There's a Floating Hotel in Sweden That's Perfect for Viewing the Northern Lights – and It's Finally Open

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 15:57
<p>Your dream Scandinavian hotel is here.</p><p>The <a href="">highly anticipated Arctic Bath</a>, a floating hotel on the Lule River in Swedish Lapland, is finally open to guests, <a href="">according to</a><em><a href=""> CNN</a></em>.</p><p>Arctic Bath, a circular building that is surrounded by intersecting wooden logs, looks a bit like a gigantic bird's nest. But in reality, it’s the ultimate getaway for people seeking peace, quiet, and some time at the spa, <em>CNN</em> reported.</p><img alt="Spa pool at Arctic Bath in Sweden "src=""><p>The hotel emphasizes wellness with its healthy, local meals, mindful meditation, yoga, and activities that explore the wilderness, like bear-watching and husky sled rides, according to <em>CNN</em>. It’s also a particularly amazing spot to view the <a href="">northern lights</a>. But in the middle of the building is the hotel’s most unique feature: the arctic bath.</p><p>Here, guests can take the plunge into the Lule River’s icy waters. Why would someone do this, you ask? It’s actually helps soothe aching muscles through cold and hot therapy (when combined with a session in the sauna).</p><img alt="Arctic Bath Cabins in Sweden "src=""><p>But if jumping into freezing water is not your thing, the hotel also has a spa treatment room, four saunas, a restaurant, and of course, warm hotel rooms.</p><img alt="Interior of cabins at Arctic Bath in Sweden "src=""><p>The property is located an hour and 15 minutes from Luleå Airport in Sweden, according to <em>CNN</em>. There are only 12 rooms available, both on land and on the water, so space is understandably limited. <a href="">Bookings went live</a> back in July 2019, so the hotel is already poised to welcome guests.</p><p>Prices can vary depending on when you’d like to visit. For more information or to make a booking, visit the <a href="">Arctic Bath website</a>.</p>
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Deciding Between Disneyland and Disney World? Here's Everything You Need to Know About Both Theme Parks (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 12:02
<p>Let’s get one thing straight right out of the gate: A vacation to Disneyland or Disney World is always a good idea. Both theme parks offer days worth of fun for people of all ages thanks to thrilling rides, delectable foods, and an atmosphere of joy that will bring everyone right back to childhood. However, if you’re deciding on a <a href="">Disneyland vs. Disney World vacation</a>, there are a few differences you should know about.</p><img alt="The Disney characters, Goofy, Pluto, Mickey, Minnie and Donald Duck in front of the castle at Disneyland in California "src=""><p>If you're looking for history and nostalgia, <a href="">Disneyland</a> is the way to go. That’s because it was Walt Disney’s very first theme park, which opened its doors on July 17, 1955. At the time, the park only had a few areas, including Main Street, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland.</p><p>Though Walt Disney was involved in the ideation of <a href="">Disney World</a> in Orlando, Florida, he sadly died five years before its opening in 1971. Still, we like to think it lived up to his idea of what the Mouse House should really look like.</p><p>Still not sure which Disney theme parks you want to visit? This guide compares Disneyland vs. Disney World vacations so you can plan your next trip to see Mickey and the gang. </p><img alt="The Pixar Pier at California Adventure at Disneyland in California "src=""><h2>Disneyland vs. Disney World: Location</h2><p>This one is fairly cut and dry. Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California, about an hour’s drive outside the city of Los Angeles. The closest airport to the park is the John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA). However, guests may find more direct routes and flight options by flying in and out of the larger Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).</p><p>Disney World is located on an entirely different coast in Orlando, Florida. Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the closest airport to the parks. However, it’s still fairly easy to get to Walt Disney World via the Sanford (SFB) or Tampa (TPA) airports as well.</p><h2>Disneyland vs. Disney World: Size</h2><p>The two parks couldn't be more different when it comes to their sizes. Disney World covers an astonishing 43 square miles of land. Disneyland is just 500 acres — that means about 51 Disneylands can fit inside Disney World.</p><p>Inside those 500 acres, Disneyland hosts two distinct parks: Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park. For its part, Disney World hosts four main parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.</p><p>Both Disney resorts are worth visiting, but your decision might depend on how long you have to explore the parks. While it’s totally doable to see all the main attractions at Disneyland in a day or two, you need close to a week to see everything at Disney World.</p><h2>Disneyland vs. Disney World: Cost</h2><p>Though nearly a toss-up, tickets to Disney World do cost just a touch more than it’s smaller counterpart, Disneyland.</p><p>To get into Disney World, a single-day ticket costs around $114-$199 for adults, however, this can vary slightly since Disney uses dynamic pricing. As always, admission for children under 3 remains free.</p><p>Single-day tickets to Disneyland Resort are now about $117 for adults, and children under three are also free. For both parks, the per-day cost decreases as you add more days to a multi-day ticket.</p><p>That said, there are <a href="">plenty of ways to save money</a> on a Disney World or Disneyland vacation.</p><h2>Disneyland vs. Disney World: Transportation</h2><p>Transportation around Disneyland is essentially a non-issue due to its smaller size. However, the park does offer free shuttle services to and from the parking lot. There is also a Disneyland monorail that travels between Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney.</p><p>But, the need for transportation is extremely apparent at Disney World. Thankfully, the park fully takes care of its guests with a complimentary transportation system that can get them to wherever they need to be. That includes buses, a ferry, or the monorail, which runs between the theme parks and three Disney-operated hotels.</p><h2>Disneyland vs. Disney World: Best Time to Visit</h2><p>Disneyland may have a bit of an edge in this category as it’s located in sunny <a href="">Southern California</a>, where the temperatures remain rather steady throughout the year. That said, it can still dip to around 50 degrees in the winters and reach well above 100 in the August and September summer heat.</p><p>Disney World, on the other hand, is a bit more hot and humid during the summer months, making it a less-than-ideal time to stand for hours on end in line for a favorite ride.</p><p>So, as far as the weather is concerned, both parks are best visited during the more temperate spring months. However, there are a few more things to think about when it comes to planning your park visit. </p><p>Both parks can become unbearably crowded during school spring break times (in March and April). They can also become excessively crowded during holiday breaks (namely Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Fourth of July) and special celebrations (like Halloween).</p><p>If you can, go during either park’s off-peak times, avoiding popular holidays or the summer break period. That way, you’ll be able to experience more of the park in a shorter amount of time thanks to fewer crowds.</p><h2>Disneyland vs. Disney World: Rides</h2><p>There are a few cross-over rides that you’ll find at both parks, including the classics like Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, and It’s a Small World. However, each park puts its own spin on these rides so they're not exactly the same at each location. Thanks to its larger size and 2 additional theme parks, <a href="">Disney World has nearly 50 rides</a> while <a href="">Disneyland has about half of that</a>, so if you want lots of ride time, you might want to opt for the Florida parks. </p><h2>Disneyland vs. Disney World: Hotels</h2><p>Disneyland comes with just three hotels: the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.</p><p>Meanwhile, Disney World has more than 25 different hotels stretched across its landscape. That includes everything from budget hotels like <a href="">Disney’s Animation Resort</a> to deluxe options like the <a href="">Animal Kingdom Lodge</a>, as well as deluxe villas like those at <a href="">Disney's Polynesian Villas &amp; Bungalows</a>.</p><h2>Disneyland vs. Disney World: Experiences</h2><img alt="Epcot park at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida "src=""><p>Both theme parks offer <a href="">stellar shows</a>, parades, and plentiful meet-and-greets with characters throughout the day. And, at night, they keep the party going with their shows.</p><p>At Walt Disney World, guests can enjoy a number of shows including "<a href="">Rivers of Light" at Animal Kingdom</a>, "<a href=";s_kwcid=AL!5060!3!296558308444!e!!g!!fantasmic%20at%20hollywood%20studios&amp;CMP=KNC-FY20_WDW_TRA_DOM_W365_SCP_SCP_Fantasmic_Exact%7CG%7C5201013.RR.AM.01.01%7CMGXG34L%7CBR%7C296558308444&amp;keyword_id=kwd-430083652040%7Cdc%7Cfantasmic%20at%20hollywood%20studios%7C296558308444%7Ce%7C5060:3%7C&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlrTr-Iau5wIVohx9Ch1dmAa_EAAYASAAEgJbZfD_BwE">Fantasmic" at Hollywood Studios</a>, and <a href="">"Happily Ever After" at Magic Kingdom</a>.</p><p>At Disneyland, guests can enjoy a seasonal nightly show, and over at California Adventure, guests are encouraged to stay after dark to experience "<a href="">World of Color</a>," the light and water show at Paradise Pier.</p><h2>Disneyland vs. Disney World: Castles</h2><img alt="Walt Disney World castle at Magic Kingdom "src=""><p>For both amusement parks, the castle is at the center of it all. Disneyland’s <a href="">Sleeping Beauty Castle</a> is 77 feet tall, while Disney World’s <a href="">Cinderella Castle</a> at the Magic Kingdom is more than double that height at 189 feet tall. But hey, it’s not a competition pitting princess-against-princess, right?</p>
