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Why This South American Country Is a Dream Destination for Citygoers and Adventure Lovers Alike

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:02
<p>With the South American nation finally at peace, it’s safer than ever to tour both its dynamic cities and its wild places. Savvy travelers are looking to Bogotá, the country’s capital, and Medellín, which has gone from crime-ridden to trendsetting in the blink of an eye.</p><p>Both cities have hotels to suit every taste. When the <strong><a href="https://bogota.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html" target="_blank">Grand Hyatt Bogotá</a></strong> opens this month, it will have the country’s largest spa. The seven-room <strong><a href="http://casalegadobogota.com" target="_blank">Casa Legado</a></strong> offers a bright, homey take on Modernism that will appeal to design lovers. The rooms in the ultra-chic <strong><a href="http://clickclackhotel.com" target="_blank">Click Clack Hotel</a></strong> have floor-to-ceiling windows with views across the city. Early next year, a branch of the hotel will open in Medellín with a commercial development attached. <strong><a href="http://patiodelmundo.com" target="_blank">Patio Del Mundo</a></strong> is a seven-room villa in the heart of Medellín surrounded by lush gardens.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/cities-in-central-and-south-america" target="_blank">The Best Cities in Central and South America</a></p><p>The new luxury operator<strong> <a href="http://boutiquecolombia.travel" target="_blank">Boutique Colombia</a> </strong>creates custom itineraries that connect you with notable locals. In Bogotá, journalists give insight into the country’s road to peace. In Medellín, you’ll gain access to the ateliers of up-and-coming designers.</p><p>The country is among the world’s most biodiverse, with more than 1,900 species of birds. Beginning in November, a new itinerary from the <strong><a href="http://naturalist.co.uk" target="_blank">Travelling Naturalist</a> </strong>circles Colombia in search of rare and colorful specimens.</p><p><strong><em>Our series <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/reasons-to-travel" target="_blank">Reasons to Travel Now</a> highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day.</em></strong></p>
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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Are on Their First Big Vacation With Luna and Miles

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:41
<p>Chrissy Teigen and John legend are true vacation experts. From traveling with a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/chrissy-teigen-john-legend-vacation-corsica" target="_blank">full vacation lookbook</a> to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/john-legend-travel-tips" target="_blank">picking the perfect carry-on bags</a> and understanding how to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/chrissy-teigen-tweets-flying-with-kids-luna-miles" target="_blank">entertain two babies for 15-hour flights</a>, these two can do it all. And they're proving this point once again by spending their summer family vacation in Bali.</p><p>On Sunday, both John and Chrissy shared updates from their vacation to social media. In the first update, Chrissy shared a quick video of her, John, and Luna as they rode on a golf cart to their resort.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/chrissy-teigen-meghan-markle-dad" target="_blank">Chrissy Teigen Is Officially in a Feud With Meghan Markle’s Family</a></p><p>For his part, John shared a gorgeous image of a Balinese jungle at sunrise.</p><p>Next, Chrissy updated the world to let everyone know that baby Miles made the cut for the vacation, too. In the post, Teigen wrote, “Just being my sweet, peaceful self.”</p><p>John then shared a picture of his adorable mini-me daughter Luna as she sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed some local fruit.</p><p>Teigen followed suit by sharing her own update of a smiling baby Luna.</p><p>She then upped the ante by sharing with fans a little behind-the-scenes vacation action as she sang a lullaby to Miles.</p><p>Beyond relaxing, Chrissy and John are letting their kids get up close and personal with the local wildlife on this trip. A few days ago, Chrissy shared a quick video to Twitter, showing her daughter getting close to a rather large insect. Chrissy asked the world, “time for another game of “what’s this bug!?”</p><p>Her followers theorized it was a Tarantula Wasp, which is indeed a real thing. However, Gwen Pearson, educational outreach coordinator for the Purdue Department of Entomology, told <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/07/26/chrissy-teigen-befriended-a-nice-bug-twitter-tried-to-convince-her-it-was-a-dangerous-wasp/?noredirect=on&amp;utm_term=.916b74e4e9f2" target="_blank"><i>The Washington Post</i></a><i>,</i> “It's not a tarantula hawk. The behavior is wrong, the body is wrong and the size is wrong.”</p><p><a href="http://www.biology.usu.edu/about/faculty/james-pitts" target="_blank">James Pitts</a>, a biology professor at Utah State University, told <i>The Post </i>the bug she’s holding is likely just a predator or scavenger wasp. And though a sting would hurt, it would only be dangerous to a person with an allergy, Pitts explained. So, maybe stop tweeting her about playing with a dangerous bug and let her enjoy her vacation instead.</p><p> </p>
