You Haven’t Seen the Sunset Until You’ve Visited This Rooftop Infinity Pool Overlooking the Mediterranean

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:16
<p>There are, conservatively, a dozen reasons to choose <a href=";lang=en" target="_blank">The Setai</a> when booking a <a href="" target="_blank">hotel in Tel-Aviv</a>: The dreamy, tree-lined courtyard, where you can dine on a top-notch breakfast spread; The grotto-like lounge bar; A spa that knows its way around both Turkish hammam rituals and Reiki. But after a day wandering through <a href="" target="_blank">Carmel Market</a> and before a night out at Kuli Alma or Sputnik, The Setai rooftop is the best-situated spot for watching one of the city’s epic sunsets.</p><img alt="Terrace during sunset at The Setai Tel Aviv "src=""><p>The ancient legacy of the edifice certainly helps bolster the feeling that you’re part of something eternal as you watch the sun dip into the Mediterranean. Located in Jaffa, <a href="" target="_blank">Tel-Aviv’s ancient port city</a>, the hotel itself is housed in a grand building dating back to the Crusader period, when it was used as a fortress. During the Ottoman era, it was a prison (the heart of the building bears the original seal of Abdul Hamid II, 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire), and more recently it housed what must have been one of the world’s prettiest police stations.</p><p>In 2018, it reopened as a hotel after years of renovation, which involved archaeological digs on the property that uncovered artifacts from the 12th century. And the formidable history, centuries-old stone work and original walls are especially striking next to the picture-perfect and very modern rooftop infinity pool.</p><img alt="Beach view at The Setai Tel Aviv during sunset "src=""><p>Designed in collaboration with Feigin Architects and Eyal Ziv, the building’s restoration architect, it’s the closest pool to the sea out of any hotel in Israel. As the moment approaches, you can order a custom cocktail to your lounge chair — comfy ones, with a design spare enough to not distract in your Instagram photo — or float on your back, watching the sky change color. In June or July, the sun sets directly in front of the hotel, with the edge of the infinity pool seeming to <a href="" target="_blank">spill into the Mediterranean</a>. The sun slips below the horizon just before 8 p.m., and the evening call to prayer rings out in Jaffa just as dusk settles. In that moment, you can feel Tel Aviv’s past and its future. And, a nice buzz from a glass of Golan Heights Syrah.</p>
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Top Baby Names of 2018: Millennials Are Naming Their Kids After Kale, Kardashians, and Chip and Joanna Gaines (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:02
<p>If you’re pregnant, adopting, or even thinking about having a baby sometime soon, there are probably more than a few things weighing on your mind. But one of the biggest may be what to name your impending bundle of joy. Parenting resource site <a href="" target="_blank">BabyCenter</a> has a few ideas for you.</p><p>Last week, the website revealed its Top 100 Names of 2018 list. And once again, Sophia is the top choice for new parents for girls. In fact, it’s been the top name for girls for the last 10 years in a row. Jackson also continued its streak as the top name for boys.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">20 Gender Neutral Names Inspired by Places in the World</a></p><p>"Sophia is the dominant girls' name of the decade, with no signs of slowing down," Linda Murray, BabyCenter's senior vice president of consumer experience and global editor in chief, said in a statement. "It has worldwide appeal, it's pronounceable in multiple languages, and it's feminine and sophisticated all at once. As for Jackson, it's a modern twist on the old classic Jack."</p><h2>Top 10 Girl Baby Names of 2018</h2><p>1. Sophia</p><p>2. Olivia</p><p>3. Emma</p><p>4. Ava</p><p>5. Isabella</p><p>6. Aria</p><p>7. Riley</p><p>8. Amelia</p><p>9. Mia</p><p>10. Layla</p><h2>Top 10 Boy Baby Names of 2018</h2><p>1. Jackson</p><p>2. Liam</p><p>3. Noah</p><p>4. Aiden</p><p>5. Caden</p><p>6. Grayson</p><p>7. Lucas</p><p>8. Mason</p><p>9. Oliver</p><p>10. Elijah</p><p>But those aren’t the only popular names to make it on the list. According to BabyCenter, Millennial and Gen Z parents are finding plenty of inspiration in their everyday lives for their baby names, including from their favorite foods, flavors, spirituality, and even the online game Fortnite.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Here's What Bookies Think Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Name Their Firstborn</a> </p><p>"Parents are inspired by the things they love as well as the sound of a name," Murray said. "In the past, we'd look to the Bible or royalty for name inspiration. Today's parents turn to other sources. We've had two decades plus of 'unique' names, and anything goes. It's not like the days when every other baby was named Jessica, Jason, or Jennifer.”</p><p>For example, spiritual names like Peace rose 66 percent this year while Rainbow’s use increased by 26 percent. On the food front, the name Kale rose 35 percent for girls. Boys are increasingly being named after nature, with names like Ocean jumping 31 percent and Sky up 38 percent.</p><p>The Kardashians were among the <a href="" target="_blank">most impactful celebrities</a>, with Stormi (Kylie Jenner's daughter's name) rising 63 percent, Dream (Rob Kardashian's daughter) 42 percent, Saint (Kim Kardashian's son) 42 percent, and Reign (Kourtney Kardashian's son) 27 percent. Chip and Joanna Gaines were up there as well, with Magnolia jumping 21 percent, and their kids' names, especially Drake and Emmie, also on the rise.</p><p>As for those Fornite names, Ramirez jumped 57 percent in usage in 2018 while names like Leviathan increased by 46 percent for boys, Bunny by 30 percent for girls, and Rogue, up 47 percent for girls and 21 percent for boys.</p><p>Still, tradition runs deep. The overall top 10 names for girls include Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Ava, Isabella, Aria, Riley, Amelia, Mia, and Layla. For boys, the top 10 include Jackson, Liam, Noah, Aiden, Caden, Grayson, Lucas, Mason, Oliver, and Elijah.</p><p>Check out the entire <a href="" target="_blank">top 100 names list here</a>.</p>
