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This Is How You Should Use Your Airplane Oxygen Mask

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 07:53
<p>The frightening and tragic accident on a Southwest Airlines flight on Tuesday, <a href="" target="_blank">in which one passenger died</a>, is an uncomfortable reminder to always pay attention to those pre-flight safety instructions.</p><p>Except for a few minor injuries, the other passengers on the flight were safe and were instructed to use their oxygen masks after the incident. Photos of passengers started circulating shortly after the accident, and it’s pretty easy to see what’s wrong with this picture.</p><p>Many of the passengers did not seem to know how to properly put on their oxygen masks, putting their safety and health at risk. It can be difficult to remember what to do in an emergency, which makes it all the more important to pay attention to safety instructions at the beginning of every flight.</p><p>At tens of thousand feet in the air, the air is thinner and there’s less oxygen, so plane cabins <a href="" target="_blank">use a pressurized system</a> to help people breathe normally. Southwest Flight 1380’s engine malfunctioned at 32,000 feet, causing a window to break and damage to the plane’s fuselage. This also caused a drop in cabin pressure, which, if you’re familiar with pre-flight safety presentations, makes the oxygen masks on most commercial jets drop from above.</p><p>If you ever find yourself in a situation in which you have to use one of these masks, it’s important to remember to always cover <em>both</em> your nose <em>and</em> mouth with the mask, using the elastic straps to tighten it. The mask does not need to be perfectly tight to provide oxygen. Even if the mask seems like it is too small or just more comfortable fitted only on your mouth, using it in this way could affect how much oxygen you get.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Why You Should Start Every Flight With This Pilot's 3-second Safety Trick</a></p><p>According to the FAA, the masks are capable of giving passengers enough oxygen to prevent oxygen deficiencies in emergencies up to 40,000 feet, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>SF Gate</em> reported</a>. However, this is only true when used properly. Breathing only through your mouth can block a sufficient flow of oxygen to your lungs.</p><p>Think of it this way: When you’re hyperventilating, one of the first things you’re told to do is calmly breathe through your nose. The nose is actually the main, direct pathway to the lungs. Using your nose to breathe also creates greater air pressure and gives the lungs more time to extract oxygen from the air, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>Livestrong</em></a>. Mouth breathing is considered inefficient, and can actually cause hyperventilation, rather than prevent it.</p><p>Hopefully, you’ll never have to use the skills provided in pre-flight safety presentations. But just in case, make sure you pay attention on your next flight.</p>
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Disneyland Is Hiring, and Holding Two Job Fairs in May

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 07:18
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland</a> will be holding two job fairs in May for people who are eager to find jobs in the hospitality industry.</p><p>The first job fair will be a general <a href="" target="_blank">Anaheim Resort Job Fair</a>, held at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel on May 3, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT. The second will be for housekeeping and laundry positions only, held at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel &amp; Spa on May 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., <a href="" target="_blank">ABC 7 reported</a>.</p><p>Disneyland is a major employer in the Orange County, California area. The park most famously employs performers for characters, but also hires thousands of hospitality workers, security, and food service workers.</p><p>And if you don’t want to wait around for the job fair, there are also several open positions that can be applied for online.</p><p>More information about current Disneyland park job postings can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Jobs website</a>.</p>
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Everything We Know About What Went Wrong on Southwest Flight 1380 (Video)

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 06:10
<p>Southwest Flight 1380 <a href="" target="_blank">made a dramatic emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday</a> afternoon after an engine malfunctioned mid-flight and a piece of shrapnel broke a window. One passenger was sucked toward the open window as passengers pulled her back and performed CPR. She died Tuesday afternoon at a Philadelphia hospital.</p><p>About 20 minutes after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport, a blade from the engine of a Boeing 737-700 separated from the engine and smashed a hole in the aircraft. In a press conference, National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt said there was evidence of “metal fatigue” at the point of the engine where the blade meets the hub.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">woman killed was Jennifer Riordan</a>, an executive at Wells Fargo, in New Mexico, and a mother of two.</p><p>This was the first fatal incident on a U.S. passenger airline since 2009.</p><p>Seven passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene. There were 144 passengers and five crew members onboard the flight.</p><p>Tammie Jo Shults piloted the aircraft to the ground, calmly alerting air traffic control “We have a part of the aircraft missing.” Over the course of five minutes, the plane dropped altitude from 31,684 feet to about 10,000 feet.</p><p>“The pilot was a veteran of the Navy,” <a href="" target="_blank">passenger Kathy Farnan told CNN</a>. "She had 32 years in — a woman. And she was very good.” Fellow passengers praised the pilot’s technical skill and professionalism after the landing.</p><p>The NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have launched investigations into the incident. The NTSB has received the flight data recorder and voice cockpit recorder from the aircraft. Investigations could last up to 15 months.</p><p>Last month, a <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest flight made an emergency landing</a> in New Mexico after smoke was reported in the cabin. Two people were hospitalized.</p><p>Southwest announced that it will examine engines in its fleet for signs of similar fatigue over the next 30 days.</p>
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Forget Overwater Bungalows — an Underwater Villa Is Opening in the Maldives

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:03
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Overwater bungalows</a> are so 2017. Now, it’s all about the underwater experience.</p><p>On Tuesday, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Conrad Maldives Rangali Island</a> announced that it will finish work on what it claims will be the world’s first undersea residence of its kind by the end of 2018.</p><p>The residence will allow guests to quite literally immerse themselves in an underwater world in the Indian Ocean. It will join the brand’s undersea restaurant, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ithaa</a>, as yet another pioneering travel experience.</p><img alt="Conrad Maldives Undersea Villa "src=""><p>According to the hotel, the undersea residence will go by the name <a href="" target="_blank">Muraka</a>, which means coral in Dhivehi, the language of Maldivians. </p><p>Muraka, the hotel added, is designed to blend into its undersea environment, allowing guests to become one with the vibrant and diverse ocean life surrounding them.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">You Can Do Underwater Yoga Surrounded by Tropical Fish in the Maldives</a></p><p>“Driven by our inspiration to deliver innovative and transformative experiences to our global travelers, the world’s first undersea residence encourages guests to explore the Maldives from an entirely new perspective below the surface of the sea,” Ahmed Saleem, director at Crown Company and chief architect and designer of the undersea residence, said in a statement. </p><p>The structure will be two levels comprised of an above sea level floor and an undersea suite designed for sleeping 16.4 feet below the ocean’s surface. The undersea suite features a king-size bedroom, living area, bathroom, and spiral staircase that leads to the upper-level living room.</p><img alt="Conrad Maldives Undersea Villa "src=""><p>In the upper level of the residence guests will find a twin-size bedroom, bathroom, powder room, gym, butler’s quarters, private security quarters, integrated living room, kitchen, bar, and dining room, which also features a deck that faces the direction of the sunset for optimal views.</p><img alt="Conrad Maldives Undersea Villa "src=""><p>But, have no fear, guests will still get great views of the sunrise too thanks to the relaxation deck on the opposite side of the villa, which also comes complete with its own infinity pool.</p><p>The upper level also contains an additional king-size bedroom and bathroom that boasts an ocean-facing bathtub. In total, Muraka can accommodate up to nine guests.</p><p>“We are excited to present Muraka’s unique sleeping under the sea experience to our future guests, providing them with an extraordinary seascape of the Maldives from an entirely new perspective,” Stefano Ruzza, general manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, added.</p><p>And if you can’t book this suite that’s ok because the resort also features even more thoughtfully designed villas and suites, 12 award-winning restaurants and bars, two spas, and a selection of culturally inspired experiences, including scuba diving and snorkeling, set against the awe-inspiring nature that the Maldives has to offer.</p>
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The Perfect 'Mary Poppins' Travel Bag, According to a Pop Star on Tour

