A Hawaiian Airlines Flight Was Forced to Return to LAX Three Times for Separate Issues

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 06:10
<p>A truly dizzying flight between Los Angeles and Maui ended up becoming a flight to nowhere. Three times over.</p><p>According to<i> </i><em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>, Hawaiian Airlines Flight 33, bound for Maui's Kahului Airport, departed Los Angeles International Airport twice on Saturday and had to return three different times due to “separate and unrelated faults with different systems.”</p><p>It’s unclear which systems had issues and what those issues were, but it probably suffices to say that this was not the <a href="" target="_blank">Hawaiian getaway</a> most people dream about.</p><p>Images on online flight tracker <a href="" target="_blank"></a> show the flight looping back to LAX after less than an hour in the air on one attempt, the<i> </i><em><a href="" target="_blank">Washington Post</a></em> reported. Another attempt shows the plane spending five and a half hours in the air, circling around over the Pacific Ocean but never quite making it farther than Channel Islands National Park.</p><p>The flight finally returned to attempted to leave for a third time, but returned to the gate and was ultimately canceled. All passengers were compensated for the flight, given hotel and meal vouchers and rebooked on new flights. They were also given $100 towards their next flight, according to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>.</p><p>“Safety is our top priority, and we apologize for the inconvenience to all our guests who were aboard Flight 33 from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Maui's Kahului Airport today,” Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement, CNN reported. “We understand our guests' disappointment and deeply regret their travel plans were disrupted.”</p><p>According to CNN, the flight was considered an extended-range operation (ETOPS), since it was a long distance flight over water. These flights have stricter safety regulations, and therefore, airlines respond to even seemingly small problems with extreme caution.</p><p>Because of these rigorous safety requirements, <a href="" target="_blank">ETOPS planes must also pass strident tests</a> to ensure they’re able to fly. So, while rare, incidents like this do occur. Usually, however, not resulting in multiple laps over the Pacific.</p>
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I Fell in Love With Giraffes Over Brunch at Nairobi’s Most Famous Hotel — Then I Fell in Love With the Rest of the City

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 08:30
<p>Golden light had just started to fall over the lush landscape, the rising sun warming up the red brick courtyard overlooking the 12-acre property just outside of Nairobi. The shaking of pellets in a metal bowl sounded and a group of giraffes started to slowly make their way across the greenery to the edge of a 1930s property that felt like it was plucked straight from the English countryside.</p><p>We had just arrived the previous morning on a brand-new Kenya Airways direct flight from JFK and were, naturally, exhausted. But as we drove past the city and pulled through the heavy gates of Giraffe Manor, catching our first glimpse of the iconic animals in the distance, the jet lag seemed to melt away. Many in the tourism industry throughout Kenya have said they’re hopeful the new direct flight will bring in more business, but one thing was for sure: there was nothing quite like going to sleep in New York and waking up to giraffes.</p><p>"Being able to interact with giraffes firsthand allows you a deeper knowledge of how unbelievably beautiful they are. And then the second reaction is 'this is wildlife and it's threatened wildlife,’” said Tanya Carr-Hartley, the owner of the Giraffe Manor and The Safari Collection. "We try and let people understand this is a breeding program and this is a threatened species—of course, the whole eclectic thing of having this neck inside a house is beyond ridiculous."</p><img alt="Giraffe Manor, Kenya "src=""><p>Giraffe Manor was first built in 1932 and welcomed its signature lanky animals in the 1970s. The Manor, and the adjacent <a href="" target="_blank">Giraffe Centre</a>, now have 10 Rothschild giraffes that move freely through 140 acres of protected land. The Giraffe Centre began as a breeding program to combat the dwindling number Rothschild giraffes in Kenya, and now there are over 300 throughout the country. The Giraffe center itself has welcomed five young giraffes, according to Carr-Hartley</p><p>The Manor usually books anywhere from nine months to two years in advance, with most people staying one or two nights, said Edgar Orlando, one of the managers at the hotel. And between the hotel's small size (there are only 12 rooms and about three staff to every guest) and lack of fencing, you'd be forgiven for feeling like these towering animals were there for you and you alone.</p><img alt="Giraffe Manor, Kenya "src=""><p>The star is Edd, the biggest of the giraffes and one of the friendliest. But watch out for Daisy and Salma, while happy if you have treats to give, they're known as “head-butters.” With these tips in mind I settled into one of the plush chairs on the terrace with a glass of red wine in hand a few hours after we arrived. The mist started to settle on the grounds, lending a surreal feeling to the property, and one of the manor's staff softly called out to the distance, “<em>Stacey</em><i>.</i>” She was far away, but giraffes have impeccable hearing. She turned her head in the half-darkness and almost begrudgingly, Stacey made her way toward us as Lily, her baby born in 2016, bounded in her wake. And just like that, I was face-to-face with a giraffe, standing on top of a raised terrace as her scratchy, wet tongue pulled a treat from my hand.</p><p>It had been a day filled with animals, as we spent time at the <a href="" target="_blank">David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust</a>, which rescues young elephants and rhinos orphaned by everything from poaching to drought. We had trudged through the forest by the edge of Nairobi National Park and headed toward a clearing where nearly two dozen baby elephants were happily huddled. They nudged us — as if they knew it was time to make their way back down the small path — then they sauntered through the woods and into their enclosures for night, to the delight of the human visitors whose foster donations helped the trust do its important work.</p><img alt="Matbronze Art Gallery, Kenya "src=""><p>That afternoon I left the animals for a city stroll through local boutiques, happy to spend a few more hours soaking up the vibrant city before leaving for the Savannah. At <a href="" target="_blank">Utamaduni</a>, a collection of more than a dozen shops, small stuffed safari animals waited on shelves with a child's imagination written all over them. And at nearby <a href="" target="_blank">Langata Link Shops</a>, small groups gathered in the courtyard, lending a bustling vibe to the dizzying collection of high-end tea towels with minimalist animals printed on them.</p><p>Carr-Hartley noted that places like the <a href="" target="_blank">Karen Blixen Museum</a>, the former home of the author of "Out of Africa,” and <a href="" target="_blank">Nairobi National Park</a> are popular stops, but Nairobi's growing art scene is an exciting addition to the city. To experience it firsthand visit galleries like <a href="" target="_blank">Matbronze</a> (which specializes in wildlife bronzes), the <a href="" target="_blank">One Off Contemporary Art Gallery</a>, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Banana Hill Art Gallery</a>.</p><img alt="Giraffe Manor, Kenya "src=""><p>The next day, I welcomed the quiet serenity of Giraffe Manor, waking before dawn and stepping out onto the balcony of our room in the Garden Manor, steeling myself against the early morning chill. Across the courtyard, a pair of giraffes stood ready at the breakfast room of the main house, their heads having already disappeared through the lower windows.</p><p>In between sips of coffee and just before my eggs Benedict, we fed giraffe after giraffe peeking through the open glass panes in search of their own morning meal. As we got ready to leave, I turned back to take one last look at the two-story estate and the giraffes now standing among the trees, and I couldn't help feeling like we had been in on some sort of secret—a secret that had to be shared.</p>
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Did the Groundhog See His Shadow Today?

