American Airlines Passengers Can Now Give up Their Seat, Book a New Flight, and Get Paid for It in the App

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 07:04
<p>For travelers who live for a good deal, there’s nothing better than getting <em>paid</em><i> </i>to give up your seat on an oversold flight — especially when the newly confirmed flight is better and you don’t have to physically go to the airport and check-in before getting bumped. According to a recent passenger report on <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Points Guy</a></em>, the <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> app now lets passengers volunteer for their flight’s bump list, confirm a new flight, and get compensated for it — all when they go into the app to check-in for their flight.</p><p>The passenger told <em>The Points Guy</em> that when he went to check-in for his international flight on American, he was offered $200 to switch to one of four alternative itineraries. He picked a flight that worked for him and got a $200 electronic voucher “within a minute of being confirmed on the new flight.”</p><p>With this new electronic confirmation process, travelers no longer have to go through the hassle of going to the airport and clearing security only to give up their seat at the gate and confirm a new flight (that may or may not leave the same day). Even though all three major U.S. airlines — <a href="" target="_blank">Delta</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">United</a>, and American — now have an electronic volunteer option built into their online check-in (with American <a href="" target="_blank">debuting theirs</a> on May 3), the actual confirmation, rebooking, and compensation process still often happens at the gate.</p><p>For passengers with travel flexibility this feature cuts out some of the hassle and gives them more time to change their plans, select a new flight, and get compensated for it.</p>
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The U.S. Has Banned All Flights to Venezuela Due to Civil Unrest

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 06:57
<p>The U.S. government has now issued a travel ban to Venezuela due to recent violence and unrest, <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters reported</a>. The U.S. Department of Transportation <a href="" target="_blank">issued an order on Wednesday</a> that all commercial passenger and cargo flights to the South American country have been suspended.</p><p>Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said in a <a href="" target="_blank">DHS statement</a> that “conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew.”</p><p>Many airlines, including American, United, Delta, Air Canada, Luthansa, and AeroMexico had <a href="" target="_blank">halted flights to Venezuela</a> before the ban took effect. While the country has had civil and political unrest for years, the Venezuelan government has been experiencing increasingly dangerous protests, primarily due to issues with food, power, water, and medicine shortages, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Fox News</em> reported</a>.</p><p>On top of the travel ban, the U.S. government has ordered non-essential U.S. Embassy employees currently in Venezuela to leave the country within 72 hours.</p><p>The new ban, effective immediately, could put more economic pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The Trump administration has already put oil, defense and security sanctions on the country since Maduro was elected in 2018. Only a few airlines, including Laser Airlines and Copa Airlines, still fly between the U.S. and Venezuela via layovers in other countries, <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters reported</a>.</p><p>The ban currently has no end date. The DHS statement said, “If and when the conditions in Venezuela change, and if in the public interest, the Secretaries will revisit this determination. Until then, the flight suspension will remain in effect indefinitely.”</p>
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JetBlue Is Switching From Coke to Pepsi and Everybody’s Going to Have an Opinion

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/18/2019 - 06:49
<p>JetBlue is switching from Coca-Cola to Pepsi products onboard flights.</p><p>Beginning June 3, JetBlue passengers will be able to choose from Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Sierra Mist Zero Sugar, Bubbly Lime Sparkling Water, Canada Dry Seltzer, Canada Dry Tonic and Canada Dry Ginger Ale when the drinks cart goes by.</p><p>Passengers are likely to notice. When United switched from Coke to Pepsi products in 2002, “People were really upset,” <a href="" target="_blank">a flight attendant told <em>The Points Guy</em></a>. Everyone knows that Pepsi versus Coke is a rivalry as old as time (<a href="" target="_blank">or at least since the beginning of the 20th century</a>) — and many people have a firm opinion on the matter.</p><p>The change hasn't even gone into effect, and passengers are already complaining — but the airline has not directly addressed #PepsiGate2019.</p><p>“JetBlue is always looking for ways to refresh our onboard experience,” an airline spokesperson said in a statement to <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Starting June 3, we will offer a new selection of complimentary beverages on all JetBlue flights. We will share additional details in the coming weeks.”</p><p>Service changes will also include a switch to something more sustainable. Instead of handing out single-use bottles of water to passengers, flight attendants will pour out cups of water from 1.5-liter bottles.</p><p>JetBlue will become one of the few airlines in the world to stock Pepsi instead of Coca-Cola products in June. <a href="" target="_blank">Of the world’s top 50 airlines</a>, less than 10 percent served predominantly Pepsi products.</p>
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This Immersive Art Installation in California’s Wine Country Is Like the Super Bloom on Steroids

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 16:54
<p>Artist Bruce Munro’s <i>Field of Light </i>installation ranks high on our list of pilgrimage-worthy art escapes. The immersive art piece comprises 50,000 shimmering lights, spread over a vast desert landscape and set against the backdrop of <a href="" target="_blank">Uluru</a>, the most sacred site in the Australian Outback.</p><p>Getting to Uluru isn’t the easiest (or most affordable) journey. Which is why we couldn’t be more excited to learn that, starting today, visitors can experience the artist's singular vision in a much more accessible locale: Paso Robles, California.</p><img alt="Field of Light at Sensorio in Paso Robles, California "src=""><p>The solar-powered installation — Munro’s largest yet — will occupy a 15-acre slice of undulating hillside in the charming wine country town, about 4 hours by car north of <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>. Several years in the making, the site-specific installation, titled <em>Field of Light at Sensorio</em>, is meant to complement, never compete or detract from, the beauty of the landscape.</p><img alt="Artist, Bruce Munro "src=""><p>“We want visitors to be completely immersed in the environment, inclusive of the stars above,” Munro said to <i>Travel + Leisure. </i>“Everything we’ve created here at Sensorio dips below an elevation of 830 feet, so visitors will feel like they’re being cradled in the valley.”</p><img alt="Field of Light at Sensorio in Paso Robles, California "src=""><p>The installation's 58,800 stemmed spheres are lit by fiber-optics and LED’s and glow in varying rainbow-colored hues. When illuminated during the day, the effect is uncannily similar to that of the <a href="" target="_blank">super blooms</a> that blanketed regions of California this past spring. But the sight is most awe-inspiring at night, when the ground transforms into a galaxy of stars, mirroring those twinkling overhead.</p><p>“The amount of light emitted is surprisingly minimal — about the same as what a couple of houses would give off if they were spread over a 12-acre valley,” Munro explained, “so there’s a balance between the stars on the ground and those in the sky.”</p><p>Munro hopes that the installation encourages visitors to walk meditatively throughout the valley, pondering the way the lights play off different features of the landscape. But he also hopes the work engenders a sense of perspective and community.</p><p>“I work in light, but it’s not about the light, it’s about emotions,” he said. “I feel that we’re in a moment of history when we have to start questioning our values and getting back to basics. I hope that, in a small way, my installation helps guide you toward the clear sky, literally and otherwise.”</p>
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This Breathtaking New Hike in Yosemite Isn't for the Faint of Heart

