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What You Don’t Know About Sunscreen SPF Could Burn You This Summer

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 10:31
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/memorial-day/best-memorial-day-destinations-in-us" target="_blank">Memorial Day Weekend</a> has come and gone, meaning the unofficial start of summer is already here. And though there’s plenty to look forward to in the coming months (Hello, BBQ season!) there’s one thing we all fear: the dreaded sunburn.</p><p>Luckily, it’s easier than ever to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. But just how protected do you need to be? According to a new analysis published in the <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190962217329080" target="_blank"><i>Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology</i></a>, everyone should be rocking SPF 100 all summer long.</p><p>According to the researchers, wearing SPF 50 sunscreen simply won’t cut it as it can lead to significantly more sun-induced skin damage than if you were wearing SPF 100 or more.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/bring-sunscreen-on-flights" target="_blank">Why You Should Bring Sunscreen on Every Flight You Take</a></p><p>But what does SPF mean anyway? As <a href="http://www.smarterskindermatology.com/" target="_blank">Sejal Shah</a>, a dermatologist in New York City, explained to <em><a href="https://www.allure.com/story/is-higher-spf-sunscreen-better-study" target="_blank">Allure</a></em>, SPF stands for "sun protection factor” and indicates how much sun exposure you're actually getting when you're outside. "SPF 15 protects against 93 percent of UVB rays, SPF 30 protects against 97 percent, and SPF 50 is about 98 percent," <a href="http://www.smarterskindermatology.com/" target="_blank">Shah</a> said.</p><p>SPF 100, on the other hand, will keep out 99 percent.</p><p>“It doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but if you look at it the other way, you’re getting twice the exposure with the 50 than with the 100,” Darrell Rigel, dermatologist and co-author of the new SPF study, told <em><a href="https://www.thecut.com/2018/05/high-spf-sunscreen-better-study.html" target="_blank">The Cut</a></em>. “Cumulatively over time, that adds up. The analogy I give is: there are two taxis. In one taxi the meter is going twice as fast. Over time, you’re going to damage your skin twice as fast.”</p><p>If you’re looking for full sun protection this summer for you and your family, try testing out these four formulas before hitting the beach. And make sure to read <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/sunscreen-facts" target="_blank">our complete guide to sunscreen, and how to apply effectively</a>, before you go.</p><h2>Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100</h2><img alt="Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 100 "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527711721/neutrogena-ultra-sheer-SPFHUNDRED0518.jpg?itok=NootaVJ1"><p>Neutrogena’s lightweight, broad spectrum formula is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and its dry-touch technology means it won’t feel greasy as you slather it on. You can wear this as an everyday sunscreen under makeup or to work as it doesn’t have that typical sunscreen scent.<br /><br />To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Neutrogena-Ultra-Dry-Touch-Sunscreen-Spectrum/dp/B002JAYMEE" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $8</p><h2>Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100</h2><img alt="Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 100 "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527711721/banana-boat-sport-performance-SPFHUNDRED0518.jpg?itok=btCJKWWx"><p>If you’re on the hunt for something easier to apply, look no further than Banana Boat’s Sport Performance Sunscreen Spray. The continuous spray will allow users to hit every angle for ultimate protection. All you need to do is reapply every two hours.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Banana-Boat-Sunscreen-Sport-Performance/dp/B004CDTCOQ" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $8</p><h2>Coppertone Kids Sport Sunscreen Continuous Spray SPF 100</h2><img alt="Coppertone Kids Sport SPF 100 "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527711721/coppertone-kids-sport-SPFHUNDRED0518.jpg?itok=SlQ3o52_"><p>Like Banana Boat, Coppertone’s Continuous Spray allows anyone to get full protection in seconds. This spray will also protect you in the water for up to 80 minutes, but it’s always a good idea to reapply after you towel off.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Coppertone-SPORT-Sunscreen-Continuous-5-5-Ounce/dp/B0756NDWBK" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $9</p><h2>Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Anti-Ageing, Anti-Tan Ultra Sunblock SPF 100</h2><img alt="Lotus Safe Sun SPF 100 "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527711721/lotus-safe-sun-SPFHUNDRED0518.jpg?itok=Kr81Lz3d"><p>Like Aveeno, Lotus Herbals will protect your face and give it a mini-facial at the same time. The lotion is formulated with thyme, licorice, and soy protein, which the company says “increases elasticity of your skin and stimulates collagen, while slowing down the onset of wrinkles.” And hey, that’s what sunscreen does anyway too, so the more positive ingredients the better.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Lotus-Herbals-Anti-Ageing-Anti-Tan-Sunblock/dp/B00DRE2NBU" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $39</p>
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You Could Win a Trip to New Zealand's Gorgeous Donut Island by Eating Some Donuts

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 17:49
<p>In honor of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-donut-day-history" target="_blank">National Donut Day</a>, Papa John’s is giving away a trip to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g656920-d5570322-Reviews-Whenuakura_Island-Whangamata_Coromandel_Peninsula_Waikato_Region_North_Island.html" target="_blank">Donut Island, New Zealand</a>. Yes, the pizza chain just managed to one-up all the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-donut-day-deals-freebies" target="_blank">free donut giveaways</a> happening today.</p><p>Anyone who buys donut holes at Papa John’s (you read that right: Papa John’s sells donut holes) from June 2–30 will be entered to win a week-long trip to the donut-shaped island in New Zealand.</p><p>In order to win, contestants must <a href="https://www.papajohns.com/dreamdonuts/" target="_blank">purchase their donut holes from papajohns.com</a> or the Papa John’s app.</p><p>One grand prize winner will get to take a guest on an eight-day trip to New Zealand with a round-trip flight to Auckland. From there, the winning duo will spend two nights in the country’s most populous city before heading to Donut Island.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/best-donuts-in-every-state" target="_blank">The Best Donuts in Every State</a></p><p>Otherwise known as the Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary, the island is one of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-new-zealand" target="_blank">best kayaking destinations in New Zealand</a>. The winners will paddle their way through a 40-foot cave opening before emerging into an emerald lagoon. Once inside, visitors will get to marvel at the pohutukawa trees and their bright red blooms cascading over the rocky cliffs.</p><img alt="Donut Island "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527865374/new-zealand-donut-island-DONUTISLE0618.jpg?itok=5eeSn6rO"><p>The winners will then continue on to Rotorua (for a movie set tour of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/hobbit-lord-of-the-rings-new-zealand-tourism" target="_blank">locations featured in the <em>Lord of the Rings</em><i> </i>films</a>), Napier, and Wellington.</p><p>There’s no limit to how many times you can enter, so get ready to eat many, many donuts in June.</p><p>An additional 10 winners will get free donuts every month for a year as a consolation prize.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.papajohns.com/donutislandrules/" target="_blank">official rules are available on the Papa John’s website</a>.</p>
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You Could Win a Trip to New Zealand's Gorgeous Donut Island by Eating Some Donuts

