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Amazon Prime Day 2018: When It Starts and How to Score the Best Deals

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 17:34
<p>If your interests include scoring a good deal, then it’s likely you have an <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Prime-One-Year-Membership/dp/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlwhenisamazonprimeday-20&amp;linkId=3c91199c37d6e60de87d9f446cde7048" target="_blank">Amazon Prime membership</a>, and thus, know of Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer’s annual flash sale event (it’s like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, except exclusive to Amazon Prime members and, often, so much better).</p><p>With deals on thousands of products over a 36-hour period, Prime Day is a sale event not to miss — but just make sure you have a Prime membership so you can partake (pro tip: If you’re not an <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Prime-One-Year-Membership/dp/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlwhenisamazonprimeday-20&amp;linkId=3c91199c37d6e60de87d9f446cde7048" target="_blank">Amazon Prime member</a> but still want to get in on the sales, then <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Prime-One-Year-Membership/dp/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlwhenisamazonprimeday-20&amp;linkId=3c91199c37d6e60de87d9f446cde7048" target="_blank">sign up for a 30-day free trial</a> now so you can access the deals once Prime Day starts).</p><p>This year, Amazon Prime Day will start on July 16 and run through July 17, happening a week later so as not to clash with the World Cup (the people at Amazon are just really considerate like that).</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-carry-on-luggage-amazon" target="_blank">The Best Carry-on Luggage You Can Buy, According to Amazon</a></p><p>We may be about two weeks ahead of the ultimate Amazon haul of our lives, but it would be smart to start prepping now. See below for our guide to navigating and scoring big on Amazon Prime Day 2018.</p><h2>What is Amazon Prime Day?</h2><p>Amazon Prime Day is the online retail giant’s highly anticipated annual discount shopping event that boasts Black Friday-like deals exclusively for Prime members. Having started in 2015, Prime Day is only now in its fourth year — but my, has it grown with <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/12/amazon-prime-day-breaks-record-event-grew-by-more-than-60-percent.html" target="_blank">record-breaking sales</a> that even stun Amazon execs themselves.</p><h2>What time does Amazon Prime Day start?</h2><p>Amazon Prime Day will start on Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m. ET and will run through Tuesday, July 17. This 36-hour period is six hours longer than <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/amazon-prime-day-deals-for-travelers" target="_blank">last year’s Prime Day</a>, which was six hours longer than the previous year’s Prime Day.</p><h2>Do you have to have a Prime membership to shop Amazon Prime Day deals?</h2><p>Yes, the sales event is exclusive to Amazon Prime members — but don’t worry, not all is lost. You can <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Prime-One-Year-Membership/dp/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlwhenisamazonprimeday-20&amp;linkId=3c91199c37d6e60de87d9f446cde7048" target="_blank">sign up for a 30-day free trial</a> now and shop Prime Day deals. And when the trial ends, you can either cancel your membership or keep enjoying all the cushy perks (such as free two-day shipping on literally millions of items and same-day delivery of Whole Foods groceries). If you want a snapshot of just how good an Amazon Prime membership is, you should know that <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-prime-membership-should-cost-785-2018-5" target="_blank">JPMorgan analysts say it’s worth $785 annually</a>, as opposed to Amazon’s asking price of $119 per year. Yeah.</p><h2>What items will be on sale on Amazon Prime Day?</h2><p>Shoppers should expect deals on a range of products (including <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers/zgbs/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlwhenisamazonprimeday-20&amp;linkId=f2a323c04e60d33052a86ff55320852e" target="_blank">Amazon bestsellers</a>) and covetable tech devices (such as TVs and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/b//ref=as_li_ss_tl?node=6563140011&amp;ref=sxts_snpl_4_1_309958492208611287&amp;qid=1530632593&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=309958492208611287&amp;pf_rd_r=HQM6B5TD0CW173SR4H91&amp;pd_rd_wg=5mlQq&amp;pf_rd_s=desktop-signpost&amp;pf_rd_t=301&amp;pd_rd_w=ysFhO&amp;pf_rd_i=smart+home+devices&amp;pd_rd_r=123f4fb8-69a4-4bbb-ba52-82e0f8db12cc&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlwhenisamazonprimeday-20&amp;linkId=016f31ad8a2590b5aca8cc8ce280eb7f" target="_blank">smart home devices</a>), <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/wackiest-amazon-travel-accessories" target="_blank">travel accessories</a>, fashion, groceries (yes, really), kitchen tools, furniture, back-to-school supplies, everyday essentials, and so much more.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/amazon-prime-day-deals-for-travelers" target="_blank">Last year’s markdowns</a> included 30% off luggage, 51% off headphones, and 25% off Kindle readers — the perfect trifecta for any traveler.</p><h2>What’s new for Amazon Prime Day 2018?</h2><p>This year, Prime members can shop <a href="https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=as_li_ss_tl?node=16205654011&amp;ref_=assoc_ean_43284__evnt_2&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlwhenisamazonprimeday-20&amp;linkId=cea0f4811a85a93c8dc0ad607e57098a" target="_blank">Prime Day Launches</a> — a range of new items and special-edition products that are available only for a limited time. Starting today, you’ll get early access to these major deals. Head to <a href="https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=as_li_ss_tl?node=16205654011&amp;ref_=assoc_ean_43284__evnt_2&amp;linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlwhenisamazonprimeday-20&amp;linkId=cea0f4811a85a93c8dc0ad607e57098a" target="_blank">amazon.com</a> to see what items you can be the first to shop.</p><h2>What were the most popular Amazon Prime Day buys in 2017?</h2><p>According to Amazon, Prime Day 2017 was the biggest global shopping event in the company's history, <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=2286018" target="_blank">surpassing both Black Friday and Cyber Monday</a>. The most popular purchase overall was the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Echo-Dot-Portable-Bluetooth-Speaker-with-Alexa-Black/dp/B01DFKC2SO" target="_blank">Echo Dot</a>, but Amazon also broke down the top buys by country, excluding Amazon devices. In the U.S., the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-Programmable-Pressure-Steamer/dp/B01B1VC13K" target="_blank">Instant Pot DUO80 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/23andMe-DNA-Test-Ancestry-collection/dp/B01G7PYQTM" target="_blank">23andMe DNA Tests</a> took the top spots, while most Prime members in the U.K. bought the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-KP100KIT-Wi-Fi-Smart-2-Pack/dp/B079C5ZGHL" target="_blank">TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-4-Console-1TB-Slim/dp/B074LRF639" target="_blank">Sony Playstation 4</a>. Italy, of course, went all in on the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=espresso+machine&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aespresso+machine" target="_blank">Caffe Vergnano 1882 espresso machine</a>, and France and Belgium revealed their binge-watching habits by buying <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Game-Thrones-Complete-Seasons-Digital/dp/B07617BK8N" target="_blank">Game of Thrones - The Complete Season 1 to 6 Blu-Ray</a>. </p>
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The Best U.S. Destinations for Going All Out This July 4th

