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Virgin Voyages Wants to Build a Party Scene in the Bahamas to Rival Ibiza

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 17:54
<p>Virgin Voyages is extending its brand beyond its upcoming cruise ships.</p><p>The soon-to-launch cruise line announced Thursday that it will build a beach club on the Bahamian island of Bimini.</p><p>“The Beach Club at Bimini” will be located a short distance away from the port and, while docked, Virgin Voyages passengers will have exclusive use of the space, <a href="https://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/Virgin-Voyages-building-beach-club-on-Bimini" target="_blank"><em>Travel Weekly</em> reported</a>.</p><p>At the beach club, passengers (or “sailors” as the brand is calling them), will be able to party the day away or delve into the island’s culture. According to the cruise line, the beach club will launch a scene to rival the beach parties of Ibiza or Saint Tropez.</p><img alt="Bimini Beach Club - Virgin Voyages "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550250339/bimini-beach-club-sea-swing-VVBC0219.jpg?itok=nsgbAPmV"><p>Renderings of the club show a menagerie of luxe hammocks and pavilions with chandeliers. A large, lagoon-style pool, with DJ booth at its head, will be the centerpiece of the club.</p><p>The ethos behind the club is one of detox and retox. Morning activities include yoga and meditation on the beach. Food menus (all complimentary) will include island-inspired cuisine like conch and mango salad, banana leaf-wrapped queen snapper and Bahamian rum cake.</p><img alt="Bimini Beach Club - Virgin Voyages "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550250339/bimini-beach-club-vip-lounge-VVBC0219.jpg?itok=ImWqIb3s"><p>Activities at the beach club will <a href="https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/20374-virgin-voyages-opens-bookings-announces-the-beach-club-at-bimini.html" target="_blank">amp up throughout the day</a>, reaching “the high point of the day by the afternoon where DJ-led pool and flotilla parties will be center of the action.” Come nightfall, it’s a laid-back ambiance with bonfires on the beach and acoustic musical performances.</p><p>The club is bringing some big names to the Bahamas. Mark Ronson — the DJ and producer behind hits like “Uptown Funk” — will be the founding DJ at the Beach Club and among the first to step behind the turntables with four performances in 2020.</p><p>Virgin Voyages trips from April 1 through October 21, 2020 are <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/virgin-voyages-cruises-open-for-booking" target="_blank">now open for booking.</a></p>
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Extremely Rare African Black Leopard Photographed in Wild for First Time in More Than 100 Years

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 17:37
<p>A rare African black leopard was photographed in the wild for the first time in more than 100 years.</p><p>British wildlife photographer <a href="http://www.burrard-lucas.com/" target="_blank">Will Burrard-Lucas released a collection of photographs</a> on Monday that show the animal lurking about Kenya’s Laikipia Wilderness Camp.</p><p>“As far as I know, these are the first high-quality camera trap photographs of a wild melanistic leopard ever taken in Africa,” Burrard-Lucas <a href="https://www.camtraptions.com/black-leopard.html" target="_blank">wrote</a>.</p><p>When Burrard-Lucas heard about a smattering of black leopard sightings around Laikipia, he decided to head to the park with a collection of camera traps in an attempt to photograph the animal. The camera traps consisted of a “wireless motion sensor, a high-quality DSLR camera and two or three flashes.”</p><p>There were several unsuccessful nights before Burrard-Lucas was able to snap a photograph of the elusive animal, and the hardwon shots are striking. The black leopard emerges out of the landscape with its eyes shining bright in the camera flash.</p><p>The black leopard’s color is the result of melanism (a gene mutation that’s basically opposite of albinism). The over-production of pigment creates the leopard’s inky black coloring. <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/13/africa/kenya-rare-black-leopard-black-panther/index.html" target="_blank">According to Nick Pilford, lead researcher of a leopard conservation program in Laikipia County</a>, “melanism occurs in about 11% of leopards globally, but most of these leopards live in South East Asia.”</p><p>“We had always heard about black leopard living in this region, but the stories were absent of high-quality footage that could confirm their existence,” <a href="https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/02/rare-black-leopards-of-africa-captured-in-photographic-first" target="_blank">Pilford told <em>USA Today</em></a>. “This is what Will’s photos and the videos on our remote cameras now prove, and are exceptionally rare in their detail and insight.”</p><p>There is some contention around who has been the first to capture an image of the black leopard in the 21st century. A biologist’s leopard sighting was <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/aje.12586?referrer_access_token=Ky9aa1bmFxDFdFIyd1NP_Yta6bR2k8jH0KrdpFOxC65qpYX16YCvkAEYVdy3Px9BFKRYQ59EhXcDqFPlCTFI9btXXFcuRMiPezTezbfNb-mU4vo2MC10vNK_39B7zkBz" target="_blank">detailed in the African Journal of Ecology</a> in July 2018 (the article was published in December) but there was not any imagery.</p><p>But one newspaper in Kenya, <a href="https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Black-Leopard-Laikipia/1056-4979572-iw3vpbz/index.html" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Nation</em>, is challenging the new claim</a>, saying that one of their photographers captured a shot of the leopard back in 2013.</p>
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You Can Travel the World for Free — If You're Willing to Do It With a Stranger

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 17:36
<p>Travel lovers are usually up for just about any adventure that comes their way. But one tour company is hoping to take that “up for anything” attitude one step further by giving away a trip around the world filled with surprises and one major catch: The winner will have to travel with a total stranger.</p><p><a href="http://www.tourradar.com" target="_blank">TourRadar</a>, the world’s largest online travel agency for multi-day tours, is seeking two complete strangers ready and willing to travel together on the trip of a lifetime as part of its <a href="https://www.tourradar.com/tour-the-world" target="_blank">Tour the World</a> campaign.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-quit-job-and-travel" target="_blank">How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World, According to People Who Have Done It</a></p><p>Together, two willing participants who have never met before will travel across the globe and experience multi-day tours in five different countries across five different continents while sharing the journey on social media.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/jobs/fortune-100-best-companies-travel" target="_blank">These Are the Best Travel Companies to Work For</a></p><p>“Multi-day touring is the easiest way possible for any traveler to experience the world in a relatively short amount of time,” TourRadar’s chief marketing officer Michael Potscher said in a statement. “Through our Tour the World campaign, we are creating the ultimate trip of a lifetime for two strangers that will inspire others to engage in life-enriching experiences through multi-day touring.”</p><p>A professional film crew will follow the two winners and their worldwide adventures to create content for TourRadar's social media and marketing channels as well.</p><p>Beyond not knowing each other, the two chosen participants will also have no idea where they are going until their flights are booked. All they will know, TourRadar said, is that they will be traveling to five different continents and the trip will take approximately 50 to 60 days to complete. All airfare, accommodations, expenses, and meals will be covered.</p><p>To be considered for this epic journey, would-be travelers need to submit a two-minute-long video explaining why they should be chosen for the Tour the World experience by March 24th. Winners will be announced in April and the experience will begin in May. So, if you’re not afraid of stranger danger and you’re up for anything, now is most certainly your time to shine.</p>
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The Frieze Art Fair Is Coming to Los Angeles for the First Time This Weekend

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 17:07
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/local-flavor/los-angeles-arts-district" target="_blank">L.A.’s art scene</a> has always played second fiddle to its most celebrated cultural export (Hollywood movies), but in the past few years the city’s flourishing and diverse community has come into its own.</p><p>New museums have opened (<a href="https://marcianoartfoundation.org" target="_blank">Marciano Art Foundation</a>, <a href="http://www.themainmuseum.org" target="_blank">The Main Museum</a>, the <a href="https://www.theicala.org/en" target="_blank">Institute of Contemporary Art</a>) along with branches of large international galleries, like <a href="http://spruethmagers.com" target="_blank">Sprueth Magers</a> and <a href="https://www.hauserwirth.com/locations/10069-hauser-wirth-los-angeles" target="_blank">Hauser &amp; Wirth</a>.</p><img alt="Frieze Los Angeles "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550083403/frieze-art-fair-los-angeles-2-FRIEZELA0219.jpg?itok=DdEMaDFa"><p>This weekend, L.A.'s newfound status as a global arts hub will be front and center, as L.A. hosts not one but six different air fairs, four of which are popping up for the first time.</p><p>The buzziest of the bunch: <a href="https://frieze.com/fairs/frieze-los-angeles" target="_blank">Frieze Los Angeles</a>, the West Coast debut of the London-born art fair. Taking over a back lot of Paramount Pictures Studio, the first-time L.A. fair will draw 70 blue-chip galleries, including Gagosian, David Zwirner, and Marian Goodman. Look out for solo presentations by artists like Doug Atiken and Wayne Thiebaud; site-specific installations by prominent local artists like Paul McCarthy, and Lisa Anne Auerbach; and talks by art world heavyweights Maja Hoffmann (Luma Foundation), Frank Gehry, and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries).</p><img alt="Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550083403/hotel-roosevelt-los-angeles-FRIEZELA0219.jpg?itok=WB653DoT"><p>Frieze’s launch coincides with the 10th anniversary of <a href="https://artlosangelesfair.com" target="_blank">Art Los Angeles Contemporary</a>, which returns to the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, and newcomer <a href="http://felixfair.com/visitor-information/">Felix LA</a>, which is popping up inside private suites and bungalows at <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/los-angeles/hotels/hollywood-roosevelt" target="_blank">The Hollywood Roosevelt</a>. The vision of L.A. art collector and former Disney executive Dean Valentine, the inaugural event is inspired by the short-lived Gramercy International Los Angeles art fair at the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/los-angeles/hotels/chateau-marmont" target="_blank">Chateau Marmont</a> in the mid-90s. There will be 40 exhibitors from L.A. and beyond, in addition to more unconventional programming such as astrological readings, burlesque shows, and stand-up comedy.</p><img alt="Hotel Roosevelt, Los Angeles "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550083403/hotel-roosevelt-la-pool-FRIEZELA0219.jpg?itok=6ntPgem3"><p>If you’re headed to the city for the weekend, other <a href="https://www.laweekly.com/arts/a-to-frieze-a-10-fair-winter-art-season-sweeps-la-10127836" target="_blank">can’t-miss art happenings</a> include the first comprehensive L.A. <a href="https://www.hauserwirth.com/hauser-wirth-exhibitions/23121-annie-leibovitz-early-years-1970-1983" target="_blank">exhibition</a> dedicated to photographer Annie Leibowitz and British pop artist Philip Colbert’s first U.S. solo show at <a href="https://www.saatchigallery.com/museums/museum-profile/Los+Angeles+County+Museum+Of+Art/22.html" target="_blank">Saatchi Gallery</a>.</p>
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A Comprehensive JFK Airport Terminal Guide

