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You Can Stay in This Royal Villa on Lake Como — but Don't Try to Sleep in Napoleon's Bed

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:02
<p><a href="https://www.grandhoteltremezzo.com/en/villa-sola/" target="_blank">Villa Sola Cabiati</a>, once the home of Charles II, king of Naples, and later the summer abode of Duke Gabrio Serbelloni, can now be your holiday destination of a lifetime. You’ll just need to gather 11 friends to share the experience and the cost of about $10,000 a day. Closed to the public for decades, the villa is now under the exclusive management of the nearby five-star <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/luxury-hotels/grand-hotel-tremezzo-lake-como-secret-spa-suite" target="_blank">Grand Hotel Tremezzo</a>.</p><p>The bed slept in by Napoleon and his wife Josephine has been housed within the villa since it was moved there from Milan during World War II. Two upper floors have been set aside as a museum for an extraordinary collection of tapestries, ancient paintings, period antiques, and other treasures — including the bed — collected over the years by Duke Serbelloni and his descendants.</p><img alt="Gianvico Suite at the Villa Sola Cabiati "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527876455/villa-soa-cabiati-gianvico-suite-VILLASOLA0618.jpg?itok=vK-_VbKI"><img alt="Nora Suite at the Villa Sola Cabiati, Lake Como, Italy "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527876455/villa-sola-cabiati-nora-suite-VILLASOLA0618.jpg?itok=Ad2Wpcid"><img alt="Andrea Suite at the Villa Sola Cabiati, Lake Como, Italy "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527876455/villa-sola-cabiati-andrea-suite-VILLASOLA0618.jpg?itok=V9gyuDG8"><p>Six individually decorated bedroom suites, a heated pool, garden, and three floors of exquisitely furnished living, dining, and lounging spaces are available for guests of the villa, which must be rented in its entirety. Modern conveniences like satellite TV, remote-controlled music, Wi-Fi, and a fully equipped kitchen are available, but you might want to ignore those to truly step back in time and enjoy the fantasy of your own dukedom for a few days.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-italy" target="_blank">The Best Times to Visit Italy for Good Weather, Deals, and Wine</a></p><p>An on-site chef will prepare a welcome dinner, daily breakfast, and private meals if you desire. In addition, all the restaurants and bars at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo are yours to enjoy as a guest of Villa Sola Cabiati. They include L’Escale, an informal trattoria, and La Terrazza, serving fine Italian cuisine, both with spectacular lake views.</p><p>Villa Sola Cabiati is open from June through September, and there are ways to experience the elegant lakefront property with its symmetrical garden and ornate gates should the sleepover plans not work out. Guided tours of the two museum floors can be arranged for those who want a glimpse of the rare collection that includes Stradivarius violins that were painted black for Marie Antoinette’s 1793 funeral. Weddings, romantic dinners in the Tuscan garden, poolside yoga, and special events may be arranged as well.</p><img alt="Villa Sola Cabiati, on Lake Como, Italy "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527876455/villa-sola-cabiati-lake-VILLASOLA0618.jpg?itok=K_1-c_ok"><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/cascate-del-mulino-italy-cliffside-hot-springs" target="_blank">These Cliffside Natural Hot Springs Are Italy's Best-kept Secret</a></p><p>A little more than an hour from Milan’s Malpensa Airport, the villa is a convenient base for exploring the Lake Como area by boat or car. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g187834-Bellagio_Lake_Como_Lombardy-Vacations.html" target="_blank">Bellagio</a>, once a Roman settlement and medieval fortification, is a fashionable town with shops and brightly colored houses. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g187837-Varenna_Lake_Como_Lombardy-Vacations.html" target="_blank">Varenna</a>, with its narrow streets, frescoed churches, and ancient palaces is another charming town to explore. The city of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g187835-Como_Lake_Como_Lombardy-Vacations.html" target="_blank">Como</a> offers shops, bars, restaurants, magnificent churches, and historic villas. <a href="http://www.lakecomofoodtours.com/" target="_blank">Lake Como Food Tours</a> arranges walking groups through Como for visitors who want to sample the local cheese, wines, and baked goods along with commentary on the city’s sights.</p><img alt="View of the pool at the Villa Sola Cabiati, on Lake Como, Italy "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527876455/villa-sola-cabiati-pool-VILLASOLA0618.jpg?itok=lA_NGbup"><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.fondoambiente.it/luoghi/villa-del-balbianello" target="_blank">Villa Del Balbianello</a>, situated on the tip of the Lavedo peninsula, should also be on your Lake Como itinerary. Set among lush, artistically landscaped gardens, the property evolved from a small Franciscan church to the villa built in the 18th century by Cardinal Durini as his summer residence. Through the years, the villa has been restored and for a time owned by American General Butler Ames and then finally by Milanese businessman Guido Monzino, an explorer and the first Italian to climb Mount Everest. His immense collection of art objects, souvenirs, maps, and travel memoirs is displayed along with lavish furnishings. He left the villa and its contents to Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI), Italy’s National Trust, to share with the public through guided tours.</p><p>Grand Hotel Tremezzo is the perfect partner for Villa Sola Cabiati, sharing its three distinctive pools, including the W.O.W. or Water on the Water pool that floats on Lake Como near its sand beach, sun beds, and <a href="https://www.grandhoteltremezzo.com/en/gourmet-experience/t-beach/" target="_blank">T Beach</a> for beverages and fine cuisine. The Garden Pool, with dazzling blue mosaics and floral surroundings, is inviting, especially with <a href="https://www.grandhoteltremezzo.com/en/gourmet-experience/t-pizza/" target="_blank">T Pizza</a> and cocktails nearby. Last, the indoor infinity spa pool with outdoor Jacuzzi is the perfect place to float after a <a href="https://www.grandhoteltremezzo.com/en/t-spa-lake-como/" target="_blank">luxurious spa treatment</a>.</p><p>Among Lake Como’s stunning villas, Villa Sola Cabiati is one of the grandest. An opportunity to visit or spend a few days behind its gold-tipped gates would be a memorable experience, even if you couldn’t sleep in Napoleon’s bed.</p>
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Jim Beam Will Fly You and Your Dad to Kentucky to Bond Over Bourbon for $25

