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Get 30% off Stays in a Former Medici Villa in Tuscany

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 15:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Italy: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Villa La Massa</a>, a luxurious resort set inside a villa built for a member of the Medici family in the 16th century. The property is set along the Arno River, where it is surrounded by verdant gardens and olive groves. </p><p>The deal includes includes:</p>A minimum of three nights in a Double Prestige room Fruit in the room upon arrivalBuffet breakfast at the Restaurant II Verrocchio Access to the spa, which has a fitness room, sauna &amp; Turkish bath, Roman bath, swimming pool, and jogging trackFree parking and WiFiDaily shuttle service to and from Ponte Vecchio<p>Original price: From 550 euro (or $625) per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price: </strong>From 385 euro (or $437) per night; valid for travel from April 26 - October 26, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Please send an email to <a href=""></a> and mention the rate code TLBB.</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates include May 17; August 2-4; June 11-14; June 20-23; and June 27-29, 2019.</p>
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This Cruise Line Is Pairing Dom Perignon with Decadent Seafood for a Once-in-a-lifetime Dining Experience

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:30
<p>People travel far and wide to sample the world’s best food — but guests on Oceania Cruises don’t even have to get off the ship for a bite.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Oceania Cruises</a> has paired with Dom Perignon to offer travelers a six-course meal paired with champagne on cruises around the world.</p><p>The exclusive concept will only be served to 24 guests at a time. Each of the courses will be paired with a bottle of Dom Perignon dating as far back as 2004.</p><img alt="Oceania Cruise, Dom Perignon Experience "src=""><p>“We worked with the team at Dom Perignon to pair the perfect champagnes with the perfect flavors and the outcome is spectacular,” Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises, said in a statement. “Marina and Riviera will be the only places in the world for travelers to enjoy this exclusive Dom Perignon experience.”</p><p>The menu is heavy on seafood—the kitchen is floating, after all. Courses include scallops “rossini” in mole negro, Brittany blue lobster and seared Wagyu beef sashimi style. The tasting menu ends in “geisha flower” tea with lemon caviar.</p><p>According to the cruise line, chefs and sommeliers have gone to “exceptional lengths” to perfectly pair each course with a bottle of Dom Perignon.</p><p>The tasting experience is currently available on all cruises aboard the Riviera ship and will be extended to the <a href="" target="_blank">Marina</a> when it sets sail on Jan. 31. The meal costs $295 per person, in addition to gratuities. Reservations are highly suggested.</p><p>“We created this dinner to be sophisticated, memorable, a little bit decadent, but also a lot of fun,” Binder said. “After all, champagne is all about celebration.”</p>
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A Super Blood Wolf Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse Are Coming This Weekend — Here's How to See Them (Video)

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:01
<p>So exactly what is happening this Sunday night and early Monday morning? Some are calling it the "<a href="" target="_blank">Super Blood Wolf Moon</a>," others a “Blood Moon” or even "The Great American Lunar Eclipse." </p><p>What's actually happening is a total lunar eclipse, a spectacular event that sees the full moon enter Earth's shadow and turn an entrancing reddish color. It will be the last total lunar eclipse visible from North America until 2021, and <a href="" target="_blank">the last Super Blood Moon until 2033</a>.</p><h2>What is a Super Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse?</h2><p>It's a full moon, a supermoon, and a total lunar eclipse all rolled into one. A full moon happens once every month. Nothing unusual about that. A supermoon is when our satellite is at the point in its monthly orbit when it’s closest to Earth, so it appears a little larger in the sky. There are about two or three supermoon full moons each year. However, a total lunar eclipse is much rarer, although there have been a few lately. Caused by the Earth being exactly between the sun and moon, this is the spectacle during which the full moon will lose it brightness and turn a reddish/copper color (hence the “Blood Moon” moniker) for an hour or so. It's an impressive sight.</p><h2>Didn't we just have a Blood Moon?</h2><p>This total lunar eclipse is the third inside a year, but don't let that put you off. Last January some of North America saw a "<a href="" target="_blank">Super Blue Blood Moon</a>" total lunar eclipse, which was followed in July by <a href="" target="_blank">the longest total lunar eclipse of the century</a>. However, it wasn't possible to see it from North America. This third total lunar eclipse — and the last until 2021 — is by far the easiest to observe from North America, with the spectacle being high in the sky from start to finish. It’s also at a very convenient time.</p><h2>How does a total lunar eclipse work?</h2><p>A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the sun and moon, which can only happen during a full moon. Just occasionally the moon enters the Earth's shadow, changing color as it does. First, it loses its brightness, then becomes half-lit by the sun, and half-lit by sunlight coming through the Earth's atmosphere. It becomes reddish on one side and bright white on the other, but unlike a crescent moon that's curved, this moon is split by an almost straight line — Earth's shadow. It's a bizarre sight. Then comes totality when the whole of the moon is in the Earth’s shadow, and its surface becomes completely colored. Totality is the key moment, though it will last for 62 minutes.</p><h2>When is totality in North America?</h2><p>A total lunar eclipse can only be seen at night, though when it happens, the entire night-side of Earth — half the planet — can see it. On Jan. 20, 2019, that means everyone in North and South America, and in Western Europe (including London, Paris, Lisbon, Spain, and the Canary Islands), can witness the moon turn reddish during an hour-long totality. Here's when to look at totality at cities across North America according to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, though it's worth getting into position about 70 minutes before the eclipse to watch the partial eclipse. Totality will begin at these local times and last for 62 minutes.<br /><br />Los Angeles, CA – 8:41 p.m.<br />Chicago, IL – 10:41 p.m.<br />Houston, TX – 10:41 p.m.<br />Phoenix, AZ – 9:41 p.m.<br />Philadelphia, PA – 11:41 p.m.<br />New York City – 11:41 p.m.<br />Toronto, Canada – 11:41 p.m.<br />Vancouver, Canada – 8:41 p.m.<br />Mexico City, Mexico – 10:41 p.m.<br />Honolulu, Hawaii – 6:41 p.m.</p><h2>When is totality in Western Europe and South America?</h2><p>The total lunar eclipse will be visible from South America and Western Europe after midnight on Monday, Jan. 21, though in some places it will be relatively low on the western horizon. Here is when the total eclipse begins, though for the best view, observers should get outside an hour before these times to see the moon gradually turn red.<br /><br />London, United Kingdom – 4:41 a.m.<br />Paris, France – 5:41 a.m.<br />Amsterdam, Netherlands – 5:41 a.m.<br />Oslo, Norway – 5:41 a.m.<br />Stockholm, Sweden – 5:41 a.m.<br />Lisbon, Portugal – 4:41 a.m.<br />Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands – 4:41 a.m.<br />Sao Paolo, Brazil – 2:41 a.m.<br />Buenos Aires, Argentina – 1:41 a.m.<br />Santiago, Chile – 1:41 a.m.</p><h2>When is the next total lunar eclipse?</h2><p>The next total lunar eclipse visible from North America will be on May 26, 2021. There is a partial lunar eclipse on July 16, 2019, but it’s only visible in Europe, Africa, and Asia. During that event, the moon will pass through the edge of Earth's shadow and turn half-red. There will be no totality, but it will still be a terrific time to photograph or observe the full moon. The next time a Super Moon coincides with a total lunar eclipse for a Super Blood Moon will be on Oct. 8, 2033.</p>
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Why Muhammad Ali Never Got on a Plane Without His Own Parachute

