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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="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-travel-pillows" 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="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/wackiest-amazon-travel-accessories" target="_blank">just plain wacky</a> — so you don't have to.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/best-sleep-masks" 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="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/dream-sling-travel-pillow" 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="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/cloudz-ez-inflate-pillow-PILLOWRVW0818.jpg?itok=AtYMRXNW"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01D35Q14C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01D35Q14C&amp;linkId=1a969fcf88653fbd20de756e2c46dd91" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $20</p><h2>No. 16: Cabeau Evolution Cool</h2><img alt="cabeau cool evolution pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/cabeau-cool-pillow-PILLOWRVW0818.jpg?itok=t90yMN-a"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079K52326/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B079K52326&amp;linkId=a2783783c18c5f05f4d8600fb17ac468" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $60</p><h2>No. 15: Bcozzy Chin-supporting Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="bcozzy pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/bcozzy-pillow-PILLOWRVW0818.jpg?itok=-bIXUmeP"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01COZ2H36/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01COZ2H36&amp;linkId=a705b35ac0fd553681f7142f7837e5ca" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $30</p><h2>No. 14: Infinity Pillow</h2><img alt="infinity travel pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/infinity-pillow-PILLOWRVW0818.jpg?itok=huZOpI1K"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L4Z0T2Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00L4Z0T2Y&amp;linkId=ed6dd5c303a2118945a84952df55fb03" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $40</p><h2>No. 13: Travelrest Ultimate Memory Foam Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="travelrest pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/travelrest-pillow-PILLOWRVW0818.jpg?itok=EWMDhLdZ"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MQG1BA7/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01MQG1BA7&amp;linkId=64982b90d5427da75ad66dd7ed901a27" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $30</p><h2>No. 12: Shhh Silk Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="shhhsilk pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/shhhsilk-pillow-PILLOWRVWS0818.jpg?itok=TKmqKIY0"><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="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/silk-travel-pillow-review" 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="https://www.shhhsilk.com/collections/travel" target="_blank">shhhsilk.com</a>, from $149</p><h2>No. 11: Cloudz Gel and Bamboo Memory Foam Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="cloudz bamboo pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/cloudz-bamboo-pillow-PILLOWRVWS0818.jpg?itok=0TNlXufj"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EX1YAWK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01EX1YAWK&amp;linkId=ca3afc3e5121c717d4a52c7952b49c69" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $17</p><h2>No. 10: Thermarest Compressible Pillow (Medium)</h2><img alt="thermarest travel pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/thermarest-pillow-PILLOWRVWS0818.jpg?itok=GjOAmCsU"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07874X644/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07874X644&amp;linkId=d35c65fc6c96563257a53eb701104e4a" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $21</p><h2>No. 9: AirComfy Daydreamer Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="aircomfy daydreamer pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/aircomfy-daydreamer-pillow-PILLOWRVW0818.jpg?itok=g6U2u-Rw"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0154GGC8I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0154GGC8I&amp;linkId=e6c934af1d6fe80143a1f4a3768d5977" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $19</p><h2>No. 8: J Pillow</h2><img alt="j pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/j-pillow-PILLOWRVW0818.jpg?itok=Inza8jMR"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019CJSDM6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B019CJSDM6&amp;linkId=e91c7fbf65cec72074b707f9d7525add" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $30</p><h2>No. 7: Cori Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="cori pillow "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535556971/cori-pillow.jpg?itok=MNAwtDHE"><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="http://coritraveller.com/" target="_blank">coritraveller.com</a>, $49</p><h2>No. 6: Cloudz Microbead Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="cloudz pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/cloudz-pillow-PILLOWRVW0818.jpg?itok=YHPJbC_z"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2KV5D8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00B2KV5D8&amp;linkId=0a31ac15a6a00ea5768d4c5abda23357" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $11</p><h2>No. 5: Dot&amp;Dot Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="dot and dot pillow "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535557292/dot-and-dot-pillow.jpg?itok=PGTfu0K6"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IEJHJWK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01IEJHJWK&amp;linkId=3d0b5b895457aed44b216728fb1414f5" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $25</p><h2>No. 4: Travelrest Ultimate Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="travelrest ultimate pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/travelrest-ultimate-pillow-PILLOWRVW0818.jpg?itok=6uxDF6ri"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0787DH99J/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0787DH99J&amp;linkId=978d4aa5afb4b5766fe02d6f053b626b" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $26</p><h2>No. 3: Trtl Pillow</h2><img alt="trtl pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/trtl-pillow-PILLOWRVW0818.jpg?itok=Jf0wvLZx"><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="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/trtl-pillow-review" 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="https://trtltravel.com/products/trtl-travel-pillow?variant=2" 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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LB7REFK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=52bac867abc6a85bc27a6b4be373317f" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $30</p><h2>No. 2: Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="cabeau s3 pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1535481813/cabeau-s3-pillow-PILLOWRVW0818.jpg?itok=m_ytii4i"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079X4ZR6X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B079X4ZR6X&amp;linkId=7a5cc07245bfb5a8a1af20523e6ddfd0" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $40</p><h2>No. 1: AirComfy Ease Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="aircomfy pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/aircomfy.jpg?itok=duRV18qW"><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="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075MLSG66/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltravelpillowrankings-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B075MLSG66&amp;linkId=5366677ee3d0d2198c1d4f8c662db435" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $19</p>
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The Best Luggage Brands for Every Budget

