Drunk Birds Are Going on 'Berry Benders' in Minnesota

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 08:09
<p>Somebody needs to cut off the <a href="" target="_blank">birds</a> of Gilbert, Minnesota, because they’re all drunk.</p><p>According to local authorities, birds in the region are getting a bit tipsy thanks to an early frost, which caused berries to ferment on the vine. When the birds consume a few too many they tend to fly into windows and act a fool. In fact, the birds are getting so out of control that the local police department had to warn citizens about their behavior.</p><p>"We've sort of nicknamed it ‘berry benders’ now that these birds are on a berry bender,” Gilbert police chief Ty Techer told <a href="" target="_blank">Fox 9</a>. “The young birds’ livers can't process it as well; they seem to be loopier, for lack of a better term.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Drunk Wasps Are Going on 'Stinging Rampages' at U.K. Beer Gardens</a></p><p>According to park ranger Sharon Stiteler, the birds are typically cedar waxwings and American robins, who like to feast on the berries. "Drunk birds are totally a thing. I've had to give sober rides to cedar waxwings from uptown,” she joked.</p><p>But, the police department also wants locals to know that they are aware of the situation, so <a href=";theater" target="_blank">please stop calling them about it</a>.</p><p>“There is no need to call law enforcement about these birds as they should sober up within a short period of time,” the department posted on Facebook. “However, we would like you to call the Gilbert Police Department if you see the following: Heckle and Jeckle walking around being boisterous or playing practical jokes. Woodstock pushing Snoopy off a dog house for no apparent reason. The Roadrunner jumping in and out of traffic on Main Street. Big Bird operating a motor vehicle in an unsafe manner. Angry Birds giggling and laughing uncontrollably and appearing to be happy. Tweety acting as if he’s 10 feet tall and getting into confrontations with cats.Any other birds after midnight with Taco Bell items.”</p><p>And if you really feel compelled to help the drunk birds, Stiteler said to "try putting it in a box in a dark place where it can kind of sleep things off."</p>
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Travelers at Newark Airport May Have Been Exposed to Measles

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 07:11
<p>Travelers at <a href="" target="_blank">Newark Liberty International Airport</a> may have been exposed to the <a href="" target="_blank">measles</a>. </p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, a traveler on a flight from Tel Aviv has been diagnosed with the virus. The unidentified man was reportedly traveling through Newark Liberty Terminal B on Sept. 28 and then continued on to Rockland County, New York.</p><p>The New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement that anyone traveling through the airport between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m on Sept. 28 could have been exposed to the virus. Those who are unvaccinated and were in Terminal B at the time have the highest risk, though it’s possible that the man could have traveled to other parts of the airport as well.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">CDC</a>, symptoms for the measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes, and tiny white spots inside the mouth about two or three days after initial symptoms. The measles can also lead to more serious symptoms and even death for those with weakened immune systems.</p><p>It’s important to note that symptoms may not occur immediately. Those exposed may not even be aware that they are sick until as late as Oct. 19.</p><p>State epidemiologist Dr. Christina Tan said in a statement that “two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective” in preventing the disease. But if you are unvaccinated and concerned you may have been exposed, it’s important to contact your doctor.</p>
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Save 50% off Stays at One of the Hottest New Hotels in the Bahamas

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 16:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Bahamas: 50 percent off at <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Hyatt Baha Mar</a>, a long-awaited beach resort with 1,800 coastal-inspired rooms. Don’t miss live jazz, tapas, and cocktails at the Blue Note and sophisticated seafood on the patio of 3 Tides.</p><p>The Grand Escape includes:</p>A minimum of three nights in a standard room A food and beverage creditA round of golf, including use of a golf cart One hour court time for two at the Racquet ClubA morning fitness class A couple’s massage for the price of a single massage<p>Original Price: From $1,385 (or $461 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $675 (or $225 per night); valid until December 20, 2018</p><p>Booking details: Use promo code FALL when booking <a href="" target="_blank">online</a></p><p>Availability: Blackout dates include Oct. 7 – 10, 16 – 19, Nov. 20 – 30, 2018.</p>
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The Most Popular and Most Affordable Holiday Destinations

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 14:11
<p>Kayak released its <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Holiday Travel Hacker</a> on Wednesday, highlighting this year's popular destinations.</p><p>From the most popular destinations for ringing in the <a href="" target="_blank">New Year</a>, to trending ski destinations, to the most affordable places in North America for spending the holidays, the report offers a guide for when to find the best holiday travel deals.</p><p>For Thanksgiving, Kayak generally suggests booking flights eight weeks in advance based on 2017 data. For Christmas, it's four weeks in advance for domestic flights, and five weeks for international flights.<p>Booking eight weeks in advance also seemed ideal for domestic New Year’s travel, however the best median airfare for international New Year's trips was seen just two weeks beforehand. As always, when the best fare for your vacation will be available will vary depending on the destination and desired travel dates. To save, <a href="" target="_blank">set up alerts</a> and use fare calendar tools to see if <a href="" target="_blank">adjusting your schedule a little can help you save</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Bahamas</a> saw the biggest increase in interest for New Year’s Eve, followed by several other Caribbean islands along with a few European destinations. (The list is based on the greatest year-over-year search increases for travel between December 25 and January 2.)</p><h2>Top Trending New Year’s Eve Destinations</h2>The Bahamas (111% increase in searches)Florence, Italy (73%)Palm Springs, California (47%)Cartagena, Colombia (45%)Jamaica (30%)U.S. Virgin Islands (25%)New Orleans, Louisiana (24%)Aruba (23%)Zurich, Switzerland (22%)Paris, France (20%)<p>Kayak also found the top 10 budget-friendly destinations for the holidays, based having the lowest median airfare rates for travel between November 16 and January 2. Toronto topped the list, followed by Boston and Orlando.</p><h2>Top 10 Wallet-friendly Destinations in North America for the Holidays</h2>Toronto, CanadaBoston, MassachusettsOrlando, FloridaLas Vegas, NevadaNew York, New YorkAtlanta, GeorgiaCharleston, South CarolinaVancouver, CanadaChicago, IllinoisNashville, Tennessee<p>Several ski destinations in Canada, including Banff and Quebec City, have seen the highest year-over-year increase in searches for travel from November 16 to January 2.</p><h2>Top Trending Ski Destinations</h2>Banff, Canada (29% increase in searches)Quebec City, Canada (28%)Taos, New Mexico (27%)Big Sky, Montana (26%)Stowe, Vermont (21%)Jay, Vermont (17%)Mont-Tremblant, Canada (11%)Mammoth Lakes, California (4%)North Conway, New Hampshire (3%)Breckenridge, Colorado (3%)<p>Kayak's <a href="" target="_blank">Holiday Travel Hacker</a> additionally offers info in each category on median airfare and hotel rates, real-time flight deals, and average temperature and precipitation data for each destination.</p>
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Hawaii's Big Island Is Back and Better Than Ever