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British Airways Boots 20 Passengers From Flight Due to Blistering Heat Wave

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:10
<p>The sweltering heat can affect your trip in more ways than one. In fact, all your travel plans might be thrown for a loop in the case of extreme heat.</p><p>British Airways was forced to remove passengers from several flights at London City Airport due to the high temperatures, <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/07/29/british-airways-kicks-20-passengers-off-flight-because-heat-wave-made-plane-too-heavy.html" target="_blank">Fox News reported</a>.</p><p>The temperature was around 95 degrees last Friday, which affected the air pressure and overall weight on some aircraft. A total of 14 flights had to remove passengers in order to take off in the high heat.</p><p>Hot air is thinner than cool air, as <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Cockpit-Confidential-Everything-Questions-Reflections/dp/1402280912" target="_blank">author and pilot Patrick Smith explained in his book</a> “Cockpit Confidential,” and high temperatures mean planes need more gas to take off. London’s City Airport has much shorter runways than other local airports, as well, which means planes must take off at a steeper angle, according to Fox News.</p><p>On one flight to Ibiza, 20 unlucky passengers found themselves removed from a flight.</p><p><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/07/29/british-airways-kicks-20-passengers-off-flight-because-heat-wave-made-plane-too-heavy.html" target="_blank">Fox News reported</a> no one volunteered to be booted from the flights, so the crew had to pick passengers at random.</p><p>“We’re working with the airline to ensure passengers get to their destination as quickly as possible and we apologise for the inconvenience caused,” a spokesperson for British Airways <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/6884106/ba-kicks-20-passengers-off-holiday-flight-to-ibiza-because-the-35c-heatwave-made-the-plane-too-heavy/" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “Like other airlines operating from London City today, British Airways flights were affected by the extreme heat.”</p>
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Pippa Middleton's Flattering One-piece Swimsuit Is on Sale Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 08:36
<p>In case you didn’t know, Pippa Middleton — the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton — <a href="https://people.com/royals/pippa-middleton-pregnant-first-child/" target="_blank">is pregnant</a>. She also happens to write a column for the British grocery store Waitrose, which has quickly turned into a column about her pregnancy and just how she’s getting through it. And this week, the royally adjacent sister shared how she’s finding success with swimming, and wearing <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sweatybetty.com/us/all-clothing/swimwear/swimsuits/red/pink/purple-free-dive-swimsuit/" target="_blank">adorable swimsuits while doing it</a>.</p><p>“Swimming throughout pregnancy offers a wonderful feeling of weightlessness,” Middleton wrote. “As the months pass, you feel heavier by the day, but being in water gives that floating, light-as-air feeling that soothes and relieves the body, counteracts increased back strain and stretches the legs from the growing bump. It’s non-impact, gentle and relaxing.”</p><p>According to Middleton, it’s been her favorite activity to take part in during her pregnancy as it both relieves her pain and helps her cool down during the warm summer months.</p><p>“As the summer weather contributes to feelings of bloating and swelling, swimming will keep your body cooler while exercising, something that is a relief in pregnancy, preventing swelling in the arms and legs,” she wrote. “But even in the cooler months, temporarily joining a local pool can be worth the investment. If this is the only exercise you do during pregnancy, you’re onto a good thing!”</p><p>Of course, Middleton didn’t go swimming in just any old suit. Instead, she opted for the super adorable <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sweatybetty.com/us/all-clothing/swimwear/swimsuits/red/pink/purple-free-dive-swimsuit/" target="_blank">Free Dive suit from Sweaty Betty</a>. The suit, which comes in oxblood and coral, also happens to be on sale right now for $84.</p><img alt="Sweaty Betty Free Dive Swimsuit "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532964525/sweat-betty-color-block-one-piece-PIPPASWIM0718.jpg?itok=4F6_75eA"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sweatybetty.com/us/all-clothing/swimwear/swimsuits/red/pink/purple-free-dive-swimsuit/" target="_blank">sweatybetty.com</a>, $84 (originally $120)</p><p>But swimming isn’t the only pregnancy activity Middleton personally recommends. Just a few weeks ago, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/wimbledon-2018-pippa-middleton" target="_blank">she shared in her column</a> that she is still actively playing tennis, and is inspired to keep going by the most famous tennis-playing mother of all — Serena Williams.</p><p>“I’ve been a tennis fan since childhood, as a player and spectator, and have been keen to continue playing safely throughout my pregnancy,” Pippa, wrote. “Take Serena Williams. She famously proved that women can play a high level of tennis from two months (when she won the 2017 Australian Open) up to eight months.”</p>
