14 Luxury Hotel–quality Bathrobes You Can Buy Online

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 12:51
<p>There is nothing quite like slipping into a soft and cozy bathrobe in your hotel room after a long day of travel. That’s one of the many benefits of staying at a five-star hotel — you get to wear the good stuff. We're talking plush, Italian-made velvety cotton that feels like heaven on your skin.</p><p>Thankfully, there is a way to bring that luxury feeling back to your home. A lot of hotels now have online stores where you can purchase the same products, including spa robes, that are available in those oh-so-comfortable-and-stylish hotel suites. Just imagine putting on a soft terry robe from Ritz Carlton after taking a hot bath and cuddling up in your own bed.</p><p><b>Related:</b> <a href="" target="_blank">Turn Your Bedroom Into a Luxury Hotel With This Five-star Bedding </a></p><p>And how about indulging in some at-home spa treatments wrapped up in an elegant, luxury bathrobe from Frette, a company that has been around for decades and is currently working with some of the world’s most luxurious hotels.</p><p>Without further ado, here are 14 of the best bathrobes worthy of <a href="" target="_blank">top properties around the world</a>.</p><h2>Boca Terry Microfiber Bathrobe With Plush Lining</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>This super soft bathrobe has plush micro-terry roll-up collar and cuffs and comes in eleven shades.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlluxurybathrobes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B009VNAN2M&amp;linkId=5ea01f1161eb7bb3be4ab78bdb395f93" target="_blank"></a>, from $69</p><h2>Organic Cotton Spa Robe</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>This cozy spa robe, made from 100-percent organic and environmentally friendly cotton, features a full shawl collar, rolled-up cuffs, and two side pockets.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95 (originally $119)</p><h2>Chambers Hydrocotton Robe</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>Wrap yourself into this fine lightweight cotton robe after a long bath and you won’t want to wear anything else ever again.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $104 (originally $129)</p><h2>Parachute Classic Bathrobe</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>This ultra-cozy <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Turkish cotton bathrobe</a> will make anyone feel like they’re at a five-star hotel spa. It comes in dark gray, light gray, and white and has two slouchy front pockets. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $99</p><h2>Monarch/Cypress Unisex Chamois Microfiber Shawl Collar Robe</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>Favored by four- and five-star hotels worldwide, this unisex chamois microfiber hotel robe is lightweight and wrinkle-resistant.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlluxurybathrobes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00GJAYZ5Q&amp;linkId=2f8188e0822dbfb962c1a71d0a75c2db" target="_blank"></a>, from $80</p><h2>Hanro Long Hooded Plush Robe</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>The 133-year-old Swiss brand is known for using high-quality fabrics and for paying attention to the smallest detail when it comes to tailoring its luxury bathrobes.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlluxurybathrobes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0140LEIDE&amp;linkId=64f52b73b4e7bfa01339c0a201a2e7f4" target="_blank"></a>, from $260</p><h2>Westin Heavenly Bathrobe</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>The hotel chain’s signature jacquard bathrobe is made from 100-percent cotton and promises to make your days and nights a bit cozier.</p><p>To buy: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $85 (originally $99)</p><h2>Serene &amp; Lily Cardiff Robe</h2><img alt="serena & lily spa bathrobe "src=""><p>The Serena &amp; Lily team drew inspiration from their favorite spas for this waffle-knit, knee-length spa robe rendered in 100 percent Turkish cotton.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $148</p><h2>Missoni Home Hooded Cotton-terry Robe</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>This colorful robe is made from French cotton terry and features the brand’s signature zigzag motif.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $395</p><h2>Matouk Cairo Robe</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>We promise you, slipping into this beautiful U.S.-made super soft bathrobe will be the best part of your day.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $300</p><h2>Versace 'I love Baroque' Logo-jacquared Cotton Bathrobe</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>This jacquard bathrobe is crafted in absorbent cotton and features the brand’s signature Medusa logo. You can find those in both Palazzo Versace hotels in Dubai and Australia.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $414</p><h2>Frette at Home Unisex Milano Terry Bathrobe</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>For over a century, this luxury Italian brand has been providing some of the best hotels in the world with bed linens and bathrobes. This bathrobe is made of plush terry cotton that's not only luxurious but also moisture wicking.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p><h2>Marriott Terry Velour Robe</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>Now, you don’t have to check into a Mariott hotel to enjoy their fluffy 100-percent cotton hotel robes.</p><p>To buy: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $75 (originally $99)</p><h2>The Ritz-Carlton Waffle Terry Robe</h2><img alt="Hotel bathrobes you can buy "src=""><p>Crafted of soft velour with white cord piping along the collar and sleeves, this comfy robe has a stylish silhouette and is the Ritz-Carlton hotels signature bathrobe.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $107 (originally $125)</p>
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Celebrity Chef Caught Attempting to Sneak 40 Frozen Piranhas Through LAX

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 12:14
<p>Think you’re a badass for trying to sneak a 3-oz bottle of shampoo past <a href="" target="_blank">airport security</a>? That’s nothing compared to what one chef from <a href="" target="_blank">Peru</a> just attempted to get through LAX.</p><p>Chef Virgilio Martinez, owner of Central restaurant in Peru and featured chef in the third season of Netflix’s “Chef’s Table,” landed in Los Angeles earlier this week. The chef was in town to take part in the <em>Los Angeles Times’</em> month-long food festival known as the <a href="" target="_blank">Food Bowl</a>. For the event, Martinez decided to bring along a local delicacy in is checked luggage: 40 frozen piranhas.</p><p>“I was extremely obsessed about bringing piranhas because we serve piranhas in the Amazon at Central, so I said, ‘Guys, why not take a risk to bring piranhas to L.A.?’” Martinez told the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles Times</a></em>. “You probably have preconceived notions about piranhas because of movies but for me, piranhas, we go fish them.”</p><p>According to Martinez, he was caught while going through customs. When officers opened his bag they asked, “what’s inside?” Martinez says he simply replied, “Bones.”</p><p>Thanks to that answer he ended up in an interrogation room, where he was asked again why he’d attempt to bring the rather toothy fish into the country.</p><p>“I'm doing a special dinner with a friend who I really respect and I’m going to do a dish I really enjoy doing,” Martinez explained to officials, according to the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>.</p><p>After a five-hour interrogation, Martinez was ultimately let go.</p><p>“I told him that it was from my heart and showed him a few photos,” Martinez said. “I took my book and said, ‘Look, this is what I want to do with the piranhas.’ And he finally said, ‘Oh, wow, go ahead.’”</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Customs and Border Protection</a>, “All travelers entering the United States are REQUIRED to DECLARE meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, seeds, soil, animals, as well as plant and animal products (including soup or soup products) they may be carrying.” The declaration must cover all items carried in both checked baggage, carry-on luggage, or in a vehicle.</p><p>Prohibited items that are not declared are confiscated and disposed of by agriculture specialists with customs, which is likely what happened to Martinez’s piranhas. However, more importantly, Martinez could have faced a civil penalty of $1,000 for failure to declare prohibited agricultural products. Luckily for him, he got away with it to cook the odd-looking but delicious fish another day. </p>
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Prince George Predicted the Royal Baby's Name Months Ago (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:30
<p>On Monday, May 6, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle <a href="" target="_blank">welcomed their first child</a>, a boy, into the world. A few days later, the proud parents finally revealed his name: <a href="" target="_blank">Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. </a></p><p>While fans around the globe had to wait to learn the baby’s name, it appears his cousin, Prince George, knew the child’s name months ago.</p><p>In January, a story began to circulate that Prince George, the oldest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, met a random woman on the streets of London walking her dog. The woman made casual conversation with George and his handlers as the small child played with her dog. When the woman asked his name, George reportedly replied, “I’m called Archie.”</p><p>"To my astonishment, he said ‘I’m called Archie’ with a big smile on his face,” the unnamed woman told <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a> back in January after their chance encounter. “I don’t know why he calls himself Archie but kids often play with their names and I think it’s lovely.”</p><p>There are a few reasons the little Prince may have called himself that. One, it could simply be a nickname he gave himself. After all, the <a href="" target="_blank">royals are rather famous for giving themselves nicknames</a>. Just look to the Queen’s own nickname — Lilibet — as an example. Or even Prince Harry, whose real name is Henry — and <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan, whose real name is Rachel</a>. (Yeah, we’ll let that one sink in for a minute.)</p><p>Two, it could be that the five-year-old really did already know Harry and Meghan’s baby name way back in January and was playing a prank on this unsuspecting fan.</p><p>Three, it’s all simply a coincidence and this woman made up the entire story several months before Meghan gave birth. But, any way you look at it, it’s a little funny, and a little freaky, that Prince George either consciously or subconsciously knew what his little cousin would be called. Now, if he could only predict the future, we’d be all set.</p>
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How to Take the Ultimate Florida Keys Road Trip

