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Proposed Bridge Would Make It Possible to Drive Between England and France

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 07:50
<p>A 22-mile bridge could make it possible to drive from England to France — if it ever gets built.</p><p>UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson proposed building a bridge from England to France at an Anglo-French summit in Britain on Thursday, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/19/boris-johnson-proposes-22-mile-bridge-across-the-channel" target="_blank">according to a report from <em>The Guardian</em></a>. In the wake of Brexit, Johnson said he wants to expand transportation options from the island country.</p><p>Johnson <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/01/18/boris-johnson-calls-bridge-across-channel-saying-itsridiculous/" target="_blank">reportedly said</a> that it was “ridiculous” the two countries are only “linked by a single railway,” the underwater <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bus-train/eurostar-photos-of-fleet-transformation" target="_blank">Eurostar tunnel</a>. French President Emmanuel Macron agreed, saying, “Let’s do it.”</p><p>If constructed, the bridge would rank among the 20 longest bridges in the world (the current record is held by <a href="https://www.livescience.com/34448-worlds-longest-bridge.html" target="_blank">China’s Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway, which spans 102 miles</a>).</p><p>The bridge would make it possible to drive from England all the way to Asia without getting off the road. Currently, those who wish to drive from England must drive their cars onto a large ferry.</p><p>However there are a few obstructions that could stop this theoretical bridge from ever being built. As UK Shipping tweeted: “Building a huge concrete structure in the middle of the world’s busiest shipping lane might come with some challenges.”</p><p>Many are more skeptical of Johnson himself. The Foreign Secretary has a history of proposing radical public projects that never come to fruition, including “an island airport in a birdstrike zone, the most expensive footbridge in history and a bus that was so hot inside it doubled up as a mobile sauna,” Adam Bienkov, UK political editor for <em>Business Insider</em> tweeted.</p><p>Johnson is not the first person to propose a land link between France and England. In 1981, the British government <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6517611.stm">floated the idea of a bridge</a>. They instead built the underground tunnel.</p>
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Meghan Markle's First Royal Gift Is Something You Probably Already Own

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 07:25
<p>Meghan Markle may not be <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/prince-harry-meghan-markle-wedding" target="_blank">an official member of the royal family just yet</a>, but that doesn’t mean she can’t reap the benefits.</p><p>According to <em><a href="http://people.com/royals/palace-reveals-first-official-royal-gift-given-to-meghan-markle-and-you-probably-have-one-too/" target="_blank">People</a></em>, the bride-to-be is already receiving official royal gifts. But, don’t let your imagination run away with you, as the first official gift she received is actually something you probably already own.</p><p>Each January, the royal family releases a list of all the gifts they received throughout the last calendar year. On this year’s list was one small gift for Meghan: an apron.</p><p>The small but meaningful gift was actually given to Prince William to give to Meghan while he was visiting Finland just days after Harry and Meghan announced their engagement. And really, it’s a heartfelt present as Meghan previously explained that she and Harry got engaged while <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-engagement-photos" target="_blank">cooking together in their cottage kitchen</a>.</p><p>Of course, Meghan wasn’t the only member of the family to receive gifts last year. Prince George and Princess Charlotte both received a number of gifts including several books, toy trains, and candies. Kate, on the other hand, was gifted more fashionable items like dresses, earrings, and a handbag, all given while she was visiting <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/kate-middleton-prince-william-germany-poland" target="_blank">Poland and Germany</a> over the summer. Prince William also nabbed a few books and a vase on the trip.</p><p>And no royal gift list would be complete without noting the extraordinary things given to the Queen in 2017. Her majesty was gifted a few truly priceless items, including the Union Jack flag that Major Tim Peake, the first British citizen to be a part of the crew in the International Space Station, kept in his space suit. She was also given a few photographs of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, home to her summer retreat in Balmoral, which were shot from space by the governor-general designate of Canada, Madame Julie Payette.</p><p>But still, an apron is pretty cool, right?</p>
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France Wants Baguettes to Be Honored With UNESCO World Heritage Status

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:56
<p>What comes to mind when you think of France? The <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/secret-passages-versailles" target="_blank">Palace of Versailles</a>? The <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/u-by-uniworld-paris-cruise-for-millennials" target="_blank">Seine River</a>? Perhaps a crisp baguette?</p><p>You might notice that one of those things is distinctly not like the others: the humble baguette has not been honored with UNESCO World Heritage status.</p><p>While a loaf of bread may seem like an unlikely UNESCO honoree, the honor <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/pizza-unesco-status" target="_blank">doesn’t necessarily have to be given to a place</a>. In 2017, for example, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/13/world/europe/naples-pizza-unesco.html" target="_blank">Naple’s pizza</a> was given the title. Now, French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for the treasured bread of France to get the same treatment.</p><p>“The baguette is the envy of the whole world,” Macron said recently when talking about the application presented to the Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, according to <em><a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2018/01/18/baguette-unesco-heritage-french-president/" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a>.</em></p><p>France is so serious about their bread that there are laws people must follow in order for a baguette to truly be a baguette. Loaves can only be made from wheat flour, yeast, water and salt — and nothing else. Plus, they must never be frozen.</p><p>Frankly, in our opinion, baguettes are too delicious to not be considered for this.</p><p>Some other non-location World Heritage treasures includes Chogan, an Iranian horse-riding game (which includes music and storytelling) and Uilleann piping from Ireland, according to <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/13/world/europe/naples-pizza-unesco.html" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em>.</p>
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How a Government Shutdown Could Affect Your Travel Plans