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The Queen and Prince Philip Have Been Married 71 Years — and This Might Be Their Secret to Happiness

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:46
<p>If you haven’t figured it out by now, let us fill you in on a little secret: Queen Elizabeth is living her best life. In fact, she’s living everyone’s best life. Not only does she allegedly drink <a href="" target="_blank">however many cocktails she wants in a day</a> and travel with a <a href="" target="_blank">slice of her favorite cake</a> at all times, but now we’re learning she has a pretty sweet sleeping arrangement, too.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a>, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have been able to maintain their happy marriage after all these years because they each sleep in their own private bedroom each night — separately. And apparently it’s a sleeping arrangement that most of British high society lives by.</p><p>“In England, the upper class always have had separate bedrooms. You don’t want to be bothered with snoring or someone flinging a leg around. Then when you are feeling cozy you share your room sometimes. It is lovely to be able to choose,” Lady Pamela Hicks, the Queen’s cousin, said in 2011.</p><p>Of course, these two aren’t alone. As a <a href="" target="_blank">National Sleep Foundation</a> poll found, nearly a quarter of American couples sleep in separate beds or rooms as well.</p><p>Having separate bedrooms doesn't mean these two aren't very much in love. They just don’t mind having alone time and their own space. </p><p>"Their life together has always been built on regular separations. They are not a soppy couple," royal historian Robert Lacey told <a href="" target="_blank"><i>People</i></a>. But they do reveal their love for one another now and again.</p><p>"He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments,” the Queen has previously said about <a href="" target="_blank">Philip</a>. “But he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I and his whole family, in this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know."</p><p>I’m not crying, you’re crying.</p>
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You Can Finally Book Those $199 One-way Flights From the U.S. to India with WOW Air

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:12
<p>Travelers looking to head from the U.S. to Delhi, India, can now get tickets at discounted rates when booking with <a href="" target="_blank">WOW Air</a>.</p><p>The budget airline <a href="" target="_blank">announced earlier this year</a> that it would be expanding to <a href="" target="_blank">Asia</a>, with the first routes coming from nine different U.S. cities to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.</p><p>The new service launched on Dec. 5, and <a href="" target="_blank">WOW Air</a> is now celebrating with promotional rates of $199 one-way flights. The flights area available from seven U.S. cities: Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), Detroit (DTW), Los Angeles (LAX), Pittsburgh (PIT), and Washington, D.C. (BWI). Travelers will want to note that the ticket price fluctuate in real-time, however, so flights from Pittsburgh are now starting at about $250 one-way. </p><p>The $199 one-way fares are currently available for travel through January of 2019, though travelers should keep an eye on WOW Air’s website for additional deals on the destination throughout the year.</p><p>Return fares start at about $250, meaning you can book a bare bones ticket for around $450. Passengers will want to note that amenities like checked baggage are not available on basic fares. WOW Air charges $69.99 to check in bags online and $89.99 to check in bags when checking in at the airport, though travelers can also book a variety of other seat selections that come with added amenities in the price. </p><p>Travelers looking to book tickets that provide amenities like a personal item, a carry-on bag, a checked bag, and seat selection can book tickets on WOW Plus, while WOW Comfy includes cancelation protection and additional legroom and WOW premium seats include two checked bags alongside cancelation protection, additional legroom, priority check-in, in-flight meals, expedited security screening, and no change fees.</p><p>WOW Plus seat flights start at around $300 one-way, while premium seats start around $700 one-way.</p>
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You Can Sip Cocktails in an Igloo Surrounded by Christmas Trees at This Brooklyn Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:17
