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12 Ways to Earn Airline Rewards You Might Be Missing Out On

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<p>Earning airline miles isn’t as difficult as it seems. Whether it’s getting points for dining at certain restaurants or booking a ride to the airport, there are many different ways to rack up mileage.</p><p>Instead of getting overwhelmed by these overlooked perks, just take a quick scan through this list to see the simple ways you could get closer to that next free flight.</p><h2>Open a credit card.</h2><p>If you frequently fly a particular airline, consider opting for their partner travel card, but make sure to wait for the best introductory bonus. Depending on the company, first-time card holders can be awarded thousands of <a href="" target="_blank">sign-up bonus miles</a>. (Note: Never open or use a credit line that you won't be able to handle responsibly. Rewards will never make up for interest if you don't pay off the balance.)</p><h2>Then bring everyone you know on-board.</h2><p>Once your card is squared away and you’re happy with it, tell someone. Referrals are a seamless way to get more miles if you’re a fan of the service.</p><h2>Shop online.</h2><p>Even though online shoppers rave about cash back platforms such as E-Bates and Honey, those dedicated to their miles know airline portal shopping is where it’s at. For instance, having an account on <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines’ Advantage Shopping</a> site can provide you with miles for every dollar spent at tons of popular stores. Why not get rewarded for things you were going to buy anyway?</p><h2>Take a vacation.</h2><p>Don’t just go to an airline for flights, work with an agent to book an entire vacation as it likely guarantees huge mile bonuses coming your way. Plus, it takes the stress of planning away and nothing beats that!</p><h2>Have dinner out.</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">United MileagePlus’ Dining program</a> is the perfect example. Eating at their list of restaurants can earn members miles with a simple card swipe along with 2,500 extra miles during the first 30 days.</p><h2>Rent a car.</h2><p>Not only will you land a good rate through an airline, you may end up with added rewards along the way. Always check for promotional deals and discounts when planning a trip.</p><h2>Or use a ridesharing app.</h2><p>If you live in a big city, this one’s for you. Delta gives out <a href="" target="_blank">one mile per dollar spent</a> (and two for any rides to the airport) on Lyft. This might not seem like a lot initially, but it adds up if it’s your main way of getting around town.</p><h2>Pay your bills.</h2><p>Make the most of that partner credit card and use it to pay your bills. The bigger and more frequent the transactions, the greater your mile reward. For things not payable by card, use <a href="" target="_blank">Plastiq</a>. Though the platform charges a 2.5% fee, the miles you end up with could be worth so much more.</p><h2>Join a wine club.</h2><p>Cheers to that and take your pick as many offer their own club. A solid option is <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest’s Rapid Rewards with Laithwaite’s Wines</a> where customers get a 2,000 mile bonus for their first club case.</p><h2>Book a hotel.</h2><p>On top of the airlines, there are several sites out there determined to get you as much mileage as possible for your accommodations including <a href="" target="_blank">Agoda PointsMAX</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">PointsHound</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">RocketMiles</a>.</p><h2>Take some surveys.</h2><p>Have spare time? Take an online survey on <a href="" target="_blank">eMiles</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">e-Rewards</a> in exchange for miles.</p><h2>Book a flight.</h2><p>If all else fails, flights alone accrue mileage — which proves it’s never too late to start earning and if you’re lucky, the miles you earn won’t expire.</p>
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How to Travel the World After You Retire

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<p>Hitting the road after retirement, whether by vehicle or plane, train, or cruise ship, is the goal of many people contemplating a work-free future.</p><p>Both retirees and those years away from retirement look forward to relaxation, travel, family time, and leisure activities, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">survey by Prudential Financial</a>. And another <a href="" target="_blank">study by Bank of America</a> indicated that 95 percent of retirees would prefer to have enjoyable experiences over buying things. Travel is a way to achieve this — whether visiting out-of-town relatives or vacationing together.</p><h2>Travel and Retirement Finances</h2><p>Funding travel along with basic living expenses on a fixed income is a concern for many retirees. In this age of increased longevity, costly health care, and declining availability of pensions, many retirees find that their savings and investments are not adequate.</p><p>“While working and preparing for retirement, it’s important to take full advantage of savings options including catch-up contributions to IRAs and 401(k)s. That is critical in creating a nest egg,” Chief Financial Analyst Greg McBride of <a href="" target="_blank"></a> told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Travel expenses will need to be funded from those savings.” He suggests paying off as much debt as possible to create breathing room in the retirement budget that might provide some latitude for expenses such as travel.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">11 Trips You Need to Take as Soon as You Retire</a></p><p>Asked about how retirees can fit in travel during the early years of retirement when health and mobility might make travel easier, McBride advises pre-retirees to build travel costs into anticipated retirement expenses as opposed to waiting until retirement to figure out how to pay for travel. He warns against pulling too much money from savings early in retirement.</p><p>“The risk is taking withdrawals in a falling market during those early years. It’s very hard to recover from that,” he said, adding that tax planning is important. “Be aware of tax obligations when you start taking minimum distributions as required after age 70 and a half.”</p><p>McBride suggests that savvy consumers use credit cards that offer attractive rewards. “They can fund significant travel expenses — airline and hotel points or rebates can offset travel costs. This works for disciplined consumers who will pay off the balance every month.”</p><h2>Retirement Travel Planning with a Professional</h2><p>T+L asked Peggy Goldman, president and founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Friendly Planet Travel</a> about retirees with limited budgets and the desire to travel. “Great experiences can be affordable for almost anyone. We’re able to create programs that even retirees with fixed incomes will be able to manage, with no compromise on quality.”</p><p>Since international travel is on many bucket lists, “the number of first-time international travelers is growing each year,” Goldman said. “Individuals have to be realistic about themselves, what they’re capable of, and what arrangements they need. We advise them not to limit themselves in terms of selecting programs — if they feel good and can do it, they should go for it.”</p><p>Goldman says that travelers are seeking experiences instead of just sightseeing: “People want to interact with locals; they want to get their hands dirty in the kitchen, meet people in their homes,” she said. “That’s what is so wonderful about people-to-people experiences and optional excursions. It’s more than just visiting monuments; it’s about having experiences with people.”</p><p>Asked for some examples, Goldman described how visitors to Hangzhou can visit tea plantations for demonstrations on how agricultural workers select and pick the leaves. Travelers get a chance to do it for themselves and gain a new appreciation for the tea they’re drinking. “And don’t rule out things like zip lines or hanging upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone. Typically it’s the older folks who don’t care how they look, so they’re just game to try something new.”</p><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">May 2018 study</a> by found “a surge in solo travel, with two fifths (40 percent) of global baby boomers having taken a solo trip in the last year, and another fifth (21 percent) planning to take one in the future.” Goldman’s Friendly Planet Travel has already seen more solo bookings this year, with their <a href="">Best of Egypt &amp; Nile Cruise</a> solo trip bookings up by 116 percent, and <a href="" target="_blank">A Taste of South Africa</a> package up by 95 percent. “We often find that our solo travelers form close friendships with their group members that enrich their lives and future travels.”</p><h2>Travel Options for Retirees</h2><p>Cruises offer many choices, from river cruises in Europe, Asia, and South America, to ocean cruises just about anywhere in the world. Nearly all-inclusive with most details planned ahead, the ability to visit many places easily, onboard entertainment, quality dining, and specialized themes, cruises are attracting more travelers each year.</p><p>The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Industry Outlook study</a> showed a steady increase of cruise passengers over the last 10 years, and 27 new ocean, river, and specialty ships set to debut this year. The study also indicates that cruisers come from all income levels, with a third having a household income of less than $80,000 annually.</p><p>Train travel takes passengers away from highway traffic and airport crowds, while allowing them to enjoy the surrounding scenery in comfort. Domestic and international routes cover many popular destinations, and for long trips, private sleeping quarters are available. Lounges, restaurants, bar cars, and room to move around make train travel a desirable alternative for travelers.</p><p>Many seniors want the total freedom and access to out-of-the-way places that road trips offer. Recreational vehicle sales are increasing each year as more retirees are getting on the road in this relatively low-cost mode of travel. If rolling through the country in an RV sounds appealing, a good way to start is with a rental. Before investing in a vehicle, it’s important to be sure it meets one’s needs and capabilities.</p><p>Volunteer vacations offer travel along with an opportunity to contribute skills and experience to others both domestic and abroad. Many seniors are finding these trips to be rewarding, and they can also fulfill the desire to interact with locals and broaden cultural experiences. Others enjoy “learning vacations,” traveling for workshops, conferences, cooking schools, cultural programs, or music festivals.</p><p>Older travelers are increasingly tech savvy, and many still prefer to book their own trips through airline and hotel websites. They buy tickets online to avoid lines at museums and attractions, and they shop for the best fares, room rates, and last-minute deals. Their flexibility allows them to take advantage of off-season and shoulder season rates, longer stays, and mid-week airfares.</p><p>Whatever mode of transportation, destination, or price level a traveler chooses, there are options available for everyone who desires to make travel a goal for their retirement years.</p>
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This iPhone Hack Is Perfect for People Who Always Miss Messages

