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The Best Times to Save on a Trip to America's Most Popular National Parks

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:00
<p>At America's <a href="" target="_blank">most popular national parks</a>, travelers are greeted with everything from one of the country’s oldest mountain ranges to terrain dotted with as many trees as all of Europe, which is why the locations often draw large crowds. </p><p>This can often mean higher accommodation rates when staying around the parks, which is why <a href="" target="_blank">Priceline</a> took a look at 16 of the most popular parks to pinpoint the most affordable time of the year to stay at accommodations ranging from hotels to lodges and bed and breakfasts near each park. </p><p>To determine this, Priceline looked at weekly hotel bookings from 2017 to 2018, selecting nearby locations that offered an ample amount of lodging and were around an hour-and-half drive or less from the park. </p><p>For cases where there was only one main city or location near the park, Priceline looked at lodging solely for that area. In instances where a park had multiple entrances or spanned a larger territory, Priceline looked at the nearest locations that offered ample lodging availability and were easily accessible by car. </p><p>The list of most popular parks was based on the <a href="" target="_blank">2018 visitation numbers from the National Park Service</a>, although the following parks were not included due to limited inventory to pull from on Priceline: Bryce Canyon National Park, Hot Springs National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Glacier National Park.</p><h2>Great Smoky Mountains National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Great Smoky Mountains National Park</a> was the most popular park for 2018, drawing in more than 11 million visits for the year. The park, which borders North Carolina and Tennessee, is home to one of America’s oldest mountain ranges, over 90 historic structures, and an array of wildlife inclding some 1,500 black bears and 65 different mammal species.</p><p>Accommodations at Tennessee's Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and at North Carolina's Cherokee and Bryson City are most expensive from July and October, when daily rates average over $120. </p><p>January and February are the most affordable times to visit to get daily rates between $86 and $100, with Pigeon Forge offering the best rates overall at $109 a day throughout the majority of the year. </p><h2>Grand Canyon National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Arizona’s <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Canyon National Park</a> is the second most popular, drawing in over six million visits in 2018. The most crowded times at the park tend to overlap with the most expensive times for lodging, which fall between May through June in Flagstaff and Page. Average daily rates during this time are around $143. </p><p>Meanwhile, the cheapest times coincide with some of the least-crowded months for the park, which fall between October and January. During this time, average rates can be as low as $75, while winter is also when park <a href="" target="_blank">representatives recommend visiting</a> to take in popular hikes like the Bright Angel Trail without the crowds and to experience dramatic storm clouds in the park that few travelers ever get to see.</p><h2>Rocky Mountain National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Colorado’s <a href="" target="_blank">Rocky Mountain National Park</a> was the third most popular location, with 4,590,493 recreation visits in 2018. The park is home to a series of hiking trails that weave through lakes and are dotted with wildlife. While the most expensive lodging options at the nearby town of Estes Park are in June and July (over $180 a day), visiting from November through January not only allows travelers to take in the lowest lodging rates, but to also be able to see a different side to the park.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">fall</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">winter</a> can be some of the best times of the year to see the park’s magnificent foliage in hues of gold, orange, and bronze, and to witness animals like elk, mule deer, coyotes, and large mammals. Average daily rates during November through January are as low as $100.</p><h2>Zion National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Utah’s first national park, <a href="" target="_blank">Zion National Park</a>, is a popular option thanks to its combination of large sandstone cliffs in hues of pink and red and <a href="" target="_blank">hikes that weave through canyon terrain</a>. Stays at the nearby cities of Hurricane and St. George are most expensive from February through April, with average daily rates of $116. The most affordable rates are available in December and January at an average of $80 per day.</p><p>Hurricane, Utah offers the most affordable options throughout the year, with average daily rates of $94, while visiting in the winter also allows travelers to take part in activities that range from scenic drives and hiking to biking at locations like Zion Canyon thanks to <a href="" target="_blank">low elevation that make for mild weather conditions</a> at the park. </p><h2>Yellowstone National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Summer is the busiest season for <a href="" target="_blank">Yellowstone National Park</a>, which is why staying at various nearby locations (Cody and Jackson in Wyoming, Gardiner in Montana, and Island Park in Idaho) are most expensive in June and July. During these months, average daily rates are $220, while the most affordable rates in November and December come in at an average of $133 per day.</p><p>While the months of November and December can be some of the most quiet in the park, allowing for activities away from crowds, travelers need to note that most roads close <a href="" target="_blank">except for one road</a> on the north side. </p><p>Travelers who do head here during this time, though, can take part in activities ranging from viewing geothermal features at Mammoth Hot Springs and enjoying scenic drives with views of elk and bison to skiing and snowshoeing through the park. </p><h2>Acadia National Park </h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Maine's <a href="" target="_blank">Acadia National Park</a> drew more than three million visitors in 2018, thanks to its combination of seven different peaks that rise over 1,000 feet, its more than 100 miles of hiking trails, its 45 miles of carriage roads to explore, and its dreamy coastline views.</p><p>August is the most expensive time of the year to book stays in the nearby town of Bar Harbor, Maine, with average daily rates at over $210.</p><p>November offers the most affordable daily rates at $138, though May can also be a good month for affordable options with average daily rates for lodging starting at $161.</p><h2>Grand Teton National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Head to Wyoming's <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Teton National Park</a> in November and December to snag the lowest rates at locations that include Jackson and Teton Village. The daily average rate during this time is between $138 and $149, compared to $291 during the most expensive months of June and July.</p><p>While <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Teton National Park can be stunning in the fall</a> with its colorful foliage, <a href="" target="_blank">winter</a> also offers opportunities to explore the park away from large summer crowds and take part in cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobile rides. A variety of tours are also available for travelers in the winter.</p><h2>Olympic National Park </h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Washington’s Olympic National Park combines a variety of scenery to give visitors the feel they’re visiting <a href="" target="_blank">three parks in one</a>. The park is home to dense forests, miles of coastline, and soaring peaks dotted with glaciers.</p><p>The peak season at the city of Port Angeles is during July and August, with average daily rates of more than $160, while traveling in both March and October through December offer the most affordable rates with average daily prices ranging from $84 to $99.</p><h2>Joshua Tree National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Besides the famed trees and their unusual shapes <a href="" target="_blank">Joshua Tree National Park</a> is known for, it is also a prime destination for stargazing thanks to dark night skies.</p><p>The month of April is the most expensive time to head there, with average accommodation rates at the nearby cities Indo and Palm Springs coming in at over $250.</p><p>Traveling in July brings in the most affordable rates at $118, but high heat means visitors need to take precautions like hiking in the early morning and carrying at least double the amount of water they normally would, according to park representatives. </p><p>A popular activity during this time is to drive through the park to take in its formations and views before having an al fresco picnic to enjoy its scenery, all while still keeping cool. </p><h2>Cuyahoga Valley National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Ohio’s <a href="" target="_blank">Cuyahoga Valley National Park</a> is home to the winding Cuyahoga river, which carves through the park and its surrounding terrain of forests, rolling hills, and farmlands.</p><p>The park is in close proximity to Akron and Cleveland, with the most affordable options available from November through December. Average daily rates during this time fall between $109 and $119, though staying in Akron can bring in even cheaper daily rates at an average of $78. August is the most expensive month, with average daily lodging rates of $130.</p><p>The park’s more than 125 miles of hiking trails stay open throughout the year, with many of them becoming all the more scenic as <a href="" target="_blank">winter</a> arrives.</p><h2>Gateway Arch National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Missouri's <a href="" target="_blank">Gateway Arch National Park</a> is home to the 630-foot Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse, where the first two trials of the Dred Scott case took place and where Virginia Minor’s case for a woman’s right to vote went to trial in the 1870s.</p><p>Prices in St. Louis stay relatively steady throughout the year, though June and July are the most expensive times to book stays, with average daily rates coming in at $118. Prices for the rest of the year hover around $102 to $114, though December and January offer daily rates that can often be slightly under $100.</p><p>Winter often offers mild temperatures and no lines to take the park’s tram or explore its offerings, which is why park <a href=" " target="_blank">representatives also say it’s a “perfect time to visit.”</a></p><h2>Indiana Dunes National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Indiana Dunes National Park</a> might be the country’s most recent national park, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most popular locations with close to two million visitors in 2018.</p><p>The park is home to 13 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, offering beaches, woods, prairies, dunes and more.</p><p>The most affordable time for stays at the nearby locations of Chesterton, Michigan City, and Valparaiso is between November and January, when daily rates average between $81 and $87. Overall, prices don’t escalate too high, with the most expensive options from June to August averaging $112 per day.</p><h2>Death Valley National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Death Valley National Park</a> is a park of extremes, known as America’s hottest, driest, and lowest national park.</p><p>The park’s popularity has created an overall rise in accommodation prices in the nearby towns of Lone Pine and Pahrump, according to Priceline representatives, with the most expensive options arriving April through July with average daily rates of $140.</p><p>The most affordable rates come in November and January, when visitors can find daily rates ranging between $80 and $91. The periods after Thanksgiving and before Christmas are also the least-crowded at the park, <a href="" target="_blank">according to park representatives</a>, with a combination of snow-capped peaks and winter light making it a beautiful time to explore the park in serenity. </p><h2>Arches National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Utah's Arches National Park is known as a <a href="" target="_blank">“red rock wonderland”</a> thanks to its thousands of stone arches that rise in intricate shapes in hues of red.</p><p>The park is near Moab, where lodging is most affordable in December (average daily rates of $93) and most expensive in May (average daily rates of $193).</p><p>Thanks to the hot temperatures in the area, visiting in December gives travelers a chance to take in the park’s beauty with less crowds and mild weather that makes strolling through its terrain all the more enjoyable. <a href="" target="_blank">Ranger-led hikes and campfire talks start in the winter</a>, while 25 camping sites are available between November and February.</p><h2>Mount Rainier National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Washington’s <a href="" target="_blank">Mount Rainier National Park</a> is home to the towering Mount Rainier, which rises more than 14,000 feet above sea level and stands as the most heavily-glaciated peak in the lower 48 states.</p><p>July and August are the priciest times to stay in the nearby cities of Olympia and Tacoma, with daily rates averaging $119. November through December offer some of the most affordable options with average daily rates ranging from $86 to $97, while April can also offer average rates as low as $97.</p><p>Locations like <a href="" target="_blank">Paradise</a>, famed for the views it provides, becomes a winter wonderland to provide snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and tubing in late December. Meanwhile, the park starts to see snow in late October, creating magical scenery throughout its grounds.</p><h2>Shenandoah National Park</h2><img alt="Visit U.S. National Parks "src=""><p>Located in Virginia, <a href="" target="_blank">Shenandoah National Park</a> hosts everything from cascading waterfalls and over 500 miles of hiking trails to incredible fall foliage.</p><p>Lodging in nearby Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Waynesboro are most affordable in December and January (average daily rates between $91 and $99) and most expensive in September and October (average daily rates of $130).</p><p>Park representatives say winter is one of the better times to visit to catch woodland animals ranging from deer to squirrels and turkey that forage for food, while the combination of falling leaves and improved visibility with cooler temperatures means views of the valleys and mountains are “more spectacular than ever.”</p>
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I Went on a ‘Hotel Crawl’ in San Francisco and It Changed the Way I Travel

