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The 'Incredible' New Dessert at Disneyland That Has Fans Lining Up

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 06:08
<p>A new <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disney-california-adventure/jack-jack-cookie-num-nums/" target="_blank">“Incredibles”-themed cookie</a> debuted at Disney California Adventure at <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/pixar-pier-opening-info-prices" target="_blank">the opening of Pixar Pier</a>, and it's soft, chocolate-y and quickly reaching cult status.</p><p>Jack-Jack’s Cookie Num Num, one of the many new items at the theme park’s just-opened <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/pixar-pier-opening-info-prices" target="_blank">Pixar Pier</a>, isn’t your run-of-the-mill baked good. Made with brown butter and hearty chocolate chunks, the deep-dish sweet is served warm — a first for Disney Parks — melting the chocolate and gooey doughy center into a delectable treat that rivals nearly every dessert Disneyland Resort has ever sold.</p><p>The Anaheim parks have introduced a succession of crazy-trendy treats the past few months — <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/dole-whip-pineapple-donut-disneyland" target="_blank">Dole Whip donuts</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disneyland-carrot-cake-churro" target="_blank">carrot cake churros</a> and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/everything-millennial-pink-at-disney" target="_blank">millennial pink macarons</a> among them — but the phenomenon surrounding this freshly baked indulgence isn’t likely to subside any time soon. Pixar Pier guests have been hyping the pastry on Instagram so much that it’s already on track to become one of the most popular Disneyland eats of the year, if not all time.</p><p>Large enough to split between two people, you’ll be hard pressed to want to share the $6 dessert once you take a bite. Order two so you won’t have to wait in line a second time, even if the outdoor queue is appealing. Flocked by vibrant mid-century modern murals, the namesake cart first perfectly within the Palm Springs-inspired decor of Pixar Pier’s “Incredibles”-themed area, all of which pays homage to Jack-Jack’s delicious method of reaching homeostasis.</p><p>Fans with dietary restrictions shouldn’t have to call Edna Mode for a built-in escape parachute, as there are still multiple options on hand.The namesake cart serves two others sweets — a shortbread cookie and gluten-friendly Incredicookie — as well as strawberry milk, chocolate milk and vanilla almond milk.</p><p>Whether or not you choose to dunk the behemoth treat, believe the hype: Jack-Jack’s Cookie Num Num is a must on your next trip to the California park. And if that cookie smell on Incredicoaster inspires you to go back multiple times, rest assured, you won’t be the only one.</p>
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Free and Cheap Things to Do in July After the Fireworks

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:02
<p>It’s really July that roars in like a lion, given all the fireworks communities set off to celebrate July 4th and usher in summer.</p><p>But the fun doesn’t have to stop there, thanks to plenty of cheap, free and cool events offered up around the country, including festivals celebrating everything from baby food to cherries and pickles, to free concerts, surfing competitions and discounts on multi-course meals.</p><h2>Food Festivals</h2><p>A tradition since 1925, the <a href="https://www.cherryfestival.org/p/about/history/336" target="_blank">National Cherry Festival</a> runs June 30 through July 7 in Traverse City, Michigan with parades, pie-eating contests, pit spitting contests and plenty of other tasty cherry-centered activities.</p><p>Fremont, MI, home to the Gerber Products Company and the self-proclaimed Baby Food Capital of the World, spoons up the <a href="http://babyfoodfestival.com/" target="_blank">National Baby Food Festival</a> July 18-21. Highlights include a grand parade, a baby crawl, frog jumping, turtle races, a baby photo contest and a baby food eating contest – for adults.</p><p>And in Pittsburgh, PA – where the Heinz company has been headquartered since 1890 – the free <a href="http://www.picklesburgh.com/" target="_blank">Picklesburgh</a> festival will celebrate all things pickled July 20-22 from its perch on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. In addition to live music and vendors offering every type of pickled food item imaginable, participants can partake of do-it-yourself pickling demonstrations and enter the pickle-juice drinking contest.</p><h2>Ships and Surfing</h2><p>In New York City, the <a href="https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/" target="_blank">South Street Seaport Museum</a> is offering free admission from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Friday from July 6 through September 22, 2018. The museum is home to a fleet of five historic ships and is currently hosting an exhibition about the experience of sailing on early ocean liners.</p><p>Baseball fans will rally in Cooperstown, New York, July 27-30 for the Hall of Fame Weekend at the <a href="https://baseballhall.org/discover/short-stops/npb-mascot-donation" target="_blank">National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum</a>. Some weekend events are ticketed, but there’s no charge to watch Hall of Famers ride in trucks down Main Street during the Parade of Legends Saturday evening, July 28, nor is there a charge for lawn seating during the Induction Ceremony on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center on Sunday, July 29.</p><p>Baltimore’s giant summer Artscape festival runs July 20 – 22, with free activities ranging from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts to dance, opera and theater performances, visual arts installation and artist markets throughout the city neighborhoods.</p><p>San Antonio continues its tricentennial year celebration in July with a wide variety of special <a href="https://www.sanantonio300.org/mainevents/2018-07/" target="_blank">ticketed and free partner events</a>, including a series of free Friday night jazz performances (July 6, 13, 20 and 27) courtesy of the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival.<b> </h2><p>The summer line-up at <a href="https://muny.org/" target="_blank">The Muny</a>, an 11,000-seat outdoor musical theater complex in St. Louis, includes “Jersey Boys,” “Annie,” “Gypsy,” and, appropriately enough, “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Ticket prices start at a reasonable $15, but those in the know line up early for the <a href="https://muny.org/free-seats/" target="_blank">1,450 free seats</a> (in the last nine rows of the theater) handed out before each performance.</p><p>Billed as the world’s largest surf competition, the <a href="https://www.surfcityusa.com/event/2018-vans-us-open-of-surfing/17666/#read-more" target="_blank">U.S. Open of Surfing</a> rolls in (and out) July 28 to August 5 in Huntington Beach, CA. In addition to surfing, the nine-day event includes free outdoor movies, art installations, live music, skateboarding, BMX competitions, movie premiers, fashion shows and more.</p><h2>Restaurant Week in Cities Across the Country</h2><p>Keep your summer travel budget in check by taking advantage of Restaurant Week deals in cities offering special set menus and prix fixe prices on lunch and dinner.</p><p><a href="https://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week" target="_blank">New York City’s summer Restaurant Week</a> runs July 23 to August 17. Reservations (necessary for many popular eateries) open on July 9. Other cities offering Restaurant Week deals in July include <a href="http://www.baltimorerestaurantweek.com/" target="_blank">Baltimore, Maryland</a> (July 27 to August 5), <a href="http://digbatonrouge.com/restaurant-week/" target="_blank">Baton Rouge, Louisiana</a> (July 11 to 16), <a href="https://www.goprovidence.com/rw/" target="_blank">Providence, Rhode Island</a> (July 8-21) and <a href="https://www.charlottecentercity.org/calendar/queens-feast-charlotte-restaurant-week-2/" target="_blank">Charlotte, North Carolina</a> (July 20-29).</p>
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Forget Baguettes — Why In-the-know Bread Lovers Should be Heading to the Caucasus

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 11:00
<p>“Chris burned all his arm hairs off.”</p><p>Rose Previte laughs, recalling a memorable day of bread baking in Georgia’s Racha highlands. The part owner of <a href="http://maydandc.com/" target="_blank">Maydan</a> <em>(entrées $12–$48) </em>— a new D.C. restaurant tracing a common culinary ancestry across North Africa, the Middle East, and the Caucasus — visited <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/eden-of-the-caucasus-georgia" target="_blank">Georgia</a> last year as one leg of a multi-country preopening trip with co-owners and executive chefs Chris Morgan and Gerald Addison.</p><img alt="Gerald of Maydan making flatbread in Georgia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530127487/gerald-flatbread-georgia-MAYDAN0718.jpg?itok=LVF3HE-O"><p>Addison, it seems, emerged from the fiery episode fairly unscathed. Morgan, for his part, notes that the Georgian women they baked with never lost any of <em>their</em> arm hairs as they reached into their scorching ovens with bare hands.</p><p>The chewy, bubbly flatbread the chefs learned to make in Georgia is now at the literal center of Maydan’s operation, made fresh throughout dinner service in the Georgian-style <em>tonés</em> (massive, cylindrical clay ovens) blazing in the middle of the dining room.</p><p>Previte had first encountered Georgian bread while living in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/moscow-creative-revolution" target="_blank">Moscow</a> with her husband, NPR host and then-foreign correspondent David Greene, remembering, “the best thing that came out of that was learning about Georgian food.” She had already turned D.C. on to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/wine/under-the-radar-wine-regions" target="_blank">the country’s natural wines</a> and cheesy, bready <a href="https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/khachapuri-adjaruli" target="_blank"><em>khachapuri</em></a> at her first restaurant, international street-food spot <a href="https://www.compassrosedc.com/" target="_blank">Compass Rose</a> <em>(small plates $8–$20)</em>. Now, she was excited to place the cuisine in a broader, more global context.</p><p>Her chef-partners began nerding out about Georgian bread right from touchdown in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/where-to-shop-in-tbilisi-georgia-design-concept-stores" target="_blank">Tbilisi</a>. The team swapped fun facts about the bread-baking diaspora they were exploring: <em>Did you know that </em>bread<em> in Georgian is </em>puri,<em> like the Indian fried snack? That some have suggested a direct lineage between the </em>tandoor<em> and the </em>toné<em>? That you can see hints of a clay-oven trail that stretches from <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/india-books-trip-inspiration" target="_blank">India</a> to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/iran" target="_blank">Iran</a> to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/crossing-yemen" target="_blank">Yemen</a> to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/postcards-of-tunisia" target="_blank">Tunisia</a>?</em></p><img alt="Gerald inspecting leaves at a former soviet tea plantation "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530127487/gerald-soviet-tea-field-georgia-MAYDAN0718.jpg?itok=6uXRoR-F"><p>The group decided to drive from Tbilisi to the beach town of Batumi, exploring the distinct food culture of Georgia’s western region. Driving westward to the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/black-sea-plankton-bloom" target="_blank">Black Sea</a>, they would stop and study under the women baking along the road — learning to make the ubiquitous <em>shotis puri</em> (long, doughy spears) and regional specialties like <em>nazuki</em>, sweetened with cinnamon and raisins.</p><p>But the breakthrough came late in the trip: behind a tiny winery in the Rioni River valley, a woman in a small hut taught them how to make a thinner <em>lavashi </em>style of bread that looked a little like something they’d seen in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/beirut-aishti-foundation-museum" target="_blank">Lebanon</a>, a little like the flatbreads at their favorite <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/restaurants/syria-istanbul-restaurants" target="_blank">Syrian falafel shop in Istanbul</a>.</p><img alt="Gerald of Maydan learning to make bread in Georgia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530127487/gerald-making-bread-in-georgia-MAYDAN0718.jpg?itok=7vPJSHUb"><p>For Addison, the woman’s bread — which inspired Maydan’s recipe — was a missing link: utterly Georgian, but somehow a distillation of all the lessons and flavors they’d picked up during their travels.</p><p>Morgan remembers it a little differently: “Gerald and I looked at each other like, <em>Damn</em>, this is the bread we’ve been looking for.”</p><img alt="Chef Gerald rolling out flatbread at Maydan, in Washington DC "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530127600/gerald-making-bread-at-maydan-MAYDAN0718.jpg?itok=EpGfwytG"><h2>How to make Maydan's Toné Flatbread</h2><p><strong>Active time</strong>: 50 minutes<br /><strong>Total time</strong>: 2 hours, 40 minutes<br /><strong>Makes</strong> 18 flatbreads</p><p><strong>Ingredients</strong><br />1 Tbsp. active dry yeast 1½ Tbsp. honey<br />3 cups warm water (110°F)<br />1½ Tbsp. canola oil, plus more for greasing<br />6 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling<br />2½ cups whole-wheat flour<br />2½ Tbsp. kosher salt</p><p><strong>Step 1</strong></p><p>Combine yeast, honey, and warm water in the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment; let stand until foamy, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in oil.</p><p><strong>Step 2</strong></p><p>Combine flours and salt in a separate large bowl. Run mixer on low speed and gradually add flour mixture to yeast mixture, until all flour is incorporated, 10 to 12 minutes. Increase speed to medium-low and mix until dough forms a ball and begins to pull away from sides of bowl, 6 to 8 minutes. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead a few times, about 30 seconds. Form dough into a ball. Lightly grease a large bowl with oil and transfer dough to bowl, turning to coat; cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.</p><p><strong>Step 3</strong></p><p>Place a pizza stone on bottom rack of oven; preheat oven to 500°F. (Leave pizza stone in oven while oven preheats.) Place dough on work surface lightly dusted with flour. Punch down dough and cut it in half. Cut each half into nine pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Cover with towel and let stand 10 minutes. Roll out dough balls into 6-inch rounds. Arrange rounds on a floured work surface or on floured baking sheets; cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise until puffy, about 25 minutes.</p><p><strong>Step 4</strong></p><p>Using a lightly floured pizza peel, slide three rounds at a time onto hot pizza stone and bake until rounds have puffed up and bottoms are lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve hot, or wrap in aluminum foil to keep warm.</p>
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The Secret Use for Apple EarPods You Didn’t Know About

