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Shark Attack In Australia Delays International Surfing Competition

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:59
<p>A surfing competition in Australia was temporarily postponed after a shark attacked one of the surfers on Monday morning. According to one witness, photographer Peter Jovic, the man was separated from his board during the attack but managed to body surf back to shore.</p><p>The man, who was bitten on the leg, and taken to Royal Perth Hospital where he is in stable condition, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/16/asia/australia-surfing-shark-intl/index.html" target="_blank">CNN reported</a>. St. John Ambulance tweeted that he was conscious and breathing on the way to the hospital.</p><p>Upon hearing news of the attack, the World Surf League's Margaret River Pro 2018 was suspended until local authorities were able to ensure the safety of everyone at the competition.</p><p>“We have been alerted of a shark incident that occurred near Gracetown,” the WSL wrote in a tweet. “The safety of our surfers and staff is a top priority.”</p><p>The WSL has safety procedures in place to protect competitors and spectators. After being given the all clear to resume the competition, the WSL strengthened their safety measures even further in order to ensure there were no other incidents. According to a tweet by the WSL, the competition resumed around 10:40 a.m., local time, after about an hour delay. The competition added some extra safety measures, including “ski and drone presence.”</p><p>Hawaiian pro surfer John Florence also had a close call with a shark before the competition. After returning to shore, Florence sent up a drone to get a better look at what was in the water. Footage revealed two large sharks, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-16/man-attacked-by-shark-near-gracetown-in-western-australia/9662422" target="_blank">Australia's <em>ABC News</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Instagram user Sam Roberts captured a photo of the scene, noting that another shark attack had occurred in the area 14 years ago. Unfortunately, that shark attack was fatal.</p>
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Disneyland Just Unveiled The Ultimate Dessert Mashup: Carrot Cake Churros

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:38
<p>Pastel pink <a href="http://amp.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/everything-millennial-pink-at-disney" target="_blank">pastries</a>, s’mores <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/amusement-parks/wacky-new-theme-park-food" target="_blank">dipping sauce</a>, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/dole-whip-pineapple-donut-disneyland" target="_blank">Dole Whip donuts</a> — Disney has unleashed plenty of crazy sweets in recent months, but nothing compares to its newest creation. That’s because the latest churro flavor isn't just a new twist on the classic — it’s practically two desserts in one.</p><p>Disneyland just debuted a carrot cake churro that’s better than the sum of its parts, and may very well be the greatest flavor concoction the theme park has ever devised. The sugary cinnamon snack is first rolled in carrot cake sugar, which tastes exactly like a fresh, sweet slice, but the kicker comes by way of its dipping sauce, a cream cheese icing with bits of raisins and carrot speckled throughout.</p><p>Dunk one in the other and you’ll be shocked it’s not the classic cake — or that this knockout combination didn’t arrive sooner.</p><p>Its debut comes in tandem with <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disneyland-pixar-fest-2018" target="_blank">Pixar Fest</a>, the summer-long event celebrating of the beloved characters with entertainment, fireworks and special seasonal treats from April 13 to September 3 at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California.</p><p>Churro fans can rejoice further, as this carrot cake creation isn’t the only one Disneyland has unleashed for Pixar Fest. Five festive treats honoring the celebrated animation studio will be sold in different locations across the two parks.</p><p>There is a cocoa churro with spiced Mexican chocolate dipping sauce paying homage to recent Oscar winner “Coco,” a rainbow fruit churro mimicking the design of “Up”’s colorful “snipe” bird Kevin, a strawberry churro in the likeness of Lotso from “Toy Story 3,” and a specialty churro covered with donut icing and cocoa cereal for “A Bug’s Life.”</p><p>With so many options, fans will need all summer to try them all.</p>
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Jessica Biel’s Travel Hack Will Completely Change the Way You Pack

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:30
<p>Though <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/jessica-biel-vegas-bachelorette" target="_blank">Jessica Biel</a> is best known for her film and television work, in the last few years she has really branched out as an entrepreneur. In addition to producing her new USA series <i>The Sinner, </i>which she also stars in,<i> </i>she opened the super chic but also kid-friendly restaurant <a href="http://www.aufudge.com/welcome.html" target="_blank">Au Fudge</a> in Los Angeles in 2016. </p><p>It also turns out she is a bit of a travel junkie. Though she can’t just throw on a backpack and go like she did in her 20s, Biel and husband Justin Timberlake have managed to take quite a few spectacular trips. While she admits having a young son — Silas Randall was born in 2015 — has slowed down their traveling, Biel says she and Timberlake are ready to get back at it.</p><p>Travel + Leisure chatted with Biel while she was hosting a preview of The American Express Experience, a new “Live Life” global brand campaign event. She shared her favorite hotels, her super helpful packing philosophy (you’re going to adopt it immediately), and the one place she is “dying” to go back to.</p><p><strong>Travel + Leisure: What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?</strong></p><p>Jessica Biel: "<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/iceland" target="_blank">Iceland</a>. I had such an amazing time mostly just because of the adventurous quality of it."</p><p><strong>Do you prefer more adventurous trips?</strong></p><p>"I like both kinds of travel. I want to have a relaxing trip but I also want <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-carry-on-backpacks" target="_blank">backpacks on</a>, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/best-rain-boots" target="_blank">wellies on</a>, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/packable-rain-jackets" target="_blank">rain gear</a>, etc., I want that kind of a thing and that’s what Iceland was, mixed with some <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/iceland-retreat-blue-lagoon-hotel-opening" target="_blank">very comfortable lodging</a>."</p><p><strong>Are your trips very methodically planned out or do you like to get there and just be spontaneous?</strong></p><p>"For this [Iceland] I worked with someone because I didn’t know anything about it. So some planning, but I also like to just wing it. I definitely plan where I’m going to stay, I don’t want that up in the air. I’m a little older now. I’m not 20 anymore! At 20 I could throw on my backpack and just show up."</p><p><strong>What’s the best hotel you’ve ever stayed at?</strong></p><p>"There’s a really amazing hotel in Stockholm called <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Stockholm-Hotels-Grand-Hotel-Stockholm.h4218.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">The Grand Hôtel</a>. We were there for one really long time. Also the place that we got married in in Puglia [the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Brindisi-Hotels-Borgo-Egnazia.h2900484.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Borgo Egnazia</a>]."</p><p>Also <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.hotels.com/ho97803200/amangiri-canyon-point-united-states-of-america/" target="_blank">The Amangiri</a> in Utah. We went there for an anniversary once. It may be one of the most incredible spas I’ve ever seen in my life."</p><p><strong>Have you gone back since you were married there?</strong></p><p>"No. I’m dying to go back."</p><p><strong>Are you all about spas?</strong></p><p>"I love spas. I’m not only spa all day long, but I love that luxurious experience at the end of a good long day."</p><p><strong>What’s the one place you’ve never been to, but you’ve always wanted to visit?</strong></p><p>"Definitely <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g294200-Activities-Egypt.html" target="_blank">Egypt</a>. Obviously there is a lot of conflict in the last few years, but I’m dying to go. Argentina, Chile. I mean I love to travel. I’ve never been to India."</p><p><strong>Are you still traveling all the time even with your and Justin’s busy schedules and a young child at home?</strong></p><p>"It’s slowed down because of the kid, but I think we’re getting back to that. I’m traveling a lot this year because of my husband’s job."</p><p><strong>What’s the one thing you cannot travel without?</strong></p><p>"Besides things for like my <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/best-travel-size-skincare-kits" target="_blank">skincare [regimen]</a> I’m not one of those people who needs to always bring something like to feel more secure. I like to keep it simple and travel light if I can."</p><p><strong>You’re in amazing shape. Are you strict with yourself when it comes to working out on trips or do you just hope it happens?</strong></p><p>"I’m not trying to force a workout on a trip. I don’t want to go on vacation and bring <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/stylish-comfy-workout-clothes" target="_blank">a billion workout outfits</a>. I want to go swim or run by the ocean and somehow make it more natural. For me it just makes me feel good. I need to move my body."</p><p><strong>Is that your packing philosophy then? Less is more?</strong></p><p>"Yes, and interchangeable pieces. Oh and one of the best pieces of advice I got for packing is pick a color scheme and stick with it. Like black, white, and blue and that’s it. Then you can wear everything with everything."</p><p><strong>Do you have a great suitcase you always use for these big trips?</strong></p><p>"We have these <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/hproduct/dakine/split-roller-110l/319885?productid=10459129" target="_blank">big thermal suitcases for snowboarding</a> and we love them. They have two separate sides. They open from the outside when you need to get in, they’re durable and they’re not too expensive."</p><p><strong>Is there a certain pair of shoes you always pack?</strong></p><p>"My <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adidas-by-raf-simons-stan-smith-sneaker-women/4698396?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&amp;fashioncolor=WHITE%2F%20NIGHT%20SKY%2F%20WHITE" target="_blank">Stan Smith white sneakers</a> have to go everywhere except like Iceland, though, actually I think I did bring them!"</p>
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Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Unique Honeymoon Destination Is the Perfect Choice