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:37
<p>A <a href="http://time.com/5108781/government-shutdown-2018/">government shutdown</a> is looming as the U.S. Senate struggles to pass a short-term spending resolution to fund the operations of the federal government. </p><p>The last shutdown, in October 2013, saw the federal government furlough 800,000 employees for more than two weeks. </p><p>Anyone traveling this weekend or in the foreseeable future could face roadblocks or inconveniences if the government shuts down – from national parks closing to delays at passport processing. </p><p>Here's how a government shutdown could affect your travel plans:</p><h2>The TSA and air traffic control </h2><p>The good news is that Transportation Security Administration agents, border security agents, air traffic controllers and immigration enforcement officials are considered essential personnel. They will continue working through the shutdown. </p><p>The impact on air travel should be minimal. </p><p>Just 13% of the Homeland Security department would be furloughed in the event of a government shutdown, the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/politics/shutdown-who-gets-sent-home/?utm_term=.8d45d4be4e80"><em>Washington Post </em>reports</a>.</p><p>Airports and flights should run on schedule, though there may be some delays if "non-essential" employees are furloughed in a shutdown. </p><h2>National parks </h2><p>Anyone with trips to national parks or monuments in the near future should monitor the situation closely. </p><p>While national parks and monuments typically close during a government shutdown, the Washington<em> Post</em> <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-officials-weigh-keeping-national-parks-open-even-if-government-shuts-down/2018/01/17/7837649e-fbd1-11e7-ad8c-ecbb62019393_story.html?utm_term=.318559e8ebbf">reports</a> that Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is coming up with a plan to <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-officials-weigh-keeping-national-parks-open-even-if-government-shuts-down/2018/01/17/7837649e-fbd1-11e7-ad8c-ecbb62019393_story.html?utm_term=.318559e8ebbf">allow national parks and monuments to remain open</a>. It is an unprecedented move and leaves open the question of how many park rangers will be on hand to help visitors. As of Thursday, park officials were not sure what would happen in the event of a shutdown, and there was still "wide confusion" about how to keep the parks open, according to the <em>Post</em>. </p><p>CNBC reports that <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/18/what-happens-during-a-us-government-shutdown.html">national parks closed</a> during the 2013 government shutdown, leading to a loss of $500 million in visitor spending and 750,000 daily park visitors. </p><h2>Passports </h2><p>Passport processing is funded in part by fees and with money appropriated by Congress, and will continue operating during a government shutdown. However, some delays are possible, according to <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/18/what-happens-during-a-us-government-shutdown.html">CNBC</a>. </p><h2>Visas </h2><p>According to the <a href="http://beta.latimes.com/politics/la-na-government-shutdown-20180117-htmlstory.html">Los Angeles Times</a>, offices abroad that issue foreign travel visas to those wanting to come to the U.S. will be closed, resulting in potential delays in visa processing. The State Department says consular operations both domestic and abroad will operate as long as there is enough money to support them.</p><h2>Washington D.C. and museums </h2><p>Popular tourist sites in Washington D.C. will likely close during a government shutdown, affecting destinations like the Smithsonian museums, Lincoln Memorial, the Library of Congress and the National Archives.</p><p>That is, unless the Secretary of the Interior can come up with a plan to keep them open during the furlough. </p><p>Those in D.C. this weekend are in luck: both the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution announced that they would remain open Saturday and Sunday and close Monday in the event of a shutdown at midnight Friday. Smithsonian museums located in New York City would close if the government shuts down. </p>
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Skip Winter and Fly to Mexico for $230 Round-trip

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:15
<p>If winter just isn’t your thing, you’re in luck. An all-out <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/different-types-cheap-flights-sales-promotions-mistakes" target="_blank">airfare war</a> between United Airlines and Delta Air Lines has resulted in $230 round-trip flights to popular resort towns in western Mexico.</p><p>Friday morning, <i><a href="https://thriftytraveler.com/hot-flight-deal-262-detroit-puerto-vallarta-mexico-r-t/" target="_blank">Thrifty Traveler</a></i> announced that cheap seats to Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo were available from a number of U.S. cities. </p><p>The most inexpensive seats ($230 round-trip) can be found on flights originating in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, and San Diego. But affordable flights can also be found from Los Angeles and Santa Ana.</p><p>East Coast-based travelers, meanwhile, can score $272 round-trip flights from two Washington, D.C.-area airports.</p><p>Flights to Puerto Vallarta and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/things-to-do-los-cabos" target="_blank">San Jose del Cabo</a> can be found from January until May, but we wouldn’t wait to book these tickets. Upon arrival at one of the region’s <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/all-inclusive-resorts/puerto-vallarta-all-inclusive-resorts" target="_blank">luxurious all-inclusive properties</a>, all thoughts of icy winter temps will quickly melt away. </p><p>To book, travelers should use Google Flights to identify the most inexpensive days to travel from their preferred airport. To score even steeper savings, enter those travel dates into a search engine like Momondo or Skyscanner, which can locate tickets from <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/how-to-book-cheap-flights-with-third-party-website" target="_blank">third-party retailers</a>.</p>
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American Airlines' New Shuttle Flights Will Have Free Beer and Wine

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:11
<p>Some travelers on <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/american-airlines" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> just scored a new in-flight perk.</p><p>The airline announced on Thursday that it is implementing new, hourly shuttle flights from New York City to Chicago every weekday starting on April 4. But as an added bonus, these flights also come with free beer and wine service, including in the main cabin.</p><p>Free meals with wine and beer are already offered on American’s international flights. Hard liquor is also free on flights to and from Japan, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Auckland, according to the airline’s <a href="https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/experience/dining/main-cabin-food.jsp" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jetblue-byob-alcohol" target="_blank">Bet you didn't know JetBlue flights are BYOB</a></p><p>There will be 15 of these convenient flights per day on the half-hour, operating out of Chicago's O’Hare International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport, according to the <em><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-american-shuttle-chicago-ny-20180118-story.html" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune</a></em>.</p><p>The service also includes dedicated gates and expedited check-in, if you don’t already feel like you’re getting special treatment.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta/delta-free-prosecco-international-flights" target="_blank">How to Get Free Prosecco on a Plane Without Flying First Class</a></p><p>Vasu Raja, American’s vice president of network and schedule planning, told the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>: “It is something that is really designed to go and cater to the last-minute business traveler and make it as easy as possible for that person.”</p><p>American also offers shuttle service connecting New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston. Currently, there is no information on how much ticket prices will be on the New York to Chicago flights.</p>
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Even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Suffer Through Train Delays

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:30
<p>Meghan Markle got a taste of the sometimes unreliable train service in England on Thursday as she made her way to the town of Cardiff with <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-engagement-photos" target="_blank">her fiancé, Prince Harry</a>.</p><p>The couple boarded the train at Paddington Station on Thursday at 11:15 a.m., but they made it to their destination a little later than intended due to delays on the tracks. According to a GWR spokesperson, it was a “Network Rail infrastructure issue, namely a points failure at Didcot, which has impacted services.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-ecomony-flight" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Took an Economy Flight — and Sat in the Back</a></p><p>But, fans of the couple in the town didn’t seem to mind as they eagerly and affectionately greeted Harry and Meghan, who were there to make their third official royal appearance together. There, Meghan looked predictably stylish wearing an all-black outfit, including a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kenneth-cole-new-york-wool-blend-maxi-wrap-coat/4444563" target="_blank">black coat</a> by Stella McCartney that came complete with a ribbon belt, a pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/madewell-10-inch-high-rise-skinny-jeans-carbondale/4532289" target="_blank">black skinny jeans</a> by <a href="http://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/red-carpet-dresses/a15365545/meghan-markle-wears-black-coat-cardiff/" target="_blank">Welsh company</a> Hiut Denim, a sleek pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://luxury.zappos.com/p/tabitha-simmons-kiki-black-velvet/product/8987166/color/113" target="_blank">velvet ankle boots by Tabitha Simmons</a> (we also found a more <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.zappos.com/p/chinese-laundry-charisma-black-suede/product/8965572/color/106" target="_blank">affordable pair of lookalikes</a>), and a dark <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.demellierlondon.com/the-mini-venice.html" target="_blank">green handbag by DeMellier London</a>.</p><p>Meghan and Harry went to visit the community as part of her official introduction to the nation she will soon call home. In Cardiff, the couple <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-visit-cardiff-castle" target="_blank">started their day by visiting Cardiff Castle</a>, one of the country's most important and popular historical sites, where they were greeted by a throng of fans.</p><p>“It's fascinating that she's not the typical person you'd expect to become a future duchess and it's just really interesting to see the public reaction to her,” Jenna Quilter, 18, from Cregiau, told <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-42722726" target="_blank">reporters</a>. “I'm a big fan of the royals. Mainly the Duchess of Cambridge but I adore Prince Harry. I think Harry and Meghan represent a more modern society and it keeps some of the British traditions alive. I've got some roses for Meghan too.”</p><p>Abbie Smith, who happened to be visiting the British town from Louisiana, additionally told reporters that their impending nuptials are "really exciting.” She added: "In America this is like a fairytale. I think it's really cool that she's from the States and gets to experience the royal lifestyle as well."</p><p>Beyond greeting well-wishers, Harry and Meghan are expected to hear performances from local musicians and poets and check out local organizations that work to promote the Welsh language and cultural identity.</p><p>As Culture Minister Lord-Elis Thomas told <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-42722726" target="_blank">BBC</a>: "I hope to see this visit provide a taste of the variety and quality of what's on offer here in Wales. Indeed, our royal Welsh welcome extends well beyond this visit and we'd be only too pleased to highlight the magnificence of other parts of Wales in future."</p>
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Amazon's New Headquarters Will Be in One of These Cities

