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Unprepared Texans Are Using Hangers and Frisbees to Get Snow Off Their Cars

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:38
<p>As <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-inga-path" target="_blank">another snowstorm hits the U.S. from Texas to Maine</a>, plenty of people are waking up to cars covered in ice.</p><p>However, some people in southern states, especially Texas, aren’t quite used to this little hiccup in their commute. Therefore, many Texans seem to be missing one essential winter household item: the ever-useful ice scraper.</p><p>Having no use for ice scrapers on any normal day, this snowstorm has forced Texans to improvise on de-icing their cars with spatulas, plastic gift cards, keychains, and plastic hangers.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/defrost-car-windshield" target="_blank">How to Defrost Your Car Windshield in Less Than a Minute</a></p><p>Some of the results are effective, and pretty hilarious to people who live in colder states.</p><p>Some ingenious Texans also used things like vodka or alcohol solutions to melt the ice.</p><p>And some helpful Twitter users were quick to warn people to never dump hot water on their cars, since the sudden change in temperature could cause their windshields to crack.</p><p>If you find yourself stuck with a frozen car windshield in the storm, there is actually a very quick way to defrost it without makeshift scrapers.</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/defrost-car-windshield" target="_blank">Fill a spray bottle with two-thirds rubbing alcohol and one-third water</a>, and simply keep this solution in your car. You’ll be frost free and ready to go in a matter of minutes any time your car windows need to be cleared.</p><p>Plus, it’s less likely to damage your window than scraping it with a random object. </p>
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Betty White's Secrets to a Long Life Will Make You Love Her Even More

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:52
<p>By now, it’s safe to say Betty White is a national treasure. The iconic actress and comedian turned 96 on Wednesday and thankfully shared with the world a few pieces of advice for not only living to an old age, but living well throughout all your years.</p><p>"First of all, keep busy. And don't focus everything on you, that wears out pretty fast. It's not hard to find things you're interested in, but enjoy them and indulge them, and I think that can keep you on your toes,” White told Katie Couric in an interview when she turned 95.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/the-secrets-to-long-life" target="_blank">How to Live to Be 100 Years Old, According to Centenarians</a></p><p>Beyond keeping your ego in check, White told Couric that it’s key to share your love with everything around you, be grateful that you wake up every day, and savor every single moment for whatever it may be worth.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel/101-year-old-worlds-oldest-skydiver-record" target="_blank">This 101-year-old Daredevil Just Broke the Record for World’s Oldest Skydiver</a></p><p>“Enjoy life. Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look,” White additionally told <em><a href="https://parade.com/634316/samuelmurrian/betty-white-on-her-legacy-memories-and-her-recipe-for-living-a-long-happy-life/" target="_blank">Parade Magazine.</a></em></p><p>Oh, and go ahead and indulge in a few favorites. For White that is vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order.”</p><p>Moreover, White told Couric that it’s key to live without regret. "I've been married three times, and I probably still would have been married three times, even if I knew what I know now,” she said. White says her third husband, Allen Ludden, was the true love of her life.</p><p>When asked by Couric if she’d ever remarry again, White responded with a laugh: "Remarry? No. Fool around, sure...I'm the luckiest old broad on two feet."</p><p>White told <i>Parade</i> that she has no intention of slowing down just yet and will continue making us all laugh as long as she can. “I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside,” she said. “I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time.”</p>
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You Can Live Like a Hollywood Legend at Greta Garbo's Seaside Home in Sweden

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:34
<p>Greta Garbo's villa on the island of Ingarö, in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-see-northern-lights-february" target="_blank">Sweden</a>, is <a href="https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/85476-greta-garbo-s-swedish-escape-hits-the-market" target="_blank">up for sale for 32 million kronor</a> — or about $3.9 million.</p><img alt="Greta Garbo's summer vacation home in Stockholm "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516207039/greta-garbo-home-exterior-pond-HMELISTING0118.jpg?itok=pfwSruvg"><p>Garbo, who was originally from <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/sweden-best-passport" target="_blank">Stockholm</a>, was the star of Hollywood classics like the 1936 film “Camille” and 1935's “Anna Karenina.”</p><p>The traditional summer home was built in 1929, and has four buildings besides the main house: two cabins, a garage, and a brewing facility. The main house has three floors, including seven bedrooms and a basement, over 3,000 square feet. On the property, there is a private beach, a garden, and a forest surrounding the home.</p><img alt="Greta Garbo's summer vacation home in Stockholm "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516207039/greta-garbo-home-interior-HMELISTING0118.jpg?itok=3uwmuI-o"><p>Among the many gorgeous features of the home, there are also French balconies from a second-floor bedroom and a family room and a large terrace that overlooks the water.</p><img alt="Greta Garbo's summer vacation home in Stockholm "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516207039/greta-garbo-home-living-room-HMELISTING0118.jpg?itok=NznMfrmM"><p>According to real estate broker Werde, <a href="https://www.thelocal.se/20180116/in-pictures-you-can-now-buy-greta-garbos-seaside-home-sweden-stockholm" target="_blank">as reported by <em>The Local</em></a>, Garbo used her basement, which is decorated with a wall sculpture inspired by Swedish king Gustav Vasa, as a game room.</p><p>“It’s an amazing opportunity to convey such a historic property. The villa is truly an archipelago dream,” said Titti Johansson, the listing agent for Werde.</p><img alt="Greta Garbo's summer vacation home in Stockholm "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516207039/greta-garbo-home-view-HMELISTING0118.jpg?itok=8RuV5DXi"><p>According to <em>The Local</em>, Greta Garbo's former <a href="https://www.thelocal.se/20170407/in-pictures-step-inside-greta-garbos-nyc-apartment-new-york-sweden" target="_blank">Manhattan apartment</a> sold for $8.5 million at the end of last year.</p>
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You Could Win This $1.3-million Cottage in the U.K. for £10