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 16:46
<p>For this year’s celebration of America’s birthday, you could go the traditional route and visit Washington, D.C., or the Freedom Trail in <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/boston" target="_blank">Boston</a>, or the Liberty Bell in <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/philadelphia" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a>, or head to the nearest big city for a fireworks display.</p><p>But what if you wanted to do something more historic, or visit someplace embedded in the country’s history, or see some sights that are quintessentially American? Luckily, there are lots of options.</p><h2>Fort William Henry</h2><img alt="Fort William Henry "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530629291/fort-william-henry-AMERICANDEST0718.jpg?itok=JwxXfEKv"><p>This reconstructed fort dates back to 1755, when it was constructed as a British outpost. Its history makes up the plot of the “Last of the Mohicans.” On July 4th, you can hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence at Fort William Henry, and then that evening take in fireworks in the Village of Lake George. The fort sits in the <a href="https://www.visitlakegeorge.com/events/4th-of-july" target="_blank">Lake George Area</a> at the southern gateway to the Adirondack Mountains.</p><h2>Sonoma Valley’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade</h2><p>Representing the West Coast with classic activities is this celebration in California’s wine country. The <a href="http://www.sonomavalley.com/blog/post/spend-4th-of-july-in-sonoma/" target="_blank">Sonoma Valley Fourth of July on the Plaza</a> starts with a parade with marching bands and extravagant floats, and has live music and games, plus food, beer and wine booths. The day ends with fireworks, of course.</p><h2>Bristol, Rhode Island</h2><p>This quaint fishing town in Rhode Island has been nicknamed “America’s Most Patriotic Town” because of its history. During the American Revolutionary War, the British Navy attacked Bristol twice, and every year the town celebrates its history. The party kicks off on Flag Day, June 14, with outdoor concerts, derby races, a firefighter’s muster, a 4th of July ball and Drum &amp; Bugle Corps. Performances. Then on July 4, there is The Civic, Military and Fireman’s parade.</p><h2>Indianapolis, Indiana</h2><p>Indianapolis claims is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of war memorials and takes honoring veterans seriously. Sights include the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which serves as the epicenter of the city, the Indiana World War Memorial and its Shrine Room, the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, the World War II Memorial and Veterans Memorial Plaza. The American Legion Mall, which stretches between two city blocks, is flanked by the American Legion National headquarters. Every July 4, the downtown of Indianapolis attracts visitors to see the fireworks and take in food trucks and vendors and tailgating.</p><h2>Wawa Welcome America Festival in Philadelphia</h2><p>Running June 28 to July 4, this festival celebrates American history and education in Philadelphia. Its free events run in the Center City, the Historic District, several neighborhoods and Valley Forge. Every day one or more Philadelphia museums will be open to all for free. The festival concludes with 12 hours of non-stop commemorations and celebrations on the Fourth of July. The theme of this year’s Wawa Welcome America is “<a href="https://welcomeamerica.com/" target="_blank">Welcoming the World With Love</a>.”</p><h2>Colonial Williamsburg</h2><img alt="Colonial Williamsburg "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530629291/colonial-williamsburg-virginia-AMERICANDEST0718.jpg?itok=w7VLDlc5"><p><a href="https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/" target="_blank">Colonial Williamsburg</a> is a living-history museum in Virginia that pulls out all the stops to celebrate July 4th. New this year is an exhibit called “Resolved, An American Experiment”, that’s influenced by “Hamilton” and “Schoolhouse Rock,” and allows visitors to be part of the story when Virginia said “yes” to independence. There are also chances to dress up in a hand-made colonial costume and interact with interpreters who play real people who made significant contributions to the American story in 18th-century Williamsburg. Also try out ax throwing, ox wagon riding, or searching for burried treasure.</p><h2>Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, North Carolina</h2><p>This location claims to be where the country’s first public Independence Day celebration took place. Every July 4th, <a href="http://www.oldsalem.org/events/event/independence-day-celebration/" target="_blank">Old Salem celebrates</a> with hands-on activities, historic Moravian traditions and patriotic music, plus a Naturalization Ceremony, hearth cooking, puppet shows, apothecary tours, organ music and garden tours.</p><h2>Seward, Nebraska</h2><p>Seward is nicknamed “<a href="http://www.julyfourthseward.com/" target="_blank">America’s Fourth of July City</a>” because of its small town celebrations that date back to 1868. While the town only has 6,000 residents, the event can attract more than 40,000 attendees. The all-day celebration includes a grand parade, a car show of antique cars, live entertainment at the Seward Bandshell, and a giant fireworks show at Plum Creek Park.</p>
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Southwest Is Having a Major July 4th Sale With Cheap Flights to the U.S., Caribbean and Mexico

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 16:32
<p>While you're enjoying a July 4th barbecue, you can also plan a voyage into beautiful for spacious skies — for cheap.</p><p>Southwest is having a <a href="https://www.southwest.com/html/promotions/click_n_save_sale_180702_offers.html?clk=1799120" target="_blank">July 4th sale</a> with one-way fares starting at $45. The deal ends Thursday at midnight and travel dates are available from August through December of this year.</p><p>Some example flights include $87 from D.C. to Fort Lauderdale, $185 from St. Louis to Cancún, $161 from New York City to <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/san-diego" target="_blank">San Diego</a>, and $69 flights from Portland (Oregon) to Los Angeles.</p><p>International getaways include Turks and Caicos ($150 from FLL), Mexico (Cancún and Cabo), the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Jamaica ($274 from Chicago), and the Cayman Islands ($133 from FLL).</p><p>Domestic flights are eligible for booking from August 21 through December 19. You can fly to Puerto Rico on this deal from September 5 through December 6 and international flights are available from August 21 through December 12.</p><p>There are a few restrictions. Blackout dates include August 31 and September 3 (around Labor Day weekend) and November 20, 21 and 24 through 26 (Thanksgiving travel). Domestic travel cannot be booked for Fridays or Sundays.</p>
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Meghan Markle’s Sold-out Leather Tote Is Back, But You’ll Have to Hurry

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 12:55
<p>It seems like ages ago that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally made their first official appearance together at the Invictus Games in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/toronto" target="_blank">Toronto</a>. The couple was photographed holding hands (remember when that was <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/prince-harry-holding-meghan-markle-hand-engagement-sign-expert" target="_blank">a big deal</a>?) as they made their way to the sporting event. </p><p>Markle kept it casual for the occasion and opted for a white button-down shirt, distressed jeans, and pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sarahflint.com/collections/flats/products/natalie?variant=5600151425" target="_blank">Sarah Flint flats</a>, but it was her chic tote that caught our attention. The former <em>Suits</em> actress accessorized her outfit with Everlane’s signature, bestselling <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.everlane.com/products/womens-day-market-tote-cognac?collection=petra" target="_blank">Day Market Tote in Cognac</a>, which then sold out almost immediately and has been scarcely available since.</p><p>But today, Everlane has officially restocked the bag in cognac and several other popular colors like black, navy, and blush pink — that means no preorder necessary. Plus, if it's your first order with Everlane, you'll get free shipping.</p><p>The bag is made in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/florence" target="_blank">Florence</a> from premium Italian leather and is perfect for commuting and traveling. It has a classic silhouette with two drop handles and comes in four color options. It’s versatile, fits a lot, and pretty much epitomizes timeless elegance. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-travel-tote-bags" target="_blank">The 15 Best Tote Bags for All Your Travel Needs</a></p><p>If the tote looks a little too familiar, it’s because more than a few celebrities have also stepped out with the same bag. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-celebrity-handbags-for-travel#angelina-jolie" target="_blank">Angelina Jolie</a> can regularly be seen carrying one in black, which is also the shade that Jamie King prefers. </p><p>The Duchess is definitely in good company — and you can join the Everlane club by picking up a bag of your own.</p><img alt="Leather Tote Bag "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506439534/everlane-brown-leather-tote-ROYALTOTES0917.jpg?itok=CQnNyyrM"><h2>Everlane Women's Day Market Tote</h2><p>To buy: <a href="http://www.pntrac.com/t/8-9711-131940-104709?sid=TLFASA1MeghanMarkleToteDZSep17&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.everlane.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-day-market-tote-cognac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">everlane.com</a>, $175</p><p>If you're looking to get Meghan's look on a budget, opt for this similar style instead.</p><img alt="Leather Tote Bag "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1506439534/nordstrom-brown-leather-tote-ROYALTOTES0917.jpg?itok=_LvytPVy"><h2>Street Level Faux Leather Tote</h2><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/street-level-reversible-faux-leather-tote-wristlet/3559375" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $48</p>
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How a Single Vacation Helped Me Sleep Way Better at Home

