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When in Venice, Don’t Think Like a Tourist

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 06:00
<p>Venice. It's the Queen of the Adriatic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-trends/venice-tourist-cap-travel" target="_blank">so popular with tourists that the city has considered imposing a limit</a>.</p><p>In fact, Venice typically welcomes as many visitors every day as people who actually live in the historical center, and many have expressed fear that the soul of the old city may soon be lost to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-warnings/paris-climate-agreement-destination" target="_blank">the rising tides of climate change</a>, an aging population, and an economy that relies increasingly on tourist dollars.</p><p>For Skye McAlpine, though, there is a different Venice — a Venice of community ties, dark osterias, and a slower lifestyle than the excitable crowds would indicate. She would know; she grew up there, and never really left, her connection to the city a constant theme in her popular blog <em><a href="http://www.frommydiningtable.com/">From My Dining Table</a></em>. She’s made that Venice, and the food that’s made in its hidden kitchens, the subject of her new cookbook, “<a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Venice-Recipes-My-Home/dp/1524760293" target="_blank">A Table in Venice: Recipes from My Home</a>.”</p><img alt="lemon risotto from A Table in Venice by Skye McAlpine "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523557303/risotto-VENICE0418.jpg?itok=kH7Xe0uN"><p>“I wanted to help people understand Venice, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/eat-like-a-venetian" target="_blank">Venetian food</a>, outside the lens of a tourist,” she said. “Most cookbooks were written by people who had been to Venice and fallen in love with Venice” — but English-language books about everyday Venetian cooking were few and far between.</p><p>Despite the show-stopping restaurant fodder, Venetian food isn’t all about squid ink pasta: “It is a lot of seafood, which makes sense, but they use a lot of spice because of Venice’s days as a trading city. Cardamom, cinnamon, saffron. It’s quite unusual for Northern Italian food.” She says the best restaurant’s aren't chic — they might not even have websites — but are rather “an extension of a home kitchen.”</p><p>“It’s such a small town, almost village-like. But at the same time, it’s still Venice,” McAlpine says of the world-famous city. And while some of the well-trod tourist stops are worth the visit — “a martini at <a href="http://cipriani.com/restaurant/?loc=venice-harrys-bar">Harry’s Bar</a> is a special experience, even though it’s not what people here actually do” — there are ways to experience <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/off-the-beaten-track-in-venice" target="_blank">another side of Venice</a>, right under your nose. Here are Skye’s favorite spots.</p><h2>Fresh island produce at Trattoria alle Vignole</h2><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Trattoria-alle-Vignole-204717142917485/" target="_blank">This indoor-outdoor restaurant</a> is only open during the summer, with an open kitchen just steps huge gardens where many of the ingredients are grown. “They once had huge piles of pumpkins in the yard,” says McAlpine, “so they did a pumpkin <em>in saor</em>” — a typical Venetian preparation where ingredients are marinated and cooked in vinegar, olive oil, onion, and savory flavors like bay leaf, pine nuts, and raisins. “It’s so flavorful it makes even the blandest things taste good. An adaptation of that recipe is in the book.” Plan ahead: Ferries to Vignole island depart only once an hour.</p><h2>Back in time on Torcello</h2><p>This island — which, in addition to playing a hugely significant role in the initial settling of Venice, was once a writing haunt of Ernest Hemingway — is perhaps best known for what <em>isn’t</em> there; Skye estimates the permanent population at around nine.</p><p>“In addition to the beautiful Byzantine cathedral, <a href="http://venice-tourism.com/en/luoghi/island-lagoon/torcello-island" target="_blank">Torcello</a> has fantastic food,” she said. “All the restaurants are small operations cooking what they’ve bought in the market, figs they’ve picked, fish they’ve caught.” After eating, take time to explore the island's Byzantine mosaics and well-curated palazzo museum.</p><h2>The culinary secrets of the Jewish Quarter</h2><p>“It's a sleepy, unusual part of town,” said McAlpine. “Most people don’t think to go there. But it’s really magical.” She recommends touring the neighborhood’s many informal, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, where you can sample the best of Venetian Jewish food with flavorful kosher specialties like walnut croquettes and raisin-studded vegetables. “<a href="https://www.facebook.com/osteriaparadisoperduto/" target="_blank">Paradiso Perduto</a> is a really fun one — wild, very busy, and there might be someone singing or playing music.” Another favorite: the rustic canalside <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/venice/restaurants/ai-quaranta-ladroni" target="_blank">Osteria</a> ai <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/venice/restaurants/ai-quaranta-ladroni" target="_blank">Quaranta</a> Ladroni, or <em>Forty Thieves</em>. “Big flavors, with a weighted history.”</p><img alt="Skye McAlpine portrait "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523557303/piazza-VENICE0418%202.jpg?itok=Aon47YOt"><h2>Escaping the crowds in Castello</h2><p>For a taste of the “real” Venice — or, at least, an older, quieter Venice — it’s worth visiting this <em>sestiere</em>, the city’s largest but most residential. “<a href="http://venice-tourism.com/en/places/castello-district" target="_blank">Castello</a> has many grand palazzi, and significant, beautiful churches,” said McAlpine. “But it’s also a part of town where people still dry their laundry by hanging it out the windows.”</p><p>Other highlights of the neighborhood include the city's <a href="http://www.venice-tourism.com/en/places/castello-district/arsenal-venice" target="_blank">historic arsenal complex</a> and the <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/venues/giardini-della-biennale" target="_blank">Biennale Gardens</a>, but the atmosphere is reason enough to visit. “People still gather in the streets to talk. It has a very Venetian feel.”</p><h2>Eat like a local at All’Arco</h2><p>If you’re wandering the tourist trail in San Marco near the famous <a href="http://venice-tourism.com/en/places/san-polo-district/rialto-and-its-market" target="_blank">Rialto Market</a>, McAlpine suggests stopping by this <em>bàcaro</em> (neighborhood tavern) for some midday <em>cicchetti</em>, Venice’s famous tapas-like finger foods: anchovies on toast, marinated octopus, meatballs, and more. <a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/allarco-venezia" target="_blank">All’Arco</a> is a well-known staple in Venice guidebooks, but it's arguably the best place to experience a quintessential Venetian happy hour.</p><h2>City views from Giudecca</h2><p>“I think going to this island is really special, but nobody ever does it,” said McAlpine.</p><p>The long, thin strip of land hugs the southern curve of the main city. It's perfect for walking (you can get from one end to the other in about a half hour) “and it faces Venice, so you get a postcard view.” She also recommends stopping at one of the island’s waterfront restaurants — like <a href="https://www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/italy/venice/belmond-hotel-cipriani/dining" target="_blank">Cip's Club</a>, at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/it/cipriani-venezia.html" target="_blank">Belmond Hotel Cipriani</a> — to take in the city and lagoon over a meal.</p><img alt="A Table in Venice by Skye McAlpine cookbook cover "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523557303/book-cover-VENICE0418.jpg?itok=QHgeaRP6"><h2>“A Table in Venice: Recipes from My Home” by Skye McAlpine</h2><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Venice-Recipes-My-Home/dp/1524760293" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $20</p>
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You Can Visit the World's Oldest Man at the Hot Springs Inn That Keeps Him Young

