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This Royal Wedding Cruise Sounds More Fun Than Being an Actual Wedding Guest

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 13:32
<p>On May 19, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-harry-wedding-invitations-compared-to-kate-william" target="_blank">Meghan Markle</a> will walk down the aisle to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-expensive-wedding" target="_blank">wed Prince Harry in a lavish ceremony</a> that will undoubtedly be remembered as the wedding of the year. And guess what: You’re invited. Sort of.</p><p><a href="https://www.quintessentially.com/ppc/uk/lifestyle-concierge-service" target="_blank">Quintessentially</a>, a British concierge company, is inviting one lucky person to book a 100-year-old coal fired steam boat that can hold up to 50 of his or her closest friends for a day of partying on the River Thames.</p><p>“We will create a bespoke party for you and your guests to enjoy the wedding festivities from the heart of the action,” the company said in a statement. “Your skipper will cruise along the River Thames and during the wedding ceremony you will be docked at Windsor Promenade with spectacular views of Windsor Castle and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-harry-wedding-st-georges-chapel-windsor-castle" target="_blank">St George’s Chapel</a>.”</p><p>On the boat guests can also interact with the host, a royal historian who will provide insider knowledge as the wedding unfolds on shore.</p><p>The boat ride will also come with live music and an endless flow of champagne so you can toast to the couple all day long. Don’t worry, there will be food too, including canapes and a full afternoon tea.</p><p>Here’s how the day will break down if you choose to book the ship:</p><p>10 a.m. - Arrive at Windsor Racecourse where the boat is moored</p><p>10:30 a.m. - Board the boat and cruise to Windsor Castle with morning snacks and drinks</p><p>10:45 a.m. - Arrive at Windsor Promenade, your mooring for the day</p><p>11 a.m. - Chat with the royal insider</p><p>11:30 a.m. - Short cruise taking in the varied views of Windsor Castle while live, upbeat music plays</p><p>12 p.m. - Watch the royal wedding on screens positioned around the boat and enjoy lunch</p><p>1 p.m. - Free time to disembark and mingle among the crowds in Windsor Town (guided by local hosts)</p><p>2:30 p.m. - Cruise and afternoon tea and drinks while live, upbeat music adds to the party atmosphere</p><p>4 p.m. - Disembark at Windsor Racecourse</p><p>Quintessentially can also manage chauffeurs or helicopters to get you to Windsor Racecourse for more partying.</p><p>Interested? Great, it will only cost you $59,000 for the day. No one ever said being royally adjacent was cheap. To request more information or book, visit <a href="http://www.quintessentially.com/ppc/uk/lifestyle-concierge-service" target="_blank">quintessentially.com</a>.</p>
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This 100-degree Mineral Pool Is the Perfect Spot for a Late-night Swim Under the Stars

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:32
<p>Soaking in the mineral-rich waters of the Olympic-sized pool is a favorite pastime at the historic <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Napa-Valley-Hotels-Indian-Springs-Resort-Spa.h9994645.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Indian Springs</a> resort, where <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/best-womens-bathrobe" target="_blank">bathrobes</a> are the uniform of the day. From early morning until midnight, <a href="https://www.indianspringscalistoga.com/the-pool/" target="_blank">the pool</a>, fed by onsite geysers originating thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface, welcomes bathers who roam the expansive grounds unselfconsciously dressed as if they just exited the shower.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/hotel-pools-with-a-view" target="_blank">19 Hotel Pools Around the World With Incredible Views</a></p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/cascate-del-mulino-italy-cliffside-hot-springs" target="_blank">These Cliffside Natural Hot Springs Are Italy's Best-kept Secret</a></p><p>At the spa, <a href="https://www.indianspringscalistoga.com/spa/" target="_blank">mud baths</a> are administered by patient, professional spa staff — who undoubtedly have heard every gasp, giggle, and groan as they lower guests into concrete tubs of warm mud consisting of pure black volcanic ash and thermal mineral water. After 20 minutes or so, a shower rinses off most of the mud, followed by a soak in warm mineral water to finish the job. The steam room and another shower are the last stops in the pore cleansing regimen. Mineral baths, facials, body scrubs, and massages are also offered at the busy spa that operates for 12 hours daily.</p><img alt="Mineral Pool at Indian Springs Calistoga "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523994994/Mineral-Pool-Indian-Springs-view-HUNDEGPOOL0418.jpg?itok=MV_c46eN"><p><a href="https://www.indianspringscalistoga.com/" target="_blank">Indian Springs dates back to 1860</a> when Sam Brannon envisioned a world-class resort based on the area’s steamy mineral waters. He coined the name “Calistoga,” a combination of California and Saratoga, a resort in Upstate New York he admired. Today, Indian Springs has grown, added Sam’s Social Club restaurant, renovated and increased rooms, all while maintaining its historic, relaxed, and kitschy ambiance.</p><img alt="Mineral Pool at Indian Springs Calistoga "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523994994/Pool-Mineral-Indian-Springs-Calistoga-HUNDEGPOOL0418.jpg?itok=DIAcvVCk"><p>Guests include families, couples, spa devotees, bachelorette parties, business groups, weddings, reunions, and travelers who just want to unwind for a while. Bicycles, shuffleboard, bocce ball, fire pits, and hammocks attract some visitors, while others enjoy the short walk to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g32143-Calistoga_Napa_Valley_California-Vacations.html" target="_blank">downtown Calistoga</a> for shopping or dining.</p><p>Ideally situated at the north end of the Napa Valley, Calistoga is close to some of Napa’s finest wineries including Chateau Montelena, Sterling, and Schramsberg, making Indian Springs the perfect home base for wine tasting excursions. And when the day is done, there’s that huge, warm pool with its steam drifting upward, just waiting for your evening swim.</p>
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How to Travel With Your Significant Other Without Breaking Up, According to a Relationship Coach