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:55
<p>Amazon is getting closer and closer to finding its second home.</p><p>The company announced 20 cities chosen to be finalists for their second headquarters on Thursday. The list itself contains several obvious choices, and some that are more unexpected.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/harper-reed-amazon-order-prevents-global-entry" target="_blank">Your Seemingly Innocent Amazon Order Could Get You in Trouble With Border Control</a> </p><p>Here is the list in full:</p><p>Atlanta, Georgia<br />Austin, Texas<br />Boston, Massachusetts<br />Chicago, Illinois<br />Columbus, Ohio<br />Dallas, Texas<br />Denver, Colorado<br />Indianapolis, Indiana<br />Los Angeles, California<br />Miami, Florida<br />Montgomery County, Maryland<br />Nashville, Tennessee<br />Newark, New Jersey<br />New York, New York<br />Northern Virginia<br />Philadelphia, Pennsylvania<br />Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania<br />Raleigh, North Carolina<br />Toronto, Canada<br />Washington, D.C.</p><p>These finalists, according to <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/technology/amazon-finalists-headquarters.html" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em>, were chosen based on their reputations as being attractive places for recruiting technical talent. Amazon’s criteria for choosing a new headquarters includes finding a city that has a population greater than 1 million and is further away from tech hotspots on the East and West Coasts.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/best-snow-boots" target="_blank">The 12 Best Snow Boots You Can Get on Amazon</a></p><p>However, Los Angeles and New York City are still in the running for the new space.</p><p>The company received 238 bids from officials for the opportunity to bring new jobs to their cities. Bids that did not make the cut include Detroit, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona. Amazon also received bids from cities in Mexico, according to <em>The New York Times</em>, but it seems the company is planning on staying in the U.S. or Canada. Amazon’s first and current headquarters is based in Seattle, Washington.</p><p>“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough — all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan, Amazon’s head of economic development, told <em>The New York Times</em>. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”</p><p>The final decision deadline has not yet been announced.</p>
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Book with Norwegian Cruise Line and Get Up to $500 Free Onboard Spend and Up to 5 Free Offers

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:11
<p>Whether it’s island hopping you’re after or simply a carefree week away from your daily responsibilities, there’s no better way to relax on vacation than to take a cruise. And if there’s one way to make a cruise vacation better, it’s free offers.</p><p>Which is why we couldn’t be more excited about Norwegian’s Super Splash Sale, a limited-time promotion that gives guests up to $500 to spend onboard — plus up to 5 free offers, including unlimited open bar, specialty dining, shore exclusions, Wi-Fi, and your stateroom’s third and fourth guest free.</p><p>Choose from bucket list destinations like Alaska and Europe, tropical locales like the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Mexico, and the Panama Canal — or more far-flung destinations like Australia and New Zealand. Ready to book your cruise to paradise?</p><h2>Norwegian’s Super Splash Sale</h2><p><strong>The details:</strong> Book a cruise today with Norwegian’s Super Splash Sale and get up to $500 to spend onboard + choose up to 5 free offers: free unlimited open bar, free specialty dining, free shore excursions, free Wi-Fi, and friends &amp; family sail free. Up to $3,100 in value. Plus, book with only $50 deposits.</p><p><a href="https://www.ncl.com/cruise-deals/choice?cid=DI_OMD_PRO_PRO_TIM_BKN_DIS_SSDASHJAN18_011618DEMO_HR1OFR320_NA" target="_blank"><strong>Book now</strong></a></p>
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The Pope Just Married Two Flight Attendants at 30,000 Feet

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:58
<p>Carlos Ciuffardi and Paola Podest, two LATAM flight attendants flying from <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/santiago-spots-to-visit" target="_blank">Santiago, Chile</a> to the northern city of Iquique, had a spontaneous inflight wedding. And it was officiated by the Pope. </p><p>While on his tour of the South American nation, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/pope-francis" target="_blank">Pope Francis</a> — and his entire entourage — happened to be taking this same commercial flight. On the trip, each flight attendant was given permission to approach the Pope to ask for a photograph.</p><p>When it was their turn, Ciuffardi and Podest (who are also a couple) approached the Pope together. The Pope asked if they were married.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airlines-airports/couple-gets-married-on-airplane" target="_blank">Couple Got Engaged and Then Had the Wedding Ceremony All on the Same Flight</a></p><p>The duo explained that while technically married, they had only been joined through a civil ceremony. The pair had planned to wed in a lavish church ceremony on February 27, 2010, but, as <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pope-francis-marries-chile-flight-attendants-latam-airlines-flight-chile/" target="_blank">CBS explained</a>, a <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/death-toll-rises-from-massive-chile-quake/" target="_blank">massive earthquake struck</a> the region and their church collapsed on their wedding day.</p><p>Without skipping a beat, the Pope asked Ciuffardi and Podest if they would like him to perform the ceremony — right there, on the airplane. The ecstatic couple said yes.</p><p>The Pope then performed the service, blessed their rings, and the couple kissed to seal their union.</p><p>"We can't believe the Pope married us," Ciuffardi told reporters on the flight. "A pope has never married anyone on a plane." He added, "We hope it will promote marriage. We have a Vatican document, it's all valid."</p><img alt="Crew members Paula Podest (L) and Carlos Ciuffardi smile after being married by Pope Francis during the flight between Santiago and the northern city of Iquique on January 18, 2018 "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516288442/Paula-Podest-Carlos-Ciuffardi-chile-POPEWED0118.jpg?itok=1U_4-y7Y"><p>And that document may be more special than the average marriage license, as it was drafted by hand by another Chilean cardinal who happened to be on the flight.</p><p>As a gift, the Pope gave the bride and groom a matching black and white rosary set.</p><p>"This is what's missing in the world — the sacrament of marriage,” the Pope told the couple. “I hope this motivates couples to marry."</p><img alt="Crew members Paula Podest (L) and Carlos Ciuffardi smile after being married by Pope Francis during the flight between Santiago and the northern city of Iquique on January 18, 2018 "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516288442/flight-attendant-marriage-chile-POPEWED0118.jpg?itok=44kp6tGR"><p>So what’s next for the newlyweds? A <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/honeymoon-destinations" target="_blank">honeymoon</a>, of course. Unfortunately, they told reporters it will have to be a short event, as they are scheduled for a return flight to Santiago tomorrow.</p>
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Extreme Winds Shut Down One of Europe’s Busiest Airports