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 17:49
<p>In honor of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-donut-day-history" target="_blank">National Donut Day</a>, Papa John’s is giving away a trip to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g656920-d5570322-Reviews-Whenuakura_Island-Whangamata_Coromandel_Peninsula_Waikato_Region_North_Island.html" target="_blank">Donut Island, New Zealand</a>. Yes, the pizza chain just managed to one-up all the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-donut-day-deals-freebies" target="_blank">free donut giveaways</a> happening today.</p><p>Anyone who buys donut holes at Papa John’s (you read that right: Papa John’s sells donut holes) from June 2–30 will be entered to win a week-long trip to the donut-shaped island in New Zealand.</p><p>In order to win, contestants must <a href="https://www.papajohns.com/dreamdonuts/" target="_blank">purchase their donut holes from papajohns.com</a> or the Papa John’s app.</p><p>One grand prize winner will get to take a guest on an eight-day trip to New Zealand with a round-trip flight to Auckland. From there, the winning duo will spend two nights in the country’s most populous city before heading to Donut Island.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/best-donuts-in-every-state" target="_blank">The Best Donuts in Every State</a></p><p>Otherwise known as the Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary, the island is one of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-new-zealand" target="_blank">best kayaking destinations in New Zealand</a>. The winners will paddle their way through a 40-foot cave opening before emerging into an emerald lagoon. Once inside, visitors will get to marvel at the pohutukawa trees and their bright red blooms cascading over the rocky cliffs.</p><img alt="Donut Island "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527865374/new-zealand-donut-island-DONUTISLE0618.jpg?itok=5eeSn6rO"><p>The winners will then continue on to Rotorua (for a movie set tour of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/hobbit-lord-of-the-rings-new-zealand-tourism" target="_blank">locations featured in the <em>Lord of the Rings</em><i> </i>films</a>), Napier, and Wellington.</p><p>There’s no limit to how many times you can enter, so get ready to eat many, many donuts in June.</p><p>An additional 10 winners will get free donuts every month for a year as a consolation prize.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.papajohns.com/donutislandrules/" target="_blank">official rules are available on the Papa John’s website</a>.</p>
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You Might See the Northern Lights Over the U.S. Tonight

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 17:07
<p>The <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/places-to-see-northern-lights-in-us" target="_blank">Northern Lights</a> may be making a rare appearance over the United States this weekend.</p><p>On Friday, June 1, the <a href="https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-watch-june-1-and-2-utc-days" target="_blank">Space Weather Prediction Center</a> (SWPC) issued a G1 geomagnetic storm watch for the northern half of the world, including Canada, Alaska, and many northern U.S. states.</p><p>The watch comes thanks to a minor solar storm, which cannot harm human life on Earth.</p><p>When the sun experiences solar storms, it <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/solar-storm-flare-april" target="_blank">emits superheated plasma from its surface</a>. That plasma is known as a coronal mass ejection (CME). A CME can trigger a geomagnetic storm, and in turn cause the Earth’s Northern Lights to light up even brighter than usual.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/surfers-lofoten-islands-norway-capture-northern-lights" target="_blank">These Surfers Got the Best View of the Northern Lights</a><br /><br />“[CMEs] are huge explosions of magnetic field and plasma from the Sun’s corona,” the SWPC previously explained. “When CMEs impact the Earth’s magnetosphere, they are responsible for geomagnetic storms and enhanced aurora.”</p><p>These storms are measured on a scale of G1 to G5, with G5 being the most extreme and most rare storm category.</p><p>According to the SWPC, this solar storm will cause the Northern Lights to be at their strongest between sunset Friday and 2 a.m. EST Saturday.</p><p>For your best chances at seeing the Northern Lights this weekend, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/places-to-see-northern-lights-in-us" target="_blank">head to states like</a> Maine, Washington, Michigan, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.</p><p>But while you’re there make sure to get out of the city and find the darkest area possible as the Northern Lights are notoriously hard to spot. </p><p>If you can’t make it out to go Northern Lights hunting this weekend, that’s OK too. You can always <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-to-see-the-northern-lights" target="_blank">plan a trip to one of these places around the globe</a> where you’ll have a much better chance of seeing the bright green, yellow, and purple lights brighten the night sky. Just make sure to pack your camera so you can make the memories last forever.</p>
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You Might See the Northern Lights Over the U.S. Tonight

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 17:07
<p>The <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/places-to-see-northern-lights-in-us" target="_blank">Northern Lights</a> may be making a rare appearance over the United States this weekend.</p><p>On Friday, June 1, the <a href="https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-watch-june-1-and-2-utc-days" target="_blank">Space Weather Prediction Center</a> (SWPC) issued a G1 geomagnetic storm watch for the northern half of the world, including Canada, Alaska, and many northern U.S. states.</p><p>The watch comes thanks to a minor solar storm, which cannot harm human life on Earth.</p><p>When the sun experiences solar storms, it <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/solar-storm-flare-april" target="_blank">emits superheated plasma from its surface</a>. That plasma is known as a coronal mass ejection (CME). A CME can trigger a geomagnetic storm, and in turn cause the Earth’s Northern Lights to light up even brighter than usual.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/surfers-lofoten-islands-norway-capture-northern-lights" target="_blank">These Surfers Got the Best View of the Northern Lights</a><br /><br />“[CMEs] are huge explosions of magnetic field and plasma from the Sun’s corona,” the SWPC previously explained. “When CMEs impact the Earth’s magnetosphere, they are responsible for geomagnetic storms and enhanced aurora.”</p><p>These storms are measured on a scale of G1 to G5, with G5 being the most extreme and most rare storm category.</p><p>According to the SWPC, this solar storm will cause the Northern Lights to be at their strongest between sunset Friday and 2 a.m. EST Saturday.</p><p>For your best chances at seeing the Northern Lights this weekend, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/places-to-see-northern-lights-in-us" target="_blank">head to states like</a> Maine, Washington, Michigan, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.</p><p>But while you’re there make sure to get out of the city and find the darkest area possible as the Northern Lights are notoriously hard to spot. </p><p>If you can’t make it out to go Northern Lights hunting this weekend, that’s OK too. You can always <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-to-see-the-northern-lights" target="_blank">plan a trip to one of these places around the globe</a> where you’ll have a much better chance of seeing the bright green, yellow, and purple lights brighten the night sky. Just make sure to pack your camera so you can make the memories last forever.</p>
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You Could Get Paid to Test Out Hot Tubs As a 'Hot Tubologist'

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 16:47
<p>Looking for a job that lets you sit back, relax, and still <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/best-cities-for-dream-jobs" target="_blank">rake in the cash</a>? Aren’t we all.</p><p>But for one lucky person, that dream job may become a reality. Hot tub manifacturer Lay-Z Spa is looking for a discerning hot tub lover to test their new products.</p><p>The official title is probably the best part: hot tubologist.</p><p>By agreeing to be a hot tubologist for Lay-Z Spa, you’ll not only be the face of the company’s social media presence, but you'll also get a ton of free Lay-Z Spa items and a check for £500 (about $664 USD).</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/hydro-hammock-hot-tub" target="_blank">You Can Make Your Own Private Hot Tub in Minutes With This Crazy Hammock</a></p><p>In return, you’ll be posting your reviews of their products. Like, how bubbly they are, how soothing their heating is, or whether the product is both a hot tub and a time machine (just kidding about that one).</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/spa-vacations/iceland-beer-spa" target="_blank">There Is a Spa in Iceland Where You Can Soak in Tubs of Beer</a></p><p>Interested applicants have to record a 30-second video explaining why they should be a hot tubologist and upload it to <a href="https://www.instagram.com/layzspaofficial/" target="_blank">Instagram</a>. Your post should also include the tag @LayZSpaOfficial and the hashtag #Hottubologist. Alternatively, you can also post your video on the company’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LayZSpaUK/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page.</p><p>Entries will only be accepted until June 10, 2018 at midnight.</p><p>More information can be found on the <a href="https://www.lay-z-spa.co.uk/ultimate-summer-job">Lay-Z Spa website</a>.</p>
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You Could Get Paid to Test Out Hot Tubs As a 'Hot Tubologist'

