Flights to This Gorgeous South American Island Are Unusually Cheap Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 17:33
<p>Situated in the Caribbean, between <a href="" target="_blank">Colombia</a> and Nicaragua, is the little-known island of San Andrés. And thanks to a rare flight deal, you can travel there this spring (between April and May) or fall (between September and October) for an unusually cheap $310 round-trip.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Five Surprisingly Affordable — and Warm — Winter Escapes</a></p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Scott’s Cheap Flights</a>, the discounted tickets to San Andrés can be found from a number of cities in the United States.</p><p>The most inexpensive seats are on sale from San Diego and Fort Lauderdale, though flights in the mid-$300s are available from airports all over the nation.Flights departing from Westchester, Syracuse, Rochester, Richmond, Providence, Austin, Buffalo, and Portland, Maine, for example, are all selling for $336 round-trip. And for less than $360, you can fly out of Pittsburgh, Boston, Miami, or Las Vegas.</p><p>Use <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a> to identify the most inexpensive departure and return dates from your home airport, and then find tickets through your preferred search engine.</p><p>Once your flights to San Andrés are reserved, you can start daydreaming about your <a href="" target="_blank">tropical island getaway</a>, which should include boat rides, adventurous scuba diving, and snorkeling in the island’s famous protected reefs. (Just a short puddle jump away is the UNESCO-designated Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, which is full of barracudas and sea snails.)</p>
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A New 'Air Taxi' in India Will Get You To and From the Airport 15 Times Faster

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 17:32
<p>India just launched its first helicopter taxi operation, creating a service that will pick passengers up from Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport and transport them to the city’s tech center – a 40-mile ride – in under 15 minutes.</p><p>The new sky taxis, called HeliTaxi, debuted on March 5, and some of its first passengers reported the trip taking as little as 12 minutes.</p><p>According to company representatives, the journey on ground can take as long as three hours when you’re dealing with rush hour traffic, which means the HeliTaxi option can be up to 15 times faster.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">sky taxis</a> will also transport passengers to the HAL airport in Bangalore, which currently takes a little over an hour to reach by car.</p><p>Thumby Aviation, which operates helicopter and fixed-wing aircrafts for non-scheduled air transport operations, created the helicopter taxis as a way to “mak[e] helicopters accessible and affordable to the general public.”</p><p>Along with a speedy journey to your destination, you’ll be treated to a mesmerizing bird’s eye view of the area’s landscape during your flight, which will cost about $65, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a></em>.</p><p>You can pre-book an appointment for a pickup through the company’s app, available on both <a href="" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href=";hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a>. </p><p>Keep in mind that operations flying out of the airport are currently available between 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and between 3:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., though the airport is looking to add more locations and time slots to its schedule once it gets the needed approval to install the necessary helipads around the city, according to <em>CNN</em>.</p><p>Unconventional modes of travel are becoming more and more of a reality, with Dubai planning to launch the <a href="" target="_blank">world’s first taxi drones</a> and aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter recently revealing prototypes for planned <a href="" target="_blank">air taxis</a> that could transport passengers at speeds of 150 miles per hour.</p>
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Oprah Left Money 'All Over the Room' to Brighten a Hotel Housekeeper's Day (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 16:52