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 12:31
<p>On Saturday morning in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a groundhog named Phil emerged from his hole and did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring.</p><p>This was just the 18th time that <a href="" target="_blank">Punxsutawney Phil</a> emerged at Gobbler’s Knob in the Pennsylvania Wilds and <a href="" target="_blank">predicted an early spring</a>, and with the recent polar vortex, his timing couldn't have been better.</p><p>On this holiday, clear skies traditionally meant a longer winter. Romans invading north brought the tradition to Germany, who decided that if the sun appeared, a hedgehog would see its shadow and, in turn, there would be six more weeks of winter. When German immigrants moved to Pennsylvania, <a href="" target="_blank">they brought the tradition with them</a>, replacing a groundhog for the hedgehog.</p><p>Since the start of the tradition, the groundhog has been cared for by the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.</p><p>Phil has been predicting the arrival of spring since 1887 — but his accuracy leaves something to be desired. <a href="" target="_blank">According to data from Stormfax Almanac</a>, the groundhog is only right about 39 percent of the time.</p><h2>Is the groundhog accurate?</h2><p>Since the beginning, Phil has predicted more winter 103 times and now 18 early starts to spring. (There are nine years without any records and <a href="" target="_blank">the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce has no idea</a> what happened to Phil during that time.)</p><p>However, even when Phil’s predictions are accurate, they may not be accurate for the entire country. In 2015, <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Washington Post</em> put together a graphic</a> depicting how the groundhog’s prediction played out for different districts around the country. While Phil’s predictions may be more correct for regions around the Great Lakes, the southern part of the country — specifically those in Florida — can largely ignore what the groundhog sees.</p><p>Ever since the movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray, was released in 1993, attendance at the annual event has skyrocketed. More than 20,000 people descend upon the small town every year to watch Phil make his prediction.</p><p>Lesser known is Staten Island Chuck who emerges from the Staten Island Zoo every year. According to the zoo, Chuck has <a href="" target="_blank">an 80 percent accuracy rate</a>. He is coming off a seven-year streak of correct predictions.</p><p>Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is predicted to experience a high of 53 degrees on Monday, <a href="" target="_blank">according to</a>, with rain later in the week.</p>
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Chris Noth Reveals the Secret That Made His Family Vacation ‘Five Times’ Cheaper

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 11:01
<p>Since his <em><a href="" target="_blank">Sex and the City</a> </em>days, Chris Noth has returned to the small screen in hit series including <em>Law &amp; Order: Criminal Intent </em>and <em>The Good Wife</em>. He has two films in pre-production and has graced the broadway and off-broadway stage — the latter is his next stop, for “The Mother,” opening at New York City’s Atlantic Theatre in early 2019. But there’s no avoiding the fact that women of a certain age (mine) associate the actor with his iconic role as Mr. Big.</p><p>And like Mr. Big, Noth is bicoastal (remember that dramatic relocation to Northern California?), regularly making the trip back and forth between his home in Los Angeles and New York City or his East Coast home in the Berkshires. He spoke to <em>Travel + Leisure </em>while preparing to head east for the busy holiday travel season last month, and while he had plenty of useful insight on hassle-free travel, there was one tip he was most excited to share: how to book an <a href="" target="_blank">unforgettable family vacation</a>.</p><p>Noth, who you may have noticed in commercials for vacation home rental site <a href=";persons=2">Hometogo</a>, tried the platform out for himself, and he says it changed the way he’ll travel with his wife, son, and family friends forever.</p><p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure: </em></strong> <strong> What tips have you learned from flying during hectic travel seasons?</strong></p><p>Chris Noth: “I found out that flying on Tuesday is a good time to fly. Also I found out that you’ve got to have <a href="">Global Entry and TSA [PreCheck]</a> and now that TSA is becoming really popular I’ve joined a thing called <a href="">Clear</a> because it can be a real nightmare, especially driving to the airport from where I am, near Sherman Oaks/Studio City. Those kinds of things are vital, especially when you’re traveling with a family. I would’ve missed so many flights if I hadn’t had Clear or TSA. It’s a bit of a hassle getting <a href="">Global Entry</a>, you’ve gotta go to the airport and all that, but it’s so worth it now.”</p><p><strong>What type of packer are you?</strong></p><p>“I almost never check a bag in. I had a gig called ‘Pirate’ we shot in Budapest, one of my favorite cities in the world, and I was there for three months. So obviously you have to check in a bag. But when I do my trips back and forth from New York to L.A., I never check a bag in. Ever.”</p><p><strong>What is something you always put in your carry-on?</strong></p><p>“Reading material always. I’m big on books and newspapers that aren’t on my computer. I like the real thing. I like to turn a page on a plane. And <a href="">Bluetooth headphones</a>.”</p><p><strong>Best book you’ve read on a plane recently?</strong></p><p>“I’m reading a book about zen meditation because I’ve started meditating. Which is also helpful for airport situations or sitting on a plane. I’m reading two different plays right now… one of them’s a Thornton Wilder play called ‘<a href="">The Skin of Our Teeth</a>,’ and I’ll always bring a <i>New York Times</i> with me.”</p><p><strong>And a <em>Travel + Leisure</em>?</strong></p><p>“And also always a <a href=";utm_source=travelandleisure&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=i805tlr1w873b"><em>Travel + Leisure</em></a>, yes. [Laughs] Actually I like your magazine very much.”</p><p><strong>Have you actually used the meditation in airport situations?</strong></p><p>“When I’m on the plane. When I take a seat and it takes forever for boarding, yeah. I put my headphones on and use an app. It’s called <a href="">Headspace</a>. I think meditation’s valuable in many ways… but in an airport sitting and waiting it can be a real plus.”</p><p><strong>What do you never eat or drink on a plane?</strong></p><p>“I try to maybe eat before… I find airplane food a little… it’s not that it’s always bad, but it’s always heavy. I just flew on Air New Zealand from London to L.A. and their business is great, they had some pretty good stuff. But I’ll try to eat beforehand so I don’t have to feel starving on a plane. And I try to have a coffee takeout, if I can have a Peete’s coffee I will, or a Starbucks even. Because I don’t know, man, airlines have not figured out how to make a good <a href="">cup of coffee</a>. It is some really wretched stuff, especially American Airlines. Who I used to fly regularly, but now I jump around. I’m finding I really like JetBlue first class a lot… the whole experience feels less like you’re in a herd of cattle.”</p><p><strong>What was the best trip you took in 2018?</strong></p><p>“I did something for the first time that I’ve never done in terms of traveling. Which is, three families — we’re all friends and our kids all go to the same school — that’s a total of five kids, all boys. And we wanted to take a trip, but you can’t do that in a hotel. You just can’t. It’s too crazy, it’s not just the money that you spend, it just doesn’t work. And I’m like, ‘Duh, I just did a commercial for <a href=";persons=2">Hometogo</a>.’ And I’m like, well, I’m gonna use them.</p><p>So I called up, and I spent like a week going over these incredible homes. So we got one right above Tulum, Mexico, a place called <a href=";persons=10&amp;pricetype=perNight">Akumal</a>. We got a house right on the bay there, the inlet, and I have to tell you, it was one of the best things. I had some trepidation because a lot of it has to do with the chemistry of the people you’re with, right? We had a six-bedroom house, a huge house. We had some of the meals made for us there, other times we cooked ourselves, other times we went out. So I was a little bit in fear because I always go away with my family alone or we go to hotels. And now all three of our families are like, ‘OK, where do we want to go next?’ We want to go to Scotland and get a castle. It was so much fun with the boys.”</p><p><strong>Why use a site like Hometogo instead of a hotel?</strong></p><p>“When you’ve got a lot of boys, you need room to move, and you need a certain amount of freedom that you can’t get in a hotel. And it was a gorgeous place. We didn’t just sit on the beach, we went zip lining…we went to Tulum…family vacations for me were always something I kind of loathed, as a kid I mean, so I didn’t want to repeat that. And you do it for the kids really. My son with his friends…just to watch them have a blast…it goes down as one of the best trips I’ve ever had.”</p><p><strong>Where will you plan a group trip next?</strong></p><p>“Oh man, we’re talking Greece; my wife’s like, ‘No, Scotland’; I want to go to Budapest…fact of the matter is, the two families we traveled with, I really love these people and I love their kids and we’re up for anything, maybe even in the states. It brought a whole new value to traveling for me because I thought it would just be chaos and screaming kids and headaches and it was just a blast. It really was. They went to bed and we drank tequila into the night…it was a gorgeous, gorgeous house and it would’ve cost five times more if we tried to do it in a hotel. That’s my advice to family travelers.”</p><p><strong>In your opinion, why is traveling together so important?</strong></p><p>“I find travel to be an essential exercise for people to get over the sort of prejudices and fears they have of foreign people and foreign lands. It’s been accelerated by the sort of paranoia our current government has promoted, but when you get to other countries and get to know their people, you see there’s more we have in common than we don’t. It’s a good way of destroying prejudice and fear, I think.”</p>
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This Zoo Will Name a Cockroach After Your Vermin Ex for Valentine's Day

