Airline Carry-on Luggage Size Restrictions: What You Need to Know

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 10:30
<p>The vacation countdown is almost over, and it’s time to get packing. Before you print that boarding pass and set your <a href="" target="_blank">out-of-office message</a>, though, it’s important to conduct a bit of research to avoid any hiccups at the gate — especially with your cargo. Though many travel rules vary depending on what region of the world you’re heading to or from, carry-on luggage size limits remain a consistent, steadfast metric for the vast majority of airlines.</p><p>Sure, you might occasionally be able to sneak onboard with a bag that’s a bit oversized or overweight, but it's always smarter to plan ahead. To ensure you get from point A to point B smoothly, choosing the <a href="" target="_blank">best carry-on luggage</a> to fit the fine print will make for less travel stress. Skip the Googling and follow this guide to know what size suitcase to bring on your next trip — no TSA bargaining, pleading, or, worst of all, last-minute checking required.</p><p>To get started, let's begin with these frequently asked questions.</p><h2>What size is carry-on luggage?</h2><p>Though you might find an inch or two of a difference with various airlines, the standard domestic carry-on luggage size is 22” x 14” x 9”, which includes the handle and the wheels. This size limit ensures your bag — and ideally everyone else's — will be able to be stored safely in the overhead bin for your flight. By far, the biggest benefit of traveling with carry-on luggage is being able to transport your belongings yourself without entrusting them to the airline and hoping they'll arrive at your destination on time and in one, undamaged piece.</p><h2>What is the weight limit for carry-on luggage?</h2><p>For many major domestic airlines — think: Delta, Southwest, JetBlue — there are no weight restrictions for carry-on bags. You'll just have to be able to lift it above your head into the storage bin. And in most cases, even if airlines do list a specific pound or kilogram limit on their websites, they likely won't weigh your carry-on bags. As long as your pack doesn’t appear to be overstuffed, you’re probably OK. Weight is much more important for small commuter planes, mostly due to safety regulations.</p><h2>What is a personal item?</h2><p>In addition to your carry-on suitcase, many airlines also allow a personal item. This can be a <a href="" target="_blank">laptop bag</a>, a purse, a briefcase, a beach bag — whatever you like, as long as it is generally small. Personal item restrictions vary by airline, and some choose not to include any specifics at all. In those cases, the general rule of thumb is an item smaller in dimension and weight than your carry-on bag. For families flying with a <a href="" target="_blank">stroller</a> or diaper bag or those traveling with uncommon additions like a wedding dress or an instrument can rest assured that most carriers will let you bring these along with your carry-on luggage and your personal item, but we recommend you contact the airline in advance to confirm this.</p><h2>What is the best carry-on luggage?</h2><p>As with any travel gear, everyone has a different opinion on the <a href="" target="_blank">best luggage brands</a>, but the best buy for you is ultimately the one that suits your needs as a traveler. If you're constantly on the road, invest in a durable bag that can keep up. If you take one or two vacations a year, you can go with something more affordable. These days, you don't have to stick to legacy brands to get a quality suitcase. Many up-and-comers offer some really solid options whether you prefer softside or <a href="" target="_blank">hardside luggage</a>, two-wheel rollaboards or four-wheel spinners. Before you buy, take note of the dimensions in comparison with the airlines you prefer to fly to be sure you’re shopping on the safe side.</p><p> </p><h2>What is allowed in a carry-on bag?</h2><p>What you put in your carry-on bag is regulated, as well. In addition to the same rules that apply to checked bags, which prohibit firearms, lithium batteries, and other potentially hazardous items, you must be mindful of liquids when packing your carry-on luggage. Regardless of your destination, you <a href="" target="_blank">cannot bring containers of liquid, paste, aerosol, gel, or cream larger than 3.4 ounces</a> through security. Make sure to check the specific rules of your carrier, too, so you won’t be forced to throw anything away at the gate.</p><h2>Carry-on luggage size chart</h2><p>Travel retailer eBags compiled this super-helpful list of carry-on luggage regulations for the most popular airlines. On their site, each <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">airline's specific requirements are shoppable</a>.</p><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" dir="ltr" xmlns=""><colgroup><col width="100" /><col width="100" /><col width="100" /><col width="100" /></colgroup><tbody><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Airline&quot;}">Airline</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Size in Inches&quot;}">Size in Inches</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Size in Centimeters&quot;}">Size in Centimeters</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Weight&quot;}">Weight</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;AeroMexico&quot;}">AeroMexico</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 lbs.&quot;}">22 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Air Canada&quot;}">Air Canada</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.5 x 15.5 x 9&quot;}">21.5 x 15.5 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;54 x 39 x 22&quot;}">54 x 39 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 lbs.&quot;}">22 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Air France&quot;}">Air France</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9&quot;}">21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 25&quot;}">55 x 35 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 lbs.&quot;}">22 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Air New Zealand&quot;}">Air New Zealand</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;46.5 total linear&quot;}">46.5 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;118 total linear&quot;}">118 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;15 lbs.&quot;}">15 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;AirTran Airways&quot;}">AirTran Airways</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;24 x 16 x 10&quot;}">24 x 16 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;60 x 40 x 25&quot;}">60 x 40 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Alaska Airlines&quot;}">Alaska Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;24 x 17 x 10&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;60 x 43 x 25&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Alitalia&quot;}">Alitalia</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9&quot;}">21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 25&quot;}">55 x 35 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;17.6 lbs.&quot;}">17.6 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Allegiant Air&quot;}">Allegiant Air</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;16 x 15 x 7&quot;}">16 x 15 x 7</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;40 x 38 x 18&quot;}">40 x 38 x 18</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;All Nippon Airways&quot;}">All Nippon Airways</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 16 x 10&quot;}">22 x 16 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 40 x 25&quot;}">55 x 40 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 lbs.&quot;}">22 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;American Airlines&quot;}">American Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Delta Airlines&quot;}">Delta Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;El Al&quot;}">El Al</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.2 x 17.7 x 9.8&quot;}">21.2 x 17.7 x 9.8</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;53 x 44 x 24&quot;}">53 x 44 x 24</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;15.4 lbs.&quot;}">15.4 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Frontier Airlines&quot;}">Frontier Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;24 x 16 x 10&quot;}">24 x 16 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;60 x 40 x 25&quot;}">60 x 40 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;35 lbs.&quot;}">35 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Hawaiian Airlines&quot;}">Hawaiian Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;25 lbs.&quot;}">25 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;IATA&quot;}">IATA</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5&quot;}">21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;54 x 34 x 19&quot;}">54 x 34 x 19</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Icelandair&quot;}">Icelandair</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8&quot;}">21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;54 x 39 x 19&quot;}">54 x 39 x 19</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Japan Airlines&quot;}">Japan Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 16 x 10&quot;}">22 x 16 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 40 x 25&quot;}">55 x 40 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 lbs.&quot;}">22 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;JetBlue Airways&quot;}">JetBlue Airways</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;KLM&quot;}">KLM</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.5 x 13.5 x 10&quot;}">21.5 x 13.5 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;54 x 34 x 25&quot;}">54 x 34 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;26 lbs.&quot;}">26 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Korean Air&quot;}">Korean Air</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8&quot;}">21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;54 x 39 x 19&quot;}">54 x 39 x 19</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;25 lbs.&quot;}">25 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Lufthansa&quot;}">Lufthansa</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.6 x 15.7 x 9&quot;}">21.6 x 15.7 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;54 x 39 x 22&quot;}">54 x 39 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;17 lbs.&quot;}">17 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Norwegian Air&quot;}">Norwegian Air</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.6 x 15.7 x 9&quot;}">21.6 x 15.7 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 40 x 23&quot;}">55 x 40 x 23</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;17 lbs.&quot;}">22-33 lbs. total</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Philippine Airlines&quot;}">Philippine Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;45 total linear&quot;}">45 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;114 total linear&quot;}">114 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;15 lbs.&quot;}">15 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Qantas Airways&quot;}">Qantas Airways</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;45 total linear&quot;}">45 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;114 total linear&quot;}">114 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;15 lbs.