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Enjoy 30% off Stays at Viceroy Riviera Maya

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

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

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 07:25
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Japan’s famed cherry blossoms</a> are expected to bloom early once again in 2019, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">first forecast</a> for 2019 released by the Japan Meteorological Corporation on Jan. 10.</p><p>The popular Somei Yoshino (Yoshino Cherry) trees are expected to arrive as early as mid-March, starting in the Kochi Prefecture on March 18 before reaching full bloom in Kochi by March 25. </p><p>Fukuoka is expected to follow, with a forecasted flowering date of March 20 and a forecasted full bloom date of March 29.</p><p>Next, the cherry blossoms are expected to arrive in Nagoya and Tokyo by March 22, and then in Hiroshima by March 23. They should reach full bloom in Tokyo on March 29 and in Nagoya and Hiroshima on April 1.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Why Japan Is Travel + Leisure's 2018 Destination of the Year (Video)</a> </p><p>In some areas, like Tokyo, current forecasts show flowering and full bloom starting four days earlier than usual. Weather experts say higher temperatures that started in October of 2018 are contributing to early blooms in some parts of the country. </p><p>Locations like Wakayama, Osaka, Kyoto, and Kagoshima are all also expected to see flowering start before the end of April, with full bloom approaching by the first week of April.</p><img alt="A map indicating the first forecast of Japan's 2019 cherry blossom season. "src=""><p>Prefectures further north, including Miyagi, Aomori, and Hokkaido, will experience later flowering dates that begin in April and May, with full bloom dates expected throughout mid-April and the beginning of May.</p><p>Cherry blossoms' flowering and full bloom are dependent on temperature patterns starting as early as autumn of the prior year, since the buds form in the summer and enter a <a href="" target="_blank">dormancy period</a> throughout the winter that helps them survive until temperatures start to rise again. For this reason, unusual increases in temperature can trigger an earlier flowering date. </p><p>The forecast currently tracks around 1,000 locations across Japan based on data from the blooming characteristics of the Somei Yoshino tree and is updated on a regular basis for those planning to visit Japan to witness the pink treasures in all their glory. </p><p>This year won't mark the first time the blossoms are expected to arrive earlier than usual — more than 350 cherry trees bloomed <a href="" target="_blank">six months earlier than usual</a> last October due to typhoons and irregular weather. </p><p>For those who happen to be visiting Japan in February, the town of <a href="" target="_blank">Kawazu</a> is known for its variety of cherry trees, the Kawazu-zakura, which bloom about a month earlier than all other cherry blossoms.</p>
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Toto's 'Africa' Is Playing on Repeat in the Middle of the Namib Desert for the Rest of Time

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 06:30
<p>Do you hear the drums echoing tonight?</p><p>In the middle of the Namib Desert, Toto’s “Africa” — the song that launched a thousand karaoke sessions — is playing. It is playing right now. And it will keep playing until the end of time.</p><p>Multimedia artist Max Siedentopf has <a href="" target="_blank">installed six speakers</a> somewhere in the Namib Desert in southern Africa. The six speakers play all four minutes and 56 seconds of Toto’s seminal work on repeat. They run on solar energy, so the music will never stop. Toto’s “Africa” will play for eternity in the middle of the desert, beckoning all those who find it.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Namibia Has the Most Spectacular Desert Landscapes in the World — Now It Has Luxury Lodges to Match</a></p><p>Whether it’s your version of heaven or hell, it’s out there. The Namibian-German artist <a href=";utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=npr&amp;utm_term=nprnews&amp;utm_content=20190114&amp;fbclid=IwAR19PVQezFx9-rCVsKvnoLEN9j3fJREGVR4fAti6KVo_3vwTR11WI7-b4Sc">told NPR</a> that he “wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit 'Africa' in Africa. The <a href="" target="_blank">Namibian desert</a> — which is, with 55 million years, the oldest desert in the world — seemed to be the perfect spot for this."</p><p>Siedentopf purposefully chose very tough materials for the installation that will be able to withstand harsh desert winds.</p><p>Apparently, the installation is very difficult to find. And there won’t be an old man to stop along the way to help you look. Siedentopf’s only clue is that it is somewhere in the desert. You must go on a journey if you wish to seek it. He compared the installation to “a treasure that only the most loyal of Toto fans can find.”</p><p>But we can only guess that it’s going to take a lot to drag you away from the installation once you reach it.</p><p>Hurry boy it’s waiting there for you.</p>
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Winter Storm Harper Predicted to Bring Heavy Snow to the Northeast This Weekend (Video)

