This Is the Most Scenic Airport Runway in the World

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 11:30
<p>From gorgeous coastlines to <a href="" target="_blank">rocky islands</a>, some of the world's most striking landscapes are also where you'll find the most scenic runways.</p><p>In a recent poll, conducted by <a href="" target="_blank">PrivateFly</a>, Ireland’s <a href="" target="_blank">Donegal Airport</a> in County Donegal was voted the world’s most scenic airport runway. The airport, which is located right on the <a href="" target="_blank">Wild Atlantic Way</a>, beat out 111 other airports with its views of Mount Errigal and the Atlantic coastline.</p><img alt="donegal airport runway aerial "src=""><p>“From the smattering of clouds, the Wild Atlantic Way appears like an oasis; beautiful clear blue waters and the clearest sand you’ve ever seen,” one survey respondent wrote.</p><p>Landing at Donegal offers miles of ocean views including <a href="" target="_blank">Carrickfinn Beach</a>, recognized as a <a href="" target="_blank">Blue Flag Beach</a> thanks to its clear water and extensive dunes.</p><img alt="donegal airport runway beach "src=""><p>When the airport opened in 1986, it had nothing but a tarmac runway and a grass strip. In the 1990s, the runway was extended and the terminal was developed.</p><p>Today, <a href="" target="_blank">Aer Lingus</a> has twice-daily service to connect travelers to Dublin, and <a href="" target="_blank">Loganair</a> has up to five flights per week to and from Glasgow.</p><img alt="donegal airport runway beach "src=""><p>Fun fact: The area's stunning scenery was used as a backdrop in <a href="" target="_blank">“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,”</a> when the Millennium Falcon makes its landing on Malin Head.</p><p>Some of the other airports that ranked in the top 10 include Scotland’s <a href="" target="_blank">Barra Airport</a>, where the beach serves as runway, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport</a> in France, where you can see the Mediterranean and the Alps as you come in to land.</p><h2>Top 10 Most Scenic Airports Around the World</h2><p>1. Donegal Airpport — Ireland</p><p>2. Barra Airport — Scotland</p><p>3. Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport — France</p><p>4. Queenstown Airport — New Zealand</p><p>5. Saba Airport (Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport) — Caribbean island of Saba</p><p>6. Orlando Melbourne International Airport — Florida</p><p>7. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport — Canada</p><p>8. London City Airport — England</p><p>9. Princess Juliana International Airport — <a href="" target="_blank">Sint Maarten</a></p><p>10. Miami Airport — Florida</p>
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How You Can See Mars And Saturn Conjoin This Month

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 11:00
<p>Have you ever seen Saturn's rings? Or caught a glimpse of Mars, our bright red neighbor?</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter Will All Align This Week — Here's How to See the Rare Event</a></p><p>If you've been up before dawn this month, you may have noticed some particularly bright celestial bodies glowing in the southeastern portion of the sky. But they're actually the planets Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter, as well as the star Antares in the constellation of Scorpius. Throughout April and into May, Saturn and Mars will stay extremely close together. Astronomers call this a conjunction, and it's one’s worth waking early for.</p><h2>Why Are Mars and Saturn so Close to Each Other?</h2><p>In reality, these planets are not close at all — it's merely a line of sight phenomena as seen from Earth. All the planets in the solar system are orbiting the Sun at different speeds, so our view of the planets is constantly changing. Mars is around 102 million miles from Earth (and the closest planet to Earth) while Saturn is much farther out at 746 million miles.</p><p>To see exactly what's going on in the solar system right now, take a look at <a href="" target="_blank">The Planets Today</a>, which shows an amazing live view of the solar system. Mars takes 687 Earth days (almost two Earth years) to orbit the Sun, while much slower Saturn takes 29 Earth years to complete one Saturn year.</p><p>In the first few days of April this year, Mars appeared to 'lap' Saturn, as they were just a degree apart in the night sky. They're still very close, but not for long.</p><h2>When Is the Best Time to Look for Saturn?</h2><p>With Mars now moving away from Saturn, don't waste any time if you want to catch them in this celestial chase. Look low on the southeast horizon about an hour before sunrise throughout the month of April. Naked eye observation is fine, but if you do have binoculars or a small telescope, both planets are easily visible. As a bonus, with any telescope you will see Saturn's beautiful rings as well as its giant moon, Titan.</p><h2>When Is the Best Time to Look for Mars?</h2><p>Although you can look at <a href="" target="_blank">Mars</a> perfectly right now, the planet will be brighter than it's been for 15 years in late June and early July of 2018. That's when the planet comes into 'opposition,' meaning the Earth is directly between the Sun and Mars, so the planet's disk will be fully lit. This opposition is extra special, however, because Mars hasn't been this close to the Sun since 2003, meaning it will be even brighter than usual. In fact, it will shine a brilliant red, and be brighter even than Venus.</p><img alt="Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, our Moon and Earth together in pre-dawn light overlooking a rugged stretch of Nova Scotian coastline. "src=""><h2>What's the Other Bright Light Above Mars and Saturn?</h2><p>High in the southwestern sky just before sunrise in April is the brighter fifth planet, Jupiter. If you have any kind of binoculars, even a small pair, point them at this giant planet and you'll see its four largest moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Between Saturn and Jupiter, <a href="" target="_blank">stargazers</a> can also spot the famously red supergiant star, Antares, in the constellation of Scorpius. This star is frequently confused with Mars, so look closely. With Saturn in the middle, Mars is on the left, and Antares is on the right.</p><h2>When Is the Next Time Mars and Saturn Will Conjoin?</h2><p>Because Saturn is so slow-moving, and Mars take about twice as long to orbit the Sun as Earth does, Mars appears to lap Saturn — as seen from Earth — once every two years or so. The last conjunction was on August 25, 2016, and the next will occur on March 31, 2020, with Mars and Saturn appearing to pass less than a degree apart.</p>
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Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink for an Unforgettable Montreal Bachelor Party