&quot;}">15 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Saudi Arabian Airlines&quot;}">Saudi Arabian Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;45 total linear&quot;}">45 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;114 total linear&quot;}">114 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;19.8 lbs.&quot;}">19.8 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Scandinavian Airlines&quot;}">Scandinavian Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 16 x 9&quot;}">22 x 16 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 40 x 22&quot;}">55 x 40 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;18 lbs.&quot;}">18 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Singapore Airlines&quot;}">Singapore Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;45 total linear&quot;}">45 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;114 total linear&quot;}">114 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;15 lbs.&quot;}">15 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Southwest Airlines&quot;}">Southwest Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;24 x 16 x 10&quot;}">24 x 16 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;60 x 40 x 25&quot;}">60 x 40 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Spirit Airlines&quot;}">Spirit Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 18 x 10&quot;}">22 x 18 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 45 x 25&quot;}">55 x 45 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Sun Country Airlines&quot;}">Sun Country Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;24 x 16 x 11&quot;}">24 x 16 x 11</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;60 x 40 x 27&quot;}">60 x 40 x 27</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;35 lbs.&quot;}">35 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Thai Airways&quot;}">Thai Airways</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 18 x 10&quot;}">22 x 18 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 45 x 25&quot;}">55 x 45 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;15 lbs.&quot;}">15 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;United Airlines&quot;}">United Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Virgin Atlantic&quot;}">Virgin Atlantic</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 lbs.&quot;}">22 lbs.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><h2>What is the standard international carry-on size?</h2><p>To be sure your bag is accepted on all carriers, you'll want to get a suitcase that stands at 21” or less. It's especially smart to look into luggage size restrictions when you're flying with smaller, regional airlines outside of the U.S. as each is able to set its own limits.</p><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a href="" target="_blank">Bric's Bellagio 21" Spinner Trunk</a></h3><img alt="international carry-on luggage brics "src=""><p>For an investment suitcase from one of the best luggage brands, consider this beauty from Bric's. In addition to the Tuscan leather trim, the high-tech hard-shell is designed to resist scrapes and scratches.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $550</p><h2>Specific domestic airline size guide</h2><p>The airline you book through when you’re heading to the beaches of Hawaii might be different from the one you choose when heading home for the holidays. While many of the carry-on luggage dimensions are the same for most companies, there are some carry-on luggage size restrictions to be aware of. Here, we review the size limits of a few top carriers in detail.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight maximum: not specified</h3><h3>Personal item: one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop bag</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags Exo 2.0 Hardside Spinner Carry-o</a><a href="">n</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size alaska airlines "src=""><p>This affordable, sturdy spinner will keep your most precious items secure inside — and look good doing it. Inside, eBags' “movable shelf system” helps you stay organized. And at just seven pounds, you won't have to worry about straining to lug your bag as you venture to your vacation.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Allegiant Air</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''; fee applies ($10-75)</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight maximum: not specified</h3><h3>Personal item: 7” x 15” x 16”</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Lipault Paris Plume Avenue Bowling Bag</a></h3><img alt="allegiant airlines carry-on size "src=""><p>When booking with a budget airline, it's imperative to read the fine print. In most cases, when the low fare seems like steal, traveling light is the only way to keep it that way. With Allegiant, your personal item is free, but there's a fee for your carry-on, so pack this underseat duffel to keep your trip affordable.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $120</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight maximum: not specified</h3><h3>Personal item: 18” x 14” x 8”; must fit under the seat in front of you</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a href=";tag=tlairlinecarryonsizes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00X6JRSSY&amp;linkId=bc76be1fa56baff97300694f58c611ad" target="_blank">Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Spinner Suiter</a></h3><img alt="best carry-on luggage size american "src=""><p>American Airlines' fares include both a carry-on and personal item, even in Basic Economy. The sizing is the only thing that's standard about this Travelpro spinner, though. It's decked out with features — a fold-down garment bag, magnet-aligned wheels, etc. — and you can watch us demo them all in the above video.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlairlinecarryonsizes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00X6JRSSY&amp;linkId=bc76be1fa56baff97300694f58c611ad" target="_blank"></a>, from $189</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight maximum: not specified</h3><p>There are three exceptions:<br />Singapore, Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN): 15 pounds or 7 kg<br />Beijing, Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK): 22 pounds or 10 kg for domestic travel<br />Shanghai, Pudong International Airport (PVG): 22 pounds or 10 kg</p><h3>Personal item: one purse, briefcase, camera bag, or diaper bag</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Briggs &amp; Riley Transcend VX Tall Carry-On Expandable Spinner</a></h3><img alt="delta carry-on luggage size "src=""><p>Though pricey, few luggage brands are as trusted as much as Briggs &amp; Riley — its products all come with a lifetime guarantee. In addition to the sleek, modern design, this spinner features some of the most space for your buck. If you need to pack a bit more, this tall version still fits the airline carry-on luggage size requirements. You may even be able to get away with expanding it the extra 2.5” as a softside bag is easier to compress to fit into the luggage sizer.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $399</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Frontier Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 24” x 16” x 10”</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight maximum: 35 pounds</h3><h3>Personal item: 8” x 18” x 14”</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Filson Dryden Carry-on Suitcase</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size frontier airlines "src=""><p>Since Frontier offers a bit more cushion in its carry-on luggage size restrictions, use it to your advantage with this two-wheel carry-on by Filson. It’s made with abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon, which means it can get roughed up trekking along unpaved roads in Thailand, Bali, or Colombia and still last for years. The additional compression straps ensure everything inside stays put during turbulence, too.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $295</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Hawaiian Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight maximum: 25 pounds</h3><h3>Personal item: one purse, briefcase, laptop bag, backpack, or similar piece; must fit under the seat in front of you</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Calpak Ambeur Rolling Spinner Carry-on</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size hawaiian "src=""><p>If you’re flying to a tropical oasis like Hawaii, you might want a carry-on to match those rose-colored views you’re dreaming of. Calpak's affordable spinner is finished in stylish rose gold, with a chic navy interior. It's lightweight, too, at only seven pounds, so you won't have to worry so much about staying under that 25-pound limit.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $135</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight: None specified</h3><h3>Personal item: 17” x 13” x 8”</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a href=";tag=tlairlinecarryonsizes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N3PZY42&amp;linkId=98ca4313d611fb92b9268513f45f4a8a" target="_blank">Andiamo Elegante Aluminum Frame Carry-on Luggage</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size jetblue "src=""><p>There’s a reason JetBlue has such a cult following: not only does it give guests more legroom, but it alleviates a bit of the carry-on luggage size limit stress, too. Though the carry-on size restrictions are the same as most airlines, the personal item dimensions are larger. Consider bringing along this polycarbonate spinner from Andiamo. It features an impressive zipperless design and organizational compartments to help you pack.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlairlinecarryonsizes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N3PZY42&amp;linkId=98ca4313d611fb92b9268513f45f4a8a" target="_blank"></a>, from $150</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 24” x 16” x 10”</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight: None specified</h3><h3>Personal item: 18.5” x 8.5” x 13.5”; must fit under the seat in front of you</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Away The Bigger Carry-on</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size southwest "src=""><p>Another generous airline, Southwest’s personal item and carry-on size limits are spacier than most. We'd bring Away's The Bigger Carry-on, which you can choose to buy with or without the built-in battery. The Away team noticed that the bag sizers at airport check-in are actually one inch wider than the 22” x 14” x 9” standard and added an extra three quarters of an inch to each dimension for a perfect fit. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $245</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Spirit Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 18'' x 10''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight: None specified</h3><h3>Personal item: 18” x 14” x 8”</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a href=";tag=tlairlinecarryonsizes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01LXOCTAZ&amp;linkId=a6aff1702e4728e575a286a91176b99d" target="_blank">Samsonite Freeform Hardside Spinner</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size spirit "src=""><p>At 20.5” x 14.5” x 10”, this Samsonite spinner carry-on will allow you to take advantage of Spirit's surprisingly large bag size allowance. The wheels allow for 360-degree rolling, so you can navigate it down narrow aisle with ease. And it's also able to expand about two inches, which makes for a decent-sized checked bag on many airlines, as well.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlairlinecarryonsizes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01LXOCTAZ&amp;linkId=a6aff1702e4728e575a286a91176b99d" target="_blank"></a>, from $100</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight: None specified</h3><h3>Personal item: 17” x 10” x 9”; must fit in the seat in front of you</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Herschel Supply Co. Trade Luggage Power Carry-on</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size united "src=""><p>Losing the charge on your laptop or phone inflight is a bummer and not all United aircrafts have power outlets in the main cabin. With this four-wheel carry-on spinner by Herschel, you can recharge effortlessly at the gate. The <a href="" target="_blank">portable power bank</a> is also easy to remove if you still need it after you've stored your bag in the overhead bin.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $250</p>