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 17:07
<p>An emblem of modern architecture when it opened in the 1940s, New York’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jfk-airport" target="_blank">John F. Kennedy International Airport</a>, will soon undergo a historic <a href="https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-13-billion-plan-transform-jfk-world-class-21st-century-airport" target="_blank">$13 billion overhaul</a>.</p><p>John F. Kennedy International Airport — commonly known as “JFK”— was built in the 1940s as only a supplement to LaGuardia Airport. When it opened in 1948, it was known as New York International Airport, Anderson Field, or more simply Idlewild (in honor of the resort and later golf course that was demolished to make way for the runways and terminals).</p><p>The airport was renamed in honor of President Kennedy in December of 1963, about a month after he was assassinated. And the adjunct airport quickly surpassed <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/laguardia-airport" target="_blank">LaGuardia Airport</a> in capacity.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jfk-airport" target="_blank">JFK Airport</a> is located in Queens, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>, and it’s so large it doesn’t even require a unique address. Instead, the JFK airport address is distinguished only by its own zip code: Jamaica, New York, 11430. Take a look at the <a href="https://www.jfkairport.com/at-airport/airport-maps" target="_blank">JFK Airport map</a> to see just how big the airport is. </p><p>Travelers will find JFK to be well-connected to Manhattan by an <a href="https://www.jfkairport.com/to-from-airport/air-train" target="_blank">AirTrain</a> system that links with the subway. Buses and an <a href="https://www.jfkairport.com/to-from-airport/taxi-car-and-van-service" target="_blank">official van services </a>also bring travelers from JFK to Manhattan, and vice versa.</p><p>As part of its <a href="https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-13-billion-plan-transform-jfk-world-class-21st-century-airport" target="_blank">upcoming redevelopment plans</a>, the airport will soon see the addition of two new world-class international terminal complexes on its north and south sides, in addition to the demolishment of older terminals and the utilization of vacant space to introduce an increasing number of gates and ultimately allow for at least 15 million more passengers per year.</p><p>Because there are so many travelers passing through New York City’s busiest transportation hub, it can be difficult to navigate the sprawling 4,930-acre complex. Whether you’re rushing through to make a connecting flight or killing time before your departure, this comprehensive guide to JFK’s terminals, JFK Airport parking, and more, will help you make the most of your time at the airport. </p><h2><strong>JFK Terminal 1 Airport Guide:</strong></h2><p>The <a href="https://jfkterminalone.com/" target="_blank">Terminal One Group</a> (a consortium of four airlines that include Lufthansa, Air France, Japan Airlines, and Korean Air Lines) will be building a new $7 billion and 2.9 million-square-foot terminal on the airport’s south side.</p><img alt="A rendering of the new Terminal 1 coming to JFK. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550183393/jfk-terminal-1-rendering-JFKUPDATE0219.jpg?itok=6juBu8K5"><p>The terminal, which will be complete by the end of 2025, will replace JFK’s Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 and expand into the now vacant Terminal 3. The terminal, which will include 23 international gates, at least 24 security screening lanes, and 55,000 square feet of green space, will also connect to the existing Terminal 4.</p><img alt="A rendering of the upcoming Terminal 1. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550183393/jfk-terminal-1-rendering-inside.JFKUPDATE0219.jpg?itok=kFY20GJf"><p>Most of the current offerings will remain as they exist today across the terminals for the next few years, with the first 11 gates of the new terminal set to open in 2023. Currently, the terminal is a four-story building with 11 gates. Its levels include Arrivals, a Mezzanine, Departures, and the Concourse level, where travelers pass through the security checkpoint and ultimately board.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 1 Food:</h2><p>Terminal 1 has a modest mix of dining options, most of which are fast casual and chains.</p><strong>Food Options</strong><b>: </b>Several of the dining concepts in Terminal 1 are being refreshed, with some stops still in the process of opening. For pizza, meatballs, or salads, stop into PZA, while Wok and Roll offers steam-table Chinese fare to take on the go.<strong>Coffee Shops: </strong>For a caffeine boost in Terminal 1, there is a Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and a Euro Café.<strong>Bars:</strong> Martini Bar serves arguably the best cocktails in the terminal.<h2>JFK Terminal 1 Shopping: </h2><p>Travelers will find Terminal 1 filled with all the standard airport retail options: a handful of Hudson News outposts, a New York Gifts for kitschy Big Apple souvenirs, and a handful of high-end post-security boutiques.</p><img alt="New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1496861658/checkin-departures-terminal-jfk-airport-new-york.jpg?itok=ovZlKjyo"><p>Whether you forgot a date night outfit or you’re looking for gifts that don’t scream, “last-minute airport buy,” the Cartier storefront, Hermes store, Coach shop, and Salvatore Ferragamo shop are all worthwhile diversions. Terminal 1 is also home to stores carrying fresh flowers, Duty Free, and a Tumi for those in search of new travel gear. </p><h2>JFK Terminal 1 Things to Do: </h2><strong>For relaxing:</strong><b> </b>If you find yourself spending a layover in JFK’s Terminal 1, consider relaxing at one of the two XpresSpa locations. Come here for a pre-flight facial or post-vacation hand and arm massage to improve circulation.<strong>Locations to charge electronics:</strong> There are a number of areas in Terminal 1 where travelers can plug in: a charging station in the Welcome Center, outlets post-security at Gates 5, 7, and 8, and a pre-security Internet cafe that also offers web access and SIM cards. Complimentary Wi-Fi, provided by Boingo, is also available throughout the airport. <h2>JFK Terminal 1 Airline Lounges: </h2><strong>Lounges: </strong>Terminal 1 is home to an Air France lounge, a Lufthansa Lounge, a Korean Airlines Lounge, and an Alitalia Lounge. Generally speaking, travelers must be flying with a First or Business Class ticket to access these lounges, though there are more than a few ways to get in without splurging on a top-tier ticket.<p>The Air France lounge permits Premium Economy travelers who are willing to pay $50 for a day rate. Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card holders can also get access to the Air France and KAL Business Class Lounge.</p><p>Travelers with status in the airlines’ respective membership programs (Star Gold Cardholders for Lufthansa; Flying Blue Gold, Platinum, Silver, and Ivory for Air France) may also be able to get free access to the airlines’ respective lounges, though regulations vary wildly depending on the flight.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 1 Parking: </h2><strong>Short-term parking options:</strong> Terminal 1 shares the Green Lot with Terminal 2, which is a daily parking lot. Visitors will be charged $4 for every half hour, with a 24-hour maximum of $35.<strong>Long-term parking options: </strong>Travelers looking for long-term JFK airport parking may want to opt instead for Lot 9, on Lefferts Boulevard. This option is accessible by AirTrain and charges $18 for the first 24 hours, with a $6 fee for every 8 hours.<img alt="New York John F Kennedy International Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1496861658/transportation-train-terminal-jfk-airport-new-york.jpg?itok=3NYJaAHh"><h2>JFK Terminal 1 Airlines:</h2><p>Terminal 1 was opened at 1998 under the direction of four key international airlines: Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and Lufthansa. Because of this, it is capable of accommodating giant Airbus A380s and remains a major hub for these carriers. Today, travelers flying with a variety of international airlines will use Terminal 1. </p><strong>International Airlines: </strong>Aeroflot, Air France, Air Italy, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Cayman Airways, China Eastern, EVA Air, Fly Jamaica Airways, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines), TAME, and Turkish Airlines.<h2><strong>JFK Terminal 2 Airport Guide: </strong></h2><img alt="Terminal 4 Delta airplanes JFK airport New York City "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1496861658/delta-airlines-terminal-jfk-airport-new-york.jpg?itok=ku4Y-_qf"><p>Seeking the Delta terminal in JFK? JFK’s Terminal 2 is exclusively operated by Delta Air Lines, and has two levels: Arrivals and Departures. There are 11 boarding gates (C60 to C70), which are exclusively used for domestic destinations The airline operates its international schedule and most flights to and from San Francisco, Los Angles, and Seattle at Terminal 4. </p><h2>JFK Terminal 2 Food:</h2><strong>Fast Casual: </strong> Dining at JFK’s Terminal 2 is especially good, thanks to the contributions from a number of big-name chefs. After security, travelers can grab open-faced sandwiches from New York’s own chef Andrew Carmellini, or Shiso, by Morimoto chef Robby Cook. Yes, we really are recommending airport sushi.<strong>Sit-Down Dinner: </strong> Unwind before your flight at the BKLYN Beer Garden, which has an impressive selection of more than 20 beers on tap and a menu of standard American fare by chef Laurent Tourondel. You can also grab a seriously filling Italian dish from Due Amici, near Gate 62.<strong>Coffee Shops: </strong>For a caffeine boost in Terminal 2, head to World Bean (with locations available both pre-security and post-security). <h2>JFK Terminal 2 Shopping: </h2><p>Don’t expect to do too much shopping at Terminal 2, which sells a few post-security gadgets (in case you left your headphones at home) and also has an outpost of Taste NY. The store sells hundreds of food and beverage souvenirs from local New York brands (think: Williamsburg-based Brooklyn Oenology wines), and is open 24 hours a day.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 2 Things to Do: </h2><p>Terminal 2 is also slim when it comes to activities to keep you pre-occupied before your flight, but those in search of locations to charge their mobile devices will find an option. </p><strong>Locations to charge electronics:</strong> There is one charging station at Terminal 2, which is located before security near the Welcome Center. Complimentary Wi-Fi, provided by Boingo, is available throughout the New York airport.<h2>JFK Terminal 2 Airline Lounges: </h2><p>At Terminal 2, the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta/delta-sky-club-lounge" target="_blank">Delta Sky Club</a> serves complimentary fresh food offerings, and has a complimentary bar for wine, beer, or a pre-flight cocktail. There’s even a business center equipped with printers and copiers, while the Club at Terminal 4 also has bathrooms with showers, so you can be totally ready for the day ahead.</p><p>American Express Platinum cardholders, Delta One customers, and Delta Reserve Credit Card Members are among those that can access the lounge for free when flying with Delta. </p><h2>JFK Terminal 2 Parking: </h2><strong>Short-term parking options:</strong> Terminal 2 shares the Green Lot with Terminal 1, which is a daily parking lot. Visitors will be charged $4 for every half hour, with a 24-hour maximum of $35.<strong>Long-term parking options:</strong> Travelers looking for long-term JFK airport parking may want to opt instead for Lot 9, on Lefferts Boulevard. This option is accessible by AirTrain and charges $18 for the first 24 hours, with a $6 fee for every 8 hours.<h2>JFK Terminal 2 Airlines: </h2><p>Only Delta utilizes Terminal 2, meaning travelers flying with other airlines won’t have post-security access to this part of JFK.</p><img alt="TSA security at JFK Airport New York City "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1496861658/tsa-security-terminal-jfk-airport-new-york.jpg?itok=NcNXl6t1"><h2><strong>JFK Terminal 3 Airport Guide:</strong></h2><p>Also known as the Worldport, JFK’s Terminal 3 was opened in May of 1960, and was primarily used by Pan American World Airways. It was slowly phased out of use and demolished in 2013.</p><h2><strong>JFK Terminal 4 Airport Guide: </strong></h2><img alt="Terminal 4 Hudson News shops JFK Airport New York City "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1496861658/shops-terminal-jfk-airport-new-york.jpg?itok=1zYAXgvV"><p>Considered by some to be the single-greatest terminal at JFK, it’s used by a wide number of both international as well as domestic airlines and has an impressive line-up of dining options.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 4 Food:</h2><strong>Fast Casual: </strong>Chef Danny Meyer has not one but three restaurants at JFK Terminal 4, including two post-security opportunities to sample his famed Shake Shack burger. A pared-down version of Meyer’s Blue Smoke barbecue joint is another prime option.<strong>Coffee Shops:</strong> Three Dunkin’ Donuts, three Peets Coffee &amp; Tea locations, and a Flatiron Coffeehouse are just some examples of the many coffee shops in this New York airport.<strong>Bars:</strong> If you're looking for a cold beer before your flight, the terminal is home to the Tigin Irish Pub, which also serves food. While not a bar, those headed to Caviar House and Prunier can enjoy drink selections like wine with their caviar. <h2>JFK Terminal 4 Shopping: </h2><p>Beauty brands are particularly prominent at Terminal 4, which has a sweeping Retail Hall and plenty of opportunities to stock up on duty free goods. Jo Malone, Hugo Boss, Kiehl’s, and the travel brand Tumi all have storefronts at this JFK terminal. There's also a branch of The Metropolitcan Musuem of Art Store for those looking to take an art-filled souvenir with them. </p><h2>JFK Terminal 4 Things to Do: </h2><strong>For relaxing:</strong> A layover at Terminal 4 in JFK is best spent at one of the three XpresSpa locations (Gate A2, B24, and the west end of the Retail Hall). On the Departures level, this terminal notably has a pre-security interfaith chapel.<strong>Locations to charge eletronics:</strong> Charging your drained devices is easy at Terminal 4, which has charging stations in the Welcome Center as well as at all gates.<h2>JFK Terminal 4 Airport Lounges: </h2><strong>Lounges: </strong>JFK’s Terminal 4 is well-equipped to accommodate top-tier travelers before flights. Options here include an Air India Lounge (Gate A5), another Delta Sky Club Lounge (Gate B32), an El Al King David Lounge (on the fourth floor), an Etihad Lounge (on the fourth floor), a Swiss Lounge (on the fourth floor), an Emirates Lounge (Gate A5), and a Virgin Clubhouse (Gate A5). <p>Travelers not flying with one of the aforementioned airlines can still enjoy the comfort of an airport lounge at Terminal 4’s Wingtips Lounge. For $50, travelers can receive access to the common-use lounge for up to four hours, with complimentary access to premium passengers on <a href="https://wingtipslounge.com/JFK/index.php/airline-and-networks/" target="_blank">partner airlines</a> (Singapore Airlines, China Southern, and Air Europa, for example) and network members who participate in programs such as Lounge Club and Priority Pass.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 4 Parking Options: </h2><p>Travelers utilizing Terminal 4 are encouraged to park in either the Blue or Yellow parking garages. Prices start at $5 per half hour, and may reach $39 during a 24-hour period.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 4 Airlines: </h2><p>Some 30 airlines use Terminal 4 as their home base, including many regional international carriers like Air Serbia, Egyptair, and WestJet.</p><strong>International: </strong>Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air India, Air Serbia, Asiana, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Caribbean Airlines, China Airlines, China Southern, Copa Airlines, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, Uzbekistan Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris, WestJet, XiamenAir, and XL Airways.<strong>Domestic:</strong> Delta, JetBlue, and Sun Country.<h2><strong>JFK Terminal 5 Airport Guide:</strong></h2><img alt="JetBlue Airways Corp. flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1496861658/jetblue-checkin-terminal-jfk-airport-new-york.jpg?itok=9dqsVKZ1"><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jetblue" target="_blank">JetBluue's</a> expanded Terminal 5 at JFK now has more than 30 food and beverage options, more than 30 shops, and 29 gates. Most of the gates here also come with touch screens to allow passengers to order food delivery straight to their gate. </p><h2>JFK Terminal 5 Food: </h2><strong>Sit-down Restaurants: </strong>Hailed by <a href="https://ny.eater.com/2015/5/20/8628195/best-restaurants-dining-jfk-airport-guide" target="_blank">Eater</a> as the “best sushi you will probably ever eat in an airport,” Deep Blue Sushi is one of the best options for a leisurely pre or post-flight meal at T5. Terminal 5 actually has a bevy of appealing sit-down restaurants. The Spanish-style tapas at Piquillo Tapas Bar are a great option if you’re raveling with a group, while the truffle fries at 5iveSteak are reason enough to grab a seat at the contemporary steakhouse.<strong>Sweets: </strong>You don’t need to have a sweet tooth to appreciate the dessert options at JFK’s Terminal 5. Here, travelers will find outposts of Dylan’s Candy Bar and the adorable bite-sized cupcakes from Baked by Melissa. There’s also a Ben &amp; Jerry’s Scoop Shop, no less than four Dunkin’ Donuts, and a Horizon Bakery Café that sells masterful breads and baked goods.<h2>JFK Terminal 5 Shopping: </h2><p>At the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jetblue" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> terminal in JFK, travelers will find dozens of retail shops for last-minute needs or souvenirs. We especially love the MUJI To Go, which offers design-driven home goods and accessories with a minimalist, Japanese aesthetic, and the Benefit Cosmetics shop.</p><img alt="JFK Airport's Central Plaza food court dining New York City "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1496861658/food-court-terminal-jfk-airport-new-york.jpg?itok=fzdeUKKa"><h2>JFK Terminal 5 Things to Do: </h2><p>Spend a layover at Terminal 5 in the BeRelax Spa, where you can be pampered with pedicures and manicures, an anti jet lag facial, table or chair massages, and oxygen and aromatherapy treatments to help you look refreshed after a full day of flying.</p><strong>Locations to charge electronics: </strong>Charging ports can be found at the welcome center outside of the Arrivals area. Free wireless Internet is available throughout John F. Kennedy Airport<h2>JFK Terminal 5 Airline Lounges: </h2><p>Travelers have three excellent options for lounging at Terminal 5 — and none of them are hanging out at your gate. At the Moroso Lounge, travelers are perfectly positioned to watch plans takeoff and land. For a breath of fresh air, head to JFK’s only post-security outdoor space, the T5 Rooftop, while you wait for your flight.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 5 Parking Options: </h2><p>Terminal 5 shares the Blue and Yellow parking garages with Terminal 4. Prices start at $5 per half hour, and make reach $39 during a 24-hour period.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 5 Airlines: </h2><p>All JetBlue departures are at Terminal 5, as this is the airline’s primary hub.</p><strong>International: </strong>Aer Lingus and TAP Portugal <strong>Domestic: </strong>JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines, and Cape Air<h2><strong>JFK Terminal 6 Airport Guide:</strong></h2><p>Despite being the creation of renowned architect I.M. Pei, JFK’s Terminal 6 — also known as the Sundrome — the terminal was demolished in 2011.</p><h2><strong>JFK Terminal 7 Airport Guide:</strong></h2><img alt="John F Kennedy International Airport New York City "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1496861658/directory-terminal-jfk-airport-new-york.jpg?itok=I9LIuxdv"><p>Currently operated by British Airways, JFK's Terminal 7 will also undergo changes as part of the new redevelopment. Construction plans include a new $3 billion and 1.2 million square-foot terminal by JetBlue that will be combined with the vacant Terminal 6, taking the place of Terminal 7 to create an international terminal complex connecting to its existing terminal at Terminal 5.</p><img alt="A rendering of the check-in area coming to Terminal 6 and Terminal 7. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550183393/jfk-terminal-6-to-7-check-in-JFKUPDATE0219.jpg?itok=D_ZhOVZP"><p>The new terminal will have 12 international gates, 15,000 square feet of recreational space, 30,000 square feet of airline lounges, and 74,000 square feet of retail. The first gates of the new terminal are expected to open in 2023, with completion planned for 2025.</p><img alt="A rendering of the new Terminal 6. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550183393/jfk-terminal-6-rendering-JFKUPDATE0219.jpg?itok=9D35Rkns"><p>Today, the three-level terminal has an Arrivals floor, a Departures floor, and a Concourse level with boarding gates 1 to 12.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 7 Food:</h2><strong>Fast-food:</strong> Dining at Terminal 7 is limited, and your best bet will be the Wolfgang Puck Express, for a sandwich.<strong>Bars:</strong> If you want a drink, grab a seat at the Thirsty Beer &amp; Wine Bar at Gates 6 and 7, or the Trafalgar Pub near Gate 10.<h2>JFK Terminal 7 Shopping: </h2><p>At Terminal 7, travelers will find the standard array of retail options, including a Duty Free shop, multiple Hudson News storefronts, and Best Buy kiosks for last-minute tech need. For more serious shopping, there’s a Juicy Couture, a Mont Blanc, and an M&amp;Ms Store for fun, last-minute gifts (they don’t have to know you didn’t get it at Times Square).</p><h2>JFK Terminal 7 Things to Do:</h2><strong>For relaxing:</strong> One XpresSpa location in the Terminal 7 Retail Hall lets travelers enjoy pre and post-flight services such as facials, massages, and nail treatments.<strong>Locations to charge electronics:</strong> Recharge at one of Terminal 7’s numerous charging stations, which can be found in the Arrivals hall, at the Welcome Center past the Arrivals center, and at Gates 6, 7, 8, 11, and 12.<h2>JFK Terminal 7 Airport Lounges:</h2><p>JFK’s Terminal 7 has a single lounge, the Concorde Lounge, which is located near Gate 1.</p><p>The incredibly elegant lounge, which has a champagne bar and a full-service dining room with private booths, is accessible to British Airways travelers flying First Class. The lounge is also open to gold members of the airlines' <a href="https://www.britishairways.com/en-us/executive-club" target="_blank">Executive Club</a> or an Emerald member of any of the <a href="https://www.britishairways.com/en-us/information/partners-and-alliances/oneworld/frequent-flyer-benefits" target="_blank">oneworld airline frequent flyer programs</a>. </p><h2>JFK Terminal 7 Parking Options:</h2><p>Travelers using Terminal 7 are encouraged to use the Orange-parking garage. Visitors will be charged $4 for every half hour, with a 24-hour maximum of $35.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 7 Airlines:</h2><p>In addition to British Airways, a number of other international airlines make use of Terminal 7. </p><strong>International:</strong> Aerolineas Argentinas, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Eurowings, Iberia, Icelandair, Interjet, LOT Polish Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Ukraine International Airlines.<strong>Domestic: </strong>Alaska Airlines<h2><strong>JFK Terminal 8 Airport Guide:</strong></h2><img alt="American Airlines/US Airways Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport New York City "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1496861658/departures-american-airlines-terminal-jfk-airport-new-york.jpg?itok=6ra60Tmm"><p><a href="http://www.airport-jfk.com/jfk-terminal-8.php" target="_blank">Already twice the size of Madison Square Garden</a>, JFK's Terminal 8 will soon be home to an additional 70,400 square feet of space thanks to a <a href="https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-american-airlines-and-british-airways-invest-344-million-part" target="_blank">$344 million investment</a> from American Airlines and British Airways to expand and improve customer experience facilities at the terminal as British Airways eventually moves to the location. </p><p>As part of the new investment, 33,000 square feet of the space that will be added will consist of public areas, while another 57,500 square feet will be refurbished to add amenities like premium lounges for both airlines, enhanced baggage systems, updated check-in spaces, and upgraded concessions. Five wide-body gates will also be added to allow for more transatlantic flights as British Airways works to moves its operations to the terminal by 2022. </p><p>At the moment, the terminal has two concourses and a total of 29 gates.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 8 Food: </h2><strong>Sit-down Restaurants: </strong>Grab a table at the Vino Volo Wine Room, near Gate 39, for a wine flight and a cheese plate. Otherwise, sit down for a meal at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, or try a different wine selection and cheese plate at Cascata.<strong>Fast Food: </strong>McDonald’s and Au Bon Pain are some quick options available. The best grab-and-go sandwich is at Brooklyn National Deli, which serves solid pastrami sandwiches for a final bite of New York City.<h2>JFK Terminal 8 Shopping: </h2><p>If you loved a glass of wine at Vino Volo, take one home with you (or enjoy it on your first day of vacation) from the Vino Volo Wine Shop, post-security near the food court. Other highlights from the Terminal 8 retail shops are the Solstice Sunglass Boutique, a Pandora, a L’Occitane, Brooks Brothers, and a Brookstone.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 8 Things to Do:</h2>Diversions for a layover in Terminal 8 are fairly limited, so you’ll want to kill time browsing the new releases at Hudson Booksellers, or perusing the Metropolitan Museum of Art Shop.<strong>Locations to charge electronics: </strong>One central charging station can be found pre-security by the Welcome Center. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available, courtesy of Boingo, through JFK.<h2>JFK Terminal 8 Airport Lounges: </h2><img alt="American Airlines Ambassador Lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport New York City "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1496861658/premium-lounge-club-terminal-jfk-airport-new-york.jpg?itok=Cd17rN4N"><p>American Airlines' answer to the airport lounge, the Admirals Club, is avaiable to travelers flying First or Business class.</p><p>Entrance to the Admirals Club is also available to travelers with AAdvantage status or a club membership. Certain credit cards (like the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard) can also help you check out the lounges at American Airlines’ JFK terminal.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 8 Parking Options:</h2><p>Travelers using Terminal 8 are encouraged to use the Red parking garage. Visitors will be charged $4 for every half hour, with a 24-hour maximum of $35.</p><h2>JFK Terminal 8 Airlines:</h2><p>Despite being the largest passenger terminal, JFK Terminal 8 currently only accommodates a mix of a few domestic and international carriers. airlines:</p><strong>Domestic:</strong> American Airlines <strong>International: </strong>Cathay Pacific, Finnair, LATAM, Qantas, Qatar Airways, and Royal Jordanian<h2>JFK Airport Hotels: </h2><p>Currently, there are no hotels inside of the airport, though there are <a href="https://www.jfkairport.com/at-airport/airport-hotels" target="_blank">several options</a> nearby that include a Comfort Inn and Suites in Ozone Park, a Crowne Plaza in Jamaica, a Days Inn and Suites in Ozone Park, and a Radisson Hotel in Jamaica.</p><p>Visitors coming in and out of JFK will soon be able to check into the upcoming <a href="https://www.twahotel.com/" target="_blank">TWA Hotel</a>, which will be JFK’s only on-airport and AirTrain accessible hotel. </p><p>The new hotel, which will open in early 2019, will restore the 1960's Eero Saarinen designed Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight Center, which became famous for its architecture and offerings. Though the terminal has sat abandoned for years, it will now be brought back to life in a new hotel design that will include 512 guestrooms with views of the airport’s runways, six different restaurants, eight bars, and a museum that will be dedicated to hosting emblems of the jet age.</p><p>The hotel is already taking reservations for those interested in a stay. </p>
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These Best-selling Leggings Are the Perfect Travel Pants — and They're $33 at Nordstrom Right Now