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 13:01
<p>My daughter, Agnes, has reached an age — 4 — where she asks questions like “Why did the dinosaurs die?” and “Where does hot lava come from?” So after <a href="" target="_blank">Hawaii’s</a> Kīlauea <a href="" target="_blank">began erupting</a> last May, we checked out some YouTube videos of the lava flow into the ocean, which led to a new recurring question: “Why, in Hawaii, is there <a href="" target="_blank">new land</a>?” When I told her a few months later that our family were going to visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Big Island</a> and see the volcano, she expressed her approval, then added sternly, “But we can’t get too <em>close</em>.”</p><img alt="Lava pouring out of Kilauea's Fissure 8 eruption. July 2018 "src=""><p>Then came the hurricane. A few days before we were set to travel, <a href="" target="_blank">Lane</a> had grown into a Category Five storm a couple hundred miles south of Hawaii that, as the headlines blared, threatened a rare direct hit on the archipelago. TV talking heads opined on the lousy luck of this poor, beleaguered paradise, which in 2018 had already endured the <a href="" target="_blank">false missile alert</a> as well as the eruption of Kīlauea. <em>Are you going to cancel your trip?</em>, people asked. <em>Let’s just wait and see</em>, I said.</p><p>I didn’t really think of canceling because I’d dreamed of visiting Hawaii since I was a kid, but had somehow never been, and because we were headed for the <a href="" target="_blank">Four Seasons Resort Hualalai</a>, which I’d been told by many people is the platonic ideal of family vacation destinations. The folks at the resort, in contrast to the sensationalized headlines, were blasé about the hurricane, reassuring me that the property lies on the dry side of the island. When the outer bands of the storm arrived, they reported that it had just gotten a little gray where they were, and it wasn’t even really raining.</p><p>In the ensuing hours, the storm was downgraded to a tropical depression. Our journey went off without a hitch, and the four of us — Agnes, my son Rex, my wife Chi, and I — arrived to scattered clouds and the moderately humid perpetual 84 degrees for which Hawaii is so legendary. After guava juice and damp towels in the lobby, we were ferried by electric cart along serpentine paths, past the volcanic-rock walls and dense native plantings that fronted the villas, to our tranquil Deluxe Suite. It overlooked King’s Pond, a manmade lagoon just behind the beach inhabited by 4,000 fish species, including a spotted eagle ray named Kainalu, who the kids would get to feed the next morning.</p><img alt="View from the terrace at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, in Hawaii "src=""><img alt="Inside a suite at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, in Hawaii "src=""><p>This area, at the north end of the resort, is definitely the <a href="" target="_blank">most family-friendly</a>, and as we walked the grounds the next few days, I came to understand the Four Seasons Hualalai as an ingenious piece of social engineering. It’s laid out as a series of interlocking crescents along the ocean, each of which speaks to a different life stage: At one end lies King’s Pond; at the other, the golf course, with areas better suited for singles on romantic getaways and families with older kids in between. The resort’s seven pools exemplify this idea: a short walk from our room, we found the Seashell Pool, a classic family pool surrounded by palapa cabanas, with an infinity edge that looks out over the Ocean Pool, a protected area off the beachfront that is an ideal place for children to learn to snorkel. Behind the Seashell Pool is the very shallow, sandy-bottomed Keiki Pool, where Chi could camp out on a chaise and drink rosé, leaving the kids more or less to their own devices, when I got a massage at the spa. Walk a little further along the oceanfront promenade and you’ll come to the more grown-up Beach Tree Pool, where the emphasis is on quietude, and then the truly adult Palm Grove Pool, which has a swim-up bar that serves a sensational Hendrick’s-cilantro-cucumber-jalapeño number called a Cool &amp; Spicy.</p><img alt="Staff by the pool at the Four Seasons Hualalai, in Hawaii "src=""><p>Chi and I took turns at the Palm Grove Pool while the kids were napping. One afternoon I was sitting on one of the submerged benches, engrossed in a novel and enjoying a Cool &amp; Spicy, happy as a clam except that the basalt deck I was leaning on to read was just a bit too hot. Almost the moment I realized I was uncomfortable, a pool attendant appeared with a towel to keep me from burning myself. When I left the pool, I left the tab open for Chi, whose turn it was next. She told me later that she’d been greeted by name and shown to a chaise that had already been made up for her.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 15 Resort Hotels in Hawaii</a></p><p>This kind of service — anticipatory, empathetic, always nearby but never intrusive — is like a glass of ice water on a hot day. It’s disarmingly bracing on first encounter, then routinely gratifying thereafter. We experienced it wherever we went at the Four Seasons Hualalai. On our first night, we went to Ulu Ocean Grill, steps from the Sea Shell Pool and the beach, for a dinner prepared by the executive chef, Thomas Bellec. Everything was marvelous: the craft cocktails, the kampachi crudo, the ocean view, the special grilled oyster Bellec brought Agnes when he found out she was an oyster lover, and most of all the double rainbow that suddenly appeared over the beach. And then, as will happen with jetlagged kids, suddenly everything fell apart. As Bellec carved the just-caught whole snapper tableside, both children went into full meltdown. “Just go,” he told us. “I’ll have it sent to your room.”</p><img alt="Staff walking down stairs at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, in Hawaii "src=""><p>To be honest, I thought that would be the end of the dinner. But, as if by magic, a staffer materialized minutes after we’d gotten the kids to sleep to set up a feast for us on the balcony. We sat in the dark, devouring that beautiful fish, drinking the bottle of lemony Sancerre we’d ordered, and listening to the waves.</p><p>One morning, I got away by myself for a stargazing and sunrise tour of Mauna Kea, the million-year-old dormant volcano whose summit is the highest point in the state of Hawaii. “Thank you for not being afraid of the volcano, and the hurricane, and the 2 a.m. wakeup,” said Justin Larkin, our driver and guide from <a href="" target="_blank">Hawaii Forest &amp; Trail</a>, as the Sprinter van carrying 14 bleary-eyed travelers bumped up the side of the mountain in the predawn light. He explained that the ancient Polynesians had thought of Mauna Kea as the belly button of the Hawaiians. The sunrise, when it came, was ravishing, like filagree lace edging the cloud cover before rushing further to flood us with celestial light. Just as remarkable to me was the shadow Mauna Kea projected onto the atmosphere in the opposite direction, not far from the southern coast of Maui, which was visible in the distance Maui, Larkin had told us, began life where Mauna Kea is now, before wandering over the eons to its current location. Set free for a moment from the realities of parental time, I marveled at the slowness of geological time.</p><img alt="USA, Hawaii, Big Island, Mauna Kea, three tourists watching sunrise "src=""><p>Of course, I had promised Agnes that she’d get to see a volcano too, so the hotel had also arranged a tour for us with <a href="" target="_blank">Paradise Helicopters</a>. As we drove through the lava fields toward the airport, Agnes’s existential questions took a more personal turn: “Papa, why, in our family, aren’t there <em>three </em>children? Why are your parents alive and mama’s aren’t?”</p><p>To my relief, we were soon aboard the helicopter with our our affable pilot, Keith Darby, who informed us and our fellow riders, also Four Seasons guests, that he would do his best to “entice us out of the Garden of Eden.” He kept up a steady patter about the magnificent sights below us, from the perfect white-sand beach where Captain Cook met his end to the green, mist-enshrouded coast above Hilo, once the site of an ill-fated railroad. Rex was airsick, and whined until he fell asleep. Agnes was most excited about asking me questions over her headset, until she too fell asleep.</p><img alt="Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii "src=""><p>We circled the black-and-umber crater of Kīlauea a few times, trying to see in, but the view was obscured by a giant puff of steam and what Darby called the storm’s “residual gunk.” “Not to rub it in,” he said later, when he put down the helicopter for a quick picnic on a secluded mountaintop, “but the lava flow was amazing until August.” Of course, the disappearance of the lava has in many ways been good news for the Big Island, which was able to reopen <a href="" target="_blank">Volcanoes National Park</a> a few weeks after we visited (now <em>sans</em> lava). Agnes told me afterward that she hadn’t seen the volcano, but it was okay, because she’d had fun in the helicopter. And while we didn’t get to see lava — or do other things, like snorkel, that we’ll do the next time — it was okay, because we’d had fun in Hawaii.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">You Can Harvest Your Own Sea Salt on a Volcanic Hike in Hawaii (Video)</a></p><p>One morning as we enjoyed the incredible breakfast buffet at Ulu, I chatted with our server, Tiffany, about Lane’s near-miss. “For those of us who grew up on the island, each day is its own day,” she told me. You get into that mindset very quickly here. The next morning, Tiffany was our server again, and she pointed out a pod of dolphins that had surfaced off shore. Agnes and Rex and I rushed to the beach just as one corkscrewed its body up out of the water and landed with a splash.</p><p>Agnes turned to me, her face alight. “We saw — ” She could barely get the words out. “We saw a dolphin do a <em>trick!</em>” I was as excited as she was.</p>
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Jane Fonda Is Going on an Anthony Bourdain-inspired Food Tour in France

