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These Are the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in the U.S., According to OpenTable

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 08:47
<p>Southerners know what to serve to comfort and satisfy your cravings. Fried chicken, crab cakes, and shrimp and grits are the kinds of food that do much more than just solve hunger.</p><p>And according to a new ranking, you don’t always have to go directly to the South to get the best Southern food. OpenTable on Tuesday released its list of the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018. The reservation platform determined the list based on diner reviews for more than 27,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.</p><p>All restaurants in the “Southern” cuisine category with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to their overall food rating. The top 50 restaurants — listed alphabetically below — can be found in 14 states and Washington D.C.</p><img alt="Mr. B's Bistro in New Orleans, LA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1533063310/Mr-B-Bistro-New-Orleans-OTSOUTH0718.jpg?itok=hyit6ZBQ"><p>Louisiana tops the list with the most restaurants. Texas and North Carolina came in second, followed by Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia which all tied for third.</p><p>While Southern states claim the most restaurants on the list, you can also find some of the top-ranked establishments in states like New York, Philadelphia, and Illinois.</p><h2>50 Best Southern Restaurants in the U.S.</h2><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/abel-brown" target="_blank">Abel Brown</a> – Augusta, Georgia</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/acadiana-washington" target="_blank">Acadiana</a> – Washington, D.C.</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/acre" target="_blank">Acre</a> – Auburn, Alabama</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/alligator-soul" target="_blank">Alligator Soul</a> – Savannah, Georgia</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/anson" target="_blank">Anson</a> – Charleston, South Carolina</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/antebellum" target="_blank">Antebellum</a> – Flowery Branch, Georgia</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/atchafalaya-restaurant-new-orleans" target="_blank">Atchafalaya Restaurant</a> – New Orleans, Louisiana</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/the-boil-waverly-new-york" target="_blank">The Boil Waverly</a> – New York, New York</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/boucherie-new-orleans" target="_blank">Boucherie</a> – New Orleans, Louisiana</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/brennans-of-houston" target="_blank">Brennan’s of Houston</a> – Houston, Texas</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/cafe-dupont-birmingham" target="_blank">Cafe Dupont</a> – Birmingham, Alabama</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/carrollton-market" target="_blank">Carrollton Market</a> – New Orleans, Louisiana</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/circa-1886-charleston" target="_blank">Circa 1886</a> – Charleston, South Carolina</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/cured-san-antonio" target="_blank">Cured</a> – San Antonio, Texas</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/cypress-restaurant" target="_blank">Cypress Restaurant</a> – Tallahassee, Florida</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/distilled-at-gratz-park-inn-lexington" target="_blank">Distilled at The Sire Hotel</a> – Lexington, Kentucky</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/dogwood-southern-table-and-bar-charlotte" target="_blank">Dogwood Southern Table &amp; Bar</a> – Charlotte, North Carolina</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/fixe" target="_blank">Fixe</a> – Austin, Texas</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/high-street-caffe-and-vudu-lounge" target="_blank">High Street Caffe &amp; Vudu Lounge</a> – West Chester, Pennsylvania</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/highball-and-harvest" target="_blank">Highball &amp; Harvest</a> – Orlando, Florida</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/highlands-bar-and-grill" target="_blank">Highlands Bar &amp; Grill</a> – Birmingham, Alabama</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/hot-and-hot-fish-club" target="_blank">Hot and Hot Fish Club</a> – Birmingham, Alabama</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/ida-claire" target="_blank">Ida Claire</a> – Addison, Texas</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/kitchen-notes-omni-nashville" target="_blank">Kitchen Notes – Omni Nashville</a> – Nashville, Tennessee</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/the-kings-kitchen-charlotte" target="_blank">The King’s Kitchen</a> – Charlotte, North Carolina</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/langdons-restaurant-mount-pleasant" target="_blank">Langdon’s Restaurant</a> – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/madisons-reservations-highlands" target="_blank">Madison’s</a> – Highlands, North Carolina</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/mandolin-raleigh" target="_blank">Mandolin</a> – Raleigh, North Carolina</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/maple-tree-inn-blue-island" target="_blank">Maple Tree Inn</a> – Blue Island, Illinois</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/merrick-inn" target="_blank">Merrick Inn</a> – Lexington, Kentucky</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/midtown-cafe-nashville" target="_blank">Midtown Cafe</a> – Nashville, Tennessee</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/mozelles-fresh-southern-bistro" target="_blank">Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro</a> – Winston-Salem, North Carolina</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/mr-bs-bistro" target="_blank">Mr. B’s Bistro</a> – New Orleans, Louisiana</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/muriels-jackson-square" target="_blank">Muriel’s Jackson Square</a> – New Orleans, Louisiana</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/the-olde-pink-house-restaurant" target="_blank">The Olde Pink House Restaurant</a> – Savannah, Georgia</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/preserved-restaurant" target="_blank">Preserved Restaurant</a> – St. Augustine, Florida</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/rapscallion-dallas" target="_blank">Rapscallion</a> – Dallas, Texas</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/iron-at-marcus-pointe" target="_blank">Restaurant IRON</a> – Pensacola, Florida</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/restaurantrevolution" target="_blank">Restaurant R’evolution</a> – New Orleans, Louisiana</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/restaurant-rebirth" target="_blank">Restaurant Rebirth</a> – New Orleans, Louisiana</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/root-and-bone" target="_blank">Root &amp; Bone</a> – New York, New York</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/rts-restaurant" target="_blank">RT’s Restaurant</a> – Alexandria, Virginia</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/rx-restaurant" target="_blank">Rx Restaurant</a> – Wilmington, North Carolina</p><p><a href="http://www.opentable.com/lists/best-southern-restaurants-2018" target="_blank">South City Kitchen</a> – Multiple locations</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/state-of-grace-houston" target="_blank">State of Grace</a> – Houston, Texas</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/stellas-southern-bistro" target="_blank">Stella’s Bistro</a> – Simpsonville, South Carolina</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/toutant" target="_blank">Toutant</a> – Buffalo, New York</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/urban-grub" target="_blank">Urban Grub</a> – Nashville, Tennessee</p><p><a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/willa-jean-new-orleans" target="_blank">Willa Jean</a> – New Orleans, Louisiana</p><p><a href="http://www.opentable.com/lists/best-southern-restaurants-2018" target="_blank">Yardbird Southern Table &amp; Bar</a> – Multiple locations</p>
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Easter Island Is Limiting Tourism in an Attempt to Save Its Thousand-year-old Culture (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 07:31
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/vacationing-in-easter-island" target="_blank">Easter Island</a>, the tiny island located 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile, is a popular tourist destination. In fact, it’s too popular, according to local authorities.</p><p>According to <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/14/climate/easter-island-erosion.html" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em></a>, an estimated 100,000 people flock to the island each year to visit its <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/easter-island-heads" target="_blank">famed moai heads</a> and to feel a bit closer to history as the island was first settled in the 12th century. But all those visitors are causing some unintended consequences, including eroding a culture and a way of life that has survived for hundreds of years.</p><p>"Foreigners are already taking over the island," mayor Pedro Edmunds recent told <a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/chile-to-restrict-tourists-and-non-locals-on-easter-island/article/528263" target="_blank">AFP</a>. To combat further loss of cultural identity and physical damage to the environment, the island has decided to restrict the number of days tourists can stay on the island. Until now, visitors were welcome to stay for up to 90 days. Now, they are allowed to stay just 30.</p><p>"They're damaging the local idiosyncrasy, the thousand-year culture is changing and not for the good," Edmunds added, noting that "customs from the continent" were beginning to permeate the island and "that's not positive."</p><p>In addition to traditions, <a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/chile-to-restrict-tourists-and-non-locals-on-easter-island/article/528263" target="_blank"><em>Digital Journal</em></a> reported that the island is starting to see far more waste left by tourists than before. For example, a decade ago, the island produced 1.4 metric tons of waste per year. Now, it produces nearly twice that amount at 2.5 metric tons a year.</p><p>According to <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/easter-island-visit-chile-statues-tourists-tourism-social-environmental-impact-a8469791.html" target="_blank"><em>The Independent</em></a>, beyond how long people can stay, the number of people visiting the island will also be restricted. However, that exact number has not been announced.</p><p>Additionally, those wishing to move to the island permanently will now face an uphill battle. As<em> The Independent </em>noted, 7,750 people currently live on Easter Island, which is nearly double the population of 20 years ago. Edmunds called that “3,000 too many.”</p><p>Now, those who want to move to the island will have to show proof of relation to someone from the Rapa Nui people, the native population of Easter Island.</p><p>Still, Edmunds said this isn’t going far enough. "I don't agree with these rules, it's not enough because it doesn't reflect all the aspirations of the island," he said. Edmunds noted that he'd rather see a "total" ban on all new residents. But, as he said, it’s a start.</p><p>Easter Island isn’t the only popular destination experiencing the adverse effects of tourism. In 2016, the picturesque town of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/how-to-travel-to-cinque-terre" target="_blank">Cinque Terre</a> in Italy announced it would also <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/cinque-terre-tourist-overflow" target="_blank">limit the number of tourists visiting the community</a> in an effort to protect it. The island of Capri is also mulling over just how to deal with its <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/capri-italy-overcrowding-tourism" target="_blank">tourism population boom</a>.</p><p>“We don’t want to limit arrivals and we are very reluctant to talk about a fixed number of people being allowed to visit the island each day, but we do want people to come at a less frenetic pace,” mayor Giovanni De Martino told <em>The Telegraph</em>. "We welcome tourists, but 2 million a year is a bit too much."</p>
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The TSA's New Scanners Could Mean the End of Removing Your Laptop and Liquids (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 06:44
<p>The TSA hates that you have to take out your laptop and liquids, too.</p><p>The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is unveiling a new x-ray technology that could one day allow passengers “to leave laptops and liquids in their carry-on bags,” <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/2018/07/30/tsa-announces-new-x-ray-technology-roll-out-plan" target="_blank">according to a statement.</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/travel-blogger-packing-list" target="_blank">11 Must-pack Items, According to Full-time Travel Writers</a></p><p>Fifteen airports around the country will soon implement new 3D computed tomography (CT) scanners at security checkpoints. The new machines allow TSA officers to visually inspect and rotate 3D images of each bag. If a threat is found in the image, a TSA officer will remove the bag and search for the item. However the administration believes the new technology will result in fewer necessary physical bag inspections.</p><p>The TSA began testing the new machines at Phoenix Sky Harbor and Boston’s Logan International airports in 2017, and recently installed a third machine at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.</p><p>The next airports to receive the technology are: Baltimore-Washington, Chicago O’Hare, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Houston Hobby, Indianapolis, Los Angeles International, McCarran in Las Vegas, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Diego, St. Louis Lambert, and Washington–Dulles.</p><p>Other airports will receive the machines in the coming months.</p><p>By the end of the year, 40 new machines are expected at airports around the country. The TSA expects to have more than 145 operational machines in airports by the end of 2019.</p>
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The TSA Has a List of People It Secretly Follows Around the Country (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 06:23
<p>The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been using undercover federal air marshals to monitor suspicious passengers, according to <a href="http://apps.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/graphics/2018/07/tsa-quiet-skies/?p1=HP_SpecialTSA" target="_blank">a report published by the <em>Boston Globe</em></a> this week.</p><p>The ominously named “Quiet Skies” program aims to gather information about potential threats who are not on any terrorist watch lists or under investigation by any other agency.</p><p>When someone on the Quiet Skies list is selected for surveillance, a team of air marshals will board their next flight and monitor them.</p><p>“These programs are not designed to observe the average American,” Michael Bilello, an assistant administrator of public affairs for TSA, <a href="http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/399555-tsa-defends-quiet-skies-surveillance-program" target="_blank">told <em>The Hill</em></a>. “They’re designed to protect the traveling public, but they’re not targeting the average American. We’re talking about a very unique passenger that warrants the attention of a federal air marshal.”</p><p>Once they are being monitored, a sudden loss of weight, a new tattoo, barely sleeping on the flight or sleeping for the entire flight are all behaviors that could be noted by air marshals.</p><p>According to Bilello, a person is dropped from the Quiet Skies program within 90 days or three monitored flights (whichever comes first) if they do not arouse any additional suspicion.</p><p>Documents from the agency show that there are between 40 and 50 “Quiet Sky” list passengers on domestic flights every day. About 35 of them are monitored by air marshals. Frequent foreign travel, especially to “countries that we know have a high incidence of adversarial actions,” is the first warning sign that could garner inclusion on the list, <a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/07/30/633980912/tsas-quiet-skies-program-tracks-observes-travelers-in-the-air" target="_blank">according to <em>NPR</em></a>.</p><p>Deploying air marshals to gather intelligence on passengers is a relatively new move, according to the <em>Boston Globe</em>. The practice started in 2010, with revamps in 2012 and March of this year.</p><p>The report also quoted air marshals who questioned the practice’s efficacy and legality.</p>
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Barack Obama and Joe Biden Went on a Lunch Date and Adorably Ordered the Same Sandwich