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:44
<p>This week, the <a href="" target="_blank">city of Louisville</a> made the decision to rename its airport Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in honor of the boxing great. Normally, nobody would bat an eye, (who wouldn’t want their airport named after the champ?), but this story comes with a bit of a twist as it turns out Ali was deathly afraid of stepping foot on airplanes.</p><p>The fear of flying is a well-documented phobia. For many, the act of stepping on a plane can bring on the jitters and perhaps cause sweaty palms or even an anxiety attack while on board. People with extreme cases might even avoid flying altogether. But for those who need to travel long distances for their jobs, not flying just isn’t an option. And one of those people happened to be Ali.</p><p>Ali’s intense fear of flying was rather understandable. According to Ali’s own 1975 biography, "The Greatest: My Own Story," which <a href=";utm_term=.b79644b4f47c" target="_blank"><i>The Washington Post</i></a> recently resurfaced, his fear developed after he experienced turbulence so bad it sent plane equipment flying.</p><p>“Many times I’ve searched my mind to find where the fear originated,” he wrote, explaining the death-defying one-hour flight from Louisville to Chicago. According to Ali, “some of the seats were torn from their bolts on the floor.”</p><p>And Ali wasn’t exaggerating. Joe Martin, his one-time coach, noted in Jonathan Eig’s "<a href=";tag=washpost-20&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0544435249&amp;linkId=45dd17c0777d0d337711c1f5fdd731d6" target="_blank">Ali: A Life</a>," “I really thought it was our last ride... and I mean Cassius was praying and hollering! Oh, man, he was scared to death.”</p><p>That flight caused a life-long fear in Ali. According to <i>The Washington Post,</i> he even once told reporters, “I’m not afraid of the fight. I’m afraid of the flight.”</p><p>However, as a world-famous fighter, Ali had to fly. So, he did the only logical thing: He bought a parachute.</p><p>“He went to an army supply store and bought a parachute and actually wore it on the plane,” Joe Martin Jr., Martin’s son, noted. He reportedly took it on board every flight with him.</p><p>However, his greatest battle with his fear would come during the 1960 Olympics in Rome. Not only did Ali have to be convinced by his coaches to travel for the games, but he even had to be convinced by the U.S. Air Force.</p><p>“What I was afraid of most was the plane crashing, and nothing would satisfy me until I called the Air Force and asked them to give me a record of plane flights between Rome and America,” he wrote in his autobiography. “They said they couldn’t even remember the last time one had crashed. That calmed me down enough to take the flight to Rome.”</p><p>In the end he did get on the plane, and as you surely know, he won.</p><p>If you have a fear of flying, don’t worry, you don’t need to compete in the Olympics to get over it like Ali did. Just follow these <a href="" target="_blank">12 simple steps to getting rid of your fear of flying</a>. </p>
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The Photographer Behind T+L’s February 2019 Cover Reveals How He Got the Shot

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:01
<p>Ideally, the cover of every issue of <em>Travel </em><em>+ Leisure </em>will spark a distinct feeling of <em>dang, I wish I were there</em> — and arguably, none do this more successfully than our February covers, which traditionally depict island destinations and other sunny climes. </p><p>Why is this? Well, for many years, February has been the home of our annual Caribbean package, rounding up all the news and developments in everybody's favorite sun-drenched region. But maybe it's also a self-preservation thing: in the depths of cold, dark, seemingly endless February, we want to daydream about warmer places. </p><p>Our February 2019 cover shows a popular national park in Virgin Gorda, one of the <a href="" target="_blank">British Virgin Islands</a>. "<a href="" target="_blank">The Baths</a>," as they are known, are a beachside geological formation located on the south end of the island near Spanish Town, one of Virgin Gorda's main enclaves. Here, granite boulders are seemingly piled up on each other, forming caves, tunnels, and secret pools perfect for wading.</p><p>It's a popular destination for travelers, but Noe DeWitt, who shot the cover, was able to capture its more peaceful side. DeWitt has worked with T+L several times before, shooting feature stories about other island destinations like <a href="" target="_blank">Oahu</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">St. Kitts</a>. </p><p>Up next for him: the March 26 release of <em><a href="" target="_blank">New York Design At Home</a> </em>from Abrams Books, photographed by DeWitt and written by Anthony Iannacci. The culmination of over three years of work, the book focuses on 27 different NYC homes, belonging to some of today's most influential interior designers and architects.</p><p>T+L recently spoke with the photographer about his trip to the BVIs, his tips for shooting at the beach, his favorite equipment, and how he got this stunning shot. You can read the cover story <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><img alt="Travel + Leisure February 2019 cover "src=""><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure: </em>Had you ever traveled to the British Virgin Islands before?</strong></p><p><strong>Noe DeWitt: "</strong>Yes, I had been there quite a few times (maybe four or five) for different fashion editorials, usually with a resort-y or summer concept. But I have never been to the BVIs for a personal vacation." </p><p><strong>What was your trip like? Impressions of the place and the subject matter?</strong></p><p><strong>"</strong>The BVIs is a playground for island hopping. This particular trip was all about its thriving boat culture. I had always stayed at resorts — and of course that is a great experience too — but staying out on the water, on a boat, is a super unique experience. I loved waking up and being exactly where I wanted to be, right on the water and with my camera in hand! I didn't have to leave a room, walk through a lobby, see other people, or trek to the beach with bags full of sun protection. All I had to do was open the door of the boat and I was topdeck, already in paradise.</p><p>We were usually moored or anchored in one of the many protected coves around the islands, making for a non-seasick trip. A 'tag-along' RIB [Rigid Inflatable Boat] would pull up behind our yacht, and could shuttle us quickly to land to find restaurants, bars, and trails. I could stay out on the water all day and night. Each sunset was better than the previous day. Not only the actual setting sun — the quality of the air, the sea breeze, and the gentle sound of water clapping on the boat's hull. </p><p>The boat culture in the BVIs has inspired me to study and hopefully earn a Captain's License, so in the future I can rent a boat (skipper free) and bring the family along." </p><p><strong>We love this shot because it really feels like, as the viewer, you’re actually wading into the Baths. Where were you standing when you took it?</strong></p><p><b>"</b>Indeed, I did take the cover image standing in two feet of water. Camera held up high, carrying a backpack to keep everything dry, surrounded by giant boulders, large caverns, narrow pathways, with the echoes of crashing waves from the outside."</p><p><strong>What time of day were you there, and what was the scene like? (Was it packed with tourists? And the weather?)</strong></p><p><b>"</b>We entered the National Park at 7 a.m. on a weekday. We worked closely with the BVIs tourism board, and they had informed me that Virgin Gorda (the island where the Baths are located) was expecting three large cruise ships that day — which meant roughly 6,000 to 8,000 people would be wandering the island. So, best to go early or much later in the day to avoid the crowds.</p><p>We were the first people to buy tickets to enter the park, at $3 per ticket. The sun was low in the sky, filtered by high, thin cloud coverage which provided a perfect soft light (less contrast) around the boulders. I would recommend going as early as you can, to avoid the high top-light from the sun (and of course, hundreds, if not thousands, of people entering the park). There is only one path through the boulder area, so it would definitely be a queue to get through (not fun).</p><p>However, when you are the first to go into the Baths, the sand is pristine, with the sound of only your footsteps and legs splashing though the water, and the crashing ocean hitting the outside walls. By the time we got back to the head of the trail, around 9 a.m., droves of buses pouring out tourists were lining up to enter the park. The sun was beating down and the heat was rising, which would make for a guaranteed sweaty experience." </p><p><strong>What type of equipment did you use?</strong></p><p><b>"</b>I used my trusty <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Canon 1 DX Mark II camera body</a> with a few lens options. I shot the cover image with a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Canon 24 - 70mm L series zoom lens</a>.</p><p>My camera settings were: 4000 ISO / Aperture F.8.0, at 1/400 of a second shutter speed. The high dynamic range of the Canon's ISO allows for freedom of hand-holding in darker scenarios, and without generating digital noise. So, it was just me and my camera." </p><p><strong>Do you have any advice about getting a good shot at the beach or on the ocean? Are there any particular challenges in terms of photography?</strong></p><p><b>"</b>I think the biggest challenges in photography are usually around physical positioning, getting what you want conceptually, and trusting your inner aesthetic. Getting to where you want to be to take a photograph and observing the quality of light are very important. Over time, we become more aware of our 'personal light quality' — but there are many instances when you won't have it our way. So, the challenge is to get what you want when the conditions aren't quite right (or just <em>all</em> wrong).</p><p>There are many strategies to getting to a place that feels more attractive to you; being patient and waiting for the light to change is the simplest. On partly cloudy days, the conditions change quickly; on bright, cloudless days, you may have to wait for hours or come back later in the day to see a change. Early morning and end-of-the-day the light is typically the best. 'High noon' is typically the worst time to photograph, however, there are certain subjects that are best during high noon light. The color of the ocean around the BVIs, for instance, pops the brightest blue imaginable during high noon. So, you really have to choose your battles. </p><p>The more photographs you take over time, the more you will discover, through editing, how a scenario changes the look and vibe of a photograph. The more experiences you have out in the field — check the results — you'll discover your own aesthetic. You'll know what to do when the light isn't quite right. Sometimes, you just need to hike a little farther up the hill to get the right perspective. The challenge is fun and very rewarding. It's almost like being a detective for your own aesthetic: 'Where can I find the right shot, and how do I get there?' Curiosity is key and determination will reward you with success." </p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Subscribe</a> to have this and all of T+L's wanderlust-worthy covers delivered to your doorstep.</em></p>
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There's a Reason Airlines Are Dressing Their Employees in Purple (Video)

