Everything You Need to Know About Traveling Through Newark Airport

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:06
<p><a href="" target="_blank">New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport</a> (EWR), which first opened its doors way back on October 1, 1928, is located just 15 miles southwest of Midtown Manhattan. One of three major airports serving the NY metro area, EWR currently serves more than 30 airlines.</p><p>EWR lays claim to many aviation firsts, including the first paved runway, the first air traffic control tower in the United States, the first airport weather station and the first airport post office.</p><p>Today, EWR handles more than 42 million domestic and international passengers a year and, like New York’s LaGuardia Airport and JFK International Airport, is undergoing major redevelopment and upgrades. Here’s everything you need to know about traveling through <a href="" target="_blank">Newark Liberty International Airport</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta Airport Guide: How to Make the Most of Your Time at the World's Busiest Airport</a></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="!1m14!1m8!1m3!1d12101.174335417476!2d-74.1744624!3d40.6895314!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x0%3A0xb3f3b437c5d7f286!2sNewark+Liberty+International+Airport!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1550096346424" width="600"></iframe></p><h2>EWR Terminals</h2><p>Newark Liberty International has <a href="" target="_blank">three standalone terminals</a>: A, B, and C.</p><p>Passengers can travel between terminals, parking lots, hotel shuttles and rental car facilities on the AirTrain monorail, which operates 24-hours a day and is free to ride within the airport.</p><p>Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue, and Southwest are among the airlines that operate out of Terminal A. Allegiant Air, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Spirit, and several international airlines fly from Terminal B.</p><p>United Airlines occupies all of Terminal C, with some flights operating out of Terminal A (United Express) and Terminal B as well.</p><p>Terminal A, EWR’s oldest terminal, is scheduled to be replaced by the three-concourse, 33-gate Terminal One beginning in 2021.</p><img alt="Newark Liberty International Airport Concourse "src=""><h2>Amenities and Services at Newark Liberty International Airport</h2><p>Newark Liberty International Airport provides free Wi-Fi and free charging stations throughout the terminals. Nursing suites and pet relief areas are available in each terminal. The<a href="" target="_blank"> AtYourGate</a> in-airport order and delivery app allows passengers to have meals delivered anywhere in Terminals A and B (including post-security) and to the pre-security area of Terminal C.</p><h2>Newark Airport Terminal A</h2><p><strong>Dining in Newark Liberty Airport Terminal A</strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Dining options in Newark Airport Terminal A</a> include a pre-security food court with Cheeburger Cheeburger, Jamba Juice, Jersey Mike’s, Manchu Wok and Qdoba Grill. Travelers can also find Currito Cantina and Tony Roma’s pre-security.</p><p>Post-security in Terminal A, the A1 Rotunda has Ben &amp; Jerry’s and Boar’s Head (deli); the A2 Rotunda options include Earl of Sandwich and Villa Pizza, and the A3 Rotunda outlets include Java Moon Express and Philips Seafood.</p><p><strong>Shopping in Newark Liberty Airport Terminal A</strong></p><p>Pre-security retail in Terminal A includes America! (with some New Jersey-themed souvenirs), Creative Kid Stuff, Hudson Booksellers, Touch of Color (clothing, accessories) and duty-free shops. Post-security, there are newsstands and an InMotion Entertainment (Rotunda 1). <a href="" target="_blank">SouveNEAR</a> vending machines filled with hand-made gifts and art by New Jersey artists live in both pre and post-security areas.</p><img alt="New York Skyline from Newark Liberty International Airport "src=""><h2>Newark Liberty Airport Terminal B</h2><p><strong>Dining in Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport</strong></p><p>Pre-security food court options in Terminal B include the full-service Currito’s Burritos, Famous Famiglia, Subway and Wendy’s. Additional pre-security options include the Belgian Beer Café, the City Point Bar and the Garden State Diner (near the entrance to the B3 concourse).</p><p>Post-security, Champp’s American and Sora Sushi are in the B1 Rotunda; Sandella’s Flatbread Grill and The Unusual Times pub are in B2; and Vino Volo, Mediterranean Bistro and McGinley’s Irish Pub are in B3.</p><p><strong>Shopping in Terminal B</strong></p><p>Pre-security, there are newsstands, a Duty-Free shop (Near B3 entrance), and America! (gifts). Post-security options include Duty-Free shops, newsstands, and a Lick candy stand in B3.</p><h2>Newark Liberty Airport Terminal C</h2><p>The remodeled Terminal C at Newark Liberty Airport is as much a dining and shopping destination as it is airport passenger terminal.</p><img alt="Newark Liberty International Airport, Terminal C, United Club "src=""><p><strong>Dining in Newark Liberty Airport Terminal C</strong></p><p>There are dozens of great choices for grab and go, fast casual, sit-down dining, and cocktails in United Airlines’ three-concourse, 68-gate Terminal C. This guide includes some highlights, but we suggest a walk-through to consider all the options.</p><p>Check-out is self-serve in the pre and post-security CIBO Express Gourmet Markets and in the central Global Bazaar. In restaurants and gate lounges, orders are taken via iPad and delivered by a server. Insider tip: Guests who scan their United Airlines boarding pass sometimes receive special offers or vouchers. And anyone who pays with a Chase United Mileage Plus credit cards gets 20 percent off their bills in the iPad-enhanced full-service Terminal C restaurants.</p><p><strong>Fast-Casual/Grab and Go</strong></p><p>In the Global Bazaar food hall (Gates 70-99) the Melange Bakery Café bakes croissants, bagels, muffins, and other fresh treats on-site, around the clock; Kaedama noodle bar serves ramen, soups, and dumplings with fresh-pulled noodles; and Tsukiji Fishroom serves up well-priced fresh sushi, nigiri, and poke bowls with fish flown in daily from Tokyo.</p><p>And, no, it’s not the jet-lag: many venues in the food hall change their names, their overhead signage and their menus mid-day.</p><p><strong>Sit-down Dining</strong></p><p>Best bets for sit-down dining on C1 (Gates 70-99) are Abruzzo Italian Steakhouse, Surf (seafood rolls, fresh sushi, fried clams), Wanderlust Burger and Daily, which has a farm-to-terminal menu that does indeed change daily.</p><p>On C2 (Gates 101-115), Vanguard Kitchen (seafood, roasted meats), Happy Clam, and Little Purse Dumpling Den are enticing; while on C3 (Gates 120-129) you’ll find Nonna’s Meatball Kitchen, Forno Magico (Neapolitan pizza) and the feels-like-you’re-in France bistro, Saison.</p><p>Tucked behind Saison is United Airlines’ invitation-only restaurant called Classified. If you get an invite, go.</p><p><strong>Bars</strong></p><p>Oeneo Wine Bar (C1) has more than 60 world-class wines by the glass and the bottle. Proof Whiskey Bar (C2) carries more than 150 types of whiskeys. Caps Beer Garden (C3) stocks almost 50 different domestic and international brews. And there are more than 200 different tequilas at Tacquila (C3).</p><p><strong>Shopping and Amenities at Newark Liberty Terminal C</strong></p><p>The eco-friendly D_parture Spa (C1; Gate 92) offers manicures and pedicures, chair and foot massages, shampoo and haircuts, facials and facial waxing.</p><p>CIBO Express Gourmet Markets (all concourses) stock unique gifts and gourmet food items. Other shopping options include Coach, Johnston &amp; Murphy, L’Occitane, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Miles Shop, where passengers can trade United Airlines frequent flyer miles for electronics, toys and other items or earn bonus points for dollars spent.</p><p><strong>Newark Airport Club Lounges</strong></p><p>EWR airline lounges include<a href="" target="_blank"> Art &amp; Lounge</a> (pre-security, Terminal B) and lounges for <a href="!lounge@newark" target="_blank">Air Canada</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">British Airways</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Atlantic</a>, SAS, and <a href="" target="_blank">Lufthansa</a>.</p><p>United Airlines has multiple lounges at EWR. In addition to the United Club in Terminal A, there’s a Polaris lounge in Terminal C with rainfall shower suites, workspaces, day beds, and a table-service dining area. There’s also a full-service United Club by Gate C74 and pop-up lounges by Gates C93 and124.</p><h2>Getting to and from Newark Airport, Car Rentals, and Parking</h2><p>Travel is possible between EWR and Newark or Manhattan by <a href="" target="_blank">taxi, van, car, or ride-hailing services</a> or on an <a href="" target="_blank">express bus</a>. A less expensive option is <a href="" target="_blank">to hop on AirTrain Newark</a>, which connects to NJ Transit and Amtrak stations.</p><p>Travelers can reach <a href="" target="_blank">EWR on-airport car rental companies</a> via the AirTrain (Station P2 or P3, depending on which the company).</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Parking</a> at EWR ranges from $18 a day (economy lots) to $39 a day in the short-term lots.</p><h2>Newark Airport Hotels</h2><p>A wide range of hotels, including <a href="" target="_blank">Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Hilton Newark Airport</a>, are nearby EWR airport and accessible via free shuttle or cab ride.</p>
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Robert Frost Quotes That Will Inspire You to Travel 'The Road Not Taken'