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 08:32
<p>There are only two ways of reflecting on former relationships. The first is the <a href="" target="_blank">Ariana Grande brand of “Thank u, next,”</a> centering around gratitude for learning and personal growth. The second is sponsoring a cockroach and naming it after your ex.</p><p>If your ex was a real vermin, this Valentine’s Day you can pay a zoo in England about $2 (£1.50) to name a cockroach after them.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Hemsley Conservation Center</a> in Kent, England is running a “Valentine Cockroach” promotion. Those who donate money to the zoo can see their ex’s name displayed on the “Roach Board” in the cockroach pen alongside the names of hundreds of other trashy exes.</p><p>Perhaps your ex has quite a few things in common with a cockroach. Could they also live without their head for a week? Can they eat anything, even crap? Or could they survive a nuclear explosion?</p><p>Whether you refer to them as “Brad” or “Meghan” or “Exy McExFace,” you can publicly shame your former significant other. (If a good friend has recently gone through a terrible breakup and is facing Feb. 14 alone, you can also name a cockroach on their behalf.) The donation also includes a certificate that users can download and print off, detailing the cockroach donation.</p><p>And if you’re in England, the certificate will get you free entry into the zoo, where you could spot another animal to name after your other exes. (Apes and snakes are great places to start.)</p>
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WOW Air Is Giving Free Flights to Iceland to People With This First or Last Name (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 17:28
<p>There are 9,863 people currently living in the United States with the first name <a href="" target="_blank">Valentine</a><b> </b>and another 45,907 who use it as a last name (at least according to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>). And, as of Feb. 1, each and every one of them is eligible for a free ticket on WOW Air.</p><img alt="WOW Airlines plane "src=""><p>On Friday, the budget airline <a href="" target="_blank">announced</a> it’s offering any passenger with the first or last name “Valentine” free air travel for their significant other on flights from four U.S. cities to <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a> during the month of February.</p><p>“There is a never-ending list of romantic activities for couples to enjoy in Iceland,” the airline said in a statement. “Whether it’s snuggling up under a blanket and gazing at the Northern Lights in Iceland, snowmobiling on a glacier or taking in the beautiful sights of Reykjavik, the possibilities are limitless.”</p><p>While this is surely a unique and compelling offer, it does come with some fine print. First, the ticket is only for one person and will only cover the cost of a one-way return ticket from Iceland. That means you’re still on the hook for one leg of the journey. However, as <em><a href="" target="_blank">Thrillist</a></em> noted, this promotion can still save travelers between $100 and $400.</p><p>The offer is only valid on bookings made by Feb. 14, 2019. Travel also has to take place between Feb. 10 and 19, a rather short window. But hey, this is the most romantic month of the year, if you’re not going to take a last-minute romantic trip with your Valentine now, when will you?</p><p>To redeem the offer, passengers named Valentine will still need to book their tickets through WOW Air. Then, they will need to send a photo of their passport and their booking reference to After the name is validated they will be refunded for the ticket.</p><p>Of course, even if you’re not named Valentine, you can still take advantage of WOW’s <a href="" target="_blank">extremely low airfare</a>. According to the airline, travelers could score tickets to London, Dublin, Berlin, and Frankfurt for as low as $99 one-way. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your own Valentine in one of those cities too.</p>
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Where to Get Meghan Markle’s Gorgeous Green Statement Boots

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 17:21
<p>Well, Meghan Markle has done it again. And by “it” we mean send the fashion set into a frenzy by wearing something out in public. This time around, the Duchess of Sussex stepped out on an official visit to Bristol, England with her Duke (also known as Prince Harry), wearing a pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">olive green, knee-high suede boots by Sarah Flint</a> — and, well, they’re almost sold out. The Markle Effect lives on.</p><img alt="meghan markle green boots sarah flint "src=""><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle's Go-to Comfy Heel Designer Also Makes the Perfect White Sneaker</a></p><p>“Almost” is the key word here. There are still a couple of sizes available on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> and a handful of other colorways that are also sell-out worthy. Dress them down with a good, trusted pair of blue jeans and a cozy sweater, or take a page out of Markle’s book and dress them up with a printed midi dress (the Duchess chose Oscar de la Renta).</p><img alt="Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "src=""><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle Has a Genius $9 Packing Secret</a></p><p>Either way, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">the Marina boots</a> are a knock-out pair that's selling out fast, so hit “add to cart” real quick if you want to get in on the action, and <a href="" target="_blank">see the other Sarah Flint styles</a> Meghan Markle has in her royal wardrobe.</p><img alt="meghan markle green boots sarah flint "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $695</p><p>If you love the olive green look, but your size is sold out, try one of these similar styles. </p><h2>Franco Sarto Ella Bootie</h2><img alt="suede green boots meghan markle "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $149</p><h2>Tory Burch Brooke Slouchy Boot</h2><img alt="suede green boots meghan markle "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $310 (originally $516)</p><h2>Botkier Natalie Bootie</h2><img alt="suede green boots meghan markle "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $94 (originally $188)</p>
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What Time Does the Groundhog Come Out on Groundhog Day?

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 17:07
<p>In many ways, <a href="" target="_blank">animals</a> are better than humans: they're more compassionate, <a href="" target="_blank">they're better at flying</a>, and they are absolutely <a href="" target="_blank">more accurate</a> when predicting the future.</p><p>At least that's the case with the country's most famous groundhog, <a href="" target="_blank">Punxsutawney Phil</a>. </p><p>That's why every year since 1887, we humans must turn to this revered rodent to determine when the interminable winter will end. Do not fear as you sit, shivering in the dark of February — all will soon be revealed.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Groundhog Day 2019 Prediction: Will Phil See His Shadow?</a></p><h2>A Brief History of Groundhog Day</h2><p>The ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas helped inspire what is now celebrated as Groundhog Day. During Candlemas, clergy would bless and pass out candles for the winter season. German participants were the first to add an animal to the festivities, incorporating a hedgehog as a predictor of future weather, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the History Channel</a>.</p><p>When a large German population immigrated to the United States in the 19th century, they brought with them some of these traditions. The first official Groundhog Day was celebrated in the U.S. in 1887 (the German-Americans switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs as the latter were more common in Pennsylvania). </p><p>It turns out that in the 1880s, the groundhog served two purposes: meteorologist and meal. The <a href="" target="_blank">Punxsutawney<strong> </strong>Groundhog Club</a> that hosted Groundhog Day would also organize a groundhog hunt in the summer months, <a href="" target="_blank">NPR reported</a>.</p><h2>When is Groundhog Day 2019?</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Groundhog Day</a> takes place Saturday, February 2, in Punxsutawney, <a href="" target="_blank">Pennsylvania</a>. Men wearing top hats pull Phil the groundhog out of his home, and if the groundhog sees his shadow, that means six more weeks of winter. </p><h2>What Time Does the Groundhog Come Out?</h2><p>The groundhog is set to come out at approximately 7:20 a.m., <em><a href="" target="_blank">CBS News</a></em> reported. Fans can start watching his habitat much earlier, as the livestream starts in the pre-dawn hours.</p><h2>Where to Livestream Groundhog Day 2019</h2><p>Fans of Punxsutawney Phil can await his arrival starting at 6 a.m., thanks to a <a href="" target="_blank">livestream provided by Visit Pennsylvania</a>. The livestream has been a tradition for the past several years, allowing more people than ever to watch the animal meteorologist.</p>
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Get Away for Just $40 Round-trip With Frontier’s Flight Sale