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:32
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/romantic-getaways/life-changing-trips-for-couples" target="_blank">Traveling with your significant other</a> for the first time should be exciting, but it might not always come without its challenges. Yes, there are endless opportunities for fun and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-most-romantic-cities" target="_blank">romantic adventures around the world</a>, but taking a trip with someone new can be downright stressful if you’re not prepared. From flight delays to getting lost in a foreign city, there are various parts of vacationing that could lead to a new couple butting heads.</p><p>Sameera Sullivan, a professional relationship coach and CEO of matchmaking service <a href="https://www.lastingconnections.net/" target="_blank">Lasting Connections</a>, understands the pitfalls of traveling with a new partner. But more importantly, she knows how to navigate around them to ensure the first trip you take as a couple won’t also be your last.</p><p><strong>Travel + Leisure: How long should a couple wait until they decide to take a trip together?</strong></p><p>Sameera Sullivan: I think it should be six months, but it also depends on the trip. If you’re going to Europe for a week or two weeks, I feel like you should at least be dating for six months — but again, it depends. If you’ve been dating for only three months, how often do you see each other? Do you know each other’s traveling style? You have to communicate about that before you go on a trip. You have to communicate with each other on what you like to do, how you like to travel, and what your definition of “going on a trip together” means.</p><p><strong>Should you set up any solo time on your trip?</strong></p><p>I think it’s always good to do something alone. If you have something you want to do individually, maybe take some time off from each other, especially if you’re staying together in the same hotel. I think I’d definitely recommend taking some time off — you’re doing your thing, they’re doing their thing — I think that’s really healthy.</p><p><strong>What should you discuss before the trip to avoid any disagreements?</strong></p><p>I think traveling style is very important because some people like to travel first class, and some people don’t really care how they get there, but want to stay at a nice hotel. For other people, the hotel doesn’t matter, and it’s more about traveling and experiencing something. Where do you want to spend your money when you’re traveling? Those are the things that you want to discuss before you get there, because that can really agitate some people. Your traveling style, what you like to do — do you like outdoorsy stuff? Do you want to go to museums? Do you want to visit other cities nearby? You have to talk about the things you’re going to do before you do them.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/budgeting-currency/track-vacation-spending" target="_blank">This Common Vacation Mistake Could Be Costing You an Extra $689</a></p><p><strong>What’s the ideal length of time a new couple’s first trip should be?</strong></p><p>I would say before you go on a longer trip, you should go on a weekend trip together first, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/romantic-getaways/most-romantic-destinations" target="_blank">near wherever you live</a>. You have to be smart; you have to be cautious. You don’t want to be in a different country and then hate yourself because you’re with a person you realize you can’t stand. That takes a toll on a new relationship.</p><p><strong>What are some things that might stress a new couple out while traveling?</strong></p><p>There’s so much unpredictability when you’re traveling. There’s so much that can happen. There are flight delays, or you can be stopped at customs, but I think the biggest thing that people struggle with when traveling as a new couple is that you’re with that person all the time.</p><p><strong>If you had to pack a couple’s “First Trip Emergency Kit,” what would be inside?</strong></p><p>I would say a spa package. Go to a spa together, so you can relax a little bit — I’d definitely schedule something like that. Don’t have back-to-back things to do, kind of keep things up in the air. In the kit, there should be a list of things each person absolutely has to do, but don’t over-pack the schedule. Have a couple of days where you can just be relaxing and not really be going by the plans, and don’t decide on some things until you get there. I think that can really save a lot of people.</p><p><strong>What should a couple do if they have very different vacation spending habits?</strong></p><p>That’s very difficult. One thing you can do is, if someone wants to spend more on the hotel, and the other person is like, “No, I’d rather stay at a cheaper hotel,” then the person who wants to spend more on the hotel could maybe offer to pay for the hotel, and the other person can pay for something like the food. That’s how you can sacrifice, but there could be hard feelings after that. If your traveling style is that different, where one person likes luxury more than the other, then it could become a problem.</p><p>So, there must be compromise. I know people who have done that and it’s OK, but it just depends. If it’s too much of a gap, ultimately, these two people might just be living completely different lifestyles.</p><p><strong>How can a new couple decompress after traveling together?</strong></p><p>I think the best way after coming back from traveling is, if you’re living separately, then obviously going back and taking space, but I feel like if you’ve spent all that time with that person, you shouldn’t be feeling weird. I think it’s good to be away from each other. Go out with friends, talk about your trip, and just focus on relaxing. I’ve known couples who have come back from trips and they’re happy and spend more time together once they’re back because they were able to bond on the trip. But you know, also take some time on your own. Most people who have had a decent trip want to spend more time together once they come back. If it was a crazy trip and there are angry feelings, that’s a bad omen, and I’ve seen that happen, too.</p>
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These Wireless Headphones Have 1,000 Five-star Amazon Reviews — and They're 50% Off Right Now

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:30
<p>Good news: Your hunt for the perfect pair of Bluetooth headphones ends here. Sure, “perfect,” may be an ambitious claim, but listen — these headphones are a top-selling item on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, plus they’re nearly 50% off. Top-rated reviews + affordable price point = sold. That’s just basic arithmetic.</p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071JDP15H" target="_blank">VAVA MOOV 28 Wireless Headphones</a> boast an array of perks, most notably high sound quality, nine-hour battery life, and even “splash-proof” coating so you can take them out in light rain. Oh, and they also have an ergonomically angled eartip design for a snug fit, making them ideal if you're working out or if you’re just on the go and get really annoyed whenever one earbud falls out (ugh, same).</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-wireless-headphones" target="_blank">The Best Wireless Headphones for Tangle-free Travel</a></p><p>But if a product description and a marked down price tag aren’t enough, then take a look at the 1,500+ customer reviews. Listen to the people.</p><p>Kellin Q. can’t get over the sound quality, writing, “Honestly, I was expecting the same fairly mediocre sound quality as I had before with the wired in-ears, but even before breaking these in the sound just took me by complete surprise. The highs are sharp and detailed, the lows are actually audible, punchy, and deep unlike lots of other cheap in-ears that can't even produce lows, and the mids are decent. If you don't know what that means, it means that they sound great (especially for how much they cost).”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-noise-cancelling-headphones" target="_blank">The Best Noise-cancelling Headphones for Every Type of Traveler</a></p><img alt="Bluetooth Headphones, VAVA MOOV 28 Wireless Headphones Sports Earphones in Ear Earbuds with 9 Hours Playtime "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524246217/bluetooth-headphones-top-rated-amazon-TOPHEADPHONES0418.jpg?itok=ZurneFBe"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071JDP15H" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $27 (originally $50)</p><p>Meanwhile, CuriousEggroll praises their durability, writing, “4 months update: These things are still going strong. I use them at the gym daily and have absolutely no issues with them. I like how I can just stick the two [magnetic] earpieces together and just [hang] it around my neck when I'm not using them.”</p><p>You can shop the VAVA MOOV 28 Wireless Headphones for $27 (originally $50) at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071JDP15H" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>.</p>
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The One Thing You Should Always Do a Week Before Your Flight