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:03
<p><a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines</a> is incorporating purple into its new look — from the new uniforms that all 70,000 frontline employees will soon be sporting to new fabrics on its seating.</p><p>The new uniforms were developed in partnerships with Tracy Reese, Brooks Brothers, and Carhartt. Much of the new design is developed around the airline’s new color scheme. </p><p>The central color is “Rhapsody Blue,” which anyone who has seen the United logo will recognize. But the rest of the palette is heavy on neutral blues, grays, and purples.</p><p>Female cabin crew will don a a dress with a lilac arm and an azure “Pacific Blue” curving stripe. Male flight attendants will have purple “Atlantic Amethyst” accents in their uniform, including on ties and pocket squares. </p><img alt="United Airlines New Uniforms "src=""><p>In addition to cabin crew, everyone from tech ops employees to customer service representatives will get new uniforms. United says below the wing uniforms will roll out at the end of 2019 and above the wing in fall 2020.</p><img alt="United Airlines New Uniforms "src=""><p>The addition of purple is no accident. Of all the color wheel, purple tends to be perceived as the most royal and trustworthy color — traits that flight attendant uniforms would want to convey. <a href="" target="_blank">Purple also brings up subconscious connotations</a> of bravery, luxury, and wisdom.</p><p>“When you get on the plane, they’re the first people you see,” Brooks Brothers designer Brian Lane <a href="" target="_blank">told <i>USA Today</i></a> of the cabin crew. “They want to express their pride and their uniform to the customer who comes in. Because at the end of the day, flying is still something special."</p><p>Research by a consultancy firm called <a href="" target="_blank">Color Communications Inc.</a> found that it only takes 90 seconds for a customer to form an opinion of a brand — and <a href="" target="_blank">up to 90 percent of that opinion can be influenced by color</a>.</p><p>At a time when trust in airlines is at an all-time low (<a href="" target="_blank">only 44 percent of passengers trust they’ll be treated fairly if things go wrong</a>), United isn’t the only airline to add purple to their visuals. In 2018, <a href="" target="_blank">Delta revealed new uniforms that went heavy on purple</a> — despite being a brand new color to the airline’s visuals.</p><img alt="New Delta Uniforms by Zac Posen "src="">
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This Portable Speaker Is a No. 1 Best-seller on Amazon — and It's on Sale for $23 Right Now

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 08:35
<p>Speakers don’t have to be big in size to give off powerful sound. And the <a href=";tag=tlankerspeaker-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B016XTADG2&amp;linkId=7fafbeca31132a0c18e3b544d5b095ed" target="_blank">Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker</a>, a wildly popular wireless speaker that’s earned over 8,300 five-star Amazon reviews, is proof. Today only, you can get this compact-yet-loud speaker for only $23. </p><p>Though the speaker currently ranks as the <a href=";tag=tlankerspeaker-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B016XTADG2&amp;linkId=7fafbeca31132a0c18e3b544d5b095ed" target="_blank">number one best-selling Portable Line-In Speaker on Amazon</a>, it also easily connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device up to 66 feet away. Plus, it's compact enough (6.5-by-2 inches) to throw in your <a href="" target="_blank">tote bag</a> and take with you on the go. Even better? It weighs less than a pound and you can listen for up to 24 hours without having to recharge it.</p><p>Thousands of Amazon reviewers attest to the superior quality of the speaker. “I have got to tell you that this Anker speaker is unbelievable. It is truly amazing how much quality sound comes out of this compact size unit,” said one shopper. “I was very involved in audio retail sales so I do know when something sounds good, and this speaker is a little dynamo! I have heard less from speakers at OVER three times the price.”</p><p>As part of Amazon’s daily deals, you can get this <a href=";tag=tlankerspeaker-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B016XTADG2&amp;linkId=7fafbeca31132a0c18e3b544d5b095ed" target="_blank">best-selling speaker for just $23</a> right now — 30 percent off its regular price. The deal ends today, so act fast if you want to snag one of these popular speakers.</p><h2>Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker</h2><p>%image2<br />To buy: <a href=";tag=tlankerspeaker-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B016XTADG2&amp;linkId=7fafbeca31132a0c18e3b544d5b095ed" target="_blank"></a>, $23 (originally $33)</p>
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Man Banned for Life From Royal Caribbean Cruises After Recklessly Jumping From 11-floor Balcony

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 08:06
<p>If you’re wondering the one thing you should never do on a cruise: We give you Exhibit A.</p><p>Nick Naydev, a 27-year-old from Vancouver, Washington, was enjoying a cruise with his friends on the Royal Caribbean <a href="" target="_blank">Symphony of the Seas</a> when he decided to do something that most of us would agree is probably against the rules in the “cruise guest handbook.”</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a>, the ship was docked in Nassau, Bahamas when Naydev decided to jump from the 11th floor of the ship and into the water. All while his three friends filmed him doing it.</p><p>Some people are their own worst enemies.</p><p>Luckily, Naydev was not too hurt from his jump, which he estimated to be about 100 feet, he told <a href="" target="_blank">Fox 13</a>. He mentioned on his Instagram that he had some neck and tailbone pain, but was “good now,” according to Fox News.</p><p>Though he escaped bodily harm, Naydev didn’t escape being banned from Royal Caribbean cruises for life. He also managed to get his friends banned as well.</p><p>“This was stupid and reckless behavior and he and his companions have been banned from ever sailing with us again,” the manager of Royal Caribbean’s corporate communications told Fox News.</p><p>Naydev’s motivations for wanting to jump were murky. Konstantin Kryachun, one of the friends, told <a href="" target="_blank">Yahoo! Lifestyle</a> that Naydev is known for making jumps like this and that they “wanted to get a video of it and make it go viral.” Naydev himself said he was “truly astonished at how this video has spread throughout the Internet.” Adding, “I did not think this through before I jumped.”</p><p>To go viral or not to go viral, that seems to be the question. But one thing the group did not consider was the repercussions for their actions.</p><p>“We didn’t really care about the consequences with the cruise company,” Kryachun told Yahoo! Lifestyle.</p><p>After Naydev hit the water, Yahoo! Lifestyle reported, he was picked up by a small boat and brought back to the ship by local police to gather his things to leave. Naydev was told he was not allowed to reboard the ship, according to Fox News. He was then left to find his way home from the Bahamas on his own.</p><p>According to Yahoo! Lifestyle, his three friends were also escorted off the boat.</p><p>The video on Instagram, however, did achieve some of its goal by amassing over 91,000 views as of the time this article was written.</p><p>Local police did not press charges, since apparently they found the stunt “amusing.” Royal Caribbean, however, is seeking legal action against Naydev.</p><p>If you want to take a cruise, by all means, <a href="" target="_blank">please do</a>. Just don’t jump off the ship. And if you want to go to port, make sure you’re using the proper exits.</p>
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The St. Regis Aspen Got a Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy and His Instagram Is Truly Winter Magic