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 15:50
<p>With so many choices on the market today, deciding between the best luggage brands can be a challenge. Identifying the best of anything involves personal taste and style, and so it is with luggage.</p><p>There are, however, some objective considerations in recommending the best luggage brands, such as design, warranty, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-lightweight-luggage" target="_blank">quality of materials</a>, zippers, wheels, and handles. Beyond that, these brands' bags should optimize interior space and offer sizes that meet both travelers’ needs and airlines’ requirements.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/airline-carry-on-luggage-size-guide" target="_blank">Airline Carry-on Luggage Size Restrictions: What You Need to Know</a></p><p>Price is also a consideration. One could spend thousands of dollars on a piece of luggage that might be the best on the market, but not everyone’s budget would permit that expenditure on a suitcase. Therefore, our recommendations for best luggage brands are based on value as well as quality and design.</p><p>The list includes luggage in various price ranges, ordered from low to high investment, with an emphasis on durability, style, and function.</p><h2>American Tourister</h2><img alt="American Tourister Luggage and Suitcases "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1503337659/american-tourister-LUGGAGEBRANDS0817.jpg?itok=Xqs3rLTP"><p>For good quality at lower- to mid-range prices, American Tourister could be considered the best luggage brand for practical vacationers who may not travel frequently enough to demand extremely durable or luxurious luggage. Owned by Samsonite, this widely available and dependable brand includes softside and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-hardside-luggage" target="_blank">hardside</a> luggage in a variety of bold colors and finishes, including bags for kids (and adults!) featuring favorite Disney and Marvel Comics characters.</p><p>American Tourister luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/brand/american-tourister" target="_blank">eBags</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.walmart.com/browse/5438_3317124_2472597" target="_blank">Walmart</a>, and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbestluggagebrands-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=347ef04aee185c6c4627b2c9c77e28d1&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;index=apparel&amp;keywords=american%20tourister" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.</p><h2>Away</h2><img alt="away luggage "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1553095651/away-travel-luggage-BRANDS0319.jpg?itok=Pr_datnp"><p>Comparably new to the luggage game, Away has surged in popularity with savvy travelers since its launch in 2015. The brand's signature polycarbonate luggage comes in an array of colors and sizes — from kid's carry-on to large checked — and is sold direct-to-consumer to be able to offer high-quality materials at an approachable price point. Even the brand's high-end Aluminum Edition line is priced competitively with both carry-on sizes under $500. Plus, with a generous no-questions-asked return policy, you can try any suitcase for 100 days. Once you do decide to keep it, Away also offers a lifetime guarantee to fix or replace damaged bags.</p><p>Away luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/" target="_blank">awaytravel.com</a>.</p><h2>Samsonite</h2><img alt="Samsonite Luggage and Suitcases "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1503337659/samsonite-LUGGAGEBRANDS0817.jpg?itok=tjMyv7QJ"><p>One of the best-known luggage brands, Samsonite began more than 100 years ago as a trunk manufacturer. Its wide range of products includes hardside and softside bags, garment bags, backpacks, and travel accessories. Four-wheeled spinners and gliders, with their lower center of gravity, are also included in their product line. Sold in the low-to-middle price range, Samsonite products offer durability, style, and value. </p><p>Samsonite luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/brand/samsonite" target="_blank">eBags</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.zappos.com/samsonite-bags/COjWAVICxRFaAsUR4gIDAQsK.zso" target="_blank">Zappos</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.macys.com/shop/luggage/samsonite?id=20559" target="_blank">Macy’s</a>, and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/2530341011?&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbestluggagebrands-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=290de8c749b6615fb4e18bec94775524&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.</p><h2>Travelpro</h2><img alt="Travelpro Luggage and Suitcases "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1503337659/travelpro-LUGGAGEBRANDS0817.jpg?itok=0dF5YXgd"><p>This mid-priced brand, a favorite of flight crews, offers excellent quality, value, and durability. Its claim to fame is having been invented by an airline pilot who recognized the need for wheeled luggage and made it work. The popular <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/search?term=travelpro+maxlite" target="_blank">Maxlite series</a> includes softside and hardside styles in a range of colors, two-wheel rollaboard or four-wheel spinner. The just-launched <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/search/b/travelpro/bc/platinum-elite" target="_blank">Platinum Elite line</a>, their high-end option comes with premium fabrics, leather trim, and a “Worry-Free” lifetime warranty.</p><p>Travelpro luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/brand/travelpro" target="_blank">eBags</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/2602604011?&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbestluggagebrands-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=c916d17851ed2323e369b7a7ba617744&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.zappos.com/filters/travelpro-bags/COjWAVIC0xlaAtMZ4gIDAQsK.zso" target="_blank">Zappos</a>.</p><h2>Eagle Creek</h2><img alt="Eagle Creek Luggage and Suitcases "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1503337659/eagle-creek-LUGGAGEBRANDS0817.jpg?itok=YsRnZ5eS"><p>This rugged luggage line has a casual, outdoorsy vibe with an emphasis on durability and functionality. Tough, weather-resistant coated polyester fabrics, heavy-duty wheels, and puncture-proof lockable zippers make it ready for rough treatment on long trips, and the company backs it up with its “No Matter What” lifetime warranty. Above mid-range in price, practical additions include a key fob with bottle opener and add-a-bag straps.</p><p>Eagle Creek luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/brand/eagle-creek" target="_blank">eBags</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s?field-keywords=eagle+creek&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbestluggagebrands-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=f8da2d82981394a6778820dbebb9c6c8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.zappos.com/eagle-creek-luggage" target="_blank">Zappos</a>.</p><h2>Delsey</h2><img alt="Delsey Suitcases and Luggage "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1503337659/delsey-LUGGAGEBRANDS0817.jpg?itok=odbowIMw"><p>Founded in Paris in 1946 as a producer of leather camera cases, Delsey expanded into the luggage business in 1970 with its first hardcase line. They still specialize in hardside bags, creating the first style with one main compartment similar to a softside luggage configuration. Their product line also includes stylish and colorful softside bags, garment bags, and duffels. Known for creative innovations, they offer excellent durability and value in the middle price range.</p><p>Delsey luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/brand/delsey" target="_blank">eBags</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.zappos.com/filters/delsey-women-luggage/COjWARCT1wFSAsAVwAEB4gIEAQIYCg.zso" target="_blank">Zappos</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.bloomingdales.com/buy/delsey" target="_blank">Bloomingdale’s</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.macys.com/shop/luggage/delsey?id=20549" target="_blank">Macy’s</a>.</p><h2>Briggs &amp; Riley</h2><img alt="Briggs and Riley Suitcases "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1503337659/briggs-and-riley-LUGGAGEBRANDS0817.jpg?itok=Xh7qzppI"><p>Known for its <a href="http://www.briggs-riley.com/about/lifetime-guarantee/" target="_blank">lifetime guarantee</a>, Briggs &amp; Riley has introduced several innovations that make packing easier and more efficient. Outside-mounted hardware provides more interior area and a flat packing surface — fewer wrinkles. Also, the brand’s exclusive CX expansion and compression technology gives you more packing space and then returns the bag to its original size. Founded in 1993, prices are a bit higher than mid-range, but the quality and warranty — which applies even in the case of airline wear-and-tear — offer great value.</p><p>Briggs &amp; Riley luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/brand/briggs-and-riley" target="_blank">eBags</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/c/briggs-and-riley" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.bloomingdales.com/buy/briggs-riley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomingdale’s</a>.</p><h2>Victorinox</h2><img alt="Victorinox Luggage and Suitcases "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1503337659/victorinox-LUGGAGEBRANDS0817.jpg?itok=f9zxlcIv"><p>The company that makes the Swiss Army Knife, Victorinox, strives for the same versatility and functionality in its luggage. They offer a variety of styles in hardside and softside luggage at a price point higher than mid-range. Known for quality and durability, the company entered the travel gear market in 1999 and quickly became a popular and respected brand.</p><p>Victorinox luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/brand/victorinox" target="_blank">eBags</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.bloomingdales.com/buy/victorinox-luggage" target="_blank">Bloomingdale’s</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.macys.com/shop/luggage/victorinox?id=20563" target="_blank">Macy's</a>. </p><h2>Tumi</h2><img alt="Tumi Luggage and Suitcases "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1503337659/tumi-LUGGAGEBRANDS0817.jpg?itok=bCMyjQOO"><p>This distinctive luxury brand’s focus is fivefold: quality, durability, style, innovation, and customer service. Above mid-range prices include complimentary monogramming, onsite repairs, lost luggage tracking, and options such as the “add-a-bag” system, which makes it convenient to carry extra items. Tumi’s fashionable luggage and accessories are available in hardside, fine leather, and abrasion-proof ballistic nylon.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.tumi.com/" target="_blank">Tumi</a> luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/brand/tumi" target="_blank">eBags</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/c/tumi" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.zappos.com/filters/tumi-men-bags/COjWAVICwhXAAQLiAgMBGAo.zso" target="_blank">Zappos</a>.</p><h2>Hartmann</h2><img alt="Hartmann Luggage and Suitcases "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1503337659/hartmann-LUGGAGEBRANDS0817.jpg?itok=ZgxSqP73"><p>The company’s new tagline, “Since 1877,” is a reminder of its history, dating back to the days of brass-trimmed steamship trunks and glamorous railroad travel. Today, Hartmann remains committed to style and quality, along with the latest technology in its <a href="http://shop.hartmann.com/travel/gliders" target="_blank">Glider line of rolling bags</a>. The Hartmann look is classic and luxe. After all, James Bond carried the Skymate suitcase in 1954’s “Live and Let Die.” Who could be classier than 007?</p><p>Hartmann luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/brand/hartmann-luggage" target="_blank">eBags</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.macys.com/shop/luggage/hartmann?id=60309" target="_blank">Macy’s</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.bloomingdales.com/buy/hartmann" target="_blank">Bloomingdale’s</a>.</p><h2>Bric’s</h2><img alt="Bric's Luggage and Suitcases "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1503337659/brics-LUGGAGEBRANDS0817.jpg?itok=mYPAe7_V"><p>High-quality materials, reliability, and fashion-forward Italian design make Bric’s a popular brand with frequent fliers. Its luxurious product line uses full-grain leather trim, ultra-light polycarbonate on the hardside pieces, and durable nylon on softside luggage. Prices reflect the expensive materials and design of the products. The high-end <a href="https://bricstore.com/brics-collections/bellagio/" target="_blank">Bellagio collection</a> includes decorative and protective leather trim for a classic look.</p><p>Bric’s luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/brand/brics" target="_blank">eBags</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.neimanmarcus.com/Brics/Designers/cat11830733/c.cat" target="_blank">Neiman Marcus</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.bloomingdales.com/buy/brics" target="_blank">Bloomingdale’s</a>.</p><h2>Rimowa</h2><img alt="Rimowa Suitcases and Luggage "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1503337659/rimowa-LUGGAGEBRANDS0817.jpg?itok=M62PZXFa"><p>Founded in 1898, Rimowa is recognized for innovation in materials, having created the first aluminum trunk on the market in 1937. The company was also a leader in its use of lightweight and durable polycarbonate materials. Recognizable by its distinctive parallel grooves, premium-class Rimowa luggage is stylish and practical. “Handmade meets high-tech” is the brand’s motto and mission.</p><p>Rimowa luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.neimanmarcus.com/Rimowa/Designers/cat39120748/c.cat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neiman Marcus</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.bloomingdales.com/buy/rimowa" target="_blank">Bloomingdale’s</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/c/rimowa" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a>.</p><h2>Globe-Trotter</h2><img alt="Globe Trotter Luggage "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1503337659/globe-trotter-LUGGAGEBRANDS0817.jpg?itok=RpOkXVMZ"><p>A list of best luggage brands must include this luxury lifestyle brand. After all, Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill were past owners of Globe-Trotter luggage, and what endorsement could top that? The company was founded more than 100 years ago in Germany and moved to the U.K. where it is still located. Handcrafted by skilled artisans, the brand’s impeccable design creates a vintage look with fine leather straps and corner trim. Classic styling and luxurious materials exude wealth and status, with prices to match. If, as they say, money is no object, then Globe-Trotter just might top the list of best luggage brands.</p><p>Globe-Trotter luggage is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.matchesfashion.com/us/womens/designers/globe-trotter" target="_blank">Matches Fashion</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/Shop/Designers/Globe_Trotter" target="_blank">Net-a-Porter</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.barneys.com/designer/globe-trotter/N-1mztmdv" target="_blank">Barneys New York</a>.</p>
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The Napa Valley Wine Train Is Running Its Popular Beer Train for the Second Year in a Row

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 15:40
<p>All aboard, beer lovers. It’s time to hop on this unique train.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bus-train/napa-valley-wine-train" target="_blank">Napa Valley Wine Train</a> is famous for its incredible winery tours, day trips, and themed events throughout the year. But it’s not just for wine lovers.</p><p>For the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/napa-valley-hop-train-beer-ride" target="_blank">second year in a row</a>, the Napa Valley Wine Train is hosting one of their most popular, seasonal trips known as the Hop Train, according to the company’s press release. This special, beer-themed train trip is a must-do for any craft brew lover since it takes you through some of the best parts of the Napa Valley wine country sponsored by one of the best local brewers in Napa.</p><img alt="Napa Valley Palisades Beer "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557433794/napa-valley-palisades-brewery-NAPAHOP0519.jpg?itok=skUNd5sh"><p>This year, the Napa Palisades Beer Company invites people to “hop” on this train for some incredible, 360-degree views of wine country, delicious bar food, a unique Open-Air train car, and of course, two pints each of local craft beer.</p><p>Some beers that will be featured on the train will be a fresh and citrusy Loco IPA 7.5%, a smooth and smoky 1849 Gold Rush Red Ale 5.7%, and a light and crisp Little Loco Session IPA 5.3%, all brewed by the Napa Palisades Beer Company.</p><p>Or, if you’re traveling with a non-beer-drinker, wine and spirits will also be available for purchase.</p><p>The Hop Train will run from on Monday nights from June 3 through October. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. and the train departs at 6 p.m, returning around 8 p.m. Tickets start at <a href="https://www.winetrain.com/events/hop-train/" target="_blank">$79.99 per person</a>, but locals are offered a special rate of <a href="https://www.winetrain.com/events/hop-train/" target="_blank">$59.99 per person</a>.</p>
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This Castle in Slovenia Was Built Into the Mouth of a Cave (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 11:01
<p>The only thing <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/europe-hidden-castles" target="_blank">more fairytale-like than a castle</a> is a castle perched on a 400-meter cliff that’s built around the entrance of a natural cave. Oh, and did we mention there’s a network of secret passageways? The Predjama Castle in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/slovenia-julian-alps-hiking-trail-triglay-national-park" target="_blank">Slovenia</a> has all that and more — and it’s open to the public year-round.</p><p>Originally dating back to the 13th century, the medieval castle is listed in the <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/113417-largest-cave-castle" target="_blank">Guinness World Records</a> as the “Largest Cave Castle.” The structure is not only built into the side of a cave, but also sits on top of the second-longest cave in Slovenia, which spans four floors.</p><img alt="Predjama Castle "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557241022/predjama-castle-ROCKCASTLE0519.jpg?itok=MQ2X6kTK"><p>The castle was used as a fortress for many noblemen over the years, which is why the secret passageway was so crucial. According to <em><a href="https://mymodernmet.com/predjama-castle-slovenia/" target="_blank">My Modern Met</a></em>, the knight Erasmus of Lug (Erazem in Slovenian) was the lord of the castle in the 15th century. He was a well-known robber who was forced to flee when he killed the commander of the imperial army. The castle became his refuge, and from there, he used the hidden passageways to get supplies and continue his robberies.</p><p>Today, Predjama Castle is open year-round to visitors who can also buy combo tickets to see the great <a href="https://www.postojnska-jama.eu/en/tickets/meet-the-queen-of-caves/" target="_blank">Postojna Cave</a> below. For the latter, visitors can access over three miles of chambers, passageways, and cave formations beneath the earth.</p>
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Amsterdam Plans to Focus on Attracting Only 'Quality Tourists' Amid Overcrowding Concerns

