Spice Up Your Life! The Double Decker Tour Bus From 'Spice World' Is Now an Airbnb

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:06
<p>We’ll tell you what you want (what you really, really want).</p><p>For the first time ever, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";adults=1&amp;sl_alternate_dates_exclusion=true&amp;source_impression_id=p3_1557953627_r%2Bvh7I%2F7iCmvRDjs" target="_blank">Spice Girls’ double decker tour bus</a> from "<a href="" target="_blank">Spice World</a>"<i> </i>is taking overnight guests.</p><p>On June 14 and 15, three lucky fans will get to spend two nights on the Spice Bus in <a href="" target="_blank">London</a>’s Wembley Park. According to <a href=""><em>Daily Mail</em></a>, the bus will cost 99 pounds ($127) to book. And no, the Union Jack-painted bus is not a copycat: it really is the same bus that Meatloaf and Victoria Beckham drove in the classic 1997 movie.</p><p>Although the interior has been completely renovated, it’s been outfitted with plenty of nods to your favorite 90’s girl group.</p><p>Downstairs, potted plants, Union Jack chairs, and plushy pillows provide a cozy and welcoming space for some much-needed girl time. There’s even a CD player for you and your squad to <a href="">“slam your body down and wind it all around” to “Wannabe.”</a></p><img alt="The original Spice Bus from 1997 movie Spice World "src=""><img alt="The original Spice Bus from 1997 movie Spice World "src=""><p>House rules mandate a 90's dress code, but don’t worry about wasting your precious time if you forget to pack your <a href="" target="_blank">little Gucci dress</a>. Upstairs, there’s a dressing room area with plenty of scrunchies to choose from for a Sporty Spice-inspired look.</p><p>Next to the dressing area is a double bed and day bed that can fit up to three fans.</p><img alt="The original Spice Bus from 1997 movie Spice World "src=""><p>“My greatest love is the Spice Girls,” host Suzanne Godley says in her listing. “I adored their music growing up and used to choreograph routines to all my favourite songs! I watched "Spice World" on repeat and never thought I’d get the chance to go inside the actual Spice Bus — so to get this opportunity and now be able to share with other fans is just a dream come true.”</p><p>If you wanna get on the the Spice Bus, you gotta set your alarm. <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";adults=1&amp;sl_alternate_dates_exclusion=true&amp;source_impression_id=p3_1557953627_r%2Bvh7I%2F7iCmvRDjs" target="_blank">The Airbnb will be open for booking</a> starting at 2:00 A.M. EST on Wednesday, May 22. The bus is currently only available to guests on June 14 and 15, but <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a> reports that Godley is planning to add more dates.</p><p>So “say you’ll be there!” Just note that a “compulsory rendition of <a href="" target="_blank">‘Goodbye’</a>” is required at check out.</p>
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You Can Now Tell Your Uber Black Driver You Don’t Want to Talk Before You Even Get in the Car

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:56
<p>When <a href="" target="_blank">Uber</a> first launched they had only one vehicle type, a black luxury car. Passengers can still book the high-end car service through Uber – now called Uber Black – if they’re willing to pay a little more. And as of today, the service is about to get even better.</p><p>The ride-hailing company is relaunching Uber Black with added features and improvements that <em><a href="http://makeover">The Points Guy</a></em> reports will be rolled out today. Before being picked up, passengers can add their ride preferences into the app so the driver knows in advance if you want to chat or are looking for minimal conversation. Riders can also request a certain temperature or let the driver know if there will be luggage.</p><p>Passengers can expect a seamless pickup, with Uber announcing in March that only drivers with a rating of 4.85 or higher can drive on the Uber Black platform. Riders will also have extra time to <a href="" target="_blank">get to the vehicle</a>, with Black car clients getting 15 minutes instead of the normal five to get to the car and avoid the automatic cancellation fee. However, as <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Points Guy</a></em> notes, the driver will start the meter after waiting five minutes.</p><p>If anything goes wrong, Uber Black users will have access to Uber’s premium support line.</p><p>Uber explains on their <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> that with Uber Black, “you can arrive at your destination in style with a black-on-black luxury sedan (or SUV if you're lucky).” As part of Uber Black’s latest makeover, Uber will be implementing new vehicle requirements. According to reporting by <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Points Guy</a></em>, the company said cars must be “stylish later-model vehicles with extra legroom.”</p><p>With these changes being rolled out today, users should soon see new features when requesting an Uber Black.</p>
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Mark Lakin’s 13-Day Itinerary Around Japan

