A 21-year-old Was Kicked Off His Flight and Detained for Sending a 'Terrorist' Snapchat Joke

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:21
<p>There’s a time and a place to express your sense of humor, but while waiting for your plane to take off is not one of them.</p><p>A 21-year-old man on a <a href="" target="_blank">Jet Airways</a> flight found this out the hard way when he made a joke about being a “terrorist” on social media while waiting for his flight from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport in Kolkata to Mumbai, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a>.</p><p>The passenger, Yogvedant Poddar, was allegedly seen covering his face with a handkerchief to take a selfie. His caption allegedly said, “Terrorist on flight, I destroy women's hearts,” <em><a href="" target="_blank">Newsweek</a></em> reported. According to the Times of India, another passenger seated near Poddar saw the photo and told the crew.</p><p>The plane quickly turned back before even taking off. Once it reached the gate, Poddar was detained for “mischievous activity on board" and for language "which was inferred as a security threat,” reported <em>Newsweek</em>.</p><p>“After taking his seat, he covered his face with a handkerchief and started sending WhatsApp messages from his phone,” said a security official to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Times of India</a></em>. Fox News reported that Poddar was using Snapchat. A police officer also told the <em>Hindustan Times</em> that Poddar would not show his phone to the crew when they asked him, which only contributed to the suspicious situation from the crew’s perspective.</p><p>Poddar, who was traveling with his friends, explained to officers that he was only joking. However, making a terrorist joke in 2018 is generally <a href="" target="_blank">considered a bad move</a>. Poddar’s baggage was also examined when he was taken in by police, but nothing suspicious was found. According to the <em>Times of India</em>, Poddar was handed over to local police after the examination.</p><p>According to <em>Newsweek</em>, Poddar’s “joke” ended up causing his flight to be delayed one hour and 10 minutes. Siva Murgan, deputy commissioner of the Bidhannagar Police, told <em>Newsweek</em> that an “inquiry is on” regarding the incident.</p>
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Travel Deal Tuesday Has Flights to Asia’s Top Cities Starting at $391 Round-trip

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:11
<p>While Black Friday and <a href="" target="_blank">Cyber Monday</a> both bring a slew of travel deals each year, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is often the best day to score cheap flights to the greatest variety of destinations, according to fare prediction app <a href="" target="_blank">Hopper</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Travel Deal Tuesday</a> brings a range of flight deals offered directly by airlines and by booking platforms, with some of the top deals including up to half off round-trip flights.</p><p>Travelers will find a range of domestic deals and plenty of discounts to international locales. Many of the top deals we spotted on the Hopper app were to some of Asia's most popular destinations. </p><p>Deals to Japan, <em>Travel + Leisure</em>'s 2018 <a href="" target="_blank">Destination of the Year</a>, are discounted at 50 percent off, according to Hopper, with flights starting at $394 round-trip from Los Angeles to <a href="" target="_blank">Okinawa</a>, $412 round-trip from Los Angeles to <a href="" target="_blank">Osaka</a>, and $502 round-trip from San Francisco to Osaka.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Japan's Coolest New Hotels, From Glamping Near Mount Fuji to a Snowy Chalet in Hokkaido</a></p><p>Deals to <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a> also start at $448 round-trip (down 30 percent) from Los Angeles and at $489 round-trip (down 50 percent) from New York City. The deals are available for travel dates from January through May 2019, giving travelers a chance to enjoy the country’s <a href="" target="_blank">prime skiing</a> and winter scenery, plus <a href="" target="_blank">smaller crowds and discounted hotels</a> during its slower tourist season from January through March. </p><p>Discounted flight prices to <a href="" target="_blank">Bangkok</a>, Thailand include $429 round-trip flights from San Francisco, $460 round-trip flights from Los Angeles, $469 round-trip from New York City, and $540 round-trip flights from Seattle.</p><p>Travelers will also find flights to <a href="" target="_blank">Beijing</a> starting at $399 round-trip from Los Angeles, $468 round-trip from Dallas and Phoenix, $482 round-trip from Denver, and $525 round-trip from Chicago.</p><p>Flights to Shanghai start at $391 round-trip from Los Angeles, $461 round-trip from Seattle, $513 round-trip from Phoenix, $516 round-trip from Denver, $549 round-trip from Portland, $554 round-trip from Chicago, $557 round-trip from Washington, D.C., and $568 round-trip from Dallas.</p><p>There are also flights starting at $457 round-trip and $470 round-trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Phuket</a> from Los Angeles and New York, respectively, while flights to <a href="" target="_blank">Seoul</a> start at $407 round-trip from Los Angeles, $491 round-trip from Seattle, and $498 round-trip from San Francisco.</p><p>Travelers will also find flights for under $500 round-trip to Manila, Taipei, Bali, Ho Chi Minh, and Hong Kong from a variety of U.S. cities, and deals to India starting at $490 round-trip from San Francisco.</p><p>Passengers will want to act fast to snag the deals. The best way to find them right now is using <a href="" target="_blank">Hopper's Travel Deal Tuesday</a> search function in <a href="" target="_blank">its app</a> for the top deals of the day, and you can also try searching your desired dates and destination with <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>.</p><p>And once you book your flights, you may want to <a href=";afflid=TL%2CTravelTuesdayIsHereWithFlightDealsThatWillMakeYouForgetAboutCyberMonday%2Cnruggiero1271%2CNEW%2CART%2C727702%2C201811%2CI" target="_blank">head to Orbitz</a> to save up to 50 percent on hotels or to <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";intlid=us_hpv3_merch_b1_wintersale" target="_blank"></a> to save up to 40 percent before their sales end too.</p>
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Starbucks Has Concocted a New Holiday Beverage

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:33
<p>Your Starbucks addiction may finally pay off.</p><p>On Tuesday, the coffee giant announced the return of its <a href="" target="_blank">Starbucks for Life</a> contest. Just as the name implies, contestants who are currently enrolled in its Starbucks Rewards program may enter to win free daily drinks for 30 years, worth a grand total of $56,575. However, if you’re not one of the five lucky grand prize winners you can still take home one of the company’s other prizes, which include daily, weekly and monthly drink giveaways, totaling an estimated $1.6 million in caffeinated prizes to keep you going.</p><p>But, that’s not the only thing Starbucks has going on this season. It also announced that the Juniper Latte is finally available in stores nationwide. The drink, which made its debut at select stores last winter, is now available to anyone sick of the same old Eggnog Latte.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Food&amp;Wine</a></em>, the drink comes with juniper syrup along with notes of sage that somewhat resemble the taste of a gin cocktail. In the concoction, customers will also find espresso and milk that combine into a smooth, mellow taste. The drink also comes topped with citrus and juniper sugar to finish off this holiday treat.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Starbucks in Mexico City Will Be Run Entirely by Senior Citizens</a></p><p>But, if you want in on the juniper goodness you better act fast as it’s only here for a limited time. And if this drink isn’t doing it for you fear not, as Starbucks is also offering its other traditional seasonal drinks including Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Gingerbread Latte and the aforementioned Eggnog Latte.</p><p>Oh, and one more thing: If you’re going to only get one Starbucks drink this season make sure to go in and indulge on Saturday, Dec.1. On that day, which also marks <a href="" target="_blank">World AIDS Day</a>, Starbucks will donate 20 cents for every latte purchased in participating U.S. and Canada stores with funds going to the Global Fund to help (RED) fight AIDS. Giving back and getting to taste the season, what’s better than that?</p>
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Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:29
<p>If you’re really looking to get away from it all this winter, then <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> is here to help. In fact, they’re willing to pay for your getaway too, but with one major catch: You need to be willing to stay in one of the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";locale=en_US" target="_blank">most remote hotels in the world</a>.</p><p>Just 450 people live in the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland. The nearest community is a whopping 497 miles away. It sits at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, where icebergs abound. And it’s exactly where <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> wants you to spend your winter holiday.</p><p>Starting today, <a href="" target="_blank">Travel Tuesday 2018</a>, through Dec. 31, will be picking up the tab for bookings at the Guest House in Ittoqqortoormiit for travel throughout the month of March.</p><p>At the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";locale=en_US" target="_blank">Guest House</a>, guests can choose from its seven rooms, each of which come with comfy plush beds and common areas for lounging with other adventurers. Though the rooms are certainly nice, the real reason for the trip is right outside its doors.</p><p>In Ittoqqortoormiit guests can take part in dog sledding missions across the icy terrain, but watch out, as polar bears and other arctic wildlife including musk oxen, reindeer, and walruses may be roaming around (it is their home too, after all).</p><p>After a day on the ice, guests can sit back, relax, and enjoy a local meal. Though, the trip may also be best for those who enjoy a good meat or fish dish as fishing and hunting are really the only means of foraging for food in the area.</p><p>Finally, guests can top off their excursion by stepping outside to experience the glorious <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Lights</a> show above.</p><p>While <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> is picking up the room tab, guests will still have to get to the town themselves. That,, explained, takes “two planes, a jaw-dropping helicopter, and a bumpy ATV ride,” but really, it’s all a part of the exciting journey. Now, you’ve just got to pack your warmest winter coats, book your flight, and get there.</p>
