street and the project’s near-term improvements are critical to achieve our Vision Zero goals and ensure everyone can feel safe on our most traveled street.” </p><p>San Francisco is following a major urban trend of cutting back vehicular access to busy downtown streets. Earlier this month, <a href="">New York City banned cars from 14th Street</a>, making it only accessible to buses, trucks and emergency vehicles. The effort had a near-immediate effect on speeding up bus routes, <a href="">The New York Times reported.</a></p><p>Additionally, <a href="">Paris doesn’t allow cars access</a> to the city center one Sunday every month, while cars in London must pay a hefty fine if they wish to access the city center.</p>
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Disney Finally Released Details on Rise of the Resistance — and It's Going to Be the Best Star Wars Ride Yet

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 07:08
<p>Thinking about visiting Disney theme parks in the next few months? Though <a href=""><em>Star Wars</em>: Galaxy’s Edge</a> is already open on both coasts, you’ll soon feel what it’s like to be inside a battle between the Light Side and Dark Side — no lightsaber training required.</p><p>We’ve finally learned more about Disney’s most-anticipated attraction, <a href=""><em>Star Wars</em>: Rise of the Resistance</a>, opening at Walt Disney World on Dec. 5 and Disneyland on Jan. 17. Not only will guests travel under AT-AT walkers, be taken prisoner on a Star Destroyer, and get caught in the crosshairs of a real battle with First Order troops, Rise of the Resistance will feature pioneering technology Disney has never used before.</p><p>With multiple ride systems — four to be exact — that guests will experience while traveling on this intergalactic journey, <em>Star Wars</em>: Rise of the Resistance will be one of the longest Disney rides in existence, as guests find themselves being chased by Kylo Ren for 15 minutes.</p><p>The <a href="">latest Star Wars ride</a> will also function like all your favorite Disney attractions combined into one, channeling <a href="">The Haunted Mansion</a>, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and <a href="">famed overseas attractions</a> like Mystic Manor for a thematic experience likely to exceed expectations, even for those who have already tried out other <em>Star Wars </em>rides. Paired with its special effects, projections, and blaster gunfire, Rise of the Resistance is shaping up to be a <a href="">cinematic attraction so over the top</a>, you won’t even be able to imagine what will come next.</p><h2>Spoilers ahead!</h2><p>The entire sequel trilogy cast participated in this new ride, allowing for guests to join a rebel mission led by Daisy Ridley’s Rey, fly alongside Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, and even be led through a Dark Side-manned spacecraft by John Boyega’s Finn, who has gone undercover to aid the Resistance.</p><p>With so much of the attraction shrouded in mystery as it opens months after the debut of Disney’s <em>Star Wars</em>-themed lands, one of the more shocking reveals is what happens at the end — but the beginning is remarkable as well.</p><p>The attraction starts at a rebel outpost, where guests join the Resistance and are given instructions directly from Rey to head to General Organa’s secret base. With Poe Dameron (and BB-8, of course) as your co-pilots, recruits will board a large, standing room-only ship piloted by Nien Nunb to start their mission. Soon after take-off, the spacecraft will be pulled into a Star Destroyer, leading guests to have entered from a Rebel Base through one door, and exited out to a cavalcade of Stormtroopers through another.</p><p>Set against a massive “window” screen showing TIE fighters engaged in battle, the Stormtroopers will look like statues, but not all are — some of these 50 figures are actually Audio-Animatronic and will move, though specifics are still being kept under wraps. As First Order officers command riders and their fellow stowaways down a corridor with the moody performance of Haunted Mansion’s ghost hosts or Tower of Terror’s bellhops, riders will be ushered into detention cells to meet their fate.</p><p>What happens next remains a secret, but soon, guests will board trackless vehicles led by an R5 droid and glide through a battle against the Dark Side taking place throughout the full-scale ship. (This new ride will be the first Walt Disney World attraction to use a truly trackless ride system, popularized through attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland’s <a href="">Mystic Manor</a>. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, which uses trackless tech and first opened at <a href="">Disneyland Paris</a>, debuts at Walt Disney World’s Epcot <a href="">in summer 2020</a>.)</p><p>Thankfully, the Resistance already has troops on the inside, having infiltrated the Imperial starship with Finn leading the charge — dressed as a stormtrooper, no less. Soon passengers come face-to-face with Kylo Ren and — previously unannounced — General Hux, played by Domhnall Gleason in the sequel trilogy, as their eight-passenger cars pass through the legs of an AT-AT, dodge gunfire from Stormtroopers and, according to early artwork, laser-cut a hole in the ceiling to escape. (Kylo is not going to be happy about that.)