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 11:02
<p>“You’re tired,” said Param Dedhia, M.D., the director of sleep medicine for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/tucson/hotels/canyon-ranch" target="_blank">Canyon Ranch</a> (doubles from $1,000 per person, all-inclusive). We were sitting in his office at the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/spa-vacations/destination-spas" target="_blank">renowned wellness resort</a> in Tucson, Arizona, going over the results of my WatchPAT test (from $1,517). A noninvasive overnight screening, it monitored, among other things, the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/how-to-sleep-better" target="_blank">length and quality of my sleep</a> through a sensor attached to my finger.</p><p>Dedhia outlined that there are different stages of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/how-to-sleep-better" target="_blank">sleep</a> — light, deep, and REM (rapid eye movement) — as the brain flushes itself of toxins and prepares to begin the day anew. It is also a time for emotional clearing. I moved into REM sleep less than 90 minutes after my head hit the pillow, which is a clear sign of fatigue. I couldn’t help thinking of the countless times I’ve said to people, “I’m exhausted.” It was nice to hear a professional confirm that it wasn’t just a platitude.</p><p>For years, I had no trouble nodding off. I knew exactly what my body needed: at least eight hours, ideally in a cool room with a white-noise machine. Then, in 2016, I had a kid and bought an apartment. Along with the wonderful came the not-so-wonderful: a newfound habit of waking between 2 and 4 a.m. to make to-do lists and worry about the future.</p><p>I’m not the only one awake at night. Thanks to frantic work schedules and the pervasiveness of technology, a good night’s sleep seems to be going the way of the out-of-office lunch — at a cost to our health. According to the Centers for Disease Control &amp; Prevention, the effects of not getting enough shut-eye include depression and diabetes. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/best-sleep-masks" target="_blank">Numerous apps, devices, and literature</a>, including Arianna Huffington’s 2016 book, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Sleep-Revolution-Transforming-Your-Night/dp/110190402X" target="_blank">The Sleep Revolution</a>, a call to arms for eight hours, are dedicated to nighttime self-help. Hotels and brands like Canyon Ranch, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/London-Hotels-Corinthia-Hotel-London.h3849185.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Corinthia London</a>, and Six Senses are trying to be part of the solution by offering everything from quality mattresses to sleep consultants.</p><p>Dedhia, who trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins, told me that Canyon Ranch has focused on sleep for years, but has expanded its program to meet this demand. About seven guests a week take the WatchPAT test in the hope of discovering why they wake up exhausted. Is it apnea? Restless legs syndrome? In my case, I knew what some of the culprits were: a more <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/sitting-linked-to-earlier-death" target="_blank">sedentary lifestyle</a>, coupled with too many glasses of wine (each drink you consume, Dedhia told me, disrupts two hours of sleep). Being at the resort, where I could indulge in restorative desert hikes and detox massages, should have positioned me for success. Though I wasn’t having trouble falling and staying asleep on the trip, something still felt off.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/how-to-sleep-better-in-hotels" target="_blank">3 Expert Tricks for Getting a Great Night's Sleep at a Hotel</a></p><p>Which is why Dedhia had ordered the WatchPAT, which showed some interesting stuff. My apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) was normal, coming in at 4.3. (An apnea is a full collapse of the airway between 10 and 30 seconds, while a hypopnea is a partial collapse within the same time frame. Index means per hour.) But my respiratory disturbance index (RDI) was on the high side of mild, at 14.6. RDI takes into account “respiratory effort related arousals,” or, quite simply, little snorts, which interrupt your sleep. Fragmented sleep, he explained, can make you feel as if you haven’t slept at all.</p><p>But the WatchPAT has a margin of error of up to 20 percent. To get the full picture, Dedhia ordered a full polysomnogram (PSG; from $3,448). The overnight sleep study, which measures heart, brain, and muscle activity, is done in a cozy room in the medical wing. Participants, however, must wear multiple wires and electrodes on their bodies and up their noses.</p><p>Canyon Ranch has many pampering aspects: the hiking backpacks filled with portion-controlled snacks; therapists who’ve spent decades studying reflexology; five pools. But even they can’t sex up a PSG: the equipment makes you look like Medusa on steroids. The only person to see you in this unfortunate state is the overnight attendant, who watches you all night via a video screen in a nearby room.</p><p>I wouldn’t call the experience fun, but it was relatively painless. At 5:30 a.m., the attendant woke me up, and I was soon in Dedhia’s office analyzing charts of my brain activity and sleeping patterns. The test showed that during REM sleep, when I was on my back, my RDI was a higher 33.2. My AHI shot up to 27.4, signaling mild apnea, which the WatchPAT test hadn’t been able to catch. The scores were lower when I was on my side.</p><p>To mitigate the apnea, Dedhia suggested using a neti pot to open up my airways and a positional therapy pillow to force me to sleep on my side. Ah, but what about the middle-of-the-night waking? “Have a ritual before bed and engage the five senses,” he suggested. “Take a warm bath or shower, try yummy-smelling bath salts, play music, dim the lights, and wear a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/luxury-hotel-robes" target="_blank">soft bathrobe</a>. Make sleep an event again.”</p><p>All things I knew to do, but needed someone to reinforce. Back home, I’ve followed his advice and have had only one anxious night awake. Instead of mindlessly scrolling Instagram, I sat on the sofa and read a week-old Arts section of the New York Times. I learned a thing or two — and then went back to bed.</p>
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Enjoy 40% off a Stay at This All-Inclusive Beach Resort in Jamaica

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 10:13
<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>Jamaica: 40 percent off the <a href="https://www.jewelgrande.com/" target="_blank">Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort &amp; Spa</a>, a beachfront all-inclusive resort with a bi-level spa (complete with a Himalayan salt room and a quartz therapy lounge) and a variety of dining options, ranging from a pier-side Teppanyaki restaurant to an outdoor grill with Tex-Mex fare.</p><p>The deal includes:</p>One or more nights in a one-bedroom Honeymoon Ocean Suite Meals and beverages at the Jewel’s restaurants and barsUnlimited access to Reggaelates sessions, an island-inspired fitness class that combines Pilates and Jamaican dance <img alt="Room at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa, in Jamaica "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530634161/jewel-grande-room-OVJEWEL0718.jpg?itok=693NdS4e"><p>Original Price: From $500 per room per night, all-inclusive</p><p><strong>T+L Price</strong>: From $300 per room per night, all-inclusive; book by April 1, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Travelers can book <a href="https://www.jewelgrande.com/" target="_blank">online</a>, over the phone, or through a tour operator or travel agent.</p>
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The St. Louis Gateway Arch Park Opens Today After a Five-year Renovation (Video)

