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Why Hilton Head Is the Best Island in the U.S.

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:57
<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">islands of the continental United States</a> are remarkable in their diversity, offering everything from golf to whale watching, five-star hotels, and quaint cottages. But one stood out above all the rest. For the third year in a row, Hilton Head, South Carolina, was voted the best island in the continental U.S. by <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers in the World’s Best Awards.</p><p>Every year for our <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best Awards survey</a>, T+L <a href="" target="_blank">asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe</a> — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The 2018 World's Best Awards</a></p><p>The island’s popularity has been steadily growing during the past 50 years as resorts, golf courses, and beachside attractions have opened. But there’s more to Hilton Head than relaxing on the course or on the sand.</p><p>History buffs will be delighted by Hilton Head’s relics of the past. It’s possible to <a href="">stroll through</a><a href="" target="_blank"> the remains of a Civil War era fort</a>, walk <a href="" target="_blank">the Gullah Heritage Trails</a> and climb up the steps of the candy cane–striped <a href="" target="_blank">Harbour Town Lighthouse</a>.</p><p>There’s also a phenomenal culinary scene in Hilton Head — and seafood lovers are sure to be pleased. <a href="" target="_blank">Skull Creek Boathouse</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks</a> are two favorites among regular visitors. Those who wish to sample traditional local flavors can try classics like shrimp and grits or biscuits and gravy at <a href="" target="_blank">A Lowcountry Backyard</a>. Don’t miss the moonshine punch.</p><p>The island has also placed a renewed focus on environmental tourism. Travelers who enjoy spotting wildlife can see loggerhead sea turtles, dolphins, and various birds. Learn about local nature at the <a href="" target="_blank">Coastal Discovery Museum</a>. Then try <a href="" target="_blank">ziplining</a> through the forest canopy to get a unique view of Hilton Head. Also, visitors can leave a lower environmental footprint by renting bicycles. You can easily get everywhere you need to go without a car.</p><p>Be sure to leave plenty of time for the beach. There are 12 miles of sandy shores, and the most ambitious visitor will try to tan on them all.</p><p>When you’re ready to get back to the mainland, Savannah, Georgia — the closest major city — is just a quick ferry ride away.</p>
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Why This Glamorous Big Sur Getaway Is the Best Resort in California

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:56
<p>No matter what you do at the <a href="" target="_blank">Post Ranch Inn</a>, you’ll have a beautiful view. And that’s just one reason why <em>Travel + Leisure </em>readers voted this the Best California Resort Hotel in our 2018 World’s Best Awards.</p><p>Every year for our <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best Awards survey</a>, T+L <a href="" target="_blank">asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe</a>— to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The 2018 World's Best Awards</a></p><p>T+L readers love this hotel because it has some of Big Sur’s best vistas. Post Ranch Inn is situated on cliffs 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean; on the other side rise the Santa Lucia mountains. Guests feel like they’re tucked into a glamorous, remote corner of the world.</p><p>There are only 39 rooms and one private home at the resort hotel, and all offer premium privacy. Book one of the luxurious treehouses, elevated nine feet off the ground. A glass skylight over the bed allows you to sleep under the stars without giving up any creature comforts. Although the resort won’t confirm who’s stayed there, rumor has it that everyone from Anne Hathaway to Drew Barrymore have checked in.</p><p>The resort is also known for its art collection. Sculptures pepper the grounds while photographs, paintings, and fine jewelry circle in and out of the Post Gallery.</p><p>Be sure to book a spa appointment, either in a special treatment room or in your own hotel room. One of the most unique experiences is a guided shaman session, a spiritual adventure designed to enhance your physical and mental well-being. More traditional spa-goers can opt for facials or massages.</p><p>And for the full California experience, guests can borrow one of the hotel’s Lexus cars — free of charge — and cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway.</p>
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This Nature-centric Hotel Brand Is T+L Readers' Favorite 2 Years Running

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:48
<p>What travelers seem to crave these days are unique, relaxing, and socially responsible experiences. These qualities are at the heart of the Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas mission, which is likely why <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers voted the pioneering company as their favorite hotel brand for the second year in a row in the World’s Best Awards.</p><p>Every year for our <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best Awards survey</a>, T+L <a href="" target="_blank">asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe</a> — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated hotel brands on their locations, rooms/facilities, food, service, and overall value.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The 2018 World's Best Awards</a></p><p>The luxury brand is known for its emphasis on wellness and sustainability. Since its founding in 1995, the Six Senses portfolio has grown to include 14 hotels around the world, many located in Asia.</p><p>In 2018, <a href="" target="_blank">the hotel brand will open the hotly anticipated</a> Six Senses Bhutan, with five luxury lodges spread throughout the country, and Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia. Six Senses also plans to open in Bali, Fiji, the Turkish riviera, and Israel.</p><img alt="Main pool at the Six Senses Zighy Bay, in Oman "src=""><p>Upon checking in to a Six Senses hotel, guests can meet with wellness consultants to discuss nutrition, sleep, and exercise options for their stays. The spa is always nearby, in case additional relaxation is required. Rooms are designed for spaciousness, calm, and a hint of local quirkiness.</p><p>Each Six Senses hotel will help arrange cultural experiences for guests. In Oman, visitors can paraglide over Zighy Bay or dine on a meal cooked in traditional bedouin style. In Vietnam, guests who don’t mind waking up early can board a boat with local fishermen and help haul in the day’s catch.</p><p>The hotel brand also has a mind toward sustainability. At the Six Senses Laamu, in the Maldives, hotel workers are partnering with conservationists to monitor and protect the fragile seagrass beds around the resort. The buildings at all the properties are designed to be energy-efficient, and all employees are trained in responsible waste-management procedures.</p><p>Indeed, Six Senses’ emphasis on place and environment truly resonates with our readers. “It’s good to stand for sustainability,” wrote one. “Their commitment to improving the environment is admirable,” said another. We couldn’t agree more.</p>
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Why T+L Readers Have Fallen in Love With This Vibrant South American City

