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You Could Get Paid to Do Absolutely Nothing by This Travel Company

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 06:39
<p>For those who spend their days looking for ways to avoid work, here’s a job that will actually encourage you to slack off on the clock.</p><p>Travel agency <a href="http://tui.se" target="_blank">TUI</a> is looking for four “Professional Slackers” to basically sit around and do nothing at all.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/couple-sailing-around-world" target="_blank">How This Couple Is Getting Paid to Sail Around the World</a></p><p>These “Fakeation Specialists” merely hang out in a “cozy” office that’s decked out in Mediterranean beach decor, in summery attire with their feet in the sand. During the day, their “workload” consists of lounging about and “[ignoring] stressful bypassing commuters and [focusing] on your own relaxation.”</p><p>Among the “qualifications”, applicants must “not at all able to think outside the box,” hate things like “productivity” and “deadlines,” be lovers of sitting and lying down, and be true connoisseurs of relaxation. Experience taking naps at work is a huge plus.</p><p>The “primary responsibilities” of the job are listed as “None.”</p><p>One drawback might be that the job is in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/video-five-things-to-do-in-stockholm" target="_blank">Stockholm</a>, Sweden. However, the job is only for a fixed term between January 22 and February 4. So, yes, this is basically a paid vacation.</p><p>The four professional slackers will be paid hourly, and part-time shifts run between 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Trust us, this will be a job you won’t mind getting up early for.</p><p>TUI is accepting applications <a href="https://www.tui.se/professionalslacker/" target="_blank">through January 14</a>. You don’t even need a resume or cover letter, just write a few sentences on why you’d be the best slacker for the job and take a picture of yourself in your most relaxed position.</p>
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Airlines Are Slashing Prices to Spain — Get a Round-trip Flight for $357

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 06:06
<p>Flights to Spain are cheap right now, with fares starting at $357 round-trip.</p><p>The <em>Airfare Spot</em> first noticed <a href="http://airfarespot.com/2018/01/09/atl-den-sfo-slc-bwi-dca-to-madrid-spain-from-400-r-t-oneworld/" target="_blank">the cheap flights to Spain</a> yesterday, when the Houston to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/madrid" target="_blank">Madrid</a> route dropped to $473 round-trip and tickets to Barcelona from Atlanta, Denver, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C. dropped as low as $414.</p><p><a href="https://thriftytraveler.com/" target="_blank"><em>Thrifty Traveler</em></a> announced that a number of airlines had entered into <a href="travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/different-types-cheap-flights-sales-promotions-mistakes" target="_blank">an all-out airfare war</a>, and expanded the sale to include popular Spanish holiday destinations like Alicante, Bilbao, Ibiza, Mallorca, and Seville.</p><p>Later, <a href="https://scottscheapflights.com/" target="_blank"><em>Scott’s Cheap Flights</em></a> found additional deals to Valencia, Santiago de Compostela, Tenerife, and Santa Cruz Palma.</p><p><b>Related: </b><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/how-to-book-cheap-flights-with-third-party-website" target="_blank">How to Not Get Ripped Off When Buying Cheap Flights on Third-party Websites</a></p><p>At this time, the cheapest possible ticket seems to be on sale from New York City to Barcelona — a cool <a href="https://www.momondo.com/flightsearch/?Search=true&amp;TripType=2&amp;SegNo=2&amp;SO0=NYC&amp;SD0=BCN&amp;SDP0=05-06-2018&amp;SO1=BCN&amp;SD1=NYC&amp;SDP1=12-06-2018&amp;AD=1&amp;TK=ECO&amp;DO=false&amp;NA=false&amp;currency=USD" target="_blank">$357 round-trip with United in June</a>.</p><p>Cheap flights are available with a number of competing airlines, including American Airlines, Iberia, British Airways, United Airlines, and Norwegian Air.</p><p>While availability and ticket prices can vary depending on your route, the most inexpensive fares are typically found on flights to either Madrid or Barcelona, between January and May, and between September and November.</p><p>To book this deal, use <a href="http://google.com/flights" target="_blank">Google Flights’ low-fare calendar</a> to select the most inexpensive travel dates from your home airport. Then, search for those dates in a search engine like Skyscanner or Momondo to get the best possible deal.</p>
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Couple Charged With Animal Cruelty for Packing Their Kitten in Checked Luggage

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:54
<p>A Florida couple has been charged with animal cruelty for stowing their young cat in a piece of checked luggage while traveling through Erie International Airport in Pennsylvania on New Year’s Day.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.goerie.com/news/20180106/pair-face-cruelty-charge-for-stowing-cat-in-checked-luggage" target="_blank"><em>Erie Times-News</em></a>, the 6-month-old cat, Slim, was found in a bag that was filled with clothes and other items after the piece of luggage alerted the TSA inspection system, prompting officials to take a closer look inside the bag.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/pet-friendly-travel/dogs-smarter-than-cats" target="_blank">Scientists Believe That Dogs May Be Twice As Smart As Cats</a></p><p>Ian Bogle, the airport’s director of public safety and facilities, called it “a poor decision made on the customers’ part,” according to <em>Erie Times-News</em>.</p><p>The couple was charged with transporting animals in a cruel manner, specifically since the cat was placed inside the bag “without food, water or air.”</p><p>According to Bogle, Slim was given to the <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/" target="_blank">Humane Society</a> of Northwestern Pennsylvania, where the cat will likely be placed in a new home.</p><p>Many airports have different policies for transporting pets, however most standards are similar across the country. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports" target="_blank">Airlines</a>, in general, are very accommodating to pet owners who properly prepare their pets for flights and research airline policies.</p><p>Bogle told the <em>Erie Times-News</em> that putting pets into checked luggage is “not the recommended way” to have animals fly. That's something of an understatement.</p><p>Anyone traveling with their pet cat or dog should check with their airline for approved options. As <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/travelling_with_pets.html" target="_blank">the Humane Society notes</a>, air travel can be stressful for animals — cats especially aren't often thrilled to leave home — so put your pet's needs first when travel planning.</p>
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Airline Threatens to Call Police Unless Passengers Delete Photos and Videos of Airport Delay

