America’s Newest National Park Offering Camping Reservations up to Six Months in Advance

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:23
<p>If you’re planning a summer road trip or camping trip, be sure to add this location to your list of stops.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">America’s newest national park</a>, Indiana Dunes National Park, is officially taking camping reservations for people who are looking for an ideal summer campsite, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Fox 59</a>.</p><p>Indiana Dunes National Park is formerly the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, renamed and designated a national park back in February, making it the country’s <a href="" target="_blank">61st national park</a>, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Michigan Live</a></em>. The park is made up of 15 miles of shore on Lake Michigan in Indiana and boasts 15,000 acres of beaches, woods, natural features, and 50 miles of trails.</p><p>In short, it’s sure to become one of the <a href="" target="_blank">best national park campsites in the U.S</a>.</p><p>According to Fox 59, the park has created a new system for reserving campsites. Out of the 66 sites available, 34 are bookable up to six months in advance and 32 are first-come-first-served.</p><p>In past years, the entire park was first-come-first-served, Fox 59 reported.</p><p>Campsites run for $25 per night between April and October, so now is the perfect time to plan your getaway.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">park’s page on the National Park Services website</a>. An <a href="" target="_blank">online reservation portal</a> for the park will go live on Wednesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. EST (9 a.m. CST), according to Fox 59.</p>
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Manchester's New Private Terminal Has No Lines and Chauffeurs to Drive Passengers to Their Gate

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 08:53
<p>If you’ve ever missed a flight because you got caught in security or arrived at the airport to find a long bag-drop line you didn’t plan for, you’re not alone. Long lines are synonymous with travel, and even travelers who fly first class and have <a href="" target="_blank">TSA PreCheck</a> can’t avoid every line. Alleviating this common frustration is the mission behind Manchester Airport’s new private terminal, <a href="" target="_blank">PremiAir</a>.</p><p>Starting September, the private terminal will offer commercial travelers a streamlined airport experience regardless of their flight booking class. Without lines, travelers can sail through the private terminal’s security check before being dropped at their departure gate — via chauffeured car – within the hour. Those departing with only hand luggage can utilize the service for £50 ($65).</p><img alt="Manchester Airport private terminal "src=""><p>Passengers with bags to check or those who are also looking for the ultimate private airport lounge experience — with local cuisine, free drinks, bespoke lounges, and pre-flight entertainment — can book the terminal’s Premium departure service for £100 ($130). PremiAir’s personal luggage processing service will ensure travelers start off on the right foot before providing them with complimentary high-speed WiFi, drinks, and food made to order.</p><p>Those looking for a superior arrival experience can book a similar service for their arrival. For £125 ($162), arrivals into Manchester are greeted with a private transfer from the plane to the terminal, dedicated passport control, and access to the lounge while any luggage is collected. For a full “round-trip” experience, travelers can expect to pay £175 ($226).</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em>, the terminal will be open Sept. 1, but travelers can stay up to date on PremiAir’s services and status by signing up for updates on the site.</p>
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You Can Get an All-expenses Paid Vacation to Jamaica to Bartend at This Caribbean Bar in the Ocean

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 08:39
<p>Now’s the time to apply to the dream job you might have never thought of.</p><p>Not a lot of people dream of leaving their home and their job to go tend bar, but this job opening might give you second thoughts about that.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to<em> Metro</em></a>, an establishment off the coast of <a href="" target="_blank">Jamaica</a> called Floyd’s Pelican Bar is looking for a new, temporary bartender to serve up ice cold drinks that are perfect for sipping surrounded by water.</p><p>The bar is run by Floyd Forbes, who works day-in and day-out in this gorgeous location, but even working in such an idyllic place can take its toll on someone. In order to give Forbes a vacation, <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Holidays</a> is hoping to find someone to fill in for him while he’s relaxing.</p><p>Forbes’ bar isn’t your typical beachside watering hole, either. The bar itself is located one mile off the coast of Negril, Jamaica, so it’s only accessible by a 20-minute boat ride, according to <em>Metro</em>. It’s well worth the trouble, though, since both guests and workers are surrounded by crystal clear water when they pull up a chair at this island cabana.</p><p>The bar, built in 2001, is nailed up on stilts so it can be high and dry in the ocean, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Atlas Obscura</a></em>. At first glance, it looks a bit like a run down shack — that is, until you take in the beautiful scenery around it.</p><p>The perfect substitute bartender, according to <em>Metro</em>, would be comfortable commuting by boat or paddle board, eager to entertain and talk to guests while serving drinks with a smile, have good taste in music in order to create crowd-pleasing, chill playlists at the bar, a capable multitasker, a welcoming face to passing boats, and is comfortable feeding the pelicans once in a while.</p><p>There are no requirements for applying for the job, just your name and email address. There have been temporary dream job (or odd job) postings like this in the past, including a sweepstakes to <a href="" target="_blank">run an inn off the coast of San Francisco</a> and a call for a <a href="">lifeguard at a nudist retreat</a>. But this one feels extra special.</p><p>The chosen applicant will receive free economy, round-trip Virgin Atlantic flights to Jamaica and seven nights accommodation in a four-star hotel, and £1,000 (about $1,290 USD) spending money. It’s unclear whether you’ll get to keep your tips.</p><p>Anyone interested in taking a break and living for a week like Isaac from <em>The Love Boat</em>, visit the <a href=";utm_source=commission%20junction&amp;utm_medium=affiliates&amp;utm_campaign=Skimlinks&amp;utm_content=7748750&amp;CJEVENT=281be150765e11e983f000840a240611" target="_blank">Virgin Holidays website</a> to throw your hat in the ring.</p>
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The Moon Is Getting Smaller and Wrinklier — Here's Why

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 08:09
<p>The physical effects of aging on a human body are universal: our skin gets wrinklier, we get smaller. Apparently, the moon is aging the same way.</p><p>According to images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the moon is shrinking, which is causing its crust to wrinkle up. The shrinking is also causing moonquakes, which are similar to their earthly equivalents — earthquakes.</p><p>Whereas the Earth’s quakes are caused by the shifting of tectonic plates, the moon’s quakes are caused by the body’s cooling. As the inside of the moon cools down, its surface shrivels up. Think of a grape shriveling into a raisin. However, unlike a grape, the moon’s surface is brittle and when these wrinkles form, the surface can break, “resulting in so-called thrust faults, where one section of crust is pushed up over an adjacent section,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to AFP</a>.</p><p>According to NASA’s images, this process has caused the moon to shrink about 50 meters, or about 164 feet, in diameter from what it was back in 1972.</p><p>Researchers believe this process is still active on the moon, meaning it is still changing and still experiencing quakes.</p><p>“For me, these findings emphasize that we need to go back to the moon,” Nicholas Schmerr, assistant professor of geology at the University of Maryland an an author of the study, said in a statement. “We learned a lot from the Apollo missions, but they really only scratched the surface. With a larger network of modern seismometers, we could make huge strides in our understanding of the moon's geology. This provides some very promising low-hanging fruit for science on a future mission to the moon.”</p><p>We may not have to wait long. NASA announced earlier this year that it hopes to <a href="" target="_blank">send astronauts back to the moon in 2024</a>.</p>
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The Most Popular Beach Hotels on Travelocity Are All on Sale — but You'll Have to Act Fast