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:45
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”</a> boasts what is likely one of the most well-known poetry verses, and that’s because its sentiment withstands time. The four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet was a father to six children and, beyond writing poetry, worked as a lecturer and teacher at both Amherst College and the University of Michigan. He and his family also raised chickens on a farm in New Hampshire to make ends meet.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">These Jack Kerouac Quotes Will Convince You to Get 'On the Road' and Leave It All Behind</a></p><p>Frost’s poems did not immediately find success in America; the poet moved with his family to London in 1912, where publishers were more excited by his work. Within a year, Frost was able to publish his first book, “A Boy’s Will,” a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">collection of his poetry</a>. Frost’s poems touched upon many different themes, especially ordinary, rural life, and very often they focused on humans’ interactions with the natural world.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">These Romantic Quotes About Love and Travel Will Have You Booking a Trip for Two</a></p><p>While Frost’s personal relationship with nature isn’t well-documented, his work reflects a desire to reconcile the contradictions between the human experience and the great outdoors. Frost consistently used different aspects of nature as metaphors for life and death. Below are some of his most well-regarded verses.</p><h2>On Discovery</h2><p>“He says the best way out is always through.</p><p>And I agree to that, or in so far</p><p>As that I can see no way out but through—</p><p>Leastways for me — and then they’ll be convinced.”</p><p>― Robert Frost, “A Servant to Servants”</p><h2>On Taking the Road Less Traveled</h2><p>“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -</p><p>I took the one less traveled by,</p><p>And that has made all the difference.”</p><p>― Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”</p><h2>On Nature's Temptation</h2><p>"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,</p><p>But I have promises to keep,</p><p>And miles to go before I sleep,</p><p>And miles to go before I sleep.”</p><p>— Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”</p><h2>On the Magic of Stargazing</h2><p>"How countlessly they congregate</p><p>O'er our tumultuous snow,</p><p>Which flows in shapes as tall as trees</p><p>When wintry winds do blow!"</p><p>— Robert Frost, “Stars”</p><h2>On the World's Fleeting Beauty</h2><p>"Nature’s first green is gold,</p><p>Her hardest hue to hold.</p><p>Her early leaf’s a flower;</p><p>But only so an hour."</p><p>— Robert Frost, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”</p><h2>On Planting Roots</h2><p>"My feet tug at the floor</p><p>And my head sways to my shoulder</p><p>Sometimes when I watch trees sway,</p><p>From the window or the door.</p><p>I shall set forth for somewhere,</p><p>I shall make the reckless choice</p><p>Some day when they are in voice</p><p>And tossing so as to scare</p><p>The white clouds over them on.</p><p>I shall have less to say,</p><p>But I shall be gone."</p><p>— Robert Frost, “The Sound of the Trees”</p>
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This School Will Pay 50 People to Study Aviation in Kansas — and They Guarantee a Job Interview at the End

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:30
<p>If you’ve ever dreamed of working in the aviation industry, now’s your chance. All you need to do is move to Wichita, <a href="" target="_blank">Kansas</a> first.</p><p>For the second year in a row, <a href="" target="_blank">WSU Tech</a>, the largest technical college in Kansas, is looking for interested parties to come and study at one of its two programs to one day work in the aviation industry in the community.</p><p>Oh, and they’re willing to pay you to move there and attend school, as well.</p><p>“WSU Tech is ramping up their Wichita Promise Move scholarship that pays tuition and fees, relocation and cost of living expenses and provides a guaranteed job interview,” the program shared in a statement with <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. The program, it further explained, is in response to local aviation companies announcing major job growth in the near future.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This U.S. City Will Pay You $10,000 to Move There and Work From Home (Video)</a></p><p>Wichita, Kansas — known as “The Air Capital of the World” — is experiencing massive growth in the aviation and manufacturing operations sector. Because of this, WSU Tech is stepping in to help identify qualified candidates, relocate and train them for openings in the local industry.</p><p>“The goal of Wichita Promise Move is to relocate people who live at least 75-miles outside of the Wichita area to receive training and an employment opportunity at no cost to the student,” the statement explained. “WSU Tech hopes to attract 50 more individuals to start training as early as March.”</p><p>Beyond helping fill industry roles, the program is also designed to help people get the training they need to find a new job.</p><p>“Wichita Promise Move is designed to help break down the barriers that keep individuals from getting trained,” Dr. Sheree Utash, President of WSU Tech, said. “Whether those barriers are financial, location, time or the fear of failing, we are ready to help anyone get the training they need to get a career in aviation and live, work and play in Wichita."</p><p>The training programs include Aviation Sheet Metal Assembly and Process Mechanic Paint. Both programs can be completed in as little as six weeks.</p><p>Beyond tuition and a guaranteed job interview, the program will also pay all relocation costs, provide housing, pay cost of living expenses while enrolled, and even offer a potential sign-on bonus when hired.</p><p>According to WSU, the companies offering job interviews include Spirit AeroSystems and Textron Aviation. And, most importantly to note, all 50 students who participated in the program in 2018 received job offers from one of these two companies.</p><p>Want to apply? All you need to do is <a href="" target="_blank">fill out the forms here</a>.</p>
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How to See the Super Snow Moon, the Biggest and Brightest Moon of the Year

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:01
<p>Are you ready for the biggest supermoon of the year? On Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, the full moon will be closer than at any other point in the year. It's actually the second, and largest, of three supermoons to kick off 2019 that began with last month's <a href="" target="_blank">Super Wolf Blood Moon</a> total lunar eclipse.</p><p>Though it won't be as dramatic as the Super Wolf Blood Moon since the moon will not turn red, the rise of the Super Snow Moon — also called the Storm Moon and Hunger Moon because of it being at the coldest time of year — promises to be a special sight.</p><h2>What is a supermoon?</h2><p>A supermoon is when the moon looks larger than usual because it's closer. The moon orbits Earth in a slight ellipse and each month it reaches both its closest point (perigee) and farthest away point (apogee). Every month there is a supermoon and a micromoon. However, it's only when a supermoon coincides with a full moon that the event results in the biggest, brightest and best moon. On Feb. 19 the moon will be 221,681 miles (356,761 km) from Earth. It doesn't often get any closer than that.</p><h2>When is the Super Snow Moon?</h2><p>Our satellite will be in its fullest phase during the morning in North America, which may sound like bad timing, but actually gives observers in the U.S. and Canada three chances to view a large Super Snow Moon almost at its peak. Although the full moon will occur at precisely 10:53 a.m. EST and 07:53 a.m. PST on Feb. 19, all full moons are best looked at during dusk and dawn. That’s particularly true of a supermoon, which tends to look larger when viewed in the context of trees and buildings on the horizon rather than when it’s risen high into the sky.</p><p>Since the full moon is on the opposite side of Earth to the sun, and hence fully illuminated, it rises in the east in the evening as the sun sets in the west, and sets in the west as the sun rises in the east. That means a setting or rising Super Snow Moon will be best observed Monday night and twice on Tuesday.</p><h2>When to watch the Super Snow Moon</h2><p>The first chance to see the Super Snow Moon close to the horizon will come close to sunset on Monday, Feb. 18. Watch the eastern horizon for a bigger-than-usual full moon to rise at 4:30 p.m. EST and 4:49 p.m. PST. The following morning around sunrise will get you officially the biggest-looking moon you'll see in 2019 when our satellite sets in the west at 6:55 a.m. EST and 06:46 a.m. PST. However, later that day the Super Snow Moon will put on the third show when it rises in the east at 5:46 p.m. EST and 6:02 p.m. PST.</p><h2>How to see a 'false dawn' after the Super Snow Moon</h2><p>Have you ever seen "zodiacal light"? By the end of this week, the Super Snow Moon will be rising a few hours after sunset, which will give you a chance to see a strange triangle of light in the west above where the sun has recently set. Visible only from a very dark sky site, this odd sight is sunlight reflecting from dust in the solar system. It's easiest to see during the two weeks after February's full moon.</p><h2>When is the next full moon?</h2><p>The next full moon, known as the Worm Moon, Sap Moon or Crow Moon, will occur on March 20, the same day as the spring or vernal equinox. Not only will the full moon virtually coincide with the start of Spring, but it will be the third and final supermoon of 2019. Though not as close to Earth as the Super Snow Moon, the Super Worm Moon will be the last supermoon until March 2020.</p>
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Rare 'Firefall' Makes Its Return to Yosemite for Just a Few Weeks (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:00
<p>California’s <a href="" target="_blank">Yosemite National Park</a> is <a href="" target="_blank">famous for its collection of stunning waterfalls</a>, but for roughly two weeks in mid-to-late February, <a href="" target="_blank">Horsetail Fall</a> puts on the most magnificent show of all.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Horsetail Fall</a>, located on the eastern edge of <a href="" target="_blank">El Capitan</a> in the Yosemite Valley, only flows in the winter and early spring. When the setting sun strikes the waterfall in February, it douses the water in an orange glow that makes it seem as though fire is streaming down the rock formations.</p><img alt="The firefall phenomenon at Yosemite National Park creates a magnificent view in mid-to-late February. "src=""><p>The magnificent glow is an eye-catching illusion known as a “firefall,” with its name drawing back to the <a href="" target="_blank">manmade Firefall</a> that used to occur at Glacier Point in the park. During the late 1800s, campfires built near the edge of Glacier Point were pushed off the edge to create the illusion of a flowing fire stream, later becoming a popular tourist attraction until it was eventually stopped due to fire hazards.</p><p>The 2019 viewing season is projected to run from now through Feb. 24 and peak next week, according to Yosemite National Park spokesperson Jamie Richards. </p><p>Visitors will want to note, however, that there’s no guarantee of catching the phenomenon on a specific day.</p><p>For the illusion to occur, there needs to be clear skies and enough snowfall to allow the fall to flow. But those who do happen to be there at the right time are in for an unforgettable view.</p><img alt="A photo of the firefall at Yosemite National Park from prior years. "src=""><p>While the National Park Service had set up a reservation process for those who wanted to see the phenomenon in 2018, the park is skipping the reservations process this year and keeping it open to the public. Visitors will have to be willing to hike, though, as the closest parking options will be at least a mile away from viewpoints.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Couple Went to Every National Park in America and Says These Are the Best</a></p><p>No stopping or parking will be allowed at either Southside Drive between the El Capitan Crossover and Swinging Bridge or at Northside Drive between Camp 4 and the El Capitan Crossover. Instead, the closest parking options will be in the Yosemite Falls Parking Area near the Yosemite Valley Lodge, which is why park representatives advise that people come prepared with warm clothing, boots, and either a headlamp or flashlight for safety.</p>
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These Jack Kerouac Quotes Will Convince You to Get 'On the Road' and Leave It All Behind