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:39
<p>Canadian airline Porter Airlines was operating a flight from Boston to Toronto, on the evening of January 5, following the impact of Winter Storm Grayson. The latch door to the luggage compartment wasn’t working, and the plane sat on the tarmac for about two hours before passengers went back inside to the airport terminal.</p><p>Inside, the gateside loudspeaker was down and customers had to wait in line to speak with a customer service agent. The situation was, predictably, frustrating for those in the back of the line who had no idea what was going on. So some took out their phones and started recording video.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/canceled-diverted-flight" target="_blank">This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted</a></p><p>“At that point, the personnel came from behind the desk and started threatening us to call the police if we don’t delete the videos off of our phones and show evidence that it’s gone from our trash bin,” Kira Wegler, one of the passengers, <a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/3953290/porter-airlines-video-boston-toronto/" target="_blank">told <em>Global News</em></a>.</p><p>Most of the passengers deleted their videos for fear of the consequences.</p><p>A few days after the incident, Porter Airlines apologized for the “misunderstanding,” saying that the airline employee’s “intention was only to try and enforce what was believed to be an airport policy.”</p><p>A media relations officer for Massport (the Massachusetts Port Authority) confirmed that “there is no law or policy that prohibits filming inside Logan Airport, except in secure areas and of security procedures.” Massport’s <a href="http://www.massport.com/massport/media/filming-guidelines/" target="_blank">only stipulations for filming in public area are that</a> it “may not impede passengers or airline operations.”</p><p>“While the request to stop filming or delete footage was incorrect, the intention was only to try and enforce what was believed to be an airport policy,” a spokesperson for Porter Airlines told Global News.</p><p>There is one loophole airlines have found. Within certain airline agreements (the fine print customers rarely consider when buying a ticket), there are stipulations against filming airline employees. For example, <a href="https://thepointsguy.com/2017/06/what-can-you-legally-film/" target="_blank">American Airlines’ photography policy</a> strictly prohibits “photography or video recording of airline personnel, equipment, or procedures.” United, Delta and Southwest <a href="https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2017-05-24/airlines-do-limit-what-you-can-photograph-video-on-flights" target="_blank">have similar policies</a>.</p><p>Airlines may also forbid video or photography on the aircraft “if taking video has the potential to affect safety or the personal comfort of others on board,” the Porter Airlines spokesperson said.</p><p>However, even if a passenger films without permission, <a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/3474445/airline-rules-on-cellphone-videos/" target="_blank">there is no law against taking video or photographs on a plane</a>. Although the passenger may be kicked off the flight, they are unlikely to face any legal action over their videos.</p><p>Airlines cannot prohibit passengers from another airline from filming something an altercation or incident at the airport if they happen to be passing by the gate.</p><p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/mobile/11/25/shooting.video.tsa/index.html" target="_blank">Filming TSA security proceedings</a> is a different thing entirely, however, specifically if passengers record security information, like what appears on monitors. Passengers are risking detainment and questioning by police.</p><p>The Porter Airlines passengers remained stranded in <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/boston" target="_blank">Boston</a> for three days, with the airline covering hotel costs and some meals. However, passengers were denied any addition compensation as the airline is blaming its mechanical issue on the weather.</p>
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Man Taken Into Custody After Trying to Use Airport Runways as a Shortcut

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:57
<p>A man has been taken into custody after trying to take a shortcut across the runways out of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/miami-airport" target="_blank">Miami International Airport</a> on Monday, according to <a href="http://wsvn.com/news/local/police-respond-to-man-running-across-runways-at-mia/" target="_blank">WSVN-TV</a>.</p><p>Police told the outlet that the man, who had been dropped off at the airport in the afternoon to fill out an application, decided to hop over a perimeter fence and try to sprint across a tarmac after realizing he was in the wrong location at the airport.</p><p>The man, whose name has yet to be released, started running down Runway 9 at Miami International but was quickly stopped when someone spotted him on the runway and notified police, according to the <em><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article193639759.html" target="_blank">Miami Herald</a></em>.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>He was taken into custody on Monday and is currently under investigation, though charges are still pending as of Tuesday morning, Miami-Dade police officials told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/miami-airport/miami-toy-grenade-bomb-scare" target="_blank">A Toy Grenade Set Off a Bomb Scare at Miami International Airport</a> </p><p>The incident comes just months after another MIA visitor, Jason Brad Pearce, trespassed onto the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/the-worlds-scariest-runways#1" target="_blank">airport’s runway</a> after driving his truck through a locked gate, according to the <em><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article174030291.html" target="_blank">Miami Herald</a></em>. </p><p>Pearce, who later got out of his truck and scaled a second fence, was found hiding in a crawl space in an electrical room at the airport. He was shot by police after swinging from a ceiling pipe and lunging at the officers, according to the publication. </p><p>He was later taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at the Jackson Memorial Hospital and charged with felonies that included trespassing into an airport restricted zone, battery on a police officer, and depriving an officer of his weapon. </p>
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This ‘Game Of Thrones’ Ice Hotel Will Make Anyone Feel Like They’re in Winterfell