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 10:33
<p>With an area of just 16,412 square miles, the Netherlands is a <a href="https://www.britannica.com/place/Netherlands" target="_blank">small country</a> — that's about half the size of the state of South Carolina. Yet somehow, the country managed to welcome 18 million global travelers in 2017, many of whom flocked to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/amsterdam" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a>, the country’s fun-loving capital.</p><p>The Netherlands expects its number of tourists to increase by 50 percent by 2030, and the tourism board doesn’t necessarily see that increase as a good thing. Due to concerns of overcrowding and a loss of quality tourism, the tourism board reported in their <a href="https://www.nbtc.nl/nl/perspectief-bestemming-nederland-2030.htm" target="_blank">Perspective 2030</a> vision document that they’re moving away from “destination promotion” and toward “destination management.” In other words, rather than actively promoting tourism, efforts will be focused on improving the country’s livability, raising sustainability objectives, and creating employment opportunities.</p><p>The report goes on to say that they hope to refocus on attracting what they call “quality tourists,” or visitors who add value when they travel and don’t cause trouble. On the flipside, the document states that they will “stop actively attracting groups of visitors who are a nuisance or do not add sufficient value.”</p><p>The tourist board also hopes to entice tourists to see <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/netherlands-dutch-tourist-board-destination-city-amsterdam-tourism-a8903506.html" target="_blank">less-visited parts</a> of the Netherlands, as popular destinations like the Keukenhof bulb garden, the Kinderdijk windmill districts, and Amsterdam have taken the brunt of the side effects of mass tourism.</p>
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The Best Beach Canopies to Save You From the Sun

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 10:31
<p>Beach people are always talking about <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations" target="_blank">the beach</a>. The sun! They insist. The waves! The lovely breezes! Meanwhile, their less-enthusiastic counterparts are giving them the side-eye, thinking less about cool drinks in hammocks between palm trees and more about sweating sunscreen into their eyes and trying to figure out how it’s even possible to get sand inside a grape.</p><p>If you’re a beach person surrounded by skeptics, consider introducing a beach canopy into your arsenal. These convenient sources of shade will create a cool oasis for your friends to hide in when they've forgotten just how oppressively bright the sun can be. Some beach tents even come with floors so you can launch a valiant effort against the ever-encroaching sand.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/best-cheap-polarized-sunglasses-for-travel-amazon" target="_blank">We Found Your New Go-to Travel Sunglasses — and They’re Under $15</a></p><p>Even the most devoted beach-worshippers can benefit from a canopy. The American Academy of Dermatology would probably prefer you minimize your tanning time in general, but if you’re going to be outside, they <a href="https://www.aad.org/public/kids/skin/taking-care-of-your-skin/protect-your-skin-from-the-sun" target="_blank">recommend staying in the shade</a> when the sun is strongest (generally between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.). And stashing your food and drinks in the shade will help keep them cool longer rather than re-frying your potato chips.</p><p>Here are some of our favorites that we found during our browsing as we longingly dreamt of warmer days.</p><h2>Big Agnes Three Fork Shelter</h2><img alt="Big agnes beach shelter "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556912967/big-agnes-shelter-BEACHTENT0519.jpg?itok=ydFmu6VZ"><p>Outdoor Gear Lab’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/camping-and-hiking/best-canopy-tent" target="_blank">top pick</a> for beach canopy won praise for its light weight, easy setup, and multiple stability options. It comes with stakes, guy-lines, and a webbing frame to help it stay in place, even in windy conditions.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0757XK2CP/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0757XK2CP&amp;linkId=d4ad0510a22b6ff168247095e42bd062" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $200</p><h2>Sport-Brella</h2><img alt="Sport brella "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556912967/sport-brella-BEACHTENT0519.jpg?itok=dJns-xyZ"><p>Looking for a multitasking option? Wirecutter’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-beach-umbrellas-chairs-and-accessories/" target="_blank">favorite beach umbrella</a> and the top-selling sunshade on Amazon comes with fold-down flaps to transform it into an 8-foot canopy</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CLQ1Q2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B002CLQ1Q2&amp;linkId=182a09feb135c33d4d37db433162165d" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $50</p><h2>Lightspeed Outdoors Seaside Quick Shelter</h2><img alt="Lightspeed outdoors tent "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556912967/lightspeed-outdoors-BEACHTENT0519.jpg?itok=umBraGTA"><p>For a full-canopy pick with a floor, Wirecutter votes for the Seaside Quick Shelter for its easy assembly, good color range, and ability to shrink down to a compact size for storage.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JSO9VD6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00JSO9VD6&amp;linkId=4c7fc7bbb338dd76653bec5aafb31aa6" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $65</p><h2>Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent</h2><img alt="Pacific breeze tent "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556912967/pacific-breeze-tent-BEACHTENT0519.jpg?itok=tHLXgIdS"><p><a href="http://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-beach-tents-for-sun-shelter-and-protection.html" target="_blank">The Strategist</a> raves about the Pacific Breeze tent enough to convert even the staunchest anti-beacher. Bonus: No poles required.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RQQRTSM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00RQQRTSM&amp;linkId=2fbfa77db20d038c44e1f477867778da" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $70</p><h2>Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent Deluxe XL</h2><img alt="pacific breeze tent xl "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556912967/pacific-breeze-xl-tent-BEACHTENT0519.jpg?itok=DJAwAeen"><p>Going full beach party? Upgrade to the Pacific Breeze XL. You can even opt for an extendable floor to really try to keep the sand out. (It will definitely still sneak in there, but at least you tried.)</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0159JSKYE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0159JSKYE&amp;linkId=77dddc69d1c8173c5ebe372a227c9b09" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $100 (<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079BCQCVJ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B079BCQCVJ&amp;linkId=062088081c9e368415611f76229fa7ca" target="_blank">$110 with floor</a>)</p><h2>Zomake Pop Up Tent</h2><img alt="Zomake tent "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556912967/zomake-pop-up-tent-BEACHTENT0519.jpg?itok=0qrnI188"><p>If you’re not feeling confident in your assembly skills or looking for something a little more tent-like, opt for a pop-up model like this one from Zomake that can also be used for backyard camping excursions.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071D7X1NS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B071D7X1NS&amp;linkId=4ab5a309f2833dc054e5f484f8c4b7da" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $67</p><h2>Coleman Beach Shade</h2><img alt="Coleman beach shade "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556912967/coleman-beach-shade-BEACHTENT0519.jpg?itok=a7QfKlul"><p>Classic camping gear company Coleman goes on vacation with this beach shade that includes 50 UPF sun protection and a back window.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUTIE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUTIE&amp;linkId=cad5f7891590bc8f88a3bf35e0db8766" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $43</p><h2>Neso Grande</h2><img alt="Neso Grande beach shade "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556912967/neso-grande-shade-BEACHTENT0519.jpg?itok=6Syikr7c"><p>If you just want a simple beach-only slice of fabric and some poles, go for the Neso Grande. It’s light, highly portable, and comes in a variety of easy-to-spot hues, but just keep in mind that it may blow away if the wind picks up too much.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0786LJBSJ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0786LJBSJ&amp;linkId=04a44560122d6f705b4c95bcd9759934" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $125</p><h2>Otentik</h2><img alt="Otentik beach sunshade "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556912967/otentik-beach-sunshade-BEACHTENT0519.jpg?itok=gbnmb_xw"><p><a href="https://www.tripsavvy.com/best-beach-canopies-4156955" target="_blank">TripSavvy</a> votes for the Otentik for its quality fabric and ease of assembly. It comes in small, medium, and large and a full rainbow of color options.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G7B695H/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07G7B695H&amp;linkId=fce9b72943c024327c0c9119717a5b9a" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, from $89</p>
Categories: Travel