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 08:45
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Jack Kerouac</a> is best known for his novel “<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">On the Road</a>,” a work of fiction heavily influenced by his real life road trips and adventures. Kerouac wasn’t just a talented writer, but a talented sportsman: He earned a football scholarship to Columbia University, which brought him to New York City at the age of 17. He was taken by New York, especially its jazz scene in Harlem, and was heavily influenced by music. His football days didn’t last long, as he broke his leg in one of the first games he played, and was benched even after he recovered. Kerouac ultimately dropped out of school, working odd jobs and briefly enlisting in the military (he was honorably discharged after just 10 days).</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">32 Dalai Lama Quotes That Will Change the Way You See the World</a></p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">47 Anthony Bourdain Quotes That Will Inspire You to Travel More, Eat Better, and Enjoy Life</a></p><p>Kerouac and his work defined the Beat Generation, a literary movement that explored American culture and politics after World War II, throughout the 1950s. He surrounded himself with several other prolific writers, including Alan Ginsberg and William Burroughs, who led the Beat Generation movement with him. Many of Kerouac’s afamed quotes are bursting with courage and this seemingly unquenchable desire to explore. His words continue to inspire readers to get out and see the world, and to make travel a foundation of their lives. Below are some of our favorites.</p><h2>Jack Kerouac Quotes on Road Trips, Travel, and Seeing the World</h2><p>“So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”</p><p>— Jack Kerouac, “Desolation Angels”</p><p>“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”</p><p>― Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”</p><p>“The best teacher is experience and not through someone's distorted point of view”</p><p>― Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”</p><p>"Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life."</p><p>― Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”</p><p>“All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.”</p><p>― Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”</p><p>"Better to sleep in an uncomfortable bed free, than sleep in a comfortable bed unfree."</p><p>― Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”</p><p>“Sal, we gotta go and never stop going 'till we get there.'</p><p>'Where we going, man?'</p><p>'I don't know but we gotta go.”</p><p>― Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”</p><p>“ a loner, travel, talk to waiters, walk around, no more self-imposed's time to think and watch and keep concentrated on the fact that after all this whole surface of the world as we know it now will be covered with the silt of a billion years in time.”</p><p>― Jack Kerouac, “Big Sur”</p><p>"It always makes me proud to love the world somehow — hate’s so easy compared."</p><p>― Jack Kerouac, “Big Sur”</p><p>"I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.</p><p>― Jack Kerouac, “The Dharma Bums"</p>
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Should You Buy That Cheap Icelandair Ticket?

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 08:01
<p>A go-to for transatlantic travel, Icelandair operates — you guessed it — out of Iceland, and has for more than 80 years. And their widely popular “<a href="" target="_blank">Icelandair Stopover</a>” is a program they’ve offered since the 1960s. Essentially, if you’re <a href="" target="_blank">flying from the U.S. or Canada</a> to Europe, you can add a stopover in Iceland on Icelandair for no extra charge. You can opt for a 24-hour jaunt in Iceland, giving you just enough time to check out the <a href="" target="_blank">Blue Lagoon</a> and enjoy a nice meal in Reykjavik, or you can stay for up to seven days. They’ve added quite a few perks to their stopovers over the last 50 years, too. You can now <a href="" target="_blank">book excursions on your stopover</a>, like a trip to <a href="" target="_blank">scout the Northern Lights</a> or an exploration of the South Coast and Glacier Lagoon.</p><p>Iceland has been at the very <a href="" target="_blank">top of my travel list</a> for the last few years, so I fully understand the impulse to book as soon as you see an appealing flight price. And Icelandair pretty much has the market cornered in terms of reasonable Iceland flight prices. However, I often hesitate to book because I (perhaps wrongly) assumed Icelandair is a budget aircraft, which could mean unnecessary delays or a not-super-comfortable flight.</p><p>In reading online reviews of Icelandair, I found that travelers are quite satisfied with their experience on the airline. And that while Icelandair may not be considered a premium air carrier, it no longer carries a <a href="" target="_blank">“budget airline” stigma</a>. In fact, several Icelandair reviews refer to it as a “hybrid carrier,” because the amenities are much nicer than the price would have you believe. To save you the trouble of scouring the internet to find out what people think of the Icelandair check-in process, and how travelers rate Icelandair business class, we did it for you. So here’s what you need to know before booking that cheap Icelandair flight:</p><h2>How is Icelandair business class?</h2><p>First off, as business class goes, the prices aren’t bad at all. “It’s not unusual to see business class fares between the U.S. and Europe for around $1,700 with a stopover in Reykjavik, which is great for business class,” Ben Schlappig wrote on <em><a href="" target="_blank">One Mile at a Time</a></em>.</p><p>Schlappig went on to point out that Icelandair’s Saga Class Lounge is extremely impressive, with tasteful decor and decent food offerings. Finally, he detailed the comfort level of the 2-2 configuration business class seats.</p><p>“The seats have roughly 40 inches of pitch, so are slightly more comfortable than domestic first class seats in the U.S.,” said Schlappig. “The recline is limited, but that’s almost a blessing since it means the person seated in front of you doesn’t end up in your lap.”</p><h2>What about Icelandair baggage rules?</h2><p>Here’s the Icelandair baggage breakdown: Saga Class and Economy Comfort Class passengers get two checked bags each, while Economy Class passengers get one checked bag each, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Seat Guru</a>.</p><p>"If you are traveling with baggage, you must go to Icelandair baggage drop off at the airport to drop off your baggage. If you are traveling with carry-on baggage only, you can go directly to security,” <a href="" target="_blank">Seat Guru</a> added.</p><h2>What do I need to know about Icelandair check-in?</h2><p>When you’re looking for your Icelandair flight status<b> </b>and online check-in, the system is fairly easy to navigate. “Online check-in is available 36 hours prior to departure to Europe and 24 hours prior to departure to USA and Canada,” said <a href="" target="_blank">Seat Guru</a>. If you are traveling with baggage, you must go to Icelandair baggage drop off at the airport to drop off your baggage. If you are traveling with carry-on baggage only, you can go directly to security.</p><h2>What is Icelandair economy class like?</h2><p>In terms of what you get for an Icelandair economy class ticket, they deliver more than the bare minimum, while not going above and beyond. “As a hybrid/low-cost carrier, Icelandair provides some amenities for free, like carry-on luggage and entertainment, but charges for other things, like meals and seat selection,” said The Airline Guru at <a href="" target="_blank">Travel Codex</a>.</p><p>You’re getting what you paid for — perhaps a little more even, and certainly not less. “For the price, it gives you the ‘extras’ that you’d expect on a hybrid carrier, and I was perfectly content with the value of the ticket and the amenities I received,” summed up The Airline Guru.</p><h2>What should I know about Icelandair’s stopover program?</h2><p>Instead of simply choosing between one-way and round-trip tickets, you can also choose Icelandair’s specialty option: Icelandair stopover. “You can stay in Iceland for up to seven days without any additional fees for your <a href="" target="_blank">flight between the US and Europe</a>,” said <a href="" target="_blank">Via Hero</a>.</p><p>And the program continues to grow, now even <a href="" target="_blank">pairing up stopover participants with Icelandair employees</a> who will show you the sights.</p>
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Hawaii in the Snow Is a Bizarrely Magical Sight — and More Is on the Way