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 12:00
<h2>La Sélection Officielle</h2><p>"This month, I’m going to Lyon, France, to receive a lifetime achievement award at the 10th <a href="" target="_blank">Lumière Festival</a>, one of the largest international festivals of classic cinema. It was in Lyon that Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematograph, so it’s a special place for people who love and work in film."</p><h2>Lyon à La Bourdain</h2><img alt="Fish in puff pastry at the Paul Bocuse restaurant in Lyon, France "src=""><p>"I first visited Lyon in my twenties, with my first husband, Roger Vadim, a Frenchman, but back then, I wasn’t eating, so I didn’t appreciate the city’s food scene. This time, I’m going to dine at the very best restaurants, like <a href="" target="_blank">Maison Troisgros</a><b> </b><em>(tasting menu $513)</em> and <a href="" target="_blank">Paul Bocuse</a> <em>(entrées $80–$103) </em>— the same ones Anthony Bourdain ate at in <em>Parts Unknown</em>. It was actually Bourdain — may he rest in peace — who taught me about Lyon’s history as the birthplace of French cuisine."</p><h2>French Connection</h2><p>"When I’m in France, I like to sit outside at the cafés and go to the museums. I’m traveling with a close girlfriend — the woman Roger married after me — so I’m sure we’ll have lots of fun. As for what I’m packing, I’m all about chic, wrinkle-proof clothing. I’ve traveled so much in my lifetime that I’m now a pro."</p><h2>An American in Paris</h2><img alt="The Musee Rodin, and the Ritz Paris, in Paris, France "src=""><p>"After Lyon, I’m going to Paris, where I’m hoping to visit the<b> </b><a href="" target="_blank">Musée Rodin</a> and stay at <a href="" target="_blank">Le Bristol</a> <em>(doubles from $1,129)</em><i> </i>or the <a href="" target="_blank">Ritz Paris</a><i> </i><em>(doubles from $1,140)</em><i>.</i> I’m also hoping to track down this one vegetarian restaurant on the Left Bank whose name I can’t remember. I had one of the greatest meals of my life there, so I’m planning on retracing my steps and discovering it again."</p><img alt="Promenade of the Saone River in Lyon, France "src="">
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Southwest Is Having a Winter Sale With Flights Starting at $49 (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:16
<p>Although the temperature may have only just started to cool down, it’s not too early to make your warm-weather contingency plans.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines is having a sale</a> on winter flights, with one-way airfare as low as $49. The deals are valid from November 28 through December 19, and January 3 through February 13, 2019. Deals for international flights to Caribbean destinations are available through March 6, 2019.</p><p>Fair warning: You won’t be able to use these deals to plan your winter weekend getaways. The lowest airfare is not available on Friday and Sunday flights and international deals will only show up for flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.</p><p>However, if you’re looking for an excuse to take time off from work, the low prices could make time off requests a lot more enticing.</p><p>From Phoenix, there are $49 flights to <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego</a> and the same price is available between <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta</a> and Nashville. For $79, travelers in D.C. can ease down to New Orleans or people in Oakland can escape to Denver. Those battling the snow and wind in Chicago can find warmth in Dallas for only $99. Winter warriors stranded in St. Louis can make a break with a one-way flight to San Jose for $129.</p><p>The deals are available until October 4 at 11:59 p.m. (in the flight’s originating city).</p>
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Oscar Wilde’s Former London Pied-à-terre Is Becoming a Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 10:45
<p>Oscar Wilde once wrote that one should either be a work of art or wear one. Soon you’ll be able to stay in one.</p><p>After four years and $48 million in renovations, the writer’s former London pied-a-terre will reopen in December as the <a href="" target="_blank">Belmond Cadogan Hotel</a>.</p><p>The Cadogan Hotel was an important location in Wilde’s life. <a href="" target="_blank">After losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry</a> (over Wilde’s homosexuality, a crime in England at the time), the writer was arrested at the hotel on April 6, 1895. There’s even a poem — entitled “<a href="" target="_blank">The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel</a>” — chronicling the whole ordeal.</p><p>Besides having major historical importance to the literary and LGBTQ worlds, the hotel is likely to become a <a href="" target="_blank">London</a> destination for several other reasons.</p><p>Renovations have restored and preserved many of the hotel’s original design details from the 1800s, including wood paneling, stained glass windows and working fireplaces. There are 57 rooms in the hotel, all decorated with taste that any aesthete should enjoy.</p><img alt="Belmond Cadogan "src=""><img alt="Belmond Cadogan "src=""><img alt="Belmond Cadogan "src=""><p>There are several new dining options inside the hotel, including a tea lounge, terrace cafe and classic British bar. The main restaurant, helmed by chef Adam Handling (of The Frog Hoxton), will offer a menu of sustainable and contemporary British fare.</p><p>Every morning, a breakfast of pastries, croissants, bread and crumpets is delivered to guest rooms. Afterwards, guests can spend time in the private gardens or hotel tennis courts.</p><img alt="Belmond Cadogan "src=""><p>If you’re staying at the hotel, take one other travel tip from Wilde when packing your suitcase. In “The Importance of Being Earnest,” one of Wilde’s characters remarks that he never travels without his diary. “One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”</p>
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The Best-selling Trtl Travel Pillow Just Got a Serious Upgrade — and It's Comfier Than Ever