13 Fascinating Travel Coffee Table Books That Will Inspire You to Get Off the Couch and See the World

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 10:16
<p>While you could be searching the depths of Instagram for your next <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/instagram-top-destinations" target="_blank">gram-worthy destination</a>, there’s something special about the old-fashioned methods of finding new places for a getaway — like scouring the best travel guidebooks or flipping through beautiful photos in a coffee table book featuring somewhere exotic.</p><p>If, like me, you’re an avid traveler who loves decorating with reminders of said travels, you might also enjoy displaying travel coffee table books around your home — ones that instantly spark memories from past adventures as you flip through their pages. How could you not want to jet off immediately to Mexico after seeing the vibrant architecture and textiles in the book "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Living-Mexico-Barbara-Ren%C3%A9/dp/3836566915/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=536900da235df59cbb0c92933d6d9cd9&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Living in Mexico</a>"?</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/books/best-books-for-travelers" target="_blank">10 Inspiring Books Every Traveler Needs to Read</a></p><p>If you travel to different countries with one specific purpose in mind, like visiting the world’s best libraries, there’s even a coffee table book that’s perfect for you too. Massimo Listri’s "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Massimo-Listri-Beautiful-Libraries-Multilingual/dp/3836535246/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=3b999b6e35c139ddba2b7356146b33b2&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">The World's Most Beautiful Libraries</a>" is mesmerizing from cover to cover with full-page photos of some of the world’s finest and oldest libraries.</p><p>For that old-fashioned travel inspiration which seems so rare these days, we’ve rounded up our favorite coffee table books that not only will make you want to get off the couch but will ignite your mind and soul.</p><h2>'Massimo Listri: The World's Most Beautiful Libraries'</h2><img alt="Massimo Listri: The World's Most Beautiful Libraries "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/most-beautiful-libraries-amazon.jpg?itok=MJKwkTsA"><p>As a book dedicated strictly to the keepers of knowledge around the world, "The World's Most Beautiful Libraries" tells the stories of these historical “halls of learning.” Included throughout the pages are stunning images of some of the world’s most sought-after literature collections and libraries including the papal collections of the Vatican Apostolic Library, Trinity College Library, home to the Book of Kells and Book of Durrow, and the holdings of the Laurentian Library in Florence, the private library of the powerful House of Medici, designed by Michelangelo.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Massimo-Listri-Beautiful-Libraries-Multilingual/dp/3836535246/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=3b999b6e35c139ddba2b7356146b33b2&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $140 (originally $200) </p><h2>'ITALY'</h2><img alt="Gray Malin: Italy "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/gray-malin-italy-amazon.jpg?itok=bn13Rd6a"><p>It’s hard not to fall in love with Gray Malin’s photography — he provides a unique perspective on beaches and shorelines around the world. Following the success of two of his previous books, "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Beaches-Gray-Malin/dp/1419720899/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=fb052bbd3eb650d99045edc0c12205cb&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Beaches</a>" and "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Escape-Gray-Malin/dp/1419727591/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=beaches+gray+malin&amp;qid=1557424681&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=028a16db7a01f94a3695a50a3f761ae5&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Escape</a>," his newest title, "ITALY" highlights the dreamy Italian coastal lifestyle. Whether or not you’ve been to Italy’s coasts, Malin’s latest work perfectly captures the vibe of one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, from colorful Cinque Terre to the crystal clear blue waters of Amalfi Coast.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Gray-Malin-Italy/dp/1419735977/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=bdcb9ffe55e568aed91d3e033006ce8c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $26 (originally $40) </p><h2>'Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World's Most Amazing Places'</h2><img alt="Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World's Most Amazing Places "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/destinations-lifetime-national-geographic-amazon.jpg?itok=uojBHU5U"><p>In one of <em>National Geographic</em>’s best-selling books, there’s no shortage of destination ideas for your next vacation. In "Destinations of a Lifetime," you’ll find information on the world’s 225 most fascinating places, enough to literally last a lifetime. The pages will take you on a photographic journey across our planet’s most bucket list-worthy spots, which include a range of both natural and manmade structures.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Destinations-Lifetime-Worlds-Amazing-Places/dp/1426215649/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=9c3dc71537d7010b014a81f4dd2976ff&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon</a>, $24 (originally $40) </p><h2>'Living in Mexico'</h2><img alt="Living in Mexico "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/living-in-mexico-amazon.jpg?itok=eNQmqAuv"><p>Throughout the pages of "Living in Mexico," you’ll be immersed in the Aztec and Mayan cultures and Spanish influences — from Costa Careyes to the Yucatán Peninsula. Through some never-before-published images, you’ll experience the country’s diverse lifestyles and architecture and be transported to the heart of eclectic Mexico.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Living-Mexico-Barbara-René/dp/3836566915/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=536900da235df59cbb0c92933d6d9cd9&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $16 (originally $20)</p><h2>'Overview: A New Perspective of Earth'</h2><img alt="Overview: A New Perspective of Earth "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/overview-perspective-earth-book-amazon.jpg?itok=UM9zyf26"><p>A unique collection of satellite images, "Overview: A New Perspective of Earth" provides a truly one-of-a-kind perspective on this planet we call home. In more than 200 aerial images, you’ll get a glimpse at the Earth’s natural colors and patterns. The book’s concept was inspired by the “Overview Effect,” a sensation astronauts experience when they’re able to look down and see the Earth as a whole.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Overview-Perspective-Earth-Benjamin-Grant/dp/039957865X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=80bd097b802a01261d99515131dd6abc&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $22 (originally $40) </p><h2>'The Bucket List: Places to Find Peace and Quiet'</h2><img alt="LA NY: Aerial Photographs of Los Angeles and New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/aerial-photos-new-york-los-angeles-amazon.jpg?itok=O68ptFeY"><p>If your bucket list of places to visit keeps getting longer and longer, be prepared to make a few more additions. "The Bucket List: Places to Find Peace and Quiet" is a brilliant collection of some of the world’s best meditation retreats as well as hard-to-find wilderness hangouts. Whether you’re traveling to find yourself or get lost in an adventure, this book has the next places you’ll want to add to your getaway list, ASAP.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Bucket-List-Places-Peace-Quiet/dp/0789333880/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=3dcdbbca1f47d26f91dfd0d66c0f8169&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $23 (originally $35) </p><h2>'LA NY: Aerial Photographs of Los Angeles and New York'</h2><img alt="The Bucket List: Places to Find Peace and Quiet "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/bucket-list-places-to-find-peace-quiet-amazon.jpg?itok=GnfSTih0"><p>If you’re one that can’t get enough of landscape or travel photography, this book captures the spirit of two iconic cities — all from above. Photographed precisely at a 90-degree angle, the portraits are meant to emphasize particular patterns of the two cities and how the Earth’s topography has adapted to their urban lifestyles.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/NY-Aerial-Photographs-Angeles-York/dp/0500544891/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=3a8a7585410af4399d2cbb7dd2f42530&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $18 (originally $30)</p><h2>'Mykonos Muse'</h2><img alt="Mykonos Muse "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/mykonos-muse-amazon.jpg?itok=c77zh7Ko"><p>If the blue-and-white color palette of the Greek islands has been calling your name, this book is the perfect precursor to a trip to Mykonos. Portraying historic Greek culture and society, this beautiful book of full-page photos captures the true spirit of the island.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Mykonos-Muse-Lizy-Manola/dp/1614286906/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=99d034ebd1ca24c2af2988d9f76d6a54&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $75 (originally $85) </p><h2>'100 Dives of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Underwater Destinations'</h2><img alt="100 Dives of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Underwater Destinations "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/100-dives-national-geographic-amazon.jpg?itok=c-g-9bl6"><p>Whether you’re an avid scuba diver or a beginner looking for a new hobby, "100 Dives of a Lifetime" provides a comprehensive guide of all the top diving spots across the world’s greatest bodies of water. With more than 350 underwater images along with expert diving advice from world-famous <em>National Geographic</em> divers and explorers like Brian Skerry, Jessica Cramp, and David Doubilet, you’ll find yourself reading about dozens of dives ranging from night swimming with manta rays in Kona, Hawaii to diving beneath the ice floes of Antarctica.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/100-Dives-Lifetime-Underwater-Destinations/dp/1426220073/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=033d334479689411b9e1f67a7efd49e4&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $23 (originally $35) </p><h2>'Gail Albert Halaban: Italian Views'</h2><img alt="Gail Albert Halaban: Italian Views "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/italian-views-gail-albert-halaban-amazon.jpg?itok=Ff_E9xAs"><p>If you’ve ever wanted to really get to know the locals in a faraway place, Gail Albert Halaban’s books take that curiosity one step further by featuring portraits of people around the world for a behind-the-scenes look at their private home lives. While Albert Halaban’s "Out My Window" series <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Gail-Albert-Halaban-Paris-Views/dp/1597113026/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=e65aefc54f0cfddf38dc74b88d5e9ec0&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">first featured the Parisian lifestyle</a>, her latest work ventures to Italy to illustrate the curious thrill of being an outsider looking in.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Gail-Albert-Halaban-Italian-Views/dp/1597114510/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=41fef5c4f06fc4243e209f6de9f3a632&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $47 (originally $75)</p><h2>'She Explores: Stories of Life-Changing Adventures on the Road and in the Wild'</h2><img alt="She Explores: Stories of Life-Changing Adventures on the Road and in the Wild "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/she-explores-book-amazon.jpg?itok=oWFrnJ6t"><p>A one-of-a-kind book, "She Explores" features the unforgettable travel stories of 40 different women. For any woman who has ever wanted to embark on a solo journey, this book is filled with inspiring yet practical tips and advice as you follow along with other women who live out of vans, hike the wild, and sleep under the stars.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/She-Explores-Stories-Life-Changing-Adventures/dp/1452167664/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=c46c0b6965074721743371f4998ad560&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $16 (originally $26) </p><h2>'An American Odyssey'</h2><img alt="An American Odyssey "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/american-odyssey.jpg?itok=FkjE087K"><p>What makes this book so unique is that it includes more than 600 pages full of reproduced Photochrom and Photostint postcard images from the private collection of Marc Walter, which were originally produced by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1888 and 1924. The images take the reader on a visual journey through American history, including scenes of Native American settlements and the bustle of New York City's Chinatown.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/American-Odyssey-XXL-Sabine-Arqué/dp/3836542102/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=46e88217d2172c33c924bbde81406704&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $132 (originally $200)</p><h2>'Vanlife Diaries: Finding Freedom on the Open Road'</h2><img alt="Vanlife Diaries: Finding Freedom on the Open Road "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557340037/vanlie-diaries-amazon.jpg?itok=xV-JtCqW"><p>If you’ve ever thought about what it would be like to drop everything to road trip the country in an RV or a van, we’ve found the perfect collection of stories that illustrate people who have done just that. Through photos, interviews, and advice, "Vanlife Diaries" dives into exploring what it’s like to be a part of this special nomadic community that celebrates living in tiny rolling homes.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Vanlife-Diaries-Finding-Freedom-Open/dp/0399581146/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbesttravelcoffeetablebooksmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=3487caeeb031cbde7527853908e05bb3&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $17 (originally $25)</p>
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The Former Editor of Vogue Paris Just Released a Travel-inspired Fragrance Line

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 10:16
<p>You change your personal style depending on where you travel — so why not your fragrance? A new perfume line from Carine Roitfeld, the CR Fashion Book founder and former <i>Vogue Paris </i>editor, is designed to be worn in style capitals around the world — from the sultry streets of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/visit-buenos-aires-like-a-celebrity" target="_blank">Buenos Aires</a> to the historic squares of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list/greg-tepper-russia-itinerary" target="_blank">St. Petersburg</a>.</p><p>Inspired by lovers in seven of the fashion editor’s favorite cities, the perfume collection is a natural career progression for the famed editor, who's a natural storyteller and a provocateur at heart.</p><p>“Finding a perfume you love is like finding a lover,” Roitfeld told <i>Travel + Leisure</i>.</p><p>To develop the scents, Roitfeld collaborated with master perfumers Aurélien Guichard, Pascal Gaurin, and Yann Vasnier (all of whom who have created iconic scents for brands like Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs) over the course of three years. The resulting 7 fragrances are rich, complex, and unapologetically sexy – like je ne sais quoi in fragrance form.</p><img alt="Carine Roitfeld Parfume Travel-Inspired Collection "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557433119/carine-roitfeld-parfume-collection-CROITRVL0519.jpg?itok=fh3fb3r-"><p>“When I go to bed I put on perfume, it’s like a second skin,” said Roitfeld. “And when I get dressed, it’s the last thing I put on —similar to a fashion accessory, but even more important.”</p><p>Aurélien is an ode to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/tls-guide-to-secret-paris" target="_blank">Paris</a>, her home, and her first love, combining spicy floral notes, with hints or orange flower and davana oil. Meanwhile, her <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/hotels-in-new-york" target="_blank">New York</a> “lover” is Orson, inspired by the legendary actor Orson Welles, and merging the sensual petals of the hawthorn floral with the earthiness of tonka beans and benzoin. “The first time I came to New York, I stayed at the Carlyle Hotel, which has a classic New York feel,” said Roitfeld. “But New York was also about the downtown, with its art galleries, fashion, and restaurants like Odeon. So we made the notes clash as a way of representing the contrast of the city.”</p><p>Her paramour across the pond, in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/london-restaurant-bar-recommendations" target="_blank">London</a>, is George, a heady mix of green floral chypre, galbanum, and cannabis, “to capture the culture clash between the prim and proper in the place where punk rock began,” said Roitfeld.</p><p>Her world tour continues with Kar-Wai, named after the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/budget-travel/budget-guide-hong-kong" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai, whose film <i>In the Mood for Love </i>captured Roitfeld’s imagination. A marriage between fruity osmanthus and the leathery smokiness of longjiing tea, the scent is a sensuous tribute to one of Roitfeld’s favorite far-flung destinations.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/why-stopover-in-dubai" target="_blank">Dubai</a>-inspired fragrance, Lawrence, is also rooted in Roitfeld’s love for cinema — specifically the 1962 British epic <i>Lawrence of Arabia. </i>Rich and irresistible, the scent leads with floral and leather, rounding out with notes of jasmine, oud wood, and tolu tree.</p><p>As the Paris of South America, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/visual-arts/buenos-aires-cultural-makeover" target="_blank">Buenos Aires</a> was a natural pick for Roitfeld, who chose to base her scent Sebastian there. “It’s a very nostalgic city because it has been through many changes politically and socially,” she said. “So there’s a sadness to the place that we brought forth in the perfume’s notes — specifically, the tuberose flower, which never fades.”</p><p>Vladmir, the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/russia-without-tears" target="_blank">St. Petersburg</a> fragrance, holds a special place in Roitfeld’s heart, as it was named after her son, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, and honors her Russian heritage. Masculine and smoky, the perfume combines notes of amber, orris, and olibanum.</p><p>To celebrate the launch of the perfumes, Roitfeld will unveil an immersive pop-up shop, designed by renewed producer Etienne Russo, in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, where shoppers will be able to experience each scent in person and pre-order their favorite.</p>
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Delta Is About to Test Free Wi-Fi on 55 Flights Daily