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Don't Leave 'Star Wars': Galaxy's Edge Without Buying These Items

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 11:00
<p>For the first time, the ships, speeders, and stormtroopers made famous by <i>Star Wars</i> films can be explored in real life. With Disney’s <a href=""><em>Star Wars-</em>themed land </a>now open to the public at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, guests visiting the Happiest Place on Earth can finally live as they would on a remote <em>Star Wars</em> planet — and spend their discretionary income “credits” the same way, too.</p><p>For those who want to leave their paychecks behind on Batuu, it’s rather easy. The signature souvenir, a <a href="" target="_blank">custom-made fully-functioning lightsaber</a>, costs $200 — and that’s before even stepping inside the door of the merchandise experience. Trophy items are spread throughout, with many lining the walls of a collectibles shop called Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, but if you were hoping to get out of Galaxy’s Edge without having to buy each child a $100 droid, it <i>is</i> possible. (Though, for the record: picking scattered droid parts off a conveyor belt is exceptionally cool and <a href="" target="_blank">probably worth the splurge</a>.)</p><p>Even if you don’t consider yourself a <em>Star Wars</em> enthusiast, the mood is in the air. When you see a Porg puppet croak or hear a beeping BB-8 headband tucked beside someone’s ponytail, you’re guaranteed to have merch envy. Between tunics that’ll instantly transform you into Rey and red and purple space popcorn, there’s so much to try, but there are ways to enjoy the local grub and spot great souvenirs without dropping more than you spent on a room at Disneyland Hotel.</p><img alt="Disneyland, Star Wars Galaxy Edge "src=""><p>It’s all too easy to empty your pockets in the process of buying a small zoo’s worth of stuffed Wampas and plush Loth Cats, but the trick isn’t to stroll past the merchandise shops and stalls spread throughout the land. Instead, dive in and explore the nooks and crannies of each, which boast vast collections of never-before-seen items specific to each location.</p><p>With so much exclusive merchandise and intergalactic food to choose from (blue milk included!), here’s what’s worth splurging on inside Disney’s new <em>Star Wars-</em>themed land.</p><h2>Ronto Wraps</h2><p>At $12.99, it's on the pricier end of comparable Disney foods — burgers and hot dogs come with chips or sides while this does not — but this meaty wrap is a delectable open-faced sandwich that’s unique in all the right ways. The barbecue pork-lined pita pocket stuffed with Portuguese-style sausage and topped with a Szechuan peppercorn-infused sauce is just spicy enough to make it feel distinctive, with enough heft to count as a meal. Don’t skip it.</p><img alt="Disneyland, Star Wars Galaxy Edge "src=""><h2>Stuffed Chewbaccas, Ewoks, and Yodas</h2><p>Toydarian Toymaker, located inside the marketplace, is packed with plenty of goodies, but the painfully cute stuffed animals in the likeness of prominent<em> Star Wars</em> beings reign supreme. Better yet, they all cost around $20, making for an affordable and memorable souvenir. If you’re in search of something more unusual, head over to the Creature Stall, where fabled beings like Tauntauns and Banthas entice with interactive sounds and effects — but don’t get attached without checking price tags first. Some of the familiar animals, like a Kowakian Lizard Monkey, cost up to $70.</p><h2>Blue and Green Milk </h2><p>The debate over which milk is superior has become as serious and strong as the battle between light and dark factions. Some visitors find <a href="">Bantha blue milk</a>, first seen in <em>A New Hope</em>, inferior, while others boast of its refreshing tropical taste. Meanwhile, fans of green milk — modeled after the kind Luke Skywalker drinks on planet Ahch-To in <em>The Last Jedi </em><i>— </i>praise its floral taste. Bottom line: both non-dairy frozen “milk” drinks have strong, uncommon fruit flavors, and at $7.99 a pop, they can make for a costly taste-test. </p><h2>Porg Mugs at Oga’s Cantina</h2><p>The droid and skyline cups sold throughout Galaxy’s Edge are fantastic, but this tiki-style Porg mug honoring the lovable, squawking bird is much more special. The <em>Star Wars</em> cantina collectible is costly — $32, served with a non-alcoholic <a href="" target="_blank">Cliff Dweller drink</a> — but it will go down as one of the more rare and remarkable items in the land.</p><h2>Showy Souvenirs</h2><p>Nothing for sale in Galaxy’s Edge actually says <em>Star Wars</em> on it — a conceit that, given that this is Disney, is almost impossible to believe. Still, it’s for the best, as it’s added more creativity in the designs of patches, t-shirts, and tote bags sold throughout Batuu. If you’re looking to brag about your trip to the first-ever <em>Star Wars</em> theme park land, small items like keychains and pins just aren’t going to cut it. Opt for something that’ll provide the most <em>Star Wars</em> bang for your buck, like Rebellion-inspired jackets or Black Spire Outpost tees with artistic graphics. Robes and tunics with lightsaber hilt belts are great buys if you plan on returning to Galaxy’s Edge time and time again, but most visitors will get more wear out of regular referential clothing.</p><img alt="Disneyland, Star Wars Galaxy Edge "src=""><h2>BB-8 and R2-D2 Headbands</h2><p>Forget about glitter bows and <a href="" target="_blank">colorful Minnie ears</a> because these mini-droids are the next big thing. These small sci-fi fascinators aren’t just for show. They beep randomly and unexpectedly to make you feel like there’s a famed <em>Star Wars </em>Astromech droid following you around. Not only does it proclaim your allegiance to the original or sequel trilogies without changing your outfit, each costs only a few bucks more than regular Disney ear headbands, making for a worthwhile investment.</p><img alt="Disneyland, Star Wars Galaxy Edge "src=""><h2>Disney Admission</h2><p>Yes, simply <a href="">getting in the door of <em>Star Wars</em>: Galaxy’s Edge </a>has its own processes and procedures, but seeing this vast, brilliantly-designed trading post in person is necessary for fans of the famed space odyssey. There’s nowhere else in the world <em>Star Wars </em>obsessives <a href="">can engage in a battle </a>or walk the perimeter of a fully enabled Millennium Falcon, and after decades of wowing audiences with its on-screen saga, Disney’s landmark new opening delivers.</p>
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You Can Go Skiing With Eagles and Help Bring Them Back to the Wild of the French Alps

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 10:55
<p>You’ve heard of goat yoga, but for those craving something with a bit more of an edge, why not try eagle skiing?</p><p>A restaurant-slash-aviary in the French Alps is offering visitors the chance to ski down the slopes while an eagle follows them.</p><p><a href="">Les Aigles du Léman</a> is the brainchild of falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers, who hopes that by introducing people to the white-tailed eagle, Europe’s largest bird of prey, they’ll become passionate about the animal’s reintroduction to the wild.</p><img alt="Morzine-Avoriaz Eagles "src=""><p>Travers eases the group into the activity step by step. The experience begins in the slopeside restaurant, where skiers hold a smaller buzzard on their arm to get comfortable with the animals. The next step is to go out on the slopes. However, instead of holding ski poles, the group will wear falconer’s gloves and call down hawks, buzzards, or raptors, who grab meat from their hands. The final step is to get out on the slopes and explore the French Alps while a white-tailed eagle follows along. A group leader will handle the animal, as it’s too large for novices. But everyone will get to experience the thrilling “woosh” of an eagle speeding by their skis.</p><p>If your skiing skills are not up to standard, you can opt for a snowshoeing tour of the mountain while the group leader calls in the birds for falconry displays.</p><p>While eagle-skiing looks like a lot of fun, there’s also a conservationist motive behind the activity. The conservation and breeding program at Les Aigles du Léman hopes to reintroduce the white-tailed eagles to the wild in France within five years — a place they haven’t been spotted in almost 200 years.</p><img alt="Morzine-Avoriaz Eagles "src=""><p>“This is a chance for birds born in captivity to really fly in the wild,” Travers <a href="">told <em>The Telegraph</em></a>. “There’s nowhere else they can do that.”</p><p>The two-hour eagle ski or snowshoe experience costs about $130 (or €120).</p>