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:31
<p>In the final days of Betty Who’s headlining tour across North America — which included shows in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Atlanta, and Orlando — the Australian-born singer-songwriter took time to open up her suitcase for <i>Travel + Leisure.</i></p><p>What's inside? A collection of practical toiletries, a cozy sweatshirt that doubles as a do-not-disturb sign, and even a nostalgic gift that she's never taken out. </p><p><strong>Travel + Leisure: Tell us about your suitcase.</strong></p><p>Betty Who: “When I was 19, I saw Zoe Saldana in an airport carrying a <a href="" target="_blank">Louis Vuitton monogrammed weekender</a> roller bag. When I signed my record deal a year or so later, I went and bought myself one. I take it everywhere with me.”</p><p><strong>What do you love about it?</strong></p><p>“It's a Mary Poppins bag. I have no idea how but it is the perfect size for a four-day trip, no matter where in the world I'm going. It also is a perfect size for my laptop, which never fits in any of my backpacks. [My]<b> </b>best friend gave me an N*SYNC pin of JC Chasez and it's lived in that bag now for three years. It always makes me smile when I open it.”</p><p><strong>Window or aisle?</strong></p><p>“Window, always.”</p><p><strong>What are a few items you always pack in your carry-on bag?</strong></p><p>“An oversized scarf (my favorite is the <a href="" target="_blank">Aritzia Wilfred Mosaic Blanket Scarf</a>). My fiancé makes fun of my <a href="" target="_blank">blanket scarf collection</a> until he's freezing on a seven-hour plane ride and I can bundle him up.</p><p>I'll always pack a pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hanky Panky underwear</a> because you never know when you'll get stuck somewhere, and I <a href="" target="_blank">wear T-shirts on planes</a> because you never know if you'll be sweating or freezing — so I always pack a sweatshirt in my carry-on (I wear my own “Ignore Me” sweatshirt in black a lot on planes because it's so comfortable).</p><p>I learned the hard way that you always want to dress in and pack layers when flying. So these items prepare me for getting stuck overnight somewhere unexpectedly [and] the ever-changing temperature on a plane. It's also a great way to travel in between climates.”</p><p><strong>What about toiletries?</strong></p><p>“I always travel with a small, see-through bag of my face wash and lotion [with SPF], a travel-sized <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Oribe texturizing spray</a>, a tube of mascara, and a tube of <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";qid=1523647419&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=lucas%27%2Bpapaw%2Bointment&amp;dpID=31cRggPNZpL&amp;preST=_SY300_QL70_&amp;dpSrc=srch&amp;th=1" target="_blank">Lucas Papaw Ointment</a>.”</p><img alt="Betty Who "src=""><p><strong>What else do you consider an essential for your carry-on bag?</strong></p><p>“I love my <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";qid=1523647479&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=ipad+pro&amp;dpID=41XNzG1wfzL&amp;preST=_SY445_QL70_&amp;dpSrc=srch" target="_blank">iPad Pro</a>. It's the same screen size as a laptop, but weighs nothing and is so easy to use. Perfect for a constant traveler like me. It has a screen protector that also unfolds into a keyboard and I can download endless Netflix shows for long flights.”</p><p><strong>You’re really dedicated to wellness — how do you stay fit and healthy on the road?</strong></p><p>“My go-to snack is a tub of Fage Greek Yogurt and some walnuts and berries. It's high protein, high in good fats, and is quick and easy but doesn't make me feel awful after. I'll eat this post show most nights on tour.</p><p>We also spend about an hour before every show warming up which includes lots of planks, squats, <i>chaturangas,</i> and TRX band rows.”</p><p><strong>This tour has brought you all over — do you have a favorite destination you love performing in?</strong></p><p>“I always love playing <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, of course, because I have so many friends who come out to the shows. But honestly, my favorite cities might be Minneapolis and Chicago. I love playing in the Midwest.”</p><p><strong>What destination is at the top of your bucket list?</strong></p><p>“I have never been to <a href="" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a> so I'm dying to go ride bikes and wander around with my soon-to-be husband. We love exploring cities by walking, so that's definitely top of our list.”</p><p><strong>When you’re on a plane, what’s playing in <a href="" target="_blank">your headphones</a>?</strong></p><p>“I've recently had a few of my friends make me playlists of their favorite music of all time, so I've been delving deep into those any chance I get. My best friend Sara's [playlist] has a lot of Alison Krauss and Bon Iver, so it's one of my favorites.”</p><p><strong>You were born in Australia. Do you visit often?</strong></p><p>“I don't visit enough, that's for sure.”</p><p><strong>What’s the one travel tip you would give first-time visitors?</strong></p><p>“The thing I miss the most is absolutely Australian breakfast. Scrambled eggs, mushrooms, a baked or grilled tomato, baked beans, and toast with butter, vegemite, and avocado. It's the first thing I [eat] when I land in Sydney.”</p><p><strong>If you had to spend the rest of your life living in one hotel, which one would you choose?</strong></p><p>“<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Plaza in New York City</a>, so I could be just like Eloise.”</p>
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What It Means for a Restaurant to Get a Michelin Star

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:00
<p>In the 2007 Pixar film, <i>Ratatouille</i>, renowned chef Auguste Gusteau dies of heartbreak after his flagship restaurant (named after him) loses a star.</p><p>The animated movie <a href="" target="_blank">drew striking comparisons</a> to the real-life story of Bernard Loiseau: a chef whose suicide in 2003 was linked to rumors that his acclaimed Burgundy restaurant, La Côte d’Or, was in danger of losing a Michelin star. This real-life tragedy — and indeed, even the fictional film about a rodent chef — have cemented the Michelin star’s mystique and gravitas.</p><p>Though the Michelin Guide has simultaneously brought famously unapologetic chef <a href="" target="_blank">Gordon Ramsay</a> to tears, while delivering chef Maxine Meilleur unmeasured joy (“it’s like winning the gold medal in the Olympics”), the restaurant rating system has humble beginnings.</p><p>According to <em>Business Insider</em>, Michelin guides were <a href="" target="_blank">originally a promotional freebie</a> from the eponymous French tire company eager to use any excuse to get drivers behind the wheel, Michelin began sending anonymous inspectors to evaluate restaurants in 1926 and now, more than 90 years later, Michelin is a watchword for excellence, exclusivity, and expense.</p><p>The three Michelin-star ranking is considered the highest accolade in the industry. And yet the guide never presents itself as a list of the best restaurants in the world, an inventory of the top chefs, or even the most expensive meals.</p><h2>What Michelin Stars Actually Mean</h2><p>Unlike other systems ranking luxury or quality in the hospitality industry (which typically use a scale of five stars), the Michelin Guide has only three. In addition to its one to three-star rankings, the Michelin guide also includes restaurants it has highlighted in its “Bib Gourmand” category, as well as those restaurants whose only commendation is their inclusion in the guide. Here’s how Michelin’s five categories break down:</p><h3>The Michelin Plate</h3><p>The least prestigious of Michelin’s categories of recognition, L’Assiette Michelin, or the Michelin Plate, signifies any restaurant included in the Michelin Guide with neither stars nor a “Bib Gourmand” designation. This is not nothing, however. Many restaurants never see the inside of a Michelin Guide, much less a star. The Michelin Plate indicates “restaurants where the inspectors have discovered quality food.” This is a new addition, introduced in the guide’s 2018 edition.</p><h3>Bib Gourmand</h3><p>The second youngest of Michelin’s categories of recognition, the Bib Gourmand ranking dates from 1955. Measuring “quality food at a value price,” it’s essentially Michelin’s inexpensive eats category. Keep in mind that this doesn't mean the restaurants are actually cheap. After all, Michelin inspectors aren't reviewing dollar slices.</p><p>To be considered, the meal must include two courses, a glass of wine, and dessert without exceeding $40 per person. The denomination honors the Michelin Man, whose name (yes, he has a name) Bibendum comes from a famous line from the Roman poet Horace, who wrote, "<em>Nunc est bibendum,</em>” or “Now we must drink.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Road Trip to Every Michelin-starred Restaurant in America</a></p><h3>One Michelin Star</h3><p>Restaurants deemed to be “<em>une très bonne table dans sa catégorie</em>," or a very good restaurant in its category, are awarded with a single Michelin star. Michelin commends these restaurants for offering food at a consistently high standard, and deems them worth a stop if you’re already there.</p><h3>Two Michelin Stars</h3><p>Restaurants judged as having “<em>table excellente, mérite un detour," </em>or excellent cooking worth a detour. Michelin commends these restaurants for offering exceptional cuisine, with skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality. According to Michelin, you'll want to go out of your way to have a meal there.</p><h2>Three Michelin Stars</h2><p>Restaurants recognized for “<em>une des meilleures tables, vaut le voyage," </em>which translates to exceptional cuisine worth a special journey. Michelin commends these restaurants as places that feed guests extremely well, often superbly, and serve distinctive dishes executed from superlative ingredients. Basically, the guide says these <a href="" target="_blank">restaurants are worth traveling for</a>. </p><h2>Who Makes the Michelin Guide?</h2><p>More mysterious than the Michelin Guide’s criteria for selection are the people who make those decisions. A team of 120 anonymous inspectors work in 23 different countries around the world, traveling three out of every four weeks (every night at a new hotel) and eating both lunch as well as dinner out while on the road.</p><p>Michelin covers the costs of their inspector’s travel, but not that of any guests or companions. On average, a Michelin inspector drives over 18,000 miles a year and eats at 240 different restaurants.</p><p>Restaurants listed in the Michelin Guide are visited once every 18 months, unless they are being considered for a change in status. One-star restaurants will receive four visits in a single year if they are to receive a second star, and two-star restaurants will be visited ten times if they are to receive three.</p><h2>What Michelin Gets Right — and Wrong</h2><p>The Michelin Guide is no stranger to criticisms that they are Francocentric, that they are limited by their geography-based guides, and that <a href="" target="_blank">they are biased towards expensive</a> or “fancy” restaurants.</p><p>A casual analysis of Michelin rankings does give these observations some merit. France has the most Michelin stars in the world, with 600 starred restaurants — nearly 200 more than second-place Japan and almost twice as many as Italy, in third. (French food is really very good. But is it that good?)</p><p>Moreover, restaurants in areas without Michelin Guides — no matter how good they are — will never receive Michelin stars. And a Venn diagram of four-dollar sign restaurants and three-Michelin star restaurants would show a Michelin island surrounded by a very costly sea. (Not all expensive restaurants have three Michelin stars, but all restaurants with three Michelin stars are expensive.)</p><p>“It is all about the food,” Rebecca Burr, the editor of the Michelin Guide, <a href="" target="_blank">insisted in a 2014 interview with <i>The Telegraph</i></a>. But when she cited the qualities that elevate restaurants through the rankings, she described — in addition to “technical strength” and “signature dishes" — a quality of “refinement, something that sets them apart” and a restaurant’s ability to provide the “ultimate culinary experience.” (These qualities tend to cost a lot, even if they relate back to food.)</p><p>Though Michelin famously awarded single stars to two (delicious) hawker stalls in Singapore in its 2016 guide — why not three?</p><p>Many travelers, in fact, would likely prefer to make the “special journey” to Singapore to explore the city’s veritable buffet of hawker centers, rather than to visit its one three-star restaurant, Joel Robuchon, of which there are 24 more in the world and four more of equal rank.</p>
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Rare Bali Flight Sale Has Fares Starting at $564 Round-trip

