Ben & Jerry’s Has an Actual Graveyard for Discontinued Flavors — and They're Offering a Very Spooky Tour This Halloween

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 16:26
<p>Some people like to hang out in spooky graveyards around Halloween, and we’ve found the spookiest one of them. But this isn't your typical cemetery. No, this is a graveyard of ice cream flavors. Cue the horrified gasps.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Ben &amp; Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard</a>, near the company’s plant and headquarters in Waterbury, Vermont, is where discontinued flavors go for their final rest. It’s also a neat tourist stop for ice cream lovers the world over. There, you can remember the flavors of days gone by like Wavy Gravy, Rainforest Crunch, Peanuts! Popcorn! or Ethan Almond. (RIP)</p><p>At the moment, the graveyard holds over 40 discontinued flavors that were either taken off the shelves to save space or were just mistakes against ice cream science. Did we <em>really</em> need popcorn flavored ice cream? Each flavor in this sweet cemetery even has their own special epitaph for mourners to lament over.</p><p>“Ben &amp; Jerry’s is known for outrageous, chunky, funky flavors,” said <a href="" target="_blank">Flavor Guru Eric Fredette</a> in a company <a href="" target="_blank">press release</a>. “But experimentation comes with risk, and not everybody likes our edgier ideas. Like everything else, ice cream flavors have a beginning and an end.”</p><p>This year, visitors who take a Ben &amp; Jerry's factory tour, along with a visit to the Flavor Graveyard, between Oct. 29 and 31 will be treated to a sample of a limited edition pumpkin pie ice cream available only in Waterbury. Everything's better with ice cream, after all, even a stroll through a spooky “graveyard.”</p><p>More information on the Flavor Graveyard and Halloween tour can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Ben &amp; Jerry’s website</a>. If you can't make it to Vermont to pay your respect, a <a href="" target="_blank">virtual tour</a> is the next best thing. </p>
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Norwegian Has Flights to London for the Holidays Starting at $330

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 16:06
<p>Budget airline Norwegian Air is <a href="" target="_blank">having a sale</a> on flights to <a href="" target="_blank">London's Gatwick Airport</a> from several U.S. cities, with one-way flights starting at $140.</p><p>Cheap flights run from November through April, giving travelers a chance to enjoy the city’s charming <a href="" target="_blank">holiday markets</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">springtime events</a>.</p><p>Boston-based travelers can get $140 one-way flights from December through February, and $145 one-way flights in March and April. Return flights to Boston start at $190. From New York City, flights out of John F. Kennedy International Airport start at $160 from November through March, and $170 in April and May. Return flights start at $200.</p><p>There are also $150 one-way flights from Chicago in January and February, and $160 flights in November, December, and March. Return flights start at $190. Florida-based travelers will find deals out of three different cities: Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando all have flights starting at $170 one-way, with return fares starting at $215.</p><p>Travelers will need to book by October 15 to take advantage of the sale, and will want to keep in mind that Norwegian is a budget carrier with additional fees for amenities like assigned seats, in-flight food and drinks, and checked bags.</p>
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5-month-old May Be the World's Youngest Person to Visit All 50 States in the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 15:29
<p>A 5-month-old baby named Harper Yeats may become the youngest person ever to visit all 50 states in the U.S.</p><p>Her parents, Cindy Lim and Tristan Yeats, have been documenting her exciting beginning-of-life road trip on <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</p><p>Lim and Yeats, who live in Canada but are originally from Canberra, Australia, decided to take a trip across the U.S. when Lim went on maternity leave after Harper was born, <a href="" target="_blank">CBS News reported</a>. Initially, they didn't mean for it to be so epic.</p><p>After they began their trip in June, the new family looked into a membership with <a href="" target="_blank">All Fifty States Club</a>, that has an application to receive a certificate that proves you’ve “officially” visited every state in the United States. To <a href="" target="_blank">become a member</a>, you have to have already visited more than 35 states.</p><p>If you go to the organization website and click off every state you’ve actually been to (airport layovers don’t count), you’ll realize how hard it is to visit so many.</p><p>But glory and bragging rights weren’t really on the family’s mind. “Why not go to all 50 states?" Lim told CBS News. "It was just our plan to do it together and have fun.”</p><p>Now, they’re nearly at the end of their journey. As of October 18, the family will be in Vermont, the last stop on the trip. And yes, they’ve even been to Alaska and Hawaii, too.</p><p>“I hope when she looks at the photos and I tell her all the stories, that she can have the confidence that she can do anything,” said Lim. “I like to think it’s impacting who she will become.”</p><p>One thing is for sure, she’s already a savvy traveler at under six months.</p><p>Anyone can follow Harper’s journey on <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> has reached out to Guinness World Records to verify if there is a title for the world’s youngest person to visit all 50 United States.</p>
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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Wore Their Own Wedding Designers to Princess Eugenie's Big Day

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 14:27
<p>On Friday morning, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, returned to the scene of her own <a href="" target="_blank">wedding to Prince Harry</a>, which took place just months ago. By her side was her trusty sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Sussex. Though the two were on hand to celebrate their relative, Princess Eugenie, that didn’t mean they didn’t shine like the stars they are.</p><p>At the wedding, Middleton showed up in a daringly bold look that was a departure from her typical style. The outfit included a bright burgundy dress by Alexander Mcqueen — the designer behind her own wedding dress — along with a matching fascinator by milliner Philip Treacy, matching pumps and clutch.</p><img alt="Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge outside St George's Chapel following the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank. "src=""><p>Middleton isn’t typically known to match such statements at weddings. Instead, she’s more <a href="" target="_blank">known for wearing recycled outfits</a> — as she did at Meghan and Harry’s wedding — to ensure she doesn’t pull attention from the bride.</p><p>Meghan went for a more demure look. She and her husband also skipped the usual procession line, which Daily Mail theorized was their attempt to avoid detracting attention from the bride and groom.</p><img alt="Meghan Markle "src=""><p>Still, Meghan looked every bit the duchess in a navy blue coat and matching dress by Givenchy — the <a href="" target="_blank">design house responsible for her wedding dress</a> — along with a matching fascinator and pumps.</p><img alt="Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Princess Anne, Princess Royal, react during the wedding ceremony of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank. "src=""><img alt="Leaving the wedding. "src=""><p>But they weren’t the only royal women to show up in their Friday best. Queen Elizabeth also rocked a gorgeous powder baby blue coat along with a pair of matching gloves and a matching hat. The coat came with oversized gold buttons and the Queen accessorized with a massive diamond lapel pin. Sorry ladies, but she outshined you all.</p><img alt="The Queen at the wedding of Princess Eugenie, on Oct. 12, 2018. "src="">
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Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Holds a Ton of Hidden Meaning