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:42
<p>Your dream winter vacation is coming.</p><p>If you’re not already sick of the freezing weather, there’s a perfect place to bask in the freezing temperatures, play in the snow, and celebrate everything that is winter. It's a “Game of Thrones” ice hotel, and you'll find it in Finland.</p><img alt="Game of Thrones HBO Nordic Ice Hotel Snow Village Lapland Finland "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515442049/restaurant-game-of-thrones-ice-hotel-finland-GOTICEHOTEL0118.jpg?itok=s0XCcxBk"><p>Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Finland has partnered with HBO Nordic to include a specially made, “Game of Thrones”-themed <a href="https://www.laplandhotels.com/EN/hotels-in-lapland/yllas/lapland-hotels-snowvillage/accommodation.html" target="_blank">Ice Hotel</a> as part of the village in 2018.</p><p>The impressive 200,000-square-foot hotel is made with over 44 million pounds of snow and over 771,000 pounds of ice. By the time spring comes around, this Lapland hotel will have all melted away.</p><p>Within the hotel, there are “Game of Thrones”-themed features like the Hall of Faces, just like in Braavos, giant ice dragon sculptures, and even an Iron Throne made of ice.</p><img alt="Game of Thrones HBO Nordic Ice Hotel Snow Village Lapland Finland "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515442049/bedroom-game-of-thrones-ice-hotel-finland-GOTICEHOTEL0118.jpg?itok=AEoseQcO"><p>Plus, the ice hotel’s 25 rooms are decked out with carved, medieval-looking features that will make you feel like you’re a Lord or Lady of the North. Be forewarned, the hotel doesn’t have indoor heating — or else there wouldn’t be a hotel at all.</p><img alt="Game of Thrones HBO Nordic Ice Hotel Snow Village Lapland Finland "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515442049/game-of-thrones-ice-hotel-finland-GOTICEHOTEL0118.jpg?itok=p_be4FAT"><p>Guests of the “Game of Thrones” ice hotel and the SnowVillage can also enjoy the Ice Bar, Ice Restaurant, Ice Chapel and outdoor galleries of snow ice and art.</p><img alt="Game of Thrones HBO Nordic Ice Hotel Snow Village Lapland Finland "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515442049/dining-game-of-thrones-ice-hotel-finland-GOTICEHOTEL0118.jpg?itok=JzcP6aZ0"><p>Plus, even if you aren’t a series fan, the SnowVillage is the <a href="https://www.laplandhotels.com/EN/hotels-in-lapland/yllas/lapland-hotels-snowvillage/activities.html" target="_blank">perfect place</a> to observe the Northern Lights, go on a husky safari or take a reindeer ride.</p><p>If you’re dying to go live out your Winterfell fantasies, Snow Village is open now through April 8, 2018. More information can be found on the <a href="https://www.laplandhotels.com/EN/hotels-in-lapland/yllas/lapland-hotels-snowvillage/" target="_blank">SnowVillage</a> website.</p>
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13,000 Tourists Stranded at Zermatt Matterhorn Ski Resort Because of Extreme Avalanche Risk

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:14
<p>About 13,000 tourists are trapped at a ski resort with sporadic power outages near the Matterhorn mountain in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/get-paid-to-move-to-swiss-village" target="_blank">Switzerland</a>, after the avalanche risk was raised to its highest level.</p><p>All hiking paths, cable cars, ski slopes, roads and train service at the Zermatt Matterhorn, a popular <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/worlds-steepest-funicular-railway-switzerland" target="_blank">Swiss</a> ski resort near the famed mountain, are closed as a result of the heightened risk, the resort said Tuesday, as snow and wind have created ample conditions for avalanches.</p><p>"Numerous large and, in many cases, very large natural dry avalanches are to be expected as a consequence of fresh snow and strong wind," a <a href="https://www.slf.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/import/lwdarchiv/public/2018/nb/en/pdf/201801090800_gk_c_en_complete.pdf" target="_blank">statement</a> from the Swiss Federal Institute of Forest, Snow and Landscape Research said. </p><p>An advisory posted on the <a href="https://www.zermatt.ch/en" target="_blank">Zermatt Matterhorn's website</a> warned of "possible power breakdowns all over Zermatt" and advised visitors and residents "to stay at home."</p><p>"Without question, it is inadvisable to engage in ski touring, freeriding and snowshoe hiking outside marked and open pistes," the institute warned.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Janine Imesch of the Zermatt tourism office said the thousands of tourists stuck at the resort face no immediate risk.</p><p>“No one can go <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/swiss-alps-skiing-getting-cheaper" target="_blank">skiing or hiking</a>, but it’s quiet, a little bit romantic,” <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/09/thousands-stranded-without-electricity-in-swiss-ski-resort-of-zermatt" target="_blank">Imesch told the Guardian</a>. “Everything is fine. There is no panic.”</p><p>The avalanche risk will decrease later this week, the group added, though snow sport activities in the area could still trigger them Wednesday. </p>
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JetBlue Is Having a Sale With Cheap Flights to Warm Places Starting at $49

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 13:11
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jetblue" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> is having another winter sale, with flights on sale for travel from January through April.</p><p>As another snowstorm gets ready to pummel <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/big-snowstorm-headed-for-midwest" target="_blank">parts of the U.S.</a>, it's not a bad time to plan an upcoming escape to warmer weather.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/a-beach-for-every-day-2018" target="_blank">Here Are 365 Beaches — One for Every Day in 2018</a></p><p>The cheap $49 one-way flights are between New York City and Boston (not much of an escape there), Salt Lake City and Long Beach, and Boston and Cleveland. There are even $39 one-way flights, between Pittsburgh and Fort Lauderdale, for those in Steel City in search of some warmer weather.</p><p>Fort Lauderdale is the cheapest warmer destination on offer, at $64 from Chicago, $74 from Cleveland, $94 from Albany, $59 from Nashville, $69 from Atlanta, $104 from Baltimore, $144 from Boston, and $109 from New York City.</p><p>Cheap flights to <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/atlanta" target="_blank">Atlanta</a> start at $59 from Boston, and $69 from New York City.</p><p>If you're looking for some truly warm weather, the sale has plenty of deals to the Caribbean. From New York City, for example, <a href="https://www.jetblue.com/deals/2018-winter-sale-2/" target="_blank">fares start at</a> $114 to the Bahamas, $124 to Bermuda, $129 to Antigua, $134 to Turks and Caicos, $159 to Barbados, and $164 to St. Maarten.</p><p>Flights must be booked by January 10, and travel dates are limited to between January 16 and April 25. See <a href="https://www.jetblue.com/deals/2018-winter-sale-2/" target="_blank">the full list of sale fares</a> and available dates.</p><p>The cheapest flights are JetBlue's “Blue” fares, meaning checked baggage is not included. Pack light or look into the next fare class up to make sure you aren't surprised by any extra fees at the airport.</p>
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This Remote Scottish Island Really Wants Frustrated City Dwellers to Move There