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:26
<p>Tricia Hamilton, hat maker and businesswoman, is <a href="https://www.winmyhouse.online/" target="_blank">selling £10 (about $14 USD) raffle tickets</a> for her £1 million (about $1.3 million) cottage, named The Roselands, in Pill, North Somerset, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/resort-hotels-in-united-kingdom-ireland" target="_blank">in the U.K.</a></p><img alt="Home being raffled near Bristol, UK "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516210974/uk-cottage-exterior-far-RAFFLEHOUSE0118.jpg?itok=y4mPl87l"><p>Hamilton, who has lived in the house for over 20 years and is looking for a change, plans to use the proceeds to reinvest in her business and give a portion to charity.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/how-much-money-royal-wedding-will-bring-to-uk" target="_blank">Here's How Much Money the Royal Wedding Will Bring to the U.K.</a></p><p>“Now it’s time for someone else to enjoy it,” Hamilton said. “It’s very unique, which works well for such an unconventional sale. I’d describe it as a Tardis as it’s much more spacious than it first appears.”</p><p>The four-bedroom home, built in 1829, sits on a half-acre of land and has 17 rooms across three floors, including three bathrooms, two living rooms and several outhouses.</p><img alt="Home being raffled near Bristol, UK "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516210974/uk-cottage-living-room-RAFFLEHOUSE0118.jpg?itok=zuu4Ww2N"><img alt="Home being raffled near Bristol, UK "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516210974/uk-cottage-bedroom-RAFFLEHOUSE0118.jpg?itok=E3ZFPdzY"><p>In addition to being someone’s potential dream home, Hamilton says the home is fairly cheap to run, claiming she only needs to turn on the heating a few times a year. The house is also fitted with solar panels and has a vegetable garden.</p><img alt="Home being raffled near Bristol, UK "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516210974/uk-cottage-kitchen-RAFFLEHOUSE0118.jpg?itok=6xi-knb_"><p>“I rarely have to buy fruit or veg during the summer,” Hamilton said.</p><p>The home has been on the market for more than a year, but Hamilton has yet to get an offer. She says the house is worth more than £1 million due to the renovation work carried out, but she took more than £300,000 off the original asking price when it was on the market.</p><p>For more information on getting a ticket, visit the <a href="https://www.triciadesigns.com/" target="_blank">Tricia Designs</a> website or her dedicated <a href="https://www.winmyhouse.online/" target="_blank">raffle site</a>.</p>
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See the Moment a Giant Meteor Exploded Over Michigan

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:24
<p>Late Tuesday evening, people living in Michigan got quite the scare when a huge ball of fire ripped through the sky and left many wondering if this was the end of the world.</p><p>“I went to turn and I noticed a ball of flame coming at an angle,” Danny McEwen Jr. told the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/01/16/metro-detroit-flash-boom/109525280/" target="_blank"><em>Detroit News</em></a>. “It just blew up into a bunch of sparks. I didn’t even know what to think. It was kind of odd how orange the sky was behind me and this blaze of flame out of nowhere.”</p><p>But, fear not, <a href="https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/11/25/michigan-michiganders-nickname/894483001/" target="_blank">Michiganders</a>, as according to NASA it was simply a meteor, albeit a big and rare one, that illuminated your Tuesday night.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/super-blue-blood-moon-eclipse-january-2018" target="_blank">How to See the Super Blue Blood-Moon Eclipse on January 31</a></p><p>As the space agency explained, a meteor entered Earth’s atmosphere just after 8 p.m. local time. And really, there is no other conspiracy theory that can play in here. “It was definitely a meteor,” Bill Cooke, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office lead at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, told the <em><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/01/17/watch-the-amazing-moment-a-rare-meteor-burst-across-the-night-sky-over-michigan/?utm_term=.aa08886445d7" target="_blank">Washington Post</a></em>.</p><p>The ball of fire, Cooke further explained, was caused by a passing asteroid that was likely one to two yards in diameter and moving at 28,000 mph. And it’s obvious why people were so startled by the sight. “For an area like Michigan,” Cooke said, “it’s very rare.”</p><p>Even more rare is the fact that the meteor caused a 2.0 earthquake as it made impact with the earth.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/distance-from-earth-to-moon-nasa-picture" target="_blank">Distance From Earth to Moon Revealed in Striking New NASA Picture</a></p><p>“Anybody that saw it is lucky,” Bob Trembley, a former outreach officer for the Warren Astronomical Society and volunteer NASA/JPL solar system ambassador, additionally told the <i>Detroit News</i>. And surely, anybody who saw it was tweeting about it as it became an instant viral sensation just moments after impact. Check out a few of the videos, photos, and memories shared on Twitter below.</p>
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Most of the National Park Service Board Just Resigned Because of the Trump Administration