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 13:00
<p>I dare you to name something better than waking up on a Saturday morning to a tap on the door and someone announcing “room service” while you’re tucked into fluffy white linens and your head is resting on a cloud-like pillow. Can’t think of anything? Me either.</p><p>I love hotels. In fact, I wish I could pull a <a href="" target="_blank">Tinsley Mortimer</a> from “Real Housewives of New York,” and just live in one full time. While that may not be an option for me — <em>right now</em> — I have found a way to fully immerse myself in hotel culture when I travel, and it’s more than just binging on room service every morning. Think back to your college days, or early 20s, and the experience of a bar crawl. Now transform that into a long weekend, but instead of shooting Jager at bar after bar, you <a href="" target="_blank">take a long weekend</a> and check into three different hotels in three completely different neighborhoods.</p><p>Friends thought I was crazy when I did this in February on a weekend visit to <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>. “Who wants to have to pack up their stuff three different times?” they repeatedly told me. “Who wants to deal with learning the layout of three different neighborhoods?” Well, I wanted to. So I did.</p><p>Here’s what I learned on San Francisco hotel crawl, and what you need to know to try it yourself.</p><img alt="San Francisco Hotels "src=""><h2>Pick neighborhoods you really want to immerse yourself in.</h2><p>Going to San Francisco was overwhelming for me, because there are plenty of distinct neighborhoods to experience. After some exhaustive research I narrowed it down to two areas I really wanted to explore, plus one simply based on the fact that I wanted to visit a certain hotel — <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Hotels San Francisco</a>. Part of going on a hotel crawl is also experiencing the hotels themselves.</p><h2>And pick hotels that have a solid hotel bar or restaurant.</h2><p>Personally, if a hotel doesn’t have a serious place to eat or drink, I’m not interested. A bar or restaurant is a great place to dive into an area because you can have drink or eat a nice meal, and use that time to set up your journey. Over dinner at <a href="" target="_blank">The Proper Hotel’s Villon</a> (the short rib is insane), my boyfriend and I were able to have an upscale dining experience before hitting some dive bars in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. And at <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin’s Commons Club</a>, we chatted with local bartenders about their favorite nearby hotspots while sipping on craft cocktails.</p><h2>Plan your daytime hours ahead of time.</h2><img alt="San Francisco Hotels "src=""><p>Since you only have a limited amount of hours in each neighborhood, have a rough idea of what you want to do and experience. After taking three years of Japanese in College, I knew I wanted to experience Japantown — so we checked into the <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Kabuki</a>, one of the city’s coolest boutique properties and simply wandered the streets our first night. We also knew we could carve out a little time to wonder to the nearby “painted ladies,” a slight cheat, but part of our plan. Just don’t not have a plan because ...</p><h2>You have to consider your luggage.</h2><p>Each morning we moved our <a href="" target="_blank">luggage</a> to the next hotel and considered that area our base for the day. Since we arrived on a Friday, we hit Japantown at the night and then moved to the <a href="" target="_blank">ultra-chic Proper Hotel</a> the next morning. You can easily leave your luggage at the hotel you checked out of, but no matter what you have to be mindful of your bags and where they fit into your plan.</p><h2>Take time to sleep in and order room service.</h2><p>Look, you’re on a hotel crawl, so it’s okay to sleep in and just veg out at the hotel. If you don’t want to do anything one day, pick that most comfortable looking hotel and ask for a late checkout, and relax. Did I mention that champagne for breakfast is always a good idea?</p><h2>A hotel crawl is a good way to find deals.</h2><p>If you’re <a href="" target="_blank">on a budget</a>, staying at different hotels each night could save you some cash. One hotel may have a great rate on Sunday night, but be through the roof on Saturday. If you’re smart, you’ll do some research and figure out which hotel is the cheapest when, and then plan your trip in that order.</p><h2>Pack light, and unpack smart.</h2><p>On our first night we were too excited for our trip and didn’t consider that we’d have to pack everything up the next morning. Getting ready for our night out we got messy trying to decide what to wear and getting ready. But this isn’t that type of trip. As you get ready or take things out of your bag, be mindful of the mess you make. My advice, <a href="" target="_blank">pack less</a> — a lot less — than you normally would, and try to put everything back where it belong as soon as you’re done with it. You’ll thank me later.</p>
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This Hike in Yosemite National Park Has Gorgeous Waterfalls and Scenic Views — but It’s Also the Park’s Most Difficult

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 12:01
<p>This hike is not for the faint of heart.</p><p>One of the most famous and <a href="" target="_blank">popular hikes in Yosemite National Park</a> is the Half Dome, found at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley.</p><p>The gigantic hike attracts hundreds of hikers all year long due to its unsurpassed views, gorgeous waterfalls and miles of beautiful forests you can see along the trail.</p><p>It also happens to be an extremely dangerous hike, especially if you’re unprepared.</p><p>Forest rangers for Yosemite warn hikers that this all-day hike is best to be started at dawn, or even a little before, in order to complete it safely. Depending on where you begin the trail, you could be walking between seven and 23 miles round trip. Usually, hikers need a full 12 hours in order to walk the full trail, and no one wants to find their way down the steep path in the dark.</p><img alt="Half Dome Yosemite National Park Cable Route Hike NPS "src=""><p>Hikers should make sure they have plenty of food, water and are physically fit to hike the trail — and you’d be surprised at how demanding it actually is. The <a href="" target="_blank">park suggests</a> hikers have a full gallon of water to drink during the day, plenty of food and <a href="" target="_blank">well-tread hiking boots</a>. You’ll also need a permit to even begin the trail.</p><p>In addition, always keep an eye on the weather. Most accidents and rescues happen when the trail is wet, making it very slick. Especially when hikers are at the top of the dome, exposed to the elements, or holding on to the metal cables, risk of lightning strikes can be treacherous.</p><img alt="Half Dome Yosemite National Park Cable Route Hike NPS "src=""><p>But as long as hikers take the proper precautions, hiking the Half Dome is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Half Dome’s peak rests at 8,842 feet, which is about 4,800 feet from Yosemite Valley, and the trail has 900 feet of waterfalls and quite possibly the widest view you can find once you reach the top.</p><p>If you do plan on prepping for a hike, you can find more information on the Half Dome on the Yosemite National Park <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>
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This Chemical-free and Reef-safe Sunscreen Has a Perfect Safety Score — and It’s on Amazon