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Oprah's Favorite Travel Sneakers Are on Sale for 40% Off Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 17:15
<p>Each year, Oprah brings the world her very <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";docId=1003017751&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tloprahsfavoritesneakers-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=43e3abc78a604fcce99e1fcf5c0ab53a&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">personal list of favorite things</a> including clothing, books, tech, food, and more.</p><p>The list is indeed hand-selected by the queen of talk shows herself and gives fans everywhere the opportunity to say “Oprah told me to buy it.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah's Favorite Gadget Will Help You Find Everything You Crammed Into Your Carry-on</a></p><img alt=" "src=""><p>And because <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah is such a globetrotter</a> herself, it’s no surprise that so many of the items on this year’s list are perfect for travelers, including <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vionic’s midi slip-on sneakers</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">19 Pairs of Sneakers Celebrities Love to Wear on the Go</a></p><img alt="Slip-On Sneakers for Women "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $78 (originally $130)</p><p>"Treat feet to these sneakers designed to hug arches and support natural alignment with an orthotic insert. They're super comfortable,” Oprah says.</p><p>As Vionic describes, the sneaker makes casual look chic with a new, perforated leather upper that comes in five different colors. The sneaker also provides <a href="" target="_blank">all-day comfort for travelers</a> walking around the globe thanks to its twin gore panels and removable microfiber-covered EVA orthotic inserts. The shoes are so comfortable and so perfect for walking that they are even recommended by another influencer, celebrity doctor <a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Weil</a>.</p><p>Travelers can add these kicks to their wish list on sale for just $78 (originally $129) at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Hey, if it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for us.</p>
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NASA's Attempt to Land on Mars Today Will Be Intense — Here's How to Watch It Live

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 17:01
<p>Applause, laughter, hollering. You'll hear all that today from <a href="" target="_blank">NASA</a>’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mission Control in Pasadena, California if its InSight spacecraft successfully touches down on Mars. Due to reach the Red Planet's surface just before 11:53 a.m. PST/2:43 p.m. EST today, InSight will attempt to land using a parachute and retrorockets. Just six minutes before it attempts a landing, it will have been traveling at 14,100 mph.</p><p>This is going to be tense.</p><h2>How difficult is it to land on Mars?</h2><p>Almost half of the attempts to land on Mars fail. Although 70+ robotic spacecraft, orbiters, landers, and rovers have made the trip to Mars, 40 percent of them have been lost during landing. Engineers will be hoping there won't be a dust storm going on when InSight comes in to land, though the real problem is speed. Having launched on May 5, 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as it enters the atmosphere of Mars, InSight will be traveling at 14,100 mph. It's hoped that a supersonic parachute, 12 descent engines, and some shock-absorbing legs will slow it down enough for a safe landing. However, a high-speed crash remains a risk.</p><h2>How to live-stream Insight's landing on Mars</h2><p>You can <a href="" target="_blank">watch InSight’s attempt to land on Mars live on NASA TV</a>. On Monday, Nov. 26, NASA TV will broadcast the landing from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST/2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. There will then be a post-landing news briefing no earlier than 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST. You can also watch the landing on <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">UStream</a>.</p><h2>How will NASA know when InSight lands safely?</h2><p>Bringing live coverage from 91 million miles away will not be easy. NASA will use radio telescopes in Green Bank, West Virginia and also in Germany to listen out for radio signals from InSight. The entry, descent, and landing phases will each emit a slightly different radio frequency, enabling engineers to track InSight's progress. InSight will also send a "tone beacon" when it touches down on Mars, and again seven minutes later, but much more loudly. It’s hoped that the radio telescopes will pick up those signals, though NASA also has a couple of CubeSats orbiting Mars that could help relay the signals.</p><h2>Where will InSight land on Mars?</h2><p>The area where InSight is landing is called Elysium Planitia, a particularly flat area of Mars where hazardous loose rocks are absent. Just north of its equator, it's also a great place for InSight's solar panels to generate power for long periods. However, dust storms are common in this area. Still, this second largest volcanic region on Mars is an ideal place for InSight to land because of the science it is designed to perform. Unlike NASA's famous rovers Curiosity and Opportunity, InSight will remain in the exact place it lands.</p><img alt="NASA Landing Pia "src=""><h2>What will InSight do on Mars?</h2><p>InSight is designed to detect Marsquakes. Built by Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, InSight will measure the frequency and intensity of Marsquakes, with mission scientists expecting to see between 12 and 100 Marsquakes during the two-year mission. The seismic data collected by InSight will also be used to figure how Mars was formed, and reveal much about its internal structure, which geologists know very little about. It will also slam a self-hammering heat flow probe about 16 feet into the Martian surface to take the planet's temperature. The mission will last for one Martian year (the time it takes for Mars to complete one orbit of the sun), which equates to 26 Earth months.</p><h2>Is Curiosity still on Mars?</h2><p>Although NASA's Curiosity rover only had a two-year mission when it landed on Mars in 2012, the robot has since traveled about 12 miles around Gale Crater, and is still conducting science. However, NASA's Opportunity rover, which landed in 2004, looks to have finished its mission after engineers lost contact with it in August 2018.</p><h2>Are there any other missions to Mars planned?</h2><p>Next up is NASA's Mars 2020 rover, which is modeled on Curiosity and planned to launch in summer 2021 for a February 2021 landing. It will use a robotic arm, and a drill, to collect rocks and soil samples from Jezero Crater just north of the Martian equator, and if it finds anything interesting, it will leave it in a box for a possible future "sample return" mission, possibly by humans. Mars 2020 will also look for water, test oxygen-producing tech, and collect data on weather, wind, radiation, and dust.</p><p>After all, if we are going to send humans to Mars, we're going to need to know much more about what its surface is like ... and how bad those Marsquakes are.</p>
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The Newest iPad Is $80 Off at Walmart — and Selling Fast

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 15:52
<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="" 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 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 href=";tag=tlipadcybermonday-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07BTPZ5YV&amp;linkId=b45538054a2cae0a8b10cab12d77908a" target="_blank">6th generation iPad</a> for $50 off right now. And you can also score an <a href=";tag=tlipadcybermonday-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B018UR4FP0&amp;linkId=19634a63673fcecfed280e7593bb9254" target="_blank">iPad Mini 4</a> (wifi + cellular) at Amazon for $129 off. This iPad, while smaller, also has 128GB of space and a 10-hour battery life.</p><p>Both iPads make excellent <a href="" target="_blank">gifts for travelers</a> who want to travel light and work efficiently when they’re on the go.</p><p>Walmart also has loads of incredible <a href="" target="_blank">Cyber Monday deals</a>, including other electronics like high definition TVs, headphones, gaming consoles, laptops, and more. There are also deep sales on clothing, housewares, toys, and other amazing gifts in every department.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a> is also shelling out incredible tech discounts for Cyber Monday as well, including <a href="" target="_blank">$190 off Bose headphones</a>.</p><p>Cyber Monday deals don’t last very long, so it’s best to shop early to get the exactly what you need for everyone your list. Plus, you don’t have to camp out in front of the store or battle the crowds to get the best savings.</p><h2>Apple iPad (Latest Model) 32GB WiFi</h2><img alt="Cyber Monday Apple iPads "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $249 (originally $330)</p>