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 10:01
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/best-new-restaurants-saint-louis" target="_blank">St. Louis</a> is about to get even more spirit — and no, it’s not because the recent arrival of hometown hero restaurateur Danny Meyer’s first Missouri Shake Shack. Today, the city unveils the reimagined <a href="https://www.archpark.org/" target="_blank">Gateway Arch Park</a> after a five-year, $380-million renovation project — finally giving <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/saarinens-american-architecture" target="_blank">Eero Saarinen</a>’s soaring monument to the American West the backdrop it deserves.</p><img alt="Park below the St Louis Arch Park "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530543446/st-louis-arch-park-view-RTTSTLOUIS0718.jpg?itok=6KGo9Wac"><p>The district surrounding the iconic <a href="https://www.gatewayarch.com/" target="_blank">Gateway Arch</a> was long a considered a relative eyesore thanks to a tangle of freeways, parking structures, and inexplicable detours that essentially cut the monument off from the rest of the city. But landscape firm <a href="http://www.mvvainc.com/" target="_blank">Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates</a>, masterminds behind challenging urban greenspace projects like Brooklyn Bridge Park and the White House stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue, have helped make the area more accessible than ever.</p><p>The site of a multi-level concrete garage becomes an outdoor amphitheater. A grassy land bridge spans what had once been an uncrossable roaring interstate. And, most importantly, the most famous building in St. Louis will finally be connected to the beating heart of downtown, with miles of new paths and uninterrupted sightlines all the way to the city’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g44881-d109202-Reviews-Old_Courthouse-Saint_Louis_Missouri.html" target="_blank">Old Courthouse</a> and newly redesigned <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g44881-d3582656-Reviews-Kiener_Plaza-Saint_Louis_Missouri.html" target="_blank">Kiener Plaza</a>.</p><img alt="View of the new St Louis Arch Park "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530543446/st-louis-arch-park-bridge-RTTSTLOUIS0718.jpg?itok=8944sn8a"><p>Visitors can also look forward to a <a href="https://www.gatewayarch.com/experience/#tram-ride-to-the-top" target="_blank">fully-revamped museum</a> with interactive multimedia displays and galleries that highlight St. Louis’ diverse histories. The architectural vision of collaborators <a href="http://www.cooperrobertson.com/" target="_blank">Cooper Robertson</a> and <a href="http://www.jcdainc.com/" target="_blank">James Carpenter Design Associates</a> incorporates close to 45,000 added square feet for expanded programming, and transforms the underground museum’s previous dour, Brutalist entrance into an airy glass foyer that, from the outside, transitions seamlessly into the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/mississippi-river-luxury-cruise-ships" target="_blank">Mississippi</a> vistas beyond.</p><img alt="Water play area at the Arch Park in St Louis "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530543446/arch-park-water-play-RTTSTLOUIS0718.jpg?itok=cCz138bt"><p>The official reopening coincides with the homecoming of <a href="https://www.fairsaintlouis.org/" target="_blank">Fair Saint Louis</a>, a free annual food and culture festival that’s been displaced due to construction (July 4, 6-7). It kicks off on <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/best-fourth-of-july-celebrations-in-america" target="_blank">Independence Day</a>, a fitting way to honor a monument and a city whose challenges and triumphs are so essential to the story of the United States.</p><img alt="Running path at St Louis Arch Park "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530543446/st-louis-arch-park-running-path-RTTSTLOUIS0718.jpg?itok=-jjrr2vs"><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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The Statue of Liberty Museum Is Asking People to Donate for the Fourth of July

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 09:45
<p>While Americans roast hot dogs and watch fireworks to celebrate July 4th, the Statue of Liberty Museum is asking for another patriotic act: a donation.</p><p>The museum started construction over a year ago, and is now looking to citizens to donate $50,000 to help finish the project.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-us-build-the-statue-of-liberty-museum-family#/" target="_blank">For Lady Liberty</a> campaign on Indiegogo, launched by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., has already raised more than $16,000. The suggested donation is $18.86, in honor of the year the statue was originally unveiled.</p><p>The new, 26,000-square-foot museum is planned to open in May 2019 on Liberty Island, and will celebrate the Statue of Liberty’s history, from how it evolved from national monument to global icon, as well as the concept of liberty itself. The museum will house the statue’s original torch and Liberty Star Mural, which features 50 sculpted stars designed by French-American artist Anh Duong and includes the Founders Star.</p><p>The museum, designed by FXCollaborative with exhibitions designed by ESI Design, will have a green roofscape with native island vegetation and bird-safe glass exteriors. It is set above 500-year flood levels and built to withstand hurricane-force winds.</p><p>“From building Lady Liberty’s pedestal in the 1880s to contributing to the 1986 centennial restoration – the American people have given whatever they could afford to support the Statue,” Richard Flood, vice president and chief advancement officer for The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., said in a statement. “This crowdfunding campaign honors that history, ensuring that our fundraising efforts are inclusive, while also expanding the opportunity to a worldwide audience.”</p><p>The foundation hopes the legacy of Joseph Pulitzer’s 1880’s campaign to build the pedestal and the 1986 campaign to restore the statue will be updated for the digital age and inspire citizens to invest in the rich history of this American symbol.</p><p>“For me, the Statue will forever be an empowering monument to the many incredible entrepreneurs who have come to America and achieved so much, including my parents, and the challenges they overcame to make a better life for our family,” Indiegogo co-founder Slava Rubin said in a statement.</p><p>Perks for donating to the campaign include everything from social media shout outs, to stickers and t-shirts, to invitations to the ribbon cutting ceremony and opening gala.</p>
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Chrissy Teigen Shared a Hilarious Behind-the-scenes Look at Luna's Passport Photo Session

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 09:14
<p>Sure, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, and their daughter Luna may be major celebrities, but when it comes to getting their passport photos taken, they <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/cvs-passport-photo" target="_blank">head to the local pharmacy</a> just like the rest of us.</p><p>But, thankfully, these <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/chrissy-teigen-john-legend-bali-retreat" target="_blank">travel-loving stars</a> shared the entire experience of Luna getting her new passport photo taken with us all on social media.</p><p>On Twitter, Teigen shared the first video of Luna gracing the local Rite Aid with her presence. In the tweet, Teigen wrote, “Let’s get this shit over with.”</p><p>She then shared a video of Luna getting her portrait taken, but with a twist. You see, Luna, being the teeny, tiny angel that she is, wasn’t big enough to sit on the chair herself. So instead, she needed to sit on papa John’s lap as he held a cardboard partition between them. Luna looked predictably unimpressed with the entire ordeal.</p><p>And though this is all hysterical, it’s truly needed as Luna is already a worldwide jet-setter. The Legends are, of course, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/chrissy-teigen-john-legend-lake-como" target="_blank">frequent travelers to Lake Como, Italy</a>. As Legend described it on Instagram, Como has been “Home away from home since 2007.” Teigen added on Twitter that the location was also “... Home of my wedding, the ‘all of me’ video, my favorite cacio e pepe and my entire heart. Love it here.”</p><p>As for if Luna and Chrissy are actually good travel partners, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/john-legend-travel-tips" target="_blank">John recently told <i>Travel + Leisure</i></a>, “They're not terrible. Miles doesn't even have a personality yet. He's just silent most of the time, but he hasn't flown anywhere yet, so we'll see.”</p><p>And, if you’re anything like Chrissy and John and need to get your traveling baby a passport photo too, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-to-baby-passport" target="_blank">check out this guide,</a> which will help you figure out all the paperwork, photos, and applications you need to get your baby racking up those airline miles ASAP.</p>
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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Took the Whole Family to Cannes and the Photos Are Adorable