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:14
<p>Paradise is just a flight away — and at least today, that flight is on sale.</p><p>If you've always dreamed of vacationing in Bali, the “<a href="" target="_blank">Island of the Gods</a>,” <em>Scott's Cheap Flights</em> has just spotted fares to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) starting at $564 from Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles and San Francisco; from $587 from Seattle, and from $595 from New York City (JFK). That's a great deal, considering round-trip fares typically start at $1,000 and up.</p><p>To see if the cheap flights are available from your airport and to find the dates when prices fall the lowest, check out <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>' fare calendar. From New York City, <a href="*DPS./m/02_286.2018-12-04;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">a quick search</a> shows prices dipping in September and staying low throughout the fall. From Chicago, prices get extra cheap into November.</p><p>Once you have dates in mind, you could save even more than what you see on the fare calendar if you search Skyscanner, Momondo or FareCompare.</p><p>Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, with coral reefs that host some of the most diverse marine life on the planet. As we've highlighted before, its appeal is in its white and black sand beaches, the ancient temples, and the wild jungles — not to mention the surfing and gorgeous resorts. For more about what to expect, <a href="" target="_blank">check out our guide</a>.</p>
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This Ecuadorian City Is More Than Just a Stopover on Your Trip to the Galápagos Islands

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:42
<p>There was a moment, on my first day in Quito, when I lost the ability to breathe. At 9,350 feet above sea level, the Ecuadorian capital is the world's highest — an improbable city where walking up a flight of stairs can put an ill-adapted pair of lungs in a vise grip. But I was higher even than that. After being driven through the blue-black of early morning to a grassy airfield on the outskirts of town, I was in the cockpit of a helicopter, rising to a hover just minutes after the sun had broken the horizon, so overwhelmed by my first glimpse of the landscape that I began involuntarily gasping as the pilot maneuvered into a 360-degree turn.</p><p>Expanding from the pastel sprawl of this city of 2.6 million was a primordial panorama that brought to mind computer simulations of the big bang. Worlds that were not supposed to coexist, at least in my understanding of the natural order, spread before me in implausible harmony. The jagged, snowcapped peaks of the Andes blurred into lush, tropical basins that glowed an almost neon green. Goats and cattle grazed on cascading hills of farmland that morphed into inhospitable lunar expanses. There were glaciers and waterfalls, rocky gorges and velvety highlands, tundras and rain forests, all crowned by pink-tinged clouds that skimmed the earth like stretched cotton.</p> <p>And then there were the volcanoes. The hour-long flight, a new excursion by Metropolitan Touring, Ecuador's oldest travel outfit, followed part of the Avenue of Volcanoes — the majestic string of summits south of Quito named in the 19th century by the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt. They seemed to be everywhere, these mysterious formations that rose from valleys of green and gold to poke through the clouds like breaching whales. The pilot pointed out the craggy silhouette of the long-dormant Chimborazo, Ecuador's tallest mountain at 20,458 feet. Natives speak of it with particular reverence, and for good reason: because of its location on the equatorial bulge, Chimborazo's peak is the farthest terrestrial point from the earth's core (as well as the closest one to the moon).</p><p>The pilot banked into a sharp, swooping turn, and suddenly we were following a river toward Cotopaxi, a solitary marvel just shy of 20,000 feet that is one of the world's tallest active volcanoes. We rose along Cotopaxi's ice-shrouded face to hover just above the perfectly conical summit. Looking into the crater, I felt a visceral sensation that remained with me throughout my week-long stay in Quito. There I was, still technically within the boundaries of a major city, yet consumed by the unnerving impression that I was looking directly into the soul of the planet.</p><p>For some, Ecuador is less a country than it is an idea about the world before countries — or even before mankind. It is best known for what lies some 600 miles off its rugged Pacific coastline: the Galápagos Islands, the storied archipelago containing one of the planet's highest concentrations of endemic species. Many travelers see Quito as little more than a way station on a trip to go see giant turtles and pink iguanas. While neighboring capitals like Lima and Bogotá have become increasingly popular, Quito has remained something of a question mark. From my helicopter tour through my days wandering the city streets — and during an excursion to a place in the cloud forest that is, somehow, still a part of greater Quito — I found a metropolis whose intimacy belies its vastness. It is both humble and feral, a city that accepts nature's powers rather than trying to overcome them. There are few destinations that still deliver the intoxicating jolt of true discovery, but it is one.</p> <img alt="Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador, and a Quechuan woman and child" src=""> From left: Cotopaxi, one of the world’s tallest active volcanoes, as seen from a helicopter; a Quechuan mother and child in Quito’s Centro Histórico. Peter Bohler <p>I stayed in the Centro Histórico, a hilly, staggeringly beautiful labyrinth that 40 years ago was designated UNESCO's first World Heritage city. My hotel, Casa Gangotena, was an immaculately preserved Neoclassical mansion typical of the area. Overlooking the Plaza San Francisco, one of the city's main squares, it had floors of Egyptian marble, a flower-filled atrium, and opulent, high-ceilinged guest rooms.</p><p>After checking in, I roamed the delightfully cacophonous urban center. Motorbikes slalomed through the catacomb-like streets, dodging stray dogs, diesel buses, and rusted-out trucks filled with freshly slaughtered chickens. On every corner someone was selling something: fresh fruit, vegetables, quail eggs, ice cream, braised pork, spit-roasted guinea pigs, chocolate, and more varieties of corn and grain than I knew existed.</p><p>Even by Latin American standards, the density of churches was astounding; around every bend there seemed to be another weathered Gothic façade, Baroque spire, or intricately tiled dome. During a flash thunderstorm — Quito's weather changes dramatically by the hour — I unknowingly took refuge inside the most famous church in the city, La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, colloquially known as La Compañía. It's an apt metaphor for a city that requires a bit of patience to appreciate: the modest exterior opens into a vaulted room painted entirely in dazzling gold leaf.</p><p>Hungry, I ventured toward San Roque, one of the oldest sections of the Centro Histórico. It is home to the Mercado San Francisco, a no-frills, uorescent-lit bazaar that has been in operation since 1897. Here, indigenous women in embroidered skirts and men sporting handmade cowboy hats squeezed between fruit stands overflowing with mangoes, passion fruit, and custard apples. Butchers hawked cow's feet and miscellaneous innards. I made my way to the food court in the rear, possibly the best spot in town for sampling Ecuador's traditional cooking.</p><p>One stand specialized in stuffed potato patties called <em>llapingachos</em>. Another served <em>encebollado</em>, an oniony fish soup that is a popular hangover cure. But what about that goat stew simmering in a cauldron over here, or that platter of chicken and plantains over there? Since almost everything was less than three dollars (Ecuador has used the American dollar since 2000, following a banking crisis that destroyed the value of its former currency, the sucre), I decided to try everything, washing it all down with a juice made from tamarillo, a tart Andean fruit better known as <em>tomate de árbol</em>, or "tomato of the tree."</p> <img alt="Traditional fish stew, and paper mache masks, in Ecuador" src=""> From left: Encebollado, or fish soup, at the Mercado San Francisco in Quito’s Centro Historic; traditional Ecuadorian papier-mâché masks for sale in Quito. Peter Bohler <p>Returning to Casa Gangotena just before dusk, I was grateful for the respite from the fray: a horizontal recharge on luscious bedding, an exquisite cocktail made from chamomile-infused gin and fermented sugarcane juice, which I sipped in the cozy wood-paneled bar. After taking in the sunset from the hotel's rooftop terrace, I ventured out of Quito's historic core for dinner.</p><p>Navigating the city beyond the Centro Histórico can be a small adventure. Though Quito has become safer, walking at night is still frowned upon, so the streets take on a slightly desolate cast after dark. Taxis are really the only way to get around — at least until next year, when a 15-station metro system is set to open. The taxi system, however, could charitably be described as quirky: licensed yellow cabs are indiscernible from their fake counterparts, which often charge double. Thankfully, the city is so affordable that getting hoodwinked, as I did, means parting with only a few extra dollars.</p><p>From the window of my gypsy cab, the Centro Histórico's Spanish-colonial decadence gave way to what locals call "the modern city": a dense grid of concrete towers and wider avenues illuminated by the dim yellow glow of the street lamps. My destination was Laboratorio, a restaurant on a residential block at the edge of La Floresta, the city's bohemian neighborhood. A loftlike room with poured-concrete oors and polished-wood benches, Laboratorio is, as the name suggests, a kind of experiment. Rather than offering a set menu or even a consistent culinary experience, it hosts chefs from Ecuador and beyond to showcase their talents in pop-up restaurants that stay open a few months at a time.