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Hotel Lifts Ban on Guest 17 Years After Seagull and Pepperoni Incident

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:55
<p>A Canadian man finally got the chance to clear his name after 17 years in exile from a hotel in British Columbia. His ordeal began in 2001, involving a flock of seagulls (the animals, not the band) and a suitcase full of pepperoni.</p><p>Nick Burchill of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, was staying at the Fairmont Empress Hotel during a business trip about 17 years ago, <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/seagulls-pepperoni-navy-fairmont-empress-1.4601675" target="_blank">the CBC reported</a>. Along with his typical belongings, Burchill had a small suitcase full of Brothers Pepperoni, which he planned to bring back home to friends.</p><p>According to Burchill’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156523301334739&amp;set=a.10150885243919739.471335.523144738&amp;type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank">Facebook post</a>, his bag was temporarily misplaced. When it finally arrived at the hotel, he was concerned about keeping the pepperoni cool, and so he laid the food out on a table near an open window. (It was cold outside.)</p><p>“And that's when things kind of went bad,” Burchill told the <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/seagulls-pepperoni-navy-fairmont-empress-1.4601675" target="_blank">CBC</a>. He was putting it mildly.</p><p>When Burchill returned to his room about five hours later, it was overrun by hungry, pepperoni-crazed seagulls.</p><p>“I didn’t have time to count, but there must have been 40 of them and they had been in my room, eating pepperoni for a long time,” Burchill wrote on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156523301334739&amp;set=a.10150885243919739.471335.523144738&amp;type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p><p>In case you had any question about how bad this would be: “In case you were wondering, Brothers’ TNT Pepperoni does NASTY things to a seagull’s digestive system,” said Burchill.</p><p>Many of the seagulls flew back out the window on their own as soon as Burchill entered the room. Burchill took matters into his own hands with the rest and shooed them out.</p><p>“One tried to re-enter the room to grab another piece of pepperoni and in my agitated state, I took off one of my shoes and threw it at him. Both the gull and the shoe went out the window,” said Burchill. He decided to wrap the last seagull in a towel and send it out the window.</p><p>At this point, Burchill finally asked the staff for help.</p><p>“They sent this poor lady up and I still remember the look on her face when she opened the door,” said Burchill.</p><p>The hotel was able to move Burchill to another room for the rest of his stay. However, when he returned home, his employer received a letter from the hotel stating that Burchill was no longer welcome.</p><p>After 17 years, Burchill was in the area again, and he made a peace offering to the hotel: a pound of pepperoni and a letter of apology, which is copied on Facebook.</p><p>“I have matured and I admit responsibility for my actions. I come to you, hat-in-hand to apologise for the damage I had indirectly come to cause and to ask you reconsider my lifetime ban from the property,” he wrote.</p><p>It didn’t take long for the hotel to get back to Burchill, granting him a pardon and finally allowing him back to the hotel.</p><p>“After reviewing my application for a pardon with the Empress staff; Ryan, the manager has notified me verbally that I will once again be welcome as a guest. I bet it was the pound of Brothers Pepperoni that I gave them as a peace offering that did the trick,” he wrote.</p>
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This Rapper Used a Magazine With His Face on the Cover to Get Through Airport Security

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:45
<p>You know you’ve made it when you can use a magazine cover of yourself as ID at the airport.</p><p>Last week, singer Halsey tweeted that her boyfriend, rapper G-Eazy, <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/rapper-us-magazine-cover-id-airport-security-flight-geazy-a8286101.html" target="_blank">attempted to use his photo on the cover of a magazine</a> in lieu of proper identification to get through <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/tsa-remove-food-from-bag-security-check" target="_blank">airport security</a>.</p><p>“Gerald lost his ID and he’s trying to use the cover of @XXL as part of his additional identification to get through airport security," the singer wrote. "I'm so annoyed."</p><p>Luckily for G-Eazy, he happened to be featured on the cover of the hip-hop magazine’s spring 2018 issue just days before. By a stroke of ingenuity (or perhaps desperation?) combined with a dash of special <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel" target="_blank">celebrity treatment</a>, the Bay Area rapper, whose birth name is Gerald Earl Gillum, somehow managed to get through security with the magazine, which interestingly enough, only bears his stage name.</p><p>He responded to Halsey in a tweet, “It worked,” with a shrug emoji that just about sums up our feelings about the situation also.</p><p>For those of you wondering how a magazine cover suffices for identification at the airport, you actually can use additional forms of identification <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/what-to-do-id-lost-stolen-before-flight" target="_blank">if you lose your ID</a> before flying. <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification" target="_blank">According to the TSA</a>, “In the event you arrive at the airport without valid identification, because it is lost or at home, you may still be allowed to fly.”</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/what-to-do-id-lost-stolen-before-flight" target="_blank">What to Do If You Lose Your ID Right Before a Flight</a></p><p>While most of us won’t have our faces emblazoned on the front of a magazine to help us make our case to airport security, all is not lost if you happen to lose or forget your ID before flying. Bring other forms of ID such as credit cards, business cards, or mail with your name on it to prove your identity to the airline and TSA. Once the airline counter representative has issued you a boarding pass, you may still need to complete additional screening with a TSA officer.</p><p>We’re not sure if G-Eazy did his research and prepared to arrive at the airport with the magazine as additional ID, or if he happened to grab a copy off the rack at an airport newsstand. Either way, kudos to him for turning a potential <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/broken-shower-head" target="_blank">travel nightmare</a> into a story with serious bragging rights.</p>
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Chrissy Teigen Discovered the Ultimate Travel Hack for Flying With Babies