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 16:31
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Yosemite National Park</a> may be nearing 130 years old, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to explore.</p><p>Yosemite became a National Park way back on Oct. 1, 1890. Since then, <a href="" target="_blank">day trippers</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">over-nighters</a>, and extreme backpackers have tried their best to cover every square inch of the park in pursuit of a little peace and quite. But, just this week, a new trail was discovered by professional backpacker Andrew Skurka.</p><p>And sure, this path isn’t for the faint of heart. After all, it is what <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The San Francisco Chronicle</em></a> called a 94-mile “quad buster.” But, it is something new.</p><p>“Its scenery and off-trail travel make for a consistent world-class backpacking experience,” Skurka told <em>The Chronicle</em> about his new hike, which he found after spending nine days in the backcountry. “Its terrain is physically challenging but never contrived or stupidly hard.”</p><p>The new trail, <em>The Chronicle</em> reported, is what is known as a “high route.” That means it’s an off-trail path that typically “contours around deep valleys and climbs over steep passes in high-elevation regions.”</p><p>Though ropes aren’t needed for the new trail it should be noted that there are areas on the hike where there are steep drop-offs that could result in injury.</p><p>To get to the new route hikers can approach from several different well-defined paths. Tuolumne Meadows, along Tioga Road, serves as a central point of access to the route, which also stems both north and south.</p><p>As <em>The Chronicle</em> noted, the route takes hikers off trail through some of the most remote parts of the park and up steep talus passes. Along the way the route stays above forested valleys, providing those brave enough to try it with stunning views. In total, the route covers more than 28,000 vertical feet of elevation gain.</p><p>Still, even with this remarkable new find, Skurka stayed humble about it all. “I’m by no means the first person to have linked things together,” he said. “I guarantee, people who’ve been Yosemite aficionados for 30 years have done large sections of this route.”</p><p>Think you’re brave enough to try Skurka’s find? Check out the route map on <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Chronicle</em></a> now. </p>
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The Number One Reason Americans Choose to Travel Solo

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 16:19
<p>If you're considering taking a trip on your own this year, you're not alone. More and more people are planning <a href="" target="_blank">solo travel</a>.</p><p>“Traveling alone can be a unique experience, and it’s something that a majority (66 percent) of Americans either have done or would consider doing,” according to <a href="" target="_blank">YouGov</a>, a market research and data analytics firm that recently surveyed U.S. adults about solo travel.</p><p>According to the survey, 46 percent of respondents said their motivation to travel alone was to have the “freedom to choose their own itinerary without input from others.” The second most popular reason, selected by 37 percent of respondents, was that it’s “easier to relax and unwind when they’re alone.”</p><p>The other reasons people chose solo travel included bolstering their own sense of independence and self-confidence (32 percent), wanting to go to destinations that their family and friends weren't interested in (32 percent), and finding it easier to meet new people alone (17 percent).</p><p>As for where these solo adventurers want to go, 57 percent of responders said they’re interested in taking a trip to another U.S. city alone, 50 percent want to hit the open road for a road trip, 40 percent want to visit a <a href="" target="_blank">foreign country</a>, 37 percent want to take a cruise, 30 percent are feeling a beach vacation, and 25 percent said a solo camping trip is for them.</p>
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Taco Bell Is Opening a Hotel (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 13:00
<p>Taco Bell is opening a pop-up hotel this summer. Take a moment to let that sink in: a Taco Bell... Hotel.</p><p>Opening for a limited time in <a href="" target="_blank">Palm Springs, California</a>, The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort will be an immersive experience designed to celebrate and pamper the world’s biggest fans of the fast-food chain.</p><p>“We’re already in the hospitality business,” Taco Bell Chief Brand Officer Marisa Thalberg told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “This is a more immersive form of hospitality where people can really soak up the experience of the brand in a destination.”</p><p>And from the looks of it, there will plenty to soak up. Though the fine details are still in the works, guests at the hotel can expect the entire hotel to be “infused with a Taco Bell twist,” including poolside cocktails, a gift shop with plenty of swag, and Taco “Bell”hops to carry your luggage to your Taco Bell-inspired room.</p><img alt="Taco Bell Lobby "src=""><p>Like <a href="" target="_blank">any good hotel</a>, The Bell will also feature extra services, like an on-site salon offering Taco Bell nail art, fades, and braid bar. Because who doesn’t want tacos on your nails while eating the taco in your hand?</p><p>“It will be playful, but absolutely one of the most legitimate, fun, cool hotel experiences one can have,” said Thalberg.</p><p>Obviously, there will be food, including the classics we all know and love, plus “new menu surprises only available at the hotel.” And if that’s not enough there will be a daily “happier hour” and saucy snacks to keep guests fueled for the taco madness.</p><img alt="Taco Bell Door Hanger "src=""><p>Reservations for The Bell: Taco Bell Hotel and Resort will open in June, but exact dates are yet to be announced. According to Thalberg, reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The hotel is currently scheduled to open Aug. 9, 2019.</p><p>“I hope that the fans that are the lucky ones to grab a reservation will feel like they have long-term bragging rights,” Thalberg said.</p><p>To stay up-to-date and for more information, <a href="" target="_blank">visit the hotel’s website</a>. And for those looking to reserve a spot at this “tacoasis,” may the hot sauce be ever in your favor.</p>
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These Unique Statement Earrings Are the Only Summer Jewelry You’ll Need

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:15
<p>Jewelry is a crucial ingredient to our summer wardrobe. Festive summer baubles are a symbol of celebration– because it’s summer! What’s not to celebrate!? Sure, wearing jewelry to accessorize our <a href="" target="_blank">gauzy kaftans</a> and swimsuits on the beach may not be practical, but like most other fashion trends, we’re going to do it anyway.</p><p>I’m Latin, so wearing statement earrings to the beach (or pretty much anywhere) goes without saying. Although aside from <a href="" target="_blank">seashell jewelry</a> — a trend that has surely inundated your Instagram feeds as it has mine — there are few statement jewelry lines we can wear that won’t completely tarnish or get ruined by sunscreen and salt water. It’s safe to say that I’ve ruined <em>a lot</em> of jewelry by allowing euphoric summer carelessness to get the best of me.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">These Wildly Popular Wide-leg Pants Have 5,500 Near-perfect Reviews</a></p><p>Brazilian designer Mariah Rovery launched <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Flex Jewel</a> with this quandary in mind. The name comes from the brand’s ethos; it prides itself quite literally on <em>flexibility</em>. Her interest in creating a line of waterproof jewelry led Rovery to team up with chemists to create an exclusive material. The result is a patented, highly-engineered lightweight resin which is virtually indestructible, as well as 100 percent non-toxic. “I wanted to create something that a woman could wear from the beach to a party without changing,” said Rovery, who uses the energy and colors of <a href="" target="_blank">Brazil’s beaches</a> as her inspiration for the line.</p><p>This inspiration is mirrored almost precisely in her colorful and graphic statement jewels. Flex Jewel is the ultimate feel-good, warm-weather jewelry line whose versatility in both style and function can seamlessly transition you from the beach to a summer wedding. So Rio de Janeiro, we’re ready for you now.</p><p>Below shop our favorite styles (now on sale!) at Bloomingdale’s.</p><h2>Gabada Drop Earrings</h2><img alt="Flew Jewel - Earrings for Summer "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://" target="_blank"></a>, $80 (originally $114)</p><h2>Rhombus Black Pine Drop Earrings</h2><img alt="Flew Jewel - Earrings for Summer "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://" target="_blank"></a>, $80 (originally $114)</p><h2>Fan Layse Drop Earrings</h2><img alt="Flew Jewel - Earrings for Summer "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $66 (originally $94)</p><h2>Kayan Drop Earrings</h2><img alt="Flew Jewel - Earrings for Summer "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://" target="_blank"></a>, $66 (originally $194)</p><h2>Leque Layse Drop Earrings</h2><img alt="Flew Jewel - Earrings for Summer "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $66 (originally $194)</p>
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Snag Two Tickets For the Price of One With Amtrak’s New Summer Sale