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 16:47
<p>Looking for a job that lets you sit back, relax, and still <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/best-cities-for-dream-jobs" target="_blank">rake in the cash</a>? Aren’t we all.</p><p>But for one lucky person, that dream job may become a reality. Hot tub manifacturer Lay-Z Spa is looking for a discerning hot tub lover to test their new products.</p><p>The official title is probably the best part: hot tubologist.</p><p>By agreeing to be a hot tubologist for Lay-Z Spa, you’ll not only be the face of the company’s social media presence, but you'll also get a ton of free Lay-Z Spa items and a check for £500 (about $664 USD).</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/hydro-hammock-hot-tub" target="_blank">You Can Make Your Own Private Hot Tub in Minutes With This Crazy Hammock</a></p><p>In return, you’ll be posting your reviews of their products. Like, how bubbly they are, how soothing their heating is, or whether the product is both a hot tub and a time machine (just kidding about that one).</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/spa-vacations/iceland-beer-spa" target="_blank">There Is a Spa in Iceland Where You Can Soak in Tubs of Beer</a></p><p>Interested applicants have to record a 30-second video explaining why they should be a hot tubologist and upload it to <a href="https://www.instagram.com/layzspaofficial/" target="_blank">Instagram</a>. Your post should also include the tag @LayZSpaOfficial and the hashtag #Hottubologist. Alternatively, you can also post your video on the company’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LayZSpaUK/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page.</p><p>Entries will only be accepted until June 10, 2018 at midnight.</p><p>More information can be found on the <a href="https://www.lay-z-spa.co.uk/ultimate-summer-job">Lay-Z Spa website</a>.</p>
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The Best Donuts in Every State

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 16:27
<p>When it comes to a sweet treat, it’s hard to beat a donut. Whether it’s classic glazed, custard-filled, or maple topped with bacon, donuts do it all: you'll find them on plenty a breakfast menu, pairing perfectly with a hot, black coffee, but they work just as well as an afternoon snack or an after-dinner delight. </p><p>It's true, there's never a bad time for donuts, but if you’re looking for an excuse to indulge, National Donut Day is here to help — and offer up <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-donut-day-deals-freebies" target="_blank">free donuts across the U.S.</a> Every year, the holiday falls on the first Friday in June. As the story goes, during World War I, <a href="https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/donutdayhistory/" target="_blank">Salvation Army</a> sent a few hundred volunteers to Europe to support troops. One of their jobs was to bake for the soldiers, but that proved tricky on the frontlines of war. The volunteers wound up frying donuts in the soldiers’ helmets, earning themselves the nickname "Donut Lassies." In 1938, Salvation Army announced a holiday to commemorate the efforts of those volunteers, and <em>voila!</em><i> </i>— we got <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-donut-day-history" target="_blank">National Donut Day</a>.</p><p>Of course, anyone who misses out on the first donut-related day of the year can play catch-up later on Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day, on June 8; Cream-Filled Donut Day, on September 14; and then the other National Donut Day, on November 5.</p><p>It’s safe to say the donut has worked its way into the fabric of America, but the doughy treats didn’t get their start here. The most popular theory is that <a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-history-of-the-doughnut-150405177/" target="_blank">Dutch settlers brought the original donuts to the U.S.</a> as <em>olykoeks,</em> or "oily cakes."</p><p>Today’s donut has evolved since the days of oily cakes and frying pans fastened out of helmets. While the classics like cake donuts and old fashioneds are still popular, one survey found that over 80 percent of Americans would try wilder versions, like breakfast cereal, mango, or alcohol-inspired flavors. Regardless of what kind we’re eating, we’re eating plenty. On average, Americans put away <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-than-80-percent-of-gen-z-and-millennials-are-willing-to-try-adventurous-donut-flavors-300649088.html" target="_blank">31 donuts each year</a>.</p><p>There’s no shortage of options, either. Some counts put the number of donut shops in the U.S. at over 25,000. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with doing your own homework — especially when that includes taste-testing — Yelp has given you a head start by narrowing down the cream of the donut crop. "We identified businesses in the food category with a large concentration of reviews mentioning 'doughnut' or 'donut,' then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning those words," representatives for Yelp explained. </p><p>From a traditional Bismarck at <a href="http://sweetcoloradough.com/eatery-menu/doughnuts/" target="_blank">Sweet Coloradough</a> in (you guessed it) Colorado, to the Chocolate Couch Potato (a chocolate-glazed with salted potato chips crumbled on top) at <a href="http://www.wakenbakedonuts.com" target="_blank">Wake N Bake Donuts</a> in North Carolina, here are the top spots to grab a donut (or a dozen) in every state, according to Yelp. </p><p>Alabama: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-donut-king-eufaula" target="_blank">The Donut King</a>, Eufaula</p><p>Alaska: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/froth-and-forage-coffeehouse-and-eatery-anchorage" target="_blank">Froth &amp; Forage Coffeehouse and Eatery</a>, Anchorage</p><p>Arizona: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/novel-ice-cream-phoenix" target="_blank">Novel Ice Cream</a>, Phoenix</p><p>Arkansas: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/marks-do-nut-shop-north-little-rock" target="_blank">Mark's DO-Nut Shop</a>, North Little Rock</p><p>California: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/bj-cinnamon-folsom" target="_blank">BJ Cinnamon</a>, Folsom</p><p>Colorado: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/sweet-coloradough-glenwood-springs" target="_blank">Sweet Coloradough</a>, Glenwood Springs</p><p>Connecticut: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/neils-donuts-and-bake-shop-wallingford" target="_blank">Neil's Donuts and Bake Shop</a>, Wallingford</p><p>Delaware: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/sandy-pony-donuts-bethany-beach" target="_blank">Sandy Pony Donuts</a>, Bethany Beach</p><p>Florida: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/mojo-donuts-pembroke-pines" target="_blank">Mojo Donuts</a>, Pembroke Pines</p><p>Georgia: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/screamn-nuts-alpharetta" target="_blank">Scream'n Nuts</a>, Alpharetta</p><p>Hawaii: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/donut-dynamite-wailuku-hi" target="_blank">Donut Dynamite</a>, Wailuku </p><p>Idaho: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/sweet-sensation-donuts-meridian-2" target="_blank">Sweet Sensation Donuts</a>, Meridian</p><p>Illinois: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/country-donuts-crystal-lake-3" target="_blank">Country Donuts</a>, Crystal Lake</p><p>Indiana: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/longs-bakery-indianapolis-2" target="_blank">Long's Bakery</a>, Indianapolis</p><p>Iowa: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/mahalos-coffee-co-mini-donuts-and-catering-west-des-moines" target="_blank">Mahalo's Coffee Co Mini Donuts &amp; Catering</a>, West Des Moines</p><p>Kansas: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/mr-ds-donut-shop-overland-park" target="_blank">Mr D's Donut Shop</a>, Overland Park</p><p>Kentucky: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/nords-bakery-louisville-2" target="_blank">Nord's Bakery</a>, Louisville</p><p>Louisiana: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/district-donuts-sliders-brew-new-orleans" target="_blank">District Donuts Sliders Brew</a>, New Orleans</p><p>Maine: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-holy-donut-portland-2" target="_blank">The Holy Donut</a>, Portland</p><p>Maryland: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/202-donuts-bethesda-2" target="_blank">202 Donuts</a>, Bethesda</p><p>Massachusetts: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/donut-shack-lowell" target="_blank">Donut Shack</a>, Lowell</p><p>Michigan: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/avon-donuts-inc-pontiac" target="_blank">Avon Donuts Inc</a>, Pontiac</p><p>Minnesota: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/cardigan-donuts-minneapolis" target="_blank">Cardigan Donuts</a>, Minneapolis</p><p>Mississippi: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/fantasy-donuts-biloxi" target="_blank">Fantasy Donuts</a>, Biloxi</p><p>Missouri: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/pharoahs-donuts-saint-louis-3" target="_blank">Pharoah's Donuts</a>, Saint Louis</p><p>Montana: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/grannys-gourmet-donuts-bozeman" target="_blank">Granny's Gourmet Donuts</a>, Bozeman</p><p>Nebraska: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/olsen-bake-shop-omaha" target="_blank">Olsen Bake Shop</a>, Omaha</p><p>Nevada: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/doughboys-donuts-reno-3" target="_blank">Doughboys Donuts</a>, Reno</p><p>New Hampshire: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/white-mountain-cider-glen" target="_blank">White Mountain Cider</a>, Glen</p><p>New Jersey: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/purple-glaze-donuts-asbury-park" target="_blank">Purple Glaze Donuts</a>, Asbury Park</p><p>New Mexico: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/rebel-donut-albuquerque-4" target="_blank">Rebel Donut</a>, Albuquerque</p><p>New York: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/stax-ice-cream-new-york" target="_blank">Stax Ice Cream</a>, New York City</p><p>North Carolina: <a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/wake-n-bake-donuts-carolina-beach-2" target="_blank">Wake N Bake Donuts</a>, Carolina Beach</p><p>North Dakota: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/sandys-donuts-west-fargo" target="_blank">Sandy's Donuts</a>, West Fargo</p><p>Ohio: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/bills-donut-shop-centerville" target="_blank">Bill's Donut Shop</a>, Centerville</p><p>Oklahoma: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/sweet-minis-donut-company-oklahoma-city" target="_blank">Sweet Mini's Donut Company</a>, Oklahoma City</p><p>Oregon: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/pips-original-doughnuts-and-chai-portland" target="_blank">Pip's Original Doughnuts &amp; Chai</a>, Portland</p><p>Pennsylvania: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/beilers-bakery-philadelphia" target="_blank">Beiler's Bakery</a>, Philadelphia</p><p>Rhode Island: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/knead-doughnuts-providence" target="_blank">Knead Doughnuts</a>, Providence</p><p>South Carolina: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/rainbow-donuts-york" target="_blank">Rainbow Donuts</a>, York</p><p>South Dakota: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/bakers-bakery-and-cafe-custer" target="_blank">Baker's Bakery &amp; Cafe</a>, Custer</p><p>Tennessee: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/donut-palace-murfreesboro" target="_blank">Donut Palace</a>, Murfreesboro</p><p>Texas: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/round-rock-donuts-round-rock-3" target="_blank">Round Rock Donuts</a>, Round Rock</p><p>Utah: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/create-donuts-sandy" target="_blank">Create Donuts</a>, Sandy</p><p>Vermont: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/cold-hollow-cider-mill-waterbury-center" target="_blank">Cold Hollow Cider Mill</a>, Waterbury Center</p><p>Virginia: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/texas-donuts-centreville" target="_blank">Texas Donuts</a>, Centreville</p><p>Washington: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/daddys-donuts-kenmore" target="_blank">Daddy's Donuts</a>, Kenmore</p><p>Washington, D.C.: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/district-doughnut-and-coffee-washington-2" target="_blank">District Doughnut and Coffee</a>, Capitol Hill</p><p>West Virginia: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/peace-love-and-donuts-huntington" target="_blank">Peace Love and Donuts</a>, Huntington</p><p>Wisconsin: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/cranky-als-bakery-and-pizza-wauwatosa" target="_blank">Cranky Al's Bakery and Pizza</a>, Wauwatosa</p><p>Wyoming: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/delish-donuts-and-coffee-alpine" target="_blank">Delish Donuts &amp; Coffee</a>, Alpine</p>
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The Best Donuts in Every State