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Breeze, America's Newest Budget Airline, Promises to Make Flying to Underserved Airports Easier

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 10:42
<p>Breeze, the newest airline from <a href="">JetBlue</a> CEO David Neeleman, looks like it’s going to be a breath of fresh air for the airline industry.</p><p>Neeleman made a statement on Friday announcing the name of his latest endeavor – a U.S.-based <a href="">budget airline</a> called Breeze Airways. The new carrier, originally known by the <a href="" target="_blank">codename “Moxy,”</a> has officially submitted its application for operations with the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation after many years of planning, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Business Insider</em></a> reported.</p><p>The birth of a new airline is always exciting for both the leaders of these companies and potential travelers. Another budget airline could mean more access to certain destinations and more choice when it comes to spending money on airfare.</p><p>Since the development of Breeze is still ongoing, here’s what we know so far about the new airline:</p><h2>Breeze promises to provide routes to underserved markets.</h2><p>Neeleman said in a statement that Breeze will be flying to airports and destinations “that bigger airlines overlook.” Generally, these are places that don’t have direct flights, especially from larger airports, are secondary airports for major cities, or require at least one (or more) stops or modes of transportation in order to get there.</p><p>“I would be very surprised if a single [Breeze] route had non-stop service competition. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of city pairs that are crying out for non-stop flights,” Neeleman said.</p><p>Routes have not yet announced, but according to <em><a href="">The Points Guy</a></em>, the first routes will most likely be easily accessed from Breeze’s hub in Salt Lake City, Utah. “It’s really just trying to find a cluster. You can’t be popping all over the place. We’re working on a couple of airports and we’ll see who actually comes to the to the party,” Neeleman said. “We don’t want to spread ourselves too thin.”</p><h2>It’s going to be the "world’s nicest airline."</h2><p>Niceness might be subjective, but considering that JetBlue usually <a href="">ranks fairly high in customer satisfaction</a>, we expect the same business practices will apply to Breeze as well.</p><p>“20 years ago, we brought humanity back to the airline industry with JetBlue,” Neeleman said in a statement. “Today, we're excited to introduce plans for 'the World's Nicest Airline'.”</p><h2>Breeze is Neeleman’s fifth airline.</h2><p>Sometimes, it’s unclear whether a <a href="">fledgling airline will be able to survive</a> in such a competitive market, but Neeleman is exceptionally experienced with launching regional, budget-friendly airlines.</p><p>Beyond JetBlue and Breeze, Neeleman has launched three other airlines: Canada’s WestJet, Brazil’s Azul, and another Utah-based carrier Morris Air (now operated by Southwest), <a href="" target="_blank"><em>CNN </em>reported</a>.</p><img alt="Breeze Airways Airbus 220 "src=""><h2>Its fleet will compete with the big guys.</h2><p>The carrier announced it has ordered 60 new Airbus A220-300 aircraft, a slightly longer version of the Airbus A220-100, which is popular with some major airlines. Breeze also plans to lease about 30 Embraer E195 jets from Azul in Brazil. These jets are expected to be delivered in May of this year, while the Airbus jets are expected in April 2021.</p><h2>Breeze may start flying this year.</h2><p>According to The Points Guy, the actual start date is not yet announced, but may start as early as late 2020.</p><p>“We’re certainly not putting out a definitive date because we have a FAA certification process and it wouldn’t be fair to the FAA to say,” Neeleman told <em>The Points Guy</em>. “I have total confidence we’ll get it done. I just can’t give you the exact date.”</p><p>People in and around Salt Lake City should keep their eyes peeled for some travel options in the near future.</p>
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This Portable Charger Fits on a Keychain — and It's a Travel Lifesaver

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 10:32
<p>We've all run into the unfortunate problem at some point of accidentally letting our phone run out of battery while traveling and <a href="">getting stuck without a charger</a>. And since our <a href="">phones</a> are now our main points of communication, as well as maps, entertainment devices, and even our wallets, it's crucial that we always have enough battery to get through the day. Luckily, there are more <a href="">portable chargers</a> on the market now than ever before.</p><p>However, if you're looking for a charger that will power up your tech without taking up virtually any space in your <a href="">carry-on bag</a>, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Atom XS 3-hour Emergency Charger</a> is just the compact, convenient device you've been looking for.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">must-have travel accessories</a></p><img alt="Small Portable Charger on Keychain "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $40</p><p>The small round device fits comfortably on a keychain or in your pocket, so you can always keep this charger with you in case of a sudden phone battery drop. The charger will provide you with over three hours of battery life, allowing you more than enough time to finish your travels for the day and get back to an outlet. It is available with a Lightning Connecter on Nordstrom's site, but you can also buy the charger with a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Micro-USB or USB-C tip</a> through the brand directly. </p><p>Whether you're heading out on a day trip in a new city or have a long airport day in front of you, this portable charger is a travel essential. </p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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Tumi’s Latest Backpack Is Perfect for Business Travel

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 10:16
<p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tumi</a> is a trusted luggage brand that customers have loved and relied on for years, and for good reason. From <a href="">rolling suitcases</a> to <a href="">backpacks</a> and briefcases, Tumi knows how to cater to the <a href="">business traveler</a> in particular. The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Meadow Backback</a> from Tumi's new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Devoe collection</a> is a perfect example of the what the brand does best. It's a stylish yet totally functional backpack that has plenty of handy pockets, as well as a separate laptop compartment. Other pieces in the collection include various sizes of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">travel backpacks</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">totes</a>, and a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">crossbody bag</a>. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">travel backpacks</a></p><img alt="Navy Travel Backpack with Pockets Open "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $395</p><p>The backpack is perfect for everyday commuting or travel, thanks to plenty of handy features. Two exterior zippered pockets, complete with stylish gold and leather details, allow you to keep essentials within reach. There's also a water-resistant water bottle pocket that can be adjusted to be used on either the interior or exterior of the bag. A standout feature of the backpack: there's a quick-access phone pocket on the top of the bag with magnetic snap closure.</p><p>On the inside of the bag, there's a laptop sleeve that fits devices up to 15". More compartments, including two zippered pockets, two pockets designed specifically to hold electronic devices, and card slot make the interior of this bag stand out as a superior option for organization. </p><img alt="Navy Travel Backpack on Top of Suitcase "src=""><p>Padded straps make this backpack comfortable to carry, although there's also a luggage pass-through that allows you to place it on top of a rolling suitcase for easy airport maneuvering. </p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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14 Suitcases That Will Make You Love Hardside Luggage