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 07:34
<p>Between <a href="" target="_blank">volcanic eruptions</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">hurricanes</a>, it’s clear that Hawaii is no stranger to rare and sometimes dangerous weather. But the winter storm that hit the islands on Sunday and Monday also left something that most Hawaiians have very little experience with: snow.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>, high wind and rain caused some damage to parts of the Hawaiian islands in the early morning on Feb. 11, while also bringing some rare snowfall to Polipoli State Park in Maui as well as some other parts of the island.</p><p>The state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) said in a statement that Monday was perhaps the first time snow has ever fallen in a Hawaii state park.</p><p>“It could be the lowest elevant snow ever recorded in the state. Polipoli is at 6,200 feet elevation,” the DLNR statement said. Snow does actually fall in Hawaii, but it is mainly limited to the highest elevations, particularly the peaks Mauna Kea at 14,000 feet, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">SF Gate</a></em>.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported winds between 40 and 70 miles per hour as well as coastal flooding. </p><p>The dangerous winds that began on Sunday have reportedly toppled over centuries-old trees, reported <em><a href="" target="_blank">Hawaii News Now</a></em>. Some trees have damaged utility poles in some parts of the state, leaving many without power. Luckily, there have been no reported injuries.</p><p>Hawaii Electric Light tweeted that crews were working on Monday to restore power as soon as it was safe to do so. On Tuesday, the company was well into working on replacing downed poles, which also required shutting down some roadways.</p><p>Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell told <em>CNN</em> that beaches, parks, certain roads near Hawaii’s summits, and the Honolulu Zoo have all been closed.</p><p>It’s unclear how long the snow will stick at Polipoli State Park, but until it does, people who were in the area are sharing photos and video of the rare event.</p><p>Even <a href="" target="_blank">more snow is expected</a> for the islands on Wednesday and Thursday, <em>USA Today</em> reported, but only on its highest peaks, including Maui's Haleakala and the Big Island's Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa — where 3 to 5 inches are expected.</p><p>"Avoid traveling to the summits during this period as icy roads and low visibilities will produce treacherous driving conditions," the NWS warned.</p><p> </p>
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A Super Bloom Is Expected in Southern California — and One Tiny Town Is Preparing for Hundreds of Thousands of Visitors (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 06:27
<p>Southern California is well on its way to experiencing one heck of a rainy season. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Curbed LA</a></em>, Los Angeles will likely experience a second consecutive month of above-average rainfall in February. In the first two weeks of the month alone, the city experienced more than 3 inches of rain. And all that rain may be bringing one great surprise: <a href="" target="_blank">a super bloom</a>. Though it is a gorgeous sight, all those buds can cause issues for the tiny towns where they bloom.</p><p>Just a few hours south of Los Angeles sits the tiny town of Borrego Springs, which is also home to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Though the park is actually California’s largest state park, the town surrounding it is incredibly small. <a href="" target="_blank">Borrego Springs' Main Street</a> consists of just a few shops, even fewer restaurants, and one tiny welcome area for park visitors.</p><p>And it is there where all the delightful wildflowers are expected to bloom following all the rain. The last time the park experienced a super bloom was in 2017. At the time, people even dubbed it “Flowergeddon.” It was also then that an estimated 500,000 visitors descended on the town to see the flowers. According to <a href="" target="_blank">KTLA</a>, the town was both overwhelmed and underprepared for all those visitors.</p><p>But this time, it says, it’s ready.</p><p>“This time, there is a real sense of preparedness,” Bri Fordem, the executive director of the Anza-Borrego Foundation, told <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The Los Angeles Times</i></a>. “People should feel comfortable coming here.”</p><p>The foundation, along with local businesses, is preparing for an influx of visitors to try and stave off the traffic jams, trash, congestion, and other issues that plagued the park during the last bloom, according to <i>The Times</i>.</p><p>Those preparations include contracting dozens of portable toilets, which will be spread out throughout the town, as well as near the flower fields. A dozen dumpsters are also reportedly on order.</p><p>Park rangers are preparing for both crowd and traffic control, and there’s even a plan in place to hand out maps to visitors pointing out the best bloom locations.</p><p>Even area restaurants are preparing with more staff.</p><p>“Now I think we may be overly prepared,” Andy Macuga, the owner of Carlee’s Restaurant, told <i>The Times</i>. “I know I’ve hired more staff than ever out of fear. I’m hiring people non-stop. You have a pulse? Love you. Come on in.”</p><p>Though this year’s bloom isn’t expected to be as big as 2017's, it is still expected to be glorious.</p><p>“Two years ago, we had an absolutely fantastic bloom,” Jim Dice, the reserve manager at the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center, told <i>The Times</i>. “I don’t know if we’re going to meet that. It’s likely going to be a very good bloom, but a strong freeze right now could be very bad and a prolonged hot spell could hurt things.”</p><p>Still, if you go make sure to remember this is some people's home and a visiting area for others. So make sure to leave it better than you found it by living by the “<a href="" target="_blank">leave no trace</a>” principals. That way, we’ll all get invited back for the next super bloom.</p>
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This New 'Smart City' in Europe Will Have a Huge Theme Park and More

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 17:12
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Spain</a> will soon be home to a massive smart city called <a href="" target="_blank">Elysium City</a>, complete with its own high-speed train system, theme park, water park, hotels, an 18-hole signature golf course and more. </p><p>U.S. based international theme park, resort, and tourism development company <a href="" target="_blank">Cora Alpha</a> will be bringing the smart city to the Castilblanco municipality in the Spanish city of Badajoz.</p><p>The smart city, which will be developed around a river that sits in the municipality, will be completed in two different phases.</p><p>The first phase, which is set to be complete in 2023, will include the development of a 5-star hotel with a casino, a theme park, a four-star theme park hotel, an adventure water park, a conference center, a data center, an 18-hole signature golf course, a sports and entertainment complex for professional soccer and musical performances and a marina.</p><img alt="Elements like urban farms will be part of Elysium City. "src=""><p>The second phase will include another five or six hotels, a formula one track, an equestrian center and several other attractions that the company is still determining at this time.</p><img alt="Elysium city will also have a data center. "src=""><p>“It’s basically a city that we’re creating that will be a smart city from ground up, but the core will be the entrainment pieces: a Disney-level major theme park and an adventure water park that’s unlike typical water parks,” John Cora, founder and chairman of Cora Alpha told <i>Travel + Leisure</i>. “The goal is to have it be a place where you want to work, live and play.” </p><p>Cora’s statement about a “Disney-level” major theme park comes from his past experience, having spent 30 years with <a href="" target="_blank">The Walt Disney Company</a> leading operational design, programming, development and pre-opening plans for the $1.6 billion Disneyland Resort expansion project. Cora also ran theme park operations at <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland</a> for 15 years.</p><p>Spain was actually one of the locations the company was looking at for its Euro Disney Resort, which ended up as <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Paris</a> in France.</p><img alt="Part of the experience at Elysium City will include a water adventure park that incorporates the natural scenery of the area. "src=""><p>“Our preface was we loved Spain… we studied it during my Disney days and it’s a great market," Cora said, adding, "the weather is conducive like Southern California and it’s at a spectacular location sitting on a hill, part of which overlooks the entire river, located just an hour and a half by car from Madrid.”</p><p>Being within a smart city, the theme park will include technology to limit wait times for guests and a possible passenger drone system attraction. </p><p>Cora is also utilizing his background with water parks, having partnered with a private equity firm to acquire <a href="" target="_blank">Palace Entertainment</a> — currently the largest operator of water parks and family entertainment centers in the U.S — to create a water park that breaks the mold. </p><img alt="A bridge connects to one of the hotels coming to Elysium City. "src=""><p>Straying away from the yellow and red fiberglass commonly found in water parks today, Elysiums water adventure park will utilize heavy landscaping and rockwork, and incorporate the area’s natural environment to create adventure activities like mountain biking, hiking and bungee jumping.</p><p>Elysium also will include solar-powered infrastructure like light poles, while kiosks will be set up to provide parking information and availability, traffic updates, public transportation schedules and weather forecasts and warnings.</p><p>Residents and visitors will find free and city-wide, ultra-high-speed WiFi, with the option to create profiles and input information like favorite activities or preferred dining venues to play a role in future city development. In addition, users can get regular updates on events and meetings, and connect directly to the city government to report issues, give feedback, and fill out permits.</p><img alt="A marina will be available at Elysium City. "src=""><p>The city will run on 5G, allowing those in its perimeters to access high-speed connections and download movies to their phones in as little as 10 seconds, chief innovation officer Sergio Fernandez de Cordova told T+L. </p><p>The second phase of Elysium is currently set for completion in 2028, with the company planning to start construction in 2019. </p>
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Paris Is Suing Airbnb for $14.2 Million Over Allegedly Illegal Listings — Here’s What to Know If You Have a Booking

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 16:36
<p>The city of <a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a> is suing <a href="" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> for $14.2 million, citing 1,010 allegedly illegal listings.</p><p>Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo made the announcement in an exclusive interview with French newspaper <em><a href="" target="_blank">Le Journal du Dimanche</a> </em>over the weekend, saying renters were taking advantage of current regulations. </p><p>"I have nothing against Parisians who rent their home a few days a year to make some cash," Hidalgo said, as translated by <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Local</em></a>. "The problem is those who own multiple properties who rent apartments all-year-round to tourists without declaring them, and the online platforms, which are accomplices, welcoming them."</p><p>The city sent Airbnb a subpoena on Friday. </p><p>French law currently prohibits owners from renting out properties for more than 120 days a year in cities like Paris. <a href="" target="_blank">Regulations passed in late 2018</a> allowed the government to hold companies like Airnbnb responsible by fines of up to €12,500 per each illegal posting listed on its website. Renters are also required to have a registration number on each advertisement to avoid spaces being rented for longer. </p><p>Parisian officials are now looking to use these regulations, and the 1,010 advertisements claimed to violate these policies, in court proceedings, although Airbnb representatives say the company has been honoring current regulations and informed all renters of the regulations after they were placed. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Starting on Jan. 1, 2019</a>, Airbnb's platform disabled hosts from having the ability to make future reservations on their primary residences once they hit their 120-day limit. Under the current regulations, guests will also be unable to book a property if the primary residence has been rented out for over 120 days within the calendar year. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Avoid a Vacation Rental Nightmare</a></p><p>Since the new change went into effect in January of 2019, Airbnb is still honoring reservations made by guests that were confirmed prior to this date. Hosts who rented their listings out ahead of time in 2018 for more than 120 days of this year will also be allowed to honor their existing bookings, though they will be unable to accept new bookings for 2019. </p><p>“Airbnb has already worked with other STR platforms on measures to help Parisian hosts share their homes and follow the rules, while respecting EU law,” a spokesperson told <em>Travel + Leisure. </em>“Meanwhile, we remain convinced that Paris' broken and disproportionate STR rules breaks EU rules and have a negative impact on the 1 in 5 Parisians that use Airbnb; we look forward to making our case in court and to working with everyone on better solutions for everyone in Paris.”</p><p>According to <em>Le Journal Du Dimanche</em>, City Hall is currently asking that all non-compliant ads be removed from the platform, with further updates expected in the beginning of March. </p>
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Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Disney's Epcot