</p><p>From there, things get very intense. Those same trackless vehicles will pull into an escape pod and drop — physically drop, like a plunging elevator — to blast out of the Star Destroyer. Reminiscent of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror’s fifth dimension scene, also located <a href="">at Disney’s Hollywood Studios</a>, this iteration is similar in idea but intrinsically different. Here, the autonomous ride vehicle won’t just be moving from track to track but physically drop into an entirely different ride system: a motion simulator base whose display will bring riders on a high-stakes journey as they make their way back to Batuu.</p><p>Essentially, you’ll feel a sense of what it’s like to be in an escape pod ejected out of a Star Destroyer, because that’s precisely what’s going to happen. It’s a sensation that’s bound to leave passengers speechless from a ride system that’s never before been utilized, melding different mediums for an adventure that’s never before seen. A ride-within-a-ride with Poe Dameron by your side? This one’s definitely going to blow you away.</p><p>Still, plenty of mysteries about this larger-than-life attraction remain. Details on if there is a fourth ride system separate from these is non-existent, and we’re told, surprisingly, that there’ll be an element of humor within the attraction. (We’re guessing from the likes of Finn or that the plucky droid willing to face Stormtrooper combat.) So much is under wraps about what will happen as that trackless ride vehicle is zipping around that mind-meltingly accurate Star Destroyer, which is why the Dec. 5 Disney World opening and next year’s Disneyland debut will be historic — and can’t come soon enough.</p>
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This Hotel Suite Is Filled With FAO Schwarz Toys — Including the Dance-on Piano

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 17:50
<p>Getting into the holiday spirit just got a little bit easier thanks to a new partnership between the beloved toy store <a href="">FAO Schwarz</a> and the brand new <a href="">Conrad New York Midtown</a>.</p><p>The two brands are teaming up this holiday season to create a one-of-a-kind suite at the hotel filled with wall-to-wall toys from the toy store, <em><a href="">Afar</a> </em>reported. And yes, it even includes the massive floor piano made famous in the Tom Hanks film, "Big."</p><p>“We’ve always wanted to do something like this with a hotel. To imagine the joy and wonder that will captivate guests from the minute they open the door—it’s magical,” David Niggli, chief merchandising officer of FAO Schwarz, told <em>Afar</em>.</p><img alt="Conrad Midtown New York x FAO Schwartz Suite "src=""><p>The Holiday Suite is currently bookable for stays from Nov. 18, 2019, to Jan. 5, 2020. Inside, guests can roam around the spacious 1,800-square-foot suite and play to their heart’s content with all the toys flowing out of the living room. Just which toys will you get? According to <em>Afar</em>, the toys include a toy gourmet kitchen, multiple train sets, the dance-on piano, working DJ turntables, hobby horses, 8- to 10-foot-tall stuffed animals, vintage Barbie dolls, and enough musical instruments to form your own band.</p><p>And, if you fall in love with any specific toy, you can simply purchase it to bring home as everything in the room is shoppable.</p><p>While the holiday suite is certainly an excellent reason to book, the hotel has more to offer those looking to not sleep surrounded by toys. </p><p>If you want to stay in another one of the hotel's luxurious suites without sleeping surrounded by toys, you can still get in on the fun. The hotel is offering gifts on demand via its in-room toy menu all season long. So don’t worry, Santa will deliver to everyone in the hotel this year. (As long as you’re on the nice list.)</p>
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Bomb Cyclone Slams Northeast With Over 80-MPH Winds, Leaving Thousands Without Power

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 17:40
<p>A fall nor’easter that strengthened to a bomb cyclone has left almost half a million people without power in Massachusetts and Maine. </p><p>Residents all throughout the northeast woke up Thursday morning to downed trees and power lines due to winds gusting from 70 to 88 mph, <a href="">according to <em>NBC News</em></a><i>.</i> Dozens of schools from Connecticut to Maine are also closed due to the extreme weather. </p><p>At Boston's Logan International Airport more than 800 flights were canceled due to the harsh weather conditions. </p><p><em><a href="">CNN</a></em><a href=""> reported</a> Wednesday that the nor’easter could strengthen into a <a href="">bomb cyclone</a>, which occurs when a non-tropical storm experiences at least a 24 millibar (a unit of pressure) drop within 24 hours, according to <a href="">the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)</a>. </p><p>The storm, which should diminish by Friday, was predicted to hit New York City and Portland, Maine with high-force winds above 39 mph as well as heavy rain. Other parts of Maine, Boston, and Rhode Island were expected to experience winds between 50 and 60 mph, <a href="">according to <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report.