</p><p>Laboratorio is the brainchild of Camilo Kohn, an easygoing young Ecuadorian with a fierce entrepreneurial streak. "The food scene here was a bit stagnant," he told me, explaining how he came to open the place three years ago after attending culinary school in the United States. "The fanciest restaurants were basically the same food you could get on the street, but served on a white tablecloth for ten times the price."</p><p>Kohn was the chef for Laboratorio's first pop-up, Banh Mi, which introduced Quiteños to the joys of the Vietnamese sandwich. It was such a success that Kohn turned it into a stand-alone restaurant nearby. When I visited Laboratorio, Rodolfo Reynoso, a chef from Veracruz, Mexico, was helming the latest pop-up, MX.593, which served a menu featuring Mexican classics (pork adobo tacos) with nods to Ecuadorian cuisine (a gordita filled with llama meat). The margaritas came in beakers. Everything was as delicious as you'd find in any trendy spot in a major global city.</p><p>"We're trying to reclaim our heritage in a new way," Kohn told me. "Things that are common in other places, like using high-end ingredients in casual settings, are still kind of foreign here. It's exciting to be able to push those trends and introduce new ideas."</p><p>On my third morning in town, I was greeted in the lobby of Casa Gangotena by Klaus-Peter Fielsch, a tall, affable Quito native who works for Metropolitan Touring. He had come to take me to Mashpi Lodge, an upscale eco-hotel in the cloud forest at the northwestern edge of Quito's expansive municipal boundary, which runs far outside the central city. The four-hour drive passed through the same shape-shifting land I'd seen days earlier from above. As we followed the vertiginous mountain roads along the spine of the Andes, deciduous trees were replaced by towering palms and the crisp, cool air turned swampy.</p> <img alt="The rainforest, and a room, at Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador" src=""> From left: Looking down on the forest canopy from Mashpi Lodge’s Dragonfly cable car; a guest room at Mashpi, an eco-resort in the cloud forest of northern Ecuador. Peter Bohler <p>"And yet, technically speaking, we are now traveling from summer to winter!" Fielsch laughed as we passed the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, where a vaguely Brutalist monument on the equatorial line marks the center of the world. (Constructed before GPS technology, it is technically a few degrees off the mark.) Paved roads soon gave way to dirt. Suddenly, Fielsch brought the van to a halt. "Look!" he said in a shouted whisper. A scarlet king snake was slithering off the road into the forest. "Keep in mind that you are still in Quito," he told me.</p><p>Arriving at Mashpi was an experience in itself, the muddy, axle-rattling road opening up to a sleek structure of sharp angles and soaring glass walls that could have been airlifted from the Hollywood Hills. The hotel was developed by Roque Sevilla, the preservation-minded former mayor of Quito, on a 3,200-acre site previously owned by a logging company. It sits within one of the world's most biodiverse regions, the Chocó rain forest, which snakes from Panama through Colombia to northern Ecuador. Since it opened six years ago, Mashpi has played an integral role in raising the profile of Ecuador's mainland. "It will never be a Galapágos-size economy — nothing will," Fielsch told me. "But, more and more, we have visitors who want to do both."</p><p>Mashpi doesn't stint on luxury: there's a day spa, a bar with floor-to-ceiling windows onto the prodigious vegetation outside, and a world-class restaurant specializing in inventive takes on the Ecuadorian staples I'd sampled a few days earlier at the Mercado San Francisco. Having such a lavish base camp from which to explore the wonders of the forest made the next three days a sublime blur. Returning to the lodge after long days spent traipsing about in rubber boots never got old: the warm towel waiting at the door, the hot shower in the minimalist room, the supple bed on which I sank nightly into a deep slumber, the experience of waking to the singsong of the many species of birds that inhabit the forest.</p><p>One morning, I sat hypnotized on a bench in the hummingbird garden watching hundreds of birds dart about, their iridescent wings flashing like sparklers in the mist. Later I took a hike that culminated with a revitalizing dip in a waterfall. On another hike, I discovered a family of toucans fighting over plantains. At nightfall, guides led guests on walks around the grounds, showing them wildlife in the beams of their flashlights. I saw neon-bright frogs, a tarantula, an iguana, and a lemon-colored vine snake resting on a steroidal fern leaf.</p> <img alt="Emerald glass frog in Ecuador, and the "Healing Waterfall"" src=""> From left: An emerald glass frog, a species indigenous to the Andes, spotted on a night hike at Mashpi Lodge; The Healing Waterfall, the end point of a popular hike from the lodge, in the foothills of the Ecuadorian Andes. Peter Bohler <p>After getting to know the forest from the ground, I spent my final morning at Mashpi seeing it from above, riding the lodge's recently launched Dragonfly, an open-air cable car that carries guests for more than a mile above the tree canopy. Though completed during the construction of the hotel, its opening was delayed for years because of bureaucratic wrangling. The experience was a lower-altitude version of the helicopter ride — a chance to observe Ecuador's primeval landscape from the vantage point of a pterodactyl.</p><p>While wandering Quito's streets earlier in the week, I'd noticed the many small shops devoted to "ancestral medicine" that Quiteños frequent to buy potions and undergo healing treatments. I'd been too intimidated to enter, but after my time in the forest, I felt more acclimated to the city's strange fusion between the civilized and natural worlds. So on my last day in town, I stopped in to one for an assessment of my soul.</p><p>The healer who ran the shop, a wizened woman with a beaming smile, looked me up and down before declaring that I had some "dark energy" that needed purging. Without going into detail, suffice it to say that her diagnosis mirrored that of my therapist's. She led me to a nook that could have been an interrogation chamber — concrete walls, exposed lightbulb dangling from a cord — and told me to strip to my underwear.</p><p>As she rubbed my skin with a mysterious bundle of herbs and flowers, my whole body began to itch. The main ingredient, it turned out, was stinging nettle. Pointing at the constellation of small bumps breaking out on my arms, I voiced concern in my pidgin Spanish. She was unfazed. <em>"Bueno!"</em> she said, explaining, as best I could decipher, that this was the dark energy rising to the surface.</p><p>If so, there sure was a lot of it. By the time I got dressed, my entire body was a continuous welt from the neck down, and I felt as if I were on fire. Walking around in a daze, I began to worry that my desire to savor Quito's authenticity was going to end in anaphylactic shock. But within about an hour the welts were gone, just as the healer had promised. As for the dark energy? For the rest of the day, and long into my last night in the city, I found myself bathed in a rare calm.</p><h2>How to Visit Ecuador, from Quito to the Cloud Forest</h2><p>Give yourself about a week, divided evenly between the city and the wilderness, which can be easily combined with a second week in the Galápagos Islands. Most restaurants and other businesses in Quito are closed on Sundays (and some on Mondays), so plan accordingly.</p><h3>Getting There</h3><p>American and Delta have direct flights from Miami and Atlanta to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, which opened in 2013 just outside of Quito.</p><h3>Operator &amp; Lodging</h3><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Metropolitan Touring</a>:</strong> Ecuador’s oldest travel outfit, put together my fantastic itinerary, which included its latest offering, a helicopter flight along Ecuador's renowned Avenue of the Volcanoes. The company also owns both hotels where I stayed: <a href="" target="_blank">Casa Gangotena</a> <em>(doubles from $450)</em>, a converted Neoclassical mansion in Quito’s historic center, and <a href="" target="_blank">Mashpi Lodge</a> <em>(doubles from $1,098)</em>, a bastion of Modernist luxury in the cloud forest a few hours away. Mashpi can arrange transfers to and from central Quito.</p><h3>Eat &amp; Drink</h3><p><strong>Banh Mi:</strong> The city’s premier destination for Southeast Asian fare and well-made cocktails. <em>entrées $9–$16.</em></p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Bandido Brewing</a>: </strong>A hipster hangout in the La Tola precinct of the Centro Histórico serving craft beer, artisanal pizza, and draft kombucha.</p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Dios No Muere</a>:</strong> A sprawling café spread across three stories of a former monastery where you can find both Ecuadorian dishes and Cajun classics. <em>entrées $5–$10.</em></p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Laboratorio</a>:</strong> At this chic spot in La Floresta, different chefs showcase their talents in residencies that last several months. <em>entrées $12–$14.</em></p><p><strong>Mercado San Francisco: </strong>Quito's oldest market is the best place to sample traditional Ecuadorian cuisine. Corner of Rocafuerte and Chimborazo.</p>
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Mark Cuban Says This Airline Pass Was One of the Best Purchases He Ever Made (Video)