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:30
<p>You’ve probably heard the news: The chemicals used in sunscreen <a href="" target="_blank">can seep into your bloodstream</a>, according to a recent study released by the <a href="" target="_blank">Food and Drug Administration</a>. The main four chemicals used in a majority of sunscreens — avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule — were found in the bloodstreams of 24 participants observed in the study after one day of use.</p><p>While this definitely doesn’t mean you should stop wearing sunscreen, you may want to consider <a href="" target="_blank">switching to more natural sunscreens</a> (that are free of those particular chemicals) while the FDA continues to do more research. Aside from potentially being harmful to our bodies, these chemicals are also damaging to coral reefs and sea life. In fact, Key West, Florida, and Hawaii have already started the movement to <a href="" target="_blank">completely ban sunscreens</a> that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate (another questionable chemical that has been found to contribute to bleaching of coral reefs) beginning in 2021. Other Caribbean and Pacific islands are following suit, and it’s anticipated that other locations around the globe will also consider the ban soon. Fortunately, there are sunscreens out there that are completely chemical-free and reef-safe, like <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautychemicalfreesunscreencbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=656cb31370a68708360c270ff24c61ba&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Love Sun Body’s 100% Natural Mineral Sunscreen</a>.</p><img alt="Love Sun Body’s 100% Natural Mineral Sunscreen "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautychemicalfreesunscreencbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=1d92eab06ba26fa682ef89824735f935&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $21</p><p>Love Sun Body is actually the first natural sunscreen brand in the United States to be <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">certified by Ecocert</a>, an organization that inspects and certifies natural and organic cosmetics, and has also been given a perfect scored by the <a href="" target="_blank">Environmental Working Group (EWG)</a>. Its main ingredient is non-nano zinc oxide, which is not harmful to the environment, won’t enter your bloodstream, and still offers strong UV protection. Plus, the sunscreen includes other safe ingredients that are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and nourishing — like vitamin E and almond oil.</p><p>While the sunscreen doesn’t have tons of Amazon reviews just yet, all of its current ones are so positive that it has a stellar 4.7-star rating. Shoppers rave that it’s lightweight, smells nice, and is a great sunscreen for the entire family.“<a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautychemicalfreesunscreencbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=781cf6dd597b4fbc036b8bbf368d8bc4&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">I love this sunscreen</a>. I was so happy I finally found a sunscreen that isn't full of chemicals. I took it on a family vacation down the shore and used it on the whole family AND it works — no sunburns for us! It was easy to apply to the kids,” one customer wrote. “It soaks right in and doesn't make them look like little ghosts. It even survived a day at the waterpark. I even use it under my makeup — I found that I can just use the sunscreen without a moisturizer. My skin is so soft, probably from the natural oils and vitamin E. Even my hands that are normally very dry are so smooth and soft just after a week of using it. I highly recommend this product!”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Sunscreen Got a Perfect Consumer Reports Score — and You Can Get It on Amazon</a></p><p>Love Sun Body has three-ounce and six-ounce sizes of its SPF 30 sunscreen (<a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautychemicalfreesunscreencbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=f99d93e3a2a0413d5a59c009694cf539&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $32) available. Plus, there’s a <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautychemicalfreesunscreencbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=005fd8089639a41f1abe4c8802b5e469&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">naturally vanilla scented option available</a> (<a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlbeautychemicalfreesunscreencbutan0519-20&amp;linkId=005fd8089639a41f1abe4c8802b5e469&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, $21) alongside its fragrance-free version. While the price point may be a little higher than what you’d usually spend on sunscreen, it’s definitely worth it for the peace of mind that the sunscreen you’re putting on your body isn’t harming you — or the environment.</p>
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This Backpack Sold Out 10 Times in One Year— and It’s Finally Back in Stock

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:16
<p>Finding <a href="" target="_blank">a travel backpack</a> that meets our lengthy criteria can be tricky, but thousands of people think they’ve found a bag that checks all the boxes. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Brave backpack</a> from under-the-radar <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">vegan leather goods brand Matt &amp; Nat</a> sold over 10,000 units in just one year.</p><p>This take-off style has been impossible to keep in stock — last year alone, the Brave sold out 10 times, accruing waitlists in the hundreds each time inventory ran out. So why all the hype around this one bag from a relatively unknown brand?</p><p>For one, there’s its excellent design. A top zip closure forms a bucket-like shape that’s ideal for holding a ton of stuff without adding extra bulk. The <a href="" target="_blank">bag’s carriage can fit a 13-inch laptop</a>, shoes, a change of clothes, and a water bottle. A zip-up front pocket makes reaching your wallet or passport easy.</p><p>This <a href="" target="_blank">best-selling rucksack</a> is also incredibly comfortable, thanks to its adjustable, double-lined straps that provide ample weight distribution. Made with sustainable materials like a vegan leather shell and recycled nylon lining made from plastic bottles, the bag does what it can to have a negative footprint.</p><p>Usually <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">available in 10 colors</a>, the bag is already selling out again in a couple of shades. Shop the bag that refuses to stay in stock for <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">$150 at Matt &amp; Nat</a>.</p><img alt="Matt & Nat’s Brave Travel Backpack "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p>
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These Are the Best Theme Parks in the U.S. to Visit This Summer

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 14:01
<p>Jaw dropping thrill rides and dizzying roller coasters can be found all over the U.S., but which ones are truly the best?</p><p>Ask <a href="" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a>.</p><p>With thousands of users and reviews for different attractions around the world, TripAdvisor is a treasure trove of incredible and highly-recommended places to visit on your next vacation. We asked the travel review website for the best <a href="" target="_blank">amusement parks</a> in the U.S., and naturally, there are a lot of amazing places to choose from.</p><p>For the purposes of this list, we decided to combine all parks within Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Disneyland in Anaheim, and <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando</a> in order to see greater diversity in the types of theme parks included below, even though TripAdvisor’s collection of the highest rated theme parks in the country separates them. The list itself is based on overall TripAdvisor ratings from users and are winners of the site’s <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Choice Awards</a>.</p><p>From sea to shining sea, there are plenty of places to enjoy a calming Ferris wheel, ride a classic wooden roller coaster, or scream your head off on a state-of-the-art thrill ride.</p><p>Naturally, <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World and Disneyland</a> take some of the top spots, since there seems to be something for everyone at these two locations. Of course, Disney rides in general, tend to be pretty mild in terms of thrills since both parks are designs to be family friendly and good for all ages. But if you’re a true coaster lover, there are some incredible parks with record-breaking rides that will truly blow your hair back.</p><p>Some locations are owned by beloved international brands, while others are more of a local favorite, but every park listed below practically guarantees a day of fun.</p><p>Take a look at this list of the highest rated theme parks across the U.S., according to TripAdvisor, and get ready to pack your bags.</p><h2>1. Universal Studios: Los Angeles, California and Orlando, Florida</h2><img alt="Universal Studios in Hollywood, California "src=""><p>One of the only bicoastal parks to rival Disney, Universal Studios is the number one place for movie and roller coaster lovers alike. With the new <a href="" target="_blank">Wizarding World of Harry Potter</a> parks opening up in both Orlando and Los Angeles, Potterheads have been flocking to Universal Studios to grab their wands, drink some butterbeer, and ride some magical rides.</p><h2>2. Walt Disney World Resort: Orlando, Florida</h2><img alt="Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park "src=""><p>Perhaps unsurprisingly, <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Resort</a>, with its many parks, restaurants, lovable Disney characters, and things to do for guests of all ages, takes a top spot for TripAdvisor users. Even if you spend all week at this massive park (roughly the size of two Manhattan islands), you still might not be able to do absolutely everything, so naturally, people are eager to visit over and over again.</p><h2>3. The Island in Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee</h2><img alt="The Great Smoky Mountain Sky Wheel located at the Island entertainment complex in the resort town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee "src=""><p>The number one thing you absolutely have to ride while you’re at this family-friendly park in Tennessee is the multi-colored, fully lit Ferris wheel. The Great Smoky Mountain wheel is a 200-foot-high observation wheel where you can see the entire park and surrounding scenery. Not only does <a href="" target="_blank">The Island in Pigeon Forge</a> offer some fun rides, but it’s also a great shopping and restaurant destination in the area.</p><h2>4. SeaWorld: Orlando, Florida</h2><img alt="Seaworld marine park, Orlando Florida, USA "src=""><p>This aquarium and theme park is also a certified autism center, so all kids can enjoy the park safely. The park has always had shows, including ones with Orca whales that have sparked some controversy, as well as ones with seals and dolphins. Outside of the aquarium, you can also find fun roller coasters and water-based rides that are sure to put a smile on your face.</p><h2>5. Disneyland, Anaheim: California</h2><img alt="Visitors arriving at entrance of Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA "src=""><p>The first Disney park is nothing to sneeze at. Disneyland officially opened in 1955 and has been getting better ever since. Like its Florida cousin, this park has something for everyone, including a few classic roller coasters like Space Mountain, as well as family friendly rides, shows, and restaurants. With the <a href="" target="_blank">opening of new <em>Star Wars</em> attractions</a> on the horizon, park attendance has nowhere to go but up.</p><h2>6. Silver Dollar City: Branson, Missouri</h2><img alt="Silver Dollar City amusement park in the Ozark mountains of southwest Missouri "src=""><p>This 1880’s theme park is truly a celebration of Americana. Not only can you enjoy the thrill of wooden roller coasters, log rides, and even some classic carnival rides, you can also take in some unique shows, watch crafts being made, and tour Marvel Cave. There are also lots of delicious places to eat within the park, including lots of places with classic American dishes and pioneer-themed eateries.</p><h2>7. Busch Gardens: Tampa, Florida and Williamsburg, Virginia</h2><img alt="A spiraling yellow roller coaster gives riders a thrill at Busch Gardens amusement and wildlife park in Tampa, Florida "src=""><p>Busch Gardens has some of the best roller coasters in the country. The Tampa Bay park is actually home to the <a href="">tallest and scariest roller coaster</a> in Florida. In Virginia, guests can visit Colonial Williamsburg, a popular early-America themed amusement park with some fun activities including craftwork and tours in the world’s largest living history museum. Water Country USA, Busch Gardens’ water park, is also a popular destination for summer vacationers.</p><h2>8. Santa’s Village: Jefferson, New Hampshire</h2><img alt="Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree swings at Santa's Village "src=""><p>Enjoy the Christmas spirit all year long in this quirky, holiday-themed park. Christmas lovers can enjoy the magic of the North Pole even when it’s mid-July by riding antique cars, a Christmas train, and rides like the Chimney Drop and elf Flying School (a circular, flying sleigh ride). In the summer, you can even enjoy a trip to the water park, which opens in late May.</p><h2>9. Knoebels Amusement Resort: Elysburg, Pennsylvania</h2><img alt="Knoebels is a free-admission amusement park for families in Pennsylvania "src=""><p>Welcome to America’s largest free admission park. That’s right. Admission is 100 percent free. Classic coasters, swimming, camping, golf, and kid-friendly rides and attractions make this an incredible destination for families. There is even a bald eagle habitat with two eagle residents where you can take your kids to learn about the majestic, endangered species. Guests who are especially interested in Americana will also love the Carousel Museum and Mining Museum.</p><h2>10. Cedar Point: Sandusky, Ohio</h2><img alt="Roller coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio "src=""><p>This park is the so-called roller coaster capital of the world with a grand total of 18 roller coasters throughout the park. Perhaps the most famous is the Steel Vengeance, the fastest and longest hybrid roller coaster in the world. In addition to roller coasters, Cedar Point is also chock full of thrill rides, family-friendly rides, and a water park for visitors during the summer.</p><h2>11. Bay Beach Amusement Park: Green Bay, Wisconsin</h2><img alt="Riders round the second hill before making a big drop on opening day of the rebirthed Zippin Pippin roller coaster at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin "src=""><p>Bay Beach is another family-friendly and affordable park, with tickets at only 25 cents a pop. Considering that many theme parks charge upwards of $100 per person, this is music to any parents’ ears. The local favorite has 16 carnival-like rides, including a small Ferris wheel, for a fun afternoon no matter your age.</p><h2>12. Hersheypark: Hershey, Pensylvania</h2><img alt="View of Hershey, Pennsylvania, including Hersheypark "src=""><p>Chocolate lovers, of course, have to visit Hersheypark at some point. Named after the famous chocolate brand <a href="" target="_blank">Hershey’s</a>, this park touts over 70 attractions, including 14 roller coasters and a water park. While you’re walking around, be sure to say hello to the adorable chocolate-bar characters strolling through the park and stop by ZooAmerica to visit more than 200 animals within the park’s 11-acre zoo.</p><h2>13. Nickelodeon Universe: Bloomington, Minnesota</h2><img alt="Nickelodeon Universe indoor amusement park in the center of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota "src=""><p>90’s kids, rejoice. This park is themed for everyone’s favorite kids TV channel, Nickelodeon. If you’ve ever been a fan of SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Teenage Ninja Turtles and the long list of classic Nick shows, this is a bucket list destination for you. It’s also extra kid-friendly, as it is a certified autism center. Get ready to have your fill of bright orange attractions and try not to get slimed.</p><h2>14. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: Glenwood Springs, Colorado</h2><img alt="Canyon flyer (an alpine rollercoaster), Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Glenwood Springs, Colorado USA "src=""><p>This park might be the most fun and thrills you can get while you’re in the Rockies. Some of the more popular attractions include the country’s first alpine coaster, a gold-rush themed haunted mine drop, and a canyon swing. Guests can also enjoy cave tours inside Colorado’s largest show cave (also known as a public or tourist cave).</p><h2>15. Funland: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware</h2><img alt="Funland Amusement Park bumper cars, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware "src=""><p>This boardwalk theme park is fun at the beach and then some. It’s also a great destination for the whole family, with kid-friendly rides like a carousel and kiddie wheel, and more thrilling attractions like a haunted mansion and a few gravity-defying rides. You can also take a walk on the boardwalk to find yourself some old-fashioned snacks like hot roasted peanuts, cotton candy, pretzels, and popcorn. </p>
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Inside Praga, Warsaw's Most Hipster Neighborhood

