Your Apple Music Membership Will Score You Free Wi-Fi on American Airlines Flights

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:08
<p>Break out your <a href="" target="_blank">noise-cancelling</a> headphones. Jamming to your favorite tunes during your flight just got better.</p><p>On Wednesday, Apple announced that it has teamed up with American Airlines to make listening to music on your flight easier than ever. According to a <a href="" target="_blank">statement by the company</a> on its website, starting on Friday, Feb. 1, Apple Music subscribers can access their playlists and music videos on any domestic American Airlines flight with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi, with no extra Wi-Fi purchase.</p><p>You’re already paying for a premium service, after all. Keep that <a href="" target="_blank">extra cash in your pocket</a>.</p><p>“For most travelers, having music to listen to on the plane is just as important as anything they pack in their suitcases,” said Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music. He added, “With the addition of Apple Music on American flights, we are excited that customers can now enjoy their music in even more places.”</p><p>Janelle Anderson, vice president of Global Marketing at American, said in the statement that <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> is providing more ways to stay connected “to show we value their business and the time they spend with us.” The airline is investing more in better WiFi services and in-flight entertainment, including this new partnership with Apple Music.</p><p>Apple is a big fan of making travel easier for customers. Not only are they making entertainment easier on American, but there are also lots of features on Apple products that can make your airport experience better. You can <a href="" target="_blank">track your flight in iMessages</a> or even <a href="" target="_blank">use your earbuds to take flawless photos</a> while you’re on the go.</p><p>In order to use Apple Music on your next domestic American Airlines flight, you can connect to the Wi-Fi at no cost (as long as it is a Viasat-equipped aircraft) and use your Apple Music subscription ID to log on.</p><p>Or, if you <em>don’t</em> already have an Apple Music subscription, you can sign up for it during the flight and receive free access for three-months. So you’re not just getting free WiFi on your flight (and probably your return flight), you’re also getting a ton of free music for 90 days.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Apple Music website</a> and start listening on Friday.</p>
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Paris Will Offer Free Public Transportation to Children Under 11

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 07:43
<p>A European vacation might not seem like the most <a href="" target="_blank">affordable getaway</a>, but the city of Paris is taking on a new measure to help families get around for less.</p><p>Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a> that children under the age of 11 will be able to ride on public transit for free starting in September, even non-Parisians. This is one small step in the Mayor’s plan to hopefully make public transit free to everyone, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Local</a></em>.</p><p>Currently, children under the age of four already ride the Paris Metro for free, but children ages four to 11 are charged half-price. The new measure will also allow people with disabilities under the age of 20 to ride for free, as well as give elementary, high school and university students half-off their Imagine’R travel pass. People between the ages of 14 and 18 will also be able to use the city’s bike system for free, according to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Lonely Planet</em></a>.</p><p>All of these measures, of course, are also meant to encourage a cleaner environment in downtown Paris, which the Mayor hopes to make more pedestrian friendly and have a <a href="" target="_blank">reduced number of cars in the area. </a></p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">CityLab</a></em>, the streets in Paris are slowly being “pedestrianized” by reducing the number of car lanes and banning certain cars from the road. Up until now, opponents of these measure have criticized the changes by calling them elitist and prejudiced against lower-income suburbanites, <em>CityLab</em> reported. But cheaper or even free public transit can be seen as an answer to those critics.</p><p>Single use, one-way fares for adults on Paris' public transit cost €1.90 ($2.17), which is relatively cheap compared to other major metropolitan areas around the world — a <a href="" target="_blank">single fare subway or bus ride</a> in New York City is $2.75 — but no one is here to argue against a free ride. Many other cities, like Berlin and London, have discounted or even free rides for children under certain ages, according to <em>Lonely Planet</em>.</p>
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This Week’s Arctic Plunge Could Potentially Bring Negative 50 Degree Windchill to Parts of the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 17:45
<p>This is not a drill: More than 100 million people across the United States will face a potentially <a href="" target="_blank">deadly deep freeze</a> event this week. The extremely low temperatures, the <a href="" target="_blank">National Weather Service warned</a>, could cause hypothermia and frostbite in mere seconds.</p><p>The storm, known as <a href="" target="_blank">Winter Storm Jayden</a>, has already made its way across much of the Midwest, bringing with it plenty of snow and wind. It’s now on its way toward the Northeast portion of the country and parts of the South.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">The Weather Channel</a>, winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are already in place across the Great Lakes region and in states as far south as Louisiana to western Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. A winter storm warning has also already been issued for part of western North Carolina.</p><p>Both winter storm warnings and watches are also already in place across New England, parts of New York state, Pennsylvania, northern Delaware, Maryland, and northern Virginia, The Weather Channel reported.</p><p>Seriously, this system is not something to mess with.</p><p>“You're talking about frostbite and hypothermia issues very quickly, like in a matter of minutes, maybe seconds,” Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the Weather Prediction Center, told <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a>.</p><p>According to Hurley, Milwaukee alone could reach a new low temperature of negative 28 degrees, with a windchill factor making it feel as low as negative 50. “That's 40 degrees below normal,” Hurley said.</p><p>The low temperatures aren’t the only things to worry about either. Both snow and black ice will persist, likely for days, across a large swath of the nation following the storm.</p><p>While those who can are encouraged to hunker down and stay instead, those who need to travel may find themselves stuck. According to <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Business Insider</i></a>, on Monday, more than a thousand flights out of Chicago's two major airports had already been canceled.</p><p>Some airlines are thinking proactively about the storm, issuing waiver fees and other incentives to modify travel plans. Delta, for example, issued a weather waiver for travelers departing on Jan. 27 and 28 through 16 Midwestern airports. The airline also proactively canceled <a href="" target="_blank">approximately 170 mainline and Delta Connection flights</a> for Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for Tuesday.</p><p>United is offering travel vouchers for those traveling across the Eastern United States between Jan. 27 and Feb. 1, <i>Business Insider</i> reported. The latest travel can be re-booked is <a href="" target="_blank">Feb. 4</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> is currently offering waivers for travelers in the Northeast region traveling on Tuesday, Jan. 29 to or from Albany, Buffalo, Chicago, Rochester, and Syracuse.</p><p>If you’re traveling over the next few days in affected regions make sure to check in with your airline to see if your flights are running and if you <a href="" target="_blank">have any alternative options</a>. And, make sure to bundle up.</p>
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You Could Get Paid $10,000 to Move Your Family to Italy

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 17:16
<p>Packing your life up and moving to the Italian countryside is becoming more and more practical every day. Especially when you consider the benefits.</p><p>Rustic Italian towns in desperate need of a population boom have been trying several kinds of campaigns to appeal to young professionals living abroad to get them to move to these tiny hamlets. Some towns have opted to <a href="" target="_blank">sell their abandoned homes</a> on the cheap — some as low as <a href="" target="_blank">one dollar</a> — while others are actually opting to <a href="" target="_blank">pay people to move there</a>.</p><p>Now, we can add Locana, in the Italian Alps, to the list.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>, Locana Mayor Giovanni Bruno Mattiet is willing to pay up to €9,000, or $10,200, over the course of three years, to families who are willing to move to his beautiful village near the borders of France and Switzerland. The only real catch is that the families must have at least one child and have a minimum annual income of €6,000,or $6,850.</p><p>The town, located in the region of Piedmont, boasted about 7,000 residents in the early 20th century, but has since shrunk to around 1,500, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Mirror.</a></em> Each year, there are around 40 deaths versus 10 births, reported <em><a href="" target="_blank">Thrillist</a></em>.</p><p>In addition to the shrinking population, the town also has a number of shops, restaurants and bars that have closed down as a result. But Mattiet says that should actually be a selling point.</p><p>“There are dozens of closed shops, bars, restaurants and boutiques just waiting for new people to run them,” Mattiet told CNN. He added that the town is small, but has quite a bit of income due to it providing hydroelectric energy to the state.</p><p>Also in Piedmont, according to CNN, there is another town willing to pay you to move. The town of Borgomezzavalle, just a little north of Locana, is selling homes for $1, much like other towns in Italy.</p><p>But to sweeten the deal, it’s adding some incentive to residents who want to start a family. Alberto Preioni, mayor of Borgomezzavalle, told CNN that he is offering €1,000 ($1,140 USD) for each newborn in the town and a another €2,000 ($2,283 USD) for people starting a business.”</p><p>“We've got tons of money to invest but we need kids and youth,” Preioni told CNN. There is currently no added incentive to have babies in Locana, though having a child is part of their requirements.</p><p>For many, moving to Italy has been a fantasy. But thanks to these incredible offers, that fantasy might easily become a reality. </p>
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People Want Exercise Bikes and Virtual Reality on Qantas’ Proposed 20-hour Flight From Sydney to London

