Where and When to See the Eagles Super Bowl Parade

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 06:59
<p>When the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots on Sunday to win their first <a href="" target="_blank">Super Bowl</a> in team history, the streets of Philly were flooded with fans chanting, singing, and (despite the city’s best efforts to deter them with hydraulic fluid) scaling light poles and street signs.</p><p>Win or lose, <a href="" target="_blank">the City of Brotherly Love</a> was prepared to endure the kind of rowdy, exuberant, and occasionally reckless celebration Eagles fans had been waiting for generations to unleash.</p><p>Now, <a href="" target="_blank">fans of the Birds</a> can look forward to the official Philadelphia Eagles parade later this week.</p><h2>When is the Eagles Parade?</h2><p>While the parade had been tentatively planned for Wednesday, <a href="" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a> Mayor Jim Kenney has postponed the Eagles victory parade until Thursday, February 7, when bad weather is expected to subside.</p><p>According to a Twitter announcement from the City of Philadelphia, the parade for the 2018 Super Bowl champions will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. in downtown Philly.</p><h2>The Eagles Super Bowl Parade Route</h2><p>According to the City of Philadelphia, the Eagles parade will begin at the corner of Broad and Pattison, near the city's stadium complex. The procession will then head north to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, carrying the gleaming Vince Lombardi Trophy to the famous “Rocky” statue at the base of those iconic, 68 steps.</p><p>Additional details about the massive Philly celebration will be announced Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Visit Philadelphia Like a Celebrity</a> </p><h2>Where to get free Bud Light in Philly during the Parade</h2><p>Back in August, Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson promised to “[give] out beer to everybody” if the Eagles could make the playoffs or win the Super Bowl.</p><p>Bud Light made Johnson a bet that if they could “win it all,” the beer company would sponsor the party.</p><p>Now that the Eagles have taken the trophy, Bud Light is keeping its word. As <a href="" target="_blank">ABC Channel 6 reported</a>, there will be 25 bars along the Philly parade route serving free beer to fans.</p>
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You Only Have Two More Days to Get a $1 Home in Italy

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 06:48
<p>Your dream European vacation home awaits — but you'll have to act fast.</p><p>The Italian village of Ollolai has 200 stone houses that are <a href="" target="_blank">up for sale for only €1</a> (about $1.20 USD), but you only have two days left to apply. The homes, which are part of the Italian project called “<a href="" target="_blank">Case a 1 euro</a>,” (which includes properties across Sicily, Tuscany and Abruzzo), are so cheap because they’re all in need of some serious renovations.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>, whoever wins a dollar house must commit to refurbishing it within three years, which is likely to cost at leaset $25,000. Even dollar menus have tax included, and this is a pretty hefty tax.</p><p>“We boast prehistoric origins,” Efisio Arbau, Ollolai's mayor, told CNN. “My crusade is to rescue our unique traditions from falling into oblivion. Pride in our past is our strength. We've always been tough people and won't allow our town to die.”</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">The Independent</a>, the last day to apply for a dollar home is February 7, mainly because the number of applications has been overwhelming. (If you can’t get in at Ollolai, there’s also Candela, where the <a href="" target="_blank">mayor will pay you €2,000</a> (about $2,4800 USD) to live there.)</p><p>In addition to refurbishing your new, “dollar” home, you must also commit to being a permanent resident, rent a house in the town and earn more than €7,500 (just over $9,300 USD) per year.</p><p>Even though all of these requirements seem like “the catch,” just remember you’ll be living in Italy, in a gorgeous, ancient town. And other than your day job to keep your less-than-10,000-per-year finances afloat, you’ll just have to work on your dream home.</p><p>The project hopes to bring back populations to these struggling towns and revitalize the decaying buildings.</p>
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2 Killed in South Carolina Amtrak Crash

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 15:25
<p>At least two people were killed and more than 100 were injured in an <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak</a> train crash in <a href="" target="_blank">South Carolina</a> crash early Sunday morning.</p><p>Train 91, which was traveling from New York’s <a href="" target="_blank">Pennsylvania Station</a> to Miami, hit an oncoming freight train and “the lead engine derailed, as well as some passenger cars,” according to an <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak statement</a>.</p><p>The train was carrying 139 passengers and eight crew members when it crashed at 2:35 a.m. in Cayce, South Carolina. The two people who died were Amtrak engineer Michael Kempf, 54, and train conductor Michael Cella, 36, <a href="" target="_blank">the coroner's office said</a>.</p><p>Lexington County spokesperson Harrison Cahill said injuries ranged from broken bones to slight scratches, according the <a href="" target="_blank">The State</a>. The Lexington County Sheriff’s department <a href="" target="_blank">said on Twitter</a> that that collision happened near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road.</p><p>At least 5,000 gallons of fuel also spilled as a result of the crash, but Cahill said there was "no threat to the public." </p><p>Amtrak’s twitter account says passengers can get information on passengers from train 91 by calling 1(800)523-9101.</p><p> </p><p>The National Transportation Safety Board is beginning an investigation into the cause of the crash, which is unknown.</p><p>Another fatal Amtrak crash occurred just four days ago in West Virginia when the train, which was carrying scores of <a href="" target="_blank">Republican lawmakers headed to a policy conference</a>, hit a garbage truck at a train crossing, killing someone in the truck.</p>
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How to Pack Like a Victoria’s Secret Model