<p>If you’re looking for an opportunity to get festive this season, consider taking the train to <a href="" target="_blank">Brooklyn</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Hoxton</a>, a hotel in the heart of Williamsburg, is ringing in the holiday season with the jolliest event New Yorkers can enjoy, complete with igloo-like domes, <a href="" target="_blank">dozens of Christmas trees</a>, and as much $1 hot cocoa as you can drink.</p><img alt="The Hoxton Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn "src=""><p>Now through February, the hotel will be setting up three limited-edition domes in its courtyard. Even though they’re not actually made of ice, you’ll still get a wintry feel from the warm blankets and faux fur throws that decorate the insides of the domes. Each dome can seat groups of 8 for lunch, dinner or cocktails and are available to both guests of the hotel and those without rooms. Domes have a food and beverage minimum of $300 per party.</p><p>In addition, the domes are surrounded by more than 50 Christmas trees, courtesy of neighborhood staple Crest Hardware. As a bonus, you can even buy and take a tree home with you as well, with 10% of tree sales benefitting Coalition for the Homeless.</p><p>According to the Hoxton website, the lot will have “everything from Charlie Brown’s to ten footers, wreaths, lights, and more” available for purchase. So you can continue to enjoy the holly jolly season even when you go home.</p><img alt="The Hoxton Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn "src=""><p>Plus, as you’re shopping for trees or enjoying the festive atmosphere, you can guzzle down some $1 hot cocoa with 100% of the proceeds also benefiting <a href="" target="_blank">Coalition for the Homeless</a>. Or, have a drink with a little kick by sipping on a warm cocktail, mulled wine or cider.</p><p>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">You Can Build Your Own Igloo at This DIY Ice Hotel</a></p><p>More information on the Christmas tree event at the Hoxton can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">hotel’s website</a>. Domes may be <a href="" target="_blank">booked via Resy</a> or private event sales starting on Dec. 10.</p>
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An American Tourist Left $10,000 in a Thailand Taxi — and the World's Most Honest Driver Returned It

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:16
<p>A good trip can turn into a disaster with one simple stroke of bad luck. But happily, it can also be turned around with a simple act of kindness.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The Daily Mail</i></a>, Jerry Hart, an American tourist, was on his way to Suvarnabhumi Airport in <a href="" target="_blank">Bangkok, Thailand</a>, for his flight back to the U.S. when he accidentally left a very important bag in the back of his cab.</p><p>How important was it, exactly? It contained nearly $10,000 in it.</p><p>It’s unclear how Hart managed to forget this bag full of cash, approximately $9,800 in U.S. dollars, but when he realized his mistake at the airport, he ended up canceling his flight in a panic and called the police.</p><p>Luckily for Hart, his cab driver, Veeraphol Klamsiri, was cleaning out his vehicle when he found the money bag underneath one of the front seats. Klamsiri immediately reported it to his supervisors, who worked with police to track down Hart, <i>The Daily Mail</i> reported.</p><p>“I'm very happy. I can't believe my luck. I didn't think I would see the money again,” Hart said to <em>The Daily Mail</em>.</p><p>Lucky may be a pretty mild way of putting Hart’s situation. According to <em>The Daily Mail</em>, Klamsiri also drove one other passenger after Hart before discovering the money, but it seems that passenger did not see the bag or its contents. Who knows, Hart may have come incredibly close to losing his bag and his cash forever. Klamsiri isn’t just honest or noble, he’s practically a hero.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Keep Your Money Safe While Traveling</a><strong> </strong></p><p>Kittipong Kittikachorn, airport deputy director, told <em>The Daily Mail</em>, “When taxis enter the airport they must return all property of the customer. Tourists can feel safe that their belongings will always be taken care of even if they lose them or forget them.”</p><p>Hart mentioned that he plans to move to Thailand <a href="" target="_blank">when he retires</a>, especially since he had such a good experience here.</p>
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Kate Middleton Took Princess Charlotte to a London Pub for an Emergency Bathroom Break

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:06
<p>A royal bladder cannot wait. Especially not a tiny one.</p><p>Patrons at The Phoenix, a local pub in South London, were surprised by an impromptu visit last week from the <a href="" target="_blank">Duchess of Cambridge</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Princess Charlotte</a>.</p><p>“There were only a few of us in the pub at the time,” a customer <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>The Daily Mail.</em></a> “No one noticed to start with, but when Princess Kate came in we started to look up.”</p><p>The three-year-old princess and her mother popped into the pub in the afternoon and dashed to the loo. Those who were there said that the royal pair was in the pub for no more than 10 minutes.</p><p>It was unclear what was happening until Kate Middleton walked in. “They seem very nice, totally normal,” a customer told <em>The Daily Mail</em>. “Princess Kate was holding her daughter's hand. Princess Charlotte was just any other little girl.”</p><p>But the process for getting a toddler to the toilet is a bit more complicated when you’re royal. First, the entourage parked their black Range Rover on the street. A “royal protection officer” walked into the pub first and asked if the princess could use the facilities. (It is unclear if workers knew the identity of the child-with-a-full-bladder when they agreed, as staff have been barred from speaking about the visit.) Patrons were told they would not be allowed to take pictures.</p><p>The royals walked to the loo and then walked back out to the car just like any other parent with an over-hydrated toddler.</p><p>The visit has not been confirmed by Kensington Palace. “This is not something we will be commenting on,” a spokesperson told <em>The Daily Mail</em>.</p>