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:01
<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle in a few short weeks at the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-expensive-wedding" target="_blank">most anticipated wedding of the year</a>. And sure, the royal wedding will be cool and all, but once they walk out the doors of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-harry-wedding-st-georges-chapel-windsor-castle" target="_blank">St George’s chapel</a> and get the reception over with, the newlyweds' fun will really begin as the two travel lovers jet off on <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-prince-harry-honeymoon" target="_blank">their honeymoon</a>.</p><p>But where will they go? A source has confirmed to <em>Travel + Leisure</em> that Harry and Meghan have indeed chosen <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g293820-Activities-Namibia.html" target="_blank">Namibia</a> as the country where they will spend their first vacation together as husband and wife.</p><p>After <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g293820-Activities-Namibia.html" target="_blank">taking a closer look at Namibia</a>, it’s easy to see why the couple decided to go there for the ultra-romantic honeymoon of their dreams. In fact, if you’re planning your own honeymoon, or simply want to go somewhere unforgettable with your partner, you should seriously consider Namibia, as this southwestern African nation is filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences to offer.</p><h2>Why Namibia Is so Unique</h2><p>Yes, Namibia has plenty of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Products-g293820-Namibia.html" target="_blank">safari tours to choose from</a>, but that's not the only reason to go.</p><p>In Namibia, visitors must check out the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g1184851-Sossusvlei_Namib_Naukluft_Park_Khomas_Region-Vacations.html" target="_blank">Sossusvlei sand dunes</a>, which they can access by car and then climb around by foot. While exploring the area, they may be able to spot animals you probably wouldn't expect to see in the desert, such as <a href="https://sossusvlei.com/en/wildlife-in-sossusvlei/fauna/" target="_blank">zebras, antelopes, ostriches</a>, and <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-16/see-and-help-save-namibia-s-desert-lions-before-it-s-too-late" target="_blank">even lions</a>. The wet season is ideal for this, as the animals gather around the temporary watering holes to drink.</p><img alt="The red sand dunes in Namibia "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523647640/Sossusvlei-Namibia-ROYALMOON0418.jpg?itok=u6a_P7-N"><p>In Namibia, visitors like Meghan and Harry can also go visit <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g608445-Activities-Kaokoland_Kunene_Region.html" target="_blank">Kaokoland</a> in the northwest, which is home to the <a href="https://africageographic.com/blog/5-interesting-facts-about-the-himba/" target="_blank">Himba tribe</a>, one of the last nomadic tribes in Africa.</p><p>And you can also plan a flying safari over the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/shipwreck-lodge-namibia" target="_blank">Skeleton Coast</a> to get a bird's-eye view of the dramatic Namibian landscape.</p><img alt="Different groups of animals at waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523647640/Namibia-Etosha-National-Park-ROYALMOON0418.jpg?itok=9G6xwmhJ"><h2>Why Namibia Is Ideal for Harry and Meghan</h2><p>Namibia's points of interest and luxury camps are extremely remote. It’s also one of the <a href="https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-10-least-densely-populated-places-in-the-world-2015.html" target="_blank">least densely populated countries in the world</a>. In fact, it’s so remote that you have to charter a bush plane to get to many of its safari destinations, truly making it one of the few places in the world where privacy is essentially guaranteed. For that very reason other famous and highly private people like <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/namibias-top-safari-lodges" target="_blank">Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie</a> choose to frequent the nation. In fact, Brad and Angelina even chose to have one of their children in Namibia due to its intense privacy factor.</p><p>As for Harry, Namibia is still <a href="http://thecommonwealth.org/our-member-countries/namibia" target="_blank">part of the Commonwealth</a>, so it makes sense as a British royal that he’d choose to go there for such an important moment in his life.</p><img alt="Cape fur seal colony (Arctocephalus pusillus), Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523647640/Namibia-Skeleton-Coast-ROYALMOON0418.jpg?itok=5P2XTtRo"><h2>Where Harry and Meghan Might Stay</h2><p>It’s rumored that the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-prince-harry-honeymoon" target="_blank">pair will be staying at the country’s newest luxury camp</a>, Natural Selection's <a href="https://naturalselection.travel/camp/hoanib-valley-camp/" target="_blank">Hoanib Valley Camp</a>.</p><p>“We think frills are great, but they are no match for thrills, especially when it comes to <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/7876402/type/dlg/sid/TL,Here%27sWherePrinceHarryandMeghanMarkleMightSpendTheirHoneymoon,warrenj,NEW,ART,670876,201804,I/https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g298357-d2357924-Reviews-Namibia_Tours_Safaris-Swakopmund_Erongo_Region.html" target="_blank">African safaris</a>. Don’t get us wrong, we love a great bottle of wine and soft sheets as much as anyone. But for us, the greatest luxury of all, by far, is experience,” the tour company explained on its <a href="https://naturalselection.travel/" target="_blank">website</a>. “That’s why we’re creating a portfolio of welcoming camps and one-of-a-kind experiences that are full of unique soul and colorful character, with extraordinary staff, located in the very heart of where the wild things are.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Hotel-Search?destination=Namibia" target="_blank">See More Top Properties in Namibia</a></p><p>Hoanib also has a <a href="https://naturalselection.travel/camp/shipwreck-lodge-2/" target="_blank">camp along the Skeleton Coast</a>, so if Meghan and Harry choose to move around the country while they are there, they can do so.</p><p>Of course, Hoanib isn’t the only game in town. If you’re looking to book an equally royal safari vacation, read up on <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/safari-outfitters" target="_blank">all the top safari companies in the world</a>. Who knows, you may end up sharing a Jeep with royalty. </p>
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The Weirdest Things That Are Completely Acceptable to Bring on the Plane With You