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:46
<p>Cuzco, the center of the former Inca Empire, was voted the best city in Central and South America by <em>Travel + Leisure </em>readers in this year’s World’s Best Awards. </p><p>Every year for our <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best Awards survey</a>, T+L <a href="" target="_blank">asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe</a> — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The 2018 World's Best Awards</a></p><p>Although Cuzco is not the capital of Peru (that distinction goes to Lima), it remains a major tourist destination. An estimated 2 million people visit the UNESCO World Heritage site every year on their way to Machu Picchu, about 50 miles up the Sacred Valley.</p><p>The town is renowned for its mix of architectural styles and sophisticated urban planning. Wander the cobblestoned streets to the temple of Qorikancha, believed to be built in the 15th century to honor the sun god Inti. Spanish influence is more evident in the Plaza de Armas, the bustling center of colonial city life in Cuzco.</p><p>The city sits at an elevation of about 11,200 feet, and visitors may suffer from altitude sickness for the first couple of days. Those who are worried about acclimation can book an oxygen-rich hotel room to combat the effects of the altitude. The <a href="" target="_blank">Inkaterra La Casona</a>, voted the best city hotel in Central and South America by T+L readers, offers oxygen therapy to help guests adjust to the elevation.</p><p>Be sure to stop in a market to get a taste of Peruvian culture. The San Pedro Market is a perfect place to sample delicacies like fresh fruit smoothies, <em>salchipapas</em> (fried sausage and potato) or even <em>anticuchos</em> (beef hearts). Then pick up a souvenir at the Centro Artesanal. Beautiful Peruvian woven tapestries are always a popular choice.</p><p>Adventurous eaters can sit down before a plate of <em>cuy,</em> or guinea pig, at a <em>cuyería</em>. In Cuzco, the <em>cuy</em> is typically roasted and arrives at the table in one piece — head attached. The local delicacy has been served for millennia, although it’s not something Peruvians eat on a day-to-day basis. But don’t be afraid to try something new — Cuzco is full of out-of-the-ordinary adventures.</p>
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This Charming Mexican City Was Voted the Best in the World for the 2nd Year in a Row

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:42
<p>For the second year in a row, <em>Travel + Leisure </em>readers chose Mexico’s <a href="" target="_blank">San Miguel de Allende</a> as their favorite city in the world, as part of the annual World’s Best Awards. That, of course, meant it was also voted the top city in Mexico, besting such scenic cities as Oaxaca and Guadalajara.</p><p>Every year for our <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best Awards survey</a>, T+L <a href="" target="_blank">asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe</a> — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The 2018 World's Best Awards</a></p><p>Those who have visited describe San Miguel de Allende as an enchanting city, one with remarkable architecture. The cobblestoned streets and brightly colored Spanish-colonial buildings are a signature of the city. In fact, the 64-block historic center is so unique and picturesque, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site.</p><p>The Church of the Immaculate Conception — known locally as “Las Monjas” — is one of San Miguel’s most identifiable landmarks. For a very Mexican cultural experience, travelers should also make the trip to the “Sistine Chapel of Mexico” at the Sanctuary of Atotonilco. Its walls are covered in stunning, elaborate religious murals from the 18th century.</p><p>Look for local handicrafts at any of the city’s street markets, and be sure to hit the gigantic <a href="" target="_blank">El Tianguis de los Martes</a> held every Tuesday. Baskets, pottery, and brightly embroidered clothing are among the top souvenirs.</p><p>Culinary travelers love San Miguel de Allende for its inventive flavors. The city is home to more than 350 markets and restaurants. One of the most acclaimed, <a href="" target="_blank">Moxi Restaurant</a>, is helmed by Enrique Olvera, who is often cited as one of Mexico’s best chefs. He takes classic Mexican recipes and gives them a twist, like tempura shrimp with criolla fries and chipotle mayonnaise.</p><p>Before visiting, it’s wise to pick up a good pair of comfortable shoes. Travelers can walk pretty much anywhere in the city — until it’s the end of the day and it’s time to trek up one of the city’s steep hills. You can also ride the affordable public bus (about 30 cents) or jump into a reasonably priced taxi.</p>
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T+L Readers Chose This Cruise Line as Their Favorite for the 3rd Year in a Row

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:40
<p>If you want to head out to sea, consider doing so on a Viking ship. For the <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best Awards for 2018</a>, <em>Travel + Leisure </em>readers chose Viking as the World’s Best large-ship ocean cruise line.</p><p>Every year for our <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best Awards survey</a>, T+L <a href="" target="_blank">asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe</a> — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated individual cruise ships on their cabins/facilities, food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities, and value. Those assessments were combined to generate results for the cruise lines in five categories; large-ship ocean cruise lines have vessels that can carry 600 to 2,199 passengers.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The 2018 World's Best Awards</a></p><p>This is the third year in a row that our readers have ranked Viking as No. 1 in this category. For years, the brand sailed exclusively on the rivers, in Europe, Russia, and beyond. But since Viking added ocean cruises in 2015, it has racked up numerous accolades for its unique experience. The brand now has five identical 930-passenger ships in its fleet: <em>Viking Star</em>, <em>Viking Sea</em>, <em>Viking Sky</em>, <em>Viking Sun</em>, and <em>Viking Orion</em>.</p><p>On board, passengers will find neither casinos nor kids. Instead there are stately dining rooms, a library, and a sprawling, Nordic-inspired spa complete with a thalassotherapy pool and snow room. Other major highlights are the ships’ serene Scandinavian design and private verandas for every stateroom. </p><p>Once docked at port, Viking guests can hike to notable landmarks or take part in cultural activities like museum visits, depending on the cruise. Resident historians can further provide context for the destination.</p><p>Viking sails around the world, visiting northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Alaska, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Voyages typically last from eight to 15 days, but the longest is the “Ultimate World Cruise,” which lasts an astonishing 245 days.</p>
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This Is the Best Island in Europe to Visit in 2018