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 06:57
<p>The majority of members on the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/people-angry-about-yosemite-starbucks-opening" target="_blank">U.S. National Park Service</a> advisory board resigned Monday night, citing significant differences between their vision and that of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/donald-trump-air-travel-2017" target="_blank">President Trump</a> and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.</p><p>Nine out of the board’s 12 members led by former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles signed a letter addressed to Zinke claiming that “requests to engage have been ignored and the matters on which we wanted to brief the new Department team are clearly not part of the agenda,” according to a copy of the document <a href="http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/national/letter-of-resignation-from-members-of-the-national-park-system-advisory-board/2711/" target="_blank">posted by the Washington<em> Post</em>.</a></p><p>Previously under Barack Obama’s administration, the letter said, the board had "worked closely and productively through 2016 with dedicated National Park Service employees, an inspiring Director and a fully supportive Department." But since then, Knowles explained, the board has failed to secure a meeting with Zinke despite multiple attempts.</p><p>“The department showed no interest in learning about or continuing to use the forward-thinking agenda of science, the effect of climate change, protections of the ecosystems, education,” Knowles <a href="https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/01/16/knowles-quits-national-parks-panel-says-new-administration-wont-listen/" target="_blank">told Alaska Public Radio.</a> “And it has rescinded [National Park Service] regulations of resource stewardship concerning those very things: biodiversity loss, pollution and climate change.”</p><p>Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said in a statement that she supported the resigning board members, <a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/17/578525840/majority-of-national-park-service-board-resigns-citing-administration-indifferen" target="_blank">according to NPR.</a></p><p>"The President still hasn't nominated a director for the National Park Service and Secretary Zinke has proposed tripling entrance fees at our most popular national parks," she said. "His disregard of the advisory board is just another example of why he has earned an 'F' in stewardship."</p><p>Throughout the first year of his administration, Trump has made moves to reduce protections of public lands and national parks. In December, he ordered the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/trump-utah-national-monument" target="_blank">largest national monument reduction in U.S. history</a> with the shrinking of two of Utah’s protected lands.</p>
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Michelle and Malia Obama Just Took the Ultimate Mother-daughter Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 06:33
<p>Michelle Obama may be busy <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/obama-takes-ipad-photos-of-michelle-vacation" target="_blank">globetrotting with her husband and her other famous friends</a>, but she’ll always have time for her daughters, Malia and Sasha.</p><p>Take, for example, last weekend when Michelle took time out of her schedule to spend a long weekend in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/miami" target="_blank">Miami Beach</a> with her eldest daughter, Malia.</p><p>There, the mother-daughter duo dined at steakhouse <a href="http://mylesrestaurantgroup.com/hotels.php?id=1" target="_blank">Prime </a><a href="http://mylesrestaurantgroup.com/hotels.php?id=1" target="_blank">112</a> with Tracy Mourning, founder of <a href="http://honeyshine.org/" target="_blank">Honey Shine</a>, an organization dedicated to empowering young women.</p><p>Of course they both looked incredibly stylish while heading out with friends. As <em><a href="http://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/red-carpet-dresses/a15172062/michelle-malia-obama-miami/" target="_blank">Harper’s Bazaar</a> </em>broke down, Malia wore a printed romper from Urban Outfitters and paired it with plain white sneakers and a youthful ponytail. (You can get a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.6pm.com/p/amuse-society-violet-romper-black/product/8961003/color/3" target="_blank">similar one for $39.99</a>.)</p><p>Meanwhile, Michelle rocked a dark gray tank and high-waisted, army green trousers with a sheer, navy cardigan to top it all off. She also wore her celebrity-approved oversized sunglasses, hoop earrings, and a a few matching, layered necklaces.</p><p>Beyond dining at Miami’s best restaurants, Malia and Michelle also took time to soak up the warm Florida weather at the area’s best beaches. According to<i> </i><em>Harper’s</em>, Malia and Michelle went to the beach with Barack Obama’s former senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, and several Secret Service agents.</p><p>And even at the beach the former White House residents looked flawless as Michelle wore an all-white everything outfit including a white button down, white bikini, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.revolve.com/agolde-jaden-high-rise-cut-off-in-star-bright/dp/AGOL-WN20/" target="_blank">white cutoff shorts</a>. Malia looked college-perfect in a tan hoodie and black bikini bottoms.</p><p>The trip may be just what the pair needed, since they're likely seeing less of each other now that Malia is a college freshman at Harvard. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/malia-obama-starts-freshman-year-harvard" target="_blank">Michelle and Barack dropped their daughter off</a> at the Cambridge, Massachusetts school, which is also Barack’s alma mater, in September. Then, the former president described dropping his daughter off as “a bit like open heart surgery.”</p><p>But hey, at least now they have even more reason to go on <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/obama-family-indonesia-vacation" target="_blank">epic worldwide adventures together</a> in their post-White House life.</p>
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This Is Where You Should Take Your Vacation in 2018, According to TripAdvisor

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:35
<p>If you’re searching for your next vacation in 2018, other travelers are happy to give you plenty of suggestions.</p><p>But if you want a truly spectacular destination to spend your hard-earned time off, there's one place in the U.S. that stands out from the rest this year, according to TripAdvisor. Based on traveler activity, as well as site searches and bookings, the top trending destination is Kapaa, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-hawaii" target="_blank">Hawaii</a>.</p><img alt="Wave breaking off the shore in Kappa, Hawaii "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515774696/Huge-wave-breaking-kappa-HAWAIIUP0118.jpg?itok=kLV4IqYR"><p>Kapaa, at the base of Nounou (the Sleeping Giant) Mountain on Kauai, Hawaii (<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/islands" target="_blank">one of the World's Best islands</a>), is a beautiful and visitor-friendly spot with <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g60616-Kapaa_Kauai_Hawaii-Hotels.html" target="_blank">great hotels</a>, shopping and restaurants — and of course <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g60616-Activities-c61-Kapaa_Kauai_Hawaii.html" target="_blank">outdoor activities</a> for people looking for adventure.</p><p>For those who are looking for a good souvenir to take home, TripAdvisor suggests visiting the Kinipopo Shopping Village, which is full of great places to eat and small shops where you can find “Kauai Made” products made by local craftsmen using traditional materials. If you love to get out on the water, it's no surprise that Hawaii is a great place to do so: There are places for snorkeling, kayaking and water skiing, too.</p><img alt="Walking by seaside on coastal path in Kappa, Hawaii "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515774696/kappa-hawaii-HAWAIIUP0118.jpg?itok=7OeOYgSJ"><p>Plus, Kapaa won’t break the bank for people who want a phenomenal vacation on a budget. The average annual Kapaa hotel price is about $251 per night.</p><p>Among the other places <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-DestinationsontheRise" target="_blank">TripAdvisor noted as great trending destinations</a> were Boulder, Colorado (<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/happiest-cities-us" target="_blank">the happiest city in the U.S.</a>); Waco, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; and Bend, Oregon.</p>
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The Philippines' Most Active Volcano Is Spewing Lava and Causing Thousands to Evacuate

