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Australian Authorities Investigating Danish Tourist Who Fed Wallaby to Crocodile and Jumped on Its Back

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 07:18
<p>Let’s get this out of the way quickly: You should never, ever, jump on the back of a crocodile. Ever.</p><p>But, that seemingly common sense fact apparently didn't occur to at least one Danish tourist visiting Australia, who appeared on video climbing on top of a massive alligator at a wildlife park located just east of Darwin.</p><p>According to Australia’s <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, the man in the video is 22-year-old Niels Jensen, who is a self-proclaimed “Danish Crocodile Dundee.” He’s pictured in the video feeding the animal a wallaby carcass, then repeatedly climbing on its back to ensure a good photo for his social media.</p><p>Perhaps worst of all, noted, he’s a wildlife management graduate. As Jenson told Craters News Agency, he saw the moment as a thrill and understood well that it was a risk to jump on the animal.</p><p>“After seeing what a crocodile is capable of doing, I don’t think it was dangerous, I know (it was),” Jensen said. “Even with a crocodile like this that (is) used to humans, is it a scary feeling sitting on something that could kill you in a fraction of a second.”</p><p>According to Jensen, he had never seen a saltwater crocodile before this visit, which he made to complete his studies.</p><p>“I love being outdoors and seeing new species. When I got the chance to work with crocodiles I had to go,” he said, adding that it's his encounters with animals like this that has gained him the title of “Danish Crocodile Dundee.” “I don’t consider myself that, but a lot of my friends do. In my opinion, I am just doing what I like. But not many people understand why I’m doing it.”</p><p>The people who don’t understand why he’s doing it include the Department of Tourism and Culture, and its director of wildlife operations Tracey Duldig, who is now urging other tourists to treat these animals with respect.</p><p>“Saltwater crocodiles are large and potentially dangerous animals and we encourage everyone to be crocwise at all times,” she told “The behavior shown in this video is dangerous and reckless and we do not support this type of interaction with crocodiles.”</p><p>Additionally, Jenson’s use of a wallaby as bait may also get him in trouble.</p><p>“This is a protected species and it is illegal to take or interfere with protected wildlife,” Duldig noted to <a href="" target="_blank">ABC</a>. “Heavy penalties can apply ... The Department of Tourism and Culture will investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.”</p>
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British Designer Ozwald Boateng Is Designing New Uniforms for British Airways (Video)

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 17:47
<p>Flying is getting even more fashionable.</p><p>British Airways has always been known for smart uniforms, and now it is elevating its employees' style: British designer Ozwald Boateng <a href="" target="_blank">OBE</a> will design brand new uniforms to celebrate the airline's 100th anniversary.</p><p>“At a time when we’re investing for customers, new uniforms are a visual representation of investment in our people and we want them to feel proud when they wear the new uniform,” said Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and Chief Executive, <a href="" target="_blank">in a statement</a>. “Our uniforms have been an iconic symbol of our brand throughout our 100-year history and our partnership with Ozwald will take us forward to the next chapter in our journey.”</p><img alt="Designer Ozwald Boateng will design British Airways new uniforms "src=""><p>Boateng said in a statement he's excited to create something that also “makes all of British Airways’ 32,000 uniform-wearing employees across the world excited, at the same time as enabling me to really demonstrate my skills as a designer.”</p><p>Boateng, well known in the men’s fashion world, launched his first womenswear line this year. The British designer hopes to work closely with airline staff to understand their needs and create something that they’ll be enthusiastic and comfortable to put on every day.</p>
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Buckingham Palace Is Selling an Engagement Ring Inspired by Meghan Markle’s — for Only $40

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:26
<p>The Buckingham Palace Gift Shop has long sold stellar <a href="" target="_blank">replica items</a> of the royal family's real belongings. Inside the store and <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>, visitors can buy a reproduction tea set just like the one Queen Elizabeth uses, or a stuffed corgi modeled after Her Majesty's favorite pups. While these are cool, the gift shop unveiled something so special that it's likely to become the store’s best-selling item in no time.</p><p>This week, the Royal Collection debuted a “Buckingham Palace Statement Ring,” which bears an uncanny resemblance to Meghan Markle’s now famous engagement ring.</p><p> </p><p>“This three crystal ring is made of sparking crystals set on palladium-plated metal,” the site explained. “This can be worn as part of a set with matching earrings and pendant.”</p><p>This ring currently retails for about $40, which is a steal when you consider Meghan’s actual engagement ring is <a href="" target="_blank">worth an estimated $66,750</a>. The real ring, which Prince Harry commissioned and helped design, comes with two small side diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection, along with a large center stone Harry picked out from their beloved Botswana.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">You Might Already Have Meghan Markle’s $5 Secret to Glowing Skin in Your Bathroom</a></p><p>“With two round diamonds supporting what appears to be a 2.5-carat cushion cut diamond, the stones are set in white gold with the main band of the ring in yellow gold,” David Allen of 77 Diamonds told <i>Daily Mail </i>after the couple’s engagement. “A ring of this size and quality would start at around £50,000 but with the use of the late Princess Diana’s diamonds as side stones, this ring, like Kate’s before it, is of inestimable worth.”</p><p>Of course, the Buckingham Palace Gift Shop ring isn’t the first item of Meghan’s to get the replica treatment. Just hours after she walked down the aisle, designers around the globe were already <a href="" target="_blank">selling replicas</a> of her Givenchy wedding dress. Though, again, <a href="" target="_blank">the real thing</a> was both one-of-a-kind and priceless. Still, it’s fun to buy these knock-offs just to play pretend.</p><p>If you want to get a lookalike for less, try this <a href=";tag=tlmeghanring-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B078RY2SFL&amp;linkId=8cd4dfdb4d3c0c77a7ea9f7990e0c2eb" target="_blank">Samie Collection ring</a>, which comes with an equally impressive three stone set with 18-karat-gold plating for just $10.</p><img alt="meghan markle engagement ring lookalike "src=""><p>This <a href=";tag=tlmeghanring-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0793KKKX9&amp;linkId=136f558c45bf6d97dbfc89343ff8d2ae" target="_blank">Kate Bissett dupe</a> was also modeled after Meghan’s real ring, but will set you back just $20.</p><img alt="meghan markle engagement ring lookalike "src=""><p>For a bit more sparkle, go for this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ring Wright Co. ring</a>, which comes set in Sterling silver and 14-karat-gold-plated cushion for $25.</p><img alt="meghan markle engagement ring lookalike "src="">
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Ryan Reynolds Is Teaming Up With Richard Branson to Bring You Gin on Virgin Atlantic Flights

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:26
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Atlantic</a>'s flights just got a little more enticing thanks to “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds.</p><p>Reynolds, alongside Virgin founder Richard Branson, announced his Aviation American Gin will soon be available on all Virgin Atlantic flights. This duo couldn’t just announce the partnership in a simple press release, so instead they released a video about the new onboard drink option.</p><p>"At Aviation we're totally focused on making the best damn gin on the planet,” Reynolds deadpans. "In order to maximize shareholder value, we are pleased to announce Virgin Atlantic and Aviation are merging."</p><p>Branson quickly interjects, "Actually, Ryan, this is more of a partnership announcement. Virgin Atlantic will now be <em>serving</em> Aviation gin.”</p><p>“Yes,” Reynolds said. “At first.”</p><p>The actor then announces his new name for the company: AvaVirgination. And then Branson walks off set. (Watch the video above.)</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Branson's Business Trips Put Everyone Else's Vacations to Shame</a></p><p>For those actually intrigued to taste the gin on their next flight, it comes with flavor notes including “juniper, lavender, anise, sarsaparilla, orange peel and cardamom,” according to <a href="" target="_blank">Masters of Malt</a>. Such a delicious onboard drink choice should come as no surprise when you consider that Virgin Atlantic is often considered one of the <a href="" target="_blank">best in the business</a> for its food choices.</p><p>“Working with Ryan and his team on this partnership has been so exciting. Aviation Gin is a true icon born out of a spirit of innovation, so serving it on board Virgin Atlantic flights seemed like a natural combination,” Branson added in a more serious note on <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Atlantic’s blog</a>.</p><p>“I’ve been a huge fan of Sir Richard Branson and Virgin for years,” Reynolds added. “For Aviation to be chosen as the gin of choice for such an iconic and quintessentially British brand is a complete honor. We look forward to serving Virgin Atlantic guests for years to come and, on a personal note, Sir Richard has promised to teach me the difference between revenue and profit, so I am beyond excited.”</p>
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Why Southwest Is Offering More Short Flights Around California