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:30
<p>The cool dark of the bar provided respite from the hot, afternoon sunshine and it was a minute or two before our eyes adjusted to the scene inside. Settling onto a couple of stools, we ordered beers and took in our surroundings. Dollar bills, most bearing messages penned in magic marker, covered every inch of the walls and ceiling, three and four layers deep in some places. Two sunburned couples across the bar ordered another round, tapping their plastic cups in a toast while Johnny Cash crooned overhead.</p><p>“I kind of feel like we’re in the Twilight Zone,” my husband said as the bartender set baskets brimming with french fries and fried grouper in front of us. We’d landed in No Name Pub, a longtime <a href="" target="_blank">Florida Keys institution</a> quite a ways off the beaten path. A few hours earlier saw us part of a different Keys tableau – sipping our coffee while gazing at the Atlantic across a lawn dotted with swaying palms. The ocean and a busy woodpecker were the only sounds we could hear.</p><p>A drive down Florida’s Overseas Highway from Key Largo to Key West offers the perfect blend of eccentric bohemia and chic <em>joie de vivre</em>. As the mile markers decrease, Old Florida charm sharpens into focus. Strip malls hawking beach sundries and snorkeling tours along the upper reaches of U.S. 1 give way to dazzling turquoise flashes as the road becomes more bridge than highway. The route south is festooned with the Keys’ ubiquitous kitsch — a giant, spiny lobster presides over a local arts village, lipsticked manatees clutch mailboxes, and hand painted mermaids tempt passersby with the promise of sunset cocktails.</p><p>Though Hurricane Irma, which ravaged the archipelago in September 2017, is not yet a faint memory for those who call the Keys home, the region has made a remarkable recovery. Most hotels and resorts have reopened – <a href="" target="_blank">many after completing extensive renovations</a> – and a few new spots have joined the roster. Restaurants, beach bars, state parks, and legions of watersports outfitters have also rebounded, leaving visitors hard pressed to find evidence of the storm’s Category-4 destruction.</p><p>You could drive the 113-mile stretch in a little over three hours, but why would you want to? Road trips, especially one as iconic as this, are all about the stops along the way. So put the top down and cue Jimmy Buffet. Here’s our guide to the best the Florida Keys has to offer.</p><h2>Key Largo</h2><p>Ease yourself into the Keys’ laid-back vibe just south of Homestead with a detour onto Card Sound Road. A stop into <a href="" target="_blank">Alabama Jack’s</a> is a must, especially if you’re a first-timer – the scrappy, waterside seafood shack has been the Keys’ unofficial welcome wagon since 1947 and serves some of the best conch fritters around. Live music and the line of Harleys outside add to the honky-tonk scene.</p><p>With your internal clock synced to island time, cruise over Card Sound Bridge and into Key Largo where you’ll find <a href="" target="_blank">John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park</a> at mile marker 102.5. Explore the park’s prolific marine life and a portion of the 360-mile Florida Reef Tract — North America’s only living coral barrier reef — on a <a href="" target="_blank">guided snorkeling tour</a>. Or rent kayaks and head out for a paddle through miles of mangrove-lined wilderness trails.</p><p>Key Largo is at the epicenter of sustainability efforts in the Florida Keys these days, especially when it comes to reef health. At the Coral Restoration Foundation, researchers are rearing and planting corals in undersea nurseries. For a unique experience, snorkelers and divers looking to add an eco-tourism stint to their travels can assist scientists with outplanting and reef monitoring at active restorations sites.</p><p>After a day of sea and sun, check into the breezy <a href="" target="_blank">Baker’s Cay Resort</a>, a lush retreat tucked into a secluded setting with gorgeous Florida Strait views. Formerly the Hilton Key Largo, the 13-acre property was undergoing a full renovation when Irma struck. Rather than rebuild, Hilton created Baker’s Cay, which opened in late-January to join the brand’s luxurious Curio Collection. The resort’s beauty isn’t only skin-deep. Baker’s Cay has made a commitment to becoming a leader in sustainability, partnering with local environmental organizations to create eco-friendly guest programming as well as being the first resort in the Keys to join Reef Relief’s “<a href="" target="_blank">Skip the Straw</a>” campaign.</p><h2>Islamorada</h2><img alt="Florida Keys "src=""><p>You could easily spend a few days hopping around the string of tiny islands that make up Islamorada and while you do, <a href="" target="_blank">The Moorings Village</a> is the perfect place to call home.</p><p>Built in 1936 on a former coconut plantation, the resort is home to 18 beachy cottages nestled amidst tropical landscaping just steps from the Atlantic. Eight-hundred palm trees dot the property and there’s no shortage of hammocks for lounging beneath the verdant fronds.</p><p>Grab a paddleboard and head out for an ocean jaunt, watch the world go by from the cool shade of your porch, or while away a few hours by the gorgeous pool — newly refreshed post-Irma. If you can tear yourself away, single-speed beach cruisers are available for a pedal around town. Check out the galleries around the corner in the <a href="" target="_blank">Morada Bay Arts and Cultural District</a> —every third Thursday is the district’s evening art walk — or pop into the beer garden at the <a href="" target="_blank">Florida Keys Brewing Company</a> for a hyper-local tasting flight.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Robbie’s Marina</a>, one of the Florida Keys’ most iconic landmarks, sits on the tip of Lower Matecumbe Key, about five miles south at mile marker 77.5. The epitome of the archipelago’s barefoot affability, Robbie’s is a waterside shantytown of sorts that includes an outdoor marketplace, a marine sports outpost, and<strong> </strong>the Hungry Tarpon restaurant, named for the school of enormous silver fish that have been circling the docks for decades. Four bucks will get you a bucket of bait and feeding the leaping, thrashing creatures provides a memorable diversion. Afterwards, head out for an eco-tour through Islamorada’s pristine waters with <a href="" target="_blank">Captain Sam Zeher</a> or just chill dockside with one of Robbie’s Trailer Trash Bloody Marys, complete with beef-jerky straw.</p><img alt="robbies-islamorada-florida-keys "src=""><p>When the dinner hour beckons, shake the sand from your toes and head to <a href="" target="_blank">Pierre’s</a>, an elegant plantation-style house with a wide verandah overlooking Florida Bay. A few miles north at <a href="" target="_blank">Marker 88</a>, chef Bobby Stoky serves the super-fresh seafood one would expect to find in the sportfishing capital of the world. Tuck into cracked conch and coconut-crusted hogfish on the outdoor patio with a glass of fruity Chardonnay — for a relaxed joint, Marker 88 has an excellent wine list. At either spot, the famous Keys sunset is guaranteed to put on a memorable show.</p><h2>Marathon</h2><p>Even before Hemingway’s old man took to the sea, the Keys were a saltwater angler’s paradise, legendary for big game like sailfish, wahoo, and blue marlin. Though pulling a trophy fish from the ocean can be a thrill, sometimes the best part of casting a line is eating your catch later.</p><p>One of the best ways to do so is on a Hook and Cook adventure at <a href="" target="_blank">Hawks Cay Resort</a> on Duck Key, a pocket-sized island about 20 miles south of Islamorada. The resort, which received a major lashing from Hurricane Irma, reopened last August fresh off a $50-million renovation that included a complete redesign of its public spaces and guestrooms, two new restaurants, and a reimagined adults-only enclave called Oasis Cay.</p><p>Get out onto the water with lifelong conch, <a href="" target="_blank">Captain Dave Perry</a>, who has been fishing the Keys for decades and runs charters out of the Hawks Cay Marina with Captain Justin Brunk. In addition to blue water hunting, the two specialize in fishing the reef for snapper and grouper, fish that Hawks Cay executive chef William Ryan will later blacken, grill, or fry for a hyper-local meal at <a href="" target="_blank">Angler and Ale</a>, the resort’s new dockside restaurant.</p><p>Connecting Marathon to the Lower Keys, the Seven-Mile Bridge is a highlight of any Keys road trip and driving it feels like being in an ocean themed circle-vision movie. But before you do, take a ferry out to picturesque Pigeon Key for a dose of Keys history.</p><p>More than 100 years ago, Florida tycoon Henry Flagler envisioned an Overseas Railroad linking mainland Florida to Key West. The project was nicknamed Flagler’s Folly – no one believed his ambitious plan would come to fruition – yet despite naysayers, the rail line was finished in 1912 complete with the engineering marvel that became the Seven Mile Bridge. During the railroad’s construction, over 400 workers lived on Pigeon Key, which is now listed on the National Historic Register. Tours of the tiny island leave three times daily from the <a href="" target="_blank">Pigeon Key Visitor’s Center</a> and offer a deep dive into the story of the railroad, its ill-fated demise, and the scenic highway travelers drive today.</p><h2>The Lower Keys</h2><img alt="Florida Keys "src=""><p>The necklace of islands south of the Seven Mile Bridge bore the brunt of Irma’s wrath and while a few vestiges of the storm remain, the area has rebounded quite well. Take a detour for some beach bliss at <a href="" target="_blank">Bahia Honda State Park</a>, a 524-acre swath of nature tucked between the Atlantic and the Gulf. Sandspur Beach, long considered one of the best in the Keys, remains closed, but the crescent of sand that makes up Calusa Beach on the tranquil bayside makes a fine stand-in.</p><p>On Big Pine Key, stop into the new Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Nature Cente<strong>r</strong>, which features exhibits spotlighting the Keys’ four wildlife refuges including the nearby <a href="" target="_blank">National Key Deer Refuge</a>. Established in 1957, the refuge protects approximately 9,200 acres of land on Big Pine and No Name Keys that serves as habitat for endangered Key Deer. Stick to the speed limit around here — the diminutive creatures have been known to dart into the road, especially at dawn and dusk.</p><p>About 30 minutes south, you’ll find authentic, Old Keys spirit on the docks of Geiger Key Marina at <a href="" target="_blank">The Fish Camp</a>. Owned by local restaurateurs Michelle and Bobby Mongelli, who also run the well-loved <a href="" target="_blank">Hogfish Bar and Grill</a> on nearby Stock Island, this open-air tiki bar and seafood joint claims to be on “the back side of paradise,” which certainly feels accurate when you’re sitting waterside with a plate of succulent Key West pink shrimp and a cold beer. The Sunday afternoon barbecue is legendary.</p><img alt="Florida Keys "src=""><p>Head out to explore the labyrinth of waterways around Stock Island on a guided kayak tour with <a href="" target="_blank">Lazy Dog Adventures</a>. Trips leave from a tiny inlet on Cow Key Channel and wind through the mangrove tunnels and saltwater creeks hugging the edge of the Atlantic. The vibrant ecosystem provides a habitat for manatees, sea stars, tropical fish, and all kinds of shorebirds — many of which you’ll encounter while paddling through the Keys’ backcountry wilderness.</p><h2>Key West</h2><p>Key West exudes the same anything-goes bonhomie it did back in the day of rumrunners and speakeasies — only now it’s infused with a shot of modern flair. Colorful conch cottages line the streets of Old Town, swank cocktail salons mingle with celebrated watering holes on Duval, and feral fowl give new meaning to free-range as they strut along the sidewalks crowing with carefree abandon.</p><img alt="Florida Keys "src=""><p>Find respite from the downtown bacchanalia at the <a href="" target="_blank">Parrot Key Hotel</a>, which reopened in January following a meticulous post-hurricane rebuild. The entire property breathes Old Key West charm. Walkways edged with white picket fences wind through tropical gardens past hidden swimming pools and quaint, two-story clapboard bungalows. Bright blue Adirondack chairs sit on covered porches, hammocks swing beneath shady palms, and ceiling fans spin lazily overhead at Grove, the resort’s new open-air restaurant. Parrot Key’s complimentary shuttle delivers guests throughout the day to either a private beach club at <a href=";id=24" target="_blank">Smather’s Beach</a> or to the heart of Old Town. For a DIY adventure, a fleet of single-speed beach cruisers invites exploration.</p><p>At four miles long and two miles wide, Key West is made for biking. Pedal through dappled sunlight along Whitehead Street to the <a href="" target="_blank">Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum</a>. Inside, passionate docents supply a glimpse into the profound yet tragic genius of one of the Lost Generation’s most colorful characters. Pay further tribute to Papa at the <a href="" target="_blank">Hemingway Rum Company</a>, which produces the award-winning Papa’s Pilar, named for the author’s beloved fishing boat. The company’s flagship headquarters, housed in a former tobacco warehouse, is part distillery, part tasting room, and part museum. Find a spot at the bar and sample delicious, dark and blonde Solera-blended rums amidst all variety of Hemingway-themed ephemera.</p><p>When the sun starts to set, climb aboard <a href="" target="_blank">Danger Charters</a>’ elegant, three-masted schooner for a wine tasting sail that offers a polished alternative to the nightly circus — think fire juggling acrobats and hoop jumping cats — at Mallory Square. Or take a quick jaunt on the private ferry to Sunset Key for a gastronomical adventure overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at <a href="" target="_blank">Latitudes</a>, the signature restaurant at <a href="" target="_blank">Sunset Key Cottages</a>. Though you’ll dine by the light of tiki torches with your toes in the sand, executive chef Jerry Crocker works culinary magic on local seafood like yellowtail, grouper, and cobia. Innovative cocktails, crisp white tablecloths, and dreamy island views round out a memorable evening.</p>
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These Airlines Are the Best at Handling Complaints, Claims, and Compensation

