This Is What the First Roller Coaster on a Cruise Ship Will Look Like

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 06:57
<p>Carnival Cruises announced late last year that it would build the world’s first roller coaster at sea. This week, the cruise line released images of the new attraction, along with more information about how exactly it’s going to work.</p><p>When the <em>Mardi Gras</em> ship sets sail in 2020, passengers will be able to board <a href="" target="_blank">BOLT</a>, which Carnival is calling the “ultimate sea coaster.”</p><p>Riders will board “motorcycles,” where they are able to control the speed. This makes the open-air attraction suitable for those who would rather take the turns at a slower pace. No matter what speed riders choose, they’ll ride the 800-foot track up 187 feet above sea level to get the best views from the ship. Passengers will have to pay an additional charge to board the coaster.</p><p>“Creating the first shipboard roller coaster posed quite a challenge as it’s never been done,” Glenn Aprile, Carnival Cruise Line’s Director of Innovation told <a href="" target="_blank">CNBC Make It</a>. “The design and movement of the ship needed to be factored in to the engineering and design, something that doesn’t need to be accounted for on a land-based coaster.”</p><img alt="Carnival Cruise Bolt Ultimate Sea Coaster "src=""><p>Don’t expect the kind of heart-pounding, adrenaline-filled drops that draw visitors to land-locked theme parks. The Bolt Ultimate Sea Coaster will only go up to 40 miles per hour. The world’s 10 fastest roller coasters have speeds ranging <a href="" target="_blank">from 93 to 149 miles per hour</a>.</p><p>For those who prefer to stay away from rides, the <em>Mardi Gras</em> will also feature <a href="" target="_blank">“Family Feud Live,”</a> where families will be able to pretend like they’re on the famous game show. The ship will be the largest in the Carnival Cruises fleet, with 20 decks and 5,200 rooms onboard.</p>
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This Glass-domed Train Through the Canadian Rockies Is One of the Most Scenic Rides in the World (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 14:00
<p>There’s something romantic about traveling by train. You travel quickly, but not too quickly to miss out on the views. And for visitors to Western Canada — home to iconic sites like Banff National Park — views are important. For travelers who don’t want to miss a thing, there’s nothing better than a trip on Rocky Mountaineer’s <a href="" target="_blank">GoldLeaf Service</a> train carriages.</p><img alt="Mountaineer train "src=""><p>The GoldLeaf rail cars have full-dome windows so guests can see above them, a feature that’s particularly handy when traveling through Western Canada’s stunning mountain ranges. The cars also have a large <a href="" target="_blank">outdoor viewing platform</a> so travelers can enjoy fresh mountain air and get unobstructed photos. Guests who book GoldLeaf Service will enjoy hot, chef-prepared breakfast and lunch, and afternoon wine and cheese service.</p><img alt="Rocky Mountaineer train "src=""><p>Rocky Mountaineer, a Canadian rail-tour company that’s the proud owner of GoldLeaf Service, has added four new train carriages to its fleet with another three set to be added in 2020. The first four will be added to two popular routes: the two-day journey between <a href="" target="_blank">Vancouver</a> and Lake Louise or Banff and the two-day trip between Vancouver and Jasper.</p><img alt="Rocky Mountaineer train "src=""><p>The luxury rail cars were engineered and built by Swiss rail car company Stadler, and marks the largest capital investment in Rocky Mountaineer’s history. Each GoldLeaf rail car accommodates 72 guests in reclining, heated seats.</p><img alt="Rocky Mountaineer train "src=""><p>Steve Sammut, president and chief executive officer of Rocky Mountaineer, said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>, “We were intentional in designing these new cars to offer the same exemplary guest comfort across the entire fleet, while also making numerous engineering enhancements behind the scenes that reflect our goal of constantly enhancing both the experience and efficiency of our service.”</p>
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Sleeping Less Than Six Hours a Night Can Significantly Impair Your Work Performance

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:00
<p>It’s no secret that sleep is one of the most important things your body does.</p><p>Not getting enough sleep has been linked to <a href="" target="_blank">several other disorders.</a> Getting enough sleep is key to a healthy lifestyle, but it’s not always easy to get a good night’s sleep or to <a href="" target="_blank">catch up on sleep</a>.</p><p>Still, a lot of U.S. workers — about one in three according to the <a href="" target="_blank">CDC</a> — are not getting their recommended <a href="" target="_blank">six to nine hours of sleep</a> a night and are going about their days without proper rest. Sure, it’s technically more “efficient,” but it’s definitely doing people more than good.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Huffington Post</a></em>, sleep can impair your performance at work, even if you’re just a little bit sleep deprived.</p><p>“If you got fewer than seven hours of sleep last night, you are a little bit sleep-deprived. And you will probably deny that and say, ‘No, I’m fine,’” said Jeanne Duffy, a neuroscientist and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School to the <em>Huffington Post</em>. “But if we were to bring you into one of our sleep labs and have you do some performance tests, we would be able to see that you are not as good at doing those as you are fully rested.”</p><p>Not only can sleep deprivation lead to workers being easily distracted or anxious, they can also cause some other emotional effects like being quick to anger and less patient with their coworkers, according to the <em>Huffington Post</em>.</p><p>Suddenly that “Don’t Talk To Me Until I’ve Had My Coffee” mug isn’t joking around.</p><p>In addition, workers in need of sleep are more likely to take bigger risks at work. While sometimes taking a risk can lead to a big payoff, it can also look like a lapse in judgment.</p><p>Naturally, the best way to combat these effects is to get on a healthy sleep schedule, but of course, not everyone can do that. According to Philips (the light bulb company), most <a href="" target="_blank">people can’t sleep</a> because of stress, poor sleep environments, difficult schedules, the ever-present lure of technology like TVs or smartphones, and certain health problems.</p><p>For workers who still have to burn the candle at both ends, the <em>Huffington Post</em> recommends <a href="" target="_blank">spending a little time outside</a> during your day, moving around, not over-consuming caffeine, taking a nap, and, of course, making sure you get a good night’s sleep after the day is done.</p><p>If you are genuinely too sleepy to go to work, it’s probably best to stay home.</p>
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Colorado ‘Horror Hotel’ Known for Alleged Ghost Sightings Reopens With Serial Killer-themed Rooms

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:00
<p>Stephen King’s "The Shining" may have been inspired by his stay at <a href="" target="_blank">The Stanley Hotel</a>, but we’d argue the setting’s true parallel is <a href="" target="_blank">The Black Monarch Hotel</a>. Initially a Gold Rush-era casino, saloon, and brothel, the building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who died in a gunfight. Ever since, people have reported seeing unexplained things and in recent years, guests claim to have woken up to hear women laughing and men shouting only to learn that they were in the hotel alone.</p><img alt="The Black Monarch "src=""><p>These rumors of horrors and hauntings are embraced by the hotel’s new owner, Adam Zimmerli, who’s worked in Denver’s music scene and operated unique properties there. The Black Monarch features rooms themed after serial killers Elizabeth Bathory and H.H. Holmes, and according to the property’s press release, “The self-proclaimed ‘horror hotel’ is packed with curiosities, taxidermy, oddities and trinkets, giving alternative travelers myriad strange sights to explore.”</p><p>On Colorado’s <a href="" target="_blank">National Register of Historic Places</a>, the hotel has been fully renovated and features a Victorian Gothic design aesthetic that accentuates the property’s storied past. The Black Monarch reopened to the public on May 1 and is located 46 miles southwest of Colorado Springs in Victor, Colorado, a tiny mountain town of less than 1,000 people. Hotel guests can explore the surrounding mountains, learn about the town’s mining history, and enjoy live music, as Zimmerli plans to host live shows — with a dark twist — and special events featuring burlesque and circus performers.</p>
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This Top-rated Backpack Makes It Incredibly Easy for Parents to Travel With a Car Seat — and It’s Less Than $40

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 10:31
<p>When it comes to traveling with young children, flying is probably the most stressful mode of transportation. Not only do you have to make sure the kids stay entertained in the airport and throughout the flight, but you also have to lug around all of their gear and essentials (plus your own). Car seats are a necessity while <a href="" target="_blank">traveling with toddlers and infants</a> and they can also be <a href="" target="_blank">one of the best travel hacks</a> to make your life easier while flying, but the bulky items are also notoriously hard to pack — aside from being heavy, they also tend to be awkwardly-shaped and difficult to carry, especially if you’re running to catch a flight.</p><p>Thankfully, frequent flyers have discovered the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcarseatholderrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=a28a06b043d3143b72f62286c927a3ec" target="_blank">J.L. Childress Padded Car Seat Travel Bag</a> that makes it incredibly easy for parents to tote around car seats hands-free. The handy <a href="" target="_blank">travel backpack</a> is specially designed to fit most car seat models in its spacious interior. Along with padded back and shoulder straps that make the bag super comfortable, the water-resistant material helps keep the car seat dry even if you get stuck in the rain.</p><p>It even boasts dual lockable zippers that won’t snag or become detached. The best part? You can utilize the extra space in the roomy bag to store all your child’s other essentials on trips, like diapers, wipes, and clothing — which comes in handy since most airlines let you check a car seat for free.</p><img alt="J.L. Childress Ultimate Travel Bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcarseatholderrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=a28a06b043d3143b72f62286c927a3ec" target="_blank"></a>, $40</p><p>With features like this, it makes sense that more than <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcarseatholderrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=a28a06b043d3143b72f62286c927a3ec" target="_blank">2,000 Amazon customers</a> gave the car seat carrier an impressive 4.4-star rating and an overwhelming number of glowing reviews. “If you're doing any sort of travel with a car seat, do yourself a favor and buy this bag. It was a game changer for us,” said one customer. “The backpack style makes it easy to carry, it's padded so everything stayed intact with no damage when it’s checked, and there is plenty of room for all of your little one's stuff once you've put the car seat in. This was the only bag we needed to pack for a recent five-day trip — everything our daughter needed fit inside with room to spare. One of the best baby gear purchases I've made.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Ultimate Travel Essentials for Parents</a></p><p>Another shopper wrote, “Wow, this is a total must-have for parents traveling with children who have car seats. My family was planning a trip that required us to fly and I thought this product might be useful. So I purchased on Amazon and brought it with us to the airport, and I am so glad that we did. When traveling with kids not only do you have to carry the bags, but you must hold on to your kids. Being able to take the large car seat and wear it on my back made life much easier. We have since used this and checked it on multiple trips and it has survived well.”</p><p>If you want to make sure your car seat will fit, you can check out <a href="" target="_blank">this handy chart</a> that lists every model of car seats that are compatible with the backpack. What’s more, the carrier is actually super affordable at just $40. If you’re a parent planning on traveling with small tots, you should definitely consider snagging this before your next trip.</p>
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14 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 15:00
<p>When it comes to figuring out how to save money while traveling, there’s no better collective wisdom to tap than our very own <a href="">A-List</a>. <i>Travel + Leisure</i>’s assemblage of the world’s top travel advisors offers a wellspring of travel tips and tricks, including how to get the best deals while planning trips.</p><p>From tried-and-true suggestions, like reaping the benefits of <a href="">shoulder season</a>, to more under-the-radar insights, like booking longer stays for discounts, we sourced more than a dozen ways to make seeing the world easier on your wallet. Ahead, 14 A-List members share what to do to save money on your next vacation.</p><img alt="Hawaii "src=""><p>“Prioritize! Budget for your priorities, whether that’s convenience, great food, comfortable accommodations, or activities, and don’t skimp on them. Then you can save money on all of the less important details — buy food at a grocery store for a local picnic, stay in a backcountry refugio, or take the less desirable flight connections that are half the price. Once you know what makes an experience wonderful for you, it’s easy to save money because you’re not wasting funds on everyone else’s priorities that don’t add a lot to your personal experience.” —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Mary Curry, Adventure Life</a></em></p><p>“Italy in high season, for example, is expensive and crowded. So my first suggestion is to travel in cooler months, from November through March. Seaside hotels may be closed, but cities are vibrant, especially around the holidays when you only hear Italian being spoken in the streets. You might also consider booking longer stays or prepaying for them. Hotels give discounts if you stay four nights, and sometimes, they may charge for just three. I’ve seen them give discounts as high as 20 percent. Finally, forget the bragging rights. Avoid Positano, Portofino, and Taormina. Rent a car and explore the smaller villages with names you can't pronounce. You will find friendly people, better deals, and a warmer welcome.” —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Joyce Falcone, the Italian Concierge</a></em></p><p>“The saying ‘Time is money,’ is true — so when looking at hotels central to sightseeing, you’ll also want to think ‘location, location, location.’ Pay a little more to stay where you can walk as many places as possible. The inexpensive Airbnb or budget hotel that involves spending 30 or more minutes navigating public transport just to get to a destination amounts to no savings in the long run. You spent a lot of money to get where you’re going and you’re likely only there for a few days. Do you really want to use up a big chunk of your time traveling to what you really came to see and do?” —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Ellen LeCompte, LeCompte Travel</a></em></p><p>“Book as early as possible. You can access early booking specials, lock in your preferred rooms in the smaller boutique hotels, and find unique experiences that are highly sought after. Cruises release schedules far ahead of time, as do allotments in lodges and properties around Southeast Asia. Aim to book at least 18 months in advance if you can.” —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Jack Tydeman, Audley Travel</a></em></p><p>“I always advise seeking out more cost-efficient charming boutique hotels rather than five-star luxury hotel operations. Sure, your hotel may not have multiple restaurants by famous chefs, the latest in luxury amenities, or endless room options, but you’ll instead gain attentiveness to detail, quaintness, and the fun personality that is normally associated with boutique accommodations. Also, bring your friends and family! The more people in your group, the easier it is to arrange discounts for your hotel stays.” —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Jarrod Hobson, ATJ</a></em></p><p>“For repeat visitors to Italy, you should explore the lesser-known regions. Italy has plenty of hidden gems that are not super popular and quite affordable. The Gargano region in Puglia, for instance, has a coastline that rivals the Amalfi Coast, and Bergamo, a city north of Milan, has a thriving culture scene. When you visit unknown parts of Italy, luxury hotels generally cost 30 percent less than they do in more touristy regions. There’s that, and the restaurants are more reasonably priced.” —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Andrea Grisdale, IC Bellagio</a></em></p><p>“Plan ahead. That gives you an edge because everyone is traveling, everyone sees the same Instagram pictures, and people have this ‘right now’ mentality. They don't want to save up for 10 years and then take that dream vacation — they want to live in the now because you never know what tomorrow might bring. I also personally love traveling in the shoulder season. Positano in October is so much more enjoyable than July. Go to Patagonia in March and you’ll have the place to yourself and save a considerable amount of money in the process. Consider shortening your trip, too, so you have a quality time versus quantity of time.” <em>—<a href="" target="_blank">Jim Augerinos, Perfect Honeymoons</a></em></p><p>“Always use a travel advisor. They know better than any traveler how to get the most value out of your vacation, not only through the best deals but through value-added amenities like on-property credits, complimentary food and beverages, and even unique experiences for their guests. At Valerie Wilson Travel, we offer a proprietary program called Suite Access, which guarantees a minimum of $200 on-property credit, along with a welcome amenity, complimentary WiFi, complimentary breakfast, and a free VIP experience or a customized local experience. It means even the shortest two-night stays become memorable and valuable.” —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Valerie Wilson Travel</a></em></p><p>“Travel in the off season! Peak season in certain destinations, like summer in Europe or winter in the Caribbean, have not only become extremely expensive, but are also so crowded that they can’t be enjoyed as they should be. Locals tend to be more willing to share their hometowns with tourists during the quieter slow seasons rather than trying to power through the madness. The best hotels can be hundreds of dollars less per night than in the off season. (I've seen up to $1,000 per night less!) There are, of course, certain "no go" times: the heart of hurricane season in the Caribbean or the dead of winter in the Amalfi Coast or Greek isles, when much is closed. But shoulder season, when the weather is good but the crowds have either not yet arrived or just left, is heaven.” —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Louisa Gehring, Gehring Travel</a></em></p><p>“Pick destinations that offer good currency conversion value. During high season in Santiago, Chile, for example, the cost per night in one of the five-star hotels is lower than a nice dinner for two in New York City. —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Amalia Lazarov, Travelicious Travel</a></em></p><img alt="London, England "src=""><p>“Hotel rates in London soar from May through July. From early September to the end of February, however, they drop slightly. If colder temperatures don’t bother you, January is the cheapest month to visit. Splurge on tea, save on lunch and dinner. Enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea at a five-star hotel so you can miss out on lunch and have a lighter dinner. Most of London’s museums are free with an entry fee only required for some specific exhibitions. Soak up a city’s atmosphere and ditch the car and travel on foot. Not only will you see more, spend less time in traffic, but you’ll also benefit from the walk!” —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Nicola Butler, Noteworthy</a></em></p><p>“In the online world we live in, it is true that you can book travel yourself — but why would you want to? Working with a travel advisor brings added value to every trip. In addition to saving you the time and stress of planning, their global connections allows them to make you VIPs at luxury hotels, on cruise lines, on tours, and beyond. Working with an expert means you’ll enjoy everything from upgrades to complimentary breakfasts, resort credits to shipboard credits, backstage experiences, private sales, the very best service and treatment — no matter where you travel.” —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Susan Sparks, Points of Interest Travel</a></em></p><p>“Know which destinations are best to avoid on the weekends or holidays to skirt price increases and crowds. I often strategically plan trips to particular areas to fall outside of busy times. For example, Hiroshima and the beautiful island of Miyajima are excellent places to visit in Japan but will be touristy on the weekends. I try to make trips to those spots fall mid-week. Staying on Miyajima is a very special experience, so booking far in advance helps you secure rooms in its small, charming accommodations.” —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Tesia Smith, Audley Travel</a></em></p><p>“Find local spots to dine at. Not only will mom-and-pop places save you money on your next vacation, but they’ll also allow for more opportunities for unique moments and cultural interactions. Some of the best memories are when meals are shared locally.” —<em><a href="" target="_blank">Christina Turrini, Frosch Travel</a></em></p>
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These Cruise Lines Offer Serious Adventure Itineraries on Ultra Luxury Ships

