Grab Your Girlfriends and Spend a Weekend Drinking Wine in Vintage Campers at This Scenic Vineyard (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/11/2020 - 06:01
<p>In the hills of central California, family-owned and operated winery <a href="">Alta Colina</a> has created a most clever setting for a group getaway. Owner/winemaker Bob Tillman and his daughter Maggie took time after our wine tasting (more on that later) to take us through their property among oak trees, rows of grapevines, and stunning views to the <a href="">“Trailer Pond”</a> — five vintage campers set on the edge of a pond in the shadow of Alta Colina’s hilltop vineyard.</p><img alt="Trailers set on a pond in the vineyards at Alta Colina winery "src=""><p>In partnership with <a href="">Tinker Tin Trailer Company</a>, Tillman and Maggie decided to share the winery’s gorgeous setting to create a unique visitor experience. Each meticulously restored trailer sleeps two and comes with ice box, coffeemaker, and linens. In true camping style, the bathroom and shower are conveniently nearby. A communal cooking area includes barbecue grill, cooktop, cookware, and a large farmhouse table that seats 12. Catered meals can be arranged, and restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores are just minutes away.</p><p>Guests can hike among the vineyards, swim from the shaded platform that extends into the pond, sunbathe, arrange yoga or massages, or gather outside for dining and, of course, wine tasting. Private tastings and wine blending classes are available, and the sunset view from the scenic Sundowner Deck while sipping a glass of wine is sublime.</p><img alt="Alta Colina trailer pond at night "src=""><p>The Trailer Pond is set at the top of a winding, steep dirt road. Our Chevy Equinox made the trip just fine even after the December rains, but guests can park at the winery level or even use Uber. The secluded hilltop location affords privacy, rustic surroundings, and unmatched views of rolling hills and vineyards.</p><p>Alta Colina’s Syrahs, Rhone blends, and Rhone whites with names like Sun Worshipper and Toasted Slope are among Tillman’s organically grown wines, hand picked, and lovingly tended. As we tasted the luscious reds and crisp whites, Tillman described his long search for this property and his experience with developing his prized wines. Alta Colina, “high hill” in Spanish, describes his vineyards perfectly.</p><img alt="A trailer with an aqua colored stripe at the Trailer Pond at Alta Colina vineyard "src=""><img alt="View of women on the floating deck at the Trailer Pond at Alta Colina vineyards "src=""><p>The Alta Colina <a href="">tasting room</a> is open daily, and with prior arrangements, visitors can taste among the barrels in the wine cellar. For a special experience, the Summit Wine Tasting includes a private tour and views from an outdoor deck high above the vineyards.</p><img alt="Trailer accommodations at the Alta Colina Trailer Pond, with vineyards shown in the background "src=""><p><a href="">Paso Robles</a> is home to a quaint downtown, appealing restaurants and cafes, wineries, distilleries, breweries, olive groves, antique shops, and outdoor activities. The newest hotel addition to downtown Paso Robles is <a href="">The Piccolo</a>, with a rooftop cocktail lounge, stylish rooms, and champagne vending machine. By overwhelming demand, the Paso Robles outdoor art installation, <a href="">Field of Light at Sensorio</a> by Bruce Munro, has been extended through June 30. Visitors stroll through the 15-acres of rolling hills illuminated by 58,800 fiber-optic spheres for a stunning experience and another reason to visit this central California town, whether with your group at the Trailer Pond or an individual stay in town.</p>
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I Spent a Night in a Hotel Away From My Kid and Husband to Relax — Here’s Why You Should, Too

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 15:01
<p>As the working mother of a four-year-old boy, I rarely have time to myself. My son wakes me up at 7 a.m. (on a good day), so mornings are particularly brutal. A <a href="">2018 survey</a> found that getting a child ready for school involves asking kids at least twice each morning to get dressed, brush their teeth, and for god’s sake, put on their freaking shoes. And by the end of the week, the time it takes getting our kids out the door each morning adds up to an extra day of work. Not to mention after school and evenings (I now understand the glory of frozen fish sticks).</p><p>If that doesn’t clarify the state of a parent’s stress-level, I don’t know what can. But here’s another thing: weekends are totally different for parents. Before being a mom, I would make it through the long workweek by looking forward to the weekend — the time I finally had to myself to do whatever I wanted, or, you know, just take a shower. But now, instead of being a time to relax and enjoy time off from work, weekends are the time when there’s <a href="" target="_blank">no daycare, school, or camp</a>. <em>Hello, 48-hours with zero alone time</em>. And if we do manage to take some time here or there to ourselves, we often feel guilty about not doing something work- or child-related instead.</p><img alt="Whitney Hotel Melville Suite room "src=""><p>Don’t get me wrong, I love my son and husband, but the lack of time to myself builds and builds as the weeks go on. Crafting a racecar out of Lego is fun the first and maybe second time in a day but by the fourth time I want to tear my hair out. As a travel writer, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to spend some solo travel time away from my family. Even though I’m working during those trips, I realized that simply sleeping alone for one night in a hotel room restored me like nothing else could — no extravagant “<a href="" target="_blank">Momcation</a>” needed (although if you can pull that off, go for it!). A combination of feeling slightly pampered and the lack of worrying about the needs of others was all <em>I</em> needed to begin the never-ending parenting cycle all over again.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">I Only Travel With One of My Kids at a Time — Here’s Why</a></p><p>Last July, my husband agreed to watch our son alone for one night so I could visit the new <a href="">Whitney Hotel</a> in Boston. As soon as I saw the large tiled rain shower, cozy robe, and plush bed with monogrammed tweed blanket, I knew this was my new heaven. But even if it had been a Motel 6 I would have been thrilled, as long as it was clean and quiet. Yes, I missed reading books to my son and kissing him goodnight but the relaxing evening of dining alone at the hotel’s restaurant — in silence — and snuggling up with a book before falling into a blissful, 12-hour sleep was healing and invigorating.</p><p>Abbey Soclof, a married mother of two toddlers who works in fundraising and lives in Manhattan, <a href="" target="_blank">spent a night alone at the Time Nyack hotel</a>, about an hour north of Manhattan, last summer.</p><p>“My husband participated in a year-long fellowship program last year that took him away from home a few times, for a few nights each. I was so jealous that he was getting a full night sleep and having ‘away time,’ says Soclof. “I really just needed a night and a day to myself.” She spent her day off with a drink by the pool, wandering around the charming town of Nyack, taking herself out for dinner, and getting a good night’s sleep. She left the next day feeling great, only wishing it had been longer.</p><p>Meg Cohen, a physician in Baltimore with two children, can relate. “We lived in a one floor condo when my son was about 4 months old. Anytime I heard him cry, I was unable to sleep, even if my husband would get up and help,” recalls Cohen. “One day I just woke up and thought, ‘I need to sleep all day today.’ So I checked myself into a Marriott Courtyard around 9 or 10 a.m. and slept pretty much all day.” When her husband said he had things under control, she spent the night there, awaking feeling refreshed and rested.</p><img alt="The outdoor courtyard at The Whitney Hotel "src=""><p>Cohen echoes what many mothers feel: “I think it can be hard to completely relax when we are with our children. And we are often jumped on, climbed on, crawled on, by our kids all day — never left alone to use the bathroom, take a shower, or eat a meal — so getting a break and getting time to ourselves is a real luxury.”</p><p>Of course, not everyone can afford to spend a night in a hotel, or you may not have a partner or caregiver able to watch your children overnight. So while a night off is certainly well deserved for any parent (and according to a <a href="">recent study</a> on the stress levels of American mothers, truly necessary), there is a certain amount of privilege being exercised for those able to do it. If possible, think outside the box and look into using reward points for even the lowest category hotel, talk to friends and family who might have a vacation home or a spare room (in a childfree home) you can use, or see if your children can have a sleepover at someone else’s house so you can be in your home alone.</p><p>Uninterrupted alone time is vital for mothers to see themselves as people with needs and wants beyond their careers and kids. Just one quiet night alone can be enough to get back on track…for a little while, anyway.</p>
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You Definitely Should Go Chasing These Magnificent Frozen Waterfalls in Canada

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 14:00
<p>You can hear it before you can see it. It’s winter in<a href=""> Wells Gray Provincial Park</a>, a 1.3 million-acre paradise of inland rainforest, volcanic fields, and mountains in <a href="">British Columbia, Canada</a>. Covered in thick snow, everything around me is hushed with the silence that winter brings, except for the sound of a distant roar. I follow my ears, the roar growing louder and louder, until I come upon a soaring waterfall. Covered in white, it’s mostly frozen, but has water still flowing through, creating a sound now loud as thunder.</p><p>The waterfall is just one of 41 named waterfalls in Wells Gray, with more being discovered all the time. In fact, Wells Gray Provincial Park is known as the land of waterfalls, and while these grand falls are spectacular as they flow full speed during the warmer months, <a href="">discovering them during winter</a> brings sparkling ice and snow formations. Plus, winter means less crowds for peak enjoyment. For a winter experience you’ll never forget, it’s time to go against TLC’s advice and chase some (frozen) waterfalls.</p><p>Here are five in Wells Gray that you can’t miss.</p><h2>Helmcken Falls</h2><img alt="Helmcken Falls "src=""><p>Dropping almost 500 feet below into a canyon, Helmcken Falls is the fourth largest waterfall in <a href="">Canada</a>. In winter, a frozen cone of water glimmers at the base, shooting 164 feet up from the canyon. Marvel as water spews over the edge, yet seems to form instant powder as it crashes into the bottom of the canyon. Helmcken is accessed just steps from the road, and the viewing platform here, cleared all season long, provides a panoramic view of this winter wonderland. For a closer view, hike or snowshoe on the Helmcken Falls South Rim Trail, a three-hour trip that provides stunning views. Use caution, as parts of the trail are close to the canyon’s edge.</p><h2>Dawson Falls</h2><p>Gurgling down the Murtle River, Dawson Falls isn’t nearly as tall as Helmcken, but is often referred to as a smaller version of <a href="">Niagara Falls</a>. Dawson Falls pours 295 feet across 200,000-year-old lava beds to create a shallow, broad flow of water. To get here, park on Clearwater Valley Road and walk down the trails. The surrounding forest quiets everything but the rushing water. You can continue along the trail to see the view from the top of the falls.</p><h2>Moul Falls</h2><img alt="Moul Falls "src=""><p>In the warmer months, it’s possible to get behind the veil of water at Moul Falls, but not so much in the winter as the water freezes. But that doesn’t mean you should skip this waterfall when the temperatures move below freezing. The jaw-dropping Moul Falls is a bit more challenging to access than other waterfalls in the park, as this trail is not maintained in the winter, and the last portion has a steep descent with possible slippery sections, steep cliffs, and falling ice. Extreme caution is advised. The almost 2-mile hike or snowshoe goes along the flat trail to Moul Falls, and the trail to the base offers views of the icy water veil next to the lava rock cave.</p><h2>Spahats Creek Falls</h2><img alt="Sphats Falls "src=""><p>Formed by volcanic rock deposits centuries ago, the canyon at Spahats Creek has layers upon layers of rock, all made more dramatic from the white snow. The waterfall spits out from a keyhole in the rock face, 260 feet above the Clearwater River. With a relatively slow flow, the frozen water creates blue ice forms as it builds at the base. Trek through hemlock and cedar forests for about five minutes, and you’ll see (and hear) the falls just inside the park gate. This fall also has a viewing platform.</p><h2>Mushbowl Falls</h2><p>Crossing the one-lane wooden bridge on the way to Helmcken Falls, you’ll spot Mushbowl Falls. Mushbowl forms as the Murtle River splits in two, with frozen water features glistening around rock formations near the bridge. The surrounding forest creates the perfect winter postcard photo. Access is easy. After crossing the bridge, you can pull over and check out the falls from a safe distance.</p>
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Los Cabos Just Got Its First Speakeasy — Here’s How to Get In

