This Norwegian Town Has More Books Than People

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 13:01
<p>People are the worst sometimes.</p><p>For travelers who wish to escape humanity, there’s a remote village in Norway that officially has more books than people.</p><p>Mundal, in western <a href="" target="_blank">Norway</a>, is an introverted bibliophile’s dream. There are only 280 people but more than 150,000 books. In fact, the country often refers to Mundal as “<a href="" target="_blank">The Norwegian Booktown</a>.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Rural Train Offers the Most Breathtaking Views of the Norwegian Alps</a></p><p>Between secondhand shops, roadside stalls and bookshelves along the coast of the fjords, the town of Mundal embraces readers. Secondhand bookstores are integrated into local cafés, art galleries and even souvenir stores. When in doubt, any structure probably has a shelf of books tucked into it.</p><p>Most of the bookstores around town sell used books because of the belief that <a href="" target="_blank">old books should be preserved</a> in an increasingly digital age.</p><p>Readers should be sure to plan their visit with the seasons. The outdoor bookshops are only open from mid-may through June. But those who visit from mid-May through June can take part in the annual Solstice Book Fair.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Norwegian Book Town</a> began stocking its shelves in 1995. Since then, it boasts that its collection has grown so much that if all the books on all the town’s shelves were lined up, it would stretch over 2.5 miles.</p><p>But Mundal isn’t the only town in the world with more books than people. The remote village of <a href="" target="_blank">Hay-on-Wye</a> in Wales has a population of only 1,400 people but thousands upon thousands of books lining its open-air “Honesty Shelves.” The town also sponsors a literary festival and is home to more than two dozen different booksellers.</p>
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This London Hotel Only Has One Room — and a Whisky Vending Machine

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 12:02
<p>Love whisky, hate people? The <a href="" target="_blank">Napoleon Hotel</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">London</a> might be the retreat of your dreams.</p><p>The one-luxury-suite hotel, already home to three different whisky-filled bars, now also has a whisky vending machine that serves a variety of labels ranging from Macallan to Aberfedly to Royal Lochnager.</p><p>The machine, which stands in front of the hotel’s entrance, comes form <a href="" target="_blank">Whisky-Me</a>, a U.K. subscription service that delivers pouches of <a href="" target="_blank">Scotch whisky</a> to customers’ homes each month.</p><p>Since the concept of Whisky-Me is to make whisky more accessible, each pouch features simple tasting note photographs to let drinkers know what they can expect. </p><img alt="Each pouch comes with depictions of the flavors a customer can expect. "src=""><p>Customers can choose from selections that come with an eclectic range of flavors like the <a href="" target="_blank">Laphroaig Lore</a>, which includes hints of chili pepper and smoked fish, according to Matthew Hastings, head consultant for <a href="" target="_blank">Fluid Movement</a> (the company behind Whisky-Me, Black Rock, Sack, The Devil’s Darling, and The Napoleon Hotel and Bars).</p><p>Be sure to also try the Table Whisky, created at the hotel’s Black Rock Bar, where an 18-foot-long English oak tree has been turned into a table and has channels cut into it that are lined with oak barrels and streamed with a combination of aged whisky to produce a continuously revolving house blend.</p><img alt="The Black Rock Bar includes a large English oak tree that has been made into a table where whisky is aged onsite. "src=""><p>“We age it in the table to that you can sit and taste and drink something that is aging and changing in front of you,” Hastings said.</p><p>Besides the <a href="" target="_blank">Black Rock</a> bar, which specializes in whisky and includes selections from Japan, Ireland, Finland, France, and more, the hotel also includes the Wes Anderson-inspired <a href="" target="_blank">Devil’s Darling</a> bar, and <a href="" target="_blank">Sack</a> (noted for serving affordable sherry selections in a space inspired by the bodegas of Spain).</p><img alt="The Devil's Darling bar is meant to resemble hotel bars found around the world. "src=""><p>The only suite on the property comes with a lounge area, complimentary Wi-Fi, Spotify music selections, an LED television, cold and boiling water on tap, fresh coffee, a mini-bar, and a roll-top bath. </p><img alt="The Napoleon Hotel in London only includes one luxury suite. "src=""><img alt="Enjoy complete privacy in the one suite property of the Napoleon Hotel in London. "src=""><p>The best feature of the room, though, might be the service elevators guests can use to send down and receive drinks and food straight to their room.</p><p>Guests can simply fill out a paper with their request and send it down the service elevator attached to the room to have their order sent directly through the chute, all without ever having to speak to anyone or leave the room. Rates for the suite start at about $230 per night.</p><p>While Whisky-Me announced the machine is guaranteed to be available through December, there are no current plans to remove it, Hastings said. To purchase a whisky from the machine, guests and passersby can head to the Devil's Darling bar from 5 p.m. every day to purchase a token.</p>
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Why Disneyland Is the Best Place on Earth to Celebrate the Holidays