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Carr Fire: California Wildfire Has Killed 6 People, Burned 98,000 Acres

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:56
<p>Since starting on July 23, the Carr wildfire has blazed across northern California. It has killed six people and forced more than 38,000 people to evacuate their homes.</p><p>On Monday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Projection (CAL FIRE) <a href="http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/admin8327985/cdf/images/incidentfile2164_3756.pdf" target="_blank">reported that the fire was 20 percent contained</a>. It has charred more than 98,000 acres of land.</p><p>The fire was started by a vehicle’s mechanical failure about 10 miles west of the city of Redding in Shasta County, <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/carr-fire-northern-california-wildfire-blaze-rages-largely-unchecked-today-death-toll-rises-2018-07-29/" target="_blank">CBS News reported</a>. The fire swept through Shasta, a historic Gold Rush town. Firefighters had been able to contain the fire for a few days until July 26, when the fire jumped across the Sacramento River and began nearing subdivisions of Redding.</p><h2>Carr Fire Map</h2><p><iframe height="480" src="https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1HacmM5E2ueL-FT2c6QMVzoAmE5M19GAf&amp;hl=en" width="640"></iframe></p><p>Dry vegetation and strong winds have made the fire a fearsome, relentless force. “This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard for what’s in its path,” Bret Gouvea, incident commander for CAL FIRE, said, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/27/us/california-wildfire-redding-carr.html" target="_blank">the <em>New York Times</em> reported.</a></p><p>More than 700 homes and 240 other buildings have been destroyed in its wake. Another 5,000 buildings are under threat.</p><p><a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/carr-fire-redding-fire-evacuation-shasta-county-california-wildfire-destroys-homes-latest-updates-news/" target="_blank">Six people have been killed in the fire</a>. Two children, aged four and five, and their grandmother were killed in Redding. Two firefighters died while battling the flames. Seven people in Shasta County are still reported missing.</p><img alt="Massive Wildfire Spreads To 80,000 Acres, Scorches Homes Near Redding, CA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532961544/whiskeytown-california-wildfire-CAFIRE0718.jpg?itok=kbUD6WZZ"><img alt="Massive Wildfire Spreads To 80,000 Acres, Scorches Homes Near Redding, CA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532961544/redding-california-wildfire-trees-CAFIRE0718.jpg?itok=SWu2v6jf"><img alt="Massive Wildfire Spreads To 80,000 Acres, Scorches Homes Near Redding, CA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532961544/redding-california-wildfire-deer-CAFIRE0718.jpg?itok=9-OZygQ5"><p>As of Monday, <a href="http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2164" target="_blank">more than 3,000 firefighters</a> were working to extinguish the blaze.</p><p>The Carr fire is one of eight major wildfires currently burning in California.</p><p>Last year’s wildfires were among the deadliest and most expensive in California history, causing <a href="http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2018/release013-18.cfm" target="_blank">more than $12 billion in damage</a>. This year’s fire season “could easily meet or surpass last year,” <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/27/california-fires-latest-news-updates-carr-ferguson-deaths" target="_blank">according to CAL FIRE</a>.</p>
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Gordon Ramsay's New Travel Show Will Send Him Around the World to Compete With Local Chefs

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:17
<p>“Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” is expected to premiere on National Geographic next year.</p><p>Each episode will start with “exploration and adventure with local food heroes,” <a href="https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180725005914/en/National-Geographic-Gordon-Ramsay-Partner-New-Series" target="_blank">according to a <em>National Geographic</em></a>. Then, Ramsay will track down “high-octane traditions, pastimes and customs that are specific to the region.” Finally, he will engage in a culinary battle, “pitting his own interpretations of regional dishes against the tried-and-true classics.”</p><p>While the network has not yet released a list of destinations for the show, the press release says that Ramsay will “harvest fresh nests in Malaysian Borneo” and “hunt tarantulas in Cambodia.” It’s unclear if uncharted destinations will include <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/gordon-ramsay-favorite-place" target="_blank">Ramsay’s favorite little-known city Rock in the U.K.</a></p><p>Announcement of the new series caused backlash on social media, which prompted <em>National Geographic</em> to release a statement ahead of the show’s production.