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:38
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/family-travel-ideas'" target="_blank">Traveling with children</a> can be tricky, especially when on a flight, but Chrissy Teigen has a tip for parents looking to take their <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/family-vacations/family-travel-tips" target="_blank">toddlers across the globe</a> with them.</p><p>The model had a recent interview with <em><a href="https://www.thecut.com/2018/04/chrissy-teigen-on-parenting-luna-being-pregnant-and-ivf.html" target="_blank">The Cut</a></em> in which she talked about her life as a mom and shared a recent discovery that has helped make traveling with her and husband John Legend's daughter, Luna, easier.</p><p>“We recently discovered that you can bring a car seat on the airplane and buckle them in; that’s our big strategy now,” Teigen said in the interview. “It changed everything!”</p><p>While airlines often allow parents to keep their <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/should-children-have-seat-flights" target="_blank">infant on their lap</a> up through the age of two, studies have revealed that the move can be dangerous. Falls from laps is the second most common cause of injuries for infants onboard flights.</p><p>What you might not have known, however, is that airlines also typically offer you the ability to both check in a car sear free of charge and to use a car seat onboard an aircraft.</p><p>The car seat has to be labeled as FAA certified to be allowed on a plane, with seats required to have a solid back and restraint straps to help secure the child into place.</p><p>While airlines’ regulations vary in terms of how and when you can use the car seat, seats typically can’t be used in exit rows and children will need to be strapped in when the seatbelt sign is on. </p><p>Some airlines, <a href="https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/special-travel-needs/children.html" target="_blank">like Delta</a>, even recommend what seats are best for the structure. </p><p>You’ll need to book a separate seat for your child in order to be able to put up the car seat, while products like the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/GO-GO-TRAVELMATE-Travel-Stroller-Toddler/dp/B000JJK9EY" target="_blank">Go Go Babyz Travelmate</a> make transporting the seats through the airport a breeze.</p>
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This Rotating House Near the Adriatic Coast Offers Panoramic Views of the Italian Countryside

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:31
<p>There’s nothing better than sitting on the Adriatic coast with a glass of Chianti in one hand, basking in the stunning Italian views.</p><p>Except maybe sitting on the Adriatic coast with a glass of Chianti, inside a house that can rotate in every direction and give you glorious panoramic views of the surrounding vista.</p><img alt="Casa Ruotante Pennabilli Rotating House Design Italy "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522788892/view-rotating-house-italy-ROTATEHOME0418.jpg?itok=jpS1DSq0"><p>Near the northern Italian city of Rimini, architect Roberto Rossi has designed a home on top of a <a href="https://www.curbed.com/2018/4/2/17186282/rotating-house-roberto-rossi-italy" target="_blank">meter-wide pillar</a>, which can be rotated mechanically whenever the owner wants fresh views from the living room window.</p><img alt="Casa Ruotante Pennabilli Rotating House Design Italy "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522788892/living-room-rotating-house-italy-ROTATEHOME0418.jpg?itok=GQJhJkaA"><p>But the mechanics of this unique octagonal house were a functional decision just as much as they were an aesthetic one. Rossi built the home to be sustainable, according to <em><a href="https://www.curbed.com/2018/4/2/17186282/rotating-house-roberto-rossi-italy" target="_blank">Curbed</a></em>. With solar panels placed in the roof, the house can follow the sun's path through the sky and efficiently generate a substantial amount of energy. The house also gets energy from a heat pump and a solar thermal system.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/obamas-luxury-italian-villa" target="_blank">Inside the Luxurious Italian Estate Where Barack and Michelle Obama Vacationed</a></p><p>To prevent wear-and-tear from continuous rotation, building contractor <a href="http://www.proteksrl.it/" target="_blank">ProTek</a> constructed the home with a steel frame structure and hemp and wood fibre panels to keep it light-weight, <em><a href="https://www.dezeen.com/2018/03/30/rotating-house-italy-roberto-rossi-moving-building/" target="_blank">Dezeen</a></em> reported.</p><p>The idea of a revolving house isn’t new. In the 1930s Italian engineer Angelo Invernizzi designed an L-shaped house that rotates around a central tower. This home, the <a href="http://www.skolnick.com/villa-girasole-a-precursor-of-sustainable-design/" target="_blank">Villa Girasole</a> (the "sunflower"), was where Rossi found inspiration. “We wanted to rediscovered (sic) the futuristic avant-garde appeal of Villa Girasole,” Rossi told <em>Dezeen</em>. “In a sense, it was like finding a father again.”</p><img alt="Casa Ruotante Pennabilli Rotating House Design Italy "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522788892/casa-ruotante-pennabilli-italy-ROTATEHOME0418.jpg?itok=6yjXqz73"><p>But you don’t have to go to Italy to appreciate swiveling architectural feats. In <a href="https://www.dezeen.com/2017/07/31/anmahian-winton-zinc-clad-observatory-enables-stargazing-new-hampshire-mountain/" target="_blank">New Hampshire</a>, a private observatory rotates at its multi-faceted top, giving stargazers the ability to see the night sky from different viewpoints. And head over to Dubai in 2020 and you may be lucky enough to see the city atop the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/architecture-design/rotating-skyscraper-dynamic-tower-dubai" target="_blank">world’s first rotating skyscraper</a>.</p>
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This Hotel's New Space, Safari, and Underwater-themed Suites Are Every Kid's Dream