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 17:01
<p>If you’ve been thinking about <a href="" target="_blank">planning a summer vacation</a>, now may be the perfect time to pull the trigger. As in right now, like today, at this very second. That’s because Travelocity is hosting a massive <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">one-day sale</a> all beach-loving travelers should get in on.</p><p>For today only, Travelocity is knocking 17 percent off, which could equal up to $100 off a night, at some of its most popular beach destinations around the United States, Caribbean, and Mexico.</p><p>You can use the code twice to redeem two reservations at participating hotels. Ready to book? Just check out these six hot properties for a little vacation inspiration, then head over to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Travelocity</a> and use the promo code <strong>SAVEBIG17</strong> for 17 percent off your dream vacation. </p><h2>Dominican Republic: Casa De Campo Resort and Villas</h2><p>At the Casa De Campo Resort in La Romana, less than an hour from Punta Cana, every room comes with a view. The art deco-inspired resort is ideal for an easy getaway as a couple or for families. It even offers childcare for a small extra fee.</p><p><strong>To book:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, save 17% with code SAVEBIG17</p><h2>Miami: Carillon Miami Wellness Resort</h2><img alt="Carillon Miami Wellness Resort "src=""><p>The Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is an active oasis. Inside, guests can indulge in a number of recreational amenities, including doing a few laps in the hotel’s four outdoor swimming pools, and even take one of the hotel’s many fitness classes. Then, sit back and relax at the massive spa which features massages, body treatments, and facials.</p><p><strong>To book:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, save 17% with code SAVEBIG17</p><h2>Los Angeles: Oceana</h2><p>Located across the street from the famed Santa Monica beach, Oceana is an ocean lover's paradise. Wake up, step outside, and enjoy the Santa Monica Pier, a number of world-class restaurants to your left and right, and plenty of shopping at the 3rd Street Promenade. Then, go back, put on your plush Oceana robe, and drift asleep to the sound of the sea.</p><p><strong>To book:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, save 17% with code SAVEBIG17</p><h2>San Diego: Kona Kai Resort and Spa</h2><img alt="Hotel El Convento, Puerto Rico "src=""><p>If you want to be as close to the water as possible look no further than Kona Kai Resort and Spa in San Diego. Located on the harbor, the hotel is big enough to fit your entire family. It comes with two pools, one for families and one just for adults, along with plenty of lawn games to fill the day. And, best of all, it’s just a 10-minute drive to downtown San Diego, meaning delicious food and vintage shopping is right around the corner.</p><p><strong>To book:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, save 17% with code SAVEBIG17</p><h2>Cancun: Nizuc Resort and Spa</h2><p>You want a beach? The Nizuc Resort and Spa has got one — a private one, to be exact. The luxury resort also comes equipped with a full-service spa and six delicious restaurants. The family-friendly resort also comes with a kids' club and optional babysitting services.</p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, save 17% with code SAVEBIG17</p><h2>Puerto Rico: Hotel el Convento</h2><img alt="Kona Kai Resort & Spa "src=""><p>Located in San Juan Antiguo, the Hotel el Convento is not only minutes from the sand, but it’s also conveniently located near both the San Juan Gate and San Juan Cathedral. The luxury hotel is home to two restaurants, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. And each of the rooms come perfectly decorated with old-world San Juan charm.</p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, save 17% with code SAVEBIG17</p>
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Japan Is Testing a Train That Will Be the Fastest in the World

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 16:17
<p>Getting around <a href="" target="_blank">Japan</a> has always been a breeze thanks to the country's bullet train system. But soon, you may be able to get around even faster thanks to a new train that could reach speeds up to 249 miles per hour.</p><p>The East Japan Railway Company began testing <a href="" target="_blank">the ALFA-X</a>, which could soon become the fasted bullet train in the world, last week.</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank">Japan Station</a>, a Japanese transportation guide explained, the ALFA-X is a version of the country’s Shinkansen train, which debuted for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. That train is still operational around the country and includes stops in <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Kyoto</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Osaka</a>. It can travel at speeds up to 199 miles per hour.</p><p>“The ALFA-X train is simply a prototype for use in test runs for the development of a possible future train,” Sanshiro Iwamoto, a researcher at the railway company, told <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>. “The projected speed should be 249 mph per hour maximum, but, again, speed will only be determined during testing.”</p><p>Testing, <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a> explained, will likely last for at least three more years. The goal for the train is to have it fully operational for commercial use by 2030. At that time, CNN noted, it will likely cruise around 224 miles per hour rather than pushing its limits of 249. But, even at its cruising speed, it will still be the fastest train in the world just ahead of <a href="" target="_blank">China's Fuxing Hao train</a>, which currently reaches speeds of 217 mph.</p><p>Part of the reason Japan’s new train can go so fast is thanks to its design, <em>USA Today</em> reported. The train comes with a 72-foot sleek nose, which is built to combat wind resistance. Behind it, the train carries 10 cars.</p><p>Japan is also testing another high-speed train model, the Shinkansen N700S. That train is expected to reach speeds of 190 miles per hour and will also be commercially available just in time for the <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo 2020 Olympics</a>.</p>
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The Ultimate Guide to 'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Around the World

