Netflix Is Bringing Free Food to JFK and O’Hare This Thanksgiving Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 06:17
<p>Wherever you’re going for the <a href="" target="_blank">Thanksgiving holiday</a>, don’t worry about bringing your own snacks.</p><p>This week, in a fun push to advertise its new show, “<a href="" target="_blank">The Final Table</a>,” Netflix is bringing free food to hungry travelers at <a href="" target="_blank">JFK airport</a> in New York City and <a href="" target="_blank">O’Hare Airport</a> in Chicago.</p><img alt="Netflix Final Table Airport Promotion "src=""><p>But these snacks aren’t your typical popcorn and trail mix. Instead, the free eats will represent the global meals from the 9 countries — Mexico, Spain, UK, Brazil, India, United States, Italy, France and <a href="" target="_blank">Japan</a> — which will be introduced in “The Final Table.” “The Final Table” is a global cooking competition that celebrates the togetherness food can bring to us all, according to a statement from Netflix.</p><p>Snacks include tastes of paella, full English breakfast pork scratchings, spiced black bean Brazil nuts, Thanksgiving leftover bread pudding, sundried tomato fusilli, nori-crusted peanuts, and more.</p><p>In addition to a gourmet mini-meal, travelers will interact with a customized screen where they can select the country they wish to “travel to” on their food journey. On the screen, they can find out more information about the country, the local food, the chefs that will be part of the new Netflix show, and get to see a short clip from the episode that features their chosen country as a teaser.</p><img alt="Netflix Final Table Airport Promotion "src=""><p>After the presentation, travelers receive a box with an international gourmet snack with information about the local ingredients used to make it from their chosen country. Frankly, after braving the <a href="" target="_blank">long security lines</a> of other Thanksgiving travelers, you definitely deserve to treat yourself a little before getting on your flight. It certainly beats in-flight pretzels and overpriced snacks from the news stand.</p><p>This delicious offering will only be available at JFK and O’Hare from Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 25. Just in time for you to travel both to and from your grandma’s house.</p>
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An 11-year-old Ran Away to the Airport, Slipped Through Airport Security, and Nearly Boarded a Flight Without a Ticket

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 17:44
<p>Some kids out there pretend they’re going to run away as a way to get attention from their parents, but one kid in Atlanta actually made a solid attempt.</p><p>In a feat that seems straight out of a “Home Alone” remake, an 11-year-old boy actually managed to hop a bus to <a href="" target="_blank">Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport</a>, get through security without a ticket or ID, and nearly take off on a Delta flight, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta Journal-Constitution</a>.</p><p>And he would have made it, too, if it weren’t for some meddling airport employees.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">WSB-TV</a> in Atlanta, a source told reporter Tom Jones that the boy “just wanted to get away.” The boy was apparently playing basketball in his yard on Friday afternoon before he decided to make a run for it and boarded a bus in Clayton County.</p><p>TSA representative Sari Koshetz told WSB-TV that no security breach was made, since the boy was screened and was not required to show ID at the security checkpoint because he was a minor. Koshetz did not comment on the fact that he didn’t have a boarding pass.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Yahoo</a>, an airport worker stopped the boy when they noticed he was in his pajamas. When they asked the boy where his family was, the people near the boy said they didn’t know him.</p><p>“Atlanta Police got a call from Delta Air Lines employees that an unaccompanied 11-year-old had tried to board one of their planes without a boarding pass,” Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Luckily the boy was located before he was allowed to board a flight.</p><p>The boy is back with his mother, who did not comment much on the situation. “You should be at the airport asking them how that happened,” she said to WSB-TV.</p><p>“That sounds like we still have a lot of problems, if a child can get through security and get to a plane, and board a plane… you have to ask yourself, where's the ticket? Where's the parent? This is a horrendous breach of security, no doubt about it,” Brent C. Brown, a leading security expert, told <a href="" target="_blank">CBS46</a>.</p>
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Enjoy 33% off Stays at a Charming Cottage in Cape May, New Jersey

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 17:15
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>New Jersey: At least 33 percent off at <a href="" target="_blank">Beach Plum Farm</a>, a collection of restored cottages in Cape May, New Jersey. Accommodations come with fully equipped kitchens (with fridges stocked with goodies from the farm!), screened porches, and amenities such as binoculars for birding and bicycles. </p><p>Fall Weekends at the Farm includes:</p>Third night freeGuided excursion of your choiceFarm-to-table dinner for four guests on Saturday evening A Beach Plum Farm amenity basketDaily breakfastLate check-out of 5 pm <p>Original Price: From $2,335 (or $778 per night) for up to four guests. </p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $1,540 (or $513 per night) for up to four guests; valid from October 19, 2018 - April 7, 2019.</p><p>Booking Details: For reservations and more information, call 833/327-6268. Use promo code TLBPFVAC. </p><p>Availability: Based Upon Availability. Offer does not include taxes. Package is priced for four guests. An additional guest can be added for an extra person fee. Offer not valid for Winona Cottage. Blackout dates include holiday weekends.</p>
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You Can Now Rent a Spaceship Stroller for Your Next Walt Disney World Trip

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 11:30
<p>Parents who are looking to make their child’s next visit to a Disney park a trip they won’t forget can now have their youngsters feel like they’ve stepped into a galaxy far, far away thanks to the new Spaceship Stroller.</p><p>The stroller draws inspiration from the Millennium Falcon cockpit, with hexagonal windows and a panel complete with a spaceship-style steering wheel and a set of switches that kick off sound and lighting effects to make children feel like they’re blasting off to another planet.</p><p>Sound effects include a speedy takeoff, while lighting features range from blue to red depending on whether riders want to be on the dark side (red) or on the light side (blue).</p><img alt="The stroller comes complete with doors that open to the side, sound effects, and LED lighting features. "src=""><p>Florida-based <a href="" target="_blank">Fantasy Strollers</a> created the strollers. The company, which was also behind the popular <a href="" target="_blank">Cinderella Carriage Strollers</a>, changed its name from Princess Carriage Rentals to Fantasy Strollers in July of 2018 after adding a range of new themed strollers to its offerings.</p><p>Its Cinderella Carriage Strollers are made out of blue and silver steel and come complete with tufted seats and hidden hooks and drink holders. The Spaceship Stroller is made out of custom fiberglass and has doors inspired by the Millennium Falcon that open to the side to let riders in.</p><p>It comes with space for two children, with a minimum height of 27 inches and a maximum height of 50 inches.</p><p>Take a look at the video below to get a sneak peek into what the stroller looks like: </p><p>The strollers, which will be available for rental starting March 1, 2019, are currently available to pre-reserve through <a href="" target="_blank">Fantasy Strollers</a>.</p><p>An eight-hour rental is priced at $132, while the Spaceship Surprise Package ($241 for eight hours) includes delivery of the stroller right to resorts near the parks, a red carpet rollout, themed music, and escorted transportation via a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to the designated drop-off location near the entrance of the preferred Disney park.</p><p>The strollers will be available for use at <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Magic Kingdom</a>, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. The stroller company is unaffiliated with both The Walt Disney Company and Lucas Film. </p><p>Besides offering the strollers for rent in Disney’s Florida locations, Fantasy Strollers also offers its Cinderella Carriage Strollers for wedding reservations, with quotes provided per wedding based on location. Company representatives recommend those interested in wedding reservations call at least four to six months in advance due to limited availability.</p>
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These Vintage Disneyland Photos Will Let You See the Park Through Walt's Eyes