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 14:01
<p>When it comes to <a href="" target="_blank">cruise vacations</a>, people tend to fall into one of two drastically opposing categories: fervent advocates or overzealous naysayers. For critics, cruising is a divisive concept that typically elicits visions of massive, outdated ships, less-than-desirable travel companions, and cookie cutter itineraries that feel more like lackluster field trips than authentic, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Cue the caricature of an obnoxious tourist looming over the cruise ship buffet in his loudest Hawaiian print button-down.</p><p>Although that unsavory depiction undoubtedly exists in some form or another, it’s certainly no longer the norm — at least not when it comes to <a href="" target="_blank">luxury ships</a>. For the uninitiated, the cruise industry’s luxury segment is booming. Now more than ever before, leaders in the space are attracting well-heeled holidaymakers and transporting them to some of the most stunning destinations on earth.</p><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src=""><p>What’s more, the vessels currently sailing the high seas are so impressive, you could easily mistake their swoon-worthy suites for some lavish European hotel — and nobody would blame you. Just ask anyone dining at <a href="" target="_blank">The Grill by Thomas Keller</a> aboard <em><a href="" target="_blank">Seabourn Ovation</a></em> or beckoning their personal butler on <a href="" target="_blank">Silversea</a>’s <a href="" target="_blank">Silver Muse</a>. Truth be told, it’s a far cry from the long-standing stigma that has traditionally plagued the industry, and nothing like that spring break booze cruise you may (or may not) remember.</p><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src=""><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src=""><p>But the latest trend in luxury cruising looks beyond simply combining stellar service with world-class accommodations and a database of exclusive destinations. These days, an increasing amount of passengers are insisting that options for unforgettable adventures and out-of-the-box excursions are folded into the mix. Luckily for them, the cruise lines that are willing to listen are eager to oblige.</p><p>The demand for expedition-themed offerings has become so prevalent that many of the key players in the industry are already preparing for the rising trend. In order to usher in this swelling wave of <a href="" target="_blank">adventure chasing cruise enthusiasts</a>, more than 50 expedition ships are slated to be constructed over the next five years alone. The move indicates a fundamental shift in how “cruise people” are choosing to travel.</p><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src=""><h2>A Reimagined Approach</h2><p>Many of these newcomers will draw inspiration from their luxurious sister ships and incorporate thoughtful design details not commonly found in expedition vessels. Historically, expedition ships offered little more than bare bone essentials, which makes logical sense considering their main purpose was functionality. Tough but nimble, they served as a launch pad for intrepid pursuits during the day, and a simple place to sleep at night. But that mindset is finally beginning to shift as elegant new vessels gear up to make their grand debut.</p><p>“The changes taking place in the expedition category are a natural evolution of the cruise industry that responds to the curiosity of today’s traveler,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “I’m confident that these consumer interests will continue to grow in the years ahead.”</p><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src=""><img alt="Hapag-lloyd Cruises "src=""><p>Built specifically for <a href="" target="_blank">adventurous excursions</a>, these vessels will still be able to access far flung corners of the earth (like their predecessors), but they’ll do so in unprecedented style while incorporating immersive itineraries and experiences that are sure to impress any thrill-seeker. This revolutionary approach marks the first real effort to expand passengers’ focus from the destinations alone and include the actual vessels into the overarching experience. And it’s going to change the cruising industry as we know it.</p><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src=""><h2>Notable Newcomers of 2019</h2><p>This year will welcome an innovative fleet of newcomers that will certainly set the bar high for all future iterations. One of the most buzzed about forthcoming ships is <a href="" target="_blank">Hurtigruten</a>’s <em><a href="" target="_blank">MS Roald Amundsen</a></em>. Her arrival this July marks the revered company’s first hybrid ship. Designed by Rolls Royce, the 530-passenger ship will employ sustainable technology and be powered by renewable, fossil-free liquefied biogas produced by dead fish and organic waste. Adrenaline-fueled itineraries will include a <a href="" target="_blank">17-night trip</a> along Alaska’s coast; a<a href="" target="_blank"> journey through Chilean fjords</a> and Antarctica’s pristine landscapes ($10,105 per person); and exploring Viking heritage in<a href="" target="_blank"> Iceland and Greenland</a> (starting at $8,457).</p><p>“With an eye on the next generation of responsible adventure travel, we set out to develop ground-breaking vessels,” said Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Hurtigruten. According to Skjeldam, guests can also look forward to “a fleet of Blueye underwater drones, kayaks, and large inflatable Explorer Boats used for landings in otherwise inaccessible destinations.”</p><img alt="Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours "src=""><img alt="Hapag-Lloyd Cruises "src=""><p>Known primarily for their exceptional river itineraries, <a href="" target="_blank">Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours</a> is branching out and taking a slice of the metaphorical ocean expedition cruise pie. With a 228-passenger capacity, the brand will introduce its all-suite <em><a href="" target="_blank">Scenic Eclipse</a></em> in August of this year. Her initial adventure-focused programming will center on bringing guests into the deep Arctic, thanks to its ice-class rating and heavy-duty stabilizer. The ship will also boast enviable features such as a fleet of Zodiacs, two helicopters, and a submarine outfitted for polar exploration. A diverse array of itineraries include a <a href="" target="_blank">21-day sailing through the Northwest Passage</a> (starting at $36,995); a <a href="" target="_blank">13-day trip</a> across Russia and the White Sea ($18,495 per person); and a multitude of <a href="" target="_blank">Mediterranean journeys</a> (beginning at $9,795).</p><p>In addition to sustainability efforts, <a href="" target="_blank">Hapag-Lloyd Cruises</a> is leveraging emerging technology to differentiate themselves from the competition. Launching in October 2019, the international <em><a href="" target="_blank">HANSEATIC inspiration</a></em> will be the second of two highly anticipated luxury expedition ships to come from the award-winning German cruise line. The other, <em>HANSEATIC nature</em> will be an exclusively German-speaking ship. Accommodating 230 guests — and just 199 on Antarctic routes — the small ship will offer six different cabin and suite types (each with ocean views), and some will be outfitted with retractable balconies to position passengers even closer to the action. Her <a href="" target="_blank">15-day maiden voyage</a> is scheduled from Antwerp, Belgium to Tenerife, Spain and will visit France, the Channel Islands, Portugal, Morocco, and Madeira along the way ($9,085 per person).</p><img alt="Crystal Cruises "src=""><h2>Eyes on the Horizon</h2><p>Looking ahead, there are plenty of other awe-inspiring new ships in development that deserve a spot on any traveler’s radar. To jump-start 2020, <a href="" target="_blank">Lindblad Expeditions</a> will introduce <em><a href="" target="_blank">National Geographic Endurance</a></em> in January, signifying their first polar-specific expedition ship. The state-of-the-art, 126-guest vessel will boast the highest ice class of any purpose-built passenger ship. Its innovative design will also include expanded fuel and water tanks, allowing for deeper exploration in remote regions. The <a href="" target="_blank">12 current itineraries</a> range in price from $7,970 up to $96,190 per person, depending on the route and duration.</p><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src=""><img alt="Hurtigruten Cruise "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Crystal Cruises</a> will also follow suit with the launch of the all-inclusive <em><a href="" target="_blank">Crystal Endeavor</a></em>. The largest of the polar class expedition yachts, it will be able to accommodate 200 people and will weave in the brand’s sumptuous signature touches, such as spacious suites measuring up to 1,130 square feet. Along with high-tech adventure toys, guests will also be able to take advantage of the on-site spa, theater, and six different culinary concepts. Hopeful passengers looking to experience the maiden voyage are encouraged to <a href="" target="_blank">request a quote</a> directly from their team of personal cruise sales consultants.</p><img alt="Lindblad Expeditions Cruise "src=""><img alt="Hapag-Lloyd Cruises "src=""><p>Spilling into 2021, <a href="" target="_blank">Seabourn</a> will debut an ultra-luxury expedition ship in June, followed by a second arrival in May 2022. Inspired in part by the company’s successful Ventures by Seabourn program, the <a href="" target="_blank">currently unnamed ships</a> will each tout 132 deluxe oceanfront veranda suites and are expected to carry two submarines, a collection of kayaks, and 24 inflatable Zodiac boats. The onboard crew will include well-traveled expedition teams consisting of wilderness experts, scientists, and historians to provide an enriched guest experience.</p><p>“Our primary goal in building these new ships is to give luxury expedition travelers the best possible destination experience on board and far afield, with a design that enables us to get all guests out into the environment as quickly as possible to fulfill those travel wish lists,” said Richard Meadows. “The adventurous experiences that our guests are seeking do not come with a compromise in luxury.”</p><img alt="Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours "src="">
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Millennials Are More Likely to Choose Credit Cards With Travel Bonuses, Survey Finds