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 16:31
<p>In air travel, nothing is a done deal until it’s been done.</p><p>Take, for example, your seat assignment. You may believe that, since you booked seat 7A, it is confirmed and guaranteed to be yours. However, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/ann-coulter-twitter-rant-about-delta" target="_blank">as Ann Coulter was surprised to learn last year</a>, airlines can change your seat at any time — even if you thought you paid specifically for one.</p><p>When you buy an airline ticket, you sign a contract of carriage. This contract allows the airline to change many aspects of the flight without telling you. For example, <a href="https://www.delta.com/content/dam/delta-www/pdfs/legal/contract_of_carriage_dom.pdf" target="_blank">Delta’s contract of carriage states</a> that the airline “may substitute alternate carriers or aircraft, delay or cancel flights, change seat assignments, and alter or omit stopping places shown on the ticket at any time.” So while you have purchased transportation, don't feel so certain that you purchased that particular seat.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cheapair-best-time-international-flight-bookings" target="_blank">When Exactly to Buy Your Next International Flight, According to a Study of 350 Million Fares</a></p><p>When airlines change the aircraft on which they are operating a flight, the layout of the cabin can also change — which can affect seating arrangements. There may be fewer premium economy seats available or one row may have less legroom than expected. Airline staff may also change seating arrangements to accommodate families traveling together.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta" target="_blank">Delta</a> spokesperson told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> that the airline “makes every effort to ensure customers fly in the seat and product they paid for no matter how long in advance (up to 331 days) or through which channel they purchased their fare.” Passengers who discover that their seat has been changed should contact customer service for assistance.</p><p>If you have researched your seat, paid money for it, and would like very much to be in that specific location, keep records of your purchases. Continue to routinely check your flight information in the lead-up to takeoff. If anything changes, contact customer service. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/airline-seating-rules" target="_blank">They will likely offer you compensation for your troubles</a> — especially if you approach with proof and remain polite.</p>
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This Photographer Took a Road Trip Through Through Sub-Saharan Africa – Here Are Her Best Pictures

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 12:32
<p>Many people in North America only dream of visiting destinations like Benin, Senegal, and Ethiopia. But just because you don’t have a plane ticket, it doesn't mean you can’t experience the beauty and allure of these African countries.</p><p>“Circadian Landscapes,” a new photography book from Brooklyn-based shutterbug Jessica Antola, takes readers to wanderlust-inspiring locales around sub-Saharan Africa, from the street markets in Ghana to the tropical forests of Togo and the river banks of Côte d’lvoire. Equally as captivating as these vivid backdrops, though, are the fashionable locals who take center stage in Antola’s photographs.</p><p>“The project was inspired by the people I encountered on my travels,” said Antola. “I was most interested in the ways people create and define their identities through dress and other everyday rituals.”</p><p>The result is a nonlinear collection of photographs of various locations in seven different countries, featuring people carrying out everyday activities — doing laundry, wrestling on the beach, taking part in religious ceremonies, and selling their wares on the street.</p><img alt="Circadian Landscape by Jessica Antola "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524074388/circadian-landscape-book-jessica-antola-ANTOLAPHOTO0418.jpg?itok=n2M2ao5C"><p>It’s these quotidian moments that inspired the title of the book, which references the Circadian rhythm, the biological process that recurs naturally on a 24-hour cycle.</p><p>“Life in many of the places I visited revolves around the hours of the day between sunrise and sunset,” said Antola. “‘Circadian Landscape’ is my way of honoring those quotidien but wondrous moments.”</p><img alt="Left: Flute Player, Ethiopia 2013. Right: Entering the Omo Valley, Ethiopia 2013. From Circadian Landscape by Jessica Antola "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524074388/circadian-landscape-ethiopia-ANTOLAPHOTO0418.jpg?itok=PSa_ptCz"><img alt="Cassava, Togo 2014, from Circadian Landcape by Jessica Antola "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524074388/circadian-landscape-west-africa-man-ANTOLAPHOTO0418.jpg?itok=aG3LngAn"><img alt="Left: Zangbeto Temple, Benin 2014. Right: The King's Warrior Dance, Ghana 2014. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524074388/circadian-landscape-west-africa-ANTOLAPHOTO0418.jpg?itok=cLmcPkif"><img alt="Left: Washing Day, Senegal 2011. Right: Tofinu Girls, Benin 2014. From Circadian Landcape by Jessica Antola "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524074388/circadian-landscape-africa-photo-book-ANTOLAPHOTO0418.jpg?itok=UH8E-AGe"><img alt="Left: Important Day, Ethiopia 2013. Daasanach Girl and Goat, Ethiopia 2013. From Circadian Landscape by Jessica Antola. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524074388/circadian-landscape-ethiopia-portraits-ANTOLAPHOTO0418.jpg?itok=NU_5-G3s"><img alt="Blue Dress, Senegal, 2011 from Circadian Landscape by Jessica Antola "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524074388/circadian-landscape-senegal-woman-ANTOLAPHOTO0418.jpg?itok=uzW04iHm">
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Kate Middleton's Hospital Baby Bag Is Reportedly Packed With the Most Adorable Items