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 09:42
<p>In the travel accessories world, the Trtl pillow is something of a phenomenon. Its unconventional approach to supporting the head and neck changed what a <a href="" target="_blank">neck pillow</a> could look like — and how well it could work — thus converting travel pillow non-believers everywhere. (It’s safe to say <a href="" target="_blank">our editors are obsessed</a>.) </p><p>On Wednesday, the folks over at Scotland-based Trtl released the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Trtl Pillow Plus</a> via a 30-day Kickstarter campaign. At the time of publish, it had already raised well over $20,000 from more than 500 backers in just a few hours. And oh man, is it great.</p><p>Five years of sleep ergonomics research went into the new version, and two major consumer wishes have been granted: lighter fabric and adjustable height. The new material is far more breathable than the Trtl pillow 1.0's fleece. It's still lined with super-soft micro-fleece, but there's now a mesh panel running along the center that will keep you from overheating. It's also still machine washable for convenience. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">We Put 17 Travel Pillows to the Test, and Only One Got a Perfect Score</a></p><img alt="trtl pillow plus launch "src=""><p>More notably than the fabric change, though, is the new adjustable height feature for the internal support 'V'. Unwrapped, there are two auto-locking toggles that you can twist toward the right to expand or toward the left to shorten. And they operate independently of one another, so your Trtl can be shorter near your face and taller behind your shoulder, for example. Actually, it has 80 possible configurations — 80!</p><p>We tested one and were surprised to learn that once you get your height settings just-right Goldilocks style, you won't even need to wrap the fabric around your neck. The pillow will snuggle itself in between your head and shoulder and just do its thing on its own. </p><p>The price point for the Plus has gone up alongside the quality, with a suggested retail value of $75. (The original generally retails for <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">about $30 on Amazon</a>). If you hurry, though, you may be able to score one for $35 as the first 1,000 Kickstarter backers can get a Trtl Plus for 50 percent off with a free waterproof carrying bag included.</p><h2>Trtl Pillow Plus</h2><img alt="trtl pillow plus launch "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $35</p>
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New Zealand Could Charge You $3,200 for Refusing to Unlock Your Phone at the Border