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 06:03
<p>Barack Obama and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/bidens-travels-are-better-than-gullivers" target="_blank">Joe Biden</a> set hearts aflutter on Monday when they stepped out in public together, just like old times.</p><p>The former president and vice president proved they are still the definition of friendship goals at <a href="https://www.dogtagbakery.com/page/mission" target="_blank">Dog Tag Bakery</a> in Washington, D.C. for a quick bite to eat. In a video posted to Instagram, the pair can be seen walking up to the counter to order. Biden, like a pro, knows precisely which sandwich he wants. However, Obama waffles a bit, unsure of what to order, so his BFF Biden suggests a few goodies.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/books/barack-obamas-favorite-books" target="_blank">5 Books Barack Obama’s Been Reading (and Loving) Lately</a></p><p>“Hold on a sec, what did you get here?” Obama asks Biden. “I’ve got one of these, what are they called, ham and cheese,” Biden replies.</p><p>“I think I’m gonna have one of those too,” Obama says, because true besties get matching sandwiches. “Give the boss one of those too,” Biden says as he pays their tab, which also includes a side salad for Obama and a slice of mint basil blueberry cake for Biden.</p><p>While seeing these two dine together once more was certainly cool enough, it turns out their choice of restaurant was equally awesome. According to <a href="https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/a22600719/barack-obama-joe-biden-date/" target="_blank"><i>Cosmopolitan</i></a>, Dog Tag Bakery employees are made up of service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and caregivers. The bakery also offers its employees the opportunity to take part in a five-month fellowship program to earn a business certificate through Georgetown University.</p><p>According to Dog Tag CEO Meghan Ogilvie, who spoke to <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/30/politics/obama-biden-dog-tag-bakery/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a>, neither Obama nor Biden’s people gave much of a heads up that they were coming in. But when she found out, Ogilvie said she gathered all the fellows and employees for a “surprise.”</p><p>Ogilvie added that the political pair stayed and chatted with the fellows about their work and their business ideas. Then, they just enjoyed a bit of time together.</p><p>"It would seem like two friends coming together to have lunch," Olgilvie said. But, according to the former leader of the free world, he was just happy to be in the staff’s presence.</p><p>"What you guys are doing...that's what makes us proud," Obama reportedly <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/obama-biden-reunite-washington-bakery-supports-veterans-n895931" target="_blank">told</a> the Dog Tag Bakery staff. "We so appreciate you guys."</p>
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Watch This Flight Attendant Perform His Legendary Virgin America Pre-flight Safety Dance for the Last Time