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 10:46
<p>Unless you nab a ticket to the North Pole, there’s no better place to celebrate winter than at <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Resort</a>. Holiday time at the parks is so much more than Christmas trees, parades and hugs from Santa Goofy — which happens to be a very real thing. Between the nightly snowfall, majestic gingerbread houses and celebrations of every seasonal holiday beyond just Christmas, there’s plenty worth coming back for time and time again. Thankfully, holidays magically last longer at Disneyland, too, with the park filled with tinsel-topped joy through January 8th.</p><img alt="Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland Resort during the Holidays "src=""><p>Here’s every sugarplum-dusted, icing-slathered, icicle-covered bit of the holiday season you can expect at Disneyland this winter:</p><h2>Christmas Magic Is Better Here Than Anywhere Else</h2><p>Disneyland doesn’t have a well-appointed tree — it boasts a 60-foot behemoth covered in lights and oversized ornaments. (The holiday emblem used to be fresh, but after <a href="" target="_blank">an inopportune fire</a>, live trees have since been replaced with artificial versions.) Holiday cheer can be seen everywhere from garlands and tinsel lining Main Street, U.S.A<strong>.</strong> to the storefronts of Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street, along with photo ops, like Santa &amp; his reindeer flying across a Hollywood Land backdrop and California Adventure’s own tree, featuring secret nods to Walt Disney’s origins throughout.</p><img alt="Christmas Tree Lights at Disneyland Resort "src=""><p>Santa Claus is even on hand at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail until Christmas Eve — as is Santa Goofy, who takes over through January 8th once the real work is done.</p><p>Even Disneyland Park’s colorful afternoon parade is swapped out for a festive one, filled with themed floats, an appearance by royal Disney couples and even Santa. But our favorite part of A Christmas Fantasy Parade remains the quirky reindeers, toy soldiers and twirling snowmen dancing their way across Disneyland each day.</p><img alt="Main Street at Disneyland Resort during the Holidays "src=""><h2>The Yuletide Cheer Is Indoors, Outside And Limitless</h2><p>Disneyland “decks the halls” on four of its attractions, which are completely re-themed to toast the holiday season. It’s a small world is completely overtaken by wintertime settings and new global rendition of “Jingle Bells”, while Haunted Mansion keeps its "The Nightmare Before Christmas" overlay, complete with its gigantic gingerbread house <a href="" target="_blank">made from 90 pounds of the sweet stuff</a>.</p><p>Over at Disney California Adventure, the entirety of Cars Land dresses up for the holiday — picture towering “trees” made from tire stacks — as Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters play their own auto-inspired soundtracks throughout the winter months.</p><p>Sleeping Beauty Castle gets in on the festive spirit too, glowing bright with <a href="" target="_blank">over 50,000 lightbulbs</a> that make for a majestic display come nighttime, adding extra delight to Believe...In Holiday Magic, Disneyland’s nightly wintertime fireworks show.</p><img alt="Holidays at Disneyland Resort "src=""><h2>They Make It Feel Like Winter</h2><p>Huddling around the hearth, snow falling every night like clockwork — it may be nestled in Southern California, but Disneyland still manages to bring every cold weather tradition to life.</p><p>Pop into <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel</a> for a peek at the seven-foot-tall gingerbread house, made with fresh icing, white chocolate and peppermint. Holiday cookies, Mickey whoopie pies and hot apple cider are available on site as well, best enjoyed by the picturesque fireplace.</p><p>Snow fills the sky by Main Street, U.S.A. and it’s a small world after each fireworks show, as well as throughout the night along the Grizzly Peak path leading Grizzly River Run.</p><img alt="Minnie Mouse poses for photo during the holidays at Disneyland Resort "src=""><h2>It’s More Than Just Christmas</h2><p>Disneyland Resort celebrate all wintertime holidays throughout November, December and January. The Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street party fills the park’s Paradise Gardens with mariachi and samba music, folkloric dancers and fun character interaction with The Three Caballeros, as well as eye-popping oversized Santa and Mrs. Claus <i>mojiganga</i> puppets.</p><p>Live performers, like a modern klezmer band and all-female mariachi band play sets throughout Disney California Adventure all season long, as modern takes on favorite foods from Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and beyond are offered at the festival food booths scattered across the park. And, early next year, Three Kings’ Day will bring a week’s worth of activities, entertainment and decor to Disney California Adventure.</p><h2>And The Food? It’ll Beat That Friendsgiving Potluck</h2><p>A couple hundred new desserts, dinners and drinks arrive to Disneyland Resort each winter; expect candy apples and krispie treats shaped like Mickey Santas, peppermint bark and macarons to give some warmth to the flavors of the seasons. 2018’s flavorful lineup includes eight new churro flavors, seasonal toffee and so much more.</p>
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Richard Branson Will Become the First Person to See the Bottom of Belize's Famed Great Blue Hole This Weekend — Here's How to Watch

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 17:40
<p>At this point, is there anything Richard Branson won’t do? Probably not.</p><p>The Virgin Group founder has been busy lately with everything from <a href="" target="_blank">high-speed trains</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">cruises</a>, but this Sunday he's embarking on what might be his boldest adventure yet.</p><p>Branson and Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau, will dive deep into the inky blue depths of the <a href="" target="_blank">Great Blue Hole</a> off the coast of Belize, all in the name of science. And luckily for everyone, the pair will be streaming their expedition live with the Discovery Channel.</p><p>“This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known as one of the most amazing places on Earth,” Branson said in a video announcing the trip. “We all share the common goal of conserving and protecting our beautiful global ocean.”</p><p>Truly, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime look at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole, as divers who venture to the popular destination typically only dive about 130 feet. However, it goes much, much deeper than that. <em><a href="">The Telegraph</a></em> reported the hole is large enough to swallow two Boeing 747s “with room to spare.”</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, the hole’s exact measurements come in at approximately 984 feet across and 410 feet deep. It is the world’s largest natural formation of its kind.</p><p>The team, <i>The Telegraph</i> noted, is hoping to not only bring attention to ocean conservation, but to also gather high-resolution footage and data on the hole including water quality at varying depths and bacterial activity. They are also hoping to gain further information about the oxygen-depleted layer at the hole’s floor. This, according to <i>The Telegraph</i>, could provide more clues to the environmental forces that may have led to the fall of the Mayan civilization.</p><p>In case you’re not sold on canceling your plans to watch the dive, just read this description of the hole by Glyn Collinson, a NASA scientist who personally dove in before:</p><p>“It was the deepest, deep blue hole imaginable; A chasm that fell away deep into the deep, dark blue. It had been forged out of solid rock as caverns, hundreds of thousands of years ago during the last ice age. For eons, water filtered through the rock and into these great stone cathedrals, breeding multicolored stalactites and stalagmites. Then, one by one they collapsed in on each other, creating a chasm four hundred feet deep. As Earth’s swollen polar ice-caps receded, the warm Caribbean ocean swept in to fill the chasm with boiling white hands, the last rays of sunlight struck the chasm’s floor. Then, as the limestone broke down, it began to rain tiny fragments of rock, which slowly began to fill the great Blue Hole.”</p><p>In other words, this is going to be a seriously amazing adventure for Branson. Tune into the Discovery Channel to watch from 9 to 11 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.</p>
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Marriott Data Breach May Have Affected up to 500 Million People — Here's What to Do If You're One of Them

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 16:36
<p>On Friday, Marriott International announced a data breach that may have affected up to 500 million guests who used its Starwood guest reservation database. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">NBC</a></em>, it could be one of the largest consumer data breaches in history.</p><p>According to Marriott, it received an alert on Sept. 8 from an internal system about an attempt to access the Starwood database in the United States. At that time, <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em> reported, the hotel group brought in security experts. Those experts found that there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood network, which includes W Hotels, St. Regis, Westin Hotels, and more, since 2014. The breach could affect anyone who made reservations at Starwood properties on or before Sept. 10, 2018.</p><p>"The company has not finished identifying duplicate information in the database, but believes it contains information on up to approximately 500 million guests who made a reservation at a Starwood property," company reps said in a statement.</p><p>Out of those 500 million guests,<em> NBC</em> reported, around 327 million had some combination of their name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences stolen. For some guests, their credit card information may have also been taken. Marriott cannot rule out that the credit card information may have been decoded.</p><p>"We deeply regret this incident happened," Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson said in a statement. "We fell short of what our guests deserve and what we expect of ourselves. We are doing everything we can to support our guests, and using lessons learned to be better moving forward."</p><p>Marriott <a href="" target="_blank">set up a website</a> for any guests who would like to learn more about the breach and be notified via e-mail if their information was stolen. Marriott will also provide guests who sign up with one year of WebWatcher, a digital security service, for free.</p>
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Couple's Mid-flight Fight Causes American Airlines Plane to Return to the Airport