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 11:00
<p>Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/william-kate-third-child-due-date" target="_blank">expected to give birth to her third child</a> any day now. And, as a mother of two already, Middleton knows how to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/st-marys-hospital-preparing-for-kate-middleton-third-baby" target="_blank">prepare for the big day</a> like a true pro.</p><p>According to reports, Middleton has already packed her hospital bag. And though it likely contains all the expected items, it also allegedly holds a few surprise trinkets from her friends and family members.</p><p>According to a source who spoke to <em><a href="https://www.ok.co.uk/lifestyle/mum-and-baby/1351919/kate-middleton-hospital-bag-duchess-of-cambridge-pregnant-gives-birth" target="_blank">OK Magazine</a></em>, Kate’s bag contains tiny gifts from her two older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The source claims each of the children gave their mother one of their toys to bring along with her to the hospital to welcome their new sibling.</p><p>Another meaningful item Kate reportedly packed is a royal pendant, which was gifted to her by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. It is meant to bring her good luck in the birthing suite at St. Mary’s Hospital. For even more luck, the source said, Kate packed her mother's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/BRCbeads-Gemstone-Crystal-Healing-Jewelry/dp/B00VNLU9HE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1524259026&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=black+onyx+beads&amp;dpID=41SXjWsS9UL&amp;preST=_SY300_QL70_&amp;dpSrc=srch" target="_blank">black onyx beads</a>.</p><p>To further help with the birth, Kate is said to have packed candles and a CD with calming music, along with a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Botanicals-Madagascar-Clove-Essential/dp/B00NYM4PRK/ref=sr_1_7_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1524259174&amp;sr=8-7&amp;keywords=madagascar+vanilla+aromatherapy" target="_blank">Madagascar vanilla</a> aromatherapy kit.</p><p>To pass the time the source said Kate packed a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Kindle-Paperwhite-6-Inch-4GB-eReader/dp/B00OQVZDJM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1524259223&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=kindle&amp;dpID=51nk%252BaSvOFL&amp;preST=_SY300_QL70_&amp;dpSrc=srch" target="_blank">Kindle</a> "loaded with the latest Booker prize winners and she likes to watch old Bette Davis movies."</p><p>And last but certainly not least, to make the birthing suite feel more like home, Kate reportedly packed three framed photographs of her family, including pictures of the Queen, her parents, and her siblings, Pippa and James.</p><p>Thanks to this packing list, her birthing suite sounds more like a spa experience than child birth. But, as <a href="https://www.babycentre.co.uk/what-to-pack-in-your-hospital-bag" target="_blank">Baby Center U.K.</a> reccomends, she may also want to ensure she has some comfortable clothing options like pajamas and slippers, along with her favorite snacks, lip balm, hair bands, and her favorite pillow just for good measure. Though, odds are the Duchess will be more than comfortable during her stay.</p>
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Hawaii’s Kauai Island Is Recovering From Major Flooding

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 17:55
<p>One of the worst floods in years on the Hawaiian island of Kauai stranded dozens of tourists earlier this week. The National Weather Service reported 28 inches of rainfall over the weekend, but <a href="http://www.wfmz.com/news/ap-top-stories/heavy-rains-ease-rescue-efforts-improve-after-hawaii-storm/730480312" target="_blank">local meteorologists believe it was more</a> — the rainfall gauge stopped operating in the middle of the storm.</p><p>Kauai is still recovering from the storm. Landslides blocked major roads, including the Kuhio Highway. The Kalalau Trail, a popular tourist destination for hiking, remains closed. Towns along the island’s northern coast were affected most harshly.</p><p>“Things are going to take a little while,” Sue Kanoho, the executive director for the Kauai Visitors Bureau, <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2018/04/18/hawaii-flood-visiting-travel-kauai/526875002/" target="_blank">told <em>USA Today</em></a>. “I want to be up front with people.”</p><p>An estimated 30 campers were stranded in Napali Coast State Wilderness Park over the weekend. <a href="http://www.kauai.gov/Portals/0/Mayor/PIO/7PMUPDATE_4.18.18.pdf?ver=2018-04-18-193749-803" target="_blank">According to the governor’s office</a>, emergency responders have airlifted 425 people out of the area.</p><p>While several homes were washed away, no major injuries were reported from the flooding. Roads and bridges remain closed.</p><p>State health officials have warned residents in the affected parts of Kauai to avoiding cooking or drinking tap water due to a damaged main line.</p><p>Tourists planning on visiting Kauai in the upcoming weeks should <a href="https://www.gohawaii.com/islands/kauai" target="_blank">check the official tourism site for updates</a> on conditions. <a href="https://www.hawaiianairlines.com/alerts/kauai-flooding-travel-waiver" target="_blank">Hawaiian Airlines is waiving change fees</a> for passengers affected by the flooding.</p>
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Icelandair Just Debuted a Transatlantic Beer

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 17:51
<p>Icelandair gets creative when it comes to giving things names.</p><p>Its planes honor glaciers, volcanoes and other natural wonders found in Iceland. And headrest covers inform passengers that Thor, Frigg, Odin, Freyja, or some other Norse god or goddess may have just vacated that business class seat.</p><p>Now the airline has a bespoke craft beer that was created to honor its new aircraft and the journeys it will take.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/video/360-video-of-iceland" target="_blank">Take a Virtual Vacation Through the Best of Iceland</a></p><p>The first cans of Icelandair’s aptly named 737 Transatlantic IPA were cracked open last week on a celebratory, scenic return-flight from Reykjavik on the carrier’s first Boeing 737 MAX, which is named Jökulsárlon in honor of a glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland. The plane is quiet and fuel-efficient, with Boeing’s Sky Interior, which boasts newly designed windows, ambient LED lighting and large overhead compartments.</p><p>The special-edition pale ale was created at Boyne Brewhouse in Ireland and is made from European malts and hops from the Pacific Northwest, which is where Boeing is also brewing up the next fifteen 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft Icelandair will add to its transatlantic fleet over the next four years.</p><p>While the Jökulsárlon 737 MAX is now in service (with <a href="https://www.icelandair.com/blog/iceland-by-air/" target="_blank">a photo competition underway</a> for those who spot the new plane), the 737 Transatlantic IPA won’t cycle onto the in-flight menu and into the carrier’s Saga Lounge at Keflavik International airport until May 30. When it does, it will be available for about four months.</p><p>While the beer has a catchy name, how will it stand up to challenge of tickling taste buds at 30,000 feet?</p><img alt="Sigurður Helgason, Icelandair's past CEO and Bjorgolfur Johannsson, Icelandair's current President and CEO, toast the new plane with cans of the new 737 Transatlantic IPA. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524164456/icelandair-ceos-flight-beer-IPAICELAND0418.jpg?itok=-wArup5K"><p>“The 737 Transatlantic IPA has extra fruity hops, a good strong color, a nice viscosity and a good head on it,” said <a href="http://foodrepublic.com" target="_blank">FoodRepublic.com</a>’s Jess Kapadia, who tasted the beer inflight, “I could taste pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of banana. It’s a strong, classic IPA that reminds me of Pacific style IPA, which is a wonderful style to emulate.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/iceland-when-to-see-northern-lights" target="_blank">How to See the Northern Lights in Iceland</a></p><p>Icelandair’s new beer is not only tasty, it will deliver a kick. While most beers are less than 5 percent ABV (alcohol percent by volume), the 737 Transatlantic IPA has an airline-requested ABV of 7.37 percent.</p><p>“That’s much higher than usual,” said Kapadia. “But that’s nice is you want to take a nap on your flight. And if you’re going to be flying transatlantic, you might just want to.”</p>
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Virgin Atlantic Is So British, They’re Bringing High Tea to the Skies