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This Is the Most Visited City in the World

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:14
<p>A record number of Americans are traveling abroad. That’s wonderful news when you consider just two decades ago only 20 percent of Americans <a href="" target="_blank">possessed a passport</a>.</p><p>Yes, we are all collecting those tiny little passport stamps left and right, but where exactly are international travelers going? According to Mastercard’s 2018 <a href="" target="_blank">Global Destination Cities Index</a>, everyone’s all about <a href="" target="_blank">Bangkok</a>.</p><p>“In a world of rising nationalism, international travel takes on greater importance—breaking down barriers, broadening our horizons and driving economic impact felt throughout the world’s cities,” Mastercard shared in a statement about its index.</p><p>For 10 years, the credit card company has analyzed the travel habits and destination choices of its users. According to its 2018 findings, after looking at 162 cities around the globe the top destination <a href="" target="_blank">travelers are flocking to is Bangkok</a>, followed closely by London and Paris.</p><p>“With roughly 20 million international overnight visitors, Bangkok remains in the top spot this year and is unlikely to be bested due to a strong projected growth of 9.6 percent for 2018,” the analysis noted. “Interestingly, visitors tend to stay in Bangkok 4.7 nights and spend $173 per day, on average.”</p><p>The other top 10 cities include Dubai, Singapore, New York, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Istanbul, and Seoul.</p><p>Though Bangkok has the most visitors, other places enjoy a higher spend per visit. According to Mastercard, Dubai continues to be the <a href="" target="_blank">top ranking destination city</a> based on overnight visitor spend. There, visitors spend $537 per day on average.</p><p>“International travel is crucial to many urban economies, enriching the lives of both residents and tourists. The bar is rising for cities to innovate to provide both a memorable and authentic experience,” Miguel Gamiño Jr., executive vice president, global cities for Mastercard, shared in a statement. “We’re partnering closely with cities around the world to ensure they have insights and technologies to improve how they attract and cater to tourists while preserving what makes them so special in the first place.”</p><p>If you’re planning to travel to one of these ultra-popular destinations, make sure to read up on <a href="" target="_blank">how to beat the crowds at the world’s most popular tourist spots</a>. Or, avoid them altogether and vacation in one of these <a href="" target="_blank">eight places to find peace and quite instead</a>.</p>
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Meghan Markle Closed Her Own Car Door and People Can't Handle It

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:34
<p>Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, really is just like us. Don’t believe me? Just look at her <em>close her own car door</em> like a non-royal.</p><p>Meghan made waves when she arrived at the Royal Academy of Arts earlier this week to attend her first solo event as a royal. It was then that someone opened a car door for Meghan, she stepped out, and then, shut the door herself.</p><p>“World gasps as Meghan Markle closes her own car door. Here it is moment by moment as it happened,” Twitter user Mike Sington posted.</p><p>“She closes her own door. She is every woman,” another user tweeted.</p><p>“DUCHESS CLOSES DOOR: The Duchess of Sussex <a href="">#MeghanMarkle</a> closed her door against royal protocol,” one more user added.</p><p>But, is it really that big of a deal that Meghan, who became a <a href="" target="_blank">member of the royal family</a> less than a year ago, closed a door? It turns out, nope, it’s not a big deal at all.</p><p>“Usually, if you are a member of the royal family or a dignitary, you have a member of staff to open and close a car door for you,” Etiquette expert William Hanson shared with <a href="" target="_blank">Radio News 1</a>, adding that having someone do it for them is for security reasons rather than "airs and graces." However, he added that it’s not against any official protocol to shut your own door.</p><p>This isn’t the first time Meghan has opened or closed a car door for herself. Just last week the Duchess also closed her own car door at the launch of her <a href="" target="_blank">charity cookbook</a>. And odds are this <a href="" target="_blank">feminist princess</a> will keep opening and closing doors for herself because she can.</p>
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This Smart Airplane Cabin Remembers Your Favorite Orders and How Often You Get Up on Flights

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:11
<p>In the future, your airplane cabin will know a lot about you.</p><p>Airbus debuted its new “Connected Cabin” in Boston this week at the <a href="" target="_blank">APEX EXPO conference</a>. The technology could remember your favorite onboard meal orders, monitor how much time you spend in your seat, and help cabin crew keep track of what’s happening back in the galley.</p><p>“We connect all the elements of the cabin wirelessly, collect all the data and provide that to the airline to do data analytics to reduce costs and improve ancillary revenue opportunities,” Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus’s vice president of cabin marketing, <a href="" target="_blank">said at the conference</a>. The smart cabin will notify flight attendants of whose seats are reclined and who keeps their armrests up, among other things.</p><img alt="Airbus unveils Connected Cabin Technology at APEX Expo 2018 "src=""><p>The equipment is meant to help cabin crew save time. Instead of hand signals or shouting across the cabin, they could use the Connected Cabin technology to track passengers' needs.</p><p>The system could let them know <a href="" target="_blank">how many drinks are left in the galley</a> or provide assurance that all the cooking equipment is locked and ready for takeoff — something they must currently confirm manually. Instead of walking around the cabin to make sure everybody’s armrests are down, flight attendants could just check a screen.</p><p>The technology could also keep track of customer orders. If a passenger requests a snack box on every flight they’ve taken with the airline, cabin crew could see their historical preferences.</p><p>Safety checks could also be streamlined and automated with the system. Information from the Connected Cabin could be used as aircraft undergo maintenance.</p><p>The project is still only a concept being tested, so passengers shouldn't expect to see it on their next flight — but it's a window into what's to come.</p>
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Japan Has a New Baby Giant Panda — and They Want You to Help Name It

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:33
<p>Baby pandas might just be the cutest thing in the world. And no matter how many times we watch that <a href="" target="_blank">hilarious video of the baby panda sneezing</a> and scaring the heck out of its mama, panda lovers know we’ll never be able to have one of our own.</p><p>However, a wildlife park in Japan is offering one lucky person the next best thing: the chance to name a newborn giant panda.</p><p>Born on August 14, the female giant panda is the 16th black and white bundle of joy to be born at Wakayama, Japan’s <a href="" target="_blank">Adventure World</a> wildlife park. Though she’s giant in species, this little panda weighed a miniscule 2.64 ounces at birth. <a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>National Geographic</em></a>, newborn pandas usually weigh around 5 ounces and don’t start crawling until they’re three months old.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">A Photographer Spent 3 Years Documenting Giant Pandas in China, and It's Making Us Want to Book a Ticket</a></p><p>To submit a name for the baby panda, people are asked to <a href="" target="_blank">apply online</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">mail in a postcard</a>. To be considered, entries must include the name, the phonetic spelling, and a brief description of the thoughts behind the name. Entries are due by November 16 and the winner will be announced at the park and online soon after.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Though names are being accepted from around the world, <a href="" target="_blank">meeting the cubs parents</a> might provide some inspiration. Eimei, the father, was born in 1992 at the <a href="" target="_blank">Beijing Zoo</a> and Rauhin, the mother, was born at the park in 2000. Together, they have created a beautiful panda family, including six female pandas and two males.</p><p>We’d highly recommend <a href="" target="_blank">booking a trip to visit this little cub</a> before she gets too big. If Japan is too far, Adventure Park offers a <a href="" target="_blank">live webstream</a> of the pandas throughout the week. Even better, people with a virtual reality headset can watch the pandas live in a <a href="" target="_blank">fully VR experience</a>.</p>
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Woman Boards Flight to Find Her Seat Assignment Is in the Plane's Lavatory (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:28
<p>Seat mix-ups are a pain on any day, but finding out your seat doesn’t exist is a new kind of headache.</p><p>Passenger Satwika Ika found this out earlier this month on a Lion Air, a budget airline out of Indonesia, the <a href=";objectid=12132718" target="_blank"><em>New Zealand Herald</em> reported</a>. Satwika was flying to Jakarta with a ticket for seat 35F — but when she boarded her flight, she found the plane had only 34 rows. Row 35 ended up being the plane lavatories.</p><p>Satwika posted about he incident on Facebook, <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Daily Mail</em> reported</a>, writing that the flight attendants were “rude” and “lacked manners.” To make matters worse, she was not the only passenger to be assigned a nonexistent seat.</p><p>The reason for the mix-up seemed to be because of a last minute switch of aircraft. Danang Mandala Prihantoro, Lion Air's corporate communications officer, told the <em>Daily Mail</em> that the original aircraft scheduled for the flight was a Boeing 737-900ER, which has 39 rows.</p><p>Luckily, Satwika was given a seat closer to the front of the plane and did not have to take a different flight (or sit in the lavatory, as it were). After her post was shared all over social media, Lion Air issued an apology.</p>