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 16:27
<p>When it comes to a sweet treat, it’s hard to beat a donut. Whether it’s classic glazed, custard-filled, or maple topped with bacon, donuts do it all: you'll find them on plenty a breakfast menu, pairing perfectly with a hot, black coffee, but they work just as well as an afternoon snack or an after-dinner delight. </p><p>It's true, there's never a bad time for donuts, but if you’re looking for an excuse to indulge, National Donut Day is here to help — and offer up <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-donut-day-deals-freebies" target="_blank">free donuts across the U.S.</a> Every year, the holiday falls on the first Friday in June. As the story goes, during World War I, <a href="https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/donutdayhistory/" target="_blank">Salvation Army</a> sent a few hundred volunteers to Europe to support troops. One of their jobs was to bake for the soldiers, but that proved tricky on the frontlines of war. The volunteers wound up frying donuts in the soldiers’ helmets, earning themselves the nickname "Donut Lassies." In 1938, Salvation Army announced a holiday to commemorate the efforts of those volunteers, and <em>voila!</em><i> </i>— we got <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-donut-day-history" target="_blank">National Donut Day</a>.</p><p>Of course, anyone who misses out on the first donut-related day of the year can play catch-up later on Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day, on June 8; Cream-Filled Donut Day, on September 14; and then the other National Donut Day, on November 5.</p><p>It’s safe to say the donut has worked its way into the fabric of America, but the doughy treats didn’t get their start here. The most popular theory is that <a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-history-of-the-doughnut-150405177/" target="_blank">Dutch settlers brought the original donuts to the U.S.</a> as <em>olykoeks,</em> or "oily cakes."</p><p>Today’s donut has evolved since the days of oily cakes and frying pans fastened out of helmets. While the classics like cake donuts and old fashioneds are still popular, one survey found that over 80 percent of Americans would try wilder versions, like breakfast cereal, mango, or alcohol-inspired flavors. Regardless of what kind we’re eating, we’re eating plenty. On average, Americans put away <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-than-80-percent-of-gen-z-and-millennials-are-willing-to-try-adventurous-donut-flavors-300649088.html" target="_blank">31 donuts each year</a>.</p><p>There’s no shortage of options, either. Some counts put the number of donut shops in the U.S. at over 25,000. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with doing your own homework — especially when that includes taste-testing — Yelp has given you a head start by narrowing down the cream of the donut crop. "We identified businesses in the food category with a large concentration of reviews mentioning 'doughnut' or 'donut,' then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning those words," representatives for Yelp explained. </p><p>From a traditional Bismarck at <a href="http://sweetcoloradough.com/eatery-menu/doughnuts/" target="_blank">Sweet Coloradough</a> in (you guessed it) Colorado, to the Chocolate Couch Potato (a chocolate-glazed with salted potato chips crumbled on top) at <a href="http://www.wakenbakedonuts.com" target="_blank">Wake N Bake Donuts</a> in North Carolina, here are the top spots to grab a donut (or a dozen) in every state, according to Yelp. </p><p>Alabama: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-donut-king-eufaula" target="_blank">The Donut King</a>, Eufaula</p><p>Alaska: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/froth-and-forage-coffeehouse-and-eatery-anchorage" target="_blank">Froth &amp; Forage Coffeehouse and Eatery</a>, Anchorage</p><p>Arizona: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/novel-ice-cream-phoenix" target="_blank">Novel Ice Cream</a>, Phoenix</p><p>Arkansas: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/marks-do-nut-shop-north-little-rock" target="_blank">Mark's DO-Nut Shop</a>, North Little Rock</p><p>California: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/bj-cinnamon-folsom" target="_blank">BJ Cinnamon</a>, Folsom</p><p>Colorado: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/sweet-coloradough-glenwood-springs" target="_blank">Sweet Coloradough</a>, Glenwood Springs</p><p>Connecticut: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/neils-donuts-and-bake-shop-wallingford" target="_blank">Neil's Donuts and Bake Shop</a>, Wallingford</p><p>Delaware: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/sandy-pony-donuts-bethany-beach" target="_blank">Sandy Pony Donuts</a>, Bethany Beach</p><p>Florida: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/mojo-donuts-pembroke-pines" target="_blank">Mojo Donuts</a>, Pembroke Pines</p><p>Georgia: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/screamn-nuts-alpharetta" target="_blank">Scream'n Nuts</a>, Alpharetta</p><p>Hawaii: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/donut-dynamite-wailuku-hi" target="_blank">Donut Dynamite</a>, Wailuku </p><p>Idaho: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/sweet-sensation-donuts-meridian-2" target="_blank">Sweet Sensation Donuts</a>, Meridian</p><p>Illinois: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/country-donuts-crystal-lake-3" target="_blank">Country Donuts</a>, Crystal Lake</p><p>Indiana: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/longs-bakery-indianapolis-2" target="_blank">Long's Bakery</a>, Indianapolis</p><p>Iowa: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/mahalos-coffee-co-mini-donuts-and-catering-west-des-moines" target="_blank">Mahalo's Coffee Co Mini Donuts &amp; Catering</a>, West Des Moines</p><p>Kansas: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/mr-ds-donut-shop-overland-park" target="_blank">Mr D's Donut Shop</a>, Overland Park</p><p>Kentucky: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/nords-bakery-louisville-2" target="_blank">Nord's Bakery</a>, Louisville</p><p>Louisiana: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/district-donuts-sliders-brew-new-orleans" target="_blank">District Donuts Sliders Brew</a>, New Orleans</p><p>Maine: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-holy-donut-portland-2" target="_blank">The Holy Donut</a>, Portland</p><p>Maryland: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/202-donuts-bethesda-2" target="_blank">202 Donuts</a>, Bethesda</p><p>Massachusetts: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/donut-shack-lowell" target="_blank">Donut Shack</a>, Lowell</p><p>Michigan: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/avon-donuts-inc-pontiac" target="_blank">Avon Donuts Inc</a>, Pontiac</p><p>Minnesota: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/cardigan-donuts-minneapolis" target="_blank">Cardigan Donuts</a>, Minneapolis</p><p>Mississippi: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/fantasy-donuts-biloxi" target="_blank">Fantasy Donuts</a>, Biloxi</p><p>Missouri: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/pharoahs-donuts-saint-louis-3" target="_blank">Pharoah's Donuts</a>, Saint Louis</p><p>Montana: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/grannys-gourmet-donuts-bozeman" target="_blank">Granny's Gourmet Donuts</a>, Bozeman</p><p>Nebraska: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/olsen-bake-shop-omaha" target="_blank">Olsen Bake Shop</a>, Omaha</p><p>Nevada: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/doughboys-donuts-reno-3" target="_blank">Doughboys Donuts</a>, Reno</p><p>New Hampshire: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/white-mountain-cider-glen" target="_blank">White Mountain Cider</a>, Glen</p><p>New Jersey: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/purple-glaze-donuts-asbury-park" target="_blank">Purple Glaze Donuts</a>, Asbury Park</p><p>New Mexico: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/rebel-donut-albuquerque-4" target="_blank">Rebel Donut</a>, Albuquerque</p><p>New York: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/stax-ice-cream-new-york" target="_blank">Stax Ice Cream</a>, New York City</p><p>North Carolina: <a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/wake-n-bake-donuts-carolina-beach-2" target="_blank">Wake N Bake Donuts</a>, Carolina Beach</p><p>North Dakota: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/sandys-donuts-west-fargo" target="_blank">Sandy's Donuts</a>, West Fargo</p><p>Ohio: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/bills-donut-shop-centerville" target="_blank">Bill's Donut Shop</a>, Centerville</p><p>Oklahoma: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/sweet-minis-donut-company-oklahoma-city" target="_blank">Sweet Mini's Donut Company</a>, Oklahoma City</p><p>Oregon: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/pips-original-doughnuts-and-chai-portland" target="_blank">Pip's Original Doughnuts &amp; Chai</a>, Portland</p><p>Pennsylvania: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/beilers-bakery-philadelphia" target="_blank">Beiler's Bakery</a>, Philadelphia</p><p>Rhode Island: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/knead-doughnuts-providence" target="_blank">Knead Doughnuts</a>, Providence</p><p>South Carolina: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/rainbow-donuts-york" target="_blank">Rainbow Donuts</a>, York</p><p>South Dakota: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/bakers-bakery-and-cafe-custer" target="_blank">Baker's Bakery &amp; Cafe</a>, Custer</p><p>Tennessee: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/donut-palace-murfreesboro" target="_blank">Donut Palace</a>, Murfreesboro</p><p>Texas: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/round-rock-donuts-round-rock-3" target="_blank">Round Rock Donuts</a>, Round Rock</p><p>Utah: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/create-donuts-sandy" target="_blank">Create Donuts</a>, Sandy</p><p>Vermont: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/cold-hollow-cider-mill-waterbury-center" target="_blank">Cold Hollow Cider Mill</a>, Waterbury Center</p><p>Virginia: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/texas-donuts-centreville" target="_blank">Texas Donuts</a>, Centreville</p><p>Washington: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/daddys-donuts-kenmore" target="_blank">Daddy's Donuts</a>, Kenmore</p><p>Washington, D.C.: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/district-doughnut-and-coffee-washington-2" target="_blank">District Doughnut and Coffee</a>, Capitol Hill</p><p>West Virginia: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/peace-love-and-donuts-huntington" target="_blank">Peace Love and Donuts</a>, Huntington</p><p>Wisconsin: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/cranky-als-bakery-and-pizza-wauwatosa" target="_blank">Cranky Al's Bakery and Pizza</a>, Wauwatosa</p><p>Wyoming: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/delish-donuts-and-coffee-alpine" target="_blank">Delish Donuts &amp; Coffee</a>, Alpine</p>
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This 360-degree Camera Can Capture Every Part of Your Next Adventure on Its Own so You Don’t Have To (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 12:30
<p>Attention all <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel" target="_blank">adventurous docu-travelers</a> (or really, just anyone who wants to capture some solid memories on their next vacation): Here’s the game-changing video camera that’ll capture every single precious moment with just one push of a button. No more worrying if you caught that on tape, no more keeping an eye on framing. The new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Rylo-Video-Camera-iPhone-Version/dp/B07711GJWN" target="_blank">Rylo camera</a> will capture the perfect shot every single time — and the best part is you won’t even have to think about it.</p><p>How is that possible, you ask? Rylo has two wide-angle lenses that combine to capture moments happening all around you, allowing you to either create a clip from any section of your 360-degree shot or a mind blowing 360-degree spherical video that’ll trick your Facebook friends into thinking you traveled with a full production crew when really, you just held up a tiny camera. Score!</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/best-power-strip-powercube-amazon" target="_blank">This Tiny Power Cube Is the Perfect Travel Accessory for Every Tech Junkie</a></p><p>Speaking of size, Rylo may be teeny-tiny, but boy is it powerful. The video camera features cinematic stabilization, allowing you to capture steady footage while doing rigorous things like chasing your dog or enjoying a spot of speed boating. Plus, it’s made of durable aluminum so it can brave the elements with you.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel/running-adventures" target="_blank">These Adventure Runs Are the Best Way to See the World on Foot</a></p><p>Now, if all of the above hasn’t convinced you to hit "add to cart" yet, then how about this: You can edit the footage straight from your smartphone with their easy-to-use app — no more waiting until you get home to boot up your desktop. Edit from the car, the train, the hotel, the beach, the anywhere, and share your adventure with the world as soon as you want to.</p><p>To <a href="https://shop.rylo.com/" target="_blank">see the Rylo in action</a>, watch the video above, and then head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Rylo-Video-Camera-iPhone-Version/dp/B07711GJWN" target="_blank">amazon.com</a> to shop it for $499 with free two-day shipping for Prime members.</p>
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This 360-degree Camera Can Capture Every Part of Your Next Adventure on Its Own so You Don’t Have To (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 12:30
<p>Attention all <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel" target="_blank">adventurous docu-travelers</a> (or really, just anyone who wants to capture some solid memories on their next vacation): Here’s the game-changing video camera that’ll capture every single precious moment with just one push of a button. No more worrying if you caught that on tape, no more keeping an eye on framing. The new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Rylo-Video-Camera-iPhone-Version/dp/B07711GJWN" target="_blank">Rylo camera</a> will capture the perfect shot every single time — and the best part is you won’t even have to think about it.</p><p>How is that possible, you ask? Rylo has two wide-angle lenses that combine to capture moments happening all around you, allowing you to either create a clip from any section of your 360-degree shot or a mind blowing 360-degree spherical video that’ll trick your Facebook friends into thinking you traveled with a full production crew when really, you just held up a tiny camera. Score!</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/best-power-strip-powercube-amazon" target="_blank">This Tiny Power Cube Is the Perfect Travel Accessory for Every Tech Junkie</a></p><p>Speaking of size, Rylo may be teeny-tiny, but boy is it powerful. The video camera features cinematic stabilization, allowing you to capture steady footage while doing rigorous things like chasing your dog or enjoying a spot of speed boating. Plus, it’s made of durable aluminum so it can brave the elements with you.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel/running-adventures" target="_blank">These Adventure Runs Are the Best Way to See the World on Foot</a></p><p>Now, if all of the above hasn’t convinced you to hit "add to cart" yet, then how about this: You can edit the footage straight from your smartphone with their easy-to-use app — no more waiting until you get home to boot up your desktop. Edit from the car, the train, the hotel, the beach, the anywhere, and share your adventure with the world as soon as you want to.</p><p>To <a href="https://shop.rylo.com/" target="_blank">see the Rylo in action</a>, watch the video above, and then head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Rylo-Video-Camera-iPhone-Version/dp/B07711GJWN" target="_blank">amazon.com</a> to shop it for $499 with free two-day shipping for Prime members.</p>
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This Secret Suite in an 18th-century Villa Is the Most Serene Spot on Lake Como