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 16:43
<p>Those in search of a last-minute winter getaway can now fly for as little as $20 one-way with <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier Airlines’</a> <a href="" target="_blank">latest sale</a>.</p><p>The budget airline is running a flash sale, offering travelers $20 one-way flights from a variety of cities, including Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, Denver, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Orlando, Tampa, San Francisco, and more.</p><p>The airline is currently offering close to 50 different flights at $20 one-way, plus many other flights starting at $29 one-way.</p><p>The $20 deals are available on routes including Atlanta to Orlando, Austin to New Orleans, Charleston to Philadelphia, Denver to Palm Springs, Las Vegas to San Francisco, and more.</p><p>See what deals are available from your home airport on <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier’s website</a>.</p><p>Return fares also start at $20 one-way, bringing round-trip totals to just $40.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Should You Buy That Cheap Frontier Airlines Ticket?</a></p><p>The flights are available for travel between Feb. 7 and March 6, excluding the weekend of President’s Day (Feb. 15–18). Travelers will need to be quick though, as the deals are only available to book through Feb. 1.</p><p>Fliers will also want to keep in mind that Frontier is a budget airline, so amenities like seat selection and baggage come with an additional fee. The airline does offer the option to <a href="" target="_blank">purchase a bundle</a>, which can make sense depending on how many extra items and amenities you'll need.</p><p>To offer even greater savings, families that happen to be enrolled in the airline’s Discount Den (which costs $60 a year), can now also <a href="" target="_blank">fly children 14 and under for free</a>. </p>
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Meet the Woman Who Helped Book Hotel Rooms for 80 Homeless People in Freezing Chicago

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:08
<p>A little kindness goes a long way, especially for those who need shelter when disastrous weather strikes.</p><p>Earlier this week, as the Midwest was hunkering down for <a href="" target="_blank">subzero temperatures and piles of snow</a>, many homeless people across the region were left without many (or any) resources to keep them safe from the dangerous weather.</p><p>That’s when <a href="" target="_blank">one anonymous donor in Chicago</a> made sure at least 80 people living on the streets of Chicago were able to find shelter in hotel rooms.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">WUSA9</a>, that donor is no longer anonymous. Volunteer Candice Payne, “impulsively” charged 20 hotel rooms on her American Express card when she realized how dangerous the cold temperatures were going to be. She then posted about it on social media, according to <a href="" target="_blank">CBS Chicago</a>.</p><p>And for people who were living in a tent city around a propane tank for heat (which exploded on Wednesday), it was especially good that she did. Originally, the group was going to be moved to a Salvation Army warming center, according to <a href="" target="_blank">KHOU11</a>. That is, until the center got a call that a mystery person was paying to put the group up in a hotel.</p><p>After seeing Payne’s act of kindness, other volunteers started to follow suit, according to WUSA9, buying up a total of 60 hotel rooms for homeless people to stay warm in the <a href="" target="_blank">polar vortex</a>.</p><p>Payne spoke to CBS Chicago, saying that she didn’t even know the other volunteers who helped buy the other hotel rooms. “Maybe they didn’t know how to or where to start to help, so I’m glad that I was able to be that vehicle,” Payne said.</p><p>One man who was helped by Payne and the volunteers told WUSA9, “We don’t get that type of help. I really needed them at that point, so they came right in time.”</p><p>All in all, the group of volunteers were able to cover three nights stays for all 80 people, CBS Chicago reported. They hope to work together in the future for a more long-term solution to help the city’s homeless population.</p>
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This Disney Park Is Hosting the First-ever 'Magical Pride' LGBTQ Celebration

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 09:21
<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">happiest place on Earth</a> is getting ready to spread some rainbows in 2019.</p><p>On June 1, Disneyland Paris will become the first Disney theme park to host an official LGBTQ pride event. The <a href="" target="_blank">Magical Pride Party</a> will entail special events and activities for members of the LGBTQ community and their friends and family.</p><p>The event on June 1 will include meet and greets with Disney characters, an opportunity to join the “Magical March of Diversity Parade,” and a party with DJs, live music, karaoke and several themed photo ops. Attendees will also get special access to selected attractions during the weekend.</p><p>Packages — which include two or three nights at a Disney hotel, a two-day Disney Park Hopper Ticket, early access to selected attractions and entrance into the Magical Pride Party — range from about $340 (£259) to $2,400 (£1,829) per person.</p><p>Other events focused around the LGBTQ community do happen at Disney theme parks, but so far, this one in Paris is the only one that’s been deemed “official.” (It’s posted on the <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Paris website</a>.) Disneyland in Anaheim, California used to host an LGBTQ event but it stopped about 20 years ago, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Gay Day Anaheim</a>. Now, <a href="" target="_blank">Gay Days Anaheim</a> is an unofficial event (taking place Oct. 4-6, 2019) wherein the community shows up at the park for a get-together in matching gear. In Florida, the LGBTQ community convenes in a hotel for a week (Aug. 13-19, 2019) and <a href="" target="_blank">Gay Days Orlando</a> invades Walt Disney World.</p>
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Atlanta Airport Guide: How to Make the Most of Your Time at the World's Busiest Airport

