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This Is the World’s Safest Airline (Video)

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 06:34
<p>Last year wasn’t exactly one for the history books for airline safety. In fact, it was <a href="" target="_blank">one of the top 10 deadliest on record</a>. But, that doesn’t mean flying is unsafe — it may just make you want to check out which airlines are the safest before you book your next flight. </p><p>On Thursday, <a href="" target="_blank"></a> released its annual list of the world's safest airlines. And once again, Australia’s Qantas Airlines came out as the clear winner.</p><p>To come to its conclusion, the website explained it considered a comprehensive range of factors that include: “audits from aviation’s governing and industry bodies; government audits; airline’s crash and serious incident record; profitability, industry-leading safety initiatives, and fleet age.”</p><p>The ranking only took major incidents into account because, as Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said, “All airlines have incidents every day and many are aircraft manufacture issues, not airline operational problems. It is the way the flight crew handles incidents that determines a good airline from an unsafe one. So just lumping all incidents together is very misleading.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Qantas</a>, it explained, won out because it is both the world’s oldest continuously operating airline and maintains an “amazing record of firsts in operations and safety and is now accepted as the industry’s most experienced airline.”</p><p>It added that Qantas is first-in-class when it comes to employing technology to keep passengers safe. That includes its use of real-time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using satellite communications.</p><p>But, Qantas isn’t alone in its stellar service and safety. According to the site, the top 20 safest airlines for 2019 include: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, and the Virgin group of airlines (Atlantic and Australia).</p><p>This year, the website also took its rankings one step further to include the top 10 safest low-cost airlines. That list includes Flybe, Frontier, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia / Asia, Thomas Cook, Volaris, Vueling, Westjet and Wizz.</p><p>Again, it’s crucial to note that flying — across any airline — is still <a href="" target="_blank">the safest mode of transportation</a>. But, it’s always good to know which airlines are at the top of their game.</p>
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The Government Shutdown Is Turning Some National Parks Into Garbage Dumps — Here's How to Visit Responsibly (Video)

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 17:43
<p>Visitors to <a href="" target="_blank">Joshua Tree National Park</a> may want to re-think their plans this week as the park will close down all of its campgrounds on Jan. 2 due to the government shutdown.</p><p>The decision to close the campgrounds, <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a></em> reported, came after the area became a health and safety concern. That is because the pit toilets are nearly overflowing and trash has become an issue due to the fact that employees are currently on furlough.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">These State Parks Have All the Beauty of National Parks — and None of the Crowds</a></p><img alt="Visitors read closure notice posted on the doors of Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center "src=""><p>During previous shutdowns, the park, along with others across the country, was completely closed to guests. However, under the Trump administration, the gates have remained open to guests, which means free access but few park employees to help keep the park clean and help keep visitors safe.</p><p>"The park is being forced to take this action for health and safety concerns as vault toilets reach capacity," the National Park Service (NPS) announced. "In addition to human waste in public areas, driving off-road and other infractions that damage the resource are becoming a problem."</p><p>The NPS also explained that the government shutdown prevented it from making staff available to "provide guidance, assistance, maintenance, or emergency response." It added, "Any entry onto NPS property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk.”</p><p>The only thing left to prevent Joshua Tree from being overrun by garbage is the diligent work of volunteers.</p><p>“People are doing it because we love this place and we know how trashed it’ll get if we don’t,” Sabra Purdy, owner of the rock-climbing guide service Cliffhanger Guides, told <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a></em>. According to Purdy, she and others have been collecting garbage and cleaning the bathrooms out of the simple goodness of their hearts and love for the nation’s parks. But still, they can’t keep going forever.</p><p>“Once those port-a-potties fill up, there’s no amount of cleaning that will save them,” Purdy said. “At that point, I think I’m going to have to tap out.”</p><p>And Joshua Tree isn’t alone in its issues, or its decision to close campgrounds. Officials at Yosemite made the decision to close camps and several areas last week after it too faced a health and safety crisis.</p><p>If you feel the need to visit a park during the shutdown, there are responsible ways to do so. The most important rule to remember is the “<a href="" target="_blank">leave no trace</a>” set of principles. That includes packing up every single piece of trash you create and bringing them out of the park with you. As for bathrooms, the leave no trace principle means forgoing the overflowing toilets and digging out what is known as a “cathole” instead. This is a small hole dug six to eight inches deep located at least 200 feet from any water source, camp, or trail. Deposit your waste there and cover the hole when you’re done. Read more about <a href="" target="_blank">leave no trace here</a> and remember, the parks are both a national treasure and a gift and should be treated as such, shutdown or no shutdown.</p>
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Took a Secret New Year's Eve Babymoon (Video)

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:20
<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had quite the 2018. Following their whirlwind romance, epic <a href="" target="_blank">royal wedding</a>, and the announcement of their impending child, the pair only had one thing left to do: cap off the year with a vacation.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Brides</a></em>, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex went on a <a href="" target="_blank">babymoon</a> for New Year's Eve. That getaway, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Express</a></em> explained, came after the pair decided they needed a little bit of time to themselves. After all, they did just spend the entire holiday season with Harry’s extended family at the <a href="" target="_blank">Sandringham House</a>. And they spent it amid rumors of a growing rift between Harry and Meghan and William and Kate. So, needless to say, this vacation is just what the doctor ordered.</p><p>The couple, <em>The Express</em> reported, did not reveal where their New Year’s Eve babymoon happened, but the paper did theorize that the pair may have gone to Monaco. That is where Harry and Meghan spent <a href="" target="_blank">last New Year’s Eve</a>. And this year was just as private.</p><p>Though Kensington Palace has yet to reveal Meghan’s exact due date, the world can expect the next royal baby to arrive sometime this spring.</p><p>Meghan has been dropping plenty of hints as of late. On Tuesday, when asked about becoming a mother, she reportedly said: "We're nearly there." And while making an appearance at a nursing home in December, she told one resident: "I'm looking very pregnant today!"</p><p>As for what the new baby will be named, that’s still up in the air as well, though <a href="" target="_blank">bookies have their bets</a> placed on Alexander for a boy and Alice for a girl. Maybe this babymoon will inspire them to go for something different. The name Monaco does have a nice ring to it.</p>
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Should You Buy That Cheap Caribbean Airlines Ticket?