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:40
<p>It’s the end of an era for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/virgin" target="_blank">Virgin America</a>, which is the best reason to celebrate the good times.</p><p>Good times like, say, listening to the Virgin America safety demonstration song, a pop tribute to in-flight protection and security. Unfortunately, the beloved song is officially being retired now that the airline has merged with <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/alaska-airlines" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a>.</p><p>One flight attendant, however, found the perfect way to give the song the best “retirement party”: performing one last dance routine.</p><p>Mikey Tongko-Burry, a flight attendant for Virgin America (now Alaska Airlines), performed one last “safety dance” for passengers on one of his regular flight shifts. Tongko-Burry has become somewhat of a legend thanks to this routine over the years. </p><p>Even Richard Branson has noticed Tongko-Burry’s excellent moves.</p><p>Luckily, on this last flight, a passenger named Hunter Walk was able to capture the magic.</p><p>Tongko-Burry tweeted that the dance made everyone on the plane “so happy.” Many Twitter users have applauded his moves. </p><p>Tongko-Burry will be flying with Alaska Airlines from now on, and the airline definitely appreciates his on-the-job enthusiasm.</p><p>Hopefully he’ll bring some fun pre-flight entertainment to Alaska as well. </p><p> </p>
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Gary Portuesi’s 14-day Trip Around Italy