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:15
<p>Having a pleasant flight experience can make a great start or end to a trip, but sometimes, unexpected incidents like cancellations or delays can occur. </p><p>In some of these instances, passengers are <a href="" target="_blank">entitled to compensation</a>, which is where <a href="" target="_blank">AirHelp</a> comes in to assist passengers with claiming compensation when delays, <a href="" target="_blank">cancellation</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">denied boarding</a> instances occur.</p><p>Besides offering its services to assist with real-time claims, the air passenger rights company has also been ranking the top airlines based on service quality, on-time performance, and claim processing since 2015 as part of its <a href=";utm_medium=pr&amp;utm_campaign=AHscore2019_outreach_project_en_us&amp;utm_term=na&amp;utm_content=na" target="_blank">AirHelp Score rankings</a>.</p><p>AirHelp uses data from its database of flight statistics in combination with thousands of customer opinions and experience company representatives have working on claims for 10 million passengers to create the ranking each year, with various factors considered when it comes to claim processing. </p><p>These include the percentage of an airline’s claims that were ignored or wrongfully rejected, the total time it takes an airline to acknowledge and process a claim, and the time it takes for the airlines to pay the compensation after a claim is approved.</p><p>When it comes to airlines that best tackle claim processing, <a href="" target="_blank">Scandinavian Airlines</a> came in at first place. Canada's WestJet followed close behind in second place. Two U.S. airlines also made it into the top five, including <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> which took third place, and <a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines</a>, which came in at fifth place for airlines that best handle claim processing.</p><img alt="Scandinavian Airlines "src=""><p>Brussels Airlines rounded out the top five airlines when it comes to processing claims, coming in at fourth place. </p><p>Several of these airlines also ranked in the top five best airlines overall, based on claim processing, on-time performance, and service quality. </p><p>These include American Airlines, which ranked second place overall, and Scandinavian Airlines in fourth place. <a href="" target="_blank">Qatar Airways</a> took the top spot thanks to its consistency in effective claims processing and its punctuality, according to AirHelp representatives. </p><img alt="Qatar Airways "src=""><p>To rank the best airlines overall, Airhelp looked at the number of flights departing within 15 minutes of a published departure time and arriving within 15 minutes of a published arrival time, and asked passengers to rank service factors like aircraft comfort, helpfullness of crew, and food selections. </p><p>The top five airlines overall also include Aeromexico in third place and Qantas in fifth place, with both airlines scoring high on their quality of service and claim processing.</p><p>AirHelp also ranked the top airports based on service quality, food and shop offerings, and on-time performance. </p><p>The top five airports include Qatar’s Hamad International Airport, Japan’s Tokyo International Airport (commonly known as Haneda Airport), Greece’s Athens International Airport, Brazil’s Afonso Pena International Airport, and Poland’s Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport.</p>
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9 Easy and Affordable South American Trips to Take in 2019

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:00
<p><a href="" target="_blank">South America</a> has something everyone can enjoy. The fourth largest continent in the world is home to a vibrant blend of cultures, fantastic food, fierce football, free activities, chocolate, coffee, rainforests, rivers, music, romance, and passion. Most of it comes at affordable prices, and if you’re U.S.-based it’s pretty much at your doorstep — so really, what are you waiting for?</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Cities in Central and South America</a></p><p>The continent is also home to majestic levels of ecological diversity, attracting millions of tourists each year to traverse its jungles, climb its towering peaks, and swim in its crystalline seas. It boasts the world's highest uninterrupted waterfall (Angel Falls in Venezuela); largest river (Amazon River); longest mountain range (Andes), driest non-polar spot on earth (the Atacama Desert) and of course, the planet’s largest rainforest (the Amazon). These awe-inspiring natural resources will ensure that a vacation to any one of South America's 12 countries is a totally unforgettable experience from start to finish.</p><p>And with a little research and prior planning, South America can be blissfully smooth sailing. Opt for a DIY trip to Colombia’s Caribbean coast, a river cruise through the Brazilian Amazon with Adventure Life, or take an awe-inspiring vacation to the Galapagos islands with a tour company like Intrepid Travel. In South America, the possibilities and combinations really are endless, so immerse yourself in the planet’s dreamiest spots and plan one of these nine easy trips right now.</p><h2>Island-hop in Ecuador's Galapagos </h2><img alt="Snorkeling with Galapagos green sea turtle, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador "src=""><p>It’s a challenge to uncover a more bucket list-worthy trip in South America than the jaw-droppingly spectacular Galapagos islands. A chain of 19 islands and dozens of islets formed after a series of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, it’s a magical place that will linger in your mind long after leaving. The Galapagos islands once served as the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s seminal work, "The Origin of Species," and today, there are still natural wonders aplenty to uncover. Be sure to head there with a a trusted tour operator as they’ll provide a knowledgeable guide and you won’t want to miss out on any of the fascinating information.</p><p>Intrepid Travel offers a fabulously put-together itinerary in their <a href="" target="_blank">Galapagos Island Hopping</a> trip, and their expert trip leader will take you around the main islands, covering San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela, and Floreana. You’ll stay in modern, air-conditioned accommodations, eat delicious local cuisine (most meals are included), and take some spectacular boat trips between islands.</p><p>The Galapagos islands are home to the highest levels of endemism on the planet (species of animal and fauna which only exist there), and an Intrepid trip will grant you jaw-dropping access to some incredible sights. Fancy snorkeling in glass-like waters with hammerhead sharks, graceful manta rays, playful sea lions, and turtles? Yeah, thought so. You’ll also observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat, hike an active volcano, and probably pinch yourself on more than one occasion. Spotting wildlife is easy; you’ll get the chance to get up close and personal with incredibly colorful iguanas basking in the sun on powdery beaches, spot surreal-looking blue-footed booby birds nesting in jagged volcanic rocks, and if you’re lucky, you might see Galapagos penguins. There are also plenty of amazing kayaking trips around blue lagoons with your guide to be had, and the chance to sample hand-made chocolate and artisan coffee from the local farmers. This jam-packed, eco-conscious Latin adventure tour is unbeatable value for your money and will take place among a ready-made batch of like-minded travelers of mixed ages.</p><p>To book: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $1,779 per person</p><h2>Backpack along Colombia’s Caribbean coast and coffee region</h2><img alt="Hiking in Cocora Valley, Salento, Colombia, South America "src=""><p>There’s a reason Colombia is consistently voted among the happiest countries in the world; it offers a spectacular combination of breathtaking biodiversity, Instagram-worthy beaches, and friendly people. Just a few hours' flight from New York City lies Colombia’s Caribbean coast and coffee region, which is guaranteed to impress even the most hard-to-please wanders. It’s an easy trip that can be tackled in two to three weeks on your own, via the affordable and safe buses that ferry tourists and locals around. Fly into Cartagena, the sparkling colonial jewel of the country which is comprised of pastel-painted buildings and lively nightlife. From there, catch a bus along to Santa Marta where you can arrange trips to the isolated town of Minca. Nestled in the Colombian Sierra Nevada mountains, Minca offers amazing views overlooking the Caribbean seas and unique backpacker hostels.</p><p>Then, head back down the hills to uncover some pristine coastal rainforest at Parque de Tayrona, a protected national park filled with monkeys, lizards, and parrots where you can camp or spend the day. The beach-bum town of Palomino on the coast is also worth a trip — tubing down a river and sunning yourself in a hammock are the main attractions, along with hikes to nearby indigenous communities in the mountains. Next it’s on to the coffee country in Salento, a rural town that offers serene mountain views, amazing architecture, and <i>paisa</i> hospitality with a smile. There are, of course, tours aplenty offering expeditions to these areas (many of which also tie in visits to the cities of Medellin and Bogota), but after years of political unrest, Colombia is shrugging off its reputation as a nation unsuitable for tourists and it’s now super-simple to organize a stand-out vacation yourself, as I did. If you're looking for a tour, Intrepid's Best of Colombia tour takes you from mountains to beaches so you don't miss a thing.</p><p>To book: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $3,677 per person.</p><h2>Uncover the best of Bolivia and Argentina</h2><img alt="Sunday market in Bolivia "src=""><p>Immerse yourself in some authentic Latin culture with an adventure through Bolivia and Argentina. An Intrepid tour takes the stress out of ticking things off your bucket list and incorporates an ethereal experience to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia. You’ll also be taken to the incredible Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth which boasts flamingos bathing in mineral lakes and an everlasting supply of cacti. If you’re into colonial architecture and eclectic cities, this trip also takes you to Buenos Aires in Argentina, where you’ll dine on great food and explore some incredible neighborhoods as well as La Paz, a city renowned for its incredible markets. Many of the attractions included in this trip can be hard to arrange yourself, but an Intrepid trip is a safe and efficient way to do a lot in a short space of time and includes all accommodations and 16 meals.</p><p>To book: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $2,108 for 15 nights</p><h2>Get cultural in Paraguay</h2><img alt="Landscape in the Gran Chaco, Paraguay "src=""><p>Lesser-known and understated in its beauty, Paraguay is perfect for the explorer keen to find a road less traveled. You won’t see tourists at every landmark here, and it’s not a country for those in search of lively bars and pumping adventure, but you will find exotic lakes, thriving nightlife, artisan workshops, and impressive colonial towns. The terrain is varied and exciting with the subtropical Atlantic Forest in the east and the dry wildlife of Chaco on the other side of the country.</p><p>Cox and King offer a music and culture <a href="" target="_blank">seven-day excursion for two</a> that includes visits to crafts workshops and artisan villages in the Asuncion area, a day on a ranch with local hosts, and trips to the blue waters of Ypacaraí Lake and the UNESCO World Heritage Jesuit ruins of Trinidad and Jesus.</p><p>To book: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, 7-day excursion for two from $3,850</p><h2>River Cruise through Brazil’s Amazon rainforest</h2><img alt="Boat docked at Manaus, Brazil "src=""><p>Exploring the Amazon jungle sounds like a difficult task right? But if you opt for an eco-friendly river cruise, you can uncover the areas’ mysterious wildlife whilst still enjoying safe and serene boat accommodation. Adventure Life offer a thrilling voyage into the most uninhabited parts of the Amazon Basin which you enter via Manaus (Brazil’s 2016 Olympics city, six hours flight from Rio). After an included night in a Manaus hotel, you’ll set sail for six-nights on the Tucano vessel, an air-conditioned motor-yacht staffed with expert locals who have been born and raised in the forest. My trip with was totally mesmerising. I witnessed the magical meeting of the waters, where the sediment-filled River Negro conflates with the black, nutrient-rich Amazon River, and also had several excursions into the jungle each day. The 6am kayaking trips were a real highlight. We’d slide into our boats before breakfast, as the sun turned from pink to orange across a cloudless sky, and spot multi-colored macaws, blue butterflies and Amazon kingfishers as we paddled along through the flooded forest. We’d watch and wait for botos (pink dolphins) which would often swim around our kayaks as they searched for fish, then return back to our vessel to eat fresh mango, coffees, eggs and tapioca pancakes, before heading out for our afternoon trips in a silent-engine canoe. Canoe trips took us further into the wilderness and our diligent guide uncovered wildlife that I’d surely have missed without him: an orange cobra hiding in the branches of a tree, a baby caiman nestled in the reeds, sloths sleeping in treetops and monkeys - capuchin and howler - leaping from branch to branch. One afternoon we fished for piranha, wrestling our rods with the famed, sharp-toothed fish that would often steal our bait without warning. Back on the boat, when fried, I found the piranha delicious - albeit a little bony but they went down well when the crew brought up some caipirinha cocktails. At night time, we’d venture out in the canoe again, our guide would shine a giant torch into the unending abyss as he searched for the nocturnal creatures. The trip was full of incredible adventure, delicious Brazilian cuisine and non-stop knowledge from my guide. Wi-Fi isn’t an option for the week, but I loved the chance to switch off and tune in to nature. When we finished up and returned to Manaus I was a more than a little sad to leave the jungle. A 7-night trip <a href="" target="_blank">starts from $3020, with Adventure Life.</a></p><h2>6. Take a wine tour in Argentina and Chile</h2><img alt="Beautiful springtime in vineyards at foot of the Andes. Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina. "src=""><p>If you’re up for seeing a lot in a little amount of time, and its style, culture and cuisine you crave, head to Argentina and Chile with Peregrine Adventures. Their tour is for wine-lovers starts off in the artistic region of Santiago, with its snow-capped mountains and vibrant markets. Later it’s onto Casablanca Valley, Chile’s fastest growing wine region, and the ambient World Heritage port city of Valparaiso, before a visit to magnificent Mendoza, where the famous Malbec wine is produced. After a stop-off in the relaxing area of Estancias, you’ll finish up in Argentina’s energetic capital of Buenos Aires, where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in its enchanting streets and mix of European and Latin culture, with a dance at a tango bar or rich meal of steak and red wine. Heaven. Prices start <a href="" target="_blank">from $2,692pp for 10 days.</a></p><h2>7. Visit Patagonia</h2><img alt="El Chalten, couple hiking to Laguna de los Tres in Los Glaciares National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Patagonia, Argentina "src=""><p>The spellbinding landscape of Patagonia, has long tempted travelers in search of an unforgettable expedition that’s equal parts beauty and adventure. Situated at the southernmost tip of South America, Patagonia is punctuated with dramatic glaciers, towering forests and pristine lakes dotted with islands and inlets. But even though it’s 400,000 square miles of breathtakingly barren land, with a bit of forward planning you can cover a fair amount of ground and see a lot. For organised trekking and established tourism, head to the national parks in the northern lake districts of Argentina (<a href="" target="_blank">Los Glaciares</a>) and Chile (<a href="" target="_blank">Torres del Paine</a>) Or, for a luxury travel package where the finer details are taken care of, Quasarex offers a nine-day Patagonia safari which blends spectacular five-star hotel stays with mesmerising ice-hikes and horse-riding expeditions around the glaciers and fjords. <a href="" target="_blank">A standard eight-night, guided single tour </a>starts at $13,150.</p><h2>8. Get wet and wild in Brazil’s Iguazu Falls</h2><img alt="Iguazu National Park, Parana, Brazil, South America "src=""><p>The Iguazu Falls are world-famous waterfalls of the Iguazu River which flow through Brazil and Argentina, situated in lush and protected land that’s teeming with incredible wildlife. Do the falls yourself, as part of a long expedition through Brazil, or on a flying visit to the area from Sao Paulo or Rio. If you’d rather have the pressure taken off, Audley Travel offers you the chance to get up close and personal with the falls as part of their <a href="" target="_blank">Brazil In A Nutshell</a> package. Feel the spray of the Falls on your face with their detailed, half-day guide, before heading into the steamy Amazon for a stay in a luxury eco-lodge for three nights, where you’ll enjoy excursions into the jungle as well as piranha fishing and pink dolphin-spotting. Prices start from $3,240pp for 10 nights.</p><h2>9. Spot jaguar in Guyana</h2><img alt="A jaguar takes a bath in Macouria, French Guyana "src=""><p>This lesser-travelled South American country with a strong Caribbean culture borders Brazil and Venezuela and is working hard to shed its reputation as turbulent and hard-to-navigate after years of political strife. Today it’s much safer than it once was and is rich in dense forests and colourful ranches, meaning that travellers who don’t mind the rustic edge can enjoy one of the continent’s best-kept ecotourism secrets. Take the pressure off organising something yourself and head to the area with Steppes Travel who’ll take you to searching for jaguars in the Iwokrama Rainforest, paddling in the world’s highest free falling waterfall, Kaieteur Falls, and visiting the colonial capital city, Georgetown. <a href="" target="_blank">14 days of pure magic starts at $6,293</a>.</p>
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This Travel Mug Has Over 15,000 Five-star Reviews on Amazon — and It’s on Sale Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:30
<p>If you’re in the market for a new travel tumbler, you don’t have to look any further: Voted one of Amazon's customer-favorite kitchen products last month, the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcontigotravelmugcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b0d3251d655eddac9f6d83b31a1d91d4&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Contigo Autoseal West Loop Vacuum-Insulated Travel Mug</a> is on sale right now for over 30 percent off.</p><p>The <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcontigotravelmugcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b0d3251d655eddac9f6d83b31a1d91d4&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">popular mug has racked up over 15,000 perfect five-star reviews</a> from shoppers who praise it for being <a href="" target="_blank">one of the best travel mugs</a> they’ve ever owned. The Contigo Travel Mug can keep drinks hot up to five hours and cold up to 12 hours, plus it’s leak and spill proof thanks to its auto-seal technology (basically, a button on the front that seals the top). And it’s even top-shelf dishwasher safe, so it’s a breeze to clean. You can buy it in 16, 20, and 24-ounce sizes, and there are tons of hues available, like dark green, purple, and light blue. Currently, several of the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcontigotravelmugcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=d3da73e9783245b4de0a65bd08b75f58&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">16- and 20-ounce colors are on sale, starting as low as $14</a>.</p><img alt="Contigo Travel Mug "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcontigotravelmugcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=d3da73e9783245b4de0a65bd08b75f58&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $14 (originally $21)</p><p>“This is the BEST creation ever and I don’t know why I didn't purchase one earlier in life! This cup is 100 percent spill proof and is ever so conducive to my daily lifestyle. I live in New York and the busy train traffic causes me to have to use my hands sometimes and I can't because I have to hold my morning brew,” one shopper wrote. “<a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcontigotravelmugcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b0d3251d655eddac9f6d83b31a1d91d4&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">This cup makes that so much easier</a> to toss in my purse without worry of spilling the substance. The lock feature gives that extra sense of safety that if the autoseal button is accidentally pressed nothing will spill. It also keeps my coffee hot for a long period of time. Definitely an investment, I actually talked a couple of co-workers into purchasing one and they LOVE it.”</p><p>Another version of the mug, the Contigo Transit Travel Mug with a non-slip grip, <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcontigotravelmugcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=855f5f380e18da0e3dfe0e5b9cf55660&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">is also on sale for over 40 percent off</a>. We’re not sure how long these deals will last, so we recommend adding the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcontigotravelmugcbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=b0d3251d655eddac9f6d83b31a1d91d4&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Contigo Travel Mug to your cart</a> now.</p>
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12 Travel Jackets That Aren’t a Pain to Pack

