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These Are Europe’s Most Instagrammed Beaches

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:02
<p>For those who believe that travel is an opportunity to test their photography skills, flight deal site <a href="https://www.globehunters.us/" target="_blank">Globehunters</a> researched the top 60 most Instagrammed beaches in Europe. Whether you’re looking to avoid the crowds or take a shot that will <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/best-travel-vacation-instagram-captions" target="_blank">make the likes pour in</a>, these are the beaches you should know.</p><p>The most Instagrammed beach on the continent is Positano, Italy, with more than 980,000 posts. The glamorous beach on the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/how-to-travel-to-amalfi-coast" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a> has continued to gain international clout ever since John Steinbeck wrote about the location <a href="https://www.amalficoast.com/l/campania-4/amalfi-coast-1/positano-8" target="_blank">for <i>Harper’s Bazaar </i>in 1953.</a> At the time he wrote it was “a dream place that isn't quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” It has since gained many celebrity visitors from the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton to Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/romantic-getaways/top-places-to-get-engaged" target="_blank">These Are the Most Popular Places to Propose Around the World</a></p><p>The second most ‘grammed beach is Brighton on England’s southern coast with more than 460,000 posts. Brighton is located about an hour south of London by train, making it a popular seaside destination for Brits. The Brighton Pier (and its amusement park rides) is one of the area’s most famous attractions, made famous by Graham Greene’s thriller novel “Brighton Rock” and "Quadrophenia," the 1973 concept album by The Who. Below the pier, beachgoers will find a pebble beach and colorful cabanas for the perfect Instagram shot.</p><p>Top runners-up included Nissi Beach in Cyprus, Durdle Door Beach in the U.K., and Playa d’en Bossa Beach in Ibiza. See the top 10 below, and view the full list at <a href="https://www.globehunters.com/blog/europe-s-most-instagrammed-beaches.htm#EEE" target="_blank">globehunters.com</a>.</p><p>10. Cala Salada: Ibiza, Spain</p><p>9. Barceloneta Beach: Barcelona, Spain</p><p>8. Praia da Rocha: Algarve, Portugal</p><p>7. La Pelosa Beach: Stintino, Italy</p><p>6. Bournemouth Beach: Bournemouth, U.K. </p><p>5. Playa d'en Bossa Beach: Ibiza, Spain</p><p>4. Durdle Door Beach: Dorset, U.K.</p><p>3. Nissi Beach: Ayia Napa, Cyprus</p><p>2. Brighton Beach: Brighton, U.K.</p><p>1. Positano: Salerno, Italy</p>
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How to Spend the Ultimate, Thrill-seeking Week in New Zealand

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:50
<p>You’ve probably seen New Zealand’s otherworldly mountains, emerald valleys, and crystal lakes on the big screen, in Peter Jackson’s Academy-award winning <em>Lord of The Rings</em> trilogy or perhaps most recently, in Ava duVernay’s masterful film adaptation of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/new-zealand-lake-wanaka-wrinkle-in-time" target="_blank"><em>A Wrinkle in Time</em></a>. But what if you could see it all up close in real life?</p><p>The editors of Travel + Leisure, along with luxury tour operator Butterfield and Robinson, have planned the ultimate week-long adventure on the South Island of New Zealand, taking you from the picturesque streets of Christchurch to pristine Blanket Bay. Our trip, which you can book as part of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/butterfield-and-robinson-vacations" target="_blank">our Great Adventures program</a>, offers the perfect chance to see the country in the great outdoors, all the better to appreciate its natural beauty. You’ll experience thrills such as fly-fishing, jet-boating, and more. The editors have even selected a special activity for you: a scenic heli-flight to the Franz Josef Glacier, followed by a two hour guided hike. </p><p>Read on for a full day-by-day itinerary, and contact Butterfield and Robinson to book this trip, one of seven in our Travel + Leisure Great Adventure series.<em> From $8,795 per person, based upon two people traveling. </em></p><h2>Day 1</h2><img alt="Oxford Terrace park in Christchurch, New Zealand "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522258342/christchurch-new-zealand-day-one-BUTTERFIELDNZ0318.jpg?itok=8D30rzTv"><p>Touch down in Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island. To get the lay of the land, a B&amp;R guide will take you on a two-hour walking tour of the town, helping you discover its little-known corners and gems. Christchurch is known for its street art scene, café culture, and lovely parks — including Christchurch Adventure Park, home to the longest chairlift in New Zealand. The views at the top of the lift from Port Hills, overlooking the entire city on to the Southern Alps, are quite impressive. Dinner is at your leisure.