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The Key to Seeing a New City Like a Local, According to Full-time Travelers

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 15:00
<p>For a lucky few, traveling isn’t just a passion or a hobby, but rather a <a href="" target="_blank">full-time job that happens to come with a whole lot of perks</a>.</p><p>On a recent excursion to <a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a> to check out the inaugural sail of <a href="" target="_blank">U by Uniworld’s new river cruise</a>, I was lucky enough to spend a few days onboard surrounded by professional travelers hailing from all over the globe.</p><p>While chatting on the upper deck as the boat sat docked in the Seine River, just beneath the <a href="" target="_blank">looming presence of the Eiffel Tower</a>, I asked each of them about their experiences and what they love most about their dream gigs. Quickly, a pattern emerged as they all discussed how much they loved traveling to not only see the sights but to also truly immerse themselves in a brand new culture.</p><p>And the best way to do it, these intrepid travelers shared, is to make sure to venture out into a city at night.</p><p>That, each of these pros said, is the best way to see a place come alive, to experience its finest foods, and to put down your camera and just live in the moment. Keep scrolling to read more on why these five professional travelers think you need to make your next trip an all-nighter.</p><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Jeff Miller, Host of 'Trip Testers' on Travel Channel </a></h3><p>“I think when you’re traveling, there’s so much of your day that can be taken up by doing sort of tourist things like tours, going to sites that others told you to go to, but at night often a city opens itself up to you in a different way and you can really see the soul of the city at night. Whether it’s taking a walk in Paris, coming upon a brasserie at one in the morning that happens to be the the only place open and eating French onion soup and being the only English speaker there. </p><p>Recently I went to Nashville and went to a honky tonk at an old VFW that was a local-only hangout. You get such a better sense of a soul of a city at night doing that than you do during the day going to a tourist thing. Having that sense of discovery is why you travel in the first place.”</p><p>%image2</p><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Molly Tavoletti, Writer and Travel Photographer </a></h3><p>“My favorite thing to do when I travel is hang out with locals. You want to go out, you want to be with people, you want to do the things that people who live there do and at home when you think of that you know that the life comes out at night. Definitely there are things you want to see during the day, but I feel like the dynamic of the city can change at night. </p><p>Different things come to life, people are different, things are different, things even taste different. And there’s something just about the lights and the way that just feels. I think there’s a different level of comfort in that setting. You can let go a little bit and feel like you can immerse yourself a little bit more. In a dark bar you can become a part of it in a way that’s a little bit cooler. For a minute you can just pretend.”</p><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Jess Renshaw, Travel Advisor </a></h3><p>“Seeing a city at night allows you to be more interactive with the locals as they are finished work for the day so you’re going to get to experience the bars and restaurants as the locals do. And then, maybe a bit more obviously, but a lot of cities have light shows, for instance; Paris definitely sparkles at night a little bit more. It has a certain mystique that you don’t get during the day."</p><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Sam Evans, YouTuber and Professional Traveler</a><b> </b></h3><p>“I think as a traveler you are very open to every experience in every city. After being in a few cities now, I like to stay there for at least a few weeks so I can feel what it’s like to live in a place. And a lot of cities have two very different personalities in the daytime and the nighttime and if you find yourself in the right area in the nighttime it can often be a game changing experience. It can sell you [on a] city. Some of the most vibrant cities and countries I’ve been to come alive in a new way at nighttime.”</p><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Brock Williams and Chris Lin of Yummertime </a></h3><p>“We like to get a local perspective whenever we travel and it’s the most concentrated at night when you’re able to live like a local does and go out like they do. Even for us, when we give people recommendations for visiting our home city of San Francisco we’re always giving them dinner options, nighttime options, just to kind of give a taste beyond the daytime touristy things. It really opens it up to allowing you to get what a real local might do. </p><p>During the day there’s such a fast paced nature to getting things done that by the time the night rolls around you’re in this mode to just live and experience... It’s really more about experiencing things. You shut off and stop documenting so much and allow yourself to actually immerse yourself in the culture. You definitely put away the camera a little bit and live a little more.”</p>
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This Is the Best Airline to Fly If You Need Wi-Fi in the Sky