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:10
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Mark Cuban</a> knows how to travel. The billionaire investor already owns three private jets, including a <a href="" target="_blank">Gulfstream V private jet</a>, which he purchased for $40 million in 1999. But, as it turns out, he doesn’t even really need his own plane because he’s one of just a handful of people who can access <a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines'</a> first class cabin any time he wants.</p><p>You see, in 1981, when American Airlines was in deep financial trouble, it offered up a lifelong, unlimited first class ticket good for flying anywhere in the world for a one-time fee of $250,000. Just 28 people in the world purchased the ticket and Cuban happened to be one of them. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Maxim</a></em>, Cuban called the decision to buy the ticket "one of the best purchases [he's] ever made.”</p><p>As part of the purchase, Cuban and the others had no restrictions on when and where they could fly. Moreover, they can still <a href="" target="_blank">earn frequent flier miles</a> for their global adventures.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Hustle</a></em>, financier Steve Rothstein and marketing executive Jacques E. Vroom Jr. also both purchased the unlimited AAirpass. Rothstein, the site noted, bought his pass in 1987 and took 10,000 flights over the next 25 years using the pass. He once reportedly used the pass to fly to Canada because he was craving a specific sandwich.</p><p>“The contract was truly unlimited,” he said. “So why not use it as intended?”</p><p><em>The Hustle</em> explained that Vroom used a loan to purchase his ticket because he knew it was too good of a deal to pass up. Vroom used his ticket to fly from Texas to Maine on a regular basis to watch his son play football. And on one occasion he flew his daughter to Buenos Aires for just one single day because she was writing a report on South American culture while in middle school. Though he also used all those frequent flier miles for good. According to <em>The Hustle</em>, Vroom started donating all of his unused miles to AIDS patients so they could visit their families.</p><p>Sadly, you can’t buy this ticket anymore. After realizing they were losing money, American Airlines discontinued sales in 1994. But, who knows, maybe you’ll meet Cuban in an airport and he’ll offer you his companion seat for free.</p>
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One Dead After Engine Explodes Mid-air on Southwest Flight (Video)

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:58
<p><em>UPDATED: April 17, 3:20 p.m. ET</em></p><p>One person is dead and several others are injured after a jet engine on a Southwest Airlines plane exploded mid-air and shrapnel broke through a window in the plane cabin.</p><p>Flight 1380 to Dallas diverted to Philadelphia on Tuesday after one of the plane’s jet engines exploded shortly after the <a href="" target="_blank">flight took off</a>, passengers and air traffic controllers told <a href="" target="_blank">local NBC affiliate WCAU</a>. The cause of the incident is under investigation.</p><p>“There was blood everywhere,” passenger Marty Martinez told <a href="" target="_blank">CBS News</a>. In addition to the fatality, seven more passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene, officials from the Philadelphia Fire Department and Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management said. There were 143 passengers and five crew onboard, according to Southwest.</p><p>Tod Baur, whose daughter-in-law was on the plane, <a href="" target="_blank">told NBC</a> that the woman was “drawn out” of the plane when the window broke open, at which point other passengers pulled her back.</p><p>Photos taken by passengers show the damage to the Boeing 737-700.</p><p>Representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board are sending a team to investigate the incident further, while Southwest Airline representatives said they are also investigating.</p><p>While planes are once again darting from the Philadelphia International Airport, airport representatives <a href="" target="_blank">said</a> travelers should expect delays.</p>
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These Pugs and Dachshunds Raced in a Doggie Dash and No Sporting Event Will Ever Compete