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 10:08
<p>When you’re traveling with fragile items in your <a href="" target="_blank">suitcase</a>, whether you’re handing it over to an airline or a taxi driver or tossing it into your trunk, you want the protection you get with hard case luggage. Some travelers simply prefer hardside luggage for its sleek look or packing configuration.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Lightweight Luggage for Traveling</a></p><p>Most hard luggage has a “clamshell” setup, where the bag opens flat, like a book, and there are two similar packing areas, usually with tie-downs or zippered mesh layers. They are easier to clean than fabric bags, and they often come in bright colors or even decorative prints. Travelers who tend to overfill soft-side bags to the point where they won’t fit into an overhead bin might do better with a hardside that keeps its shape — or one that expands and compresses back to carry-on size like magic.</p><p><strong>Vote in T+L’s annual<a href=""> World’s Best Awards survey</a> for the chance to win one of five dream trips!</strong></p><p> </p><p>The terms “hardside,” “hard-case,” and “hard-shell” are used interchangeably, so we’ll use the terminology of the various manufacturers. Shop our selection of medium check-in and carry-on size suitcases below, and (if you're not already) be prepared to fall in love with hardside luggage.</p><h2>Hardside Expandable Carry-on: Briggs &amp; Riley Sympatico CX Int'l Carry-on Expandable Spinner</h2><img alt="Briggs & Riley blue hard shell expandable Suitcase "src=""><p>Briggs &amp; Riley has long been making some of the best hardside luggage on the market. This 21-inch bag — made of resilient virgin polycarbonate. Its “outsider” external-mount handle provides a smooth packing area, and its 70/30 compartment configuration is more akin to packing in a traditional suitcase. If you're reluctant to part with the "give" a softside suitcase allows when packing, Briggs &amp; Riley's CX technology allows you to zip it closed while expanded and then compress it back down to <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on size regulations</a> in a snap. Meanwhile, the double spinner wheels and comfortable, soft touch carry grips make handling easy. Oh, and don't forget about that lifetime warranty. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $435 (originally $579)</p><h2>Hardside Expandable Carry-on: Samsonite Spettro 20" Spinner</h2><img alt="Dark Blue Hardside Suitcase "src=""><p>This streamlined bag comes in silver, purple, and blue — each with a scratch-resistant honeycomb texture. At only 7.43 pounds, it’s lightweight as well as durable. Spacious inner compartments feature elastic straps, built-in packing cubes, and zippered sections to keep contents neat and organized, while easy-gliding, 360-degree spinner wheels and a telescopic handle allow for effortless movement. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $320</p><h2>Hardside International Carry-on: Rimowa Essential Lite Small Cabin </h2><img alt="Rimowa best Hard Shell carry-on Suitcase "src=""><p>This durable international carry-on is such a smart buy if you like to travel light. Made of ultra-light polycarbonate shell, it weighs just 4.2 pounds and also comes in glossy red with smooth-rolling spinner wheels. The multi-stage telescopic handle adjusts to any height for comfortable maneuvering. And the flex-divider system keeps contents organized and makes packing simple.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $490</p><h2>Hardside International Carry-on: Hartmann 7R Hardside Spinner Carry-on S</h2><img alt="Hartmann hard shell Suitcase "src=""><p>This shiny, modern suitcase is engineered with both design as well as durability in mind. It comes in stunning metallic colors, while leather detailing lends a timeless touch. And it’s built to endure years of travel, with its impact-resistant material and resilient aluminum pull handle. It weighs in at just over five pounds, which is super-lightweight for a spinner.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $500</p><h2>Hardside International Carry-on: Travelers Club Luna 20-inch Hardside Carry-on Spinner</h2><img alt="Travelers Club hardshell luggage "src=""><p>An attractive, brushed finish makes this bag expensive-looking, despite the affordable price tag. Composed of ABS plastic with an aluminum frame, it is designed to absorb impact and flex back into shape. Unlike most hardside bags with zipper closures, this bag uses stylish levers and sturdy hinges. The fully-lined interior has a mesh zippered pocket.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $96</p><h2>Hardside Domestic Carry-on: Away The Bigger Carry-on</h2><img alt="Away Best Hard Suitcase "src=""><p>This start-up luggage brand may be a newcomer to the industry, but it’s quickly becoming a cult favorite among frequent fliers. Away makes unbreakable hardside luggage in three sizes, and The Bigger Carry-on is a roomy 23-inch case that is sized for most major domestic airlines. It’s equipped with a built-in battery and a TSA-approved combination lock, and alongside the brand’s seven core colors, there are always fun seasonal collaborations.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $245</p><h2>Hardside Domestic Carry-on: Travelpro Maxlite 5 Carry-on Spinner</h2><img alt="best hardside carry on luggage "src=""><p>An excellent budget buy, this suitcase is the latest release in Travelpro's Maxlite line and it covers all the basics — even at such an affordable price. It weighs only 5.4 pounds, so hoisting it into the overhead bin will be a breeze. You'll be able to depend on the durable polycarbonate case and Travelpro's recently expanded lifetime warranty. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlhardsidelluggage-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07H3VT9TD&amp;linkId=c3f9f8a899f94d60cb074ca626ab51d3" target="_blank"></a>, from $102</p><h2>Hardside Domestic Carry-on: eBags Fortis Pro Traveler 22-inch Hardside Spinner Carry-on</h2><img alt="eBags Roller hard shell spinner Suitcase "src=""><p>The abrasion-resistant shell of this 100 percent polycarbonate bag comes in navy, red, black, and a pretty ocean blue. For convenience and flexibility in packing, its interior has one full mesh-zip section and one open area with tie downs and eBags' smart movable shelf system which allows you to split that side into compartments. Top and side grips, 360-degree silent Hinomoto wheels, and three-stop telescoping handle make zipping through the airport easy. Plus, there's now a USB port built in to attach your power bank to when you want the extra juice for your tech,</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $130 (originally $250)</p><h2>Hardside Domestic Carry-on: Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion Carry-on Hardside Spinner</h2><img alt="Samsonite Teal Hard Suitcase "src=""><p>At 20 inches, this bag should fit easily into most overhead bins while providing a spacious interior with full zippered dividers. It’s currently <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon’s bestselling piece of carry-on luggage</a>, and it is available in nine colors with a brushed-look finish. Made of 100 percent polycarbonate, it’s incredibly lightweight — and its four spinner wheels move it along easily.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlhardsidelluggage-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B072M5FXK3&amp;linkId=ef23c75a0eee1fed82b2d17dbe25ce23" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, from $112</p><h2>Hardside Medium Checked Bag: Travelpro Crew 11 Hardside 25-inch Spinner</h2><img alt="TravelPro Hardside Spinner Suitcase "src=""><p>This medium-sized check-in bag is offered in black and has a sleek exterior design. With a 100 percent polycarbonate construction, the piece is durable — and inside zippered sections and smaller accessory pockets make it easy to pack. Low profile top and side handles and self-aligning magnetic spinner wheels provide for ease in handling. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, $250 (originally $540)</p><h2>Hardside Medium Checked Bag: Tumi Latitude Short Trip Packing Case</h2><img alt="Tumi Hard Shell Checked Suitcase "src=""><p>Weighing in at just over eight pounds, this attractive 26-inch check-in bag is from Tumi's most durable lightweight collection to date. It comes in four colors: blush, purple, silver, blue, and black. The shell may look tough, but it's actually really flexible, enabling your luggage to endure whatever the baggage handlers throw its way. A brand-new wheel system makes it easier than ever to handle, and two packing compartments with a removable garment section provide packing flexibility, too.