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Amtrak Is Having a Flash Sale on Northeastern Routes for the Holidays (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 16:58
<p>Finding <a href="" target="_blank">deals for holiday flights</a> can sometimes get tricky, but travelers looking to visit friends and family or take a getaway this winter across the northeast can now do so for a fraction of the price thanks to <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak’s latest sale</a>.</p><p>Amtrak is currently running a flash sale on select routes onboard its Northeast Regional and Acela Express services, offering customers who book by Thursday, Sep. 27, up to 30 percent off on standard ticket prices as part of its <a href="" target="_blank">Northeast Holiday Travel Sale</a>.</p><p>The deals are available for travel between Thursday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 5, with no blackout dates applied so travelers can hit popular destinations like <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> for the holidays.</p><p>With some of the top deals, travelers can head from Washington, D.C. to Richmond, Virginia for $19 one-way on the Northeast Regional. Other top Northeast Regional deals include $29 one-way trips from Boston to New Haven, $29 one-way trips from New York to Philadelphia, and $29 one-way trips from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia.</p><p>For under $40, travelers onboard the Northeast Regional will also find trips from Boston to New York, from Boston to Stamford, and from New York to Washington, D.C. Deals on the Northeast Regional apply for coach class fares.</p><p>Meanwhile, deals on the Acela apply to business class fares and include $69 one-way trips between New York and Philadelphia, $70 one-way trips between Baltimore and Philadelphia, and $79 one-way trips between cities like Boston and New York and between New York and Providence.</p><p>All of the discounts available through the sale will automatically be applied to the standard fare on applicable routes when customers search fares on <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak's website</a>. </p>
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The Best Places to Camp for Gorgeous Fall Foliage Views

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 15:57
<p>Fall can be one of the best times to go camping, with slightly cooler temperatures and foliage hitting peak color around the country.</p><p>Campsite booking service Hipcamp has created a <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Fall Foliage Map</a> that could help outdoor enthusiasts find the perfect destination with a new foliage filter to show the top campgrounds in the U.S. for enjoying the changing leaves.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Map Will Tell You Exactly When Fall Foliage Will Peak This Yea</a>r</p><p>The map's foliage predictions are <a href="" target="_blank">based on data from the</a>, which forecasts peak color with data on national rainfall, temperature, and elevation levels. Hipcamp used the map to create an interactive foliage filter that will highlight optimal campsites throughout the fall months.</p><p>Hipcamp’s options include everything from traditional camping experiences in the wilderness to glamping huts to more eclectic accommodations at ranches, vineyards, and public parks.</p><p>While states like Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts are already known as hotspots for fall foliage, Hipcamp's map also features campgrounds that might sometimes be overlooked. Think <a href="" target="_blank">glamping accommodations in Wisconsin</a> or an <a href="" target="_blank">equestrian center in Colorado</a>. There are also off-the-grid locations like <a href="" target="_blank">hidden campgrounds in California</a>, featuring private beaches, and <a href="" target="_blank">Idaho campgrounds</a> that offer views of the Grand Tetons.</p><p>Travelers should note the map is a prediction, and rainfall and temperatures can always change the exact dates when color peaks.</p>
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‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Will Soon be Able to Visit Iconic Sets and Get a Behind-the-scenes Look at How the Show Was Made (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 12:30
<p>The final six episodes of <a href="" target="_blank">“Game of Thrones” </a>will air in 2019, bringing an end to the series.</p><p>While the show will come to a close, fans will still be able to immerse themselves in the series' mystical worlds long after it ends as <a href="" target="_blank">HBO </a>will be turning several of the show’s iconic sets into tourist attractions.</p><p>This will mark the first time fans will be able to step foot inside the actual show sets, seeing them up close and learning what went into creating each of the detailed displays. </p><p>The sets will be “on a scale and scope bigger than anything the public has ever seen,” according to HBO's representatives, with the new Game of Thrones Legacy attraction bringing costumes, props, weapons, and set decor to each location. </p><p>There will also be production materials ranging from the show's art files to models that will allow visitors to get an inside look at how the sets were created and brought to life. </p><p>The experience will include tours of Linen Mill Studios, which is located in the town of Banbridge and has been used for locations like Riverrun. Other possible sets HBO is considering as part of the experience include Winterfell, Castle Black, and King's Landing. </p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">How to Go on a Game of Thrones Vacation for Less Than $100</a></strong></p><p>While HBO has yet to indicate when the sets will open to the public and which locations fans can expect, travelers headed to Northern Ireland before then can visit a range of stunning filming locations like the road of beech trees known as the <a href="" target="_blank">Dark Hedges</a> (featured as Kingsroad in the show) and the 400-million-year-old <a href="" target="_blank">Cushendun Caves</a>. </p>
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Why Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights Are the Scariest of Them All

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:31
<p>During the day, Universal Studios Florida is a wonderland of family fun, with kids excitedly meeting Optimus Prime and visitors exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s delightful Diagon Alley.</p><p>Come nightfall, however, the theme park emerges as something unrecognizable — and much more sinister.</p><p>On 36 nights throughout autumn, Universal transforms itself into <a href="" target="_blank">Halloween Horror Nights</a>, a mix of fear-inducing haunted houses, “scare zones,” and hauntingly familiar experiences that have made it the <a href="" target="_blank">leader in Halloween frights</a> for 28 years running. This isn’t a regular vacation with a few creepy scarecrows and ‘80s vampires shoved in (though they have that, too). Famously scary movies and TV shows make for centerpieces of the event, bringing their sinister plot lines to life. In fact, <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios Florida</a> essentially lays an entire horror theme park of ghoulish sights and zombie threats atop its cinematic expanse for a two-in-one ticket providing as many thrills as slasher-induced shrills.</p><p>Here, haunted houses aren’t a misnomer; Universal Studios Florida actually recreates the rooms within famed supernatural homes for guests to brave. A “<a href="" target="_blank">Poltergeist</a>” haunted house puts each pivotal scene of the ‘80s classic on display in much-too-realistic ways — you’ll see tree branches bashing through full-size bedroom windows — while a “<a href="" target="_blank">Trick ‘r Treat</a>” house tours guests through a replica of the film’s suburban Ohio home, with haunted staircases and surprises around every turn. (Even a Happy Death Day walk-through replicates Carter’s dorm room, as guests enter through closets witnessing the film’s murders over and over in increasingly terrifying ways.)</p><p>These 10 houses may essentially be pop-up experiences, but you’d never know it from the level of execution. Just like the park’s Transformers ride or Harry Potter Gringotts Bank vault coaster, its attraction-sized encounters are as thrilling, immersive, and exciting as the permanent rides themselves — but are fully demolished in early November, giving guests only seven weeks to see them before they disappear forever.</p><p>Here, guests walk through carbon copies of the sets of “Stranger Things,” shimmying through Hawkins Middle School, braving the Upside Down and even getting <a href="" target="_blank">up close to Demogorgons</a>. With pulsating Christmas lights flashing through the Byers’ now-iconic house — Wendy wielding an axe and all — it’s like walking into the show, but even spookier.</p><p>Character actors, known as “scare actors,” are impeccably cast for whomever they most closely resemble, so when Chief Hopper is on the prowl it looks just like him. Eleven is there there, too — and the resemblance is uncanny. Universal employs 1,200 scare actors for the two-month HHN event, positioning them to spook as creepy carnival denizens inside an abandoned salvage yard, zombies during a Parisian blackout, or one of many Michael Myers in a “Halloween 4” walk-through.</p><p>Themed scare zones, which occupy major walkways within the park, are packed with possessed trick-or-treaters, ghastly pumpkin-headed frights — and the best photo ops you’ll get all night. With silver screen tie-ins to iconic films like “Revenge of Chucky” and “Killer Klowns From Outer Space,” you’ll be shocked by how realistic the terror-inducing toy and ‘80s cartoonish clowns look up close.</p><p>Meanwhile, <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios Hollywood</a> puts on a West Coast version of the event that offers just as many spine-chilling attractions. Some themes are replicated — the California Park also has brilliant “Stranger Things,” “Poltergeist,” and “Trick ’r Treat” mazes — but layouts are different, offering large-scale facades that let guests enter through these famously ghoulish homes’ actual front doors. And, with the California theme park located on an actual working movie lot, its surroundings are so much more realistic. Backlot mazes are built within a metropolitan city set used for real film productions, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Terror Tram</a> turns a ride through “Bates Motel,” “Psycho,” and “War of the Worlds” sets into a scream-worthy walk that cannot be escaped.</p><p>The themes, houses, and scare zones change each year at both locations, too. With classic horror flicks like “The Shining,” “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” and “The Exorcist,” newer successes like “Insidious,” “The Purge,” and “Saw,” and frightful television series including “The Walking Dead” and “American Horror Story” in play, your favorite are bound to appear sometime. (Case in point: All seven of those fear-inducing sights were used in just the past few years.)</p><p>It’s also one of the last places at Universal parks — or Disney’s, for that matter — that allows staff creatives to develop their very own stories. Florida’s self-created HHN houses are some of its scariest, immersing park goers into a brilliantly executed ‘80s drive-in cinema or deep inside the worlds of traditional fairy tales with a bloody twist. There’s even an Arizona mall completely overgrown with demonic plantlife in “Seeds of Extinction,” which engulfs a daycare, bank, office and full-sized airplane in flesh-eating greenery. The lights are so dim that you likely won’t see any of its details, but they’re still there. (Thankfully, a <a href="" target="_blank">lights-on tour</a> exists for that.)</p><p>You can take a haunted hay ride or walk through a cursed maze anywhere, but to experience your favorite foreboding shows, ominous movies and frights executed to the highest degree, Universal’s theme parks are the only place to be.</p>