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 17:24
<p>For a true Brit, tea time doesn’t stop at 40,000 feet.</p><p>British airline <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/virgin-atlantic-love-corner-freedom-suites" target="_blank">Virgin Atlantic</a> announced that it will begin serving afternoon high tea to customers in all classes of service.</p><p>In partnership with celebrity French patissier Eric Lanlard, the airline will serve tea on its daytime flights. Those in business and first class will be able to take their high tea at the onboard cocktail bar to keep things festive. Those in economy and premium economy can take tea — with sandwiches, scones and macarons from Lanlard, of course — at their seats.</p><p>“It’s the first time that Eric has partnered with an airline, and I think our customers are going to love it,” Daniel Kerzner, the airline’s vice president of customer experience, said in a statement.</p><p>The airline will start “test flights” this month to perfect the service before a full launch in late summer.</p><p>Those with access to the Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow Clubhouse will have access to a complimentary luxury high tea, beginning April 23. At tea time (from 3 to 5:30 p.m.), those in the lounge can dine on a tea menu created by Eric Lanlard, including smoked salmon on a mini croissant, savory tarts and a selection of scones with clotted cream. And of course there’s <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/wine/man-sues-airline-champagne-sparkling-wine" target="_blank">champagne</a>.</p>
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Meet Winston and Churchill, the Adorable Mascots of This Los Angeles Hotel

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 16:23
<p>A vacation in a luxurious suite is a treat in itself, but an amazing vacation gets even better when you can share it with man’s best friend.</p><p>At The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, two English bulldogs named <a href="http://www.thelondonwesthollywood.com/winston-and-churchill-en.html" target="_blank">Winston and Churchill</a>, after the former British Prime Minister, are happy to make your stay complete.</p><img alt="The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills Bulldog Mascot Puppies "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524166805/london-west-hollywood-bulldog-puppies-BULLDOGUEST0418.jpg?itok=g4k9jnh3"><p>The adorable pups are official mascots of the hotel, and guests are free to play with the adorable “rascals” (as the hotel calls them on Instagram) if they wish.</p><img alt="The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills Bulldog Mascot Puppies "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524166805/london-west-hollywood-bulldog-puppy-BULLDOGUEST0418.jpg?itok=YDvGcv5o"><p>If you were to stay at The London, you would probably spot them taking walks on the grounds, playing in the hotel’s Hampton Court, or lounging by the pool.</p><p>They probably have the easiest job at the hotel. Hands — or paws — down.</p><img alt="The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills Bulldog Mascot Puppies "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524166805/london-west-hollywood-bulldog-pool-BULLDOGUEST0418.jpg?itok=PzaNaPlm"><p>Animal lovers are especially welcome at the London. Because it’s not really a family vacation unless the entire family is there, the London allows guests to bring their dogs, up to 30 pounds, to the rooms.</p><img alt="The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills Bulldog Mascot Puppies "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524166805/london-hotel-hollywood-dog-menu-BULLDOGUEST0418.jpg?itok=tHrgUHVj"><p>The kitchen also has dog friendly meals of wet and dry food, or prepared dishes of chicken and rice, or vegetarian meals made with apples and lentils -- among other ingredients dogs love.</p><img alt="The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills Bulldog Mascot Puppies "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524166805/london-hotel-hollywood-mascot-BULLDOGUEST0418.jpg?itok=_rmWloTm"><p>Even more adorable photos of Winston and Churchill can be found on the hotel’s <a href="https://twitter.com/thelondonweho" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/thelondonweho" target="_blank">Instagram</a> accounts. You can also see videos of the pups’ first days at the hotel on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLondonHotelWeHo/videos" target="_blank">YouTube</a>.</p>
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Meghan Markle's 'Suits' Character Is About to Get Married Too, and We Got a Sneak Peek (Video)

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 16:01
<p>The world is finally getting another glimpse of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/megan-markle-wedding-dress-designer-guide-to-london" target="_blank">Meghan Markle in a wedding dress</a> thanks to the teaser video for next week’s season finale of <em>Suits</em><i>.</i></p><p>In the clip, Markle’s character Rachel Zane walks down the aisle to wed her fictional fiancé Mike Ross, played by Patrick Adams.</p><p>In the short clip, Mike can be seen waiting at the altar with best man Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht).</p><p>“I can’t believe it – this could really happen,” Rachel says. Then, in the next scene the pair are seen holding hands inside a church. Mike says, “I've wanted to marry you from the second I met you.” Rachel lovingly replies, “You are the husband I've always wanted. I love you, and always will.”</p><p>In the clip fans also get their first glimpse of Markle’s TV wedding dress, which appears to be a flowing, a-line, spaghetti-strap dress with just enough glitz and glitter to make her character, Rachel, truly stand out.</p><p>In a 2016 clip with <i>Hello Canada</i>, Markle gave fans a sneak peek at picking out Rachel’s wedding dress alongside Jessica Mulroney, marketing and fashion director of Kleinfeld Canada. In the video the pair go over several of Rachel’s options. And honestly, each and every one would look stunning on Markle for her big day.</p><p>The on-screen nuptials will air in a two-part episode, which will also mark the end of Markle’s acting career. Sadly, her run on television has to come to an end because on May 19 she will walk down the aisle in real life to wed Prince Harry at a lavish ceremony at <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-harry-wedding-st-georges-chapel-windsor-castle" target="_blank">St. George’s chapel inside Windsor Castle</a>. She will then commit herself to being a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-baptism-church-of-england" target="_blank">full-time royal</a>.</p><p>At the wedding, the bride and groom are expected to be joined by members of the royal family, including Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their two older children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.</p><p>Moreover, the pair will be joined by more than 2,000 members of the public, who have been <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/royal-wedding-special-guests-revealed" target="_blank">hand-picked to join in the day’s festivities</a> thanks to their contributions to their local communities. Hopefully everyone there (and those of us watching on TV) will get just as good a view of the dress she selects for her off-screen fairy tale moment, too.</p>
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T+L Editor in Chief Nathan Lump Visits Buenos Aires' Casa Cavia