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 17:47
<p>While <a href="" target="_blank">most airlines now offer some form of Wi-Fi</a> on their flights, not all wireless services are created equal. And, according to a recent report, there’s one airline with internet connectivity that soars above the rest.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">a ranking from</a>, JetBlue is the best airline in the country for onboard Wi-Fi. The airline offers free Wi-Fi on all domestic flights, at a speed of 15 megabits per second.</p><p>And not only is <a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue’s internet</a> one of the fastest, it’s the only free option available over U.S. skies for passengers in economy.</p><p>The runner up was Southwest. For $8 per flight, customers can access Wi-Fi on 90 percent of Southwest’s routes, at 10 Mbps. In third place was Delta, which actually offers more, and faster, Wi-Fi than Southwest (15 Mpbs on 98 percent of routes), but it will cost passengers double at $16.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Virgin America tied with JetBlue and Delta for fastest Wi-Fi (16 Mpbs), however it’s also the most expensive offering. Passengers will pay $25 to get connected while in flight.</p><p>On the opposite end of the spectrum, according to the ranking, <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier</a>, Hawaiian, and <a href="" target="_blank">Spirit</a> are the only three major carriers in the country that don’t offer any form of on-board internet connectivity.</p><p>For those onboard unconnected flights who need to set up a personal hotspot, we only have one piece of advice: Whatever you do, <a href="" target="_blank">don’t name your Wi-Fi network “Bomb on Board.” </a></p>
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Meghan Markle's New Year's Resolution Is to 'Stop Swearing' and We've Never Loved Her More

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 17:09
<p>Meghan Markle is going have a monumental 2018. Not only is the American actress about to become the newest member of the British royal family, but if her new year’s resolutions come to fruition, she’ll become a lot more "ladylike" as well.</p><p>In 2016 the actress revealed on her now defunct blog <em>The Tig</em> that she makes the same resolutions year after year. According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>, Markle wrote that she always wanted to “Stop biting my nails. Stop swearing.”</p><p>She added: “These make my New Year's resolution list nearly (AKA actually every) single year. The swearing comes in lulls triggered by being overworked or feeling mighty cheeky after a couple drinks. And when it comes to the biting of the nails – well, it still happens with a turbulent flight or a stressful day. It's unladylike. But then again, so is the swearing. Dammit.”</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>In 2016 the future royal also wrote that she was hoping to pick up her French studies and maybe even run a marathon.</p><p>Though the marathon will likely have to be put on hold, Markle may want to think about taking her resolutions a bit more seriously this year. She is about to become a high-ranking member of the royal family after all, who may want to avoid any public displays of nail biting, swearing, or having a few too many drinks in front of her subjects.</p><p>So far, however, Markle has done an exceptional job at all of her royal public appearances alongside her fiance and in-laws. This included her <a href="" target="_blank">first outing with Harry</a>, where she made the <a href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=365991.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=2174&amp;RD_PARM1=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.&amp;;RD_PARM3=PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id%3D845524447149861&amp;u1=TL,CEL,ART,MeghanMarkleJustCrownedtheNewIt-bag%2CandYouCanGetOnefor%24300%28Video%29,chenk,201712,I" target="_blank">Strathberry bag</a> famous, her appearance at the royal’s <a href="" target="_blank">pre-Christmas lunch</a>, and her walk to church with the <a href="" target="_blank">Queen on Christmas Day</a>.</p><p>Now all she has to do is make it through her wedding to Prince Harry in May at <a href="" target="_blank">St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle</a> without swearing like a sailor or chomping on her perfectly polished nails and she should be all set.</p>
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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Finally Made It to Tokyo, and They Celebrated With Ramen