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<p>“Sorry, I’m just seeing your text!”</p><p>If you are notorious for having sent this message (like this writer), there’s a simple iPhone hack that could change the way you communicate.</p><p>There’s a hidden setting on all iPhones that will trigger the camera flash to blink every time a text or alert comes through. So there’s no excuse for missing messages.</p><p>To activate the feature, enter your phone’s setting menu. From there, select “General” then “Accessibility.” Select “LED Flash For Alerts” and make sure the toggle is on (the bar should be green). Voila, you are out of excuses for missing messages. You can also choose to have the light flash when the phone is on silent.</p><p>The feature is perfect for when you’re in a noisy environment, when you’re wearing headphones or simply if you’re more of a visual person than audio.</p><p>Regardless, your contacts will be surprised by how quickly you get back to them.</p><p>But, on the flip side, sometimes you want to ignore unnecessary alerts — especially if you’re on vacation. Here's how to <a href="" target="_blank">mute annoying emails</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">turn off the group chat notifications</a> when you don’t need (or want) to be involved.</p>
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You Can Now Send Holiday Cards Filled With Gin to Show You Truly Care

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<p>For those in search of a holiday gift that keeps on giving, Scottish small-batch gin distiller Daffy’s Gin has launched a <a href="" target="_blank">Christmas card</a> that comes with a special gift inside.</p><p>Send friends or family one of Daffy’s new gin cards and they’ll open the holiday-themed card to find a miniature bottle of Daffy’s gin tucked inside.</p><p>The 50ml bottles are placed into a letterbox, giving customers the option to insert a handwritten message onto the card with the recipient’s name.</p><p>The festive card includes the brand’s logo up front, with a cheerful message inside that reads “Merry Christmas and a Daffy New Year!” The message continues on the back of the card, where a play on a famed holiday jingle reads, “The weather outside is frightful but the gin inside delightful; let it snow…let it snow… let it snow!”</p><p>The cards can be bought individually for a price of about $10 or a set of six at for $60.</p><p>While U.K. orders can be placed directly online, those looking for international shipping will need to place an order by contacting the company by telephone or email. Delivery on the cards start on Oct. 22. </p><p>Daffy’s gin is made using pure wheat grain spirit from northern France that is distilled in an ancient single batch copper pot still and blended with eight different botanicals. These include lemon peel imported from Italy, cassia bark from Indonesia, orris root from Morocco, orange peels from Spain, mint from Lebanon, juniper and coriander seeds from the Balkan states, and angelica root from Belgium.</p><p>All of these flavors combine to create a gin that’s known for tasting notes of toffee, citrus, spice caramel, and mint. </p><p>The gift can even be paired with other jovial presents that range from a <a href="" target="_blank">cheese advent calendar</a> to a box of goodies from around the world from the <a href="" target="_blank">Try the World subscription service</a>.</p>
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The One Item the Queen Absolutely Can’t Sleep Without

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<p>Queen Elizabeth is one well-traveled woman. The 92-year-old is the <a href="" target="_blank">most traveled British monarch in history</a>, having visited 120 countries over her magnificent life (so far). Along the way, the Queen picked up a travel hack or two that may be worth trying out for yourself.</p><p>Yes, the Queen’s typical travels include traveling with high-end items like a <a href="" target="_blank">slice of her favorite cake</a> and her <a href="" target="_blank">luxury Globe-Trotter luggage</a>, but she also travels with more practical items as well.</p><p>According to historian <a href="" target="_blank">Robert K. Massie</a>, the Queen never leaves home without a nice, <a href=";tag=tlqueenhotwater-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B016W7W9JE&amp;linkId=ad9c8e4485ec2048ed0689a6fcaa7a3c" target="_blank">hot water bottle</a>. Typically, she has someone available to her to fill it with water and tuck it into her sheets at night no matter where in the world she is traveling, but, the <em>Daily Mail</em> noted the Queen is also happy to fill it herself.</p><p>As <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a> </em>reported, one of the Queen’s personal maids, Melani Dimple, once forgot to fill the Queen’s personal water bottle. Elizabeth herself found the bottle unfilled next to her bed and filled it herself.</p><p>“The Queen was amused to have to do it herself,” a royal insider shared with <em>Daily Mail.</em> “I think she found it quite a novelty.”</p><p>Sadly for Dimple, the Queen’s senior aide, Angela Kelly, allegedly let her go for her forgetful act.</p><p>“Angela’s beady eye is on everything that is done for Her Majesty, making sure everything is perfect,” an unidentified palace employee shared with the <em>Daily Mail</em> in 2014. “The next thing we knew after the hot water bottle business was that Melani was gone. We’re all very upset about it. Everyone’s entitled to make a mistake.”</p><p>Long story short, if you work and travel with the Queen, never forget her <a href=";tag=tlqueenhotwater-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B016W7W9JE&amp;linkId=ad9c8e4485ec2048ed0689a6fcaa7a3c" target="_blank">water bottle</a>, cake, luggage, a black outfit, and apparently, <a href=";IR=T#11-hot-water-bottle-11" target="_blank">a pint of her blood</a>. The Queen has to be prepared for anything.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays at This Charming Boutique Hotel in Virginia's Wine Country