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:30
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-agent/gary-portuesi" target="_blank">Gary Portuesi</a> is a member of <em>Travel + Leisure</em>’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list" target="_blank">A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries he creates. To work with Gary, contact him at garyp@authenticitaly.com.</p><h2>Day 1: Palermo</h2><p>Arrive at Palermo Airport and meet with your private driver. Transfer to your hotel in Palermo. Arrive and check into Grand Hotel Villa Igiea.</p><p>In the afternoon, meet with your private driver and private guide in the lobby and start your tour of Palermo. Sightseeing includes the Cathedral, Palazzo dei Normanni, Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria, and La Martorana.</p><h2>Day 2: Monreale &amp; Ceflau</h2><p>Meet with your private driver and guide in the hotel lobby and depart for Monreale. Arrive and start your tour of “The City of Mosaics,” including the iconic Cathedral and Clositers.</p><p>In the afternoon, you will arrive in Cefalu and start your walking tour of the city center with your private guide including the imposing Norman Cathedral and charming waterfront with typical Sicilian fishing boats.</p><p>Return to Palermo in the late afternoon. Your evening is open.</p><h2>Day 3: Segesta, Erice, and Trapani’s Salt Pans</h2><p>Meet your driver after breakfast for your transfer to Verdura Resort in Sicacca. On the way, stop in Segesta for a private tour of one of antiquity’s most fascinating ancient cities. Learn who the Elimi were and how this city was connected to Erice, which you will visit later in the day.</p><p>After the visit, proceed to Erice, the mysterious medieval town linked to the ancient Elimi people, and built on the ruins of an ancient city, with breath-taking views of the Mediterranean Sea (you can see the tip of Africa on a crystal-clear day). Your guide will have you stop at world-renown Maria Grammatico’s pastry shop for a tasting.</p><p>After your visit of Erice, you will stop at the Sea Salt Museum and learn how Trapani’s famous sea salt is made today, with reminders of yesterday’s process all around you in the form of Medieval windmills.</p><p>You’ll arrive at the Verdura Resort in late afternoon and check into your rooms. Your evening is open. For dinner, we recommend one of Verdura’s casual restaurants (trattoria style Liola or Amare for seafood) or the Resort’s fine dining establishment, Zagara.</p><h2>Day 4: Selinunte and Planeta</h2><p>Meet your driver and depart for Planeta’s flagship winery, Ulmo in Sambuca di Sicilia, for a visit of the vineyards, winery, and wine tasting with light
lunch. The Planeta cousins are a young, dynamic trio of winemakers who have adopted the notion of avant-garde winemaking in Sicily, eschewing the traditional methods, but embracing the ancient varietals and making high quality wine that has won numerous awards in the past 20 years.</p><p>After your winery experience, your driver will take you to Selinunte, Europe’s largest archaeological park. Meet your private guide at 3:00 p.m. for an exhilarating visit of some of the most interesting Greek ruins in the Mediterranean basin. You will visit the temples, some partly reconstructed, as well as the acropolis. You will have the ability to wander the ancient streets and walk into public buildings and homes.</p><p>Return to Verdura Resort after your visit of Planeta. Your Evening is open.</p><h2>Day 5: Agrigento</h2><p>Meet your driver in the hotel lobby and depart for Agrigento. Arrive and check into Hotel Villa Athena.</p><p>In the afternoon, your driver will take you to Mandranova for an olive oil tasting and lunch. Mandranova is a world-class operation, which sells its liquid gold to
Eataly, among other gourmet stores in the US. Learn about the different olive varietals used in the making of their superior olive oil and enjoy a delicious lunch.</p><p>After lunch, you will meet up with your guide to start your visit of the Valley of the Temples, one of the most important archaeological parks in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.</p><h2>Day 6: Pizza Armerina and Noto</h2><p>Check out of your hotel and meet your driver in the hotel lobby. On the way to Noto, stop in Piazza Armerina for your guided visit of Villa del Casale’s Roman mosaics, one of the most important sets of Roman mosaics in Antiquity.</p><p>Continue to Noto after your visit of Piazza Armerina. Arrive and check into CountryHouse Villadorata. Your evening is open.</p><h2>Day 7: Modica and Ragusa</h2><p>Meet with your private driver in the hotel lobby and head to the stunning Baroque cities of Ragusa &amp; Modica, two of the three major UNESCO World Heritage Cities in the area.</p><p>Your first stop will be Ragusa. Consider lunch at Il Duomo or Locanda Don Serafin. Continue to Modica after lunch. Enjoy a chocolate tasting at Bonajuto. You will be back to Noto in the late afternoon.</p><h2>Day 8: Siracusa</h2><p>Meet your private driver in the hotel lobby and depart for Siracusa.</p><p>Once in Siracusa, meet with your private guide at the Archeological Park’s ticket point. Siracusa was considered the largest and most important Greek city in the Sicilian colony, and history has left behind some amazing ruins including the Temple of Athena, which was incorporated into the main Cathedral, whose Baroque façade betrays what lies within. On the island of Ortigia, walk the narrow streets of the Giudecca (the ancient Jewish quarter), and discover the site of the synagogue and the mikva the Jewish ritual bath, which lies eleven meters below ground level - the oldest in Europe.</p><p>Stop for lunch in Ortigia. After lunch, return to Noto with your driver. Your evening is open.</p><h2>Day 9: Salina</h2><p>Your private driver will pick you up at the hotel lobby to transfer you to Milazzo. Arrive and board your hydrofoil for the island of Salina. 
Your hydrofoil will likely make stops in Vulcano and Lipari before arriving at Salina (Santa Marina, the main port on the island). When you get on the hydrofoil, your driver will call your hotel, Capofaro, to arrange transportation to pick you up at the marina in Salina at your arrival. The rest of the day is at your leisure.</p><h2>Day 10: Salina &amp; Lipari</h2><p>Your private excursion by boat around the island of Salina and Lipari begins in the morning. Your driver will pick you up and take you to the marina to meet your captain.</p><p>Enjoy the breathtaking coastline of Salina before proceeding to Lipari, the capital of the Aeolian Islands. Enjoy lunch in this bustling port town before cruising around the island. Your captain can drop anchor in remote coves and bays and you can jump in for a swim. Afterwards, return to Capofaro and enjoy dinner under the stars with the very talented Chef Ludovico’s spectacular cuisine.</p><h2>Day 11: Salina</h2><p>Today is your final day in the Aeolian Islands. You will spend it exploring Salina, the setting for the film, <i>Il Postino</i>.</p><p>In the morning, meet your private guide and driver in the hotel lobby and start your excursion around the island, stopping at various spots to enjoy the views, history, and flora and fauna. The late afternoon and evening is at your leisure.</p><h2>Day 12: Taormina</h2><p>Arrange for your hotel to transfer you to the marina for your hydrofoil ride to Milazzo. Arrive in Milazzo and meet with your driver for your transfer to Taormina. Arrive and check into you’re the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo.</p><p>The rest of your day is free in Taormina. Enjoy the incredible views of Mt. Etna or walk the main street, Corso Umberto, and enjoy the many stores, pastry shops, cafes, and restaurants on your own.</p><h2>Day 13: Mt. Etna</h2><p>Meet your private driver and escort in the hotel lobby and depart for your excursion to Mt. Etna by jeep.</p><p>Visit the volcano’s craters before heading down for your winery experience at Cottanera winery.</p><h2>Day 14: Departure</h2><p>Your driver will pick you up in front of the hotel lobby for your private airport transfer to Palermo Airport.</p>
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Save 30% off Stays at Secret Bay in Dominica

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:02
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Dominica: 30 percent off at <a href="http://secretbay.dm">Secret Bay</a>, a newly renovated collection of sustainably-built villas perched on a clifftop above the Caribbean Sea. </p><p>The deal includes:</p>Six nights in a villa with a private plunge pool<a href="https://secretbay.dm/experience/waitukubuli-by-sea/">Waitukubuli by Se</a>a boat excursionA couple’s hot stone massage An organic breakfast basket Airport transfers Unlimited use of adventure equipment, including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkel gear, and mountain bikesWelcome dinner compliments of the executive chef<p>Original Price: From $6,690 (or $1,115 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $4,683 (or $780 per night); valid through January 31, 2019.</p><p>Booking Details: Use this <a href="https://secretbay.reztrip.com/ext/promoRate?property=1283&amp;mode=b&amp;pm=true&amp;sr=256284&amp;vr=3">dedicated link</a> to book.</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates apply</p><p> </p>
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Chrissy Teigen Is Officially in a Feud With Meghan Markle’s Family

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:16
<p>Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding was certainly <a href="http://landleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-royal-wedding-dress" target="_blank">the event of the year</a>. But it’s over now, and the entire royal family has moved on to different things. Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, however, has not. And that’s something supermodel Chrissy Teigen simply cannot stand.</p><p>The man who <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-walk-down-aisle-royal-wedding" target="_blank">did not attend his daughter’s wedding</a> has kept up a steady stream of press appearances since missing out on the big day. And over the weekend, Thomas gave a nine-hour interview to the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6002773/Thomas-Markle-says-Meghan-cut-life.html" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a>, in which he shared that the royal family has completely cut off all communication with him. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/chrissy-teigen-tweets-flying-with-kids-luna-miles" target="_blank">Chrissy Teigen Just Took a 15-hour Flight With Her Kids and the Tweets Are Oh so Relatable</a></p><p>"I'm really hurt that she's cut me off completely,” he said. “I used to have a phone number and text number for her personal aides at the Palace, but after I said a few critical words about the royal family changing Meghan, they cut me off. Those numbers were disconnected, they no longer work. I have no way of contacting my daughter."</p><p>And, you know what, that’s fine with Teigen, who tweeted out what we were all thinking this weekend: It’s time for Thomas to stop talking.</p><p>“This guy...this guy sucks. what is wrong with him? let your daughter be happy, please. this is embarrassing,” Teigen tweeted alongside screenshots of the interview.</p><p>Not convinced Teigen is right? Thomas claimed he “made” Meghan the woman she is today:</p><p>"I refuse to stay quiet,” he said. “What riles me is Meghan's sense of superiority. She'd be nothing without me. I made her the Duchess she is today. Everything that Meghan is, I made her. [...] She became the woman that she is today thanks to everything I did for her. And did I get any recognition for it? Any thanks? She doesn't even speak to me now. How cold is that?"</p><p>Still not enough? How about the fact that he added Princess Diana’s name to his diatribe?</p><p>“They [the Royal Family] have Meghan treating her father in a way that Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, would have loathed. That’s not what Diana stood for,” he said. “Princess Diana is credited with changing the Royal Family, but she wasn’t perfect. She was still very much one of them.”</p><p>Meanwhile, Meghan's half-sister, Samantha Markle, came back at Teigen in her dad's defense, <a href="https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/a22588793/samantha-markle-chrissy-teigen-pudgy-airhead-comment/" target="_blank">tweeting</a>: "So this pudgy airhead @Christinetiegen Who knows nobody in the family is opening her pie hole? "This guy" is our father and deserves a lot of respect,.. you are the one who sucks."</p><p>We don't know if Teigen will bother to respond to Samantha's insults, but maybe it’s time we focus on Meghan and Harry’s happiness instead. Here’s a photo to get us all started:</p><p> </p>
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Insider Tricks for Staying Cool at Disneyland This Summer