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This Instagram Account Shows What Popular Movie Locations Look Like Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:31
<p>Do you ever get excited when you see a movie and recognize the places they filmed?</p><p>Besides huge landmarks like the Empire State Building, you can see tons of lesser known locales all over the country that are immortalized on film. And one Instagram account, <a href="" target="_blank">@hollywood_irl</a> is one place on the internet where you can find a side-by-side comparison between <a href="" target="_blank">the movie and it’s real location</a>.</p><p>The account owner, Steve Peterson, wrote on Instagram, “Over the past few years I've visited many filming locations and collected a ton of pics. Figured I should probably put them all together in one place.”</p><p>Peterson has been taking photos since 2001, but took a real interest in film locations in 2014, when he took a trip to Hawaii for a "LOST" event. “I ended up having a lot of fun finding locations and seeing what they were like in real life and people seemed to really enjoy my photos,” he said.</p><p>Usually, Peterson meticulously plans out his travels in order to find locations, rarely resorting to tour buses since he found it easier to get better photos if he struck out on his own,</p><p>“I need to gather screencaps, map out routes, assemble spreadsheets, and check Google Street View to make sure the places still exist/look familiar. Very rarely do I ever just stumble upon a location while on vacation,” said Peterson.</p><p>While scrolling through the feed, you can see tons of different places from your favorite movies and TV shows — some very recognizable, and some a little more obscure.</p><p>Among the famous locations Peterson has captured includes The McCallister’s home from "Home Alone<i>,"</i> which in real life has a little less Christmas sprit than you’d imagine. You can also see the spot where they filmed Tom Hanks sitting on the bench in "Forrest Gump." Sadly, the bench is no longer there.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>He also captured some smaller locations from movies like "The Dark Knight," "Mulholland Drive" and "La La Land," as well as TV shows like "LOST," "Stranger Things" and "Hawaii Five-O<i>."</i></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>For more Hollywood magic, film fans can follow the account on <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</p>
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We Know Where You’re From Based on What You’re Buying at the Airport (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:16
<p>What traveler hasn’t browsed through books, magazines, and <a href="" target="_blank">candies</a> at the airport to pass time before a flight? If that includes you, you’ve probably been a customer of <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson Group</a>, the largest travel retailer in North America with over 1,000 airport shops. And they know more about you than you might think.</p><p>For example, travelers from the Northeast are more likely to buy allergy medication than in any other region, while West Coast travelers purchase more eye drops than East Coast travelers. Hmmm… trees and greenery in the Northeast and dry desert air in the West?</p><p>When it comes to pre-flight sweets, West Coasters go for gummy bears or sour gummy worms, while East Coasters prefer salty and sweet flavors, munching on chocolate-covered pretzels instead. West Coasters are more likely to be sipping on an iced coffee before departure, maybe trying to keep up with East Coast caffeine-fueled pace?</p><p>Reading material is also a giveaway. Health and wellness magazines are more popular with West Coasters. They also go for tabloids, probably keeping up with the latest fitness trends and Hollywood gossip, naturally. East Coasters lean towards high-end fashion and beauty magazines, with New Yorkers more likely to be reading <em>The New Yorker</em>, duh. </p><p>Zeroing in on customer preferences is not only revealing and fun at Hudson Group, the information helps keep their shops stocked with travelers’ needs. This is especially important for travelers during the holiday season as <a href="" target="_blank">record-breaking passenger traffic expected</a>.</p><p>As much as we all hate to be predictable, we know you’ll be thinking about this the next time you stop at Hudson News or <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson Bookseller</a> for a snack or something to read before your trip. Don’t be self-conscious, grab that bag of gummy bears or pretzels. They know you want to.</p>
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Why Bartering Will Make You a Better Traveler

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:01
<p>Entering the souks in Marrakech feels a little like preparing for battle. Among the ceramic tagines and the leather mules, you’ll find vendors hawking almond pastries and syrupy dates by the vat. You’ll side-step motorbikes and inhale clouds of turmeric, armoring yourself against the the drone of shouting hagglers. When you locate something you’re willing to fight for, you’ll have to do just that: <em>fight</em>. Bartering is a local tradition and a cultural idiosyncrasy — it’s part of the game here, and tourists are not excluded.</p><p>On my 6th day in the city, I <a href="" target="_blank">found myself in Marrakech’s</a> central carpet bazaar, bickering with a bearded man over a hand-woven wool rug. “You will never find a husband with an attitude this stubborn” he told me, throwing up his hands. “Such a shame.”</p><p>Well. I have<i> yet</i> to find a husband, but I <em>am</em> the proud owner of a stunning Moroccan carpet, for which I paid approximately 250 Dirhams ($25) after 45 minutes of high-stakes negotiating. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful things I own — and it would have cost a small fortune at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Anthropologie</a>. But that’s not the point, here. Rug aside, there is a certain pride that comes along with the act of bartering on foreign land. However hostile it may sometimes feel, it remains a powerful means of immersion.</p><p>“[Haggling is] part art and part science,” <a href="" target="_blank">says</a> travel reporter, Suemedha Sood. “Participating in the tradition can make travelers feel accepted — like they’re in on the secret.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Website Will Let You Barter Your Skills and Belongings for Free Stays at Charming Properties Around the World</a></p><p>Bartering is a little bit like dancing. To use a cliché, it takes two. But it <em>also</em> requires a certain rhythm, a focus on conversation, and some sense of mutual respect. In the states, we attribute value to things based on price tag, but any country that relies on a system of negotiation allows folks to assess the quality of an item based on the circumstances. And by the same token, it allows <i>vendors</i> to name prices on a case-by-case basis. It’s a mutual exchange, and it's always fluid.</p><p>“Exchange is personal,” <a href="" target="_blank">says David Graeber</a>, a professor at the London School of Economics. “If you’re trading with someone you care about, you’ll inevitably also care about her enough to take her individual needs, desires, and situation into account.”</p><p>We’re not typically opposed to a system of bargaining (think eBay), but some of the magic is lost when we do so on our own turf. Negotiating your salary is not <em>quite</em> the same as talking shop with a Berber ceramicist. I fell in love with the art of haggling in Marrakech, specifically, because it was the most direct and open line of communication I had to local culture. It was my way of pushing through discomfort and emerging on the other side, carpet in hand, plus an excellent travel story to go with it.</p><p>For most, the biggest turn-off in bartering is merely the fact that it’s a form of head-to-head combat. “Not only does this process take time—both the actual haggling and the research required,” <a href="" target="_blank">says</a> financial journalist Timothy B. Lee. “But many people (including me) find it unpleasant.”</p><p>At it’s best, however, <a href="" target="_blank">travel <em>requires</em><i> </i>a little piece of that discomfort</a>. To barter is to declare your value to someone, and in turn, to allow them to dictate their own — equal parts humbling and empowering. It’s a form of candid, open engagement with locals in their own context, and often times, they enjoy it as much as you do. You’re not observing from the outside, you’re participating.</p><p>“Now you go home and you have a beautiful thing,” a souk vendor in a long white caftan told me, grinning, having sold me on a pair of leather sandals. “And when you wear your beautiful thing, you will think of the Moroccan man who gave it to you.”</p>
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This Top-rated Backpack With a Built-in Cooler Is on Sale for $30 Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:55