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 11:32
<p>Get your credit cards ready, because <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/content/sale" target="_blank">Nordstrom's Winter Sale</a> is here. </p><p>There are so many great deals for travelers — <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/best-nordstrom-sale-deals" target="_blank">from luggage to comfy shoes to the perfect airplane sweater</a> — but if you only get one thing, consider these best-selling leggings. With almost 350 reviews and a stellar 4.5-star rating, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-live-in-7-8-leggings/5032505" target="_blank">Zella’s ‘Live In 7/8’ leggings</a> are nothing short of a cult favorite. And wait, it gets better: As part of the sale, you can snag the coveted leggings for 40 percent off.</p><p>Suddenly we’re daydreaming of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/leggings-celebrities-wear" target="_blank">comfy travel days</a>, exhilarating workouts, and lazy Sundays, all in our Zellas.</p><img alt="Best-selling Zella Leggings on Sale "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550263609/zella-live-in-7-8-black-leggings-nordstrom-ZELLASALE0219.jpg?itok=B0324v1X"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-live-in-7-8-leggings/5032505" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $33 (originally $54)</p><p>From the opaque moisture-wicking fabric to the hidden waistband pocket to the discreet seaming, this Zella pair just might be the perfect staple legging you’ve been looking for. But don’t just take it from us; let us refer you to the reviews.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/best-travel-pants-women" target="_blank">The Best Travel Pants for Women Who Hate Flying in Jeans</a></p><p>Nordstrom.com shopper Rmarieruns can't get enough of these leggings, writing, “These leggings are perfect! They are opaque, flattering, and feel amazing! They hold up forever and continue to look good after countless rounds through the wash. I wear them for running, yoga, the gym, and even with sneakers or boots for casualwear.”</p><p>Reviewer ShannonMS, meanwhile, raves about the material: “I’ve heard a lot of good things about Zella leggings, and these lived up to the hype. They’re thick enough that they don’t become see through when you squat/bend down but don’t feel bulky at all.”</p><p>Sold? We thought so. Head over to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-live-in-7-8-leggings/5032505" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a> to shop the leggings for $33 (originally $54). The <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/best-nordstrom-sale-deals" target="_blank">Winter Sale</a> runs through February 24, but you'll want to get these while they're still in stock. Shop Zella's other top-selling leggings on sale, below.</p><img alt="Best-selling Zella Leggings on Sale "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550263609/zella-divine-high-waist-rib-leggings-nordstrom-ZELLASALE0219.jpg?itok=vuya3ty3"><h3>Zella Divine High Waist Rib Leggings</h3><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-divine-high-waist-rib-leggings/5252049" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $39 (originally $65)</p><img alt="Best-selling Zella Leggings on Sale "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550263609/zella-ultrasoft-recycled-high-waist-leggings-nordstrom-ZELLASALE0219.jpg?itok=JV8Y8t3e"><h3>Zella Ultrasoft Recycled High Waist Plus-size Leggings</h3><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-ultrasoft-recycled-high-waist-leggings-plus-size/5022054" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $42 (originally $69)</p><img alt="Best-selling Zella Leggings on Sale "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550263609/zella-shine-zip-high-waist-ankle-leggings-nordstrom-ZELLASALE0219.jpg?itok=mXamUzmg"><h3>Zella Shine Zip High Waist Ankle Leggings</h3><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-shine-zip-high-waist-ankle-leggings/5018938" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $42 (originally $69)</p><img alt="Best-selling Zella Leggings on Sale "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550263609/zella-neo-banded-crop-leggings-nordstrom-ZELLASALE0219.jpg?itok=WD8KJKwv"><h3>Zella Neo Banded Crop Leggings</h3><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-neo-banded-crop-leggings/4748631" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $33 (originally $55)</p>
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These Sheepskin Insoles Make Every Pair of Shoes Feel As Soft and Comfy As Uggs