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 16:49
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Chrissy Teigen and John Legend</a> have finally landed in Tokyo after what can only be <a href="" target="_blank">described as a surreal flight experience</a>.</p><p>On Dec. 27, the famous pair boarded an ANA airlines non-stop flight to <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>, where they planned to celebrate Legend’s birthday. But four hours into the flight the pilots were forced to turn the plane around because it appeared that an unauthorized person somehow boarded the flight without anyone noticing.</p><p>But Teigen took it all in stride and diligently updated her followers throughout the entire ordeal on social media.</p><p>“[A] flying first for me: 4 hours into an 11 hour flight and we are turning around because we have a passenger who isn’t supposed to be on this plane,” Teigen tweeted Tuesday night. “Why...why do we all gotta go back, I do not know.”</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>After several hours, the pair, who were a part of the plane’s police questioning, were able to board another flight. And finally, Teigen updated her followers with the good news: They landed in Tokyo and were enjoying some delicious ramen noodles.</p><p>“We uhhhhh went ahead and cancelled our connecting flight to nagoya and 3 hour car ride for...obvious reasons,” she tweeted. “But are happy to stay here in Tokyo! We feel like young lovers again. Been a while since the ramen adventures of 2012!”</p><p>She also, apparently, found some really great melon to munch on.</p><p>The pair, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em> explained, had visited Tokyo the year before their 2013 wedding, long before welcoming baby Luna and announcing their second child was on the way.</p><p>While the mid-flight incident seems humorous, security experts agree that turning the flight around was the correct response to what could have been a true security threat.</p><p>"It’s almost unheard of to turn back unless there’s some security or safety related reason for it. I think in this case there’s got to be a security-related link," Jeffrey Price, a professor in the Aviation Department at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure</a></em><i>.</i> “If you’re on the wrong plane, and somehow they figure that out halfway through or you figure it out, well you’re going to wherever that plane is going to land. And then they’re going to rebook you once you get there.”</p>
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Hundreds of Passengers Have Been Stranded at London's Gatwick Airport Since Before Christmas

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 16:33
<p>As many as 800 passengers were stranded at London’s <a href="" target="_blank">Gatwick Airport</a> for five days due to their airline’s “technical issues.”</p><p>Nigerian airline Med-View <a href="" target="_blank">canceled its Dec. 22 flight</a> from Gatwick to Lagos and may not be able to re-accommodate some passengers until the new year.</p><p>Police were called to the airport terminal on Thursday after frustrated passengers broke out in chaos upon learning they might not be able to fly home until 2018.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Here's Everything You Can Get for Free While Stuck at the Airport</a></p><p>Med-View said that it had organized two relief flights from Gatwick to Lagos, however a third flight could not operate because of “passenger behavior” at the airport.</p><p>"Disappointingly, due to the unruly behavior of some Nigerian passengers, the Border Force had to intervene to support the operations for crowd control purposes,” <a href=";c=setreg&amp;region=2">the airline said in a statement</a>.</p><p>According to the airline, the three flights would have allowed 700 passengers to fly to Lagos and “normalized the situation.”</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>The Dec. 22 flight left the gate with 300 passengers onboard but returned “as a precautionary measure taken by the Pilot-in-Command in line with Aviation Standard and Recommended Practices,” according to the airline. The aircraft was grounded until a maintenance team could complete an investigation, which was delayed by the Christmas holiday.</p><p>While waiting for inspection on the Boeing 777 (one of Med-View’s three aircraft), the airline canceled flights. Med-View’s two other aircraft, a 737 and a 767, are still in service.</p><p>“Due to a lack of available aircraft, a significant number of Med-view passengers have not flown out as expected and are currently still at the airport,” <a href="" target="_blank">Gatwick Airport said in a statement</a>. “Gatwick would like to apologize on the airline's behalf. Airport staff are also assisting these passengers where possible and will continue to work with the airline and other authorities to ensure that Medview honors its commitments to their passengers.”</p><p>An additional 700 passengers are stranded in Lagos waiting for the return flight to <a href="" target="_blank">London</a>.</p>
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This Is the Most Expensive Time to Call an Uber on New Year's Eve

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 15:52
<p>This New Year’s Eve many of us will likely be imbibing in a few too many cocktails and <a href="" target="_blank">champagne toasts</a>. So of course that means it’s best to call a cab when it’s time to go home at the end of the night.</p><p>But, if you live or are celebrating in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>, that cab could cost you a lot, especially if you’re trying to take an Uber during peak hours.</p><p>Thankfully, Uber was kind enough to warn users of the most expensive times to hail the on-demand ride service so you can try your best to avoid them.</p><p>According to an Uber spokesperson who spoke with <em><a href="" target="_blank">Elite Daily</a></em>, the worst time to call an Uber on New Year's Eve is between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. local time. That is when the service says it will hit peak hours and prices will surge.</p><p>Sure, that time hits just as the ball drops, but there are ways to avoid shelling out all your New Year’s Eve dough on a ride.</p><p>First and foremost, try planning your night around these times. Make it to the party, club, restaurant, or home before midnight. Then simply celebrate there until the wee hours of the morning and take a cab post-peak hours.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Next, try sharing a cab with friends. Uber allows customers to split fares, meaning your trip could become a lot cheaper if you head home with three or four buddies (and frankly, that’s safer anyway).</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Airbnbs for Celebrating New Year's Eve</a></p><p>Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take an UberPool home. This option will mean that you have to share a cab with multiple strangers and make multiple stops along the way, but it will be cheaper, too. And Uber’s algorithm ensures that all the passengers’ final destinations are along a similar route so you won't need to go too far of the way.</p><p>Finally, if you can, simply take public transportation. This way you’ll only spend a few bucks to make it safely home.</p><p>But again, if Uber is your only option that expensive fair is well worth it compared to getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking. Sure, you’ll start 2018 with a little less change in your pocket, but at least you’ll start it in a safe, healthy, and happy place.</p>
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Paris Hilton Is on a Romantic Ski Getaway Dressed as 'Aspen Barbie'