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 13:00
<p>There’s a <a href="" target="_blank">dizzying number of credit cards</a> to choose from — with most offering tempting perks to get you to sign up and spend money. But with so many options, it can be tricky deciding which perk to go with: Do you opt for a great sign-up bonus? Initial zero-percent interest? Or choose a card that <a href="" target="_blank">offers cash back</a>?</p><p>According to a new report, this is yet another area where <a href="" target="_blank">Millennials differ</a> from previous generations. Over <a href="" target="_blank">one-third</a> of Americans said 3 percent cash back on all purchases is the most alluring feature on a credit card, while 36 percent of Millennials (ages 23-38) said they were more likely to be enticed by hefty credit card signup bonuses — specifically $500 in cash or $1,200 in travel credit.</p><p>The metric suits the age group’s spending habits, with 57 percent of Millennials reporting going on a trip in the last year that involved a flight or hotel stay.</p><p>This lifestyle-to-credit card connection is what customers should keep in mind. According to analyst Ted Rossman, “When comparing credit cards, ask yourself two key questions: How do I spend my money? And what do I want to get out of my rewards? Matching a card to your lifestyle will reward you for things you buy anyway, provided you pay your bills in full every month.”</p><p>So with all of those points waiting to be transformed into a trip, maybe it's time to check out the <a href="" target="_blank">best places to travel this year</a>.</p>
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This French Village Is Giving $2,250 to Anyone Who Can Decipher the Meaning of This Ancient Stone Inscription

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 13:00
<p>Officials from <a href="" target="_blank">Plougastel-Daoulas</a>, located in <a href="" target="_blank">Brittany</a> in northwestern France, are offering a reward to anyone able to decipher an ancient inscription carved on a stone.</p><p>The stone and its inscription, which is believed to be centuries old, have remained a mystery to experts who are now calling on the public to assist in figuring out what it means. </p><p>"There are people who tell us that it's Basque and others who say it's old Breton; but we still have not managed to decipher the text," mayor of Plougastel-Daoulas Dominique Cap told <a href="" target="_blank">AFP</a>. </p><p>Now, authorities are calling on linguists, historians, students, academics, and anyone with an interest in cracking the message to decipher it for a prize of 2,000 euros (about $2,250).</p><p>The message on the stone, which locals sometimes compare to the historic <a href="" target="_blank">Rosetta Stone</a>, can only be seen at low tide, when the waves of the <a href="" target="_blank">Atlantic Ocean</a> calm to allow the large-sized rock to appear. The rock is roughly equivalent to the size of a person and includes photos of a sailing boat and the dates that include 1786 and 1787 and the large inscription.</p><img alt="French local councillor in charge of small heritage Michel Paugam poses on May 7, 2019 as he shows inscriptions composing indecipherable words on a rock in the Brittany village of Plougastel-Daoulas. "src=""><p>According to AFP, parts of the inscription read, “"ROC AR B... DRE AR GRIO SE EVELOH AR VIRIONES BAOAVEL... R I OBBIIE: BRISBVILAR... FROIK...AL," a message that has left officials in the area stumped.</p><img alt="A rock in the Brittany village of Plougastel-Daoulas. "src=""><p>The dates do reveal some context, though. </p><p>"These dates correspond more or less to the years that various artillery batteries protected Brest and notably Corbeau Fort, which is right next to it," Veronique Martin, who is running the competition, told the news agency.</p><p>The public are invited to submit their suggestions through the end of November. Once entries are in, a jury will determine which response is the most plausible and award the prize.</p><p>According to local French publication <em><a href="" target="_blank">Le Parisien</a></em>, more than a thousand emails have already come in, with those who are interested invited to contact <i><a href="" target="_blank"></a>. </i></p>
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Aluminum-free and Natural Deodorants Even Skeptics Will Love

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/12/2019 - 10:31
<p>Natural deodorant. It's a polarizing topic, so often the butt of hippie jokes and fodder for Instagram multi-level marketing schemes.</p><p>But, chances are, you're curious. Perhaps you've heard the (to be fair, mostly unsubstantiated) claims about the dangers of aluminum. Maybe you're interested in a greener approach to <a href="" target="_blank">beauty and body care</a> (organic ingredients, recyclable packaging, less mining and synthesizing, more plants) and are growing weary of "big deodorant." </p><p>I'm a convert to the natural deodorant lifestyle — <a href="" target="_blank">despite my better judgment</a> — and I'm here to help. </p><p>Before we get into it, it should be noted: weaning yourself off of the traditional drugstore stuff is not a seamless process. Many people will find that there is an uncomfortable, if temporary, "detox" period as your body adjusts to the new, natural normal. This will be a smelly time in your life. But it doesn't last forever — usually about two to four weeks — and there are things you can do to combat the funk, including exfoliating regularly or using one of the several detox kits on the market (we're a fan of <a href=";tag=tlnaturaldeoderants-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0779LYTVH&amp;linkId=b5aab1fca8ce55335146ef293bc6b2cd" target="_blank">Sway</a>). </p><p>And once all that is over, dear reader, I'd venture a guess that there is a natural deodorant out there for you — one that will make you feel a little better about your choices, whatever your reasoning may be. And, most importantly, one that will <a href="" target="_blank">keep you smelling fresh</a>. To save you some time in finding your perfect match, I tested many, many different types of natural deodorant: big brands, young gun startups, and longtime independent producers, by the tube, by the stick, by the jar, spray bottle, and wipe.</p><p>Here are my rather unscientific findings. Read on for some natural and aluminum-free deodorants that might — <em>gasp! — </em>actually work.</p><h2>Aesop Herbal Deodorant Roll-on</h2><img alt="Aesop deodorant "src=""><p>I mean, it's Aesop. As with everything this company makes, the new roll-on — a follow-up to their <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">herbal spray deodorant</a> — is super sexy. The scent is dominated by patchouli (insert natural deodorant joke here) but adds nuance with lavender, sandalwood, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, coriander, thyme, ginger, and more. It's the only roll-on I tried and loved, and I found that a little bit of the milky, water-based liquid goes a long way. Something to note: compared to products that contain arrowroot, clay, or other moisture-absorbing ingredients, this doesn't do much in the way of fighting perspiration. But the dark, musky, sophisticated scent is strong enough (in a good way!) to mask any unsavory odors. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $35</p><h2>Captain Blankenship Cream Deodorant</h2><img alt="Captain Blankenship deodorant "src=""><p>I love this one — and not just because it makes me smell like a citronella candle. I admit that I was skeptical of a cream deodorant; this was the only one I tested where you have to truly scoop it out and apply it with your hands. I gotta say, though: I'm sold. The base of this cream deodorant is coconut oil, and rubbing it into your pits feels so much more nourishing and less irritating than anything you apply with a stick. There's hops extract for fighting bacteria, and arrowroot powder for soaking up sweat. Plus, the powder here is less grainy than in other products, and doesn't show up on your clothes. The citrus-y combo of lime and vetiver handily masks whatever funk might remain. In general, this line of plant-based, organic beauty products hits it out of the park.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $16</p><h2>Corpus Naturals Deodorant</h2><img alt="Corpus Naturals deodorant "src=""><p>You can tell it's high-quality just from the scent — no matter which version you choose, this deodorant just smells <em>expensive. </em>Like, people who know their olive oil producer and have regular dermatologist appointments expensive. I'm partial to the Santalum, a smoky sandalwood enhanced with notes of cedar and amber. This is not for people who feel like they need the industrial strength stuff. The deodorant itself is delicate — it goes on "thin," if that makes sense, and on smelly days, my musk will break through it fairly quickly — but it's generally fine, because it's such a joy to reapply and makes you feel good about yourself. Plus, it's vegan, water-based, and free of not just aluminum, but other things people vaguely worry about, like parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. Be warned: organic deodorant that smells like an eclectic baroness's lavish, mysterious estate does not come cheap.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $22</p><h2>Crystal Solid Deodorant</h2><img alt="Crystal deodorant "src=""><p>As the brand name might indicate, this company got its start manufacturing those <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">mysterious deodorizing stones</a> — which I love, by the way. Their origin story is as intriguing as you want it to be: back in the '80s, the founder discovered the magical salt crystal on a trip to France, where the locals used it as a water purifier. He started importing it and sold it as a deodorant, each one chiseled by hand out of a large rock. The company's deodorant sticks are also worth a try, with a variety of essential oils and baking soda for additional wetness protection. They've also recently introduced a stronger <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Mineral Enriched Deodorant</a>. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $4</p><h2>Farmacy Freshen Up All-natural Deodorant</h2><img alt="Farmacy deodorant "src=""><p>It's right there in the name — this deodorant is perfect for the times you need a bit of freshening up. The main thing is the peppermint oil: not only does it smell cool, it actually <em>feels </em>cool, which has a surprisingly significant effect on your overall mental feeling of "hot-and-sweaty-ness." While effective in any context, it's my go to for when I'm feeling gross but still have things to do or places to be before I can shower. Subway ride after my workout? Dinner plans after a long walk on a hot day? Swipety-swipe-swipe. It glides on easy, and the kaolin clay — the main moisture absorbing ingredient — doesn't really clump or show up on clothes, which is great. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $15</p><h2>Kai Deodorant</h2><img alt="Kai deodorant "src=""><p>Even before I started researching natural deodorant brands, I'd heard praise for Kai from a variety of sources (including, but not limited to, about half of the T+L team). It's no surprise that it smells lovely — Kai is known for its signature gardenia-driven fragrance, a trademark since the company was founded 20 years ago (the deodorant is also available in the brand's rose scent, introduced in 2017). The deodorant itself feels luxurious: it goes on smooth, moisturizes effectively, leaves no marks, and is at once delicate and sturdier than many of its competitors. You don't have to take it from me, though; the <a href="" target="_blank">list of brand "devotees"</a> on the Kai website runs the gamut from Usher to Amy Adams to Oprah.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $24</p><h2>Kopari Coconut Deodorant</h2><img alt="Kopari deodorant "src=""><p>This one's for my friends who think coconut oil can replace all personal care products! Kopari is about all coconut, all the time — and their best-selling product is no different. Manufactured in California with coconut oil sustainably farmed in the Philippines, this vegan deodorant harnesses its purported antimicrobial qualities and complements them with sage oil (which also helps kill bacteria) and coconut water (because, why not?). An unscented version is available, as are a few lightly perfumed fragrances, but I recommend the classic so you can smell like a lil' macaroon. The ultra-moisturized armpits are just a bonus.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $24</p><h2>Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda–free Deodorant Stick</h2><img alt="Meow Meow Tweet deodorant "src=""><p>In a world of single-use plastics, this product stands out for walking the walk in terms of natural ingredients — not just in the deodorant itself, but also in its packaging. Everything involved is biodegradable. The ingredients list reads like a text from your hippie friend who's trying to recommend natural beauty products: coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, sunflower seed wax, all sorts of yummy essential oils. The stick itself is a bit crumbly, I suppose due to the raw ingredients used, but the convenient push-pop design of the container means minimal mess when used carefully. There may be some clumping and some white streaks on your clothes, but you'll feel good about your choices. Meow Meow Tweet's deodorant is available in a variety of scents; I tried the Cedar Spruce, a refreshing, woody combo that stands up to smelly pits. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $14</p><h2>Native Deodorant</h2><img alt="Native deodorant "src=""><p>This product comes from San Francisco–based Native, a line of personal care products formulated using only ingredients known to be safe. Their deodorant (which has almost 10,000 reviews on the Native site, by the way) skips aluminum in favor of baking soda (an odor neutralizer), tapioca starch (for absorbency), coconut oil and shea butter (to keep your skin smooth), and other ingredients you've actually heard of. There are a million scents to choose from — I'm partial to the coconut and vanilla, but you can also get a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">sample pack</a> to try a bunch of them — and a dedicated fan following. I noticed a bit of buildup around my pits and residue on dark clothes, but it's undeniably effective (at a price point that can't be matched). </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $12</p><h2>Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes</h2><img alt="Pacifica deodorant wipes "src=""><p>Applying deodorant is never really an inconspicuous act, no matter how sneaky you think you are. This project had me applying deodorant at my desk fairly frequently — as our associate editor Siobhan Reid, who sits across from me (hi Siobhan!), can attest — and the only product that didn't make me feel supremely weird about it was a deodorant wipe from Pacifica. They're not a permanent solution, but rather, a touch-up or stopgap for hikes, plane rides, sink showers, post-gym commutes, and yes, minor desk emergencies. Plus, they contain witch hazel, which calms hot or irritated skin. Pacifica's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">deodorant water</a> is also worth a shout out.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlnaturaldeoderants-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01FE4JYLC&amp;linkId=7324f1349937ab4951243d88eee6826e" target="_blank"></a>, $9</p><h2>Schmidt's Deodorant Stick</h2><img alt="Schmidt's deodorant "src=""><p>Since starting out in PDX as an indie producer, this plant-based deodorant has gained a devoted following (and an acquisition by Unilever). And for good reason — in addition to offering a solid product, Schmidt's is committed to maintaining accessible price points, sourcing ingredients ethically, and making sure their containers and applicators are 100 percent recyclable. You can ship back empties of their jarred products back for a <a href=";_gac=1.18283979.1555096053.Cj0KCQjw7sDlBRC9ARIsAD-pDFp-RWuc-vfMpAcM2gM9on1W04-LqEBWtkqj0Tt0MQ66JwPHq5FvVDUaAibnEALw_wcB" target="_blank">free refill</a>, or contribute to conservation research by buying their Lily of the Valley line, a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute. Some of our staffers swear by their Charcoal + Magnesium blend, finding that it neutralizes odor even during a long run or gym session. I'm a fan of their savory scents (is that a weird word to use when it comes to deodorant?) like Cedarwood + Juniper. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlnaturaldeoderants-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01851E0R4&amp;linkId=e86199a6c68774b54fed4baac3c67d0a" target="_blank"></a>, $6</p><h2>Secret Aluminum-free Deodorant</h2><img alt="Secret aluminum-free deodorant "src=""><p>While it isn't exactly "natural," this new product is notable as Secret's first foray into the aluminum-free sphere. Billed as a lighter product for your less sweaty days, its ingredient list has significant overlap with a drugstore body lotion, and it goes on clear. It is less effective than most of the plant- and mineral-based products — this is not any sort of political point, as I have nothing against synthetic ingredients! — but it is a great option for those who are trying natural deodorant for the first time, since the scent, consistency, and texture are familiar. Think of it as a gateway deodorant. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $5</p><h2>Thai Deodorant Stone</h2><img alt="Thai deodorant stone "src=""><p>I'm kind of biased: this was my introduction to the world of natural deodorants, and it remains my first love, my OG, my absolute go-to. It might not appeal to those for whom aluminum is a dirty word — it's made from potassium alum, which is a natural salt, but is nonetheless aluminum-adjacent. My personal opinion: it's totally safe, and it <em>works. </em>To quote myself, from <a href="">a love letter I wrote to the Thai Deodorant Stone</a>: "There isn’t a ton of scientific research on how this alum behaves differently from the other dreaded aluminum compounds — some claim alum isn’t absorbed into the bloodstream at all; others say there’s almost no difference — but net-net, I prefer this to the laundry list of chemicals that go into a typical antiperspirant. Plus, I find it genuinely cool that my deodorant is a rock." </p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlnaturaldeoderants-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B001E0YN1W&amp;linkId=b6e89efb3acbbe8ba3db1d3ee531c547" target="_blank"></a>, $5</p><h2>Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant Stick</h2><img alt="Tom's of Maine deodorant "src=""><p>You really think I'd write about natural deodorants without shouting out my boy Tom? This legendary company is has been in the natural beauty and skincare game for nearly 50 years, and it's come a long way during that time, while maintaining its commitment to eliminating the yucky stuff. (In sixth grade, my mom gave me my first deodorant. It was Tom's. It kind of looked like soap, and it did not help.) Now, though, they make a great, effective product, and they're proving that point especially well with their latest release, the new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Natural Strength Deodorant</a>, which comes in many lovely scents (powder, coconut, sage) and purports to offer 48-hour protection. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlnaturaldeoderants-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00UB6ZL0W&amp;linkId=aedf0ca160957f8dd30d047b6f81009c" target="_blank"></a>, $5</p><h2>type:A Deodorant </h2><img alt="Type:A deodorant "src=""><p>This just-launched brand — it's less than a year old — is already a cult-favorite among those who care a lot about natural deodorant (they recently dropped two new scents, and sold out all 5,000 units in less than two weeks). This is one of two cream deodorants I tried, but it barely feels like one — the nifty tube design allows you to squeeze out just as much as you need, applying just as you would a normal stick, rather than getting your hands dirty. My one complaint: it goes on thick, and can sometimes build up in the underarms of your clothes or show on darker tank tops. There are definitely synthetic ingredients involved, so it's not for those aiming to go chemical-free — but you won't find any aluminum, parabens, phthalates, artificial colors and fragrances, or other common things that people may be trying to avoid. And it works. This is probably the product that best mimics the effects of "normal" deodorant, and is a great place to start for those looking to take the leap. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlnaturaldeoderants-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07G5LR3KC&amp;linkId=b691babd5a1785109731e3a061dda077" target="_blank"></a>, $14</p><h2>Ursa Major Hoppin' Fresh Deodorant </h2><img alt="Ursa Major deodorant "src=""><p>If you, like me, have seen this deodorant all over your Instagram, I have some great news for you: I dig it. It's packed with an almost absurd amount of good things; the ingredients list is long, but almost everything is recognizable, from tapioca starch, silica, and kaolin clay for absorbency, to yummy extracts of hops, lemon peel, ginseng, calendula, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, and more. It's got probiotics. It's got shea butter. The first ingredient — <em>the first </em>— is aloe vera juice, for crying out loud! There's even royal jelly extract, and — well, I'm not sure what it is, but people are obsessed with that stuff. I realize this is less a review than a list, but it speaks for itself. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $18</p>
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Men Who Hunted and Killed a Mountain Lion at Yellowstone Ordered to Pay Restitution