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:49
<p>Extreme wind temporarily shut down <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/amsterdam-airport-schiphol-ams/things-to-do" target="_blank">Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport</a> on Thursday, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.</p><p>Airport activity was suspended around 8 a.m. local time and resumed a few hours later, but there are still ongoing delays and cancellations, according to <a href="https://www.schiphol.nl/en/page/possible-delays-due-to-strong-winds/" target="_blank">an update posted on the airport's website</a>. At least 260 flights, most traveling within <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/cities-in-europe" target="_blank">Europe</a>, were canceled as a result of the storm, <a href="https://twitter.com/Schiphol/status/953910271487152128" target="_blank">Schiphol posted on Twitter</a>. </p><p>Strong winds also caused a few roof plates to detach from the terminal building, limiting areas where passengers were able to enter the airport, Schipol added on Twitter. Train service to the airport was also disrupted by the weather.</p><p>Schiphol is a European travel hub, serving more than 63 million passengers en route to 322 destinations each year. Hundreds of flights were also <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/storm-leaves-passengers-stranded-at-heathrow" target="_blank">canceled there due to winter weather</a> last month.</p><p>The windstorm that grounded planes at Schiphol also took its toll on other parts of Northwest Europe. At least three people in the Netherlands and one person in Belgium were killed by falling trees and debris resulting from the gusts, which reached 90 miles per hour in some areas, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/18/amsterdam-schiphol-flights-storm-chaos-europe?CMP=share_btn_tw" target="_blank">according to the </a><em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/18/amsterdam-schiphol-flights-storm-chaos-europe?CMP=share_btn_tw" target="_blank">Guardian</a>. </em>The U.K. is also experiencing widespread power outages resulting from the storm, the <i>Guardian</i> reports, and German railway operator Deutsche Bahn suspended all trips in the country's North Rhine-Westphalia area.</p>
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Why Dog People and Cat People Probably Shouldn't Travel Together

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:02
<p>In a world of great political divide, there is still perhaps no issue more contentious than dog person vs. cat person — and it’s likely to stay that way.</p><p>According to <a href="https://www.bettercitiesforpets.com/" target="_blank">a survey from Mars Petcare</a>, dog people and cat people differ not only in their preferred pet, but their tastes in pretty much every aspect of life.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/pet-friendly-travel/dogs-smarter-than-cats" target="_blank">Scientists Believe That Dogs May Be Twice As Smart As Cats</a></p><p>While cat people consider themselves more creative, dog people earn (on average) about $7,000 more per year. However the survey related this divide back to the jobs each pet owner is likely to take on. Dog owners are twice as likely to work in finance while cat parents are four times more likely to work in a creative field.</p><p>Perhaps true to stereotype, cat people are more likely to enjoy low-key activities. While dog owners like heading out of the house to do yoga, go dancing, or travel, cat owners prefer to stay close to home, reading, writing, or gardening.</p><p>But even when both pet owners are at home, their tastes differ: Cat people prefer watching documentaries, musicals, or indie films while a dog lover is more likely to watch a romantic comedy, horror, or action flick.</p><p>However, more than 20 percent of dog and cat owners agreed that they take their pet on vacation with them. If trends hold true, dog owners will want to partake in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel" target="_blank">a vacation that’s more active</a> while a cat owner may prefer <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/best-countries-for-cultural-travel" target="_blank">exploring cultural activities in a new town</a>. Regardless of the animal, pet owners should be sure they <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/pet-friendly-travel" target="_blank">know how to travel with their companions</a> before embarking on a new adventure.</p>
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Why Americans Are Suddenly Flocking to This Gorgeous Caribbean Island (Video)