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 17:55
<p>When 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka, now officially the <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2018/4/japans-masazo-nonaka-confirmed-as-worlds-oldest-living-man-aged-112-521102" target="_blank">oldest man alive</a>, isn’t watching television or indulging in desserts, he can often be spotted spending time with his family at their charming hot springs inn in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-japan" target="_blank">Japan</a>.</p><p>Nonaka was officially recognized by <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2018/4/japans-masazo-nonaka-confirmed-as-worlds-oldest-living-man-aged-112-521102" target="_blank">Guinness World Records</a> on Tuesday as the oldest living male, which he attributes to his time spent soaking in the country’s famed hot springs, his indulgence in desserts, and his love of watching sumo wrestling.</p><p>Nonaka was born on July 24, 1905, just one year before the Wright Brothers launched the first power-driven flight. He has spent a fine portion of those years running his own <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-japanese-ryokans" target="_blank">hot springs</a> bed and breakfast in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/ten-reasons-visit-hokkaido-japan" target="_blank">Hokkaido</a>, Japan along with his family.</p><p>Nonaka’s family has run the 105-year-old <a href="http://www.minkoku.com/yado/top.php?yado_id=7" target="_blank">Yado Nonaka Onsen</a> for four generations, eventually succeeding his parents and running the inn himself until his granddaughter Yuko took over.</p><p>The inn sits at the foot of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g298147-d12437841-Reviews-Mt_Oakan-Kushiro_Hokkaido.html" target="_blank">Mount Oakan</a> near <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g319099-Activities-Akan_National_Park_Hokkaido.html" target="_blank">Akan National Park</a>, known for its pristine lakes. Here, visitors will find an open-air bath sculpted out of rocks where they can soak in sulfur springs with views of the stars in the evening.</p><p>There are also indoor bathhouses and a total of 10 rooms, all of which are pet-friendly.</p><p>Due to its volcanic terrain, Japan is home to a <a href="https://us.jnto.go.jp/indulgence/hot_springs.php" target="_blank">variety of natural hot springs</a> across the country, both indoor and outdoor. Their waters are filled with natural minerals believed to offer relaxing and cleansing properties to bathers. </p><p>The country is known for the longevity of its residents, with those over 65 accounting for about a quarter of the total population in 2014, according to a report conducted by the <a href="http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/graying-japan-tough-choices-population-dilemma/" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania</a>. That number is expected to rise to 41.1 percent of the total population by 2100, the report said.</p>
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Explore Alaska's Glacial Fjords and Wildlife Areas on This 7-night Cruise

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 16:16
<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="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><strong>travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</strong></a></em></p><p>Alaska: 30 percent off a 7-night cruise from <a href="https://www.alaskandreamcruises.com/cruises/alaskas-glacier-bay-and-island-adventure" target="_blank">Alaskan Dream Cruises</a>, a family-run line that explores the landscapes and native cultures of the 49th state.</p><p>The Alaska's Glacier Bay &amp; Island Adventure includes:</p>Seven nights aboard the Admiralty Dream or Chichagof Dream, sailing from Sitka to Juneau, including visits to Frederick Sound, Glacier Bay National Park, Tracy Arm Fjord, and more (several cabin categories available)Meals onboard, including a glass of wine or beer with dinnerSelected shore excursions as indicated on the itineraryRound-trip airport transfers<p>Original Price: From $3,990 per person for a seven-night cruise (or $570 per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $2,793 per person for a seven-night cruise (or $399 per night;) book by June 30 for the September 2 or September 9 departures.</p><p>Booking details: Call 855-747-8100 and use booking code TLCH918.</p>
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The Shops You Have to Visit in Buenos Aires, According to a Perfume Master

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:56
<p>The creator of niche fragrance line Fueguia 1833, Julian Bedel draws inspiration from the sights and scents of his home country of Argentina. His collection includes such heady perfumes as Pampa Húmeda, a blend of clary sage, eucalyptus, and oregano that evokes the wild green Pampas. Bedel’s business is based in Milan, but he was born and raised in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/buenos-aires" target="_blank">Buenos Aires</a>, where he now has a jewel box of a store. Here, he shares the artisans and shopkeepers — some based around his boutique in tony Recoleta, others in neighboring districts — who most excite him.</p><h2>Recoleta</h2><p><a href="http://tramando.com/" target="_blank">Tramando</a><em> </em>is just around the corner from my store. Designer Martín Churba makes all of his dresses, pants, and tops right at his shop, so everything is artisanal and small-scale. His colorful pieces in the style of Japanese <em>yukata</em> are incredible.</p><p>I love the smell of leather when I walk into <a href="http://arandu.com.ar/" target="_blank">Arandu</a><em>, </em>only a few blocks away. It has everything related to gaucho and polo culture, like saddles, bridles, carpincho leather vests made from the skin of the capybara, brightly colored woven belts once popular with the nobility, and buckles fashioned from silver coins.</p><img alt="Lassos in Buenos Aires, at Arandu shop "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523376099/arandu-buenos-aires-lassos-JULIANSHOPS0418.jpg?itok=8X2jbX8e"><p>Marcelo Lucini of <a href="http://www.airedelsurboutique.com/2016/?lang=en" target="_blank">Airedelsur</a> combines the traditional craftsmanship in silver and stone from northern Argentina with his own contemporary idea of jewelry and tableware. He’s one of the few people with real access to this network of artisans. He shows his work by appointment at his studio.</p><p>At <a href="http://aracano.com/" target="_blank">Aracano</a><em>,</em> on the other side of the Recoleta Cemetery, my longtime friend Federico Alzaga sells his sculptural, gold-and-silver-plated jewelry out of his private showroom, also by appointment. His pendants are shaped like condors, arrowheads, and snakes. I appreciate his authenticity and his focus on a single idea — he takes inspiration from the Andes.</p><h2>Palermo Soho</h2><img alt="Shopping for jewelry (Arcane) and home goods (Paul French Gallery) in Buenos Aires, Argentina "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523376099/aracano-jewelry-paul-french-gallery-JULIANSHOPS0418.jpg?itok=hJQmnvRw"><p><a href="http://pauldeco.com/" target="_blank">Paul French Gallery</a> is the perfect place to pause while roaming the city. Paul brings together furniture, textiles, design objects, art, and wines from local and international producers. The shop has the spirit of a home, the soul of a gallery, and the heart of a bazaar. Nearby is <a href="http://ricardopaz.com/" target="_blank">Ricardo Paz</a><em>.</em> Collected from all corners of Argentina, Paz’s antique pieces speak the universal language of simple design and materials. They have a rustic quality and showcase the varieties of wood in this country.</p><h2>San Telmo</h2><p>Gabriel del Campo Anticuario <em>(427 Bethlem; 54-11-4307-6589)</em> has a vast collection of furniture, from Jean-Michel Frank pieces to reproductions of Roman marble statues. Del Campo is a sublime curator of the <em>cambalache </em>— the spirit of the bazaar — that constitutes our Porteño essence.</p><h3>Spotlight on <a href="https://fueguia.com/" target="_blank">Fueguia 1833</a></h3><p>The Recoleta shop is lined with dark velvet drapes and vintage engravings. A single long table displays Bedel’s creations, including Halo Lunar — made of lavender, sandalwood, and amber — and Agua Magnoliana, which draws from the Amazonian magnolia tree. The brand also has branches in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>, Milan, Zurich, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/tokyo" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>.</p>
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Twenty Years Ago, I Ran Away to Paris. This Is What It Was Like to Return.

