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The Royal Family Is Hiring Someone to Travel and Go to Garden Parties With Them

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:24
<p>If you love the British royal family and tweeting all day long, we have a job posting you need to check out.</p><p>In a new listing <a href="https://uk.linkedin.com/jobs/view/communications-assistant-at-the-royal-household-567673797" target="_blank">posted to LinkedIn</a>, the Royal Household announced that it is looking to hire a communications assistant for a 12-month, fixed-contract gig.</p><p>“The Royal Communications team promotes the work, role, relevance and value of the Royal Family to a worldwide audience,” the listing says. “Joining this fast-paced and dynamic team, you'll assist senior colleagues with both proactive and reactive communications.”</p><p>It added that whoever lands the role will assist in organizing coverage of palace engagements, including events at Kensington like garden parties, and provide support for off-site engagements.</p><p>And if you’re thinking about applying for the job, you better be well-versed in public relations, media, and social media.</p><p>“You'll also play a role in producing content for a variety of platforms. From press announcements and media briefing notes, to social media updates and feature articles; you'll develop your skills as you take on each new challenge,” the listing says. </p><p>While the position is based in Kensington, the person who gets the role will also have to be OK traveling to sometimes far-off destinations with the royals, including <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/kate-middleton-gap-year" target="_blank">Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton</a>, or even spending time with <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/prince-harry-meghan-markle-wedding-date-location" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle</a> as they plan their royal wedding media blitz. With all of these things, the new hire will have to uphold the royals' stellar reputations and ensure that their trips have maximum media impact.</p><p>“Whether covering a state visit, award ceremony or Royal engagement, you'll make sure our communications consistently spark interest and reach a range of audiences,” the listing says.</p><p>The job will undoubtedly be full of long hours and hard work, but whoever gets it will also be handsomely rewarded with 33 vacation days per year, a 15 percent employer contribution pension plan, and “support for your continued professional development.”</p><p>No salary is listed, but really, can you put a price on professional development while working alongside the coolest royals around?</p>
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What to Do in Austin When It's Raining

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:31
<p>Rainy days are pretty rare in <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/austin" target="_blank">Austin</a>, Texas. The city averages more than 300 sunny days a year.</p><p>But if you happen to visit on any of those other 65 days and need some indoor activities, you’re in luck. There are plenty of things to do in Austin on a rainy day.</p><p>Here are a few of them.</p><h2>Spa Day</h2><p>There are several luxurious spas where you can renew and refresh while it rains outside. The LakeHouse Spa at <a href="https://www.lakeaustin.com/" target="_blank">Lake Austin Spa Resort</a> has 25,000 square feet to relax in and more than 100 services on the treatment menu.</p><p>Try a swim in the junior olympic length lap pool in the Pool Barn, an enclosed swimming space with calming music and a tin roof where you can hear the sounds of the rain while floating in the water. Or check out <a href="https://travaasa.com/austin/" target="_blank">Travaasa Austin</a>, a resort hideaway that provides massages, facials, nail care and body treatments.</p><p>You can also visit <a href="https://milkandhoneyspa.com/" target="_blank">Milk + Honey Spa</a> in downtown, with specially designed services that use all natural and organic ingredients.</p><h2>Movie Marathons</h2><img alt="Alamo Drafthouse, Austin "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516219342/alamo-drafthouse-austin-AUSTINRAIN0118.jpg?itok=XzHroPDo"><p>How about dinner and a movie at the same place? Try <a href="https://drafthouse.com/" target="_blank">Alamo Drafthouse</a> for new releases and a full menu of food and drinks. The theater also has special events, including quote-alongs, classic screenings, or a Master Pancake comedy show to mix up your movie experience.</p><p>You can also check out <a href="http://austin.violetcrown.com/" target="_blank">Violet Crown Cinema</a>, which screens independent, documentary and international films.</p><h2>Indoor Workouts</h2><p>You don’t have to let the rain dampen your activity level. Check out the 50,000-square-foot <a href="https://austinboulderingproject.com/" target="_blank">Austin Bouldering Project</a>, which claims to be the world’s largest bouldering gym. On top of climbing classes, it has a yoga studio, a gym and a lounge. Or you can visit <a href="http://www.citysurffitness.com/austin/" target="_blank">City Surf</a> to try the new wave of exercise: indoor yoga, pilates and strength training classes on top of surfboards.</p><p>Austin is also famous for its yoga scene, so take advantage by visiting one of the city’s many studios. <a href="https://blackswanyoga.com/" target="_blank">Black Swan Yoga</a> is a donation-based studio that bases its classes around a high-energy flow and a music-fueled atmosphere. Or visit <a href="http://www.treehouseyogaaustin.com/" target="_blank">Treehouse Yoga</a> with a green, natural setting and centering classes.</p><h2>Museums</h2><img alt="Blanton Museum of Art "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516219342/blanton-museum-of-art-austin-AUSTINRAIN0118.jpg?itok=jezFMp8O"><p>Austin has several museums that are worth exploring on a rainy day. The <a href="https://blantonmuseum.org/" target="_blank">Blanton Museum of Art</a> on the University of Texas campus holds almost 18,000 pieces, including Italian Renaissance and Modern American collections. If you have kids, try <a href="https://thinkeryaustin.org/" target="_blank">Thinkery</a>, the city’s children’s museum. Its two floors and 40,000 square feet focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math. The <a href="http://www.mexic-artemuseum.org/" target="_blank">Mexic-Arte Museum</a> showcases traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture.</p><h2>Coffee and Tea</h2><p>Take cold weather as an excuse to explore the city’s coffee and tea shops. Try <a href="http://caffemedici.com/" target="_blank">Caffe Medici</a> or <a href="http://www.onceovercoffeebar.com/" target="_blank">Once Over Coffee Bar</a>, both of which specialize in latte art.</p><p>Or if you are more of a tea person, try a tea service at <a href="https://www.thesteepingroom.com/" target="_blank">The Steeping Room</a>, where you can order the Zen Tea Service, which includes items such as edamame, matcha dusted brownie, and a pot of premium tea. Or go for traditional English high tea at <a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/austin/" target="_blank">The Four Seasons</a>.</p>
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Why You Might Want to Think Twice Before Eating Breakfast on a Plane