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:31
<p>A remote Scottish island with <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/scotland/orkney/articles/remote-scottish-island-looks-for-new-residents/" target="_blank">349 inhabitants</a> is recruiting new residents.</p><p><a href="http://visitstronsay.com/" target="_blank">Stronsay</a>, in the Orkney islands, currently attracts about 600 visitors per year. But with the launch of a new website and tourism campaign, the island is attempting to double that number within the next three to five years.</p><p>“We hope that by increasing tourism we will be able to create additional jobs on the island that will bring more residents, whether retirees or young families,” Dianne Riley-Moore, one of the members of the group behind the new tourism campaign, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/jan/04/stronsay-orkeny-scotland-new-tourism-campaign-community-group-visitors" target="_blank">told <em>The Guardian</em></a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/scotland-st-kilda-island" target="_blank">This Abandoned Scottish Island Is Spooky but Stunning</a></p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Like many small islands, residents often <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/scottish-island-woman-works-9-jobs" target="_blank">work more than one job</a>. Farmers could drive taxis after hours and teachers may double as lifeguards. You are bound to bump into many of the same people while exploring the 13-square-mile island.</p><p>Visitors can reach the island via a 95-minute ferry ride from Kirkwall, the nearest mainland island, or arrive via plane. Visitors will likely have to make reservations for lodging well in advance. Accommodations in Stronsay are limited to one hotel, one bed and breakfast, and one hostel.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bike-tours/scotland-inner-hebrides-bike-trip" target="_blank">Why You Should Island Hop Scotland’s Inner Hebrides by Bike</a></p><img alt="Stronsay, Orkney Islands, Scotland "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515434166/Stronsay-Scotland-REMOTEISLAND0118.jpg?itok=tz_F6lUX"><p>Once on Stronsay, visitors can explore the natural terrain, including the Vat of Kirbister, considered by many to be Orkney’s finest natural sea arch. Visitors can get around with a free bike rental program, or walk along sandy beaches and spot seals and arctic birds.</p><p>For those looking to get off the grid, this remote island could be the perfect getaway. According to their campaign, Stronsay has a “a sense of place, freedom and self-sufficiency that many city dwellers frustrated with the frenetic pace of modern life can only dream about.”</p>
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Meghan Markle Just Deleted All Her Social Media Accounts

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:11
<p>All good things must come to an end, and that apparently includes <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-maid-of-honor" target="_blank">Meghan Markle</a>’s social media channels.</p><p>On Tuesday, fans were surprised when they <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/winter-instagram-captions-quotes" target="_blank">logged into Instagram</a> and Twitter to find that Markle had deleted all of her photos and tweets.</p><p>While it was a shock to fans, the decision was apparently a long time coming for Markle, who will officially become a member of the royal family when <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-prince-harry-wedding-date" target="_blank">she marries Prince Harry on May 19</a>. In fact, she hasn’t been active on social media in a long time, with her last Instagram post appearing in April of 2017. Then, Meghan was bidding adieu to her lifestyle site, The Tig.</p><p>“After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it’s time to say goodbye to The Tig,” she <a href="http://thetig.com/" target="_blank">wrote</a> for her last <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/good-captions-for-instagram" target="_blank">caption on Instagram</a>. “What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being ‘the change you wish to see in the world.’”</p><p>Markle added that she wanted fans to “never forget [their] worth” and thanked all of her fans and followers for being so loyal over the years.</p><p>“Ms. Markle is grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years,” a source told <a href="http://people.com/royals/meghan-markle-deletes-instagram-twitter-accounts/" target="_blank"><i>People</i></a>. “However as she has not used them for some time she has taken the decision to close them.”</p><p>And really, it should come as no big surprise that she deleted her channels as none of the high-ranking members of the royal family have personal social media pages. Instead, all of their exploits, including major announcements and daily outings, are documented on family channels like <a href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/?hl=en" target="_blank">Kensington Palace’s Instagram</a> and Twitter pages.</p><p>There, fans will likely be able to follow Markle's every royal life update including her wedding, births, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/princess-charlotte-first-day-of-school" target="_blank">photos of her future children's first days at school</a>.</p>
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Every U.S. National Park Will Be Free to Enter for One Day in January

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:01
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/jonathan-irish-stephanie-payne-best-national-parks-america" target="_blank">National parks</a> are great to visit in the winter, too.</p><p>While visiting a national park may be a favorite summer getaway for some, you can experience the natural glory of the United States in the colder months as well.</p><p>On Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all national parks in the United States will be totally free for visitors. If your company observes the federal holiday, what better way is there to spend a day off from work? Plus, there will only be <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-parks-free-entry-2018" target="_blank">four days in 2018</a> when all the parks will be free for everyone, so this is not an opportunity to be missed.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>If you're busy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, however, the three other days that the parks will be open to all are April 21 (opening of National Park Week), Sept. 22 (National Public Lands Day), and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).</p><p>It should be noted that the free entrance days will only cover admission to the parks. Activities like camping, tours, and transportation around the park still cost extra.</p><p>Of course, these days only apply to national parks that charge a fee in the first place. There are many national park sites that are free year-round, which you can search for on the <a href="https://www.nps.gov/findapark/advanced-search.htm" target="_blank">NPS</a> website.</p><p>In August of last year, however, the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/national-park-lifetime-senior-pass" target="_blank">lifetime pass for seniors increased</a> in price from $10 to a whopping $80, and in May, 17 sites <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/national-parks-raising-entrance-fees" target="_blank">could see their fees raised</a>.</p><p>All that considered, there's never been a better time to score a deal. Mark your calendars, nature lovers.</p>
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Queen Elizabeth Has Been Traveling With This Luggage Since Her Honeymoon in 1947