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 06:28
<p>Instagram, meet your new pet obsession.</p><p>Plenty of hotels opt for animal mascots to represent their brands both on the property and on social media. For instance, the Milwaukee Hilton has a <a href="" target="_blank">Goldendoodle named Millie</a> while the London West Hollywood in Beverly Hills has two adorable <a href="" target="_blank">Boston Terriers named Winston and Churchill</a>.</p><p>And now, the <a href="" target="_blank">St. Regis Aspen</a> is welcoming their own furry friend to the family. And he has <a href="" target="_blank">an adorable Instagram</a> to go with him.</p><p>Meet Kitty Jacob Astor II, a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy that also pays tribute to the St. Regis’ history.</p><img alt="St. Regis Aspen's Burmese Resident Fur Friend, Kitty "src=""><p>Kitty is the first-ever property dog for the St. Regis brand, but he’s named after someone quite famous from the hotel brand’s past: the faithful pup of the St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV. Astor’s dog was also named Kitty.</p><p>Kitty, of course, is a pretty peculiar name for a dog, but the St. Regis notes that it was just an example of Astor’s sense of humor, so the hotel thought the new pup’s name was a fitting tribute.</p><p>And while Kitty is just a little pup (less than a year old), he already has some big jobs around the hotel. He helps with airport-pickups, hosts storytimes with kids, attends community events, cuddles guests in the lobby, and even gives goodnight nuzzles.</p><p>Of course, his main duty is to give every guest a big welcome and bring smiles to their faces.</p><p>Bernese Mountain Dogs are well suited to the terrain and climate in Aspen. They were bred for alpine environments, so they love snow. They’re also known as <a href="" target="_blank">good family dogs</a>, since they’re usually gentle, friendly, patient, and very loyal.</p><p>Of course, if you can’t get to Aspen, you can follow Kitty’s antics on Instagram, where he gives the local weather report (hint: it’s usually cold), and shows off different areas of the hotel grounds.</p><p>As a Bernese Mountain Dog, Kitty enjoys exploring the surrounding alpine environment and frolicking in fresh snow. He also loves to show off his lovable personality and incredible friendliness.</p><p>To follow Kitty’s adventures, and get the cutest daily Aspen weather report ever, follow him on Instagram <a href="" target="_blank">@KittyTheBernese</a>.</p>
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The Government Shutdown May Delay Delta’s Much-anticipated Airbus A220 Planes

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 17:41
<p>The government shutdown is well into its third week with no end in sight. Though we know that the shutdown isn’t <a href="" target="_blank">great for national parks</a>, and that <a href="" target="_blank">TSA agents are going unpaid</a>, it turns out the shutdown is also bad for big businesses, too.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>, Delta Air Lines’ upcoming release of its new, much-anticipated Airbus A220 planes will likely be delayed thanks to the shutdown.</p><p>On Tuesday, while on the airline’s earnings conference call, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the airline’s new planes and their start dates are “likely to be pushed back’’ due to the shutdown, <em>USA Today</em> reported. That is because the shutdown has also delayed the Federal Aviation Administration certification the airline needs to begin flying passengers on new aircraft.</p><p>And it’s not just the A220s that will be affected.<br /><br />Gil West, Delta’s chief operating officer, said on the call that certification issues could also push back the launch of the airline’s A330-900.</p><p>“There’s not an immediate impact, but it certainly could have an impact downstream on us,” West said.</p><p>But, as both employees stated, passengers shouldn’t worry about delayed or canceled flights. Instead, the airline will keep flying other planes on the routes the A220 was expected to take.</p><p>So what makes these A220s so special anyway? As <em><a href="" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure</a></em> previously explained, the planes are expected to come with larger overhead bins to fit even more carry-on luggage onboard. The plane will also feature two-by-three seating in economy, which means fewer dreaded middle seats. Each of the plane’s seats will also be wider than industry average, making a more comfortable ride for everyone. Though these are cool, it may be the plane’s quirkier updates that will really get people’s attention. Updates like having windows in the bathroom to add more ambience to the space, free mobile messaging, plus the strongest WiFi available in the sky.</p><p>But, for now, all we can do is hope for the shutdown to end so we can all book a seat on the new planes soon.</p>
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On Two Very Different Caribbean Islands, Legendary Sister Resort Properties Are Emblems of Hurricane Recovery