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:01
<p>The results are in, and Qantas’ next European non-stop flight could be one like you’ve never seen before.</p><p>Passengers who have flown on the Australian airline’s <a href="" target="_blank">17-hour nonstop service between Perth and London</a> know that passing the time and staying healthy on such a long haul is key to staying comfortable while in the air.</p><p>The airline has clearly kept <a href=";-karl-limited-edition-amenity-kit" target="_blank">passenger comfort in mind</a>: opting for a high-efficiency HEPA filtration system, 15-minute stretching classes before flights in the airline’s lounges, better in-flight entertainment than ever, in-flight menus crafted to support the body through the stress of travel, high quality amenity kits and generally better stowage. However, according to <em><a href="">The Daily Mail</a></em>, the airline has carried out surveys with passengers on its Perth to London flight to find out what they really want while they travel.</p><p>Turns out, health and wellness activities are key.</p><p>Qantas hopes to start a nonstop service between London and Sydney as early as 2022, but even on the airline’s Airbus SE A350 or <a href="" target="_blank">Boeing Co 777X jet</a>, the proposed route could take up to 20 hours.</p><p>So, passengers told the airline what it really wanted on a flight like this, and among the best perks were wellness amenities like virtual reality relaxation and exercise bikes.</p><p>“Customers are sharing some incredibly imaginative ideas, which is an exciting challenge and helps us to think outside of the box to redefine the ultra-long haul experience,” said Qantas industrial designer David Caon in a statement to <a href="" target="_blank">Reuters</a>.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The West Australian</a></em>, Qantas even entertained the idea of exercise zones and beds in the cargo hold for long haul flights for an idea called “Project Sunrise” at one point. But mostly, neither seem to have come to fruition.</p><p>In addition, Qantas passengers also asked for stretching areas, noise canceling headphones, updated and “innovative” cabin designs and an in-flight cafe, <em>The West Australian</em> reported.</p><p>Qantas International Chief Executive Alison Webster said that the airline is examining the responses and will go forward with designs that are “both affordable for customers and commercially viable for the airline,” Reuters reported.</p><p>Even if just <em>some</em> of these suggestions become a reality, we might even consider living on a Qantas plane — especially one that gets you to <a href="" target="_blank">Bondi Beach</a>.</p>
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Gray Malin’s Dreamy New Bermuda Photo Series Will Cure Your Winter Blues

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 09:22
<p>When photographer <a href="" target="_blank">Gray Malin</a> first visited <a href="" target="_blank">Bermuda</a> as a teenager, he dreamt of one day coming back to shoot its spectacular scenery.</p><p>Fourteen years later, the photographer returned to <a href="" target="_blank">Bermuda</a> to find its old-world charm and fascinating natural scenery as wonderful as he last left it.</p><img alt="Magnificent views can be found throughout Bermuda. "src=""><p>Now, Gray Malin has released his new <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Gray Malin in </i><i>Bermuda </i>series</a>, highlighting the bright waters, sporting scene, and luxurious estate life that abounds in Bermuda.</p><p>“It wasn’t until college that I first went to Bermuda with my good friend who was from there while studying photography,” Malin recalls. “When I went, I was so inspired by the history and the old-world clubs that we were visiting with her family that had been members of these places for generations,” Malin told <i>Travel + Leisure</i>.</p><p>Malin, who recalls being around 18 at the time, told himself it would be a dream to get to come and shoot a series in the location one day. That dream came true when he was asked by a young local if he’d like to do just that: shoot a series on the island, returning years later to scout locations and create a shoot highlighting local traditions and culture.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">Away's Newest Collaboration Lines Its Luggage With Gorgeous Travel Photography</a></strong></p><p>“I thought this is amazing, just as I remember it from when I was 18, fourteen years later,” Malin said. “I was lucky to have been there once when younger and to go back again to see just how blue the water still is and just how stunning all the old rock walls and the pastels are,” he said.</p><img alt="Bermuda's bright waters and rock formations create a magical scene. "src=""><p>Bermuda is home to miles of coastline that sit adorned with pink sand and dramatic rock formations that create hidden coves for visitors to explore. One of its most famous locations is at Horseshoe Bay Beach, where a combination of light-pink sands and natural rock carvings make for a stunning view.</p><p>“You can see the beautiful ocean and you have this combination of the ocean, the rocks, and a light blue bay with lush sands that just feels so dreamy, and it truly is dreamy,” said Malin, who climbed to the top of the rocks to capture a shot of local Bermudian models with vintage bikes.</p><img alt="Horseshoe Bay is a famous location in Bermuda. "src=""><p>And what’s even more special is the fact that the view can change depending on the tide.</p><p>“When the tide is low, you can really see out through some of the rocks into the ocean but during high tide, it feels almost like a private bay,” Malin said of the scenery.</p><p>Bermuda is also famous for its <a href="" target="_blank">moongates</a>—round limestone openings that are often found along garden walls and are said to provide good luck to newlyweds that step through one while hand-in-hand.</p><img alt="Moonates are round formations that abound in Bermuda. "src=""><p>“They are quite special… they’re really graphic and when you’re a photographer trying to compose an image, it’s an ideal element to work with architecturally,” Malin said of the moongates.</p><p>Besides its natural rock formations, Bermuda is also noted for its pastel homes, which range from pink and blue to yellow, green and peach. The color palette, which <a href="" target="_blank">dates back to the 17th century</a> and has been maintained in Bermuda ever since, can be seen throughout the year, but Malin recommends visiting during Easter to for a true visual feast of Bermuda’s colorful ambiance.</p><img alt="Bermuda is home to houses of varying pastel colors. "src=""><img alt="Pastel homes and establishments can be found throughout Bermuda. "src=""><p>Malin, who happened to be there during Easter, found that locals come together for the occasion and create kites of all colors to fly, making for a magnificent tradition to experience.</p><p>In addition to its natural attractions, Bermuda is also home to a historic charm Malin found throughout its offerings, especially at some of its private members' clubs that have stood for more than 100 years.</p><p>One such location is at the <a href="" target="_blank">Coral Beach and Tennis Club</a>, a timber wood establishment that dates back in its present form to 1948. Some structures on the property, which is made up of 26 acres of sub-tropical grounds overlooking Bermuda’s south shore, date as far back as 1650.</p><img alt="Bermuda is home to a variety of historic private members' clubs. "src=""><p>“You come to check in and can instantly feel that old-world charm,” Malin said of the space. “There’s yellow and white striped cushions, these wonderful white heavy metal furnishings with seashells that must have been there since the 1950s and 1960s... everyone is in Bermudian shorts and white polo shirts, and when you go to explore the grounds they have old cabanas and cottages throughout,” he said of the scene. </p><img alt="The Coral Beach and Tennis Club provides old-world charm. "src=""><p>The historic atmosphere continues throughout the grounds, from the clay tennis courts right down to the vintage-looking glasses used to serve drinks. </p><p>The space serves as a spot for locals who also come to enjoy lunch on the outdoor terrace, while a pink hut offers drinks to enjoy before stepping out to the beach.</p><img alt="Bright huts provide refreshments for beachgoers. "src=""><img alt="The Coral Beach and Tennis Club provides outdoor dining. "src=""><p>“In a weird way, what makes it so charming is that it’s not perfect and modern and pristine,” Malin said of the club. “The rocks are a bit worn and maybe the paint is chipping a bit, but it doesn’t really matter because it’s all really classic.”</p><p>Malin also shot at the <a href="" target="_blank">Mid Ocean Club</a>, known for its golf course which dates back to 1921. The location has been a destination for historic meetings that include those between former U.S. president Eisenhower and Winston Churchill.</p><img alt="The Mid Ocean Club offers various holes by the water. "src=""><p>The location’s rich history can be seen even in its locker rooms, which are made of wood, while its scenery makes for a memorable game as numerous holes sit by the pristine water.</p><img alt="Golfing enthusiasts will enjoy the Mid Ocean Club. "src=""><p>But the historic feel of Bermuda extends far beyond private clubs. In fact, visitors will feel it as soon as they enter. </p><p>“It starts with the driving… the streets are thin and have rock walls that come around them to help keep it feeling old and charming,” Malin said.</p><img alt="Magnificent pastel colors can be found throughout Bermuda's properties. "src=""><p>Tourists won’t find car rentals in Bermuda. Instead, they’ll find mopeds and the Twizy—an electric car with two cockpit-style seats.</p><p>For those in search of accommodations that provide a historic feel while still offering modern comforts, Malin recommends a stay at the <a href="" target="_blank">Ledgelets</a>. Originally established back in 1948, the accommodations, which are available for booking via <a href="" target="_blank">Airbnb</a>, have been restored to include cottages that come with everything from private patios to fireplaces.</p><p>“It’s definitely for those who seek a bit more authenticity when they travel,” Malin said of the accommodations. </p>
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You Can Bathe in a Human Hot Pot While Eating Barbecue to Celebrate the Lunar New Year (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 08:43
<p>It’s easy to love a warm, delicious, traditional hot pot. But it may not be easy to love a hot pot that’s filled with people.</p><p>As part of a Lunar New Year promotion at Hangzhou's First World Hotel in China’s Zhejiang province, guests are invited to relax in their own human hot pot on Sunday, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>CNN</em> reported</a>.</p><img alt="Hot Pot Shaped Hot Spring In Hangzhou To Welcome Chinese New Year "src=""><p>Hangzhou, also known as one of the world’s <a href="" target="_blank">most relaxing cities</a>, is also home to the <a href="" target="_blank">Yunman Hot Spring</a>, which feeds into the hotel, according to <em>CNN</em>. So, as part of the celebration for the upcoming Year of the Pig, the hotel has dressed up one of its natural hot spring pools with separate compartments filled with foods like apples, bananas, chili peppers, corn, limes, lettuce, and other hot pot fare.</p><p>And then, folks get to take a dip in it.</p><img alt="Hot Pot Shaped Hot Spring In Hangzhou To Welcome Chinese New Year "src=""><p>But don’t worry, this isn’t the kind of hot pot you would eat (hopefully). It’s purely for relaxation purposes. But guests who soak do get to feast on massive skewers of barbecued meat and bell peppers that lay across the compartments, according to <em>CNN</em>. It’s definitely not an activity for shy people.</p><img alt="Hot Pot Shaped Hot Spring In Hangzhou To Welcome Chinese New Year "src=""><img alt="Hot Pot Shaped Hot Spring In Hangzhou To Welcome Chinese New Year "src=""><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Straits Times</a></em>, the hot pot idea was to promote a healthy lifestyle in honor of the holiday. After all, a hot pot is a comfort food, especially in the winter time, explained the <em><a href="" target="_blank">South China Morning Post</a></em>.</p><img alt="Hot Pot Shaped Hot Spring In Hangzhou To Welcome Chinese New Year "src=""><p>The Lunar New Year officially begins on Feb. 5. Hangzhou's First World Hotel invited guests who are born under the Year of the Pig to enjoy the hotels hot springs for free on Sunday, Feb. 3.</p>
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This Historic Warsaw Hotel Just Got a Luxurious Makeover — and It's Going to Make You Dream About Poland