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:30
<p>It seems that when Queen Elizabeth likes a brand, she fully commits to it. The Queen relies on <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/queen-elizabeth-nail-polish" target="_blank">one shade of Essie polish</a> for her nails. She's incredibly loyal to Launer's top-handle handbags (she <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/queen-elizabeth-purse" target="_blank">reportedly owns more than 200</a> of them). And she has also supposedly traveled with the same luggage since her honeymoon with Prince Philip in 1947.</p><p>For the newlyweds' trip to Broadlands in Hampshire, England and Birkhall estate in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth — Princess Elizabeth at the time — purchased a set of Globe-Trotter's luggage. According to the <a href="https://www.globe-trotter.com/about/" target="_blank">luxury travel brand’s site</a>, she continues to use her cases to this day to store her impeccably coordinated suits while traveling.</p><p>Globe-Trotter is known for its classic leather travel cases, all of which are handcrafted by artisans in England using techniques and machinery that date back to the Victorian Era.</p><p>In addition to Queen Elizabeth, the British brand has quite an impressive list of historical — and fictional — clientele, from Sir Winston Churchill circa 1924 to James Bond in the 2015 film, <em>Spectre</em>. It’s recently been reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Duchess Kate, <a href="https://us.hellomagazine.com/travel/2017071940766/prince-william-kate-middleton-royal-tour-luggage/">also own Globe-Trotter luggage</a> from a recent <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/662409/globe_trotter/the-goring-21--leather-trimmed-fiberboard-travel-trolley" target="_blank">collaboration with the Goring Hotel</a>. The stylish cream-colored case was spotted as it was carried across the tarmac during their five-day tour across Canada with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in July of 2017.</p><img alt="Luggage belonging to HRH Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Richmond International Airport "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515084048/queen-elizabeth-luggage-QUEENBAGS0118.jpg?itok=kyR1D0NA"><p>Like many <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-designer-luggage-brands" target="_blank">luxury luggage brands</a>, Globe-Trotter's trolley cases are designed to last and be passed through generations. With the amount The Queen has traveled over the past 70 years, however, her suitcases — pictured above with yellow tags that read, "The Queen" — may have been updated in the last couple of decades to a newer Globe-Trotter collection.</p><p>The suitcase The Queen purchased in 1947 likely would have been from Globe-Trotter’s Original collection, which was designed in 1897. Presently, there’s <a href="https://www.globe-trotter.com/product-category/luggage/?pa_collection=original">a continuation of the brand’s first model</a> with the traditional vulcanized fiber corner caps available in brown, navy, and red.</p><p>Looking to get royal luggage style for yourself? You can shop Queen Elizabeth's suitcase and a few similar picks at varying price points below. Just don’t forget your bright <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A2SAT50" target="_blank">yellow luggage tags</a>.</p><h2>The Queen’s Suitcase: Globe-Trotter Original Trolley Case</h2><img alt="Forward classic luggage "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515084048/forward-rolling-luggage-QUEENBAGS0118.jpg?itok=317ve4ZX"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.fwrd.com/product-globetrotter-21-original-trolley-case-in-black/GLOB-UY7/" target="_blank">fwrd.com</a>, $1,370</p><h2>Similar Style: Globe-Trotter Centenary Travel Trolley</h2><img alt="Globetrotter black suitcase "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515084048/globetrotter-suitcase-QUEENBAGS0118.jpg?itok=D9DyPNAD"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/1036143/Globe_Trotter/centenary-20-leather-trimmed-fiberboard-travel-trolley" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a>, $1,610</p><h2>Similar Style: Calpak 20-inch and 28-inch Trunk Rolling Luggage Set</h2><img alt="Calpak classic black luggage "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515084048/calpak-rolling-suitcases-QUEENBAGS0118.jpg?itok=UapZf7cj"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/calpak-20-inch-28-inch-trunk-rolling-luggage-set/4633745" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $295 for set of two</p><h2>Similar Style: Bric’s Bellagio Metallo 2.0 International 21-inch Carry-on Spinner Trunk</h2><img alt="Bric's black luggage "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515084048/brics-rolling-suitcases-QUEENBAGS0118.jpg?itok=xv55UsEo"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KM6LNE8" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $426</p><h2>Similar Style: Vince Camuto Loma Hardside Spinner Luggage Collection</h2><img alt="Vinca Camuto luggage set "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515084048/vince-camuto-luggage-QUEENBAGS0118.jpg?itok=4N3bc-zh"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.macys.com/shop/product/vince-camuto-loma-hardside-spinner-luggage-collection?ID=2834312" target="_blank">macys.com</a>, from $260</p>
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A Rare Winter Storm Covered the Sahara Desert in Snow (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:13
<p>It appears the United States isn’t alone in experiencing <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/bomb-cyclone-snowfall-totals" target="_blank">record-setting cold this January</a>.</p><p>While it may be chilly along the Eastern Seaboard, the snow and ice there have nothing on the small town of Ain Sefra, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/budget-travel/most-affordable-countries-2017#algiers-algeria" target="_blank">Algeria</a>, which experienced just its <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/weather/snow-sahara" target="_blank">second snowfall in nearly 40 years</a>.</p><p>To make that weather event even more spectacular, the blanket of snow covered parts of the Sahara Desert on Sunday, making for quite the picture-perfect winter scene.</p><p>“We were really surprised when we woke up to see snow again. It stayed all day on Sunday and began melting at around 5 p.m.,” photographer Karim Bouchetata told the<em> <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/901733/Sahara-Desert-snow-Ain-Sefra-Algeria-pictures-photos" target="_blank">Express</a></em>.</p><p>However even in its deepest parts, the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/09/africa/sahara-snow-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">less than one inch of snow</a> quickly dissipated. Rising temperatures melted much of it by 5 p.m. local time Sunday.</p><p>Prior to this snowfall, the region actually experienced a light dusting in December 2016. Before that, the last snow was recorded in Ain Sefra on Feb. 18, 1979. And even then, the flakes fell for a mere 30 minutes.</p><p>"With the setup over Europe at the moment, which has given us cold weather over the weekend, a push southwards of cold air into that region and some sort of moisture would bring that snow,” a spokesperson for The Met told the <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/sahara-desert-snow-storm-climate-algeria-ain-sefra-africa-weather-latest-a8149226.html" target="_blank"><i>Independent</i></a>. "It seems like the snowy pictures were taken across the higher areas in the north of the region, towards the Atlas regions, so it's not surprising that the area would see some snow if the conditions were right."</p><p>While this year’s snow in North Africa may feel unique, it’s actually part of a larger weather pattern shift for the region. As the <em>Express </em>explained, the desert has been experiencing a temperature and moisture shift over the past few hundred thousand years, and may become green again in about 15,000 years. Though, with that kind of lead time, we’ll all just have to imagine it.</p>
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How This Couple Is Getting Paid to Sail Around the World