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:32
<p>Calling all <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/best-smartphone-cameras-for-travelers-dxomark" target="_blank">iPhone photographers</a> and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/selfies-bigger-nose" target="_blank">selfie enthusiasts</a>: We’ve just found another way to snap the perfect photo using — get this — your headphones. Long gone are the days of singular-use EarPods; with this discovery, you can now use them as an alternative shutter button to get the perfect shot every single time, you <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/instagram-travel-hashtags-to-grow-followers" target="_blank">future Instagram star</a>, you.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/rylo-360-degree-video-camera" target="_blank">This 360-degree Camera Can Capture Every Part of Your Next Adventure on Its Own so You Don’t Have To (Video)</a></p><p>Just plug your Apple EarPods (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://apple.sjv.io/c/249354/473657/7613?prodsku=MMTN2AM%2FA&amp;u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fus%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2FMMTN2" target="_blank">apple.com</a>, $29) into your iPhone, open the Camera app, and press either volume button on the EarPods to capture a stable photo instead of fumbling for that shutter button with your thumb or trying to reach around to the volume buttons on the side of your iPhone. This trick works for starting video recordings, too.</p><p>You could also go one step further by propping your phone up and using the headphones as a discreet wired remote, making that self-portrait session so much easier.</p><img alt="Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1529961698/apple-earpods-EARPODSSECRET0618.jpg?itok=-p3uBWr1"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://apple.sjv.io/c/249354/473657/7613?prodsku=MMTN2AM%2FA&amp;u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fus%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2FMMTN2" target="_blank">apple.com</a>, $29</p>
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How to Take the Ultimate California Road Trip

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 12:01
<p>This spring, inspired by a mix of real longing and Instagram-fueled nostalgia, I found myself gripped by the desire to #vanlife it for a while. And not just any van would do: I wanted a vintage VW Westfalia, the cute pop-top camper ubiquitous in the Berkeley of my youth. Maybe I missed childhood, or maybe I'd been seduced by the gauzy road-trip lifestyle pictured on social media, but the dream held an allure I couldn't shake. I planned a loop of California and found Out Westy, a rental outfit in Santa Cruz that specializes in Westfalias. With our two kids, Bennett, 6, and Emeline, 2, my husband, Taylor, and I primed ourselves to hit the road.</p><p>As the trip drew near, I panicked. The pictures I'd seen online tagged #vanlife captured toned influencers doing sun salutations in front of their vans or posing in the wilderness in understatedly fashionable hats. They'd embraced minimalism and a casual rootlessness. Their vans seemed far sexier than mine. Life with two kids makes me a failed minimalist and decidedly rooted. Within minutes of leaving our home, my kids were yelling and throwing pretzels at each other. I grimaced. Four people, one van, 1,200 miles? Was this really my idea of fun?</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-best-road-trips" target="_blank">America’s Best Road Trips</a></p><p>Still, arriving in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/santa-cruz" target="_blank">Santa Cruz,</a> I smiled as we pulled up to <a href="http://outwesty.com" target="_blank">Outwesty Camper Vans</a>, where we were greeted by the shop's mellow owner, Dave, and his terrier, Benny. Dave, a self-described Westfalia addict who's been restoring vans for a decade, introduced us to Georgia, a burgundy "89 automatic. "Can we pop the top?" Bennett called, swinging from the van's crossbar. Unfazed, Dave showed us the cubbies and the kitchen, the fold-down bed and the pop-up roof. We packed our not-so-minimalist life into the tiny spaces, and Dave waved us off.</p><h2>Big Sur</h2><p>Pulling away, I felt a surge of joy. The van was sweet. "We're inside a tiny time machine," Taylor said. I savored the retro feel of manual locks, the trucklike steering, and the smell of vinyl. We'd been warned that Georgia topped out around 65 miles an hour, so we prepared for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/road-trips/road-trip-guide-pacific-coast-highway-california-route-1" target="_blank">life in the slow lane</a>. We pumped up Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again," which would become our trip's anthem. Another Westy driver passed us, flashing a peace sign, and we caught a huge persimmon sunset beyond Monterey. It was dark and moonless by the time we hit Big Sur. The coastal hills blackened. The stars above the ocean dazzled us. We drifted along the dark highway, under spangled grandeur.</p><p>That night in <a href="https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=577" target="_blank">Limekiln State Park</a>, we discovered that making camp in a van is surprisingly easy. We shuffled bags, flattened beds, popped Georgia's top. The kids snuggled into the roof bed, and we stretched out on the back-seat bed, falling asleep to the waves nearby.</p><p>Waking the next morning, I gasped. The whole gorgeous Pacific Ocean was there, just outside the door. The ravine we'd camped in was turning pink as the sun rose. Within seconds the kids were on the beach. Other Westy owners came over to chat. I drank coffee at the water's edge. After some oatmeal, we were off on a hike. The day was warm, the beach deserted. I hadn't seen the news and I didn't care.</p><img alt="San Simeon, California beach "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530125585/beach-near-san-simeon-VANAGON0618.jpg?itok=Fc0Et9Hp"><h2>San Simeon</h2><p>As we left, we were diverted onto a tiny, winding road. "Good job, Georgia," Taylor said, patting her dash before beginning to sing "Georgia on My Mind." Georgia was on my mind, too. After all, she was chugging on a side road up a narrow cliff. We had no Internet, no map. We would have to embrace this particular precariousness. Our fate was in her hands.</p><p>When we reached <a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=590" target="_blank">San Simeon State Park</a>, the sun was low. We pulled up and watched elephant seals, laughing as their husky snorts filled the air. We checked out neon anemones in tide pools. Kayakers and surfers were wandering back to camp after a day on the water. We unpacked, and Bennett climbed trees while I cooked burgers. I felt happy—I'd joined a particularly lovely subculture. The kids built a sleeping fort before conking out. As I drifted off, someone crooned "This Land Is Your Land" in the distance.</p><img alt="Hiking the Canyon Nature Trail in Red Rock Canyon "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530125585/canyonnature-trail-VANAGON0618.jpg?itok=mwVrxT3c"><h2>Red Rock Canyon</h2><p>After a brief detour to L.A. for sightseeing and showers, we waved farewell to cosmopolitan glamour and headed for the desert. Forlorn and improbable developments lay scattered among the Joshua trees. As we entered the high Mojave, a windstorm picked up. Taylor gripped the wheel, his knuckles whitening. The van shuddered. Our arrival in <a href="https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=631" target="_blank">Red Rock Canyon State Park</a> offered no peace: the blowing sand was shrapnel-sharp. We watched the sun set through the windshield, grateful for our in-van dinner of boxed macaroni. We played dominoes, listened to the howling wind, and, blessedly, fell asleep. When I ventured out later, everything was still. Oblong cliffs cut eerie shapes against a starry sky. The desert was cold and silent. Our van was a four-wheeled cabin in a lonely universe.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/road-trip-planner-couple" target="_blank">How to Road Trip With Your Significant Other, From a Couple That Does It For a Living</a></p><img alt="Camping in Red Rock Canyon State Park, in California "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530125585/dinner-red-rock-canyon-VANAGON0618.jpg?itok=IDC-g8uC"><p>The dawn was stunning. We ate bacon and eggs in the sharp pink light, then headed out to explore fabulous formations—red sandstone mushrooms, top-hat turrets, crooked caves. After the hike, there was a big drive ahead, crossing the vastness of remote American space. Dirt roads disappeared into distant hills. Georgia felt like a small submarine trawling an ancient seafloor. The kids sang a few songs and then passed out in the back seat. A lone coyote crossed our path.</p><h2>Death Valley</h2><p>As we crested the ridge that leads into <a href="http://nps.gov/deva" target="_blank">Death Valley National Park</a>, my jaw dropped. The landscape is pure geology, a rift gashed between mountain ranges. Everything is mineral and earth crust. The next day we explored Death Valley's highlights—the enchanting one-way road called Artist's Drive, the rainbow-colored rockfalls at Artist's Palette. We hiked Golden Canyon, one of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/death-valley-wildflower-super-bloom" target="_blank">Death Valley's</a> richly colored ravines. Bennett and I chatted about books, and Emeline hiked a whole mile on her own. I felt happy in my family and my body and the sun. That afternoon, I did yoga on the warm yellow rocks outside the van.</p><img alt="Scenes from Death Valley in California "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530125585/death-valley-artists-drive-VANAGON0618.jpg?itok=PbH_nyd8"><p>But here is a truth Instagram doesn't show: we were short on clean clothes, and when I woke up cold in the night, even the crescent moon just out the door couldn't quell my longing for a real mattress. So just after sunrise, we rolled back toward Bakersfield, past the Central Valley's cows, crops, and derricks. At the <a href="https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=584">Tule Elk State Natural Reserve</a>, just outside Buttonwillow, we stopped to stretch, eat, and see elk. A few hours later, we pulled into <a href="http://missionsanmiguel.org">Mission San Miguel</a>, a stunning 1790s Spanish mission that still holds original frescoes. By midafternoon, we were back in Santa Cruz, saying hi to Benny and Dave.</p><p>"I don't want to give the van back!" Emeline said. I felt her pain. Our time with Georgia felt intimate, unpretentious, full of songs. I loved driving a vehicle that made everyone from park rangers to fellow freeway warriors smile. I loved flashing peace signs to other Westy drivers and stopping for impromptu picnics. Being in the van made us emblems of a happier America—more hopeful, joyful, and wayward. I felt exhausted but alive. I also felt sure I could do without hearing "On the Road Again" for a long while.</p><p>Our Subaru was blessedly modern and quiet. We were back in 2018, ordering groceries by app from the car and takeout to meet us at home. Even so, we splurged on a final adventure, an enchanted hour at the <a href="http://beachboardwalk.com">Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk</a>. On the roller coaster, Emeline's face was so full of light I could watch it forever. That night, I was supremely grateful for my bed, but I missed Georgia. I'd gotten my wish, but now I had a new one: I'd like to #vanlife it again— to get back in the slow lane, and maybe even go slower.</p><img alt="Badwater Basin, Death Valley "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530125585/badwater-basin-death-valley-VANAGON0618.jpg?itok=O-IaUJuh"><h2>How to Plan Your Own Van Trip</h2><p><strong>Find an Operator</strong></p><p>Before renting a van, find out what gear is included in the cost—extras can add up. Also ask about vehicle maintenance, insurance, and roadside assistance policies, especially if you're renting a vintage vehicle. For a list of operators around the world, go to <a href="https://www.vanagon.org/vanagon-rentals/" target="_blank">vanagon.org</a>.</p><p><strong>Map Your Route</strong></p><p>Some operators put limits on daily mileage or allowable travel areas depending on the season. Enlist the company to help you map out a loop that hits your ideal sights without netting you any overage charges.</p><p><strong>Get Ready to Slow Down</strong></p><p>Many vintage vans won't go much faster than 65 miles an hour, so build in a cushion when planning drive time—what might map as a four-hour route could take five. Add an hour or two to GPS estimates, just to be safe. If nothing else, you'll have extra time to take pictures.</p><p><strong>Camp Smarter</strong></p><p>Ask the operator about necessary hookups before booking your campsites. Some companies retrofit their vehicles with built-in batteries and water tanks, but for many you'll need to find a campground that offers RV sites for power and water. Popular sites fill up early, so book well in advance.</p><p><strong>Go Minimalist</strong></p><p>Even in the roomiest vans, storage space disappears fast. Leave extras at home, and if you're traveling for more than three days, build in grocery stops so you don't have to pack all your food at once.</p><h2>Want More Trip Ideas? </h2><h3>Wilderness and Coastal Charm in Maine </h3><p>Drive north along 95 from <a href="http://mainecampers.com" target="_blank">Maine Campers</a> in Eliot to Mount Desert Island, then spend a week winding back along <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/road-trips/road-trip-guide-pacific-coast-highway-california-route-1" target="_blank">U.S. Route 1</a>. First stop: <strong>Acadia National Park</strong>, the centerpiece of Mount Desert Island. From there, drive south to the <strong>Camden-Rockland</strong> area, where you can explore Rockland's lauded Farnsworth Art Museum and sail to North Haven and Vinalhaven islands. Around <strong>Boothbay Harbor</strong> you'll get the classic New England fishing-town feel (hello, lobster rolls!) plus museums, craft breweries, and a botanical garden. Plan a stop in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/destination-videos/summer-shortlist-portland-maine-trip" target="_blank"><strong>Portland</strong></a>, home to an über-cool food and beer scene, and a detour to hang out at nearby Sebago Lake before cruising back to Eliot. </p><h3>Camping and Hiking in Scenic Colorado </h3><p>From <a href="http://rockymountaincampervans.com" target="_blank">Rocky Mountain Campervans,</a> just outside Denver, drive south to <strong>Colorado Springs</strong> to hike Garden of the Gods, then cool off in Cave of the Winds. That night, you'll camp in nearby <strong>Cheyenne Mountain State Park</strong>. The next morning, drive to <strong>Great Sand Dunes National Park</strong> for a full day and night on the dunes. The next day, stop in <strong>Durango</strong> to grab a growler at Ska Brewing before driving to <strong>Mesa Verde National Park</strong>. On your way back north, make a stop in <strong>Salida</strong> for rafting and Brown Dog Coffee in <strong>Buena Vista</strong> for the world’s best sticky buns.</p>
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Victoria's Secret Model Shares Disturbing 'Bed Bug' Photos After California Hotel Stay