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 10:31
<p>We all deserve a vacation, a getaway, a mini break from life every now and then. We work hard.</p><p>But while our brains might get a break when we ditch our desks to explore a new destination, our feet are often forced to work overtime. It’s time to consider lifestyle choices that give our feet a vacation, too.</p><p>Luckily, we have podiatrists to give us helpful advice, like how to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/how-to-break-in-shoes" target="_blank">break in shoes</a> before a trip, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/comfy-walking-boots-for-travel" target="_blank">find doctor-approved comfort shoes</a>, and use inserts to help the fit of a shoe. To be clear, I am not a podiatrist, but just a person who knows comfort when she feels it.</p><p>I recently bought a pair of rubber-soled, chunky heel, black leather boots that could not be returned, risking it all to find out they were a bit too large for me. After trying on several different pairs of thick socks with no luck at a better fit, I sought out the help of the internet for the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/best-comfort-insoles-inserts-on-amazon" target="_blank">best affordable shoe inserts</a> for boots. And soon thereafter, I was floating on a cloud of sheepskin.</p><p>The insoles that have since altered the future of my feet come highly rated by Amazon and Nordstrom reviewers alike at a whopping 4.5 stars. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ugg-genuine-sheepskin-insoles-women/5025517" target="_blank">UGG’s Genuine Sheepskin insoles</a> are the definition of plush. The fur is backed by dual-density foam that is malleable to fit into any shoe and the shock-absorbent heel pod and layer of shearling cushion make these so comfortable they magically change any shoe into a warm house slipper. The thickness helps make my boots fit perfectly so if you are not in need of downsizing a shoe, I suggest ordering a slightly smaller insole. </p><p>If you are already aware of the level of pleasure in an UGG product, then you know the way these might feel. Before these insoles, I had been in the dark about the coziness on offer from the power of sheepskin. These insoles are the perfect addition to any shoe — whether it’s an UGG boot or a black leather, chunky-heeled boot like mine — so we can all be walking on clouds together.</p><img alt="UGG Sheepskin Insoles "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550094662/ugg-sheepskin-insoles-UGGINSERTS0219.jpg?itok=xC-FR1oR"><p><br />To buy: <a href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ugg-genuine-sheepskin-insoles-women/5025517">nordstrom.com</a>, $20</p>
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A Rogue Drone Shut Down Dubai International Airport for 30 Minutes