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This Rust Belt City Is the Coolest Place You've Never Thought to Visit

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 10:58
<p>When <a href="" target="_blank">Chef Jonathon Sawyer</a> decided to open his own restaurant in 2008 after a promising run at Parea — Michael Symon’s well-reviewed, but short-lived swing at the New York market — the Cleveland native did the unthinkable: he brought his very best ideas back home.</p><p>"People thought I was crazy,” explains Sawyer. “They said, 'It'll never work. No one goes to Cleveland.'"</p><p>Boy, were they wrong. Aside from his own success with <a href="" target="_blank">The Greenhouse Tavern</a> — a downtown staple that earned Sawyer a coveted <a href="" target="_blank">James Beard nod</a> in 2015 — the city has seen a noticeable spike in its tourism numbers. (A steady increase of about 800,000 people a year since 2009, with <a href="" target="_blank">plans in place</a> to reach 20 million visitors by 2020.)</p><img alt="Cleveland Museum of Art "src=""><p>One of the major reasons to visit these days is the area’s strong arts scene. While its roots can be traced back to the John D. Rockefeller era — when the Rust Belt was rich, and decades away from oxidation — Cleveland’s leading cultural institutions didn’t really double down on securing the city's artistic future until recently. More than $500 million in private and public funding has poured into renovation efforts over the past decade, with the world class <a href="" target="_blank">Cleveland Museum of Art</a> leading the way. By the time the ribbon was cut on its eight-year expansion in 2014, a $755 million dollar endowment made it the country's fourth richest art museum, trailing behind the Getty, the Met, and Houston's Museum of Fine Arts.</p><p>The place looks the part, too, with two distinct wings separated by a stunning atrium. Designed by the award-winning architect <a href="" target="_blank">Rafael Viñoly</a>, it sports a three-story ceiling and wide, sun-bathed walkways — a gathering space you won't soon forget, and the <i>pièce de résistance</i> of the CMA expansion. Add in free admission and exemplary ticketed exhibitions, like a long sold-out <a href="" target="_blank">Yayoi Kusama retrospective</a> (running through September 30th), and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame suddenly has competition in terms of top draws for out-of-towners.</p><p>Fred Bidwell has been a key figure in Cleveland's resurgence for a while now, beginning with his role as the CMA’s interim director in the fall of 2013. The <a href="" target="_blank">former ad man</a> is best known for <a href="" target="_blank">Transformer Station</a>, however, a sprawling gallery space Bidwell runs with his wife Laura, a graphic designer and video artist. Aside from hosting satellite CMA shows and curating photography exhibits from the couple's own collection, it’s helped revitalize Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood and provide a launching pad for Bidwell’s most compelling move yet: <a href="" target="_blank">FRONT</a>, Cleveland’s first contemporary art triennial.</p><p>Conceptual artist Michelle Grabner answered FRONT’s call for a chief curator in 2015. Fresh off a biennial gig at the Whitney in New York City, she was eager to embrace FRONT’s grand ambitions as part of a bigger movement across the Midwest.</p><img alt="SPACES, Cleveland "src=""><p>"I believe off-center cities are the future,” says Graber, who's spent decades teaching and practicing art in Chicago, Madison, and her current home, Milwaukee. “They're where America's cultural imagination will flourish, offering affordable spaces for artists and entrepreneurs that New York and LA cannot. Mid-size American cities also wear their civic structure on their sleeve; it makes one's engagement in the community meaningful, apparent, and immediate."</p><p>FRONT reflects that pivotal relationship in its timely, politically charged theme: "An American City," which has been captured at dozens of venues across Cleveland and nearby Akron and Oberlin since July. Not just traditional museums and galleries, either; FRONT has blurred the line between art and commerce, the sacred and secular, at such idiosyncratic spaces as <a href="" target="_blank">St. John's Episcopal Church</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland</a>, and a cavernous steamship at the <a href="" target="_blank">Great Lakes Science Center</a>.</p><p>This is not an exhibition you knock out in an afternoon; it's a citywide takeover worth building an entire trip around. This year’s festivities wind down on September 30, so time's a-ticking, but it’s never too early to start planning for 2021. Here are more ways to <a href="" target="_blank">"dig that sweet Cuyahoga glow"</a>, both during FRONT and beyond:</p><h2>FOUNT<b> </b></h2><p>The flagship location of <a href="" target="_blank">FOUNT</a>, the city’s premier leather goods store, could be picked up and dropped in New York's SoHo district without anyone batting an eyelash. In fact, it'd probably flourish, drawing a devoted following to the luxe handbags and full-grain leather goods that are designed, cut and sewn by a tight-knit team in downtown Cleveland. And to think Phillip and Jackie Wachter launched the production line in their own living room.</p><h2>Pour Cleveland</h2><p>If you're looking for locally produced coffee, head to one of the many <a href="" target="_blank">Rising Star</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Phoenix</a> locations that are spread throughout the city. <a href="" target="_blank">Pour</a>'s only cafe looks elsewhere, leaning toward light and bright roasts from as far away as Denmark (<a href="" target="_blank">La Cabra</a>), Norway (<a href="" target="_blank">Tim Wendelboe</a>), and Sweden (<a href="" target="_blank">Morgon</a>). Got a friend who reads <a href="" target="_blank">Sprudge</a> every morning and owns nearly every issue of <i><a href="" target="_blank">Standart</a></i> and <i><a href="" target="_blank">Drift</a></i>? Take them here, or bring home a bag of single origin beans they'll have a hard time finding elsewhere.</p><img alt="Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio "src=""><h2>Western Reserve Meadery<b> </b></h2><p>Leave your <i>Game of Thrones </i>fantasies at the door of <a href="" target="_blank">this modest but inviting tasting room</a>. Co-owners Douglas Shaw and Jason Andro spent more than a decade perfecting their mead recipes, and they're as refined and rewarding as anything you'd find at a serious wine shop. So, no, you won't be sipping fermented honey sizzurp from a Viking horn in here; <a href="" target="_blank">Western Reserve</a> has more of a "sit back and savor what you're sampling" feel. Which shouldn't be difficult; upcoming releases include star thistle honey blended with local strawberries and basil, and a Polish-style <em>Trojniak</em> aged on raspberries and French oak for a full-bodied finish.</p><h2>Great Lakes Brewing Company<b> </b></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Ohio's first microbrewery</a> is still a pilgrimage site for craft beer completists who want fresh pours of the brewpub’s proprietary blends: a saison pelted with pink peppercorns, ginger, and gobs of passion fruit puree (Sa Da Tay); a <em>dunkelweizen</em> laced with a <a href="" target="_blank">local cold brew</a>, Belgian chocolate, and orange peel (Guardian Blitz); and an imperial stout that was infused with cocoa nibs, salt, and oysters as part of <a href="" target="_blank">Great Lakes</a>’ 30th anniversary this past summer. If you're looking to see more of Cleveland's burgeoning craft beer scene, ask for a <a href="" target="_blank">free brewery passport</a> and start getting it stamped at stellar new-schoolers like <a href="" target="_blank">Terrestrial Brewing Company</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Noble Beast</a>. Or if you dig beer <em>and</em> doughnuts, you can pull a full Homer at <a href="" target="_blank">Brewnuts</a>, which incorporates local stouts, porters, and IPAs into its one-of-a-kind fry cakes. </p><img alt="Brewnuts in Cleveland, Ohio "src=""><h2>Mitchell's Ice Cream<b> </b></h2><p>It's one thing to taste the small-batch ice cream you're about to eat, but it’s another thing entirely to see it being made. The spotless <a href="" target="_blank">Mitchell’s</a> headquarters in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood welcomes guests to the back to watch. Artisanal Ohio ingredients are turned into creamy house concoctions like Porter Chocolate Chunk, Campfire S'Mores, and Wildberry Crumble. Several tubs are devoted to vegan, yogurt and sorbet options as well, <i>or</i> you could just throw caution to the wind and opt for an original sundae topped with homemade whipped cream, locally roasted nuts, and hot fudge.</p><h2>Larder<b> </b></h2><p>This loving tribute to Chef Jeremy Umansky’s childhood on Cleveland's East Side features a flawless pastrami sandwich, a rotating selection of freshly prepared and pickled sides, and such Jewish bakery staples as buttery rugelach and soft black and white cookies. <a href="" target="_blank">Larder</a> is not tethered to deli traditions, though; Umansky cures his brisket with <i>koji </i>mold — a crucial umami bomb in Japanese cuisine, found in everything from soy sauce to sake — and brews a beautiful, well-balanced root beer with locally foraged mushrooms, sassafras, and birch.</p><h2>Sokolowski's University Inn</h2><p>The lunch line is always long at <a href="" target="_blank">Cleveland's oldest family-owned restaurant</a>. And for good reason: its familiar Polish food is free of fuss and full of flavor, especially the sautéed potato and cheese pierogies that land on your table with a thud, swimming in butter and begging for sour cream. Everything is served cafeteria-style, which means you don’t have to make the stressful decision between smoked kielbasa and fresh bratwurst; try both, and have a Salisbury steak for dessert. If it was good enough for President Clinton <i>and</i> the president of Poland, why not right? (They've both stopped by <a href="" target="_blank">Sokolowski's</a>, along with Kevin Bacon, Jimmy Fallon, and the <a href="" target="_blank">James Beard Foundation</a>.)</p><h2>Spice Kitchen and Bar</h2><p>"Farm-to-table" fare is taken to another level at <a href="" target="_blank">this seasonal restaurant</a> in the Gordon Square Arts District. Chef Ben Bebenroth pulls key ingredients from his own perfectly maintained <a href="" target="_blank">13-acre plot</a> in the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and rounds out the rest of his menu with foraging trips and other forms of sustainable agriculture within a 150-mile radius. Everything is excellent here, so if you're indecisive, go with the $60 tasting menu ($90 if you want a wine pairing with every course, which you probably do). Standout dishes include the shiitake mushrooms, stuffed with bamboo rice and served over summer squash "soba" noodles, and a roasted peach cobbler rounded out by candied pecans, dropped biscuit dough, and Ceylon cinnamon ice cream.