This Train Pass Is the Secret to City-hopping Through Europe on the Cheap (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:01
<p>For many travelers, exploring Europe is a must — a rite of passage, even. And for travelers looking to plan the perfect Eurotrip, snagging a Eurail pass is vital.</p><p>Since its debut in 1959, Eurail has helped travelers squeeze the most out of their time abroad. The pass has long been a favorite among backpackers, study-abroad students, wandering nomads, and those with limited vacation days, but a strong desire to see the world. If you’re out to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, or you just want some freedom from the hassle of travel planning, investing in a Eurail pass is a no-brainer.</p><p>Below, we’ve put together a complete guide to the Eurail pass, covering everything you need to know to use the pass and optimize your time in Europe.</p><img alt="Man on Swiss Highspeed train with Eurail Group "src=""><h2>Who Should Buy a Eurail Pass and Why </h2><p>Eurail is a single rail pass that grants access to 40,000 destinations across 33 different countries in Europe. In other words, it's the most flexible and convenient way for visitors to explore the continent with ease. Unlike a traditional train ticket, a Eurail pass gives travelers the ability to utilize existing infrastructure — Europe’s thousands of railways — to travel between destinations for a set amount of days.</p><p>If you’re heading to Europe and planning on visiting more than one location — as in, multiple countries or even multiple cities within the same country — then you’re going to want to equip your journey with a Eurail pass. The pass essentially provides all-inclusive access to Europe’s well-connected train system, meaning you don’t have to book tickets for each individual leg.</p><p>Eurail passes are available to anyone — college-age backpackers, couples, families, and travelers looking to make the most of their time in Europe on a budget — but special discounts are provided to certain age groups.</p><p>The catch? Eurail passes are not available to Europeans; they’re solely for non-European residents. However, European citizens do have the option of purchasing an Interrail Pass, which is similar to a Eurail pass, but for Europeans only.</p><img alt="Interior of Annecy train to Paris on Eurail Group "src=""><h2>How to Buy and Use a Eurail Pass</h2><p>Currently, Eurail offers two different pass types: the Global Pass and the One Country Pass. A Global Pass is essentially the all-inclusive option: It gives travelers the ability to take a train between any of Eurail’s 33 participating countries. Meanwhile, the One Country Pass works only within a single country (there are 29 countries currently available on this pass).</p><p>Travelers select either a Flexi Pass, which includes a predetermined amount of train travel days (such as four travel days within one month), or a Continuous Pass, which includes unlimited train travel days during a predetermined trip length (such as 15 days or three months).</p><p>Eurail also groups certain regions, so that you can score multiple countries for the price of one. For example, the Benelux Pass includes Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, while the Scandinavia Pass includes Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.</p><p>Once you’ve chosen the pass that best fits your needs, you can order it through <a href="">Eurail’s website</a>. Eurail ships the physical pass booklet to you worldwide, including an address in Europe, if you’re already there. It’s best to order your pass at least four weeks before your trip to ensure it ships in time and you can secure any necessary reservations. However, you can plan as far as 11 months in advance. You can also purchase a pass at European train stations.</p><p>Before you can use the pass, you’ll need to activate it. Validating the pass can be done online using Eurail’s free pre-activation service at checkout, or at a European train station once you arrive. You must activate the pass within 11 months of its issue date.</p><p>Once your pass is validated, you’re ready to go. Simply choose a train and then present your pass upon boarding. Make sure to fill out the required information in your pass booklet for each ride, as the conductor will come by to verify and stamp it.</p><p>Eurail’s easy-to-navigate <a href="">Rail Planner App</a> lets you search train timetables, plan your route, and make reservations where needed. The My Trip section of the mobile app makes it simple to save your journey and see your route broken down as a day-by-day itinerary.</p><p>Note that some trains in Europe require a seat reservation. In these cases, railway carriers charge a reservation fee that is not included in the price of your Eurail pass. However, seat reservation prices are typically nominal (around $10 to $25, even for overnight trains).</p><p>Most reservations can be booked through Eurail’s <a href="">Self-Service</a> option. Alternatively, you can book in person at the station, over the phone, online, or through the Rail Planner App.</p><h2>Eurail Pass Cost and Discounts</h2><p>In 2019, Eurail retired its two- to four-country Select Passes, focusing instead on the Global and One Country Passes. These changes enabled Eurail to roll out significantly discounted prices, add a second-class option on all adult Global Passes, and even introduce a Senior category, encouraging an older generation to travel as well.</p><img alt="Passengers at Germany train station with Eurail Group "src=""><p>The cost of a Eurail pass varies widely depending on the type of pass you purchase. For example, a Global Pass with five travel days in one month is usually between $319 and $425, while a 15-day unlimited pass falls between $501 and $667. A three-month unlimited pass usually costs between $1,019 and $1,358, and a One Country Pass for Italy is usually $144 to $271, while France is typically $87.</p><p>There are various age-group discounts available: Travelers aged 12 to 27 can purchase Youth tickets and receive a 25 percent discount (up from 23 percent in 2019), while seniors aged 60 or older receive a 10 percent discount. Children under 11 travel for free.</p><p>If you’re not eligible for an age-based discount, keep an eye out for special promotions — Eurail regularly runs deals, especially for booking far in advance.</p><h2>Where to Go With a Eurail Pass</h2><p>Eurail’s network includes 33 of the 44 countries in Europe, so your options are plentiful, and you can travel to a new country every day, if that’s what strikes your fancy.</p><p>Plus, Eurail regularly adds new countries and routes to <a href="">their portfolio</a> — as of Jan. 1, 2020, Estonia and Latvia are the most recent additions. Popular destinations like France, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, and Poland have long been included.</p><p>Eurail also recently added a <a href="">Greek Islands Pass</a>, which covers ferry trips between 53 Greek islands aboard partner carriers Superfast and Blue Star Ferries. The Greek Islands Pass is available for $102 (five trips within one month) or $199 (six trips within one month). The pass is also available at Eurail’s discounted Youth rate of $77 or $175 for the five- and six-trip option, respectively.</p><h2>Benefits of Having a Eurail Pass in Europe</h2><p>The main perk of exploring Europe with a Eurail pass is the fact that it enables you to hit multiple stops with minimal hassle. For one affordable price, you can board trains across the continent and hop between destinations with ease, freeing you from the logistical nightmare of planning and arranging tickets for each individual leg of your journey.</p><p>A Eurail pass allows travelers to be as flexible or organized as they choose to be on a trip to Europe. During one short visit, you can check off bucket-list spots like Italy, France, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, and more. Or, you can explore just one country in-depth, without having to arrange tickets every time you want to head somewhere new.</p><p>Eurail also partners with hostels, tour operators, and restaurants across Europe, so there are some added <a href="">pass benefits</a> such as discounts at Generator Hostels, free or discounted ferry and bus trips, and cards that grant access to a city’s top attractions.</p><p>To maximize your pass, figure out the optimal pass type for your needs and then fully explore the benefits that come with your purchase. You’ll be posing in front of the Eiffel Tower and snacking on pizza in front of the Colosseum in no time.</p><img alt="Glacier Express train station in Switzerland "src=""><h2>Recommended Eurail Pass Routes</h2><p>If you’ve never been to Europe, you’ll likely want to use your Eurail pass to hit highlights like London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, and Berlin, but don’t pass up the opportunity to get off the beaten path a bit, too. With a Eurail pass, you’re free to get creative.</p><p>If you’ve always wanted to visit Luxembourg and Lithuania, but have no interest in Spain or Portugal, that’s not a problem: Depending on the pass type you purchase, your travel plans are entirely up to you. Just make sure to consult a map and plot a route that makes sense geographically.</p><p>Are you more into nature’s wonders than mankind’s? Book a Scandinavia Pass and wander through Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland in pursuit of the northern lights. Or, experience the beauty of Switzerland, a favorite among families — Switzerland’s Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt, included in a Eurail pass, traverses 91 tunnels, crosses the Oberalp Pass, and winds through the stunning Swiss Alps. The Golden Pass route, also included, skirts Lake Geneva and passes through some of the most picturesque mountain towns in Europe, including Gstaad and Interlaken.</p><p>Another idea is to add a theme to your itinerary: With the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics around the corner, why not take an Olympic tour of Europe? You can start at the site of the first-ever Winter Olympics in 1924 — Chamonix, France — and then head to Paris, home of the second-ever Summer Olympics in 1900. From there, hop to Antwerp, Belgium — home to the first Olympic games after the turmoil of World War I — and then take the high-speed Eurostar under the English Channel to London, England, the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics.</p><p>Exploring lesser-visited Eastern Europe is also made easier by Eurail. With 2020’s inclusion of Estonia and Latvia, the pass now covers rail travel across all of the Baltic countries for the first time in its history. Plus, with the pass, you can take the ferry between Riga and Stockholm or Germany, or from Tallinn to Stockholm or Helsinki, all for up to 50 percent less than you’d pay for these same international ferry connections without the pass.</p>
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Airbus Unveils Design for Manta Ray-shaped Plane That Will Cut Carbon Emissions