</em></a> However, wind conditions seem to be worse than originally forecasted as advisories and warnings are in place ranging from Virginia to Maine. </p><p>At least three inches of rain and a possibility of flash flooding is expected for areas spanning from eastern New York state to southern Maine. Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. also have similar advisories, according to <em>U.S. News</em>. </p><p>Additionally, areas from the Carolinas to the Gulf Coast are also expecting heavy rain and thunderstorms.</p><p>This upcoming storm could potentially have the lowest pressure on record in southern New England for the month of October, <a href=""><em>The Washington Post </em>reported</a>. </p><p>Anyone traveling is encouraged to check their flight status before heading to the airport, as some <a href="">flight delays</a> may occur as high winds and intense rainfall may effect scheduled trips. </p>
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You Don’t Have to Wait Until Cyber Monday to Shop Incredible Luggage Deals at Tumi

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 17:19
<p>Tumi is a <a href="" target="_blank">favorite luggage brand</a> of many seasoned travelers. While the brand is known for its reliably great pieces, they unfortunately don't come cheap. Which is why we get so excited when any of its travel finds are marked down. And one of the best times to shop Tumi products at a discount has to be during the brand’s Cyber Monday sale.</p><p><strong>RELATED:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Everything You Need to Know About Walmart’s Cyber Monday Sale</a></p><p>Last year we saw discounted prices on everything from luggage to handbags to travel accessories and more, and this year’s Tumi Cyber Monday sale is set to be just as good (if not better). Since we don’t want you to miss out on these major markdowns, we’ve created a helpful guide with everything you need to know about the big day — like when Cyber Monday begins, what kinds of travel deals to expect, and what travel-ready items are <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">currently on sale at Tumi</a>.</p><h2>When Does Tumi Cyber Monday 2019 Start?</h2><p>Each year Cyber Monday falls on the Monday after Thanksgiving, and this year it lands on December 2. The event usually lasts a full 24 hours, so we expect to see major markdowns on some of Tumi’s most popular pieces throughout the day. </p><h2>What Deals Should You Expect From Tumi Cyber Monday?</h2><p>While we still have to wait a little longer to find out exactly which items will be on sale during the big event, last year we saw prices slashed up to 40 percent on certain items. And Tumi even offered free shipping on all purchases. </p><p>Thankfully, you don’t have to wait until December 2 to snag some of the brand’s most popular items as <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tumi currently has tons of deals</a> on suitcases, carry-on bags, backpacks, and more. Keep reading to shop 11 of our favorite travel finds that are currently on sale at Tumi. </p><h2>Horton Double Zip Brief Leather</h2><img alt="Horton Double Zip Brief Leather "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $519 (originally $650)</p><h2>Hagen Backpack</h2><img alt="Hagen Backpack "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $299 (originally $375)</p><h2>Tres Léger International Carry-On</h2><img alt="Tres Léger International Carry-On "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $489 (originally $700)</p><h2>Raymond Travel Kit</h2><img alt="Raymond Travel Kit "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195 (originally $245)</p><h2>ID Lock Gusseted Card Case</h2><img alt="TUMI ID Lock Gusseted Card Case "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $89 (originally $115)</p><h2>Luggage Tag</h2><img alt="Nassau Luggage Tag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $39 (originally $55)</p><h2>Lenox Duffel</h2><img alt="Lenox Duffel "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $795 (originally $995)</p><h2>Erie Double Zip Cosmetic</h2><img alt="Erie Double Zip Cosmetic "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $119 (originally $150)</p><h2>Palmer Flap Brief Leather</h2><img alt="Palmer Flap Brief Leather "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $755 (originally $945)</p><h2>Tumi Nonie Tote</h2><img alt="Nonie Tote "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $399 (originally $575)</p><h2>Osona Compact Carry-On</h2><img alt="Osona Compact Carry-On "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $455 (originally $650)</p>
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People Are Flocking to This Obscure Indonesian Pond for Underwater Selfies

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:31
