Cruise Line Offers Free Rides to Bahamians Stranded in the U.S. During Hurricane Dorian

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 09/07/2019 - 06:07
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line</a> is offering free rides to Bahamians stranded in Florida after Hurricane Dorian.</p><p>On Thursday, the Florida-based cruise line’s ship <em>Grand Celebration</em> left Palm Beach for Grand Bahama Island with supplies, first responders, and Bahamian evacuees on board.</p><p>Those stuck in the Bahamas can also ride the ship to Florida for free if they are able to provide proof of residency.</p><p>"Apart from the Bahamas we have no other home, so it was like the destruction was in our backyard," <a href="">CEO Oneil Khosa told CNN</a>. "We felt like we had to do this for the people of the Bahamas and the island of Grand Bahama, especially given our history with the island."</p><p><em>Grand Celebration </em>will be the first ship allowed to dock back at Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. First responders include firemen and electricians who will help out with relief efforts. The ship was involved in a similar humanitarian relief journey for <a href="">Hurricane Irma in 2017</a>.</p><p>Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is also accepting donations of relief materials like canned goods, buildings supplies, and water at <a href="">its warehouse in Riviera Beach, Florida</a>.</p><p>Other cruise lines that operate in the area, like Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, are also bringing relief materials to the Bahamas. “We are loading all kinds of goods onto our ships — generators, water, cleaning supplies, clean sheets, towels, and more — for direct delivery to the Bahamas,” <a href="">Royal Caribbean said in a press release</a>. “The trained employee volunteers we call the GO Team are on their way to assist with relief efforts.”</p><p>You can help out the cause by donating to <a href="">one of several charities participating in relief efforts</a>. If you donate through a cruise line, your donation may be matched by the corporation.</p>
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Hurricane Dorian Unleashes ‘Siege’ of Flooding in the Carolinas

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 17:20
<p><a href="">Hurricane Dorian</a> continued its path of destruction on Thursday as it made its way up the coast of <a href="">North and South Carolina</a>. The storm, which is now a category 3 hurricane, unleashed what <a href="">The Weather Channel</a> called a “siege” of storm and rainfall flooding, high winds, and even tornadoes.</p><p>At least one confirmed tornado touched down near Carolina Shores, North Carolina. The Weather Channel reported another potential touchdown in <a href="">North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina</a>, one on the west side of <a href="">Little River, South Carolina</a>, as well one tornado that was caught on video just northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.</p><img alt="A flooded street is seen as Hurricane Dorian started to be effective in Charleston, South Carolina, United States on September 5, 2019. "src=""><p>According to <a href=""><em>The Washington Post</em></a>, the storm will likely continue to thrash the entire coastlines of North Carolina and South Carolina Thursday into the first half of Friday. However, it remains unclear if the eye of the storm will actually make landfall in either state. If it makes landfall anywhere, <em>The Washington Post</em> reported, it will likely make landfall on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.</p><p>“The greatest potential for significant flash flooding will be found across coastal SC and southeastern NC where the combination of intense rain rates and duration overlap,” the <a href=";yr=2019">National Weather Service</a> warned.</p><p>An estimated 360,000 South Carolina residents have evacuated from their homes, <a href=""><em>The New York Times</em></a> reported. An estimated 200,000 people in South Carolina are also without power, as well as another 12,800 in Georgia.</p><p>The Weather Channel added, Dorian will likely track near or over eastern North Carolina for the rest of the day Thursday. By Friday, the storm’s center is expected to move back into the Atlantic Ocean. However, by Saturday, a weakened tropical storm Dorian could track close enough to shore once again to bring a period of rain and strong winds to southeastern New England, The Weather Channel noted. It will then likely move quickly up the coast toward Nova Scotia and Newfoundland before dissipating completely.</p><p>Prior to lashing the American coastline, the storm caused catastrophic damage to Great Abaco Island, where it hit as a category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 mph, making it the strongest storm to hit the area since 1935. There are now <a href="">several charities taking donations</a> for those affected by the storm.</p><p>Those within the storm’s path are encouraged to remain vigilant, stay tuned to all local forecasts, and heed any evacuation warnings. If you have travel plans in the storm’s path it is also a good idea to check in with your airline or accommodations to see what backup plans may be available to you.</p>
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Southwest Is Having a Massive Fall Sale With Flights As Low As $29 One-way (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 17:16
<p><a href="">Southwest Airlines</a> really, <em>really</em> wants you to take a vacation. And to make sure you do, it’s offering flights for <a href=";originMarket=MDW&amp;originAirport=MDW">as low as $29 one-way</a> this <a href="">fall and winter</a>.</p><p>The airline launched its 10-day sale earlier this week as its way of ushering in the unofficial start of fall. The epic sale includes domestic, international and interisland Hawaii flights. If you want in you better act fast, as the deals will disappear on September 12 at 11:59 p.m. PT.</p><p>Of course, this sale comes with a few rules. As <a href=""><em>TravelPulse</em></a> reported, the deal is valid for travel within the continental U.S. from September 24 through March 4, 2020. Those looking for interisland Hawaii deals must travel between September 17 through March 4, 2020. Anyone hoping to travel to or from San Juan, Puerto Rico must do so between September 24 through December 5, 2019, and January 13 through March 5, 2020, and anyone taking an international flight must take it between September 24 and December 11, 2019, or January 7 through March 5, 2020. Several blackout dates also apply.</p><img alt="Southwest Airlines "src=""><p>Want to score those $29 seats? Then you’ll have to fly to Hawaii, as that fare is only valid on one-way interisland Hawaii flights. But don’t fret, as there are plenty of other good deals to be had.</p><p>On Southwest’s website, would-be travelers can find flights from Newark, New Jersey to Austin, Texas for just $129 one-way. Travelers can also fly from Newark to Nashville for just $74 one-way, or make their way to Puerto Rico for $195 one-way.</p><p>Travelers from Los Angeles can get to El Paso for $97. They can also fly north to San Francisco for just $64, or south to Cabo for $130 one-way. Check out <a href=";originMarket=MDW&amp;originAirport=MDW">Southwest’s sale website</a> now to see where you can fly this winter and for its full list of terms and conditions. Need some travel inspiration? Here are <a href="">all the best places to travel this September</a>.</p>
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6-day-old Baby Found in American Traveler’s Carry-on at Manila Airport

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 16:58
<p>An American traveler was arrested and detained in the Philippines on Wednesday after allegedly attempting to fly out of the country with a six-day-old baby in her carry-on bag.</p><p>The 43-year-old woman is believed to have been traveling alone with the child. Although she was able to produce her own passport, she did not have any travel documents for the baby, <a href="">according to CNN</a>.</p><p>Staff at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila found the baby after opening and inspecting the woman’s oversized carry-on suitcase. <a href="">According to PhilStar</a>, the baby was "hidden in an oversized belt bag."</p><p>According to CNN Philippines, the baby was just six days old. The woman claimed that she was the baby’s aunt but was unable to produce any proof.</p><p>The case is currently being investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation's Anti-Human Trafficking Division.</p><p>The Bureau of Investigations has intercepted the <a href="">trafficking of dozens of people</a> <a href="">throughout the year at the Manila airport</a>. But earlier this year, the Bureau commenced an investigation into the airport, after it was revealed that some airport employees may have been assisting in trafficking. Three employees were suspended this summer after it was found that they were working with traffickers, <a href="">according to a government press release</a>.</p><p>In 2018, <a href="">the U.S. Department of State said</a> that “the government identified 1,839 potential victims of trafficking, of whom 1,422 were females and 410 were children” in the Philippines.</p>
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A Travel Guide to Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’: From 16th Avenue to Cornelia Street and Everywhere in Between

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 13:39
