Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Share the First Photos of Baby Sussex

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 15:38
<p>Meghan Markle and Prince Harry <a href="" target="_blank">welcomed their first child on Monday</a>, a boy, into the world. And now, we are finally getting our first look at the adorable child.</p><p>Following the child’s birth, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, took part in an intimate photo shoot. There, Meghan looked stunning in a white trench coat dress, nude heels, and her hair down. Harry dressed smartly in a grey suit and navy tie while holding onto his firstborn child.</p><img alt="Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Baby "src=""><p>The baby, wrapped in a white blanket with a white knit hat, looked absolutely serene as he slept in his father’s arms.</p><p>“We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019,” the pair wrote in an Instagram message earlier this week <a href="" target="_blank">announcing his birth</a>. “Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz. The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days."</p><img alt="Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Baby "src=""><p>Those missing details still include the baby’s name, which has yet to be revealed by the couple. However, it isn’t odd that the royal couple hasn’t shared the name. As <a href="" target="_blank">Elle</a> noted, Kate Middleton and Prince William waited two days before announcing both Prince George and Princess Charlotte's names. The couple waited a full four days before sharing Prince Louis's name.</p><img alt="Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Baby "src=""><p>Beyond the baby’s name, we will also have to wait to find out if he gets a title. That honor is up to the Queen. Elle explained, right now, only William's kids are given the titles of princess or prince automatically at birth, as he is the direct heir to the throne. The Queen may choose to give the baby the title of Prince, however, it’s at least very likely he will be an earl as the child will one day inherit Harry's Earl of Dumbarton title.</p>
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Hipcamp's New App Makes It Easy to Book Campsites Across the Country

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 14:00
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Summer</a> is around the corner, and for those looking to enjoy warmer temperatures outdoors, a new camping app helps make it easy to find extraordinary destinations to stay at across the country. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hipcamp</a>, known for offering a range of campsites and accommodations on both private and public lands that go <a href="" target="_blank">beyond the traditional camping experience</a>, has launched a new app that lets travelers book campsites, <a href="" target="_blank">glamping</a> accommodations, and RV sites in America staight from their phone. </p><p>Users will find more than 300,000 campsites to choose from on the app, ranging from hidden locations and private accommodations in vineyards or ranches, to locations at <a href="" target="_blank">popular national parks</a>. </p><p>The company is known for partnering with private landowners to offer its guests camping locations that are eclectic and unforgettable, with options that range from stays at apple orchards and <a href="" target="_blank">glass greenhouses on private beach farms</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">tents at a mushroom farm.</a></p><p>"Hipcamp means something much broader than traditional camping, whether that's going to a really cool local farm and buying local produce and meat on-site to cook for breakfast or staying at a glamping location where everything is set up for people who aren't traveling with their own gear," founder and CEO Alyssa Ravasio told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p><p>The company's mission is to get more people outdoors with stays that come in a range of options allowing for travelers of varied interests to try out camping themselves. </p><p>Thanks to these offerings, visitors can combine stays with experiences like tasting homemade maple syrups and jams, spending time with miniature donkeys, or exploring lavender fields and flower farms surround their accommodation.</p><p>Filters on the app make it easy to narrow down searches, from the most popular locations to those that are pet friendly or good for large groups. Users can also search locations based on amenities on offer, nearby activities, and price. </p><img alt="Hipcamp App Campsite Booking "src=""><p>A last-minute feature allows travelers to look up avaialble options for the same evening or upcoming weekend, while a variety of features like directions and host contact information are available offline. </p><img alt="Hipcamp App Campsite Booking "src=""><p>Travelers will also be able to easily send their trip details to people joining the trip via text to allow everyone in the group to see directions, details on what to bring, and information on fun activities available around the area. </p><p>While the app is only inititally available for <a href="" target="_blank">iOS</a>, it will soon be available for Android as well. </p>
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The 72-year-old Frenchman Who Set Out to Float to the Caribbean in a Barrel Finally Made It — and Promptly Celebrated With Cheese

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:28
<p>Remember the <a href="" target="_blank">septuagenarian who set sail in an oversized orange barrel</a> with high hopes of hitting the Caribbean? Well, thanks to ocean currents and whatever guiding hand was behind his endeavor across the Atlantic, he made it.</p><p>Jean-Jacques Savin, 72, washed ashore last week, setting foot on land for the first time in over four months in Sint Eustatius, a tiny Dutch-Caribbean island between St. Kitts and <a href="" target="_blank">Anguilla</a>. He was welcomed by <a href="" target="_blank">Scubaqua Dive Center</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">The Old Gin House</a> hotel, who gifted him an oceanview room (though he probably would’ve preferred anything but).</p><p>He was also provided a meal of savory Swiss raclette, according to a <a href=";id=167974488162" target="_blank">Facebook post</a> by the dive shop.</p><p>When he set off from the Canary Islands in December 2018, Savin expressed hopes of hitting either Barbados or the French islands of Martinique or Guadeloupe by March. With no sail, oars, or motor, however, his fate lay with the capricious winds and tides.</p><img alt="Jean-Jacques Savin, a former paratrooper, 71, works on the construction of a ship made from a barrel on November 15, 2018 "src=""><p>Fortunately, Savin is no stranger to high-risk situations or tests of fortitude: he’s a pilot, park ranger, triathlon champion, and even served as a parachutist in Africa. He had sailed across the Atlantic four times before, according to his <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p>Savin’s mission in the barrel was multi-faceted, he told the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>. Besides the sake of the challenge and the exhilaration of attempting an unheard-of feat, Savin dropped markers along the way to assist with scientists’ study of ocean currents, and also brought along a bottle of Bordeaux to see how it fared being stored on water rather than on land.</p><p>Inside his homemade 10-foot by 7-foot capsule, Savin fit the basics: space for storage, sleeping, and a kitchen. He fed only on fish he caught himself, though he also brought along a stash of foie gras and wine for special occasions — he <i>is</i> a Frenchman, after all. Watching fish pass by through his vessel’s built-in portholes was his primary form of entertainment during the journey.</p><p>Next, he’ll take a boat to the French island of Guadeloupe before flying home to France, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a></em>.</p>
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These Companies Will Set Up Your Dream 'Workcation' so You Can See the World Without Using Your PTO

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:00
<p>As <a href="" target="_blank">remote working</a> continues to surge in popularity, so too does the concept of the workcation. But what is it, and more importantly, should you take one? Well, a workcation is basically a productive vacation or a working holiday, and there are several ways in which you can introduce one into your life.</p><p>Some 9-to-5ers manage to persuade their boss to let them work remotely for a week or so — all without draining their vacation days. The idea is that you can enjoy a boost in productivity by simply swapping your cubicle for say, a tropical paradise like Costa Rica. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge advocate of taking a full-fledged, phone-off, feet-up kind of trip. But if your boss is on board with you having a change of scenery to inspire your work flow, why not switch it up and save your holiday time in the process?</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World, According to People Who Have Done It</a></p><p>Workcations are also popular with entrepreneurs and digital nomads. Want to write that novel, learn new skills, or brush up on your business plan? There are experiences that offer a hybrid of independent work time and inspiring talks from leading professionals. Community bonding and skill-sharing is often at the heart of all workcation trips, as I found with my workcations at Sun &amp; Co and Las Morenas, in Spain.</p><p>Of course, once you’re there, you need to adopt a few techniques to ensure maximum productivity. Choose your spot wisely because this will undoubtedly affect how you work. Super-fast Wi-Fi and cool living quarters are a given, but remember that many companies are of no fixed abode and change their country of residence every few months. If your favorite group is heading to Medellin or Bali, but you know that late-night salsa or mosquito-laden beaches are going to result in major distractions, maybe pick another spot.</p><p>Spencer Jentzsch, the CEO of <a href="" target="_blank">Hacker Paradise</a>, founded in 2014, told me that people are attracted to this new and improved work-life balance. “We were the first remote work and travel program in the world, and we are seeing more people becoming disenfranchised with traditional employment incentives and acquiring material goods. We want to break conventions,” he said.</p><p>“In addition to the engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, and writers, we also have nurses, inventors, NGO founders, ethical hackers, real estate developers, lawyers, and many others come join us. With all the technology of today there is no need to be rooted down in one location. You don’t have to delay living your best life until you retire.”</p><p>Workcations are as flexible and practical as you want them to be. And with a little research, you can find one to suit you and your skillset at pretty much any time of the year. Here are a few ideas to get you started.</p><h2>1. Roam</h2><p>One of the biggest names on the remote working scene, <a href="" target="_blank">Roam</a> was founded in 2015 and continues to offer a high-end, “international network of coliving spaces.” Booking is easy — you just head to the site, and Roam currently offers accommodation in several U.S. locations as well as London, Tokyo, and Ubud. The company prides itself on providing a modern experience with mega-fast Wi-Fi, and prices start from just $500 per week for private accomodation with an en-suite.</p><p>There are no reservation or membership fees, and Roam provides a handful of shared amenities, but there’s less of a focus on community activities compared to some other workcation companies. Best suited for the stylish digital nomad who wants to globe-trot from one boutique workspace to another, a workcation with Roam will most likely leave you longing for a permanent residence.</p><h2>2. Las Morenas de España</h2><p>Working holidays are as much about the vibe as the tribe, and on this incredible retreat for women of color, you can kick back and relax amongst like-minded individuals in total Mediterranean bliss. Founded by former Brooklynite Sienna Brown in 2014 after she moved to Spain, <a href="" target="_blank">Las Morenas</a> is for women who want to live a life with purpose, but aren’t sure where to start. The first three experiences have taken place in a sprawling villa in the idyllic town of Javea, Spain, with the fourth to be situated in the vibrant city of Grenada in 2019.</p><p>The getaway I attended was spectacularly organized, but with plenty of free time left for solo working. Sienna’s passion for helping other women is infectious, and by the end of the trip, all nine of the attendees assured me that they are dedicating themselves to designing a new life abroad. The Las Morenas experience was carefully curated, combining killer Wi-Fi with either shared or private accommodation, for varios budgets. There were tailored workshops on the practicalities of moving abroad, exquisite wine-tasting and tapas experiences in carefully selected local restaurants, plus hiking, bar, and beach excursions. An authentic Spanish cooking class with professional chefs was a real highlight, but I also emerged from my stay with a bunch of new friendships. Las Morenas is a unique and inspiring opportunity to experience Spain through a new lense, catch up on some work, and equip yourself with the tools to empower personal and professional development. Prices start at $1,200 for five nights with all activities and accommodation included.</p><h2>3. Hacker Paradise</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hacker Paradise</a> has cemented itself as a leader of the remote working industry. Their carefully curated work-travel experiences are world-class, drawing quirky, fun-loving professionals from all over the world. They’ve run trips in a range of locations including Vietnam, Colombia, Japan, Portugal, Argentina, and South Africa, and arranged talks from tech professionals like Leo Widrich (co-founder of Buffer) to inspire their attendees. Hacker Paradise takes the stress out of remote living, blending immersive travel with stunning and reliable workspaces. Although they move all over the world, Hacker Paradise maintains an impeccable standard of accommodation, choosing centrally located housing with 24/7 access to coworking spaces wherever they go. They also provide local SIM cards, access to a diverse alumni network, and an entertaining (but optional) schedule of activities, ranging from professional and cultural to active and social.</p><p>Hacker Paradise offers flexible membership without the need for a huge deposit, and accomodation (which is private unless requested) starts from two weeks, right up to 12 months which you can use in a row, or opt to spread them out over the year. Prices start at $1,500 for two weeks. All that’s left to do now is show up and be welcomed into a thriving community of people who are excited to socialize and collaborate with you.</p><h2>4. Sun &amp; Co</h2><p>Set in a restored 19th-century house in the center of a historic seaside town in Spain, <a href="" target="_blank">Sun &amp; Co</a> is the first real co-living and co-working community on the Mediterranean Coast. Ideal for anyone seeking a fantastic work and leisure balance, Sun &amp; Co offers desk space with a difference, plus plenty of affordable excursions to do in and around the town of Javea. The vibe is super chill: bikes are available to borrow for free, and a spacious open-plan kitchen with a help-yourself approach to the local organic coffee means that there’s always someone to chat with during break time. John Hormaetxe, one of the co-founders with extensive experience in the co-working industry, runs the house and is always on hand to offer advice about the local area.</p><p>When I attended for a few days in December, I was pleasantly surprised at how well Sun &amp; Co fosters a sense of community; whether through the weekly meetings where attendees collaborate and run skill-swap sessions, or the group hikes and beach excursions, it felt like a home away from home. There’s space for up to 16 people, or the possibility to rent the entire house as a company or group of 20. Then there are the silent work areas, chill-out sofas, and Skype room, which ensure the house feels intimate while still being the perfect setting to complete work, drawing freelancers, business entrepreneurs and professionals from all over the world. Recommended for anyone in need of new experiences, a collaborative community, and a relaxed but professional working environment. Prices start at $220 per week for a shared room of four. </p><h2>5. WiFi Tribe</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">WiFi Tribe</a> wants to show you how the world can be your home — and they’ve got plenty of options. In 2019, they’ll be traveling through five continents at a steady pace, opting to stick around in their favorite cities for up to four months at a time. The founders love South Africa, so that makes a heavy appearance on the calendar, as do Bali and Colombia. But with prices starting at just $900 a month for a shared room, and an average group size of around 15-25, WiFi Tribe creates a tight-knit community in dreamy locations at an affordable price.</p>
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This Smart Suitcase Was Designed to Help Visually-impaired Travelers Navigate Busy Airports