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 17:40
<p>A Victoria’s Secret model is suing a hotel near Palm Springs, California after she says bed bugs “massacred” her, allegedly causing damage to her career.</p><p>Brazilian model Sabrina Jales St. Pierre alleged in a lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Riverside County Superior Court, that she was bitten by <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/bed-bugs-on-plane" target="_blank">bed bugs</a> during her stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Palm Desert in 2016. According to the lawsuit, the bites affected St. Pierre’s ability to book modeling jobs.</p><p>Brian Virag, St. Pierre's attorney and founder of My Bed Bug Lawyer, Inc., <a href="https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/crime_courts/2018/06/26/brazilian-model-sues-palm-desert-hotel-over-bed-bug-bites/734942002/" target="_blank">told the <i>Desert Sun</i></a> that the bites started to appear after his client's first night in the hotel, and “eventually she was massacred by bites covering pretty much her entire body.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/worst-bed-bug-cities" target="_blank">These U.S. Cities Have the Worst Bed Bug Infestations</a></p><p>"Like most victims of bed bugs, Sabrina also had nightmares about the experience, and she still experiences psychological trauma and fear of bed bugs today," Virag told the newspaper. "This was especially traumatic for Sabrina because her body is her work, so this severely affected her work and her career.”</p><p>The lawsuit accuses the hotel of not maintaining proper protocol for pest control — but the hotel is fighting the accusation.</p><p>Hotel manager Carlos Mendoza said St. Pierre’s room was inspected for bed bugs on the day of check-in and none were found. He said the hotel also called a pest control company to perform a second inspection and there was still no evidence of bed bugs.</p><p>“We did all the proper protocols and found no evidence,” Mendoza said. “Now we have to go through the lawsuit to defend the reputation of the hotel.”</p>
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A Baby Bunny Caused an Airport Bomb Scare and Now His Name Is Boeing

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 16:52
<p>The Australian Federal Police Bomb Response Team was called into Adelaide Airport in South Australia on Wednesday after some unattended luggage in a women’s restroom set off a security scare. Turns out, the so-called scare was a little more cute and cuddly than expected. </p><p>Inside the unattended bag was a young, male, dwarf rabbit who was wearing a red harness but was left with no identification. Who would leave such an adorable little guy alone in a ladies’ bathroom? We’re not sure. He looked a bit nervous on the videos taken by journalist Eugene Boisvert.</p><p>Luckily, he was put in the hands of rescue officers at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Australia (RSPCA), who took him to safety.</p><p>Naturally, police did not expect to see a rabbit when they received the security call, so officers were just as surprised as the little bunny when they arrived.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/adare-manor-hotel-bunny" target="_blank">Irish Hotel Helps a Lost Toy Bunny Find its Way Home</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/bunny-riding-london-bus-overground" target="_blank">We Hope This Rabbit Riding the London Underground Isn't Late</a><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/bunny-riding-london-bus-overground" target="_blank"> for a Very Important Date</a></p><p>“This is the first job of this kind that I’ve come across in my 26 years of service with RSPCA," rescue officer Nalika Van Loenen said in a <a href="http://www.rspcasa.org.au/young-rabbit-abandoned-adelaide-airport/" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p><p>According to Van Loenen, the rabbit was well cared for, socialized, and harness trained, which only adds to everyone's confusion over why he was abandoned.</p><p>The search is now on for the owner of the darling little rabbit. One clue was that he was found in a pink Lorna Jane bag. While it’s not clear why he was left behind, Van Loen has some ideas.</p><p>“A couple of scenarios came to mind — his owner could have been leaving the country and knew by leaving their pet in a populated area he would be found and cared for. Or they may have been planning on smuggling him on board a plane, but backed out at the last minute," Van Loenen said.</p><p>The rabbit has been given the name “Boeing” until his real name is hopefully discovered.</p><p> </p>
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This Is the Country People in Your State Love Traveling to Most

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 16:20
<p>You may have more in common with your neighbors than you think — especially when it comes to your favorite international vacation destination. </p><p>To determine the most popular country to travel to from every U.S. state, <a href="https://www.skyscanner.com/tips-and-inspiration/new-data-for-2018-summer-travel" target="_blank">Skyscanner</a> looked at flight search volume across each state from June 2017 to June 2018.</p><p>The search engine excluded Mexico and Canada due to their close proximity to the U.S. They said they also excluded the U.K. because they are a U.K.-based company and the U.K. always leads in data pulls, making for less balanced results when included.</p><p>Several states had the same favorite place, with locations in Europe and Asia coming out on top. Below, you’ll find a full breakdown of the most popular country for travelers from every state.</p><h2>Most Popular Country to Travel to From Each State: </h2><p><strong>Alabama </strong>— Spain</p><p><strong>Alaska </strong>— Germany</p><p><strong>Arizona </strong>— India</p><p><strong>Arkansas </strong>— Turkey</p><p><strong>California </strong>— India</p><p><strong>Colorado </strong>— Germany</p><p><strong>Connecticut </strong>— Puerto Rico</p><p><strong>Delaware </strong>— India</p><p><strong>District of Columbia </strong>— India</p><p><strong>Florida </strong>— Spain</p><p><strong>Georgia </strong>— India</p><p><strong>Hawaii </strong>— Australia</p><p><strong>Idaho </strong>— Germany</p><p><strong>Illinois </strong>— India</p><p><strong>Indiana </strong>— India</p><p><strong>Iowa </strong>— India</p><p><strong>Kansas </strong>— India</p><p><strong>Kentucky </strong>— Germany</p><p><strong>Louisiana </strong>— Germany</p><p><strong>Maine </strong>— Thailand</p><p><strong>Maryland </strong>— Spain</p><p><strong>Massachusetts </strong>— Spain</p><p><strong>Michigan </strong>— India</p><p><strong>Minnesota </strong>— Germany</p><p><strong>Mississippi </strong>— India</p><p><strong>Missouri </strong>— Italy</p><p><strong>Montana </strong>— Australia</p><p><strong>Nebraska </strong>— Germany</p><p><strong>Nevada </strong>— Germany</p><p><strong>New Hampshire </strong>— Spain</p><p><strong>New Jersey </strong>— Puerto Rico</p><p><strong>New Mexico </strong>— Spain</p><p><strong>New York </strong>— Italy</p><p><strong>North Carolina </strong>— India</p><p><strong>North Dakota </strong>— Germany</p><p><strong>Ohio </strong>— India</p><p><strong>Oklahoma </strong>— Italy</p><p><strong>Oregon </strong>— Thailand</p><p><strong>Pennsylvania </strong>— Italy</p><p><strong>Rhode Island </strong>— Ireland</p><p><strong>South Carolina </strong>— Germany</p><p><strong>South Dakota </strong>— Spain</p><p><strong>Tennessee </strong>— Italy</p><p><strong>Texas </strong>— India</p><p><strong>Utah </strong>— Italy</p><p><strong>Vermont </strong>— Costa Rica</p><p><strong>Virginia </strong>— Italy</p><p><strong>Washington </strong>— India</p><p><strong>West Virginia </strong>— Spain</p><p><strong>Wisconsin </strong>— Puerto Rico</p><p><strong>Wyoming </strong>— Greece</p><p>Some of the top destinations included Spain, the birthplace of artists Antoni Gaudí and Pablo Picasso, and home to cultural and natural gems including <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/fiesta-de-los-patios-cordoba-spain" target="_blank">colorful flower festivals</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/las-fallas-festival-ninots-valencia-spain" target="_blank">fire festivals</a>, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/spain-lesser-known-foz-de-lumbier" target="_blank">magnificent parks</a>. </p><p>Germany was also a common favorite, with its combination of prime skiing, museums, food, and history. The country also recently introduced a new <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/germany-munich-berlin-fast-train" target="_blank">high-speed train</a> that can get you from Berlin to Munich in less than four hours, a trip that typically takes six hours by train.</p><p>India was another top choice, offering travelers the ability to see everything from stunning mountain ranges and jungles to forests, coastlines, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/balkrishna-doshi-pritzker-prize-2018" target="_blank">award-winning architecture</a>, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/indira-gandhi-memorial-tulip-garden-largest-tulip-garden-in-asia" target="_blank">Asia’s biggest tulip garden</a>.</p><p>And if you’re thinking of planning a trip to India, you’ll soon be able to do it for less as budget airline <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/wow-air-india-flights" target="_blank">WOW Air</a> will begin operating flights from the U.S. to the country in December.</p>
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Toy Story Land Is Opening This Weekend — Here's Everything You Need to Know (Video)