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:38
<p>There’s isn’t enough time in a life to see all the thousands of gorgeous islands across Europe. But those looking for the best of the best should head to the Greek island of Páros, according to the readers of <i>Travel + Leisure,</i> who voted it the best in Europe in their annual World’s Best Awards.</p><p>Every year for our <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best Awards survey</a>, T+L <a href="" target="_blank">asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe</a> — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The 2018 World's Best Awards</a></p><p>Páros is located in the heart of the Cyclades, a few hours away from Athens by ferry. The island is alternately described as Greece’s best-kept secret and its biggest up-and-comer — and it’s always raved about. While there are several reasons to book a trip to Páros, the island is most renowned for its natural beaches, cosmopolitan nightlife, and ancient monuments, such as the sanctuary of Delian Apollo and Artemis.</p><img alt="Beautiful view of Parikia town in Paros island, Greece "src=""><p>Travelers can start their Páros trip in Naousa, a traditional fishing village that’s considered to have one of the most beautiful ports in Greece. The town’s whitewashed alleyways are some of the most picturesque places to enjoy a glass of ouzo.</p><p>Windsurfers should make a point to stop by Golden Beach (or Chryssí Aktí), <a href="" target="_blank">the frequent home of the windsurfing World Cup</a>. Kolymbithres, on the island’s northern coast, is famous for its unique granite formations. The rock has been eroded by water to form smooth, swooping shapes punctuated by sandy coves and small caves.</p><p>Those looking to party on the sands should visit Ambelas, popular among locals for its gatherings, or Santa Maria, where <a href="" target="_blank">the beach bar</a> serves mojitos to go with sunset views.</p><p>Travelers who would rather explore the island’s history can hike along the Byzantine Road. The ancient marble footpath connects the island’s villages of Lefkes and Prodromos, providing a time-tested way for visitors to cover ground. Visit the capital of Parikia to tour the ancient cemetery, the 13th-century Venetian castle, or the <a href="" target="_blank">Archaeological Museum</a>, with artifacts dating back to the Neolithic period.</p>
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Methodology: How We Conduct the World’s Best Awards (2018)

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 11:15
<p><strong>A survey developed by</strong> the editors of <em>Travel + Leisure</em>, in association with research firm M&amp;RR, was made available at from November 6, 2017, to March 5, 2018. Readers were invited to participate through Travel + Leisure magazine, T+L tablet editions, newsletters, social media, and M&amp;RR maintained, monitored, and kept the survey website secure, and also collected and tabulated the responses. To protect the integrity of the data, after the survey closed, Travel + Leisure and M&amp;RR screened the responses to identify fraudulent votes, which were eliminated from the final tallies. Respondents were asked to rate airlines, airports, car-rental agencies, cities, cruise ships, destination spas, hotels, hotel brands, islands, tour operators, and safari outfitters on a number of characteristics (see right). For each characteristic, respondents could choose a rating of excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. The final scores are indexed averages of these responses. Scores shown have been rounded to the nearest hundredth of a point; in the event of a true tie, winners share the same ranking. In most categories, respondents could also rate optional characteristics; these ratings are not included in the overall scores. Hotels were categorized as City or Resort based on their locations and amenities. For resort hotels, the U.S. was divided into eight regions: California, Florida, Greater Miami Beach, Hawaii, Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin), Northeast (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C.), South (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia), and West (Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming). For the cruise category, respondents were asked to rate individual ships; the results were combined to generate scores for cruise lines in different categories. The categories are: mega-ship ocean cruise lines (capacity of 2,200 passengers or more), large-ship ocean cruise lines (600 to 2,199 passengers), midsize-ship ocean cruise lines (250 to 599 passengers), small-ship ocean cruise lines (249 or fewer passengers), and river cruise lines. Some cruise lines may appear in multiple categories depending on the makeup of their fleet. A minimum number of responses was necessary for a candidate to be eligible for inclusion in the World’s Best Awards rankings. Some companies were eligible to be rated in multiple categories; they were scored independently for each category.</p><h2>Categories and Characteristics</h2><p><strong>Airlines</strong>: Cabin comfort, in-flight service, customer service, value.</p><p><strong>Airports</strong>: Access, check-in/security, restaurants/bars, shopping, design.</p><p><strong>Car-rental agencies</strong>: Vehicle selection, vehicle availability, car-rental location, service, value.</p><p><strong>Cities</strong>: Sights/landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, value.</p><p><strong>Cruise ships</strong>: Cabins/facilities, food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities, value.</p><p><strong>Destination spas</strong>: Accommodations/facilities, treatments, service, food, value.</p><p><strong>Hotels</strong>: Rooms/facilities, location, service, food, value.</p><p><strong>Hotel brands</strong>: Locations, rooms/facilities, food, service, value.</p><p><strong>Islands</strong>: Natural attractions/beaches, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, value.</p><p><strong>Tour operators and safari outfitters: </strong>Staff/guides, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food, value.</p>
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Why Anguilla Is a T+L Reader Favorite