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:34
<p>The park ranger Robert Régina and I were hiking along a ridge in the Caravelle Peninsula, high above the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, when he asked me, "What do you know about Martinique?" Then he answered for me with perverse Gallic pride: "Rien, je crois! Nothing, I think!" Well, not quite nothing. I once wrote a book involving Napoleon Bonaparte's romantic life, so I knew that his legendary <em>amour</em> — Marie-Josèphe-Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, better known as Empress Josephine — was born and raised on Martinique. But Régina was pretty close, which I knew after one look at the lavish beauty of this spectacular nature preserve, where lovely forest cascades down mountainsides to white-sand beaches. I had never heard of the Caravelle Peninsula before. My knowledge of Martinique was indeed almost <em>rien</em>.</p><p>Régina and I eventually made our way to the ruins of the Château Dubuc, an enormous sugar plantation and today a stark example of Martinique's complicated history. The French first settled on the island in the 17th century, and quickly set up many plantations like the Dubuc, all worked by slave labor. (Slavery was outlawed in 1848.) Currently an overseas department of France, Martinique remains closely bound to la patrie: in its language, its use of the euro, its cuisine, and its openness to progressive ideas unusual for the region. This Franco-centric worldview — and the fact that flights from the U.S. used to involve so many stopovers that it sometimes seemed faster to go via Paris — has long kept Martinique off the radar of most Americans.</p><p>All that changed over the past few years, when Norwegian Airlines started offering affordable direct flights from New York, Boston, and Fort Lauderdale. Some friends who had made it to Martinique told me about the dazzling variety of tropical landscapes that make the country feel much larger than its 436 square miles. The northern coast is volcanic, with dark-sand beaches, while the southern coast is scalloped with white-sand coves. The eastern, Atlantic shores are wild; the western, Caribbean waters stay serene. At the island's heart are mountains dense with rain forest where the adventurous can go hiking, canyoning, and rafting. And one can also retreat to villages that offer a relaxed, uniquely Creole charm.</p><p>And so I headed south for my own crash course on all things Martinican. Here are a few of the island's avant-garde charms I discovered along the way.</p><img alt="Dining at the Hotel Plein Soleil, in Martinique "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516130231/tuna-with-pomegranate-hotel-plein-soleil-MARTINIQUE0118.jpg?itok=KUE-uGxo"><h2>It's Got Sci-fi Glamping.</h2><p>I've been accused of being self-absorbed before, but on my first night I was literally living in a bubble. The inventive <a href="ledomainedesbulles.com">Domaine des Bulles</a> (doubles from $175) is an excellent example of how Martinique does things the unexpected way: these three transparent bubbles, set in the forest near the town of Le Vauclin, offer camping as Jules Verne might have imagined it. My high-tech globule was air-conditioned, with a huge bed perfect for stargazing. Outside was an open-air shower and a stone plunge pool replenished by a cool mountain stream. For dinner, I called on a walkie-talkie to have a fine French meal and a bottle of Côtes du Rhône delivered to my outdoor table. Exhibitionists may be disappointed, however: each bubble is kept private by fences and thick foliage. Martinique is very French, but there are limits to self-exposure.</p><h2>It's an Enclave of Cutting-edge Art.</h2><p>People don't typically think of the Caribbean for contemporary art, but visitors to Martinique can see an impressive collection of works — all housed in a rum distillery. <a href="rhum%25E2%2580%258Bclementusa.com">Habitation Clément</a> , in Le François, comprises a historic plantation house, a 40-acre sculpture park, and a sleek gallery showcasing artists from the region. The works can be provocative: one of the most striking sculptures is the word blood in enormous red letters, a reference to slavery's brutal impact on the island. In addition to the art, most come here to taste rhum agricole, Martinique's signature spirit, which is made from pressed sugarcane instead of molasses, giving it a lighter, less syrupy taste. The original Clément distillery, which dates from 1917, is preserved like a site-specific artwork in itself, and the rum is stored in sweet-perfumed cellars. I was delighted to find that the last stop was an elegant tasting room. </p><h2>It's a Gastronome's Paradise.</h2><p>Food is taken seriously on the island, but the culinary style quotient was cranked up a notch with the recent opening of <a href="hotel%25E2%2580%258Bfrench%25E2%2580%258Bcoco.com">French Coco</a> (doubles from $518; entrées $30–$35), a boutique hotel in La Trinité whose design is as bright and airy as any chic new Provençal inn. The dining room is its heart and soul: the chef, Michel Benaziz, a veteran of restaurants in Toulouse and St. Martin, gives his French dishes a Caribbean twist using organic herbs from the on-site garden. (His marlin confit with turnips and "virgin sauce," made from freshly crushed lemon, tomato, basil, and cilantro, was outstanding.) French Coco's urban counterpart in the capital, Fort-de-France, is the 24-seat <a href="hotel-simon.com">Table de Marcel</a> (prix fixe from $105), from Martinican chef Marcel Ravin, who recently came home after running the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel. One day, I headed for lunch at a cheerful beach hut in Le Carbet called <a href="lepetibonum">Le Petibonum</a> (entrées $21–$27) run by Guy Ferdinand, who likes to be called "Chef Hot Pants" because of his extra-short shorts. After a plate of fresh local crayfish by the lapping waters of the Caribbean, I raised a glass of Sauvignon Blanc to the French attitude to life.</p><img alt="View of Fort de France, Martinique "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516130231/fort-de-france-view-martinique-MARTINIQUE0118.jpg?itok=XdpQ4sHJ"><h2>It's a Great Place to Go for a Drive.</h2><p>This is one of the best Caribbean islands for renting a car. The French-funded A1 highway from the airport is so well maintained that it practically qualifies as a tourist attraction in itself. But take any turnoff from the A1 and one of the primary roads, and you will find yourself following a spiderweb of country lanes through lush farmland. When I reserved dinner at <a href="hotelpleinsoleil.fr">Hôtel Plein Soleil</a> (doubles from $235)<em>,</em> in Le François, the maître d' e-mailed me a page-long set of driving instructions, although the absence of road signs meant that it was easier to stop and ask directions from locals. It was all worth the effort: the rambling colonial estate has stunning views over the Atlantic coastline, inventive cuisine, and — best of all — a retro bar filled with sensual artworks, including a lavish nude presiding over the liquor bottles.</p><h2>It's Steeped in History.</h2><p>My growing realization that I had only scratched the surface of Martinique was confirmed when I visited the sites related to the island's celebrity daughter, Josephine Bonaparte. The remains of her birthplace, Domaine de la Pagerie (Rte. 38, Les Trois-Îlets; 596-596-68-38-34), are lovingly preserved, with gardens that display the dahlias, hibiscus, and camellias she introduced to Europe as empress. Boat tours from Le François, on the eastern coast, include visits to La Baignoire de Joséphine — "Josephine's Bathtub" — a shallow sandbar in the middle of the bay near where, legend claims, she holidayed as a child. Catamarans from <a href="catamaran-martinique.com">Les Ballades du Delphis</a> weigh anchor so passengers can eat Creole snacks and sip cocktails in the waist-high water. But the love affair is complex. The island's most prominent statue of the empress, in the main square of Fort-de-France, has had its head chopped off. The few Martinicans who believe the island should be independent see Josephine as a symbol of French oppression. It was she who convinced Napoleon to reinstate slavery on the island in 1802, locals believe, after it had been abolished following the French Revolution. In 1991, independence activists "guillotined" the statue. "The government has had another head carved for her, but they don't want to put it back on," an old gent in the park told me with a chuckle. "If they do, those coquins [rascals] have promised to chop it off again!" Obviously, I still had more hidden depths to explore.</p>
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This New Cruise Ship's 'Magic Carpet' Will Make Your 'Aladdin' Wishes Come True

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:32
<p>In case it’s not enough to sail the seas, a new cruise ship is giving guests the opportunity to fly on a magic carpet.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.celebritycruises.com/edge/" target="_blank">Celebrity Edge</a>, setting sail later this year, will introduce an exclusive feature that will allow guests to soar alongside the ship.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/shaq-carnival-cruises-chief-fun-officer" target="_blank">Why You Might Spot Shaq on Your Next Caribbean Cruise</a></p><p>Celebrity calls its “Magic Carpet” the highlight of the Edge. The “world’s first cantilevered, floating platform” is capable of moving around the ship from top to bottom. It’s about the size of a tennis court and can change functionality as it moves from deck two up to deck 16. When it’s on the bottom deck of the boat, guests will use the Magic Carpet to board the ship’s tender boats. On the upper levels, the feature will host late-night parties, dinners, and barbecues.</p><img alt="Rendering of the "Magic Carpet" experience on the Celebrity Edge "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516209486/magic-carpet-celebrity-edge-CELEBRITYEDGE0118.jpg?itok=m7nGsuJO"><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/large-ocean-cruise-ships" target="_blank">The Top 10 Large-ship Ocean Cruise Lines</a></p><p>But guests shouldn’t harbor any fantasies about riding the Magic Carpet around the ship. <a href="https://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=1130" target="_blank">Celebrity Cruises is already very clear</a> that guests will not be able to sit aboard the Magic Carpet as it shifts levels.</p><p>In their staterooms, guests will find features like the “Infinite Veranda.” When guests press a button, the entire window will shift down to create the feeling of a porch inside the room.</p><img alt="Rendering of the Celebrity Edge villa "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516209486/celebrity-edge-villa-CELEBRITYEDGE0118.jpg?itok=f5W5oOOf"><p>The ship is more than 1,000 feet long and capable of accommodating more than 2,900 people. It will also feature a two-level jogging track, rooftop garden, and plenty of food, spa, and poolside experiences onboard.</p><p>The Celebrity Edge will make its inaugural cruise in December 2018 through the Western Caribbean. It is currently <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5274091/Celebrity-Edge-promises-turn-cruising-inside-out.html" target="_blank">under construction in France</a>.</p>
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The One Thing You Should Never Serve Kate Middleton If She Comes Over for Tea