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 15:24
<p>Paris Hilton is like a relic from the mid-2000s that has somehow never changed. She’s either found the fountain of youth or is time traveling through the decades wearing the exact same outfit and never, ever aging.</p><p>Don’t believe us? Just look at her latest Instagram snaps from her trip to Aspen, Colorado and tell us this look doesn’t seem familiar.</p><p>The heiress shared a few of her bright pink updates with her 7.8 million followers on Instagram looking both ski bunny ready and as youthful as ever.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Greek Island That Celebs Are Flocking to This Year</a></p><p>The first image showed Hilton hitting the slopes (and being very responsible by wearing a helmet) with the caption, “Beautiful day up on the mountain.”</p><p>Next, she shared a photo from the chairlift, once again showing off her all pink everything along with an enviable pair of oversized sunglasses with the simple hashtag, “#AspenBarbie.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Fake Names That Celebrities Use at Hotels</a></p><p>And in her final shot, Hilton once again showed off her killer outfit with the caption “I &lt;3 Aspen.”</p><p>Hilton, <em><a href="" target="_blank">E! News</a></em> reported, was joined on the slopes by her boyfriend, actor Chris Zylka. His outfit, the entertainment site noted, was a little more understated than Hilton’s and included a simple camo jacket, black ski pants, and a black helmet.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>And it appears Zylka’s understated style pairs perfectly with Hilton’s over the top hot pink look. As Hilton told <em>E! News</em> about her relationship with the actor back in March, “I feel so safe and he's so special. We're best friends and we're together every minute. I don't know what else I could ask for. He's perfect for me.”</p><p>As long as he can keep up with Hilton as she carves down the black diamond trails in Aspen, we’re sure this fashionable pair can go the distance.</p>
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Everything You Need to Know About Using Wi-Fi on American Airlines

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 14:01
<p>For travelers who consider inflight Wi-Fi nothing short of a necessity, there's good news: nearly all domestic American Airlines flights have Wi-Fi, as do international American Airlines flights operated on Boeing 777-300ERs, 787 Dreamliners, and select 777-200 planes.</p><p>Like several other major airlines (including <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a>), American Airlines connects travelers to the internet via Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi, and it's a paid service. Customers can purchase Wi-Fi ahead of time for travel on domestic flights, as well as onboard for both domestic as well as international flights.</p><h2>Buying American Airlines Wi-Fi in Advance</h2><p>Inflight Wi-Fi is significantly cheaper if you buy it before you board your flight. Currently, American Airlines offers pre-flight Wi-Fi packages for domestic flights — but not international travel. An all-day pass costs $16 if purchased in advance. Travelers should compare that rate to $12 for only two hours if purchased on board, and $19 for the length of a single flight. Passes bought in advance are good for 12 months from the date of their purchase.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Frequent American Airlines passengers may wish to opt for a monthly subscription service. At $49.95, the long-term plan works, where coverage is available, on all domestic flights within the United States, Canada, and Mexico. (Unfortunately, it doesn’t extend to international travel.) Travelers should be cautious, however, as the monthly subscription renews automatically. If you’d like to use it for a limited time, set up a reminder to cancel, or be prepared to find an unwanted charge on your credit card statement.</p><h2>Buy American Airlines Wi-Fi Onboard</h2><p>On both domestic as well as international flights, Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi packages are available for purchase once you are on board. Typically, $12 buys you 2 hours of Internet access, $17 buys you four hours, and $19 gets you Wi-Fi for the length of the flight.</p><p>Ultimately, Wi-Fi is expensive for all airlines. There are installation and maintenance costs, as well as reduced fuel efficiency (the exterior antenna that connects passengers to network signals slows down the plane ever so slightly, but that adds up to a significant amount of drag.)</p><p>American Airlines, through Gogo, passes that expense on to the consumer. While it’s neither free and rarely a very good connection, it’s still Internet at 550 miles per hour. </p><h2>The Future of American Airlines Wi-Fi</h2><p>American Airlines is committed to upgrading its Wi-Fi to <a href="" target="_blank">Gogo's new 2Ku technology</a>. With new modems and new antennae, travelers can actually look forward to Wi-Fi that permits inflight streaming. </p><p>The airline plans to have speedier, satellite-based Wi-Fi on its entire fleet of narrow-body jets by the end of 2019. </p><p>With that, the airline is also <a href="" target="_blank">phasing out seat-back entertainment</a>. Travelers will instead be able to watch movies, television shows, and live TV from their personal devices — and for these services, there won't be a need to purchase inflight Wi-Fi. Only travelers who want to send e-mails and surf the web will have to purchase a Wi-Fi package.</p>
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This Is How Many Times It's Acceptable to Wake Your Neighbor on a Flight