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 08:00
<p>With its sleek design, contemporary art, and modern comforts, at first glance Raffles Europejski appears to be a newcomer in the luxury hotel industry. Look more closely, though, and you will find artifacts providing clues to its 160-year-old past: a glass chandelier in the lobby salvaged from the 1800's. The spa's tile mosaic a lobby feature at the end of the 20th century. As I meandered the halls of the hotel and dived into its history of war and legal battle, of success and cultural prominence, I felt the weight of all that it had endured and overcome.</p><p>Designed by Polish-Italian architect Henryk Marconi, Hotel Europejski (the European hotel) welcomed its first guests on the <a href="" target="_blank">Royal Route</a> in 1857. It did not take long before it earned a reputation among high society as one of Europe’s leading hotels. Members of the city’s artistic community — from painters to writers and poets — were especially drawn to the Neo-Renaissance building, some of whom — including Józef Chełmoński, Antoni Piotrowski, and Stanisław Witkiewicz — set up studios in the building’s upper floors.</p><p>Flash forward to World War II. The Europejski managed to weather the Luftwaffe’s aerial campaign in 1939, but was nearly destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising and German army’s retreat five years later. Although the exterior of the building survived, little else remained.</p><p>After a temporary stint as a military academy, Hotel Europejski saw a complete overhaul when it reopened as Orbis Hotel Europejski under Polish hotel group Orbis in 1962. The world-renowned hotel returned to a likeness of its former glory, its renowned grandeur limited during renovations by a tight budget and socialist influence. Nevertheless, the hotel once more became an oasis for the elite. The Europejski has welcomed the likes of the Rolling Stones, Marlene Dietrich, and Robert Kennedy, and in the 1980’s, famous writers, actors, and directors would frequently visit the corner restaurant when they were done filming a scene or performing a show. It was then "<em>the </em>place to be," said co-owner Vera Michalski-Hoffmann in the latest issue of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Raffles</em></a> <a href="" target="_blank"><em>M</em></a><a href="" target="_blank"><em>agazine</em></a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">19 Photos That Will Have You Planning a Trip to Warsaw</a></p><p>Following a few thriving decades, the Orbis era came to a close: the heirs of the original Hotel Europejski sued the hotel group in 1993 to regain ownership of what they believed was rightfully theirs. Twelve years later, the heirs won their case.</p><p>After the Europejski closed in 2013 for reconstruction, it reopened its doors in May 2018 under luxury hotel brand Raffles. Like all hotels under Raffles management, <a href="" target="_blank">Raffles Europejski Warsaw</a> reflects the culture and vibe of the surrounding city, and in this case pays the utmost respect to both the building and Warsaw’s dynamic history. “Maintaining the cultural heritage by restoring this historical landmark to its original splendour has been of paramount importance,” said Michalski-Hoffmin.</p><img alt="Grand Suite at the Raffles Europeskji Warsaw "src=""><img alt="Bathroom in a Signature Suite at the Raffles Europeskji hotel in Warsaw, Poland "src=""><p>While the aesthetic looks nothing like Hotel Europejski's 19th century design, Slovak designer Boris Kudlička repurposed some of its surviving features and implemented them into the hotel’s design. A glass chandelier jutting out from a wall in the lobby belonged to the original Hotel Europejski. The mosaic in the spa — a work of art created by Krystyna Kozłowska in 1961 — was transferred piece by piece from its original location in the hotel lobby, where it hung during the Orbis years.</p><p>Kudlička paid tribute to the hotel’s history with symbolic features as well. A brass half circle, embedded in the floor of an upstairs hallway, marks the spot where a spiral staircase used to stand. The 160 metallic balls hanging from the ceiling in the lobby mark the number of years it has been since Hotel Europejski first opened its doors. Blue and white plates hanging in the restaurant were modeled after the plates that hung in the original hotel.</p><img alt="Spa and decor at the Raffles Warsaw hotel "src=""><p>As you walk through the halls, you may stumble upon one of four Memory Rooms: a tiny memorial to the hotel’s fascinating past. In one, you will find black and white photos of rich and glamorous guests dancing in the long gone ballroom. Turn your head and you will see clothes preserved from the 1920’s, fashionable items similar to what guests of the Europejski actually wore.</p><p>“The building has been an important part of Polish culture, tradition and history — decisions were made here that impacted the nature,” said Kudlička in <em>Raffles </em><em>Magazine</em>. “Through the design, we’ve tried to establish a space in which everyone can feel the continuity of Polish history… But this hasn’t just been about recreating the past. We needed to write a ‘new story for an old hotel’ and continue the traditions of craft and design, yet transfer them to the modern world.”</p><p>The most stunning example of this is the nearly 500 works of art displayed throughout the hotel, in common areas like the lobby and Europejski Grill as well as the private rooms. An assortment of paintings, sculptures, and installations, the art collection features 120 local Polish artists and serves to honor the Europejski’s creative legacy. “The intention was to make this the first collection of contemporary art in a Warsaw hotel that refers to the city’s rich history, as well as to the local context,” said curator Barbara Piwowarska in <em>Raffles Magazine</em>. Guests with an affinity for the arts can book a tour with the in-house Art Concierge to dive deeper into works by Włodzimierz Zakrzewski, Tadeusz Kantor, and Turner Prize nominee, Goshka Macuga.</p><p>The Lourse Warszawa patisserie is another prime illustration of "new story for an old hotel." With its delightful array of cakes, chocolates, ice cream, and pastries, the treats are modern versions of old recipes sold in the original bakery.</p><p>Likewise, the Europejski Grill — which overlooks the Piłsudski Square — serves up a delectable menu of Polish and international cuisine from Executive Chef Beñat Alonso. Every bite, including the beetroot tartare (42 PLN, $11.18), short ribs (68 PLN, $18.11), smoked halibut omelette (45 PLN, $11.98), and poppy seed cake (26 PLN, $6.92) is full of delicious flavor.</p><img alt="Europeskji Grill restaurant at the Raffles Warsaw hotel "src=""><p>Raffles Europejski Warsaw, however, is not to be mistaken for the original Hotel Europejski. When Raffles opened up its new Warsaw location, the hotel brand brought with it its signature style. Achieving a delicate balance between opulent and intimate, Raffles serves to pamper its guests while building relationships with them. Upon entering the Europejski​​​​​​​, I was greeted with a warm welcome and introduced to my butler and his offer of 24-hour service.</p><img alt="Lobby at the Raffles Europeskji Warsaw hotel "src=""><p>Flourishes from the original <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Raffles in Singapore</a> can be felt and experienced. All 106 guest rooms and suites, for instance, feature libraries and writing desks in reference to the famous writers — from Ernest Hemingway to Rudyard Kipling — who paid a visit to the iconic hotel.</p><p>Guests and locals alike mix together at The Long Bar, the hotel bar modeled after Raffles Singapore’s historic watering hole. Raffles has opened up a new location in Warsaw, offering Asian-inspired cuisine on its dinner menu and the signature Singapore Sling. For a local take on the cocktail, guests can opt for the Warsaw Sling, a wintry cocktail with Tanqueray no. 10, quince, gingerbread, pineapple, lemon, and orange (52 PLN, $13.72).</p><p>The spa, too, is a pinnacle of relaxation. Featuring a sauna, steam room, and experience showers, guests have their pick of treatments inspired by Asian, Middle Eastern, and European traditions. After treating themselves to facials and massages, guests can polish off the occasion with tea and a selection of books in a relaxation room.</p><p>While eating dinner my last night with the hotel's General Manager Thomas Guss, an older man wandered up to our table.</p><p>“Do you work for the Raffles hotel?” he asked Guss.</p><p>The man was Wojciech Fibak, a former Polish tennis player and one of Poland's richest men. He comes to the hotel every night just to sit and relax in the lobby, he said. It appears as if Raffles Europejski Warsaw has, by all accounts, brought back the essence of the original Hotel Europejski​​​​​​​: a gathering place for the local community.</p><p>The Europejski​​​​​​​ is much like the city of Warsaw itself. Each has faced decimation and endured its unfair share of struggles. They wear their past for all to see: <em>This is what happened, this is us. </em>Over the years they have sought to overcome all obstacles to become an improved version of their former glory. They are not just surviving, they are thriving<em>.</em></p><p><em><em><em><a href="" target="_blank">Rooms</a> start at $287.83 a night​​​​​​​</em>.</em></em></p>
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The Best Deals to Help You Take Advantage of National Plan for Vacation Day