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 15:44
<p>An American Airlines flight from Chicago to Toronto was forced to turn around on Wednesday after a fight broke out between a couple on board.</p><p>American Airlines flight 3284 took off from Chicago at 5:06 p.m. on Wednesday. It was only in the air for about 15 minutes before it turned back around for O’Hare airport due to a “disruptive” passenger on board, <a href="" target="_blank">an airline spokesperson told the </a><em><a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Sun-Times</a></em>.</p><p>It arrived back at O’Hare at 5:48 p.m., <a href="" target="_blank">according to FlightAware</a>. Police met the flight as it landed. <a href="" target="_blank">Police told NBC Chicago</a> that the flight was turned around due to a “small verbal argument” between the couple and that nobody was injured in the argument.</p><p>However, <a href=";" target="_blank">one passenger wrote on Twitter</a> that a flight attendant said the woman was punched in the face and that the husband refused to get off, so the entire flight had to deplane.</p><p>It has not been confirmed whether or not this was a case of domestic violence. Police said <a href="" target="_blank">no charges were filed</a>.</p><p>After the incident, the flight was delayed about five hours, due to a crew swap, a passenger said. It took off again from O’Hare at about 10 p.m. and landed in Toronto after a one-hour flight.</p><p>The couple was rebooked on a later flight.</p><p>In issues of a mid-flight fight, <a href="" target="_blank">it is up to the discretion of the pilot</a> whether or not to turn the plane around. At first, cabin crew will attempt to talk down the passenger. If unsuccessful, they must call local police. The pilot will then decide whether or not the disruptive passengers poses a threat to others in the cabin. If so, they will turn the flight around or land at an alternate airport, depending on the circumstances.</p>
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These Airport Nap Pods Are Like Tiny Hotel Rooms for Tired Travelers (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 11:15
<p>Everything's better when naps are included, especially while traveling.</p><p>A brand new micro-hotel is opening up at <a href="" target="_blank">Washington Dulles International Airport</a> just in time for busy holiday travelers with long layovers, according to <a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a>.</p><img alt="Sleepbox sleeping pods reception room "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Sleepbox Nap Lounge</a>, located in Concourse A, is a little like those privacy pods that have been popping up in airports all over the country, except it’s better because you can actually rest at the micro-hotel. Weary travelers will be able to sleep on a memory foam bed in a soundproof room, plus have access to power outlets and wireless entertainment, making it a great place to recharge yourself and your devices at the same time.</p><p>“We believe that the opportunity to relax and recharge in the midst of our busy lives is a valuable asset,” Mikhail Krymov, Sleepbox CEO and founder, said on the <a href="" target="_blank">company blog</a>. “We are thrilled to have won this prestigious contract and look forward to joining the Dulles Airport community.”</p><p>One tiny drawback, however, is that Sleepbox Hotels do not offer private bathrooms or showers.</p><img alt="Interior of a Sleepbox sleeping pod "src=""><p>The rooms themselves are about 30 square feet each for a compact suite with eight foot ceilings – so they feel anything but cramped. A larger “standard” room is slightly bigger, at 45 square feet, USA Today reported. All in all, the <a href="" target="_blank">upcoming micro-hotel</a> will have 16 rooms available for booking.</p><p>Compact rooms will cost a rate of $25 per hour, while standard rooms will cost $35 per hour. But besides being a quiet, cozy and affordable place to rest, Sleepbox Hotels allow for flexible check-in so you can choose when to come and go. And if you are on an especially long layover, you can also book a room for 12 hours for between $120 and $150 for the stay.</p><p>According to USA Today, Washington Dulles will be the first U.S. hotel to offer a Sleepbox hotel, but there are more on the way, including a flagship <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a> location.</p><p>Travelers passing through Washington D.C., will have the opportunity to book rooms through the Sleepbox app starting December 7.</p>
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101 Romantic Messages to Keep the Love Alive While You're Apart