<p>Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, by now you’re well aware that Taylor Swift has finally released her long-awaited seventh studio album, <em><a href="">Lover</a></em>. The impressive 18-track masterpiece has garnered praise from fans and critics alike, and has already shattered a slew of records, including breaking the 2019 record for most first-week album sales in just 24 hours.</p><p>Thanks to a legion of ferociously loyal fans known as “Swifties” (myself included) and a strategic promotional campaign chock-full of intimate interviews, live performances, clever merchandise bundles, exclusive deluxe versions, and social media synergies, Swift has proven once again that she’s not only one of the music industry’s savviest businesswomen, but also an undeniable pop culture icon.</p><p>Following the darker themes explored in her 2017 album, <em>Reputation</em>, this time around, Swift has embraced a new chapter, marked by pastel-hued dreamscapes and the ability to reflect on the past with a mature, refreshed perspective ― allegedly inspired by her current three-year romance with British actor and current boyfriend Joe Alwyn. As she triumphantly declares in the outro of “Daylight,” <em>Lover</em>’s final track, “I wanna be defined by the things that I love, not the things I hate.”</p><p>Of the various motifs woven throughout the album, specific locations are frequently mentioned or alluded to within many of the songs (all of which were written or co-written by Swift). No matter which track you like best, there’s a destination that complements the lyrics or sonic vibe for each. Here, we match every song from <em>Lover </em>to some of our favorite places scattered across the globe. So play the CD, turn up the volume, and find out where you should travel next based on your favorite track from <em>Lover</em>.</p><h2>I Forgot That You Existed</h2><img alt="San Francisco "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: San Francisco, California</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: On “I Forgot That You Existed,” Swift unapologetically takes listeners on a journey to explain that even though she thought a breakup was going to crush her (rumored to be about previous beau Calvin Harris), she was inevitably able move on. Petty? A bit, but we’ve all been there. Laid-back <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco</a> perfectly fits the carefree energy of the summer jam, and with its iconic attractions and dynamic culinary scene, it offers an idyllic escape to clear your head and finally get over an ex.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “But then something happened one magical night / I forgot that you existed / And I thought that it would kill me, but it didn't / And it was so nice / So peaceful and quiet / I forgot that you existed”</p><h2>Cruel Summer</h2><img alt="Miami "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Miami Beach, Florida</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: Co-written with Jack Antonoff and St. Vincent, “Cruel Summer” is a massive production that captures the whirlwind of raw emotion that comes with any new romance ― whether its doomed from the start or destined to be. The song is sultry and seductive, radiating a frenetic energy that’s shared with the hedonistic lures of <a href="" target="_blank">Miami Beach</a> (not to mention the cruel, sweltering summers of the Sunshine State).</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “It's cool / That's what I tell 'em, no rules / Unbreakable heaven but / Ooh, whoa oh / It's a cruel summer / With you”</p><h2>Lover</h2><img alt="Paris "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Paris, France</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: An immediate first dance wedding song staple, the album’s title track was also one of the pre-released songs selected to build hype ahead of <em>Lover</em>’s debut. The spellbinding waltz is teeming with the starry-eyed wonderment and hopeful romanticism famously captured by <a href="">Paris</a>, appropriately nicknamed “the City of Love.”</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “Can I go where you go? / Can we always be this close forever and ever? / And ah, take me out, and take me home (forever and ever) / You're my, my, my, my lover”</p><h2>The Man</h2><img alt="Stockholm "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Stockholm, Sweden</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: In “The Man,” Swift leverages brutal honesty and sarcastic humor to take a cutting look at how her life and career would be interpreted differently if coded sexism wasn’t such a prevalent force in the music industry and society in general. The fast-paced feminist anthem tears down double-standards with confidence, much like the city of <a href="" target="_blank">Stockholm</a>. Known for being a banking capital, equal rights play a prominent role in the fabric of Sweden’s social and political landscapes, where men and women enjoy equal job opportunities and nearly half of the population identifies as feminists.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “I’m so sick of running as fast as I can / Wondering if I'd get there quicker if I was a man / And I'm so sick of them coming at me again / 'Cause if I was a man, then I'd be the man I'd be the man”</p><h2>The Archer</h2><img alt="Scottish Highlands "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Scottish Highlands</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: As any Swiftie knows, track five is always one of Swift’s most vulnerable and personal songs on any given album, and “The Archer” seems to follow the formula. The pensive work is a self-reflective meditation over previous relationships wrapped up in an ethereal tapestry akin to the dramatic scenes painted across the Scottish Highlands. Plus, Scotland is also home to Merida, the famous bow and arrow-wielding Disney princess from <em>Brave</em>.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “I've been the archer / I've been the prey / Screaming, who could ever leave me, darling? / But who could stay?”</p><h2>I Think He Knows</h2><img alt="Nashville "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Nashville, Tennessee</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: “I Think He Knows” is laced with finger snaps, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and a groovy chorus that effortlessly conjures the feelings of young love, replete with sexual tension and tantalizing frustration. Swift also mentions “skipping down 16th Avenue,” a likely callback to her younger years spent honing her craft along <a href="" target="_blank">Nashville’s legendary Music Row</a>, which is exactly where you should visit if this song speaks to you.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “He got my heartbeat / Skipping down 16th Avenue / Got that, oh! I mean / Wanna see what's under that attitude / Like, I want you, bless my soul / And I ain't gotta tell him / I think he knows / I think he knows”</p><h2>Miss Americana &amp; the Heartbreak Prince</h2><img alt="Corn field "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Middle America</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: With mentions of homecoming queens, marching bands, and hallway whispers, Swift taps into the same worlds featured on previous hits like “Shake It Off” and “You Belong With Me.” This time, however, she uses sonic devices that feel reminiscent of a Lana Del Rey single. The ominous tone is paired with thinly-veiled, politically-infused messages that seem to take a critical look at fractured realities playing out in communities across the country. The somber imagery conveyed feels as if it can relate to any small town speckled throughout Middle America.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “American stories burning before me / I'm feeling helpless, the damsels are depressed / Boys will be boys then, where are the wise men? / Darling, I'm scared”</p><h2>Paper Rings</h2><img alt="Las Vegas "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Las Vegas, Nevada</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: Unabashedly optimistic, this happy-go-lucky, clap-along tune particularly excels at demonstrating Swift’s ability to blend retro vibes with bubblegum pop, neatly tied together with an expertly crafted and relatable narrative. The certified bop showcases the dazzling, dizzying energy of falling in love, and all of the crazy things it makes us do. It’s the perfect track to accompany a spur-of-the-moment ceremony at one of <a href="" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a>’ countless wedding chapels where anything goes.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “I like shiny things, but I'd marry you with paper rings / Uh huh, that's right / Darling, you're the one I want, and / I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this / Uh huh, that's right / Darling, you're the one I want”</p><h2>Cornelia Street</h2><img alt="Cornelia Street NYC "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: New York, New York</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: If you’ve ever been tormented by the thought of losing the one you love, then “Cornelia Street” will certainly strike a chord. During the intensely intimate track, Swift admits that if her relationship ever ended, she could never walk Cornelia Street again ― likely about Alwyn, who she allegedly met while renting a place on Cornelia Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village. A copycat trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Manhattan</a> seems fitting, where fans have been flocking to see the spot that inspired this fan favorite.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “And I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends / I'd never walk Cornelia Street again / That's the kinda heartbreak time could never mend / I'd never walk Cornelia Street again”</p><h2>Death by a Thousand Cuts</h2><img alt="Buenos Aires "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Buenos Aires, Argentina</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: Although Swift confirmed that the song was inspired by the Netflix movie "Someone Great" (which takes place between New York City and San Francisco), the mood of “Death by a Thousand Cuts” is best embodied by Buenos Aires. Argentina’s capital city is beautiful by any measure, but there’s also an air of romantic melancholy that wafts through its cobbled streets, which are still lined with Belle Époque buildings that allude to a bygone, glamorous era when it was one of the wealthiest cities in the world.