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 15:00
<p>Victoria’s Secret model Sanne Vloet knows a thing or two about traveling. Born in Donkerbroek, in the Netherlands, Vloet has jetsetted throughout her career, modeling around the world and appearing in international fashion magazines such as <i>Vogue </i>and <i>Harper’s Bazaar.</i></p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How Victoria's Secret Models Travel to Shows Around the World</a></p><p>Now, just 22-years-old, she still has no intentions of slowing down. Before appearing in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, <em>Travel + Leisure</em> got to chat with Vloet about her best-kept beauty secret, her cozy travel style, and her one guilty pleasure when traveling.</p><p> </p><h3><strong>T+L:</strong> What’s the thing you miss most about living in the Netherlands?</h3><p><strong>Vloet:</strong> "The people, actually. They’re very down-to-earth people. I miss the cheese as well."</p><p> </p><h3>What is your favorite place you have traveled to for work?</h3><p>"I’ve been all over, but I think my favorite would be [when] we were shooting in the north of <a href="" target="_blank">Finland</a>, at the Arctic Circle. That was very special, actually. I think that was my favorite trip. It was really, really cold to work in, but it was so special. So far, it was one of my favorite places to go — and I don’t even like the cold!"</p><h3>What’s the one item that you cannot travel without?</h3><p>"Headphones. I always have my <a href="" target="_blank">headphones</a> with me. I can’t travel without any music."</p><h3>What’s your favorite thing to wear on a long flight?</h3><p>"I will always bring a <a href="" target="_blank">scarf</a> with me because sometimes the temperature in the airport or plane changes really fast, so I always bring a scarf because it’s really easy. I like to wear comfortable clothes, but not too shabby, because I really feel like when you travel, if you look good, you feel good. I’ll travel with loafers — since you can take them on and off easy, especially during customs — a loose-fit pant, and a warm cashmere sweater."</p><h3>Do you have any <a href="" target="_blank">packing tips</a>?</h3><p>"Roll the clothes. And what I do recently as well, I put everything in small cotton bags. So my socks are separate, underwear is separate, all my bags are separate, swimwear is separate. So you have a little bit more room in your suitcase, and you can find things faster. I also put all my liquids in plastic bags to avoid leaking."</p><h3>What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?</h3><p>"I think the best destination was <a href="" target="_blank">Indonesia</a> for me. I traveled there for six weeks with a friend, and it had so many beautiful things. Beautiful culture, beautiful nature. There [are] beaches, things to do like surfing, relaxing with yoga, and I think that because it was all together, and you can do everything that you wanted [in one place]. That made it really nice. And I love Asian food." </p><p> </p><h3>What’s your one guilty pleasure when traveling?</h3><p>"I always have a bar of chocolate in my bag, and I love a glass of red wine on the plane."</p><h3>What’s your best-kept travel beauty secret?</h3><p>"I always bring face masks in the plane for a long flight. And <a href="" target="_blank">Caudalie's</a><a href="" target="_blank"> facial spray</a>, which is kind of minty. And because it’s minty, not only is it really good for your skin, but it really freshens you up. And [also] eye drops."</p><p> </p><h3>Are there any projects you’re currently working on?</h3><p>"Because traveling is one of my passions — of course, I do it for work — but I’d really like to explore all cultures. There are some upcoming projects with the traveling I do, and I will want to share that with people. In [2018], it will be a bigger thing."</p>
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What to Wear in Paris to Be as Fashionable as a Local