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:32
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Mark Lakin</a> is a member of <a href="" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s Travel Advisory Board and the A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries he creates. To work with Mark, you can contact him directly at <a href=""></a>.</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo</h2><p>You will begin your trip in Tokyo. Depending on time of arrival, you may either choose to go directly to the hotel or have a half-day tour of the city with a private guide and driver.</p><p>In Tokyo, a small space paired with a fierce culture has allowed for one of the most impressive cities in the world. Tokyo renders urban chaos desirable as the most populous metropolitan area on earth, the gastronomic capital of the world, and as home to the biggest fish market, most expensive sake, best service, fashion, and riverboat entertainment on the planet. Lose yourself in a maze of Michelin-starred restaurants, pachinko parlors, quirky museums, imperial architecture, and bustling streets. Rediscover yourself in a deliciously juicy watermelon square and a short train ride to the mountains. Test the limits of your sensory stimulation and then let it all go — it's part of the experience.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>:</strong> AMAN Tokyo or The Peninsula Tokyo</p><p><strong>AMAN Tokyo</strong></p><p>Set in the heart of Otemachi, AMAN Tokyo embodies the fusion of urban dynamism and traditional serenity that we love so much about Japan. AMAN features large luxury suites outfitted with traditional furnishings from washi paper slide doors to an <em>ofuro</em><i> </i>or deep-soaking bathtub, a spa with eight different treatment rooms, a 1,200-bottle wine cellar, an in-house signature sake, and a private dining room perched right above Tokyo's sweeping skyline.</p><p><strong>The Peninsula Tokyo</strong></p><p>Superbly located in the prestigious business district of Marunouchi, opposite the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park and within minutes' walk of the shopping capital of Ginza, the Peninsula Tokyo offers commanding city views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, and extraordinary dining options. You will stay in one of five incredible suites — all boasting a sun-drenched private balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, a grand piano, a dining room for 12 and quite frankly, whatever else your heart desires. We will also arrange for a private tea ceremony to be conducted in the comfort of your suite.</p><h2>Day 2: Tsukiji Tuna, Goma Fire Ritual &amp; Private Tea Ceremony</h2><p>Start Day 2 with a visit to the Tsukiji Market Tuna Auction. This will be followed by a fresh sushi breakfast inside the market — traditional sustenance for the day ahead. Your private guide will then take you to Fukagawa to observe the Goma Fire Ritual, complete with chanting monks, pounding drums, and a very energetic fire. You will then visit the nearby Fukagawa-Edo Museum. Next will be a tour of Akihabara, home to Japan’s "otaku" subculture. You will have a private lesson with a working <i>manga </i>(comic) artist followed by a cup of tea at a Maid Café paired with a lunch of locally handmade ramen. Finish Day 2 with a private tea ceremony with a certified tea master. Tea is a huge part of Japanese culture. It has been around since the 12<sup>th</sup> century and was first enjoyed by imperial family and nobility.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>AMAN Tokyo or The Peninsula Tokyo</p><h2>Day 3: 400-Year-Old Sake &amp; Heritage Silk</h2><p>You will visit a 400-year-old sake brewery just outside Tokyo and spend the day with a specialist. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a renovated farmhouse and later, stop by a generations-old working silk factory. Then, it’s back to the city where you will meet up with a personal shopper who will take you to all the best boutiques around Harajuku and Shibuya. Dinner at one of Tokyo’s top sushi restaurants is followed by a casual tour of the city’s best cocktail bars.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>AMAN Tokyo or The Peninsula Tokyo</p><img alt="Tokyo, Japan "src=""><h2>Day 4: Samurai Swords &amp; Sumo Tournaments</h2><p>Meet up with the world’s leading specialist in Samurai swords for a private visit to the Sword Museum. From there, you will visit one of Japan’s renowned sword makers in his personal studio and witness how one of these amazing works of art is created. After lunch, we will organize for a private lesson in iaido, the art of drawing and controlling a sword. Later that night, you will have the incredibly unique opportunity to attend 1 of only 6 professional sumo tournaments held annually. Watch these giant athletes compete from your premium box seats.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong><strong> </strong>AMAN Tokyo or The Peninsula Tokyo</p><h2>Day 5: Helicopter Over Mt. Fuji, Transfer to Hakone &amp; Gora Kadan Ryokan</h2><p>Your private helicopter awaits. First fly over Tokyo before heading 40 minutes south to circle Mt. Fuji. Land and explore the area, which includes one-of-a-kind museums, beautiful gardens, and gorgeous scenery. Enjoy a private motorboat ride on Lake Ashinoko.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>Gora Kadan Ryokan</p><p>Your accommodation for the night will be Gora Kadan — considered to be Japan’s ultimate onsen-ryokan or luxury hot spring inn. Relax with a soak in your private outdoor bath and a visit to the spa. Dinner will be served in your room — a fabulous traditional Kaiseki banquet.</p><h2>Day 6: Transfer to Kyoto; Temples, Drums &amp; Geisha</h2><p>Transfer to Kyoto by shinkansen or bullet train. You will spend the next 4 nights here, all booked at The Ritz Carlton. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and driver who will escort you to a completely private temple visit where the head Abbot will teach you a bit about Japanese Buddhism. Musically gifted or not, you will then be taken to your private taiko drumming lesson. Pounding on a massive wooden drum is the ultimate stress reliever, a relatively intense workout, and a whole lot of fun. Later, a private evening with geisha, including a delicious meal and plenty of sake.</p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto<p>This property has been described as a modern day luxury ryokan, combining century-old traditions with the world class hospitality that the Ritz-Carlton is known for. Perfectly located at the heart of Kyoto, the Ritz affords expansive panoramic views of the Kamogawa River and Higashiyama mountains. So, retire to your culturally inspired suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and traditional Japanese motifs, relax, and enjoy the mesmerizing and imperial purple sunset.</p><h2>Day 7: Bamboo Forest &amp; Private Cooking Lesson</h2><p>Wake early and enjoy a peaceful jiurikisha ride through a deep bamboo forest before a locally-prepared breakfast. You will then be taken to Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion and one of the city’s UNESCO sites) well before the masses arrive. From there you will head to Saihoji (the Moss Temple). Then, it’s a lunch of flaming ramen at Kyoto’s hottest noodle bar followed by a private tour of Hosoo, a 350-year old textile company that once wove fabrics for the Imperial Family. Your guide will take you to Kyoto’s best shops for high-quality kimonos and collectibles. End the day with a private cooking lesson with one of the city’s top chefs.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto</p><h2>Day 8: Japanese Ceramics &amp; Miho Museum</h2><p>Your guide for the day will be a leading expert in Japanese ceramics. You will first be taken to the phenomenal Miho Museum in Shiga. From there, you will visit several working artisans in their homes and studios – a personalized experience allowing you to both observe and learn traditional and creative processes. Your day will end at your guide’s home, which also serves as a gallery for the best working potters in all of Japan. As a serious sake fan, he will arrange for a tasting of several local brands for you to enjoy.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>:</strong> The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto</p><img alt="Unesco World Heritage Site, Nara "src=""><h2>Day 9: Eight UNESCO Heritage Sites &amp; Kasuga Taisha Lanterns</h2><p>Head south for Fushimi Inari Taisha, a lovely mountain shrine encircled by thousands of vermillion tori, or gates. Continue south for the lovely river town of Uji, one of Japan’s green tea centers. Here, you will also visit the stunning Byodo-In Temple.</p><p>Nara is next — home to no less than eight UNESCO heritage sites, including several of the world’s largest wooden buildings. Here, you may enjoy strolling the grounds in traditional Japanese dress, an option available to you from several local shops. You can also visit Nara’s deer park, the stomping grounds for over 1200 friendly deer that will happily eat right from your hands! End the day with a truly rare and unique experience: a private ceremony at Kasuga Taisha. The main gates will close to the general public and the monks will light hundreds of individual lanterns. This ceremony is only performed for the shrine’s most important guests. Dinner will be at one of Kyoto’s top restaurants.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto</p><h2>Day 10: Transfer to Okinawa &amp; Ocean Adventures</h2><p>On Day 10 you will fly to Japan’s southernmost post, the island of Ishigaki, then transfer via boat to the tiny paradise of Taketomi. Here, you will unwind and enjoy a variety of ocean activities — snorkel, scuba, kayak, sail or simply read on the beach. You will spend the next 3 nights in an ocean-facing suite at Hoshinoya Taketomi.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>Hoshinoya Taketomi</p><p>Taketomi is graced by clear blue waters, breathtaking skies, white sands, and red-tiled roofs. Hoshinoya Taketomi is a luxury experience that harmonizes with the surrounding tradition and soothing ocean setting — it is the perfect accommodation for the modern traveler.</p><h2>Day 11: Island Hopping &amp; Indigenous Cats</h2><p>On Day 11, you can either continue to relax on the beach or meet up with a guide and explore some of the area’s cultural highlights. These include visits to local artisan villages, spectacular hikes, trips to neighboring islands to catch a glimpse of the rare indigenous Iriomote Cat, or a visit to the local awamori (alcohol made from long-grain rice) distillery.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>Hoshinoya Taketomi</p><h2>Day 12: At Your Leisure &amp; Hoshinoya Taketomi</h2><p>Your last full day in paradise. Once again, you may choose how to spend it — at your leisure or touring the area.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>Hoshinoya Taketomi</p><h2>Day 13: Depart Japan</h2><p>Today you’ll catch a flight home from Ishigaki.</p>
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Archaeologists Sign Petition Protesting the Construction of a Machu Picchu Airport (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:01
<p>Peruvian archaeologists, historians and conservationists are banding together to petition against a new airport at <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a>.</p><p>The famous Incan ruin is Peru’s most famous tourist attraction, bringing in almost 1.5 million people in 2017 alone, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em>. In order to bring more people to the landmark, the Peruvian government has begun construction on an airport that would allow direct international flights.</p><p>Plans for the airport were announced back in 2012. But it was only earlier this year that bulldozers arrived to begin clearing ground at Chinchero, an Incan town considered to be the gateway to the Sacred Valley.</p><p>To get to Machu Picchu, tourists currently must fly into <a href="" target="_blank">Cusco Airport</a>, located about 50 miles south of the site. From there, a train or a bus will take visitors to the ancient citadel. The airport only has one runway, capable of carrying only narrow-body planes.</p><p>But the proposed Chinchero Airport would be capable of accommodating larger jets, allowing for direct flights from the U.S. to land close to the historic landmark.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Almost 6,000 people have signed a petition</a> to stop construction of the airport, saying that the project would cause “irreparable damage to the culture of Peru and humanity.”</p><p>“This is a built landscape; there are terraces and routes which were designed by the Incas,” Natalia Majluf, a Peruvian art historian at Cambridge University, told <em>The Guardian</em>. “Putting an airport here would destroy it.”</p><img alt="Machu Picchu threatened by Airport "src=""><p>Some people fear that a new international airport would create a storm of businesses competing for a slice of tourism money, with hotels and chain restaurants popping up overnight. Others have expressed concern that the noise from the airport would bring noise and air pollution to some of Peru’s most sacred and historical sites.</p><p>The Peruvian government still plans to move forward with the project, with the land expected to be completely cleared by September, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the magazine <i>Science</i></a>.</p>
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Nearly 38 Million Americans Expected to Clog Roads Over Memorial Day Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 08:37
<p>If you’re planning on taking a trip this <a href="" target="_blank">Memorial Day</a> weekend, be prepared for lots of crowds.</p><p>According to a statment by AAA, nearly 43 million Americans will be taking a Memorial Day weekend getaway this year, an increase of 3.6 percent, or about 1.5 million people.</p><p>AAA forecasts that 3.25 million people (an increase of 4.8 percent compared to last year) will be traveling by plane, 1.9 million passengers (an increase of 3.8 percent) will be traveling by bus, train or <a href="" target="_blank">cruise ship</a>, and a whopping 37.6 million (a 3.5 percent increase) will be <a href="" target="_blank">traveling by car</a>.</p><p>So much road travel can come with risks, and AAA predicts it will be rescuing 353,000 road trippers this Memorial Day weekend thanks to dead batteries, flat tires, and so on.</p><p>However, though average gas prices this year have risen over 30 cents, amounting close to $3 per gallon (or more, depending on which part of the country you’re in), this doesn’t seem to dampen anyone’s travel plans. In fact, global transportation analytics company INRIX predicts travel delays for anyone taking a road trip could reach up to two or three times longer than usual, depending on which metro area you’re traveling from.</p><img alt="Memorial Day weekend at Rehoboth beach, perhaps a bellweather on the economy "src=""><p>“Americans are eagerly anticipating the start of summer, and expensive gas prices won’t keep them home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Paula Twidale, vice president of AAA Travel in a statement.</p><p>If you are looking to avoid travel headaches on the road, INRIX and AAA suggest avoiding travel on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 in the late afternoon in places like Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles. Travelers in San Francisco and Houston could see congestion on Saturday and Sunday, while Monday may be the worst time to travel for people in Boston, Seattle, and Washington D.C.</p><p>Though travelers may be paying more at the pump, some of that cost could be made up in other ways, like car rental prices and hotels. According to AAA, car rental prices have declined 7 percent over last year, with an average daily rate of $55. Mid-range hotels are between 2 and 3 percent cheaper this year, with an average nightly rate of $146 and $183, respectively, as well.</p><p>Out of the many domestic destinations around the U.S., travelers are looking to <a href="" target="_blank">spend their holiday weekend</a> in cities like Orlando, New York, Las Vegas, Honolulu, and Anaheim. Other popular destinations include Seattle, Phoenix, Anchorage, Tampa, and San Francisco, according to AAA. Considering there are lots of <a href="" target="_blank">free, exciting Memorial Day events</a> like L.A. Zine Fest, Carnaval San Francisco, and the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C., it’s no wonder people are flocking to these cities.</p>
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The First-ever Open-water Beluga Sanctuary Will Welcome Two Adorable Whales in June

