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This Pilot Flew the Fastest Flight From New York to London Since the Concorde (Video)

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:17
<p>A <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/norwegian-us-europe-new-routes" target="_blank">Norwegian Air flight</a> broke transatlantic records on Monday when it flew from New York City to London in just five hours and 13 minutes.</p><p>The Boeing 787 Dreamliner reached speeds of 776 miles per hour when it was pushed by a jet stream on its 3,458-mile flight. The pilot, Captain Harold van Dam, revealed that <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5283163/Norwegian-Dreamliner-sets-transatlantic-speed-record.html" target="_blank">the flight could have gone even faster</a> if it wasn’t for turbulence.</p><p>“'The 787 Dreamliner is a pleasure to fly and it’s a great feeling to know that we have set a new record in this aircraft,” van Dam <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5283163/Norwegian-Dreamliner-sets-transatlantic-speed-record.html" target="_blank">told <i>the </i><em>Daily Mail</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Average travel time for the flight is about five hours and 45 minutes.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/architecture-design/new-supersonic-jet-concorde" target="_blank">What It Will Be Like to Fly in the Next Supersonic Jet</a></p><p>Norwegian allots six and a half hours for the flight service, meaning that passengers on Monday’s flight arrived in London more than an hour early.</p><p>Winter flights from the U.S. to Europe are often shorter, as the jet stream winds are more intense. When temperatures in the northern hemisphere differ greatly from those at the equator, strong winds push across the Atlantic (which, in turn, pushes planes faster). However it can have the opposite effect on flights arriving from Europe, making them slower as they push against the wind.</p><p>The previous record for fastest subsonic flight from New York City to London was set by British Airways in January 2015 when it managed to complete the journey in five hours and 16 minutes.</p><p>Though the flight was fast, it pales in comparison to the bygone era of the Concorde and supersonic flight. The record for fastest time ever across the Atlantic was set by <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/norwegian-breaks-transatlantic-speed-record/" target="_blank">a British Airways Concorde flight in 1996</a>. The aircraft flew from New York City to London in about two hours and 53 minutes. It reached a top speed of 1,350 miles per hour.</p>
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Save 40% on Stays at the Santa Ynez Inn in Santa Barbara

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:27
<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/</strong></a></em><em><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><strong>operation-vacation</strong></a></em></p><p>California: 40 percent off the <a href="http://www.santaynezinn.com/" target="_blank">Santa Ynez Inn</a>, a Victorian-style wine country retreat in Santa Barbara whose rooms have antiques, fireplaces and balconies or patios with garden or fountain views.</p><p>Sip and Stay includes:</p><p>*One or more nights in a Classic room (upgrades available)</p><p>A bottle of Lucas and Lewellan sparkling wine</p><p>*20 percent off the signature Champagne massage</p><p>Original Price: From $369 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $221 per night; valid through April 30.</p><p>Booking details: <a href="http://www.santaynezinn.com/" target="_blank">Use booking code TLSYU</a>.</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates include April 6 to 7 and 20 to 21.</p>
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Emirates Just Saved the World’s Largest Passenger Plane From Extinction

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:25
<p>After Airbus announced that it would stop producing the world’s largest plane if Emirates did not place an order, the airline swooped in with a lifeline.</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/airbus-stop-making-double-decker-a380" target="_blank">Speaking to reporters earlier this week</a>, Airbus’s sale director, Jim Leahy, said: “If we can’t work out a deal with Emirates there is no choice but to shut down the program.”</p><p>On Thursday, the two companies announced that Emirates signed a memorandum of understanding to buy up to 36 more <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/airbus-a380-biggest-passenger-plane" target="_blank">A380 aircraft</a>. The airline will purchase 20 A380s, with deliveries starting in 2020, and has the option to add on 16 more.</p><p>The sale is <a href="http://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2018/01/emirates-signs-agreement-for-up-to-36-additional-a380s.html" target="_blank">valued at $16 billion</a>, although Airbus <a href="http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2018/01/18/emirates-a380-order/" target="_blank">likely gave Emirates a discount</a>.</p><p>“We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for Emirates,” Sheikh Ahmed, the CEO of Emirates, said at the signing. “Our customers love it, and we’ve been able to deploy it on different missions across our network, giving us flexibility in terms of range and passenger mix.”</p><p>The airline said that it will use some of its new A380s as fleet replacements. The oldest among the fleet is 10 years old. Emirates received its first A380 in 2008 and added its 100th to the fleet in November. Emirates currently owns more than half of all A380 aircraft that Airbus has produced.</p><p>While Emirates may love the jumbo aircraft, other airlines do not. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/singapore-airlines-airbus-a380-stewart-international-airport" target="_blank">Its size limits the airports to which it can fly</a> and the large cost of fuel operations makes it an expensive aircraft to maintain.</p><p>According to Airbus, the Emirates deal will keep the A380 in production for “at least another 10 years.” But it will take more airlines to maintain production beyond that.</p>
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Enjoy a 30% Discount on Stays at the Scott Resort & Spa in Arizona

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:16
<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>Arizona: 30 percent off the <a href="http://www.thescottresort.com/travelandleisure/" target="_blank">Scott Resort &amp; Spa</a>, a Sonoran Desert retreat currently undergoing a $15 million redesign. Don't miss the elegant restaurant, the Canal Club, that serves Cuban-American cuisine and the lagoon pool with private cabanas.</p><p>Travel + Leisure Spring Exclusive includes:</p><p>*30 percent off the best available rate on Pool View rooms</p><p>*A Denizen card, which includes discounts on food and drinks at the property’s Canal Club restaurant</p><p>Original Price: From $189 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price: </strong>From $132 per night; valid through May 31.</p><p>Booking details: <a href="http://www.thescottresort.com/travelandleisure/" target="_blank">Use rate code FDTL</a>.</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates include Fridays and Saturdays in March.</p>
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The Most Coveted Jobs at Disney Parks, According to Cast Members