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 09:50
<p>If you’re boarding a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta/maintain-frequent-flier-status-delta-airlines-program" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines flight</a>, you may soon be able to surf the web for free. The airline announced that it is beginning to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta/delta-free-wifi-flights" target="_blank">test free in-flight Wi-Fi</a> on May 13.</p><p>Starting then, the airline will offer free internet access on 55 flights per day. This is the start of the airline’s testing period to roll the service out for free across its fleet.</p><p>It’s not that the airline doesn’t have the technology to make the service free. Instead they will be testing how many passengers per flight make use of the unlimited free Wi-Fi. Currently, Gogo (Delta’s inflight internet provider) says that about 12 percent of passengers pay and use the in-flight internet connection. Obviously, if the service were to be free, that percentage would increase.</p><p>“Testing will be key to getting this highly complex program right,” Delta’s director of onboard product told <em><a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/delta-taking-free-wi-fi-for-a-spin-11557410441?mod=e2tw" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a>.</em> “This takes a lot more creativity, investment, and planning to bring to life than a simple flip of a switch.”</p><p>The testing program is likely to take months, if not years. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta/delta-free-wifi-flights" target="_blank">Passengers are unlikely to see free Wi-Fi on all their Delta flights for at least another year or two</a>. Right now, it’s a game of chance to see if one of your flights will be among the lucky 55 every day.</p><p>The airline currently charges $16 per day to access Wi-Fi on domestic flights. Delta passengers currently have access to free in-flight messaging using apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.</p><p>The only U.S. airline that currently offers free in-flight Wi-Fi is JetBlue.</p>
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EU Chief Says There's a Good Chance 'Brexit Will Not Happen'

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 09:25
<p>EU Chief Donald Tusk says there’s a 20 to 30 percent chance the United Kingdom won’t go through with <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/brexit-extension" target="_blank">Brexit</a> after all.</p><p>“After the British referendum in 2016, I thought that if we recognize that the case is closed, it will be the end,” Tusk told Polish newspaper <em>Gazeta Wyborcza, </em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/10/donald-tusk-chance-of-brexit-being-cancelled-could-be-30" target="_blank">according to <em>The Guardian</em></a>. “Today the chance that Brexit will not happen is, in my opinion, 20 to 30 percent. That’s a lot.” </p><p>Tusk was the Polish prime minister before taking on his role as EU chief. in his interview with the Polish newspaper, he said that every month “it is becoming increasingly clear that the U.K.’s exit from the EU will look completely different than the Brexit that was promoted. I see no reason to capitulate.”</p><p>“The British people voted to leave the EU in the biggest democratic exercise in our history and the government is focused on delivering that result,” <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/brexit/9047297/donald-tusk-brexit-cancelled/" target="_blank">a government spokesperson told <em>The Sun</em></a>. “MPs have already voted on a second referendum a number of times and rejected it.”</p><p>Brexit has been steadily losing popularity in the U.K. as the country grapples with the logistics of actually leaving the European Union.</p><p>A march for a second referendum (known as The People’s Referendum march) <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/uk/live-news/brexit-london-march-gbr-intl/index.html" target="_blank">claims to have brought together 1 million people in London</a> on March 31.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/brexit-extension" target="_blank">U.K. had been due to leave the EU on March 29</a>, two years after negotiations, but the leave was delayed. Brexit negotiations have been plagued by a divided parliament, numerous extensions, and an inability to make significant progress. Last month, the EU extended Britain’s membership until Oct. 27, allowing more time for negotiations. </p>
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Michelle Obama's Post About Traveling With Sasha and Malia Will Convince You to Book a Family Trip

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 09:04
<p>For years, former First Lady Michelle Obama has been doling out sound advice. And now, she’s at it again. But this time she’s discussing something very special to us: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/president-obama-on-travel" target="_blank">the importance of travel</a>.</p><p>“With Mother’s Day just a couple days away, I find myself thinking a lot about the way my mother raised me. And even though our family was crammed into a tiny apartment, one of the greatest gifts she gave me was the freedom to explore and develop into my own person,” Obama wrote in the caption of a new Instagram post. “For instance, even though we didn’t have much money, she and my dad cobbled enough money together to send me on a high-school trip to Paris, which opened up the world to me in so many ways.”</p><p>Obama went on to explain that now that she’s raising her own two girls she wants to instill that same lesson.</p><p>“I wanted to pass that lesson on to my own girls. I’ve been so fortunate to be able to travel with Sasha and Malia all across the country and around the world—experiences my mother never would have dreamed of back when I was their age,” she wrote. “But though the settings may be different, the message is the same, and it’s one I hope mothers everywhere pass on to their daughters—in seeking out new perspectives and reaching outside of our comfort zones, we can discover more about ourselves.”</p><p>It’s certainly true that Obama and her husband, former President Barack Obama, have prioritized travel since leaving the White House. In the past few years, the Obama family has been <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/obamas-vacation-caribbean" target="_blank">yachting in the Caribbean with Richard Branson</a>, diving into the crystal blue waters of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/barack-obama-island" target="_blank">French Polynesia</a>, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/access-italy-vip-tours-hotels-excursions" target="_blank">toured around Italy</a> with one if its best family-run companies.</p><p>Obama isn’t alone in her thinking about the importance of travel. Barack <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/president-obama-on-travel" target="_blank">shared the same sentiment</a> in April during a conversation with Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta. He said: “There is something spectacular about seeing a new place and experiencing a different culture but when you’re able to watch that sense of discovery in your children’s eyes, that’s more special than anything else.”</p><p>We couldn’t agree more. Here are <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/family-travel-ideas" target="_blank">20 extraordinary vacations to take with your kids</a> to get you started.</p>
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Man Takes His Dog on a 1,100 Mile Journey After She Lost Her Eyesight

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/11/2019 - 06:58
<p>For many pet owners, their furry companions are part of the family. Sometimes, that also means making sure pets have the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/pet-friendly-travel" target="_blank">same lifestyle they love</a> even after some major changes.</p><p>When his dog lost both of her eyes to glaucoma, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/tls-ultimate-guide-to-florida" target="_blank">Florida</a> man Kyle Rohrig did just that. According to <a href="https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/florida-man-blind-dog-complete-1-100-mile-hike-across-the-state" target="_blank">ABC Action News</a>, Rohrig, an avid hiker, decided to take his Shiba Inu, Katana, on a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/hikes-around-the-world" target="_blank">1,100-mile hike</a> after her eye surgery, just like they’ve always done throughout her life.</p><img alt="Katana, an eight year old Shiba Inu,on an epic 1100 mile hike "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557507476/kyle-rohrig-blind-dog-katana-hike-BLINDHIKE0519.jpg?itok=Ir0qaMHl"><p>Katana has been Rohrig’s hiking buddy for years, clocking around 30 miles a day on some trails, ABC Action News reported. When she went blind, Rohrig feared he wouldn’t be able to take his trusty companion on the trails anymore. After two months of rehabilitating Katana after losing her sight, Rohrig naturally had some concerns.</p><p>“It would sometimes take her minutes to find the courage to hop up or down from the couch or even to cross a threshold from indoors to outdoors or vice versa – and she always needed gratuitous verbal encouragement to do any of it,” Rohrig told <em>Metro</em>. But Rohrig determined that the best way to ensure her quality of life was to try to help her adapt to her blindness, according to <em><a href="https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/09/man-takes-dog-incredible-1100-mile-hike-goes-blind-9459233/" target="_blank">Metro</a></em>.</p><p>Luckily, once they embarked on the trail, Katana didn’t seem phased by the new environment and was able to hold her own, using her other senses to guide her. Clearly, the two months Rohrig spent working with her paid off. Plus, the eight-year-old dog had been coping with fewer senses for a while, having lost one of her eyes at age five, according to the <em><a href="https://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20190427/navarre-man-and-his-blind-dog-complete-1100-mile-hike-of-florida-trail" target="_blank">Daytona Beach News-Journal</a></em>.</p><p>“I was worried she would be miserable and I would be miserable, but she rose to the occasion and did a lot better than I thought she would,” said Rohrig to the <em>Daytona Beach News-Journal</em>. For the most part, Rohrig said, she seemed just like her old self before she got sick.</p><p>Rohrig, one of his friends, and Katana set out on the trail in January, beginning in Big Cypress near <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/miami" target="_blank">Miami</a> and finishing in April at Fort Pickens near Pensacola. Often times, Katana would take the lead and managed to stay directly on the trail.</p><p>Rohrig posted photos and video on his Facebook page showing Katana trekking along the trail. He was even able to guide her with his voice during some difficult portions.</p><p>In areas that were a little too rough or dangerous for the small, 21-pound dog, Rohrig would carry Katana in his backpack. Overall, according to the <em>Daytona Beach News-Journal</em>, Rohrig was carrying his hiking companion for about 800 miles of the journey.</p><p>Rohrig told ABC Action News that he plans to keep Katana with him as much as he can on the trail. “I have several future hikes planned for this year and next year totaling around 6,000 more miles. I don't want to mention the names of specific trails this early, but Katana will be joining me for close to 3,000 of those miles,” he told ABC Action News.</p><img alt="Katana, an eight year old Shiba Inu,on an epic 1100 mile hike "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557507476/blind-dog-katana-hike-BLINDHIKE0519.jpg?itok=Eu-gOJgS"><p>Rohrig told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that he intends to take Katana on 272-mile Long Trail in Vermont later this month. After 1,100 miles in the Florida heat, the next trail will be a piece of cake for the little dog.</p>
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A 'Harry Potter'-themed Dinner Theater Is Coming to New York City