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:45
<p>We were speeding through <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/ile-de-france-paris" target="_blank">Paris</a> after landing at Charles de Gaulle, and my heart was beating fast. It had been two decades since I’d been to the city. I craned out the cab window hungrily. I couldn’t wait to wander the Marais, or shop on Boulevard de Sébastopol for ham and eggs and white asparagus to whip up into brunch. As my husband and I made our way to the attic apartment we had rented, I was amazed at how sharply I recognized the churches and alleyways, and how, after a few hours, my rusty French began to quicken on my tongue.</p><p>My reentry was also a homecoming. When I was 19, I abruptly dropped out of college and ran away to Paris. I left the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-travel-in-usa-in-january" target="_blank">U.S. in January</a> with little more than a one-way ticket, six years of public school French, and $700 to my name. I couch-surfed a bit, first with the baroness grandmother of a friend, then with a distant acquaintance. Finally, nearly broke, I checked into a Protestant youth hostel in the Sixth Arrondissement, renting a narrow bunk that I shared with Elise, a Scottish redhead. We ventured out daily to look for work and mostly came back empty-handed. For breakfast, the hostel put out long baguettes and butter and strawberry jam, as well as bowls of steaming milk and coffee. Every day for weeks this was my only full meal, and each morning it was a delicious miracle — in memory, still the best coffee I’ve ever had. Nights, we raffish hostel dwellers sometimes slunk into the building’s basement, a dark medieval cave where we lit candles and drank cheap red wine.</p><p>Living in Paris was heady, a bit stressful, and somewhat improbable. But over the weeks, my French improved. I landed a job <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/basic-french-words-phrases" target="_blank">as a translator</a> at the Hôtel Ritz Escoffier École, where I learned to cook <em>poulet à l’estragon</em> and crumbly chestnut gâteau. A stage-set life assembled around me. I’d while away cold winter hours at Shakespeare &amp; Co., the legendary Left Bank bookshop, reading poetry — Pound, Baudelaire, Beckett, Stein. I made friends with a Swedish watchmaker and a Norman duke. Eventually, a former boyfriend showed up, and we rented a narrow apartment near St. Eustache, on a white-cobblestoned street I adored the second I saw it.</p><p>All the while I worked and read and explored new quartiers. My walk to the Ritz took me past <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/secrets-of-the-louvre-paris" target="_blank">the Louvre</a>, and I would pop in most afternoons using my student card. On each visit I’d sit with a single painting, teaching myself to see what it was I loved in art. One day it was a Neoclassical <em>David</em>; another day a delicate, shadowy Vermeer.</p><img alt="Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523377671/shakespeare-and-co-bookstore-paris-PARISESSAY0418.jpg?itok=fozwkTQs"><p>It wasn’t all perfect — the boyfriend and I fought, and money was wildly tight. But it was remarkable, absorbing this world week after week; learning to joke in French, to taste and wander like a proud flaneuse. By the time I left in the summer, I had cheap espadrilles, a short Jean Seberg haircut, and a 1970s-style belted blue leather coat I’d picked up at the Marché aux Puces. I felt ready to face down my adulthood.</p><p>Last year I returned to give a lecture about poetry to some American students. I couldn’t help glimpsing myself in them, recalling my life in the city as a young would-be poet. I’d turn a corner to see a flash of my own self 20 years earlier, dashing down an alley after art or bread. I was taking in not just the Pompidou but the memory of first entering the Pompidou; running along the quays below the Pont des Arts, I was also running after my headstrong former self. In the Jardin du Luxembourg I had a vivid memory of sharing warm ham crêpes on a cold evening with Elise before heading to that hostel basement to play guitars and flirt in all the languages we knew. “The shape of a city changes more quickly than a mortal’s heart,” said Baudelaire in a famous poem about Paris, but this isn’t quite true. Paris, when you’ve loved it, also seems to save a bit of you waiting, unchanged, in its crevices. It is as if the city holds within its knotty streets not only the ghosts of artists and lovers, but your own ghost, too.</p><img alt="The Fontain and church of St. Sulpice in Paris, France "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523377671/st-sulpice-fountain-paris-PARISESSAY0418.jpg?itok=GiGH4e6K"><p>This trip, we stayed in the Seventh, in a tall crumbling building mere blocks from the hostel I lived in decades ago. One night my husband and I slunk out to La Vénus Noire, another venerable basement speakeasy, to listen to jazz. Walking home that evening, after passing the stone lions in the fountains at the Place St.-Sulpice, I led us back through a familiar alley, as if toward my old hostel. I found the wall now inscribed with “Le Bateau Ivre,” Rimbaud’s poem about the seasickness of travel and longing. I stopped to savor it, dizzy between worlds.</p><p>The next day, I made a pilgrimage to Shakespeare &amp; Co. In the cluttered stacks of a second-floor room was a copy of the book of poems I’d recently published. With wonder, I saluted the brazen, wayward young woman I’d been. Looking at the Seine that night, I thought how the self is a series of refractions, sticky with place. The pieces flash back, like light on the river. There are our hearts, fluttering in the world, glittering, waiting to be rediscovered.</p>
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Why the American Express Platinum Card Is One of the Best for Frequent Fliers

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:16
<p>One of the most deluxe, high-end credit cards currently available to the public, the <a href="https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/card/platinum/" target="_blank">American Express Platinum Card</a> is a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/points-miles/travel-rewards-credit-cards" target="_blank">perennial favorite of Brian Kelly, a points and miles expert</a>.</p><p>Despite the unusually high $550 annual fee (the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/points-miles/american-express-black-card" target="_blank">American Express Centurion</a> card has an exorbitant $2,500 yearly maintenance charge, but that's an invite-only option), this card confers an excellent value for travelers who are frequently on the road. </p><p>The Platinum Card offers several perks that are unmatched by similar comparable cards, such as the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/points-miles/chase-sapphire-reserve-card" target="_blank">Chase Sapphire Reserve Card</a>. (The cost, $100 more per year, reflects this.) For instance, Platinum cardholders can access a 24/7 concierge service, available by phone, to assist cardholders with almost anything they need or want.</p><p>Platinum cardholders also gain immediate elite membership status in five major rewards programs: Hilton Honors, Starwood Preferred Guest Gold, Avis Preferred, Hertz No.1 Club Cold, and National Emerald Club Executive. All of these exclusive tiers offer deluxe perks that might otherwise take years to accrue through conventional methods.</p><p>And though several cards offer <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/priority-pass-airport-lounge-network" target="_blank">Priority Pass</a> Select membership (which gives the cardholder and a guest complimentary access to more than 100 lounges in airports across the world), the Platinum Card also opens the doors to American Express' exclusive — and downright lavish — <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/american-airlines/american-express-centurion-lounge" target="_blank">Centurion Lounges</a>.</p><p>Cardholders also get complimentary access to Boingo Wi-Fi, up to $200 per year in Uber credits, and Delta Sky Club access when flying Delta Air Lines.</p><p>Other reasons to add this particular credit card to your wallet? American Express Platinum cardholders earn Membership Rewards points that can be transferred to the bank's partner hotel and airline loyalty programs; spent on goods or services in the Membership Rewards online marketplace; used to pay for Amazon purchases; credited to eligible charges on your billing statement; redeemed for (more) free Uber rides; and exchanged for gift cards.</p><p>Though the value of the Platinum Card annual fee can be easily recuperated (and exceeded) by taking advantage of some of its many benefits, it will serve most useful for frequent travelers. Some of its simplest perks, for example, like zero foreign transaction fees and guaranteed 4:00 p.m. late checkout through the Fine Hotels &amp; Resorts program, will be best appreciated by serious globetrotters.</p><p>Add benefits like a $200 credit for checked bag fees and inflight meals, as well as a $100 fee credit for <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-to-get-global-entry-tsa-precheck" target="_blank">Global Entry or TSA Precheck</a>, and any card applicant may sense the strong travel theme.</p><p>To make this particular piece of plastic so appealing, Amex has even added a 60,000-point sign-up bonus. Though travelers should be sure to confirm all the benefits and incentives before applying, as they can change with some frequency. </p><h2><a href="https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/card/platinum/">The Platinum Card from American Express</a></h2><p><strong>Benefits:</strong></p>No foreign transaction feesFive points for every dollar spent on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express TravelFive points for every dollar spent on eligible hotels booked with American Express TravelComplimentary access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection$15 in Uber credit for U.S. rides every month — and $35 in Uber credits in December$100 credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck every four yearsAn annual $200 credit for checked bag fees and inflight meals on the qualifying airline of your choiceComplimentary access to Boingo Wi-FiA $75 dining, spa, or resort credit and room upgrade (if available) when you book a stay with The Hotel CollectionFree Hilton Honors Gold Status membershipFree Starwood Preferred Guest Gold membershipFree Avis Preferred membership, including complimentary vehicle upgrades when availableFree Hertz No. 1 Club Gold membership, including up to 20 percent off car rental rates and complimentary vehicle upgrades when availableFree National Emerald Club Executive membership, which allows cardholders to bypass the counter and head directly to National’s car-holding area (the “Emerald Club Aisle”), choose any vehicle there, and departRental car insurance24/7 Platinum Card Concierge serviceSpecially-curated culinary experiences and events with world-renowned chefs, including Thomas Keller, Daniel Humm, Massimo Bottura, Stephanie Izard, and José AndrésExclusive access to reservations at hundreds of restaurants across the globe through the Global Dining CollectionExclusive access to one-of-a-kind events across the globe through the By Invitation Only programComplimentary daily breakfast for two and guaranteed 4:00 p.m. late checkout through the Fine Hotels &amp; Resorts program, offering an average total value of $550 when booking through American Express Travel<p><strong>Sample Sign-up Bonus</strong>: 60,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months.</p><p><strong>Annual fee</strong>: $550</p>
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Enjoy 30% off a Two-night Stay at This Luxury Hotel in Knoxville