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:01
<p>There’s so much you can learn from an Ask Reddit thread, especially if you’re a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/walt-disney-world-orlando-guide" target="_blank">Disney fan</a>. Users on a subreddit were asked <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/7r0stg/disney_cast_members_whats_the_most_sought_after/?sort=top&amp;sh=f324aac3&amp;st=jcj83w73" target="_blank">what the best job at a Disney park is</a>, and many park insiders had some advice for prospective applicants.</p><p>It may come as a surprise, but the top comment on the thread, provided by user Susurrations, answered that the best job in the park isn’t as a character or ride operator — it’s as the park’s electrician.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disney-staff-know-everything" target="_blank">Why Disney Cast Members Will Never Say 'I Don't Know'</a></p><p>The Reddit user wrote that their brother works this job at a Disney park: "Most of the year he drives around in a little golf cart all day and fixes stupid simple quick-fix type stuff... Part of the year he helps with attraction renovation which is harder work but he loves getting too see behind the scenes of big rides and such."</p><p>The user added: “Also, apparently his golf cart goes the perfect speed for hatching eggs in Pokemon Go.”</p><p>Not a bad gig.</p><p>Some other intriguing career paths mentioned in the thread included working in Animal Kingdom (because it closes the earliest), being a “face” character, like a Disney Princess, and working as a server at VIP <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-world-club-33" target="_blank">Club 33</a> (because of the tips).</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/disney-ride-secrets" target="_blank">Secrets You’ve Never Heard About Your Favorite Disney Rides</a></p><p>According to one user, who said they worked at Disney's California Adventure for four years, everyone wants to work on the "red triangle rides," which results in slightly higher pay. "The ride people wanted in my area was screamin or grizzly," they said.</p><p>Get your pens ready and fill out those applications. Summer is just around the corner.</p>
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Get 30% off Stays at the Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park in Australia

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:57
<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>Australia: 30 percent off the Mansion Hotel &amp; Spa at Werribee Park, a 19th century estate and former seminary set on gorgeous grounds that include formal English gardens.</p><p>The Wine &amp; Dine offer includes:</p><p>*One night in a Heritage room</p><p>*A bottle of Lindenderry wine</p><p>*A three-course dinner for two at the on-site Joseph’s restaurant</p><p>*Full daily breakfast</p><p>Original Price: From $365 (or 459 AUD) per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price: </strong>From $255 (321 AUD per night); book by April 30 for travel through October 4.</p><p>Booking details: <a href="https://www.lancemore.com.au/shop/gift-package/mhs-wine-dine" target="_blank">Use booking code TRAVEL</a>.</p>
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This Is What It Looks Like When Passengers Brace for an Emergency Landing (Video)

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:53
<p>Passengers on a flight departing from Phoenix, Arizona had some tense moments when they were told they needed to get into a bracing position for landing.</p><p>The American Airlines flight suffered some mechanical issues stemming from a broken fan, which created smoke in the cockpit, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Dallas, Texas.</p><p>One passenger, Steve Ramsthel, caught a recording of passengers being told to brace by flight attendants.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/safest-airplane-seat" target="_blank">What’s the Safest Seat on an Airplane?</a></p><p>"There were some people crossing themselves, but I thought the adrenaline was high and everybody just cooperated. It was pretty amazing to be honest with you,” Ramsthel told Phoenix ABC affiliate <a href="https://www.abc15.com/news/state/passengers-prepare-for-crash-landing-on-american-airlines-flight">KNXV</a>. Ramsthel, who is a pilot himself, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/steve.ramsthel/videos/10204598421157373/" target="_blank">posted the video on Facebook</a>. </p><p>The plane, which was operated by Mesa Airlines, landed safely at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. No injuries were reported.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/emergency-landing-wife-discovers-husband-cheating" target="_blank">Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Passenger Discovers Husband Is Cheating on Her</a></p><p>“A flight made an emergency landing on January 17 due to mechanical issues stemming from a broken fan," American Airlines confirmed in a statement. "There were no reported injuries.”</p>
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Princess Charlotte Likes to Boss Around Her Brother Prince George, According to the Queen

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:42
<p>When it comes to ruling the kingdom it appears that Princess Charlotte, the youngest member of the British royal family, is really in charge.</p><p>According to Queen Elizabeth, the 2-year-old is absolutely the ruler of the roost, at least when it comes to her and her older brother, Prince George.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-visit-cardiff-castle" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Visiting Britain’s Weirdest Castle</a></p><p>When speaking to one of her royal subjects, 10-year-old Emily Clay, at her <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/sandringham-estate-rentals-royal-family" target="_blank">Sandringham estate</a> in Norfolk, her majesty asked the young girl if she “looked after” her younger sister, 6-year-old Hadleigh. <a href="http://people.com/royals/princess-charlotte-bosses-around-her-big-brother-prince-george-says-queen-elizabeth/" target="_blank">According to <em>People</em></a>, their mother Ellen replied, “It’s the other way around.”</p><p>Without skipping a beat the 91-year-old Queen quickly replied, “It’s like that with Charlotte and George.”</p><p>And really, this take the lead attitude shouldn’t surprise anyone. According to a source who spoke to <em>People</em>, little Charlotte immediately settled into her new preschool, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/princess-charlotte-first-day-of-school" target="_blank">Willcocks Nursery School</a>, just one day after arrival.</p><p>It also shouldn’t take anyone aback that Charlotte loves to spend time with her big brother.</p><p>“Charlotte loves to chase [George] around. They’re both very active children,” <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/at-home-with-prince-george-and-princess-charlotte-w494140/" target="_blank">a source told <em>Us Weekly</em></a>. “They still like a bit of rough and tumble. She’s not afraid of a grazed knee and it’s most certainly not going to stop her from running around the corridors ... Charlotte’s always got her eye on something and she moves at the speed of life!”</p>
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You Can Book a Flight to a Sandy Caribbean Beach for As Cheap As $59

