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You Can Reserve a Spot on Your Dream Vacation for Only $1

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 07:54
<p>Things you can buy for one-dollar: a cup of coffee from McDonald’s, a song on iTunes and the bucket-list trip of a lifetime.</p><p>Responsible travel company <a href="" target="_blank">Intrepid Travel</a> is offering <a href="" target="_blank">one-dollar deposits</a> on over 1,000 trips to over 100 countries from now until Feb. 15, 2019. Book a dream trek to <a href="" target="_blank">Everest Base Camp</a> or sail past limestone cliffs in <a href="" target="_blank">Vietnam’s Halong Bay</a> on any tour departing now until Dec. 14, 2019.</p><p>This deal incentivizes travelers struggling to book this year’s big trip or <a href="" target="_blank">solo travelers</a> looking for a small group tour (there’s an average of 10 travelers per trip). A few of Intrepid’s picks for top adventures in 2019 include chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland, visiting the pyramids in Egypt, spotting geishas in Japan and hiking the famed Inca Trail—all with local leaders.</p><img alt="Bali with Intrepid Travel "src=""><p>Intrepid has a huge variety of trips ranging from a few days to a few weeks. Foodies can follow their stomach to Iran, Taiwan or Italy for a multi-day food tour. Those looking to work off those calories can choose from an active adventure trip like snorkeling around the Galapagos or hiking and biking through Bali. Intrepid also has <a href="" target="_blank">tours dedicated to 18-29 year olds</a> including popular trips like Essential Vietnam and Essential Cambodia. They don’t forget about families either, with special trips to Northern India, Thailand and Peru <a href="" target="_blank">for kids and adults</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019</a></p><p>Full payment for all trips is required 56 days before departure. If booking within 56 days of departure, full payment is due upon booking. So make sure you’re fully committed mentally and financially before signing up, and as with anything, <a href="" target="_blank">read the terms and conditions</a> first.</p>
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Here's How Much Japan's New Tourist Tax Will Cost You

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 07:45
<p>Going to Japan on your next vacation? You are, of course, going to be given a warm welcome. But get ready to pay the taxman to get home.</p><p>Japan’s National Tax Agency Ministry in Finance announced on Monday that it will be implementing an “International Tourist Tax” (also known as a “sayonara tax”) on most international travelers visiting the country as they are leaving Japan, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Here’s how it works. On your return airline or cruise tickets, the companies you travel with will charge an extra tax and give it to the Japanese government. According to <em>USA Today</em>, the tax will amount to about 1,000 yen, or $9 USD, per person.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">National Tax Agency Ministry website</a>, the only people who are exempt from the tax will be airline crew members, people being deported or leaving the country by special means like a government plane, people who are staying in Japan for less than 24 hours, cruise passengers who are only in the country due to weather or other unforeseen causes, diplomats, state guests, U.S. and United Nations armed forces personnel, and children under 2.</p><p>As <em>USA Today </em>pointed out, since Tokyo is planning to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the new tax will generate millions in revenue. Still, there are some opponents to the tax who theorize that it could hurt the tourism industry in Japan.</p><p>Essentially, the tax will go towards tourism infrastructure “in an effort to make Japan the top tourist destination” and “create a more comfortable, stress-free tourist environment, improve access to information about a wide variety of attractions of Japan, [and] develop tourist resources taking advantage of the unique cultural and natural assets of respective regions,” it says on the <a href="" target="_blank">National Tax Agency Ministry website</a>.</p><p>Of course, <em>Travel + Leisure </em>has already named Japan the latest <a href="" target="_blank">Destination of the Year</a>. From its <a href="" target="_blank">exciting outdoor adventures</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">gorgeous island getaways</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">life-changing cuisine</a>, we're firm believers this destination is worth an extra $9.</p>
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A 7-hour Flight From Boston to L.A. Became a 30-hour 'Nightmare'

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 06:53
<p>Flying from coast to coast can be a brutal journey, but for travelers on a recent flight from Boston to Los Angeles, it became a nightmare.</p><p>Passengers on Alaska Airlines Flight 1367 from Boston Logan International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport were only meant to spend about seven hours in the air, but their coast-to-coast trek ended up taking 30 hours in total, <a href="" target="_blank">Boston 25 News reported</a>.</p><p>The passengers boarded their original flight on Saturday evening at Boston Logan, just after 6 p.m. and, unfortunately, their flight was already off to a poor start, <a href="" target="_blank">WCVB reported</a>. According to Boston 25, the plane sat for two hours before take off.</p><p>After 90 minutes people in the cabin began to smell an “electrical” type of smoke smell. “Like wires burning,” passenger Tiffany Devereaux told Boston 25. The electrical issues forced the plane crew to make an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York.</p><p>Once the plane landed in New York, passengers then had to wait in the Buffalo/Niagara International Airport for a new plane. According to Boston 25, some passengers claimed they did not receive any food while waiting, nor a place to sleep. It wasn’t until Sunday morning around 4 a.m. that passengers were able to board a new flight, which took them back to Boston so they could start their journey all over again, according to WCVB.</p><p>Sadly, the second flight from Boston was also plagued with issues. Passengers told Boston 25 that some luggage did not make it on the second flight from Boston, leaving dozens of people trying to sort out getting their lost belongings with the airline. The flight arrived late Sunday night, WCVB reported.</p><p>A spokesperson for Alaska Airlines extended the company’s apologies, saying to Boston 25, “We clearly failed them at several points and we deeply regret the experience that left them stranded for hours without support or communication. That experience is not the Alaska way and does not reflect our values.”</p><p>An investigation is currently underway as to what caused the ordeal.</p>
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This Cliffside Hot Tub in Maine Is Perfect For a Last-minute Winter Escape