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “I look through the windows of this love / Even though we boarded them up / Chandelier still flickering here / 'Cause I can't pretend it's okay when it's not / It's death by a thousand cuts”</p><h2>London Boy</h2><img alt="London "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: London, England</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: Another ode to Alwyn, “<a href="" target="_blank">London Boy</a>” is dripping with cheeky British references and shout-outs to neighborhoods like Highgate, Brixton, Shoreditch, and Hackney, among others. The feel-good ditty would serve as the perfect soundtrack during a visit to “The Big Smoke” while spending your days sightseeing, sipping high tea, and trying to spot the royals.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “You know I love a London boy / I enjoy walking Camden Market in the afternoon / He likes my American smile, like a child when our eyes meet / Darling, I fancy you”</p><h2>Soon You’ll Get Better (featuring The Dixie Chicks)</h2><img alt="Taylor Swift Lover "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Wherever you call home</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: Arguably one of the most heart-wrenching songs of Swift’s entire catalog, this one is speculated to be about her mother, Andrea Swift, who is once again fighting the battle against cancer. The devastating lyrics include a desperate plea for her mother’s recovery and offers a stunningly raw but touching ballad that anyone who has experienced a similar circumstance will find comfort in. Sometimes, being home surrounded by family is the best medicine ― so visit home when you do get the chance, and be sure to pick up the phone and call your loved ones often.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “Holy orange bottles, each night I pray to you / Desperate people find faith, so now I pray to Jesus too / And I say to you / Ooh-ah, soon you'll get better / Ooh-ah, soon you'll get better / Ooh-ah, you'll get better soon / 'Cause you have to”</p><h2>False God</h2><img alt="New Orleans "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: New Orleans, Louisiana</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: This moody track opens with a smoky, sensual saxophone that continues to punctuate the slow jam through to the very end. Swift draws vivid parallels between her relationship and religious iconography that’s riddled with metaphors but feels relentlessly passionate. Anyone who has ever visited <a href="" target="_blank">New Orleans</a> knows how soulful the city is with its electric jazz scene and element of effortless Creole-cool, making it a perfect pair with “False God.”</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “But we might just get away with it / Religion's in your lips / Even if it's a false god / We'd still worship / We might just get away with it / The altar is my hips / Even if it's a false god / We'd still worship this love”</p><h2>You Need to Calm Down</h2><img alt="Amsterdam "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Amsterdam, the Netherlands</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: For years, Swift received criticism for her silence when it came to any topic remotely political, most notably LBGTQ rights. “You Need to Calm Down” marks her loud-and-proud declaration as an ally, while the technicolor music video showcases icons like Ellen DeGeneres and RuPaul brushing off the haters and protestors. While Swift’s stance was met by inevitable disapproval by some, globetrotters can celebrate the newly-minted supporter with a trip to colorful <a href="" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a>. The Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001, and thanks to Amsterdam’s lenient marijuana laws, it’s a charming city where anyone (no matter how high-strung) can certainly calm down.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “You are somebody that we don't know / But you're comin' at my friends like a missile / Why are you mad? / When you could be <a href="" target="_blank">GLAAD</a>?”</p><h2>Afterglow</h2><img alt="Galapagos Islands "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: In “Afterglow,” Swift acknowledges her past mistakes and behaviors that led to some of her relationships falling apart. Where a previous era of her career might have seen her pointing fingers and casting blame, this track is another that demonstrates how Swift, like her fans, are growing up and learning hard life lessons along the way. For anybody feeling the need to reflect on the error of their ways, consider a restorative retreat to a tropical locale, like the <a href="" target="_blank">Galápagos Islands</a>.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “I lived like an island, punished you with silence / Went off like sirens, just crying / Why'd I have to break what I love so much? / It's on your face, don't walk away, I need to say / Hey / It's all me in my head / I'm the one who burned us down</p><h2>ME! (featuring Brandon Urie of Panic! At The Disco)</h2><img alt="Harajuku "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Tokyo, Japan</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: One of the most polarizing singles on the album, ME! is an undeniable earworm. The sugar-coated hit is brought to life with a music video that could have been dreamt up by Lisa Frank herself. With its spritely spirit, self-assured message, and cotton candy-hued vision, it seems kindred with <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood</a>, which is known for its quirky style and colorful attractions that make it a popular destination with Japanese youngsters and tourists alike.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “But one of these things is not like the others / Like a rainbow with all of the colors / Baby doll, when it comes to a lover / I promise that you'll never find another like me-e-e-eh”</p><h2>It’s Nice to Have a Friend</h2><img alt="Phuket "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Phuket, Thailand</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: <em>Lover</em>’s penultimate track is a sing-song tale about two parties in the midst of a blossoming friendship. Lighthearted but haunting, the tune is infectiously innocent and pure. Simple lyrics, soothing harmonies, and a steel drum that keeps the beat throughout evokes imagery of lying on the beach of some far-flung island destination (despite the fact that Swift also mentions losing a glove and sidewalks covered in snow). If a friend is what you need, plan a relaxing escape to the island of Phuket in Thailand ― after all, there’s a reason the notoriously friendly country is nicknamed the “Land of Smiles.”</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “Light pink sky, up on the roof / Sun sinks down, no curfew / 20 questions, we tell the truth / You've been stressed out lately, yeah, me too / Something gave you the nerve / To touch my hand / It's nice to have a friend (Ooh) / It's nice to have a friend (Ooh)”</p><h2>Daylight</h2><img alt="Gold Coast "src=""><p><strong>Destination</strong>: Gold Coast, Australia</p><p><strong>Why</strong>: The final song of any Swift album is often a shining example of resilient positivity, looking ahead toward new horizons. “Daylight” achieves this as the album’s grand finale. The swaying ballad takes a closer look at some of her previous expectations on life and love, and indicates that she has finally found herself grounded in a happier, brighter chapter. The Gold Coast region along Australia’s eastern edge seems fitting, thanks to its warm weather and never-ending, sun-drenched shores.</p><p><strong>Key Lyrics</strong>: “I don't wanna look at anything else now that I saw you / I don't wanna think of anything else now that I thought of you / I've been sleepin' so long in a twenty-year dark night / And now I see daylight / I only see daylight”</p>
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One of Chiang Mai’s Most Popular Spas Gives Women Released From Prison a Second Chance at Life (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 12:00