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:31
<p>It’s easy to have fun in the sun while you’re at <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/how-disneyland-reinvents-rides" target="_blank">Disneyland</a>, but it’s also important to remember to take care of yourself while you’re exploring the park.</p><p>Southern California can really heat up in the middle of summer. The <a href="http://www.intellicast.com/Local/History.aspx?location=USCA0027" target="_blank">average August temperature in Anaheim</a> is 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and Disneyland just reached its <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/hottest-day-at-disneyland-ever" target="_blank">highest recorded temperature ever</a> on July 9 — 113 degrees Fahrenheit— so staying cool while you’re in the Happiest Place on Earth isn’t just about comfort, it’s also about your health.</p><p>Luckily, the <em><a href="https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/07/staying-cool-while-exploring-the-disneyland-resort/" target="_blank">Disney Parks Blog</a></em> has some amazing tips for guests to help them beat the heat. Beyond going on the rides, there are also tons of cooler, air conditioned activities for you to do during the hottest times of the day.</p><p>The <em>Disney Parks Blog</em> suggests visiting some indoor locations when you’re working up too much of a sweat. Taking in a show, visiting characters (at locations such as <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/disneyland/star-wars-launch-bay/" target="_blank">Star Wars Launch Bay</a> or <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/ca/disney-california-adventure/character-meet-anna-and-elsa-frozen/" target="_blank">Anna &amp; Elsa’s Royal Welcome</a>), going <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/downtown-disney-district/splitsville-entertainment/" target="_blank">bowling</a>, or diving into an indoor attraction like <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/disney-california-adventure/turtle-talk-with-crush/" target="_blank">Turtle Talk with Crush</a> or <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/disney-california-adventure/little-mermaid-ariels-undersea-adventure/" target="_blank">Ariel’s Undersea Adventure</a> are great ways to stay entertained when you need a break from scorching temperatures.</p><p>If staying cooped up indoors doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, there are also some excellent outdoor spots that can provide some relief. Riding the <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/disney-california-adventure/red-car-trolley/" target="_blank">Red Car Trolley</a>, <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/disneyland/disneyland-monorail/" target="_blank">Disneyland Monorail</a>, <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/disneyland/main-street-vehicles/" target="_blank">Main Street Vehicles</a>, or <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/disneyland/disneyland-railroad/" target="_blank">Disneyland Railroad</a> are good ways to rest while also staying on the move throughout the park. Or, you can stroll in the shade of trees and other flora at the <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/disneyland/pirates-lair-on-tom-sawyer-island/" target="_blank">Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island</a>.</p><p>But if you really don’t want to take a break from the rides, you can always get a nice splash by riding a water attraction like <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/best-disney-rides#splash-mountain-disney-world-ride" target="_blank">Disneyland's Splash Mountain</a> or <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-ride-inspiration-destinations#sierra-nevada" target="_blank">Disney California Adventure's Grizzly River Run</a>.</p><p>More information about summer in the park can be found on the <a href="https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/07/staying-cool-while-exploring-the-disneyland-resort/" target="_blank">Disney Parks website</a>. Stay cool, Disney fans.</p>
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This Is What a Hotel With No Straight Lines Looks Like

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 11:30
<p>On the tree-filled shores of the glistening Alster Lake in Hamburg, Germany, an undulating structure rises up, recalling the water’s ripples. Covered in thousands of bright white porcelain tiles, the curvaceous building shimmers with the light off the lake.</p><img alt="Aerial of The Fontenay in Hamburg "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532466907/aerial-the-fontenay-hamburg-FONTENAY0718.jpg?itok=WJheU7gA"><p>This is the striking home of the recently opened <a href="https://www.lhw.com/hotel/Fontenay-Hamburg-Germany">Fontenay Hotel</a>, part of the Leading Hotels of the World, and Hamburg’s first five-star hotel to open in 18 years. Conceived as a “hotel in the park” by renowned Berlin architect Jan Störmer, the build’s amorphous shape and sculpted roofscape blend seamlessly with the riverside surroundings.</p><p>Completing Störmer’s one-with-nature vision is a sculptural fountain at the hotel’s entrance called Heaven Mirror. The circular mosaic comprises more than 200 granite blocks that reflect the sky and the surrounding trees when viewed from the rooftop above.</p><p>“The Fontenay’s uncommon design is nothing short of an artistic masterpiece,” says The Leading Hotels of the World’s President &amp; Chief Executive Officer, Ted Teng.</p><p>Inside, the organic and circular themes continue throughout, with custom-made furniture and decor, like a curving 82-foot sofa in the atrium, semi-circular rugs in the room corridors, and contouring marmorino walls— a meticulous Italian plastering craft.</p><img alt="Atrium at The Fontenay in Hamburg "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532466907/atrium-the-fontenay-hamburg-FONTENAY0718.jpg?itok=wRD_ry5G"><p>“The shape of the facade is either concave or convex—hardly any wall is parallel to another,” explains Störmer. “So a lot of time and effort was put into sourcing materials and products—off-the-peg solutions were not feasible with the organic shape of the building.”</p><p>And while every corner of the 130-room hotel is impressive, the 88-foot glass atrium is the centerpiece. The airy space is fitted with 198 satinized, scaled panels that appear to move, as if being caressed by a gentle breeze. Adding to the ethereal feel is the glittering, 20-foot chandelier that was designed by Dutch firm Brand van Egmond and hangs at the lobby’s curvilinear center.</p><img alt="Bar at The Fontenay in Hamburg "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532466907/bar-the-fontenay-hamburg-FONTENAY0718.jpg?itok=SQ1v0fQo"><p>After marveling at the architectural ingenuity, take in the hotel’s somewhat more conventional amenities: a modern library stocked with more than 1,000 books selected in cooperation with Hamburg-based book store Felix Jud; the Smoker’s Room, which offers a small but premium selection of cigars; and Parkview, a relaxed restaurant with a spacious terrace featuring views across the lake.</p><p>On the top floor is the Fontenay Bar, which has dark herringbone parquet floors, walls clad in Makassar ebony, and a 20-foot-long monolithic bar. The bar’s terrace has 320-degree panoramic views of Hamburg’s five main churches, Alster Lake, and the famous Elbphilarmonic building. Adjacent is Lakeside, a light-filled contemporary fine dining restaurant run by 32-year-old Cornelius Speinle, who earned one Michelin star in his home country of Switzerland.</p><img alt="Evening rendering of The Fontenay in Hamburg "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532466907/evening-rendering-fontenay-hamburg-FONTENAY0718.jpg?itok=rWMOMeHq"><p>Also on the top floor is the 10,000 square-foot Fontenay Spa with a fitness center, Finnish sauna, steam room, multi-sensory showers, an ice well, and a private spa suite. The crown jewel is the 65-foot long indoor/outdoor infinity pool and rooftop terrace for lounging in the sun.</p><p>Teng, for one, feels that the Fontenay has become one of the defining structures of Germany’s second-largest city. “In a city filled with history, architect Jan Störmer’s work stands out as an architectural tour de force.”</p>
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Why This South American Country Is a Dream Destination for Citygoers and Adventure Lovers Alike