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:05
<p>Southwest Airlines has been expanding short-haul flights within California — and it's a win for the airline and the passengers taking advantage of quick trips around the state.</p><p>Between June 2017 and June 2018, the carrier added about 3,000 daily one-way seats to flights within the state alone, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Travel Weekly</em> reported</a>. Plus, the airline has been offering more ticket prices in the $100 to $200 range for last-minute travelers.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Just Got One Step Closer to Offering Cheap Flights to Hawaii</a></p><p>The increase follows Southwest's shift from focusing more on longer haul flights to short haul markets in recent years, <a href="" target="_blank">which the Centre for Aviation projected in 2015</a>. Short-haul flights, which vary in definition by airline but Southwest considers to be less than 500 miles, have been less popular with travelers in the last couple of decades because of the time it takes to go through airport security. Passengers have to arrive just as early as they would have to for a longer flight for security screening, so a short flight can seem like a wash compared to driving or train travel.</p><p>However, the risig popularity of PreCheck has changed this, according to <em>Travel Weekly</em>: The <a href="" target="_blank">TSA reported in August 2018</a> that 94% of PreCheck members waited less than 5 minutes at security.</p><p>The airline may also increase its short-haul flights along the East coast, South and Midwest, but it is still focusing on California for now.</p>
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You Can Rent This Cottage Made Entirely of Chocolate — and Yes, You Can Eat Some of It (Video)

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 13:00
<p> is making your Willy Wonka dreams come true with its new chocolate cottage (you read that right, <i>chocolate</i>) in Sèvres, <a href="" target="_blank">France</a>.</p><p>No, this isn’t simply a cottage filled with chocolate treats. Instead, it’s a cottage made <em>entirely</em> of the sweet stuff located at the glass house L’Orangerie Ephémère in the gardens of the Cité de la Céramique.</p><img alt="Interior of's Chocolate Cottage "src=""><p>“Designed and manufactured by Jean-Luc Decluzeau, the renowned artisan chocolatier who specializes in chocolate sculptures, this unique, 18-square-meter chocolate cottage will be crafted out of approximately 1.5 tons of chocolate,” shared in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p><p>The cottage can accommodate up to four guests who will each be surrounded by decadent treats including chocolate walls, a chocolate roof, fireplace, dresser, clock, cups, books, and a luxuriously sweet chocolate chandelier.</p><img alt="Master Chocolatier Jean-Luc Decluzeau outside of his chocolate cottage "src=""><p>But that’s not all. Guests will also find more chocolate goodness outside thanks to its white chocolate duck pond and chocolate flower bed.</p><p>The good news for diehard chocoholics is that many of the delectable items in the cottage are actually edible. And, beyond being surrounded by chocolates, guests lucky enough to book a stay will also have the opportunity to learn how to make the delicious dessert in a workshop dedicated to making personalized mini chocolate chalets.</p><p>“ is committed to providing unique and unforgettable experiences for travelers all over the world,” Vanessa Heydorff, Regional Director of <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, France, said. “This Chocolate Cottage — the only bookable one ever created— celebrates the incredible diversity of’s offering and is a tasty example of the many unforgettable travel experiences our customers can enjoy.”</p><img alt="Details of's Chocolate Cottage "src=""><p>Jean-Luc Decluzeau stated, “I never thought I'd have the opportunity to build a life-size Chocolate Cottage for travelers to sleep in!” He added, “I’m excited to collaborate with and to share my passion for chocolate. I hope guests will relish the chance to experience such a sweet and unique place to stay.”</p><p>To try and book a night at the chocolate cottage <a href="" target="_blank">head over to now</a>. But don’t worry, if it’s booked, the site also has <a href=";lang=en-gb&amp;sid=e4b9802369a6925119d714df2816db9b&amp;sb=1&amp;src=hotel&amp;src_elem=sb&amp;" target="_blank">plenty of other options in the region</a>. We just wouldn’t recommend tasting those.</p>
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This Sleek Cross-body Bag Looks Good With Basically Every Fall Outfit

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 12:30
<p>Switching handbags is a pain. You have to move all of your necessary accoutrements into a new bag to match your outfit or that day's itinerary. Most times, I’m too lazy to switch everything at once, which leaves me rummaging through my miscellaneous bags for the concert tickets I had printed a few days prior. To avoid the panic, I learned my lesson and now aim to find one handbag that I love enough to wear all season.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Weekender Bags for Every Style</a></p><p>This season, that bag is <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tory Burch’s “James” small saddle bag</a> in Moose, which can be worn cross-body or over-the-shoulder — it comes with both straps. The neutral caramel leather goes with anything; it's soft and lightweight; and the four pockets make me feel as organized as if I were carrying a filing cabinet out with me.</p><p>Aside from the functionality, the design is minimal, sleek, and stylish, so whether I’m going to a business meeting, happy hour, a date, or merely out for a Saturday stroll, this is the perfect bag to get me through fall. See it styled three ways below.</p><p> </p><h2>Wear It for a Saturday Stroll</h2><img alt="tory burch james saddlebag outfit "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Jennifer Behr headband, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $325<br />Tory Burch bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $598<br />Joseph dress, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $1,045<br />Alexander McQueen ring, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $375<br />By Far boots, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $510</p><h2>Wear It to a Business Meeting</h2><img alt="tory burch james saddlebag outfit "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Nili Lotan pants, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $575<br />Tory Burch bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $598<br />Preen by Thornton Bregazzi top, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $430<br />Lizzie Fortunato earrings, (hoops) <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95, (charm) <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $35 each<br />The Row shoes, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $795</p><h2>Wear It to Happy Hour</h2><img alt="tory burch james saddlebag outfit "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em><br />Jennifer Fisher earrings, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $80<br />Tory Burch bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $598<br />3X1 jeans, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $225<br />Everlane shoes, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $160<br />Nanushka shirt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $145</p>
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Six Flags Will Give You $300 and Season Passes to Spend 30 Hours in a ‘Slightly Used’ Coffin (Video)

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 12:00
<p>Halloween is in full swing, and Six Flags as a spooky challenge that is definitely not for the faint of heart.</p><p>Six Flags St. Louis is celebrating Fright Fest with a 30-hour Coffin Challenge. Yes, you read that correctly. Six very brave guests will be charged with having to stay in “slightly used” coffins — we won’t ask exactly what that means — for 30 hours, from 1 p.m. on October 13 to 7 p.m. on October 14, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Inside Edition</em> reported</a>.</p><p>It’s unclear as to whether the coffins will be open or shut. We sincerely hope they’ll remain open, since the average person consumes about 0.5 liters of oxygen per minute, <a href="" target="_blank">according to PopSci</a>, which means that suffocating in a coffin could possibly take only five and a half hours, depending on the person and how tightly sealed their coffin of choice is.</p><p>But don’t worry, the park is taking precautions. According to <em>Inside Edition</em>, contestants will be given a bathroom break every hour for six minutes, which is plenty of time to catch their breath again. They will also be provided food and water, as well as be able to keep a friend nearby for company (or possibly sanity). Now, they just have to deal with the onset of claustrophobia.</p><p>Even worse, contestants must be left alone after the park is closed, and they can’t even ride the rides. But <a href="" target="_blank">according to the Six Flags website</a>, some of the park’s Fright Fest Freaks (actors who play spooky characters) will be “lurking.”</p><p>Sadly, therapy is not a prize for this contest.</p><p>The winner <em>will</em> receive two 2019 Gold Season passes, a Fright Fest package (including two VIP Haunted House passes and a ticket for two on the Freak Train), and $300. They even get to keep the coffin. How nice?</p><p>Registration is open for the challenge until October 3. More information and the registration form can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Six Flags St. Louis website</a>.</p>
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The Best Advice for Living to 100, According to 100 Centenarians