<p>The streets of <a href="" target="_blank">Chiang Mai, Thailand</a> are littered with signs for massage centers offering traditional Thai massages, oil massages, foot rubs, and more — but only one boasts that its services are performed by ex-prisoners.</p><p>It’s there smack on the sign, in its very name: <a href="" target="_blank">The Women’s Massage Center by Ex-Prisoners</a>.</p><p>Founder Thierry Gallo, a Belgian businessman, says he launched the program in 2014 when he learned that women serving sentences in Chiang Mai Women’s Prison received training in Thai massage and other spa services — but still struggled to snag a job after their release. </p><p>“Women who come out of prison are often discriminated against and it is very difficult for them to return to work,” Gallo said via email. The women — the vast majority of whom were imprisoned for drug offenses ranging from small sales to trafficking — also often face families unwilling to help them post-prison, he says, or return to domestic abuse at home. “It is difficult for them to find any kind of security — emotional or financial.”</p><img alt="Massage in Thailand "src=""><p>Since it opened, The Women’s Massage Center by Ex-Prisoners has grown to four separate locations throughout Chiang Mai, and has employed some 150 former prisoners, he says. Each woman receives 50 percent of the cost of each service performed, plus any tips given.</p><p>“The women who work with us gain a great self-confidence, an ever-growing confidence, no matter how old they are,” Gallo says. “Once they have found this confidence, everything is possible: some get married and have children; others even start their own businesses.”</p><p>Back on the street, staring at that telling sign, my husband and I knew we had to experience this program for ourselves. We ducked into its Jahban Road branch and each asked for a full-body oil massage. (FYI: <a href="" target="_blank">traditional Thai massages</a> do not include the use of any lotion.)</p><p>Two women dressed in matching pink uniforms led us back to a private room with comfortable massage tables, where we laid down under laundry-fresh sheets. </p><p>The massage itself was professional — the best we’ve experienced in Asia, in fact — and relaxing. Afterward, we were invited to unwind in the center’s lounge with a cup of delicious tea.</p><p>The massages cost 450 Baht, or about $13.50, each, and it’s money, we feel, very well spent.</p><p>“This program allows them to find, upon their release from prison, a place that is safe to work,” says Gallo, “a place that allows them to value their experience and be appreciated.”</p><p>It’s worth noting that Chiang Mai has a second, older program that employs ex-prisoners in its massage centers. <a href="" target="_blank">Lila Thai Massage</a> opened in 2008, according to its website, and has multiple locations in the city. It’s got some great reviews online, and may also be worth visiting.</p>
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It’s Possible to Fully Experience a European City in Just 48 Hours — and This Company Will Plan It

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 11:01
<p>When most people fly across the ocean, they’re committed to spending several days or even weeks in a single location getting to know the history, culture and food. But one woman is trying to change that.</p><p>Gabriella Ribeiro, the chief exploration officer of travel company <a href="" target="_blank">Explorateur Journeys</a>, is encouraging people to get away even if they only have limited time, designing “<a href="" target="_blank">48 Hour Power Jaunts</a>” that squeeze the best of a city into just a <a href="" target="_blank">weekend</a>.</p><p>Ribeiro’s itineraries are the real-world version of the Monopoly “don't pass go” cards, a total rush from start to finish that will likely leave you breathless and invigorated at the same time.</p><p>“Travelers are looking for a journey that leaves a footprint on their soul, but too often they are long on curiosity but short on time. I developed the 48 Hour Power Jaunts to really prove that tackling a city in [two] days is not only possible, but revitalizing as well,” Ribeiro told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> in an email. “It’s the perfect solution for busy entrepreneurs that need a reboot outside of their comfort zone, parents who need a getaway but perhaps can’t spend too much time away from the kids, or couples who have often turned these journeys into date nights with a twist.”</p><p>She added: “There’s a big world out there and our high energy short burst journeys weave every single element together so that nothing is left to chance, everything fits together beautifully like a gorgeous puzzle leaving the traveler completely free to dive in.”</p><p>In Paris, Ribeiro may give you a private guide when you land in the city for some boutique shopping in the Marais before you head out on a walk around Montmartre. Later, you would take a sidecar tour and stroll down the Champs Elysees before you jet back to U.S.</p><p>In London, take a cruise on the Thames, have high tea at Fortnum &amp; Mason, see a show in the West End, take a food tour of the city, and drive through the streets in a Mini Cooper, all within only 48 hours. And in Madrid, she recommends everything from antique shopping and a beer-cycle tour to tapas (because you can’t leave Madrid without sampling tapas).</p><p>If you get tired, you can always <a href="" target="_blank">sleep on the plane</a> ride home. And while the getaways aren’t cheap, starting at $999 per person excluding airfare, they certainly pack a big punch into a very short amount of time.</p><p>I once went to London for just under 72 hours, and I can say from experience that it was absolutely exhausting but totally worth it. And we can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend than exploring the cobblestone streets of Europe’s best cities and <a href="" target="_blank">eating our way</a> through some of the best <a href="" target="_blank">foodie cities</a> in the world. </p>
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Off-duty Pilot on Vacation With His Family Saves Entire Flight From Major Delays by Offering to Fly the Plane Himself (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 10:08
<p>Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear little gold wings.</p><p>Michael Bradley, an <a href="">easyJet</a> pilot taking his family on vacation, did not expect to find himself back in the cockpit on a flight from Manchester, England to Alicante, Spain on September 2, according to the <a href="">Manchester Evening News</a>.</p><p>Bradley and his family were passengers on the easyJet flight, which was severely delayed after the original pilot did not show up. So the off-duty pilot offered to fly the plane instead. Having your trip turn into a <a href="">working vacation</a> sure beats having to cancel your plans, after all.</p><p>According to the Manchester Evening Standard, Bradley called his employers to tell them he was standing in the terminal, had his license and I.D. on hand, and was happy to take over the flight at a moment’s notice – as long as they didn’t mind that he wasn’t in uniform.</p><p>“They said 'we'll phone you back'. Thirty eight seconds later they phoned me back and said 'please, please pretty please with a big cherry on top, can you fly the aeroplane to Alicante',” Bradley told the Manchester Evening Standard. His wife and young son were able to remain in their seats.</p><img alt="EasyJet "src=""><p>Another passenger, Michelle Potts, shared a video of Bradley announcing to the cabin that he was taking over the flight.</p><p>“[I got] to boarding and asked the guy at the desk what's going on he said ‘oh your pilots gone missing but a guy that's going on your flight is going to fly the plane’ REALLY CASUALLY,” Potts wrote on Facebook.</p><p>Potts was understandably relieved to learn that this man was a real pilot and not some guy who just felt like flying a plane that day.</p><p>A spokesperson for easyJet told the Manchester Evening Standard, “This is fully in line with regulations as he had his licence and ID with him. Safety is always our highest priority.”</p><p>The spokesperson also noted that Bradley was <a href="">well rested</a> and could legally take over the plane, since he had the previous four days off.</p><p>The flight delay was apparently caused by airline cancellations and other delays that were a result of the French Air Traffic Control Failure on September 1.</p><p>“We are grateful to one of our pilots who was travelling on holiday from Manchester to Alicante on 2 September with his family and volunteered to operate the flight,” easyJet told the Manchester Evening News. “This meant customers could get to their destination and shows the commitment and dedication of our crew.”</p>
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Away Is Releasing Its Most Colorful Luggage Ever Thanks to This New York City Bakery

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 10:03
<p>Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly fall any harder for <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Away</a>, they found a colorful new way to keep us hooked. The esteemed luggage brand (which <a href="">happens to be one of our favorites</a>) just announced they’re collaborating with Flour Shop, a New York City bakery known for its rainbow motif and explosion cakes.</p><img alt="New Flour Shop Away Collection "src=""><img alt="New Flour Shop Away Collection "src=""><p>The limited edition Away x Flour Shop collection, which features brightly-hued pieces of luggage, takes direct inspiration from the treats at Flour Shop that often feature sprinkles, edible glitter, and cake batter in every color under the sun. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10, you can get your hands on Away’s signature polycarbonate spinner suitcases in eight new colors. The fun shades are available in all four of Away’s suitcase sizes, ranging from their standard carry-on to their large checked bag. Like their neutral-toned counterparts, the Away x Flour Shop spinners are set to feature TSA-approved combination locks, hidden laundry bags, and interior compression systems. You can pick up one of the new pieces for $225 to $295, depending on the size.</p><p>Because Away loves keeping travelers organized just as much they love a good, hardside spinner, the Away x Flour Shop collection also includes brand new versions of their Insider Packing Cubes. The nylon and mesh pouches, which come in sets of four, will now be available in Warm (black material with red, pink, orange, and yellow zippers) and Cool (black material with light blue, dark blue, purple, and green zippers). Each cube in the set is a different size, which allows for items of all shapes and sizes to be easily stowed away inside your suitcase. A set will run you $45.</p><img alt="New Flour Shop Away Collection "src=""><p>You’ll have to wait a little bit longer to get a hold of the spinners and packing cubes in this sweet new collection, but come Tuesday, you can find them in stores and on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>
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Princess Charlotte Confidently Walks Into Her First Day of School in Adorable Video