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:31
<p>Every once in a while, questions about what items are cleared to fly pop up on <a href="http://quora.com" target="_blank">Quora</a> and leave us scratching our heads. Some recent examples include: slime, citric acid, an accordion, pepper spray, black petrol, a coyote skull, weed, hair wax, and cornbread.</p><p>We don’t know why some people would need to fly with some of these items, but we’re not here to judge.</p><p>Violating TSA rules on prohibited items can result in a fine of up to $13,066 per violation, so it’s well worth checking ahead to avoid trouble.</p><p>The TSA has a helpful <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all" target="_blank">“What can I bring?” search tool</a> on their website to search before you pack, though the final decision is always made by the TSA official on site.</p><p>We’ve put together a brief Weird Stuff to Carry-On guide by class: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral.</p><h2>Animal</h2><p>We couldn’t find coyote skulls listed but antlers are good to go, even in your carry on luggage. Artificial skeleton bones are OK too, which may come in handy for anatomy students.</p><p>Bear spray and bear bangers (flares) are out. You can’t check them and you can’t bring them on board. Teddy bears and other stuffed animals are cleared to fly, but be reasonable about it. Size matters, especially in the overhead bin. Really large stuffed animals should be checked with the airline as irregularly sized luggage if they don’t fit in a suitcase.</p><p>Fishing lures are cleared for take-off, whether you check them or carry them onboard. However, you should large fish hooks must be sheathed, wrapped securely and packed into checked luggage. Flies can fly in the cabin with you, as can expensive reels or fragile tackle packed in your carry on bag. If you’re diving for your catch, spear guns are OK in checked luggage but a no-go in the cabin.</p><p>Live lobster? Your airline will decide whether they will allow fresh lobster to travel in the cabin with you, but you can check lobster as baggage. In fact, restaurant suppliers check lobsters and crabs for shipping to restaurants around the world all the time. There are special packing requirements, so call your airline. And, no, lobsters do not qualify as Emotional Support Animals. Seriously.</p><h2>Vegetable</h2><p>Cornbread—Good news! Bread is cleared to carry onboard, as are most solid food items. You can bring these on the plane or check them in your luggage. But wedding cakes that take up a whole overhead bin <a href="http://people.com/travel/jetblue-doubles-down-after-nj-family-kicked-off-flight-over-birthday-cake/" target="_blank">will cause trouble</a>.</p><p>Moonshine is a no. Alcoholic beverages that are over 140 proof, including grain alcohol and 151 proof rum, cannot be carried on planes either in your hand luggage or in checked baggage.</p><p>Slime might be considered a gel and citric acid is a liquid, so these may give you some trouble, depending on how much you need to carry. The <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/liquids-rule" target="_blank">rule on liquids, gels, creams, and pastes</a> limits you to 3.4 ounces or 100ml.</p><p>Fertilizer is out, by the way. It’s not allowed in carry-on bags or in checked luggage.</p><h2>Mineral</h2><p>Black petrol is a liquid but the big rule of thumb is that flammable or explosive items are generally banned on planes — you can’t fly with most off this stuff. There are very few exceptions (the odd disposable lighter and spare batteries). The TSA has a whole list dedicated to individual <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/flammables" target="_blank">flammable and explosive items</a> that you can check out.</p><p>Hair wax qualifies as a paste, so rules on liquids, gels and pastes apply. Most cosmetics and beauty items fall in this category.</p><p>Accordions are musical instruments require special screening — even in checked bags. Some instruments can be carried onboard, but brass instruments must be packed in checked luggage.</p><p>Weapons are a real problem on planes, though there are specific rules for permitted carriage, and the <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/firearms" target="_blank">TSA has a dedicated list</a>. Lightsabers are fine, though. The TSA finds that we lack the technology to make real lightsabers, and they allow the plastic toy versions in carry-on and checked luggage, so there’s that.</p>
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Big Changes Are Coming for Marriott Customers This Year — Here’s What You Can Expect

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:42
<p>Marriott International is now offering a slew of new perks for members of its rewards program to make it easier to take advantage of benefits that range from free stays and discounted packages to exclusive amenities.</p><p>From a more seamless way to integrate and combine rewards points to new experiences and ways to make your stay easier once you arrive at your hotel, here are the changes you can expect. </p><h2>Unified Rewards Program: </h2><p>Starting in August, members of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/points-miles/marriott-starwood-secrets" target="_blank">Marriott Rewards</a>, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/points-miles/starwood-points-marriott-merger" target="_blank">Starwood Preferred Guest</a> (SPG) programs will have one unified option to look forward to.</p><p>This will give members the chance to book stays and earn points across the 29 different brands and 6,500 hotels that make up the program, ranging from boutique properties and extended stay accommodations to select service and luxury hotels.</p><p>Members will be able to earn an average of 20 percent more points for every dollar they spend under the new program with added points for money spent on food, drinks, and room incidentals. The program will also shorten the length of stays required for travelers looking to earn elite status.</p><p>Starting in August, members will only need to stay 10 nights (as opposed to 10-49 nights) to earn Silver Elite status. Perks include free Wi-Fi and no blackout dates. Gold Elite Status, which includes guaranteed room type, complimentary upgrades, and late checkout, will be earned after 25 nights as opposed to 50-74. And Platinum Elite status, which gives you a 50-percent bonus on rewards points, gifts upon arrival, and 48-hour guaranteed availability, will require 50 nights as opposed to 75. </p><p>None of the programs will have blackout dates and all will operate under a single currency, making it simpler to transfer your points and earn additional points.</p><p>For example, SPG members will be able to triple their points balance when they combine them into the new program starting in August, while all members can earn 10 points for every dollar spent at all brands except for Resident Inn, TownPlace Suites, and Elements, where they’ll earn five points for every dollar they spend.</p><p>Customers will be able to book through both Marriott’s and SPG’s websites, as well as through each of the brand’s mobile <a href="http://mobileapp.marriott.com" target="_blank">apps</a>, which will also have new features that allow you to get room alerts, chat with hotel staff, and open your room door with your phone.</p><h2>New Credit Cards: </h2><p>The brands will also unveil two new credit cards, the Chase Marriott Rewards Premiere Plus Credit Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card.</p><p>Most of the perks will look the same for customers, with Marriott’s card providing six points per dollar spent at participating hotels and two points per dollar on other eligible purchases, in addition to a free night’s stay that amounts to up to 35,000 points.</p><p>The Starwood card provides you with three points per dollar spent on flights and restaurants, two points on other eligible purchases, an automatic upgrade to Gold Elite status, $100 for Global Entry, and a free night award of up to 50,000 points.</p><h2>New Experiences: </h2><p>Travelers will now be able to purchase 110,000 new <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/marriott-experiences-place-pass" target="_blank">experiences</a> coming to <a href="https://moments.marriott.com" target="_blank">Marriott’s Moments</a> with a credit card, regardless of whether or not they are a member of the rewards program.</p><p>These experiences will rage from adrenaline-pumping activities like shark diving to destination tours and tickets to popular attractions. </p><p>Meanwhile, Marriott is also adding 10,000 new Moments that will be exclusively for its rewards members and redeemable with points. These include everything from VIP experiences like meet and greets with Jared Leto, a food tour of New York City with chef Daniel Boulud, behind-the-scenes access to Keith Urban’s upcoming tour, and master classes with the likes of Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton.</p>
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How to Throw the Perfect New York City Bachelorette Party — Without Losing Your Mind