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:21
<p>Walt Disney World’s futuristic Epcot theme park began less as an entertainment location and more as a utopian society. The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, as originally dreamt up by Walt Disney himself, transformed into a World’s Fair-inspired park with an emphasis on science, technology, and the arts by the time it opened in 1982. There is no dome over Epcot, nor do people live there as intended, but Epcot remains an iconic <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World park</a>, particularly for its geodesic sphere and, of course, the <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Monorail</a>.</p><p>Epcot Center is essentially two parks in one. On one side, Future World boasts attractions housed within separate buildings themed to space travel, imagination, and aquatic life. On the other, Epcot’s World Showcase features 11 “pavilions” themed to countries and their respective dining, entertainment, and attractions, set on an idyllic waterfront lagoon. (Grab an <a href="" target="_blank">Epcot map</a> at the park entrance, which will come in handy later.)</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom</a></p><p>Children of all ages can find something to enjoy at Epcot — remember: children under 3 <a href="" target="_blank">can enter for free</a> and do not need Epcot tickets — but with its plentiful bars, entertainment, and festivals, adults will find World Showcase especially appealing.</p><p>Summertime and holidays <a href="" target="_blank">are peak season at Disney World parks</a>, as are holidays, but Epcot Center does draw crowds for its seasonal festivals. Epcot International Flower &amp; Garden Festival and Epcot International Food &amp; Wine Festival draw crowds in spring and fall, particularly on weekends. Always be sure to double-check your travel dates with on-site events.</p><p>For handy tricks to beat the crowds and tips on having the <a href="" target="_blank">best-ever vacation at Epcot Disney World</a>, check out our definitive guide<b>:</b></p><h2>Getting to Epcot</h2><p>Standard vehicle parking costs $25 per day at Epcot, while preferred parking costs $50. Epcot offers a tram within the parking lot to ease longer walks to and from the entrance. The main parking lot is also where buses from Disney hotels, hotels outside of Walt Disney World, taxis, and ride-share services like Uber, Lyft, and <a href="" target="_blank">Minnie Vans</a> pick up and drop off guests.</p><p>There is monorail service to and from Epcot. The Walt Disney World Monorail connects Epcot to the Ticket and Transportation Center, where the Magic Kingdom parking lot is located. To reach Magic Kingdom or <a href="" target="_blank">nearby hotels on the monorail</a>, guests will need to exit and board a separate Disney monorail tram.</p><img alt="Walt Disney World, Epcot "src=""><p>Epcot is the only Walt Disney World park with two entrances. Ride-share vehicles, Minnie Vans, Disney buses, non-Disney buses, and the Disney Monorail all drop guests off at the main entrance near Future World, but World Showcase has an International Gateway second entrance, which can be reached by the Disney Skyliner gondola system when it opens in 2019.</p><p>Because of this unique feature, guests at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Beach Club Resort</a>, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels</a> can easily walk or take a short boat ride directly to the World Showcase.</p><h2>Epcot Hours</h2><p>Guests should take note that Future World and World Showcase — the two unofficial sides of Walt Disney World’s Epcot — have different hours. Epcot’s World Showcase opens a few locations earlier in the morning, generally at 9 a.m., and opens completely at 11 a.m. Be sure to check Disney Epcot hours before traveling, as they change daily.</p><p>Guests staying at Walt Disney World hotels can utilize Extra Magic Hours, which allow for up to two extra hours in a Walt Disney World park each day. Select hotels including Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels</a>, and Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels also offer <a href="" target="_blank">Extra Magic Hours benefits</a>.</p><h2>Purchasing Epcot Tickets</h2><p>Walt Disney World sells individual park tickets and “park-hopper” tickets, which allow guests to go between all four Florida Disney parks for one price. Most families can experience Epcot restaurants and rides in one full day, but adults who are interested in dining or seasonal festivals will want to return more than once. If so, purchasing park-hopper tickets would be an ideal choice.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World tickets are now dynamically priced</a>. This means Disney Epcot tickets cost more or less, depending on when you visit. Be sure to purchase tickets early — admission purchased in-person at Epcot can cost more — and visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World website</a> for occasional promotions and discounts.</p><h2>How to Use a FastPass+</h2><p>FastPass+ <a href="" target="_blank">comes with all Disney tickets</a> and can be scheduled at least 30 days prior to arrival — 60, if you stay in a Walt Disney World resort or <a href="" target="_blank">hotel with Extra Magic Hour benefits</a>. FastPass+ lets guests “skip the line” during an hour-long return window on three attractions each day, and because of this, you’ll want to plan ahead.</p><p>FastPass+ for Epcot rides are offered in two “tiers.” Guests can choose one attraction from the first group, and two attractions from the second group. Sign up for <a href="" target="_blank">My Disney Experience</a> to schedule FastPass+ experiences in advance.</p><h2>The Best Epcot Rides</h2><p>There are plenty of family-friendly favorites in both Future World and World Showcase. Epcot rides that will please all ages include <a href="" target="_blank">Soarin’ Around the World</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Spaceship Earth</a>, and slower rides, like <a href="" target="_blank">Living With the Land</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Journey into Imagination with Figment</a> can provide an air-conditioned break on busy days.</p><p>There are a couple of rides in the World Showcase as well. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a delightful boat ride with short waits, and Frozen Ever After brings guests face-to-face with Olaf, Elsa, Anna and the rest of the <i>Frozen</i> characters and songs.</p><p>Still, the Disney World park unexpectedly has a plentiful amount of thrill rides. <a href="" target="_blank">Test Track</a> is an exciting, high-speed race that little kids will be able to enjoy, while Mission: SPACE mimics a NASA shuttle launch to Mars with two different experiences. The Green Mission is a less intense trip, but the Orange Mission is best for adventurous types.</p><p>In the next few years, a <a href="" target="_blank">"Guardians of the Galaxy"-themed indoor roller coaster</a> and a Ratatouille ride will also open at Epcot Center.</p><img alt="Walt Disney World, Epcot "src=""><h2>The Best Epcot Experiences</h2><p>The Seas with Nemo &amp; Friends is an ideal destination for younger children, as the entire Epcot pavilion is themed to the <i>Finding Nemo</i> franchise. Start with the slow-moving ride, which emerges into SeaBase, an enormous aquarium home to turtles, sharks, stingrays, and other aquatic life. While there, be sure to visit Turtle Talk with Crush, an interactive experience where children can converse with characters from the movie.</p><p>Meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Joy and Sadness of "Inside Out," and Baymax from "Big Hero 6" within Future World. Character meet-and-greets can be found across Epcot countries as well, with Frozen princesses Anna and Elsa meeting at the Royal Sommerhus in Norway, and princesses like Snow White, Jasmine, and Mulan meeting in Germany, Morocco, and China.</p><p>Plan to spend at least half a day exploring Epcot’s World Showcase, visiting countries like Mexico, Japan, Italy, and France within the Disney World park. There is plenty of shopping, entertainment, and dining, as well as art galleries and live music.</p><h2>Exploring Epcot at Night</h2><p>Epcot has a lively and moving fireworks show, <a href="" target="_blank">"IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth," which will end in fall 2019</a>. A new nighttime show, Epcot Forever, will begin in fall 2019 before a permanent replacement opens in 2020.</p><p>Still, the true highlight of evenings here are the wide array of dining and drinking options. We highly recommend having at least one dinner in this Walt Disney World park, and taking in the Epcot countries once the sun sets.</p><h2>The Best Restaurants at Epcot</h2><p>Epcot countries are by far the best place to dine within this exciting theme park. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria remains a favorite with Epcot guests of all ages; the pizzas, which are cooked in wood-burning ovens, are delicious. Kids will love Epcot’s<a href="" target="_blank"> San Angel Inn Restaurante</a> — which feels completely transportative, despite being indoors — and Teppan Edo, where food is cooked in front of them Teppan-yaki style. Many of these locations take <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Dining Plan</a> as well.</p><p>For an elegant night out, Tutto Italia Ristorante, <a href="" target="_blank">Le Cellier Steakhouse</a>, and Monsieur Paul are ideal choices, and the waterfront views of Spice Road Table can’t be beat.</p><img alt="Walt Disney World, Epcot "src=""><p>Reservations open 180 days in advance, so book early. If you are unable to or prefer flexibility, most Epcot countries offer quick-service dining for grab-and-go entrees; often, a meal can be made simply of snacking at multiple locations.</p><p>Epcot has two character dining options: Garden Grill Restaurant with Mickey Mouse and characters and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall with Disney princesses. In late 2019, an innovative outer space-themed restaurant will open in Future World.</p><h2>Drinking Alcohol at Epcot</h2><p>Beer, wine, and alcohol are for sale throughout this Disney park, but the best place to enjoy a cocktail or glass of Chardonnay will be within Epcot’s World Showcase. All of the Epcot countries sell regional alcoholic beverages, letting guests try margaritas in Mexico, sake in Japan, and <a href="" target="_blank">an array of wines in Italy</a>. It’s even become quite popular to "drink around the world," tasting <a href="" target="_blank">Disney drinks</a> in different locations.</p><h2>Special Events at Epcot</h2><p>Epcot is known for its exciting and increasingly popular year-round festivals, all of which are included with admission. From early March through early June, Epcot International Flower &amp; Garden Festival brings character topiaries and the Garden Rocks concert series, and late August through mid-November highlights Epcot International Food &amp; Wine Festival. Both are known for their food festival booths, which bring delightful tasting plates of cuisines from around the world to Epcot countries.</p><p>Epcot International Festival of the Holidays brings global customs, celebrations, and <a href="" target="_blank">Candlelight Processional</a>, a live retelling of the story of Christmas with a live orchestra and a celebrity guest, to Walt Disney World each November and December. And, the newest entry, Epcot® International Festival of the Arts, pairs the culinary arts and fine arts together, with performances by Broadway stars in January and February.</p><h2>The Best Epcot Hotels</h2><p>There are plenty of hotels to choose from, but a select few will help you get the most out of those Disney Epcot tickets.</p><p>If visiting as a couple or planning to visit an Epcot festival more than once, choose a hotel that is walking distance from the park, like Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Swan Hotel</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel</a>, or Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.</p><p>When the Disney Skyliner Gondola system opens in fall 2019, select hotels will be <a href="" target="_blank">closer to Disney World parks</a> than ever before. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, the new Disney’s Riviera Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be a short gondola ride away from the International Gateway entrance of Epcot, making them an ideal choice as well.</p>
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Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:01
<p>Having opened in 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is <a href="" target="_blank">the newest of the Disney World parks</a>, featuring a design and layout that differs from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and <a href="" target="_blank">Magic Kingdom</a>. Here, the emblematic Tree of Life sits in the center of a lagoon, as lands including Africa, Asia, Discovery Island, Pandora - The World of Avatar, and DinoLand U.S.A. surround it in a loop. (For easy reference, pick up a complementary <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Animal Kingdom map</a> in The Oasis, Animal Kingdom’s lush entrance.)</p><p>It’s also filled with live animals; winding paths lead to zoo-like displays of exotic animals like Sumatran tigers and gibbons playing in acrobatic displays while a safari attraction takes passengers through a 110-acre expanse of elephants, giraffes, and lions.</p><img alt="Animal Kingdom Guide - Walt Disney World "src=""><p>Unlike other Walt Disney World parks, Disney’s Animal Kingdom emphasizes conservation and actual regions of the world above Disney characters. You’ll still come face-to-face with favorites from "The Lion King" and "Finding Nemo," but will do so in an idyllic retreat that feels transportative. (There’s even a hotel, <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge</a>, with the same design aesthetic as the park.)</p><p>From coasters to child-friendly Animal Kingdom rides, there is plenty for all ages to enjoy at this Disney park, but children 3 and under are admitted for free and do not require Disney World park tickets. Summer and holidays are <a href="" target="_blank">the busiest times to visit Disney World</a> parks, and the same applies here at Disney's Animal Kingdom.</p><p>For everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s most interesting park — and why we think the best Disney ride is located here — read on:</p><h2>Getting to Disney's Animal Kingdom</h2><p>Standard parking for a car or a motorcycle costs $25 per day, while preferred parking is $50 per day. (A complimentary parking lot tram is available to alleviate long walks.) Buses from Disney hotels and non-Disney hotels, Lyft, Uber, local taxis, and <a href="" target="_blank">Minnie Vans</a> all operate near Animal Kingdom’s front entrance.</p><h2>Disney's Animal Kingdom Hours</h2><p>Disney World park hours vary throughout the year, but Animal Kingdom hours have recently changed significantly. Previously, Animal Kingdom was only open until sunset, but with new nighttime programming, the park has transformed to <a href="" target="_blank">now close much later</a>. Since Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to so much wildlife, it takes a different nighttime approach and tones down its lighting; expect a quieter yet still enjoyable experience after sundown.</p><p>Guests staying at Walt Disney World hotels and <a href="" target="_blank">select hotels offering Extra Magic Hours</a> can gain access to Disney’s Animal Kingdom before opening or after closing on select days. They can also purchase Disney tickets to events like Early Morning Magic or Disney After Hours to gain exclusive Disney World park hours within Animal Kingdom, which feature smaller crowds and shorter waits.</p><h2>Purchasing Disney's Animal Kingdom Tickets</h2><p>Animal Kingdom ticket prices vary depending on which day of the year you visit — a change recently introduced for all <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World park tickets</a>.</p><p>Most guests only need one full day at Animal Kingdom, but the <a href="" target="_blank">Avatar Flight of Passage</a> ride tends to have an extremely long line, so you may want to visit more than once. In this case, purchase your Disney World park tickets with a “park hopper” option, which allows you to travel between all four Florida Disney parks for one price.</p><h2>How to Use a FastPass+</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">FastPass+ comes included</a> (it’s free!) with all Disney World park tickets and can be scheduled at least 30 days prior to arrival — 60, if you stay in a Walt Disney World resort or <a href="" target="_blank">hotel with benefits</a>. FastPass+ lets guests “skip the line” during an hour-long return window on three attractions per day, and because of this, you’ll want to plan ahead.</p><p>FastPass+ for Animal Kingdom rides are offered in two “tiers.” Guests can select one attraction from the first group and two attractions from the second group. Sign up for <a href="" target="_blank">My Disney Experience</a> to schedule these Fastpass experiences in advance.</p><h2>The Best Animal Kingdom Rides</h2><img alt="Animal Kingdom Guide - Walt Disney World "src=""><p>With so much flora and fauna in this Walt Disney World theme park, it may come as a surprise that Animal Kingdom has four thrill rides. DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom provides a raucous ride back through time <a href="" target="_blank">in search of a fabled dinosaur</a>, and Kali River Rapids’ whitewater raft adventure is best on hot summer days.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Avatar Flight of Passage</a> is still the most popular Animal Kingdom ride for its realistic trip through Pandora, the brilliant setting of the <i>Avatar</i> film series, but Expedition Everest and its roller coaster journey through the Himalayas in search of a fabled mountain yeti is our pick for <a href="" target="_blank">the very best ride at Walt Disney World</a>.</p><img alt="Animal Kingdom Guide - Walt Disney World "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Kilimanjaro Safaris</a> can’t be missed. This Disney World ride takes guests out onto a savannah in a Jeep-like vehicle to encounter real animals up-close; there is no height restriction, so everyone can take a ride.</p><p>Children will enjoy much of DinoLand, U.S.A., as its Primeval Whirl coaster and <a href="" target="_blank">TriceraTop Spin</a> ride — similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Disney's Magic Kingdom — provide much fun, and The Boneyard play area lets kids play and dig for fossils. Na’vi River Journey is a serene boat ride that’s good for all ages, while mischievous kids and adults will both get a kick out of <a href="" target="_blank">It’s Tough to be a Bug!</a>.</p><h2>The Best Animal Kingdom Attractions</h2><p>Stop by the Tree of Life to witness Animal Encounters: Winged Encounters — The Kingdom Takes Flight, where stunning birds will soar overhead in a wondrous display. For more high-flying fun, catch UP! A Great Bird Adventure led by Russell and Dug from the movie "Up."</p><p>Animal Kingdom has two Broadway-style shows — "Festival of the Lion King" and "Finding Nemo - The Musical" — that are absolutely worth seeing; check Disney World park hours or a Disney Animal Kingdom map for showtimes.</p><p>Meet-and-greets include Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost, Pocahontas and others, but here, the animals are as compelling as the Disney characters. Take a break from the attractions and peruse Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek, where unbelievable creatures await.</p><p>Note: Rafiki’s Planet Watch and its Wildlife Express Train are no longer open daily. Check the <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World website</a> for this and other Disney World park hours and updates.</p><h2>Exploring Disney's Animal Kingdom at Night</h2><img alt="Animal Kingdom Guide - Walt Disney World "src=""><p>Disney’s Animal Kingdom only recently began <a href="" target="_blank">offering nighttime entertainment</a>, but Rivers of Light provides a serene and stunning waterfront display celebrating the beauty of nature each evening. Outdoor rides like <a href="" target="_blank">Kali River Rapids</a> and Expedition Everest provide completely different experiences when set against the night sky, and Kilimanjaro Night Safaris give a new perspective to life in the wild.</p><p>Upon exiting, don’t miss Tree of Life Awakenings. These projections are somewhat low-key, but nothing short of awe-inducing.</p><h2>The Best Restaurants at Disney's Animal Kingdom</h2><p>Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers plenty of quick-service restaurants. Flame Tree Barbecue, Harambe Market, Pizzafari, and Satu’li Canteen all have offerings that will please every member of the family.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Adults adore Tiffins</a>, an elegant escape within Disney’s Animal Kingdom that is one of Walt Disney World’s best restaurants. If you can dine here, absolutely do. Walt Disney World dining reservations open 180 days in advance, so book early — and if you’re looking to save money, explore the <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Dining Plan</a> program.</p><h2>Drinking Alcohol at Disney's Animal Kingdom</h2><p>Cocktails, beer, and wine are sold throughout Animal Kingdom, along with Safari Amber Ale, a beer exclusive to Disney. Visit Africa for <a href="" target="_blank">Dawa Bar</a>, a crowd favorite with enticing drinks, or Tamu Tamu Refreshments across the way for Dole Whip with rum, a perfect summer treat. Still, the best place for drinks at Animal Kingdom is Nomad Lounge. The cocktail menu is both unique and delightful; you can’t go wrong with anything on their list.</p><h2>Special Events at Disney's Animal Kingdom</h2><p>Disney After Hours events give semi-private nighttime access to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you’re a big <a href="" target="_blank">Pandora - The World of Avatar</a> fan or simply want to ride Expedition Everest all night, it’s worth purchasing these special Disney World parks tickets.</p><h2>The Best Animal Kingdom Hotels</h2><img alt="Animal Kingdom Guide - Walt Disney World "src=""><p>Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the only Walt Disney World park with a similarly themed hotel. Though it’s not located at the theme park — you’ll need to take a short bus ride to reach it — <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge</a> retains the same level of outdoor beauty as the parks. Thanks to on-property savannahs, guests at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge can spot animals <a href="" target="_blank">directly from their hotel room balcony</a>. Head to Kidani Village, the Disney Vacation Club section of the hotel, to dine at Sanaa. Request a table by the window for a perfect view of the surrounding savannah — it’s unlike any other experience you’ll have at Disney World.</p>
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35 Years After Being Hired by Southwest This 56-year-old Decided It Was Time to Fly