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 11:00
<p>It’s not just you, most travelers feel like there’s something fishy about their airplane meals.</p><p>Well, not literally fishy (most of the time). But there is a reason why food on airplanes always seems a little suspicious to eat.</p><p>A user on <a href="https://www.quora.com/What-do-flight-attendants-notice-about-passengers-as-they-board-the-plane" target="_blank">Quora</a> who says they are a flight attendant, Shreyas P, warns that airplane food is “very unhealthy,” even if you choose raw or vegan options.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/early-morning-best-time-to-fly" target="_blank">Why You Should Only Ever Book a Flight for the Early Morning</a></p><p>“The food on your tray is prepared...in the aircraft catering which is often done 12 hours before and even days before the aircraft departure,” he said. This is especially true for economy fliers, as some first class sections do offer fresher meals.</p><p>Of the foods Shreyas mentions, many of the most questionable items just so happen to be breakfast favorites. </p><p>“The scrambled egg or the omelet that you just had was not only egg but can be a mix of egg and other substitute,” he said. Even fruit is not to be trusted, he added, because there could be a number of additives in it to make it look fresh, even if it isn't.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/anthony-bourdain-airplan-meal-service" target="_blank">What Anthony Bourdain Always Orders on a Plane</a></p><p>“Most of us aren't aware of this, but when we are at cruise, the air pressure in an airliner is equal to about 8,000 feet above sea level… In addition to making your ears pop, it causes our taste buds and sense of smell to go partially numb, compared to on ground,” he continued.</p><p>Because of this phenomenon, airline catering adds lots of salt, spices, and fat to make food taste less bland.</p><p>The bad breakfast news doesn't end there: It might be a good idea to forgo coffee and tea as well. According to <em><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/airplane-tap-water-tainted-epa-faa-fda-flight-attendants-avoid-study-video-2017-2" target="_blank">Business Insider</a></em>, an EPA study found that one in every eight planes fails the agency’s standards for water safety, and the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/flight-attendants-dont-drink-coffee-tea-planes" target="_blank">water for tea and coffee comes from the tap</a>, not from a bottle, while in flight. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/flight-attendants-dont-drink-coffee-tea-planes" target="_blank">According to a 2004 EPA sample</a> of 158 planes, 13 percent contained coliform and two of the airplanes were found to have dangerous E.coli in the water.</p><p>“Flight attendants will not drink hot water on the plane. They will not drink plain coffee, and they will not drink plain tea,” a flight attendant told <em><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/airplane-tap-water-tainted-epa-faa-fda-flight-attendants-avoid-study-video-2017-2" target="_blank">Business Insider</a></em>.</p><p>Maybe just opt for a can of juice or ginger ale. But also make sure to wipe the top of the can.</p><p>You can also do what many flight attendants do and buy your meal in the terminal and bring it on the plane. Just be courteous about <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/low-odor-fried-chicken" target="_blank">strong food smells</a>. Your seatmates will thank you.</p>
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Doctor Delivers Baby Boy in First Class on Flight From Paris to New York

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:30
<p>A doctor was luckily on hand when a woman went into labor on an international Air France flight, further proving that the most unexpected things can happen when you’re on a plane.</p><p>Dr. Sij Hemal, a second-year urology resident at <a href="https://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2018/01/15/doctor-delivers-baby-during-international-flight/" target="_blank">Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute</a>, was called to action to deliver a baby on his flight from Paris to New York City.</p><p>Hemal had started his trip in New Delhi, India and was on his way back to Cleveland, Ohio, stopping first in Paris for an Air France flight to New York City, where he would make his final connection.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/baby-born-jet-airways-free-travel-for-life" target="_blank">Baby Born on a Flight Gets Free Travel for the Rest of His Life</a></p><p>A flight attendant asked if there were any doctors on board when a woman named Toyin Ogundipe went into labor as the plane made its way over the coast of Greenland, according to <a href="https://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2018/01/15/doctor-delivers-baby-during-international-flight/" target="_blank">the Cleveland Clinic's report</a>.</p><p>“She was complaining of back pain. At first, I thought it might be kidney stones, but after she told me she was pregnant, I knew she was going into labor,” Hemal told <em><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/18/health/doctor-plane-baby-delivery-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a></em>.</p><p>Ogundipe’s contractions had accelerated so fast that the plane would not have been able to make an emergency landing in time, so the crew moved her to first class and the plane continued to New York City.</p><p>“I was relaxed because I knew I was in safe hands. They did everything a doctor or midwife would have done if I was in the labor room in the hospital. Even better, if you ask me,” Ogundipe told the <a href="https://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2018/01/15/doctor-delivers-baby-during-international-flight/" target="_blank">Cleveland Clinic</a>.</p><p>After a half-hour labor, Ogundipe’s baby boy, Jake, was born.</p><img alt="Dr. Sij Hemal of the Cleveland Clinic with the baby he delivered on an Air France flight "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516404548/air-france-baby-delivery-doctor-family.jpg?itok=PbRnqtz1"><p>Once the plane landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport, both mother and child were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, four miles from the airport, and were released later that day, according to <em>CNN</em>.</p><p>Hemal also thankfully made it onto his connecting flight to Cleveland, thanks to some assistance by airport officials who helped him through immigration, given the special circumstances.</p><p>Air France also thanked him for his service with a bottle of champagne and a travel voucher.</p><p>“Honestly, it was something from God. A lot of things could have gone wrong. But we made the best with what we had,” Hemal said.</p>
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Everything You Need to Know About the National Cherry Blossom Festival This Spring