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:03
<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="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><strong>travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</strong></a></em></p><p>Tennessee: 30 percent off <a href="http://www.thetennesseanhotel.com/knoxville_hotel_deals/travel-leisure-suite-deal/" target="_blank">the Tennessean</a>, which has plush suites with locally crafted furniture and views of the Smoky Mountains, plus a bar that serves smoked cocktails.</p><p>The Travel + Leisure Suite Deal includes:</p>Two nights in a Panoramic or Governer’s suite$50 gift card to each of four local downtown Knoxville eateriesValet parking for two nights<p>Original Price: From $1,239 for a Panoramic Suite (or $620 per night)</p><p><strong>T + L Price: </strong>From $867 for a Panoramic Suite (or $434 per night); book by July 31</p><p>Booking details: <a href="http://www.thetennesseanhotel.com/knoxville_hotel_deals/travel-leisure-suite-deal/" target="_blank">Book online</a> or call 865/232-1800</p><p>Availability: Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply.</p>
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America’s Oldest WWII Veteran Celebrates 112th Birthday Early With His First Flight on a Private Jet

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:01
<p>Richard Overton, the country’s oldest <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/best-places-to-see-wwii-planes" target="_blank">World War II</a> veteran and <a href="https://www.dallasnews.com/life/people/2018/04/09/111-year-old-texan-oldest-living-us-veteran-takes-first-trip-private-jet" target="_blank">possibly the oldest man in America</a>, has seen many things in his 111 years, but over the weekend, he got to take his first flight in a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/flying-private-getting-cheaper" target="_blank">private jet.</a></p><p>On Saturday, April 7, Austin businessman Robert F. Smith flew Overton on his private jet to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/washington-dc" target="_blank">Washington D.C</a>, where he was given a private tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.</p><p>Smith, who has <a href="https://nmaahc.si.edu/about/founding-donors" target="_blank">donated some $20 million</a> to the museum and is a well-known philanthropist, was visiting Overton earlier that week when the vet mentioned he’d like to see the museum one day. Smith arranged a flight over to the museum the next day, according to <em><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2018/04/08/on-the-cusp-of-turning-112-a-whirlwind-life-for-the-oldest-living-world-war-ii-veteran/?noredirect=on&amp;utm_term=.a7171099b2c9" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a>,</em> giving him the ultimate early 112th birthday present.</p><p>The visit was a memorable one for Overton, whose grandfather was a slave before gaining freedom in Tennessee and eventually settling in Texas.</p><p>According to <em>The Washington Post</em>, former U.S. secretary of state and retired four-star general Colin L. Powell called Overton to welcome him to the museum. Overton perused the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/national-african-american-museum" target="_blank">historic collection</a> that includes everything from Harriet Tubman’s shawl and Chuck Berry’s 1973 Cadillac to the Emancipation Proclamation and James Baldwin’s U.S. passport.</p><p>Volma Overton, Richard's cousin, attributed his long life to his love of cigars and whiskey, telling the <em><a href="http://start.att.net/news/read/category/us%20news/article/afp-111yearold_black_veteran_gets_africanamerican_muse-afp" target="_blank">Agence France-Presse</a></em> that Overton smokes up to 15 cigars each day.</p><p>Overton, who turns 112 on May 11 and is also believed to be the third oldest man in the world, <a href="https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/29839/army-veteran-richard-overton/" target="_blank">decided to give up attending college</a> to enlist in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving in the Pacific Theater and taking part in the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion, where he served as base security, on burial detail, and as a Jeep driver for a lieutenant.</p><p>In 2016, Volma started a <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/Help-Richard-Overton" target="_blank">GoFundMe campaign</a> for his cousin, asking for help raising funds to allow Richard to continue living in his own home in Austin, Texas, as opposed to a nursing home. </p><p>So far, the campaign has raised close to half of its goal. </p><p>Above all else, the almost-112-year-old attributes his health to focusing on living instead of death, according to the <a href="https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/29839/army-veteran-richard-overton/" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs blog</a>, whether he’s trimming his trees, cleaning his driveway, or hopping onboard a private jet.</p>
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A 9-year-old Got an Upgrade to Business Class With This Adorable Letter

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:35
<p>A nine-year-old traveler got his wish to fly business class, and all he had to do was ask.</p><p>“My name is Jasper Francis and I am 9 years old and live an hour outside of Melbourne,” the young Australian wrote in a letter to <a href="https://www.jetstar.com/us/en/home" target="_blank">Jetstar</a>.</p><p>“I was just wondering whether kids are allowed to fly business class by themselves? I am saving my pocket money to get an upgrade on our flight: MEL-BKK on your Boeing 787 Dreamliner,” he wrote, adding that he had so far saved $85 before asking how much more he'd need.</p><p>The letter, sent in an envelope Francis decorated with a Jetstar plane taking off into the clouds, was so heartwarming to several of the airline’s employees that they put together the $50 gift vouchers they had each received as a Christmas gift towards Jasper's request, <a href="http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/flights/the-adorable-letter-a-young-aviation-enthusiast-wrote-to-jetstar/news-story/3cf74db41b60a4b2c06998a45a25b14d" target="_blank">News.com.au reported</a>.</p><p>Thanks to their generosity, both Jasper and his father will be flying business class when they take a trip to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/bangkok" target="_blank">Bangkok</a> this summer.</p><p>Besides getting bumped to business class, Jasper was also able to get a personal tour with his family of the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners.</p><p>While there, he was able to meet the airline’s crew before touring the cockpit and taking a seat in the pilot’s chair, where he one day hopes to be himself.</p>
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How This 22-year-old Landed Her Dream Job As a Pilot — and Became Instagram Famous in the Process