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 15:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Virginia: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">The Inn at Willow Grove</a>, a plantation house that dates back to 1778 and is situated in Virginia's wine country. </p><p>Escape to the Virginia Foothills includes:</p>Two nights in any room category A picnic lunch for twoA six-hour private chauffeured wine tour with Central Virginia Wine Tours, including a Library 1821 tasting at Barboursville VineyardsA tour of the historic Montpelier Mansion, a 1780′s National Historic Landmark site 20 percent off treatments at the Mill House Spa<p>Original Price: From $915 (or $458 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $640 (or $320 per night); valid for travel from November 1 to December 30, 2018. </p><p>Booking details: Use booking code TRAVEL2018 when reserving <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or calling 540/317-1206.</p>
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The Camera Backpack I'm Obsessed With After Trying a Ton

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 14:00
<p>As a traveling journalist <a href="" target="_blank">known to wander solo in forbidding landscapes</a> while trying to capture my adventures in words and photos, almost nothing is more important than having the right gear — specifically the right camera bag. If you have the wrong bag, it can feel as if your back and shoulders are breaking. (I still have a shoulder injury from a heavy pack that didn’t have a waist belt.) Or you can end up with something that just isn’t spacially effective.</p><p>Over the years I'd estimate I've spent close to $1,000 on camera backpacks. It sounds nuts, I know – but considering that the majority of them are $200 to $300 it makes sense when trying to find the perfect fit. A good pack should not only have room for your camera, tripod, chargers and lenses, but also compartments for your computer, a change of clothes, toiletries and other things you’d bring in a carry on.</p><p>But, like Goldilocks, finding the right fit was hard. The first pack I had was sporty, good looking, and had decent space for my non-camera items, but didn’t have a waistband, which, if you’re trekking or walking for long distances (I was) kills your back. The second pack had a waistband but was large, bulky and didn’t have enough room for a change of clothes, toiletries or other essentials. It also only had a front top opening so if you needed a toiletry, you had to open the whole pack and everything would fall out.</p><img alt="Brevité Backpack Camera Roll Top "src=""><p>It wasn’t until this summer while on a trip to Zambia, that I found the perfect pack.</p><p>My friend Danny Seo was on my trip and doing a feature on Victoria Falls for his magazine, <em>Naturally by Danny Seo</em>, and had brought his photographer, Biz Jones along. I was immediately in love – with Biz’s bag, a <a href="" target="_blank">Brevite rolltop backpack</a>. It was not only good looking but also comfortably carried two cameras, lenses, and a tripod, as well as a clothing change, her toiletries, and water bottles.</p><p>“Where did you get that?” I asked. “I’ve looked everywhere – I’ve never seen this pack.”</p><p>“The internet,” she laughed. “Everyone needs to know about this bag,” I said. “I know!” she said.</p><p>Brevite was founded by photographers for photographers and it shows, even with the little things like having a lens cap holder on the waist belt so you won’t misplace your cap (So. Many. Caps!) or having a rolltop so, it can expand. It also has openings on the top (via the roll) as well as on the front and side – so if you just need to grab a toiletry or your camera quickly you can. In addition, the camera is packed into a separate bag within the pack so if you want to use the pack for a hiking trip or something else you can remove all the camera gear and pack it like a regular bag. What was also useful is that the bag has a large computer slot.</p><p>While looking for bags that wouldn’t kill my back, I had come across some pro hiking packs – but they all only fit a 12-inch laptop – too small for my 15-inch monster. The second I got home from Zambia, I immediately ditched my bulky, heavy pack and ordered the $185 bag. Best money I’ve ever spent.</p>
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Maggie Gyllenhaal on Why Travel Makes You Better at Work

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 12:01
<p>Maggie Gyllenhaal is rather busy these days starring in the HBO series <i>The Deuce</i>, which just started its second season, and producing and starring in the new film "The Kindergarten Teacher." She is also adapting Elena Ferrante’s novel “The Lost Daughter" for the big screen. </p><p>On top of that, the Oscar-nominated actress is the mother of two daughters with husband Peter Sarsgaard. Yet she still finds time to spread her sage advice and keen eye as a long-time veteran of the film industry (her parents were both in the business and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal) and also support women in film.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Jessica Biel’s Travel Hack Will Completely Change the Way You Pack</a></p><p>That is why she has taken on the role of Independent Film Advisor for <a href="" target="_blank">Autograph Collection Hotels’ Screenwriters in Residence Program</a>, which provides female screenwriters with time at one of their many hotels all over the world to work on their craft. </p><p>Autograph partnered with <a href="" target="_blank">Black List</a> — which finds the industry’s most-liked yet unproduced screenplays — to find these writers and create these retreats for them. Last year, screenwriter Liz Hannah was selected. She wrote the Oscar-nominated film<em> </em>"The Post."</p><p>Gyllenhaal drew personal inspiration after reading Virginia Woolf’s famed 1929 feminist essay “A Room of One’s Own,” which insisted on the concept of giving a woman space, both literally and figuratively, in order to succeed in an industry dominated by men.</p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> caught up with the actress to discuss where she would travel to find a room of her own.</p><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure</em>: I know you're working on your own script right now. Is there an ideal place you'd like to travel to to write it?</strong></p><p>"I'm working on an adaptation of an Elena Ferrante novel and even though I'm not setting it in <a href="" target="_blank">Naples</a> [where it takes place], I would love to go there. In my fantasy life if they offered me a room somewhere it would be there."</p><p><strong>What do you look for in a hotel when you travel?</strong></p><p>"I love to travel. Autograph is unusual in that it has this independent aesthetic and I always want hotels that have individual aesthetics. That's all I'm looking for. I never want to go to the big corporate one. I want the windows to open. I'm always looking for the little, tiny, small, unusual characteristics but great... I also want a little luxe."</p><p><strong>What are some of your favorite hotels?</strong></p><p>"I love the <a href="" target="_blank">Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur</a>. There's also this riad in Marrakesh called <a href="" target="_blank">El Fenn</a>. I really like the <a href="" target="_blank">Covent Garden in London</a>. I've been staying there forever and it feels homey. There's a lot of places I'd like to go."</p><p><strong>Do you enjoy traveling for work?</strong></p><p>"I love to travel. When you're writing, when you're acting, or when you're in your process doesn't everything start to become food for the mill? Wherever I am is feeding my mind for the work that I do. Let's say I were in Naples writing and I go for a walk, get something to eat, even if the project isn't around Naples somehow being deeply in the mindset of your work, everything feeds it."</p><p><strong>How and why did this collaboration with Autograph Hotels come about?</strong></p><p>"I had been listening to 'A Room of One's Own' at the dentist so it had been on my mind. This idea of just because there's a woman writer it doesn't make it an actual expression of something feminine. We live in a male world and, also, not just in 1928 when Woolf was writing it, but now too. No matter how much we were wishful thinking, we live in the opposite, we live in a misogynistic world. And just being a woman doing work, it doesn't mean you are able to express that feminine element of yourself.</p><p>Wolf talks about Charlotte Bronte hiding her writing underneath her sewing books and her anger and her rage clouds her writing. It makes me think about what is feminine film making? Just because a woman is writing, just because a woman is directing, it doesn't mean that the actual product is — Wolf uses the expression whole and entire — of the feminine mind. She says we need money and the physical space of our own, but we need space in our mind. You need the luxury of having space in your mind so this is symbolic in a way."</p>
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This Airline Will Soon Provide Nervous Flyers In-flight Meditation and Dedicated Onboard Assistance