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 11:01
<p>How do you show your person that they really do mean the world to you? Maybe you don’t know how to write a love letter, or put into words how your partner makes you feel. But that shouldn’t stop you from showing the love of your life how much you care. Perhaps you’re trying to write them a full love letter to <a href="" target="_blank">celebrate an anniversary</a> — or just because it’s been a stressful week and you want to lift their spirits. Or on the flip side, you might just want to send them a quick, goofy, lovey-dovey text to remind your special someone that you’re thinking about them while you're apart.</p><p>When you’re crafting your gushy love message, remember that something doesn’t need to subscribe to “traditional” gender norms to be romantic. In fact, most men and women I know find something much more <a href="" target="_blank">romantic</a> if it doesn’t follow a dated definition of what a relationship is. We don’t just need to be complimenting women’s looks and men’s strength.</p><p>Truly romantic love messages should explore your man’s beauty or <a href="" target="_blank">your woman’s determination</a>. Below, we’ve suggested prompts for “love letters for him” and “love letters for her,” but if the “love letter for him” speaks more to your lady love’s strengths, use it for her. Whatever the reason for showing your partner some affection (and to be clear, you never need a reason), here are 101 romantic love messages that will help you write love letters for him or her, or just send a short-and-sweet romantic text.</p><img alt="Romantic Messages "src=""><h2>Romantic Love Messages for Wife</h2><p>The best part of my day is your smile.</p><p>Being with you is the easiest choice I have ever made, and I’m so lucky I get to make it every day.</p><p>I love you more every day.</p><p>I love your honesty, your passion, your resilience, your courage, your partnership, and your smile.</p><p>As we grow separately, we also grow together, and it’s truly a privilege.</p><p>You’re my soulmate, my best friend, my partner, and my confidante. Thank you for that.</p><p>I want to be your favorite hello and your hardest goodbye.</p><p>Your smile takes my breath away. It took my breath away on the day we met, on our wedding day, today, and every day in between.</p><p>Thank you for teaching me what marrying your best friend means.</p><p>I wish every day you could see yourself the way I see you. Because I see you as absolutely perfect.</p><p>When I put my arms around you, I never want to let you go.</p><p>My life was black and white until you came in and added color.</p><h2>Romantic Love Messages for Husband</h2><p>I feel safest and happiest when I’m in your arms.</p><p>I choose you every day, and I’m so lucky you choose me, too.</p><p>I didn’t know what marrying your best friend meant until I met you.</p><p>You’re my first thought every morning and my last thought before I go to sleep.</p><p>You inspire a love in me that I never knew was possible.</p><p>I can’t wait to come home to you tonight.</p><p>I love you more than pizza. And I really love pizza.</p><p>I am so lucky to have you by my side today, tomorrow, and forever.</p><p>You make my heart soar, my mind race, and my lips form a perfect smile.</p><p>There are a million ways to say how much I love you that I truly don’t know where to start.</p><img alt="Romantic Messages "src=""><h2>How to Start Your Love Letters for Him</h2><p>Thank you for lifting me up when I’m at my best and my worst. I promise to always return the favor. (Then reflect on times when you have each pushed each other to be better, or been there for each other.)</p><p>There are a million words to describe our love, but let’s start with this one: everlasting. (Then give a few other words that describe your love and explain why.)</p><p>I’ll take care of you, and you’ll take care of me. (Discuss your partnership and how you appreciate being there for each other 50/50.)</p><p>I want to explore your eyes, the curves of your face, and the pout of your lips forever. (Tell him what else you want to explore.)</p><p>I’d say you’re my dream come true, but that would be an understatement. (Explain why he’s better than a “dream come true” or a “prince charming.”)</p><h2>How to Start Your Love Letters for Her</h2><p>I love who you are, I love who you were, I love who you are becoming. (Then add a sentence about her in the past, present, and future.)</p><p>I get lost in your eyes, I feel safe in your touch. (Then explain how she moves each one of your senses.)</p><p>You are beautiful when you wake, beautiful before your hair is brushed, beautiful at work, beautiful when you’re all dressed up, and beautiful on the couch in sweatpants. (Add examples of when her beauty mesmerizes you.)</p><p>You touch every part of my life. (Name a few parts of your life that she has changed for the better.)</p><p>P.S. I hope you feel beautiful today. (You can also say “I hope you feel as beautiful as you did when ___, and then fill in the blank.)</p><img alt="Romantic Messages "src=""><h2>Romantic Quotes for Love Letters for Her</h2><p>“We were together. I forget the rest.” - Walt Whitman</p><p>“Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley</p><p>“In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.” - Maya Angelou</p><p>“Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.” - Nicholas Sparks</p><p>“I loved her and I loved no one else and we had a lovely magic time while we were alone.” - Ernest Hemingway</p><p>“You are my today and all of my tomorrows.“ - Leo Christopher</p><p>“When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.“ - John Lennon</p><p>“Love makes you want to be better. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the…[person] you are.” - Gillian Flynn</p><p>"Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet." - Katharine Lee Bates</p><p>“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever.” - Alfred Tennyson</p><p>“People say they find love, as if it were an object hidden by a rock. But love takes many forms, and it is never the same for any man and woman.” - Mitch Albom</p><p>“You’re the greatest risk I’ve ever taken. And the greatest reward.” - Sylvia Day</p><p>“True love stories never have endings.” - Richard Bach</p><p>"All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love." <i>-</i> Leo Tolstoy</p><p>“To love another person is to see the face of God.” - Victor Hugo</p><p>“Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full.” - Rumi</p><p>“If you live to be 100, I want to live to be 100 minus one day so I never have to live without you."<i> </i>- A. A. Milne</p><p>“I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart).” – E.E. Cummings</p><p>“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.” - Jane Austen</p><p>“I have died every day waiting for you; darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand more.” - Christina Perri​​​​​​</p><p>“I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.” - John Keats</p><p>“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” - Margaret Mitchell</p><p>“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” - Zora Neale Hurston</p><h2>Romantic Quotes for Love Letters for Him</h2><p>“It was one of those fine little love stories that can make you smile in your sleep at night.” - Hunter Thompson</p><p>“We loved with a love that was more than love.” - Edgar Allen Poe</p><p>"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." - Dr. Suess</p><p>"For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person, and we are finally home." - Stephanie Perkins</p><p>“Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.” - John Lennon</p><p>“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” - Roy Croft</p><p>"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." - Emily Bronte</p><p>“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride.” - Pablo Neruda</p><p>“To love is to burn, to be on fire.” - Jane Austen</p><p>“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” - Mother Teresa</p><p>“Where there is love there is life.” - Mahatma Gandhi</p><p>“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” - David Viscott</p><p>"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet."<i> </i>-<i> </i>Plato</p><p>“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” - Nora Ephron</p><p>“We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows opens and the stars bright.” - Ernest Hemingway</p><p>“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” - Mitch Albom</p><p>“Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.” - Swedish Proverb</p><p>“You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” - Melissa Etheridge</p><p>“You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to Earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.” - Boris Pasternak</p><p>"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds." - Nicholas Sparks</p><p>“I remember who I am when I’m with you.” - Nicole Christie</p><p>“All I’ve ever wanted was to be near you.” - Shannon Hale</p><p>“You are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing.” - E.E. Cummings</p><p>“No matter where I went, I always knew my way back to you. You are my compass star.“ - Diana Peterfreund</p><p>“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” - Paulo Coehlo</p><p>“Love is a game that two can play and both win.” - Eva Gabor</p><p>“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.“ - Aristotle</p><img alt="Romantic Messages "src=""><h2>Romantic Text Messages for Him or Her</h2><p>Just so you know, I’m madly in love with you.</p><p>Counting the hours until we’re together again.</p><p>I can’t focus today, and I blame it on you. Because I can’t stop thinking about you.</p><p>Tell me how you’ll kiss me when I see you tonight.</p><p>Every time I think about you, my heart dances.</p><p>It was hard to get out of bed this morning, because I just want to hold you forever.</p><p>A friendly reminder that you bring so much joy into my life, and I love you for it.</p><p>I want to say I love you in a thoroughly non-corny way, but nothing comes to mind, so let me just say this: I love you.</p><p>You are beautiful, sexy, and cute, all at the same time.</p><p>Plans for the weekend? You, me, cuddling for 48 hours straight?</p><h2>Goofy and Short Love Letters for Him or Her That You Can Put in a Text</h2><p>I love you like XO.</p><p>You’re the cheese to my pizza.</p><p>Every time we part, I realize I want s’more. *insert fire and chocolate emojis*</p><p>I love you more than *insert taco emoji*</p><p>You’re my *insert sun emoji* and my *insert stars emoji*</p><p>Hey there *insert honey emoji*! I just wanted to say I love you.</p><p>Our puppy and I have big plans to give you a million kisses tonight.</p><p>You’re the *insert light bulb emoji* of my life.</p><p>Me + You = A forever kind of love</p><p>Here’s the plan for tonight: *insert bento box emoji, movie emoji, wine emoji, and kissing emoji*</p>
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You Can Ice-skate Along a Fire-lit Trail in Canada This Winter

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:45
<p>If you’re looking to be basic this winter then it’s OK to head to a regular skating rink. But, if you’re looking to seriously up your winter activity game then you need to head to the Muskoka forest.</p><p>Situated inside Arrowhead Provincial Park in <a href="" target="_blank">Ontario</a>, Canada, is one of the coolest ice skating paths on Earth. As part of its annual Fire &amp; Ice nights, Arrowhead Provincial Park opens up its famed ice skating trail both during the day from 11-3pm and again at night, from 6-9pm so visitors can skate under the stars and among its “fire.”</p><p>During the night skate, the 1.3-kilometer trail is illuminated with hundreds of tiki torches lighting the way and adding even more romance to the air.</p><p>Of course, the park’s attraction becomes extremely packed during the weekends as hoards of people descend to take part in the magical event. That’s why the park itself recommends visitors try to experience it during the week, on Thursday nights, when it’s a bit more manageable.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Narcity</a>, dates for the trail have already been announced. Open dates, weather permitting, include:</p><p>Monday, December 31, 2018<br />Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019<br />Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019<br />Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019<br />Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019<br />Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019<br />Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019<br />Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019<br />Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019<br />Saturday, March 2, 2019<br />Saturday, March 9, 2019</p><p>Skates will be available for rent at the head of the trail and admission to the park will run between $17 to $20. Dogs are not permitted, however, parents can bring strollers along so long as they feel confident and the stroller comes with rubber wheels.</p><p>To make the event even more special guests can stay overnight at one of Arrowhead’s <a href="" target="_blank">10 onsite cabins</a>. The rustic camping cabins are one large room but can sleep up to five people for the ultimate sleepover in the wilderness. Just make sure to bring along a few warm blankets and plenty of cocoa to sip with your loved ones after your ice-cold skate.</p>
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Why This Fashion Designer Thinks You Should Only Fly in White T-shirts