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 08:00
<p>With the start of the year, travelers looking to plan their 2019 trips have an even greater incentive on Jan. 29. 2019, which is <a href="’t-say-“maybe-next-year”-time" target="_blank">National Plan for Vacation Day</a>.</p><p>The day, which is celebrated on the last Tuesday of January each year, was launched by the U.S. Travel Association's Project: Time Off initiative as a way to encourage Americans to plan time off and make the most of vacation days throughout the year.</p><p>Americans leave some <a href="’t-say-“maybe-next-year”-time" target="_blank">705 million vacation days unused</a> each year, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which is why various booking engines, tour operators, and hotels are offering discounts to make it easier for travelers to make the most of their time off.</p><p>We’ve pulled together some of the top deals travelers can take advantage of, with some that are one-day only and others that extend throughout the week. </p><h2>Transportation: </h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak</a> is offering 30 percent off of its long distance and state trains, with deals available through Thursday, Jan. 31. The deal, which is available on some of Amtrak’s most popular trains, including the <a href="" target="_blank">California Zephyr</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">the Coast Starlight</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Downeaster</a>, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Lake Shore Limited</a>, is applicable for travel from the spring through the start of summer to allow for affordable Memorial Day and Fourth of July travel. Rates start as low as $22 for rides between Chicago and St. Louis.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak Wants to Send 'Real People' on Its Most Scenic Long-distance Routes for Free (Video)</a></strong></p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href=";page=1" target="_blank">CheapTickets</a> currently has flight deals that start under $199 round-trip. The domestic flights are available across a variety of U.S. stops that include flights from Philadelphia to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Miami, or flights from Chicago to Las Vegas.</p><h2>Hotel Deals: </h2><p>Various hotels are offering deals for bookings.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Cove at Atlantis</a> in Nassau, in the Bahamas, will offer a $400 luxury resort credit on stays of five or more nights. Guests can only book the deal through Jan. 31 to travel throughout the year. Blackout dates include: Feb. 9 through March 31, April 6 through April 27, July 7 through July 12, and Nov. 27 through Nov. 29 of 2019.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Las Vegas’</a> island-themed <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tahiti Village Resort</a>, which is located less than two miles from the Strip, is offering 15 percent off of hotel stays when using the discount code <b>NPV19 </b>for bookings of at least two nights. The resort is made up of condo-style accommodations and attractions that include a lazy river with waterfalls and a Tahitian-themed pool with a sandy beach. </p><p>Travel service provider <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">CheapTickets</a> also happens to be running deals on both hotel and airfare that overlap with National Plan for Vacation Day. When it comes to hotels, the booking platform is offering 16 percent off of hotels for bookings made by Feb. 3 for travel by Sep. 20 of 2019. Use the promo code <strong>VACAYFUND</strong> to score hotels that start as low as $30 a night.</p><p>To celebrate the occasion, Travel Oregon has teamed up with a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">variety of Oregon lodging operators</a> to offer 20 percent off of rates to anyone who books on Jan. 29. Accommodations range from oceanfront properties to camping facilities, cottages, vacation rentals, and hotels. </p><p>Myrtle Beach’s tourism board is also offering a variety of savings to take advantage of <a data-ecommerce="true" href=" " target="_blank">across hotels</a>. Deals range from a free night in a luxury rental and free water park and attraction tickets to 30 percent off on a 2019 summer vacation stay.</p><p>The historic <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Pilgrim’s Inn</a>, overlooking the Northeast Harbor and the inn’s mill pond in Maine, is offering 10 percent off of lodging for 2019 reservations when booking on Jan. 29 for stays between May 17 and Oct. 12 of 2019. Use the the promo code <b>VACATIONPLAN</b>. The inn, which was originally created in 1793, has been restored with immaculate detail and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.</p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Driskill Hotel</a>, which is located in the heart of downtown Austin, just steps from its famed music venues and restaurants, is offering up to 20 percent off of bookings for only 24 hours. The deal starts at 1 a.m. EST on Jan. 29, with rates starting at $159. The hotel, which has more than 100 years of history, is home to a variety of dining options that include the city’s only blues brunch at <a href="" target="_blank">Antone’s Blues Brunch</a>.</p><p>Hilton also has a variety of promotions that coincide with National Plan for Vacation Day that include:</p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">A promotion</a> to get 2,000 bonus points per stay in addition to 10,000 bonus points for every five stays or 10 nights for Hilton Honors members. The deal is available through March 5.<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Savings on long weekend packages</a> that include up to 50 percent off of room rates for Sunday nights. The deal is available to Hilton Honors members for stays that span from the U.S. and Canada to Latin America and the Caribbean, with a minimum three night stay required for travel throughout 2019. Bookings of two or more nights at <a data-ecommerce="true" href=",MB,ComplimentsofConrad_53aa5.25de.fffffffff502f595.ffffffffff6f9695_Brand,MULTIPR,Interact,Multipage,SingleLink" target="_blank">Conrad Hotels and Resorts</a> will include a $50 hotel reward for each night of a guest’s stay. The deal is available for stays at each of the more than 20 Conrad Hotels and Resorts across the world. <p>Book a sun-soaked getaway to the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sands of Kahana Resort</a> in Maui, Hawaii, on Jan. 29 and get 15 percent off of stays. Use the promo code <strong>NPV19</strong> for bookings of at least two nights to receive the discount and enjoy a stay in the resort’s condo-style rooms that come with magnificent ocean views.</p><p>Orbitz is currently running <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";mcicid=deals.topdeals.90435288" target="_blank">two different promotions</a> that overlap with National Plan for Vacation Day. These include 10 percent savings on hotels when booking through the promo code <strong>SNOWFLAKE</strong>, and up to 40 percent on hotel destinations across the world when booked by Jan. 31 of 2019.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> also provides travelers with daily deals on a variety of hotels, with rates that can start as low as $6.</p><h2>Package Tours and Trips: </h2><p>Travelers who book a trip with travel service <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Noken</a> on Jan. 29 will get their <a href="" target="_blank">Global Entry</a> application fees taken care of by the company. You’ll need to be one of the first 50 people to book a trip for the deal to apply. The membership for Global Entry, which costs $100, includes expedited customs screenings and TSA <a href="" target="_blank">PreCheck</a>.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia’s</a> new and improved <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Destinations of the Week</a> campaign features popular destinations that offer a minimum discount of 20 percent or more off of hotels and packages. While the campaign is not tied to National Plan for Vacation Day, the deals refresh every Monday to provide travelers with savings to look forward to each week, so be sure to be on the lookout for the promotion even after National Plan for Vacation Day to score savings.</p><p>Small-group adventure travel company <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";aw_kw_id=aud-360242417736:kwd-325856659806&amp;aw_ad_id=319909193730&amp;aw_nw=g&amp;phonecode=PPC_SEM_NonBrand&amp;gclid=Cj0KCQiA7briBRD7ARIsABhX8aAfwUcVJ0J2kLKb8TfkXu1hykglvjWP84rIuaUjSwtTa7v37LLlkHIaAnssEALw_wcB" target="_blank">G Adventures</a>, which offers more than 700 different tours across 100 countries, has a sale running through Jan. 31 that provides travelers with up to 25 percent off of tour packages. Packages range from worldwide trips that travel across entire continents like Asia and Africa, to trips that focus on particular countries or regions.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Celebrity Cruises</a> is running several promotions through Jan. 31 for cruises departing from Feb. 1 of 2019 through May 11 of 2020. Deals include up to $300 off of rooms, free drinks, free WiFi, and up to 50 percent off for third and fourth guests joining on a cruise.</p>
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This $60 Pass Lets Your Kids Fly Frontier With You for Free All Year Long