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 13:01
<p><a href="">Las Ventanas al Paraíso</a>, an iconic five-star Rosewood resort in Mexico, has raised the bar on Cabo’s nightlife scene with a new offering: the region’s first-ever speakeasy. Inspired by Prohibition — when it was illegal to serve alcohol and people had to meet discreetly to enjoy a stiff drink — this sultry late-night haunt will transport guests back in time.</p><p><a href="">La Botica</a>, which translates to “drugstore,” is a multi-sensory homage to the ’20s. And every last detail — from the swanky design to the live entertainment and menu of artful cocktails and small bites — has been curated to evoke the period of Prohibition.</p><p>Like any good speakeasy, La Botica is shrouded in mystery. To access the exclusive space, in-the-know guests can enter through a nondescript door next to the spa (here’s the secret: type in code “80” to gain entry). Once inside the intimate hideaway, visitors will be enthralled by a glamorous backdrop reminiscent of an old-fashioned apothecary.</p><img alt="Smoke cocktail at La Botica "src=""><p>True to its name, the bar features herbal- and wellness-minded craft cocktails created by bar manager Philipp Zaigue — a renowned mixologist who co-founded “Hank Panky,” a popular speakeasy in <a href="">Mexico City’s Juarez neighborhood</a>. Zaigue drew inspiration from his worldly-travels and unique bar experiences to dream up the apothecary-themed menu of inventive beverages boasting organic produce, spices, and botanicals.</p><p>Crafted bitters, infusions, liqueurs, and syrups are showcased in signature creations like the refreshing Saffron Daiquiri (Plantation 3 Stars artisanal rum, Oloroso sherry, kaffir lime, lemon juice, saffron, and cinnamon syrup) and the tropical namesake, La Botica<i> </i>( Monkey 47 Gin, fresh apple juice, passionfruit-vanilla syrup, lemon juice, and lemongrass tincture). Guests can also order from a selection of Prohibition-era classics, low-proof libations, mocktails, aperitifs, and spirits. A wealth of tequila and mezcal further enforce La Botica’s sense of place and celebrate Mexican culture.</p><p>Accompanying the drinks is a menu of savory snacks — such as corn palomitas dusted with house chilli powder, and cheese croquettes with Serrano ham and aioli — hailing from executive chef Diego Stefan, as well as live jazz music and roaring ’20s-inspired entertainment. Adding to the opening excitement, the property introduced their first official Artist in Residence, Rosalía de Cuba. The charismatic Cuban-born singer and entertainer commands the stage at La Botica, capturing the crowd through a sensational blend of Caribbean, Cuban, Latin, and international rhythms. Once you’ve had your fill of throwback fun (not that you’ll want to leave), patrons can exit the speakeasy through a hidden door disguised as a vintage Coca-Cola refrigerator.</p><img alt="La Botica Menu "src=""><p>“The opening of La Botica marks an exciting development for <a href="">Los Cabos</a>, as guests and visitors will for the first time have an exclusive space at a hotel for a nightcap with inventive cocktails and live music,” said Frederic Vidal, managing director of the property. Taking something from the past and presenting in a fresh, new way, Cabo’s first-ever hotel speakeasy and piano bar is one more reason to visit Mexico’s vibrant beachfront paradise.</p><p>La Botica will be open for hotel guests and visitors from Tuesday through Sunday from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m., with nightly live music from 9 p.m. to midnight. Fancy something other than cocktails? Las Ventanas al Paraíso also has two other bars on property: an open-air <a href="">tequila and ceviche bar</a>, and a magnificent wine cellar called <a href="">La Cava</a><i>.</i></p>
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Oscars 2020 Travel Guide: Where to Go If You Love This Year’s Nominees

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 12:00
<p>Awards season is upon us, and you know what that means: It’s that magical time of year when movie lovers can escape into the stories and <a href="">destinations of the year’s</a> best films.</p><p>This year, forgo the sticky floors and crusty theater seats and head to your favorite movies’ filming location for some serious movie immersion. Here are seven places to travel to based on your favorite films nominated for Oscars in 2020.</p><h2>Los Angeles, California</h2><img alt="Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Los Angeles "src=""><p>Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” romanticizes <a href="">Los Angeles</a> in the late 1960s. From the carefree “Summer of Love” to its abrupt, well, almost (I won’t spoil the fiery finale for you), Manson murders end.</p><p>So this year, head to Hollywood to get a feel for the modern-day movie biz. Stay at the <a href="">Beverly Wilshire Hotel</a>, where dozens of celebrities from Oscar-nominated Al Pacino to Farah Fawcett have stayed. It’s also been the filming location of several movies including “Pretty Woman.”</p><p>Dine at <a href="">Casa Vega</a> restaurant in booth #5, the same one where Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt pounded down margaritas and Mexican food. Or try <a href="">Musso and Frank Grill</a>, Hollywood’s oldest and most iconic restaurant to the stars. The film starts there with DiCaprio and Pitt meeting Pacino for a drink.</p><h2>New York, New York</h2><img alt="Stairs in The Bronx famous from "The Joker" "src=""><p><a href="">New York City</a> is where the majority of this year’s Oscar contenders were filmed. From the gritty streets of the “Joker’s” Gotham to the neighborhoods in “The Irishman” and the theaters of Manhattan in “Marriage Story.”</p><p>One of the most talked-about scenes this year was when Joaquin Phoenix eerily dances down a set of steps. Since then, <a href="">movie fans have made the trek</a> to the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx to pose on “step-street,” as its known, off Shakespeare Avenue.</p><p>The movie’s most pivotal scene was shot in a subway station. Though they used the 9th Avenue station’s abandoned level, the crew also filmed at the Church Avenue and Bedford Park Boulevard stations off the D line. If you’re a real fan, stay at the appropriately named <a href="">Gotham Hotel</a> in Midtown or do as Bruce Wayne would, and stay at the ritzy <a href="">Chatwal</a>.</p><p>If “Joker” is a bit too dark for you, then the story of a devastating divorce may be more your style. “Marriage Story” is split between New York and Los Angeles, but the <a href="">Knickerbocker Bar &amp; Grill</a> near NYU was featured several times during the film. For a place to stay, consider the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, where Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver lived during the movie.</p><h2>Seoul, South Korea</h2><img alt="Four Seasons Seoul, South Korea "src=""><p>The setting for one of the years most talked about films, Seoul is the magnetic, pulsating city where they filmed<i> </i>“Parasite.”</p><p>Centered around two families, it tells the nuanced story of the low-income Kim family scamming the wealthy Park family. The majority of the film took place in a beautifully designed home built by director Bong Joon-Ho and his production designer Lee Ha-Jun.</p><p>Die-hard fans may recognize the Jahamun tunnel in the neighborhood of Buam-dong. It’s here the Kim family walks home from the Park house in the rain during that crucial scene.</p><p>While in Seoul, live like the Park family and stay at the <a href="">Four Seasons Seoul</a> in the center of the city. For a more traditional Korean experience, book a room inside the historic <a href="">Rakkojae Seoul.</a></p><h2>Boston, Massachusetts</h2><img alt="Boston street "src=""><p>A star-studded female cast and director made the world of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” come to life throughout the streets of <a href="">Boston</a> and nearby Concord. Take a stroll through the <a href="">Arnold Arboretum</a>, where Amy sees Laurie from the carriage in the Paris park.</p><p>If you’re #teamJo tour the <a href="">Gibson House Museum</a>, the set for Jo’s New York City boarding house. Or book a ticket for a production at the <a href="">Emerson Colonial Theatre</a> to feel like Jo did while watching a play.</p><p>While in Boston, stay at the historic <a href="">Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel</a>, where Amy went to the fancy New Year’s Eve ball. If you’re up for a road trip, take a drive out to <a href="">Gibbet Hill Farm</a> in Groton, to stand in the spot where Laurie reveals his true feelings for Jo. On the way, stop in Waltham for a tour of the <a href="">Lyman Estate</a> grounds where Jo and Laurie dance on the porch.</p><h2>Madrid, Spain</h2><img alt="Aerial photo of Madrid, Spain "src=""><p>Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almovadar’s latest film, “Pain and Glory,” is not far off from his own life. Antonio Banderas, nominated for Best Actor, plays Salvador, a filmmaker in constant physical pain facing the end of his career.</p><p>Salvador’s <a href="">home in the film</a> was modeled after Almovadar’s Madrid apartment. While you can’t tour the actual apartment, Spanish film lovers can visit the Estación de Algodor, a train station that appears in “Pain and Glory,” as well as many other Spanish films like “Julieta.”</p><p>Eat your weight in mozzarella and Jamón Ibérico at the <a href="">Mercado San Miguel</a> and burn off those calories walking down the ritzy Paseo Pintor Rosales, the street where Salvador lived. Then, celebrate cinema at arthouse <a href="">Cine Doré</a> from the film, a theatre that frequently plays Almovadar’s films.</p><h2>Le Mans, France</h2><img alt="Le Mans Race "src=""><p>Car fanatics rejoice. You can channel your inner Christian Bale in “Ford vs. Ferrari” and visit the city of Le Mans for the famous <a href="">24 Hours of Le Mans</a> race. Although it wasn’t filmed in the city, the movie captures the energy of what a race there feels like. If you can’t make the event in June, you can visit the <a href="">city’s museum</a> dedicated to it.</p><p>But there’s more to this idyllic city than the race. Like many in France, the town has a fascinating history, including its stately town hall and Saint-Julien Cathedral, with extraordinary stained glass and architectural significance. Walk through the <a href="">Cité Plantagenêt,</a> picturesque streets lined with timber homes like something out of a fairytale. Stay in the historic area at a former mansion turned charming B&amp;B, <a href="">Maison Saint Pierre</a>.</p><h2>Wadi Rum, Jordan</h2><img alt="Wadi Rum Desert "src=""><p>The blockbuster franchise,<i> </i>“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” is also nominated this year for Original Score, Sound Editing, and, of course, Visual Effects. One of the most visually stunning real-life locations in the film was shot deep in the desert dunes of Wadi Rum, Jordan.</p><p>This dramatic desert valley is Planet Pasaana in the film, where we see the Aki Aki natives and Rey in an exciting chase scene through the desert. Four hours south of the capital of Amman, it's only fitting that this <i>Star Wars</i> planet is also known as the “Valley of the Moon.”</p><p>Climb the dunes and marvel at the sandstone cliffs while touring by Jeep or camel. Be sure to stay overnight in a luxury desert camp reminiscent of an alien dome, like <a href="">Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel</a> or the traditional <a href="">Sun City Camp</a>.</p>
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The 9 Best Snowboard Bags to Shop, According to Customer Reviews