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:28
<p>Fears of a volcanic eruption from the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/visiting-the-philippine-islands" target="_blank">Philippines</a>’ Mount Mayon have prompted tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes.</p><p>More than 34,000 people have already fled villages surrounding the Philippines’ most active volcano, which sits in the Bicol Region of the country, according to the <a href="https://www.apnews.com/0e609d23309b45d1b06c4c16519be904/Glowing-red-lava-causes-more-to-flee-from-Philippine-volcano" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=8347:mayon-volcano-bulletin-16-january-2018-800-am&amp;catid=70:latest-volcano-bulletin&amp;Itemid=500008" target="_blank">Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology</a> on Sunday raised the alert level for Mount Mayon to a level three, meaning the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/vacation-rentals/airbnb-next-to-volcano-in-hawaii" target="_blank">volcano</a> has high levels of unrest and could fully erupt within days or weeks.</p><p>Mount Mayon has faced three steam explosions since Saturday, according to the Associated Press, with images showcasing the lava that has been seen spurting down its edges.</p><p>These explosions have already cause high amounts of ash to fall into the nearby villages, with officials warning residents and tourists to avoid anywhere in the danger zone that’s marked at about 3.7 to 4.3 miles around the volcano.</p><p>Renato Solidum, head of the <a href="http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=8347:mayon-volcano-bulletin-16-january-2018-800-am&amp;catid=70:latest-volcano-bulletin&amp;Itemid=500008" target="_blank">Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology</a>, told the AP scientists are still unsure whether the current conditions will lead the institute to raise alerts to a level four to mark an imminent explosion, which could result in mandatory evacuations for those still in their homes.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>For this reason, officials are currently testing methods to make evacuation easier. These include creating temporary evacuation centers for the livestock of farmers in nearby villages, and creating temporary school sites.</p><p>Although Mount Mayon is a popular destination for climbers, the attraction can be dangerous, having erupted more than 50 times in the last 500 years, according to AP.</p>
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Winter Storm Inga Could Bring Freezing Cold and Snow to Parts of Texas. Here’s What to Know

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:50
<p>Another snow storm, Winter Storm Inga, is making its way across parts of the U.S., bringing a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain to areas already feeling the effects of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-hunter" target="_blank">Winter Storm Hunter</a> and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-grayson-space" target="_blank">Winter Storm Grayson</a>.</p><p>Winter Storm Inga has brought a combination of snowy and icy conditions throughout several Southern States on Tuesday, carrying snow and temperatures the <a href="http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/hpcdiscussions.php?disc=pmdspd" target="_blank">National Weather Service</a> refers to as “well below normal” into Kentucky, Tennessee, northern Alabama, northern Mississippi, southern Arkansas, northern Louisiana, and Texas.</p><p>The snow storm has already brought in up to 9 inches of storm in some parts of western Kentucky, and up to a half foot of snow in Arkansas, with snowy road conditions also reported in both Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, according to the <a href="https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/2018-01-14-winter-storm-inga-midwest-northeast-south-snow-forecast-mid-january" target="_blank">Weather Channel’s</a> latest forecast.</p><p>States like Texas, which have already been hit with up to three inches of snow in some parts, are facing slippery road conditions across Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, while icy conditions have also arrived in Dallas-Fort Worth.</p><p>The Texas winter storm is expected to continue bringing in mixtures of snow and freezing rain throughout Tuesday night, meaning traveling on bridges and overpasses more dangerous because of snow and ice buildups.</p><p>While road conditions have been icy Tuesday morning and afternoon and the Texas Department of Transportation is recommending that drivers use extra caution and slow down if they need to drive at all, both the Galveston Causeway and the Fred Hartman Bridge remain open for transportation needs.</p><p>Texas residents should prepare for near freezing temperatures anywhere from 20 to 30 degrees below what the mid-January average in the state, according to the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-weather-service-boston-icebergs" target="_blank">National Weather Service</a>. Those in Shreveport, Memphis, Nashville and parts of Georgia and Alabama will also want to be cautious of road conditions.</p><p>The storm has also caused school closures across a variety of states that include Texas and Louisiana.</p><p>Hundreds of flights out of airports in Texas have also been canceled or delayed due to Inga. <a href="https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp" target="_blank">American Airlines</a>, <a href="https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/advisories.html" target="_blank">Delta</a>, <a href="https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/travel/news/Pages/travelnotices.aspx" target="_blank">United</a>, <a href="https://www.southwest.com/html/advisories/swa_travel_advisory_20180151516050951545.html" target="_blank">Southwest</a>, <a href="https://www2.jetblue.com/JetblueAlerts/WeatherUpdate.aspx?intcmp=global_travelalert" target="_blank">JetBlue</a>, <a href="https://www.spirit.com/TravelAdvisory.aspx?culture=en-US" target="_blank">Spirit</a>, and <a href="https://www.flyfrontier.com/alert/" target="_blank">Frontier</a> are all providing travelers with the option to change their flights, free of charge, if affected by the current weather conditions. </p><p>Passengers traveling out of a Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, the Carolinas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, will want to be aware of potential flight delays that can arise due to snowy conditions and needing to deice planes, with travelers coming to or from states that include New York, Boston, Virginia, and New Jersey also qualifying for several of the flight waivers mentioned above. </p><img alt=" "src=""><p>The storm will continue through Tuesday evening, bringing snow into New York and Virgina that will continue into cities like Boston and Hartford on Wednesday.</p><p>Most of the snow is expected to stop by Wednesday night, though snow will continue throughout Wednesday night in northern Maine and North Carolina.</p>
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Save 30% on an All-inclusive Stay at Iberostar Grand Paraiso in Mexico's Riviera Maya