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The Top Pets Names of 2018: People Are Naming Their Pets After Meghan and Harry, Cardi B, and Childish Gambino (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:31
<p>If a new four-legged friend is about to enter your life you’ve got a few things on your to-do list: buy a dog bed, pick out a dog food brand, buy a boatload of toys, and oh yeah, think about a name.<br /><br />That last one is extremely important because remember, you’ll be screaming it for the next 10 years as you say “down!,” “no!” and “don’t eat that!” Ahhh, the joys of being a pet parent.</p><p>If you need a little help thinking of the perfect name for your new baby bear <a href=";utm_campaign=DogNames2018&amp;utm_source=facebook&amp;irgwc=1&amp;clickid=xCZyokTseQKdyKX3%3AAWLvSq3UkgU9E1ONQlL0k0&amp;utm_campaign=10079&amp;utm_content=Online%20Tracking%20Link_ONLINE_TRACKING_LINK&amp;utm_source=impact&amp;utm_medium=affiliate" target="_blank"></a> is here to help. The pet sitting website released its list of the top 100 most popular dog names of 2018. And, <a href="" target="_blank">like human children</a>, it turns out people are heavily influenced by both pop culture and tradition when it comes to naming their pets.</p><p>According to Rover, retro names are making a big comeback, with names Minnie, Pearl, Willie and Fred jumping 17 percent this year.</p><p>People are also clearly obsessed with <a href="" target="_blank">Fortnite</a> with names including Zoey, Lucky, Rex, and Ranger, jumping 16 percent.</p><p>Musically-inspired names also made a big leap with the use of Cardi jumping 1,250 percent, Freddie Mercury up 67 percent, and Gambino up 190 percent.</p><p>Of course, <a href="" target="_blank">the royal family</a> made an enormous impact on both the world and pet names this year thanks to the birth of the newest prince and <a href="" target="_blank">the wedding</a> of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Dogs named after the royal family went up by 11 percent this year with names including Sophie, George, Prince, and Charlotte. But, Meghan and Harry saw the biggest leap, with the use of Meghan up 133 percent and Harry up 129 percent.</p><p>Still, the old favorites reigned supreme. The top 10 female dog names of 2018 include classics like, Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Lola, Sadie, Molly, Bailey, Stella and Maggie. For boys, its Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, Jack, Rocky, Duke, Bear, Oliver and Tucker.</p><p>But really, no matter what you name them you’re going to give them a nickname within the first day of bringing them home. Still, if you need ideas check out the complete list of <a href=";utm_campaign=DogNames2018&amp;utm_source=facebook&amp;irgwc=1&amp;clickid=xCZyokTseQKdyKX3%3AAWLvSq3UkgU9E1ONQlL0k0&amp;utm_campaign=10079&amp;utm_content=Online%20Tracking%20Link_ONLINE_TRACKING_LINK&amp;utm_source=impact&amp;utm_medium=affiliate" target="_blank">top 100 dog names on</a>.</p>
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All of Your Favorite Disney Channel Holiday Episodes Are Streaming 24/7 Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:27
<p>It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Disney fans.</p><p>Throughout the month of December, Disney Channel is making every early-aughts babies’ wishes come true by streaming a 24/7 marathon of special holiday episodes of five classic shows on its YouTube channel, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Channel press release</a>.</p><p>That’s right. All day. Every day. Throughout December.</p><p>On the Disney Channel YouTube, anyone will be able to stream five very special holiday episodes from<i> "</i>Lizzie McGuire<i>," "</i>The Proud Family<em>,"<i> "</i></em>Even Stevens," "That’s So Raven," and "Phineas and Ferb." And these episodes are all repeating on a loop for the entire month, so there are plenty of chances to catch them all.</p><p>If you were a tween in the early 2000’s, you’ll be happy to know that all of these episodes are catering to your very specific nostalgic tastes. The "Lizzie McGuire" holiday episode on the stream involves a cameo from pop star Aaron Carter (try not to squeal), and the "Even Stevens" episode, “A Heck of A Hanukkah,” features Shia LaBeouf’s character enacting his own version of "It’s A Wonderful Life".</p><p>Not to mention some hilarious antics from Raven-Symoné on "That’s So Raven," an adventure with the boys on "Phineas and Ferb," and a heartwarming Kwanzaa celebration with "The Proud Family."</p><p>To watch the stream, simply visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Channel Youtube page</a>.</p><p>And, if you need more than just five shows to get your Disney holiday entertainment fix, the Disney Channel network is also airing its 25 Days of Christmas between now and Dec. 25, showing everyone’s favorite holiday movies, Disney Channel Original Movies and special programming for most of the month.</p><p>Frankly, this is the best reason to stay in and <a href="" target="_blank">binge watch</a> rather than <a href="" target="_blank">face the winter weather</a>. So, grab the family, fire up your streaming device, get cozy, and indulge in some nostalgia this season.</p>
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Alaska Airlines Has $39 One-way Flights Around the U.S. This Winter (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 16:47