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 07:45
<p>Travelers at Dubai International Airport found themselves temporarily delayed on Friday morning after an unauthorized drone was seen over a terminal, according to <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/dubai-airport-unauthorised-drone-forces-short-shut-down-and-grounded-flights-2019-2//?r=AU&amp;IR=T" target="_blank"><em>Business Insider</em>.</a></p><p>Rogue drones have been increasingly seen at airports in the last few months, including one that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/london-gatwick-airport-drone-shut-down" target="_blank">shut down Gatwick Airport</a> in December, causing delays and flight cancellations. Dubai International Airport is the third busiest airport in the world, so even a short delay can cause massive problems.</p><p>According to <a href="https://gizmodo.com/rogue-drone-shuts-down-the-third-busiest-airport-in-the-1832644733" target="_blank"><em>Gizmodo</em></a>, the airport was shut down between 10:13 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. local time, in order to assess the situation. The Dubai Media Office confirmed in a tweet that “operations at Dubai International are back to normal after less than 30 minutes of delay due to unauthorized drone activity.”</p><p>Allegedly, drone sightings have interrupted airport operations in Dubai in the past, according to the <a href="https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/dubai-airport-delays-flights-in-and-out-of-airport-on-hold-due-to-drone-activity-a4067616.html" target="_blank"><em>Evening Standard</em></a>. Planes cannot safely take off while drones are seen in the area, since it could lead to a crash, much like when a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airlines-airports/drone-hits-british-airways-plane" target="_blank">British Airways plane hit a drone</a> at London Heathrow International Airport back in 2016.</p><p>This is why the United Arab Emirates strictly forbid drones on airport premises. According to a tweet by the Dubai Media Office, “flying drones without obtaining permission is subject to legal liability as per UAE laws.”</p><p>According to the <em>Evening Standard</em>, all drone owners must also register with the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority in order to operate their devices legally. Cameras and lasers are also prohibited.</p><p>Some passengers posted on Twitter during the delay. One passenger claimed his flight was “stuck for ages” while taxiing on the runway, waiting to take off.</p><p>The owner of the drone is unknown. Back in 2016, Dubai International Airport announced that it would be <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/dubai-drone-hunter" target="_blank">testing out “drone hunter” aircraft</a> to help counteract the drone trend. However, it seems the technology isn’t as effective as desired.</p>
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Alaska Airlines Wants to Quadruple Its Number of Black Women Pilots

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 07:30
<p>African-American women make up less than one percent of the total number of commercial airline pilots. <a href="https://www.sistersoftheskies.org/" target="_blank">By some estimates</a>, there are fewer than 150 Black women in the U.S. who hold airline pilot, commercial, military, or certified flight instructor licenses.</p><p>During Black History Month, Alaska Airlines has <a href="https://blog.alaskaair.com/alaska-airlines/sisters-of-the-skies-pledge/" target="_blank">signed a pledge</a> to “increase our female African American pilots over the next six years across Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and support the path to expose and inspire more young women to get there.”</p><p>The pledge was signed in partnership with <a href="https://www.sistersoftheskies.org/" target="_blank">Sisters of the Skies</a>, an aviation nonprofit dedicated to “cultivating and promoting minority women in the industry through scholarship, mentorship, and most of all emotional support.”</p><p>Currently, between Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, there are only four black female pilots. By 2025, the airline hopes to quadruple that number.</p><p>Hiring more female pilots of color is a challenge perpetuated by lack of visibility, according to Tara Wright, one of the airline’s Black pilots. “We need more support mechanisms in place, so young girls of color see aviation as a viable career path,” Wright said in a statement.</p><p>To follow through on its pledge, the airline has laid out a three-prong plan. First, it will establish support mechanisms to “assist in the retention and promotion of existing African American female pilots.” The airline will also enhance programs around education, mentorship and training to help black female pilots earn their certification. The airline will also go into schools and connect with children to try to “generate excitement in aviation.”</p><p>“It is also important to study the barriers to women of color getting to the flight deck and pathways to success in their careers,” Alaska Airlines First Officer Kim Ford said in a statement.</p><p>The aviation industry is currently operating with a commercial pilot shortage. As Alaska Airlines culls new talent to fill the workforce, it is specifically focusing on increasing diversity among its new hires.</p><p>“When we foster an inclusive environment that recognizes, respects, and visibly reflects all people, it makes us stronger,” Andy Schneider, the airline’s vice president of people, said in a statement. “Quite simply, creating an airline people love is not possible unless we walk the talk around diversity and inclusion.”</p><p>Last year, Alaska Airlines made history with <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/first-black-female-flight-crew-alaska-airlines" target="_blank">the first flight operated by two black women pilots</a>.</p>
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WOW Air Has $45 Flights to Iceland — Here's How to Book (Video)