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 09:23
<p><a href="">Princess Charlotte</a> is already one of the most adorable royals around, but on Thursday, the four-year-old took cuteness to a whole new level when she walked in for her first day of school.</p><p>Charlotte, accompanied by her mother and father, Kate Middleton and Prince William, made her way into Thomas's Battersea, a private school near her home at Kensington Palace. Charlotte’s older brother, Prince George, also walked with his little sister as he too <a href="">attends the prestigious school</a>.</p><img alt="Royal Family - Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte "src=""><p>While all eyes were on the family as they arrived, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge do attempt to keep things rather normal for their little ones while at school. As <a href=""><em>Cosmopolitan</em></a> reported, both Prince George and Princess Charlotte go by George and Charlotte Cambridge while in school, forgoing any formal title while with their peers.</p><p>The royal family shared a sweet video of the moment they dropped the children off at school on their instagram account, @kensingtonroyal.</p><p>In the video, little Charlotte is first seen clinging to her mother’s hand as they approach school. Then, she catches sight of Helen Haslem, who oversees the first two grade levels at the school, <a href="">NBC</a> reported. She then kindly shakes Haslem’s hand before excitedly continuing to walk into the school without a moment of apprehension (all while twirling her ponytail).</p><p>The Kensington Royal account also shared an adorable photo of the excited siblings in their school uniforms at Kensington Palace before leaving for their big day at school.</p><p>Thomas's Battersea’s current student body consists of 560 boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 13, <a href="">CNN</a> reported. Charlotte’s kindergarten class will reportedly have 21 students.</p><p>The tuition for the school runs at £6,429 (about $7,900) per term. However, because Charlotte’s big brother is already a pupil the Cambridges will receive a sibling discount. According to the Press Association, Prince William told reporters his daughter was "very excited" for her first day.</p>
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Generous 6-year-old Boy Uses His Disney World Savings to Help Hurricane Dorian Evacuees

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 07:35
<p>As <a href="">Hurricane Dorian</a> continues to batter Florida, Georgia, and the <a href="">Carolinas</a>, one kid is making a difference by making a pretty big sacrifice: donating his <a href="">Disney World</a> savings.</p><p>According to <a href="">WJBF</a>, 6-year-old Jermaine Bell of Allendale, South Carolina was saving up money to take a trip to Disney World for his birthday on Sept. 8. But instead of enjoying the most magical place on Earth, the young boy is donating his money to buy food and water for Hurricane Dorian evacuees in his state.</p><p>“The people that are traveling to go to places, I wanted them to have some food to eat, so they can enjoy the ride to the place that they’re going to stay at,” Bell said to WJBF. He bought hot dogs, chips, and water for South Carolinians on the coast who were passing through his town.</p><p>According to <a href="">CNN</a>, he has helped more than 100 evacuees so far.</p><p>In order to get their attention, Bell crafted two signs that he placed by Highway 125 to let people know they can stop for a bite to eat, WJBF reported. According to CNN, the boy has been cooking since Labor Day weekend and doesn’t want to stop until the evacuees are safely home.</p><p>“I just wanted to be generous,” Bell said to CNN.</p><p>His grandmother, Aretha Grant, told CNN she couldn’t be prouder of her grandson. “We knew Jermaine was very special, but we didn't know he was special in this way to be such a giver like this,” she said.</p><p>Bell said he still hopes to go to Disney World one day. Once the crisis is over, he fully intends to celebrate his birthday.</p><p>Hurricane Dorian has not only affected states along the U.S. coast, but has also devastated parts of the Bahamas. There are lots of <a href="">ways to help victims</a> of the storm recover from the damage.</p>
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Over 800,000 Ordered to Evacuate in South Carolina As Hurricane Dorian Barrels Towards the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 16:49
<p>Hurricane Dorian was spinning less than 100 miles off the coast of Daytona Beach, Fla., on Wednesday, according to the <a href="">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration</a>, as it remained a high-end Category 2 storm with peak sustained winds of 105 mph.</p><p>The danger comes just days after Hurricane Dorian caused utter devastation in the Bahamas, <a href="">hitting the area as a category 5 hurricane</a> on Sunday, the strongest storm on record to occur in the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida.</p><p>Tropical storm warnings remained in effect Wednesday for several counties in Florida, including Brevard, Orange, and Seminole counties, the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Fla., <a href="">tweeted</a>.</p><p>“Remain cautious of strong wind gusts and brief bursts of heavy rain in passing squalls today. Conditions at beaches are hazardous from #Dorian,” the agency <a href="">tweeted</a>. “The surf remains high and rough, along with a threat of coastal flooding &amp; beach erosion. Stay away from these dangers.”</p><p>While residents in Florida are already starting to feel the effects of Dorian as the storm’s outer rain bands are pivoting inland and causing heavy rain and strong winds, <a href=""><em>The Washington Pos</em>t reported</a>, those in more northern states are <a href="">preparing</a> as they wait and see how close it will track.</p><p>While the winds are not as strong as they were over the weekend, Dorian’s wind field has actually grown larger with tropical-storm-force winds extending up to 175 miles from the eye, according to <a href="">The Weather Channel</a>.</p><p>According to <em>T</em><em>he Post</em>, most computer models are forecasting the center of the hurricane to reach very close to the coast of South Carolina and come ashore in North Carolina, especially over the Outer Banks. Computer models predict that Georgia will largely be spared as the storm is predicted to remain far enough off the coast to keep it at tropical-storm force winds.</p><p>According to <a href="">CNN</a>, the Carolina coast could see up to 15 inches of rain from Dorian and was at a high risk for flash flooding on Thursday.</p><p>Mandatory evacuations have been put in place for residents along the Atlantic coast, with South Carolina ordering the evacuation of over 800,000 people alone, <a href="" target="_blank">according to The Weather Channel</a>. </p><p>Locations as far north as Virginia Beach could even experience heavy rains and tropical-storm force winds by Friday or Saturday, according to the Post.</p><p>In addition, Dorian has caused thousands of flights to be canceled, including at least 850 on Wednesday in addition to the more than 3,000 earlier in the week, <a href=""><em>USA Today</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The storm has already <a href="">wreaked havoc</a> as it made landfall on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas with sustained winds of 185 mph, a wind speed that hasn’t been seen since a Labor Day storm in 1935 in the Florida Keys. Dorian has decimated homes and <a href="">caused at least seven deaths</a>, including an 8-year-old boy, with the death toll expected to rise.</p>
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The Northern Lights Are Finally Visible Again — Here’s How to See Them (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 11:16
<p>There’s something strange happening about 60 miles above our planet. The <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Lights</a> — also called the aurora borealis — are back. A sudden spike in solar activity means that they’re not only returning earlier than expected, but they could even be visible in northern U.S. states as of Labor Day weekend, according to a prediction of a G1 or G2 geomagnetic storm by the<a href=""> NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center</a>. So what’s going on?</p><h2>When is Northern Lights season?</h2><p>There is no official season since the Northern Lights are almost always present, day and night. Caused by charged particles from the sun hitting atoms in Earth's atmosphere and releasing photons, it’s a process that happens constantly. However, they most often occur around 64º to 70º North latitudes — the Arctic Circle — which only gets significant darkness between September and March. Hence that’s the observing season in places like Alaska, northern Canada, <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a>, Lapland (northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland) and northern Russia.</p><h2>What makes the Northern Lights move south?</h2><p>The more intense the solar wind coming our way (which is caused by explosions on the sun that release charged particles), the likelier it is to be visible at much lower latitudes.</p><h2>When are the best times of the year to see the Northern Lights?</h2><p>Talk to anyone in the “aurora zone" — on the Arctic Circle — and they’ll report seeing them even in August and May. However, the very best time for increased geomagnetic activity seems to be the equinoxes. That’s because Northern Lights displays are all about the direction of the solar wind and how it interacts with Earth. During the equinoxes, next on Sept. 23, 2019, and on March 20, 2020, the position of the Earth’s axis relative to the sun puts it side-on to the solar wind. That can mean more interaction with charged particles along the Earth’s magnetic lines, and hence more activity. But stronger displays are not a certainty.