<p>A pond in Indonesia, where villagers used to wash their laundry, is now a bona fide tourist destination known as the “Instagram Pond.”</p><p>The transformation of the area, Umbul Ponggok in Central Java, began in 2006 when elected village head Junaedi Mulyono wanted to create a tourist attraction but didn't know where to start.</p><p>He brought in students from a nearby university who found that the pond was fed water from 40 different natural springs, <a href="">according to the <em>South China Morning Post</em></a>. The water is refreshed at a rate of about 800 liters per second, keeping it continuously clear and fresh — and the perfect location for underwater selfies.</p><p> </p><p>And so was born the village-owned business Tirta Mandiri, which means “Water Independent.” Work on the pond began in 2011 where they cleared the moss, put some photogenic fish in, and built tourist-friendly amenities like bathrooms and kiosks around its perimeter.</p><p>Now, tourists come every weekend. They pay an admission fee (about $1) and rent underwater cameras (about $4.20) to take pictures lounging on couches or racing on motorbikes — all while submerged in the pond’s blue waters.</p><p>The venture has an estimated annual revenue of about $1 million and is one of the most prosperous sights in Indonesia.</p><p>Today, 430 of the 700 families in the village own stock in the pond. Residents also own stalls around the lake selling clothing, food, drinks, and souvenirs.</p><p>“Five years ago, there were still poor villagers. But now all the unemployed have been absorbed into Tirta Mandiri," Mulyono told the <em>South China Morning Post</em>. "Our focus is to empower people to be independent.”</p>
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11 Hotels Around the World With Amazing Fall Foliage Views

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:30
<p>The changing leaves are as quintessentially autumn as <a href="">pumpkin spice lattes</a> and <a href="">cozy sweaters</a>. There’s no better way to enjoy the fall colors than from the comfort of your hotel room, wrapped up in a plush blanket and sipping a warm cup of coffee.</p><p>All around the world you can glimpse the bright reds and warm yellows of fall foliage without having to leave your hotel. No matter if you’re out in the countryside or right in the heart of New York City, these views simply can’t be matched.</p><p>The best news: you can use an <a href="">interactive map</a> to chart the best times to see the leaves in different parts of the country. Experts have said the <a href="">fall foliage is a bit delayed this year</a> with higher temperatures across the country, so there's still time to plan your autumn getaway! </p><p>Go for a hike in Quebec surrounded by colorful mountains, or take a seat by the fireplace and admire the multicolored mountain range in New Hampshire. You won’t soon forget a weekend searching for bears in Wyoming encircled by colorful foliage, tinged gold.</p><p>These are the best places to stay to see the fall foliage without having to leave your hotel.</p><h2>Omni Mount Washington Resort, New Hampshire</h2><img alt="Omni Mount Washington Resort, New Hampshire "src=""><p>Surround yourself with the lush foliage of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains while parking yourself in a plush chair in front of a fireplace at this New England property. Later, get your adrenaline pumping as you soar through the multicolored leaves on a three-hour canopy tour that flies through nine cable zip lines and two sky bridges that reach up to 165 feet above ground.</p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href="">Omni Mount Washington Resort</a>, 310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd., Bretton Woods, NH</p><h2>The Ashby Inn &amp; Restaurant, Virginia</h2><img alt="Exterior of the Ashby Inn & Restaurant in Virginia "src=""><p>This historic inn dates back to 1829, and it's only one hour from Washington D.C., making it the perfect destination for a weekend away. The Ashby Inn offers a serene escape surrounded by three acres of rich trees that turn a beautiful golden color in the fall. Relax in one of the inn’s 10 guest rooms with four-poster beds and charming quilts, or sample the restaurant’s seasonal fare like wild mushroom strudel with truffle aioli and herb salad.</p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href="">The Ashby Inn &amp; Restaurant</a>, 692 Federal St., Paris, VA</p><h2>Teton Mountain Lodge &amp; Spa, Wyoming</h2><img alt="Teton Mountain Lodge "src=""><p>Settle in by your own in-room fireplace at the Teton Mountain Lodge &amp; Spa and stare out the window at the colorful landscape all around you. Later, explore Grand Teton National Park and go for a hike around Jackson Hole surrounded by the vibrant colors of fall, or take in the scenery as you go out looking for bears and wolves on a wildlife safari.</p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href="">Teton Mountain Lodge &amp; Spa</a>, 3385 Cody Ln., Teton Village, WY</p><h2>Blantyre, Massachusetts</h2><img alt="Blantyre, Berkshires "src=""><p>Admire the changing leaves on 110 wooded acres in the Berkshires at this luxury Tudor-style property, built in 1902. Stop by the spa for a calming break in the Relaxation Room surrounded by giant picture windows, perfect for taking in the vivid views.