<p>Oprah revealed in an interview with <a href="" target="_blank"><em>People</em> magazine</a> that she found an extra creative way to tip her hotel housekeeper.</p><p>While etiquette dictates hotel guests <a href="" target="_blank">leave the housekeeper $1-5 per night</a>, in a 2014 poll <a href="" target="_blank">only 46%</a> of Americans said they tip hotel housekeeping. Those who do leave a tip of course usually leave a modest amount of cash on the room’s desk or nightstand. But not Oprah.</p><p>“This time I put it all over the room: under the desk, on the counter with the M&amp;Ms, in the shower. As I was leaving, I was like, ‘Somebody is going to be happy today, yes,’” she told <em>People</em> for this month’s cover story.</p><p>This kind of open generosity isn’t strange for the media mogul. Oprah has been known for her charity work and even a few notable moments where she wowed the crowd with surprise gifts. (Remember, “everybody gets a car”?)</p><p>“Nothing makes me happier than to see other people in their purest moments of joy. Sometimes, honest to goodness, I’m just sitting around thinking, ‘What could I do to make somebody feel really good today? To be able to do that for somebody, that’s one of the great joys of my life,” she said.</p><p>Oprah is starring in “A Wrinkle In Time,” alongside Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon. While shooting the film, which opens March 9, the trio posted <a href="" target="_blank">amazing photos from New Zealand</a>.</p>
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Richard Branson Is Hiring Someone to Live on His Private Caribbean Island

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 16:36
<p>Richard Branson is hiring a personal assistant, and you're going to want to brush up your resume, stat.</p><p>Not only does the billionaire Virgin Group founder seem like a pretty great guy to work for — his <a href="" target="_blank">business trips</a> are next-level, he believes in taking relaxing <a href="" target="_blank">bubble baths for brainstorming purposes</a>, he regularly <a href="" target="_blank">hosts celebrity guests</a>, and he <a href="" target="_blank">owns spectacular properties</a> all over the world — but this job comes with one major perk: You get to live on Necker Island.</p><p>To put this opportunity into perspective, even <a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Obama couldn't keep her cool</a> the first time she stepped onto Necker Island, Branson's private spot in the British Virgin Islands. It's that beautiful.</p><img alt="view of luxurious Necker Island, British Virgin Islands taken from a boat Richard Branson Holiday Retreat Rental "src=""><p>But, unlike the Obamas, you won't get to kite-surf in the Caribbean all day. There will be work involved, and not the most glamorous work, either. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">job listing on Linkedin</a>, “this is an administrative role, covering two busy offices.” This includes the office of Branson and that of Necker Island General Manager Keny Jones. The assistant's main duties will be “diary and email management, general correspondence, filing and archiving, booking travel and providing cover for Richard’s PA when they're on holiday, amongst a whole host of other admin-related tasks.”</p><p>The listing adds that this busy (read: stressful) role is not for everyone, “despite the sunshine.”</p><p>If you're ready to take on this level of responsibility (and sunshine), you can apply by sending your resume and a video of yourself to by March 10. The video should explain why you want the job, an interesting fact about you, and the skills and experiences that make you a unique fit for the job.</p><p>You must, again, be willing to move to Necker Island indefinitely. The 74-acre Caribbean island did sustain <a href="" target="_blank">major damage in Hurricane Irma</a>, but Branson has been working tirelessly to help get it and the rest of the <a href="" target="_blank">British Virgin Islands back on their feet</a>. He previously announced he plans to partially <a href="" target="_blank">reopen the island by October</a>. And according to his recent Instagram photos, it looks like it has retained its idyllic tropical charm.</p>
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This 84-year-old Mayor, Bartender, and Librarian Is Her Town's Only Resident

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:01
<p>As the one and only resident of Monowi, Nebraska, Elsie Eiler is the town’s mayor, treasurer, clerk, secretary, tavern owner, librarian, and default mediator if any disagreements arise at the bar.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">2010 U.S. Census</a>, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village, or city in America with a population of one. And as its sole resident, Eiler’s life is unique to say the least. The 84-year-old opens Monowi Tavern at 9 a.m. six days a week (after a battle with colon cancer in 2011, she’s decided to grant herself <a href="" target="_blank">Mondays off</a>). She serves burgers ($3.50), hot dogs ($1.25), and beers (the "coldest beer in town," claims the sign posted on the wall) to tourists curious about her one-person town. Thus far, she’s welcomed visitors from 47 states and 41 countries and counting. But mostly she spends her time with regulars who come from nearby towns to use the tavern as a sort of community meeting place where they play card games, show off baby photos, and talk about their families.