</p><p>In practical terms, a lack of moonlight (as well as clear skies) is just as important if you want to observe the Northern Lights. So be sure to <a href="">sync your trip north with the phases of the Moon</a>; aim for the week before the New Moon and the three days afterward.</p><img alt="Northern Lights "src=""><h2>What time of night do the Northern Lights appear?</h2><p>Seeing the Northern Lights can take a lot of dedication since they can appear at any time of night. It’s likely that wherever you go to see the Northern Lights a local guide or hotelier will tell you that they always appear at a specific time. This is a habit of people who tend to go out at the same time of night and see them repeatedly. There is no science behind this. They really are as likely to appear at 5 a.m. as at 11 p.m. and they happen during the day, too. It's just that we cannot see them because the sunlight completely overwhelms them. So keep your boots by your bed and wake yourself up every hour during the night to check for activity — that’s an inconvenient, but highly effective way of finding them if you’re staying somewhere under a dark sky where you can look out of the window. Travelers who get themselves to the Arctic Circle then insist on sleeping during the night are the people who miss out on seeing them and complain that there was no activity.</p><h2>What is solar minimum?</h2><p>The sun has a cycle of roughly 11 years, within which it reaches a point where it’s at its fiercest and most active (cue frequent geomagnetic storms). That’s called solar maximum, which last happened in 2014. The sun also reaches a point where it calms down and has fewest explosions on its surface, so sends the fewest charged particles towards Earth. That’s solar minimum, and that’s where we are right now in 2019 and 2020. Solar maximum is next due in 2024.</p><h2>So should I wait until 2024 to see the Northern Lights?</h2><p>No. Huge geomagnetic storms, the kind that can cause very intense displays of the Northern Lights, don’t happen every night, even during solar maximum. During solar minimum, they still happen, just less frequently. It’s all about luck, and whenever you go on a Northern Lights hunt, you’re very likely to see some kind of display of the Northern Lights if the sky is clear. So you can ignore worries about solar minimum; it only slightly reduces your chances of seeing something incredible. It’s cloud, not the sun’s activity, that’s your real enemy.</p>
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This Lakeside Hotel in India Was Voted Best in the World by T+L Readers — and You Can Stay for Less

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 11:00
<p>With stunning lake views, a state-of-the-art spa, and architecture reminiscent of traditional Indian palaces, it’s not hard to imagine why <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=&amp;utm_keyword=" target="_blank">The Leela Palace Udaipur</a> nabbed the <a href="" target="_blank">top spot on our list of the world’s best hotels</a>. Situated in a quiet corner of Lake Pichola’s shore, the Rajasthan hotel dazzles guests arriving by both boat and car from miles away. And right now, guests can score exclusive and unique perks when they <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=&amp;utm_keyword=" target="_blank">book a stay through Five Star Alliance</a>.</p><p>Whether palace guests have traveled from across the world or just from across the lake, the hotel’s staff will ensure a trip of any length is well worth it. Not only will voyagers who book the <a href=";utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=&amp;utm_keyword=" target="_blank">5 Star Signature Package</a> stay for a special rate, but they’ll also enjoy roundtrip airport transfers in a private car, a palace art walk, a $100 food and beverage credit, and daily breakfast for two at The Dining Room, one of the on-site fine dining locations. Some fans of the property have called it “ideal for honeymoons or special celebrations” thanks to the quality service and many amenities available.</p><p>In addition to the special perks included in the signature package, those who stay at The Leela Palace Udaipur have access to the hotel’s outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, fitness center, and ESPA spa facility that offers a variety of ayurveda-inspired treatments. Activities like shopping and horseback riding are just a short trek from the palace, and guests who are looking to venture a little farther off-property need only say the word for a staff member to help arrange day trips to local sites like the Crystal Gallery and the Vintage Car Museum.</p><p>Book your stay at T+L’s top-ranked hotel, <a href=";utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=&amp;utm_keyword=" target="_blank">The Leela Palace Udaipur, here</a>.</p>
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This $300 Tool Promises to Soothe, Lift, and Revive Tired Skin — and Honestly, I’m Addicted

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 10:31
<p>I first tried the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light</a> after a notably bad day of travel. I had taken a meeting in a different city (one roundtrip flight in the span of 12 hours!) and, thanks to weather and mechanical problems, had gotten home much later than planned.</p><p>To deal with our delay, my group had ordered pizzas to the tiny airport where we were waiting and busted out little bottles of vodka and Chardonnay. I was dehydrated and tired, my sodium levels high but my morale low, and <a href="" target="_blank">it showed in my face</a>. All of my main skin issues — acne, inflammation, discoloration, unevenness — were out in full force.</p><p>Though I wasn’t exactly in the mood to try new things, I figured it was a good time to test out this much-hyped product from <a href="" target="_blank">Skin Inc</a>. When it launched in 2016, the Tri-Light quickly took the internet by storm — gaining a following among influencers and <a href="" target="_blank">celebrities</a> and appearing on beauty vlogs the world over. The company just launched a new, USB-rechargeable version of the device — which, it should be noted, is about the size of a remote control. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">According to the company’s website</a>, 85% of users in a consumer study said the Tri-Light helped their skin become “revived and radiant,” look “younger and more beautiful,” and retain more moisture. It promises that the product will quickly pay for itself, offering the benefits of 3,000 personalized facials.</p><p>Okay, I’ll bite.</p><img alt="Skin Inc Tri-Light "src=""><p>First, some background. The Tri-Light uses a combination of low-frequency stimulation and colored LED light ("chromotherapy") to treat various concerns: red light to promote firmness and smooth wrinkles, blue to reduce inflammation and acne-causing bacteria, yellow to even tone and brighten dull skin, and various combinations therein. When the stimulation feature is turned on, the metal probe in the center of the device provides a light tickling sensation that is supposed to activate cell regeneration and help the ingredients in your mask or serum absorb more effectively. </p><p>After applying a water-based <a href="" target="_blank">mask</a> or serum, you use it to massage your face in slow circles or vertical strokes for up to ten minutes. I went with Skin Inc's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Pure Deep Sea Hydrating Mask</a>, which was sent to me to test along with the Tri Light. It's a cool, clear jelly that felt soothing and allowed the device to glide easily over my face; while some of the ingredients are a bit far-fetched (who knew you needed nutrient-rich water from the deep sea off of Okinawa?!) the hyaluronic acid certainly did its magical thing. </p><p>Other than a suggested ten-minute, twice-a-day session limit, there is no set sequence for the light — users can stick to one color or switch between them as needed. My personal combination is five minutes of blue light (I've always struggled with acne) and five minutes of the orange combo for smoothing and brightening. If I want to avoid an area that's sensitive or painful, the light is still effective if I just hold it close to my skin (though I usually prefer the face massage, which feels quite luxurious).</p><p>I've been using the Tri-Light every night (and some mornings) for about two weeks now — and, as a skeptic when it comes to most “miracle products,” I am quite surprised at how effective the treatment actually is. After the first use, I woke up the next morning to find my skin looking refreshed, even-toned, and generally “happy,” and I skipped makeup for work for the first time in years. Using the device each night has kept these results going, and little things that used to bother me (drier, darker skin around my smile lines, old acne scars on my chin) are less noticeable. Miracle product it is not — nothing is! — but effective? Yes. Definitely.</p><p>The price point is an issue, too hefty for me to buy for myself if I didn't have a reason to test it for work. But those looking for a <a href="" target="_blank">secret weapon against the havoc travel wreaks on your skin</a> — one that can be used thousands of times and can fit in your pocket — should give the Tri-Light a chance. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $295.</p><p><em>A "facial in a box" kit, which also includes a hydrating mask and peel, is available at Bergdorf Goodman (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $340). You can also buy the product in a limited-run rose gold edition (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $277).</em></p><p> </p><p> </p>
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Here’s How to Help the Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 06:47