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 17:33
<p>Barbuda, St. John, St. Thomas, St. Bart's, Turks and Caicos, the British Virgin Islands. Places that, for many of our readers, are synonymous with luxury island vacations — and for many more, are simply home.</p><p>After the devastating hurricanes of 2017, few of the Caribbean's most populous and heavily touristed islands were spared. The region is steadily coming back online, thanks to a relatively mild hurricane season last year and <a href="" target="_blank">a concerted effort to rebuild and renew.</a> And alongside new roads, schools, and airports, you'll find revamped hotels and travel infrastructure — an integral part of the way things are done on the islands these days. </p><img alt="Aerial view of the Belmond La Samanna luxury resort in St Martin "src=""><p>Two of the Caribbean's most storied resorts — <a href="" target="_blank">La Samanna</a> in St. Martin and <a href="" target="_blank">Cap Juluca</a> in Anguilla, sister properties operated by luxury travel company <a href="" target="_blank">Belmond</a> — have just debuted after making the most of their forced rebuilding. Their highly anticipated openings shout to the world: the Caribbean is ready to have you back.</p><p>But though they're just a 30-minute ferry ride apart, the recovery stories on <a href="" target="_blank">St. Martin</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Anguilla</a> are very different. </p><p>Saint Martin, a 35-square-mile island next to Puerto Rico that's half-French (Saint-Martin), half-Dutch (Sint Maarten), was among the islands most devastated by the hurricane. On the southern, Dutch side, it's been estimated that one of every three buildings was destroyed. You'll see the occasional yacht, dinghy, small plane, or even large tanker ship languishing, half-submerged, in the turquoise waters of the largest marinas. (Many of these craft actually date to Hurricane Luis, which struck in 1995 — generally accepted these days as part of the island's unique scenery, most remain in limbo due to insurance issues.) On the less urbanized French side, there are more felled trees, roofless buildings, and shuttered shops, even 18 months on.</p><p>While it's estimated that about 75% of the island is back in pre-storm shape, and the airport building reopened back in December, the recovery is still very much in progress.</p><img alt="Terrace with water view at the Belmond La Samanna resort in St Martin "src=""><p>Belmond La Samanna, which will complete a $25 million facelift in March, is a beacon of renewal. Strung along the limestone bluffs and white sand and of Baie Longue — this private beach, one of the best in the Caribbean, has made a fabulous comeback — the resort dates back to 1973, and it's been a favorite low-key haunt of discerning travelers from France and around the world ever since.</p><p>The 83-key property has been re-envisioned by London-based design firm <a href="" target="_blank">MuzaLab</a>, which also helped dream up concepts for other Belmond properties, including their luxe <a href="" target="_blank">Andean Explorer</a> train. A full renovation will debut in March, with hand-carved Balinese wood furniture, fine textiles, and a more modern look.</p><p>But the same La Samanna that regulars know and love is still there, too, including its French-inflected restaurant and the La Cave wine cellar, which houses the largest private collection in the Caribbean. When I visited, just after its soft launch, the old crowd was back in full force — lounging with white wine in the pool, and hoping that their patronage could play a role helping their home-away-from-home rebuild.</p><img alt="Pool and beach at the Belmond La Samanna resort in St Martin "src=""><p>Anguilla, by contrast, <a href="" target="_blank">was among the first of the islands to bounce back</a>. The small, skinny, 16-mile-long island is packed with resorts, some of which reopened as early as January 2018. Tourism is up, and local mainstay businesses — like <a href="" target="_blank">Blanchards</a>, a 25-year-old institution on Meads Bay that reopened in mid-November with an revamped dining room and menu — are once again serving their regular customers.</p><p>Driving from the ferry terminal to the center of the island, you won't find the major storm scars still visible back in Saint Martin: no uprooted palms or signs with missing letters, just the occasional roving rooster and ocean views in every direction. Those buildings you see without finished roofs, according to my cabbie, Didric, are just a symptom of a tax loophole that goes easy on properties still under construction.</p><p>A huge part of Anguilla's quick recovery is the matter of construction: after Hurricane Donna hit in 1960, the island's previously wooden structures were almost universally replaced with concrete buildings. In Saint Martin, wood remained the construction material of choice — and wooden buildings don't fare very well in hurricanes. </p><img alt="Exterior of the Belmond Cap Juluca resort in Anguilla "src=""><p>Why did Belmond Cap Juluca wait it out? The team at this resort, which opened in 1988, took the storm as an opportunity to regroup. The property had only been purchased by Belmond a few months before it was shuttered; instead of simply aiming to reopen, they went all in on their plan for a a massive, $121 million redesign and expansion. Daniel Pasquali, Belmond's marketing lead in the region, told me that a tourism ministry representative once advised him, "how Cap Juluca is doing is how Anguilla is doing." It's a big mantle to bear. </p><p>Five villas have been added, bringing the total room count up to 108, and I challenge you to figure out which ones are the newcomers — they blend seamlessly in with the rest of the whitewashed, Moorish-style buildings that arc along the private beach on Maundays Bay. </p><p>Each of the villas has been fully renovated, with modern conveniences like Bluetooth speakers and charging ports tastefully concealed in drawers and cupboards. A beachy palette of neutrals and pastels dominates, with special touches like guidebooks for shell-collecting and scientific illustrations of local flora and fauna on the walls. My favorite corner was my private bathroom patio, connected to the shower via a glass door to let in a cool sea breeze. </p><img alt="Terrace lounge chairs at the Belmond Cap Juluca resort in Anguilla "src=""><p>Other additions include a new spa and the Cap Shack, a seaside bar in the model of Anguilla's famous beach barbecue joints. The main restaurant, <a href="" target="_blank">Pimms</a> — which actually predates the hotel — has a new executive chef in Londoner Andy Gaskin, and now serves elevated seafood-focused plates with a Moroccan twist and a chef's table tasting menu.</p><p>At both resorts, I was able to chat with staff and guests alike about the aftermath of the storm and the recent changes. The crowd at both properties seemed to be entirely made up of diehard devotees, regular visitors who wanted to see the new updates as soon as possible. I also met plenty of people happily returning to posts they'd held for 10 or 20 years, greeting old friends as they arrived. But many, including Kennedy, the attendant who walked me to my room when I arrived at Cap Juluca, were new hires. The resort was a huge part of Anguilla, he told me, and he was excited to be on board. </p><p> </p>
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This Gorgeous Town in Sicily Is Selling Houses for $1 (Video)

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:53
<p>If you want your dream Italian retreat, all you need is some pocket change.</p><p>According to <em>CNN</em>, Sambuca, an idyllic town in Sicily, Italy, is selling off dozens of old homes for the mere pittance of €1, just over $1 USD. </p><p>Several other Italian towns have opted for this kind of deal as well, from Sardinia, which <a href="" target="_blank">also sold off homes for a dollar</a>, to Candela, which offered to <a href="" target="_blank">pay potential residents</a> to move there.</p><p>And much like these other towns, Sambuca has suffered from a dwindling population since residents have either passed away or moved to big cities.</p><p>However, the town officials of Sambuca claim that their deal is better than the rest because if you want a house, you’ve got a house. “As opposed to other towns that have merely done this for propaganda, this city hall owns all €1 houses on sale. We're not intermediaries who liaise between old and new owners. You want that house, you'll get it no time,” Giuseppe Cacioppo, Sambuca's deputy mayor and tourist counselor, told <em>CNN</em>.</p><p>But much like the other towns mentioned, there’s a few rules you must follow. First, all new homeowners must agree to refurbish their new homes. And as you might have guessed, they are in dire need of some TLC.</p><p>According to <em>CNN</em>, the “crumbling” homes can range from anywhere between 40 and 150 square meters (430 to 1,614 square feet). In case you’re wondering, 430 square feet is about the size of an 11-by-39-foot room — which is about the size of a spacious New York City studio.</p><p>Plus, the cost of renovating these places costs about €15,000 (about $17,200 USD) to start, <em>CNN </em>reported. </p><p>In addition, the new homeowners must pay a €5,000 (about $5,700 USD) security deposit, which is fully refundable once renovations are complete. So, your $1 investment just became about a $22,901 investment.</p><p>But Cacioppo says it’ll be worth it, since Sambuca is known as the “City of Splendor” and an “Earthly Paradise.”</p><p>“We're located inside a natural reserve, packed with history. Gorgeous beaches, woods and mountains surround us. It's silent and peaceful, an idyllic retreat for a detox stay,” Cacioppo told <em>CNN</em>.</p><p>Among the highlights of Sambuca include views of the volcano Mt. Etna in the distance, tours of ancient ruins, beautiful Arab architecture, excellent local wines, and delicious food.</p><p>It was nominated in Italy's Most Beautiful Towns contest in 2016,<em> CNN</em> reported. Some people have already started snapping up houses, so if you’re willing to make the renovations, now is the time to buy.</p>
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Alaska Airlines Is Hiring 3,000 People — and You Can Apply Without Airline Experience

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:33
<p>Now’s your time to take to the skies.</p><p>Alaska Airlines will hire 3,000 people this year, the Seattle-based airline said in <a href="" target="_blank">a blog post</a> on Monday. Approximately three-quarters of the new jobs will be based in Washington state.</p><p>Shortly after hiring its 10,000th employee in Washington, Alaska plans to rapidly expand its frontline positions. For those looking to apply, the new openings will include positions as maintenance technicians, airport operations, customer service representatives, cargo specialists, flight attendants and pilots.</p><p>Future employees will be hired by both <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Horizon</a> airlines. The positions will be listed online and, for many, no previous airline experience is necessary.</p><p>“An airline needs great planes, but also great people. We’re thankful for the community here in our home state that is producing diverse talent and strong local partnerships,” Andy Schneider, Alaska Airlines vice president of people, said in the blog post. “Together, we’re building long-term, sustainable growth across Washington and, most importantly, giving the next generation a chance to succeed.”</p><p>The airline now contributes more than $7 billion to the economy of Washington state. Over the past four years, the airline says its employment at the <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle Tacoma airport</a> grew 35 percent, or about six percent per year.</p><p>Much of the airline’s rapid growth can be attributed to its <a href="" target="_blank">merger with Virgin America last year</a>.</p><p>Last year, the airline had a nationwide employment of about 21,300 people.</p>
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Richard Branson's Virgin Voyages Will Have the Coolest Suites at Sea — Take a Look Inside