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 15:50
<p>HBO's <em>Game of Thrones </em>is lauded for its lush world-building, and the visually stunning way production designers (and, you know, wig experts) have brought George R.R. Martin's rich, complicated world to life. <em>Game of Thrones </em>is, after all, a study in mind-blowing landscapes: frigid wastelands and forests beyond the Wall, the amply-treed Kingsroad, turquoise waters across the Narrow Sea, and the sunny, medieval King’s Landing, to name a few.</p><p>While many of <em>GOT</em>’s recurring sets (like the Iron Throne) are filmed at Paint Hall studios in <a href="" target="_blank">Belfast</a>, the show shoots largely on-location, primarily in <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a> for scenes in the North, and <a href="" target="_blank">Croatia</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Spain</a> for the South. Cast members who have scenes beyond the Wall have been known to film in freezing temperatures, often on lands buried in feet of snow.</p><p>With such an impressive roster of medieval cities and stunning islands on their shoot list, it should come as no surprise that a <em>GOT</em> location tour around <a href="" target="_blank">Europe</a> would make for an ideal vacation. For all you travel junkies out there, we’ve compiled the ultimate <em>Game of Thrones</em> travel guide to help inspire your next trip. (This may seem obvious, but there are light spoilers ahead.)</p><p>Onward!</p><p>*Editor's Note: This post is dark and full of terrors … AKA it’s full of spoilers. So, if you’re not caught up on <em>Game of Thrones</em>, proceed with caution.</p><h2>Daenarys and Khal Drogo’s Wedding</h2><img alt="Daenarys and Khal Drogos Wedding, Azure Window, Malta "src=""><p>Way back in season one of <em>Game of Thrones</em>, fans saw a pre-dragon Daenarys marry the “blood of her blood” and “moon of her life” Khal Drogo. The wedding scene was filmed at the stunning Azure Window in <a href="" target="_blank">Malta</a>. It was a major tourist attraction both before and after the filming. Sadly, in 2017, <a href="" target="_blank">the window collapsed in a storm</a>.</p><h2>The Iron Islands</h2><img alt="The Iron Islands, Ballintoy Harbor, Northern Ireland "src=""><p>The Iron Islands, home of the Greyjoys, is actually set at the Ballintoy Harbour in <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a>. Though it’s a place Theon likely never wants to see again, you may want to visit to get a true taste of Ireland life.</p><h2>The Scaffold of King's Landing</h2><img alt="The Scaffold of Kings Landing, Fort Manoel, Malta "src=""><p>Perhaps the saddest location in all of <em>Game of Thrones</em>, Fort Manoel in <a href="" target="_blank">Malta</a> was used as the location where Ned Stark met his end on King Joffrey’s orders. Built in the 18th century, the fort remains on UNESCO’s tentitive world heritage list. But really, it should make the list from its <i>GoT</i> appearance alone.</p><h2>Beyond the Wall</h2><img alt="Beyond the Wall, Hverfjall Volcano, Iceland "src=""><p>The scenes beyond the Wall have been filmed at various locations around <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a>, most notably the Myrdalsjokull glacier, the Hverfjall volcano, and the Vatnajökull glacier.</p><h2>The Mountain Beyond the Wall</h2><img alt="The Mountain Beyond the Wall, Kirkjufell, Iceland "src=""><p>One specific location beyond the wall happened in Season 7 Episode 6. It was then that Daenerys and her dragons save (almost) everyone from certain death at the hands of the Night King. In real life, that location is actually <a href=",-23.3769823,12z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x48d57bab8dd70f87:0x9b45ba57731db7b!2sKirkjufell!3b1!8m2!3d64.9416667!4d-23.3069444!3m4!1s0x0:0x263186a28a338d0!8m2!3d64.9261608!4d-23.3114433" target="_blank">Kirkjufell</a> a famous mountain and waterfall in <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a>.</p><h2>Winterfell</h2><img alt="Winterfell, Doune Castle, Scotland "src=""><p>The pilot episode of <em>Game of Thrones </em>featuring the Stark family home of Winterfell was shot at <a href="" target="_blank">Doune Castle</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">Scotland</a>. However, later episiodes featuring Winterfell were filmed at Castle Ward in <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a>.</p><h2>King's Landing</h2><img alt="Dubrovnik, Croatia, Kings Landing "src=""><p>Though most of King’s Landing doesn’t really exist in real life (it’s shot in a studio), some exterior shots include locations like <a href="" target="_blank">Dubrovnik</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Split</a>, both in <a href="" target="_blank">Croatia</a>.</p><h2>The Forests of Winterfell</h2><img alt="The Forests of Winterfell, Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Ireland "src=""><p>Remember when the Stark boys found a litter of direwolf puppies in the forests of Winterfell? Filming of the scene took place in Tollymore Forest Park, in <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a>. The forest was the first named state forest in Northern Island and remains open to visitors, campers, and hikers alike.</p><h2>The Dothraki Sea</h2><img alt="The Dothraki Sea, Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland "src=""><p>The Dothraki Sea — otherwise known as the Great Grass Sea — is actually the Glens of Antrim in <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a>. Which, funny enough, means the Dothraki technically live nextdoor to the Starks.</p><h2>The Kingsroad</h2><img alt="The Kingsroad, Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a> is home to some of the world’s most picturesque natural beauty, so it makes sense that the <a href="" target="_blank">Dark Hedges</a> were used to film the grandest road in the land, otherwise known as the Kingsroad.</p><h2>Dragonstone Beach</h2><img alt="Dragonstone Beach, Itzurun Beach, Zumaia, Spain "src=""><p>In the show, Dragonstone Beach is home to several pivotal scenes. It happens to be where the Burning of the Seven took place, as well as the place where Dany goes home to roost in season seven. The interior of Dragonstone is filmed on a sound stage in Belfast, however, the beach, cave, and footbridge are all real and filmed at Itzurun Beach in <a href="" target="_blank">Zumaia</a> and Muriola Beach near Barrika. Both beaches can be visited in one go on a trip to the <a href="" target="_blank">northern coast of Spain</a>.</p><h2>Jon &amp; Ygritte's Cave</h2><img alt="Jon and Ygrittes Cave, Grjotagja, Iceland "src=""><p>In perhaps the sexiest scene in <em>Game of Thrones </em>history, Jon Snow proves he doesn’t, in fact, know nothing, while spending an intimate evening with his Wildling love interest Ygritte. In the show, the pair spend the night north of the Wall, but in real life, the filming location actually sits inside a lava cave Grjótagjá, <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a>.</p><h2>Qarth</h2><img alt="Qarth, Lokrum Island "src=""><p>Lokrum, an island in the Adriatic Sea, was used for filming scenes in the "Greatest City that Ever Was or Will Be," otherwise known as Qarth. The Benedictine Monastery on the island stood in as Xaro Xhaon Daxos’ mansion, which can be seen in season two’s fifth episode.</p><h2>Melisandre's Birthing Cave</h2><img alt="Melisandres Birthing Cave, Cushendun Cave, Antrim, Northern Ireland "src=""><p>One of <em>Game of Throne</em>’s creepiest scenes features Lady Melisandre giving birth to a “shadow” that later kills Renly Baratheon. The scene was filmed at the Caves at Cushendum in County Antrim, <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a>.</p><h2>The House of the Undying</h2><img alt="The House of the Undying, Minceta Tower, Croatia "src=""><p>When Daenarys’ dragons are stolen during her stay in the city of Qarth, she’s led to the House of the Undying, which was filmed inside the walls of Minceta Tower in <a href="" target="_blank">Croatia</a>.</p><h2>Astapor</h2><img alt="Astapor, Essauira, Morocco "src=""><p>Daenarys certainly travels the furthest in the show throughout the seven kingdoms and in season three, she heads to the Slaver’s Bay city of Astapor. There, Daenarys meets the army of the Unsullied, who become her loyal allies. Principal photography was shot in the Moroccan port city of <a href="" target="_blank">Essaouira</a>.</p><h2>Yunki (and Pentos)</h2><img alt="Yunkai and Pentos, Ait Benhaddou, Morocco "src=""><p>Another Slaver’s Bay filming location also overlaps with the location of Pentos. Both locations are actually the fortified city of Aït-Ben-Haddou in <a href="" target="_blank">Morocco</a> in real life.</p><h2>Braavos</h2><img alt="Braavos, Sibenik, Croatia "src=""><p>Everyone’s favorite Faceless Man-in-training, Arya Stark, arrives in the Free City of Braavos in the fifth season. No, she didn’t actually go to a mythical land to train for years on end. Instead, filming actually took place in Sibenik, a gorgeous and historical city in <a href="" target="_blank">Croatia</a>.</p><h2>The Water Palaces of Dorne</h2><img alt="The Water Palaces of Dorne, Alcazar de Sevilla, Spain "src=""><p>The fan favorite House of Martell calls the Water Palaces of Dorne home, which was actually filmed at the Alcázar de Sevilla in <a href="" target="_blank">Spain</a>.</p><h2>The Great Pit of Daznak</h2><img alt="The Great Pit of Daznak, Osuna, Bull Ring, Sevilla, Spain "src=""><p>Daznak’s Pit, the largest fighting pit in the Slaver’s Bay city of Meereen, seen in the ninth episode of season five, is the location where Sir Jorah enters combat to fight for the Queen’s honor. In real life, the Osuna Bull Ring in <a href="" target="_blank">Sevilla</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Spain</a>, stood in as the Great Pit.</p><h2>The Long Bridge of Volantis</h2><img alt="The Long Bridge of Volantis, Cordoba, Spain "src=""><p>The Long Bridge in the Free City of Volantis — which is depicted in the series’ fifth season — used the Roman Bridge in <a href="">Cordoba</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Spain</a> for principal photography.</p><h2>Highgarden</h2><img alt="Highgarden, Almodovar del Rio, Spain "src=""><p>In the fourth episode of season seven, fans finally got a look at Highgarden, the home of the House Tyrell. Sadly, it was seized by Jaime Lannister. But, the filming location, the Castillo de Almodóvar del Río in the <a href="" target="_blank">Andalusian</a> province of Córdoba, remains free of the Lanister grip. The location is<a href="" target="_blank"> open to the public</a><i> </i>so go explore the towers and walls, and make sure to pick up some <em>Game of Thrones</em> swag before the final episode this summer.</p>
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This Pizza Has 41 Types of Cheese From 41 Countries Around the World