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:34
<p>The low-cost, long-haul airline Norwegian Air has some leftover tickets from their New Year Sale — including $59 flights to the French Caribbean.</p><p>Until supplies run dry, travelers can book these affordable one-way tickets to Guadeloupe and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/fort-de-france-martinique-caribbean" target="_blank">Martinique</a> from cities all along the East Coast.</p><img alt="Guadeloupe, Terre-De-Bas "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516204528/Guadeloupe-Terre-De-Bas-NORFLYDEAL0118.jpg?itok=z6bjpZJZ"><p>Travelers can book the $59 seats from <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/boston" target="_blank">Boston</a>, New York City, Providence, and Miami.</p><p>These relatively <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/cheap-flights-norwegian-air-martinique" target="_blank">new Norwegian Air destinations</a> are delightfully low-key, and serve some of the best Creole cuisine on Earth.</p><p>But you can get even farther away from the blustery winter weather by checking on the airline’s other discounted destinations. Spain has some standout fares, such as $149 flights to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/barcelona" target="_blank">Barcelona</a> from the New York City area, and $200 seats to Tenerife.</p><p>Flights to Rome, Paris, and <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/london" target="_blank">London</a> are also inexpensive right now, with tickets starting at $139 from New York City.</p><p>To book these affordable getaways, head straight to <a href="https://www.norwegian.com/us/destinations/" target="_blank">Norwegian’s website</a>, where you can search for the most inexpensive tickets between now and March (indicated in red) from your home airport or city.</p>
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A Food Tour of Tuscany Is Even Better When You're Riding a Vespa