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:02
<p>Every spring, more than <a href="http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/about/history/" target="_blank">1.5 million people</a> head to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/washington-dc" target="_blank">Washington, D.C.</a> to see the city's 3,000 cherry trees — a 1912 gift from Tokyo to the District — in full bloom.</p><p>Over the years, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/washington-dc-cherry-blossoms-bloom" target="_blank">the cherry blossoms</a> have become a point of national pride. They're at the heart of an annual festival that both welcomes the beginning of spring and commemorates the United States' lasting friendship with Japan. Since it began in 1935, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has grown from a modest affair to a three-week extravaganza, earning its self-declared reputation as the <a href="http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/" target="_blank">nation’s greatest springtime celebration</a>.</p><p>With these beautiful pink blooms drifting around the nation's most famous memorials and monuments, it isn't difficult to imagine what makes this festival so special. For travelers interested in seeing the spectacle for themselves, this is everything you need to know about the Cherry Blossom Festival in 2018. </p><h2>When and Where Is the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.?</h2><p>The official Cherry Blossom Festival dates for 2018 are March 20 to April 15, with the annual fundraising <a href="http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/category/events/" target="_blank">Pink Tie Party</a> held on March 15.</p><p>Signature events will take place at various times around the city, but the festival's main hub is in the <a href="https://www.nps.gov/articles/dctidalbasin.htm" target="_blank">Tidal Basin</a>. Next to the Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and FDR memorials, this iconic reservoir promises picture-perfect views of D.C.'s favorite flower. From March 24 until April 8, you can enjoy performances, food, and souvenirs at this go-to spot.</p><p>To optimize your chances of seeing <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/washington-dc-cherry-blossoms" target="_blank">the cherry blossoms in peak bloom</a>, follow the <a href="http://cherryblossomwatch.com/peak-bloom-forecast/" target="_blank">Cherry Blossom forecast</a> for the most up-to-date information.</p><h3>Tips On Where to Park for the Cherry Blossom Festival</h3><p>You may luck out and <a href="https://cherryblossomwatch.com/parking-cherry-blossoms/" target="_blank">find street parking</a> at the National Mall and L'Enfant Plaza, but free parking spots can also be found near the golf course at East Potomac Park and at Hains Point. There is also three-hour metered parking on Ohio Drive SW and lots A, B, and C near 14th Street Bridge.</p><p>As parking will be competitive, however, festival organizers recommend reserving a parking space on the <a href="http://spothero.com/washington-dc/national-cherry-blossom-festival-parking?sha_affiliate=NCBF" target="_blank">National Cherry Blossom Festival SpotHero Parking page</a> ahead of your trip.</p><h3>How to Get to the Cherry Blossom Festival by Public Transportation</h3><p>There are a several options for those who prefer to take public transportation to the festival. You can take the <a href="http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/visitor-information/go/public-transportation/" target="_blank">Metrorail</a> to nearby Smithsonian Station or L’Enfant Plaza Station during non-rush hours. A one-dollar shuttle bus at Union Station will also get you to the Tidal Basin, as well as the museums and memorials near the National Mall. Visit the <a href="http://nationalmall.dccirculator.com/" target="_blank">D.C. Circulator website</a> for full details on the route.</p><p>For those staying in Georgetown, a water taxi will be jetting festival-goers to and from the Tidal Basin for $20 per ticket. If you choose this option, you will need to purchase your tickets in advance on the <a href="http://www.dc-watertaxi.com/" target="_blank">D.C. Water Taxi website</a>.</p><h2>2018 Cherry Blossom Festival Events</h2><p>These are the events we are most excited about — but you can see the full list on <a href="http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/category/events/" target="_blank">the festival website</a>.</p><h3>Opening Ceremony</h3><p>The <a href="http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/opening-ceremony/" target="_blank">Opening Ceremony</a> kicks off the festival by honoring its origins: Japan's gift of cherry trees to the United States. The show features traditional and contemporary productions by Japanese and American performers.</p><p><strong>When:</strong> March 24, 2018; from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.<br /><strong>Where:</strong> Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW</p><h3>Petalpalooza</h3><p>This <a href="http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/petalpalooza/" target="_blank">day-long event</a> includes interactive art installations, games, and live music at the Wharf. Weather permitting, there will be a Cherry Blossom Festival fireworks show to round out the day's festivities.</p><p><strong>When:</strong> April 7, 2018; from 1:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. (The fireworks show will commence at 8:30 p.m.)<br /><strong>Where:</strong> The Wharf – 1100 Maine Ave SW</p><h3>National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade</h3><p>As '<a href="http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/parade/" target="_blank">one of D.C.'s largest spectator events</a>,' the annual parade brings celebrity entertainers, performers, and marching bands from around the nation — along with giant balloons and extravagant floats — to conclude the Cherry Blossom Festival in style.</p><p><strong>When: </strong>April 14, 2018; from 10:00 a.m. until noon.<br /><strong>Where:</strong> Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th streets, NW</p><h2>Cherry Blossom Festival Tickets</h2><p>It's free to attend the festival, but certain events do require a ticket.</p><h3>Opening Ceremony</h3><p>Starting January 25, you can reserve online your place at the 2018 Opening Ceremony. The only price you have to pay is the $5 registration fee when you <a href="http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/opening-ceremony/" target="_blank">claim your ticket</a>.</p><h3>National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade</h3><p>The Parade is free for spectators standing along the Parade route, but <a href="http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1545762?utm_medium=bks" target="_blank">tickets for Grandstand seating start at $20</a>. If you are in a group of 10 or more, you can fill out a <a href="http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/group-ticket-information/" target="_blank">bulk ticket order form</a>.</p>
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The Grand Canyon Will Remain Open Despite Government Shutdown

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 06:07
<p> </p><p>While many national parks will remain closed through the government shutdown, the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/zipline-grand-canyon" target="_blank">Grand Canyon</a> will be open.</p><p>Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has already pledged to keep the state largest attraction’s open using state dollars.</p><p>"The Grand Canyon will not close on our watch. Period," <a href="https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2018/01/governor-ducey-grand-canyon-will-not-close-our-watch-period" target="_blank">Ducey said in a statement</a>. "If Washington, D.C., won’t function, Arizona will."</p><p>Calling the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/grand-canyon-tram" target="_blank">Grand Canyon</a> “a major economic pillar” for the surrounding communities, Ducey said the park has worked with the National Park Service and Parks and Tourism departments to identify state resources to make sure the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/national-parks-jim-will-pattiz" target="_blank">national park</a> stays open for visitors.</p><p>"Don’t change your travel plans, because Arizona is open for business – regardless of what happens back in Congress," he continued.</p><p>State parks, trails and military bases already remain open regardless of the shutdown.</p>
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A CNBC Film Crew Tried to Sneak a Fake Bomb into Newark Airport. Then They Were Arrested

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 17:14
<p>Nine members of a CNBC reality TV crew were arrested at <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/newark-airport" target="_blank">New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport</a> after they allegedly tried to sneak a fake bomb through a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/update-passport-tsa-precheck" target="_blank">TSA</a> security checkpoint, the <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/2018/01/19/tsa-stops-suspicious-item-newark-airport-checkpoint-nine-arrested-tv-stunt">Transportation Security Administration announced</a> Friday. </p><p>According to the TSA, the people claimed they were working on a television show together and tried to see if they’d be able to get what appeared to be a fake bomb through <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/chris-christie-skipping-security-line" target="_blank">Newark Airport</a>'s security without getting noticed.</p><p>The item, which “had all of the makings of an improvised explosive device,” was tucked away inside a roller bag with items that included a motor, wires, and PVC pipes leading TSA representatives to believe it could have been a device like a pipe bomb.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>The TSA said in a statement that some members of the group tried to get the bag through security while others filmed the entire incident before the device was detected by the TSA. They admitted in the preliminary investigation that they were conducting the stunt deliberately, according to the TSA.</p><p>As of Jan. 19, nine people involved were arrested by <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bus-train/port-authority-renovations" target="_blank">Port Authority</a> Police and face multiple charges as well as fines of $13,000 for each violation of the TSA’s security regulations.</p><p>“This type of stunt is reckless, dangerous, uninformed, and totally insensitive to the reality of the terror threat that we face,” Tom Carter, TSA’s Federal Security Director, said in the statement.</p><p>“There is simply no excuse for trying to do something like this knowing it had the great potential to cause panic with the intention of turning that panic into a reality show,” he added.</p>
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Prince William Listens to the Same Music You Probably Loved in Middle School