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 11:46
<p>One in three babies born today will likely <a href="" target="_blank">live to see their 100th birthday</a>. The world is indeed becoming a healthier place to live well into our golden years. But, how can you ensure you get there, too? It’s simple: Stay positive, eat sweets, and enjoy a cocktail or two a day.</p><p>OK, so living to 100 isn’t that simple, but that’s the advice some of the 100 people who lived to 100 or more gave in previously published interviews, which have now been compiled in a new project for <a href="" target="_blank"><i>A Place for Mom</i></a> titled, "How to Live to 100."</p><p>In the project, <i>A Place for Mom</i> analyzed which advice was given most often. According to the site’s findings, 29 percent of centenarians said they ignored traditional nutritional advice, while 25 percent conversely said adhering to a healthy diet helped them reach the birthday milestone.</p><p>“I saw the doctor and he said, ‘Are you careful about what you eat?’ and I said, ‘Certainly not, I drink three Dr Peppers a day,’ and he said, ‘Oh my goodness, that’s too much sugar. You will die if you keep drinking that,’” Elizabeth Sullivan <a href="" target="_blank">shared on her 104th birthday</a> in 2015. “But 10 years later he died and I had to change doctors. So I’m still drinking three Dr Peppers a day and people said that’s bad for me but you know, not very many people live to be 104. So I guess the sugar in the Dr Peppers have kept me alive all this time.”</p><p>An additional 22 percent said remaining active helped them add a few more years to their lives, while 18 percent credited their long years to having a healthy attitude.</p><p>"I watch my weight - no sugar, honey. If life’s not good today, forget about it. Tomorrow, it will be better. Look at it that way. Let it go by. Keep yourself occupied and busy. Do that all the time,” Mary Todisco, aged 103, <a href="" target="_blank">noted in January</a>.</p><p>As for the other top 10 ways people said they lived to 100, 16 percent said they drank alcohol regularly, while 12 percent said they never drank or smoked. Ten percent credited keeping strong relationships for their age, nine percent said getting a good night’s sleep was the key, another nine percent said being nice to others was also critical, and an additional nine percent credited their faith.</p><p>Though many of these lifestyle choices seem silly, it turns out they can have a big impact on how many years are left in our lives.</p><p>“Our genetic makeup and lifestyle habits influence longevity, but the impact each element plays is a hotly debated topic,” David J. Demko, a clinical gerontologist, explained. “The current ratio suggests that genetic risk factors control 25 percent and lifestyle risk factors control 75 percent, but this ratio fluctuates in line with new research on factors reported to reduce risks to morbidity and mortality. Regardless of the precise weighting of this ratio, it’s clear that a long life boils down to far more than simply smart genes and dumb luck.”</p><p>But really, in the end, it’s more about the <a href="" target="_blank">life in our years</a>, not the years in our life, right?</p>
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Airline Carry-on Luggage Size Restrictions: What You Need to Know