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 10:16
<p>While flying gives travelers a way to see destinations across the globe, it can also be a frightening experience for some.</p><p>Those who have a <a href="" target="_blank">fear of flying</a> can now rest easier on flights with <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Australia</a>, as the airline has announced a new initiative to assist nervous flyers throughout their journey.</p><p>The airline is partnering with the nonprofit <a href="" target="_blank">Smiling Mind</a>, which offers both web and app-based meditation programs created by a range of psychologists and educators focused on mindfulness.</p><p>As part of the new partnership, the airline will be incorporating Smiling Mind’s guided meditations into its in-flight entertainment system, providing a tool for travelers to use to calm their anxiety and focus on their wellbeing.</p><p>In addition to in-flight entertainment offerings, Virgin Australia is also introducing a new system to allow passengers with a fear of flying an opportunity to connect with airline staff before their journey.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">6 Ways to Completely Disconnect While on Vacation</a></strong></p><p>This way, crew will be able to assist passengers with personalized tips and communication before their journey, and one-on-one interactions throughout their flight to ensure a comfortable experience.</p><p>The airline has yet to specify exactly what the in-flight programs and pre-journey and on-board assistance will look like, though it plans to announce additional details on the new initiative in the coming months.</p><p>“Integrating mindfulness into our everyday lives is just as important as eating and exercising regularly, and I am so excited to see Virgin Australia deeply embedding mindfulness into the workplace and onboard flights,” Sir Richard Branson said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p><p>The airline will also be implementing the new Smiling Mind program for its staff outside of flights.</p><p>Several other airlines have recently begun integrating options to ease travelers during flights, including American Airlines’ introduction of nature videos and Calm’s meditation app and Qantas’ creation of an <a href="" target="_blank">in-flight meditation video series</a>.</p>
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Here's What Jack Brooksbank Whispered As Princess Eugenie Walked Down the Aisle

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 17:06
<p>Princess Eugenie looked every bit the fairy tale bride on Friday morning as she walked down the aisle for her wedding at St. George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle. And clearly, the groom Jack Brooksbank noticed.</p><p>While making her way to the altar, <em>Daily Mail</em> royal reporter Rebecca English <a href="" target="_blank">noticed</a> Jack mumble something to his best man and smile. She consulted with a lip reader who said Jack was saying, “Oh, my heart…oh, break my heart.”</p><p>The pair’s display of deep love and admiration was on display throughout the entire ceremony. When Eugenie finally arrived at the end of the aisle she turned to Jack and jokingly said: “Aren't you going to hold my hand?”</p><p>When their vows were all said and done, the duo walked out of the church and to the delight of everyone kissed on the church steps.</p><p>And really, this adoring moment should come as no surprise from a couple who said it was love at first sight when they met on a ski trip in Verbier, Switzerland, in 2010.</p><p>“You came over and shook my hand, and I was all butterflies and nervous,” Eugenie explained in a television interview about the first time they met. “I think I ran to my mom that night and was like, 'I just met this guy Jack!' I remember being like, 'I really, really like this guy and I really want him to like me, too.' And then you gave me this huge windscreen-wiper wave and I was like, 'Right, he likes me.'”</p><p>Now, all that’s left to do is cut their delicious-looking wedding cake and live happily ever after.</p>
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People in Hawaii Were Receiving Mysterious Phone Calls From an Animal Hospital — Turns Out They Were Coming From a Gecko

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 17:02
<p>Getting incessant, mystery phone calls can be a hassle. It’s even worse when they’re from a tiny lizard.</p><p>Well, maybe not worse, but definitely weirder.</p><p>Dr. Claire Simeone, a director of <a href="" target="_blank">Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital</a> in Hawaii wrote on Twitter that she was called over and over from her work while she was out to lunch. When she answered no one was on the other end of the line.</p><p>“NINE calls in 15 minutes. I start to panic a bit, and drive back to the hospital. Seal emergency? I am on it,” Dr. Simeone wrote in her Twitter thread.</p><p>But when she arrived at the hospital, she found that no one was having a so-called "seal emergency." In fact, everything seemed fine, and to make it even more of a mystery, no one confessed to calling her.</p><p>After speaking with IT to see if the phone system was on the fritz, Dr. Simeone found out that several other people had been getting strange calls from the office.</p><p>“Several other people call the hospital, asking WHY WE ARE CALLING THEM INCESSANTLY?” she wrote, adding in another tweet, “a bazillion calls are coming from one line. But I look at our office line. It’s not that one. [The IT representative] asks me to look around to find the problem line.”</p><p>Her search eventually led her to the hospital laboratory where she found the culprit: a tiny gecko, perched on top of a touch-screen phone.</p><p>“I had to apologize to @HawaiianTel man, who said 'well, I haven’t heard that one before.' I had to send out a note to all of our staff and volunteers, who may have received telemarketing calls. I immediately hired gecko,” she wrote.</p><p>The gecko, according to <em><a href=";utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&amp;utm_medium=socialflow" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>,</em> was not a patient at the hospital, but a local who had wandered in from outside.</p><p>So the mystery is solved and a lucky gecko has found itself a lucrative career in customer service, much like the proud Geico geckos before it.</p><p>Dr. Simeone’s entire thread can be read on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a><em>.</em></p>
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Ben & Jerry’s Has an Actual Graveyard for Discontinued Flavors — and They're Offering a Very Spooky Tour This Halloween

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 16:26
<p>Some people like to hang out in spooky graveyards around Halloween, and we’ve found the spookiest one of them. But this isn't your typical cemetery. No, this is a graveyard of ice cream flavors. Cue the horrified gasps.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Ben &amp; Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard</a>, near the company’s plant and headquarters in Waterbury, Vermont, is where discontinued flavors go for their final rest. It’s also a neat tourist stop for ice cream lovers the world over. There, you can remember the flavors of days gone by like Wavy Gravy, Rainforest Crunch, Peanuts! Popcorn! or Ethan Almond. (RIP)</p><p>At the moment, the graveyard holds over 40 discontinued flavors that were either taken off the shelves to save space or were just mistakes against ice cream science. Did we <em>really</em> need popcorn flavored ice cream? Each flavor in this sweet cemetery even has their own special epitaph for mourners to lament over.</p><p>“Ben &amp; Jerry’s is known for outrageous, chunky, funky flavors,” said <a href="" target="_blank">Flavor Guru Eric Fredette</a> in a company <a href="" target="_blank">press release</a>. “But experimentation comes with risk, and not everybody likes our edgier ideas. Like everything else, ice cream flavors have a beginning and an end.”</p><p>This year, visitors who take a Ben &amp; Jerry's factory tour, along with a visit to the Flavor Graveyard, between Oct. 29 and 31 will be treated to a sample of a limited edition pumpkin pie ice cream available only in Waterbury. Everything's better with ice cream, after all, even a stroll through a spooky “graveyard.”</p><p>More information on the Flavor Graveyard and Halloween tour can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Ben &amp; Jerry’s website</a>. If you can't make it to Vermont to pay your respect, a <a href="" target="_blank">virtual tour</a> is the next best thing. </p>
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Norwegian Has Flights to London for the Holidays Starting at $330

