Plane Skids Off Runway, Then Dangles Over Cliff

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:10
<p>A plane carrying 168 people skidded off a runway in northern <a href="" target="_blank">Turkey</a> Saturday night, stopping on a muddy slope just above the <a href="" target="_blank">Black Sea</a>. </p><p>None of the passengers or crew members on the Pegasus Airlines flight were hurt as a result of the unexpected detour off the runway at the Trabzon Airport in the city of Trabzon. </p><p>Photos of the incident show the commercial <a href="" target="_blank">plane</a> sitting halfway down a cliff off the runway and above the Black Sea. A government agency is investigating the incident to learn how and why the plane left the runway, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>.</p><p>Passenger Fatma Gordu told a local news agency that the plane "swerved all of a sudden." </p><p>"The front of the plane crashed and the back was in the air," she said, according to the AP. "Everyone panicked."</p><p>In a statement, Pegasus Airlines said the Boeing 737-800 aircraft "had a Runway Excursion Incident." The flight had taken off from Ankara, Turkey's capital. </p><p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Videos</a> of the incident shared on social media showed passengers being evacuated from the plane. Another <a href="" target="_blank">photo</a> showed one of the plane's engines floating below in the Black Sea.</p><p>"It's a miracle we escaped," Yuksel Gordu, a passenger on the plane, told a local news agency, according to the AP. "We could have burned, exploded, flown into the sea. Thank God for this. I feel like I'm going crazy when I think about it."</p>
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Tory Burch Just Made the Ultimate Statement Bag for Travelers

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 11:00
<p>For this season’s resort collection, <a href="" target="_blank">Tory Burch</a> was inspired by two of her favorite ‘60s muses: the unforgettable Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the lesser-known, but no less influential, Princess Elizabeth of Toro, who was Uganda’s first female lawyer, a diplomat, and a model. The two women had such distinct, worldly senses of style, and Burch aimed to fuse them in her resort collection.</p><img alt="Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Elizabeth of Toro "src=""><p>Taking the tailored, mod elements of Jackie O’s signature looks and incorporating them with the dynamic African embellishments of the Princess’ style, Burch created <a href="" target="_blank">a collection</a> that is nostalgic, modern, and highly covetable.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">These Silk Robes Are Traveling Supermodels' Best-kept Secret</a></p><p>Our favorite piece is this cool take on a Tory classic. Both chic and functional, the "Sawyer" embellished <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">double-pocket shoulder bag</a> with its smooth and beaded leather, adjustable strap (to wear over shoulder or cross-body), and two appropriately sized compartments is the perfect travel bag for the on-the-move girl of today.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">J.Lo and Gigi Hadid Love This Travel-friendly Tracksuit</a></p><p>Whether you’re headed to the airport or heading out to explore a new city, this chic bag is ideal for limiting yourself to taking with you only what you need. It’s just enough space for a small wallet, an iPhone 8 Plus, <a href="" target="_blank">headphones</a>, and a lipstick, with respective compartments for each.</p><p>Plus, Burch even thought to add a secret card case that’s stitched on the back side of the bag for easy access. Not only will this bag make your busy day hands-free, but you’ll be embodying the style, and hopefully thus, the attitude of two female greats. Win, win.</p><h2>Sawyer Embellished Double-pocket Shoulder Bag</h2><img alt="tory burch bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $798</p>
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Sun Finally Rises in Russian Town in the Arctic Circle After 40 Days Of Darkness

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:14
<p>With time changes, earlier sunsets and colder weather forcing us all inside, most people’s winters are cold and dark. But there are some people in the world who truly experience the darkest winters on earth.</p><p>Northern Russians who live near the Arctic Circle had been living in winter darkness for 40 days straight until Friday, when the cold, winter sun finally rose.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>The Moscow Times</em></a>, residents shared their joy at their first glimpse of daytime — about 30 minutes worth — after weeks of going without. (People living in other parts of the world clearly do not know the meaning of Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder like those who live in the Arctic.)</p><p>The extreme “nighttime” is called polar night, which is when darkness descends for more than 24 hours. It only occurs in places in the northernmost or southernmost parts of the earth. The opposite of this phenomenon is polar day, or the midnight sun, when the sun doesn’t set for more than 24 hours.</p><p>According to the Moscow Times, residents of Murmansk, Russia gather at the city’s highest point, known as “Solnechnaya Gorka” (Sunny Hill) to see the year’s first sun rise after the long polar night.</p><p>Until next winter, residents will be able to enjoy some sunnier days.</p>
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Swedish Zoo Admits to Killing 9 Healthy Lion Cubs (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:07
<p>A Swedish zoo has admitted to killing nine healthy lion cubs since 2012.</p><p>The animals at the zoo, Boras Djurpark, were rejected by their pride and <a href="" target="_blank">the zoo</a> was unable to re-house them, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Independent</em> reported.</a></p><p>“At that time we had tried to sell or relocate them to other zoos for a long time but unfortunately there were no zoos that could receive them, and when the aggressions became too big in the group we had to remove some animals,” Bo Kjellson, chief executive of the zoo, told Swedish broadcaster <a href="" target="_blank">SVT</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Lions</a> are listed as a “vulnerable” population on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's <a href="" target="_blank">"red list" of endangered animals</a>.</p><p>Kjellson says that the euthanasia was necessary to his organization's aim of conservation, as they wanted the healthiest population to be reproducing. The animals killed, however, were healthy, and Kjellson says they were killed as a matter of balancing the breeding program.</p><p>“It's no secret in any way and we do not try to hide that were working this way. So it's unfortunately a natural path for groups of lions,” he said. “To kill animals as part of the organization, I think that upsets quite a few.”</p><p>Zoos across the world use euthanasia as a tool to manage their animal populations, and the practice is permitted in Europe. Approximately 3,000-5,000 animals in European zoos are euthanized for this purpose each year, the executive director of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariaums <a href="" target="_blank">told the BBC in 2014</a>.</p>
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Queen Elizabeth Shares Coronation Secrets and What It's Like to Wear a 2-Pound Crown