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 10:30
<p>The vacation countdown is almost over, and it’s time to get packing. Before you print that boarding pass and set your <a href="" target="_blank">out-of-office message</a>, though, it’s important to conduct a bit of research to avoid any hiccups at the gate — especially with your cargo. Though many travel rules vary depending on what region of the world you’re heading to or from, carry-on luggage size limits remain a consistent, steadfast metric for the vast majority of airlines.</p><p>Sure, you might occasionally be able to sneak onboard with a bag that’s a bit oversized or overweight, but it's always smarter to plan ahead. To ensure you get from point A to point B smoothly, choosing the <a href="" target="_blank">best carry-on luggage</a> to fit the fine print will make for less travel stress. Skip the Googling and follow this guide to know what size suitcase to bring on your next trip — no TSA bargaining, pleading, or, worst of all, last-minute checking required.</p><p>To get started, let's begin with these frequently asked questions.</p><h2>What size is carry-on luggage?</h2><p>Though you might find an inch or two of a difference with various airlines, the standard domestic carry-on luggage size is 22” x 14” x 9”, which includes the handle and the wheels. This size limit ensures your bag — and ideally everyone else's — will be able to be stored safely in the overhead bin for your flight. By far, the biggest benefit of traveling with carry-on luggage is being able to transport your belongings yourself without entrusting them to the airline and hoping they'll arrive at your destination on time and in one, undamaged piece.</p><h2>What is the weight limit for carry-on luggage?</h2><p>For many major domestic airlines — think: Delta, Southwest, JetBlue — there are no weight restrictions for carry-on bags. You'll just have to be able to lift it above your head into the storage bin. And in most cases, even if airlines do list a specific pound or kilogram limit on their websites, they likely won't weigh your carry-on bags. As long as your pack doesn’t appear to be overstuffed, you’re probably OK. Weight is much more important for small commuter planes, mostly due to safety regulations.</p><h2>What is a personal item?</h2><p>In addition to your carry-on suitcase, many airlines also allow a personal item. This can be a <a href="" target="_blank">laptop bag</a>, a purse, a briefcase, a beach bag — whatever you like, as long as it is generally small. Personal item restrictions vary by airline, and some choose not to include any specifics at all. In those cases, the general rule of thumb is an item smaller in dimension and weight than your carry-on bag. For families flying with a <a href="" target="_blank">stroller</a> or diaper bag or those traveling with uncommon additions like a wedding dress or an instrument can rest assured that most carriers will let you bring these along with your carry-on luggage and your personal item, but we recommend you contact the airline in advance to confirm this.</p><h2>What is the best carry-on luggage?</h2><p>As with any travel gear, everyone has a different opinion on the <a href="" target="_blank">best luggage brands</a>, but the best buy for you is ultimately the one that suits your needs as a traveler. If you're constantly on the road, invest in a durable bag that can keep up. If you take one or two vacations a year, you can go with something more affordable. These days, you don't have to stick to legacy brands to get a quality suitcase. Many up-and-comers offer some really solid options whether you prefer softside or <a href="" target="_blank">hardside luggage</a>, two-wheel rollaboards or four-wheel spinners. Before you buy, take note of the dimensions in comparison with the airlines you prefer to fly to be sure you’re shopping on the safe side.</p><p> </p><h2>What is allowed in a carry-on bag?</h2><p>What you put in your carry-on bag is regulated, as well. In addition to the same rules that apply to checked bags, which prohibit firearms, lithium batteries, and other potentially hazardous items, you must be mindful of liquids when packing your carry-on luggage. Regardless of your destination, you <a href="" target="_blank">cannot bring containers of liquid, paste, aerosol, gel, or cream larger than 3.4 ounces</a> through security. Make sure to check the specific rules of your carrier, too, so you won’t be forced to throw anything away at the gate.</p><h2>Carry-on luggage size chart</h2><p>Travel retailer eBags compiled this super-helpful list of carry-on luggage regulations for the most popular airlines. On their site, each <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">airline's specific requirements are shoppable</a>.</p><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" dir="ltr" xmlns=""><colgroup><col width="100" /><col width="100" /><col width="100" /><col width="100" /></colgroup><tbody><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Airline&quot;}">Airline</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Size in Inches&quot;}">Size in Inches</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Size in Centimeters&quot;}">Size in Centimeters</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Weight&quot;}">Weight</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;AeroMexico&quot;}">AeroMexico</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 lbs.&quot;}">22 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Air Canada&quot;}">Air Canada</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.5 x 15.5 x 9&quot;}">21.5 x 15.5 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;54 x 39 x 22&quot;}">54 x 39 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 lbs.&quot;}">22 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Air France&quot;}">Air France</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9&quot;}">21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 25&quot;}">55 x 35 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 lbs.&quot;}">22 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Air New Zealand&quot;}">Air New Zealand</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;46.5 total linear&quot;}">46.5 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;118 total linear&quot;}">118 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;15 lbs.&quot;}">15 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;AirTran Airways&quot;}">AirTran Airways</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;24 x 16 x 10&quot;}">24 x 16 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;60 x 40 x 25&quot;}">60 x 40 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Alaska Airlines&quot;}">Alaska Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;24 x 17 x 10&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;60 x 43 x 25&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Alitalia&quot;}">Alitalia</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9&quot;}">21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 25&quot;}">55 x 35 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;17.6 lbs.&quot;}">17.6 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Allegiant Air&quot;}">Allegiant Air</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;16 x 15 x 7&quot;}">16 x 15 x 7</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;40 x 38 x 18&quot;}">40 x 38 x 18</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;All Nippon Airways&quot;}">All Nippon Airways</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 16 x 10&quot;}">22 x 16 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 40 x 25&quot;}">55 x 40 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 lbs.&quot;}">22 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;American Airlines&quot;}">American Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Delta Airlines&quot;}">Delta Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;El Al&quot;}">El Al</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.2 x 17.7 x 9.8&quot;}">21.2 x 17.7 x 9.8</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;53 x 44 x 24&quot;}">53 x 44 x 24</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;15.4 lbs.&quot;}">15.4 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Frontier Airlines&quot;}">Frontier Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;24 x 16 x 10&quot;}">24 x 16 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;60 x 40 x 25&quot;}">60 x 40 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;35 lbs.&quot;}">35 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Hawaiian Airlines&quot;}">Hawaiian Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;25 lbs.&quot;}">25 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;IATA&quot;}">IATA</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5&quot;}">21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;54 x 34 x 19&quot;}">54 x 34 x 19</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Icelandair&quot;}">Icelandair</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8&quot;}">21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;54 x 39 x 19&quot;}">54 x 39 x 19</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Japan Airlines&quot;}">Japan Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 16 x 10&quot;}">22 x 16 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 40 x 25&quot;}">55 x 40 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 lbs.&quot;}">22 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;JetBlue Airways&quot;}">JetBlue Airways</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;KLM&quot;}">KLM</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.5 x 13.5 x 10&quot;}">21.5 x 13.5 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;54 x 34 x 25&quot;}">54 x 34 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;26 lbs.&quot;}">26 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Korean Air&quot;}">Korean Air</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8&quot;}">21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;54 x 39 x 19&quot;}">54 x 39 x 19</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;25 lbs.&quot;}">25 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Lufthansa&quot;}">Lufthansa</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.6 x 15.7 x 9&quot;}">21.6 x 15.7 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;54 x 39 x 22&quot;}">54 x 39 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;17 lbs.&quot;}">17 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Norwegian Air&quot;}">Norwegian Air</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;21.6 x 15.7 x 9&quot;}">21.6 x 15.7 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 40 x 23&quot;}">55 x 40 x 23</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;17 lbs.&quot;}">22-33 lbs. total</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Philippine Airlines&quot;}">Philippine Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;45 total linear&quot;}">45 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;114 total linear&quot;}">114 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;15 lbs.&quot;}">15 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Qantas Airways&quot;}">Qantas Airways</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;45 total linear&quot;}">45 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;114 total linear&quot;}">114 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;15 lbs.&quot;}">15 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Saudi Arabian Airlines&quot;}">Saudi Arabian Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;45 total linear&quot;}">45 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;114 total linear&quot;}">114 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;19.8 lbs.&quot;}">19.8 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Scandinavian Airlines&quot;}">Scandinavian Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 16 x 9&quot;}">22 x 16 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 40 x 22&quot;}">55 x 40 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;18 lbs.&quot;}">18 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Singapore Airlines&quot;}">Singapore Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;45 total linear&quot;}">45 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;114 total linear&quot;}">114 total linear</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;15 lbs.&quot;}">15 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Southwest Airlines&quot;}">Southwest Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;24 x 16 x 10&quot;}">24 x 16 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;60 x 40 x 25&quot;}">60 x 40 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Spirit Airlines&quot;}">Spirit Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 18 x 10&quot;}">22 x 18 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 45 x 25&quot;}">55 x 45 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Sun Country Airlines&quot;}">Sun Country Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;24 x 16 x 11&quot;}">24 x 16 x 11</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;60 x 40 x 27&quot;}">60 x 40 x 27</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;35 lbs.&quot;}">35 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Thai Airways&quot;}">Thai Airways</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 18 x 10&quot;}">22 x 18 x 10</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 45 x 25&quot;}">55 x 45 x 25</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;15 lbs.&quot;}">15 lbs.</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;United Airlines&quot;}">United Airlines</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;--&quot;}">--</td></tr><tr><td data-sheets-value="&quot;Virgin Atlantic&quot;}">Virgin Atlantic</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 x 14 x 9&quot;}">22 x 14 x 9</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;55 x 35 x 22&quot;}">55 x 35 x 22</td><td data-sheets-value="&quot;22 lbs.&quot;}">22 lbs.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><h2>What is the standard international carry-on size?</h2><p>To be sure your bag is accepted on all carriers, you'll want to get a suitcase that stands at 21” or less. It's especially smart to look into luggage size restrictions when you're flying with smaller, regional airlines outside of the U.S. as each is able to set its own limits.</p><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a href="" target="_blank">Bric's Bellagio 21" Spinner Trunk</a></h3><img alt="international carry-on luggage brics "src=""><p>For an investment suitcase from one of the best luggage brands, consider this beauty from Bric's. In addition to the Tuscan leather trim, the high-tech hard-shell is designed to resist scrapes and scratches.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $550</p><h2>Specific domestic airline size guide</h2><p>The airline you book through when you’re heading to the beaches of Hawaii might be different from the one you choose when heading home for the holidays. While many of the carry-on luggage dimensions are the same for most companies, there are some carry-on luggage size restrictions to be aware of. Here, we review the size limits of a few top carriers in detail.</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight maximum: not specified</h3><h3>Personal item: one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop bag</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags Exo 2.0 Hardside Spinner Carry-o</a><a href="">n</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size alaska airlines "src=""><p>This affordable, sturdy spinner will keep your most precious items secure inside — and look good doing it. Inside, eBags' “movable shelf system” helps you stay organized. And at just seven pounds, you won't have to worry about straining to lug your bag as you venture to your vacation.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $150</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Allegiant Air</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''; fee applies ($10-75)</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight maximum: not specified</h3><h3>Personal item: 7” x 15” x 16”</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Lipault Paris Plume Avenue Bowling Bag</a></h3><img alt="allegiant airlines carry-on size "src=""><p>When booking with a budget airline, it's imperative to read the fine print. In most cases, when the low fare seems like steal, traveling light is the only way to keep it that way. With Allegiant, your personal item is free, but there's a fee for your carry-on, so pack this underseat duffel to keep your trip affordable.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $120</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">American Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight maximum: not specified</h3><h3>Personal item: 18” x 14” x 8”; must fit under the seat in front of you</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a href=";tag=tlairlinecarryonsizes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00X6JRSSY&amp;linkId=bc76be1fa56baff97300694f58c611ad" target="_blank">Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Spinner Suiter</a></h3><img alt="best carry-on luggage size american "src=""><p>American Airlines' fares include both a carry-on and personal item, even in Basic Economy. The sizing is the only thing that's standard about this Travelpro spinner, though. It's decked out with features — a fold-down garment bag, magnet-aligned wheels, etc. — and you can watch us demo them all in the above video.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlairlinecarryonsizes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00X6JRSSY&amp;linkId=bc76be1fa56baff97300694f58c611ad" target="_blank"></a>, from $189</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight maximum: not specified</h3><p>There are three exceptions:<br />Singapore, Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN): 15 pounds or 7 kg<br />Beijing, Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK): 22 pounds or 10 kg for domestic travel<br />Shanghai, Pudong International Airport (PVG): 22 pounds or 10 kg</p><h3>Personal item: one purse, briefcase, camera bag, or diaper bag</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Briggs &amp; Riley Transcend VX Tall Carry-On Expandable Spinner</a></h3><img alt="delta carry-on luggage size "src=""><p>Though pricey, few luggage brands are as trusted as much as Briggs &amp; Riley — its products all come with a lifetime guarantee. In addition to the sleek, modern design, this spinner features some of the most space for your buck. If you need to pack a bit more, this tall version still fits the airline carry-on luggage size requirements. You may even be able to get away with expanding it the extra 2.5” as a softside bag is easier to compress to fit into the luggage sizer.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $399</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Frontier Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 24” x 16” x 10”</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight maximum: 35 pounds</h3><h3>Personal item: 8” x 18” x 14”</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Filson Dryden Carry-on Suitcase</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size frontier airlines "src=""><p>Since Frontier offers a bit more cushion in its carry-on luggage size restrictions, use it to your advantage with this two-wheel carry-on by Filson. It’s made with abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon, which means it can get roughed up trekking along unpaved roads in Thailand, Bali, or Colombia and still last for years. The additional compression straps ensure everything inside stays put during turbulence, too.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $295</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Hawaiian Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight maximum: 25 pounds</h3><h3>Personal item: one purse, briefcase, laptop bag, backpack, or similar piece; must fit under the seat in front of you</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Calpak Ambeur Rolling Spinner Carry-on</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size hawaiian "src=""><p>If you’re flying to a tropical oasis like Hawaii, you might want a carry-on to match those rose-colored views you’re dreaming of. Calpak's affordable spinner is finished in stylish rose gold, with a chic navy interior. It's lightweight, too, at only seven pounds, so you won't have to worry so much about staying under that 25-pound limit.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $135</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight: None specified</h3><h3>Personal item: 17” x 13” x 8”</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a href=";tag=tlairlinecarryonsizes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N3PZY42&amp;linkId=98ca4313d611fb92b9268513f45f4a8a" target="_blank">Andiamo Elegante Aluminum Frame Carry-on Luggage</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size jetblue "src=""><p>There’s a reason JetBlue has such a cult following: not only does it give guests more legroom, but it alleviates a bit of the carry-on luggage size limit stress, too. Though the carry-on size restrictions are the same as most airlines, the personal item dimensions are larger. Consider bringing along this polycarbonate spinner from Andiamo. It features an impressive zipperless design and organizational compartments to help you pack.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlairlinecarryonsizes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N3PZY42&amp;linkId=98ca4313d611fb92b9268513f45f4a8a" target="_blank"></a>, from $150</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 24” x 16” x 10”</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight: None specified</h3><h3>Personal item: 18.5” x 8.5” x 13.5”; must fit under the seat in front of you</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Away The Bigger Carry-on</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size southwest "src=""><p>Another generous airline, Southwest’s personal item and carry-on size limits are spacier than most. We'd bring Away's The Bigger Carry-on, which you can choose to buy with or without the built-in battery. The Away team noticed that the bag sizers at airport check-in are actually one inch wider than the 22” x 14” x 9” standard and added an extra three quarters of an inch to each dimension for a perfect fit. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $245</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">Spirit Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 18'' x 10''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight: None specified</h3><h3>Personal item: 18” x 14” x 8”</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a href=";tag=tlairlinecarryonsizes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01LXOCTAZ&amp;linkId=a6aff1702e4728e575a286a91176b99d" target="_blank">Samsonite Freeform Hardside Spinner</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size spirit "src=""><p>At 20.5” x 14.5” x 10”, this Samsonite spinner carry-on will allow you to take advantage of Spirit's surprisingly large bag size allowance. The wheels allow for 360-degree rolling, so you can navigate it down narrow aisle with ease. And it's also able to expand about two inches, which makes for a decent-sized checked bag on many airlines, as well.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlairlinecarryonsizes-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01LXOCTAZ&amp;linkId=a6aff1702e4728e575a286a91176b99d" target="_blank"></a>, from $100</p><h2><a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines</a></h2><h3>Carry-on luggage size: 22'' x 14'' x 9''</h3><h3>Carry-on luggage weight: None specified</h3><h3>Personal item: 17” x 10” x 9”; must fit in the seat in front of you</h3><h3>Best carry-on to bring: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Herschel Supply Co. Trade Luggage Power Carry-on</a></h3><img alt="carry-on luggage size united "src=""><p>Losing the charge on your laptop or phone inflight is a bummer and not all United aircrafts have power outlets in the main cabin. With this four-wheel carry-on spinner by Herschel, you can recharge effortlessly at the gate. The <a href="" target="_blank">portable power bank</a> is also easy to remove if you still need it after you've stored your bag in the overhead bin.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $250</p>
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This Is the Most Visited City in the World