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 13:28
<p>This week Airbus revealed that it has been been working on a new plane that could reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent. And although becoming more environmentally friendly in aviation is in full swing, this plane has a whole new look. </p><p>The MAVERIC (which stands for Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls), that debuted at the Singapore Air Show on Tuesday, looks like a manta ray. The wings of the plane are blended into its body to create a more aerodynamic shape that would burn about 20 percent less fuel, compared to a traditional aircraft with the same engine. The aircraft would be more complicated to control but much more fuel-efficient, <a href="">according to <em>Reuters. </em></a></p><p>Airbus is currently working a scale-model technological demonstrater that has a surface area of about seven square feet. But if/when the aircraft is fully developed, t believes that it could create a more spacious cabin experience for passengers, with more legroom and wider aisles than the traditional single-aisle aircraft.</p><p>“Although there is no specific time line for entry-into-service, this technological demonstrator could be instrumental in bringing about change in commercial aircraft architectures for an environmentally sustainable future for the aviation industry,” Jean-Brice Dumont, Airbus’s executive vice president of engineering, said in a statement.</p><p>Airbus said that its flight test campaign for the demonstrator aircraft will continue through the middle of 2020.</p><p>Airbus is developing the MAVERIC alongside several other more experimental projects through a research program called AirbusUpNext. The manufacturer is also investigating aircraft with hybrid-electric propulsion, v-shaped “formation” flight and autonomous taxi take-off and landing.</p><p>The aviation industry is considering all sorts of new types of aircraft in an effort to reduce its carbon emissions. <a href="">Earlier this week, a concept for a new jet that looks like a flying “T” emerged</a>. The concept would operate with zero carbon emissions.</p>
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10 Totally New Things to Do in Hawaii in 2020

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 13:01
<p>You can add exotic island destinations like <a href="">Bali</a> and <a href="">Fiji</a> to your 2020 <a href="">bucket list</a>, but the reality is that some of the world’s most beautiful islands can be found right here in the U.S. And you won’t need a passport (or a lot of money) to visit the Hawaiian islands. Thanks to increased airline competition in 2019, airfare to the state has been dropping, and the experts at <a href="">Scott’s Cheap Flights</a> expect that trend to continue in 2020.</p><p>Great flights aren’t the only thing driving <a href="">tourists to Hawaii</a>, though. Alongside new hotels, tours, and restaurants, the state is rolling out plenty of fresh experiences in 2020. From <a href="">whale watching</a> by kayak to climbing a volcano and stargazing, even Hawaii regulars will find something new to do, see, or experience this year.</p><p>Below are some of the most exciting new things to do in Hawaii in 2020.</p><img alt="Four Seasons Hotel Lanai at Koele, A Sensei Retreat "src=""><h2>Treat yourself to an adults-only wellness retreat on Lanai.</h2><p>Hawaii’s brand new Four Seasons is doing things a bit differently. Located on the exclusive island of Lanai, the property takes visitors off the typical tourist track and transports them to an adults-only all-inclusive wellness destination. Thanks to a partnership with <a href="">Sensei</a>, a well-being company, and the renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the <a href="">Four Seasons Hotel Lanai at Koele, a Sensei Retreat</a> is offering programs and experiences that are expertly tailored to each guest.</p><img alt="Milky Way and Venus over Haleakala "src=""><h2>Watch the sunset and stargaze from a volcano on Maui.</h2><p>During this tour, you’ll have the chance to watch the sunset from the summit of Haleakala, a shield volcano on Maui, before enjoying dinner and an evening of stargazing. According to <a href="">Hoku Hawaii Tours</a>, guests will “discover the ancient art of wayfinding” and hear “legends passed down for generations that perpetuate the Hawaiian culture.”</p><h2>Stay in a bungalow with private beach access.</h2><p>Skip the island of Hawaii’s busy (albeit beautiful) <a href="">Punalu'u Beach</a> and enjoy the ultimate luxury: a two-bedroom, three-bath bungalow with a private pool, spa, and beach access. It’s all possible at the newly renovated <a href="">Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection</a>, a hotel that also boasts standard guest rooms and suites, five restaurants and lounges, three pools, and a spa and wellness center.</p><img alt="Passengers on a whale watching boat out of Lahaina, Maui "src=""><h2>Look for whales from a kayak on Kauai.</h2><p>Winter is humpback whale season in Hawaii, but instead of watching from shore, why not book a sea kayak tour for a closer look? On Kayak Kauai’s new <a href="">Po’ipu Whale Watch &amp; Snorkel by Sea Kayak</a> tour, you’ll paddle the same canoe paths taken by early Polynesians and whaling captains. In addition to occasional whale spotting, guests can spot spinner dolphins and green sea turtles. The tour is available to book through April 17, 2020 on the island of Kauai.</p><h2>Check out the all-new luau show on Oahu.</h2><p>You’ve always been able to dine like royalty at the <a href="">Polynesian Cultural Center</a>'s authentic Polynesian luau on the island of Oahu, but now you can top off your meal with the venue’s all-new Onipaa show. The performance is a tribute to Kingdom of Hawaii’s monarch Queen Liliuokalani.</p><img alt="Archival image of young boys from the Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawaii exhibit at Bishop Museum "src=""><h2>Take a tour of surf history in Honolulu.</h2><p>Surfers traveling to Hawaii before May 2020 will want to schedule in a rest day to make a stop at Honolulu’s <a href="">Bishop Museum</a>. The museum’s new exhibit, dubbed <em>Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawaii</em>, explores the ins and outs of surf history, including the ongoing technical and cultural developments that made the sport an international phenomenon. The exhibit includes traditional Hawaiian surfboards, interactive displays on surf forecasting, and archival photos and memorabilia that showcase surfing’s roots in traditional Hawaiian culture.</p><h2>Test out solar-powered bikes while exploring mountain rainforests in Honolulu.</h2><p>If you’ve been wanting to explore the island on two wheels, but aren’t up for those uphill climbs (you are on a volcanic archipelago, after all), <a href="">Bike Hawaii</a> has you covered. The tour company recently introduced a solar-powered bike tour, allowing guests of all levels to experience the magic of Honolulu’s Koolau mountain rainforests.</p><img alt="Rainbow waterfal in Hilo, Hawaii "src=""><h2>Make Hawaii your own.</h2><p>If you’re over the one-size-fits-all tour mentality, check out <a href="">Hawaii Forest &amp; Trail</a>'s new personalized excursions. On the company’s private, exclusive trips, everything is customizable. Guests can opt for a waterfall swim, beach walk, or two great hikes within a four-hour minimum tour. Up to 12 guests can join in, and Hawaii Forest &amp; Trail takes care of transportation, snacks, and drinks.</p><h2>Fly over Oahu in a helicopter.</h2><p>For a next-level air tour, test out <a href="">Paradise Helicopters</a>' new five-hour trip over Oahu. During the company’s Oahu Eco Landing Tour, participants will have the opportunity to plant native trees at Gunstock Ranch’s Hawaiian Legacy Forest. And if a near five-hour experience is too much, Paradise Helicopters also recently announced a 90-minute Legends of West Oahu Tour.</p><h2>Go rum tasting on Kauai.</h2><p>No island vacation is complete without some time spent on the beach, with rum cocktail in hand. Take that experience up a notch with a rum tasting at <a href="">Koloa Rum Company</a>'s new Koloa town headquarters. The 45,000-square-foot distillery and warehouse on Kauai should be complete by Sept. 2020, giving you just another reason to make Hawaii your 2020 holiday destination</p>
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This New Hybrid Ship Is the Most Eco-friendly Way to Visit Antarctica

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 12:15
<p>The great irony of visiting Antarctica is that a trip there can damage the very ecosystem you’re going to see. As the continent registers <a href="">record temperatures</a> — and warming that’s occurring at a rate <a href="">three times faster than the global average</a>, according to the World Meteorological Organization — there’s also a rush on Antarctica, as travelers race to see it before things change even more dramatically. The Arctic, meanwhile, is seeing <a href="">much of the same</a>: more ships, more travelers, and ecological impacts due to climate change.</p><img alt="Pool on cruise line Ponant's new hybrid ship "src=""><img alt="Balcony on cruise line Ponant's new hybrid ship "src=""><p>Now, the French cruise line Ponant is working to do something about this conundrum, while still meeting massive traveler demand for epic polar expeditions. The company’s newest ship, <em>Le Commandant Charcot,</em> will be the first of Ponant’s hybrid-electric ships, designed to run on comparatively cleaner-burning liquid natural gas and battery reserves. That will reduce, though not eliminate, carbon emissions when the ship makes its inaugural trip to the Arctic in May 2021.</p><p>The inaugural season for the <em>Charcot,</em> formerly known as the <a href=""><em>Ponant Icebreaker</em></a><em>,</em> will include Arctic itineraries with stops in Greenland, Iceland, and Norway’s Jan Mayen Island. Later in the season, the ship will go to the Geographic North Pole, Ponant says, before transiting the Northwest Passage during the month of September.</p><img alt="Spa on cruise line Ponant's new hybrid ship "src=""><img alt="Bed in cabin on cruise line Ponant's new hybrid ship "src=""><p>The <em>Charcot</em> will then sail south — all the way south — to Antarctica, where its hybrid capabilities will enable ultra-long itineraries, Ponant says. Trips there will include a 20-day journey through the Drake Passage and Bellingshausen Sea, off the Antarctic Peninsula. All <em>Charcot</em> sailings will include naturalist-led tours, Zodiac excursions, and just about everything on board.</p><img alt="Deck jacuzzi on cruise line Ponant's new hybrid ship "src=""><p>As for the amenities, the ship will have room for 270 passengers in 135 suites, including 68 suites with balconies. There will be two restaurants, a massive infinity pool overlooking the stern, another indoor swimming pool, and a small spa, complete with a “snow room.” You know, just in case.</p>
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Every Day Is Summer at the 10 Best Indoor Water Parks in America