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 06:57
<p>Taking a <a href="" target="_blank">family vacation</a> can be a wonderful thing. However, for many people, escaping it all for a bit of fun with the fam can be cost prohibitive. One airline is hoping to change all that by letting children fly for free. Yes, for free.</p><p>On Monday, Frontier Airlines announced its new Kids Fly Free program. And they aren’t just talking about little ones. According to the airline, children 14 years old and younger are eligible to fly free when they travel with an adult.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Should You Buy That Cheap Frontier Airlines Ticket?</a></p><p>“Kids Fly Free shows our continued commitment to being America’s affordable and family-friendly airline,” Barry Biffle, President and CEO of Frontier Airlines, shared in a statement with <em><a href="" target="_blank">TravelPulse</a></em>. “We’re the only airline going all out for families in this way—it’s exactly what we mean at Frontier by 'Low Fares Done Right.'”</p><p>Of course, there is one small catch: Families must be enrolled in the airline’s <a href="" target="_blank">Discount Den</a>, which comes with an annual fee of $60. However, after enrolling, users will gain access to to the airline’s lowest available fares as well as the kids fly free program. According to the website, "On valid Kids Fly Free flights, one kid under 15 can fly for free for every adult Discount Den fare purchased," </p><p>According to <em>TravelPulse</em>, The Discount Den membership works for up to six people on a single family itinerary. Families with young children will also gain access to priority boarding following zone one loading. To book, parents simply need to find qualifying flights and book via "The Works bundle." This also allows families to make changes to existing itineraries and even cancel flights with a refund.</p><p>However, it is important to note there are a few other restrictions with the fare (this is <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier</a> we are talking about). The fare does not include luggage, seat selection, or other travel add-ons, and children cannot earn Frontier Miles on their travels. But, it’s still a fantastic deal for families looking to travel together.</p><p>Looking for somewhere to travel with your kids? Check out <em>Travel+Leisure’s</em> <a href="" target="_blank">complete guide to family vacations</a> now to start planning. (Then, maybe, start <a href="" target="_blank">planning a solo adventure</a> just for you.)</p>
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This Jeweler Is Hiring One Couple to Travel the U.S. and Find the Perfect Proposal Spots

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 06:14
<p>Getting engaged involves a great deal of detail these days. Not only do you need to find the perfect mate, but you also need to find <a href="" target="_blank">the perfect ring</a> and the perfect setting to propose. However, one jeweler is hoping to help couples with at least that last problem by finding the ideal destination to <a href="" target="_blank">pop the question</a>.</p><p>Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store, announced its plan earlier this week to hire one couple to traverse the United States over six months to scout and identify the <a href="" target="_blank">perfect proposal spots</a>.</p><p>“We are always looking to elevate the engagement ring shopping experience we offer at Robbins Brothers, and a big part of that is the assistance we offer in planning the perfect proposal,” Chris Weakley, VP of Marketing for Robbins Brothers, said in a statement. “We decided that the best way to gather some new, unique ideas would be to hire a couple to travel together in select cities over a six-month period to uncover the most unique and romantic proposal spots.”</p><p>Here’s how the job will work: One couple will be selected to travel to six U.S. cities over six different weekends. This way, applicants can still work their normal jobs while fitting in the travel gig of a lifetime on their days off. At each spot, the couple will have 48 hours to find and document the most romantic locations to pop the question. The couple will be given a budget for travel, accommodations, meals, and activities to help on their hunt as well.</p><p>To qualify for the gig, couples must already be active social media users, willing to contribute content about their experiences, and, of course, be willing to travel. And, applicants are encouraged to apply as a couple or with a partner, however single people will not be disqualified.</p><p>Interested? All you need to do is <a href="" target="_blank">apply here</a> by — you guessed it — Valentine’s Day.</p>
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A Popular Cape Town Destination Was Engulfed In Flames Over the Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 17:02
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Cape Town, South Africa</a> is known for being a bucket list destination for adventure seekers, Unfortunately, one of its top attractions suffered some severe damage due to fires over the weekend.</p><p>According to <em>TimesLIVE</em>, fires broke out on Cape Town’s famous Lion’s Head and Signal Hill around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, with winds up to 30 mph feeding the flames over 16 feet high.</p><img alt="Cape Town Fire "src=""><p>Over 70 firefighters and 20 vehicles, including helicopters, worked to control the blaze, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em> reported</a>. People have been sharing unbelievable footage and photographs of the fires on social media, including some extremely close views from suburban houses.</p><p><em>TimesLIVE</em> reported that some residents nearby overheard vehicles driving by with loudspeakers advising them to leave the area. However, Cape Town fire and rescue service spokesman Theo Layne told the news outlet that evacuations were unnecessary Sunday night.</p><p>In addition, Western Cape local government spokesperson James-Brent Styan told <a href="" target="_blank">News 24</a> that there was no threat to surrounding structures or people as of Sunday.</p><p>Still, residents felt uneasy being so close to the fires. One resident, Spencer Jay, <a href="" target="_blank">told News 24</a> on Monday morning, “It was like Dante's Inferno.”</p><p>By Monday morning, winds had died down and most of the flames had been extinguished. There were a few flare ups on Signal Hill Road that were quickly contained by mid-afternoon. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The South African</a></em>, firefighters are still attending to the scene and monitoring the situation.</p><img alt="Cape Town Fire "src=""><p>The cause of the fire is still unknown. Signal Hill is known as a popular <a href="" target="_blank">paragliding spot</a> for tourists, but is closed until further notice.</p>
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The Best U.S. Cities to Turn a Layover Into an Action-packed Day Trip