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:14
<p>A record number of Americans are traveling abroad. That’s wonderful news when you consider just two decades ago only 20 percent of Americans <a href="" target="_blank">possessed a passport</a>.</p><p>Yes, we are all collecting those tiny little passport stamps left and right, but where exactly are international travelers going? According to Mastercard’s 2018 <a href="" target="_blank">Global Destination Cities Index</a>, everyone’s all about <a href="" target="_blank">Bangkok</a>.</p><p>“In a world of rising nationalism, international travel takes on greater importance—breaking down barriers, broadening our horizons and driving economic impact felt throughout the world’s cities,” Mastercard shared in a statement about its index.</p><p>For 10 years, the credit card company has analyzed the travel habits and destination choices of its users. According to its 2018 findings, after looking at 162 cities around the globe the top destination <a href="" target="_blank">travelers are flocking to is Bangkok</a>, followed closely by London and Paris.</p><p>“With roughly 20 million international overnight visitors, Bangkok remains in the top spot this year and is unlikely to be bested due to a strong projected growth of 9.6 percent for 2018,” the analysis noted. “Interestingly, visitors tend to stay in Bangkok 4.7 nights and spend $173 per day, on average.”</p><p>The other top 10 cities include Dubai, Singapore, New York, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Istanbul, and Seoul.</p><p>Though Bangkok has the most visitors, other places enjoy a higher spend per visit. According to Mastercard, Dubai continues to be the <a href="" target="_blank">top ranking destination city</a> based on overnight visitor spend. There, visitors spend $537 per day on average.</p><p>“International travel is crucial to many urban economies, enriching the lives of both residents and tourists. The bar is rising for cities to innovate to provide both a memorable and authentic experience,” Miguel Gamiño Jr., executive vice president, global cities for Mastercard, shared in a statement. “We’re partnering closely with cities around the world to ensure they have insights and technologies to improve how they attract and cater to tourists while preserving what makes them so special in the first place.”</p><p>If you’re planning to travel to one of these ultra-popular destinations, make sure to read up on <a href="" target="_blank">how to beat the crowds at the world’s most popular tourist spots</a>. Or, avoid them altogether and vacation in one of these <a href="" target="_blank">eight places to find peace and quite instead</a>.</p>
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Meghan Markle Closed Her Own Car Door and People Can't Handle It

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:34
<p>Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, really is just like us. Don’t believe me? Just look at her <em>close her own car door</em> like a non-royal.</p><p>Meghan made waves when she arrived at the Royal Academy of Arts earlier this week to attend her first solo event as a royal. It was then that someone opened a car door for Meghan, she stepped out, and then, shut the door herself.</p><p>“World gasps as Meghan Markle closes her own car door. Here it is moment by moment as it happened,” Twitter user Mike Sington posted.</p><p>“She closes her own door. She is every woman,” another user tweeted.</p><p>“DUCHESS CLOSES DOOR: The Duchess of Sussex <a href="">#MeghanMarkle</a> closed her door against royal protocol,” one more user added.</p><p>But, is it really that big of a deal that Meghan, who became a <a href="" target="_blank">member of the royal family</a> less than a year ago, closed a door? It turns out, nope, it’s not a big deal at all.</p><p>“Usually, if you are a member of the royal family or a dignitary, you have a member of staff to open and close a car door for you,” Etiquette expert William Hanson shared with <a href="" target="_blank">Radio News 1</a>, adding that having someone do it for them is for security reasons rather than "airs and graces." However, he added that it’s not against any official protocol to shut your own door.</p><p>This isn’t the first time Meghan has opened or closed a car door for herself. Just last week the Duchess also closed her own car door at the launch of her <a href="" target="_blank">charity cookbook</a>. And odds are this <a href="" target="_blank">feminist princess</a> will keep opening and closing doors for herself because she can.</p>
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This Smart Airplane Cabin Remembers Your Favorite Orders and How Often You Get Up on Flights

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:11
<p>In the future, your airplane cabin will know a lot about you.</p><p>Airbus debuted its new “Connected Cabin” in Boston this week at the <a href="" target="_blank">APEX EXPO conference</a>. The technology could remember your favorite onboard meal orders, monitor how much time you spend in your seat, and help cabin crew keep track of what’s happening back in the galley.</p><p>“We connect all the elements of the cabin wirelessly, collect all the data and provide that to the airline to do data analytics to reduce costs and improve ancillary revenue opportunities,” Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus’s vice president of cabin marketing, <a href="" target="_blank">said at the conference</a>. The smart cabin will notify flight attendants of whose seats are reclined and who keeps their armrests up, among other things.</p><img alt="Airbus unveils Connected Cabin Technology at APEX Expo 2018 "src=""><p>The equipment is meant to help cabin crew save time. Instead of hand signals or shouting across the cabin, they could use the Connected Cabin technology to track passengers' needs.</p><p>The system could let them know <a href="" target="_blank">how many drinks are left in the galley</a> or provide assurance that all the cooking equipment is locked and ready for takeoff — something they must currently confirm manually. Instead of walking around the cabin to make sure everybody’s armrests are down, flight attendants could just check a screen.</p><p>The technology could also keep track of customer orders. If a passenger requests a snack box on every flight they’ve taken with the airline, cabin crew could see their historical preferences.</p><p>Safety checks could also be streamlined and automated with the system. Information from the Connected Cabin could be used as aircraft undergo maintenance.</p><p>The project is still only a concept being tested, so passengers shouldn't expect to see it on their next flight — but it's a window into what's to come.</p>
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Japan Has a New Baby Giant Panda — and They Want You to Help Name It