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:33
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Dog owners</a>, their pups, and passersby looking for a four-legged show gathered for the first inaugural Hong Kong Doggie Dash on Sunday to watch pugs and dachshunds in adorable bandanas compete in a race to benefit the <a href="" target="_blank">Hong Kong Dog Rescue</a>. </p><img alt="Owners and their dogs take part in "HK Doggie Dash 2018", an event held to raise money for for abandoned and surrendered dogs in Hong Kong on April 15, 2018. "src=""><p>Dogs were registered to compete for a fee of HK$130 (about $17). Their entire fee was donated to the dog rescue, which works to re-home local dogs in need. And the event wasn’t exclusively for dachshunds and pugs — <a href="" target="_blank">canines of all breeds</a> were there to enjoy the race.</p><p>But the Doggie Dash was not just for raising funds and spotting cute dogs. The organizers also used the event as an opportunity to educate the community about animal ownership.</p><img alt="Owners and their dogs take part in "HK Doggie Dash 2018", an event held to raise money for for abandoned and surrendered dogs in Hong Kong on April 15, 2018. "src=""><p>“There are lots and lots of dogs that are abandoned each year in Hong Kong,” Marilyn Ho, one of the organizers, told <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Japan Times</a></em>. “We need to educate the Hong Kong public that dogs are not just commodities and possessions, that they are living beings who have feelings.”</p><p>Despite the rainy weather on Sunday, people from all over the world flocked to the neighborhood of Sheung Wan to see the race. In addition to bandanas, some competitors wore full costumes. The winners of the race were treated to a prize, too: a <a href="" target="_blank">well-deserved doggie spa day</a>. </p>
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Baby Gorilla Bonds With His Mother Moments After Birth in Adorable Video

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:30
<p>Calaya, a 15-year-old Western Lowland gorilla at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C.</a>, warmed hearts across the internet when the zoo posted a video of her bonding with her new baby, Moke. </p><p>In the video, Calaya showers her newborn with kisses and cuddles as she cleans him off, proving those first few tender moments between a mother and her baby are special for gorillas, too. </p><p>Moke is the first Western Lowland gorilla to be born in just under a decade, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">9 News</a></em>. The species is considered “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Watch a 300-pound Gorilla Dance Like No One's Watching</a></p><p>Moke means “junior” or “little one” in the Lingala language, if he’s not already cute enough for you.</p><p>Since Moke’s birth is a huge advance for the survival of the species, animal care staff is keeping a close eye on the newborn as Calaya nurses him through his first stages of life. Moke is currently a very healthy gorilla and the zoo is confident he will thrive. So if you love cute baby animals and mother-son bonding, it might be time to <a href="" target="_blank">plan a trip to our nation's capital.</a></p>
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This Glamorous Safari Lodge Will Have Wildlife Views From Your Private Pool, Bed, and Even the Shower

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:02
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Travelers on safari</a> in South Africa are about to have <a href="" target="_blank">another luxurious place to retreat</a>.</p><p>The intimate <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge</a>, located in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, will be reopening in June 2018 after a complete refurbishment.</p><img alt="andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge "src=""><p>Experiential travel company <a href="" target="_blank">andBeyond</a> leads luxury tours across three continents: Africa, Asia and South America. Guests who stay at the Phinda Vlei Lodge can enjoy a personalized butler service, private pools, in-room massage, and an array of safari experiences.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 10 Safari Outfitters</a></p><p>Inspired by “old world” luxury, the interiors of the lodge are a mix of antiques and modern furnishings, meant to reflect the history of the area. The lodge is accented with antique tapestries, fine art, vintage cottons and linens, silver and crystal.</p><img alt="andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge "src=""><p>Guests will be able to sit in the library while they’re not out having adventures, and will be able to dine al fresco with views of the South African wetland.</p><img alt="andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge "src=""><p>“The gracious spaces of Phinda Vlei Lodge are designed for quiet contemplation of the African bush,” andBeyond says on its website. “Overlooking the Reserve’s unique vlei (wetland) system on the edge of the sand forest, its location offers ever changing game viewing from the comfort of your bed, your shower or your private plunge pool.”</p><img alt="andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge "src=""><p>The lodge also offers a wide range of activities, such as game drives, walking safaris, village tours, scuba and ocean safaris, black rhino tracking, and participation in conservation efforts as well.</p><p>For more information on booking a retreat to Phinda Vlei Lodge, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">andBeyond website</a>.</p>
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This New Beer Bottle Is Designed So You Can Drink Beer in Space

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:03
<p>A real-life <a href="" target="_blank">space hotel</a> is already taking reservations, and now those contemplating <a href="" target="_blank">space travel</a> in the very near future are one step closer to enjoying the world’s first beer made for zero gravity.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Vostok</a>, a venture of Australia’s 4 Pines Brewing Company and Saber Astronautics, has spent the last eight years developing the space-friendly beer. The company is named after Russia's Vostok program, which put cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into Earth's orbit in 1961, and was created with the sole purpose of creating a luxurious beer-drinking experience possible once commercial space travel takes off.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">A New Craft Beer Hotel Will Have a Tap in Every Room — and Cold Beers in the Shower</a></p><p>The beer is a dry, Irish-style stout with aromas of coffee, chocolate, and caramel (with an alcohol content of 5.1 percent). Its taste has already won it gold medal at the Australian International Beer Awards, but flavor is only one part of the puzzle for zero-gravity beer.</p><p>The next challenge: A beer bottle that can go into orbit.</p><p>Vostok has launched an <a href="" target="_blank">Indiegogo campaign</a> for the new bottles, of which there are currently two different prototypes. The design utilizes an insert, created by <a href="" target="_blank">Saber Astronautics</a>, that uses surface tension to wick the beer up from the bottom of the bottle to the mouthpiece, similar to the way a fuel tank works.</p><p>This offers the ability to drink the beer without relying on a squeeze-style packet that astronauts typically use for liquids.</p><p>“Beer has a specific shape and feel that people recognize and no beer drinker would want to use a straw,” Jason Held, CEO of Saber Astronautics, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Gizmodo</em></a>. “So a space beer bottle is really a luxury, something which we hope will make the hard-working astronaut feel more at home.”</p><p>The company is trying to raise $1,000,000 with crowdfunding to continue research and development, and hopes to start shipping the bottle by the end of 2019.</p>
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Carnival Is Supporting Bermuda’s LGBTQ and Funding Efforts to Bring Back Gay Marriage

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:02
<p>In February, Bermuda made world headlines when it became the first nation in the world to repeal same-sex marriage. Just nine months after the British territory first legalized same-sex marriage, <a href="" target="_blank">Governor John Rankin signed the Domestic Partnership Act</a> (DPA) which revoked marriage rights for same-sex couples. The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda decried the law, saying that it created “separate-but-equal status under the law.”</p><p>The passage of the DPA posed significant problems for Carnival cruises. Because of “longstanding law and custom,” ships registered in Bermuda (Carnival has several from P&amp;O Cruises and Cunard ships) could perform legally binding weddings at sea. When same-sex marriage was passed in Bermuda, Carnival began offering wedding packages to same-sex couples.</p><p>But, with the passage of the DPA, Carnival can no longer perform same-sex marriage on Bermuda-registered ships, no matter where in the world the ship is when the wedding takes place.</p><p>Last week, Carnival Corporation released a statement that it would provide financial, civil and public relations support to <a href="" target="_blank">OUTBermuda</a>, an LGBTQ organization that submitted a summons to the Supreme Court of Bermuda declaring that the DPA is unconstitutional.</p><p>“While we always abide by the laws of the countries we sail to and from, we believe travel and tourism brings people and cultures together in powerful ways,” <a href=";p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=2340880" target="_blank">Carnival said in a statement</a>. “As a result, we believe it is important to stand by the LGBTQ community in Bermuda and its many allies to oppose any actions that restrict travel and tourism.”</p><p>Immediately after the passage of the DPA, <a href="" target="_blank">many Internet activists called to #BoycottBermuda</a> by cancelling vacations, believing that the absence of tourism dollars would pressure the Bermuda government into reinstating same-sex marriage. The hashtag gained celebrity support from Ellen Degeneres, Patricia Arquette, and Suze Orman.</p><p>However, some LGBTQ Bermudians believe that a boycott may not be the most effective manner to bring same-sex marriage back to the island territory, <a href="" target="_blank">according to a report by <em>Them</em></a>.</p><p>“As a gay Bermudian, I actually feel pretty lucky,” Kevin Dallas, CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Them</em> last month</a>. “The freedom, protections, and inclusivity we enjoy is something that, frankly, most LGBT communities aspire to. That doesn’t mean we don’t clearly still have some battles to wage, but life is actually pretty good for us.”</p><p>Same-sex civil ceremonies are still legal in Bermuda and the country’s Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. The same is not true in many other Caribbean countries and territories — or even in many American states. <a href="">In 28 states</a>, it is still legal to fire someone solely because of their sexual orientation.</p><p>Bermuda’s reversal reflects the trajectory of one of our country’s most left-leaning states. California, the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2008, overturned the decision just a few months later in a ballot proposition. Gay marriage returned to the state in 2013 after the proposition was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court in 2010.</p><p>Bermuda’s Domestic Partnership Act will go into effect on June 1. OUTBermuda is hoping to be in court <a href="" target="_blank">against the DPA in May</a>.</p>
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Shark Attack In Australia Delays International Surfing Competition