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 11:01
<p>You can’t build a time machine to visit Disneyland’s opening day, but "<a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tldisneyphotobook-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=3836563487&amp;linkId=306bc3e72953a3e9c3aac11a772925b3" target="_blank">Walt Disney’s Disneyland</a>," the new Taschen book by Chris Nichols, details enough of the park’s origins to make you feel like you've been transported back to 1955.</p><p>Diving into the history of <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney's park</a> with mesmerizing behind-the-scenes photos of the first rides and earliest attendees, it’s the stories that reign supreme, with tales of personal experiences and unexpected influences from around the world that shaped Walt’s park from the ground up. Between secret nods to Disneyland’s history that you can still spot to this day and insider stories — like how the Happiest Place On Earth almost landed in Los Angeles — it offers a fresh look at the famed theme park between its photo-flocked pages.</p><img alt="Disneyland Book by Taschen "src=""><p>Here are just <em>a few</em> of the secrets you’ll find tucked between its covers:</p><h2>One Fantasyland attraction is a sort of scrapbook of Walt’s travels</h2><p>Inspiration for the <a href="" target="_blank">Storybook Land Canal Boats</a>, which takes guests on a ride through shrunken-down versions of iconic film locations, came from trips to other international parks. The Bekonscot Model Village and Railway near London and Holland’s Madurodam miniature park are said to have directly influenced the creation of the Fantasyland attraction. It’s also likely that its Monstro the Whale tunnel was inspired by Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, given its eerily similar big blue Willie the Whale and that Disney visited the attraction shortly after it opened in 1950.</p><h2>The most impressive ride at Disneyland isn’t what you’d think</h2><p>Forget the technical marvels of <a href="" target="_blank">reinventing Tower of Terror</a> or Indiana Jones Adventure’s never-the-same-twice experience — neither compared to the challenge Disney staffers underwent creating Matterhorn Bobsleds. Everything about it was unprecedented, down to the seat height, wheel material and track technology, and because the Matterhorn's exterior was designed first, it required an engineering marvel to fit the track in the tight spaces, executed in under a year. Matterhorn Bobsleds also became the first roller coaster to ever allow multiple vehicles on the same track at once, setting the groundwork for the thrill rides we know and enjoy today.</p><img alt="Disneyland Book by Taschen "src=""><h2>There are secret nods to Disneyland’s past throughout the parks</h2><p>The Carthay Circle Theatre, where "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" premiered, is honored with a replica at Disney’s California Adventure park that houses a lounge and restaurant. Look at Trolley Treats across the way and you’ll see an enticing candy-filled window display, an homage to the Rock Candy Mountain attraction designed for Fantasyland that was never built. And that little ghost town seen at the end of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad? It isn’t just for fun, it’s actually a remnant from Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland, a precursor to the Frontierland ride</p><img alt="Disneyland Book by Taschen "src=""><h2>Disneyland Park was created by artists, not architects.</h2><p>Disneyland’s uniqueness is rooted in the fact that so many of its designers were talented movie artisans. Special effects artists designed larger-than-life park decor, an Academy Award winning costume designer created employee outfits and a famed movie director stylized the early days of Tomorrowland. Celebrated Imagineers and artists like Herb Ryman, who worked on "Dumbo," created the original map view of the park in order to secure financial backing and Claude Coates, who painted scenes for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Peter Pan," worked on visuals for the ride, giving the first-ever Disney theme park its iconic look.</p><img alt="Disneyland Book by Taschen "src=""><h2>The books photos are as good as visiting the park in the ‘50s</h2><p>Early maps, models and designs of Disneyland coming to fruition, along with vibrant photos of the park's stylish guests give more context than any historic tale, with enough two-page photo spreads to make those fabled early days feel real. There are even glimpses at the oft-rumored tidbits of early Disneyland, like an automat Space Bar restaurant and Main Street’s full-fledged apothecary with live leeches, which are nothing short of delightful.</p><img alt="Disneyland Book by Taschen "src="">
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A Full Guide to Clear Airport Security: How It Works and Where You Can Use it

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:46
<p>Navigating through airports can already be stressful without the added pressure that comes in with accounting for lengthy security screening lanes.</p><p>For travelers looking for a speedy and simple way to breeze through security and lighten their loads when traveling, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Clear</a> is a company that utilizes biometrics to allow individuals to identify themselves in just a few seconds with the scan of a finger or eye.</p><p>The service is currently used by over 2.5 million people and is available across 40 locations in the U.S. so far.</p><p>Below, we’ve broken down what the service is about, how it works, where it is currently located, and how it is different from other programs already out there.</p><h2>What is Clear?</h2><p>Clear taps into <a href="" target="_blank">biometric</a> scanning technology to let travelers skip through the airport security and identification procedures — and the lines leading up to them. Clear uses a traveler’s fingerprints and iris image scans to confirm identity. Then, Clear users are able to head straight to the security metal detectors and bag scanners, no waiting required.</p><p>It is the only service to allow travelers to enter speedier security lanes themselves and also to instantly move through the lengthy ID check lines that travelers hit once they get to the top of the line.</p><h2>How Clear Airport Check-in Works</h2><p>Once at the airport, Clear members will find dedicated Clear Lanes they can head into where a Clear Ambassador will help the traveler scan either their fingerprint or eye and their boarding pass.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">What Travelers Need to Know About New TSA Security Measures</a></p><p>From there, travelers are taken to the front of the security screening line. Clear is also currently working on developing biometric boarding passes so that travelers will no longer need to scan boarding passes once in the dedicated lane.</p><h2>How Clear Stadium Check-in Works</h2><p>Some stadiums also have a dedicated Clear lane where members can enjoy expedited entry, though they will still be required to undergo physical security for bag checks. Thanks to a partnership between Clear and Major League Baseball, members can also take advantage of biometric ticketing without needing a physical or mobile ticket on-hand.</p><img alt="An example of biometric scans on Clear. "src=""><p>Besides biometric ticketing, some stadiums like SafeCo Fields and CenturyLink are using Clear to replace ID age validation and credit card usage to get alcohol and concessions. Clear plans to bring this feature to additional venues down the line.</p><h2>Clear Airport Locations</h2><p>Wondering what airports have clear? Clear is currently available across 26 different airports in the U.S. See below for the full Clear airport list:</p>Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall AirportDallas/Fort Worth International AirportDallas Love Field AirportDenver International Airport Detroit Metro AirportFort Lauderdale-Hollywood International AirportWilliam P. Hobby AirportGeorge Bush Intercontinental AirportMcCarran International AirportLos Angeles International AirportMiami International AirportMinneapolis—Saint Paul International AirportLaGuardia AirportJohn F. Kennedy International AirportWestchester County AirportOrlando International Airport Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Salt Lake City International AirportSan Antonio International AirportSan Francisco International AirportNorman Y. Mineta San Jose International AirportSeattle-Tacoma International AirportRonald Reagan Washington National Airport Dulles International Airport<h2>Clear Arena and Stadium Locations</h2>SunTrust Park (Atlanta) Coors Field (Denver) Comerica Park (Detroit) Banc of California Stadium (Los Angeles) Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles) America Airlines Arena (Miami) Marlins Park (Miami) Yankee Stadium (New York) Citi Field (New York) Oakland—Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland) AT&amp;T Park (San Francisco) Avaya Stadium (San Jose) CenturyLink Field (Seattle) Safeco Field (Seattle) <h2>Clear Airport Cost</h2><p>The cost of using Clear at airports is $179 a year ($15 a month). Travelers who <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">get a Clear membership</a> can also add up to three family members to their membership for $50 per year, while those under the age of 18 can enter the Clear lane with a member free of charge.</p><p>Delta SkyMiles members can also get discounted rates with Clear. Diamond Medallion members receive complimentary membership while Platinum, Gold, and Silver Medallion members can purchase a year’s membership for $79. General SkyMiles members can also get a membership for $99 a year.</p><h2>Clear Stadium Cost</h2><p>Membership specifically for <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Clear Sports</a> (at participating stadiums) is free and includes access for one guest.</p><h2>How to Enroll in Clear</h2><p>Travelers can become new members of Clear in just five minutes and start using its lanes immediately once their enrollment is complete.</p><p>If enrolling at the airport, a Clear Ambassador will validate the traveler’s ID (U.S. driver’s license, U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, U.S. issued permanent resident card, state issued ID or U.S. military ID) before taking biometrics (a fingerprint, an eye scan, and a photo of the traveler’s face) to create a profile.</p><p>Travelers will also need to answer a few questions to verify identity and provide a method of payment to wrap up the enrollment process. The process can also be started <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">online</a>, though members will need to be present at a physical Clear location to complete enrollment.</p><h2>Who Can Get Clear?</h2><p>Travelers will need to be 18 years or older to apply for Clear and must have one of the following forms of valid and unamended photo identification: U.S. driver's license, U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, U.S.-issued permanent resident card, state issued ID, or U.S. military ID.</p><h2>The Difference Between Clear and TSA PreCheck</h2><p>While both of these services provide quicker navigation through the airport, Clear and <a href="" target="_blank">PreCheck</a> can be used hand in hand. Clear members can still use the Clear lane to avoid long security lines, and they can then be taken to the PreCheck screening lane to avoid having to remove their shoes, belt, and liquids from their carry-on baggage if they are signed up for PreCheck as well.</p><h2>Where Else Could Clear Be in the Future?</h2><p>Clear is currently looking into the various spaces where it can replace the need for cash, credit cards, and physical ID forms. Some of the areas the company is looking into include for hotel check-in, for car reservations, and in retail.</p>
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Flying to New Zealand Is Getting Easier — Here's How to Score a Deal on Your Flight