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 06:19
<p>It looks like winter has finally hit the Northeast.</p><p>Winter Storm Harper is predicted to pile on snow and ice from Friday well into the weekend to areas that have, up until now, only experienced some mild winter weather, according to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Winter Storm Harper’s trajectory is still uncertain at this point, however, predictions have the storm moving through the central states and into the Northeast, bringing heavy snow to the Plains, New England, Pennsylvania and New York State in particular.</p><p>There will also be a small, weak weather system on Wednesday that will bring some rain and light snow to the Midwest and Northwest, according to But after this system clears, Winter Storm Harper will bring much more extreme conditions.</p><p>Here’s what to expect, according to</p><p>On Thursday, Harper will bring snow into the Rockies, Sierras and Cascades, then spread into the Northern Plains by nighttime. On Friday, the Rockies will continue to have snow, but so will the Plains — possibly even escalating to blizzard conditions.</p><p>By Friday night, the lower Great Lakes, Kansas, parts of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle may see some snow, or possibly a snow/rain mix, reported. Sleet and freezing rain should be expected for northern Missouri and southern Illinois.</p><p>On Saturday, the Northeast gets its fair share of the storm. Heavy snow will be falling in some areas of the Plains still, plus the Midwest and Northeast. People in the Midwest should hunker down for possible blizzard conditions, as strong winds may also be present, said</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">America's Best Cities for Winter Travel</a></p><p>By late Saturday, snow will be arriving in New England, while sleet and freezing rain is expected in parts of the Ohio Valley, the mid-Atlantic, the lower Hudson Valley and southern New England.</p><p>On Sunday, New York State will be bearing most of the snowy conditions. Prepare for heavy snow in parts of northern Pennsylvania and New York state to western and northern New England. Strong winds may also create dangerous snow drifts. Coastal New England may also get some sleet and freezing rain, according to</p><p>There may be a wintry mix of freezing rain or ice along the Interstate 95 corridor on Saturday, but may turn back into snow by Sunday.</p><p> stresses that the storm is still a few days away, so the forecast is subject to change. Meteorologists predict that heavy snow from the eastern Great Lakes to northern New England is most likely, as well as sleet and freezing rain in the Ohio Valley and Appalachians.</p>
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You Can Get Two Tickets to Fiji for the Price of One — but You Have to Act Fast

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:42
<p>If you live in the United States odds are it’s either snowing, raining, or freezing where you are right now. And, perhaps worse, there’s no end to this horrible weather in sight. But, there is something you can do about it. You can escape to <a href="" target="_blank">Fiji</a>.</p><p>Fiji Airways announced its <a href="" target="_blank">Great Companion Getaway</a><b> </b>sale, which is an astonishingly rare two-for-one airfare deal. Customers from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States are all eligible to buy the two-for-one tickets right now and could soon be landing in paradise.</p><p>But, if you want to go you better act fast because the Great Companion Getaway deal will only be available from Jan. 12 to 19, and guests will need to travel between Jan. 21<sup> </sup>and March 31.</p><p>Passengers will also only be able to book tickets on select Fiji Airways flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch in Australia and New Zealand, and Los Angeles, San Francisco or Honolulu in the United States to Nadi or Suva. Check the tickets to ensure you’re getting the best offer.</p><p>And, once you've booked it’s time to think about where you’ll stay.</p><p>If you’re bringing along your family for your Fijian getaway, try booking a few nights at the famed <a href="" target="_blank">Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort</a> in Savusavu, where there are activities for everyone. Those activities include world-class scuba diving, spa treatments, waterfall hikes, fishing, paddle boarding, and more. Guests of the resort can also take part in its volunteer program, where they can take part in a local children’s reading program, mangrove planting, endangered giant clam re-population, and much more.</p><p>If a romantic getaway for two is what you’re after, book a few nights at <a href=";ai=DChcSEwiUst2tgvDfAhUuIK0GHSXqAoMYABAAGgJwdg&amp;sig=AOD64_2GKmd4KzxBDXGVhAz6T2U7tgZzvQ&amp;q=&amp;ved=2ahUKEwiH5ditgvDfAhWaHzQIHU6nB4QQ0Qx6BAgKEAE&amp;adurl=" target="_blank">Namale</a>, an all-inclusive resort. At Namale, guests can take part in similar activities including golf, snorkeling, horseback riding, and pay a visit to the local community with property guides. Of course, this one comes without any children as it’s an adults-only resort.</p><p>Or, you could always live like <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle</a> and book a stay at the <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Pacific Hotel.</a> The hotel has played host to nearly a dozen royal visits and is clearly a favorite stop for the Windsors. Though with good reason. After all, it does come with a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and 103 perfectly appointed guest rooms.</p><p>Though really, no matter where you stay Fiji is still Fiji. And now, you can bring along a friend for free.</p>
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23andMe Can Now Tell You More Details About Your Ancestors Than Ever Before