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:16
<p>There’s no use denying it: Cheese. Is. Life.</p><p>Cheese is amazing in pretty much any form, but perhaps one of the best is pizza. Cheese, sauce, and bread go together so naturally, it’s easy to see why delicious four-cheese and five-cheese varieties exist.</p><p>You can’t go wrong with more cheese.</p><img alt="SpareRoom UK Eurovision 41-Cheese Pizza "src=""><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Metro</a></em>, apartment listing company <a href="" target="_blank">SpareRoom</a> is bringing the world the cheesy pizza we've only dreamed about — boasting 41 incredible kinds of cheese from around the world — to celebrate the <a href="" target="_blank">67th Eurovision Song Contest</a>. For those who don't know Eurovision, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Wrap</a> </em>describes it as "a cross between <em>The X Factor</em> and the Miss Universe pageant that offers [Americans] a glimpse of what it’s like to be in a culture that doesn’t have jazz and blues as the foundation of its pop music."</p><p>While it’s not as many as the record-breaking <a href="" target="_blank">111-cheese pizza from Vadoli Pizzeria</a> in Berlin, Michigan, this specialty pizza includes at least one cheese from each of the 41 different countries participating in Eurovision. And be sure to expect ones from some of the <a href="" target="_blank">best destinations for cheese lovers</a>, like French Camembert, Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Irish Cashel Bleu cheese, <em>Metro</em> reported.</p><p>“Eurovision parties are popular in flatshares all over the UK and pizza is the ultimate sharing food. So what better excuse to celebrate cheesiness in all its forms,” a spokesperson for SpareRoom told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Pretty52</a></em>.</p><p>Unfortunately, you can only get the pizza if you’re in London, so the rest of the world will have to make do with a <a href="" target="_blank">homemade recipe for the pizza</a> from SpareRoom. If you are lucky enough to be in the U.K. later this month, consider putting this <a href="" target="_blank">cheesy concoction on your bucket list</a></p><p>The Eurovision Song Contest broadcasts on May 18, so anyone viewing the competition can feel free to order themselves a pizza. While the limited edition “Quarantuno Formaggi” is sponsored by SpareRoom, the actual pizza can be ordered from London pizzeria Baz and Fred’s in Flat Iron Square between 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on that day.</p><img alt="SpareRoom UK Eurovision 41-Cheese Pizza "src=""><p>The best part is that the cheesy pizza is completely free until supplies run out, according to <em>Metro</em>. You can order it in person or online using the <a href="" target="_blank">Deliveroo</a> website and app.</p><p>Here’s the full list of cheeses you’ll find on the “Quarantuno Formaggi,” according to Pretty52.</p><p>1. Albania - Kaçkavall style cheese<br />2. Armenia - Chechil Cheese Braid<br />3. Australia - Extra Mature Cheddar<br />4. Austria - Austrian Smoked Cheese<br />5. Azerbaijan - Kajmak Travnik<br />6. Belarus - Quark<br />7. Belgium - Pie d'Angloys<br />8. Croatia - Paski sir<br />9. Cyprus - Halloumi<br />10. Czech Republic - Korbaciky unsmoked<br />11. Denmark - Castello Danish Blue<br />12. Estonia - Andre style cheese<br />13. Finland - Leipäjuusto style cheese<br />14. France - Camembert<br />15. Georgia - Jaunpils Sulguni<br />16. Germany - Beechwood German Smoked<br />17. Greece - Epiros Greek Feta<br />18. Hungary - Randolder style cheese<br />19. Iceland - Skyr yoghurt<br />20. Ireland - Cashel Blue style cheese<br />21. Israel - Tal Haemek style cheese<br />22. Italy - Parmigiano Reggiano<br />23. Latvia - Talsu Ritulis Green<br />24. Lithuania - Luksiu Suris<br />25. North Macedonia - Kashkavel style cheese<br />26. Malta - Gbjena style cheese<br />27. Moldova - Rossiyskiy<br />28. Montenegro - Pljevaljski style cheese<br />29. Netherlands - Gouda<br />30. Norway - Jarlsberg<br />31. Poland - Mlekpol Krolewski Z Kolna<br />32. Portugal - Queijo Azeitao Quinta Do Anjo Dop Simões<br />33. Romania - Branza Burduf<br />34. Russia - Salt Smoked 'braid' Kosichka style cheese<br />35. Serbia - Bryndza<br />36. San Marino - Auricchio Mild Provolone<br />37. Slovenia - Trnic style cheese<br />38. Spain - Manchego<br />39. Sweden - Åseda Gräddost<br />40. Switzerland - Emmental<br />41. United Kingdom - Wensleydale</p>
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You Can Watch Movies on a Boat at This New Cinema in Prague