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:55
<p>Animal lovers now have a new reason to visit <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Adorable beluga whales</a> are a popular attraction to aquariums around the world, but like many other wild animals, they also risk losing their habitats due to human intervention such as population growth, new buildings along the coastline, fishing, and other problems that sea creatures face.</p><p>While the beluga whale is <a href="" target="_blank">not technically endangered</a> (except for one particular beluga population in Alaska), conservationists are working to keep this beautiful and lovable creature safe for the future.</p><img alt="Klettsvik Bay, Iceland "src=""><p>According to<em> <a href="" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a></em>, a conservation organization called Sea Life Trust in Iceland has created the world’s first open-sea beluga whale sanctuary and already has two beluga residents on their way.</p><p>The trust’s two 12-year-old female belugas, Little White and Little Grey, are traveling in June to Iceland after living in captivity at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, China, <em>Lonely Planet</em> reported. The two whales will find their new home in Klettsvik Bay on Heimaey Island where they can swim in the natural waters of the Beluga Sanctuary.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Thrillist</a></em>, beluga whales can dive thousands of feet below the water but generally stay around 60 feet below. The waters at the sanctuary are about 30 feet deep but cover an area that’s close to the size of about six football fields (34,455 square feet). Though the whales will be in slightly shallow waters, they’ll be able to spread their fins, so to speak, as much as they like.</p><p>The whales are currently being acclimated to the icy waters before their trip, <em>Thrillist</em> reported. Though belugas are Arctic creatures, the two whales have been swimming their entire lives in far warmer waters than they would have in the wild.</p><p>After the whales are fully acclimated and settled in their new home, visitors will be able to view the whales between Aug. 1 and Oct. 30, according to Thrillist. Boat ride prices will begin at $50 USD. The sanctuary is also home to a population of puffins and its own aquarium as well.</p><p>More information on the sanctuary and its first two residents can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Sea Life Trust website</a>.</p>
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You Can Watch Movies in Bed at This Theater in Switzerland

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:28
<p> A movie theatre in <a href="" target="_blank">Switzerland</a> has installed double beds instead of seats — and they assume that everybody is going to behave themselves.</p><p>Eleven freshly-made beds make up the new “VIP bedroom” cinema at the <a href="" target="_blank">Cinema Pathé movie theatre</a>, which opened on Thursday in Spreitenbach, Switzerland.</p><img alt="Pathé Spreitenbach "src=""><p>The beds come equipped with two pillows and an electronically adjustable headrest. Guests can put on a pair of slippers and sip wine from the bedside table. Food options include popcorn, waffles, crepes and hot dogs. It’s all the comfort of watching a movie at home in your bed — but with none of the shame that comes from staying inside and refusing to make contact with the outside world.</p><p>“The offer is unique in Switzerland,” Venanzio Di Bacco, CEO of Pathé Switzerland, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>20 Minuten</em></a>. “But we tested the concept abroad and had no problems so far. "</p><img alt="Pathé Spreitenbach "src=""><p>And, despite movie theatres famously being an excellent location for making out, theatre owners are not worried about what anyone will do in the double beds. Di Bacco said that he did not feel that the cinema would become an “immoral” place.</p><p>But just in case you don’t trust other people (and why should you?), the theatre says it will change the bedsheets between every screening. “The hygiene aspect is very important to us,” Di Bacco told <em>20 Minuten</em>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">You Can Watch Movies on a Boat at This New Cinema in Prague</a></p><p>One ticket to a VIP bedroom screening will cost about $48 (49 francs) and includes snacks and non-alcoholic drinks during the film.</p>
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The TWA Hotel Has Officially Opened at New York City's JFK Airport