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:15
<p>Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is used to living in the public eye. As a leading member of the British royal family, she’s a frequent <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/kate-middleton-washcloth" target="_blank">subject of headlines</a> that may or may not be true.</p><p>Take, for example, the rumor that Middleton is an <a href="https://www.self.com/story/kate-middleton-food" target="_blank">ardent fan of almond milk</a>.</p><p>As many outlets would lead you to believe, Middleton is a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/kate-middleton-rescue-sick-boy-crowd" target="_blank">health-conscious royal mom</a> who only indulges in healthy treats. However, according to Middleton herself, some of these headlines are simply, well, fake news.</p><p>A few days ago, Middleton visited a cafe run by a charity that focuses on helping the homeless in England. There, she and her husband prince William sat down for a bite to eat and to enjoy a spot of tea. On the tray, the volunteers also set aside a bit of almond milk for Middleton.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/pippa-middleton-breakfast" target="_blank">Pippa Middleton's Breakfast Recommendation Is Making People Angry</a></p><p>Volunteer Kim Gardener told the royal couple they put almond milk on the table because they had read that Kate preferred it.</p><p>However, in a rare and candid response, Middleton replied: “Don’t believe everything you read — I don’t even like almond milk.”</p><p>But while Middleton may have left the almond milk out of her tea, the pair apparently enjoyed the sweet treats, which included a princess confection complete with a tiara and a Union Jack cake, according to <em><a href="http://people.com/royals/what-made-kate-middleton-say-dont-believe-everything-you-read/" target="_blank">People</a></em>.</p><p>“You should be on 'Bake Off!'” William told the bakers, referring to U.K. reality competition show "The Great British Bake Off."</p><p>While the royal duo has been making the rounds lately, they will likely soon slow down, as Middleton is expecting their third child sometime in April. According to <i>People</i>, the royals will make a <a href="http://people.com/royals/which-oscar-winner-will-prince-william-and-kate-middleton-meet-on-their-visit-to-sweden/" target="_blank">four-day visit to Sweden and Norway</a> before officially going on maternity leave <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/next-royal-baby" target="_blank">until their little one arrives</a>.</p><p>Then, of course, they will need to be ready to go as William’s brother, Prince Harry, is set to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/prince-harry-meghan-markle-wedding-date-location" target="_blank">walk down the aisle to wed Meghan Markle</a> in May, just a few weeks after the birth. </p>
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United’s New 17.5-hour Flight from Houston to Sydney Is One of the World’s Longest

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:07
<p>Today marks a shake-up in the rankings of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/longest-flight-departs" target="_blank">the longest flights in the world</a> as United commences service from its hub in <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/houston" target="_blank">Houston</a>, Texas, to Sydney, Australia.</p><p>The airline already flies from <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/los-angeles" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> and San Francisco to Sydney. “Our Houston-Sydney service brings customers another new <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/direct-non-stop-flights" target="_blank">nonstop flight</a> between the U.S. and Australia,” says United spokesman Jonathan Guerin, “and connects more than 70 cities across eastern North America that did not have one-stop service to Australia on United before.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-airlines/united-private-invitation-only-restaurant" target="_blank">Inside United's Invite-only Airport Restaurant</a></p><p>Tickets for the inaugural flight were going for about $1,200 one-way in economy, and nearly $7,200 in business class. Round-trip itineraries in the following weeks and months start at a more reasonable $1,090 in economy, or $7,627 in business class.</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-airlines/united-mileage-plus" target="_blank">United</a> Flight 101 <a href="https://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL101" target="_blank">departs Houston at 8:00 p.m.</a> and arrives in Sydney two days later at 6:30 a.m. The return flight, United 100, departs Sydney at 11:50 a.m. and arrives back in Houston at 10:30 a.m. the same day. It’s time travel!</p><p>The new route, which is operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, spans a distance of 8,596 miles and crosses seven time zones. All told, the outbound flight clocks in at a whopping 17 hours and 30 minutes while the return is blocked out at 15 hours, 40 minutes.</p><p>Despite those numbers, the flight is not the longest route in the world — by distance or by time. It’s not even the longest route that <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-airlines" target="_blank">United</a> flies. However, it still debuts at number three on the list, shaking up rankings that also include journeys from the Middle East to the U.S. and the South Pacific.</p><p>“With the addition of the Houston-Sydney route, United now has eight of the 10 longest flights operated by U.S. carriers,” said Guerin.</p><p>Among those is the flight that<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-airlines/united-worlds-longest-flight" target="_blank"> earns the number two spot</a>, United’s Los Angeles–Singapore service, which covers 8,770 miles and lasts 17 hours, 55 minutes in one direction and 15 hours, 15 minutes (it’s all about the tailwinds) on the return.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/united-bathroom-poop-smear" target="_blank">A United Flight Had to Land After a Passenger Spread Poop All Over the Bathrooms</a></p><p>The new Houston–Sydney flight edges out United’s other flight from San Francisco to Singapore, a route also operated by Singapore Airlines, with a flight time of 17 hours, 20 minutes for the number three spot. It also beats Qantas’ flight from Dallas to Sydney by a mere 18 miles but 25 minutes of onboard time. The discrepancy there is probably due mainly to airport congestion and other operational factors.</p><p>It won’t be long until we see more ultra-longhaul routes join the fray. Qantas <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/nonstop-flights-europe-australia-qantas" target="_blank">launches service</a> between Perth and London in March aboard one of its own new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/qantas-boeing-787-9" target="_blank">recently joined the airline’s fleet</a>. That flight is blocked out at 17 hours, 20 minutes on the outbound and 16 hours, 45 minutes on the return, and will cover a distance of 9,008 miles. Qantas is also already talking with Boeing and Airbus to figure out ways newer aircraft might<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airlines-airports/qantas-longest-flight" target="_blank"> make even longer journeys possible</a> within the next decade; say from Sydney to London, or Melbourne to New York City, either of which would hit the 20-hour mark.</p><p>For its part, Singapore Airlines is waiting to take delivery of several Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft to begin flying nonstop to both Los Angeles and New York.</p><p>For now, we have ranked the top 10 longest flights in the world as of January 18, 2018. These rankings are by scheduled flight time, not by distance flown.</p><p>So, for instance, Air India’s flight from New Delhi to San Francisco sometimes operates a route over the Pacific (instead of polar) of around 9,500 miles, making it the longest flight by distance. However, because of tailwinds, it only lasts 16 hours, 15 minutes, which means it doesn’t make this list.</p><p>Flight times blocked out by airlines also involve factors like the type of aircraft flown, routing requirements, head or tailwinds, airport operations and traffic congestion and other factors. For example, Qatar Airways’ flight from Auckland to Doha, which was already one of the longest flights in the world, ranks at number one because of restricted airspace around Doha that requires the airline to circumvent Saudi and some U.A.E. airspace. If and when the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its neighbors is resolved, that should shave down the flight time.</p><p>With all that in mind, the flight times and routes listed here are those that are currently operating.</p><h2>The World’s Longest Flights</h2><p>1. Qatar Airways: <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/longest-flight-departs" target="_blank">Auckland–Doha</a><br />Flight time: 18 hours, 20 minutes<br />Distance: 9,032 miles</p><p>2. United: <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-airlines/united-worlds-longest-flight" target="_blank">Los Angeles–Singapore</a><br />Flight time: 17 hours, 55 minutes<br />Distance: 8,770 miles</p><p>3. United: Houston–Sydney (starting Thursday)<br />Flight time: 17 hours, 30 minutes<br />Distance: 8,596 miles</p><p>4. United and Singapore Airlines: San Francisco–Singapore<br />Flight time: 17 hours, 20-35 minutes<br />Distance: 8,444 miles</p><p>5. Emirates: Auckland–Dubai<br />Flight time: 17 hours, 15 minutes<br />Distance: 8,824</p><p>6. Qantas: Dallas Ft. Worth–Sydney<br />Flight time: 17 hours, 5 minutes<br />Distance: 8,578 miles</p><p>7. Etihad: Abu Dhabi–Los Angeles<br />Flight time: 17 hours<br />Distance: 8,390 miles</p><p>8. Delta: Johannesburg–<a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/atlanta" target="_blank">Atlanta</a><br />Flight time: 16 hours, 50 minutes<br />Distance: 8,436 miles</p><p>9. Emirates: Dubai–Houston<br />Flight time: 16 hours, 45 minutes<br />Distance: 8,167 miles</p><p>10. Saudia: Jeddah–Los Angeles<br />Flight time: 16 hours, 40 minutes<br />Distance: 8,332 miles</p><p>Check back in March once Qantas launches its Perth–London route since that will shake up the rankings again.</p>
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Why Rumors Are Spreading That Barack Obama Plays HQ Trivia in His Free Time