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:17
<p>When it comes to travel, there’s one thing nobody can seem to agree on: what to wear on the airplane. For some, it’s important to dress nice, evoking <a href="" target="_blank">the Golden Age of air travel</a>, when the place to see and be seen was aboard a jet. For others, flying is a time to relax and recharge; it’s a time to binge those movies you’ve blown off for months or wrap up in a blanket with the novel you haven’t yet finished.</p><p>Either way, deciding what to wear is tricky. And as planes become more efficient and more advanced, flying time continues to grow longer and longer — Singapore Airlines just reclaimed that title of <a href="" target="_blank">world’s longest flight</a> with a 19-hour direct flight from Newark to Singapore — meaning that it’s more important than ever to dress comfortably for a flight. But dressing for comfort doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style.</p><p>Enter <a href="" target="_blank">ATM</a>, a lifestyle brand that’s every bit as sleek and refined as it is comfortable and utilitarian. Founded by Anthony Thomas Melillo, the former style director of Esquire, ATM creates high-end, high-quality basics — some might say the perfect t-shirt — that are extremely well suited for any type of flight. Even better, Melillo is acutely aware of how and where his products are made, <a href="" target="_blank">telling<em> Vogue</em></a> he visits Peru “four times a year to review production and meet with everyone” to ensure the quality of both the clothes he makes and the people who are making them.</p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> sat down with Melillo to discuss what exactly makes the perfect travel outfit for a long-haul flight, plus other travel tips from a fashion insider who’s seriously in the know.</p><img alt="Thomas Anthony Melillo "src=""><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure:</em> What is your perfect travel outfit?</strong></p><p>“My typical uniform is a white t-shirt, which probably sounds dangerous anywhere because white is susceptible to stains, but I’m still cozy in my white slub t-shirts. That’s what I usually wear. We have <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">long-sleeve, destroyed wash</a> which tend to look great, but not so fancy. I don’t want it tucked in because it has a destroyed hem. Even if I’m flying to Florida I wear the long sleeves versions because it keeps my arms warm.”</p><p><strong>Why just a white t-shirt?</strong></p><p>“I just think the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">white t-shirt</a> makes things look clean, and when you get off the plane you don’t feel like you’re gross. I tend to think it looks fresh on or off the plane, so that’s why i stick with my white t-shirts. And would stick with that if I was a guy <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">or a girl</a>.”</p><p><strong>Is there anything you wouldn’t recommend wearing for a flight?</strong></p><p>“I <a href="" target="_blank">never wear jeans</a>. That’s the one thing I surely wouldn’t travel in. I find them really super uncomfortable and I don’t wear a lot of denim.”</p><p><strong>If not jeans, what bottoms should people wear to stay comfortable traveling?</strong></p><p>“<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sweats</a> are slimmer. [Chinos] definitely look more like something that’s dressier than wearing sweatpants. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">We do this Chino</a> — we call it our fabric code — it’s more of a washed look. It definitely has a feeling of relaxed and not so precious, but it also <a href="" target="_blank">doesn’t wrinkle</a>. It’s got a little bit of spandex in it, which keeps the hold in it to stretch and move and you don’t feel uncomfortable. And you don’t really want to wear a belt with it.”</p><img alt="Thomas Anthony Melillo "src=""><p><strong>Are there any other clothing items you recommend to stay comfortable? </strong></p><p>“One of the sort of key things that I wear? <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cozy socks</a>, for sure, which is more than just men’s dress socks. I buy different socks all over the place, but cozy socks. <a href="" target="_blank">Sneakers</a> for sure. If I’m going on a long flight I tend to like a <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&amp;color=black" target="_blank">cashmere scarf</a>. I just like it warm around my neck.”</p><p><strong>Speaking of staying warm, do you have tips for people who might be traveling between different climates, which always makes packing and dressing more difficult?</strong></p><p>“The fewer pieces the better. That’s why I don’t like layering that much. I’ll bring a big overcoat and I’ll wear a scarf, but I know a scarf can be thrown into my briefcase and overcoat I’ll leave in the car. And then I’m dressed in an outfit that’s maybe appropriate in LA and for winter in New York. Or from winter in New York you go to Miami, I’m done. I take the jacket off because you’ve got a t-shirt on and you’ve got chinos. You just can kind of transition easily. Yoga tights and white t-shirts look great when you arrive in LA just as well as it does when you’re in New York.”</p><p><strong>What travel essentials can you not leave home without?</strong></p><p>“<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Eve Lom face soap</a>. It comes in a 3.3 ounce, so I can travel with it. I use the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Aesop shaving cream</a> and they come in travel size so that’s always in my bag. The other thing is <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Marvis Toothpaste</a>, it tastes really good and they also have travel size. I know those three things no matter what are pretty good.”</p><p><strong>Any other tips from someone who is clearly a seasoned traveler?</strong></p><p>“I use this thing called <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Clear</a>, which is really helpful at times at airports. It’s a service that you don’t have to take off your shoes, but gets you past the TSA.”</p><p><em>Editor's note: This interview has been edited for clarity and length.</em></p>
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Inside the Grand Indian Hotel Where Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Getting Married

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:07
<p>This weekend, India’s Umaid Bhawan Palace will play host to one of the most star-studded, over-the-top weddings of the year.</p><p>Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are taking over the <a href="" target="_blank">Jodhpur hotel</a> for three days for an elaborate ceremony, with no expenses spared. The ceremonies will be held in different locations around Rajasthan, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Daily Mail</em>,</a> but the focal point will be on the Umaid Bhawan Palace for Sunday night’s grand finale.</p><img alt="Courtyard of the Umaid Bhawan Palace "src=""><p>The hotel hosting the wedding is an actual royal palace, and one of the world’s largest private residences. The palace has 347 rooms, <a href="" target="_blank">some of which are operated by Taj Hotels</a>. It spreads across 26 acres, which are monitored by freely-moving peacocks.</p><img alt="Swimming pool and walkway at the Umaid Bhawan Palace "src=""><p>It was built between 1928 and 1943, with the very same palm court marble that was used to build the Taj Mahal in Agra. While part of the palace is a hotel, another part still houses the “erstwhile royal family of Jodhpur, and is one of the last remaining great palaces of India,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to the hotel’s website</a>.</p><img alt="Central cupola inside the Umaid Bhawan Palace "src=""><p>The palace is located on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur. From the hill, there’s a panoramic view of the city with a wave of sand dunes in the distance. The palace is frequently referred to as among the last of India’s great palaces.</p><img alt="View of the Umaid Bhawan Palace "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">This won’t be the hotel’s first celeb rodeo</a>. It has plenty of A-list credentials. Over the years, celebrity clientele have included Mick Jagger and Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. This isn’t even the hotels’ first celebrity wedding. In 2016, the hotel hosted the wedding of Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar, with celebrities guests Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Sting and Diana Ross in attendance.</p><p>Celebrities expected to attend the Jonas wedding include Kelly Ripa, Lupita Nyong’o and Dwayne Johnson. <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle</a>, the Duchess of Sussex and Chopra’s best friend, will not be in attendance.</p>
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This Woman Was Thrilled to Be the Only One on a 144-passenger Plane to a Thai Island — Until It Hit Turbulence