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:29
<p>At the five-star <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/hotels-in-singapore#shangri-la" target="_blank">Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore</a>, younger guests can go on safari, explore deep space, swing like Tarzan through the treetops, venture into an underwater world, or sleep in a fairytale castle — all just by booking a select room.</p><p>Earlier this year, the hotel revamped its ninth floor, dedicating the entire space to travelers with young tots in tow. Here, the hotel's youngest guests can experience five fantastic new <a href="http://www.shangri-la.com/singapore/shangrila/rooms-suites/suites/tower-wing/themed-family-suite/" target="_blank">Themed Family Suites</a>.</p><img alt="Shangri-La Singapore, Children's Spaces "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522867302/Buds-Explore-Zone-SHANGRILASING0418.jpg?itok=Avh3YByR"><img alt="Shangri-La Singapore, Children's Spaces "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522867302/Family-Suite-Treetop-SHANGRILASING0418.jpg?itok=iWIRFL5Y"><p>The suites are all about 818 square feet, with whimsical decorations and designs exclusively for kids. Children in the safari suite, for example, sleep next to a tableau of animals from the African plains beneath a tent. Meanwhile, the underwater suite has a submarine-shaped bed, while the treetop suite requires that children climb a ladder to bed down in a treehouse.</p><p>Each suite comes with two bathrooms — the larger of which features oversized sinks for bathing babies — a dedicated space for changing diapers, and additional space for storage. There are even pint-sized bathrobes and slippers, so kids don’t have to miss out on one of the best parts of an upscale hotel stay.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/family-vacations/hotel-benefits-for-families-with-kids" target="_blank">How Hotels Are Making Family Travel Way More Fun</a></p><p>When booking the suites, families also get access to necessary (but annoying to pack) supplies like car seats, strollers, travel cots, bibs, bath time toys, and more.</p><img alt="Shangri-La Singapore, Children's Spaces "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522867302/Family-Suite-Castle-SHANGRILASING0418.jpg?itok=5YHQ6Wqs"><p>Children staying in the Themed Family Suites will have a specialty kids’ menu with items like beef burgers and ice cream, while grown-ups can take advantage of a dedicated family concierge.</p><img alt="Shangri-La Singapore, Children's Spaces "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522867302/Family-Suite-Space-SHANGRILASING0418.jpg?itok=J4O7Klhi"><p>All of the suites can accommodate two adults and two children younger than 12 (starting at $488 per night). For larger families, the suites can connect to a Family Deluxe Room to create a three-bedroom suite.</p><img alt="Shangri-La Singapore, Children's Spaces "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522867302/Family-Suite-Safari-SHANGRILASING0418.jpg?itok=-xrPeS3y"><p>In addition to the themed suites, the hotel offers 19 family suites with more traditional furnishings.</p><p>During their stay, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/family-travel-ideas" target="_blank">families</a> staying at the Shangri-La Singapore can check out the two new indoor and outdoor play areas, where children can splash in a water park, pretend to be rockstars, or climb through a pirate ship-inspired play space.</p>
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LAX Is About to Make Your Airport Bathroom Experience a Lot Less Gross and Awkward

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:15
<p>With a record-breaking <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2017/04/19/worlds-busiest-airport-2016-s-atlanta-again/100654378/" target="_blank">80,922,000 passengers</a> flying through <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/lax-airport" target="_blank">Los Angeles International Airport</a> in 2016, germophobes might feel wary using any one of the airport's restrooms.</p><p>But starting Wednesday, LAX is introducing a new pilot program to help ease concerns over the cleanliness of its bathrooms.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-travel-briefcase-lax-bathrooms-20180331-story.html" target="_blank">L</a></em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-travel-briefcase-lax-bathrooms-20180331-story.html" target="_blank"><em>os Angeles Times</em></a>, LAX has partnered with tech companies Infax and Tooshlights to turn a Terminal 4 bathroom into a "smart restroom" for American Airlines, American Eagle, and Qantas fliers.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/why-cant-you-use-lavatory-before-takeoff" target="_blank">Why You Can't Get Up to Go to the Bathroom Before Takeoff (Video) </a></p><p>The <a href="https://www.infax.com/solutions-airports.html#air-trax" target="_blank">Infax</a> technology is a digital tracking system that will keep count of the number of people who go in and out of the restroom, the amount of time it's been since it was last cleaned, and whether or not there is an attendant present. After a set number of uses, the system notifies janitors that the bathroom needs to be cleaned. Managers can also utilize this system to monitor staff.</p><p>Rather than improve cleanliness, the <a href="https://tooshlights.com/product/" target="_blank">Tooshlights</a> technology promises to make the bathroom-going experience more efficient. Lights above each stall door will indicate whether it is occupied or vacant: if the light is red, it's in use; if green, it's available. Tooshlights claims this tech will speed up the line as bathroom guests will be able to easily assess which stalls are free to use, without the awkwardness of peeking under stalls or attempting to open locked doors.</p><img alt="Tooshlights in the LAX bathrooms indicate which stalls are occupied or available "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522685927/lax-tooshlights-vacant-and-occupied-LAXBATHROOM0318.jpg?itok=OpB6vuFG"><p>"We're incredibly excited to try out this new technology, which should help improve our guest experience and allow us to better monitor and service our restrooms," Barbara Yamamoto, chief experience officer at Los Angeles World Airports, told the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>.</p><p>Because this is a pilot program, however, time will tell whether LAX deems it worthwhile to install the smart technology in other restrooms across the airport.</p>
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People in Wales Woke Up to Find These Crazy Snow Formations on Their Cars

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:13
<p>Residents in Wales were in for a surprise on Monday after a weekend of freezing temperatures and blizzard-like conditions left the hoods of their cars covered in perfectly rolled snow formations that look like they were carved into place.</p><p>People began <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/123243264448778/permalink/1441988205907604/" target="_blank">posting photos</a> of the fascinating formations, which resemble rolled-up carpets, on Facebook.</p><p>The arrangements are appropriately called snow rollers, a rare natural phenomenon that only happens when you have a precise set of weather conditions.</p><p>Snow rollers form when you have strong winds that are able to pick up moist snow and blow it along the ground, creating a cyclical effect that rolls the snow, according to <em><a href="https://weather.com/news/weather/news/snow-rollers-idaho" target="_blank">The Weather Channel</a></em>.</p><p>Besides this combination, snow rollers also require an existing icy or crusty snow cover to prevent sticking, and the snow needs to be on a sloping surface.</p><p>While rare, snow rollers have been spotted in a variety of locations, Ottawa, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/reasons-to-visit-canada" target="_blank">Canada</a>, and across the Midwest in the U.S.</p><p>The snow spirals can range in size and get as large as barrels in some cases, according to The Weather Channel.</p><p>When the rolls move, they leave a trail in the snow, similar to how <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/death-valley/things-to-do/racetrack-playa" target="_blank">mysterious moving rocks</a> have been known to leave long stretches of trails along the grounds of the Racetrack at <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/pool-the-oasis-at-death-valley" target="_blank">Death Valley National Park</a>.</p>
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Tech-free Camp Offers Summer Fun to Adults, No Phones Allowed (Video)