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 14:30
<p>There is no “right” way to do <a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a>. Especially if this is your second or third trip (lucky you), your days aren’t limited to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tour, and Notre-Dame. So you can skip the tourist crowds and finally see Paris the way Parisians do.</p><p>Café and gallery hop in St.-Germain-des-Prés; explore the lesser-known museums in the Marais; shop the best vintage boutiques in the city; and people-watch on the fancy Avenue Montaigne. I’d argue there is no other city whose cultural and visual splendor blends so rhythmically, and if you explore by foot (as you should) the city quickly becomes your own.</p><p>Here’s what to see, eat, and wear to do the City of Light like a local.</p><h2>What to Wear for a Shopping Day</h2><img alt="What to wear for a day of shopping in Paris "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Jennifer Behr bow, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $128<br />Saks Potts jacket, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $1,411<br />Wolford bodysuit, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $210<br />Amélie Pichard basket bag, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $365<br />Topshop skirt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";ps=20&amp;Ntt=BUTTON%20SKIRT" target="_blank"></a>, $65<br />Falke tights, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $34<br />Carel shoes, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $390<br />Levens earrings, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $68</p><p>Paris is practically synonymous with style. You’ll want to designate an entire day for visiting the best local shops throughout the city. While famed department stores Bon Marché and Galeries Lafayette are musts, it’s worth venturing to the local boutiques to find the brands (and chic French vintage) that no one will have back at home.</p><p>Many of the coolest French boutiques can be found in local neighborhoods on the Right Bank. In the Marais alone, you have <a href="" target="_blank">Merci</a> and the Broken Arm, multi-brand boutiques with chic curations and coffee shops in-store. Nearby, you’ll find French accessories designer Amélie Pichard’s new eponymous storefront, which just opened this year. A visit to her whimsical shop is like walking into a Jean-Luc Godard film; it doesn’t get much more French.</p><p>Venturing over to the 9th and 10th arrondissements, noteworthy stores include Centre Commercial and Rose Market Vintage. There, you’ll also find CristaSeya, a Parisian lifestyle brand that sporadically releases new editions of timeless pieces — free from trends. You could spend an entire day winding through the city’s best flea market, <a href="" target="_blank">Marché aux Puces at Porte de Clignancourt</a>, where you’ll find endless vendors of vintage and antique treasures.</p><p>And Citypharma, on the Left Bank, is the local beauty scene’s best-kept secret. The city is a mecca for major beauty names, and at Citypharma, you’ll find all the best French brands for half their U.S. price.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Paris’ Hotel Scene Is Booming Right Now — Here Are Our Favorites</a></p><h2>What to Wear for a Culture Day</h2><img alt="Lookbook for a day of cultural exploration in Paris "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Blazé Milano coat, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $2,787<br />Kotn tee shirt, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $25<br />Isabel Marant cap, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $155<br />Saint Laurent silk choker, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $395<br />Foundrae pendant, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $1,995<br />Alighieri pendant, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $225<br />The Great jeans, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $265<br />By Far boots, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $676</p><p>Start your walk vintage book browsing along the Seine in the Latin Quarter where you'll find independent vendors selling first editions of De Laclos and Flaubert. Visit the famous <a href="" target="_blank">Shakespeare and Co. bookstore</a> which has been open for a century as of next year. After that, gallery-hop on Rue Mazarine and start your café tour in the quaint, cobbled streets of Passage St. André, leading you into the ultimate café society scene of St.-Germain-des-Prés. Voltaire, Diderot, and Simone de Beauvoir’s storied haunts like Brasserie Lipp, <a href="" target="_blank">Café de Flore</a>, and Café Procope are all worth a stop. Drop into the famous Assouline bookstore, then have a bite to eat at Le Comptoir du Relais.</p><p>You could opt instead to head to the Marais, the Jewish Quarter. Visit the Musée National Picasso-Paris and the Maison de Victor Hugo in Place de Vosges followed by a visit to L’as du Falafel on the famous Rue de Rosiers for lunch. Though, make sure to save some energy for an evening of bar-hopping along the lively Rue de Oberkampf.</p><h2>What to Wear for a Dressed-up Day</h2><img alt="Lookbook for a fancy day out in Paris, France "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Isabel Marant blazer, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $990<br />Loren Stewart hoops, <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";104033;6167&amp;utm_content=1096249000001&amp;utm_term=355191764302&amp;gclid=CjwKCAiAqbvTBRAPEiwANEkyCMp0-QBWm4ke7KOkJVyBlakUVXXyqoNQx4gznT4c8fvqjkL8aekU_RoCso0QAvD_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank"></a>, $395<br />Être Cécile tee shirt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95<br />Wandler bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $354<br />Isabel Marant pants, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $595<br />Acne Studios sneakers, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $400</p><p>When in Paris, do as the bourgeoisie do — that includes window shopping at Place Vendôme, drinks at the new Hoxton’s Rivié bar and late-night eats at a long-time fancy favorite Caviar Kaspia. Paris’ most elegant neighborhoods can be found on the right bank — in the 1st, 8th and 16th arrondissements.</p><p>Begin with a stroll down the high-end shopping street, Saint Honoré, followed by a stop into Musée de l’Orangerie in the Tuileries Gardens to marvel at Monet’s famous water lilies. Continue along, passing Place de la Concorde, to the Champs-Élysées and Avenue Montaigne and stop into L’Avenue for optimal people-watching and a <em>trés chic</em> — albeit pricey — bite to eat.</p><p>If you’d prefer a more local and casual spot, grab a croissant at Chez Joséphine. And if a cocktail is what you’re craving, visit Le Matignon. With the Arc de Triomphe as your backdrop, you’ll be drinking wine with your pinky up all day.</p>
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The Best Months to Visit Iceland