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:13
<p>There are few things that can puzzle a minimalist packing list more than jackets. Can you wear it on the plane? Can you wear in the rain? Can you wear it on the trail? In the hail? In a bar? In a car? Lest we get more Seussian, the hunt for the perfect single travel jacket begins.</p><p>The ideal jacket should be able to swing from a hike up the mountain to a night out downtown, without actually looking like you stumbled straight from backpack to bar. But how to master that if you only want to bring one item?</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The 9 Travel Stores With the Best Gear</a></p><p>“When it comes to winter travel, your first line of defense on the city streets is your outerwear,” said Dani Bernstein, one of Backcountry outdoor retailer’s Gearhead experts. “Finding something that is warm, compact, and stylish can be a challenge. When it comes to design, clean, long lines and coats that cover lots of surface area without restricting movement are what I look for first.”</p><p>Shorter, puffy, packable down or synthetic insulated jackets can de-puff down into their own pockets or travel bags, conveniently doubling as a travel pillow and taking up minimal luggage space. A thinner packable rain jacket, meanwhile, won’t be as warm on its own but will insulate your base layers against wind and water, so cross-climate travelers can layer up to make a lighter jacket work better across temperatures or find a 3-in-1 model that has both at once.</p><h2>Best for Rain: Eddie Bauer Rainfoil Packable Jacket</h2><img alt="Eddie Bauer Rainfoil Packable Jacket "src=""><p>The lightweight Rainfoil packs down right into its own pocket. Sealed seams, an adjustable hem and cuffs, and a high collar will keep all your underlayers dry.</p><p>To buy: (men's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $80; (women's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $70</p><h2>Best for Rain: Arc’teryx Beta AR Jacket</h2><img alt="Arc’teryx Beta AR "src=""><p>Arc’teryx puts three layers of Gore-Tex between you and the elements, and zippers everywhere to keep you both dry and well-ventilated.</p><p>To buy: (men's) <a href=";tag=tltraveljackets-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00DR0FCLW&amp;linkId=f8c28fb5d89081f87ba6c2df5d3e9cd9" target="_blank"></a>; from $453; (women's) <a href=";tag=tltraveljackets-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00OZG116M&amp;linkId=07a476da23a9c9914cf4338a48bc2aff" target="_blank"></a>, from $400</p><h2>Best Style: Orvis Pack-and-Go Women’s Travel Jacket</h2><img alt="Orvis Pack-and-Go Women’s Travel Jacket "src=""><p>The mid-thigh Pack and Go jacket features wind- and water-resistant eco-friendly fabric, with a removable hood that fits into a hidden pocket when you’d rather show off your headwear. The interior zipper pockets hold smaller stashes, and a cinchable waist adds definition to the silhouette</p><p>To buy: (women's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $149</p><h2>Best Multifunctional: Scottevest Jacket</h2><img alt="Scottevest Jacket "src=""><p>One of the most established players in the multifunctional travel clothing game, Scottevest offers a cotton-blend jacket complete with removable sleeves that can hold as much as a backpack. There are pockets for everything from your tablet to your water bottle, and they're integrated into a weight management system that won't drag you down or make you look bulky.</p><p>To buy: (men's) <a href=";tag=tltraveljackets-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01ETRR09S&amp;linkId=89a0815f6a54c5704ed4a020e1f0dd2e" target="_blank"></a>, $175; (women's) <a href=";tag=tltraveljackets-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01KGFA86E&amp;linkId=c5e2e848f2fb4ba3b415bbfc68d46780" target="_blank"></a>, $175</p><h2>Best Multifunctional: Tumi Packable Travel Puffer</h2><img alt="Tumi Packable Travel Puffer "src=""><p>Tumi’s classic attention to detail comes through in its Patrol and Clairmont packable travel puffers. The collar carry sack turns the jacket into a <a href="" target="_blank">neck pillow</a>, so you can either wear the down insulation or sleep on it depending on the climate.</p><p>To buy: (men's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195; (women's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195</p><h2>Best Multifunctional: Baubax 2.0 Bomber Jacket</h2><img alt="Baubax 2.0 Bomber Jacket "src=""><p>This newer multi-pocket travel jacket is a Kickstarter favorite, with enough pockets and extra features that you may not even need a carry-on. Between the neck pillow and eye mask built into the hood, stowed blanket, and pocket footrest, it’s practically a seat upgrade in itself.</p><p>To buy: (men's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $199; (women's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $199</p><h2>Best Budget Pick: Uniqlo Ultra Light Down</h2><img alt="Uniqlo Ultra Light Down "src=""><p>This ultra-light down pick lives up to its name and won’t weigh down your luggage or your wallet. It will still keep you warm on your outdoor walks and then squish up into its carrying sack once you’re back indoors.</p><p>To buy: (men's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $70; (women's hooded parka) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $100; (women's jacket) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $70'</p><h2>Best Lightweight Insulated: The North Face ThermoBall Jacket</h2><img alt="The North Face ThermoBall "src=""><p>Prefer the look of a more square quilted finish? The pattern on this popular synthetic insulation jacket minimizes cold spots and windchill impact but still rolls up into its own pocket.</p><p>To buy: (men's) <a href=";tag=tltraveljackets-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07B8KXZYG&amp;linkId=01d2e1603ca77c36074a053b3e6114b5" target="_blank"></a>, from $115; (women's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tltraveljackets-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N55AYC6&amp;linkId=25b64a8ef0ba8383e56d9bbdede07010" target="_blank"></a>, from $119</p><h2>Best Lightweight Insulated: Patagonia Nano Puff</h2><img alt="Patagonia Nano Puff "src=""><p>This puffer is windproof, DWR-treated, and folds into its own pocket. And as you’d expect from Patagonia, not only is the PrimaLoft Gold Eco insulation water-repellent and thermally efficient, it’s also made from 55 percent post-consumer recycled content. Along with Arc’teryx, it’s also one of the go-to brands for Anna Coplon, Africa expert with Scott Dunn tour operators. “Nano Puffs and a shell are perfect,” Coplon said. “Nano Puffs are light, incredibly warm, and pack very easily. However, they don’t protect well from the wind so packing a shell is a perfect layer to throw on over — Gore-Tex is ideal, it’s both lightweight and waterproof.”</p><p>To buy: (men's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $199; (women's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $199</p><h2>Best 3-in-1: Columbia Bugaboo II Fleece Interchange</h2><img alt="Columbia Bugaboo II Fleece Interchange "src=""><p>This 3-in-1 jacket that offers both a waterproof shell and fleece inner layer is a little more après-ski than urban afternoon, but the ability to separate the layers is a big bonus on the road.</p><p>To buy: (men's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $180; (women's) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $130</p><h2>Best 3-in-1: Mammut Seon 3-in-1 Hooded Coat</h2><img alt="Mammut Seon 3 in 1 Hooded Coat "src=""><p>Go for longer layers with the Mammut Seon 3-in-1, which includes a synthetic fiber interior jacket that can snap onto the waterproof Gore-Tex outer layer. It also works with any other Mammut Easy Combine layers if you want to build a whole set.</p><p>To buy: (men's) <a href=";tag=tltraveljackets-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07CDSNR8Y&amp;linkId=c8155417209fee0510392b0e44a61407" target="_blank"></a>, $649; (women's) <a href=";tag=tltraveljackets-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07KC88RZV&amp;linkId=5ea19f3ea7ab8e4cb2a7bc72507d24e2" target="_blank"></a>, $649</p><h2>Best Parka: Oros Orion Parka</h2><img alt="Oros Orion Parka "src=""><p>If you need the warmth of a full parka without the bulk, try the Oros Orion parka. The NASA-inspired aerogel insulation — based on the insulation used in space shuttles — holds in warmth like down with significantly less loft. It will roll into a bundle roughly the same diameter as a yoga mat and minimize that Michelin Man look so you can stay both warm and sleek simultaneously.</p><p>To buy: (men's) <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $300; (women's) <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $300</p>
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There’s Now a Helicopter Service That Will Get You to Any NYC Airport in 5 Minutes