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:11
<p>As I pressed the ignition button on my white Vespa, I found myself seized by panic. My heart beat like a jackhammer, and a faint tremor crept into my fingertips. Judging from the facial expressions of my girlfriend, Stephanie — raised eyebrows, pursed lips — it was clear that she, too, was battling jitters as she fired up her own Vespa, a contrasting cherry red.</p><p>What on earth had we gotten ourselves into?</p><p>We were in a parking garage on the outskirts of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/florence" target="_blank">Florence</a>, readying ourselves for a six-day road trip in search of the sort of divine culinary experiences Tuscany is so famous for. Zipping from town to town, from enoteca to trattoria, we would sample the gooiest stracciatella, the boldest Brunellos, the lardiest lardo. In other words, we would do what everyone comes here to do — be gluttons — but the Vespas would lend an air of spontaneity to our travels. No set departure times, no prebooked hotels. We'd ride until we felt like stopping, crashing at the most convenient, comfortable inns we could find.</p><p>Vespas, manufactured in the Tuscan city of Pontedera since 1946, offer an adrenalized and accessible way to absorb, rather than merely navigate, your surroundings — something I discovered nearly a decade ago when I rode one for the first time in Rome and became an immediate convert. To Americans accustomed to SUVs, crowded interstates, and the notion that only leather-clad outlaws can travel on two wheels, the idea of using a scooter for a longer excursion might seem ludicrous. But mention it to a European and you'll get a shrug and a grin — a bit goofy, sure, but perfectly reasonable. Vespas are powerful enough to handle twisty back roads, less intimidating than motorcycles, and preposterously fuel-efficient. What better way to infuse our journey with a dose of authenticity and adventure?</p><p>That, at least, was the fantasy. Reality, that stubborn scourge, intervened on our first morning with a tempestuous thunderstorm — the reason for our ragged nerves. Our departure was delayed by hours, throwing a wrench into the itinerary we had roughly sketched out with the help of Francesco Venzi, the amiable owner of Central Italy Motorcycle Tours, the local outfitter that had supplied us with the scooters. Though the rain eventually subsided, the roads were slick and the air was frosty as we crossed the Arno, making our way south into the storied hills of Tuscany.</p><img alt="Riding a scooter through the town of Pietrasanta, in Tuscany, Italy "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516128930/pietrasanta-tuscany-italy-and-scooter-TUSCANYSCOOT1117.jpg?itok=7hm0ryKS"><p>Twenty minutes into our ride, it started to pour again. On the famous Via Chiantigiana, with its corkscrew climbs through stands of cypress, I found it next to impossible to savor the open vistas. By the time we pulled into Greve in Chianti, the hub of the local wine industry, I was cursing myself for not having packed rain gear and again questioning our overall sanity. We came to a stop in the main square, a quaint, triangular plaza teeming with flower vendors, restaurants, and tasting rooms. Though drenched and exhausted, Stephanie and I both were also grinning, the absurdity of the situation causing us to break into fits of laughter.</p><p>Our goal had been to end the day in Pienza, 2 1/2 hours farther south. "Um, not happening," Stephanie declared, reminding me that the point of this trip was to make it about the journey, not the destinations. Rather than see the rain as a hindrance, we opted to think of it as a kind of guide, one that at the moment was telling us to call it a day. We checked in to the Albergo del Chianti, a no-frills hotel on the plaza, and set out for some food and drink.</p><img alt="Grilled octopus from Babazuf restaurant, and the piazza of Siena, Italy "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516128930/babazuf-octopus-siena-piazza-TUSCANYSCOOT1117.jpg?itok=tJrrrc7R"><p>To the untrained eye, every restaurant in Tuscany looks more or less identical — making it a challenge to discern between those pandering to tourists and those committed to tradition. Our dinner that night was a bland, caloric bust, but another experience more than made up for it. Earlier in the evening, we'd visited Diversus, a nondescript wine bar and restaurant, simply because it was on the ground floor of our hotel and a glass of wine, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/wine-lovers-tuscany" target="_blank">any glass of wine</a>, would be a godsend after our discombobulating day. As soon as we sat down, we were approached by an affable gentleman who introduced himself as Bernard Buys, the co-owner of the establishment as well as Le Muricce, a nearby vineyard.</p><p>"What sort of wines do you like?" he asked.</p><p>"Alcohol-forward?" I ventured.</p><p>Either ignoring or failing to register my attempt at humor, Buys spent the next hour regaling us with stories. Belgian by birth, he discovered a love of wine in France and now lives in Tuscany during the harvest season. He spoke of picking grapes in a paternal tone bordering on the religious. All the while he poured us tastes from various bottles not available in the United States: a tart Sangiovese, a ruby-red Chianti Classico, and a supple Merlot, each complemented by plates of exquisite cured meats and cheeses. By the time we ambled back out onto the square, our day's misadventures had become a distant memory.</p><img alt="Meats and cheese at Il Bacchino restaurant, in Italy "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516128930/il-bacchino-salumi-TUSCANYSCOOT1117.jpg?itok=d8h-UqWd"><p>The next morning, we rode southwest toward the seaside province of Grosseto, an area long popular with Europeans but still largely undiscovered by Americans. Not that we were trying to be pioneers. Grosseto promised clear skies, so that's why we picked it. Any doubts I had about the Vespas were obliterated as we zigzagged through vineyards, forests, and cliff-side villages where wizened old Italians waved at us. As I felt the intoxicating sense of freedom and a visceral communion with the landscape, I realized you simply can't experience a destination the same way from the hermetic womb of an automobile.</p><p>We stopped for lunch in the medieval city of Siena, where our Vespas easily navigated the catacomb-like streets, and pulled up right in front of a thimble-size trattoria called Babazuf. We'd chosen it via the indispensable mobile app of Osterie d'Italia, an annual guide that highlights largely traditional restaurants that adhere to Slow Food philosophies. We could hardly say a word, reduced to monosyllabic grunts by a spread that included a delicate eggplant tart; weightless, multicolored gnocchi improbably dense with flavor; and a hearty, intricately spiced lamb stew.</p><p>As we rode onward, hills and woodlands open-ed up to verdant flats, a glittering coastline, and, eventually, Castiglione della Pescaia, a Mediterranean town surrounding a historic harbor. We stayed at Riva del Sole, a lovely full-service resort where we drank Prosecco on the beach as the sun dipped below the horizon, painting the wispy clouds with brushstrokes of lavender and tangerine. After scootering our way into the town center, we dined at La Fortezza, a tavern tucked in an ancient fortified wall. I'd never thought much about seafood being part of Tuscan cuisine, but after devouring the restaurant's signature dish — a gigantic platter of freshly caught lobster served over handmade tagliolini — I will now.</p><img alt="The interior of La BotteGaia restaurant, and the cathedral of Massa Maritima, in Italy "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516128930/la-bottegaia-massa-maritima-cathedral-TUSCANYSCOOT1117.jpg?itok=iG9YFiBD"><p>Over the next few days we rode north, navigating our way through fields of red poppies, taking tight switchbacks through classic hilltop towns like Volterra, and finally reaching Lucca, which we used as a base for the next two days. Having become comfortable with the scooters, we pushed the motors with a ride into the steep Apuan Alps, where we skirted high peaks and dozens of marble quarries before making our way down the mountains and into Pietrasanta, an artsy coastal town. There, on the advice of a local, we slipped into a café called Libero for lunch. At this modern take on a traditional trattoria, we made a meal out of various small plates: steak tartare, Camembert crostini, a heaping platter of various crudi. A buffet of the simplest flavors had been mysteriously elevated, in what we'd come to see as the trademark of Tuscan cooking, to high art. Before we knew it, we were the only ones there, unaware that the restaurant had closed an hour earlier. The owner didn't seem to mind. After we'd paid the bill, he poured us two glasses of grappa and treated us to an impromptu seminar on Tuscan olive oils. We learned why olives must be pressed soon after harvest (to avoid oxidation), why the oil is bottled in dark bottles (to keep sunlight out), and how, as with wine, you wanted to use light, silky olive oils for fish and spicy, throat-scratching varieties for meats.</p><p>The following day, we'd be heading back to Florence, but for the moment that seemed like an eternity away. Leaving the restaurant, the sun was still shining, the Vespas beckoning.</p><p>"Where to next?" Stephanie asked.</p><p>"Who knows?" I replied.</p><h2>How to Rent and Ride a Vespa</h2><h3>Find a Local Outfitter</h3><p>Florence-based <a href="http://www.cimt.it/" target="_blank">Central Italy Motorcycle Tours</a> will map out a manageable route; a rental costs $220 to $350 per week. Novices can do this trip, though it's smart to take a practice spin (or two) at home.</p><h3>Pack Light</h3><p>A carry-on-size duffel is the way to go, since it can rest comfortably between your feet while riding. A small satchel with valuables can be stowed in the lockable compartment under the seat.</p><h3>Drive Safely</h3><p>On country roads, you are subject to the same rules as cars, but in some towns and cities you can take a Vespa onto streets that are off-limits to automobiles. Parking is a cinch: as long as you're not blocking traffic, you're good.</p><h3>Dress Right</h3><p>A jacket, ideally waterproof, is a must for protection and warmth; ditto a pair of long pants and leather gloves. A pair of earbuds will help block out wind noise (though by law you can cover only one ear).</p><h2>Eating Your Way Through Tuscany</h2><p>Check out these restaurants, which the writer made a part of his itinerary.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.osteriababazuf.com/index.php/en/homepage/" target="_blank">Babazuf</a>: </strong>Tucked away on a street near Siena's central plaza, this osteria is famous for its delicate house-made pastas — particularly the five-colored gnocchi and tagliatelle with black truffles.<em> Entrées $8–$21.</em></p><p><strong>Il Bacchino: </strong>Don't bother reading the menu at this tiny enoteca in Massa Marittima. Just ask the owners to bring you their best local cheeses and cured meats. <em>8 Via Moncini; 39-0566-940-229; small plates $4–$11.</em></p><p><strong><a href="https://diversusrestaurant.it/" target="_blank">Diversus</a>: </strong>At this warm and friendly spot on the central plaza in Greve in Chianti, owner Bernard Buys pairs his vast selection of Tuscan wines with exquisite cured meats.<em> Entrées $12–$22.</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.labottegaia.it/osteria/en" target="_blank">La BotteGaia</a>:</strong> This osteria in Pistoia serves flavorful, hearty dishes like duck macaroni and artichoke tart in Parmesan sauce. Try the lardo, sliced paper-thin and illicit with flavor. <em>Entrées $10–$16.</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.lafortezzacdp.it/" target="_blank">La Fortezza</a>:</strong> Seafood takes center stage at this trattoria built into the ancient fortified wall that once protected Castiglione della Pescaia. The signature lobster over tagliolini is a must. <em>Entrées $14–$45.</em></p><p><strong>Libero: </strong>With a menu heavy on the freshest of local ingredients and small plates (platters of crudi, various crostini), this restaurant embodies the relaxed, creative spirit of Pietrasanta. <em>16 Via Stagi Stagio; 39-0584-790452; Entrées $9–$19.</em></p>
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Manny-T the Manatee Goes Back to the Ocean After Rehabilitation