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: For one night, you’ll be at the George, a luxury boutique hotel renowned for its award-winning restaurants, stellar service, and impressive views of Hagley Park and River Avon.</p><h2>Day 2</h2><p>Climb aboard one of the world’s most famous trains, the TranzAlpine, and travel from one coast of the South Island to the other between Christchurch and Greymouth. The train leaves at 8:15 am and arrives in Greymouth at 2 pm. Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiseled alpine landscape will astound you at every turn.</p><img alt="Passengers on a train traveling through the rural landscape of New Zealand "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522258342/tranzalpine-train-new-zealand-day-two-BUTTERFIELDNZ0318.jpg?itok=HXlAc8gP"><p>The New World class carriages, built right here in New Zealand, feature wide panoramic side and rooftop windows with untinted and non-reflective glass, allowing for great photo opportunities. Open-air viewing decks also ensure nothing gets in the way of you and your camera.</p><p>Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the station to take you to your lodge for the next two nights. It’s about a 2.5-hour drive from Greymouth to the Westwood Lodge. If time permits and you’re up to it, there are some great shorter walks to explore once you’ve checked in. This evening, your guide will take you into the quaint little town for a casual dinner and discuss the events of the upcoming days.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: The Westwood Lodge is a warm, inviting, boutique bed-and-breakfast that perfectly captures the local spirit. Nestled in the heart of Glacier Country, it is just steps away from the majestic Southern Alps and the World Heritage Westland National Park. You’ll be here for two nights.</p><h2>Day 3</h2><img alt="Hikers on Franz Josef Glacier, Westland National Park, South Island, New Zealand "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522258342/frank-jozef-glacier-hiking-day-three-BUTTERFIELDNZ0318.jpg?itok=q-1VmfJb"><p>Today is full of amazing highlights, including our editor's pick activity. After an exciting scenic flight, you land high up on Franz Josef Glacier and undertake a two-hour guided hike amongst some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring scenery in the world. Your guide chooses the route as you go, based on the day’s conditions and with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations. You'll make your way through a wonderland of towering pinnacles and brilliantly blue ice, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains with plenty of photo opportunities. Your day also includes entry into the Main Pools at the fabulous Glacier Hot Pools.</p><p><strong>Note</strong>: Sometimes even the best plans don't work out. If the helicopters are canceled due to weather, Franz Josef Glacier Guides will automatically transfer you onto a Glacier Valley Walk the same day. There is no obligation to participate and you can cancel at any time — we just want to make sure you don't miss out on a great glacier experience.</p><h2>Days 4, 5, and 6</h2><img alt="Waterfalls at Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522258342/milford-sound-waterfall-day-four-BUTTERFIELDNZ0318.jpg?itok=pbwWglSl"><p>Enjoy yet another sumptuous breakfast before you check out of the Westwood Lodge, meet your guide, and head over to Blanket Bay. In this spectacular corner of New Zealand, discover endless ways to restore your physical and spiritual wellbeing. There is nowhere else on Earth with so many activities close by — fly-fishing and heli-skiing, hiking on the Routeburn or Milford Tracks, jet boating and kayaking, 4WD tours, horse riding, art trails and vineyards, plus flight-seeing over the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.</p><p>You’ll spend the next couple of days exploring Blanket Bay and the many activities it has to offer with your private guide. A walk on the Routeburn Track is the ultimate alpine adventure, weaving through meadows and alpine gardens. Along the way, you'll be rewarded with spectacular vistas over vast mountain ranges and valleys. Wind through the Routeburn gorge along the crystal- clear Route Burn (river). Follow the cascade of Routeburn Falls and return.