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 08:32
<p>Travelers headed to New Zealand may have to pay fines of up to $3,200 if they refuse to reveal their device passwords.</p><p>Under the <a href="" target="_blank">Customs and Excise Act 2018</a>, in effect this week, customs officers can demand travelers unlock their electronic devices at borders. Anyone who refuses is subject to prosecution and fines up to 5,000 NZD, or about $3,000 USD.</p><p>To be clear: It won’t be necessary to unlock your device or hand over your passwords in order to enter the country. Customs agents won’t search everyone's devices at the border. Instead, searches focus on travelers selected for additional searching, on suspicion of unlawful importing or exporting.</p><p>A device can only be confiscated if, after preliminary searching, border patrol officials have additional suspects. However, failure to provide a password for preliminary searching could be grounds for seizure and additional search.</p><p>The law applies to both New Zealanders and foreigners passing through the country’s borders.</p><p>A spokesperson for New Zealand Customs <a href="" target="_blank">told CNN</a> the new law was necessary as “the shift from paper-based systems to electronic systems has meant that the majority of prohibited material and documents are now stored electronically.”</p><p>However, the act has elicited criticism from privacy advocates. “Allowing Customs to be able to demand the right to examine and capture all this information is a grave invasion of personal privacy of both the person who owns the device and the people they have communicated with,” Thomas Beagle, chairperson of the New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties, <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>.</p><p>Border officials said Tuesday that New Zealand is the first country in the world to impose penalties for travelers that refuse to hand over their information. However, it is not the only country doing electronic searches. United States border patrol officers are allowed to search devices and confiscate some for additional searching.</p>
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Man Doing Pull-ups on Overhead Bin Forces Plane to Make Emergency Landing (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 08:03
<p>A flight from Phoenix to Boston had to be diverted to Kansas City on Monday after a passenger refused to stop doing pull-ups and reportedly became verbally abusive.</p><p>The man on American Airlines Flight 2763 appeared to be intoxicated, and was accompanied by a woman and two dogs, <a href="" target="_blank">CBS Boston affiliate WBZ-TV reported</a>.</p><p>A fellow passenger said the man was leaning against the overhead bin when another passenger said, “What are you going to do, some pull-ups?” At which point the man reportedly started to do pull-ups in front of the rest of the passengers, and also ordered alcohol. Flight attendants repeatedly asked the man to stop doing pull-ups and sit down, but he reportedly refused.</p><p>“The flight attendant probably asked him about three or four times to sit down and he refused to sit down and then he really got verbally abusive with her, starting calling her names,“ the passenger <a href="" target="_blank">told WBZ</a>.</p><p>The pilots made an emergency landing at Kansas City International Airport where law enforcement escorted the man off the plane. According to WBZ-TV, no arrests or charges were made. It is unclear whether the man’s travel companions were also taken off the flight with him. An American Airlines spokesperson confirmed to <a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a> that the incident took place about 90 minutes after takeoff.</p>
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A Racehorse Charged Into a Bar in France — and the Whole Thing Was Caught on Video

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 07:51
<p>Have you heard this one? A horse walks into a bar and chaos ensues.</p><p>Actually, that’s not a joke. And customers in a bar in Chantilly, France, found out what really happens when a horse comes into a bar. A video captured by the bar’s security camera shows a racehorse bucking through a French cafe as diners scatter out of the horse’s path, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Newsweek</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Jean-Marie Beguigne, the horse’s trainer, said that the horse had kicked its rider off the saddle about a half-mile away at Chantilly stables before running off and ending up at the bar, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Independent</em></a>. “The filly escaped by going on to the road, and crossing a roundabout before entering this bar. It is all quite exceptional,” Beguigne <a href="" target="_blank">told the newspaper <em>Ouest France</em></a>.</p><p>Oddly enough, it wasn’t incessant thirst that led the horse to charge into the bar. And the bar is connected to France’s state-controlled betting system, where customers can place bets on horse races on television. The bar’s owner, Stephane Jasmin said the horse <a href="" target="_blank">charged right for the betting corner</a>. Coincidence? Or revenge?</p><p>Luckily, no one was injured in this equine incident, including the horse. Though some furniture was damaged.</p>
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These Are the Most Eco-friendly Airlines Flying to Europe