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:26
<p>Air New Zealand will begin nonstop service between Chicago and Auckland on Nov. 30, operating three times weekly with its new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. This Chicago flight joins current nonstops to New Zealand from Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, and Honolulu. Travelers thinking of a <a href="" target="_blank">trip to New Zealand</a> or other cities on Air New Zealand’s routes will want to be on the lookout for the airline’s Cyber Monday deals on Nov. 26.</p><p>Economy class fliers may want to try Air New Zealand’s innovative <a href="" target="_blank">Economy SkyCouch</a>, a comfortable — and less costly — alternative to business class. Specific rows of three seats are equipped with specially designed footrests that open to form a flat area about 30 inches wide, creating a place to lie down or stretch out. Linens and fluffy pillows are provided for extra comfort. One, two, or all three seats can be used to create the flat area for the cost of an Economy class ticket plus an additional fee. A SkyCouch infant harness and belt allow infants to remain lying down during the flight, even when the seatbelt sign is on.</p><p>Renowned chefs Peter Gordon and Michael Meredith curated the Business Premier and Premium Economy menus, served with New Zealand wines. Economy passengers are also offered a selection of New Zealand wines, and they can order snacks at any time through the inflight entertainment system.</p><p>Discounted fares from Vancouver to New Zealand, Australia, and the Cook Islands will be revealed at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 26.</p>
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Stay at an All-American Waterfront Resort in the Hamptons for Only $199 per Night

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 09:00
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Hamptons: 33 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Baron’s Cove</a> in Sag Harbor, an all-American waterfront resort that’s striking distance from the area's best wineries and beaches. </p><p>9 to 5 includes:</p>A minimum of one night on the weekdays; two nights on weekends in any room category Two welcome cocktails in the Lobby Lounge9 am check-in and 5 pm check-out An $100 dining credit<p>Original Price: Weekdays from $299 per night; weekends from $399 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> Weekdays from $199 per night; weekends from $269 per night valid from January 1 - March 31, 2019. </p><p>Booking details: Use promo code TLNINE. All meals must be signed to room for dining credit to be applied. No cash value.</p>
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Japan Is Giving Away 8 Million Abandoned Houses — Here's How to Get One

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 08:47
<p>Wannabe homeowners in Japan are about to get the deal of a lifetime.</p><p>The Japanese government is launching a program to reduce the number of abandoned homes across the country by offering them for sale for nearly nothing, or actually nothing, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Insider</a></em>. According to a <a href="" target="_blank">2013 report</a>, there are about eight million houses that have been left abandoned all over Japan.</p><p>Natural disasters and an aging population tend to be the main reasons why many of these homes have been left empty for so many years. But, according to <em>Insider</em>, a consistent superstition about old homes or homes where people died violent or unnatural deaths being considered bad luck can also make real estate difficult to sell.</p><p>In addition to some of the free homes listed, the government may also be offering funds to renovate the properties, especially in instances where they were abandoned and left in disrepair.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Japan Times</a>, 70 percent of people in Tokyo live in apartments. While these abandoned homes may be primarily a rural problem, many of them have been popping up in suburbs and close to cities as well, making them potentially viable options for people who are sick of cramped urban living.</p><p>In addition, the Nomura Research Institute (NRI) predicts that the number of abandoned homes could rise to 21.7 million by 2033, nearly one third of all homes in the country, according to the Japan Times.</p><p>“If this continues, at some point it may be necessary to consider limiting new construction. But that would have a substantial impact on the economy,” said Wataru Sakakibara, a senior consultant at NRI, to the Japan Times.</p><p>If you are considering owning a home in the near future, there’s never been a better time to consider a little retreat in Japan.</p><p>And if you’re not convinced, <em>Travel + Leisure</em><i> </i>also named the country our <a href="" target="_blank">Destination of the Year for 2018</a>, so owning a home there might be a good way to see the country and save on hotel costs.</p><p>In order to browse the homes for sale, you can visit this this <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>
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You Can Now Book a Stay With a Reindeer Herding Tribe in the World’s Most Remote Airbnb

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 15:00
<p>Travelers can now spend their days learning the ways of nomadic tribes and families in <a href="" target="_blank">Mongolia</a> thanks to the opening of the <a href=";ref_device_id=484f65686d4e02d74714e73941cfdc026e358a1a&amp;s=41&amp;source=handoff-ios&amp;user_id=16826741" target="_blank">world’s most remote Airbnb</a>.</p><p>Mongolia’s valleys are home to a large nomadic population who often relocate throughout shifting seasons to feed their livestock. While the tribes are open to engaging with tourists, finding ways to track and pinpoint their location and convey this information to travelers can get difficult, which is why <a href="" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> has teamed up with what3words to make accessing these remote locations a possibility.</p><img alt="Stay in close quarters with nomadic families in Mongolia to learn their way of life. "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">What3words</a>, which was started in London in 2013, has created a service that removes the complexity of GPS coordinates by converting 10-foot-by-10-foot squares across the world into three-word addresses (like filled.count.soap).</p><p>By mapping each location into three words, the service (which has a free app on both iOS and Android) allows nomadic tribes without an exact address to now create one for their guests.</p><p>“Tourists discover the area and learn about life here and we also like welcoming them as it is interesting to meet new people…[but] it is very hard for tourists to find us, and for us to explain the location when we have limited mobile network access,” Otgonbayar and Zorigt, who are Dukha reindeer herders and Airbnb hosts for the location, said in a statement. </p><p>Guests staying in the world’s most remote Airbnb will spend their days with the reindeer herders in the Taiga forest in northern Mongolia.</p><img alt="Sleep just steps away from reindeer. "src=""><p>The two-night and three-day stay is set up in a traditional Dukha teepee that sits deep in the forest and comes complete with two wooden beds, sleeping bags, and an open-fire stove.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">10 Geographically Remote Places to Get Away From It All</a></p><p>Upon arrival, visitors will be greeted by a local family, taste freshly made reindeer milk tea, and learn how the tribes spend their days, from herding and milking reindeer to preparing traditional dishes and crafts.</p><img alt="The stay is in a traditional teepee. "src=""><p>At the moment, travelers can also book a <a href=";children=0&amp;infants=0&amp;toddlers=0&amp;s=ojRHxR60" target="_blank">stay in a yurt</a> within the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park with a Kazakh family who lives in the area for $25 per night. Experience life with them in a yurt and explore the nearby surroundings of lush terrain and cascading waterfalls. </p><p>Activities at the stays include learning traditional Mongolian poker and learning the art of wood crafting, with dishes that include freshly baked bread made on the fires each day and hearty meat and noodle soup. </p><p>As part of the new openings, Airbnb has been working with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Mongolia to provide hospitality training to current hosts and potential future hosts in other rural areas.</p>
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Chicago’s Most Exciting New Restaurants