</p><p>“We are disappointed that the announcement of our upcoming series with Gordon Ramsay was taken out of context,” <a href="https://www.eater.com/2018/7/26/17619102/gordon-ramsay-uncharted-tv-show-national-geographic-uncharted" target="_blank">a spokesperson for <em>National Geographic</em> told <em>Eater</em></a>. “With National Geographic’s storied history of exploration, our plan with this series is to celebrate and learn about local cultures around the world. In partnering with Ramsay — a well-known adventure enthusiast — we are going to fully immerse viewers and give them a glimpse into surprising and unexpected cultures and local flavors. We have not gone into production on the series yet, so this perspective is premature.”</p><p>Production on the show is scheduled to begin this fall. It will broadcast some time next year.</p>
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These Are the U.S. Airlines Least Likely to Lose or Damage Your Bags

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 13:01
<p>Having your luggage get lost or damaged during a trip can make for a stressful vacation, but there are steps you can take to decrease the chances of it happening to you. </p><p>One step is knowing which airlines to fly with. </p><p>A new report from <a href="https://luggagehero.com/its-not-a-lost-cause-less-luggage-goes-missing-with-airlines/" target="_blank">Luggagehero</a> — a company that offers affordable luggage storage sites in hotels, cafes, shops, and other venues — analyzed which U.S. airlines are most and least likely to lose or damage your bag based on six years of data from the Department of Transportation (DOT).</p><p>Looking at the DOT’s Mishandled Baggage Report figures published within Air Travel Consumer Reports from 2012 through April of 2018, the company found that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/spirit-airlines-reviews" target="_blank">Spirit Airlines</a> are the best U.S. carriers to fly with if you want to ensure your bag safely makes it to your final destination.</p><img alt="Luggahero found that Delta and Spirit were the top two U.S. carriers when it came to the least amount of complains for lost or damaged luggage. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532546611/luggagehero-airline-luggage-comparison-LOSTBAG0718.jpg?itok=tPJLF6YO"><p>JetBlue was also a top contender, coming in at third place out of the total 12 airlines the company looked at for the report. </p><p>The three airlines that had the most complaints were Envoy Air, ExpressJet Airlines, and SkyWest Airlines, though Luggagehero also found that the number of overall complaints have dropped by 27 percent since 2012. </p><p>While only two to three in every 1,000 passengers is typically affected by a lost or damaged bag, according to the report, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/how-to-avoid-losing-your-luggage" target="_blank">taking steps like</a> booking direct flights instead of connecting flights, downloading an <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta/delta-new-app-never-forget-check-in" target="_blank">airline's bag tracking app</a>, customizing bags with <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/cool-luggage-tags" target="_blank">tags</a> or ribbons, and removing tags from prior trips can decrease the likelihood of getting hit with the issue. </p><p>If you do happen to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airline-lost-luggage-tips" target="_blank">have a lost or damaged bag</a>, you'll want to report it to the airline right away. Photographs and details like the bag's size, color, and brand will come in handy. </p><p>You'll also want to hang onto your claim check, which you'll get before arriving to your gate, and inquire about your airline's compensation policy. </p>
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Why No One Gets to Go to Bed Before the Queen — and the One Royal Who Always Broke That Rule

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 11:01
<p>Meghan Markle may want to rethink the whole being a royal thing now that she’s feeling the impact of all their bizarre rules.</p><p>Now that Meghan is officially the Duchess of Sussex, she needs to live by a few rigid guidelines that all senior members of the royal family must abide by. For example, nobody in the royal family is <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/royal-family-banned-food" target="_blank">allowed to eat shellfish</a>, in case they have an allergic reaction. Nobody is <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/royal-family-banned-from-giving-autographs" target="_blank">allowed to give out autographs</a>, in case someone tries to fake their signature later. But perhaps the worst rule of all is the fact that absolutely nobody, not even Prince Philip, is allowed to go to bed before the Queen.</p><p>According to Sir William Heseltine, one of the Queen’s former private secretaries, it’s considered bad form to go to bed before Her Majesty.</p><p>“Nobody felt it right to go to bed before the Queen did,” Sir William revealed in an interview for the book "<a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/11969846/Queens-former-private-secretary-recalls-moment-stunned-crowds-heard-Prince-Philip-swear.html" target="_blank">The Royals in Australia</a>."