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:08
<p>After three months under the care of marine specialists at <a href="http://www.atlantisbahamas.com/" target="_blank">Atlantis, Paradise Island</a>, a wild <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/vacationing-sanibel-island-florida" target="_blank">manatee</a> named “Manny-T” has been released back into his ocean home.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/vacation-rentals/private-island-bahamas-for-rent" target="_blank">Rent Your Own Private Island in the Bahamas for $450 a Night</a></p><p>Manny-T was rescued by the resort’s marine mammal team, Dolphin Cay and Marine Mammal Specialists, back in September. The team found him to be grossly malnourished, weighing only 365 pounds — while the average manatee weighs about 650 pounds.</p><img alt="Atlantis team preparing Manny-T the Manatee for release "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516114975/manatee-release-prep-MANATEE0118.jpg?itok=gYOYF2MC"><p>Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission theorize that the recent hurricanes may have caused Manny-T to be displaced from his home range near <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/all-inclusive-resorts/best-all-inclusive-resorts-florida" target="_blank">Tampa, Florida</a>, where he was unable to locate the proper food and resources crucial for survival.</p><p>After working with the specialists, Manny-T finally got back up to a healthy 840 pounds, eating 144 heads of romaine, 24 heads of kale and 4 bags of spinach every day. Your move, Popeye.</p><p>The resort said in a statement that he actually ate the entire island’s supply of kale around the holidays.</p><img alt="Atlantis boat prepares to release Manny-T the Manatee "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516114975/manatee-release-point-MANATEE0118.jpg?itok=VucuGP0N"><p>Manatees are becoming a scarce sight in the ocean. Manny-T is one of only 3,000 male manatees left in the world.</p><p>The Atlantis Bahamas resort works with the <a href="http://www.bahamaswhales.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization</a> and the <a href="http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/portal/public/marine/DOMR/!ut/p/b1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOIDnQwCg30sjR0NPN2MDTxDjAMNvS2MDf3NDYAKIoEKDHAARwNC-r30o9Jz8pOAVoXrR-FVHGQMVYDHMj-P_NxU_YLciMrggHRFADumAvw!/dl4/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/" target="_blank">Bahamas Department of Marine Resources</a> to give care to local marine life. It’s mission is to rehabilitate injured or ill wild animals and release them back into their natural habitats.</p><img alt="Manny-T the Manatee swimming after his release in the Bahamas "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516114975/manatee-swimming-MANATEE0118.jpg?itok=6CRmxEOI"><p>The Atlantis team always keeps recovering animals out of the public view and has its own rescue boat, “The Sea Keeper,” as well as full-time, on-property experts with years of experience in this field.</p><p>Manny-T was released in North Eleuthera, where he was first found. There is also a small population of manatees that will help him to continue a healthy life.</p>
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Take a Custom Tour of London, Florence, or Paris Starting at $499

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:26
<p>There’s no thrill quite like traveling to a new city, but the stress of planning and the pressure to see it all can get in the way of fully enjoying yourself.</p><p>Enter Monograms, a unique service that takes the hassle out of vacation planning by organizing hotels, airport and city transfers, solo and group excursions, and much more. Perfect for travelers who want to explore at their own pace <em>and </em>partake in select sightseeing activities, Monograms maps out the best to see and do in a city according to your specific travel needs and style. Want to tag along on a guided tour of a famous landmark? Or go on a solo shopping expedition? Monograms will take care of the logistics while offering recommendations and tips.</p><p>And as much as we love doing our own hotel research, the folks at Monograms are bona fide experts when it comes to finding accommodations that are chic, centrally located, and affordable. Whether you prefer classic, trendy, or historic digs, they’ll recommend several hand-selected options, all of which offer complimentary breakfast.</p><p>Another cool perk: Upon arrival, travelers will be connected with an in-the-know “Local Host” who can organize spontaneous outings, give you the scoop on under-the-radar attractions, and provide assistance in the case of an emergency.</p><p>But the best part is undoubtedly the price: Vacation packages to cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, Paris, and London start at $550, meaning your dream European getaway is more attainable than you might think.</p><h2>Deal: 2+ Night Getaway to Rome</h2><p>Price: $609 and up</p><p>Highlights: Your Roman holiday might include stops at the Colosseum, The Roman Forum, Trajan’s Market, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican Museums, where you’ll see the breathtaking Sistine Chapel.</p><p>Expiration date: April 30</p><p><a href="https://monograms.com/Booking/Monograms/Packages.aspx?city=rome" target="_blank"><strong>Book Now</strong></a></p><p><img src="http://www.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/orange-line-3.jpg" /></p><h2>Deal: 2+ Night Getaway to Florence</h2><p>Price: $576 and up</p><p>Highlights: In Florence, you’ll experience Renaissance wonders like Brunelleschi’s Duomo, Michelangelo’s “David,” and the Baptistery’s resplendent “Gates of Paradise.” Other must-dos include racing up the Campanile’s 414 stairs and strolling the Ponte Vecchio.</p><p>Expiration date: April 30</p><p><a href="https://monograms.com/Booking/Monograms/Packages.aspx?city=florence" target="_blank"><strong>Book Now</strong></a></p><p><img src="http://www.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/orange-line-3.jpg" /></p><h2>Deal: 2+ Night Getaway to Venice</h2><p>Price: $618 and up</p><p>Highlights: In addition to exploring Venice’s postcard-perfect canals and bridges, you’ll also see the world-famous Caffé Florian, St. Mark’s Square and Cathedral, Rialto Bridge, and the island of Murano, where you can purchase blown-glass souvenirs.</p><p>Expiration date: April 30</p><p><a href="https://monograms.com/Booking/Monograms/Packages.aspx?city=venice" target="_blank"><strong>Book Now</strong></a></p><p><img src="http://www.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/orange-line-3.jpg" /></p><h2>Deal: 2+ Nights in Paris</h2><p>Price: $661 and up</p><p>Highlights: On your Parisian sojourn, you’ll visit recognizable landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and Notre Dame. Take your sightseeing to the next level by shopping along the Champs-Élysées, cruising down the River Seine, and catching a cabaret show at the historic Moulin Rouge.</p><p>Expiration date: April 30</p><p><a href="https://monograms.com/Booking/Monograms/Packages.aspx?city=paris" target="_blank"><strong>Book Now</strong></a></p><p><img src="http://www.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/orange-line-3.jpg" /></p><h2>Deal: 2+ Nights in London</h2><p>Price: $499 and up</p><p>Highlights: From Big Ben and the Tower of London to Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, this is the London trip of your dreams. After you’ve crossed those landmarks off your list, consider a ride on the London Eye or a ride on a double-decker bus.</p><p>Expiration date: April 30</p><p><a href="https://monograms.com/Booking/Monograms/Packages.aspx?city=london" target="_blank"><strong>Book Now</strong></a></p>
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Hundreds of Flights Are Being Cancelled as Winter Storm Inga Sweeps North