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 17:18
<p><em>Accio mimosas! </em>The wizarding world is bringing us Muggles the best way to brunch this summer.</p><p>According to <em><a href="http://gothamist.com/2019/05/06/harry_potter_dinner_theater.php" target="_blank">Gothamist</a></em>, the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thewizardsbrunch/" target="_blank">Wizard's Brunch &amp; Dinner</a>, a<em> "</em>Harry Potter"<em>-</em>themed dinner theater experience, is coming to New York City for just one weekend in August. The special event has been held all over the world and in the U.S. to the delight of Potterheads everywhere.</p><p>Much like the<em> "</em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/harry-potter-beer-festival" target="_blank">Harry Potter"<em> </em>beer festival</a> or the<em> "</em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/harry-potter-hogwarts-express-train-tour-scotland-countryside" target="_blank">Harry Potter"-themed train in Scotland</a>, it’s sure to be a completely magical (and delicious) experience.</p><img alt="Wizard's Brunch "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557412500/main-table-stage-wizards-brunch-WIZBRUNCH0519.jpg?itok=Pill8ejO"><p>The immersive show is held twice a day, once at dinner for people who want a classic dinner theater experience, and once at brunch for people who want to drink their Bloody Marys and eat their eggs benedicts with a magical show.</p><p>Certain sessions are for all ages and others are adults only, according to Gothamist.</p><p>As part of the event, New York City’s Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers will be made up just like the Great Hall at Hogwarts, where attendees can sit at the quintessential long tables, enjoy a fabulous feast provided by chef Abigail Kirsch, drink wizard-themed libations, learn spells and potions, and enjoy some magical theatrics. There will also be live music and games, too.</p><p>Of course, everyone is encouraged to dress up in typical wizard fashion, but it’s not required.</p><p>The Wizard's Brunch &amp; Dinner will be held on August 17 and 18. Brunch lasts from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Dinner lasts from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.</p><p>Tickets for the event range from $135 to $150 for adults (over 21) and $85 to $105 for kids or adults under 21.</p><img alt="Wizard's Brunch "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557412500/dining-hall-wizards-brunch-WIZBRUNCH0519.jpg?itok=kZ4qQw8L"><p>For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, visit the event page on <a href="https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/new-york-the-wizards-brunch-dinner-tickets-61164709292" target="_blank">Eventbrite</a>. Updates on the event can be followed on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thewizardsbrunch/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p>
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Away's Mini Travel Cases Were an Instant Sell-out — and Now They're Finally Back

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 17:08
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-prince-harry-baby-announcement" target="_blank">The Royal baby</a> isn’t the only wee little one making his debut this week (<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/prince-harry-meghan-markle-announce-name-of-royal-baby-boy" target="_blank">sorry, Archie</a>). For <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/" target="_blank">Away luggage</a> fans, you’ll be stoked to hear that the travel bag brand is officially bringing back its <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/green" target="_blank">crowd-favorite Mini</a> — a shrunken version of its <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/shop/suitcases" target="_blank">classic suitcase</a> (sans wheels) that's designed to hold your toiletries, tech essentials, or what-have-you while out traveling.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/away-luggage-lightweight-duffel-bag" target="_blank">Away Just Launched Its First Duffel Bag</a></p><p>But we have to warn you: Don’t think that these <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/green" target="_blank">Minis</a> will stay around for long. Not only is this a limited-time release, the Minis are also expected to sell out quickly — considering that’s exactly what happened when they were first released for the holidays back in 2017. So we advise you run (or just, like, click “ADD TO CART” really fast).</p><img alt="Away Minis "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557417505/away-minis-blush-AWAYMINI0519.jpg?itok=k5479rNd"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/blush" target="_blank">awaytravel.com</a>, $35</p><p>Use it as a tech case, throw one in your <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/shop/travel-bags" target="_blank">personal item bag</a> to stow your in-flight essentials, or take one with you to hold all your overnight must-haves for a short trip away.</p><img alt="Away Minis "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557417505/away-minis-blush-inside-AWAYMINI0519.jpg?itok=_z8gju67"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/blush" target="_blank">awaytravel.com</a>, $35</p><p>You can grab an Away Mini in the brand’s core polycarbonate colors: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/asphalt" target="_blank">asphalt</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/black" target="_blank">black</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/blush" target="_blank">blush</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/brick" target="_blank">brick</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/green" target="_blank">green</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/navy" target="_blank">navy</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/sand" target="_blank">sand</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/white" target="_blank">white</a> for $35 at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/gifts-and-extras/the-mini/black" target="_blank">awaytravel.com</a>.</p>
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Amtrak Is Having a 2-for-1 Sale to Inspire You to Travel With Your Mom

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 17:03
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/mothers-day-travel-gift-guide" target="_blank">Mother’s Day</a> is nearly here. If you haven’t picked up a gift yet for your dear mom, fear not, as <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bus-train/amtrak-social-media-residency" target="_blank">Amtrak's</a> 2-for-1 sale has your back.</p><p>This year, you can celebrate the woman who brought you into this world by giving her the gift of train travel. Best of all for you, that gift won’t cost a lot thanks to Amtrak’s <a href="http://www.amtrak.com/flashsale" target="_blank">Unconditional Love Flash Sale</a>.</p><p>“Treat mom, grandma, a favorite aunt or another loved one to a memorable opportunity to travel on Amtrak with a guest <em>or</em> consider surprising her with a special trip for the two of you,” reps for Amtrak said in a statement.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bus-train/train-travel-usa" target="_blank">The Best Train Trips to Take Across America</a></p><p>From Thursday, May 9 to Monday, May 13, would-be travelers can pick up tickets at steep discounts. The special prices are valid for travel for two nationwide between June 1 through Sept. 30 with no blackout dates.</p><p>Tickets are available for routes along Amtrak’s national network of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bus-train/scenic-winter-train-rides-us" target="_blank">500 destinations in 46 states</a>. The sale includes one-way tickets from Boston to New York City for $83; Portland, Maine to Boston for just $29; and Chicago to Kansas City for $89.</p><p>“Customers can step right off the train and onto sidewalks of big cities and small-towns alike,” the Amtrak statement added. “Tour historic landmarks and national parks. Visit museums and mountains; coastlines and concert halls. Savor regional cuisine and become immersed in local culture.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-most-scenic-train-rides" target="_blank">The Most Scenic Train Rides in the World</a></p><p>In addition to the Mother’s Day sale, Amtrak Guest Rewards members can also register to earn double points on travel during Double Days, now through May 18.</p><p>All sale prices will be automatically discounted from the standard fare price. Customers looking to take advantage of the sale must <a href="https://www.amtrak.com/flashsale" target="_blank">use discount code C250 to get the discount</a>.</p><p>Sale prices are only available for one-way Coach Class fares and upgrades to Business Class are not permitted. Additionally, customers traveling on <em>Acela Express </em>trains may not upgrade to First Class. Space is limited, and sale prices are not available on all trains or at all times, so act fast and get going with mom now.</p>
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Where to Find the Best Tacos in the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 16:59
<p>When people from Texas and California come to the northeast, they have one constant, unrelenting refrain: “Can’t get any good tacos up here.”</p><p>Perhaps there’s something to that claim after all.</p><p>Yelp has rounded up the best tacos in the country, according to users’ reviews. And although many of the top contenders are located pretty much exactly where you’d expect, there are quite a few curveballs. (The list limited selections to only two per state to ensure geographic diversity.)</p><p>The (perhaps unexpected) top honor for best tacos goes to <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guides/las-vegas" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a>’s <a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/bajamar-seafood-and-tacos-las-vegas" target="_blank">Bajamar Seafood &amp; Tacos</a>. Reviewers of the restaurant renown it for having “some of the best seafood tacos around.” Although skeptics may question the flavors of seafood tacos in a land-locked city, fans insist visitors try the octopus and the bajamar fish tacos. A meal for two (with a couple of Modelos) should cost under $50 (hopefully a lot under), so you’ll have a budget remaining to check out the rest of Vegas.</p><p>The runner-up is Colorado restaurant <a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/xicamiti-la-taquer%C3%ADa-bistro-golden" target="_blank">Xicamiti La Taquería Bistro</a>, where one reviewer said they enjoyed taco flavors that “were complex and layered, much richer in depth than I expected from a seemingly casual taco restaurant.”</p><p>Third and fourth place both went to spots in California (one north and one tantalizingly close to the Mexican border). But, then again, the sixth-best taco place in America, according to Yelp, is in Juneau, Alaska — which may raise some eyebrows. So you should probably plan a trip to all the top spots to sample all their tacos. Just to make sure it’s all accurate.</p><p>1. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/bajamar-seafood-and-tacos-las-vegas" target="_blank">Bajamar Seafood &amp; Tacos</a> Las Vegas, Nevada</p><img alt="Bajamar Seafood and Tacos in Las Vegas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/bajamar-seafood-and-tacos-las-vegas-01-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=bgVT6REa"><p>2. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/xicamiti-la-taquer%C3%ADa-bistro-golden" target="_blank">Xicamiti La Taquería Bistro Golden</a>, Colorado</p><img alt="Xicamiti La Tauqeria in Golden, CO "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/xicamiti-la-taqueria-colorado-02-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=P-NsWoWa"><p>3. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/roundhouse-deli-roseville" target="_blank">Roundhouse Deli</a> Roseville, California</p><img alt="Tacos from Roundhouse Deli in California "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/roundhouse-deli-roseville-california-03-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=i7mEQgZb"><p>4. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/casanova-fish-tacos-spring-valley" target="_blank">Casanova Fish Tacos</a> Spring Valley, California</p><img alt="Casanova Fish Tacos in Spring Valley, California "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/casanova-fish-tacos-spring-valley-california-04-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=E58_AoGa"><p>5. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/cocina-madrigal-phoenix" target="_blank">Cocina Madrigal</a> Phoenix, Arizona</p><img alt="Cocina Madrigal tacos in Phoenix, AZ "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/cocina-madrigal-phoenix-05-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=hkl-T4VT"><p>6. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/deckhand-daves-fish-tacos-juneau" target="_blank">Deckhand Dave's Fish Tacos</a> Juneau, Alaska</p><img alt="Deckhand Dave's Fish Tacos in Juneau, AK "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/deckhand-daves-fish-tacos-juneau-alaska-06-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=nqbdh5dU"><p>7. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/kurry-takos-austin" target="_blank">Kurry Takos</a> Austin, Texas</p><img alt="Kurry Takos in Austin, TX "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/kurry-takos-austin-texas-07-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=QookgxMB"><p>8. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/grannys-tacos-austin" target="_blank">Granny's Tacos</a> Austin, Texas</p><img alt="Granny's Tacos in Austin, TX "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/grannys-tacos-austin-texas-08-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=erokhgf2"><p>9. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/167-raw-charleston-2" target="_blank">167 Raw</a> Charleston, South Carolina</p><img alt="167 Raw restaurant in Charleston, SC "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/167-raw-charleston-sc-09-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=vGNQ0HhF"><p>10. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-chile-toreado-santa-fe" target="_blank">El Chile Toreado</a> Santa Fe, New Mexico</p><img alt="El Chile Toreado tacos in Santa Fe, NM "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/el-chile-toreado-santa-fe-10-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=mLKsuILd"><p>11. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/cardon-y-el-tirano-miami" target="_blank">Cardon y El Tirano</a> Miami, Florida</p><img alt="Cardon y El Tirano tacos, in Miami, FL "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/cardon-y-el-tirano-miami-11-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=AUpY8zlk"><p>12. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/acevedos-hawaicano-cafe-kahului" target="_blank">Acevedo's Hawaicano Cafe</a> Kahului, Hawaii</p><img alt="Acevedo's tacos in Hawaii "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/acevedos-hawaicano-cafe-hawaii-12-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=FMPg2FRW"><p>13. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-tacos-no-1-new-york-3" target="_blank">Los Tacos No.1</a> New York, New York</p><img alt="Los Tacos No. 1 in New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/los-tacos-no-1-new-york-13-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=1FtBcjFg"><p>14. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-el-asador-pensacola" target="_blank">Taqueria El Asador</a> Pensacola, Florida</p><img alt="Taqueria el Asador, Pensacola, FL "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/taqueria-el-asador-pensacola-florida-14-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=DxsOPF8c"><p>15. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/taquereata-lahaina" target="_blank">TaquerEATa</a> Lahaina, Hawaii</p><img alt="TaquerEATa taco truck in Hawaii "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/taquereata-lahaina-hawaii-15-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=2BjGywWv"><p>16. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-pollo-asado-lynnwood" target="_blank">Taqueria Pollo Asado</a> Lynnwood, Washington</p><img alt="Taqueria Pollo Asado in Washington "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/taqueria-pollo-asado-washington-16-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=1dsqO1fG"><p>17. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-alcove-sunnyside" target="_blank">The Alcove</a> Sunnyside, New York</p><img alt="The Alcove tacos, in Sunnyside, NY "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/the-alcove-sunnyside-new-york-17-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=eRuzk-uq"><p>18. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/tacos-del-chavo-kennesaw" target="_blank">Tacos Del Chavo</a> Kennesaw, Georgia</p><img alt="Tacos del Chavo in Kennesaw, GA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/tacos-del-chavo-kennesaw-georgia-18-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=e5Ida-wI"><p>19. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/guerras-krazy-taco-springfield-3" target="_blank">Guerra's Krazy Taco</a> Springfield, Ohio</p><img alt="Guerra's Krazy Taco in Ohio "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/guerras-krazy-taco-ohio-19-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=XbJptAQG"><p>20. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/kiss-pollos-estilo-sinaloa-phoenix" target="_blank">Kiss Pollos Estilo Sinaloa</a> Phoenix, Arizona</p><img alt="Kiss Pollos Estilo Sinaloa in Phoenix "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/kiss-pollos-estilo-sinaloa-phoenix-20-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=e4EnbQK-"><p>21. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-la-loma-akron" target="_blank">Taqueria La Loma</a> Akron, Ohio</p><img alt="Taqueria La Loma in Ohio "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/taqueria-la-loma-ohio-21-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=LTbstu7q"><p>22. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/edgewater-tacos-chicago-6" target="_blank">Edgewater Tacos</a> Chicago, Illinois</p><img alt="Edgewater Tacos in Chicago "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/edgewater-tacos-chicago-22-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=8P85ZeQv"><p>23. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/tacobook-taqueria-everett-3" target="_blank">Tacobook Taqueria</a> Everett, Washington</p><img alt="Tacobook Taqueria in Washington "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/tacobook-taqueria-washington-23-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=7-g8JKJ7"><p>24. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/south-philly-barbacoa-philadelphia" target="_blank">South Philly Barbacoa</a> Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</p><img alt="South Philly Barbacoa tacos, in Philadelphia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/south-philly-barbacoa-philadelphia-24-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=scOuREmk"><p>25. <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/tacos-la-pasadita-green-river" target="_blank">Tacos La Pasadita </a>Green River, Utah</p><img alt="Tacos la Pasadena, in Utah "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1556312732/tacos-la-pasadita-utah-25-YELPTACOS0419.jpg?itok=3ld6oqBw">
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Why Prince Harry Took a Quick Trip to the Netherlands Days After His Son's Birth