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 09:47
<p>An early evening flight is a <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> nightmare. The idea of getting trapped in rush-hour traffic on the way to the airport strikes fear into the most steadfast hearts. The minutes tick away, your palms start to get sweaty, you contemplate jumping ship and just walking the rest of the way down the highway because it seems faster.</p><p>But a helicopter company will now let you — quite literally — fly right over the inconvenience.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">BLADE</a> launched five-minute helicopter flights from Manhattan to <a href="" target="_blank">JFK</a> airport in March. And now the service has announced that it will fly regular service to all New York City airports, including <a href="" target="_blank">Newark</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">LaGuardia</a>. Never again need you panic while trapped in traffic.</p><p>“Since expanding our continuous flight service between Manhattan and JFK, we are seeing faster than expected adoption by people choosing to fly to the airport rather than driving,” Rob Wiesenthal, BLADE’s CEO, said in a statement. “It has become immediately apparent that fliers want the flexibility to fly between Manhattan and, not only JFK, but all area airports.”</p><p>Although, of course, it does not come cheap. The service costs $195 per seat per flight. Flights are bookable from the BLADE app and run all day, from about 6 a.m. until about 6 p.m.</p><p>Flights to Newark operate from the East 34th Street helipad, flights to LaGuardia take off from Wall Street and flights to JFK leave from West 30th Street. Flight time is about five minutes, although travelers should obviously figure in time to get to and from the helipad on either end of the journey.</p><p>If you’re flying out of one of the smaller airports (like Teterboro or Westchester), you can charter a flight through BLADE. </p>
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A Herd of Goats Will Call New York City’s Riverside Park Home This Summer — Here’s Why

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:26
<p>Goats aren’t just <a href="" target="_blank">good yoga buddies</a>, they can also be great for the environment.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Gothamist</a></em>, a herd of goats is being deployed to help clear unwanted and invasive plant life between 119th and 125th streets in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City's</a> Riverside Park. Goats are kind of like natural lawn mowers, as they can eat many different, sometimes irritating plants without using pesticides or damaging equipment.</p><p>Plus, the goats get to eat all they want all day, every day.</p><p>The Riverside Park Conservancy calls the initiative Goathem (because they put the “goat in Gotham”). The goats will mainly be used to mow down plants that could be harmful to the ecosystem, including Porcelain Berry, Wineberry, Bittersweet, Multiflora Rose and Poison Ivy.</p><p>The organization is using goats for this specific area due to its steep terrain, which can prove hazardous to human volunteers but is no big deal to a goat. The area that they are grazing in is also fenced, so we don’t have to fear a <a href="" target="_blank">goat takeover</a> in the city.</p><p>“Riverside Park’s goats will be like a new herd of full-time professional weeding staff. They are able to traverse difficult, hard-to-reach places, and can also gulp down poison ivy without a second thought,” it says on the Riverside Park Conservancy <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p>The organization hopes that the goats will either weaken or completely eliminate these harmful plant populations by the end of the summer since the ravenous farm animals munch on plants all the way down to the root.</p><p>The goats will be grazing daily between May 21 and August 30. To find more updates on the goats or to donate to the Riverside Park Conservancy, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">organization’s website</a>.</p>
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Confused Passengers Open Emergency Exit After Pilot Asks for 'Rapid Disembarkation' (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 07:58
<p>Occasionally, for a variety of reasons, a <a href="" target="_blank">passenger attempts to open a plane door</a> either while the aircraft is still on the runway, or even <a href="" target="_blank">midflight</a>.</p><p>Luckily, <a href="" target="_blank">opening a plane door while it’s in the air is nearly impossible</a> for anyone with normal human strength, but that still doesn’t stop these incidents from happening.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a>, passengers on an Aer Lingus flight from Cork, Ireland, to London, England, in 2017, attempted to open the door on their plane while it was taxiing to a gate after making an emergency landing.</p><img alt="Aer Lingus "src=""><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">report</a> from Ireland's Air Accident Investigation Unit, which was released earlier this week, describes the 2017 incident. According to the report, the cabin crew decided to return to the Cork Airport shortly after takeoff due to a “strong and persistent” smell on board.</p><p>Once the plane landed and was taxiing to the gate, the smell was still not letting up, so the pilot apparently announced to the cabin to make “rapid disembarkation” so all passengers can leave the plane as soon as possible. Most passengers were able to disembark through the proper exits, the report said.</p><p>Some passengers seated in the exit rows, unfortunately, took this direction to mean that they should make an immediate evacuation, prying open the plane’s emergency doors and deploying the emergency slides. 32 passengers ended up using the emergency exit slides to leave the plane, according to the report.</p><p>Deploying an emergency slide isn’t a small incident. It actually costs an airline between $6,000 and $30,000 whenever the slide is deployed. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Points Guy</a></em>, people have even been arrested in the past for doing this unnecessarily.</p><p>Luckily, there were no injuries, though one passenger had to be hospitalized for feeling unwell, most likely due to the fumes. The strong smell on board was determined to be from an avionics bay blower fan. </p>
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The Best Garment Bags for Wrinkle-free Travel