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:22
<p>Last fall, Hurricane Irma swept across Anguilla, devastating homes and businesses and leaving almost 90 percent of the Caribbean island without power. But Anguilla refused to be defeated by the storm. The island quickly rebounded to welcome tourists, as hotels and restaurants reopened and the beaches were cleared of debris. And T+L readers showed their support for Anguilla, voting it the <a href="" target="_blank">No. 1 destination in the region</a> for the second year in a row.</p><p>Every year for our <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best Awards survey</a>, T+L <a href="" target="_blank">asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe</a> — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The 2018 World's Best Awards</a></p><p>Visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities. The 35-square-mile island is chock-full of limestone caves to explore, wildlife to observe, and sandy beaches on which to tan. Pay $50 to the <a href="" target="_blank">Anguilla National Trust</a> for a private walking tour that highlights the best trails and nature on the island. Many hidden treasures are tucked away on unmarked roads, so it pays to have a knowledgeable guide by your side.</p><p>In the early fall, environmentalists should visit the secluded Blackgarden Bay at night for a chance to see turtles nest on the sands. But some of Anguilla’s most scenic beaches and coves are inaccessible by land. Hire a boat and spend the day at Little Bay. Because the beach requires some effort to reach, visitors will hardly ever find crowds.</p><p>Those who prefer to snorkel should venture out to Dog Island. It boasts a massive coral garden with puffer fish and squid swimming about.</p><p>If you think squid is best seen on a dinner plate, Anguilla has plenty of beachside restaurants and ridiculously fresh seafood. Although <a href="" target="_blank">you shouldn’t miss the roadside barbecue shacks</a>. Jerk chicken is famous for a reason.</p><p>On the opposite end of the dining spectrum, those with a taste for the upscale will find a fancy feast at <a href="" target="_blank">Veya</a>. Although the restaurant feels like it’s in a treehouse (with wooden decks and greenery everywhere), the cuisine is firmly planted on the ground. The menu includes grilled local lobster, jerk-spiced tuna and sauteed red snapper. (A five-course tasting menu with wine costs $125).</p><img alt="Little Bay Island of Anguilla Leeward Islands Caribbean "src=""><p>Book a stay at the <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best–winning</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Frangipani Beach Resort</a> at Meads Bay for a luxury experience with a boutique feel. There are only 19 rooms and suites at the hotel, guaranteeing you’ll have attention and beachside access all to yourself.</p><p>The Four Seasons Resort and Zemi Beach House are two other World’s Best–winning properties, both of which are great for families. But no matter where you stay, you won’t be disappointed. Anguilla’s 33 beaches are pristine, its laid-back charms easy to discover.</p>
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TSA Finds Python Hidden Inside External Hard Drive at Miami Airport

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 09:49
<p>Officers found a python inside an external hard drive packed in a piece of luggage at Miami International Airport on Sunday, the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Miami Herald</em> reported</a>. The luggage carrying the snake was bound for a flight to <a href="" target="_blank">Barbados</a>.</p><p>The TSA was tipped off to the snake in the baggage screening room. When the agents discovered “organic” matter within the luggage, bomb experts were called in to investigate the hard drive. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services was called and confiscated the animal. The passenger carrying the snake was reportedly fined and missed their flight.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The TSA Is Keeping a Secret List of People Who Misbehave at Airport Security</a></p><p>“While this mass inside the electronic device was obviously not an imminent terrorist threat to the traveling public, the interception did prevent a possible wildlife threat on an aircraft. Animals of many species have been known to escape and chew through wires with fatal results,” TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz told the <em>Miami Herald</em>.</p><p>Koshetz also mentioned that snakes and turtles are not permitted through TSA security checkpoints. They are also not considered <a href="" target="_blank">emotional support animals</a> by most airlines, so it’s best to leave the reptiles at home.</p><p>Consider "Snakes on a Plane" a cautionary tale rather than a campy action movie.</p>
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Southwest's Latest Sale Includes $47 One-way Flights Across the U.S. and $59 One-way flights to the Caribbean (Video)

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 09:17
<p>If you wish summer would never end, we have good news: You can keep soaking up the sun this fall and winter in a tropical destination for as little as $156 round trip with Southwest’s <a href="" target="_blank">latest sale</a>.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">airline's deals</a> start at just $47 one way for domestic flights, and you’ll also find low prices to Cancun and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Belize City, Belize; Havana, Cuba; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and San Jose, Costa Rica.</p><p>You can book flights to <a href="" target="_blank">San Juan</a> starting at $156 round trip from Fort Lauderdale, $202 round trip from Tampa, and $326 round trip from Baltimore.</p><p>Round-trip flights to Belize City start at $200 from Fort Lauderdale and at $318 from Houston, while those on the West Coast can book flights to Cabo San Lucas starting at $231 round trip. </p><p>Deals to Cancun start at $200 round trip from Fort Lauderdale, $270 round trip from Houston, and $282 round trip from Los Angeles.</p><p>You’ll also find round-trip flights to Havana starting at $204, to Grand Cayman starting at $192, to Montego Bay starting at $266, to Nassau starting at $245, and to Mexico City starting at $233.</p><p>For those looking to visit San Jose, deals start at $228 round trip from Fort Lauderdale and at $338 round trip from Houston, while flights to Puerto Vallarta start at $217 round trip from Los Angeles and at $327 round trip from Oakland.</p><p>You’ll need to book by July 20 to take advantage of the low fares. Domestic deals are available for travel between Aug. 21 and Dec. 19, and international flights from Aug. 21 through Dec. 12.</p>
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Single Parents Get a Discount at These Luxury Resorts Throughout Mexico