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:09
<p>After years of anticipation, the <a href="" target="_blank">TWA Hotel</a> at New York’s <a href="" target="_blank">John F. Kennedy Airport</a> opened its doors on Wednesday.</p><p>Trans World Airlines was one of the world’s most stylish airlines during the “golden age” of air travel in the 1960s. In 1962, the airline commissioned Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen to design its JFK terminal. The TWA Flight Center became a symbol of mid-century design, known for its wing-shaped roof and red-carpeted corridors.</p><img alt="TWA Hotel at JFK Airport "src=""><p>The space-age building closed in 2001 with the shuttering of the airline. There were worries that the building would be razed, but now it’s been transformed into one of the world’s most stylish on-site airport hotels.</p><p>Guests will be able to relax at the rooftop infinity pool, drink a themed cocktail at <a href="" target="_blank">The Sunken Lounge</a> (famous for having hosted the Beatles on their American tour) or step onto <a href="" target="_blank">a vintage 1958 Lockheed Constellation</a> for a drink.</p><p>The defunct airline’s iconic branding is all over the hotel. Amenity kits, keys, and bathrobes all feature the TWA logo and red-and-white color scheme.</p><p>“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” <a href="" target="_blank">MCR Development CEO Tyler Morse told Yahoo Finance</a>. “You will feel like you are in 1962, minus the cigarette smoke.”</p><p>The hotel will also feature <a href="" target="_blank">a food hall</a> with some of New York’s favorite mainstays, including Empanada Republic, The Halal Guys, and Fresh&amp;Co. Travelers who wish for something a bit more upscale can visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Paris Cafe</a>, helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.</p><p>All 512 of the hotel’s rooms are booked for its opening night. Nightly rates start at $249. But travelers will be able to visit for shorter amounts of time while on layover. The hotel is selling $25 passes for its gym and short-term stays, starting at $139 for four hours.</p><img alt="TWA Hotel JFK Airport "src=""><img alt="TWA Hotel JFK Airport "src=""><img alt="TWA Hotel JFK Airport "src=""><img alt="TWA Hotel JFK Airport "src="">
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Google Trips Now Puts All Your Travel Planning in One Place (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:03
<p>If you're like most people, when planning a trip you're spending weeks (or even months) researching, doing dozens of searches, making a handful of reservations, and going back and forth on platforms and sites trying to keep it all organized. Now Google has a plan to fix that.</p><p>Google announced Tuesday a new feature that will put everything related to your next trip in one place. Google's Trips which you can get to either by making travel-related searches in Google, or by navigating to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, will now automatically organize all your travel planning.</p><img alt="Couple traveling "src=""><p>“Travel planning is multisession in nature — it takes place over many days, many weeks,” Richard Holden, vice president of product management at Google, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Any trip content you have will be featured on that page.”</p><p>Trips provides easy access to Google's powerhouse travel tools, including <a href="" target="_blank">flight</a> and hotel search, while featuring both your confirmed reservations and whatever you've been considering in your searches.</p><p>“If [you] make a reservation via flight search or hotel search and get an email in Gmail confirming that reservation, we'll automatically take that content,” Holden told T+L. “And when you next type that, take you back into it.”</p><p>So, for example, if you're headed to Barcelona this summer, the next time you search “Barcelona” Google will know you aren't looking for basic information. Instead, if you have a flight booked or were already researching Park Güell, expect to see content tailored to you.</p><p>“We've spent a lot of time over the past number of years trying to make our subverticals (hotel search flight search) more comprehensive,” Holden told T+L. “What we haven't done yet is help the user connect the dots.”</p><p>Google plans to roll out the unified <a href="" target="_blank">Trips</a> info in Google Maps in the next few months.</p>
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Under Canvas Wants to Help the 39 Million Americans Who Can't Afford Summer Vacation With a 'Pay What You Can' Campaign

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 16:15
<p>Not only is travel beneficial for over-worked brains to get a bit of relaxation, traveling with friends and family can bring loved ones together. However, it’s estimated that <a href="" target="_blank">39 million Americans won’t go on summer vacation</a> this year because they can’t afford it.</p><p>After reading that figure, Sarah Dusek, CEO of glamping company <a href="" target="_blank">Under Canvas</a>, wanted to do something to make quality outdoor travel more economically accessible.</p><p>Now, Under Canvas is introducing their #paywhatyoucan campaign to give travelers the opportunity to take an amazing vacation at a price they can afford.</p><p>To apply, those who wish to pay a reduced price for a glamping experience this summer need to <a href="" target="_blank">fill out Under Canvas' application online</a>, explaining why they’d like to be selected for a trip, where they would like to go, how many people are in their household, and provide a range of their income.</p><p>The company will consider all applications that are submitted before the campaign deadline of Tuesday, June 4. Decisions will be announced June 7.</p><p>The selected families will receive a stay at one of the eight Under Canvas camps, paying only what they can afford. Under Canvas has locations in national parks around the country, including the <a href="" target="_blank">Great Smoky Mountains</a>, Mount Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Zion, Moab, Yellowstone, Glacier or Tucson. Accommodations include plush beds outdoors with terraces, sofas and even en-suite bathrooms.</p><p>Company representatives say they hope that the campaign will encourage applicants to spend quality time with their loved ones while igniting a passion to “protect and preserve our planet for generations to come.”</p>
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19 Comfy, Travel-friendly Shoes Made for Walking