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 17:47
<p>Three men have been sentenced in federal court for allegedly hunting mountain lions in <a href="" target="_blank">Yellowstone National Park</a>.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em>, Austin Peterson, Trey Juhnke, and Corbin Simmons, all from Livingston, Montana, committed the crime on Dec. 12 when they shot and killed a male mountain lion in the northern section of the park.</p><p>According to a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a> from the park, the three men violated The Lacey Act, which prohibits hunting in the park.</p><p>The three men admitted to shooting the lion and transporting the carcass back to their vehicle, the statement said. Simmons initially attempted to claim to have harvested the animal north of the park boundary in Montana.</p><p>At the sentencing, Peterson was ordered to pay approximately $1,700 in restitution and fees and must serve three years of unsupervised probation. During his probation, he is banned from hunting, fishing, or trapping worldwide. Juhnke and Simmons received similar sentences. All three pleaded guilty to the charges at prior court hearings.</p><p>“I would like to express a sincere thank you to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, law enforcement officers at Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch, and the US Attorney's Office - District of Wyoming for being involved in this case,” Yellowstone National Park Chief Ranger Pete Webster said in a statement. “Their thorough work spotlighted this egregious act and the consequences incurred for hunting illegally in Yellowstone National Park.”</p><p>As the National Parks Service explained, "Though seldom seen by the public, biologists estimate that 20-31 adult cougars reside year-round in the northern range.” These estimates are based on field surveys and statistical analyses. The numbers, the service added, do not include kitten and sub-adult cougars which accompany a portion of the adult females each year. Mountain lions are currently listed as “<a href="" target="_blank">threatened</a>” by the National Wildlife Foundation. </p>
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The 21 Most Comfortable Travel Shoes for Men

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 17:40
<p>While shoes may seem like just another thing to pack, putting a little more thought into what your feet have to wear for the next week or two will always pay off tenfold.</p><p>We’re not saying you need to spend hours deliberating over footwear (we did that part for you!). The point is to find — and break in — the right pair of comfortable travel shoes beforehand. That way, on your trip, you won’t have to care about shoes at all.</p><p>Many cities are designed for pedestrian exploration, and with the right footwear, you’ll find it easy to cover upwards of 10 miles a day. Even if you’re not walking much, it’s likely you’ll still be spending far more time on your feet than you do during a regular work week.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Braving the Elements</a></p><p>The best men's shoes for travel are built to fit well and last long, which means they can be more expensive. (Just think about why backpackers are willing to invest in the <a href="" target="_blank">best hiking boots and shoes</a> they can find.) But that doesn’t mean an affordable pair won't work well for you. It’s all about what feels most comfortable.</p><p>And with that in mind, practicality doesn’t necessarily mean you need to sacrifice style. There are, in fact, comfortable walking shoes for men that won’t leave you wanting to crop your vacation photos from ankles up. On top of that, travel shoes need to match — or at least not blatantly clash with — what you’re wearing throughout the trip. So versatility is also key when you’re seeking out the right pair.</p><p>From wing-tipped <a href="" target="_blank">dress shoes</a> to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">waterproof sneakers</a> and even stylish <a href="" target="_blank">sandals</a>, we’ve rounded up the best men’s travel shoes for every type of trip. Just keep on scrolling to find your new favorite pair.</p><p>Looking for women’s travel shoes? Check out our <a href="" target="_blank">most comfortable shoe picks for women here</a>. </p><h2>Best For: Many, Many Miles</h2><img alt="comfortable Men's Walking and hiking Shoes "src=""><p>Merrell is a legacy brand of choice for travelers and hikers worldwide — and also of the Travel Channel’s <a href="" target="_blank">Adam Richman</a> — for its functional, durability-focused approach to footwear. A brand new style from its lifestyle line, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">the Range sneaker</a> combines reliable traction and air-cushioned insole support with a look and feel that works from sunrise to sunset.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $120</p><h2>Best For: Active Vacations</h2><img alt="Men's Walking Shoes Comfortable Sneakers "src=""><p>Allbirds' lightweight <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tree Runners</a> are the ideal sneaker for a trip that has both city and nature elements. They're made with a eucalyptus tree fiber, which is naturally breathable and has a cooling effect on your feet. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><h2>Best For: A Laid-back Look</h2><img alt="most comfortable shoes for men johnston and murphy loafters "src=""><p>Since 1850, Johnston &amp; Murphy has been designing custom shoes for every U.S. president from Fillmore to Kennedy to <a href="" target="_blank">Obama</a>, making them a trusted source of both comfort and class. With its easy slip-on styling, breathable lining, and foam-cushioned footbed, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cresswell Venetian</a> loafer is the perfect vacation shoe.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $159</p><h2>Best For: Upgraded Surf Style</h2><img alt="olukai comfy sandals for men "src=""><p>Olukai's commitment to anatomical design is just as strong as the brand's ties to its Hawaiian heritage. The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hiapo flip-flop</a> is crafted with premium full-grain leather and hand-sewn details for a sandal that's built to last.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $110</p><h2>Best For: Classic Kicks</h2><img alt="comfortable shoes for men asics sneakers "src=""><p>The Asics heritage line, Onitsuka Tiger, was revived in the early 2000s as an homage to the brand’s most successful designs from the past 60 years. One of those designs, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">the Mexico 66</a>, was the first pair to feature the now-famous tiger stripe. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $85</p><h2>Best For: Cruising the Coastline</h2><img alt="Comfortable Men's Walking Shoes "src=""><p>The espadrille originated in the Pyrenees in the 14th century and still manages to be incredibly popular around the world. This <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">neoprene pair by Sea Star</a> is the perfect slip-on-and-go option for a day at the beach or on out on the boat. They're fast-drying, with non-marking soles. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $96</p><h2>Best For: Low-key Sneakers</h2><img alt="Men's Walking Shoes Saucony Sneakers "src=""><p>Saucony, one of the most respected names in running shoes, has spent years studying the biomechanics of top athletes to develop their innovative comfort and performance concepts. Its line of walking sneakers — like the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Jazz Low Pro</a> — scores the same fit, feel, and performance points as the more technical pairs.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $47 (originally $60)</p><h2>Best for: Saving Time at Security</h2><img alt="most comfortable shoes for men vince sneakers "src=""><p>Vince — a brand defined by modern, effortless style — makes quite a comfortable pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">slip-on sneakers</a> with a double-padded footbed and a thick rubber sole. The perforated Italian leather uppers add both breathability as well as a textured look.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $250</p><h2>Best For: Simple White Sneakers</h2><img alt="m gemi men's sneakers "src=""><p>M.Gemi's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="!/color/100" target="_blank">Lucente Sneaker</a> is crafted with supple leather uppers, a genuine rubber sole, and a comfy padded back collar. Though, we have to warn you, they're compliment machines.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="!/color/100" target="_blank"></a>, $228</p><h2>Best For: Everyday Sandals</h2><img alt="Men's Walking Shoes Comfortable Sandals "src=""><p>Foam flip-flops may be affordable, but they are terrible for your feet. The original support sandal, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Birkenstock’s Arizona Slide</a>, comes with <a href="" target="_blank">a podiatrist recommendation</a> for their adjustable straps and contoured cork footbeds that form to the shape of your foot with continued wear.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $135</p><h2>Best For: Transitional Weather</h2><img alt="Men's Comfortable walking boots "src=""><p>Clarks’ <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Desert Boots</a> — a timeless design was inspired by British WWII attire and debuted more than 60 years ago — have become international cult classics. And they’re just as cool as they are comfortable, with shaped leather and a crepe outsole to provide added cushioning.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $130</p><h2>Best For: Reliable Technology</h2><img alt="Men's comfortable Walking Shoes keen "src=""><p>Another tried-and-true hiking shoe brand, Keen, also translates excellent quality into its more casual designs. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Glenhaven</a> is the adventurer’s oxford, with a leather upper and a bungee-closure lace system. The internal support mechanism of this pair is made to provide lots of arch support.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $120</p><h2>Best For: Business Trips</h2><img alt="Men's Walking Shoes "src=""><p>When you need a comfy shoe that's sophisticated enough for a suit but versatile enough to wear with jeans, look no further than <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vionic's Bruno Oxford</a>. Don’t let the wingtip design fool you: This pair packs plenty of podiatrist-designed comfort enhancements, including a super supportive footbed and a durable rubber sole.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p><h2>Best For: Casual Slip-ons</h2><img alt="toms comfortable walking shoes formen "src=""><p>With an easygoing silhouette, lightweight rubber outsole, padded suede insole, and countless color and texture combos, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Toms Canvas Classics</a> make for the perfect travel companion.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $50</p><h2>Best For: In Case of Rain</h2><img alt="mens-waterproof-shoes-johnston-murphy "src=""><p>With its water-repellant leather upper and neoprene lining, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Johnston &amp; Murphy's waterproof sneaker</a> is just as practical as the brand's dress shoes but far more weather-resistant.</p><p> To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $169</p><h2>Best For: Lightweight Sneakers</h2><img alt="Men's Walking Shoes "src=""><p>In our T+L Carry-On series, we learned PGA Tour Player <a href="" target="_blank">Jamie Lovemark</a> loves to travel with his <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nike Roshes</a>. “They have unique styling for streetwear, but also have the ability to be used in the gym to perform various methods of training. I personally love the neutral tones,” he said.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $75</p><h2>Best For: Boardwalk Strolls</h2><img alt="Men's Water-resistant Walking Shoes "src=""><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sperry Top-Sider</a> is an ideal shoe for seaside getaways. Its genuine leather upper is carefully crafted for long-lasting wear, while the rubber outsole is equipped with patented Wave-Siping technology to help keep traction on wet surfaces.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><h2>Best For: A One-shoe Weekend</h2><img alt="Men's Comfortable Dress Shoes for Walking "src=""><p>Not many shoes intersect at the corners of the comfort, durability, support, and style grid, but <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cole Haan’s 2.Zerogrand All-day Trainers</a> deliver on all fronts. Features like super-cushioned footbeds and flexible knit uppers make them ready to wear from day one. Plus, there are 8 color variations.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $220</p><h2>Best For: Trail-to-town Transition</h2><img alt="Men's Walking hiking Shoes "src=""><p>Worldwide, Scarpa has sold more <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Mojitos</a> than just about any of their other styles of hiking, walking, and climbing shoes. Supportive Vibram soles, a reinforced arch, Italian leather uppers, and lacing all the way down to the toe box set your feet up for absolute comfort.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $145</p><h2>Best For: Dressing Up or Down</h2><img alt="best dress shoes for men Salvatore Ferragamo loafers "src=""><p>A must-pack when heading to Italy, these <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Salvatore Ferragamo Parigi moccasins</a> are incredibly versatile and easy to pair with shorts for a day of touring or with slacks for dinner in the evening. They’re also made in three width variations — narrow, medium, and wide — to help you find a flawless fit.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $595</p><h2>Best For: Exploring the City</h2><img alt="Men's Comfortable Walking Shoes "src=""><p>Long gone are the days when a pair of sneakers would peg you immediately as an American tourist. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">New Balance kicks</a> have become a staple of the street-style set, for both men and women, and with a cushioned tongue, collar, and midsole, it’s easy to see why.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $70</p>
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Why Italian Winemakers Are Setting Fires in Their Vineyards This Week