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Seven Small Towns You Must Visit in the U.S.</a></p><p>Eiler jokes that being the only resident of a town does have its perks. For one, she doesn’t have any competition when she runs for mayor each year, winning by a landslide every time. As she <a href="" target="_blank">told Reuters</a>, "I‘m the whole thing. There’s no need for any elections because I’d be the only one to vote."</p><p>Apart from operating the tavern, which she and her late husband, Rudy Eiler, bought in 1971, she also runs the town library, a 320-square-foot shed that houses some 5,000 books that once made up Rudy's private collection. Now, anyone who wants to browse the shelves and borrow books or magazines is welcome to on the honor system.</p><p>While many of the smallest communities in the U.S. have shrunken until they've dissolved, Eiler is determined to keep Monowi incorporated, dutifully completing all of the paperwork to do so. As the only taxpayer in town, Eiler collects $500 from herself to keep the town’s three lampposts lit with electricity and the water flowing. She’s also required to create a municipal road plan every year to secure funding from the state of Nebraska. And, when she applies to the state for her liquor and tobacco licenses each year, she signs them herself as the town secretary, and gives them to herself as the bar owner.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">10 Charming American Towns That Aren't Famous Yet (But Will Be Soon)</a></p><p>Of course, it wasn’t always this way. In the 1930s Monowi was a relatively bustling railroad town of 150 with several businesses including grocery stores, restaurants, and even a prison. But gradually, as farming conditions worsened and jobs were lost to automation, people started moving away in search of greater opportunity and those who stayed eventually passed away. When Eiler’s husband Rudy died in 2004, she became the last remaining resident — but she hasn’t dreamed of moving.</p><p>“I really don’t have any desire to live anywhere else. I’m perfectly happy right where I’m at now,” she <a href="" target="_blank">told the BBC</a>. "I know I could always move closer to my children or stay with them whenever I want, but then I’d have to make all new friends again."</p><p>"Hopefully I will be able to stay here. It's where I want to be," she said.</p><p>So don't feel too bad for Eiler, as she stays in Monowi by choice. In fact, we could learn a thing or two from her about living happily in the moment. As she told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Country</a><a href="" target="_blank"> Living</a></em>, "I get asked, what happens when you're gone? That's not my worry. I believe in living each day and not worrying about down the road. I'm going to enjoy it while I am alive."</p>
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The Most Common Medical Emergencies on Flights and How to Treat Them

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:02
<p>In-flight medical emergencies are on the rise, according to a new <a href="" target="_blank">study released by the University of Toronto</a>. In part, this is due to the fact that more people — including more elderly passengers — are taking to the skies. But it's also due to an increase in long-haul flights, which "subject passengers to longer exposure to physiologic stressors," the study stated. </p><p>The researchers cite another study published in the <a href="" target="_blank">New England Journal of Medicine</a> that estimates one medical emergency occurs per every 604 flights — that's about 16 events per 1 million passengers. The top in-flight medical emergencies, according to the same study, are light headedness/loss of consciousness (37.4 percent), respiratory symptoms (12.1 percent), nausea or vomiting (9.5 percent), cardiac symptoms (7.7 percent), and seizures (5.8 percent). </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">What Happens When a Passenger Dies on the Plane</a></p><p>And, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Air Canada data</a>, many of these cases require help from medical professionals in-flight. Between 2014 and 2016, "roughly half of in-flight medical emergencies were managed by a physician, nurse or paramedic, with the remainder managed by flight attendants alone."</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="573" id="molvideoplayer" scrolling="no" src="" title="MailOnline Embed Player" width="698"></iframe></p><p>“Passengers who are health care professionals, along with members of the flight crew, are often important resources for in-flight front-line care. Although flight crews receive some training in the treatment of in-flight medical emergencies, health care professionals receive little to none,” Dr. Alun Ackery of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto said in a new video filmed to help show other doctors what to do in case of an in-flight emergency.