</p><p>Of course, not everyone is a fan of this rule. According to Sir William, Princess Diana truly struggled to stay up as late as the Queen, who apparently can be quite the night owl.</p><p>“For Diana the long royal evenings were agony. There’d be an hour or so in the sitting room of everyone sitting around making conversation,” he said. “And Diana was driven to such extremes that she’d excuse herself and go to bed, which was thought to be rather bad form, going to bed before the Queen.”</p><p>So just how late does Meghan now have to stay up? According to Zarife Hardy, a coach from the <a href="https://asoe.com.au/" target="_blank">Australian School of Etiquette</a> who spoke to<i> </i><a href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com.au/celebrity/unusual-royal-etiquette-15264" target="_blank"><i>Harper’s Bazaar</i></a>, it’s way later than you may think. "Guests cannot go to bed before the Queen, who reportedly tucks in at midnight," he revealed.</p><p>As a reminder, this woman is <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/queen-elizabeth-birthday-celebrations" target="_blank">92 years old</a>, yet she still stays up later than you. So, sorry Meghan, hopefully you at least get to sleep in late most days instead.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays At This Midcentury Modern Hotel in South Beach

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 15:32
<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="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Miami: 30 percent off <a href="https://theconfidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html">The Confidante</a>, a midcentury modern hotel in South Beach with a rooftop spa and direct beach access. </p><p>Oceanfront Escape at The Confidante Miami Beach includes:</p>30 percent off a king bed oceanfront room (upgrades available) Use of a day bed on the beach Daily breakfast at on-site eatery Bird &amp; Bone Complimentary valet service Waived resort fee<p>Original Price: From $263 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $185 per night; book by October 1 for travel from October 1 to December 31, 2018</p><p>Booking Details: Reservations available exclusively for Travel + Leisure readers through this <a href="https://www.hyatt.com/shop/miaob?rooms=1&amp;adults=1&amp;location=The%20Confidante%20Miami%20Beach&amp;checkinDate=2018-10-16&amp;checkoutDate=2018-10-17&amp;offercode=OASIS">booking link</a>.</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates apply and subject to availability.</p>
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Here's What You Should Know About Traveling During Hurricane Season, According to a Weather Expert (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 11:02
<p>While traveling off-season can often mean getting lower prices and enjoying popular hotspots without the crowds, in some destinations it can put you at risk of coming into contact with a hurricane.</p><p>Knowing how to best avoid putting yourself in this situation — and what to do if you end up in a hurricane anyway — is crucial. </p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> spoke to Dr. Rick Knabb, a hurricane expert with <em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/best-summer-destinations-according-to-meteorologists" target="_blank">The Weather Channel</a></em>, to get his top tips on what you can do to try and ensure a hurricane-free vacation, and what to do to keep safe if you get caught in the midst of one.</p><p>Below, you’ll find out what to do about grounded flights, destroyed hotels, loss of power, and other hurricane-related travel issues to help ensure a safe and smooth trip.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/best-summer-destinations-according-to-meteorologists" target="_blank">The Top 10 Destinations for a Perfect Summer Getaway, According to Meteorologists</a></p><h2>Know Your Timing:</h2><p>According to Knabb, nearly all countries in and around the Gulf of Mexico, the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/caribbean-bermuda-bahamas" target="_blank">Caribbean</a> Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the eastern and central Pacific Ocean are susceptible to tropical storms and hurricanes, with the hurricane season typically running from June to November.</p><p>While forecasts and predictions can shift, having sources to turn to when planning your trip can be a valuable starting point. Some websites we recommend that track local weather patterns include <a href="https://www.nhc.noaa.gov" target="_blank">nhc.noaa.gov</a> (the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/weather/hurricane-season-2018-forecast" target="_blank">National Weather Service’s</a> National Hurricane Center), and both <a href="http://www.cdema.org" target="_blank">cdema.org</a> and <a href="https://stormcarib.com" target="_blank">stormcarib.com</a> for local weather reports in the Caribbean.