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:01
<p>Summer fun doesn’t have to end when you grow up.</p><p>At <a href="http://campbonfire.com/" target="_blank">Camp Bonfire</a>, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/adult-summer-camp" target="_blank">adults</a> of every gender, age, religion, nationality, culture, and sexual orientation are invited to come and experience summer just like they used to when they were kids. The weekend-long camp is technology-free (campers must leave their phones at the door with their counselor) and gives everyone an opportunity to reconnect with nature and their former kid-selves.</p><p>Even though you can’t take <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/summer-instagram-captions-quotes" target="_blank">amazing Instagram photos</a>, the camp offers a huge range of fun camp activities that will keep you busy. There’s a massive game of capture the flag, canoeing, cabin living, archery, arts and crafts, a dining hall, dance parties, bonfires, a talent show, and a strong sense of community, acceptance, and enthusiasm.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/summer-vacations/summer-jobs-to-get-away" target="_blank">Ditch the 9-to-5 for One of These Off-the-grid Summer Jobs</a></p><p>“Summer camp is a place to have fun, relax, connect with people, enjoy nature, and try new things. We’re not here to change you, fix you, cleanse you or transform you. We think you’re fantastic just the way you are,” co-founder Jacob Winterstein said in a statement.</p><p>And the best part: Camp Bonfire’s 2018 sessions are officially open for registration. The weekends are June 16-18 and Sept. 8-10.</p><p>At the moment, Camp Bonfire’s “Up for Breakfast” tickets are limited, but still available, at a discounted price of $399. Standard camp registration is $449. Registration fees include all meals and alcohol (all campers must be over 21) for the weekend as well as all activities. A portion of your registration fee will also be donated to <a href="http://girlsleadershipcamp.org/" target="_blank">Camp Sojourner</a>, a leadership camp for girls in the Philadelphia region.</p><p>For those who are driving to the camp, parking will be available at a small fee for the weekend. Or, you can take bus transportation arranged by the camp from Philadelphia or New York City. The camp is located two and a half hours from both cities, right next to Lake Oswego in the Poconos.</p><p>For more information on Camp Bonfire, visit the <a href="http://campbonfire.com/" target="_blank">camp’s website</a> or follow Camp Bonfire on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/summercampbonfire" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/campbonfire/" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, or <a href="https://twitter.com/campbonfire" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</p>
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These Sparkly Birkenstocks Are the Comfy Cinderella Slippers We've All Been Waiting For

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 09:57
<p>There's no sense in denying it anymore — Birkenstocks are back. What was once the comfy-hippie-shoe-turned-<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/kendall-jenner-airport-style-dad-sneakers" target="_blank">lame-tourist-dad</a>-sandal has now managed to secure a spot as a street style must-have. We believe “chic” is the word being thrown around these days.</p><p>And we have to admit we’re into it — especially now that Birkenstock has collaborated with American clothing brand <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=541946.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=25131&amp;RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.openingceremony.com%252F&amp;u1=TL%2CTheseSparklyBirkenstocksAretheComfyCinderellaSlippersWe%2527veAllBeenWaitingFor%2Cduongk%2CSHO%2CART%2C672919%2C201804%2CI" target="_blank">Opening Ceremony</a> for a revamp of its classic 'Arizona' sandals rendered in — get this — glitter<i>.</i></p><p>The disco sandals first debuted at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=541946.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=25135&amp;RD_PARM1=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.openingceremony.com%2FDisney-And0215-OC%2F&amp;u1=TL%2CTheseSparklyBirkenstocksAretheComfyCinderellaSlippersWe%2527veAllBeenWaitingFor%2Cduongk%2CSHO%2CART%2C672919%2C201804%2CI" target="_blank">Opening Ceremony’s Disneyland runway show</a> back in March, which seemed fitting (low-key Cinderella wannabes looking to cosplay in everyday life, we see you). Suddenly, fashion people and people-who-are-generally-into-sparkly-things are both scrambling to get their hands on a pair — so much so that there were only a few sizes left in stock at the time of writing.</p><p>And let’s talk about the price point. Considering that <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/birkenstock-arizona-sandal-women/3216160?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&amp;fashioncolor=HABANA%20OILED" target="_blank">the classic brown leather Arizona sandals</a> typically retail for about $125 (and gold and silver <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/birkenstock-arizona-soft-footbed-sandal-women/2895195?contextualcategoryid=2375500&amp;origin=keywordsearch&amp;keyword=arizona+birkenstock" target="_blank">metallic ones</a> for $135), these limited-edition, bedazzled OC Birks are going for $145. A certified steal if you ask us.</p><p>Scroll through to shop the Arizona sandals from the Birkenstock x Opening Ceremony collaboration, available exclusively on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=541946.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=25135&amp;RD_PARM1=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.openingceremony.com%2Fmens%2Fbirkenstock%2Foc-glitter-arizona-sandal-ST205928.html&amp;u1=TL%2CTheseSparklyBirkenstocksAretheComfyCinderellaSlippersWe%2527veAllBeenWaitingFor%2Cduongk%2CSHO%2CART%2C672919%2C201804%2CI" target="_blank">openingceremony.com</a>.</p><img alt="Birkenstock x Opening Ceremony "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522771020/opening-ceremony-birkenstock-silver-glitter-sandals-OCBIRK0418.jpg?itok=vlfEZNb9"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=541946.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=25135&amp;RD_PARM1=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.openingceremony.com%2Fmens%2Fbirkenstock%2Foc-glitter-arizona-sandal-ST205928.html&amp;u1=TL%2CTheseSparklyBirkenstocksAretheComfyCinderellaSlippersWe%2527veAllBeenWaitingFor%2Cduongk%2CSHO%2CART%2C672919%2C201804%2CI" target="_blank">openingceremony.com</a>, $145</p><img alt="Birkenstock x Opening Ceremony "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522771020/opening-ceremony-birkenstock-pink-glitter-sandals-OCBIRK0418.jpg?itok=4ix2sMjf"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=541946.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=25135&amp;RD_PARM1=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.openingceremony.com%2Fmens%2Fbirkenstock%2Foc-glitter-arizona-sandal-ST205928.html&amp;u1=TL%2CTheseSparklyBirkenstocksAretheComfyCinderellaSlippersWe%2527veAllBeenWaitingFor%2Cduongk%2CSHO%2CART%2C672919%2C201804%2CI" target="_blank">openingceremony.com</a>, $145</p>
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Severe Weather and Strong Winds Caused This Airport Hangar in Houston to Collapse