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:01
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Richard Branson is here</a> to shake up the world of cruising.</p><p>In case you missed it, Branson is entering cruising with his new <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Voyages</a> venture. The company promises things will be thoroughly modern on board its ships. And now, it’s unveiling the first look at its rooms on board the Scarlet Lady, which is due to set sail in the spring of 2020.</p><p>Specifically, Virgin Voyages is unveiling a sneak peek at its RockStar Suites, which were designed by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio.</p><img alt="Gorgeous Suite on board Virgin Cruises Scarlet Lady Ship "src=""><p>The suites have a totally fresh take on traditional cruising. Rather than give travelers the look and feel of a cruise, the RockStar Suites aim to make guests feel like they are on their very own chartered mega-yacht. Each of the suites comes with what Virgin Voyages calls a “retro-futurism design” and includes a soothing color palette of deep blues to echo the ocean outside guests’ windows.</p><p>The suites also come with their own VIP perks including a personal assistant “Rockstar Coordinator,” private transportation to the boat, a personal wardrobe team that will help guests unpack upon arrival, complimentary pressing service to keep guests looking fresh, nightly express swimsuit drying service, and even exclusive early access to onboard entertainment and restaurants. But, perhaps the best part of booking the room is the fact that guests also have access to Richard’s Rooftop – a secluded, members-only club for guests in the RockStar Suites.</p><img alt="Gorgeous Suite Terrace on board Virgin Cruises Scarlet Lady Ship "src=""><p>The Scarlet Lady, which will be an adults-only ship, will feature just 78 RockStar Suites. Each suite comes complete with a sea terrace, blackout curtains, gold-plated vinyl record player (that, of course, comes with an en-suite collection of classic records), and a few more luxurious surprises.</p><img alt="Music Room on board Virgin Cruises Scarlet Lady Ship "src=""><p>If you’re hoping to make your voyage even more over-the-top you could try booking the Massive Suite, which is the largest of the RockStar Suites. That suite comes with a whopping 2,147 square feet of living space including an expansive sea terrace and even its own outdoor Jacuzzi. The room also has a dining table for six, a private outdoor shower, hammocks, and a catamaran net for stargazing. In total, the suite sleeps up to six guests.</p><img alt="Gorgeous Suite Bedroom on board Virgin Cruises Scarlet Lady Ship "src=""><p>But, the ship’s Fab Suite, Posh Suite, Gorgeous Suite, Brilliant Suite, Cheeky Corner Suite, Sweet Aft Suite, and Seriously Suite, which range between 357 to 900 square feet, should all be well worth your sailing time as well.</p><img alt="Posh Suite Bedroom on board Virgin Cruises Scarlet Lady Ship "src=""><img alt="Bathroom on board Virgin Cruises Scarlet Lady Ship "src=""><p>Want to get on board now? Sorry, you’ll have to wait, but you can <a href="" target="_blank">get on the company’s list right now</a> and (hopefully) be one of the first to set sail next year.</p>
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This Action-packed Alaska Cruise Lets You Explore the Wilderness by Ship, Kayak, and Dogsled

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:01
<p>Someday you’re going to go to <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska</a>. You can say you hate the cold, but you’ll still go. There are puffins, whales, otters, bears, glaciers, and fjords in many places around the world, but eventually you’ll give in, because only Alaska feels like Alaska: vast, empty, disconnected, and, as you start to realize during your 10th hour in the air to Anchorage, farther away than you’d imagined. It’s the end of the line, and not in a Key West kind of way.</p><p>“Alaska isn’t a reserve. It’s wild,” I was told by Chris Srigley, the leader of the expedition team aboard my <em><a href="" target="_blank">Seabourn Sojourn</a></em> cruise last July. “Wild” is not quite the same as the pure, still majesty of Antarctica, which fills you with peace. Wild is a charge in the air. It’s the dark, ominous, infinite evergreens. It’s watching everything trying to eat everything else, while keeping a respectful distance from the things that want to eat you. It’s the nagging thought in the back of your mind that the most powerful earthquake recorded in America — an incomprehensible 9.2 — occurred where you’re standing. The ground in Anchorage shook for four and a half minutes.</p><p>Champagne flowed freely as the 450-passenger <em>Sojourn</em> explored the wild for two leisurely weeks, starting in the southern port city of Seward and then following the Inside Passage to Vancouver. I’d sailed Seabourn on expedition itineraries before and knew its cosseted take on adventure and the people it would attract. They came from around the world, and they weren’t boring: an Australian TV celebrity, a producer of <em>Sharknado</em><i>,</i> a lawyer from Liechtenstein, who finally explained Liechtenstein to me. As always, the cabins were spacious and the bathrooms were marble, while the food ranged from country-club solid to stellar. <a href="" target="_blank">Chef Thomas Keller of the French Laundry</a> has his own handsome restaurant on board and also creates menus for the main dining room.</p><p>Most ships do this itinerary in one rat-a-tat week. Two weeks gave <em>Sojourn</em> the time to linger, to call on obscure ports, and to dig in with 116 shore excursions, many a part of <a href="" target="_blank">Ventures by Seabourn</a>. Available in Alaska since 2017, Ventures consists of more rigorous outings — the kind you’d traditionally find on an expedition cruise. The program, now over three years old, has transformed this luxury cruise line in unexpected ways. Everything has become less formal, more youthful, and much more active. There’s not a lot of vegging in a deck chair anymore. You’re in a kayak, alone in silence, or in a Zodiac, racing along with a guide telling stories about bears and avalanches. You’re focused on fishing, ethnography, nature photography, hiking, mindful living, or a zipline. You’re always wondering what you’ve missed: I’d go to dinner thrilled about my spin through the Tracy Arm iceberg field and leave envious of a new friend’s six-mile, eight-hour march in cleated boots across Davidson Glacier (after which he moaned in his cabin for a full day).</p><p>Each of us really designed a personal cruise. The birders were attached to their binoculars perpetually, hoping for one more pigeon guillemot. The <a href="" target="_blank">whale-watchers</a> would spend hours on deck, scanning the water for the tip of a fin. The bear people would lose their minds over every brown speck in the distance. “Look, at two o’clock....” “Sorry, it’s a rock....” “No, I saw it move....” “Too late, you missed it....”</p><img alt="Brown bear at Anan Creek, Alaska "src=""><p>I — a generalist — chose one ice outing, one search for sea and bird life, and one <a href="" target="_blank">bear trek</a>, though I wasn’t quick enough to book the coveted Ventures Anan Creek bear viewing, which sold out months in advance. And I like dogs, so I signed up for a helicopter jaunt to go sledding. I didn’t fully grasp that I’d be dropped onto a glacier with 200 huskies in training for <a href="" target="_blank">the Iditarod, the legendary thousand-mile sled race from Anchorage to Nome</a>. These weren’t the blue-eyed glamour dogs I was expecting; they were more like mutts, powerful, affectionate, smart, and bred solely for endurance. All they want to do is run, and if you make them stop, all they do is bark. Our musher had to spell out their commands — I can still see his breath in the cold air as he mouthed the letters <em>H…A…W…</em><i> </i>— because if you even whisper the command “Haw,” every dog within earshot will take off like a rocket to the left. Within minutes of landing I was standing on the rails of a sled with 10 ecstatic dogs that thought they were galloping for Nome, ready to bump for miles through a valley of snow and ice. And then someone stuck a puppy in my arms. Total goner.</p><p>The wild side of Alaska is less apparent when you’re docked in Juneau or Ketchikan along with 14,000 people from other ships. But walk 200 yards beyond the shorefront stores, and you’ll find it. In Ketchikan, I spent an hour over reindeer sausage and eggs at the <a href="" target="_blank">Pioneer Café</a>, making futile small talk with the locals, who tend to answer in one word. Like most of the state, Wrangell, population 2,369, is accessible only by plane or boat, and the boat sometimes appears at 4:30 a.m. I found a café there that made Red Bull smoothies, and then reviewed a supermarket noticeboard where every kind of bullet was for sale.</p><img alt="Sitka, Alaska at dawn "src=""><p>Every day brought something a cruise brochure can’t quite capture: the distinctly un-touristy cultural demonstration by the First Nations people of Klemtu, British Columbia, where Seabourn is the only cruise line that calls, or the <a href="" target="_blank">American Bald Eagle Foundation</a> in Haines, where my heart was stolen by a bird named Arden that had been rescued after an encounter with a power line.</p><p>But I always liked knowing what was waiting for me at the end of an exhausting day: the yachtlike <i>Sojourn,</i> its clubby atmosphere, a crew I looked forward to seeing again, and — what every cruise revolves around — dinner. Months later I’m still thinking about a cut of prime beef Keller called a <i>calotte,</i> wondering if I’ll ever eat anything that good again. Two weeks of living like that goes to your head. At one point I caught myself standing on deck in hiking boots and waterproof pants saying, “I have to keep it simple tonight. Caviar and lamb chops.”</p><p><em><strong>To book:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 10, 11, or 13-night Alaska sailings from $4,699 per person, all-inclusive. </em></p>
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United's New Polaris Lounge at LAX Is Basically a Spa but With Tacos and Wine