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:39
<p>Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a suitcase that could assist blind and visually-impaired travelers navigate airports more easily.</p><p>The suitcase, called <a href="" target="_blank">Bbeep</a>, sounds an alarm when an obstacle comes into its path, particularly useful when navigating through crowds. Using a camera, the suitcase is able to sense oncoming potential collisions and sounds an alarm. The alarm gets faster the closer the obstacle comes, alerting not only the user but other pedestrians who may otherwise be distracted or unaware. When a collision is imminent, the suitcase alerts a “stop” sound which informs the user to stop in their tracks.</p><p>Unfortunately, the suitcase is not (yet) available for sale.</p><p>The suitcase recently underwent testing at <a href="" target="_blank">Pittsburgh</a> International Airport where it was declared to significantly reduce the number of collisions or missteps for visually-impaired users.</p><p>The team also developed an app, NavCog, that uses Bluetooth technology to create a beacon system that helps users navigate their way through the airport terminal.</p><p>The beacons help the app provide audio directions around the airport, which includes detailed instructions to restrooms, restaurants, gates and ticketing counters. The app is able to determine a user’s location with less than 1.5 meters (less than 5 feet) of error. It is currently available on <a href="" target="_blank">the app store for download</a>.</p><p>“When you get a five- or six-hour layover and you need to get something to eat or use the restrooms, that is a major hassle,” a legally blind traveler who participated in a research focus group said in a statement. “It would be lovely to be able to get up and move around and do things that you need to do and maybe want to do.”</p>
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Why This Fashion Designer Thinks You Shouldn’t Buy a Whole New Wardrobe for Travel

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:30
<p>Los Angeles–based minimalist fashion label <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vince</a> embodies the perfect travel wardrobe. The line of easy, light essentials are made with luxuriously soft fabrics, creating casual wear that is both elevated and timeless.</p><p>So it’s no surprise that the creative director at the brand’s helm would be an expert in all things travel. For Caroline Belhumeur, whose father is a pilot, the wanderlust gene is quite literally “in her blood.” Her own career would later demonstrate this fact, too — she’s always traveling to far-flung destinations seeking inspiration for future collections.</p><p>Much like the ethos of Belhumeur’s brand, she believes the key to travel is keeping it simple. We asked her a few questions about her travel routine, favorite destinations, and packing essentials. (And trust us, they’re not what you’d expect.)</p><h2>What is your relationship to travel?</h2><p>Well, my dad is a pilot, so travel is in my blood. But I’m lucky enough to have had jobs that have allowed me to travel the world and meet and experience so many incredible people and places.</p><h2>Do you think about travel when you're designing? Is it a major source of inspiration for you?</h2><p>Yes, travel and thinking about aspirational destinations or places is always very inspiring because you think about color and texture and a sort of feeling or memory, and it can take you to this place in your mind so that you can relive that experience again and again. For Spring 2019, we were inspired by Sea Ranch in Northern California, and we looked at photographs from <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Leslie Williamson’s book</a> and were very inspired by the colors and textures.</p><h2>What’s your packing philosophy?</h2><p>Only pack what you wear all the time. Don’t buy a whole new wardrobe to travel. Pack what you know and then try to keep it carry-on only.</p><h2>Do you have a favorite travel bag?</h2><p>I use an <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Arlo Skye carry-on</a>; it’s super durable and you can charge on the go. And then recently, I have been bringing our new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vince canvas weekender bag.</a></p><img alt="Vince bag "src=""><h2>What's the one item you always need to have on the plane with you?</h2><p>My sketchbook… and also my music.</p><h2>Most versatile item of clothing you need to pack for every trip?</h2><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vince’s cashmere weekend V-neck</a>.</p><h2>What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?</h2><p>In the U.S., our annual family holiday on Block Island. And internationally, our family trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Rome</a>!</p><h2>What’s the one place that surprised you?</h2><p>India, I found it to be very spiritual.</p><h2>Where have you always wanted to visit?</h2><p>There are a lot of places I’d like to go, but now that I’m on the West Coast (I relocated to L.A. in 2017 after 20 years in New York City), I want to go to Yosemite, Oregon, <a href="" target="_blank">Japan</a>, and Hawaii.</p><h2>Is there one particular thing you cannot travel without?</h2><p>I have this tradition of spraying a familiar scent (my go-to is <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Replica Beach Walk by Margiela</a>) into my luggage before I travel so when I get to my destination and open up my bag, I’m greeted by that scent. It’s a way to bring a little bit of home with me wherever I go.</p>
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The Best Portable Cribs for Traveling With Your Infant or Toddler

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:15
<p>Whether you are heading for a long, multi-city adventure or are simply spending <a href="" target="_blank">a weekend away</a>, traveling with a child requires a lot of preparation. If we had to sum it up, we’d say that it all comes down to this: creating the same safe environment your bundle of joy has at home in a hotel room or a rental property that you’ve never seen before. Yes, that can be a daunting task.</p><p>Not only do you have to <a href="" target="_blank">pack all of your baby’s essentials</a> but you also have to make sure your little one has a comfortable place to sleep and play, and that means carrying a crib — or if you have a newborn, a bassinet — not to mention that if you have a baby and a toddler, you need both!</p><p>Size, of course, is key here, especially if you’re traveling by plane or train. You’ll want something that’s relatively easy to set up and when folded can be carried in its own bag (bonus points if the bag can fit in an overhead compartment). Sturdiness and quality are also important since your little one’s safety is at stake.</p><p>To help you get started, we rounded up the best and most highly rated travel portable cribs that parents (and their kids) can’t get enough of.</p><h2>Guava Lotus Travel Crib</h2><img alt="Guava Lotus Travel Crib "src=""><p>Compact and easy to carry, this travel crib is also fast to set up and weighs only 13 pounds. Its four sides are made from breathable mesh. Your little one will sleep on a thick insulated foam mattress pad that comes with a waterproof cover.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00AKKDSNG&amp;linkId=1ef1d189a365d594e29ac512dba72c16"></a>, $209</p><h2>Brica Fold N' Go Travel Bassinet</h2><img alt="Brica bassinet "src=""><p>One quick scroll through the reviews will show you that new parents absolutely love this portable bassinet. You can set it up in seconds and it weighs less than three pounds. It sports mesh sides and a water-resistant mattress pad.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B004L2JJ6E&amp;linkId=f619d1c2a8424fd26a4b847239ec4554"></a>, $35</p><h2>Babybjorn Light Travel Crib</h2><img alt="Babybjorn Light Travel Crib "src=""><p>At 13 pounds, this portable travel crib is one the most lightweight options on the market right now. Simply unfold it, place the mattress in it, and your baby has a safe and comfortable place to nap.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00IM8G038&amp;linkId=a2093d797487a6db734355ef5cdf6cc9"></a>, $299</p><h2>Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages</h2><img alt="Graco Travel Lite Crib "src=""><p>This travel crib has parents raving in Amazon's review section. The best thing about it is that it will grow with your baby thanks to its height-adjustable bassinet. It also features wheels, mesh sides, and a canopy with toys.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07N3CB6X3&amp;linkId=0e649e66cb51e7aabf2ec49532afdcb8" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><h2>phil&amp;teds Traveller Crib</h2><img alt="phil&teds travel crib "src=""><p>This crib weighs only six pounds and it comes in a super compact bag that you can stow in most overhead compartments. The sides are made from mesh with easy to open and close zippers for quick access to baby.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0735QBD2C&amp;linkId=25bc9d1f897e798798ac05976fcdb943"></a>, $131</p><h2>Nuna Sena Aire Mini Travel Crib</h2><img alt="Nuna Sena Aire Mini Travel Crib "src=""><p>When baby is cranky and sleepy, you need a crib that you can set up fast. You can unfold the Nuna Sena Aire Mini with one hand and your little one will be in it, blissfully napping, in no time. The sturdy construction includes all-mesh sides, a ventilated mattress that’s machine-washable, and an easy-to-attach bassinet.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $200</p><h2>4moms Breeze Classic Portable Playard With Removable Bassinet</h2><img alt="4moms Breeze Portable playard "src=""><p>Setting up and closing this portable crib is a breeze thanks to its smart design. If you are a new parent, simply attach the bassinet to the top. Some parents also use it as a convenient place to change their little one’s diapers on the go. The sides are made from sturdy mesh and the crib comes with a comfy mattress.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B076DBG39B&amp;linkId=39d63e2f2c88951fe5b68c8a9c803ad6"></a>, $250</p><h2>Fisher-Price On-the-Go Baby Dome</h2><img alt="Fisher Price travel crib "src=""><p>This may seem too bulky to be a good travel option, but it’s actually not. When folded flat, this fun dome weighs less than seven pounds and you can easily carry it around thanks to a pair of handles. It features a soft pad and a canopy that will protect your little one from bugs. It’s suitable for babies who weigh up to 20 pounds.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B071XC6Y64&amp;linkId=e3880e7f62c083f151494962d8aa8b54"></a>, $55</p><h2>KidCo Peapod Plus Travel Bed</h2><img alt="KidCo Peapod "src=""><p>At just four pounds, this foldable travel bed is so lightweight and compact that you can pack it in a suitcase. It’s made from durable mesh and UV-rated fabric so it’s perfect for a trip to the beach or baby’s first camping adventure.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00BWIPC6G&amp;linkId=e9a6926c7717f599b5e0143d4404b8a6"></a>, $95</p><h2>Chicco LullaGo Portable Bassinet</h2><img alt="Chicco LullaGo Portable Bassinet "src=""><p>Easy to assemble, this bassinet is a great travel option for new parents. It comes with a machine-washable padded mattress and a storage pocket for your baby’s essentials and toys. The bassinet can accommodate babies from birth until they weigh up to 20 pounds.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $100</p><h2>2in1 Rock&amp;Stay Bassinet One-Second Fold Travel Crib</h2><img alt="2in1 Rock&Stay Bassinet One-Second Fold Travel Crib "src=""><p>This portable bassinet weighs less than 20 pounds and folds into a compact carry bag. The best thing about it is that it has a rock mode that will soothe baby to sleep so you don’t have to. The mesh construction will make sure your baby can see you at all times, and vice versa.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B06ZZP4TCP&amp;linkId=b18174db1106341fbd5b7948606f2685"></a>, $83</p><h2>Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Harmony Baby Bed</h2><img alt="Baby Delight Snuggle Nest "src=""><p>If you practice co-sleeping, this compact foldable baby bed will provide a safe and comfortable place for your baby to nap. The integrated sound and light unit will calm your little one in no time. When you’re not using it, this bed folds into a carry bag the size of a regular tote.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B014F7UEXG&amp;linkId=85fb9a1f5e2c4351b17c6a64d6481046"></a>, $55</p><h2>Joovy New Room2 Portable Playard</h2><img alt="Joovy travel crib "src=""><p>This roomy crib that measures an impressive 10 square feet is perfect for twins to sleep in and play. It has large mesh sides, a soft padded mattress, and two wheels that will help you move it around.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01BMAW2UM&amp;linkId=4ed4e7b94771de6458a6b14cc844b88e"></a>, $150</p><h2>ElanBambino Travel Crib</h2><img alt="ElanBambino Travel Crib "src=""><p>At 12 pounds, this portable playard is the perfect lightweight, travel-friendly solution for families on the go. The crib has a sturdy metal frame and mesh sides with a zippered “front door.” We also love that it comes with a removable insect net and a canopy to shield baby from the sun.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelcribs-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01IMZJUH8&amp;linkId=2cc2ad8c52c94b3948df443e86ae827a"></a>, $130</p>
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Beijing Is One Major Step Closer to Opening the Biggest Airport in the World