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:31
<p>Summer may come and go, but that doesn’t mean we have to let summer vibes slip away when it starts to get colder. And while much of the country won’t be <a href="">hitting the beach</a> when they days get shorter, we can still chase those memories of long, warm days at an indoor water park.</p><p>Safe from the <a href="">crisp bite of fall air</a> or <a href="">winter snow</a>, these all-weather water parks are the perfect escape.</p><p>From hotels with indoor water parks that are totally over-the-top to ski resorts with water parks — so you can spend the morning on the slopes and warm up in the afternoon with some extra thrills — these parks offer fun for every age.</p><p>These are the 10 best indoor water parks in the U.S. so you don’t ever have to give up the <a href="">best of summer</a>.</p><h2>Kalahari Resort — Wisconsin</h2><img alt="Kalahari Resorts Indoor Waterpark "src=""><p>This 125,000-square-foot Wisconsin Dells <a href="" target="_blank">indoor water pa</a>rk is the largest in the state (and that’s saying something for an area that is overflowing with water parks). Float down the 920-foot lazy river or take the whole family on the Victoria Falls water slide, a 504-foot group raft ride. Later, adults can grab a drink at the park’s swim-up bar while kids try swimming with the fish at the park’s underwater virtual reality experience.</p><h2>Kahuna Laguna — New Hampshire</h2><p>This <a href="" target="_blank">New Hampshire water park</a> offers 40,000 square feet of slides, wave pools, and splash pads that will entertain just about any kid (and their parents too, for that matter). Start on one of the four slides that make up the 3-story slide tower before heading over to the 67,000-gallon zero-entry wave pool. And the youngest adventurers won’t be left out: they can check out the Little Kahuna Play Area, including a 12-inch deep pool and a 3-person slide.</p><h2>Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort — Pennsylvania</h2><p>This <a href="" target="_blank">Pennsylvania water park</a> is kept at a balmy 84 degrees so it feels like summer all the time. Get your thrills with the Cyclone slide, where you’re spun around four times before you’re shot out into a pool. Want more thrills? Try out the Black Hole, a pitch black slide where you won’t know where you’re going until you’re shot out at the end. Later, jump inside the Aqua Tumbler — a giant inflatable ball that shoots water at you while you run inside it — then take a break from getting wet and hit the 3-story-high Tree Tops Ropes Course.</p><h2>Great Wolf Lodge — Wisconsin</h2><img alt="Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park "src=""><img alt="River Canyon Run at Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park "src=""><p>Race your friends on the toboggan-style slide at this <a href="" target="_blank">Wisconsin Dells water park</a> with 13 different slides and nine pools. Afterwards, experience the twists and turns of Lookout Mountain, which shoots you through big boulders. If the 84-degree temperature inside the park isn’t warm enough for you, soothe your muscles in the South Hot Springs warming pool.</p><h2>Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark — Pennsylvania</h2><p>This <a href="" target="_blank">Pennsylvania water park</a> gives you the best of both winter and summer: you can ski outside and then go inside to the water park to play with penguins at the Penguin Play Bay, a (warm) shallow adventure lagoon. If you’re looking for a little more excitement, try the Skydive Plummet, a free-fall body slide with a 360-degree figure eight loop. Later, slow down with a float down the The Lost River, made to look like the site of ruins, or simply relax in the Mystic Springs hot pool.</p><h2>Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark — Michigan</h2><p>This <a href="" target="_blank">huge indoor water park</a> clocks in at 88,000 square feet, with slides, pools, and thrills perfect for kids of all ages (and kids at heart). Young swimmers will love the zero depth Kitz Pool complete with sprinklers, basketball hoops, and a mini-slide, while bigger kids will gravitate to the The Big Couloir, where riders are launched from a capsule through a trap door into a narrow tunnel where they accelerate to 38 feet per second.</p><h2>WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort — South Dakota</h2><p>A total of 30,000 square feet of fun await visitors inside this <a href="" target="_blank">glass-enclosed water park</a> that stays a nice 82 degrees, even in the dead of South Dakota’s brutal winters. Speed down several giant water slides that are all connected to the park’s lazy river. Younger kids will love KoKo’s Kingdom, where they can shoot water and stand under a big bucket that dumps a whole heap of water down every eight to ten minutes.</p><h2>Massanutten Resort — Virginia</h2><p>Who needs a regular playground when you can have a <a href="" target="_blank"><em>water-powered</em> playground</a>? Climb to the top of the Massanutten Meltdown for a good overview of all the water cannons, waterfalls, and the giant tipping bucket before making your way over to the Blue Ridge Rapids to float past even more waterfalls. Adventure seekers can then check out the park’s body slides, 39 feet above the ground, or try surfing the Pipeline, which pumps 48,645 gallons of water each minute.</p><h2>Wilderness at the Smokies — Tennessee</h2><img alt="Wilderness at the Smokies River Lodge indoor water park "src=""><p>You can tan all year long at this resort’s 66,000-square-foot Wild <a href="">WaterDome indoor water park</a> with its Foil Tech glass roof that allows the sunshine in year round. Gather the whole family for the Runaway Canyon, a five-story-high raft ride that sends you shooting through 450 feet of tunnels and loops before dropping you nearly 60 feet. Looking for an even greater thrill? Try the Storm Chaser Thrill Ride that sends you into a zero gravity fall before shooting you into a funnel and then a pool below.</p><h2>Jay Peak Pump House — Vermont</h2><p>Take a break from skiing this mountain’s slopes and relax in the <a href="" target="_blank">park’s indoor and outdoor hot tubs</a> — you can even watch the snow fall while you sit in 100-degree-plus water. Later, test how brave you are with the resort’s La Chute slide, which stands 65 feet in the air and shoots you down at 45 miles per hour, or float down the Big River where you’ll encounter rapids and strong currents (so the resort doesn’t exactly call it a lazy river).</p>
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Take in Some of the Best Views of Patagonia at This New Lodge in Argentina

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:15
<p>Sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words. At the forthcoming <a href="">Explora El Chaltén</a>, guests will be able to wake up in one of 20 rooms, step up to their windows, and take absolutely breathtaking (and jealousy-inducing) photos of the snow-covered peaks of <a href="" target="_blank">Patagonia’s</a> Los Huemules Natural Reserve without even stepping outside.</p><p>Not that they’ll want to stay indoors. This new lodge, slated to open in October, will put travelers in the heart of a more than 14,000-acre privately held tract of land, with hiking trails, rock climbing routes, and expeditions to nearby glaciers. (In some seasons, they’ll even offer ice climbing.) Guests get access to 15 miles of marked trails within Los Huemules, and they’ll also be within reach of the trails and monumental ice floes of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, or Glaciers National Park, on the border with Chile and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s without a doubt <a href="">one of South America’s most epic attractions</a>.</p><img alt="Explora El Chaltén lodge common area in Patagonia "src=""><p>Explora El Chaltén follows the model of six other Explora lodges across Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru: Stays are fully all-inclusive, with accommodations, all food and drinks, as well as most activities included, so you don’t have to worry about getting nickel-and-dimed on certain treks or experiences. (A few of the available expeditions at El Chaltén will come at extra cost, like “a full-day exploration to Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate. [Which] includes transfers, time spent with gauchos, lunch, and navigating by vessel in front of the Perito Moreno glacier, all in the company of an expert guide,” Explora says.) The overall vibe is one more focused on the experiences outside the lodge than the amenities within — not to mention the preservation of this fragile environment.</p><p>That said, the lodge itself deserves a mention. The property will be built in what Explora calls “the classical style of ancient Patagonian estancias.” Renderings show lots of blonde wood and dark accents, with picture windows onto the stunning landscapes of this corner of Southern Argentina. There will be three suites and 17 guestrooms, all with Jacuzzi-style tubs; kids will be welcome at the lodge, with rollaway beds and even cribs available. A 1,300-square-foot spa, a bar, and a full-service restaurant with an Argentinean menu round out the amenities.</p><img alt="Explora El Chaltén lodge exterior in Patagonia "src=""><p>Rates will start at $2,190 per person for a three-night stay or $2,883 for four nights. That includes just about everything on site plus “round-trip transfers to El Calafate International Airport as well as hotels in Calafate,” Explora says. Not bad for those billion-dollar views.</p>
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How to Visit Antarctica