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 09:31
<p>Let’s face it: When it comes to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/fathers-day-gift-ideas" target="_blank">Father’s Day gifts</a>, there is nothing new under the sun. After you’ve given dear old dad his 15th tie, you’re basically tapped out. Well, <a href="http://www.jimbeam.com/en-us" target="_blank">Jim Beam</a> is offering a creative solution to Father’s Day gifting fatigue: For the price of a bottle of Jim Beam Black, the whiskey makers <a href="https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/jim-beam-distillery-fathers-day-gift" target="_blank">will send you and your father on a bourbon-fueled bonding trip</a> to Kentucky.</p><p>For $25, bourbon lovers who purchase the Bonding Over Bourbon Experience on <a href="https://store.jimbeam.com/new/jim-beam-black-experience.html" target="_blank">JimBeam.com</a> will receive round-trip flights for two to Kentucky, a two-night stay at a Louisville hotel, a behind-the-scenes Jim Beam distillery tour, an exclusive meet and greet with a master distiller, dinner for two at a renowned Louisville restaurant, and a round of golf at a local course.</p><p>Not that you needed more incentive, but the package also includes a limited-edition Jim Beam Black box complete with a decanter, rocks glasses, and luggage tag.</p><p>"With this unique Father's Day gift package, we hope to provide <a href="https://www.beamsuntory.com/news/press-releases/jim-beam-blackr-curates-ultimate-fathers-day-gift-bonding-over-bourbon" target="_blank">the perfect setting for fathers and sons or daughters</a> to share some stories, create some new memories, and enjoy some good bourbon together with the Beam family," Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe said.</p><p>After a frenzied first day of sales, Jim Beam is restocking its <a href="https://store.jimbeam.com/new/jim-beam-black-experience.html" target="_blank">Bonding Over Bourbon Experience</a> on Thursday, June 7 at 11 a.m. ET. The first round of packages sold out in 11 minutes, so you’ll have to act fast to snap up this opportunity. The company does intend to restock the experience intermittently leading up to Father’s Day. Follow Jim Beam’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JimBeamUS" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> for updates. You must be 21 years of age or older to purchase.</p>
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Australia Is Giving Away Free Flights to the Outback

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 09:14
<p>If you’re going to sit through the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/longest-flight-qantas-perth-london" target="_blank">long flight to Australia</a>, why not see all that the country has to offer? </p><p>There’s plenty to visit, from <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/sydney" target="_blank">Sydney</a> to the Great Barrier Reef — but you can dive into something even more exotic. Northern Territory Tourism has partnered with Qantas to give Americans free one-way flights to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/weather/australia-outback-bloom-video" target="_blank">Australia’s Outback</a>.</p><p>The “<a href="https://northernterritory.com/us/en" target="_blank">Fly Free to the Outback</a>” program will get you a free flight from Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane to Darwin, Alice Springs, or Uluru. The only qualification is that travelers must book at least a two-night stay in the Northern Territory from a travel provider like <a href="https://www.qantasvacations.com/fly-free-outback-2018.html?utm_source=tnt&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=fly_on_us_northern_territory_summer_2018&amp;utm_content=campaign_landingpage" target="_blank">Qantas Vacations</a>, <a href="http://www.duatravel.com/fly-free-to-the-outback" target="_blank">Down Under Answers</a>, <a href="https://www.goway.com/fly-free-outback/fly-free-outback/fly-free-outback/" target="_blank">Goway</a>, <a href="http://www.aspiredownunder.com/flyfreeoutback.html" target="_blank">Aspire Down Under</a>, or <a href="https://www.aboutaustralia.com/deals/fly-free-to-the-outback-st-qnt1/?utm_source=NT&amp;utm_medium=Fly-Free&amp;utm_campaign=QNT-5718" target="_blank">About Australia</a>.</p><p>It shouldn’t be hard to hit the two-night minimum. There’s plenty to see and do in the Outback. Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/uluru-space-photo" target="_blank">Australia’s largest natural landmark</a>. The 1,142-foot-tall, vibrant red landmass is considered a spiritual destination for indigenous Australians and is thought to date back 550 million years. At the moment, Uluru is also home to artist Bruce Munro’s “Field of Light” installation that covers the land with more than 50,000 glowing glass orbs.</p><p>Outdoorsy travelers can trek to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g256203-d256780-Reviews-Nitmiluk_National_Park-Katherine_Top_End_Northern_Territory.html" target="_blank">Nitmiluk National Park</a>, with 13 gorges carved from ancient sandstone. Not only does the park have waterfalls and lush rainforests, visitors can paddle past Aboriginal rock art.</p><img alt="Jim Jim Falls and creek, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528297187/jim-jim-falls-kakadu-australia-FLYOUTBACK0618.jpg?itok=tbDySKgq"><p>Those who want to visit the Outback’s more rugged side can travel to Alice Springs. It’s possible to <a href="http://www.cameltracks.com/" target="_blank">book a camel ride through the orange terrain</a> or learn about the environment with <a href="https://northernterritory.com/us/en/alice-springs-and-surrounds/see-and-do/alice-springs-desert-park" target="_blank">a nocturnal tour at Alice Springs Desert Park</a>.</p><p>Travelers must book by July 31 for travel through December 31 to take advantage of the deal.</p>
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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Are Meeting at a Luxury Hotel Overlooking a Former Execution Site in Singapore

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 07:09
<p>On June 12, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/donald-trump-hotels-price" target="_blank">U.S. President Donald Trump</a> is expected to sit down with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un in a historical face-to-face meeting to discuss a potential nuclear deal between the two nations. The pair will meet on neutral ground in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/singapore-airlines-bringing-back-worlds-longest-flight" target="_blank">Singapore</a>. </p><p>According to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the men will meet at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Singapore-Hotels-Capella-Singapore.h2434364.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Capella Hotel in Singapore</a>. The five-star hotel is no doubt beautiful with sweeping views, 30 acres of property that include stunning garden spaces, and unique interior design brought in by famed British architectural firm Norman Foster. Rooms at the hotel, BBC reported, range from about $500 a night for a Premier Garden King Room to $7,500 a night for the Colonial Manor, which comes with with three bedrooms and a private pool.</p><img alt="The facade of the Capella hotel in Sentosa island resorts in Singapore is pictured on June 6, 2018 "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528299852/capella-hotel-sentosa-singapore-exterior-TRUMPJONG0618.jpg?itok=HPPY0sQp"><p>However, as <em>USA Today </em>noted, the site of the hotel, Sentosa Island, has a rather dark history.</p><p>According to <em><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/06/06/capella-hotel-singapore-trump-kim-summit/676164002/">USA Today</a></em>, the island was once a Japanese camp for British and Australian prisoners-of-war during World War II. Singaporean Chinese people who were suspected of acting against Japan were executed on the beach that the hotel overlooks, the <em><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5812045/The-luxury-7-500-night-Capella-resort-Trump-Kim-meet-Singapore.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a> </em>added.</p><img alt="The Capella Singapore Hotel stands on Sentosa Island in this aerial photograph taken above Singapore "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528299852/aerial-capella-singapore-sentosa-TRUMPJONG0618.jpg?itok=DsXu8lg-"><p>In the 1970s, <em>USA Today</em> explained, the island was renamed Sentosa, Malay, which means "peace and tranquility.” This is clearly preferred over the island’s previous name, Pulau Belakang Mati, meaning "Island After Death."</p><p>And though the pair may be meeting at this hotel, it appears they will be staying in different spaces. According to the BBC, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disney-hall-of-presidents-donald-trump" target="_blank">Trump</a> is expected to stay at the nearby <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Singapore-Hotels-Shangri-La-Hotel.h22322.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Shangri-La Hotel</a>,which has hosted U.S. presidents before him. Kim is expected to stay at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Singapore-Hotels-The-St-Regis-Singapore.h1778579.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">St. Regis Singapore</a> after the meeting. Hopefully all three of these luxury resorts will help put both leaders in the right mood for a peace deal.</p>
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What Boeing Must Prove About Its Folding Wingtips Before They Can Fly