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:01
<p>Planning a bachelorette party can be overwhelming. And when that bach bash is happening in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>, it can be system overload. There is just so much to do and see in the City That Never Sleeps, including world-famous bars and restaurants, Broadway shows, and top New York City hotels offering wild bachelorette party packages. It's no surprise that in our annual <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/americas-favorite-places-spotlight" target="_blank">America's Favorite Places</a> survey — where we ask <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers to dish about their hometowns — New York City landed in the top 10 for destinations worthy of a bachelor or bachelorette party.</p><p>Unlike T+L's <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best" target="_blank">World's Best Awards</a>, which encourages readers to weigh in on travel experiences across the globe, the America's Favorite Places survey is a way for locals to share what their hometowns do best. </p><p>So if you want to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/destination-weddings/international-bachelorette-party-planning-tips" target="_blank">plan an unforgettable bachelorette party</a>, take a cute from the locals and head to the Big Apple. And be sure to read our definitive NYC bachelorette party itinerary for the best places places to stay, eat, and drink.</p><h2>Best Bachelorette Party Hotels in New York City</h2><h3>The Redbury New York</h3><p><a href="http://theredbury.com/newyork/?_ga=2.35070753.10043845.1521215231-1615026560.1521215231" target="_blank">The Redbury</a> is the ideal home base for the bride who loves luxury. Located in Midtown, close to Bryant Park and the Empire State Building, this historic spot exudes glamour with its newly renovated rooms and Vini e Fritti: the hotel’s champagne bar. At this Instagramable location, you can toast the bride before a night on the town.</p><h3>Soho Grand Hotel</h3><p>Situated in the heart of Soho, <a href="http://www.sohogrand.com/" target="_blank">this hotel</a> is right by the city’s best shopping and nightlife, making it a great location for a New York City bachelorette party. It boasts an Old World vibe and 24-hour room service — an amenity you'll appreciate after a late night out. The hotel is also happy to organize room blocks for guests to ensure they are situated on the same floor.</p><h3>Hotel Americano</h3><p>Located in the gorgeous Chelsea neighborhood, <a href="http://www.hotel-americano.com/" target="_blank">Hotel Americano</a> is a comfortable distance from the ceaseless crowds of Times Square, and is ideal for an art-loving bride-to-be. Just steps from the Highline walkway and the best art galleries in the city, Hotel Americano offers a retro vibe with luxe amenities.</p><h2>Best Dinner Restaurants in New York City for a Bachelorette Party</h2><h3>Brigette</h3><p><a href="https://www.brigitteles.com" target="_blank">Brigette</a> is a French restaurant with a touch of Brazilian influence nestled in the upscale Two Bridges neighborhood in Manhattan. With excellent service and group accommodations, this is a great choice for big parties. Be sure to start the table with Berber-spiced olives, the charcuterie board, and oysters. </p><h3>Añejo</h3><p>With locations in Tribeca and Hell’s Kitchen, and an in-house Agave Sommelier, <a href="http://anejonyc.com/" target="_blank">Añejo</a> is a convenient spot for a bridal party craving Mexican (or tequila shots). After all, the restaurant stocks an impressive selection of tequilas, and mezcals, alongside inventive Mexican cuisine. The Tribeca location can even host private parties in the downstairs cellar area, Abajo, which is able to accommodate a range of group sizes and budgets</p><h3>Becco</h3><p><a href="http://becco-nyc.com/" target="_blank">Becco</a> is hidden along Restaurant Row, near the Theater District. You’d never even know it was there, save for an inside tip from your longtime New Yorker friend (or T+L). It is the perfect place for family-style feasting — you can even get $20 bottles of wine and all-you-can-eat pasta.</p><h2>Best Brunch Restaurants in New York City for a Bachelorette Party</h2><h3>Socarrat Paella Bar</h3><p>Famous for its Brunch-Without-Limits, <a href="http://www.socarratnyc.com/" target="_blank">Socarrat</a> guests can enjoy unlimited sangria or mimosas for 90 minutes, as well as one tapa, for a cool $39. The menu also includes <em>churros con chocolate</em> for dessert. Make a reservation at either the Midtown East or Chelsea location, both of which have private rooms.</p><h3>Selena Rose</h3><p>Selena Rosa is a Mexican restaurant and cantina with a private back room and garden, making it an ideal location for a bachelorette party with. Brunch here also icludes bottomless margaritas and classic plates of enchiladas and fajitas.</p><h3>Bocca di Bacco</h3><p>This happening New York City <a href="http://nycrg.com/bocca-di-bacco/" target="_blank">brunch place</a> has three locations and a seriously amazing deal on beverages. Order an entree and for less than $10, you get one hour of unlimited mimosas or Bellinis. Upgrade to a bottomless margarita or Bloody Mary for $15.</p><h2>Best Bars in New York City for a Bachelorette Party</h2><h3>The Happiest Hour</h3><p>Located in the West Village, <a href="http://www.happiesthournyc.com/" target="_blank">The Happiest Hour</a> is a whimsical cocktail bar and full-service restaurant. Especially big parties can book the downstairs Slowly Shirley lounge for a more intimate affair.</p><h3>Beauty Bar</h3><p>For stressed brides who love to multi-task, you can do no better than <a href="http://thebeautybar.com/martinis-manicures-new-york/" target="_blank">Beauty Bar</a>, in the East Village. For $10 guests get a martini and a manicure. And at midnight, the backroom opens, and the space fills with classic 90s jams. Call ahead to reserve space for your crew.</p><h3>Hill and Dale</h3><p>Hill and Dale is everything you could want for a fun girls' night out. It has an old-timey, speakeasy feel (Ernest Hemingway would have probably ordered a drink here). <a href="http://www.hillanddalenyc.com/" target="_blank">Hill and Dale</a> also has board games, giant jenga, and a huge backroom for large parties, this East Village hangout is an incredible place for you and your crew to get the party started.</p><h2>Best Clubs in New York City for a Bachelorette Party</h2><h3>House of Yes</h3><p>Located in Brooklyn, <a href="http://houseofyes.org/" target="_blank">House of Yes</a> is the ultimate nightclub for bachelorette ladies who really want to dance. With aerial dynamic shows, incredible club music, and costumes <em>de jour</em>, this is a can't-miss for especially wild groups.</p><h3>Le Bain</h3><p><a href="http://www.standardhotels.com/new-york/features/le-bain" target="_blank">Le Bain</a> is one of the chicest nightclubs in New York City. Located on the roof of the Standard Hotel, this glitzy joint has an indoor pool and some of the best views of the city and Hudson river.</p><h3>The Electric Room</h3><p>Find the <a href="http://electricroomnyc.com/" target="_blank">Electric Room</a> on the lower level of the Dream Downtown Hotel. This place has all the trappings of a nightclub, without any of the skeeziness. You and your ladies can even dance freely at your own private table.</p><h2>Things to Do in New York City for a Bachelorette Party</h2><h3>Lips</h3><p>Located in Midtown, this drag club is the <a href="http://www.nycdragshow.com/bachelorettes/" target="_blank">ultimate bachelorette party</a> dinner and show. Your ladies will be serenaded by the most talented queens in the city while enjoying cocktails and a three course dinner. </p><h3>Artful Bachelorette: Heart for Art</h3><p>For bachelorette ladies craving a bit of condensed culture, <a href="http://www.heartforartinstitute.com/vip-group-tours/" target="_blank">Heart for Art</a> is one of the city's premiere art tours. For $80 a person, you and your girl gang will see only gallery highlights (no dull details). Because exhibits are constantly changing, you can even rely on this activity for future bachelorette parties.</p><h3>Body and Pole</h3><p>For the more adventurous (and health-conscious) bachelorettes, check out <a href="http://bodyandpole.com/parties/" target="_blank">Body and Pole</a>. This premiere studio offers some of the best aerial classes in New York City. Special offers for groups are an extra incentive to take our ladies pole dancing.</p><h3>Haven Spa</h3><p><a href="http://www.havenspa.nyc/" target="_blank">This spa</a> is a popular, well-known New York City hangout for wedding groups. And with accommodating spa packages for bachelorettes parties, your group can even book the entire spa for a full or half day. Consider the Pre-game Primp, which includes an express scrub, a European pedicure, a manicure, and a blowout. </p><h3>Company XIV</h3><p>Company XIV is New York City's premiere burlesque ballet. <a href="http://companyxiv.com/company-xiv/" target="_blank">The performance</a> combines classical ballet with sexy burlesque and gravity-defying acrobatics. Get tickets now for the company’s impressive rendition of <em>Cinderella</em>.</p><h3>Circa Brewing Co.</h3><p>This super hip spot is a go-to for beer-loving bachelorettes. Located in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, <a href="http://circabrewing.co" target="_blank">Circa</a> brews their own beers in-house and has an impressive menu of gourmet pizzas that are perfect for sharing. On Saturday afternoons, there's even live music.</p><h2>New York City Bachelorette Party Ideas</h2><h3>New York City Bachelorette Hashtags</h3><p>When it comes to NYC bachelorette parties, you can’t possibly complete the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-new-york-city" target="_blank">weekend in New York City</a> without a perfect, appropriate hashtag. Hashtags can be customized to fit the group and the gorgeous bride-to-be, but some of our favorites include #BigAppleBeforeTheChapel, #BachelorettesThatNeverSleep, #BigAppleBachBash, and — of course — the bride’s name “In The City” to capture those Carrie Bradshaw vibes (think: #SamInTheCity).</p><h3>New York City Bachelorette Party Shirts</h3><p>Having the right outfit is almost as important as planning unforgettable activities. You’ll want to customize your group’s look so you can take take plenty of pictures and commemorate this incredible experience (with aforementioned hashtags, of course). Try a <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/236967238/new-york-bachelorette-party-shirt-sets" target="_blank">New York City-themed</a> option from Etsy with the iconic skyline.</p><h3>New York City Bachelorette Invitations</h3><p>For the perfect Big Apple bachelorette, you’ll need appropriately-bold invitations. We love these New York City skyline cards from <a href="http://www.invitationbox.com/ic-d-mw1c-66.html" target="_blank">Invitation Box</a> and from <a href="https://www.paperstyle.com/is-bin/NYC-Skyline-Bachelorette-Party-Invitations-p-606-94-NYC" target="_blank">Paper and Style</a>.</p>
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Woman Fined for Accidentally Taking a Ride on the Baggage Carousel at Moscow Airport