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 11:00
<p>There is at least one place left on earth where you really can disconnect: Antarctica.</p><p>There is no mobile phone service. There are no ATMs, no souvenir stores, and no tourist traps. The local “airports” are really just ice or gravel landing strips.</p><p>Antarctica is nearly <a href="" target="_blank">twice the size of Australia</a> and mostly covered with a thick sheet of ice. It’s one of the most remote destinations on earth and a bucket list item for many travelers. It’s also more accessible than one might think.</p><p>Lars-Eric Lindblad first took a group of 57 visitors to Antarctica in 1966. “At that time it was more or less like accomplishing a moon landing,” his son Sven-Olof Lindblad said. “In those days, we were not as prepared as we are now. There were no satellite ice charts. You were not that different navigationally from the early explorers.”</p><img alt="Kayaking in Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea, East Antarctica "src=""><p>Even now it can be hard to really understand a place like Antarctica. It is the coldest, windiest, and driest place on earth. It has no currency of its own. It is a desert with no trees, no bushes, and no long-term residents. <a href="" target="_blank">More meteorites are found in Antarctica</a> than any other place in the world.</p><p>“Antarctica is about the wildest place you can go on the planet,” Lindblad said.</p><p>It’s also an increasingly popular place to visit. <a href="" target="_blank">Intrepid Travel</a> alone has seen an 84% increase in bookings for its polar trips in the past year.</p><p>“The conversation around climate change has elevated people's interest and created a sense of urgency,” Lindblad said.</p><h2>When to Go to Antarctica</h2><p>The Antarctic travel season lasts from November through March, the Antarctic summer. Temperatures can range from around 20 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.</p><img alt="King penguin, South Georgia, Antarctica "src=""><p>The best time for penguin spotting is late December or early January. Wait too long and previously pristine penguin colonies get dirty and smelly, said <a href="" target="_blank">Nik Horncastle, a regional specialist with Audley Travel</a>. For peak whale watching, try February or March.</p><p>Other activities including snowshoeing, kayaking, skiing, camping, snorkeling, diving, and visits to historic sites from earlier expeditions can be experienced throughout the season.</p><img alt="Leopard seal / sea leopard (Hydrurga leptonyx) in Paradise Bay, Antarctica "src=""><h2>How to Get There</h2><p>One of the more common routes to Antarctica is by ship via Ushuaia, a city at the southern tip of Argentina. Several companies including Lindblad’s <a href="" target="_blank">Lindblad Expeditions</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">G Adventures</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Intrepid Travel</a> offer a variety of cruises ranging from 9 to 24 days.</p><p>On board, expect to mingle with scientists, naturalists, historians, and underwater specialists. “The onboard experience is a conversation around where you are and what does this place mean,” Lindblad said. Internet service via satellite is available but comes with a hefty price tag.</p><img alt="Mountains and cruise ship in Antarctica in sunny day "src=""><p>Antarctica is one place where smaller boats offer a big advantage. “We don't recommend a boat over 200 people,” Horncastle said. “Big boats can only stop at a few sites.”</p><p>Expect to spend between $6,000 and $50,000 to visit Antarctica, depending on the length of the trip and level of luxury you seek.</p><p>“It's an expensive trip,” Horncastle said. “A lot of people will ask for the cheapest option.”</p><p>Don’t fret if you’re on a budget. Intrepid and G Adventures don’t require single supplements for solo travelers. Sightseeing flights, which never land on the continent, also <a href="" target="_blank">are available from Australia</a> with prices starting around $1,200.</p><p>To both fly over and step onto Antarctica, <a href="" target="_blank">Antarctica XXI</a> combines a two-hour flight from Chile with cruises passengers can board in Antarctica. This option doesn’t give visitors the chance to cruise the famous Drake Passage, but it does save time and minimize the risk of seasickness.</p><p>“The Drake Passage is a crossing full of unpredictable conditions,” said Antarctica XXI’s Francesco Contini. “When the crossing is rough, passengers tend to be not very comfortable.”</p><h2>What to Pack</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Knee-high waterproof boots</a></p><p><a href=";tag=antarcticaguide-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07HMFFX3T&amp;linkId=f859e4d28921fa1287d1fc3c7f8aa45c">Waterproof pants</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">A warm parka</a></p><p><a href=";tag=antarcticaguide-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07R2C4H9R&amp;linkId=6fd3987362b50428f79671fdd989f913" target="_blank">Waterproof gloves</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Lots of layers</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Extra socks</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">A tight-fitting beanie</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">A warm scarf</a></p><p><a href="">A camera and lenses</a></p><p><a href="">Binoculars</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Sunscreen</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Seasickness medication</a></p>
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You Can Save Over $160 on This Expandable Hardside Suitcase on Amazon Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:17
<p>Briggs &amp; Riley is known as a luxury luggage brand with <a href="">high-quality suitcases</a>, often with prices to match. However, one of the brand's <a href="">hardside checked bags</a> is currently on sale on Amazon. So, if you've been the market for a new <a href="">suitcase</a>, there's no better time to shop since you can buy this bag for 25% off right now. </p><p>The <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsalsaveonexpandablehardsidesuitcasemdiamondfeb20-20&amp;linkId=99fc6b4aaa1e1a6f77a98b4034cd0777&amp;language=en_US">Sympatico-Hardside CX Expandable Medium Checked Spinner Suitcase</a> is on sale for $487, which is over $160 off its original price. This style of bag is available in six colors, although it's on sale for this price in dark brown and bright red. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">travel bags</a></p><img alt="Dark Brown Hardside Checked Luggage "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsalsaveonexpandablehardsidesuitcasemdiamondfeb20-20&amp;linkId=99fc6b4aaa1e1a6f77a98b4034cd0777&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $487 (originally $649)</p><p>The 27-inch bag includes the brand's patented CX system, which allows it to expand enough to provide almost 20% more packing space, then compress back to its original size. According to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Briggs &amp; Riley's</a> website, this bag is ideal for a four to seven day trip, depending on what type of packer you are and how you use the bag's expandable feature. The exterior is made from polycarbonate, which is tough yet flexible. This suitcase also features an aluminum telescoping handle with three height options, a built-in TSA-friendly lock, and 360-degree spinner wheels.</p><img alt="Interior of Dark Brown Hardside Checked Luggage "src=""><p>The interior of the bag makes packing a breeze, thanks to a zippered mesh panel that is designed to hold a suit or other garments securely. There are also adjustable compression panels with buckles in the main packing compartment that keep clothes flat and minimize wrinkles. </p><p>And while the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsalsaveonexpandablehardsidesuitcasemdiamondfeb20-20&amp;linkId=99fc6b4aaa1e1a6f77a98b4034cd0777&amp;language=en_US">27-inch Medium Checked</a> size is on sale right now, this style of suitcase is also available in carry-on and large checked sizes. </p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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After 65 Years, the First African-American-owned Travel Agency Continues to Provide Travelers With Unique Experiences