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 07:45
<p>Looking stylish and put-together when traveling is underrated; jumping on a flight isn’t an excuse to entirely forget about appearance.</p><p>Take celebrities, for instance. Whether it’s at the <a href="" target="_blank">airport</a> or the first location of a whistle-stop tour, their outfits are (usually) sleek and smooth — providing some <a href="" target="_blank">serious fashion inspiration</a> to the rest of the world.</p><p>And while it may seem like disheveled, wrinkly clothes are inevitable during travel, there are certain precautions both celebrities and us regular folk can take to preserve overall neatness upon arrival.</p><p>Namely, invest in a quality garment bag.</p><p>The garment bag lends itself to business travelers toting suits from city to city, but it’s also the perfect tool for anyone looking to arrive at his or her destination and not worry about finding the nearest ironing board.</p><p>Read on to see our picks for the best garment bags to keep your clothes safe, secure, and wrinkle-free.</p><p>Zegur</p><h2>Zegur Suit Carry-on Garment Bag</h2><img alt="zegur carry on garment bag "src=""><p>As Amazon's current No. 1 best-selling suit travel bag, this pick from Zegur is simple, yet thoughtful. There are buckled tie-downs to keep your clothing in place and four separate pouches for shoes, ties, accessories, and the like. It even has a strap to slide over top of your luggage handle for carrying convenience.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlgarmentbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0116JXRU8&amp;linkId=7b8ed5a5b269470fbbe4d726f4c65e88" target="_blank"></a>, $48</p><h2>Hook &amp; Albert Women's Leather Garment Weekender Bag</h2><img alt="hook albert garment bag "src=""><p>This uber-clever garment bag is practically a must when traveling for a weekend wedding. It zips itself into a roomy duffel with dedicated shoe pockets and three more zip pockets to organize your accessories.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $640</p><h2>Modoker Convertible Garment Bag</h2><img alt="best carry on garment bag modoker duffel "src=""><p>This affordable duffel garment bag has a similar concept, but a much more casual look with its scratch- and water-resistant polyester fabric. It zips into a 22-inch weekender that you'll be able to use as a carry-on bag on most domestic airlines and some international airlines. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlgarmentbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07FD5MLVB&amp;linkId=bf2559366c8250f7af98d2047d62f324" target="_blank"></a>, from $44</p><h2>Prottoni 44-inch Garment Bag</h2><img alt="Prottoni 44 Inch "src=""><p>Promising to hold “three full suits and shirts while keeping everything else organized,” the Prottoni 44-inch suit bag is ideal for business trips or longer vacations. Plus, it even allows you to store your shoes or electronics in the outer pockets.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlgarmentbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B017BXFRC4&amp;linkId=4fbf3af245833f25dfe07fb499eceb99" target="_blank"></a>, $40</p><h2>WallyBags 45-inch Extra Capacity Garment Bag with Pockets</h2><img alt="WallyBags 45 inch Extra Capacity "src=""><p>The WallyBags 45-inch extra capacity garment bag is a steal price-wise, but it still brings quality and resourcefulness to the table. There’s plenty of room for your clothing, shoes, and a couple extra necessities.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlgarmentbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0061XSOJE&amp;linkId=e65e4508e8621a6fbb0abeb2b872529b" target="_blank"></a>, from $51 (originally $70)</p><h2>Samsonite Silhouette Softside Deluxe Voyager Garment Bag</h2><img alt="Samsonite Silhouette Sphere Softside Deluxe Voyager "src=""><p>Wheels are crucial for travelers looking to pack efficiently and make it to their final destination with ease. Samsonite’s checked-size wheeled suit bag allows for seven day's worth of clothing, stands upright like a wardrobe for easy packing, and even has multi-directional spinner wheels, allowing you a full range of movement.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlgarmentbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07JM1FJT9&amp;linkId=58d79dac84abd4e5821af477e2add6b3" target="_blank"></a>, $260</p><p> </p><h2>Tumi Alpha 3 Travel Garment Cover</h2><img alt="Tumi Alpha 2 "src=""><p>Perfect for a wedding weekend, the Tumi Alpha 3 Travel Garment Cover will protect either a suit or dress, all while saving precious room in your car or on the plane. It’s simple and efficient — two words travelers across the board will love.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlgarmentbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07MMMJP31&amp;linkId=c7c49d8146e10df9b21eeab8d01b986e" target="_blank"></a>, $395</p><h2>Briggs &amp; Riley Baseline Compact Garment Bag</h2><img alt="Briggs and Riley Baseline Deluxe "src=""><p>Plenty of zip pockets, adjustable side clips that allow for more packing room, and foam components to keep your clothes from wrinkling are just three of the many perks that come with the Baseline Compact Garment Bag. And thanks to Briggs &amp; Riley's generous lifetime warranty, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll be happy with this purchase.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $297 (originally $395)</p><h2>AmeriLeather Wheeled Leather Garment Bag</h2><img alt="AmeriLeather Wheeled Leather "src=""><p>If you’re up for checking your bag, this AmeriLeather garment bag will be your best friend. In the words of one Ebags reviewer, “I love the look, the feel, and the roominess of this leather garment bag. It's all I need.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $438 (originally $430)</p><h2>Piel 40-inch Elite Garment Carrier</h2><img alt="Piel 40 Elite "src=""><p>Roll into the airport with a Piel 40-inch Elite Garment Carrier, and you’ll definitely get some stares — but in a good way. This model comes in three different shades of leather, each as chic as the next.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $374 (originally $613)</p><h2>Degeler Travel Garment Bag</h2><img alt="Degeler "src=""><p>Fit everything — and we mean everything — into the Degeler Travel Garment Bag. With this garment bag, you’ll be able to pack your suits, laptop, wallet, and passport all in one place.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlgarmentbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B06XH72XW4&amp;linkId=cd541203f98633ffa27e70e3282a58ba" target="_blank"></a>, $249</p>
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Australia Just Printed $2.3 Billion Worth of Currency With an Embarrassing Typo (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 07:01
<p>In October 2018, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) announced its plan to overhaul its currency to introduce new, more colorful notes. At the time, the reserve noted that the bills would come with new security measures and be made from durable material to last longer in the market. What they didn’t mention was the fact that the bills would also come with a spelling mistake.</p><p>This week, a few eagle-eyed <a href="" target="_blank">Australians</a> found a teeny, tiny spelling error on the $50 note. Oh, and the error was printed more than 46 million times.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">16 World Currencies So Beautiful You Won’t Want to Spend Them</a></p><p>On Australia’s new yellow $50 note, people can find the word “responsibility” spelled wrong.</p><img alt="New Australian Currency "src=""><p>“It is a great responsibilty [sic] to be the only woman here, and I want to [emphasize] the necessity which exists for other women being here,” the bill reads. The quote, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Business Insider</em></a> explained, is an extract of a speech given by Australia's first female member of parliament as she entered office.</p><p>According to the RBA, they are aware of the issue, though there is nothing they can do about it. The $50 note, RBA confirmed, is the most widely circulated banknote in Australia.</p><p>Beyond the mistake, the new currency is still rather impressive. According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a>, the currency is made with polymer, which increases both its durability and security. It also makes it easier to include brail and other features to help the vision-impaired, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a> reported. For example, the $50 note features four raised bumps to help people identify it.</p><p>As RBA added, it will be updating the text in the next print run of the $50 note. So, those that have their hands on one may want to hold onto it as it could become a collector’s item one day. Or, just go spend it and have a good laugh at the mistake. </p>
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The Best Travel Shoes for Women Who Need Arch Support

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 06:42
<p>Whatever your travel preferences are, anyone will tell you that a <a href="" target="_blank">comfortable pair of shoes</a> is the first thing you need to pack. It’s easy to forget that our regular pair of sandals or flats is not necessarily the best choice when you’re heading for a week of city hopping in Europe or <a href="" target="_blank">hiking in Hawaii</a>. And when it comes to choosing a proper pair of footwear for your vacation, arch support is essential.</p><p>“As we walk on hard surfaces the repetitive stress causes micro tears in the ligaments that hold our joints in place. Over time, our joints might slip out of position and we have what is commonly known as a fallen arch,” explained Dr. Taryn Rose, founder and strategic advisor of her eponymous <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">footwear company</a>. “The micro tears happen over years, so people don’t feel any symptoms. Women often say ‘my feet grew as I got older’ and it is due to the arches of the foot flattening out over the years.”</p><p>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">The Most Comfortable Walking Boots, According to a Podiatrist</a></p><p>That issue, also known as overpronation or flat feet, can lead to inflammation such as plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and heel spurs, according to Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, DPM. A supported arch will help to align the foot, resulting in better posture, pain- and stress-free movement, and, in general, fewer podiatrist visits down the line.</p><p>Or as Dr. Rose put it: “We have cars now with assisted driving but the vast majority of people still wear the shoe equivalent of the [Ford] Model T.”</p><p>So, if you are serious about your health, it’s time to update your closet with footwear that features built-in arch support. Trust us, your feet will thank you for it. Here, we rounded up 17 pairs that are not just comfortable but look cute, too.</p><h2>Dr. Scholls Madison Sneaker</h2><img alt="arch support shoes for women dr scholls "src=""><p>These cool black-and-white slip-on sneakers feature removable memory foam insoles that deliver all-day support. You could style them with a pair of jeans or a dress — they are as versatile as shoes can be.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $50</p><h2>Vionic 'Country Logan' Ankle Boots</h2><img alt="vionic arch support shoes for women "src=""><p>These vintage-inspired ankle boots with adjustable side buckles will add a touch of boho chic to your ensemble while keeping your feet well-ventilated and comfortable thanks to a breathable, microfiber-lined footbed.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $160</p><h2>Aetrex 'Kylie' Slip-on</h2><img alt="arch support shoes for women aetrex "src=""><p>This has to be the perfect everyday slip-on shoe to pack for a vacation. It combines a fun, espadrille-inspired look and a functional, contoured footbed with arch support.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90</p><h2>Cole Haan Zerogrand Wingtip Oxfords</h2><h2>%image5</h2><p>This lightweight and breathable shoe has an Oxford-inspired design and the features of a pair of comfy sneakers — an anatomically cushioned footbed and arch support that increases stability.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150 </p><h2>Naot 'Verbena' Sandals</h2><img alt="arch support shoes for women naot "src=""><p>Naot’s insoles are engineered — using natural rubber and cork — to replicate the shape of the foot, while offering great arch support and shock absorption.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $170</p><h2>Beek 'Siskin' Mule</h2><img alt="arch support shoes for women beek "src=""><p>The founders at Beek set out to develop a sole with built-in arch support that doesn't look bulky. Plus, with every shoe purchased, Beek will also donate a meal to a child in need through various charity partners.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $375</p><h2>L’Amour Des Pieds 'Bane' Wedge</h2><img alt="lamour des pieds arch support shoes for women "src=""><p>The philosophy behind this brand is to create shoes that are contoured to your feet as opposed to having a static flat fit. This d’Orsay wedge is effortlessly chic and features crossed elastic-gore straps for a better and more stable fit.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $198</p><h2>Ecco 'Soft 7' Mid Top</h2><img alt="ecco arch support shoes for women "src=""><p>This mid-top sneaker cuts a sleek, no-fuss silhouette and comes with removable insoles with arch support.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $170</p><h2>Mephisto 'Sidney' Penny Loafer</h2><img alt="mephisto arch support shoes for women "src=""><p>Classic looks and modern-day features, such as a removable, cushioned contoured footbed, make this loafer a total must-have for anyone who likes to stay stylish and comfortable on the road.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $379</p><h2>Hush Puppies 'Adi' Moc Toe Loafers</h2><img alt="hush puppies arch support shoes for women "src=""><p>Loafers are a weekend staple and Hush Puppies has created a style that not only pleases the eye but is also extremely comfortable. It features an EVA- and memory foam–cushioned footbed with arch support and a flexible sole.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $80</p><h2>Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Tiger 'Ally' Sneakers</h2><img alt="arch support shoes for women onitsuka tiger "src=""><p>Amp up the cool factor of any outfit with these New York City–inspired kicks that deliver maximum comfort, thanks to a cushioned footbed with added gel and arch support.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $100</p><h2>Naturalizer 'Marianne' Slip-on Sneaker</h2><img alt="naturalizer arch support shoes for women "src=""><p>Naturalizer’s "Marianne" slip-on style has a cushioned footbed with arch support and comes in many eye-catching color combinations, as well as in several width options.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $70</p><h2>Merrell 'Moab FST 2' Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots</h2><img alt="arch support shoes for women merrell "src=""><p>These hiking boots have you covered, rain or shine. With a waterproof upper made from nubuck leather, a contoured insole, and a cushioned heel that absorbs shock, the "Moab" is the absolute best in hiking footgear.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140</p><p> </p>
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The 18 Best Carry-on Backpacks for Your Next Trip