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:30
<p>The weather outside is frightful, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Caribbean Airlines prices</a> are looking oh-so-delightful. But are they too good to be true? If you’re trying to escape the winter winds, a discounted flight to the tropics seems like the perfect solution. But before you purchase, you want to know what you’re getting into.</p><p>Caribbean Airlines is one of the newer airlines on the <a href="" target="_blank">budget flights</a> scene — it was founded in 2006 in the <a href="">Republic of Trinidad and Tobago</a>. Originally known for its reasonable one-way tickets, Caribbean Airlines caters to the spontaneous traveler who may want to stay a week longer than planned. While Caribbean Airlines has since expanded its offerings, its reasonable prices still make it an intriguing choice for the traveler looking for some sun on a budget. Caribbean Airlines flies to the <a href="">Caribbean</a> and South America, including destinations like Antigua, Barbados, the Bahamas, Guadalupe, St. Lucia, Venezuela, and Cuba.</p><h2>What’s the checked bag situation on Caribbean Airlines?</h2><p>Great news — you can check your first bag free in economy. And if you are flying business or first class, you can check up to three bags for free. However, if the bags are above 23kg, they will be subject to an overweight checked bag fee of $75. (And the overweight bags can’t exceed 32kg.)</p><h2>How about carry-on bags?</h2><p>Every traveler is allowed to bring one carry-on and one personal item on board. The carry-on bag cannot exceed 10kg. If it does, it will have to be checked.</p><h2>What in-flight amenities does Caribbean Airlines offer?</h2><p>Caribbean Airlines has upped its game in terms of amenities. There’s now in-flight entertainment on board. According to <a href="" target="_blank">Sylvia</a> on Airline Ratings, who has tried economy and first class flights with Caribbean Airlines, “The staff is friendly and helpful. The service is good and there is free in flight entertainment. They are on time and the pilots are some of the best I have experienced.” </p><p>Susie on <a href="" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a> also raves about the amenities — and her review reminds us they do offer more perks than the average budget airline. “Their hospitality is immaculate. It's the only airline that offers free first baggage, a meal is also included with their service, they also offer free headphones, (and) there is always something to entertain you during your flight which makes it a lot more relaxing,” wrote Susie.</p><h2>How is cabin cleanliness on Caribbean Airlines?</h2><p>Overall, some customers were not overly impressed by the cabin’s hygiene. “The airplane smells like urine!!” <a href=";utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=(direct)" target="_blank">Irannie D.</a> from Manhattan wrote on Yelp. “The smell is so strong you can smell it BOARDING the plane!! These look like planes they purchased from other airlines once those airlines upgrade. The planes even had those old cigarette trays for when smoking on the plane was ok?!”</p><p>On Airline Ratings, <a href="" target="_blank">Ann</a> also noticed that the cabin was not quite up to par. “Poor service, dirty plane, horrible food, and do not complain because they never acknowledge your emails. I will not be travelling again with this airline and would advise anyone I know not to travel with Caribbean Airlines,” she wrote.</p><h2>Are their flights to the Caribbean convenient?</h2><p>So it seems. Caribbean Airlines offers tons of flights in and out of the Caribbean islands, which is perhaps how they’ve grown in popularity so much since 2006. Sanya from New Jersey specifically likes the early morning flights to Jamaica. “I get to Jamaica early and I have an entire day,” she wrote on <a href="" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a>. “The flight is hardly ever delayed and even if is, rest assured we are still getting to our destination on time or before the scheduled time. I love the fact that our first bag is also free, which most carriers now charge you (for). Also we still get actual food on board not just pretzels and nuts. You start feeling the island vibe the minute you board.”</p><h2>Is business class on Caribbean Airlines worth it?</h2><p>Unfortunately, it’s hard to get a straight answer here. It seems like it’s hit or miss on business class, because some find that Caribbean Airlines goes above and beyond, while other customers are less than impressed.</p><p>TresChiqueANU is all about the business class life on Caribbean Airlines. “The service was excellent. The staff paid very close attention to us. They listened to our needs, and catered to them well, making appropriate suggestions. AND, they were VERY pleasant,” they wrote on <a href="" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a>.</p><p>Christopher S. said the inefficiencies on the ground were made up for by the great in-flight service. “The wait in the check-in line was too long for the class of service purchased. Nevertheless the onboard service somewhat made up for the disappointing ground experience,” he wrote on <a href="" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a>.</p><h2>So, what’s the verdict? Should I buy that cheap Caribbean Airlines ticket?</h2><p>If you think a warm-weather vacation with a few potential hiccups is better than no vacation at all, you may want to seriously consider buying that ticket. As we’ve seen, plenty of people rave about their experience on Caribbean Airlines. Still, based on the reviews, there’s a chance the meal might be subpar, your flight could be delayed, the cabin might smell a touch funky, or the checked bag line will be too long for your liking. It’s an expectations game, really. If you go in expecting five-star amenities, you may be disappointed. But if you go in knowing that you’re getting a great deal on a trip you might otherwise not get to take, you could end up pleasantly surprised. You could also end up pleasantly sunkissed in the middle of February.</p>
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Fire and Ice Trips Are the Travel Trend You Need to Try in 2019

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:00
<p>When it comes to planning a vacation, there are a lot of choices to make. Do you want to plop on a beach with a cocktail or explore a new city? Do you want to find local places to eat or be served poolside? Do you want to go someplace warm or someplace cool?</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2019</a></p><p>Well, the fire and ice vacation trend may be the answer to the indecisive traveler's prayers. With a fire and ice trip, you begin in one climate and end in another, allowing you to experience the best of both worlds.</p><p>“When traveling, getting away can sometimes feel like you’re compromising. Snow-sports enthusiasts can feel torn over being able to get in slope time, but also wanting to relax and unwind at more than just an après ski experience. It’s not uncommon to want to return home with a more complete glow, not just a goggle tan,” Kelly Luf, general manager of <a href="" target="_blank">Travel Associates</a>, told <em>Travel + Leisure.</em></p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">T+L Editors Share Their Travel Resolutions for 2019</a></p><p>“Fire and ice vacations are certainly increasing in popularity as people focus on experiential travel within limited time frames,” Luf continued. “In an effort to tick all the boxes, climate-hopping is replacing island hopping and trending strong amongst savvy travelers looking to make the most of their vacation days.”</p><p>When it comes to creating a fire and ice trip, travelers with more time can select two entirely different destinations to visit — such as Montreal and Bermuda — or those looking for a quicker and more affordable option can look to one country (or even one state) that's home to varying climates. </p><p>“Iceland and Patagonia both tout themselves as 'fire and ice' destinations. A traveler can choose to have two different climates and related activities/resorts within the same singular vacation,” Luf said.</p><p>Looking to take a fire and ice trip? Here are some locations Luf recommends checking out.</p><h2>Argentina</h2><p>Argentina offers the most extreme type of fire and ice trip. Travelers can enjoy warm weather and endless culture in Buenos Aires, wind down at the beaches in Mar del Plata, go skiing in Patagonia, and even extend the trip with a cruise to Antarctica. Just remember the seasons are reversed, but ski season extends all the way into October in Patagonia, while temperatures at Mar del Plata are still mild.</p><h2>New Zealand</h2><p>“If you’re someone who is looking to ski or snowboard down the mountain in the morning and then watch the sunset bobbing on a longboard in the ocean, then New Zealand is the perfect destination for you,” Luf said. Just a two-hour drive stands between both climates and gives the action-sports aficionado the opportunity to choose their plans based on optimal conditions and weather.</p><h2>Iceland</h2><p>Iceland has something to offer the cold-fearing spa lover and the daring glacier climber alike. In the same trip you can bathe in a hot spring, explore an active volcano or an ice cave, and go snorkeling and whale watching, explained Luf.</p><h2>California</h2><p>Travelers looking to enjoy a fire and ice experience stateside should consider California, home to both snow-topped mountains and dry deserts, Luf noted.</p><p>“Big Bear Mountain is only two hours from Los Angeles and offers great winter sports. You can finish your trip with a Malibu Wine Safari and a stay on the beach at the Casa del Mar in Santa Monica,” she said.</p>
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The Pacific Coast Highway Is an Iconic Road Trip — but It's Even Better by Train