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:00
<p>Riley, 33, and Elayna, 24, are out there living just about everyone’s fantasy life. They are both being paid to sail around the globe.</p><p>Both Riley and Elayna, who originally hail from Australia, held (somewhat) regular jobs before their adventures began —Riley worked on an oil rigger, while Elayna performed as a singer in Greece.</p><img alt="Riley Whitelum Elayna Carausu Couple Travel Sail the World Boat Adventure "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515097031/greece-riley-whitelum-elayna-carausu-COUPLESAIL0118.jpg?itok=BwIogzVA"><p>By 2013, Riley had saved just enough money to purchase a small Beneteau Cyclades yacht, which he bought in Italy and sailed to Greece, where he met with Elayna. From there, the two decided to sail the globe together and figure it out along the way.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/jobs/disney-cruise-line-hiring-travel-jobs" target="_blank">Here’s How to Get Paid to Travel the World With Disney</a></p><p>Since their journey began, Elayna has been diligently documenting the journey for <a href="http://www.patreon.com/LaVagabonde" target="_blank">their YouTube channel</a>, which has now amassed more than two million followers. And those followers, the couple says, are paying for their exploits around the globe.</p><p>According to the couple, their travels are supported through the crowdfunding platform, Patreon. There, fans and followers can pledge between $1 to $100 per month to help support the couple’s video productions and travels.</p><p>As an indication of their collective success, the couple was able to upgrade their boat to a catamaran worth $677,000.</p><img alt="Riley Whitelum Elayna Carausu Couple Travel Sail the World Boat Adventure "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515097031/sailboat-riley-whitelum-elayna-carausu-COUPLESAIL0118.jpg?itok=zz-HsyUB"><img alt="Riley Whitelum Elayna Carausu Couple Travel Sail the World Boat Adventure "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515097031/british-virgin-islands-riley-whitelum-elayna-carausu-COUPLESAIL0118.jpg?itok=8yHyTDcP"><p>So far, the pair have covered more than 41,000 nautical miles in their quest to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/oceania-around-the-world-new-voyage-2019" target="_blank">circumnavigate the globe</a>. They’ve even made crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, while whales frolicked in their boat’s wake. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/free-world-travel-photographer" target="_blank">How This Amateur Photographer Travels the World for Free</a></p><p>"I’m proud of the work and sacrifices I had to make to be able to buy my first boat,” Riley shared in a statement. "I have some incredible memories out on the water with her. I definitely didn’t have everything handed to me on a plate, but that makes our achievements all the more sweeter. For many people who watch our videos, it changes their life. We know because our viewers tell us and that’s a fantastic thing to hear.”</p><p>Riley added that a lot of blood, sweat, and tears go into producing their videos, to ensure they are “creative and thought-provoking” for their audience.</p><p>Elayna noted that their videos appear to be driving others to make the same radical life decisions. “How many people have we inspired to start sailing themselves?" She asked. "Tens of thousands. I’m not even joking. If you added together the amount of e-mails we receive, it’s staggering.”</p><p>As for others wanting to get in the game, Elayna shared this advice: “Don’t wait, just get out there and do it because it’s achievable.” </p><p>So who's up for a few sailing lessons?</p>
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Spend Valentine’s Day in Paris for $421 Round-trip

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:33
<p>Impress your date this Valentine’s Day by ditching the flowers and boxes of chocolate in favor of a wildly romantic <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/ile-de-france-paris" target="_blank">trip to Paris</a>.</p><p>Today, <em>The Flight Deal</em> found a <a href="https://www.theflightdeal.com/2018/01/08/united-421-newark-paris-france-roundtrip-including-all-taxes/" target="_blank">round-trip flight to one of the most romantic cities on Earth</a> for $421 (more expensive than a Hallmark card, sure, but still cheaper than diamonds). The discounted fares to Paris, on sale with United, are available from the New York City area throughout the month of February, including Valentine’s Day.</p><p>Travelers can spend a week strolling hand-in-hand down the City of Light’s cobblestone streets, sipping wine on the banks of the River Seine, and admiring the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/illegal-to-take-eiffel-tower-photos-at-night" target="_blank">Eiffel Tower as it twinkles in the nighttime</a>.</p><p>If a warm-weather getaway seems more enticing, take your significant other on a holiday to Rome ($381), Ibiza ($424) or the Greek capital of Athens ($471).</p><p>And you don’t have to be located on the East Coast to take advantage of these impressive deals from St. Cupid. Los Angeles-based lovers can fly to Paris for $486 round-trip during Valentine’s Day, while steamy Mexican destinations like San José del Cabo, Cancun, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/all-inclusive-resorts/puerto-vallarta-all-inclusive-resorts" target="_blank">Puerto Vallarta</a> can be reached starting at $166 round-trip.</p><p>To find the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway from your home airport, use <a href="https://www.kayak.com/explore/" target="_blank">KAYAK's Explore tool</a> to find swoon-worthy flight deals in your budget.</p>
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Your Seemingly Innocent Amazon Order Could Get You in Trouble With Border Control

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:30
<p>We have a pretty clear mental image of the type of person who’s flagged by border patrol for illegally importing goods. We may imagine they partake in shady midnight exchanges at docks, buy counterfeit goods in bulk and engage in seedy dark web purchases.</p><p>An Amazon order for a single luxury suitcase is generally not on this mental list.</p><p>Harper Reed, the former chief technology officer at Obama for America, tried ordering a Rimowa suitcase off the online marketplace “awhile back,” <a href="https://www.racked.com/2018/1/8/16849298/amazon-counterfeits-global-entry-customs" target="_blank"><em>Racked</em> reported</a>. The suitcase never arrived, Amazon refunded the order and Reed purchased it in person at a Neiman Marcus. It appeared that the ordeal was over.</p><p>However, Reed didn’t know that the suitcase had been seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and that he had been flagged for importing a counterfeit.</p><p>In November, Reed went to an interview to renew his <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-to-get-global-entry-tsa-precheck" target="_blank">Global Entry Trusted Traveler status</a>. The interviewer denied Reed’s renewal because he had been flagged by CBP for importing counterfeit goods: one Rimowa suitcase.</p><p>“This is pretty annoying,” Reed wrote on Twitter. “The listing was full price and seemed like all other Amazon Items. But I guess it wasn’t.”</p><p>As Amazon becomes a more sophisticated middle man — setting up warehouses, allowing third-parties to take part in Prime two-day shipping — it can be difficult to tell the difference between the real thing and a knock-off. Particularly when counterfeit companies can use misleading names, take imagery directly from a company, and undersell them by just a few dollars.</p><p>One way to avoid this potential problem is to buy luxury and brand-name items directly from the brand itself. For example, Birkenstock has pulled all of its products from Amazon and doesn’t allow any retailers to sell via Amazon, <a href="https://www.racked.com/2018/1/8/16849298/amazon-counterfeits-global-entry-customs" target="_blank">according to <em>Racked</em></a>. However Amazon users will still find hundreds of deceiving listings for the German shoe. When purchasing on Amazon, you should scrutinize the actual seller of the item.</p><p>Even if customers are lured to purchase by the counterfeiting company, the chances of the package being seized by border control are up to chance. Agents must <a href="https://www.alternet.org/drugs/shoes-you-order-amazon-opioids-are-made-china-and-arrive-directly-your-doorstep" target="_blank">manually search through large bins of packages</a> to locate any that are suspicious.</p>
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Watch a Humpback Whale Lift a Diver Out of the Water to Protect Her From a Shark