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 08:38
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport</a> aka ATL is the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic and number of flights, accommodating an estimated 104 million passengers a year, traveling on almost <a href="" target="_blank">1 million flights</a>. Most passengers connect through ATL, making it an entry point into the United States and a global gateway to Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, and South and Central America.</p><p>ATL is a primary hub for <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a>, and a focus city for low-cost carriers Frontier, Southwest, and Spirit. Other domestic carriers that operate at ATL include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue, and United Airlines. Delta accounts for 75 percent of the airport’s passengers or roughly 1,000 flights a day from ATL.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d26573.07456360485!2d-84.44520885988032!3d33.6407224153727!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x88f4fd2fe1035901%3A0x4117a3ef1892b048!2sHartsfield-Jackson+Atlanta+International+Airport!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1549046541649" width="600"></iframe></p><p>Founded in 1925 on an abandoned auto race track called the Atlanta Speedway, the airport was first named Candler Field after the property’s former owner and the city’s former mayor, Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler. During World War II, the airport was used by the Air Force to service combat aircrafts and doubled in size. Candler Field became the Atlanta Municipal Airport in 1943, Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport in 1980, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 2003, when the Atlanta City Council voted for the change to honor the city’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson.</p><img alt="Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) "src=""><p>Located 10 miles south of downtown Atlanta, ATL airport is accessible by major highways – Interstates 20, 285, 75, and 85. The fifth runway that opened in 2006 is the only one in the nation that runs over an interstate (I-285 also referred to as the Perimeter), and the control tower at ATL is the tallest in the United States at 398 feet.</p><h2>ATL Parking, Car Rentals, and Transportation to and from Downtown</h2><p>The red and gold lines of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (or MARTA) terminate at the Airport station, and connect to the city of Atlanta. The Hartsfield–Jackson Rental Car Center (RCC) houses 13 rental car agencies, while there are 30,000 on-site parking spaces and several private off-site airport parking sites for as little as $3 per hour. Through the most recent effort to become the greenest airport in the world, ATL now provides 102 electric vehicle charging stations at North and South Domestic Terminal Daily lots.</p><p>An <a href="" target="_blank" title="Automated people mover">automated people mover</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank" title="ATL SkyTrain">ATL SkyTrain</a>, runs between the rental car center, the Domestic Terminal, and Georgia International Convention Center.</p><p>Shared ride shuttles leave the airport every 15 minutes and cost approximately $17 per person to downtown; $19 to midtown; and $30 to Buckhead. Uber and Lyft typically charge half of that.</p><h2>Atlanta Airport Hotels</h2><p>The SkyTrain also connects to nearby Atlanta airport hotels - the <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway</a>, <a href="" target="_blank" title="SpringHill Suites">SpringHill Suites</a><a href="" target="_blank"> Atlanta Airport Gateway</a>, and the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Renaissance Hotels">Renaissance</a><a href="" target="_blank"> Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel</a>.</p><h2>Atlanta Airport Terminals</h2><p>ATL has two terminals – the Domestic Terminal and the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, where passengers can check in and claim bags. The Domestic Terminal has north and south entrances, and the South Domestic Terminal is also called Atlanta Airport Delta Terminal as it exclusively serves Delta passengers.</p><h2>Atlanta Airport Wi-Fi and Amenities</h2><p>Free Wi-Fi and charging stations are available throughout the airport. Atlanta Airport is one of the few airports in the U.S. to have a smoking lounge and a Delta Sky Club at every single concourse. If you are traveling with a pet, there’s a service animal relief area at each concourse. There are also WellsFargo ATMs, Travelex currency exchange, and FedEx Express.</p><p>Navigating the 4,700-acre complex of 209 domestic and international gates, and over 300 shopping, dining, and service locations, can be overwhelming for most passengers. Here is a map of Atlanta airport terminals and concourses including where to shop and eat to help plan your next layover or visit to Atlanta. </p><img alt="Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) "src=""><h2>Atlanta Airport Domestic Terminal Guide</h2><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">ATL Domestic Terminal Map</a></p><p>ATL Domestic is one of the busiest airports in the world, divided into six concourses, each well equipped with casual to formal dining, shopping, and entertainment. The Atrium is a mixed-use lobby area for passengers to relax and to grab a drink with friends or colleagues before checking in.</p><p>One of Atlanta’s classic soul food restaurants, <a href="" target="_blank">Paschal’s</a>, has three locations (Atrium, Concourse A and C) serving award-winning fried chicken while Atlanta Chophouse and Brewery offers classic steaks and prime rib with craft beers. There’s also Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and We Juice It to fuel up on before conquering the crowds.</p><p>After security, passengers take the SkyTrain to concourses A-F.</p><h2>Concourse T</h2><p>Located soon after security, the smallest of the concourses has 17 gates, where ATL Airport does a great job in showcasing locally owned businesses and flavors.</p><p><strong>Fast Casual </strong></p><p>Build your own burger with pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, and Vidalia onion rings at <a href="" target="_blank">Grindhouse Killer Burgers</a> (Concourse T, D); or grab a New York-style bagel at Jewish family-run <a href="" target="_blank">Goldberg’s Bagel Company</a> (T, A).</p><p><strong>Sit-down </strong></p><p>Sip on a mojito and enjoy Latin music at Cuban refugee-owned <a href="" target="_blank">Papi’s Cuban Grill</a>. There’s also a to-go counter and a shop inside the restaurant selling an eclectic collection of books, art, T-shirts, and posters.</p><p><strong>Coffee Shops</strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Argo Tea Café</a> and The Coffee Bean &amp; Tea Leaf are two options for caffeine on the go.</p><p><strong>Bars</strong></p><p>Bourbon lovers should leave themselves a few extra hours to spend at <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta Stillhouse</a> for a flight experience (there are 32 bourbons to choose from).</p><p><strong>Shopping</strong></p><p>There are few options for last-minute gifts at Concourse T. If you forgot your headphones at home or want an upgrade, B-Iconic has trending technology. Shop for natural skincare and beauty products at Lather, or vintage-inspired leather handbags and accessories from <a href="" target="_blank">Patricia Nash</a>.</p><p><strong>Things to Do</strong></p><p>ATL has <a href="" target="_blank">Minute Suites</a> at Concourses B and T where you can nap, watch T.V., or work. The private suites can be rented for 1-8 hours, and come with a daybed sofa, pillows, blankets, and HDTV, as well as showers for an additional fee.</p><p>Passengers with <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Sky Club</a> membership and same-day boarding pass (business/ first class) on a SkyTeam-operated flight may use the Delta Sky Club lounge. SkyTeam Elite Plus members, Delta Reserve Credit Card members, and customers with select Platinum Cards and Centurion Cards also get complimentary access to the lounge.</p><p>The only other non-Delta lounges at ATL Domestic are United Club (for Star Alliance carriers) and Admirals Club (American Airlines or partners) lounges on Concourse T. You must have a same-day boarding pass and club membership to access the lounges.</p><h2>Concourse A</h2><p>Concourse A has 29 gates with lots of choices for dining and shopping.</p><p><strong>Fast Casual</strong></p><p>Pick up sandwiches or burgers at Atlanta Bread &amp; Bar, Brioche Doree Café Bakery, Chick-fil-A, or Shake Shack</p><p><strong>Sit-down</strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Varasano’s Pizzeria</a> is highly ranked and located next to a live music area. <a href="" target="_blank">Tap Gastropub</a> showcases beers on tap paired with southern flavors such as hot boiled peanuts, and shrimp and grits.</p><p><strong>Coffee Shops</strong></p><p>Concourse A has Abica Coffee, Caribou Coffee, The Coffee Bean &amp; Tea Leaf, and Dunkin’ Donuts for freshly brewed coffee and snacks.</p><p><strong>Sweets</strong></p><p>If you are craving for something sweet, head over to Pinkberry for a frozen yogurt or local bakery <a href="" target="_blank">Piece of Cake</a> for rich slices of pound cake.</p><p><strong>Bars</strong></p><p>Atlanta Hawks Bar &amp; Grill and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant are good places to grab a beer and watch a game before you board.</p><p><strong>Shopping </strong></p><p>With luxury brands like Bulgari, L’Occitane en Provence, MAC Cosmetics, and Salvatore Ferragamo, there’s retail therapy available when you need it at Concourse A. In case you under packed, head to ExOfficio for quality travel and safari clothing for men and women.</p><p><strong>Things to Do</strong></p><p>There’s nothing like getting a trigger point massage between long flights. The <a href="" target="_blank">Chiroport Chiropractic</a> can adjust your spine in 15 minutes. You can also get a manicure, massage, and facial at Xpress Spa (Concourse A, C, D).</p><p>There are two Delta Sky Club lounges at this concourse.</p><img alt="Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) "src=""><h2>Concourse B</h2><p>Concourse B is not your best bet for a sit-down dinner. It has a modest mix of food kiosks and fast casual restaurants across its 32 gates.</p><p><strong>Fast Casual </strong></p><p>For a healthier alternative, order a salad at the local franchise <a href="" target="_blank">Fresh to Order</a>. South American-style fruit cups, smoothies, and sandwiches are available at Lotta Frutta. If you are craving something heartier, go to celebrity chef Bobby Flay's Bobby’s Burger Palace.</p><p><strong>Sit-down</strong></p><p>Besides the bars above, TGI Friday's is your only bet for a sit-down meal here.</p><p><strong>Coffee Shops</strong></p><p>Café Intermezzo is a European-style coffee shop with crepes, sandwiches, and desserts. There’s also Café Tazza, Coffee Beanery &amp; Purple Leaf Café, and Dunkin Donuts at Concourse B.</p><p><strong>Bars</strong></p><p>Beer lovers would enjoy the watering holes at Concourse B. <a href="" target="_blank">Blue Moon Brewhouse</a> offers beers on tap along with farm-to-table fare. Or grab a pint at Sweetwater Brewery’s <a href="" target="_blank">Sweetwater Last Cast Bar &amp; Grill</a> along with wraps and sandwiches.</p><p><strong>Shopping </strong></p><p>Brookstone, Sean John, The Beauty Lounge, and Kiehl’s are worthwhile shopping venues at this concourse, though you will find ample newsstands selling magazines, T-shirts, and souvenirs as well. Find toys and gifts for little ones at Panda Veranda.</p><p><strong>Things to Do</strong></p><p>Like other concourses, there are Minute Suites, nursing stations, smoking lounges, service animal relief areas, and a Delta Sky Club lounge.</p><img alt="Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) "src=""><h2>Concourse C</h2><p>The largest departure area is Concourse C with 48 gates. There are lots of choices to eat, from Mexican to sushi.</p><p><strong>Fast Casual</strong></p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Original El Taco</a> has the best Oaxaca-style tacos in all of ATL and <a href="" target="_blank">The Varsity</a> is an Atlanta icon you must visit once. The original location in downtown Atlanta is the biggest drive-in restaurant in the world, serving 100-year-old burger and chili dog recipes.</p><p><strong>Sit-down</strong></p><p>If you didn’t get a chance to stay in Atlanta, <a href="" target="_blank">Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint</a> is a good place to enjoy southern soul food, like chicken and waffles, while watching a basketball game on the big screen.</p><p><strong>Sweets</strong></p><p>Pick up premium handmade pralines, chocolates, and pecan pies to take home from <a href="" target="_blank">Savannah’s Candy Kitchen</a>. For immediate sweet tooth satisfaction, have a Pino Gelato.</p><p><strong>Coffee Shops</strong></p><p>There’s one small Starbucks at Concourse C without any seating.</p><p><strong>Shopping </strong></p><p>Kiosks sell cosmetics, electronics, magazines, and cosmetic jewelry.</p><img alt="Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) "src=""><h2>Concourse D</h2><p>This concourse is best known for its celebrity-owned sports bars serving the 43 gates. Most other dining options are fast food and kiosks.</p><p><strong>Fast Casual</strong></p><p>National chains like Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Einstein Bros. Bagels dominate this concourse.</p><p><strong>Sit-down</strong></p><p>Atlanta rapper Ludacris opened <a href="" target="_blank">Chicken + Beer</a> where you can taste contemporary southern dishes like fried chicken skins with Hotlanta sauce, beer flights, and serious cocktails. Don’t miss the breakfast plate of cheese grits, tater tots, and buttermilk biscuits served until 10:30 a.m.</p><p><strong>Coffee Shops</strong></p><p>Grab a fresh-baked pastry and cappuccino at timeless classic Harvest &amp; Grounds Bakery Coffee.</p><p><strong>Bars</strong></p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Terrapin Tap House Cigar and Smoke Lounge</a> is the only one at ATL that sells over a dozen brands of cigars and shisha hookah tobaccos in different flavors.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">40/40 Club</a> luxury sports bar and lounge co-owned by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z features huge plasma T.V.s.</p><p>If you are a Braves fan, make sure to check out the <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta Braves All Star Grill</a> with lots of sports memorabilia hanging on brick walls.</p><p><strong>Shopping </strong></p><p>It’s easy to find something for yourself or your sweetheart at luxury retailers Johnston and Murphy and Swarovski Jewelry.</p><h2>Concourse E</h2><p>Travelers are greeted to the tunes of a live piano player at the center point of Concourse E, which serves international and domestic passengers. There are 28 gates at E, with plenty of options for duty-free shopping.</p><p><strong>Fast Casual</strong></p><p>If you are running late to catch your flight, you can count on fast food restaurants like Panda Express, McDonald’s, and Arby’s to satisfy your palate.</p><p><strong>Sit-down</strong></p><p>Inspired by global cuisines, <a href="" target="_blank">One Flew South</a> is consistently ranked as one of the best airport restaurants. The upscale dining experience includes fresh sushi, seafood, salads, and an extensive wine list.</p><p><strong>Coffee</strong></p><p>Stay awake with a cup of Caribou Coffee for those late-night connections.</p><p><strong>Shopping</strong></p><p>Atlanta-based Spanx sells shapewear, hosiery, and slimming leggings at Concourse E. Travelers can also spend considerable time and money at the Duty-Free shops, Michael Kors, Montblanc, Pandora, Swatch, and Tumi, to name a few. The All Atl gift shop features Atlanta and Georgia-themed merchandise from local attractions, including The High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Braves, Stone Mountain Park, and CNN Center.</p><p><strong>Things to do</strong></p><p>An Interfaith Chapel located behind the Martin Luther King Jr. exhibit at the top of the elevator (post-security) holds <a href="" target="_blank">regular services</a> for a variety of denominations.</p><img alt="Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) "src=""><h2>Atlanta International Terminal and Concourse F</h2><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">ATL International Terminal Map</a></p><p>The new international terminal and 12-gate Concourse F opened in May 2012, and approximately 100,000 travelers pass it each month. There is a free shuttle bus between the domestic and international terminals, which takes about 12 minutes and runs 24 hours a day.</p><p>The new complex includes an additional entry into ATL with separate parking, check-in kiosks, security checkpoints, baggage claim area, and U.S. customs. Note: you need not have an international flight to go through the international terminal and security lines are often a lot shorter.</p><p>International carriers Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar, Turkish, and Virgin Atlantic along with Delta have check-in counters at the international terminal.</p><p>Delta recently started offering a new <a href="" target="_blank">biometric option</a> to international passengers flying nonstop from Atlanta on Delta and its partner airlines Aeromexico, Air France-KLM, and Virgin Atlantic. This means facial scanning machines will replace the need to show your passport at self-service kiosks, baggage counters, TSA checkpoints, and boarding gates.</p><p><strong>Parking</strong></p><p>MARTA isn’t as easily accessible from the international terminal. You must take a shuttle bus from the international terminal to the main terminal station first.</p><p>There’s a short-term hourly parking garage, as well as a long-term park-ride garage with a three-minute shuttle bus ride to the terminal, and a Gold Reserve parking lot that requires registration. Gold Parker program members pay $25 to obtain a lot access card, and then must deposit a minimum of $408 into a Gold Parker account for private, gated parking for $34 per day.</p><p><strong>Fast Casual</strong></p><p>A quick bite can be had at the food court upstairs where Atlanta favorites El Taco and The Varsity can be found.</p><p><strong>Sit-down</strong></p><p>Located on the mezzanine level, <a href="" target="_blank">Ecco</a> is a good spot for listening to music, drinking a glass of wine, and nibbling on cheese and cured meats. To taste Georgia’s Atlantic seafood delicacies like jumbo and fried crawfish, head to the <a href="" target="_blank">Jekyll Island Seafood Company</a>, located right after security. </p><p><strong>Shopping</strong></p><p>Duty Free Americas is the largest store at Concourse F selling cosmetics, alcohol, chocolates, and the usual airport fare.</p><p><strong>Things to Do</strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Club at ATL</a> is a small airport lounge with two-story glass windows offering views of the city. The lounge, used by all other airlines except for Delta, often gets packed and there may be a wait to get in. Day passes can be purchased for $40. The Delta Sky Club lounge is more spacious and offers complimentary wine and beer, eight showers, and an outdoor Sky Deck. If you need to worship, ATL has three InterFaith chapels (Terminal F, E and Atrium).</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">airport art program</a><b> </b>features 10 permanent and three rotating installations throughout the airport, including <em>“A Walk Through Atlanta History.”</em></p>
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The U.S. Leads the World in Shark Attacks — but Those Numbers Are Going Down