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:43
<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="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><strong>travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</strong></a></em></p><p>Mexico: Get 30 percent off the <a href="https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=69950&amp;Chain=10237&amp;template=rMIASL&amp;shell=rMIASL&amp;start=availresults&amp;arrive=4/15/2018&amp;depart=4/18/2018&amp;adult=1&amp;child=0&amp;promo=TRAVEL" target="_blank">Iberostar Grand Paraiso</a>, an adults-only, all-inclusive hotel in the Riviera Maya with luxe amenities such as a personalized pillow menu, five restaurants, and a pool concierge.</p><p>The Winter Promotion includes:</p><p>*30 percent off an all-inclusive stay in a suite, which includes meals, beverages, and resort activities such as dance lessons and cooking classes</p><p>*A $600 resort credit</p><p>*A $150 room upgrade</p><p>*Two $50 spa credits valid towards treatments such as a couple’s massage, facial, or a chocolate scrub</p><p>*A $60 bottle credit (order a bottle of Moet or Veuve, for example)</p><p>*Unlimited golf</p><p>Original Price: From $5,743 (or $1,148 per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> $4,020 (or $804 per night); book by April 1 for travel through December 1, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Guests must call the Iberostar Grand Paraiso directly to book 1-888-923-2722. Use booking code TL2018.</p>
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Airbnb Will Now Let You Book With Just a Deposit

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:31
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/vacation-rentals/airbnb-most-popular-listing" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> users no longer have to pay for their entire stay up front.</p><p>The home-sharing service announced Tuesday that it will allow users to pay only a deposit at time of booking and complete the full payment closer to the stay. The “Pay Less Up Front” option is available on stays that cost at least $250.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/vacation-rentals/london-man-made-15-million-from-airbnb" target="_blank">How One Man Made $15 Million As an Airbnb Host Last Year</a></p><p>A typical deposit will be about 50% of the entire cost of the stay. The second payment will be due about three days before the stay. Guests must make their booking at least 14 days in advance and if they fail to make their second payment, the reservation will be automatically cancelled.</p><p>Other cancellations depend on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.airbnb.com/home/cancellation_policies" target="_blank">the type of policy that the Airbnb host</a> has chosen.</p><p><a href="https://skift.com/2018/01/16/airbnb-follows-homeaways-lead-by-not-requiring-full-payments-in-advance/" target="_blank">According to Airbnb</a>, the service is useful not only for guests, but for hosts. When travelers are given the ability to spread out payments, they often end up opting for a more expensive option than what they were previously considering. Guests also booked sooner when they could split payments, giving hosts more time to plan for arrivals and departures.</p><p>The split-payment on a homeshare is not exactly a novel innovation. Both HomeAway and VRBO currently offer users the ability to pay first with a deposit.</p><p>And the payment-split feature could be very useful for guests who want to spring for a memorable vacation. Last year, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/vacation-rentals/airbnb-luxury-retreats" target="_blank">Airbnb acquired about 4,000 new “luxury retreats,”</a> including Richard Branson’s private island in the Caribbean and Francis Ford Coppola’s Italian villa.</p><p>Airbnb’s development is a continuation of their mission to compete with hotels. In November, Airbnb introduced a feature that allows guests to split payments with friends and family when booking a group trip.</p>
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Save 30% on Stays at the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa in Madeira

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:49
<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="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><strong>travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</strong></a></em></p><p>Madeira Island: Get 30 percent off stays at the <a href="http://www.savoyresorts.com/savoysaccharum/en/home" target="_blank">Savoy Saccharum Resort &amp; Spa</a>. It has 243 ocean- and mountain-facing rooms on the former site of a sugar cane mill. Don’t miss a day at the sleek spa (there’s a halotherapy room and an ice fountain) and a meal a the refined Alambique restaurant.</p><p>Escape in Calheta includes:</p><p>*A minimum of four nights in a Double Sea View room</p><p>*Daily breakfast</p><p>Original Price: From $223 (or 185 euro per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $156 (or 130 euro per night); book by March 31 for travel through April 30.</p><p>Booking details: Use booking code Exclusivedeals when <a href="http://www.savoyresorts.com/savoysaccharum/en/home" target="_blank">booking online</a>.</p>
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WOW Air Has $69 Flights to Iceland, $89 Flights to Europe