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 10:45
<p>There’s one thing I love about road trips: when they’re over. Folding into a cramped seat, fighting nausea in stop-and-go traffic, and that anxious sense of inefficiency that plagues type-A travelers like me who are forever aware of all we could be accomplishing if we didn’t have our hands glued to a steering wheel? No, none of it appeals to me. Whether the excursion is cross-city or cross-country, getting there by car is not my preferred method of transportation.</p><p>But iconic American adventures like the Pacific Coast Highway are hard to resist for an <a href="" target="_blank">ever-wandering Sagittarius</a> — so imagine my delight at discovering there’s a roomy, Wi-Fi-equipped alternative to road tripping the scenic 1,377-mile stretch between Los Angeles and Seattle: Amtrak’s Coast Starlight. Board the bi-level train, store your carry-on overhead, and click your footrest into position as you settle in with a good book or an open laptop — no need to think about one logistic more. That is, until an attendant comes by to book your dining reservation in the restaurant car. And did I mention there are floor-to-ceiling windows in a separate observation car, just in case you tire of the view from your seat?</p><img alt="Pacific Coast Highway by Amtrak Train "src=""><p>Unsurprisingly, views are in ample supply on a trek hugging the rugged coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. The Coast Starlight parallels the Pacific Coast Highway for much of the way through California, offering passengers a window into dramatic landscapes varying from shady redwood forests to stunning cliffside vistas (with Pacific Ocean waves crashing onto untouched beaches below) before gradually succumbing to the Cascade Mountains in Oregon and Washington. You’ll even snake along the base of Mount Shasta before hitting Klamath Falls, Oregon, where you can break for an easy day trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Crater Lake</a>.</p><p>Though no leg of the route is an eyesore, the most breathtaking views by far (and the ones you’ll recognize from Instagram) are found on the seaside stretch between Oxnard and San Luis Obispo. The southbound train is scheduled to traverse this section at golden hour, but we got “lucky” — our northbound train was delayed a few hours, so we rolled through these views at sunset, while the delayed southbound train hit them in the dark. Refer to the <a href="" target="_blank">Coast Starlight timetable</a> to plan your route, but understand that even the best laid plans are not guaranteed when it comes to the caprices of travel.</p><img alt="Pacific Coast Highway by Amtrak Train "src=""><img alt="Pacific Coast Highway by Amtrak Train "src=""><p>The Coast Starlight departs both Los Angeles and Seattle once daily, stopping in 28 cities in between. Whether you plan a north- or southbound trip, you’ll be on the train about 35 hours total if you opt to take the entire journey at once. That sounds like a lot (and it is) — but remember that traveling by train means you can walk around as you please; use the restroom; <a href="" target="_blank">eat a hot meal</a> for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (seared Norwegian salmon, anyone?); and even sleep through the night, all without pulling off the road to find a rest stop. It’s a timeless pleasure, train travel — the rhythm of the rails harkens back to an era when trains barreled forward as the vanguard of progress. It’s hard to deny the romance of it all.</p><img alt="Pacific Coast Highway by Amtrak Train "src=""><p>Still, if spending that many consecutive hours on a train doesn’t sound tempting (I don’t blame you), you can instead book individual legs and customize the trip to your ideal itinerary. My husband and I stopped in Santa Barbara to celebrate our anniversary, as well as San Jose, San Francisco, and Portland, taking a couple days to explore each. Broken up this way, the journey gives you the chance to hit many West Coast highlights in one trip.</p><img alt="Pacific Coast Highway by Amtrak Train "src=""><p>To <a href="" target="_blank">book a trip on the Coast Starlight</a>, head to the Amtrak website. Passengers have the option of reserving a seat in coach, a Superliner Roomette, or a Superliner Bedroom (outfitted with in-room toilet and shower). One perk of booking Superliner service is gaining access to an exclusive lounge car — an elegant space outfitted with curved couches, perfect for shooting the breeze over a round of drinks and a game of cards. Coach tickets start at <a href="" target="_blank">$97 one-way</a> (sometimes as low as <a href="" target="_blank">$79 on sale</a>) and all passengers get two checked bags for free. Whether you’re into city breaks or secluded hikes, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Coast Starlight route.</p>
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Cleveland Airport Shuts Down Water Fountains After 6 Travelers Fall Ill

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 08:20
<p>Water fountains in one part of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport have been shut down following a handful of passengers falling ill on a flight from Cleveland to Tampa on Tuesday, <a href="" target="_blank">NBC reported</a>.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>, six passengers on Frontier Airlines Flight 1397 suddenly became ill around the same time while the flight was still in the air. The six passengers were not traveling as a group, but exhibited the same symptoms. Michele Dynia, a spokeswoman for the airport, told CNN that no other passengers on the flight were sick.</p><p>Once the plane landed in Tampa, all sick passengers deplaned and were checked by medical staff before officially being released. Other passengers on the flight had to remain on the plane until clearance was given about an hour and a half after landing, according to CNN.</p><p>“Once our medical team determined the passengers weren’t contagious, everyone was released from the plane and the airport. No one was transported from the airport to local hospitals,” TPA vice president of communications Janet Scherberger told <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Points Guy</a></em> in an email.</p><p>Scherberger told CNN that the affected passengers experienced nausea and vomiting by the time the plane landed in Tampa. While an investigation is still underway, officials believe that the passengers’ illness could have been caused by airport water fountains in the Frontier airport concourse in Cleveland.</p><p>Water fountains have been taken offline in order to prevent any further illness, according to CNN.</p><p>Though the tap water in airports is not exactly the same, water in airplanes can certainly run passengers the risk of getting ill, which is why may passengers <a href="" target="_blank">do not order coffee or tea on flights</a>, and some airlines <a href="" target="_blank">do not serve water</a> from the tap. </p><p>It’s best to use plenty of caution when it comes to your health while flying.</p>
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Plane Crash Deaths Rose by Over 1,000% in 2018 — but Flying Is Still the Safest Way to Travel