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 07:33
<p>For travelers committed to protecting the environment, your choice of airlines, planes and seats can make a big difference.</p><p>A new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has ranked 20 major airlines flying between the U.S. and Europe by their carbon footprint. Norwegian Air Shuttle ranked first as the most environmentally friendly airline because of a combination of its seat numbers and use of newer aircraft which have lower fuel burn. Also ranking high with above-average fuel efficiency were <a href="" target="_blank">WOW Air</a>, SWISS, KLM, Turkish Airlines, Air France, Thomas Cook, and Virgin Atlantic.</p><p>British Airways ranked as the least fuel efficient airline. Its fuel-efficiency actually worsened by 4%, compared to a previous ranking in 2014 by the ICCT. Lufthansa ranked second from the bottom of the list.</p><p>Among U.S. airlines, <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> performed best with an industry-average fuel efficiency, while both <a href="" target="_blank">American</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">United</a> ranked below average. United actually came in third from last only 1% more fuel efficient than Lufthansa.</p><p>One interesting finding is that crowded planes help the planet; more people get across the Atlantic on a single flight with the same amount of fuel. So flying at the back of the plane, or on a long-haul low-cost airline to Europe could be a more environmentally friendly choice than flying first class — even if it's less comfortable.</p><p>“Carriers have a variety of tools to reduce fuel use and carbon emissions,” said ICCT's Brandon Graver, lead author of the study. “Airlines like Norwegian, which invests in new, fuel-efficient aircraft, and carriers like WOW air and SWISS that maximize payload on a given flight, all flew efficiently in 2017.”</p><p>Aviation’s overall environmental impact is a hot issue. Airlines contribute about 2.5% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Boeing expects that as many 43,000 planes will be needed to serve the 7.8 billion of us flying that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects by 2036.</p><p>Airlines are making plans to add more fuel-efficient planes, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the new Boeing 777X, the Airbus A350 and the new Airbus A220–formerly the Bombardier CSeries plane.</p><p>On the same day that this report was published, United announced that it had big plans to make changes that would improve its environmental footprint. The airline said it would reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050, relative to 2005. This matches the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas made by other IATA airlines around the world. IATA has also set targets for an average fuel efficiency improvement of 1.5% per year from 2009 to 2020, as well as carbon-neutral growth with a CO2 emissions cap starting in 2020.</p><p>United said it will buy more fuel-efficient planes and make changes to operations that better conserve fuel. The airline also said it will invest $30 million in Fulcrum BioEnergy in California which makes jet-friendly biofuels and committed to buying 1 billion gallons to power its daily flights.</p><p>Biofuels have been taking off for a while and Boeing has played an important role in their advancement.</p><p>“It has been about a decade of effort of a wide ranging program, both in terms of its geographic extent and the kinds of activities that we’ve done to support and catalyze these fuels,” said Mike B. Lakeman, Associate Technical Fellow at Boeing, and an expert in clean energy who has helped advance biofuel technology in aviation. “Boeing’s role was to bring to partners together and show that it was technically feasible. That opened up a raft of challenges that we have addressed in ensuring years.”</p><p>Some of the challenges include getting adequate supply to airports, and also to reducing the costs of biofuels so that they can be competitive for airlines to use on a regular basis. As more airlines join the biofuel club, both of these are being resolved.</p><p>“The primary advantage is in airlines demonstrating to their customers that they are committed,” Lakeman said.</p><p>In 2016, Oslo Airport in Norway became the world’s first airport to stock and supply biofuel in large quantities to support airline operations. Through AirBP, Oslo supplies a blend of biofuel using a combination of used cooking oil and the Spanish plant Camelina.</p><p>Virgin Atlantic was the world’s first airline to trial biofuels, made with Brazilian babassu nuts and coconuts, in 2008, and just on Tuesday <a href="" target="_blank">operated a flight from Orlando to London on biofuel</a> made in Georgia. Other airlines followed with their own trials including Air New Zealand, Japan Airlines, and Finnair.</p>
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Police at Rome Airport Blow Up Bag That Turns Out to Be Filled With Coconuts

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:12
<p>A saga about a suspicious bag at the Rome airport might just crack you up. Figuratively speaking.</p><p>On Monday, Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport had a brief scare when police blew up a suspicious bag. Fortunately, the bag did not contain deadly weapons. Instead, it was full of coconuts, <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Independent</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Freelance journalist Ned Donovan was in Terminal 3, where the lovely bunch of coconuts was found, and documented the whole ordeal.</p><p>According to Donovan, not only did the police blow up the bag, they also searched the person who presumably owned it.</p><p>Donovan told the <em>Independent</em> that the incident was over in about 15 minutes. While most people were being stopped from going past security, most were left to “wander around.”</p><p>Donovan tweeted that the bag was intentionally blown up with people less than 10 meters (about 32 feet) away. So, you might say that not exactly every precaution was being taken. Luckily, no one was harmed. (The same cannot be said for the coconuts.)</p><p>Another Twitter user, Elizabeth Rice, said she was present in the terminal when the bag was being detonated. According to Rice, other passengers weren’t too concerned about the police blowing up a bag inside the airport with other people around.</p><p>When the bag was opened, post-explosion, only charred coconut remained. Donovan commented on Twitter that the officials then left the bag unaccompanied to be cleaned up. Overall, people seem amused by the whole incident.</p><p>If only the officers could have just done a simple search. Then we’d all be drinking piña coladas right now.</p>
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Flying Taxi Company Wants to Get You From New York City to Boston in 36 Minutes

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 16:05
<p>Boston-based aviation company <a href="" target="_blank">Transcend Air</a> wants to make flying between major cities like <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a> faster and easier.</p><p>The company has been working on prototypes of an aircraft that would carry passengers between major cities at prices comparable to commercial flights, and has plans to launch by 2024.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">10 Easy Ways to Make Your Economy Flight Feel Like First Class</a></p><p>Their six-seater, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft features a tiltwing design, allowing it to take off and land like a helicopter. The piloted, turbine-powered planes would have a range of 450 miles, with speeds up to 405 miles per hour, taking inspiration from the design of the <a href="">CL-84, created by Canadair</a> in the 1960s.</p><img alt="Transcend Air's aircraft will take passengers between cities like Boston and New York in under 40 minutes. "src=""><p>“We like to boast that we’re not inventing anything new here,” Transcend Air's CEO Greg Bruelltold <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “We’re taking a concept first demonstrated in the '60s and finding a market for it, while updating it with the latest technology so that it doesn’t cost military-scale budgets to build them.”</p><p>Transcend has plans to fly from New York City to Boston (flight time of 36 minutes, $283 one-way), from Los Angeles to San Francisco (55 minutes, $315 one-way), and from Montreal to Toronto (1 hour, $325 one-way). The company is also looking at routes between San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas, and between Houston, Dallas, and Austin.</p><p>Since the aircraft can take off and land vertically, there’s no need for runways and airports, and its use of propellors instead of rotors (found on helicopters) would keep noise levels down. The biggest benefit to passengers may be the time saved by avoiding going to the airport and taxiing to and from the runway.</p><img alt="The interior of a Transcend Air aircraft. "src=""><p>Onboard the aircraft, passengers will find an experience similar to what they’re used to on commercial airlines, though seats will be wider at 23 inches. Since the trips are short, there will be no restrooms or additional amenities.</p><img alt="Transcend Air's aircraft takes off and lands vertically, like a helicopter. "src=""><p>The company has already started the certification process with the Federal Aviation Administration, and plans to start test routes between Boston and New York City in the next two years. They will then build a limited range production of aircraft with plans to partner with a manufacturer who will create the full range of aircraft.</p>
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Ai Weiwei Is Taking Over Los Angeles This Fall