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Is How Likely It Is That There's a Doctor on Your Flight</a></p><p>Ackery appears in the video with Dr. David Kodama, emergency medicine resident at the University of Toronto, to teach medical professionals and flight crew how to accurately monitor patients' vital signs within a cabin.</p><p>After going through the emergency kit a doctor would be given onboard (the one used for the demonstration is from Air Canada), the doctors explain how in-flight conditions might hinder the use of some common tools. "At altitude, it is very difficult to hear breath sounds and to estimate blood pressure with the stethoscope," Kodama says.</p><p>The video also stresses that doctors are protected from liability if they volunteer to help a patient in the air and something goes wrong. This is to encourage more medical professionals to help in times of crisis without worrying about any legal repercussions.</p>
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27 of the Best Beach Captions and Quotes for Instagram

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:01
<p>There’s really nothing better than a relaxing <a href="" target="_blank">summer</a> afternoon spent lounging on the beach. But one thing that can elevate your seaside vacation is a stellar, beachy Instagram photo — paired with an excellent caption.</p><p>You don’t have to be a wordsmith to craft a <a href="" target="_blank">good vacation caption</a>, especially because we’ve done most of the work for you. Whether you’re heading to the coast for a day of sun and sand, or island-bound in the depth of <a href="" target="_blank">winter</a> for some much-needed vitamin D, it’s always fun to share your experience with your social media community (and maybe even <a href="" target="_blank">boost your reach</a> in the process).</p><p>Below, we’ve compiled beach captions that will bring in waves of Instagram likes. From caption puns to inspirational, beach-inspired <a href="" target="_blank">quotes for Instagram</a>, you’re sure to find a fit for your next post of the sand, surf, or <a href="" target="_blank">sun-kissed selfie</a>.</p><h2>Funny Beach Caption Puns</h2><p>All I need is some Vitamin Sea *insert wave emoji*</p><p>(For selfies at the beach): Water you doing right now?</p><p>(For palm tree beach photos): Keep Palm and Carry On *insert palm tree emoji*</p><h2>Cute Beach Captions</h2><p>Sea more of the world, one beach at a time *insert globe emoji*</p><p>Beach hair, don’t care!</p><p>All I need is the salt in my hair and the sand between my toes *insert beach emoji*</p><h2>Clever Beach Captions</h2><p>Sun of a beach *insert sun and beach emojis*</p><p>Whale hello! *insert whale emoji*</p><p>Happy as a clam *insert shell emoji*</p><p>I’m an aqua-holic *insert water emoji*</p><h2>Beach Selfie Captions</h2><p>Resting Beach Face</p><p>Good times and tan lines.</p><p>(For sunglasses selfies): Throwin’ shade *insert sun emoji*</p><h2>Beach Captions for Friends</h2><p>Girls just wanna have SUN *insert sun and beach emojis*</p><p>Hangin’ with my gull-friends *insert girl emojis*</p><p>Just a couple of beach bums.</p><h2>Beach Captions for Couples</h2><p>High tide or low tide, I’ll stay by your side *insert wave and heart emojis*</p><p>You, me, and the sea *insert wave emoji*</p><p>With you, life’s a beach.</p><h2>Beach Captions for Winter</h2><p>They say summer bodies are made in the winter *insert muscle emoji*</p><p>Snow more winter please, bring on the beach!</p><p>(For throwback beach photos): Desperately seeking beach therapy #tbt</p><h2>Beach Quotes</h2><p>"Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach." — Michelle Held</p><p>"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea." — E. E. Cummings</p><p>“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” — Isak Dinesen</p><p>“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson</p><p>“In the waves of change, we find our direction.” — Anonymous</p>
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An Adorable Baby Bunny Was Rescued From a Storm at Dublin Airport

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 07:23