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $850</p><h2>Hardside Medium Checked Bag: Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Medium Expandable Spinner</h2><img alt="Victorinox Hard Shell Suitcase "src=""><p>This attractive 27-inch polycarbonate bag is expandable, providing an additional 4.3-inches of packing space when needed. It comes in black, navy, and red with corner guards and zipper bumpers for protection. There’s a zippered door on the front side for top-load packing or easy access to contents and interior pockets for organization. With the company’s bag tracking system, you can be reunited with lost bags easily at no cost.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, $449</p><h2>Hardside Large Checked Bag: Away The Large in Aluminum</h2><img alt="away checked luggage hardside "src=""><p>While it may be Away's <a href="" target="_blank">most expensive piece of luggage</a>, this suitcase is built to protect your belongings at all costs. On impact, the aluminum shell may dent, but it won't break. And the TSA-approved latches eliminate the possibility that a thief could break into your bag by puncturing the zipper. Plus, the brand offers a lifetime warranty to either fix or replace the bag.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $595</p><h2>Hardside Large Checked Bag: Delsey Chatelet Hard+ Four-wheel Spinner</h2><img alt="White Hard Side Roller Bag by Kelsey "src=""><p>This elegant 27-inch bag comes in brown or champagne with a tan leather trim. Made of virgin polycarbonate, its curved corners add to its good looks, and high-quality spinner wheels make handling easy. Its unique Stop &amp; Go brake system keeps the bag from drifting on slanted surfaces, while two wheels remain free to roll along. The luxurious red interior has tie-downs and zippered dividers.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, $350</p>
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The Internet Is Obsessed With This Water-resistant Laptop Backpack — and It’s Perfect for Travel

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 09:34
<p>When it comes to carry-on bags, <a href="">travel backpacks</a> are always a popular option thanks to their spacious interiors and how easy they are to carry. But not all backpacks are made alike, and there's one bag that both Amazon shoppers and Twitter users are particularly loving right now. The <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvwaterresistantlaptopbackpackmdiamondfeb20-20&amp;linkId=71f1109dfc3cd09231dbe05ebb1e35e4&amp;language=en_US">KROSER Laptop Backpack</a> has over <a href=";th=1#customerReviews">2,100 five-star reviews</a> on Amazon, and shoppers love to rave about how convenient it is to use, especially for travel. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">carry-on bags</a></p><img alt="Black Laptop Backpack "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvwaterresistantlaptopbackpackmdiamondfeb20-20&amp;linkId=71f1109dfc3cd09231dbe05ebb1e35e4&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $24</p><p>The bag stands out for its sleek, simple design, spacious interior, water-repellent fabric, and, of course, it's affordability. While the backpack normally retails for the already pretty affordable price of $34, some colors are on sale for as low as $24 right now. The exterior of the bag is made from durable poly-canvas and features a zippered pocket to keep essentials within reach, as well as a side umbrella/water bottle pocket. </p><p>The bag has also caused quite a stir on Twitter recently, thanks to author <a href="">Caroline Moss' recommendation</a>, which received hundreds of likes and scores of replies from shoppers sharing their subsequent backpack purchases.</p><p>"I was sold on it when I saw that it had the wide mouth because my big complaint about traveling with a backpack is that you already have limited space to move in your plane seat that when you figure out that you have to get something from the bottom of your backpack it’s like a whole process," Moss told <em>Travel + Leisure. </em></p><p>The interior of the bag features a laptop compartment that can fit computers up to 15.6" in size. Several other slip pockets offer a designated space for your phone and other essentials that you want to keep secure. There's also an external USB port that allows you to keep a powerbank inside the backpack and thread the cord through to the outside so you can seamlessly charge your devices on-the-go. </p><img alt="Interior of Black Laptop Backpack "src=""><p>When asked about why this particular product has garnered such interest, on social media and Amazon, Moss pointed out that the KROSER Laptop Backpack is "a low-stakes entry into a product that [shoppers] may be on the edge about. There are lots of $100-300 travel backpacks but for sporadic travelers a $35 item may be what fits the bill like it did for me."</p><p>So if you're looking for an stylish, functional, yet affordable laptop backpack for travel or everyday use, the KROSER model might be your perfect starting point. </p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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We're so Lucky: A Britney Spears Pop-up Is Taking Over Los Angeles

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 08:40
<p><a href="">There’s only two types of people in this world</a>: the ones who sang those words in a Britney Spears voice and everyone else. For the first type, there’s a new attraction in L.A. where Britney fans can kick it back to 2003 and once again get <a href="">In The Zone</a>.</p><p><a href="">The Zone</a> is a 10-room experience that revives the glory of early 2000s Britney Spears in 2020. Visitors start in a replica of the classroom from Spears’ breakout hit, “...Baby One More Time,” complete with a locker where fans can slip notes to the pop star.</p><img alt="Britney Spears' Exhibit "The Zone" "src=""><img alt="Britney Spears "The Zone" "src=""><p>Fans work their way through a visual series of Britney hits. They can scurry down an airplane aisle with a beverage cart in homage to the “Toxic” video. (If they forget the moves, the video plays on loop from pop-down in-flight entertainment screens.) Or they can drape a plush python around their necks in a jungle-themed tribute to “Slave 4 U.” If they prefer all eyes on them in the center of the ring, there’s a room decked out just like a circus — complete with ball pit.</p><p>%image4</p><p>“We wanted to honor Britney and her music, so we spent a year and a half to two years developing, designing and conceptualizing what we wanted the space to be, with her blessing, of course," <a href="">Jeff Delson, lead producer of The Zone, told <em>CNN</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>The experience is made for Instagram. Scanning a wristband in each room will activate a camera that will record the visitors dancing or posing to Britney tunes. No more than 12 to 15 people are allowed in each room at a time, guaranteeing you won’t have to fight crowds for your photo opp.</p><p>The Zone is open until April 26. <a href="">Tickets are available online from $39</a>, although the full-price ticket rings in at $59.50.</p><p> </p>
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This Company's 'Not Hot List' Recommends Lesser-known and Less Crowded Vacation Spots to Combat Overtourism

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 06:58
<p>There’s nothing quite like seeing <a href="">Paris’ Eiffel Tower lit up at night</a>, wading through the bright water and <a href="">pristine beaches of Thailand</a>, or <a href="">watching Iceland’s famed Geysir</a> erupt. But there’s one thing these destinations all have in common: a ton of tourists.</p><p>To combat the trend of Instagramming crowds swarming a destination, tour company <a href="">Intrepid Travel</a> released its annual list of lesser known and less frequently visited locations — their “Not Hot List” — to steer travelers toward communities that could benefit from tourism dollars and alleviate the burden of overtourism.</p><p>“The global tourism industry is changing, and travelers are becoming increasingly conscious about their actions especially with protests such as the Global Climate Strike shining a light on environmental issues,” Intrepid Travel’s CEO, James Thornton, said in a statement. “The general public’s awareness has shifted and there is a desire from tourists to ensure they are benefiting the communities they visit and local people they meet, while respecting their cultures, economy and the environment too. The ‘Not Hot List’ aims to meet this growing demand and promote lesser-known destinations that are just as worthy of travelers’ time.”</p><p>Overtourism has been an issue for years as people from all over the world flock to Instagrammable as well as highly sought after cultural destinations. For example, in Thailand, the government <a href="">closed the famous Ko Phi Phi Le’s Maya Bay</a> (of the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio film "The Beach" fame) indefinitely due to overtourism and has been trying to encourage visitors to seek out experiences in other parts of the country. And in New Zealand, <a href="">the government will tax tourists</a> in an effort to combat overtourism.