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The Cities Where It's Cheaper to Uber Than Own a Car

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 16:38
<p>Services like Uber and Lyft have become popular options for people large urban centers like New York City and Los Angeles, especially for late trips home or commuting at odd hours. But many people treat these rides as once-in-a-while luxuries rather than their usual go-to.</p><p>Getting around in a big city is expensive no matter what mode of transportation you use, but according to a new study even private rides everywhere you need to go could be cheaper than owning a vehicle.</p><p>According to a <a href="https://www.kleinerperkins.com/perspectives/internet-trends-report-2018" target="_blank">2018 internet trends report</a> by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, taking an Uber everywhere – namely to and from work – could be cheaper than owning a car in the cities of New York City, <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/los-angeles" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, Washington D.C., and <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a>.</p><p>The report takes into account vehicle maintenance, insurance, gas, and parking in calculating cost, as well as peak commuter times for “suburbs to city center trips mirroring the average commuting distance for the metro area.” According to the report, the average cost of owning a car in New York City is $218 per week, versus $142 in Uber rides. In Chicago, the average cost to own was $116 perweek, versus $77 to hail. In Washington D.C., it was $130 compared to $96, and in Los Angeles, $89 compared to $62.</p><p>Of course, average costs do not account for price surging in especially busy times, and major cities also have public transit. In New York City, for example, an unlimited ride monthly MetroCard is $121, and a weekly unlimited card costs $32.</p>
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Save 30% off Stays at This Whimsical, Design-Forward Hotel in South Beach

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 15:01
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Miami: 30 percent off the <a href="https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=61889&amp;Chain=16500&amp;promo=TRAVEL" target="_blank">Mondrian South Beach</a>, a whimsical, Marcel Wanders-designed sleep with views of Biscayne Bay. Lounge in a hammock by the pool or borrow a bike and pedal to the beach. </p><p>The Mondrian’s Operation Vacation package includes:</p>One night in a Bay View Suite A bottle of rosé upon arrivalJet ski rentals Use of a poolside cabanaA 50-minute massage at GUYandGIRL Breakfast for two<p>Original Price: From $1,099 per night.</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> $759 per night; valid for stays from August 1 to October 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Book with code TRAVEL.</p><p>Availability: Not available for bookings over Friday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 5</p>
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Why Cuba’s Southern Coast Should Be on Every Angler’s Bucket List

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 13:00
<p>I stood in the bow of our skiff, scanning the water. Behind me, on a platform in the stern, our guide Felipe Rodriguez poled us along, gondolier-style. It was sunny—ideal for visibility—but what the sun gave, the 25 mile-an-hour wind took, obscuring our view of the underwater world. Fly-fishing for bonefish has an aspect of hunting, but it always takes awhile before I can recognize my quarry. Until I could make out the ghostly shadow of a moving bonefish, Felipe would be my eyes. Every now and then, I caught a fleeting glimpse of a few bonefish in the lee of the low-lying mangroves. Ahead, all the way to the horizon, was a windswept expanse of emerald green, aquamarine, and sun-bleached white.</p><p>For fly-rod anglers, catching bonefish—silver-scaled creatures that inhabit the sun-drenched tidal flats of the tropics—is supremely challenging and rewarding. You must stalk with stealth: a sudden movement or errant cast will send the fish rocketing for deeper water. I've fished for them off the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/what-lies-beneath-october-2001" target="_blank">Yucatán </a>and the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/florida-keys" target="_blank">Florida Keys</a>, but I've long been entranced by the story of baseball immortal Ted Williams, who caught 40 bonefish one day in Cuba and called it the best fishing of his life. So last fall, when my old friend Tom Rosenbauer, now marketing manager at the Orvis Company, called to tell me about a trip he had put together off Cuba's southern coast with five other anglers, I was in.</p><img alt="Fly fishing gear strapped to a car in Cuba "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530147830/fishing-rods-on-car-in-cuba-FLYFISHCUBA0718.jpg?itok=iMc11lAO"><p>Despite recent changes in regulations, U.S. citizens can still travel to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/cuba" target="_blank">Cuba</a> easily, provided they spend a couple of days engaging with Cuban culture and meeting locals. That makes it harder for individuals to plan a trip but doesn't change much for organized tours. Orvis made the arrangements, hooking us up with a great guide, Orlando Ochoa Méndez, a DJ who told us he'd learned English by listening to Eminem. We started with a whirlwind tour of Havana, a part of the trip I thought would feel rote but wound up being a hit. We roamed art galleries and a museum, attended a living-room concert by a folk singer, and marveled at a workshop where jalopies are restored to their shining 1950s glory. We drank mojitos copiously and had a supernal suckling pig at Al Carbon. There was live music everywhere. You couldn't help walking around with a mambo bounce in your step.</p><p>Our fishing destination was located across the island, near the Bay of Pigs. A decommissioned army tank marked our turnoff to the Hotel Playa Larga. Not a luxury hotel, but fine for a fish camp: clean rooms, functioning air conditioners, screens to keep the bugs out, and plenty of hot water. From there it was an hour's drive to our boat launch. Each day, our group of anglers bumped along through a thick coastal forest and past tidal lagoons where pelicans and roseate spoonbills gathered. We drove to Ciénega de Zapata National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve whose mangrove forests and coral reefs are among the few places in this hemisphere that look virtually unchanged from the day the first humans arrived there. No more than 10 catch-and-release fishing boats per day are allowed into its 2,425 square miles—a far cry from the crowded waters of the Florida Keys and the Bahamas.</p><p>Our party set out in shallow-draft boats. Tom was my fishing partner. After a frustrating morning of trying to make out fish in the wind-whipped water, we came up on a sheltered area, no bigger than a walk-in closet, among the mangroves. I saw a fin flicker. I cast. The fish took my fly. It was all I could do to keep it out of the mangroves before my line got completely entangled. Not exactly your classic open-water bonefish run, but at least I'd put a score on the board.</p><img alt="Fly fishing in Cuba "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530147830/fly-fishing-paladar-FLYFISHCUBA0718.jpg?itok=y-K7YzW9"><p>That night, we rehashed the events in the hotel bar, an alfresco affair under a thatched roof. As we sipped, a quartet with a guitar and conga drums played what sounded like a love song. When I listened to the words, it turned out they were singing about Commander Che and his "querida presencia" (beloved presence). Come to think of it, I suppose it was a love song of sorts.</p><p>We had dinner at La Terraza de Mily, a paladar nearby. The specialty was local seafood: crabs, broiled rock lobster, and grilled snapper, served with rice and beans, fried plantains, or crispy yuca. On the nights that followed, we ate on the beach to the accompaniment of Afro-Cuban bands and some spontaneous mambo performances. My favorite restaurant was Don Alexis, where, because of a power outage, we dined by the light of the owner's motor scooter. Our long table sat next to a charcoal grill where the chef produced lobster, blue crabs, and red snapper—simply cooked and simply served. They don't do fancy in Cuba.</p><p>On our third day, Tom and I each caught eight or nine good-size bonefish, but soon it was time to rendezvous with the group. We cruised past saltwater flats and a string of mangrove hammocks. Suddenly, Felipe cut the engine. In front of us we saw a dozen bonefish nosing along the bottom, their tails wiggling above the surface, reflecting the flaming-pink sunset. This was the peak of the bonefish game. We tried a few shots. The fish ate our flies. It couldn't have been more perfect.</p><p>After some early clouds on our final morning, the sun came out and lit up the underwater world as warm and golden as a baby's smile. Here and there, we saw the silhouettes of bones eating their way across the white and watery plain. I slipped into the shallows to stalk the fish on foot. I was entranced, gauging the distance as I cast, trying to lead the moving fish by a few feet, stripping my fly, hooking up. A song bubbled up within me, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," an old hymn that became the sotto voce soundtrack of the next hour. Why that? And why then? I have no idea, but fishing will do that to you. When the bonefish finally departed the flat, I looked up, as if waking from a dream. Tom and I clambered back into the boat, lit a victory cigar, and headed for home.</p>
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These Are the Cheapest — and Most Expensive — Cities for Expats