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:00
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles International Airport</a> is the site of <a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines’</a> fifth and newest <a href="" target="_blank">Polaris lounge</a>.</p><p>The swanky 12,000-square-foot lounge is the final piece of the airline’s $573-million renovation of Terminal 7 and is open to passengers traveling on international flights in the <a href="" target="_blank">United Polaris business class</a> cabin. Customers in first or business class on a long-haul international flight on a Star Alliance member airline may access the lounge as well.</p><p>Located on the upper level, between gates 73 and 75A in Terminal 7 at LAX and accessible via elevator and stairs, the new lounge has 140 seats, 272 power outlets and 120 USB ports, and a dozen semi-private work spaces with oversized chairs, AC and USB power, work or dining table, privacy dividers, and a lamp.</p><img alt="United Polaris Lounge at LAX "src=""><p>Additional amenities in the lounge include six shower suites with rainfall shower heads and Soho House &amp; Co’s Cowshed Spa products, a pair of daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding, and a valet service that will steam wrinkled clothes. There’s also an on-site washing machine for travel wardrobe emergencies and, for those who may have forgotten a needed personal care item, a closet full of complimentary or loaner amenities such as deodorant, curling irons, hair straighteners, shower caps, and toothbrushes.</p><img alt="United Polaris Lounge at LAX "src=""><p>For dining, there’s a self-service buffet area loaded with fresh and healthy foods and a 16-seat dining room offering complimentary table service with a seasonal, California-themed à la carte menu.</p><img alt="United Polaris Lounge at LAX "src=""><p>In addition to United’s Signature scent (called “Landing”) and large windows offering views of airfield activities, much of the core design and services in the lounge will be somewhat familiar to customers who have visited United’s other Polaris lounges at Chicago O’Hare Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and San Francisco International Airport. However, the new LAX lounge adds some decidedly Southern California and Los Angeles touches, including a wine wall and artwork by L.A.-based artists.</p><p>The menu was developed by Los Angeles native chef Tritia Gestuvo and features offerings such as street tacos, house-made cinnamon churros, and almond-crusted fish and chips. The bar menu includes Signature Polaris lounge cocktails, such as the “Paper Plane,” a bourbon-based drink garnished with a tiny paper plane, but also a pair of L.A.-inspired cocktails, including the “Let’s Rumble,” made with an organic, locally made rum, fresh lemon, prickly pear puree and house-made simple syrup, and the “On Sunset,” a tequila sunrise that pays homage to L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard. The wine list leans heavily to California wines.</p><img alt="United Polaris Lounge at LAX "src=""><p>The LAX Polaris lounge is also the first to offer a permanent “Action Station,” where United chefs and other staff members will engage with customers through food and drink demonstrations, said Alexander Dorow, United’s director of premium services. “We’ve introduced this in other ways in other Polaris lounges," Dorow added, "but this is the one where we intend it to be a regular destination and experience for our customers.” </p>
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Why a Sailboat Journey Is the Best Way to Explore the British Virgin Islands