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 10:30
<p>Whether you’re a novice snowboarder or have been shredding powder for years, having the right gear can make all the difference when hitting the slopes on your next snowboarding trip. Items like a <a href="">weatherproof ski jacket</a> and a <a href="">warm pair of gloves</a> are likely already at the top of your packing list, but one item that you should definitely not overlook is a durable snowboard bag to transport your board in.</p><p>Since all snowboard bags will help you get your gear from point A to B, you may not have put a lot of thought into choosing your bag — but the right option will make traveling with a bulky snowboard so much easier. Some are designed with smart features like in-line skate wheels that make maneuvering the bag around the airport a breeze, while others boast padded straps and handles, so you can carry your snowboard comfortably once you get to the mountain. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">I Went Skiing During a Snowstorm in Jackson Hole and These Wool Socks Kept My Feet Warm and Toasty</a></p><p>To help you find the best option for your needs, we turned to reviews from avid snowboarders to see which ones live up to the hype. Because who better to get a recommendation from than those who have purchased and traveled with these bags themselves? Along with countless glowing five-star reviews between them, each option on this list has earned a near-perfect rating as well.</p><p>From two-piece sets to rolling snowboard bags to spacious options that can hold multiple boards at once, keep reading to shop the nine snowboard bags that customers love the most for winter travel. </p><p>These are the best snowboarding bags to buy: </p>Best Overall: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=020dbee5b711558e6bf4626b5f11be56&amp;language=en_US">Burton Wheelie Gig Snowboard Bag</a>Best Two-Piece Set: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=d03edb4da61a945fb3883c1bb93a897f&amp;language=en_US">Athletico Two-Piece Snowboard and Boot Bag Combo</a>Best Padded Option: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=2a04d9d69f04c0aa2b93c5ec82a46c4e&amp;language=en_US">Element Equipment Deluxe Padded Snowboard Bag</a>Best for Multiple Boards: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=e814e2d8ed99fde27b526090002a2655&amp;language=en_US">Burton Space Sack Snowboard Bag</a>Best Water-resistant Option: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Athalon Otis Snowboard Bag</a>Best Rolling Bag: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Athalon Multi Use Wheeling Snowboard Bag</a>Best with Different Prints: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=6a3d2d01c3561289ea06d6ee92c125ee&amp;language=en_US">Dakine Pipe Snowboard Bag</a>Best Value: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=cd0ad7b5603124cdd366888ab24d3892&amp;language=en_US">Athletico Freestyle Padded Snowboard Bag</a>Best Hardshell Case: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=6c94db258631c9fc8f5e8070fe2ac4c1&amp;language=en_US">Sportube Series 3 Ski/Snowboard Bag</a><h2>Best Overall: Burton Wheelie Gig Snowboard Bag</h2><img alt=" Burton Wheelie Gig Snowboard Bag "src=""><p>This spacious Burton snowboard bag is one of the most popular options on Amazon thanks to its sturdy wheels and cushioned straps. Customers love that the rolling snowboard bag comes with a fully-padded main compartment and an internal webbing strap system that keeps your board in place. Along with side and front haul handles and an optional shoulder strap, it also has lockable zippers, so you never have to worry about items falling out in transit. “Absolutely amazing and durable bag,” raved one shopper. “I highly recommend it for the traveling snowboarder. For those of us not fortunate to live within an hour of the slopes, this is a quality investment well worth the money. We traveled from California to Maryland with this bad boy strapped on the side of the roof rack of the jeep. Packed it with two snowboards, two pairs of boots, and fillable gaps for gloves!”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=020dbee5b711558e6bf4626b5f11be56&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $170</p><h2>Best Two-Piece Set: Athletico Two-Piece Snowboard and Boot Bag Combo</h2><img alt="Athletico Two-Piece Snowboard and Boot Bag Combo "src=""><p>Looking for an easy way to transport your snowboard and boots? Check out this two-piece set from Athletico. The snowboard sleeve is big enough to store boards up to 165 centimeters long, and the boot carrier can comfortably fit snowboard boots up to a men’s size 13. Each bag has a top handle and a removable padded arm strap with a zipper closure. Plus, both bags offer plenty of extra room to pack other gear like goggles, gloves, and helmets. “I love this duo,” said one customer. “I'm an avid snowboarder and usually use my significant other's truck bed when we're traveling, so this gives it a nice protection if there's any movement. I love that I can keep everything in one place! There's no padding to the bag, but it’s a thick/sturdy bag, so I feel confident with just that as protection.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=d03edb4da61a945fb3883c1bb93a897f&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $40</p><h2>Best Padded Option: Element Equipment Deluxe Padded Snowboard Bag</h2><img alt=" Element Equipment Deluxe Padded Snowboard Bag "src=""><p>This Element Equipment snowboard bag is the number one <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=b66844c8ed15765bf6ec7a013cf9125c&amp;language=en_US">best-selling snowboard bag on Amazon</a> for a reason. Not only is the entire bag padded to provide ample protection for your board, but it also has a cushioned shoulder strap, a waterproof inner liner, and a super durable fabric makeup that’s built to last. There are two length sizes to choose from, and each weighs less than four pounds. “After using it on several trips now, I have to say I'm just as pleased as the day I bought it,” wrote one reviewer. “It's very well made, fits my 163 board with flow bindings perfectly, and as a bonus, has enough room left over that I can pack my boots, pants, jacket, helmet, goggles, and two hats and pairs of gloves. Great bag, I would buy again in a heartbeat if I needed another one.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=2a04d9d69f04c0aa2b93c5ec82a46c4e&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $60 (originally $100)</p><h2>Best for Multiple Boards: Burton Space Sack Snowboard Bag</h2><img alt="Burton Space Sack Snowboard Bag "src=""><p>Traveling with friends or family and need to pack more than one snowboard? Consider this roomy option by Burton, which is specially designed to hold multiple boards at once. Along with top handles, the spacious bag also comes with a removable padded shoulder strap and can fit snowboards ranging in size from 129 centimeters to 181 centimeters. Perhaps best of all? It comes with a lifetime warranty. “This Burton space sack is AMAZING,” said one shopper, before adding, “I can fit my snowboard in there plus my boots, snow pants, goggles, gloves, and helmet in there. The inside of the bag has almost a plastic finishing, so your wet snowboard won't damage the fabric. Love it! I would buy it again.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=e814e2d8ed99fde27b526090002a2655&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $59</p><h2>Best Water-resistant Option: Athalon Otis Snowboard Bag</h2><img alt="Otis Snowboard Bag "src=""><p>In the market for a weatherproof snowboard bag that’ll stand up to harsh conditions? eBags customers recommend checking out this option from Athalon. Along with a waterproof polyester shell and PVC lining for extra durability, the popular accessory features ventilated fabric inside the bag, allowing wet snowboards and gear to dry faster after being out in the snow all day. It also has an ID tag, an inner accessory pouch to store small essentials, and rubber grip handles. “Great bag for the price,” wrote one customer. “Not sure I would check it on a plane but it’s easy to fit two boards and haul around town or throw in the back of my car without getting anything wet or scraped up.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $48 with code FRIENDS (originally $70)</p><h2>Best Rolling Bag: Athalon Multi Use Wheeling Snowboard Bag</h2><img alt="Athalon Multi Use Wheeling Ski/Snowboard Bag Padded "src=""><p>You can navigate through a crowded airport with ease thanks to the gliding wheels on this snowboard bag. The fully-lined bag comes with a comfort grip handle, a padded interior, and durable zippers that won’t snag or come off the track. “I'm very happy with this bag,” said one review. “It fits lots of things inside, more than I expected, ton. Made from a durable heavy-duty material, and has a padded inner part. You can easily put two pairs of skis and a snowboard in there.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $167 with code FRIENDS (originally $250)</p><h2>Best with Different Prints: Dakine Pipe Snowboard Bag</h2><img alt=" DAKINE Pipe Snowboard Bag "src=""><p>If you’re looking for a fashion-forward bag to carry your snowboard in, this Dakine option may be your best bet. Not only does the cold-weather accessory have a sleek silhouette, but it also comes in seven different eye-catching colors and prints that will make spotting it in baggage claim a breeze. One happy shopper called it “perfect,” while another wrote, “the bag has been great, all my gear fits in it, and it is very easy to lug around.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=6a3d2d01c3561289ea06d6ee92c125ee&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $38</p><h2>Best Value: Athletico Freestyle Padded Snowboard Bag</h2><img alt=" Athletico Freestyle Padded Snowboard Bag "src=""><p>This $40 snowboard bag proves you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get a high-quality option. Made from a durable polyester material, this padded bag is lightweight, water-resistant, and big enough to fit a 175-centimeter snowboard. Some shoppers love that it has an adjustable outer compression strap for added protection, while others rave about the comfortable, ergonomic carrying handle. “Item is fantastic — used it for a trip to Denver, and it protected the board perfectly. Easy to carry and great quality,” said one review. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=cd0ad7b5603124cdd366888ab24d3892&amp;language=en_US"></a>, $40</p><h2>Best Hardshell Case: Sportube Series 3 Ski/Snowboard Bag</h2><img alt="Sportube Series 3 Ski Bag "src=""><p>If you often fly to different snowboarding destinations, you might want to consider investing in a hardshell option to ensure your board is fully protected from the wear and tear of airplanes. This plastic Sportube option can fit two snowboards or pairs of skis, plus their bindings and boots. The heavy-duty case is lockable for added security, has two wheels to help you maneuver it through the airport easily, and its shape and size are within the baggage guidelines for all major airlines. “This was by far the easiest case to maneuver around the airport and hotel,” said one shopper. “Also everything felt more protected in the hard case as opposed to the soft sided cases. Highly recommend.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbestsnowboardingbagsrcarhart0220-20&amp;linkId=6c94db258631c9fc8f5e8070fe2ac4c1&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $219</p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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This Leather Case Provides Perfect Travel Storage for All Your Jewelry