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:02
<p>Need a last-minute jaunt to Europe?</p><p>WOWAir has brought back its super cheap flights to Europe, offering <a href="https://wowair.us/" target="_blank">one-way $69 flights</a> from six U.S. airports to Iceland, and <a href="https://wowair.us/" target="_blank">$89 flights</a> to more destinations in Europe.</p><p>The discounted flights are available Newark International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, and San Francisco International Airport.</p><p>The destinations include Reykjavík, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Brussels, Edinburgh, Dublin, and Frankfurt.</p><p>“We want to start the year by giving our customers some of the lowest prices available,” WOW Air CEO Skúli Mogensen, said in a statement. “We saw great success and growth over the last year and I am confident it will continue into 2018 by offering great deals on transatlantic flights.”</p><p>Iceland-based WOW Air has been leading the way on super cheap flights to Europe <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/wow-air-cheap-flights" target="_blank">for the past year</a>. Fares go on sale Tuesday, for travel between January 17, 2018 and April 24, 2018.</p><p>If those destinations or dates don't fit your needs, WOW Air isn't the only airline with ultra-cheap flights to Europe this year. A brand new airline, Primera Air, which will launch officially in late spring, <a href="https://primeraair.com/plan-trip/spring-deals/" target="_blank">is offering $99 flights to Europe in the summer</a>.</p><p>Sale prices include New York to Birmingham for $119, New York to Paris or London for $159, Boston to Birmingham for $119, Boston to London for $139, and Boston to Paris for $149. Currently, Primera Air only operates out of these two U.S. cities.</p><p>Both airlines are budget carriers, meaning you should check all the fine print about extra fees before booking. Things like checked baggage, and in-flight food or other services, cost extra. But if you're willing to plan around the limitations, this is your chance to visit Europe in 2018 on a very tight budget.</p>
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Away Just Launched Two-tone Suitcases — But Only for a Limited Run

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:01
<p>The start of a new year is the perfect time to resolve to travel more. Maybe we're biased, but what better way to kick off 2018 than to begin planning your adventures for the year ahead? With that idea in mind, cult luggage brand <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.awaytravel.com/" target="_blank">Away</a> just launched its first limited collection of the year, and each suitcase style is inspired by our favorite travel destinations.</p><p>The Coordinate Collection, which launches today, includes three new dual-tone suitcases in colors that will make you dream of all the geographical landscapes on your list. The three colorways are Cove, in a deep blue and velvety green; Canyon, in a muted pink and sunset red; and Savanna, in a golden yellow and elephant gray.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/best-sleep-masks" target="_blank">The Best Sleep Masks for Traveling </a></p><p>”The [new] collection represents the vivid tones of vastly inspiring territories: the tidal blue and forest greens of coves in the Pacific Northwest, the shades of red in Moab and Sedona, and the birch yellows and desert grays of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/sanctuary-retreats-kichakani-serengeti-camp" target="_blank">Serengeti</a>,” says Away co-founder <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/inside-jen-rubio-and-steph-koreys-carry-ons" target="_blank">Jen Rubio</a> of the limited collection.</p><p>Her travel plans for the new year? “In between my almost monthly trips to Vancouver and Tofino, I’d love to finally make it to Namibia and Sri Lanka. Both have been on my list for too long.”</p><p>The collection is debuting for a limited run in all of Away’s core sizes — Large, $295; Medium, $275; The Bigger Carry-On, $245; The Carry-On, $225; and The Kids’ Carry-On, $195 — and come with all the bells and whistles that make the brand's luggage so covetable: unbreakable shells, smart inner compartments, and removable batteries in the carry-on sizes.</p><h2>Away Canyon Suitcase</h2><img alt="Red and pink suitcase from Away "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515712429/away-dual-canyon-AWAYTWOTONE0118.gif?itok=qZ2mEifb"><h2>Away Savanna Suitcase</h2><img alt="Yellow and gray suitcase from Away "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515712429/savanna-yellow-grey-away-suitcase-AWAYTWOTONE0118.jpg?itok=QA62j_Iw"><h2>Away Cove Suitcase</h2><img alt="Green and blue suitcase from Away "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515712429/away-dual-cove-AWAYTWOTONE0118.gif?itok=KFwVv8HO"><p>The Coordinate Collection styles are available at Away retail stores and online at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.awaytravel.com/" target="_blank">www.awaytravel.com</a>.</p>
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Here's How Much Money the Royal Wedding Will Bring to the U.K.