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:30
<p>Eva Claire Marseille gets paid to follow her dream and travel all over the globe, and she has the <a href="https://www.instagram.com/flywitheva/?hl=en" target="_blank">Instagram following</a> to prove it. But she's not just another <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/woman-goes-in-debt-trying-to-be-instagram-influencer" target="_blank">social media influencer</a> — she's a 747 pilot.</p><p>“I remember seeing the plane and feeling, ‘Oh my god, this is insane that people can fly that, they must be really special,’” Marseille told the <em><a href="http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/article/2140559/how-instagram-star-dutch-747-pilot-hong-kong-stays-fit" target="_blank">South China Morning </a><a href="http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/article/2140559/how-instagram-star-dutch-747-pilot-hong-kong-stays-fit" target="_blank">Post</a></em>.</p><p>According to Marseille, she instantly fell in love with planes the day her stepfather took her to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. However because she was never particularly good at engineering or math, she pushed her dream to the side and pursued a degree in media instead.</p><p>But, throughout her life her friends and family took notice of her continued love of aviation and encouraged her to chase her true passion.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/southwest/girl-wants-to-become-southwest-pilot" target="_blank">This 6-year-old Girl Wants to Be a Pilot so Badly, She Wears a Uniform on Every Flight</a></p><p>“My friends and mother said, ‘Why don’t you do flight school as you made several comments that you are jealous or admire pilots,’ – I didn’t even realize I had said these things,” she said.</p><p>And so, she did. Now, at the age of 22, Marseille is deep into her training and is well on her way to becoming a long-haul pilot. Moreover, because of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-trends/women-pilots-aviation" target="_blank">how truly rare female pilots are</a>, Marseille has gained a significant following on Instagram, with nearly 100,000 people following her every adventure.</p><p>On her account, as well as <a href="https://www.flywitheva.com/flying-the-jumbo-jet/" target="_blank">on her website</a>, Marseille frequently shares the secrets to her travel success, like how she stays in flight-ready shape, how she beats jet lag, and how she maintains a healthy work-life balance.</p><h2>On Staying Healthy</h2><p>“I stepped up my sports activities,” Marseille told the <em>South China Morning Post</em>. “I found a personal trainer who I worked out with once or twice a week. He got me on the right track and established a baseline fitness level. I also did a few boot camps at the beach.”</p><p>She further noted that she keeps her body guessing by mixing up her workouts between boot camp in the park, yoga, hiking, and just getting outside.</p><h2>On Sleeping Off Jet Lag</h2><p>This is one area where Marseille said she’s still trying to get it all figured out. But one thing she did note is getting rest while in flight is key to overcoming jet lag.</p><p>“On longer flights – which I haven’t done yet as I’m in training – if you are with an extra pilot, then one can have a few hours of sleep in the ‘bunk,’” she explained. If you need help figuring out how to sleep on a plane, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/how-to-sleep-on-a-plane" target="_blank">read this first</a>.</p><h2>On Keeping a Healthy Work-life Balance</h2><p>“There’s not a lot of balance, really,” she told the paper. “I enjoy change, so moving to Hong Kong was not stressful. I’ve moved a lot before, having lived in big cities like Rome and Barcelona, so it excites me to learn about a new place.”</p><p>On her Instagram account it’s clear she does manage to take time to herself to do the things she loves, however, like surf, explore new places, hike, and dine in new restaurants. </p><p>We can't wait to see where her next trip takes her.</p>
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Passenger Says He Was Dragged Off Flight by His Collar for Complaining About Mosquitos

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:03
<p>A passenger on IndiGo Airlines is claiming that the flight crew dragged him down the aisle by his collar after he complained about mosquitos in the cabin, <a href="https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/indigo-passenger-offloaded-for-complaining-about-mosquitoes-he-used-the-word-hijack-says-airline-1208698-2018-04-10" target="_blank"><em>India Today</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Heart surgeon Saurabh Rai was traveling to Bangalore when he compalined to the crew: “The IndiGo flight ... was full of mosquitoes,” he told <em>India Today</em>. “When I raised an objection, I was manhandled by the crew and offloaded from the aircraft. I was even threatened.”</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-passenger-used-the-word-hijack-indigo-defends-deboarding-man-for-complaining-about-mosquitoes-2603119" target="_blank">statement to <em>DNA India</em></a>, however, IndiGo claimed the passenger was taken off the plane for disruptive behavior, adding that Rai “aggressively expressed his annoyance and started to use threatening language.”</p><p>The airline also said Rai attempted to rally other passengers to damage the aircraft and used the word “hijack” at one point.</p><p><em>DNA India</em> reported that other passengers say the cabin crew only suggested that he should take another flight. However, they also made him walk all the way back to the airport terminal upon grounding him.</p><p>A video obtained by <em>Asian News International</em> shows footage of Rai’s flight. Mosquitos can be seen bothering some passengers, who swat them away. Rai’s confrontation is not in the video.</p><p>Another passenger, who tweeted their ticket to prove they were on the flight, also confirmed the mosquitos.</p><p>India's Civil Aviation Ministry is investigating the incident, <a href="https://www.inc.com/chris-matyszczyk/this-passenger-just-claimed-he-was-forcibly-dragged-off-a-plane-by-his-collar-no-it-wasnt-united-airlines.html" target="_blank"><em>Inc.</em> reported</a>.</p>
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Karlie Kloss Has a New Away Luggage Collection — and a ‘Hysterical’ In-flight Routine

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:34
<p>Karlie Kloss is the definition of a frequent flier these days: she feels like she spends more time with her suitcase than her loved ones. If you follow her on Instagram, you've probably seen her <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BPwBjLklvL1/?taken-by=karliekloss" target="_blank">signature airport pose</a>, lounging precariously atop baggage carts loaded with her Away luggage — and soon it'll be luggage of her own making.</p><p>Kloss is the latest in a creative line-up of collaborators for Away, which has recently worked with the likes of actress and producer <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/rashida-jones-away-luggage" target="_blank">Rashida Jones</a> and travel photographer <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/away-luggage-gray-malin-collaboration" target="_blank">Gray Malin</a>. Today, the limited-edition <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.awaytravel.com/kode-with-klossy/bigger-carry-on" target="_blank">Away x Kode With Klossy collection</a> drops with two new colors and designs. A portion of proceeds will support her nonprofit, <a href="https://www.kodewithklossy.com/" target="_blank">Kode With </a><a href="https://www.kodewithklossy.com/" target="_blank">Klossy</a>, which she started four years ago to help teenage girls learn to code and inspire them to pursue careers in science and technology.</p><p>This year, the organization will bring two-week, tuition-free summer coding camps to 1,000 girls across the country. And I saw the effects of these camps firsthand: one of the KWK scholars I met at Wednesday night's launch event developed a gaming app that's in the App Store, and another is running the robotics team at her high school as a sophomore. Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/inside-jen-rubio-and-steph-koreys-carry-ons" target="_blank">Away co-founder and CEO Steph Korey</a> and I were low-key struggling to keep up with the (very basic) programming challenge we were working on.</p><img alt="kode with klossy away luggage "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523544391/kwk-away-collection-KARLIEAWAY0418.jpg?itok=4Ml_ibpa"><p>For the collection, Kloss colored Away’s suitcase line, from the <a href="https://www.awaytravel.com/kode-with-klossy/kids-carry-on" target="_blank">Kids' Carry-on</a> to the <a href="https://www.awaytravel.com/kode-with-klossy/large" target="_blank">Large checked bag</a>, in “gigabyte green” and “pixel purple,” and designed a tech-friendly <a href="https://www.awaytravel.com/kode-with-klossy/backpack" target="_blank">backpack</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/kode-with-klossy/cube-case" target="_blank">cube</a> — in both nylon and vegan leather — from the ground up. </p><p>“I love having a backpack and this is the first time Away has introduced a backpack with a collection and we wanted it to really serve the needs of the Kode With Klossy girls,” Kloss said. “There’s a sleeve for a laptop, and we’ve got the cubes to keep your chargers organized inside. It slides perfectly onto your suitcase handle so you can run through the airport — because I’m always late, so I’m always running through the airport.” </p><p>That said, we've got more über-relatable travel talk from Kloss — who was mere hours off a flight from London when we spoke at the event — and some not-so-relatable, i.e. the sheer comedy of changing in an airplane bathroom when you're over six feet tall.</p><p><strong>Travel + Leisure: Aside from your Away suitcase, of course, what are your travel essentials?</strong></p><p><strong>Karlie Kloss: </strong>"Looking at my bag, I feel like I am just a road warrior. I am prepared for battle every time I go to the airport. If it’s an overnight flight, I’ve got my <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/2XU-Womens-Recovery-Compression-Tights/dp/B01IFMF6LW" target="_blank">compression tights</a>, my toothbrush, my face wipes, face cream. I’m basically Mary Poppins, with everything I could need at the ready in a little bag in my [carry-on] bag. I always have snacks. I’m a serious snack kind of girl. I never want to be on the road or backstage at a fashion show or stuck somewhere hungry. I’m always the friend you want to be traveling with because I have the snacks."</p><p><strong>What sort of snacks?</strong></p><p>"I always bring really good dark chocolate for that little pick-me-up when you need a sugar kick. I love bringing a good vegan protein bar or, if I can, I’ll bring a proper meal on a plane. I’m not a big fan of airplane food."</p><p><strong>And what about your travel routines, what does an overnight flight look like for you?</strong></p><p>"When I get on a flight the first thing I do is put on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/2XU-Womens-Recovery-Compression-Tights/dp/B01IFMF6LW" target="_blank">compression tights</a>. With the amount of traveling that I do, if there’s any way to help with circulation, I'll do anything to stay as healthy as possible. So I put them on, which is always hysterical because the bathrooms are [so small], so like me putting on compression tights — I’m 6’ 2” — is a sight to be seen. But then I put on pajamas. I take off any makeup, put on my creams, brush my teeth, put my mouthguard in, and try to fall asleep as quickly as I can."</p><p><strong>What's a trip you'd love to take?</strong></p><p>"I’m dying to go to India. I just had dinner with my friend Jourdan Dunn and we’ve been talking about this trip that we’re going to take for years, and we just need to commit and book the tickets and make it happen. But just really a mind-body-spirit rejuvenating retreat and I’ve heard about a few different amazing places in India."</p><p><strong>How about a place you could visit over and over again?</strong></p><p>"I’ve been to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/turks-caicos" target="_blank">Turks</a><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/turks-caicos" target="_blank"> and Caicos</a> many times, which is just like a wonderful, short flight down to the Caribbean. Or <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/iceland" target="_blank">Iceland</a> is also a less-than-five-hour flight from New York, and it’s like another planet. So that’s one of my favorite destinations. If you’re an outdoors kind of person there are so many things to do. I climbed a glacier and went in a natural geyser hot spring. There are these big lava fields just covered in moss and there’s this extreme nature. Just tour around the countryside and see everything there is to see. And skyr! Try skyr."</p><p><strong>You’ve been a big supporter of Away for a while now, what made you want to work with the brand?</strong></p><p>"Away is an incredible company and I’m so inspired by the founders and what they’re building. They’re really thinking about how to best serve modern travelers. And I’m somebody who travels with my suitcase every single day. I feel like I see my suitcase more often than I see my loved ones. It’s my travel companion. And I love being able to support the Kode With Klossy girls with this collaboration. Really, it was designed for them."</p><h2 itemprop="name">Away x Kode With Klossy Suitcase</h2><img alt="kode with klossy away luggage "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523544391/suitcase-KARLIEAWAY0418.jpg?itok=lZITV9sk"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/luggage/carry-on/kwk-gigabyte" target="_blank">awaytravel.com</a>, from $225</p><h2 itemprop="name">Away x Kode With Klossy Backpack</h2><img alt="kode with klossy away luggage "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523544391/pixel-backpack-KARLIEAWAY0418.jpg?itok=Mboh4gw_"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/kode-with-klossy/backpack/kwk-gigabyte" target="_blank">awaytravel.com</a>, from $165</p><h2 itemprop="name">Away x Kode With Klossy Cube Case</h2><img alt="kode with klossy away luggage "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/gigabyte-cube-karlieaway0418.jpg?itok=emxMZ0uL"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.awaytravel.com/kode-with-klossy/cube-case/kwk-gigabyte" target="_blank">awaytravel.com</a>, from $55</p><p><em>Note: The above interview has been edited for clarity. </em></p>
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A Bidet May Be Coming to an Airplane Bathroom Near You