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 17:18
<p>When it comes to the perpetual dilemma of <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on suitcase</a> vs. travel backpack, it all depends on your personal preferences and travel needs. Although, we have to admit, we’re leaning towards the backpack option, not because we feel nostalgic about the good old schoolyard days, but because we’ve found it to be the more practical alternative of the two, especially on budget airlines where you’re more <a href="" target="_blank">concerned with the weight of your luggage</a>.</p><p>Most backpacks tend to be lighter than standard suitcase (they’re often made of sturdy polyester) and smaller, too — usually fitting neatly beneath the seat in front of you. Plus, you can easily take your carry-on backpack from the airport to natural trails, city tours, beach shores, and beyond, while using your hard-shell suitcase as your <a href="" target="_blank">beach bag</a> is perhaps not the most functional idea.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">11 Stylish Leather Backpacks for Women</a></p><p>Another component modern travel backpacks have going for them? Organization. Many of our favorite picks are thoughtfully outfitted with a place for <em>everything</em>. There are padded tech sleeves galore. Your <a href="" target="_blank">water bottle</a>, passport, pens, keys, and more will all have a designated spot — that means no more scrambling to find what you need in the security line. Some styles even open up with three-sided zippers, just like standard luggage would.</p><p>And if you’re a fan of <a href="" target="_blank">rolling your way through airports</a> instead of having to speed-walk between terminals with 15 pounds of stuff on your back, we have some good news for you. One pick even comes with built-in wheels and a double-locking handle so you can have a suitcase and a backpack all-in-one.</p><p>Here, 18 durable and sleek backpack options that will have your back, literally, on your next trip.</p><p>Most Durable Backpack: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack</a><br />Best Weather-proof Backpack: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nomatic Travel Pack</a><br />Best Laptop Backpack: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Away Backpack</a><br />Best Anti-theft Backpack: <a href=";slotNum=5&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlcarryonbackpacks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=w61&amp;creativeASIN=B079G7BLD9&amp;linkId=ccce574c003ed83c6164001e181a38a2" target="_blank">Pacsafe Metrosafe LS350 15L</a><br />Most Stylish Backpack: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Dagne Dover Medium Dakota Backpack</a><br />Best Leather Backpack: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Leatherology Parker Backpack</a><br />Most Comfortable Backpack: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Incase Icon Slim Laptop Backpack</a><br />Best Lightweight Backpack: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Patagonia Lightweight Black Hole Cinch Pack</a><br />Best for Staying Organized: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Samsonite Detour Travel Backpack</a><br />Best for Functional Fashion: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack</a><br />Best for Adventure Travel: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack</a><br />Best Packable Backpack: <a href=";slotNum=7&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlcarryonbackpacks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=w61&amp;creativeASIN=B01DNGELIO&amp;linkId=93839b897423ffa261612e72cd7c9e93">Zomake Ultra Lightweight Backpack</a><br />Best Commuter Backpack: <a href=";slotNum=8&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlcarryonbackpacks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=w61&amp;creativeASIN=B01KWQRYL4&amp;linkId=a6344637d16f8f9115052fa6a512fc79">Knomo Beauchamp Backpack</a><br />Best for Business Travelers: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tumi T-Pass Business Class Brief Pack</a><br />Best Features for Travelers: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Eagle Creek Global Companion 40L Backpack</a><br />Best for One-bag Trips: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=" Backpack" target="_blank">eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible</a><br />Best Wheeled Backpack: <a href=";slotNum=9&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlcarryonbackpacks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=w61&amp;creativeASIN=B019TSS0AU&amp;linkId=089196ce26600a84d2403d4cacdf5d57">Osprey Packs Meridian 60L</a><br />Best Simple Travel Backpack: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Fjallraven Kånken Water-resistant Backpack</a></p><h2>Most Durable Backpack: Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack</h2><img alt="tortuga outbreaker backpack "src=""><p>Meet the travel backpack that just might replace your suitcase: Tortuga's Outbreaker. Made from super-durable waterproof sailcloth and equipped with lockable zippers, it's the perfect pack for an explorer. The lay-flat construction makes for easy packing and thoughtful features like an adjustable suspension system ensure it stays comfortable even when its stuffed to the gills. It's also available in a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">smaller 35L size</a> and you can buy a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">set of packing cubes</a> sized to fit perfectly inside.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $299</p><h2>Best Weather-proof Backpack: Nomatic Travel Pack</h2><img alt="nomatic travel backpack review "src=""><p>After a super successful Kickstarter launch campaign, the Nomatic Travel Pack has become a traveler favorite for its 20-plus thoughtful features. Outside, it's designed with weatherproof materials that will stand up to any conditions you've unwittingly found yourself up against. And inside, you'll find dedicated pockets and sleeves for nearly everything you own. Expansion capabilities also leave room for a few extra souvenirs.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $250</p><h2>Best Laptop Backpack: Away Backpack</h2><img alt="away travel backpack "src=""><p>The brand you know for its cult-favorite <a href="" target="_blank">hardside luggage</a> also makes some pretty stellar travel accessories, including this recently launched backpack. There are three main compartments for organized carrying and a smart sleeve on the back that can both store your passport and slide over your suitcase handle. There's a similar style called the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Daypack</a>, too, if you're looking for something slimmer. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195</p><h2>Best Anti-theft Backpack: Pacsafe Metrosafe LS350 15L</h2><img alt="Pacsafe Vibe Backpack "src=""><p>This modern anti-theft bag comes in three colors and the fabric is woven with a hidden stainless steel wire mesh, making it slashproof and ideal for high-volume pickpocketing areas. The zippers are all lockable, and one of the straps also acts as a locking mechanism, so you can secure your bag to the al fresco table you're dining at and enjoy your meal without worry. The bag's interior ID and card pockets feature RFID-blocking technology, too.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcarryonbackpacks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B079G7BLD9&amp;linkId=ccce574c003ed83c6164001e181a38a2" target="_blank"></a>, $100</p><h2>Most Stylish Backpack: Dagne Dover Medium Dakota Backpack</h2><img alt="Backpack "src=""><p>This sleek neoprene bag is versatile and spacious enough to use as a carry-on or a gym bag. With a simple, wear-anywhere style, it can be worn around the office, taken on a hike, or toted along to dinner. There are two smaller sizes available, as well, in case you like the look but don't need as much space.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195</p><h2>Best Leather Backpack: Leatherology Parker Backpack</h2><img alt="leatherology leather travel backpack "src=""><p>Made with super-soft, high-quality leather, Leatherology's popular backpack is made to be used — not to sit in a dust bag in your closet. There's a separate laptop pocket that's 18 inches wide, and three external pockets make it easy to stow (and locate) smaller essentials like your wallet and keys. It's available in 10 earth-toned colors, and you can personalize it with a debossed or hand-painted monogram.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $290</p><h2>Most Comfortable Backpack: Incase Icon Slim Laptop Backpack</h2><img alt="incase carry-on backpack "src=""><p>The shoulder straps and padded air mesh back panel give this Incase pack a comfy fit, even when you're carrying it for hours on end. It's slim, but with plenty of room for your tech and other day-to-day must-haves, and it's also available in light gray.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p><h2>Best Lightweight Backpack: Patagonia Lightweight Black Hole Cinch Pack</h2><img alt="patagonia womens daypack "src=""><p>This sporty Patagonia pack is lightweight, weather-resistant, and super easy to pack down into your luggage if you think you'll only need something for the return trip to hold all of your new souvenirs.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $79</p><h2>Best for Staying Organized: Samsonite Detour Travel Backpack</h2><img alt="samsonite travel backpack "src=""><p>This pack from Samsonite has a surprising amount of organizational components for its light weight (just under two pounds). There's a padded laptop compartment that comfortable fits a 15.6-inch device, an elastic side water bottle pocket, and three tiers of zip pockets on the front panel. Add in a Tricot-lined top stash pocket for protecting your phone or sunglasses, and you've got a place for all of your travel essentials.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140</p><h2>Best for Functional Fashion: Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack</h2><img alt="Underseat Bags "src=""><p>This Longchamp style is a classic. Choose your favorite from twelve colors and don’t leave home without this convenient bag that folds flat and tucks away until you need more space. In durable water-resistant nylon with leather trim, this backpack has adjustable straps and an interior pocket. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $125</p><h2>Best for Adventure Travel: Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack</h2><img alt="osprey porter carry on backpack "src=""><p>This roomy pack from Osprey could fit up to a week's worth of clothing if you use a set of the brand's <a href=";tag=tlcarryonbackpacks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B06VVVMYC6&amp;linkId=c9b29e83c3ecb286ec814b82bcc924cb" target="_blank">packing cubes</a>. The front-loading main compartment is easy to access; the front panel is packed with pockets; and there's a separate top compartment for your toiletries. Plus, the shoulder straps and hip belt zip securely into the back on the off chance you're forced to gate check.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140</p><h2>Best Packable Backpack: Zomake Ultra Lightweight Backpack</h2><img alt="Best Selling Backpack on Amazon "src=""><p>Designed with extremely lightweight and durable nylon, this Amazon best-seller backpack folds down into a sandwich-sized pouch. Bonus: it's also water-resistant.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcarryonbackpacks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01DNGELIO&amp;linkId=93839b897423ffa261612e72cd7c9e93" target="_blank"></a>, $16</p><h2>Best Commuter Backpack: Knomo Beauchamp Backpack</h2><img alt="knomo backpack "src=""><p>This nylon backpack has tons of pockets and a padded 14-inch laptop section inside. Our testing has proven that it's durable, comfortable to wear, and splash-resistant for any unexpected showers.</p><p>To buy: <a data-amzn-asin="B01KWQRYL4" href=";tag=tlcarryonbackpacks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01KWQRYL4&amp;linkId=a6344637d16f8f9115052fa6a512fc79" target="_blank"></a>, $179 </p><h2>Best for Business Travelers: Tumi T-Pass Business Class Brief Pack</h2><img alt="Tumi Tahoe Butler Backpack "src=""><p>Professional enough to wear to conferences and client meetings, this best-selling backpack is fitted with a 15-inch <a href="" target="_blank">laptop sleeve</a> and the essential Add-a-Bag sleeve that allows it to easily slide onto your rolling carry-on's handle.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $600</p><h2>Best Features for Travelers: Eagle Creek Global Companion 40L Backpack</h2><img alt="eagle creek "src=""><p>Convenience is the biggest draw of this pack from Eagle Creek. There are pockets for absolutely everything, including a special shoe compartment on the bottom. It zips open like a clamshell-style suitcase so you can easily access all of your items. There's a rain cover included for inclement weather. And for added security, the zippers are lockable. Eagle Creek also offers the pack in a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">version</a> that's better ergonomically shaped for women to carry. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $159</p><h2>Best for One-bag Trips: eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible</h2><img alt="eBags TLS Convertible Wheeled Carryon "src=""><p>This carry-on comes backed by more than 7,000 thrilled customer reviews. The 22-inch bag unzips all the way around like a suitcase would but it's much more comfortable to carry and has tons of thoughtful features to make packing a breeze — from tie-down straps to a hidden passport pocket.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $200</p><h2>Best Wheeled Backpack: Osprey Packs Meridian 60L</h2><img alt="osprey packs "src=""><p>This <a href="" target="_blank">convertible, lightweight bag by Osprey</a> is the ultimate multi-tasker. It can be wheeled or carried as a backpack and it actually zips in half to give travelers a day pack to bring along on shorter side trips. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlcarryonbackpacks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B019TSS0AU&amp;linkId=089196ce26600a84d2403d4cacdf5d57" target="_blank"></a>, $350</p><h2>Best Simple Travel Backpack: Fjallraven Kånken Water-resistant Backpack</h2><img alt="Fjallraven Kanken Waterproof Backpack "src=""><p>Originally used by Swedish schoolchildren in the ‘70s, the Kånken backpack is now a staple in travel gear due to its functionality, sturdy design, and cool Scandinavian look.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $80</p>
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Just Revealed the Royal Baby's Name

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 17:10
<p>On Monday, May 6, <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first child</a>, a 7-pound, 3-ounce baby boy. After the elated parents took a bit of time for themselves with the new baby they announced the birth to the world in both a press statement and an adorable Instagram post. But they left one thing out: His name. But drumroll please… the little man’s name is… Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.</p><p>In another social media post, the happy new parents shared:</p><p>“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion."</p><p>Prior to this announcement, Prince Harry stepped out to share his pure joy over the arrival of his son.</p><p>“It was amazing, absolutely incredible,” Prince Harry told press. “I’m so incredibly proud of my wife.” The new father added, “I’m just over the moon.”</p><p>The news came shortly after the couple <a href="" target="_blank">revealed the first photos of their adorable baby boy</a> and shared their first public moment as a family of three.</p><p>New mom Meghan spoke briefly at Windsor Castle, saying, "It's magic, it's pretty amazing. He's just been the dream so it's been a special couple of days. I have the two best guys in the world so I'm really happy. He has the sweetest temperament, he's really calm."</p><p>Prince Harry and Meghan famously wed in an ultra-luxurious royal wedding at Windsor Castle nearly one year ago. Just a few short months later, the pair announced they were expecting. Many people believed the pair were having a baby girl, with <a href="" target="_blank">much of the betting</a> going to the name Diana, after Harry’s late mother. But, a little boy it is.</p><p>And little Archie may soon be hitting the road with his parents. Harry and Meghan may be <a href="" target="_blank">planning their first royal family vacation</a> to Africa this fall. If that trip comes to fruition it would make the child one of the youngest royals ever to go on an official tour.</p><p>"As it stands the plan is that Harry and Meghan and their newborn baby, in probably about six months, will take a trip to Africa and tour several countries in Africa," Royah Nikkhah, royal correspondent for <em>The Sunday Times</em>, told <a href="" target="_blank">Good Morning America<i>.</i></a> “And around October time probably visit two or three different Commonwealth nations which are of course the nations in Africa that have a close relationship with the U.K."<br /><br />Let’s see how long it takes little Archie to have more passport stamps than the rest of us.</p>
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Delta’s New Frequent Flier Program Will Help You Maintain Your Status When Life Gets in the Way