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 09:25
<p>Before the current boom of black <a href="">travel nomads</a> and influencers, there were African-American pioneers who charted a course that would revolutionize the way black travelers traversed the world. More than 80 years ago, postal service worker and travel writer Victor Hugo Green had the foresight to create <em>The Negro Motorist Green Book</em>, a travel guide that was initially the go-to source for black American travelers. It featured a list of recommended hotels, restaurants, and gas stations that catered to black patrons when Jim Crow laws and racial segregation were prominent in the U.S.</p><p>Born in <a href="">Harlem, New York</a>, Green published the first edition of <em>The Negro Motorist Green Book</em> in 1936, printing 15,000 copies every year. In 1952, he broadened the scope of the guide to encompass travel beyond <a href="">road trips</a> by changing the name to <em>The Negro Travelers’ Green Book</em>.</p><img alt="Victor Hugo Green and the cover of Green Book, 1960 with interior page from 1963-64 "src=""><p>And come June, visitors to the National Civil Rights Museum in <a href="">Memphis, Tennessee</a>, will be the first to see a traveling exhibition dedicated to the<em> Green Book</em>. The exhibit will offer a look into Green’s vision to inspire African-Americans to travel as well as inform a community of the safe spaces across the country. “We’re calling out some really great <em>Green Book </em>business owners and their stories with video and interviews,” said Candacy Taylor, the curator and content specialist for the exhibit. “I’ve found and tracked down family members about artifacts, so there’s about 50 objects, including my photographs of the buildings and businesses today.”</p><p>Taylor’s new book, <em>Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America</em>, will serve as the companion piece to the new exhibition, scheduled to make its way around the U.S. through 2024. The book chronologically traces the social mobility and history of African-Americans over the last century.</p><img alt="Overground Railroad book cover by Candacy Taylor who is pictured to the right. "src=""><p>For the book, the cultural documentarian used her stepfather’s firsthand accounts of growing up in the segregated South, her own travels to dozens of businesses listed in the <em>Green Book</em>, and her experiences working with literary scholars and cultural critics, like Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., an award-winning filmmaker and the director of the Hutchins Center for African &amp; African-American Research at Harvard University. She poured all of her hard work into telling the story of a resilient community and culture.</p><p>“As much as black Americans have had so many challenges and hit so many really low points, it’s even in those low points that we’ve done incredible things,” said Taylor. “We have this incredible legacy.” And part of that legacy, listed in the popular travel guide, includes the black-owned and operated businesses, from restaurants that served incredible soul food to fabulous nightclubs where patrons could see music icons such as Billie Holiday.</p><p>One of the key figures in Taylor’s book is Victor Hugo Green, who was determined to provide African-Americans with the necessary tools to travel in the U.S., and eventually abroad. In 1949, Green expanded his travel guide empire and launched Reservation Bureau, in a partnership with Maher Travel Bureau in New York. The company offered trips to the West Indies, Bermuda, Europe, South America, and Africa. As advertised in the <em>Green Book</em> from 1949 to 1957, this new liaison was not only meant to encourage African-Americans to travel abroad, but also to provide an underserved community with travel logistics, from <a href="">applying for passports</a> and visas to booking travel via airline, railroad, and at the time, steamship.</p><p>The 1950s were hailed as the “golden age of travel.” According to Taylor’s book, international travel was becoming more popular within the black community. The airline industry became the new mode of travel, offering perks like being able to arrive 30 minutes before a flight and gourmet in-flight meals. As more black jetsetters traveled beyond U.S. borders, they quickly took notice of the positive greeting they received abroad, especially at a time when African-Americans were still fighting for equality. Langston Hughes wrote how “colored performers live normally as human beings” overseas. He and other lauded artists and entertainers, such as Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, felt accepted and received warm welcomes when visiting Europe.</p><img alt="Freddye and Jake Henderson outside of Henderson Travel, Atlanta, the first accredited African-American owned travel agency in the United States, opened in 1955 "src=""><p>In 1954, Freddye Henderson, who later founded <a href="">Henderson Travel Service</a>, the nation’s first African-American-owned travel agency, took a group of black female fashion designers to Europe. Much like the celebs, they raved to family and friends about their incredible travel experiences. “My mother shared with my father how easy it was to plan the trip, and also how well-received they were as Negro women in Europe. This was the impetus for opening the doors of Henderson Travel a year later,” said Gaynelle Henderson, Freddye’s daughter and the company’s current president.</p><p>For Freddye, the trip conjured an epiphany. She knew that if she spread the word about how African-Americans were being accepted abroad, they would travel overseas. In 1955, Freddye and her husband, Jacob, opened Henderson Travel Service in Atlanta to assist African-Americans who wanted to travel internationally. Coincidentally, it was also the same year that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.</p><p>The agency planned and booked thousands of trips for black travelers, including <a href="">Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.</a>'s visit to Oslo, Norway, where he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. And Freddye tagged along, too.</p><img alt="Dr. Martin Luther King with family on his way to New York to travel to Oslo, Norway "src=""><p>During the agency’s early years, the Hendersons saw the potential of specializing in travel to Africa. In the 1950s, they wanted to plan trips to encourage travelers to explore the continent’s diverse, rich cultures. There were only a handful of travel companies offering services to what was then known as the “Dark Continent,” but this travel agency provided exclusive services, including chartering planes to West Africa, an area where there were no commercial flights. Their decision to focus on trip planning and tours to Africa would not only become a revenue generator for the company, but it would also serve an underserved travel market and forge valuable connections in the black community.</p><p>“We really had the advantage because our niche specialization was African tours,” said Gaynelle. “We had a well-known reputation because my parents, in particular, worked closely with almost all the major African-American professional associations during those early years.” Those social and professional organizations included the National Bar Association, National Medical Association, historically black colleges and universities, as well as black fraternities, sororities, and churches.</p><img alt="Copies of Henderson Travel tour books from 1970-1974 "src=""><p>With their credibility in the travel industry and long-standing trust among African-American travelers, Henderson Travel Service didn’t escape a couple of changes in the 1980s – more than 30 years after opening their doors. In 1984, Gaynelle, one of Freddye and Jacob’s four children, opened a new office in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, the Atlanta office remained open with her parents still at the helm. However, in 1989, Henderson Travel Service closed in Atlanta, and the Hendersons passed the baton to their daughter to take over the family business.</p><p>From an early age, Gaynelle remembers learning the ropes from her parents. “I remember writing airline tickets with my sisters and brother. My mother would give us a list of names and a prototype of how to write the ticket with city segments, airlines, and departure times,” she said. “We would literally copy that ticket and just change the names manually in handwriting.” On the weekends, Gaynelle and her siblings would use a mimeograph to print out the travel information that their mother would mail out to clients.</p><p>From handwritten tickets to printed tickets to electric boarding passes, Henderson has seen it all. And as times have changed, the agency has transformed its mode of operations, too. As the new president of the agency, Gaynelle wanted to diversify the company to increase its revenue stream. So, she received her AA certification in Small Business Administration in hopes that the agency would be able to compete and bid for federal government travel contracts, especially now that it was based in Washington, DC. Initially, her hard work and valiant efforts were not able to get her a seat at the table, so she decided to expand the company to include conference management, which required similar skills, including logistics planning and booking.</p><p>In 1989, it would prove to be a smart move. “The first time we put a proposal together for a contract, we won it,” she said. “That happened to be a $1 million contract with Health and Human Services to plan and manage a series of conferences on AIDS and the minority community in different cities around the country.” From this lucrative venture, Henderson Associates was born as a new consultant division under the Henderson Travel Service brand. Creating another valuable revenue stream, it helped the agency survive difficult times and stay afloat during the Great Recession that occurred from 2007 to 2009.</p><img alt="Gaynelle Henderson with travel group tour "src=""><p>Henderson Travel Service continues to bolster its reputation for specializing in tours in Africa, including their most popular tour destinations of Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa. Meanwhile, Henderson Associates focuses on federal government contracts and assisting other countries “in building their market shares.” It breathed new life into the company, providing more valuable partnerships and connections. In 1990, for example, Ghana Airways sought out Henderson and appointed her the national manager for North America to increase the number of African-American travelers visiting the West African nation.</p><p>And in 2001, Henderson Associates was awarded a contract to work with Bermuda’s Minister of Tourism, David Allen, on the African Diaspora Heritage Trail conference, where countries and people of African descent converged on the island nation to discuss how enslaved people have influenced their country’s or community’s history and culture.</p><img alt="Gaynelle Henderson with travel group tour "src=""><p>Over the last decade, Henderson Travel Service has survived the increase of travel apps and online travel aggregators by banking on its well-renowned reputation and expanding its tours to group-requested destinations such as India, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia, while still managing a few Africa tours per year. Henderson believes people are still intrigued by Africa because it’s an unfamiliar travel destination. “People are just so uninformed about Africa that it really is a disadvantage in terms of travel planning. They don’t know where to start,” she said. “Some people are still uncomfortable about planning on their own, and I think it’s best to come to a specialist who can plan your travel to Africa.”</p><img alt="Left: Sisters, Shirley Henderson Coleman and Gaynelle Henderson in India. Right: Gaynelle gorilla trekking in Rwanda. "src=""><p>Celebrating 65 years in the travel business this year, Henderson Travel Service lives on through Freddye and Jacob’s daughter, as she and the agency continue to provide travelers with unique experiences in Africa. Henderson said she’s semi-retired and has been contemplating the agency’s next chapter. But for now, she’s focused on planning more tours and writing a book that her mother started, which will give travelers, historians, and culture documentarians a glimpse into the lives of an African-American family that became true pioneers in the travel industry.</p>
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This Chic Travel Bag From a Brand Often Seen on Kate Middleton Is 40 Percent Off at Nordstrom Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 09:25
<p>It’s not always cheap to emulate royal style, and when it is possible to do so, it’s usually thanks to major discounts. Right now, you can take advantage of one of those at Nordstrom, where a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">leather travel bag from Barbour</a> — a British brand <a href="">spotted on both Meghan Markle</a> and <a href="">Kate Middleton</a> — is marked down by a massive 40 percent.</p><p>Your destination likely isn’t a castle, but at the very least you’ll feel like royalty thanks to the luxurious make of the bag: On the outside is a well-grained leather, and on the inside it has a tartan lining in honor of the Barbour founder’s Scottish roots. The duffel is the perfect size for a weekend getaway or an overnight trip, roomy enough to fit a couple of outfits and toiletry essentials.</p><p><strong>RELATED:</strong> <a href="">You Can Wear This Versatile Bag As a Crossbody Purse, Clutch, and Belt Bag</a></p><p>The bag has a lot of great details that make it a winner for traveling, including a two-way closure zipper, both top handles and a crossbody strap, an interior zip pocket, and metal feet to protect its underside when you set it down. It also has snaps on the side to attach the zipper ends once the bag is closed, which makes it a bit more compact after it’s packed. There’s also a leather luggage card holder attached to the top handles for you to write your details, just in case the bag is ever lost.</p><p>Both duchesses seem to be avid fans of Barbour products: Markle has been spotted <a href="">wearing jackets by the brand as far back as 2017</a>, and Middleton was <a href="">just seen in a khaki green version</a> of the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Barbour Defense Lightweight Wax Jacket</a>. It makes sense that the royal family is a fan of the brand, due to the fact that <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Barbour holds royal warrants</a> from Queen Elizabeth II, her husband, Prince Phillip, and their son, Prince Charles, to supply the royals with “waterproof and protective clothing.” In other words, the brand is literally Queen-approved.</p><p>You can <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">check out the bag over at Nordstrom</a>. Who knows — maybe you’ll see a royal carrying it very soon as well.</p><img alt="Barbour Leather Travel Bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $330 (originally $545)</p><p><em><strong>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </strong></em></p>
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These Cities Have the Most Singles, According to Data From H&R Block (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 08:46
<p><a href="">Valentine’s Day</a> is just around the corner. For many singles, it can be a bit of an overwhelming holiday and a reminder of just how single they really are. But, rather than sit around waiting for love to come along, H&amp;R Block wants to help singles looking for romance find the partner of their dreams.</p><p>To help those looking to couple up, <a href="">H&amp;R Block</a> looked back at its last five years of tax filing data to determine where the most singles live, and even to determine their names.</p><p>According to the company, Newark, Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, and D.C. lead the pack when it comes to the highest concentration of singles. In fact, those city's singles make up 85 percent or more of H&amp;R Block filers.</p><img alt="Cleveland Skyline view from a bridge on the Cuyahoga river "src=""><p>The company’s top 10 locations by singles include Newark and Detroit, both with 87 percent singles, Boston, Clevland, and D.C. at 85 percent, New York City and Buffalo at 84 percent, Los Angeles and Philadelphia at 83 percent, and Memphis at 82 percent.</p><p>But wait, there’s more.</p><p>According to the data, those named Dylan, Jasmine, Alexis, or Emma are the most likely to be single and ready to find a new Valentine in their city.</p><p>In fact, those named Alexis made up 78 percent of H&amp;R Block filers under “Single or Head of Household” in 2019. Meanwhile, 70 percent of Emmas filed as single, as with 81 percent of Jasmines, and 82 percent of Dylans.</p><p>Not ready to give up your single life yet? That’s okay, too. But, rather than stay at home this year while all your coupled-up friends go out, spend your Valentine’s Day giving yourself a little self-care and book a <a href="">solo vacation to a destination you’ve always dreamed about</a>. Because the relationship you have with yourself is the most important relationship of all.</p>
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'Top Chef' Is Bringing the Ultimate Food Festival for Bravo Fans to Universal Studios Hollywood