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:02
<p>With the South American nation finally at peace, it’s safer than ever to tour both its dynamic cities and its wild places. Savvy travelers are looking to Bogotá, the country’s capital, and Medellín, which has gone from crime-ridden to trendsetting in the blink of an eye.</p><p>Both cities have hotels to suit every taste. When the <strong><a href="https://bogota.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html" target="_blank">Grand Hyatt Bogotá</a></strong> opens this month, it will have the country’s largest spa. The seven-room <strong><a href="http://casalegadobogota.com" target="_blank">Casa Legado</a></strong> offers a bright, homey take on Modernism that will appeal to design lovers. The rooms in the ultra-chic <strong><a href="http://clickclackhotel.com" target="_blank">Click Clack Hotel</a></strong> have floor-to-ceiling windows with views across the city. Early next year, a branch of the hotel will open in Medellín with a commercial development attached. <strong><a href="http://patiodelmundo.com" target="_blank">Patio Del Mundo</a></strong> is a seven-room villa in the heart of Medellín surrounded by lush gardens.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/cities-in-central-and-south-america" target="_blank">The Best Cities in Central and South America</a></p><p>The new luxury operator<strong> <a href="http://boutiquecolombia.travel" target="_blank">Boutique Colombia</a> </strong>creates custom itineraries that connect you with notable locals. In Bogotá, journalists give insight into the country’s road to peace. In Medellín, you’ll gain access to the ateliers of up-and-coming designers.</p><p>The country is among the world’s most biodiverse, with more than 1,900 species of birds. Beginning in November, a new itinerary from the <strong><a href="http://naturalist.co.uk" target="_blank">Travelling Naturalist</a> </strong>circles Colombia in search of rare and colorful specimens.</p><p><strong><em>Our series <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/reasons-to-travel" target="_blank">Reasons to Travel Now</a> highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day.</em></strong></p>
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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Are on Their First Big Vacation With Luna and Miles

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:41
<p>Chrissy Teigen and John legend are true vacation experts. From traveling with a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/chrissy-teigen-john-legend-vacation-corsica" target="_blank">full vacation lookbook</a> to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/john-legend-travel-tips" target="_blank">picking the perfect carry-on bags</a> and understanding how to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/chrissy-teigen-tweets-flying-with-kids-luna-miles" target="_blank">entertain two babies for 15-hour flights</a>, these two can do it all. And they're proving this point once again by spending their summer family vacation in Bali.</p><p>On Sunday, both John and Chrissy shared updates from their vacation to social media. In the first update, Chrissy shared a quick video of her, John, and Luna as they rode on a golf cart to their resort.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/chrissy-teigen-meghan-markle-dad" target="_blank">Chrissy Teigen Is Officially in a Feud With Meghan Markle’s Family</a></p><p>For his part, John shared a gorgeous image of a Balinese jungle at sunrise.</p><p>Next, Chrissy updated the world to let everyone know that baby Miles made the cut for the vacation, too. In the post, Teigen wrote, “Just being my sweet, peaceful self.”</p><p>John then shared a picture of his adorable mini-me daughter Luna as she sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed some local fruit.</p><p>Teigen followed suit by sharing her own update of a smiling baby Luna.</p><p>She then upped the ante by sharing with fans a little behind-the-scenes vacation action as she sang a lullaby to Miles.</p><p>Beyond relaxing, Chrissy and John are letting their kids get up close and personal with the local wildlife on this trip. A few days ago, Chrissy shared a quick video to Twitter, showing her daughter getting close to a rather large insect. Chrissy asked the world, “time for another game of “what’s this bug!?”</p><p>Her followers theorized it was a Tarantula Wasp, which is indeed a real thing. However, Gwen Pearson, educational outreach coordinator for the Purdue Department of Entomology, told <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/07/26/chrissy-teigen-befriended-a-nice-bug-twitter-tried-to-convince-her-it-was-a-dangerous-wasp/?noredirect=on&amp;utm_term=.916b74e4e9f2" target="_blank"><i>The Washington Post</i></a><i>,</i> “It's not a tarantula hawk. The behavior is wrong, the body is wrong and the size is wrong.”</p><p><a href="http://www.biology.usu.edu/about/faculty/james-pitts" target="_blank">James Pitts</a>, a biology professor at Utah State University, told <i>The Post </i>the bug she’s holding is likely just a predator or scavenger wasp. And though a sting would hurt, it would only be dangerous to a person with an allergy, Pitts explained. So, maybe stop tweeting her about playing with a dangerous bug and let her enjoy her vacation instead.</p><p> </p>
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British Airways Boots 20 Passengers From Flight Due to Blistering Heat Wave