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:01
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Layovers</a> can be a great way to explore a destination before hopping on a connecting flight, but squeezing in the time to get to and from the airport and explore a city in just a few hours can be tricky.</p><p>Some cities offer airports that are closer to their downtown and attractions, giving travelers the chance to take the time that would be spent waiting for a flight at the gate and use it to grab a local bite or tick an activity off their list.</p><p>To determine which cities make it easy to have an active layover, online travel service company <a href="" target="_blank">CheapTickets</a> took a look at the nation’s airports to determine the top five locations for a "playover" — what the company defines as a layover in a city where the airport is close enough to the center to allow for a day trip without missing a connecting flight.</p><p>CheapTickets started by examining the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. airports</a> that were most visited through bookings made on its website within the last year, narrowing down the list to include airports based in major regions throughout the U.S that offer a <a href="" target="_blank">public transportation</a> time of 50 minutes or less to the city center and to notable attractions. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Kill Time at the Airport Without Spending Any Money</a></p><p>Each city was then ranked based on the following factors: the travel time from the airport to the city’s downtown, the cost of a round-trip ticket on public transit to the city’s downtown or to a nearby area of interest, the available public transportation options, and attractions travelers can see within four to eight hours (including travel time to and from the airport). </p><p>Boston came out on top, with <a href="" target="_blank">Logan International Airport</a> offering travelers several public transportation options. See which cities ranked in the top five below. </p><h2>1. Boston: Boston Logan International Airport </h2><p>Public transportation options from Boston Logan International Airport include <a href="" target="_blank">water taxis</a>, which travelers can get to by taking the free #66 shuttle from the airport’s terminals. </p><p>Travelers can also take the <a href="" target="_blank">Silver Line (SL1)</a> bus to get from the airport to Boston’s <a href="" target="_blank">Seaport District</a>, which is noted for its harbor promenade, landscaped parks, and variety of shops and restaurants. The ride takes about 19 minutes and is free from the airport to the Seaport District. Rides back to the airport cost $2.50. </p><p>At the seaport, visitors can see the <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Fish Pier</a>, stroll through the <a href="" target="_blank">Rose Kennedy Greenway</a> to explore its gardens and plazas, or admire a variety of art at the <a href="" target="_blank">Institute of Contemporary Art</a>. </p><p>Visitors can also take both the <a href="" target="_blank">Silver Line and the Blue Line</a> to get to downtown Boston in around 30 minutes. </p><p>In downtown, history abounds at locations like the <a href="" target="_blank">Old State House</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Paul Revere House</a>. Seafood fanatics can head to <a href="" target="_blank">Neptune Oyster</a>, where diners line up to taste the famed oysters, buttered lobster rolls, and raw seafood selections.</p><p>For dessert head to <a href="" target="_blank">Mike’s Pastry</a> to sample Italian treats such as cannoli and gelato in a pastry shop that has been open since 1946. </p><h2>2. Atlanta: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport</h2><p>From the airport, visitors can take the <a href="" target="_blank">MARTA</a> train to get to downtown Atlanta in roughly 16 to 20 minutes for $2.50 each way. </p><p>Once downtown, travelers can enjoy activities like a visit to <a href="" target="_blank">Centennial Olympic Park</a> to take in the free daily shows of the Fountain of Rings — the world’s largest interactive fountain featuring the symbol of the Olympic Ring. </p><p>Downtown Atlanta is also home to the <a href="" target="_blank">Georgia Aquarium</a>, which features thousands of animals and a variety of exhibits. Meanwhile, Coca Cola lovers can visit a museum dedicated to the history of the company at <a href="" target="_blank">The World of Coca-Cola</a>. The 20-acre complex is home to over 100 types of beverages visitors can sample, in addition to 200-year-old artifacts and historic accounts.</p><p>When it's time to eat, make sure to stop into the <a href="" target="_blank">Busy Bee</a> soul food restaurant, which has been open since 1947 and serves dishes that range from fried cube steak to old fashioned banana pudding.</p><h2>3. Chicago: Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport </h2><p>After landing at <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago O’Hare International Airport</a>, travelers can take the <a href="" target="_blank">CTA Blue Line</a> to reach downtown Chicago in roughly 45 minutes for $5. <a href="" target="_blank">The Orange Line</a> will connect travelers from the Midway International Airport to downtown Chicago in about 30 minutes for $2.50 each way.</p><p>In downtown, visitors can check out popular attractions like the famed <a href="" target="_blank">Millennium Park and Cloud Gate</a> (known as “The Bean”), <a href="" target="_blank">Lurie Garden</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Maggie Daly park</a>, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Riverwalk</a> to enjoy scenic strolls filled with river views.</p><p>The all-local <a href="" target="_blank">Revival Food Hall</a> is also within close distance and hosts <a href="" target="_blank">Mindy’s Hot Chocolate</a>, where hot chocolate add-ons include butterscotch and cognac shots, maple syrup, and homemade marshmallows. </p><h2>4. Philadelphia: Philadelphia International Airport</h2><p>The SEPTA train stops at every major terminal at Philadelphia International Airport, easily transporting passengers to Center City in roughly 25 minutes.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Airport Line service</a> runs seven days a week between 5 a.m. and midnight, and costs $6.75 when purchased in advance and $8 one-way for regular purchases on weekdays. On weekday evenings and weekends, rides cost $5.25 one-way when purchased in advance and $7 one-way for regular purchases.</p><p>Once at <a href="" target="_blank">Center City</a>, visitors can explore more than half a dozen neighborhoods that make up Philadelphia’s downtown. Here is where you’ll find historic neighborhoods like <a href="" target="_blank">Old City</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Society Hill</a>, and a variety of shops, restaurants, and parks.</p><p>Various corridors throughout the area have their own charm to offer, from the <a href="" target="_blank">Midtown Village</a> and its independently owned restaurants, hotels, and boutiques to <a href="" target="_blank">Rittenhouse Row</a> and its upscale selection of galleries and spas.</p><h2>5. Las Vegas: McCarran International Airport</h2><p>There are several options provided by the <a href="" target="_blank">Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada</a> for riders headed from McCarran International Airport to Las Vegas’s famous strip and to downtown.</p><p>Passengers who arrive at Terminal 1 can use Routes 108 (Paradise), 109 (Maryland Parkway), and the Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) from the Ground Level Zero. From Terminal 3, options include the WAX or the Centennial Express from the Departures Level.</p><p>Each ride costs $2 per person, or $5 for a 24-hour pass, with rides taking roughly 15 minutes to arrive at the Las Vegas Strip and 40 minutes to get downtown. The Strip is home to a variety of Las Vegas’s popular casinos and resorts and attractions that include the <a href="" target="_blank">Bellagio fountain show</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">world’s tallest observation wheel</a>.</p><p>Try <a href="" target="_blank">Bavette’s Steakhouse and Bar</a> for a selection of meats, seafood towers, and classic cocktails, or head to the Cosmopolitan’s <a href="" target="_blank">The Chandelier bar</a> to drink under millions of shimmering crystals.</p>
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The 10 Most Commonly Mispronounced Places in Europe