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/10/2020 - 10:16
<p>Whether you're a fan of statement jewelry and love to change up your look or an upcoming event is requiring that you travel with more <a href="">accessories</a> than usual, a sturdy jewelry case is a <a href="">must-have travel accessory</a> for keeping your belongings safe and organized. </p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Large Jewelry Case</a> from <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Leatherology</a> is spacious enough to hold all your jewelry (well, depending on just how much of an overpacker you are) yet compact enough to fit in your <a href="">carry-on or suitcase</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">must-have travel accessories</a></p><img alt="Brown/Tan Leather Jewelry Case "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $85</p><p>This case has a designated spot for just about every type of jewelry, so no matter what you're bringing, you can rest assured that your jewels are safe and secure. As for features, there are six snaps to hold necklaces in place, a panel that holds seven pairs of earrings, a snap bar for rings, and two zippered pockets. The whole case zips closed like a portfolio, allowing for secure and compact storage. </p><p>Shoppers can't get enough of this sleek leather case, as evidenced by rave reviews on Leatherology's site. "This travel jewelry case is exactly what I have been searching for the past several years! It has all the compartments and holders I wanted in a case, and it is well constructed in quality leather, which is smooth and beautiful. I also like the fact that it's not too huge so as not to take up too much space in the suitcase, but it's still plenty big enough to hold enough jewelry for at least a week worth of travel," one reviewer wrote. </p><p>Another reviewer mentioned that this case came in handy during her wedding and honeymoon travel. "[It was] everything I was looking for [in] a compact and sturdy way to carry my jewelry for my destination wedding and to keep safe during our honeymoon. I will have this forever!"</p><p>And while The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Large Jewelry Case</a> is still the perfect size for travel, Leatherology also makes a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Small Jewelry Organizer</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Medium Jewelry Organizer</a> for lighter packers. </p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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Why You Should Always Move Over If There's an Empty Seat in Your Row on an Airplane

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 15:00
<p>One of the most <a href="">precious commodities on an airplane is space</a>.</p><p><a href="">Space for bags</a>, space for armrests, space for legs, space to put your laptop down so you can comfortably work –– the list goes on. And sometimes, people’s idea of “personal space” can differ wildly.</p><p>Imagine you’re in this scenario: You board a plane. Your seat is at the end of a row (either the aisle or window). You settle in, and the next person comes in and sits in the middle seat. The doors close and you notice something truly magical: the third seat is open.</p><p>Most people, if they have any spacial or self-awareness at all, would move to the other seat, leaving the middle seat empty. But, though it’s rare, there are some people who don’t seem to subscribe to this type of seat <a href="">etiquette</a>. These are our travel nemeses.</p><p>We’ve all sat down next to a person, whether its on a plane, or bus, or Uber Pool, who doesn’t seem to understand leaving a space between other riders when the opportunity presents itself. You may ask yourself, “Who is this person? Why are they like this?” These are people who live and breathe chaos. After all, who in their right mind wouldn’t take some extra space when it’s presented to them? Humans are not meant to live like sardines.</p><p>Frankly, basic etiquette suggests that people should leave personal space for others when it’s available. While we understand that not everyone identifies with the same definition of “personal space,” most airplane seats are, <a href="">frankly, too small</a> <em>not </em>to move over. It not only allows the person next to you to get comfortable, but it also allows <em>you</em> to get comfortable. Win-win. According to etiquette expert <a href="">Diane Gottsman</a>, a personal bubble of two to four feet is generally best. Obviously, this rule can change on a bus or train, or if you’re sitting next to someone you know well.</p><p>Of course, there are many reasons why a person may decide to stay put. Perhaps they’re not fans of the window and/or aisle seat. After all, you’re more likely to get slammed by a drink cart if you’re at the end of a row or get incredibly cold while squished against the plane’s wall.</p><p>Some may be worried they’re insulting the person next to them by choosing to move away. Perhaps they don’t want the person to think they smell funny. We assure you, no one will be offended — especially on a long trip.</p><p>Maybe it’s just not worth the effort? We can see this being the case if you’re on the bus or subway. After all, you might be getting off in one or two stops. If you’re dealing with an uncommonly short trip on public transit, it’s totally fine to stay put.</p><p>So, what do you do if you’re seated next to a middle-seater? Before you ask them, “Who hurt you?,” it’s best to simply request, politely, that they move over. You’re not asking for them to <a href="">lay in the aisle</a>, after all. Nine times out of ten, this works perfectly. After all, some people might just not be aware they are “allowed” to move, so you’re just clearing it up for them. We strongly advise against pushing, shoving, name-calling, or other aggressive tactics. The same goes for passive-aggressive tactics like coughing, clearing your throat, or heavy sighs. Not everyone can pick up on these. Sitting in a silent rage is also not a great way to get what you want.</p><p>If the person politely declines, you can always try explaining how moving to the other seat can benefit both of you or even try to negotiate if they’re not fans of the seat. And since you’ve already made a good impression by politely asking in the first place, there’s very few instances when this would fail. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, as they say.</p><p>Next time you find yourself with the opportunity to spread out, by all means, do so. For the good of humanity.</p>
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Bariloche Is Patagonia's Most Charming Town — Here's Everything You Need to Know to Plan Your Trip

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 14:00
<p>Every major city has its accessible, outdoorsy getaway. <a href="" target="_blank">New York</a>, for example, has the Catskills. <a href="" target="_blank">London</a>, The Cotswalds. Tokyo, Shosenkyo Gorge.</p><p>As for <a href="" target="_blank">Buenos Aires</a>? It has San Carlos de Bariloche — or more simply, Bariloche. Located in the southern part of Argentina and in northern <a href="" target="_blank">Patagonia</a>, the low-key mountain town hugs Nahuel Huapi, a startlingly crystalline glacial lake centered in the national park of the same name.</p><p>Early in the 20th century, Swiss, German, and Austrian settlers decamped here, lured in by the invigorating alpine air and knee-buckling natural beauty. And today, European flourishes continue to abound in Bariloche, from the rustic wood chalets to the popularity of craft chocolate. Thankfully, all these charms are well within reach for <em>porteños</em>, as the two-hour flights from Buenos Aires to Bariloche are as plentiful as they are affordable. Below, how to make the most of a visit to the alluring Patagonian destination.</p><img alt="Bariloche, Argentina "src=""><h2>What to Do</h2><p>Since Bariloche is one of those increasingly rare spots that transitions through four distinct seasons, there’s never a bad time of year to visit. World-class skiing and snowboarding at Catedral Alta Patagonia (Argentina’s largest ski resort) are the area’s biggest draw — the peak winter season extends from July through September — but there’s plenty of other ways to spend time outdoors.</p><p>For staggeringly expansive views of Lake Nahuel Huapi and the surrounding mountains and forests, take the chairlift, which runs all year long, up to the top of Cerro Catedral. Given the topographic diversity of Bariloche, hiking — Refugio Frey, Cerro Llao Llao, and Cerro Campanario are among the most popular treks — is a sublime way to pass the time. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, fish or horseback ride.</p><p>The actual town of Bariloche is easy to explore on foot, and takes but a few hours. Start by strolling down La Calle Mitre, which is lined with lots of little shops for picking up souvenirs and chocolate. (Bariloche is considered the chocolate capital of Argentina.) Then make your way to to the main square, centro cívico (civic center), and cathedral designed by Alejandro Bustillo for a dose of history and architecture.</p><h2>Where to Stay</h2><p><strong>Selina Bariloche</strong></p><img alt="Selina Bariloche "src=""><p>If you’re seeking a wallet-friendly, yet well-appointed stay, book the newly opened <a href="">Selina Bariloche</a>. From the accommodations — ranging from shared community rooms to private suites — to the light-drenched common areas, it’s all about fostering bohemian, communal vibes. Tuck into local favorites (including empanadas, pizza, and <em>medialunas</em>) at The Playground (the hotel’s signature multi-purpose space), and kick back with cocktails and a live DJ set at the lounge downstairs.</p><p><strong>Llao Llao Hotel</strong></p><img alt="Llao Llao Hotel "src=""><p>Centrally located in Nahuel Huapi and surrounded by unparalleled beauty everywhere you turn, <a href="">Llao Llao Hotel</a> is a stately 1930s resort featuring 205 rooms and suites, an 18-hole golf course, four restaurants, and a bevy of outdoor activities (like archery, mountain biking, and kayaking). Partake in local tradition by booking the “Llao Llao Tea” — imagine a sumptuous spread of custom-blended tea, indulgent sweets, and delicate sandwiches — hosted in the Winter Garden.</p><h2>Where to Eat and Drink</h2><p><strong>Cervecería Patagonia</strong></p><img alt="Cerveceriia Patagonia "src=""><p>Though the local craft beer trend kicked off about 15 years ago, <a href="">Cervecería Patagonia</a> remains the most popular spot to kick back with brews and views. The regular offerings (such as the Pale Ale, Weisse, and Porter) and specials are listed on the chalkboard, and while the kitchen’s beer-friendly bites are no slouch, it’s the golden, thick cut fries you shouldn’t miss.</p><p><strong>Alto El Fuego Parrilla</strong></p><p>Don’t be fooled by the humble-looking house. Because inside, you’ll discover one of Bariloche’s coziest and most popular <em>parillas</em>, <a href="">Alto El Fuego Parrilla</a>. Watch the chefs braid entraña (skirt steak) in the open kitchen, before searing it to order and pairing it with one of hundreds of exceptional wines from the basement cellar.</p><p><strong>La Cabrona Food Truck</strong></p><p>At kilometer two of Bustillo Avenue (one of Bariloche’s main roads) you’ll find the popular food truck La Cabrona. Run by Julieta Caruso, it whips up hearty, hand-held snacks, like burgers and bao buns stuffed with lamb, chorizo, and vegetables.</p><p><strong>Mamuschka</strong></p><p>Specialty shops are all over town, but for the best, locals recommend <a href="">Mamuschka</a>. The bright, cherry-red cafe is stocked with hundreds of chocolate treats, from bark to bonbons, and there’s a sit-down area in the back where you can sip hot chocolate, or dig into ice cream.</p><p><strong>El Boliche de Alberto</strong></p><p>While there’s no shortage of quality steaks at this ever lively restaurant — reservations are a must — <a href="">El Boliche de Alberto</a> is just as dependable for toothsome, made-from-scratch pastas. As for what to get? Order the house Lasagna Alberto, generously layered with meat sauce, ham, cheese, and vegetables.</p>
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How I Found Tastes of the Philippines While Eating My Way Through Italy