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:58
<p>Travelers looking to take a <a href="" target="_blank">scenic train ride</a> through the northeast can now snag two tickets for the price of one with <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak’s </a>latest promotion.</p><p>Amtrak is hosting a <a href="" target="_blank">Saturday BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) sale</a>, inviting travelers looking to hit U.S. cities along the Northeast Corridor this summer a chance to get one free adult train ticket when purchasing a ticket.</p><p>Travelers can pick from destinations between Washington, D.C. and Boston, with options that include trips between Baltimore and Philadelphia, between New York and Boston, and between New York and Philadelphia.</p><p>The deal allows travelers to book trips with a companion for a fraction of the price for travel anytime between May 18 and Sep. 7, giving riders plenty of time to hit popular U.S. stops throughout the summer.</p><p>What’s even better is blackout dates don’t apply, meaning travelers can take advantage of savings during upcoming long weekends including Memorial Day and Labor Day.</p><p>The promotion, which is available for tickets purchased on either <a href="" target="_blank">Acela Express</a> or the Northeast Regional, applies to coach seats and can only be booked for passengers who will be riding together under the same itinerary.</p><p>Some of the <a href="" target="_blank">top deals</a> for two passengers currently include $83 rides on the Northeast Regional from New York to Boston ($125 on Acela), $96 trips between New York and Washington, D.C. ($173 on Acela), $60 trips between New York and Philadelphia ($113 on Acela), and $71 trips between New York and Providence, Rhode Island ($119 on Acela).</p><p>Riders interested in the deal can head to <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak's website</a> and enter the code <strong>C222 </strong>when booking to apply the deal. The promotion is available until June 5. </p>
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You Can Rent Reba McEntire's Former Lakeside Estate Outside of Nashville

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:51
<p>Traveling to <a href="" target="_blank">Tennessee</a> is already lovely, but throw in the chance to rent a stunning 8-bedroom classic southern home once owned by a country music legend and you’ve got yourself a dream vacation.</p><p>Guests looking to experience the best that Lebanon, <a href="" target="_blank">Tennessee</a> has to offer can now rent The Estate at Cherokee Dock, a home once owned by the queen of country, <a href="" target="_blank">Reba McEntire</a>.</p><img alt="The Estate at Cherokee Dock "src=""><p>“The lakefront estate in Lebanon, Tennessee, is most widely recognized as the former home of award-winning artist, actor and author Reba McEntire,” the home’s VRBO listing reads. “But today, The Estate at Cherokee Dock is a luxury event venue for elegant weddings, exquisite galas, corporate celebrations, private retreats, family reunions, charitable fundraisers and any other ceremonial events you can creatively conceptualize.”</p><img alt="The Estate at Cherokee Dock "src=""><p>The home, built in 1960, boasts 13 waterfront acres of land as well as the 12,816-square-foot home itself.</p><p>The home comes with a luxury stable, a guest house, a pool, and more.</p><p>Inside the main house, renters can spread out into its seven bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. There’s also plenty of entertaining space as well including a theater, wine room, parlor, and separate family and formal living rooms.</p><img alt="The Estate at Cherokee Dock "src=""><p>%image5<br /><br />Outside, renters can also sprawl out on its large patio, ideal for entertaining thanks to its built-in Sonos speakers and plush lounge chairs, and take a few laps in the heated pool and spa. At night, they can also all gather around the fire pit for s’mores.</p><p>“It's the perfect place to relax in the sun listening to your favorite artists,” the home’s listing reads. “Enjoy breakfast as the sun comes up, or entertain guests for a truly spectacular gourmet dinner.”</p><p>Oh, and the home boasts one more important thing: A private boat dock ideal for fishing or for tying up your own boat for your vacation.</p><p>Want to rent it? It can be yours for just <a href="" target="_blank">$2,958 a night</a>. </p>
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You Can Do Yoga Next to Dolphins at This Hotel in Las Vegas

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:27
<p>Leave it to Vegas to take two great things — in this case, yoga and dolphins — and put them together to create something completely unique. This one-of-a-kind experience at The Mirage brings your <a href="">yoga practice</a> to the dolphins, with the thrice weekly classes taking place in the underwater <a href="">dolphin viewing area</a> at Siegfried &amp; Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.</p><img alt="The Mirage Resort Las Vegas, Dolphin Sanctuary "src=""><p>Yogis and yoginis of all skill levels gather together to find balance and harmony as bottlenose dolphins glide by. The morning class focuses on stretching the body, breathing exercises, and poses that will help guests start the day peacefully — with the dolphins providing an added dose of serenity.</p><p>The Mirage’s Yoga Among the Dolphins activity is available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and costs $50 for the one-hour class. A smoothie and access to the property’s full spa facility is included in the class rate. Clients will also be provided with a locker, yoga mat, and towel. Space is limited and reservations are required. To book, call the spa at (702) 791-7146.</p>
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Pilot Arrested at Airport for Alleged Triple Homicide

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:20
<p>A pilot for an <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> subsidiary has been arrested for the alleged murder of three people in 2015, reported <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>.</p><p>Christian Richard Martin, a pilot for PSA Airlines, which is owned by American Airlines, was arrested at Louisville International Airport just before a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina he was scheduled to fly, according to <a href="" target="_blank">CBS News</a>.</p><p>Martin has been accused of the murder of Calvin Phillips, his wife Pamela Phillips, and their neighbor Edward Dansereau in November 2015, said Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear. Calvin Phillips was found shot to death in his home in Pembroke, Kentucky, while Pamela Phillips and Edward Dansereau were found in a burnt-out car a few miles away, CNN reported.</p><p>A grand jury has indicted Martin on three counts of murder, one count of arson and attempted arson, plus several counts of burglary and evidence tampering, according to CNN.</p><p>It’s unclear as to what Martin’s motive could have been or how the police came to suspect him, but it’s apparent that this is not his first problem with the law. According to CNN, after serving in the Army Reserve, Army National Guard, and active duty over 30 years, Martin was given a dismissal notice (which is the same as a dishonorable discharge) in August 2016 for two counts of mishandling classified information and of assault on a child under the age of 16, CNN reported. Phillips was apparently scheduled to testify against Martin during the hearings when he and his wife were killed.</p><p>Questions are now being raised as to how Martin was able to obtain a job as a pilot for an American Airline's subsidiary. Martin joined PSA Airlines in early 2018 and apparently passed criminal background checks for new employees. It’s possible that certain checks may not have red-flagged his past military charges, according to CBS News.</p><p>“All of us at American Airlines and PSA Airlines are deeply saddened to have learned about these allegations from 2015. Our team was made aware of the indictment this morning after his arrest at Louisville International Airport,” American Airlines said in a statement. “We have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers and team members, and we will provide any investigative assistance possible to law enforcement throughout their investigation.”</p><p>In a statment released from the attorney general's office, the family said, “We look forward to justice in court, and we look forward to a verdict to bring an end to this terror, and a fresh start at healing.”</p><p>Martin’s first court date is scheduled on May 22 and will not be able to fly with the airline in any capacity pending the investigation outcome.</p>
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Here Are the New Flights Southwest Is Adding to Hawaii

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 06:53
<p>The long-awaited flights between California and the <a href="" target="_blank">Hawaiian Islands</a> on Southwest Airlines were <a href="" target="_blank">well received</a> upon release in March. Lower fares — some as cheap as $49 each way — were <a href="" target="_blank">bought up</a> within hours. With the initial launch and inaugural flight under their belt, the airline is preparing to expand their Hawaiian service with new flights from mainland U.S. and additional flights between islands.</p><p>Southwest Airlines announced on <a href=";theater" target="_blank">their Facebook page</a> that the city of Hilo on Hawaii Island — commonly called the Big Island — would be the fifth Hawaiian airport served by Southwest. According to reporting by <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, the island’s mayor, Harry Kim, said Southwest would be launching direct flights between Hilo and mainland U.S. before the holidays as well as four daily flights between Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu and Hilo International Airport later this year.</p><p>Southwest said on Facebook, “We’ll let you know when our low fares and interisland flights for Hilo are available for purchase.” The airline already offers flights to the Big Island’s Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole.</p>
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At Least One Third of Americans Think Your Destination Wedding Is Selfish