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:00
<p>It’s estimated that more than 15 million Americans visit Europe every year. We’d like to accept bets on what percentage of these Americans are mispronouncing the names of a few of the places they’re visiting.</p><p>The language learning app <a href="" target="_blank">Babbel</a> partnered with the global hostel group <a href="" target="_blank">Generator</a> to determine which names of places American visitors to Europe are most likely to butcher. In a survey of 400 hostel employees across 10 different cities, the app determined which locations are most likely to trip up an American speaker.</p><p>If you’re looking for <strong>Kantstraße in Berlin</strong><b> </b>(a long street in Charlottenburg known for its Asian restaurants), you’ll have to ask for “kahnt-stra-sa.”</p><p><strong>Rome’s</strong> picturesque <strong>Trastevere</strong> neighborhood is pronounced “tra-stay-vay-ray.”</p><p><strong>Stockholm’s Djurgården</strong> island, where the royal park is, is pronounced either “you-gore-den” or “you-gorn.”</p><p>If you’ve heard talk of <strong>Venice’s</strong> nearby <strong>Giudecca</strong>, a quiet island with several churches and historical sites, you’ll have to hitch a boat ride to “joodekka.”</p><p>A German umlaut and a string of consonants can throw off the untrained American. If you’re looking for the shopping center of <strong>Mönckebergstrasse in Hamburg</strong><b>, </b>ask for “moen-ke-bairk-stra-sa.” Or, to truly blend in with the locals, you can just call it “Mö.”</p><p>Americans in <a href="" target="_blank"><b>London</b></a> may think they’re safe in an Anglophone city, but if you ask for <strong>Holborn</strong>, locals will laugh at you. Here, it’s pronounced more like “hoe-bun.” (Yes, everybody knows there’s an L and an R in there. No use mentioning it.)</p><p><strong>Dubliners</strong> may be friendly but they also love a good laugh at a Gaelic mispronunciation. If you’re trying to find the coastal suburb of <strong>Dún Laoghaire</strong>, impress them all by asking for “dunn leary.”</p><p>Any American would be forgiven for getting tripped up over Dutch spellings. If you’re in <strong>Amsterdam</strong> looking for the “Eastern Islands” of <strong>Oostelijke Eilanden</strong>, say it “ohsta-likka eye-lahnden.”<br /><br />Although in<b> </b><strong>Barcelona</strong>, you’ll probably have a clear view of <strong>Montjuïc</strong> — the large hill overlooking the city — from wherever you are, you may not have any clue how to pronounce it. Try “mon-jweek.”</p><p>And in <strong>Paris</strong>, tourists who are looking for the<b> </b><strong>Rue de Rochechouart</strong><b> </b>should ask for the “roo deh rosha-shwah.” Bonus points if you can master that (in)famous French “r” sound.</p>
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How Disney Hides the Not-so-magical Parts of Its Theme Parks Right in Front of Your Eyes

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:00
<p>There’s a lot happening at Disney theme parks: Between <a href="" target="_blank">new openings </a>and <a href="" target="_blank">secret attractions</a>, a visitor’s attention is thrown all over the place. Sometimes it feels like there’s too much to see and too few hours in the day to experience it all. Then take into account that there are whole parts of Disney parks hidden in plain sight, but camouflaged so you don’t notice them, and your head might just spin.</p><p>Much like a colored screen on a film set, Disney uses the color green to transform the more unsightly parts of its theme parks so you won't ever notice them.</p><p>If you look closely around the park, you will see shades of green painted on certain items, like trash cans, backstage scaffolding and fences, to make them “disappear,” or at least go relatively undetected.</p><p>"The goal of this color is to cause the object to fade into your color spectrum so that your eye will miss it completely," Gavin Doyle, a Disney park expert and the man behind the website <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Dose</a>, <a href=";IR=T" target="_blank">told <i>Business Insider</i></a>. "The best example can be found on the outdoor lift hill of Big Thunder Mountain, where you can easily see backstage by turning your head to the right. Most guests simply don't see this backstage area as everything is covered in Disney's special green-colored paint."</p><p>Disney will refer to this color as “no-see-um-green” or “go away green.” But this unobtrusive green can change shade based on what’s surrounding the item. “It has a lot to do with what the building is blending into," <a href="" target="_blank">one Reddit user wrote</a>, adding that "ivy differs from oak, which differs from shrubs, etc.” </p><p>So next time you're <a href="" target="_blank">visiting Mickey</a>, try to spot what's hidden in plane sight. Just remember, you're not supposed to see it all. </p>
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Beagle at Canadian Airport Sniffs Out 5,000 Leeches in Man's Suitcase (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 07:02
<p>Sniffer dogs find a lot of weird stuff while their on the job, like <a href="" target="_blank">roast pigs</a> or even a <a href="" target="_blank">six-inch millipede</a>.</p><p>But if that doesn’t already make your skin crawl, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>, a beagle working as a sniffer dog for the Canada Border Services Agency made the creepy-crawly discovery that tops them all: five thousand leeches.</p><p>The discovery, originally made on Oct. 17, 2018, but reported exclusively by <em><a href="" target="_blank">National Geographic</a></em> over the weekend, happened at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The Canadian man who had the leeches in his luggage was on a return trip from Russia at the time.</p><p>However, since the man was not actively trying to conceal the leeches, he was not charged with smuggling. According to <em>National Geographic</em>, he has been charged with “illegally importing an internationally regulated species without the required permits,” per André Lupert, manager of intelligence for the Wildlife Enforcement Directorate at Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ontario Region. He will have to attend a court hearing later next month in Toronto.</p><p>According to Lupert, speaking to <em>National Geographic</em>, the man claimed he was only using the leeches for personal use to fertilize his orchids using the leech’s “waste water.” However, Lupert suspected that the number of leeches involved suggests they were intended to sell.</p><p>Leeches were widely used by doctors dating back thousands of years in order to treat a huge array of medical ailments, but fell out of favor as other scientific methods became more accessible. Leeches, as “blood suckers,” were often used for treatments for diseases thought to be caused by an “excess of blood,” according to <em>USA Today</em>.</p><p>Up until recently, the use of leeches was considered out of date or even “medieval,” but recently, <a href="" target="_blank">leech therapies</a>, including ones for surgery, trauma and reconstructive procedures, have been approved by the FDA, <em>USA Today</em> reported.</p>
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Chrissy Teigen Spent 16 Hours 'Living' in Heathrow Airport — and She Really Made the Most of It

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 06:36
<p>Chrissy Teigen hasn’t always had the best travel experiences, between her everyday mom struggles on <a href="" target="_blank">15-hour trips</a> and “<a href="" target="_blank">flights to nowhere</a>,” she probably has quite a few stories to tell.</p><p>Which is why when she has a long layover, she definitely knows how to do it right.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>The Daily Mail</em></a>, Teigen told fans on Instagram that she was “living at Heathrow” after wrapping a photo shoot in Morocco and traveling back to the U.S. But before she could return stateside, she had to endure a 16-hour layover at the London airport.</p><p>On Sunday, Teigen asked her Twitter followers for help with a predicament: Should she leave the airport and find a close-by hotel, or just stay at the airport during her layover, the Daily Mail reported.</p><p>In her tweet, she stated her layover was 14 hours, but she mentioned it was 16 hours in her Instagram story.</p><p>Many followers stopped to reply to her tweet, until one user suggested Teigen get a room at <a href="" target="_blank">Yotel</a>, an in-airport hotel at Heathrow, so she could have the best of both worlds, according to <em>The Daily Mail</em>. She can relax in a nice room and she doesn’t have to go through security again.</p><p>Teigen began documenting her layover saga on Instagram stories, introducing her entourage, including her hair and makeup people who tended to her layover look. Her makeup artist even did a full eyebrow tutorial. Because nothing puts you in a good mood for another long haul flight like a well groomed brow. No joke. Try it.</p><p>She even tried to hook up her single friends that she was traveling with, jokingly saying in the videos, “They're single so if there's any businessman at Heathrow they'll meet you at the Yotel, pay by the hour.”</p><p>Outside of Yotel, Teigen also picked up some souvenirs, including an adorable Paddington Bear for her daughter, Luna.</p><p>According to <em>The Metro</em>, she even told followers that she was up for some meet and greets.</p><p>“If anyone is here in the next 16 hours we will be at the arcade,” Teigen tweeted.</p><p>Heathrow Airport was appreciative of Teigen taking advantage of its many in-airport services. She even tweeted back, offering to help out with operations. You know, since she had the time.</p><p>But it looks like Teigen is on her way back to the U.S. now that her layover is over. Hopefully some fans got to get some choice selfies with the model/author/entrepreneur/life inspiration. Either way, layovers have never looked better.</p>
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Here’s Where Airlines Stand When It Comes to Tipping Flight Attendants