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:26
<p>After years of testing and safety developments, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a list of safety requirements for Boeing’s much-anticipated <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/boeing-folding-wing-tips" target="_blank">folding wingtips</a>.</p><p>When it debuts, Boeing’s new 777X aircraft will be the “largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world,” <a href="http://www.boeing.com/commercial/777x/" target="_blank">according to the manufacturer</a>. Despite its behemoth size, the unique folding wingtip will allow the 777X to land and taxi at regular airport gates.</p><p>But because the 777X will be the first commercial aircraft with a folding wingtip, the FAA had to create new regulations from scratch, which were approved on May 18. The FAA has <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-10576.pdf" target="_blank">a set of 10 conditions</a> that the folding wingtip must meet in order to receive certification, <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-18/boeing-s-sci-fi-foldable-wing-design-for-new-777s-gets-go-ahead" target="_blank">according to <em>Bloomberg</em></a>. Multiple automatic warning systems must be in place so that pilots cannot take off without the wings fully extended. The FAA even set specific requirements for how to change the lights on the wingtips.</p><p>Boeing said that it will be impossible for the tips to fold up while the plane is in flight because of a set of locking mechanisms, but the FAA mandated that Boeing also show “no force or torque can unlatch or unlock the mechanisms” and that they can withstand heavy wind gusts on the ground.</p><p>When fully outstretched, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/boeing-folding-wing-tips" target="_blank">the plane will have a wingspan of 235 feet</a>. Once the plane touches down, the tips of the wings will fold up vertically to 213 feet. The new wings will be made from carbon-fiber, which Boeing says is stronger and lighter than the metal current used on plane wings.</p><p>Boeing hopes that the 777X will begin test flights in early 2019. The plane could begin commercial service at the end of the year.</p>
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T+L Summer Shortlist: What to Bring on a Trip to Philadelphia

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:14
<p>With plenty of pop-up gardens and parks across the city, an incredible art scene, and a delicious array of bars and restaurants, we’ve featured <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/destination-videos/summer-in-philadelphia-pennsylvania" target="_blank">Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</a> on this season’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/summer-shortlist" target="_blank">Summer Shortlist</a>.</p><p>Before you begin packing for a trip to one of the best walking cities in the U.S., be prepared for casual comfort. Whether you’re touring the bustling Center City District, walking along the scenic <a href="https://schuylkillrivertrail.com/" target="_blank">Schuylkill River Trail</a>, or relaxing in the South Street Pop Up Garden, you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside. Not sure how to dress for a summer vacation full of outdoor activity that takes you from long, hot days to chilly evenings? The video offers our best tips on what to pack.</p><p>If you’re ready to explore everything the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/philadelphia" target="_blank">City of Brotherly Love</a> has to offer, go ahead and book your ticket. A summer in Philadelphia might just be your best vacation yet.</p>
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Nap Pods With Netflix Are Coming to Airports This Year

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:06
<p>The days of contorting around armrests to sleep at the airport are numbered.</p><p>European airports could soon introduce <a href="http://www.air-pod.co.uk/en/airport-sleeping-pods/" target="_blank">Airpods</a>, sleek self-contained capsules designed specifically for sleepy travelers at their gate.</p><p>The pods are a minimal private escape that look like futuristic drag racers. Inside, sleep-deprived passengers will find a plush chair that converts into a bed for naps.</p><img alt="AirPods "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528212726/airpod-interior-AIRPORTPOD0618.jpg?itok=lQw4Yt1_"><p>Travelers can charge their devices, link up to a Wi-Fi connection and store their luggage. Air purifiers keep things fresh and there’s even Netflix available on a TV screen. And though the pods are designed to reduce outside noise, it’s possible to stay connected to what’s going on around the airport. Those inside can set an alarm for when it’s time to head to their gate and check on flight alerts.</p><p>The pods will be available to rent by the hour.</p><p>Airpod was developed by two Slovenian businessmen and frequent fliers. “Our aim is to improve and make travel experience comfortable and enjoyable each and every hour, whilst transiting,” the company’s website says.</p><p>The pods are still in beta, but they will start to appear around European airports as part of <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5803087/Air-conditioned-capsule-allows-travellers-catch-sleep-airports-BOARDING-GATE.html" target="_blank">a commercial test later this year</a>. Afterwards, they could appear around the globe.</p><p>These pods are not the first to offer a place to nap for weary travelers. Other similar business ventures include <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/private-airport-booths-jabbrrbox" target="_blank">Jabbrrbox at New York City's LaGuardia Airport</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/oh-happy-day-helsinki-airport-has-nap-pods-now" target="_blank">GoSleep nap pods in Helsinki Airport</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/las-vegas-airport-bedroom" target="_blank">private bedrooms available for rent in Las Vegas McCarran Airport</a>, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/blogs/how-to-sleep-comfortably-in-an-airport-terminal" target="_blank">Moscow Airport’s tiny SleepBox pods</a>.</p>
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Southwest's Massive Sale Has $49 Flights for 3 Days Only (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 16:48
<p>Feeling like the moment to book your big 2018 vacation has come and gone? You might want to rethink that, because Southwest Airlines is offering <a href="https://www.southwest.com/html/promotions/nationwide_sale_180605_offers.html" target="_blank">fares as low as $49 one-way</a> to dozens of domestic destinations, and discounted fares to select international locales.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/atlanta" target="_blank">Atlanta</a>-based travelers can snag $49 flights to Cleveland, Nashville or Richmond, as well as $79 flights to cities like Orlando, Chicago and Dallas. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/denver" target="_blank">Denverites</a> are seeing $49 fares to Long Beach, California, and $79 flights to Kansas City, Phoenix and Spokane, to name a few. Texans can snag $49 flights from Houston Hobby to New Orleans, or $99 flights from San Antonio to St. Louis. To find deals from your home airport, check out the <a href="https://www.southwest.com/html/promotions/nationwide_sale_180605_offers.html" target="_blank">full list of sale fares.</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/seat-saving-problem-southwest-airlines" target="_blank">How Passengers Take Advantage of Southwest’s Open-seating Policy</a></p><p>The sale applies to domestic and international flights between August 21 and December 12. Sale fares to Puerto Rico are valid between September 5 and December 6. Book by June 7 to take advantage of the discounted fares.</p><p>Southwest is considered a low-cost carrier, but you won’t run into extra fees for things like baggage. Southwest allows <a href="https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/baggage/checked-bags-pol.html" target="_blank">up to two checked bags for free</a>, as well as one carry-on and one personal item.</p><p>If you’ve never flown with Southwest, take note: Southwest is an open-seating airline. Instead of pre-assigned seating, passengers will receive a boarding number. Once on board the aircraft, passengers can choose any available seat. To increase your chances of getting a good seat, passengers can purchase <a href="https://www.southwest.com/html/travel-experience/upgraded-boarding/index.html?clk=GFOOTER-PRODUCTS-UPGRADED-BOARDING" target="_blank">upgraded boarding</a>.</p>
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These Are the Best Cities for Celebrating Pride, According to Airbnb