<p>As Storm Emma whips across the U.K., Dublin Airport has been sharing updates with plenty of footage of strong winds and blizzard conditions. But not only is the storm affecting flights, airport workers, and travelers — it’s also leaving a mark on the local wildlife.</p><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">tiny baby hare</a> was spotted by a K9 team Saturday at Dublin Airport, hopping around the snow and looking for shelter. Luckily, one of the airport workers was able to scoop it up and carry it to safety.</p><p>The airport shared a video of the worker’s encounter with the sweet little animal on its official Twitter account.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">We Hope This Rabbit Riding the London Underground Isn't Late for a Very Important Date</a></p><p>Once it was inside, the baby hare was given heat and food. She was discovered to be a female of less than one year old and was nicknamed Emma, for the storm she was found in.</p><p>The worker who rescued her volunteered to bring Emma home to rehabilitate her until she can be released back into the wild. The worker’s family is having plenty of fun sharing pictures of Emma on their social media accounts.</p><p>And it looks like Emma is having a good time with the family’s pets, too.</p>
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Travelers in China React in Shock as The Airport Ceiling Above Them Collapses

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 07:07
<p>Severe weather conditions led to an alarming moment on Sunday when a roof came collapsing down at <a href="" target="_blank">China’s</a> Nanchang Changbei International Airport.</p><p>Those who happened to be at the scene at Nanchang’s main airport on Sunday shared footage of the incident on social media, where travelers can be heard reacting in shock as the roof of the airport's Terminal 2 arrival hall can be seen shaking and heading straight to the ground.</p><p>The airport is located in China’s Jiangxi province, where severe weather conditions had produced winds that were hitting speeds greater than 67 miles per hour on Sunday, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">South China Morning Post</a>. </em></p><p>The high winds can be seen causing a domino effect on the roof as portions come collapsing down, one after the other.</p><p>A spokesperson from the airport told <em>South China Morning Post</em> that flights were suspended for a short time during the windy period before returning to normal operations on Monday, and thankfully no passengers were injured during the incident.</p><p>Cold weather conditions have been trickling across the globe as of late, with <a href="" target="_blank">Rome seeing one of its highest amounts of snowfall</a> in years, and <a href="" target="_blank">storms</a> brought flooding and frigid conditions across the U.S. over the weekend.</p>
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Man Is Suing Southwest for Causing ‘Mental Anguish’ After Landing at the Wrong Airport

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 06:11
<p>A passenger is suing Southwest Airlines for “mental anguish,” after his flight landed at the wrong airport.</p><p>Flight 4013 was scheduled to fly from Chicago's Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, in Missouri, in January 2014. However, the plane landed at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport, about nine miles away.</p><p>While a plane mistakenly landing at the wrong airport is itself alarming, the key difference between the two airports is that Branson Airport’s runway is 7,140 feet long, while M. Graham Clark’s is only 3,738 feet. Upon landing on the much shorter runway, passengers reported they felt a hard brake, and were thrown harshly forward, with bags spilling from overhead compartments, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>Business Insider</em></a>.</p><p>Passenger Troy Haines' lawsuit against the airline claims he was “immediately struck with fear and anxiety over potentially crashing” after the flight landed, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the <em>Branson Tri Lakes News</em></a>. He says he developed a fear of flying in the months afterward; he claims he also had to change jobs at “substantially diminished salary” since he was unable to fly for work. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">petition filed</a> by Haines’ attorney, several key factors contributed to the flight’s incorrect landing.</p><p>The petition states that the captain had never been to Branson, and the first officer had only flown once. Despite this, the crew decided to make a visual approach to the airport rather than relying on instruments, and the first officer was not wearing his glasses. The investigation conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board in 2014, as reported by <a href="" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em></a>, confirmed these factors. At the time, Southwest suspended both pilots.</p><p>“We can confirm that the pilots have been removed from active flying pending the investigation,” a Southwest spokesperson told <em>USA Today</em> in 2014. “We continue to support the NTSB in their investigation.”</p><p>Southwest also made an effort to compensate all 124 passengers on board directly after the event: “We have since reached out to each customer directly to apologize, refund their tickets, and provide future travel credit as a gesture of goodwill for the inconvenience.”</p>
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