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 08:51
<p>Beyoncé may be one of the most famous women in the world, but she’s just like the rest of us when it comes to snapping <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/creative-ways-to-use-travel-photos" target="_blank">family photos on vacation</a>.</p><p>On Monday, the songstress shared a series of images on social media alongside her husband, Jay-Z, and their eldest child, Blue Ivy, as they vacationed seaside in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/vintage-glamour-cannes-film-festival" target="_blank">Cannes, France</a>. (Don’t worry, one-year-old twins Rumi and Sir were reportedly there too, they just stayed out of the limelight.)</p><p>In the photos, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5911705/Beyonce-shows-curves-breezy-dress-enjoys-vacation-Jay-Z-Blue-Ivy.html" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a> reported, Beyoncé rocked a flowy, printed summer dress by <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.shopbop.com/audrey-mini-dress-temperley-london/vp/v=1/1543423333.htm?fm=search-viewall-shopbysize&amp;os=false&amp;extid=affprg_linkshare_SB-TnL5HPStwNw&amp;cvosrc=affiliate.linkshare.TnL5HPStwNw" target="_blank">Temperley London</a>, which retails for $1,595, along with <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/ritch-erani-nyfc/shoes-1/items.aspx" target="_blank">Ritch Erani shoes</a>. In the first set of images, she sat next to her hubby, showed off her epic boat ride, and was all smiles as her family happily posed for the camera.</p><p>In the second post, Beyoncé casually stood by a dock overlooking the water as she called for Blue Ivy to come stand with her.</p><p>And finally, in a third post, a gif this time, Beyoncé can be seen giggling alongside her husband as she gave a little behind-the-scenes look at their photo shoot.</p><p>It’s been a wild few days for Beyoncé, so she surely needed the time off.</p><p>On Saturday, while performing at her <i>On The Run II</i> tour in Warsaw, Poland, Beyonce was left stranded on an elevated stage after it malfunctioned and left her several feet in the air. Thankfully, <a href="https://people.com/music/beyonce-climbs-ladder-stage-malfunction/" target="_blank"><i>People</i></a> reported, crew members on the tour quickly brought over a ladder so the singer could climb down.</p><p>And though we are sure the Carter family vacation came with plenty of A-list perks, you can still vacation like them, too. To start planning a Beyoncé-worthy vacation to the French Riviera, read up on <em>Travel + Leisure</em>’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-travel-to-french-riviera" target="_blank">how-to guide, here</a>.</p>
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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Got Stuck in the Hamptons After His $200,000 Car Broke Down

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 08:29
<p>All <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/music/despacito-tourism-puerto-rico-justin-bieber" target="_blank">Justin Bieber</a> and his on-again girlfriend Hailey Baldwin wanted to do was start their July 4th celebration early in the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-hamptons" target="_blank">Hamptons</a>. But, as the <i><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5911551/Justin-Bieber-Hailey-Baldwin-appear-stressed-pop-stars-car-BREAKS-Hamptons.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a> </i>reported, the pair’s summer vacation plans were thwarted on Monday by some unfortunate car troubles.</p><p>According to <i>People</i>, Bieber’s Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (which, by the way, <a href="http://people.com/music/justin-bieber-hailey-baldwin-car-broke-down-hamptons/" target="_blank">likely cost somewhere around $200,000</a>) broke down in the middle of an intersection in the Hamptons, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/july-4th-traffic-2018-best-and-worst-times-to-drive" target="_blank">causing a major traffic jam</a> in the process.</p><p>Local police were called in, according to <i>People</i>, to manage the traffic situation before a tow truck could arrive to move the stalled vehicle. Both Bieber and Baldwin looked stressed out as they waited outside the car in the Hamptons heatwave.</p><p>But, other than the car trouble, <i>People</i> reported that things are seemingly going quite well for the singer and model. The <a href="https://people.com/music/justin-bieber-hailey-baldwin-forehead-kiss-brooklyn/" target="_blank">two were spotted kissing</a> in Brooklyn in late June, according to several witnesses.</p><p>Prior to heading to New York, the pair kicked off their summer vacation in Washington. There, <a href="https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a21946490/justin-bieber-hailey-baldwin-church-conference/" target="_blank"><i>Cosmopolitan</i></a> reported, they were spotted in a hotel hot tub looking casual as ever.</p><p>Of course Bieber, a devout church-goer, attended services with his girlfriend in Kirkland, Washington.</p><p>A few weeks before this trip, Bieber and Baldwin were also spotted hitting up another church service in <a href="https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a21268413/justin-bieber-hailey-baldwin-together-miami/" target="_blank">Miami, Florida</a>, before heading to the clubs on Ocean Drive. According to sources who spoke to <em>TMZ</em>, they partied throughout the night, finally heading home at 3 a.m. No word yet on where the couple will vacation next, but if their travel history is any proof, it will be somewhere awesome, and somewhere that has at least one church in town.</p>
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This Private Airline Club Promises Ridiculously Cheap First Class Flights

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 06:24
<p>A new service is preparing to launch flights next year, with one-way tickets available starting at $280.</p><p>When <a href="https://www.flyaura.com/" target="_blank">AURA</a> launches next year, it hopes to combine “the luxury and convenience of a private jet with the affordability and reliability of an airline.”</p><p>AURA will operate out of small private airports in major U.S. cities, offering flights on <a href="https://www.bombardier.com/en/media/multimedia-library/details.bombardier-aerospace-crj-exterior-images-crj700-nextgen.html" target="_blank">CRJ700 Bombardier regional jets</a>. Because private jet passengers don’t need to deal with the hassles of the typical airport experience, the company says passengers would only need to arrive at the hangar 20 minutes before takeoff.</p><p>There will be 29 seats on each plane across two classes of service, “FIRST” and “WAVE.” FIRST is not actually first class — these passengers are the main cabin. Each seat will have 44 inches of seat pitch, offering the most legroom in any domestic first class, according to AURA. (For the sake of comparison, major airlines' first class on domestic flights offers anywhere from 37- to 42-inch seat pitch, while a typical economy seat has 30 inches.) Premium offerings are the eight WAVE seats. The custom Swiss-designed zero-gravity AÏANAWAVE seats can lie completely flat and were designed with input from sleep psychologists and aero-medical scientists.</p><img alt="Aura WAVE private jet at sunset "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530204884/aura-wave-private-jet-interior-PRIVCHEAP0618.jpg?itok=EAYevzUb"><p>Although at first glance, the interior may look like a typical private jet, AURA says the cabin will be immersive. OLED displays turn the cabin walls and ceiling into starry night skies or vibrant sunsets. Passengers will be able to don a VR headset linked to a 360-degree camera on top of the aircraft. When passengers enter VR, they will be able to experience their flight as if they were sitting atop the plane. There’s also complimentary Wi-Fi on all flights and an iPad Pro available at each seat.</p><p>AURA is trying to distinguish itself with its in-flight meal offerings. FIRST passengers can dine on tapas from around the world. WAVE passengers get a step up. About 24 hours before departure, passengers can choose a cut of beef, lamb, chicken, duck or fish from the “MEATLOCKER.” An onboard chef will cook the meat sous vide to your liking. Both classes can order from a fresh sushi and sashimi menu.</p><p>AURA will operate flights between New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta and Denver. During events like Sundance, SXSW, Coachella and Art Basel, the airline will charter additional flights. Seasonal flights to the mountains of Aspen or beaches of the Hamptons will also be available.</p><p>The airline is offering a membership program. For $100 per month, passengers can become “Keyholders” which allows access to lower price points on all flights (it works out to about half-off all routes).</p><p>AURA is set to take flight in 2019. Prices start at $280 for a one-way between <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/atlanta" target="_blank">Atlanta</a> and <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/chicago">Chicago</a> for Keyholders. Non-Keyholders can get tickets starting at $560.</p>
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China Just Warned Its Citizens Against Traveling to the U.S.