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 17:12
<p>While <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/kate-middleton-hot-pink-coat" target="_blank">paying a visit to the town of Coventry</a>, located about 110 miles northwest of London, Prince William and Kate Middleton not only took part in church services and toured the community, but they also sat down with teens at the <a href="http://www.positiveyouthfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Positive Youth Foundation</a>, where they discussed everything from the real issues young people face today to what music they like listening to.</p><p>“They were incredibly approachable and very well engaged – so much so I might even send them an application form for a job at the organization,” Rashid Bhayat, Positive Youth Foundation’s CEO, told <em><a href="http://people.com/royals/prince-william-and-kate-middleton-just-received-an-impressive-job-offer/" target="_blank">People</a></em>. “They were brilliant with the young people. They would be great to come and join us.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/royal-variety-show" target="_blank">Watch Prince William Dance Like an Adorably Nerdy Dad</a></p><p>According to Bhayat, the couple asked the teenagers all the right questions and proved “they are very in touch with matters that relate to young people. I think that a future King of England is so in touch with the livelihoods lifestyles of young people. Both of them were exceptional at breaking down barriers in the young people.”</p><p>Breaking down those barriers included William sharing what’s on his personal playlist. According to <i>People</i>, he told the teens he enjoys listening to a wide range of music including Coldplay, Linkin Park, and Eminem.</p><p>As for Kate, her questions were more focused on how the young people cope with mental health issues and other difficulties they may face.</p><p>“She was extremely comfortable about the kind of questions she was asking,” Susie Murphy, development officer with the organization, told <i>People</i>. “One of them referred to the organization as a family, and Kate — as quick as anything — said: ‘Is family something you missed out on?’ The answer was, ‘I have family, but they don’t always necessarily get me. So if I have a problem, or want to find out something this is the place I come to.’”</p><p>And really, if Bhayat actually asked the pair to join the organization, they would likely give all they could. After all, they are both patrons of several charities around the U.K. and appear to be more than happy to donate their time. At least, of course, until their <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/next-royal-baby" target="_blank">third child arrives this April</a>. Then they may have to be on diaper duty for a while.</p>
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Chris Christie Responds to Reports He Was Caught Trying to Skip Security at Newark Airport

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:25
<p>Even former governors can’t outrun <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/tips-for-tsa-carry-on-luggage" target="_blank">the TSA</a>.</p><p>On Thursday morning, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie found out that there are certain privileges he no longer gets to enjoy now that he’s left office.</p><p><em><a href="http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/01/18/chris-christie-stopped-at-newark/" target="_blank">CBS New York</a> </em>reported that Christie was stopped from cutting past a security checkpoint at <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/newark-airport" target="_blank">Newark Liberty International Airport</a> after attempting to enter through a VIP special access area.</p><p>However, he’s just a civilian as of Tuesday, so he now has to enter through regular security like the rest of us.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/blogs/what-does-the-tsa-do-with-confiscated-items" target="_blank">What Does the TSA Do With Confiscated Items?</a></p><p>According to the report, a Port Authority police officer and a Transportation Security Administration officer stopped Christie and the State Police protection detail traveling with him and redirected them to the regular screening line. Christie is said to have cooperated with the officers.</p><p>But Thursday night, Christie wrote on Twitter that the incident was “pure fiction” and that “NJSP security detail &amp; I were led to one entrance in the airport by PAPD officer.” He also claimed he was not denied entrance by the TSA and Port Authority Police Department.</p><p>A Port Authority spokesperson, however, told <em>CBS New York:</em> “Port Authority says Christie showed up at <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-news/tv-show-fake-bomb-newark" target="_blank">Newark Airport</a> today with NJ State PD detail. They tried to go into the special access area where they have been going for years. A PA cop told him he was no longer allowed to use that access and they escorted him to the regular area.”</p>
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Some Amazon Prime Memberships Are Increasing by Nearly 20%

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 15:47
<p>Amazon just announced a big change to its Amazon Prime pricing. Monthly Prime members can now expect to see a nearly 20% increase.</p><p>Monthly bills will go up from $10.99 to $12.99, though the annual <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/harper-reed-amazon-order-prevents-global-entry" target="_blank">Amazon</a> Prime membership will remain at $99, <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2018/01/19/amazon-raises-monthly-prime-rate-annual-rate-stays-99/1046646001/" target="_blank">according to <em>USA Today</em></a>. The last time Amazon raised its Prime membership prices was in 2014, when the annual cost went from $79 to $99.</p><p>Student plans are also seeing an increase from $5.49 to $6.49, <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/19/amazon-prime-monthly-subscription-price-increase/" target="_blank">Engadget reported</a>. Similarly, the student version of annual membership will remain at $49.</p><p>Existing customers will see the price change take effect on the first recurring payment after Feb. 18, a spokesperson for Amazon told<i> </i><em>Travel and Leisure</em>. The change is effective for new members beginning on Jan. 19. Prime members can check their membership page for more information on when they will charged.</p><p>Monthly <a href="http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/eurostar-brings-amazon-prime-to-new-app/" target="_blank">Prime</a> members will see a total yearly increase of $24. This now makes the option to pay monthly approximately $57 more expensive than paying annually. </p><p>"Prime provides an unparalleled combination of shipping, shopping and entertainment benefits, and we continue to invest in making Prime even more valuable for our members," an <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/cool-gadgets/amazon-alexa-book-hotel-room" target="_blank">Amazon</a> spokesperson said in an email.</p>
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3 Tricks to Make Your Day Better When You Absolutely Hate Your Job

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 11:00
<p>At one time or another in life, most people will have to work a job they hate.</p><p>But luckily for those who are currently less than thrilled with their means of earning a paycheck, the good users of Reddit have come to the rescue. The very relatable thread titled: <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/7r9549/how_do_you_survive_working_in_a_job_you_hate/?st=jckq1qge&amp;sh=1a08d2d7" target="_blank">"How do you survive working a job you hate?"</a> has some fun tips for making every day a little less painful.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/richard-branson-bath-time-self-care" target="_blank">Richard Branson Says Taking Baths Could Make You More Successful</a></p><h2>Keep Your Eyes on the Prize</h2><p>Figure out how many hours/days you need to work in order to pay for a reward you've had your eye on — <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">like a vacation</a>. Create a chart (a thermometer/fundraising bar works particularly well) and fill in every hour that you work as one step closer to getting that reward.</p><h2>Approach the Mundane With a Sense of Humor</h2><p>Turn office tedium into a game. Create a BINGO board for typical events (unnecessary meetings, repeat phone calls, printer broken) and play with your co-workers. The first one to spot all the office events and earn a straight line of five wins a drink at happy hour.</p><p>One redditor recommended drawing a 4x4 grid on a sheet of paper (totaling 16 boxes) and coloring in a box for every half-hour spent on the job. Once all the boxes are colored in, it’s time to go home.</p><p>If your workplace environment allows you to wear headphones, distract yourself with music or podcasts when you can.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-quit-job-and-travel" target="_blank">How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World, According to People Who Have Done It</a></p><h2>Look at Things From a New Point of View</h2><p>Invent an alter ego who is completely fulfilled and satisfied with this soul-sucking job. Show up to work not as yourself, but as somebody else who loves this job, this office, and all of their co-workers. Give yourself a different name and try to become that person when you walk into work. How would someone who liked this job answer the phone? How many times would they refill their coffee mug before 10 a.m.? Consider it training for that acting career that never quite worked out. </p>
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Pilot Nails a Sideways Landing As 70-mph Winds Rock the Plane in Terrifying Video