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:13
<p>Beijing Daxing International Airport — <a href="" target="_blank">which is set to become the world’s biggest airport when it opens</a> later this year — announced that it will begin test flights next week.</p><p>These test flights won’t be like normally scheduled commercial flights. Aircraft from Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Xiamen Airlines will land at the airport on the morning of May 13. After receiving ground clearance, they will take off again. The whole process is expected to take less than one hour.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to the newspaper <em>Beijing Youth Daily</em></a>, the airport’s four runways and taxis passed inspection last week. The newspaper says work is progressing on schedule for the airport’s opening later this year.</p><p>Both China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines will use the airport as their new base when it opens.</p><p>The terminal, designed by Zaha Hadid, will be 700,000 square meters, and include separate passenger areas for domestic and international travel. It is expected to become the world’s largest airport in terms of surface area.</p><p>All work on the airport is expected to be completed by June 30. The airport is expected to open to the public on Sept. 30. By 2021, 45 million passengers are expected to pass through the airport annually. By 2025, that number is expected to grow to 72 million.</p><p>China has one of the fastest-growing travel markets in the world. <a href="" target="_blank">Of the 20 fastest-growing airports in the world</a>, 11 are located in China alone.</p>
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Here's the Proposed Route for the Massive, Great American Rail Trail

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:01
<p>A coast-to-coast hiking and biking trail is almost a reality.</p><p>The proposed <a href="" target="_blank">Great American Rail Trail</a>, a multi-use trail that will run across multiple states, has been in development for several years. Today, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) unveiled in a statement its preferred route for the trail, which will connect more than 125 existing trails and 90 trail gaps over 3,700 miles between Washington, D.C., and Washington State.</p><p>Originally envisioned in the 1980s, the RTC has been conducting a route assessment for the last 12 months, analyzing more than 34,000 miles of multi-use trails across the country and working with more than 200 local partners and 50 state agencies to plan the route. The proposed preferred route is planned to be one continuous route (or over 80 percent continuous) and entirely off-street, made up of almost all existing trails.</p><img alt="Great American Rail-Trail "src=""><p>“When defining the preferred route of the Great American Rail-Trail, we sought a cross-country route that would provide the highest-quality experience while delivering significant economic and social benefits to the communities it connects,” said Liz Thorstensen, vice president of trail development at RTC, in a statement.</p><p>The trail itself runs through 12 states including Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington State, plus Washington D.C.,</p><p>According to the RTC, nearly 50 million people living within 50 miles of the trail will be able to find new opportunities to explore the great outdoors once the trail is complete. The 3,700-mile trail will consist of 1,961 miles of existing trails and 1,782 miles of identified gaps (sections of trail in need of development to fully connect the Great American into one single route). These trail gaps also pose more opportunities for connecting trails in the future. From the sound of it, it’s sure to blow some of the <a href="" target="_blank">best trails in the U.S.</a> straight out of the water once complete.</p><p>Plus, the RTC predicts that the Great American Rail Trail could potentially bring significant economic benefits to communities along the trail.</p><p>“[The Great American Rail Trail] magnifies on a grand scale the benefits that trails have delivered to communities for decades,” said Ryan Chao, president of RTC. “Whether bridging gaps within and between communities, creating safe walking and biking access to jobs, transit, shopping and green space; or serving as recreation for cyclists, runners and casual daily explorers, this will be America’s trail.”</p><img alt="Great American Rail-Trail "src=""><p>At the moment, Washington D.C. and Maryland are the only parts of the trail that are 100 percent complete. The RTC predicts the trail completion is still “decades away,” but the whole of the trail is 52 percent complete.</p><p>The RTC has planned projects and initiatives to start making the Great American Rail Trail a reality. In addition to working with local and state partners, the organization is striving to reach one million pledges from outdoor lovers to help complete the massive trail project.</p><p>On May 8, the RTC will be hosting live events along the preferred route, which will also be broadcast live on the organization’s <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> and on its website from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST.</p><p>More information on the trail, live events, and how to make a pledge can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Great American Rail Trail website</a>.</p>
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These Comfort Shoe Brands Make the Best Travel Shoes

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:18
<p>When it comes to staying active — at home or on the road — a pair of <a href="" target="_blank">comfortable shoes</a> is an absolute must-have. Whether you are spending a weekend away on the beach or hitting a nearby mountain trail for an afternoon hike, the wrong footwear could ruin the experience.</p><p>That’s why some footwear brands have focused entirely on developing shoes that go above and beyond when it comes to comfort. But what does that mean in practice? First and foremost, that means a footbed that delivers superior alignment, arch support, and cushioning. Companies like Birkenstock and Chaco, for example, have a <a href="" target="_blank">faithful following among travelers</a> because of their anatomically molded soles that follow the shape of the foot and enable correct posture and pain-free movement.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">6 Sneaky Ways to Make Your Shoes More Comfortable, According to Podiatrists</a></p><p>Other companies like Keen and Merrell have concentrated their efforts on creating the best footwear for outdoor activities like hiking or running — and then translated that technology into more casual styles. Their shoes often feature superior traction pods appropriate for any terrain, a reinforced toe area, and are made from breathable materials that keep your feet dry and well-ventilated.</p><p>And of course, there are those who offer the best of both worlds, excelling in both the fashion and function departments. These brands are great for urban explorers who need a <a href="" target="_top">stylish and comfortable pair of shoes</a> to pull off an entire day of walking. Thankfully, we have brands such as the Italian Geox and Danish Ecco that combine chic European aesthetics with impeccable quality.</p><p>So gear up for your favorite activity, because these comfort shoe brands will make sure you spend all your time doing what you love — not looking for a pharmacy to stock up on bandages for blisters.</p><h2>Dansko</h2><img alt="best comfort shoes brands dansko "src=""><p>Most of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Dansko</a>’s collections have been awarded the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association, which is “granted to products found to promote good foot health.” And while the Pennsylvania-based company’s beginnings may have been humble — the pursuit of the perfect barn shoe, or <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">clog</a>, is what inspired its founders — nowadays, it offers shoes that are stylish, versatile, and extremely comfortable.</p><p><strong>Try: Men's 'Viktor' Shoes</strong></p><p>Perfect for weekends, these shoes take comfort to a whole new level thanks to their removable, triple-density footbeds with built-in arch support and heel stabilization.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p><p><strong>Try: Women's 'Petra' Booties</strong></p><p>The leather upper of the stylish 'Petra' bootie has been treated for stain-resistance and is quite a departure from the company's clog silhouette in style, but not in comfort. The removable, leather-lined footbed provides long-lasting arch support and cushioning.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $185</p><h2>Johnston &amp; Murphy</h2><img alt="best comfort shoes brands johnston and murphy "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Johnston &amp; Murphy</a> has been crafting shoes and boots with care since 1850. The company has even custom-designed shoes for U.S. presidents, like a lace-up boot for President Lincoln and a classic black wingtip for JFK. Now, its men's and women's styles are true investment pieces that are made to last and to feel great from the first wear.</p><p><strong>Try: Men's 'Jennings' Shearling Boots</strong></p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $229</p><p><strong>Try: Women's 'Elaine' Slip-on</strong></p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $100</p><h2>Vionic</h2><img alt="best comfort shoes brands vionic "src=""><p>Designed by Australian podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vionic</a>’s shoes are constantly improved thanks to a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">panel of podiatrists and fitness experts</a>. The company’s footwear promotes the natural alignment of the body from the ground up thanks to firm-yet-flexible insoles and cushioned footbeds that deliver all-day comfort.</p><p><strong>Try: Men's 'Mason' Loafers</strong></p><p>Let these loafers make your weekends a bit more stylish and a lot more comfortable. The casually elegant shoe is crafted from water-resistant suede and in addition to the removable, leather-lined EVA footbed that reduces stress on the foot, it also has a sturdy and durable rubber outsole.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140</p><p><strong>Try: Women's 'Serena' Ankle Boots</strong></p><p>Update your wardrobe with these weather-resistant ankle booties, a staple for fall. Thanks to the low heel and microfiber-lined, cushioned footbeds, you could easily walk in these beauties all day long without causing your feet any pain or discomfort.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p><h2>Merrell</h2><img alt="best comfort shoes brands merrell "src=""><p>For the past 30 years, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Merrell</a> has focused on making the <a href="" target="_blank">best hiking shoes</a> for any type of terrain. Its most popular style, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Moab</a>, is a trusted hiker favorite. But the brand also applies the same comfort technology to all sorts of casual footwear, creating durable, versatile shoes that can take you from the trail to city sidewalks.</p><p><strong>Try: Men's 'Burnt Rock Travel Suede' Sneaker</strong></p><p>While most shoes require for you to spend some time breaking them in, that’s not the case with this pair. You could pull these sneakers straight out of the box, hit the road, and never worry about blisters or painful feet. The contoured insoles and breathable mesh lining guarantee long-lasting comfort.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $110</p><p><strong>Try: Women's 'Range AC+' Sneaker</strong></p><p>Wherever your next outdoor adventure takes you, you can count on these ultra lightweight sneakers to provide you with maximum all-day support and comfort. They feature a grippy outsole, a textile upper, and an air cushioned heel that absorbs shock and adds stability.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $120</p><h2>Ecco</h2><img alt="best comfort shoes brands ecco "src=""><p>The first pair of light and comfortable <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ecco</a> shoes may have been called the “Joke,” but the high standards this Danish company holds itself to are taken very seriously. The company, which is family-owned to this day, prides itself on having a “Scandinavian approach to shoemaking.” What does that translate to? Instead of following trends, its shoes “follow the function of the foot,” focusing on creating lightweight, flexible, and sturdy footwear. Also, Ecco's leather is crafted in the company's own tanneries, allowing for exceptional quality control and innovation.</p><p><strong>Try: Men's 'Soft VII' Lace-up Sneaker</strong></p><p>Walk around all day in these dapper leather kicks which that could also easily be paired with a more formal outfit for date night. The flexible, single density outsole absorbs shock and a removable, leather-covered inlay sole keeps feet feeling fresh and dry.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p><p><strong>Try: Women's 'Gillian' Slip-on Sneaker</strong></p><p>You can pair this slip-on sneaker with a dress or denim and it will deliver maximum comfort and arch support thanks to the anatomical footbed.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $130</p><h2>Keen</h2><img alt="best comfort shoes brands keen "src=""><p>Keen’s story started with the launch of its strappy “Newport” sandal in 2003, which was designed to offer additional protection for your toes. Fast forward 15 years and the Portland-based brand is a favorite of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of both sexes and all ages thanks to its commitment to functional and high-quality footwear. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Keen</a> shoes are designed to provide all-day support and plenty of traction since the brand is focused on catering to the active traveler.</p><p><strong>Try: Men's 'Uneek O2' Sandal/Sneaker</strong></p><p>This lightweight shoe combines the breathability of sandals and sturdiness and comfort of sneakers. The nylon cord and textile construction adapts to the shape of your foot for a custom fit, while the cushioned heel provides added support.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $81</p><p><strong>Try: Women's 'Evofit One' Sandals</strong></p><p>This award-winning sandal offers both impeccable performance and a trendy knit upper. The sock-like construction guarantees a perfect fit and the rubber outsole, with its multi-directional lugs, delivers maximum traction.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $91</p><h2>Ugg</h2><img alt="best comfort shoes brands ugg "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ugg</a> is much more than shearling-lined boots these days. The company — which was founded in California by an Australian surfer — is known for its focus on luxurious comfort, both at home in your slippers and out and about in your casual daytime shoes.</p><p><strong>Try: Men's 'Henrick' Loafer</strong></p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140</p><p><strong>Try: Women's 'Tye' Sneakers</strong></p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140</p><h2>OluKai</h2><img alt="best comfort shoes brands olukai "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">OluKai</a>’s Hawaiian-inspired footwear is all about laid-back design and comfort. Each pair provides arch support and a cushioned footbed to mimic that of a foot stepping into wet sand. The brand has dubbed this its “Wet Sand Principle” and it delivers both balance and long-lasting support.</p><p><strong>Try: Men’s 'Nohea Moku' Sneaker</strong></p><p>The ultimate all-terrain shoe, the “Nohea Moku” is made from premium canvas and breathable mesh for water-friendly, quick-drying wear. The dual-density footbed maximizes cushioning, support, and rebound, while the all-weather, rubber outsole provides added traction for wet surfaces.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><p><strong>Try: Women’s 'Pehuea Leather' Slip-on</strong></p><p>This is the perfect travel shoe both in terms of style and functionality. It is crafted from full-grain leather and features a moisture-wicking microfiber lining, a dual-density anatomical removable and washable footbed, and a chassis that provides arch support and heel stability.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $100</p><p> </p><h2>Chaco</h2><img alt="best comfort shoes brands chaco "src=""><p>While <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Chaco</a>'s classic “Z” sandals are the footwear of choice for many an outdoor adventurer, their comfort translates into all of the company's styles. Each shoe's proprietary “Luvseat” footbed is contoured to cradle the foot to make for better alignment and a more efficient stride.</p><p><strong>Try: Men’s 'Davis' Mid Leather Sneaker</strong></p><p>Designed for the man on the go, the outsole of these lace-up high-tops have been optimized for traction on wet surfaces. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140</p><p><strong>Try: Women’s 'Scion' Sneaker</strong></p><p>The trendy knit upper of these sneakers has a super comfy, sock-like fit. And the flecked outsole adds character while the footbed provides all the arch support you'll need.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $125</p><h2>Geox</h2><img alt="best comfort shoes brands geox "src=""><p>Geox founder Mario Polegato’s business idea was simple: create a shoe that “breathes.” And more than a hundred years after he launched the company, it is clear that this was a pretty good idea. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Geox</a>’s products deal with a very specific and widespread issue — unhealthy foot perspiration. The company has patented a system that consists of a membrane that absorbs sweat from the insole and expels it as water vapor through micro-holes in the outsole.</p><p><strong>Try: Men's 'Renan' Low-top Sneaker</strong></p><p>You can dress these sleek low-top sneakers up or down. They're crafted from leather and deliver maximum comfort and breathability.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $130</p><p><strong>Try: Women's 'Elidia' Loafer</strong></p><p>While most comfort shoe brands opt for casual design, Geox stays true to its Italian roots and offers elegant styles. The “Elidia” loafer in patent leather features a waterproof membrane that will keep your feet dry while the signature “Respira” sole keeps them well-ventilated.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140</p><h2>Rockport</h2><img alt="best comfort shoes brands rockport "src=""><p>With a slogan like “made for movers,” you know you'll be able to wear a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Rockport</a> pair all day without discomfort. For more than 45 years, the brand has been working to merge the feel of an athletic shoe with the look of a sophisticated dress shoe while taking into account comfort factors like soft materials, stability control, and flexible architecture.</p><p><strong>Try: Men's 'Ports of Call Perth' Boat Shoe</strong></p><p>The perfect beach trip companion, Rockport's take on the boat shoe will stand up to a day of exploring by the shore. It's lined with moisture-wicking suede for a more breathable feeling shoe.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $125</p><p><strong>Try: Women's 'Total Motion Adelyn' Ballet Flats</strong></p><p>You'll never go back to a regular ballet flat after trying the “Adelyn.” It's available in eight different upper styles and the cushioned foam insole is like walking on a cloud. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $110</p><h2>Birkenstock</h2><img alt="best comfort shoes brands birkenstock "src=""><p>We can’t think of another footwear company that can trace its history back to the late 1700s. Of course, while Birkenstock’s past is impressive, it’s the contoured footbed that made the brand the global phenomenon it is today. The company invented it in the 1930s and this element has been at the heart of every pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Birkenstocks</a> since then. The footbed features jute fibers to absorb moisture, a resilient cork layer for maximum support, and a soft suede upper layer keeps your feet comfortable and dry.</p><p><strong>Try: Men's 'Arizona' Essentials</strong></p><p>The classic two-strap silhouette takes on a lighter form in this EVA version that's both waterproof and durable.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $40</p><p><strong>Try: Women's 'Arizona' Vegan Sandals</strong></p><p>The “Arizona” style comes in narrow and medium widths and features adjustable straps for a custom fit. The deep heel cup keeps in line with the natural padding of your foot, distributing your body weight more evenly.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $100</p>
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This Dad Pulled the Cutest Prank on His Daughter — and Air New Zealand Was in on the Whole Thing