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 17:48
<p>The Chinese Embassy in Washington posted <a href="http://www.china-embassy.org/chn/lszj/zytz/t1572411.htm" target="_blank">a notice</a> last week telling travelers that “shooting, robbery, and theft are frequent” in the U.S. Tourists were also warned to “be alert to suspicious people around you, avoid going out alone at night.”</p><p>According to the embassy’s memo, “American public security is not sufficient” in protecting against gun violence. The Chinese Embassy also warned Chinese travelers against the high cost of medical expenses and the danger of summer natural disasters in the U.S.</p><p>China has been warning its citizens about gun violence in the U.S. for years. In 2016, after a Chinese student was shot and killed in Arizona, the embassy told travelers to avoid “crime scenes and tough neighborhoods.” Just a few months ago, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/02/world/asia/china-travel-warning-america.html" target="_blank">the Chinese Foreign Ministry sent a notice via WeChat</a>: “Be careful and prepare for the possibility that gun crimes may occur at workplaces, schools, at home and at tourist sites.”</p><p>According to a 2015 study, Yemen is the only other country in the world with <a href="https://www.news.com.au/world/middle-east/the-only-country-with-more-mass-shootings-per-capita-than-the-us/news-story/ba8e12b6db0c65ac18ca69c53d97c9c4" target="_blank">a higher rate of mass shootings</a>, adjusted for population.</p><p>In January, the U.S. State Department warned travelers about arbitrary detentions that could take place during a trip to China but otherwise the country was considered “generally safe.”</p><p>The U.S. is currently seeing a drop in foreign tourist arrivals, which <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-trends/trump-tourism-to-us-is-down" target="_blank">some have dubbed the “Trump Slump.”</a> Critics are attributing the decline to current political rhetoric and the travel ban, which was upheld by the Supreme Court last week. Travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries — including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen — <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/27/us/politics/trump-travel-ban-effects.html" target="_blank">are currently barred from entering the U.S.</a></p><p>Nearly 3 million Chinese tourists visited the U.S. in 2016. Not only are there more Chinese tourists around the world than any other nationality, they’re the most likely to spend money while traveling. In one year, Chinese travelers are estimated to have spent $261 billion abroad.</p>
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There's a Good Reason Meghan Markle Always Wears Shoes That Don't Fit Her (Video)

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:01
<p>Meghan Markle, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex, is already making a name for herself as a <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-royal-wedding-dress" target="_blank">highly fashionable member of the royal family</a>. But there’s one tiny detail in her wardrobe that has left many of her fans scratching their heads, and it all comes down to her feet.</p><p>You see, Meghan is always spotted at major events wearing shoes that appear to be a size too big for her delicate royal feet. But, according to one expert, that look is entirely on purpose.</p><p>"Celebs often go a size up, or even two, in the shoe department when they're at an event or on the red carpet and it's for one reason we can all relate to — to avoid blisters,” fashion expert Harriet Davey recently told <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/6591536/meghan-markle-shoes-too-big/" target="_blank"><i>The Sun</i></a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/meghan-markle-sarah-flint-heels-and-sneakers" target="_blank">Meghan Markle's Go-to Comfy Heel Designer Also Makes the Perfect White Sneaker</a></p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-kate-middleton-matching-shoes" target="_blank">Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Wore Matching Shoes and Now We Need Them Too</a></p><p>He added: "There's nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes (we've all been there on a night out) and when celebs like Meghan are wearing heels for a long period of time their feet can often swell up. The swelling can cause blisters and in the long run bunions — like long-time heel fan Victoria Beckham has been rumored to suffer with."</p><img alt="Meghan Markle, shoe detail, attends an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530031038/meghan-markle-shoes-TOOBIGMM0618.jpg?itok=zCyYG_Hd"><p>According to Davey, the duchess, along with others who want to follow this same fashion trick, simply need to stuff the toe of their shoe with a bit of tissue, cotton, or wool to stop the shoes from slipping off. And the wearer can always remove the tissue if they need a bit more room for their tootsies.</p><p>Moreover, Meghan isn’t the only royal to employee a genius shoe trick. It turns out her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, also <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/kate-middleton-high-heels-inserts" target="_blank">uses sticky pads that adhere to the bottom of her tights</a> to ensure her heels never slip or slide when she’s out and about for events.</p><p>“You never see a royal without their nude stockings. Meghan, from what I can see from the engagement photographs, it doesn't look like she was wearing tights or stockings,” royal reporter Victoria Arbiter noted to<i> </i><a href="http://www.thisisinsider.com/meghan-markle-royal-fashion-rules-stockings-2017-12" target="_blank"><i>Insider</i></a>. "I would say that's really the only hard, steadfast rule in terms of what the Queen requires."</p><p>And, because she simply has to, it’s rumored that Kate often purchases the John Lewis “Barely There Non-Slip Tights,” which come with the no-slide Lycra bottoms and <a href="https://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-7-denier-barely-there-non-slip-tights-pack-of-1/p3241529?s_afcid=af_78888&amp;tmad=c&amp;awc=1203_1530025184_357f5b7105fbdf83b051cd01b429e758&amp;tmcampid=48" target="_blank">cost just $7</a>. So why not live like a stylish yet comfy princess and pick up a pair too?</p>
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What Hotels Are Doing to Make It Fun to Get Healthy on Vacation

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:02
<p>A good gym is a start. But the most forward-thinking hotels are going beyond the weight room to offer <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/wellness-vacations-2018" target="_blank">health-focused amenities</a> that pack a serious punch. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Ocho-Rios-Hotels-Couples-Tower-Isle-All-Inclusive.h522057.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Couples Resorts’ Tower Isle</a> <em>(spa villas from $959)</em>, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, takes “all-inclusive” to a new level, providing unlimited spa treatments for two to those who book into one of the eight Oasis Spa Villas. Consult with a dedicated concierge to map out an itinerary of treatments, including massages, facials, and body wraps during your stay. At the just-opened <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Phuket-Hotels-Rosewood-Phuket.h17171430.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Rosewood Phuket</a> <em>(doubles from $575; programs $510–$7,690)</em>, the hotel brand introduces its new holistic health experience, Asaya, which encourages guests to cultivate self-acceptance and self-discovery. Participants determine their goals in a private meeting with a wellness guide before embarking on a program of alternative therapies, group workouts, and bespoke spa treatments.</p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Las-Vegas-Hotels-The-Cosmopolitan-Of-Las-Vegas.h3818880.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas</a> <em>(doubles from $195; treatments $29–$259)</em> takes a different approach to pampering, employing clinicians trained to administer in-room Reviv nutrient infusions and injections. Exhausted travelers might choose vitamin B12 to combat jet lag with a burst of natural energy, while athletes can bolster their training sessions with CoQ10+, which aids in muscle recovery.</p><p>Some hotels now integrate wellness right into their rooms: when guests at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Los-Angeles-Hotels-Four-Seasons-Los-Angeles-At-Beverly-Hills.h300.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills</a> <em>(doubles from $695)</em> enter one of the seven new spa-adjacent accommodations, they hear a recorded meditation led by Deepak Chopra. High-tech touches include Mood Box devices, which mimic the changing intensity of natural daylight to help align travelers’ circadian rhythms, and advanced air purifiers to catch allergens and microbes.</p><p>Six Senses has continually pursued forward-thinking health initiatives. Last year, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/six-senses-douro-valley.html" target="_blank">Six Senses Douro Valley</a> (doubles from $700), in Portugal, debuted a physician-designed clean-eating program that will soon be in all Six Senses resorts. The focus: boosting immunity and improving digestion by reducing sodium, sugar, and foods that can be inflammatory. Full integrative health screenings and personalized sleep and fitness guidance complement the culinary offerings. At the just-opened <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Fiji-Hotels-Six-Senses-Fiji.h22944240.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Six Senses Fiji</a> (doubles from $884), guests peruse the spa’s Alchemy Bar to create their own scrubs and oils using ingredients from the on-site garden, including lemongrass and kaffir lime. Down in the Caribbean, <a href="https://www.bucuti.com/" target="_blank">Bucuti &amp; Tara</a>'s have replaced happy hours with "healthy hours" featuring nutrient-dense smoothies and mocktails, as well as complimentary fitness classes.</p><p>Many hotels have also sought ways to differentiate their fitness programs. <a href="http://jwmarriott.com" target="_blank">JW Marriott Hotels &amp; Resorts</a> found forward-thinking partners to help them do so. The company recently rolled out on-demand in-room fitness videos, which include barre routines led by members of the Joffrey Ballet, and brought in wellness consultant Nora Tobin to host retreats at several JW Marriott properties throughout the year. </p>
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These Amazing Photos of Henry Winkler’s Fishing Trip Will Give You New Respect for the Fonz (Video)