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:00
<p>With summer just around the corner, outdoor movies are on the verge of popping up at parks, <a href="" target="_blank">beaches</a>, and rooftops in cities around the world.</p><p>But there's one movie theater in <a href="" target="_blank">Prague</a> that, while not actually outdoors, has upped the ante by virtue of being on a boat — and it's open all year round.</p><p>Anchored in the Vltava river, Kinolod first opened in Prague 7's Holešovice quarter in February 2019, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Lonely Planet </em>reports</a>. For just Kč130 ($5.67), cinephiles can watch a film on this refurbished, <a href="" target="_blank">1925 transshipment vessel</a>, to be enjoyed with a beer from the onboard bar.</p><img alt="Kinolod Cinema Boat in Prague "src=""><img alt="Kinolod Cinema Boat in Prague "src=""><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Prague Is a Real-life Fairy Tale, and These Photos Prove It</a></p><p>If the idea of going to a movie theater in a country where you do not speak the language sounds intimidating, rest easy. Kinolod plays Czech movies, but you can watch some of them with English subtitles, or opt to watch an international film. Before you purchase your ticket, head to the <a href="" target="_blank">cinema's website</a> to see which Czech films are subtitled and which U.S. films are dubbed.</p><img alt="Kinolod Cinema Boat in Prague "src=""><p>Adding to its cool factor, Kinolod is more than just an 80-seat movie theater: it also doubles as a concert venue. After special film viewings, the theater moves the screen to unveil a stage, where music inspired by the movie is performed.</p><img alt="Kinolod Cinema Boat in Prague "src=""><p>For those who get seasick, you can still partake in the fun. According to <em>Lonely Planet</em>, Kinolod plans to eventually play outdoor movies next to the boat, on the left bank of the Vltava.</p><p>Want to make a whole day out of your trip to Holešvoice? Before or after your movie, be sure to <a href="">shop the boutiques on Veverkova Street</a>, check out one — or more — of the district's many <a href=";find_loc=Hole%C5%A1ovice%2C+Prague" target="_blank">art galleries</a>, and head to <a href="" target="_blank">Letna Park</a> for stunning views of the city.</p>
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The California Hotel Doris Day Owned Is the 'Pet-friendliest' in America

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:51
<p>Doris Day, one of the most prolific actresses of Hollywood’s golden era, has died, her foundation announced Monday. She was 97.</p><p>Day, <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a> reported, ranked number one in the box office each year from 1960 to 1964. She began her career as a big-band vocalist during World War II then made the leap to the big screen. Over the next two decades, she went on to make nearly 40 movies.</p><p>But, being an actress wasn’t her only gig. Day was also a hotelier as co-owner of the Cyprus Inn in <a href="" target="_blank">Carmel-by-the-Sea</a>, California.</p><img alt="Cypress Inn Carmel, California "src=""><p>“For more than 20 years, Cypress Inn has been jointly owned by legendary singer, actress and animal activist Doris Day and her business partner Dennis LeVett,” the inn explained on its <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>. “Doris’s deep devotion to animals helped put Cypress Inn on the map as the ‘pet friendliest’ inn in the ‘pet friendliest’ town in America!”</p><p>According to<em> </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Monterey County Weekly</em></a><em>,</em> becoming a pet-friendly hotel was Day’s one condition for purchasing the hotel. Though really, that’s no surprise coming from a woman who wrote in her memoir, "All my life, I have never felt lonely with a dog I loved at my side, no matter how many times I've been alone.”</p><p>“We literally treat them like regular guests,” General Manager Peter Radler told<em> Monterey County Weekly</em> in 2018. “We just like the true, honest companionship of your pet.”</p><p>The 44-room hotel has been through several renovations and is beloved by locals and out of towners alike for its exemplary service and charm. Each room in the inn comes tastefully decorated in “rich Mediterranean colors and textures” right down to its plush linens and robes. The staff takes guest comfort seriously and even supplies complimentary cream sherry and fresh fruits and nuts in each room. Of course, every room is pet-friendly.</p><p>For guests there are the usual amenities, however, the hotel takes Day’s request to be welcoming to all creatures even further by offering an outdoor dog-sized shower for rinsing off your best bud after a play session at the beach, as well as treats and customized blankets and bowls for in-room use.</p><p>“It has tweaks but it’s such a special place, it really is,” Radler added. Undoubtedly, Day’s legacy will live on through the hotel as it continues to welcome guests of all shapes and sizes. </p>
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This Historic Sausalito Mansion Is Attracting Silicon Valley Titans with Its Cutting-edge Wellness Program — ‘Smart Beds’ and AI Personal Trainers Included

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:41
<p>Sometimes, even Silicon Valley types need to unplug. And when they do, they make <a href="" target="_blank">Casa Madrona</a> their home base.</p><p>The 64-room hotel has been serving <a href="" target="_blank">San Franciscans for more than a century</a>. But after a multi-million-dollar renovation and the arrival of a futuristic new wellness program, the historic Sausalito mansion has become the go-to escape for the digerati. </p><p>Combining cutting-edge technology and a level of personalization that you’d only find at a world-class hotel, the <a href="" target="_blank">wellness program</a> offers solutions for everything from sleep and exercise to nutrition.</p><img alt="Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa "src=""><p>Recognizing the centrality of a good night’s sleep to overall health, the hotel has introduced Eight Sleep Smart Beds in nine new dedicated wellness guest rooms. The beds use custom biometrics, sleep coaching, and temperature regulation to determine how well you slept and improve your Zzz’s the next night — so you’ll never have to worry about jet lag again. Even if you’re a good sleeper, the beds can be programmed — via your iPhone, of course — to perform comforting functions like preheating your sheets and turning off the lights from the moment your head hits your pillow.</p><p>But that’s not the only virtual assistant available. Guests staying in the wellness rooms will also have access to Vi, an AI personal trainer (think Siri meets Richard Simmons). Vi lives in a pair of wireless headphones and measures your heart rate in real-time to create custom cardio routines based on your biometrics, performance, and goals. In addition, there are Muse 2 headbands that sensor brain activity, heart rate, breath, and body movements to guide you through an immersive meditation experience. They hook up through Bluetooth to connect to the Muse app on your in-room iPad.</p><p>With all these sleek gadgets, we wouldn’t blame you for staying in your suite the whole time. But when you’re ready to venture out, you’ll find a slew of other high-tech amenities throughout the hotel. In the wellness courtyard, there’s a 62-inch television featuring a selection of virtual on-demand workouts, not to mention the Peloton spin bikes in the state-of-the-art gym. Craving a group workout? A sprawling conference and event space can be turned into a fitness and yoga studio.</p><p>Health means more than just being physically fit — it’s also important to be mentally strong, too. Give your brain a break by blissing out in one of the three new treatment rooms at the serene 3,000-square-foot spa. Favorite therapies include the mindfulness massage and the marine layer body wrap that uses a seaweed serum with Japanese ume plum extract to revitalize the skin.</p><img alt="Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa "src=""><p>After the deep detox, it’s important to hydrate and refuel. Luckily, the on-staff chefs and nutritionists thought of that too and can arrange a personalized plant-based meal plan courtesy of Bay Area caterer, Urban Remedy. Or, feel free to raid the mini bar, which is stocked with organic protein bars as well as Moon Juice adaptogens and tinctures.</p>
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This New Plant Subscription Service Will Keep Your Home Forever in Bloom