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:01
<p>With debut restaurants from young-gun chefs and new projects from <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a> legends, this great dining city stays on its toes.</p><h2>Booth One</h2><p>This Gold Coast newcomer, opened in the <a href="" target="_blank">Ambassador Chicago</a> in late 2017, began its life over 80 years ago as the iconic and oh-so-exclusive <a href="" target="_blank">Pump Room</a> — a favorite of visiting stars from Josephine Baker to Mick Jagger. It’s been revived in style following a rebrand of the hotel, with chef Doug Psaltis turning out refined dishes that hearken back to the original restaurant’s heyday: lobster Louie, Dover sole, and even an original 1954 cheesecake recipe. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; entrées $19-$49.</em></p><h2>Pacific Standard Time</h2><p>Chef Erling Wu-Bower cut his teeth under the legendary Paul Kahan at beloved Chicago talent incubators <a href="" target="_blank">the Publican</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Nico Osteria</a>. Now, after much anticipation, he’s struck out on his own as head chef and co-owner of a restaurant with partner Joshua Tilden. PST’s West Coast-inspired menu skips the clichés of California cuisine — no artfully arranged figs and goat cheese here — in favor of hearth-fired flatbreads, bright vegetables, and plenty of seafood. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; entrées $15-$35.</em></p><h2>Passerotto</h2><p>After closing the dearly-departed Snaggletooth last summer, Chef Jennifer Kim heads to <a href="">Andersonville</a> and comes back in full force with this self-described purveyor of “fun Korean fare.” Drawing on family recipes and a healthy dose of Italian technique, her menu mixes the traditional (kalbi, seasonal <em>banchan</em>) with experiments in texture and flavor, like Calabrian chili-crusted Korean fried chicken and <em>ddukbokki</em> stewed in a lamb’s neck ragu. <i><a href=""></a></i><i>; entrées $12-$19.</i></p><img alt="The scene at Mi Tocaya Antojeria, in Chicago "src=""><h2>Mi Tocaya Antojería</h2><p>Chicago native Diana Dávila earned her culinary chops both in the kitchen and in the field: she grew up helping at her family’s tacqueria and spent her summers in Mexico, ultimately studying at <a href="" target="_blank">Susana Trilling’s</a> famed <a href="" target="_blank">Oaxaca</a> cooking academy. The menu at her colorful <a href="" target="_blank">Logan Square</a> hangout — which earned her a <a href="" target="_blank">Best New Chef nod from <em>Food &amp; Wine</em></a><i> </i>this year — turns a fresh eye to the many iterations of Mexican cuisine, with dishes like <i>mole amarillo </i>topped with bright fiddlehead ferns and the Sunday dinner special of fried chicken and churros. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; entrées $10-$26.</em></p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">3 Up-and-coming Neighborhoods to See on Your Next Visit to Chicago</a></p><h2>Proxi</h2><p>The team behind <a href="">Sepia</a> — one of the city’s many <a href="">Michelin-starred</a> New American institutions — decided to loosen up some buttons with their new restaurant next door. Sepia’s Andrew Zimmerman does double duty as Proxi’s executive chef, curating a livelier, more mix-and-matchable menu of small plates. Fire is the uniting force, smoking pumpkin for a savory paratha and coal-roasting mussels to be drowned in <i>njuda</i> butter. <i><a href=""></a></i><i>; entrées $12-$30.</i></p>
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Virgin Voyages Has the Best Dining Options at Sea — and It Hasn't Even Launched Yet