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:12
<p>For many travelers, there's an endless, unspoken quest of sorts to discover places that feel unexpectedly familiar. Stumbling across a glimpse of “home” somewhere totally foreign is an addictive feeling, but a challenging one to manufacture. Unless, of course, you’re heading to explore the tiny town your grandparents’ grandparents grew up in.</p><p>Though ancestral travel is certainly trending — tour operators are offering <a href="" target="_blank">customized family heritage trips</a>, an Irish hotel introduced <a href="" target="_blank">Genealogy Butler</a> services — it’s nothing new, per se. But before, this sort of pilgrimage was informed by religion or public records or good, old-fashioned family storytelling. The rise of direct-to-consumer DNA testing services like 23andMe has made it delightfully more sophisticated.</p><p>And if you’re one of five million people who have used <a href="" target="_blank">23andMe</a>’s kit to map out the origins of your DNA, your dream trip to the homeland just got immensely easier to plan. Today’s update allows you to zoom from country-based results to a county and state level to sharpen the focus on where your familial roots likely took hold.</p><p>So, what makes such granular ancestry analysis possible? I spoke with 23andMe ancestry product lead Robin Smith, who explained that it’s really about searching for similarities within your genetic code. “You hear a lot about DNA like, ‘Do I have the gene for this or the gene for that?’ and when it comes to ancestry, it’s not that simple. There is no Italian gene, no Spanish gene; it doesn’t work like that,” Smith said. “We’re all very similar — 99.5 percent similar — but that .5 percent difference is basically the genetic diversity of the world. So certain groups in certain parts of the world have mutations, or genetic variants, that are very common in that group, but are not common in other groups.”</p><p>So essentially, the 23andMe algorithm takes your DNA, breaks it into smaller chunks, and compares them, piece by piece, to reference data sets from particular places around the world to ask, what’s the most likely origin of this piece of DNA? </p><img alt="23andMe Ancestry Updates "src=""><p>When 23andMe launched in 2007, it could identify three major ancestry groups, and that was groundbreaking. Today, that total has risen to more than 1,000, but the technology hasn't changed. The data set has. See, the more people who join the service and opt into research, the more refined those location-based reference sets become. This information bank is also bolstered by publicly available data from journal publications and an active recruitment of people with all four grandparents who were born in certain regions where more data is needed through the company's <a href="" target="_blank">Global Genetics Project</a>.</p><p>“Particularly with this update, we could only really do this at this point,” Smith explained. “Only now do we have enough data to break down state- and county-level information. We’re really benefiting from the fact that so many people have chosen to join our service.”</p><img alt="23andMe Ancestry Updates "src=""><p>This update also sees a new iteration of the DNA Relatives map, which was done away with in 2015 during a major interface overhaul. Users could already see a list of relatives ranging from close family to distant cousins who share just a small segment of your DNA and the traits they might share — like an increased likelihood of sweaty feet or a propensity for cat ownership. Now, it plots out the relatives who have volunteered their locations onto a map, allowing you to see the ground your extended family covers — and perhaps opening up a few potential guest-rooming or couch-crashing opportunities in destinations on your to-visit list.</p><img alt="23andMe Ancestry Updates "src=""><p>There's also a bunch of new storytelling, as well. Each major ancestral population expands into an exploration of its art, traditions, history, food, language, and more. There are also suggested “Sights to See” that highlight cultural pinnacles you won't want to miss on a trip. Also new is a personalized, hardcover book with all of your Ancestry reports and additional context that you can order for $40 plus shipping (or download for free as a preview PDF).</p><h2>23andMe Ancestry Kit</h2><img alt="23andMe Ancestry Kit "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tl23andmeupdate-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01LZ5K87Z&amp;linkId=922970c433f47f822555881f809dacc4" target="_blank"></a>, $99</p><h2>23andMe Health + Ancestry Kit</h2><img alt="23andMe health and ancestry kit "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tl23andmeupdate-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01G7PYQTM&amp;linkId=7c13f623865540ca966feebe9e5c0002" target="_blank"></a>, $199</p>
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Amtrak Wants to Send 'Real People' on Its Most Scenic Long-distance Routes for Free (Video)

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:52
<p>Amtrak is looking for creatives to join its <a href="" target="_blank">social media residency program</a>, giving the lucky winners the chance to embark on round-trip travel across Amtrak’s long-distance routes for free through its #AmtrakTakeMeThere program. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Applications</a> are being accepted now through midnight EST on Jan. 31, after which a panel of judges will pick out the travelers with the best writing, photography, video, and social media engagement skills. </p><p>The winners, who are expected to be selected by early spring, will enjoy a complimentary trip on one of Amtrak’s long-distance routes, plus spending money of up to $1,000 for travel costs, in exchange for sharing their train travel experiences on social media.</p><p>While Amtrak representatives are looking for folks who use social media to connect with followers, they say “glitzy influencers with millions of followers” are not necessarily what they’re in search of. According to the application page, they're looking for "real people" to tell their stories.</p><p>“Some of the best travel stories occur on our long-distance trains, and we are looking for travelers to share their real experiences,” Amtrak CEO Tim Griffin said in a statement. The program is meant to provide a view of the train travel experience through relatable riders as opposed to professional travel bloggers and influencers.</p><p>That being said, applicants will still be asked to provide their social media accounts and answer questions like why train travel would best serve their needs and why Amtrak would be the best fit for them.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How to Master the Art of Amtrak Travel</a></p><p>The application is open to anyone who is looking to share their travel journey on social media, from retirees to parents to young creative types, though only individuals may apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and legal U.S. residents to enter.</p><p>The contest gives riders a chance to explore American sights few travelers often get to see, in addition to experiencing Amtrak’s overnight sleeping accommodations that range from <a href="" target="_blank">roomettes</a> to bedrooms and bedroom suites.</p><p>In addition, Amtrak’s double-decker trains that typically run west of Chicago come complete with an Observation Car offering floor-to-ceiling windows with mesmerizing views of landscapes ranging from lush forests and seascapes to open plains and vibrant cities.</p><p>While the specific journeys winners will embark on have yet to be announced, potential options range from trips filled with views of the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean on the <a href="" target="_blank">Coast Starlight</a> to journeys dotted with scenery of the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada mountains on board the <a href="" target="_blank">California Zephyr</a>.</p>
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Enjoy 42% Off Stays at This Beachfront Resort in Nevis