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:33
<p>Baby pandas might just be the cutest thing in the world. And no matter how many times we watch that <a href="" target="_blank">hilarious video of the baby panda sneezing</a> and scaring the heck out of its mama, panda lovers know we’ll never be able to have one of our own.</p><p>However, a wildlife park in Japan is offering one lucky person the next best thing: the chance to name a newborn giant panda.</p><p>Born on August 14, the female giant panda is the 16th black and white bundle of joy to be born at Wakayama, Japan’s <a href="" target="_blank">Adventure World</a> wildlife park. Though she’s giant in species, this little panda weighed a miniscule 2.64 ounces at birth. <a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>National Geographic</em></a>, newborn pandas usually weigh around 5 ounces and don’t start crawling until they’re three months old.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">A Photographer Spent 3 Years Documenting Giant Pandas in China, and It's Making Us Want to Book a Ticket</a></p><p>To submit a name for the baby panda, people are asked to <a href="" target="_blank">apply online</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">mail in a postcard</a>. To be considered, entries must include the name, the phonetic spelling, and a brief description of the thoughts behind the name. Entries are due by November 16 and the winner will be announced at the park and online soon after.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Though names are being accepted from around the world, <a href="" target="_blank">meeting the cubs parents</a> might provide some inspiration. Eimei, the father, was born in 1992 at the <a href="" target="_blank">Beijing Zoo</a> and Rauhin, the mother, was born at the park in 2000. Together, they have created a beautiful panda family, including six female pandas and two males.</p><p>We’d highly recommend <a href="" target="_blank">booking a trip to visit this little cub</a> before she gets too big. If Japan is too far, Adventure Park offers a <a href="" target="_blank">live webstream</a> of the pandas throughout the week. Even better, people with a virtual reality headset can watch the pandas live in a <a href="" target="_blank">fully VR experience</a>.</p>
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Woman Boards Flight to Find Her Seat Assignment Is in the Plane's Lavatory (Video)

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:28
<p>Seat mix-ups are a pain on any day, but finding out your seat doesn’t exist is a new kind of headache.</p><p>Passenger Satwika Ika found this out earlier this month on a Lion Air, a budget airline out of Indonesia, the <a href=";objectid=12132718" target="_blank"><em>New Zealand Herald</em> reported</a>. Satwika was flying to Jakarta with a ticket for seat 35F — but when she boarded her flight, she found the plane had only 34 rows. Row 35 ended up being the plane lavatories.</p><p>Satwika posted about he incident on Facebook, <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Daily Mail</em> reported</a>, writing that the flight attendants were “rude” and “lacked manners.” To make matters worse, she was not the only passenger to be assigned a nonexistent seat.</p><p>The reason for the mix-up seemed to be because of a last minute switch of aircraft. Danang Mandala Prihantoro, Lion Air's corporate communications officer, told the <em>Daily Mail</em> that the original aircraft scheduled for the flight was a Boeing 737-900ER, which has 39 rows.</p><p>Luckily, Satwika was given a seat closer to the front of the plane and did not have to take a different flight (or sit in the lavatory, as it were). After her post was shared all over social media, Lion Air issued an apology.</p>
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Amtrak Is Having a Flash Sale on Northeastern Routes for the Holidays (Video)

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 16:58
<p>Finding <a href="" target="_blank">deals for holiday flights</a> can sometimes get tricky, but travelers looking to visit friends and family or take a getaway this winter across the northeast can now do so for a fraction of the price thanks to <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak’s latest sale</a>.</p><p>Amtrak is currently running a flash sale on select routes onboard its Northeast Regional and Acela Express services, offering customers who book by Thursday, Sep. 27, up to 30 percent off on standard ticket prices as part of its <a href="" target="_blank">Northeast Holiday Travel Sale</a>.</p><p>The deals are available for travel between Thursday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 5, with no blackout dates applied so travelers can hit popular destinations like <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> for the holidays.</p><p>With some of the top deals, travelers can head from Washington, D.C. to Richmond, Virginia for $19 one-way on the Northeast Regional. Other top Northeast Regional deals include $29 one-way trips from Boston to New Haven, $29 one-way trips from New York to Philadelphia, and $29 one-way trips from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia.</p><p>For under $40, travelers onboard the Northeast Regional will also find trips from Boston to New York, from Boston to Stamford, and from New York to Washington, D.C. Deals on the Northeast Regional apply for coach class fares.</p><p>Meanwhile, deals on the Acela apply to business class fares and include $69 one-way trips between New York and Philadelphia, $70 one-way trips between Baltimore and Philadelphia, and $79 one-way trips between cities like Boston and New York and between New York and Providence.</p><p>All of the discounts available through the sale will automatically be applied to the standard fare on applicable routes when customers search fares on <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak's website</a>. </p>
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The Best Places to Camp for Gorgeous Fall Foliage Views

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 15:57
<p>Fall can be one of the best times to go camping, with slightly cooler temperatures and foliage hitting peak color around the country.</p><p>Campsite booking service Hipcamp has created a <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Fall Foliage Map</a> that could help outdoor enthusiasts find the perfect destination with a new foliage filter to show the top campgrounds in the U.S. for enjoying the changing leaves.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Map Will Tell You Exactly When Fall Foliage Will Peak This Yea</a>r</p><p>The map's foliage predictions are <a href="" target="_blank">based on data from the</a>, which forecasts peak color with data on national rainfall, temperature, and elevation levels. Hipcamp used the map to create an interactive foliage filter that will highlight optimal campsites throughout the fall months.</p><p>Hipcamp’s options include everything from traditional camping experiences in the wilderness to glamping huts to more eclectic accommodations at ranches, vineyards, and public parks.</p><p>While states like Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts are already known as hotspots for fall foliage, Hipcamp's map also features campgrounds that might sometimes be overlooked. Think <a href="" target="_blank">glamping accommodations in Wisconsin</a> or an <a href="" target="_blank">equestrian center in Colorado</a>. There are also off-the-grid locations like <a href="" target="_blank">hidden campgrounds in California</a>, featuring private beaches, and <a href="" target="_blank">Idaho campgrounds</a> that offer views of the Grand Tetons.</p><p>Travelers should note the map is a prediction, and rainfall and temperatures can always change the exact dates when color peaks.</p>
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‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Will Soon be Able to Visit Iconic Sets and Get a Behind-the-scenes Look at How the Show Was Made (Video)

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 12:30
<p>The final six episodes of <a href="" target="_blank">“Game of Thrones” </a>will air in 2019, bringing an end to the series.</p><p>While the show will come to a close, fans will still be able to immerse themselves in the series' mystical worlds long after it ends as <a href="" target="_blank">HBO </a>will be turning several of the show’s iconic sets into tourist attractions.</p><p>This will mark the first time fans will be able to step foot inside the actual show sets, seeing them up close and learning what went into creating each of the detailed displays. </p><p>The sets will be “on a scale and scope bigger than anything the public has ever seen,” according to HBO's representatives, with the new Game of Thrones Legacy attraction bringing costumes, props, weapons, and set decor to each location. </p><p>There will also be production materials ranging from the show's art files to models that will allow visitors to get an inside look at how the sets were created and brought to life. </p><p>The experience will include tours of Linen Mill Studios, which is located in the town of Banbridge and has been used for locations like Riverrun. Other possible sets HBO is considering as part of the experience include Winterfell, Castle Black, and King's Landing. </p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">How to Go on a Game of Thrones Vacation for Less Than $100</a></strong></p><p>While HBO has yet to indicate when the sets will open to the public and which locations fans can expect, travelers headed to Northern Ireland before then can visit a range of stunning filming locations like the road of beech trees known as the <a href="" target="_blank">Dark Hedges</a> (featured as Kingsroad in the show) and the 400-million-year-old <a href="" target="_blank">Cushendun Caves</a>. </p>
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Why Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights Are the Scariest of Them All