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 12:00
<p>Asia is now home to both the world’s most expensive and least expensive cities to work and live abroad in, according to consulting firm Mercer’s annual <a href="https://mobilityexchange.mercer.com/Portals/0/Content/Rankings/rankings/col2018b789321/index.html" target="_blank">Cost of Living Survey</a>.</p><p>The <a href="https://mobilityexchange.mercer.com/Insights/cost-of-living-rankings" target="_blank">ranking</a>, which compares the cost of living across more than 200 categories that range from housing and transportation to entertainment and household goods in more than 375 cities around the globe, found that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/hong-kong" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> is now the most expensive destination for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-worst-countries-for-expats" target="_blank">expatriates</a> while Uzbekistan’s capital of Tashkent is the cheapest.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/asia" target="_blank">Asia</a> was home to six of the 10 most expensive destinations in this year's rankings, including Tokyo (in second place), Singapore (in fourth place), Seoul (in fifth place), Shanghai (in seventh place), and Beijing (in eighth place).</p><p>Several European and African cities also landed on the most expensive list. The top 10 are included below. </p><h2>The 10 Most Expensive Destinations for Expats: </h2><p>1. Hong Kong</p><p>2. Tokyo, Japan</p><p>3. Zurich, Switzerland</p><p>4. Singapore</p><p>5. Seoul, South Korea</p><p>6. Luanda, Angola</p><p>7. Shanghai, China</p><p>8. N’Djamena, Chad</p><p>9. Beijing, China</p><p>10. Bern, Switzerland</p><p>While expenses in Asian and European cities rose in 2018, U.S. cities dropped due to a decline in the U.S. dollar's value compared to several foreign currencies. New York City dropped four places to 13th while San Francisco and Los Angeles came in 28th and 35th, respectively.</p><p>Western European cities saw an overall rise, with German cities like Frankfurt and Berlin jumping up 49 spots from last year.</p><p>Decreases in housing rental costs led to a decline in various Middle Eastern cities, with Tel Aviv remaining the region’s most expensive at 16th place. Sydney ranked as Australia’s most expensive city in 29th place.</p><p>São Paulo came in as South America’s most expensive city in 58th place, while Tegucigalpa was its least expensive. Tegucigalpa also came is as one of the top 10 cheapest destinations for expats. The full list is below.</p><h2>The 10 Cheapest Destinations for Expats: </h2><p>1. Tashkent, Uzbekistan</p><p>2. Tunis, Tunisia</p><p>3. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan</p><p>4. Banjul, The Gambia</p><p>5. Karachi, Pakistan</p><p>6. Blantyre, Malawi</p><p>7. Tbilisi, Georgia</p><p>8. Minsk, Belarus</p><p>9. Tegucigalpa, Honduras</p><p>10. Managua, Nicaragua</p><p>If you’re considering making a big move yourself, take a look at the one thing <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/expats-tips-for-moving-abroad" target="_blank">expats from around the world</a> say you should do to prepare.</p>
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People Who Fell in Love on Planes Are Sharing Their #PlaneBae Stories and There Are so Many More Than You'd Expect

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 11:28
<p>The unlikely and romantic <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/plane-bae-love-story" target="_blank">story of #PlaneBae</a> has officially taken over the internet, and it doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon. So in case you somehow missed this nearly unbelievable love story, let us recap it for you.</p><p>On July 3, Twitter user Rosey Blair recapped her epic flight from New York City to Dallas. As Blair explained, she and her boyfriend, Houston, boarded their flight and asked the woman in front of them, who has only been identified as Helen, to swap seats so they could sit together. She obliged, and happened to be seated next to a charming man named Euan Holden.</p><p>Throughout the flight, Blair updated followers on the pair, who appeared to quickly hit it off before exchanging numbers as they got off the plane. The love connection was certainly surreal — so surreal that many people refused to believe that two people could fall in love on a brief route.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/strangers-caught-having-sex-virgin-atlantic-mile-high-club" target="_blank">Total Strangers Were Caught Having Sex on a Plane — Again</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-most-romantic-cities" target="_blank">The World's Most Romantic Cities</a></p><p>But, because we live in the digital age, those naysayers were quickly proven wrong when several people took to social media to share their own stories of how they fell in love with their partner at 30,000 feet.</p><p>“My fiancé and I met while on the same flight! We were flying to DC... someone asked him where his final stop was &amp; he said “Pittsburgh” So... I naturally interrupted their convo &amp; said “I’m from there!!” I always think if he wasn’t asked that, would we have ever met,” Twitter user Gabriella DeLuca shared on Twitter.</p><p>“I was finally seated next to a cute guy when a woman asked me to switch seats so she could sit next to her daughter. We only spoke for a minute but it was long enough to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CatchFlightsAndFeelings?src=hash" target="_blank">#CatchFlightsAndFeelings</a> Both of us ended up on the same<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/flyawaybus?src=hash" target="_blank"> #flyawaybus</a>. Happily Married 9yrs now,” Erin Gann also wrote on social media.</p><p>And the adorable love connections didn’t stop there.</p><p>“I met my beautiful future wife Becs on a plane LHR-DEN 10 years ago,” Warwick Goodall wrote, showing that the two kept their plane tickets as a sweet souvenir.</p><p>“My cousin met his wife at an airport bar. He legit purposely missed his flight so he could keep talking to her. Airport love is real,” Shannon Health shared. </p><p>“I sat in the wrong seat 20 years ago… 17yrs married, 2 kids &amp; a dog later,” Twitter user Angela shared.</p><p>“My parents met on a plane! My mom was going to the bathroom but they hit turbulence so my dad told her to sit by him. They talked the entire flight. He peeped her work logo on her watch &amp; called every single store until he found which one she worked at. Going on 30 years,” Twitter user Gail added.</p><p>So, if you’re really looking for love, maybe delete all those dating apps and just book a flight somewhere instead. At the very least you’ll get a great trip out of it, too.</p>
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Best Practices for Traveling with Your Pet