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Nevis: 42 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Nisbet Plantation Beach Club</a>, an intimate beachfront inn on the northern coast of Nevis, the sister island to St. Kitts. Relax in a hammock, have afternoon tea on the veranda of the Great House, or sign up for a massage under a swaying palm tree. </p><p>30th Anniversary Special includes:</p>Five nights in a Superior room, with the last night at a rate of $30 Daily breakfast 30th anniversary limited-edition keepsake print from a local artist Romantic picnic lunch for two on secluded Lovers’ Beach <p>Original price: From $1,698 (or $340 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $982 (or $196 per night); book by May 31, 2019 for travel from May 1 to December 19, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Refer to this Travel + Leisure deal when booking directly by calling 800-724-2088 or 869-469-9325, or <a href=""></a>.</p>
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One JetBlue Passenger Created the Most Over-the-top Cheese Plate Using Only Airplane Snacks

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:30
<p>There are two kinds of people in the world: <a href="" target="_blank">People who sleep on overnight flights</a> and people who make totally extra cheese plates on their tray tables to fill their time.</p><p>Oh, you don’t believe me about the cheese plate part? Well, my cynical travel friends, let me introduce you to Marissa Mullen, the woman behind <a href="" target="_blank">@ThatCheesePlate</a>.</p><img alt="ThatCheesePlate - JetBlue Cheese Plate "src=""><p>Mullen is a <a href="" target="_blank">well-known genius</a> when it comes to crafting the perfect cheese plate and she often shows off her impressive skills on her Instagram account and website. She even provides her readers and followers with “cheese by numbers” guides, which act sort of like paint by numbers so you too can create the perfect cheese plate.</p><p>And apparently, Mullen never tires of her profession because over the weekend, while taking a red-eye flight with JetBlue, Mullen got to work on creating the <a href="" target="_blank">perfect in-flight snack</a>.</p><p>“Just made a cheese plate using the snack boxes on<a href="" target="_blank"> @JetBlue</a> because what else do you do on a 6 hour overnight flight?” Mullen shared on Twitter alongside a few photos of her gorgeous creation.</p><p>Mullen then shared her method of creating the cheese plate, which looked utterly first class but can be recreated with economy items.</p><p>According to Mullen, she started her plate by ordering a “<a href="" target="_blank">Savor Up</a>” box, which comes with hummus, pita chips, bean dip, crackers, biscotti, and pitted olives. Next, she paired it with a “Party Up” box that came with popcorn, Fig Newtons, and the all-important salami slices.</p><p>Mullen noted on social media that the salami really was the crucial ingredient to making it all work.</p><p>Of course, none of this went to waste as Mullen also admitted to eating the entire thing, and enjoyed a nice glass of red wine along with it while “flying over Iowa.”</p><p>JetBlue more than loved her creation, tweeting out their appreciation and accolades for this true mid-flight piece of art.</p><p>If you’re looking to create something just as magical without getting on a cross-country flight Mullen is happy to share her tips for creating the perfect cheese board at home as well. All you need to do is <a href="" target="_blank">follow her guide here </a>and you’ll certainly impress your friends and neighbors with your creation (or, hey, just make something pretty for yourself).</p>
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Palau's Famous Lake Filled With Thousands of Golden Jellyfish Has Finally Reopened — and Yes, You Can Swim With Them Again

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:57
<p>Palau’s popular <a href="'" target="_blank">Jellyfish Lake</a> is reopening to tourists after <a href="" target="_blank">closing for several years</a> following a decline in the number of golden jellyfish that have made the lake famous.</p><p>Government officials <a href="" target="_blank">announced</a> the reopening of the Ongeim’l Tketau Jellyfish Lake in December, finding that the lake now has enough jellyfish to provide visitors with an enriching experience once again. </p><p>“Site managers are confident that the populations of jellyfish will make a full recovery and monitoring data from the CRRF (Coral Reef Research Foundation) supports this expectation,” officials said in the statement.</p><p>The reopening comes after the lake's jellyfish population saw a drastic decline in 2016 due to drought conditions that hit the archipelago.</p><p>Over 600,000 golden jellyfish have since returned to the lake, according to CRRF researcher Gerda Ucharm, who said in an interview with <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN Travel</a> </em>that the numbers can be expected to continue to rise if Palau continues to receive the rainy weather it is currently experiencing. </p><p>While Palau is home to over 50 different marine lakes, Jellyfish Lake is the only one that is currently open to visitors, with all other lakes preserved to ensure conservation.</p><p>Found on the island of Mecherchar (also known as Eil Malk), about a 45-minute boat ride from downtown Koror, the isolated lake is famous for the millions of jellyfish divers can swim with in its waters. </p><p>The jellyfish found in the lake are a rare subspecies known as Mastigias papua etpisoni, and exist only in this particular marine lake, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the CRRF representatives</a>.</p><img alt="A diver takes a swim in Jellyfish Lake. "src=""><p>While the common myth has been that the jellyfish lost their ability to sting over time due to their isolation, representatives from the <a href="" target="_blank">CRRF state</a> that in actuality the species has a sting that is mild and often undetectable. </p><p>Due to this, the lake has become a popular spot for swimmers who immerse themselves in the jellyfish-filled waters. Though swimming is permitted, scuba diving is highly prohibited as the bottom layer of the lake hosts a <a href="" target="_blank">poisonous</a> hydrogen sulfide gas that even the lake’s jellyfish don’t swim near.</p><p>The lake is now officially open, but management officials will be monitoring the area to ensure its protection. </p><p>Those wishing to visit the lake will need to go through a certified tour guide and sign an <a href="" target="_blank">eco-pledge</a>. It is also recommended that swimmers ensure they don’t have debris like sand on their shoes and use slow, gentle strokes without kicking, as harsh movements can tear the gentle species.</p><p>Visitors should avoid applying any sunscreen before entering the water as <a href="" target="_blank">studies conducted in 2017</a> indicated that high levels of sunscreen concentration had built up in the lake and was harming the declining jellyfish.</p>
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10 Ways to Become a More Mindful and Financially Savvy Traveler