</p><h2>Get Travel Insurance:</h2><p>Having travel insurance can stop you from spending an “exorbitant amount of money” if unexpected weather occurs, Knabb said. </p><p>Travel insurance can cover lost costs from flight, cruise, or hotel cancelations, but you'll want to buy it before a storm hits or is predicted, as this can severely limit your available options, according to travel insurance comparison website <a href="https://www.insuremytrip.com/travel-insurance-faqs/hurricane-travel-coverage/" target="_blank">InsureMyTrip</a>. </p><p>If you're wondering whether buying insurance is the right choice for you, InsureMyTrip has <a href="https://www.insuremytrip.com/insuring-your-trip/hurricane-season/" target="_blank">the right questions</a> to ask yourself, along with suggestions of some of the top plans for hurricane coverage. </p><p>And you’ll want to bring your insurance plan document with you on your trip, or at least have your confirmation policy and policy number on-hand, as you’ll often be asked to include these when calling your insurance company if a storm arrives.</p><h2>Pack Smart:</h2><p>Knabb recommends having a small stash of “critical items” that include <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Foxelli-Dual-USB-Solar-Charger/dp/B079D9MT1Y" target="_blank">solar battery-powered USB chargers</a>, cash in U.S. and the foreign currency (since ATMs and credit cards often won’t be able to be used during and immediately after a storm), a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/OUTAD-Powered-Emergency-Flashlight-2000mAh/dp/B06XCY92JV" target="_blank">battery-powered radio</a>, a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Handheld-Flashlight-Adjustable-Resistant/dp/B00R5VM3FM" target="_blank">battery-powered flashlight</a> or lantern, toiletries, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/PURELL-9124-09-EC-Hand-Sanitizing-Wipes/dp/B013QEGCDA" target="_blank">antibacterial wipes</a>.</p><p>He also suggests bringing a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/DeftGet-First-Aid-Kit-Waterproof/dp/B01E7KBHSM/" target="_blank">first-aid kit</a>, bottled water, and non-perishable foods, or buying them right when you get to your destination if you can’t pre-pack them to avoid crowds at local stores once a storm is looming.</p><p>Finally, Knabb recommends filling your prescriptions and getting your medications before your trip, especially if they’re difficult to obtain in foreign destinations.</p><h2>Stay Connected:</h2><p>Having the <a href="https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/about-our-new-products/staying-connected.html" target="_blank">contact information</a> for the U.S. consulate of the country you’ll be traveling to is always a good idea in case you need help or expert advice. They can tell you where to go for shelter in case a hurricane does strike.</p><p>Make sure to sign up for the <a href="https://step.state.gov/step/">Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)</a> to get relevant information about safety conditions in your destination and helps the U.S. embassy or consulate get in touch with you during an emergency.</p><p>Finally, leave a family member or friend who won’t be joining you with your trip details and contact information, and make sure to charge your phone. Knabb told T+L texting is often the first form of communication to come back up after a storm.</p><h2>Keep Your Documents on You:</h2><p>You’ll want to keep crucial travel and identification documents, like your passport, on you so you don’t lose them once chaos strikes in the middle of a storm. Keep them in Ziploc bags to ensure they stay dry.</p><h2>Be the First to Leave:</h2><p>You’ll also want to avoid driving on any even partially flooded roads, as Knabb says most inland flood fatalities tend to occur in vehicles. In fact, Knabb recommends trying to leave early once a storm threatens the area you’re traveling in to avoid the big crowds that will also be attempting to leave once a hurricane is confirmed.</p><h2>Know About Hurricane Policies:</h2><p>Do some digging into hurricane policies, as certain airlines, hotels, and tour operators will offer either perks or free rebookings when hurricanes strike.</p><p>For example, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/american-airlines" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> issues travel alerts as soon as they see a storm of any magnitude approaching its destinations and airports, allowing you to quickly rebook or connect through alternate hubs both before and after your scheduled departure date. If a flight is canceled or significantly delayed with American due to hurricanes, customers will be able to cancel their itinerary and get a full refund.</p><p>Meanwhile, tour operators like <a href="http://www.travimp.com/newins.html" target="_blank">Travel Impressions</a> offer travel protection plans that allow you to cancel your trip for a variety of reasons starting at just $59.</p>
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This Is the Travel Pillow That Made Me Believe I Could Be Comfortable on Planes Again

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 10:31