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 16:24
<p>Prince Harry may have just <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/oprah-winfrey-gift-to-royal-baby-sussex" target="_blank">welcomed his son</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/prince-harry-meghan-markle-announce-name-of-royal-baby-boy" target="_blank">Archie</a>, into the world a few days ago, but that isn't stopping him from traveling.</p><p>On Wednesday, the new father quickly jetted off to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/netherlands" target="_blank">the Netherlands</a> for a one-day trip. However, this wasn’t for leisure, but rather, the quick trip was for a cause very important to Prince Harry: <a href="https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/foundation/story/" target="_blank">The Invictus Games</a>.</p><img alt="The Duke Of Sussex Visits The Netherlands "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557411282/prince-harry-invictus-games-HARRYNTHR0519.jpg?itok=71HnfkY0"><p>Harry arrived in the Netherlands in the wee hours of Thursday morning to officially kick off the next round of his Invictus Games, <a href="https://people.com/royals/prince-harry-leaves-baby-archie-meghan-markle-trip-netherlands/" target="_blank"><i>People</i></a> Reported. The games, <em>People</em> explained, are a Paralympic-style series of competitions for veterans and serving armed forces members who have been injured or wounded.</p><p>At the kick-off event, Prince Harry spent some time in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/things-to-do-in-the-hague" target="_blank">The Hague</a>, where he learned about the preparations for the games, which will be held in the Netherlands from May 9 through May 16, 2020. During his stay, Harry even took part in a little archery lesson with a few future competitors and took a ride in one of Jaguar Land Rover’s prototype vehicles.</p><p>“I had seen first-hand the transformative power of sport in helping people physically and psychologically recover and knew that the Invictus Games would change lives, capture hearts and inspire a generation, the Invictus generation,” Harry said in a speech during his visit. “Now here we are, launching the countdown to the fifth Invictus Games and I am absolutely thrilled that many more wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women will have the opportunity to continue their journey to recovery.”</p><p>Even though Harry had to leave his little son behind, he kept him close to his heart during the entire visit. And we mean that literally. During his speech, Harry wore a custom-made Invictus jacket that read, “I Am Daddy.”</p><p>Princess Margriet of the Netherlands also welcomed both Harry and his little one to the world with a <a href="https://www.today.com/parents/prince-harry-rocks-special-daddy-jacket-trip-netherlands-t153828" target="_blank">very special baby gift</a> — a onesie with "The Invictus Games" logo across the front. Perhaps Archie will get his very own jacket to attend the event alongside his mom and dad next year, too. </p>
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This National Park in Rwanda Has Survived War, Poachers, and Settlers — and Now It’s Completely Thriving

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 16:03
<p>Akagera National Park is a giant African wetland in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/rwanda-wildlife" target="_blank">Rwanda</a> that acts as a safe haven for hippos, lions, leopards, and giraffes — but this wasn’t always the case. The park has a long, grim history and has only recently bounced back to resemble its prior self.</p><img alt="Akagera National Park "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557335962/rwanda-road-akagera-national-park-RWANDANP0519.jpg?itok=G1uAsyli"><p>First established in 1934, Akagera National Park is one of Africa’s oldest national parks, <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/05/akagera-national-park-rwanda-conservation/" target="_blank">according to National Geographic</a>, but the expansive wetlands drew poachers, and in the early 1990s became a battleground. Following the war, new settlements — including an estimated 700,000 cattle – convened on the park, straining the ecosystem. In an effort to preserve the park while accommodating human life, the Akagera National Park was reduced by two-thirds in 1997 marking <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15627020.2016.1249954" target="_blank">one of the largest reductions</a> of conservation area size in modern African history.</p><img alt="Akagera National Park "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557335962/rwanda-animals-akagera-national-park-RWANDANP0519.jpg?itok=N3xxSrVe"><p>In 2009, after the park continually struggled to return to its former state, the Rwandan government partnered with <a href="https://www.africanparks.org/" target="_blank">African Parks</a>, an Africa-based nonprofit, to launch an ambitious conservation program. Today, Akagera is one of a select number of parks in Africa that boasts the Big Five — leopards, lions, Cape buffalo, elephants, rhinoceros — and tourism is increasing. Visitors to the park can see wildlife and get the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/safaris/top-ten-best-safaris" target="_blank">African safari experience</a> without dealing with the crowds that come with popular parks like Tanzania’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/safaris/best-safari-in-tanzania" target="_blank">Serengeti National Park</a>.</p><p>“Rwanda didn’t know what they had here,” said Jes Gruner, the park’s manager, to National Geographic. “It’s a little gem.”</p><img alt="Akagera National Park "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557335962/rwanda-elephant-akagera-national-park-RWANDANP0519.jpg?itok=MO0lfiks"><img alt="Akagera National Park "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1557335962/rwanda-akagera-national-park-RWANDANP0519.jpg?itok=Iui47q2X"><p>Travelers can access Akagera National Park via the Kigali International Airport in Kigali, Rwanda. <a href="https://www.akageranationalpark.org/entrance-fees-costs.html" target="_blank">Entrance fees</a> are $35 per person, per day with a game drive costing $25 for a half-day and $40 for a full-day.</p>
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You Can Get the Newest iPad for up to $100 Off at Walmart Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 14:52
<p>Before you drop your hard-earned cash on a new tablet, check out this deal from Walmart that is way too good to pass up. Right now, savvy tech consumers can buy the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-iPad-Latest-Model-32GB-Wi-Fi-Space-Gray/876555631" target="_blank">latest generation of the iPad for only $249</a> (that’s $80 off the original price of $329).</p><p>This 32GB, WiFi-enabled, 6th Generation tablet comes in Space Gray, Gold, or Silver and has a 9.7 inch Retina display screen. Not only is this Apple’s latest design for the iPad — complete with the more advanced 8MP iSight camera and multi-touch display — it also supports the Apple Pencil for people who are looking to do a little more with their new toy than just checking their email and streaming Netflix.</p><p>And for shoppers looking for tablets with more space, Amazon has the 128GB <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-iPad-Latest-Model-128GB-Wi-Fi-Space-Gray/955898738" target="_blank">6th generation iPad</a> for $100 off right now. Both iPads make excellent <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-gift-ideas-for-travelers" target="_blank">gifts for travelers</a> who want to travel light and work efficiently when they’re on the go.</p><p>If you miss the deal at Walmart, Amazon is also currently offering the same savings of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BTS6H4W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlipadcybermonday-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07BTS6H4W&amp;linkId=5769b557d5371a7434efe88776ad4619" target="_blank">$100 off the 128GB iPad</a> and $80 off the 32GB version.</p><h2>Apple iPad (Latest Model) 32GB WiFi</h2><img alt="Cyber Monday Apple iPads "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/ipad-small.jpg?itok=fbDRFaF7"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-iPad-Latest-Model-32GB-Wi-Fi-Space-Gray/876555631" target="_blank">walmart.com</a>, $249 (originally $329)</p><h2>Apple iPad (Latest Model) 128GB WiFi</h2><img alt="Cyber Monday Apple iPads "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/ipad-big.jpg?itok=CpjIzwjn"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-iPad-Latest-Model-128GB-Wi-Fi-Silver/605779930?selected=true" target="_blank">walmart.com</a>, $329 (originally $429)</p>
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The Best Weekender Bags for Every Style