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 12:02
If you’re on a flight and the time comes to <a href="" target="_blank">use the restroom</a> but your neighbors are asleep, do you wake them up?<p>This can be a common dilemma when you find yourself in a middle or window seat, but it turns out that 80 percent of travelers say it’s completely fine to do so.</p><p>The number of times travelers think you should do it on a flight, however, may be less than you think.</p><p>It turns out, 40 percent of travelers say if you need to wake your neighbor up to get out of your seat, you should only do it once.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>These numbers come from <a href="" target="_blank">British Airways’ recent survey</a>, which asked 1,500 American, British, French, German, and Italian travelers about some of the most common questions when it comes to flying etiquette.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Why You Should Never Sleep Through Takeoff or Landing</a> </p>While most travelers said waking up your neighbor is acceptable, a third said they would prefer to step over someone who was in a deep sleep, but they were split when it came to the best way to actually climb out.<p>Half of American fliers, 53 percent of British travelers, 58 percent of Italian travelers, 42 percent of French travelers, and 66 percent of German travelers said it’s best to make sure you’re face to face with your neighbor when stepping over them, while the remaining travelers said it's fine to step over someone with your back to them. </p><p>Travelers also weighed in on whether or not you should wake up a person next to you if they’re snoring.</p><p>A total of 66 percent said they would avoid waking the person up and try to ignore the snoring instead, while 20 percent of UK travelers said they would give their neighbor a shove to wake them up in that circumstance.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Plane Truth: You Don't Really Know Someone Until You've Flown Together</a> </p><p>While getting a good rest can be crucial if you’re on a long trip or traveling for business, the seat you pick on a flight does make a difference. <a href="" target="_blank">Window seats</a> tend to be the best option for most sleepers, since you don’t get interrupted and can lean against the walls for neck stability.</p><p>You’ll also want to avoid the front portion of economy, which tends to be where families are booked, and the exit rows, since this is where cold air can easily leak in and make you chilly if you don’t have a blanket on hand.</p><p>Having the <a href="" target="_blank">right pillow</a> for your comfort doesn't hurt either. </p>
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Here's Everything You Can Get for Free While Stuck at the Airport