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:15
<p>Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit on your winter getaway.</p><p>The Cliff House in Cape Neddick, Maine, has anything you could ever want in a New England resort, including lobster excursions, kayaking and coastal bike tours. But one thing any guest must do while they’re at The Cliff House is take advantage of the hotel’s outdoor, heated spa pools.</p><p>As the name suggests, the hotel is nestled next to the rugged, Maine cliffside. Perhaps one of the best amenities the hotel has to offer is the outdoor heated pool and outdoor hot tub that overlook the Atlantic ocean, right next to the cliff.</p><p>You’ve probably never had a better view from a hot tub.</p><p>And if it’s too cold to lounge on a deck chair outside, the indoor pool also has some comfy seating.</p><p>In addition to swimming and lounging, the hotel offers a full suite of spa services and treatments, <a href=";ts=7376a1a1-c355-4bd1-a623-0803e5a1fff5" target="_blank">including treatments</a> tailored especially to you getting a rejuvenating vacation.</p><p>While staying at The Cliff House, guests can also enjoy fine dining (with plenty of lobsters, no doubt) as well as take a trip to enjoy the local area restaurants and bars.</p><p>The prices per night to stay at The Cliff House starts at $279, and there’s still availability to grab that last minute winter vacation.</p><p>For more information, visit The Cliff House <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>
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Sleep Surrounded by Over 70 Lions at This Incredible South African Airbnb

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:00
<p>Many travelers look for rest and relaxation, while others are just looking for a roaring good time.</p><p>And at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">this Airbnb in South Africa</a>, that’s not hard to find. Literally.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Lion House</a>, an Airbnb home set right on the GG Conservation, offers guests a chance to sleep only a few feet away from over 70 lions that live in the sanctuary.</p><p>The three-bedroom house costs £84 (about $107 USD) per night, which is a pretty fair price considering not only the size of the accommodation, but also the unique chance to see a beautiful, but endangered, species up close.</p><p>In fact, the house’s host and conservation director, Suzanne Scott, told the Daily Mail that being surrounded by 360 degrees of lions can create a “surround sound” of roars.</p><p>But just in case sleeping next to some big cats makes you nervous, Suzanne Scott, the house’s host, says that the place is perfectly safe and has an electric fence for some extra security, according to the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p><p>“'The lions are all in lion camps - enclosures - behind strong fencing which is all to South Africa Nature Conservation standards for captive predators,” Scott said to the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p><p>And this place isn’t a simple shack, but a sweet and comfortable cottage. Guests can enjoy double beds in every room and a lovely outdoor patio with an outdoor barbeque and an excellent view of the feline residents, who have been known to come very close to the house. According to <em><a href=";utm_medium=social&amp;;utm_campaign=buffer-bi#scott-says-most-people-dont-know-that-lions-are-actually-considered-endangered-despite-being-at-the-top-of-the-food-chain-15" target="_blank">Insider</a></em>, Scott said that lions can be seen as close as 10 feet away from the property.</p><p>There’s also a full kitchen, a fireplace, and even WiFi, so you don’t have to wait to post those amazing Instagram pictures.</p><p>But, she says, the close proximity is a good way of making guests feel like they’re “part of the pride.” Though, being part of the pride also means supervised escorts on and off the land.</p><p>“The reason guests have to be escorted in and out of the property is because we have to drive through a lion camp,with double security gates to get in and out,” Scott said to Insider.</p><p>And since the cottage is on the conservation land, guests can get out and see plenty of gorgeous, natural sights while taking a hike on the mountain and even spot some other animals like zebras, ostriches, wildebeests, impalas, springbok, wildcats, and many more.</p><p>The booking fees also go towards the conservation, helping support and protect the lions in the sanctuary, as well.</p><p>“It's critical we conserve and protect the lions in our care. The wild lion species has declined from 500,000 to now approximately 20,000 in the space of 50 years,” Scott said to Insider.</p><p>More information on the Lion House can be found on the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">booking’s page on Airbnb</a>.</p>
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Your Cheap Norwegian Ticket Could Now Come With Free Wi-Fi

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 08:39
<p>You don’t necessarily have to give up your favorite amenities when you fly a <a href="" target="_blank">budget airline</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Norwegian Airlines</a> has become the first budget airline to offer free Wi-Fi to passengers on long-haul flights.</p><p>“From being the first European airline to launch free Wi-Fi on all short-haul flights followed by free live television, Norwegian’s rollout of high-quality inflight broadband services will offer business and leisure travellers even greater value at affordable fares,” Boris Bubresko, the airline’s vice president of business development, <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>.</p><p>Norwegian passengers will be able to get online using one of two options. The first option is free and allows basic surfing capabilities. Passengers can browse the web, scroll through social media, and send messages and emails during the entire flight.</p><p>Passengers who want something with a bit more oomph can opt to pay for the premium option. According to the airline, this connection will be fast enough to support movie, music and TV streaming to personal devices, from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and many other services. The cost of the connection will be $14.95 for a three-hour package.</p><img alt="Free wifi on board Norwegian flights "src=""><p>However, don’t bank on your upcoming flights having Wi-Fi. Not all planes are equipped and Norwegian Airlines is rolling out the technology over the next year. According to the airline, about half of its fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will have Wi-Fi installed by 2020.</p><p>Passengers should remember that Norwegian is still a budget airline and fees are likely to pop up if you want to go beyond minimal service. If you book the cheapest tickets, the airline charges fees to rebook tickets, reserve seats, and eat a meal.</p>
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The Best Time of Day to Book Your Next Flight (Video)