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 08:04
<p>This March, <a href="">Universal Studios Hollywood</a> is rolling out its newest event, Bravo’s <em>Top Chef</em> Food &amp; Wine Festival, putting park guests in the center of the action of this beloved cooking show. From March 19-20, a number of past <em>Top Chef </em>contestants will participate, including several from the upcoming <em><a href="">Top Chef</a> </em>Season 17 – All Stars LA, which premieres on the first night of the festival.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">More theme park news</a></p><p>During the festival, guests can sample dishes inspired by the series (which has won both Emmy and James Beard awards), watch season 17 contestants compete in “Quickfire Challenges,” check out panel interviews with other <em>Top Chef </em>alums, and buy themed merchandise. Guests will also receive a keepsake gift and a commemorative credential.</p><img alt="Yuzu aquachile from Top Chef Food and Wine Festival "src=""><p>This festival is really all about the food, and the menu includes an exciting variety of foods inspired by global cuisines and the TV show. Guests can expect to try dishes like roasted red snapper with green tomato salsa verde, lechon with papaya pico di gallo, drunken doughnuts with champagne raspberry jam, yuzu aguachile with dragonfruit and avocado, and liquid nitrogen chocolate mousse.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">Thee New 'Secret Life of Pets' Ride Will Turn You Into One of the Pups</a></p><p>This is a separately ticketed event, so parkgoers will have to purchase a special ticket (starting at $179) to enter, and only guests ages 21 and over can attend. VIP tickets, which include meet-and-greets and intimate experiences, are currently sold out, but parkgoers can still purchase general admission and day/night combination tickets on the <a href="">Universal website</a>. If you purchase day/night combination tickets, you can enter the theme park starting at 12 p.m. the day of the event. These tickets are $199, meaning you get almost a full day to enjoy the theme park for just $20 more.</p><p>Across the country, Universal Orlando will celebrate <a href="">Mardi Gras this March.</a> This festival features parades, Cajun cuisine, and more.</p>
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Osaka Airport Now Has a First of Its Kind Dog Toilet Complete With a 'Pee Pole' That Flushes

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 08:02
<p><a href="">Traveling with a dog</a> can be difficult. On top of having to <a href="">pay extra for your airfare</a>, managing your beloved pet’s stress levels and making sure they meet all of your airline’s requirements, there’s always the question about where to actually “relieve” your dog when they have to go.</p><p>Osaka International Airport (ITAMI) in <a href="">Japan</a> is making that problem much easier to solve.</p><p>According to a <a href="">statement released by Kansai Airports</a>, a brand new, first-of-its-kind doggie toilet area will be available to travelers with furry companions.</p><p>The new facility, located in ITAMI’s pick-up and drop-off area, has a dedicated space for pets to get some relief either before boarding or after a flight. The space is “expected to reduce the stress of pets and improve the convenience and comfort for pet owners,” it said in the statement.</p><p>“We envisioned these dog-toilets would be used before service dogs get on the flight with their owners," Kei Ogata, a spokesperson from Kansai airport, <a href="">told <em>CNN Travel.</em></a></p><p>Your pet will be able to sniff around the outdoor space, drink a little water, and use the relief area’s “pee pole,” which also washes and flushes waste. There’s also a small shower to make any extra clean-up a breeze and a bench for two-legged friends to sit while their pup does its, er, “business.”</p><p>This area is mostly geared toward travelers who have their pets in tow, rather than service or emotional support animals. Service dogs are able to use a space that is near the new “dog toilet” as well as dedicated spots inside the terminal.</p><p>The doggy toilet will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., every day, beginning on Feb. 13. Despite it being outside, there is a roof over the space just in case bad weather happens.</p>
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The 9 Best Fanny Packs for Travel, According to Customer Reviews