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 15:23
<p>“Instagram is silly, meaningless, senseless,” Ai said. “I use it like a sketchbook.” Mid-interview, he snapped <a href=";taken-by=aiww" target="_blank">a photo of me</a> and shared it, captionless, with his 425,000 followers on Instagram. In July, I met the artist, who was sun-tanned and jet-lagged, in Aspen, where he was being <a href="" target="_blank">honored</a> with the International Artist Award at Anderson Ranch, an idyllic arts center tucked in the Rocky Mountains.</p><p>This fall, Ai is opening three back-to-back shows in <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>: “Life Cycle,” an exhibition featuring <a href="" target="_blank">three large-scale installations</a>, including an airy bamboo sculpture of a raft crowded with figures, at the Marciano Art Foundation (September 28 – March 3, 2019); an installation of salvaged stools and Lego-based portraits at Jeffrey Deitch’s new gallery (September 29 – January 5, 2019); and a marble, grass-patterned sculpture at UTA Artist Space (from October 4). Together, the shows are the most extensive display of Ai’s works Los Angeles has ever seen.</p><img alt="Installation view of "Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle," September 28, 2018–March 3, 2019, at the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles. "src=""><img alt="Installation view of "Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle," September 28, 2018–March 3, 2019, at the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles. "src=""><p>From masterful sculptures and imaginative installations to feature-length documentaries and hard-metal music videos, Ai is skilled at traversing mediums and subject matter — often circling back to themes of migration in his <a href="" target="_blank">art</a>, as in the titular work of “Life Cycle.” “The refugee crisis is so big and so real,” he explained. “I don’t think I have one show that can completely cope with that.” This summer, Ai trekked across Bangladesh with his 9-year old son to bear witness to the Rohingya refugee crisis and to conduct research for his next film. (In 2017, Ai released <em>Human Flow,</em> a documentary about the global refugee crisis that<i> </i>traces how political violence and environmental degradation has forced more than 65 million people from their homes.)</p><p>Ai himself knows what it is to be displaced. In 2011, he was detained in China for 81 days on charges of tax evasion. After his release, the government retained his passport for four years — delayed, no doubt, by his high-profile status and his fierce and persistent criticism of the Chinese government. Germany granted him asylum in 2015, and Ai now lives in Berlin with his partner, the filmmaker Wang Fen, and their son. When he left China, he said, “a very high official told me, ‘Ai Weiwei, next time you’re here, we’re not going to let you out.’ I don’t know if that is a warning or a threat.”</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Check Out Ai Weiwei's Newest Work at The Royal Academy of Art in London</a></p><p>In the years since, Ai has maintained a studio in Beijing to host his curatorial projects and production team. But early in August, the Chinese government ordered the sudden and total demolition of the space, which is documented in harrowing detail on Instagram. It echoed the events of 2011, when his newly built Shanghai studio was razed with little warning.</p><p>His second studio, in East Berlin, sits on the edge of Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg, and acts, according to Ai, “very much like a port. Everything is boxed up.” He said, “I feel so strange when I go to hotels or meet with trustees and there is artwork everywhere, because there isn’t a single artwork in my house.”</p><img alt="Installation view of "Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle," September 28, 2018–March 3, 2019, at the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles. "src=""><p>In China, the name “<a href="" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a>” is nearly unsearchable online. Government agencies have scrubbed the internet so that his works, which shed light on China’s human rights violations and building projects that reek of corruption, are only visible to audiences outside of the country. (Before his arrest, Ai blogged, tweeted, and Instagrammed using a special VPN, which is widely practiced but technically illegal in China.)</p><p>“I question my status as an artist,” he says, “as I do so many other things now.” Ultimately, he says, “artists can be activists” too.</p>
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Save 30% off Stays at an Oceanfront Resort in Kauai

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 15:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Hawaii : 30 percent off at <a href=";_vsrefdom=kauwgs&amp;sales=General%20Queue&amp;source" target="_blank">Timbers Kauai Ocean Club &amp; Residences</a>, an oceanfront resort with a two-tiered infinity pool and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. </p><p>Experience Aloha includes:</p>A minimum of two nights in an oceanfront residence A $500 resort creditRound-trip airport transfers Daily breakfastKids club access Resort wellness and fitness activities<p>Original Price: From $2,400 (or $1,200 per night) for a two-bedroom residence that sleeps up to four.</p><p><strong>T+L Price</strong>: From $1,682 (or $841 per night) for a two-bedroom residence that sleeps up to four; valid through April 30, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Use code PRTL30 when booking <a href=";Chain=22824&amp;template=RBE&amp;shell=RBE&amp;promo=PRTL30" target="_blank">online</a> or by calling 888/819-0455.</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates apply.</p>
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Chile Has a Massive New Hiking Trail That Spans a Third of the Country and Connects 17 National Parks