<p>Amazon: what a wonderful place to find great deals on anything under the sun, from <a href="" target="_blank">the comfiest travel pillow</a> out there to <a href="" target="_blank">super-popular wireless headphones</a> (with three different levels of noise-reduction, might we add) to even <a href="" target="_blank">DNA testing kits</a> that you can do from the comfort of your own home. Ah, the world of online shopping. And now with Cyber Monday sales in full swing, this whole shopping online thing just got better.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Leather Wallet Has Over 2,000 Five-star Reviews on Amazon — and It's on Sale for $7 Right Now</a></p><p>Among the many deals on Amazon, we found the perfect travel backpack for just $30. The <a href=";tag=tltouritbackpackcooler-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N5WHYPH&amp;linkId=3ff6f145d0682afd6cbaefa74dd51a0e" target="_blank">TOURIT insulated backpack</a> features a water-resistant built-in cooler that’s made for storing food, making it ideal for picnics, hikes, beach trips, or any activity you’re packing food for. The lightweight design and padded straps provide comfort, while the spacious main storage compartment is lined with leak-proof material that’ll keep your snacks hot or cold for hours. Plus, it comes with mesh pockets for holding utensils. Just call it the ultimate snackpack.</p><img alt="TOURIT Insulated Cooler Backpack "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tltouritbackpackcooler-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N5WHYPH&amp;linkId=3ff6f145d0682afd6cbaefa74dd51a0e" target="_blank"></a>, $30 (originally $47)</p><p>If this backpack cooler checks all the boxes for you, you can buy it for 36 percent off at <a href=";tag=tltouritbackpackcooler-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N5WHYPH&amp;linkId=3ff6f145d0682afd6cbaefa74dd51a0e" target="_blank"></a> — but you’ll have to act fast. This flash sale is ending today, Nov. 26, at about 9:40 p.m. EST — that is, if it doesn’t sell out before then.</p><p>Head to <a href=";tag=tltouritbackpackcooler-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N5WHYPH&amp;linkId=3ff6f145d0682afd6cbaefa74dd51a0e" target="_blank"></a> to buy the TOURIT insulated cooler backpack and shop the other <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tltouritbackpackcooler-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=feededcce37619a1bdea0aec7b5d39fc&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Cyber Monday Deals Week sales</a>.</p>
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Kanye West's New Private Plane Is a Double-decker Boeing 747 That Can Seat 660 People (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:04
<p>Working while traveling can be a real grind. Unless you’re Yeezy.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Kim Kardashian</a> posted on her Instagram story to take all her followers on a tour of her husband Kanye West’s gigantic private jet, which they dubbed the “Yeezy floating office.”</p><p>“No big deal just taking a private 747 this is how [Kanye] does it now. Only 747s. Private. I've never even heard of this but whatever,” Kardashian said on Instagram. </p><p>The plush, double-decker Boeing 747 can actually seat up to 660 when used for a commercial flight, but for Kanye, all that space is for his luxury double-bed suite, marble bathroom, lounge area (or chill room as Kardashian says in the video), guest rooms, dining area, cushy seats, and other areas to really spread out.</p><img alt="Kim and Kanye fly in private 747 jet via Instagram "src=""><p>Kardashian mentioned that the plane was given to West by "Team Adidas" for his Yeezy brand. The couple was boarding for a long flight, though Kardashian did not mention to where, and she also decided to take her personal trainer, Melissa Alcantara, along on the trip so they could “work out” on the plane. Kardashian posted some clips of her training session, which included lunges up and down the massive aircraft's aisles.</p><p>It's worth noting that <a href="" target="_blank">Air Force One is also a Boeing 747</a>. Not to make any assumptions about Kanye West and 2020, but it definitely gives you a sense that West only wants the best of the best when it comes to traveling.</p><p>The giant jet is certainly an extra level of luxury, even for a celebrity, but we really shouldn’t expect any different from the Kardashian-West family. Even the family camping trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Wyoming back in May</a> was a rather lush experience to see.</p>
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This Pocket-sized Device Helps You Get a Great Workout Anywhere — and It’s $20 Off

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:47
<p>While I'll be the first to commend anyone who works out while in transit, there are quite a few wrong ways to do it. (Take, for instance, <a href="" target="_blank">pull-ups on the overhead bin</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">push-ups in the airplane aisle</a>, in Crocs, no less.) But there's now a much more discreet, and much less ridiculous, way to squeeze in some weight training between takeoff and landing: the <a href=";tag=tlactiv5workout-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B075TS166P&amp;linkId=c2d51e202b5847a9d012a2330a664523" target="_blank">Activ5 portable workout device</a>.</p><p>Dubbed the "tiny gym in your pocket," the Activ5 is programmed with more than 100 seated and standing isometric workouts to choose from. Some are even designed specifically to do on the plane or in your hotel room — with clever names like "On Bored" and "Raise the Mini Bar," which I personally appreciate. It was named one of our top <a href="" target="_blank">travel tech essentials</a> earlier this year. And I got the chance to test one out on a recent road trip.</p><p>Regardless of whether I'm at home or on the road, I'm much more likely to do a guided workout with a coach or in a class than I am to just head to the gym and wing it. So something like a <a href=";tag=tlactiv5workout-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00PJ7U8EM&amp;linkId=c7061e7529e93dbe2080fd75a4ba330f" target="_blank">resistance band</a> is unlikely to leave my suitcase, but the Activ5 gamifies your workout, which I'm into. And it really works, too. The first time I used it, I tried about 30 minutes worth of seated workouts and my abs and triceps were feeling it the next morning.</p><p>It was easy to set up both the app and the device, which connect via Bluetooth to both iOS and Android phones. It will ask some basic demographics, give instructions for how to position the device, and then measure your maximum chest press power as you squeeze it between both palms as hard as you can — pretty cool, right?</p><p>From there, you can choose exercises by theme or by muscle group and all of the moves are resistance-based. So, you'll place it between your foot and the floor to work your hamstrings and calves or between your knees for inner thighs or between your elbow and opposite palm for shoulder presses. And while you technically could do these exercises without the Activ5 and feel the same burn, it's so much more fun to watch your applied pressure chase the dots on your phone screen like a video game. And you'll get to track your progress over time and assess things like your left and right body strength balance. </p><p>It makes for a pretty solid replacement for your typical strength training regimen (and a memorable gift for fitness-focused travelers).</p><h2>Soda Says x Activbody Activ5 Portable Gym</h2><img alt="activ5 travel workout device "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a href=";tag=tlactiv5workout-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B075TS166P&amp;linkId=c2d51e202b5847a9d012a2330a664523" target="_blank"></a>, $120 (originally $140)</p>
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This Tiny Phone Camera Lens Is My Secret for Professional-looking Travel Photos

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 06:44
<p>Whether for Instagram or just for the memories, snapping photos is a huge part of taking a vacation. But unless you're a professional, buying an expensive camera — and worse, packing that bulky piece of equipment and then carrying it around as you explore your destination — doesn't always feel worth it.</p><p>Luckily, today's smartphones make capturing a trip's best moments pretty easy, and with the right lighting, a photogenic subject, a good eye, and a steady hand, can even make you feel like a pro (we're looking at you, iPhone portrait mode). But if you've ever watched an orange sunset wash over the deep blue Aegean Sea from a <a href="" target="_blank">clifftop in Santorini</a> or found yourself on the perfectly placed <a href="" target="_blank">New York City rooftop</a> on a clear night, you know the pain of not being able to fully capture the scene your eyes are witnessing with your measly little phone.</p><p>There are many clip-on camera lenses out there that you can attach to your phone for just these moments, but the best-selling one on Amazon is a very affordable <a href=";tag=tlxenvolens-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01A6D2JVI&amp;linkId=333bf41fa5c9ac01729452db6a7f14b3" target="_blank">lens kit by Xenvo</a>.</p><img alt="xenvo phone lens kit amazon cyber monday "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlxenvolens-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01A6D2JVI&amp;linkId=333bf41fa5c9ac01729452db6a7f14b3" target="_blank"></a>, $35</p><p>Xenvo's camera lens kit comes with a 15x magnifying macro lens that's perfect for shooting details if you're say, in a gorgeous <a href="" target="_blank">field of blooming bluebells in Belgium</a>, and a wide-angle lens that will let you capture 45 percent more in every picture so you can master landscape shots or do that <a href="" target="_blank">white and turquoise coastline</a> justice right from your beach chair this winter. It also comes with a rechargeable LED GlowClip, you know, like influencers use for food shoots in dark restaurants and the Kardashians use for those oh-so-flattering selfies. Better yet, it all fits inside a compact and durable little case you can pop right into your carry-on. Make sure you book the window seat, by the way, because photo ops don't wait for landing.</p><p>The lenses are compatible with iPhone, Android, Samsung, and Google phones and tablets, and make a <a href="" target="_blank">memorable gift for the traveler</a> and/or wannabe photog in your life (a gift that seems a lot more expensive than it is, if we're being real here). </p><p>To see the difference they make for yourself, check out the demo shots (and read over 1,000 top-notch reviews) on <a href=";tag=tlxenvolens-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01A6D2JVI&amp;linkId=333bf41fa5c9ac01729452db6a7f14b3" target="_blank"></a>.</p>
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America's Most Beautiful Lake Has a Sunken Forest Beneath Its Crystal-clear Waters

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 14:01