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 16:46
<p>For the first time since her coronation in June 1953, <a href="" target="_blank">Queen Elizabeth II</a> is sharing rare details of the event in a new documentary airing on BBC One.</p><p>In the hour-long program “The Coronation,” <a href="" target="_blank">Queen Elizabeth</a> gives viewers her personal account of the memorable event that took place 65 years ago, sharing just what it was like to be in her shoes.</p><p>In the interview, Queen Elizabeth delves into some of the difficulties that can come with having to wear a crown that weighed more than two pounds.</p><p>“You can’t look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up; because if you did your neck would break, it would fall off,” she says of the coronation.</p><p>And how the crown fit wasn’t quite an issue.</p><p>“Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head,” the Queen says in part of the interview about the crown’s fit. “But once you put it on, it stays; I mean it just remains on.” </p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Queen</a> also discusses what it was really like to ride in the famed golden carriage that transported her that day, revealing the journey was “horrible” as the carriage is “only sprung on leather.”</p><img alt="queen elizabeth coronation carriage "src=""><p>As she looks back on the memorable event that took place in June of 1953, the monarch also recounts humorous tidbits like when her coronation dress got caught on the carpet, and reflects on what it was like to witness one coronation and then receive the crown herself.</p><p>"It is sort of a pageant of chivalry and old-fashioned way of doing things, really," the Queen recounts of the day. "I've seen one coronation and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable," she adds.</p><p>The documentary also includes behind-the-scenes footage of the coronation, showcasing the Queen’s son, Prince Charles, and his younger Sister, Anne, on the day of their mother’s crowning. </p><p>“It’s sort of, I suppose, the beginning of one’s life really as a sovereign,” the Queen says in the interview.</p><p>The documentary, which airs on BBC One Sunday at 8 p.m., is part of a Royal Collection Season created between the BBC and the Royal Collection Trust that showcases details of the family's life and the collection itself.</p>
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Save 30% on a 14-day Trekking Tour in Mongolia

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 16:32
<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"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Mongolia: 30 percent off a 14-day Golden Eagle Festival and trekking tour from Crooked Compass, a boutique tour operator that offers small group tours and customized itineraries that focus on local experiences.</p><p>Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival includes:</p><p>*13 nights in local hotels and camps</p><p>*Select meals as noted on the itinerary</p><p>*Guided tours by an expert expedition leader, including: The petroglyphs at Baga Oigur, an UNESCO World Heritage site and Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, known for its towering, jagged mountains</p><p>*Two days at the Golden Eagle Festival, a traditional festival where Kazakh eagle hunters catch foxes and hares</p><p>*A camel ride in the Khongor Sand Dune An excursion to the “Flaming Cliffs” and Khavtsgait Petroglyphs, which date back to the Bronze Age</p><p>*Visits to the Ongi temple ruins and Kharakhorum Buddhist complex</p><p>*A trek in the Khustai Nuruu National Park, a steppe environment famous for its wild horses</p><p>*Private transportation and entrance fees</p><p>*Domestic flights Ulaanbaatar/Ulgii/Ulaanbaatar</p><p>*A Scrubba wash bag</p><p>*Bottled water</p><p>*Return airport transfers</p><p>Original Price: $4,232 (5397 AUD or $325 per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> $2,962 (3778 AUD or $228 per night); book by April 30 for the October 3 - 16 departure</p><p>Booking details: <a href="" target="_blank">Book online</a>, <a href="">via email</a>, or over the phone at +61280891370.</p>
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President Trump Cancels Visit to London

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 16:05
<p>President Trump says he canceled his planned February visit to the U.K. in protest of a “bad deal” made during the Obama era.</p><p>At almost midnight on Thursday evening, the President tweeted that he was canceling his upcoming trip to London because he was “not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars.”</p><p>However, the sale of the previous embassy and acquisition of the new one were <a href="" target="_blank">actually announced in 2008</a>, under President George W. Bush.</p><p>The U.S. embassy in London will move from the Mayfair district to a larger building in Vauxhall, South London. <a href="" target="_blank">According to the BBC</a>, the Mayfair embassy was “too small to put in the modern security it needed.” The new embassy will open on January 16. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will likely preside over the ribbon-cutting.</p><p>Prime Minister Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump last year after his inauguration. After her visit, she invited the president to London for a formal state visit.</p><p>A spokesperson for May <a href="" target="_blank">told Reuters</a> that the invitation was accepted although no formal date was set.</p><p>“The U.S. is one of our oldest and most valued allies and our strong and deep partnership will endure,” the spokesperson said, adding that the opening of the embassy was an American affair.</p><p>However, since then, Trump <a href="" target="_blank">irked many in the U.K.</a> after retweeting anti-Muslim videos from a leader of Britain’s far right. May said that it was “wrong” of the U.S. president to do so, but added that "the importance of the relationship between our countries — the unparalleled sharing of intelligence between our countries — is vital. It has undoubtedly saved British lives. That is the bigger picture here and I urge people to remember that.”</p><img alt="London Protests Donald Trump UK "src=""><p>Last year, a petition to ban Trump from the UK gathered 1.8 million signatures from citizens. The issue even <a href="" target="_blank">went before the British parliament</a>, who debated revoking May’s invitation in February.</p><p>After Trump’s cancelation tweet, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that Trump is “not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he’s finally got that message.”</p>
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Inside the Fight to Keep Liverpool's Punk Scene Alive