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:31
<p>During the day, Universal Studios Florida is a wonderland of family fun, with kids excitedly meeting Optimus Prime and visitors exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s delightful Diagon Alley.</p><p>Come nightfall, however, the theme park emerges as something unrecognizable — and much more sinister.</p><p>On 36 nights throughout autumn, Universal transforms itself into <a href="" target="_blank">Halloween Horror Nights</a>, a mix of fear-inducing haunted houses, “scare zones,” and hauntingly familiar experiences that have made it the <a href="" target="_blank">leader in Halloween frights</a> for 28 years running. This isn’t a regular vacation with a few creepy scarecrows and ‘80s vampires shoved in (though they have that, too). Famously scary movies and TV shows make for centerpieces of the event, bringing their sinister plot lines to life. In fact, <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios Florida</a> essentially lays an entire horror theme park of ghoulish sights and zombie threats atop its cinematic expanse for a two-in-one ticket providing as many thrills as slasher-induced shrills.</p><p>Here, haunted houses aren’t a misnomer; Universal Studios Florida actually recreates the rooms within famed supernatural homes for guests to brave. A “<a href="" target="_blank">Poltergeist</a>” haunted house puts each pivotal scene of the ‘80s classic on display in much-too-realistic ways — you’ll see tree branches bashing through full-size bedroom windows — while a “<a href="" target="_blank">Trick ‘r Treat</a>” house tours guests through a replica of the film’s suburban Ohio home, with haunted staircases and surprises around every turn. (Even a Happy Death Day walk-through replicates Carter’s dorm room, as guests enter through closets witnessing the film’s murders over and over in increasingly terrifying ways.)</p><p>These 10 houses may essentially be pop-up experiences, but you’d never know it from the level of execution. Just like the park’s Transformers ride or Harry Potter Gringotts Bank vault coaster, its attraction-sized encounters are as thrilling, immersive, and exciting as the permanent rides themselves — but are fully demolished in early November, giving guests only seven weeks to see them before they disappear forever.</p><p>Here, guests walk through carbon copies of the sets of “Stranger Things,” shimmying through Hawkins Middle School, braving the Upside Down and even getting <a href="" target="_blank">up close to Demogorgons</a>. With pulsating Christmas lights flashing through the Byers’ now-iconic house — Wendy wielding an axe and all — it’s like walking into the show, but even spookier.</p><p>Character actors, known as “scare actors,” are impeccably cast for whomever they most closely resemble, so when Chief Hopper is on the prowl it looks just like him. Eleven is there there, too — and the resemblance is uncanny. Universal employs 1,200 scare actors for the two-month HHN event, positioning them to spook as creepy carnival denizens inside an abandoned salvage yard, zombies during a Parisian blackout, or one of many Michael Myers in a “Halloween 4” walk-through.</p><p>Themed scare zones, which occupy major walkways within the park, are packed with possessed trick-or-treaters, ghastly pumpkin-headed frights — and the best photo ops you’ll get all night. With silver screen tie-ins to iconic films like “Revenge of Chucky” and “Killer Klowns From Outer Space,” you’ll be shocked by how realistic the terror-inducing toy and ‘80s cartoonish clowns look up close.</p><p>Meanwhile, <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios Hollywood</a> puts on a West Coast version of the event that offers just as many spine-chilling attractions. Some themes are replicated — the California Park also has brilliant “Stranger Things,” “Poltergeist,” and “Trick ’r Treat” mazes — but layouts are different, offering large-scale facades that let guests enter through these famously ghoulish homes’ actual front doors. And, with the California theme park located on an actual working movie lot, its surroundings are so much more realistic. Backlot mazes are built within a metropolitan city set used for real film productions, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Terror Tram</a> turns a ride through “Bates Motel,” “Psycho,” and “War of the Worlds” sets into a scream-worthy walk that cannot be escaped.</p><p>The themes, houses, and scare zones change each year at both locations, too. With classic horror flicks like “The Shining,” “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” and “The Exorcist,” newer successes like “Insidious,” “The Purge,” and “Saw,” and frightful television series including “The Walking Dead” and “American Horror Story” in play, your favorite are bound to appear sometime. (Case in point: All seven of those fear-inducing sights were used in just the past few years.)</p><p>It’s also one of the last places at Universal parks — or Disney’s, for that matter — that allows staff creatives to develop their very own stories. Florida’s self-created HHN houses are some of its scariest, immersing park goers into a brilliantly executed ‘80s drive-in cinema or deep inside the worlds of traditional fairy tales with a bloody twist. There’s even an Arizona mall completely overgrown with demonic plantlife in “Seeds of Extinction,” which engulfs a daycare, bank, office and full-sized airplane in flesh-eating greenery. The lights are so dim that you likely won’t see any of its details, but they’re still there. (Thankfully, a <a href="" target="_blank">lights-on tour</a> exists for that.)</p><p>You can take a haunted hay ride or walk through a cursed maze anywhere, but to experience your favorite foreboding shows, ominous movies and frights executed to the highest degree, Universal’s theme parks are the only place to be.</p>
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This Rust Belt City Is the Coolest Place You've Never Thought to Visit