</p><h2>The Plum</h2><p>When chef Brett Sawyer was brought on to head up the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">the Plum</a>, he ran with a format that was long overdue in Cleveland: refined share plates without the sticker shock or stuffy atmosphere. "As we developed the concept,” he explains, “we were definitely looking to bring something new to the dining scene." He's being modest; Sawyer — no relation to Jonathon, his former boss — is fast becoming the most exciting name in the city’s strong pool of New American restaurants. His boundless creativity is best experienced through daring fruit and vegetable dishes (mole-cured carrots with crème fraîche and fish sauce brittle, anyone?) and show-stopping mains, like “fast food-style” short rib tacos with house-made buttermilk ranch tortillas, Amish cheddar, Certified Angus Beef, and, of course, shredded lettuce. If you only have time for one high caliber dinner here, make it this Ohio City favorite. </p><img alt="Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland, Ohio "src=""><h2>Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame</h2><p>Look, there's no way around it: the <a href="" target="_blank">Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame</a> is a big draw for anyone who's never been to Cleveland, with an overwhelming collection of memorabilia that covers everyone from David Bowie to Beyoncé. So don't be a cynic — set aside one afternoon to make your way through its many floors, including a can't-miss survey of pinball machines inspired by iconic musicians like Dolly Parton, Alice Cooper, Elton John, and Metallica. Or if you <i>still</i> can't justify a $23 ticket, snap a few shots of the Hall's I.M. Pei-designed exterior, then hop in a car and head straight for the <a href="" target="_blank">Superelectric Pinball Parlor</a> in Gordon Square. Co-owner David Spasic was hired to maintain the Hall of Fame's exhibit thanks to the reputation he's built here among a cultish silver ball collection from the '70s, '80s and '90s.</p><h2>SPACES</h2><p>Now in its 40th year and a new 9,300-square-foot location — owned by the Bidwells, oddly enough — <a href="" target="_blank">SPACES</a> is arguably Cleveland's most influential contemporary art gallery. It’s certainly a FRONT standout, with a group exhibition (<i><a href="" target="_blank">A Color Removed</a></i>) of local artists who face the city's fraught history head-on. Namely the pain, uncertainty, and fear many still feel from the fatal police shooting of Tamir Rice. Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz also asked the public to donate orange items as a sign of solidarity with the 12 year old, whose toy gun was missing the orange tip that would have otherwise deemed it “safe”. Captivating and cutting, it will linger with you long after you've left town.</p><h2>The Schofield Hotel<b> </b></h2><p>What Cleveland lacks in hipper-than-thou boutique hotels, it makes up for with <a href="" target="_blank">this pristine downtown property</a> (named for the building’s architect, Levi Schofield) and its unbeatable central location. Kimpton pumped $50 million into restoring every inch of the 122-room hotel, which is just a short walk from Progressive Field and several popular restaurants (including the aforementioned Greenhouse Tavern and Michael Symon's <a href="" target="_blank">Lola Bistro</a>). Be sure to stop by <a href="" target="_blank">Heinen's</a>, a solid grocery store that just happens to have a stained glass ceiling and 13 murals by painter Francis Millet, who died on the Titanic.</p>
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Disney World’s New Pricing System Could Save You Money — or Cost You a Ton (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 10:45
<p>Frequent Walt Disney World visitors know organizing a vacation requires a bit of finesse, and when Disney introduces its <a href="" target="_blank">new online booking platform</a> next month, you’ll need to know even more to plan that perfect trip. It’s not exactly a ticket increase, but it’s going to change the way you visit <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World</a> forever.</p><p>Currently, one-day tickets to Walt Disney World’s four parks are broken up into <a href="" target="_blank">three pricing tiers</a> — value, regular and peak — depending on date, while multi-day tickets (two or more days) are flat-rate. <strong>Starting October 16</strong>, Walt Disney World will switch to an “interactive calendar” which changes your price depending on when you arrive <em>and</em> how long you stay.</p><p>It won’t be clear until next month how much more (or possibly <em>less</em>) the update will cost guests, but price increases would not be without merit. Walt Disney World is in the process of building six new major attractions including <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge</a>, which opens at the Orlando-area park late next year. With a record-breaking “Guardians of the Galaxy” indoor coaster, <a href="" target="_blank">Mickey Mouse’s first ride</a>, and Shanghai Disneyland’s <a href="" target="_blank">best thrill ride</a> on the way in the next few years, you’ll at least be getting more bang for your buck.</p><p>Still, the way you plan your Magic Kingdom-bound vacation will never be the same. Here’s everything you need to know about Disney’s admission changes, and why you should consider buying those Walt Disney World tickets ASAP, even if your vacation dates aren’t on the books.</p><h2>You’ll need to plan your Disney vacation much further ahead.</h2><p>Come mid-October, all tickets will need to be purchased with a specific “start date.” Besides needing to know the exact amount of days you plan to spend in the parks, you’ll <em>also</em> need to know the very first date you plan on visiting — and that’s just to see pricing. Spontaneous travelers will find it to be a hindrance, but seasoned Disney visitors know <a href="" target="_blank">advanced planning is already essential</a> to visiting the amusement-filled paradise. FastPasses, which need to be booked <a href="" target="_blank">up to 60 days in advance</a>, require you to know which park you’ll be at on a specific date, and being forced to decide that earlier in the booking process can give unmotivated vacationers a necessary extra push.</p><h2>You’ll have less time to use your tickets.</h2><p>Currently, all multi-day tickets to Walt Disney World Resort can be used within 14 days. Starting October 16th, that will change. Tickets purchased will have select and specific usage windows based on their length of use; exact details are not yet announced, but Disney’s example showed a 4-day ticket having to be used within 7 days. Guests will still be able to use their tickets non-consecutively, meaning they can take a day off from the parks to <a href="" target="_blank">relax at the hotel pool</a>, but it leaves less time to do so.</p><h2>All four parks will now cost the same.</h2><p>Magic Kingdom one-day tickets currently cost a few dollars more than Disney World’s other three parks, but under the new system, all four parks will be evened out for price. It makes sense, given the changes underway. With <a href="" target="_blank">Toy Story Land</a> now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom’s <a href="" target="_blank">Pandora — The World of Avatar</a> still drawing massive crowds, and Epcot’s back-to-back food festivals proving endlessly popular, all four parks are in full demand.</p><h2>It’ll be easier to pinpoint less costly times to visit.</h2><p>Disney’s making an effort to help showcase cheaper tickets. When the new ticketing system debuts October 16, there will be a new feature that’ll highlight the <a href="" target="_blank">most budget-friendly tickets available</a>. Families tend to plan vacations around school breaks, summer vacation and holidays, which will always be the busiest times at Walt Disney World, but the ability to simply click a button and see what dates are the least expensive is a helpful tool for flexible travelers.</p><h2>Don’t want to deal with any of this? There’s an add-on for that.</h2><p>Disney is introducing a flexible ticket option which essentially gives you exactly what tickets currently include, but for a per-day premium. The price of flexibility will adjust depending on your purchase: the longer you stay, the lower the fee. It’s annoying to pay extra for the ability to show up to Magic Kingdom whenever you’d like, but if your vacation plans aren’t set in stone, that kind of flexibility is worth it.</p><h2>Or, buy your multi-day tickets now.</h2><p>Admission purchased before the new Disney World tickets system comes into effect on October 16 are not affected by the changes and do not expire until the end of 2019. That means you get every benefit — current pricing, 14 days to use multi-day tickets, and arriving on whatever date you please — all for doing due diligence and reading this article.</p><h2>If your plans change, you can adjust your tickets.</h2><p>Reschedule your vacation — or simply have to change a flight? With the new booking system, guests will be able to make modifications to their tickets online or through <a href="" target="_blank">My Disney Experience</a> up until midnight of the day before their tickets are set to begin, so there’s no need to fret.</p><h2>Visiting Disneyland soon? You may want to buy those tickets now.</h2><p>There are no rumblings of any changes, but they’re likely to come, especially at Disneyland Resort. Ticket increases typically happen in February, but the Anaheim theme park recently moved its annual pass admissions to a per-park calendar, likely lessening the number of <a href="" target="_blank">passholders</a> allowed to enter Disneyland Park once brave Jedis are able to board the Millennium Falcon thrill ride and visit <a href="" target="_blank">the cantina inside Galaxy’s Edge</a>, open summer 2019. Our advice? Try to purchase those tickets (or <a href="" target="_blank">upgrade your annual pass</a>) sooner rather than later.</p>
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Belize Is Hosting a Nationwide Game of Hide & Seek — and They Will Fly You Out There for Free

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 09:03
<p>Belize is upping the ante on one of your favorite childhood games.</p><p>The Belize Tourism Board has recently announced that they will be selecting five participants to play the first-ever nationwide game of Hide &amp; Seek, set on what is undoubtedly the biggest stage to date: the entire country of <a href="" target="_blank">Belize</a>.</p><p>Here's how it works:</p><p>Of the five participants, four Hiders will be scattered throughout Belize to relax in true seclusion, enjoying the Central American country's remote resorts, subtropical jungles, hundreds of miles of coastlines, and gorgeous <em><a href="" target="_blank">cayes</a>. </em></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Top All-inclusive Belize Resorts</a></p><p>While the Hiders bask in peace and solitude, the Seeker has one week to find all four. To track them down, the adventure-seeking traveler will be paired with a local guide, who will give her clues after she engages in activities like diving and snorkeling along the Belize Barrier Reef, caving in the Chiquibul Cave System, exploring Mayan sites, and rappelling through the dense jungle.</p><p>If the Seeker successfully finds the Hiders, she wins the game. While the only prize for winning Hide &amp; Seek is bragging rights, there is no loser here, as each player will be getting an all-expenses-paid one-week trip to Belize.</p><p>The truly impressive game will take place between November 12 and November 18 this fall.</p><p>“Belize is a curious place, and we are always looking for ways to evoke a child-like curiosity in travelers,” said Karen Bevans, Director of Tourism, Belize Tourism Board, in a release. “It may be a small country, but Belize is the perfect size to host the biggest game of hide-and-seek ever played. We look forward to showcasing all that Belize has to offer in the context of this beloved children’s game.”</p><p>To apply, send an e-mail to and explain why you deserve to play (depending on which position you're applying for, make either "Hider" or "Seeker" your subject line). The Belize Tourism Board is accepting entries now through October 8 at 11:59 C.T. <a href="" target="_blank">See their website</a> for the official rules.</p>