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 11:17
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/pets-name-on-carrier" target="_blank">Air travel for pets</a> and emotional support animals has more than doubled in the past year, according to airlines. As a result, carriers are tightening their restrictions to avoid danger (and drama) for human and nonhuman fliers alike.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/delta-stricter-rules-for-pets" target="_blank">Delta</a>, citing an 84-percent increase in “reported animal incidents” since 2016, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta/delta-bans-pit-bulls" target="_blank">recently announced a more stringent policy</a>. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/united-pet-policy-cargo-banned-breeds" target="_blank">United</a> also modified its rules, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/jetblue-updates-emotional-support-animal-policy" target="_blank">JetBlue recently announced updates as well</a>.</p><p>Since many pet owners aren’t sure what’s allowed or advised anymore, T+L asked travel insiders and animal specialists to share their tips for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/pet-friendly-travel/dog-friendly-airline" target="_blank">worry-free travel with cuddly companions</a>.</p><h2>DON'T: Forget to pack the necessary gear.</h2><p>“Prepare a kit with proof of vaccinations, food, water, bowls, any medication your pet requires, and other necessities such as a litter box, litter, and waste bags,” says Lori Bierbrier, medical director at <a href="https://www.aspca.org/" target="_blank">ASPCA Community Medicine</a>.</p><h2>DO: Properly ID your pet.</h2><p>“Never travel with pets unless they have had microchips implanted and are wearing external tags that include your up-to-date contact information,” Bierbrier says.</p><h2>DON'T: Wait until the last minute to plan your pet’s travel.</h2><p>“The consequences of rushing range from relatively minor annoyances (like <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/airlines-pet-fees" target="_blank">unexpected costs</a>) to serious complications such as an airline denying your pet’s boarding — or even flying it back to your place of departure,” says Brent Reiter, operations manager at <a href="http://airpetsamerica.com/" target="_blank">Airpets America</a>. “A pet relocation service can help avoid those problems.”</p><h2>DO: Check species and breed restrictions.</h2><p>Reiter notes that "most airlines tend to restrict bulldogs, Boston terriers, boxers, chows, and pugs, as they are brachycephalic (short-headed, or snub nosed) and thus more susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity."</p><h2>DON'T: Sedate your pet before traveling.</h2><p>“Instead, help your pet get comfortable in the travel crate. Leave the carrier open in the house so your pet can spend time in it and eat inside,” says Derek Huntington, president of the <a href="https://www.ipata.org/" target="_blank">International Pet &amp; Animal Transportation Association</a>. “If it’s a comforting space, your pet will want to be in it during travel.”</p><h2>DO: Carry necessary paperwork.</h2><p>“This encompasses an import permit from the destination country and a health certificate that meets the country’s requirements,” says Huntington. “Pro pet shippers can assist with the transport process; find one using <a href="https://www.ipata.org/find-ipata-pet-shippers" target="_blank">IPATA's searchable database.</a>”</p><h2>DON'T: Let your pet ride loose in a car.</h2><p>For Gordie Spater, co-founder of pet travel gear company <a href="https://www.kurgo.com/" target="_blank">Kurgo</a>, “this is the number one mistake pet parents are still making. A loose dog is a danger to the driver, other passengers, and of course, the animal itself.”</p><h2>DO: Invest in a comfortable pet harness.</h2><p>“Our job at <a href="https://www.kurgo.com/" target="_blank">Kurgo</a> is to be very focused on safety in the car while traveling with a dog. <a href="https://www.kurgo.com/dog-harnesses/enhanced-strength-dog-car-harness/" target="_blank">This crash-tested safety harness</a> is one of my favorites. We buckle up before we leave home — so why wouldn’t we <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-pet-travel-accessories" target="_blank">do the same for our pet</a>?”</p><h2>DON'T: Assume that your pet will travel in the airplane cabin with you.</h2><p>“With some airlines, only recognized assistance animals can travel in the cabin,” says Claire Beadle, manager at Gatwick Airport's <a href="http://www.arcgatwick.com/index.html" target="_blank">Animal Reception Centre</a>. “If you do need to use a cargo carrier, ensure that it meets the <a href="https://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/live-animals/pages/index.aspx" target="_blank">requirements for air travel established by the International Air Transport Association</a>. Familiarize your pet with the travel crate and don’t forget to put water in there for the journey.”</p><h2>DO: Get a clean bill of health.</h2><p>“For example, check that your pet’s blood tests and vaccinations, such as for rabies, are current and have been administered within the proper time frame. If your dog is traveling, check that it has received an appropriate tapeworm treatment,” says Beadle.</p>
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Here's How Much the Royal Family Has Likely Spent on Meghan Markle's Wardrobe so Far

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 11:02
<p>Meghan Markle, the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-official-royal-title" target="_blank">new Duchess of Sussex</a>, has quickly become a true power player in the royal family, in the style department and beyond. But that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-royal-wardrobe-neutral-colors" target="_blank">new wardrobe</a> is apparently coming at a price.</p><p>Like her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Markle’s sense of style is truly infectious. Take, for example, this weekend when Markle was spotted at a polo match wearing a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.neimanmarcus.com/Shoshanna/Designers/cat46770739/c.cat" target="_blank">Shoshanna midi-length cotton dress</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.sarahflint.com/collections/sandals" target="_blank">sandals from Sarah Flint</a>. Within minutes of photographs of the duchess hitting the web, both the dress and the shoes <a href="https://www.glamour.com/story/meghan-markle-just-wore-a-summer-dress-you-can-buy-on-amazon" target="_blank">were sold out</a>. And hopefully the duchess is getting a cut of the sales, because according to reports, that stylish wardrobe is costing the royal family $1 million.</p><p>Buy similar: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.neimanmarcus.com/Shoshanna-Ayden-Asymmetric-Gingham-Dress-Shoshanna/prod211960075_cat46770739__/p.prod" target="_blank">neimanmarcus.com</a>, $375</p><p>According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, it’s tradition for Prince Charles to foot the bill for his family’s wardrobe, especially for outfits they will be photographed in while out and about on their royal duties. And Markle is apparently taking that generosity all the way to the bank as she picks up new outfits for her many public outings.</p><p>But, Nicholl noted, the royals likely find it more than appropriate to invest in Markle’s new look as she's "an ambassador" for the family.</p><p>"Look at the publicity she has brought in run up to the wedding. I'd argue that's worth every penny," she told <em><a href="https://www.etonline.com/heres-how-much-meghan-markles-royal-wardrobe-has-cost-105204" target="_blank">Entertainment Tonight</a></em>.</p><p>So where did most of this $1 million go? According to Nicholl, much of it was spent on a single day: her wedding day, of course. It was then that Markle spent a reported $440,000 on her <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-royal-wedding-dress" target="_blank">custom-made Givenchy gown</a>. She followed that up with her second dress, a custom Stella McCartney gown, for an estimated $157,000.</p><p>Next, the Duchess was spotted just days later at a <a href="https://people.com/royals/meghan-markle-kate-middleton-garden-party-outfits-comparison/" target="_blank">Buckingham Palace garden party</a> wearing a sheer <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.matchesfashion.com/us/womens/designers/goat" target="_blank">Goat dress</a>, which retails for $643. A few days after that, she was photographed at the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/queen-elizabeth-birthday-celebrations" target="_blank">Trooping the Colour</a> wearing a Carolina Herrera off-the-shoulder top and skirt that likely cost $4,000.</p><p>And, on her first official outing with the Queen, Markle was spotted wearing a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/queen-elizabeth-meghan-markle-cheshire-happy-photos" target="_blank">Givenchy cape dress</a>, which retails somewhere around $18,000. So yeah, her wardrobe is certainly starting to add up quickly. But maybe she can take Middleton’s advice and start wearing a few of her <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/kate-middleton-royal-wedding-outfit" target="_blank">favorite pieces time and time again</a>, because being frugal never goes out of style.</p>
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Get 40% off a Stay at This Grand Castle Hotel in Ireland

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 10:29
<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="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Ireland: 40 percent off <a href="https://www.lougheskecastlehotel.com" target="_blank">Lough Eske Castle</a>, a grand castle hotel that dates back to the 15th century and is set on forty acres of woodland and gardens outside Donegal Town. </p><p>Travel + Leisure Bed and Breakfast includes:</p>One or more nights in a Deluxe room Full Irish BreakfastAccess to the gym, outdoor pool and thermal suite at Spa Solis A VIP amenity in your roomComplimentary WiFi<p>Original Price: 270 euro (or $315) per night </p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> 150 euro (or $175) per night; valid from October 1 to March 31, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Call 353-7497-25100. Mention “Travel and Leisure B&amp;B Offer” or “DTRADE” rate.</p>
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This Live Account of Sparks Flying Between Two Strangers on a Plane Will Make You Believe in Love