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 13:00
<p>“The punk scene is probably the only scene in Liverpool,” said Ollie Fontaine, drummer for a pop-punk group called <a href="" target="_blank">Sheepy</a>.</p><p>Huddled with his bandmates over beers as the rumblings from another set started up in the black box theater behind us, he lauded the new bands coming out of Liverpool, some of whom were also on the bill that night, while noting how attendees had traveled from the outskirts of the city or from nearby towns to perform or just to listen.</p><p>With rainbow-dyed dreadlocks and studded leather everything, musicians around us snacked on pizza after their sets and old friends reunited at the bar — almost everyone seemed to know each other — while others bummed cigarettes outside.</p><p>On the occasion of the “<a href="" target="_blank">Dead Good Gathering</a>,” a festival in its third year, queer punks, new wave punks, grunge kids, and old-school rockers (some of whom looked old enough to have been present when the Ramones played Liverpool in 1977), all came together for a weekend of music put on in venues across Liverpool in mid-November. There's no shortage of musicians or historians who claim that punk died by 1980, or that it only existed for a few weeks in New York City, or that it never existed at all — but the same spirit and fierce sense of community of the original Liverpool punks lives on in a determined group of Liverpudlians creating a revitalized, underground scene.</p><p>The first night of the <a href="" target="_blank">festival</a> was housed in Maguire’s, a pizza parlor with a small theater in the back. The restaurant/venue is only a few years old, but it’s already become something of a hub for the city’s musicians, as many smaller venues have shuttered. The smell of pizzas baking only adds to the atmosphere of the bare-bones performance space.</p><p>Many of the musicians and artists at Maguire’s and venues like it don’t see themselves as inheritors of their city’s musical tradition, one which produced world famous acts like Echo &amp; the Bunnymen and welcomed the likes of the Sex Pistols and the Ramones to its clubs. Certainly, contemporary punk now differentiates itself from its heyday in the late '70s and early '80s — it's no longer a genre that produces the kind of star power it once did. But the ethos of a generation bursting with political and personal rage endures, particularly in the wake of a 2008 recession that continues to put European young people in a tenuous situation.</p><p>Punk has long served as a vehicle for younger generations to express rage: rage at a system, rage at a sense of alienation, rage at a lack of future prospects. And that element hasn’t changed. The political nature of the punk scene in Liverpool perseveres, according to one of the festival’s co-organizers.</p><p>Harley Stewart, 20, first became interested in what he calls “the DIY scene” during the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011. (Like many other musicians involved in this culture, he uses "DIY" not in the home improvement sense but instead to connote the way they employ grassroots organizing to carve out a a literal and figurative space for themselves.)</p><p>“Politics is a lot more intertwined in the punk scene than it ever was,” he said. “It’s all united by a left-wing common viewpoint.”</p><p>Organizers like Stewart make a point to book queer and feminist bands, he says, especially ones whose lyrics address political issues running the gamut from immigration to class stratification. (For all of the differences between punk scenes, across eras and across geographic locations, they have often been united in their lack of inclusion of women, and <a href="" target="_blank">even their outright misogyny</a>.)</p><p>“There’s Liverpool’s long-standing class struggle against many governments...and kind of always being neglected by the rest of the country,” he said.</p><img alt="Punk band performing in Liverpool "src=""><p>The sense of feeling left behind resonates among many young Scouses, as Liverpool residents call themselves. The British government and local leadership have made a concerted effort to develop the city in the past decade with the goal of making it a cultural center for the North, including building new museums and opening the doors to world-class hotels.</p><p>While the <a href="" target="_blank">campaign to change the face of Liverpool</a> has attracted a growing number of visitors, the benefits of increased tourism haven’t always trickled down to the average citizen. Liverpool continues to see unemployment rates that are twice the national average, and one in four households has no work at all, <a href="" target="_blank">according to 2016 figures from the <em>Financial Times</em></a>.</p><p>The scene isn’t all social activists, though, and as has often been the case in rock communities, some concertgoers show up just to get drunk or break something. The core group of people who make this music and listen to it, however, are politically motivated in some way, even if that political motivation has less to do with advocating for specific policy changes and more to do with challenging entrenched social systems and discovering personal identity.</p><p>Concertgoers sported patches sewn to their jackets or pant legs splashed with slogans like “This Queer Bashes Back,” “Question All Authority,” “Reagan Youth,” and “Global Parasite.”</p><img alt="Fans outside a Ramones gig at Eric's in Liverpool "src=""><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">strong sense of social alienation</a>, owing in part to the rise of technology, has come to define the Millennial generation and its younger counterpart, Generation Z, making punk a kind of loud outcry in response. Online communities can bring together the pockets of Liverpool and its suburbs that have found a home in this music, and having a physical place to come together is vital.</p><p>For that Friday night at least, the punks and the DIY-ers had a place of belonging in Maguire’s, and the obstacles concerning the future — including gentrification and the closure of some of their best-loved clubs — didn’t weigh down the atmosphere, which felt overwhelmingly celebratory.</p><p>Locals who grew up in the scene of the first punk bands in the 1970s spoke of a similar atmosphere where the music and the performances themselves served as a vehicle to reckon with their historical moment.</p><p>“What [punk] really did was perhaps just captured that experience of hopelessness, or of boredom, or the sense that people had of worthlessness,” said Nick Crossley, a Manchester-based sociologist and <a href="" target="_blank">author of an extensive history</a> exploring the birth of British punk. “And it was able to channel and reframe that in a way that gave people a language for speaking about it, or perhaps gave them an alternative, a sense of somewhere they did fit in.”</p><img alt="Punk fans in the audience crowd over the front of the stage and play air guitar as Joey Ramone and Johnny Ramone of The Ramones perform at Eric's club, Liverpool, 19 May 1977. "src=""><p>When punk first started in the 1970s, evolving out of a combination of garage and glam rock influences, British listeners in particular remember a feeling of despair that pervaded daily life at the time, especially in northern England where widespread unemployment plagued cities like Liverpool.</p><p>“Punk was very political. It was about throwing out the old guard of overblown rock music, but it was also a really unhappy, poor time for Britain as a whole, for young people,” said <a href="" target="_blank">Kevin McManus</a>, curator at the British Music Experience and a native Liverpudlian who attended almost all of the major punk gigs in the ‘70s.</p><p>Punk served an escape not just from the mundanity of daily life but from a bleak and oppressive future.</p><p>So much of that escape took place in <a href="" target="_blank">Eric’s, the famed club</a> that welcomed the Sex Pistols, Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Runaways, and Joy Division, to name a few.</p><p>Like so many other teenagers and young adults in Liverpool at the time, McManus grew up in that club, sneaking in to matinee gigs at age 15, or taking his first girlfriend on a first date to see the Cramps swallow mice onstage. With his ears ringing in the days that followed each show, he was hooked.</p><img alt="Eric's nightclub venue in Liverpool; The Ramones band 1970s "src=""><p>Rock historians and modern day fans have eulogized that era to the point of ossification, but at the time it was a small but nebulous living thing — McManus estimates there were about 40 other concertgoers when he first saw The Cure perform. Part of what made the idea of punk so lasting was the sheer number of iconic bands that passed through Eric’s and clubs like it in those few years, becoming a veritable anthology of the biggest punk and post-punk bands of the decade.</p><p>”There was that rare coming together of some real maverick talent,” he told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Liverpool has a history of militancy and of being outspoken politically, and so when you’ve got something like punk coming along, people are immediately drawn to that.”</p><p>Eric’s lasted only a few years before police raided and shut it down in 1980, around the time that the height of punk fervor had begun to dwindle. “Forty years later, I can still smell it. I can still remember the layout of the club,” said McManus. “It smelt like a damp, horrible cellar, which it was, but it was magic.”</p><p>Maguire’s might smell like cheese and pepperoni instead of a cellar, but it’s magic in its own way, too.</p><p>As the night wore on, the bands grew more hardcore. Where some of the first sets had veered into pop-punk with at least one acoustic song, by the third and fourth bands, things were distinctively more metal. Sam Davies, the lead singer of the band “Habits,” strode onstage with the confidence of a seasoned performer, soon drenched in sweat with his shirt off, shoulder-length hair covering most of his face. He leapt into the crowd, a Levi’s waistband creeping out of his pants, surfing the concertgoers in the front. People jostled each other, tossing him around the room before he finished out the set, red-faced with eyes closed as he shouted from the makeshift stage.</p><img alt="Liverpool Punk Show "src=""><p>Contemporary punks lament a similar phenomenon to their ‘70s counterparts in which their best-loved venues are shut down over noise complaints or run out of money for rent within a few years of opening. In Liverpool’s mission to rebrand, some of its ubiquitous warehouses (which were often used as venues) have been replaced by luxury condominiums. It’s a narrative of gentrification that music-lovers in metropolitan areas around the world are familiar with, from Brooklyn to Berlin.</p><p>“We’ve seen a lot of smaller, independent venues tumbling under the pressures of the private sector,” <a href="" target="_blank">Christopher Torpey</a>, editor of the Liverpool music magazine <em>Bido Lito</em>, told T+L.</p><p>Dozens of venues still remain in Liverpool, including the Echo Arena or the Cavern Club, but those venues overwhelmingly cultivate and book big name artists. Meanwhile, a supply of the type of stages that welcome this self-organized music community have continued to dwindle.</p><p>“There’s no historic DIY, grassroots venues that are still around,” Stewart said.</p><p>Still, threats to their community have perhaps strengthened the bond between musicians and fans, and Stewart credited a robust network of promoters and independent record labels with helping bands play in other cities in the U.K. and even into mainland Europe.</p><p>“People just go out of their way to help each other,” he said. “It’s that DIY ethic that unites people.”</p>
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These Unique Wedding Bands Are Perfect for Couples Who Love to Travel