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 10:58
<p>When <a href="" target="_blank">Chef Jonathon Sawyer</a> decided to open his own restaurant in 2008 after a promising run at Parea — Michael Symon’s well-reviewed, but short-lived swing at the New York market — the Cleveland native did the unthinkable: he brought his very best ideas back home.</p><p>"People thought I was crazy,” explains Sawyer. “They said, 'It'll never work. No one goes to Cleveland.'"</p><p>Boy, were they wrong. Aside from his own success with <a href="" target="_blank">The Greenhouse Tavern</a> — a downtown staple that earned Sawyer a coveted <a href="" target="_blank">James Beard nod</a> in 2015 — the city has seen a noticeable spike in its tourism numbers. (A steady increase of about 800,000 people a year since 2009, with <a href="" target="_blank">plans in place</a> to reach 20 million visitors by 2020.)</p><img alt="Cleveland Museum of Art "src=""><p>One of the major reasons to visit these days is the area’s strong arts scene. While its roots can be traced back to the John D. Rockefeller era — when the Rust Belt was rich, and decades away from oxidation — Cleveland’s leading cultural institutions didn’t really double down on securing the city's artistic future until recently. More than $500 million in private and public funding has poured into renovation efforts over the past decade, with the world class <a href="" target="_blank">Cleveland Museum of Art</a> leading the way. By the time the ribbon was cut on its eight-year expansion in 2014, a $755 million dollar endowment made it the country's fourth richest art museum, trailing behind the Getty, the Met, and Houston's Museum of Fine Arts.</p><p>The place looks the part, too, with two distinct wings separated by a stunning atrium. Designed by the award-winning architect <a href="" target="_blank">Rafael Viñoly</a>, it sports a three-story ceiling and wide, sun-bathed walkways — a gathering space you won't soon forget, and the <i>pièce de résistance</i> of the CMA expansion. Add in free admission and exemplary ticketed exhibitions, like a long sold-out <a href="" target="_blank">Yayoi Kusama retrospective</a> (running through September 30th), and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame suddenly has competition in terms of top draws for out-of-towners.</p><p>Fred Bidwell has been a key figure in Cleveland's resurgence for a while now, beginning with his role as the CMA’s interim director in the fall of 2013. The <a href="" target="_blank">former ad man</a> is best known for <a href="" target="_blank">Transformer Station</a>, however, a sprawling gallery space Bidwell runs with his wife Laura, a graphic designer and video artist. Aside from hosting satellite CMA shows and curating photography exhibits from the couple's own collection, it’s helped revitalize Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood and provide a launching pad for Bidwell’s most compelling move yet: <a href="" target="_blank">FRONT</a>, Cleveland’s first contemporary art triennial.</p><p>Conceptual artist Michelle Grabner answered FRONT’s call for a chief curator in 2015. Fresh off a biennial gig at the Whitney in New York City, she was eager to embrace FRONT’s grand ambitions as part of a bigger movement across the Midwest.</p><img alt="SPACES, Cleveland "src=""><p>"I believe off-center cities are the future,” says Graber, who's spent decades teaching and practicing art in Chicago, Madison, and her current home, Milwaukee. “They're where America's cultural imagination will flourish, offering affordable spaces for artists and entrepreneurs that New York and LA cannot. Mid-size American cities also wear their civic structure on their sleeve; it makes one's engagement in the community meaningful, apparent, and immediate."</p><p>FRONT reflects that pivotal relationship in its timely, politically charged theme: "An American City," which has been captured at dozens of venues across Cleveland and nearby Akron and Oberlin since July. Not just traditional museums and galleries, either; FRONT has blurred the line between art and commerce, the sacred and secular, at such idiosyncratic spaces as <a href="" target="_blank">St. John's Episcopal Church</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland</a>, and a cavernous steamship at the <a href="" target="_blank">Great Lakes Science Center</a>.</p><p>This is not an exhibition you knock out in an afternoon; it's a citywide takeover worth building an entire trip around. This year’s festivities wind down on September 30, so time's a-ticking, but it’s never too early to start planning for 2021. Here are more ways to <a href="" target="_blank">"dig that sweet Cuyahoga glow"</a>, both during FRONT and beyond:</p><h2>FOUNT<b> </b></h2><p>The flagship location of <a href="" target="_blank">FOUNT</a>, the city’s premier leather goods store, could be picked up and dropped in New York's SoHo district without anyone batting an eyelash. In fact, it'd probably flourish, drawing a devoted following to the luxe handbags and full-grain leather goods that are designed, cut and sewn by a tight-knit team in downtown Cleveland. And to think Phillip and Jackie Wachter launched the production line in their own living room.</p><h2>Pour Cleveland</h2><p>If you're looking for locally produced coffee, head to one of the many <a href="" target="_blank">Rising Star</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Phoenix</a> locations that are spread throughout the city. <a href="" target="_blank">Pour</a>'s only cafe looks elsewhere, leaning toward light and bright roasts from as far away as Denmark (<a href="" target="_blank">La Cabra</a>), Norway (<a href="" target="_blank">Tim Wendelboe</a>), and Sweden (<a href="" target="_blank">Morgon</a>). Got a friend who reads <a href="" target="_blank">Sprudge</a> every morning and owns nearly every issue of <i><a href="" target="_blank">Standart</a></i> and <i><a href="" target="_blank">Drift</a></i>? Take them here, or bring home a bag of single origin beans they'll have a hard time finding elsewhere.</p><img alt="Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio "src=""><h2>Western Reserve Meadery<b> </b></h2><p>Leave your <i>Game of Thrones </i>fantasies at the door of <a href="" target="_blank">this modest but inviting tasting room</a>. Co-owners Douglas Shaw and Jason Andro spent more than a decade perfecting their mead recipes, and they're as refined and rewarding as anything you'd find at a serious wine shop. So, no, you won't be sipping fermented honey sizzurp from a Viking horn in here; <a href="" target="_blank">Western Reserve</a> has more of a "sit back and savor what you're sampling" feel. Which shouldn't be difficult; upcoming releases include star thistle honey blended with local strawberries and basil, and a Polish-style <em>Trojniak</em> aged on raspberries and French oak for a full-bodied finish.</p><h2>Great Lakes Brewing Company<b> </b></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Ohio's first microbrewery</a> is still a pilgrimage site for craft beer completists who want fresh pours of the brewpub’s proprietary blends: a saison pelted with pink peppercorns, ginger, and gobs of passion fruit puree (Sa Da Tay); a <em>dunkelweizen</em> laced with a <a href="" target="_blank">local cold brew</a>, Belgian chocolate, and orange peel (Guardian Blitz); and an imperial stout that was infused with cocoa nibs, salt, and oysters as part of <a href="" target="_blank">Great Lakes</a>’ 30th anniversary this past summer. If you're looking to see more of Cleveland's burgeoning craft beer scene, ask for a <a href="" target="_blank">free brewery passport</a> and start getting it stamped at stellar new-schoolers like <a href="" target="_blank">Terrestrial Brewing Company</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Noble Beast</a>. Or if you dig beer <em>and</em> doughnuts, you can pull a full Homer at <a href="" target="_blank">Brewnuts</a>, which incorporates local stouts, porters, and IPAs into its one-of-a-kind fry cakes. </p><img alt="Brewnuts in Cleveland, Ohio "src=""><h2>Mitchell's Ice Cream<b> </b></h2><p>It's one thing to taste the small-batch ice cream you're about to eat, but it’s another thing entirely to see it being made. The spotless <a href="" target="_blank">Mitchell’s</a> headquarters in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood welcomes guests to the back to watch. Artisanal Ohio ingredients are turned into creamy house concoctions like Porter Chocolate Chunk, Campfire S'Mores, and Wildberry Crumble. Several tubs are devoted to vegan, yogurt and sorbet options as well, <i>or</i> you could just throw caution to the wind and opt for an original sundae topped with homemade whipped cream, locally roasted nuts, and hot fudge.</p><h2>Larder<b> </b></h2><p>This loving tribute to Chef Jeremy Umansky’s childhood on Cleveland's East Side features a flawless pastrami sandwich, a rotating selection of freshly prepared and pickled sides, and such Jewish bakery staples as buttery rugelach and soft black and white cookies. <a href="" target="_blank">Larder</a> is not tethered to deli traditions, though; Umansky cures his brisket with <i>koji </i>mold — a crucial umami bomb in Japanese cuisine, found in everything from soy sauce to sake — and brews a beautiful, well-balanced root beer with locally foraged mushrooms, sassafras, and birch.</p><h2>Sokolowski's University Inn</h2><p>The lunch line is always long at <a href="" target="_blank">Cleveland's oldest family-owned restaurant</a>. And for good reason: its familiar Polish food is free of fuss and full of flavor, especially the sautéed potato and cheese pierogies that land on your table with a thud, swimming in butter and begging for sour cream. Everything is served cafeteria-style, which means you don’t have to make the stressful decision between smoked kielbasa and fresh bratwurst; try both, and have a Salisbury steak for dessert. If it was good enough for President Clinton <i>and</i> the president of Poland, why not right? (They've both stopped by <a href="" target="_blank">Sokolowski's</a>, along with Kevin Bacon, Jimmy Fallon, and the <a href="" target="_blank">James Beard Foundation</a>.)</p><h2>Spice Kitchen and Bar</h2><p>"Farm-to-table" fare is taken to another level at <a href="" target="_blank">this seasonal restaurant</a> in the Gordon Square Arts District. Chef Ben Bebenroth pulls key ingredients from his own perfectly maintained <a href="" target="_blank">13-acre plot</a> in the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and rounds out the rest of his menu with foraging trips and other forms of sustainable agriculture within a 150-mile radius. Everything is excellent here, so if you're indecisive, go with the $60 tasting menu ($90 if you want a wine pairing with every course, which you probably do). Standout dishes include the shiitake mushrooms, stuffed with bamboo rice and served over summer squash "soba" noodles, and a roasted peach cobbler rounded out by candied pecans, dropped biscuit dough, and Ceylon cinnamon ice cream.</p><h2>The Plum</h2><p>When chef Brett Sawyer was brought on to head up the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">the Plum</a>, he ran with a format that was long overdue in Cleveland: refined share plates without the sticker shock or stuffy atmosphere. "As we developed the concept,” he explains, “we were definitely looking to bring something new to the dining scene." He's being modest; Sawyer — no relation to Jonathon, his former boss — is fast becoming the most exciting name in the city’s strong pool of New American restaurants. His boundless creativity is best experienced through daring fruit and vegetable dishes (mole-cured carrots with crème fraîche and fish sauce brittle, anyone?) and show-stopping mains, like “fast food-style” short rib tacos with house-made buttermilk ranch tortillas, Amish cheddar, Certified Angus Beef, and, of course, shredded lettuce. If you only have time for one high caliber dinner here, make it this Ohio City favorite. </p><img alt="Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland, Ohio "src=""><h2>Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame</h2><p>Look, there's no way around it: the <a href="" target="_blank">Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame</a> is a big draw for anyone who's never been to Cleveland, with an overwhelming collection of memorabilia that covers everyone from David Bowie to Beyoncé. So don't be a cynic — set aside one afternoon to make your way through its many floors, including a can't-miss survey of pinball machines inspired by iconic musicians like Dolly Parton, Alice Cooper, Elton John, and Metallica. Or if you <i>still</i> can't justify a $23 ticket, snap a few shots of the Hall's I.M. Pei-designed exterior, then hop in a car and head straight for the <a href="" target="_blank">Superelectric Pinball Parlor</a> in Gordon Square. Co-owner David Spasic was hired to maintain the Hall of Fame's exhibit thanks to the reputation he's built here among a cultish silver ball collection from the '70s, '80s and '90s.</p><h2>SPACES</h2><p>Now in its 40th year and a new 9,300-square-foot location — owned by the Bidwells, oddly enough — <a href="" target="_blank">SPACES</a> is arguably Cleveland's most influential contemporary art gallery. It’s certainly a FRONT standout, with a group exhibition (<i><a href="" target="_blank">A Color Removed</a></i>) of local artists who face the city's fraught history head-on. Namely the pain, uncertainty, and fear many still feel from the fatal police shooting of Tamir Rice. Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz also asked the public to donate orange items as a sign of solidarity with the 12 year old, whose toy gun was missing the orange tip that would have otherwise deemed it “safe”. Captivating and cutting, it will linger with you long after you've left town.</p><h2>The Schofield Hotel<b> </b></h2><p>What Cleveland lacks in hipper-than-thou boutique hotels, it makes up for with <a href="" target="_blank">this pristine downtown property</a> (named for the building’s architect, Levi Schofield) and its unbeatable central location. Kimpton pumped $50 million into restoring every inch of the 122-room hotel, which is just a short walk from Progressive Field and several popular restaurants (including the aforementioned Greenhouse Tavern and Michael Symon's <a href="" target="_blank">Lola Bistro</a>). Be sure to stop by <a href="" target="_blank">Heinen's</a>, a solid grocery store that just happens to have a stained glass ceiling and 13 murals by painter Francis Millet, who died on the Titanic.</p>
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