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:35
<p>Why should interiors have all the fun of switching seasons?</p><p>A new subscription will make your home’s entryway a welcoming place, no matter the season.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Knock! Knock!</a> sends out two arrangements of flowers specially selected for your house. Users answer questions about their region, the level of sun their front door receives, the style of their home and the type of planters they use. The team will then select a plant arrangement that will “survive and thrive” in the outdoors, no matter the season.</p><p>After answering the questions, users have to go out and buy two planters that will house their future arrangements. The night before delivery (there will be warning), they should go home and fill up these planters with some soil.</p><p>Upkeep is fairly straightforward, according to the company. The blooms arrive in a tray that is easy to transfer to the planters. And, a la Chia pet, just add water and watch it thrive. They only need to be fed about four weeks after delivery.</p><p>Each new seasonal planter will reflect the weather. Autumn plants may feature deep scarlet pansies, <a href="" target="_blank">spring</a> could come with Fairway Yellow Coleus and Bellis Bellissima Rose blossoms. <a href="" target="_blank">Summer</a> planters will enliven any entryway with Petunias, Calibrachoa and Verbenas while a winter arrangement may feature sturdy holiday favorites like pine and birch twigs.</p><p>The plants are available for $75 for one seasonal arrangement or $65 if you sign up for a subscription. </p>
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This Is The Only Razor I Travel With — Here’s Why

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:31
<p>Much like the <a href="" target="_blank">perfect carry-on bag</a> or the most <a href="" target="_blank">comfortable pair of walking shoes</a>, finding the best razor to travel with can be downright difficult. Typically, your only choices are to pack an affordable disposable option (that doesn’t provide the smoothest shave and can easily nick your skin) or run the risk of ruining your expensive at-home razor by throwing it in your suitcase and getting it confiscated by airport security — or worse, leaving it behind in your hotel room. After years of traveling with said options — and never being fully satisfied with either — I was incredibly excited when I finally found the ultimate travel razor.</p><p>Enter: the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltravelrazorrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=29cc3259fcc9dd7618b7cb63a8d842e0" target="_blank">Gillette Venus Snap Razor</a>. I came across it at my local drugstore while stocking up on toiletries for an upcoming trip last summer. I’d used the regular-sized razor in the past and loved it, so I was instantly intrigued by this new compact version — especially when I saw that it came with a handy traveling case. Just like the original size, the mini razor features five blades that help achieve an ultra-close shave and ribbons of moisture that leave skin feeling super smooth. In fact, when I put the compact razor to the test, it felt so smooth that I realized packing shaving cream was unnecessary.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Toiletry Hack Has Saved Me Countless Hours of Packing Time</a></p><p>What’s more, the small handle has a convenient rubber grip, so it never slipped or slid out of my hand while in the shower. I particularly love it because it offers the same smooth shave as my regular at-home razor, but the compact size and carrying case make it incredibly easy to pack. I’m not the only one who is a fan — the adorable razor has over 1,500 reviews and an impressive 4.5-star rating on Amazon.</p><p>“Such a good buy,” said one customer. “I travel about once a month and consider this one of my travel necessities. It is so nice to have a travel razor that uses the same blades as my normal razor. The little case is perfect for keeping it covered and sanitary (it has holes it in to keep moisture out). Only wish I would have bought sooner!”</p><img alt="Gillette Venus Razor "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltravelrazorrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=29cc3259fcc9dd7618b7cb63a8d842e0" target="_blank"></a>, $8</p><p>“This small travel razor is the best thing you can buy if you are a woman who travels a lot! I was so pleased that it was just as easy and comfy to use as my regular-size razor, and it even comes in a cute, transparent, hard plastic case! Very versatile, so compact, just as good as a full-size razor! I am so happy they made this in this size,” said another shopper.</p><p>The best part? This handy travel essential is incredibly affordable, too — both the razor and traveling case can be yours for less than $8. While the mini razor handle can attach and work with any type of Gillette Venus blades, I learned the hard way that if you want the razor to fit inside the carrying case, you should always restock with the Gillette Venus Embrace blades (<a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltravelrazorrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=26fb4de54f0b410aca6c554d7eb70735" target="_blank"></a>, $16 for four) because they’re smaller in size. All in all, this razor has quickly become one of my <a href="" target="_blank">must-have travel essentials</a> and once was an easily overlooked item that now has a permanent place in my suitcase.</p>
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The $9 French Beauty Essential Amazon Shoppers Can’t Travel Without