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 17:37
<p>For the last week, some vineyards in <a href="" target="_blank">Italy</a> have been sporting a distinctly spooky vibe.</p><p>Those who have happened to pass through northern Italy may have noticed lines of fire between the vines during the past few nights. <a href="" target="_blank">Winemakers in Italy</a> are setting their vineyards aflame, but it’s not a masochistic act or some satanic ritual</p><img alt="Abbazia di Novacella vineyard "src=""><p>Last week, an unseasonably late frost returned to Italy, bringing temperatures below freezing. In order to protect their grapes, farmers have set up “anti-frost torches” throughout their vineyards, lighting them on fire when the temperatures fell.</p><p><a href=";utm_medium=twitter">According to </a><a href="" target="_blank"><i>The Local Italy</i></a><a href="" target="_blank">,</a> the heat from 300 torches in about one hectare raises the temperature about six degrees Fahrenheit, a difference which could save hundreds of plants. A farmers’ union said that this bad weather could cause millions of dollars in damage to Italian agriculture. So, until the chill passes, thousands of small fires have been keeping grape vines and apple orchards warm from the Italian Alps to <a href="" target="_blank">Tuscany</a>.</p><p>May temperatures have not been this low in northern Italy since 1987, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <i>La Repubblica</i></a>.</p><img alt="Abbazia di Novacella vineyard "src=""><p>Italy’s cold weather is expected to continue through the weekend. There’s even a chance of snow in the Italian Alps, incredibly uncommon for the middle of May. </p>
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You Can Post Messages All Over New York City Screens With This New App

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 17:23
<p>Everybody knows that Times Square is one of New York City’s most popular attractions. Visitors to the square are overwhelmed by a carnival of lights and signs — and delighted to make an appearance on one of the screens. But it’s no longer necessary to trek to the tourist trap to spread your message across New York.</p><p>A new app is allowing anybody to take over a screen in New York City with their own personal message. <a href="" target="_blank">Shoutable</a> bills itself as the “app for everyday grand gestures.”</p><p>After downloading the app, anybody can bounce a message to any one of the 3,600 LinkNYC screens across the city’s five boroughs.</p><img alt="Messages in NYC - Shoutable App "src=""><p>For those unfamiliar: the <a href="" target="_blank">LinkNYC</a> stations often project information like the weather, public transit status, NYC fun facts and information about events around town. The stations provide free WiFi and a place to make emergency phone calls.</p><p>But with the app, they transform into a sort of e-card on the streets. Users log onto the app, select a template and fill out what they would like it to say. According to the app, there are different templates for different occasions including birthdays, holidays and congratulations. There are even templates for marriage proposals, if that’s your sort of thing.</p><p>They select any one of the screens in the city and their message will appear for 60 seconds. Users can also schedule their message to appear in the future, which seems like a very cute idea for a romantic gesture, birthday greeting or scavenger hunt.</p><p>The app is available <a href=";mt=8" target="_blank">for free on iOS</a>. The first shout is free. After that, it will cost $4.99 to display your message on one of the screens. </p>
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The Best Carry-on Luggage, According to Travel Editors

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 17:15
<p>We know the original “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan wasn’t initially intended to have anything to do with luggage, but we really do believe in skipping the checked bag whenever possible. With all of your belongings on board, you can take comfort in knowing everything you'll need upon landing is with you — not headed to a different destination because it didn’t make the connection or lying alone on a tarmac somewhere, probably in the rain, which is how we tend to visualize our luggage when we're feeling particularly anxious watching dozens of not-your-bags roll out onto the baggage claim carousel. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">13 Surprisingly Roomy Pieces of Underseat Luggage</a></p><p>And less stress isn't the only pro to <a href="" target="_blank">going carry-on-only</a>. A carry-on bag is also much easier to handle. Have you ever had to schlep a 50-lb. bag up four sets of broken escalators to catch a train that’s about to depart? Trust us, the extra three pairs of shoes won't be worth it again. Though, if you're a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">very clever packer</a> and can squeeze quite a lot into a small space, you generally won’t have to worry about weight limits like you do with a checked bag. As long as you can compress that thing back to its original size dimensions and lift it above your head without throwing your back out, you can fill a carry-on with bricks and no one will call you out. Except maybe the <a href="" target="_blank">TSA's Instagram account</a>.</p><p>Here are a few more helpful points to consider when choosing your new carry-on luggage.</p><h2>Domestic v. International Carry-on Bag Sizes</h2><p>While there are generally only a few inches of difference between carry-on luggage dimensions you'll want to pay attention to the <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on size restrictions</a> of the airlines you fly most often. A good rule of thumb for domestic U.S. flights is to adhere to suitcases sized 22" x 14" x 9". If you're often flying internationally, you may want to opt for a bag that stands at 21 inches instead, just to be sure you won't run into any issues when boarding. I've found that international carry-on luggage rules tend to be a bit more strict, especially if you're flying with a budget carrier.</p><h2>Softside v. Hardside Carry-on Bags</h2><p>If you always seem to be forced to gate check, you may want to opt for a soft-sided bag. They generally hold up best to wear and tear, though hard-shell bags are adopting more aesthetically durable materials as their popularity grows. Hardside luggage is generally a little more protective of what's inside, while softside bags may allow you to squeeze in an extra bit of baggage for the way home because the fabric has that added give. </p><h2>Two-wheel v. Spinner Carry-on Luggage</h2><p>Spinner luggage has four wheels, usually multidirectional, that will allow you full control of the bag. This is helpful if you feel more comfortable wheeling your bag beside you when walking instead of hauling it behind you, and if navigating the bag down tight airplane aisles always seems to be a struggle. Do keep in mind, however, that two-wheeled suitcases don't have to lend as many inches dimension-wise to the wheels — so you may be sacrificing already precious packing space if you opt for a spinner.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">The Best Lightweight Luggage for the Upcoming Travel Season</a></p><h2>How to Make Sure Your Carry-on Works for You</h2><p>Once you receive your bag, test it out before your trip. Did you just like the look of it or is it really, functionally the best suitcase for how you travel? Stuff it full and wheel it around to see how it handles. Pick it up and lift it over your head to mimic putting it in the overhead bin. Familiarize yourself with all of the pockets and features. Even if you've read tons of luggage reviews and bought a bag from one of the <a href="" target="_blank">best luggage brands</a>, you'll want to evaluate the quality before traveling with it, because if there's one true law of luggage it's that if your luggage is going to break, it will absolutely find the most inconvenient time during your trip to do so.</p><p>Check out our list of the best luggage choices in every category and keep reading for even more details on each.</p>Best Softside Carry-on: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Travelpro Platinum Elite 21-inch Expandable Spinner</a>Best Hardside Carry-on: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Briggs &amp; Riley Sympatico 21-inch Expandable Spinner</a>Best Carry-on Spinner: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Samsonite Spettro 20-inch Spinner</a>Best Two-wheel Rollaboard Carry-on: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Victorinox Lexicon 2.0 Global Carry-on</a>Best Lightweight Carry-on: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Delsey Turenne Hardside Spinner Suitcase</a>Best Large Carry-on: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Away The Bigger Carry-on</a>Best International Carry-on: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Briggs &amp; Riley Baseline CX Carry-on Spinner</a>Best Underseat Carry-on: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Travelpro Maxlite 5 Rolling Underseat Carry-on Bag</a>Best Affordable Carry-on: <a href=";tag=tlbestcarryons-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07C3HTV3X&amp;linkId=791ec98d01c0c895f219b559672e3966" target="_blank">AmazonBasics 20-inch Hardside Spinner Luggage</a> Best Zipperless Carry-on: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Arlo Skye The Polycarbonate Carry-on</a>Most Stylish Carry-on: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Calpak x Jen Atkin 22-inch Suitcase</a>Best Leather Carry-on: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hook &amp; Albert Gen. 2 Garment Weekender Bag</a>Best Luxury Carry-on: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Rimowa Original Cabin Spinner Luggage</a>Most Durable Carry-on: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tumi Latitude International Carry-on</a>Best Wheeled Duffel: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags TLS Mother Lode Mini 21-inch Wheeled Carry-on</a>Best Carry-on Backpack: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Eagle Creek Wayfinder 40L</a><h2>Best Hard-shell Carry-on: Briggs &amp; Riley Sympatico Expandable 21-inch International Spinner</h2><img alt="Best Hard-shell Carry-on: Briggs & Riley Sympatico Expandable 21-inch International Spinner "src=""><p>This glistening suitcase really is the full package. The Sympatico carry-on is one of Briggs and Riley’s top sellers. It’s equipped with double swivel wheels, an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell, and a pretty incredible compression system that you can simply snap back down to regulation size after packing 25 percent more inside. With the lifetime warranty — the best in the business — to boot, it’s absolutely worth the investment.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $579</p><h2>Best Softside Carry-on: Travelpro Platinum Elite 21-inch Expandable Spinner</h2><img alt="Best Softside Carry-on: Travelpro Platinum Elite 21-inch Expandable Spinner "src=""><p>Travelpro has been an industry leader since its founder, pilot Bob Plath, first added wheels to a suitcase to create the Original Rollaboard back in 1987. And the company’s commitment to advancing technology is still super evident in its new Platinum Elite line. This spinner incorporates a contoured, comfortable handle, wheels that are aligned by built-in magnets for effortless rolling, damage-resistant zippers, a fold-out suiter, and tons more organizational components into a sleek, leather-trimmed package. And all of that’s offered at a reasonable price point.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $256</p><h2>Best Carry-on Spinner: Samsonite Spettro 20-inch Spinner</h2><img alt="Best Carry-on Spinner: Samsonite Spettro 20-inch Spinner "src=""><p>Samsonite is a household luggage name for a reason; it’s been crafting quality travel bags for more than a century. The just-released Spettro, however, is decidedly modern. Its four multidirectional spinner wheels allow for 360 degrees of easy wheeling, meaning no struggles as you navigate your way down narrow plane aisles. Inside, there are two built-in packing cubes and and three additional zippered pockets to make sure everything is securely packed and organized. And outside, the honeycomb texture atop the polycarbonate shell makes it resistant to scratches.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $300</p><h2>Best Two-wheel Rollaboard Carry-on: Victorinox Lexicon 2.0 Global Carry-on</h2><img alt="Best Two-wheel Rollaboard Carry-on: Victorinox Lexicon 2.0 Global Carry-on "src=""><p>Organized travelers will be delighted to pack up this roller. Aside from the spacious, expandable main compartment, there is a removable garment sleeve, zippered external pockets, and a U-shaped front pocket with padded sleeves for both a laptop sized up to 17 inches and a tablet. The robust wheels are worth noting, too. Bring on that cobblestone.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $420</p><h2>Best Lightweight Carry-on: Delsey Turenne International Carry-on Hardside Spinner Suitcase</h2><img alt="Best Lightweight Carry-on: Delsey Turenne International Carry-on Hardside Spinner Suitcase "src=""><p>French luggage company Delsey released its lightest hardside suitcase yet earlier this year. The elegant Turenne weighs in at only 4.8 pounds and is made of 100 percent virgin polycarbonate to withstand the wear and tear of a gate check, if needed. Two packing bags, intended for shoes and laundry, are included.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $500</p><h2>Best Large Carry-on: Away The Bigger Carry-on</h2><img alt="Best Large Carry-on: Away The Bigger Carry-on "src=""><p>The whipsmart team behind startup travel brand Away realized that the hand baggage sizers at the airport are actually slightly larger than the 22” x 14” x 9” dimensions they claim to be — and they capitalized on that extra space with The Bigger Carry-on. You also can choose to purchase one with or without the built-in power bank, now, if it’s a feature you don’t see yourself using often. It’s a great pick if you’re mostly flying domestic on airlines with generous sizing requirements like Southwest or Spirit, but we’ve never had a problem carrying it on with Delta or JetBlue either.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $245</p><h2>Best International Carry-on: Briggs &amp; Riley Baseline CX International Carry-on Spinner</h2><img alt="Best International Carry-on: Briggs & Riley Baseline CX International Carry-on Spinner "src=""><p>If you want to be able to comply with international carry-on luggage requirements, this is your bag. Another excellent pick from Briggs &amp; Riley, this Baseline model also incorporates the brand’s revolutionary zipperless CX compression-expansion tech. The ballistic nylon fabric is designed to resist abrasion, wear, moisture, and dirt, so it’ll stay this sharp-looking over years of travel. Plus, there’s a quick-access pocket between the handle bars on the back which, if you ask us, is the perfect place to store your passport and boarding pass while you’re between security and boarding.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $639</p><h2>Best Underseat Carry-on: Travelpro Maxlite 5 Rolling Underseat Carry-on Bag</h2><img alt="Best Underseat Carry-on: Travelpro Maxlite 5 Rolling Underseat Carry-on Bag "src=""><p>Though it be but little, this bag is mighty. The polyester exterior is both water-repellent and stain-resistant while its high-performance inline skate wheels make for effortless navigation. At just 15.25" x 13" x 8", it's sized to fit snugly beneath all standard airline seats. And it even comes with a matching hanging toiletry organizer to stow all of your 3.4-or-less-ounce liquids. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $120 (originally $240)</p><h2>Best Affordable Carry-on: AmazonBasics 20-inch Hardside Spinner Luggage</h2><img alt="Best Affordable Carry-on: AmazonBasics 20-inch Hardside Spinner Luggage "src=""><p>If you only travel a few times a year, it’s definitely worth considering a more affordable suitcase. More than 600 five-star reviews suggest the online retailer giant’s own line is certainly on to something in the luggage category. As the name suggests, this little polycarbonate spinner packs in all the basics: TSA locks, expansion, zippered pockets, and an internal compression system to keep belongings secure and as wrinkle-free as possible.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbestcarryons-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07C3HTV3X&amp;linkId=791ec98d01c0c895f219b559672e3966" target="_blank"></a>, $60</p><h2>Best Zipperless Carry-on: Arlo Skye Polycarbonate Carry-on</h2><img alt="arlo skye carry-on suitcase "src=""><p>You may never realize how much time you're wasting with zippers until you try out a suitcase that clasps shut. This carry-on from luggage startup Arlo Skye — which was founded by Tumi and Louis Vuitton alums — checks all the boxes of today's busy traveler. It's got a durable shell, a removable charger, Japanese Silent Run wheels, and an elegant yet simple design.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $450</p><h2>Most Stylish Carry-on: Calpak x Jen Atkin 22-inch Suitcase</h2><img alt="Most Stylish Carry-on: Calpak x Jen Atkin 22-inch Suitcase "src=""><p>Calpak never sacrifices quality for style, and this new line, co-designed with celebrity hairstylist and frequent flier Jen Atkin, is a step up on both sides of that coin. The Hinomoto swivel wheels roll like a dream, the carry handles are comfy to grip, and the two-clasp closure snaps shut like a trunk, so you don’t have to fumble with zippers to take out your toiletries for TSA. There are four colorways: gold, pink, red, and black, and each comes with a set of super-fun stickers for customizing either the shell or the clear plastic protective sleeve that comes with the case. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $285</p><h2>Best Leather Carry-on: Hook &amp; Albert Gen. 2 Garment Weekender Bag</h2><img alt="Best Leather Carry-on: Hook & Albert Gen. 2 Garment Weekender Bag "src=""><p>We’re slightly obsessed with this clever weekender bag, which essentially functions like the origami of packing. Rendered in gorgeous top-grain pebbled leather, the bag zips open so that it’s totally flat and can store up to two suits around the outside structure. Then, zipping it back together will give you room inside for shoes, accessories, and more. It’s also available in a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">women’s version</a>, which has different pocket configurations. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $640</p><h2>Best Luxury Carry-on: Rimowa Original Cabin Spinner Luggage</h2><img alt="Best Luxury Carry-on: Rimowa Topas Titanium Cabin Multiwheel IATA "src=""><p>Rimowa’s grooved suitcases are nothing short of iconic; it’s no wonder the brand has built a following of loyal A-list clientele. Not only are its cases made to look good, they’re made to be used — really used. They’re water-resistant, secure, and so very strong for how lightweight they are. And all of the dents, scars, and stickers you may pick up will only add character, telling micro-stories of the places you’ve been. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $1,150</p><h2>Most Durable Carry-on: Tumi Latitude International Carry-on</h2><img alt="Most Durable Carry-on: Tumi Latitude International Carry-on "src=""><p>This carry-on by Tumi is the perfect example that a suitcase doesn't need to<em> </em>sacrifice style for durability. Part of the brand's lightweight Latitude collection, it's built to stand up to hundreds of trips, with a new, reinforced wheel system, bumpers to guard common impact zones, a sturdy telescoping handle made of aircraft-grade aluminum, and a specially woven material that's designed to flex and bend on contact, protecting whatever's inside. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $645</p><h2>Best Wheeled Duffel Carry-on: eBags TLS Mother Lode Mini 21-inch Wheeled Carry-on Duffel</h2>
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Why You’ll Want Compression Socks for Flying, and Where to Buy Them