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 14:02
<p>When Iceland's economy buckled under the pressure of a crumbling currency back in 2008, the island instantly became accessible to travelers with a more varied spectrum of budgets.</p><p>Now, 10 years later, the nation has experienced an eruption of tourism, as travelers became increasingly exposed to the ethereal — and highly Instagrammable — landscapes of ancient glaciers and rugged fjords.</p><p>Prices have duly exploded as well, and the mirage of the inexpensive Scandinavian vacation is no more.</p><p>Finding that perfect price-value ratio is nothing short of a feat when <a href="" target="_blank">traveling to Iceland</a>. And travelers should also be aware that what you do and see on your Iceland trip will almost entirely determined by what time of year you visit. So don't buy those <a href="" target="_blank">cheap WOW Air tickets</a> before first consulting this comprehensive guide. </p><h2>The Best Months to Visit Iceland</h2><h3>The Best Weather in Iceland</h3><p>The summer months — July and August — are Iceland’s warmest, and have long been the most popular time to visit. And June, with its 24 hours of daylight, sees just about as many tourists as the peak of summer.</p><p>But even during this season, bad weather (rain and intense winds) is not uncommon. The island’s fickle climate often means you can experience all four seasons in a single day.</p><p>Iceland can stay relatively warm through the first week of October, so planning a September visit can be ideal (most of the crowds have thinned as children return to school). May, too, provides ample daylight for sightseeing and warmer temps. But if you’re keen on exploring some of the more remote hills and fjords, it may not be the best time to visit, as some roads remain closed as they thaw from winter’s snowy cover. For serious hikers, <a href="" target="_blank">the best time to visit Iceland</a> is the summer, when all the mountain roads are open and all of the most famous trails are accessible. </p><h3>The Best Time to See Whales in Iceland</h3><p>According to Icelandic marine biologist Dr. Edda Elísabet Magnúsdóttir, the peak months to whale watch in Iceland are June and July. In the north of Iceland, you’ll have a wider window to enjoy visits from humpbacks, minkes, and dolphins, which ply the Atlantic from May to August; a few humpbacks even stick around until the end of the year. Blue whales pass through in June, too.</p><p>The summer months in Reykjavík see promising numbers of minke whales and dolphins, while orcas congregate in West Iceland along the Snaefellsnes peninsula during the first half of the year.</p><h3>The Best Times to Visit the Hot Springs</h3><p>Iceland’s hot water baths are one of the most essential components of the local culture, both for social as well as wellness benefits. Reykjavík’s public pools are open all year round (and are especially invigorating in the dead of winter), but the island also has hundreds of hidden “hot pots” that tap directly into the geothermal activity under its lava-ridden surface.</p><p>Expert Icelandic mountaineer and co-founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Midgard Adventure</a>, Sigurdur Bjarni Sveinsson, offers the following advice for hot water hunters: “Check them out during the month of September or, even better, the first half of October when they’re all still accessible by mountain road, but the crowds of tourists have significantly died down.”</p><p>To travelers who want to visit the most famous geothermal spa, the best time to visit the Blue Lagoon is during the the off and shoulder season, when crowds are thinner (hundreds of thousands of people flock here every year). It's also better to schedule your visit during the evening, after most guests have already come and gone. </p><h2>The Best Time to Visit Iceland for Northern Lights</h2><p>You’ll need three essential factors to see the Aurora Borealis: darkness, clear conditions, and a surge in solar activity. Viewings are often elusive, like seeing curtains of neon wind, especially when forecasts predicting roaring flares are marred by transient clouds. To avoid disappointment, travelers should never plan their trip to Iceland solely for the Northern Lights, because the island’s weather is too capricious (statistically, there are more clear nights in Yellowknife, Canada, for example.) The best way to optimize your chances of <a href="" target="_blank">seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland</a> is by visiting from mid-October through March, when you have extended hours of nighttime, and getting out into the remote countryside to reduce the ambient light pollution.</p><h2>The Worst Times to Visit Iceland</h2><h3>The Most Crowded Times to Visit Iceland</h3><p>Sadly (but logically), the warmest months of the year are easily the worst time to visit if you’re hoping to avoid the onslaught of tourists. The month of July and the first week of August see the highest number of travelers, with big-ticket attractions like the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, the South Coast, and Jökulsárlón being particularly overrun. If you are planning to visit during that time, consider exploring more remote corners of the island like the Westfjords or East Iceland, which have their own cache of fjords, vistas, and waterfalls that are just as impressive as the natural attractions surrounding the capital — if not more.</p><h2>The Cheapest Times to Visit Iceland</h2><p>When tourism was an emerging industry in Iceland, there was a sharp divide between the summer months and the rest of the year. But now that the nation has secured its spot as an It destination, winter accommodation discounts are mostly limited to the darkest and coldest months of the year: November through February.</p><p>Flights can soar upwards of $1,000 during the peak travel months, so it’s best to keep an eye on flight deals and flash sales from Wow Air and Icelandair. During the off and shoulder seasons, tickets can be purchased for $200 round-trip from the United States.</p><p>Once you arrive in Iceland, however, there are very few discounts to be had.</p>
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How Chris Hemsworth Gets Comfortable on Those Long-haul Flights to Australia (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 14:01
<p>When a trailer hit the internet last month for a new installment of the “Crocodile Dundee” films, this time starring Danny McBride, fans went absolutely crazy. The second trailer, now featuring Chris Hemsworth, came out just a day later and doubled the excitement. It seemed too good to be true.</p><p>And of course it was.</p><p>Rumors in the days after the trailer’s initial launch that the film was just too good to have gone unnoticed until now — no one had heard of it filming, or even being greenlit. And those rumors were confirmed on Sunday during the Super Bowl when it was revealed that the video featuring the likes of Hemsworth, McBride, Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman and more, was actually just one big ad for tourism to Australia.</p><p>“It was so much fun,” Hemsworth told <em>Travel+Leisure</em> about making the now infamous commercial.</p><p>“I think there’s a possibility that this could be a movie, but I think people are going to be quite disappointed to learn it’s not,” he said (with a laugh).</p><p>While the ad may have broken some Dundee fans' hearts, it showed off Australia in all its glory, which is something Hemsworth has plenty of experience with as the official <a href="" target="_blank">Ambassador to Australia’s tourism board</a>.</p><img alt="Chris Hemsworth in Sydney Harbour "src=""><p>“I’m incredibly proud. It was such an honor to be a part of it,” Hemsworth said of representing his home nation. “To be a part of something dramatically different like this and to take a completely different angle is wonderful.”</p><p>As part of his duties as a tourism ambassador Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky embarked on a cross-country adventure, staying in a few of Australia’s most recognizable locations, and a few hidden gems like the <a href="" target="_blank">Orpheus Island Lodge</a>. And it wasn’t the only place on the trip that made Hemsworth fall in love with Australia all over again.</p><p>“Hamilton Island was pretty incredible, the Kimberleys was fantastic. We went to Central Australia which was, again, amazing,” he said, as he rattled off even more stunning destinations. “We did a lot up and down the East Coast of Australia and got to see how diverse that coastline is.”</p><p>Of course, Hemsworth, as a lifelong surfer, caught his fair share of waves along the way.</p><p>“The best surfing is probably around February, when the holiday rush is over and the water is beautiful and it’s at its warmest,” he said.</p><p>Though he couldn’t pick a favorite spot, he didn’t have a hard time describing quite possibly the most idyllic family vacation of all time, one that Hemsworth says they take as often as possible.</p><p>“We live sort of Northern. The water up here is just incredibly clear. What we’ve done a lot of the time is take a camper van, and just drive up or down the coast. There’s some sections on the coast you can drive along the beach. And just make a campsite in the sand. Swim all day, cook your dinner at a campfire and sleep under the stars. And do it all over again the next day.”</p><p>As for his tips to getting comfortable on a longhaul flight to and from Australia, Hemsworth explained that he keeps it simple by always trying to book an overnight flight.</p><p>“Have a glass of wine, fall asleep and wake up at 6 a.m. here in Australia and you’ve got the whole day.” He added, “I promise you, this is a much easier flight than people think. Especially when you wake up with the sun shining in your hair and you’re in Australia.”</p>
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The 'Crocodile Dundee' Super Bowl Ad Is the Best Film That Never Was