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:33
<p>Walking is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to take in a new city. On foot, you can spot the details that bring a destination to life. It’s easy to lose track of time perusing the shops along Via del Corso in Rome, exploring <a href="" target="_blank">a bamboo grove in Kyoto</a>, or weaving your way through the medieval medina of Fez. But there’s no quicker way to shatter the magic of these <a href="" target="_blank">immersive cultural experiences</a> than wearing an uncomfortable pair of shoes.</p><p>Comfort vs. style has long been a classic conundrum for the fashion-conscious traveler. Your everyday flats may not necessarily be the best walking shoes for a packed itinerary, but something more orthopedic in design might have you cropping your <a href="" target="_blank">vacation photos</a> from the ankles up.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">Comfortable Travel Shoes for Men</a></p><p>Some destinations call for a sturdier shoe due to rugged terrain or extreme weather — <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland in the winter</a>, perhaps — and in that case, you’ll need some trusty, <a href="" target="_blank">travel-friendly boots</a>. But when mild weather and walkable streets open up the possibilities, it gets a lot harder to choose the perfect pair.</p><p>We sorted through sneakers, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">sandals</a>, slip-ons, and every style of footwear in between to find the best walking shoes for women. Our picks are designed to maximize comfort — using technology like shock absorption, memory-foam insoles, and breathable upper fabrics — without compromising style.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Comfy Walking Sandals for Women</a></p><p>There is one more important element that sets an OK pair of travel shoes apart from the best travel shoes: <a href="" target="_blank">versatility</a>. If the same kicks can take you effortlessly from shopping to a six-hour <a href="" target="_blank">walking tour</a> to dinner, sans blisters, you’re set. We know it’s a ludicrous ask, but planning to wear only the pair on your feet makes it much easier to pack everything else to match. Plus, those five just-in-case pairs of shoes are often what add the most weight to your <a href="" target="_blank">luggage</a>. Wouldn’t you rather have the extra suitcase space to pick up a few souvenir pairs?</p><p>Below, we've rounded up the very best walking shoes for travel, in every style category. Oh, and one last suggestion: A weekend staycation is a great way to <a href="" target="_blank">break in your new favorite travel shoes</a> before you go.</p><h2>Best Casual Sneaker: Allbirds Wool Runner</h2><img alt="allbirds wool runner "src=""><p>Allbirds' superfine <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">merino wool sneakers</a> give you the best of both worlds with the feel of a slipper and the look of a sneaker. You get all the coziness of wool without any of the scratchiness. Plus, the outsole's unique "S-curve" was designed to distribute your weight more naturally, making them equally as supportive as they are soft. If you're usually a half-size, the brand recommends sizing up. Also, if you generally find you need more arch support for long days spent on your feet, we recommend <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">replacing the insole</a>.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><h2>Best Comfortable Flat: Everlane Day Glove Flat</h2><img alt="Best Walking Shoes for Travel: Everlane "src=""><p>Save precious suitcase space with a shoe that can take you from day to night. Everlane — one of Angelina Jolie’s <a href="" target="_blank">go-to brands for travel shoes</a> — makes this modern <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Day Glove flat</a> with buttery, molds-to-your-foot leather that pairs well with jeans, skirts, business attire, and beyond. They've even got durable rubber soles for slip-free grip and side vents to keep your feet from overheating.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $115</p><h2>Best Sandal With Arch Support: Olukai Upena Sandal</h2><img alt="walking sandals for women travel "src=""><p>If an easy pair of sandals is your vacation footwear of choice, you don’t need to give up on comfort. OluKai’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">crisscrossed leather pair</a> has an anatomically built footbed that feels better and better with every wear and the toe loop and adjustable ankle strap will keep your foot secure. It comes in six color options, and we love this gold and leather combo.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90</p><h2>Best Leather Sneaker: Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker</h2><img alt="Best Walking Shoes for Travel: Ecco "src=""><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ecco Soft 7</a> has <a href="" target="_blank">been a traveler-favorite for a while</a>, and for good reason: it delivers on arch support and high-quality materials with simple, Scandinavian style. Though its supple leather upper is available in 13 colorways — from floral prints to metallics — keep in mind that when packing, neutrals will be the easiest to work with.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $160</p><h2>Best Knit Sneakers: Rothy's The Sneaker</h2><img alt="rothys comfortable sneakers for travel "src=""><p>Looking for a lightweight slip-on that's comfy right out of the box? Rothy's has you covered with its new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">slip-on sneaker</a>. The upper is made of the same upcycled material used for the brand's beloved <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">flats</a> — of which Meghan Markle is a fan — but it's been given a more sturdy sole that offers more support for a long day on the go. Both the sneaker and the removable insole are machine-washable, too.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $125</p><h2>Best Espadrilles: Cole Haan Cloudfeel Espadrille Sandal</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>The new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cloudfeel collection</a> from Cole Haan is designed to live up to its name. They cored out the jute sole of a traditional espadrille and filled it with lightweight, super-cushioned foam to make it feel as if you're walking on air — whether you're on smooth pavement or bumpy cobblestone. The elasticized ankle strap makes it easy to slip on and off, too. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90</p><h2>Best Active Sneaker: Merrell Range AC+ Sneaker</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for women "src=""><p>These knit <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">walking shoes by Merrell</a> may look more like sneakers than <a href="" target="_blank">hikers</a>, but they hit all the basic technical points — like a high-grip outsole and a contoured insole with triple arch support — to keep your feet happy for all the miles ahead.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $120</p><h2>Best Leather Sandals: Born Trang Sandal</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>With a silhouette inspired by Menorcan-style avarca sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Born's Trang</a> has recently become one of the brand's best-selling shoes and it's no wonder: the footbed is packed with cushion and the leather is super soft and supple.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90</p><h2>Best Summer Travel Shoes: Sperry Seaport Boat Shoe</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>Heading to the coast this summer? Opt for this sophisticated take on the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">deck shoe</a> by Sperry. The 360-degree lacing system allows you to make the fit as wide or narrow as you need it to be, and they're cushioned with memory foam. Plus, the upper is pre-treated to withstand the effects of salt- or freshwater so you can wear your pair seaside without worry. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $60 (originally $100)</p><h2>Best Canvas Sneakers: Superga Cotu Sneaker</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>A favorite among the likes of <a href="" target="_blank">Kate Middleton, Emma Watson</a>, and even a mainstay in Princess Diana's casual travel wardrobe, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Superga Cotu sneaker</a> has been a go-to for travelers for decades. This soft pink upper is a trendy update and there are even more colors <a href=";tag=tlcomfyshoesmadeforwalking-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00F4SUFNA&amp;linkId=5dfd95fcb4ecbc5ac9278f405cd5650d" target="_blank">available on Amazon</a>, but you can't go wrong with the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">original white canvas</a>.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $65</p><h2>Best Water Shoes: Sea Star Beachwear Slingback Espadrille</h2><img alt="comfortable womens water shoes sea star "src=""><p>Would you believe us if we said these sneaky <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">slingback espadrilles</a> are actually <a href="" target="_blank">water shoes</a>? With a fast-drying neoprene upper and a grippy rubber sole, they'll take you straight from lunch beneath the palm trees to a rocky surf, sans stubbed toes. And there's also a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">traditional beachcomber style</a> if you'd prefer the full-coverage upper. For both styles, we recommend sizing up if you typically wear a half size.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $96</p><h2>Best Slip-ons: Toms Clemente Slip-on</h2><img alt="womens walking shoes for travel "src=""><p>While you may be familiar with Toms' <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">classic alparagatas</a> and its philanthropic One-for-One mission, there are a few other shoe styles making waves with travelers, like the retro-inspired Clemente. This lightweight <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">canvas number</a> is equipped with Ortholite comfort insoles that rebound with each step. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $50</p><h2>Best Dress Shoes: Sarah Flint Rosie Loafer</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>Sarah Flint — a made-in-Italy brand beloved by celebrities like Meghan Markle and Amal Clooney — is known for effortless, feminine shoes like this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">elevated loafer</a>. The footbeds have 3mm of extra padding for all-day walkability and the one-inch block heel is inset a bit to keep your steps from feeling clunky.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $345</p><h2>Best Casual Sneaker: Vionic Codie Casual Sneaker</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>One of <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah's favorite shoe brands</a>, Vionic is known for working with podiatrists to blend trend-forward style with comfort technology (like a biomechanically molded footbed and a shock-absorbing midsole). Reviewers are calling the slip-on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Codie sneaker</a> "extremely comfortable right out of the box."</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140</p><h2>Best Driving Shoes: M.Gemi Felize Suede Moccasins</h2><img alt="womens walking shoes for travel "src=""><p>Pebbled driving soles soften each step in M.Gemi's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">hand-crafted Felize moccasin</a>. We're into this pretty sage green this season, but there are also tons of colors available. In our experience, they fit perfectly true to size from day one, but if there's any chance of rain where you're headed or if you plan to spend some time exploring less-than-pristine city sidewalks (sorry, New York City) we recommend you <a href="" target="_blank">pre-treat them with a waterproofing spray</a>.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $198</p><h2>Most Stylish Flat: People Royale Flat</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for women "src=""><p>Made in Spain, this pointed-toe, leather <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">slip-on by Free People</a> is the perfect casual pair to step into for a day of wandering. Right out of the box, the leather feels ready to go. And if you like the asymmetrical silhouette, but want something a little more summer-ready, it also comes in an <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">open-toe style</a>.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $198</p><h2>Most Stylish Sandal: Beek Finch Sandal</h2><img alt="womens walking shoes for travel "src=""><p>With Beek's 100-percent leather sandals like the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Finch,</a> you're getting the best of both worlds: arch support that doesn't get in the way of unique design. It's molded into the slim sole of the sandals, all of which are handcrafted by artisans in Mexico. The brand makes a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">ton of other creative styles</a> if you're not into the toe-ring silhouette.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $280</p><h2>Best Loafers: Taryn Rose Faye Loafer</h2><img alt="womens walking shoes for travel "src=""><p>These sleek, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">pointed-toe flats</a> may not look like a comfort shoe, but the generously cushioned, shock-absorbing footbeds will prove otherwise. Designed by an orthopedic surgeon, this pick from <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Taryn Rose's line of luxury comfort styles</a> can easily be dressed up or down.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140</p><h2>Best Walking Boots: Blondo Valli Waterproof Bootie</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>This cognac suede <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Blondo ankle boot</a> will take you seamlessly from breakfast to nightlife, adding a bit of sophisticated Western edge to dresses, skirts, and denim. There are seven different colors of suede and leather uppers, and they're all waterproof. The footbed is cushioned for natural-feeling comfort, and the low block heel is the perfect height for all-day wear.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $160</p>
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You Can Now Earn Hilton Honors Points Every Time You Ride Lyft

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:33
<p>Starting Tuesday, May 14, Hilton Honors and Lyft are teaming up to give their customers a chance to earn more rewards points than ever before.</p><p>How exactly can you start earning points? First, link your Hilton Honors and Lyft accounts on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. As soon as you finish a ride, you’ll get double the points for every dollar spent on shared Lyfts, and three times the points for every dollar spent on economy, luxury, and extra seats.</p><p>The partnership gives Hilton Honors members an opportunity to rack up points — and the resulting rewards — even faster.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Hilton Is Launching the Hotel Brand of Business Travelers' Dreams</a></p><p>Lyft has a similar partnership with <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> that allows people to earn <a href="" target="_blank">one mile per dollar on rides within the U.S.</a>, and two miles for any cars booked from the airport.</p><p>“Our vision is for Lyft to be the most convenient and rewarding travel option for our riders and having a top tier hospitality partner, in addition to our current airline partnerships, brings us one step closer,” said David Baga, Lyft’s chief business officer. “We are always seeking to provide the best rider experience and often look to leading category partners to help deliver a great hospitality experience.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hilton Honors member benefits</a> range from late checkout to <a href="" target="_blank">free hotel nights</a> to special offers (<a href="" target="_blank">like tickets to the Grammy's</a>).</p><p>The timing of the new partnership couldn’t be better with summer right around the corner, so here's your reminder to get traveling.</p>
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Where to Eat, Sleep, and Surf in Munich, According to Eyewear Designer Garrett Leight