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 07:44
<p>The results of the <a href="" target="_blank">Yearly Worldwide Shark Attack Summary</a> are in. According to the study from the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, the frequency of shark attacks had a sharp and sudden decrease this past year.</p><p>In 2018, according to the survey, there were only 66 unprovoked shark attacks around the world. For the last five years, the average has been 84 attacks.</p><p>However, the organization is quick to note that this significant downturn does not necessarily mean humanity’s relationship with sharks is becoming stronger. “Annual fluctuations in shark-human interactions are to be expected,” <a href="" target="_blank">the survey said</a>. “Year-to-year variability in oceanographic, socio-economic and meteorological conditions significantly influences the local abundance of sharks and humans in the water and, therefore, the odds of encountering one another.”</p><p>But of the entire world, the United States ranked highest for the most shark attacks last year. Of the 66 unprovoked attacks almost half recorded last year happened in the U.S. (a total of 32), although only one resulted in a fatality.</p><p>In 2017, the U.S. accounted for 60 percent of all unprovoked attacks in the world, with a total of 53 incidents. For 2018, attacks in the U.S. made up 48 percent of the world total. Much of that decrease came from Florida, where unprovoked shark attacks decreased from 31 attacks in 2017 to 16 last year, according to the report.</p><p>The country with the next highest number of attacks was Australia with 20, one of which was fatal. Every other country on the list, including Brazil, Egypt, and Thailand, had three or fewer shark attacks last year.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">You Can Swim With Sharks at This Daring Diving Spot — No Cage Required</a></p><p>“Statistically, this is an anomaly. It begs the question of whether we’re seeing fewer bites because there are fewer sharks—that would be the ‘glass-half-empty’ interpretation,” Gavin Naylor, director of the museum’s shark research program, <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “Or it could be that the general public is heeding the advice of beach safety officials. My hope is that the lower numbers are a consequence of people becoming more aware and accepting of the fact that they’re sharing the ocean with these animals.”</p><p>In addition to the 66 unprovoked attacks around the world, there were 34 times when the attacks were provoked. According to the report, provoked attacks “occur when a human initiates interaction with a shark in some way.”</p><p>Five people died from shark attacks, one of which was provoked, in the past year, which fits the global average of about six fatalities per year.</p><p>If you ever find yourself in a shark attack — which is a <a href="" target="_blank">one in 11.5 million chance</a>, according to data from the International Shark Attack File — just remember to use <a href="" target="_blank">this simple self defense move</a> to help make your escape.</p>
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Groundhog Day 2019 Prediction: Will Punxsutawney Phil See His Shadow?