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 12:01
<p>Outdoor enthusiasts can now explore a massive trail that spans a third of Chile and encompasses over a dozen national parks and millions of hectares of protected land to explore. </p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Route of the Parks of Patagonia</a> takes hikers on a 1,740-mile-long journey across 17 different national parks that stretch from Puerto Montt in <a href="" target="_blank">Chile’s Lake District</a> to Cape Horn, which is located in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.</p><p>There are more than 60 communities that visitors can explore along the way, with the entire trail encompassing three different regions and a total of 11.5 million hectares of protected land.</p><p>The scenic route, which also integrates existing routes like the <a href="" target="_blank">Carretera Austral</a>, was created to both put Chile on the map as a country filled with natural attractions and to serve as an example of conservation, Carolina Morgado, executive director of Tompkins Conservation Chile <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>.</p><p>Take a look at the video below to get a taste of what the trail includes. </p><p>In 2017, Tompkins Conservation donated a vast amount of land to the Chilean government to spur the creation of <a href="" target="_blank">five new national parks</a>, leading the government to then reclassify 2.2 million hectares of reserves into national parks that now exist as part of the trail. </p><p>All together, the trail includes 24 different ecosystems where visitors can see 140 different bird species, many of which are endangered, alongside 46 different mammal species.</p><p>Parks include famed locations like the Torres del Paine National Park, which is known for its turquoise icebergs, glaciers, and its soaring peaks, and less-traversed locations like the San Rafael Lagoon National Park, which is dotted with stunning glaciers and snowdrifts to observe.</p><img alt="San Rafael Lagoon National Park is one of the 17 parks along the new Route of the Parks of Patagonia. "src=""><p>Those looking to explore the new trail will find detailed information on its website that includes what types of amenities exist in each park (from picnic areas and accommodations to bathrooms and restaurants) in addition to transportation advice and more than 50 GPS-mapped paths.</p>
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This University Is Offering a Course on Anthony Bourdain

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:15
<p>Students at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana will soon be able to study the life and work of the late <a href="" target="_blank">Anthony Bourdain</a> in a class that sounds too cool for school.</p><p>In the spring of 2019, Todd Kennedy, the head of the university's film department, will be teaching the Bourdain-based course titled "Anthony Bourdain and His Influencers."</p><p>"So, it's happening. For real. And I doubt they ever let me do this again," Kennedy, who also who holds a Ph.D. doctorate in 20th century American literature and film, tweeted. "So spread the word to interested Nicholls students."</p><p>According to Kennedy, who spoke to <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em> about the upcoming class, students will dig deep into some of Bourdain's more famous writing and video work and contrast them to the films that influenced him most.</p><p>"I've always enjoyed his shows. I wasn't obsessed per se, but after he died it affected me more than I thought it would," Kennedy told <i>USA Today</i>. "I thought about how original he was putting together literature, film, travel, and food. In my profession, we look to see how these things come together in culture. I thought it would be a good idea for a class.”</p><p>Kennedy pitched the idea to the school and it gained immediate approval. Faculty members aren’t the only ones who are hotly anticipating the class; as Kennedy noted, students are already lining up to enroll.</p><p>"Some are fans of him and some don't know very much about him, but they seem to like classes that encompass many different subjects," he said.</p><p>And there may be a way for anyone, including non-matriculating students, to one day get in on the Bourdain-focused class. According to Kennedy, the class will soon be available as an online course and offered as a half-semester option.</p><p>"For this class to work, it's gonna create more work for me than any single class ever has," Kennedy added in a second tweet. "So while I'm excited, I'm leery. But I'm still glad I'm doing it.”</p><p>We are too.</p>
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This Is the Best Time to Drink Your Morning Cup of Coffee, According to Health Experts

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:01
<p>According to a study in the U.K, the average person drinks their morning coffee around 8:30 a.m., and drinks an average of three cups of coffee a day, <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Metro</em> reported</a>. And, while likely helping during the day, this habit can detrimentally affect the sleep cycle. In the U.S., more than 85 percent of people consume caffeine on a regular basis, and more than 40 percent of Americans also don’t get enough sleep, <a href="" target="_blank">CNBC reported</a>. Coincidence? We think not.</p><p>Health expert Dr. Sarah Brewer told the <em>Metro</em> that the ideal time for us to get our favorite caffeinated beverage is somewhere around 10 a.m. This is considering people who need to get up around 7 or 8 a.m. to get to work in the morning.</p><p>Registered dietitian Laura Cipullo agrees, telling CNBC that it’s best to “have coffee when the body is producing less cortisol, about three to four hours after waking.” So if you have to wake up at 7 a.m., the soonest you should have your coffee is 10 a.m.</p><p>The reason for this, according to Cipullo, is that our bodies are producing more cortisol when we first wake up. Cortisol is a <a href="" target="_blank">stress hormone</a> that can make us feel anxious, and it can be exacerbated by caffeine. This leads to morning jitters and extreme crashes later. Delaying your caffeine intake a few hours can counteract this effect.</p><p>And the best way to stop immediately reaching for the coffee pot in the morning? Get a good night’s sleep — which is easier to do by avoiding caffeine in the afternoons can also help with too, according to CNBC. In fact, your caffeine intake can still be affecting you up to six hours after having it, said one study by the <a href="" target="_blank">Sleep Disorders &amp; Research Center at the Henry Ford Hospital</a>.</p><p>So, delaying your caffeine, in a way, is like breaking the never-ending cycle. Having your morning cup later in the day means you might not need one in the afternoon, which means you’ll sleep better at night. Which also means you won’t need more caffeine over time.</p><p>Of course, drinking coffee in the morning is a habit many people have trouble breaking. But considering the average <a href="" target="_blank">cost of a cup of coffee is over $3</a> (more if you’re going to <a href="" target="_blank">Starbucks</a> for a latte), it’s a habit worth breaking – not only for your body, but also for your wallet.</p>
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