<p>People are coming together to help days after Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm, killing at least seven people and causing complete devastation throughout the islands.</p><p>The catastrophic and slow-moving storm <a href="">made landfall</a> on Great Abaco Island with sustained winds of 185 mph over the weekend, the strongest storm to hit the area since 1935. Images of the aftermath of the hurricane show decimated homes and large swaths of flattened land as well as devastating flooding. Dorian is currently <a href="">spinning off the coast of Florida</a>, threatening several states in the U.S.</p><img alt="Hurricane Dorian "src=""><img alt="Hurricane Dorian "src=""><p>At least seven people have died from the storm in the Bahamas, including an 8-year-old boy, with the death toll expected to rise, according to <a href="">CNN</a>.</p><p>In an effort to help, <a href="">the Atlantis</a> organized a <a href="">GoFundMe page</a> with 100 percent of the proceeds going to The Bahamas Red Cross, the hotel told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> in an email. The fund has already raised more than $49,000 of its $1 million goal.</p><p>The hotel is also working with celebrity chef Jose Andres and his charity <a href="">World Central Kitchen</a>, which he <a href="">mobilized to feed people after Hurricane Maria</a> hit Puerto Rico in 2017. For Dorian, Andres and his team landed in Nassau ahead of the storm to begin staging relief efforts, <a href=""><em>The Washington Post</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The spokeswoman for the Atlantis said the hotel is working to make sure food and supplies are prepped and ready to be brought over to Great Abaco Island and Grand Bahama.</p><img alt="Hurricane Dorian "src=""><img alt="Hurricane Dorian "src=""><p>Here are a few organizations you can donate to help.</p><h2>Bahamas Red Cross</h2><p>Volunteers with the Bahamas Red Cross are standing by with relief supplies like tarps, hygiene items and hand-crank cell phone chargers, according to the <a href="">agency</a>. People who want to help are encouraged to visit <a href=""></a>, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation.</p><h2>International Medical Corps</h2><p>The <a href="">International Medical Corps</a> is requesting donations as they send out medical, mental health and psychosocial support services on the island</p><h2>Team Rubicon</h2><p>You can donate to <a href="">Team Rubicon</a>, an international non-profit disaster response organization, which is deploying teams to the Bahamas to help people rebuild.</p><h2>World Central Kitchen</h2><p>Jose Andres is in the Bahamas and ready to start cooking for people as soon as he can reach Great Abaco and Grand Bahama. You can donate to <a href="">World Central Kitchen</a> to help with relief efforts.</p>
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The First Commercial Space Hotel Plans to Have a Low-gravity Basketball Court and Views of Earth From Bed (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 13:00
<p>There may come a day when visiting a space hotel will be a normal vacation option. And that day may come faster than you think.</p><p>"Eventually, going to space will just be another option people will pick for their vacation, just like going on a cruise, or going to Disney World," Tim Alatorre, the senior design architect for the <a href="">Von Braun Rotating Space Station</a>, which could become the world’s first space hotel, told <em>Dezeen</em>.</p><p>The Von Braun Rotating Space Station will likely be the first commercial space station in history. It is due to be completed in 2025, and some people are already calling it the first space hotel in history.</p><p>Alatorre spoke to <em>Dezeen </em>about the design for the space station, making it sound like the world’s most futuristic and luxurious getaway. The station will have “many of the things you see on cruise ships: restaurants, bars, musical concerts, movie screenings, and educational seminars," Alatorre said.</p><img alt="Von Braun Space Station Hotel "src=""><img alt="Von Braun Space Station Hotel "src=""><p>Hotel visitors will have fancier technology than what’s on board the International Space Station (ISS). Space tourists will have toilets and showers that function more like what’s on Earth. Drinking water will be brought from our planet and non-potable water will be recycled throughout the station.</p><p>The space station will have different modes of gravity throughout, some with about one-sixth of the gravity present on Earth and other spots featuring near-zero gravity. Guests will be able to partake in <a href="">low-gravity basketball</a>, low-gravity trampolining, and rock climbing.</p><img alt="Von Braun Space Station Hotel "src=""><img alt="Von Braun Space Station Hotel "src=""><p>Mock-ups for the hotel show rooms that would fit in a trendy urban hotel — except the views are much better. Space tourists could, realistically, see the curve of the earth from their hotel bed.</p><p>And guests wouldn’t have to eat pre-packaged, dehydrated space food. Alatorre said the hotel will feature “full-service kitchens with all of the dishes you would expect on a luxury cruise ship or in a major hotel.”</p><p>Eventually, tourists will be able to go on space “field trips,” heading to other space stations or the moon. Developers hope the space station will one day be used as a “port” for those continuing onward to the moon or Mars.</p><p>The space hotel will be able to accommodate 100 guests per week when it launches.</p><p>By 2030, Von Braun hopes to expand to have at least two stations in orbit. By that time, the station could host 200 tourists per week and have at least 500 people living permanently in orbit. That would mean a total of about 10,000 people could visit space per year.</p><p>There isn’t much new technology that needs to be used for the space station. Von Braun will expand upon technologies already in use on the ISS.</p><p>What the station is waiting for is for commercial flights to space to become a reality. (After all, it doesn’t matter how good the station is if nobody can get there.) Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, and Richard Branson’s <a href="">Virgin Galactic</a> are the frontrunners for getting tourists into space. Virgin Galactic is expected to make its first commercial flight later this year, with <a href="">SpaceX</a> expected to take tourists to space by the end of 2020.</p><img alt="Von Braun Space Station Hotel "src=""><p>Alatorre said he believed that, while the cost for the first few years will be exorbitant, eventually prices should decrease, meaning space could become a viable tourism destination.</p><p>There is some competition to be the first hotel to open in space. The Aurora Station is <a href="">an inflatable hotel that would orbit the Earth and is accepting reservations for 2022</a>.</p>
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‘The Hills’ Star Whitney Port Shares Her Favorite Things to Do in LA — Including a 'Secret' Beach and the Best Hike for Views of the Hollywood Sign

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 12:01
<p>You may know Whitney Port from MTV’s iconic reality shows, <em>The Hills, The City,</em> and <em>The Hills: New Beginnings</em>, but the author, mom, and fashion designer spends most of her time these days hanging out with her family and working on various business ventures.</p><p>For one of her latest project, Port teamed up with <a href="" target="_blank">kombucha brand KeVita</a> to curate end-of-summer <a href="" target="_blank">travel guides</a> for visits to Los Angeles and New York City. The guides, which include both cities’ coolest neighborhoods and best restaurants, fitness classes, and sights, are made even more enjoyable thanks to Port’s tips for <a href="" target="_blank">physical and mental wellness</a> while traveling.</p><p>We sat down to chat with Port about her travel guides, wellness tips, and the advice she shares with her <em>Hills</em> co-stars.</p><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure</em>: Tell us about your roundup of the best things to do in LA and NYC at the end of summer.</strong></p><p>Port: “These are the places that I frequent the most and that I feel like, if I were coming to LA or New York as a first-timer, these are things that I would want to see. I’ve spent so much time here. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and I lived [in New York] for two years. So I feel like I have some knowledge and background of the two cities. And people are always asking me, ‘What are your go-to places if you only have a couple days in each city?’ So I thought it would just be fun to put the guides together.”</p><p><strong>What are your absolute favorite places to go and things to do in each of those cities?</strong></p><p>“Well the place in LA, the <a href="" target="_blank">Brentwood Country Mart</a>, is just a place that I grew up going to. They have this rotisserie chicken and French fry basket that’s just the most unbelievable thing ever. I grew up going there every day after school with my friends, so it just has that sense of nostalgia. It now has turned into such a cool place with such beautifully curated shops, like a great candy shop and a toy store. It’s just an amazing family place. And then in New York, for me, what I love most about New York is <a href="" target="_blank">walking around</a>. If I had a few hours free, I would just walk aimlessly here, not with any plan. There’s one place [on my list], Museum Mile, that I just think is so quintessentially New York, and something that if you only have a couple days here that you should go see.”</p><p><strong>What is it about the places and activities on your lists that makes them perfect for this time of year?