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 12:30
<p>Charles Schulz said it best when he claimed that, “In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.” And while we’re often all about the <a href="" target="_blank">destination</a> at <em>Travel + Leisure</em>, there’s certainly something to be said about the company you keep while going through life’s adventures — wherever they make take you.</p><p>To the couple that marks their relationship by planning trips — whether it’s the first <a href="" target="_blank">life-changing trip</a> you take together, <a href="" target="_blank">romantic weekend getaways</a>, or, of course, your <a href="" target="_blank">honeymoon</a> — we’ve found wedding bands that were literally made for you.</p><p>From a small company called <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Escorial Jewelry</a> comes these handmade, 14-karat gold <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">wedding bands</a> that not only serve as a perfect declaration of love but also as a symbol of how important travel is to you both.</p><img alt="World Map Wedding Bands "src=""><p>And the best part? The rings are completely customizable. Each one displays a map of the world, carefully carved into the ring, and buyers can choose from a variety of golds (white, red, or yellow), different gemstones (but come on, you can’t go wrong with diamonds) and then adjust the parameters for sizing.</p><p>A 3D model is sent to customers before beginning the production process, just to make sure everything is absolutely perfect.</p><p>With <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">over 50 reviews on Etsy</a>, the rings have proven to be a smash hit with travel lovers. Satisfied customers rave about the high quality of the rings as well as the seller’s close attention to detail.</p><p>Whether the two of you met while traveling or express your love for one another by booking trips to celebrate big milestones, these rings are the perfect way to bond you together through your shared love of world exploration.</p><h2>14-karat Gold Traveler’s Wedding Bands</h2><img alt="World Map Wedding Bands "src=""><p>To buy: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $720 before adding stones</p>
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This Hotel Has a Genealogy Butler Who Can Help You Unlock Your Family History

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 12:01
<p>Sure, there’s always <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and the foggy memory of your Great Uncle Tom, but for the most factual (not to mention, coherent) overview of your family history, you’d best consult a professional.</p><img alt="The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin Ireland "src=""><p>If you’re Irish, there’s no person more qualified to piece it all together than Helen Kelly, the "genealogy butler" at Dublin’s <a href="" target="_blank">Shelbourne Hotel</a>, which recently underwent a luxurious refurbishment. A professional genealogist and a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI), Kelly works with hotel guests interested in learning about their family history.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Train Trip Will Give You the Best Views of Ireland</a></p><p>Ahead of their trip, visitors fill out assessment forms detailing basic information about their Irish ancestor, including approximate year of birth, number of children, and occupation. Kelly then assesses this information, along with family records, maps, and other source material, and puts together a concise genealogical report — the details of which she discusses over coffee or tea at The Shelbourne’s Lord Mayor’s Lounge.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How a DNA Swab Could Help Plan Your Next Vacation</a></p><img alt="The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin Ireland Princess Suite "src=""><p>After presenting her findings, Kelly empowers guests to take ownership of their own research.</p><p>“We’re the products of our parents and grandparents, but we’re also the products of our landscape,” says Kelly. “So I encourage visitors to travel to the exact townland their ancestor is from to see how the locals talk, what they look like, and how they live.”</p><p>Before sending guests on their way, Kelly advises her clients to “walk gently” (a polite way of asking visitors to be sensitive to their new environments) and be open to spontaneous exchanges.</p><p>“Take a chance on a chance encounter,” she says. “You never know where it might take you or what information you might uncover in the process.”</p>
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You Can Now Zip Line More Than 1,000 Feet Above the Grand Canyon

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 11:31
<p>Experience the country’s most famous natural attraction in an all-new, thrilling way.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Visitors to the Grand Canyon</a> can now <a href="" target="_blank">zip line</a> over Grand Canyon West and see the natural wonder from a bird’s eye view. While visitors are zipping across, they will also be able to spot the nearby Quartermaster Canyon.</p><p>The attraction is set up with two sets of quad <a href="" target="_blank">zip lines</a>, allowing up to four people to experience the thrill at the same time. Once tethered, adventurers whiz about 45 miles per hour at more than 1,000 feet above the canyon. There are two separate runs, one about 1,100 feet in length and the other a steeper 2,100-foot descent.</p><p>The Grand Canyon Resort Corporation launched the zip line experience on Jan. 2 at the Hualapai Ranch. The corporation estimates that it will be able to accommodate 350,000 people every year.</p><img alt="Grand Canyon West Zipline "src=""><p>“We’re taking the West Rim to a new level of excitement," Candida Hunter, chairwoman of the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation Board of Directors, said in a statement. “The zip line at Grand Canyon West gives our guests a unique adrenaline surge that will be one of the longest and most exciting zip lines found anywhere in the world.”</p><p>Travelers can experience the <a href="" target="_blank">zip line at Grand Canyon West</a> from $89 per person.</p><p>Those who need to pump more adrenaline can also run across the nearby <a href="" target="_blank">Skywalk</a>, a U-shaped, glass-bottom bridge that juts out over the rim of the canyon.</p>
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The Little-known Type of Airline Ticket That Can Take You Around the World on a Budget (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 10:15
<p>There’s a little-known type of airline ticket that could help travelers on a budget circumnavigate the globe.</p><p>A round-the-world ticket — sometimes referred to as RTW — is typically offered by an alliance of airlines. Using partnerships like the Oneworld Alliance (including <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a>, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas) or <a href="" target="_blank">SkyTeam</a> (<a href="" target="_blank">Delta</a>, AirFrance, <a href="" target="_blank">Korean Air</a>, AeroMexico), travelers can book flexible, long-term travel around the world for much cheaper than individual flights.</p><p>In 2010, Ian Paterson, a travel consultant and blogger behind <a href="" target="_blank">Resfeber Travel</a>, booked a trip, traveling from the U.K. to South America, through Australia and Asia, and then returning back to the U.K. He has since been advising fellow travelers on how to do to the same.</p><img alt="Resfeber Travel Venice Italy "src=""><p>Paterson’s first piece of advice is to link up with a travel agent who has similar priorities, travel styles and ideas.</p><p>“These tickets are extremely hard to do on your own,” Paterson told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “It’s not like booking a normal flight. You can’t go online and book it yourself.”</p><img alt="Resfeber Travel Trekking Pyrenees "src=""><p>When Paterson embarked on his adventure around the globe, the travel agent did more than book his flights. His agent — a former backpacker himself — was able to properly advise a route, determine how long to stay in each destination and offer tips about what to do in each locale.</p><p>“Find someone you can work with,” Paterson said. “Someone who really engages with the trip.”</p><img alt="Resfeber Travel Andorra "src=""><p>While travelers are on the road, agents remain the point of contact between airline and passenger. The best perk of RTW tickets is the flexibility they afford. Paterson’s round-the-world adventure — booked through Qantas — lasted about a year. But because travel dates are almost impossible to predict a year in advance, the travel agent was able to simply change flights whenever Paterson sent an email.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Difference Between Direct and Nonstop Flights</a></p><p>There is one small but important detail travelers should know before booking a RTW flight. They operate like any other <a href="" target="_blank">multi-leg travel</a>. If, for any reason, a traveler misses one leg of the ticket, it could cancel out the rest of the trip. Travelers prone to missing flights should proceed with caution.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">A round-the-world ticket can start as low as $2,000</a>. Prices increase based on seasonality, route and specific requests. Travelers can compare all different RTW options with <a href="" target="_blank">Paterson’s guide</a>.</p>
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Why You Might Spot Shaq on Your Next Caribbean Cruise