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 16:06
<p>Budget airline Norwegian Air is <a href="" target="_blank">having a sale</a> on flights to <a href="" target="_blank">London's Gatwick Airport</a> from several U.S. cities, with one-way flights starting at $140.</p><p>Cheap flights run from November through April, giving travelers a chance to enjoy the city’s charming <a href="" target="_blank">holiday markets</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">springtime events</a>.</p><p>Boston-based travelers can get $140 one-way flights from December through February, and $145 one-way flights in March and April. Return flights to Boston start at $190. From New York City, flights out of John F. Kennedy International Airport start at $160 from November through March, and $170 in April and May. Return flights start at $200.</p><p>There are also $150 one-way flights from Chicago in January and February, and $160 flights in November, December, and March. Return flights start at $190. Florida-based travelers will find deals out of three different cities: Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando all have flights starting at $170 one-way, with return fares starting at $215.</p><p>Travelers will need to book by October 15 to take advantage of the sale, and will want to keep in mind that Norwegian is a budget carrier with additional fees for amenities like assigned seats, in-flight food and drinks, and checked bags.</p>
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5-month-old May Be the World's Youngest Person to Visit All 50 States in the U.S.

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 15:29
<p>A 5-month-old baby named Harper Yeats may become the youngest person ever to visit all 50 states in the U.S.</p><p>Her parents, Cindy Lim and Tristan Yeats, have been documenting her exciting beginning-of-life road trip on <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</p><p>Lim and Yeats, who live in Canada but are originally from Canberra, Australia, decided to take a trip across the U.S. when Lim went on maternity leave after Harper was born, <a href="" target="_blank">CBS News reported</a>. Initially, they didn't mean for it to be so epic.</p><p>After they began their trip in June, the new family looked into a membership with <a href="" target="_blank">All Fifty States Club</a>, that has an application to receive a certificate that proves you’ve “officially” visited every state in the United States. To <a href="" target="_blank">become a member</a>, you have to have already visited more than 35 states.</p><p>If you go to the organization website and click off every state you’ve actually been to (airport layovers don’t count), you’ll realize how hard it is to visit so many.</p><p>But glory and bragging rights weren’t really on the family’s mind. “Why not go to all 50 states?" Lim told CBS News. "It was just our plan to do it together and have fun.”</p><p>Now, they’re nearly at the end of their journey. As of October 18, the family will be in Vermont, the last stop on the trip. And yes, they’ve even been to Alaska and Hawaii, too.</p><p>“I hope when she looks at the photos and I tell her all the stories, that she can have the confidence that she can do anything,” said Lim. “I like to think it’s impacting who she will become.”</p><p>One thing is for sure, she’s already a savvy traveler at under six months.</p><p>Anyone can follow Harper’s journey on <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> has reached out to Guinness World Records to verify if there is a title for the world’s youngest person to visit all 50 United States.</p>
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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Wore Their Own Wedding Designers to Princess Eugenie's Big Day

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 14:27
<p>On Friday morning, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, returned to the scene of her own <a href="" target="_blank">wedding to Prince Harry</a>, which took place just months ago. By her side was her trusty sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Sussex. Though the two were on hand to celebrate their relative, Princess Eugenie, that didn’t mean they didn’t shine like the stars they are.</p><p>At the wedding, Middleton showed up in a daringly bold look that was a departure from her typical style. The outfit included a bright burgundy dress by Alexander Mcqueen — the designer behind her own wedding dress — along with a matching fascinator by milliner Philip Treacy, matching pumps and clutch.</p><img alt="Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge outside St George's Chapel following the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank. "src=""><p>Middleton isn’t typically known to match such statements at weddings. Instead, she’s more <a href="" target="_blank">known for wearing recycled outfits</a> — as she did at Meghan and Harry’s wedding — to ensure she doesn’t pull attention from the bride.</p><p>Meghan went for a more demure look. She and her husband also skipped the usual procession line, which Daily Mail theorized was their attempt to avoid detracting attention from the bride and groom.</p><img alt="Meghan Markle "src=""><p>Still, Meghan looked every bit the duchess in a navy blue coat and matching dress by Givenchy — the <a href="" target="_blank">design house responsible for her wedding dress</a> — along with a matching fascinator and pumps.</p><img alt="Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Princess Anne, Princess Royal, react during the wedding ceremony of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank. "src=""><img alt="Leaving the wedding. "src=""><p>But they weren’t the only royal women to show up in their Friday best. Queen Elizabeth also rocked a gorgeous powder baby blue coat along with a pair of matching gloves and a matching hat. The coat came with oversized gold buttons and the Queen accessorized with a massive diamond lapel pin. Sorry ladies, but she outshined you all.</p><img alt="The Queen at the wedding of Princess Eugenie, on Oct. 12, 2018. "src="">
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Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Holds a Ton of Hidden Meaning

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 14:01
<p>Princess Eugenie walked down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel on Friday morning to marry her longtime beau, Jack Brooksbank.</p><p>As she stepped out of the vintage car with her father and onto the steps of the chapel, she wowed in her custom wedding gown by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, of the label <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Pilotto</a>. And, proving she’s a thoroughly modern bride, she went without one major old-school accessory: A veil.</p><img alt="Princess and Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank walk down the steps from the church at their wedding. "src=""><p>The dress itself is a gorgeous shade of ivory with extra long sleeves covering the princess almost to her fingertips. It features an off the shoulder look similar to Meghan Markle’s but with a folded shoulder detail. On the dress itself, Eugenie asked the designers to embroider a few important symbols including theThistle for Scotland, The Shamrock for Ireland, The York Rose for England and The Ivy, which represents the couple's current home.</p><p>In another twist that bucked tradition, Princess Eugenie’s dress also had a low, v-neck back, which showed off her large surgery scar with pride.</p><p>“I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you'll see on Friday [at the wedding], but it's a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this,” Eugenie told ITV's This Morning earlier <a href=";ocid=socialflow_twitter&amp;ns_mchannel=social&amp;ns_source=twitter" target="_blank">this week</a>. “I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it's really special to stand up for that.”</p><p>All that was left to show off was the over-the-top (in the best way possible) Greville Emerald tiara, which was on loan to the princess from her grandmother, the Queen. Dare we say, she was at least in the top two most beautiful people to get married at the chapel this year.</p>
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Bermuda Is an Easy Island Getaway — but That's Not the Only Reason to Go