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 11:45
<p>Andy has officially left his mark on Walt Disney World. Walking amid his massive footprints underneath towering Tinker-Toys and other goodies hidden throughout Toy Story Land, which opens June 30, guests will get to feel what it’s like to be the size of Buzz Lightyear, and head to infinity — and beyond.</p><p>Two new rides, Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers, will bring the trilogy to life alongside Toy Story Mania!, one of the most beloved rides at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 23 years (!) after the original film debuted.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/stitchs-great-escape-disney-world-closing" target="_blank">Disney World’s Worst Attraction May Finally Be Closing for Good</a></p><p>The entirety of Toy Story Land feels like it’s made from the remnants of toys Andy has strewn around, giving the space a uniquely playful atmosphere. (<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/pixar-pier-opening-info-prices" target="_blank">Pixar Pier</a>, now open at Disneyland Resort, features Woody, Jessie and Buzz as well only on a smaller scale.)</p><p>Here’s what you can expect as the colorful, joyful expansion opens at Disney World.</p><h2>Those familiar toys will officially have a place to call home.</h2><img alt="Toy Story Land at Disney World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530211301/Toy-Story-Land-Disney-World-coaster-TSLOPEN0618.jpg?itok=7a1A8HcA"><p>And, thankfully, it won’t be in Andy’s attic. The former <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/best-worst-disney-world-rides" target="_blank">Toy Story Mania!</a> entrance in the Pixar Place courtyard will disappear, instead using a new immersive gateway debuting with the land. Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie will be meeting guests throughout and, in lieu of wandering the walkways, Green Army Patrol will move throughout the land enticing guests to play games and challenges in a sort of on-the-go boot camp. Ride queue lines will also be filled with small nods to the characters, including original packaging and drawings of Andy’s special toys, gathering all things Toy Story into one delightful location.</p><h2>You can (gleefully!) eat like a kid</h2><img alt="Toy Story Land at Disney World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530211301/Toy-Story-Land-Disney-World-Dining-TSLOPEN0618.jpg?itok=mnYscBf6"><p>Though only a quick-service food kiosk and not a full restaurant, <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/hollywood-studios/woodys-lunchbox/" target="_blank">Woody’s Toy Box</a> punches above its weight, offering cheesy brisket melts and monte cristo sandwiches along with banana split yogurt parfaits and a bacon-topped twist on classic toaster pastries. Keep your eyes peeled — and appetite prepared — for crazy concoctions like the s’mores french toast breakfast sandwich and tater tot chili-cheese nachos, both of which are sure to be instant hits.</p><h2>Disney’s Hollywood Studios is finally the park to be at.</h2><img alt="Toy Story Land at Disney World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530211301/Toy-Story-Land-Disney-World-soldiers-TSLOPEN0618.jpg?itok=QWhmK-3G"><p>After years of construction and closures, the cinematic theme park is the place to visit, and it’s only getting better from here. By the end of next year, Studios will have five new attractions, showcasing the newest in ride development and immersive experiences. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-mickey-mouse-attraction" target="_blank">Mickey &amp; Minnie’s Runaway Railway</a> will bring the famed mascots to life in the former home of The Great Movie Ride next summer, and come winter 2019, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/when-is-star-wars-land-opening" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge</a> will unleash its two tech-savvy rides onto Florida visitors. If you’re planning an upcoming trip and only visiting a few of of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks, be sure you don’t miss this one.</p><h2>There will be plenty of souvenirs to fill your suitcase.</h2><img alt="Toy Story Land at Disney World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530211301/Toy-Story-Land-Disney-World-ride-TSLOPEN0618.jpg?itok=cwlx9yWf"><p>Much like <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/pandora-tips-tricks" target="_blank">Pandora — The World of Avatar</a>’s popular take-home banshees, Toy Story Land is going to have some must-buy items, including graphic tees, character sippers and collectible pins. Still, it’s the headbands that will explode across social media, likely rivaling rose gold and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/everything-millennial-pink-at-disney" target="_blank">millennial pink Minnie ears</a> that have proven popular in the past few months. Little Green Alien headbands with three eyes (that move) and plush Slinky Dog-topped headbands, which already have fans excited, are sure to fly off themed merchandise cart shelves when the land opens June 30.</p><h2>Toy Story Land’s new rides will test your Fastpass skills.</h2><p>All three rides in Toy Story Land take <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-fastpass-program-guide" target="_blank">FastPass+ reservations</a>, but you’ll have to choose wisely, as selections are “tiered” and guests can only pick one. FastPasses for Slinky Dog Dash run out quickly, which makes it our top choice; be sure to book exactly 60 days out from the start date of your <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/best-disney-world-hotels" target="_blank">Walt Disney World</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/christmas-at-disney" target="_blank">Swan &amp; Dolphin</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-world-perks" target="_blank">Disney Springs-area</a> or <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disney-world-four-seasons-extra-magic-hours" target="_blank">Four Seasons</a> resort hotel reservation, otherwise you may get scooped. (Guests with tickets or annual passes allowing booking 30 days in advance should check back often in hopes of finding a cancellation.)</p><p>Whether or not you can reserve your spot in line, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is making it easier to experience the land in the coming months by extending its operating hours and adding <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/disney-world-travel-tips" target="_blank">Extra Magic Hours</a> both in the morning and at night.</p>
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The Unusual and Inventive Ways Airlines Try to Save on Fuel (Video)

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 11:17
<p>In an effort to make planes lighter and save on fuel costs, airlines are taking creative approaches to cutting weight from the most seemingly inconsequential places.</p><p>Earlier this year, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/united-airlines-lighter-magazine-paper-saves-fuel" target="_blank">United Airlines announced that it changed the paper</a> of its in-flight magazine. Each issue now weighs one ounce less than it did before, which, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-travel-briefcase-united-inflight-magazine-20180120-story.html" target="_blank">according to the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a>, saves the airline $290,000 per year in operating costs.</p><p>“Anytime we can reduce even an ounce of weight, that means we burn less fuel to fly to that destination,” Aaron Stash, United's head of environmental strategy and sustainability, <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/airlines-cut-operating-costs-by-losing-weight/" target="_blank">told CBS News</a>. “Even an ounce, because if you are multiplying that across the thousands of seats and the thousands of flights we have, that ounce adds up and multiplies very quickly.”</p><p>In addition to the lighter paper, United also redesigned its bathrooms, stopped selling duty-free products in flight, installed lighter seats and restocked the galley. United estimates that all the small changes in cut weight combined have saved the airline more than $2 billion in operating costs.</p><p>JetBlue is investing in lighter seatback entertainment systems. Southwest not only installed lighter seats on its planes but switched out glass bottles for cans. American Airlines pilots and flight attendants now have their manuals stored on tablets instead of heavy books or stacks of papers.</p><p>Manufacturers are making technological advancements in cutting weight. New aircraft like the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/new-airplanes-2017" target="_blank">Airbus A330neo</a> and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/boeing-newest-aircraft-737-max-7" target="_blank">the Boeing 737 MAX</a> aircraft are designed with fuel economy in mind. New engines and lighter parts mean greater fuel efficiency (and greater savings) for airlines — which means cheaper flights for us.</p>
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Your Cheat Sheet to All the Best July 4th Sales Happening Right Now

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 10:30
<p>There are, like, 98,273,498,273 <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/4th-of-july" target="_blank">July 4th</a> sales happening right now (give or take a few), so we can’t blame you for getting overwhelmed. There are a lot of deals to sift through — from hotels, to luggage, to fashion, to home appliances (yes, go ahead and treat yourself to a new fridge).</p><p><b>Related: </b><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cheap-fourth-of-july-flights" target="_blank">You Can Still Book a July 4th Flight This Week for As Cheap As $121 Round-trip</a></p><p>Lucky for you, we went ahead and did the hard work of gathering up all the 4th of July sales that are actually worth shopping into one clean list (you’re welcome). Some events have already started, so don’t waste any time <i>not</i> peeking through this list, or you might just miss out on the perfect pair of sandals for that cookout or a three-piece luggage set under $150. (Yes, such a deal exists!)</p><p>Whether you’re looking for something new to pack in time for a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/4th-of-july/americas-best-beaches-for-4th-of-july" target="_blank">4th of July weekend getaway</a> or just hoping to score a deal this Independence Day, then scroll through and have your pick of the best sales events happening in anticipation of July 4th weekend 2018.</p><h2>Travel</h2><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.hotels.com/hotel-deals/july-fourth/?intlid=us_merch_hp_JULYFOURTH" target="_blank">Hotels</a>: Up to 40% off rooms until July 9</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.orbitz.com/g/lc/traveldeals-exclusive-promocode" target="_blank">Orbitz</a>: Score an extra 15% off select hotels with promo code HEATWAVE when you book until July 8</p><h2>Luggage</h2><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/" target="_blank">eBags</a>: Up to 80% off luggage, travel bags, and accessories, and 20% off your order with code FIREWORKS</p><p><strong>Kensie Luggage Three-piece Metallic Hard Side Spinner Luggage Set</strong></p><img alt="The best July 4th sales luggage deal "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530205690/ebags-kensie-metallic-luggage-set-JULY4SALES0618.jpg?itok=y6CnJUpY"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ebags.com/product/kensie-luggage/3-pc-expandable-hard-side-spinner-luggage-set/329137?productid=10497174" target="_blank">ebags.com</a>, $158 (originally $462)</p><h2>Fashion and Beauty</h2><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.saksoff5th.com/" target="_blank">Saks Off 5th</a>: Up to 85% off with code HAPPY4TH and an additional 25% off with code AMERICA</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.target.com/c/clothing-deals/-/N-4slzs?lnk=Save20onswimsui" target="_blank">Target</a>: 20% off swimsuits with code SWIM20 until June 30</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://usa.loccitane.com/" target="_blank">L'Occitane</a>: Score a weekender bag and six deluxe minis for only $44 with code ESCAPE</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.landsend.com/?applyPromo=0&amp;promoState=SWIM50-_-VALID&amp;cm_mmc=SI_1396284702_54570314105" target="_blank">Lands’ End</a>: 50% off all swimwear, water shoes, and more with code SWIM50; 30% off all other full-price styles until July 3</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.lordandtaylor.com/Entry.jsp" target="_blank">Lord &amp; Taylor</a>: 20% off regular and sale items now until July 4</p><p><strong>J.Crew Maxi Dress</strong></p><img alt="The best July 4th sales J.Crew dress "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530205690/jcrew-pink-floral-maxi-dress-JULY4SALES0618.jpg?itok=ZRFnSVcv"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_sale_events/allstarpicks/upto50off/jcrew-mercantile-tiered-maxi-dress-in-sunburst-bouquet-print/J4424?color_name=pink-gold-multi" target="_blank">jcrew.com</a>, $65 (originally $128)</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.macys.com/" target="_blank">Macy's</a>: Extra 20% off with code FOURTH until July 8</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.ninewest.com/" target="_blank">Nine West</a>: 30% off sitewide now until July 3</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://oldnavy.gap.com/" target="_blank">Old Navy</a>: Up to 60% off entire store</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.madewell.com/sale_events/20offsummermusthaves.jsp?intcmp=home_globalnav_1" target="_blank">Madewell</a>: 20% off summer must-haves with code SPARKLER until July 5</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.jcrew.com/c/womens_sale_events/AllStarPicks?intcmp=newHP_top_allstarpicks_w" target="_blank">J.Crew</a>: Up to 50% off select styles</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a>: Up to 50% off select styles</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.gap.com/" target="_blank">Gap</a>: 40% off with code PARTYON until July 1</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.express.com/" target="_blank">Express</a>: Additional 40% off women’s clearance for up to 70% off </p><p><strong>Mesa Wraparound Espadrille</strong></p><img alt="The best July 4th sales Steve Madden espadrille sandals "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530205690/steve-madden-mesa-wraparound-espadrille-JULY4SALES0618.jpg?itok=33E-Q1H8"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/steve-madden-mesa-wraparound-espadrille-women/5047495?origin=category-personalizedsort&amp;breadcrumb=Home%2FSale%2FWomen&amp;color=nude%20suede" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $48 (originally $80)</p><h2>Home Appliances</h2><p dir="ltr"><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.bestbuy.com/site/home-appliances/major-appliances-sale-event/pcmcat321600050000.c?id=pcmcat321600050000" target="_blank">Best Buy</a>: Up to 40% off appliance Top Deals until July 11</p><p dir="ltr"><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.homedepot.com/c/Appliance_Savings" target="_blank">Home Depot</a>: Up to 40% off when you buy two or more select major appliances until July 11</p><p dir="ltr"><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.lowes.com/pl/Appliance-special-values/4294937007?catalog=4294937007&amp;int_cmp=Appliances:M1:MajorAppliances:Pct_Off:Appliance_House_Offer_FW21" target="_blank">Lowes</a>: Up to 40% off appliance special values until July 11</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.sears.com/" target="_blank">Sears</a>: Up to 40% off appliances and up to 60% off top brand mattresses</p>
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You Can Now Own Part of the Island Chain Where 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'James Bond' Films Were Shot