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 06:26
<p>President’s Day weekend is upon us, which can only mean one thing: The sales are here. And WOW air is offering one whopper of a deal: $45 flights to Iceland.</p><p>WOW Air announced Friday that the airline is offering $45 one-way flights to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/iceland" target="_blank">Iceland</a> from New York City (EWR), Boston (BOS), Detroit (DTW), and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. (BWI).</p><p>To get the deal, all you need to is <a href="https://wowair.us/" target="_blank">book your flight on Presidents Day, February 18, for travel between March 1 - May 31, 2019</a>. But, you better act fast as the offer only applies to 1,000 seats on select flights. The deal is only valid when booked on a return trip, so travelers still have to cover the cost of an additional one-way ticket.</p><p>“We are thrilled to offer travelers an opportunity to explore Iceland this spring in honor of Presidents Day,” Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW Air, said in a statement.</p><p>As WOW Air notes, springtime really is one of the most desirable seasons to visit. The Northern Lights are still popping, the glaciers on Diamond Beach are still glimmering, and the nightlife in Reykjavik is still bumping.</p><img alt="Reykjavik, Iceland "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550252241/reykjavik-iceland-WOWNOW0219.jpg?itok=cX03g9Vy"><p>“At WOW air, we are committed to making travel more affordable and accessible to all, from the experienced globe-trotter to travel newbies and those in between,” Mogensen added.</p><p>Odds are you’ve been dreaming of taking a trip to Iceland for some time. The country was <em>Travel + Leisure</em>’s 2018 <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/readers-choice-destination-of-the-year-2018" target="_blank">readers’ choice winner for Destination of the Year</a>. So, stop waiting and start making your dreams come true. After you book your tickets read up on <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/iceland" target="_blank">everything you need to see and do in Iceland</a>.</p>
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31 Mark Twain Quotes About Travel and the World As He Saw It

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 06:13
<p>Mark Twain’s words, in some ways, transcend time. Though he penned some of his best work from the 1870s to 1890s, his words feel genuinely applicable to our lives today. His humor, insight, and vast cultural knowledge are so spot on that some Mark Twain quotes feel like they were written in response to our lives in 2019. (Though, admittedly, his use of “shall” dates him a bit.)</p><p>When it comes to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/best-travel-quotes-photography" target="_blank">quotes about travel</a>, Mark Twain will excite and inspire you, while simultaneously bringing you back to reality. Mark Twain’s famous quotes will give you courage, confidence, and a good laugh when you most need one.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/books/robert-frost-quotes-travel-inspiration" target="_blank">Robert Frost Quotes That Will Inspire You to Travel 'The Road Not Taken'</a></p><p>Whether you have a quote on the tip of your tongue (trying to remember that one saying from Mark Twain, “travel is fatal to prejudice”… or something?) or you’re a Twain novice, we’ve got you covered. We gathered some of Twain’s best sayings, and verified their legitimacy with the <a href="https://marktwainstudies.com" target="_blank">Center for Mark Twain Studies</a>.</p><p>Here are 31 essential Mark Twain quotes for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/get-more-out-of-travel" target="_blank">every type of traveler</a>:</p><h2>Mark Twain Quotes About Travel</h2><img alt="Friends Hiking in the Woods "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549911862/friends-hiking-woods-MARKTWAIN0219.jpg?itok=F7IzRPsH"><p>“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”</p><p>“It liberates the vandal to travel — you never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited, almighty mean man in your life but he had stuck in one place since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/books/jack-kerouac-quotes" target="_blank">These Jack Kerouac Quotes Will Convince You to Get 'On the Road' and Leave It All Behind</a></p><p>“There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.”</p><p>“Take the universe as a whole, and it is a very clever conception and quite competently carried out, but I don’t think much of this globe as a work of art. It would have been better to take more time to it and do it right, it seems to me, than to rush it through, helter-skelter, in six days, just for reputation.”</p><p>“It is a subject that is bound to stir the pulses of any man one talks seriously to about, for in this age of inventive wonders all men have come to believe that in some genius' brain sleeps the solution of the grand problem of aerial navigation — and along with that belief is the hope that that genius will reveal his miracle before they die, and likewise a dread that he will poke off somewhere and die himself before he finds out that he has such a wonder lying dormant in his brain.”</p><p>“I have found out there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”</p><h2>Famous Quotes From Mark Twain’s Books</h2><img alt="Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549911862/adventures-of-tom-sawyer-mark-twain-MARKTWAIN0219.jpg?itok=OSkK9Aqg"><p>“In our day we don't allow a hundred and thirty years to elapse between glimpses of a marvel. If somebody should discover a creek in the county next to the one that the North Pole is in, Europe and America would start fifteen costly expeditions thither; one to explore the creek, and the other fourteen to hunt for each other.” — "Life on the Mississippi," 1883</p><p>"To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else — these are the things that confer a pleasure compared with other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial. Lifetimes of ecstasy crowded into a single moment." — "Innocents Abroad," 1869</p><p>"Consider well the proportion of things. It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise." — “Pudd'nhead Wilson,” 1894</p><p>"One gets large impressions in boyhood, sometimes, which he has to fight against all his life." — "Innocents Abroad," 1869</p><p>"The elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time." — "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," 1876</p><p>"It is curious — the space-annihilating power of thought." — "Following the Equator,” 1897</p><p>“Be good and you will be lonesome.” ― “Following the Equator,” 1897</p><p>"Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates." — "Life on the Mississippi," 1883</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/anthony-bourdain-travel-food-quotes" target="_blank">49 Anthony Bourdain Quotes That Will Inspire You to Travel More, Eat Better, and Enjoy Life (Video)</a></p><h2>Mark Twain Quotes on Courage</h2><img alt="Woman on summit of mountain "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549911862/woman-summit-mountain-MARKTWAIN0219.jpg?itok=IWmNW5Cd"><p>“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”</p><p>“It is curious — curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.”</p><p>“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say he is brave; it is merely a loose misapplication of the word.”</p><h2>Mark Twain Quotes About Life</h2><p>“It is noble to teach oneself, but still nobler to teach others — and less trouble.”</p><p>“Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.”</p><p>“Everything has its limit — iron ore cannot be educated into gold.”</p><p>“What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth.”</p><p>“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.”</p><h2>Funny Mark Twain Quotes</h2><p>“Never refuse to do a kindness unless the act would work great injury to yourself, and never refuse to take a drink — under any circumstances.”</p><p>“Humor, to be comprehensible to anybody, must be built upon a foundation with which he is familiar. If he can't see the foundation the superstructure is to him merely a freak — like the Flatiron building without any visible means of support — something that ought to be arrested.”</p><p>“When your watch gets out of order you have a choice of two things to do: throw it in the fire or take it to the watch-tinker. The former is the quickest.”</p><p>“The funniest things are the forbidden.”</p><p>“Laughter without a tinge of philosophy is but a sneeze of humor. Genuine humor is replete with wisdom.”</p><p>“The only very marked difference between the average civilized man and the average savage is that the one is gilded and the other is painted.”</p><p>“Of course, no man is entirely in his right mind at any time.”</p><p>“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”</p><p>“There are no people who are quite so vulgar as the over-refined.”</p>
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Airbus Will Stop Producing Its Famous Double Decker Plane in 2021

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 06:12
<p>Airbus announced this week that it will end production of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/airbus-a380-biggest-passenger-plane#emirates-a380-economy-toys-a380117jpg" target="_blank">the world’s largest passenger jet, the A380</a>, in 2021.</p><p>Emirates reduced a previous order of 53 A380 aircraft to just 14, and Airbus said it will no longer take new orders and will halt production of the aircraft.</p><p>“As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years,” Airbus CEO Tom Enders <a href="http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/airbus-terminating-a380-program-2021" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021.”</p><p>The famous double-decker plane took its first commercial flight with Singapore Airlines back in 2007. Since its inception, Emirates has been Airbus’s main customer for the aircraft — but Emirates switched its large A380 order to 70 of the smaller and more fuel-efficient A330 and A350 aircraft.</p><p>“What we’re seeing here is the end of the large, four-engine aircraft,” Enders said at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/feb/14/a380-airbus-to-end-production-of-superjumbo" target="_blank">according to <em>The Guardian</em></a>. The death of the A380 signals a growing trend towards smaller, two-engine planes that are most cost-efficient for airlines to operate.</p><p>The gigantic A380 is capable of carrying more than 850 passengers, and its birth signaled what manufacturers thought would be the start of the megajet era. When the A380 debuted in 2005, Airbus had hoped on manufacturing 1,200 of the aircraft. To date, it has only produced 234, <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/14/business/a380-airbus-news-emirates/index.html" target="_blank">according to CNN</a>.</p><p>But although there won’t be any new A380 after 2021, the aircraft won’t disappear from the skies for quite a while. The plane will still be used by airlines like Singapore, Emirates, British Airways, Air France, and All Nippon on some of its longhaul flights.</p>
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All the Flight Attendants on This Valentine's Day Flight Were Couples

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:49
<p>Passengers aboard British Airways’ Valentine’s Day flight to <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/buenos-aires" target="_blank">Buenos Aires</a> will, quite literally, see love in the air.</p><p>The airline has staffed Thursday’s flight BA245 with five cabin-crew couples.</p><p>Three of the couples, according to British Airways, found “love at first flight” when they met while working.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-travel-february" target="_blank">The Best Places to Travel in February</a></p><p>One couple, Carl and Nathan, have been together 13 years and have worked for the airline for the past four. They were married last <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/fall-vacations/best-places-travel-november" target="_blank">November</a>. As a couple, they have traveled all over the world together: <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>, Caribbean, Turkey, Spain, and Florida while working for the airline.</p><p>“We work well together in every aspect of our lives, so working as colleagues on board is no different,” Carl said in a statement. “We’re over the (honey)moon to be showing our customers some British Airways love on this very special flight.”</p><p>Another couple, Aimee and Christopher, have worked 17 British Airways flights together. They announced their engagement last December. They said they have made their relationship work by enforcing a “no plane talk” rule at home. They advise other traveling couples to stay in “contact as much as possible over FaceTime, stay in the same time zone if possible and remember to make time for each other on your days off.”</p><p>All the couples who worked the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/romantic-hotels" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day</a> fl<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uOb9JvvCSU" target="_blank">ight will be able to enjoy a romantic getaway in Buenos Aires when they clock out.</a></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uOb9JvvCSU" target="_blank">In addition to the couples’ flight, British </a>Airways surprised 100 people with free upgrades from economy to first class. Passengers who got the surprise upgrade were traveling for romantic purposes, like celebrating wedding anniversaries or visiting loved ones.</p>
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This Is the Most Romantic Restaurant in the U.S.