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 07:11
<p><a href="" target="_blank">For single parents</a>, vacation may not always be front-of-mind (or <a href="" target="_blank">financially viable</a>). But <a href="" target="_blank">Velas Resorts</a>, a collection of Mexican luxury hotel properties, is trying to change that.</p><p>From now through December 22, 2018, Velas properties in <a href="" target="_blank">Baja California</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Riviera Maya</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Riviera Nayarit</a>, and beyond are waiving their single-supplement fee — an additional charge of up to 25% for travelers who stay in a double room solo, nearly ubiquitous in the industry. </p><img alt="Grand Velas Los Cabos Mexico Resort "src=""><p>Whether you’re waterfront on the Bay of Banderas at <a href="" target="_blank">Velas Vallarta</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit</a>, sunning yourself at <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Velas Los Cabos</a>, or exploring the Yucatan Peninsula from <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Velas Riviera Maya</a>, each resort is equipped with pools, full-service spas, luxury dining, and getaway trips into town.</p><p>“For the past several decades, the number of single parent households has been growing (up to 27% now according to the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau), and we’ve seen an increasing number of them coming to our resorts,” Juan Vela, VP of Velas Resorts told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “The idea [for the promotion] is to offer activities that foster quality time together [while also providing] services and facilities that make it easy for the single parent to have time to themself while the kids are having fun.”</p><p>While the rooms are an essential part of any stay, this promotion is heavy on activities to allow for maximum bonding time.</p><p>Families can check out anything from complimentary (and Instagram-worthy) cooking classes, sand castle building, and human foosball tournaments to drive-in movies, eco-cycling tours, and straw mosaic workshops to learn the pre-Hispanic technique of <em>arte<em> </em>en popotillo</em>, or “straw paintings.”</p><img alt="Velas Puerto Vallarta Mexico Resort "src=""><p>Each resort includes free Kids’ Clubs for children ages 4-12, offering Spanish lessons, piñata making, cooking classes, kite-crafting workshops, and more, while families traveling with younger children have an available “Baby Concierge” at the Grand Velas resort properties to help with everything from cribs to gourmet baby food.</p><p>“[Single-parent families] are a demographic that is only now being addressed by more travel and hotel companies,” Vela said. “To many of these single parents, this is their first trip to one of our resorts. We ensure a great stay for them and their child or children, and they’ll come back, together, in girlfriend or guy getaways, and maybe as couples.”</p><p>To learn more about Velas Resorts’ single parent promotions, head to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. <em>Suites from $330 for adult, $95 for teens, and $72 for children per night.</em></p><p><strong><em>Our series <a href="" target="_blank">Reasons to Travel Now</a> highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day.</em></strong></p>
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Southwest Will No Longer Serve Peanuts on Flights

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 06:19
<p>Southwest Airlines will no longer serve peanuts onboard as of August 1. Citing passenger allergies, the airline announced this week that it will discontinue peanut service. The cut may seem rather inconsequential, but the peanut is almost inextricably linked to the history of the airline.</p><p>While Southwest was not the first airline to serve peanuts onboard, it was the first that made the snack an integral part of the flying experience. Instead of lavish meals, “Southwest was the first to serve only peanuts, and did so proudly, to show how cost efficient it was,” Bob Van der Linden, chair of the aeronautics division at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Quartz</em></a>.</p><p>Southwest became known as the “peanuts airline.” Because airfare was available for “peanuts,” passengers got peanuts (and only peanuts) onboard their flights. When airline executives remarked that they should bring in different snacks, <a href="" target="_blank">then-CEO Herb Kelleher reportedly remarked</a>, “Do you know what the difference in cost is between peanuts and Snickers?”</p><p>The Southwest Airlines blog was once even known as “Nuts About Southwest.”</p><p>“Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest’s history and DNA,” the airline <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “However, to ensure the best on-board experience for everyone, especially for customers with peanut-related allergies, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue serving peanuts on all flights beginning Aug. 1.”</p><p>The airline will now serve pretzels, with other food available on longer flights. Passengers with peanut allergies should be aware that even though the snack will not be served, tray tables could still carry traces of peanut.</p>
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Disneyland Just Experienced the Hottest Day at a Disney Park — Ever

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 17:41
<p>Disneyland just had its hottest day ever.</p><p>While southern California experienced a heat wave over the weekend, temperatures in Anaheim (home of Disneyland) soared to 113°F on July 6.</p><p>It is not only the hottest temperature on record since the park opened in 1955, it is the hottest temperature recorded at any of the Disney parks around the world (including Orlando, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong), <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>Theme Park Insider</em>.</a></p><p>Because of the oppressive heat, park officials closed all outdoor rides, including Big Thunder and Mountain Railroad. Several food vendors also shut down because of the heat. Those who went to the park on that day said that lines for rides were short, as the park was practically empty.</p><p>Disney first aid staff were on call to help guests experiencing dehydration. “There was one medic run right after the other,” <a href="" target="_blank">one park cast member said</a>.</p><p>On the same day as the record-breaking heat, Disney Parks’ websites and apps experienced a malfunction, making it impossible to use the MaxPass app. <a href="" target="_blank">Park employees were issuing handwritten notes</a> to anybody who said they had purchased the pass.</p><p>Wait times for many popular attractions dropped to the point where it was basically possible to walk right on.</p><p>“It reminded me of the 90s, before Fastpass, and how easy it was to traverse the park and get on rides,” <a href="" target="_blank">Brian Pinsky of <em>MiceChat</em> wrote.</a> “If it weren’t for the ridiculous heat, it would have been the perfect day.”</p>
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How Apple Is Improving the Maps App to Get You to Use It