</p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href="">Blantyre</a>; 16 Blantyre Rd., Lenox, MA</p><h2>Fairmont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada</h2><img alt="Fairmont Tremblant hotel in Quebec, Canada "src=""><p>Set at the top of the ultra-charming mountain village of Mont-Tremblant, this hotel offers the perfect spot to take in the vibrant colors of fall with hiking and biking right at your doorstep. Set out on one of the hotel’s complimentary Sunday morning guided walks and finish the day with a BeaverTails pastry, a fried dough treat topped with chocolate hazelnut spread or apple pie filling. </p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href="">Fairmont Tremblant</a>, 3045 Chemin de la Chapelle, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada</p><h2>The Ritz-Carlton, New York</h2><img alt="View from a rom at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park "src=""><p>High above the fray of New York City, the Ritz-Carlton looks out onto a tapestry of color as Central Park’s leaves start to turn warm golden hues. A stay in one of the hotel’s Central Park view rooms will have you seeing the best of fall from the comfort of your plush, 400-thread-count linens. Later, take a stroll through the park to the pond right outside the hotel’s doors for one of the most iconic views of the city.</p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href="">The Ritz-Carlton</a>, 50 Central Park South, NY</p><h2>The Lodge at Spruce Peak, Vermont</h2><img alt="Aerial view of The Lodge at Spruce Peak "src=""><p>This hotel is ski-in-ski-out in the winter, but in the fall, it's perfect for watching the leaves change color on the mountain. Floor-to-ceiling windows in many rooms make the perfect viewing spot, and the hotel is an ideal jumping off point for adrenaline-filled activities like a zip tour and tree top adventure ropes course, offering even more views of the colorful foliage.</p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href="">The Lodge at Spruce Peak</a>, 7412 Mountain Rd., Stowe, VT</p><h2>HOSHINOYA Fuji, Japan</h2><img alt="Hoshinoya Fuji resort "src=""><p>The changing leaves at this Japanese resort frame Mount Fuji, one of the country’s most iconic sights. The resort itself sits about 330 feet up a mountain slope and offers spectacular views of the famous mountain. When you’re not drooling over the view, why not try your hand at one of the DIY food experiences like pizza making in a wood-burning oven?</p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href="">HOSHINOYA Fuji</a>, 1408 Oishi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi 401-0305, Japan</p><h2>Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri</h2><img alt="Big Cedar Lodge "src=""><p>Watch the leaves turn gold and orange from the balcony of your room overlooking Table Rock Lake and the Ozark hills, one of the most picturesque places to take in the fall foliage. Looking for a little more privacy? Splurge for one of the private cabins, where you can curl up in front of the wood burning fireplace, surrounded by the majesty of nature.</p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href="">Big Cedar Lodge</a>, 190 Top of the Rock Rd., Ridgedale, MO</p><h2>Nakoma Resort, California</h2><img alt="Nakoma Resort "src=""><p>Head to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed clubhouse at this California resort to appreciate the best of indoor-outdoor living, surrounded by the trees as they change colors during this fleeting season. Take advantage of the not-too-cold weather with a round of golf or get the blood pumping with a brisk hike, followed by a dip in the Jacuzzi to relax your muscles.</p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href="">Nakoma Resort</a>, 348 Bear Run, Clio, CA</p><h2>Twin Farms, Vermont</h2><img alt="Twin Farms, Vermont "src=""><p>Yellows, golds, and reds surround you at this all-inclusive Vermont luxury hotel that dates back to 1795. Spend your days hiking in the woods or paddling in the pond before retiring to your soaking tub in the evenings. Settle in to one of the hotel’s cottages with floor to ceiling picture windows to watch the fall foliage for the ultimate autumn escape.</p><p><strong>Find it</strong>: <a href="">Twin Farms</a>, 452 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, VT</p>
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You Can Stay in a Castle in French Wine Country for As Little As $184 a Night

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:15
<p>There are no shortage of options for travelers looking to take a wine vacation. <a href="" target="_blank">Napa Valley</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Tuscany</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Mendoza</a> — the diversity of these far-flung wine-making locales is staggering. But when it comes to planning your dream wine getaway, you’d be <a href="" target="_blank">hard-pressed to beat Bordeaux</a>.</p><p>Despite its reputation as one of the world’s finest wine regions, Bordeaux is oft-overlooked by travelers in favor of <a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Nice</a>. But Bordeaux is becoming a must-visit destination in its own right. Between its creative fine dining scene, <a href="" target="_blank">immersive museums</a> and wide expanse of vineyards, the city has something to offer every type of traveler. And for the most diehard of wine tourists, Bordeaux offers a little something extra — the opportunity to stay in 17th to 19th-century French chateaux and vineyards.</p><p>When we say “chateau,” you may be picturing a quaint little countryside estate. Allow us to disabuse you of that notion, for these sumptuous chateaux are castles, former monasteries and/or estates of nobility. And for as little as $212 dollars a night, you could call one home.