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 13:59
<p>It’s June, which means <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/gay-pride-celebrations-around-the-world" target="_blank">Pride is officially upon us</a>. When it comes to celebrating love, inclusion and diversity, there are a few destinations that stand out. So for all would-be Pride travelers, Airbnb has <a href="https://press.atairbnb.com/airbnb-reveals-the-top-lgbtq-friendly-cities-to-celebrate-pride-this-year" target="_blank">compiled a list</a> of the best places to celebrate.</p><p>“Airbnb is excited to reveal the world’s top destinations for an unforgettable Pride this year,” the company shared in a statement. “In order to achieve an overview of the best pride destinations in 2018 it was vital to have the right amalgamation of factors relating to the popularity and openness for LGBT travelers.”</p><p>Starting from a list of the 100 cities with the highest Pride attendance, Airbnb's study ranked international destinations based on marriage rights, Pride celebrations, Tinder dating, travel, and nightlife.</p><p>When it came to naming the best Pride celebration, that honor went to São Paulo, Brazil, where about 3 million visitors attended Pride in 2017. For travel, Airbnb found London stood out for year-over-year growth in guest arrivals for Pride, as well as having some of the highest number of LGBTQ Experiences and Guidebook tips for LGBTQ travelers. (And London also ranked highest for dating, based on Tinder data.)</p><p>Overall, the destination with the full package, according to Airbnb, is <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>. “The city that sparked the gay Pride movement following the Stonewall riots will welcome over 27,000 guests on Airbnb during Pride Week,” Airbnb noted.</p><p>Of course, these aren’t the only places people can travel to for a good time at Pride.</p><p>“Guests will also be able to celebrate Pride with more <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-trends/airbnb-tour-guides" target="_blank">Airbnb Experiences</a> around the world, like Dressing up in Drag in Mexico City, and an Untold Story in Dublin, among others,” Airbnb explained. Check out their top 20 destinations for Pride festivals around the world below.</p><h2>The Top Cities to Celebrate Pride</h2>New York City, U.S.London, U.K.Madrid, SpainSan Francisco, U.S.Paris, FranceBerlin, GermanyToronto, CanadaChicago, U.S.Los Angeles, U.S.Amsterdam, Netherlands
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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Sneak In and Out of Kensington Palace (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:02
<p>Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton are supremely in-demand people. No matter where they go they are swarmed by fans hoping to catch a glimpse of them — even at their own front door.</p><p>Tourists flock to Kensington Palace every day to not only <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/fun-facts-about-royalty-kensington-palace-tour" target="_blank">take the famed tour of the residence</a>, but to also take a few photos at the palace’s entrance. And this means <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/every-royal-that-lives-at-kensington-palace" target="_blank">the royals living inside</a> can’t exactly just walk out the door whenever they want to leave. In fact, Harry and Meghan are rumored to be <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-honeymoon-namibia" target="_blank">on their honeymoon</a> right now, but no one has actually spotted them.</p><p>So just how do they go about their business without ever being noticed? According to reports, they <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/queen-elizabeth-flew-helicopter-to-see-prince-louis" target="_blank">take to the sky</a> instead.</p><p>According to a new video and report in <em><a href="https://us.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2018060449142/how-kate-middleton-royals-fly-into-kensington-palace/" target="_blank">Hello! Magazine</a></em>, the royal family is typically escorted to an awaiting helicopter that lands on the grounds of Hyde Park to pick them up and drop them off. From there, the royals are usually transferred into a waiting chauffeured car, with armed guards surrounding them for good measure.</p><p>"Members of the public who happened to be in Hyde Park at the time would have been able to watch the royals arrive," <em>Hello! Magazine</em> added. "The chopper's landing space is open for all to see, but the lawn is cordoned off by a low fence to prevent passers-by walking too close."</p><p>Of course, the family isn’t always trying to go unnoticed. In April, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/kate-middleton-grocery-shopping" target="_blank">Kate Middleton was spotted grocery shopping</a> just like the rest of us at her local Waitrose. There, shoppers revealed she said hello to everyone and went about her business picking up what we can only assume was dinner for Prince George and Princess Charlotte that evening.</p><p>So, you know, it’s not all champagne, helicopters, and caviar. You can either spot them in Hyde Park catching their private flight, or test your luck at a discount grocer near you.</p>
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This Cottage in Maine Is Where Idyllic New England Summers Are Made

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 11:00
<p>New England has some wicked stereotypes. But no matter what the rest of the country thinks, few places are better at embracing the idyllic summer spirit than New England.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.destinationhotels.com/cliff-house" target="_blank">Cliff House Maine</a> in Cape Neddick, one of the region’s most historic hotels, recently underwent a renovation to make it even more New England-y than ever before.</p><img alt="The Cliff House, Maine "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527869695/cliff-house-maine-stay-MAINCH0618.jpg?itok=VuYbhWhF"><p>The hotel has been open on Maine’s southern coast since 1872 but this is the first summer that guests will be able to see the hotel in its renovated glory. “As a property rich in local history, it is imperative to fuse its unique past with updated, well-appointed and stylish amenities and comforts sought by today’s travelers,” the hotel’s general manager, Nancy White, said in a statement.</p><p>The rooms are decked out in “maritime chic” decor but those who want the full northeastern experience can rent out one of the Cliff House’s cottages. Although the entire hotel is steeped in New England vibes, the Weare Cottage is like a lobster roll reincarnated as accommodation. The oceanside cottage features a private front porch, original stone fireplace and nautical furnishings. (Expect plenty of rope, anchors and lobster imagery.)</p><img alt="The Cliff House, Maine "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527869695/cliff-house-maine-living-MAINCH0618.jpg?itok=-HzXqyNc"><p>Guests don’t need to leave the property to get a taste of local cuisine. Nubb’s Lobster Shack is an onsite restaurant dishing out Maine lobster rolls, fried clams and a fresh raw bar.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/lobster-owner-angry-over-tsa-photo" target="_blank">Man Whose 20-pound Traveling Lobster Went Viral Is 'Beyond Ticked Off' at TSA</a></p><p>Those who stay at the Cliff House will be treated to fireworks every Sunday evening, lobster boils, and s’more roasting around a fire pit. There’s also an 18-hole golf green, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and an expansive spa.</p><img alt="The Cliff House, Maine "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527869695/cliff-house-maine-MAINCH0618.jpg?itok=Fv7Wx2t1"><p>Now all you have to figure out is where to pahk the cah.</p>
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4 Reasons St. Louis Is America’s Next Great Food City