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 13:02
<p>On the right bank of the Vistula River, you will find a neighborhood of derelict art nouveau architecture, the exteriors of the buildings dotted with bullet holes and grimy with dirt. It looks like it's been decades since they've seen a paint job.</p><p>It's been more than 70 years, in fact. And although Warsaw's city center was mostly destroyed by Nazis during the Invasion of Poland and the <a href="" target="_blank">Warsaw Uprising</a>, Praga, the city's eastern district, remained intact. <a href="" target="_blank">A visit to Praga</a> is as close to pre-war Warsaw as it gets.</p><p>Until recently, Praga was a place to avoid — its streets considered unsafe, unwelcome, and crime-ridden.</p><p>But the once dangerous neighborhood has begun to earn a new reputation. In the last few years, Praga's affordable living costs has drawn an influx of students and artists who have quickly transformed the area into a hipster haven.</p><p>With street art decorating the buildings, and a host of art galleries, museums, coffee shops, and clubs beckoning to be explored, Praga has indeed become Warsaw's coolest neighborhood.</p><p>So on your next trip to the <a href="" target="_blank">Phoneix City</a>, get out of Old Town and spend a day exploring Warsaw's edgy side.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">19 Photos That Will Have You Planning a Trip to Warsaw</a></p><h2>In the morning</h2><p><strong>Centrum Zarządzania Światem</strong></p><p>With its large space and exposed pipes, its cozy chairs and friendly staff, this cafe manages being both industrial and intimate. For breakfast, try the pulled pork on brioche: while you might think barbecue should be reserved for backyard cookouts, <a href="">Centrum Zarz</a><a href="" target="_blank">ądzania Światem</a> will seriously upend your thoughts on what can and cannot be eaten in the a.m. Add a cappuccino to your order and you’re looking at a delicious — and decent-sized — <a href="" target="_blank">meal for a meager $4.32</a>, less than the price of a latte in New York City.</p><p>The cafe is open throughout the day, so be sure to come back later for their Alsatian pies, and for live music and a cocktail in the evening.</p><img alt="Bazar Rozyckiego, old market place in Praga, Warsaw's district on the right side of Vistula river "src=""><p><strong>Bazaar Różyckiego</strong></p><p>While <a href="" target="_blank">Warsaw’s oldest market</a> has drifted out of fashion over the past few decades, Bazaar Różyckiego remains a neighborhood institution that offers an echoing glimpse into the city when it was under Nazi and communist regimes, when <a href="" target="_blank">Różyc served as a hotspot for black market trade</a>.</p><p>Besides the usual market fare like hats, scarves, toys, shoes, and purses, today you can find uncommon and unusual goods among the rundown stalls (I’m talking polyester wedding dresses, suits, and, <a href="" target="_blank">if the rumors are true</a>, fake IDs and illegal contraband from Russia). While you’re here, consider getting pyzy (potato balls), a local delicacy sold by elederly women out of trolleys, and see if you can catch a performance by the market’s resident band.</p><p><strong>Park Praski</strong></p><p>With over 30 parks and gardens to enjoy in Warsaw, it is impossible to say which one truly is “the best.” However, what makes Park Praski truly unique is its three resident brown bears, Tatra, Mała, and Sabina. According to travel guide <em><a href="" target="_blank">In Your Pocket</a></em>, the park has raised over 400 bears since 1949. While it’s not exactly known <i>why</i>, the <a href="" target="_blank">most popular theory</a> is that the nearby Warsaw zoo is trying to get them acclimated to humans before having them sent over. The bears are kept in a concrete enclosure so they cannot hurt you — just don’t try to climb in.</p><p><strong>Warsaw Zoo</strong></p><p>Right next door to Park Praski is the Warsaw Zoo. While you might like to pay a visit for the 12,000 animals alone, the attraction is better known for its historical significance. During World War II, zoo director <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Jan Żabiński and his wife Antonia hid nearly 300 Jews inside the zoo</a>: in empty animal cages, in underground tunnels, and in their house on the zoo’s grounds. <a href="" target="_blank">On the first Sunday of every month</a>, you can visit the home and take a tour of the cellars where the Żabińskis kept the Jews safe.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Historic Warsaw Hotel Just Got a Luxurious Makeover — and It's Going to Make You Dream About Poland</a></p><h2>In the afternoon</h2><p><strong>Caffee Galeria Sztuki</strong></p><p>For lunch, wander over to <a href="" target="_blank">Caffee Galeria Sztuki</a> on Ząbkowska Street. Featuring soups, salads, quiches, and pastas, this cozy chic restaurant offers an assortment of upscale dishes at affordable prices. And if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, a slice of the tort bezowy, a Polish meringue cake, is sure to hit the spot.</p><img alt="A visitor reacts at the Polish Vodka Museum "src=""><p><strong>Praga Koneser Center</strong></p><p>For years, the site of the former Warsaw Vodka Factory sat abandoned — but in the last year the industrial complex has seen a complete resurgence. In addition to its host of art galleries, restaurants, shops, and bars, <a href="" target="_blank">Koneser</a>’s biggest draw might be the <a href="" target="_blank"><b>Polish Vodka Museum</b></a>, which opened in June 2018. Learn about the history of the traditional Polish spirit through interactive exhibitions, or, if you’re more interested in drinking vodka than learning about it, there’s a tasting room for you to sample different types.</p><img alt="Warsaw's couat of arms, the siren "Syrenka", shining in an exhibition of restored lighting advertisements from the 50s through to the 70s in Europe's one-and-only Neon Museum in the Praga district of Warsaw "src=""><p><strong>Soho Factory</strong></p><p>Soho Factory is the go-to destination for artsy types thanks to its mix of art studios and design shops. The prize jewel in this post-industrial complex, though, is the <a href="" target="_blank"><b>Neon Muzeum</b></a>. This colorful museum features over 200 neon signs from the 1950’s to 1970’s, salvaged by photographer Ilona Karwinska and graphic designer David S. Hill. Other than the fact that the bright and colorful pieces are pretty to look at, the signs offer an interesting history lesson in <a href="" target="_blank">Poland’s neonization movement</a>.</p><h2>In the evening</h2><p><strong>Zabkowska Street</strong></p><p>Head back to Ząbkowska Street to experience the neighborhood’s nightlife. You’ll find many restaurants on Praga’s busiest street, including <a href="" target="_blank">Tłusto i Syto BBQ</a>, Russian-inspired <a href="" target="_blank">Skamiejka</a>, and <a href="">COŚ na Z</a><a href="" target="_blank">ąbkowskiej</a>, a restaurant worth walking past even if it’s just to see its foil-covered exterior. Round out dinner with drinks at <a href="" target="_blank">Łysy Pingwin</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">W Oparach Absurdu</a>, a local pub with live music and beer, pierogi, and cocktails on the menu.</p><img alt="Street art in the Praga district of Warsaw, Poland "src=""><p><strong>11 Listopada Street</strong></p><p>Walk down 11 Listopada Street until you reach no. 22. Not only is this courtyard <a href="" target="_blank">known for its street art</a>, its three clubs — <a href="" target="_blank">Skład Butelek</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Chmury,</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Hydrozagadka</a> — are thought to be <a href="" target="_blank">some of the best in Warsaw</a>. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Culture Trip</a></em>, fans of folk and contemporary music can also come to the backyard of no. 22 for the occasional music festival.</p>
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This Versatile Maxi Dress Has Over 1,700 Near-perfect Reviews — and It’s on Sale Right Now