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 14:01
<p>Princess Eugenie walked down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel on Friday morning to marry her longtime beau, Jack Brooksbank.</p><p>As she stepped out of the vintage car with her father and onto the steps of the chapel, she wowed in her custom wedding gown by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, of the label <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Pilotto</a>. And, proving she’s a thoroughly modern bride, she went without one major old-school accessory: A veil.</p><img alt="Princess and Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank walk down the steps from the church at their wedding. "src=""><p>The dress itself is a gorgeous shade of ivory with extra long sleeves covering the princess almost to her fingertips. It features an off the shoulder look similar to Meghan Markle’s but with a folded shoulder detail. On the dress itself, Eugenie asked the designers to embroider a few important symbols including theThistle for Scotland, The Shamrock for Ireland, The York Rose for England and The Ivy, which represents the couple's current home.</p><p>In another twist that bucked tradition, Princess Eugenie’s dress also had a low, v-neck back, which showed off her large surgery scar with pride.</p><p>“I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you'll see on Friday [at the wedding], but it's a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this,” Eugenie told ITV's This Morning earlier <a href=";ocid=socialflow_twitter&amp;ns_mchannel=social&amp;ns_source=twitter" target="_blank">this week</a>. “I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it's really special to stand up for that.”</p><p>All that was left to show off was the over-the-top (in the best way possible) Greville Emerald tiara, which was on loan to the princess from her grandmother, the Queen. Dare we say, she was at least in the top two most beautiful people to get married at the chapel this year.</p>
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Bermuda Is an Easy Island Getaway — but That's Not the Only Reason to Go