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:07
<p>A passenger went for an unexpected ride on a baggage carousel at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow on Sunday after losing her balance. To add insult to injury, her fall ended up costing her a small fine for damaging the airport’s freight transportation system.</p><p>The passenger, a woman in her late 50s, according to <a href="https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/passenger-gets-unintended-ride-on-moscow-baggage-carousel-10141616" target="_blank">Channel News Asia</a>, was reaching for <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/pet-friendly-travel/dog-air-travel-safety" target="_blank">a pet carrier with her dog inside</a> as it made its way around the carousel. A transport police spokesman told the Moskva news agency that she accidentally lost her balance and wound up riding the conveyor belt all the way to the baggage room.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/dog-airport-bird-chaser" target="_blank">The World’s Coolest Airport Employee is a Runway Patrol Dog Named Piper</a></p><p>There were no details on how fast the conveyor belt was moving, but from all accounts everything seemed to be operating normally.</p><p>Even though the woman's fall was an accident, she still reportedly had to pay a fine for damages. The fee was a small one, however; police said the maximum fine for such an offense was 1,500 rubles (about $24 USD).</p><p>The woman had flown into Moscow from Belgrade, Serbia earlier that day. Reports did not detail <a href="http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2018/04/16/Passenger-gets-unintended-ride-on-Moscow-baggage-carousel.html" target="_blank">whether the woman or the dog were hurt</a> during the incident, but this is an important reminder to travelers with heavy luggage to be extra careful when lifting a bag off a moving carousel.</p>
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Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Passenger Threatens Crew With Fountain Pen

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:34
<p>An Air China flight was diverted on Sunday due to a passenger threatening the plane’s crew with a fountain pen, according to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-security-flight/air-china-flight-diverted-after-passenger-threatens-crew-with-fountain-pen-idUSKBN1HM05E?il=0" target="_blank">Reuters</a>.</p><p>The flight, bound for Beijing from Changha, made an <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/emergency-landing" target="_blank">emergency landing</a> at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport, in central China, around 9:58 a.m. local time. No passengers or crew were harmed in the incident.</p><p>The plane landed about an hour after the man threatened the crew, according to the <em><a href="https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/04/16/air-china-flight-diverted-man-holds-crew-member-hostage-fountain-pen/" target="_blank">Hong Kong Free Press</a></em>.</p><p>The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement on its website that the 41-year-old man, who is only identified by his last name, Xu, used the pen to hold a flight attendant “under duress.” The man allegedly also had a “history of mental illness,” according to the statement.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/emergency-landing-for-passenger-farting" target="_blank">Unapologetic Farting Man on Plane Causes Emergency Landing</a></p><p>“The incident was successfully dealt with by 1:17pm, and passengers and crew members are safe,” the statement concluded.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-15/china-flight-diverted-after-man-holds-attendant-hostage-with-pen/9660906" target="_blank">ABC News Australia</a>, a passenger told the <em>Xiaoxiang Morning Herald</em> that the incident happened in the first or business class cabin, but they were unable to see.</p><p>Another passenger recounted being awoken on the flight by a scream, the <em><a href="https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/air-china-flight-forced-to-divert-after-man-threatened-staff-with-fountain-pen-a3814576.html" target="_blank">Evening Standard</a> </em>reported.</p><p>Photos of the incident have been circulating on Chinese social media sites, one of which was acquired by the <em>Hong Kong Free Press</em>. Details on the attack and what happened to the man after being escorted off the plane have not yet been reported.</p>
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British Tourists Scammed Spanish Hotels Out of $74 Million by Claiming to Have Food Poisoning

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:02
<p>The British government is closing a loophole that allowed tourists to scam Spanish hotels and tour operators out of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/05/crackdown-on-uk-tourists-over-food-poisoning-scams-in-spain" target="_blank">more than $74 million in one year</a> by claiming they had contracted food poisoning while on vacation.</p><p>The loophole allowed claims management firms to request unlimited compensation for incidents that took place overseas. Some firms allegedly used this loophole to basically extort money from hotels and tour operators. Rather than enter lengthy and expensive legal battles, most businesses would settle out of court.</p><p>Over the past few years, these types of claims have increased by 500 percent. In 2013, only 5,000 of these claims were reported. By 2016, that number was 35,000, according to the Association of British Travel Agents.</p><p>“Claim farmers” reportedly approached British tourists looking for a vacation to Spain and promised more than $3,090 (€2,500) for their help. An <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/6038578/fake-brit-holiday-sickness-claims-crackdown-as-government-targets-shady-law-firms/" target="_blank">estimated 9.5 million Brits</a> were contacted by the scammers.</p><p>“Claiming compensation for being sick on holiday, when you haven’t been, is fraud,” U.K. Justice Minister Rory Stewart <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-curbs-on-bogus-holiday-sickness-claims" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “This damages the travel industry and risks driving up costs for holidaymakers. This behavior also tarnishes the reputation of British people abroad. That is why we are introducing measures to crack down on those who engage in this dishonest practice.”</p><p>Tourists participating in the scam would file a complaint once they were back in the U.K., after it was too late to be inspected by a Spanish doctor. <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/spanish-police-food-poisoning-claims-british-tourists-a8012436.html" target="_blank">All they needed to do was provide a receipt</a>, proving that they had purchased anti-diarrhea medicine. The firm representing the scammers would then file cases in small claims court or complain directly to their tour operator.</p><p>The British Civil Procedure Rule Committee will enstate rules on legal costs. The predictable costs will make it easier for hotels and tour operators to fight bogus claims in court.</p>
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This Family of 5 Is Crossing the Country in a Beautifully Renovated School Bus