<p>Tucked-away in Oregon’s <a href="" target="_blank">Willamette National Forest</a> is a lake with waters as clear as a <a href="" target="_blank">swimming pool</a> and fascinating wonders hiding underneath. </p><p>Oregon’s <a href="" target="_blank">Clear Lake</a> is a spring-fed lake that was formed around 3,000 years ago through lava flows that ran from Sand Mountain, creating a natural dam that slowly filled with water over the years. </p><p>The forests that surrounded the lake were submerged into the water overtime, remaining today in the form of trunks that can extend as far as 120 feet into the water. </p><img alt="clear lake oregon "src=""><p>Thanks to <a href="" target="_blank">volcanic activity</a> that once shook the area, the lake's grounds are also covered with volcanic silt that is so thick, it looks like white sand. </p><p>This, in combination with the shipwrecks of wooden boats — some of which date back to the 1920s — sitting on the white silt, makes it feel as though you're diving through an underwater beach. </p><p>Take a look at the video below to see for yourself: </p><p>The lake's clarity is the result of snow and ice that melt from the top of the surrounding mountains and filter through 7,000-year-old lava, slowly running through underground springs before it reaches the lake. </p><p>“To me, Clear Lake has a very spiritual affect on people… when you get there it just comes across as magical,” Brian Carroll, Linn County Parks and Recreation director, told<em> Travel + Leisure</em>. </p><p>“You’ve got it all, the mountains are there, the forest is there, and there’s lava; there’s just so many different abnormalities about the area because you’re surrounded by all this volcanic terrain, ” he said of the scene. </p><img alt="clear lake oregon "src=""><img alt="clear lake oregon "src=""><p>While divers do come here for the fascinating underwater scenery, the waters can get very chilly at an average of around 37 degrees Fahrenheit.</p><img alt="clear lake oregon "src=""><p>For most folks who don't take a dip due to cold temperatures, the area also provides rowboats ($45 for the day for a large and $35 a day for a small) and kayaks ($30 a day for regular kayak and $45 a day for a tandem kayak) you can rent. You can launch your own for $5. </p><p>You can also explore the <a href="" target="_blank">Clear Loop Trail</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Mackenzie River National Recreation Trail</a>, both of which take you through areas of lava flows dotted with volcanic glass and old forests adorned in wildflowers from May through June and covered with vine maples and a sea of colors in October.</p><p>If you're planning to drive to the lake, the route from Willamette Valley will weave you through forests as you drive along the path of the Mackenzie River, with plenty of spots along the way that offer hot springs and hiking trails to explore. </p>
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Here's What Really Happens When You Visit a Balinese Healer

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 14:01
<p>As <a href="" target="_blank">traveling for wellness</a> becomes more and more popular, hotels are finding more diverse ways for their guests to explore health and wellness while on vacation. In Bali, the increase in wellness focused travel has many hotels incorporating traditional Balinese healing elements in their spa and wellness programs, some even bringing on Balinese healers and priests for shamanic energy work, therapy and traditional healing sessions. Translation: there’s never been a better time to visit a healer in Bali.</p><p>But while anyone who’s given "<a href="" target="_blank">Eat, Pray, Love</a>" a watch might be familiar with what a Balinese healer is, what it’s actually like to go to one (off the silver screen) is a different story. To learn for myself, I headed to the <a href="" target="_blank">Mandapa Reserve</a>, home to one of the most immersive, curated selections of Balinese healing experiences in the region.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Bali</a> is Indonesia’s spiritual center. With a population that’s nearly 90 percent Hindu and religion deeply rooted at the heart of daily life — you’re bound to find offerings of fruit and flowers at the feet of nearly every street corner statue — Bali is one of the world’s most vivid centers for spirituality and self-discovery. But even still, finding the right healer in Bali can be tricky.</p><p>Not only because of the language barrier (many will need a translator to speak with you) but because many legitimate healers don’t advertise themselves and instead serve the temples and local people by word of mouth. In many cases, you may actually want to avoid ones that are too prominently advertised as they may be making the most of the burgeoning tourist wellness market. Why does this matter? While anyone can learn the principals of healing in theory, the Balinese wholeheartedly believe that to be a true healer you must possess a healer’s soul that’s been divined by the universe.</p><p>If Bali is the spiritual center of Indonesia, Ubud is the nucleus. And that’s exactly where you’ll find <a href="" target="_blank">Mandapa</a>, nestled along the Ayung river. Mandapa takes the hours of research (and the organization of a translator) out of the equation, working with a handful of <a href="" target="_blank">carefully selected Balinese healers</a> known ceremoniously as Balians — from an esteemed fourth generation Balinese priest to a blind intuitive healer — specializing in everything from traditional chakra cleansing to panca mayakosha healing. The ten plus healing sessions and ceremonies are meant to heal the physical, emotional and spiritual—a triad that the Balinese believe to be intrinsically linked to one another. As a first timer, I decided to go with the most traditional for my session and try a good old-fashioned chakra healing.</p><p>A chakra healing session works within the belief that some physical and emotional ailments are manifested forms of a spiritual imbalance or blockage in one or more of the body’s energetic centers, <a href="" target="_blank">the seven chakras</a>: the crown, third-eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, or root chakra. In other words, there may be a spiritual element to <a href="" target="_blank">problems with your immune system</a>, pain in your shoulders, or varying forms of emotional or mental burdens held within yourself that a healer can address by removing a chakra blockage or invigorating a depleted (low energy) chakra with prana energy.</p><p>As with visiting any religious figure, it’s important to come to a session dressed modestly. So, leave the beachwear in the hotel room. While healing sessions vary dependent on the healer and the issue you’re focusing on, most sessions take place fully clothed or with blankets to cover the areas that are not being worked on while lying down on a table. Instead of the relaxing touch of a masseuse, most healers will barley touch you at all. Instead they’ll hold their hands above the chakra centers on your body, occasionally applying minimal to firm amounts of fixed pressure to the chakra area either in silence or alongside a mantra or prayer. But if they do touch you, you might wish they hadn’t—belly massages and the reflexology methods used by some healers are so painful (yet releasing) that it can have even the most stoic among us red faced with tears. I say this from very fresh first-hand experience.</p><p>My session with Pak Dewa Made started off exactly how I imagined any mystic healing experience to: with incense. From then on everything was new. Encouraging me to close my eyes and take long breaths in and out, Pak Dewa Made began tracing my body with incense and praying in a low guttural voice. Suddenly Pak Dewa Made pressed hard on my forehead’s third-eye chakra then pulled his hand away with a simultaneous exaggerated exhale like a gust of wind. The resulting effect: an instantaneous and extreme euphoric high and bodily lightness. “Is this magic? Is this incense made of ayahuasca?” I questioned in my mind. As someone who isn’t particularly spiritual, I seriously wondered.</p><p>Throughout the session, Pak Dewa Made moved between chakras in mantras and silence, and as he progressed so did a warm numbness in my hands that paired with the involuntary rapid eye movement you experience while deep in meditation or REM sleep. What stood out most to me was the welling of certain emotions that came out of nowhere, unpaired to any particular thought or memory. Like a doctor testing your knees’ reflexes with a little rubber hammer, I found myself brought to cathartic tears throughout the session by the slightest touch of pressure to which Pak Dew Made would simply reply, “Yes, this is good.”</p><p>At the end of the session, I had a newfound boost of energy as well as a deep sense of calm and lightness that felt bigger than myself. Pak Dewa Made accurately explained the sources of the sort of emotional chakra blockages he found in me which can lead to physical pain or illness. “The soul is like a video recorder that is always on,” he said, “we take everything that happens into the soul whether or not we realize we do.” He then explained that the chakra blockages had been removed and now it was up to me to maintain them with various forms of physical and emotional self-care, meditation and living a generally balanced life.</p><p>If there’s one thing you should do following your healing session it’s give yourself some time. While some people report feeling very little during or after the sessions, others find that the hour or two following can be deeply emotional or pensive and you may want to sit alone with the experience and any revelations. There can also be some lingering effects from the energy work that doesn’t exactly put you in the right head space to get your day drink on with friends. Also, <a href="" target="_blank">drink plenty of water</a> and let yourself rest if you need it. After all, you did just literally bare your soul to someone.</p>
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Should You Buy That Cheap EasyJet Ticket?