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 07:58
<p>Looking to get the best flight deal? Better set an alarm.</p><p>Being an early riser may have even more benefits than you might have realized, including getting some choice discounts on airfare, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Lonely Planet</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Skyscanner, a travel fare aggregator website, broke down exactly <a href="" target="_blank">the best times to book your next flight in 2019</a>, all the way down to the hour, in a new report published earlier this month.</p><p>According to Skyscanner’s research, the best time to book on any given day is around 5 a.m.</p><p>So, it’s true that the early bird gets the worm. Or, the flight deal, that is.</p><p>In addition, whether you want to save on domestic or international flights, you should also fire up your laptop on Sunday. And yes, that means being awake at 5 a.m. on Sunday if you really want the best deal. Hopefully you won’t be too tired from Saturday night. Mondays have a slightly higher average rate, according to Skyscanner. But that would also mean getting up even earlier for work.</p><p>Skyscanner also recommended that travelers book their flights two months in advance for international routes, and two to three weeks in advance for domestic.</p><p>And if you really, really want to hedge your bets on getting the best deal, you’ll not only take all the advice mentioned above, but also opt to travel in January, February, August or September.</p><p>The fare website also analyzed the best times to book flights to certain cities, including New York, Chicago, Orlando, Las Vegas, Boston, Miami, Honolulu and Los Angeles, as well as international flights. The research not only includes how far out your should book, but also the best months to travel to these cities.</p><p>To see the research on getting a better flight deal for yourself, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Skyscanner website</a>.</p>
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New York City's New Museum of the Dog Is Home to the World's Largest Collection of Canine Fine Art

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 07:40
<p>Sure, the <a href="" target="_blank">Metropolitan Museum of Art</a>, the Guggenheim, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Natural History</a> are all excellent curators of history and art in New York City. But, there’s a new exhibit in town that really has tails wagging.</p><p>On Friday, Feb. 8, the American Kennel Club will officially re-open its doors for the <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of the Dog</a> in New York City at its new location just steps away from Grand Central Station.</p><p>What will canine fans find there? According to a <a href="" target="_blank">press release</a>, the museum will be filled with the world's largest collections of canine fine art.</p><img alt="Movie Posters at the Museum of the Dog "src=""><p>“It is exciting to bring this collection back to New York City," Alan Fausel, Executive Director, AKC Museum of the Dog, shared in a statement. "This Museum is a beautiful ode to man's best friend and we are thrilled to bring these pieces and exhibitions to new audiences."</p><p>Inside the museum visitors will find works by Sir Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl, Arthur Wardle and more. But, it’s not just paintings. As the museum explained, it will also be home to rare porcelains and bronzes along with a library filled with information visitors can peruse to learn more about their favorite dog breeds. Its first exhibit is titled, "For the Love of All Things Dog.”</p><img alt="Opening of the Museum of the Dog "src=""><p>But, don’t get it twisted, this museum is a thoroughly modern one as well. Inside the two-story museum, guests will also be able to take part in fun activities such as "Find Your Match," where they enter a photo booth that takes their photo and matches them with their lookalike AKC-registered dog breed.</p><p>For children, the museum will also launch a new app where kids (and kids at heart) can interact with exhibits and a virtual tour guide dog named “Arty.” But, if you’re looking for the real deal, we’re sorry to say no dogs will be allowed. However, if you’re feeling inspired after your visit you could always <a href="" target="_blank">go and adopt a new best friend. </a></p>
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The Milky Way Is on Course to Collide With Another Galaxy, Causing 'Cosmic Fireworks' Like Nothing We've Ever Seen (Video)

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 07:05
<p>The Milky Way Galaxy — home to planet Earth — is on a collision course with another interstellar body, a spiral of stars known as the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). When the two finally meet it will not only create a massive black hole, but it may also fling our solar system thousands of lightyears away.</p><p>That might sound scary, but don’t worry too much, as this isn’t expected to happen for another few billion years.</p><p>In a new report published in <em>Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society</em><i>, </i>researchers from Durham University theorize that our galaxy and its closest neighbor will run into one another in one billion to four billion years. While the event could potentially be harmful to humans who may still be on Earth, it will also put on a light show we 21st-century kids couldn’t even dream of.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">9 Travel Tips Astronauts Have Taken from Space to Earth</a></p><p>“The discovery made me very excited!” the study’s lead author Marius Cautun, Ph.D., told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Inverse</a></em>. “Initially, both my collaborators and I were surprised and, because we didn’t expect it, a bit skeptical. This happens many times with new discoveries.”</p><p>So what exactly will go down in a few billion years? According to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, when the Milky Way absorbs the LMC, the black hole that sits in the center of our galaxy could inflate to about eight times its normal size. That will make it easy to ingest any stars or matter near it. That, explained, may even turn the black hole into what is known as a quasar, which would make it one of the brightest objects in the entire universe.</p><p>As Carlos Frenk, the study’s co-author, wrote, it will be “a spectacular display of cosmic fireworks as the newly awakened supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy reacts by emitting jets of extremely bright energetic radiation.”</p><p>Our solar system will likely be safe, but there’s still a chance we too will be ejected.</p><p>“The collision will not affect directly the Solar System, however, it will trigger a secondary chain of events that can pose a danger to life,” Cautun added. “Any such change is very dangerous for life, since even small variations in the distance between the Earth and the Sun can move our planet outside the Goldilocks zone and make it either too hot or too cold for life.”</p><p>Maybe <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Branson</a> and Elon Musk should team up to make interstellar travel happen sooner rather than later. You know, just to be safe.</p>
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TSA Agents Aren’t Getting Paid During the Government Shutdown — but They’re Still Working to Keep Us Safe