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 10:01
<p>If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a stunning private island in the middle of the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/caribbean-bermuda-bahamas" target="_blank">Caribbean</a> — or if you simply want to live out the rest of your days in gorgeous solitude — now’s your chance. All you need is $85 million.</p><p>Look, we get it, that’s a lot of dough — but consider what you'll get for that price tag.</p><p>The island, known as Little Pipe Cay, sits in the central <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/bahamas-reasons-to-travel-now" target="_blank">Bahamas</a> about 270 miles off the Miami coast, hidden within the Exumas archipelago. Completely uninhabited until very recently, it still boasts an astonishing 38 acres of relatively untouched island land. It also comes with four pure white-sand beaches that stretch out into the clear blue sea.</p><img alt="Little Pipe Cay for Sale in Bahamas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530199466/little-pipe-cay-bahamas-exhumas-ISLESALE0618.jpg?itok=O6iPQByR"><p><a href="https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/property/980317/private-caribbean-island-bahamas-sale" target="_blank">According to <em>Express</em></a>, the current owners of the island have worked tirelessly over the last 15 years to transform their property. Now, the island is home to five separate houses, each with their own stunning ocean view. There are a total of nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms spread across the villas, each of which come fully furnished. The property also has its own swimming pool, spa, staff accommodation, various outbuildings, and 24-hour security.</p><img alt="Little Pipe Cay for Sale in Bahamas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530199466/little-pipe-cay-house-ISLESALE0618.jpg?itok=g9WldH-b"><p>And if the homes aren't enough, perhaps it’s time you learned more about the Caribbean neighborhood you’d be buying into: the Exumas, which have been used for several “<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/james-bond-museum-mountaintop" target="_blank">James Bond</a>” and “<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/new-redd-character-pirates-of-caribbean-ride-disney-world" target="_blank">Pirates of the Caribbean</a>” films, <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/property/980317/private-caribbean-island-bahamas-sale" target="_blank">according to <em>Express</em></a>.</p><p>The only way to get there is by by yacht or seaplane. Fortunately, if you’ve got $85 million for an island, you’ve probably got a few left over for a seaplane and a pilot.</p><p>Little Pipe Cay is also located just two miles from Big Major Cay, home of the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bahamas-swimming-pigs-big-major-cay" target="_blank">world-famous swimming pigs</a> (along with some of the very best <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/best-snorkeling-spots" target="_blank">snorkeling</a> and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-greatest-diving-spots" target="_blank">diving</a> in the world). If any would-be private island buyers are interested in exploring the surrounding ocean and islands, Little Pipe Cay also comes with a barn filled with boats, water sports equipment, and an enormous dock waiting for your <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/the-world-residential-yacht" target="_blank">megayacht</a> to dock on.</p><img alt="Little Pipe Cay for Sale in Bahamas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530199466/little-pipe-cay-house-porch-ISLESALE0618.jpg?itok=HfCRw6Ff"><p>“It is a great privilege to be exclusively managing the sale of one of the most exciting real estate assets I have ever worked on,” Edward de Mallet Morgan, head of <a href="http://www.knightfrank.com/" target="_blank">Knight Frank</a>’s Caribbean desk, said in a statement. “A true, once in a lifetime, incredible private island. Little Pipe Cay is what dreams are made of.”</p><img alt="Little Pipe Cay for Sale in Bahamas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530199466/little-pipe-cay-house-pool-ISLESALE0618.jpg?itok=6MP3Onc8"><p>So, if you’ve got a few (or 85) million bucks to spare go ahead and treat yourself. And invite us to join you for vacation.</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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Think You’ve Seen Enough of Italy? These Volcanic Islands Will Change Your Mind