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First-time Flier Causes Mid-flight Panic After Mistaking the Exit for the Bathroom

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 08:53
<p>Passengers traveling on a GoAir flight from New Delhi to Patna were sent into a panic on Saturday after a man attempted to open the emergency exit door mid-flight.</p><p>According to <a href="">reports</a>, the man was a first-time flyer in his late 20s. Though the incident was most certainly frightening, the man reportedly had no nefarious plans for the plane. Instead, he simply mistook the emergency exit door for the bathroom.</p><p>An airport official explained to <a href=""><i>The Telegraph</i></a> that the man’s fellow passengers asked what he was doing and he replied that he "needed to use the washroom urgently” and kept tugging at the exit door.</p><p>"Pandemonium prevailed amid all this and he was restrained and finally handed over to us,” Mohammad Sanowar Khan told the newspaper. "He said that the confusion happened because he had boarded a flight for the first time in his life."</p><p>GoAir noted in a statement to AFP, "A co-passenger raised the alarm and he was intercepted by the crew.” The plane landed safely in its destination and the passenger was escorted off the flight for further questioning.</p><p>While the incident was undoubtedly terrifying for passengers, they actually had little to worry about as he’d need to possess superhuman strength to open an emergency exit door mid-flight.</p><p>“It’s physically impossible,” Jason Rabinowitz, an aviation blogger, told <a href=""><i>Travel + Leisure</i></a> in 2017. “When at cruising altitude, the pressure difference between the outside of the plane and the inside of the plane, which is pressurized, creates a situation where the door cannot open.”</p><p>This isn’t the first time a passenger has confused the exit for the loo.</p><p>In 2016, a 50-year-old Chinese woman actually <a href="">engaged the emergency slide</a> on a China Southern Airlines flight after mistaking an emergency exit for an airplane bathroom. In 2015, a man onboard a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight was <a href="">detained and fined</a> for the same thing.</p><p>Perhaps it’s time to add “NOT THE BATHROOM” to all exit doors so passengers can avoid this mess in the future.</p>
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Congress Could Regulate a Minimum Airplane Seat Size — but Don't Get Excited Yet

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 07:02
<p>Congress is considering a bill that would require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to set minimum standards for airplane seat size.</p><p>Over the weekend, party leaders presented <a href="" target="_blank">a 1,204-page bill</a> that would, among other things, address the shrinking size between seat rows, establish new rules for flight attendant time off, and require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to investigate the health effects of living underneath a flight path.</p><p>“Relief could soon be on the way for weary airline passengers facing smaller and smaller seats,” Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida said of the bill, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em> reported</a></p><p>The bipartisan bill, which establishes funding for the FAA for five years, has a September 30 deadline for both the House and the Senate. If passed, the DOT would have one year to establish minimum size regulations.</p><p>The saga of the “<a href="" target="_blank">incredible shrinking airline seat</a>” has been well documented. While in the recent past, it was somewhat common to have 34 inches of seat pitch (the distance from one point on a seat to the same seat in front or behind it) in economy, it is now common to only have 30 inches (and sometimes even less).</p><p>However, regulating a minimum seat size doesn't necessarily mean you could expect a comfier ride on your next flight. The FAA has said that seat pitch is unlikely to ever go below 27 inches for safety reasons. And 27 inches, for anyone unaware, is already a tight seat — safe for an emergency evacuation perhaps, but not particularly adequate for anyone who wants to stretch their legs.</p><p>The bill also has provisions against bumping passengers involuntarily who have already boarded the aircraft. Airlines would also have to be more explicit in their explanations of how they handle flight delays and accommodate passengers with disabilities.</p><p>Elsewhere within the bill are mentions of expanding PreCheck availability, mandating the availability of nursing rooms for new mothers at the airport, and implementing “reasonable” measures against people improperly bringing their pets onboard flights as service animals.</p><p>As space travel becomes increasingly likely, the bill also includes a provision to increase funding to the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Space News</em> reported</a>. The agency currently receives $22.6 million per year. In 2019, that would grow to $33 million and by the year 2023, it is slated to receive $76 million, if the bill passes.</p>
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This Swedish Hotel Is Home to the World’s Largest Whisky Collection (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:15
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Skansen</a>, on the Swedish island of Öland, offers guests a staggering 1,179 different whiskies to choose from.</p><p>The hotel, which had accumulated the most whisky labels offered in Sweden in 2001 with more than 500 varieties, has been expanding its collection ever since. In June, the hotel claimed the <a href="" target="_blank">Guinness World Record</a> for the world’s largest collection of commercially available whisky.</p><img alt="Hotel Skanksen is now home to more than 1,000 whisky varieties. "src=""><p>“My dad has been collecting and drinking whisky for many years, so whisky has always been a part of my life,” hotel CEO Fredrik Norén told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Difference Between Whisky and Whiskey</a></p><p>His father's interest in whisky grew on him, and the two spent 20 years traveling the world — from Scotland and Ireland to Japan, France, and South Africa — to taste and learn about different varieties. They began slowly bringing bottles back, later working with local distillers in Sweden to create the collection housed at the hotel.</p><p>Today, guests can enjoy this collection in the hotel's whisky basement, with leather seats and bottles lining the walls.</p><img alt="Hotel Skansen in Sweden is home to the most varieties of whisky that are commercially available. "src=""><img alt="Hotel Skansen's whisky basement is illuminated with thousands of rare blends from around the world. "src=""><p>Selections range from peaty varieties from Scotland's island of Islay, to <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. bourbons</a>, to the hotel's own whisky brand launched 11 years ago.</p><p>One of Norén's favorites is the new Dachi whisky, made from Japanese and Scottish spirits and stored in a Hungarian oak cask for five years. According to Norén, there are currently only 16 bottles around the world.</p><p>The hotel also incorporates its whisky varieties into their restaurant dishes, regularly using them in butters, sauces, and marinades. They also work with a local chocolate manufacturer to create whisky-infused chocolates and <a href="" target="_blank">whisky and chocolate pairings</a> for guests.</p><img alt="Whisky tastings can be booked as packages when staying at Sweden's Hotel Skansen. "src=""><p>Even though the hotel’s whisky collection is already the world’s largest, it's still growing.</p><p>“It changes from day to day and that’s the fun part of it,” Norén said. “It’s not a museum; it’s a whisky bar where people can get to enjoy the product on display and actually taste everything.”</p>
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This Comfy New Overnight Train Will Have You Skipping the Hotel on Your Next European Tour (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 10:46
<p>Europe is fortunate to have many options for visitors to get around, from planes and trains to automobiles and bikes. This heavy competition for travelers has led Europe's railway companies to pay close attention to the passenger experience, offering options that are far more pleasant than flying and often just as efficient.</p><p>The new Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB Intercity day and <a href="" target="_blank">Nightjet overnight</a> trains, currently under development, were designed by Priestmangoode, London. The firm <a href="" target="_blank">also designs airline cabins</a> and even has plans to make hyperloop travel comfortable, but the ÖBB trains gave designers more room to get creative and they put that room to very good use.</p><p>What makes the ÖBB trains special, when compared to other of Europe's transport choices, is that they were designed to make passengers feel at home, with living room quality furnishings, breathtaking views of Europe on large panoramic windows, comfortable sleeping compartments, all the tools you need for work or play, and flexible dining options.</p><img alt="Austrian Train Design "src=""><p>ÖBB wanted the perfect blend of cosy and high-tech, and <a href="" target="_blank">Priestmangoode</a> delivered.</p><p>“It's easier to break up the carriage than an aircraft cabin so you can make different zones far easier,” said Daniel MacInnes, associate director Priestmangoode. “You can have an economy carriage on a train and have three or four different types of seating areas. You don't get that on an aircraft cabin. You have opportunity to do something quite different. That works in first class as well. You have double seats, and single seats and face to face seating. It's more sociable than everyone sat facing forward.”</p><img alt="Austrian Train Design "src=""><p>The ÖBB trains will also have a special private compartment where families or groups can have a conversation, meeting or play games together. It features see-through walls, so that passengers don't feel confined.</p><p>The sleeping compartment will offer four options to suit singles, couples, and families.</p><p>“There is the pod where you have your own bed, your own space and a closed off compartment. It's like a Japanese capsule hotel,” MacInnes said. The capsules have lockers between them for storing personal items. “The next is a more family-based room. You can be with other people, or book the whole space as a group. The step up from that is the first class pod where a couple can be traveling together and you get a bathroom en suite.”</p><p>There will be different options for dining, too, according to passengers' moods. In addition to a vending machine offering quick snacks that passengers can enjoy at their seats, the restaurant will offer a mix of seating from cafeteria-style benches or face-to-face restaurant dining, with plenty of scenery on the side.</p><p>The trains are designed for modern travelers and will also be high-tech with convenient charging spots for electronic devices. Seats feature two separate trays which allow passengers to watch entertainment on their tablets while enjoying a meal or getting some work done — all without having to worry over spilt coffee.</p><p>There is also couple's seating available, with a pull-up armrest that converts the seat into a sofa for couples who want to get cozy or singles who want to spread out.</p><img alt="Austrian Train Design "src=""><p>One of the cleverest features for those traveling around Europe is nearly invisible. Priestmangoode designed the seats in economy class so that they are slightly raised, allowing passengers to place their luggage underneath and between seats, instead of having to reach up to store heavy luggage.</p><p>There is also room onboard for storing bicycles and skiing equipment — some destinations even accommodate motorbikes — so travelers will be ready to go wherever they finally step off.</p><p>Destinations on the <a href="" target="_blank">ÖBB Nightjet</a> train include major cities in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, so travelers can enjoy the best of the Alps and beyond. Nightjet partners also offer onward connections to Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The new ÖBB Nightjet trains with sleeper suites will take to the rails in 2021, but the current Nightjet trains offer the same amazing views.</p>