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 11:00
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Killing time at the airport</a> doesn’t have to be expensive.</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Stuck at the Airport</em> details</a>, if you ever find yourself trapped during a long layover or stuck in a terminal due to plane delays, there are plenty of things to do in the airport that are completely free.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Here's Why Airports Have Carpet</a></p><p>Yes, this means you don’t have to spend money at the <a href="" target="_blank">duty-free</a> or at the airport bar for hours on end.</p><p>Depending on where or when you fly, you can take advantage of some of these airport freebies.</p><p><strong>If you’re saving your cell phone battery, you can make free calls</strong> at Denver International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Just look for a marked courtesy phone. At Dulles and Ronald Reagan, local and long distance calls are free to anywhere within the contiguous United States, as long as they're shorter than five minutes.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p><strong>If you need time to relax and stretch, do some yoga</strong> at San Francisco International Airport, Chicago's O’Hare and Midway Airports, Miami International Airport, and Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport. These airports also have complimentary mats for guests to borrow. </p><p><strong>For those on especially long layovers, grab a free movie</strong> at Portland International Airport in Oregon, San Francisco International Airport in California, or Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.</p><p><strong>Travelers who need a wardrobe change can get a free personal shopper</strong> at London’s Heathrow Airport. These fashion experts don’t work on commission and there’s no minimum price on what you want to spend. Personal shoppers can be found in the private lounge. Plus, there’s <a href="" target="_blank">free champagne</a>.</p><p><strong>If you need some cultural entertainment, some airports have free museums and live events.</strong> San Francisco, Miami, Albany, Minneapolis, Portland, and St. Louis have free art and history exhibits all year long right in the airport. <a href="" target="_blank">Austin</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle</a> have many free music performances each week.</p><p><strong>If you have ample time, explore a new city.</strong> Free city tours are available at airports in Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Istanbul, and many more.</p><p><strong>Passengers who want to pick up a new skill can also learn CPR</strong> while waiting for their flight. There are CPR training kiosks that administer 30-second tests at several airports, including Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Indianapolis International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and many more.</p><p><strong>Travelers can also ease their stress by petting a therapy animal.</strong> Many airports have therapy dogs on duty in the terminal to help anxious passengers (especially kids). There are also some surprising animals who walk around, including a pig at San Francisco International Airport, a cat at Denver International Airport, and <a href="" target="_blank">miniature horses at Cincinnati's airport</a>.</p><p>And to find out what's available the next time you're at the airport, remember: <a href="" target="_blank">Just ask</a>. Stop by an information booth and get the inside scoop.</p>
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The Best Airport in the World Is About to Get Even Better

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 10:33
<p>Singapore's Changi Airport is already <a href="" target="_blank">the World's Best</a>, and it has no plans to give up the title. An enormous dome-shaped facade made of glass and steel, called Jewel Changi, is due to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2018, opening to the public by early 2019.</p><p>Clad in 9,600 pieces of glass and with indoor gardens, walking trails and <a href="" target="_blank">mazes</a>, Jewel Changi will feature 340 species of planets, including a dedicated Avenue of Trees.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Here's Why Airports Have Carpet</a></p><p>It's an attempt to keep Singapore's already <a href="" target="_blank">famously green</a> airport at the top, though Jewel Changi will also feature stores, restaurants and a Yotel hotel, as well as a SkyTrain, bridges and travelators to link to the passenger terminals. However, the highlight of Jewel Changi will be a five-story Forest Valley area.</p><h2>Forest Valley</h2><img alt="A World Class Retail Experience at Jewel Changi Airport "src=""><p>At the core of Jewel Changi will be Forest Valley, an enormous indoor garden featuring about 2,500 trees and 100,000 shrubs from countries including Brazil, Australia, Thailand and the U.S.</p><p>At its center will be Rain Vortex, the world's biggest indoor waterfall at 40 meters (about 131 feet), surpassing the 35-meter indoor waterfall at <a href="" target="_blank">Gardens by the Bay</a>, an urban nature park also in Singapore. Using rainwater collected by the building’s dome-shaped roof, light shows will make Rain Vortex glow in different colors.</p><img alt=" "src=""><h2>Canopy Park</h2><p>Elsewhere in Jewel Changi will be Canopy Park, a 150,000-square-foot, 10-story, dome-shaped structure on the roof of Jewel Changi. Inside will be a glass bridge and “sky nets,” suspended three storeys above ground, that visitors can bounce on.</p><p>There will also be a couple of mazes — one of them a “mirror maze” that will create illusions — several tube slides, and even bowls of mist for bored kids (and kid-ults) to amuse themselves between flights.</p><h2>Why You'll Want to Visit Jewel Changi Airport</h2><p>For a country of 5.6 million people squeezed onto an island bigger than Manhattan, but smaller than the five boroughs of New York, Singapore's expanding of its Changi Airport may seem like overkill. After all, according to the Airports Council International (ACI), Singapore is the only Asian airport in the world's top 20 busiest airports that is not already operating at capacity.</p><p>However, it's got a reputation for being a fast and easy airport to travel through, and it wants to stay that way to attract in-transit and layover passengers.</p><img alt="A World Class Retail Experience at Jewel Changi Airport "src=""><p>In addition to being named the World's Best airport by <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers, Changi Airport was been voted Skytrax World's Best Airport by air travelers at the 2017 World Airport Awards for the fifth time running (though runner-up Tokyo's Haneda airport scooped 2017's prize for being the world's cleanest).</p><p>In an effort to retain that status — and increase Changi's reputation as a hub airport — there are already plans to build a fifth terminal ready for 2030, which could increase the airport's handling capacity from the current 82 million passengers a year to 150 million.</p><img alt="A World Class Retail Experience at Jewel Changi Airport "src=""><p>The Jewel Changi was designed by architect Moshe Safdie, who designed the the Salt Lake City Public Library and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. His work on Changi Airport is no fluke; Safdie Architects designed the Marina Bay Sands resort that was completed in 2011 on the Singapore waterfront. Comprised of three 55-story towers connected by the Sands SkyPark, the hotel has become an iconic Singapore sight, and the firm's best-known work by far. Safdie Architects is now also now working on a two residential towers in Singapore linked by three tree-lined bridges, and topped with a “sky pool.”</p><p>It's that kind of flair that Changi Airport is hoping will help it keep its reputation as the ultimate layover airport. Most savvy travelers already know about its cheap pay-per-use showers in every terminal, and Terminal 3's free 2.5 hour Singapore tour for those with five-hour layovers.</p><h2>Other Airport Openings to Watch for in 2018</h2><p>New airports tend to pop-up in places experiencing a surge in tourism, which at the moment is wherever middle class Chinese tourists want to go. That's certainly true in Japan, which is having to add a swish new terminal at Mount Fuji Shizuoka Airport, which gives arriving passengers an unparalleled view of the iconic mountain.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 10 International Airports</a></p><p>Meanwhile, Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt, a forever-delayed $7 billion new airport being constructed adjacent to the current Schönefeld Airport south of the city, is due to open in August 2018.</p><p>However, the biggest new airport for 2018 will be the opening in Istanbul, Turkey of the world's biggest airport. Istanbul New Airport, 20 miles north of the Turkish capital, will have an annual passenger capacity of 200 million passengers. The new home for the ever-expanding Turkish Airlines, it's scheduled to open in October 2018.</p>
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Why the World's Best Airport Will No Longer Do Final Boarding Announcements