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:47
<p>How does someone travel successfully in 2019? With social media occupying so much of our time, it’s easy to define a successful trip as one that pulled in all the likes. But while taking advantage of your <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram-worthy destination</a> isn’t a bad thing, there’s definitely more to an incredible vacation. To get the most out of your travel, you want to experience things you’ve never encountered before. You want to immerse yourself in a new culture, and visit a combination of “must-see” spots and <a href="" target="_blank">off-the-beaten-path destinations</a>.</p><p>You also want to be appropriately prepared in order to get the most out of your trips. Boosting your income and saving up in advance for your travels can only help. Knowing that you’re <a href="" target="_blank">spending money you’ve saved comfortably</a>, rather than racking up a credit card bill, can go a long way to helping you unwind and enjoy your vacation. Finally, you want to focus on being present throughout your trip—that’s probably the most straightforward answer to getting the most out of your travel. Allowing yourself to unplug, and not worry about work or money, will help you get to that point. Here are 10 ways to <a href="" target="_blank">get more out of your travel</a> by boosting both your funds and your awareness:</p><h2>Travel slowly, and get to know the turf better as a result</h2><p>“Rather than hopping on a plane or train to a new city or country every other day, spend more time in fewer places,” says Alex Reynolds, who runs the travel blog <a href="">Lost With Purpose</a>. “Don't be afraid to take four or five days to explore an area. Transportation costs add up quickly, and staying put can cut costs like you wouldn't believe.”</p><h2>Use the “ATM budget” for a few months before you leave on your trip, so you can stash away some extra money</h2><p><a href="">Alexandra Talty</a>, who currently lives abroad in Beirut and <a href=";refURL=&amp;referrer=#5346ae0f407c)">writes about how to travel often in a financially responsible way</a>, uses the “ATM budget” so she can avoid spending unnecessarily on credit cards. “Basically, I decide how much money I can spend per week and just take that out in cash. I used this tactic to save $15,000 to move to Beirut,” says Talty.</p><h2>Don’t capture every minute on camera</h2><p>Reynolds is a photographer, and even she doesn’t feel the need to photograph everything. “Sometimes I put the camera down and enjoy the moment while I can. Not every stunning landscape makes for an epic photo, and not every plate of food needs to be snapped for the 'gram,” says Reynolds. “When traveling, we should look at the world with our own eyes, not on a screen or through a viewfinder.”</p><h2>Get comfortable with the idea of being more flexible when you’re traveling</h2><p>For every type-A planner, it’s hard to let go of your daily schedule. But allowing yourself to go with the flow is part of what takes a trip to the next level. “If you have a very strict itinerary with no wiggle room, there's no chance for you to be spontaneous and take opportunities as they come,” says Reynolds. “Many of my fondest memories from my travels were unplanned; They began with my taking the time to talk to a random person on the street, or saying ‘yes’ when people invited me to join them on an outing. Don’t be afraid to scrap your plans, and you'd be amazed to see where you end up!”</p><h2>Live below your means so that when you travel, you don’t have to worry about money</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">David Rosell</a> is a financial planner and an author, and he’s traveled to 65 countries so far. Stretching your money so you can get the most out of your travel is his specialty. He says it’s crucial to save and invest wisely in order to travel better and more often. “Rather than always working for money, make your money work for you by living below your means and investing the difference for your future travel,” says Rosell.</p><h2>Eliminate inconsequential purchases—both at home and abroad</h2><p>There are so many things we buy “just because,” whether it’s grabbing something special for lunch, or picking up a souvenir you don’t need in a foreign country. In order to effectively live below your means, you need to cut those purchases from your lifestyle. You might just find that you don’t miss them. Rosell says we could all probably save about $10 a day if we took away our inconsequential purchases. Where could you travel if you saved $10 a day (which is $300 a month)?</p><h2>Skip your coffee today so you can enjoy one abroad tomorrow</h2><p>To motivate yourself to get rid of your inconsequential purchases, start thinking about what you stand to gain, rather than what you’re giving up. Rosell says that if you’re giving up your daily latte to save, you can ultimately “have the financial freedom to not only make a specialty coffee part of your daily life in the future, but to experience an espresso in places like Venice, Barcelona, Amsterdam, or wherever your heart desires.”</p><h2>Reserve a log-off week this year to increase your presence</h2><p>Being present when you travel isn’t something that comes naturally when you step off the plane. It’s a skill you have to cultivate in your daily life, and then you can use it to your advantage even more so when traveling. “One thing I try to do every year is take at least two weeks with a total break from the Internet and my phone,” says Talty. “This means no communications whatsoever. Whenever I do this, I am more engaged with wherever I am visiting and also have more energy for my creative projects.”</p><h2>Travel somewhere that will open your eyes and increase your awareness</h2><p>Don’t spend your time in a destination behind the walls of a resort. Go see how the residents are living, and learn about the local culture. Rosell took his children to Cuba and says they fell in love with it, but also gained a new appreciation for their life at home. Their focus shifted from “vacation mode” to what they were grateful for, which was amazing to witness as a parent, Rosell says.</p><h2>Make your own travel luck</h2><p>Rosell says experiencing good travel is all about “putting ourselves into positions where we can be lucky. Luck has less to do with what happens to you and more to do with how you think and act.” How will you put yourself into travel situations where you’d consider yourself “lucky”? That’s where saving before you leave and traveling slowly come into play. Set yourself up so that you can truly relish the trips you’ve planned</p>
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This Is the Best Carry-on Suitcase You Can Buy for Under $250