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:16
<p>Want to plan an unforgettable European bachelor party without the transatlantic flights and unfavorable exchange rate? Look no farther than the Great White North. <br /><br />Just an hour and a half flight from New York City and two hours from Chicago, Montreal has an Old World atmosphere (cobblestone streets, a Gothic-Revival basilica) with all the modern conveniences you'll need for a bachelor bash.</p><p>Use our guide for the best restaurants, hotels, bars, and <a href="" target="_blank">things to do</a> for a Montreal bachelor party.</p><h2>Best Places to Stay in Montreal for a Bachelor Party</h2><p>You’ll need the right digs for the perfect Montreal bachelor party. Here’s where to stay. </p><h3>W Hotel</h3><p>Best for carousing with your crew, the <a href="" target="_blank">W</a><a href="" target="_blank"> Hotel Montreal</a> has a dimly-lit lobby, eye-popping red-and-blue color scheme, and pulsating music that make it party central — and not just for guests in its 152 club-like rooms. The local going-out set heads to its Bartini for cocktails, and to the new restaurant Nom Nom for Asian meets French cuisine. Opt for the bi-level Wow suites, which are perfect for hosting big groups (and afford epic city views from the outdoor terrace).</p><h3>Hotel Le St-James</h3><p>It’s going to be a long weekend, so you might want your hotel room to be more relaxing oasis than club<em> part deux</em>. <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Le St-James</a> exudes Old World elegance, and rooms feature 19th-century details. But the main draw here is Le Spa, nestled in the bank’s historic vault (whose stone walls formed part of the city’s original fortifications). Get a Swedish massage or exfoliation treatment to properly detox before hitting the town (or returning home to the fiancée). </p><h2>Best Restaurants in Montreal for a Bachelor Party</h2><p>You and your bachelor party group can fuel up at these Montreal restaurants.</p><h3>Au Pied de Cochon</h3><p>Martin Picard’s cult restaurant in Plateau, <a href="" target="_blank">Au Pied de Cochon</a>, is a bastion for macho meals, with unapologetically large portions of rustic French cuisine — <em>foie gras</em> is all over the menu, and the duck in a can is one of Montreal’s must-try dishes. There's also a lively bar for pre and post-dinner drinks.</p><h3>Liverpool House</h3><p>Legendary Joe Beef caps its reservations at six, so book a table next door at <a href="" target="_blank">Liverpool House</a>, a popular restaurant from the same team. Expect a few Joe Beef standards such as lobster spaghetti, plus new favorites including braised rabbit. As a bonus, Liverpool House's prices are lower than its more famous neighbor.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The One Montreal Street Every Food Lover Should Visit</a></p><h2>Best Bars in Montreal for a Bachelor Party</h2><p>A Montreal bachelor party is going to need more than a few watering holes.</p><h3>Chez Serge</h3><p>Mile End hotspot <a href="" target="_blank">Chez Serge</a> is a sports bar that ups the party vibes with a wheel of fortune drinking game, oversized cocktails, and the only mechanical bull in town.</p><h3>La Distillerie</h3><p>Strong drinks are the norm at <a href="" target="_blank">La Distillerie</a>: a mainstay on the bachelor party itinerary with three locations in the city. Avoid the tourists in the Latin Quarter and opt for the Mont-Royal or Masson outposts instead, ordering cocktails by the liter and snacking on popcorn and house-made beef jerky.</p><h2>Best Clubs in Montreal for a Bachelor Party</h2><p>Time to hit the clubs. Here’s where you and your boys can party through the night.</p><h3>Stereo Nightclub</h3><p>For more than two decades, <a href="" target="_blank">Stereo</a> has set the bar for Montreal’s nightlife scene, attracting international house and techno DJs who play to a packed dance floor with shock-absorbing floors.</p><h3>Blvd 44</h3><p>Inside the trendy Hotel 10, this Montreal nightclub has three distinct sections. Most of the dancing occurs in <a href="" target="_blank">Blvd 44</a>’s lively main room, while the mezzanine and terrace are welcome places to catch your breath and plan the next adventures for your Montreal bachelor party.</p><h2>Things to Do in Montreal for a Bachelor Party</h2><p>Get the gang together for these fun activities during your Montreal bachelor party.</p><h3>Axe-throwing at Rage Montreal</h3><p>Find your inner Canadian lumberjack at <a href="" target="_blank">Rage</a>, an indoor axe-throwing center (because, Canada). There are 11 lanes, and friendly, expert instructors on hand to help you perfect your technique.</p><h3>Escape Games at A/Maze</h3><p>Muster everyone’s creative energies to discover clues, unlock codes, and solve real-time puzzles in <a href="" target="_blank">A/Maze</a>’s hilarious collection of immersive escape-the-room-type adventures. Choose from the scenarios, including a 1920s prison break, and see how good at teamwork and working under pressure your friends really are.</p>
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A Traveler’s Guide to Port Aransas Beach

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:01
<p>Located on the 18-mile long Mustang Island — a four-hour drive from <a href="" target="_blank">Austin</a> — Port Aransas stands alone as the only town on this barrier island. And after a <a href="" target="_blank">swift recovery from Hurricane Harvey</a>, the laid-back destination is gearing up for another busy tourist season.</p><p>In April, 70 percent of Port Aransas restaurants reopened. And by June, the destination's hotels will be running at 80 percent capacity, with all 2,000 vacation homes available for bookings. </p><p>Because of its mild, year-round temperatures, "Port A" has always been a popular summer spot for travelers seeking a mix of outdoor activities, excellent seafood restaurants, and cultural attractions such as art galleries, boutique shops, and cafes. So rest assured, Port Aransas is ready to welcome back vacationers seeking a traditional southern getaway. And this year's special events promise to make a Port Aransas trip especially memorable. </p><h2>Go Birding </h2><p>Due to its ideal location along the Central Flyway (a major migratory bird route) Port Aransas is home to hundreds of species of birds, with thousands of species migrating here annually. Six sites on the Great Texas Birding Trail are located on the island, making it easy for ornithologists to enjoy the abundance of birds in the area. Make sure to stop by the Port Aransas Wetlands Park and the Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond. Just don’t forget to bring binoculars!</p><h2>Enter a Fishing Tournament</h2><p>Known as the “Fishing Capital of Texas," it’s no wonder there are tournaments for all experience levels almost every weekend during the summer months. And at this time, half of the island's fishing guides have resumed operations. For those who prefer a more leisurely fishing experience, there are many offshore excursions to consider, including fishing the channels and back bays. Anglers can also cast off one of the public piers on the island, the majority of which will reopen this summer following repairs. During the summer, check out the <a href="" target="_blank">Deep Sea Roundup</a>: a family-friendly saltwater fishing tournament that's the oldest of its kind on the Gulf Coast. </p><h2>Stay at a Seaside Resort</h2><p>Located on a 25 acre property, the <a href="" target="_blank">Port Royal Ocean Resort</a> has 210 beachfront condos, and offers a host of activities to get visitors on island time. Guests lounge on the beach (accessible via a private boardwalk) or enjoy the lagoon pools, and can break a sweat in a game of tennis or golf.</p><p>Meanwhile, the vacation home properties at Cinnamon Shore will all be available by the end of May, as will the condos and cottages at Palmilla Beach Resort &amp; Golf Club. </p><h2>Take a Hike</h2><p>The Port Aransas Nature Reserve has three miles of trails located on 1,217 acres. In addition to hiking, the Preserve also contains a pavilion, bicycle paths, and two overlook towers, making it a great place for those who want to take a break from the beach.</p><h2>Build a Sandcastle </h2><p>From April 27 until April 29, thousands of visitors converge on the Gulf Coast beaches for the nation's largest native-sand sculpture competition, Texas Sandfest. In 2018, 23 sculptors from across the world will craft masterful sand artworks from the beach — and even travelers can test their talents in the Amateur Competition. </p><h2>Order the Seafood</h2><p>You don't have to fish to enjoy incredible seafood during a trip to Port Aransas. The island has especially good Tex-Mex fare, like the signature wahoo or Mahi-filled homemade tortillas at Irie's Island Food, and the lobster tostada at Black Marlin Bar &amp; Grill's. (It comes with a sweet-and-spicy slaw and mango salsa.)</p>
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This 'Singing Road' in the Netherlands Has Been Driving Locals Batty