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 10:30
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Summer dressing</a> can seem like an oxymoron. When we’re sweating through July’s oppressive 90 degree heat, the last thing we want to think about is adding on layers. But since there’s no getting around it (because, well, society), we can be comforted by the fact that hundreds of people think they’ve figured out a solution.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom’s Knit Maxi Dress</a> is the hot weather staple you need that will stop you from melting while keeping you looking sharp. At least, that’s what over 1,700 reviewers thought when they gave this piece a near-perfect rating.</p><p>The spaghetti strap column dress cinches at the waist with an elastic band and slips easily on and off. It comes in black and navy (which is actually closer to cobalt blue), and is an excellent solution for modest dressing, even in high heat. The loose-fitting skirt keeps things breezy, despite the full-coverage length.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">13 Comfortable Dresses That Are Made to Travel In</a></p><p>Reviewers love that this simple dress can be worn casual or accessorized for fancier occasions — <a href="" target="_blank">a must for your packing list</a> when space is limited.</p><p>“Just received this dress and I LOVE it,” writes one buyer. “I’m 5.4” and 128 pounds and the small fits perfectly. It hangs just above the floor so I can wear it with flats or wedges, dress it up or down depending on the occasion. It’s so comfortable and light. And the straps are adjustable so if you’re a bit shorter or taller you can adjust the length.”</p><p>This summer dress is already affordable — with a regular retail price of $52 — but today, it’s even cheaper. You can <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">snag this versatile wardrobe piece for just $39</a>.</p><img alt="Nordstrom’s Knit Maxi Dress "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $39 (originally $52)</p>
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American Airlines Has a New Lounge at Dallas Fort Worth That Will Make You Want to Pay for the Upgrade (Photos)

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 17:40
<p>Premium American Airlines passengers will notice a big difference at the airline’s renovated lounge at Dallas Fort Worth.</p><p>On Thursday, the airline’s Flagship Lounge re-opened after a yearlong renovation. The all-new <a href="" target="_blank">Flagship Lounge</a> is open to first and business class passengers, and everything is complimentary.</p><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src=""><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src=""><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src=""><p>The space is a calming getaway from the hectic airport terminal, with quiet rooms, individual work pods and showers available.</p><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src=""><p>The lounge includes hot and cold food buffets and a chef’s table of made-to-order meals. Lounge access also includes wine, champagne or something from the “make your own cocktail” station.</p><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src=""><p>"From here to Heathrow, you may need to sleep as soon as you get on the plane," Janelle Anderson, the airline’s vice president of marketing, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Dallas Business Journal.</em></a> "You're able to have a nice experience here and not have to necessarily wait for food service on the plane."</p><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src=""><p>Within the lounge is Flagship First Dining, a sit-down restaurant open to first class passengers on international flights. The meal service is complimentary for these passengers and features locally-inspired menus, according to the airline. Choices include Texas Beef Brisket Platter, Roasted Redfish on the Halfshell and Crisp Gulf Oysters.</p><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src=""><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src=""><img alt="New American Airlines Flagship Lounge at DFW Airport "src=""><p>The lounge is the airline’s fifth Flagship Lounge and the fourth Flagship First Dining location. It’s located next to gate D21 in the airport.</p><p>The airline is in the midst of a $200 million project to renovate lounges across its network. Other Flagship Lounge locations include Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare, New York JFK and Miami airports. The airline will soon open additional lounges in London and Philadelphia.</p>
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Hershey's Chocolate World Is Opening a Theatrical Show for Chocolate Lovers

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 17:27
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Hershey's Chocolate World</a>, in <a href="" target="_blank">Hershey, Pennsylvania</a>, is opening a new interactive experience for the whole family on May 20.</p><p>The experience, <a href="" target="_blank">Hershey's Unwrapped</a>, is a 30-minute theatrical show at the “Hershey Academy.” To kick off the show, each member of the audience is handed tasting kits containing four different types of chocolate: milk, dark, white, and gold. Adults and kids alike will then learn how to “practice utilizing their senses,” according to a statement, as they eat the treats under the guidance of a “quirky Professor.”</p><img alt="Hershey's Unwrapped at Hershey's Chocolate World "src=""><img alt="Hershey's Unwrapped at Hershey's Chocolate World "src=""><p>After this tasty introduction, the audience will follow Doc Chocolate into his chocolate lab. There, families can take part in a chocolate experiment and learn some of the history of how Milton Hershey created his iconic treats. Of course, you can expect to sample more chocolate while you're in the lab. And if you still haven't had your fill of chocolate by the end of the show, Doc Chocolate has a yummy surprise waiting for you.</p><img alt="Hershey's Unwrapped at Hershey's Chocolate World "src=""><img alt="Hershey's Unwrapped at Hershey's Chocolate World "src=""><p>“For our guests, the standard for a new attraction is high,” said Suzanne Jones, vice president at The Hershey Experience, noting the park attracts multiple generations of repeat visitors. “That's why I'm so excited about Hershey's Unwrapped. This experience will truly exceed those high expectations.”</p><p>Hershey's Unwrapped joins many other attractions at Hershey's Chocolate World, including Hershey's Chocolate Tour, where you can see how Hershey's chocolate gets made, and Create a Candy Bar, which is exactly what it sounds like.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Tickets</a> are $15.95 for adults, $12.95 for children between the ages of three and 12, and kids two and under get in free. Hershey's Chocolate World also offers <a href="" target="_blank">ticket bundles</a> if you plan to check out some of the other attractions while you're there.</p>
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This New Stargazer Lodge in Bolivia Will Make You Feel Like You're Sleeping on a Space Station

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 16:14
<p>Some experiences are so unique they’re impossible to overlook.</p><p>A stay at <a href="" target="_blank">Kachi Lodge</a> in Bolivia is one such experience. Located in Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, the arid landscape can give you the feeling you've traveled to another planet. The only giveaway that you’re on Earth might be the towering Tunupa Volcano (and, if you’re an avid astronomer, the location of the constellations above).</p><img alt="Kachi Lodge "src=""><p>The property is made up of multiple space station-style domes that were built for optimal stargazing; each geodesic dome has clear panels that provide unobstructed night sky views. But just because guests are sleeping in space-like structures doesn’t mean they have to do without. Each dome has a private bathroom, luxurious interior, and proper heating. The bed is centrally placed to provide optimal sky viewing.</p><p>Kachi Lodge is located at 11,800 feet, bringing stargazers closer to the star-packed night sky. Expert, on-site guides are available to educate guests on constellations, Andean cosmology, and ancient cultural theories about the night sky.</p><img alt="Kachi Lodge "src=""><img alt="Kachi Lodge "src=""><p>However, the property offers more than stargazing. Guests can hike to the lower lip of the volcano crater, explore a giant-cacti covered island, visit nearby archeological sites, and bike around the salt flats — all as part of their booking package.</p><p>Food is also included, and it’s something the resident chefs take seriously. The property is committed to using products exclusively from Bolivia to provide guests with the ultimate cultural experience.</p><p>All meals, drinks, activities, and airport transfers are included under the introductory rate of <a href="" target="_blank">$1,980 per person</a> for a double-occupancy, two-night stay. An extra night is an additional $990 per person.</p>
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The Photographer Behind One of T+L’s June 2019 Covers Reveals How He Got the Shot