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 07:55
<p>Love them or hate them, fanny packs are one of the <a href="" target="_blank">best bags to travel with</a>. These practical carryalls are not only big enough to hold travel essentials like your phone, passport, and wallet, but they allow you to do so hands-free — which means you can do more important things like <a href="" target="_blank">snap the perfect travel photo</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">enjoy a gelato</a> while sightseeing.</p><p>And did we mention how versatile they are? You can wear a fanny pack the classic way around your waist, sling it over your shoulder as a shoulder bag, or take the more modern, fashion-forward approach and <a href="" target="_blank">wear it as a crossbody bag</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">These Heels Are the Most Comfortable to Walk in, According to Thousands of Reviewers</a></p><p>To help you find your ideal match, we rounded up nine options that shoppers can’t stop raving about. Whether you prefer a luxe designer bag that will instantly upgrade your travel outfits or a sporty style that you can wear while hiking or running, there is a fanny pack for just about everyone on this list.</p><p>Some are even designed with smart features like hidden compartments that help thwart off pickpockets, while others are made from waterproof materials or boast pockets that are specially designed to hold water bottles. Plus, it helps that each item on this list is so wearable that it’ll actually look good with everything else you have packed in your suitcase.</p><p>From a waterproof fanny pack to a clear option and an ultra-lightweight belt bag, keep reading to shop the fanny packs that customers always travel with.</p><p>These are the best fanny packs to shop:</p>Best Waterproof Option: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfannypacksrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=be6fedb7a0360a045b25e25220a8caee&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Tinyat Travel Fanny Pack</a>Best Slim Option: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfannypacksrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=458cea734441aafd7a101a24f3bbe5f0&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Waterfly Slim Fanny Pack</a>Best for Multiple Pockets: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfannypacksrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=e84f648ce5ae36d9a8185a3f35ac8da1&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Freetoo Waist Pack</a>Best Designer Option: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Gucci Matelassé Leather Belt Bag</a>Best Option for Different Colors: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Everest Signature Waist Pack</a>Best Classic Option: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Herschel Supply Co. Fifteen Belt Bag</a>Best Sporty Option: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Adidas Originals National Waist Pack</a>Best Clear Option: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfannypacksrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=2ceeee3e3a89818bedc3458cfbbf7cd2&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Veckle Clear Fanny Pack</a>Best for Carrying Beverages: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Wrist Pack</a><h2>Best Overall: Tinyat Travel Fanny Pack</h2><img alt="Tinyat Travel Fanny Bag "src=""><p>You’ll never have to worry about getting caught in the rain with this top-rated fanny pack by Tinyat. Besides being lightweight and waterproof, the bag also boasts an adjustable waist strap and a hidden back pocket to keep your valuables safe and secure. “Love this bag,” wrote one customer, before adding, “I bought this for my summer trip to Europe, and loved it. It's the perfect size, not too big, but I can still carry my wallet, keys, phone and headphones in it. It is very convenient for traveling. I would definitely recommend it.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfannypacksrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=be6fedb7a0360a045b25e25220a8caee&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $9</p><h2>Best Slim Option: Waterfly Slim Fanny Pack</h2><img alt="Waterfly Slim Soft Polyester Water Resistant Waist Bag Pack "src=""><p>Looking for a super slim fanny pack to travel with? More than 2,000 Amazon shoppers recommend this Waterfly option. Along with a roomy interior compartment that can fit a large phone, the belt bag also has two smaller front pockets and a hidden back pocket to store smaller items like keys, money, lip balm, and more. The waistband can also be adjusted from 24 inches to 50 inches, so you can customize it for a comfortable fit. “[This fanny] is very comfortable once on, even loaded to the brim with gear,” said one shopper. “[It] holds a ton of stuff for the small size. Also [has] a slim and sleek design, so you don’t look like a tourist wandering around.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfannypacksrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=458cea734441aafd7a101a24f3bbe5f0&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $15</p><h2>Best for Multiple Pockets: Freetoo Waist Pack</h2><img alt="FREETOO Waist Pack Bag "src=""><p>In the market for a spacious option that can hold more than just the essentials? Check out this large-capacity fanny pack from Freetoo, which features six roomy pockets. It also has durable zippers that won’t snag or come off the track, and it’s made from a tear-resistant fabric. Perhaps best of all, it comes with an 18-month warranty, so if you aren’t fully satisfied you can get your money back. “Traveled with this for one month and loved it so much I'm still using it at home,” raved one shopper. “Holds a lot and the multiple zippered compartments keep everything organized. The small front pocket is perfect for train or bus passes. The largest compartment can hold sunglasses easily with other items and there is a compartment perfect for a regular-sized smartphone. Probably too big for jogging, but great for hands-free travel or theme parks!”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfannypacksrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=e84f648ce5ae36d9a8185a3f35ac8da1&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $16</p><h2>Best Designer Option: Gucci Matelassé Leather Belt Bag</h2><img alt="Gucci Matelassé Leather Belt Bag "src=""><p>Made from a soft, supple leather, this designer fanny pack by Gucci is as luxe as a fanny pack can get. The chevron stitching gives it a more fashion-forward feel, while the gold hardware provides an elegant touch. It also comes in five different sizes so you can easily find your perfect fit, and there are three gorgeous colors to choose from. “I absolutely love it,” said one review. “It’s spacious enough to fit necessities in it without having to carry a full purse. Perfect for summer and vacationing.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $1,150</p><h2>Best Classic Option: Herschel Supply Co. Fifteen Belt Bag</h2><img alt="Herschel Supply Co. Fifteen Belt Bag "src=""><p>This classic fanny pack by Herschel Supply Co. has a clean and simple design that will easily transition from early morning hikes to late-night dinners. The bag’s waistband is fully adjustable, and the durable canvas material will last for years to come. Shoppers praise its “practical, stylish, and well constructed” design, with some deeming it the “perfect size” because it can fit a phone, keys, lip balm, and wallet.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><h2>Best Sporty Option: Adidas Originals National Waist Pack</h2><img alt="adidas Originals National Waist Pack "src=""><p>If you need a fanny pack that can withstand outdoor activities, this sporty Adidas waist pack might be the right style for you. Not only is it made from a durable polyester material, but it also boasts a mesh lining, and it lays completely flat when not in use — making it super easy to pack. The bag also comes in three vibrant colors so you can easily be spotted while you hike or run outside. And even when it’s packed to the brim, reviewers say the fanny pack is still comfortable. “I bought this to use when I run 5ks to hold my phone, license, money, etc. Not too big or bulky, the perfect size,” said one customer.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $25</p><h2>Best Option for Different Colors: Everest Signature Waist Pack</h2><img alt="Everest Signature Waist Pack "src=""><p>If you’re looking for a cute fanny pack that has multiple color options to choose from, consider this one from Everest. This simple belt bag boasts two spacious pockets and comes in a variety of different colorways. You can choose from neutral options like black, white, and navy or opt for a bold hue like tangerine or turquoise. “I love the multiple zippers/pockets, that it's adjustable, and I like how it fastens,” wrote one customer. “It's also the perfect size to go with an outfit that doesn't have pockets, like a dress, or to take hiking to put snacks and such in.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $13 (originally $19)</p><h2>Best Clear Option: Veckle Clear Fanny Pack</h2><img alt="Veckle Clear Fanny Pack "src=""><p>Planning trips to festivals and sporting events this year? You should invest in a clear fanny pack like this Veckle’s. The transparent materials will help you get through security with ease, and the waterproof bag’s compact size is within the sizing guidelines for most major stadiums. “The straps fit very snug which makes it more comfortable to wear around,” wrote one shopper. “It is pretty spacious inside and came out a lot better than I expected! If you want comfortable, spacious, stylish and light in weight, this is where it is.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestfannypacksrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=2ceeee3e3a89818bedc3458cfbbf7cd2&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $9 (originally $13)</p><h2>Best for Carrying Beverages: Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Wrist Pack</h2><img alt="Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Waist Pack "src=""><p>If you thought you’d have to lug around a large tote or shoulder bag in order to carry a water bottle, think again. This clever fanny pack from Travelon features a pull-out pocket that doubles as a cup holder. The travel-ready bag also has plenty of interior pockets to help organize your belongings and RFID-blocking card and passport slots for keeping your personal information safe. “I bought this bag specifically for a June trip through the amazing US National Parks in the desert southwest, where drinking water constantly is a must,” said one reviewer. “The bottle carrier works very well — no spills, no balancing problems, and the carrier sack easily zips away when not needed. And the design is so sleek and simple that it actually worked well as a casual shoulder bag at night.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $52 (originally $65)</p>
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This Versatile Travel Bag Is Both a Tote and a Backpack

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 07:23
<p>When it comes to <a href="">travel gear</a>, there's nothing better than having options. A <a href="">carry-on bag</a> that's versatile and comfortable to use is key when you're navigating busy airports, crowded city streets, and everything in between. And while some travelers are die-hard <a href="">backpack</a> fans and others swear by <a href="">totes</a>, here's one bag that isn't going to make you choose. Leave it to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Shay Mitchell's travel brand</a> to make a bag that's just as convenient as it is stylish. </p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Everyday Convertible Backpack</a> from <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">BÉIS</a> is the perfect versatile travel bag for times when you want as many options as possible without packing multiple bags.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> More <a href="">travel bags</a></p><img alt="Beige Convertible Travel Tote and Backpack "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $78</p><p>The bag is made from water-resistant canvas with faux-croc trim. There are several ways you can carry this bag, depending on how you fold the top flap and which strap you use. You can fold the top portion of the bag up or down when carrying it as a tote, and the adjustable strap allows for shoulder or crossbody carrying. When using the back straps, you can fold down the top portion and carry it like a traditional backpack. And as if this bag weren't already convenient enough, there's also a trolley sleeve that allows you to place the bag on top of a rolling suitcase. </p><img alt="Back of Tan Convertible Tote and Backpack "src=""><p>Inside, there's a padded laptop sleeve and several other interior pockets to keep your essentials secure yet within reach. Multiple exterior zippered pockets also allow easy access to your phone, keys, and other essentials. You can also choose between Beige and Black, both which chic croc-embossed details.</p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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Here’s Why You Have to Present Your Passport at European Hotels

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 06:05
<p>Seasoned international travelers are familiar with the ins and outs of checking into a <a href="" target="_blank">European hotel</a>. After a long flight, you walk up to the concierge, give them your reservation information and hand over your passport.</p><p>That’s right. Many <a href="" target="_blank">European hotels</a> check your passport in addition to asking for a credit card for incidentals. In most cases, you only need to show your passport at check in, or, rarely, leave it overnight.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Traveller</a></em>, in the U.K., it’s actually required by law. The Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972 states "all hotels, must keep a record of the full name and nationality of guests over 16 years of age.” In addition, visitors must also list the number and place of issue of their passport, their nationality, and their next destination, just as they would have to while traveling through Customs.</p><p>This procedure isn’t meant to inconvenience anyone. Quite the contrary. These hotels keep a record of passports to cross check for wanted criminals, look for missing persons, or protect against identity thieves.</p><p>Of course, handing over your personal identification can be risky, even if you’re giving it to a reputable hotel with (most likely) trustworthy employees. If a hotel asks for your passport, it’s most likely that it is required for you to hand it over. If you refuse, hotels can turn you away.</p><p>Sean Tipton, a spokesman for the Association of British Travel Agents told <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Daily Mail</a></em>, “In the past many hotels retained passports to ensure that customers didn't sneak off without settling their bills, but in the days of credit cards this is largely unnecessary.”</p><p>But, Tipton added, that hotels are usually the least of your worries when it comes to fraud. But, it is still okay to be cautious. “Although it is highly unlikely that your passport would be misused, lost, or stolen by your hotel, once your details have been taken down, you are quite within your rights to insist that it is returned,” he told The Daily Mail.</p><p>Bob Atkinson, travel expert at TravelSupermarket added, to the Daily Mail, “I ask [the hotel] to record the details I need or to take a photocopy. I also travel with two photocopies of my passport.”</p><p>This way, you can make sure you can keep your passport in a safe place. In fact, those safes inside your room are the best place to keep it.</p>
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This Cord Holder Is the Packing Cube You Didn’t Know You Needed