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 09:04
<p>One of the nicest surprises of modern air travel is showing up to your flight to discover you have been upgraded to first class. But not many passengers show up to discover they’ve been upgraded to a private flight.</p><p>When Latsamy McAdoo showed up to her Bangkok Airways flight from <a href="">Bangkok</a> to the island of <a href="" target="_blank">Koh Samui</a>, she was expecting a typical flight. The Miami-based traveler has family on the island and regularly flies back and forth.</p><p>McAdoo didn’t notice anything unusual until she boarded and a flight attendant shut the door behind her — despite the fact that no other passengers had gotten onboard the Airbus A319.</p><p>At first, the experience was a dream come true. McAdoo ran down the aisles of the plane, was the sole recipient of the in-flight safety speech, got the best seat in the cabin and was treated to endless food and drink for the duration of her flight. But, as turbulence set in, conditions changed and the dream became a bit of a nightmare. “I began to worry that this was some type of Final Destination flight and it was my time to go,” <a href="" target="_blank">McAdoo wrote on Instagram</a>.</p><p>But the pilot was able to land without further problems and McAdoo had an excellent story to tell when she got off the plane.</p><p>And the “private” experience didn’t end once she stepped into the airport. McAdoo’s final surprise perk was that, because her bag was the only one checked onto the plane, it was the only bag to emerge on the carousel.</p><p>This is not the first time that a passenger has been treated to an impromptu private flight. Last year, a woman named Karon Grieve was treated to <a href="" target="_blank">a “private” flight from Glasgow to Crete</a>. The flight was already sparse, with only about 10 people booked, but Grieve was the only one who showed up.</p><p>There are several reasons an airline may choose to operate a flight with only one passenger. There may be cargo in the hold that needs to get transported. It could also cause scheduling issues for pilots and cabin crew, or for passengers who are waiting to board return-leg flights.</p><p>In addition, to leave a plane parked at an airport can cost an airline a substantial amount of money in fines. It may just be cheaper to operate the practically-empty flight.</p>
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Archaeologists Just Unearthed 8 Egyptian Mummies Dating Back to 300 B.C.

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 09:03
<p>Egypt’s archaeologists keep unearthing magnificent new finds.</p><p>On Wednesday, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities revealed that archaeologists uncovered eight sarcophagi with mummies that date back thousands of years.</p><p>“The mission began its excavation work in August and found the burials with eight limestone sarcophagi with mummies inside,” the ministry <a href="" target="_blank">wrote on Facebook</a>. “The mummies are covered with a layer of painted cartonnage in the form of a human.”</p><p>Three of the found mummies are well preserved, according to the ministry.</p><p>They were discovered in the Dahshur Necropolis, in King Amenemhat II's pyramid, about 25 miles south of Cairo. Archaeologists have dated the mummies back to the Pharaonic period (which lasted from about 32 B.C. to 332 B.C.).</p><p>The mummies are currently under protection in a Dahshur storehouse. Photos of the discovery will be displayed in museums in Hurghada and Sharm El-Shiekh.</p><p>This discovery is just the latest in a string of successful Egyptian digs this year, which have been highly publicized in an effort to bring tourists back to the country. (The country has been trying to recover visitation numbers ever since the outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011.)</p><p>Within just the past few months, archaeologists have discovered <a href="" target="_blank">an ancient village on the Nile Delta</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">cheese that dates back over 3,000 years</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">the 4,400-year-old tomb of an ancient priestess. </a></p><p>And last year, <a href="" target="_blank">a necropolis with 17 mummies was uncovered.</a> At the time, the Antiquities Minister said, “It's as if it's a message from our ancestors who are lending us a hand to help bring tourists back.”</p>
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You Can Rent a ‘Social Media Sitter’ to Take Over Your Instagram on Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 08:41
<p>Most adults don’t need a sitter, but if you’re trying to up your Instagram game, it might be time to get one.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Ibis</a>, a Swiss hotel chain, is now offering a special service that allows travelers the opportunity to take a vacation from their own social media accounts by hiring a “social media sitter.” The sitter, who is guaranteed to be an <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram influencer</a>, will take over your account and post seemingly perfect photos, Instagram Stories, and, if you want, even reply to comments on your feed. All of this while you’re out actually <a href="" target="_blank">enjoying your vacation</a> instead of trying to capture the perfect photo of it.</p><p>Called “<a href="" target="_blank">Relax, We Post</a>,” the service is currently on a trial run through early December at Ibis hotels in Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland. Renting a sitter is totally free for guests staying at one of the hotels, which, considering that some social media influencers get paid <a href="" target="_blank">upwards of $3,000</a> per post, seems like a pretty good deal. One of the sitters, Cristina Gheiceanu, a fashion and beauty influencer, <a href="" target="_blank">has over 149,000 followers</a>, so you know she knows what she’s doing.</p><p>The only stipulation? After handing over your handle and password, sitters are required to post #postedbysocialmediasitter so there’s some sort of, er, transparency that it’s not <em>actually</em> you posting the photos.</p><p>To help launch the program, Ibis created a hilarious video that shows an "Instagram boyfriend" — the boyfriend who takes all of the unedited photos — trying to get a dreamy shot of his girlfriend on the lake before being attacked by the qualms of social media. The ad, which is funny <em>and</em><i> </i>horrifying, truly reflects the overwhelming power of social media in our lives. Ibis, which offers affordable and trendy hotel rooms, wants guests to step away from those distractions and actually enjoy their vacations IRL.</p><p>Sounds like a good idea, if you can take your mind off the fact that you shouldn’t be worrying about social media. And if you trust a total stranger to take over your account. If not, maybe you should just <a href="" target="_blank">stick to running your own IG</a>.</p>
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London Will Become the World’s First National Park City in 2019 — Here's What That Means