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:15
<p>Garrett Leight comes by the whole cool-kid thing naturally. The son of Larry Leight, the creator of pioneering eyewear label Oliver Peoples, Garrett shares his old man’s sense of style — an effortless blend of classic glamour and modern flair. But the thirty-five-year-old Angeleno is also blazing his own sartorial trail, having launched his eponymous eyewear brand, <a href="" target="_blank">Garrett Leight California Optical</a>, in 2011.</p><p>Garrett is most inspired by his native California, specifically Los Angeles’s Venice Beach, where the company is based, but it hasn’t stopped him from sourcing inspiration elsewhere — including Munich, Germany, where Garrett and his design director Elena Doukas travel for work every year. On the heels of their most recent trip to the Bavarian capital, we caught up with Garrett and Elena to get their top city picks — from where to shop to the best place to surf (really).</p><h2>Eat</h2><img alt=" Garrett Leight and Elena Doukas' Guide to Munich "src=""><p>“For a traditional Bavarian meal, we’ll go to <a href="" target="_blank">Augustiner-Keller</a>, a large dining hall that serves giant portions of schnitzel and other classics. They also have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, which can be challenging to find in the city. We love to sit downstairs, where they have old beer barrels as tables, but if the weather’s good, we recommend sitting outside. Once you’ve had your fill of Bavarian food, head to <a href="" target="_blank">Brenner Grill</a>, a restaurant and bar on the fashion-forward Maximilianstraße Avenue. It’s a steakhouse, but they also have great antipasti selections and seasonally-driven, veggie-centric dishes. Another favorite is <a href="" target="_blank">Kismet</a>, a small Turkish restaurant that has great food and a lively bar. There’s usually a DJ on the weekends and it’s kind of removed for the hustle and bustle of the main square, so it’s more of a locals’ spot.”</p><h2>Shop</h2><img alt=" Garrett Leight and Elena Doukas' Guide to Munich "src=""><p>“<a href="" target="_blank">MyTheresa</a> is a Munich institution, with a killer shoe salon and a bright, open design that makes you want to shop for hours. They stock everything from Dries Van Noten to Prada, and the dressing rooms are prime for selfie-taking, with pink walls and rose-gold mirrors. We'll also visit two outposts of the optical shop<a href="" target="_blank"> Leidmann</a>— one in Maximilianstraße, another in a residential neighborhood called Hohenzollernstraße. They carry the full Garrett Leight California Optical collection, and it’s always interesting to see how they bring the California sensibility to Munich. This one is a bit strange, but we never visit the city without dropping in at the Aesop flagship in Luitpoldblock. Yes, there are Aesops all over the world, but this is one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen. It’s like they’ve taken an 80's-era office building and suffused it with a romantic, muted, Versace-esque theme, with marble counters, a rosy color palette, copper piping, and vintage furnishings.”</p><h2>Do</h2><img alt=" Garrett Leight and Elena Doukas' Guide to Munich "src=""><p>“The <a href="" target="_blank">Viktualienmarkt </a>is a famous outdoor market with an endless array of delicacy food shops selling grab-and-go bites and edible souvenirs. From there, you're a 20-minute walk from <a href="" target="_blank">The Brandhorst Museum</a>, which has an incredible American modern art collection. We especially love the Andy Warhols and the works by the late Los Angeles conceptualist artist Mike Kelley. You can easily see everything in under two hours, which makes it great for when you're short on time. Across the street is <a href="" target="_blank">Buchhandlung L. Werner</a>, a bookstore that stocks books on fashion photography, architecture, fine art, you name it. To get outdoors, we love walking through the<a href="" target="_blank"> Englische Garten</a> and watching wetsuit-wearing surfers ride the waves of the Eisbach river."</p><h2>Stay</h2><img alt=" Garrett Leight and Elena Doukas' Guide to Munich "src=""><p>“<a href="" target="_blank">Cortiina</a> is a cool, full-service boutique hotel located off Munich's tourist track. It has a nice residential feel — in the early days, we even showed our collection there. The rooms are large and contemporary, but still feature traditional Bavarian design accents. They have a great cocktail bar and the room service is excellent.”</p>
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Here's Your First Look Inside the New Statue of Liberty Museum

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 14:36
<p>On Thursday, May 16, Liberty Island is opening the <a href="" target="_blank">Statue of Liberty Museum</a>, a $100-million project that first broke ground two years ago.</p><p>Since September 11, 2001, only about 20 percent of the island's 4.3 million visitors have been able to see the old museum —formerly located in the Statue's pedestal — due to increased security and a new ticketing system. The new museum, which is free to anyone who purchases a ferry ticket to Liberty and Ellis Islands, will reach the other 80%, making the Statue's history and legacy more accessible to New York City tourists and residents.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Commercial Tour Groups Will Be Banned From Parts of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — Here's What to Know Before You Visit</a></p><p>Rising up from the pedestrian mall at the top of the island, the museum's structure was built to pay respect to <a href="" target="_blank">Lady Liberty </a>herself, its height not exceeding that of the fort her pedestal sits on. Even the granite staircase that leads up to the museum's roof was built with the same granite used to build the Statue's pedestal. Climbing the steps, visitors reach a roof terrace that provides unparelled views of the Statue, lower Manhattan, and New York Harbor, culminating in a sense of awe and appreciation for Lady Liberty and her promise.</p><p>The 26,000-square-foot space is broken up into three parts: an Immersive Theater, an Engagement Gallery, and an Inspiration Gallery. Guests can begin their visit by stepping into the Theater and watching a 10-minute video that tells the story of the Statue — from how she was built to how she became a symbol of liberty and freedom — as narrated by Diane Sawyer. The video features never-before-seen illustrations of the Statue as well as first-time drone footage of the Statue's exterior.</p><p>In the next gallery, visitors can dive even deeper into the Statue's history, starting with an immersive look at French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi's sketches of the Lady Liberty and ending with artifacts that depict her prominence in pop culture.</p><img alt="Statue of Liberty Museum "src=""><p>The museum's shining feature, the Statue's original torch, is on full display in the Inspiration Gallery, with incredible views of Lady Liberty through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The torch, held high for 102 years was replaced in 1986. Up until November, the torch had been on display in the museum's former location in the Statue's pedestal.</p><img alt="Statue of Liberty Museum "src=""><p>Museum-goers will also be able to touch a full-scale model of the Statue's face before continuing on to an interactive exhibit where they can share what liberty means to them.</p><p>The museum has also teamed up with Apple to create a Statue of Liberty app for those who are unable to visit. With augmented reality experiences and a "Through Her Eyes" feature that allows users to see New York City through the Statue's eyes from 1886 to present day, the app offers an additional look at the Statue of Liberty's place in history and time. The app is available on iOS starting today.</p><p><em>To see the museum for yourself, you will need to buy a ferry ticket to Liberty and Ellis Islands from <a href="" target="_blank">Statue Cruises</a>. Tickets start at $18.50 for adults. </em></p>
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This Is the One Place Americans Say They Would Travel If Time and Money Were No Factor (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 14:01
<p>Almost any destination can make for a good vacation, but according to a new survey by <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">VRBO</a>, we’re all dreaming of one very specific location for our next getaway.</p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">vacation home rental service</a> polled 1,067 adult American travelers to find out which place they’d like to go if time and money weren’t a factor. And as the results showed, we’re all dreaming of a trip down under.</p><p>“When we asked Americans where they’d go if all constraints were removed, the results hinted at why some destinations might remain a dream and how those dreams evolve as we grow older,” reps for VRBO wrote in the survey’s findings. “Among all survey respondents, <a href="" target="_blank">Australia</a> was the top international dream destination.”</p><p>With the survey, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">VRBO</a> hoped to better understand travel preferences and see how age has changes the way people feel about travel. For example, just look at Australia. While it’s everyone’s dream destination, it was only the 18th most-visited destination by American travelers in 2018, according to Expedia data.</p><img alt="Era Beach, Australia "src=""><p>“The disparity between dream and reality signals that barriers of time and money are the deciding factors for whether Americans will take that dream vacation,” VBRO explained.</p><p>This finding held true for every age group except millennials, who are the group most likely to go into debt for travel (37percent) compared to Generation Xers (27 percent) and baby boomers (15 percent).</p><p>Beyond their willingness to go into debt, Millennials also varied slightly on their dream destination. While the overall number one international spot went to Australia, VRBO noted that for millennial travelers ages 18 to 34, the top dream destination was <a href="" target="_blank">Italy</a>.</p><p>But, according to the results, all age demographics agreed on at least one thing while traveling: the importance of Wi-Fi.</p><p>Internet/Wi-Fi access is the single most important amenity for American travelers, outranking traditional must-haves like TV and air-conditioning, according to the results.</p><p>“While traveling, Americans would rather sweat through the night than miss a tweet. Wi-Fi is so important that 75 percent of travelers said they’ll seek lodging with Internet/Wi-Fi access, while only 59 percent said they expect an accommodation to have a TV,” VRBO wrote. “For millennial respondents, the gap was much wider than for any other age group: 72 percent said they want online access, and 41 percent said having a TV was important.”</p><p>And we can even narrow down this dream trip more. Not only does everyone want to go to Australia and have Wi-Fi, but they want to do it with their family and friends.</p><p>In the survey, all three age groups saw an increase in travelers who said they’ll travel with a group of four or more this year compared with last year. And 52 percent of respondents said a <a href="" target="_blank">family vacation</a> is their reason for travel this year.</p><p>Additionally, all respondents rated relaxation as their primary reason for travel, indicating “a healthy desire to disconnect from the stress of our daily lives and reconnect with family and friends while away.”</p><p>Long story short, if you want to make someone happy, send them to Australia for a spa getaway with family. Just make sure they have Wi-Fi wherever they go.</p>
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This Is the Trick to Getting 5 Extra Hours at Disney World Without the Crowds This Summer