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 08:20
<p>Have you ever had a noisy neighbor who loves to play their music seemingly 24 hours a day, seven days a week? It can really wear a person down, even on their best days. But at least with noisy neighbors, you can try to ask them to turn down the volume. Residents of the Dutch village of Jelsum aren’t dealing with any kind of disruptive human, they’re dealing with a road that sings to them all day and all night.</p><p>Rumble strips that have been installed on a highway located in the Friesland region, in northwest part of the Netherlands, make the road play the Frisian national anthem when drivers pass over them at 40 mph, <a href="" target="_blank">the BBC reported</a>.</p><p>The new addition to the road was meant to promote the city of Leeuwarden, this year’s European Capital of Culture. But instead, it has turned into the residents’ nightmare. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">BBC</a>, one resident called it “psychological torture.”</p><p>“You can't sit outside and you can't sleep at night,” resident Sijtze Jansma <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>RTL News</em></a>.</p><p>Some drivers attempt to drive over the strips at high speeds to create a particular cacophony instead of a pleasant tune, according to resident Ria Jansma, who spoke to <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters</a>.</p><p>“[Taxis] tried to go across the lines as quickly as possible and we had the anthem playing all night at high speed,” she said.</p><p>Officials began removing the singing rumble strips, which cost €80,000 ($99,000 USD) to install, just one day after they officially debuted.</p>
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When in Venice, Don’t Think Like a Tourist

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 06:00
<p>Venice. It's the Queen of the Adriatic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and <a href="" target="_blank">so popular with tourists that the city has considered imposing a limit</a>.</p><p>In fact, Venice typically welcomes as many visitors every day as people who actually live in the historical center, and many have expressed fear that the soul of the old city may soon be lost to <a href="" target="_blank">the rising tides of climate change</a>, an aging population, and an economy that relies increasingly on tourist dollars.</p><p>For Skye McAlpine, though, there is a different Venice — a Venice of community ties, dark osterias, and a slower lifestyle than the excitable crowds would indicate. She would know; she grew up there, and never really left, her connection to the city a constant theme in her popular blog <em><a href="">From My Dining Table</a></em>. She’s made that Venice, and the food that’s made in its hidden kitchens, the subject of her new cookbook, “<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">A Table in Venice: Recipes from My Home</a>.”</p><img alt="lemon risotto from A Table in Venice by Skye McAlpine "src=""><p>“I wanted to help people understand Venice, and <a href="" target="_blank">Venetian food</a>, outside the lens of a tourist,” she said. “Most cookbooks were written by people who had been to Venice and fallen in love with Venice” — but English-language books about everyday Venetian cooking were few and far between.</p><p>Despite the show-stopping restaurant fodder, Venetian food isn’t all about squid ink pasta: “It is a lot of seafood, which makes sense, but they use a lot of spice because of Venice’s days as a trading city. Cardamom, cinnamon, saffron. It’s quite unusual for Northern Italian food.” She says the best restaurant’s aren't chic — they might not even have websites — but are rather “an extension of a home kitchen.”</p><p>“It’s such a small town, almost village-like. But at the same time, it’s still Venice,” McAlpine says of the world-famous city. And while some of the well-trod tourist stops are worth the visit — “a martini at <a href="">Harry’s Bar</a> is a special experience, even though it’s not what people here actually do” — there are ways to experience <a href="" target="_blank">another side of Venice</a>, right under your nose. Here are Skye’s favorite spots.</p><h2>Fresh island produce at Trattoria alle Vignole</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">This indoor-outdoor restaurant</a> is only open during the summer, with an open kitchen just steps huge gardens where many of the ingredients are grown. “They once had huge piles of pumpkins in the yard,” says McAlpine, “so they did a pumpkin <em>in saor</em>” — a typical Venetian preparation where ingredients are marinated and cooked in vinegar, olive oil, onion, and savory flavors like bay leaf, pine nuts, and raisins. “It’s so flavorful it makes even the blandest things taste good. An adaptation of that recipe is in the book.” Plan ahead: Ferries to Vignole island depart only once an hour.</p><h2>Back in time on Torcello</h2><p>This island — which, in addition to playing a hugely significant role in the initial settling of Venice, was once a writing haunt of Ernest Hemingway — is perhaps best known for what <em>isn’t</em> there; Skye estimates the permanent population at around nine.</p><p>“In addition to the beautiful Byzantine cathedral, <a href="" target="_blank">Torcello</a> has fantastic food,” she said. “All the restaurants are small operations cooking what they’ve bought in the market, figs they’ve picked, fish they’ve caught.” After eating, take time to explore the island's Byzantine mosaics and well-curated palazzo museum.</p><h2>The culinary secrets of the Jewish Quarter</h2><p>“It's a sleepy, unusual part of town,” said McAlpine. “Most people don’t think to go there. But it’s really magical.” She recommends touring the neighborhood’s many informal, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, where you can sample the best of Venetian Jewish food with flavorful kosher specialties like walnut croquettes and raisin-studded vegetables. “<a href="" target="_blank">Paradiso Perduto</a> is a really fun one — wild, very busy, and there might be someone singing or playing music.” Another favorite: the rustic canalside <a href="" target="_blank">Osteria</a> ai <a href="" target="_blank">Quaranta</a> Ladroni, or <em>Forty Thieves</em>. “Big flavors, with a weighted history.”</p><img alt="Skye McAlpine portrait "src=""><h2>Escaping the crowds in Castello</h2><p>For a taste of the “real” Venice — or, at least, an older, quieter Venice — it’s worth visiting this <em>sestiere</em>, the city’s largest but most residential. “<a href="" target="_blank">Castello</a> has many grand palazzi, and significant, beautiful churches,” said McAlpine. “But it’s also a part of town where people still dry their laundry by hanging it out the windows.”</p><p>Other highlights of the neighborhood include the city's <a href="" target="_blank">historic arsenal complex</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Biennale Gardens</a>, but the atmosphere is reason enough to visit. “People still gather in the streets to talk. It has a very Venetian feel.”</p><h2>Eat like a local at All’Arco</h2><p>If you’re wandering the tourist trail in San Marco near the famous <a href="" target="_blank">Rialto Market</a>, McAlpine suggests stopping by this <em>bàcaro</em> (neighborhood tavern) for some midday <em>cicchetti</em>, Venice’s famous tapas-like finger foods: anchovies on toast, marinated octopus, meatballs, and more. <a href="" target="_blank">All’Arco</a> is a well-known staple in Venice guidebooks, but it's arguably the best place to experience a quintessential Venetian happy hour.</p><h2>City views from Giudecca</h2><p>“I think going to this island is really special, but nobody ever does it,” said McAlpine.</p><p>The long, thin strip of land hugs the southern curve of the main city. It's perfect for walking (you can get from one end to the other in about a half hour) “and it faces Venice, so you get a postcard view.” She also recommends stopping at one of the island’s waterfront restaurants — like <a href="" target="_blank">Cip's Club</a>, at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Belmond Hotel Cipriani</a> — to take in the city and lagoon over a meal.</p><img alt="A Table in Venice by Skye McAlpine cookbook cover "src=""><h2>“A Table in Venice: Recipes from My Home” by Skye McAlpine</h2><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $20</p>
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You Can Visit the World's Oldest Man at the Hot Springs Inn That Keeps Him Young