</p><p>No trip to the area would be complete without experiencing a classic jet boat trip. From the comfort of our fully equipped vessels, you’ll discover the unforgettable Dart River scenery, as well as have the option of a short walk to hidden rock pools deep in Mount Aspiring National Park. Informative guides add a personal touch, talking about the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and Maori legends. Walk amongst ancient beech forest, unchanged for 80 million years, and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes. After the Jet Boat experience, you will meet your guide at Surveyors Flats for afternoon tea, followed by a three-mile (1.5 - 2 hours) walk back along the Dart Track to the vehicle and back through Paradise to Blanket Bay.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong>: Blanket Bay in Glenorchy is one of New Zealand’s top lodges — and your home base for the next three nights. The lakeside lodge rooms each feature their own balcony or terrace and spacious sitting area. All meals are included, and many activities are available on-site (hiking, kayaking, fly-fishing).</p><h2>Day 7</h2><img alt="Iconic Queenstown cityscape at dusk, New Zealand "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522258342/queenstown-new-zealand-day-seven-BUTTERFIELDNZ0318.jpg?itok=VlfurmLI"><p>Leave Blanket Bay for Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Your guide will take you on a two-hour sightseeing adventure of this thriving city’s restaurants, shops, and outdoor pleasures, before your return flight home. You can also choose to spend a few nights here and extend your stay.</p>
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Why You Should Always Ask Your Flight Attendant Before Changing Seats

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:47
<p>There are plenty of empty seats just a few rows ahead. So why won’t the flight attendant let you move up and spread out?</p><p>Although changing your seat on an uncrowded flight may seem like a non-issue to passengers, it’s a potential problem that could (quite literally) turn the plane upside down.</p><h2>It’s a Weighty Issue</h2><p>Most people realize that aviation is a well-tuned, finely calculated feat of engineering. Although one person’s movement on a commercial jet is unlikely to upend the plane, the issue is so important that the Federal Aviation Administration has <a href="https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/media/FAA-H-8083-1.pdf" target="_blank">an entire handbook regarding weight and balance</a> on aircraft.</p><p>The center of gravity on a plane is most critical during takeoff. Pilots need know the distribution of weight on the plane or the “index number” in order to set the trim (<a href="http://www.boldmethod.com/learn-to-fly/systems/how-pilots-should-use-trim-in-flight/" target="_blank">used to maintain airspeed</a>). “If the trim is set wrong, then the aircraft may crash at take-off,” pilot Magnar Nordal <a href="https://www.quora.com/Why-does-the-flight-attendant-refuse-to-change-my-seat-claiming-this-might-disturb-the-airplane-index" target="_blank">explained on Quora</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/why-cant-you-use-lavatory-before-takeoff" target="_blank">Why You Can’t Get Up to Go to the Bathroom Before Takeoff</a></p><p>“On a large, wide body aeroplane, a single person can move 10 rows of seats and the effect on the balance is negligible,” Darren Patterson, a pilot for a major U.S. airline, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20170202-when-is-it-okay-to-switch-plane-seats" target="_blank">told BBC</a>. “Have that same person move just a few rows on a regional plane or turboprop and the effects are far more dramatic; possibly even exceeding the limits of the envelope."</p><p>However, passengers need not freak out over throwing off an airplane’s center of gravity for the entire flight. After takeoff, passengers are free to move about the cabin without fear of disrupting critical weight distribution. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s OK to take over empty seats without warning. Some seats may be left intentionally empty for “operational reasons,” <a href="https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/help/faq/aircraft-seating.html" target="_blank">according to United Airlines</a>, so don’t automatically assume an empty seat is up for grabs.</p><h2>Or It’s a Question of Money</h2><p>The best time to switch seats is during check-in, whether that’s online or at the airport counter — especially if you’re trying to get a better seat. <a href="https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/support/faqs/during-your-trip/onboard-experience-faqs.html.html" target="_blank">Delta writes specifically on their website</a> that even if a passenger spots an empty premium economy seat, they “may not select complimentary Delta Comfort+ seats while on board, regardless of elite status or fare class.” This decision is <a href="https://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2016/01/dont-ask-dont-get" target="_blank">generally made to placate the customers who have chosen to pay more</a>.