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:24
<p>There are lots of neat seats on display at the <a href="http://www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com/" target="_blank">Aircraft Interiors Expo</a> in Hamburg this week, ranging from razor-narrow sled seats to comfy armchairs, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/airbus-plane-with-beds-cargo-hold" target="_blank">even full beds</a>, but the throne has gotten little attention in the cabin — or at least so it would seem.</p><p>Zodiac Aerospace, one of the giant’s of the cabin interiors components manufacturers, has now upgraded its most advanced, easy-maintenance toilet to include a variety of programmable bidet functions and even special disinfectant UV lighting.</p><p>By adding an adjustable and retracting water spout element to the back of Zodiac’s existing easy-maintenance toilet the company converts the ordinary flying lav into a luxury loo.</p><img alt="Bidet on plane "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523480422/airplane-bidet-BIDETS0418.jpg?itok=0psEI6uS"><p>Zodiac Aerospace will offer the new bidet-model with alternative water settings that might appeal around the world. Some will offer front and back spritzer washing, and others will be more like running fountains. Airlines may select the function according to preferences in their local markets.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/airbus-plane-with-beds-cargo-hold" target="_blank">You Could Soon Be Able to Nap in the Cargo Holds of Planes</a></p><p>Zodiac Aerospace expects these new aircraft toilet features to appeal primarily to Middle Eastern and Asian airlines who fly passenger that are more accustomed to bidet-function toilets in their daily lives.</p><p>When fully assembled, the new Zodiac Aerospace bidet will look very much like an ordinary plane toilet on the outside, but passengers will be able to control operation from a remote control panel on the lavatory wall. There will also be an LED lighting option available that would use UV light to fully disinfect the toilet between uses.</p><p>Bidets on planes are not entirely new. They have been a feature on luxury private jets for a while — and can come with enough programmable features to require a users manual — but it is only now that the technology to offer a cleansing in a commercial aircraft toilet is available.</p><p>Since showers on planes are a very rare and a very expensive luxury, a nice bidet spritzer might do the trick to make long, long, long-haul flying far more pleasant.</p><p>No word from Zodiac on which airline might be first to bring this technology onboard, but we hope at least one sees bidet on display at the show and gets fresh ideas for better onboard service.</p>
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Kate Middleton Will Share Her Baby News Like a Cool Mom, Not a Royal Mom

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 07:42
<p>The British royal family is having a rather hectic spring. Not only is the entire Windsor crew getting ready for the wedding of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/psychic-predicted-meghan-markles-future" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle</a>, but soon they will also welcome <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/prince-william-reveal-royal-baby" target="_blank">Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third child</a>.</p><p>William and Kate’s third royal baby is expected to come into the world any day now, and he or she will be warmly welcomed by the entire world in the most millennial way ever: on Instagram.</p><p>After the birth, Kensington Palace will follow strict protocol steeped in tradition, with a few new-age action items thrown in for good measure.</p><p>After Middleton delivers the baby she and Prince William will be given several hours of privacy to bond with their new little one, <em><a href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/938645/Royal-baby-news-Kate-Middleton-birth-latest-Duchess-of-Cambridge-baby-due-date" target="_blank">The Express</a></em> explained. Family members, including the Queen, will then be notified of the birth.</p><p>Next, an email announcement will be sent out about the birth, at which time the palace will confirm if William and Kate welcomed a baby boy or a baby girl.</p><p>After the email, an official announcement will also be posted to an easel providing more information, such as the time of birth and the baby’s weight.</p><p>Then, to keep things cool and millennial, the palace will share all of this detailed information in an Instagram and Twitter post, just as they did with the birth of Princess Charlotte.</p><p>Mere hours after the birth is announced, William and Kate will be expected to exit out the steps of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/st-marys-hospital-preparing-for-kate-middleton-third-baby" target="_blank">Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital</a> where they will stand for a few moments to take photographs with the press before getting into their own car and driving home, likely to introduce the baby to his or her big brother and sister.</p><p>However, when it comes to learning the new baby’s name, the public will likely have to wait a bit longer. With both Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the couple waited a full two days before revealing their monikers. Many people around the globe are already <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/most-likely-names-for-third-royal-baby-according-to-bookies" target="_blank">betting on royal baby names</a> anyway. So far, the odds are favoring Mary for a girl and Edward for a boy.</p>
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Gwyneth Paltrow Is in Mexico for Her Bachelorette Party and She Brought All Her Famous Friends