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:08
<p>Some <a href="" target="_blank">pranks</a> are just worth the extra effort.</p><p>Bridie Connell and her dad have had a bit of a prank war going on for the last 15 years. The pranks consist of one person saying “pinch and a punch, first day of the month,” before the other one can say it, followed by a light pinch and punch. She explains her “war” on Twitter.</p><p>It’s a little like “jinx,” only you don’t have to call it out when you accidentally say the same thing at the same time as the other person. And no one has to say completely silent until they buy the other person a Coke.</p><p>Connell wrote on Twitter that, usually, the prank war is pretty tame, though it can sometimes escalate quickly.</p><p> </p><p>According to the <em><a href=";objectid=12227057" target="_blank">New Zealand Herald</a></em>, this little war had yet another battle that played out on Connell’s Air New Zealand flight on May 1.</p><p>Connell was flying to New Zealand from Melbourne, Australia for her cousin’s birthday. Naturally, it being the first of the month, Connell planned on serving up another “pinch and punch” prank to her dad before she left, but decided it was a little too early to call her parents’ house before her flight. Instead, she decided she was going to call out a “pinch and punch” when she landed, according to the <em>New Zealand Herald</em>.</p><p>Big mistake.</p><p>As Connell sat down for her flight, a flight attendant handed her a folded letter. Inside, lo and behold, was an epic “pinch and punch” from her father, hand delivered.</p><p>Her father wrote a note saying, “I can’t wait to see you, and I know you’re going to be very thrilled and excited when you see me! By the way, whilst I remember… Pinch and a punch for the first of the month! No returns!”</p><p>The “no returns,” is kind of like a “no backsies” rule. It basically means she can’t “pinch and punch” him back.</p><p>Well played, Dad.</p><p>But perhaps the most frustrating part is that the phones had to be turned off for the flight’s take off. What a cruel fate. But Connell had to be impressed with her dad’s forethought.</p><p> </p><p>She spent the last three hours of the flight plotting her “revenge.” It’s unclear what she had in store for dear old dad.</p><p> </p><p>Luckily for Connell, the prank wasn’t all bad. Air New Zealand also upgraded her seat to premium economy (probably out of guilt, she said).</p><p> </p><p>Air New Zealand isn’t the only company in the travel industry that enjoys a good prank. Southwest also <a href="" target="_blank">managed to out-wit a troll</a> on Twitter back in 2017.</p>
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Here's When to Save on Flights for the Fourth of July

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 08:59
<p>With the Fourth of July falling on a Thursday this year, it’s all too tempting to book a late Wednesday night flight and spend a long weekend celebrating freedom, independence, and all things American – in America, of course.</p><p>But like any trip, timing is everything: Book flight too early and you might miss the best deals — wait too long and you risk having to buy after prices have jumped.</p><p>According to the travel site <a href="" target="_blank">Hipmunk</a>, Fourth of July travelers can find savings of up to 23 percent if they book tickets the week of May 20. In general, the site reports that summer domestic fares are trending on par with last year with the median flight costing $338 – the same as last year.</p><p>Hipmunk also says that summertime domestic <a href="" target="_blank">travel is down</a> compared to last year, while international travel has seen a jump.</p><p>Sounds like the Fourth of July holiday might be the perfect time to give one of the 50 states a little love – especially if you can <a href="" target="_blank">snag a low fare</a>.</p><p>The following domestic destinations are already trending on Hipmunk for Fourth of July travel:</p>Boston, Massachusetts<a href="" target="_blank">Denver</a>, ColoradoSeattle, WashingtonNew York City, New York<a href="" target="_blank">Orlando</a>, FloridaLihue, HawaiiLas Vegas, NevadaHonolulu, Hawaii<a href="" target="_blank">Los Angele</a>s, CaliforniaWashington, D.C.
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Couple Removed From Air New Zealand Flight for Refusing to Pay Attention to Safety Information

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 08:49
<p>Next time you board your flight, remember to never skip that <a href="" target="_blank">pre-flight safety</a> announcement.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a>, a woman was kicked off her Air New Zealand flight from <a href="" target="_blank">Wellington to Auckland</a> on Tuesday because she, apparently, flat-out refused to watch the <a href="" target="_blank">pre-flight safety video</a> or read the instructional card handed to her by flight attendants.</p><p>Considering how many people manage to tune out pre-flight safety announcements on a regular basis, it may be safe to assume this particular passenger must have gone well out of her way to make sure the crew noticed her noncompliance.</p><p>While the pre-flight safety instructions were being announced, flight attendants attemped to get the passenger to listen to the video and read the safety card, but she and the man she was with apparently ignored them and continued to read their books and fiddle with their phones, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Evening Standard</a></em>. To make matters worse, the woman was seated in an exit row — the one row where you hope the passengers are paying attention to safety instructions.</p><p>As the flight attendant kept urging, the woman apparently went so far as to stick her fingers in her ears, according to <em>The Evening Standard</em>.</p><p>Now, there are a lot of <a href="" target="_blank">reasons why people get kicked off flights</a>. Often, it has to do with a passenger being intoxicated, but fingers in the ears is an entirely new way to get yourself in trouble.</p><p>The altercation led the flight crew to return to the gate so that the woman and her companion could be escorted off the plane. A police spokesperson told <em>The Evening Standard</em> that the passengers would be getting an “infringement notice” citing the use of their cell phones.</p><p>Let this serve as a reminder that even though pre-flight safety videos can be pretty boring (especially if you’ve seen them a thousand times), they’re extremely necessary. You have the rest of the flight to enjoy yourself, but saftey should always come first.</p>
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This Brand New Luxury Water Park Is Opening in the Mexican Riviera