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 17:37
<p>The government shutdown is entering its third week with little end in sight. That means thousands of federal workers are going on their third straight week without a paycheck. And that includes those already undervalued and overworked Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents.</p><p>In case you were unaware, TSA employees are some of the lowest-paid federal workers, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Money</a></em>. Yet, throughout the shutdown agents have been reporting to work, getting yelled at by passengers, and doing a truly thankless job without the promise of a paycheck during the busiest travel time of the year.<br /><br />“As far as we’re concerned, a lot of us still live paycheck to paycheck,” Victor Payes, a TSA officer based in Los Angeles who represents his colleagues in his local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) union, told <i>Money</i>. “It’s hard to plan a budget for these types of crises for any extended period of time.”</p><p>And really, these officers have no choice but to do their jobs as they are considered “essential” government employees, which means they are expected to show up regardless of a shutdown. This, agents shared with <i>Money,</i> has lowered morale and forced many workers to re-think their own travel plans.</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a> reported, some agents have started either calling out sick, or taking up a side hustle like driving for a ride-sharing service like Lyft or Uber to make ends meet. However, this could be leading to fewer officers on duty or sleepless ones at best. But, as the TSA itself tweeted, travelers should have nothing to worry about.</p><p>“Security effectiveness will not be compromised and performance standards will not change,” the agency shared. “TSA is grateful to the agents who show up to work, remain focused on the mission and respectful to the traveling public as they continue the important work necessary to secure the nation’s transportation systems.”</p><p>Still, many agents just want the shutdown to end so they can focus on their jobs and not worry about their paychecks.</p><p>“If it’s the wall you’re concerned about and not your federal employees, some of us live paycheck to paycheck, and the TSA is already one of the lowest paid federal agencies,” Juan Casarez, a TSA officer and president of his local union chapter, told <i>Money</i>. “Take into consideration that federal workers have families.”</p><p>What can travelers do to help? First and foremost, it’s crucial to plan ahead. This means actually leaving plenty of time for airport security and getting there at least two hours in advance of your flight. If TSA agents do call out there will be fewer on duty, thus leading to longer lines at security.</p><p>Next, be aware of <a href="" target="_blank">all the rules and be prepared to follow them</a>. For example, do not attempt to bring liquids in your carry-on bags, be prepared to take off your shoes, and also be prepared to remove any electronics larger than a cell phone from your luggage. When you get to the front of the security line remove everything from your pockets, remove your shoes, belt, hat, and outer jacket, and listen to every command the agent may have for you.</p><p>Finally, say thank you. These people are here to keep you safe and keep the line moving, and right now they are doing it for free. So please, above all, be kind.</p>
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Escape the Winter Cold With $59 Flights to the Caribbean

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 16:50
<p>The weather outside may still be frightful, but this airfare sale from <a href=";gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank">Norwegian</a> is more than delightful.</p><p>On Monday, Norwegian Airlines announced a sale on airfare to the Caribbean with some one-way tickets from New York City going for as low as $59. According to <a href="" target="_blank">MarketWatch</a>, flights include routes from New York to the islands of Martinique or Guadeloupe. But that’s not all. The airline is also offering steep deals on flights from Providence, Rhode Island or Stewart Airport in New York to <a href="" target="_blank">Dublin</a> for just $99 one way.</p><p>But, like all good things, this too comes with a bit of fine print: The flights are just for one-way fares and return fares may run above $100. Additionally, the tickets are likely only to be good for travel between Jan. 14 and March 31.</p><p>If Dublin or the Caribbean isn’t quite doing it for you, hold tight, as experts believe there are still more good deals to be had.</p><p>“The period from now through the middle of February (when school vacations start) is arguably the cheapest time to fly not just within the US but everywhere,” George Hobica, the founder of airfare deals site <a href="" target="_blank">AirfareWatchdog</a>, said in a statement. Moreover, the travel app Hopper predicts January will also see a 3.2 percent drop in domestic round-trip flight prices, which could translate to an average price of $220.</p><p>“The winter period is starting with low prices through January, but we expect prices to rise after that, starting in February to $235 round-trip. Prices will gradually rise through the winter and spring until peaking in June, likely around $260 round-trip,” Patrick Surry, the chief data scientist at Hopper, added in the statement.</p><p>As for why all the deals are happening this month, Gabe Saglie, an editor and anchor at <a href="" target="_blank">Travelzoo</a> noted that January is the month we are all “getting back to reality, not thinking about a vacation.” This creates more need for deals so people buy. “The result is some of the best airfare, hotel and vacation package pricing we’ll see all year,” Saglie noted.</p><p>So, why not go take advantage of the low prices and <a href="" target="_blank">book your dream spring break trip now</a>?</p>
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Flights to Canada Are About to Get Super Cheap — Here's Where to Go (Video)