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:01
<p>A recent flight taken by travel points and miles writer <a href="" target="_blank">JT Genter</a> has once again raised the issue of whether or not passengers should tip flight attendants, with one budget airline encouraging the action.</p><p>Genter, who wrote about his experience with the occurrence first-hand, was surprised when he was handed a flight attendant’s tablet on a <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier Airlines</a> flight and asked if he’d like to leave a tip after ordering a drink.</p><p>After reaching out to Frontier, Genter was told by a spokesperson that the airline does not keep any portion of the tips and that tips had been shared among flight attendants until Jan. 1, 2019, when they became eligible to start earning tips on individual sales.</p><p>Frontier introduced tipping three years ago.</p><p>“We appreciate the great work of our flight attendants and know that our customers do as well, so [the payment tablet] gives passengers the option to tip; it’s entirely at the customer’s discretion, and many do it,” Frontier spokesman Jonathan Freed told the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune</a></em>.</p><p>While the issue has been contested in the past, the recent incident has sparked the question once again, with airlines varying on where they stand when it comes to the matter.</p><p>Some airlines, like United, prohibit their employees from accepting tips, while others, like Southwest, do not allow flight attendants to initially take or expect tips but would allow them to accept a tip should a customer insist.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Become a Flight Attendant</a></p><p>Meanwhile, the two other U.S. budget carriers, Allegiant Air and Spirit Airlines, don’t include the option in payment systems. Allegiant has an official policy against tipping, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a></em>.</p><p>Southwest Airlines and American Airlines both offer rewards programs where passengers can recognize cabin crew. </p><p>Southwest A-List Preferred and Rapid Rewards A-List Members have the opportunity to do this with the airline’s Customer Kick Tail-A-Gram, which passengers receive by e-mail and can give to employees to use to enter into an account for drawings throughout the year. </p><p>Meanwhile, elite fliers can do the same with American Airlines’ Above and Beyond program, which allows passengers to hand out coupon codes towards gift cards or merchandise to cabin crew as a thank you.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Behind the Scenes With a Flight Attendant</a></p><p>Part of the debate surrounding tipping is the safety role flight attendants are primarily taking on as part of their job duties. </p><p>"Flight attendants used to have to be registered nurses because the aircraft cabins weren’t pressurized; it’s [really] a safety professional role, with a mask of customer service in there,” a representative from the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Travel + Leisure</em></a> in a previous interview.</p><p>“Flight Attendants are certified for our safety, health, and security work; safety is not variable and therefore base compensation for a safety job cannot be variable,” AFA president Sara Nelson said in a <a href="" target="_blank">recent statement</a> in response to Frontier's policy change. </p><p>Nelson continued to point out that tipping is not part of a flight attendant’s compensation for serving as “aviation’s first responders.”</p><p>If you’re looking for a way to thank your cabin crew for their service during your flight, sometimes kind gestures and genuine appreciation can be enough (especially during the busy holiday season).</p><p>“As with anyone in the service industry who works on the holidays, it’s always a special treat to be appreciated by a customer whether it’s with a gift card, a Customer Kick Tail-A-Gram, or a genuine smile,” a Southwest Airlines spokesperson told T+L.</p><p>You can also contact the customer service representatives of an airline and write a note including your flight details and the employee's name to recognize crew members that exhibited outstanding service. </p>
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You Can Row Your Way Through an Underground Reservoir Like You’re in 'Phantom of the Opera'

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:00
<p>It is possible to reenact your fantasies from “Phantom of the Opera” and row a boat through a spooky underground reservoir. But this tunnel’s a few thousand miles away from Paris in Israel.</p><p>The “Pool of Arches” in Ramla, Israel dates back to the eighth century, when the reservoir was built to sustain water supply to the newly-founded city of Ramla. Despite extensive damage to other parts of Ramla in the past 1,200 years due to earthquakes, the reservoir still stands — and is still welcoming visitors.</p><p>If you care to paddle your way through the arches, you must descend down a staircase and board one of the rowboats in the pool. It will take about 20 minutes to work your way along the underground arches.</p><p>The pool is about 65 feet by 65 feet and contains fifteen columns to paddle around. As you row beneath the vaulted ceilings, be sure to look for an inscription from the reservoir’s construction (back in 789 A.D.) and <a href="" target="_blank">square hatches carved</a> where people used to lower their buckets to collect water.</p><p>While some prefer to call the reservoir by its elegant name “Pool of Arches,” it’s also goes by the name “Pool of Goats” in Arabic because of the animals that used to drink from the cistern.</p><p>Although the pool dates back over 1,000 years, it was only recently discovered and excavated by the Israel Antiquities Authorities.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">A Culinary Renaissance in the Israeli Countryside</a></p><p>Today, the reservoir is open for visitors six days a week (every day besides Saturday), and costs about $3 (12 NIS) <a href="" target="_blank">for a tour</a>.</p><p>Be sure to visit the exhibit at the end of the attraction that details the reservoir’s history, from construction through the reign of the Ottoman Empire to today.</p>
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I Never Go Anywhere Without This Cashmere Travel Wrap — Here’s Why

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:30
<p>As someone who only travels with a <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on</a> (no matter how long the trip is), I’m always on the look-out for versatile fashions that can be worn multiple ways and will leave more room in my compact suitcase for other trip essentials. So when a friend of mine told me about <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">White + Warren’s cashmere travel wraps</a> a few years ago, I knew I had to get one.</p><p>Ever since I’ve started traveling with it, the <a href="" target="_blank">multipurpose wrap</a> has been a huge game-changer for my travel style. If I’m not already wearing it on my way to the airport I always make sure it is stashed in my <a href="" target="_blank">tote bag</a> for easy access. Once I’m on board my flight I’ll snuggle up and use it as a blanket or if I am wearing a long coat, I’ll fold it up and use it as a pillow. Of course, you don’t have to fly to make use of the cozy wrap. It works just as well on chilly car rides and train trips, too.</p><img alt="white + warren cashmere travel wrap "src=""><p>Once I’ve arrived at my destination I really put the accessory to work. I wear the versatile piece as a scarf as I sightsee during the day, and for nights out I’ll drape it over my shoulders and wear it as a shawl over a little black dress or silk blouse. I’ll even use it as a throw blanket for quick naps or chill sessions at my hotel.</p><p>The super-soft accessory is unbelievably sleek and versatile, so it makes sense that it has been one of the brand’s best-selling products for over 20 years. The unisex knit wrap is made from a breathable cashmere that is not only incredibly warm but also lightweight. There are 21 stylish colors to choose from including black, lilac, and olive. I personally went with the light gray shade and it pairs perfectly with everything in my wardrobe. At $298 it’s a <i>very</i> expensive scarf, but when you consider the quality and how often you will use it, the benefits outweigh the price.</p><p>According to reviews, I’m not the only one who thinks so. One happy customer wrote, “This wrap scarf is sooo soft and so warm! It's huge though so it's very versatile, you can wear it so many different ways and it goes with everything! Pricey, but totally worth it.”</p><p>Needless to say, I completely agree. The travel wrap was unquestionably an investment but seeing as how I can no longer travel without it, it's definitely one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.</p><h2>White + Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap</h2><img alt="white and warren cashmere wrap "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $298</p>
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