</p><p>Now that airlines consider seat assignment a “perk” (passengers in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/google-flights-basic-economy" target="_blank">basic economy</a> don’t get this luxury), flight attendants may be less lenient about letting passengers sit in whatever’s empty. <a href="https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/help/faq/aircraft-seating.html" target="_blank">United</a>, for example, does “not allow complimentary seat selection or changes for Basic Economy tickets.”</p><p>While some lucky passengers have been known to <a href="https://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2016/01/dont-ask-dont-get" target="_blank">nab an empty premium economy seat just by asking nicely</a>, one couple was kicked off a flight for <a href="https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2017/04/16/oh-snap-law-enforcement-removed-wedding-couple-united-flight-weekend/" target="_blank">attempting to move into an empty exit row</a> without permission.</p><p>This is one instance when asking for permission is much, much better than begging for forgiveness.</p>
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This Terrifying New Roller Coaster Will Use Your Screams to Charge Your Cell Phone

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:31
<p>This weekend, guests at England’s Thorpe Park will face new fears.</p><p>The theme park will open its highly anticipated <em>The </em><i>Walking Dead </i><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/historic-photos-roller-coasters" target="_blank">roller coaster</a>, featuring actors that jump out to scare guests on the already <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/amusement-parks/new-theme-park-rides-2017" target="_blank">terrifying ride</a>. However, there's one nightmare guests won’t have to face: a dead cellphone.</p><p>Brave passengers on <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/jekyll-island-walking-dead" target="_blank"><em>The </em></a><i><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/jekyll-island-walking-dead" target="_blank">Walking Dead</a> </i>ride will spot a small box with red LED lights attached to their carriages. As their screams grow louder, the lights on the box will grow, too. The box is an energy harvester, which collects power from screams and vibrations and uses it to charge smartphones. </p><p>Scientists from Queen Mary University of London developed, designed, and installed the technology over the course of three months.</p><p>“The system uses a mini energy harvester to capture the kinetic energy, transferring it to a separate electrical circuit and storage unit, which is enough to charge a mobile phone,” Dr. Joe Briscoe from the school of engineering and materials science at Queen Mary University of London <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/5904624/thorpe-park-walking-dead-rollercoaster-charges-phone-screams/" target="_blank">explained</a>.</p><p>Staff at the theme park remove the storage units from the roller coaster after rides and install them at an on-site mobile charging point. Guests who are waiting for the ride will be able to charge their phones using power from previous riders’ screams.</p><p>The technology will be onboard the ride for a trial period. If successful, it may remain as a permanent addition.</p><p><a href="https://www.thorpepark.com/rides/the-walking-dead-the-ride" target="_blank">The Walking Dead: The Ride</a> will open to the public on April 1.</p>
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Spam Festivals, Ukulele Parties, and Other Free and Cheap Events Happening This April

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:00