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:50
<p>After running the country for eight years, former President Barack Obama definitely deserves a break. But you might not expect to see the 44th president taking that break on one of your favorite apps.</p><p>On Wednesday night, users of the game app HQ Trivia were surprised to see a user named “Obama,” complete with Barack Obama’s picture as one of the 91 winners of the game.</p><p>Disappointingly, Obama's former communications director told <em><a href="http://people.com/politics/barack-obama-win-hq-michelle-obama-birthday/" target="_blank">PEOPLE</a> </em>he was not playing the game at the time, as he was <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/michelle-obama-birthday-gift-barack-obama" target="_blank">busy celebrating Michelle's birthday</a>. "President Obama is as competitive a trivia player as anybody, but he was celebrating his wife’s birthday last night with dinner and a play. In other words, not exactly the most conducive environment for gaming on a phone,” Katie Hill said.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/michelle-malia-obama-miami-vacation" target="_blank">Michelle and Malia Obama Just Took the Ultimate Mother-daughter Vacation</a></p><p>But even if the winning user wasn't THE Barack Obama, it definitely makes you wonder if he is playing under a pseudonym (or if this will inspire him to create an account). There’s definitely no questioning that our former president is a smart man. He went to both Harvard and Columbia. He won the Nobel Peace Prize. He probably has a wealth of trivia knowledge that can’t be beat. And he no longer has the demanding job of running the country.</p><p>Whether or not the real Obama decides gaming is in his future, people were just happy to see his face.</p><p>“Obama,” as well as the other 90 users, won about $21 while playing. So HQ Trivia Obama, whoever you are, we congratulate you.</p><p>HQ Trivia is open for users to play between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST daily. The app is currently only available on iOS.</p>
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Here’s What You Can Do With That Leftover Foreign Currency

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:46
<h2>Welcome home: Now what to do with leftover foreign currency?</h2><p>For convenience and good exchange rates, savvy travelers should try to settle bills using no-foreign fee credit cards when out of the country. But cash is always handy for buying rides on public transit, paying street vendors for food, and craft items and for leaving tips.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/man-forgets-parked-car-finds-after-20-years" target="_blank">Man Forgets Where He Parked, Finds Car 20 Years Later</a></p><p>Going home with leftover foreign currency may feel wasteful, but there are plenty of ways to put that money to good use.</p><h2>Spend it.</h2><p>No matter how much money is left over, “I pay my hotel bill with it,” said Chris McGinnis, of the <a href="http://travelskills.com/">TravelSkills</a> blog. “Part in cash, the rest on a credit card.” Others suggest stopping at a Starbucks before leaving a country to have leftover cash added, fee-free, to a Starbucks card balance.</p><p>Airports offer plenty of places to spend money and the part-cash/part-credit card method works well when buying pre-flight snacks or items in the duty-free stores.</p><h2>Save it for another time.</h2><p>“I have a box from [French Bakery] Ladurée on my dresser with all my leftover foreign currency in it,” said Christina Saull, of Alexandria, Virginia. “When I have a trip, I dig through it to see what I have to spend.”</p><p>Beth Whitman, founder of <a href="http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/">Wanderlust and Lipstick</a> and WanderTours has a basket of envelopes and small purses filled with coins and bills from past trips around the world, organized by country.</p><p>“It helps to have some local currency upon arrival for taxis or tips without having to go to an ATM or change money,” Whitman said.</p><h2>Exchange it.</h2><p><a href="https://www.travelex.com/" target="_blank">Travelex</a> exchanges leftover currency at its stores in cities and in airports, and by mail. Airport stores swap bills and most coins on the spot, but keep in mind that each store sets its own rates and fees. Mail-in exchanges are limited to banknotes and getting you check may take three weeks to arrive, but the $5 fixed fee and day-of exchange rate is apt to net you more.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/woman-throws-coins-into-plane-engine" target="_blank">Woman Arrested for Throwing Coins Into Plane's Engine for Luck</a></p><p>Another mail-in option is offered by <a href="https://www.leftovercurrency.com/">Leftover Currency</a>, which takes both notes and coins for circulating and discontinued currencies and promises to pay within five working days via PayPal, check or bank transfer, or to donate the funds to charity.</p><h2>Donate it.</h2><p>Some airports have “change globes” or bins to collect leftover money from travelers leaving a country. And 10 airlines, including <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/american-airlines" target="_blank">American</a>, Cathay Pacific and Qantas, currently participate in UNICEF’s <a href="https://www.unicefusa.org/supporters/organizations/companies/american-airlines/change-good">Change for Good</a> program, which collects spare currency from passengers on international flights. In 2016 about $8 million was raised for UNICEF this way.</p><h2>Make friends.</h2><p>Teachers may be able to use your leftover currency in a geography lesson. “Or ask around to see if friends or neighbors have nieces or nephews who collect coins,” said traveler writer Carol Pucci. “A little bag of foreign coins that had been sitting my desk for years recently found a good home in a kid’s collection.”</p><h2>Make art.</h2><p>Leftover coins offer an opportunity to explore your inner Etsy. Drill holes to make earrings or a necklace, or get out the glue gun and decorate a frame to hold a favorite travel photo.</p><h2>Surprise yourself.</h2><p>“Whenever I go to pay for something and stumble across the foreign currency I keep in my wallet, I’m transported, for a moment, back to that destination” said Francine Cohen, Director, Spirits Colangelo &amp; Partners. “It is also good for a laugh when I accidentally try to pay for something in one country with another country’s currency. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/destination-of-the-year" target="_blank">Canadians</a> are indeed really nice, but not so nice that they’ll take pesos for a croissant.”</p>
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How to Find the Best Discount Business Class Flights