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 10:23
<p>Airline travel today comes with plenty of stresses. Between <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/tsa-snacks-removed-from-carry-on-luggage" target="_blank">security</a>, boarding, stuffing your bags in the overhead bins, and dealing with a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/jetblue-shrinking-seat-space-new-cabins" target="_blank">lack of legroom</a>, sitting in the belly of a plane can be a tough place to find joy. Unless, of course, you happen to be watching two seatmates fall in love.</p><p>On July 3, Twitter user Rosey Blair shared the nearly unbelievable story of her airline encounter with love at first sight. As she explained, Blair and her boyfriend, Houston, boarded a flight from New York City home to Dallas. However, they were seated in different rows.</p><p>The pair asked the woman in front of them, only identified as Helen, to switch seats, which may have set up a serious love chain reaction as Helen was then seated next to a charming man named Euan Holden.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/strangers-caught-having-sex-virgin-atlantic-mile-high-club" target="_blank">Total Strangers Were Caught Having Sex on a Plane — Again</a></p><p>“Last night on a flight home, my boyfriend and I asked a woman to switch seats with me so we could sit together. We made a joke that maybe her new seat partner would be the love of her life and well, now I present you with this thread,” Blair wrote.</p><p>Blair said the pair quickly started chatting up a storm and learned that they are both personal trainers, live in Texas, are vegans, and love their families.</p><p>Throughout the journey, Blair shared some spectacularly hilarious photos showing the two cozying up on the flight.</p><p>At one point the new It airline couple split a cheese board because, well, what’s more romantic than that?</p><p>Truly, Blair and her boyfriend couldn’t get enough, and neither could the rest of the internet.</p><p>Blair even shared some #PlaneBae (that's what they're calling him now, because it's the internet) fans' reactions to the story — and defended the story to the skeptics who called it all a publicity stunt. </p><p>According to Blair, the pair exchanged digits before disembarking and are now even following one another on Instagram.</p><p> </p><p>For his part, Euan thinks the attention is hilarious. As he noted to the <em><a href="https://twitter.com/EuanHolden/status/1014863955439865857" target="_blank">TODAY Show</a></em>, only time will tell if it’s true love, but he at least enjoyed a great plane ride, and that may be the greatest gift of all.</p><p> </p>
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How Navy SEALs Plan on Rescuing the 12 Boys Trapped in a Cave in Thailand

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 08:08
<p>An elaborate plan to rescue a soccer team of 12 young boys and their coach from a cave in northern Thailand is taking shape.</p><p>The team has spent almost two weeks trapped underground in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave. They were found on Monday by Thai Navy SEALs and two British diving experts.</p><p>A military operation — called “Wild Boar” — has commenced to rescue the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach.</p><p>The rescue mission is tricky for numerous reasons. The pathway through the cave is almost completely flooded with water — and the water itself is thick with mud and impossible to see through. Some sections of the passageway are so narrow that divers can barely fit through with their oxygen tanks. Some of the boys do not know how to swim, let alone scuba dive.</p><img alt="Thailand Cave Rescue For Trapped Soccer Team "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530805960/thailand-cave-rescue-team-CAVEBOYS0718.jpg?itok=OhiJm5no"><p>And <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/05/asia/thai-cave-rescue-intl/index.html" target="_blank">rain is forecasted for the weekend</a>, which could flood the caves even further. To avoid the flooding, the rescue team will likely take place within the next couple of days.</p><p>Rescuers hope that they will be able to drain the flooded cave passage enough that the boys will be able to walk out. So far, rescuers have pumped more than 32 million gallons of water out of the cave (about 40 percent of what’s inside), <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/04/plans-to-rescue-trapped-thai-boys-developing-rapidly" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The boys are also being taught swimming and basic scuba inside the cave. Rescuers hope that once the water levels are sufficiently low, the boys will be able to walk through the pathway and spend only brief moments of time underwater, according to <em>The Guardian</em>. The boys will follow a static rope, which has already been mounted in place, to the entrance of the cave. Each boy will have their own rescue diver, who will lead them to safety, or be passed from rescuer to rescuer like a relay.</p><img alt="Thailand Cave Rescue For Trapped Soccer Team "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530805960/thailand-cave-rescue-divers-CAVEBOYS0718.jpg?itok=iP-zRdhV"><p>The boys will be dressed in wetsuits, boots and helmets. Their rescuers will likely help them carry <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/04/plans-to-rescue-trapped-thai-boys-developing-rapidly" target="_blank">oxygen tanks</a>, with additional “stage tanks” installed for safety along the route.</p><p>If that plan fails, other rescuers are looking for alternate pathways into the cave. Thai officials are also considering mining a hole into the top of the cave and lifting the boys out.</p><p>Thai Navy SEALs are working on the rescue mission, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/the-latest-thai-boys-coach-in-cave-mostly-in-stable-health/2018/07/02/53c9a42c-7e63-11e8-a63f-7b5d2aba7ac5_story.html" target="_blank">according to <em>The Washington Post</em></a>. A doctor and a nurse joined the rescue team this week to provide food and medical attention to the boys and their coach. The doctor’s report on Thursday said that two of the boys and the coach are suffering exhaustion from malnutrition.</p>
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Rhino Poachers Devoured by Lions After Breaking Onto Game Reserve (Video)

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 07:51
<p>The remains of at least two, perhaps three, poachers were found on Tuesday at the Sibuya Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, alongside equipment used to kill and dehorn rhinos.</p><p>At about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a field guide found one head, numerous limbs, a high-powered rifle an axe, and three pairs of empty shoes.</p><p>“At this stage it is not clear exactly how many poachers were killed but the police forensic team continue to investigate,” Nick Fox, owner of the Sibuya Game Reserve, said in <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SibuyaGameReserve/posts/1759893254066225" target="_blank">a statement, released on Facebook</a>. Police have been patrolling the reserve via helicopter and have yet to find any other poachers.</p><p>It is suspected that at some point Sunday night or Monday morning, the poachers broke into the reserve with the intent to hunt and de-horn rhinos. But they wandered into a pride of six lions and were killed.</p><p>“Whilst we are saddened at any loss of life the poachers came here to kill our animals and this sends out a very clear message to any other poachers that you will not always be the winner,” <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5920565/Three-poachers-EATEN-lions-trying-hunt-rhinos-South-African-nature-reserve.html" target="_blank">Fox told the <em>Daily Mail</em></a>.</p><p>So far this year, more than nine rhinos have been killed in the Eastern Cape province, <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-44728507" target="_blank">according to the BBC</a>. More than <a href="https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/wildlife-watch-rhino-poaching-crisis-continues-south-africa/" target="_blank">1,000 rhinos were poached in South Africa</a> last year.</p><p>Africa is seeing a growth of rhino poachers to keep up with <a href="https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-hard-truth-about-the-rhino-horn-aphrodisiac-market/" target="_blank">demand for rhino horn in parts of China and Vietnam</a>. The horn is prized for display and as a rumored traditional Chinese medicine.</p><p>There are only about <a href="https://rhino911.com/how-many-rhinos-are-left/" target="_blank">30,000 rhinos left in all of Africa</a>.</p>
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This Island in the Atlantic Is Home to the World’s Most Expensive Place to Live