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 10:02
<p>American food lovers owe the Gateway City a debt of gratitude. After all, it gave us restaurateur <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/blogs/danny-meyers-favorite-hotel-restaurants" target="_blank">Danny Meyer</a> and, by extension, his growing hamburger empire, Shake Shack. But that’s only one reason to care about the culinary scene in St. Louis. Now young chefs are shaking up the local dining scene, too.</p><img alt="Falafel made from fruit pulp at Vicia, in St Louis, Missouri "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527788007/vicia-falafel-STLOUISFOOD0618.jpg?itok=_DGTX1of"><p>Michael Gallina, veteran chef of New York’s <a href="https://www.bluehillfarm.com/dine/stone-barns" target="_blank">Blue Hill at Stone Barns</a> who brought an infusion of culinary cred to his hometown when he moved back in 2015, opened <a href="https://www.viciarestaurant.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Vicia</strong></a> last year <em>(entrées $12–$16)</em>. His veg-driven dishes, like tacos that swap paper-thin kohlrabi slices for tortillas, feel almost subversive in a city once known mostly for its saucy barbecue.</p><p>Also in 2017, Qui Tran, whose family opened <a href="http://maileestl.com/" target="_blank">Mai Lee</a>, the city’s first Vietnamese restaurant, in 1985, debuted his own offshoot, <a href="http://nudohousestl.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Nudo House</strong></a> <em>(entrées $6–$13)</em>, which merges Vietnamese traditions with Japanese, American, and European ideas. One particularly delicious example of cross-cultural ingenuity, the bánh mì pho dip, finds the sweet spot between the Vietnamese sandwich and a French dip.</p><p>The city’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/what-to-do-in-sarajevo" target="_blank">Bosnian</a> population, the largest outside Europe, is represented by Loryn and Edo Nalic’s <a href="http://www.balkantreatbox.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Balkan Treat Box</strong></a>, a roving truck outfitted with a wood-burning oven that draws a lunchtime crowd. Try the oblong <em>pide</em> bread topped with ground beef or cheese, served with tangy <em>ajvar</em>, a red-pepper paste.</p><p>Of course, a city famous for its frozen custard and pork steaks still has room for a taste of Americana. That’s where chef Rick Lewis comes in. His new counter-service spot <a href="https://www.stlgrace.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Grace Meat + Three</strong></a> <em>(entrées $6–$28)</em> earns its devoted following thanks to showstoppers like a super-moist turkey leg brined in sweet tea, confited, and topped with a bright, herby sauce.</p>
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Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial Is Shutting Down Indefinitely for Repairs (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 09:44
<p>The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor will remain closed indefinitely because of structural issues.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ValorNPS/" target="_blank">World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument</a> announced on Facebook that the memorial would be closed “due to a critical structural and safety issue impacting the USS Arizona Memorial dock and visitor loading ramp.”</p><p>Boat transportation to the monument was halted on May 6 after a crack was spotted developing in one of the monument’s outside walls. Maintenance crews made short-term repairs to the crack, but it quickly reappeared. The monument closed indefinitely just before Memorial Day.</p><p>In the meantime, visitors can board <a href="https://www.recreation.gov/showPage.do?name=landing&amp;landing=/htm/pearlharbor/home.jsp&amp;contractCode=NRSO&amp;parkId=72369" target="_blank">a free narrated boat tour of Pearl Harbor</a> that passes nearby the sunken ship. The National Park Service (NPS) will release 1,300 free tickets for the tour every morning at 7 a.m. Visitors with tickets will also view a 23-minute documentary film before boarding the harbor tour.</p><img alt="USS Arizona Memorial Pearl Harbor Hawaii "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528216014/uss-arizona-memorial-PHMEMSHUT0618.jpg?itok=JZZJD-47"><p>During the closure, engineers will develop solutions to damage that was “more significant than originally anticipated,” <a href="http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/38198832/repairs-continue-to-crack-on-exterior-of-uss-arizona-memorial" target="_blank">according to <em>Hawaii News Now</em></a>.</p><p>The NPS has no estimated timeline for reopening. As soon as a timeline is available, the NPS will update <a href="https://www.nps.gov/valr/index.htm" target="_blank">the national monument’s website</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/travel/hawaii/la-tr-hawaii-pearl-harbor-uss-arizona-closed-201805-story.html" target="_blank">An estimated 1.8 million visitors</a> board the USS Arizona Memorial every year. The memorial was built in 1962 over the ship’s wreckage, which was <a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cracks-close-uss-arizona-memorial-180969194/" target="_blank">deemed unsalvageable by the U.S. Navy</a>.</p><p>Other sites at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, including free museums, exhibits on the shore and the bookstore are not affected by the closure. Partner sites, including the Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum &amp; Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor remain open and unaffected.</p>
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George and Amal Clooney Are on Vacation in Sardinia Eating 'Van Ham' (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 09:36
<p>It’s practically summer, which means George and Amal Clooney are likely about to spend an unfair amount of time in Europe, and especially Italy. Last month alone they were spotted in their go-to vacation spot, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/luxury-hotels/grand-hotel-tremezzo-lake-como-secret-spa-suite" target="_blank">Lake Como</a>, over George's birthday weekend, and then made a head-turning appearance in England for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/royal-wedding-celebrity-guests-photos" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding</a>. This past weekend they were seen in Sardinia, Italy, riding together on a motorcycle, according to the <em><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5805221/George-Clooney-wife-Amal-zip-Sardinia-motorcycle-relaxing-Italian-vacation.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>.</p><p>George, who was at the wheel, looked dapper as ever in a white polo shirt and jeans, while Amal looked gorgeous in a white top and ruffled skirt. Both, of course, wore helmets for the ride.</p><p>The <em>Daily Mail </em>pointed out that the pair appeared to leave their two children behind for a day of romance.</p><p>They were even spotted enjoying a romantic dinner at the restaurant <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g608913-d1799682-Reviews-Il_Portolano-Porto_San_Paolo_Loiri_Porto_San_Paolo_Province_of_Olbia_Tempio_Sardi.html" target="_blank">Il Portolano in Porto San Paolo</a>. There, Amal wore the look of the summer— a vintage Valentino printed dress. (You can copy her style with a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/surplice-maxi-dress/4629433" target="_blank">$55 maxi from Nordstrom</a>.)</p><p>“Amal is sort of this remarkable human being, and now mother, which is something I suppose you should assume she'd be wonderful at as well, but when you see it in person it makes you feel incredibly proud - and incredibly small,” George has said of his wife. “'I have always felt a great sense of responsibility to other people in the world, but when you have children of your own, you realize you are responsible for their lives in a way you haven't been before.”</p><p>And though a motorcycle ride is great, it appears George got even more into the local scene when he stopped by a roadside van that was selling meat (including sausage links and prosciutto) and cheese out of its trunk.</p><p>As <em><a href="https://theblast.com/george-clooney-van-ham-cheese-sardinia-catch-22/" target="_blank">The Blast</a> </em>explained, George, who is in Italy to shoot the film “Catch-22” alongside Hugh Laurie, was spotted sampling some of the cheeses and cured meats before picking up a few items to bring home to his family.</p><p>You too can go buy some “van ham,” as <em>The Blast</em> called it, in Sardinia for a local experience. We also suggest you visit the island's <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/sardinia-beach-trip" target="_blank">less-traveled southern coast</a> for gorgeous, quiet beaches and more must-try cuisine. </p>
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You Can Score Emirates Flights to Italy or Greece for $499 Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 08:56
<p>Today is as good a day as any to book a ticket with Emirates. In fact, today may be an especially good day as the airline is having a massive sale for fall flights to both <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/athens-cultural-revival" target="_blank">Athens, Greece</a> and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/milan" target="_blank">Milan, Italy</a>.</p><p>Would-be travelers can <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-7876402-13351374?sid=TL%2CEmiratesFallFlightSale&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.emirates.com%2Fus%2Fenglish%2Fbook%2Ffeatured-fares%2F" target="_blank">score amazing deals on flights</a> between New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Milan, Italy, and between Newark, New Jersey and Athens, Greece starting at just $499 for economy class tickets now through Friday. The only catch is you need to travel between September 17 and December 26, but that's a wide enough window that you’ll likely be able to find time to jet off to a European paradise, right?</p><p>However, you may want to spring for an upgrade as that’s what Emirates is truly known for.</p><p>In 2017, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/emirates-first-class-floor-to-ceiling-cabins" target="_blank">the airline unveiled its new suites</a>, which allow travelers to fly from one city to the next in total seclusion. The suites were the “first in the industry to be fully closed with sliding doors that extend to the cabin ceiling.” Each 40-square-foot suite also comes with high-tech gadgets for entertainment, lie-flat beds, and a personal minibar so travelers never even have to speak to the crew.</p><p>Of course, this option will cost you. For example, while one round-trip ticket from New York City to Milan this fall will cost travelers about $499 in economy, the same ticket will cost $4,928 in business. </p><p>To book the deals above, or to browse more special prices from Emirates, check out the airline's featured fares at <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-7876402-13351374?sid=TL%2CEmiratesFallFlightSale&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.emirates.com%2Fus%2Fenglish%2Fbook%2Ffeatured-fares%2F" target="_blank">emirates.com</a>.</p>
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Cracked Windshield on American Airlines Forces Plane to Make Emergency Landing