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 08:25
<p>“Should I bring another bottle of wine?” asked Enzo Anastasi.</p><p>The two of us had been sitting in silence on the spacious terrace of <a href="http://www.lacannahotel.it/en/" target="_blank">Hotel La Canna</a>, Anastasi’s 14-room refuge on the island of Filicudi. The water of the Tyrrhenian Sea, a few hundred feet below us, looked like gray-green glass. Filicudi is the second-farthest west of the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago that stretches for 50 miles north of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/things-to-do-in-palermo" target="_blank">Sicily</a>. Several of the other Aeolians were visible on the horizon, and as Anastasi uncorked our second bottle, I watched pink popcorn-shaped clouds puff up among them, like a luminous island chain of their own.</p><p>“People here love silence,” Anastasi told me. He is 55, with serious eyes and a clean-shaven head. “We’re not here to know our neighbors.” Of course, there aren’t many neighbors to know. Filicudi, which has an area of less than four square miles, is home to around 200 people. When I arrived that afternoon, to thunder and lashing rain, I felt like I could have been the only one on the island. Anastasi gave me the key to my room and the run of the place. Despite the weather, he planned to drive down the mountain for his daily swim at one of the narrow, rocky beaches. “Enjoy the view,” he said, sweeping his arm out toward the cliff and leaving me to study the islands in the distance.</p><p>%image2</p><p>So I sat on the covered terrace and got to know them. Salina, the twin-peaked island where I’d be heading the next day, was closest at 15 miles away. I could see Lipari, too, long in the water like an alligator, and Panarea, which Anastasi would tell me later resembles a floating pregnant woman. But most captivating was Stromboli, a truncated cone 39 miles away. It’s a prototypical volcano, and still a very active one. It has served as a geological muse for centuries. The explorers in Jules Verne’s 1864 novel <em>Journey to the Center of the Earth</em> end their adventure on Stromboli after their raft is improbably blown out of one of its fiery vents. J.R.R. Tolkien, it’s been said, used Stromboli as the inspiration for Mount Doom, the perpetually erupting volcano of Middle Earth, to which Frodo is sent to destroy the ring. As the storm passed over Stromboli, the volcano sent trails of white steam up to meet it. I felt a little Frodo-like myself, as if the mountain were pulling me inexorably toward it.</p><p>In the summer, Lipari is flooded with tourists, and Panarea is notoriously chic, with well-established families named Borghese and Bulgari ruling an impenetrable social scene. But in the rest of the Aeolians, you’ll find a lifestyle that holds quietude in high regard. Filicudi, Salina, and Stromboli all consist largely of protected parkland, and since 2000, the entire archipelago has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, which means that much of the land cannot be altered and new development is heavily restricted. Nevertheless, the islands I visited excelled at hospitality, in no small part because their residents have a natural and generous propensity for knowing when to feed people, when to talk to them, and when to give them space. Homer wrote about this in Book 10 of <em>The Odyssey</em>, in which Aeolus, the mythic ruler of the Aeolian Islands and god of the wind, invites Odysseus to live with his family, so he could rest and—more importantly—feast for an entire month.</p><p>%image7</p><p>Despite their fondness for silence, the Filicudari are also known for welcoming travelers. Over our second bottle of wine, Anastasi told me that in 1971, the Italian government attempted to turn Filicudi into a kind of prison without walls, sending 15 notorious mafia leaders to live there as free men in exile. The Filicudari rose up in protest, seeking to protect their reputation as friendly hosts to the generally upstanding citizens who traditionally liked to visit their shores. In an act of resistance, they all shuttered their shops and left. The government gave in, relocated the prisoners, and the Filicudari returned home to resume their quiet way of embracing outsiders like me.</p><p>On Filicudi, the pace of change is slow (appropriately, the island looks like a turtle when seen from above, according to Anastasi), and the island’s tourism infrastructure is modest. Anastasi’s parents bought La Canna as their home in 1969 and started renting its rooms in the mid 70s. When Anastasi took it over in 2000, it was a simple hotel and tavern. A self-taught architect, he designed the terrace where we were sitting, including the built-in benches covered with bright, hand-painted tiles that lined the perimeter. “It’s now a three-star hotel,” he told me proudly. “The island isn’t ready for any more stars than that. We don’t even have a boutique in the village.”</p><p>%image3</p><p>What Filicudi lacks in shopping, it makes up for in food. With the pink clouds now arranging themselves around Stromboli’s peak like a flower crown, Anastasi and I nibbled on <em>pepi ripiene</em>, the spicy peppers his family grows, roasts, and stuffs with pecorino, parsley, and bread crumbs. The smaller the chiles got, the hotter they were. As I dug around for the olive-size ones—hot!—Anastasi lit up while talking about his favorite Aeolian dishes: <em>spaghetti allo scoglio</em> with mussels, clams, whitebait, and wild fennel; <em>cicerchie</em>, a prized local pea, cooked with rosemary; eggplant with carrot, garlic, and more wild fennel. He said he’d never bought an onion, since he’s always grown his own. Around the time the sun set, Anastasi’s 82-year-old father, a fisherman and former postal director, walked silently past us, holding a freshly harvested pumpkin. Soon, Anastasi told me, the pumpkin would be roasted, mashed, combined with eggs, flour, sugar, and sweet wine, then rolled into balls and fried to create <em>sfinci</em>—a local style of doughnut.</p><p>Then Anastasi sent me off to dinner. At <a href="http://villalarosa.it/" target="_blank">Villa La Rosa</a>, a hundred yards up a cobblestoned path from La Canna, I sat to eat among statues of saints. Adelaide Rando, the chef-owner, told me she’d been cooking for me all day. She served sole grilled between lemon leaves, then lasagna made with fennel, preserved tuna, tomato, and caciocavallo cheese. There was also black rice topped with tiny, sweet shrimp. When the meal ended, Rando appeared at the table and took a small, dignified bow. There were a few local men eating at the table next to mine, the only other people I’d seen all day besides Anastasi. They looked at me pityingly. “When you’re from this place,” one said, “you never want to go.”</p><p>%image5</p><p>I woke at dawn, feeling as full as Odysseus after his monthlong feast. After watching for a few minutes as the rising sun burned off the fog that had enveloped Stromboli, I headed down to the port to catch the Liberty Lines hydrofoil. Cheery golden seahorses were stamped across the boat’s worn carpeting. The ride to Salina took an hour. Compared with the last-man-on-earth vibes I’d felt upon reaching Filicudi, Salina, which has a population of around 2,000, felt more high-energy. Not a party in any sense, but more like a meditation retreat where you’re surrounded by others who have also shown up to concentrate on their breathing.</p><p>Salina wastes no time in announcing its deliciousness. Unlike Filicudi, where the terraced farming operations are largely abandoned, Salina has 11 working vineyards, which grow the Malvasia grapes that produce the wine of the same name. Ten minutes off the ferry and I was already winding my way through one such vineyard at <a href="https://www.capofaro.it/en/" target="_blank">Capofaro Locanda &amp; Malvasia</a>, a 27-room resort with a sensational on-site restaurant. It is owned by the Tasca family of Palermo, which has been making wine in central Sicily since 1830 and on Salina for almost two decades. The Tascas opened the hotel, situated in a former fishing village on a bluff, in 2003. This summer, they’ll debut six new rooms in the 19th-century lighthouse that sits amid their Malvasia vines. They also plan to unveil a museum about the history of the Aeolians inside the lighthouse next year.</p><p>Capofaro’s architecture is classical, with arches and columns that curve outward slightly, like barrels. Its walls are washed in a stark Mediterranean white. Bougainvillea veiled my room’s outdoor sitting area, which had a couch and two love seats. Set into a recessed archway of its own, my bed felt like a shrine. Sleeping out at the end of the property, all I could hear was the wind. My view of Stromboli was, again, unobstructed, but now the volcano was closer and, therefore, larger and even more magnetic.</p><p>%image4</p><p>I was grateful to Margherita Vitale, Capofaro’s worldly general manager, for selecting a place for us to have a drink where we could both gaze at Stromboli. She understood the attraction. Raising a glass of Didyme, a dry Malvasia made with grapes grown in Capofaro’s vineyard, Vitale toasted the volcano. “You will see Stromboli erupting at night,” she said. “You’ll think you don’t need anything else in the world.”</p><p>Salina’s best-known export besides Malvasia is the caper. Italy’s Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, which is dedicated to preserving traditional forms of agriculture, considers the edible, cured bud integral to the local economy, so it tries to protect the farming practices that have been handed down through the centuries. According to Daniela Virgona, a 47-year-old third-generation farmer in Salina, the product is so difficult to grow that only the most dedicated stewards are willing to do it.</p><p>The 2,000 thorny caper plants she manages must all be harvested by hand, a task that she and her family pursue from April through October. “I started working here when I was four,” Virgona told me. Her bushes yield both capers (capperi) and caper berries (cucunci). The former are salt-cured for 50 to 60 days, the latter for 90 days. Both are then vacuum-packed and sold in Virgona’s humble showroom, where she also offers her own industriously brewed caper-enhanced pilsner along with caper pesto, caper jam, candied capers, and caper powder.</p><p>Translating Salina’s agricultural heritage into a culinary movement for the island is what drives Capofaro’s 36-year-old chef, Ludovico De Vivo. A native of Salerno, in southwestern Italy, De Vivo credits working at Noma in Copenhagen with opening his eyes to the significance of overlooked ingredients. His experience there made him wonder if caper leaves could be made delicious, too. So he began fermenting leaves from the Virgona orchard to use in his cooking. Over the course of a year, he developed a dish for which he places a single leaf (fermented for six months) onto a plate, then spoons on diced raw mackerel and fermented fennel. Finally, he tops it with a second leaf in what he describes as a “style of open raviolo.”</p><p>%image6</p><p>I’d noticed the way his sous-chefs and line cooks all watch him, with the same rapt attention the Noma kitchen pays to its leader, René Redzepi. When I took a bite of the dish, I could tell why. The balance between the acidic zing of the ferment and the fatty funk of the fish confirmed I was in the presence of greatness. It announced the curiosity, creativity, and technique of its maker. “I’m just trying to show appreciation for the island,” De Vivo told me. “It’s incomparable. It could be one of the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/worlds-best-cities-for-food" target="_blank">best food destinations</a> in all of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-italy" target="_blank">Italy</a>.”</p><p>Following the path back to my room, I dipped down a slope and then ascended. The stars were out. The waves whispered, then crashed. Occasionally, a beam of light from the Capofaro lighthouse shot past me, like something extraterrestrial. Stromboli was lost to the blackness of night.</p><p>Having not noticed any volcanic activity before bed, I kept waking in hopes of seeing some.</p><p>At midnight, I checked.</p><p>At 2, I woke and checked again.</p><p>At 4, still nothing. By 6, I was starting to take it personally. Did I not deserve this splendor? Sheathed in my robe, I headed out to the porch and looked toward the volcano once more. No glow, no lava, no action.</p><p>Twelve hours later, I was high on Stromboli’s northern flank, looking down on the Sciara del Fuoco, or “stream of fire.” Lava has flowed from Stromboli for much of the past two millennia, blackening the land and carving up the earth. Near my feet, chunks of rock pulsed shades of glowing orange. The steam that had looked from a distance like a cloud of chic Italian cigarette smoke now seemed more menacing. The deep, violent rumbling emanating from within the volcano was especially unsettling after the general absence of sound the previous few days. Filicudi had been a place to be alone and Salina a place to bliss out on the beloved tropes of vacation—sea, wind, food, wine—but Stromboli, I realized, was something more complicated, a place to grapple with what it means to be alive. I couldn’t escape the sensation of being small and temporary in the face of the volcano—but I also felt triumphant, for having climbed it, and lucky, just to be there.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/secret-islands-italy" target="_blank">The Best Secret Islands in Italy</a></p><p>Before my climb, I’d had lunch at Trattoria Ai Gechi, a restaurant that had been recommended to me back in Salina. I found it at the end of a narrow, curving street in the village of Stromboli, which sits at the foot of the volcano. The restaurant was elevated, terraced, and surrounded by leaves in a way that made me feel like I was in a tree house. Antonino Zaccone, its 41-year-old owner, sat with me at my table before going to pick up his son from school. He told me the dish I’d be eating, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/pasta-linked-to-low-bmi-italy-food-trips" target="_blank">pasta</a> a la Nino, got its flavor from the tuna he’d smoked for 36 hours before folding it into the dish along with cherry tomatoes and ricotta al forno. On Stromboli, fire is present even in the food.</p><p>He suggested I limit myself to just this one dish before my hike. “Tonight,” he said, “you come to eat.” He advised that the trek would make me hungry for more than just food. “You contemplate,” he said, in his Italian-inflected English. “You stay only with you.” I knew what he meant—that Stromboli, for those who climb it, is a mirror as much as it is a mountain.</p><p>After lunch, on the path up Stromboli, I stopped in on Karen, a friend of a friend. Her house sat behind a gate in Piscità, a cluster of homes perched above the sea. She told me she once worked for Tom Ford in Europe, but now taught meditation on Stromboli. We sat behind her house, drinking coffee and watching the water turn golden in the afternoon light. We’d never met, but we talked openly about our parents and our fears and our humanity, about living and dying, as if engaged in a sudden psychotherapy session. It felt appropriate—cleansing, actually—because we were on Stromboli, and that was, it seemed, just how people on Stromboli talked. When we finished our coffee, she gave me a hug and sent me off on my climb with a half-dozen heart-shaped, almond-flavored cookies from the nearest bakery. After a couple of hours of hiking, when I reached the highest point I could reach, I sat down to eat them. Just as I bit into the first one, the ground beneath me began to tremble.</p><p>That night, after nearly a dozen miles of walking, I returned to Ai Gechi, famished, just as Zaccone had said I would. He was standing near the entrance to the restaurant. He saw that I was smiling. “I love this island,” he told me, covering his heart with his hand. “You take the island in your soul. You go to the volcano and you feel it. In Stromboli, you come looking for yourself. And you find it.”</p><h2>Getting There</h2><p>Fly in to Palermo Airport (PMO) or Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), connecting through Rome or another major European hub. <a href="https://eng.libertylines.it/" target="_blank">Liberty Lines</a> operates ferries to all seven inhabited Aeolian Islands from Palermo and Malazzo, in northeastern Sicily. To get to Malazzo from Catania, about two hours away, prebook a car with <a href="http://autoserviziadige.it" target="_blank">Adige</a>. Liberty Lines also operates interisland ferry service. In high season (June through late August), be sure to book ferry tickets online in advance, since the boats fill up. Service can be delayed or canceled because of rough weather or a strike.</p><p>If a 20-hour travel day is something you’d rather avoid, spend the night in Taormina, Sicily, en route to Milazzo, at the noble-feeling <a href="https://www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/italy/taormina/belmond-villa-sant-andrea/" target="_blank">Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea</a> <em>(doubles from $841)</em>. The hotel is built on an 1830s estate, surrounded by a private park and situated on a secluded pebble beach with stunning, cinematic views of the Bay of Mazzarò.</p><h2>Filicudi</h2><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g675109-d310192-Reviews-Hotel_La_Canna-Filicudi_Aeolian_Islands_Islands_of_Sicily_Sicily.html" target="_blank">Hotel La Canna</a> <em>(doubles from $123)</em>, the island’s best place to stay, has a good restaurant and a pool. Ask the front desk to arrange an excursion into the waters around Filicudi with a local; don’t miss La Canna rock <em>(trips from $25)</em>, a basalt tower rising from the sea that is said to possess magical powers. <a href="http://villalarosa.it/" target="_blank">Villa La Rosa</a> <em>(entrées $6–$25)</em>, up the path from the hotel, features chef Adelaide Rando’s lasagna with wild fennel and an oval-shaped bar with a pink marble top that looks like it belongs in a Wes Anderson film.</p><h2>Salina</h2><p>I loved the quiet of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Aeolian-Islands-Hotels-Capofaro-Locanda-Malvasia.h2434373.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Capofaro Locanda &amp; Malvasia</a> <em>(doubles from $455)</em>, a converted fishing village with the sea on one side and vineyards on the other. The hotel can organize tours of the other islands aboard a Hatteras yacht. Its restaurant <em>(entrées $27–$37)</em> showcases produce from its gardens and a strong commitment to bread making. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g1095215-d1856926-Reviews-Da_Alfredo-Lingua_Santa_Marina_Salina_Isola_di_Salina_Aeolian_Islands_Islands_of.html" target="_blank">Da Alfredo</a> <em>(11 Via Vittoria Alfieri; entrées $12–$17)</em> serves Salina’s most popular dish, pane cunzato, a round of grilled bread piled with salad-like toppings. <a href="http://www.hotelsignum.it/" target="_blank">Signum</a> <em>(entrées $37)</em>, housed in a fine Salina hotel of the same name, is the island’s sole Michelin-starred restaurant. </p><h2>Stromboli</h2><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/it/il-gabbiano-relais-in-stromboli.html" target="_blank">Il Gabbiano Relais</a> <em>(doubles from $248)</em> has 11 apartment-style rooms, grocery delivery, and a shaded pool. At <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g194927-d1802210-Reviews-Trattoria_ai_Gechi-Stromboli_Aeolian_Islands_Islands_of_Sicily_Sicily.html" target="_blank">Trattoria Ai Gechi</a> <em>(12 Via Salina; entrées $15–$31)</em>, dishes like pasta with smoked tuna, arugula, and cherry tomatoes are as memorable as the colorful owner, Antonino Zaccone. Beach time on the black sands of Spiaggia Lunga is magical and mandatory. You can hike most of the way up the volcano yourself, but a guide is required to summit. <a href="http://magmatrek.it/" target="_blank">Magmatrek </a>(<em>tours from $35)</em> leads group hikes and can arrange private tours. Before leaving Stromboli, order all the deep-dish pizza you can carry from Panificio La Pagnotta (Via Soldato Francesco Natoli)—it’s the perfect lunch for the hydrofoil back to Sicily.</p>
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John Legend Says Chrissy Teigen Is 'Not Terrible' to Travel With