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 07:06
<p>Although glittering visions of <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>, Monaco or <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/dubai" target="_blank">Dubai</a> may come to mind when imagining the world’s most expensive places, an island destination was just named the most expensive city in which to live.</p><p>The coastal capital of Hamilton, Bermuda, has the highest cost of living in the world, according to <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings.jsp" target="_blank">Numbeo’s mid-year Cost of Living Index</a>.</p><p>According to the ranking, Hamilton has the world’s highest prices on necessities like transportation, groceries, meals, and utilities. The Bermuda capital also ranked as having the most expensive restaurants in the world.</p><p>With a population of just over 1,000 people, Hamilton is one of the world’s smallest capital cities. However, its status as a tax haven and tourist destination have ballooned the cost of living.</p><p>The remainder of the top 10 most expensive cities are to be expected. San Francisco and New York came in second place for cost of living, including rent. Reykjavik in Iceland, and Brooklyn, New York, ranked eighth and ninth, respectively. Five cities in Switzerland — Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne and Lugano — rounded out the top 10 most expensive places to live.</p><p>On the opposite end of the ranking, cities in India took the top 13 spots for least expensive places to live.</p><p>While Hamilton is certainly expensive, it's worth noting that the city is not unanimously recognized as the most expensive place on the planet. This week, the consulting firm Mercer also released the results of their annual Cost of Living Survey. Their ranking, which gauged the price of 200 different categories like food and rent, found that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cheapest-most-expensive-places-expats" target="_blank">Hong Kong is the most expensive place</a> for expats to take up residence.</p><p>And earlier this year, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/worlds-most-expensive-city-to-live-in-singapore" target="_blank">the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey named Singapore</a> the most expensive city in the world for the fifth year in a row.</p>
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How This State Has Become a Surprising Paradise For Cyclists

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 14:02
<p>Running across the middle of Missouri, along the state's namesake river, you'll find the Katy Trail. It's the width of a single-lane highway, as flat as a griddle, and impossibly straight—or maybe it just seems that way from the seat of a bike. Gravel the color of cappuccino foam stretches far ahead, disappearing into a pinhole on the horizon. In some places, you could close your eyes and pedal for half an hour without crashing.</p><p>Until 1986, the trains of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT, nicknamed the "Katy") ran along this route. A few years later, the rails were pulled up and the land was repurposed, becoming one of the first major rail-trail conversions in the U.S. Today there are more than 23,400 miles of these paths across the country. At 240 miles, the Katy Trail is the longest—and it's still growing. When the Rock Island Trail to the south is completed, it will link up with the Katy to form a 450-mile loop through Missouri.</p><p>Last spring, I rode the Katy with my pal Zach. He and I grew up about 50 miles from the trail's midpoint, but back then we'd been too preoccupied by adolescence for long, multiday bike rides. Spurred by the completion of the first 48-mile spur of the Rock Island Trail, we decided to change that. On an overcast Sunday, we set out from the outskirts of Kansas City like kids on summer break, stopping to snap photos of grain silos towering over the trail and cows pushing wet noses through fences. Seventy miles later, legs heavy and faces caked with dust, we arrived in Sedalia at the 91-year-old <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g44899-d247225-Reviews-Hotel_Bothwell_an_Ascend_Collection_hotel-Sedalia_Missouri.html" target="_blank">Hotel Bothwell</a>, a 53-room spot with a posh veneer and free bike storage.</p><img alt="Hotels in Sedalia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530146403/bothwell-hotel-sedalia-OZARKSBIKE0718.jpg?itok=bDr02oIP"><p>In the morning, as we were about to head out, we heard a sudden pop. My front rim got pinched in the freight elevator. It would take two days to deliver a new wheel, but Sedalia, a colorful former brothel town, turned out to be the stopover we didn't know we needed. We ate cheeseburgers with peanut butter, a Sedalia delicacy, at Goody's Steakburgers and toured the <a href="http://katydepotsedalia.com" target="_blank">Katy Depot museum</a>. At Pro-Velo Cycle Sports, owner Ebby Norman described the appeal of the Katy, as he saw it: "If you want to see the country, the eleven or twelve miles per hour you travel on a bike is just about perfect."</p><p>It was drizzling when my wheel arrived, so we threw on rain gear and set out as droplets crackled against the leaves overhead. I marveled at the limestone bluffs looming to my left and the Missouri River moving slowly to my right, skirting the northern edge of the Ozark Plateau. My legs seemed to match pace with the current. When the rain stopped, bullfrog calls and birdsong filled the void. A harrier hawk glided ahead, flying a couple of feet above the trail.</p><img alt="View of the Missouri River from the Katy Bike Trail. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530146403/missouri-river-view-OZARKSBIKE0718.jpg?itok=OWz5ArZ1"><p>When I lived here, I didn't appreciate all this tranquility. I turned up my nose at the brown, lazy Missouri River. Locals affectionately call it the Big Muddy, but to me it looked like refried beans. After college, I moved to New York and spent years living as fast as I could. Returning home, I realized how much I could gain from slowing down.</p><p>That night, we stopped at the <a href="http://katytrailbb.com" target="_blank">Katy Trail B&amp;B</a>, in the tiny town of Rocheport. Owner Brett Dufur swung by with a six-pack. Because the Katy runs along a railway, he said, "there are these quirky towns every few miles. You can push yourself, but you can always get a cold beer just up ahead."</p><p>Cold beer sounded great, so the next day we detoured to Columbia, my old college town. Flat Branch Pub &amp; Brewing (flatbranch.com) is a place I used to visit often, but I'd never ordered the Katy Trail Pale Ale. It was sweet and refreshing.</p><img alt="Food and scenes along the Katy Trail in Missouri "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530146403/wurt-schnitzel-biker-OZARKSBIKE0718.jpg?itok=BCAPQgHi"><p>Down the road in Hermann, a historically German town, we found the best meal of the trip. At <a href="http://hermannwursthaus.com" target="_blank">Hermann Wurst Haus</a>, we sampled headcheese and a liver sausage called braunschweiger, then ordered wursts with tight skins. We washed it all down with rauchbier at <a href="http://tinmillbrewery.com" target="_blank">Tin Mill Brewery</a> next door. After dark, we flicked on our headlights and rode to <a href="http://joeylos.com" target="_blank">Joey's Birdhouse,</a> a homey inn run by Joey Los, the mayor of McKittrick, Missouri. Last year she took office with four votes. Not by four votes—four votes total. When we woke, the mayor cooked us breakfast with vegetables from her garden.</p><p>The beer legacy of Missouri, home to Anheuser-Busch, is well known. But German immigrants also identified the Missouri River Valley as an ideal spot for growing grapes. Augusta was the nation's first recognized wine region, and today, clustered around the old German settlements, you'll find more than 100 wineries. Dufur had advised us to approach their product with an open mind. "Our wines are good, and they win awards, but most people aren't used to the varietals we have here."</p><img alt="The Katy bike trail in Missouri "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530146403/trail-marker-augusta-winery-OZARKSBIKE0718.jpg?itok=uFYjzk-X"><p>At <a href="http://augustawinery.com" target="_blank">Augusta Winery,</a> Zach and I pushed through a crowded room for a tasting. Sure enough, there were no Rieslings or Merlots. Instead, we drank Vignoles, Vidal Blanc, and Chambourcin, a dry nectar thick with spicy blackberry flavor. And it dawned on me: without the Big Muddy, this wine wouldn't be possible. The water is brown because it's rich with silt and loam. The slow-moving current holds a potent punch of minerals that get deposited into the floodplain, from which they move on to the vines.</p><p>Staring into my glass, the river's pace and color began to seem like marks of quality rather than flaws. You can take the good with the bad: a rainy day for every great wurst, a broken wheel for every mayor who cooks you breakfast. That's easier to see when you slow down. Eleven or 12 miles an hour is just about perfect.</p>
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Nina Simone's Birthplace Will Be Restored As a National Treasure