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:55
<p>The pilot of a Eurowings flight managed to safely land his plane despite dramatic and nauseating turbulence on Thursday.</p><p>There were about 70 passengers onboard the plane as it landed at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport.</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKBI_bVFSfs" target="_blank">According to <em>The Mirror</em></a>, the airplane was battling winds at 70 miles per hour as it came in for a landing. The winds violently rocked the plane back and forth, captured in a stomach-clenching video.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/american-airlines-passengers-brace-for-emergency-landing" target="_blank">This Is What It Looks Like When Passengers Brace for an Emergency Landing</a></p><p>The final seconds of the landing were particularly intense as the pilot had to fight winds that seemed to constantly push the Dash Q400 aircraft off course. The pilot managed to land on the runway and straighten the aircraft as it slowed down.</p><p>Despite the fact that crosswind landings are terrifying to watch — and even more so when you’re in the cabin — these dramatic landings are fairly common (although the instance captured in the video is fairly extreme).</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/pilot-fakes-plane-crash-for-proposal" target="_blank">Amateur Pilot Fakes a Plane Crash During Terrifying Proposal</a></p><p>"It's not really dangerous. It just requires the utmost of your training to kick in," Daniel Fahl, a commercial airline pilot, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/11/travel/plane-landing-crosswinds/index.html" target="_blank">told <em>CNN</em></a>. "It does look dramatic, but that's just because the airplanes are so susceptible to the wind. But that's how they're designed. They're designed to be weather vanes that point into the wind."</p><p>For those who can stomach it, there’s a plethora of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/cross-wind-airplane-landing-video" target="_blank">crosswind landing videos available online</a> to test pilots’ nerves of steel.</p>
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You Need to See Prince William's New Haircut From Every Angle

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:46
<p>The women of the British royal family are well known for being style icons.Take, for example, the fact that <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/kate-middleton-hot-pink-coat" target="_blank">anything Kate Middleton wears</a> turns into a best-selling item in mere minutes. Meghan Markle, who isn’t even a full-fledged royal yet, can turn any <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/meghan-markle-strathberry-bag-first-outing" target="_blank">outfit into a sold-out luxury item</a> in seconds as well. Heck, even 2-year-old Princess Charlotte has <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/royal-outfit-on-ebay-most-infuential-royal" target="_blank">started a fashion trend</a> or two.</p><p>But, on Thursday, it was Prince William who showed off his latest style update: a new hairdo that immediately set social media on fire.</p><p>For quite some time it’s been rather apparent that William would follow in his grandfather and father’s footsteps and someday lose his hair. And it looks like that time has come. It’s OK, it’s 100-percent natural and nobody will ever judge him for the simple fact that he’s losing it. What people appear to be judging him for is leaving any strands of hair on his head at all, instead wishing he went for a fresh, totally shaven look.</p><img alt="Prince William, Duke of Cambridge "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516314139/prince-william-front-NEWCUT0118.jpg?itok=xGzcGDFO"><p>But, his move to just give himself a buzz cut apparently shows that William has renewed confidence in himself.</p><img alt="Prince William, Duke of Cambridge "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516314139/prince-william-profile-NEWCUT0118.jpg?itok=f54TiIkd"><p>“For a long time comments have been made, especially online and in the press, about the fact that his hair is thinning and he’s losing his hair,” celebrity hair stylist Joe Mills told <em><a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/prince-william-haircut-balding-hair-loss-shaved-expert-confidence-a8166656.html" target="_blank">The Independent</a>.</em> “I think him just literally going I’m going to crop my hair off is a really strong statement, a very confident statement. If you are photographed and in the public eye to that degree it’s very, very hard to look great all the time.” The stylist added, “I think it suits him, I think he looks great with it.”</p><p>Beyond professional stylists, fans from all over the globe also let their feelings be known on Twitter when it came the the royal’s hairdo. Some loved it, others loathed it, but at the end of the day, the decision to Bic it all or leave a little on the sides really is William’s (and probably a little bit Kate’s) decision. Keep scrolling to read more of the reactions below.</p>
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You Can Build Your Own Igloo at This DIY Ice Hotel

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:30
<p>If you like your vacations customized and love to play in the snow, boy have we found the hotel for you.</p><p><a href="http://www.iglu-dorf.com/en/" target="_blank">Iglu-Dorf</a>, in Stansstad, Switzerland, is an ice hotel that is rebuilt every winter. But what makes this particular winter getaway special is that it also offers visitors the chance to build their own igloos for the night.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/check-out-game-of-thrones-ice-hotel-finland" target="_blank">This ‘Game Of Thrones’ Ice Hotel Will Make Anyone Feel Like They’re in Winterfell</a></p><p>For £286 (about $397 USD) per night, couples who come to the snow village are provided with tools to construct their private little igloo for two. The hotel also gives visitors sheepskin and expedition sleeping bags able to withstand -40 degree weather.</p><img alt="Iglu Dorf Hotel Love Nest "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516305540/iglu-dorf-diy-BUILDIGLOO0118.jpg?itok=Krnle-HW"><p>ldo Balatti, the chief executive of Igloo-Village Zermatt, told the <em><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5283777/At-Iglu-Dorf-snow-village-sleep-DIY-igloo.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a>:</em> “Depending on the size and the amount of people building it, a usual small igloo, where you can sleep in with two people takes one day with two people to build it. It is very romantic to build a house of your own, even if it is out of snow.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/quebec-city-canada-ice-hotel-catches-fire" target="_blank">A Hotel Made Entirely of Ice Caught Fire in Canada</a></p><img alt="Iglu Dorf Hotel Love Nest "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516305540/igloo-hotel-BUILDIGLOO0118.jpg?itok=ayC_LEno"><p>Of course, if you’re not so confident with your construction skills, the hotel also offers pre-built igloos that have gorgeous ice sculptures carved into the walls to correspond with the year’s theme. </p><p>The theme for 2018 is Norse mythology, so guests can fall asleep to images of Odin and Thor.</p><img alt="Iglu Dorf Hotel Love Nest "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516305540/Deutschland-igloo-hotel-BUILDIGLOO0118.jpg?itok=bECDVQRC"><p>Some of these igloos also have more modern amenities like personal fireplaces, wooden floors, and rugs.</p><img alt="Iglu Dorf Hotel Love Nest "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516305540/iglu-dorf-hotel-BUILDIGLOO0118.jpg?itok=g0MWAZEC"><p>Because of the chilly temperatures, most guests stay only one night at the hotel, but that’s also plenty of time to take advantage of the village’s outdoor bar and other amenities.</p><p>For more information about staying in your own igloo, visit the Iglu-Dorf <a href="http://www.iglu-dorf.com/en/" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>
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Why You’ll Never Fly Out of Terminal 4 at Chicago O’Hare