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 13:01
<p>"So, what took you so long to come to <a href="" target="_blank">Bermuda</a>?" My husband, Rob, and I were sitting at the handsome wood-paneled bar of the Rosewood Bermuda, and the bartender, Owen Lightbourne, was ever-so-politely calling us out. We'd just arrived at the palatial resort, which sits a stone's throw from sprawling estates owned by people like Michael Bloomberg and Ross Perot. There are four pools, a croquet lawn, and sweeping ocean views. Our room wasn't ready yet, so we were killing time while our toddler, Bobby, happily ran between our seats.</p><p>The honest answer, we explained, was that we'd put Bermuda off because it always seemed too close, too easy. Before parenthood, our priorities were faraway and exotic. Now a destination within easy reach—one with <a href="" target="_blank">beautiful beaches</a>, no less—is salvation.</p><img alt="The Loren hotel, the Bahamas "src=""><p>But you don't have to be a parent to appreciate Bermuda's appeal. A fishhook-shaped archipelago with pink shores in the middle of the Atlantic, it is quiet, beautiful, and steeped in history. First inhabited by the English in 1609, Bermuda was a trading hub for hundreds of years. In the 20th century, it became a vacation spot for the East Coast elite, who would hop over to golf and tan and sip rum swizzles at the Elbow Beach hotel, a mainstay in the 60s and 70s. In later decades, as development slowed and tourism took a back seat to more lucrative industries, such as insurance and banking, the glitterati decamped for the scenier, sunnier <a href="" target="_blank">Caribbean islands</a> of Anguilla and St. Bart's. I still have to remind friends, many of them savvy travelers, that this British overseas territory is not in the Caribbean, but 650 miles due east of North Carolina — with a similar high season that runs May through September.</p><p>In the past few years, though, Bermuda has made a comeback, in part because it was the location of the 2017 America's Cup. The high-profile sailing regatta provided incentive for new hotels to open and old hotels to spruce themselves up. What's more, couples are again choosing Bermuda for an easy seaside escape, thanks to its Zika-free beaches. More luxury resorts will be opening in the next two years, along with a new passenger terminal at the airport. As I discovered during my visit, Bermudians are excited to have their home back in the conversation again. Here, the top reasons to visit right now.</p><h2>The hotels are upping their game.</h2><p>Before staying at the Rosewood, we checked in to <a href="" target="_blank">the Loren</a> <em>(doubles from $550)</em>. "People tell me their parents used to come here," explained Stephen King, the hotel's developer, over coffee at the open-air restaurant. When the British-born, New York-based financier found a decaying property on Pink Sand Beach, a quiet spot along the southern shore, he saw potential in those sweeping Atlantic views. So he tore down the old structure and embarked on the island's first new build in nearly a decade. The Loren, he says, "shows what Bermuda can be." The 45 suites, with their warm wood floors, crisp blue accents, and freestanding tubs, are stylish and spacious, starting at 600 square feet. At the cliffside infinity pool, we saw couples staring out to sea, as if hypnotized by the waves crashing over the rocks. At first we felt slightly out of place with Bobby, but the staff put us at ease by spoiling him with fries and pizza.</p><img alt="Art and food at the Hamilton Princess "src=""><p>Two luxury resorts, both from Marriott International, are in the pipeline. The 79-room Ritz-Carlton Reserve Hotel at Caroline Bay, overlooking a secluded cove on the West End, will open in 2019. The 122-room St. Regis Bermuda, near the eastern town of St. George, will follow in 2020. Meanwhile, older properties are shifting away from British-colonial décor. Thanks to a $100 million revamp, the 133-year-old <a href="" target="_blank">Hamilton Princess &amp; Beach Club</a> <em>(doubles from $379)</em>, a grand pink-and-white building in the heart of the capital, Hamilton, now doubles as a contemporary art museum, with blue-chip pieces by the likes of Jeff Koons, Banksy, and <a href="" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a>. Our suite even had a Warhol.</p><p>And this month, the <a href="" target="_blank">Rosewood Bermuda</a> <em>(doubles from $728)</em>, a 92-room property in the tony enclave of Tucker's Point, unveils its new look. What was a formal library is now a more casual bar, while the rooms have lost their penny-tile bathrooms and writing desks for a more streamlined aesthetic. What hasn't changed: the secluded, quarter-mile beach. On a clear October day, we played with Bobby in the sun-warmed waves to his endless amusement (and ours). I didn't need to fly to Bali to find this level of joy.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 25 Resort Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas</a></p><h2>Someone else does the driving.</h2><p>By law, tourists can't rent cars in Bermuda. They can, however, ride mopeds, which can be a hair-raising experience, thanks to traffic and twisty roads. As of last year, there is also the Twizy, an electric car outfitted with two cockpit-style seats—fun, but it only works if you're traveling as a couple. I suggest the public bus or taxis, the latter especially for the convenience factor. With a toddler in tow, taxis, though not always the most economical route, were our choice because we could appreciate the surroundings and beach-hop with ease. Bermuda's winding rural roads, edged by centuries-old limestone walls, are beautiful. I loved peering out at the immaculate, pastel-colored homes and the towering palmettos. At night, I could hear tree frogs whistle.</p><img alt=" "src=""><h2>You will talk to locals.</h2><p>To explore Bermuda's past, we started in St. George. The island's first permanent settlement, dating back to 1612, has a champion in Kristin White, a young entrepreneur who offers bike excursions and "haunted history" walking tours of the village. "I want other people to get excited about our stories," White said one morning at the Tucker House. She just turned the 1752 building's cellar into a concept store, <a href="" target="_blank">Long Story Short</a>, where customers can browse for gifts (jewelry, books, head scarves), rent bikes, and, of course, chat with her.</p><p>We walked the cobblestoned lanes, stopping at the 1707 Bridge House, one of the oldest buildings in St. George. White told us that the house had once been owned by Bridger Goodrich, a white Bermudian. After his death, one of his female slaves, Philippa, won her freedom from his son, after arguing in court that Goodrich had promised it to her.</p><p>White's tours are bookable through <a href="" target="_blank">Winnow</a>, a new app that allows you to arrange guided snorkel trips, paddleboarding sessions through mangroves, even hands-on beekeeping. "It's a host in your pocket," said Alison Swan, who created the platform with her friend, William West. Winnow's most popular outing is a cocktail hour in a Bermudian home, something I was eager to test. "In the heyday of the 50s and 60s, people would open their houses all the time," she explained. "We're trying to bring that graciousness back." One night, Swan took us to Shelly Bay, where we met William's parents, Jenny and Blake West, in a house Blake had built himself. We talked politics, there and at home, and raising kids. The Wests didn't know us from Adam, yet they happily opened their doors (as they do for all Winnow guests), and somehow, we all managed to make conversation and learn from one another.</p><img alt="Scenes from Bermuda "src=""><h2>The seafood is superb.</h2><p>When it comes to restaurants, Bermuda is not Copenhagen or Tokyo. Nor does it pretend to be. What it does well is seafood, simply cooked and plated. One of our best meals was at <a href="" target="_blank">Wahoo's Bistro &amp; Patio</a> <em>(entrées $14–$42)</em>, a casual restaurant in St. George that specializes in spiny, clawless Bermuda lobster—sweeter than Maine lobster, just as incredible with drawn butter and fries.</p><p>There is fierce debate over who serves the best fish sandwich. At Art Mels Spicy Dicy <em>(9 St. Monica's Rd.; 441-295-3965; entrées $12–$23)</em>, a no-frills storefront outside Hamilton, locals start lining up at noon for sandwiches piled high with lightly battered grouper or wahoo. Woodys Sports Bar &amp; Restaurant <em>(1 Boaz Island; 441-234-6526; entrées $18–$30)</em>, on the way to the Dockyard, has more atmosphere (picnic tables, a Top 40 soundtrack) and superior sauce. There is no debate about the correct way to order a fish sandwich: always on raisin bread, never on a plain bun.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Everything You Should Eat in Bermuda, According to Marcus Samuelsson</a></p><p>For a family night, <a href="" target="_blank">Village Pantry</a> <em>(entrées $18–$38)</em>, in the seaside town of Flatts Village, is a winner. We ate fish tacos on the patio while Bobby flirted with two older girls in the yard next door. <a href="" target="_blank">Ruby Murrys</a> <em>(entrées $15–$25)</em>, an Indian restaurant on a side street in Hamilton, serves a wicked Goan coconut fish curry. For a date night, visit Rosedon Hotel, set in an early-20th-century residence, and eat at one of the quiet patio tables at newcomer <a href="" target="_blank">Huckleberry</a> <em>(entrées $25–$64)</em>. The chef, Lucy Collins, who was born in Charleston, South Carolina, serves divine Southern-style crab cakes and tender, pasture-raised rack of lamb.</p><h2>Rainy days can be fun.</h2><p>When it was sunny, we spent hours outside, watching from the infinity pool at the Princess as yachts cruised into Hamilton or looking for shells on the wide expanse of Elbow Beach.</p><p>But the weather can change on a dime. When it did, we headed for Hamilton, where the tidy streets are lined with one-of-a-kind shops, many in operation since the early 1900s. The <a href="" target="_blank">Bermuda Bookstore</a>, on the corner of Queen and Front, is crammed with best sellers and lesser-known historical books about the island. I grabbed (and devoured) Kiernan Doherty's <em>Sea Venture</em>, about Bermuda's first colonists. Just up Queen Street is <a href="" target="_blank">Della Valle Sandals</a>, a shoe shop named for its vivacious Italian proprietor. After he offered us espressos, I got fitted for custom sandals made of buttery soft leather in bright primary colors.</p><p>A more surprising find: the <a href="" target="_blank">Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art</a>, a collection of more than 1,800 pieces inspired by the island. Set in the middle of Bermuda's 36-acre Botanical Gardens, it includes marquee examples by Georgia O'Keeffe and Winslow Homer. During our visit, the quiet gallery showcased 119 contemporary sculptures, paintings, and mixed-media compositions by aspiring artists competing for the biannual $10,000 Charman Prize. Not every example was polished, but that didn't matter. The exhibition looked forward, toward a new generation of creatives playing and testing and imagining their home, for all the world to see.</p>
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‘Christmas Elf’ Is a Real Job in Finland — Here's How to Apply (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 12:01
<p>Christmas is a state of mind. And if you can truly embody that state of mind, you might want to apply for a job in Finland.</p><p>Finland’s <a href="" target="_blank">Lapland Safaris</a> is hiring “elves” to work this Christmas season spreading holiday cheer from the North Pole. And if you can put up with the cold temperatures, you may be able to land one of the best seasonal gigs of all time.</p><p>An elf could have one of many different responsibilities, including guiding visitors on holiday or leading visitors to buses. “An Elf is at the same time an entertainer, a guide and a mythical creature of Christmas,” <a href="" target="_blank">the job listing</a> claims.</p><p>Lapland is looking to hire elves who are “energetic, outgoing, positive persons with good customer skills.”</p><p>Knowledge of languages other than English (especially French, Spanish and German) will make you extra competitive in the North Pole job market.</p><p>Ahead of the Christmas season, elves take part in “Arctic Hospitality Guide training.” If hired, you’ll work the holiday season from the end of November 2018 through the beginning of January 2019. Openings are available in Saariselkä, Levi, Rovaniemi, Hetta, Olos and Ylläs.</p><p>If you’re looking to go abroad while spreading the Christmas spirit, you'd better <a href=";jsessionid=88CC8B47F68D59FEE2BFDFDFCC888C16?id=0&amp;register=1&amp;advertId=16854579" target="_blank">send your application off quick</a>.</p>
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This New App Will Book Your Flights Based on Instagram Screenshots