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:20
<p>A new <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/snow-in-sahara-desert" target="_blank">winter storm</a> bearing down on the South and East Coast has left airlines no choice but to cancel hundreds of flights this week.</p><p>The storm, nicknamed <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-texas-inga-snow" target="_blank">“Inga,”</a> prompted American Airlines to cancel 270 flights between Tuesday and Wednesday, the company said, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airlines-weather-cancellation/second-u-s-winter-storm-forces-hundreds-of-flight-cancellations-idUSKBN1F52X5" target="_blank">according to Reuters.</a></p><p>Delta operations were also put on hold as the carrier said it canceled roughly 275 flights on Tuesday, with more expected Wednesday as the storm continues to move up north to cities like, Charlotte, Raleigh, Washington, New York and Boston, Reuters reported.</p><p>And United Airlines suffered an even bigger blow with the cancellation of more than 700 flights, Tuesday, with additional flights possible on Wednesday as well, according to Reuters.</p><p>Many of the cancellations Wednesday morning were concentrated at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and Boston's Logan International Airport. Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport and New Orleans International Airport were still reeling from massive disruption when the storm hit on Tuesday and had dozens of canceled and delayed flights Wednesday, according to <a href="https://flightaware.com/live/cancelled/today">Flight Aware's Misery Map</a>. </p><p>Altogether, these cancellations make up just a small portion of the airlines’ business, but the loss of revenue may still amount to millions of dollars when it’s all said and done. <em>Travel &amp; Leisure</em> has reached out to major carriers with a request for the most recent cancellation numbers and will update this story when they respond.</p><p>Winter Storm Inga will be less powerful compared to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-hunter">Winter Storms Hunter</a> and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-grayson-flights-cancelled">Grayson</a>, which wreaked havoc on much of the U.S. through the first two weeks of 2018. Grayson in particular dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of New England and even dropped several inches in much of the coastal South, as far down as Northern Florida.</p><p>However, much of the Southeast and Deep South experienced rare snow followed by freezing rain and and record low temperatures. Places like Hattiesburg, Miss., saw lows of 13 degrees. New Orleans was 21 degrees – breaking a 40-year-old record for the lowest temperature on Jan. 17.</p>
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What to Expect as Winter Storm Inga Continues Its Snowy Path Across the U.S. (Video)

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:08
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-texas-inga-snow" target="_blank">Winter Storm Inga</a> has been bringing frigid temperatures and blizzard conditions to several states in the U.S. since it began earlier this week — and it's showing no signs of stopping.</p><p>Inga has continued its path towards the eastern U.S. Wednesday, bringing wintry conditions and storm warnings that are creating hazardous driving conditions, closing schools and causing chaos at airports across much of central New England.</p><p>Inga has already been pounding many of the southern states, which were hit with snow and icy conditions on Tuesday, including Kentucky, Tennessee, northern Alabama, northern Mississippi, southern Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.</p><p>The storm has also caused widespread road closures across some states including Georgia, along with wreaking havoc on the early-morning commute for cities like Boston and New York City.</p><img alt="snowstorm "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516191706/snow-storm-INGA118.jpg?itok=QIkfYNO0"><p>Here’s a look at what you can expect in some of the area’s affected by Inga’s path as it continues through Wednesday night, which is when the storm is expected to taper off.</p><h2>Boston</h2><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/boston" target="_blank">Boston</a> saw some snow arrive overnight on Tuesday, but fresh powder is expected to continue falling Wednesday throughout the morning and into the early afternoon.</p><p>The National Weather Service issued a snow advisory for the area Wednesday, with anywhere from one to three inches of snow expected. In addition to the snow, freezing temperatures will cause slick road conditions through the afternoon, according to local officials.</p><p>Heavy snowfall is expected in the area around daybreak, and periods of limited visibility could be a possibility, according to the <em><a href="http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/01/storm_to_drop_2_to_3_inches_of_snow_in_boston_more_outside_of_city" target="_blank">Boston Herald</a></em>, which is why several schools were closed Wednesday.</p><h2>Georgia </h2><p>In Georgia, Inga has brought frigid temperatures and blizzard-like conditions, with up to 1.75 inches already accumulated in areas like Douglasville by Wednesday morning.</p><p>Temperatures in Georgia are expected to dip into the negatives by noon on Wednesday. Several schools and universities in Georgia <a href="http://wgxa.tv/news/local/thursday-middle-georgia-school-closings" target="_blank">announced closures</a> for the day because of Inga.</p><p>Gov. Nathan Deal also declared a state of emergency for 83 counties in Georgia due to the current conditions that are causing highway and road closures due to severe icing.</p><p>Some countries like <a href="https://twitter.com/cobbcountygovt/status/953590229608402944" target="_blank">Cobb County</a> are closing government operations as well.</p><p>The winter weather has caused delays and cancelations at airports throughout the country including Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest airport in the country.</p><h2>New York </h2><p>As the storm makes its way through the Tri-state area, a storm warning is currently in effect for parts of New York that include Orange and Putnam counties.</p><p>Much of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>, Long Island, and coastal New Jersey could see light snowfall of up to one inch, which could make for slippery driving conditions so drivers will want to be cautious on the road, according to the National Weather Service.</p><p>While winter weather advisories were previously in place across New York City and coastal Connecticut, they’ve been dropped as most of the snow is now expected to turn into rain.</p><p>Those in New York City can expect mostly rainy conditions, while areas like Hudson Valley could see more than five inches of snow. </p>
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Thousands of People Are Trying to Stop a Starbucks From Opening in Yosemite