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 17:30
<p>Apple is trying to get more people to use Apple Maps.</p><p>Despite being available on every Apple device, Maps has never quite garnered the popularity of <a href="" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> or CityMapper. So developers are rebuilding the app from the ground up.</p><p>The new Apple Maps, debuting later this year, will be faster to respond to roadblocks and delays, whether users are walking, driving or using public transportation, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Macworld</em> reports</a>. New satellite imagery will allow Apple to map out trails (currently available on Google, but not Apple Maps).</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Man Studied Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze for an Entire Year to Determine Which Is the Best</a></p><p>Maps will send users in cars information about traffic. If you’re walking or cycling, Maps could recommend shortcuts through parks or trails.</p><p>Search results are also under improvement. The new search will prioritize local results, so the map will show the restaurant that’s closet, not one that’s two continents away.</p><p>The old version of Maps relied on data from deo data brokers like OpenStreetMap and TomTom. When new Maps premieres, it will have its own map, developed with “first-party data gathered by iPhones with a privacy-first methodology and its own fleet of cars packed with sensors and cameras,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>TechCrunch</em></a>. Apple Maps vans started circulating the streets in 2015. The data collected by the vans will make its debut in this new version of Maps.</p><p>Apple has gone to great lengths to preserve privacy while collecting travel data from iOS devices. Basically, the beginning and end points of each trip will never be sent to Apple (so the company will not be able to tell where you’re coming from and where you’re going to), and all data transmitted will be anonymized. This will allow the company to tell how many people are in transit, but not who is traveling.</p><p>The new Maps app will launch in <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco</a> with iOS 12, and then expand around northern California in the fall.</p>
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Stevie Nicks' and Jennifer Lopez's Psychic Medium Reveals the Most Haunted Hotels He's Ever Stayed At

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:02
<p>Any job that involves travel intrigues us, but <a href="" target="_blank">Thomas John’s résumé</a> stopped us in our tracks. The psychic medium has performed spiritual readings around the world — at hotels, theaters, homes, and even on a cruise ship — for countless people including celebrities including Stevie Nicks, Jennifer Lopez, Goldie Hawn, and Julianne Moore.</p><p>Next up, John will be using a new mode of transportation to relay communication from the other side on his new Lifetime series, “<a href="" target="_blank">Seatbelt Psychic</a>,” premiering July 11 at 10 p.m. ET. On the show, he will be picking up unsuspecting passengers who think they’re just calling a ride-share, and sharing spiritual messages from the driver’s seat.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle's Psychic Says He Predicted Her Royal Future Before She Met Prince Harry</a></p><p>Before we see him behind the wheel, John took time out to tell us more about what he does, what it’s like communicating with spirit from different corners of the globe, how he turns off communication with the other side while in flight, how he chooses a hotel room with the right energy — and what happens when he doesn't.</p><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure:</em> For the uninitiated, can you explain in your own words what it is you do?</strong></p><p><strong>Thomas John:</strong> “I am a psychic medium, which means I hear, sense, and feel the spirit world. We are all naturally intuitive and have abilities like this, it’s just that for me, I am maybe more aware or open to it. When I connect with a spirit, I can also often bring through a specific message to help someone who is grieving and bring them closure.”</p><p><strong>When did you realize you had this gift and how did you develop it?</strong></p><p>“When I was four years old, I saw my deceased grandfather. To be honest, I didn't really realize that seeing a deceased person was such a unique experience — I thought everyone saw dead people! When I was about eight years old, I realized that I was different. I realized that people didn't see the world the way that I did. Over time, I became more comfortable with it and trusted it more and more.”</p><p><strong>You have read quite a few celebrities. What was your most memorable reading?</strong></p><p>“Every reading I have done in my life has been memorable for some reason. I write a lot about some of my memorable readings in my book, “<a href="" target="_blank">Never Argue with a Dead Person</a>.” I do not think of my celebrity readings as any different than reading for a regular person.”</p><p><strong>In what capacity does your job involve travel?</strong></p><p>“Oh, I travel all the time — I do large events of 200 to 300 folks who gather to connect with loved ones, and I travel all around the country. In the next few months alone, I will be in London, Cape Town, Barcelona, Australia, and plenty of U.S. destinations.”</p><p><strong>What is it like doing readings in other countries? What if there’s a language barrier?</strong></p><p>“When spirit communicates, they aren't really communicating through words. Remember, those in spirit do not have a voice, so they are communicating through symbols. A lot of times I will do a reading with a deceased loved one who will show me words, pictures, images, and provide me with feelings and senses. These things then tell the story of the person I am connecting with.”</p><p><strong>What’s the biggest challenge that comes with doing readings while traveling?</strong></p><p>“Since my work is very draining, I would probably say just making sure I am taking care of myself. Being on the road a lot can be very difficult. As a psychic medium, I'm also sensitive and I pick up on energy very easily. When I stay in hotels, I have to be careful with the rooms that I stay in as I can pick up on residual energy.”</p><p><strong>Can you tell us about a time a hotel room's energy didn't agree with you?</strong></p><p>“For example, I once had to stay last minute at a hotel in Chicago called the <a href="" target="_blank">Congress Plaza</a> on Michigan Avenue. It was definitely haunted. You could feel a lot of spirits there, and there were tons of spirits greeting me upon arrival. It made my stay really difficult, and I ended up changing hotels. Also, I have stayed several times as the <a href="" target="_blank">Langham</a> in London, and that place is very haunted, but it has a really cool energy. For a sensitive like me, it can be fun for a night, but I never do long stays there because it's just too much energy.”</p><p><strong>What do you always pack when you’re traveling for work?</strong></p><p>“I really try to keep it simple. I'll pack some basic changes of clothes, toiletries, and since I find water very grounding, I always pack a swimsuit and find a pool. I also always bring a couple of books — I'm old fashioned and don't use a Nook or anything like that — and, of course, some crystals and candles.”</p><p><strong>Have you ever had a spiritual encounter on a plane?</strong></p><p>“Being on a plane is my recharging time. I try to turn off completely, and focus on meditation, relaxing, and just being 'off.' I send out clear intentions to my guides and dead people that I am not working. It seems to work.”</p><p><strong>What’s the most unexpected place you’ve done a reading?</strong></p><p>“When I was on a date. Geographically speaking, I was just on a date in New York City, but it was unexpected in the sense that I was not expecting to 'work.' The guy I was on a date with had a visit from his dead father. That was my first and only date with that person — not sure if the dead father had anything to do with that.”</p><p><strong>What is it like doing readings on cruises?</strong></p><p>“I have only done one workshop/reading event on a cruise, though I am planning a second one for 2019. There is something peaceful and calming about taking a cruise for sure. I enjoyed it — the focus of that cruise was ancient mysteries of the world.”</p><p><strong>What’s the best work trip you’ve ever taken?</strong></p><p>“I did a work trip recently where I got to do an event for a well-known person in <a href="" target="_blank">London</a>. The event was very high energy and everyone was held at <a href="" target="_blank">Clos Maggiore</a> in Leicester Square and it was absolutely a stunning place to do readings!”</p><p><strong>Do locations have an effect on your ability to connect with spirits? Do they come through stronger in certain locations (like places they lived or vacationed often)?</strong></p><p>“A location may have a small influence on people's ability to come through, but not a big influence. I have had situations where a person's spirit connects deeply with me at a location that was significant to them, such as a favorite restaurant or favorite home they lived in, but it's not a major factor.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">7 Haunted Places Where You Can Actually Spend the Night</a></p><p><strong>Is there somewhere you’ve never been that you would love to travel to and do readings?</strong></p><p>“There are many places I haven't been yet that I would like to visit just to understand the history of mediumship in those areas. I would say parts of Africa and definitely Japan.”</p><p><em>Note: This interview has been lightly edited for length.</em></p>
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Amazon’s Having a Flash Sale on Its Bestselling Portable Charger