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:10
<p>The sweltering heat can affect your trip in more ways than one. In fact, all your travel plans might be thrown for a loop in the case of extreme heat.</p><p>British Airways was forced to remove passengers from several flights at London City Airport due to the high temperatures, <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/07/29/british-airways-kicks-20-passengers-off-flight-because-heat-wave-made-plane-too-heavy.html" target="_blank">Fox News reported</a>.</p><p>The temperature was around 95 degrees last Friday, which affected the air pressure and overall weight on some aircraft. A total of 14 flights had to remove passengers in order to take off in the high heat.</p><p>Hot air is thinner than cool air, as <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Cockpit-Confidential-Everything-Questions-Reflections/dp/1402280912" target="_blank">author and pilot Patrick Smith explained in his book</a> “Cockpit Confidential,” and high temperatures mean planes need more gas to take off. London’s City Airport has much shorter runways than other local airports, as well, which means planes must take off at a steeper angle, according to Fox News.</p><p>On one flight to Ibiza, 20 unlucky passengers found themselves removed from a flight.</p><p><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/07/29/british-airways-kicks-20-passengers-off-flight-because-heat-wave-made-plane-too-heavy.html" target="_blank">Fox News reported</a> no one volunteered to be booted from the flights, so the crew had to pick passengers at random.</p><p>“We’re working with the airline to ensure passengers get to their destination as quickly as possible and we apologise for the inconvenience caused,” a spokesperson for British Airways <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/6884106/ba-kicks-20-passengers-off-holiday-flight-to-ibiza-because-the-35c-heatwave-made-the-plane-too-heavy/" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “Like other airlines operating from London City today, British Airways flights were affected by the extreme heat.”</p>
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Pippa Middleton's Flattering One-piece Swimsuit Is on Sale Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 08:36
<p>In case you didn’t know, Pippa Middleton — the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton — <a href="https://people.com/royals/pippa-middleton-pregnant-first-child/" target="_blank">is pregnant</a>. She also happens to write a column for the British grocery store Waitrose, which has quickly turned into a column about her pregnancy and just how she’s getting through it. And this week, the royally adjacent sister shared how she’s finding success with swimming, and wearing <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sweatybetty.com/us/all-clothing/swimwear/swimsuits/red/pink/purple-free-dive-swimsuit/" target="_blank">adorable swimsuits while doing it</a>.</p><p>“Swimming throughout pregnancy offers a wonderful feeling of weightlessness,” Middleton wrote. “As the months pass, you feel heavier by the day, but being in water gives that floating, light-as-air feeling that soothes and relieves the body, counteracts increased back strain and stretches the legs from the growing bump. It’s non-impact, gentle and relaxing.”</p><p>According to Middleton, it’s been her favorite activity to take part in during her pregnancy as it both relieves her pain and helps her cool down during the warm summer months.</p><p>“As the summer weather contributes to feelings of bloating and swelling, swimming will keep your body cooler while exercising, something that is a relief in pregnancy, preventing swelling in the arms and legs,” she wrote. “But even in the cooler months, temporarily joining a local pool can be worth the investment. If this is the only exercise you do during pregnancy, you’re onto a good thing!”</p><p>Of course, Middleton didn’t go swimming in just any old suit. Instead, she opted for the super adorable <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sweatybetty.com/us/all-clothing/swimwear/swimsuits/red/pink/purple-free-dive-swimsuit/" target="_blank">Free Dive suit from Sweaty Betty</a>. The suit, which comes in oxblood and coral, also happens to be on sale right now for $84.</p><img alt="Sweaty Betty Free Dive Swimsuit "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532964525/sweat-betty-color-block-one-piece-PIPPASWIM0718.jpg?itok=4F6_75eA"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sweatybetty.com/us/all-clothing/swimwear/swimsuits/red/pink/purple-free-dive-swimsuit/" target="_blank">sweatybetty.com</a>, $84 (originally $120)</p><p>But swimming isn’t the only pregnancy activity Middleton personally recommends. Just a few weeks ago, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/wimbledon-2018-pippa-middleton" target="_blank">she shared in her column</a> that she is still actively playing tennis, and is inspired to keep going by the most famous tennis-playing mother of all — Serena Williams.</p><p>“I’ve been a tennis fan since childhood, as a player and spectator, and have been keen to continue playing safely throughout my pregnancy,” Pippa, wrote. “Take Serena Williams. She famously proved that women can play a high level of tennis from two months (when she won the 2017 Australian Open) up to eight months.”</p>
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Carr Fire: California Wildfire Has Killed 6 People, Burned 98,000 Acres

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:56
<p>Since starting on July 23, the Carr wildfire has blazed across northern California. It has killed six people and forced more than 38,000 people to evacuate their homes.</p><p>On Monday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Projection (CAL FIRE) <a href="http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/admin8327985/cdf/images/incidentfile2164_3756.pdf" target="_blank">reported that the fire was 20 percent contained</a>. It has charred more than 98,000 acres of land.</p><p>The fire was started by a vehicle’s mechanical failure about 10 miles west of the city of Redding in Shasta County, <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/carr-fire-northern-california-wildfire-blaze-rages-largely-unchecked-today-death-toll-rises-2018-07-29/" target="_blank">CBS News reported</a>. The fire swept through Shasta, a historic Gold Rush town. Firefighters had been able to contain the fire for a few days until July 26, when the fire jumped across the Sacramento River and began nearing subdivisions of Redding.</p><h2>Carr Fire Map</h2><p><iframe height="480" src="https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1HacmM5E2ueL-FT2c6QMVzoAmE5M19GAf&amp;hl=en" width="640"></iframe></p><p>Dry vegetation and strong winds have made the fire a fearsome, relentless force. “This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard for what’s in its path,” Bret Gouvea, incident commander for CAL FIRE, said, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/27/us/california-wildfire-redding-carr.html" target="_blank">the <em>New York Times</em> reported.</a></p><p>More than 700 homes and 240 other buildings have been destroyed in its wake. Another 5,000 buildings are under threat.</p><p><a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/carr-fire-redding-fire-evacuation-shasta-county-california-wildfire-destroys-homes-latest-updates-news/" target="_blank">Six people have been killed in the fire</a>. Two children, aged four and five, and their grandmother were killed in Redding. Two firefighters died while battling the flames. Seven people in Shasta County are still reported missing.</p><img alt="Massive Wildfire Spreads To 80,000 Acres, Scorches Homes Near Redding, CA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532961544/whiskeytown-california-wildfire-CAFIRE0718.jpg?itok=kbUD6WZZ"><img alt="Massive Wildfire Spreads To 80,000 Acres, Scorches Homes Near Redding, CA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532961544/redding-california-wildfire-trees-CAFIRE0718.jpg?itok=SWu2v6jf"><img alt="Massive Wildfire Spreads To 80,000 Acres, Scorches Homes Near Redding, CA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532961544/redding-california-wildfire-deer-CAFIRE0718.jpg?itok=9-OZygQ5"><p>As of Monday, <a href="http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2164" target="_blank">more than 3,000 firefighters</a> were working to extinguish the blaze.</p><p>The Carr fire is one of eight major wildfires currently burning in California.</p><p>Last year’s wildfires were among the deadliest and most expensive in California history, causing <a href="http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2018/release013-18.cfm" target="_blank">more than $12 billion in damage</a>. This year’s fire season “could easily meet or surpass last year,” <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/27/california-fires-latest-news-updates-carr-ferguson-deaths" target="_blank">according to CAL FIRE</a>.</p>
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Gordon Ramsay's New Travel Show Will Send Him Around the World to Compete With Local Chefs