<p>For me, neck pillows are a point of contention. They sound good in theory, seem like they should work, and people always act like they’re going to make your life better — but they’re not, and they don’t, and when you realize how disappointing they are, you quit immediately and pretend it never happened. </p><p>Or at least that’s what I thought until I met the product that made me believe in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-travel-pillows" target="_blank">travel pillows</a> again: the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LB7REFK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltrtlreview-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=18dce8c3125bfdd73468758f076975bc" target="_blank">Trtl Pillow</a>.</p><p>Some background: I’m a tall lady with a longer neck — a neck that also happens to be fairly stiff, especially on flights, thanks to a combination of normal, 20-something-New-Yorker tension and the stress that comes along with dreading 6+ hours in coach. Unsurprisingly, I’ve also never been able to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/how-to-sleep-on-a-plane" target="_blank">sleep on planes</a> (and yes, if you have a “foolproof” method involving wine or pills, I’ve already tried it).</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/wackiest-amazon-travel-accessories" target="_blank">9 of the Wackiest Best-selling Travel Accessories From Amazon</a></p><p>My problem isn’t that my knees are inevitably knocking the seat in front of me or even that the cabin lights are seeping through the bottom of my flimsy <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/best-sleep-masks" target="_blank">eye mask</a>. My problem is that no matter which seat I’m in or how I maneuver my body, I never know where to put my head. </p><p>I’m not one of those people who can just let it loll, neck bent at a dangerous angle or chin slumped against my chest. Feeling like my neck is unsupported or unnaturally positioned can affect my whole body and mood while traveling. This should make me the ideal customer for the travel pillow market, but I’ve been burned time and again. I’ve tried those <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2LBNKM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltrtlreview-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00B2LBNKM&amp;linkId=edef4e37a8ffeaead0565330066fbe6f">stretchy ones filled with beads</a> that sound like crunching snow whenever you move your cheek; the inflatable ones that roll up nice and small in your bag, but once blown up, leak out over the course of 15 minutes and leave you smelling like your own breath; the ones that promise “maximum support” and yet are still not substantial enough to maximally support my (admittedly, fairly large) head. For the most part, travel pillows kind of suck.</p><h2>Trtl Pillow</h2><img alt="trtl pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532454049/trtl-grey-TRTL0718.jpg?itok=KUFI-rIG"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LB7REFK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltrtlreview-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=18dce8c3125bfdd73468758f076975bc" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $30</p><p>This was the outlook I went into testing the <a href="https://trtltravel.com/" target="_blank">Trtl</a> (pronounced “turtle”) pillow with. A <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/ultimate-travel-essentials/in-flight-essentials#trtl-ultimate-travel-essentials" target="_blank">longtime favorite</a> of <em>Travel + Leisure</em> editors, it does away with the main design flaw of the majority of travel pillows on the market: the “U” shape. Think about it. It’s nice to be able to move your head from side to side, sure, but what these pillows give us in horizontal surface area, they lack in vertical support. I always wished my pillows were “taller” so I wouldn’t have to crane my neck — run with that idea, though, and you’ll end up with a neck brace the size of your carry-on. </p><img alt="trtl pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532454049/trtl_pillow_plane_grey-TRTL0718.jpg?itok=4jOGDJND"><p>This fine specimen, on the other hand, doesn’t really even look like a pillow at all. The concept is simple: a thin-but-sturdy frame that’s ergonomically designed to hinge at around a 90-degree angle and covered in soft fleece. Attached to the frame is a length of fabric that you use to secure the frame in place between your shoulder and your face, wrapping it around your neck infinity-scarf-style and securing it with Velcro.</p><p>Unfurled, it looks like a piece of (machine-washable) fabric. Folded up for storage, it’s the size of a small book and weighs about a quarter of a pound. It sounds a little scary at first, being totally detached from our idea of a “pillow” — it's not puffy, squishy, or filled with down — but during a recent overnight flight from <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-new-york-city" target="_blank">New York</a> to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/tls-definitive-guide-to-madrid" target="_blank">Madrid</a>, the Trtl helped me sleep on a plane for the first time in 15 years. If this isn’t a pillow, I don’t really care what it is. </p><img alt="trtl pillow review "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532454049/trtl-pink-TRTL0718.jpg?itok=vNzYwhxL"><p>To my fellow stiff-necked, heavy-headed travelers, I say this: the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LB7REFK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tltrtlreview-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=18dce8c3125bfdd73468758f076975bc" target="_blank">Trtl Pillow</a> will support your head nearly vertically. You won’t feel like you’re being strangled by redundant material. You won’t feel like your neck is craning so far it will snap. You won’t really feel like you’re using a travel pillow at all — and that’s all this travel pillow skeptic could ask for. </p>
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