<p>Travelers looking to book a winter getaway to popular locations across the U.S. for cheap can now snag round-trip flights for as little as $78 with <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines’</a> latest <a href="||20181204_SALE_FLASH||-prodID:FareSales" target="_blank">flash sale</a>.</p><p>The airline is offering flights that start as low as $39 one-way, though travelers will need to act fast as the deals are only available for booking through Dec. 5.</p><p>Flights are available for travel between Jan. 8 and March 6, with blackout dates from Feb. 14–25.</p><p>Domestic flights start at $39 one-way between locations like Las Vegas and Los Angeles, while $49 will get passengers one-way flights between Las Vegas and San Francisco and between Los Angeles and San Francisco.</p><p>Some top domestic deals include $69 one-way flights from Burbank to Portland and from Seattle to Las Vegas, $79 one-way flights from Austin to San Diego and from Burbank to Seattle, $89 one-way flights from San Francisco to Nashville, $99 one-way flights from Chicago to Los Angeles and to Portland, $119 one-way flights from Boston to Los Angeles and to San Francisco, $119 one-way flights from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, and $129 one-way flights from Boston to Portland.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">You Can Now Text Alaska Airlines Agents for Your Customer Service Needs (Video)</a></p><p>Those looking for a sun-soaked getaway will also find flights to Hawaii for $189 one-way from Seattle to Maui, $189 one-way from Los Angeles to Honolulu, and $199 one-way from Los Angeles to Maui.</p><p>There are also deals to several locations in Mexico. These include Los Cabos, with flights starting at $109 one-way from San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles, and from $169 one-way from Seattle.</p><p>Los Angeles fliers can also take advantage of $109 one-way flights to Mazatlan, $119 one-way flights to Guadalajara, $119 one-way flights to Manzanillo, and $129 one-way flights to Ixtapa.</p>
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You Could Celebrate the Holidays at the Real-life 'Downton Abbey' Castle

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:15
<p>No one celebrates the holidays quite like the Crawleys. And now, you can ring in the festivities just like the high-born, English family from “Downton Abbey<i>.</i>”</p><p>On Dec. 15, <a href="" target="_blank">Premium Tours</a> will be holding a Christmas Ball in true Edwardian fashion at <a href="" target="_blank">Highclere Castle</a> – the famous mansion used as the setting for the Masterpiece Classic show, “Downton Abbey<i>.</i>” As part of the one night event the current owners of the home (yes, people <em>do</em> live there), the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will welcome guests to sip champagne, nibble on canapés and enjoy guided tours of the house to discover its own rich history as well as the history of the beloved TV show.</p><p>After a short reception, guests will also enjoy a three-course meal, including a starter, dessert, and main course with a choice of roasted turkey breast or a vegetarian baked “Goldcross” goat’s cheese. Surely, Mrs. Patmore would approve.</p><p>Guests will also be able to enter a free raffle to win amazing prizes like Lady Carnarvon’s novel, “Lady Catherine, the Real Downton Abbey<i>,</i>”<i> </i>or <a href="" target="_blank">Eurostar</a> tickets to Paris plus chocolate and (more) champagne. And the final treat of the evening includes Christmas carols by the fire.</p><p>Booking this special evening begins at £490 (just over $623 USD) per person, including seniors, students and children between the ages of three and 16. Suit and tie or cocktail dresses are required for the night, not that any of us need an excuse to dress up for a fancy party at a castle. If anything, don’t be surprised if people show up in full-on early 20th century regalia.</p><p>Premium Tours also offers a luxury motor coach that leaves London at 4 p.m. local time and returns to the city around 1 a.m.</p><p>More information on this opulent night of holiday festivities can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Premium Tours website</a>.</p>
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Traveler’s Diarrhea Is the Worst — but a New Pill Could Save You on Your Next Trip

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:40
<p>Nothing ruins a trip to Mexico like a case of Montezuma’s Revenge. A jaunt through India can stop dead in its tracks due to a bout of Delhi Belly. In other parts of the globe, the affliction is simply called “Traveler’s Diarrhea,” and there are estimates that it affects up to 40 percent of travelers around the world.</p><p>But the condition may no longer need to put your travel plans on pause.</p><p>The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) <a href="" target="_blank">recently approved a new drug</a> that could quickly eradicate the symptoms when you’re on the road.</p><p>Aemcolo, an antibacterial drug, will work to eradicate the symptoms of Traveler’s Diarrhea caused by E. coli. It is expected to be available to Americans in February 2019. The pill should be taken orally over the course of three or four days to alleviate symptoms.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to the company that developed Aemcolo</a>, it is the first antibiotic the FDA has approved for the treatment of Traveler’s Diarrhea in over a decade.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The FDA defines Traveler’s Diarrhea</a> as “having three or more unformed stools in 24 hours” while you’re traveling. It is caused by “a variety of pathogens, but most commonly bacteria found in food and water.” It can happen anywhere but the highest risk destinations for American travelers are throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central and South America.</p><p>The treatment wasn’t effective in cases where diarrhea was complicated by a fever or bloody stool. Aemcolo also won’t work for cases of Traveler’s Diarrhea caused by “pathogens other than noninvasive strains of E. coli,” according to the FDA.</p><p>Aemcolo’s most common side effects were headache and constipation.</p><p>The pill <a href="" target="_blank">should be available at pharmacies</a> to purchase before (or even during) your trip.</p>