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:02
<p>On a warm summer night in Los Angeles, I made my way to the Hollywood Hills to meet up with one of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/biggest-travel-influencers-2017#teigen-legend" target="_blank"><em>Travel + Leisure's </em>favorite jet-setters</a>: John Legend.</p><p>As I pulled up to the palatial home, I was first greeted by a crystal blue swimming pool filled to the brim with pink roses. Fitting, as Legend was there to celebrate the launch of his new <a href="https://lvewines.com/wines/" target="_blank">LVE Côtes de Provence rosé</a>. I was quickly handed a glass by a waiter, and immediately tasted the peach, apricot, and strawberry notes the <a href="https://lvewines.com/wines/rose/" target="_blank">winemaker promises</a>.</p><p>I then met met up with Legend, who was wearing a matching light pink suit to coordinate with his newest creation. And yes, he's probably the only man on Earth who could dress up like a human bottle of rosé and still look completely dashing.</p><p>We sat down to talk about his wines, how they were inspired by his travels, and his traveling philosophy. Toward the end of our interview, his wife — you know, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/chrissy-teigen-potato-casserole-flight" target="_blank">Chrissy Teigen</a> — gave him a call, so we made sure to ask about her, too.</p><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure</em>: Let's talk first about the wine.</strong></p><p>John Legend: "So our first wine was a cabernet in 2013, and second one was a 2014 chardonnay and then we did a red blend. It's a Petite Sirah. And then, finally, this rosé is our fourth one."</p><p><strong>You guys <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/chrissy-teigen-john-legend-lake-como" target="_blank">travel a lot to Italy</a>. Was that what inspired this wine?</strong></p><p>"We travel to the South of France a lot, which is where LVE rosé is from, in Provence. And we travel to Napa a lot, which is where the other wines are from. And so I think our travel definitely inspired our love for wine. We get to combine romance, wine, travel, food, all that in some really beautiful places."</p><p><strong>Speaking of all that traveling, do you have a favorite bag that you carry everywhere with you?</strong></p><p>"Well, it's funny, its been through a lot, it was <a href="https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8212823/man-convicted-stealing-john-legend-bag-jfk-airport" target="_blank">actually stolen at the airport</a>. There was a whole court case and everything, but we got it back. It's a <a href="https://us.louisvuitton.com/eng-us/men/travel/rolling-luggage/_/N-7rya1yZ80v2xl" target="_blank">Louis Vuitton black roller</a>."</p><p><strong>What do you always carry with you for the plane ride?</strong></p><p>My underwear.</p><p><strong>That’s it? </strong></p><p>Well, there's other stuff in there, but I always make sure there's some underwear in there in case my luggage gets lost.</p><p><strong>What else do you have? </strong></p><p>My other favorite carry-on is my <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.neimanmarcus.com/TOM-FORD-Textured-Leather-Backpack/prod205110129/p.prod" target="_blank">Tom Ford backpack</a>. I always have my laptop in there, my passport, all my essentials right there.</p><p><strong>Do you have a travel philosophy? Roughing it or luxury?</strong></p><p>Luxury. (Laughs) It's pretty clear I like luxury more than roughing it.</p><p><strong> Do you have a favorite hotel?</strong></p><p>There's quite a few. We've been to a beautiful place in Bali called the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Bali-Hotels-COMO-Shambhala-Estate.h4829582.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Como Shambhala</a>. It's a wellness resort. It’s beautiful and has amazing food. We're going to go there again this year.</p><p><strong>Where's one place you guys could go back to over and over again?</strong></p><p>We could go to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.hotels.com/ho1205536/villa-d-este-cernobbio-italy/" target="_blank">Villa D’Este</a>, which is where we fell in love very early in our relationship. We got married right around the corner from there and we stay there almost every year. That's one of our favorites.</p><p><strong>Where somewhere you've never been that you really want to go?</strong></p><p>India. I've never been.</p><p><strong>What would be one piece of advice you'd give to a first-time traveler?</strong></p><p>Read up a bit before you go and try to think of the things that you would really love to do and don't do a vacation for other people. Do it for what you actually enjoy. If you love food, if you love wine, really like dive into it. Whatever you love, do the research ahead of time and find those places so you can make the most of your trip</p><p><b>Say someone's traveling for wine. Would you say Italy, France, or Napa?</b></p><p>I feel like you're going to have a lot of fun in any of these places. I think it also depends on what kind of food you like because you can have great wine at any of those places, but the cuisine is a bit different in each place. We love Italian food, so we probably enjoy it a little more in Tuscany. I mean you can't go wrong in any of these.</p><p><strong>Chrissy has shared some travel tips with us before, but what's your best advice for traveling with your children?</strong></p><p>We've learned to get Luna her own seat and bring her car seat so we can strap her in.</p><p><strong>Are Chrissy and Luna as good travel partners as they seem to be?</strong></p><p>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>
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The Best Times to Avoid July 4th Traffic in Your City

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:02
<p>“The land of the free and the home of the brave” wasn’t written about those battling highway traffic.</p><p>If you’re planning on driving to picnics, barbecues, and beachside parties this <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/weather/july-4th-weather" target="_blank">July 4th</a>, Google has developed an interactive tool that will tell you the best time to hit the road to avoid traffic.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/busiest-days-for-airport-travel-this-summer" target="_blank">These Will Be the Busiest Days at the Airport This Summer</a></p><p>Using data collected from last year’s Fourth of July traffic, Google created graphs depicting the best times to avoid traffic around the Independence Day period, which they have denoted as July 3-6, in 25 major metropolitan areas.</p><p>If you’re heading out of town to celebrate, the best time to leave is before workday traffic begins on July 3. There will be another break in traffic late that evening.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/road-trips/best-states-road-trips-wallethub" target="_blank">The Best — and Worst — States for a Summer Road Trip</a></p><p>Generally, if you can muster the energy, the best time to drive for minimal traffic is late at night or early in the morning. If you won’t be able to hit the road until the actual holiday, try to leave between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. to minimize time spent in traffic. If you can wait to leave the fireworks display until after 11 p.m., you can avoid traffic blocks on the way home.</p><p>The worst time to be on the road is the mid-afternoon, when everybody else is trying to get to their various events. If you can make your holiday last longer, roads around the country are less crowded on July 5 and 6.</p><p>For specific information on the best and worst times to drive around your city, <a href="https://googletrends.github.io/independence-day-traffic" target="_blank">check out Google’s new interactive feature</a>.</p>
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One&Only Properties Are Known for Being So Luxe, You’ll Want to Stay Forever — and Starting Next Year, You Can

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:02
<p>You know that feeling when you’re staying at a hotel so nice you start thinking, “If only I could just move here.”</p><p>Starting in 2019, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://discovermandarina.com/" target="_blank">Mandarina</a> — a new $1 billion luxury residential and hotel resort in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/mexico-destinations-2017" target="_blank">Mexico</a>’s coastal jungle — will let guests do just that. </p><p>The development, an hour north of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/all-inclusive-resorts/puerto-vallarta-all-inclusive-resorts" target="_blank">Puerto Vallarta</a> on the Riviera Nayarit, will be anchored by two luxury hotels — one by <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/one-and-only-mandarina-mexico" target="_blank">One&amp;Only</a> and the other by <a href="https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/mandarina" target="_blank">Rosewood</a>. Mandarina will also have privately-owned residences by each brand, along with a tantalizing array of equestrian, wellness, and aquatic activities, all spread over more than 600 acres.</p><p>The residences at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/one-and-only-mandarina-mexico" target="_blank">One&amp;Only Mandarina</a> were developed by One&amp;Only Private Homes, the company's first-ever branded real estate venture, and will include 55 villas built on spacious lots scattered along the coast and jungle (there are 48 still available). Residents will get a corner of paradise all to themselves, while still accessing the fine restaurants, open air spa, and extensive equestrian facilities available to guests of the hotel — all included with the villa's purchase. In case that’s not enough, villa owners also get several amenities reserved just for them, including in-residence private dining and spa services, one-on-one training sessions, personal shopping, and boat moorage at Mandarina’s jetty. </p><p>Award-winning architect <a href="http://www.rickjoy.com/" target="_blank">Rick Joy</a>, known for his sleek, earth hugging designs, aimed to bring the outdoors into the concept for the property's four-, five-, and eight-bedroom villas. Each one has huge windows, stucco walls, and concrete floors that incorporate soil sourced right from the resort, as well as Rosa Morada hardwood harvested from elsewhere in Mexico. </p><img alt="villa at the One&Only residences at Mandarina Resort on the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1529011450/residence.jpg?itok=Ct5qscXB"><p>Because “experience” is the key word in any luxury hospitality venture these days, Mandarina's residents and hotel dwellers alike will have plenty experiential offerings to choose from. There's a fire pit perched at the tip of a jetty, which can be reserved for sunset dinners. Kids will get to groom ponies and embark on jungle discovery adventures, complete with tree houses, hanging bridges and a butterfly sanctuary. Mandarina will also feature state-of-the-art polo grounds, dressage and jumping arenas, and that staple of Mexican beach vacations: moonlit horseback rides along the water. </p><p>The biggest draw may be what nature, not humans, created: sandy beaches, mammoth cliffs and a dense, high canopy jungle. The property, about two thirds the size of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/secrets-of-central-park" target="_blank">Central Park</a>, sits on super-fertile volcanic land — making it green as far as the eye can see.</p><img alt="rendering of Majauha Beach at the One&Only residences at Mandarina resort in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1529011450/residence%20beach.jpg?itok=aTdy4HqK"><p>“You feel like you're somewhere in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/points-of-interest-thailand" target="_blank">Thailand</a> or <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/obama-family-indonesia-vacation" target="_blank">Indonesia</a> because of the lush vegetation and dramatic coastline that falls into the ocean,” Ricardo Santa Cruz, a founding partner of Mandarina, said in an interview.</p><p>Santa Cruz, a dual citizen of Mexico and the U.S. who worked in medical technology before developing hotels, said he's made it a priority to be a good environmental steward and neighbor to the locals. To help residents of Monteón, a town of a few thousand inhabitants just north of Mandarina, the developers invested $3 million in infrastructural and cultural projects, including building a water treatment plant, a church, and a community beach club, he said.</p><p>This fits in with a broader trend among the region's hoteliers to promote balance, not just with yoga mats and surfboards, but as a development ethos — capturing tourist dollars while preserving natural resources and supporting local economies. Resorts up and down the coast have been getting environmental certifications, with initiatives like <a href="https://greenglobe.com/latest-news/iberostar-playa-mita-supports-sustainable-tourism-through-csr-efforts/" target="_blank">installing energy efficient elevators</a>, helping protect <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/sea-turtles-making-comeback" target="_blank">sea turtles</a>, and <a href="https://earthcheck.org/news/2016/april/leading-eco-friendly-practices-at-grand-velas-recognized-by-earthcheck/" target="_blank">switching to biodegradable chemicals</a>. Meanwhile, the government has been cleaning beach waters and restoring coral reefs damaged by tourists. </p><img alt="rending of the One&Only Mandarina on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1529011450/one%26only.jpg?itok=Rk4kLw6S"><p>As the number of resorts on the Riviera grows, along with their footprint, the ability to strike this balance could mean the difference between selling a snippet of paradise today and allowing others to enjoy it tomorrow. </p><p>The villas at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/one-and-only-mandarina-mexico" target="_blank">One&amp;Only Mandarina</a>, priced between $4.5 and $12 million, are on sale now and should be move-in ready late next year. For more information, visit <a href="https://discovermandarina.com/" target="_blank">discovermandarina.com</a>.</p><p><em>Our series Reasons to Travel Now highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day.</em></p>
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Chrissy Teigen Reveals the One Thing She Never Wears to the Airport