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 17:55
<p>When 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka, now officially the <a href="" target="_blank">oldest man alive</a>, isn’t watching television or indulging in desserts, he can often be spotted spending time with his family at their charming hot springs inn in <a href="" target="_blank">Japan</a>.</p><p>Nonaka was officially recognized by <a href="" target="_blank">Guinness World Records</a> on Tuesday as the oldest living male, which he attributes to his time spent soaking in the country’s famed hot springs, his indulgence in desserts, and his love of watching sumo wrestling.</p><p>Nonaka was born on July 24, 1905, just one year before the Wright Brothers launched the first power-driven flight. He has spent a fine portion of those years running his own <a href="" target="_blank">hot springs</a> bed and breakfast in <a href="" target="_blank">Hokkaido</a>, Japan along with his family.</p><p>Nonaka’s family has run the 105-year-old <a href="" target="_blank">Yado Nonaka Onsen</a> for four generations, eventually succeeding his parents and running the inn himself until his granddaughter Yuko took over.</p><p>The inn sits at the foot of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Mount Oakan</a> near <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Akan National Park</a>, known for its pristine lakes. Here, visitors will find an open-air bath sculpted out of rocks where they can soak in sulfur springs with views of the stars in the evening.</p><p>There are also indoor bathhouses and a total of 10 rooms, all of which are pet-friendly.</p><p>Due to its volcanic terrain, Japan is home to a <a href="" target="_blank">variety of natural hot springs</a> across the country, both indoor and outdoor. Their waters are filled with natural minerals believed to offer relaxing and cleansing properties to bathers. </p><p>The country is known for the longevity of its residents, with those over 65 accounting for about a quarter of the total population in 2014, according to a report conducted by the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania</a>. That number is expected to rise to 41.1 percent of the total population by 2100, the report said.</p>
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Explore Alaska's Glacial Fjords and Wildlife Areas on This 7-night Cruise

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 16:16
<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="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Alaska: 30 percent off a 7-night cruise from <a href="" target="_blank">Alaskan Dream Cruises</a>, a family-run line that explores the landscapes and native cultures of the 49th state.</p><p>The Alaska's Glacier Bay &amp; Island Adventure includes:</p>Seven nights aboard the Admiralty Dream or Chichagof Dream, sailing from Sitka to Juneau, including visits to Frederick Sound, Glacier Bay National Park, Tracy Arm Fjord, and more (several cabin categories available)Meals onboard, including a glass of wine or beer with dinnerSelected shore excursions as indicated on the itineraryRound-trip airport transfers<p>Original Price: From $3,990 per person for a seven-night cruise (or $570 per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $2,793 per person for a seven-night cruise (or $399 per night;) book by June 30 for the September 2 or September 9 departures.</p><p>Booking details: Call 855-747-8100 and use booking code TLCH918.</p>
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The Shops You Have to Visit in Buenos Aires, According to a Perfume Master

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:56
<p>The creator of niche fragrance line Fueguia 1833, Julian Bedel draws inspiration from the sights and scents of his home country of Argentina. His collection includes such heady perfumes as Pampa Húmeda, a blend of clary sage, eucalyptus, and oregano that evokes the wild green Pampas. Bedel’s business is based in Milan, but he was born and raised in <a href="" target="_blank">Buenos Aires</a>, where he now has a jewel box of a store. Here, he shares the artisans and shopkeepers — some based around his boutique in tony Recoleta, others in neighboring districts — who most excite him.</p><h2>Recoleta</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Tramando</a><em> </em>is just around the corner from my store. Designer Martín Churba makes all of his dresses, pants, and tops right at his shop, so everything is artisanal and small-scale. His colorful pieces in the style of Japanese <em>yukata</em> are incredible.</p><p>I love the smell of leather when I walk into <a href="" target="_blank">Arandu</a><em>, </em>only a few blocks away. It has everything related to gaucho and polo culture, like saddles, bridles, carpincho leather vests made from the skin of the capybara, brightly colored woven belts once popular with the nobility, and buckles fashioned from silver coins.</p><img alt="Lassos in Buenos Aires, at Arandu shop "src=""><p>Marcelo Lucini of <a href="" target="_blank">Airedelsur</a> combines the traditional craftsmanship in silver and stone from northern Argentina with his own contemporary idea of jewelry and tableware. He’s one of the few people with real access to this network of artisans. He shows his work by appointment at his studio.</p><p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Aracano</a><em>,</em> on the other side of the Recoleta Cemetery, my longtime friend Federico Alzaga sells his sculptural, gold-and-silver-plated jewelry out of his private showroom, also by appointment. His pendants are shaped like condors, arrowheads, and snakes. I appreciate his authenticity and his focus on a single idea — he takes inspiration from the Andes.</p><h2>Palermo Soho</h2><img alt="Shopping for jewelry (Arcane) and home goods (Paul French Gallery) in Buenos Aires, Argentina "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul French Gallery</a> is the perfect place to pause while roaming the city. Paul brings together furniture, textiles, design objects, art, and wines from local and international producers. The shop has the spirit of a home, the soul of a gallery, and the heart of a bazaar. Nearby is <a href="" target="_blank">Ricardo Paz</a><em>.</em> Collected from all corners of Argentina, Paz’s antique pieces speak the universal language of simple design and materials. They have a rustic quality and showcase the varieties of wood in this country.</p><h2>San Telmo</h2><p>Gabriel del Campo Anticuario <em>(427 Bethlem; 54-11-4307-6589)</em> has a vast collection of furniture, from Jean-Michel Frank pieces to reproductions of Roman marble statues. Del Campo is a sublime curator of the <em>cambalache </em>— the spirit of the bazaar — that constitutes our Porteño essence.</p><h3>Spotlight on <a href="" target="_blank">Fueguia 1833</a></h3><p>The Recoleta shop is lined with dark velvet drapes and vintage engravings. A single long table displays Bedel’s creations, including Halo Lunar — made of lavender, sandalwood, and amber — and Agua Magnoliana, which draws from the Amazonian magnolia tree. The brand also has branches in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>, Milan, Zurich, and <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>.</p>
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Twenty Years Ago, I Ran Away to Paris. This Is What It Was Like to Return.