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:31
<p>In <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/tremezzo/hotels/grand-hotel-tremezzo" target="_blank">Grand Hotel Tremezzo's</a> rose-strewn lobby, a couple leans into each other for a quick nap on a red velvet couch; they're kicking off a European tour to celebrate their anniversary.</p><p>Out front, another couple sits tangled beside the floating pool, gazing out at the crystal lake that surrounds them; they're watching their picture-perfect honeymoon come to a close. Upstairs, the most celebratory lovebirds of all are likely recovering after taking over L'Escale, the lakeside wine bar and trattoria, for their wedding reception the night before.</p><img alt="A couple takes a nap in the lobby of Grand Hotel Tremezzo "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527690653/grand-hotel-tremezzo-lake-como-couple.jpeg?itok=V1N8spF-"><p>The <a href="https://www.grandhoteltremezzo.com/en/home/" target="_blank">five-star hotel on Lake Como</a> exudes the kind of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-most-romantic-cities" target="_blank">romance that attracts couples from all over the world</a>, of all ages and life stages, but beyond the lush gardens, poolside bar, waterfront dining, and lounges that have attracted the area's most recognized frequent visitor (George Clooney, of course), the Grand Hotel Tremezzo's best-kept secret is its newest suite.</p><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo Suite Emilia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-suite-emilia-living-room.jpg?itok=iCCXWyh-"><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/chrissy-teigen-john-legend-lake-como" target="_blank">Why Lake Como Is Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's Favorite Vacation Destination</a></p><p>Suite Emilia sits separate from the main hotel in the same 18th-century villa that houses its spa, covered in forest-green vines that perfectly contrast window shutters painted in the hotel's signature orange.</p><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo Suite Emilia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-suite-emilia-bathroom.jpg?itok=mgofLBoC"><p>In the Italian marble-covered bathroom, an oversized Jacuzzi tub mirrors the indoor pool waiting steps away at the spa. Views of the lake overwhelm each window and balcony, and on a clear day guests can make out details on the shores and in the hills of the village of Bellagio across the water.</p><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo Suite Emilia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-suite-emilia-bedroom.jpg?itok=Oq6nNL4y"><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Spa "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-t-spa-relaxation-room.jpg?itok=-pcdTHDJ"><p>The ultra-secluded suite sleeps two adults and one child and has its own private access to T Spa, a wellness sanctuary that underwent major renovations in 2016 and is home to a lake-facing, indoor infinity pool — one of three pools on property — a hammam suite, a yoga studio, ice fountains, and a heated relaxation area. Even the sauna has views of the lake.</p><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Spa "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-t-spa-pool.jpg?itok=xw4KrNJL"><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Spa "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-t-spa-massage.jpg?itok=exVjC1IA"><p>Spa treatments include the Lake Como Relaxing Ritual, which incorporates soothing herbs grown on the lake's shores; the Jet Lag Reviver, a 50-minute treatment that's tailor-made to help each body adjust to the new time-zone and includes an energizing massage; the Suite Time Together, a private garden experience for couples; and an Ultimate Lifestage Facial, which uses SkinVision technology to identify issues and address visible signs of aging with personalized products, a deep brush cleanse, a skin radiance mask, and more.</p><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Spa "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-t-spa-sauna.jpg?itok=eaizpF3b"><p>For more information, visit <a href="https://www.grandhoteltremezzo.com/en/home/" target="_blank">grandhoteltremezzo.com</a>.</p><p><em>Note: Grand Hotel Tremezzo provided support for the reporting of this story.</em></p>
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This Secret Suite in an 18th-century Villa Is the Most Serene Spot on Lake Como