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 06:37
<p>In 2018, the airline industry saw a sharp rise in fatalities caused by plane crashes, making it one of the top 10 deadliest years on record. According to Aviation Safety Network (ASN), airliner accidents killed 556 people last year compared with 44 in 2017. As the <a href="" target="_blank">BBC</a> reported, the worst civilian accident occurred in October when a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia. That event killed 189.</p><p>That crash, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a></em> reported, may have been caused by technical problems in the Boeing 737 Max plane. The problem may have begun with an update to a safety system that was designed to pull the plane out of a dangerous stall. Investigators believe the system may have been <a href="" target="_blank">triggered on inaccurate data</a> transmitted during the flight, causing the plane to nosedive into the water.</p><p>While the numbers can seem frightening, it’s important to note that flying is still abundantly safe and airlines are making major progress in making flying even safer.</p><p>"If the accident rate had remained the same as 10 years ago there would have been 39 fatal accidents last year," ASN CEO Harro Ranter told the BBC. "At the accident rate of the year 2000, there would have been even 64 fatal accidents. This shows the enormous progress in terms of safety in the past two decades."</p><p>The ASN did warn that the biggest threat is “loss-of-control” accidents, which still present a major safety concern. A loss-of-control accident, <em>The Telegraph </em>explained, is an unrecoverable deviation from an intended flight path. This can be caused by mechanical failure, human error, or environmental disturbance. This type of accident was responsible for at least 10 of the worst 25 accidents in the past five years.</p><p>Still, remember that you have only a <a href="" target="_blank">1 in 9,821</a> (or .01 percent) chance of dying in an air or space transport incident, making it the <a href="" target="_blank">safest way to travel</a>.</p>
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A Bunch of Lucky Travelers Booked $16,000 First Class Tickets for $675 — Here's How

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 06:08
<p>Earlier this week, would-be passengers on <a href="" target="_blank">Cathay Pacific Airways</a> flights were stunned to find first class tickets going for as low as $675 for routes between Vietnam and Canada and Vietnam and the United States. No, their eyes weren’t deceiving them. The prices really were that low.</p><p>It turns out the prices were that low due to a mistake — but those smart enough to book the flights anyway were handsomely rewarded on Wednesday when the airline announced it would indeed honor the fares.</p><p>“We do not want to go back on our promise to our customers,” Cathay announced on its Twitter account. “We made a mistake but we look forward to welcoming you on board with your ticket issued.”</p><p>So how much money are these passengers really saving? According to <a href="" target="_blank">Gary Leff</a>, a travel and loyalty-program blogger on View from the Wing, the same first and business class round-trip tickets from Da Nang to New York that started at $675 are now on sale for $16,000.</p><p>Cathay Pacific is far from the only airline to ever make a mistake fare public. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Fortune</a></em>, in 2014 Singapore Airlines published and honored its own mistakes while Hong Kong Airlines honored business class tickets mistakenly sold at economy fares in 2018.</p><p>These fares are also referred to as <a href="" target="_blank">“fat finger” fares</a>. As the name implies, the mistake can be a human error when someone misplaces a decimal point in the system, or it can be due to a miscalculated currency conversion, data entry error, or simply a computer glitch.</p><p>Travelers can book these fares on sites like Kayak or Expedia, though the team at <a href="" target="_blank">Scott’s Cheap Flights</a> recommends people book directly through the airline whenever possible.</p><p>However, everyone should be warned that airlines are under no obligation to honor the fares. They are obligated to reimburse all out-of-pocket expenses made in confidence upon the reservation, according to <em>USA Today</em>. That means travelers are entitled to a full refund for the cost of the errant ticket along with all non-refundable purchases made after booking the mistake fare. But, who knows, maybe you’ll get as lucky as these Cathay Pacific passengers too.</p>
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Why a Family Beach Vacation Over the Holidays Is the Only Way to Go

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:00
<p>Every year, after our son, Bobby, has unwrapped his umpteenth gift and my husband, Rob, and I have thrown out the Christmas tree and swept up all the pine needles from the floor of our New York City apartment, we vow to each other that next year, we will go away for the holidays. And then we don’t. To be clear, part of the reason we haven’t traveled as a family during the festive seasons is that we like being in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> — seeing all the lights, the department store displays, and decorations in our hometown is pretty great. Another reason? Planning a trip for this time of year takes a little more effort and forethought than normal. It’s next to impossible to decide on a destination — do you want a warm, sunny island like Jamaica? A big city like Paris? An adventure-filled trek through Iceland? — because the stakes are so high. It’s <a href="" target="_blank">Christmas</a>! It has to be good! Plus, the resorts book up fast, and you’re always one bad snowstorm away from the whole thing going haywire.</p><img alt="Beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida "src=""><p>This year, we did the tree and the presents again, but then pulled the trigger and left New York, settling on a three-night getaway to the <a href="" target="_blank">Ritz-Carlton, Naples</a>, post-Christmas. Why here? Firstly, Naples was a known entity, since Rob’s grandparents had lived here for many years. His mom still has a house there, and we have a few favorite places we always go, one of which is the Ritz-Carlton, which has always been a hangout for locals as well as guests. Over the years, it has changed its look; the rooms now have a crisp, bright palette, and their famous <a href="" target="_blank">Grill steakhouse</a> swapped out the dark wood paneling for soothing gray tones and glittering chandeliers. But the welcoming spirit of the place remains the same.</p><img alt="Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (Florida) "src=""><p>The resort filled three requirements for me, things that I’m now going to stick to when planning <a href="" target="_blank">vacations around the holidays</a>. One, it was easy to get to. Under three hours by plane from New York City, to be exact, and I figured even with a flight delay (not uncommon at LaGuardia and JFK in December) our entire beach vacation wouldn’t be derailed. Two, the resort was kid-friendly, with multiple pools and a beach with shallow water that Bobby could easily play in. And three, the resort, as I mentioned before, serves as a community hub. Naples residents come in for afternoon tea at Bites, the lobby lounge, or more famously for potent margaritas at <a href="" target="_blank">Gumbo Limbo</a>, a lively, open-air, seaside restaurant perched on stilts. It’s one of the few waterfront dining options in Naples, and a gathering spot to watch the sun set into the Gulf of Mexico.</p><img alt="Exterior the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida "src=""><p>And so, we finally took that first holiday trip. And it was a success because this Ritz-Carlton in particular caters to kids, and has set things up so brilliantly, allowing every family member to find their own corner of peace, fun, or what have you. Here, a few more of my travel tips and requirements for picking the right family-friendly resort for your next vacation.</p><img alt="Beach at Ritz-Carlton Naples "src=""><h2>The more restaurants, and the more varied they are, the better.</h2><p>Some of the most memorable hotels I’ve ever stayed in, from <a href="" target="_blank">safari lodges</a> in Botswana to <a href="" target="_blank">boutique properties in Los Angeles</a>, have had just one place to dine. And that worked just fine for my husband and myself: we liked sitting at the same table and even ordering the same thing every night. With kids, not so much. Options are the name of the game, because you need to mix things up and give them something new to look forward to. The Ritz-Carlton has everything from a cozy lobby lounge to a casual Poolside Café serving burgers to the festive Gumbo Limbo (newly renovated and expanded to accommodate 50 more guests). But the surprise of the trip was Dusk, a stylish sushi restaurant with low-slung couches, TVs, and a dimly-lit bar area. The seating was comfortable and not fussy, and the noise level just loud enough so that we could still talk to one another, but not worry about Bobby bothering anyone. He managed to hang on and play with his trains for 90 minutes while we ate salmon aburi and perfectly crisped vegetable tempura.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 10 Resort Hotels in Florida (Outside of Miami Beach)</a></p><img alt="Discovery area at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida "src=""><h2>The resort should have some surprises up its sleeve.</h2><p>In-room tents. A book signing with a local children’s book author in the Club Lounge. Chocolate chip cookies with fresh milk, delivered at bedtime. Cornhole games and sand toys and giant chess boards at the beach. These are just a few of the amenities that the Ritz had waiting for us, either in our room or down by the water each day. They were welcome distractions for Bobby, who admittedly has a short attention span and loves stuffed animals. But they were also nice things for parents, too, tired people who don’t want to stress about yet more things to pack to keep their kids entertained. Bobby was a little too young for the Noodle Darts, Tug-of-War, Laser Tag, and Jell-O Eating Contest, but these are all activities included at the resort, as well as Nature's Wonders, the kids program that focuses on the local environment. Kids like schedules. They like routine. And when the resort comes up with fresh things for them to do, it’s a win-win.</p><img alt="Gingerbread House at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida "src=""><img alt="Family in the pool, Ritz-Carlton Naples "src=""><h2>There should be enough adults-only activities and spaces to keep the calm.</h2><p>As much as we love traveling with Bobby, Rob and I always try to get a babysitter one or two nights while we travel so that we can do dinner out or try the spa. This resort has one of the top wellness facilities in Florida, with 35 treatment rooms, a vitality pool, a health-food café, and newly renovated locker areas, where you can try a complimentary coco-mango scrub before your treatment. (They also sell Mary's, a popular CBD beauty line, and use the oil in massages — very 2019.) We didn’t get a chance to hit up the adults-only pool on this trip, but we have done so on previous visits, and I can attest it’s all the quiet a grown-up really needs. At the Grill, where we ordered thick cuts of Delmonico steak and a Grand Marnier soufflé to share, the only children present were of the well-behaved, older variety.</p><img alt="Beach Club, Ritz-Carlton Naples "src=""><p>Still, one of my favorite places combined the best of both worlds, kid and adult. At Club Beach — an extension of the Club Lounge, available only during the holidays, where guests can have a guaranteed beach chair along with complimentary drinks — we were able to take a break from the busy kids pool and find happiness as a trio by jumping in the Gulf. It was all so civilized, that I decided maybe next year, we’ll skip doing Christmas at home and go away for the whole week. <em>Double rooms from $649 in high season; club rooms from $859.</em></p><img alt="Palm trees decorated for Christmas at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida "src="">
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How You Start or End Your Emails Could Be Costing You at Work