</p><p>Take a look at the beautiful Bordeaux lodgings below. But if you book, just don't forget to have a glass for us.</p><img alt="Château de Leognan "src=""><h2>Château de Léognan</h2><p>Available from <a href="" target="_blank">$212 per night</a>.</p><img alt="Château Fombrauge "src=""><h2>Château Fombrauge</h2><p>Available from <a href="" target="_blank">$232 per night</a>.</p><img alt="Château Grattequina "src=""><h2>Château Grattequina</h2><p>Available from <a href="" target="_blank">$184 per night</a>.</p><img alt="Château Prieuré Marquet "src=""><h2>Chateau Prieuré Marquet</h2><p>Available from <a href="" target="_blank">$435 per night</a>.</p><img alt="Château Le Pape "src=""><h2>Château Le Pape</h2><p>Available from <a href="" target="_blank">$312 per night</a>.</p>
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What You Need to Know About Bad Weather on a Cruise, According to an Expert (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:01
<p>Weather can be unpredictable. And when you plan your trip months — and sometimes even more than a year — in advance, it’s impossible to anticipate. </p><p>Cruises are often planned well in advance of the actual trip and, unfortunately, sometimes even the best plans are thwarted. That’s what <a href="">happened when a group of passengers on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship</a> become irate after bad weather forced them to miss several ports on their European voyage. </p><p>Recently, the Norwegian Spirit (with a capacity of just over 2,000 guests) left from Southampton, England, and planned to make stops in the Netherlands, Norway and Iceland — none of which they actually got to. A spokeswoman for the cruise line told <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em></a> that “severe weather conditions” caused the itinerary changes and that the line offered passengers 25 percent off the cost of a future cruise.</p><p>However, passengers complaining about things like clogged toilets staged a protest of sorts, demanding a refund. </p><p>While weather is as uncertain as playing the lottery, Colleen McDaniel, the editor-in-chief of <a href="" target="_blank">Cruise Critic</a>, told <i>Travel + Leisure</i> that changing an itinerary is a calculated decision. </p><p>“[For] cruise lines, their No. 1 priority is going to be guest safety,” McDaniel said. “It is not just the decision of the onboard crew… it’s a team who makes that decision based on the latest weather patterns, based on the options or other alternatives.”</p><p>And while it is no doubt very frustrating if you’re forced to miss several planned stops, McDaniel said that cruise lines are often under no obligation to offer any kind of refund.</p><img alt="Storm looming over the sea, cruise ship in harbour "src=""><p>“When itineraries change, they’re pretty well protected by the contract that every person on board their ships signs,” she said, adding that any refund offered is “actually above and beyond what they’re legally required to do. For some passengers that doesn’t sound great, but they are covered by that contract.”</p><p>So what can you do if you’ve <a href="">packed your bags</a>, <a href="">booked your flights</a> and updated your <a href="">o</a>mg h for your dream cruise and weather decides to rain on your plans? </p><h2>Be Aware of What Is Going on at All Times</h2><p>McDaniel said it’s important to listen to announcements and be very clear with the situation on board. It’s imperative that you get the most up-to-date information from the staff who know it best and don’t rely on rumors or hearsay.</p><h2>Use a Travel Agent</h2><p>McDaniel said that using a travel agent to book your trip could save you a headache in the end. </p><p>“This person becomes your travel advocate,” she said. “They're someone who has relationships with the cruise line — when something goes wrong, they can be your advocate.”</p><h2>Stay Organized </h2><p>If you are offered any kind of compensation, McDaniel recommends writing down all the information. </p><p>“Get people's names and write down what the compensation was,” she said, adding you also have to be patient: “Be aware that there are countless cruise ships out in port at any time and so it might take some time to hear back.”</p><h2>You Can Leave</h2><p>If you’re really not enjoying the cruise or not doing what you hoped to, you can leave the ship early as a last resort.</p><p>“Ultimately, if you feel like you're not getting the cruise you want, you can leave,” McDaniel said, “but it’s going to be on you.”</p>
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The World’s Oldest Airline Just Turned 100

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:56