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 09:53
<p>Severe storms in southeast Houston caused a large hangar at Hobby Airport to collapse on Tuesday night.</p><p>According to <a href="http://abc13.com/weather/strong-winds-tear-apart-hangar-near-hobby-airport-in-se-houston/3299240/" target="_blank">ABC 13</a>, the private plane hangar, owned by Jet Aviation and located on West Monroe Road at Scranton Street, was pummelled overnight by strong winds up to 60 miles per hour. A total of eight planes, four inside and four outside the hangar, were left severely damaged.</p><p>Thankfully, no one was hurt during the storm.</p><p>HPD Lieutenant Larry Crowson told ABC 13 that police were called in a little after midnight to help the fire department with the damage. Bill Begley, the public information officer at Hobby, said the damage could cost millions of dollars to repair.</p><p>“There's only so much you can prepare for,” Begley told ABC 13. “We lease this area out to companies and they build the facilities so we're trying to support them and trying to recover what's happening here. Mother Nature can be pretty strong.”</p><p>Luckily, the damage and work to clear debris from the runways has caused no flight delays.</p>
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The 'World’s Fastest Zip Line' Now Goes Even Faster

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 09:31
<p>Is “fastest in the world” just not fast enough for you?</p><p><a href="https://beta.zipworld.co.uk/adventures" target="_blank">Zip World</a> in North Wales already claimed the title of world’s fastest zipline with the Velocity, which opened in 2013. But last week, the adventure park opened the Velocity 2, a four-person zipline attraction that goes 25 miles per hour <em>faster</em> than its previous self-proclaimed record.</p><p>“The brand-new experience features custom made technology developed by our world class team, to increase speed, accessibility and comfort for our riders and spectators alike,” Sean Taylor, co-founder of Zip World, <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/fastest-zip-line-in-the-world-in-wales/" target="_blank">told <em>The Telegraph</em></a>.</p><p>The new Velocity 2 is capable of hurling passengers up to 125 miles per hour down a wire. It is the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe. Because of its steeper decline (20 degrees), the Velocity 2 allows visitors to go even faster. Within 10 seconds, zipliners accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour. The zipline goes five miles per hour faster than the speed of falling while skydiving.</p><p>Zipliners will fly 500 feet over the historic Penrhyn Quarry. The Welsh quarry was the world’s largest slate quarry at the end of the 19th century but its production is smaller today. The mile-long quarry has slate which dates back 500 million years, <a href="https://www.zipworld.co.uk/location/detail/penrhyn-quarry" target="_blank">according to Zip World</a>.</p><p>The Velocity 2 is available to ride from £75, or about $85 USD, per person.</p>
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Here's How You Can Road Trip Across the U.S. Eating an Endless Supply of Tacos

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 08:10
<p>If you’re a fan of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/best-tacos-us" target="_blank">tacos</a> and are looking for a chance to traverse through some of the country’s top cities, Moe’s Southwest Grill has the opportunity for you.</p><p>The restaurant chain is partnering with job search engine, Monster.com, to find its new <a href="https://www.moes.com/media/chief-taco-officer" target="_blank">Chief Taco Officer</a>.</p><p>As part of the position, one lucky fan will be invited on a two-week tour through the U.S. onboard the company’s food truck for the company’s first "Taco Tour" this summer.</p><p>The winner will be treated to an endless supply of Moe’s new Three Amigos tacos — steak, chicken, or carnitas tacos piled on top of fresh corn tortillas and topped with pickled red onions, queso fresco, avocado crema, cilantro, and shredded cabbage — during their time on the road. </p><p>He or she will also get the chance to hand out tacos to fans across the country to promote the new items and a “fun” budget of $1,000.</p><p>Those interested in applying for the gig need to sign up with the <a href="https://www.moes.com/rockin-rewards" target="_blank">Moe’s app</a> as a Rockin’ Rewards member (which is free of charge).</p><p>Next, you’ll need to pick a social media platform and write a public post on why you deserve the position with the hashtag #MoesCTOContest. Applicants are able to apply on each social media platform (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) one time, with applications open through April 20.</p><p>The company will select three finalists by May 7, with fans selecting the final winner by May 21.</p><p>The winner will then kick off the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/top-north-america-destinations" target="_blank">road trip through America</a> on June 1 in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/atlanta" target="_blank">Atlanta</a>, Georgia, where he or she will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the company's headquarters there.</p><p>All transportation, flights, hotel, and food will be covered, though participants will need to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. resident to apply.</p>
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This Travel Photography Auction Will Help Protect the Planet