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:37
<p>Whether you're traveling for work or pleasure, there's a fair chance you're packing quite a bit of <a href="">technology</a>. From headphones to <a href="">portable chargers</a> to spare USB cables, it's all too common for cords to become tangled or loose <a href="">earbuds</a> to be lost. However, a <a href="">packing cube</a> dedicated specifically to tech accessories will make it much easier to <a href="">stay organized</a>. </p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Small Cord Cube</a> from eBags is a compact, yet comprehensive, tech case that has all the right pockets to keep your cords, cables, and small devices secure and organized during travel. Plus, it's on sale right now for just $15 on the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags website</a>. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">travel accessories</a></p><img alt="Grey and Black Small Tech Case "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $15 with code LOVE (originally $25)</p><p>The slim, soft-sided case zips open to reveal five mesh pockets with elastic bands for holding cords and cables, a spacious main compartment for keeping a phone and/or portable power bank, and a flexible elasticized panel for stashing small items. Meanwhile, an exterior stretch pocket can stow a smartphone. And while the small size of this cube is spacious enough, especially for a carry-on, it is also available in <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">medium</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">large</a> sizes. </p><img alt="Interior of Small Tech Case "src=""><p>The retailer knows a thing or two about luggage and travel accessories, so it's no surprise that its house brand has plenty of well-reviewed products, including this tech case. "I purchased this small cord cube for a six-week trip to Spain, but have used it on several other trips as well," one reviewer wrote. "It is just the right size to hold all of my cords, the mouse for my laptop, and a supply of extra batteries. I like knowing where all of my cords are at any given time." </p><p>Another shopper commented that this case is the perfect addition to a carry-on suitcase when flying. "Perfect for airplane[s]! When I fly, I have lots of small stuff I usually stuff in my pockets...headphones, battery backup, phone, mints/gum, etc...This organizer is perfect...stashed in my backpack [until] I am ready to board and can keep the backpack stashed overhead."</p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week.</em></p>
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Disneyland and Disney World Just Raised Their Prices — Here’s How Much You’ll Have to Pay (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:33
<p>Going to a Disney park has always been an expensive vacation, but ticket increases at both <a href="">Disneyland</a> and <a href="">Walt Disney World</a> will have you <a href="">scrimping and saving</a> for a little while longer.</p><p>Back in 2019, Disneyland <a href="">increased their park ticket prices</a> by over 10 percent, according to <a href="">Walt Disney World News Today</a> (WDW News), ahead of the opening <em>Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. </em>Now, with a brand new <a href=""><em>Marvel Avengers Campus</em></a> at Disney California Adventure opening soon, both parks are hiking up prices again.</p><p>According to WDW News, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is increasing its prices again — with the most expensive one-day park hopper ticket costing over $200 for the first time ever. One-day ticket prices have increased by three percent for peak day tickets as well as an increase of three to five percent for one-day park hopper tickets, WDW News reported. Tier 1 price remains unchanged at $104.</p><p>In addition, the old three-tier system (Value, Regular, and Peak prices) has changed to a slightly more complicated five-tier system. Depending on which day you decided to go to the park, it could cost anywhere between $159 and $209. The only way to find out how much your ticket will cost is to visit the Disneyland website. Multi-day passes have similarly changed as well, with an increase of $10 to $20 per person, depending on which pass you purchase, a range of three to six percent, according to WDW News.</p><p>Annual Disneyland passes have increased between four and eight percent, depending on which pass you purchase. The least expensive Select pass has increased from $399 to $419 while the most expensive Premier pass has increased from $2,099 to $2,119. A full breakdown of price increases at Disneyland can be found on <a href="">WDW News</a>.</p><p>In addition, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida has also increased its prices for the annual pass, with the least expensive EPCOT After 4 Pass (Florida Residents only) increasing from $304 to $319. The most expensive, Disney Platinum Plus Pass increased from $1,219 to $1,295, according to <a href="">WDW News</a>.</p><img alt="General view of the crowd and buildings at the Walt Disney World entrance "src=""><p>No price change has been added for Disney Platinum, Platinum Plus, Water Parks Annual Pass, or the Water Parks After 2 Passes for Florida residents, according to WDW News. In addition, Florida residents may opt for the monthly payment plan with a down payment of $159.</p><p>Full pricing for Walt Disney World Resort annual passes can be found on the <a href="">Disney World website</a>.</p><p>Pricing for tickets to Disneyland can be found on the <a href="">Disneyland ticketing page</a>.</p><p>Even with the price increase, there are still <a href="">many ways to save money</a> while visiting the most magical place on earth, including taking advantage of off-season pricing or finding accommodation outside the park resort.</p>
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One of London’s Fanciest Department Stores Just Opened a Vegas-style Wedding Chapel

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:18
<p>Good news for lovebirds in <a href="">London</a>: You don’t have to get a flight to Las Vegas if you want to get married on the spot.</p><p>According to <em><a href="">Insider</a></em>, Londoners can get their own <a href="">Vegas-style, tiny chapel wedding</a> within one of London’s fanciest and most famous department stores during the month of February. <a href="">Valentine’s Day</a> can be overwhelming for couples, so why not indulge in an impulse wedding?</p><p>The tiny, pastel-colored “Chapel of Love,” located on the lower ground floor of Fortnum &amp; Mason department store, looks like one of those little chapels in Sin City that are very popular amongst people who found love at the Blackjack table, <em>Insider reported</em>. But since Fortnum &amp; Mason is a particularly distinguished store, it’s a little more refined.</p><p>Sadly, there is no Elvis impersonator to officiate your nuptials, according to <em>Insider</em>. You’ll probably have to bring your own. However, there is a quintessential, glowing pink neon sign and the department store’s grand staircase wraps around its steeple. In a word, this chapel is just adorable.</p><p>According to <em>Insider</em>, Fortnum &amp; Mason is actually a wedding venue all year round for those who want to make use of its well-designed and well-established architecture. The Chapel of Love will only be available until Feb. 29.</p><p>But the chapel isn’t only available for weddings, either. In fact, it’s also a great place for intimate vow renewals, engagements, and anniversaries.</p><p>“Everyone loves a good wedding — and while Fortnum’s has been a licensed wedding venue for quite a while now, this February we’ve welcomed in an extra-extra special venue-within-a-venue in which couples can tie the knot, renew their vows or celebrate their anniversaries,” it says on the Fortnum &amp; Mason <a href="">website</a>. The department store even posted a time-lapse of its construction.</p><p>Hopefully the store will post some photos or video of couples celebrating their love soon. For more information, visit the Fortnum &amp; Mason or follow the store on <a href="">Instagram</a>.</p>
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You Can Book One-way Flights as Low as $20 on JetBlue for Its Birthday Celebration Sale — but You Have to Act Fast

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:02
<p>JetBlue has been offering those iconic Terra <a href="">potato chips</a> for years. Now, the airline is celebrating 20 years in the business by presenting customers with a blowout sale featuring one-way flights as low as $20.</p><p>The <a href="">"20 Years Just Flew By" Sale</a> is JetBlue’s way of wishing itself a happy birthday — and giving passengers the chance to explore some of the best destinations throughout the U.S. as well as sunny vacation spots like the <a href="">Bahamas</a>.</p><p>And even though this sale is to be enjoyed by the carrier's customers, the milestone holds a special place in the hearts of employees. </p><p>“Twenty years ago, no one believed a start-up airline would survive, but thanks to our incredible crewmembers and customers, we proved the skeptics wrong,” Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer of JetBlue told <em>Travel + Leisure.</em> “We want to celebrate this very special birthday with all of our customers who love the great service and low fares that make JetBlue different than every other airline.”</p><p>And the celebrations continued on social media. </p><p>“Happy 20th birthday to us!” the <a href="">airline tweeted</a> on Tuesday along with side-by-side photos of its planes in 2000 and 2020.</p><p>“20 years later, still as fly as ever,” JetBlue <a href="">added in a separate tweet</a>.</p><p>The sale, which is valid from Feb. 19 through June 17, offers more than a dozen one-way flights starting at only $20, including from New York’s JFK Airport to Syracuse; <a href="">Las Vegas</a> to Long Beach, California; <a href="">Orlando, Florida</a> to <a href="">Atlanta</a>; and San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Thomas.</p><p>For just a little more money, New Yorkers can head to Charleston (voted the <a href="">best city in the country</a> for seven years in a row by <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers) for some southern charm, beautiful homes, and <a href="">amazing food</a> (think butter biscuits topped with pimento cheese at <a href="">Callie's Hot Little Biscuit</a>). One-way flights from JFK to Charleston start at only $54.</p><p>Passengers in the tri-state area looking for a warm getaway should head to Nassau in the Bahamas — one-way flights from JFK to the island paradise start at $114. There, travelers can soak in the sun while sitting on one of the pristine beaches or relax with a yoga class (you can even do <a href="">yoga with flamingos</a> at one resort).</p><p>And on the other side of the country, <a href="">Los Angeles</a> residents can plan a weekend getaway to <a href="">New York City</a> with flights from <a href="">LAX</a> to <a href="">JFK</a> starting at only $164 one-way.</p><p>Travel for the sale must be booked by Feb. 12, and several blackout dates apply: March 18 to March 31, and April 14 to April 21. The sale fares are for the lowest available price on the flight.</p>
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