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 16:22
<p>According to a survey by <a href="" target="_blank">Allianz Global Assistance</a>, 37 percent of Americans think it’s selfish for a couple to ask guests to use their money and vacation days on a <a href="" target="_blank">destination wedding</a>.</p><p>Cost is, unsurprisingly, the biggest motivator for guests declining a destination wedding invitation: Fifty-three percent of respondents cited money as their main reason for not attending a wedding in a far-flung locale.</p><p>Among those who said destination weddings are selfish, 17 percent said they wouldn’t spend the money because they don’t know the couple well enough. The takeaway? Your close friends and family are much more likely to <a href="" target="_blank">travel for your destination wedding</a> than distant relatives or friends you rarely catch up with.</p><p>Of the three weddings I’m heading to this year, two of them require a flight. And for the record, I’ve never earmarked those weddings as “selfish” — especially considering I’m planning my own destination wedding. Because I tend to worry about what people think and how much money I’m asking them to spend, I tried to over-communicate with my guests to make sure they weren’t uncomfortable receiving an invite to my wedding. If you’re worried about your guests thinking your wedding is selfish, here are a few simple solutions I’m (trying) to implement.</p><h2>1. Let your guests off the hook.</h2><p>My wedding is fairly small, and for those I thought might not come, I asked them outright if they’d prefer not to be invited. Receiving an invitation to someone’s wedding still comes with a certain amount of obligation—you’re typically expected to send a gift even if you don’t attend. Giving the guests you think wouldn’t be thrilled by the idea of trekking to your wedding an easy-out might be much appreciated.</p><h2>2. If you’re asking people to fly to the wedding, avoid asking them to fly to your bachelor or bachelorette party.</h2><p>Allianz reports that 73 percent of respondents have never attended a destination wedding, and 76 percent have never attended a <a href="" target="_blank">destination bachelor or bachelorette party</a>. For brides and grooms worried about overloading their guests with plane tickets, consider hosting just one event in a destination, as opposed to multiple.</p><h2>3. Stop worrying about it.</h2><p>Here’s the thing: According to Allianz Global Assistance, more than half of Americans define a “destination wedding” as a wedding they have to fly to. It’s 2019 — someone is going to have to fly to your wedding, even if it’s in your backyard. If those who need to fly to your wedding are unable to do so, as long as you’re completely understanding about it, there’s nothing else you can do after a certain point. And it’s okay to realize that, show kindness to all of your guests whether they can or can’t come, and move on.</p>
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Why You Need to See This English Town’s Annual 'Bed Race'

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 16:11
<p>Perhaps more people would participate in races if you didn’t have to get out of bed for them. One town in northern England has been testing that theory for more than 50 years with the annual “<a href="" target="_blank">Great Knaresborough Bed Race</a>.”</p><p>Since 1966, the town of Knaresborough has hosted an event that requires teams of six people to push a bed through 2.4 miles of track and then finish with a swim in the River Nidd.</p><p>The North Yorkshire town started the race as a way to raise funds for charity. Today it’s become an annual extravaganza that’s part pageant part grueling physical activity, with each team raising funds for their own individual causes. Each competing team is made up of seven people: six to parade the bed throughout the town and one person to sit in it like a king. (There is also a contest for best-decorated bed so the least physical but most artistic teams stand a chance at winning something.)</p><p>The course sends competitors up a steep grassy bank and along Knaresborough’s waterfront. The race continues through a gorge, around the town’s old cobbled streets, down its main High Street and finishes with a 20-yard swim across the River Nidd. Remember this is all done while carrying a bed with a person in it.</p><p>The fastest teams finish the course in around 14 minutes while the slowest usually clock in somewhere around 30 minutes. After the competitors are finished, everyone gathers in town for a parade and a party in the streets.</p><p>The race only accepts 90 teams per year and this year’s spots are all filled up. However, you can still go and watch the spectacle take place. (Arguably, it’s even more fun to stand on the sidelines, listen to the marching bands and watch 630 people push a bed around a town.)</p><p>The race takes place <a href="" target="_blank">every second Sunday in June</a>.</p>
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How The Colonial Town of San Miguel Became Mexico's Most Enchanting Destination