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:17
<p>“Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” is expected to premiere on National Geographic next year.</p><p>Each episode will start with “exploration and adventure with local food heroes,” <a href="https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180725005914/en/National-Geographic-Gordon-Ramsay-Partner-New-Series" target="_blank">according to a <em>National Geographic</em></a>. Then, Ramsay will track down “high-octane traditions, pastimes and customs that are specific to the region.” Finally, he will engage in a culinary battle, “pitting his own interpretations of regional dishes against the tried-and-true classics.”</p><p>While the network has not yet released a list of destinations for the show, the press release says that Ramsay will “harvest fresh nests in Malaysian Borneo” and “hunt tarantulas in Cambodia.” It’s unclear if uncharted destinations will include <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/gordon-ramsay-favorite-place" target="_blank">Ramsay’s favorite little-known city Rock in the U.K.</a></p><p>Announcement of the new series caused backlash on social media, which prompted <em>National Geographic</em> to release a statement ahead of the show’s production.</p><p>“We are disappointed that the announcement of our upcoming series with Gordon Ramsay was taken out of context,” <a href="https://www.eater.com/2018/7/26/17619102/gordon-ramsay-uncharted-tv-show-national-geographic-uncharted" target="_blank">a spokesperson for <em>National Geographic</em> told <em>Eater</em></a>. “With National Geographic’s storied history of exploration, our plan with this series is to celebrate and learn about local cultures around the world. In partnering with Ramsay — a well-known adventure enthusiast — we are going to fully immerse viewers and give them a glimpse into surprising and unexpected cultures and local flavors. We have not gone into production on the series yet, so this perspective is premature.”</p><p>Production on the show is scheduled to begin this fall. It will broadcast some time next year.</p>
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These Are the U.S. Airlines Least Likely to Lose or Damage Your Bags

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 13:01
<p>Having your luggage get lost or damaged during a trip can make for a stressful vacation, but there are steps you can take to decrease the chances of it happening to you. </p><p>One step is knowing which airlines to fly with. </p><p>A new report from <a href="https://luggagehero.com/its-not-a-lost-cause-less-luggage-goes-missing-with-airlines/" target="_blank">Luggagehero</a> — a company that offers affordable luggage storage sites in hotels, cafes, shops, and other venues — analyzed which U.S. airlines are most and least likely to lose or damage your bag based on six years of data from the Department of Transportation (DOT).</p><p>Looking at the DOT’s Mishandled Baggage Report figures published within Air Travel Consumer Reports from 2012 through April of 2018, the company found that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/spirit-airlines-reviews" target="_blank">Spirit Airlines</a> are the best U.S. carriers to fly with if you want to ensure your bag safely makes it to your final destination.</p><img alt="Luggahero found that Delta and Spirit were the top two U.S. carriers when it came to the least amount of complains for lost or damaged luggage. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1532546611/luggagehero-airline-luggage-comparison-LOSTBAG0718.jpg?itok=tPJLF6YO"><p>JetBlue was also a top contender, coming in at third place out of the total 12 airlines the company looked at for the report. </p><p>The three airlines that had the most complaints were Envoy Air, ExpressJet Airlines, and SkyWest Airlines, though Luggagehero also found that the number of overall complaints have dropped by 27 percent since 2012. </p><p>While only two to three in every 1,000 passengers is typically affected by a lost or damaged bag, according to the report, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/how-to-avoid-losing-your-luggage" target="_blank">taking steps like</a> booking direct flights instead of connecting flights, downloading an <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta/delta-new-app-never-forget-check-in" target="_blank">airline's bag tracking app</a>, customizing bags with <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/cool-luggage-tags" target="_blank">tags</a> or ribbons, and removing tags from prior trips can decrease the likelihood of getting hit with the issue. </p><p>If you do happen to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airline-lost-luggage-tips" target="_blank">have a lost or damaged bag</a>, you'll want to report it to the airline right away. Photographs and details like the bag's size, color, and brand will come in handy. </p><p>You'll also want to hang onto your claim check, which you'll get before arriving to your gate, and inquire about your airline's compensation policy. </p>
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Why No One Gets to Go to Bed Before the Queen — and the One Royal Who Always Broke That Rule

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 11:01
<p>Meghan Markle may want to rethink the whole being a royal thing now that she’s feeling the impact of all their bizarre rules.</p><p>Now that Meghan is officially the Duchess of Sussex, she needs to live by a few rigid guidelines that all senior members of the royal family must abide by. For example, nobody in the royal family is <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/royal-family-banned-food" target="_blank">allowed to eat shellfish</a>, in case they have an allergic reaction. Nobody is <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/royal-family-banned-from-giving-autographs" target="_blank">allowed to give out autographs</a>, in case someone tries to fake their signature later. But perhaps the worst rule of all is the fact that absolutely nobody, not even Prince Philip, is allowed to go to bed before the Queen.</p><p>According to Sir William Heseltine, one of the Queen’s former private secretaries, it’s considered bad form to go to bed before Her Majesty.</p><p>“Nobody felt it right to go to bed before the Queen did,” Sir William revealed in an interview for the book "<a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/11969846/Queens-former-private-secretary-recalls-moment-stunned-crowds-heard-Prince-Philip-swear.html" target="_blank">The Royals in Australia</a>."</p><p>Of course, not everyone is a fan of this rule. According to Sir William, Princess Diana truly struggled to stay up as late as the Queen, who apparently can be quite the night owl.</p><p>“For Diana the long royal evenings were agony. There’d be an hour or so in the sitting room of everyone sitting around making conversation,” he said. “And Diana was driven to such extremes that she’d excuse herself and go to bed, which was thought to be rather bad form, going to bed before the Queen.”</p><p>So just how late does Meghan now have to stay up? According to Zarife Hardy, a coach from the <a href="https://asoe.com.au/" target="_blank">Australian School of Etiquette</a> who spoke to<i> </i><a href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com.au/celebrity/unusual-royal-etiquette-15264" target="_blank"><i>Harper’s Bazaar</i></a>, it’s way later than you may think. "Guests cannot go to bed before the Queen, who reportedly tucks in at midnight," he revealed.</p><p>As a reminder, this woman is <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/queen-elizabeth-birthday-celebrations" target="_blank">92 years old</a>, yet she still stays up later than you. So, sorry Meghan, hopefully you at least get to sleep in late most days instead.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays At This Midcentury Modern Hotel in South Beach

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 15:32
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Miami: 30 percent off <a href="https://theconfidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html">The Confidante</a>, a midcentury modern hotel in South Beach with a rooftop spa and direct beach access. </p><p>Oceanfront Escape at The Confidante Miami Beach includes:</p>30 percent off a king bed oceanfront room (upgrades available) Use of a day bed on the beach Daily breakfast at on-site eatery Bird &amp; Bone Complimentary valet service Waived resort fee<p>Original Price: From $263 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $185 per night; book by October 1 for travel from October 1 to December 31, 2018</p><p>Booking Details: Reservations available exclusively for Travel + Leisure readers through this <a href="https://www.hyatt.com/shop/miaob?rooms=1&amp;adults=1&amp;location=The%20Confidante%20Miami%20Beach&amp;checkinDate=2018-10-16&amp;checkoutDate=2018-10-17&amp;offercode=OASIS">booking link</a>.</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates apply and subject to availability.</p>
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