<p>Spring has officially sprung, bringing with it plenty of fresh blooms and a dizzying number of cheap and free outdoor festivals and adventures you can’t afford to miss. Even in some of the nation's most notoriously expensive cities, like Honolulu, it's possible to participate without cracking open your wallet even once. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-travel-april" target="_blank">The Best Places to Travel in April</a></p><p>From ukulele performances to 1960s-themed festivals, these are seven of the most interesting free and cheap events worth traveling for this April. </p><h2>Fiestas in San Antonio, Texas</h2><p>April in San Antonio ushers in a series of festivals and events, including <a href="http://hemisfair.org/event/viva-hemisfair-friday-kick-off/" target="_blank">¡Viva Hemisfair!</a> (April 6 to 8) in San Antonio’s Hemisfair Park. Marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 World’s Fair — which was held with great fanfare in the Alamo City — the three-day festival will include free music and cultural performances, public art, historical exhibits, a 1960s-themed fashion show, and other fun throwbacks to the 1968 fair. During the festival, the <a href="http://www.texancultures.com/events/anniversary_weekend_-_kickoff/" target="_blank">Institute of Texan Cultures</a> will offer free and reduced admission, while visitors to the 750-foot-tall <a href="http://www.toweroftheamericas.com/" target="_blank">Tower of the Americas</a> will enjoy 50 percent off one admission with the purchase of another regular-priced ticket.</p><p>Later in the month, travelers can check out the 11-day <a href="https://www.fiesta-sa.org/" target="_blank">Fiesta San Antonio</a> (April 19 to 29). What started with a single parade back in 1891 now features multiple parades and more than 100 other free and ticketed events, including carnivals, galas, arts fairs, concerts, and more to streets and venues across the city.</p><img alt="San Antonio "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522089773/fiesta-san-antonio-FREEAPRIL0318.jpg?itok=mof5BGKR"><h2>Ukulele Performances in Mendocino, California </h2><p>Fans of ukuleles (and ukulele music) will gather in Fort Bragg, California on April 13 and 14 for the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/174568206634042" target="_blank">Mendocino Coast UkeFest</a>. A cool $30 covers a full day of workshops, open mic events, musical performances, and other ukulele-focused entertainment on Saturday, April 14 — but admission to the fun Friday night ukulele jam-fest is free for all. </p><h2>Light Shows in Baltimore, Maryland </h2><p><a href="https://lightcity.org/" target="_blank">Light City</a> — a free large-scale light, music, and innovation festival — take overs the waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland from April 14 to 21 with a full <a href="https://lightcity.org/music" target="_blank">line-up of performances and free concerts</a> (ranging from a 10-piece brass ensemble to hip hop legend Grandmaster Flash), an opening night parade, closing night fireworks, and 21 brand new juried <a href="https://lightcity.org/light" target="_blank">light installations</a> by artists from around the world.</p><img alt="Baltimore Light City "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522089773/baltimore-light-city-FREEAPRIL0318.jpg?itok=2OeZa1HY"><h2>SPAM Street Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii</h2><p><a href="http://spamjamhawaii.com/" target="_blank">Waikiki’s SPAM Jam festival</a> returns to Honolulu, Hawaii on April 28. The annual street festival offers three stages hosting free musical concerts along with crafts, souvenirs, and food booths serving up (you guessed it) a wide and surprising variety of dishes incorporating the canned ham product first introduced in 1937. Spam remains especially popular with locals, and if you're in town for the festival, be sure to order at least one <em>loco moco </em>breakfast with rice, a fried egg, and spam. </p><h2>National Parks in the United States </h2><p>While most of the country's 400 national parks are free, more than 100 sites — including the stunning <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/national-parks-in-utah" target="_blank">Capitol Reef National </a>Park in southern Utah — normally charge an entrance fee. Travelers can avoid the fees in every park on April 21, the first day of <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/national-park-week.htm" target="_blank"> National Park Week</a> (April 21 to 29 in 2018). Many parks also offer <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/national-park-week.htm?date_start=04%2F21%2F2018&amp;date_end=04%2F21%2F2018&amp;keyword=" target="_blank">special programs and events</a>, as well. </p><h2>Red Poppy Party in Georgetown, Texas</h2><p>Georgetown, Texas — some 27 miles north of Austin — celebrates its status at the “Red Poppy Capital of Texas” with the annual <a href="https://poppy.georgetown.org/" target="_blank">Red Poppy Festival</a>, taking place this year from April 27 until 29. The free event includes a “Paint Georgetown Red” parade (if you go, wear red), dance performances, music concerts, a car show, and plenty of family-oriented entertainment. Admission to the Red Poppy Festival is free for all. </p><h2>Book Festival in Berkeley, California </h2><p>The free two-day <a href="https://www.baybookfest.org/" target="_blank">Bay Area Book Festival</a> (April 28 to 29) returns to downtown Berkeley, California for the fourth year with a full line-up of <a href="https://www.baybookfest.org/authors-speakers/" target="_blank">authors and speakers</a>, children’s programs, arts installations, and hundreds of literary exhibitions. There’s also a series of <a href="https://www.baybookfest.org/film-series-with-bampfa/" target="_blank">conversations and film screenings</a> (albeit ticketed) about literature in partnership with the Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive.</p>