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Dwyane Wade Can't Give You Packing Tips (His Stylist Does It for Him) — but He Can Give You the Ultimate Carry-on Bag

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 10:31
<p>Though three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade is best known for his incredible basketball career, he has also become known for his impeccable style (having his beautiful wife Gabrielle Union on his side doesn't hurt either). So it makes sense that the Miami Heat guard, best-selling author, and entrepreneur — he has designed ensembles for <a href="" target="_blank">Dsquared2</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">invested in STANCE socks</a>, and in addition to endorsements with Amazon and Gatorade has his own production company — has now moved into the travel space for a collaboration with popular luggage brand <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Away</a>.</p><p>In June, Wade debuted a matte black version of Away's <a href="" target="_blank">aluminum suitcases</a> as sleek and sophisticated as his style, and the second installment of <a href="" target="_blank">the collaboration</a> launches today. It includes a two-tone blue suitcase and several smart accessories for ambitious travelers everywhere – from PVC packing cubes to a sleek, pebbled leather Dopp kit. After all a man this busy is bound to be on the go a lot, but that doesn't mean style has to be sacrificed.</p><p>Between <a href="" target="_blank">collaborating with Chance the Rapper</a> and considering the purchase of his <a href="" target="_blank">own NBA team</a>, Wade chatted with <em>Travel</em> + <em>Leisure</em> about his travel style.</p><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure</em>: What’s the one thing you cannot travel without?</strong></p><p>DW: "My iPhone."</p><p><strong>What’s your favorite carry-on bag?</strong></p><p>"Funny you should ask... It’s my <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Away x Dwyane Wade Aluminum Matte Black Bigger Carry On</a>"</p><p><strong>You are a very stylish guy. Do you have an airplane uniform?</strong></p><p>"A sweat suit since I opt for comfort when traveling. I prefer hooded sweatshirts so I can cover my face when sleeping. But let’s be clear here, they are still stylish sweat suits."</p><p><strong>What do you always order to eat/drink on a plane?</strong></p><p>"Water, it is important to hydrate, especially as an athlete."</p><p><strong>What would you never eat on a plane? </strong></p><p>"Sloppy Joes."</p><p><strong>Is there a certain pair of shoes you always pack?</strong></p><p>"My <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tldwaynewade-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07CCKMX2R&amp;linkId=5f13e453a35d2ffd8ba02f604213e0e9" target="_blank">WOW Essence Lifestyle</a> sneaker, which are multi-purpose."</p><p><strong>Do you try to keep up with your workout regimen when you are traveling so much or do you give yourself a break?</strong></p><p><strong>"</strong>I take a short break when the season is over then go back to it. I love to eat so working out has to be part of my diet."</p><p><strong>What’s your packing philosophy?</strong></p><p>"I don't pack. My stylist does and she gives me a lot of options. I like options! Next year I am going to try to only use a carry-on when traveling."</p><p><strong>What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?</strong></p><p><strong>"</strong>This is such a hard question, because I go on some amazing trips with amazing people. If I had to pick the best I would say Italy with Gab and my son Zion. You want to give your kids the world and that starts by showing them the world."</p><p><strong>What’s the best hotel you’ve ever stayed at?</strong></p><p><strong>"</strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Peninsula Paris</a>."</p><p><strong>What’s the one place that surprised you?</strong></p><p><strong>"</strong>China. No matter how many times you go you can always find something new."</p><p><strong>What’s the one place you’ve never been to, but you’ve always wanted to visit?</strong></p><p><strong>"</strong>It’s a toss-up between Thailand and Fiji."</p><h3>Away x Dwyane Wade Suitcase</h3><img alt="away dwayne wade suitcase "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $225</p><h3>Away x Dwyane Wade Dopp Kit</h3><img alt="away dwayne wade dopp kit "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p><h3>Away x Dwyane Wade Duffel Pack</h3><img alt="away dwayne wade duffel "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $350</p><h3>Away x Dwyane Wade Packing Cubes</h3><img alt="away dwayne wade packing cubes "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $25</p>
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The Best and Worst Airports in North America in 2018 Ranked by Customer Satisfaction

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:44
<p>The facilities and services an airport offers can make a big difference when it comes to travelers' experiences.</p><p>Market research company J.D. Power last week released its 2018 <a href="" target="_blank">North America Airport Satisfaction Rankings</a>, highlighting the airports passengers are most and least satisfied with across North America. The report ranks mega airports (those with more than 32.5 million annual passengers), large airports (between 32.4 million and 10 million annual passengers), and medium sized airports (between 3 million and 9.9 million annual passengers).</p><p>More than 40,000 travelers ranked airports across six categories: terminal facilities, accessibility, security checks, baggage claim, check-in/baggage check, and food, beverage, and retail offerings.</p><p>For mega airports, <a href="" target="_blank">Las Vegas McCarran International</a> and Orlando International tied in first place, followed by the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County.</p><img alt="2018 JD Power Airport Satisfaction Rank Chart "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">John Wayne Airport</a>, in southern California, took first place in the large airport rankings, followed closely by <a href="" target="_blank">Dallas Love Field</a>. Oregon’s <a href="" target="_blank">Portland international Airport</a> and Nashville International Airport came in third and fourth, respectively.</p><img alt="2018 JD Power Airport Satisfaction Rank Chart "src=""><p>Buffalo Niagara International had the highest passenger satisfaction for medium airports, and Indianapolis International and Southwest Florida International ranked second and third.</p><img alt="2018 JD Power Airport Satisfaction Rank Chart "src=""><p>The report also found that airports are seeing a record high in overall passenger satisfaction thanks to improvements across several categories. The biggest improvements were in security and food, beverage, and retail offerings, with more airports offering local goods and staffing security checkpoints more efficiently in an attempt to reduce wait times. Customers were most satisfied overall with airports' check-in procedures, as more airlines have added self-check-in kiosks to speed up the process.</p><p>Not all airports showed improvement over last year, however. Newark Liberty International, in New Jersey, ranked last in the mega airports category due to accessibility difficulties and large numbers of passengers, according to J.D. Power's Travel Practice Lead Michael Taylor. Meanwhile, LaGuardia Airport — <a href="" target="_blank">frequently the target of passengers' ire</a> — ranked last in the large airport rankings due to ongoing construction.</p>
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What Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Did on Their Secret Vacation to Amsterdam (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:15
<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are truly the masters of low-key travel. Despite being one of the most famous couples in the world, the duo reportedly was able to enjoy a weekend away in <a href="" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a> without getting noticed.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Evening Standard</i></a>, Harry and Meghan set off for the Netherlands last weekend, where they enjoyed a three-day stopover to help celebrate the opening of the SoHo House’s latest outpost.</p><p>The royals weren’t alone at the celebration. Also joining them to celebrate both the opening and SoHo founder Nick Jones’ 55th birthday were Lily Cole, Ella Eyre, Stanley Tucci, and Richard Bacon.</p><p>According to the <i>Evening Standard</i>, the weekend included dining on lobster spaghetti and tiramisu at <a href="" target="_blank">Cecconi</a>’s, receiving luxury treatments at the <a href="" target="_blank">Cowshed spa</a>, and taking a private tour of the red light district. It should be noted that the royal couple reportedly opted out of the red light tour, but did join the group on a boat cruise of the city’s canals.</p><p>It should come as no surprise the duo would go to such great lengths to join in on a SoHo bash. The pair did, after all, have their first date in the private dining room at the original Soho House in London. Meghan even reportedly threw her bachelorette at the private club’s retreat in the Cotswolds.</p><p>Though this trip was kept under the radar, the couple’s next journey will be a highly public event. Over the summer, Kensington Palace announced that Meghan and Harry will <a href="" target="_blank">embark on their first official royal tour</a> as a married couple in October. Then, they will visit <a href="" target="_blank">Australia</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Fiji</a>, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Kingdom of Tonga</a> at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.</p><p>The trip, the <a href="" target="_blank">palace explained</a>, will “focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts – including the dedication of several new Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy projects – and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.”</p><p>You too can follow along with their<a href="" target="_blank"> daily itinerary here</a>.</p>
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