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:12
<p>Usually when someone plans a wedding, the big question on everyone’s mind is how much the wedding is going to cost.</p><p>However, when a member of the British royal family gets married, they aren't the only ones who benefit.</p><p>According to an estimate by Britain's Office of National Statistics, as reported by <a href="http://people.com/royals/prince-harry-and-meghan-markles-wedding-is-expected-to-bring-in-how-much-money-in-the-u-k/" target="_blank"><em>People</em></a>, the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-prince-harry-wedding-date" target="_blank">royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle</a> could generate a substantial boost to Britain’s economy by about £500 million — or $680 million in U.S. dollars.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/meghan-markle-strathberry-bag-first-outing" target="_blank">Meghan Markle Just Crowned the New It-bag, and You Can Get One for $300</a></p><p>The couple’s wedding may cause an influx of thousands of tourists and visitors for the event on May 19, which would spur much more spending in the country, as it did with the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.</p><p>Back in 2011, Prince William and Middleton’s wedding attracted about 350,000 visitors to the U.K., according to <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-royals-economy/prince-harrys-wedding-to-meghan-markle-set-to-boost-uk-economy-idUKKBN1ES0PO?il=0" target="_blank">Reuters</a>. In addition, the royal couple are expecting their <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/887476/kate-middleton-announces-due-date-for-baby-no-3" target="_blank">third child in April</a>.</p><p>According to <em>People</em>, hotel rooms in Windsor are already selling out for the weekend of May 19. (If you haven't booked a trip and want to go, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/royal-wedding-london-tour" target="_blank">there are still tours available</a>.) Prince Harry’s and Markle’s wedding will be celebrated at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/why-meghan-markle-will-never-be-princess" target="_blank">Why Meghan Markle, Like Kate Middleton, Will Never Actually Be a Princess</a></p><p>Beyond booking hotel rooms and spending money on travel, restaurants and general tourist attractions, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding has also spurred the manufacturing of wedding souvenirs and keepsakes. According to the <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/28/royal-wedding-souvenir-rush-prince-harry-meghan-markle-begins/" target="_blank"><em>Telegraph</em></a>, an estimated £222 million — about $303 million — was spent on memorabilia leading up to Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s wedding.</p><p>It’s clear that the happy day won’t just be celebrated by the royal family and loyal British subjects, but also by hospitality workers and shopkeepers alike.</p>
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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Had the Most Relatable Family Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:45
<p>When you think of most celebrity vacations, you likely conjure up images of lavish island getaways filled with champagne, the finest foods, and first-class accommodations.</p><p>But not for Kristen Bell and her husband Dax Shepard. No, their vacations are way, way more relatable and down to earth than that.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/luxury-hotels/casa-malca-tulum-celebrity-hotel" target="_blank">Inside the Tulum Hotel Where Cara Delevingne Took All Her Model Friends</a></p><p>On Monday, "The Good Place" actress shared a little behind the scenes snap of her quiet weekend getaway with her husband and a few loved ones as they bonded over a board game in what appeared to be a rather ordinary mountainside cabin.</p><p>“Finishing this perfect family vaca with a good ole fashioned game of super competitive Catan guaranteeing one or more of us will be in tears by the end of the night,” the actress wrote in the caption of her image.</p><p>Of course, Shepard and Bell are both avid board game fanatics and are even auctioning off a night of revelry over a few games with the charitable auction site <a href="https://www.omaze.com/experiences/kristen-bell-dax-shepard-double-date?ref=gamenight" target="_blank">Omaze</a>. If you enter and win, you’ll be whisked away to Los Angeles to take part in a couple’s game night with the pair all in the name of charity.</p><p>The auction, according to Omaze, will benefit Opening Act, a charity in New York City that serves public high schools by offering students opportunities to develop leadership, community, and commitment through its innovative, high quality, free theater programming.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/reese-witherspoon-sun-valley-family-vacation" target="_blank">Reese Witherspoon’s Adorable Family Getaway Will Inspire You to Take a Snowy Vacation</a></p><p>And if this photo proves anything, it’s that these two take game night seriously.</p><p>According to a few commenters on Bell’s Instagram photo, the couple and their friends were believed to be spending the long weekend at Mammoth Mountain in California, but this hasn’t been confirmed. It could make sense, however, since the couple does love a good local adventure.</p><p>As Bell explained to <a href="https://airbnbmag.com/" target="_blank">Airbnbmag</a>, the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/kristen-bell-shares-the-unexpected-trip-that-changed-her-marriage-for-the-better" target="_blank">best trip she ever took alongside her husband</a> was actually a short flight to Michigan, her home state.</p><p>"My husband and I really wanted our kids to experience some time on a Michigan lake like we did growing up,” she explained. So instead of going to some far-flung destination, they simply rented a house and passed the time along the Michigan shoreline.</p><p>Sounds like the perfect, cozy, quick weekend getaway to us. Now, if only we could score an invite to game night…</p>
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A Passenger Was Banned From Two Flights for Wearing Too Many Pairs of Pants

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:29
<p>A <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/british-airways-zoned-group-boarding" target="_blank">British Airways</a> passenger was denied boarding last week for wearing too much clothing.</p><p>Ryan Carney Williams — who goes by the name Ryan Hawaii — was attempting to pull a trick commonly used by budget travelers to avoid paying excess baggage charges at <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/iceland" target="_blank">Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/baggage-fees-international-flights-expanding" target="_blank">Why You Should Expect More Baggage Fees in 2018</a></p><p>When Hawaii showed up to the airport for a flight home to London, his carry-on bag was overstuffed. He said he asked if he would be allowed to board if he took the clothes from his bag and wore multiple outfits to avoid paying a $124 (£90) fee, which he said he could not afford.</p><p>According to Hawaii, the British Airways gate agent agreed and Hawaii left to put on his clothing, including <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5350443/british-airways-ba-passenger-kicked-off-flight-too-many-clothes/" target="_blank">eight pairs of pants and 10 shirts</a>. When he came back to the desk, he “was still refused [his] boarding pass,” Hawaii wrote in a tweet.</p><p>Airline employees called security to remove Hawaii from the desk when he refused to leave. <a href="https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/nature_and_travel/2018/01/15/tourist_arrested_at_iceland_international_airport_f/" target="_blank">According to local reports</a>, he was barred entry for “rowdiness” and held to the ground by police. Hawaii claimed that he was treated unfairly because of racial profiling.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/guide-to-every-airlines-baggage-fees" target="_blank">Everything You Need to Know About Every Airline's Baggage Fees</a></p><p>In a statement to <i>The Telegraph</i>, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/16/passenger-turned-away-two-flights-wearing-10-layers-clothing/" target="_blank">British Airways responded</a>: “The decision to deny boarding was absolutely not based on race. We do not tolerate threatening or abusive behaviour from any customer, and will always take the appropriate action.”</p><p>The airline said they explained “policy to our customer, and arranged an alternative flight to London.”​</p><p>However when Hawaii showed up for his “alternative flight” onboard easyJet the following day, he was turned away. That airline said in a statement that “the captain and the ground crew were concerned about reports from the previous day so we provided a refund and he travelled with another airline.”​</p><p>Hawaii was refunded by both British Airways and easyJet and was able to fly to England on a Norwegian Air flight the following day.</p>
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People From This State Leave the Saltiest Hotel Reviews