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:00
<p>With its obsidian-lined walls that narrow to a high, vaulted ceiling, the six-seat <a href="" target="_blank">tasting room of the tequila company Casa Dragones</a> feels like a sleek, pocket-size chapel from the future. Since it opened in 2016, it has become an essential stop in the Mexican colonial town of <a href="" target="_blank">San Miguel de Allende</a>, so I headed there my first night to pay respects to the <a href="" target="_blank">tequila</a> gods. Now I was sitting at the altar-like bar, admiring a long-stemmed crystal glass of Casa Dragones Joven, which the brand bills as a “sipping tequila.” Admiring her own glass was the manager, Eva Corti, an effortlessly stylish Italian with straight-cut blond bangs. “See how clear it is?” she asked. “No imperfections.” We passed our noses from rim to rim, searching out fragrances of citrus and spice, flowers and wood. Then we sipped, and warm tequila fuzzies floated through me.</p><p>After we’d done some more sipping, Corti told me about herself. Since moving to Mexico six years ago, she has lived in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, and the Yucatán, but she said it wasn’t until arriving in San Miguel that she felt like she was home. The place has that effect on people. MTV founder Bob Pittman, who launched Casa Dragones in 2009 with the Mexican tequila entrepreneur Bertha González Nieves, bought a house in San Miguel days after his first visit. Americans have been drawn to its sloping cobblestoned lanes since a shy Chicagoan named Stirling Dickinson became the director of the Escuela Universitaria de Bellas Artes, a local art institute, with the idea of turning San Miguel into an international arts colony. After World War II, veterans came to study there on the G.I. Bill, sending word of its wonders back to the States. Before long, it was a top vacation and retirement destination for Americans.</p><p>The arts are still central to the appeal of San Miguel, where the gallery-to-resident ratio might exceed that of <a href="" target="_blank">Santa Fe, New Mexico</a> (which it has more than a little in common with). Over the past decade, however, San Miguel has also blossomed as a gastronomic hub, thanks to the arrival of destination restaurants like <a href="" target="_blank">Moxi</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Áperi</a>. Perhaps not coincidentally, a number of fine hotels have also opened, introducing a true luxury quotient to a place that once catered mostly to backpackers and bohemians. The town’s growing popularity has led to some hand-wringing about traffic and touristification, but I found these to be minor issues and, to be honest, I got a kick out of the mariachis and balloon vendors in front of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, the soaring neo-Gothic cathedral you’ve probably seen if you’ve ever seen a picture of San Miguel.</p><p>Anyway, a few tchotchke sellers can’t sabotage San Miguel’s most appealing trait, which is its gloriously anachronistic cityscape: the Spanish-colonial architecture that glows as the sun sinks over the central Mexican highlands, the hundreds of brightly colored doors leading to languid private courtyards, and, of course, the Parroquia, around which the entire town revolves. All this colonial perfection is due largely to the quirks of San Miguel’s long history, which is almost palpable as you wander its plazas and churches and the endless covered market that snakes though its middle. Under Spanish rule, San Miguel had a larger population than New York City, but it lost prominence in the 19th century after the Mexican War of Independence and was practically abandoned by the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1920. As a result, historic San Miguel has survived intact.</p><img alt="Street scenes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico "src=""><p>“It’s an organized city — not like other Mexican cities,” said Victor Martinez, the sous-chef at <a href="" target="_blank">Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar</a>, at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. Other San Migueleños I met took similar pride in their town’s singularity, boasting that it embodies many of Mexico’s best qualities (The food! The culture! The weather! The people!) and none of its worst; again and again, I was told that San Miguel is one of the safest places in Mexico.</p><p><img src="" /></p><p>One morning, Martinez took me to <a href="" target="_blank">Rancho La Trinidad</a>, a 10-acre organic farm on the outskirts of town from which the Rosewood’s restaurants (and many others) source much of their produce. Its founding in 1995 by Carl Jankay, a former Campbell’s Soup Company executive from the U.S., marked the beginning, Martinez told me, of San Miguel’s “awakening of consciousness” with regard to food. Iliana Lanuza, Jankay’s stepdaughter, led us to the crops that were in season — beets, squash blossoms, spaghetti squash, leeks, carrots — which we harvested under the watchful eye of the mule that tills the fields. Then we headed back to the hotel to cook our own farm-to-table meal at Les Pirules, the Rosewood’s recently added traditional Mexican outdoor kitchen.</p><p>Martinez, who is originally from Mérida and oozes enough rakish charm to pass for a telenovela star, guided me through some basic principles of Mexican cooking. Before I knew it we had produced four beautiful dishes: beets with kumquats, almonds, and basil; spaghetti squash in a Parmesan cream sauce; Mexican-style rice with broccoli rabe; and braised pork shank in a quick mole topped with squash blossoms. As we ate, I asked Martinez how he felt about the recent global popularity of Mexican cuisine. “I think it’s great,” he said. “But I could never pay so much money for tacos.”</p><p>Though I ate my other meals at the Rosewood alone, they were no less lovely. At the expansive main restaurant, <a href="" target="_blank">1826</a>, another of the spots that established San Miguel as a culinary destination earlier this decade, I was treated to a procession<br />of playful twists on tradition: a ceviche in a tequila-spiked <em>sangrita</em><i>,</i> lobster ravioli in a butter sauce with Mexican truffles, suckling pig in mole. At Luna, arguably the best rooftop bar in this terrace-mad town, I ate guacamole and drank a Casa Verde (Casa Dragones with limoncello, lemon juice, kiwi, and celery) while watching guests snap pics of the Parroquia as it turned pink in the honeyed late-afternoon light.</p><img alt="Luna rooftop bar at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende "src=""><p>For breakfast one day, I walked over to an all-day café called <a href="" target="_blank">Lavanda</a> to join the crowd that was waiting on the narrow sidewalk for it to open. The weather was brisk and the restaurant wasn’t insulated, but the heat lamps and the cool air only added to the ramshackle appeal of the place, with its climbing vines and rattan furniture. Befitting the restaurant’s name, my cappuccino came with a sprig of locally grown lavender. My bowl of chilaquiles was delicate, spicy, and comforting, all at the same time.</p><p>The restaurant had a youthful, unfussy approach to cooking that I saw a lot in San Miguel, including at a place called <a href="" target="_blank">Trazo 1810</a>. You can’t get much more San Miguel than this: to reach the restaurant, you walk through an art gallery and ascend in the elevator of the <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Casa 1810</a>; if you wish, you can dine on the fourth-floor terrace. As I ate my cayenne-rubbed roast chicken and gnocchi, the Parroquia seemed to exert a magnetic pull on me, like a benign version of the Eye of Sauron.</p><p><img src="" /></p><p>The central tension of a stay at the <a href="" target="_blank">Rosewood San Miguel de Allende</a> is your simultaneous desire to explore the city around you and to relax in one of the white cabanas by the pool. (Solution: book a longer stay.) The 13-acre modern hacienda, whose arched colonnades and faded ocher exteriors belie the hotel’s newness, has 67 generous rooms, all with lovely dark-wood colonial-style furniture and private gardens or terraces; mine had its very own rooftop with a plunge pool and a view of<br />the Parroquia. There is lavender everywhere: in the garden along the path to the pool, in the butter at 1826, in the products at the Sense Spa.</p><p>But while this little utopia raised the bar for hotels in San Miguel, the town’s pioneering luxury property is the <a href="" target="_blank">Casa de Sierra Nevada</a>, which Belmond acquired in 2006 and completely overhauled last year. Unlike the Rosewood, which sits at a slight remove from the city, the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada is very much<i> </i><em>of </em>the city. It consists of a cluster of colonial mansions (the main building, Casa Principal, was once the residence of the archbishop of San Miguel) in the Centro, each with half a dozen or so guest rooms around a central courtyard that’s walled off from the street, so the vibe is of a private sanctuary right in the middle of everything. The 37 rooms have a slightly <em>wabi-sabi </em>quality, with stone fireplaces, copper-lined tubs, herringbone wood flooring, and regional textiles that all add up to a very authentic kind of elegance. As part of its makeover, the hotel, whose Sazón culinary school ushered in the local mania for cooking classes, has added something called the Artist’s Corner, where a resident artist teaches painting classes and meets guests for gallery tours.</p><p>Belmond’s renovation coincides with several openings that further diversify the hotel options in San Miguel. These include <a href="" target="_blank">L’Ôtel at Dôce 18 Concept House</a>, part of the same artisan-forward mini-mall that houses the Casa Dragones tasting room, and <a href="" target="_blank">Casa Blanca 7</a>, a tiny Moroccan-inflected spot near El Jardín, the central plaza. The two latest go in very different directions: <a href="" target="_blank">Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende</a>, the fifth location for the Mexican brand, is now the biggest hotel in town, with 153 rooms. Situated in a renovated contemporary hacienda-style building in front of a centuries-old dam, it’s a curious mix of arty futurism and welcoming homeyness. With its repeating archways, vast sunlit expanses, and monolithic sculptures strewn across the grounds, it has the surreal feeling of a de Chirico painting — and yet the reception desk doubles as a bakery, and every Sunday there’s an enormous brunch in the courtyard.</p><p>By contrast, the other newcomer, <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Amparo</a>, in an 18th-century mansion where a mayor once lived, has just five rooms. Owned by a pair of Houston art collectors, it contains an appealing mix of modern works and antiques. Naturally, there is a traditional open kitchen where guests can attend cooking workshops, and, naturally, there is a rooftop terrace, which Bernardo Morales, the hotel’s assistant general manager, told me would soon become a small, wine-focused restaurant.</p><img alt="Food and hotels in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico "src=""><p>I’d already had breakfast, but Morales insisted I have another. As I sat in the courtyard eating chicken chilaquiles and a delicate parfait, listening to the Beatles and the sound of the fountain, and watching through the front gate as the world went by outside, I couldn’t imagine a better place to be.</p><p><img src="" /></p><p>Because I wanted to see the landscape around San Miguel, the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada arranged for me to go horseback riding at <a href="" target="_blank">Rancho Xotolar</a>, about 45 minutes outside town. I was picked up by Lio Morín, a smiling cowboy who spoke English with a Southern lilt, thanks to many years spent in Oklahoma. He’d recently moved home to the ranch where he grew up, which he said his great-grandfather, a silver miner from Guanajuato, had purchased nearly 70 years ago. We turned off the highway at the Cañada de la Virgen, an Otomi archaeological site that the Mexican government opened for tourism in 2011, and bumped down a narrow dirt road, passing giant crows perched in the acacia trees, until we reached the sprawling compound where Morín’s enormous extended family lives. He pointed out the small school attended by all the kids on the ranch.</p><p>With Felíx, Morín’s uncle, and Roberto, his cousin, we rode out onto the mesa, threading through cactus and shrub brush. After stopping to take in the view of San Miguel, we descended on a narrow trail carved into a steep arroyo. It started to rain, so my companions gave me a canvas poncho to go with my straw sombrero. I almost felt like a real caballero as my horse scrabbled down the wet rocks, the guys behind me shouting Mexican folk songs. At the bottom, we forded a small river, then galloped through it, whooping and kicking up spray.</p><p>It was dusk when we got back to the compound, but there were no lights on. Morín explained that, to this day, Rancho Xotolar has no electricity. “When we want to watch TV, we hook it up to a car battery,” he said. We headed over to a small building with an open kitchen where his mother and sister were preparing a meal over a <em>fogón</em><i>, </i>a traditional wood oven. In the gathering darkness, we ate <em>queso fresco</em> made from that morning’s cow’s milk, a wonderfully astringent nopal salad, a fiery<i> </i><em>pico de gallo</em><i>,</i> beans, rice, <em>sopes</em><i>,</i> and warm, soothing enchiladas. It was as delicious as anything I ate in town.</p><p><img src="" /></p><p>Another thing you can do if you want to see the landscape around San Miguel is take a taxi up the winding roads above the city to the Charco del Ingenio, a 220-acre nature preserve on a site that was once a water mill. I wandered alone past burly indigenous cacti, breathing in the tranquil sweetness of the place. A flock of ducks landed on Las Colonias reservoir, which sits at the center of the gardens. I decided to cross the old dam to check out a ruined hacienda I’d seen on my map.</p><p>A couple crossed from the other side, the first people I’d seen since entering the preserve. Just as my lips started to make the <em>b</em> in <em>buenas tardes</em><i>,</i> the man said my name.</p><p>It was Bernardo Morales, from Hotel Amparo. “It’s my first time here,” he told me. “I just moved to San Miguel three months ago.”</p><p>We agreed that San Miguel really must be a small town if we could run into each other here, and that we’d have to run into each other again soon. Then we went our separate ways.</p><h2>A Thumbnail Guide to San Miguel</h2><p>Spend at least four nights to soak up the town’s many pleasures. San Miguel, which is roughly equidistant from Guadalajara and Mexico City, is also a great part of a larger central Mexico itinerary.</p><h2>Getting There</h2><p>San Miguel isn’t a particularly quick trip, as flying from most U.S. airports will require a layover, and once you’re on the ground there will be a significant drive. The two nearest airports are Del Bajio, in León, about 90 minutes away, and Querétaro, about 75.</p><h2>Hotels + Restaurants</h2><p>The luxury hotels that best showcase the region’s traditional aesthetics are the <a href="" target="_blank">Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada</a> <em>(doubles from $275)</em>, in the Centro, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Rosewood San Miguel de Allende</a> <em>(doubles from $300),</em> home to the popular Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar. <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Amparo</a> <em>(doubles from $325)</em> is the most intimate of San Miguel’s many newcomers, and great for buyouts. Travelers seeking small hotels should also consider <a href="" target="_blank">L’Ôtel at Dôce 18 Concept House</a> <em>(doubles from $355)</em> or <a href="" target="_blank">Casa Blanca 7</a> <em>(doubles from $342). </em>By contrast, <a href="" target="_blank">Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende</a> <em>(doubles from $289)</em> is an artsy citadel just north of the Centro.</p><p>Expect to visit other hotels when you dine out. <a href="" target="_blank">Moxi</a> <em>(entrées $9–$16),</em> at Hotel Matilda, and <a href="" target="_blank">Áperi</a> <em>(tasting menus from $62),</em> at Dos Casas, serve locally inflected haute cuisine, while <a href="" target="_blank">Trazo 1810</a> <em>(entrées $14–$30),</em> at Hotel Casa 1810, offers relaxed, youthful cooking. Hit <a href="" target="_blank">Lavanda Café</a> <em>(entrées $5–$6)</em> for breakfast and <a href="" target="_blank">El Pegaso</a> <em>(entrées $4–$18)</em> for Mexican classics. Make an appointment at the <a href="" target="_blank">Casa Dragones Tasting Room</a> for the tastiest tequila in town.</p><h2>Activities</h2><p>Many hotels can arrange half-day riding tours at <a href="" target="_blank">Rancho Xotolar</a>. Afterward, visit the ancient Otomi pyramids of <a href="" target="_blank">Cañada de la Virgen</a><em>,</em> nearby. <a href="" target="_blank">El Charco del Ingenio</a><em>,</em> San Miguel’s botanical garden, is a great way to get away without going far. </p>
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JFK Isn't the First to Have a Bar on an Airplane — Here's Where You Can Have a Cocktail on an Aircraft