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:50
<p>An <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/american-airlines" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> flight was forced to make an emergency landing in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday due to a cracked windshield.</p><p>The flight, which took off from San Antonio, Texas, just before 7 p.m., local time, was headed for Phoenix when it encountered a hail storm, <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/US/american-airlines-flight-makes-diverted-landing-windshield-shattered/story?id=55626871" target="_blank">ABC News reported</a>. The flight was over New Mexico when it turned back.</p><p>One passenger posted on social media about the ordeal, saying that the damaged caused some commotion and led to some passengers getting sick. Another passenger said he could hear the hail striking the aircraft, according to <a href="https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/cracked-windshield-forces-american-airlines-flight-to-divert-to-el-paso/287-561137164" target="_blank">WFAA</a>.</p><p>American Airlines said in a statement, “We commend the great work of our pilots, along with our flight attendants, who safely landed the Airbus A319 at 8:03 p.m. MDT. The aircraft is currently being evaluated by our maintenance team. We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans, and we are sorry for the trouble this caused."</p><p>There were 130 passengers and five crewmembers on board. No injuries were reported.</p>
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T+L Summer Shortlist: Why Philadelphia Is One of This Season's Hottest Destinations

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:32
<p>Summer is just around the corner, and that means it's time to celebrate and book your next sunshine-filled vacation.</p><p>So you're not overwhelmed by choices on where to go and what to see, <em>Travel + Leisure </em>has launched its <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/summer-shortlist" target="_blank">Summer Shortlist</a>, which features our must-see cities and towns across the U.S. this season. Next on the list is <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/philadelphia" target="_blank">Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</a>.</p><p>In the City of Brotherly Love, travelers can sunbathe in the popular pop-up gardens and parks, check out the diverse art scene (running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Rocky is a given), and feast on the city’s best Italian food at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60795-d169638-Reviews-Italian_Market-Philadelphia_Pennsylvania.html" target="_blank">South 9th Street Italian Market</a>.</p><p>But a trip to Philly wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of the country’s most historically significant sites, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. And for those seeking the picture-perfect photo opportunity, make sure you carve out time to walk down <a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/schuylkill-banks/" target="_blank">Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk</a> for unforgettable views of the city’s skyline.</p>
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T+L Summer Shortlist: Why Philadelphia Is One of This Season's Hottest Destinations

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:32
<p>Summer is just around the corner, and that means it's time to celebrate and book your next sunshine-filled vacation.</p><p>So you're not overwhelmed by choices on where to go and what to see, <em>Travel + Leisure </em>has launched its <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/summer-shortlist" target="_blank">Summer Shortlist</a>, which features our must-see cities and towns across the U.S. this season. Next on the list is <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/philadelphia" target="_blank">Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</a>.</p><p>In the City of Brotherly Love, travelers can sunbathe in the popular pop-up gardens and parks, check out the diverse art scene (running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Rocky is a given), and feast on the city’s best Italian food at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60795-d169638-Reviews-Italian_Market-Philadelphia_Pennsylvania.html" target="_blank">South 9th Street Italian Market</a>.</p><p>But a trip to Philly wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of the country’s most historically significant sites, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. And for those seeking the picture-perfect photo opportunity, make sure you carve out time to walk down <a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/schuylkill-banks/" target="_blank">Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk</a> for unforgettable views of the city’s skyline.</p>
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Should You Buy That Cheap Ryanair Ticket?