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 11:15
<p>This year may just be the year of <a href="" target="_blank">Canada</a>. At least when it comes to travel.</p><p>Earlier this week, the vacation booking website Kayak released its 2019 Travel Hacker Guide. In it, the site breaks down the best times to fly, trending destinations, and all the deals would-be travelers can get throughout the year. And Canada seems to be the real star of the show.</p><p>Navigating over to Kayak’s “<a href="" target="_blank">When to Fly</a>” section, users will find that the northern country appears a whopping eight times as a destination to visit throughout the year. Here’s a bit more breakdown on when and where you should be planning your next Canadian getaway.</p><img alt="Kelowna, BC, Canada "src=""><h2>June: Kelowna</h2><p>According to Kayak, flights to Kelowna, Canada will be dirt cheap in June. That is when travelers will see a 16 percent price drop from tickets in 2018 and can even score a seat for as low as $272. And truly, this is an ideal time to visit the stunning region and <a href="" target="_blank">experience its plentiful wine vineyards</a>.</p><h2>September: Ontario</h2><p>What’s better than fall leaf peeping in Ontario? Answer: Nothing. According to Kayak, September is prime time to visit Ontario as flights will run as low as $252, which marks a 21 percent price drop from last year. Even though September feels far away now is still a great time to <a href="" target="_blank">plan your fall escape</a>.</p><h2>October: Winnipeg</h2><p>This October, Kayak wants you to think about heading to <a href="" target="_blank">Winnipeg</a>, the capital of the province of Manitoba. The city has plenty to offer just about everyone and may be the ideal place for a short family getaway. There, families can enjoy the park zoo, take part in one of its many festivals, watch a professional hockey game, or head out to experience the great outdoors.</p><img alt="Vancouver, BC, Canada "src=""><h2>November: Vancouver</h2><p>For a truly cosmopolitan experience, plan a trip to the city of Vancouver this November when flights are hovering around $253, according to Kayak. In the city, visitors will be delighted by its world-class culinary scene, stunning art scene, and epic outdoor experiences. Check out these <a href="" target="_blank">eight points of interest</a> to start planning now.</p><h2>December: Calgary, Quebec, Montreal, and Halifax</h2><p>December is a bumper month for Canadian tourism, according to Kayak. That is when visitors will find flights to <a href="" target="_blank">Calgary</a> for a median price of $312, flights to <a href="" target="_blank">Quebec</a> for around $328, more to <a href="" target="_blank">Montreal</a> for $295, and <a href="" target="_blank">Halifax</a> for $366. Though really, no matter where or when you go, odds are your <a href="" target="_blank">vacation to Canada</a> will be one for the 2019 record books.</p>
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This Hotel Has an In-house Clairvoyant Who Will Search Your Soul at the Spa

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 11:00
<p>We love to share the experiences of others, explain the fabulous locations you should visit on your next vacation, and tell you about the incredible amenities you can score while you’re there. So, when I walked into the <a href="" target="_blank">Four Seasons Beverly Hills</a> for a very different kind of spa experience — one that was <em>all</em> about me — I was more than a bit apprehensive and tense enough to warrant the treatment.</p><p>Luckily for me, I was in not only the warm embrace of the <a href="" target="_blank">famous Four Seasons bathrobes</a>, but I was also in the loving hands of <a href="" target="_blank">Deganit Nuur</a>, a world-renowned spiritual teacher and acupuncturist who is now a resident healer at the <a href="" target="_blank">Four Seasons New York</a>. During my treatment, Nuur walked me through my life, pointed out my struggles, and helped forge a path forward for my success. And she did it all with her adorable mutt <a href="" target="_blank">Bentley</a> by her side.</p><p>As I sat in the waiting area, I felt a little rush of blood hit my face as I tried to shake off the nerves before the treatment. But, as soon as Nuur emerged — Bentley by her side and an ear-to-ear smile across her face — I knew everything would be OK.</p><p>We entered the treatment room, which is the same room for a massage or a facial at the Four Seasons. Nuur, as bubbly and kind as a human can be, lit up the dim room with a personal energy that was palpable even to a semi-skeptic like me.</p><p>After chatting about her travels, her time in Los Angeles, and asking if I can pet Bentley just one more time, Nuur walked me through what would happen during our 60-minute session: She’d apply a few strategically-placed oils as pressure points so I’d relax and open myself up as she allowed her visions to flow in. (In New York, Nuur will apply acupuncture needles but due to California licensing laws she relies on acupressure instead).</p><img alt="Smudging at the Four Seasons "src=""><p>“Can you stick your tongue out for me,” she asked as she pressed down on my arms. As I did she immediately responded by asking about how much I had worked that day. I laughed before stammering out that I typically get up at 6 a.m. and end somewhere around 8 p.m. She told me we’d get to that, but that it was clear from both my energy and the color of my tongue that I was working harder, not smarter, all too often.</p><p>She then sat beside me and told me I could close my eyes and just breathe. Her visions, from what she described as my different spiritual guides, were coming in.</p><p>From there, she described my daily life in such detail that I’d swear she had spent the last week straight with me. Her clarity on my struggles and triumphs was so detailed that I will humbly admit I teared up hearing someone else describe it.</p><p>Nurr didn’t leave me wallowing in sorrow. Instead, she helped guide me through a few answers I was looking for and reaffirmed things I had already known, though it was all the more assuring coming from a third-party person whom I had never met, emailed, or spoken with before. Her biggest advice to me was to learn to say no more often.</p><p>In fact, she wrote it in a prescription form for me on a notepad which read, “The more I execute my power, the more powerful I feel.” It was her personal mantra gift to me as I departed.</p><p>Moreover, Nuur gifted me a small satchel filled with gifts to help me through my personal journey. In a handwritten note Nuur said, “Dear Stacey, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be of service to you! These are a few of my favorite spiritual things. The prism will bring in more light into your life as well as prevent stagnation. Red jasper will protect you. Tree agate will promote integrity with love. Clear quartz will keep you aligned with your path and purpose. Sage will clear your aura and space of toxicity. Palo Santo will aid in transformation. I custom-made an essential oil blend when channeling your energy. This will help with intuition, path, purpose, ease, peace and permanence, apply to your inner-wrist and your heart space. Much light, Deganit.”</p><p>The personal mantra now sits at my desk while the crystals reside happily in my pocket wherever I travel. Nuur will happily do the same for all of her visitors at the Four Seasons who are looking to gain a bit more insight and clarity into their own inner workings during their travels. All you need to do is be open to the possibilities (and <a href="" target="_blank">book an appointment here</a>).</p>
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This Trick Will Help You Type and Send Messages Faster on Your iPhone (Video)