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:01
<p>Walt Disney World is introducing <a href="" target="_blank">Extra Extra Magic Hours</a>, a spin-off of its <a href="" target="_blank">Extra Magic Hours program</a> that will provide guests of select resort hotels special access to <em>Star Wars</em>: Galaxy’s Edge.</p><p>All Walt Disney World resort hotels, as well as select additional hotels, will offer guests three early morning hours inside the <a href="" target="_blank">new Star Wars land</a> before the park opens to the general public each morning, from September 1 through November 2.</p><p>And the extra hours aren't just for Star Wars land: Three Walt Disney World theme parks will start accepting crowds daily in the early morning hours to accommodate increased attendance when guests head to Orlando in hopes of <a href="" target="_blank">piloting the Millennium Falcon</a> themselves.</p><p>If you’re an early riser and are staying at one of the nearly 40 included hotels, you can get much more out of your park tickets without spending a single extra dollar. Not only can guests with hotel reservations get up to five more hours inside Disney theme parks each day, but can take their pick of which to visit each morning, an unprecedented change giving guests more flexibility and access during their vacations.</p><p>And, given that <a href="" target="_blank">no Fastpasses</a> will be provided for <a href="" target="_blank">Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run</a> when it debuts with Galaxy’s Edge at the end of August, Extra Extra Magic Hours are the only way to enter the land with a limited crowd, giving hotel guests the only true advantage for getting on the attraction more quickly.</p><p>With Star Wars Land’s imminent debut, and <a href="" target="_blank">Toy Story Land</a> and Avatar-themed lands still proving to be extremely popular, staying at a hotel that offers Extra Extra Magic Hours will help you <a href="" target="_blank">save more money</a> and get even more out of your Walt Disney World vacation this fall.</p><h2>Extra Extra Magic Hours Are Only for a Limited Time</h2><p>From September 1 through November 2, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will offer Extra Extra Magic Hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily, providing easy access to <em>Star Wars</em>: Galaxy’s Edge as well as Toy Story Land and additional park attractions.</p><p>From August 29 through November 2, both <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Animal Kingdom</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Magic Kingdom</a> will open their magic-filled gates at 7 a.m. each day, allowing guests to line up for popular rides like Flight of Passage at <a href="" target="_blank">Pandora — The World of Avatar</a> or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train even earlier than before.</p><p>Guests can get a total of five extra hours in the park with Extra Magic Hours on select dates this fall. Magic Kingdom will offer traditional Extra Magic Hours at nighttime as well, making it feasible to hit Galaxy’s Edge at 6 a.m. and stay up ‘til midnight enjoying <a href="" target="_blank">Big Thunder Mountain Railroad</a> and other classic Disney favorites.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">EPCOT</a> will continue to offer standard Extra Magic Hours, without the additional hours.</p><p>Only select attractions and experiences are available during these additional park hours. For a full list of attractions open during Extra Magic Hours and Extra Extra Magic Hours, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World website</a>.</p><h2>Hotels With Extra Magic Hours</h2><p>Hotels on property that are owned and operated <a href="" target="_blank">by Walt Disney World</a> itself are privy to a set of perks that include Extra Extra Magic Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Hollywood Studios</a> and Magic Kingdom parks. There are over <a href="" target="_blank">20 different hotel brands</a>, each with varying themes (Animated Disney films! New Orleans! National Parks!) that vary across three different price points: Value, Moderate and Deluxe. All Disney World hotels, regardless of price point, offer the same access to Extra Magic Hours as well as a selection of perks, like transportation and free shuttle rides to and from Orlando International Airport.</p><p>Guests of Walt Disney World Swan Hotel and <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel</a> — both of which are walking distance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios — will also be able to enter extremely early come September, along with Shades of Green Resort guests. <a href="" target="_blank">Four Seasons Resort Orlando</a> at Walt Disney World Resort will have permission for its guests to attend Extra Extra Magic Hours, while Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando, which recently added Disney park perks to its reservations, are also included in the addition.</p><p>The seven <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Springs Resort Area hotels</a> will also have extra extra magic hour perks. Guests staying at B Resort &amp; Spa, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando, Holiday Inn Orlando - Disney Springs Area, Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista, Best Western Lake Buena Vista, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista and Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace will be allowed into Hollywood Studios as early as 6am this fall.</p><p>All hotel reservations at the above properties include this new Extra Magic Hours offering as well as extended Fastpass windows — 60-day booking, as opposed to 30 for standard ticket holders — and additional perks.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Valid Disney tickets</a> and hotel ID are required for Extra Extra Magic Hours, and Park Hopper tickets are needed to visit multiple Walt Disney World theme parks in one day.</p>
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These Wildly Popular Wide-leg Pants Have 5,500 Near-perfect Reviews