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 12:01
<p>Earlier this year, photographer <a href="" target="_blank">Simon Roberts</a> traveled to Egypt for this month's issue of <em>Travel + Leisure. </em>His photographs accompany a story about a country in flux; in it, writer Aatish Taseer explores the vast, unknowable nature of antiquity, the enduring scars of Egypt's tumultuous political history, and the ways in which this <a href="" target="_blank">ancient nation</a> is envisioning its future as tourism steadily rebounds.</p><p>Roberts had worked with T+L before, traveling not so far from his native London to photograph <a href="" target="_blank">Scotland's Isle of Skye</a>. Needless to say, this most recent assignment took him to a dramatically different environment. Rather than encountering desolate landscapes, remote towns, and the occasional sheep, this trip dove into the bustling, beating heart of one of the oldest civilizations on earth. His images that accompany the feature are dense with things humans have built there: pyramids, mosques, <a href="" target="_blank">burial chambers</a>; a luxury cruise ship passing villages <a href="" target="_blank">along the Nile</a>; a sneak peak inside the forthcoming Grand Egyptian Museum, still under construction in <a href="" target="_blank">Giza</a>. </p><p>But one of Roberts' photographs, which makes an appearance on the issue's newsstand cover, rises above these built environments — literally, since it was taken from a hot air balloon above the famous Valley of the Kings — to show the contours of the landscape in an even more epic way.</p><p>Here's how he got the shot:</p><p><strong>T+L: Had you ever been to Egypt before? What was your overall impression of the place and the subject matter?</strong></p><p>Simon Roberts: "It was my first visit, and I was apprehensive about traveling to one of the most photographed places in the world! However, the experience was quite profound and did not disappoint. In fact, it's hard to describe the experience of witnessing, first hand, some of civilization's earliest achievements."</p><p><strong>What was it like shooting from a hot air balloon? Any particular distractions or unique opportunities? </strong></p><p>"I’d photographed from a hot air balloon before — but never one that contained an additional 35 people! The biggest challenge was getting into a position where I could photograph in the direction facing the Valley of the Kings as the sun came up behind me, which required some skilled flying by the balloon pilot and careful diplomacy with my fellow passengers so as not to spoil their experience.</p><p>Initially, when I was taking the photographs, I was frustrated that the view was obscured by other hot-air balloons — but in the end, I like how the balloons appear suspended in the sky and also give a sense of scale to the scene."</p><img alt="Travel + Leisure June 2019 Subscriber cover (Egypt) "src=""><p><strong>Do you have any tips for shooting wide, relatively monochromatic landscapes like this one?</strong></p><p>"Well, some height always helps. I often photograph from the roof of my motorhome when shooting landscapes; a slightly elevated vantage point allows the relationship of individual bodies and buildings in the landscape to be clearly observed. I also like to photograph at times of the day or in weather conditions that give me a more restrained, pastel palette of colors."</p><p><strong>What time of day did you take the picture? What type of equipment did you use?</strong></p><p>"The photograph was taken at dawn using a <a href="" target="_blank">Phase One</a> medium format digital camera, which was mounted on a monopod to give myself some stability and prevent camera shake."</p><p><strong>Do you have any other cool projects in the works that you’d like to share?</strong></p><p>"I’m currently working on a longer-term project, in Cuba, which brings together four European and four Cuban photographers to collaborate on a book and exhibition for the <a href="" target="_blank">2021 Havana Biennial</a>. I’m looking at the role of faith in a post-Castro era, where various religious practices — from Christianity and Islam to Baha'i and Santeria — have been allowed to grow, and appear to form an important part of contemporary Cuban society."</p>
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There's a Lavender-filled Village in Turkey, and It's Just as Magical as You're Imagining

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:30
<p>As <a href="" target="_blank">cherry blossom season</a> fades from memory and the bloom-inspired fervor dies down, a new floral phenomenon is coming to the fore: <a href="" target="_blank">a village stuffed to the brim with lavender</a>.</p><p>Though photos of the lavender fields look like a postcard from <a href="" target="_blank">Provence</a>, the fragrant village is actually located in <a href="" target="_blank">Turkey’s</a> Isparta Province. This hamlet is called Kuyucak, and it’s a hidden gem tucked away in the Turkish Lakes Region.</p><img alt="Turkey Lavender Village "src=""><p>While throngs of tourists continue to flock to <a href="" target="_blank">Cappadocia</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Istanbul</a>, Kuyucak has slowly begun attracting more visitors. The lush purple fields are a postcard-perfect backdrop, making it an ideal stop for Instagrammers. But the village still remains well off the beaten path for many first-time Turkey travelers, so you’ll be able to steer clear of the crowds.</p><img alt="Turkey Lavender Village "src=""><p>Kuyucak’s rolling hills of lavender are somewhat of a happy accident, according to <a href="" target="_blank">T+L A-List advisor</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Engin Kadaster</a>.</p><p>“The interesting thing about this village is that whole area is the center of our rose production,” Kadaster said. “One of the rose farmers brought some lavender stalks from France, like 20 of them. They started with very little. And then the villagers started to plant it... This is an extension of rose growth to lavender growth.”</p><p>“They produce [approximately] 90% of the lavender for Turkey, some of which is exported as lavender oil,” Kadaster added.</p><p>If you’re hoping to catch the plants in peak bloom, <a href="" target="_blank">summer vacation may be your best bet</a>.</p><img alt="Turkey Lavender Village "src=""><p>“[The plants] start to bloom sometime in the end of May or the beginning of June, and the whole area smells of lavender in July,” Kadaster said.</p><p>Kuyucak is conveniently located in Turkey’s lake region, which is home to historic cities and breathtaking natural beauty. The village is just two hours drive from Lake Salda, which some describe as Turkey’s Maldives. It’s also two hours from Termessos, one of the best-preserved ancient cities in Turkey.</p><p>“This place is full of amazing natural wonders and historic wonders,” Kadaster said. “As well as all this beauty that comes with the production of this lavender and these roses. It's mind-boggling.”</p><p>Turkey’s Turquoise Coast landed on our list of the <a href="" target="_blank">50 best places to travel in 2019</a>. Why not tack on a day trip to this lavender paradise? Take a look at these photos of Kuyucak — we have a feeling they’ll help convince you.</p>
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This Pass Lets You Ski at More Than 1,000 Resorts in Europe for an Amazing Price

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:16
<p>Skiing is an expensive hobby. But, with a bit of planning (and perhaps an impulsive purchase), it could become more affordable to jet off and hit the Alps on a European skiing jaunt.</p><p>More than 100 smaller ski resorts around the continent have banded together to launch <a href="" target="_blank">Snowpass</a>, the largest ski pass in the world. <a href="" target="_blank">Snowpass holders will be able to enter resorts</a> in nine countries, including Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Spain, Slovenia and Portugal. An introductory offer sets the annual price of the pass at about $440 (€395).</p><p>This is the pass for skiers who hate battling crowds. The resorts that make up the list are under-the-radar locations that you won’t find on any “top 10” Google searches. There are resorts in <a href="" target="_blank">the Dolomites</a>, the Sierra Nevada and, of course, <a href="" target="_blank">the Alps</a>.</p><p>With the pass, skiers will be able to hit the slopes for 10 days per season, at each location they visit. There is no limit on the number of consecutive dates and no blackout dates.</p><p>By the start of the 2019/20 season, the company hopes to have 150 different resorts included in the pass, <a href="" target="_blank">CEO Pedro Neiva told <em>The Telegraph</em></a>.</p><p>Snowpass holders will be able to use their passes for the upcoming ski season, from Nov. 1, 2019 through April 25, 2020.</p><p>After Snowpass finishes its launch period on May 16, annual ski passes will cost about $1,000 (€895), so snap up your passes quickly.</p>
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Dollywood Just Opened a Massive New Expansion Inspired by Dolly Parton’s Childhood

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 10:35
<p>Dollywood might just be one of the greatest gifts Dolly Parton has given us — and it's getting bigger and better.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Pigeon Forge, Tennessee</a> theme park dedicated to country singer Dolly Parton opened a $37 million, 6-acre expansion on May 10, increasing the already-impressive park size by 20 percent.</p><p>The highly-anticipated expansion, <a href="" target="_blank">Wildwood Grove</a>, has 11 new family-friendly experiences, including six rides, and a magical-looking Wildwood tree covered in brightly colored butterflies in the middle of the new park section.</p><img alt="Dollywood Expansion - Wildwood Grove "src=""><p>Some of the new rides include The Mad Mocking Bird (a flying ride that rotates around a giant tree), the Sycamore Swing (a swinging ride with seats that look like leaves wafting in the breeze), and The Dragon Flier (a family-friendly, 40 mph roller coaster). It also includes a water park section called Wildwood Creek, costumed characters, and plenty of places to eat a delicious meal.</p><img alt="Dollywood Expansion - Wildwood Grove "src=""><p>According to Fox News, the new expansion is inspired by Parton’s childhood memories of growing up in the <a href="" target="_blank">Smoky Mountains</a>.</p><p>“All us kids would splash and play in the creeks and ponds around home and have these daydreams about the world around us, and that’s what’s so special about Wildwood Grove,” Parton told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Southern Living</a></em>. “We’ve been able to create a new area to allow families to experience some of those exact dreams we all had when we were little.”</p><img alt="Dollywood Expansion - Wildwood Grove "src=""><p>Not only will families have a bigger and better place to take their children for a fun summer vacation, it’s also an amazing place for people of all ages to enjoy the magic of the Smoky Mountains.</p><img alt="Dollywood Expansion - Wildwood Grove "src=""><p>The key feature of the new park section, the giant Wildwood tree, is also a bit of a light show once the sun goes down. According to Fox News, the 650 butterflies and 9,000 colored leaves will be lit up every night starting on June 15.</p><p>One-day tickets range from $61 to $74, but there are also multi-day tickets available. Season passes range from $129 to $204.</p><p>More information on getting to Dollywood and seeing the new Wildwood Grove can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Dollywood website</a>.</p>
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14 Pairs of Flats That Are Just as Comfortable as Sneakers, According to Thousands of Customer Reviews