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 13:02
<p>I grew up in a Filipino household, and with my mom in charge of the kitchen, my family and I rarely ventured out into other cuisines. Growing up, I never found this to be an issue. In fact, I couldn’t be happier with traditional meals like <a href="" target="_blank">sinigang</a> — a sour and savory stew typically cooked with pork, taro roots, string beans, tamarind, and other vegetables — she’d pack me for lunch.</p><p>These recipes kept my family together when we immigrated to <a href="" target="_blank">Richmond, Virginia</a>. Every Sunday, my mom would take us shopping at the local Asian supermarket to find the unique ingredients we would need to make our dishes, and there she ran into other Filipinos in the area attempting to do the same. Soon, we were bringing home-cooked meals to parties, potlucks, or basically any gathering that gave us the chance to be with people who reminded my parents of home. Twenty years later, these relationships are still in our lives giving us the family we never thought we’d have in America. You can imagine why I’m so biased to Filipino food: it’s more than a plate with familiar flavors, it represents a community and sense of belonging.</p><p>As I got older and away from my parents, I started exploring other cultures to see where else I might fit in. While being so close to my heritage hasn’t made things easy — especially with my constant white rice cravings I developed from eating the side dish with all my Filipino food — I’ve done what I can to bridge my worlds together. For instance, I never go to Buffalo Wild Wings without a <a href="" target="_blank">Tupperware</a> of rice and I’m obsessed with Rice to Riches’ rice pudding dessert in New York.</p><p>Recently, I went into the belly of the beast: Italy. While they eat as much pasta and pizza as I do rice, I was convinced I couldn’t be more different than Italians. I didn’t think this was a bad thing as I was ready to try new foods and dishes during my adventure to Rome, Florence, and Venice, but I was shocked to find so many similarities between Italian and Filipino food. After getting tired of scarfing down Rome’s quintessential street food <a href="" target="_blank">supplì</a> — which felt familiar as they’re fried rice balls filled with meat, tomato sauce, and melted mozzarella — my boyfriend pushed me to try an authentic Italian dinner. I ordered a heaping bowl of Roman oxtail stew, a classic local recipe in which the meat is braised with tomatoes and celery resulting in flavors that made me feel like I was in my mom’s kitchen. The stew is similar to my favorite Filipino dish, Kare Kare, or slow-cooked oxtail with a peanut-based sauce. Though the sauces were different, I was amazed oxtail was even an option on the menu.</p><img alt="Mercato Centrale (Central Market) di San Lorenzo, the street food area "src=""><p>Once we got to Florence, we slowed down on the multi-course meals and went to the city’s food hall, Mercato Centrale, to find something more affordable. Walking past the expensive truffle options, we found Il Frito e le Polpette, a fried food station featuring fried chicken, vegetables, and Filipino staple tripe. While Filipinos don’t batter and fry the animal stomach lining, I took the idea to my mom and she’s definitely into trying it. Venice was the last stop and I was expecting fancy plates of overpriced seafood, but a recommendation to a <a href="" target="_blank">hole in a wall place</a> brought us to a small pot of fish served with the skin, bones, and tail still in tact. A fillet may be easier to eat, but nothing beats how good a whole fish tastes.</p><img alt="Cured meats for sale at San Lorenzo market. "src=""><p>While I was dreading not having my precious Filipino food for the week that we were there, this experience actually opened my eyes to doing more traveling and seeing where else my native cuisine aligns with other countries.</p>
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This Luxury Beach Resort Is Where People Escape Dubai to Relax in the Sun and the Spa

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 12:02
<p>You’ve heard of <a href="">Dubai</a>, its dramatic skyscrapers and over-the-top construction projects that race to out-achieve one another. And you’ve heard of Abu Dhabi, a cultural diamond with one of the world’s most beautiful mosques and the <a href="">second outpost of the Louvre</a>. But chances are you’ve never heard of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the lesser-known of the UAE’s seven emirates, and a popular beach destination for locals and foreigners alike.</p><p>A little over an hour drive from Dubai — and easily accessible from Europe and the rest of the world thanks to luxurious non-stop flights to Dubai on <a href="">Emirates</a> — Ras Al Khaimah is unassuming from the highway, past the jungle of glass mega-structures and into the wild desert where herds of camels lounge in the distance. It’s here, in this sandy abyss, you’ll find the <a href="">Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah</a>, a luxurious desert oasis tucked away with a pristine private beach, swimming pools, world-class restaurants, and one of the most gorgeous hotel lobbies you’ve ever seen.</p><img alt="Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah Lobby "src=""><p>Ras Al Khaimah is a great destination for two types of travelers: people looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Dubai and travelers looking for an off-beat beach destination that offers more than just sun and sand, (beach sand, I mean) as the Emirate also offers plenty of adventurous activities. Ras Al Khaimah is great for families and, if you root yourself at the Waldorf Astoria, everyone in your group will find an activity that will make them smile.</p><p>An obvious draw is the turquoise water. On the beach of the Arabian Sea I found scores of families — babies to grandparents — lining the beaches, soaking up the warm Middle Eastern sun while influencers floated in the water on unicorn floaties. While there are plenty of chairs to spend a day basking in the sun, the resort offers a wide array of water sports for people looking for a little more action. Rent a jet ski to get out on the water or go parasailing to get a bird’s-eye view of the castle-like hotel. For the family, spend a day deep sea fishing or pile onto a banana tube for some serious laughter.</p><img alt="Pool. Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah "src=""><p>While the beach is fun, no relaxing escape is complete without a visit to the <a href="">spa</a> — and the Waldorf’s is no exception. Designed with an underwater theme to compliment the nearby sea, the spa offers 12 treatment rooms, plus one swanky suite perfect for couples, to pull you away from the stress of your life. The <a href="">spa’s signature treatment</a>, the Emerald, will have you wrapped in fresh seaweed while warm and cool stones work to give you “perfect energy equilibrium.” Whatever treatment you decide, be sure to spend some quality time simply relaxing in the steam rooms and signature herbal sauna.</p><img alt="Peacock Alley, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah "src=""><p>With 10 restaurants and bars, the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah has food for every palate, and international options that will probably have you trying something new. <a href="">Umi</a> gives guests a taste of Japan, offering sushi and sashimi creations and a Teppanyaki grill. For a traditional but elegant Middle Eastern meal, book a table at <a href="">Marjan</a>, located high above the beach with sweeping views of the sea. After dinner, head to Peacock Alley in the stunning hotel lobby for cocktails and live music from a stunning white grand piano. Or, if you want to turn up the volume, head outside to Siddharta Lounge for a club-like atmosphere with live DJs, fresh cocktails, and a pool.</p><p>But besides the luxury of the beach and the resort, <a href="">adventure activities in the area</a> are a big pull for guests to the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. The hotel can help guests join a desert safari with bedouin people and belly dancers under the stars or rent dune buggies to go off-roading on sand dunes. Or for an elevated thrill (literally) glide on the <a href="">world’s longest zip line</a> through the Hajar Mountains with a stop at the highest foot bridge in the UAE dangling off the side of a cliff.</p><img alt="Waldorf Astoria Aston Martin Experience "src=""><p>I had the opportunity to take advantage of Waldorf Astoria’s <a href="">partnership with Aston Martin</a>, where guests can take one of the powerful sports cars on a solo or accompanied drive through the local streets and highways. Cruising through the desert with the windows down in a car that’s more accustomed to the rich and famous was a feeling I’ll never forget. The roar of the engine of my <a href="">Aston Martin Vantage</a> was a different feeling than the roar of Brooklyn’s J train. Even if you don’t make it to Ras Al Khaimah, Waldorf Astoria lets guests drive Aston Martins on select dates at properties around the world including Shanghai, Las Vegas, and more.</p><img alt="Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah Suite "src=""><p>But of course, after a long day of swimming in the sea or pool, relaxing in the spa, gorging on sushi, and driving like a professional racecar driver, there’s nothing better than collapsing in a comfortable room. Swing for a king deluxe room with a balcony and sea view so you can watch the sunset while listening to waves ebb and flow on the beach below. When you finally pull yourself back inside, rest your head on down and feather pillows to drift off to sleep thinking about the fact you get to it all again tomorrow.</p><p><em>Waldorf Astoria and Aston Martin provided support for the reporting of this story.</em></p>
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10 Cruise Lines Retirees Will Fall in Love With