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 09:43
<p>Touring the world as a model has its perks: Spending more time on the road than at home will quickly turn anyone into a pro-traveler.</p><p>No one knows this better than Chrissy Teigen, who has spent much of her career traveling the globe for runway shows and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/sports-illustrated-swimsuit-issue-covers-destinations" target="_blank">spreads in <em>Sports Illustrated</em></a>.</p><p>We caught up with Teigen at the Chase Sapphire Reserve event in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>, where she shared her favorite travel shoes and the one thing she never wears to the airport.</p><p>“It’s always a pair of heels. For the most part it’s a boot or something I can get off quickly,” Teigen told <em>Travel + Leisure. </em>But there’s more to her choice than just looks.</p><p>“I’m incapable of wearing flats,” Teigen said. “For some reason my calves are at their most relaxed when they’re in 6-inch heels. When I wear flats, they are super tense and I’m very uncomfortable in them.”</p><p>Based on recent shots of Teigen at the airport, it’s seems super versatile black heels are her main go-to. And, while her travel shoe of choice might not be the most comfortable, we have to admit she always looks great. We’ll just file this one under, “Airport looks to strive for.”</p><p>Love her look? See below for a few styles we think would be Teigen-approved.</p><img alt="Chrissy Teigen's Go-to Travel Shoes "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530218065/BLONDO-tara-over-the-knee-boots-chrissyheels0618.jpg?itok=W6j7_726"><p>To buy: BLONDO 'Taras' Over the Knee Waterproof Boot, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/blondo-taras-over-the-knee-waterproof-boot-women/4566559" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $200</p><img alt="Chrissy Teigen's Go-to Travel Shoes "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530218065/kendall-kylie-miaa-beaded-heels-chrissyheels0618.jpg?itok=uFBnN-LD"><p>To buy: Kendall + Kylie 'Miaa' Beaded Sandal, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kendall-kylie-miaa-beaded-sandal-women/4871596?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&amp;color=black%2F%20black" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $140</p><img alt="Chrissy Teigen's Go-to Travel Shoes "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530218065/calvin-klein-strappy-mules-dala-chrissyheels0618.jpg?itok=doeyRP2s"><p>To buy: Calvin Klein 'Dala' Strappy Mule, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/calvin-klein-dala-strappy-mule-women/4840809?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&amp;color=black%20satin" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $120</p><img alt="Chrissy Teigen's Go-to Travel Shoes "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530218065/nordstrom-christian-louboutin-black-pumps-chrissyheels0618.jpg?itok=5wyBv16Y"><p>To buy: Christian Louboutin 'Pigalle Follies' Pointy Toe Pump, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/christian-louboutin-pigalle-follies-pointy-toe-pump/3948758?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&amp;color=black%20patent" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $695</p><img alt="Chrissy Teigen's Go-to Travel Shoes "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530218065/jeffrey-campbell-siren-bootie-chrissyheels0618.jpg?itok=BaSNWJDo"><p>To buy: Jeffrey Campbell 'Siren' Bootie, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jeffrey-campbell-siren-bootie-women/4700689?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&amp;color=black%20neoprene%20combo" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $125</p>
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This ‘O-mazing’ Cruise Will Teach You How to Live Like Oprah

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 09:20
<p>Let’s be real: We all want to travel like Oprah. We're talking <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/obama-oprah-italy-tour-company" target="_blank">VIP tours of Italy</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/oprah-dog-hawaii-flight" target="_blank">private jet time with her adorable dog</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/oprah-royal-wedding-outfit" target="_blank">royal engagements in England</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/oprah-reese-witherspoon-mindy-kaling-disneyland" target="_blank">Disney trips with celebrity friends</a>, and even that time she <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/orpah-left-money-for-hotel-housekeeping" target="_blank">covered a hotel room in money</a> just to brighten a housekeeper's day. Up next? Cruising. </p><p>Earlier this month, Holland America announced its partnership with <i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i> for a three-day women-only cruise event starting on Jan. 30, 2019.</p><p>Taking place on the cruise company’s newest ship, Nieuw Statendam, Oprah herself will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She will of course be joined by her lifelong best friend (and <i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i>’s editor-at-large) Gayle King, along with key members of the magazine’s staff.</p><p>On board, the group will host presentations and special events for guests, including three different life “conversations with Oprah.” Meaning cruise-goers really will have the chance to rub elbows with the TV queen herself. </p><p>During the brief cruise, which will head to Holland America’s private island in the Bahamas, guests can also attend events like “Love That!,” a style session with the magazine’s creative director Adam Glassman. According to <a href="https://www.travelagentcentral.com/cruises/holland-america-line-previews-new-cruise-oprah-winfrey-2019" target="_blank">Travel Agent Central</a>, during that event Glassman will share his secrets for “essential pieces that everyone needs in their wardrobe.”</p><p>Or, guests can choose to attend “O’s Reading Room” with the magazine’s books editor, Leigh Haber. There, Haber will lead a discussion on Oprah’s Book Club’s latest selection.</p><p>This is all in celebration of the fact that Oprah was named the <a href="https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/cruise-ships/ms-nieuw-statendam/new-nieuw-statendam.html?ICID=hpBrand_0625_omag" target="_blank">godmother of the ship</a>. She will even christen the new vessel before it heads out to sea at a private event, taking part in a centuries-old tradition that is meant to bring good luck to the ship as it sets sail. Oprah’s name will then forever be associated with the new boat, and really, what could bring more luck than that?</p><p>"Oprah has done it all. She's an actress, author, and philanthropist and we thought, 'Why not make her the ship's Godmother?'” Jayne Jamison, senior vice president, publisher, and chief revenue officer of <i>O, The Oprah Magazine, </i>told<i> </i><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/debbikickham/2018/06/25/holland-america-line-launches-all-oprah-cruises/2/#6aaa16d11ba7" target="_blank"><i>Forbes</i></a><i>.</i></p><p>Sadly, the cruise Oprah herself will be on is sold out, however, <a href="https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/oprahs-year-of-adventure.html" target="_blank">Holland America</a> will continue to host Oprah-themed cruises, including an August 11, 2018 sail through Alaska and an October 28 seven-day Caribbean sail, where travelers can learn all about how to live their best, Oprah-like lives. </p>
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New Aerial Footage Shows Just How Magical Toy Story Land Will Be When It Opens This Weekend

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 08:37
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disney-hollywood-studios-toy-story-land-after-dark" target="_blank">Toy Story Land</a> opens at <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/best-worst-disney-world-rides" target="_blank">Disney’s Hollywood Studios</a> in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, this Saturday, June 30, and Disney just released aerial footage that shows how magical the new land will be.</p><p>The daytime flyover gives you a peek at some of the main attractions that will be included in the multi-acre park-within-a-park.</p><p>This includes the anticipated <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/new-theme-park-rides-2018#toy-story-ride" target="_blank">Slinky Dog Dash</a>, a rollercoaster Andy assembled with his Mega Coaster Play Kit that includes a giant Slinky whose coils twist across the mega-toys that line the park.</p><p>Since the park is made to make you feel like you're miniature as you walk through Andy’s backyard, you’ll be greeted by giant statues of popular characters from the series, massive straws and toys, and larger-than-life footprints that line the floors.</p><img alt="The Slinky Dog Dash will be one of the anticipated rides at Toy Story Land opening at Disney's Hollywood Studios. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530197585/slinky-dog-dash-TOYSTORY0618.jpg?itok=hAvJdyFW"><p>Some of the rides are located inside tipped-over toy boxes, while playful touches include benches made out of colorful wooden popsicle sticks and kid-themed dishes like a raspberry lunch box tart at Woody’s Lunchbox restaurant.</p><p>Additional attractions include the Alien Swirling Saucers, themed after the film's toy aliens and Pizza Planet, where riders board a rocket to try and be chosen by “the claw,” and Toy Story Mania, a 4-D shooting game starring the <em>Toy Story </em>characters.</p><img alt="Toy Story Land is opening at Disney's Hollywood Studios on June 30. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530197585/toy-story-land-swirling-saucers-TOYSTORY0618.jpg?itok=ubRA5rPv"><p>The Sarge and his Green Army Man Drum Corps will also make an appearance throughout the park multiple times a day to invite guests to play games with giant Pixar balls and crayons.</p><img alt="Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios will include an army of green men. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530197585/green-army-men-toy-story-land-TOYSTORY0618.jpg?itok=MKcwwgzB"><p>The new land is the biggest expansion Hollywood Studios has seen since its opening in 1989 so far, Disney creative executive director Dave Minichiello told the <em><a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/the-daily-disney/toy-story-land/os-bz-disney-toy-story-land-preview-20180624-story.html" target="_blank">Orlando Sentinel</a></em>, and comes before the 2019 opening of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/when-is-star-wars-land-opening" target="_blank">Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge</a>.</p>
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Boeing's Hypersonic Jet Could Take You From New York City to London in 2 Hours

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 08:14
<p>Fifteen years after the last flight of the Concorde, Boeing wants to bring back supersonic travel — to the extreme.</p><p>At the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aviation conference in Atlanta this week, the aircraft manufacturer revealed a preliminary design for a “passenger-carrying hypersonic vehicle” that would be capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean in two hours or the Pacific in three.</p><p>Hypersonic is even faster than supersonic: Hypersonic speeds exceed Mach 5 while supersonic only needs to be faster than Mach 1 (the speed of sound). Boeing’s hypersonic aircraft would fly at Mach 5 — just under 3,900 miles per hour — and at a cruise altitude of 95,000 feet. The faster speeds would, according to Boeing, allow airlines to operate same-day return flights across the oceans.</p><p>A Boeing spokesperson told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> that flying at Mach 5 would make it possible to reach most locations on Earth in one to three hours. For example, it could take two hours to fly between New York City and London, or three between Los Angeles and Tokyo. (Current flight times are 7 and 11 hours, respectively.)</p><p>The plane could operate for military or commercial passengers — but it’s unlikely to be in service any time soon. Boeing announced a potential timeline of putting the hypersonic aircraft in flight by the late 2030s to 2040s.</p><p>“We have tons more work to do, but we have some very neat ideas,” Boeing’s chief scientist for hypersonics, Kevin Bowcutt, <a href="http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/boeing-unveils-hypersonic-airliner-concept" target="_blank">told <em>Aviation Week</em></a>.</p><p>Even though the hypersonic concept is decades away, studying and working on the technology is useful for the aircraft manufacturer today. “By looking decades ahead at what could be possible, we are smarter about what innovations and technologies we should be exploring now,” the spokesperson told T+L.</p><p>And Boeing isn't alone in planning for a supersonic future: Aerion Corporation, a company based in Nevada and backed by Airbus, is planning <a href="https://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/a21948533/boeing-hypersonic-passenger-plane-concept/" target="_blank">a supersonic business jet</a>, capable of reaching Mach 1.5. The plane would be able to carry 12 passengers and is expected to be ready for flight in 2023. And <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/nasa-testing-supersonic-flights" target="_blank">NASA is working on supersonic jets</a> that could be ready as soon as 2021.</p>
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