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 11:30
<p>Writing the perfect email can be a delicate process in the workplace. And it’s not just figuring out when it’s OK to reply all.</p><p>Boomerang data scientist Brendan Greenley looked at over 350,000 emails and found that many people in the workforce don’t exactly know how to strike the right tone in their messages — which can decrease the likelihood of getting a reply.</p><p>The biggest issue with email messages came down to two things: <a href="" target="_blank">greetings</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">signatures</a>. How you start and end an email can strongly affect your job.</p><p>But there’s a very simple solution. Greenley suggests that friendly and somewhat casual headers rule the day.</p><p>“Perhaps we should move past the era of formal salutations," Greenley noted in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "Messages that struck a more informal, conversational tone from the start got more responses."</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">People Are Sick of Seeing ‘Sent From My iPhone’ on Your Emails — Here's How to Change It</a></p><p>Messages that began with a simple “hi” or “hello” got a relative 33 percent response rate increase compared to formal greetings like “dear.” And you should definitely avoid starting your email with “greetings.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">iPhones Have a Secret Menu That Filters Out Annoying Emails</a></p><p>As for your signature, the same rule applied, but Greenley also suggests using one that has a more “thankful” tone.</p><p>Emails that closed with “thank you,” “thanks,” or “thanks in advance” received a relative 36 percent increase in responses, whereas closing like “cheers” or “best regards” only received aroound 11 to 14 percent.</p><p>The worst closing, according to Greenley's research, was using just the word “best” at the end of your email.</p><p>But most importantly, Greenley writes that you should always use an opening and a closing in an email, especially if you want to get a reply.</p><p>It’s the little things that matter when you want to get ahead at work.</p>
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This Luxury Resort in the Maldives Will Serve You Fresh Calamari During a Sailing Lunch on the Equator

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 11:01
<p>The Maldives is full of over-the-top bucket list experiences. So it’s no surprise that the luxury <a href="" target="_blank">Shangri-La's Villingili Resort &amp; Spa</a>, located on the southern Addu Atoll, has created dining experiences like something out of a movie — or at least <em>The Bachelorette,</em> since they shot the finale there.</p><p>Besides room service in their signature, spacious overwater bungalows and suites, the resort has some unique and breathtaking private dining options planned around the island with their bucket list <a href="" target="_blank">“Dine by Design” program</a>.</p><p>The bespoke “Dine by Design” concept is not a new or unusual resort offering in the Maldives, but the Shangri-La takes it to the next level with ten different options ranging from a day of sailing to the Equator to eat calamari at zero degrees latitude to a four course meal with your feet in the Indian Ocean.</p><img alt="Maldives Dining Experiences "src=""><p>The Shangri-La’s Villingili is the largest single resort island in the Maldives, measuring three kilometers from one end to the other. It continues to set records with Mount Villingili: At just 14.7 feet, it’s the highest natural point in the Maldives situated on top of the nation's <a href="" target="_blank">only nine-hole golf course</a>. Here, you can sample a multi-course barbecue with Maldivian lobster next to the lapping waves. There is also a larger barbecue pit option on the golf course perfect for groups.</p><p>There are multiple menu options to choose from during your personally designed dinner, including Maldivian lobster, reef fish, beef and vegetables. The fresh Maldivian lobster is well worth the splurge.</p><img alt="Maldives Dining Experiences "src=""><p>Among the most popular private dining options is the beachside dinner at sunset. "People use anything as an excuse to have it done because it is a fabulous experience," said Daniel Young Charlton, Shangri-La’s Villingili Food &amp; Beverage Director. “You can get couples, honeymooners and even groups of eight requesting it.”</p><p>During my first extraordinary eating experience, I walked along the sand past <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Ali's,</a> the resort’s popular Arabic, Indian and Chinese restaurant to the nearby Wedding Pavilion. Tiki torches burned along the walkway, candles were scattered all around the table and the sound of waves crashing echoed close by. I noticed a beautiful table arrangement with roses and orchids with a slew of appetizers including bread and butter, salmon and avocado, shrimp cocktail, crab mousse, and calamari.</p><p>For lunch and afternoon drinks, the Chef’s Garden — the resort’s organic garden — is an impressive option. The chef gives you a tour of the greens, explaining the menu while smelling the fresh basil and lemongrass used in the dishes and cocktails you’ll be served.</p><p>Other creative locations include a jungle option surrounded by lush tropical banyan trees and flying foxes, also known as fruit bats, and the Jungle Lagoon, with frogs croaking and fish jumping in the water while you marvel at the stars from the overwater dock.</p><img alt="Maldives Dining Experiences "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">CHI, The Spa</a> isn’t just for massages. Guests can opt for a tranquil spa dinner in an open-air bungalow next to the water with a healthy menu rich in vitamins designed to “restore balance and harmony to both body and mind.”</p><p>The luxury yacht “trip to zero” is the most glamorous, and expensive option there is, while also being one of the most memorable. On my last night on the island, I went out on the 21-meter-long, multi-bedroom yacht “Horizon” for a surf-and-turf sunset dinner among spinning dolphins.</p><p>View all the “Dine by Design” experiences for individuals, couples and families <a href=",_Maldives/dining/Dine-by-Design-brochure-2016.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>
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One of the World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls Is Tucked Away in the Amazon — and It’s Four Times Taller Than Niagara Falls