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 13:00
<p>For travelers <a href="" target="_blank">city-hopping around Europe</a>, easyJet is an affordable go-to airline. They have flights all over Europe, as well as covering some parts of the Middle East (you can fly to Tel Aviv and Damascus, for example) and Morocco. Headquartered at London Luton Airport, which is one of the four London airports easyJet flies out of, they’re still a relatively new company. They started flying in 1996, and today, easyJet says more than <a href="" target="_blank">1.3 million bookings</a> are made through their website every month. Post Brexit, they are <a href="" target="_blank">looking to open easyJet Europe</a> as a subsidiary, which will have offices in Vienna.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Should You Buy That Cheap Spirit Airlines Ticket?</a></p><p>If you’re <a href="" target="_blank">planning a multi-city European itinerary</a>, easyJet seems like an obvious choice for anyone trying to stretch their cash. Personally, I find it hard to resist a cheap flight from <a href="" target="_blank">Barcelona to Paris</a>. But after booking impulsively, I sometimes worry that the inexpensive ticket is going to cost me quite a bit in terms of time and frustration. So if you’re going back and forth on whether or not to book that flight on easyJet, here are all the answers to your easyJet questions, supplied by reviewers who have already tried the budget airline.</p><h2>What do I need to prepare ahead of time?</h2><p>The key to acing an easyJet flight is preparation. Some budget airlines charge for things you might not think of, like printing a boarding pass at the airport, so you want to be sure to cover all your bases ahead of time. Lori Zaino, from <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Points Guy</a></em>, explained, “With <a href="" target="_blank">EasyJet</a>, print your boarding pass and pay to check your luggage ahead of time so you won’t have to worry about paying any extra fees. If you don’t need to check any bags and you have your boarding pass printed, you can head straight to security and avoid the check-in desk entirely. Note that you can check in online anywhere from 30 days to two hours before your flight.”</p><h2>What’s the deal with carry-on bags?</h2><p>EasyJet actually doesn’t impose exact measurements on your personal item, which is a rarity for budget airlines. They just require that the personal item fits under your seat. And there isn’t a weight limit for carry-on bags; you can cram as many chunky boots into your suitcase as you’d like, provided it fits their other carry-on specifications. Zaino said, “On EasyJet, [carry-on bag] requirements are slightly more lax, with a maximum carry-on bag size of 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm (about 22 x 17 x 9 inches) and no weight limit. Your personal item doesn’t have an exact size requirement, but should be able to fit under the seat in front of you.”</p><h2>How is their customer service?</h2><p>After sifting through most of the easyJet reviews on the internet, it seems like customer service is solid when things go smoothly, but can be a little dicey if the going gets tough. As for flight delays, customers do tend to complain about hold ups or last-minute cancellations with some regularity.</p><p>“Flight cancelled [on] very short notice, no help whatsoever, then ignored by head office until posting negatively on Facebook. They refuse to provide any information on the reasons for the cancellation and generally treat me with an attitude bordering on contempt,” John posted on <a href="" target="_blank">Airline Ratings</a>. “They’re good when it all goes to plan but when a problem occurs you really see what kind of company this is,” he continued.</p><p>Martin flew from Tel Aviv to London and also had a poor customer service experience. The airline lost his bag, he said on <a href="" target="_blank">Airline Ratings</a>: “No apology from easyJet whatsover. After three days into the trip, I still don’t know where my bag is or when I will get it back.”</p><p>On the flip side, Sonya V. has flown easyJet multiple times and said on <a href=";utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=(direct)" target="_blank">Yelp</a> that she’s had extremely positive interactions with their staff. “In fact I had 5 flights in one month and all of them went as smoothly as could be. The staff are wonderful. Even the people telling me my bags were overweight did it with a tinge of regret. Everyone speaks excellent English.”</p><h2>Are there any amenities, or should I bring my own snacks?</h2><p>There isn’t much in the way of legroom, and the seats don’t recline. There’s no complimentary beverage service and pretzels, but seeing as they don’t measure your personal item, you’ll have room to throw a few granola bars in your purse. Sanat S gave these three bullet points on <a href=";utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=(direct)" target="_blank">Yelp</a>:</p><p>“- Seat pitch was very small, which is par for the course for many low-cost airlines. However, as I am tall, it was horrible for me, with next to no comfortable leg room, and my knees were touching the seat in front.</p><p>- Even worse, the seat did NOT recline whatsoever. It was in one fixed position.</p><p>- Service was standard low-cost, with no complimentary snacks or drinks. However, for a flight that was just under 2 hours, this wasn't TOO unbearable.”</p><h2>Should I expect delays?</h2><p>Agreeing with John, who had to deal with delays, Linda R. on <a href=";utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=(direct)" target="_blank">Yelp</a> suggested that encountering a delay or cancellation was a concern with easyJet. “We had a flight booked from London Luton to Paris and right when we got to the airport we were told the flight had been cancelled,” she said.</p><p>Linda also had an issue when attempting to rebook. “We found out that the next flight would not leave until two days later,” she added.</p><h2>How do I make the EasyJet experience work for me?</h2><p>Take a short flight, so that the lack of snacks, drinks, and legroom doesn’t bother you. Print your boarding pass out before you go, and consider paying extra for a slightly larger seat and priority boarding. And keep in mind that some of the strikes against easyJet (and most budget airlines) can also be a strike against any airline.</p><p>Sure, boarding might be a bit messy, but when is that not the case? In terms of timing, if you have to be at your baby cousin’s first birthday party, taking an easyJet flight that arrives two hours before the event might not be the right choice. However, if you have a relaxed itinerary and are excited by the idea of saving money, flying with easyJet can be simple and affordable.</p>
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The Way People Used to Book Flights Was Mind-boggling — and Sometimes It Required Binoculars

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 12:00
<p>Imagine the last time you booked a flight. Perhaps you did some research and compared prices. But once you located a flight, the actual time it took to book? Nearly instantaneous. At least, compared with 80 years ago.</p><p>The reigning system airlines used to book customer flights in the 1940s and ‘50s was pure, inefficient chaos. Just reading about it makes the blood boil and hands sweat. It didn’t help that airlines were adding more flights and bigger planes to their fleets every day, shortening the honeymoon phase for even the most advanced enterprise technology.</p><p>Immediately following World War II, passenger air travel in the U.S. became more accessible and encountered furious demand. Marketed as a luxury purchase, flying across the country nonetheless required multiple legs on several different carriers. As fleets grew, ticketing presented a nightmare for both customer and airline. Travel agents helped airlines stay organized and flush with demand, for which the former received a commission, but they didn’t control the inventory. It was the airlines’ responsibility to record available seats. And the margin for error was high.</p><p>At the time, each major airline operated its own version of a “real-time” reservations office. There, sixty or so reservation agents would field calls from customers and travel agents. To book a reservation, they consulted a massive availability board, which attempted to account for all seats on upcoming flights using a series of small light bulbs. At one point, the boards became so large that agents needed binoculars. (If a flight was in the distant future, the agent walked to another room to consult a separate file.) Once they confirmed an available seat, the agent recorded the passenger name and information on a card. A few times per hour, another employee collected and transported the pile of cards to the availability-board operator and the ticketing office to issue personalized tickets. None of this accounts for last-minute cancellations or changes. It was batch-processing at its unholiest.</p><p>In 1946, <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> commissioned and introduced a smaller electromechanical terminal to help automate inventory. The Reservisor, as it was uniquely named, eliminated the large and increasingly complex availability board. Instead, each unit connected to a nearby room of switches and cables, known as the “the Brain,” which recorded updated seat availability. The Reservisor processed 200 additional passengers per day and reduced staffing by 20. However, each reservation still required a telephone call and a hand-delivered note to ticketing. An estimated <a href="" target="_blank">one in twelve</a> reservations was incorrect.</p><p>Under increasing flight loads and customer relations pressure, American Airlines once again updated its system with a fancy new name, the Magnetronic Reservisor, which it installed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport in 1952. Under the new system, agents didn’t even need to be in the same building to reserve flights. Virtually any travel agent in the New York area could book a customer flight by popping a metal plate into his or her desktop unit, which communicated the request back to the Magnetronic Reservisor at LaGuardia. “Within seconds, lights on the keyset provide availability data on the specified flight,” <a href="" target="_blank">bragged</a> the manufacturer. The agent need only flip a switch and the Reservisor updated the inventory in one second. The Magnetronic Reservisor’s storage drum could hold 10,000 units of flight memory, or 1,000 flight legs per day over a 12-day span.</p><p>“Reservisor was the first commercial system to combine electronic processing and electronic communications,” wrote Smithsonian Institution curator <a href="" target="_blank">Jon Eklund</a> in 1994. The technology “demonstrated that information could be reliably processed by a central computer” in real time.</p><p>The arrival of jet engine technology — faster, farther-reaching planes — meant the Reservisor system wouldn’t cut it for long. More travel agents and better computers helped, but it wasn’t perfect. Internet ticketing couldn’t come soon enough. Today, American Airlines flies <a href="" target="_blank">6,700 flights</a> per day to 350 destinations around the world. Then again, now <i>you’re </i>the travel agent.</p>