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 14:42
<p><em>Travel + Leisure</em>'s Editor in Chief Nathan Lump visits Buenos Aires' Casa Cavia.</p>
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Save 30% on Your Stay at B Historic in Savannah This Year

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 12:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><strong>travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</strong></a></em></p><p>Savannah: At least 30 percent off at <a href="http://bit.ly/2qkgmqs" target="_blank">B Historic</a>, a chic modern boutique hotel that’s retained its Southern charm. The on-site restaurant, Kitchen 320, serves dishes such as hoe cakes and field peas and skirt steak and collard greens.</p><p>The B Captivated deal includes:</p>Two nights in a Captivating SuiteAmerican breakfast for two every morning of your stayTwo tickets to the Savannah Historical Figures Tour<p>Original Price: From $538 (or $269 per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $326 (or $163 per night); book by June 30 for travel through December 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: <a href="http://bit.ly/2qkgmqs" target="_blank">Book online</a> or call 866-755-2622 and mention Travel + Leisure.</p>
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The Lyrid Meteor Shower Is Peaking This Weekend — Here's How to See It

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 11:01
<p>Stargazers are getting quite a gift this weekend because the oldest meteor shower in our galaxy, the Lyrid meteor shower, is reaching its most radiant peak.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/lyrid-meteor-shower-2018-how-to-watch" target="_blank">Lyrid meteor shower began April 16</a> and will continue through April 25, but it appears this weekend will be prime time for meteor viewing.</p><img alt="This long-exposure photograph taken on April 23, 2015 on Earth Day shows Lyrids meteors shower passing near the Milky Way in the clear night sky of Thanlyin, nearly 14miles away from Yango "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524069532/Lyrids-milky-way-METEORS0418.jpg?itok=hc95akjk"><p>According to Accuweather, the meteor shower is expected to peak this Saturday evening into Sunday morning, just in time for <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/greenest-places-on-earth" target="_blank">Earth Day</a>. Then, the Lyrid meteor shower will bring with it as many as 20 meteors streaking across the night sky every hour.</p><p>“The Lyrid meteor shower will be the first significant meteor shower in a few months,” AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said. He added that the best night to view the Lyrids is Saturday, April 21, though some meteors will still be visible well into Sunday night.</p><p>To get your best chance at seeing the intergalactic show, Samuhel said to look to the sky after midnight when the radiant — the area in the sky from which the meteors originate — is highest in the sky.</p><p>And as <a href="http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-lyrid-meteor-shower" target="_blank">EarthSky</a> explained, the showers got their name because if you trace the paths of all the Lyrid meteors backward into their center, they will all seem to radiate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the star <a href="http://earthsky.org/tonightpost/brightest-stars/vega-brilliant-blue-white-is-third-brightest-star" target="_blank">Vega</a>.</p><p>"Lay back and get as much of the sky in your view as possible, and just wait," Samuhel said.</p><p>As with all stargazing, it’s crucial for people looking to view the meteor shower to get out of the city or even their town and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/dark-skies-skyglow" target="_blank">find the darkest area possible</a> with minimal light pollution. The best locations to view the stars, Accuweather explained, will be across much of the northeastern and southwestern United States, where the sky is expected to be primarily clear. Thankfully, the waxing moon won’t interfere too much with viewing the meteors either.</p>
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The Mastermind Behind the NYC's Hippest Boutique Shares Her Perfect New York Day

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:48
<p>Leave it to Laure Heriard Dubreuil to get New Yorkers to wear color. The doyenne of high fashion launched the luxury emporium the Webster in Miami in 2009, stocking playful yet refined pieces from high-end labels like Balenciaga and Chloé. Last year Heriard Dubreuil brought South Beach glamour to New York City with the opening of the store’s fifth outpost. Here, the French-born entrepreneur shares her secrets for scoring the best home décor, streetwear, and vintage finds across Manhattan and Brooklyn.</p><h2>SoHo/West Village/East Village</h2><img alt="Trico Field shop in New York "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523991806/trico-field-shop-soho-new-york-LAURESHOPS0418.jpg?itok=uQVV1-22"><p>It’s two blocks from the Webster to the <a href="https://theline.com/" target="_blank">Apartment by the Line</a>, one of my favorite boutiques. It’s well curated by my friend Vanessa Traina, and I can always count on leaving with a pair of Khaite jeans and an assortment of Rodin face oils. I have a four-year-old son, so <a href="http://tricofield.net/" target="_blank">Trico Field</a>, a children’s clothing store on West Broadway, is another go-to. It carries things you can’t find elsewhere: patchwork jeans, thick-gauge sweaters, and T-shirts with surprising details like a funky trim or paint splotches.</p><p>I like to break up a day of shopping with a stop for juice or a salad at <a href="http://clovergrocery.com" target="_blank">Clover Grocery</a>, an upscale sister market to Café Clover in the West Village. It feels like something you’d find in Los Angeles — it sells truffled honey and spiced popcorn. If I’m in the East Village, I’ll stop at <a href="https://www.johnderian.com/" target="_blank">John Derian Co.</a> for antiques, ceramics, candles, and other beautiful gifts, then <a href="http://metropolisvintageonline.com/" target="_blank">Metropolis</a> for cool vintage T-shirts and sweatshirts.</p><h2>Flatiron/Murray Hill</h2><p><a href="https://www.marlenewetherell.com/" target="_blank">Marlene Wetherell</a> on West 25th Street is another of my favorite vintage stores. You have to dig, but I always turn up treasures like an Yves Saint Laurent blazer or a Gucci handbag. <a href="https://newyork.doverstreetmarket.com/" target="_blank">Dover Street Market New York</a> on Lexington Avenue at East 30th Street feels like a fashion funhouse. It has ever-changing art installations and an amazing collection of jewelry. I never leave without having a slice of lemon-polenta cake at Rose Bakery on the ground floor.</p><h2>Upper East Side</h2><img alt="Pointy Snout Caviar at Clover Grocery in New York "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523991806/clover-grocery-creel-and-gow-shops-new-york-LAURESHOPS0418.jpg?itok=lEQtpJsZ"><p>After that little pick-me-up, I’m ready to head uptown to <a href="http://www.therow.com/" target="_blank">the Row</a> on East 71st Street. The high-end clothing boutique is set inside a glorious, three-story town house and has the most incredible rotating art collection. In addition to elegant, impeccably cut pieces, it has a small but strong vintage selection. From there, I like to pop in to Creel &amp; Gow, a curiosity shop between Park and Lexington Avenues. My friend Jamie Creel is a world traveler and avid collector, and I’ve been fortunate to accompany him on shopping trips to Mozambique, Spain, and Egypt. I’m in awe of the one-of-a-kind objects he turns up, from ceramics and taxidermy to tiles and precious stones.</p><h2>Williamsburg</h2><p>On the weekend, my family and I like to go to <a href="http://www.supremenewyork.com/" target="_blank">Supreme Brooklyn</a>. It’s the just-opened sibling to the cult skater store in Nolita. I browse the racks of elevated streetwear with my husband — we especially love the logo tees. And the store has its own skateboard bowl, which keeps my son entertained.</p><p><strong>Spotlight: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://thewebster.us" target="_blank">The Webster</a></p><p>The six-story shop in SoHo blends New York glamour with South Beach pizzazz (pink terrazzo floors, a life-size bronze flamingo). But it’s the surprising mix of designer threads that captures the imagination. Yeezy sweatshirts are juxtaposed with Lisa Marie Fernandez sundresses and Isa Arfen cropped floral trousers, while the Art Deco–inspired shoe salon carries platform Vetements boots and Gucci pool slides. For the ultimate VIP treatment, opt for a blowout at the fifth-floor David Mallett salon.</p>
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Cannabis Laws Are About to Change in the Netherlands (Video)