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:30
<p>Jazz lovers will soon want to book a trip to North Carolina.</p><p>The birthplace of iconic musician Nina Simone has been approved to be preserved as a National Treasure by the The National Trust for Historic Preservation. The singer, songwriter and civil rights activist passed away in 2003, after having recorded over 40 albums in her career.</p><p>The three-room, 660-square-foot home, 30 East Livingston Street, in Tryon, North Carolina, looks like a simple, small and a bit dilapidated house that you wouldn’t assume is the birthplace of a music legend.</p><img alt="Nina Simone Home in Tryon, North Carolina to become National Treasure "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530124850/nina-simone-home-exterior-HOMEPRESERV.jpg?itok=qgHOwa4v"><p>It was bought recently, in 2017, by a group of African-American artists — Adam Pendleton, sculptor and painter Rashid Johnson, filmmaker Ellen Gallagher, and abstract painter Julie Mehretu — for $95,000. The home has been in disrepair for many years, according to the <a href="https://apnews.com/70ebd672aa6b496c8ab381289dff2661" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>. The preservation process is estimated to cost about $250,000.</p><p>National Trust President and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Meeks says both the trust and the home’s owners will work to honor Simone’s contributions to society and to “inspire new generations of artists and activists,” the AP reported.</p><img alt="Nina Simone Home in Tryon, North Carolina to become National Treasure "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530124850/nina-simone-home-HOMEPRESERV.jpg?itok=fOY3S4D3"><p>A ceremony was held to mark the decision, at which Simone’s sister, Frances Wayman, <a href="http://www.wmur.com/article/singer-activist-nina-simone-s-childhood-home-preserved/21730333" target="_blank">said to the press</a>, “It's great to know that she's made such an impact. They still want to carry that forward for younger generations and ones after that. She was young, gifted and black. She was proud of heritage. She was proud of her blackness. She let that be known, and that is a good thing.”</p><img alt="Nina Simone Home in Tryon, North Carolina to become National Treasure "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530124850/nina-simone-statue-HOMEPRESERV.jpg?itok=UvRCvb3A"><p>According to <a href="http://www.thefader.com/2017/03/03/nina-simone-home-preserved" target="_blank"><em>The Fader</em></a>, the homeowners and trust do not currently have a “blueprint” of what exactly they will do with the property.</p>
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This Luxury California Pet Hotel Has Essential Oil Massages and ‘Pawlates’ Classes

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:00
<p>There are moments of guilt in every traveling dog owner’s life.</p><p>Leaving your dog behind can be heart-wrenching — unless you know that they’re probably having a better vacation than you. A California pet hotel offers getaways so luxurious, your pets might not even notice you’re gone.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.pethotelcalifornia.com/accommodations" target="_blank">Barkingham Pet Hotel</a> in Palm Desert, California is a resort getaway for your canine companions, complete with all the things humans have become accustomed to at resorts: massages at the spa, gourmet meals, and luxury suite accommodations.</p><img alt="Barkingham Pet Hotel California "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530542337/barkingham-palace-pet-hotel-suite-CALPETTEL0618.jpg?itok=h40jlwLf"><p>Dogs who check into the Barkingham sleep in private suites, with their own double beds. Owners can check in on their dogs in the suites at any time with live webcams.</p><p>Spa appointments — complete with grooming, mud bath, and essential oil massage — are available. The food menu could pass for something from a farm-to-table restaurant: greek yogurt parfait, broiled chicken, turkey “muttloaf.”</p><p>High-anxiety dogs get one-on-one time with a specialized valet service to calm down any separation anxiety.</p><p>Like most great human hotels, the Barkingham is also available to book for special events. Canine birthday parties can take over the joint. Dogs in love can get married at the Barkingham.</p><img alt="Barkingham Pet Hotel California "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530542337/barkingham-palace-pet-hotel-CALPETTEL0618.jpg?itok=dPMKTGRZ"><p>There are also wellness and educational components for dogs who need some structure. Guests at the Barkingham can hit the gym and log time on treadmill or book a “pawlates” class.</p><p>Rates start at $59 per night and go up to $99 for a suite.</p>
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Why Brett Eldredge Says a 'Gratitude Journal' Is the Secret to Having the Perfect Vacation