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Mexico's New President Is Selling the Presidential Plane and Will Fly Coach Instead

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:38
<p>The president of Mexico is selling his equivalent of <a href="" target="_blank">Air Force One</a>.</p><p>In a move to rid the federal government of corruption, newly-elected President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at a rally that he would be “selling all the planes and helicopters that the corrupt politicians used,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to Reuters</a>.</p><p>The Boeing 787 Dreamliner flew to California on Monday, where it will begin the process of being sold. It is worth an estimated $218 million but it is yet unclear when the aircraft will be available for purchase.</p><p>In addition to the former presidential jet, the Mexican government will also sell 60 government planes and 70 government helicopters, the nation’s finance minister <a href="" target="_blank">said at a press conference</a>. Obrador has said that he will fly coach in commercial planes to save money.</p><p>The former presidential jet — no, it’s not called Air Force Uno — comes equipped with several luxurious meeting rooms, a presidential bedroom (complete with marble-lined bathroom), several flat-screen TVs and security equipment. The jet was ordered in 2012 under President Felipe Calderón for $368 million, <a href="" target="_blank">according to Associated Press</a>. It was delivered in 2016 to President Enrique Pena Nieto.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Top 10 Resort Hotels in Mexico</a></p><p>Aviation analysts have deemed that the sale of the aircraft will pose a financial loss to the country. <a href="" target="_blank">It’s estimated that the aircraft could be purchased</a> for $81.6 million by a commercial airline or $142.4 million by a private buyer.</p><p>The estimated losses do not take into account the cost of operating private flights for the president — nor the amount of security that will be necessary for him to fly commercial.</p>
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Marriott Will Pay for New Passports for Victims of Massive Data Breach

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:12
<p>Last week, <a href="" target="_blank">Marriott revealed that a massive data breach</a> may have affected up to 500 million people who made hotel reservations through Starwood’s online database. It is believed to have been one of the largest customer database breaches in history.</p><p>On Monday, <a href="" target="_blank">Marriott told <em>MarketWatch</em></a><i> </i>that the company will pay for a new passport for any customer who believes their identity was compromised by the breach through a process set up by the company.</p><p>“As it relates to passports and potential fraud, we are setting up a process to work with our guests who believe that they have experienced fraud as a result of their passports being involved in this incident. If, through that process, we determine that fraud has taken place, then the company will reimburse guests for the costs associated with getting a new passport,” a spokesperson told the website.</p><p>Marriott estimates that up to 327 million guests may have had their passport number compromised. If so, this will be a costly fix as a new U.S. passport costs $110.</p><p>The data breach could affect anyone who booked a Starwood hotel — including W Hotels, St. Regis and Westin Hotels — anywhere from 2014 to Sept. 10, 2018.</p><p>Information compromised in the breach could include name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences. Some credit card information may also have been exposed in the breach.</p><p>Those worried about the security of their personal information can <a href="" target="_blank">enroll in a free identity theft monitoring program</a> through Marriott. Customers can also contact a call center (phone numbers are <a href="" target="_blank">available here</a>) for more information.</p>
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This Airline Will Fly Kids for Free So You Can Take a Family Vacation to Scandinavia

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:00
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Scandinavian Airlines</a> is back with its <a href="" target="_blank">kids fly free promotion</a>, offering families looking to explore the Scandinavian countries of <a href="" target="_blank">Sweden</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Norway</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Denmark</a> the chance to do so at a major discount.</p><p>The airline is offering free base airfare for round-trip flights to children traveling to any of the airline's destinations in Scandinavia and Finland with their adult companions between Jan. 8 and April 2, 2019.</p><p>Passengers only need to pay the cost of government taxes and carrier-imposed fees for the child’s ticket, meaning children can fly from the U.S. to the European stops for as little as roughly $60 round-trip.</p><p>The deal is available from all seven of Scandinavian Airlines’ U.S. markets, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.</p><p>The deal is applicable for infants up to 23 months old and children from the ages of two to 11 years old. While children 12 or over will not qualify for the promotion, the airline does also offer <a href="" target="_blank">youth rates</a> to travelers under the age of 26.</p><p>Flights must be booked directly through the airline’s website by Dec. 10. </p>