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 06:33
<p>Each year, Americans wait with bated breath to learn from a groundhog if spring will come sooner rather than later. Yes, <a href="" target="_blank">Groundhog Day</a> is most certainly an odd tradition, but it’s our tradition nonetheless.</p><p>The bizarre history of Groundhog Day can be traced back to 1887, when, for the first time, people took weather advice from a rodent at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, <a href="" target="_blank"><i></i></a> explained. It was then that a newspaper editor who happened to be a part of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club declared that Punxsutawney Phil was America’s only true weather-forecasting groundhog.</p><p>It was also then that the editor decided if the groundhog saw his shadow there would be six more weeks of winter, <a href="" target="_blank">The Weather Channel</a> explained. However, if he didn’t see it then an early spring (and warmer temperatures) were on the way. Here we are, 132 years later, and we’re still taking this ground-dweller's advice.</p><p>Groundhog Day still not making sense? Well, it doesn’t really have to. Just roll with it and celebrate Groundhog Day like a professional with all the facts below.</p><h2>When is Groundhog Day 2019?</h2><p>Groundhog Day is Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. The festivities begin at 3 a.m. in Punxsutawney, a borough 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. However, the groundhog isn’t expected to emerge from his burrow until exactly 7:20 a.m.</p><h2>Groundhog Day Prediction 2019</h2><p>According to The Weather Channel, Saturday will likely be cloudy and cold in Punxsutawney. That could mean Phil won’t see his shadow, which would mean we are in for an early spring. Good thing, considering <a href="" target="_blank">how our winter weather has been</a> lately.</p><h2>How accurate are Punxsutawney Phil's predictions?</h2><p>For a groundhog, Phil is surprisingly accurate. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">LiveScience</a></em>, multiple generations of Phils have predicted 103 forecasts of more winter and 17 early springs. As Data from the Stormfax Almanac shows, Phil's predictions have been right a whopping <a href="" target="_blank">39 percent of the time</a>. Not bad for a groundhog.</p><h2>How can I watch Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day 2019?</h2><p>If you can’t be there to watch Phil’s prediction in person, you can <a href="" target="_blank">live stream it here</a>.</p>
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Disneyland Temporarily Closes Space Mountain After Man 'Used Force' to Climb Out Mid-ride

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 06:26
<p>If you want to go on Space Mountain, please, stay buckled up.</p><p>Disneyland had to temporarily close one of its most popular attractions, Space Mountain, this week after a man climbed out of one of the roller coaster cars while the ride was still in motion, <em><a href="" target="_blank">ABC News</a></em> reported.</p><p>The incident happened on Tuesday, but unfortunately, Disneyland park-goers were still unable to ride the indoor roller coaster as of Thursday.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Orange County Register</a>, </em>the man, in his 20s, was uninjured but was guided to safety by employees in order to receive first aid and was taken to the hospital later as a precaution.</p><p>The man has some cognitive disabilities and was moving around in the dark during a slower part of the ride when he was able to get around the safety mechanism and climb out of the car, <i>The Orange County Register </i>reported. Once employees realized he was not in the car, they stopped the ride to find him.</p><p>Though it is extremely rare, rides occasionally do not function as they’re supposed to. For example, a roller coaster at Universal Studios in Japan malfunctioned back in May, leaving riders <a href="" target="_blank">suspended upside-down</a>.</p><p>But in this case, it seems the ride was functioning properly, though the man was still able to wriggle through the safety bar. And since Space Mountain is a higher-speed coaster with lots of twists and turns (in the dark, no less), it can lead to a very dangerous situation for people who don't remain properly strapped in.</p><p>Disneyland officials told <em>The Orange County Register</em> that the safety mechanism was properly engaged and that the man “used force” to get out of the roller coaster car.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a></em>, park officials are working with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to inspect the ride, and it will remain closed while the investigation is ongoing.</p><p>Jim Seay, past chairman of the ASTM International Amusement Ride Safety Standards Committee, told <em>The Orange County Register</em> that “everybody is a contributor to the safety of the ride. The actions of the individual are an important part of the ride safety experience.”</p><p>So, remember: Safety first.</p>
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Southwest Has $44 U.S. Flights Right Now — but You'll Have to Act Fast (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:46
<p>Travelers who act fast can book a spring trip starting as low as $44 one-way, thanks to <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest’s latest sale</a>.</p><p>The airline is currently running a flash sale, offering a variety of cheap domestic and international one-way flights to take now through May.</p><p>Domestic flights start as low as $44 one-way, with some of the top deals available across shorter routes like those between Las Vegas and Long Beach, while flights between Burbank and San Jose, and between Sacramento and San Diego, start at $49 one-way.</p><img alt="Fly to destinations like Nashville for less with Southwest's latest sale. "src=""><p>West coasters can fly from Burbank to San Francisco for $59 one-way, while flights from Atlanta to Orlando start at $50 one-way.</p><p>There are also deals from Atlanta to Nashville for $67 one-way, deals from Cincinnati to Chicago for $69 one-way, and deals from El Paso to Denver for $69 one-way.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest's CEO Just Made His Feelings on Basic Economy and Checked Bag Fees Perfectly Clear</a></strong></p><p>For a bit higher, travelers can also fly from Boston to Nashville for $70 one-way, from Atlanta to Boston at $72 one-way, from Boston to Chicago at $72 one-way, and from Burbank to Portland at $72 one-way.</p><p>International deals are available to a variety of destinations that include Belize City, Belize, with flights starting at $141 one-way from Houston.</p><p>There are also flights to Cabo San Lucas that start at $110 one-way from San Diego, at $126 one-way from Los Angeles, and at $159 one-way from Houston.</p><p>From Florida, travelers can head to Havana, Cuba, for $106 one-way from Tampa and for $111 one-way from Fort Lauderdale, while additional Fort Lauderdale deals include $97 one-way flights to Cancun and $71 one-way flights to <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Cayman</a>.</p><p>Travelers will need to be quick, as bookings are only available through today, Jan. 31, though they can travel domestically anytime between Feb. 19 and May 22, and internationally between April 23 and May 16.</p>
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The Temperature Is so Low in Chicago the City Is Experiencing ‘Frost Quakes'

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:37
<p>Though a large swath of the nation is in the midst of an arctic chill, Chicago may be <a href="" target="_blank">bearing the brunt of it</a>. On Wednesday, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport saw temperatures drop to minus 23 degrees, <em><a href="" target="_blank">HuffPost</a></em> reported. That low broke the previous day’s record set in 1966 of minus 15. Because of these ridiculously cold temperatures the city is also experiencing another bizarre natural phenomenon: frost quakes.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>, residents of Chicago were stirred awake on Wednesday by large booming sounds. The booms, CNN explained, were likely an event known as cryoseism, or a "frost quake." This happens when water underground freezes and expands, which can sometimes cause cracks in the rock and soil of the earth’s surface and a large boom to ensue.</p><p>"I thought I was crazy! I was up all night because I kept hearing it," Chastity Clark Baker shared on Facebook, according to <a href="" target="_blank">WGN</a>, a CNN affiliate. "I was scared and thought it was the furnace. I kept walking through the house. I had everyone's jackets on the table in case we had to run out of here."</p><p>Sadly for the Windy City, Thursday's weather forecast isn’t looking much better. According to <a href="" target="_blank">The National Weather Service</a>, temperatures will still be in the red, with snow in the afternoon.</p><img alt="Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. "src=""><p>Those temperatures remain extremely dangerous for people. As CNN reported, <a href="" target="_blank">11 deaths have now been linked</a> to the freezing temperatures.</p><p>The drop in temperature also means many services will be disrupted, including the mail service, which put deliveries on hold for certain parts of the country through Thursday. Hundreds of flights were also <a href="" target="_blank">delayed or canceled</a>, causing havoc at the airport that will likely last for days to come.</p><p>But, while North America is living through what can only be described as a second ice age, Australians are sweating it out down under. According to <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, the country just recorded its warmest December ever. The December heatwave is also extending well into January, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. Temperatures, the weather service noted, hit a whopping 116 degrees Fahrenheit last week in South Australia’s capitol, Adelaide.</p><p>Thanks to these extreme temperature swings, the nonprofit research organization Berkeley Earth said that 2018 was likely the fourth warmest year on Earth since record-keeping began, <em>HuffPost</em> reported.</p><p>“The slight decline in 2018 is likely to reflect short-term natural variability, but the overall pattern remains consistent with a long-term trend towards global warming,” the organization said. So, maybe all of this is a good reminder to <a href="" target="_blank">start changing our habits toward Mother Earth</a>.</p>
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King Tut’s Tomb Is Reopening to Visitors After 9 Years of Dazzling Restoration Work — Take a Look Inside