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:30
<p>A favorite airline amongst study abroaders, Ryanair is the go-to airline for <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cheap-flights-europe-summer-tips-tricks" target="_blank">cheap flights around Europe</a>. Ryanair is actually headquartered in Dublin, and their flights connect 37 countries, with more than 85 bases in Europe.</p><p>Although Ryanair is best known for cheap flights within Europe, they’ve branched out recently, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/ryanair-transatlantic-flights" target="_blank">partnering with Air Europa to provide service in the U.S.</a> and South America as well. In July 2017, Ryanair actually became the first European airline to transport more than 12 million passengers in a month.</p><p>While Ryanair flights tend to be cheaper than a lot of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/wow-air-reviews" target="_blank">the competition</a>, they also require you to deal with a few more logistics, and that can lead to mixed reviews. Ryanair often flies out of the off-the-beaten-path budget airports, as opposed to the city’s main airports. This might mean you need to wake up a little earlier and get creative with your transportation schedule. But depending on the traveler, waking up half an hour earlier might be a small price to pay for the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals" target="_blank">next-level flight deals</a> you can score on Ryanair. (When I studied abroad, I flew last-minute from Paris to Milan for €9 — or about $10.50 USD — on Ryanair.)</p><p>Before you book your flight, it’s good to at least know what you’re getting into. We looked through tons of reviews to find you everything you need to know about flying on Ryanair — and whether the inexpensive airfare is worth it.</p><h2>Can You Bring Carry-on Bags?</h2><p>Yes, but size matters. If your bag is deemed too big to carry on, you’ll have to check it for a fee of 60 euros, says Lori Zaino of <a href="https://thepointsguy.com/2014/03/top-10-ways-to-survive-a-ryanair-flight/" target="_blank"><em>The Points Guy</em></a>. “Ryanair’s acceptable size for carry-on baggage is 55 x 40 x 20 cm (21.7 x 15.7 x 7.9 in),” said Zaino.</p><p>When blogger Sebastien Canavas, of <a href="https://www.off-the-path.com/en/airline-review-ryanair/" target="_blank">Off the Path</a>, flies Ryanair, he keeps it affordable by bringing only a small carry on. “For weekend trips, I bought<a href="https://www.off-the-path.com/2014/06/carry-on-packing-list/" target="_blank"> </a>a bag that is accepted as a carry on by all airlines. [Ryanair] checked if my bag would fit into one of these standardized boxes. If it didn’t, they would have charged me another 40-50€ for checking my bag.”</p><h2>Are There Hidden Fees?</h2><p>The thing about €9 plane tickets is that sometimes €9 is the base price, rather than what the flight will actually cost you. After the ticket price, there are processing fees, which can add up. When you’re buying a Ryanair ticket, make sure you consider the price after fees, rather than the initial cheap price of a flight. You might find that even after the fees, Ryanair still offers the lowest price, in which case it’s still worth booking.</p><p>“Something I hated about the booking process was that you always have additional costs after you [select] a flight: 2€ passenger fee, 6€ web check-in, 12€ admin fee etc. At the end, I paid another 20€ [on top of] the actual price,” said Canavas.</p><p>If you don’t show up at the airport with a printed boarding pass, Ryanair will charge you. “If you need to both check in AND print the pass at the airport, you will have to pay the full 70€ fee – for a piece of paper!” according to Zaino.</p><p>If you show up at the airport already checked in, but you still have to print your boarding pass at the airport, then it costs 15€.</p><h2>Does Ryanair Feel Like a Budget Airline?</h2><p>Liam Burford says on <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729141-r583651571-Ryanair-World.html#REVIEWS" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a> that Ryanair planes “are spotlessly clean with acceptable leg room.”</p><p>And that sentiment seems to be echoed through other TripAdvisor reviews. <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729141-r583630605-Ryanair-World.html" target="_blank">Missie98</a> says, “Cabin crew are always pleasant and willing to help with any issues you may have.”</p><p>For some, the legroom doesn’t exactly feel luxurious, but most agree that Ryanair's airplanes are clean, and the staff tends to be helpful. Andy S, who reviewed his <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729141-r583581324-Ryanair-World.html#REVIEWS" target="_blank">“cheap flight to Spain”</a> on TripAdvisor says, “Pretty basic service but inexpensive so cannot expect more. Staff were friendly and helpful. Drinks and food could be purchased during the flight. Legroom was poor but I'm not tall so that wasn't an issue for me.”</p><p>Lyn from <em>Million Mile Secrets</em> <a href="https://millionmilesecrets.com/2017/08/10/review-of-ryanair-2017/" target="_blank">reports</a>, “The best seats on Ryanair offer 40 inches of legroom while the cheapest seats offer up to 30 inches. We chose standard seats. We were all comfortable, even my husband, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall, on this under 2-hour flight and felt it was similar to flying on Southwest.”</p><h2>Can We Sit Together?</h2><p>Unfortunately, sitting together on Ryanair is pretty difficult. Even if you book tickets together, you are not guaranteed seats together.</p><p>“Everybody in our party was split up in seats from [rows] 10-20 in middle seats even when booked all at same time. Other people on the flight said the same, and some people said this is regular and if you want to sit next to each other, you pay even if [the] seats [are] available,” says <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729141-r583657196-Ryanair-World.html" target="_blank">TripAdvisor user Keith P</a>.</p><h2>Where Does Ryanair Fly Out Of?</h2><p>Sometimes you have to fly out of the less-convenient airport in order to cash in on the cheap flight deals. It might not cost you more money, but it requires you to be a bit more on top of the flight logistics.</p><p>“The biggest downside for us in flying Ryanair was that their ‘Paris’ airport, Paris Beauvais, is an hour outside the city and not really in Paris. We had to take a special shuttle bus that runs from the main Paris bus station to the Beauvais airport for ~$19 per adult and ~$12 per child, which dropped us off at least a 10-minute walk from the airport. This all added time and cost, though it still was quicker and less expensive than our other options,” says Lyn.</p><h2>What Do Non-EU Citizens Need to Know?</h2><p>Non-EU citizens sometimes need to jump through an extra hoop on Ryanair. Again, it’s all about giving yourself some extra time so these caveats don’t slow you down.</p><p>“Non-EU citizens need to show their passport to the check in clerk and get their boarding pass stamped. This can be frustrating if you have a connecting flight. In my case I flew in from the US to London and had to go through customs, exit security, get my boarding pass stamped and then re-enter security before being able to catch a flight to Dublin,” Christine L. wrote on <a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/ryanair-dublin?hrid=xiTJ9q0pPXrmsF2sn9jU_w&amp;utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=(direct)" target="_blank">Yelp</a>.</p><p>“And the app doesn't support non-EU folks to upload their boarding pass,” added Ron R. on <a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/ryanair-dublin?hrid=Y7muJPAxqzR17UylLm8bmw&amp;utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=(direct)" target="_blank">Yelp</a>. “Non-EU folks have to find a printer, waste paper, and print their own pass.”</p>
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Should You Buy That Cheap Ryanair Ticket?