</strong></p><p>“The New York one is all about walking, and this is the ideal time in New York to walk around and really feel the energy of the city. And then there’s also some really good bars and grills that are great for outdoors. You’re not necessarily gonna get that same energy if it’s cold in the winter. Los Angeles is obviously nice year round, but it in LA, there’s so many different landscapes. So there’s a hike here on the Hollywood Reservoir that’s so beautiful and so quintessential Hollywood. You get to see the Hollywood sign, which so many people want to see. And then not a lot of people go to the beach in Marina Del Rey, which I feel is an untapped secret. It’s a really quiet beach, and it’s within walking distance of <a href="">Venice Beach</a>. So you can see all the craziness of Venice, but also have a little escape in the quiet of Marina.”</p><p><strong>Where did you most recently travel to for fun rather than work?</strong></p><p>“It was just two days ago. I went to a wedding in <a href="" target="_blank">Jackson Hole, Wyoming</a>, which was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. It was so gorgeous. I was there one time before, but for some reason I feel like I was too young to appreciate how gorgeous the landscape is. It’s unbelievable. Grand Teton mountain is just unreal. We did a raft ride down a river for three hours, we did a bike ride along a path underneath the mountains, and the sunsets are gorgeous. It was just amazing.”</p><p><strong>What do you do to stay healthy when you’re traveling?</strong></p><p>“I have been drinking <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">KeVita</a> for years, and it’s one of those drinks you can find so many places and get on the go, and know that you’re drinking something that’s really refreshing but is also really good for you. It’s filled with probiotics and it’s really good for gut health. At airports, you don’t really have many healthy options, but if you see a KeVita bottle, you know ‘this is gonna be a healthy option for me. It’s gonna make me feel good.’ I think it’s important for people to, when they’re traveling, obviously enjoy themselves and enjoy the culture, but also pay attention to certain products that are available that make you feel good and hydrated at the same time.”</p><p><strong>What packing tips do you have for T+L readers?</strong></p><p>“I always keep a toiletry bag already packed with all small travel items, so like mini shampoo and conditioner, a razor, face wash. All the things that I use on a daily basis. I always have that packed so I don’t have to constantly pack and repack toiletries. I also think packing really lightweight bags that have a lot of compartments is a good tip. Shay Mitchell — she was on <em>Pretty Little Liars</em> — she has <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">a line of travel bags called BÉIS</a>, and it’s just really cute bags that have all these different compartments that make it easy to store all your headphones and beauty products and books, whatever you need. Especially for diaper bags, she makes this really cute clear one that’s really easy to find things in. So when you’re on a changing table in an airport bathroom, you can easily find the wipes and the diapers.”</p><p><strong>Have you shared any of your travel tips with your <em>Hills</em> co-stars?</strong></p><p>“They all have their own little tips. I feel like Kaitlynn [Carter] and I probably have the same kind of ideas around traveling. We want to stay healthy and we want to find options like this, but also enjoy like, a bagel and cream cheese in New York or the chicken and French fry basket in LA. I <em>should</em> share these tips with them!”</p><p><strong>If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?</strong></p><p>“Oh my God. I think maybe I want to say <a href="">Tuscany</a>. I mean, I’ve been to Italy but I’ve never been to Northern Italy, and I really want to see Tuscany. Tuscany or Greece. I’ve never been to Greece either.”</p><p><strong>What is it about Tuscany and Greece that draws you in?</strong></p><p>“I feel like being on the water, but also the culture, the people, the food, the landscape obviously, the wine... so many different things.”</p><p><strong>How can we find out more about your LA and New York travel guides?</strong></p><p>“You can go to <a href=""></a> for all these tips and to see all the different places that I recommend in LA and New York, and my other actual travel tips, like packing snacks and putting your phone on airplane mode so you’re actually really enjoying where you are and being in the moment. I feel like when people aren’t present on vacation, they never have the same kind of memories.”</p>
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Why We Can’t Wait for This Luxury Namibian Lodge to Reopen

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 11:01
<p>After a 10-month renovation, the upscale <a href="" target="_blank">Sossusvlei Desert Lodge</a> will reopen on October 16, 2019, elevating luxury in the Namibian Desert.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Sossusvlei lodge</a> closed earlier this year to undergo a complete rebuild. When it reopens this fall, guests will stay in all-new, completely self-sustaining glass suites.</p><img alt="andBeyond’s Sossusvlei Desert Lodge "src=""><p>The lodge is located in the middle of the Namib Desert. The suites, designed by South African-based <a href="" target="_blank">Fox Browne Creative</a>, maximize the desert views while promoting sustainability and luxury. Each suite features floor-to-ceiling glass, with the exception of one wall, made out of stone. Skylights above the bed allow guests to truly be able to fall asleep under the stars. The lodge is located in one of the few Dark Sky reserves in the world.</p><img alt="andBeyond’s Sossusvlei Desert Lodge "src=""><p>Each of the 10 suites measures 1,400 square feet and provide expansive desert views. Local Namibian artisans have designed the wall hangings, rugs, and basketware around the lodge. The room comes packed with ice cream and Namibian craft beer, in-room fireplaces and artist easels (should inspiration strike).</p><p>Each suite has its own chilled plunge pool and a private outdoor veranda, with outdoor shower and firepit. But perhaps the most impressive part of each suite is that it runs on its own solar power plant, which produces enough energy to power the room’s electricity, air conditioning, and water treatment system.</p><img alt="andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge "src=""><p>The interesting touches keep going outside the rooms. Each meal at the lodge is served in a different location. Guests may have personalized dinners on the rooftop, lunch in the nearby “fairy circles,” or even a picnic on a sand dune.</p><p>It’s been said that some of the world’s most interesting cuisines come from the most dire circumstances. At the lodge, Namibia’s desert becomes the springboard for some truly unique dishes, including Namibian venison grilled on desert salt rocks, Namibian oysters and pickled, preserved and fermented foods, necessary for desert survival. The lodge will also allow guests to handle the flames, getting in the kitchen to cure game meat or make their own ice cream.</p><p>Rates start at $645 per person, per night, and includes room and board, safari activities, and transfers to and from the airstrip.</p>
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This Top-rated Travel Pillow Wraps Around Your Neck Like a Cozy, Supportive Blanket — and You Can Get It on Amazon

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 10:31
<p>Let’s face it: trying to catch some Zs on long, international flights is borderline impossible. Sure, your seat may recline a bit, but not enough to sweep you off to dreamland without the help of a cushy neck pillow. And even then, we’re all shaped differently — who’s to say those things will even provide support exactly where you need it?</p><img alt="TRTL Pillow "src=""><p>Well, <a href=";tag=tlneckpillow-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=1b4552bcfaddba1bb072f6f0ae5c83e0">that’s where the Trtl Pillow comes in</a>. It’s the travel pillow that conforms to the unique curvature of your body, and keeps you warm in the process. Oh, and it’s <a href=";tag=tlneckpillow-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=1b4552bcfaddba1bb072f6f0ae5c83e0">on Amazon for just $30</a>.</p><p>The Trtl pillow, a soft, blanket-like neck wrap is designed to support the weight of your head in the precise way you need it to on lengthy flights and drives. When you wrap it snugly around your neck area, its padded material allows you to sleep in an upright position without any head-nodding or uncomfortable neck kinks. Not to mention, the wrap keeps cold cabin air away from your neck, allowing for the coziest in-flight snooze of your life. Essentially, if you use Trtl the right away, you’ll be able to sleep soundly for hours of travel without waking up to pains or muscle spasms in your neck and shoulders.</p><p>Want to take your in-flight comfort even further? The pillow’s deluxe version, the <a href=";tag=tlneckpillow-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07NZ18SRY&amp;linkId=d88e03d783bd64fcd5c032ab061bb497">Trtl Pillow Plus</a>, featuring a layer of premium foam padding, is also <a href=";tag=tlneckpillow-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07NZ18SRY&amp;linkId=d88e03d783bd64fcd5c032ab061bb497" target="_blank">on Amazon for $60</a> and comes with a waterproof carrying bag.</p><img alt="TRTL Pillow Plus "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlneckpillow-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07NZ18SRY&amp;linkId=d88e03d783bd64fcd5c032ab061bb497" target="_blank"></a>, $60</p><p>If you take anything from this article, make it this: that horseshoe-shaped neck pillow in your closet is, well, <em>doable</em>, but if guaranteed comfort and hours of rest during your next flight or bus ride is what you’re after, a Trtl Pillow may just be the ticket.</p>
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