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 17:02
<p>If you’re anything like me, your feet swell like balloons when you fly. I remember the first time it happened. I was 10 years old and a complete rookie to international flying. When I landed in <a href="" target="_blank">London</a> 10 and a half hours later, my ankles were pretty much the size of my neck. I had no clue what was going on with my limbs, and I worried my feet would never deflate back to their normal size.</p><p>In the following years, I learned much about the joys of controlling feet and ankle swelling while traveling (the cardinal rule is to not over-salt your eggs the morning before your flight). But compression socks are just as important: a great pair can work wonders.</p><p>The benefits of compression socks are vast and can help keep a multitude of symptoms at bay. They promote blood flow from the feet to your heart and can help to overcome the uncomfortable effects that traveling can cause. When you're thousands of feet in the air, the pressure affects your legs and can increase the chance of swelling or even blood clots. But because these socks are designed to hug your legs tightly, they help your veins and muscles circulate blood more effectively. The stimulation of blood flow also helps for prolonged sitting or standing — and keeps muscles from getting sore after strenuous activities like a long day of walking or <a href="" target="_blank">hiking</a>.</p><p>Luckily, because of the increased popularity of these socks, many companies have started designing more attractive styles that aren't so cringe-worthy to wear. Compression socks are no longer only for your grandparents, but a cute and effective travel hack.</p><p>Read on for our favorite pairs of flight socks that you need to pack for upcoming travels.</p><h2>Phsix Gear</h2><img alt="Phsix Gear Sock "src=""><p>These durable socks are a <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01LYFU0C2&amp;linkId=57d82884605a3aaf1d496f3c356822cd" target="_blank">number one best-seller on Amazon</a> with over 10,000 reviews thanks to their ability to boost circulation and increase blood flow in your legs. Customers love that they are also made from an antibacterial material that is super soft and comfortable.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07DQQQ13G&amp;linkId=304133c4217e45430c3f481fde0330e0" target="_blank"></a>, from $10</p><h2>Comfortiva</h2><img alt="Comfortiva Sock "src=""><p>These sleek socks feature a welt-top band that helps keep the socks in place without digging into your legs. They are also made from an incredibly soft microfiber blend and have a compression level of 12-14 mmHg. One happy shopper said, “Fun sock which also works hard. My legs do not swell with [their] socks on.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";ref=pd_sims_sp_1" target="_blank"></a>, $40</p><h2>Blitzu</h2><img alt="Blitzu Sock "src=""><p>These innovative socks combine compression fabric with kinesiology taping that helps reduce leg pain and increase blood flow. They have a compression level of 20-30 mmHg, plus a shock absorption effect that helps reduce swelling, making them great for long flights.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01868S64E&amp;linkId=cd1131f0f857cdf22683f3cd588d2417" target="_blank"></a>, from $10</p><h2>Cambivo</h2><img alt="Cambivo Sock "src=""><p>If you are looking for a high-quality pair of compression socks, over 1,100 Amazon shoppers suggest checking out this sleek pair. The seamless socks are made from a moisture-wicking fabric that helps keep your feet dry as well as a top cuff that prevents them from slipping down.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07JJQTDQS&amp;linkId=a20707317d370d5216da954d86d61d70" target="_blank"></a>, from $14</p><h2>Zensah</h2><img alt="zensah compression socks for flying "src=""><p>The durability of this style is what makes them stand out from the crowd — that and the variety of bright colors they offer. Made in Italy with an ultra-durable blend of fibers, these socks are meant to last.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00FFZHZU8&amp;linkId=36ab79d3c0e483f44fda255c56e3a9e9" target="_blank"></a>, from $25</p><h2>Injinji</h2><img alt="injinji compression socks for flying "src=""><p>Toe socks may look (and feel) funny, but don’t knock these Injinji socks until you try them. With the same properties as other compression socks, this style will keep your toes in proper alignment for extra-regulated circulation.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01LZ5X7Z1&amp;linkId=b26d1633fce21dae4a37147fa1d2a262" target="_blank"></a>, $49</p><h2>Hapyceo</h2><img alt="hapyceo compression socks for flying "src=""><p>These socks are perfect for summer travels when you need a no-show option because let's face it, knee-high socks don’t quite go with every outfit in your wardrobe.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B074XN46X8&amp;linkId=2a8393c51b9b55a15a3874b0a96f5cea" target="_blank"></a>, $20</p><h2>Dr. Scholl’s</h2><img alt="dr scholls travel compression socks "src=""><p>Dr. Scholl’s has a reputation of working with podiatry, and these travel compression socks are no exception. The material reduces moisture absorption so your feet will stay, while also offering a more mild graduated compression level (10-15 mmHg).</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01MF90KI0&amp;linkId=73a45fa0d917294d47d749322447723b" target="_blank"></a>, $10</p><h2>Sockwell</h2><img alt="sockwell compression socks for flying "src=""><p>Sockwell’s moderate graduated compression pair fits just as snug at the end of the day as it did when you first put it on in the morning.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01JA38HXE&amp;linkId=96f24ba27e06a83768c9bd0a13297612" target="_blank"></a>, from $25</p><h2>CEP</h2><img alt="CEP travel compression socks "src=""><p>CEP makes a wide range of compression socks with a focus on athletes, but these socks are specifically made for travel and offer graduated compression on par with medical stockings. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01417YV52&amp;linkId=83718bc52686454d248075ac0fed5544" target="_blank"></a>, from $44</p><h2>Vitalsox Italy</h2><img alt="vitalsocks travel compression socks "src=""><p>Compression socks can be a pain to put on, but the four-way stretch on this pair makes them a whole lot easier to get on and off.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B004BKIPXO&amp;linkId=23aaae36e517292cfa5ad0a049ad8875" target="_blank"></a>, from $12</p><h2>SB Sox</h2><img alt="sb sox travel compression socks "src=""><p>SB Sox makes styles with graduated compression that goes from 20-30 mmHg, which provides maximum support and comfort for travelers.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B078P83LWX&amp;linkId=3fb787cbe82452aa39a58217c3756eb5" target="_blank"></a>, from $10</p><h2>2XU</h2><img alt="2XU travel compression socks "src=""><p>Take this pair on your next ski trip. The high filament yarns keep your feet dry and warm even in the most undesirable weather.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00A8EZMEC&amp;linkId=fa0f4a4d6118e7006746e72719e4233e" target="_blank"></a>, from $10</p><h2>Go2</h2><img alt="travel compression socks "src=""><p>The firm compression on these unisex socks helps to stimulate blood flow, while the cushion under the foot provides extra comfort for travelers who are on their feet all day.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcompressionsocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01MQW12GJ&amp;linkId=4b8ae619edf5638d81d598fc77603d22" target="_blank"></a>, from $10</p>
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Southwest Changes Family Boarding Policy After Alleged Discrimination (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 16:59
<p>Southwest Airlines has updated its family boarding policy following an incident that passengers believed to be discriminatory.</p><img alt="Southwest Airlines boarding "src=""><p>In 2017, Grant Morse and his husband, Sam Ballachino were waiting to board a Southwest flight from Buffalo, New York to <a href="" target="_blank">Ft. Lauderdale, Florida</a>. They had their three young children and Ballachino’s mother in tow.</p><p>They attempted to board their flight during “family boarding,” only for a gate agent to tell them, “This is not for you,” <a href="" target="_blank">Morse told <em>The Points Guy</em></a>. They believed their treatment was discriminatory because they were gay. “We were clearly profiled,” Morse told a newspaper at the time. Since the family was not allowed to board early, they were split up due to Southwest's open seat policy. </p><p>In a statement to <em>Travel + Leisure</em>, Southwest said it launched an investigation into the incident and determined that the “confusion in the boarding area surrounded the number, not the gender of adults in our <a href="" target="_blank">Family Boarding</a>.” The family continues to uphold that their treatment was homophobic.</p><p>Southwest said it met with the Morse/Ballachino family last year to talk about the incident and their boarding policy. “The conversation prompted a closer look at the clarity of our policy through the viewpoints of both our Customers and Employees,” the airline said in a statement. “Earlier this month, Southwest updated our policy to specify two adults are permitted to board early with children who are six years old or younger. Never has Southwest’s Family Boarding Policy taken into account gender or marital status when determining ability to board early.”</p><p>The Family Boarding Policy section of Southwest’s website <a href="" target="_blank">now reflects the specification</a>.</p>
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The 15 Best Tote Bags for All Your Travel Needs