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:15
<p>Richard Branson is well known for shaking things up. From the record industry, <a href="" target="_blank">space</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">aviation as we know it</a>, Branson has revolutionized it all. And now, he’s about to make waves in the high seas.</p><p>In May, <a href="" target="_blank">Branson revealed his new venture</a>, Virgin Voyages, and all his plans to make cruising cool again. And in July, <a href="" target="_blank">he shared</a> just a bit more about the design of the three-ship fleet, which comes with plenty of amenities younger cruisers will love, and that includes the delicious food offerings.</p><img alt="Virgin Voyages - Food/Dining "src=""><p>As <em><a href="" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure</a></em> previously reported, the ships, which each come with a capacity of 2,700 passengers, will cater exclusively to adults 18 and older. That means the boat won’t come with waterslides or game rooms. Instead, the ships are highly designed art pieces that are as sleek and stylish as some of the world’s finest hotels. And that’s thanks to the fact that the creative collective hired to design them also worked with brands like Ace Hotels, the Standard and the Mondrian.</p><p>And now, we’re learning more about what guests — known as “sailors” — can expect to dine on when the first ship, the Scarlet Lady, sets sail in 2020.</p><p>“We want our eateries to delight and ignite serendipitous experiences for our sailors, so have set out on a mission to capture the spirit of dining in the best cities of the world and bring it to sea,” Tom McAlpin, president and chief executive officer for Virgin Voyages, said in a statement. “Because food is the fuel for our bodies and souls, and we’re Virgin Voyages, naturally it all had to be included within your ticket price.”</p><p>Onboard, guests won’t see a single buffet, and there’s no main dining room in sight. According to Virgin Voyages, there’s also no forced formal wear, no assigned seating, and no assigned dining times. Instead, guests will find a plethora of dining choices at restaurants across the boat that were inspired by restaurants around the globe.</p><p>“When working with the Virgin Voyages team, we were inspired by some of the best dining spots around the world but also had to gaze into what the future of dining would look like to bring the most alluring restaurant concepts to sea,” Executive Chef Brad Farmerie from AvroKO Hospitality Group, shared in the statement. “Each restaurant will not only serve delicious food, they will also have a unique vibe and energy to them to satiate sailor’s hunger for excitement and restoration while on vacation.”</p><p>Dining options include Wake, a 5,866 square foot restaurant at the aft of the ship. Billed as the most glamorous dining option, its set to serve steak and seafood inspired by The Wolseley - London and The Grill - New York.</p><p>For those looking for vegetarian options, they can head to the Razzle Dazzle, which has plenty of plant-based vegetarian and vegan dishes.</p><p>Guests can also try The Test Kitchen, where innovative and avant-garde cuisine abounds, or Geonbae, a Korean BBQ restaurant designed by Soft Room. There’s also Pink Agave, an elevated Mexican restaurant designed by Tom Dixon, and Extra Virgin, the ship’s trattoria serving regionally-inspired Italian foods and more.</p><p>“There’s a Virgin twist on everything you’ll see aboard the Scarlet Lady, which means there will be no stuffy formalities, boring buffets, and no main dining rooms,” Branson said in a statement. Sailors are not going to want to leave our ship after they experience how we’ve designed our restaurants and tasted the dishes we are going to be serving up in 2020.”</p><p>Want to be one of the first people onboard the ship? <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Voyages is giving away a cruise </a>for two so you can go try all these tasty bites at sea for yourself. Just don’t forget to invite us as your plus one.</p>
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The Bizarre Way the Queen Eats Bananas (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:01
<p>If you haven’t come to the conclusion yet that the Queen of England is the <em>most extra</em> person alive, perhaps this story will convince you.</p><p>According to multiple reports, the Queen’s eating and drinking habits are a bit, shall we say, picky. She likes her <a href="" target="_blank">gin cocktails a very specific way</a> and banned everyone in her family from <a href="" target="_blank">ever eating shellfish</a> (Sorry, Meghan, no more lobster for you). And now, we’re learning, she loves to eat bananas, but not like a normal person. Instead, she goes full royal and only eats them with a fork and a knife.</p><p>We’ll just let you sit with that and imagine it for a minute.</p><p>This titillating piece of information comes from former royal chef Darren McGrady, who explained in his book, "<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Eating Royally</a>," that the Queen eats her bananas with utensils to avoid “looking like a monkey.”</p><p>According to <em><a href="">The Sun</a></em>, McGrady explained the Queen's preferred method of eating a banana is to cut off both the top and the bottom, then slice through the skin of the banana lengthways. She then takes the banana out and chops it into small pieces, then finally eats it with a fork and knife. And if that just sounds like an insane amount of effort to eat a hand fruit that’s because it is.</p><p>McGrady further explained that bananas are one of the few starchy foods the Queen is happy to eat. Instead, she apparently eats more like a bird, digging into light meals that include grilled fish and vegetables. When the Queen isn’t dining with dignitaries and fellow royals at state dinners, McGrady said, the Queen lives by a "no starch" rule, avoiding "potatoes, rice, or pasta for dinner."</p><p>So, if you ever dine with the Queen just remember to <a href="">never ask for garlic</a> or eat with your hands, but do feel free to ask for a <a href="">fourth cocktail</a>.</p>
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I Finally Understand the Travel Wellness Craze After Staying at This New Laguna Beach Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:13
<p>Whenever I travel, it always takes me a day or two to get into the vacation groove. I could be in the most beautiful place imaginable — say, in <a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a>, wandering the cobbled streets of Le Marais, or in <a href="" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>, traipsing through the jungles — and my brain would still be fixating on the email I didn’t send or the appointment I forgot to schedule.</p><p>So when I was invited on a wellness weekend sponsored by luxury active wear label <a href="" target="_blank">Live the Process</a> at the new <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Joaquin</a> in Laguna Beach, I figured the benefits of the R&amp;R-centered escape would be lost on me. Not only because of the brevity of the trip, but also because being surrounded by the naturally tanned and toned invariably causes my hamster-wheel brain to race faster and more ferociously than ever.</p><img alt="Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach California "src=""><p>But the moment my Uber pulled up to the intimate property, a former roadside motel that dates back to the ‘30s, I felt my pulse slow. This was not the over-the-top Laguna Beach I knew from <em>The O.C.</em><i> </i>and <em>The Real Housewives of Orange County</em>; this was the kind of dreamy beachside abode that I imagined Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne to have lived in in Malibu circa 1970.</p><p>I walked into the breezy, sun-dappled lobby, which looks out over the verdant interior lawn and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Whereas most lobbies invite little more than a cursory walkthrough, Hotel Joaquin’s exudes the kind of warm, living room vibe that makes you want to linger. I narrowed in on all the room’s little details, hoping to recreate this inimitably cool vibe back home: a vinyl record player spinning Carly Simon, terracotta floors, blonde oak paneling, and the kind of oversized throw pillows that were made for mid-afternoon catnaps.</p><p>“The design was inspired by my trips to St. Bart's and the French Riviera,” Paul Makarechian, the owner and CEO of Auric Road, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Our intention was to draw from these relaxed yet sophisticated destinations while maintaining the laid-back California vibe of Laguna Beach.”</p><img alt="Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach California "src=""><p>After thumbing through the lobby’s stacks of records and art books, I made my way to my room, where golden light poured through the windows and the cool Pacific breeze wafted in through French doors leading out to a Juliette balcony. Designed by Robert McKinley of Montauk's <a href="" target="_blank">The Surf Lodge</a>, the rooms extend the lobby's Mid-century feel, with one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, abstract art by <a href="" target="_blank">Sean W. Spellman</a>, and record players in the place of TVs. </p><p>Later that afternoon, I met the other travelers — a diverse mix of creatives, yogis, and wellness entrepreneurs — for a light hike up the hillside above the property. Sporting the eminently flattering and moisture-wicking styles from Live the Process, we quickly got acquainted while striving to keep up with the hotel’s high-spirited activities director, George. </p><img alt="Live The Process Wellness at Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach "src=""><p>The days that followed were a sun-soaked blur. There was morning yoga on the lawn by Sian Gordon and Kyle Miller, the all-star duo behind <a href="" target="_blank">Love Yoga</a>; a calming tea ceremony led by holistic blogger Shiva Rose; rooftop sound baths by meditation teacher Ambi Sitham; and a facial by one of L.A.’s most in-demand skincare experts, <a href="" target="_blank">Nousha Salimi</a>. The outdoor activities were just as impressive, with everything from surf lessons and paddle boarding excursions to picnics on the beach. </p><img alt="Live The Process Wellness at Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach "src=""><p>Every night, the hotel’s executive chef, Leo Bongarra, formerly at the L.A.'s famed <a href="" target="_blank">Tower Bar</a>, whipped up farm-fresh creations that were served family-style on communal tables outside. We ate fluffy grain salads with dried fruits and nuts, crunchy coconut flatbreads topped with heaping dollops of red pepper spread, and cured tomatoes with za’atar and cypress feta. In other words, not the bland, calorie-controlled bites that I anticipated being on the menu. </p><p>Sitting near the pool on Sunday afternoon, I flipped through a magazine while munching on granola with almond milk and blueberries. My phone was buzzing with texts from friends and colleagues, but I was far too blissed out to care. Unfurled on a lounger in the sun, I closed my eyes and dozed off with a Carly Simon song in my head. </p>
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Delta Is Making It Harder to Access Its Lounges — Here’s How to Still Get In

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 06:12
<p>If you haven’t been to a Delta Sky Club lounge yet, it’s about to get a lot harder to get in.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The airline</a> announced on Thursday that it would no longer sell individual passes for one-time entry into the 50-some airport lounges across the country. Access to the lounges is now strictly limited to members and those flying a Delta or Delta partner airline flight on that day.</p><p>Anybody who has already purchased a single visit pass (with an expiration date) will be able to use their passes but the airline will not sell anymore.</p><p>Those who have received access to the lounges via credit card rewards will still be able to get in. Complimentary access is still available for Delta Reserve, Platinum and Gold Delta SkyMiles, as well as Platinum and Centurion American Express credit card holders.</p><p>Effective January 1, 2019, <a href="" target="_blank">an individual membership</a> to Delta Sky will increase from $495 to $545 (or 54,500 Delta SkyMiles). An executive membership, which allows free access to two guests per visit, will increase from $745 to $845 (or 84,500 SkyMiles).</p><p>As part of the changes, Delta Sky Club members will no longer be able to access Air France, KLM Crown or Virgin Australia partner lounges. Frequent fliers with Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion level status will still be able to access partner lounges.</p><p>Passengers seated in DeltaOne class will have access to international lounges before their flights or during connection.</p><p>For more information on Sky Club access, <a href="" target="_blank">visit Delta’s website</a>.</p>
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The Most Scenic Place to Retire Is Also One of the Most Affordable