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 10:06
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Carnival Cruise Line</a> is already known for bringing it in the fun department, especially for families, but it appears the company is looking to ratchet things up a few notches with their latest hire, a CFO.</p><p>No, not a chief financial officer, but rather a “chief fun officer.” Clearly, the company needed to find someone who knows a thing or two about having a good time to fill such an important role and, after an extensive search, the person they hired couldn’t be more perfect for the job.</p><p>“I’ll be responsible for letting the world know that this ship is not just a ship with a whole bunch of rooms. There’s nothing boring about this ship,” Shaquille O'Neal — yes, the basketball legend — told <i>Travel + Leisure </i>about his new appointment as Carnival’s CFO.</p><p>And it seems O’Neal is in love with not only his new gig, but also all the amenities Carnival’s ships have offer. Especially the food.</p><p>“You’ve got an outdoor basketball court, you’ve got a library, you’ve an all you can eat buffet,” Shaq said as he listed off all the benefits of boarding the new <a href="" target="_blank">Carnival ship Horizon</a>. “You’ve got everything on this ship.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 10 Large-ship Ocean Cruise Lines</a></p><p>As part of his CFO ambassador duties, Shaq will not only become the face of the brand in ads, but he will also be boarding at least two cruises this year. He wouldn’t reveal which ones, however, as he wanted to keep it a surprise for passengers. “I’ll give you a hint,” he said. “It’s somewhere in the <a href="" target="_blank">Caribbean</a>.”</p><p>And really, who isn’t hoping to run into someone as fun-loving as Shaq when they are cruising through the open water?</p><p>“Much like our guests, Shaq is all about having a good time with a spontaneous up-for-anything mentality that makes him simply fun to be around,” Christine Duffy, Carnival's president, told <i>Travel + Leisure</i>. “When I was first approached about the idea of having Shaq in this role, I couldn’t think of a better person who embodies what the Carnival brand is all about.”</p><p>The Carnival Horizon is set to debut in Europe in the spring. Or, for something a bit closer to home, travelers from the U.S. can always hop aboard Horizon’s sister ship, Carnival Vista, which now comes complete with a Dr. Seuss-themed water park and a new Smokehouse Brewhouse from Guy Fieri. This year, Carnival will also be returning to Cuba aboard the Carnival Paradise.</p><p>“It’s great for families; moms and dads get to spend quality time with each other as the kids go play,” Shaq said. And really, the cruises are fun for anyone who's still a kid at heart.</p><p>“Let me tell you something, I was in the arcade room and I got in trouble a couple of times playing those games,” Shaq admitted. “I like going to places that bring me back to my youthful days.”</p><p>As for what to pack for a trip on a ship, Shaq said all you need are “six or seven” pairs of swimming trunks, linen pants, floral button downs, and a wide-brimmed hat.</p><p>Oh, and he has one more suggestion for Carnival: Let him bring on an assistant CFO. “I’d have to go with Kevin Hart,” Shaq said of who he’d pick for the job. “Could you imagine us on this ship?”</p><p>Yes, we can, and we hope it happens. Though for now it’s clear that Shaq is more than capable of fulfilling his job duties.</p>
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This Simple Trick Will Help You Get More Done Every Day

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 10:00
<p>If you really want to achieve your goals in 2018, put down the to do list. It turns out that simply making lists isn’t the most effective workflow to get things done.</p><p>“Millionaires don’t use to do lists,” author Srinivas Rao wrote on <a href="" target="_blank">Medium</a>. The most successful people, he says, work from a calendar. Rao explains that using a calendar to organize your goals is more effective because “our lives are dictated almost entirely by units of time.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Richard Branson Says Taking Baths Could Make You More Successful</a></p><p>He noted several examples, such as “publishers give authors deadlines,” “professors give students a syllabus with important dates,” and “when you ship something you are told how long it will take to get to the recipient.”</p><p>Looking at a calendar can actually change the way you think about a goal. On <a href="" target="_blank">Unmistakable Creative</a>, Rao's podcast meant to inspire creativity and help listeners find purpose in their lives and careers, he interviewed Timeful creator Dan Ariely. Timeful is a time management-focused tech company.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Travel Better: A T+L Master Class</a></p><p>“The moment you have a way to represent things easily like meetings and you don’t have a good way to represent something like writing a book or meditating or exercising and so on, the things that are represented will be carried out and the things that are not represented will not get carried out,” Ariely said. </p><p>Basically, we’re better at keeping scheduled meetings at work than we are at keeping a schedule of personal activities or goals. </p><p>Rao used this principal to add more reading time into his life, and it helped him read at least 30 minutes a day. So, let’s say you have a New Year’s resolution to write a book, keep in touch with more people, or exercise more. Putting it in your calendar will keep that resolution front and center in your mind and help you to work at it every day.</p><p>“When an event is consistently scheduled on your calendar, it’s much more likely to transform into an unconscious habit,” Rao said.</p><p>And the best part is, you can still use that calendar to list out your tasks. Especially if you use Google Calendar, you can write in simple, low-priority reminders to pay bills, change the sheets, or send follow-up emails on a daily basis. You can also use calendar apps to track your goals and schedule meetings as per usual.</p><p>At the end of the day, a calendar keeps you accountable. That’s a huge step up from simply listing your goals without any sort of deadline.</p>
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This New Travel Show on Netflix Will Make You Plan a Culinary Trip to Venice