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:16
<p>A new <a href="" target="_blank">bar and lounge built inside a defunct TWA plane</a> is opening up in New York City, but it’s not the only place in the world that brings the in-flight cocktail back to earth.</p><p>A 1958 Lockheed Constellation was taken back to John F. Kennedy airport last month, where it will serve as a chic, vintage cocktail lounge as part of a new hotel being built inside the <a href="" target="_blank">formerly-abandoned TWA terminal at JFK</a>.</p><p>The new hotel will be decorated as if you’ve just stepped into an episode of <em>Mad Men</em> — if it were set in an airport, that is. With so many beautiful mid-century modern 1950s and 1960s furnishings, artwork, and amenities, you might actually <em>want</em> to have an extra long layover in <a href="" target="_blank">New York</a>.</p><p>And the new TWA cocktail lounge will be another incredible addition to the space. However, it’s not the first time an airplane was converted into a bar or restaurant. Here's where you can find comparable airplane lounges around the world:</p><h2>Solo's Airplane Restaurant: Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, Colorado</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Solo's Airplane Restaurant</a><b> </b>is made from a U.S. Air Force Boeing KC-97 and boasts seating for 275 guests, 45 of which are inside the plane itself. Aviation buffs would especially love this bar since every inch is decorated as a send-up to aviation history. It’s a great place to get classic American diner food like a Reuben or cheeseburger, as well as amazing margaritas.</p><h2>El Avión: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">El Avión</a> is famous for its seafood bar bites like calamari, ceviche, and coconut shrimp. Its inside a Fairchild C-123 Provider and located along the way to Manuel Antonio National Park, making it a fantastic place to stop and enjoy a beer or cocktail while taking in some of the most beautiful views in <a href="" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>.</p><h2>Steaks on a Plane: Bolton, England</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Steaks on a Plane</a> is a Boeing-737-turned-restaurant. Specializing in finger foods and classic takeout fare, this is a great, casual place for some in-flight meals right on the ground. If you’re in a hurry, you can even order a drink to go from the hatch of the plane, according to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>.</p><h2>Jumbo Bar: Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport, Sweden</h2><img alt="Jumbo Bar, Stockholm, Sweden "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Jumbo Bar</a> isn’t <em>just</em> a bar and restaurant, it’s also part of a very trendy and modern hostel. The café and bar itself is located at the back of an old Boeing 747, while the rest of the plane holds several rooms and dorms. Both guests and the general public can hang out in the café for drinks, dessert, and delicious meals from breakfast to dinner.</p><h2>La Tante DC10: Accra, Ghana</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">La Tante DC10</a>, near the Marina Mall, in Accra, Ghana is an old McDonnell Douglas DC-10 that now serves up traditional Ghanaian fare like kelewele and jollof rice and plenty of hot dishes including fried fish, sauteéd duck, and guinea fowl. Of course, it’s also a fun place for a beer or cocktail. The restaurant recently went through renovations and has reopened with some fresh decor as well.</p><h2>Hawai Adda: Ludhiana, Punjab, India</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hawai Adda</a> is just one of the airplane bars and restaurants you can find in India. This location, in particular, is especially for people who love the finer things in life — and pizza. The plane itself was once an Airbus A320 operated by Air India, but now is an incredible spot for some delicious vegetarian food including pizza, pasta, and some traditional Indian flavors.</p><h2>Runway 1: New Delhi, India</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Runway 1</a>, at the Metrowalk Mall, in New Delhi, India is nothing to sneeze at either. The luxurious restaurant is built inside an old Air India Airbus A320 and offers cuisine from all around the world including pizzas, rice and noodle dishes, and some non-vegetarian options as well. One particular feature of this restaurant is that some guests can even take a table on the wings of the plane (whereas most other airplane bars and restaurants have the wings removed to save space).</p><p>There have been plenty of other airplane bars and restaurants that have opened and closed over the years. The above restaurants are only a handful of the best ones you can find all over the world that are still open, very accessible, and make for an excellent adventure on your next trip.</p>
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This Super Comfy Travel Dress Comes in 27 Colors and Prints — and Costs $24