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Cheap Flights to Hawaii Are Back, From More Than 30 Cities in North America

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 08:48
<p>As airlines continue to compete over routes to Hawaii, travelers can take advantage of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/super-cheap-hawaii-flight-deals" target="_blank">the latest airfare sale</a> — flights to a number of islands for $356 round-trip.</p><p>A number of major airlines are engaged in the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cheap-flights-hawaii-airfare-war-buying-guide" target="_blank">massive airfare war</a>, including Hawaiian Airlines, United, American, and Alaska — all of which are selling nonstop flights to Kauai for the exact same price right now.</p><p>According to an alert from <a href="https://thriftytraveler.com/premium/" target="_blank">Thrifty Traveler Premium</a>, discounted tickets to Hawaii can be purchased from more than 30 cities across the United States and Canada.</p><p>The most inexpensive flights, unsurprisingly, are from major West Coast hubs like Seattle ($372 round-trip), San Jose and San Francisco ($377), San Diego and Sacramento ($362), and Los Angeles ($356), among others.</p><p>But solid deals can also be found from the New York City area, where nonstop flights are selling for $596 round-trip.</p><p>Thrifty Traveler found that generally, the best prices are for trips in May, though availability can vary greatly depending on origin city and destination.</p><p>Travelers interested in taking advantage of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cheap-flights-hawaii-winter-2018" target="_blank">Hawaiian airfare</a> competition should use Google Flights to identify the most inexpensive departure and return dates from their preferred airport. Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island are all currently on sale.</p>
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Four Easy Ways to Make Any Hotel Room Feel More Like Home

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 08:44
<p>Modern travel doesn’t always lend itself to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/hygge-tips" target="_blank"><em>hygge</em></a>, the in-vogue Danish lifestyle concept generally defined as “coziness and comfortable conviviality.” But <a href="https://www.ihg.com/kimptonhotels/content/us/en/stay/find-a-hotel##location=new-york" target="_blank">Kimpton Hotels’ New York properties</a> bring the Scandinavian ethos to guests with a just-launched service (starting at $299 per night) that adds aromatherapy and other curated amenities to boost standard rooms’ hygge quotient. Esha Singhal, who helps manage the program, shares four simple pleasures you can tote along to cultivate a sense of peace wherever you are.</p><h3>Calming Scents</h3><p>Lavender and lemongrass "go a long way," says Singhal. Compact aromatherapy diffusers, such as the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Teo-Essential-Fragrance-Aromatherapy-Humidifier/dp/B01AIEUIMM" target="_blank">Pilgrim Teo</a> help create a personalized setup. When scouting essential oils, look for companies that source unsprayed or (ideally) certified-organic ingredients for their <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-health-wellness-products" target="_blank">wellness products</a>, or that maintain membership in the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, to ensure high quality.</p><img alt="Portable Diffuser for Essential Oils "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522096481/pilgrim-teo-diffuser-HYGGEROOMS0418.jpg?itok=SivWQA5N"><h3>Soft Lighting</h3><p>An unpleasant glare can squash a good mood surprisingly quickly. “Hygge-friendly lighting is warm and subdued—the opposite of the harsh fluorescent type you might encounter,” Singhal says. Since some hotels ban open flames, skip candles in favor of a multifunctional LED lamp such as the <a href="http://shop.hellolumio.com/" target="_blank">Classic Lumio</a>, which folds up to look like a hardcover book.