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:57
<p>In 1986, Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee <a href="" target="_blank">introduced American audiences to a world down under</a> — and Australia has been eating up the attention ever since.</p><p>For <a href="" target="_blank">Super Bowl Sunday</a>, Dundee — along with fellow Aussies including Chris Hemsworth and American actor Danny McBride — returned, albeit briefly.</p><p>When the teaser trailers ahead of Sunday's promotion first started airing in January, fans got excited — and then <a href="" target="_blank">dubious</a>. The teasers were for another Dundee film (what would be the fourth in the series), but no one had heard any previous news about filming, or even about the project getting greenlit. Hemsworth's involvement was also questionable. He is, after all, an ambassador for the tourism authority.</p><img alt="The poster for Tourism Australia's Super Bowl ad with a Crocodile Dundee spoof. "src=""><p>And so it was confirmed, “Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home” is no film, but one part of an advertising campaign.</p><p>But anyone who feels duped should appreciate that Paul Hogan himself was part of an Australia tourism campaign that predates the original film.</p><p>“Crocodile Dundee put Australia on the map for Americans, and many other international travelers,” John O'Sullivan, Tourism Australia's managing director, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Off the back of Paul Hogan’s <a href="" target="_blank">‘Come Say G’Day’ campaign</a>, the 1986 film and Mick ‘Crocodile’ Dundee helped shape the American view of Australia and is still relevant today ... It showed Americans that Australia is a stunningly beautiful country and Australians to be friendly and welcoming people.”</p><img alt="Tourism Australia is revisiting Crocodile Dundee in 2018. "src=""><p>Even though Dundee has had incredible staying power, there are parts of the legend that Australia's tourism officials would like to dispel.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How Chris Hemsworth Stays Comfortable on That Long Flight to Australia</a></p><p>“The original Crocodile Dundee took place in the rugged outback. Its gritty view of Australia helped define America’s view of the country for decades. Our new Dundee will explore a more contemporary version of Australia,” said O'Sullivan. “He’ll visit a dazzling array of locations that include the outback, but also gorgeous mountains, stunning beaches, award-winning restaurants and even wineries.”</p><p>The locations in the Crocodile Dundee Super Bowl ad include Lawn Hill Gorge, a national park in Queensland; Mission Beach and the Opal Reef; the award-winning Quay Restaurant, in Sydney Harbour; <a href="" target="_blank">Montalto Winery</a>, in Victoria; Kangaroo Island; and Cable Beach.</p><img alt="Tourism Australia is revisiting Crocodile Dundee in 2018. "src=""><p>Turning the one-minute Super Bowl ad into a travel itinerary could keep you busy for weeks.</p><p>And the framing of the fake film as a buddy comedy — starring McBride and Hemsworth — is no accident.</p><img alt="Tourism Australia is revisiting Crocodile Dundee in 2018. "src=""><p>“There's that saying that every party is better with an Australian and Hogan/Mick Dundee personified that genuine mateship,” said O'Sullivan.“We haven't really promoted one of the best reasons to come to Australia is the friendly locals and the genuine experiences you will have there.”</p>
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These Are the Best Times to Visit Thailand

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:31
<p>There's a reason Thailand is one of the most in-demand destinations for travelers right now. With favorable exchange rates, an <a href="" target="_blank">unfussy tourist visa policy</a>, idyllic beaches, and world-renowned cuisine, the number of foreign visitors to the country has doubled over the past decade.</p><p>Travelers can spend their trip to Thailand lazing on a beach on Koh Samui, rooftop bar hopping in Bangkok, and even mingling with elephants in <a href="" target="_blank">Chiang Mai</a>. But before you book your tickets, use this guide to determine the right time of year for your dream Thai vacation.</p><h2>The Best Weather in Thailand</h2><p>Don’t be deceived by the shockingly blue skies in nearly every photo of Thai beaches you’ve seen — there is such thing as a gloomy day in the Land of Smiles, and the time of year you visit can make or break your beach vacation (though we’d argue that there’s nothing particularly bad about watching a tropical downpour from <a href="" target="_blank">your private jungle villa</a>).</p><p>To step into that cloudless postcard image of Thailand (you know the one: long tailed boats, limestone islands) plan your trip sometime between the end of November and the end of April. While Thailand's rainy season typically begins after July and runs through October, it isn’t unlikely for major storms to arrive as early as May.</p><h3>The Best Time to Visit Thailand's Beaches</h3><p>But don’t be put off with the idea of booking your <a href="" target="_blank">Thailand beach vacation</a> during the height of the country's winter. Though weather anywhere north of Bangkok may require a light sweater come evening, clear skies grace almost the entire country between December and the end of February. Besides, sweater-weather in Thailand is still shorts and tank weather for most of the rest of the world.</p><p>For beach and island goers, this is the best time to plan your trip, as the air will be less humid and the sun won't be scorching (meaning you can actually lay out in the sun without getting drenched in sweat after just five minutes). Add in the light evening breeze, and you won't want for anything during your Thailand vacation.</p><h2>The Worst Time to Visit Thailand</h2><p>There really isn’t a bad time to <a href="" target="_blank">visit Thailand</a> because, despite torrential downpours and overcrowded markets, there will always be coconuts, zesty noodles, and Thai massages. If you are traveling to the country in hopes of returning home with any sort of sun tan, however, avoid planning your trip between July and the end of October. That's when monsoon season is in full swing, and the whole country is impacted, from Chiang Mai (where weather can be chilly and wet), to <a href="" target="_blank">Bangkok</a>, where the air is stuffy and streets become flooded with rain water.</p><p>Travelers should also be wary of booking stays in April and early May. This is what is considered the “hottest” season in the hot, hotter, and hottest classification of Thai climate. Temperatures can surpass 104 degrees, so if you can’t handle the heat, plan your trip for a few months earlier.</p><p>But with ideal weather inevitably comes hordes of people. Late November through December is popular with travelers, given the holiday season and drier, more comfortable Southeast Asian air. To avoid temples packed with tourists (they really get in the way for that perfect Instagram shot), go in January or February. Cities and beaches are less crowded and still offer sunny, bearably hot weather.</p><h2>The Cheapest Times to Visit Thailand</h2><p>While just about everything — transportation, food, activities, souvenirs — can be purchased for a song once you’re actually in the country, getting there is a whole different story. Flights to Thailand are unsurprisingly high during the holiday season because of expats returning home, the influx of families taking advantage of school holidays, and people using up the last of their vacation days before the New Year.</p><p>Generally, flight prices and accommodations will be cheaper during low season (between March and October), though June and early July see another spike because of summer break. According to the airfare prediction app Hopper, the cheapest flights to Bangkok are in September and April, when travelers can find savings of up to $500.</p>
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This Is the Luxury Airport Lounge We All Want Access To