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:31
<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">best travel outfits are comfortable</a> enough to wear on long flights, polished enough for first-class cabins (in case you score that last-minute upgrade), and versatile enough to wear en route to your destination and while you’re there — by the pool, sightseeing, or for whatever you have planned. A piece that meets all of that criteria at an affordable price point would be the ultimate travel garment, and get ready, jet setters, because we found exactly that.</p><p><a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d8e648ad34b44adf19a1577b65c1e79c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">This under-$24 maxi dress</a> is one of the most comfy and versatile travel pieces you can find on Amazon, and it also happens to be the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d8e648ad34b44adf19a1577b65c1e79c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">retailer’s best-selling women’s dress at the moment</a>. Shoppers love its stretchy, spandex material, universally-flattering shape, and handy pockets as well as its 27 color and print options. It’s no wonder its racked up over 1,600 five-star reviews.</p><img alt="GRECERELLE Women's Maxi Dress "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d8e648ad34b44adf19a1577b65c1e79c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $17</p><p>The flattering maxi dress is the perfect basic to throw in your suitcase and rewear throughout your trip. Wear it with your favorite sweater on your flight, throw it over your swimsuit and use it as a coverup, pair it with your <a href="" target="_blank">most comfortable shoes</a> for a day of exploring, or style it with jewelry and heels to wear for a casual dinner. When you’re not sure what to wear, this flowy dress is the answer.</p><p>Owners love its drape-y shape — claiming it “fits like a dream” — and its subtle slits, which you can wear as is or tie in a knot to really show off your shoes. Its super soft material is also a bit hit among Amazon reviewers. “Love this dress!” <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d8e648ad34b44adf19a1577b65c1e79c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">one reviewer wrote</a>. “The material is soft [and] the army green is so pretty. I'm definitely buying another.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">13 Comfortable Dresses That Are Made to Travel In</a></p><p>“I love this dress!” <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d8e648ad34b44adf19a1577b65c1e79c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">another chimed in</a>. “It’s a little shorter than other maxis that I own, but the slits on the sides make that not a big deal — I actually like that it shows off my shoes. The fabric is super comfy and stretchy, so I plan to get a lot of wear out of this dress. I highly recommend ordering one!”</p><p>The brand also makes another equally popular <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d17aff514abaad3a197c4a400c592ad3&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">racerback maxi dress</a>, which comes in 30 colors and prints, and a <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=668cbaf59ccf381da67279f9c94fe3d8&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">similar long-sleeve maxi dress</a>, which shoppers say are just as basic and comfortable. Choose the dress that best suits your destination’s climate — or get yourself one of each. For less than $24, they’re all a steal you’ll wear nonstop this spring and summer.</p>
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This New Miami Hotel is Inspired by the Timeless Glamour of Life at Sea

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:18
<p>In <a href="" target="_blank">Miami</a>, it’s not uncommon to see glamorous yachts sailing by on the calm waters of <a href="" target="_blank">Biscayne Bay </a>and the Atlantic Ocean. Despite the frequency of these sightings, few hotels have drawn inspiration from these luxurious vessels.</p><img alt="Mr. C Coconut Grove "src=""><p>Enter <a href="" target="_blank">Mr. C Coconut Grove</a>, a sleek new hotel that brings the glamour of life at sea to land. Presiding over Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the 100-room property boasts an array of nautical-inspired features: a gleaming, hull-like exterior; a timber-paneled, double-height lobby; and vibrant interiors with pops of Bellini peach and sea blue.</p><img alt="Mr. C Coconut Grove "src=""><p>To learn more about the breezy look, we caught up with the property’s designer, Martin Brudnizki, who shared the inspiration behind the hotel and dished on his favorite<a href="" target="_blank"> things to do</a> in the city.</p><img alt="Martin Brudnizki "src=""><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure</em>: Tell us about the new hotel.</strong></p><p>Martin Brudnizki: “Mr. C Coconut Grove captures the timeless charm of Italy’s iconic coastal style. The interiors are inspired by the honesty and materiality of classic yacht, with high gloss timber paneling and a double-height lobby. I wanted the design to hark back to Italy’s golden era, so there are plenty of mid-century details throughout, like Murano glass chandeliers, large-scale terrazzo floors, and sleek mirrored and chrome accents.”</p><img alt="Mr. C Coconut Grove "src=""><p><strong>What do you like about designing in the city?</strong></p><p>"Miami is a melting pot of cultures and styles, so it’s been exciting work in a city with such a unique identity. Since designing my first Miami project, the Soho Beach House, in 2010, I’ve completed three different projects. It’s been really fun and rewarding."</p><img alt="Mr. C Coconut Grove "src=""><p><strong>What’s the first thing you do after touching down in the city?</strong></p><p>"A swim in the ocean. It’s the best remedy for jet lag."</p><img alt="Mr. C Coconut Grove "src=""><p><strong>Describe your perfect day in the city.</strong></p><p>“I’ll jump start the day with a coffee and pastry at the Buena Vista Deli in the Design District before heading over to The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. The gallery showcases the collection of Martin Z. Margulies. The artwork doesn't always agree with my taste, but there’s always something interesting on show and I think it’s important to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while. After, I’ll grab lunch at Madolin Agean Bistro, a lovely Greek restaurant that serves simple but flavorful food. Later in the day, I’ll stroll around the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Biscayne Bay. Vizcaya is a stunning home built in the Gothic style for industrialist and antique collector James Deering. It’s built on the water’s edge and has an impressive façade crafted from coral stone. Walking around the house and gardens gives me a moment to reflect and soak up the beauty of my surroundings. From there, I'll close out the day with dinner at Mr. C."</p>
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These 19 Brands Make the Best Travel Clothes for Women and Men