</p><img alt="Lumio book light "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522096481/lumio-classic-book-light-HYGGEROOM0418.jpg?itok=hA5l0lW9"><h3>An Exercise Mat</h3><p>Sure, sitting around a roaring fire, mulled wine in hand, qualifies as hygge. But holistic pursuits (yoga, meditation) “are a great, healthy way to achieve a state of calm,” Singhal says. The Headspace and Buddhify apps (free; Android, iOS) offer guided mindfulness practices, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.lululemon.com/p/women-mats-props/The-Reversible-Un-Mat/_/prod6750167" target="_blank">Lululemon’s ultrathin Reversible (Un) Mat</a> occupies minimal space in your carry-on.</p><img alt="Lululemon Unyoga Mat "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522096481/lululemon-yoga-mat-HYGGEROOM0418.jpg?itok=g9pU5QY-"><h3>A Toasty Beverage</h3><p>“Hygge is about taking pleasure in ordinary moments,” Singhal says. For instant comfort, she recommends brewing herbal tea, preferably with ingredients that soothe common travel ailments. Pack chamomile if sleep tends to be elusive away from home, or <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.harney.com/products/peppermint" target="_blank">peppermint from Harney &amp; Sons</a> if you fall prey to an upset stomach on the road.</p><img alt="Peppermint Tea from Harney & Sons "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522096481/harney-and-sons-peppernt-tea-HYGGEROOM0418.jpg?itok=X-hJaDBL">
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Air New Zealand Has a New Feature That Every Parent Will Love

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 07:38
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/can-you-fly-with-children-first-class" target="_blank">Flying with children</a> can be difficult and headache-inducing, especially for parents on long-haul flights who desperately need their little ones to go down for a nap.</p><p>But for parents on Air New Zealand, the company’s add-on, SkyCouch, has been a small comfort. Originally <a href="https://www.airnewzealand.com/history" target="_blank">released in 2010</a>, the flexible seating option turns a row of seats into a small bed for people to lay down on. The company has been gradually <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/blogs/families-fly-comfortably-on-air-new-zealands-skycouch" target="_blank">adding SkyCouch</a> as an option for more and more planes ever since its debut.</p><p>And now, the company is adding yet another important feature that is particularly beneficial to passengers traveling with small children. SkyCouch’s new addition, a special infant harness and belt that allows them to lie down flat while the plane is in the air, will give a lot of parents peace of mind.</p><p>Plus, the airline is introducing an infant pod that looks more like a plane-sized bassinet, and retooling its already available Cuddle Belt, which previously only allowed two adults or one adult and one child to use it at a time. The new version allows for two children to lie down side-by-side.</p><p>While the SkyCouch certainly provides a more comfortable space for airplane sleepers, it’s still not exactly the same as lying flat in a business class seat. But it is more convenient than having your kids stay up all night or forcing them to try to sleep sitting up when they aren't used to it.</p><p>SkyCouch, with all its new attachments, is available on long-haul flights on Boeing 777s and 787-9s, and comes in three sizes. It also comes with a pretty hefty extra fee of between <a href="https://www.smartertravel.com/2012/09/19/product-review-air-new-zealands-economy-skycouch/" target="_blank">$300 and $800</a>.</p><p>More information can be found on the <a href="https://www.airnewzealand.com/special-assistance-flying-with-children-infants#skycouch-infant-harness-pod" target="_blank">Air New Zealand website</a>.</p>
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Chrissy Teigen Made a Dangerous Mistake in New York City — but a Fan Was There to Save Her (Video)

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 07:00
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/why-chrissy-teigen-rarely-flies-private-planes" target="_blank">Chrissy Teigen</a>, the queen of Twitter, is taking to social media once again to set the record straight.</p><p>On Monday, Teigen fans shared a rather humorous photo of the model and what looked to be an overzealous fan getting too close to the star as she crossed the street.</p><p>“Hey<a href="https://twitter.com/chrissyteigen" target="_blank"> @chrissyteigen</a> this looks like you have strapped a very small man to your boob,” a fan tweeted.</p><p>Teigen jokingly replied, “I had the baby.