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:31
<p>In <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/tremezzo/hotels/grand-hotel-tremezzo" target="_blank">Grand Hotel Tremezzo's</a> rose-strewn lobby, a couple leans into each other for a quick nap on a red velvet couch; they're kicking off a European tour to celebrate their anniversary.</p><p>Out front, another couple sits tangled beside the floating pool, gazing out at the crystal lake that surrounds them; they're watching their picture-perfect honeymoon come to a close. Upstairs, the most celebratory lovebirds of all are likely recovering after taking over L'Escale, the lakeside wine bar and trattoria, for their wedding reception the night before.</p><img alt="A couple takes a nap in the lobby of Grand Hotel Tremezzo "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527690653/grand-hotel-tremezzo-lake-como-couple.jpeg?itok=V1N8spF-"><p>The <a href="https://www.grandhoteltremezzo.com/en/home/" target="_blank">five-star hotel on Lake Como</a> exudes the kind of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-most-romantic-cities" target="_blank">romance that attracts couples from all over the world</a>, of all ages and life stages, but beyond the lush gardens, poolside bar, waterfront dining, and lounges that have attracted the area's most recognized frequent visitor (George Clooney, of course), the Grand Hotel Tremezzo's best-kept secret is its newest suite.</p><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo Suite Emilia "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-suite-emilia-living-room.jpg?itok=iCCXWyh-"><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/chrissy-teigen-john-legend-lake-como" target="_blank">Why Lake Como Is Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's Favorite Vacation Destination</a></p><p>Suite Emilia sits separate from the main hotel in the same 18th-century villa that houses its spa, covered in forest-green vines that perfectly contrast window shutters painted in the hotel's signature orange.</p><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo Suite Emilia "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-suite-emilia-bathroom.jpg?itok=mgofLBoC"><p>In the Italian marble-covered bathroom, an oversized Jacuzzi tub mirrors the indoor pool waiting steps away at the spa. Views of the lake overwhelm each window and balcony, and on a clear day guests can make out details on the shores and in the hills of the village of Bellagio across the water.</p><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo Suite Emilia "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-suite-emilia-bedroom.jpg?itok=Oq6nNL4y"><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Spa "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-t-spa-relaxation-room.jpg?itok=-pcdTHDJ"><p>The ultra-secluded suite sleeps two adults and one child and has its own private access to T Spa, a wellness sanctuary that underwent major renovations in 2016 and is home to a lake-facing, indoor infinity pool — one of three pools on property — a hammam suite, a yoga studio, ice fountains, and a heated relaxation area. Even the sauna has views of the lake.</p><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Spa "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-t-spa-pool.jpg?itok=xw4KrNJL"><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Spa "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-t-spa-massage.jpg?itok=exVjC1IA"><p>Spa treatments include the Lake Como Relaxing Ritual, which incorporates soothing herbs grown on the lake's shores; the Jet Lag Reviver, a 50-minute treatment that's tailor-made to help each body adjust to the new time-zone and includes an energizing massage; the Suite Time Together, a private garden experience for couples; and an Ultimate Lifestage Facial, which uses SkinVision technology to identify issues and address visible signs of aging with personalized products, a deep brush cleanse, a skin radiance mask, and more.</p><img alt="Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Spa "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527007065/grand-hotel-tremezzo-t-spa-sauna.jpg?itok=eaizpF3b"><p>For more information, visit <a href="https://www.grandhoteltremezzo.com/en/home/" target="_blank">grandhoteltremezzo.com</a>.</p><p><em>Note: Grand Hotel Tremezzo provided support for the reporting of this story.</em></p>
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Save 30% off Stays at a Charming Boutique Hotel in Portland, Maine