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 11:02
<p>Cruises offer advantages for travelers of all ages, <a href="">but for seniors</a>, the conveniences may be especially important. Of course, for everyone, there are the benefits of being able to visit many destinations without packing and unpacking, arranging flights, transfers, checking in and out of hotels, finding restaurants, and booking tickets for sights. For seniors with limited mobility, those cruise features just might mean the difference between taking a wonderful trip or staying home.</p><p>We should point out here that generalizing about individuals of any age, especially seniors, just doesn’t work. Physically, many are as active and capable as 25 year-olds, while others may have limitations that prevent long walks or managing heavy luggage. Some are curious and want to see every detail on an itinerary; others are content to relax and watch the scenery go by. Many are entertained by learning new things or hearing from expert lecturers, while others enjoy music, dance, or theater. Limited budgets are not unusual among seniors with fixed incomes, while others can afford to choose more <a href="">luxurious options</a>.</p><p>There are <a href="">cruises that meet every need</a>. In fact, most <a href="">large ships</a> have so much to offer that couples or groups of friends cruising together can choose the activities they enjoy most and then join for dinner or cocktails at the end of the day. <a href="">Solo travelers</a> have opportunities to meet others during meals, excursions, or onboard activities. Many cruise companies and ships pay particular attention to amenities that make travel easier and more appealing for seniors, especially those with special needs.</p><p>That said, these are the 10 best cruises for seniors, according to our research. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">More cruise vacations</a></p><h2>River Cruising</h2><img alt="View from the deck of the Viking Aquavit river cruise ship "src=""><p>Increasing in popularity with new ships added each year, <a href="">river cruising </a>is ideal for seniors.</p><p>Ports are usually close to cities, sailing is smooth, ships are small (with usually no more than 200 passengers), and most shore excursions offer several levels of walking intensity. For those who prefer to stay onboard, comfortable lounges, outdoor seating, and stateroom balconies provide the perfect view.</p><p>European rivers are among the most traveled, especially the Rhine and Danube, with lovely towns to see and visit. Others are the Douro, Seine, and Rhone as well as the Mekong in Vietnam, the Nile in Egypt, and the Volga in Russia. Cruises range from a week to as long as three weeks when several rivers are combined. Specialty river cruises might focus on food, wine, or Christmas markets. These are the top river cruise lines for seniors.</p><h2>River Cruise Lines</h2><p><a href="">Viking River Cruises</a> are adults-only, and on several rivers, their “Longships” offer larger suites and outdoor dining. Musical performances, lectures, cooking demonstrations, and destination insights provide plenty to do onboard.</p><p><a href="">AmaWaterways</a> focuses on European cruises, and their new AmaMagna, sailing the Danube, offers twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, allowing for more lounge space and additional dining options. A range of shore excursions ensures something for everyone’s interests and abilities at each port.</p><p><a href="">Avalon Waterways</a> offers river cruises as short as 4-5 days for those who want to “test the waters” before a longer commitment. Also, their Panorama Suites with floor to ceiling windows make your cabin one of the most comfortable places to watch the view as you sail by.</p><img alt="Crystal Mozart sailing on the river "src=""><p><a href="">Crystal River Cruises</a> sails the rivers of Europe in luxury with 24-hour butler service and all-day in-room dining. All-inclusive pricing means no worries about gratuities onboard or ashore, and airport transfers, wine, and spirits are included.</p><p><a href="">American Cruise Lines</a> sails the rivers of the United States — including the Mississippi, the Ohio, the Hudson, the Columbia and Snake Rivers, and waterways in Alaska, Florida, and the South. There’s plenty to see, and no overseas flights are required to explore the U.S.A.</p><h2>Ocean Cruises</h2><img alt="Dining room on board Holland America Koenigsdam ship "src=""><p>Ships are usually larger and trips are longer, although it depends on the destination. Megaships have capacities of around 2,000 to 6,000 passengers; mid-size ships carry about 1,000-2500; small ships can hold around 1200 or less. Naturally, more dining options, entertainment, pools, and public areas are available on larger vessels. For seniors who are more comfortable remaining on the ship, there are many opportunities to keep busy, and the ship is a destination in itself. Travelers with limited mobility may choose shore visits carefully or decide to enjoy the view from afar as they take advantage of the ship’s amenities and social scene.</p><p>Many oceangoing ships have accessible cabins and elevators, wheelchair-width doorways, and even special equipment to aid in boarding a smaller boat for shore excursions. Several have medical care and physicians aboard—a benefit for all passengers, not just seniors—for emergencies or illness. Most cruise companies request that they be advised of their passengers’ special needs at least 45 days before departure to ensure that proper accommodations are arranged.</p><h2>Oceangoing Cruise Lines</h2><p><a href="">Holland America Line</a> cruises the world from Alaska to South America, Antarctica, Canada, New England, the Caribbean, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. The line offers staterooms with <a href="">mobility assistive features</a> such as space for wheelchairs and scooters, roll-in showers, grab bars, and lift systems to make tenders (smaller ships that go ashore in some ports) wheelchair accessible. Provisions are made on most ships for deaf or hearing-impaired passengers.</p><img alt="Seabourn Odyssey cruise ship on the Adriatic Sea "src=""><p><a href="">Seabourn Cruise Line</a> cruises the world from Australia and New Zealand, Asia, India, Africa, Antarctica, Alaska, and the Caribbean, to the Arctic, Northern Europe, and more. Staterooms specially designed for guests who require mobility assistance are available. Service animals are permitted (but not pets or therapy companions) as long as proper paperwork and vaccinations are current. Provisions are available for passengers who have limited eyesight or hearing, including large print or Braille menus and visual emergency alarms.</p><p><a href="">Azamara</a>’s mid-sized ships sail to North America, South America, the Caribbean, Northern, Western, and Mediterranean Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. Azamara takes an extra step even before the cruise by offering assistance getting on and off the ship for boarding and shore excursions. With advance notice, Azamara will even make arrangements for transportation from the airport to the pier.</p><p><a href="">Silversea</a>’s small luxury ships range in size from 50 to 304 suites for travelers who prefer more intimate surroundings and atmosphere. In addition, smaller ships can generally anchor closer to port cities, so disembarking is more convenient, and views are more interesting for those who stay on the ship. With butler service, gourmet meals, beverages including premium spirits, gratuities, and activities all covered in the price, Silversea’s cruises are not likely to attract children, which may be a plus for some seniors (as much as they might love their grandkids!).</p><p><a href="">Princess Cruises</a>, considered by many to be one of the best cruise lines for seniors, offers many options—various departure cities, one-way or round-trip cruises, and <a href="">Cruisetours</a> that include extended land excursions. Without even leaving the ship, passengers can meet sled dog puppies and handlers, hear from mountain climbers, fishermen, and loggers, and learn from experts about Alaskan wildlife. Most important, they can enjoy spectacular views from the comfort of the ship and marvel at sights unique to the 49th State.</p>
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This 3-in-1 Jacket Is Waterproof, Packable, and the Only One I’ve Been Wearing for Weeks

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 11:02
<p><a data-ecommerce="true" href=";us-en;whomepage;1;hero;carousel;robertgellercollection" target="_blank">Lululemon's "Travel Suit" collaboration with Robert Geller</a> dropped <a href="">just this week</a>, but I've been waiting to talk about the 3-in-1, waterproof, <em>and</em> <a href="">packable jacket</a> in the collection for nearly a month. I've never had a more reliable jacket in my life, much less one that I'm excited to pack and even show off.</p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";clickref=1011l7F8Dc4L&amp;CID=PHG_aff" target="_blank">Take The Moment Parka</a> is unisex, so it looks fantastic over athletic wear or athleisure and adds an edge to any other outfit. The waterproof outer shell, which is a beautiful and versatile washed camouflage print, is lined with a detachable indigo lightweight puffer vest. Both the outer shell and the vest have detachable hoods, so I would argue this piece can be worn more than just three ways. </p><img alt="Lululemon Robert Geller Parka "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";clickref=1011l7F8Dc4L&amp;CID=PHG_aff" target="_blank"></a>, $598</p><p>Easily disassembled and designed especially for city commuters, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";clickref=1011l7F8Dc4L&amp;CID=PHG_aff" target="_blank">Take The Moment Parka</a> is the ultimate on-the-go jacket. It can be shoved into a bag as a "just in case" layer and emerge unscathed and unwrinkled the second it starts to unexpectedly rain or get a little windy. Packing this jacket requires no thought, much less the concern often derived from having to pack for winter trips or cold-weather destinations. It's an ideal layering piece — so pack it along with a few turtlenecks and you're good to go. </p><p>As part of the <a href="">Lululemon x Robert Geller collection</a>, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";clickref=1011l7F8Dc4L&amp;CID=PHG_aff" target="_blank">Take The Moment Parka</a> pairs seamlessly with the other "Travel Suit" pieces, proving the jacket's versatility. I can pop it on on my way to the gym in the morning, wear it to work, then pair it with tall black heels, a turtleneck, and gold jewelry to wear out for the evening. </p><p>Most days, I don't even need a purse. The parka has two large pockets on the front with hidden media pockets, so without the jacket looking or even feeling bulky, I'm able to carry my phone, keys, wallet, and a lip balm or two on my person. No fuss.</p><img alt="Lululemon Robert Geller Parka "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";clickref=1011l7F8Dc4L&amp;CID=PHG_aff" target="_blank"></a>, $598</p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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This Rechargeable Hand Warmer Will Get You Through the Coldest Winter Days