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:42
<p>It was the first morning of my five-day trip aboard a catamaran <a href="" target="_blank">cruising the British Virgin Islands</a>. Just as I settled into the cockpit with a cup of coffee and a book, a double rainbow appeared above the lush hills of Cooper Island. Then a turtle surfaced with a splash several feet away, looking in my direction before submerging again. For the next hour, it played hide-and-seek with the boat, while pelicans dive-bombed for breakfast and returned to the rocks to eat their catch. A barracuda leaped out of the water off the stern. Eventually, I gave up trying to read.</p><img alt="British Virgin Islands beach club "src=""><p>I had returned to the islands — where I've vacationed for decades — eager to see how the area was rebounding. Only 14 months before my trip, Irma had whipped through the Caribbean, causing $3.6 billion in damage in the BVIs alone. While many resorts are still rebuilding, the sailing industry rebounded almost immediately, thanks in part to <a href="" target="_blank">The Moorings</a>, from which my husband and I chartered a 51-foot boat with a captain and a chef. The company offers approximately 200 yachts out of Tortola, the largest of the <a href="" target="_blank">BVIs</a>, for both bareboat and crewed trips, and is adding more to meet the demands of sailors, who have long revered the destination for its gentle trade winds, teeming sea life, and sheltered anchorages off private islands that, often, can only be approached by sea. And as anyone who takes to these seas will find, now is an ideal time to discover (or rediscover) this paradise.</p><p>On Virgin Gorda, the territory's third-largest island, one person benefiting from the rebuilding is Dale Wheatley, who holds forth at his barbecue restaurant, <a href="" target="_blank">Hog Heaven Bar Grill</a>. Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock Resort, popular with yachters looking for anchorage, food, and entertainment, were destroyed by Irma, so for now boats tie up at sheltered Leverick Bay, a 10-minute taxi ride from Wheatley's place. Perched high on a hill, this smoky aerie serves up delectable ribs as well as sunset views out over Mosquito, Prickly Pear, and <a href="" target="_blank">Necker islands</a>. The restaurant, which had completed a $300,000 renovation only a week before Irma struck, reopened following several months of round-the-clock work and another $400,000 investment. "Irma had its good side and bad side," Wheatley told me, "and it depends on how you look at it. What is open is doing very well." In 2018, tourism on the island was mostly limited to yachters, but many popular stops, including <a href="" target="_blank">Rosewood Little Dix Bay</a>, will be open by the end of 2019.</p><img alt="Hog Heaven in Virgin Gorda "src=""><p>The next day we traveled 15 nautical miles to Anegada, population 350, the only coral island in the archipelago. Protected by the 39-mile-long Horseshoe Reef, this white-beach-ringed, 15-square-mile island sustained relatively little damage and is finally getting the devotion it deserves. Residents told me that more first-time boaters are coming, and returning yachts are staying longer than they did pre-Irma — important for the island, since, with only three small hotels, its tourism economy is heavily dependent on seafaring visitors. Liston Potter, whose restaurant, <a href="" target="_blank">Potter's by the Sea</a>, is a disembarkation point for many sailors, had to rebuild parts of the property in time for the island's annual <a href="" target="_blank">Lobster Festival</a>, a two-day party that takes place each November. "I thought I was going to die I was so tired," he said somberly, "but it was worth it. It ended up being our biggest lobster fest ever, with a thousand people showing up. They were here, and they needed someplace to go."</p><p>When we arrived, rain had flooded the only road, closing the K-12 school of 70 students and the general store. As our taxi driver, Lauren Creque, searched for an open beachside bar, the only life forms we passed were the cows and goats that wander the island freely. (Five horses also roam, although their owner reclaims them daily at dusk.)</p><img alt="Traveling in the British Virgin Islands "src=""><p>Anegada's few dining options are appealingly unpolished. Lauren pulled into the beachside <a href="" target="_blank">Flash of Beauty Restaurant &amp; Bar</a>, where the only inhabitant was a dog sitting on a table. "The owner wonders why he isn't more successful," she said with a laugh. "But he'll close at one p.m., even on a good day." We had better luck down the beach at <a href="" target="_blank">Cow Wreck Beach Bar</a>, owned and run by Lauren's mother, Bell; her sister, Ann; and Ann's husband, Andrew. "It takes a certain kind of attitude to live here," admitted Andrew, who moved from Miami five years ago. "But it's so good for you. I used to go to sleep at midnight. Here, we're all in bed by eight p.m."</p><p>The family has expanded the business since the hurricane, erecting a gift shop. On the front wall hangs a photograph from <a href="" target="_blank">the Obamas' 2017 visit</a> — an event that made residents exceedingly proud. Ann has also built four charming guesthouses, painted in orange, turquoise, green, and blue, behind her mother's house.</p><img alt="Cow Wreck Beach Bar in the British Virgin Islands "src=""><p>Rum punches in hand, we strolled for a mile and a half on the deserted beach to the <a href="" target="_blank">Anegada Beach Club</a>, which consists of nine seaside villas, a 16-room hotel, and a restaurant. It was empty except for a lone guest fishing in the surf. Originally built for glamping, the resort lost its tents in the hurricane and has since rebuilt with more traditional palapas — which are now fully booked in the high season, despite the lack of air-conditioning — and it's now easier than ever to get to, even if you're not chartering your own boat, thanks to new daily ferry service from Tortola. Additional flights are anticipated in the near future.</p><p>We spent the night moored off Anegada before cruising to the privately owned <a href="" target="_blank">Norman Island</a>, grabbing drinks at <a href="" target="_blank">Pirate's Bight Restaurant &amp; Bar</a>, the island's only dining establishment, before our final night on the boat. At dawn, we stopped for one last snorkel at the Indians, an archipelago of four rocky islets. We were alone, swimming in a snow globe of blue and green angelfish, French grunts, and yellow goatfish. I watched a spotted eagle ray glide along the reef below us and I thought of something our captain had said earlier: "No sailor ever looks at a resort from the water and says, "I wish I was there instead."" In this visual cacophony of underwater color, with the only noise my own breath, I was in total agreement.</p><p><em>To book: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>; seven-day charters from $2,217</em></p>
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These Non-slip Yoga Gloves and Socks Are so Much Easier to Pack Than a Yoga Mat

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:31
<p>Long gone are traveling days spent lugging around bulky yoga mats through the airport and cramped airplane cabins, because now non-slip yoga gloves and socks exist. Genius! We wish we thought of it first, but also, we’re just happy we found a travel yoga mat alternative that doesn’t involve bulk of any kind.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">8 Super-comfy Leggings With Pockets Big Enough for Your Phone</a></p><p>A set of YogaPaws (<a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbestyogaglovessocks-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=5a4fc7f55b7e07bfa41a0cd6a1ab2e28&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank"></a>, from $27) includes two gloves with fully rubberized palms (as opposed to the less effective grip dots found on other yoga gloves) and matching grippy socks, so you can practice poses sans yoga mat. And don’t worry about sweaty palms, either. These yoga gloves and socks are made of breathable, moisture-wicking material designed to prevent slipping and keep you comfortable.</p><img alt="YogaPaws Travel Yoga Mat "src=""><p>There are two types of <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbestyogaglovessocks-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=5a4fc7f55b7e07bfa41a0cd6a1ab2e28&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">YogaPaws</a> available: <a href=";tag=tlbestyogaglovessocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01LMNBMIM&amp;linkId=8a27f9220e26e5ab8c072cb2a52918e7" target="_blank">SkinThin</a> (ideal for those who prefer a barefoot and bare hand feeling) and <a href=";tag=tlbestyogaglovessocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00AQJLIJM&amp;linkId=76929eb6dd629a589c11f824a844b373" target="_blank">Elite</a> (ideal for those who prefer a little bit of a cushion). You can shop them both in a variety of colorways online at <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbestyogaglovessocks-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=5a4fc7f55b7e07bfa41a0cd6a1ab2e28&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank"></a>.</p><img alt="YogaPaws Travel Yoga Mat "src=""><h3>YogaPaws SkinThin</h3><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbestyogaglovessocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01LMNBMIM&amp;linkId=8a27f9220e26e5ab8c072cb2a52918e7" target="_blank"></a>, from $27</p><img alt="YogaPaws Travel Yoga Mat "src=""><h3>YogaPaws Elite</h3><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlbestyogaglovessocks-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00AQJLIJM&amp;linkId=76929eb6dd629a589c11f824a844b373" target="_blank"></a>, from $32</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays at Viceroy Riviera Maya

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:18
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Mexico: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Viceroy Riviera Maya</a>, a seaside resort with thatched-roofed villas, a full-service spa, and two breezy restaurants. </p><p>Operation Vacation includes includes:</p>Complimentary third night Daily breakfast for two$100 resort credit<p>Original price: From $529 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price: </strong>From $369 per night; book by March 31 for travel from May 1 to September 20, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Book <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or by calling +52 984-877-3000.</p><p> </p>
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TSA Agents Are Blasting Explicit Rap at JFK Because of the Government Shutdown

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 07:36
<p>Playing music at work is one way to make the day go faster. But you’re probably not used to hearing it at the security line.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">UPROXX</a></em>, TSA agents, rather than calling in sick or full-on quitting their jobs, have opted for the next best thing to express their feelings on the federal government shutdown that has forced them to go almost four weeks (so far) without pay: Music.</p><p>Particularly, the sickest beats from artists like <a href="" target="_blank">Kanye West</a>, Travis Scott, Paramore, Ludacris, and many more.</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Business Insider</a></em>, with confirmation by people on Twitter, reported that agents have been blasting an uncensored version of Travis Scott's “Sicko Mode.” Others have said on Twitter that they’ve heard titles like “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” “Misery Business,” and "<a href=";" target="_blank">that poopty scoop Kanye song</a>." </p><p>If some of these titles don’t have a double meaning, we’re not sure what does. It’s possible that the TSA agents are protesting the shutdown. Or, perhaps they are playing whatever music that they want in lieu of being paid — and their bosses are simply looking the other way.</p><p>Normally, travelers are being bored to death with the same old elevator music, which is the musical version of watching paint dry, so some passengers are quite pleased — even amused or impressed — with the new music selection. Hopefully no one has been offended by the uncensored songs.</p><p>Most reports have noted that the music change is happening at <a href="" target="_blank">John F. Kennedy International Airport</a> in New York City. So far, there has not been news of TSA agents blasting their personal music faves at other airports. <em>Yet</em>, that is.</p><p>A spokesperson from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told Business Insider that “TSA employees have discretion over the music at some terminals, while airline employees choose songs at other terminals.”</p><p>With that in mind, it’s a wonder that we don’t have “Sicko Mode” blasting 24/7.</p>
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