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 10:45
<p>Kaieteur Falls in Guyana is like living on the edge of the world.</p><p>The giant waterfall is located on the Potaro River in Kaieteur National Park, within Guyana’s region of the Amazon Forest. At 741 feet, the falls are roughly four times taller than Niagara Falls and twice as high as Victoria Falls.</p><p>The impressive waterfall is also known as the world’s largest single drop waterfall (meaning one level at the top and bottom) by the volume of water flowing over it. Kaieteur is among the most powerful waterfalls in the world with an average flow rate of 23,400 cubic feet per second.</p><p>The falls are also especially remote, surrounded by gorgeous rainforest. Despite this, tourists can access the falls by chartering a plane and following a hiking tour in order to reach the top. There is even a special airstrip, <a href="" target="_blank">Kaieteur Airstrip</a>, which is only a 15 minute walk from the falls and is often used by plane tours that run directly from the two Georgetown airports: Ogle Airport and Cheddi Jagan International Airport.</p><img alt="Kaieteur waterfall, one of the tallest falls in the world, potaro river, Guyana "src=""><p>Several reputable tour operators are even on <a href=";view=article&amp;id=7&amp;Itemid=9">Guyana’s tourism board online</a>. It’s best to book ahead, since planes are usually small, with some limited to 10 passengers at a time.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">25 Awe-Inspiring Waterfalls to See Before You Die</a></p><p>If you are hoping to plan an Amazon adventure, choosing when to visit can be fairly unpredictable near the falls. Generally, the best time is during <a href="" target="_blank">summer monsoons</a>, which fall from April to September, though tours are available other months as well.</p><img alt="Kaieteur Falls, Guyana "src=""><p>Walking through the Kaieteur National Park is also a treat in itself. Among the many trails, you’ll see plenty of colorful birds, frogs and other plant life that are particular to the Amazon rainforest.</p><p>More information about Kaieteur Falls can be found on <a href="" target="_blank">Explore Guyana</a>.</p>
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This Jerusalem Hotel Has a Center Dedicated to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Balancing Your Chakras

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 12:01
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Jerusalem’s Mamilla neighborhood</a> has seen a lot of history unfold. It’s where King Herod built a water reservoir in the 1st century B.C. It’s where many of the hostilities between Israel and Jordan unfolded during 1967’s six-day war. And, today, it’s home to the eponymous <a href="" target="_blank">Mamilla Hotel</a>, where visiting dignitaries (and laypeople) find their zen in a customizable meditation room or via the help of self improvement experts from Israel and abroad. It seems some markers of the “woo-woo wellness” ethos have made their way to the Middle East.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Mamilla neighborhood</a> of today is a study in contrast, with a glitzy outdoor shopping mall winding amid many historic buildings (the reassembled Stern House, private home of Zionist leader Theodor Herzl, has pride of place on the strip), walls made of gleaming Jerusalem stone, and lodging like the Mamilla, which is part of the Leading Hotels of the World Group and serves as a symbol of just how much has changed in this ancient city. A quick walk from the Jaffa Gate portal into the Old City, the Moshe Safdie-designed building is hewn from white limestone, each slab still numbered from when they were moved in from another location, but the interior is full of sleek details and even sleeker spots for eating and drinking. The most modern feature of the hotel, though, has to be its <a href="" target="_blank">Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center</a>. It’s 2018’s self-care mandate, manifested.</p><img alt="Swimming Pool at the Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem "src=""><p>The Akasha Center has all the accoutrement typical of a high-end hotel — good exercise equipment, a spinning and aerobics room — but it’s the next-level devotion to wellness that outdoes the others. Designed with an eye towards Feng Shui, the space also houses a Turkish hamam spa treatment room, a yoga room, a bar for juices and shakes, and, most notably, an area specifically devoted to achieving mindfulness through meditation.</p><img alt="Spa at the Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem "src=""><p>The space itself feels like a cocoon inside the bustling hotel, with a vibe that’s markedly different from the aggressive cardio taking place just outside its doors. It’s softly lit, with the walls running images of forests, sunsets, and deserts, and cast in hues that keep in mind the practice of “color therapy,” where a spectrum of seven colors resonate with the seven main chakras (energy centers) of the body. Meditations, which were developed with the help of experts in the field, are computerized, with each 40-minute session available in Hebrew and English. Guests can choose from five different types of meditation, based on their state of mind. The experience is thoroughly soothing, and a welcome respite after a day of jostling with other tourists around the Old City.</p><p>The center also offers instruction in breathing techniques, <a href="" target="_blank">pulsation exercises,</a> and tailored programs of “self-improvement content,” which “inspires visitors to reach higher levels of renewal, empowerment, and improvement.” You’ve got to wonder if past hotel visitors Bill Clinton, Glenn Beck, and Tony Blair gave it a try.</p>
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The 5 Best Places to Shop in Tokyo, According to Japan's Biggest Instagram Star

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 11:02
<p>Upon landing in <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a> there was one thing I wanted to do: <a href="" target="_blank">Shop</a>. Shop until I literally dropped. Because setting fashion trends is one of the things Japan does best.</p><p>The streets of Japan’s capital city are well-known for being a fashion mecca for high-end stores, streetwear styles, and vintage shops packed from wall-to-wall with hard-to-find brands. But the mere idea of finding the hidden gems on my own was more than overwhelming, so I turned to <a href="" target="_blank">Rola</a>, Japan’s It-girl, for help.</p><p>Rola, born Eri Sato, has been the country’s It-girl for some time thanks to her endless endorsement deals, her contracts as a television host, and her more than 5.2 million Instagram followers.</p><p>First, I wondered, what trends should I be looking out for?</p><p>“I know it's been around in the west for a while already, but the integration of athleisure into Japanese fashion is much more recent and going around a lot lately,” Rola told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “It's a big departure from Japanese fashion up until now because it's all about simple and athletic whereas Japanese fashion has been much more formal and busy in the past than what I'm seeing lately.”</p><p>I enlisted Rola as my virtual guide to the best places to shop for athleisure and more knowing there was no better guide to be had. After all, she was discovered on the streets of Shibuya, one of the best shopping districts in the city. Here are five places Rola said I shouldn't miss — and neither should you — during a Tokyo shopping journey.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Dover's Street Market</a>: Ginza</h2><p>The first stop on Rola’s must-see list is none other than Dover Street Market, a department-like store for high-end streetwear brand aficionados. Imported from London, the store is six floors of out-of-this-world shopping with the likes of Supreme, Gucci, Comme des Garcons, and more. Do not enter unless you’re ready to spend serious cash on daring clothing.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Ginza Six</a>: Ginza</h2><p>What’s Rola’s favorite part of Ginza Six, another luxury shopping complex in Ginza? “They serve wine for the customers to drink while shopping.” If that doesn’t entice you perhaps its combination of clothing, beauty, food, and art retailers will. Just make sure to map out your shopping excursion before you go, otherwise you<i> will </i>get lost.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Restir</a>: Roppongi</h2><p>“It’s a cool select shop that has a lot of shoes,” Rola said. Of course, like her other favorite stores above, Restir too sells plenty of high-end clothing from Balenciaga, Namacheko, Vika Gazinskaya, and more. But its shoe collection is the true star. Inside, sneakerheads can find both rare and hard-to-find releases from Vans, Nike, Adidas, and every other brand in between.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Funktique</a>: Harajuku</h2><p>Rola heads here for “lots of cool accessories.” Hidden away in a back street alley in Harajuku, the shop is packed to the gills with cool belts, bags, shoes, hats, and jewelry all worth your shopping dollars. Just be careful with your time as you can waste an entire day inside the store trying every last accessory on.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">La Foret</a>: Harajuku</h2><p>As one of Rola’s favorite all-around shops in the Harajuku neighborhood, La Foret certainly delivers. La Foret is another stellar department store in Tokyo and is sort of reminiscent of malls in America in their heyday. With 13 floors and countless boutiques to peruse you’re bound to find something for everyone inside. Just make sure to walk away with something special for yourself too.</p>
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Drinking Coffee and Alcohol Every Day Could Actually Help You Live Longer