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:32
<p>Brett Eldredge has a lot of time on the road to look forward to this year. The country music star will be traveling through 14 cities for the fall leg of his<em> </em><em><a href="http://www.bretteldredge.com/tour" target="_blank">The Long Way Tour</a></em>, which kicks off Sept. 13 in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/denver" target="_blank">Denver, Colorado</a>.</p><p>But first, he stopped to catch up with <i>Travel + Leisure </i>to talk about everything from the one item he can't forget to pack to his vacation guilty pleasures.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/country-music-stars-guide-to-nashville" target="_blank">Country Music Stars Share Their Favorite Places to Visit in Nashville</a></p><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure: </em>What has life on the road taught you?</strong></p><p>Brett Eldredge: "I’ve been touring for eight years, and what I’ve learned a lot is to embrace wherever you are, no matter if it’s where you planned on going or not. There’s always something new for your eyes to see that you’ve never seen before... just enjoy every moment, no matter what place, no matter what scenery. There’s always a new adventure to check out, and that’s what I live for."</p><p><strong>Do you have any tips for those who are looking to travel by car or RV?</strong></p><p>"I think it’s always good to have a road companion — which is my pup, Edgar — and to travel with friends and good company. I get to travel with my band, obviously, but it’s the same thing with your family, your friends, whoever. It’s all about sharing those experiences with other people.</p><p>Also, stop along the way while you’re on your way to your main destination. There’s always little hidden gems on the way to the place you’re going. Those places can be some of the best stories, too."</p><p><strong>How do you take a road trip to the next level?</strong></p><p>"Sometimes I’ll put a great playlist on. While we were riding in the snow-capped mountains of Montana recently, I put on this amazing playlist that made me feel like I was in a movie, and one of my managers and I were sitting in the bus with my pup Edgar, and we just felt like it was a movie scene."</p><p><strong>What do you always bring with you while on tour?</strong></p><p>"I always bring tons of active gear. This morning I’ve already been on a hike and now I’m about to go to the gym, and then I talked about possibly going to float in the river here, so I always have to bring a lot of activewear. I’ve got a lot of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/best-camping-hiking-gear-on-amazon" target="_blank">shorts to go hiking in</a>, biking in, whatever."</p><p><strong>What is the one item you always pack for any trip?</strong></p><p>"What I’ve really gotten the most into is journaling. I’ve been writing down anything from my experiences to something that’s called <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Five-Minute-Journal-Happier-Minutes/dp/0991846206" target="_blank">The Five-Minute Journal</a>, which is a gratitude journal. I do it every morning and every night and it shows you what to be thankful for and you start your day on a positive note. It asks you questions like, 'What would make the day great?' and I’d write, 'Go on a hike and try to find a view I’ve never seen before,' and you go with that intention in your mind of going to do that. At the end of the day, it asks you, 'What made the day great?,' and you’d write down, 'I danced like a goofball on the streets of Key West,' or 'I met a funny character at a bar wearing a cowboy hat, and he told me all the crazy things that happened in his life and we shared stories over a drink.' It makes you appreciate the little things. I literally freak out if I forget to pack it, because I feel like I just need it and I’m missing out on telling myself a story."</p><p><strong>What has been your favorite destination you’ve visited on tour?</strong></p><p>"One of my favorite places is the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g58486-d630106-Reviews-The_Gorge_Amphitheatre-George_Washington.html" target="_blank">Gorge Amphitheatre</a> in Washington, which is unbelievable. It’s literally one of the most picturesque venues, especially for the audience. When you’re on stage, you’re looking at the audience, at thousands of people. But when they’re looking up at you, it’s an incredible backdrop of canyons and a river running through it. It’s breathtaking.</p><p>I also love to go to Chicago. I’m getting ready to play <a href="http://windycitysmokeout.com/" target="_blank">Windy City Smokeout</a> in July, and I go up there a lot, because I’m from Illinois. But just going down on Lake Shore Drive and hanging out and seeing the magic that Chicago has in the summertime is almost unparalleled to anything."</p><p><strong>How do you make time to actually see the places you're performing in?</strong></p><p>"I always love playing in Florida because I love boating. So if I can get a little chance to sneak out and go deep sea fishing during the day before my show, then maybe end it with my last show on a Saturday night, so I can hop on a boat and go to the Bahamas too, that’s cool. I try to maximize and see and spend even more time at these places, so I’ll stay for an extra day at the area and hang out, write some songs on the beach, or I’ll just shut everything off and explore."</p><p><strong>Where is your go-to vacation spot when you want a relaxing getaway? </strong></p><p>"I’ve got a lot! I just did a feature with you guys on my trip to Europe, the <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjph-QvnJMp/" target="_blank">Instagram Story takeover</a>, but I’ve really fallen deep in love with Switzerland. It’s a fairy tale there. It feels so untouched, it feels so magical. There are these little cottages that have been there for hundreds and hundreds of years, and these cows that are walking around in the hills with bells around their necks — and you can hear the bells as they’re walking, and it rings through the mountains. You watch people who are paragliding, and you can see them flying like they’re birds. I went there by myself this time, to just completely shut off. I went on a 20-mile bike ride just to be with myself, and I ended up at this little church on the side of a mountain that overlooked this lake, and it was just this peaceful feeling."</p><p><strong>Do you have any indulgences when you’re on vacation? </strong></p><p>"I’m a pretty big health freak and so I’m very strict and disciplined when I’m on the road touring, but I’m a foodie also. Seeing a place is really also about the food that they have. </p><p>I was just in Germany, and I don’t eat a lot of fried food, but a friend of mine who is from Germany said, “Let’s go to this place, it has some of the best wiener schnitzel.” We had wiener schnitzel and white asparagus, which I’ve never had before, and it was really good. Those kind of things, you’ve gotta live. You want to treat your body well but also try things from a different culture that you wouldn’t normally eat."</p><p><strong>Is there one thing you always have to try in a new destination?</strong></p><p>"I love coffee and I think finding the best coffee is always a journey of mine. Europe does a lot of coffee really well, so I love to find some awesome coffee shops and just sit outside in the streets and take in the culture. When I was in Amsterdam, I would go to the same coffee shop every morning and the streets there are amazing and everyone rides bikes... you just kind of start your day in a perfect way."</p><p><strong>If you were able to take your tour anywhere in the world, where would you go? </strong></p><p>"I love islands, so if I could just play on a stage on a beach, or island-hopping in the Bahamas — <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/bahamas-reasons-to-travel-now" target="_blank">I love the Bahamas</a>. That’s such a hard question, but I think an island-hopping tour. Maybe the Virgin Islands, or it could be down in Fiji, wherever it is, I just love to play on the beach. There’s something really magical about it. Some islands are really hard to get to, but I don’t care what size the crowd is. As long as I’m playing on the beach, I think I’d be happy."</p><p><strong>Why do you think it’s important to show your fans all of your travel experiences on social media?</strong></p><p>"I just want to show everyone the magic of traveling, no matter where it is. You can travel an hour outside your town and see something you’ve never seen before, but you just have to allow yourself to do that. A lot about traveling is just going outside of your comfort zone, and going to see something that you normally might not go see. That is such a powerful feeling and that’s why I travel."</p><p><strong>If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?</strong></p><p>"That’s a tough question for someone who spends half of his waking hours — and dreaming hours — thinking about where to go on the next adventure. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-new-zealand" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>, actually. I was watching a Netflix show of the most amazing designed houses, and it’s just all of these beautiful fields and mountains and bodies of water and it seems like that high I get when I go to Switzerland."</p><p><strong>Your <i>The Long Way Tour</i> aside, is there anything you’re working on now?</strong></p><p>"I’m always writing on the road for future projects, and I’m putting out my new single called 'Love someone,' and it kind of encapsulate the simple feeling of love. It’s a feel-good song, and it’s a good travel song. It’s a summer song — you don’t have to overthink it. I can’t ever stop once I get fueled and inspired through travel — it makes me want to go back to the road, because it re-inspires me to continue to make music, see different places, and tell these stories for people I never met and just share this whole ride together." </p>
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TSA Agents Are Going After Snacks More Than Ever and Travelers Are Not Happy

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:00
<p>Your checklist of things to remove and put in separate plastic bins in the airport security line just keeps getting longer.</p><p>A few months ago, you might have noticed that some TSA agents started making the fairly unusual request that travelers <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/tsa-remove-food-from-bag-security-check" target="_blank">remove any food items</a> from their carry-on bags before putting them through the scanner.</p><p>Up until recently, the policy was simply a “recommendation” issued by the TSA to help with the screening process, according to <em><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/traveling-via-air-expect-to-remove-your-snacks-and-place-them-in-a-bin/2018/06/29/ea0bede2-796c-11e8-aeee-4d04c8ac6158_story.html?noredirect=on&amp;utm_term=.de9a790b6941" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a></em>.</p><p>But now, it looks like the policy is becoming more concrete. More travelers, including Shivani Vora of <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/02/travel/airport-security-snacks.html" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em>, have encountered agents who have asked them to remove any edible items, citing that “it’s a new policy.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/best-healthy-plane-snacks" target="_blank">The Best Healthy Snacks to Pack for a Long Flight</a></p><p>Snack removal is supposed to actually speed up lines and help agents better check for explosive devices. Larry Studdiford, a security consultant for airports and the founder of Studdiford Technical Solutions, told<em> The New York Times </em>that, for example, a block of cheese can look like a block of C-4 explosives if not screened correctly.</p><p>But some people are not convinced. Stellene Volandes, the editor-in-chief of<em> Town &amp; Country</em> magazine, told <em>The New York Times</em> that she encountered a passenger who ended up holding the line even longer than expected.</p><p>“It seemed like he had <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/costco-jobs-annoying-customers-habits" target="_blank">gone on a full Costco run</a> for Starburst and bite-size Twix, and it took him almost 15 minutes to unpack it all and get through security,” she said. Some travelers on Twitter seem to agree.</p><p>Despite the growing prevalence of this practice, TSA spokesman Mike England told <em>The Washington Post</em> that the policy still remains up to the agent's discretion and is not mandatory for all passengers.</p><p>“It’s not a requirement. It’s a recommendation. But you might see them recommending a little louder during busy times of the day,” he said.</p><p>And, despite the many complaints by passengers both in real life and online, the policy has actually helped speed lines up, according to England. Even with a few extreme incidents of passengers being held up.</p><p>According to <em>The Washington Post</em>, nationally, 96 percent of standard passengers have a wait that is 20 minutes or less.</p><p>For the most part, you don’t have to worry about snacks being full-on taken away from you, regardless of whether or not you have to take them out of your bag. However, pre-packaged and sealed food items cause less of an issue for both agents and travelers.</p>
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This Packable Straw Hat Won’t Get Ruined If You Stuff It Into Your Carry-on

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 10:30
<p>RIP to all the hats that have sadly become misshapen by us hastily shoving them into our <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-underseat-luggage" target="_blank">travel bags</a>. Call it blind optimism, but we really thought they would bounce back after getting crumpled up like that. </p><p>As we head into peak summer, lightweight, wide-brim hats are a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/net-a-porter-summer-sale" target="_blank">vacation must-have</a> (<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/meghan-markle-favorite-vacation-hat-j-crew" target="_blank">just ask Meghan Markle</a>). But if you’ve ever tried traveling with a hat sans hat box, then you know there is no other pain quite like that of pulling out your once perfectly shaped hat only to find that it is now — cue dramatic music — <i>unwearable</i>.</p><img alt="Janessa Leone 'Adriana' Packable Straw Hat "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530555364/packable-straw-hat-janessa-leone-adriana-PACKSTRAWHAT0718.jpg?itok=_f34P7ba"><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Janessa-Leone-Packable-Adriana-Brimmed/dp/B06XS34DLM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1530543608&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=janessa+leone+hat&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlpackablestrawhat-20&amp;linkId=94fb9dfa241138c613a4d5487251730d" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $207</p><p>The good news is this situation could be avoided — and not by purchasing a hat box, mind you, because packable hats now exist! Fashion brand <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/c/womens-hats/janessa-leone~11290" target="_blank">Janessa Leone</a> offers a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://janessaleone.com/blogs/musings/packable-straw#" target="_blank">range of straw hats</a> that are designed to be folded up, packed away, and then expanded back into their original shape with zero creases, making traveling with hats for once easy (and not heartbreaking).</p>
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Yayoi Kusama Is Bringing Her Art to the Beach This Summer — Here's How to See It