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:00
<p>American Express Centurion Lounges are the most <a href="" target="_blank">luxurious lounges</a> in the company's collection, and they're reserved exclusively for American Express Platinum card holders or Centurion members, regardless of the airlines on which they fly.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Get Access to Airport Lounges All Over the World</a></p><p>Travelers can find Centurion Lounges in Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, New York City, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, and (more recently) <a href="" target="_blank">Hong Kong and Philadelphia</a>. To get complimentary access, American Express Platinum and Centurion members need only to present their cards, boarding passes, and a government-issued ID at the front desk.</p><p>Platinum and Centurion members also get access to the broader <a href="" target="_blank">Global Lounge Collection</a>, which offers access to more than 1,100 lounges across the globe — the most offered by any U.S. credit card.</p><img alt="American Express Airport Lounge "src=""><p>Guest access is given only to the card holder — specifically, the person whose name is on the card — who may enter with up to two guests or immediate family members at no additional charge. Family or guests may neither enter nor remain in the Centurion Lounge without being accompanied by the card holder.</p><img alt="American Express Airport Lounge "src=""><p>Centurion Lounges are known for being some of <a href="" target="_blank">the swankiest airport lounges on Earth</a>, and while the amenities vary depending on the location, travelers can expect such perks as free high-speed Wi-Fi, soundproof family rooms, shower suites, and menus designed by celebrity chefs.</p><p>Cédric Vongerichten, for example, created the menu for the Centurion Lounge in New York City, while the light-filled lounge in Miami has a menu by the James Beard award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein.</p><p>San Francisco’s Centurion Lounge features a seasonal menu by Daniel Patterson, founder of the three-Michelin star restaurant Coi. While waiting for a flight, travelers can feast on refined dishes like zucchini and burrata salad or grilled chicken with shaved fennel. This lounge also has a wine-tasting station and cocktails by legendary mixologist, Jim Meehan, of New York City's PDT bar. </p><p>Even the treatments at the Exhale Spas inside the Dallas and Miami Centurion Lounges are included for travelers (think: free chair massages and pre-flight manicures). </p><p>Don't have the proverbial platinum ticket? Other American Express cardholders can gain entry to a Centurion Lounge by paying $50, though access can be limited depending on capacity. </p>
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Super Bowl LII Is Set to Be the Coldest on Record

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 17:35
<p>With brutally cold temperatures projected for Sunday, fans and players should be thankful this year's Super Bowl will be held indoors.</p><p>The most recent forecast for Minneapolis, Minn., where Super Bowl LII will be held, says Saturday snow will give way to partly cloudy skies on Sunday, with a high of just 6 degrees and a low of -1 degree, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the Weather Channel</a>. The real feel will be more like -5 to -8 degrees, <a href="" target="_blank">according to AccuWeather</a>. All told, the 2018 contest is set to be the coldest Super Bowl game time temperature on record, the Weather Channel tweeted.</p><p> </p><p>The silver lining: The game's venue, U.S. Bank Stadium, is completely enclosed, shielding the New England Patriots, the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans from the extreme cold. </p><p> </p><p>Revelers in the teams' home cities, however, may be in for some less-than-ideal celebrating conditions. Weather Channel forecasts say both Philadelphia and Boston can expect rain and temperatures in the low 40s on Sunday.</p><img alt=" "src="">
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How to Book a Valentine’s Day Hotel Room for Less Than the Cost of Dinner

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 16:01
<p>A multi-course dinner for two — with wine — is likely to cost upwards of $180 on Valentine’s Day. What’s worse is that the experience will likely only last a couple hours and you are your beloved will be smushed between other couples in a bustling and hectic restaurant.</p><p>Why go through all that hassle when, for the same price as dinner, you could have a one-night staycation?</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Most Romantic Destination in Every State</a></p><p>For those considering a hotel stay instead, <a href="" target="_blank">HotelTonight</a> has selected several options from around the country that cost less than a dinner for two.</p><p>In <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">The Garland</a> hotel is available from $158 per night. Located in North Hollywood, the retro hotel is in close proximity to movie studios and even offers a free shuttle to <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios</a>.</p><p>Travelers looking for a getaway in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> can opt for the newly-opened <a href="" target="_blank">James New York NoMad</a> (at $140 per night) or hop across the bridge to Brooklyn and <a href="" target="_blank">The Williamsburg Hotel</a> (from $165 per night).</p><p>Boston folk can book a night at <a href="" target="_blank">The Verb</a> for $110. The boutique hotel has a music theme for those who wish to sing love songs through the night.</p><p>Reasonably priced, stylish hotel options abound in <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a>, like the sleek <a href="" target="_blank">Thompson Chicago</a> (available at $134) or trendy <a href="" target="_blank">Freehand Chicago</a> (at $74).</p><p>The luxurious, four-star San Francisco hotel <a href="" target="_blank">The Marker</a> is available for $183 on Valentine’s Day.</p><p>Book a night at Seattle’s <a href="" target="_blank">Pan Pacific Hotel</a> for $142 for a view to rival that from “Frasier.” Or escape to warmth at the <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Republic</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego</a> for $153.</p><p>No matter where you go, a private hotel room is endlessly more romantic than a rushed dinner. Choose wisely.</p>
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This Clear Bubble in Australia Lets You Sleep Under the Stars in Comfort