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 10:16
<p>Let’s face it, <a href="" target="_blank">uncomfortable shoes are just not worth packing</a>. While your heels and wedges may look cute, the blisters and foot pain that comes along with them do not make them worth it. Thankfully, bringing a great pair of flats is the easiest way to give your feet a break and still look stylish and cute while traveling. Plus, their compact size will save more room in your suitcase than most other shoe silhouettes.</p><p>While flats definitely look more polished than sneakers and are easier to walk in than heels, some pairs still don’t offer the support or <a href="" target="_blank">comfort that’s needed to tackle an entire day of sightseeing</a>. To help you avoid spending money on options that will give you blisters or leave your feet aching in pain, we turned to real reviews from customers to see which flats are as <a href="" target="_blank">comfortable as they are cute</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">These Heels Are the Most Comfortable to Walk in, According to Thousands of Reviewers</a></p><p>These top-rated flats not only have near-perfect ratings, but they also have an overwhelming number of glowing five-star reviews between them. Some of these comfy shoes feature padded insoles for extra cushioning, while others offer ample ankle support and excellent traction. Besides providing all-day support, these <a href="" target="_blank">beloved flats are also incredibly stylish</a> and will look great in all your travel Instagram photos.</p><p>From classic ballet flats to sleek loafers and chic pointed flats, keep reading to see the 14 pairs of flats customers love the most.</p><p>These are the most comfortable flats to walk in:</p>Most Comfortable Ballet Flat: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Margaux The Demi</a>Most Comfortable Option with Traction: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet Flat</a>Most Comfortable Canvas Option: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Toms Olivia Flat</a>Most Comfortable Loafers: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Naturalizer Emiline Flat Loafer</a>Most Comfortable Slingback: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Everlane The Editor Slingback</a>Most Comfortable Padded Option: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cole Haan Tali Bow Ballet Flat</a>Most Comfortable Espadrille: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcomfyflatsrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=06a58e8dc38ceb5a6c71f8e789795f3c" target="_blank">Clarks Danelly Adira Ballet Flat</a>Most Comfortable Option That Folds Up: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Lucky Brand Emmie Flat</a>Most Comfortable Pointed Option: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Dr. Scholl's Kimber Flat</a>Most Comfortable Eco-friendly Option: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Rothy’s The Flat</a>Most Comfortable Lightweight Option: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcomfyflatsrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=d31fc36c55d9e69b5d1103e63cc2bf50" target="_blank">Crocs Lina Ballet Flat</a>Most Comfortable Option With Ankle Support: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole Bay Unique Flat</a>Most Comfortable Driving Shoe: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcomfyflatsrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=2955b8d026a62fcec011c508dfcb0c3b" target="_blank">VenusCelia Natural Comfort Walking Flat</a>Most Comfortable Cozy Option: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ugg Lena Flat</a><h2> </h2><h2>Most Comfortable Ballet Flat: Margaux The Demi </h2><img alt="Margaux The Demi "src=""><p>With 5 millimeters of foam padding and a supportive insole, it’s easy to see why customers have given these Margaux ballet flats an impressive 4.8-star rating. The sleek Italian leather flats also feature an adjustable cord bow that allows you to make the shoes tighter or looser on your feet. One customer raved, “Hands down, the best flat in the marketplace. This is your mother’s ballet flat but improved with a nice cushion, tiny heel, and perfectly tied bow. Comfort and classy all in one. I want a pair in every color.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $145</p><h2>Most Comfortable Option with Traction: Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet Flat </h2><img alt="Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet Flat "src=""><p>These flats by Hush Puppies are not only super sleek and polished, but they are incredibly comfortable too. The rubber sole offers excellent grip and traction, while the cushioned footbed adds extra comfort. Customers also love that the cute shoes come in wide sizes as well. “I love these ballet flats! I wore them on vacation in Florida recently, I have to say they are extremely comfortable, they are flattering on my large feet, and I’m planning on buying more of these! They are extremely flexible and soft. Feel like I’m walking on clouds but the great thing is they hold their shape! Highly recommended,” said one reviewer.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $80</p><h2>Most Comfortable Canvas Option: Toms Olivia Flat</h2><img alt="Toms Olivia Flat "src=""><p>If you are looking for a lightweight breathable shoe, opt for a cute flat made from canvas, like this option by Toms. Besides boasting a padded footbed and rubber sole, the cute slip-on shoes only weigh five ounces — so they’ll barely add any weight to your suitcase. What’s more, every time a pair of these cute flats are sold, a pair of shoes from the brand will be donated to a child in need. “Super cute and lots of cushioning,” said one customer. “Definitely get comments on this shoe! Great for work or play.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $65 (originally $80)</p><h2>Most Comfortable Loafers: Naturalizer Emiline Flat Loafer</h2><img alt="Naturalizer Emiline Flat Loafer "src=""><p>These fashion-forward loafers from Naturalizer boast the brand’s signature N5Contour technology that helps the shoe mold to your foot, offering you all-day support and comfort. Along with dual-density cushioning and extra padding at pressure points, the cute flats also feature a slip-resistant sole. Over 190 Nordstrom customers love the shoes so much they’ve given them a 4.2-star rating.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $80</p><h2>Most Comfortable Slingback: Everlane The Editor Slingback </h2><img alt="Everlane The Editor Slingback "src=""><p>Looking to add some polish to your travel looks? Consider adding this stylish pair of flat slingbacks from Everlane to your wardrobe. The pointed flats are made from a soft and supple Italian suede and feature a pointed toe and low vamp that will pair perfectly with everything from casual jeans to LBDs. They have an impressive 4.52-star rating with one customer raving, “ready to wear and super comfortable from first try-on and a full day on feet. High recommend, I now want every color as they are the perfect shoe with both style and comfort!”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $155</p><h2>Most Comfortable Padded Option: Cole Haan Tali Bow Ballet Flat </h2><img alt="Cole Haan Tali Bow Ballet Flat "src=""><p>Cole Haan has been a go-to source for stylish and comfortable shoes for years, and these ballet flats are no different. The cute leather kicks feature a micro-wedge, padded footbed, and a rubber sole that work together to supply the support and comfort needed to be on your feet all day. Two hundred Nordstrom customers have given the flats their seal of approval, with one writing, “These shoes are really comfortable, cute, and the perfect neutral to go with any outfit.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $120 (originally $170)</p><h2>Most Comfortable Espadrille: Clarks Danelly Adira Ballet Flat</h2><img alt="Clarks Danelly Adira Ballet Flat "src=""><p>These adorable Clarks flats are a must-have for warm-weather travel wardrobes. The perforated leather uppers add breathability, while the espadrille details add a cute summery touch. Along with the thick rubber soles which offer excellent traction, the shoes feature a ultra-comfortable cushioned footbed that has helped these cute kicks rack up over 200 positive reviews on Amazon. “These shoes are so comfortable and very sharp looking. Like walking on air! Plan on buying another pair,” said one customer.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcomfyflatsrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=06a58e8dc38ceb5a6c71f8e789795f3c" target="_blank"></a>, from $61</p><h2>Most Comfortable Option That Folds Up: Lucky Brand Emmie Flat</h2><img alt="Lucky Brand Emmie Flat "src=""><p>More than 1,700 Zappos customers are fans of these stylish flats by Lucky Brand for a reason. Not only do they have a cushioned insole, but they also boast a flexible rubber sole that can fold up making them incredibly easy to pack or throw in your purse. “I love these flats,” raved one reviewer. “They are comfortable and have kept their shape perfectly. I bought these to clod around France and England when I was about 5-6 months pregnant and just wanted something easy and comfortable to wear that would go with practically anything. These fit the bill perfectly. The material is good quality giving the flats some substance yet folded up nicely for easy packing.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $46 (originally $59)</p><h2>Most Comfortable Pointed Option: Dr. Scholl’s Kimber Flat</h2><img alt="Dr. Scholl's Kimber Flat "src=""><p>These chic Dr. Scholl’s flats give your feet the support and comfort they need, thanks to the shoe’s patented Memory Fit foam-cushioned insole. The soft leather flats are also available in wide sizes and come in black and navy colorways that look good with everything. “I hardly ever wear flats, but this one is by far the comfiest I've found. The insole is very squishy and supports the front of my foot, unlike any other flat I've tried on the past few months. The design is simple and classic. Can't go wrong with this shoe,” said one customer.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $50</p><h2>Most Comfortable Eco-friendly Option: Rothy’s The Point</h2><img alt="Rothy’s The Flat "src=""><p>These cute Rothy’s flats are <a href="">Meghan Markle’s go-to shoe for a reason</a>. Not only are they incredibly lightweight, but they also feature a flexible rubber sole that offers ample traction. The best part? The eco-friendly kicks are made from recycled water bottles and are machine-washable. Over 500 customers have given the flats a 4.3-star rating on the brand’s website, with one reviewer calling them “perfection.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $145</p><h2>Most Comfortable Lightweight Option: Crocs Lina Ballet Flat</h2><img alt="Crocs Lina Ballet Flat "src=""><p>These flats by Crocs are lightweight, flexible, and feature a super soft microfiber footbed. They are also made from the brand’s patented foam Croclite material that offers an incredible amount of support and comfort. More than 600 Amazon customers are fans of the comfy flats. “These crocs totally pass for regular flats, but they are so much more comfortable! I walked about 5 miles in them the first time I wore them and there was no pain or blistering,” said one customer.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcomfyflatsrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=d31fc36c55d9e69b5d1103e63cc2bf50" target="_blank"></a>, from $13</p><h2>Most Comfortable Option With Ankle Support: Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole Bay Unique Flat</h2><img alt="Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole Bay Unique Flat "src=""><p>If you love the look of flats but need to wear a shoe that provides ankle support, check out this pair by Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole. The leather flats boast elastic straps around the ankle for extra support and a secure fit. One customer raved, “I live in these shoes! I bought them in black and in gray, and aside from the fact that they are lightweight, roomy, and stay on my feet while I work all day, I get bombarded with compliments because they are adorable. Gentle Souls has become my favorite brand of shoes. Well made, comfortable, and beautiful!”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195</p><h2>Most Comfortable Driving Shoe: VenusCelia Natural Comfort Walking Flat</h2><img alt=" "src=""><p>With over 840 reviews and an impressive 4.3-star rating, these driving shoes by VenusCelia are one of the most popular pairs of flats on Amazon. Along with an anti-slip rubber sole that offers ample grip, the cute shoes feature a padded memory foam insole. While these sleek kicks may look super luxe and expensive, they are actually the most affordable option on this list, so you can buy more than one pair at a time. And with 28 stylish colors to choose from, you’re going to want multiple options.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlcomfyflatsrcarhart0519-20&amp;linkId=2955b8d026a62fcec011c508dfcb0c3b" target="_blank"></a>, from $16</p><h2>Most Comfortable Cozy Option: Ugg Lena Flat</h2><img alt="Ugg Lena Flat "src=""><p>If you love the feel of UGG boots and slippers but need a more polished-looking shoe, you’re in luck. This cute option from the beloved shoe brand features its signature sheepskin lining and padded insole in a chic ballet flat silhouette. It has over 300 likes and a four-star rating at Zappos with one customer writing, “Just got these flats and I'm in love with them! So comfortable, perfect fit for my foot. Feel like I could wear them all day with no problems.”</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $100</p>
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Drunk Passenger Breaks Flight Attendant’s Leg After Being Told to Put Out Cigarette