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Where to Find the Top Travel Deals for Cyber Monday

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 10:30
<p>While <a href="" target="_blank">Cyber Monday</a> can get you great deals and an <a href="" target="_blank">early start on your holiday shopping</a>, it can also help you save a bundle on your next getaway.</p><p>The occasion offers a range of travel deals to choose from, from flights to hotel stays to package deals that include all transportation, accommodations, and excursions at a fraction of the regular price.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Gifts No One Will Realize You Ordered on Amazon</a></p><p>Whether you’re in search of one last trip to end the year or planning your first getaway of 2019, we’ve rounded up some of the top travel deals you can take advantage of this <a href="" target="_blank">Cyber Monday</a>.</p><h2>Airfare Sales: </h2><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">CheapOAir</a> will be offering <strong>$40 off of flights, hotels, and car bookings</strong> on Cyber Monday when booking with the promo code CMONDAY40. </p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Air France</a> will sell 500 digital gift cards valued from $50 to $5,000 from Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 while supplies last. Any gift card over $150 will be given an<strong> extra $30 in value</strong> to be used at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>. Gift cards will never expire.</p><p>Budget carrier <a href="" target="_blank">Ryanair</a> has been offering a different deal each day from Monday, Nov. 19 through Monday, Nov. 26. Be sure to check out Ryanair’s website on Cyber Monday to see its deal of the day, with prior deals including<strong> flights starting at just $6.50</strong>. </p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Southwest Vacations</a> is offering <strong>up to $250 off of its flight and hotel packages</strong> to any of the destinations it offers. Customers will receive $125 off of trips in the U.S. when they use the promo code SAVE125DOM* and $250 off international vacations when using the promo code SAVE250INT* on Black Friday and throughout Cyber Week. Bookings can be made between Nov. 18 and Dec. 3 by 11:59 p.m. CT for travel between Nov. 19 and June 7, 2019. </p><p>Budget airline <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">WOW Air</a> is offering <strong>40 percent off of all flights</strong> for bookings made on Monday, Nov. 26 when using the code WOWCYBERMONDAY. The code is valid for bookings made Nov. 26 through Nov. 28 for travel between November 2018 and April 10, 2019.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href=";utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=special_offer_via_week47_black_friday" target="_blank">Icelandair</a> will be back with deals this year, offering fares to a variety of popular European stops out of U.S. cities <strong>starting at $309 round-trip</strong>. </p><p>Low-cost carrier <a href="" target="_blank">Norwegian</a> is also running Cyber Monday deals that include <strong>up to 15 percent off of restrictive fares</strong> on longhaul routes (flexible fares are excluded) from both the U.S. and Canada. The savings will automatically show up in the featured fares, so customers won’t need a promo code. The sale ends on Monday, Nov. 26 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The deals apply for travel between Dec. 3 and March 31, 2019, with a blackout period from Dec. 17 to Jan. 6, 2019.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Air New Zealand</a> will be offering discounted fares from <a href="" target="_blank">the U.S. and Canada to New Zealand, Australia, and the Cook Islands</a> for Cyber Monday. </p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia</a> will provide <strong>$100 off of $200 flights</strong> through a coupon that will refresh every hour from 9 a.m. PST to 3 p.m. PST on Cyber Monday.</p><h2>Hotel Deals: </h2><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href=";cm_mmc=OFMAM-6C-AMER-EN-LOY-CyberSale18-Vanity" target="_blank">InterContinental Hotel Group</a> is offering <strong>25 percent off</strong> of the best available rate for stays at over 5,000 properties across the globe during its Cyber Week promotion. The deal is valid for bookings made from Nov. 23 through Nov. 20 for travel between Nov. 26 and March 31, 2019.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hilton</a> is running a sale that includes <strong>up to 25 percent off</strong> of trips across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa that happens to coincide with Cyber Monday. Bookings need to be made by Jan. 31, 2019, though the properties below are also offering specific Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals: </p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hilton Anatole</a> in Dallas is offering <strong>30 percent off</strong> with a two-night minimum stay for bookings made between Nov. 26 and 28 for stays between Nov. 26, 2018 and Oct. 31, 2019. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hilton Waikoloa Village</a> on the Big Island of Hawaii is also offering <strong>30 percent off</strong> of stays for bookings between Nov. 19 and 30 and stays between Nov. 26, 2018 and Nov. 30, 2019. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hilton Hawaiian Village</a> in Oahu, Hawaii, is offering up to <strong>25 percent off</strong> of stays for Honors members and up to 23 percent off for non-members for bookings between Nov. 19 and Nov. 26 and stays between Dec. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hilton Playa del Carmen</a> is offering up to <strong>65 percent off</strong> stays between Jan. 1 and April 28, 2019.<p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> is once again launching its electronic scratch-off mystery coupon for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. With the promotion, travelers who visit the website will be prompted to scratch off a mystery coupon that could provide savings of <strong>seven percent, eight percent, 10 percent, or 99 percent</strong> off hotel bookings. The coupon must be used for bookings between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and each visitor is guaranteed to win one of the four deals, according to representatives.</p><p>Book a hotel between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Orbitz</a> on Cyber Monday and you can save an additional <strong>17 percent off of hotels </strong><strong>already marked half off </strong>when using the code MONDAY17. You can also save 15 percent off hotels from Nov. 23 through Nov. 27 when using the promo code THANKFUL. </p><p>Book a hotel between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Travelocity</a> on Cyber Monday and save an additional <strong>17 percent off of hotels marked 50 percent off</strong> when using the code CYBER17.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia</a> will offer up to an extra <strong>90 perfect off</strong> select hotels through coupons on its app on Nov. 26, with the coupon refreshing every hour from 9 a.m. PST to 3 p.m. PST. Expedia will also be offering <strong>50 percent off</strong> standalone hotels on its website on Nov. 26, with the coupon refreshing every hour from 9 a.m. PST to 3 p.m. PST.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Bluegreen Vacations</a> will create a customized eight-day and seven-night getaway for up to six people for $499 at participating U.S. hotels. Bookings must be made between Cyber Monday and Nov. 30 to apply. </p><p>Get <strong>40 percent off</strong> a stay at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Viceroy Riviera Maya</a> in Mexico on bookings made Nov. 22 through Cyber Monday and get a complimentary breakfast for two included in the deal. Travel is available between November and Dec. 18, 2019, with rates starting from $363 per night.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nayara Springs</a> in Costa Rica is offering <strong>35 percent off</strong> a four-night stay on bookings made on Cyber Monday, making a trip that would typically cost $3,000 just $1,950. The deal also includes complimentary breakfast, a welcome bottle of wine, daily yoga sessions, complimentary mini bar selections, and bird-watching tours.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hamilton Princess and Beach Club</a> is slashing rooms to <strong>half the price</strong> from Black Friday through Cyber Monday for stays through March 31, 2019. Bookings must include a Friday or Saturday night stay to apply.