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:09
<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="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Maine: 30 percent off <a href="https://thefrancismaine.com" target="_blank">The Francis</a>, an 1881 mansion with 15 modern rooms featuring original details (hardwood floor inlays, tiled fireplaces) and thoughtful touches (Malin + Goetz bath products, Maine-made chocolates). The hotel's restaurant, Bolster, Snow, and Co., serves refined New England cuisine made from seasonal ingredients. </p><p>The Francis package includes:</p>30 percent off one or more night stays<p>Original Price: From $149 per night.</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $104 per night; book by August 31 for travel Sundays through Thursdays from November 1 – May 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Use code TLREADER when booking <a href="http://thefrancismaine.com/" target="_blank">online</a></p>
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Save 30% off Stays at a Charming Boutique Hotel in Portland, Maine

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:09
<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="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Maine: 30 percent off <a href="https://thefrancismaine.com" target="_blank">The Francis</a>, an 1881 mansion with 15 modern rooms featuring original details (hardwood floor inlays, tiled fireplaces) and thoughtful touches (Malin + Goetz bath products, Maine-made chocolates). The hotel's restaurant, Bolster, Snow, and Co., serves refined New England cuisine made from seasonal ingredients. </p><p>The Francis package includes:</p>30 percent off one or more night stays<p>Original Price: From $149 per night.</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $104 per night; book by August 31 for travel Sundays through Thursdays from November 1 – May 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Use code TLREADER when booking <a href="http://thefrancismaine.com/" target="_blank">online</a></p>
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The Reason We Celebrate National Donut Day Can Be Traced Back to World War I

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:00
<p>Today is National Donut Day, which means there are <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-donut-day-deals-freebies" target="_blank">free donuts to be found</a> at Dunkin' Donuts, Krispy Kreme, and many local chains and smaller donut shops across the U.S.</p><p>But what you might not know is that National Donut Day, the unofficial holiday celebrated on the first Friday of June every year, has a history just as sweet as the dessert itself.</p><p>Started by <a href="https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/donutdayhistory/" target="_blank">The Salvation Army in Chicago</a> in 1938, the roots of National Donut Day trace back to 1917, when The Salvation Army sent 250 volunteers to France to provide support to U.S. soldiers stationed there for World War I.</p><img alt="Salvation Army volunteers give fresh donuts to soldiers in France in 1918 T "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527622130/national-donut-day-salvation-army-DONUTHIST0518.jpg?itok=Nq5qG1p_"><p>The volunteers were brought in to serve soldiers everything from clothing and supplies to baked goods, but limited rations and lack of household goods made providing an array of sweets tricky — until two of the volunteers got creative. </p><p>Using the simple ingredients they had, which included flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, lard, and canned milk, volunteers Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance came up with the idea of making <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-best-donut-shops" target="_blank">donuts</a> for the soldiers, using their hats to fry them and coffee percolator tubes to cut the donut holes. </p><p>The dessert became such a hit that the women serving them became known as Donut Lassies, and the tradition carried on through <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/world-war-ii-dog-tags-history" target="_blank">World War II</a>. </p><img alt="Two Salvation Army "donut lassies" giving donuts to returning U.S. soldiers in 1919 "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527622130/national-donut-day-donut-lassies-DONUTHIST0518.jpg?itok=7Uxez2Jp"><p>The Salvation Army created the first Donut Day event in 1938 in Chicago, as a way to both honor the Donut Lassies and raise funds during the Great Depression. The celebration has continued on since that day. </p><p>Today, those who want to take a trip back in time can whip up a batch of the original donuts created by the Donut Lassies themselves with this <a href="http://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/donutdayrecipe/" target="_blank">donut recipe</a> from the Salvation Army.</p>
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The Reason We Celebrate National Donut Day Can Be Traced Back to World War I

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:00
<p>Today is National Donut Day, which means there are <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-donut-day-deals-freebies" target="_blank">free donuts to be found</a> at Dunkin' Donuts, Krispy Kreme, and many local chains and smaller donut shops across the U.S.</p><p>But what you might not know is that National Donut Day, the unofficial holiday celebrated on the first Friday of June every year, has a history just as sweet as the dessert itself.</p><p>Started by <a href="https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/donutdayhistory/" target="_blank">The Salvation Army in Chicago</a> in 1938, the roots of National Donut Day trace back to 1917, when The Salvation Army sent 250 volunteers to France to provide support to U.S. soldiers stationed there for World War I.</p><img alt="Salvation Army volunteers give fresh donuts to soldiers in France in 1918 T "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527622130/national-donut-day-salvation-army-DONUTHIST0518.jpg?itok=Nq5qG1p_"><p>The volunteers were brought in to serve soldiers everything from clothing and supplies to baked goods, but limited rations and lack of household goods made providing an array of sweets tricky — until two of the volunteers got creative. </p><p>Using the simple ingredients they had, which included flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, lard, and canned milk, volunteers Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance came up with the idea of making <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-best-donut-shops" target="_blank">donuts</a> for the soldiers, using their hats to fry them and coffee percolator tubes to cut the donut holes. </p><p>The dessert became such a hit that the women serving them became known as Donut Lassies, and the tradition carried on through <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/world-war-ii-dog-tags-history" target="_blank">World War II</a>. </p><img alt="Two Salvation Army "donut lassies" giving donuts to returning U.S. soldiers in 1919 "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527622130/national-donut-day-donut-lassies-DONUTHIST0518.jpg?itok=7Uxez2Jp"><p>The Salvation Army created the first Donut Day event in 1938 in Chicago, as a way to both honor the Donut Lassies and raise funds during the Great Depression. The celebration has continued on since that day. </p><p>Today, those who want to take a trip back in time can whip up a batch of the original donuts created by the Donut Lassies themselves with this <a href="http://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/donutdayrecipe/" target="_blank">donut recipe</a> from the Salvation Army.</p>
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This Is Now the World's Most Powerful Passport