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 08:34
<p>A <a href="" target="_blank">water park</a> isn't necessarily the most glamorous place to visit — until now, that is.</p><p>Grupo Vidanta, a luxury tourism company in Mexico and Latin America, offers stays at premier resorts, recently <a href="" target="_blank">launched its own cruise line</a>, and partners with top-tier brands — including producing a <a href="" target="_blank">Cirque du Soleil show, JOYA</a> — at the Vidanta Riviera Maya.</p><p>Now, the luxury travel brand is launching a brand new experience that will satisfy your love of travel, your inner child, and your appreciation for the finer things in life.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Jungala</a> is a luxury, boutique water park that features thrilling waterslides, as well as incredible food and beverage options in a gorgeous, natural setting at the Vidanta Riviera Maya resort in Mexico.</p><img alt="Jungala at Vidanta Riviera Maya "src=""><p>According to a statement from Grupo Vidanta, guests can explore the beautiful, natural jungle area within the park, which is constructed with rock walls, giant tree formations, waterfalls, bridges, and caves. Not only is this a truly beautiful and unexpected setting for a water park, it’s also a great place to spot local wildlife.</p><p>As for thrills, guests can get their kicks on "state-of-the-art rides" including the Aqua Drop, Aqua Loop, Flatline Loop, and Whizzard. The park even has family-friendly sections: the Kids Waterslide Complex and Aqua Play Rain Fortress, which is the largest interactive play structure in the world, according to the company’s statement. The park also features a wave pool with natural beach sand and a massive lazy river over 3,000 feet in length — the longest in Latin America.</p><p>“It has always been our goal to offer the most extraordinary vacation experiences for guests, and the opening of the Jungala Luxury Waterpark at Vidanta Riviera Maya will further enhance that by providing another entertainment outlet with deluxe touches," said Iván Chávez, Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta</p><p>In addition, guests can relax in the lap of luxury by imbibing in the on-site bars and restaurants, including On the Waves Snack Hall, Mojito Bendito Bar, Sand-gria Bar, and the Cocoyol Pool Bar. There will also be a cabana shop and a Bohanna Market for anyone who’d like to get a little shopping done.</p><img alt="Jungala at Vidanta Riviera Maya "src=""><p>And if all of that doesn’t seem luxe enough, groups up to four can also rent a deluxe VIP Cabana with personalized service, champagne, a fruit platter, light bites, dessert platter, in-cabana spa treatments, multiple floors and rooms with exclusive amenities.</p><p>Since this is a "bespoke" water park experience, Jungala will have a set daily capacity of guests. So, no need to worry about lines.</p><p>Jungala is set to open on June 22, 2019 and will be open to both resort guests and the general public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p><p>More information can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Jungala website</a>.</p>
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12 Suitcases That Will Make You Love Hardside Luggage

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 08:09
<p>When you’re traveling with fragile items in your <a href="" target="_blank">suitcase</a>, whether you’re handing it over to an airline or a taxi driver or tossing it into your trunk, you want the protection you get with hard case luggage. Some travelers simply prefer hardside luggage for its sleek look or packing configuration.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Lightweight Luggage for Traveling</a></p><p>Most hard luggage has a “clamshell” setup, where the bag opens flat, like a book, and there are two similar packing areas, usually with tie-downs or zippered mesh layers. They are easier to clean than fabric bags, and they often come in bright colors or even decorative prints. Travelers who tend to overfill soft-side bags to the point where they won’t fit into an overhead bin might do better with a hardside that keeps its shape — or one that expands and compresses back to carry-on size like magic.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Luggage Brands for Every Budget</a></p><p>The terms “hardside,” “hard-case,” and “hard-shell” are used interchangeably, so we’ll use the terminology of the various manufacturers. Shop our selection of medium check-in and carry-on size suitcases below, and (if you're not already) be prepared to fall in love with hardside luggage.</p><h2>Briggs &amp; Riley Sympatico CX Int'l Carry-on Expandable Spinner</h2><img alt="Briggs & Riley blue hard shell expandable Suitcase "src=""><p>Briggs &amp; Riley has long been making some of the best hardside luggage on the market. This 21-inch bag — made of resilient virgin polycarbonate. Its “outsider” external-mount handle provides a smooth packing area, and its 70/30 compartment configuration is more akin to packing in a traditional suitcase. If you're reluctant to part with the "give" a softside suitcase allows when packing, Briggs &amp; Riley's CX technology allows you to zip it closed while expanded and then compress it back down to <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on size regulations</a> in a snap. Meanwhile, the double spinner wheels and comfortable, soft touch carry grips make handling easy. Oh, and don't forget about that lifetime warranty. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $579</p><h2>Bric’s Capri 21-inch Carry-on Spinner</h2><img alt="brics best hardside spinner suitcase "src=""><p>This streamlined polycarbonate bag comes in olive, gray, and blue with Tuscan leather trim. At only 6.4 pounds, it’s lightweight as well as durable. Spacious inner compartments feature elastic straps and zippered sections to keep contents neat and organized, while easy-glide wheels and a telescopic handle allow for effortless movement.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlhardsidelluggage-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B06X6MXNH1&amp;linkId=08fbcc9a3e0cf15a8e4fbcc99075c113" target="_blank"></a>, $295</p><h2>Rimowa Essential Lite Small Cabin </h2><img alt="Rimowa best Hard Shell carry-on Suitcase "src=""><p>This durable international carry-on is a such smart buy if you like to travel light. Made of ultra-light polycarbonate shell, it weighs just 4.2 pounds and also comes in glossy red with smooth-rolling spinner wheels. The multi-stage telescopic handle adjusts to any height for comfortable maneuvering. And the flex-divider system keeps contents organized and makes packing simple.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $540</p><h2>Away The Bigger Carry-on</h2><img alt="Away Best Hard Suitcase "src=""><p>This start-up luggage brand may be a newcomer to the industry, but it’s quickly becoming a cult favorite among frequent fliers. Away makes unbreakable hardside luggage in three sizes, and The Bigger Carry-on is a roomy 23-inch case that is sized for most major domestic airlines. It’s equipped with a built-in battery and a TSA-approved combination lock, and alongside the brand’s seven core colors, there are always fun seasonal collaborations.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $245</p><h2>Hartmann 7R Medium Spinner</h2><img alt="Hartmann hard shell Suitcase "src=""><p>This shiny, modern suitcase is engineered with both design as well as durability in mind. It comes in six eye-catching colors, while leather detailing lends a timeless touch. And it’s built to endure years of travel, with its impact-resistant material and resilient aluminum pull handle. It weighs in at just short of seven pounds, which is super-lightweight for a 28-inch checked bag.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, $550</p><h2>eBags Fortis Pro Traveler 22-inch Hardside Spinner Carry-on</h2><img alt="eBags Roller hard shell spinner Suitcase "src=""><p>The abrasion-resistant shell of this 100 percent polycarbonate bag comes in navy, red, black, and a pretty ocean blue. For convenience and flexibility in packing, its interior has one full mesh-zip section and one open area with tie downs and eBags' smart movable shelf system which allows you to split that side into compartments. Top and side grips, 360-degree silent Hinomoto wheels, and three-stop telescoping handle make zipping through the airport easy. Plus, there's now a USB port built in to attach your power bank to when you want the extra juice for your tech,</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $200</p><h2>Travelpro Crew 11 Hardside 25-inch Spinner</h2><img alt="TravelPro Hardside Spinner Metal Suitcase "src=""><p>This medium-sized check-in bag is offered in navy and silver, with a sleek exterior design. With a 100 percent polycarbonate construction, the piece is durable — and inside zippered sections and smaller accessory pockets make it easy to pack. Low profile top and side handles and self-aligning magnetic spinner wheels provide for ease in handling. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, $250 (originally $540)</p><h2>Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion Carry-on Hardside Spinner</h2><img alt="Samsonite Teal Hard Suitcase "src=""><p>At 20 inches, this bag should fit easily into most overhead bins while providing a spacious interior with full zippered dividers. It’s currently <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon’s bestselling piece of carry-on luggage</a>, and it is available in nine colors with a brushed-look finish. Made of 100 percent polycarbonate, it’s incredibly lightweight — and its four spinner wheels move it along easily.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlhardsidelluggage-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B072M5FXK3&amp;linkId=ef23c75a0eee1fed82b2d17dbe25ce23" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, from $75</p><h2>Travelers Club Luna 20-inch Hardside Carry-on Spinner</h2><img alt="Travelers Club hardshell luggage "src=""><p>Its attractive, brushed finish comes in blue, charcoal, or gold, making this bag expensive-looking, despite the afforable price tag. Composed of ABS plastic with an aluminum frame, it is designed to absorb impact and flex back into shape. Unlike most hardside bags with zipper closures, this bag uses stylish levers and sturdy hinges. The fully-lined interior has a mesh zippered pocket.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, $94 (originally $231)</p><h2>Tumi Latitude Short Trip Packing Case</h2><img alt="Tumi Hard Shell Checked Suitcase "src=""><p>Weighing in at just over eight pounds, this attractive 26-inch check-in bag is from Tumi's most durable lightweight collection to date. It comes in four colors: blush, silver, blue, and black. The shell may look tough, but it's actually really flexible, enabling your luggage to endure whatever the baggage handlers throw its way. A brand-new wheel system makes it easier than ever to handle, and two packing compartments with a removable garment section provide packing flexibility, too.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $745</p><h2>Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Medium Expandable Spinner</h2><img alt="Victorinox Hard Shell Suitcase "src=""><p>This attractive 27-inch polycarbonate bag is expandable, providing an additional 4.3-inches of packing space when needed. It comes in black, navy, and red with corner guards and zipper bumpers for protection. There’s a zippered door on the front side for top-load packing or easy access to contents and interior pockets for organization. With the company’s bag tracking system, you can be reunited with lost bags easily at no cost.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, $430 (originally $720)</p><h2>Delsey Chatelet Hard+ Four-wheel Spinner</h2><img alt="White Hard Side Roller Bag by Kelsey "src=""><p>This elegant 27-inch bag comes in brown or champagne with a tan leather trim. Made of virgin polycarbonate, its curved corners add to its good looks, and high-quality spinner wheels make handling easy. Its unique Stop &amp; Go brake system keeps the bag from drifting on slanted surfaces, while two wheels remain free to roll along. The luxurious red interior has tie-downs and zippered dividers.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, $340 (originally $800)</p>
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This Qantas Flight Will Produce Zero Waste — and Passengers Probably Won’t Even Notice a Difference

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 07:56
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Qantas</a> operated the first-ever commercial flight service that produced zero landfill waste on Wednesday.</p><p>From this point forward, all items onboard flight QF739 from <a href="" target="_blank">Sydney</a> to Adelaide, from cups to food waste, will either be composted, reused or recycled.</p><p>“In the process of carrying over 50 million people every year, Qantas and Jetstar currently produce an amount of waste equivalent to 80 fully-laden Boeing 747 jumbo jets,” Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David said at the flight’s departure from Sydney Airport. “We want to give customers the same level of service they currently enjoy, but without the amount of waste that comes with it. This flight is about testing our products, refining the waste process and getting feedback from our customers.”</p><p>Meals were served in containers made from sugar cane and the cutlery was made from crop starch, all fully compostable. Single-use plastics, like individually-packaged servings of milk or Vegemite, were either swapped out for a sustainable alternative or removed altogether. At the end of flight service, flight attendants sorted waste into compost, recycling or reuse.</p><p>Customers were encouraged to use digital boarding passes and electronic bag tags whenever possible. However, it was still possible to use paper passes or tags. Staff members were on hand to remind passengers to dispose of these items in a sustainable manner.</p><p>“We see how much waste there is physically every day, and it is kind of sickening and we are already in an <a href="" target="_blank">industry that is not very environmentally friendly</a>," flight attendant Maddie Rowcliff <a href="" target="_blank">told the <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em>.</a> “The only thing we could be recycling on a normal flight is cups, cans, water bottles and newspapers that go into the green bags on flight, everything else would go into a combined bag.”</p><p>The airline announced its goal to remove 100 million single-use plastics (45 million plastic cups, 30 million sets of cutlery, 21 million coffee cups and four million headrest covers) from its flights by the end of 2020. These items will be replaced with more sustainable alternatives.</p><p>The flight will also be fully carbon offset through the airline’s carbon offset scheme.</p><p>Last year, the airline operated the world’s first biofuel flight between the United States and Australia. The 15-hour flight ran on blended fuel, <a href="" target="_blank">10 percent of which was made from mustard seed</a>.</p>
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How to Know If Your Sunscreen Is Killing Coral Reefs — and 11 Brands to Try Instead