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:47
<p>Despite the warm glow of the magic hour, the outdoor tables facing the small canal at Il Refolo were empty but for one couple, due to the drizzle. It was so perfectly Venice that the producer asked Phil Rosenthal, the host of a new Netflix show that was filming in the restaurant, to sit at a table for a 10-second silent beauty shot. But Rosenthal doesn't do silent. Rosenthal wanted to know how the couple's pizza was and what they'd seen here in Venice. They were such a nice couple, in such a nice place, at such a nice time of evening. Rosenthal then went inside and secretly paid for their dinner — because what could make this experience nicer for all of them than a nice gesture? The most surprising thing about Rosenthal is that he doesn't whistle.</p><p>Or maybe that he's found success in front of the camera after so much time behind it. For nine years, Rosenthal was the showrunner on the sitcom <em>Everybody Loves Raymond</em>. Since then, he's built a career as a food and travel evangelist, beginning with his PBS series, <em>I'll Have What Phil's Having</em>, which won a James Beard Award in 2016. Rosenthal and <a href="" target="_blank">Anthony Bourdain</a> share the same production company, but the similarities end there. "I'm exactly like Bourdain, if he were afraid of everything," he told me. "I want those guys who might relate to me to say, ‘If that putz can go outside, maybe I can, too.' " This month, Netflix will begin airing six hour-long episodes of a higher-production-value version of his show, now called <em>Somebody Feed Phil</em>. In it, Rosenthal goes to such places as Tel Aviv, <a href="" target="_blank">Mexico City</a>, and New Orleans, eating at both Michelin-starred restaurants and food trucks and employing the broad, dumb smile and nod of a traveler eager to learn.</p><img alt="Phil Rosenthal films his Netflix series Somebody Feed Phil, in Venice, Italy "src=""><p>For five days, I followed Rosenthal, a friend, as he filmed an episode in Venice. Our first stop was Trattoria Vini Da Arturo<em>,</em> in San Marco. A 45-year-old, 22-seat sliver of a space, it's decorated with photos of Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, and producer Joel Silver, who has flown the chef, Ernesto Ballarin, out to <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> to cook for him. Rosenthal ordered the trattoria's famous breaded bone-in pork chop, which is finished by cooking off two cups of white vinegar in the pan. He then got a second chop for the rest of us to taste, and before the bite hit my mouth, I coughed from the vinegar fumes. The only thing this vinegary I'd ever eaten was vinegar. But it was so interesting I kept going back for more, washing it down with a 2012 Capo di Stato, a soft, Bordeaux-style local blend the chef served to cut the acid.</p><p>Other than that pork chop and the excellent steak that soon followed, it was a week of seafood. At <a href="" target="_blank">Al Covo</a><em>,</em> a traditional fish restaurant looking out onto a quiet palazzo, Phil befriended the Venetian chef, Cesare Benelli, and his wife, Diane, a Texan who makes all the pastries. They bombarded us with <em>crudo,</em> fried sardines, spider crabs, tiny fried soft-shell crabs, and the best raw shrimp I've ever had — sweet and briny. Diane's chocolate torte was zero percent Venetian but 100 percent delicious.</p><p>The next day, we joined up with Laura Sousounis, a professional massage therapist Rosenthal met in Hollywood who lives part-time in Venice. She took us on a crawl of wine bars that serve <em>cicchetti,</em> the city's version of tapas. At <a href="" target="_blank">Cantine del Vino Già Schiavi</a><em>,</em> a small wine store and tavern, the owner impressed Rosenthal with tuna salad dusted with cocoa on a small baguette slice, while at All'Arco<em>,</em> Sousounis and Phil shared overstuffed, triangle-shaped white-bread sandwiches called <em>tramezzini.</em></p><p>On a warm, clear day, we piloted a rented boat to Burano, an island where the houses are all brightly colored and the air smells of vanilla from the local hard cookies, called <em>bussolà</em>. Our tour guide, food blogger Valeria Necchio, walked us over a tiny footbridge, putting us on what is technically a separate island called Mazzorbo, home to <a href="" target="_blank">Venissa</a> — a vineyard, five-room hotel, micro-farm, and Michelin-starred restaurant. It's a stunning, enormous property with a sculpture garden: an escape within the escape of  Venice. At the restaurant, Rosenthal became so hooked on the Lippia dulcis — microscopic flower buds that offer a flavor bomb of minty licorice sweetness — that he asked for a bag to go.</p><p>Over his five days in Venice, Rosenthal got upset only once. A man found his Achilles' heel, which is made of gelato. The gelateria Rosenthal wanted to see was closed, so he decided to walk into <a href="" target="_blank">Venchi</a> — a chain! When the young man behind the counter told us he was out of chocolate-dipped cones, and that we would have to pay before tasting, Phil shook his head in disgust. Then the gelato scooper said precisely the wrong thing: "Come on, guys, you're not buying a car. It's just ice cream." To Phil Rosenthal, there might be "just cars," but there is no "just ice cream." It took all of his will to leave peacefully with his mediocre cup of gelato.</p><img alt="Pasta at the Bauer Hotel, in Venice, Italy "src=""><p>But other than the damned gelato scooper, Phil collected friends faster than meals. In fact, he decided to hold a dinner party at Venice's famed <a href="" target="_blank">Bauer Palazzo</a> and invited friends he met three years ago in Florence while filming <em>I'll Have What Phil's Having</em>. Dario Cecchini, Italy's foremost proponent of nose-to-tail butchering, came up with his American wife, Kim Wicks. Silvana Vivoli, the owner of Vivoli, one of Florence's oldest gelaterias (it's a far cry from Venchi) was also there. Sitting outside on the Bauer's seventh-floor terrace, we all watched the crescent moon rise over Santa Maria della Salute, the church built to celebrate the end of the plague in 1631. Wearing red pants, red clogs, and a vest and belt with the colors of the Italian flag, Cecchini blew a horn to celebrate each course, humming Verdi in between. He ended the meal with a speech about Venice enduring, which made him cry. "The older I get, the more sentimental I get," he said. "This reminds me of my father. <em>L'chaim</em>."</p><p>On the last night of my trip, when Phil delicately asked me if it was okay if he went out alone with the crew — who were celebrating the end of spending 20 days in a row together traveling from Cape Town to Venice — I said yes. Back in my Airbnb, I thought about what Phil would have done with a free night in Venice. Normally, I wouldn't bother a stranger. But I texted Brittany Hymore, a friend of a friend who runs <a href="" target="_blank">Cima Rosa</a><em>,</em> a five-room bed-and-breakfast, and took her up on what I'm sure was merely a polite offer for a drink. I stood next to the canal by the Rialto Bridge and waved nervously to Brittany, her Venetian architect husband, Daniele Vallot, and their two adorable kids as they picked me up in their motorboat. They brought me to <a href="" target="_blank">Al Timon</a><em>,</em> a casual bar where we snacked on <em>cicchetti</em> and downed Campari Spritzes. Later, we walked though a private, lantern-lit 13th-century courtyard to their palazzo, home to both the B&amp;B and their beautiful, minimalist apartment on the top floor. Dinner was a cheap feast of pasta, John Dory, and Prosecco a few doors down at <a href="" target="_blank">Osteria Mocenigo</a>, where we talked long after their son had fallen asleep on Brittany's lap. I walked home at midnight, and e-mailed Phil to thank him for inspiring me. He was, as you can guess, very happy.</p><h3>Eating Around the World with Phil</h3><p>The host of the globe-trotting series <em>Somebody </em><em>Feed Phil</em> — now streaming on Netflix — dishes on three other restaurants he fell in love with while filming.</p><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Cau Ba Quan</a>: Ho Chi Minh City</h3><p>"Chef Nikky Tran splits her time between Houston and Vietnam, where she does a completely original mash-up of delicious dishes. There's a beef salad that has every element of flavor in it, and they go together magically. They should change the name to ‘happy salad.' It's a small place on the water, so you think you're in Paris when you sit there." <em>entrées $4–$20.</em></p><h3>Lung Prakit Kad Kom: Chiang Mai, Thailand</h3><p>"This spot has the best bowl of anything I've ever had: <em>khao soi</em>. It's a coconut-curry-based soup with fresh noodles in it. It also has organic beef or whole pieces of chicken topped with crisp noodles. They gave me a big bowl of the chicken one and a big bowl of the beef one. I finished them both." <em>Kom Market, Suriawong Alley; 66-083-209-9441; bowls $1–$1.50.</em></p><h3>Cervejaria Ramiro: <a href="" target="_blank">Lisbon</a></h3><p>"Incredible fresh seafood in a casual setting. They serve eight species of prawns and shrimp. One was a little brown guy that looked like Wilford Brimley, with the mustache. They keep everything in tanks and show you your order before serving it in the most delicious sauces. Seafood is light, and so they send you off with a little steak sandwich for dessert." <em>entrées $12–$30.</em></p><p><em>The content in this article was produced with assistance from Netflix.</em></p>
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The One Carry-on Bag Tumi's Creative Director Can't Travel Without