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 10:31
<p>In case you didn’t know, the Fonz digs fish.</p><p>Henry Winkler, famous among other things for his role as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on Happy Days, has been on a pretty eventful fishing trip at <a href="http://www.tlapc.com/" target="_blank">The Lodge at Palisades Creek</a> in Irwin, Idaho, for the last few days.</p><p>During his stay at the fishing lodge, Winkler documented every victorious catch he made on <a href="https://twitter.com/hwinkler4real" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</p><p>While you might expect that if you’ve seen one trout, you’ve probably seen them all, this is not the case with Winkler. Each fish he caught is a special beauty that he was eager to hold up and beam at the camera for his fans.</p><p>And there were a lot of fish to share. It’s like they were practically jumping into the boat.</p><p>He even gave some of them names.</p><p>Winkler's fans on Twitter, including many celebrities, were astonished by the man's trout fishing skills and delighted by every post.</p><p>Winkler’s excursion on the Snake River has ended, but he clearly didn't go home empty handed. And we got to see every last bit of it.</p><p>https://twitter.com/hwinkler4real/status/1013565088333086722</p><p>May we all find the happiness that Winkler found while fishing.</p>
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Katie Holmes' Go-to Airplane Accessory Is so Comfy, Suri Cruise Loves It Too

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 10:31
<p>It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago that Katie Holmes came into our world (on a row boat, no less) as every boy’s dream girl next door with those big brown eyes, shiny hair, and razor-sharp wit on iconic teen drama <i>Dawson’s Creek.</i></p><p>Though we will always love her as Joey Potter, Holmes has gone on to play many roles in films and television including "Batman Begins," "The Romantics," "Logan Lucky," the mini-series <em>The Kennedys</em>, and Showtime’s <em>Ray Donovan</em>. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she also recently took a turn at directing with the feature film "All We Had," which she also starred in.</p><p>This fall she will actually be returning to TV (sadly not in a <em>Dawson’s Creek</em> reunion, but don’t give up hope) with a role in a juicy new FBI drama for FOX. But before that she will be enjoying her summer and helping others do the same. </p><p>Holmes paired up with American Express and Delta Air Lines for the “Perksicle Tour” presented by #DeltaAmexPerks. The tour will travel the country from June 1-July 22, treating Delta SkyMiles® American Express Card Members to complimentary ice pops from local vendors. Additionally, anyone including non-card members may also purchase an ice pop from the truck for $3 as a donation to the American Red Cross. Delta and American Express will then collectively make a donation of the price of each popsicle sold in support of American Red Cross disaster relief efforts.</p><p><em>Travel + Leisure </em>caught up with Holmes at the kick-off of the tour to talk about her packing style (or lack thereof), her best plane hacks, and the exciting thing she got to see on her recent trip to the Middle East.</p><p><strong>T+L:<em> </em>What is the best trip you've ever taken?</strong></p><p>Katie Holmes: "My most memorable trip was being in London and Paris with my parents for like 10 days together when I was in my 20s. We did Wimbledon and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-travel-with-dad" target="_blank">spent Father's Day together</a> and just really enjoyed all the sightseeing together."</p><p><strong>What is your packing style? Are you very organized?</strong></p><p>"I'm more of a throw it in the bag and go. I'm learning to leave stuff and then <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/etsy-international-shopping-trends" target="_blank">purchase things abroad</a>. I am a just grab the passport kind of person. I do a lot of last-minute trips."</p><p><strong>Even though you are usually traveling last-minute, do you have a plane uniform?</strong></p><p>"For a plane I usually always have <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Cashmere-Scarf-Extra-Vintage-Yellow/dp/B01N1PROC3" target="_blank">a big scarf</a> so I can put it on the pillow or if I get cold, or to be honest it usually goes to my child [Suri Cruise, 12, with ex-husband Tom Cruise]. And I always bring <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/best-travel-pants-women" target="_blank">sweats for a longer flight</a>."</p><img alt="Katie Holmes carries a large scarf at LAX "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530301989/katie-holmes-scarf-lax.jpg?itok=av6DPjs5"><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-travel-wraps" target="_blank">Stay Cozy With Our 13 Favorite Travel Wraps and Scarves</a></p><p><strong>What trip are you dying to take?</strong></p><p>"I really want to go to New Zealand and I really want to go to Greece."</p><p><strong>Do you have a favorite hotel in the world?</strong></p><p>"I love <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187147-d188741-Reviews-Hotel_Costes-Paris_Ile_de_France.html" target="_blank">Hôtel Costes</a> in Paris."</p><p><strong>Travel + Leisure: What was the last big trip you took?</strong></p><p>"I went to Riyadh [Saudi Arabia] recently. It was so beautiful. It was a long trip, but I really enjoyed it. I love the women that I met. It was really inspiring to see these women enjoying the new freedoms they now have and there is a sense of creativity that is happening."</p><p>[<a href="https://www.harpersbazaararabia.com/people/culture/katie-holmes-and-idris-elba-visit-saudi-arabia" target="_blank">Holmes was there with Idris Elba</a> to celebrate a new billion-dollar initiative for Saudi Arabia by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to help modernize the country’s entertainment industry.]</p><p><strong>When you travel do you try to keep up with your workout schedule?</strong></p><p>"I do try to keep it up because working out after a long flight helps with the jet lag — and drinking a lot of water."</p><p><strong>Do you have any hacks for staying calm on a flight?</strong></p><p>"I make sure to tell everyone I love that I love them. I'm not a nervous flier but I'm glad when I touch down. I fly a lot."</p><p><strong>Any big trips planned for this summer?</strong></p><p>"I'm working this summer but I'll also be spending time with my family in the Midwest visiting the lakes out there."</p><p><strong>Why did you want to be part of this campaign?</strong></p><p>"I love AmEx and Delta and I love that part of this is being donated to the <a href="https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation" target="_blank">Red Cross Disaster Relief</a> so I am excited to be part of that [Holmes has visited some of the Red Cross camps across the country and volunteered there]. I have an AmEx and I fly Delta and I love ice pops!"</p>
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Emirates Is Having a July 4th Flash Sale You Won't Want to Miss