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:30
<p>A New Mexico <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxGbYZA7fxHywcgkW5nuT8w" target="_blank">family of five</a> transformed a school bus into a tiny, photogenic mobile home.</p><p>Denver and Vanessa Miller, along with their three sons, London, Phoenix and Everest, are traveling around the country in their renovated school bus. They routinely post pictures of their bus life under the Instagram handle <a href="https://www.instagram.com/nomadicmillers/" target="_blank">@NomadicMillers</a> and have attracted more than 11,000 followers.</p><img alt="Nomadic Millers - Family Travels in Bus "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523546891/nomadic-millers-family-FAMILYBUS0418.jpg?itok=hBMXGrj8"><p>Because Denver works remotely, the family is able to move the bus around the country. They have been living aboard the bus for two years with no immediate plans to move back to a fixed-location life.</p><p>The Millers spent two years renovating the bus before moving in. Renovations included raising the roof 20 inches (Denver is 6’ tall and needed more headspace), installing “rooms,” and adding a water system.</p><img alt="Nomadic Millers - Family Travels in Bus "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523546891/nomadic-millers-dining-FAMILYBUS0418.jpg?itok=H-0SO3em"><img alt="Nomadic Millers - Family Travels in Bus "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523546891/nomadic-millers-kitchen-FAMILYBUS0418.jpg?itok=6oUwm7YL"><p>And just because they’re living in a 250-square-foot bus does not mean the Millers need to give up the comforts of a family living room. At the front of the bus, they have installed a flat screen TV and a surround sound system for movie nights. The kitchen includes an oven, stove, fridge and deep sink.</p><p>The interior features trendy touches like snake plants and letterboard signs. The master bedroom transforms into the school room thanks to a Murphy bed with a chalkboard installed on the bottom. (Vanessa homeschools the three boys, all under the age of five.)</p><p>The Millers are currently driving through New Mexico but hope to take their bus through the entire country and up to Canada and Alaska.</p>
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A Radiant Lyrid Meteor Shower Is Coming to Light up the Sky — Here’s How to Watch

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:00
<p>Will you see a shooting star streak across the night sky this month? The oldest meteor shower of all, the Lyrid meteor shower, begins in mid-April and continues for nearly the rest of the month. If there are no clouds where you are, and you're under a reasonably <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/dark-skies-skyglow" target="_blank">dark sky</a>, expect this <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/lyrids-meteor-shower" target="_blank">annual celestial event</a> to bring visible shooting stars on average every three to six minutes.</p><h2>When is the Lyrid meteor shower?</h2><p>This April meteor shower happens every year. The 2018 Lyrid meteor shower will take place between April 16 and April 25, but it's due to reach peak activity on the night of Sunday, April 22 and into the early hours of Monday, April 23. The rate is expected to be around <a href="http://earthsky.org/?p=158735" target="_blank">10 to 20 shooting stars per hour</a>, which makes it a medium-brightness shower. However, just occasionally the Lyrids can unexpectedly surge to 100 shooting stars per hour. Will that be this year?</p><h2>What time is the meteor shower?</h2><p>Although the 2018 Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 22-23, there's a rule of thumb for stargazers that applies to all meteor showers: look after midnight. Since that's when your location will be firmly on the night side of Earth, the sky will be at its darkest and the shooting stars will be appear at their brightest. However, since April 22 will see a <a href="https://www.amsmeteors.org/2018/04/viewing-the-lyrid-meteor-shower-in-2018/" target="_blank">first quarter moon</a> in the sky until 1:46 a.m. EST, the chances of seeing Lyrid meteors will be highest between around 1.30 a.m. EST and dawn.</p><h2>Where can I see the Lyrid meteor shower?</h2><p>For the Lyrid meteor shower, where to look in the night sky is not hugely important. As the name suggests, the meteors appear to come from the small constellation of Lyra, the harp, which is rising in the eastern sky at dusk. That's called the radiant by astronomers. By moon-set, <a href="http://www.spaceweather.com/meteors/lyrids/lyrids.html" target="_blank">Lyra is halfway up the eastern sky</a>, so ideally placed to gaze at without straining your neck. However, it's not so important to fixate on Lyra because shooting stars can appear anywhere in the night sky.</p><p>Can't find Lyra? It's easy to find because its brightest star, Vega, is the second brightest in the entire northern hemisphere night sky. Look east and you can't miss it.</p><h2>What locations are best for the Lyrids 2018?</h2><p>Anywhere with a clear, dark sky. Both can be hard to find at this time of year depending on where you live. However, light pollution — including moonlight — can considerably dim all meteor showers. Picking a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/dark-sky-reserve-us" target="_blank">dark sky site</a> is doubly important for Lyrid meteors because they tend to be rather faint, but anywhere out of town with low horizons will work well. As usual, the western U.S. will have a clearer view of the Lyrids meteor shower, with a higher chance of a clear sky in April.</p><h2>What causes the Lyrid shooting stars?</h2><p>Shooting stars occur when our <a href="https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20180423_10_100" target="_blank">Earth travels through a cloud of debris</a> and dust particles in the solar system. When that dust collides with the Earth's atmosphere, it heats up and glows momentarily as shooting stars. Occasionally one will glow extra bright, and that's called a fireball. They occur rarely and last just a few seconds, so patient shooting-stargazers will have the best chance.</p><p>In the case of the Lyrid meteor shower, the dust and debris was left by <a href="https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/lyrids.html" target="_blank">comet Thatcher</a>, which orbits the sun every 415.5 years and was last in the solar system in 1861. It will return in 2276.</p><h2>When is the next meteor shower?</h2><p>After the meteor shower in April 2018 is over, the next will be the <a href="https://www.space.com/36502-eta-aquarid-meteor-shower-guide.html" target="_blank">Eta Aquarids meteor shower</a>. That begins on April 19 and last until May 28, peaking on the night of May 5 and into May 6. Again, just after midnight until dawn will be the best time to observe shooting stars.</p><p>Wherever you go for a glimpse of the Lyrid meteor shower, wait until the moon is down, grab a lawn chair, resist the temptation to look at your smartphone (its white light will completely ruin your night vision), and sit back and wish upon a shooting star.</p>
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5 Tricks for Getting Discounted Uber Rides

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 15:31
<p>It’s late at night, it’s raining, and you can’t find a cab. To make matters worse, when you open your Uber app, you’re faced with severely inflated surge prices. </p><p>Fortunately, there are ways to make the ride-sharing service more affordable, even at peak hours (think: 12:01 a.m. on <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/uber-surge-pricing-new-years-eve" target="_blank">New Year's Day</a>). </p><p>Uber is the largest and oldest of the ride-sharing apps, with operations in <a href="https://www.uber.com/cities/" target="_blank">more than 600 cities worldwide</a>. And while most Uber promo codes are offered only to first-time users, there are a few ways existing Uber customers can enjoy free or steeply discounted rides.</p><h2>Get the New User Uber Promo Code</h2><p>Officially, Uber only offers <a href="https://www.uber.com/promo/" target="_blank">promo codes to new users</a>. If this applies to you, you're in luck. When scheduling your first ride, just make sure you’ve entered — and received credit for — your new user promo code. The code changes often, so find the most current iteration at uber.com/promo. To enter the code, tap the “Payment” menu item within the Uber app, and then “Add Promo/Gift Code.” After submitting, the free credit will appear on your account, usually up to $15. </p><h2>Get Free Rides with Referrals</h2><p>Existing users can continue to earn Uber promo codes by <a href="https://help.uber.com/h/03db9e2b-270b-4fdb-95a7-afce7c6b4b3b" target="_blank">referring new users to the service</a>. Find your individual Uber referral code (which you can also personalize) under the Promotions section of the mobile app, as well as on the Uber website. The free rides, which will cover trips up to $10, don't appear immediately — so be sure to get your friends and family to sign up in advance. </p><h2>Share a Ride with a New User</h2><p>If you’re looking for a ride with fellow passengers who don’t have Uber, have them download the app and activate the introductory free ride promo code. (Better yet, ask that friend to sign up using your unique referral code, too.) That first ride credit has no limitations on the number of passengers, so hop in and take advantage of the discounted drive. </p><h2>Download Other Apps</h2><p>No, this is not an Uber promo code. But just because you’re not a new Uber user, doesn’t mean you're out of options. Try downloading a rival ride-sharing app, like <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/lyft-toronto-uber" target="_blank">Lyft</a> or Sidecar, and activate their new user promo codes. At the time of publication, for example, Lyft's promo codes for first-time riders include a $20 credit valid for $2 per ride for 10 rides; a $10 credit for $5 per two rides; or a $9 credit split evenly between three rides.</p><h2>Carry the Right Card</h2><p>If you frequently find yourself loading up the Uber app, you may want to consider applying for a new credit card. Through <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/mobile-apps/uber-rewards-program" target="_blank">Uber's rewards system</a>, which launched in 2017, visa cardholders who opt-in and have the card saved in their Uber account can collect ride credits simply by shopping a partner stores and chains like Regal Cinemas and Dunkin' Donuts. And if you've committed to the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/american-express-platinum-card" target="_blank">American Express Platinum Card</a> (and it's $550 annual fee), you'll enjoy $15 in Uber credit every month, with a bonus $35 in December. </p>
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Get Gorgeous Ocean Views at This All-inclusive Hotel in Playa del Carmen for Only $171 Per Night