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:00
<p>Shari Rood may be the best <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest</a> flight attendant applicant in history. Not only does she know all the rules of flying, but she also has plenty of experience with customer service, too. That’s because she also happens to have more than three decades of previous experience with the airline as a ticket agent.</p><p>According to Rood, who recently shared her story with the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Dallas News</a></em>, she always dreamed of being a flight attendant. However, she became a mother to three beautiful girls and decided to focus on staying close to home instead. Now, with her children grown, the 56-year-old decided it was time to get her wings and fly. Literally.</p><p>But, when Rood submitted her application to join the next flight attendant class the airline thought it was a mistake. That’s because Rood is employee number 5956. The number, the <em>Dallas News</em> explained, didn’t make sense compared with the company’s new hires who number are somewhere in the 138,000s.</p><p>“She said, ‘Really?’” Rood told the <em>Dallas News</em><i> </i>about the woman who processed her paperwork. “And I said, ‘Yeah. You’re wondering if I’m crazy, right?’”</p><p>Crazy or not she went for it. And on Feb. 1, she got her official wings alongside her 45 other classmates.</p><p>There to help celebrate the major milestone was Linda Clark, a high school friend and fellow flight attendant with Southwest, along with her three daughters.</p><p>“She’s been talking about this for as long as I can remember,” her 25-year-old daughter Kenna Sperco said. “We could not be more excited for her.”</p><p>If you think Rood’s accomplishment in becoming a flight attendant with Southwest is easy, you’d better think again. As <em>Dallas News</em> explained, in 2018, there were 28,518 applicants for flight attendant positions with the airline for just 1,207 positions. That’s marks a 4 percent acceptance rate, which is smaller than most Ivy League schools.</p><p>“It’s just a really fun story that she has chosen to take that journey as a flight attendant and love on our customers even more,” Julie Weber, Southwest’s chief people officer, told the <em>Dallas News</em><i> </i>as to why hiring Rood as part of that four percent was a no-brainer. “We’ll take that contribution as long as we can.”</p><p>So, next time you hop on a Southwest flight look for Rood. And make sure to give her a high-five for both her commitment and accomplishments in the friendly skies. If you want to become a flight attendant like Rood too here is the <a href="" target="_blank">first step you need to take to making your dream a reality</a>.</p>
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What You Should Know Before Booking an American Airlines Flight, According to Customer Reviews