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:45
<p>We were speeding through <a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a> after landing at Charles de Gaulle, and my heart was beating fast. It had been two decades since I’d been to the city. I craned out the cab window hungrily. I couldn’t wait to wander the Marais, or shop on Boulevard de Sébastopol for ham and eggs and white asparagus to whip up into brunch. As my husband and I made our way to the attic apartment we had rented, I was amazed at how sharply I recognized the churches and alleyways, and how, after a few hours, my rusty French began to quicken on my tongue.</p><p>My reentry was also a homecoming. When I was 19, I abruptly dropped out of college and ran away to Paris. I left the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. in January</a> with little more than a one-way ticket, six years of public school French, and $700 to my name. I couch-surfed a bit, first with the baroness grandmother of a friend, then with a distant acquaintance. Finally, nearly broke, I checked into a Protestant youth hostel in the Sixth Arrondissement, renting a narrow bunk that I shared with Elise, a Scottish redhead. We ventured out daily to look for work and mostly came back empty-handed. For breakfast, the hostel put out long baguettes and butter and strawberry jam, as well as bowls of steaming milk and coffee. Every day for weeks this was my only full meal, and each morning it was a delicious miracle — in memory, still the best coffee I’ve ever had. Nights, we raffish hostel dwellers sometimes slunk into the building’s basement, a dark medieval cave where we lit candles and drank cheap red wine.</p><p>Living in Paris was heady, a bit stressful, and somewhat improbable. But over the weeks, my French improved. I landed a job <a href="" target="_blank">as a translator</a> at the Hôtel Ritz Escoffier École, where I learned to cook <em>poulet à l’estragon</em> and crumbly chestnut gâteau. A stage-set life assembled around me. I’d while away cold winter hours at Shakespeare &amp; Co., the legendary Left Bank bookshop, reading poetry — Pound, Baudelaire, Beckett, Stein. I made friends with a Swedish watchmaker and a Norman duke. Eventually, a former boyfriend showed up, and we rented a narrow apartment near St. Eustache, on a white-cobblestoned street I adored the second I saw it.</p><p>All the while I worked and read and explored new quartiers. My walk to the Ritz took me past <a href="" target="_blank">the Louvre</a>, and I would pop in most afternoons using my student card. On each visit I’d sit with a single painting, teaching myself to see what it was I loved in art. One day it was a Neoclassical <em>David</em>; another day a delicate, shadowy Vermeer.</p><img alt="Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris "src=""><p>It wasn’t all perfect — the boyfriend and I fought, and money was wildly tight. But it was remarkable, absorbing this world week after week; learning to joke in French, to taste and wander like a proud flaneuse. By the time I left in the summer, I had cheap espadrilles, a short Jean Seberg haircut, and a 1970s-style belted blue leather coat I’d picked up at the Marché aux Puces. I felt ready to face down my adulthood.</p><p>Last year I returned to give a lecture about poetry to some American students. I couldn’t help glimpsing myself in them, recalling my life in the city as a young would-be poet. I’d turn a corner to see a flash of my own self 20 years earlier, dashing down an alley after art or bread. I was taking in not just the Pompidou but the memory of first entering the Pompidou; running along the quays below the Pont des Arts, I was also running after my headstrong former self. In the Jardin du Luxembourg I had a vivid memory of sharing warm ham crêpes on a cold evening with Elise before heading to that hostel basement to play guitars and flirt in all the languages we knew. “The shape of a city changes more quickly than a mortal’s heart,” said Baudelaire in a famous poem about Paris, but this isn’t quite true. Paris, when you’ve loved it, also seems to save a bit of you waiting, unchanged, in its crevices. It is as if the city holds within its knotty streets not only the ghosts of artists and lovers, but your own ghost, too.</p><img alt="The Fontain and church of St. Sulpice in Paris, France "src=""><p>This trip, we stayed in the Seventh, in a tall crumbling building mere blocks from the hostel I lived in decades ago. One night my husband and I slunk out to La Vénus Noire, another venerable basement speakeasy, to listen to jazz. Walking home that evening, after passing the stone lions in the fountains at the Place St.-Sulpice, I led us back through a familiar alley, as if toward my old hostel. I found the wall now inscribed with “Le Bateau Ivre,” Rimbaud’s poem about the seasickness of travel and longing. I stopped to savor it, dizzy between worlds.</p><p>The next day, I made a pilgrimage to Shakespeare &amp; Co. In the cluttered stacks of a second-floor room was a copy of the book of poems I’d recently published. With wonder, I saluted the brazen, wayward young woman I’d been. Looking at the Seine that night, I thought how the self is a series of refractions, sticky with place. The pieces flash back, like light on the river. There are our hearts, fluttering in the world, glittering, waiting to be rediscovered.</p>
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Why the American Express Platinum Card Is One of the Best for Frequent Fliers

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:16
<p>One of the most deluxe, high-end credit cards currently available to the public, the <a href="" target="_blank">American Express Platinum Card</a> is a <a href="" target="_blank">perennial favorite of Brian Kelly, a points and miles expert</a>.</p><p>Despite the unusually high $550 annual fee (the <a href="" target="_blank">American Express Centurion</a> card has an exorbitant $2,500 yearly maintenance charge, but that's an invite-only option), this card confers an excellent value for travelers who are frequently on the road. </p><p>The Platinum Card offers several perks that are unmatched by similar comparable cards, such as the <a href="" target="_blank">Chase Sapphire Reserve Card</a>. (The cost, $100 more per year, reflects this.) For instance, Platinum cardholders can access a 24/7 concierge service, available by phone, to assist cardholders with almost anything they need or want.</p><p>Platinum cardholders also gain immediate elite membership status in five major rewards programs: Hilton Honors, Starwood Preferred Guest Gold, Avis Preferred, Hertz No.1 Club Cold, and National Emerald Club Executive. All of these exclusive tiers offer deluxe perks that might otherwise take years to accrue through conventional methods.</p><p>And though several cards offer <a href="" target="_blank">Priority Pass</a> Select membership (which gives the cardholder and a guest complimentary access to more than 100 lounges in airports across the world), the Platinum Card also opens the doors to American Express' exclusive — and downright lavish — <a href="" target="_blank">Centurion Lounges</a>.</p><p>Cardholders also get complimentary access to Boingo Wi-Fi, up to $200 per year in Uber credits, and Delta Sky Club access when flying Delta Air Lines.</p><p>Other reasons to add this particular credit card to your wallet? American Express Platinum cardholders earn Membership Rewards points that can be transferred to the bank's partner hotel and airline loyalty programs; spent on goods or services in the Membership Rewards online marketplace; used to pay for Amazon purchases; credited to eligible charges on your billing statement; redeemed for (more) free Uber rides; and exchanged for gift cards.</p><p>Though the value of the Platinum Card annual fee can be easily recuperated (and exceeded) by taking advantage of some of its many benefits, it will serve most useful for frequent travelers. Some of its simplest perks, for example, like zero foreign transaction fees and guaranteed 4:00 p.m. late checkout through the Fine Hotels &amp; Resorts program, will be best appreciated by serious globetrotters.</p><p>Add benefits like a $200 credit for checked bag fees and inflight meals, as well as a $100 fee credit for <a href="" target="_blank">Global Entry or TSA Precheck</a>, and any card applicant may sense the strong travel theme.</p><p>To make this particular piece of plastic so appealing, Amex has even added a 60,000-point sign-up bonus. Though travelers should be sure to confirm all the benefits and incentives before applying, as they can change with some frequency. </p><h2><a href="">The Platinum Card from American Express</a></h2><p><strong>Benefits:</strong></p>No foreign transaction feesFive points for every dollar spent on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express TravelFive points for every dollar spent on eligible hotels booked with American Express TravelComplimentary access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection$15 in Uber credit for U.S. rides every month — and $35 in Uber credits in December$100 credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck every four yearsAn annual $200 credit for checked bag fees and inflight meals on the qualifying airline of your choiceComplimentary access to Boingo Wi-FiA $75 dining, spa, or resort credit and room upgrade (if available) when you book a stay with The Hotel CollectionFree Hilton Honors Gold Status membershipFree Starwood Preferred Guest Gold membershipFree Avis Preferred membership, including complimentary vehicle upgrades when availableFree Hertz No. 1 Club Gold membership, including up to 20 percent off car rental rates and complimentary vehicle upgrades when availableFree National Emerald Club Executive membership, which allows cardholders to bypass the counter and head directly to National’s car-holding area (the “Emerald Club Aisle”), choose any vehicle there, and departRental car insurance24/7 Platinum Card Concierge serviceSpecially-curated culinary experiences and events with world-renowned chefs, including Thomas Keller, Daniel Humm, Massimo Bottura, Stephanie Izard, and José AndrésExclusive access to reservations at hundreds of restaurants across the globe through the Global Dining CollectionExclusive access to one-of-a-kind events across the globe through the By Invitation Only programComplimentary daily breakfast for two and guaranteed 4:00 p.m. late checkout through the Fine Hotels &amp; Resorts program, offering an average total value of $550 when booking through American Express Travel<p><strong>Sample Sign-up Bonus</strong>: 60,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months.</p><p><strong>Annual fee</strong>: $550</p>
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Enjoy 30% off a Two-night Stay at This Luxury Hotel in Knoxville