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Forget Safety, This Is the Money-saving Reason You Should Fly With Your Phone in Airplane Mode

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 09:34
<p>We’ve all casually rolled our eyes when the pre-flight announcement told us to put our electronic devices in airplane mode (or shut them off completely).</p><p>We’ve all thought, “Really? These little boxes of metal and glass can’t possibly interfere with the plane’s equipment, right?” Well, even though that idea might be <a href="" target="_blank">up for debate</a>, there’s another reason why you might want to heed those pre-flight warnings – just in case the risk to your personal safety wasn’t quite enough.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Irish Times</a></em>, one traveler ended up having to pay a $300 cell phone bill for roaming charges accrued during his Aer Lingus flight from Ireland to the U.S. What could have prevented these massive fees? You guessed it. Turning his phone to airplane mode.</p><p>The man, who remained anonymous in the <em>Irish Times</em>, had a contract with AT&amp;T, which said that his extra charges were from antennas installed on the plane that are not included in the company’s unlimited roaming plan. So, it’s unlimited as long as you’re on the ground it seems.</p><p>A spokesperson for Aer Lingus told the Irish Times that it always warns passengers to turn their phones to airplane mode for “safety reasons.” Any fees racked up by those who don’t follow the rules do not go to the airline.</p><p>If you do end up on an Aer Lingus flight and decide it’s not worth the risk being charged hundreds of dollars for roaming fees, the airline also offers <a href="" target="_blank">on-board wifi</a> at several different speeds starting at €6.95 ($7.95 USD) for the flight. Many other airlines also provide wifi service, sometimes even for free.</p><p>But hey, they technically can’t make you turn your phone to airplane mode if it’s not obvious that it isn’t. Just be forewarned, the consequences could be dire, er, expensive, if you don’t.</p>
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Southwest's New Terminal at LAX Is Like a Mini Trip to LA in Itself

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 08:07
<p>What does more than half a billion dollars get you at <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles International Airport</a>?</p><p>From a first look at the new and improved 13-gate <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines Terminal 1</a>, quite a lot.</p><p>Southwest invested $516.7 million to make over what a newsstand clerk described as “a boring, bland totally nothing of a terminal” dating back to the early 1980s.</p><p>The new terminal is a light- and art-filled space with a fresh check-in/ticketing lobby, nine-lane security checkpoint, and more than 20 new dining and retail outlets, many of them unique and well-loved local brands.</p><img alt="Trejo's Tacos at LAX "src=""><p>The terminal’s dozen dining options now include Beaming Organic Superfood Café, Rock &amp; Brews (a dining chain founded by KISS band members), the Urth Caffé (an organic café from Manhattan Beach), and LA’s iconic Cassell’s Hamburgers. T1 now also features the first airport branch of Trejo’s Tacos, a local taqueria from actor <a href="" target="_blank">Danny Trejo</a>, who joined LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, and others at a recent ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the curb-to-gate terminal makeover.</p><img alt="Ribbon-cutting ceremony at LAX's new Southwest terminal "src=""><p>“Working together with Southwest Airlines and our partners, what we have created is more than a terminal that connects passengers to flights — it’s a destination in its own right,” Garcetti said.</p><p>“It is truly a transformation,” Kelly added, noting that the carrier offers 133 departures a day to 32 cities out of Terminal 1’s 13 gates. “If there’s a better facility in the United States, I wouldn’t believe it.”</p><p>Shopping and pampering options range from MAC Cosmetics, Be Relax spa, and SOL Surf to I Love LA, Treat Me Sweet candy, and a fun newsstand called, appropriately enough, New Stand, that offers travel essentials and a charming assortment of California-themed souvenirs. Marvin’s Complimentary Shoeshine (pay what you wish; tips encouraged) has a stand here as well.</p><img alt="Photo friendly art installation at the new Southwest terminal at LAX "src=""><p>As passengers enter the terminal after security, they’re met with both permanent and rotating art installations, including a selfie-friendly, sunset-inspired work by Pilar Castillo commissioned by Southwest to celebrate the new terminal. Nearby is the first airport branch of<a href="" target="_blank"> LA Original</a>, a store selling LA-branded products designed, assembled, or manufactured locally, with proceeds going to programs that help women transitioning out of homelessness.</p><p>What’s next? Construction on Terminal 1.5 is underway to create a connecting structure between Terminals 1 and 2 that will give Southwest passengers access to the LAX automated people mover expected to be operational in 2023.</p>
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Alaska State Troopers Ask People to Stop Taking Selfies on Road Destroyed by Earthquake

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 07:29