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:34
<p>In case you forgot, let us remind you that today is a very important day for lovers. Yes, my forgetful friends, it’s Valentine’s Day, which means you better hustle out to the store to grab whatever remaining flowers they have, some chocolates, and a card ASAP. But, if you’re really looking to impress your partner, you could always try to get a last-minute reservation at the most romantic restaurant in the country: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/charleston/restaurants/charleston-grill" target="_blank">The Charleston Grill</a>.</p><p>This isn’t us picking our favorites either. The Charleston Grill was named the most romantic spot by TripAdvisor, who named it as such based on millions of reviews and opinions from its users. The ranking also took into account the quality and quantity of recent reviews combined with the degree to which the property is considered romantic.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/local-experts/charleston/most-romantic-restaurants-charleston" target="_blank">Most Romantic Restaurants in Charleston</a></p><p>"As Valentine's Day is the biggest date night of the year, we have surfaced a list of TripAdvisor diners' favorite romantic restaurants in America," Bertrand Jelensperger, senior vice president for TripAdvisor Restaurants, said in a statement. </p><p>So, what makes The Charleston Grill so special? According to one diner who posted on TripAdvisor, it’s this: "From the moment you walk through the door, you feel so special. The highly trained staff is amazing and willing to meet your every need. Such a classy place with classy food. This will stay on our list of top restaurants we've been to in the U.S.!"</p><p>According to TripAdvisor, if you decide to go you simply must order the crab cake, foie gras, or the rack of lamb.</p><p>If you can’t make it to Charleston on such short notice, don’t worry, TripAdvisor’s list includes 24 more romantic restaurants around the country. Those spots include <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g31350-d1005734-Reviews-Cafe_Monarch-Scottsdale_Arizona.html" target="_blank">Café Monarch</a> in Scottsdale, Arizona; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60956-d437290-Reviews-Bohanan_s_Prime_Steak_and_Seafood-San_Antonio_Texas.html" target="_blank">Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood</a> in San Antonio, Texas; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g32847-d378387-Reviews-Le_Vallauris-Palm_Springs_Greater_Palm_Springs_California.html" target="_blank">Le Vallauris</a> in Palm Springs, California; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60811-d439092-Reviews-Charleston_Restaurant-Baltimore_Maryland.html" target="_blank">Charleston Restaurant</a> in Baltimore, Maryland; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g35394-d1315203-Reviews-Chandlers_Steakhouse-Boise_Idaho.html" target="_blank">Chandlers Steakhouse</a> in Boise, Idaho; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34439-d431886-Reviews-The_Forge_Restaurant_Steakhouse-Miami_Beach_Florida.html" target="_blank">The Forge</a> in Miami Beach, Florida; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60864-d426328-Reviews-Restaurant_August-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html" target="_blank">August</a> in New Orleans, Louisiana; <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34636-d13831204-Reviews-Summer_House_Steak_Seafood-Siesta_Key_Florida.html" target="_blank">Summer House Steak &amp; Seafood</a> in Siesta Key, Florida; and <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60763-d457808-Reviews-Daniel-New_York_City_New_York.html" target="_blank">Daniel</a> in New York City. Check out the full list of the <a href="https://tripadvisor.mediaroom.com/2019-01-31-TripAdvisor-Unveils-the-Most-Romantic-Restaurants-in-America-for-Valentines-Day-2019" target="_blank">most romantic spots here</a>.</p><p>If you’re really, really, looking to take things over the top you could always book a first-class flight for you and your honey to the Southern <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/italian-ghosttown-airbnb-rentals" target="_blank">Italian town</a> of Polignano a Mare, where you’ll find what might just be the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/italian-cave-restaurant-Grotta-Palazzese" target="_blank">most romantic restaurant in the world</a>. Because you’ll do just about anything for love, right?</p>
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Richard Branson's Virgin Voyages Cruises Are Officially Open for Booking — and You Need to See the Beach Club

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:30
<p>If anyone knows how to pump us up for cruising, it’s Richard Branson.</p><p>The serial entrepreneur has been busy over the last few months teasing out the launch of his latest venture, Virgin Voyages. Over that time we learned a bit about the cruise itself (it’s adults-only, high-end, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/virgin-voyages-cruise-ships-new-sleek-design" target="_blank">pure luxury</a>), the rooms (hello, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/virgin-voyages-luxury-rockstar-suites" target="_blank">suites</a>!), and the food on board (passengers will truly get a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/virgin-voyages-dining-options" target="_blank">taste of the world over</a>).</p><p>And now, the time has finally come. Today, Feb. 14, marks the first day cruisers — known as “sailors” on Virgin Voyages — can book a getaway on its first ship, the Scarlet Lady, which sets sail on April 1. Travelers can also book cruises through October 25, 2020.</p><p>“I’ve dreamed of starting my own cruise line since I was in my 20s, and now the launch is finally getting close,” Branson said in a statement. “We have taken the time to think about every detail and craft an experience that brings the Virgin brand to life and disrupts the travel industry.”</p><img alt="Virgin Voyages - Beach Club Bimini "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550088055/the-manor-virgin-voyages-VIRGVOY0219.jpg?itok=1K6EyoAN"><p>While the booking announcement is certainly exciting, Branson took it a step further by announcing several more stellar updates including the fact that all Virgin Voyages will feature The Beach Club, a Virgin Voyages experience in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/bimini-bahamas-things-to-do" target="_blank">Bimini, Bahamas</a>. At the club, sailors can enjoy one perfect beach day, or explore the island instead.</p><img alt="Virgin Voyages - Beach Club Bimini "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550088055/beach-club-bimini-VIRGVOY0219.jpg?itok=6KCt_XQ5"><p>On board the vessel, the company announced, sailors will also get access to completely original events developed by some of the world’s most talented creators.</p><p>“From modern takes on classic stories to interactive dance parties and off-the-wall participatory acts, the experiences will break down the fourth wall and push the boundaries of traditional stage performances,” Virgin reps shared in a statement. “Virgin Voyages’ entertainment that goes beyond Broadway with first run, experiences that have never been seen before on land or at sea.”</p><img alt="Virgin Voyages - Beach Club Bimini "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550088055/beach-bimini-virgin-voyages-VIRGVOY0219.jpg?itok=qIzsLwLs"><p>But, perhaps best of all, the company announced sailors could have the opportunity to travel with Branson himself for his epic birthday bash. Guests are invited to book a four-night journey on its Havana After Dark voyage departing July 15, 2020.</p><p>What are you doing still reading this? Go <a href="http://www.virginvoyages.com/" target="_blank">book your Virgin Voyages getaway now</a>.</p>
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Amtrak Is Having a 2-for-1 Sale on Tickets So You and a Friend Can Take a Scenic Trip for Less

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:11
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-to-travel-amtrak" target="_blank">Amtrak</a> is giving travelers the chance to snag two tickets for the price of one with its latest sale.</p><p>To inspire people to go beyond buying chocolates and flowers this <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/valentines-day" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day</a>, Amtrak is offering a gift that gives back.</p><p>From Feb. 14 through 18, travelers who book one ticket on Amtrak’s trains will get a second ticket for free for nationwide travel anytime between March 25 and July 29, 2019 with its <a href="https://www.amtrak.com/promotions/flashsale" target="_blank">Buy One Get One Free Sale</a>. </p><p>Travelers can take trips on board any reserved service, with some of the best deals for two starting at just $29 to travel from Portland, Maine to Boston and at $39 to travel from Detroit to Chicago.</p><p>Two customers can also travel together in coach for $69 from Chicago to Kansas City, for $83 from Boston to New York City, for $90 from Washington, D.C. to Charlotte, or for $96 from New York City to Washington, D.C. Trips for two from Washington, D.C. to Orlando and from Chicago to New Orleans are also available for $135.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-most-scenic-train-rides" target="_blank">The Most Scenic Train Rides in the World</a></p><p>The one-way deals are available across all reserved service, so tickets on unreserved service, including on the Pennsylvanian, Keystone Service, Capitol Corridor, or the Hiawatha Service won't apply for the promotion. There are also no blackout dates for the travel period, making it easy to plan when works best to depart as a duo. </p><p>Discounts will automatically be applied to standard fare prices, though each pair of travelers are expected to be on the same trip and booked under the same reservation. </p>
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These Are the Best Travel Companies to Work For (Video)

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:31
<p>If you’re looking for a job with big travel bonuses, <em>Fortune</em> has a list of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/jobs" target="_blank">places to send your resumé</a>.</p><p>According to <em>Fortune</em>’s list of “100 Best Companies,” <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/hilton-new-micro-hotel-chain-motto" target="_blank">Hilton</a> skyrocketed to become the best company to work for in 2019.</p><p>Last year, the company was only ranked 33rd on the list. The hotel company (which also includes Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, and Embassy Suites, among others) recently underwent sweeping changes regarding employee culture.</p><p>“We forgot that we are a business of people serving people, and the corporate environment got very disconnected from the front line,” <a href="http://fortune.com/best-companies/hilton-worldwide-holdings/" target="_blank">Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta told <i>Fortune</i></a>.</p><img alt="Hilton Brand Hotels "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1550163163/hilton-brand-hotels-TOPCO0219.jpg?itok=qNjTV0gr"><p><a href="https://www.greatplacetowork.com/certified-company/1000367" target="_blank">According to Great Place to Work</a>, 96 percent of Hilton employees say the company is a great place to work. Top favorite attributes include opportunities to travel, a “family” feel, and company benefits. <a href="https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Benefits/Hilton-UK-Benefits-EI_IE330.0,6_IL.7,9_IN2.htm" target="_blank">According to Glassdoor,</a> one of the best company perks is “being able to book rooms at any Hilton Worldwide property on staff rates.”</p><p>Also included in the top 10 best companies was <a href="http://fortune.com/best-companies/kimpton-hotels-restaurants/" target="_blank">Kimpton Hotels &amp; Restaurants</a>. Coming in at No. 5 on the list, employees of the boutique hotel and restaurant company praised its “thoughtful” culture. Those who go above and beyond the call of duty can redeem their good deeds for rewards like Apple Watches, spa gift certificates, or days off.</p><p>Although Mariott came in 31st on the overall list, on <em>Fortune</em>’s list of best large companies, the hotel chain placed second. Hyatt Hotels came in the rankings at 32nd. Four Seasons Hotels &amp; Resorts ranked 89th on the list.</p><p>Transportation based-companies appeared less frequently on the list than hospitality. The highest people-moving company on the list was Delta Air Lines, ranking at No. 97.</p>
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Attention Solo Travelers: This Tour Company Is Giving Huge Discounts to Single People This Valentine's Day