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:31
<p>These days, we ask a lot of our <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on luggage</a>. We want it to be spacious, but not heavy; smart, but not cumbersome; and as of late, we want it to look good as we tow it from terminal to hotel check-in.</p><p>If you picture a suitcase that incorporates all of these requests, it likely looks a lot like eBags' newest carry-on, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Fortis Pro</a>. This upgrade to the brand's former Fortis bag was designed using customer feedback from thousands of travelers, and we tested one to confirm it really does have everything you want in a domestic carry-on. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Lightweight Luggage</a></p><p>First, it's easy to handle. The telescoping handle has three stops and feels sturdy. Its four smooth-rolling Hinomoto wheels are quiet enough to fly under-the-radar on city sidewalks and tiled floors. The ribbed polycarbonate shell is designed to distract from scratches and scuffs and comes in five metallic colors: black, gray, red, blue (which is pictured in this story), and teal. Empty, it weighs just over seven pounds.</p><p>At 22" x 14" x 9", its best suited to domestic airlines, but make sure to check the <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on size restrictions</a> of the airline you're flying. It's also expandable, with an extra 1.5 inches of width hiding in the zip-around perimeter, which is useful when your travel circumstances allow for it.</p><p>Instead of coming with a battery pack (feedback showed most travelers already own one), there's a charging port built into the top of the case, right next to the TSA combination lock. It connects to a small mesh pouch inside where you can attach your <a href="" target="_blank">portable power bank</a> of choice via a USB cord.</p><img alt="ebags fortis pro review "src=""><p>Where the Fortis Pro really shines is in keeping you organized. When you unzip the bag, clamshell-style, one side is open, with a mesh zippered cover and the other has a few different organizational components. It's equipped with a removable divider, which attaches to a Velcro track that runs along both sides of the bag and allows you to create compartments sized however you need them. The compression straps on that side have two packing cubes attached, one with a mesh top and a semi-transparent wet bag assumably intended for swimsuits or toiletries. These can't be removed — they're stitched into the sides of the bag — but I've found that you can easily roll them up to make space for larger items when you need it. There's also a separate laundry bag included.</p><p>Finally, a few notes on capacity: If I'm packing smart (hi, <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";pl=hdr_srch_sf_l1" target="_blank">compression cubes</a>) and don't need that much in the way of toiletries, the Fortis Pro can definitely fit a week's worth of clothes. But if I need a larger shoe or want to bring my DSLR camera, it might work better for just a few days.</p><img alt="ebags fortis pro review "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $154 with T+L exclusive code TRAVEL30 (originally $220)</p>
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Save 27% off Stays at One of Grenada's Most Intimate Resorts

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:22
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Grenada: 27 percent off the <a href="" target="_blank">Mount Cinnamon Resort</a>, a collection of villas and suites spread across a sweeping hillside overlooking Grand Anse, Grenada's best beach. Go paddle boarding, kayaking, or head to the beach for a yoga session. </p><p>Grenada Getaway package includes:</p>A minimum of four nights or more in any room category Daily breakfastA one-hour rum tasting with the head bartenderAn intimate beach side dinner for two, including a bottle of wineAccess to the beach club and a tennis and fitness facility<p>Original price: From $2,230 (or $558 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $1,620 (or $345 per night); book by March 31, 2018 for travel from May 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019. </p><p>Booking details: Book <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> using booking code T+LMC2019. Offer may not be combined with other resort promotions and is based on availability. </p><p>Availability: Blackout dates include August 1 - 15, 2019. Not applicable to Cinnamon Heights.</p>
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Allegiant Air Is Adding Exciting New Routes to Its Lineup — Including $59 One-way Flights to Alaska

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:15
<p>While we all know that Alaska is one of the 50 states, sometimes it feels like it’s halfway across the globe — or at least that’s what the price of airline tickets would lead you to believe.</p><p>On Tuesday, Allegiant Air announced 16 new routes, including seasonal nonstop service to <a href="" target="_blank">Anchorage</a>, starting at $59.</p><p>“Alaska is huge news for us,” Drew Wells, Allegiant’s vice president of planning and revenue, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>USA Today</em></a>. “We’re excited to launch service into any new city, but I think Alaska has a different level of excitement.”</p><p>With service expected to begin May 22, Allegiant will begin flying from Bellingham, Washington to Anchorage. The airport is only about 50 miles south of Vancouver and therefore Allegiant is expecting a 50-50 breakdown between American and Canadian passengers on flights to Alaska.</p><p>The seasonal service will operate two flights per week, with an introductory rate of $59 per one-way.</p><p>In addition, Allegiant has announced 15 other routes to budding destinations around the country. With Allegiant, travelers will soon be able to fly four new routes to Savannah, Georgia and two new routes to Norfolk, Virginia.</p><p>The announcement continues Allegiant Air’s recent trend of diversifying its network. The airline was long known for its nonstop flights to high-demand vacation destinations around the country, including Florida, California and Las Vegas. Last year, <a href="" target="_blank">Allegiant introduced a suite of new routes with $49 one-way pricing</a>, including fights to Nashville, Louisville and Austin.</p>
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Southwest Is Ready to Start Selling Those Cheap Tickets to Hawaii — but It Can’t Until the Government Shutdown Ends