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/chrissy-teigen-potato-casserole-flight" target="_blank">Chrissy Teigen Tweets About Bringing 'Emotional Support Casserole' on Flight</a> </p><p>Other fans were quick to jump on the photo, calling the fan a “creeper” for invading her personal space. However, according to Teigen that couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead of encroaching on her personal boundaries, the man was actually Teigen’s knight in shining armor.</p><p>“Nah he actually saved me from getting run over by a cyclist. I should have looked before stepping out!” Teigen tweeted.</p><p>And, thankfully, because Teigen is constantly followed around by the paparazzi, there is plenty of <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/03/28/chrissy-teigen-saved-crossing-street/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link#fDN19gQ4taqc" target="_blank">photographic evidence</a> of this man’s good deed. So thank you, kind stranger, for saving <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/chrissy-teigen-travel-advice-new-moms" target="_blank">Teigen and her unborn baby</a>, who are both without question national treasures we need to protect.</p><img alt="Model Chrissy Teigen is seen walking in Soho on March 27, 2018 in New York City. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522258430/chrissy-teigen-soho-nyc-01-BIKELANE0318.jpg?itok=A7YHSmUg"><img alt="Model Chrissy Teigen is seen walking in Soho on March 27, 2018 in New York City. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522258430/chrissy-teigen-soho-nyc-02-BIKELANE0318.jpg?itok=vapky5wc"><p>The incident didn’t get Teigen down for long. Just hours after nearly getting hit by a bike she was back on Twitter and celebrating the fact that she reached 10 million followers.</p><p>According to<em> <a href="http://people.com/babies/pregnant-chrissy-teigen-saved-stranger-cyclist/" target="_blank">People</a></em>, Teigen is in New York City alongside her husband John Legend as he prepares to star in NBC’s "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,"<i> </i>which is set to air on Easter Sunday. If you see her on the streets make sure to warn her to look both ways before crossing.</p>
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Pilot Saves Passenger's Life by Dumping 30 Tons of Fuel to Make Emergency Landing (Video)

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:43
<p>When a medical emergency arose during a China Eastern Airlines flight, the pilot had to make a quick decision to expel 30 tons of fuel from the plane. While this tactic may seem dangerous, he actually did it for a very good reason.</p><p>During the flight from Shanghai, China to New York City on March 23, a 60-year-old woman in economy class, who wanted to be known as Ivy, began to have trouble breathing and was slipping in and out of consciousness, according to <em><a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-eastern-plane-discharges-30-tonnes-of-fuel-for-emergency-landing-to-save" target="_blank">The Straits Times</a></em>.</p><p>The woman, who was traveling with her daughter at the time, was moved to business class by the flight crew in order to get better medical assistance.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/how-to-deal-with-medical-emergencies-on-flights" target="_blank">The Most Common Medical Emergencies on Flights and How to Treat Them</a></p><p>At that point in the flight, the plane was close to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Alaska, but in order for the pilot, Gu Jian, to land, he knew he would need to have the correct landing weight — which meant dumping several tons of fuel.</p><p>"The airplane's weight was 282 tons, far more than the maximum landing weight. When the sick passenger needed medical attention for safety reasons, the plane had to descend and dump gasoline at the same time,” Jian told <a href="https://news.cgtn.com/news/7841544d7a637a6333566d54/share_p.html" target="_blank">CGTN</a>.</p><p>Since the flight crew had already made three announcements <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/doctors-on-airplanes" target="_blank">searching for a medical professional on board</a>, yielding no volunteers, the pilot proceeded to dump the plane’s fuel and made an emergency landing at Ted Stevens International Airport after about seven hours in the air.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/air-canada-pilot-diverts-flight-saves-dog" target="_blank">Air Canada Pilot Diverts Flight to Save a French Bulldog Named Simba</a></p><p>Ivy was taken to a local hospital to be treated for her symptoms. According to <em>The Straits Times</em>, she and her daughter were able to catch a flight to New York the next day.</p><p>Other passengers on the China Eastern Airlines flight were able to remain on board while the plane refueled. The flight then took off again after a six-hour delay.</p>
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