<p>This month marked a major milestone in aviation: the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the <a href="">world’s oldest airline</a>, KLM. Well, the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name, if you want to get technical.</p><p>British Airways celebrated its 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary in August, though that occasion actually marked the launch of a tiny outfit called Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited that later merged to become British Airways over the last century.</p><p>Likewise, Australian carrier Qantas lays claim to being the world’s oldest continuously operating airline in the world thanks to the fact that it kept flying during World War II, and will begin celebrating its centennial next month.</p><p>No matter the qualifications to its title, hitting 100 is still quite an achievement for any business. To mark the occasion, KLM threw a huge party in Hangar 10 at its home hub of <a href="">Amsterdam Schipol</a>.</p><h2>History and (Tiny) Houses</h2><img alt="KLM 100 Years "src=""><p>Dubbed, “The KLM Experience,” the airline installed interactive exhibits and booths showcasing KLM’s history, some of its partnerships, including with <a href="">footwear brand Asics</a> and liquor house Bols Genever, as well as virtual-reality flight and safety demos to celebrate the anniversary. Thousands of the airline’s staff visited the hangar over the course of several days to take part in the festivities.</p><p>There was even a large model of the Flying-V, a conceptual, energy-efficient aircraft KLM is helping Delft University of Technology design in an effort to make the airline industry more sustainable.</p><p>The anniversary party itself was capped off by the unveiling of the airline’s hundredth miniature Delft Blue House to a crowd of KLM aficionados. Like the others in the airline’s collection, this beautiful souvenir was modeled on an actual historical building in the Netherlands – the Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague. It was built in the 17<sup>th</sup> century, and is the residence of King Willem-Alexander and his family today.</p><p>Much of the event, including question-and-answer sessions with Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith and KLM CEO Pieter Elbers, were a look toward the airline’s future. However, the celebration was also a proud reflection on the company’s storied past and its distinctly Dutch heritage. The airline even released a new book <em>Welcome Aboard – 100 years of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines</em> showcasing milestones from the past century.</p><h2>Fun Flight Facts</h2><p>KLM stands for “Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij,” which means “Royal Aviation Company” in Dutch. The airline gets the royal treatment because although it was first incorporated on October 7, 1919, it was actually granted a royal designation a month earlier by Queen Wilhelmina.</p><p>The airline was originally funded by a group of Dutch businessmen who raised 1.2 million Dutch guilders, the equivalent of around $500,000 today.</p><p>KLM’s first flight took place May 17, 1920, from <a href="">London</a> to <a href="">Amsterdam</a> in a modified De Havilland DH-9B World War I bomber.</p><img alt="KLM 100 Years "src=""><p>Only four years later, the airline launched its first intercontinental route – from Amsterdam to Jakarta – on a Fokker VII plane with just three passengers aboard. The journey took a total of 55 days including 21 stops — making long layovers today seem like a breeze. </p><p>In 1935, KLM began employing flight attendants – both male and female – to assist with passenger safety and service.</p><p>KLM’s operations were interrupted by World War II, but it was the first European airline to relaunch flights from Europe to the U.S. with service from Amsterdam to New York that began on May 21, 1946, a route that still continues to this day.</p><p>KLM was the first airline to create an in-flight magazine, the <em>Holland Herald</em>, back in 1966, long before the days of in-flight entertainment systems. </p><img alt="KLM 100 Years "src=""><p>The airline truly remains a royal company since King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has been a KLM pilot for over 20 years. He is currently certified on Boeing 737s. He flies about twice a month and has been spotted in the cockpit on a flight from Amsterdam to Istanbul.</p><p>Although the airline industry has recently come under increasing fire for its environmental impact, KLM has launched several sustainability initiatives over the years. During its 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebrations, the carrier announced it would invest in the construction of a new sustainable aviation fuel plant in the city of Delfzijl that is expected to be operational by 2022. Next time you fly, be sure to look more closely at the cabin carpeting in business class – it was made from recycled flight attendant uniforms.</p><p>Today, <a href="">the airline</a> has a fleet of over 200 planes. It carried 34 million passengers last year, just about half the folks that passed through the Netherlands via air.</p><p>Want to see more about KLM’s 100-year history? You can check out the site the airline <a href="">created specifically</a> to celebrate the milestone.</p>
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Frequent Fliers Swear This $30 Vacuum Bag Is the Secret to Saving Space in Your Suitcase (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:53