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:30
<p>We’ve heard of <a href="" target="_blank">viral swimsuits</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">status suitcases</a>, but <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Everlane’s Wide Leg Crop Pant</a> might be the first pair of trousers to truly reach cult standing. Direct-to-consumer brand Everlane has fostered a loyal following around its everyday basics with a contemporary leaning, so it’s only fitting that its best-selling trousers nail the A-frame, ankle-grazing silhouette that seems to be everywhere right now.</p><p>With 5,500 near-perfect reviews, it’s clear that excitement over these universally flattering pants cannot be contained.</p><p>So why the hype? For one, the high-rise waist happens to look great on a wide range of body types. The navel-height rise creates an hourglass shape, while it supports and “holds in” your midsection. The pant’s just-above-the-ankle crop elongates your legs and makes you look tall, even in flats.</p><p>Superfans of the Wide Leg Crop Pant will also attest to just how incredibly comfortable the style is. “Some of the <a href="" target="_blank">most comfortable pants I've owned</a>,” writes one reviewer. “They're heavy enough to feel sturdy but light enough to be worn in the summer.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Travel Pants for Women Who Hate Flying in Jeans</a></p><p>The offbeat, retro-inspired style of what reviewers are calling their “new favorite pants” means they can be worn just as easily to the office as to your out-of-town weekend. In fact, tons of people are buying enough of them in multiple colors to wear every day of the week.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Wide Leg Crop Pants</a> come in six gorgeous, neutral shades — Bone, Black, Surplus, Ochre, Navy, and Celadon — and are available in sizes 00 to 16. The soft stretch, three percent elastane fabric make it advisable to size down for best fit.</p><p>You can shop the beloved pants for <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">$68 at Everlane</a>.</p><img alt="Wide Leg Crop Pants "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $68</p>
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This Italian Island Will Refund Your Hotel If It Rains Too Much

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:16
<p>You never have to worry about the weather ruining your vacation, as long as you go to this island off the coast of Italy.</p><p>The Italian island of Elba, off the coast of Tuscany, is an idyllic place to spend a vacation with its <a href="" target="_blank">beautiful beaches</a>, gorgeous architecture, and delicious food. Plus, the island is the perfect combination for people looking to relax and people looking for fascinating places to sightsee.</p><p>Famously, the island was home to Napoleon Bonaparte when he was exiled from France between 1814 and 1815, in case any <a href="" target="_blank">history buffs</a> out there are planning an historical getaway.</p><p>Of course, all paradise locations are also susceptible to inclement weather. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a></em>, the island has launched an initiative to combat weather-related vacation disasters with its<em> "</em>Elba No Rain"<em> </em>promotion.</p><p>Anyone who takes a vacation on Elba can get a refund for their hotel stay if there’s too much rain while they’re there. According to <em>Lonely Planet</em>, the initiative measures “too much rain” as more than 2 hours of a downpour during the day, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time.</p><p>However, it’s important to note that not all hotels have adopted this temporary refund policy. A full list of hotels who are participating in the "Elba No Rain" program can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">initiative’s website</a> (which is in Italian).</p><p>If you want a guarantee that the weather on your vacation will be beautiful or your money back, it’s best to check out which places on the list are the best to book. The initiative only lasts through May 31, so grabbing a hotel room quickly is key.</p><p>Elba’s climate can be a bit unpredictable, according to <em>Lonely Planet</em>, so it’s very possible that you can get your hotel stay for free. Or, you’ll just have a lovely, rain-free vacation. The weather forecast holds so many possibilities.</p><p>While some rain can certainly lead to a <a href="" target="_blank">disappointing vacation</a>, a little water never hurt anybody, and there can be lots of great things to do while you’re waiting for the sun to come out again.</p><p>More information can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">"Elba No Rain" website</a>.</p>
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eBags Snuck So Many Anti-theft Features Into This Cross-body Bag — and You Can Get One for More Than Half Off

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:15
<p>While you’re anxiously Googling the <a href="">best carry-on suitcases</a> or the <a href="">best carry-on backpacks</a> you’ll need to get you to your summer getaways, you can’t forget about the bags that you’ll need once you actually <em>arrive </em>at your destination and hit the ground running.</p><p>After all my years of traveling growing up — my mom's been a flight attendant for 36 years — I’ve learned a thing or two about <a href="">which bags you need for every type of trip</a>. There’s nothing more annoying than going on a long trip, whether it’s domestic or abroad, and not being prepared with a big enough bag to hold the essentials or a small enough bag that allows you to explore without feeling weighed down. While some may prefer backpacks as their go-to day-to-day travel bags, my choice is a <a href="">cross-body bag</a> — it’s the perfect in-between bag that holds just enough and can be worn across your body or over your shoulder.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="">This $26 Travel Backpack Is Lightweight, Water-resistant, and Pickpocket-proof</a></p><p>That’s why when I found <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags’ anti-theft medium cross-body bag</a> within the brand’s in-house collection, I instantly knew it would be a good option to have on hand. When I’m traveling, I don’t like to carry too flashy of a bag because bad things can happen even on trips of a lifetime — like your bag unexpectedly disappearing from the back of your chair during anotherwise perfect al fresco meal.</p><p>While it’s not the most stylish of cross-body bags, it holds plenty. (Check out all of those exterior and interior pockets, card slots, and pen loops!) Plus, the main compartment is expandable with an extra 1.5 inches for even more capacity when you need it.</p><p>If you’re worried about pickpocketing, it will keep your most valuable items safe too, thanks to <a href="">the bag’s anti-theft protection</a> with a slash-proof strap, locking zippers, and lined pockets to protect your credit cards and passport against RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) scanners. There’s even a hidden cell phone pocket that you can easily tuck your phone into while on the go instead of keeping it in a jacket or pant pocket.</p><p>Based on the bag’s 300 reviews, about 92 percent of people who have tried eBags’ medium cross-body bag would recommend it to others — many reviewers love the bag because it’s super lightweight, the strap is surprisingly comfortable (it can adjust from 13 to 25 inches), and the bag’s interior is extra roomy, allowing you to stash a mini iPad or a Kindle. If you’re like me and enjoy carrying neutral-colored travel bags, it comes in four minimalist shades of black, dark grey, dark navy, and midnight blue and one bolder shade of eggplant.</p><p>Starting now until July 31, <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers can receive 25 percent off all eBags styles with the code TRAVELLEISURE25. Shop the brand’s medium cross-body below, and be sure to check out <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBag’s full collection of travel bags</a> so that you can be prepared for any getaway, any time.</p><h2>eBags Anti-Theft Medium Crossbody</h2><img alt="eBags Cross-body Bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $35 with code TRAVELLEISURE25 (originally $85)</p>
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Cannes’ Famous Hotels Have Undergone More Than $1 Billion in Renovations

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:55
<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Cannes Film Festival</a> is, undoubtedly, one of the most glamorous events of the year.</p><p>About 40,000 people will visit the city on the French coast to watch some of the year’s best films, spot celebrities, and bask in the glamour of the <a href="" target="_blank">French Riviera</a>. And guests at this year’s festival (which begins Tuesday) may be treated to an even more glamorous experience than years past.</p><img alt="La Plage de Martinez "src=""><p>Historic hotels in Cannes have invested about $1 billion in renovations for five-star accommodations this year.</p><p>"We went to sleep a bit," Michel Chevillon, head of the Cannes hoteliers union, <a href="" target="_blank">told Associated Foreign Press</a>. "Bookings didn't fall but there was a drop in customer satisfaction levels. And then the big international chains arrived. So to keep our share of the market, we had to get it just right.”</p><img alt="Hotel Martinez, Cannes "src=""><img alt="La Plage de Martinez "src=""><p>Last year, the historic waterfront Martinez Hotel re-opened after <a href="" target="_blank">a $168 million (€150 million) renovation, which shut down the hotel for four months</a>. Today, it’s the biggest hotel in town, with 409 rooms. The old hotel was previously decorated in dark tones. Today, it’s all white and pastels alongside its art deco architecture to bring more of the sunshine from the seaside city in. Nightly rates for the hotel’s suites in the summer months can reach up to $38,00 (€34,000). During the festival, nightly rates soar to an undisclosed amount.</p><p>Other glamorous seaside hotels have also undergone substantial renovations in recent history, including the <a href="" target="_blank">Radisson Blu</a>, the Marriott and the Majestic. Chevillon said that, with the smaller independent hotels included, the town of 70,000 has invested about $1 billion in hotel renovations over the past decade.</p><img alt="Hotel Martinez, Cannes "src=""><p>Hoteliers have cited the influence of competition from home-sharing sites like Airbnb as motivation to invest in renovations.</p>
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