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:16
<p>Having one beauty product you can always rely on to keep you refreshed and <a href="" target="_blank">looking your best while you travel</a> is a good idea. While it’s fun going to new places, sometimes the conditions it puts your skin through are not — <a href="" target="_blank">long flights can be super drying</a>, and intense sun exposure in tropical climates can cause redness and overheating. Unfortunately, you can’t always throw on a sheet mask for hydration or cleanse your face to freshen up while you’re on the go, which is why beauty lovers have turned to <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b66de45be3f3229a34185c27c349d53a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">this French pharmacy favorite</a> for quick travel touch-ups.</p><p>The <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b66de45be3f3229a34185c27c349d53a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Thermal Spring Water face mist from Avène</a> is made with soothing spring water sourced from France that hydrates, reduces redness, and leaves skin calm and glowing after use. While it can be used for every skin type from oily to dry, it’s great for those with particularly sensitive skin and can also alleviate irritation caused by psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea. The spray comes in three sizes <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b66de45be3f3229a34185c27c349d53a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">from 1.6 ounces</a> to 10 ounces, and it’s beloved by Amazon shoppers who have left over 1,000 glowing four- to five-star reviews claiming it’s just plain “magical.” Users have incorporated the product in their daily skincare routines while also keeping it with them on the go.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">United Is Now Offering Exclusive Products From Celeb-favorite Sunday Riley in Its Premium Cabins</a></p><img alt="Avene Spring Water Facial Mist "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b66de45be3f3229a34185c27c349d53a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $9</p><p>“I have <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b66de45be3f3229a34185c27c349d53a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">a travel bottle</a>, I have a bottle for my purse, and <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=c65a67cc6bd44a51b32a6d990615ceab&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">I have the largest bottle that sits on my vanity</a>. Whenever your face needs a pick-me-up, right before you apply foundation, when you're hot, when you're sad, when you have just eaten a gallon of ice cream and feel defeated, spray this on your face, you will feel better about yourself instantly,” one customer wrote. “I have told my friends about it and they don't believe me. Then I spray them with it, [and] they buy it. I'm telling you… fairy juice! It's worth every penny.”</p><p>Considered a miracle product by many, the thermal water mist is more than a beauty product: It can also relieve itchiness, rashes, and wounds — <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=f8b6c53254a4e1aabddcbde41e913960&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">one shopper even claims</a> it keeps her from getting sinus infections and colds after long flights.</p><p>“I bought this product when I went to Costa Rica and it saved me and my friends a few times when we were extremely hot due to intensity of the sun on that part of the equator. It's great for when you need to cool down. I also had a rash break out because I have very sensitive skin, and when I sprayed some of this water on it, it immediately felt better and cleared up,” another customer wrote. “I'm not saying it will do that for all rashes, but it 100 percent helped with my skin flare up, which happens to me a lot. I now keep this product in my purse and will be buying it frequently to help with my random skin flare ups and random allergic reactions.”</p><p>Whether you’re a frequent traveler or have an upcoming trip soon, you may want to consider throwing <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautyavenefacemistcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b66de45be3f3229a34185c27c349d53a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Avène’s Thermal Spring Water</a> in your carry-on bag — its travel size is TSA-approved.</p>
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Book a Flight to Norway, Sweden or Denmark Starting at $355 Round-trip (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:00
<p>Travelers looking to head from the U.S. to charming cities in <a href="" target="_blank">Scandinavia</a> can now book a trip through early 2020 for under $400 round-trip.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Scandinavian Airlines</a> is <a href="" target="_blank">running a sale</a> through May 19, offering a variety of round-trip flights from the U.S. to Scandinavian stops starting at $355 round-trip.</p><p>The deals are available from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Miami, and Washington, D.C. to European cities that include Sweden’s capital of Stockholm and Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen and cities in Norway like <a href="" target="_blank">Bergen</a>, which sits surrounded by fjords.</p><p>From New York, travelers will find $365 round-trip flights to Oslo in Norway throughout the majority of year, in addition to $378 round-trip flights to Norway’s city of Bergen in December and January and $385 round-trip flights to Norway’s city of Haugesund in December.</p><p>There are also $387 round-trip flights to <a href="" target="_blank">Gothenburg</a> in Sweden in December and January and $397 round-trip flights to <a href="" target="_blank">Billund</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Aalborg</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>, Demark throughout the year.</p><p>From Washington, D.C., top deals include $363 round-trip flights to Oslo in December, $395 round-trip flights to Gothenburg in October, $397 round-trip flights to Copenhagen from September through February, and $398 round-trip flights to Bergen in September.</p><p>Deals from Boston include $372 round-trip flights to Bergen in September, $387 round-trip flights to Copenhagen in the fall, $395 round-trip flights to Gothenburg from August through September, and $398 round-trip flights to Oslo from August through October.</p><p>From Chicago, some of the top deals include round-trip flights to Oslo ranging from $355 to $360 from September through February, round-trip flights to Bergen ranging from $370 to $389 from August through February, and $397 round-trip flights to Copenhagen from September through February.</p><img alt="Copenhagen, Demark "src=""><p>Miami travelers can book $397 round-trip flights to both Oslo and Copenhagen and flights under $410 round-trip to Bergen and Aarhus.</p><p>And don't worry west coast, there are some deal for you, too. These include $397 round-trip flights to Oslo and Copenhagen from Los Angeles and $301 round-trip flights to Stockholm, Sweden from San Francisco in November.</p><p>The lowest fares are available for the airline’s <a href="" target="_blank">Go Light category</a>, which allows for one carry-on bag not exceeding 18 pounds. The fares do not include a checked bag, which costs $60 on international routes.</p>
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This City in Japan Is Asking Tourists to Stop Eating While They Walk

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 09:36
<p>Go to a <a href="" target="_blank">street market in any major city</a> and you’ll be met by the sight of people hopping from food truck to food stall, gathering a variety of savory dishes and sweet treats to take to the nearby waterfront or park to share with their friends and family. You might even see someone else’s plate and think, “That looks <em>amazing</em>, I have to find out where they bought it.”</p><p>But you won’t see this in <a href="" target="_blank">Kamakura, Japan</a>, a seaside city in Kanagawa Prefecture known for surfing, Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, and the Great Buddha of Kamakura.</p><p>It all comes down to a new, official policy that asks tourists and residents to refrain from eating while walking around the city, in effect since April 1.</p><p>However, tourists who break the new ordinance will not be issued fines or citations, <a href="" target="_blank">CNN reported</a>. The policy, posted on signs around the city, is not a warning, but a way to encourage good manners.</p><p>Although litter is cited as one reason why the new ordinance has gone into effect, the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Japan Times</em></a> says that it’s also because food spillage has become a “public nuisance” since it gets on people’s clothes and stains them. This is especially the case on Komachi-dori, a 1,200 foot-long street that sees up to 60,000 visitors a day.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">CNN adds</a> that the problem goes beyond making a mess. In Japan, food is meant to be fully enjoyed and appreciated, something that many believe is impossible to do while they are on the move.</p><p>Norikazu Takahashi, president of the Komachi store association, disagrees, reaffirming that it is a merely a polite suggestion that visitors follow. “We can’t ban the act of eating while walking, as this is one of the ways to enjoy sightseeing,” he told the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Japan Times</em>.</a> “We want to make the street a place where both travelers and residents can feel good.”</p><p>Kamakura is not the only city in Japan requesting people to eat their food where they bought it. For Kyoto’s Nishiki Market, litter is an all-too-common problem as many of its 120 shops offer <a href="" target="_blank">street food style options</a>, like <em>shichimi</em> ice cream, <em>senbei</em>, and fried fish on sticks. The latter in particular has become an issue due to worry that market-goers welding food sticks could injure others in the crowded space.</p><p>In October, the market put up signs telling people “no eating while walking” to combat these concerns. Like Kamakura, the policy is a request and not a rule.</p><p>Florence, Italy, on the other hand, has been <a href="" target="_blank">banning eating on streets</a> near the Uffizi Galleries and the Palazzo Vecchio since September. Anyone who breaks the rule could face fines between €150 to €500 (approximately $174 to $580). The ordinance was intended to cut down on the amount of trash and make the narrow streets easier to navigate.</p>
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Virgin Galactic's Space Flights Will Take Off From the New Mexico Desert