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 07:43
<p>The next time you take a dip in the warm waters of the Caribbean or Hawaii, think about this: you aren't just swimming in seawater. There may also be as many as 82,000 kinds of chemicals from personal care products that have made their way into the world’s oceans, according to a report by <a href="" target="_blank">Marine Life</a>, a marine conservation NGO. And one of the biggest and most permanent contributors to this massive pollution is sunscreen. In 2015, it was estimated that around <a href="" target="_blank">14,000 tons of sunscreen</a> are ending up in the world’s coral reefs and causing irreparable damage.</p><p>“Eighty-five percent of the Caribbean coral reefs died before 1999 or 2000. That wasn’t global warming. It’s pollution,” says Dr. Craig A. Downs, Ph.D., executive director of <a href="" target="_blank">Haereticus Environmental Laboratory</a>.</p><p>So what makes sunscreen so deadly to coral reefs? A few years ago, after testing more than 50 sunscreen brands, Dr. Downs and his team started looking at specific chemicals and discovered that oxybenzone and octinoxate are the main culprits. The reason they are so widely used in sunscreen is that they absorb the harmful UV rays. Oxybenzone, for example, is toxic in four different ways: it causes damage to the DNA that may lead to cancer and developmental abnormalities, it is an endocrine disruptor, it causes deformations in juvenile corals, and, lastly, it leads to bleaching.</p><p>“Corals would normally bleach when the temperatures are above 31 Celsius [81.7 Fahrenheit] so it’s really warm water,” explains Dr. Downs. “[Oxybenzone] will cause corals to bleach at 78 degrees, and that’s non-bleaching temperature.” And it usually takes only a couple of hours for the chemicals to cause some serious damage.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Long-sleeve Swimsuits Are Having Their Most Stylish Season Yet</a></p><p>Dr. Downs points out that certain preservatives found in sunscreens are also toxic: parabens such as the commonly used methyl paraben and butyl paraben, or phenoxyethanol, which was originally used as a mass fish anesthetic.</p><p>And it turns out that we aren't just seeing the devastating damage in our oceans, but tasting it, as well. While Dr. Downs was on a working visit at the Bahamas, he was talking to a government employee at dinner who shared how much he liked the coconut flavor of the local fish they were dining on.</p><p>“We asked the chef what kind of seasoning he put in it, and he said, 'just salt.' The coconut was some recombinant fragrance of sunscreen. That is a chemical fragrance. It’s a nasty, long-lasting fragrance that will accumulate in organisms and so we were tasting it in the fish,” Dr. Downs explained.</p><p>So what can you do next time you hit the beach to prevent further damage? First of all, forget about aerosols.</p><p>“[With an aerosol spray], the chemical ingredients are microscopic and [are] inhaled into the lungs, and dispersed airborne into the environment,” says Brian A. Guadagno, founder and CEO of <a href="" target="_blank">Raw Elements</a>, a Hawaii-based, coral-safe sunscreen company. After witnessing what toxic sunscreens can do to coral reefs, Guadagno — a former lifeguard — developed a non-nano zinc oxide–based formula that is much safer for the environment. His company is now a member of The Safe Sunscreen Council, a coalition of companies working to raise awareness about the impact of toxic sunscreen ingredients on our planet.</p><p>Another safe alternative to oxybenzone and octinoxate is non-nano titanium dioxide. Before purchasing your next bottle of sunscreen, also check the list of for any of the toxic preservatives we mentioned.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">12 Stylish Caftan Dresses for the Easiest Vacation Outfits Ever</a></p><p>Here’s the next big question a lot of us face when we choose sunscreen — should we go for a higher SPF or lower? Dr. Downs says the benefits of the former are overstated and it is actually more harmful to the environment because it contains a higher percentage of chemicals.</p><p>“They don’t statistically protect you anymore against UV radiation [above] SPF 30. So you just need to find a very good SPF 30 that has done the rigorous FDA-required testing for water resistance and that’s usually 80 to 90 minutes, and reapply every 80 to 90 minutes,” he suggests.</p><p>Both Guadagno and Downs agree on one thing — if you truly want to reduce the negative impact sunscreen has on reefs and marine life and to protect your skin, invest in good sunwear and sun accessories. Sun protective clothing with a UPF rating will prevent the sun’s rays from penetrating the fabric.</p><p>“So you wear the UPF sun-shirt and then you apply sunscreen to your face, neck, the back of your hands, behind your ears. Think of how much less sunscreen you are using,” says Dr. Downs.</p><p>Here, we rounded up 11 reef-friendly sunscreen options to pack for your next beach vacation.</p><h2>Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen</h2><img alt="reef safe sunscreen thinksport "src=""><p>This sunscreen has a perfect score on <a href="" target="_blank">EWG</a>, and doesn’t contain any biologically toxic chemicals. It is water-resistant for up 80 minutes and is absorbed easily by your skin. The brand also makes a face sunscreen (<a href=";tag=tlreefsafesunscreen-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B012801NFA&amp;linkId=3661b86e2c5749e9075ba0a827f86cbd" target="_blank"></a>, $12)</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlreefsafesunscreen-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00K3JQO9Y&amp;linkId=0dec83d2dbb6bb24ec41faf50f1a847e" target="_blank"></a>, $12</p><h2>All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion</h2><img alt="reef safe sunscreen all good "src=""><p>This non-nano zinc oxide-based sunscreen has a lightweight water-resistant formula and is rich in organic green tea, rose hips, and buriti oil for repairing damaged skin. Make sure your skin is well moisturized before applying.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlreefsafesunscreen-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B06XZMTBPG&amp;linkId=2480d32b1d3fa52924440cc0e030cb43" target="_blank"></a>, $13</p><h2>Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Lotion</h2><img alt="reef safe sunscreen babo botanicals "src=""><p>The zinc formula is ocean-safe and effectively protects your skin from sunburn. This sunscreen is also sulfate-, paraben-, phthalate-, fragrance-, and dye-free.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlreefsafesunscreen-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00AH8FASM&amp;linkId=d30406c8a85293940bcd374ffad3f380" target="_blank"></a>, $10</p><h2>Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen</h2><img alt="suntegrity reef safe sunscreen "src=""><p>This unscented and vegan sunscreen is perfect for people with sensitive skin and kids. It is free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles and chemical UV absorbers, and contains organic green tea extract, cucumber extract, and pomegranate seed oil.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlreefsafesunscreen-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00J3FSNRA&amp;linkId=311fc6ad6e7719656a9ec3bcc1ff7ae4" target="_blank"></a>, $24</p><h2>Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen Cream</h2><img alt="reef safe sunscreen badger "src=""><p>This sunscreen is water- and sweat-resistant for up to 40 minutes and contains moisturizing ingredients like sunflower oil, beeswax, seabuckthorn, and Vitamin E.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlreefsafesunscreen-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B003II53Z8&amp;linkId=14b00b5475bbac39881b3dfd27b31e35" target="_blank"></a>, $14</p><h2>Raw Elements SPF 30 Certified Natural Sunscreen</h2><img alt="reef safe sunscreen raw elements "src=""><p>The active ingredient in this sunscreen is non-nano zinc oxide. It is biodegradable, reef safe, and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlreefsafesunscreen-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0067LR21Q&amp;linkId=3fef233cae3d1e5b0bc480d9686ade45" target="_blank"></a>, $17</p><h2>Stream2Sea SPF 30 Mineral Sunblock</h2><img alt="reef safe sunscreen stream2sea "src=""><p>Protect your skin and marine life with this mineral-based sunscreen that contains a powerful antioxidant blend of green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf. Its active ingredient is non-nano titanium dioxide.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlreefsafesunscreen-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B017BVN9BC&amp;linkId=409ddd91bb7190714fc0019e34c6d2aa" target="_blank"></a>, $17</p><h2>Mama Kuleana Waterproof SPF 30 Reef-safe Sunscreen</h2><img alt="reef safe sunscreen mama kuleana "src=""><p>This Maui-based company works hard to ensure that its products, together with the packaging, are safe for the environment. Their sunscreen contains a lot of organic ingredients like coconut oil, almond oil, and shea butter.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlreefsafesunscreen-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07HY8XMBK&amp;linkId=5f188dc240c4799904a438408ddfb0c1" target="_blank"></a>, $22</p><h2>Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian SPF 50 Natural Zinc Sunscreen</h2><img alt="reef safe sunscreen kokua sun care "src=""><p>This zinc-based sunscreen is enriched with local Hawaiian spirulina, plumeria extract, honey, kukui nut oil, and other nourishing oils that moisture and soothe the skin.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlreefsafesunscreen-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07BHXTSK9&amp;linkId=d2ada834f26e1d564ee255a7db2499e2" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><h2>Manda Organic SPF 50 Sun Paste</h2><img alt="reef safe sunscreen manda "src=""><p>This sunscreen has a thick paste consistency, which allows it to stay on your skin for a long period of time even after you’ve been in the water. It contains thanaka oil, which is high in antioxidants, is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and has anti-aging properties. The catch? It does give you a little bit of a white tint instead of rubbing into the skin.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlreefsafesunscreen-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07FPV9Y5Z&amp;linkId=0ad9cb43b0e2f976317b138135df2baf" target="_blank"></a>, $18</p><h2>Raw Love SPF 35 All-natural Mineral Sunscreen</h2><img alt="raw love reef safe sunscreen "src=""><p>The founder of Raw Love, a Maui-based company, created this reef-safe sunscreen because she was looking for a non-toxic alternative to regular sunblock. This sunscreen is very concentrated so you can apply just a little to protect your skin. It contains cold pressed unrefined coconut oil, raw shea butter, non-nano zinc oxide, sesame oil, jojoba oil, and beeswax.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlreefsafesunscreen-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07CVPG1KR&amp;linkId=755b99dd718ec2cd46ef9986afdd5ffd" target="_blank"></a>, from $18</p>
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19 Stylish and Sturdy Laptop Bags for Business Travelers