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:03
<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="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Tennessee: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">the Tennessean</a>, which has plush suites with locally crafted furniture and views of the Smoky Mountains, plus a bar that serves smoked cocktails.</p><p>The Travel + Leisure Suite Deal includes:</p>Two nights in a Panoramic or Governer’s suite$50 gift card to each of four local downtown Knoxville eateriesValet parking for two nights<p>Original Price: From $1,239 for a Panoramic Suite (or $620 per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price: </strong>From $867 for a Panoramic Suite (or $434 per night); book by July 31</p><p>Booking details: <a href="" target="_blank">Book online</a> or call 865/232-1800</p><p>Availability: Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply.</p>
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America’s Oldest WWII Veteran Celebrates 112th Birthday Early With His First Flight on a Private Jet

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:01
<p>Richard Overton, the country’s oldest <a href="" target="_blank">World War II</a> veteran and <a href="" target="_blank">possibly the oldest man in America</a>, has seen many things in his 111 years, but over the weekend, he got to take his first flight in a <a href="" target="_blank">private jet.</a></p><p>On Saturday, April 7, Austin businessman Robert F. Smith flew Overton on his private jet to <a href="" target="_blank">Washington D.C</a>, where he was given a private tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.</p><p>Smith, who has <a href="" target="_blank">donated some $20 million</a> to the museum and is a well-known philanthropist, was visiting Overton earlier that week when the vet mentioned he’d like to see the museum one day. Smith arranged a flight over to the museum the next day, according to <em><a href=";utm_term=.a7171099b2c9" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a>,</em> giving him the ultimate early 112th birthday present.</p><p>The visit was a memorable one for Overton, whose grandfather was a slave before gaining freedom in Tennessee and eventually settling in Texas.</p><p>According to <em>The Washington Post</em>, former U.S. secretary of state and retired four-star general Colin L. Powell called Overton to welcome him to the museum. Overton perused the <a href="" target="_blank">historic collection</a> that includes everything from Harriet Tubman’s shawl and Chuck Berry’s 1973 Cadillac to the Emancipation Proclamation and James Baldwin’s U.S. passport.</p><p>Volma Overton, Richard's cousin, attributed his long life to his love of cigars and whiskey, telling the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Agence France-Presse</a></em> that Overton smokes up to 15 cigars each day.</p><p>Overton, who turns 112 on May 11 and is also believed to be the third oldest man in the world, <a href="" target="_blank">decided to give up attending college</a> to enlist in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving in the Pacific Theater and taking part in the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion, where he served as base security, on burial detail, and as a Jeep driver for a lieutenant.</p><p>In 2016, Volma started a <a href="" target="_blank">GoFundMe campaign</a> for his cousin, asking for help raising funds to allow Richard to continue living in his own home in Austin, Texas, as opposed to a nursing home. </p><p>So far, the campaign has raised close to half of its goal. </p><p>Above all else, the almost-112-year-old attributes his health to focusing on living instead of death, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs blog</a>, whether he’s trimming his trees, cleaning his driveway, or hopping onboard a private jet.</p>
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A 9-year-old Got an Upgrade to Business Class With This Adorable Letter

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:35
<p>A nine-year-old traveler got his wish to fly business class, and all he had to do was ask.</p><p>“My name is Jasper Francis and I am 9 years old and live an hour outside of Melbourne,” the young Australian wrote in a letter to <a href="" target="_blank">Jetstar</a>.</p><p>“I was just wondering whether kids are allowed to fly business class by themselves? I am saving my pocket money to get an upgrade on our flight: MEL-BKK on your Boeing 787 Dreamliner,” he wrote, adding that he had so far saved $85 before asking how much more he'd need.</p><p>The letter, sent in an envelope Francis decorated with a Jetstar plane taking off into the clouds, was so heartwarming to several of the airline’s employees that they put together the $50 gift vouchers they had each received as a Christmas gift towards Jasper's request, <a href="" target="_blank"> reported</a>.</p><p>Thanks to their generosity, both Jasper and his father will be flying business class when they take a trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Bangkok</a> this summer.</p><p>Besides getting bumped to business class, Jasper was also able to get a personal tour with his family of the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners.</p><p>While there, he was able to meet the airline’s crew before touring the cockpit and taking a seat in the pilot’s chair, where he one day hopes to be himself.</p>
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How This 22-year-old Landed Her Dream Job As a Pilot — and Became Instagram Famous in the Process

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:30
<p>Eva Claire Marseille gets paid to follow her dream and travel all over the globe, and she has the <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram following</a> to prove it. But she's not just another <a href="" target="_blank">social media influencer</a> — she's a 747 pilot.</p><p>“I remember seeing the plane and feeling, ‘Oh my god, this is insane that people can fly that, they must be really special,’” Marseille told the <em><a href="" target="_blank">South China Morning </a><a href="" target="_blank">Post</a></em>.</p><p>According to Marseille, she instantly fell in love with planes the day her stepfather took her to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. However because she was never particularly good at engineering or math, she pushed her dream to the side and pursued a degree in media instead.</p><p>But, throughout her life her friends and family took notice of her continued love of aviation and encouraged her to chase her true passion.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This 6-year-old Girl Wants to Be a Pilot so Badly, She Wears a Uniform on Every Flight</a></p><p>“My friends and mother said, ‘Why don’t you do flight school as you made several comments that you are jealous or admire pilots,’ – I didn’t even realize I had said these things,” she said.</p><p>And so, she did. Now, at the age of 22, Marseille is deep into her training and is well on her way to becoming a long-haul pilot. Moreover, because of <a href="" target="_blank">how truly rare female pilots are</a>, Marseille has gained a significant following on Instagram, with nearly 100,000 people following her every adventure.</p><p>On her account, as well as <a href="" target="_blank">on her website</a>, Marseille frequently shares the secrets to her travel success, like how she stays in flight-ready shape, how she beats jet lag, and how she maintains a healthy work-life balance.</p><h2>On Staying Healthy</h2><p>“I stepped up my sports activities,” Marseille told the <em>South China Morning Post</em>. “I found a personal trainer who I worked out with once or twice a week. He got me on the right track and established a baseline fitness level. I also did a few boot camps at the beach.”</p><p>She further noted that she keeps her body guessing by mixing up her workouts between boot camp in the park, yoga, hiking, and just getting outside.</p><h2>On Sleeping Off Jet Lag</h2><p>This is one area where Marseille said she’s still trying to get it all figured out. But one thing she did note is getting rest while in flight is key to overcoming jet lag.</p><p>“On longer flights – which I haven’t done yet as I’m in training – if you are with an extra pilot, then one can have a few hours of sleep in the ‘bunk,’” she explained. If you need help figuring out how to sleep on a plane, <a href="" target="_blank">read this first</a>.</p><h2>On Keeping a Healthy Work-life Balance</h2><p>“There’s not a lot of balance, really,” she told the paper. “I enjoy change, so moving to Hong Kong was not stressful. I’ve moved a lot before, having lived in big cities like Rome and Barcelona, so it excites me to learn about a new place.”</p><p>On her Instagram account it’s clear she does manage to take time to herself to do the things she loves, however, like surf, explore new places, hike, and dine in new restaurants. </p><p>We can't wait to see where her next trip takes her.</p>
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Passenger Says He Was Dragged Off Flight by His Collar for Complaining About Mosquitos