</p><p>To encourage people to look beyond the well-traveled path, Intrepid’s list covers intriguing destinations all across the world, often building on what people already love about a country (like spending time with an elephant herd in Cambodia) while exploring lesser visited areas. Here is Intrepid’s 10 “Not Hot List” destinations and why they say you should head there now.</p><img alt="Dragon island serves as a sanctuary for birds in the bay north of Dakhla, Western Sahara. At low tide a land bridge appears allowing people to walk the few kilometers to the island. "src=""><h2>Dakhla, Morocco</h2><p>Experience white sand dunes and gorgeous beaches on the edge of the Sahara in this Moroccan city. And when you get hungry, feast on fresh seafood right from the Atlantic waters.</p><h2>The Gambia</h2><p>Intrepid says that The Gambia may receive far fewer visitors than other popular African destinations like South Africa and Kenya, but abundant birdlife and pristine beaches make it a great place to explore the continent from.</p><h2>Greenland</h2><p>Marvel at towering icebergs and expansive landscapes on the largest island in the world. Intrepid says Greenland has a population of less than 60,000 people, making it the perfect place to claim your own piece of quiet (and chilly) paradise — while you’re there, at least.</p><h2>The Haida Gwaii Islands, Canada</h2><p>Intrepid calls these remote Canadian islands the “Galapagos of the North,” noting its diverse wildlife like grizzly bears, whales and sea lions. The islands are the ancestral home of Canada’s Haida First Nations people and travelers can visit local villages as well as hear First Peoples’ stories while there.</p><h2>Moldova</h2><p>Sip wine at a local winery with more than 120 miles of underground passages and about 2 million bottles before standing in awe of a 14th century cave monastery in this tiny country in Eastern Europe (pictured above). And take in the country’s Soviet past by noting architecture like buildings built with pre-manufactured concrete slabs.</p><h2>Nicaragua</h2><p>Volcanos and lush vistas beckon in this Central American country where visitors can feast on classic Nicaraguan dishes like tamales. While there, learn about the country’s revolutionary history before heading to the beach for a relaxing end to the trip.</p><h2>Northeast Cambodia</h2><p>While one of Cambodia’s biggest tourism draws tends to be the famed Angkor Wat, there is so much more to discover in this Southeast Asian country. Hang out with a herd of elephants in their natural habitat, chase waterfalls and discover temples that are less famous but still breathtaking.</p><h2>Sudan</h2><p>Discover ancient ruins and boundless sand dunes in Sudan. Intrepid said that while the country was included in President Donald Trump’s most recent travel ban, they hope it’s actually a catalyst for more people wanting to visit as travelers in the past have wanted to learn more about countries they hear about in the news.</p><h2>Sulawesi, Indonesia</h2><p>When people think of Indonesia, they tend to think of Bali. And while Bali and its beaches are wonderful, there is much more to discover in the country. In Sulawesi, Intrepid says travelers can walk through dense bamboo forests and boat past green rice paddies, making it a perfect place to explore the Southeast Asian nation from.</p><h2>Tajikistan</h2><p>Tajikistan boasts the chance to discover the history of the Silk Road with “crumbling reminders of Soviet influence,” according to Intrepid. And one of the best parts of this Central Asian country, according to the tour company, is how little it has changed over the years, allowing travelers a truly unique experience often sought but rarely found.</p>
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Watch Air New Zealand Flight Attendants Wow Passengers With Their Singing Skills

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 06:36
<p>These Air New Zealand flight attendants give a whole new meaning to the term "in-flight entertainment" with their amazing singing voices over the PA system — leading some passengers to even join in. </p><p>It all started when a flight attendant picked up the intercom phone to sing an impressive version of Simon &amp; Garfunkel’s classic “Cecilia,” which was then posted to the <a href="">airline’s Facebook page</a> on Jan. 23: “Singing our way into the weekend…”</p><p>“If you know the song, please sing along,” the flight attendant — named Cecilia — told delighted passengers who giggled as some joined in.</p><p>After the rousing performance (and some much deserved applause) she launched right back into her day job, telling passengers to ensure their seatbelts were fastened and tray tables folded away.</p><p>Former passengers recognized the flight attendant’s infectious attitude and commented on the Facebook post that they, too, had flown with her.</p><p>“We had Cecilia on our flight from Whangarei to Auckland. She was awesome and she sung us her song,” a Facebook user wrote. “Every time I hear that song, it makes me smile.”</p><p>And another added that she flew with the flight attendant as well, adding she had “Great vocals!! Loved the vibe in our small plane, you made our trip home a happy one.”</p><p>Cecelia has been touched by the responses, <a href="">according to <i>Lonely Planet</i></a>.</p><p>“I’ve spoken to the flight attendant Cecilia who’s told me that she will be keeping the singing up!” a representative said. </p><p>But that’s not where the talent at Air New Zealand ends. On Jan. 27, the airline <a href="">posted a second video</a> (aptly titled “Another rising star”) of a second musical flight attendant.</p><p>Speaking over the intercom, he promised passengers something “a little bit special” before launching into an impressive rendition of “Amazing Grace” in <i>both</i> English and Japanese. Several people in the aisles can be seen standing and recording the performance.</p><p>It should be no surprise that Air New Zealand is striking a chord with customers -- the airline did win <a href="">’s best airline for 2020</a> designation, which takes into account everything from safety to amenities and fun entertainment.</p><p>It’s also not the first time a flight attendant has gotten musical: In October, a <a href="">Southwest flight attendant sang</a> the safety instructions to the tune of “The Jeffersons” theme song. And let’s not forget the <a href="">Southwest flight attendant who in 2016 channeled his inner Looney Tunes</a> to give a speech prior to landing.</p>
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Only Select Adventurers Get to See the Grand Canyon by Raft — Here's How to Be One of Them This Year

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 06:03
<p>In late January, the National Park Service (NPS) announced the return of its coveted permits to raft the Colorado River, right through <a href="">Grand Canyon National Park</a>. It’s a <a href="">bucket-list journey</a>, no doubt, however, getting one of those permits is a lot harder than you may expect.</p><p>In total, NPS will release just 461 permits for 12- to 25-day river trips in 2021. For reference, in 2019 NPS received <a href="">more than 7,800 applications</a> and awarded just 463 spots.</p><img alt="Group trip, rafting in the Grand Canyon "src=""><p>The permits are awarded on what is known as a weighted lottery system. As NPS <a href="">explained</a>, “we adjust each individual's odds of winning, so that those who have been on a recreational trip on the Colorado River less recently (or never) have a greater chance of winning a launch date than those who have been on a river trip more recently.”</p><p>Beyond this main lottery, which is held every February, the NPS hosts follow-up lotteries to either reassign canceled trips or assign leftovers.</p><p>To get in on the lottery, those applying for a permit must be over the age of 18 and must be comfortable going on a self-guided tour. However, NPS does expect at least someone on your trip to have experience down rapids.</p><p>“The Colorado River through Grand Canyon is a highly technical river, not something for the inexperienced to try,” NPS wrote in its FAQs. “At least one member of each trip must have the experience and skills required by the National Park Service.”</p><p>Prior to applying for the permit make sure you and everyone in your party is certain of the dates you want to travel as awarded dates may not be changed or traded.</p><p>Not quite sure you’re ready to forge the river alone? As KOLD13 News explained, those interested in professionally guided river trips need to request space on a commercial trip. A list of commercial companies <a href="">offering tours throughout the year can be found here</a>.</p><img alt="Raft boat in the Grand Canyon "src=""><p>As for everyone else, gather your crew and create your application now as they are only being accepted online through noon Tuesday, Feb. 25. And if you don’t win the lottery, you can still <a href="">plan an epic trip to see one of America’s most beautiful national parks</a> anytime you want.</p>
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This River Cruise Through France Will Drop You Off at a Different Michelin-starred Restaurant Every Day (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 17:40