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:01
<p>Retiring in an exotic city overseas doesn’t have to be a pipe dream.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Time</a></em>, many people opt to live in places outside the U.S. to stretch their retirement funds.</p><p>“In the right spots abroad, expats find not only that their dollars stretch, but that they can enjoy a quality of life that’s so much richer than what they could afford at home,” said Jennifer Stevens, the executive editor of<i> </i><em>International Living</em>, to <em>Time</em>.</p><p>And while settling down in Italy or the Caribbean also sound like amazing options, data from <em>International Living</em><i> </i>says that one destination stands above the rest in the world when it comes to affordability and quality: Cusco, Peru.</p><p>And while the city may be smaller compared to the capital city of Lima, that doesn’t mean it lacks some seriously lavish perks. According to <em>International Living</em><i>, </i>the colonial city “has ample domed churches and ancient, pedestrian-only cobblestone ideal permanent getaway for anyone looking for a quieter life marked by its beauty.”</p><p>But just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you <i>have</i> to live the quiet life either. <em>Time</em> reported that Cusco is also a modernized destination with fully renovated buildings in the city center, including hip and luxurious restaurants, shopping and residential areas. Plus, Peru has recently been recognized as a <a href="" target="_blank">true culinary destination</a>.</p><p>In addition to all the benefits of living a South American lifestyle, Peru is simply beautiful in terms of scenery. Those who love nature, camping and hiking will adore the local views, especially if they take trips to <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> or the <a href="" target="_blank">Rainbow Mountain</a>, both in the Cusco region.</p><p>According to <em>Time</em>, living there is surprisingly affordable. A couple could retire on $1,700 a month and still live a high quality of life. Plus, international retirees can easily apply for a retirement visa to live there.</p><p>Why wait for another reason to spend your retirement in a way that enriches your life and stretches your wallet further than you ever thought possible?</p>
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3 Up-and-coming Neighborhoods to See on Your Next Visit to Chicago

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 12:00
<p>Ready to move beyond downtown's Loop and the Miracle Mile? These corners of the city have been transformed with stylish restaurants, boutiques, and hotels. Read on for the best places to eat, drink, shop, and sleep in three of the city's neighborhoods poised for popularity.</p><h2>Logan Square</h2><p>Interwoven with boulevards, parks, and community gardens, this district in northwestern Chicago has been rapidly transformed with the arrival of stellar restaurants and appealing shops.</p><p><strong>Longman &amp; Eagle</strong></p><p>This Michelin-starred gastropub offers creative takes on American recipes, more than 400 types of whiskey, and, in the tradition of classic inns, six spare but stylish guest rooms on the second floor. <em><a href="http://longman​" target="_blank">longman​</a>; doubles from $95; entrées $14–$27.</em></p><p><strong>Fat Rice</strong></p><p>Chef Abraham Conlon won a James Beard Award this year for the inventive Chinese-Portuguese dishes he serves at this popular restaurant. Try the <em>arroz gordo</em><i>,</i> a feast of curried chicken, barbecued pork, linguica, wood-roasted beef, and prawns in chili sauce. <em><a href="http://eatfat​" target="_blank">eatfat​</a>; entrées $13–$48.</em></p><p><strong>Tusk</strong></p><p>Owner Mary Eleanor Wallace augments her selection of vintage and contemporary clothing with one-of-a-kind objects by local artisans. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p><p><strong>Shop 1021</strong></p><p>This beguiling boutique carries jewelry, greeting cards, cookbooks, baby gifts, journals, stationery, and more. The store also hosts workshops on candle making, calligraphy, tea mixology, and other crafts. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a></em><i>.</i></p><p><strong>Pretty Cool Ice Cream</strong></p><p>A tribute to the beloved concoctions sold from ice cream trucks, this whimsically designed shop makes frozen treats in a variety of forms, from chocolate-dipped custard to vegan “plant pops” in flavors like Thai tea and peanut-butter potato chip. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a></em><i>.</i></p><img alt="Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team "src=""><h2>Wrigleyville</h2><p>The streets surrounding Wrigley Field are finally shedding their reputation as little more than a hangout for Cubs fans. Alongside the sports bars, there are now top-tier accommodations and superb restaurants.</p><p><strong>Hotel Zachary</strong></p><p>Since it opened in March, this 173-room property across the street from Wrigley Field (it’s named after Zachary Taylor Davis, the ballpark’s architect) has been further raising Wrigleyville’s profile. Gallagher Way, the building the hotel is in, also houses 12 restaurants, including a barbecue joint, a bakery, and a craft-beer bar. <em><a href="http://hotel​" target="_blank">hotel​</a>; doubles from $209.</em></p><p><strong>Wheelhouse Hotel</strong></p><p>Another newcomer to Wrigleyville, this boutique hotel has only 21 rooms — each filled with local art and design motifs that nod to the game for which the neighborhood is known. <em><a href="http://wheelhouse​" target="_blank">wheelhouse​</a>; doubles from $150.</em></p><p><strong>Dutch &amp; Doc’s</strong></p><p>A former McDonald’s is now a stylish restaurant serving steaks and upscale versions of American classics like corn fritters and patty melts — all within a stone’s throw of Wrigley Field. <em><a href="http://dutch​" target="_blank">dutch​</a>; entrées $15–$60.</em></p><p><strong>Uncommon Ground</strong></p><p>This model of sustainability-minded dining grows much of the produce used in its kitchen and brews its own organic, gluten-free beer. <em><a href="http://uncommon​" target="_blank">uncommon​</a>; entrées $13–$25.</em></p><p><strong>Café Tola</strong></p><p>A Latin-inspired hole-in-the-wall that makes inventive empanadas with a range of fillings, from chicken <em>tinga</em> to guava and <em>queso fresco</em><i>.</i> <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; empanadas $4.25.</em></p><img alt="Street scene in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood "src=""><h2>Fulton Market</h2><p>Chicago’s former meatpacking district has seen a boom in development over the past few years, from restaurants by some of the city’s top chefs to headquarters for McDonald’s and Google. New hotels from the Hoxton and Nobu brands are due to arrive next year.</p><p><strong>Soho House</strong></p><p>The opening of this private club in a historic warehouse in 2014 played a crucial role in Fulton Market’s transformation. Its 40 handsome guest rooms are open to nonmembers; hotel guests have access to facilities including three restaurants, an extensive gym (complete with boxing ring), and a 60-foot rooftop pool. <em><a href="http://soho​house​" target="_blank">soho​house​</a>; doubles from $300.</em></p><p><strong>Aba</strong></p><p>Chef C. J. Jacobson’s Mediterranean restaurant has a 4,000-square-foot rooftop terrace with views of the city. It’s a meat lover’s paradise, with dishes like roasted bone marrow and slow-braised leg of lamb wrapped in eggplant. <em><a href="http://abarestaurant​" target="_blank">abarestaurant​</a>; entrées $31–$50.</em></p><p><strong>The Publican</strong></p><p>This homage to Colonial American beer halls by chef Paul Kahan has large communal tables that seat nearly 30 people each. The kitchen’s specialty is aged ham and other pork dishes. <em><a href="http://thepublican​" target="_blank">thepublican​</a>; entrées $18–$39.</em></p><p><strong>The Aviary</strong></p><p>Arguably the most popular cocktail lounge in the city, the Aviary serves inventive drinks crafted with custom-made ice that look like works of art. The Office, an intimate, speakeasy-style spot downstairs, focuses on vintage spirits. <i><a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</i></p><p><strong>BLVD</strong></p><p>With its circular booths and chandeliers, this restaurant evokes Hollywood’s Golden Age. The appropriately named cocktails include the High Society and the Stranger in Paradise. <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; entrées $12–$39.</em></p>
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Disney Is Re-imagining the Roller Coaster With Epcot's New Guardians of the Galaxy Experience