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 09:23
<p>Virgin Galactic may be sending the first commercial tourists to space from New Mexico by the end of the year.</p><p>Richard Branson’s space tourism company announced last week that it will move headquarters from Mojave California to <a href="" target="_blank">Spaceport America</a>, New Mexico.</p><p>“The first photograph of Earth from space was taken over New Mexico in October of 1946,” George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company, said in a statement. “How inspiring and appropriate that the state will soon host the first regular commercial spaceflight service, which will enable thousands of people to see Earth from space with their own eyes.”</p><p>As part of the move, Virgin Galactic will transplant more than 100 employees and their families, plus the aircraft VMS Eve and spaceship VSS Unity over the summer. Virgin Galactic still must finalize the cabin design for its rocket ships before final test flights begin.</p><p>Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world, located in the middle of the New Mexico desert, near the town of Truth or Consequences. The launch would make New Mexico one of the few places in the world to host regular human flights to space.</p><p>Virgin Galactic is planning a small number of final test flights in New Mexico but declined to reveal a date when commercial spaceflights will begin. In February, Virgin Galactic completed its <a href="" target="_blank">first passenger test flight to suborbital space</a>.</p><p>Virgin Galactic’s missions to space have been widely publicized and hotly anticipated over the past few years, but the launch dates have kept getting delayed. </p><p>Among the first people on board the flights <a href="" target="_blank">will be celebrities like Justin Bieber and Leonardo DiCaprio</a>, who have already paid for their $250,000 tickets. Branson himself wants to be on the first commercial flight, which he previously hoped would happen in July, to coincide with the <a href="" target="_blank">50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch</a>.</p><p>“Our future success as a species rests on the planetary perspective,” <a href="" target="_blank">Branson told <em>USA Today</em></a>. “The perspective that we know comes sharply into focus when that planet is viewed from the black sky of space.”</p>
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Arizona's Iconic 'The Wave' Could Soon Allow More Visitors

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 08:36
<p>For hikers and photographers it doesn’t get much better than The Wave — a colorful sandstone rock formation in <a href="" target="_blank">Arizona</a> that’s been eroded by the wind to resemble an ocean wave. The site’s exclusivity only adds to its allure, as the <a href="" target="_blank">Bureau of Land Management</a> (BLM) has capped the number of daily permits at 20 — 10 online and 10 walk-in — in order to protect the formation’s fragile nature and provide visitors with a quality experience.</p><img alt="Woman hikes through a Wave in Arizona "src=""><p>In response to demand — in some cases, <a href="" target="_blank">150 people apply</a> for the day’s 20 permits — the BLM is considering increasing the number of daily visitors to 96. Currently, the BLM is asking for <a href=";projectId=122125" target="_blank">public feedback</a> on the proposed change. If the visitor increase is approved, <em><a href="" target="_blank">TravelPulse</a></em> reports that it could take effect as early as October.</p><img alt="Wave, North Coyote Buttes, Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona "src=""><p>The Wave is located near the Utah-Arizona border in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. The site can be found in the Coyote Buttes North section of the park and is only accessible by foot. There is no trail to The Wave and visitors should prepare for a six-mile round-trip hike.</p><p>Access to <a href="" target="_blank">Coyote Buttes North</a> and The Wave is $7 per person, per day. To enter the online lottery for one of the 10 online permits, you must request the permit four months in advance, <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Travelers visiting the site in less than three months, can either visit the calendar on the permit page to see if there are any available slots or try their luck at applying for a walk-in permit. For the latter, guests must <a href="" target="_blank">show up</a> at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab, Utah from 8:30 a.m. (9 a.m. Daylight Savings Time in summer) to submit an application for one of the 10 walk-in permits. Credit cards are not accepted.</p>
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Steven Spielberg and J. J. Abrams Joined a Very Special Tour of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:40
<p>Disneyland’s <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy Edge</a> isn’t open to the public just yet, but that didn't keep a few VIPs from stopping by for a tour.</p><p>Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger took a few of his friends — Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, directors J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg, and Galaxy’s Edge creator, Scott Trowbridge — on a quick tour of the new land last week. And, luckily for fans everywhere, Iger tweeted about their little adventure.</p><p>“Best way to impress your friends...give them a personal tour of <a href="" target="_blank">@starwars</a> Galaxy's Edge,” Iger enthusiastically shared.</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Deadline</em></a> explained, Abrams directed "The Force Awakens" and is also directing "The Rise of Skywalker<em>," </em>which is set to storm theaters on December 20. Spielberg had little to do with the franchise, except for a small credit as a <a href="" target="_blank">guest director</a> in "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith<em>." </em>But, he’s Steven Spielberg, he can do whatever he wants.</p><img alt="Disneyland's Star Wars Galaxy Edge Robert Iger, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams "src=""><p>Thankfully, non-famous people only have a few more days to wait to see the new land for themselves as the park is set to open on May 31.</p><p>The 14-acre park will undoubtedly become one of Disney’s most popular attractions. As <em>Travel + Leisure</em> previously reported, <a href="" target="_blank">Free reservations</a> to visit the land were available earlier this month, however, the spots sold out in less than two hours. If you didn’t snag a reservation you’ll be unable to enter the park until June 24, 2019, when its new “<a href="" target="_blank">boarding pass</a>” system begins.</p><p>But, there is still one way to get in. All you need to do is book a room at Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel &amp; Spa, or Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel between May 31st and June 23rd and you’ll be guaranteed a four-hour window to experience the land. Valid park admission is required.</p><p>You could also wait until Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Walt Disney World in Florida this summer as no reservations will be required. But, where’s the fun in waiting? </p>
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Queen Elizabeth Just Gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Another New Home (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:13
<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, may have just moved into <a href="" target="_blank">Frogmore Cottage</a>, but that isn’t stopping them from collecting new homes.</p><p>Queen Elizabeth reportedly gifted the couple another new home, this time inside <a href="" target="_blank">Buckingham Palace</a>. The new home, the <em>Daily Mail</em> reported, will act as a home base for the couple and their newborn son, Archie, whenever they are in London.</p><img alt="Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex "src=""><p>According to a source who spoke to the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>, it is standard procedure for Royals living outside the capital to be given somewhere they can stay in London. For example, the source added, Princes Andrew and Edward both have accommodations in the Palace but live outside the city like Harry and Meghan.</p><p>The couple’s permanent home is just 30 miles from the city. However, it can become a traffic and strategic nightmare for the royals and their staff who need to frequently travel to London for meetings and events.</p><p>The exact location of the couple’s new home in Buckingham remains a closely guarded secret. It is unknown how close their residence will be to the Queen.</p><p>Beyond this new space, the couple appears to be done with renovations to their home Frogmore. The couple reportedly spent £3 million ($3.8 million) of taxpayer money on structural renovations. Of that, about $65,000 was spent to soundproof the home from planes flying into nearby Heathrow Airport.</p><p>The couple did, however, foot the bill for the interior of the home. <a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>The Mirror</em></a>, the pair even hired designer Vicky Charles, who designed the Soho Farmhouse, to turn their house into a home.</p><p>The house reportedly now includes a gym, yoga room, and a gender-neutral nursery for baby Archie.</p><p>But, hopefully, this second space for the family means Harry, Meghan, and Archie will be able to spend even more time with their extended family network including Archie’s cousins, Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte. </p>
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