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:17
<p>While it may not be the most pressing or confusing of issues at <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/hotel-openings/new-hotels-in-chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a> O’Hare Airport, there is one thing noticeably missing: Terminal 4.</p><p>Travelers at the airport will pass through Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 5, but they will never fly out of Terminal 4. Mainly because it doesn’t exist ... anymore.</p><p>The phantom Terminal 4 did exist at one point in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/budget-travel/how-to-find-cheap-flights-chicago" target="_blank">O’Hare airport’s</a> history.</p><p>Up until 1985, O’Hare only had three terminals, named Terminals 1, 2 and 3. But that year, the airport decided to expand with a new international terminal. From 1985 to 1993, Terminal 4 was a temporary international terminal while O’Hare built a bigger, better and newer international terminal.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/hotels-in-chicago" target="_blank">The Top 10 Hotels in Chicago</a></p><p>However, the temporary Terminal 4 was tiny and <a href="https://www.wbez.org/shows/curious-city/ohares-ghost-whatever-happened-to-terminal-4/435a5763-6693-49a6-8cae-24bfcaf40aa9" target="_blank">foreign airlines complained about lack of operating space</a>. So airport officials decided to open half of the new terminal to take some of the congestion out of the temporary one. During the summer of 1993, international flights arrived into the finished half of the new international terminal while still taking off from the temporary one.</p><p>To avoid any confusion between the two international terminals (they couldn’t call them both Terminal 4), the new terminal was named Terminal 5. When construction was finally complete and the departing international flights could also take off from the new terminal, the temporary one shut down.</p><p>But by that time, the name “Terminal 5” had already stuck.</p><p>Today, the remnants of Terminal 4 are visible as a bus shuttle center, attached to a short-term parking garage.</p><p>“Many times people ask me that question, 'What happened to Terminal 4?’” a representative for O’Hare International Terminal <a href="http://wgntv.com/2017/12/28/this-is-why-there-is-no-terminal-4-at-ohare-airport/" target="_blank">told local news channel WGN9</a> in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a>. “My answer to that is, ‘Does it really matter? As long as you know what terminal you're going to, it doesn't make much difference.’”</p>
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Delta Just Got Way More Strict About Flying With Pets

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:09
<p>Those hoping to fly Delta with their furry best friends by their side will want to be extra prepared before boarding.</p><p>On Friday, the airline announced that it will be enforcing stricter rules for those wishing to fly with service or emotional support animals. Those new rules, according to <em><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/19/delta-sets-more-stringent-requirements-for-support-animals-on-board.html" target="_blank">CNBC</a></em>, will include showing proof of vaccinations 48 hours in advance of flying, and proving that your animal is trained well enough to handle a flight.</p><p>Starting on March 1, passengers flying with Delta will have to present a document that shows their animal can behave, along with signing a document promising this to be true. This, Delta said, is all in an effort to prevent aggressive household pets from traveling in the cabin.</p><p>According to Delta, an <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/delta-new-emotional-support-animal-rule-service-animal-2018-1" target="_blank">84-percent increase in animal-related incidents on planes</a> since 2016 sparked the change. The airline cited urinating, defecation, aggression, and biting as examples.</p><p>"Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums known as sugar gliders, snakes, spiders and more," Delta said in a statement to CNBC. "Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals can be a disservice to customers who have real and documented needs."</p><p>Still, even with the rule change, true service and emotional support animals will be allowed to travel in the cabin free of charge thanks to the Air Carrier Access Act.</p><p>Delta isn’t alone in cracking down on traveling animals. Though almost every major airline allows animals in the cabin, some do limit the <a href="https://www.petful.com/travel/airline-pet-policies/" target="_blank">number of animals per flight</a>. So if you’re thinking about traveling with a pet, service animal or otherwise, make sure to check ahead of time if they will be able to board with you.</p><p>If you’re thinking about <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/pet-friendly-travel/dog-air-travel-safety" target="_blank">traveling with an animal</a>, you may want to think long and hard about whether or not flying with them is the ideal option. If you can drive, do that, otherwise your pet may have to be stowed in the cargo hold of a plane, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/pet-friendly-travel/dog-air-travel-safety" target="_blank">which has proved deadly for some animals</a>. Or, consider getting a pet sitter instead and letting your dog, cat, snake or whatever other species you call family stay home.</p>
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17 Things to Do in Jacksonville, Florida