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 16:50
<p>Anyone who has traveled a fair amount knows the value of a good tote. The workhorse of the travel bag ensemble, it’s the perfect carry-all for your essentials. You can toss everything in one roomy bag (we’re talking wallet, passport, phone, headphones, tablet, book, <a href="" target="_blank">scarf</a>, sweater, toiletry bag, water bottle, snacks — <a href="" target="_blank">don’t forget the snacks</a>!, and even a <a href="" target="_blank">travel pillow</a>), grab it, and go.</p><p>But many standard totes tend to have two straps and a main compartment, and that’s about it. While they’re perfectly fine for day-to-day use, travel requires something that's far less prone to organization chaos. You don’t want to spend tons of time digging through the depths of your bag to find your chapstick (the ultimate <a href="" target="_blank">in-flight essential</a>), having your headphones and charging cords tangled in a mess with your keys, or even worse, holding up the security line as you rummage for your ID or boarding pass.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Weekender Bags for Every Style</a></p><p>So while any old tote might work for the grocery store or gym, not all totes were created equal when it comes to travel. When we’re on the go, we ask a little more of our trusty travel bags. And for those (like me) who are always rushing to make it to the gate before they shut the doors, anything that helps you stay organized is much appreciated.</p><p>Below, we’ve rounded up the best tote bags for travel that get our seal of approval — they’re stylish without sacrificing utility, durability, or carrying ability. So scroll ahead for your new go-to travel companion. You won’t want to leave home without it.</p><h2>The Business Bag: Dagne Dover Signature Legend Coated Canvas Tote</h2><img alt="Dagne Dover blue tote "src=""><p>For jet-setters going from a business meeting to a client dinner straight to a flight, this bag will keep everything in its proper place. The interior features padded slots for a tablet and a 14-inch laptop, plus dedicated pockets sized perfectly for your phone, wallet, subway card, <a href="" target="_blank">sunglasses</a>, water bottle, and even loops for your pens and lip balm. When you get home, find your keys in a cinch at the end of the built-in key leash.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $265</p><h2>The All-around MVP: Cuyana Leather Zipper Tote</h2><img alt="Cuyana leather zip tote "src=""><p>Exemplifying its motto of “fewer, better things,” Cuyana makes beautiful, minimalist products that instantly become wardrobe staples. This bag in a soft, luxurious Argentinian leather — and available in an array of muted, sophisticated tones — transitions from work to brunch to the farmer’s market perfectly. And while many classic leather totes have open tops, the zipper closure on this one is especially useful for warding off pickpockets on international adventures. Might we also recommend getting the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tote Organization Insert</a> to add even more structure?</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";u=1772040&amp;m=62354&amp;urllink=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecuyana%2Ecom%2Fclassic%2Dleather%2Dzipper%2Dtote%2Ehtml&amp;afftrack=TL%2CThe15BestToteBagsforAllYourTravelNeeds%2Cchenk%2CTRA%2CGAL%2C661437%2C201809%2CI" target="_blank"></a>, $195</p><h2>The Packable Pick: Baggu Cloud Bag</h2><img alt="Bagguu Packable cloude bag "src=""><p>These lightweight bags pack down into a palm-sized pouch, so you can easily tuck one into your luggage if you foresee flying home with one or two (or 12) more items than you arrived with — hey, shopping is a key part of the travel experience.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $52</p><h2>The Celebrities' Choice: Everlane Day Market Tote</h2><img alt="Everlane day market tote "src=""><p>Celebs from royal <a href="" target="_blank">It Girl-of-the-moment Meghan Markle</a> to the ever-chic Angelina Jolie have been spotted out and about with this simple yet sleek bag — and who are we to argue with their tastes? Bonus: the sumptuous Italian leather comes at a very agreeable price point.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $175</p><h2>The Laptop Lugger: Knomo Grosvenor Place Expandable Laptop Tote Bag</h2><img alt="Knomo nylon shoulder bags "src=""><p>This Knomo bag marries form and function, with a rectangular shape made for comfortably toting around laptops sized up to 15.6 inches. There's also a trolley slip sleeve that fits over the handle of your wheeled luggage for easy carrying. Plus, travel without worry: The RFID-blocking liner will protect your credit cards and passport from wireless identity theft.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttraveltotebags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01KUQSAXC&amp;linkId=15f87e6f142d0877c43df74886642d41" target="_blank"></a>, $199</p><h2>The Classic: Longchamp 'Large Le Pliage' Tote</h2><img alt="longchamp tote bag "src=""><p>If black is too blasé, this cult-favorite bag comes in tons of gorgeous shades like vibrant red and olive green, both perfect ways to add color that won’t clash with your travel ensemble (which, if you’re like us, consists of <a href="" target="_blank">comfy black stretch pants</a>). It's made with water-resistant nylon, so a bit of rain won't keep you from a day of boutique-hopping.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $145</p><h2>The Flight Chaser: Lo &amp; Sons Catalina Deluxe Tote</h2><img alt="Lo & Sons tote "src=""><p>A favorite among in-the-know travelers, this sturdy canvas bag works as a <a href="" target="_blank">weekender</a> or a carry-on bag. The ingenious exterior pocket unzips into a sleeve so you can slip the bag over the handle of a rolling suitcase for a far less clumsy sprint to your gate. A separate bottom compartment means you can also keep <a href="" target="_blank">a pair of slippers</a> for your long-haul flight separate from the other myriad things you throw in your bag.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $118</p><h2>The Budget-friendly Pick: L.L.Bean Everyday Lightweight Tote</h2><img alt="L.L. Bean tote "src=""><p>The timeless popularity of <a href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=446514.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=12955&amp;;u1=TL%2CTRA%2CGAL%2C661437%2CThe15BestToteBagsforAllYourTravelNeeds%2Cchenk%2C201802%2CI" target="_blank">L.L.Bean’s Boat and Tote bag</a> is a testament to its quality and durability. But for those wanting a bit more organization and a little less Nantucket, here’s an alternative: the Everyday Lightweight Tote. Starting at just $35, this tote will last you many years even with daily use. Water-resistant nylon makes it great for the pool or beach and the reinforced handles can withstand heavy lifting. There's also an exterior slot, interior pocket, and key clip keep your phone, wallet, and keys at the ready without digging around.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $35</p><h2>The Philanthropist Pick: Issara Leather Ziptop Tote</h2><img alt="Issara tote bag "src=""><p>We love this bag from Issara — a small, socially conscious leather goods company in London — because of all the thoughtful, functional details for travel. It's got a full zipper closure to keep everything secure (and for stowing under the airplane seat without your belongings spilling onto the floor), multiple interior and exterior pockets to keep you organized, a roomy and sturdy interior (no collapsing in on itself while searching for an item), and a structured bottom with metal feet. As a major bonus, you can <a href="" target="_blank">feel great about your purchase</a>: the artisans Issara works with in India and Indonesia receive fair living wages, healthcare, and safe work environments, and all of the materials and processes used to produce the leather products are environmentally friendly. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $410</p><h2>The Convertible: Madewell Leather Transport Tote</h2><img alt="Madewell leather tote "src=""><p>Sometimes you need to free up your arms or just want to sling your tote over your shoulder or wear it cross-body. This minimalist tote comes with a longer removable strap for just those occasions.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $158</p><h2>The Worthy Splurge: Senreve Voya Tote</h2><img alt="Senreve Voya tote "src=""><p>Made in Italy, Senreve's bags are designed to be <em>used</em>, not tucked away in a dust bag. The pebbled leather exterior of this tote is scratch- and stain-resistant (and the microsuede interior won't stain either). You couldn't ask for more pockets inside, with two tech sleeves, and size slip pockets for smaller essentails. And a zip-top is always helpful to have when traveling. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $895</p><h2>The Waterproof Warrior: Briggs &amp; Riley Large Shopping Tote Bag</h2><img alt="Briggs & Riley Shopping tote "src=""><p>Made of durable, abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon, this tote is great if you're traveling with kids or pets (and may have to deal with spills and scratches) or if you’re just going somewhere where rain, sleet, and snow may be unkind to leather. <a href="" target="_blank">Luggage-maker Briggs &amp; Riley</a> really thought of everything when they designed this tote: a waterproof pocket for a water bottle (or baby bottle), several exterior and interior pockets, and a sleeve for slipping this over a luggage handle for easy transport.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $199</p><h2>The Carry-all: MZ Wallace Quilted Tote</h2><img alt="MX Wallace quilted tote "src=""><p>Large tote bags for travel are crucial for carrying everything you need while on the go. This one’s spacious enough to hold just about anything — <a href="" target="_blank">neck pillow</a>, tablet, laptop, baby accessories, gym wear, you name it — but light as a feather so it won’t weigh you down in transit. The quilting adds a bit of signature flair to an otherwise highly utilitarian tote: it’s easily packable, washable, and holds up to wear and tear. It also comes with detachable interior zip pouches that are great for organizing knick-knacks, or to use as a clutch when you don’t want the take the whole bag.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";CategoryID=16958" target="_blank"></a>, $225</p><h2>The Faux Stow: Street Level Reversible Tote</h2><img alt="street level faux leather tote "src=""><p>For those who prefer an animal-friendly — and more affordable — option, this best-seller looks like it’s made of lustrous leather even though the material is completely vegan. The included wristlet makes for convenient place to stash your smaller items, and it's completely reversible, so you'll feel like you're packing two bags in one.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $49</p><h2>The Beach Bum: Pamela Munson Petite Isla Bahia Fringe Tote</h2><img alt="athleta straw tote "src=""><p>For a more bohemian look, the woven design of this tote will transition seamlessly from sea to Terminal C.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $285</p>
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Here's a First Look at the Renovations Taking Place in Buckingham Palace

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 16:50
<p>Over the last several years, <a href="" target="_blank">Buckingham Palace</a>, the home of the British royal family, has undergone extensive renovations. Though the project isn’t completed just yet, the palace is giving everyone a glimpse at how the remodel is going. And, man oh man, is it going great.</p><p>On Friday, the palace shared a single side-by-side image of the palace’s east wing both before and after the renovations. In the tweet, the palace shared, “Shown here is the Principal Corridor, home to the Centre Room, which leads onto the historic balcony – used by the Royal Family on national occasions.”</p><p>The photo showed the old dark red hallway with matching red carpet and drapes next to the much brighter after. In the after photo, the hallway appears to be a sun-filled vision with its seafoam green paint popping with light along with the exposed wood floor. Though it’s unclear if the palace will once again add carpet, we’d like to suggest to Her Majesty that she leaves the floors alone.</p><p>Beyond the photo, the palace also shared a behind-the-scenes video of just how “complex” the process of moving historically-important works out of the hallway was.</p><p>“Moving historic works of art in a historic interior is always complex but this is really on a very grand scale,” Caroline de Guitaut, senior curator of decorative arts at the Royal Collection Trust, said in the video. “We’re talking about objects from paintings, to porcelain, to furniture, decorative objects, books, etcetera.”</p><p>In fact, the move included 200 paintings, 40 chandeliers, 100 mirrors, 30 clocks, and more.</p><p>Once the objects are removed, the reservicing of electricity can begin. While the renovations are underway many of the objects moved from the wing will go on display in museums around the United Kingdom.</p><p>As <em>Travel + Leisure</em> previously explained, the <a href="" target="_blank">total renovation of the palace</a> will cost some $500 million. It will also take several more years to complete and isn’t expected to be finished until 2027. But, if this peek inside is any indication, the renovation will be well worth the wait. </p>
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We Put 17 Travel Pillows to the Test, and Only One Got a Perfect Score