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 08:43
<p>A drunk passenger aboard an Aeroflot flight in Russia broke a flight attendant’s leg and attacked pilots before he was restrained and arrested on Tuesday.</p><p>“An incident took place in board of Aeroflot SU1307 flight from Novosibirsk to <a href="" target="_blank">Moscow</a>, May 14, due to the destructive behavior of one passenger,” the airline said a statement. “Having got on board with signs of alcohol intoxication, the man has violated the rules of behaving on board <a href="" target="_blank">Aeroflot planes</a>.”</p><p>The 36-year-old passenger boarded the 10:30 a.m. flight, clearly intoxicated. He attempted to board the flight while smoking a cigarette. During the boarding process, he attacked a flight attendant who told him to put out his cigarette. The flight attendant was reportedly pushed into the cockpit of the plane, falling and breaking his leg. The passenger then tried to attack the two pilots of the Boeing 737.</p><p>“These three crew members resisted and managed [to] block the hooligan, and to pass him into the hands of police,” <a href="" target="_blank">a police spokesperson told <em>The Mirror</em></a>.</p><p>“It is hard to fly Aeroflot when you are sober,” the man told police after he had been arrested, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Daily Mail</em></a><em>,</em> referring to <a href="" target="_blank">a fiery emergency landing in March that killed 41 passengers</a>.</p><p>The flight was delayed by 20 minutes due to the incident.</p><p>The man was arrested and charged with “air hooliganism” and violence. He faces up to six years in prison. He has been blacklisted from any future Aeroflot flights.</p>
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Jeff Koons’ ‘Rabbit’ Breaks World Record, Selling for $91 Million

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 08:27
<p>A Jeff Koons sculpture sold for $91.1 million at Christie’s in <a href="" target="_blank">New York</a> on Wednesday, setting the record for most expensive sale of work by a living artist.</p><p>“Rabbit” was bought for $91,075,000 by Robert Mnuchin (father of the Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin), <a href="" target="_blank">according to the BBC</a>. It sold for about $20 million more than its estimated price.</p><p><a href=";intObjectID=6205139&amp;lid=1" target="_blank">Koons’ studio created the 41-inch stainless steel piece</a> in 1986. There are three other castings of “Rabbit,” all currently in museum collections, including the <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago</a>, The Broad Art Foundation in Los Angeles, and the <a href="" target="_blank">National Museum of Qatar</a>.</p><p>The sale cements Jeff Koons as one of the most expensive artists alive today — although opinion of his work differs. <a href=";PID=en_hp_carousel_1" target="_blank">According to Christie’s</a>, “Rabbit” has been called “cute, sinister, cartoonish, imposing, vacuous, sexy, chilling, dazzling and iconic.”</p><p>It is not the first time that a Koons work has set the record for most expensive piece of art by a living artist. Although the previous record-holder was David Hockney (his “Portrait of an Artist” <a href="" target="_blank">sold for just over $90 million at Christie’s in November</a>), before that, “Balloon Dog (Orange)” held the record for five years, selling for $58 million in 2013.</p><p>Still, Koons has yet to rival the prices that the work of a dead artist can sell for.</p><p>The most expensive art sale ever was in 2017, when “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo Da Vinci sold for $450.3 million. To this day, art historians still question the authenticity of the piece. It was supposed to be shown at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, but the painting appears to have “disappeared” since its sale, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the <em>New York Times</em></a>.</p>
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The Queen Is Hiring a Social Media Manager

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 08:13
<p>Queen Elizabeth is one busy woman. After all, she is not only the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, but she’s also a great-grandmother to <a href="" target="_blank">seven beautiful great-grandchildren</a>. And all that certainly fills up her time, which is why it’s no surprise she doesn’t have time for menial tasks like <a href="" target="_blank">posting on social media</a>.</p><p>But, her busy schedule could mean opportunity for you.</p><p>The Royal Household listed a new gig this week on its job board: <a href="" target="_blank">Digital Communications Officer for the Queen</a>.</p><p>“The role of Royal Communications is to engage a worldwide audience with the public role and work of The Royal Family,” the job posting reads. “Joining this fast-paced and dynamic team, your challenge will be to manage and oversee the daily news flow on digital and social networking platforms, as well as play a key part in some of the digital projects.”</p><p>According to the listing, the person will work within a small team of digital media specialists. In the role’s day-to-day, the new person will create content for social networks and other digital platforms, including the royal household’s newly launched website, as well as researching and writing feature articles.</p><p>“Whether you're covering a state visit, award ceremony or Royal engagement, you'll make sure our digital channels consistently spark interest and reach a range of audiences,” it added.</p><p>Truly, the role is an important one as the person is also expected to “hone and shape our digital communications through analytics, monitoring and exploring new technologies.”</p><p>Think you’re ready to apply? For the position, the household is looking for someone who has previous experience managing websites and delivering successful digital communications and projects, preferably in a high profile environment. The person must also be confident using social media platforms and content management systems. They must also be innovative and ready to share ideas, as well as have at least basic photography and videography skills.</p><p>If you land the role, the page explained, you can “look forward to a comprehensive benefits package, including a 15 percent employer contribution pension scheme (after 6 months), 33 days annual leave, including bank holidays, free lunch and access to training and development to support your continuous professional development.” And a $38,000 salary, dependant on experience.</p><p>And the biggest perk of all: You’ll get to spend time with the royal family. If you’re ready to <a href="" target="_blank">apply head to their site now</a>.</p>
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A Restaurant in England Accidentally Gave a Customer a $5,800 Bottle of Wine

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 07:46
<p>A fancy bottle of wine goes well with a delicious dinner, but it’s even better when it’s free.</p><p>One customer at <a href="" target="_blank">Hawksmoor</a>, a steakhouse in <a href="" target="_blank">Manchester</a>, England, benefitted from one bartender’s mistake by recieving a £4,500 ($5,800 USD) bottle of wine that they didn’t order, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Metro</em> reported</a>.</p><p>According to the restaurant’s Twitter account, a customer ordered a much less expensive bottle of wine that had a similar vintage to the pricey 2001 Chateau le Pin Pomerol. Unfortunately (or perhaps very fortunately), the bartender grabbed the expensive bottle and served it to the table.</p><p>In all fairness, the two bottles are fairly similar when you look at their labels, though one is red and one is gold. They also have similar names, Chateau Le Pin and Chateau Pichon Longeville. We totally understand the mistake.</p><p>According to <em>Metro</em>, the Chateau Pinchon Longeville is priced at £260 (about $331 USD). While that is also a pretty expensive bottle of wine, it still doesn’t come close to the Chateau Le Pin.</p><p>It’s unclear whether the expensive wine was comped or was simply sold to the customer for the price of the bottle they actually ordered.</p><p>Either way, the restaurant said to the mystery customer that they hoped they “enjoyed their evening.” And if you are worried about the bartender who accidentally cost the restaurant over $5,000, no need to fear.</p><p>“To the member of staff who accidentally gave it away, chin up! One-off mistakes happen and we love you anyway,” the restaurant said on Twitter.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>, the Chateau Le Pin is the most expensive bottle in the restaurant and is located in the “rarities” section of the menu. So, basically, one customer got a very obscure, extra special bottle of wine for way less than it was worth.</p><p>Though it’s a little suspicious that the customer didn’t catch the mistake when they saw the bottle themselves, hopefully they still left a big tip.</p>
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