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 07:01
<p>If your job often <a href="" target="_blank">takes you to the four corners of the world</a>, you already know the value of functional travel gear, be it <a href="" target="_blank">smart luggage</a> that keeps you connected on the road or a good pair of <a href="" target="_blank">noise-cancelling headphones</a> that gives you the focus to finish that presentation onboard. But it’s not just about practicality.</p><p>Sometimes you need to head straight from the airport to the office or a meeting, and stopping at the hotel to change into office-appropriate attire is not an option. As much as we may like to think our work speaks for itself, looks matter in business. Every aspect of your outfit is important and that includes accessories, from your <a href="" target="_blank">shoes</a> to your laptop bag. When it comes to carrying your electronics in style, online retailers offer several options to cater to your personal preference.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The 19 Best Carry-on Backpacks for Your Next Trip</a></p><p>If you don’t love the idea of lugging along a laptop case alongside your go-to <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on bag</a>, a tote or backpack with a padded built-in sleeve or removable compartment for your machine could be the perfect solution. Or you can opt for a classic <a href="" target="_blank">messenger bag</a> with multiple pockets and a removable shoulder strap so you can carry it like a briefcase.</p><p>Here, our picks for the best laptop bags to give your travel style game a serious promotion.</p><h2>Kate Spade New York 13-Inch Laptop Bag</h2><img alt="Kate Spade New York Laptop Bag "src=""><p>This sleek designer bag features an interior laptop compartment, wall pockets, and an exterior snap-flap pocket to keep all your stuff organized while you travel. It’s also made from a scratch-resistant Saffiano leather, so it will stay in pristine shape for years to come.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $328</p><h2>Ytonet 17-Inch Laptop Bag</h2><img alt="Ytonet Laptop Bag "src=""><p>With an impressive 4.5-star rating and over 1,000 reviews, this durable laptop bag is one of the most popular options on Amazon. It can easily expand from seven to nine inches to fit everything you may need, and it’s made from a water-resistant material so you don’t have to worry about getting caught in the rain.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllaptopbagrcarhart0319-20&amp;linkId=4a7f0136e81af1de5424dfc7c7c606be&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $33</p><h2>Dagne Dover Signature Coated Canvas Legend Tote</h2><img alt="best laptop bags dagne dover "src=""><p>This super-organized bag has a spot for all of your business trip essentials and comes in three muted colors that will coordinate with anything you're wearing. It can stow a laptop up to 15 inches wide, and there's also a smaller option for 13-inch laptops.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $265</p><h2>Fossil Brigitte Laptop Bag</h2><img alt="Laptop Backpack Bag Style Fossil "src=""><p>This sleek, tan leather cross-body bag is the epitome of business chic.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, originally $298</p><h2>Briggs &amp; Riley Sympatico Backpack</h2><img alt="Laptop Backpack Bag Style Briggs & Riley "src=""><p>The minimalist design of this backpack looks so sophisticated, and at only 1.4 lbs, it’s the perfect carry-on companion to take on a plane.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tllaptopbagrcarhart0319-20&amp;linkId=234bbf0c2e9eb73dbda54168fa694117&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $124 (originally $160)</p><h2>Cuyana Trapeze Satchel</h2><img alt="cuyana leather laptop bag "src=""><p>Rendered in stunning Italian leather, this fits-everything bag is a real knockout. There are two interior pockets, one that fits a tablet and one made for a 15-inch laptop. And if you want something smaller for a night out on your trip, you can snap the sides together to size down the bag. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $395</p><h2>Coach Metropolitan Double Zip Business Case</h2><img alt="Coach Metropolitan Business Case "src=""><p>This stylish briefcase is made for the modern businessman. It is big enough to hold most laptops and features 28 pockets for organization, including a handy RFID shield pocket that helps protect your data privacy.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $650</p><h2>Lodis Accessories Ryder RFID Leather Backpack</h2><img alt="Laptop Backpack Bag Style Lodis Accessories "src=""><p>This smooth leather backpack will fit all your business trip needs — it has a laptop compartment, several pockets, pen loops, and an ID slot.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $198</p><h2>Hook &amp; Albert Casual Computer Briefcase</h2><img alt="Best Laptop Bags "src=""><p>This water-resistant twill bag will make your travels a lot more organized — it features a spacious main compartment, plus two wall pockets in addition to the plethora of pockets inside.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $265</p><h2>Tumi Voyageur Carson Backpack</h2><img alt="Laptop Backpack Bag Style Tumi Voyageur "src=""><p>Tumi’s travel bags prove you don’t have to compromise style in transit — this printed backpack is lightweight and versatile, and features a water-resistant water bottle pocket, a suitcase handle sleeve, and a padded laptop compartment.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $375</p><h2>Ted Baker London Cabble Briefcase</h2><img alt="ted baker laptop bag "src=""><p>Stray from the standard with this textured wool briefcase. Your 15-inch laptop will fit snugly inside and there's a detachable shoulder strap for easy carrying on the go.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $289</p><h2>Mancro Water Resistant Laptop Bag</h2><img alt="Laptop Backpack Bag Style Mancro "src=""><p>This 17-inch laptop backpack is not only roomy enough for all of your work essentials, but it also features an external USB with a built-in charging cable.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tllaptopbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01LY3QXGP&amp;linkId=72c7efaaa0e8835def54d57aca642f3a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, $29</p><h2>Knomo London Mayfair Beauchamp Backpack</h2><img alt="Laptop Backpack Bag Style KNOMO "src=""><p>With a soft nylon exterior and leather trim, this backpack has a shockproof padded laptop and tablet compartment.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tllaptopbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01KWQRYL4&amp;linkId=fb3a466da6524aea1e62bc62cfe485df" target="_blank"></a>, $179</p><h2>Shinola 'Runwell' Leather Backpack</h2><img alt="Best Laptop Bags "src=""><p>We’d wear this rugged-yet-sleek backpack even when we’re not traveling — the padded laptop compartment fits a 15-inch laptop.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $995</p><h2>Fjallraven Kanken No. 2 Laptop Backpack</h2><img alt="fjallraven laptop backpack "src=""><p>if you like to sneak a bit of adventure into your business trips, opt for this rugged pick from design-forward Fjallraven. It's made with water-resistant G-1000 Heavy Duty fabric and has a sleeve that fits most 15-inch laptops. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p><h2>Leathario Leather Rolling Briefcase</h2><img alt="Best Laptop Bags "src=""><p>If you prefer to wheel your bag but don't want to sacrifice style, this rollerbrief is an excellent option.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tllaptopbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0754BF5FR&amp;linkId=26ac1b817b3096b1bf264b56dfcca0d1" target="_blank"></a>, $180</p><h2>Kopack Laptop Organizer Bag</h2><img alt="Best Laptop Bags "src=""><p>Hyper-organized travelers will love the clever storage systems of this sleek leather laptop tote.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tllaptopbags-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07CBSQNSJ&amp;linkId=f975a51dbccc01c2ca75eb57534b2f1d" target="_blank"></a>, $29</p><h2>Everki Atlas Wheeled Laptop Backpack</h2><img alt="Everki Atlas Laptop Backpack Bag Style "src=""><p>This sturdy backpack quickly turns into a trolley thanks to a top handle and two wheels that are covered when not in use to protect your clothing from dirt and marks.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, $275</p><h2>Women in Business Francine Collection London Leather Case</h2><img alt="Laptop Backpack Bag Style Women In Business "src=""><p>We love the structured silhouette of this elegant tote. It includes a removable laptop sleeve and a shoulder strap.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, $234</p>
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The 15 Best Travel Pillows for Every Type of Seat Sleeper

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 06:25
<p>Full disclosure: I am gifted with the ability to fall asleep anywhere. At any time, with any light or noise conditions, and in any imaginable variety of train, plane, or car seat, I can fold my body into some semblance of comfort and be totally out for the count within minutes.</p><p>I don’t say this to brag; there are downsides. For one, my friends have lovingly captured multiple photos of me comatose in the passenger’s seat, drooling onto the seat belt that’s somehow strapped across my face. And while this hurts my pride, it’s the least of my worries when it comes to pain. Because falling asleep is no problem, waking up at the end of the trip with a stiff neck, numb-ish lower back, or a delightful headache almost certainly will be.</p><p>Enter: the wonderful world of travel pillows. There are endless products out there to provide the plushy reinforcements you need to <a href="" target="_blank">sleep better while traveling</a> and feel better once you’ve reached your destination. I’ve rounded up a few of our team's favorites, from discreet neck pillows that could pass for scarves — or are hidden away in the hood of a jacket! — to inflatable sleep support devices that require superhuman levels of self-esteem, but are so, so worth it. </p><h2>Best for Secret Support: Trtl Pillow</h2><img alt="Trtl "src=""><p>If you’ve found that U-shaped neck pillows don’t provide the support you need to doze off, the scarf-like, fleece <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=e89b015fd27b2d359b2833b7ea22c3b6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trtl Pillow</a> — pronounced “turtle" — will be your sleep savior. It packs a strengthened inner rib that contours to any neck, jaw, or shoulder shape. It’s half the size of a traditional neck pillow, and in the unfortunate case of deep-sleep drool, it’s machine-washable.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=e89b015fd27b2d359b2833b7ea22c3b68" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><h2>Best for Frequent Overnight Fliers: Trtl Pillow Plus</h2><img alt="trtl pillow plus launch "src=""><p>Any gripes that users of the original Trtl Pillow may have had — the fleece wrap can get a bit warm; the support angle isn't quite right for every neck — are left on the tarmac with the <a href="" target="_blank">launch of the Trtl Plus</a>. The new version has adjustable neck support which allows for Goldilocks-style comfort and the fabric wrap is vented with a breathable mesh. The price point is higher, but we firmly believe good sleep is priceless.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07NZ18SRY&amp;linkId=3627486cce93ec4e8258f4dfb9289e35" target="_blank"></a>, $60</p><h2>Best for the Can’t-get-comfortable Traveler: Huzi Design Infinity Pillow</h2><img alt="Wackiest Travel Accessories From Amazon "src=""><p>The <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00L4Z0T2Y&amp;linkId=8ff0513129dd76039040f5d467797f5b" target="_blank">Infinity Pillow by Huzi Design</a> is a game-changer. It has an infinity symbol shape that you can <a href="" target="_blank">wrap in practically limitless ways</a>. Its high-quality bamboo fabric is machine-washable, hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, and even boasts noise-cancelling abilities if worn over the ears.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00L4Z0T2Y&amp;linkId=8ff0513129dd76039040f5d467797f5b" target="_blank"></a>, $40</p><h2>Best for Saving Space: AirComfy Ease Pillow</h2><img alt="Aircomfy travel Pillow "src=""><p>The <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B075MMT5KK&amp;linkId=718ee868e9f20e234c34082b39d372e2" target="_blank">AirComfy Ease</a> is the only pillow that got a perfect score when our <a href="" target="_blank">editors reviewed 17 travel pillows</a>. It's designed to provide either lumbar support or neck support, with an elastic band to secure it to your headrest. Just inflate it to the firmness you prefer for use and pack it flat or back into its pouch when you’ve reached your destination. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B075MMT5KK&amp;linkId=718ee868e9f20e234c34082b39d372e2" target="_blank"></a>, from $20</p><h2>Best for Truly Shameless Shut-eye: Travelrest Ultimate Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="Travelrest "src=""><p>What the <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B001DYDAEK&amp;linkId=cff68281bffaeed214a10e49700b89c6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Travelrest Ultimate Travel Pillow</a> lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in comfort. When inflated, it’s shaped like a long apostrophe that tucks right above your shoulder and across your body or down your side, with a strap that can sling around your body like a guitar to keep it stable. Upon arrival, it easily deflates into a small roll designed to snap right onto your carry-on’s handle.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B001DYDAEK&amp;linkId=cff68281bffaeed214a10e49700b89c6" target="_blank"></a>, from $24</p><h2>Best for Serious Do-not-disturb Signals: Aeris Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow Kit</h2><img alt="aeris travel pillow "src=""><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00JIPG09S&amp;linkId=f2cbc057e69c043e6c457f0665798690" target="_blank">Aeris Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow Kit</a> was made for the light sleeper. Its ventilated memory foam molds to the contours of your neck and it comes equipped with a silk sleep mask and a pair of foam earplugs.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00JIPG09S&amp;linkId=f2cbc057e69c043e6c457f0665798690" target="_blank"></a>, $25</p><h2>Best No-frills Packable Pillow: Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow</h2><img alt="Therm-a-rest compressible pillow "src=""><p>If you want something that you can also use while camping or sleeping in a non-upright position on your trip, this soft, urethane foam–filled pillow packs to one-fifth its normal size and comes with a comfortable brushed polyester cover. A few minutes after you unroll the <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B002PW8SF0&amp;linkId=82b049e2c358723c8a541341d69df071" target="_blank">Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow</a> the foam really fills out, giving you just enough window-seat support. The small size is plenty big enough for plane sleeping, but the medium is manageable, too, if you want a little more pillow. </p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B002PW8SF0&amp;linkId=82b049e2c358723c8a541341d69df071" target="_blank"></a>, from $14</p><h2>Best for the Bobblehead Sleeper: GoSleep Eye Mask and Memory Foam Pillow Travel Kit</h2><img alt="gosleep mask pillow kit "src=""><p>If you’re literally nodding as you attempt to nod off, the <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B012Y9NBT6&amp;linkId=d892fda9a1f9371dd97e2602b194e5ac" target="_blank">GoSleep Pillow Travel Kit</a> will ensure your head stays cradled securely in place. The eye mask <a href="" target="_blank">attaches to the back of your headrest</a> with an adjustable elastic cord, but keep in mind this feature may only be useful when there’s not a screen on your seat back — avoid this one if you like flying JetBlue or Delta.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B012Y9NBT6&amp;linkId=d892fda9a1f9371dd97e2602b194e5ac" target="_blank"></a>, from $38</p><h2>Best for Travelers Who Get Too Hot: Cabeau Evolution Cool Pillow</h2><img alt="cabeau travel pillow "src=""><p>If you overheat just thinking about a thick, fluffy pillow wrapped around your neck, the <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B079K52326&amp;linkId=48ebe6390d9dc75ca23ba718db5774d6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cabeau Evolution Cool Pillow</a> is for you. The sporty design pairs memory foam with cooling air circulation vents and sweat-wicking fabric for when the tiny air conditioning vent above you is in <em>“does this even work?”</em> mode.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B079K52326&amp;linkId=48ebe6390d9dc75ca23ba718db5774d6" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $57</p><h2>Best for Sensitive Sleepers: Ostrich Pillow Light</h2><img alt="Ostrich pillow "src=""><p>If bright lights and rowdy neighbors are just as annoying as fumbling around with an <a href="" target="_blank">eye mask</a> and earplugs, you’ll love the <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00NM9HO3W&amp;linkId=1e536b7ef1777c352a1550f0bfbcb45b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ostrich Pillow Light</a> (and you can <a href="" target="_blank">see our editors try it out here</a>). This adjustable ringed pillow is filled with silicon-covered micro-beads for sound reduction, setting you up for a sleep so deep you won’t even need these <a href="" target="_blank">brilliant ways to cure jet lag</a>. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00NM9HO3W&amp;linkId=1e536b7ef1777c352a1550f0bfbcb45b" target="_blank"></a>, $45</p><h2>Best for Kids: BCozzy Kids Chin-supporting Travel Pillow</h2><img alt="Best Travel Pillows "src=""><p>The super-snug <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01DOE0DO6&amp;linkId=0a5b82593717b8d2d279a20108d337b0" target="_blank">BCozzy pillow</a> provides a just-right amount of support for tiny travelers on long plane, train, and car rides. It wraps beneath the chin, stabilizing the neck, and the brand makes some more <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B077GDCQZG&amp;linkId=3d792fbe804165d6f327086f1c7ae937" target="_blank">fun styles</a> like leopard print, too. P.S. The <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01DODMU9I&amp;linkId=89a2d5845044f49a561a136f4564e256" target="_blank">adult version</a> is also excellent, especially if you're wearing a pair of over-the-ear headphones. I also love that the back is slim enough that it doesn't push your head outward and away from the headrest.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01DOE0DO6&amp;linkId=0a5b82593717b8d2d279a20108d337b0" target="_blank"></a>, from $25</p><h2>Best for the Window Seat: J Pillow</h2><img alt="J Pillow "src=""><p>Even though it slightly resembles a whale tail, you’ll be far more restful than Captain Ahab with this <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B019CJSDM6&amp;linkId=d7609c240519949c1fec9d784673ac26" target="_blank">J-shaped travel pillow</a>. It’s specifically designed to cradle your head, neck, and chin and we think it works best when can you rest it against the wall of the plane.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B019CJSDM6&amp;linkId=d7609c240519949c1fec9d784673ac26" target="_blank"></a>, $25</p><h2>Best for Travelers Who Get Too Cold: Vera Bradley Convertible Travel Blanket</h2><img alt="brookstone travel blanket "src=""><p>The fleecy <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vera Bradley Travel Blanket</a> is lightweight to pack but plenty big enough (40" x 60") to keep you warm in a chilly airplane cabin. It folds into a pillow with a built-in trolley sleeve that easily slides over the handle of your suitcase.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07999373D&amp;linkId=943e0109530315d650e5943cf29e966a" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $40</p><h2>Best for Forward Folders: Cloudz EZ-Inflate Cloud Sleeper</h2><img alt="woollip "src=""><p>PSA: Do not put your face anywhere near your tray table. A <a href="" target="_blank">2011 study confirmed</a> they’re almost 10 times more germ-covered than the airplane bathrooms. Though, if downward-facing drool is your preferred sleeping position, check out the <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01D35Q14C&amp;linkId=1db2a6a0a03f8f9b13a250c164e6eba5" target="_blank">EZ-Inflate Cloud Sleeper by Cloudz</a>, the maker of the OG <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00B2KV5D8&amp;linkId=33f17a5da16d87124dd4ccb3ece43873" target="_blank">microbead neck pillow</a>. If you've got the space to pack it, this frontal pillow truly is easy to inflate — just three or four breaths will bring the face-hugging feel of a massage chair to your tray table or lap.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbesttravelpillows-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01D35Q14C&amp;linkId=1db2a6a0a03f8f9b13a250c164e6eba5" target="_blank"></a>, $20</p><h2>Best for Packing Purists: Tumi Pax Puffer Jacket</h2><img alt="Tumi pax jacket "src=""><p>For those who pride themselves on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bringing only the necessities on a trip</a>, the <a href=";mid=42396&amp;u1=TLThe14BestTravelPillowsforEveryTypeofSeatSleeperRS111718&amp;" target="_blank">Tumi Pax Packable Jacket</a> converts into a travel neck pillow by rolling itself into a hidden pouch at the collar. When worn as a jacket, it’s both wind- and water-resistant with quilted duck down insulation.</p><p>To buy: (men's) <a href=";mid=42396&amp;u1=TLThe14BestTravelPillowsforEveryTypeofSeatSleeperRS111718&amp;" target="_blank"></a>, (women's) <a href=";mid=42396&amp;u1=TLThe14BestTravelPillowsforEveryTypeofSeatSleeperRS111718&amp;" target="_blank"></a>, $195</p>
Categories: Travel