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 10:50
<p>Japan is now home to the world's most powerful <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/save-money-renew-passport-by-mail" target="_blank">passport</a>, according to the <a href="https://www.henleypassportindex.com/passport-index" target="_blank">Henley Passport Index</a>, granting its holders access to 189 different countries.</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-japan" target="_blank">Japan</a> recently overtook Singapore, which is now tied with <a href="https://www.henleypassportindex.com/passport-index" target="_blank">Germany</a> in second place; both have access to 188 countries.</p><p>The results are part of citizenship planning firm Henley and Partners’ annual passport index, which ranks passports based on the number of countries a holder can go to without a visa or the number of countries a holder can go to where they can obtain a visa, visitor’s permit, or electronic travel authority upon arrival.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/gate-checking-separates-passport-from-traveler" target="_blank">Why You Should Never Put Your Passport in Your Carry-on</a></p><p>The firm bases its results on data from the International Air Transport Authority, looking at 199 different passports across 227 destinations and regularly updating the list to reflect recent changes to visa policies. It should be noted that there are multiple passport rankings — <a href="https://www.passportindex.org/byRank.php" target="_blank">Passport Index</a>, which counts only countries that can be entered visa-free, still ranks Singapore as No. 1 with access to 164 countries, while Japan comes in third with 162.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/customs-immigration/worlds-rarest-passport" target="_blank">This Passport Is So Rare, Only 500 People on Earth Have It</a></p><p>The majority of the third place passports, which grant access to 187 countries, come from Europe (including Finland, Italy, Sweden, and France) and South Korea. </p><p>Destinations like the U.S., U.K., Norway, and Austria followed in fourth place, with the American passport climbing up one spot from 2017.</p><p>While European and North American countries did not see much of a change in visa policies in 2018, countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean have been introducing new immigration and border policy regulations that are bringing them up the ranks.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/louvre-abu-dhabi-visit" target="_blank">U.A.E</a>., which came in 23rd with access to 154 countries, has seen the biggest jump in the ranking, ascending 38 places since 2008. Its passport has gained access to eight new countries this year alone, according to the <a href="https://www.henleypassportindex.com/press-releases" target="_blank">firm’s representatives</a>.</p><p>Below are the the top 10 most powerful passports. The full results are available at <a href="https://www.henleypassportindex.com/passport-index" target="_blank">Henley and Parners' website</a>. </p><p>1. Japan — 189 countries </p><p>2. (Tie) Germany, Singapore — 188</p><p>3. (Tie) Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, South Korea — 187 </p><p>4. (Tie) Norway, U.K., Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, U.S. — 186 </p><p>5. (Tie) Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada — 185 </p><p>6. (Tie) Australia, Greece — 183 </p><p>7. (Tie) New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta — 182 </p><p>8. Iceland — 181 </p><p>9. (Tie) Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia — 180 </p><p>10. (Tie) Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia — 179 </p>
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This Is Now the World's Most Powerful Passport

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 10:50
<p>Japan is now home to the world's most powerful <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/save-money-renew-passport-by-mail" target="_blank">passport</a>, according to the <a href="https://www.henleypassportindex.com/passport-index" target="_blank">Henley Passport Index</a>, granting its holders access to 189 different countries.</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-japan" target="_blank">Japan</a> recently overtook Singapore, which is now tied with <a href="https://www.henleypassportindex.com/passport-index" target="_blank">Germany</a> in second place; both have access to 188 countries.</p><p>The results are part of citizenship planning firm Henley and Partners’ annual passport index, which ranks passports based on the number of countries a holder can go to without a visa or the number of countries a holder can go to where they can obtain a visa, visitor’s permit, or electronic travel authority upon arrival.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/gate-checking-separates-passport-from-traveler" target="_blank">Why You Should Never Put Your Passport in Your Carry-on</a></p><p>The firm bases its results on data from the International Air Transport Authority, looking at 199 different passports across 227 destinations and regularly updating the list to reflect recent changes to visa policies. It should be noted that there are multiple passport rankings — <a href="https://www.passportindex.org/byRank.php" target="_blank">Passport Index</a>, which counts only countries that can be entered visa-free, still ranks Singapore as No. 1 with access to 164 countries, while Japan comes in third with 162.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/customs-immigration/worlds-rarest-passport" target="_blank">This Passport Is So Rare, Only 500 People on Earth Have It</a></p><p>The majority of the third place passports, which grant access to 187 countries, come from Europe (including Finland, Italy, Sweden, and France) and South Korea. </p><p>Destinations like the U.S., U.K., Norway, and Austria followed in fourth place, with the American passport climbing up one spot from 2017.</p><p>While European and North American countries did not see much of a change in visa policies in 2018, countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean have been introducing new immigration and border policy regulations that are bringing them up the ranks.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/louvre-abu-dhabi-visit" target="_blank">U.A.E</a>., which came in 23rd with access to 154 countries, has seen the biggest jump in the ranking, ascending 38 places since 2008. Its passport has gained access to eight new countries this year alone, according to the <a href="https://www.henleypassportindex.com/press-releases" target="_blank">firm’s representatives</a>.</p><p>Below are the the top 10 most powerful passports. The full results are available at <a href="https://www.henleypassportindex.com/passport-index" target="_blank">Henley and Parners' website</a>. </p><p>1. Japan — 189 countries </p><p>2. (Tie) Germany, Singapore — 188</p><p>3. (Tie) Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, South Korea — 187 </p><p>4. (Tie) Norway, U.K., Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, U.S. — 186 </p><p>5. (Tie) Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada — 185 </p><p>6. (Tie) Australia, Greece — 183 </p><p>7. (Tie) New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta — 182 </p><p>8. Iceland — 181 </p><p>9. (Tie) Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia — 180 </p><p>10. (Tie) Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia — 179 </p>
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Why Richmond Could Be the Country's Next Must-visit Art Destination

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 10:46
<p>With its striking design courtesy of <a href="http://www.stevenholl.com/" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a>, Virginia Commonwealth University’s <strong><a href="https://icavcu.org/" target="_blank">Institute for Contemporary Art</a></strong> is not your average collegiate gallery. Its debut this spring has given art and architecture buffs new cause to visit the institute’s hometown.</p><img alt="Exterior of the institute for Contemporary Art at the Virginia Commonwealth University "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527782446/institute-for-contemporary-art-richmond-RTTRICHMOND0618.jpg?itok=YUyccyob"><p>“<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/trip-ideas-richmond-virginia" target="_blank">Richmond</a> has an incredibly vibrant cultural scene,” says ICA chief curator Stephanie Smith. “We hope to connect that community with the international art world.”</p><p>The ICA’s inaugural exhibition, “<a href="https://icavcu.org/exhibitions/declaration/" target="_blank">Declaration</a>” <em>(through Sept. 9)</em>, explores art’s power to spark change: one piece lets visitors record their own “declarations,” while another invites guests to bring in clothing in need of repair, which a volunteer will fix on the spot.</p><p>If you’re in town in the coming months, catch the reflective “<a href="https://thevalentine.org/exhibition/monumental-richmonds-monuments-1607-2018/" target="_blank">Monumental: Richmond’s Monuments (1607–2018)</a>” at another noteworthy museum, the <a href="https://thevalentine.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Valentine</strong></a> <em>(July 4–Jan. 2, 2019)</em>, an institution focusing on the city’s history and culture, and “<a href="https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/howardena-pindell-remains-seen/" target="_blank">Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen</a>,” a survey on the activist-artist at the <a href="https://www.vmfa.museum/" target="_blank"><strong>Virginia Museum of Fine Arts</strong></a> <em>(Aug. 25–Nov. 25)</em>.</p><p>Book a room at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/quirk.html" target="_blank">Quirk Hotel</a> <em>(doubles from $169)</em>, a cheerful, cheeky hideaway built in a 1916 department store, and snag a souvenir at menswear destination <strong><a href="https://jackson-james.com/" target="_blank">Jackson &amp; James</a></strong> or clothing and housewares shop <a href="http://needsupply.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Need Supply Co.</strong></a></p><p>The latter is just a short drive from <a href="https://maymont.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Maymont</strong></a>, a 100-acre Victorian estate that’s home to Japanese gardens and a 33-room mansion.</p><p>Sample <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/a-shore-thing-march-1998" target="_blank">Chesapeake Bay</a> oysters and Virginia brews at <a href="https://www.rroysters.com/restaurants/rapp-session" target="_blank"><strong>Rapp Session</strong></a>, but save room for dinner at <a href="http://www.lopossum.com/" target="_blank"><strong>L’Opossum sur la Colline de l’Orégon</strong></a> <em>(entrées $22–$36)</em>, where the playful names (one dish is called “C’mon Simone, let’s talk about your big halibut”) belie a seriously sophisticated approach to food.</p>
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