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:06
<p>After nine years of restoration, Tutankhamun (AKA King Tut)’s tomb is making its grand re-debut.</p><p>Since its discovery in 1922, the tomb has become one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world. By the ‘80s, the tomb was receiving <a href="" target="_blank">thousands of visitors every day</a>. The impact of that many people on the thousands-year-old tomb was already beginning to have an effect. Carbon monoxide from visitors’ breath, exposure to moisture, and small bumps and scratches were wearing away the tomb.</p><img alt="Tomb of Tutankhamen - Conservation "src=""><p>In 2009, the Getty Conservation Institute partnered with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities to complete the most rigorous exploration of the tomb since it was first discovered almost 100 years ago.</p><img alt="Tomb of Tutankhamen - Conservation "src=""><p>“The crux of our project was to figure out how to manage the level of visitation and then also to continue to maintain the tomb in good condition for the future,” Laurie Wong, a wall paintings expert from the Getty Conservation Institute, <a href="" target="_blank">told Artnet News</a>.</p><p>The tomb still houses some of the original objects found in the 1922 discovery, including Tutankhamun’s mummy itself, now displayed in an oxygen-free case. Visitors can also see King Tut’s quartzite sarcophagus, the wooden outermost coffin and the wall paintings that depict the pharaoh's life and death.</p><img alt="Tomb of Tutankhamen - Conservation "src=""><img alt="Tomb of Tutankhamen - Conservation "src=""><p>Additions to the tomb include a new viewing platform, an updated air filtration system, and improved walkways, signs, and lights.</p><p>In addition to works of preservation, the team was also working on conservation and exploration. Conservators concluded that King Tut’s death was probably unexpected (he died at age 19) and that the tomb was not originally intended for him.</p><img alt="Tomb of Tutankhamen - Conservation "src=""><p>The project was so expensive that the Getty Conservation Institute declined to give a figure on how much it cost. It was originally supposed to be completed in 2014 but was delayed several times due to the start of the Arab Spring in 2011 and political unrest in 2013.</p>
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This Packable Robot Will Scan Your Hotel Bed and Rid It of Germs

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:02
<p>You can do all the preliminary research you want, but it won’t prevent the inevitable: One day you will likely check into a hotel room or vacation rental that is below your standards. Whether it’s a rogue hair on a “clean” sheet, a pillow case that reeks of cigarettes, or a duvet cover that has seen fresher days, the bed of your nightmare is out there — but there is a way to prevent your trip from starting off on a germ-filled foot.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">CleanseBot</a>, a patent-pending robot, has been developed for just this type of occasion. The pocket-sized technology can sanitize and disinfect surfaces — including the hotel bed — and is equipped with a UV-C light that is said to prevent the spread of airborne viruses. Launched on <a href="" target="_blank">IndieGogo</a>, a crowdfunding platform, on Jan. 6, the robot has already raised more than $1.3 million. According to its page on the site, in a study conducted by an independent third party, the CleanseBot was found to kill 99.99 percent of E.coli.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Why You Should Think Twice Before Using a Hotel Hair Dryer</a></p><p>The CleanseBot has three modes. The first is an automated setting that cleans underneath the bed’s blankets and can be set for 30 or 60 minutes. The second, the handheld mode, cleans smaller objects, like the alarm clock, phone, and T.V. remote — likely the germiest item in your entire hotel room, a <a href="" target="_blank">surprising study found</a>. The third mode, the powerbank mode, is for charging the device. The CleanseBot can run for four hours before needing a charge.</p><p>Early backers of this product, which is still in its prototype phase, can buy it at a discounted price. A single travel robot costs $99 right now (a 61% discount of the original price of $259) and is expected to ship in April 2019. Other packages on the IndieGoGo site allow eager customers to buy multiple robots for less.</p>
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A Historic Portion of Beijing’s Forbidden City Will Open to the Public For the First Time in Its Centuries-old History

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 10:46
<p>A historic portion of <a href="" target="_blank">Beijing’s</a> famed Forbidden City will soon open to the public for the first time.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">World Monuments Fund</a> (WMF) has announced that the sprawling Qianlong Garden, said to hold “some of the most significant, exquisitely designed interiors to survive relatively unchanged from imperial <a href="" target="_blank">China</a>,” will soon open for visitors for the very first time since its centuries-old origins.</p><img alt="A photo of one of the interiors, the Juanqinzhai theater room, after conservation. "src=""><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Qianlong Garden</a> was created for the anticipated retirement of the Qianlong Emperor, China’s longest-reigning sovereign<b>, </b>between 1771 and 1776 and was meant to serve as a grand complex for his retirement in the Forbidden City. According to WMF officials, it was meant to be a mini-Forbidden City housed within the Forbidden City.</p><p>The complex, which takes up close to two acres of the northeast quadrant of the Forbidden City, has four courtyards, 27 different pavilions and structures, and eye-catching rock gardens. Inside, visitors will find decorations and furnishings dating back to a “time widely considered to be one of the boldest and most extravagant periods of interior design in China’s history,” according to <a href="" target="_blank">WMF representatives</a>.</p><img alt="The Juanqinzhai theater room has already been restored. "src=""><p>Though the complex, which is the only private imperial garden to have been built for an emperor's retirement, was created with the most pristine craftsmanship and luxury goods, it remained mostly unused after 1924, signaling the need for repairs to maintain its prestige. </p><p>For this reason, the WMF teamed up with China's <a href="" target="_blank">Palace Museum</a>, studying the sight and creating a restoration plan to bring its magnificent interiors to an audience. </p><img alt="A photo of one of the interiors, the Juanqinzhai theater room, before conservation. "src=""><img alt="A photo of one of the interiors, the Juanqinzhai theater room, after conservation. "src=""><p>Conservation of locations like the <a href="" target="_blank">Juanqinzhai</a> theater room have already been completed. Juanqinzhai, also known as the Studio of Exhaustion from Diligent Service, is known for its silk paintings across its ceiling and walls of the private theater, its bamboo threaded reception room, and its jade inlays and textiles. </p><p>Take a look at the video below to get a sense of <a href="" target="_blank">Juanqinzhai's</a> fascinating design. </p><p>Now, the WMF has chosen architect Annabelle Selldorf of the NYC-based firm <a href="" target="_blank">Selldorf Architects</a> to design an interpretation center at the Qianlong Garden, giving the public access to the sight.</p><p>The interpretation center, which will be housed in a restored structure within the second courtyard of the Qianlong Garden, will be dispersed between three halls surrounding an open pavilion to give visitors a look into the past and current state of the sight.</p><p>There will be one hall with exhibition space to showcase the complex’s eighteenth-century design and history, another hall showcasing the conservation of the complex, and an open space where visitors will have clear views of the rock gardens.</p><img alt="A photo of one of the structures, Fuwangge, before conservation. "src=""><img alt="A photo of one of the structures, Fuwangge, after conservation. "src=""><p>Each hall in the new center will be aligned with elements that include artifacts and videos to provide visitors with a memorable experience, with construction on the interior of the interpretation center set to start later this year for completion in 2020. </p>
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