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:31
<p>The Dutch are reining in their traditionally loose laws regarding public marijuana consumption. This week, the Hague became the first Dutch city to outlaw smoking cannabis in the city center.</p><p>After complaints from residents, it is no longer legal to smoke pot in 13 designated places, including the city’s major shopping areas and central railway station. The ban will be enacted within two weeks and will stand for two years, after which time it will be re-evaluated.</p><p>Coffee shops, hotels, and homeless shelters will distribute flyers (in English) to explain the new policy.</p><p>A spokesperson for The Hague <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/16/the-hague-bans-marijuana-smoking-in-city-centre" target="_blank">told <em>The Guardian</em></a> that “the use of soft drugs has a negative impact on the living environment of residents and visitors” in the places where the ban will be enacted. Alcohol consumption has already been banned in these areas.</p><p>Those caught violating the ban will be subject to a fine, cost determined by public prosecutor.</p><p>Dutch marijuana regulations operate in a bit of a loophole. Although recreational cannabis use is not legal, the country has <em>gedoogbeleid</em> (tolerance policy). There are 573 coffeeshops across the country which openly sell marijuana. Cannabis is openly sold in 103 out of the 380 Dutch municipalities, including major tourist cities like The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.</p><p>However, policy towards marijuana has changed in recent years. Because of both stronger strains of the drug and less-culturally-aware tourists, the Netherlands is becoming more strict. Coffeeshops along the country’s border are banned from selling marijuana to tourists. In 2012, the country tried to enact a plan that would restrict cannabis sales to Dutch residents (dubbed the “weed pass”), however that has not progressed.</p>
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We Tried Out an All-Female Wellness Cruise in Thailand by Clothing Brand Free People

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:18
<p>The best way to get over jet lag is by working out. I learned this firsthand, after flying 24 hours to reach Phuket, Thailand, where I then boarded a 40-foot catamaran for a weeklong wellness cruise in the Andaman Sea.</p><p>I wasn’t alone. There were four other women, all in their 20s and 30s, on this retreat run by <a href="https://www.freepeople.com/fpescapes/" target="_blank">FP Escapes</a>, the two-year-old tour operator arm of a popular clothing company. Free People targets millennial women (think boho-floral blouses and ripped denim), and these wellness-themed small-group trips do the same. They happen every three months, with the dates released just two months before departure; past Escapes have ranged from a multi-day hike in Peru to a surf camp in Nicaragua. But no matter where in the world they take place, clean eating, daily workouts, and bonding with like-minded travelers are part of the routine.</p><p>For my trip, Free People had partnered with the Brooklyn-based <a href="http://www.sailingcollective.com" target="_blank">Sailing Collective</a>, another outfitter that embraces the millennial mind-set. The four-year-old company offers charter and group sails that are meant to feel like laid-back, mobile parties at sea. The crew consisted of Lilly Cardenas, our flaxen-haired captain; London-based chef Katja Tausig; and personal trainer Dara Hart, who works with several Victoria’s Secret Angels at the famous Manhattan boxing gym, Dogpound. Free People added little upgrades to the boat’s décor, such as below-deck rugs in the shape of watermelons, cups from India, and a water bottle turned floral centerpiece with the phrase <em>Always believe in yourself</em> written across it. The double-occupancy cabins were cozy but comfortable.</p><img alt="Sailing trip with Free People Escapes in Thailand "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524004172/free-people-escapes-sailboat-FREEPEOPLE0818.jpg?itok=ERDYJPXb"><p>Bright and early our first full day, when I might otherwise be succumbing to the 12-hour time difference with naps and carbohydrates, Cardenas sailed past towering, castle-like limestone formations to a deserted stretch of beach. There, Hart led us through an hour-long boot camp of burpees, boxing drills, ab crunches, and “crabs,” a move that involved walking up and down the beach with rubber workout bands around our ankles, calves, or knees. Hart smiled the whole time, hardly skipping a beat as she exercised along with us. I, on the other hand, grunted and chugged water. When Cardenas came by in a dinghy to pick us up, I felt like a castaway who had been rescued at last.</p><p>We came back to a massive brunch of coconut sticky rice with mango, pineapple, and tiny sweet bananas; homemade granola and yogurt; and vermicelli noodle salad with mint and cucumbers. The beauty of kicking off the trip this way was that my mind wasn’t in a jet-lagged fog. I felt bright and energetic, and spent the rest of the day getting to know everyone. Bonding happens fast when you’re sharing a cabin with a stranger (and if you prefer to bunk alone, be sure to submit a request in advance). My fellow travelers included a semiprofessional snowboarder from L.A., a furniture maker and yoga enthusiast from Chicago, and a publicist from Brooklyn. They were the kind of independent women who had aged out of the backpacker scene, but would have been restless staying in a luxury hotel.</p><img alt="On board with Free People Escapes in Thailand "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524004172/free-people-escapes-boat-thailand-FREEPEOPLE0818.jpg?itok=a7C7yDfQ"><p>Tausig observed that our group was not hung up on documenting every moment on social media, a habit she’s seen plague way too many travelers. While I’ll cop to taking shots of myself in a hammock or walking among twisted roots of mangroves, photo ops were definitely not the reason I’d come. With eight women let loose on the high seas, there was something of a jovial girl-gang vibe and purpose to the voyage. A Russian guy in a boat called Not@Work asked Cardenas one afternoon where our male representation was. “We don’t have any,” she said and laughed a little wildly.</p><img alt="View of Thailand on a Free People Escapes curated trip "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524004172/free-people-escapes-thailand-FREEPEOPLE0818.jpg?itok=_YihrXVJ"><p>We all fell into a rhythm of the strenuous morning workouts, one of which was so difficult that at least one woman threw up. Sure, I sometimes wished for more easygoing downward dogs and shoulder stands instead of suicide sprints and push-ups. But I also told myself that Hart was a pro — I was here to follow her lead. And when the cool down involved swimming in the Andaman and a mid-morning spread of frittatas or turmeric porridge, I had something to look forward to. In the afternoons, we visited places like the caves in Koh Hong Phang Nga, filled with stalactites and hundreds of bats. We also took trips to various lagoons, where we could dive right off the boat and see tropical fish in every hue of the rainbow.</p><img alt="On a boat in Thailand during a Free People Escapes-led trip "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524004172/free-people-escapes-sunny-boat-FREEPEOPLE0818.jpg?itok=83g4t6Q8"><p>On our last night, Hart led us through a trippy kundalini yoga class of breath work and meditation. As Tausig served us grilled pumpkin and spicy soup for dinner, talk turned to gratitude. “What are you most thankful for right now?” Hart asked. It was the sort of conversation that might ordinarily feel contrived, but not after a week of traveling with women who were reading books like <em>You Are a Badass</em>. This was my new family unit. “Thank you for checking your egos at the door,” Cardenas said, as we made our way around the table giving thanks.</p><p>“Are we all okay with getting up early for one last workout?” Hart asked. I groaned internally, but agreed that another hour of suffering through squats would be a good idea before my flight to New York. I arrived home tired and thrilled to take a long shower, but I already missed my lavishly prepared tropical fruit plates and my gang of lady pirates.</p><p><em>FP Escapes weeklong wellness retreats are approximately $3,000 per person, all-inclusive; for a full schedule of upcoming retreats, visit <a href="http://www.fpescapes.com" target="_blank">fpescapes.com</a>. Sailing Collective group sailings start at $2,400 per person, all-inclusive, double occupancy. For upcoming sailings, visit <a href="http://www.sailingcollective.com" target="_blank">sailingcollective.com</a>.</em></p><p><em>This content was produced with assistance from FP Escapes. </em></p>
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Stay at This Family-friendly Resort Just Outside Houston for Only $133 Per Night