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 10:30
<p>Whether you're hitting the slopes, <a href="">heading out for a wintertime hike</a>, or just commuting in particularly cold weather, hand warmers have long been a seasonal essential. However, one-time use hand warmers aren't always effective and, of course, have to be tossed after one use. If you already have your go-to <a href="">parka</a>, <a href="">snow boots</a>, and a <a href="">cozy beanie</a>, this handy device is the next cold weather accessory you'll want to add to your collection to keep you warm all winter long. </p><p>Enter the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlliferechargeablehandwarmermdiamondfeb20-20&amp;linkId=1415a6fcf18d95b0c073de160d582064">Rechargeable Hand Warmer</a> from KARECEL. This compact yet powerful device offers four to eight hours of consistent, adjustable heat. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">cold weather essentials</a></p><img alt="Black and White Rechargeable Hand Warmer "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlliferechargeablehandwarmermdiamondfeb20-20&amp;linkId=1415a6fcf18d95b0c073de160d582064"></a>, $26</p><p>The device measures approximately four inches long and nearly three inches thick, so it can easily fit in the palm of your hand or pocket. It features three heat settings, starting at 104 degrees Farenheit and going all the way up to 131 degrees Farenheit. Despite its capacity for high temperatures, it's designed to be shockproof, anti-scald, and free of radiation. </p><p>In addition to warming up your hands at the touch of a button, the device can also be used as a portable charger for smartphones and other small electronics. Thanks to a USB port, it's also easily rechargeable. </p><p>Amazon shoppers have raved about the functionality and convenience of this hand warmer. "This is an absolute life saver!!! I have season tickets for my local NHL team and it gets so cold in the arena but I really don’t like to wear gloves so I figured I would give this a try and it’s amazing! I can warm my hands and charge my phone. It’s absolutely perfect. It’s a great size and lightweight," one reviewer wrote.</p><p>Another reviewer mentioned that the hand warmer makes their job as a photographer much easier in the winter. "For photographers and everyone who spends time outside in below freezing weather — this little hand warmer (about the size of an old flip phone) was a fantastic find. It lets me flip the fingers of my gloves off to adjust my camera and take photos on the coldest winter days but then bring their temperature back up quickly. The handwarmer heats up quickly and can be adjusted from lukewarm to almost too hot. No pain from being too cold for too long when you keep these in your pocket." </p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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You Can Wear This Versatile Bag As a Crossbody Purse, Clutch, and Belt Bag

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 10:16
<p>There are many factors to consider when buying a purse, specifically with travel in mind. Smaller bags often make sense when you're on the go, especially when you can easily throw them in a larger <a href="">carry-on</a> or suitcase. Whether you're headed out for the night or want to pack light for the day while traveling, <a href="">crossbody</a> and <a href="">belt bags</a> are two stellar options. Both allow you to <a href="">keep your essentials within reach</a> while remaining hands-free, so you don't have to worry about always adjusting your bag to make sure your belongings are secure. </p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Convertible Clutch</a> from Cuyana is a versatile bag that is perfect for travel thanks to the multiple ways you can wear it, as well as its convenient organizational pockets. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">travel bags</a></p><img alt="Multiple Colors of Leather Clutch "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $165</p><p>On the outside, the bag looks like a stylish, sleek leather clutch. Based on looks alone, this bag is worth coveting. However, its organizational elements on the interior as well as its versatility make this bag stand out as a must-have travel piece. When you fold the bag open, you'll find zippered and slip pockets, a bill fold, and six card slots. While remaining compact in size, this purse can still easily fit your smartphone, keys, and other small essentials. Plus, you don't even have to carry a wallet with this bag thanks to the bill fold and card slots. </p><p>Hidden d-rings on the inside of the bag allow you to add on an <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">adjustable strap</a>, which will allow you to wear it as a crossbody purse or belt bag. In luxe pebbled leather, you can choose from Black, Blush, Caramel, and Ecru, all of which can be monogrammed. The bag also comes in both Black and Navy in a Croc-embossed texture. </p><p>No matter how you wear this bag, you'll be sure to stay organized <em>and </em>stylish on your next trip.</p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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See Every Corner of the U.S. With This Cross-country Train Journey That Only Costs $1,000

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 17:33
<p>In 2019, more people than ever before <a href="">took to the railways</a> around the United States. According to Amtrak, it saw a rider increase of three percent on its Washington DC, to Boston route, as well as a four percent increase in premium "Acela" high-speed service. However, there’s one place where they need more riders, and that is long-distance routes, which saw ridership climb just one percent throughout the year.</p><p>That slow growth of <a href="">longer routes</a> may simply come down to people not understanding just how many options are available to them. But, that’s where Wanderu’s new cross-country train map comes in.</p><p>In February, Wanderu, a transportation booking website, released a brand-new map that will help people travel on a massive train loop all over the United States. And here’s the best part: The entire journey can be done for less than $1,000 and takes just seven days to complete.</p><img alt="Wanderu's Amtrak Loop around the U.S. "src=""><p>The route takes guests from New England down the eastern seaboard straight to the South, crosses over the Sun Belt, up the West Coast, crossing to the upper Midwest and Rust Belt, and right back to New England.</p><p>The one thing the team at Wanderu is warning potential passengers about is the fact that some legs of the route are a little lengthy.</p><p>“We admit, you’d probably have to be a special kind of extra to ride 46 straight hours on a train,” the team wrote in a blog post. “Not that we’re judging — if you’ve got that kind of longevity then kudos!”</p><p>However, those that want to do the route and take their time still can as they can get on and off wherever and whenever they’d like. And passengers may want to do just that considering the loop is made up of some of the <a href="">most scenic Amtrak routes</a> in the country.</p><p>The route around the United States includes taking a train from Boston, MA to Washington, DC. Next, guests will hop aboard a train from DC to New Orleans. From there it’s a train to Los Angeles, direct to Seattle, Seattle to Chicago, then on to Cleveland. From Ohio, guests will head to Albany, NY, and finally settle back in Boston.</p><p>Want to take the entire route or find your own partial journey? Check out the <a href="">Wanderu map</a> and get your tickets on Amtrak now.</p>
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Spend Valentine’s Day Under Grand Central Terminal’s Famous Zodiac Ceiling by Winning This Romantic Dinner for Two

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 17:18
<p>Valentine’s Day spent <a href="">under the stars sounds</a> just about as romantic as it gets. But Valentine’s Day spent under the constellations in the middle of <a href="">New York City</a> — with no one else around, to boot — sounds impossibly dreamy.</p><p>That's exactly the glamorous celebration one lucky couple can win, spending Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner for two under <a href="">Grand Central Terminal</a>’s zodiac ceiling. Winners will dine on a three-course dinner with wine pairings from Nordic Michelin-star restaurant Agern as well as cocktails from the Campbell Bar, gifts from Diptyque and a box of Li-Lac Chocolates to sweeten up the night.</p><p>And to up the romance even more, a Steinway artist will perform live on a Steinway &amp; Sons grand piano.</p><p>There is a catch, however: in order to have this quiet and exclusive experience, diners have to agree to eat from 2:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 14 since the terminal closes to the public at 2 a.m. and reopens at 5:30 a.m.</p><p>But not to worry, as part of the “<a href="">Valentines Under the Stars</a>” prize, Grand Central is putting the lucky winners up in the Presidential Suite at the Grand Hyatt New York hotel behind the terminal.</p><p>To enter, couples need to like the <a href="">Valentines Under the Stars post on Instagram</a>, comment with the name of the person they want to share the experience with, and follow <a href="">@love.gct</a>. You need to enter by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 7, and winners will be notified via a direct message on Instagram on Feb. 10.</p><p>Grand Central was <a href="">first opened in 1913</a> and has maintained much of its beaux-arts charm. The iconic ceiling is made up of 12 constellations painted in gold leaf as well as 2,500 stars, including 59 that are lit by LED lights, <a href="">according to the terminal</a>.</p><p>And if you look closely, you’ll notice that the zodiac is in fact painted backwards. While the terminal says it’s not clear exactly how it happened, “Grand Central’s founder and benefactor Cornelius Vanderbilt claimed that it was no accident; the zodiac was intended to be viewed from a divine perspective, rather than a human one, inside his temple to transportation.”</p>
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Singapore Couple Forced to Attend Own Wedding Via Livestream Due to Coronavirus Fears