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:01
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/valentines-day">Valentine’s Day</a> is just around the corner. For couples, this holiday is typically marked with candy, roses, a nice dinner out, or by purchasing some other material good meant to symbolize love. But, for single people, Valentine’s Day can be about so much more (<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/valentines-day-rover-report-dog-owners-cuddle-dogs-more-than-partners" target="_blank">like your dog</a>).</p><p>This year, instead of just skipping the holiday altogether, why not make it a celebration of loving yourself? How? By booking the getaway you’ve always dreamed of taking.</p><p><a href="https://www.contiki.com" target="_blank">Contiki</a>, the leading <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/contiki-free-passports-for-millennials" target="_blank">social travel company</a> for 18-35-year-olds, is celebrating all things <em>singledom</em> this Valentine’s Day by offering would-be travelers <a href="https://www.contiki.com/us/en/activity/valentines-sale" target="_blank">up to 15 percent off</a> on destinations like Thailand and Peru, as well as multi-country getaways across Europe and Africa.</p><p>The only catch is solo travelers must book their getaways between Feb. 14-16. But, you’re single and have no one to answer to but yourself, so why not book that trip you’ve been dreaming of?</p><p>Think about it: You could soon be on their 13-day European getaway, which includes stops in a German beer hall, breathtaking Austrian mountain range views, the sweet escape of a gelateria in Rome, and some downtime in London.</p><p>If adventure is what you’re after, try the Thai Hopper getaway. That trip includes stops in Koh Samui to Koh Tao and onto Koh Phangan and plenty of adventure along the way.</p><p>Still not convinced you should go? To sweeten the pot, Contiki is also <a href="https://www.contiki.com/us/en/activity/valentines-sale" target="_blank">offering up to $500 off</a> with code: TRAVELCRUSH.</p><p>If you need a little more help planning your solo getaway fear not, because <i>Travel + Leisure </i>has you covered, too. Here’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/solo-travel" target="_blank">everything you need to know about solo travel</a>: what to pack, where to go, and how to stay safe no matter where your travels take you.</p>
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Gmail Has a New Secret Menu to Help You Organize Your Inbox

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:01
<p>Every second is precious when you live your life online.</p><p><a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/us/gmail-right-click-options,news-29390.html" target="_blank">In a new update to Gmail</a>, Google is rolling out a new right-click menu that will help you answer and manage emails more quickly than ever before.</p><p>When you right click on an email in your main inbox, you’ll see a larger selection of options. Without opening an email, you can choose to reply, reply all or forward the message.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><b> </b><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/google-one-members-hotel-discounts" target="_blank">This Is the Secret to Getting Huge Hotel Discounts From Google</a></p><p>Perhaps the most useful feature hidden in the new menu is the option to “find emails” from the sender. When you select this option, you’ll be able to see all emails that sender has ever sent in one place.</p><p>For those who want to organize their messages without opening them, you’ll be able to add labels or move messages in the right-click menu.</p><p>Or maybe you know that a message is important and deserves a thoughtful reply — but you just can’t get to it right this second. If you select the “snooze” option, the message will bubble back up to the top of your inbox whenever you need to see it again, be that tomorrow or a week later.</p><p>If you’re <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/gmail-privacy-data-third-party" target="_blank">paying for G Suite</a>, you’ll be among the first to access the new Gmail features. In order to access the new menu immediately, you’ll have to have “rapid release” selected in your upgrade options. Starting Feb. 22, the menu will appear as a scheduled release for G Suite users.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/siri-travel-tips" target="_blank">Siri Is Actually a Great Travel Tool — Here's How She Can Help You Find Parking, Open Your Hotel Room and More</a></p><p>There are plenty of hacks to make your Gmail experience easier and safer. You can browse through your security features to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/gmail-privacy-data-third-party" target="_blank">block third-party apps from accessing your mail</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/mobile-apps/gmail-app-unsend" target="_blank">take back sent emails you didn’t mean to actually send</a> and add multiple clocks to your calendar to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/mobile-apps/how-to-use-time-zones-in-google-calendar" target="_blank">see what time it is around the world.</a></p>
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When to Book Flights and Hotels for the Biggest Savings in 2019

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:00
<p>Timing can make a difference when it comes to snagging the best deals on airfare and hotels.</p><p>To help travelers get the most savings on 2019 getaways, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/budget-travel/expedia-package-deal" target="_blank">Expedia</a> and the Airlines Reporting Corporation have published their <a href="https://www2.arccorp.com/globalassets/about-us/newsroom/arcexpedia-report-2019.pdf" target="_blank">2019 Travel Pricing Outlook</a>, providing information on when to book flights and hotels for the best deals based on round-trip flight data and daily hotel rates between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sep. 30, 2018. </p><p>According to the report, booking three weeks in advance from most parts of the world (regardless of the final destination) is where travelers will find the “sweet spot” for deals. Flights departing on Thursdays or Fridays tend to offer the lowest rates (with up to 10 percent in savings), while flights departing on Sundays were found to be the most expensive. </p><p>The cheapest time to book flights is weekends, according to the report, with Sunday offering savings as big as 36 percent (except in New Zealand, where the report found Tuesdays were the cheapest day to book). The most expensive tickets they found were those booked on Thursdays and Fridays. </p><p>Travelers will want to keep in mind that results on the best times to book can vary based on differing reports. For example, while a recent report from <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-of-day-to-book-flights" target="_blank">Skycanner</a> found that booking two to three weeks in advance is best for domestic flights, it also indicated that U.S. travelers should be booking five to six months in advance for international trips.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/low-cost-connecting-flights-europe" target="_blank">How to Save on Airfare by Booking on Multiple Airlines (Without the Hassle)</a></p><p><a href="https://www.skyscanner.com/tips-and-inspiration/best-time-to-book-usa?AID=13268017&amp;PID=7597878&amp;SID=58287X1516333Xfd0d67a8bb564f1932673730c9f2a316&amp;associateid=AFF_TRA_00014_00004&amp;utm_source=commission+junction&amp;utm_medium=affiliate&amp;utm_campaign=us-travel-2617611-7597878&amp;utm_content=us-travel-13268017&amp;_tck=b/fqwn9l6MTFqFPLF1/8ilVE0fESuLlDT8coKepLQog" target="_blank">Skyscanner</a> also found that Tuesdays are the overall cheapest day to book domestic flights, while Wednesdays are the cheapest day to book international flights. </p><p>Meanwhile, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/most-budget-friendly-vacation-destinations-2019" target="_blank">Kayak’s 2019 Travel Hacker Guide</a> has varying timeframes when it comes to how far in advance to book, based on where travelers are headed from the U.S.</p><p><a href="https://www.kayak.com/travelhacker/2019/when-to-book" target="_blank">Kayak’s report found</a> that the best flight deals from the U.S. to North America, South America, and the Caribbean are available when booking one month in advance, and at five months in advance for trips to Africa. For trips from the U.S. to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, Kayak recommends booking six months in advance.</p><p>Expedia and the ARC also found travelers can save up to 25 percent on flights when adding a Saturday night stay to a mid-week trip. Savings can jump to close to half on return fares when that extra Saturday night stay is added to destinations that fall on popular routes for business travel, like from London to New York City. </p><p>Finally, the report cited Friday as the cheapest day to book hotels and Sunday as the most expensive day to book. <a href="https://www.kayak.com/news/global-hotel-study/" target="_blank">Kayak's Global Hotel Study</a>, published in summer of 2018, also notes that hotel prices for domestic and international destinations peak on Monday through Wednesday, with bookings on Fridays and Saturdays typically offering the best rates. </p><p>This information can be a good starting point for finding deals, though we also recommend using tools like <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/google-flights-hotels-update-savings" target="_blank">Google Flights</a> to see the cheapest times to travel in calendar form and setting up <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-save-money-on-flights-with-airfare-alerts" target="_blank">flight alerts</a> through services like Hopper to never miss a deal, no matter when a trip is. </p><p>Skyscanner’s <a href="https://www.skyscanner.com/transport/flights-from/us/?adults=1&amp;children=0&amp;adultsv2=1&amp;childrenv2=&amp;infants=0&amp;cabinclass=economy&amp;rtn=1&amp;preferdirects=false&amp;outboundaltsenabled=false&amp;inboundaltsenabled=false&amp;ref=home&amp;_branch_match_id=568812921982666506" target="_blank">Everywhere Search</a> is also handy to see deals when you don't have a specific destination in mind, and simply calling a hotel and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/budget-travel/cheap-hotel-room-trick" target="_blank">using the right lingo</a> to ask about lowest rates on rooms can bring in unexpected discounts. </p>
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