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 13:04
<p>Much as we'd all love to be jetting off to Europe for 10 days at a time, the average American — yep, that includes T+L editors — doesn't have the time (or vacation days, or, let's be real, budget) for more than one or two major getaways a year. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways" target="_blank">Weekends</a>, on the other hand? Those we can do. But even the chronic overpackers among us (ahem, hi) can admit that nothing feels sillier than schlepping your <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-carry-on-luggage" target="_blank">roll-aboard</a> along on a 48-hour trip.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/leather-overnight-bags" target="_blank">11 Leather Overnight Bags That Will Last You Forever</a></p><p>Enter the unsung workhorse of every traveler's luggage collection: The weekender. The ideal pick is not too big (or it'll weigh you down) and not too small (or you won't be able to fit extra shoes), sturdy enough that you won't need to baby it, and stylish enough that you'll feel confident hauling it to beach bungalows, mountain cabins, city apartment rentals, and wherever else your weekend travels take you. </p><p>Ahead, we've collected the best weekend bags for every budget — from $30 to $3,000 — and taste. Read on, then start scoping out your next weekend digs. </p><h2>Dagne Dover Landon Carryall in Large</h2><img alt="Weekender Bags "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/dagne-dover-weekender-bag.jpg?itok=D5tXJaYi"><p>Made with premium neoprene (which is lightweight, squishable, and durable) and packed with pockets, this popular weekender bag scores high marks on the practicality front. And on the style side, there's a full slate of pretty patterns and colors to choose from. It comes sized in small, medium, and extra large, but the large is our Goldilocks size for a long weekend.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.dagnedover.com/collections/the-landon-carryall" target="_blank">dagnedover.com</a>, $185 for the large</p><h2>Sole Society Lacie Faux Leather Duffel Bag</h2><img alt="Weekender Bags "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1474662449/Sole-Society-Lacie-Faux-Leather-Duffel-Bag-BAG0916.jpg?itok=bEWv4mFN"><p>Faux leather has come a long way since the days of the peeling, plasticky stuff, and this weekend bag will give you the look and feel of the real thing without the price tag. It’s stylistically versatile thanks to the walnut color and clean construction, so it’s a top pick for Sperry-clad preppies and woodsy buffalo-plaid-wearing hipsters alike.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sole-society-lacie-faux-leather-duffel-bag/3846051" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $90</p><h2>Everlane Twill Weekender</h2><img alt="Weekender Bags "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/everlane-twill-golden-brown-weekender-weekend0918_0.jpg?itok=Od8-qusH"><p>Thanks to Everlane’s transparent pricing model, this ethically made leather-and-twill weekender costs a fraction of what it would at a traditional department store. Both the all-black and dipped versions are gender neutral and suited to a range of styles, and the size is just right for hauling all the stuff you’ll need for a short getaway while still fitting easily in the overhead compartment.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-twill-weekender-goldenbrown?collection=womens-backpacks-bags" target="_blank">everlane.com</a>, $98</p><h2>Lululemon Out Of Range Duffel 33L</h2><img alt="Weekender Bags "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/lululemon-weekender-gym-bag.jpg?itok=IJCAdu3G"><p>Call it the Mary Poppins effect: fill up this sporty Lululemon weekender and you’ll wonder how so much stuff can cram in such a reasonably sized bag. It comes with a dedicated pocket for your laptop and the whole thing is water-repellent, so your stuff will stay dry in a downpour (even if you don’t).</p><p>To buy: <a href="http://prf.hn/click/camref:1100l7pdX/pubref:TL%2CTheBestWeekenderBagsforEveryStyle%2Clbattis1271%2CTRA%2CGAL%2C465690%2C201901%2CI/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fshop.lululemon.com%2Fp%2Fbags%2FOut-Of-Range-Duffel-33L%2F_%2Fprod9080026" target="_blank">lululemon.com</a>, $158</p><h2>Filson Medium Field Duffel</h2><img alt="Weekender Bags "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/filson-weekend-duffel.jpg?itok=_OI6ynK4"><p>For a timeless look and heirloom-quality construction, you can’t get better than duffels from American heritage brand Filson. The brand tests their gear on real-life customers who haul their bags hunting, fishing, and even dog-sledding, so this bag is guaranteed to weather every weekend trip you lug it on — and that waxy tin cloth will only look better with age. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/filson-medium-field-duffel-bag/4741205" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $195</p><h2>Ted Baker Debossed Faux Leather Duffel Bag</h2><img alt="Weekender Bags "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/ted-baker-debossed-faux-leather-duffel-bag-weekender0419.jpg?itok=5CsLIeOD"><p>This minimalist bag from Ted Baker would look just as good with sleek stilettos as with a polished brogue. And though fashion-forward often implies less-than-functional, this weekender brings utility and style in equal measure.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ted-baker-london-debossed-faux-leather-duffel-bag/5226204" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $239</p><h2>Cuyana Classic Weekender</h2><img alt="Weekender Bags "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/cuyana-canvas-weekender.jpg?itok=COKW4O5X"><p>Don't let the polished look of Cuyana's largest travel bag fool you, it's built to last. The Turkish canvas exterior can stand up to repeated overpacking while the Vachetta leather details will gain a nice patina with age. Also, we're quick to award bonus points any time there's an external pocket for easy passport-keeping.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.cuyana.com/classic-weekender-bag.html#soft-grey-natural" target="_blank">cuyana.com</a>, $185</p><h2>Ban.do Getaway Duffel Bag</h2><img alt="Weekender Bags "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/bando-duffel.jpg?itok=xBpqHqJS"><p>The bright pink canvas and cheeky statement of this Ban.do bag are sure to liven up even the dreariest of black-roll-aboard-packed overhead bins. It’s a fun, budget-friendly option for a traveler who’s not afraid to make a statement.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0752X3TVY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlweekenderbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0752X3TVY&amp;linkId=598b37e8be1ecd571243468715d2b8fe" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $58</p><h2>Hook &amp; Albert Garment Weekender</h2><img alt="hook and albert garment weekender bag "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1548966256/hook-albert-garment-bag-weekender_0.jpg?itok=h3UwZs8-"><p>Keep dresses or suits from wrinkling by zipping them into this sneaky leather duffel, which is actually a garment bag in disguise. There are even specific spots for shoes and accessories, too. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.hookandalbert.com/products/womens-taupe-with-gold-leather-garment-weekender-bag" target="_blank">hookandalbert.com</a>, $640</p><h2>KNOMO London Sedley Boarding Tote</h2><img alt="knomo bag "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/amazon-knomo-london-sedley-duffel-bag-weekender0419.jpg?itok=kOP9Mx6t"><p>We can’t sing the praises of this bag enough. It’s spare but polished, made of lightweight, stain-resistant nylon, and hits the sweet spot of form and function. The interior offers plenty of pockets for keeping your stuff organized, and it’s got wheels and a retractable handle hidden in a zip pocket, so you can roll it through the terminal if you overpack.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JUB8SQ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlweekenderbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01JUB8SQ2&amp;linkId=84edad9cc95180426278f1aba5b6dba8" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $329</p><h2>Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel Bag</h2><img alt="herschel weekender "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/amazon-herschel-supply-duffel-bag-weekender0419.jpg?itok=6_GwpQnO"><p>Don’t be fooled by the affordable price tag: Herschel’s bags can stand up to years of wear and tear. This one is roomy enough for a weekend getaway, but not too huge to be impractical for everyday use — stash your work essentials plus a spare set of exercise clothes in the separate bottom compartment so you can take an impromptu spin class without lugging a gym bag around.</p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07P5HPRZ9/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlweekenderbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07P5HPRZ9&amp;linkId=64db23ca31ed34a276503f14e869258a" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $110</p><h2>Lo &amp; Sons Catalina Deluxe in Large</h2><img alt="Weekender Bags "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/lo-and-sons.jpg?itok=7nWoakR6"><p>This workhorse bag counts lifestyle bloggers, moms, and T+L editors among its devotees. With interior and exterior pockets for organizing your stuff, a drop-strap that makes hauling it around easy, and a bottom zip compartment for keeping shoes or dirty clothes separate, it’s a practical pick for long weekend excursions. The relaxed-chic look in a range of shades is just the icing on the cake.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.loandsons.com/products/catalina-deluxe-washed-canvas-dove-grey" target="_blank">loandsons.com</a>, $148</p><h2>Oliver Thomas Wanderlust Weekender</h2><img alt="oliver thomas weekender "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/oliver-thomas-navy-duffel-bag-weekender0419.jpg?itok=F13CK3An"><p>This lightweight, quilted bag from Oliver Thomas — a new travel bag brand that's named after founder Sue Fuller's dog — pulls out all the stops. It's got water-resistant fabric, a sleeve that slides over your luggage handle, a clip that keeps the straps from sliding off your shoulder, and a bottom zip compartment that's perfect for keeping shoes separate from clothes. The brand also makes <a href="https://theoliverthomas.com/collections/badge-shop" target="_blank">tons of patches</a> with cheeky statements like,"more baggage than LAX," and, "aspiring retiree," that adhere in a few seconds with a hairdryer.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://theoliverthomas.com/products/wanderlust-weekender-duffel-navy" target="_blank">theoliverthomas.com</a>, $119</p><h2>L.L.Bean Extra Large Boat and Tote Bag</h2><img alt="Weekender Bags "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1474662449/LLBean-Zip-Top-Boat-BAG0916.jpg?itok=ahisEVsy"><p>There’s a reason this bag has been a favorite for over half a century: it’s sturdy (that canvas is tested to hold up to 500 pounds), tastefully spare (those contrasting straps always look good), and offers just the right amount of customization (liven things up with a bright color or a monogram, or stick to the classic navy). And at only $50, you can buy in bulk and still not blow your budget.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=446514.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=24184&amp;RD_PARM1=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.llbean.com%2Fllb%2Fshop%2F37037&amp;u1=TL%2CTRA%2CGAL%2C465690%2CTheBestWeekenderBagsforEveryStyle%2Clbattis1271%2C201803%2CI" target="_blank">llbean.com</a>, $40</p><h2>Mark and Graham Canvas Leather Weekender Bag</h2><img alt="Weekender Bags "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/mark-graham-leather-weekender.jpg?itok=R8Svh-ZZ"><p>If you’re eyeing this classic cotton-canvas carry-all, a weekend in a fittingly nautical locale is practically mandatory. Buy this — monogramming optional — then book next summer’s jaunt to Kennebunkport.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.markandgraham.com/products/overnight-bag-canvas-leather/" target="_blank">markandgraham.com</a>, $199</p><h2>Mansur Gavriel Travel Leather Weekend Bag</h2><img alt="mansur leather duffel "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/mansur-gavriel-saddle-orchard-mile-duffel-bag-weekender0419.jpg?itok=ckhl3FiT"><p>As one of our editors' picks in this year's <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/ultimate-travel-essentials" target="_blank">Ultimate Travel Essentials</a>, this smooth Italian leather stunner is the perfect selection for when you want a weekender that will last forever. The style is minimalist with a roomy inside compartment.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://orchardmile.com/mansur-gavriel/calf-travel-bag-saddle-mga4d5f7d8d?color=saddle" target="_blank">orchardmile.com</a>, $1,295</p><h2>Bottega Veneta Medium Duffel Bag</h2><img alt="Weekender Bags "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1474662449/Bottega-Veneta-Medium-Duffel-Bag-BAG0916.jpg?itok=Iu3XauCr"><p>This bag from Bottega Veneta is admittedly a splurge. But if you’ve got the budget for it, tons of thoughtful details — durable leather in an understated basket-weave pattern, a locking zip, Italian craftsmanship — make it a better buy than some equally spendy options.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.bottegaveneta.com/us/trolley-and-carry-on-bag_cod55009038da.html" target="_blank">bottegaveneta.com</a>, $3,870</p>
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