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:05
<p>Traveling should be a happy, rewarding, and thrilling experience. But for a select few, the process of boarding a plane, taking a train, or driving to a brand new destination can be downright miserable.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.rewardexpert.com/" target="_blank">RewardExpert</a>, a free service that helps people maximize their credit card points and travel rewards, those grumpy travelers are pretty easy to identify, because they all come from certain U.S. states.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/most-fun-states-in-america" target="_blank">Here Are the Most and Least Fun States in the U.S.</a></p><p>In a <a href="https://www.rewardexpert.com/blog/press-releases/states-with-the-grumpiest-and-happiest-travelers/" target="_blank">new analysis</a>, RewardExpert looked at a data set of 878,561 user reviews from 4,333 hotels that include both the reviewer’s location and a numerical rating. From there, they identified people from the states that left the grumpiest, saltiest reviews. The grumpiest location, according to the company’s findings, was Washington, D.C.</p><p>“To determine our list, we ranked states by three key metrics: the number of one- and two-star reviews proportional to population; the number of one- and two-star reviews as a proportion of all reviews from that state in our data set; and the overall average rating for all reviews by users from that state,” RewardExpert CEO and co-founder Roman Shteyn said in a statement. “We then combined these three into composite scores for grumpiness. This allowed us to account for each state’s population share and to adjust the available data to make it more representative of the country’s population distribution.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/best-worst-states-single" target="_blank">These Are the Best and Worst States to Be Single in the U.S.</a></p><p>According to the findings, our nation's capital is home to the grumpiest tourists nationwide. In fact, it was home to the most over-represented group in the company’s set of negative hotel reviews, with 882 more than RewardExpert estimated based on the district’s 0.2% share of the U.S. population.</p><p>The second grumpiest state was Colorado, according to the analysis. Coloradans left the lowest average hotel rating in the country (3.82 on a five-point scale out of 4696 reviews). Oregon rounded out the top three grumpiest states, with 14.98% of Oregonians leaving negative reviews, 33% more negative reviews than expected, and an average rating of 3.88.</p><p>On the flip side, people hailing from Louisiana are the happiest and most satisfied tourists and left the highest national average hotel rating of 4.18. Mississippians and New Hampshirites rounded out the top three states with the happiest tourists.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/cities-in-us" target="_blank">The Top 15 Cities in the United States</a></p><p>“We can’t help but make judgements about people based on where they are from,” Shteyn added. “It is common belief that Southerners are known for their kindness and hospitality, whereas New Yorkers are perceived as rude and loudmouthed. Yet do any of these conceptions hold true in practice? By analyzing user review data, we set out to achieve an objective assessment of which states are most and least good natured.”</p><p>While the findings are interesting they should be taken with a big grain of salt. People from Washington D.C. could, after all, just all coincidentally stayed at bad hotels, or all experienced a collective weather event that set their vacations back.</p><p>But, if you’re from D.C., or somehow just experiencing a bad vacation, there are ways to fix it so you can at least maximize the time you have left. The key to enjoying your trip, according to Utrip CEO, Gilad Berenstein, is to take full advantage of the experience and find the most authentic experiences possible in any destination.</p><p>“I was doing that same top 10 cookie cutter thing that everyone who has been to Europe has done,” he told <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-have-a-good-vacation" target="_blank"><i>Travel + Leisure</i></a>. “People talked about the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/disneyland-21-royal-restaurant" target="_blank">hidden restaurants</a>. They talked about that random concert they went to. The picnic they had. The person they met who took them somewhere,” he added. “It’s not necessarily unplanned ... but it was really unique and special to that destination.”</p><p>So next time your vacation goes sour try to regroup, find a local, and try to get off the beaten path to fully immerse yourself in your destination.</p>
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Southwest Is Suing a Deal Website That Offered Fare Alerts

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:54
<p>A website dedicated to finding the cheapest airfare on Southwest is now facing off with the airline in court.</p><p>Pavel Yurevich, who used Southwest frequently as a traveler, created the website <a href="https://www.swmonkey.com/">SWMonkey.com</a> with his business partner, Chase Roberts, in order to help fliers find the best fares from the airline, <a href="https://www.dallasnews.com/business/southwest-airlines/2018/01/12/southwest-airlines-targets-deal-website-use-fare-data"><em>The Dallas Morning News</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The website used data from the Southwest website in order to allow users to sign up for alerts of price drops on a flight they’ve already booked. The customer was charged $3 if rebooking with the site's recommendations saved them at least $10. (Southwest does not charge a fee for flight changes.)</p><p>As deal seekers may already know, Southwest is <a href="https://theoutline.com/post/2554/swmonkey-southwest-airlines-kills-startups?zd=1" target="_blank">protective of its fare data</a>: The airline does not list its prices with search engines like <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/how-to-save-money-google-flights-hotels" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>, so travelers must typically check <a href="http://southwest.com" target="_blank">southwest.com</a> to see prices and book.</p><p>SWMonkey.com was up for less than two weeks in November before it got its first <a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/01/16/southwest-airlines-sues-startup-over-airfare-drop.html" target="_blank">cease and desist letter from Southwest</a>. Now, the airline has filed a lawsuit against the two founders and their company, claiming violation of its trademarks, computer fraud, and violating the terms and conditions of its website.</p><p>“It’s really kind of unfortunate that this is happening. We’re not a threat to their business in any way,” Yurevich told <em>The Dallas Morning News</em>.</p><p>“After repeated attempts to resolve issues with the Southwest Monkey website, Southwest is now pursuing claims associated with violations of our website terms and the unauthorized use of our trademarks,” a Southwest representative said in a statement. The airline claims this data scraping method creates “substantial” traffic to its website with no intention of booking tickets, according to <em>The Dallas Morning News</em>.</p><p>The website SWMonkey.com is still live — however it does not offer any services at this time. A note to visitors to the site reads:</p><p>“In the couple weeks that we were on-line, we were able to save customers more than 43,000 points and $550 dollars, and have made $45. Southwest Airlines has sent us a number of cease and desist letters demanding that we shut down our website ‘immediately.’ Because our $45 will not go very far in fighting litigation in federal court in Dallas, we have decided to save ourselves the headache and have shut down the service.”</p>
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