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 13:01
<p>"So, what took you so long to come to <a href="" target="_blank">Bermuda</a>?" My husband, Rob, and I were sitting at the handsome wood-paneled bar of the Rosewood Bermuda, and the bartender, Owen Lightbourne, was ever-so-politely calling us out. We'd just arrived at the palatial resort, which sits a stone's throw from sprawling estates owned by people like Michael Bloomberg and Ross Perot. There are four pools, a croquet lawn, and sweeping ocean views. Our room wasn't ready yet, so we were killing time while our toddler, Bobby, happily ran between our seats.</p><p>The honest answer, we explained, was that we'd put Bermuda off because it always seemed too close, too easy. Before parenthood, our priorities were faraway and exotic. Now a destination within easy reach—one with <a href="" target="_blank">beautiful beaches</a>, no less—is salvation.</p><img alt="The Loren hotel, the Bahamas "src=""><p>But you don't have to be a parent to appreciate Bermuda's appeal. A fishhook-shaped archipelago with pink shores in the middle of the Atlantic, it is quiet, beautiful, and steeped in history. First inhabited by the English in 1609, Bermuda was a trading hub for hundreds of years. In the 20th century, it became a vacation spot for the East Coast elite, who would hop over to golf and tan and sip rum swizzles at the Elbow Beach hotel, a mainstay in the 60s and 70s. In later decades, as development slowed and tourism took a back seat to more lucrative industries, such as insurance and banking, the glitterati decamped for the scenier, sunnier <a href="" target="_blank">Caribbean islands</a> of Anguilla and St. Bart's. I still have to remind friends, many of them savvy travelers, that this British overseas territory is not in the Caribbean, but 650 miles due east of North Carolina — with a similar high season that runs May through September.</p><p>In the past few years, though, Bermuda has made a comeback, in part because it was the location of the 2017 America's Cup. The high-profile sailing regatta provided incentive for new hotels to open and old hotels to spruce themselves up. What's more, couples are again choosing Bermuda for an easy seaside escape, thanks to its Zika-free beaches. More luxury resorts will be opening in the next two years, along with a new passenger terminal at the airport. As I discovered during my visit, Bermudians are excited to have their home back in the conversation again. Here, the top reasons to visit right now.</p><h2>The hotels are upping their game.</h2><p>Before staying at the Rosewood, we checked in to <a href="" target="_blank">the Loren</a> <em>(doubles from $550)</em>. "People tell me their parents used to come here," explained Stephen King, the hotel's developer, over coffee at the open-air restaurant. When the British-born, New York-based financier found a decaying property on Pink Sand Beach, a quiet spot along the southern shore, he saw potential in those sweeping Atlantic views. So he tore down the old structure and embarked on the island's first new build in nearly a decade. The Loren, he says, "shows what Bermuda can be." The 45 suites, with their warm wood floors, crisp blue accents, and freestanding tubs, are stylish and spacious, starting at 600 square feet. At the cliffside infinity pool, we saw couples staring out to sea, as if hypnotized by the waves crashing over the rocks. At first we felt slightly out of place with Bobby, but the staff put us at ease by spoiling him with fries and pizza.</p><img alt="Art and food at the Hamilton Princess "src=""><p>Two luxury resorts, both from Marriott International, are in the pipeline. The 79-room Ritz-Carlton Reserve Hotel at Caroline Bay, overlooking a secluded cove on the West End, will open in 2019. The 122-room St. Regis Bermuda, near the eastern town of St. George, will follow in 2020. Meanwhile, older properties are shifting away from British-colonial décor. Thanks to a $100 million revamp, the 133-year-old <a href="" target="_blank">Hamilton Princess &amp; Beach Club</a> <em>(doubles from $379)</em>, a grand pink-and-white building in the heart of the capital, Hamilton, now doubles as a contemporary art museum, with blue-chip pieces by the likes of Jeff Koons, Banksy, and <a href="" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a>. Our suite even had a Warhol.</p><p>And this month, the <a href="" target="_blank">Rosewood Bermuda</a> <em>(doubles from $728)</em>, a 92-room property in the tony enclave of Tucker's Point, unveils its new look. What was a formal library is now a more casual bar, while the rooms have lost their penny-tile bathrooms and writing desks for a more streamlined aesthetic. What hasn't changed: the secluded, quarter-mile beach. On a clear October day, we played with Bobby in the sun-warmed waves to his endless amusement (and ours). I didn't need to fly to Bali to find this level of joy.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 25 Resort Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas</a></p><h2>Someone else does the driving.</h2><p>By law, tourists can't rent cars in Bermuda. They can, however, ride mopeds, which can be a hair-raising experience, thanks to traffic and twisty roads. As of last year, there is also the Twizy, an electric car outfitted with two cockpit-style seats—fun, but it only works if you're traveling as a couple. I suggest the public bus or taxis, the latter especially for the convenience factor. With a toddler in tow, taxis, though not always the most economical route, were our choice because we could appreciate the surroundings and beach-hop with ease. Bermuda's winding rural roads, edged by centuries-old limestone walls, are beautiful. I loved peering out at the immaculate, pastel-colored homes and the towering palmettos. At night, I could hear tree frogs whistle.</p><img alt=" "src=""><h2>You will talk to locals.</h2><p>To explore Bermuda's past, we started in St. George. The island's first permanent settlement, dating back to 1612, has a champion in Kristin White, a young entrepreneur who offers bike excursions and "haunted history" walking tours of the village. "I want other people to get excited about our stories," White said one morning at the Tucker House. She just turned the 1752 building's cellar into a concept store, <a href="" target="_blank">Long Story Short</a>, where customers can browse for gifts (jewelry, books, head scarves), rent bikes, and, of course, chat with her.</p><p>We walked the cobblestoned lanes, stopping at the 1707 Bridge House, one of the oldest buildings in St. George. White told us that the house had once been owned by Bridger Goodrich, a white Bermudian. After his death, one of his female slaves, Philippa, won her freedom from his son, after arguing in court that Goodrich had promised it to her.</p><p>White's tours are bookable through <a href="" target="_blank">Winnow</a>, a new app that allows you to arrange guided snorkel trips, paddleboarding sessions through mangroves, even hands-on beekeeping. "It's a host in your pocket," said Alison Swan, who created the platform with her friend, William West. Winnow's most popular outing is a cocktail hour in a Bermudian home, something I was eager to test. "In the heyday of the 50s and 60s, people would open their houses all the time," she explained. "We're trying to bring that graciousness back." One night, Swan took us to Shelly Bay, where we met William's parents, Jenny and Blake West, in a house Blake had built himself. We talked politics, there and at home, and raising kids. The Wests didn't know us from Adam, yet they happily opened their doors (as they do for all Winnow guests), and somehow, we all managed to make conversation and learn from one another.</p><img alt="Scenes from Bermuda "src=""><h2>The seafood is superb.</h2><p>When it comes to restaurants, Bermuda is not Copenhagen or Tokyo. Nor does it pretend to be. What it does well is seafood, simply cooked and plated. One of our best meals was at <a href="" target="_blank">Wahoo's Bistro &amp; Patio</a> <em>(entrées $14–$42)</em>, a casual restaurant in St. George that specializes in spiny, clawless Bermuda lobster—sweeter than Maine lobster, just as incredible with drawn butter and fries.</p><p>There is fierce debate over who serves the best fish sandwich. At Art Mels Spicy Dicy <em>(9 St. Monica's Rd.; 441-295-3965; entrées $12–$23)</em>, a no-frills storefront outside Hamilton, locals start lining up at noon for sandwiches piled high with lightly battered grouper or wahoo. Woodys Sports Bar &amp; Restaurant <em>(1 Boaz Island; 441-234-6526; entrées $18–$30)</em>, on the way to the Dockyard, has more atmosphere (picnic tables, a Top 40 soundtrack) and superior sauce. There is no debate about the correct way to order a fish sandwich: always on raisin bread, never on a plain bun.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Everything You Should Eat in Bermuda, According to Marcus Samuelsson</a></p><p>For a family night, <a href="" target="_blank">Village Pantry</a> <em>(entrées $18–$38)</em>, in the seaside town of Flatts Village, is a winner. We ate fish tacos on the patio while Bobby flirted with two older girls in the yard next door. <a href="" target="_blank">Ruby Murrys</a> <em>(entrées $15–$25)</em>, an Indian restaurant on a side street in Hamilton, serves a wicked Goan coconut fish curry. For a date night, visit Rosedon Hotel, set in an early-20th-century residence, and eat at one of the quiet patio tables at newcomer <a href="" target="_blank">Huckleberry</a> <em>(entrées $25–$64)</em>. The chef, Lucy Collins, who was born in Charleston, South Carolina, serves divine Southern-style crab cakes and tender, pasture-raised rack of lamb.</p><h2>Rainy days can be fun.</h2><p>When it was sunny, we spent hours outside, watching from the infinity pool at the Princess as yachts cruised into Hamilton or looking for shells on the wide expanse of Elbow Beach.</p><p>But the weather can change on a dime. When it did, we headed for Hamilton, where the tidy streets are lined with one-of-a-kind shops, many in operation since the early 1900s. The <a href="" target="_blank">Bermuda Bookstore</a>, on the corner of Queen and Front, is crammed with best sellers and lesser-known historical books about the island. I grabbed (and devoured) Kiernan Doherty's <em>Sea Venture</em>, about Bermuda's first colonists. Just up Queen Street is <a href="" target="_blank">Della Valle Sandals</a>, a shoe shop named for its vivacious Italian proprietor. After he offered us espressos, I got fitted for custom sandals made of buttery soft leather in bright primary colors.</p><p>A more surprising find: the <a href="" target="_blank">Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art</a>, a collection of more than 1,800 pieces inspired by the island. Set in the middle of Bermuda's 36-acre Botanical Gardens, it includes marquee examples by Georgia O'Keeffe and Winslow Homer. During our visit, the quiet gallery showcased 119 contemporary sculptures, paintings, and mixed-media compositions by aspiring artists competing for the biannual $10,000 Charman Prize. Not every example was polished, but that didn't matter. The exhibition looked forward, toward a new generation of creatives playing and testing and imagining their home, for all the world to see.</p>
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‘Christmas Elf’ Is a Real Job in Finland — Here's How to Apply (Video)