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:30
<p>A favorite airline amongst study abroaders, Ryanair is the go-to airline for <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cheap-flights-europe-summer-tips-tricks" target="_blank">cheap flights around Europe</a>. Ryanair is actually headquartered in Dublin, and their flights connect 37 countries, with more than 85 bases in Europe.</p><p>Although Ryanair is best known for cheap flights within Europe, they’ve branched out recently, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/ryanair-transatlantic-flights" target="_blank">partnering with Air Europa to provide service in the U.S.</a> and South America as well. In July 2017, Ryanair actually became the first European airline to transport more than 12 million passengers in a month.</p><p>While Ryanair flights tend to be cheaper than a lot of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/wow-air-reviews" target="_blank">the competition</a>, they also require you to deal with a few more logistics, and that can lead to mixed reviews. Ryanair often flies out of the off-the-beaten-path budget airports, as opposed to the city’s main airports. This might mean you need to wake up a little earlier and get creative with your transportation schedule. But depending on the traveler, waking up half an hour earlier might be a small price to pay for the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals" target="_blank">next-level flight deals</a> you can score on Ryanair. (When I studied abroad, I flew last-minute from Paris to Milan for €9 — or about $10.50 USD — on Ryanair.)</p><p>Before you book your flight, it’s good to at least know what you’re getting into. We looked through tons of reviews to find you everything you need to know about flying on Ryanair — and whether the inexpensive airfare is worth it.</p><h2>Can You Bring Carry-on Bags?</h2><p>Yes, but size matters. If your bag is deemed too big to carry on, you’ll have to check it for a fee of 60 euros, says Lori Zaino of <a href="https://thepointsguy.com/2014/03/top-10-ways-to-survive-a-ryanair-flight/" target="_blank"><em>The Points Guy</em></a>. “Ryanair’s acceptable size for carry-on baggage is 55 x 40 x 20 cm (21.7 x 15.7 x 7.9 in),” said Zaino.</p><p>When blogger Sebastien Canavas, of <a href="https://www.off-the-path.com/en/airline-review-ryanair/" target="_blank">Off the Path</a>, flies Ryanair, he keeps it affordable by bringing only a small carry on. “For weekend trips, I bought<a href="https://www.off-the-path.com/2014/06/carry-on-packing-list/" target="_blank"> </a>a bag that is accepted as a carry on by all airlines. [Ryanair] checked if my bag would fit into one of these standardized boxes. If it didn’t, they would have charged me another 40-50€ for checking my bag.”</p><h2>Are There Hidden Fees?</h2><p>The thing about €9 plane tickets is that sometimes €9 is the base price, rather than what the flight will actually cost you. After the ticket price, there are processing fees, which can add up. When you’re buying a Ryanair ticket, make sure you consider the price after fees, rather than the initial cheap price of a flight. You might find that even after the fees, Ryanair still offers the lowest price, in which case it’s still worth booking.</p><p>“Something I hated about the booking process was that you always have additional costs after you [select] a flight: 2€ passenger fee, 6€ web check-in, 12€ admin fee etc. At the end, I paid another 20€ [on top of] the actual price,” said Canavas.</p><p>If you don’t show up at the airport with a printed boarding pass, Ryanair will charge you. “If you need to both check in AND print the pass at the airport, you will have to pay the full 70€ fee – for a piece of paper!” according to Zaino.</p><p>If you show up at the airport already checked in, but you still have to print your boarding pass at the airport, then it costs 15€.</p><h2>Does Ryanair Feel Like a Budget Airline?</h2><p>Liam Burford says on <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729141-r583651571-Ryanair-World.html#REVIEWS" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a> that Ryanair planes “are spotlessly clean with acceptable leg room.”</p><p>And that sentiment seems to be echoed through other TripAdvisor reviews. <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729141-r583630605-Ryanair-World.html" target="_blank">Missie98</a> says, “Cabin crew are always pleasant and willing to help with any issues you may have.”</p><p>For some, the legroom doesn’t exactly feel luxurious, but most agree that Ryanair's airplanes are clean, and the staff tends to be helpful. Andy S, who reviewed his <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729141-r583581324-Ryanair-World.html#REVIEWS" target="_blank">“cheap flight to Spain”</a> on TripAdvisor says, “Pretty basic service but inexpensive so cannot expect more. Staff were friendly and helpful. Drinks and food could be purchased during the flight. Legroom was poor but I'm not tall so that wasn't an issue for me.”</p><p>Lyn from <em>Million Mile Secrets</em> <a href="https://millionmilesecrets.com/2017/08/10/review-of-ryanair-2017/" target="_blank">reports</a>, “The best seats on Ryanair offer 40 inches of legroom while the cheapest seats offer up to 30 inches. We chose standard seats. We were all comfortable, even my husband, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall, on this under 2-hour flight and felt it was similar to flying on Southwest.”</p><h2>Can We Sit Together?</h2><p>Unfortunately, sitting together on Ryanair is pretty difficult. Even if you book tickets together, you are not guaranteed seats together.</p><p>“Everybody in our party was split up in seats from [rows] 10-20 in middle seats even when booked all at same time. Other people on the flight said the same, and some people said this is regular and if you want to sit next to each other, you pay even if [the] seats [are] available,” says <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729141-r583657196-Ryanair-World.html" target="_blank">TripAdvisor user Keith P</a>.</p><h2>Where Does Ryanair Fly Out Of?</h2><p>Sometimes you have to fly out of the less-convenient airport in order to cash in on the cheap flight deals. It might not cost you more money, but it requires you to be a bit more on top of the flight logistics.</p><p>“The biggest downside for us in flying Ryanair was that their ‘Paris’ airport, Paris Beauvais, is an hour outside the city and not really in Paris. We had to take a special shuttle bus that runs from the main Paris bus station to the Beauvais airport for ~$19 per adult and ~$12 per child, which dropped us off at least a 10-minute walk from the airport. This all added time and cost, though it still was quicker and less expensive than our other options,” says Lyn.</p><h2>What Do Non-EU Citizens Need to Know?</h2><p>Non-EU citizens sometimes need to jump through an extra hoop on Ryanair. Again, it’s all about giving yourself some extra time so these caveats don’t slow you down.</p><p>“Non-EU citizens need to show their passport to the check in clerk and get their boarding pass stamped. This can be frustrating if you have a connecting flight. In my case I flew in from the US to London and had to go through customs, exit security, get my boarding pass stamped and then re-enter security before being able to catch a flight to Dublin,” Christine L. wrote on <a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/ryanair-dublin?hrid=xiTJ9q0pPXrmsF2sn9jU_w&amp;utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=(direct)" target="_blank">Yelp</a>.</p><p>“And the app doesn't support non-EU folks to upload their boarding pass,” added Ron R. on <a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/ryanair-dublin?hrid=Y7muJPAxqzR17UylLm8bmw&amp;utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=(direct)" target="_blank">Yelp</a>. “Non-EU folks have to find a printer, waste paper, and print their own pass.”</p>
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