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 11:30
<p>Whether you’re posting memories from the road or just sourcing inspiration for your next trip, Instagram has become a vital tool for the modern digital traveler. And now easyJet is making it possible to book your trip from the social app.</p><p>The airline’s new look&amp;book feature allows Instagram followers to spot a destination online and immediately book a plane ticket there.</p><p>If you spot a photo on Instagram that spurs your wanderlust, take a screenshot of it and upload it to look&amp;book. Using geolocation tagging, easyJet will match the picture to a destination, suggest travel dates and show users a few price points that are currently available. When you spot travel that works for you, you’ll be able to book it directly and seamlessly in the app.</p><p>“We were also aware of what was going on in Instagram – that aspirational feel that when you see a celebrity or a friend doing something fun and wanting to know where they are,” Daniel Young, easyJet’s head of digital experience, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Campaign.</em></a> “But what was happening was you find the photo, try and work out where it is, go into Google and find the nearest airport, then go to an airline’s website. We saw an opportunity to close that gap into a seamless process.”</p><p>Although the process is enticing, you won’t be able to use it to book a flight simply anywhere in the world. easyJet only services airports in Europe, Iceland and Northern Africa.</p><p>But when you <em>do</em> make it to that instagram worthy location, you'd better be prepared with <a href="" target="_blank">the perfect vacation Instagram caption</a> to inspire someone else's trip. </p>
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The Best Egg-obsessed Restaurants to Celebrate World Egg Day