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:48
<p>The first American Airlines flight was from <a href="" target="_blank">St. Louis to Chicago</a> in 1926. To be clear, it wasn’t a passenger plane — it was a flight carrying U.S. mail. But in the 1930s, American Airlines forayed into commercial flights, starting with domestic routes like New York to Chicago. Today, American Airlines (with regional use of American Eagle) operates 6,700 flights daily and <a href="" target="_blank">flies to 50 countries worldwide</a>. And U.S. Airways and American Airlines have been operating as one entity since 2015.</p><p>Most American travelers know American Airlines as an institution, whether it’s their go-to airline or a flight option they occasionally default to. <a href="" target="_blank">Travelers partial to flying American</a> even choose <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines credit cards</a> as a way to maximize their travel benefits. The credit card comps American Airlines baggage fees, which is why brand loyal travelers will skip aggregate booking sites and just go straight to American Airlines when they need a flight.</p><p>But when you’re getting ready to book a big trip, have you ever wondered how American Airlines customer service stacks up? And <a href="" target="_blank">how American Airlines check-in compares to other airlines</a>? We’ve read all the reviews out there, and here’s what the travelers of the internet have to say about flying American Airlines:</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Should You Buy That Cheap Spirit Airlines Ticket?</a></p><h2>What do I need to know about American Airlines check-in?</h2><p>Fortunately, not much that you don’t already understand. First, you’ll want to keep in mind that “American Airlines (AA) does not charge a fee for selecting a standard seat assignment,” as confirmed by <a href="" target="_blank">Seat Guru</a>. This may sound like common knowledge, but if you’ve ever flown a budget airline, you know that your preferred seat isn’t always a guarantee.</p><p>Seat Guru continued to point out that “you may check-in for your American Airlines flight online starting 24 hours and ending 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time (depending on your <a href="" target="_blank">departure city and destination</a>) to receive a mobile boarding pass on your mobile device or a printable boarding pass.”</p><h2>How does American Airlines customer service stack up?</h2><p>An airline customer service experience is just as much about the staff as it is about the passenger. If the passenger walks onto the aircraft assuming it will be miserable, it’s probably not going to be a great flight. However, there’s no denying good customer service on an airplane can make or break the flight experience.</p><p>One <a href=";utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=(direct)" target="_blank">Yelper</a>, Brandon T., was agitated by the lack of effort put in to make things right after his flight was canceled. “From check in at the departure airport to arrival at the destination, the staff is excessively rude. After canceling my departure flight which kicked off a 2 week, 3 city trip, no solution was sought after. Not one representative attempted to make things right and the only option for my girlfriend and I to maintain our travel schedule was to purchase two new tickets out of pocket, day of,” <a href=";utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=(direct)" target="_blank">he wrote</a>.</p><p>On the other hand, semi-regular <a href=";utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=(direct)" target="_blank">American Airlines passenger Steven H. said</a>, “I fly American a couple times a year and we have always been on-time and received great service. We did have to wait about 30 mins for our gate in LAX but the Captain kept us updated about the wait. Our connecting flight to Maui left right on time. The gate agents were friendly and the flight attendants very welcoming and provided excellent service from gate to gate.”</p><h2>What should I know about American Airlines baggage fees and allowances?</h2><p>Those flying economy can bring one carry-on and a personal item on board. While <a href="" target="_blank">basic economy</a> used to require that passengers only bring a personal item, the rules changed in September 2018 to allow basic economy customers to bring a carry-on bag into the cabin free of charge.</p><p>“On domestic flights, Economy passengers may check baggage up to 62 inches/158 cm in total dimensions and 50 lbs/23 kg in weight. The cost is $30 for the first bag, $40 for the second, $150 for the third, and $200 for any additional bags,” said <a href="" target="_blank">Send My Bags</a>.</p><h2>What American Airlines credit card should I look into if I fly American regularly?</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">NerdWallet</a> compared four popular co-branded American Airlines credit cards, which each offer “sign-up bonuses and enhanced earnings rates on American Airlines purchases, not to mention in-flight discounts on food and drink.” The most popular American Airlines cards are:</p>AmericanAirlines AAdvantage MileUp CardCiti AAdvantage Platinum Select World EliteCiti AAdvantage Executive World Elite MastercardAAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard<p>It all depends what kind of card you’re looking for, but the most important rule of thumb when choosing an airline credit card is that the rewards should (ideally) pay for themselves. So if you’re going to pay a $100 fee for a credit card, you should be getting at least $100 of additional value from the rewards.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard</a>, for example, has a $450 annual fee. It covers you and eight guests’ checked bags when you fly, and comes with 50,000 bonus points if you spend $5,000 in the first 90 days. If you’ll take advantage of those offerings, it could be worth it to spring for a premium card. However, if you’re more interested in a 50,000 point signing bonus for spending $2,500 in the first three months and free checked bags for you and four traveling companions, the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard might be a better fit.</p>
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You Could Fly Around the World for Free Taking Photos and Telling Stories for Southwest Airlines