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:40
<p>Want to fill your home with stunning photographs worthy of the pages of <em>Travel + Leisure </em>magazine? For the third year in a row, photographer Jessica Sample, a former T+L photo editor, is curating “<a href="http://www.monthofphotography.com/events-2018/wanderlust" target="_blank">Wanderlust: A Silent Auction Benefit</a>.”</p><p>“Wanderlust uses <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/photo-submissions-round-up" target="_blank">travel photography</a> to support our fragile planet, [and] help combat climate change and wildlife destruction,” Sample told T+L. This year, proceeds will benefit <a href="https://earthjustice.org/" target="_blank">Earthjustice</a> — a nonprofit environmental law organization.</p><p>“Every day there seems to be some new environmental rollback in the news or story about a species like the white rhino on the edge of extinction — and it is easy to feel so depressed and helpless,” Sample said. “Wanderlust is a way to bring back hope and make a change, all while supporting artists and sprucing up that blank wall in your home.”</p><img alt="Arctic Ice, 2015, by Jenny Hueston "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522357220/jenny-hueston-arctic-ice-WANDERLUST0318.jpg?itok=iyjslorh"><p><a href="https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/browse.action?auctionId=313827338" target="_blank">This year’s photographs</a> feature some of the world’s most stunning destinations, including Mongolia, Morocco, Greenland, and Uruguay.</p><p>“All the photos have a loose travel theme,” Sample said. And many of the photographers featured have indeed been featured in past issues of T+L, including Alistair Taylor-Young, Anne Menke, and Michael Turek.</p>
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Kate Middleton Just Went Grocery Shopping and Acted Like It Was Totally Normal (Video)

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:33
<p>Kate Middleton is one busy woman. From <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/kate-middleton-hot-pink-coat" target="_blank">working her duties</a> as the Duchess of Cambridge, to helping her future sister-in-law plan her royal wedding, and preparing for the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/prince-william-kate-middleton-third-baby-title" target="_blank">impending birth of her third child</a>, nobody would blame her if she kicked up her feet and had her assistant run her errands. But, apparently, that’s not like Middleton at all.</p><p>On Monday, Middleton, who is expecting her third baby any day now, was spotted cruising the aisles at Waitrose, a grocery store in the United Kingdom, picking up plenty of fruits and vegetables along the way.</p><p>Of course, she didn’t look like the average grocery shopper. Instead, Middleton chose to glam things up by wearing black booties, black leggings and one of her <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/kate-middleton-hot-pink-coat" target="_blank">favorite Joseph coats</a>.</p><p>“I was just in Waitrose doing a bit of shopping. I just went round the corner of the aisle and I saw her. I said to my husband, ‘That looks like Kate Middleton,’” an anonymous shopper told <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5573761/Kate-spotted-shopping-Waitrose-store-Norfolk.html" target="_blank">the <em>Daily Mail</em></a>. “He said, ‘It's not,’ and I said, ‘It is.’”</p><p>The source added that she said “Hello” to the Duchess, who replied with a kind “Hello” back.</p><p>According to the shopper, Middleton was quite independent on her shopping excursion and even used the store’s self-checkout aisle to bag and pay for her goods.</p><p>Middleton then left the store, of course with her security officer by her side, and loaded up her own groceries into her Range Rover.</p><p>“It was like a surreal experience, to see her doing everyday things,” the shopper added.</p><p>Now that Middleton is on maternity leave from all of her official duties perhaps we will see her making more trips like this as she gets into full nesting mode. Though really, she may not have that much time to relax with her new baby, as she’ll be back to her official duties on May 19 to see her <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-royal-wedding-public" target="_blank">brother-in-law Prince Harry</a> wed <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-kate-middleton-healthy-living-advice" target="_blank">Meghan Markle</a>.</p>
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The ‘World’s Greatest Miniature Village’ Is Looking for a New Owner (Video)

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:22
<p>Have you ever wanted to own your own village? Well, your dream can come true, but it might be just a little smaller than you imagined.</p><p>Roadside America in Shartlesville, a popular Pennsylvania attraction known as “the world’s greatest indoor miniature village,” is for sale <a href="http://search.commonwealthrealestate.net/listing/1004465271?ls=ACTIVE&amp;startrow=1&amp;maxrows=15&amp;sort=price_desc&amp;redraw_map_bounds=false" target="_blank">for $2.3 million</a>.</p><img alt="Signage at Roadside America miniature village "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522856762/roadside-america-exterior-ROADSIDEAMERICA0418.jpg?itok=iRNvR8Mc"><p>Since the 1930s, visitors have flocked to the roadside attraction to gaze at the massive (but miniature) village depicting America from pioneer days to the mid-20th century. In the village, you can see barber shops, teeny houses, classic cars, and lots of American flags.</p><img alt="Detail of a miniature street scene at Roadside America in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522856762/roadside-america-miniature-detail-ROADSIDEAMERICA0418.jpg?itok=NfmElS61"><p>The village was originally created by Laurence Gieringer, who amassed the collection of miniatures, and also crafted some by hand, <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/life/2018/04/roadside_america_for_sale.html" target="_blank">according to <em>PennLive</em></a>. Visitors can push buttons to activate parts of the village and every half hour, the songs “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” play.</p><p>The village is currently operated by Gieringer’s granddaughter Dolores Heinsohn.</p><p>Buyers would not only <a href="http://search.commonwealthrealestate.net/listing/1004465271?ls=ACTIVE&amp;startrow=1&amp;maxrows=15&amp;sort=price_desc&amp;redraw_map_bounds=false" target="_blank">get the village</a>, but also the 26 acres that it sits on.</p><img alt="Interior display at Roadside America miniature village "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522856762/roadside-america-miniature-village-ROADSIDEAMERICA0418.jpg?itok=8PRzyLMA"><p>“As the current owners reach the age of retirement, most people are looking to the next generation to take over operations,” they wrote on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RoadsideAmericaMiniatureVillage/posts/2140134116015804" target="_blank">Facebook</a>. “The family is currently looking for someone who loves Roadside America and would like to assume ownership of the business. It takes a special person to appreciate Roadside America as we do.”</p><img alt="Figures at a roadside display for Roadside America in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522856762/roadside-america-shartlesville-signage-ROADSIDEAMERICA0418.jpg?itok=pRy1MA4K"><p>If you're not sure about buying, but are interested in visiting the village, <a href="http://www.roadsideamerica.co/" target="_blank">Roadside America has more information</a>.</p>
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This Museum Dedicated to Dachshunds Just Opened in Germany (Video)