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:22
<p>It's official: <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/video-diver-whale-encounter" target="_blank">Humpback whales</a> are the guardians of the seas.</p><p>A new video shows a humpback whale protecting marine biologist Nan Hauser from a nearby tiger shark. The whale pushes her away from the shark using its head, tucks her under its pectoral fin, and even lifts her out of the water. Meanwhile, another whale uses its tail to ward off the shark.</p><p>Hauser, the president and director of the <a href="http://www.whaleresearch.org/" target="_blank">Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation</a>, captured the video during a dive in the Cook Islands back in October.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/beluga-whale-learns-to-speak-dolphin" target="_blank">A Beluga Whale Learned to Speak Dolphin to Make Friends</a></p><p>"It's funny how the tables are turned here,” Hauser <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/amazing-moment-hero-whale-saves-11816131" target="_blank">told <i>The Mirror</i></a>. “I've spent the past 28 years protecting whales, and in the moment, I didn't even realize that they were protecting me!"</p><p>Hauser said that she was so focused on the whale, she didn’t see the tiger shark lurking nearby.</p><p>It’s a well-noted phenomenon that humpback whales, often in duos, protect smaller animals who are hunted by marine predators like orca whales. In 2009, a humpback whale <a href="https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/humpback-whales-around-globe-are-mysteriously-rescuing-animals-orcas" target="_blank">hoisted a seal out of the water</a> to protect it from oncoming orcas. In 2012, a pod of humpback whales off the coast of Monterey Bay, California attempted to protect a gray whale calf from being hunted by orcas.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/video/whale-kayak-australia-danger-video" target="_blank">Australian Kayakers Paddle Up to a Whale and Get More Than They Bargained for (Video)</a></p><p>“Although this behavior is very interesting, I don’t find it completely surprising that a cetacean would intervene to help a member of another species,” Lori Marino, president of the Whale Sanctuary Project, <a href="https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/humpback-whales-save-animals-killer-whales-explained/" target="_blank">told <em>National Geographic</em></a>. “These attributes are those of a species with a highly developed degree of general intelligence capable of empathic responses.”</p>
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How Kate Middleton's Birthday Celebrations Have Changed Since Becoming a Royal

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:01
<p>Kate Middleton turns 36 years old today. And though the Duchess of Cambridge is now a mother of two and is <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/next-royal-baby" target="_blank">expecting her third child in a few months</a>, we sort of hope she takes the day as an opportunity to put the kids to bed early and head out on the town with her husband Prince William and a few of their friends, just like the good old days.</p><p>What do we mean by the good old days? Keep scrolling to read up on how Kate has celebrated her birthday in the past, which may give us a glimpse into how she plans to celebrate her big day this year.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/kate-middleton-gap-year" target="_blank">Kate Middleton Took an Awesome Solo Trip That None of Us Knew About</a></p><h2>2009: Kate’s 27th birthday, her first with Prince William</h2><p>In 2009, Kate celebrated her 27th birthday. While it’s not typically a milestone year, this one was big for both her and the entire royal establishment as it was the first birthday she spent with Prince William by her side. It was also the first time Prince William had publicly stayed over at the Middleton’s family home, according to <a href="https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/How-Does-Kate-Middleton-Celebrate-Her-Birthday-42899217" target="_blank"><em>Popsugar</em></a>. No word on if the pair had to sleep in separate rooms.</p><p>In 2010, Kate celebrated at her parents' home once again with William in attendance.</p><img alt=" "src=""><h2>2011: Kate’s 29th birthday, her last before becoming a Duchess</h2><p>In 2011, Kate again had a low-key birthday affair. Though really, no one could blame her as she had a royal wedding to plan, which took place just four months later in April of 2011. Instead of going all out for her last year in her 20s, she and William celebrated at home after attending the wedding of their good friends, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1345449/Kate-Middleton-Prince-William-attend-Harry-Aubrey-Fletcher-Louise-Stourton-wedding.html" target="_blank">Sarah Louise Stourton and Harry Aubrey-Fletcher in Yorkshire</a>.</p><h2>2012: Kate’s 30th birthday, the one where she went Hollywood</h2><p>On Kate’s 30th birthday, her first as a royal, she spent the evening not only with her new husband, but also surrounded by a few of Hollywood’s leading men. In 2012, she attended <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kate-middleton-moved-to-tears-at-war-171411" target="_blank">the royal gala premiere of "War Horse"</a> alongside director Steven Spielberg, and actors Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch. During the screening, Kate was reportedly moved to tears, proving she was the royal everyone could relate to.</p><h2>2013: Kate’s 31st birthday, her last before becoming a mom</h2><p>In 2013, Kate celebrated her 31st birthday, while pregnant with <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/prince-george-birthday-travels" target="_blank">Prince George</a>. However, that didn’t stop the fun. At the time, Kate went out with family and friends to take in a <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/901635/Kate-Middleton-news-pregnant-baby-twins" target="_blank">Cirque du Soleil performance of Kooza</a> at the Royal Albert Hall.</p><p>In subsequent years, Kate has kept an extremely low profile for her birthday celebrations, often celebrating at home with family. And while it’s likely she’ll do the same this year, it does appear that the <a href="https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/united-kingdom/london/ovo/buy-tickets" target="_blank">circus is back in town</a>. So perhaps we will all get another pregnant Duchess sighting after all.</p><p>Though, <a href="http://people.com/royals/pregnant-kate-middleton-church-prince-william-prince-philip-fur-hat-recycled-coat/" target="_blank">she was spotted heading to church</a> alongside Prince William, Prince Philip, and her sister Pippa over the weekend, so it appears the family is still in Sandringham and will likely remain behind closed doors. Either way, we hope her birthday is filled with as much royal happiness as she can handle.</p>
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Airline Promises to Refund Flights If It Can’t Cure Passengers' Fear of Flying