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:41
<p>Now’s your chance to live that perfect jetsetter lifestyle you always knew you deserved. All you have to do is apply.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines</a> said in a statement that the company is looking for “storytellers” and “influencers” to create travel content for the airline.</p><p>Social media influencers are particularly popular on Instagram for producing beautiful and engaging content, and are often <a href="" target="_blank">well-paid to post about their experiences</a>. If you already are well-traveled and have the Instagram feed to prove it, this is the gig for you.</p><p>However, it’s not exactly a full time job. Interested influencers will “compete” for the chance to win a grand prize of up to 12 round-trip tickets in the form of e-passes from Southwest worth approximately $4,800, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>.</p><p>Here’s how it works. In order to apply, you must be over 21 and have at least 2,500 Instagram followers. If you happen to tick off both those boxes, follow <a href="" target="_blank">@southwestair</a> on Instagram. Then, pick out your very best travel photo to post and caption with something that “tells a compelling travel story,” according to the Southwest statement. Be sure to tag @southwestair and post the hashtags #SouthwestStorytellers and #Contest to your post.</p><p>Influencers have until Feb. 24 to apply. Then, the airline will select 100 photos and invite posters to fill out a survey about their social media influencer background and why they are right for Southwest.</p><p>If you make it to the final round, you’ll be one of 10 people to post a new photo based on a brief given to you by the airline. We know, this sounds complicated, but think of it as doing several rounds of interviewing before you <a href="" target="_blank">get a dream job</a>.</p><p>From there, judges will chose a grand prize winner plus a handful of smaller prizes. First and second place winners will receive prizes of 12 and 6 Southwest flight e-passes, respectively. Two third-prize winners will each receive a $500 Southwest gift card. And five fourth-prize winners will each receive 10,000 Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards points, according to the Southwest website.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><b> </b><a href="" target="_blank">The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019</a></p><p>The grand prize winner will be able to travel to Southwest destinations in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America while creating engaging travel content along the way.</p><p>More information on how to enter the contest can be found on the <a href="">Southwest website</a>.</p>
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32 Dalai Lama Quotes That Will Change the Way You See the World (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:03
<p>The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of <a href="" target="_blank">Tibet</a> — and a spiritual presence held in high regard around the globe. He’s 83 years old, and is the 14th to hold the Dalai Lama title. His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso is the longest reigning (and longest living) Dalai Lama — and he may be <a href="" target="_blank">the last Dalai Lama</a>.</p><img alt="Dalai Lama quotes "src=""><p>While <a href="" target="_blank">his travel schedule has been significantly reduced</a> because of age and exhaustion, the Dalai Lama has been traveling the world providing spiritual counsel since the 1950s. His vast spiritual knowledge has largely been informed by the time he has spent with new cultures in foreign places. And that’s perhaps why Dalai Lama quotes on life have so much to teach us as travelers. Dalai Lama quotes on compassion can help us <a href="" target="_blank">become more conscientious travelers</a>, while Dalai Lama travel quotes can further inspire us to see new places and expose ourselves to unfamiliar ways of thinking.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Anthony Bourdain Quotes That Will Inspire You to Travel More, Eat Better, and Enjoy Life</a></p><p>Whether you’re searching for Dalai Lama quotes on love to share with your partner, or you’re looking for meaning on a <a href="" target="_blank">solo trip</a>, here are 35 inspiring Dalai Lama quotes to enlighten your travels:</p><h2>Dalai Lama Quotes to Think About As You Travel</h2><p>“Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.”</p><p>“Every day, think as you wake up: Today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.”</p><p>“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.”</p><p>“Consider carefully: what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?”</p><p>“As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all beings.”</p><img alt="Dalai Lama quotes "src=""><h2>Dalai Lama Quotes on Compassion</h2><p>“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”</p><p>“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”</p><p>“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.”</p><p>“The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.”</p><p>“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”</p><p>“Compassion is the radicalism of our time.”</p><p>“Compassion naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result you feel peaceful and content.”</p><p>“Love and compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.”</p><p>“The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.”</p><p>“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”</p><img alt="Dalai Lama quotes "src=""><h2>Dalai Lama Quotes on Life</h2><p>“Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.”</p><p>“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.”</p><p>“The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.”</p><p>“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”</p><p>“An open heart is an open mind.”</p><p>“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”</p><img alt="Dalai Lama quotes "src=""><h2>Inspiring Dalai Lama Quotes</h2><p>“It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.”</p><p>“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”</p><p>“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”</p><p>“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”</p><p>“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.”</p><p>“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”</p><h2>Dalai Lama Quotes on Love</h2><p>“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.”</p><p>“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.”</p><p>“Love is the absence of judgment.”</p><p>“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”</p><p>“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”</p>
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Jessica Chastain Is Calling Out Airlines for How They Pay Flight Attendants

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 07:41
<p>Academy Award Nominee Jessica Chastain is taking up an unlikely cause.</p><p>For those who are unaware: it is standard practice among airlines to only begin counting flight attendants’ hours from the moment the cabin doors close. They are financially “off the clock” the moment the flight pulls up to the destination gate, though every airline has their own specific set of rules.</p><p>On Monday, Chastain tweeted that she “just discovered that flight attendants don’t get paid during boarding or delays.” She tagged a few airlines in the tweet, asking how it could possibly be legal.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> responded to the tweet, saying, “Contracts are negotiated between the company and the unions to determine the details of any compensation package.” But Chastain pushed back by asking, “How could it be legal to not pay your employees while they are serving your customers and performing safety related duties?”</p><p>The answer goes back to the Railway Labor Act. The act, which was passed in 1926 and last amended in 1936 to include airlines, outlined the rules for an elaborate bargaining process between management and labor unions. “It also prohibits the unions or management from making any changes in the status quo without a release by the board,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to a 1988 <em>New York Times</em><i> </i>article</a>.</p><p>Basically, because of this rule, unions representing flight attendants have a very difficult time negotiating changes. “Airlines are adamant about not ever changing this method of calculating time for pay purposes,” <a href="" target="_blank">one pilot and union negotiator wrote on Quora</a>.</p><p>“They pay us per diem, which is less than $2 from sign in - the time we get back to base,” flight attendant and author Heather Poole <a href="" target="_blank">responded on Twitter</a>. “Our pay rate sounds really great until you average in all the hours we aren't getting paid. All that time on the ground, connecting, delays, NOT PAID.”</p><p>"We’re only paid for time in the air. That flight attendant greeting you at the boarding door, helping you find a place for your bag, guitar, crutches, wedding gown, emotional support pig? They're not being paid," Poole told <em>Travel + Leisure. </em></p><p>Things are even worse for flight attendants when flights are canceled.<i> </i>"At my airline, when a flight is canceled, I lose the hours, meaning I don’t get paid. I have to look for another trip — pray I can find another trip — to make up for it on a different day," said Poole.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to</a>, the average hourly wage for a flight attendant in the U.S. is $20.66 per hour.</p>
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OpenTable's New 'Matchmaker' Tool Helps You Find the Most Romantic Restaurant for Valentine's Day

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 07:37
<p>The race to find the perfect Valentine’s Day restaurant is on. And it can be harder than you think.</p><p>Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a night where you pull out all the stops and drop hundreds on an extra fancy feast, but many couples still want to at least find a nice place where they can lovingly stare into each others’ eyes over a delicious meal. And finding the right <a href="" target="_blank">romantic hotel</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">romantic destination</a>, and especially romantic restaurant can be like looking for a needing in a haystack.</p><p>So how does one find the right “romantic” restaurant that not only has the right ambiance, but also the right food? Well, OpenTable has created a special tool for that.</p><p>OpenTable’s new <a href="" target="_blank">Matchmaker tool</a> helps you easily filter and search for the best restaurants in your area to take your one and only. The tool uses your location and basic questions like how much you want to spend, your preferred cuisine, and ideal atmosphere. Based on your answers, OpenTable's Matchmaker gives you a personalized list of options that fit your criteria.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Is the Most Romantic Restaurant in the U.S.</a></p><p>But if you’d rather browse through all your options, or find the best of the best in your area, OpenTable has also published its annual list of <a href="" target="_blank">100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2019</a>.</p><p>Featuring restaurants across 32 states, the list provides an overview of the most romantic restaurants in the country, based on more than 12 million verified diner reviews of over 28,000 restaurants in 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to OpenTable. <a href="" target="_blank">The list</a> is published in alphabetical order rather than by rank. Ohio has the most recognized restaurants, with nine contenders, followed by Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia.</p><p>Some notable restaurants on the list include <a href="" target="_blank">Majorelle</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>, Nocturne in Denver, St Martin's Wine Bistro in <a href="" target="_blank">Dallas</a>, Harvest Beat in <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle</a>, and Altius in Pittsburgh. While American cuisine seems to be the most popular choice, diners are also looking for French, Italian, Latin, Seafood and Southern fare, according to OpenTable.</p>
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Lufthansa Is Suing a Passenger Who Skipped Their Flight

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:58
<p>If you’ve ever thought about pulling a fast one on an airline by attempting to book a ticket using “hidden city ticketing” you may want to think again.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Lufthansa</a>, the German national airline, announced it is suing a passenger for allegedly missing a leg of his journey on purpose. Why is that possibly a big deal? Because missing a flight on purpose could end up costing airlines dearly.</p><p>As <em>Travel + Leisure</em> previously explained, <a href="" target="_blank">Hidden city ticketing</a> — otherwise known as point beyond ticketing — is when a traveler books a flight from point A to point B to point C, with point B representing a layover. However, the passenger has no intention to ever travel to point C and instead just stops at point B as their final destination. This way, the person is likely able to save money because they are booking a layover ticket instead of a direct flight.</p><p>This practice of skipping the last leg of a flight is so popular there’s even a website dedicated to it: <a href="" target="_blank">Skiplagged</a>, which promotes cheap fares that use hidden city ticketing.</p><p>Though the practice could save a little money, it could be harmful to both the airlines and other passengers as well. As George Hobica, founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Airfarewatchdog</a> told <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>, hidden city ticketing could deprive other would-be travelers of seats they could use because you booked it instead. This could, in turn, cause airlines to increase pricing on the same routes in the future.</p><p>And now you might also get sued.</p><p>Lufthansa, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Independent</a></em> reported, is currently pursuing payment from the passenger who it believes deliberately missed the last leg of the purchasing journey. According to <a href="" target="_blank">a court document</a> obtained by <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a> the unnamed passenger booked a return flight from Oslo to Seattle with a layover in Frankfurt. On the return flight, the passenger did not catch the Frankfurt to Oslo leg of the journey and instead flew from Frankfurt to Berlin on a separate Lufthansa reservation.</p><p>Though an initial ruling found in the passenger’s favor, the airline has been given permission to appeal. It is currently seeking $2,385 in compensation.</p>
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