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 09:31
<p>Every year, millions of travelers flock to Florida in search of the perfect vacation spot. And while cities like <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/miami" target="_blank">Miami</a> and Orlando may be two of the most popular destinations, the Sunshine State is home to plenty of underrated hotspots — Jacksonville included. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/secret-florida-beaches" target="_blank">Seven Secret Beaches for a Non-crowded Florida Getaway</a></p><p>This sprawling, populous city is best known as a major business hub. But there's a vast array of fun things to do in Jax —as the locals colloquially call it — and a surprising amount of history packed into the streets of this southern metropolis.</p><h2>Where is Jacksonville, Florida?</h2><p>Jacksonville is the largest city in the state of Florida, extending to 840 square miles and encompassing everything from residential neighborhoods to bustling beaches. It sits at the mouth of St. John’s River (a prominent seaport). You can catch direct flights to JAX (Jacksonville International Airport) or drive from a nearby city. Gainesville, Florida is an hour and a half away by car, while Savannah, Georgia, is just a two hour drive. Travelers arriving by car from Orlando and Tallahassee can do the trip in approximately two and a half hours. </p><h2>Jacksonville’s Top Attractions</h2><p>Beaches and the arts may be two of Jacksonville's most prominent attractions. Travelers can spend warm, sunny days lounging by the ocean, before retreating to one of the city's premier art institutions or artisan markets.</p><h3>Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens</h3><p>Responsible for some of the finest art collections in the Southeast, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens has various pieces of world-class art dating back to 2100 B.C., as well as a constantly-evolving array of special exhibits. Its historic gardens sit on 2.5 acres of land and feature 20th century style gardens, with gorgeous fountains and sculptures. (There's even an oak tree that is one of the oldest of its kind in Jacksonville.)</p><img alt="Riverside Arts Market Jacksonville Florida "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1510786372/Riverside-Arts-Market-JKSNVLLE1117.jpg?itok=rdScILbY"><h3>Riverside Arts Market</h3><p>Every Saturday, rain or shine, thousands of visitors flock to the Riverside Arts Market, where local artisans sell their art, jewelry, and other goods. With the riverfront amphitheater located nearby, you’ll be able to hear live music as you stroll through this shopping mecca. For those who are looking to put away their wallets and break a sweat, morning yoga is offered on the stage at 9 a.m.</p><img alt="One Ocean Beach Resort "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1510786372/One-Ocean-Beach-JKSNVLLE1117.jpg?itok=36iVar7m"><h2>Best Beaches in Jacksonville</h2><h3>Mickler’s Landing</h3><p>A local favorite, Mickler’s Landing was the first public beach in Ponte Vedra. Follow the four-lane road as it narrows to two on your journey to this coquina-sand beach, reminiscent of Bermuda. Walk toward the shoreline, you’ll see that the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-beaches-on-earth" target="_blank">beach</a> is littered with an unquantifiable number of shells — and it’s not uncommon to find ancient shark teeth scattered among them. Many come here for beach combing, surfing, fishing, and spectacular sunsets.</p><h3>Atlantic Beach</h3><p>Many experts believe this beach was the site of the first year-round Native American settlement in North America. Today, visitors will find pristine shoreline, surfable waves, and superb golfing just a stone's throw away.</p><h3>Jacksonville Beach</h3><p>If you’re looking for a beach that offers more than just a pretty view, you’ll want to visit the urban Jacksonville Beach. Sure, it has an attractive coast and popular fishing pier (not to mention some of the best waves you’ll find in Florida for surfing), but many visitors come here to experience the juxtaposition of city and sea. You’ll find a boardwalk that boasts excellent restaurants, shops, and places to stay, and if you feel like hopping in your car, Neptune Beach is just a short drive north.</p><img alt="Jacksonville Festivals "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1510786372/Jacksonville-Festivals-JKSNVLLE1117.jpg?itok=5N7c60K9"><h2>Major Events and Festivals in Jacksonville</h2><p>No matter what time of year you plan a trip to Jacksonville, travelers will find a dizzying number of events and festivals on offer. </p><h3>Mandarin Art Festival</h3><p>Every Easter weekend since 1968, the Mandarin Art Festival has attracted visitors to Jacksonville. Now, it's the longest running event in northeast Florida. While many come back each year to see their favorite local artists, a popular feature of this festival is the Children’s Art Show, where a handful of work from students in public and private elementary and middle schools are displayed and judged in various categories.</p><h3>Great Atlantic Festival</h3><p>Mixing two of Southerners' favorite things — seafood and music — this oceanfront festival kicks off every spring at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. There’s no purchase necessary to attend, and you can enjoy live music from several different genres, fresh seafood, and rides and games for those who need to keep a younger audience occupied. And if you think this is a small celebration, think again: festival-goers enter by the thousands to party.</p><h3>Fireworks in Jacksonville</h3><p>Every Fourth of July, Jacksonville celebrates with an impressive <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/best-fourth-of-july-fireworks-in-america" target="_blank">fireworks</a> show in several different locations. Head downtown to the St. John’s River for fireworks and live music performances, and watch the sky light up above the Friendship Fountain, which shoots water upwards of 100 feet. If you feel like honoring Independence Day surfside, pack up your beach chairs and head to Jacksonville Beach, where fireworks are deployed from the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier.</p><img alt="St John's Town Center in Jacksonville, Florida "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1510786372/St-Johns-Town-Center-JKSNVLLE1117.jpg?itok=Ud_QwBcC"><h2>Shopping in Jacksonville</h2><p>Leave room for shopping on your Jacksonville vacation. The city has no shortage of upscale designer storefronts and independent boutiques. </p><h3>St. John’s Town Center</h3><p>This outdoor, upscale open-air mall opened in 2005 and now has 150 stores, all with recognizable names. Shoppers come here for luxury. Whether you’re simply enjoying the attractive palm tree-lined streets, or you’re stocking up on Louis Vuitton-branded swag, you’ll find that this mammoth shopping square is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon (or two).</p><h3>Five Points</h3><p>Unlike St. John's Town Center, historic Five Points focuses on one-of-a-kind boutiques and boasts beautiful, historic architecture.</p><h2>Best Restaurants in Jacksonville</h2><p>If you’re looking for places to eat in Jacksonville, you’ll have so many choices that you can easily feel overwhelmed. There is a place to eat for every craving, whether that’s the fresh catch of the day or something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Jacksonville’s culinary culture is thriving.</p><h3>Most Romantic Restaurant: Restaurant Orsay</h3><p>Restaurant Orsay will make you forget the humid Florida climate and transport you straight to France. This restaurant is the brainchild of restaurateur Jonathan Insetta, and features seasonal French fare, creative cocktails, and a lovely ambience.</p><h3>Cheap Eats: Southern Roots</h3><p>Spent your last dollar shopping? Hit up Southern Roots, a cozy counter-service spot that offers delicious breakfast and lunch fare, with an emphasis on organic and vegan foods.</p><h3>Best Breakfast: Maple Street Biscuit Company</h3><p>Before you start your day, head to Maple Street Biscuit Company, a trendy breakfast restaurant that has three locations in Jacksonville. Just don't come here if you’re looking for something healthy: the menu here is focused entirely on biscuits.</p><h3>Best Dessert: Cinottis</h3><p>A fifth-generation family-run bakery, Cinottis may look like every other bakery you’ve encountered — but it is much, much more. Don’t leave Jacksonville until you try one of their homemade donuts or cookies.</p><img alt="Jacksonville Downtown "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1510786372/Jacksonville-Downtown-JKSNVLLE1117.jpg?itok=AqF3VeN4"><h2>Best Bars in Jacksonville</h2><p>After sitting out in the sun for hours on end, nothing feels more refreshing than an icy cold glass in your hand. Happily, Jacksonville has numerous bars — some of which are right along the beach.</p><h3>Surfer the Bar</h3><p>What once was the iconic concert venue, Freebird, is now Surfer the Bar, the first of its kind on U.S. mainland. A full craft cocktail menu, an outdoor tiki bar, and a fully refurbished 1962 Airstream trailer that acts as the bar’s permanent food truck are just a few of the draws.</p><h3>The Shim-Sham Room</h3><p>Divided into three unique areas (an upscale vintage lounge, a main bar, and an outside patio bar) The Shim-Sham Room will make you want to don the favorite outfit you packed, order a cocktail, and make friends with every local you meet.</p><h3>Lynch’s</h3><p>Lynch’s is your quintessential Irish pub with a twist: there's quirky decor, and live entertainment happens almost nightly here. But fret not, it’s still an Irish bar, which means there are up to 50 beers on tap and a vast array of beer flights, so you won’t run out of choices.</p><h2>Where to Stay in Jacksonville</h2><p>The beauty of staying at most Jacksonville <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/resort-hotels-in-florida" target="_blank">hotels</a> is their proximity to the ocean. You’ll find that beachfront properties dot the coast of the Atlantic and, from the luxury hotels to the affordable hotels, your room will almost always come with a view.</p><h3>Boutique Hotels in Jacksonville </h3><p>One Ocean is a boutique hotel that offers luxurious suites, panoramic ocean views, and top-of-the-line service. Enjoy a day of pampering at the hotel’s spa, or feast on coastal cuisine at Azurea Restaurant, their on-site eatery. When you’re ready to feel the sand between your toes, you’re just minutes away from the Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra beaches.</p><p>Pet-friendly and a quick walk from restaurants, shops and activities, Hotel Indigo’s Jacksonville Deerwood Park hotel is in a prime location for travelers, in the neighborhood of Tapestry Park. Though the beach is a bit further of a drive, your stay here is very much worth your while.</p><h3>Luxury Hotels in Jacksonville</h3><p>Nestled midway between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, The Lodge &amp; Club sits right on the beach, and has a distinctive Old World aesthetic and charming suites. With 10 acres of seaside property and access to miles of Atlantic beaches, you can choose to do as much or as little as you please here. Rent a bicycle cruiser, go paddleboarding, or enjoy one of the resort’s two restaurants.</p><h2>Vacation Rentals in Jacksonville </h2><p>Another great way to find a place to stay in Jacksonville is by searching on websites like Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway. Staying at a Jacksonville vacation rental is a great way to feel like a local.</p>
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How to Avoid Catching the Flu While Flying on a Germy Airplane