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 06:26
<p>The world can be a pretty polarizing place, but if there’s one thing we can all universally agree on it’s that dachshunds — yes, weiner dogs — are amazing and totally deserve their own museum.</p><p>Luckily for all of us, Germany was happy to oblige and made all of our hot dog dreams come true.</p><p>This week, the new <a href="http://www.dacklmuseum.de/" target="_blank">Dackelmuseum</a> (or dachshund museum) opened its doors in the Bavarian city of Passau. Inside, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43617041" target="_blank">the BBC reported</a>, it’s filled with 4,500 different items celebrating the breed, including toys, icons, canine stamps, artistic prints with sausage dogs as the main character, handmade puppets, and more.</p><p>“The world needs a sausage dog museum,” Josef Küblbeck, the museum’s cofounder, told the BBC. “No other dog in the world enjoys the same kind of recognition or popularity as the symbol of Bavaria, the sausage dog.”</p><p>Küblbeck <a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/first-sausage-dog-museum-on-a-roll-in-passau-bavaria-dachshund-wgwj8d3rm" target="_blank">told <em>The Times</em></a> that he and his partner, Oliver Storz, have been collecting dachshund memorabilia for the last two decades in anticipation of opening the museum. When they finally collected enough items, they gave up their day jobs to dedicate their lives to this. Their two dachshunds, Seppi and Moni, are the only live dachshunds on display, <em>The Times</em> reported.</p><p>“We wanted to give this dog a home where people can come and share their joy,” Kueblbeck told <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-museum-sausage-dogs/the-world-needs-a-sausage-dog-museum-so-german-owners-provide-one-idUSKBN1H51VT" target="_blank">Reuters</a>. “Its popularity is increasing because the sausage dog, with its so-called sausage dog look, has conquered the hearts of many people.”</p><p>It should come as no surprise that the Germans want to celebrate the breed. According to the BBC, Germans started breeding dachshunds way back in the Middle Ages to “flush out badgers and foxes from their burrows, to stop them attacking ducks and hens.” The breed’s passion for hunting became a highly prized trait. It’s no wonder that the Germans have the saying: <em>When the dachshund looks in the mirror, he sees a lion.</em></p>
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Europe's Highest Escape Room Will Lock You in a Cable Car Thousands of Feet in the Air

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 06:01
<p>Visitors headed to France can take part in new sky-high adventure as they dangle thousands of feet in the air.</p><p>The recently opened escape room game at the <a href="http://www.valthorens.com/en/home-page.1.html" target="_blank">Val Thorens resort</a> in the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/pictures-of-paris-in-winter-snow" target="_blank">French Apls</a> is <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/europe" target="_blank">Europe’s</a> highest, taking passengers more than 9,800 feet in the air as they find themselves trying to escape from one of the resort’s famed cable cars.</p><img alt="val thorens escape room splice "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522859260/val-thorens-splice-ESCAPE418.jpg?itok=ssZ9BX1n"><p>The attraction was inspired by the popularity of escape room games, which call on teams locked in different settings to work together and solve riddles to break free. This one takes place onboard the resort’s 150-person Cime Caron cable car.</p><p>Up to five passengers will be taken into the cable car, which was the biggest cable car in the world at the time of its construction in 1982.</p><p>As the gondola ascends the mountain, it stops in the middle of its run, leaving players suspended high in the air. They have an hour to crack a series of riddles and safes related to the mountain’s history to escape.</p><img alt="val thorens escape room map "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522859260/val-thorens-escape-room-map-ESCAPE418.jpg?itok=w37Hydxw"><p>Whether or not they successfully break free, players will be transported back to the resort village at the end of the hour.</p><p>They’ll also get a guided tour of the lift station and its engine room before taking part in the game.</p><p>The escape room is touted as the first to take place in a cable car, treating passengers to 360-degree views of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/chamonix-and-megeve-french-alps" target="_blank">Alps</a>.</p><p>The attraction, which launched in March, is open through May 8 when the resort will close for the winter, and is free of charge, though participants will need to contact the resort's tourist office to book a session.</p>
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How to Use Your Rent Money to Live Around the World Instead