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:59
<p>A surfing competition in Australia was temporarily postponed after a shark attacked one of the surfers on Monday morning. According to one witness, photographer Peter Jovic, the man was separated from his board during the attack but managed to body surf back to shore.</p><p>The man, who was bitten on the leg, and taken to Royal Perth Hospital where he is in stable condition, <a href="" target="_blank">CNN reported</a>. St. John Ambulance tweeted that he was conscious and breathing on the way to the hospital.</p><p>Upon hearing news of the attack, the World Surf League's Margaret River Pro 2018 was suspended until local authorities were able to ensure the safety of everyone at the competition.</p><p>“We have been alerted of a shark incident that occurred near Gracetown,” the WSL wrote in a tweet. “The safety of our surfers and staff is a top priority.”</p><p>The WSL has safety procedures in place to protect competitors and spectators. After being given the all clear to resume the competition, the WSL strengthened their safety measures even further in order to ensure there were no other incidents. According to a tweet by the WSL, the competition resumed around 10:40 a.m., local time, after about an hour delay. The competition added some extra safety measures, including “ski and drone presence.”</p><p>Hawaiian pro surfer John Florence also had a close call with a shark before the competition. After returning to shore, Florence sent up a drone to get a better look at what was in the water. Footage revealed two large sharks, <a href="" target="_blank">Australia's <em>ABC News</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Instagram user Sam Roberts captured a photo of the scene, noting that another shark attack had occurred in the area 14 years ago. Unfortunately, that shark attack was fatal.</p>
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Disneyland Just Unveiled The Ultimate Dessert Mashup: Carrot Cake Churros

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:38
<p>Pastel pink <a href="" target="_blank">pastries</a>, s’mores <a href="" target="_blank">dipping sauce</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Dole Whip donuts</a> — Disney has unleashed plenty of crazy sweets in recent months, but nothing compares to its newest creation. That’s because the latest churro flavor isn't just a new twist on the classic — it’s practically two desserts in one.</p><p>Disneyland just debuted a carrot cake churro that’s better than the sum of its parts, and may very well be the greatest flavor concoction the theme park has ever devised. The sugary cinnamon snack is first rolled in carrot cake sugar, which tastes exactly like a fresh, sweet slice, but the kicker comes by way of its dipping sauce, a cream cheese icing with bits of raisins and carrot speckled throughout.</p><p>Dunk one in the other and you’ll be shocked it’s not the classic cake — or that this knockout combination didn’t arrive sooner.</p><p>Its debut comes in tandem with <a href="" target="_blank">Pixar Fest</a>, the summer-long event celebrating of the beloved characters with entertainment, fireworks and special seasonal treats from April 13 to September 3 at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California.</p><p>Churro fans can rejoice further, as this carrot cake creation isn’t the only one Disneyland has unleashed for Pixar Fest. Five festive treats honoring the celebrated animation studio will be sold in different locations across the two parks.</p><p>There is a cocoa churro with spiced Mexican chocolate dipping sauce paying homage to recent Oscar winner “Coco,” a rainbow fruit churro mimicking the design of “Up”’s colorful “snipe” bird Kevin, a strawberry churro in the likeness of Lotso from “Toy Story 3,” and a specialty churro covered with donut icing and cocoa cereal for “A Bug’s Life.”</p><p>With so many options, fans will need all summer to try them all.</p>
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Jessica Biel’s Travel Hack Will Completely Change the Way You Pack

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:30
<p>Though <a href="" target="_blank">Jessica Biel</a> is best known for her film and television work, in the last few years she has really branched out as an entrepreneur. In addition to producing her new USA series <i>The Sinner, </i>which she also stars in,<i> </i>she opened the super chic but also kid-friendly restaurant <a href="" target="_blank">Au Fudge</a> in Los Angeles in 2016. </p><p>It also turns out she is a bit of a travel junkie. Though she can’t just throw on a backpack and go like she did in her 20s, Biel and husband Justin Timberlake have managed to take quite a few spectacular trips. While she admits having a young son — Silas Randall was born in 2015 — has slowed down their traveling, Biel says she and Timberlake are ready to get back at it.</p><p>Travel + Leisure chatted with Biel while she was hosting a preview of The American Express Experience, a new “Live Life” global brand campaign event. She shared her favorite hotels, her super helpful packing philosophy (you’re going to adopt it immediately), and the one place she is “dying” to go back to.</p><p><strong>Travel + Leisure: What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?</strong></p><p>Jessica Biel: "<a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a>. I had such an amazing time mostly just because of the adventurous quality of it."</p><p><strong>Do you prefer more adventurous trips?</strong></p><p>"I like both kinds of travel. I want to have a relaxing trip but I also want <a href="" target="_blank">backpacks on</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">wellies on</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">rain gear</a>, etc., I want that kind of a thing and that’s what Iceland was, mixed with some <a href="" target="_blank">very comfortable lodging</a>."</p><p><strong>Are your trips very methodically planned out or do you like to get there and just be spontaneous?</strong></p><p>"For this [Iceland] I worked with someone because I didn’t know anything about it. So some planning, but I also like to just wing it. I definitely plan where I’m going to stay, I don’t want that up in the air. I’m a little older now. I’m not 20 anymore! At 20 I could throw on my backpack and just show up."</p><p><strong>What’s the best hotel you’ve ever stayed at?</strong></p><p>"There’s a really amazing hotel in Stockholm called <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Grand Hôtel</a>. We were there for one really long time. Also the place that we got married in in Puglia [the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Borgo Egnazia</a>]."</p><p>Also <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Amangiri</a> in Utah. We went there for an anniversary once. It may be one of the most incredible spas I’ve ever seen in my life."</p><p><strong>Have you gone back since you were married there?</strong></p><p>"No. I’m dying to go back."</p><p><strong>Are you all about spas?</strong></p><p>"I love spas. I’m not only spa all day long, but I love that luxurious experience at the end of a good long day."</p><p><strong>What’s the one place you’ve never been to, but you’ve always wanted to visit?</strong></p><p>"Definitely <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Egypt</a>. Obviously there is a lot of conflict in the last few years, but I’m dying to go. Argentina, Chile. I mean I love to travel. I’ve never been to India."</p><p><strong>Are you still traveling all the time even with your and Justin’s busy schedules and a young child at home?</strong></p><p>"It’s slowed down because of the kid, but I think we’re getting back to that. I’m traveling a lot this year because of my husband’s job."</p><p><strong>What’s the one thing you cannot travel without?</strong></p><p>"Besides things for like my <a href="" target="_blank">skincare [regimen]</a> I’m not one of those people who needs to always bring something like to feel more secure. I like to keep it simple and travel light if I can."</p><p><strong>You’re in amazing shape. Are you strict with yourself when it comes to working out on trips or do you just hope it happens?</strong></p><p>"I’m not trying to force a workout on a trip. I don’t want to go on vacation and bring <a href="" target="_blank">a billion workout outfits</a>. I want to go swim or run by the ocean and somehow make it more natural. For me it just makes me feel good. I need to move my body."</p><p><strong>Is that your packing philosophy then? Less is more?</strong></p><p>"Yes, and interchangeable pieces. Oh and one of the best pieces of advice I got for packing is pick a color scheme and stick with it. Like black, white, and blue and that’s it. Then you can wear everything with everything."</p><p><strong>Do you have a great suitcase you always use for these big trips?</strong></p><p>"We have these <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">big thermal suitcases for snowboarding</a> and we love them. They have two separate sides. They open from the outside when you need to get in, they’re durable and they’re not too expensive."</p><p><strong>Is there a certain pair of shoes you always pack?</strong></p><p>"My <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";fashioncolor=WHITE%2F%20NIGHT%20SKY%2F%20WHITE" target="_blank">Stan Smith white sneakers</a> have to go everywhere except like Iceland, though, actually I think I did bring them!"</p>
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Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Unique Honeymoon Destination Is the Perfect Choice