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:35
<p>With <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon Prime Day</a> coming up in just one short week, we already can’t wait to shop the online retail giant’s major deals. The good news is we don’t have to wait. <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlankerportablecharger-20&amp;linkId=77fcb2f2717d60701c5a1b840a42acec" target="_blank">Amazon</a> is doing <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlankerportablecharger-20&amp;linkId=2c3256d97c57f94a10863c2e7356d51a" target="_blank">Prime members</a> a solid and hosting daily flash sales on some of its bestselling products leading up to Prime Day this July 16.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Amazon Prime Day 2018: When It Starts and How to Score the Best Deals</a></p><p>Among the handful of today’s <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlankerportablecharger-20&amp;linkId=2c3256d97c57f94a10863c2e7356d51a" target="_blank">countdown deals</a> (ranging from a <a href=";tag=tlankerportablecharger-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07CJ2DYWV&amp;linkId=0d00f8a05f53b3719d6ea70b3b030daf" target="_blank">50-inch TV</a> to a <a href=";tag=tlankerportablecharger-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B077HW9XM7&amp;linkId=6f250f5fda90c8457fcb407d4f8775e6" target="_blank">robot vacuum</a>) are a few of <a href=";deals=877611c8&amp;marketplaceId=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlankerportablecharger-20&amp;linkId=550ebdf0fff3fd61cb287c891012e496" target="_blank">Anker’s top-rated portable chargers</a>, for up to 51 percent off. And by “top-rated,” we really do mean top-rated — the <a href=";tag=tlankerportablecharger-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01CU1EC6Y&amp;linkId=31cf100d6aea0a134bd86f8bf7ce1365" target="_blank">Anker PowerCore 5000</a> is as epic as it sounds with over 2,000 rave reviews and the coveted Amazon #1 Bestseller tag for the “portable cell phone power banks” category.</p><p> </p><p>At just $14, this fast-charging power bank is a game-changer for travelers or, really, anyone who’s often on the go. You can charge your phone, tablet, or any other USB-compatible tech without staying leashed to a wall outlet. What’s more: this portable charger is compatible with both Apple and Android devices, making it perfect for the entire family.</p><img alt="Anker PowerCore 5000 "src=""><p>The deal is set to expire just after 2:00 AM ET tomorrow, so head to <a href=";tag=tlankerportablecharger-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01CU1EC6Y&amp;linkId=31cf100d6aea0a134bd86f8bf7ce1365" target="_blank"></a> to shop the Anker PowerCore 5000 portable charger and more <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlankerportablecharger-20&amp;linkId=7014081803e718a33d1b4828424ed129" target="_blank">Prime Day countdown deals</a> with your <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=tlankerportablecharger-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00EW0FYA0&amp;linkId=e3df8c8deb5798b6b19c11685b008c3e" target="_blank">Prime membership</a>.</p>
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This Genius Carry-on Bag Is a Duffel, Backpack, and Cross-body All in One