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 07:39
<p>If you’re dreaming of jet-setting on that Hawaii getaway on Southwest, you’ll have to delay your trip.</p><p>Not only has the <a href="" target="_blank">federal government shutdown</a> raised concerns about the TSA and other airport staff becoming shorthanded due to <a href="" target="_blank">workers calling in sick</a> or quitting their jobs, it looks like passengers on Southwest are also going to be postponing their dream Hawaiian vacations.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a></em>, Southwest Airlines, which had hoped to begin service to Hawaii from several California airports in the first quarter of 2019, has to gain certification and approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for extended flights over water, or extended-range twin-engine operational performance standards (ETOPS).</p><p>Unfortunately, all of the airlines’ efforts to secure approval have been halted due to the federal government shutdown, since workers who oversee these operations have been on forced, temporary leave.</p><p>“The groups within the FAA that oversee ETOPS authorizations are furloughed, and our next steps require their direct participation and oversight,” the carrier said in a statement, <em>Bloomberg</em> reported.</p><p>Southwest has no new timeline as to when it will be offering service to Hawaii this year, which may mean that even the airline is unsure as to when they will be able to offer it to travelers. The federal government shutdown is about to enter its fourth week, and is officially the longest shutdown in history, according to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>. Currently, there is no end date announced.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>, Southwest spokesman Brian Parrish said the airline was still preparing for Hawaii service internally, but nothing can go through until the furlough is lifted. The airline had hoped to start selling tickets at the end of 2018.</p><p>As soon as the airline does receive its ETOPS certification, it plans to launch flights and sell tickets as soon as possible, <em>USA Today</em> reported.</p>
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A Giraffe Gave Birth at Disney World in Front of the Most Surprised Safari Ride Guests

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 06:26
<p>The magical <a href="" target="_blank">world of Disney</a> just got a new resident, and some park goers actually got to see it say hello to the world.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World News Today</a> Instagram account, a pregnant giraffe at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom was spotted giving birth to her calf right in the middle of the savanna in the park’s popular Kilimanjaro Safari on Jan. 14.</p><p>Normally, the animals would be taken back to enclosures to let nature take its course in private, but some lucky park guests not only got a fun ride through the popular park attraction, but also got a full view of one of Earth’s many wonders as well. It’s like watching an Animal Planet documentary, but up close and personal.</p><p><strong>Related</strong><b>: </b><a href="" target="_blank">These Are the Best and Worst Times to Go to Disney World in 2019 (Video)</a></p><p>“We interrupt this regularly scheduled Monday to bring you A LIVE BIRTH AT KILIMANJARO SAFARIS. That’s right! A sweet giraffe mama is currently giving birth on the savanna. They tried bringing her backstage, but she just wants to chill tbh,” WDW News Today wrote in its Instagram caption.</p><p>If you look closely at the Instagram video, you can see the baby giraffe in its first moments of birth, sticking its little hoof out first.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Heavy.,</a></em> some park goers may have actually been present at the ultimate moment of delivery. The birthing process itself can take somewhere between 30 minutes and two hours, though it is unclear how long this little giraffe took to come into the world.</p><p>The Kilimanjaro Safari is currently closed, <em>Heavy</em><i>.</i> reported. It is unclear whether it is due to the giraffe birth or when it will be reopened to guests.</p>
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Airbnb Will Pay You to Spend Your Summer in the Italian Countryside

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 06:19
<p>If you’ve ever dreamed of having the opportunity to experience <em>la dolce vita </em>(but the rural version), <a href="" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> is offering four individuals the chance to spend three months living as a local in the Italian village of Grottole through its <a href="" target="_blank">Italian Sabbatical program</a>. </p><p>The winners will be invited to spend the summer exploring the Italian countryside in Grottole, which is located in the province of <a href="" target="_blank">Matera</a>, in the Basilicata region of southern Italy.</p><p>During the all-expenses-paid sabbatical, the four participants will have the chance to explore the quaint area, which comes complete with 10th-century castles, rolling valleys, olive groves, and caves where locals produce their own wine.</p><p>Each participant will volunteer with <a href="" target="_blank">Wonder Grottole</a>, a nonprofit with a goal of revitalizing Grottole's historic center. As part of the experience, volunteers will take part in Italian classes, learn how to run the local vegetable garden, and later use these ingredients to prepare authentic Italian meals. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">25 Secret European Villages</a></p><p>Volunteers will be able to start their mornings with cappuccino stops and sunrise views before embarking on Italian language lessons with local experts, and will spend a month in total receiving training in farming and cooking before passing their skills on to new visitors. Participants will also co-host stays at Wonder Grottole's Community Center and Airbnb venues before returning to their provided accommodation — a rural home in Grottole's center that's still in close proximity to rolling valleys, chestnut groves, and fields where honey is produced. </p><p>The sabbatical will cover each volunteer's travel to and from Grottole in addition to up to 900 euros per month for additional expenses. Airbnb hopes the initiative will help restore Grottole's historic center and its hundreds of empty homes. </p><p>Those interested are invited to apply now through 11:59 p.m. Central European Time on Feb. 17, after which a panel of judges will select up to 30 finalists to take part in one or more rounds of video conference interviews.</p><p>The finalists will be selected by March 29 and notified via email, after which four finalists will be selected to live in Grottole from June 1 through Aug. 30.</p><p>Participants must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid passport, and be a resident of one of the following countries: U.S., Mexico, Argentina (except for the province of Mendoza), Italy, U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Australia, India, or Japan.</p><p>To apply, head to the <a href="" target="_blank">Italian Sabbatical website</a>, where you’ll be prompted to answer a variety of questions regarding what you’d like to accomplish during your stay. Responses will be judged on creativity and originality, while those who have artistic merits that range from a love of crafts and music to cooking skills and photography expertise will have an upper hand.</p>
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Divers Have Recovered the Cockpit Voice Recorder from the Lion Air Crash