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 10:46
<p>We all lead busy lives, so why should our smartphones slow us down?</p><p>If you were lucky enough to receive a new iPhone over the holidays or are just getting used to a new update, you might also be looking for ways to use your new tech toy in a more efficient way.</p><p>According to<em> <a href="" target="_blank">TIME</a></em>, there are quite a few tricks you can use to make your iPhone experience smarter, faster, and a lot better, especially when it comes to sending texts and staying connected with important people in your life.</p><p>Turns out, you don’t have to resign yourself to using the default keyboard on your phone. Many savvy iPhone users are now downloading keyboard apps that help them type and send messages faster.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Secret iPhone Hack Will Turn Your Phone Into a Flight Tracker</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Google’s Gboard</a> app is an especially good option for ex-Android users who prefer to swipe over letters to text or even search the internet within the keyboard app by selecting words. And for those who wish to use their more obscure characters and symbols without clicking on a dozen buttons, the app <a href="" target="_blank">UniChar</a> makes those symbols far more accessible.</p><p>And as for those who prefer to use shorthand to get their messages out, the app <a href="" target="_blank">TextExpander</a> lets you create shortcuts for your most commonly used phrases and sentences so you can tell your family you’re on your way home or send a nice “I love you” text with the click of a handful of letters. It certainly beats writing out everything.</p><p>But if you won’t want to download yet another app, Apple’s default <a href="" target="_blank">Shortcuts app is also useful</a> for programming in your most used phrases with a quick shorthand phrase that is easier to type.</p><p>You can stay connected easier than ever now that you don’t have to painstakingly type out every important text.</p>
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Cole Haan Just Launched Its First Athletic Sneaker — and It's the Do-it-all Travel Shoe We've Been Waiting for

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 10:31
<p>It's rare that a shoe can seamlessly transition from work to workout without feeling like it's far better suited for one over the other. Cole Haan's fresh drop, the <a href="" target="_blank">Zerogrand All-day Trainer</a>, however, is quite the contender.</p><p>Some of the brand's classic styles — like the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tali Bow Ballet Flat</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Zerogrand Oxford</a> — are already beloved by travelers for their comfort and versatility. These are shoes you can wear for a business meeting or a casual day of gallery hopping, but the new sneaker takes the brand a step further (puns always intended) into fitness footwear territory.</p><p>And while the concept of a “<a href="" target="_blank">dress sneaker</a>” isn't necessarily new, the execution is near-perfect with the All-day Trainer. They'll just as easily add character to a monochromatic, cropped ankle suit as they would prop up your <a href="" target="_blank">favorite leggings</a> and sports bra combo. While we're at it, they're a prime contender for the <a href="" target="_blank">dress-and-sneakers look</a> come spring, too. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">These Comfort Shoe Brands Make the Best Travel Shoes</a></p><p>Style notes aside, let's talk technical features. Each make of the All-day Trainer is built around a super supportive insole, which incorporates a proprietary leather heel chassis for 360-degree support, a compression-molded foam footbed, and a cored-out rubber outsole to keep things lightweight. All this adds up to a bouncy step that doesn't feel bulky to walk on. They've even been tested in a multitude of interval training workouts — from weight lifting to jumping rope and more — and the silhouette has remained sharp enough for any office. </p><h2>Men's Zerogrand All-day Trainer</h2><img alt="cole haan new sneakers "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $220 (available in six colorways)</p><h2>Women's Zerogrand All-day Trainer</h2><img alt="cole haan new sneakers "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150 (available in four colorways)</p><p>For women, there is also a slip-on, sock-boot silhouette (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150), which incorporates the same performance features, but ups the trend quotient.</p>
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The Cheapest Disneyland Ticket Is Now Over $100 Thanks to an Unexpected Price Hike