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:08
<p>Nothing says “I enjoy the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/national-parks-free-entry-2018" target="_blank">great outdoors</a>” like a Venti Mocha Frappuccino.</p><p>Earlier this month, <a href="http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article193082599.html" target="_blank"><em>The Fresno Bee</em> reported</a> that a Starbucks outpost would open in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/yosemite-national-park-waterfalls" target="_blank">Yosemite</a> National Park this spring.</p><p>Almost immediately, a petition was started on Change.org to stop the Starbucks, saying “multinational corporations have no place in our national parks.” So far, <a href="https://www.change.org/p/stop-starbucks-in-yosemite" target="_blank">more than 21,000 people have signed</a>.</p><p>The food court will be operated by Yosemite Hospitality, which earned <a href="http://www.travelyosemite.com/press-room-partner-assets/aramark-20160301-yosemite-new-day-press-release/">a 15-year contract</a> with the national park in 2015. The contract included operating public services, including “reducing vehicle traffic in Yosemite Valley, increasing water conservation, reducing electricity and fuel usage, and enhancing food and beverage operations for visitors.”</p><p>Currently, the closest Starbucks locations are in nearby Mammoth Lakes, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Starbucks/@37.7415293,-119.5195113,9.8z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sstarbucks!3m4!1s0x0:0x8a33abe7dcc81b72!8m2!3d37.6387037!4d-118.9644241" target="_blank">to the southeast of Yosemite</a>, and in Sonora, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Starbucks/@38.0335653,-120.1778201,9.57z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sstarbucks!3m4!1s0x0:0x92fabf9193bfd995!8m2!3d37.974312!4d-120.34338" target="_blank">west of the park</a>.</p><p>“This new Starbucks offering is part of our commitment to working with the NPS to design and develop programs that offer a wide array of offerings and menu items that enhance the overall visitor dining experience at Yosemite National Park,” Aramak told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> in a statement. “This and the other new and improved offerings that are part of Yosemite Valley Lodge’s food court renovation are reflective of guest feedback we’ve received. Starbucks is replacing an existing retail coffee brand. No new structures or free-standing stores are being built as part of this renovation. The Starbucks offering will occupy existing space.”</p><p>“It’s worth noting, Starbucks has a long track record of and deep commitment to social and environmental impact, which we believe will benefit Yosemite National Park,” Aramak added.</p><p>The Starbucks will be part of a new food court, opening in the spring at the <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Yosemite+Valley+Lodge/@37.7284027,-119.561362,7.75z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x8096910208695e7b:0x731e8f9ad23d2d15!8m2!3d37.743831!4d-119.598191" target="_blank">Yosemite Valley Lodge</a>. The food court will offer sandwiches, salads, coffee and other concessions to visitors. The petition urged Aramak to consider local offerings instead of a corporation.</p><p>Since the petition, Aramak has <a href="https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/petition-against-starbucks-in-yosemite-national-park" target="_blank">removed a job posting for a manager role at the store</a>.</p><p><em>Note: This story had been updated with comment from Aramak.</em></p>
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The Terrifying Reason You Should Never Try to Hold in a Sneeze

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:15
<p>It’s not just the stuff of urban legend: Trying to suppress a sneeze by clamping your nose and closing your mouth can rupture the back of your throat, doctors say in the journal BMJ Case Reports.</p><p>A British man said he felt a “popping” sensation in his neck and had difficulty speaking after trying to hold in a sneeze. Doctors in Leicester discovered that the man had “spontaneous perforation of the pharynx” and air bubbles in his neck.</p><p>This type of injury is most commonly associated with trauma, vomiting, or severe coughing.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/summer-fridays-sick-days" target="_blank">Employees Who Call Out on Fridays May Not Actually Be Sick</a></p><p>The man was admitted into the hospital and kept for seven days, where he was fed via tube and given intravenous antibiotics. Upon discharge, doctors advised him “not to block both nostrils when sneezing in the future.”</p><p>"Halting sneezing via blocking [the] nostrils and mouth is a dangerous maneuver, and should be avoided," <a href="https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/b-dhy011118.php" target="_blank">the authors of the case study wrote</a>. The doctors said that the action could lead to trapping air between lungs, perforating eardrums or even cause a rupture of a cerebral aneurysm.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/avoid-getting-sick-abroad" target="_blank">How to Prevent Getting Sick While Traveling Abroad</a></p><p>“When you sneeze, air comes out of you at about 150 miles per hour,” Dr. Anthony Aymat, director of ear, nose, and throat services at London’s University Hospital Lewisham, <a href="http://time.com/5103711/big-sneeze-throat-injury/" target="_blank">told the Associated Press</a>. “If you retain all that pressure, it could do a lot of damage and you could end up like the Michelin Man with air trapped in your body.”</p><p>So this flu season, let your sneezes fly. Just remember to sneeze into your elbow, per the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html" target="_blank">Center for Disease Control etiquette</a>.</p>
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Adorable Video Shows Penguin Casually Checking in on Scientists' Boat Trip

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:06
<p>“Oh hey, perhaps you’ve noticed I’m a penguin? Okay. Bye.”</p><p>A curious penguin in Antarctica decided to check up on operations happening with the Australian Antarctic Division by jumping into one of their boats.</p><p>Just wondering if he could borrow a bit of rope, maybe. Or just looking for more fish. It’s definitely the fish.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/scientists-capture-penguin-footage" target="_blank">Penguins Filmed Their Own Videos of Antarctica, and the Footage Is Incredible</a></p><p>The cute, flightless little bird was captured on video by communications specialist Matthew McKay and shared on Twitter with the hashtag #justanotherdayattheoffice. He makes Antarctica seem so fun.</p><p>The penguin quickly jumped back into the water after having a little look around. We guess there was nothing much to see, except some boring humans.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/zoos-aquariums/chinese-zoo-used-inflatable-penguins-as-substitutes" target="_blank">6 Inflatable Penguins Were a Substitute for the Real Thing at This Zoo</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/naughty-penguin-of-the-month" target="_blank">This Aquarium Has a 'Naughty Penguin of the Month' Board</a></p><p>People on Twitter were very curious as to the penguin’s motivation. Clearly he was up to something.</p><p>Whatever his inspiration may have been, it seems he was disappointed based on the way he jumped back into the water.</p><p>Kthanksbye back at you, penguin.</p>
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Airbus Might Have to Stop Producing the World's Largest Passenger Plane