<p>If you’ve been avoiding cruises for fear of buffet-style fare, this six-day sailing might change your opinion on maritime dining.</p><p>Departing from Saint-Jean-de-Losne and continuing toward Lyon, the Belmond Napoleon's <a href="">Epicurean Burgundy journey</a> will stop at a different Michelin-starred restaurant every night.</p><img alt="Belmond cruise through France "src=""><p>It's calling itself a “12-star cruise,” as passengers will have dined at delectable restaurants with a total of 12 Michelin stars by the end of the gastronomic river cruise.</p><img alt="Belmond Cruise Michelin Star Dining experiences "src=""><p>The very first stop is lunch at the two-Michelin-starred La Côte Saint-Jacques, which sits on the banks of the River Yonne. The decadent cruise will kick off with a meal that includes dishes like rosette of lobster with fresh palm nut salad as well as egg parfait with white alba truffles and puy green lentils. After lunch, guests board the ship for a cocktail reception and, if they can handle it, dinner.</p><p>Other dazzling restaurants include George Blanc, which has held three Michelin stars since 1981. The final dinner will take place at the famous Paul Bocuse Restaurant in Lyon, where guests can taste the famed chef’s legendary black truffle soup.</p><img alt="Belmond Afloat in France - Fine Dining Cruise "src=""><p>Non-epicurean highlights include a visit to a chateau, which has been producing Burgundy wine since the medieval ages, and a private tour of Beaune’s Hotel-Dieu, which has been housing Burgundy history since the 1400s. The tour will take guests through picturesque vineyards, historic abbeys, and ornate basilicas. Plus, there will be a memorable meal every day.</p><p>The cruise departs on Aug. 9, and prices start at about $8,067 (or €7,333 per person), with all meals included.</p>
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Penguins Speak Like People, According to New Research (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 17:07
<p>A team of Italian researchers has found “compelling evidence” that penguins have similar speech patterns to humans, according to a recent study. </p><p>The research, <a href="">published in <em>Biology Letters </em>this month</a>, concluded that African penguin speech is very similar to that of humans in two specific ways: the most frequently used words were the shortest and the longer a sentence (or “call”) gets, the shorter the words are within it. These two linguistic laws are known as Zipf's Law of Brevity and the Menzerath-Altmann Law.</p><img alt="African penguins "src=""><p>In the first time this pattern has been detected in an animal other than a primate, it was found that penguins use “display songs” to recognize other penguins, choose a mate and protect their territory. The penguins used in this particular study are known as the “jackass penguin” for its wheezing bray similar to that of a donkey. Researchers analyzed more than 590 of these braying calls from 28 different penguins to determine their patterns.</p><p>But researchers believe that penguins may not be the only animals that speak like humans.</p><p>“We can probably find many other species that conform to these laws because this is probably a general principle, rather than something related to human language specifically,” Livio Favaro, a co-author of the research, <a href="">told <em>The Guardian</em></a>.</p><p>This study may just prove a theory that animal behaviorists call “compression,” which basically means that animals will find the most efficient ways of communicating whatever they need to say.</p><p>Speech isn’t the only human-like activity penguins participate in. They <a href="">rob their favorite restaurants</a>, <a href="">take selfies</a> in front of natural wonders and even <a href="">maintain long-term romantic relationships</a>.</p>
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Quarantined Conditions in Wuhan Likened to 'Wartime' Scenario As Death Toll In China Surpasses 500

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 16:22
<p>As the death toll from coronavirus has reached over 560 in China, the city of Wuhan is on lock down and has become a chilling place, as the origin location of the outbreak combats the virus. </p><p>With <a href="">transportation links shut down</a>, a senior Chinese official ordered authorities in Wuhan to gather all those infected with the virus and place them in isolation or quarantine.</p><p>“During these wartime conditions, there must be no deserters, or they will be nailed to the pillar of historical shame forever,” Sun Chunlan, a vice premier leading the central government’s response to the outbreak, told city investigators, <a href="">according to the <i>New York Times</i></a>. She advised city investigators to go to each home to check the temperatures of every resident and interview infected patients’ close contacts.</p><p>The city itself has turned into an eerie scene according to on-the-ground reports. Prerecorded messages from the government play over loudspeakers, instructing residents to wear facemasks when they step outside. Others are lining up outside of pharmacies for items like face masks and hand sanitizer that have long since been sold out. Additionally, due to the lockdown, the streets are empty. </p><p>Earlier this week, a newborn in Wuhan became the youngest person to contract the virus, diagnosed just 30 hours after he was born, <a href="">according to<em> The BBC</em></a>. The mother tested positive for coronavirus before he was born, but it’s unclear whether the virus was passed in the womb or if he contracted it after birth. The baby is in stable condition and under observation, state media outlet Xinhua reported.</p><p><strong><a href="">Related: What Travelers Need to Know About the Coronavirus, According to a Doctor and Public Health Expert</a></strong></p><p>However despite daunting statistics and precautions, there have actually been more people who have contracted the coronavirus and recovered than died from it. Health officials reported a total of 1,341 recoveries from the virus, <a href="">according to the <i>South China Morning Post</i>.</a></p><p>In total, there are 28,000 cases around the world, leading surrounding countries to increase their public safety measures. </p><p>On Thursday, Taiwan announced that it would no longer process online or landing visas for citizens of Hong Kong or Macau, <a href="">according to the <i>South China Morning Post</i></a>. The suspension will continue indefinitely. Those who have an urgent need to travel to Taiwan must appear at a consulate in their city and prove that they have not been to mainland China within the past 14 days. Those who have visited and were already granted visas are instructed to self-impose a quarantine, punishable by an almost $5,000 fine. Taiwan has also banned all cruise ships from docking at its ports.</p>
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Cole Haan’s New Lightweight Oxfords Are Perfect for Traveling and Commuting

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 16:06
<p>Dress shoes have never been known to be particularly <a href="">comfortable</a>, but <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cole Haan</a> has always sought to disrupt the traditional footwear scene with its hybrid styles of dress and <a href="">athletic shoes</a>. And with the brand's new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">ØriginalGrand Ultra</a> collection, which includes two types of oxfords, you won't have to sacrifice comfort for style and polish. </p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">ØriginalGrand Ultra Plain Toe Oxford</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">ØriginalGrand Ultra Wingtip Oxford</a> both feature modern suede or leather uppers, with cushioned foam soles that include the brand's signature Grandføam technology. And while the rubber bottom adds plenty of extra cushioning and comfort, it also maintains an ultra-lightweight feel, making the shoes easy to pack or wear during travel.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong>More <a href="">comfortable shoes for men</a> </p><h2>The ØriginalGrand Ultra Plain Toe Oxford</h2><img alt="Grey Suede Oxfords "src=""><p>These sleek, suede oxfords are the perfect simple dress shoe to go with any outfit, whether you're dressing up or down. A cushioned footbed adds necessary comfort, while an internal Stitchlite bootie creates a sock-like feel, making the shoes easy to slip on and off. These oxfords come in gray with an ivory sole, tan with a brick-red sole, and dark blue with an ivory sole. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $180</p><h2>ØriginalGrand Ultra Wingtip Oxford</h2><img alt="Brown Leather Wingtip Oxfords "src=""><p>For a more elevated look, the Wingtip Oxfords also feature a bootie lining for supreme comfort and ease of wear. An Ortholite footbed in this version adds cushioning in every step. This oxford comes in six colorways, allowing you to choose from different shades of black and brown leather and various sole hues. Whether you're looking for a sleek, monochromatic shoe or a basic option with a small pop of color, the ØriginalGrand Ultra Wingtip Oxford has a style for you. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $180</p><p><em>Love a great deal? <a href=";fm=340&amp;regsource=25567">Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter</a> and we’ll send you our favorite travel products each week. </em></p>