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:01
<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="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><strong>travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</strong></a></em></p><p>Texas: 30 percent off <a href="http://www.woodlandsresort.com/" target="_blank">Woodlands Resort</a>, a modern family-friendly property nestled within 28,000 acres of forest but just a shuttle ride from downtown Houston. The property also features a water park, numerous hiking and biking trails, and a pampering spa that offers nature-inspired treatments.</p><p>This Sweet Summer deal includes:</p>30 percent off any room categoryA day of activities for two people, including stand-up paddle boarding, kayak and, bike rentals<p>Original Price: From $190 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price: </strong>From $133 per night; book by May 31 for travel from May 20 – September 9, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Use booking code NP02 <a href="http://www.woodlandsresort.com/" target="_blank">when booking online</a>.</p>
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This Is What Kanye West Means When He Says We Need to 'Amangiri the World'

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 09:58
<p>In the last week, Kanye West has made his return to Twitter, recording his stream of consciousness, doling out life advice, and dropping news about his upcoming projects. Thursday he announced his long-anticipated new albums are coming this summer. And today in Kanye tweets, he decided we need to "Aman Giri" the world.</p><p>Twitter followers and fans unfamiliar with the world of five-star travel may be wondering what he means exactly, so let us break it down.</p><p>Amangiri, as it is correctly spelled, is a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Glen-Canyon-National-Recreation-Area-Hotels-Amangiri.h3025100.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">luxury resort in Canyon Point, Utah</a> where Kanye and wife Kim Kardashian West celebrated her birthday this past October and where <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/emily-ratajkowski-honeymoon-amangiri-utah">Emily Ratajkowski spent her recent honeymoon</a>.</p><img alt="Amangiri Resort in Canyon Point, Utah "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524251984/Entrance-Lounge-AMANYE0418.jpg?itok=4u0JIs9E"><p>The allure of Amangiri, an <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/canyon-point/hotels/amangiri" target="_blank">Aman resort</a>, is in the way its design blends with the desert: cement buildings seamlessly mix with the colors of the surrounding rock formations and open up to sweeping views of the natural scenery, making it easy for guests at the 600-acre compound to feel at one with the environment. </p><p>Kanye recently interviewed his interior designer, Axel Vervoordt, for the <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/kanye-west-interviews-his-interior-designer-axel-vervoordt-future-is-here-1100989" target="_blank"><em>Hollywood </em></a><em><a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/kanye-west-interviews-his-interior-designer-axel-vervoordt-future-is-here-1100989">Reporter</a></em> and hinted they may be working on a community development project in Los Angeles together. Their shared philosophy on home design seems to align perfectly with the Amangiri method of connecting humans with nature: "We want to feel the origin of nature, the origin of that mountain and what that mountain wants of a house. It's not the attitude like 'Are we gonna build the house that everybody will see how beautiful it is?' No. I think we're searching for something that belongs to it, that was always there, and that's gonna make it timeless more in the future, but it's also connected to the origin," Vervoordt said in the interview.</p><img alt="Amangiri Resort in Canyon Point, Utah "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524251984/amangiri-swimming-pool-dusk-AMANYE0418.jpg?itok=v4T3LUuO"><img alt="Amangiri Resort in Canyon Point, Utah "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524251984/amangiri-jaala-suite-AMANYE0418.jpg?itok=WN3wfPrg"><p>Anyone who follows Kanye knows he strives to live in a world that is decluttered, simple, and holistic. As he expressed in previous tweets, "distraction is the enemy of vision" and "sometimes you have to get rid of everything."</p><p>I'm here for it.</p>
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