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 09:05
<p>As the entire country plunges into cold and flu season, travelers may be wary of boarding any flights. After all, the idea of being stuck in a flying metal tube with recirculating air as other people cough and sneeze could be enough to make anybody call in a preemptive sick day. </p><p>And this flu season has been especially devastating: The <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/19/health/flu-widespread-jan-19-cdc-numbers/index.html" target="_blank">U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention</a> on Jan. 13 said it is widespread in every U.S. state except for Hawaii, with a total of 74,562 diagnosed cases. The center reported that 30 children have died from the viral illness.</p><p>Those numbers are scary — making this the <a href="https://www.statnews.com/2018/01/12/flu-season-cdc/" target="_blank">worst flu season in recent years</a> — but as long as you're healthy before departure, you don't need to cancel your travel plans. There are a few steps you can take to help yourself avoid catching any illnesses on a plane. </p><p>The main name of the game is prevention. This means avoiding highly contaminated areas and close quarters with many other people. Choose a window seat over an aisle seat. Fewer people passing by means fewer opportunities to catch germs. Travelers should also avoid waiting in tight lines to board the plane.</p><p>Packing a few extra items could make a big difference. "One of the things we’ve noticed, particularly on airplanes, is that as soon as your mucous membranes, particularly in your nose and your mouth, start to dry out, we lose one of the most valuable defenses for preventing respiratory viruses," <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/planes-flu-things-stay-healthy-flying/story?id=52418032" target="_blank">Dr. Nicholas Testa told ABC News</a>. Pack a small bottle of nasal spray (often available at airport convenience stores, if you forget) to stay well-lubricated.</p><p>The tray table is one of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/germs-airplanes-airports" target="_blank">dirtiest places on the plane</a>. Whereas the bathroom is subject to mandatory cleanings, no one is guaranteed to be wiping down the tray tables between services. Having a small vial of antibacterial gel or wipes will help you kill any germs in your area before you even come in contact.</p><p>And contrary to popular belief, you should actually <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/turning-ac-on-during-flight" target="_blank">turn on your overhead vent</a>. When someone sneezes, those germs can quickly spread to those in their immediate area. Turning on an air vent increases air circulation and can move germs away if you’re sitting next to someone who might be sick.</p>
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United Airlines to Roll Out Upgraded Economy Seats With Free Amenities on International Flights This Year

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 08:52
<p><a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=united+airlines+travel+and+leiusre&amp;oq=united+airlines+travel+and+leiusre+&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60j69i61j69i59j69i60l2.2582j0j7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8" target="_blank">United Airlines</a> will be rolling out a new premium economy class that will treat passengers to free perks that include alcohol and high-end <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/coolest-airline-amenity-kits" target="_blank">amenity kits</a> later this year.</p><p>The new economy class, which will be called <a href="https://hub.united.com/taking-united-further-2018-2526640251.html" target="_blank">Premium Plus</a> and will be available on select international flights in the airline’s network, will feature upgraded china dinnerware, free booze for passengers, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/christmas-travel/most-spectacular-christmas-windows-new-york" target="_blank">Saks Fifth Avenue</a> blankets and pillows, and amenity kits stuffed with goodies.</p><p>While airline representatives have yet to release details on what timing and pricing will look like for the new premium economy, guests can expect more seat space.</p><p>Premium economy seats tend to resemble the reclining seats you would find in most domestic U.S. carriers’ first class cabins, with upgraded food and beverage services to match.</p><p>With the change, passengers can also likely expect wider seats, a feature that’s common across other U.S. carriers like American Airlines, whose premium economy seats have a width of 19 inches in comparison to the typical width of 16 to 17 inches.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Both <a href="https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/onboard-experience/delta-comfort-plus.html" target="_blank">Delta’s</a> and <a href="https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/experience/planes/planes.jsp" target="_blank">American Airlines'</a> premium economy seats also provide passengers with up to four inches of extra legroom. Both airlines introducd the offerings on long haul aircraft last year. </p><p>While premium economy has been a popular feature across European airlines for years, United's move to begin offering the new cabin class will put it in league with its U.S. competitors.</p>
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Kim Kardashian’s Third Child Is Named After Kanye West’s Hometown

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 08:37
<p>Kanye and Kim Kardashian West have announced the name of their new baby girl, and it’s inspired by a real place.</p><p>The baby’s name actually comes from Kanye West’s hometown: <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/chicago">Chicago</a>. The couple also announced that they planned to use Chi as a nickname — pronounced “shy” not “chai” for those unfamiliar with the Windy City nickname.</p><p>Kardashian posted a <a href="https://www.kimkardashianwest.com/favs/2588-kim-kardashian-new-baby-name-chicago-west/?~channel=twitter&amp;_branch_match_id=456497162540910940">link to the baby</a> news to Twitter, which also noted Chicago West was born at 12:27 a.m. weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz.</p><p>It’s not the first time Kanye West has expressed his love for his hometown. His song “Homecoming” off his third studio album “Graduation” is also inspired by Chi-Town.</p><p>A number of well-known figures also call Chicago their hometown. Chance the Rapper, who has worked extensively with Kanye West, is from the city, as well, and has <a href="https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/chance-the-rapper-sets-22-million-fund-for-chicago-schools-w500926">raised $2.2 million through his SocialWorks organization</a> to help fund Chicago Public Schools’ arts programs. Michelle Obama was born and raised in Chicago, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/president-obama-summoned-for-jury-duty">Barack Obama settled there</a> after law school, though he grew up mostly in Hawaii</p><p>The new name has already garnered a great deal of attention online.</p><p>Many joked that the new baby sounds like Chicago West could fit in with the lineup of NBC shows set in Chicago including Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Actress Busy Philipps has voiced her support for the name. “Kind of obsessed with the name Chicago, tbh. BABY CHI!” she wrote.</p><p> </p><p>And others were just confused about the name choice altogether.</p><p> </p>
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