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 12:01
<p>Christmas is a state of mind. And if you can truly embody that state of mind, you might want to apply for a job in Finland.</p><p>Finland’s <a href="" target="_blank">Lapland Safaris</a> is hiring “elves” to work this Christmas season spreading holiday cheer from the North Pole. And if you can put up with the cold temperatures, you may be able to land one of the best seasonal gigs of all time.</p><p>An elf could have one of many different responsibilities, including guiding visitors on holiday or leading visitors to buses. “An Elf is at the same time an entertainer, a guide and a mythical creature of Christmas,” <a href="" target="_blank">the job listing</a> claims.</p><p>Lapland is looking to hire elves who are “energetic, outgoing, positive persons with good customer skills.”</p><p>Knowledge of languages other than English (especially French, Spanish and German) will make you extra competitive in the North Pole job market.</p><p>Ahead of the Christmas season, elves take part in “Arctic Hospitality Guide training.” If hired, you’ll work the holiday season from the end of November 2018 through the beginning of January 2019. Openings are available in Saariselkä, Levi, Rovaniemi, Hetta, Olos and Ylläs.</p><p>If you’re looking to go abroad while spreading the Christmas spirit, you'd better <a href=";jsessionid=88CC8B47F68D59FEE2BFDFDFCC888C16?id=0&amp;register=1&amp;advertId=16854579" target="_blank">send your application off quick</a>.</p>
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This New App Will Book Your Flights Based on Instagram Screenshots

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 11:30
<p>Whether you’re posting memories from the road or just sourcing inspiration for your next trip, Instagram has become a vital tool for the modern digital traveler. And now easyJet is making it possible to book your trip from the social app.</p><p>The airline’s new look&amp;book feature allows Instagram followers to spot a destination online and immediately book a plane ticket there.</p><p>If you spot a photo on Instagram that spurs your wanderlust, take a screenshot of it and upload it to look&amp;book. Using geolocation tagging, easyJet will match the picture to a destination, suggest travel dates and show users a few price points that are currently available. When you spot travel that works for you, you’ll be able to book it directly and seamlessly in the app.</p><p>“We were also aware of what was going on in Instagram – that aspirational feel that when you see a celebrity or a friend doing something fun and wanting to know where they are,” Daniel Young, easyJet’s head of digital experience, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Campaign.</em></a> “But what was happening was you find the photo, try and work out where it is, go into Google and find the nearest airport, then go to an airline’s website. We saw an opportunity to close that gap into a seamless process.”</p><p>Although the process is enticing, you won’t be able to use it to book a flight simply anywhere in the world. easyJet only services airports in Europe, Iceland and Northern Africa.</p><p>But when you <em>do</em> make it to that instagram worthy location, you'd better be prepared with <a href="" target="_blank">the perfect vacation Instagram caption</a> to inspire someone else's trip. </p>
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The Best Egg-obsessed Restaurants to Celebrate World Egg Day