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 17:06
<p>Disney World is turning your idea of a roller coaster on its side — somewhat literally.</p><p>Details revealed at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 confirm Disney’s new Guardians of the Galaxy coaster won’t just set Walt Disney World records for its size, but break innovative boundaries for all rides.</p><p>Touted as a one-of-a-kind experience, the forthcoming Marvel adventure at Walt Disney World will be a “<a href="" target="_blank">storytelling coaster</a>." That means it isn’t a thrill ride like Space Mountain or a dark ride like Frozen Ever After, but a hybrid of both.</p><p>Each four-seat ride vehicle will be programed to orientate riders towards different things happening throughout the experience, all while dipping, tilting and whooshing past on its track. Disney rides are known for telling “stories”, like Expedition Everest or <a href="" target="_blank">Pirates of the Caribbean</a>, but this appears to go one step further, all but ensuring guests get up close with Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket and the gang in an immersive world packed with thrills.</p><p>This new Marvel experience is shaping up to be most similar to <a href="" target="_blank">Crush’s Coaster</a>, a fan favorite at Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park, but with a technological edge and storytelling capability far beyond any other Disney coaster vehicle.</p><img alt="Disney Marvel Roller Coaster Guardians of the Galaxy "src=""><p>This well-hyped attraction is already going to be one of the longest enclosed coasters in the world, and likely <a href="http://os-disney-guardians-galaxy-long-20180212-story" target="_blank">longer than Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster</a>, according to the <em>Orlando Sentinel</em>. (It’s said that Spaceship Earth, the timeless ride tucked inside Epcot’s emblematic geosphere, could fit inside the new coaster building four times.)</p><p>Disney’s new Marvel coaster currently has no specific opening date, but will welcome its first guests in 2021 as part of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.</p><p>Florida’s new Guardians of the Galaxy ride is only one of the many Marvel experiences opening around the world in the coming years. <a href="" target="_blank">Disney California Adventure</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Paris</a> and Hong Kong Disneyland will all be opening new experiences themed to Ant Man, Spider-Man, The Avengers, <a href="" target="_blank">Iron Man and more</a>, bringing the famed blockbuster movies to your vacation in more ways than ever before.</p>
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Why You Should Double Check Your TSA Precheck and Global Entry Status Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 11:31
<p>You might be in for a rude surprise the next time you try to pass through airport security with your PreCheck or Global Entry membership.</p><p>It has been five years since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began issuing PreCheck and Global Entry status. Those who were early adopters of the program will likely have to renew their status, as it only lasts five years.</p><p>The TSA began selling PreCheck membership in December 2013. Within the first six months more than 420,000 travelers signed up. Within a year, that number shot to 750,000 people, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>USA Today</em></a>.</p><p>The agency estimates that about 45,000 people will see their membership expire between December and February 2019.</p><p>The price to re-enroll for another five years is $85 for PreCheck and $100 for Global Entry.</p><p>Global Entry began enrollment in 2008, so those who signed up early for that service will have their second round of renewals coming up soon.</p><p>However, for those who are dreading the song and dance of going back for an interview to renew their status: don’t worry. It’s possible to renew your membership online, all you have to do is pay the fee to keep your status active for another five years.</p><p>TSA said it alerts travelers via email or phone three months before their membership to a trusted traveler program expires. But it’s possible you missed that alert or it went into your spam folder. If you think your membership is about to expire — or if you just want to check when it does — log onto <a href=";service=renewal" target="_blank">the TSA website for renewals</a> or call a TSA support line at 855-347-8371 on weekdays between 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. ET.</p>
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Denmark’s Islands Are Europe's Best Kept Secret — Here's How to Visit