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:46
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Victor Sanz</a> wants to ensure every part of your travel experience is beautiful, and that includes your luggage. As the creative director of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tumi</a>, Sanz is responsible for designing some of the most stunning and functional travel accessories on Earth.</p><p>We called Sanz to get his take on carry-on essentials, travel rituals, and all the <a href="" target="_blank">places you should be visiting in 2018</a>. And you can trust him as a travel pro, because he’s already on his second passport this year after collecting too many stamps in the first.</p><h2>What is your relationship to travel?</h2><p>When I was a kid I’d spend the summers in Spain because my family's all from there. So I think I just kind of got used to travel at a very young age. We'd just pack up everything we had and be living in <a href="" target="_blank">Madrid</a> for a month and then we’d go to Segovia for another month and then we’d be in Barcelona for a couple of weeks and that's how the summers pretty much went.</p><p>When the time came to go to university, I went off to New York and I never looked back and it's just been kind of this adventure ever since then. And luckily enough for me, I ended up scoring a job at Tumi. And being able to work for a travel company is awesome because that was part of the job. You know it's like traveling to Asia or traveling to Europe, traveling all over the place to talk to people about design and building products and it’s just this kind of epic journey that I've been on.</p><img alt="Carry on with Victor Sanz Tumi "src=""><h2>What do you always have in your carry-on?</h2><p>If I were to lose my luggage this is the thing that I would just dread the most to lose, but I always have my music with me on my iPhone. And that's also my camera. It's all inclusive in there. But really, my music, <a href="" target="_blank">my sketchbook</a>, that's kind of where all my thoughts are and notes and all of that. And my <a href="" target="_blank">sunglasses</a>, those are the things that I just never, never leave on any trip without — my music, my sketchbook, and my shades. I can pick up clothes along the way. I can kind of replace everything else, but those are my essentials.</p><h2>Any good in-flight secrets?</h2><p>Just think about what time you’ll be landing and then plan your sleep schedule around that. But also to get up and walk around. Spend time walking up and down the aisles; try not to be sitting for eight hours straight. That's pretty rough on your body. And just make yourself comfortable as soon as you sit down. You know, just kind of set yourself up mentally for the journey.</p><h2>Where is your dream destination?</h2><p>I used to really want to go to <a href="" target="_blank">Antarctica</a>. That was one kind of epic journey and I still want to do that, but I want to just do that a little bit later in life.</p><p>But right now I really want to go visit the Serengeti. I've never been to Africa, I’ve never been in that kind of an environment. I just want to go experience the culture there, the colors you know kind of connecting with this natural environment that is out of the norm for me. I’ve been to the rainforest and I've been to these great national parks, but I’ve never been there.</p><img alt="Carry on with Victor Sanz Tumi "src=""><h2>Is there one place you could travel back to again and again?</h2><p>There’s one place I always have a fantastic time. It’s <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>.</p><p>I have this great group of friends that are there and every time I go I always kind of feel refreshed and inspired. I have a lot of great memories, a lot of great times going out for dinner and just experiencing things, going to different art galleries and just really kind of reinvigorating that creative energy that comes from that city. The other place for relaxing is <a href="" target="_blank">the Amalfi Coast</a>. No one has to twist my arm to go back there.</p><h2>Best perk of being a frequent traveler?</h2><p>I think the coolest part is that things don't get boring. Sometimes you live in a city or you live in a town and all of a sudden things get a little bit stale. But when you're traveling a lot, you get to experience all these new things and you get to meet new people. You get to go on microadventures. And then when you get back you can take those experiences and try to mimic them to try and find those types of things in the area around your own town. And that's been one of the most intriguing things for me is just bringing that culture back home.</p><h2>Any travel rituals?</h2><p>The funny thing is I always buy a <a href="" target="_blank">new pair of shoes</a> before a trip. I just started doing it because I just wanted something new and fresh and I would just go out and buy a pair that I liked and then after a while it's like, hey, trip's coming up and it’s a great reason to go out and get another pair of shoes. So it's become a bit of a problem since I'm traveling a lot.</p><img alt="Carry on with Victor Sanz Tumi "src=""><h2>Which bag is your carry-on essential?</h2><p>Right now it's the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">19 Degree Aluminum carry-on</a>.</p><p>I've always wanted to be an artist, a fine artist. I wanted to be a sculptor and a painter and then I found industrial design and I was like, ”man this is awesome.’’ It was really this one moment where I was like, ”how can we create art that is just as functional.’’ And I think, for me, every time I see that piece it just reminds me that there is beauty in something that's truly kind of a functional element and we should celebrate that and take that moment to kind of enjoy it. There's something beautiful here and not just a piece of luggage or <a href="" target="_blank">travel gear</a>.</p><h2>What would your life be like without travel?</h2><p>A life without travel for me, I don’t think it would be complete, to be honest. I think inherently it's just something that I love to do. Whether it's just traveling locally or long distances, I think I would feel like something was missing. </p><p><em>*Interview condensed for length and clarity.</em></p>
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Here's What it Actually Looks Like to Take Off and Land on the World's Shortest Commercial Runway (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:24
<p>Landing a plane is no easy feat, let alone trying to do it on the world’s shortest runway.</p><p>This is what the pilots over at <a href="" target="_blank">Winair</a> have to do, transporting passengers to and from a 400-meter (roughly 1,300 feet) runway on the tiny <a href="" target="_blank">Caribbean island</a> of <a href="" target="_blank">Saba</a>.</p><p>Built along the rocky terrain of the island, the narrow <a href="" target="_blank">runway</a> sits in between cliffs on one end, and the blue waters of Cove Bay on the other, making for a nail-biting landing and takeoff experience.</p><p>A recent video uploaded by Just Planes shows just what that looks like, from the quick stops the pilot has to make when landing on the runway to what it looks like to take off from the short airstrip.</p><p>The runway at Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport was built on one of the only grounded areas found on the island, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Saba’s Tourism </a><a href="" target="_blank">Board, </a>and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world's shortest commercially serviceable runway.</p><p>Tourism board representatives state that pilots can even land on the runway from both sides depending on the wind conditions of each day, swinging the plane as far as 180 degrees when they reach the end of the runway to prepare for their liftoff.</p><p>Only a 15-minute flight from St. Maarten, the island is home to prime scuba diving and mountain scenery.</p><p>Today, Saba has flights that depart four times a week throughout the year, though <a href="http://" target="_blank">Windward Express Airways</a> also offers travelers charter flights to and from the islands that sit near Saba.</p>
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GM's New Self-driving Car Has No Steering Wheel or Pedals