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 11:02
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><strong>travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</strong></a></em></p><p>Mexico: At least 30 percent off the a <a href="https://www.barcelo.com/en-us/hotels/mexico/riviera-maya/allegro-playacar/offers" target="_blank">Allegro Playacar</a>, a seaside all-inclusive with unobstructed ocean views, located near the cenotes, Tulum ruins, and other attractions in Playa del Carmen.</p><p>Early booking offer includes:</p>One or more nights in a Superior roomUnlimited meals, snacks, and beverages at five restaurants and barsSports and water activities<p>Original Price: From $237 per room per night, all-inclusive</p><p><strong>T + L Price: </strong>From $171 per room per night, all-inclusive; book by December 20, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: <a href="https://www.barcelo.com/en-us/hotels/mexico/riviera-maya/allegro-playacar/offers" target="_blank">Book </a><a href="https://www.barcelo.com/en-us/hotels/mexico/riviera-maya/allegro-playacar/offers" target="_blank">online</a> or call 52-984-877-2770 at least seven days in advance.</p>
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Meghan Markle Just Made a Stealthy Trip Back to the United States

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 16:53
<p>Soon-to-be British citizen Meghan Markle was spotted back on American soil this week, giving her motherland one last visit before <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/royal-wedding-special-guests-revealed" target="_blank">her royal wedding</a>.</p><p>According to reports, Markle touched down in Chicago earlier this week and was spotted at O’Hare rocking <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/leggings-celebrities-wear" target="_blank">black leggings</a>, a black sweater, and a White Sox cap as she made her way through the airport. Oh, and of course the future royal was traveling with four large bodyguards, so the nondescript outfit wasn’t really making her invisible.</p><p>As <em><a href="https://www.thecut.com/2018/04/meghan-markle-incognito-chicago-immigration.html" target="_blank">The Cut</a></em> explained, this wasn’t really a social visit. Instead, Markle was visiting the United States to take care of a few details before her wedding, most notably to complete her visa application. At the VFS Global U.K. Visa Application Center, <em><a href="http://www.tmz.com/2018/04/12/meghan-markle-uk-visa-application/" target="_blank">TMZ</a></em> reported, Markle likely shelled out $1,500 for “premium processing” of her application, which will allow her to get her visa within a few days.</p><p>The entire process of filling out the form likely took the future royal about 10 minutes to complete. So hopefully she was able to make the most of her time in the United States by going out and seeing <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-chicago" target="_blank">a few of the Chicago sights while she was there</a>.</p><p>Moreover, <em>TMZ </em>reported, Markle likely submitted for a family visa, which people can apply for as a partner or spouse of a British citizen.</p><p>Though this doesn’t mean Markle will become a citizen just yet.</p><p>Next, she has to walk down the aisle with Prince Harry on May 19. Then, Markle can apply for permanent citizenship after six months. However, that process could take up to three years to complete. Then, Markle will decide if she wants to become a dual citizen or renounce her U.S. citizenship. But, for now, Markle will have to keep her U.S. passport handy, especially for the pair’s <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-prince-harry-honeymoon" target="_blank">upcoming honeymoon</a>. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/queen-elizabeth-does-not-need-passport" target="_blank">Royalty or not</a>, she won't get through the airport without it. </p>
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Cheap Flights to Hawaii Are on Sale Now From 45 Cities

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 16:35
<p>If you haven’t taken advantage of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cheap-flights-hawaii-airfare-war-buying-guide" target="_blank">the great Hawaiian airfare war</a> yet, it’s not too late. Just this week, <a href="http://thriftytraveler.com/premium" target="_blank">Thrifty Traveler Premium</a> spotted another round of steeply discounted flights to Hawaii, this time with ticket prices starting at $312 round-trip.</p><p>The most inexpensive route is on flights from western Canada — but travelers all along the West Coast can find tickets in the low $300s.</p><p>At this time, travelers can purchase $348 round-trip, nonstop flights from Los Angeles, as well as tickets from San Diego and Portland for $342, and from Seattle for $332.</p><p>But the flight sale, which applies to more than 45 cities across the United States and Canada, can also be enjoyed by travelers based on the East Coast.</p><p>Nonstop tickets from New York City are on sale for $576 round-trip, and there are seats from Washington, D.C., Boston, and Chicago selling for approximately $550.</p><p>Cheap flights to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/hawaii-islands-travel-guide#napali-coast-kauai-hawaii" target="_blank">Hawaii</a> can be found between April and May, and again from September until February 2019, though availability (and specific destination) will vary depending on your departure city.</p><p>To find the best deal from your home airport, use <a href="https://www.google.com/flights/?gl=us#flt=SEA.OGG,KOA,HNL,LIH.2018-05-07*OGG,KOA,HNL,LIH.SEA.2018-05-14;c:USD;e:1;a:-SY*-SY;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">Google Flights to simultaneously search for trips</a> to Oahu, Kauai, Kona, and Maui. The best option — and your Hawaiian island destination — will be bumped to the top of your search results, and affordable dates on the low-fare calendar will be emphasized in green.</p>
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These Stand-up Airplane Seats Look Like a Roller Coaster Ride