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Atlantis</a> on Paradise Island is offering <strong>five days of savings</strong>, with deals available each day between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. Savings range from flight discounts with bookings to up to $300 in resort credits and complimentary stays. Bookings need to be made on Monday, Nov. 26 and are available for travel between Nov. 26, 2018 and Nov. 30, 2019 in the following towers: The Beach, The Coral, The Royal, The Reef, and The Cove. </p><p><strong>Save 50% off </strong>all room rates at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Marigot Bay Resort and Marina</a> in St. Lucia when booking between Nov. 21 and Nov. 27, 2019 for ravel between Nov. 22 and Dec. 19, 2018, and between Jan. 6 and June 30, 2019.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Curtain Bluff</a> in Antigua is offering<strong> 20 percent off</strong> for a minimum five-day stay for travel between November and Aug. 17, 2019. Rates include all meals, drinks, activities that range from snorkeling and paddle boarding, and complimentary VIP airport pickup. </p><p>Ocean House Management is offering a variety of deals at properties that include<strong> 30 percent off</strong> bookings at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Weekapaug Inn</a>, <strong>30 off of </strong>rooms at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Blantyre</a>, and <strong>20 percent off</strong> of rooms at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ocean House</a> made between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.</p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">JW Marriott Nashville</a> will be offering <strong>40 percent off</strong> of its rooms, in addition to providing <strong>complimentary Wi-Fi</strong>, <strong>two cocktails</strong> in its Cumberland bar, <strong>complimentary valet</strong>, and <strong>15 percent off</strong> of the hotel’s spa when booking on Cyber Monday for stays through 2019. </p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Andaz Maui</a> will be offering <strong>20 percent off of rooms and a $50 credit</strong> at its restaurant, Ka’ana Kitchen, when you use the code SAVOR to book between Nov. 23 and Nov. 26. </p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">River’s Edge Hotel</a> in Portland, Oregon, will slash <strong>30 percent off of rooms</strong> and offer a <strong>complimentary upgrade</strong> when you book direct on Cyber Monday. The offer is valid for stays through March 31, 2019 when using the promo code CYBER.</p><p>California’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Timber Cove Resort</a> will offer 40 percent off of 2019 stays when booking on Cyber Monday and using the code CYBER.</p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Redbury</a> in New York City is offering 50 percent off of weekend stays (Thursday through Sunday) on travel between Nov. 23 and March 2019 for bookings made between Nov. 23 and Nov. 26 when using the code Cyber online or DSCYB on the phone. <h2>Tour and Excursion Deals: </h2><p>Small adventure tour operator <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Intrepid Travel</a> is offering <strong>20 percent off</strong> more than 1,000 trips around the world as part of its Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. The deals are available from Nov. 20–28 for travel between Jan. 15 and Dec. 15, 2019, with the discount automatically applied. Example itineraries range from the eight-day <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">India’s Golden Triangle trip</a> filled with hot air balloon rides and safaris to a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">cycling trip in Tanzania</a> to explore volcanoes, national parks, and more. <i> </i></p><p>Those looking to head on a tropical getaway can save <strong>up to 70 percent off</strong> some of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">CheapCaribbean’s</a> most popular locations for the new year. These include the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Bahamas, Los Cabos, and Cancun/Riviera Maya. For example, all-inclusive rates start as low as $349 for flights and a three-night stay at the Oasis Tulum Lite. Bookings are open through Nov. 26 for travel dates ranging from Nov. through May of 2019.</p><p>Safari and tour operator <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">andBeyond</a> will be offering <strong>20 percent off</strong> a selection of wildlife and culture itineraries for travel between Jan. 15 and December 2019 when booking on Cyber Monday. Travelers will also need to provide a 20 percent deposit within 14 days after booking for the deals to apply.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia’s</a> coupons will also include <strong>$100 off of $1,000 vacation packages</strong>, and <strong>$100 off of activities priced at $200</strong>.</p><p>Luxury yacht charter company the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Moorings</a> will offer 30 percent off of Bareboat Sail and Power charters in all of its worldwide destinations (excluding Italy and Tonga) for bookings made on Cyber Monday and for travel between Nov. 26 and June 30, 2019. A minimum charter of seven days is required. </p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sunsail</a> yacht charters will also offer 20 percent off Bareboat Sail and Flotilla charters to global destinations for bookings made on Cyber Monday and for charters taken between Nov. 26 and June 30, 2019 when using the code CYBER. A minimum charter of seven days is required for the deal. </p><p>Get 50 percent off of tickets to New York City’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises’</a> Landmarks Cruise, Liberty Cruise, Harbor Lights Cruise, Best of New York Cruise, and Statue of Liberty Express Cruise or <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">New York Water Taxis’</a> All Day Access Pass when purchasing between Nov. 23 and Nov. 27. Use the code CYBER18 for the deals. </p><h2>Travel Gear Sales: </h2><p>Grab everything from cozy winter coats to waterproof hiking boots from <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cole Haan</a> at half price. The retailer is offering <strong>50 percent off everything</strong>, plus an additional 10 percent off purchases when using the code CYBER for purchases made between Nov. 25 and Nov. 27. </p><p>Amazon will be offering a variety of discounts for its <a href=";node=5550342011&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlcybermondaytraveldeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=210a6421226c46ac1407f63167211ead&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Cyber Monday Deals Week 2018</a>, including discounts on everything from luggage to travel tech and outerwear. </p>
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I Never Travel Without This Miracle Zit-fighting Serum — and It's $40 Off Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 10:16
<p>As someone who often books flights at the last minute, always packs at an ungodly hour the night before departure, and does not check a bag unless absolutely necessary for survival, I've never had a particularly fussy <a href="" target="_blank">travel skincare routine</a>. Actually, I've never had much of a travel skincare routine at all.</p><p>But then a <a href="" target="_blank">fellow professional traveler</a> brought a little blue bottle of pure, powerful, zit-clearing magic called <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">iS Clinical Active Serum</a> into my life and made me one of those people who puts a serum in my carry-on before even packing my passport. I'm so glad she did.</p><p>If you travel like me, somewhere between falling asleep with your head on a <a href="" target="_blank">dirty airplane tray table</a> and throwing your diet out of whack at the first sight of a delicious local snack, your skin is likely going to rebel with a breakout. And nothing kills the buzz of arriving in an exciting destination like having to reunite with long-lost friends (or even greet the customs agent) with a giant zit on your face.</p><p>No worries — just apply a few drops of <a href="" target="_blank">iS Clinical Active Serum</a> to the problem area (and smooth a small amount over the rest of your face and neck while you're at it), and you'll be on your way to clearer, brighter skin. With key ingredients that include salicylic acid and herbal extracts, the serum is clinically proven to smooth the skin's texture while reducing redness and acne. I can't yet vouch for its claim to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, but I'm hopeful.</p><p>Ideal for oily, combination, and acne-prone skin, the serum does cause that slight tingling, something-is-actually-happening-here burn when you apply it, so if your skin is very sensitive, you may want to think twice. At $135 for 1 fl. oz., it also may burn a slight hole in your wallet, and it rarely goes on sale. But right now through Cyber Monday, you can save 30 percent ($40) and grab it for $95 at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>. </p><p>Don't just take my word for it. The serum has more than 100 <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">five-star reviews on the site</a>, where people are calling it things like a "life-saver," "liquid gold," and a "must-have for acne sufferers." </p><p>If you're the type who can't commit based on something you read on the internet (good for you, probably) you can also get a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Clearing Travel Kit</a> that includes a half-size bottle of the Active Serum, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hydra-Cool Serum</a> (my new favorite for dehydrated skin), Cleansing Complex, and SPF 50+ for the same price.</p><img alt="is clinical travel kit "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95 (originally $135)</p>
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