<p>If you’re anything like me, then you’re always on the lookout for new ways to make more room in your suitcase. While there are tons of packing hacks out there — like rolling clothes, stuffing smaller items into shoes, and <a href="" target="_blank">only packing light layers</a> — you’ve probably found out the hard way that most of these tricks don’t save as much space as they claim to. </p><p>Thankfully, frequent travellers have discovered the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nomatic Vacuum Bag</a>, which sucks out any excess air and compresses your clothing and soft items into a small, compact size that’ll take up very little room in your travel bag. Made from a super durable material, the compression bag is also water-resistant — making it a great way to keep your dirty or wet clothes separate while traveling. </p><p><strong>RELATED: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">You Can Finally Organize Your Suitcase Like a Pro With These Packing Cubes</a></p><p>Did we mention how easy it is to use? Unlike other compression bags, the Nomatic bag doesn’t require a vacuum to suck out the air. Instead, simply fill the bag with your clothing, roll the top down, and clip it closed. Next, release the airtight seal and press down on the bag until all the air is released, then close the seal and you’re good to go!</p><img alt="Nomatic Vacuum Bag "src=""><p>For these reasons and more, the <a href="" target="_blank">handy travel accessory</a> has earned itself <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">a near-perfect rating on the brand’s website</a>, with many customers calling it a “must-have” product for travellers. “This is the best compression bag. I didn’t know I needed it, now I cant pack without it,” raved one shopper. </p><p>“The Nomatic Vacuum Bag has been incredibly useful,” wrote another. “I am traveling light for an extended period and decided to use the vacuum bag either way. I can visually see the difference the bag will make as I continue to move and accumulate items. It's simple to use. I'm really glad I made the purchase!”</p><p>If you have any trouble figuring out how to get the bag to compress, you can check out this <a href="" target="_blank">useful how-to video from Nomatic</a>. What’s more, the compression bag is actually super affordable at just $30. So if you’re looking for a way to fit more stuff into your suitcase, you should definitely consider snagging this helpful packing accessory before your next trip.</p><img alt="Nomatic Vacuum Bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p>
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A Leather Jacket Is the One Staple You’ll Pack for Every Fall Trip — Here Are the 9 Best Styles for Women

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:16
<p>This is the season when <a href="">packing begins to get complicated</a> as cooler weather means cramming more layers, heavier knits, and outerwear into your carry-ons. The ultimate travel hack – and the ultimate challenge for some – is to pack only one jacket. The perfect fall jacket for travel should be light, comfortable, and easily transitioned from day-to-night.</p><p>That’s why a leather jacket is the one staple you’ll need for every trip. It’s lightweight, can be dressed up or down and comes in a variety of styles – fusing both functionality and style. From classic styles like moto jackets, bombers, and trenches, to trendier silhouettes like puffers and fringe, there’s a leather jacket for all of your sartorial needs.</p><p>Some brands, like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nanushka</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ganni</a>, even have vegan leather styles to choose from (and they look and feel just like the real thing!) Other brands, like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Choiss</a>, are focused on sustainability, using 100% certified leather that follows protocols that require traceability, animal well-being, and strict environmental regulations and inspections.</p><p>Below, we’ve rounded up the 10 best leather jackets for every fall trip.</p><h2>Choiss Classic Lambskin in Blush</h2><img alt="Choiss NYC Classic Lambskin in Blush "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $1,300</p><h2>Aritzia ‘Bonham’ Trench in Olive Green</h2><img alt="Babaton Bonham Trench "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $598</p><h2>Nanushka Quilted Vegan Leather Jacket</h2><img alt="Nanushka Quilted Vegan Leather Jacket "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $620</p><h2>Ganni Canvas-paneled Faux Patent-leather Jacket</h2><img alt="Ganni Canvas-Paneled Faux Patent-leather Jacket "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $415</p><h2>Maje ‘Lizalia’ Leather Jacket</h2><img alt="Maje Lizalia Leather Jacket "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $595</p><h2>Mango Leather Trench</h2><img alt="Mango Leather Trench "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $400</p><h2>Topshop Cropped Western Leather Jacket</h2><img alt="Topshop Cropped Western Leather Jacket "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $320</p><h2>The Arrivals ‘Clo’ Mini Suede</h2><img alt="Clo Mini Suede "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $495</p><h2>H&amp;M Jacket with Tie Belt</h2><img alt="Fringe-Trim Suede Jacket "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $60</p><h2>Polo Ralph Lauren Fringe-trim Suede Jacket</h2><p>%image11</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $1,498</p>
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