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 11:01
<p>While it certainly wouldn’t be surprising that you’ve grown tired of reciting the trite phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” it <i>does </i>go without saying that come World Egg Day on October 12, you’ll most likely join the chorus and recite that mantra too. So to add onto the cliches, if you can’t beat them, <em>join them</em>.</p><p>On this international food holiday dedicated to the humble egg, you’d be remiss not to celebrate with at least a simple scramble. But for those looking to really lean in, we’ve rounded up a host of egg-themed destinations around the world, from a genius restaurant solely making bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches to a food truck-turned-egg-empire churning out wobbling coddled eggs. Whether you prefer your eggs poached, fried, over-easy, baked, or whisked into an omelet, these are the restaurants egg lovers must hit on World Egg Day.</p><img alt="Egg Shop Brooklyn "src=""><h2 dir="ltr">Egg Shop: New York, NY</h2><p dir="ltr">It’s self-described eggheads who frequent <a href="" target="_blank">Egg Shop</a>, a bona fide haven for all things egg. Here, the menu is split into two categories: egg sandwiches and cruisers (bowls or miscellaneous items). Everything boasts a cheeky name, from the Pepper Boy (scrambled eggs, gruyere, bell pepper, maple-cured bacon, caramelized onion aioli in a bell pepper or on a roll) to the Spandex (a bowl of miso quinoa, mixed greens, avocado, carrots, puffed amaranth, pumpkin and mustard seeds, and a poached egg), but no matter what you order, there will no doubt be some form of egg on your plate.</p><h2 dir="ltr">Egg: Brooklyn, NY</h2><p dir="ltr">Long before Williamsburg was strewn with designer stores and fancy high-rises, there was <a href="" target="_blank">the unassuming Egg</a>. Over the years, it’s attracted brunch-goers seeking eggs in every variety: runny eggs spill out of grilled brioche painted with cheddar; omelets arrive neatly folded, flush with broiled tomatoes and hash browns; warm bowls of grits are crowned with eggs cooked any style. Even after the sun disappears, find egg-topped burgers, scrambled eggs slipped into chorizo sandwiches, and salads teeming with deviled and pickled eggs.</p><img alt="Bad Egg in London "src=""><h2 dir="ltr">Bad Egg: London, England</h2><p dir="ltr">Despite its name, eggs at <a href="" target="_blank">Bad Egg</a> certainly can’t be classified as bad. Quite the opposite: the undeniably clubby restaurant has become a hotspot for an all-day brunch overrun by eggs. For the hungry and brave, you can’t go wrong with the Bad Egg burger hash, a burger cloaked under a pool of fondue and egg yolk, tossed among crispy potatoes and a fried egg.</p><h2 dir="ltr">Eggs &amp; Co.: Paris, France</h2><p dir="ltr">Nearly every iteration of egg can be found at <a href="" target="_blank">this Saint-Germain de prés hotspot</a>. Eggs are whisked into herb-strewn omelets, baked en cocotte in mini cast-iron pans, and gently lowered onto wisps of smoked salmon and English muffins. With few restaurants in Paris specializing in brunch, the place is inevitably mobbed on weekends, so come prepared to wait or arrive during the less-frequented weekday hours.</p><img alt="BEC NYC "src=""><h2 dir="ltr">BEC: New York, NY</h2><p dir="ltr">Come Sunday morning, you’ll wish <a href="" target="_blank">BEC</a> was in your backyard. The restaurant specializes in one thing: the eponymous BEC (bacon, egg, and cheese), crafted into sandwiches and bowls. Choose from elevated twists of the classic sandwich like the Roadhouse: two eggs, pork sausage, cheddar, avocado, and slaw on a ciabatta roll swiped with BBQ sauce. Or simply opt for the traditional; BEC’s version boasts two eggs, crispy hunks of applewood-smoked bacon, and cheddar on a brioche bun studded with bacon and cheese.</p><h2 dir="ltr">Good Egg: Melbourne, Australia</h2><p dir="ltr"><a href="">This Melbourne cafe</a> encourages you to act like a “good egg,” just as the eggs wielded in the kitchen are always good, sourced from a nearby farm. At the charming restaurant, find dishes like eggs &amp; chips, a panko- and pork-flecked scotch egg, and the Chix sandwich: green-chili-marinated fried chicken, eggs, and pickled cucumbers bookended by a challah roll.</p><img alt="The Chicken or The Egg "src=""><h2 dir="ltr">The Chicken or The Egg: Beach Haven, NJ</h2><p dir="ltr">At <a href="" target="_blank">The Chicken or The Egg</a>, the kitchen doesn’t question which came first. Instead, they equally pay homage to both. Breakfast, unsurprisingly, is served all day and dedicated to the humble egg: omelets swell with every kind of vegetable and cheese imaginable, New Jersey’s beloved taylor ham makes an appearance in several egg sandwiches, and there are also egg-stuffed burritos and quesadillas, along with your run-of-the-mill two eggs any style. Order a bunch for the table, but don’t leave without one platter of the famed wings, slick with sticky, spicy sauce.</p><h2 dir="ltr">Eggspectation: Canada, USA, UAE, Qatar and India</h2><p dir="ltr">With a name like <a href="" target="_blank">Eggspectation</a> and a slogan jeering “grab the day by the eggs,” it’s no surprise that you’d expect a wealth of eggs here. The Canada-born restaurant boasts a laundry list of egg dishes, from frittatas and omelettes to 10 equally over-the-top and innovative takes on eggs Benedict (think polenta triangles covered with poached eggs, cheese, chicken, shrimp, chorizo, and peppers). Eggs also make a cameo in a host of pancakes, crepes, salads, and sandwiches.</p><img alt="Gudetama Cafe in Osaka "src=""><h2 dir="ltr">Gudetama Cafe: Various locations worldwide</h2><p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank">Gudetama Cafe</a> is based off a popular Japanese cartoon character with the same name, a plump little guy resembling an egg yolk who’s perpetually sad. The cafe designs dishes after Gudetama — the restaurant itself is plastered with egg-shaped booths and enormous fried eggs hang from the ceiling — painting his eyes and mouth on poached eggs and egg shells. Diners delight in slicing through his face (and watching the yolk spill out) in things like egg-topped sweet potato hash, lobster bisque, and avocado toast.</p><h2 dir="ltr">Eggslut: Los Angeles, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Beirut</h2><p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank">Eggslut</a> was born out of chef Alvin Cailan’s love for eggs, beginning as a roving truck before turning into several brick-and-mortar locations around the world. Sandwiches remain the main attraction, ranging from bacon, egg, and cheeses to the Fairfax, a plush brioche bun brimming with soft scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar, sriracha mayo, and caramelized onions. For those looking for something other than a sandwich, Eggslut is beloved for the Slut: a wobbly coddled egg cushioned atop potato purée, served in a glass jar with hunks of baguette.</p><img alt="The Cracked Egg, Las Vegas "src=""><h2 dir="ltr">The Cracked Egg: Las Vegas, NV</h2><p dir="ltr">In Sin City, it’s crucial to have <a href="" target="_blank">The Cracked Egg’s</a> Sin City Skillets. These build-your-own plates start with a layer of crispy potatoes, cheese, and two eggs, then can be topped with a number of vegetables and meats, flanked by charred toast or coffee cake. Along with an unending list of scrambles and omelets, the menu boasts The Cracked Egg’s beloved chile verde rancheros: a corn tortilla swiped with black beans, morsels of pork, chile verde salsa, cheese, eggs, and sour cream.</p><h2>Shakshukia: Tel Aviv, Israel</h2><p dir="ltr">Shakshukia is dedicated to, well, shakshuka, the Middle Eastern dish consisting of eggs poached in a red pepper-tomato sauce. Here, shakshuka can arrive the traditional way, or garnished with a variety of ingredients (Hummus! Eggplant! Shawarma! Merguez sausage!). In the interest of scraping the plate clean, you’d be remiss not to mop up whatever remains of the yolky, spice-flecked sauce with rounds of pita, which land in wicker baskets on every table.</p>
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This Is the World's 'Coolest' Neighborhood (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 10:47
<p>Is a neighborhood cool because it attracts trendy people or is it cool because of its food scene? It’s more likely something along the lines of, “You know it when you see it.”</p><p>Embajadores, in the Spanish capital of Madrid, was recently <a href="" target="_blank">voted the coolest neighborhood in the world by <em>Time Out</em></a>. Although its vibe may feel indescribable, the area — specifically the area of Lavapiés — was bestowed the title for its “Nightlife and street life, street art and high culture, food and people from across the world,” according to <em>Time Out</em>.</p><p>Many of Embajadores’ most famous hangouts bridge the gap between past and present. <a href="" target="_blank">Sala Equis</a> is a popular bar that was once an adult cinema — the theatre still holds movie screenings, but the films are much less risque than the showings of yore. The Tabacalera is an old tobacco factory that’s become a creative center for the community.</p><p>The Sunday El Rastro market has become one of Lavapiés’ most popular attractions. From 9 a.m., the street floods over and become <a href="" target="_blank">Madrid’s most popular outdoor flea market</a>. Vendors sell all sorts of wares — clothing, jewelry, vinyl records, and art — but venture off the main strip of markets if you’re hoping to find something very special. If you visit, try your luck at haggling before settling on a price.</p><p>However, as with most “cool” neighborhoods, things are not as rosy as they might appear on online reviews. Embajadores is known for its immigrant population, many of whom come to the area for its cheap rent. But housing prices are unlikely to stay low as tourists take over space with short-term holiday rentals. (The problem has become so bad that earlier this year, <a href="" target="_blank">Madrid basically banned Airbnb from the city center</a>, including Lavapiés.)</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>The Local Spain</em></a>, there’s a quiet worry that “the people of Lavapiés are on the edge of another uprising.” Earlier this year, there were violent protests in the neighborhood after the death of a Senegalese immigrant. It’s believed <a href="" target="_blank">he was chased through the streets by police</a>.</p><p>If one thing is clear from the naming of the world’s “coolest” neighborhood, it’s that most locations are more complicated and nuanced that internet lists will allow. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit “up-and-coming” neighborhoods, it just means that responsible travelers should do some thorough research before the trip. Those staying in homeshares should verify their neighborhood isn’t one that’s well-known to be pricing out locals. When dining out, travelers can also opt to support older, local establishments as opposed to new and trendy chains.</p>
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Save 27% off Stays at The Reverie Saigon