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 08:50
<p>An estimated 6.5 percent of the population suffers from fear of flying, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/fear-flying-good-things/story?id=20471481" target="_blank">according to the National Institute of Mental Health</a>. That number may soon change however, as one airline is offering free flights if their “Flying Without Fear” course can’t cure this phobia.</p><p>Virgin Atlantic founded its “Flying Without Fear” course to teach passengers about aviation, technology and the very psychology behind fear.</p><p>When passengers show up for the program, they sit in a room and listen to presentations from experts in all different fields. Pilots talk about how a plane works and exactly what they’re doing up in the cockpit. Psychologists discuss different ways of managing fear. At the end of the day, passengers board a short Virgin Atlantic flight to put their new knowledge and techniques to the test.</p><p>U.K. customers who purchase a Virgin Atlantic ticket on Tuesday, January 9 can sign up for the course for free and if their fears are not cured before their trip, the airline will refund the cost of the ticket.</p><p>The course is available about 20 times per year across the U.K. But for Americans with a fear of flying, getting to the U.K could prove a challenge.</p><img alt="Virgin Atlantic flight "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515515032/virgin-atlantic-flight-FEAREFUND0118.jpg?itok=GYiwcPrK"><p>There are several similar courses set up throughout the United States. The <a href="http://www.fofc.com/" target="_blank">Fear of Flying Clinic</a> holds one-day workshops at the San Francisco International Airport. There are similar programs available at <a href="http://www.fearlessflight.com/classes-2/classes/cleared-for-takeoff-live/" target="_blank">Phoenix Sky Harbor</a> and Milwaukee General Mitchell. Travelers can contact their local airport to find out if similar courses are offered.</p><p>There are also digital ways of easing flying fears, like <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/mobile-apps/fear-of-flying-app" target="_blank">an app that will explain turbulence in real time</a> or a <a href="http://www.fearofflying.com/store/" target="_blank">guided computer course</a>. Or, follow <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/getting-over-fear-of-flying" target="_blank"><em>Travel + Leisure</em>'s 12-step guide to begin getting over fears of flying</a>.</p>
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It’s so Hot in Australia That Bats Are Falling Out of Trees As They’re ‘Boiled’ Alive

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 08:47
<p>Sure, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/big-snowstorm-headed-for-midwest" target="_blank">it's been cold here in the United States</a> — so cold in fact that <a href="http://time.com/5088731/winter-storm-florida-frozen-iguana/" target="_blank">iguanas are freezing and dropping out of trees</a> in Florida — but our friends in Australia are experiencing the exact opposite issue.</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/australia-extreme-heat-wave" target="_blank">In Sydney, temperatures are running so high</a> that bats are boiling alive and falling from the sky.</p><p>According to <a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/a/38536280/hundreds-of-bats-boil-alive-in-brutal-nsw-heatwave/?mc_cid=cdf6ba2e95&amp;mc_eid=b3409cf30c" target="_blank"><i>Yahoo</i></a>, the bats, many of which are babies, fell from the trees in Campbelltown, a western suburb of Sydney, after the temperatures exceeded 113 degrees Fahrenheit in the area.</p><p>“They basically boil,” Campbelltown colony manager Kate Ryan told the local <i>Camden Advertiser. </i>“It affects their brain – their brain just fries and they become incoherent."</p><p>According to Ryan, the bats, known as flying foxes, not only lined the streets, but hundreds more were found dead dangling from the trees above.</p><p>“It would be like standing in the middle of a sandpit with no shade," Ryan <a href="https://www.facebook.com/helpsavethewildlifeandbushlandsincampbelltown/" target="_blank">explained in a Facebook post</a>. She added, “I don’t know how many times I bent down and got on my knees to pick up a dead baby. There were dead bodies everywhere.”</p><p>However, it wasn’t all bad news for the bats. WIRES, a local wildlife rescue group, was on hand to rescue any bats found alive. According to <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/hundreds-bats-die-sydney-heatwave-180109070833282.html" target="_blank"><i>Al Jazeera</i></a>, the volunteers were able to rescue and rehydrate more than 100 tiny bats and brought another 40 in for intensive care.</p><img alt="Deceased Bats from extreme heat in Bushlands "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515529029/bats-dehydrate-extreme-heat-SAVEBATS0118.jpg?itok=94Iu3E2q"><p>“In extremely trying conditions they [volunteers] worked tirelessly to provide subcutaneous fluids to the pups that could be reached and many lives were saved. But sadly many lives were lost too,” a spokesman for the charity <a href="https://www.facebook.com/helpsavethewildlifeandbushlandsincampbelltown/" target="_blank">Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown</a>, explained to <a href="http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/flying-foxes-boiled-alive-in-sydney-heatwave/news-story/4b7bc870520851c377832d1cf37ce8b1" target="_blank">News.com.au</a>.</p><p>And while the temperatures have been extreme enough, it appears Mother Nature isn’t quite done with Australia. Following the excessive heat, Sydney was hit with a severe lightning storm. According to the<i> Sydney Morning Herald</i>, the greater Sydney region was hit with more than 4,600 lightning strikes in just a three-hour period. More bad weather is expected to roll through Tuesday with the Central Coast expected to feel the brunt of it.</p><p>If you're in the area and run into a bat in distress, reach out to a local animal rescue or shelter for assistance. Of course, humans can be negatively affected by the extreme heat, too. Seek shelter from the heat when possible and drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.</p>
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