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 11:16
<p>When it comes to island getaways, <a href="" target="_blank">Europe has something for everyone</a>. There are the ancient ruins and secluded coves of <a href="" target="_blank">Capri</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Mykonos’s</a> multitude of beaches, <a href="" target="_blank">Ibiza’s</a> party scene and <a href="" target="_blank">Malta’s</a> cultural riches. But up north, <a href="" target="_blank">Denmark</a> is home to some of Europe’s most underrated and most beautiful islands.</p><p>The crisp waters of the Baltic and North Seas lap at their windswept beaches and carve natural swimming holes from their rugged coasts. Colorful villages with even more colorful pasts are now home to artisans who carry on traditional crafts and cooking, creating some of the country’s most sought-after art and food. Best of all, most are within a short flight or train ride of Copenhagen.</p><p>Here are four Danish islands that should be on the itinerary for your next visit to Europe.<br />%image9</p><h2>Bornholm: Denmark’s Sunshine Island</h2><p>Fun fact: <a href="" target="_blank">Bornholm</a> is actually closer to Sweden and Poland than the Danish mainland. However, this 227-square-mile island retains a distinctly Danish character thanks to the picture-perfect villages and unique circular churches that dot its shores and pastoral interior.</p><p>The island’s southern coast is lined with fine white-sand beaches including Dueodde, where the gentle surf is the perfect place to pass a long summer’s day. In stark contrast, the rugged northern coast has some of Denmark’s only cliffs. You can rock climb at Vang, or hike along the bluffs before or after a visit to the ruins of Hammershus Castle, the largest medieval fortress in Northern Europe.</p><p>The west-coast town of Hasle has one of Bornholm’s only remaining working smokehouses, <a href="" target="_blank">Hasle Røgeri</a>. There, you can try alder-smoked herring and the island’s signature delicacy, Sol Over Gudhjem, which is a hearty combination of smoked herring, chives and raw egg yolk over dense rye bread. Nearby, <a href="" target="_blank">Grønbechs Gård</a> is a contemporary cultural center that showcases the works of local artists, many of whom trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ program for glass and ceramic arts on the island.</p><p>Thanks to its fine sand, the island has long been renowned for the high quality of glass produced at workshops like <a href="" target="_blank">Baltic Sea Glass</a>. Bornholm is also held in high regard for its unique ceramics. If you’re lucky, you might be in the village of Svaneke on the one day a month <a href="" target="_blank">Lov i Listed</a> is open. This tiny husband-wife studio produces the tableware for some of Denmark’s best-known restaurants and often sells out of its current collection within minutes of opening its doors.</p><p>Speaking of restaurants, no visit to Bornholm would be complete without a meal at <a href="" target="_blank">Kadeau</a>. The Michelin-starred eatery, which is only open from May-September, was launched in 2007 by two childhood friends from Bornholm in an old beach shack. It has since become one of Denmark’s most celebrated restaurants thanks to chef Nicolai Nørregaard’s wildly creative new Nordic menus, even spawning a Michelin two-starred sister restaurant in Copenhagen.</p><img alt="Svaneke harbor in Bornholm "src=""><p><strong><i>Getting There:</i> </strong>Bornholm is just a 30-minute flight from Copenhagen on <a href="" target="_blank">Danish Air Transport (DAT)</a>. Round-trip airfare starts at 832 DKK ($128). Once there, you’ll need to rent a car to get around the island.</p><p><strong><i>Where to Stay:</i></strong> Not too far from Kadeau on the southern coast, <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Fredensborg</a> is a classic bathing hotel that’s been given a contemporary makeover. Up north, the team behind Kadeau has opened <a href="" target="_blank">Nordlandet</a>, a small inn with a swanky mid-century vibe, an upscale restaurant, a cozy candlelit bar and a bracing “swimming pool” created from the natural rock formations along the shore.</p><img alt="View of Christianso from the ferry "src=""><h2>Christansø and Frederiksø: The Prison Islands</h2><p>For a former penal colony, the tiny islands of Christiansø and Frederiksø are surprisingly inviting. The Danes arrived here, to what is now Denmark’s easternmost point, in 1684 to create a naval base and fortress that would help control the surrounding sea lanes. Today, visitors come to be regaled with tales of the islands’ gruesome past — think mining explosions, grizzly executions and the general ordeals of living on a remote rock in the Baltic Sea — as you wander along historical fortifications and past the tidy gardens kept by the islands’ 90 or so permanent residents.</p><p>Among the points of interest is the round, squat Lille Tårn tower on Frederiksø that houses displays from the island’s naval past. Across a small footbridge that spans the tiny natural harbor (you might see local children swimming or learning to sail), the larger Store Tårn tower surrounds the island’s lighthouse, one of Denmark’s oldest. The complex now houses a cultural museum with displays about the island’s ecology and history as well as special exhibitions by local artists.</p><img alt="The ferry at Christanso island "src=""><p><em><strong>Getting There:</strong></em> The ferry ride from Gudhjem on Bornholm’s east coast takes an hour and costs 200 DKK ($34) round-trip.</p><p><em><strong>Where to Stay: </strong></em>Though most folks just make a day trip out of it, if you want to spend the night, there is a hotel. The six-room<a href=""> Christiansø Gaestgiveri</a> has been a pub for over 100 years. Skip the indoor dining room in favor of the sunny outdoor terrace. It’s the perfect place to sip on a local beer or shot of homemade blackthorn aquavit after a lunch of open-faced smørrebrød topped with surprisingly mild salted herring, watercress, potatoes and foraged herbs.</p><img alt="Egeskov Castle in Funen, Denmark "src=""><h2>Funen: Denmark’s Garden Island</h2><p>Also spelled <i>Fyn</i> and pronounced <em>fuhn</em>, the country’s third-largest island is known as Denmark’s garden or orchard. Its fertile fields and farms are the source for much of the mouthwatering produce driving the new Nordic cuisine movement.</p><p>But Funen is also home to Renaissance castles, lavish palaces, charming villages and gorgeous seascapes. The main town of Odense was the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, making it a literal storybook village. A <a href="" target="_blank">museum</a> devoted to his life and work is a great place to take children and you can also visit his childhood home and the house where he was born.</p><p>Spend an afternoon strolling through the town’s Technicolor-bright streets of half-timbered houses, or take a leisurely boat ride along the tree-lined Odense River. Odense is chock-full of medieval sights like the 800-year-old Dalum Church, and St. Canute’s Cathedral, where the remains of King Canute IV, who was murdered nearby in 1086, are interred.</p><p>Odense is also home to one of Denmark’s most important contemporary arts centers, the <a href="" target="_blank">Brandts Museum</a>, which always has an interesting rotation of special exhibitions on display. Nearby, <a href="" target="_blank">Tidens Samling</a>, or Time Collection, is a fascinating little museum with life-size recreations of family rooms from Danish homes representing each decade of the 20th century.</p><p>About 40 minutes by car or public transportation from Odense is one of Denmark’s most impressive <a href="" target="_blank">Renaissance landmarks</a>, Egeskov Castle, which dates to 1554. The parklands, including a huge maze and manicured rose gardens, merit an excursion on their own. But you can also visit a vintage car and motorcycle museum, historically reconstructed shops and an eye-catching collection of 19th-century women’s fashions.</p><img alt="Scenes from Funen, Denmark "src=""><p><strong><em>Getting There:</em></strong> Trains from Copenhagen to Odense leave two or three times per hour and take around 90 minutes. Tickets cost 185 DKK ($28.50). If you plan to stick to Odense, you won’t need a car. If you want to venture farther afield, though, you might be better off renting a car there, or even driving from Copenhagen, which takes about two hours and crosses the awe-inspiring Great Belt Bridge with a toll of 125 DKK ($19) each way.</p><p><em><strong>Where to Stay</strong></em><b><i>:</i></b> Though you can find a number of nice hotel options in Odense, foodies should consider a night at <a href="" target="_blank">Falsled Krø</a> instead. The thatch-roofed Relais &amp; Chateaux property began life as a 16th-century smugglers’ den. Today, it is a gorgeous 19-room boutique hotel whose restaurant is one of Denmark’s most beloved culinary institutions. The multi-course dinners last hours on end and are an edible tour through Funen’s gourmet riches.</p><img alt="Two bicybles in front of a house with a blue door in a cobblestone alley of Aeroskobing, Aero Island "src=""><h2>Ærø: The Wedding Island</h2><p>The little island of Ærø has quietly become <a href="" target="_blank">Europe’s wedding capital</a> thanks not only to its breathtaking beauty, but also because of how easy and streamlined the marriage process is here, including for same-sex couples and foreigners.</p><p>Whether you plan to get hitched here or not, it’s well worth a visit. The main town of Ærøskøbing is Denmark’s best-preserved village from the Middle Ages. It looks like it was purpose-built for Instagram thanks to its vibrant, flower-covered houses, cobblestone streets and sea vistas. If the weather’s nice, you might consider renting one of the hodgepodge beach huts at Marstal and Vester Strand beaches, go out fishing or kayaking on the water, or bike around the island’s hilly interior.</p><p>After you work up an appetite, you can nibble on local delicacies at <a href="" target="_blank">Den Gamle Købmandsgård</a>, a restaurant, café and shop peddling Ærø crafts and foodstuffs like organic cold cuts from nearby farms, handmade chocolates, seasonal honey, artisanal soaps and even local<a href="" target="_blank"> Ærø Whisky</a>. You can also bike to <a href="" target="_blank">Rise Brewery</a>, which first started making beer back in 1926, for a sampling of their ales.</p><img alt="Beach huts at sunset, Aero Island, Denmark "src=""><p><strong><em>Getting There: </em></strong>Ferries sail here several times a day from both Fåborg and Svendborg on the island of Funen. The round-trip fare is 82 DKK ($13). Once on Ærø, you can rent a bike or take advantage of the <a href="" target="_blank">free bus system</a>.</p><p><em><strong>Where to Stay:</strong></em> You can make the most of a daytrip out to Ærø, but if you want to spend a few nights out here, the island is brimming with B&amp;Bs as well as (slightly) larger hotels like the <a href="" target="_blank">Ærø Hotel</a> in the fishing village of Marstal and the <a href="" target="_blank">Arnfeldt Hotel &amp; Restaurant</a> in Ærøskøbing.</p><img alt="View of the Wadden Sea from Sonderho on Fano Island, Denmark "src=""><h2>Fanø: The Amber Island</h2><p>Never heard of <a href="" target="_blank">Fanø</a>? You’ve just hit upon what makes this infinitesimal isle so magical. Just ten miles long and three miles wide, this spectacular speck of land is located in the middle of the Wadden Sea National Park, which is a UNESCO Nature World Heritage-listed area.</p><p>Its broad, sandy beaches are some of Denmark’s best. At least, the gray and spotted seals and colonies of migratory birds who summer here seem to think so, as do the wind- and kite-surfers who flock to the island. Beachcombers can find raw amber washed up on the shore after storms and take guided walks to forage for oysters.</p><p>In addition to the raucous wildlife and easy bicycle circuits that tourists can enjoy, Fanø is also home to two quaint towns: Nordby and Sønderho, the latter of which is widely considered to be the most beautiful village in Denmark. There, you can visit the Fanø Art Musuem, its old mill, the Sønderho Church, whose votive ships are a nod to the islanders’ seafaring heritage, and a collection of colorful houses and other buildings from Fanø’s 18th- and 19th-century heydays.</p><img alt="Dining at the Sonderho Kro Hotel, Fano, Denmark "src=""><p><em><strong>Getting There:</strong></em> To get to Fanø, you’ll need to take a train to Esbjerg and then the FanøFærgen ferry service from there. The ferry ride takes about 12 minutes in each direction. Tickets are 35-45 DKK ($5.50-$7) per person round-trip.</p><p><em><strong>Where to Stay:</strong></em> There are over 3,000 summer cottages to rent on Fanø, but if you’re just planning a short stay, you might be better off booking one of the island’s inviting inns. <a href="" target="_blank">Sønderho Kro</a> is one of Denmark’s oldest lodgings. It was originally founded in 1722 and has 13 unique rooms and a gourmet restaurant that serves multi-course tasting menus featuring local produce and seafood.</p>
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