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 16:03
<p>A <a href="" target="_blank">travel pillow</a> will see you through one of your most vulnerable travel moments: sleeping with dozens of strangers on public transportation. That is, if you're able to find one that works for you, which can be an exhausting (and expensive) endeavor.</p><p>But fear not, your trusty <em>Travel </em>+<em> Leisure</em> editors have used our frequent flying habits to test out all of the most popular pillow options — from the subtle to the “interesting” to the <a href="" target="_blank">just plain wacky</a> — so you don't have to.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Sleep Masks for Traveling</a></p><p>The portable pillow market is continually expanding beyond the standard, U-shaped neck pillow — which, side note, is still hanging onto the sixth-place spot — to all sorts of head-supporting contraptions that use Velcro, memory foam, hidden support structures, and, of course, your very own breath to help you feel as comfortable as you possibly can whilst desperately attempting to <a href="" target="_blank">doze off in the middle seat</a>.</p><h2>Our Review Methodology</h2><p>During testing, we took four categories into account and gave each a rating between one and five — one representing poor performance and five, perfection.</p><strong>Support</strong> — Does the pillow hold up your head or is it too flimsy?<strong>Comfort</strong> — Is the material soft? Does the design make it easy to use?<strong>Portability </strong>— How packable is the pillow? Is it too much of a burden to bring?<strong>Public Shame Potential </strong>— Is it inspiring envious looks or stifled laughter from fellow passengers?<p>Then, to get a total score, we weighted the categories to favor those that matter most: support and comfort were each worth 35 percent, with portability at 20 percent, and the embarrassment factor coming in at 10 percent. </p><p>Below, ranked from worst to best, see the surprisingly good, the pretty bad, and the really ugly (but oh-so-worth-it).</p><h2>No. 17: Cloudz EZ-inflate Cloud Sleeper</h2><img alt="cloudz ez inflate pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> on a drive from New York City to Pittsburgh in the back seat<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 5; “Definitely gave me massage-table vibes though.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 3; “The seams in the armholes could be softer.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 1; “Condensing it back into the original storage sleeve required two people and multiple tries.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 1; “I was happy to provide my friends with some entertainment, but definitely wouldn't use this thing on a plane.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>3.1/5 </p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01D35Q14C&amp;linkId=1a969fcf88653fbd20de756e2c46dd91" target="_blank"></a>, $20</p><h2>No. 16: Cabeau Evolution Cool</h2><img alt="cabeau cool evolution pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> a flight; window seat<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 2; “I was the most excited for this pillow, since it packs so small and brags about how cool it is. However, while it kept my neck perfectly wrapped, it did almost nothing for my head. It was like wearing a high-tech collar that didn't actually support my head.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 4; “It felt good — right amount of firmness, etc. But when it came time to sleep, your head doesn't actually touch it.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 5; “Fit into an overstuffed camera bag. Extremely packable.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 2; “It looks a bit like a medical device.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>3.3/5<br /><br /><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B079K52326&amp;linkId=a2783783c18c5f05f4d8600fb17ac468" target="_blank"></a>, $60</p><h2>No. 15: Bcozzy Chin-supporting Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="bcozzy pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> a flight from New York City to Los Angeles; window seat in business class<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 4; “It was so close to being supportive enough when the doubled-up side was the section I was resting my head on. I wish it were just a tad more cushioned so I didn't feel like I needed to crane my neck over a little farther or nudge my shoulder a smidge higher. Perhaps it's meant for those whose heads tend to nod forward as they drift off to sleep, rather than someone like me who has more of a tendency to tilt left or right.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 4; “The fleece felt pleasantly soft against my face, but it also warmed up mid-flight, which led me to readjust and flip over to the microfiber side, which I actually liked better.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 2; “Rather than hook it to my carry-on or the strap of my tote bag, I looped it around itself and shoved it inside my bag, which took up more room than I would've liked. That said, it sprang right back to its proper shape with no signs of having been sardined in my bag with all of my other travel tchotchkes.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 2; “It's certainly not as goofy-looking as a certain avian-named pillow, but it's a little too wormy for my liking.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>3.4/5<br /><br /><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01COZ2H36&amp;linkId=a705b35ac0fd553681f7142f7837e5ca" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><h2>No. 14: Infinity Pillow</h2><img alt="infinity travel pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> an overnight bus ride; window seat<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 4; “Not super supportive, but if you have the window to lean on, it's perfect.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 5; “So nice, like a comforter for your neck that doesn't feel smothering or heavy. It's just the right amount of plush.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 1; “Not ideal for light packing; doesn't really condense at all.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 3; “I mean, I think it's cute but I can see how it might feel a little ridiculous to some.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>3.65/5</p><p><strong>Further Comment:</strong> “I thought I was going to be annoyed by this pillow and it ended up giving me hours of restful sleep on a Greyhound bus — do you know how hard that is to achieve? It's also supposed to block noise when it's wrapped around your ears and I can totally vouch for that feature. I love that it can be wrapped a ton of different ways and it also helped to keep me warm when the air conditioning was on blast.”<br /><br /><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00L4Z0T2Y&amp;linkId=ed6dd5c303a2118945a84952df55fb03" target="_blank"></a>, $40</p><h2>No. 13: Travelrest Ultimate Memory Foam Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="travelrest pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> two flights between Lisbon and Boston; both middle seats<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 4; “It doesn't quite support me where I need it. My head still drops too far to the side, which strains my neck.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 4; “The memory foam is nice and soft and the back is flush against the seat so it doesn't tip you forward at all but I like to turn or tilt my head to the side to sleep and that didn't work for me in this pillow. It's more comfy straight on.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 3; “It does condense a bit into a pouch, but not very much. Also kind of heavy.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 4; “It's a standard travel pillow.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>3.8/5</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01MQG1BA7&amp;linkId=64982b90d5427da75ad66dd7ed901a27" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><h2>No. 12: Shhh Silk Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="shhhsilk pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> a five-hour drive and also while camping<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 3; “It's a regular, rectangle-shaped pillow, so you need a window or something to add support.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 5; “So soft and cool, especially on a summer night sleeping in a tent.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 3; “It flattens a bit and is lightweight, so worth packing if you have the extra space”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 5; “With the marbled print and simple style, dare I say it actually made me feel chic?”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>3.9/5</p><p><strong>Further Comment:</strong> “Silk is <a href="" target="_blank">easier on your skin and hair</a> than other common travel pillow fabrics, so that's a nice added bonus.”<br /><br /><strong>To buy: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $149</p><h2>No. 11: Cloudz Gel and Bamboo Memory Foam Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="cloudz bamboo pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> a flight; aisle seat<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 4; “So close to being perfect — the gel added a nice amount of firmness. I just wish it was <em>slightly</em> thicker so I didn't feel like I had to strain my neck or raise my shoulder at all.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 5; “The memory foam and gel helped the pillow mold to my head and neck, and the combination of cooling gel on one side and cozy velour on the other meant I could flip it over depending on the cabin temperature. As someone who generally sleeps hot but gets cold on planes, having that option was clutch.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 2; “This is one respect where the gel and memory foam worked against the pillow. There's no way it's compressing into a carry-on or tote without taking up a decent amount of space.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 4; “Aside from the mesh overlay on the cooling gel portion, it looks like your average travel pillow: not the cutest, but no shame in that game.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>3.95/5<br /><br /><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01EX1YAWK&amp;linkId=ca3afc3e5121c717d4a52c7952b49c69" target="_blank"></a>, $17</p><h2>No. 10: Thermarest Compressible Pillow (Medium)</h2><img alt="thermarest travel pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> Five-hour car ride; passenger's seat<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 3; “It takes a few hours for the foam to expand to its full fluff potential after being condensed, and you'll definitely need something to lean it against if you're sleeping upright.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 5; “You can feel the separate foam pieces inside, but it didn't bother me.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 4; “It's really easy to compress back down to about a third of its size, but still kind of bulky if you're traveling light.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 5; “The print is a little wild, but that's the only thing that will draw any attention.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>4.1/5</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07874X644&amp;linkId=d35c65fc6c96563257a53eb701104e4a" target="_blank"></a>, from $21</p><h2>No. 9: AirComfy Daydreamer Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="aircomfy daydreamer pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> a flight; aisle seat<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 4; “Very supportive — almost too supportive!”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 4; “It was very soft, but it got very hot because of the fleece-like fabric.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 5; “This was the most packable of the three pillows I tried.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 4; “The little pump on it was a great touch — no awkward blowing-up of a pillow next to my neighbor.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score:</strong> 4.2/5</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0154GGC8I&amp;linkId=e6c934af1d6fe80143a1f4a3768d5977" target="_blank"></a>, $19</p><h2>No. 8: J Pillow</h2><img alt="j pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> bus ride from New York City to Boston; window seat<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 3; “It kept sliding down the window and leaving my neck at a slightly uncomfortable angle. After two hours of repeated readjustment, I had a crick in my neck. On the upside, it did keep my neck from flopping around while I napped.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 5; “It was perfectly plushy enough to protect my head from the window!”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 5; “The pillow came in a drawstring pouch, which you can tie to your luggage. Even though I had a duffel bag, backpack, and cooler bag of snacks, it wasn't at all awkward or difficult to carry around.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 5</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>4.3/5</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B019CJSDM6&amp;linkId=e91c7fbf65cec72074b707f9d7525add" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><h2>No. 7: Cori Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="cori pillow "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> a flight from New York City to Liberia, Costa Rica; aisle seat<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 4; “I didn't really like that it had to be secured super tightly around my neck to be able to hold my head up comfortably. I found myself having to use the headrest wings, too, to feel supported.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 5; “The memory foam in the little pillow modules is nice and the Velcro is soft, not scratchy, in case it does come in contact with your skin.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 4; “The separate parts are a little cumbersome to remove and roll up like the directions show, so I ended up just putting them in my backpack separately and that seemed to save space.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 4</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>4.35/5</p><p><strong>Further Comment:</strong> “I feel like it would get better with more use; I'm not sure the configuration I was using is actually the best one for me.”<br /><br /><strong>To buy: </strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $49</p><h2>No. 6: Cloudz Microbead Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="cloudz pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> a flight from New York City to Los Angeles; aisle seat<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 4; “I don't like rough support, so I appreciated that the pillow was soft. Unfortunately, it's not a design where you really get support on the sides.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 5; “It was soft without being too flimsy and held its shape, which made it not only comfortable, but easy to carry around, too.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 4; “I don't ever pack my pillows into my carry-on; I tend to attach it to the handle, which was easy to do with this pillow.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 5</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>4.45/5</p><p><strong>Further Comment:</strong> “It was comfortable overall and sturdier than most microbead pillows I've used.”</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00B2KV5D8&amp;linkId=0a31ac15a6a00ea5768d4c5abda23357" target="_blank"></a>, $11</p><h2>No. 5: Dot&amp;Dot Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="dot and dot pillow "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> flights from New York City to San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Croix and back; window seats<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 5; “The adjustable ‘spine’ of this pillow feels sturdy and you can twist it to support your neck/head in any way you need it depending on how you sleep, which seat you're in, or what's bothering you. I was having upper back/shoulder pain on one side prior to flying and being able to customize where I was supported was key.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 5; “The memory foam was the right amount of cushy comfort meets sturdy support, and the cotton exterior was soft and comforting without making you feel hot or sweaty (like some of the velour ones I've tried before).”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 3; “There's no way to really fold it up and stash it, so I had to hang it from my bag, which was a little bulky.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 4; “I liked that it was just simple, gray cotton; it didn't look too over-the-top. Although it did leave my hair looking kind of crazy. If you have long hair, maybe go with a ponytail.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>4.5/5</p><p><strong>Further Comment:</strong> “The customizable memory foam really made it stand out for me. I would buy it.” </p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01IEJHJWK&amp;linkId=3d0b5b895457aed44b216728fb1414f5" target="_blank"></a>, $25</p><h2>No. 4: Travelrest Ultimate Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="travelrest ultimate pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> a long-haul flight from New York City to Southeast Asia; aisle seat<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 5; “This was by far the best travel pillow I have ever used.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 5; “It's inflatable, so you can adjust the firmness. The material itself is very soft.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 5; “It deflates down to a tube-like roll that is smaller than most burritos.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 1; “It is very shameful. It crosses your entire body and you have to inflate it. Every time I used it, I caught someone giving me the side-eye. A travel companion pretended not to know me.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>4.6/5</p><p><strong>Further Comment:</strong> “I loved how versatile it is. You can use it across your body to hug it, or you can deflate it and use the adjustable strap to kind of turn it into more of a standard neck pillow. It rolls down to nothing or can inflate to something the size of a life preserver.”</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0787DH99J&amp;linkId=978d4aa5afb4b5766fe02d6f053b626b" target="_blank"></a>, from $26</p><h2>No. 3: Trtl Pillow</h2><img alt="trtl pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> an overnight flight from New York City to Madrid; aisle seat<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 4; “I put 4, but it's really more like a 4.5 or 4.75. I am the type of person for whom a travel pillow is never really going to be comfortable, no matter how good it is. I would say that, all things considered, this is the <a href="" target="_blank">best travel pillow I have ever used</a>. It's basically a fabric scarf that wraps around your neck, secures with Velcro, and has a <a href="" target="_blank">wire frame inside for head support</a>. The wires are bouncy enough to not feel like you're wearing a neck brace, but still sturdy enough that you don't get that feeling of overextension that you get from most neck pillows.” <br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 5; “The fleecy material is nice and soft, and even though you have to wrap it fairly snugly around your neck, the contraption doesn't feel restrictive or uncomfortable at all. You can feel the wires through the fleece but it's not a big deal.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 5; “This thing basically lies flat, which makes sense considering it's mostly fabric and wires. It won't fit in a small purse, but should be easy to slip into most carry-ons, and it's easily a third of the size of most travel pillows.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 5; “Very subtle. Especially considering it was the same color as the complimentary Iberia Airlines blankets... which meant I inevitably left it behind on the plane. Maybe that's the one downside: it's so inconspicuous that it's easy to lose track of it when you're not using it.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>4.65/5</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=52bac867abc6a85bc27a6b4be373317f" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><h2>No. 2: Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="cabeau s3 pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> a flight; middle seat<br /><strong>Support: </strong>5; “I loved that the design lifts up higher in the middle; that's exactly where I need more support. And the headrest attachment straps worked well for me because I could actually position the pillow a bit above my shoulders.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 5; “The fabric is breathable and memory foam is dreamy soft.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 4; “It can be compressed to half its size, but it's still a lot of pillow.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 4; “I didn't realize the front toggle can come apart, so trying to get myself out of it to go to the bathroom was kind of a spectacle.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>4.7/5</p><p><strong>Further Comment:</strong> “There's a thoughtful, little zip pocket on the side that's perfect for storing a pair of ear plugs and my sleep mask!”</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B079X4ZR6X&amp;linkId=7a5cc07245bfb5a8a1af20523e6ddfd0" target="_blank"></a>, $40</p><h2>No. 1: AirComfy Ease Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="aircomfy pillow review "src=""><p><strong>Tested on:</strong> a flight from New York to Barcelona; window seat<br /><strong>Support:</strong> 5; “Because it's inflatable, you can adjust the support according to your preference.”<br /><strong>Comfort:</strong> 5; “The plush velvet cover made it a pleasure to sleep on.”<br /><strong>Portability:</strong> 5; “Once deflated, the pillow rolls up into a bag that's about the size of a toilet paper roll.”<br /><strong>Public Shame Potential:</strong> 5; “No shame! I'm pretty sure my seatmate was giving it some envious looks, actually.”</p><p><strong>Weighted Score: </strong>5/5</p><p><strong>Further Comment:</strong> “The classy teal color and on-trend velvet finish made it far more attractive than any travel pillows I've encountered before.”</p><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B075MLSG66&amp;linkId=5366677ee3d0d2198c1d4f8c662db435" target="_blank"></a>, $19</p>
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