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:01
<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle in a few short weeks at the <a href="" target="_blank">most anticipated wedding of the year</a>. And sure, the royal wedding will be cool and all, but once they walk out the doors of <a href="" target="_blank">St George’s chapel</a> and get the reception over with, the newlyweds' fun will really begin as the two travel lovers jet off on <a href="" target="_blank">their honeymoon</a>.</p><p>But where will they go? A source has confirmed to <em>Travel + Leisure</em> that Harry and Meghan have indeed chosen <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Namibia</a> as the country where they will spend their first vacation together as husband and wife.</p><p>After <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">taking a closer look at Namibia</a>, it’s easy to see why the couple decided to go there for the ultra-romantic honeymoon of their dreams. In fact, if you’re planning your own honeymoon, or simply want to go somewhere unforgettable with your partner, you should seriously consider Namibia, as this southwestern African nation is filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences to offer.</p><h2>Why Namibia Is so Unique</h2><p>Yes, Namibia has plenty of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">safari tours to choose from</a>, but that's not the only reason to go.</p><p>In Namibia, visitors must check out the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sossusvlei sand dunes</a>, which they can access by car and then climb around by foot. While exploring the area, they may be able to spot animals you probably wouldn't expect to see in the desert, such as <a href="" target="_blank">zebras, antelopes, ostriches</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">even lions</a>. The wet season is ideal for this, as the animals gather around the temporary watering holes to drink.</p><img alt="The red sand dunes in Namibia "src=""><p>In Namibia, visitors like Meghan and Harry can also go visit <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Kaokoland</a> in the northwest, which is home to the <a href="" target="_blank">Himba tribe</a>, one of the last nomadic tribes in Africa.</p><p>And you can also plan a flying safari over the <a href="" target="_blank">Skeleton Coast</a> to get a bird's-eye view of the dramatic Namibian landscape.</p><img alt="Different groups of animals at waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia "src=""><h2>Why Namibia Is Ideal for Harry and Meghan</h2><p>Namibia's points of interest and luxury camps are extremely remote. It’s also one of the <a href="" target="_blank">least densely populated countries in the world</a>. In fact, it’s so remote that you have to charter a bush plane to get to many of its safari destinations, truly making it one of the few places in the world where privacy is essentially guaranteed. For that very reason other famous and highly private people like <a href="" target="_blank">Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie</a> choose to frequent the nation. In fact, Brad and Angelina even chose to have one of their children in Namibia due to its intense privacy factor.</p><p>As for Harry, Namibia is still <a href="" target="_blank">part of the Commonwealth</a>, so it makes sense as a British royal that he’d choose to go there for such an important moment in his life.</p><img alt="Cape fur seal colony (Arctocephalus pusillus), Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia "src=""><h2>Where Harry and Meghan Might Stay</h2><p>It’s rumored that the <a href="" target="_blank">pair will be staying at the country’s newest luxury camp</a>, Natural Selection's <a href="" target="_blank">Hoanib Valley Camp</a>.</p><p>“We think frills are great, but they are no match for thrills, especially when it comes to <a href=",Here%27sWherePrinceHarryandMeghanMarkleMightSpendTheirHoneymoon,warrenj,NEW,ART,670876,201804,I/" target="_blank">African safaris</a>. Don’t get us wrong, we love a great bottle of wine and soft sheets as much as anyone. But for us, the greatest luxury of all, by far, is experience,” the tour company explained on its <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>. “That’s why we’re creating a portfolio of welcoming camps and one-of-a-kind experiences that are full of unique soul and colorful character, with extraordinary staff, located in the very heart of where the wild things are.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">See More Top Properties in Namibia</a></p><p>Hoanib also has a <a href="" target="_blank">camp along the Skeleton Coast</a>, so if Meghan and Harry choose to move around the country while they are there, they can do so.</p><p>Of course, Hoanib isn’t the only game in town. If you’re looking to book an equally royal safari vacation, read up on <a href="" target="_blank">all the top safari companies in the world</a>. Who knows, you may end up sharing a Jeep with royalty. </p>
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The Weirdest Things That Are Completely Acceptable to Bring on the Plane With You

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:31
<p>Every once in a while, questions about what items are cleared to fly pop up on <a href="" target="_blank">Quora</a> and leave us scratching our heads. Some recent examples include: slime, citric acid, an accordion, pepper spray, black petrol, a coyote skull, weed, hair wax, and cornbread.</p><p>We don’t know why some people would need to fly with some of these items, but we’re not here to judge.</p><p>Violating TSA rules on prohibited items can result in a fine of up to $13,066 per violation, so it’s well worth checking ahead to avoid trouble.</p><p>The TSA has a helpful <a href="" target="_blank">“What can I bring?” search tool</a> on their website to search before you pack, though the final decision is always made by the TSA official on site.</p><p>We’ve put together a brief Weird Stuff to Carry-On guide by class: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral.</p><h2>Animal</h2><p>We couldn’t find coyote skulls listed but antlers are good to go, even in your carry on luggage. Artificial skeleton bones are OK too, which may come in handy for anatomy students.</p><p>Bear spray and bear bangers (flares) are out. You can’t check them and you can’t bring them on board. Teddy bears and other stuffed animals are cleared to fly, but be reasonable about it. Size matters, especially in the overhead bin. Really large stuffed animals should be checked with the airline as irregularly sized luggage if they don’t fit in a suitcase.</p><p>Fishing lures are cleared for take-off, whether you check them or carry them onboard. However, you should large fish hooks must be sheathed, wrapped securely and packed into checked luggage. Flies can fly in the cabin with you, as can expensive reels or fragile tackle packed in your carry on bag. If you’re diving for your catch, spear guns are OK in checked luggage but a no-go in the cabin.</p><p>Live lobster? Your airline will decide whether they will allow fresh lobster to travel in the cabin with you, but you can check lobster as baggage. In fact, restaurant suppliers check lobsters and crabs for shipping to restaurants around the world all the time. There are special packing requirements, so call your airline. And, no, lobsters do not qualify as Emotional Support Animals. Seriously.</p><h2>Vegetable</h2><p>Cornbread—Good news! Bread is cleared to carry onboard, as are most solid food items. You can bring these on the plane or check them in your luggage. But wedding cakes that take up a whole overhead bin <a href="" target="_blank">will cause trouble</a>.</p><p>Moonshine is a no. Alcoholic beverages that are over 140 proof, including grain alcohol and 151 proof rum, cannot be carried on planes either in your hand luggage or in checked baggage.</p><p>Slime might be considered a gel and citric acid is a liquid, so these may give you some trouble, depending on how much you need to carry. The <a href="" target="_blank">rule on liquids, gels, creams, and pastes</a> limits you to 3.4 ounces or 100ml.</p><p>Fertilizer is out, by the way. It’s not allowed in carry-on bags or in checked luggage.</p><h2>Mineral</h2><p>Black petrol is a liquid but the big rule of thumb is that flammable or explosive items are generally banned on planes — you can’t fly with most off this stuff. There are very few exceptions (the odd disposable lighter and spare batteries). The TSA has a whole list dedicated to individual <a href="" target="_blank">flammable and explosive items</a> that you can check out.</p><p>Hair wax qualifies as a paste, so rules on liquids, gels and pastes apply. Most cosmetics and beauty items fall in this category.</p><p>Accordions are musical instruments require special screening — even in checked bags. Some instruments can be carried onboard, but brass instruments must be packed in checked luggage.</p><p>Weapons are a real problem on planes, though there are specific rules for permitted carriage, and the <a href="" target="_blank">TSA has a dedicated list</a>. Lightsabers are fine, though. The TSA finds that we lack the technology to make real lightsabers, and they allow the plastic toy versions in carry-on and checked luggage, so there’s that.</p>
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