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 10:28
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Vietnam: 27 percent off the <a href="" target="_blank">The Reverie Saigon</a>, a lavish property in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.</p><p>Suite Dreams includes:</p>Three nights in a fully serviced residence A $250 resort credit, which can be used towards anything from airport transfers in a limited-edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Dragon to meals at the hotel's restaurants and bars <p>Original Price: From $750 (or $250 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $550 (or $183 per night); valid through February 28, 2019. </p><p>Booking details: Email <a href=""></a> to book.</p>
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What Airline Passengers Really Want, According to IATA's Annual Global Passenger Survey

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 10:16
<p>The International Air Transport Association (<a href="" target="_blank">IATA</a>) asked 10,408 air passengers around the world to share their views on the passenger experience. The results reveal what travelers hate about air travel — along with a few surprises.</p><p>This year's survey covered four subjects: Interactive Data, Transforming the Airport, Seamless Journey, and Aircraft Experience. The airlines group published some results from the Global Passenger Survey (GPS) at the <a href="" target="_blank">IATA Global Airport and Passenger Symposium</a> in Athens.</p><p>“The GPS tells us that passengers want a seamless and secure travel experience from booking to arrival,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security. It’s a tall order because airlines have to coordinate with a mix of governments, regulators, airports, and technology companies to get it done. (IATA and Airports Council International have launched <a href="" target="_blank">an initiative</a> that will explore possibilities to smooth out the bumps along the journey.)</p><p>One surprise in the survey is that passengers are less willing to share personal data in exchange for a more personalized travel experience. While 70 percent of survey respondents said they'd be happy to last year, that number dropped to 65 percent in this year's report. The industry is studying the cause of this significant drop, while c<a href="" target="_blank">onference</a> attendees — which are largely airline and airport executives — agreed that it could be a reaction to recent issues of data breaches at companies like Facebook, Uber, and British Airways.</p><p>“As we move more and more towards digital processes, passengers need to be confident that their personal data is safe,” Careen says. “IATA is working to establish a trust framework that ensures secure data sharing, legal compliance and privacy.”</p><p>The survey also revealed that 45 percent of travelers would hand in their passports if they could travel by air with a selfie. Biometric ID is a hot topic in aviation this year, and we can expect to see more facial scanners at checkpoints and gates. We might even use our fingerprints to pay for Duty Free shopping. That said, those same airline and airport executives don't believe we’ll be rid of paper passports before 2030. (So for those who want to build up an impressive collection of passport stamps from around the world, there’s still time.)</p><p>Survey respondents were also very vocal about the things they don't want: 57 percent don't want to go through security screening, 53 percent don't want the hassle of the lines at immigration, and 56 percent don't want to stand around to reclaim their bags as the luggage wheel goes round and round and round.</p><p>Respondents also want to get reliable alerts from the airline on changes throughout the journey. A growing number of passengers would rather get updates from airline apps rather than by SMS or email. About 82 percent of respondents said they want digital flight updates, 49 percent want information on the location of their bags and a time frame for delivery, and 46 percent said that they would like the airline to automatically re-book them and issue new boarding passes when there are flight changes.</p><p>Digital isn't the only thing passengers think could be better, though. On the plane, 42 percent of survey respondents said that they want more room for their luggage. The survey did not address the contentious subject of the cabin crunch, but T+L asked IATA to give us some exclusive insights on how airline seats measure up. IATA shared the results from a separate Airs@t Passenger Benchmark Survey — an ongoing study of tens of thousands of passengers on 30 major global airlines. It rates cabin comfort by the average level of satisfaction on a scale from Excellent (5) to Very good (4), Good (3), Fair (2) or Poor (1).</p><p>It turns out that passengers don’t rate airline seats as negatively, when asked, as public grumbling over crowded cabins suggests. For long-haul flights, global passengers rate business class seat legroom as “Very good to Excellent” (4.3), “special economy,” including economy plus and premium economy seating, at “Good to Very Good” (3.4), and economy legroom as “Fair to Good” (2.84). Seat width on business long-haul flights rates “Good to Very Good” (3.86), special economy gets a “Good” (3.39), and economy earns a “Good” (3.04).</p><p>The survey covered other in-flight elements, with respondents showing an increased preference compared to last year for seat-back screens over bring-your-own-device entertainment options. This may be a reaction to airlines now <a href="" target="_blank">pulling screens from planes</a>. Conference attendees suggested that device battery life, screen size, and lack of access to premium content (early-release movies) may be why more passengers turned their noses up at streaming entertainment in-flight.</p><p>At the same time, in-flight Wi-Fi is a must for many. A good number of passengers would like to make last-minute travel arrangements on their way to the destination, with 39 percent saying they would use it to look up flight information and 37 percent saying they would use it to book ground transportation or hotel stays.</p><p>This year, in response to T+L questions on last year’s survey, IATA fine-tuned its GPS to better reflect the preferences of women travellers. The association also added information on preferences by generation. The results show that women generally like to book a hotel with their airline ticket, are less willing than men to share their personal information, want more space for their carry-ons and don't want to wait more than 10 minutes for their luggage to arrive.</p><p>Millennials of all genders are even less patient with baggage. They would like to drop off their luggage in less than 30 seconds and don't want to wait more than five minutes to collect them on arrival. These trend-setters are to thank for a lot seamless travel innovations and will push the airline industry to improve on digital services for check-in, boarding and security, including biometric ID.</p><p>By contrast, Boomers want personal service and prefer paper boarding passes to hand over to agents. They also want a person to help them manage travel disruptions, rather than tapping for a fix on their smartphones. However, Boomers also hate going through the hassle at security and immigration, so at least all generations agree on something.</p>
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JetBlue Is Making Its Planes Quieter