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 15:32
<p>Not everybody was made for the great outdoors. Pesky bugs and the cold, hard ground do not mix with the glamour of a perfectly executed <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram photo</a>.</p><p>But Instagrammers seeking the gratification of “likes” may one day need to give in and spend a night in nature. Luckily, millennials have conceived the perfect mediation between nature and comfort: a translucent bubble.</p><img alt="Bubbletents Australia Lodging Capertee Valley "src=""><p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Bubbletent Australia</a>, in <a href="" target="_blank">Australia</a>’s Capertee Valley, campers can indulge in glamping, without having to give up the fantastic views that come with a night spend en plein air.</p><img alt="Bubbletents Australia Lodging View "src=""><p>“You could say we're spoilt millennials that are just indulging in our ultimate fantasy,” Mayu Iwasaki, one of Bubbletent’s owners, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Mashable</em></a>, “except that we want to share it with people.”</p><p>The clear bubbles are about 11 feet in diameter and come equipped with all the luxuries of home. Guests sleep on a queen bed with goose down pillows. There’s a telescope ready for stargazing, hot chocolate and champagne flutes for celebrating, and eye masks if the light of the moon becomes too bright to sleep.</p><img alt="Bubbletents Australia Lodging Sunrise View "src=""><img alt="Bubbletents Australia Lodging Telescope View "src=""><p>But just because you’re in the middle of wilderness doesn’t mean guests need to unplug. There’s a bluetooth speaker, USB chargers and an in-tent iPad, equipped with a stargazing app and Spotify playlists to fit the mood.</p><p>There’s even an attached bathroom bubble that’s shaded from fellow campers’ eyes, complete with toilet and sink, supplied by pump water.</p><p>Renting out one of the three translucent bubbles starts at <a href="" target="_blank">$250 per night</a>.</p>
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This Is It, the Most Epic Photo of the Northern Lights Ever

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 15:00
<p>Seeing the <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Lights</a> in real life is nothing short of spectacular. Getting to watch a show put on by Mother Nature in some of the most remote corners of the world is certainly exhilarating, but for <a href="" target="_blank">photographer Ollie Taylor</a> that experience became even more magical when a rainbow broke out just as the auroras began to shine.</p><p>While out in Iceland <a href="" target="_blank">Taylor</a> was able to capture the image that includes a lake, a waterfall, a rainbow and the bright green aurora above.</p><p>“Just as the Sun drives weather on Earth, solar activity is responsible for disturbances in our space environment,” the <a href="" target="_blank">European Space Agency wrote</a> about <a href="" target="_blank">Taylor’s photo</a>. It added that this space weather activity gives rise to auroras, which are produced by “electrically charged atomic particles streaming from the Sun colliding with charged particles in our atmosphere.”</p><p>“I hunted for a clear sky patch in Iceland eager to shoot a ‘<a href="" target="_blank">moon bow</a>.’ We drove some 600 kilometers north to get the clear skies in the Lake Mývatn area, and the Godafoss Waterfall,” Taylor <a href="" target="_blank">told the ESA</a>. “Eventually, after hours of shooting, you could see full colour in the rainbow, luckily at an angle that also allowed the capture of the aurora when it gave us a display!”</p><p>Capturing an epic photo like this may be next to impossible to recreate, but you can go and check out the auroras for yourself all over the globe and give <a href="" target="_blank">night photography a try</a>.</p><p>Right now is the perfect time to go see them as the auroras are typically at their height during the winter. Try and <a href="" target="_blank">plan a trip by the end of March</a> to destinations like Russia, Canada, <a href="" target="_blank">Finland</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a> to have the best chances of spotting the Northern Lights. Just make sure to stay for at least two or three nights, that way you’ll likely get at least one night of clear skies. And don’t forget to pack your camera.</p>
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This Beach in the Netherlands Is Having a Year-long Party

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 14:32
<p>The seaside resort town of <a href="" target="_blank">Scheveningen</a>, in the Netherlands, is celebrating its <a href="" target="_blank">200th birthday</a> this year. And to mark the occasion, they're throwing a beach party that will last for the entirety of 2018.</p><p>To kick off its second centennial, about 10,000 people stripped down for the annual New Year's Dive by swimming in the North Sea, which averages about 43 degrees Fahrenheit during January.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Lonely Planet</em></a>, there are a number of other events that celebrate the historic. beachy resort, including Rings Beside the Sea, which is a huge sand art project measuring 492 x 984 feet, the Sand Sculpting World Championships in June, the International Fireworks Festival in August and the world’s biggest motocross beach race in November.</p><p>Plus if you’re into boat races, you can also see the finish line of the nine-month long Volvo Ocean Race in Scheveningen coming in late June.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Netherlands Is Turning Its Empty Prisons Into Hotels</a></p><p>And there are tons of music festivals, opera performances and art exhibitions scattered throughout the year, so any time is a <a href="" target="_blank">great time to visit</a>.</p>
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The Best Times to Visit Yellowstone