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:03
<p>A passenger on IndiGo Airlines is claiming that the flight crew dragged him down the aisle by his collar after he complained about mosquitos in the cabin, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>India Today</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Heart surgeon Saurabh Rai was traveling to Bangalore when he compalined to the crew: “The IndiGo flight ... was full of mosquitoes,” he told <em>India Today</em>. “When I raised an objection, I was manhandled by the crew and offloaded from the aircraft. I was even threatened.”</p><p>In a <a href="" target="_blank">statement to <em>DNA India</em></a>, however, IndiGo claimed the passenger was taken off the plane for disruptive behavior, adding that Rai “aggressively expressed his annoyance and started to use threatening language.”</p><p>The airline also said Rai attempted to rally other passengers to damage the aircraft and used the word “hijack” at one point.</p><p><em>DNA India</em> reported that other passengers say the cabin crew only suggested that he should take another flight. However, they also made him walk all the way back to the airport terminal upon grounding him.</p><p>A video obtained by <em>Asian News International</em> shows footage of Rai’s flight. Mosquitos can be seen bothering some passengers, who swat them away. Rai’s confrontation is not in the video.</p><p>Another passenger, who tweeted their ticket to prove they were on the flight, also confirmed the mosquitos.</p><p>India's Civil Aviation Ministry is investigating the incident, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Inc.</em> reported</a>.</p>
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Karlie Kloss Has a New Away Luggage Collection — and a ‘Hysterical’ In-flight Routine

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:34
<p>Karlie Kloss is the definition of a frequent flier these days: she feels like she spends more time with her suitcase than her loved ones. If you follow her on Instagram, you've probably seen her <a href="" target="_blank">signature airport pose</a>, lounging precariously atop baggage carts loaded with her Away luggage — and soon it'll be luggage of her own making.</p><p>Kloss is the latest in a creative line-up of collaborators for Away, which has recently worked with the likes of actress and producer <a href="" target="_blank">Rashida Jones</a> and travel photographer <a href="" target="_blank">Gray Malin</a>. Today, the limited-edition <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Away x Kode With Klossy collection</a> drops with two new colors and designs. A portion of proceeds will support her nonprofit, <a href="" target="_blank">Kode With </a><a href="" target="_blank">Klossy</a>, which she started four years ago to help teenage girls learn to code and inspire them to pursue careers in science and technology.</p><p>This year, the organization will bring two-week, tuition-free summer coding camps to 1,000 girls across the country. And I saw the effects of these camps firsthand: one of the KWK scholars I met at Wednesday night's launch event developed a gaming app that's in the App Store, and another is running the robotics team at her high school as a sophomore. Meanwhile, <a href="" target="_blank">Away co-founder and CEO Steph Korey</a> and I were low-key struggling to keep up with the (very basic) programming challenge we were working on.</p><img alt="kode with klossy away luggage "src=""><p>For the collection, Kloss colored Away’s suitcase line, from the <a href="" target="_blank">Kids' Carry-on</a> to the <a href="" target="_blank">Large checked bag</a>, in “gigabyte green” and “pixel purple,” and designed a tech-friendly <a href="" target="_blank">backpack</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">cube</a> — in both nylon and vegan leather — from the ground up. </p><p>“I love having a backpack and this is the first time Away has introduced a backpack with a collection and we wanted it to really serve the needs of the Kode With Klossy girls,” Kloss said. “There’s a sleeve for a laptop, and we’ve got the cubes to keep your chargers organized inside. It slides perfectly onto your suitcase handle so you can run through the airport — because I’m always late, so I’m always running through the airport.” </p><p>That said, we've got more über-relatable travel talk from Kloss — who was mere hours off a flight from London when we spoke at the event — and some not-so-relatable, i.e. the sheer comedy of changing in an airplane bathroom when you're over six feet tall.</p><p><strong>Travel + Leisure: Aside from your Away suitcase, of course, what are your travel essentials?</strong></p><p><strong>Karlie Kloss: </strong>"Looking at my bag, I feel like I am just a road warrior. I am prepared for battle every time I go to the airport. If it’s an overnight flight, I’ve got my <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">compression tights</a>, my toothbrush, my face wipes, face cream. I’m basically Mary Poppins, with everything I could need at the ready in a little bag in my [carry-on] bag. I always have snacks. I’m a serious snack kind of girl. I never want to be on the road or backstage at a fashion show or stuck somewhere hungry. I’m always the friend you want to be traveling with because I have the snacks."</p><p><strong>What sort of snacks?</strong></p><p>"I always bring really good dark chocolate for that little pick-me-up when you need a sugar kick. I love bringing a good vegan protein bar or, if I can, I’ll bring a proper meal on a plane. I’m not a big fan of airplane food."</p><p><strong>And what about your travel routines, what does an overnight flight look like for you?</strong></p><p>"When I get on a flight the first thing I do is put on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">compression tights</a>. With the amount of traveling that I do, if there’s any way to help with circulation, I'll do anything to stay as healthy as possible. So I put them on, which is always hysterical because the bathrooms are [so small], so like me putting on compression tights — I’m 6’ 2” — is a sight to be seen. But then I put on pajamas. I take off any makeup, put on my creams, brush my teeth, put my mouthguard in, and try to fall asleep as quickly as I can."</p><p><strong>What's a trip you'd love to take?</strong></p><p>"I’m dying to go to India. I just had dinner with my friend Jourdan Dunn and we’ve been talking about this trip that we’re going to take for years, and we just need to commit and book the tickets and make it happen. But just really a mind-body-spirit rejuvenating retreat and I’ve heard about a few different amazing places in India."</p><p><strong>How about a place you could visit over and over again?</strong></p><p>"I’ve been to <a href="" target="_blank">Turks</a><a href="" target="_blank"> and Caicos</a> many times, which is just like a wonderful, short flight down to the Caribbean. Or <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a> is also a less-than-five-hour flight from New York, and it’s like another planet. So that’s one of my favorite destinations. If you’re an outdoors kind of person there are so many things to do. I climbed a glacier and went in a natural geyser hot spring. There are these big lava fields just covered in moss and there’s this extreme nature. Just tour around the countryside and see everything there is to see. And skyr! Try skyr."</p><p><strong>You’ve been a big supporter of Away for a while now, what made you want to work with the brand?</strong></p><p>"Away is an incredible company and I’m so inspired by the founders and what they’re building. They’re really thinking about how to best serve modern travelers. And I’m somebody who travels with my suitcase every single day. I feel like I see my suitcase more often than I see my loved ones. It’s my travel companion. And I love being able to support the Kode With Klossy girls with this collaboration. Really, it was designed for them."</p><h2 itemprop="name">Away x Kode With Klossy Suitcase</h2><img alt="kode with klossy away luggage "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $225</p><h2 itemprop="name">Away x Kode With Klossy Backpack</h2><img alt="kode with klossy away luggage "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $165</p><h2 itemprop="name">Away x Kode With Klossy Cube Case</h2><img alt="kode with klossy away luggage "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $55</p><p><em>Note: The above interview has been edited for clarity. </em></p>
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A Bidet May Be Coming to an Airplane Bathroom Near You