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:30
<p>Your search for the perfect carry-on is over. Whether you’re looking for a <a href="" target="_blank">laptop bag</a>, a duffel, or a backpack, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Caraa's Studio Bag</a> is here to fulfill your needs — and stylishly, at that.</p><p><br /><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The 19 Best Carry-on Backpacks for Your Next Trip</a></p><p>Originally designed to be a gym bag, the Studio Bag features a multitude of zippered pockets to hold all of your essentials, including a waterproof shoe pouch, an easy-grab external side pocket, and an antimicrobial inner lining to prevent your bag (and its contents) from getting grody.</p><img alt="Caraa Studio Bag "src=""><p>What’s more: you can carry this <a href="" target="_blank">luxury bag</a> three different ways — as a duffel, a backpack, or a cross-body. Just clip or unclip the corresponding straps and you've got yourself a versatile bag that’s perfect for the gym, the airport, and everything in between.</p><p>You can see the bag and its many pockets in action via the video below.</p><img alt="Caraa Studio Bag "src=""><h2>Studio Bag in Gunmetal</h2><p>Fits an 11-inch laptop.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $395</p><img alt="Caraa Studio Bag "src=""><h2>Studio Bag Medium in Black</h2><p>Fits a 13-inch laptop.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $425</p><img alt="Caraa Studio Bag "src=""><h2>Studio Bag Medium in Oxblood</h2><p>Fits a 13-inch laptop.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $450</p>
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This Newly Renovated Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe is the Stuff of Vacation Dreams

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:02
<p>Safari lodge operator <a href="" target="_blank">Singita</a> has made a name for itself with luxe, low-impact retreats that immerse travelers in their surroundings. Their camp in <a href="" target="_blank">Zimbabwe's</a> Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Singita Pamushana Lodge,</a> reopened in May after a brief renovation, and I have decided to <a href="">relocate there</a> forever. Among the additions are expanded public spaces, two additional two-bedroom suites with private pools, and a terrace bar and fire pit with unbeatable views of the Malilangwe Dam. Ahead, an exclusive look at the new-and-improved <a href="" target="_blank">Pamushana</a>.</p><img alt="Bar at Singita Pamushana "src=""><p>Public spaces throughout the lodge have been expanded, and a new bar and fire pit was added overlooking the Malalingwe Dam. Fridges are stocked with a rotating selection of homemade snacks — a concept that debuted at Singita's outposts in <a href="" target="_blank">Kruger National Park</a> — and guests can raid them round the clock.</p><img alt="Singita Pamushana deck "src=""><p>The expanded terraces have panoramic views of the surrounding reserve. At only eight suites, the lodge is intimate by design, but multiple levels and seating areas add to the feeling of exclusivity.</p><img alt="Singita Pamushana lounge "src=""><p>The most beloved parts of the main lounge — like the massive stone hearth inspired by the Great Zimbabwe ruins — remain unchanged. But a new configuration gives the space a lighter, brighter feel, with more seating options for mingling with other guests or retreating to a quiet corner with a good read.</p><img alt="Singita Pamushana bedroom "src=""><p>The lodge's bedrooms were once a lively riot of pattern and color. After the redesign, they're softer and more in keeping with the environment, with a neutral palette, liberal use of natural materials like wood, leather, and straw, and nods to the Shangaan people that live nearby. Structured silhouettes and brushed-brass accents add polish for an overall effect that's mellow, yet refined. The property has also added two new suites, each with two bedrooms, to cater to small groups and families.</p><img alt="Pool deck at Singita Pamushana "src=""><p>New lounge chairs and tables were added on the pool deck — all the better for whiling away an afternoon in the sun. <br /> </p><p><em>Our series <a href="" target="_blank">Reasons to Travel Now</a> highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day.</em></p>
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Prince Louis’ Godparents Aren’t Who You’d Expect

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:46
<p>Prince Louis, the <a href="" target="_blank">youngest member of the British Royal family</a>, was christened at the Chapel Royal (where his older brother Prince George was christened as well) on Monday.</p><p>Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, announced the little prince’s godparents at the chapel — and no, they are not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Kensington Palace</a>, the couple named several of their closest friends along with a few distant relatives as the prince’s godparents including Mr. Nicholas van Cutsem, Mr. Guy Pelly, Mr. Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, The Lady Laura Meade, Mrs. Robert Carter, and Miss Lucy Middleton.</p><p>Those names may not sound familiar to the public, but they are notable people in the royal family’s lives.</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank"><em>People</em> reported</a>, van Custem has been a friend of William and Harry’s since they were small children. His brother, Nicholas van Custem, is also one of Prince George’s godparents as well. And perhaps most importantly, Van Custem’s daughter Grace was a bridesmaid at William and Kate’s 2011 wedding, where she was famously photographed <a href="" target="_blank">holding her ears pouting</a> atop the Buckingham Palace balcony.</p><p>Pelly is another lifelong friend of William and Harry’s, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>TIME</em> reported</a>. His mother, Lady Carolyn Herbert, was also close friends with their mother, the late Princess Diana.</p><p>Aubrey-Fletcher is yet another longtime friend of William’s, according to <em>People</em>. The two attended Eton together, and he was an usher at William and Kate’s 2011 wedding.</p><p>Meade is the wife of James Meade, who is not only another Eton friend of William’s, but is also the godfather to Princess Charlotte, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the <em>Daily Mail</em></a>. And as <em>TIME</em> noted, Mrs. Meade is also a cousin of Prince William’s stepmother, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, though several times removed.</p><p>Carter is an old friend of Kate’s and attended Marlborough College alongside her, according to Time. The pair also allegedly played on several of the college’s sports teams together.</p><p>And finally, Middleton, is, as you’d expect, is a cousin of Kate’s. The pair are reportedly very close and even spent their gap year together in Florence, according to the Daily Mail.</p><p>After these six people become Louis’ godparents, William and Kate will honor them all at a tea at Clarence House, according to a statement by Kensington Palace. There, the couple will honor their guests by serving a slice of of christening cake, which, Kensington noted, “is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.”</p>
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