<p>If you’re traveling in Alaska any time soon, put away the Instagram.</p><p>After the <a href="" target="_blank">massive earthquake that hit Anchorage</a> last week, authorities in Alaska are asking travelers and locals to stay away from a shockwave-mangled highway that has become a popular spot to snap a selfie, according to <a href="" target="_blank">the Associated P</a><a href="" target="_blank">ress</a>.</p><p>Alaska State Troopers have set up barricades and signs on Vine Road near Wasilla, north of Anchorage, which sustained extreme damage during the 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake left the road in giant, broken pieces strewn across the area with massive holes containing asphalt sticking out of them. Alaska State Trooper spokesman Jonathon Taylor told the AP that the road looks like “shards of glass...from above, which makes a very fascinating visual. But it is also unsafe to be there.”</p><p>Taylor also mentioned that people have been dangerously seen trying to climb on the large cracks in the road in order to take photographs. Besides risking bodily harm or a nasty fall, Taylor warns that aftershocks can still be felt in the region, leading to further potential risk to people in the area — especially if they’re on unstable ground like the damaged road.</p><p>According to the AP, more than 2,100 aftershocks have occurred since the earthquake, with one shock measuring up to 5.7 in magnitude.</p><p>The gaping holes and shattered asphalt on Vine Road were actually due to the ground liquefying and buckling during the initial earthquake, the AP reported. Repairs are currently underway, according to <a href="" target="_blank">KTUU</a>.</p><p>“While it’s tempting to take selfies and explore, doing so is unsafe and inhibits the ability of officials to address the situation,” Alaska State Troopers said in a dispatch report, KTUU reported. “Construction work has begun, and heavy equipment is being brought into the area to facilitate repairs.”</p>
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Southwest Is Having a Massive Winter Sale With Flights As Low As $49 (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 06:38
<p>Pack your bags and leave the winter coat at home.</p><p>Just in time for the winter freeze to arrive, <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines</a> is running a huge flash sale this week with super inexpensive flights as low as $49 for this winter and into spring.</p><p>This special sale won’t last long, only until Thursday, Dec. 13, at 11:59 p.m. But with travel dates available from Dec. 18 to May 22, 2019, you can start thinking about that <a href="" target="_blank">post-holiday getaway</a> to get over your winter blues. Some blackout dates around Christmas and New Years do apply.</p><p>Some of the best fares we found include:</p><p>Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale for $84 and Orlando for $85.</p><p>Los Angeles to both Las Vegas and San Francisco for only $61.</p><p>Denver to San Francisco and San Jose for $89.</p><p>Sacramento to San Diego for $49.</p><p>Orlando to New Orleans for $91.</p><p>Milwaukee to Nashville for $62.</p><p>Minneapolis/St. Paul to Denver for $97.</p><p>Fort Lauderdale to the Cayman Islands for $71.</p><p>Boston to Baltimore for $70.</p><p>New York, La Guardia and Newark to Chicago, Midway for $91.</p><p>Providence to Washington, D.C. for $62.</p><p>Salt Lake City to Las Vegas for $61.</p><p>Washington Dulles to Fort Lauderdale for $92.</p><p>All airfares listed are for one-way, nonstop service only. However, it’s likely to get a comparable price on your flight back home. Fridays and Sundays are generally not available, so it’s also important to be flexible with your dates (and make sure you have some <a href="" target="_blank">vacation days lined up</a>).</p><p>You can check airfares from your departure city of choice and book flights on the <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines sale page</a>.</p>
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Olympian Shaun White's Gross Experience Is a Reminder to Never Take Your Shoes Off on a Plane

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:45
<p>There is one cardinal rule you must never break on an airplane, and it involves your feet.</p><p>Going barefoot on a plane is generally considered a social faux pas (or just plain gross) by most people’s standards, but you still come across fellow passengers who didn’t seem to get the memo. Even if you’re a celebrity, even if you’re a famous athlete, even if you’re, for example, Shaun White.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Star</a></em>, the three-time Olympic gold medalist was traveling from Japan — <i>Travel and Leisure’s </i><a href="" target="_blank">2018 Destination of the Year</a> — back to the U.S. when he encountered a barefooted passenger, much to his dismay.</p><p>In a video White posted on Instagram, he shows the person’s feet, poised on White’s seat back, naked and bare for all the world to see. White shakes his head, disapprovingly.</p><p>While many of us can agree that not only taking off your shoes and possibly socks on a plane is egregious enough, resting them on someone’s seatback seems extra deplorable. We feel you, Shaun.</p><p>But, on the other hand, we should take comfort in the fact that the feet look impressively clean. Perhaps even pedicured. And, it’s pretty impressive that the passenger was able to rest their feet so high on the seat at all, considering how cramped airplanes are these days – but <a href="" target="_blank">that’s first class</a>, for you.</p><p>Many people who aren’t celebrities or athletes also <a href="" target="_blank">encounter fellow barefooted passengers like this one</a>, often in coach class where the chance for escape is much narrower. If anything, White should count his lucky stars that first class seats have a little more separation.</p><p>But taking off your shoes is much more of an issue than just politeness. Keeping your shoes on is also a health issue and <a href="" target="_blank">flight attendants recommend keeping them</a> on since plane floors can be filled with germs or other mess.</p>
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