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 07:14
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/gwyneth-paltrow-french-vacation-rental" target="_blank">Gwyneth Paltrow</a> will soon walk down the aisle for her second marriage to producer Brad Falchuk, but before she can say “I do” she has to take care of one key thing: her bachelorette party.</p><p>"I'm so excited about everything," Paltrow recently told <i>People</i>. "I've never had a wedding before, so even though I'm 45, I sort of feel like a 21-year-old. It's kind of fun to talk about with my girlfriends. They send me pictures of dresses – they're as excited about it as I am."</p><p>Although Paltrow married Coldplay's Chris Martin in 2003, the pair <a href="http://people.com/celebrity/gwyneth-and-chriss-secret-wedding/" target="_blank">eloped and did not have a reception</a> with family and friends.</p><p>And another thing her girlfriends are clearly excited about now is partying it up with Paltrow as an unwed woman one more time. According to <i style="line-height: 1.6;">Page Six</i>, her good friend Cameron Diaz planned her entire bachelorette, which is currently taking place in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. </p><p>As <em><a href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/bazaar-brides/a19751335/gwyneth-paltrow-bachelorette-party-mexico/" target="_blank">Harper’s Bazaar</a></em> reported, A-list guests include Stella McCartney, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, and Kate Hudson.</p><p>“Gwyneth arrived in Cabo Wednesday with a group of girlfriends, including Stella McCartney, for her bachelorette party,” a source told <em><a href="http://people.com/movies/gwyneth-paltrow-bachelorette-party/" target="_blank">People</a></em>. “She looked ecstatic. They have many fun activities planned, including pool time, spa, and fun dinners.”</p><p>Though it’s unknown exactly what the women are doing during their time in Cabo, we have a few suggestions.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/secluded-beach-bungalows-mexico" target="_blank">12 Secluded Bungalows in Mexico for Your Next Beach Vacation</a></p><h2>Where to Eat:</h2><p>If you find yourself in Cabo like Paltrow, make sure to hit up one of the area's many fantastic seafood restaurants. And you don’t need to get too fancy to enjoy yourself: Belly up to either <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g152515-d1237590-Reviews-Mariscos_El_Torito-Cabo_San_Lucas_Los_Cabos_Baja_California.html" target="_blank">Mariscos El Torito</a> or <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g152515-d1078661-Reviews-Mariscos_Las_Tres_Islas-Cabo_San_Lucas_Los_Cabos_Baja_California.html" target="_blank">Mariscos Las Tres Islas</a>, two fantastic taco joints that will satisfy your hunger. For fine dining, try booking a table at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g152515-d1976488-Reviews-El_Farallon-Cabo_San_Lucas_Los_Cabos_Baja_California.html" target="_blank">El Farallon</a>, located on a cliffside overlooking the Sea of Cortez at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Los-Cabos-Hotels-The-Resort-At-Pedregal.h2256238.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Resort at Pedregal</a>.</p><h2>Where to Stay:</h2><p>There are plenty of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/cabo-san-lucas/hotels" target="_blank">amazing hotels</a> in Cabo San Lucas, but for a group like Paltrow, Diaz, and McCartney, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Los-Cabos-Hotels-Pueblo-Bonito-Pacifica-Resort-Spa-All-Inclusive-Adult-Only.h1172873.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort &amp; Spa</a> — an adults-only, all-inclusive beachfront resort where the motto is “luxury without limitations” — should do the trick. There, the women can get every service they desire and feel completely isolated thanks to the resort’s private 2.5-mile stretch of beach.</p><h2>What to Do:</h2><p>Take the time to go see the famous rock formation, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g152515-d152880-Reviews-El_Arco_de_Cabo_San_Lucas_Lands_End-Cabo_San_Lucas_Los_Cabos_Baja_California.html" target="_blank">Arch of Cabo San Lucas</a>, also known as Lands End, which marks the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula.</p><p>To see it, visitors can either hail a boat taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina, or book a day trip on a private sailboat. Though really, no matter what you (and Paltrow's crew) do in Cabo, you’re all bound to have a good time.</p>
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A Solar Storm Is Expected to Hit Earth on Thursday, Bringing the Northern Lights With It (Video)

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 17:39
<p>The sun has been <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/solar-storm-northern-lights-2018" target="_blank">one active star</a> over these last few months. And this week is no different as NASA captured a photo of a brand new solar flare on Sunday.</p><p>Thanks to that solar flare, the space agency is now predicting a solar storm will reach Earth at some point early Thursday morning.</p><p>Yes, a solar storm sounds highly terrifying, but have no fear, earthlings: it will have little to no effect on humans, other than bringing us all stunning views of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-see-northern-lights-february" target="_blank">Northern Lights</a>.</p><p>You see, when the sun experiences its own solar storm, it emits superheated plasma. That plasma is known as a coronal mass ejection (CME). That CME can then trigger a geomagnetic storm, and that can in turn cause the Earth’s Northern Lights to light up even brighter than usual.</p><p>“[CMEs] are huge explosions of magnetic field and plasma from the Sun’s corona,” the <a href="http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/phenomena/coronal-mass-ejections" target="_blank">Space Weather Prediction Center explained</a>. “When CMEs impact the Earth’s magnetosphere, they are responsible for geomagnetic storms and enhanced aurora.”</p><p>These solar storms are measured on a scale of G1 to G5, with G5 being the most extreme and most rare storm category. During a G1 storm, little on Earth is affected.</p><p>But, if a G5 were to hit Earth, NOAA explained, widespread problems with our electrical grid would occur, and some areas might even experience complete collapse or blackouts. Meanwhile, satellite navigation would be degraded for days, low-frequency radio navigation could be out for hours, and the Northern Lights could be seen as low as Florida and southern Texas.</p><p>However, the storm expected Thursday will simply be a G1, a minor <a href="http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/g1-watch-15-february-2018" target="_blank">geomagnetic storm</a>. Even with a G1, though, an increase in sun activity means people hoping to see the Northern Lights in places like Alaska, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland will be in for quite a show.</p><p>During the last G1 solar storm, which occurred in March, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/surfers-lofoten-islands-norway-capture-northern-lights" target="_blank">a few surfers in Sweden</a> got to see the Northern Lights in all their glory while they paddled out in the frigid waters.</p><p>Meanwhile, folks in Lapland were able to capture this stunning video from the same storm, showing just how colorful the Northern Lights can really get.</p><p>And there’s really no need to be jealous of these adventurers as you too can <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/places-to-see-northern-lights-in-us" target="_blank">start planning your Northern Lights adventure right now</a>. Just make sure to pack a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/baubax-travel-jacket" target="_blank">warm jacket</a> and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-digital-cameras-for-travel" target="_blank">your camera</a>.</p>
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Here’s Our First Behind-the-scenes Look at Disney's Star Wars Millennium Falcon Ride