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 13:01
<p>You may want to rethink your <a href="" target="_blank">New Year’s resolutions</a>. A new study suggests that drinking alcohol and coffee may help you live longer.</p><p>Perhaps coming as good news in the break between Christmas and New Year’s, <a href="" target="_blank">a study from the University of California Irvine</a> suggests that people who “drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained.”</p><p>“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” Dr. Claudia Kawas, one of the study’s main researchers, <a href="" target="_blank">said earlier this year at a conference for the American Association for the Advancement of Science</a>.</p><p>The operative word in this finding is, of course, moderate. According to the study, those who drank only two glasses of wine or beer per day decreased chances of premature death by 18 percent. Two cups of coffee per day decreased chances by 10 percent.</p><p>The study has examined more than 1,600 people over the age of 90 since it began in 2013. Participants agreed to biannual checkups to help researchers determine which factors and life choices made people more likely to live past 90. This age group (known as the “oldest old”) is the fastest-growing age group in the U.S.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">A New Study Says Taking a Vacation Can Help You Live Longer (Video)</a></p><p>One other surprising finding was that participants who were “overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.” But, at the same time, regular exercise and maintaining a regular hobby also helped avoid premature death.</p><p>Raise a glass, have another plate of turkey and don’t feel guilty about your holiday celebrations. They could be helping you stick around longer.</p>
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Everything You Need to Know About Traveling With a Baby

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:01
<p>Four years ago, Kristiana Choquet was nervous about taking her then 3-month-old on her first flight. It would be long — 11 hours from Johannesburg to Paris — and like many new parents, she wasn’t sure what to bring. “I packed a backpack of her own with diapers and wipes, a messenger bag with extra clothes and a rolling suitcase and stroller,” says the luxury travel advisor with Ovation Vacations in New York. “Our friends were like, ‘You’re never going to need all this stuff.’”</p><p>Since that momentous first trip — which Air France made easy with a <a href="" target="_blank">complimentary bassinet</a> — Olivia has visited four continents, and her mother has gotten smarter about packing. “Now I only fly with just one backpack for both of us,” she says, laughing. We asked Choquet and other experts for their best advice on how to travel with a child under 2. Here’s what they told us:</p><h2>Before the Trip</h2><p><strong>Check With Your Pediatrician</strong><b> </b></p><p>“If the family is traveling internationally, it’s always a good idea to check with the pediatrician at least two weeks before to see if the child would require any extra immunizations,” says Dr. David Fagan, vice chairman of pediatrics at <a href="" target="_blank">Cohen Children’s Medical Center</a> in New Hyde Park, New York. Depending on where you’re going, your child may need to have certain vaccines earlier, like measles, or to take a particular medicine. The Centers for Disease Control’s <a href="" target="_blank">online Traveler’s Health section</a> is a great place to research.</p><h2>On the Flight</h2><p><strong>Consider a Rear-Facing Car Seat</strong><b> </b></p><p>Yes, it’s a hassle, but it’s still the safest place for your infant, insists Fagan. If you’re traveling by car, it’s a must. Check with the airline to determine specific policies, but you might need to spring for a separate ticket. And be sure to take the infant out of the seat every couple of hours. “This allows them to stretch out and move their legs,” Fagan notes, and they’ll probably need a diaper change anyway.</p><p><strong>Bring a Collapsible Baby Stroller</strong></p><p>Choquet swears by the popular Babyzen Yoyo stroller, which folds neatly and can be slung over the shoulder like a tote bag. It’s also recognized by most airlines as carry-on luggage, so throwing it in the overhead bin and navigating plane or train aisles is less of a headache. The only downsides: the price (over $400) and the fact it’s not recommended for travelers under 6 months. You’ll also lose basket storage. Another space-saving option is a baby carrier like an Ergobaby, says Choquet. “A lot of times baby falls asleep on your chest,” and if baby’s a lap child, or under the age of two, this can alleviate the stress of a stroller.</p><p><strong>Ask for a Bassinet</strong><b> </b></p><p>Heading abroad? Call ahead to see if the airline offers a bassinet, says Choquet. These are typically complimentary on international flights, though they’re subject to availability. <a href="" target="_blank">Delta advises</a> to check ahead, especially for domestic flights, while <a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines provides</a> a limited number of bassinets on international flights only.</p><p><strong>Keep Them Entertained</strong></p><p>Always aim to keep your little one busy, says Choquet, who advises packing “snacks, puzzles, coloring books" or "anything you can stuff in your bag that’s not bulky.” Load the iPad with games and kid-friendly movies and stock up on favorite snacks so you’re not at the mercy of the food cart. Backpack too heavy? Old-school hand-clapping games like Patty Cake are always a hit and don’t require extra toys.</p><p><strong>Deal With Changes in Air Pressure</strong></p><p>“Most children are usually okay with changes in air pressure during takeoffs and landings,” explains Fagan, but since infants can’t swallow, pop their ears or yawn, the only alternative is sucking. Breastfeeding, a bottle or a pacifier are good, especially during the initial descent, when the biggest change in pressure occurs. Ask a flight attendant to let you know when the descent is about to begin.</p><h2>At the Hotel</h2><p><strong>Check for Safety</strong></p><p>Safety standards vary by country, so be sure to do a thorough inspection of the hotel room, says Fagan. “Parents should be comfortable with railings and check that the child can’t slip through,” he warns, and be aware to check for “exposed electrical wires and peeling paint chips.” Parents of toddlers who walk should be especially vigilant.</p><p><strong>Ask for Baby Amenities</strong></p><p>Why pack a bottle warmer or car seat when you can get them at the hotel? <a href="" target="_blank">Marriott offers</a> baby-proofing supplies like outlet covers, while every Rosewood property comes fully equipped with diaper pails, baby baths and monitors. At St. Regis hotels, parents can borrow strollers and stock up on diapers. “I’ve never really had to travel with a stroller,” says Choquet, who advises calling ahead. Just remember to thoroughly check cribs and strollers for safety — visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website</a> for current rules — especially if you’re staying abroad, urges Fagan. Hotels not up on the family amenity trend? Diapers, wipes, formula and bottles are usually a quick click away if you’re in the U.S., Choquet advises.</p><p><strong>Arm Against Mosquitoes</strong></p><p>You wouldn’t let your child drink tap water — choose bottled, says Fagan — so don’t let them skip wearing <a href="" target="_blank">mosquito repellent</a>. In tropical climates especially, long-sleeved shirts and pants are best, but also consider lotions with DEET, which is safe for children over 6 months. (Never spray an infant due to the risk of inhalation.) Placing mosquito netting around a crib is another good idea, says Fagan, but check with your pediatrician and the CDC to hear your options.</p>
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Why People Are Obsessed With the Carpet in the Nashville Airport