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:22
<p>General Motors revealed its <a href="" target="_blank">latest self-driving car</a> Friday, and observers might notice a few things missing: namely a steering wheel and all other manual controls.</p><p>As the vehicle is entirely autonomous, the company said there was no need for a steering wheel or even a brake pedal. Users instead interact with the car through a series of touch screen tablets.</p><p>The U.S. car giant plans to test the vehicles and have them on the road for use in ride-sharing apps by 2019, according <a href="" target="_blank">to a press release</a>.</p><p>GM has applied for <a href="" target="_blank">exemption</a> from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 16 safety standards, saying they don't apply to their automated car, <a href="" target="_blank">CNN reported</a>.</p><p>“When you don't have a steering wheel, it makes no sense to talk about an airbag in a steering wheel,” Paul Hemmersbaugh, GM's policy director for autonomous vehicles, told reporters. “So what we do instead is put in an airbag that mirrors the right front passenger side, and show it provides equivalent safety.”</p><p>GM has seen a high incidence of accidents with its <a href="" target="_blank">self-driving cars</a>. Their autonomous fleet was involved in six separate accidents in September 2017, all of which the company says were not caused by their vehicle, <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters reported</a>.</p><p>GM released a <a href="" target="_blank">33-page report</a> detailing how they plan to address safety concerns, including perception sensors and collision detection.</p><p>The software is also designed to cope with any potential vehicle malfunctions to maintain safety, according to GM.</p><p>“There’s a backup for backups. We have multiple break systems on the vehicle," Kevin Kelly, senior manager of advanced tech communications, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p>
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Meals Go Flying As Plane Hits Severe Turbulence

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:21
<p>Turbulence can be a scary. So much so it could make you lose your lunch — literally.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a> reported that a flight from Tunisia to Paris struck severe turbulence just moments after the crew served the in-flight meal, launching trays up and into the aisles.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Here's What to Do If You Get Anxious About Turbulence</a></p><p>Thankfully no passengers were injured, despite the brute force of it. They were, however, left hungry since full meals were left turned over on the floor, along with napkins, drinks and cutlery.</p><p>Passengers on board caught some of the lunch carnage on camera and posted photos on social media. Trays and cups, as wells as both packaged and unpackaged food can be seen strewn on the ground as some passengers try to pick up trash and scattered pieces of their meals.</p><p>It is not clear whether passengers were able to get their meals replaced or were able to receive some alternative food service after the turbulence.</p><p>Tunisair has not commented on the incident, according to the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">AirLive</a>, the flight landed safely at Paris Orly at 7:35 p.m. local time.</p>
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How to Get a $458 Round-trip Flight to Hong Kong Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:17
<p>Want to visit the beautiful harbor city of <a href="" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> without ripping open your savings account? Right now, flights to the far-flung destination are on sale from $458 round-trip.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Thrifty Traveler</em></a>, the unusually cheap tickets are for flights with both American and United Airlines.</p><p>The most inexpensive tickets — <a href=";TripType=2&amp;SegNo=2&amp;SO0=PHL&amp;SD0=HKG&amp;SDP0=02-04-2018&amp;SO1=HKG&amp;SD1=PHL&amp;SDP1=11-04-2018&amp;AD=1&amp;TK=ECO&amp;DO=false&amp;NA=false&amp;currency=USD&amp;cmp2=true&amp;utm_source=webgains&amp;utm_medium=affiliate&amp;utm_campaign=%20191361&amp;utm_content=8613" target="_blank">$458 total</a> — are for flights departing from Philadelphia.</p><p>Flights originating in Miami, Dallas, and Phoenix are all priced at $472, while itineraries originating in Chicago and Los Angeles cost just a few dollars more.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Hotels in Hong Kong</a></p><p>Even East Coast travelers can jump on this flight deal. From the <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> area, tickets are selling for $484 round-trip. (Cleveland, Colorado Springs, and Washington, D.C. are all roughly the same price).</p><p>At this time, cheap flights to Hong Kong can be found from 20 major cities in the United States and Canada — all of them selling for under $500 round-trip.</p><p>There’s immediate availability, with flights available as late in the year as June (just as temperatures in subtropical Hong Kong start to really sizzle).</p><p>To find the best deal from your city, use <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights’ low-fare calendar</a> to see the most affordable days to fly (marked in green). Then, use your preferred search engine, like Skyscanner or Momondo, to find a <a href="" target="_blank">third-party retailer</a> selling those seats at a better price.</p>
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