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 17:08
<p>The words “National Park” typically conjure mental images of expansive fields, snow-capped mountain peaks or deep canyons. However, the world is just months away from inaugurating its first urban park.</p><p>For the past five years, <a href="" target="_blank">Daniel Raven-Ellison</a>, a “guerrilla geographer,” has been petitioning for <a href="" target="_blank">the city of London</a> to become the world’s first <a href="" target="_blank">National Park City</a>.</p><p>Last year, London’s mayor Saddiq Khan announced that he was throwing his support behind the movement and the city would be inaugurated by July 2019. The christening will open with a National Park City Fair with speakers, stalls and walks around the city.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 10 London City Hotels</a></p><p>"London is not just a city, it's a landscape," Raven-Ellison <a href="" target="_blank">told CNN</a>. "It's a landscape that's home not just to nearly nine million people, but there are as many trees. We share this city with 15,000 other species of wildlife and I don't think that urban life is worth any less than that life that we see in maybe those more distant places from cities."</p><p>Raven-Ellison’s argument holds weight. There are unique species of birds, foxes and, yes, even rodents that patrol London’s streets. The landscape itself is unique, going from concrete and skyscrapers to grassy heaths in the north. About 18 percent of the capital is dedicated public park space and 47 percent of Greater London is already green.</p><p>One of the main goals of the National Park movement is to amplify London’s green space through plant installations on roofs and walls around the city.</p><p>But there are a few snags that London may run into. The city is infamous for its smog, mostly created by road traffic. <a href="" target="_blank">Nitrogen dioxide levels have repeatedly breached</a> the standard set by the EU.</p><p>In 2015, Raven-Ellison <a href="" target="_blank">created a crowdfunding campaign</a> to make Greater London a National Park City. The movement raised almost $42,000 (£32,508) in a little over a month.</p><p>The UK currently has <a href="" target="_blank">15 national parks across the country</a>. However, all of the designated land masses in the area are more traditional examples of nature, including the Lake District, Loch Lomond and the North York Moors.</p>
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Self-driving Hotel Rooms May Soon Change the Way We Take Road Trips (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 16:37
<p>One day, you may be able to go sightseeing without ever leaving your hotel room.</p><p>The Autonomous Travel Suite, an idea put forth by Steve Lee, a designer at Toronto-based Aprilli Design Studio, could allow travelers to take a trip in a driverless hotel suite on wheels that fits up to five people, <a href="" target="_blank">USA Today reported</a>.</p><img alt="Autonomous hotel suite concept by Aprilli Design Studio "src=""><p>“It’s basically a hotel room so it has everything inside it. Whether it’s six hours or 10 hours, you’ll feel comfortable inside it,” said Lee to USA Today. The idea also won this year’s <a href="" target="_blank">Radical Innovation Award</a>.</p><p>Each suite comes with built-in beds, a private bathroom with a toilet and sitting shower, a small kitchen and plenty of extra room for entertaining and spreading out, much like an RV or trailer except <a href="" target="_blank">no one has to take driving duty</a>.</p><p>According to USA Today, the vehicles will be totally battery-operated, be able to pick up and drop off passengers and travel up to 10 hours on a single charge. Lee also plans on creating an app for the vehicles, making the service essentially like renting a car and booking a hotel all in one.</p><p>And for travelers who want to take longer trips or take breaks from the road, Lee imagines that there could be a hotel chain of Automated Travel Suites, where customers can recharge their vehicles while also enjoying the <a href="" target="_blank">amenities of traditional hotels</a>. He even hopes nationwide hotel chains may be interested in adding a fleet of driving suites to their brand.</p><p>Even though Lee hopes for the vehicles to be able to hit the roads by 2030, Kurt Stahura, dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Niagara University, told USA Today that the “technology has not been perfected yet.” It’s clear that Lee and the Aprilli Design Studio have some hills to climb before the idea can become a reality.</p><p>But if these Automated Travel Suites do make it into production, they could change the way Americans travel.</p>
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Skijoring Is the Nordic Winter Sport We Never Knew We Needed

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 13:00
<p>On a bluebird <a href="" target="_blank">Montana</a> morning in February, I found myself in a vast, snow-covered field, clipped into a pair of downhill skis and holding on to a towrope attached to the saddle of a handsome bay horse named Buckshot. The place was the <a href="" target="_blank">Resort at Paws Up</a>, a 37,000-acre luxury retreat and working cattle ranch in the Blackfoot Valley, east of Missoula. It’s a <a href="" target="_blank">wonderful place to stay</a>, with spacious, haute-rustic cabins that feel like private homes, shaded by ponderosa pines. But as comfortable as the accommodations are, you don’t really want to linger in them too long, because there are just so many fun things to do in this beautiful corner of the country.</p><p>In midwinter, said fun things include dog-sledding through the woods and snowmobiling up to Garnet, a perfectly preserved 1860s mining town — both of which I tried — as well as cross-country skiing, <a href="" target="_blank">snowshoeing</a>, and downhill tubing. But I had come specifically to experience the peculiar thrills of equine skiing, better known as skijoring. This unusual pastime has been popular in the western United States since the early 20th century, when Scandinavian immigrants imported it from <a href="" target="_blank">Lapland</a>, where it has been practiced for centuries using reindeer or dogs (<em>skikjøring</em> means “ski driving” in Norwegian). The version practiced with a horse and rider can also be a competitive sport: there have been several campaigns to include it in the Winter Olympics, and each January, at the <a href="" target="_blank">Ski Joring Invitational in Whitefish, Montana</a>, top skijorers compete on a course with jumps, gates, and jousting rings they have to capture as they go.</p><p>Jackie Kecskes, Paws Up’s equestrian manager, assured me that if I could ski, I could skijor. She sat astride Buckshot, wearing a wide-rimmed felt hat, a Barbour jacket, and jeans. “We had one guest struggle,” she said, “but everyone else has been able to do it, from a 69-year-old man to a teenager with a <a href="" target="_blank">GoPro</a> taking selfies.” After asking if I was ready, she murmured to Buckshot, who took off in a gentle trot along a path in the snow about the size of a high-school track. All I had to do was rock back slightly on my skis in a kind of half-squat while feeding the rope back and forth to modulate my distance from the horse. A full circuit took less than a minute. Kecskes was right: skijoring was easy enough, though the position took a bit of getting used to. Part of what felt strange was that I didn’t feel like I was really <em>doing</em> anything — other than hanging on, which I didn’t do so well when Buckshot sped to a gallop, slingshotting me around a curve.</p><img alt="Scenes from The Resort at Paws Up, in Montana "src=""><p>After a few loops I tried slaloming in and out of the colored markers on the course, quickly realizing how important the edges of my skis were for navigating the turns. Eventually, my forearms and some mysterious small muscles in my sides — obliques? — started to bark. “Everyone feels it in a different part of their body,” Kecskes told me. I took a breather while she swapped Buckshot for his lighter-colored buddy, Doc. Once we started up again, I just focused on holding the rope and appreciating the sensation of gliding behind this powerful animal, the wind on my cheeks, the sturdy snowcapped mountains on the horizon.</p><p>After lunch, Kecskes and I went trail riding. She gave me a white draft horse named Traveller, named after the one owned by Robert E. Lee, and we ambled through the snow along the banks of the Blackfoot River, chatting about her horses’ cliquishness. “It’s like in high school,” she said. “They’re like, ‘<em>You</em> can’t sit here for lunch, <em>you</em> can’t say hi to my friend.’” We passed under Lookout Rock, where Lewis and Clark are said to have stopped to decide which way to go next. A storm was coming in from the west, a dark, sculptural cloud formation massing against the blue sky. I felt an acute, ringing happiness at the majesty of this American landscape, and the pleasure of getting to know the beautiful animal whose reins I held. I knew that when I got home I’d tell everyone that in Montana I’d spent a highly entertaining hour getting pulled around on skis by a horse. But then I’d add that there’s nothing in the world better than riding one.</p><p><em>Travelers can reach the <a href="" target="_blank">Resort at Paws Up</a> (doubles from $650 per person, all-inclusive) by flying into Missoula, Montana. Complimentary round-trip transportation is included in the rate. One-hour skijoring sessions are $200.</em></p>
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People Are Paying to Go to Prison in South Korea Because Life Is Too Stressful