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The Finger Lakes Region Is the Underrated Women's History Destination You Need to Visit (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:56
<p>It’s been 100 years since the United States government passed the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Though there are many people to remember for this monumental amendment and movement, there’s one destination people should remember, too. And that destination is the Finger Lakes region in the <a href="">state of New York</a>.</p><p>This year, the <a href="">Finger Lakes region</a> will celebrate and honor its important role as the birthplace of women’s rights with the “<a href="">100 Ways to Celebrate Women’s Empowerment</a>” list, which is meant to educate visitors on “the past while providing the tools and skills for female empowerment in the future.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><a href=""><strong> </strong>More weekend getaway ideas</a></p><img alt="Exterior of the National Women's Hall of Fame next to a Mexican Restaurant in Seneca Falls, NY "src=""><p>Not only does the list identify some of the area's notable women, but it also acts as a map for visitors to use so they can design their own <a href="">female-focused vacation</a> in the area.</p><p>The guide suggests visitors start where the women’s movement began, in Seneca Falls, which was the location of <a href="">the first Women’s Rights Convention held in 1848</a>. Next, guests are encouraged to stop by the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the homes of trailblazers like Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman, and the courthouse where Anthony was tried for the “crime” of voting.</p><img alt="A boat moving along the Cayuga–Seneca Canal and downtown Seneca Falls in Finger Lakes region, upstate New York State "src=""><p>The map also includes suggested stops at <a href="">Café XIX</a>, the Corning Museum of Glass (where visitors can watch demonstrations by <a href="">female glassblowers</a>), and the Hammerstone School to see an <a href="">all-female carpentry class</a> in action. Opt to stay at the lakeside Inns of Aurora, which was founded by American Girl creator, Pleasant Rowland. The guide also includes a stop at the Belva Lockwood Inn, former home of Belva Lockwood, the <a href="">first woman to run for president</a>.</p><p>Those interested in visiting the Finger Lakes to celebrate women’s history may also want to time their tour around one of the events happening in the region. </p><img alt="Statue of Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Bloomer and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Seneca Falls, New York "src=""><p>Throughout the year, the <a href="">Finger Lakes</a> is hosting Votercade 2020, which it calls a “think tank” for artists, musicians, and philosophers at locations around the area.</p><p>In the spring, the Finger Lakes will also host a reception for the new location of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. And, this summer from July 17-19, the Finger Lakes will host Convention Days 2020 in Seneca Falls, a commemoration of the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention. This event will be led by modern women’s activists and honor the great women of our past.</p><p>For more details about the destination and information about these events, check out the <a href="">Finger Lakes website</a> and start plotting your female-focused tour right now.</p>
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New Yorkers Can No Longer Apply for Global Entry — Here's Why (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 14:53
<p>The Department of Homeland Security said it will no longer accept applications from New Yorkers to programs like <a href="">Global Entry</a>, citing the state’s law that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license, according a letter from DHS.</p><p>On Wednesday, Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security, sent a letter stating that New Yorkers would no longer be able to apply for programs like Global Entry, which make getting through customs a much faster and streamlined process, because of the “Green Light Law.” The letter mentions programs like Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI, but does not mention the Transportation Security Administration's <a href="">PreCheck program</a>.</p><p>The “Green Light Law” allows people in New York to apply for a driver's license using an expanded list of documents, including foreign passports and foreign driver's licenses, <a href="">according to <i>CNN</i></a>. The law also requires that records can’t be turned over “to any agency that primarily enforces immigration law” without a court order or warrant or unless required for federal ID purposes.</p><p>The ban of applications comes as the Trump administration has gone after New York City’s so-called “sanctuary city” designation and policy not to honor every ICE detainer request. On Tuesday, during his <a href="">State of the Union address</a>, Trump took aim at the city by talking about the attack of a 92-year-old woman by an immigrant man.</p><img alt="JFK Airport "src=""><p>“Although DHS would prefer to continue our long-standing cooperative relationship with New York on a variety of these critical homeland security initiatives, this [law] and the corresponding lack of security cooperation from the New York DMV requires DHS to take immediate action to ensure DHS' s efforts to protect the Homeland are not compromised,” Wolf wrote in the letter addressed to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, which was <a href="">posted by <i>The New York Times</i></a>.</p><p>Wolf stated <a href="">on <i>Fox News</i></a> on Wednesday, that New Yorkers as a whole can’t enroll or re-enroll in Trusted Traveler Programs “because we no longer have access to make sure that they meet those program requirements, so we need to do our job."</p><p>The law was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June and <a href="">went into effect</a> in December. Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the governor, <a href="">told <i>The New York Times</i></a> that the directive was “obviously political retaliation by the federal government, and we’re going to review our legal options.”</p>
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At Least Three Dead After Pegasus Airlines Plane Skids Off Runway and Breaks Into Pieces With 177 People on Board (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 13:46
<p>Three passengers that were on board the <a href="">Pegasus Airlines</a> flight that skidded off the runway at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport on Wednesday have died. </p><p>The aircraft flown by the low-cost carrier was set to arrive at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport after taking off from the Turkish city of Izmir. It then suffered a “rough landing,” the Turkish Transportation Ministry said. </p><p>The airline confirmed the news <a href="">in a press release</a> early Thursday morning, noting other passengers are still being hospitalized. Specifically a reported 157 passengers are injured, including the plane's two pilots. </p><p>"Pegasus Airlines shares in the profound sorrow of all the people affected by this tragic accident," the press release read. "Above all, we would like to express our profound sympathy and heartfelt condolences to those families and friends who have lost loved ones and extend our thoughts to them at this difficult time. Our injured passengers continue to be treated in hospital and we wish them all a swift recovery."</p><p>The flight was carrying 183 people, including six crew members, crashed into a road and broke into three pieces, <a href="">according to <em>The Associated Press.</em></a> </p><img alt="Turkey: Plane skids off runway in airport in Istanbul "src=""><img alt="Turkey: Plane skids off runway in airport in Istanbul "src=""><img alt="Turkey: Plane skids off runway in airport in Istanbul "src=""><p>"We are deploying every resource to support those affected by this accident. Pegasus Airlines’ priority is to support the relatives and friends who have lost loved ones, and we will be doing everything we can to help them in the aftermath of this tragic event, as well as doing our utmost to provide our full support in meeting the needs in hospital of our injured passengers," the press release concluded.</p><p>This, however, is not the first time a Pegasus Airlines flight has skidded off this very same runway. The AP also noted that just one month ago, a similar incident occured while the plane was carrying 164 passengers. And in January 2018, another one of its planes slid off a runway at northeastern Turkey’s Trabzon Airport with its nose facing the Black Sea. None of those 168 passengers were injured either.</p>
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