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 16:03
<p>In the months since Disney first announced it was building a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disney-world-star-wars-panel" target="_blank">new park dedicated to <em>Star Wars</em></a>, it has only divulged very few details about the experience. But unlike a movie franchise, it is very difficult to keep a theme park secret for long.</p><p>New <a href="https://wdwnt.com/2018/04/breaking-test-footage-of-the-millennium-falcon-attraction-in-star-wars-galaxys-edge/" target="_blank">footage obtained by <em>WDW News Today</em></a> shows exactly what fans will be able to see aboard the Millennium Falcon, one of the most anticipated attractions in the park.</p><p>The ride promises to be more than just a bucket of bolts. Those aboard the Millennium Falcon ride will be able to pilot the legendary spacecraft through obstacles and, presumably, make the jump to lightspeed.</p><p>“We’ve all seen her on screen, but until you climb through that hatch, walk through her hallways, sit inside the cockpit, power her up and actually FLY her yourself, it’s not quite the same,” Disney creative executive Scott Trowbridge <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disney-world-star-wars-panel" target="_blank">said of the ride last year</a>.</p><p>This is not the first spoiler regarding the Millennium Falcon to be revealed. Despite Disney’s best attempts to hide the ride with shipping containers, fans can sneak a bird's-eye view of the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/disney-millennium-falcon-google-maps" target="_blank">via Google Maps</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disney-star-wars-galaxys-edge" target="_blank"><em>Star Wars</em>: Galaxy’s Edge</a> park is expected to open at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2019.</p><p>The fully interactive parks will include <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disney-star-wars-galaxys-edge-park" target="_blank">a <em>Star Wars</em>-themed hotel</a> where guests will interact with staff in costume and become “active citizens of the galaxy.” Other anticipated attractions include a battle simulation ride, a street market, and a restaurant. Disney staff are expected to parade around the grounds in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/disney-star-wars-land-photos-details" target="_blank">detailed costumes straight from the film series</a>.</p><p>The 14-acre parks are <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/amusement-parks/star-wars-land-opening" target="_blank">the largest single expansion</a> that Disney has ever created.</p>
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More Than 250 People Killed in Deadliest Plane Crash Since 2014 (Video)

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 15:55
<p>At least 257 people have been reported dead in a military plane crash in northern Algeria on Wednesday, Algeria’s Defense Ministry said. It is the deadliest aviation crash in four years.</p><p>The crash happened shortly after takeoff from the Boufarik military airport, located near the capital of Algiers. Those on board were military personnel and their families. Ten of those reported killed were crew members, <a href="http://www.radioalgerie.dz/news/fr/article/20180411/138427.html" target="_blank">according to state-run <em>Radio Algérie</em></a>.</p><img alt="Algerian army plane which crashed near the Boufarik airbase from where the plane had taken off on April 11, 2018. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523456446/Algerian-plane-crash-CRASHNEWS0418.jpg?itok=TyP0U4r-"><p>The Defense Ministry said that there were at least two survivors of the crash, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/world/middleeast/algeria-military-plane-crash.html" target="_blank">according to <em>The New York Times</em></a>. The cause of the crash is still unknown.</p><p>The Ilyushin Il-76 transporter crashed into an empty field shortly after takeoff. Video from the scene shows smoke billowing from the plane and emergency responders rushing towards the crash. Emergency responders <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/algerian-military-plane-crash-kills-least-100-officials-say-n864906" target="_blank">told Associated Press</a> that some bodies pulled from the plane showed “deep burns caused by the fuselage catching fire.”</p><p>An Algerian ruling party official said that 26 of the people onboard were members of the Polisario Front, a political group in Western Sahara, seeking independence from Morocco and supported by Algeria.</p><p>The plane’s destination was Béchar in western Algeria, located less than 50 miles from the Moroccan border. The plane was <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/11/algeria-military-plane-crash-boufarik" target="_blank">scheduled to make a stopover in Tindouf,</a> near the Western Saharan border.</p><p>The crash is the deadliest since 2014, when 298 people were killed on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, shot down over Ukraine.</p>
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You Could Soon Be Able to Nap in the Cargo Holds of Planes (Video)

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 15:45
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/qantas-worlds-longest-flight" target="_blank">Long-haul flights</a> are no picnic, unless of course you’re in first class in a lie-flat bed. For most of us, however, the cost of booking that luxury travel experience is well out of reach, but Airbus is hoping to change that with new “nap pods.”</p><p>Airbus is currently working with seat manufacturer <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/quote/ZC:FP" target="_blank">Zodiac Aerospace</a> to design new lie-flat beds to fit in the lower-deck cargo areas of their planes, <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-10/sleeping-on-the-fly-airbus-to-offer-naps-in-the-cargo-hold" target="_blank"><em>Bloomberg</em> reported</a>. Guests can go in, snooze for a bit, and return back to their seat for a movie or a meal. Though the beds won’t be available until 2020, they would most certainly be a game-changer.</p><p>According to Airbus officials who spoke during a conference in Hamburg on Tuesday, the sleeping berths would be installed as modules that could quickly be moved out of the way for regular cargo fittings during an aircraft’s typical airport turnaround.</p><p>It really may be an easy plan to implement when you consider Airbus isn’t reinventing the wheel. Holds have actually been sued for some time as cabin crew rest areas for long-haul flights.</p><p>And <em>Bloomberg</em> notes the idea appears to be catching on: Qantas Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said they too were thinking about ways to make long-haul flights more comfortable for passengers.</p><img alt="Airbus Zodiac Module - napping in cargo "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1523378448/Airbus-Zodiac-Module-mock-up-CARGONAPS0418.jpg?itok=wJPLRFxG"><p>“Our research project with Qantas includes strategies to counteract jet lag, including on-board exercise and movement, menu design and service timing, pre- and post-flight preparation, transit lounge wellness concepts and the cabin environment,” Professor Steve Simpson, a consultant with Qantas who is working to make those hours-long flights a bit better, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/qantas-longest-flight-perth-london-passenger-comfort" target="_blank">previously told <em>Travel + Leisure</em></a>.</p><p>Sure, we’ll have to wait a few years until these nap pods become reality, but that doesn’t mean you need to suffer through your flight. Before boarding your next long-haul flight to a magical destination make sure to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/ultimate-travel-essentials/in-flight-essentials#bucky-40-blinks-sleep-mask-ultimate-travel-essentials" target="_blank">stock up on all the right gear</a> including ear plugs, sleep masks and more, and read up on one engineer’s amazing tips to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/woman-engineer-solves-economy-class" target="_blank">making economy way more comfortable</a>.</p>
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Meghan Markle's Psychic Says He Predicted Her Royal Future Before She Met Prince Harry

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 15:32
<p>Meghan Markle may have known she was going to marry Prince Harry long before the two even met.</p><p>According to Markle’s one-time makeup artist Spencer Barnes, the former <em>Suits </em>actress used to frequent a very special psychic who claims to have predicted she’d end up in England well before her engagement ever happened.</p><p>“Today I want to take a moment to thank this beautiful soul, #MeghanMarkle for introducing me to someone who has become a powerful friend over the last couple years,” Barnes wrote in an Instagram post last week with a photo of Markle. “His name is Richard Win. He is 72 years old and a gifted intuitive.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/meghan-markle-buckingham-palace-teen-tourist-photo" target="_blank">This Photo of 15-year-old Meghan Markle at Buckingham Palace Proves Dreams Do Come True</a></p><p>Barnes went on to explain in his post that Markle introduced him to the clairvoyant who helped him “move an important project from the back burner to the front line.” Barnes added that he trusts the man so much that he is now working with him regularly in a developmental creative role.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-home-movie" target="_blank">Watch 8-year-old Meghan Markle Pretend to Be the Queen in a Leaked Home Video</a></p><p>“If you've never sat down for an hour or two with a truly gifted psychic - it only takes a few minutes to recognize that Richard is the real deal, in service to the light,” Barnes added. </p><p>According to Win himself, who spoke to <em><a href="http://www.tmz.com/2018/04/10/meghan-markle-psychic-saw-london-future-before-meeting-prince-harry/" target="_blank">TMZ</a></em>, during his very last session with Markle, which happened a few months before she met Prince Harry, he told her, “I see you in London with a lot of British people,” to which she allegedly responded, “I love London…I love British people.”</p><p>Win also told <em>TMZ</em> that Markle is highly intelligent and poised, and pointed added that she “wasn't hungry for fame.”</p><p>If Win really did predict Markle’s engagement, then maybe he’s actually worth your money too.</p><p>As Barnes added in his Instagram post, you can slide into his DMs and he’ll give you Win’s number. Typically a session with Win runs for $250 for an hour, but if you mention Barnes he may be willing to knock $50 off the price.</p><p>And just because Harry is taken doesn’t mean Win won’t see a royal future for you too. After all, there are more than a few <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/bachelor-princes" target="_blank">royal bachelors still left on the market</a>.</p>
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