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 17:01
<p>Delta Air Lines launched a new initiative on Wednesday that will help passengers regain their frequent flier status after a significant life event has forced them to take a ground stop.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Reclaim Your Status</a> will allow Delta Medallion passengers to report extenuating life circumstances that have affected their travel plans, such as an illness, a new job or becoming a new parent.</p><p>“We’re always looking for new ways to take care of our customers and that includes injecting even more empathy into travel,” Sandeep Dube, senior vice president of customer engagement and loyalty and CEO of Delta Vacations, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Our members have been loyal to us and we need to be there for them when they need something from us. Loyalty goes both ways.”</p><p>Say a passenger has a child and takes time out from their normal travel. Those months at home may put frequent flier status in jeopardy for the next year. With Reclaim Your Status, a passenger would contact Delta when they are ready to begin flying again and report their life event.</p><p>If appproved, the passenger will then have three months to begin flying with the frequency they once were. If they prove that they meet the frequency requirements of their loyalty tier, their status will be extended through the following year. (For example, a passenger who enrolls in Reclaim My Status and meets requirements by December 31, 2019 will have their Medallion status extended through January 31, 2021.)</p><p>The term “major life event” is flexible and open to interpretation, extending to anything from pursuing a new degree to falling ill or needing to care for a loved one. Any Medallion member who believes that they have experienced a significant life event is encouraged to contact the airline.</p><p>Most members who apply to reconsider status will hear back from a Delta representative within five business days. The program applies to all Medallion customers, regardless of status.</p><p>Dube said that the parameters of the program were created using direct feedback from customers.</p><p>The general cap of Reclaim My Status is limited to once every three years, but Delta will consider each customer on a case-by-case basis and wouldn't, for example, turn away a parent who had two children within three years.</p><p>“After a life event happens, whether happy or sad, getting back into travel can be quite stressful,” Dube told T+L. “We want our members to feel empowered during that transition and get back on track with their travel as quickly as possible, and experience the same benefits as they did before the life event happened.”</p><p>The airline is calling the program an industry-leading initiative, as other U.S. airlines do not have published policy around reclaiming frequent flier status. Other airlines may have similar programs but they are generally determined on a case-by-case basis.</p><p>“We understand our members go through major life events that may impact their travel schedules and we ask that they reach out to us when this happens,” an American Airlines spokesperson told T+L. “We review them with our members individually and on a case-by-case basis.”</p>
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Travel Adapters and Converters Aren’t Always the Same Thing — Here's How to Know What You Need

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 16:42
<p>Electricity is a mystery to most of us. But even if you don’t know AC from DC or volts from watts, if you’ve traveled outside the United States, you are aware that plugs and outlets are different in other countries. In fact, there are about 15 types of electrical outlets in use throughout the world.</p><p>When you want to plug in one of your devices abroad, you’ll need an adapter, which serves as a sort of “go-between” as it plugs the appropriate prong style into the socket and your cord plugs into the external side of the adapter.</p><p>And here’s where it gets a bit more complicated. In many countries — most in fact, except for the U.S. and Canada — the electrical voltage is 220/240V. Our American devices are designed for 110/120V which is not compatible, even when correctly plugged in through an adapter. You know this first-hand if you’ve ever fried a hair dryer or curling iron while traveling. This is where the converter comes in.</p><p>A travel power converter converts or “steps down” the electrical voltage from the outlet to 110/120V so that American devices can be used safely. One more thing: many devices are now made “dual voltage,” enabling them to be used with both 110/120V and 220/240V. The trick is to know whether your electric toothbrush, hair dryer, charger, or flatiron falls into that category, which would allow it to be used safely with an adapter alone. If you can’t find the voltage listed on the device, check online or look at the instruction sheet it came with.</p><p>To be safe when you’re traveling with tech, it’s smart to invest in a combination adapter/converter. There are universal products that handle both functions, and we’ve rounded up five options that should help to eliminate electrical confusion while you’re on the road. As with all electronic devices, make sure to carefully read the safety instructions before using any of them and to check wattage limitations on the product you purchase before plugging in.</p><h2>Foval Power Step Down Voltage Converter</h2><img alt="foval travel adapter converter "src=""><p>This pick is Amazon’s Choice for “<a href=";tag=tladapterconverters-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B074QLCKW6&amp;linkId=0185ccb689e334118c5268f283ff4daa" target="_blank">220v to 110v converter</a>,” which takes into account customer ratings and the ability to ship quickly. It powers four USB slots and two three-prong plugs and is slightly smaller than similar devices on our list. This one's not intended to be used with hair tools, regardless of their wattage, and make sure the total wattage of your plugged-in electronics adds up to less than 200W. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tladapterconverters-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B074QLCKW6&amp;linkId=0185ccb689e334118c5268f283ff4daa" target="_blank"></a>, $38</p><h2>Bestek Universal Travel Adapter and Voltage Converter </h2><img alt="bestek travel adapter converter "src=""><p>With more than 1,300 five-star reviews, the Bestek adapter/converter is often on Amazon's best-seller list in the <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tladapterconverters-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=16f95ac554162ca8d5f5405f8cabdc2c&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Power Converter</a> category. Patented technology converts the voltage to 110V to charge up to seven devices simultaneously (with a max of 250 Watts) in more than 150 countries. It comes with a five-foot power cable that's detachable for easier packing. And note, this one is not compatible with hair dryers, coffee machines, or other high-power appliances.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tladapterconverters-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01E140XWA&amp;linkId=e264ab8856edc51308eb3e947d04da90" target="_blank"></a>, $37</p><h2>Odoga Travel Adapter and Voltage Converter</h2><img alt="odoga travel adapter converter "src=""><p>While this adapter/converter is not recommended for use with heating tools like hair dryers, it will convert 220V to 110V. It also boasts four USB ports, three standard two-prong outlets, and short circuit and overheating protection. And there's even a travel case included.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tladapterconverters-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B072XBH6Z2&amp;linkId=03f6f91104a4fba99c08ed249ad6f582" target="_blank"></a>, $33</p><h2>Travelon Universal 3-in-1 Adapter/Converter</h2><img alt="travelon travel adapter converter "src=""><p>Though it weighs just half an ounce, this converter/adapter is made from durable plastic and features multi-function design with worldwide capability. It is for use with electronics up to 25w. The device detects inbound voltage and converts it to 110v to power a USB port and a three-pronged plug.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $69</p><h2>Doace 2000W Converter/Adapter Combo</h2><img alt="doace travel adapter converter "src=""><p>This one has two modes: adapter and converter, controlled by a small switch on the side of the device. Dual-voltage appliances, like your MacBook and iPhone, should be charged in the adapter setting and converter mode is what will enable the step-down to 110v. Plus, this one is able to power basic hair dryers and styling tools as long as they have a simple on-off mechanism — nothing automatic, timer-based, or touchscreen compatible.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tladapterconverters-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07DQLM1P1&amp;linkId=706b8baa75326734d1e376c71efb56de" target="_blank"></a>, $45</p>
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You Can Find the Best Restaurant in America in Philadelphia

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 16:08
<p>The best eats in America can be found in one of the country’s most historic cities.</p><p>Sure, New York and Los Angeles have some <a href="" target="_blank">good restaurants</a>, but the best restaurant in the entire United States can be found right in <a href="" target="_blank">Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</a>.</p><p>The Philadelphia restaurant, <a href="" target="_blank">Zahav</a>, focusing on traditional Israeli cuisine in a casual and modern atmosphere, has won the James Beard Award for outstanding restaurant, according to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>.</p><img alt="Philadelphia Restaurant, Zahav "src=""><p>The James Beard Award is by far one of the most prestigious awards in the food industry, so you can safely assume that you can get a truly excellent meal at Zahav. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Lancaster Online</a></em>, the James Beard Foundation chose the restaurant due to its “consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, service, and operations.”</p><p>The restaurant originally opened in 2008 in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood and has won other James Beard acclamations over the years, according to <em>Lancaster Online</em>, including Rising Star Chef of the Year for Chef Camille Cogswell in 2018 and Chef of the Year for Chef Michael Solomonov in 2017. Solomonov co-authored a cookbook, entitled "Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking," which also won the James Beard award for Cookbook of the Year in 2016, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Philly Voice</a></em>.</p><img alt="Philadelphia Restaurant, Zahav "src=""><p>While many Philadelphia restaurants made it into the semi-finals this year, Zahav was the only one to come out with an award (but an important award nonetheless), according to the <em>Philly Voice</em>. Some other notable wins in other cities include Frenchette in New York City for Best New Restaurant, Greg Wade from Publican Quality Bread in Chicago won Outstanding Baker, Ashley Christensen from Poole’s Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina won Outstanding Chef, and Bar Agricole in San Francisco won Outstanding Bar Program, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Forbes</a></em>.</p><img alt="Philadelphia Restaurant, Zahav "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Philadelphia’s food scene</a> has been blossoming in recent years, with plenty of amazing places to eat ranging from casual sandwich places to fancy brunch spots.</p>
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These Houses in Portugal Are Built Into Giant Boulders

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 15:49
<p>What do you do when you find the perfect place to build your home but there’s a giant boulder in the way? If you were a resident of the ancient village of Monsanto, you would’ve gone ahead with your plans, transforming the boulder into a wall, floor, or roof. In fact, practically the entire Portuguese village of Monsanto is built around giant boulders — with the giant granite rocks often acting as the base for the man-made structures.</p><img alt="Rooftops of old stone houses with rocks and alley among them in a sunny day at Monsanto. "src=""><p>This creative, nature-assisted building style has made Monsanto unique. The town was dubbed the “Most Portuguese Town in Portugal” in 1938 and was listed as one of <a href="" target="_blank">12 official Historical Villages</a> in 1995. Today, it’s considered to be a <a href="" target="_blank">living museum</a> meaning it will remain as-is to retain its history and one-of-a-kind building style.</p><p>The village itself hangs off a mountain top with stunning views of the Portuguese countryside. At the top of the mountain rests the remains of a <a href="" target="_blank">Knights Templar</a> castle that was partially destroyed in the 19th century.</p><img alt="House built around big rock, historic village Monsanto, Portugal "src=""><p>Monsanto is around three hours from Lisbon and Porto by car. Travelers to the town can get a feel for the village’s unique structure and history by wandering through the area on the <a href="" target="_blank">Rota dos Barrocais</a> (Boulder Route) trail. But of course, that's not all there is to see in Portugal. In fact, there's a <a href="" target="_blank">whole lot to see</a> in the stunning European nation. </p>
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