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 10:24
<p>Attention, travelers: Your July 4th celebrations just got way, way better.</p><p>On Monday, Emirates announced a very special <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.emirates.com/us/english/book/featured-fares/" target="_blank">Independence Day fare sale</a> in honor of America’s birthday.</p><p>To ring in July 4th, Emirates is offering <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.emirates.com/us/english/book/featured-fares/" target="_blank">deals for fall travel from all 12 of its U.S. hubs</a> to more than 91 destinations across the globe.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/best-july-4th-sales-2018" target="_blank">Your Cheat Sheet to All the Best July 4th Sales Happening Right Now</a></p><p>Flights start from $549 round-trip in economy class and from $3,529 round-trip in business class. And if you book within the first 24 hours of the sale period, the airline will even throw in a special code (US4JULY) for an additional $30 off.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/emirates-flight-attendant" target="_blank">Here’s What It Takes to Become a Flight Attendant With Emirates</a></p><p>So where can you go? According to Emirates, select economy class fares start from:</p><p>$549 to Milan</p><p>$649 to Athens</p><p>$849 to Dubai</p><p>$799 to Delhi</p><p>$859 to Chennai</p><p>$889 to Hyderabad</p><p>$899 to Bangkok</p><p>$899 to Nairobi</p><p>Customers can also get select business class fares starting from: </p><p>$3,529 to Milan</p><p>$3,639 to Athens</p><p>$5,419 to Dubai</p><p>$3,589 to Delhi</p><p>$3,999 to Chennai</p><p>$3,539 to Hyderabad</p><p>$4,989 to Bangkok</p><p>$5,119 to Nairobi</p><p>The sale began July 2 and will end at 11:59pm EST on July 8, so make sure to book quickly. Travel in economy class is valid for travel from August 24, 2018 through December 6, 2018 and January 9, 2019 through May 9, 2019. Business class fares are valid for travel from August 10, 2018 through December 13, 2018 and December 24, 2018 through May 19, 2019. All travel must be completed on or before May 26, 2019. (Some exclusions apply.)</p><p>Looking for more than a flight? Customers can also score deep discounts on Emirates Vacations to some epic destinations. Full, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.emiratesvacations.com/us_en/offers/all-inclusive" target="_blank">seven-night all-inclusive</a> — with flights included — vacations are starting from just $1,800. Those trips include:</p><p>Maldives – all-inclusive from $1,800 at the Kuredu Island Resort and Spa Hotel.</p><p>Dubai – all-inclusive from $1,900 at the Movenpick Jumeirah Beach.</p><p>Mauritius – all-inclusive from $2,035 at the Outrigger Mauritius.</p><p>So really, this could be just the excuse you were looking for to book the vacation of your dreams and save a few bucks while doing it. Check out <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.emirates.com/us/english/book/featured-fares/" target="_blank">Emirates' site</a> for the full list of destinations, fare details, and available accommodations.</p>
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Shark-themed Cruises Are Here to Help You Celebrate Shark Week All Summer Long (Video)

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 10:00
<p>Good news, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/great-white-shark-caught-in-south-carolina" target="_blank">shark fans</a>. We found a bigger boat.</p><p>People wait all year for the most exciting week on television: Shark Week. Last year, the Phelps vs. Shark special event drew thousands of shark fans to their TV screens. Some even <a href="http://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/princess-cruises-shark-week-themed-cruise/travel" target="_blank">held special viewing parties</a>. </p><p>This year, Princess Cruises is dialing up the excitement by dedicating a cruise package to the event. </p><img alt="Princess Cruises Shark Week Cruise "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530278629/princess-cruises-shark-week-DUNDUNDUN0618.jpg?itok=LHrS9aZU"><p>The Summer of Shark cruise package, a Shark Week-themed extravaganza for Discovery Channel fans, will include advanced screenings of this year’s Shark Week programming, plus shark-themed restaurants, decor, activities, and even some cocktails like the Shark Attack Margarita.</p><p>The seven-day cruise route will run from June to September on the <em>Caribbean Princess</em>, with both eastern and western <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/caribbean-tourism-update" target="_blank">Caribbean</a> itineraries. Many routes leave from Fort Lauderdale and begin at a price point of <a href="https://www.princess.com/find/searchResults.do?voyages=B818,B820,B822,B824,B826,B828,B830,%20B817,B819,B821,B823,B825,B827,B829,%20B817A,B818A,B819A,B820A,B821A,B822A,B823A,B824A,B825A,B826A,B827A,B828A,B829A" target="_blank">$450 per person</a>. Two-week cruises begin at $1,098 per person.</p><p>Princess’ <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-times-to-visit-alaska" target="_blank">Alaska</a> ships will also be hosting Shark Week cruises from July 15-25, sailing round-trip from San Francisco starting at <a href="https://www.princess.com/find/searchResults.do?voyages=A820,A821,R833,R834,E821,E822,2818,2819,5823,5824,9822,9823,6822,6823" target="_blank">$433 per person</a> for a seven-day trip (on sale). Travelers in Europe can also board <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/sapphire-princess" target="_blank"><em>Sapphire Princess</em></a> voyages from July 7-21 and July 21-Aug. 8 for their own two-week shark cruises, which travel from the U.K. to Scandinavia to St. Petersburg, Russia, and then back to Southampton.</p><p>More information about the Shark Week cruises can be found on the <a href="https://www.princess.com/ships-and-experience/onboard-experience/activities/discovery-at-sea/" target="_blank">Princess Cruises website</a>.</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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Mandy Moore Is in Paris Looking More Glamorous Than Ever

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 08:28
<p>Mandy Moore, like many of us, is using summer as an excuse to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/summer-vacations" target="_blank">take a great vacation</a>. But while we're heading out on our road trips or hitting the beach, the actress is taking warm weather travels to glamorous new heights.</p><p>While on break from her show, <i>This Is Us,</i> (we know, we cry just thinking about it too), Moore was spotted gallivanting<b> </b><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/ile-de-france-paris" target="_blank">around</a><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/ile-de-france-paris" target="_blank"> Paris</a> for Haute Couture Fashion Week, where she rocked more than a few amazing ensembles. Thankfully, she was happy to share a few details from her trip and her best looks on Instagram. </p><p>In her first post, Moore shared a quick video as she exited her hotel wearing an adorable mid-length floral dress and flats as she made her way to a local flea market.</p><p>Next, she showed off a gorgeous white and blue skirt with a matching backless blouse by Ronald van der Kemp.</p><p>And finally, she shared a simply stunning hot pink Schiaparelli dress featuring sleeve cutouts.</p><p>Of course, this isn’t the first time the actress/singer has opened up about her vacations on social media. In March, Moore also shared her entire journey as she <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/mandy-moore-mount-kilimanjaro" target="_blank">hiked up Mt. Kilimanjaro with her followers</a>. And somehow, Moore looked just as glamorous hiking up Africa’s tallest peak as she did walking to the Parisian couture runways.</p><p>Following that journey, Moore even got a tattoo of an outline of Mt. Kilimanjaro to commemorate her accomplishment.</p><p>"There’s nothing more empowering than realizing that we are all capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for," Moore wrote in an Instagram post showing off her ink. "The mountain. Forever commemorated. Thank you @winter_stone for the reminder of what we accomplished.”</p><p>No word yet if she’ll get some new body art from her Paris trip, but odds are it would be equally cool if she did.</p>
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