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 11:01
<p>While it certainly wouldn’t be surprising that you’ve grown tired of reciting the trite phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” it <i>does </i>go without saying that come World Egg Day on October 12, you’ll most likely join the chorus and recite that mantra too. So to add onto the cliches, if you can’t beat them, <em>join them</em>.</p><p>On this international food holiday dedicated to the humble egg, you’d be remiss not to celebrate with at least a simple scramble. But for those looking to really lean in, we’ve rounded up a host of egg-themed destinations around the world, from a genius restaurant solely making bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches to a food truck-turned-egg-empire churning out wobbling coddled eggs. Whether you prefer your eggs poached, fried, over-easy, baked, or whisked into an omelet, these are the restaurants egg lovers must hit on World Egg Day.</p><img alt="Egg Shop Brooklyn "src=""><h2 dir="ltr">Egg Shop: New York, NY</h2><p dir="ltr">It’s self-described eggheads who frequent <a href="" target="_blank">Egg Shop</a>, a bona fide haven for all things egg. Here, the menu is split into two categories: egg sandwiches and cruisers (bowls or miscellaneous items). Everything boasts a cheeky name, from the Pepper Boy (scrambled eggs, gruyere, bell pepper, maple-cured bacon, caramelized onion aioli in a bell pepper or on a roll) to the Spandex (a bowl of miso quinoa, mixed greens, avocado, carrots, puffed amaranth, pumpkin and mustard seeds, and a poached egg), but no matter what you order, there will no doubt be some form of egg on your plate.</p><h2 dir="ltr">Egg: Brooklyn, NY</h2><p dir="ltr">Long before Williamsburg was strewn with designer stores and fancy high-rises, there was <a href="" target="_blank">the unassuming Egg</a>. Over the years, it’s attracted brunch-goers seeking eggs in every variety: runny eggs spill out of grilled brioche painted with cheddar; omelets arrive neatly folded, flush with broiled tomatoes and hash browns; warm bowls of grits are crowned with eggs cooked any style. Even after the sun disappears, find egg-topped burgers, scrambled eggs slipped into chorizo sandwiches, and salads teeming with deviled and pickled eggs.</p><img alt="Bad Egg in London "src=""><h2 dir="ltr">Bad Egg: London, England</h2><p dir="ltr">Despite its name, eggs at <a href="" target="_blank">Bad Egg</a> certainly can’t be classified as bad. Quite the opposite: the undeniably clubby restaurant has become a hotspot for an all-day brunch overrun by eggs. For the hungry and brave, you can’t go wrong with the Bad Egg burger hash, a burger cloaked under a pool of fondue and egg yolk, tossed among crispy potatoes and a fried egg.</p><h2 dir="ltr">Eggs &amp; Co.: Paris, France</h2><p dir="ltr">Nearly every iteration of egg can be found at <a href="" target="_blank">this Saint-Germain de prés hotspot</a>. Eggs are whisked into herb-strewn omelets, baked en cocotte in mini cast-iron pans, and gently lowered onto wisps of smoked salmon and English muffins. With few restaurants in Paris specializing in brunch, the place is inevitably mobbed on weekends, so come prepared to wait or arrive during the less-frequented weekday hours.</p><img alt="BEC NYC "src=""><h2 dir="ltr">BEC: New York, NY</h2><p dir="ltr">Come Sunday morning, you’ll wish <a href="" target="_blank">BEC</a> was in your backyard. The restaurant specializes in one thing: the eponymous BEC (bacon, egg, and cheese), crafted into sandwiches and bowls. Choose from elevated twists of the classic sandwich like the Roadhouse: two eggs, pork sausage, cheddar, avocado, and slaw on a ciabatta roll swiped with BBQ sauce. Or simply opt for the traditional; BEC’s version boasts two eggs, crispy hunks of applewood-smoked bacon, and cheddar on a brioche bun studded with bacon and cheese.</p><h2 dir="ltr">Good Egg: Melbourne, Australia</h2><p dir="ltr"><a href="">This Melbourne cafe</a> encourages you to act like a “good egg,” just as the eggs wielded in the kitchen are always good, sourced from a nearby farm. At the charming restaurant, find dishes like eggs &amp; chips, a panko- and pork-flecked scotch egg, and the Chix sandwich: green-chili-marinated fried chicken, eggs, and pickled cucumbers bookended by a challah roll.</p><img alt="The Chicken or The Egg "src=""><h2 dir="ltr">The Chicken or The Egg: Beach Haven, NJ</h2><p dir="ltr">At <a href="" target="_blank">The Chicken or The Egg</a>, the kitchen doesn’t question which came first. Instead, they equally pay homage to both. Breakfast, unsurprisingly, is served all day and dedicated to the humble egg: omelets swell with every kind of vegetable and cheese imaginable, New Jersey’s beloved taylor ham makes an appearance in several egg sandwiches, and there are also egg-stuffed burritos and quesadillas, along with your run-of-the-mill two eggs any style. Order a bunch for the table, but don’t leave without one platter of the famed wings, slick with sticky, spicy sauce.</p><h2 dir="ltr">Eggspectation: Canada, USA, UAE, Qatar and India</h2><p dir="ltr">With a name like <a href="" target="_blank">Eggspectation</a> and a slogan jeering “grab the day by the eggs,” it’s no surprise that you’d expect a wealth of eggs here. The Canada-born restaurant boasts a laundry list of egg dishes, from frittatas and omelettes to 10 equally over-the-top and innovative takes on eggs Benedict (think polenta triangles covered with poached eggs, cheese, chicken, shrimp, chorizo, and peppers). Eggs also make a cameo in a host of pancakes, crepes, salads, and sandwiches.</p><img alt="Gudetama Cafe in Osaka "src=""><h2 dir="ltr">Gudetama Cafe: Various locations worldwide</h2><p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank">Gudetama Cafe</a> is based off a popular Japanese cartoon character with the same name, a plump little guy resembling an egg yolk who’s perpetually sad. The cafe designs dishes after Gudetama — the restaurant itself is plastered with egg-shaped booths and enormous fried eggs hang from the ceiling — painting his eyes and mouth on poached eggs and egg shells. Diners delight in slicing through his face (and watching the yolk spill out) in things like egg-topped sweet potato hash, lobster bisque, and avocado toast.</p><h2 dir="ltr">Eggslut: Los Angeles, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Beirut</h2><p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank">Eggslut</a> was born out of chef Alvin Cailan’s love for eggs, beginning as a roving truck before turning into several brick-and-mortar locations around the world. Sandwiches remain the main attraction, ranging from bacon, egg, and cheeses to the Fairfax, a plush brioche bun brimming with soft scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar, sriracha mayo, and caramelized onions. For those looking for something other than a sandwich, Eggslut is beloved for the Slut: a wobbly coddled egg cushioned atop potato purée, served in a glass jar with hunks of baguette.</p><img alt="The Cracked Egg, Las Vegas "src=""><h2 dir="ltr">The Cracked Egg: Las Vegas, NV</h2><p dir="ltr">In Sin City, it’s crucial to have <a href="" target="_blank">The Cracked Egg’s</a> Sin City Skillets. These build-your-own plates start with a layer of crispy potatoes, cheese, and two eggs, then can be topped with a number of vegetables and meats, flanked by charred toast or coffee cake. Along with an unending list of scrambles and omelets, the menu boasts The Cracked Egg’s beloved chile verde rancheros: a corn tortilla swiped with black beans, morsels of pork, chile verde salsa, cheese, eggs, and sour cream.</p><h2>Shakshukia: Tel Aviv, Israel</h2><p dir="ltr">Shakshukia is dedicated to, well, shakshuka, the Middle Eastern dish consisting of eggs poached in a red pepper-tomato sauce. Here, shakshuka can arrive the traditional way, or garnished with a variety of ingredients (Hummus! Eggplant! Shawarma! Merguez sausage!). In the interest of scraping the plate clean, you’d be remiss not to mop up whatever remains of the yolky, spice-flecked sauce with rounds of pita, which land in wicker baskets on every table.</p>
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