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:15
<p>If you’re going to be wearing the same three shirts in all your vacation photos, you want them to be nice shirts. Enter: the eternal quest for the best travel clothes.</p><p>Rule number one is to stay within your personal style range. If your travel outfits don’t feel as good as the clothes you wear at home, you aren’t going to wear them. You want to feel like yourself on the road. If you weren’t already into the geometric prints that seem to reappear in travel clothing regardless of season, you’re not going to magically start being into them on your trip. Realistically, you may only need one or two new pieces for a trip <a href="" target="_blank">rather than a whole new wardrobe</a>.</p><p>Once you’ve decided to shop, start off with a unified, simple color scheme so that you can mix and match across your items. Stick to a few basics that you can liven up with accessories, either packed or purchased along the way. “I love to pack clothes in neutral colors, because I know I don’t have to pack as many items and can always swap things around for a completely different outfit,” said designer <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Katie Schmidt</a>. “Think of it like creating a capsule wardrobe, so you don’t end up with a bunch of clothes that can’t even make a single outfit, let alone several.”</p><p>After you’ve figured out fashion, it’s time to examine function. Choose fabrics that are machine washable, wrinkle-resistant, lightweight, and either stretchy or loose enough to maintain their shape even when shoved in a <a href="" target="_blank">packing cube</a> and unwashed for long periods of time. Steer away from 100 percent cotton; it takes too long to dry and will wick heat away from your body if it gets wet. You also don’t want anything too bulky. The rolling strategy will help keep your clothes both compact and less wrinkled, so make sure your clothes can actually roll up.</p><p>“At the end of the day, the highest functionality a piece of everyday clothing can offer me is flexibility within the wardrobe,” said Patricia Davis, senior vice president, marketing &amp; communications of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Davidson Hotels &amp; Resorts</a>. “I will do almost anything not to check a bag, so on long trips, repeats are a necessity. I often pack a number of items that go well with a number of other items but that can stand up to more than one wear to help expand my outfit possibilities.”</p><p>These are some of our favorite mainstream and niche clothing brands to help you craft your ideal travel — and who knows, maybe even everyday — wardrobe.</p><h2>For Merino Wool: SmartWool</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>“Merino wool is a fantastic fabric for travel because it's stink-free, moisture-wicking, and lightweight. It's also very breathable, keeping me cozy in cold climates and cool in warm ones,” said travel blogger <a href="" target="_blank">Kay Rodriguez</a>. “My <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">SmartWool</a> gear has kept me warm and stink-free while hiking in Patagonia, horseback riding in Kyrgyzstan, and Northern Lights seeking in the Arctic Circle of Norway.”</p><p>SmartWool is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">EMS</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zappos</a>.</p><h2>For Merino Wool: Icebreaker</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Icebreaker</a>’s New Zealand merino frequently tops travelers’ lists, as well. I’ve toted an Icebreaker cardigan around the world and their ski base layers up multiple mountains without complaint. Their selection of tops is particularly impressive.</p><p>Icebreaker is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Backcountry</a> and <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelclothes-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=bb331c94a8c8c0045cd3830751ef0f14&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.</p><h2>For Merino Wool: Unbound Merino</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>The perfect T-shirt can see you through almost any situation, and Unbound makes a strong bid for the title with their chic merino designs.</p><p>Unbound Merino is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Comfortable Denim: Aviator Jeans</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Jeans are controversial as travel clothes. Some people just don’t feel comfortable without them and insist they help you blend in, but their bulky nature and slow drying time can make them clunky in the long-term. Enter: the travel jean, designed with extra spandex to avoid sagging between washes and quick-drying fabrics. And, in the case of Aviator’s denim, truly excellent deep pockets, including a back zipper pocket.</p><p>Aviator is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Comfortable Denim: Duer</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Duer</a>’s performance fabric and signature seat gusset keep their jeans fitting well across wears, even if you can’t always stop to refresh them with a wash.</p><p>Duer is retailed at <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelclothes-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=61498a3aada0a58cae33b59ae1397edc&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.</p><h2>For Technical Outdoor Gear: ExOfficio</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">ExOfficio</a> is best known for their quick-drying, anti-microbial travel underwear, but their BugsAway and sun-protection clothing lines are also well worth investigating.</p><p>ExOfficio is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zappos</a> and <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelclothes-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=3d6a6ea38078c20ad14b87dfe4cbefdc&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.</p><h2>For Technical Everyday Wear: The North Face</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Is there anything <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The North Face</a> can’t do? The same construction that makes their gear excel is carried over into their clothing lines. Even better, they’re introducing a new FutureLight line for fall 2019 that provides an impressive combo of warmth, waterproofing, and breathability while still packing small enough to bundle your ski clothes into a carry-on.</p><p>The North Face is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zappos</a>, <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelclothes-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=72fe187a45ce5430182f51e2847e2f45&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Macy’s</a>.</p><h2>For Technical Everyday Wear: L.L.Bean</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Always a classic, L.L.Bean builds their products to last, particularly their outerwear. Even better, most of their clothes come in plus-size options up to 3X.</p><p>L.L.Bean is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Packable Basics: Uniqlo</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>In addition to their excellent basics and packable jackets, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Uniqlo</a>’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">HeatTech</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Airism</a>, and new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">UV Cut</a> lines will keep you layered properly in any conditions. They run from underwear to jackets and scarves for maximum building potential. T+L editors are partial to their stretchy <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">legging-pants</a>.</p><p>Uniqlo is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Packable Basics: Toad &amp; Co.</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>This California-based company focuses on manufacturing all of their clothing using sustainable fabric and practices, nicely complementing their line of basics and prints.</p><p>Toad &amp; Co. is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zappos</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags</a>.</p><h2>For Business Travel: Ministry of Supply</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Ministry of Supply makes professional apparel that’s comfortable enough to fly in and smart enough to take you straight into the boardroom or on stage to moderate a panel right after landing. Check out their wrinkle-resistant, unrestrictive <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Kinetic suiting line for men and women</a>; it’s pretty revolutionary.</p><p>Ministry of Supply is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Adventure Travel: Patagonia</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>“I've been shopping with this brand consistently for the past few years and have yet to be disappointed,” said travel blogger<a href="" target="_blank"> Jenny Smith</a>. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Patagonia’</a>s extensive product range, quality gear, and ethical company policies continually convert new fans.</p><p>Patagonia is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags</a>.</p><h2>For Adventure Travel: Prana</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Prana</a> started out as a yoga clothing line, but has expanded into a full travel line with eco-friendly fabrics. “Prana is my favorite travel clothing brand,” said Rodriguez. “Their clothes are comfortable, lightweight, and stylish, perfect for the traveler on the go.”</p><p>Prana is retailed at <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelclothes-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=fc5a8c092b2798d5442a0b6d2c4f2eb0&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zappos</a>.</p><h2>For Plus-size Travel Clothes: Columbia</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Blogger <a href="" target="_blank">Charish Badzinski</a> found her go-to travel piece at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Columbia</a>. “I recently found a simple, black, lightweight, sleeveless dress made with wicking fabric. It's so versatile, and flattering to many body types, so it's my favorite piece that I pack,” she said. Columbia also offers a nicely comprehensive plus-sized range.</p><p>Columbia is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Function and Fashion: Ably Apparel</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Messy eater planning a trip to Italy? Keep your clothing safe from staining with <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ably</a>’s stain-resistant Filium fabric technology. The same system that allows stains to slide off helps their clothes dry quickly, as well.</p><p>Ably is retailed at <a href=";ref=w_bl_sl_s_ap_web_7141123011&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelclothes-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=d7d37a853ff3be0f2b1f4a875b117571&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.</p><h2>For Fashion and Function: Époque Évolution</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>This stylish, minimalist design duo makes merino wool dresses and other items that will take you from sightseeing straight through a night out.</p><p>Époque Évolution is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Women’s Athleisure Travel Clothes: Athleta</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Multiple travelers we spoke to raved about Athleta’s (appropriately) athleisure lines, particularly their pants, which are comfortable enough to work out or hike in but won’t look out of place at a post-hike happy hour.</p><p>Athleta is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Women’s Travel Clothes: Sarah Liller</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>California-based designer <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sarah Liller</a> makes simple, super-soft birch rayon designs for women looking to create an ideal capsule wardrobe. The collections are designed in complementary colors for maximum combination potential and, even better, most of the dresses and skirts have pockets.</p><p>Sarah Liller is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Plus-size Women’s Travel Clothes: See Rose Go</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Finding the perfect outfit gets even harder for plus-sized travelers. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">See Rose Go</a> offers breathable travel basics that look just and feel as good as straight-size brands in sizes 14-24.</p><p>See Rose Go is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Men’s Travel Clothes: Rhone</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Rhone combines cutting-edge fabric technology with fit-forward design for an impressive line-up of athleisure-meets-business clothing. Their <a href="" target="_blank">Commuter Pants</a> are particularly popular with travelers.</p><p>Rhone is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>
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