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 10:02
<p><a href="http://yayoi-kusama.jp/e/information/index.html" target="_blank">Yayoi Kusama</a>, arguably the internet’s most beloved artist, has work on display in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/new-art-shows-galleries-new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a> once again. It's a piece you've probably seen before — but this time, it's in a bit of a peculiar location.</p><p>On July 1st, Kusama’s site-specific installation <em>Narcissus Garden</em> (1966–present) became the third iteration of <em><a href="https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/4995" target="_blank">Rockaway!</a>, </em>a free public art experience presented by <a href="http://momaps1.org/" target="_blank">MoMA PS1</a>. Its home on the Rockaway Peninsula, a sandy spit of land in southern Queens, is perhaps better known as a beach getaway for weekending New Yorkers than as an art destination.</p><p><em>Narcissus Garden</em>, consisting of 1,500 chrome-like mirrored spheres, is now on display at Fort Tilden, covering the floor of a former train garage dating from the area's days as an active military base. The reflective silver balls create, in effect, a sea of their own — just steps from the ocean.</p><p>The garage-turned-art-space was one of many buildings in the area damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. "Six years after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Rockaways, the vulnerable area is still fighting for rebuilding and resilience," said Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator-at-Large at the <a href="https://www.moma.org/" target="_blank">Museum of Modern Art</a> and Director of MoMA PS1, in a statement. “Recently, eleven blocks of one of the most popular beaches in Rockaway Park were closed due to erosion following a heavy storm in March.” </p><img alt="MoMA Rockaway "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530652619/MoMA-Rockaway-Fort-Tilden-KUSAMARTT0718.jpg?itok=l59LzWTv"><p>With its annual art installations, <em>Rockaway! </em>is meant remind New Yorkers of this history — bringing awareness to the continuing <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/weather/how-hurricanes-are-named" target="_blank">hurricane</a> recovery and the ongoing effects of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-warnings/paris-climate-agreement-destination" target="_blank">climate change</a>. The exhibition was created in collaboration with local arts organizations and conservation groups, namely the <a href="https://www.rockawayartistsalliance.org/" target="_blank">Rockaway Artists Alliance</a>, <a href="http://www.jbrpc.org/" target="_blank">Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy</a>, <a href="https://www.nps.gov/index.htm" target="_blank">National Park Service</a>, and <a href="https://www.bloomberg.org/" target="_blank">Bloomberg Philanthropies</a>. </p><p>This summer is not the first time the chrome spheres of <em>Narcissus Garden </em>have reflected 1,500 versions of the world around them. Kusama debuted the work over 50 years ago, at the 1966 <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/venice-biennale-history-video" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a>, as an unofficial installation; she staged the piece as a form of self-promotion and critique of the commercialization of contemporary art.</p><p><em>Narcissus Garden</em> can be viewed from 12-6pm on weekends and holidays through September 3, 2018. There are few options when trekking out to Fort Tilden from the city; there is no direct subway line, so taking a car is perhaps the most efficient method. Those favoring public transit can take a bus to nearby Jacob Riis Park, while Rockaway-bound A trains and the new <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/new-york-city-ferry-service" target="_blank">Rockaway Ferry</a> both stop slightly farther from the exhibition space. </p><p>Even if you are not able to make the trek out to Fort Tilden this summer, we guarantee Kusama's work will be making the rounds in your local instagram feed (just check out #RockawayKusama).</p><p>The artist's beloved works are also on exhibit at the <a href="https://www.clevelandart.org/exhibitions/yayoi-kusama-infinity-mirrors" target="_blank">Cleveland Museum of Art</a> (July-September), the <a href="https://www.high.org/exhibition/yayoi-kusama-infinity-mirrors/" target="_blank">High Museum of Art</a> in Atlanta (November-February 2019), and <a href="https://www.thebroad.org/visit/mirror-rooms" target="_blank">The Broad</a> in Los Angeles. <a href="https://yayoikusamamuseum.jp/" target="_blank">Kusama's namesake museum</a> in Tokyo also opened this past May. </p><p><em>Our series <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/reasons-to-travel" target="_blank">Reasons to Travel Now</a> highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day.</em></p>
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Here’s What the Bulletproof Glass Wall Around the Eiffel Tower Actually Looks Like

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 17:53
<p>The <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/landmarks-monuments/eiffel-tower-facts" target="_blank">Eiffel Tower</a> has a new look.</p><p>Plans were set in motion months ago to build a bulletproof, 10-foot-high glass wall around the monument in order to better protect it from terrorist attacks, and it’s nearly complete.</p><p>French newspaper <a href="http://www.leparisien.fr/paris-75007/paris-la-tour-eiffel-bientot-bunkerisee-derriere-un-mur-de-verre-09-02-2017-6667416.php" target="_blank"><em>Le Parisien</em> reported</a> that the city of Paris was looking to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/landmarks-monuments/bulletproof-wall-eiffel-tower" target="_blank">spend about $22 million</a> on the wall itself, plus another $320 million for renovations to improve security. In reality, the wall itself has cost $40 million to construct, <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/International/eiffel-tower-installing-bulletproof-glass-walls-protect-monument/story?id=55888573" target="_blank">according to <em>ABC News</em></a>.</p><img alt="This picture taken on June 14, 2018 in Paris shows part of a bulletproof glass wall to be set around the Eiffel tower as an anti-terrorism measure. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530111538/eiffel-tower-glass-wall-03-EIFFELWALL0618.jpg?itok=c-zlCd-a"><p>The new, glass wall does not impede views of the tower, but opponents of its construction, especially people in the neighborhood, still feel that it changes (and therefore diminishes) the site’s design. The wall also limits people’s access to the gardens. Jean-Sébastien Baschet, the president of an organization called Les Amis du Champ-de-Mars, said in a <a href="https://www.amisduchampdemars.fr/Mur-de-la-tour-Eiffel_a59.html" target="_blank">statement last year</a>, “The privatization of the gardens located right next to the Eiffel Tower is unacceptable and incompatible with the notion of cohabitation, which is very important to our neighborhood.”</p><p>However, following the terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in Paris in 2015, security is taking precedence over aesthetics.</p><p>“It will look much better than the temporary barriers that were installed two years ago, but most importantly, the security of our visitors will be increased, and this is our absolute priority,” Alain Dumas, technical director for the Eiffel Tower operating company, told <em>ABC News</em>.</p><img alt="This picture taken on June 14, 2018 in Paris shows part of a bulletproof glass wall to be set around the Eiffel tower as an anti-terrorism measure. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530111538/eiffel-tower-glass-wall-02-EIFFELWALL0618.jpg?itok=sKDcdRNu"><p>The glass walls are present on two sides of the square, while the other two sides will remain fenced. Hundreds of blocks will also be installed in front of the glass walls to prevent a vehicle attack. Tourists and residents alike should still be able to enjoy access to the area without feeling inconvenienced.</p><p>The wall is to be completed this month.</p>
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