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 09:26
<p>Entering the Disneyland Park gates to see Sleeping Beauty Castle, ride Haunted Mansion and transport to a land straight from "Star Wars" is now going to cost more money.</p><p>Disneyland Resort raised single and multi-day ticket admission across the board over the weekend, with prices increasing an average of 8%, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Orange County Register</em></a>.</p><p>The Anaheim, California resort, which operates two theme parks, a downtown district and three hotels, sells single-day admission on a calendar across three time periods: Value, Regular and Peak. Single-day Value tickets now cost $104 (a $7 increase from $97) and Regular tickets now cost $129 (a $12 increase from $117) for adult admission to one park.</p><p>A one-park ticket during summer, holidays or other busy times of year will now cost $149 per adult and $141 per child. <em>The Orange County Register</em> reports that in 2000, admission was $43, thus tripling over the span of nineteen years.</p><p>“Park Hopper” admission granting single-day access to both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure will cost $154, $179 and $199 during Value, Regular and Peak periods respectively; children’s single-day park hopper admission is now $148, $172 and $191.</p><p>Two-day and multi-day tickets, which operate outside dynamic pricing, also increased in price, as did all annual passes. Parking now costs $25, and MaxPass, the digital system that allows guests to quickly book FastPasses from their phone instead of walking between kiosks, will cost $15.</p><p>Still, park admission increases, which have been occurring annually and typically in February, have not seemed to affect Disneyland crowds. The Anaheim parks are always busy and often bustling, with these price hikes serving as somewhat of a necessary burden in anticipation of <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge</a> opening this summer.</p><p>If you’re a Southern California resident — and want to visit the parks prior to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening this June — you’re in luck. Disneyland Resort also re-introduced its <a href="" target="_blank">SoCal Resident Ticket</a>, which offers a staggering discount over standard admission. The limited time only 3-Day ticket functions like a short annual pass, letting you visit The Happiest Place On Earth three times between now and May 23. 1-Park tickets cost $179, 2-Park “Park Hopper” tickets cost $234 and both are blacked out between April 14 and April 22, allowing for admission on days many annual passes aren’t even granted access, letting locals get their fill of the park without feeling the burn of higher prices.</p>
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Disneyland’s New ‘Star Wars’ Ride Is Opening in June — and Your Score Will Haunt You for the Rest of Your Visit

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 09:06
<p>It appears that the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is on the horizon — and approaching quickly.</p><p>The immersive, 14-acre theme park land at Disneyland Resort will officially open in June, according to a <i>Barrons</i> interview with <a href="" target="_blank">The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger</a>. Walt Disney World’s version, located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, is slated to open late fall of 2019.</p><p>What will guests find when they finally reach the far-flung fictional planet of Batuu? An open-air marketplace, filled with characters, shops and intergalactic experiences. <em>Barrons</em> cites that Imagineers visited <a href="" target="_blank">Morocco</a> and even <a href="" target="_blank">Istanbul</a> to lend authentic detail to the the shops and trading posts, which will be as themed as "Star Wars" movie sets themselves. Customizable droids that interact with the land — <em>Barrons</em> gives one signaling for nearby Stormtroopers as an example — are slated to be a hot-ticket item.</p><p>New details about the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, the banner attraction that will allow fans to<a href="" target="_blank"> pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy</a>, were also revealed. The ship will look and feel like the real deal — and, as anticipated, will seat six passengers for an intimate experience. <i>Barrons</i> also confirmed rumors that <a href="" target="_blank">how you fly the ship</a> will affect your time spent in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land, and your reputation will precede you. Do a poor job (or a phenomenal one) piloting the Millennium Falcon and the shopkeepers and citizens of Black Spire Outpost — the “location” of Star Wars Land — will know. That’s right: for the very first time, your experience on an attraction can and will affect what happens while you wander around a Disney park.</p><p>Much of the soon-to-open land’s second attraction, Rise of the Resistance, is under wraps, but new details prove it’s shaping up to be just as thrilling, if not more so. Droid-powered vehicles will take passengers on a cinematic-like journey from a Resistance base to possibly escape from First Order denizens. Expect a bone-chilling meeting with Kylo Ren, an up-close encounter with AT-ATs and an <a href="" target="_blank">army of fifty Stormtroopers</a>.</p><p>The Millennium Falcon ride and Rise of the Resistance attractions will open at both Star Wars Land experiences at Disneyland Park in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Oga’s Cantina, the bar serving intergalactic cocktails, will also open at both, but serve as the <a href="" target="_blank">first bar in Disneyland to sell alcohol</a>. No timeline or opening date for Walt Disney World’s <a href="" target="_blank">Star Wars-themed hotel</a> has yet been announced.</p>
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These Are the Most Affordable Countries to Buy a Vacation Home