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:32
<p>Premium class perks — from lie-flat seats to swanky airport lounges to unlimited complimentary cocktails — may seem out of reach for many travelers. After all, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airlines-airports/first-time-flying-business-class" target="_blank">business class</a> flights easily cost $2,500 round-trip</p><p>But that doesn’t mean you need a corporate card or hoards of points to experience the upper echelons of air travel.</p><p>Whether you're looking for a business class or a first class ticket, travelers can find cheap business class tickets by watching for flight deals, including <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/different-types-cheap-flights-sales-promotions-mistakes" target="_blank">airline promotions and mistake fares</a>, participating in auctions, and shopping with more affordable airlines.</p><p>Travelers should also study up on the differences between business and first class cabins, as well as the differences between coach and business class. Each airline defines these cabins differently, and while a business class seat on Lufthansa's new Boeing 777's might look like a modern throne, a business class ticket on a regional budget airline may be much less luxurious.</p><p>Understanding the differences between the various fare classes will help you better spot a deal and determine how much more you're willing to pay for an upgrade.</p><h2>Business Class Flight Deals</h2><p>Emirates, for example, often sponsors flash sales. But while many airlines put only their economy seats on sale, this Gulf carrier also slashes ticket prices on business class seats.</p><img alt="Emirates' business class cabin "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515702666/Emirates-business-class-cabin-FINDSEATS0118.jpg?itok=gRJrkis0"><p>During their most recent <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/emirates-cyber-monday-flight-deal" target="_blank">Cyber Monday sale</a>, round-trip business class seats on board this world-class airline started at $2,999 round-trip to Italy. Typically, these seats cost over $5,000. The airline has also been known to sell 2-for-1 business class flights, making it easier for you and your travel partner to fly like VIPs.</p><p>The all-business class airline <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/la-compagnie-blue-friday" target="_blank">La Compagnie</a> also runs regular promotions, which might include $1,000-flat flights between Yew York City and Paris. The perks include access to airport lounges, Caudalie amenity kits, free checked bags, and complimentary Wi-Fi.</p><p><b>Related: </b><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/airline-bidding-process" target="_blank">How to Get Upgraded to Business Class</a></p><p>Deep discounts on business class flights can also be generated by accident. That’s when a $1,009.20 one-way business class ticket becomes a $1,009.20 round-trip ticket, offering 50 percent savings for lucky travelers.</p><p><a href="https://thriftytraveler.com/" target="_blank"><em>Thrifty Traveler</em></a> recently noticed such a mistake from Aeromexico. Lie-flat business class seats on flights to Chile were selling for $1,092 round-trip (standard economy tickets often cost upwards of $800), while tickets to Peru were only $548 round-trip (recliner-style seats only).</p><p>Of course, travelers interested in booking a discounted premium fare don’t need to stick to business class. Last month, <em>The Flight Deal</em> reported <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cheap-flights-london-air-france-la-premiere" target="_blank">$1,522 round-trip fares from the West Coast</a> to London in Air France’s ultra-luxurious La Première cabin.</p><p>Mistake fares such as these, however, must be booked with caution. While rare, airlines can refuse to honor these deals. While travelers will receive full refunds, they should be cautious about booking additional plans (such as hotels and tours) until they receive a ticket confirmation from the airline.</p><p>Beyond straightforward airfare sales, travelers can also get cheap first and business class flights by stockpiling miles during <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/points-miles/travel-blogger-points-for-first-class-vacation" target="_blank">mileage flash sales</a>. In 2016, travel blogger Sam Huang used a 90-percent off mileage flash sale with Garuda Indonesia to take a first class flight (typically $7,000) for only $76.</p><h2>Business Class Auctions</h2><p>Travelers wondering how to get cheap business class tickets without waiting for a flight deal may also be interested in premium cabin auctions. A number of major airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, and Etihad, have introduced a bidding process to help sell remaining business and first class seats.</p><p>Typically, travelers should bid at least 20 percent below market price, which you can determine with a bit of research. Mid-day flights to leisure destinations are more likely to have premium seat availability, and not all tickets will be eligible for an upgrade. To improve your chances, be sure to book directly with the airline.</p><p>In addition to these online auctions, most airlines offer travelers the chance to purchase upgrades upon check-in, though this may not result in such deep savings.</p><h2>Fly With a Cheaper Airline</h2><p>Not all business class experiences are equal, which is why travelers might have better luck with lesser-known, regional, or low-cost airline.</p><p>The Icelandic budget carrier WOW Air, for example, has a product called WOW Biz. It's not your typical business class — the best possible seat is extra wide and features a foot rest, but you won't get to bed down on a lie-flat model. You will, however, enjoy plenty of other premium perks like complimentary checked luggage, a free inflight meal, and priority boarding.</p><p>And JetBlue's Mint seats may be one of the best premium offerings in the sky — particularly when you consider the price tag. According to <em>The Points Guy</em>, it's possible to score one-way Mint-class flights from New York City to the Caribbean for under $300.</p><p>In these elegant premium seats (all of which lie-flat and some of which are available as private suites with sliding doors), travelers can snack on seasonal tapas while sampling curated Birchbox amenity kits.</p><p>While the cheapest business class tickets are typically on short-haul flights, it is possible to experience a cheap international business class flight on these carriers.</p>
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This Airline Will Give You a Discount on Flights If You Download Its App

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:28
<p>Get out your phones: <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/dr-oz-turkish-airlines" target="_blank">Turkish Airlines</a> is offering a discount on all flights if you purchase them through the airline’s app.</p><p>From Jan. 18-20, the airline will offer <a href="https://staging.turkishairlines.com/en-us/flights/fly-different/our-mobile-apps/#tcm40-135674" target="_blank">a 15 percent discount</a> to anyone who downloads the app and purchases a flight. The offer is valid on travel up until Dec. 31, 2018 for one-way, round-trip, economy and business class flights.</p><p>Turkish Airlines flies to more than 225 destinations around the world. The airline is currently offering <a href="https://www.travelocity.com/vc/flights/turkish-airlines-flights-united-states/" target="_blank">flights from Los Angeles to Istanbul from $536</a> — with an additional discount for booking in the app.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/cheap-business-class-tickets" target="_blank">How to Find the Best Discount Business Class Flights</a></p><p>The airline updated their app this week and is using the promotion to encourage people to download it. Inside the app, users will find flight suggestions, travel guides, and information about frequent flier miles. The app will also send users push notifications when the airline has offers or promotions available.</p><p>Across the travel industry, mobile bookings are growing much more popular with users. According to some estimates, more than <a href="https://skift.com/2016/10/26/growth-of-mobile-travel-bookings-in-6-charts/" target="_blank">27 percent of travel bookings</a> are now made on mobile devices.</p><p>As airlines continue to build brand loyalty (in an industry where price is most often the deciding factor), apps provide a way to create an immersive experience for technologically-savvy customers.</p><p>Turkish Airline’s app is available for both <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/turkish-airlines-flights-tickets/id1283414961?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.turkishairlines.mobile" target="_blank">Android</a>.</p>
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