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 08:24
<p>Singapore’s <a href="" target="_blank">Changi Airport</a>, one of <a href="" target="_blank">Southeast Asia</a>’s largest transportation hubs, will no longer broadcast final boarding announcements.</p><p>The move was made to reduce <a href="" target="_blank">terminal</a> noise and help passengers focus on more essential announcements, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the <em>Straits Times</em>.</a></p><p>"With more flights and passengers, maintaining the present frequency of announcements will mean noisier terminals and more interruptions in time to come," Changi Airport Group spokesman Ivan Tan said, <a href="" target="_blank">according the <em>New Paper</em></a>, a Singapore-based publication.</p><p>"One concern is that passengers may pay less attention to the announcements made over the public address system, crowding out the more critical announcements," Tan added.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>The decision means that passengers will need to keep an eye out on departure boards and watch the clock. Announcements will be used to page passengers directly with news on emergencies, lost children, recovered passports, flight delays and gate changes, the <em>New Paper</em> reports.</p><p>Changi’s terminals currently average one announcement every five minutes, Tan said, according to the outlet.</p>
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The Simple Move That Keeps Mark Wahlberg in Shape While He's on Vacation

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 07:24
<p>When you’re a Hollywood star whose career relies on looking good, you can’t afford to miss a workout just because you’re traveling.</p><p>Although he’s on vacation with family in Barbados, Mark Wahlberg is continuing training for the filming of his upcoming movie, “Mile 22.”</p><p>He posted video proof of his workout to Instagram with the hashtag #nodaysoff on Thursday. In his workout, Wahlberg balances on an exercise ball while leaning back to catch a medicine ball.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How to Use an Exercise Class Subscription to Work Out on the Road</a></p><p>And, as any athlete knows, body building extends to the kitchen. It’s safe to assume that Wahlberg is not pounding Wahlburgers while on vacation — although he did share a video of his personal chef cooking up meatballs while on the golf course.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>However Wahlberg’s full-on workout and eating lifestyle may not be attainable for every gym rat who’s on the road. Those who are inspired by Wahlberg’s traveling commitment to fitness but would prefer something more low-key can swap the gym and personal trainer for a pair of sneakers and <a href="" target="_blank">a free fitness app</a> and learn how to <a href="" target="_blank">balance their meals on the road with healthy snacks</a>. Prepare to come back from vacation looking better than when you left.</p>
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