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 16:58
<p>The coronavirus appears to be spreading at a rapid clip around the globe, with <a href="">thousands of new confirmed cases</a> and <a href="">dozens of new deaths</a> surfacing in recent days.</p><p>The virus, now considered a global health emergency by the World Health Organization, is wreaking havoc on travel, the economy, and now weddings, too.</p><p><a href="">According to the <em>BBC</em></a>, Joseph Yew and his wife, Kang Ting, had just returned to their home in Singapore after a trip to China a few days prior to their wedding. Although their family and friends were excited for the couple to tie the knot, they weren’t as thrilled to attend with two people who may now be carrying the coronavirus.</p><p>So, the couple came up with a plan: Rather than attend their own wedding, they’d allow guests to enjoy the day while they livestreamed into the event from a safe distance.</p><p>"We wanted to postpone the wedding, but the hotel was not willing to,” the couple said in an interview with the <em>BBC</em>. “They said everything had been arranged and it was non-negotiable. So we felt like we had no choice but to proceed with the wedding."</p><p>The couple then told their family about their plan to teleconference into the event, saying many of their guests were "shocked" with the choice.</p><p>"I think if we had been there, the atmosphere would be different. People would have been wary,” Yew said. "My parents were not [happy about it] at first, but they eventually agreed."</p><p>As for the event, the couple said they were not sad, but rather just a bit disappointed to not be able to attend in person.</p><p>"We thanked the guests for coming and told them to enjoy the dinner," Yew said. "I think there were no other options, so [I have] no regrets."</p><p>While some fears about the virus are valid, there are many untruths circling the web. Take a look at <a href="">our guide to coronavirus</a>, including which countries are impacted, how airlines and cruises are responding, what you can do to stay safe, and more. </p>
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Australia Receives Welcome Rain, Helping to Put Out One-third of Its Wildfires (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 16:55
<p>Torrential rains in the Australian state of New South Wales put out 20 of the 60 fires that had been blazing.</p><p>“It was fantastic to wake up to much-needed rain this morning!" Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore <a href="http://">tweeted</a> on Friday. Today has already been the wettest Sydney day in 15 months, and thankfully it’s raining across NSW where we need it most.”</p><p>About 1,200 firefighters are still trying to contain the remaining fires, but doing so with help from nature, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service <a href=";theater">shared of Facebook.</a> </p><p>Some areas of New South Wales received four to six inches of rain within 24 hours. It is a welcome relief for parts of the land that have been in a drought for the past three years.</p><img alt="Rain in Sydney, Australia "src=""><p>Rain is expected to continue through the weekend and into next week for the southern parts of New South Wales. There is a warning of flash floods in Sydney and along Australia’s eastern coast from Brisbane down to Melbourne, <a href="">according to <em>The BBC.</em></a> Heavy windfall and “abnormally high” tides are expected.</p><p>However, <a href="">the largest blazes in New South Wales</a>, inland south and <a href="">near the capital of Canberra</a>, have received very little rain and are still burning thousands of acres.</p><p>Australia’s fire season started back in September and could run until April. It has killed more than 20 people and <a href="">an estimated one billion animals</a> while destroying millions of acres of land, an area comparable to the size of England. And the worst may still be yet to come for the states of Victoria and Southern Australia.</p>
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Everything You Need to Know If You're Traveling During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 16:00
<p>As more than 31,500 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, flights and cruises have cancelled their routes and cities are under quarantine. Starting in Wuhan, China the virus has rampantly spread to other parts of Asia, Europe and the U.S leading to more than 600 deaths. </p><p>Here is everything you need to know about traveling while coronavirus spreads.</p><h2><b>What is coronavirus?</b></h2><p>Coronavirus is a specific strain of coronavirus called 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV. It was first discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.</p><p>“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats,” <a href="">according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)</a>. And 2019-nCoV is the most recent “novel” version found.</p><p>Both Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are caused by a coronavirus, but not the strain that’s currently circulating.</p><h2><b>What are the symptoms of coronavirus?</b></h2><p>The first symptoms of Coronavirus feel a lot like the flu. “You'll get a fever, cough — it’s primarily a lower respiratory virus — general malaise, there may be some gastrointestinal distress,” Dr. Rebecca Katz, a professor and the director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, <a href="">recently told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</a> When complications of the virus occur, patients could develop pneumonia or kidney-related issues, which could lead to death.</p><h2><b>What should you do to prevent coronavirus?</b></h2><p>You can protect yourself from catching coronavirus the same way you’d protect yourself from catching any other virus. Wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and be sure to thoroughly cook all meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with people you may see coughing or sneezing.</p><img alt="Medical workers help patients infected with coronavirus "src=""><h2><b>Which countries are impacted by coronavirus? </b></h2><p>As the virus has affected the world, <a href="">Professors from Johns Hopkins University have developed a real-time map</a> to track confirmed cases of coronavirus as it spreads.</p><p><b>China: </b>The overwhelming majority of coronavirus cases are within mainland China.</p><p>Conditions in Wuhan, where the virus was first detected were likened to a wartime scenario this week. <a href="">The city has been completely quarantined from the rest of China</a>, with transportation links cut. Streets and shelves are empty as residents are urged to go outside only for essential supplies. There have also been two makeshift hospitals put in place to accommodate all patients. </p><p>While museums are closed until further notice, China’s National Cultural Heritage Administration <a href="">has put much of its collection online</a> for visitors to peruse.</p><p>Macau <a href="">has completely shut down</a> for two weeks and none of its famous casinos will be open.</p><p>A scientist from Hong Kong<b> </b>believes the city already has a community outbreak of coronavirus, <a href="">according to the <i>South China Morning Post</i></a>. Several of the city’s 21 infected patients had not visited mainland China within the 14 days prior to their diagnosis. Effective Saturday, those from mainland China entering Hong Kong will be subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.</p><p>The doctor who first discovered this straint of coronavirus and alerted authorities, Li Wenliang, has died at age 34 of the disease. China has launched an investigation into his death and as to why according to <a href="">a statement released by the official Xinhua news agency.</a></p><p>"We express our deep condolences and sadness, pay our tribute to him for fighting on the front line against the epidemic, and show our sincere sympathy to his family," the local government said in the statement. </p><p><strong>Taiwan: </strong><a href="">Announced Thursday</a> it would no longer process online or landing visas for citizens of Hong Kong or Macau. The suspension will continue indefinitely. Those who have an urgent need to travel to Taiwan must appear at a consulate in their city and prove that they have not been to mainland China within the past 14 days. Those who have visited and were already granted visas are instructed to self-impose a quarantine, punishable by an almost $5,000 fine. Taiwan has also banned all cruise ships from docking at its ports.</p><p><b>Japan:</b> A total of 25 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Japan. It is the most affected country outside of China, however no deaths have been reported. Japan’s response to the coronavirus outbreak has been laxer than other countries.<a href=""> Tokyo has only imposed an entry ban</a> for travelers who have been to the Hubei Province within the last 14 days or those who have a passport issued from Hubei. <a href="">Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was adamant that the outbreak</a> will not affect the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer.</p><p>The other most affected Asian countries are, in order, Singapore, Thailand and South Korea.</p><p><b>Australia </b>closed its borders to foreign arrivals who have been in China within the past 14 days. Australians who are arriving home from China are <a href="">being met with additional health screenings</a>. There have been 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia.</p><p>Australia flew out 243 citizens who wished to leave Wuhan and transferred them to quarantine on Christmas Island in an immigration detention center, <a href="">according to the <i>New York Times</i>.</a></p><p><b>U.S.: </b>The U.S. has confirmed a total of 12 coronavirus cases since the outbreak.</p><p>The borders have been closed to <a href="">anyone who has been in China within the last 14 days</a>. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) now requires airlines to ask passengers on inbound flights if they have visited mainland China in the past 14 days, If they have, they are rerouted to screening centers at one of several airports around the country, including New York JFK and Los Angeles International. If passengers show no symptoms during their enhanced screening, they are rebooked to their final destination — although they are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.</p><p>On Thursday, <a href="">two U.S. planes brought about 300 passengers out of Wuhan</a>. It is expected to be one of the last government-chartered flights to evacuate Americans and their families from the center of the epidemic.</p><h2><b>How are airlines responding? </b></h2><p>Airlines around the world <a href="">have halted service to mainland China</a> amid warnings from the World Health Organization.</p><p><a href="">In a statement</a>, Lufthansa Group (including Austrian Airlines and SWISS) said they will not accept new bookings to China through the end of February, however the airlines will continue to operate flights to Hong Kong. British Airways announced an “immediate” suspension of flights to mainland China. <a href=""><em>Reuters</em> reported</a> that there are no flights available to China with the airline through the end of February. Air Canada has also temporarily suspended flights to Beijing and Shanghai.</p><p>United, American and Delta <a href="">have all suspended their service to China,</a> citing low demand. The longest of these cancellations is with Delta, who have suspended mainland China service until April 30.</p><p>All airlines will continue to monitor the situation and could change their schedules should there be any change in the situation in China. Many airlines are still operating flights to Hong Kong. Travelers should contact their airline directly for more information.</p><p>Airlines are also looking out for their employees as flight attendants on Cathay Pacific were first told to wear masks while working and have now been <a href="">asked to take three weeks of unpaid leave</a> between March 1 and the end of June, due to a “significant” drop in demand for flights. </p><p>Thai Airways is practicing extreme precautions as they are <a href="">spraying down cabins</a> with a disinfectant after each flight. </p><img alt="Pasengers getting their temperature taken "src=""><h2><b>How are cruises responding?</b></h2><p>While cruise lines have released their own safety in how their handling the outbreak, isolated incidents have occured on various ships. </p><p>At least 61 passengers on a Japanese cruise ship <a href="">have been diagnosed</a> with coronavirus. The ship was initially quarantined when an 80-year-old passenger boarded in the Japanese port of Yokohama after having been diagnosed. Sickened passengers have been transported to a hospital on the mainland for treatment.</p><p>A ship in Italy <a href="">couldn’t offload passengers</a> last week for fear that two of them had contracted the virus.</p><p>Cruise Lines International Association, whose members include many international cruise lines, <a href="">said in a statement last week</a> that its members “have suspended crew movements from mainland China and will deny boarding to any individual, whether guest or crew, who has traveled from or through mainland China within the previous 14 days.”</p><p>On Friday, a Royal Caribbean cruise docked in Bayonne, N.J. — 20 miles away New York City — with passengers that will be assessed for coronavirus as they deboard. </p><p>"There are folks on the ship that have a history of travel to China and so CDC and local health officials are going to board the ship when it docks to do an assessment in port for coronavirus," a CDC source <a href="">told <em>CNN.</em></a> </p><p>Four passengers have been sent to the hospital, <a href="">according to <em></em></a> </p><p>For future cruise plans to China, the managing editor of Cruise Critic recently <a href="">told </a><em><a href="">T+L,</a> "I</em>t’s best to contact your cruise line or travel advisor directly with any questions or concerns,” adding, “All cruise lines that have canceled cruises are offering affected guests the option to receive a full refund.”</p><h2><b>Should I cancel my trip because of the coronavirus outbreak? </b></h2><p>Earlier this week, <a href="">the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4</a> — its highest level — warning, notifying Americans not to travel to China. <a href="">The CDC also issued a warning</a> against all nonessential travel to China. However, this does not include Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan.</p><p>The State Department hasn’t issued any health-related travel advisories against any other Asian countries.</p><p>To ensure any upcoming travel plans, calling your hotel and airline directly as well as monitoring updates and alerts will give you the current information. </p>
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