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 09:40
<p>JetBlue is taking steps to make flights even better for people who are in the air <em>and</em> on the ground.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Travel Weekly</a></em>, the airline has announced that it will retrofit 138 of its Airbus A320 aircrafts with vortex generators, which significantly reduce noise upon landing, by 2021.</p><p>This is especially beneficial to both passengers and locals near the airport, since a study conducted by the <a href="" target="_blank">US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health</a> found that sustained exposure to aircraft noise can be linked to poor health, including sleep disturbance, higher blood pressure and heart rates and increased stress that could contribute to a lower quality of life.</p><p>Sound levels inside the aircraft can reach dangerous levels as well, which can cause hearing loss. According to a <a href="" target="_blank">Swedish study in 2018</a>, which measured noise levels on 200 flights, sound levels were between 37.6 decibels (dB) to under 110 dB with a median of 83.5 dB. About 4.5% of flights exceeded the recommended TWA exposure limit of 85 dB within an 8-hour period. Noises that reach <a href="" target="_blank">85 dB or above</a> can cause permanent hearing loss.</p><p>But these vortex generators will hopefully significantly reduce the risk by diverting wind over certain parts of airplane wings, which produces a “whistling” noise as the plane approaches an airport.</p><p>“While the airline industry has benefited from advances in technology and efficiency leading to quieter planes and engines, the work is never done," said Joe Bertapelle, JetBlue's director of strategic airspace programs, according to Travel Weekly. "We're pleased to incorporate this advancement across our Airbus fleet.”</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">MarketWatch</a></em>, all future Airbus orders will have vortex generators already installed. The company expects to spend less than $1 million to complete the retrofitting on the existing Airbus fleet.</p>
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Scientists Just Discovered a “Lost World” of Volcanoes Hidden Deep in the Ocean

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 08:48
<p>Researchers have discovered an underwater volcanic world filled with marine life off of the coast of <a href="" target="_blank">Tasmania</a>.</p><p>Scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) recently made the discovery during a 25-day research excursion involving detailed seafloor mapping in waters located some 250 miles east of Tasmania.</p><p>Mapping taken by the Investigator research vessel revealed a chain of volcanic seamounts (underwater mountains) sitting at a depth of about 16,400 feet, with some of the tallest peaks reaching heights close to 10,000 feet.</p><img alt="Researches have discovered a series of underwater volcanoes off of the coast of Tasmania. "src=""><p>“This is a very diverse landscape and will undoubtedly be a biological hotpot that supports a dazzling array of marine life,” Dr. Tara Martin from Australia’s natural science agency, <a href="" target="_blank">the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization</a> said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p><p>The previously unseen underwater world is "teeming with marine life," researchers said, pointing to sightings of 28 <a href="" target="_blank">humpback whales</a> in one day followed by additional sightings of a pod of 60 to 80 long-finned pilot whales the very next day. </p><p>Researchers believe the area could be a vital stopping point for migrating animals, particularly with whales who might be using the underwater volcanoes as navigation points to help them find their way. </p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">Watch Humpbacks From a Hot Tub on Norway’s Whaling Boat-turned-spa</a> </strong></p><p>“These seamounts may act as an important signpost on an underwater migratory highway for the humpback whales we saw moving from their winter breeding to summer feeding grounds,” Dr. Eric Woehler, who was part of the team of researchers onboard the vessel, said.</p><p>In addition to whales, researchers also spotted a variety of seabirds that flock to the area, which they believe is a hotbed for marine life both above and below the ocean's surface. </p><p>The researchers plan to continue studying the newly discovered "lost world" this November and December, using deep sea cameras to document its rich array of aquatic species. </p>
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This Man Was Just Looking for Directions When He Found His Wife With Another Man on Google Street View

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 07:50
<p>Heartbreak can happen at the most unexpected times, but you never really anticipate it when you’re just looking for directions.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Techspot</a></em>, a man in Peru discovered that his wife was with another man when he was simply trying to find directions to a bridge in Lima using <a href="" target="_blank">Google Maps</a>. As he searched through the street view, he happened upon a screenshot of a woman who looked remarkably like his wife sitting on a bench on a lovely, flower-lined street, with a man resting his head on her lap.</p><p>Well, that’s suspicious, to say the least.</p><p>The picture itself was taken back in 2013, but was still recent enough to pique the husband’s curiosity. </p><p>Latin American news site <em><a href="" target="_blank">La Cronica</a></em> reported that the husband posted the whole ordeal on social media and divorced his wife shortly after, according to <em>Techspot</em>.</p><p>To make matters worse (or just more poetic) the bridge in question is actually named the Puente de los Suspiros, or the "Bridge of Sighs" in English, reported <a href="" target="_blank">MSN</a>.</p><p>Sigh. Lost love is just a little bit worse when it comes from a Google search.</p>
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Virgin Atlantic Is Now Selling Tickets for Its First 'Pride Flight' to World Pride 2019

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:52
<p>In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the first New York City Pride parade, as well as in preparation for World Pride 2019, Virgin Atlantic is now selling tickets for a special <a href="" target="_blank">Pride Flight from London to New York City</a> for the event. According to the airline, tickets are selling fast.</p><p>Virgin Atlantic is also working with non-profit tourism organization NYC &amp; Company and the Alliance for Downtown New York for the flight, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The flight is hosted by Broadway and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess, and will have live performances, sing-a-longs, fun games like Drag Queen Bingo, and a LGBTQ identifying crew onboard.</p><img alt="Virgin Atlantic Pride Flight "src=""><p>Mark Anderson, Global LGBT Lead for Virgin Group and Executive Vice President at Virgin Atlantic, said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a> that the company takes its “commitments to diversity and inclusion seriously, but you can rest assured we have a lot of fun along the way.”</p><p>“We’re not the type of company to mark an occasion like this half-heartedly,” Anderson said. “We’re going to be pulling out all the stops.”</p><p>Virgin Atlantic has been an active partner in London Pride events, even having employees in uniforms march in the parade, <a href="" target="_blank">according to CNN</a>.</p><p>Burgess said in a statement that he was “proud to partner with Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic to mark this occasion in style and celebrate the hard-won freedoms from those who came before us,” adding, “At a time when we're seeing the rights of minority groups under threat, it is more important than ever we stand up and make our voices heard.”</p><p>The Pride Flight will take off from London Heathrow Airport on June 28, 2019 and arrive at Newark Liberty Airport. Economy tickets start at £380 ($500), or travelers can buy a three-night Virgin Holidays package starting at £699 ($920). There are three packages to choose from, which include stays at different New York City hotels. For £699 ($920), travelers stay for three nights at the Hudson New York Central Park, for £799 ($1,055), travelers stay for three nights at the The Beekman Hotel, and for £1,369 ($1,808) travelers stay for three nights at The Four Seasons.</p><p>Travelers can book a trip by visiting the Virgin Atlantic <a href="" target="_blank">Pride Flight booking page</a>. The offer is only available for people who will be traveling from the U.K.</p><p>A percentage of each ticket sold will be donated to The Attitude Magazine Foundation, which works to advance community Pride initiatives in the U.K.</p>
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Google Translate Just Got Even Better for Travelers