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:00
<p>In 2005, Airbus made headlines when it introduced the A380.</p><p>At the time, the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/airbus-a380-biggest-passenger-plane" target="_blank">double-decker aircraft</a> was heralded as a travel revolution. It was going to provide a new, luxurious experience for passengers — a quiet and smooth flight, akin to a cruise ship. But less than 10 years after the first <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/singapore-airlines-airbus-a380-stewart-international-airport" target="_blank">A380</a> was put into service, the project is in danger of being shut down.</p><p>Over the past 13 years, Airbus has only produced 222 of the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/business/oversize-expectations-for-the-airbus-a380.html?_r=0" target="_blank">$400-million aircraft</a> — more than half of which have been delivered to Emirates.</p><p>The manufacturer was banking on another Emirates deal to materialize in November. However the airline instead chose to order 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.</p><p>In order to keep the airplane in production, Airbus said it needs to produce six A380s every year.</p><p>“If we can’t work out a deal with <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/emirates-first-class-floor-to-ceiling-cabins" target="_blank">Emirates</a> there is no choice but to shut down the program,” Jim Leahy, Airbus’s sale director, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/a380-production-may-end-says-airbus/" target="_blank">said on Monday.</a></p><p>While passengers love the aircraft, airlines are more reserved. The plane’s biggest selling point (its size) could in fact be what kills the project. The A380 is expensive to operate and its sheer size limits the airports at which it can land. Because of this, airlines operate the A380 less frequently than its smaller counterparts and it typically only flies from hub airport to hub airport.</p><img alt="Side view of an A380 "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516116573/side-view-no-branding-a380-A380PLANE0118.jpg?itok=L4c024Df"><p>Meanwhile, the aviation industry is moving towards <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-15/airbus-stakes-future-of-a380-jumbo-on-new-order-from-emirates" target="_blank">operating more frequent flights between smaller destination airports</a>. Airlines are increasingly looking towards longer and thinner aircraft — like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or Airbus’s A320neo — to operate these flights.</p><p>This past year has been a death knell for former legendary jumbo jets. Both <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/airlines-retiring-boeing-747" target="_blank">United</a> and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/delta-final-747-flight" target="_blank">Delta</a> retired their final Boeing 747 aircraft and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airlines-airports/boeing-could-retire-747-airplanes" target="_blank">the manufacturer announced that it could shut down production</a>. When the 747 premiered in 1969, it garnered similar fanfare to the A380 and earned the nickname “Queen of the Skies” for its unrivaled size.</p>
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The World’s Largest Underwater Cave Has Been Discovered — and May Hold Ancient Mayan Secrets

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:59
<p>Divers in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/mexico-city" target="_blank">Mexico</a>’s Yucatan Peninsula say they have discovered the world’s largest underwater cave.</p><p>Underwater archaeologists discovered last week that the cave system known as <a href="http://www.cenotessacactun.com/" target="_blank">Sac Actun</a>, located near the beach town of Tulum, completely connects underwater to form a 216-mile-long cave.</p><p><a href="https://granacuiferomaya.com/2018/01/15/la-cueva-inundada-mas-grande-del-mundo-forma-parte-del-gran-acuifero-maya/" target="_blank">The Gran Acuifero Maya</a> (GAM), the organization behind the cave’s exploration, has been diving through the underwater network for the past 10 months. They discovered that more than 200 small caves connect underwater to form what they believe to be the world’s largest underwater cave.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-travel-south-america-january" target="_blank">The Best Places to Travel in Mexico and Central & South America in January</a></p><p>Not only is the underwater system an unusual geological discovery, archaeologists are rejoicing at the possibility of studying ancient civilizations through artifacts embedded in the walls of the caves.</p><img alt="Mexico, Tulum, Cave diver exploring the Sistema Dos Pisos "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1516212860/Sistema-Dos-Pisos-Yucatan-MXUNDRWTRCAVE0118.jpg?itok=CIk7qTyC"><p>Ancient Mayans may have considered the cave an entrance into the underworld. While exploring the cave system, underwater archaeologists discovered human bones and pottery dating back thousands of years. GAM believes that the new discovery could help archaeologists better understand the ancient Mayan civilization.</p><p>“It allows us to appreciate much more clearly how the rituals, the pilgrimage sites and ultimately the great pre-Hispanic settlements that we know emerged,” Guillermo de Anda, the director of GAM, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-discovery/worlds-biggest-flooded-cave-found-in-mexico-explorers-say-idUSKBN1F60CY" target="_blank">told Reuters</a>.</p><p>GAM will continue exploring to investigate whether or not the cave connects to three more systems nearby. Explorers will also keep investigating the cave for its unique underwater biodiversity.</p>
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Border Patrol Can Keep Your Devices If You Refuse to Reveal Your Password

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:47
<p>The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has updated its policy on searching electronic devices, allowing border patrol agents to detain devices of travelers who refuse to reveal their passwords.</p><p>The new policy directive states that “travelers are obligated to present electronic devices and the information contained therein in a condition that allows inspection of the device and its contents.”</p><p>Travelers who refuse to give their passwords may be denied access into the country and have their devices detained for up to a week. The agency will also be able to store data and password information — indefinitely, <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/03/the-border-patrol-can-take-your-password-now-what/" target="_blank">according to some interpretations</a>.</p><p>In 2016, 19,051 international travelers had their phones searched by the CBP. That number was 30,200 in 2017. According to the CBP, these numbers are 0.005 and 0.007 percent (respectively) of the total number of international travelers the agency encounters.</p><p>Electronic device searches are used to find evidence in “combating terrorist activity, child pornography, violations of export controls, intellectual property rights violations, and visa fraud,” according to the agency.</p><p>“CBP is committed to preserving the civil rights and civil liberties of those we encounter, including the small number of travelers whose devices are searched, which is why the updated Directive includes provisions above and beyond prevailing constitutional and legal requirements,” John Wagner, the deputy executive assistant commissioner of the office of field operations, <a href="https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-releases-updated-border-search-electronic-device-directive-and" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “CBP’s authority for the border search of electronic devices is and will continue to be exercised judiciously, responsibly, and consistent with the public trust.”</p><p>Travelers should be aware that while a CBP agent may confiscate a device, <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/03/the-border-patrol-can-take-your-password-now-what/" target="_blank">an agent from the Transportation Security Administration may not</a>.</p>
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