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:24
<p>There are lots of neat seats on display at the <a href="" target="_blank">Aircraft Interiors Expo</a> in Hamburg this week, ranging from razor-narrow sled seats to comfy armchairs, and <a href="" target="_blank">even full beds</a>, but the throne has gotten little attention in the cabin — or at least so it would seem.</p><p>Zodiac Aerospace, one of the giant’s of the cabin interiors components manufacturers, has now upgraded its most advanced, easy-maintenance toilet to include a variety of programmable bidet functions and even special disinfectant UV lighting.</p><p>By adding an adjustable and retracting water spout element to the back of Zodiac’s existing easy-maintenance toilet the company converts the ordinary flying lav into a luxury loo.</p><img alt="Bidet on plane "src=""><p>Zodiac Aerospace will offer the new bidet-model with alternative water settings that might appeal around the world. Some will offer front and back spritzer washing, and others will be more like running fountains. Airlines may select the function according to preferences in their local markets.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">You Could Soon Be Able to Nap in the Cargo Holds of Planes</a></p><p>Zodiac Aerospace expects these new aircraft toilet features to appeal primarily to Middle Eastern and Asian airlines who fly passenger that are more accustomed to bidet-function toilets in their daily lives.</p><p>When fully assembled, the new Zodiac Aerospace bidet will look very much like an ordinary plane toilet on the outside, but passengers will be able to control operation from a remote control panel on the lavatory wall. There will also be an LED lighting option available that would use UV light to fully disinfect the toilet between uses.</p><p>Bidets on planes are not entirely new. They have been a feature on luxury private jets for a while — and can come with enough programmable features to require a users manual — but it is only now that the technology to offer a cleansing in a commercial aircraft toilet is available.</p><p>Since showers on planes are a very rare and a very expensive luxury, a nice bidet spritzer might do the trick to make long, long, long-haul flying far more pleasant.</p><p>No word from Zodiac on which airline might be first to bring this technology onboard, but we hope at least one sees bidet on display at the show and gets fresh ideas for better onboard service.</p>
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Kate Middleton Will Share Her Baby News Like a Cool Mom, Not a Royal Mom

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 07:42
<p>The British royal family is having a rather hectic spring. Not only is the entire Windsor crew getting ready for the wedding of <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle</a>, but soon they will also welcome <a href="" target="_blank">Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third child</a>.</p><p>William and Kate’s third royal baby is expected to come into the world any day now, and he or she will be warmly welcomed by the entire world in the most millennial way ever: on Instagram.</p><p>After the birth, Kensington Palace will follow strict protocol steeped in tradition, with a few new-age action items thrown in for good measure.</p><p>After Middleton delivers the baby she and Prince William will be given several hours of privacy to bond with their new little one, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Express</a></em> explained. Family members, including the Queen, will then be notified of the birth.</p><p>Next, an email announcement will be sent out about the birth, at which time the palace will confirm if William and Kate welcomed a baby boy or a baby girl.</p><p>After the email, an official announcement will also be posted to an easel providing more information, such as the time of birth and the baby’s weight.</p><p>Then, to keep things cool and millennial, the palace will share all of this detailed information in an Instagram and Twitter post, just as they did with the birth of Princess Charlotte.</p><p>Mere hours after the birth is announced, William and Kate will be expected to exit out the steps of the <a href="" target="_blank">Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital</a> where they will stand for a few moments to take photographs with the press before getting into their own car and driving home, likely to introduce the baby to his or her big brother and sister.</p><p>However, when it comes to learning the new baby’s name, the public will likely have to wait a bit longer. With both Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the couple waited a full two days before revealing their monikers. Many people around the globe are already <a href="" target="_blank">betting on royal baby names</a> anyway. So far, the odds are favoring Mary for a girl and Edward for a boy.</p>
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Gwyneth Paltrow Is in Mexico for Her Bachelorette Party and She Brought All Her Famous Friends

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 07:14
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Gwyneth Paltrow</a> will soon walk down the aisle for her second marriage to producer Brad Falchuk, but before she can say “I do” she has to take care of one key thing: her bachelorette party.</p><p>"I'm so excited about everything," Paltrow recently told <i>People</i>. "I've never had a wedding before, so even though I'm 45, I sort of feel like a 21-year-old. It's kind of fun to talk about with my girlfriends. They send me pictures of dresses – they're as excited about it as I am."</p><p>Although Paltrow married Coldplay's Chris Martin in 2003, the pair <a href="" target="_blank">eloped and did not have a reception</a> with family and friends.</p><p>And another thing her girlfriends are clearly excited about now is partying it up with Paltrow as an unwed woman one more time. According to <i style="line-height: 1.6;">Page Six</i>, her good friend Cameron Diaz planned her entire bachelorette, which is currently taking place in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. </p><p>As <em><a href="" target="_blank">Harper’s Bazaar</a></em> reported, A-list guests include Stella McCartney, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, and Kate Hudson.</p><p>“Gwyneth arrived in Cabo Wednesday with a group of girlfriends, including Stella McCartney, for her bachelorette party,” a source told <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em>. “She looked ecstatic. They have many fun activities planned, including pool time, spa, and fun dinners.”</p><p>Though it’s unknown exactly what the women are doing during their time in Cabo, we have a few suggestions.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">12 Secluded Bungalows in Mexico for Your Next Beach Vacation</a></p><h2>Where to Eat:</h2><p>If you find yourself in Cabo like Paltrow, make sure to hit up one of the area's many fantastic seafood restaurants. And you don’t need to get too fancy to enjoy yourself: Belly up to either <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Mariscos El Torito</a> or <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Mariscos Las Tres Islas</a>, two fantastic taco joints that will satisfy your hunger. For fine dining, try booking a table at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">El Farallon</a>, located on a cliffside overlooking the Sea of Cortez at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Resort at Pedregal</a>.</p><h2>Where to Stay:</h2><p>There are plenty of <a href="" target="_blank">amazing hotels</a> in Cabo San Lucas, but for a group like Paltrow, Diaz, and McCartney, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort &amp; Spa</a> — an adults-only, all-inclusive beachfront resort where the motto is “luxury without limitations” — should do the trick. There, the women can get every service they desire and feel completely isolated thanks to the resort’s private 2.5-mile stretch of beach.</p><h2>What to Do:</h2><p>Take the time to go see the famous rock formation, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Arch of Cabo San Lucas</a>, also known as Lands End, which marks the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula.</p><p>To see it, visitors can either hail a boat taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina, or book a day trip on a private sailboat. Though really, no matter what you (and Paltrow's crew) do in Cabo, you’re all bound to have a good time.</p>
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