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 14:00
<p>As the first national park in the world, a <a href="" target="_blank">trip to Yellowstone</a> offers travelers the chance to experience both stunning natural beauty as well as an important piece of history. Almost four million visitors travel to the park each year to see its famous hot springs and hundreds of geysers — including the legendary Old Faithful.</p><p>While an argument could be made for visiting during every season of the year, there are certain factors to consider when planning a visit to <a href="" target="_blank">Yellowstone National Park</a>.</p><h2>The Cheapest Time to Visit Yellowstone</h2><p>Flights to the nearest major airport in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, are typically cheapest between October and February, which is the park’s low season. Prices for lodging begin to drop after Labor Day, once the summer crowds have diminished and children are back in school. Keep in mind that road closures begin in late September or October depending on weather, so be sure to plan accordingly.</p><h2>The Best Times to Visit Yellowstone</h2><h3>The Best Times to Avoid Crowds</h3><p>Although many people are hesitant to plan outdoor-based vacations during the winter, it can sometimes be the most rewarding. When winter arrives at Yellowstone National Park, snow blankets the mountainous landscape — and leaves the most popular attractions blissfully crowd-free. For the adventurous (and those willing to brave an albeit biting cold), Yellowstone is home to some of the most overlooked backcountry skiing in the country. Just be sure to check for road closures well in advance, as they can hinder your attempts to visit Yellowstone.</p><h3>The Best Time to Visit Yellowstone for Wildlife</h3><p>Wildlife can be viewed year-round at Yellowstone, though the seasons will impact what species you see.</p><p>March and April are the best months to view bear, while the winter months are best for wolves and bighorn sheep. Elk, moose, bison, and mountain goats can be spotted during the summer months, which is also the park’s busiest season.</p><p>Fall, on the other hand, is a great time to see bear, elk, and raptors — while enjoying more mild weather. Be sure to maintain a safe distance when viewing wildlife for both your safety, in addition to the animals' wellbeing. The park specifically asks that visitors <a href="" target="_blank">do not approach wildlife to take photographs</a> or selfies. </p><h2>The Best Time to Visit Yellowstone for Photography</h2><p>It can be argued that there is no bad time for photographers to make a pilgrimage to Yellowstone. But during peak season, there will definitely be other people in those shots. For travelers looking to photograph Yellowstone, it can be worthwhile to visit during the winter months, when the park is much less crowded (no families huddled around Old Faithful). The winter is also a beautiful time to photograph snowfall, and steam rising from the hot springs and geysers. </p><h3>The Best Weather in Yellowstone</h3><p>Due to its high elevation, the weather at Yellowstone can be unpredictable year-round. Spring and fall highs range from 30 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, with lows sometimes approaching 0 degrees. Summer highs are usually between 70 and 80 degrees, though it's not unheard of for cold nights to bring frost and freezing temperatures.</p><p>As with all mountainous regions, the temperature can fluctuate greatly, depending on elevation. Average precipitation is fairly consistent across all seasons, meaning travelers don't need to worry about traveling during (or avoiding) a rainy season. </p><h2>The Worst Time to Visit Yellowstone</h2><p>Unless you're planning on skiing, winter may be one of the most uncomfortable times to visit Yellowstone, when the highs rarely exceed 20 degrees Fahrenheit.</p><p>Though if you'd rather bundle up than mingle with throngs of other travelers, winter can be preferable to summer, which is the busiest time of year at Yellowstone. </p>
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This New App Is Like Airbnb for Luxury and Vintage Cars

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 13:30
<p>Although you may have dreams of crossing the country in a stylish vintage convertible, your budget may have other ideas. But that doesn’t mean you can’t — at least temporarily — drive around in the vintage car of your dreams.</p><p>A new app called <a href="" target="_blank">DriveShare</a> is billing itself as an Airbnb-esque way to rent out vintage and luxury cars. Users can choose from a selection of about 600 unique cars around the country and rent them out directly from their owners.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">3 Secret Ways to Get Cheaper Car Rentals</a></p><p>“The popular vehicles are classics that are easy to drive and iconic, cars like Ford Mustangs and Porsche 911s,” Peter Zawadzki, the app’s creator, <a href="" target="_blank">told AFAR</a>. “Cars that put a smile on everyone’s face.”</p><p>However, users can also find Lamborghinis, <a href="" target="_blank">Ferraris</a>, Porsches, Jaguars and many more iconic brands of car. The cars range from about $100 to $2,500 per day, depending on make and model.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Car Rental Agencies for Your Money</a></p><p>Customers sign up for an account on DriveShare, wait for verification from the app’s insurance companies and then can sign up to drive. Once customers and owners reach an agreement, they meet for an exchange, tour of the car and key exchange.</p><p>Owners may also choose to rent out their cars solely for “static use,” if you just want to stage a photoshoot around a cool, vintage vehicle.</p><p>Those who like the idea of peer-to-peer car-sharing can also peruse apps like <a href="" target="_blank">Turo</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Getaround</a> to find other cars owned by locals while traveling.</p>
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Get a Two-night Stay at This Beach Resort in Florida for Only $196 Per Night

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a></em></p><p>Florida: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">the Henderson</a>, a seaside manor on the sugar-white sands of the state’s Gulf Coast. Don’t miss the 10,000 square foot spa, which has treatments such as sea salt body scrubs and neroli blossom massages. </p><p>Operation Vacation includes:</p><p>*Two nights in a Gulf View, Pool View or Spa Queen/King rooms</p><p>*Complimentary parking</p><p>*2pm late check out</p><p>Original Price: From $280 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $196 per night; book by March 31 for travel through December 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Use booking code TLPRO18 when calling 855-741-2777.</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates apply on holidays and holiday weekends (Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July Weekend, Labor Day Weekend). Based on availability</p>
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