17 Stylish and Comfy Travel Backpacks for Women

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 16:42
<p>One of the most important things a traveler can find is the perfect backpack. Like any great travel companion, your pack will be with your through all of your adventures — near, far, urban, outdoors — so you want to make sure that it has all the qualities you need most (just like your <a href="" target="_blank">favorite travel shoes</a>). Something that is comfortable enough to tote around all day, lightweight enough so that it won’t break your back after a few hours, and also something stylish enough that you feel attractive and confident throughout your trip.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">11 Packable Backpacks for Travelers Who Always Bring Home More Than They Packed</a></p><p>Backpacks are more than just the school bag of your past; they're the best bag for walking around a <a href="" target="_blank">new city</a>, an <a href="" target="_blank">amusement park</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">hiking</a>, or even as an alternative to <a href="" target="_blank">luggage</a>. No matter what your planned activity, there is a style for you. Whether you are looking for a sporty utilitarian one, or a more compact design with a pop of color, a backpack is the perfect bag to carry while on the go. By using a rucksack, you can distribute the weight of everything you want to carry, which means back pains aren’t an issue. Also while using a backpack, the degree of mobility is increased, so no more personal items spill out when you bend over.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">11 Stylish Mini Backpacks With Just Enough Room for the Essentials</a></p><p>We saved you a boatload of personal research and scoured the market for what's available. Here are our picks for the best backpacks for traveling, whether you are looking to take a week-long escape, a weekend getaway, a day trip, or just a short hike in a nearby recreational area. Read on to see our favorite stylish traveling packs for women.</p><h2>Everlane Modern Snap Backpack</h2><img alt="travel backpacks for women "src=""><p>Everlane has made this stylish snap flap backpack using a strong cotton twill and leather lining, giving it a sophisticated touch for your next trip. </p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="pepperjam" href=",17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I&amp;" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $68</p><h2>Knomo London Mayfair Nylon Beauchamp Backpack</h2><img alt="knomo backpack "src=""><p>This sleek black nylon backpack has tons of pockets and a padded 14-inch laptop section inside.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlstylishtravelbackpacks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01KWQRYL4&amp;linkId=6de74e35529d20de15df9ca28790357e" target="_blank"></a>, $179 </p><h2>Madewell Transport Rucksack</h2><img alt="travel backpacks for women "src=""><p>This Madewell rucksack has plenty of pockets inside and out and is made with a beautiful Italian vegetable-tanned leather that will only look better with wear. </p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="rakuten" href=";mid=42352&amp;;u1=TL,17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $198</p><h2>Caraa Cloud Stratus Backpack</h2><img alt="best womens travel backpacks "src=""><p>It doesn't get much lighter than Caraa's Cloud Stratus pack, which weighs in at just one pound. Made of an ultra-light water-resistant Italian nylon, it's the perfect pick for a minimalist.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195</p><h2>Matt &amp; Nat Brave Vegan Leather Backpack</h2><img alt="matt nat womens backpack "src=""><p>This boxy, neutral pick is actually lined with an eco-friendly nylon made from recycled water bottles. It has two side-slip compartments and a special pocket inside that's sized to fit your phone. There are lots more colorways to choose from, too.</p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="rakuten" href=";mid=39760&amp;;u1=TL,17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p><h2>Lululemon On My Level Rucksack</h2><img alt="lululemon women's travel backpack "src=""><p>The perfect commuting bag, this one can fit a 13-inch laptop and so much more. There are tons of pockets to keep you organized. And side and top access points make it super convenient to get to what you need.</p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" href="" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $148</p><h2>Pacsafe Slingsafe LX300 Anti-theft Backpack</h2><img alt="travel backpacks for women "src=""><p>Numerous technical components on this Pacsafe backpack will help prevent pickpocketing and bag slashing, making it one of safest bags on the market.</p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="impact radius" href=",17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I&amp;" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $70</p><h2>Paravel Fold-up Backpack</h2><img alt="best womens travel backpacks "src=""><p>Convenience meets style with Paravel's sporty fold-up backpack. You can personalize it with a custom embroidered monogram for just $15, too. </p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="pepperjam" href=",17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I&amp;" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $65</p><h2>Dagne Dover Dakota Large Backpack</h2><img alt="best womens travel backpacks "src=""><p>Currently available in 13 colors, this chic neoprene backpack is the lightweight carry-all you've been looking for. Ideal for a weekend getaway or to use as your carry-on personal item, it's got a just-right amount organizational components and adjustable straps for maximum comfort. </p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="rakuten" href=";mid=41510&amp;;u1=TL,17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $195</p><h2>Pacsafe Citysafe CX Anti-theft 17L Backpack</h2><img alt="womens travel backpacks "src=""><p>Though it doesn't look like it, this bag has all of Pacsafe's thoughtful security features built in: from RFID-blocking to a cut-resistant mesh liner to the ability to lock the zippers shut.</p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="impact radius" href=",17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I&amp;" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $130</p><h2>VBG VBIGER Canvas Backpack</h2><img alt="best womens travel backpacks "src=""><p>Amazon reviewers are really into this retro-style canvas pack that can accommodate up to a 15-inch laptop. The straps are padded and there are lots of pockets to keep your smaller sundries organized.</p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-amzn-asin="B0711SFBYW" href=";tag=tlstylishtravelbackpacks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0711SFBYW&amp;linkId=5c210d3ca417cc938a4d8d8617c935c8" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $29</p><h2>Eddie Bauer Stowaway 20L Packable Pack</h2><img alt="eddie bauer "src=""><p>When you don't need this ultralight bag, it packs away into one of its front pockets for easy storage. It's also water-resistant and outfitted with four D-rings for toting along extra gear. </p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="impact radius" href=",17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I&amp;" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $15 (originally $30)</p><h2>Fjallraven Water-resistant Re-Kanken Backpack</h2><img alt="Red waterproof backpack from Fjallraven "src=""><p>Sometimes a pop of color is all you need to make a gloomy day exciting.</p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="rakuten" href=";mid=13867&amp;;u1=TL,17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $90</p><h2>Tumi Hagen Backpack</h2><img alt="travel backpack tumi "src=""><p>This pack by Tumi manages to be both polished and rugged at the same time, making it super transitional. It's got a padded laptop sleeve and a water-resistant pocket for your water bottle that can be accessed from inside and out. </p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="rakuten" href=";mid=42396&amp;;u1=TL,17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $259 (originally $325)</p><h2>Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack</h2><img alt="longchamp "src=""><p>This water-resistant nylon backpack comes in 8 colors and folds down flat in case you'd like to pack it to use as a day bag on your trip. </p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="rakuten" href=";mid=1237&amp;;u1=TL,17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $125</p><h2>Herschel Supply Co. Little America Mid-volume Backpack</h2><img alt="travel backpacks for women "src=""><p>This Herschel pack has a fleece lined laptop sleeve pocket, as well as ventilated mesh back padding, to keep you cool while on the go.</p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="rakuten" href=";mid=1237&amp;;u1=TL,17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $100</p><h2>Herschel Mini Nova Backpack</h2><img alt="womens travel backpacks "src=""><p>Recently released in this vibrant, tropical print, the Mini Nova from Herschel is the statement bag you need for a music festival or day of light adventuring.</p><p>To buy: <a aria-hidden="true" data-ecommerce="true" data-tracking-affiliate-link-text="" data-tracking-affiliate-link-url="" data-tracking-affiliate-name="" data-tracking-affiliate-network-name="rakuten" href=";mid=1237&amp;;u1=TL,17StylishandComfyTravelBackpacksforWomen,quinnco,TRA,GAL,408962,201904,I" rel="nofollow" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"></a>, $50</p>
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