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 11:00
<p>Stepping off an airplane and into Nashville International Airport may be one of the most unique airport experiences on the planet. Once you’re in the terminal you’re surrounded by live music, greeted by famous country stars welcoming you to <a href="" target="_blank">Music City</a> over the PA system, and standing on the most beloved carpet in the South.</p><p>Yes, people love the carpet. In fact, they’re obsessed with it.</p><p>Since the age of Instagram, it’s not been uncommon to see people snapping photos of the carpet, showing off their new cowboy boots at departure or sending a “made it home” Snapchat on arrival. And now, the Instagram account <a href="" target="_blank">@bnacarpet</a> is helping people share their love for the swirly, earth-toned carpet.</p><p>“It is just the weirdest design from the early 2000s but anyone who has lived in Nashville would recognize it immediately,” Nashville native Sarah Currey told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. Currey, who returned to Nashville this week, had her photo regrammed by the @bnacarpet account.</p><p>“I noticed that everyone I know took photos of the carpet anyway while traveling, so why not give them something to tag?” the creator of the account, who wishes to remain anonymous, told T+L. “Airports have a great way to bring people of every background together, and the carpet at BNA has an unmistakable pattern and color scheme unlike any other airport in the country.”</p><p>So far the account has had a steady stream of posts of from people all over of the world passing through the airport.</p><p>“I’ve had country music stars, playboy bunnies, famous Christian celebs — all sorts of people. The Titans Cheerleaders filmed a routine,” said the creator, adding that the experiment has been “a fun insight into all the people coming in and out of the airport."</p><p>Nashville International Airport is currently in the middle of a <a href="" target="_blank">$1.2 billion expansion</a> that includes a new parking and transportation center, international arrivals center, and revival and expansion of terminal D. British Airways recently launched a <a href="" target="_blank">non-stop route between Nashville and London</a>, making the airport further connected with the outside world.</p><p>No word yet on whether or not the airport’s facelift includes plans to keep the carpet. Until then, people are keeping their fingers crossed.</p><p>“I really hope the carpet stays,” said Nashville native Clay McCullough. “It just feels like home.”</p>
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United Airlines Put Out a Cookbook so You Can Eat Airplane Food at Home

Sun, 12/30/2018 - 13:02
<p>United Airlines is hoping to change the perception of <a href="" target="_blank">airplane food</a> forever with its new offering, the "Polaris Cookbook."</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Daily Meal</a></em>, the cookbook features more than 40 recipes created by the airline’s own executive chefs. And really, the recipes may actually be delicious as Polaris is the airline’s business-class service, serving the best of the best food on board.</p><p>As <i>The Daily Meal </i>noted, one recipe in the book is the coconut soup, which comes with sambal oelek chicken. Don’t worry, you won’t be disappointed by the other recipes either as this cookbook makes no mention of the cold turkey sandwiches or bagged nuts that are often served in economy.</p><p>The chefs at United aren’t the only ones featured in the book. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Los Angeles Times</a></em>, chefs from The Trotter Project, a nonprofit organization that provides culinary and educational programs for students pursuing careers in the restaurant industry, also took part. And they are perhaps the best reason to purchase the book because a portion of the proceeds from every sale will go back to the nonprofit.<br /><br />The United Polaris Cookbook is currently <a href=";dept_id=10000" target="_blank">for sale for $29.99</a> and is available at the online United Airlines shop.</p><p>If you’re hoping to create an entire airline-themed cookbook collection, you can. Southwest Airlines put out its own cookbook in 2006 called “<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Feel the Spirit, Savor the Fare</a>,” <em>The Los Angeles Times </em>pointed out. Delta also put out its own cookbook in 1987, which was compiled by its flight attendants. That book was titled “First-Class Meals.” Though if you find it don’t be shocked by what you see, because airline meals <a href="" target="_blank">looked a little different back then</a>. And hey, this way even if you can’t fly first class at least you can eat like you did.</p>
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Japan Airlines Asks Employees to Stop Drinking Alcohol for the Rest of 2018

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 17:33
<p>After a year filled with high-profile incidents, Japan Airlines has asked its employees to avoid drinking alcohol until 2019.</p><p>In October, a co-pilot was arrested after he was found, 50 minutes before his 10-hour flight was scheduled to take off, with glazed eyes and “difficulty standing straight,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to the BBC</a>. His blood alcohol content was almost 10 times the legal limit for a pilot. The pilot was fired and sentenced to 10 months in prison.</p><p>Earlier this month, <a href="" target="_blank">a Japan Airlines flight attendant was accused</a> of stealing and drinking a bottle of champagne during cabin service. Coworkers noted that the woman smelled of alcohol and disappeared frequently into the bathroom. An empty champagne bottle was found in the airplane garbage, despite not being served to passengers.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Drunk People on Planes Are Becoming More of a Problem</a></p><p>Japan’s transportation ministry has said that of its 31 total cases related to drinking (from January 2017 through November 2018), 21 were caused by Japan Airlines employees. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Japan Airlines has a more serious problem than any other Japanese airline. The ministry attributes the number to the airline’s recent adoption of high-accuracy alcohol detectors. If other airlines begin using the same detectors, they could also come under fire.</p><p>“The biggest problem is that trust in the airline industry has been damaged substantially,” an official at the transportation ministry <a href="" target="_blank">told the <em>Japan Times</em></a>. “The (drinking) problem is not limited to JAL.”</p><p>The president of the airline will take a 20 percent pay cut for one month. The head of cabin crew will take a 10 percent pay cut. The airline also said that it will increase periodic testing and training for employees.</p><p>The move to ask employees to abstain from celebration during the holiday season is “unusually obtrusive,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>Quartz</em></a>. Japanese new year is traditionally a family affair when people gather with loved ones to visit local shrines and share meals. The drunken revelry that westerners associate with New Year’s Eve is more regularly celebrated in the weeks leading up to the end of the year — but it looks like JAL employees will not be taking part.</p>
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