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 16:32
<p>For everyone who ever fancied riding a unicycle from <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a> to <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/miami" target="_blank">Miami</a>, or from <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/los-angeles" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> to <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/san-francisco" target="_blank">San Francisco</a> — at 30,000 feet in the air — we have found the perfect seat.</p><p>Worried about legroom onboard? No more! Stretch your legs all you want. You’ll have no pressure on your knees from the seat in front of you when you're nearly standing up.</p><img alt="Skyrider standing seats "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523632709/Skyrider-saddle-seat-vertical-STANDUP0418.jpg?itok=KDB9scB5"><p>Aviointeriors, a seat manufacturer based in Italy, has updated their stand-up seating concept that has been floating around for years (but which no airline has bought yet). The SkyRider 2.0 is the smart and modern stand-up seating solution for tomorrow’s aircraft.</p><p>So what does the SkyRider 2.0 have over the original SkyRider? As the manufacturer explains, “Ultra-high density.” In lay terms, that means these seats could fit even more people on planes.</p><p>Aviointeriors says SkyRider 2.0 “ensures an increased upright passenger position, allowing installation of the seat at a reduced pitch, while maintaining an adequate comfort.” (Your own definition of “adequate” may vary.)</p><p>The saddle is so narrow that the domed container below, which holds tightly-folded life jackets, has become a prominent design feature instead of an invisible element of the seat.</p><p>On the plus side, the arm rests on these beauties are far more generous than some of the armrests we’re seeing on new economy light seats that are actually taking off. More good news: “The design of this seat enables to increase the passenger number by 20 percent allowing increasing profits for airline companies. Furthermore, Sky Rider 2.0 weighs 50 percent less than standard economy class seats and the reduced number of components enable minimum maintenance costs,” Aviointeriors claims.</p><img alt="Skyrider standing seats "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523632709/Skyrider-saddle-seats-STANDUP0418.jpg?itok=Vgup9OJO"><p>The company revealed the SkyRider 2.0 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, which is an event targeted at airline buyers, and not at the flying public. In an ideal world, interests of both airline buyers and passengers should overlap, but here in the real world, that's not always the case.</p><p>For the show, the company dressed the new Sky Rider 2.0 in Ryanair colors, and that’s not a coincidence.</p><p>Around the time that the first version of the saddle seats debuted, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary joked that he would consider having people fly standing up. But this was just another in a series of O’Leary’s headline grabbers. Ryanair has standard seats on planes, and has announced no plans to launch a stand-up saddle class.</p><p>Experts in aircraft seating give the SkyRider side-eye. Just for a start, there are questions of safety if passengers are standing up during an accident. Overhead bin space would get smaller, as regulations require vertical clearance between passengers’ heads and the hard surface above, in case of turbulence. And there’s no room for stowing personal items under the saddle seat.</p><p>Aviointeriors doesn’t spend all of its time re-designing a seat no one buys. They also make very comfortable economy, business, and first class aircraft seats for airlines. You know, just to keep the business going while they wait for the SkyRider to take off.</p>
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Escape Your Own Murder at This Serial Killer-inspired London Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 16:26
<p>Trying to outrun a serial killer isn’t typically what comes to mind when one thinks about taking a relaxing vacation, but that’s exactly what The Hollow Hotel in London has in store for guests.</p><p>According to <em><a href="http://metro.co.uk/2018/03/25/try-to-escape-your-own-murder-at-the-hollow-hotel-inspired-by-a-real-serial-killer-7414998/" target="_blank">Metro</a></em>, The Hollow Hotel will soon welcome guests to come in and reenact how 19th-century serial killer H. H. Holmes murdered his victims. How did he, you ask? In hotel rooms, of course.</p><p>The hotel experience, <em>Metro</em> noted, comes complete with difficult labyrinths and traps, so brave guests will have to figure out how to escape every turn.</p><p><a href="http://differencengine.co.uk/the-hollow-hotel/" target="_blank">DifferenceEngine</a>, the theater group putting on this spooky hotel event, explained on its site that The Hollow Hotel will be “an immersive interactive psychological horror that draws inspiration from the historical events surrounding America’s first and most terrifying serial killer – H.H. Holmes – the man whose preferred instrument of murder was a hotel.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/friday-the-13th-cheap-flight-deals" target="_blank">Here’s Why Flying on Friday the 13th Might Be a Really Good Idea</a></p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bus-train/venice-simplon-orient-express" target="_blank">A Trip Inspired by 'Murder on the Orient Express'</a></p><p>The group added, “If you listen to the whispers in its winding corridors, you might lose yourself as each turn entices you to delve further in; until you can’t turn back.”</p><p>While scary, this event should definitely be entertaining. According to Broadway World, differencENGINE is an Off West End-nominated immersive and interactive theater company whose first show, "Heist," was meant to run for a mere three weeks but ran for nine months thanks to its incredible demand.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/scotland-st-kilda-island" target="_blank">This Abandoned Scottish Island Is Spooky but Stunning</a></p><p>In that immersive show, guests had to break into a building, interact only through headsets, and attempt to steal a painting without being caught. Since then, the company has gone on to produce a number of popular high-impact events that make guests both the heroes and the villains.</p><p>As the group said, <a href="http://thehollowhotel.com/" target="_blank">starting now</a> they are inviting everyone to come “Uncover the hotels’ intricate histories, dark secrets and hidden agendas – whoever built <i>The Hollow Hotel </i>built a literal death trap; designed just for you.”</p>
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Emma Watson and Kate Middleton Go Everywhere in These Sneakers — and They're 25% Off Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 14:16
<p>Two of the world’s most famous fashion icons appear to be pulling from the same closet.</p><p>Emma Watson, everyone’s favorite well-dressed wizard, stepped out in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a> rocking a pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/superga-cotu-sneaker-women/4888327" target="_blank">Superga Cotu Classic Sneakers in White</a>, along with a light gingham top and white jeans.</p><p>Her entire look is perfect for summer, but the shoes shine as the ultimate <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-walking-shoes-for-travel" target="_blank">travel-ready accessory</a> because they are not only stylish but also ridiculously comfortable, making them the perfect pair for both walking the city streets and taking an evening stroll on the beach.</p><p>While the actress certainly looked fantastic (and totally BBQ ready), she isn’t the first Brit to wear the ultra-popular sneaker. Last spring, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was also spotted wearing the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/kate-middleton-affordable-sneakers-style" target="_blank">trendy footwear</a>.</p><p>Even <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/princess-diana-kate-middleton-sneakers" target="_blank">Princess Diana</a> was known to sport a pair at her more casual appearances. So what makes these shoes oh-so-spectacular? As <a href="http://www.whowhatwear.com/emma-watson-superga-sneakers" target="_blank"><i>Who What Wear</i></a> noted, just check out the sneaker’s Amazon reviews.</p><p>“I walked all over NYC for 12 hours in these and they were some comfortable! Not only that they are super cute (cuter and fit better than classic Keds). I have wide feet and they are very comfortable,” one five-star review said.</p><p>“Very nice well made shoes from Superga!!! I see what the hype is over these shoes because they are designed w heavy outsole but does not feel like that when you're wearing them just shows the durability and quality of the shoes not to mention they're adorable,” another exclaimed.</p><p>The simple and totally understated sneaker may just be the perfect footwear for 2018 – and, on sale for 25 percent off (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/superga-cotu-sneaker-women/4888327" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $49), they're surprisingly affordable. After all, that's a small price to pay for the right to say you, Kate, Princess Diana, and Emma have the same style.</p><h2>Superga 'Cotu' Sneaker</h2><img alt="Superga White Sneakers "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1496333766/superga-white-sneakers-SUPERSHOE0517.jpg?itok=HlgDlVn_"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/superga-cotu-sneaker-women/4888327" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $49 (originally $65)</p>
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Experience the Beauty of the Kimberley in Australia on This Rugged 10-day Tour

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 12:00
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><strong>travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</strong></a></em></p><p>Australia: 2-for-1 10-day tours to the Outback with <a href="https://www.intrepidtravel.com/us/australia/4wd-darwin-broome-overland-2018-110638" target="_blank">Intrepid Travel</a>, an adventure travel company that offers under-the-radar trips with a focus on local culture.</p><p>4WD Darwin to Broome Overland includes:</p>A 10-day tour of Western Australia and the Northern Territory with select meals and basic accommodations in tented camps and campgroundsTransportation in an all-terrain vehicleHighlights include: Explore the red domes of Bungle Bungle ranges in Purnululu National Park, Paddle around in waterfalls, hike through gorges and access remote parts of El Questro Station. Discover Tunnell Creek’s rich Aboriginal and bushranger history by walking through the underground passage with an Indigenous Bunuba guide<p>Original Price: From $2,118 for two people</p><p><strong>T + L Price: </strong>From $1,059 for two people; book by April 30 for travel through June 30.</p><p>Booking details: Contact Intrepid Travel at 855-299-1211</p>
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