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 07:44
<p>If you’re looking for a place to get away without the hassle of a hotel booking, purchasing a second home may be a great option.</p><p>That is, of course, if you have the money. Purchasing a second home is a big decision, so it’s important to consider the price as well as the location of your new place, especially if it’s in an international locale.</p><p>, luckily, has analyzed real estate data from 36 developed countries in order to rank the least expensive places for travelers who want to own a second home outside their home country, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em> reported</a>. All rankings are based on the price of the homes per square foot.</p><p>If you are in the market for a second home in a new country, found that Turkey is the most affordable place to shop, with an average of $69 per square foot when it comes to available homes.</p><p>In addition, analyzed local real estate markets to calculate how much homeowners must make for an affordable home. In Turkey, home owners must make a salary of just over $17,000 per year in order to afford a 742-square-foot home, according to <em>USA Today</em>.</p><p>Technically, the United States ranked number 2 overall (and 10th in terms of price per square foot), at $197 per square foot and a salary of just over $44,000 for a 649 square-foot-home.</p><p>In third place overall (but second place in terms of price per foot), shoppers in Mexico will be happy to know that their second homes cost, on average, about $90 per square foot, but also requires a salary of just under $14,000 for a 462-square-foot home.</p><p>Also among the rankings are Russia, at $120 per square foot (and a salary of just under $17,000 for a 415-square-foot home), Greece, at $149 per square foot (and a salary of just over $17,000 for a 342-square-foot home), and Italy, at $311-per square-foot (and a salary of just over $26,000 for a 251-square-foot home).</p><p>For the full list of rankings, see the data on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>
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Over 3,500 People Were Stung in a Jellyfish 'Invasion' Over the Weekend

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 07:22
<p>It’s official: The jellyfish uprising has begun.</p><p>Over the weekend, thousands of people were victims of jellyfish stings along the coast of Australia, in what experts are calling an “epidemic.”</p><p>The jellyfish stings took place along both the <a href="" target="_blank">Gold Coast</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Sunshine Coast</a>, located north of Brisbane, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a>. Combined, more than 3,500 people were stung in both locations by the bluebottle jellyfish species.</p><p>The species, the <a href="" target="_blank">Australian Museum</a> explained, are often referred to as Portuguese Man o' War. The creature isn’t just one single animal, but rather what the museum explained as a “colony of four kinds of highly modified individuals (zooids). The zooids are dependent on one another for survival.”</p><p>Together, the zooids create a sail-like shape. And when the wind picks up, the jellyfish can travel long distances until they reach the shore.</p><p>“I have never seen anything like this — ever,” Surf Life Saving duty officer Jeremy Sturges told “Not everyone reacts the same way but there have been very serious reactions.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a> further reported, the onslaught of bluebottle jellyfish may be due to unusually strong northeasterly swell conditions, which pushed the jellyfish onshore. There, the sea creatures clumped together and have wreaked havoc. Because of this, lifeguards have been forced to close several popular beaches.</p><p>And, as Sturges importantly noted, these shoreline jellyfish are just as dangerous as the ones in the water.</p><p>“People have been hurt as they just walk along the shoreline. Don’t pick it up, don’t walk on it or you will be stung,” he said.</p><p>If you happen to be stung by a bluebottle, Queensland Ambulance has a bit of advice. It tweeted, “If you’re stung by a bluebottle try and pick off the tentacles with a towel or other object, rinse the area with seawater, place the affected area in warm water and, if needed, apply ice packs. Avoid using vinegar if it’s clearly a bluebottle sting.”</p><p>The stinging isn’t likely to subside soon. According to the Australian Museum, about 10,000 to 30,000 stings are reported along the east coast of Australia each year. However, it’s key to note that no fatalities have been confirmed from these animals in the Southern Hemisphere, according to the museum. Still, maybe avoid any adorable blue sailing jellyfish around you just to be safe.</p>
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Border Patrol Agents Found 4 Kittens Hidden in a ‘Bulge’ in a Man’s Pants

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 06:54
<p>People have attempted to smuggle all kinds of contraband through airports for many years: <a href="" target="_blank">birds in hair rollers</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">$50,000 worth of gold “paste,”</a> and even a <a href="" target="_blank">live tiger</a>.</p><p>But one man in Singapore attempted to get his precious — but illicit — loot through security in a pretty unorthodox way.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">CTV News,</a> the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority at the Tuas vehicle checkpoint in Singapore caught a man traveling from Malaysia with a suspicious bit of cargo inside his pants: four live kittens.</p><p>The ICA posted about the ordeal on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, saying that officers heard “meowing sounds coming from a bulge in [the man’s] pants.” Thankfully it wasn’t a dangerous situation, but it certainly seemed like an awkward one.</p><p>The kittens were safely retrieved and are being cared for by the Agri-Food &amp; Veterinary Authority of Singapore, according to CTV News.</p><p>According to the ICA’s Facebook post, while kittens themselves are definitely not illegal in the country, any animals with unknown health status are not allowed, since they could possibly introduce a myriad of diseases, including rabies, to Singapore. Anyone caught with animals without proper paperwork could face a “maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine, imprisonment for up to a year, or both,” according to the ICA.</p><p>It is unclear what penalty the smuggler will have to pay for this cargo of kittens. His name has not been released to news outlets.</p><p>In addition, the ICA noted that some smugglers use live animals to conceal other contraband, such as some “security items,” so even intercepting a pant-load of cute kittens is extremely important for authorities. It’s not clear if the man had an ulterior motive, though. It’s possible that he just loved cats.</p><p>The kittens are now under quarantine, but hopefully will be fully inspected and sent to good homes.</p><p>Clearly trying to hide from the border control is truly an impawsible task. Next time, he may want to opt for a roomier carrier – and preferably not in his slacks.</p>
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