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 17:57
<p>By 2035, the world is expected to be filled with digital nomads. In fact, by some estimates, there could be as many as <a href="https://levels.io/future-of-digital-nomads/" target="_blank">one billion people</a> living and working from anywhere around the globe.</p><p>With the rise of technology and the ever-growing lust for international travel, it’s no surprise that more and more people are picking up and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-quit-job-and-travel" target="_blank">leaving the 9-to-5 cubicle life behind</a> for good.</p><p>And sure, the prospect of just walking out the door and heading straight for an entirely new adventure seems highly romantic, but there’s still <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/things-to-consider-moving-abroad" target="_blank">plenty to think about as a digital wanderer</a>. First and foremost is figuring out your home base. Thankfully, there are now companies, like <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel/one-lease-live-around-the-world" target="_blank">Roam or Remote Year</a>, looking to cater to this generation of nomadic workers.</p><p>The newest to enter the game, <a href="https://sett.life/" target="_blank">SETT</a>, is a flexible, one-stop shop for housing across the globe.</p><p>“I moved out of the country at age 22 and since then I have developed a new relationship with home,” Sara Klaben Avrahami, co-founder of SETT, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “I feel at home in my rented apartment in Tel Aviv, in New York City, back in Ohio where I grew up, in London, in Mumbai and so many more places that I have spent time in over the past few years.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/best-digital-nomad-hotspots" target="_blank">10 of the Best Digital Nomad Hotspots in the World</a></p><p>At some point, Klaben Avrahami said, she started to look at the definition of “home” a little differently, one that made her feel “less stuck in one place and more free to adapt to and accept new homes.”</p><p>So she created SETT, a platform that allows entrepreneurs and nomads to “bounce around between fully stocked apartments in any of our cities, whenever you want.”</p><p>For a flat fee of $2,900 a month a member can use any of the one-bedroom apartments in the network, which currently includes Barcelona, Berlin, London, New York City, and Tel Aviv, and will hopefully be in five new markets by the end of the year. The fee also covers all utilities and maintenance, meaning you never have to worry about setting up your cable ever again.</p><img alt="SETT "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1522442351/digital-nomad-home-SETTNOMAD0318.jpg?itok=E-74CbBo"><p>“Each apartment has been selected for its central location, consistency in terms of size/amenities, comfort level, and authentic design,” Klaben Avrahami told T+L. “The most important thing to us is that each apartment makes our members feel at home in every new place.”</p><p>Members, she added, can stay as long as they’d like in each of the company’s apartments.</p><p>“So the idea is that you can stay in New York City for two weeks, head over to Tel Aviv to get some sun for a month, visit Barcelona for a week, and hop over to Berlin for a meeting for a few days.”</p><p>Right now, SETT is experimenting with the program, meaning you can only <a href="https://sett.life/sign-up/" target="_blank">sign up for the six month pilot program</a>, but you can divide your time however you’d like.</p><p>So if you’re a consultant who works remotely, an entrepreneur with your own digital drop shipping business, or a project manager who works for a large remote company, this could be the living situation you’ve been looking for — or maybe just the inspiration you needed to make the entire globe your home.</p>
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The Best Time to Sign Up for a Travel Rewards Credit Card

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 17:30
<p>Everybody knows a friend (or at least a friend of a friend) who snagged a free vacation after signing up for a travel rewards credit card. When planning an upcoming trip (and becoming flabbergasted at the cost), this friend’s story may pop back into your mind. So you’ll apply for a card and cross your fingers for a free flight. But, according to a new study from NerdWallet, you’re likely not giving yourself enough time to reap your full reward.</p><p>More than half of the U.S. adults surveyed by NerdWallet believed that the best time to sign up for a travel rewards credit card was less than five months before a trip.</p><p>“In reality, five months prior is the minimum amount of time recommended between card application and takeoff,” <a href="https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/credit-card-data/travel-credit-cards-study/" target="_blank">the study found</a>.</p><p>Travelers can rack up additional benefits by using the card within its first three months (a bonus period for many credit card companies). With sign-up bonuses, travelers can earn an average of $901 in rewards within the first year.</p><p>But watch out for expiration dates. To take full advantage of your new card, the sweet spot for a vacation is from five to 12 months after being approved. After the first year, travel rewards cards bring an average of $227 per year back to their owners.</p><p>Just remember to pay off your balance and maintain good credit. Overspending just to earn immediate rewards will undo the bonuses of any free flights, and cost you more in the long run.</p><p>If you’re inspired but intimidated by options, check out <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/points-miles/how-to-pick-rewards-credit-card" target="_blank"><em>Travel + Leisure</em>’s guide to picking the travel rewards card that’s best for you</a>.</p>
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How to Win Over Your In-laws the Meghan Markle Way

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 17:00
<p>Meghan Markle is a real charmer, especially when it comes to winning over her future in-laws.</p><p>As the world already knows, Queen Elizabeth is a fan of her grandson’s future wife, as evidenced by the fact that she <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/queen-elizabeth-blessing-for-prince-harry-meghan-markle-wedding" target="_blank">gave her royal blessing for their May 19 union</a>. However, Prince Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip, was allegedly harder to please.</p><p>Though Markle spent plenty of time with the entire royal family during her <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-attends-queens-christmas-lunch" target="_blank">Christmas vacation at Sandringham</a> and was spotted making public appearances alongside Queen Elizabeth II at the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-commonwealth-day-appearance-with-queen" target="_blank">Commonwealth Day service</a> at Westminster Abbey, she had to work to win the approval of Philip. But, according to the <em><a href="https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/938527/meghan-markle-news-prince-philip-prince-harry-trick-latest" target="_blank">Express</a></em>, she eventually did, thanks to a little sleuthing into his family’s past.</p><p>“The Duke of Edinburgh really got on with her,” a source revealed to the <em>Express</em>. “The reason he liked her was because she was very bold.”</p><p>According to the source, Markle showed her “boldness” by investigating Philip’s rather lengthy royal ancestry and sharing her findings with the Prince himself.</p><p>“Meghan asked a lot of questions, about Philip’s side of the family and his connection to Greece,” the source said.</p><p>And in case you were unaware, or ever plan to meet Prince Philip and want to impress him too, it’s key to know that Philip was born in Corfu, Greece, and was part of both the Danish and Greek royal families. However, tread lightly, because it could become a touchy subject. </p><p>"Prince Philip doesn't like Greece, because they put his father [Prince Andrew] on trial, and he might have been executed," royal historian Hugo Vickers told the <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17936021" target="_blank">BBC</a> in 2012 ."In 1922, they all had to flee."</p><p>Still, Markle’s keen interest in her soon-to-be family appears to have worked as according to the <em>Express</em> source the two were heavily “involved in the conversation." So next time you’re hoping to impress your partner’s family try what Markle did and ask a few questions about their family’s past. Or, make it a bit more fun by ordering the entire group an ancestry kit that helps you plan a vacation <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-unwrapped-dna-kit" target="_blank">based on your DNA history</a>. The family who spits in tiny cups to test their DNA together stays together, right?</p>
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