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:59
<p>Traveling certainly comes with plenty of perks — like meeting new people, gaining new perspectives, and eating lots of new delicious foods. But, one of the most frustrating parts of adventuring around the globe may just be our attempts to translate everything. From road signs, dinner menus, and subway maps, translating your every move can be a discouraging and lengthy experience. But, have no fear, Google Translate is here.</p><p>Google Translate announced an update to its camera translations feature on Thursday that will allow it to work with new languages to help you understand everything no matter where in the world you go.</p><p>Here’s how it works for the uninitiated: The camera feature allows travelers to take a photo of any sign. The user then highlights the text they wish to translate and which language they would like to translate it to. The translated text quickly appears on screen.</p><img alt="Google Translate for images "src=""><p>And now, the app works with a plethora of new languages including Arabic, Thai, Vietnamese, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marthi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu. <a href="" target="_blank">See the full list of available languages</a>.</p><p>To try it out for yourself, download and open the Google Translate app, enter in the source language and the language you want to translate into. Click the camera, take a picture, highlight and translate. The app is available for both ios and Android devices.</p><p>If you happen to have a bit more time on your hands you could always choose to learn a new language instead of having to translate it. There are plenty of <a href="" target="_blank">scientifically proven benefits</a> to learning a new language, and thanks to apps it’s now <a href="" target="_blank">easier than ever to learn</a> how to say “Hello,” “Goodbye,” and “Where’s the bathroom?” in just about every language ever invented.</p>
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This Llama Costume Contest Already Won Halloween 2018

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:40
<p>At the Norfolk County Fair in southwestern Ontario this past weekend, 19 llamas and alpacas got into the spirit of the season by being entered into a costume contest by their enthusiastic handlers.</p><p>The “Llama Costume Class,” at the Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show in Simcoe, Ontario, attracts llamas from surrounding farms and in of all manners of dress, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">CBC in Canada</a>. One llama was dressed like a Peanut Butter Cup, one like a potato — one like a beautiful, exotic parrot. One was a beach blanket.</p><p>While some farm animals would make a fuss being dressed up and paraded around, there was no llama drama, since these creatures are extremely gentle and friendly. George Araujo, the fair's general manager, told CBC, “It's been a tradition and we've done it for years. I don't know what started it, but participants seem to enjoy it and so do patrons.”</p><p>He added that he’s “never seen a llama hurt doing this particular event."</p><p>Plus, there’s an incentive: The top prize is $50, and the last place prize is $5, according to the CBC.</p><p>People have been sharing their favorite llamas on social media so that the world can experience this joy.</p><p>A panel of judges chooses the ultimate winners, though it is unclear who ended up taking the top prize. Of course, to us, every llama is a winner.</p>
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Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director Travels 310 Days a Year — Here's What He Packs in His Carry-on

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:05
<p>Despite traveling more than 310 days a year, Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton and founder of streetwear label Off-White, claims he “doesn't know how to vacation.”</p><p>“I travel for pleasure about 1% of the time,” the Chicago-based designer told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Travel informs what I do and inspiration is everywhere, so I’m always working.”</p><p>Given his unique perspective on travel and disruptive approach to fashion, it’s no wonder that Abloh was one of five “cultural icons” to be featured in luggage brand <a href="" target="_blank">Rimowa's 120th anniversary campaign</a>. Tennis champion Roger Federer, model-activist Adwoa Aboah, chef Nobu Matsushisa, and jewelry designer Yoon Ahn also appeared in the campaign.</p><p>“As a designer, I’m very particular about the design of a thing, and Rimowa is a product I’ve used and relied on for 10 years,” said Abloh.</p><p>As to what goes inside his Rimowa carry-on: A hoodie, Pilot Pen, blank pieces of paper, and a fully charged iPhone (“When I’m flying, I’m either sketching or working on my phone.”)</p><p>And while the multi-versed designer regularly frequents high-fashion cities like New York City, Milan, Paris and Stockholm, he is most inspired by the fashions he sees at — wait for it — the airport.</p><p>“When I’m in a city, I’m in an office, but when I’m at the airport, I’m around real people just doing their thing.”</p><p>Outside the airport, Abloh says he likes hotels that don’t feel like hotels, like <a href="" target="_blank">Ett Hem</a> in Stockholm and Andre Balazs’s properties, which include the <a href="" target="_blank">Chiltern Firehouse</a> in London and the <a href="" target="_blank">Chateau Marmont</a> in Los Angeles.</p><p>But Abloh says he’s most looking forward to exploring beyond the cities on the global fashion circuit.</p><p>“I travel so much that I’m generally past the point of wanting to visit specific places — except when it comes to Southeast Asia and New Zealand,” he said. “I’ve seen photos and I really want to go."</p>
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United Airlines CEO Wants to 'De-stress the Travel Lifestyle'

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:11
<p>United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz recently spoke about how the airline is trying to focus more on its passengers and “de-stress the travel lifestyle.”</p><p>“We want to make you, as our customer, feel good about flying us,” <a href="" target="_blank">Munoz said in an interview with CNBC</a>. “And so our customer-centricity, our customer properties, are something we really want to sort of engage."</p><p>Over the next year, United will roll out a new customer service initiative every week. Munoz did not detail a plan, but he mentioned the airline was considering ways to better communicate with passengers, including updates when something goes wrong and providing information about a flight, even before customers leave for the airport.</p><p>“How do we keep you informed? How do we keep you focused and directed when something goes wrong?” Munoz said. "But, more importantly, before you even leave your house, you know your flight's on time, you know where you're headed."</p><p>In recent months, United along with <a href="" target="_blank">several other major U.S. airlines</a> have increased the price passengers must pay to check luggage. Munoz said the revenue from the increase will go towards achieving the airline’s new customer service goals.</p>
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