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 17:08
<p>The “black box” voice recorder from the ill-fated Lion Air flight that crashed last year has been located in the Java Sea by Indonesian Navy divers, Fox News reported. While the incident was a terrible loss, investigators claim this new development is a small bit of good news.</p><p>The bright orange box — not actually black like the name would indicate — was found under 26 feet of seabed mud, according Lt. Col. Agung Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia Navy’s western fleet, speaking to <a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a>.</p><p>The crash of Lion Air’s Flight 610 from Jakarta on Oct. 29, 2018 has puzzled investigators up until now. Only minutes after take off, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em>, the Boeing 737 ended up nose diving into the Java Sea. Unfortunately, there were no survivors of the crash.</p><p>Investigators have theorized that the <a href="" target="_blank">crash may have been caused by an update</a> to the 737’s safety systems. Inaccurate data or a data misfiring could have lead to a malfunction in the sensors on the fuselage (plane’s body), which may have resulted in the crash, according to <em>The New York Times</em>.</p><p>In addition, <em>The New York Times</em> reported that <a href="" target="_blank">Boeing has come under fire</a> after the crash for its mad dash in selling new planes with these updated systems to compete with the Airbus 320. Pilots have told <i><a href="" target="_blank">Time</a> </i>that Boeing did not update the plane’s operations manual as the upgrades were rolled out, leaving them in the dark about new features.</p><p>“This is not about silos and layers of bureaucracy, this is about knowing your airplane. We will always be eager and aggressive in gaining any knowledge of new aircraft,” said Dennis Tajer, a 737 captain and spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association at American Airlines Group Inc., to <em>Time</em>.</p><p>But the newly-discovered voice recorder bodes well for investigators looking for answers. Of course, since the box was not found in mint condition, answers about the crash remain up in the air.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to the BBC</a>, the box was found “broken into two pieces.” However, the contents inside may still be undamaged. The box has been handed over to Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee, where investigators are working to recover information from the recorder.</p><p>Soerjanto Tjahjono, the transport committee chairman, said it may take three to five days to know if the material is useable.</p><p>Black box is a decades old technology, so it’s a wonder that the devices are still in use. However, according to Captain John Cox writing for <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>, the older technology may still be more reliable than using something new, like sending streaming data.</p><p>“While technically possible, there are significant issues with real-time up-streaming of data. Who owns the data? What can it be used for? Can it be hacked? The Digital Flight Data and Cockpit Voice recorders have proven to be very successful over the decades. There is reluctance to lose this proven technology,” Cox writes.</p><p>He also points out that more often than not, black boxes are useful in providing data on crashes.</p>
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Meghan Markle Just Revealed More Royal Baby Details — Including the Due Date (Video)

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:23
<p>Meghan Markle is pretty bad about keeping royal secrets.</p><p>On Monday, while making an appearance in Birkenhead, England, Meghan let it slip to well-wishers that she is now <a href="" target="_blank">six months pregnant</a> and that she and Harry are expecting their first child in late April.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>, Meghan shared more details of her pregnancy, including the fact that she and Harry do not know the sex of the child. That, she said, would be a “surprise.”</p><p>“She said she is six months pregnant and due at the end of April, beginning of May,” a local well-wisher named Kim Thompson shared with <em>Daily Mail</em>. “Another woman in the crowd joked that she was a trained midwife. Meghan said that one of her friends had [given birth] five weeks early and [the midwife] said the baby comes when they are ready. I said, as long as they are healthy, and Meghan agreed. Then she said, pointing to Harry, 'He's going to make a fantastic father.’''</p><p>Following the interactions outside, the royal pair stepped indoors to meet with local school children, including a young pair named Harry and Megan. Of the duo, Meghan remarked, “Oh my gosh, really? Megan and Harry? That's really sweet, that's so nice.”</p><p>Now that we know the approximate due date, all that’s left to ponder is the baby’s name.</p><p>In October, the private bookmakers <a href="" target="_blank">Fitzdare</a> shared that the current <a href="" target="_blank">favored name</a> for a boy is Alexander with 2/1 odds, while Alice is the favorite for a girl at 5/2. But, those aren’t the only names in play for a winning bet. As Fitzdare added, the names Edward and Elizabeth are both coming in with 16/1 odds, James at 18/1, and Victoria at 20/1. If you’re looking to place your bets now is the time to do it since, according to Meghan, we’ve only got a few months left to speculate.</p>
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