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:30
<p>When the stress and fatigue of the daily grind gets to us, who among us has not dreamed of being locked away from all human contact?</p><p>Wistfully, we might imagine all the books we would read or how buff we would become from working out if we were locked up (just for a month or two!) in prison with no interference from the outside world.</p><p>The wish is reality in Hongcheon, South Korea, and you don't even need to commit a crime.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">At This Prison-themed Hotel in Bangkok, Guests Get a Mugshot and a Curfew</a></p><p>“<a href="" target="_blank">Prison Inside Me</a>” is a hotel of sorts in South Korea where people pay to be locked away in solitary confinement for 24 hours. Inside, “jail mates” wear matching uniforms, sleep in spartan 54-square-foot cells, and are forbidden from speaking to each other. Minimal meals — a steamed sweet potato and banana shake for dinner, rice porridge for breakfast — are fed through a slot in their cell doors. Cell phones and clocks are prohibited inside the walls of the prison.</p><p>Accommodation kits include a yoga mat, tea set, pen, and notebook. Everybody sleeps on the floor.</p><p>Participants can pay about $90 to be kept in solitary confinement for 24 hours, away from the stressors of the outside world. More than 2,000 people have stayed at the prison since it opened in 2013. Most of those who opt for the unusual vacation are stressed out workers and students.</p><p>“After a stay in the prison, people say, ‘This is not a prison, the real prison is where we return to,’” Noh Ji-Hyang, one of the co-founders, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Reuters</em></a>.</p><p>Like any good getaway, the prison stay comes with a souvenir: a certificate of parole upon completing their stint in solitary confinement.</p>
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Toy Story Land During the Holiday Season Is Disney Magic at Its Best

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:17
<p>From jumbo trees to themed parades, Walt Disney World takes the holiday season seriously, and Toy Story Land is about to experience it firsthand. Disney's newest land will, for the very first time, be doused in <a href="" target="_blank">yuletide cheer</a> with over-the-top decor designed to make you feel like a toy inside Andy's backyard. Even better? Because everything in Woody and Buzz Lightyear’s expanse is <a href=";utm_content=5b4cb6899ebbef00077aed7f&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;;xid=TrueAnthem_Twitter" target="_blank">larger than life</a>, the festive additions are too, giving an eye-popping new take on tinsel and tree toppers.</p><p>November and December can be some of the <a href="" target="_blank">best times to visit Walt Disney World</a>: the parks are doused in cheerful spirits, <a href="" target="_blank">every single Disney hotel</a> is decorated to the nines, and the festivities happening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are aplenty.</p><p>Here’s what you’ll find this wintertime at the cutest new land at Walt Disney World:</p><h2>If you think your home’s holiday decor is big, think again</h2><p>Massive ornaments honoring "Toy Story’s" Little Green Men sit outside their Alien Swirling Saucers ride, and a life-size sugar cookie of Hamm, the film’s popular piggy bank, is held upright by the helping hand of a green army man toy soldier. The most heartwarming holiday addition comes from Rex, the lovable toy dinosaur who is perched high atop a pile of Jenga blocks near <a href="" target="_blank">Slinky Dog Dash coaster</a>. Given the ride’s backstory — Andy combined his toys with a coaster kit, placing his springy dachshund on top — it makes sense that Rex’s antlers are hand-drawn onto cardboard with a red pen, making the toy chest magic of Walt Disney World’s newest land that much more homespun.</p><h2>Deck the halls with new ride soundtracks</h2><p>Even though they’re just a few months old, Toy Story Land’s attractions have changed for the season as well. Alien Swirling Saucers’ audio has donned a kind of costume, updating its music to feature festive holiday tunes and themed lighting, while Slinky Dog Dash coaster has added sleigh bells into its soundtrack.</p><img alt="Christmas lights and Antlers on the Slinky Dog Dash "src=""><h2>Even the characters are catching the holiday spirit</h2><p>To Infinity — and the top of a Christmas tree! Don’t think those beloved characters would dare ignore the festivities winter brings, as Buzz Lightyear boasts a Santa cap while Woody and Jessie have swapped ugly Christmas sweaters for colorful vests and tinsel tucked inside in their cowboy hats. It may not be a meet-and-greet with Santa — for reference, that’s on the other side of the park — but it adds a bit of warmth to those memories made during year-end vacations.</p><h2>There’s a special seasonal treat, too</h2><p>Woody’s Lunch Box, known for serving toasted grilled cheese and s’mores French toast out of a jumbo lunch box, is covered in a traditional popcorn-and-cranberry garland with green tinsel string for the season as well. There’s even a riff on the land’s popular lunch box tart dessert done in festive flavors: cinnamon cran-apple delight is slathered in icing and topped with pink pearls and white snowflakes.</p><img alt="Alien oraments at Toy Story Land "src=""><h2>And, it’s not the only way to toast to wintertime</h2><p>At nighttime, expect that same amount of Christmas-y charm, thanks to oversized string lights hanging overhead all year round. It’s part of the entertainment and festivities that have arrived at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this holiday season, lasting through Jan. 6th. The “Flurry of Fun” lets guests toast to wintertime magic with themed food and hot cocoa flights, special entertainment, falling “snow” and the live nighttime show Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! featuring fireworks and characters from Prep &amp; Landing, now on its third year running.</p>
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4 Sites That Let You Book Flights and Pay Later

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:00
<p>No matter <a href="" target="_blank">what your budget is</a>, travel still costs money. In fact, one of the biggest reasons why people don’t travel more often is due to the high airfare and hotel rates that force travelers to shell out huge amounts of cash all at once. For many people, this can be a serious blow to your budget and finances.</p><p>Luckily, there are a plenty of companies out there that can cater to your budgetary needs by allowing installment payments on your biggest expenses, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a></em>.</p><p>Perhaps the most recognizable way to spread out your travel expenses is through the popular booking site, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia</a>. If you are paying for a booking that is over $200, you’re eligible to spread out your payments in monthly installments for up to three, six or 12 months, thanks to Expedia’s partnership with the online lender, Affirm. In order to get the option, customers can select a flight and hotel package and then select the “Monthly Payments” tab.</p><p>The start up <a href="" target="_blank">Airfordable</a> goes one step further by allowing travelers to submit a screenshot of their itinerary in order to get a customized payment plan, <em>Lonely Planet</em> reported. And there’s no commitment to book with a specific site, since Airfordable actually works with several booking sites, such as <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Priceline</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia</a>.</p><p>In addition, airlines like <a href="" target="_blank">Thomas Cook</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Holidays</a> have their own monthly installment plans, according to <em>Lonely Planet</em>. Thomas Cook offers a “buy now, pay later” plan that is available for travel dates between Nov. 1, 2018 and Oct. 31, 2019. Virgin allows customers to set up a direct debit line, which takes payments up until 12 weeks before departure.</p><p>Next time you’re thinking of going on vacation, you might want to look at these sites in order to book the trip of a lifetime without spending your whole life savings.</p>
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