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Outdoor Voices’ CloudKnit Hoodie Is the Softest Sweatshirt I Own — and It Makes a Great Gift

Travel and Leisure - 3 hours 53 sec ago
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/gift-guides/cozy-pampering-gift-ideas">The best gifts</a> are the ones that keep on giving. And a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/cute-crewneck-sweatshirts-womens?">cozy sweatshirt</a>, especially one from Outdoor Voices' CloudKnit collection, is one of those gifts. I've owned the CloudKnit Hoodie for about a year, and it's always the first thing I reach for if I want something that's comfortable but still flattering. </p><p>The CloudKnit collection includes hoodies, sweatpants, as well as both short and long sleeve t-shirts. Each item is made with lightweight, breathable, and stretchy material that makes them stand out as supremely comfortable. </p><img alt="Hoodie "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573508826/outdoor-voices-hoodie-duo-OVGG1119.jpg?itok=k-My1rne"><p>To buy: (women) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.outdoorvoices.com/products/w-cloudknit-hoodie?variant=18318765253" target="_blank">outdoorvoices.com</a>, $85; (men) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.outdoorvoices.com/products/m-cloudknit-hoodie?variant=24105606341" target="_blank">outdoorvoices.com</a>, $85</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/outdoor-voices-megafleece-half-zip-hoodie">The Fleece Hoodie That Garnered a 20,000-Person Waitlist Is Finally Back In Stock</a></p><p>The CloudKnit Hoodie is the perfect introduction to the collection. It comes in five colors for women (four for men) and features a kangaroo pocket. The women's version also includes an adjustable drawstring hood and thumbholes in the sleeves. </p><p>The Hoodie is my go-to sweatshirt for throwing over a tank before heading to a workout class. But I'll also frequently wear it on its own as part of a casual outfit. It's also a great layering piece for travel. The material is just as soft as the brand claims, and it holds up beautifully after washing.</p><p>And while you're at it, you might as well check out the CloudKnit Sweatpants to complete your ultra-cozy outfit.</p><img alt="Sweatpants "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573513147/outdoor-voice-cloudknit-sweats-OVGG1119.jpg?itok=mmmr_f31"><p>To buy: (women) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.outdoorvoices.com/products/w-cloudknit-sweats?variant=41915002373" target="_blank">outdoorvoices.com</a>, $85; (men) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.outdoorvoices.com/products/m-cloudknit-sweats?variant=12588616482894" target="_blank">outdoorvoices.com</a>, $85</p><p>Shoppers can't get enough of the CloudKnit collection, and the reviews speak for themselves. </p><p>"I practically live in the CloudKnit hoodie. Comfortable and breathable with an ultra-flattering fit, generous hood for light winds and rain, and bonus thumbholes to make layering a breeze. It goes with all of my shorts and leggings and is simply the perfect chilly-morning complement to my workout wardrobe," one reviewer wrote.</p><p>Another reviewer praised the versatility of the sweats. "Best sweatpants ever. Great for loungewear and activewear. Fabric and technology allows for flexibility and high energy activity." </p><p>Whether you're looking for new loungewear to live in all winter, or the perfect gift for someone who seems to have everything, it's likely that Outdoor Voices has exactly what you need. </p>
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How Expedia Is Punishing Hotels Who Want to Charge You Hidden Fees

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 17:52
<p>Hotels that charge hidden “resort” fees will now appear lower on Expedia search results than those whose prices are entirely inclusive.</p><p>"Everything else being equal, the properties that charge a resort fee on top of a base price will be [displayed] lower than those that don't charge a resort fee," Expedia president Cyril Ranque announced at a conference in Las Vegas this week, <a href="https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Hotel-News/Expedia-commences-search-bias-against-hotels-charging-hidden-fees">according to <em>Travel Weekly</em>.</a></p><p>Hotels who advertise on the booking site have been alerted of the change that will affect all Expedia-owned search sites (which includes Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire and CheapTickets).</p><p>The new sorting structure will heavily impact results in cities like Las Vegas where advertised hotel rates may seem low but skyrocket much higher than expected as hotels tack on hidden fees. Placement in search results on Expedia however, also results from room rate, quality and popularity that may bump up a hotel that charges a hidden fee. </p><p>Travel site Booking.com took a different approach to resort fees earlier this year, announcing that they would take a commission from every hotel that tacked these fees onto their advertised price, <a href="http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Hotel-News/Expedia-will-not-be-taking-a-cut-of-hotel-fees"><em>TravelWeekly</em> reported</a> at the time.</p><p>Resort fees are a contentious issue at the moment.</p><p>In September, Congress began investigating <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/congress-considering-bill-that-bans-deceptive-resort-fees">a bill that would abolish</a> the “unfair and deceptive” practice. Both Marriott and Hilton <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/business/marriott-hilton-lawsuit-resort-fees.html">are currently battling lawsuits</a> against attorneys general in Washington D.C. and Nebraska over their resort fees.</p>
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This NYC Hotel Will Put a Christmas Tree in Your Room and Get You in to See the Rockettes (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 17:28
<p>There’s no better place to celebrate the holiday season than <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>. In December, the city turns into a winter wonderland, complete with holiday markets, Christmas trees, and festive lights. Every year, visitors flock to New York City to see the famous <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/christmas-travel/rockefeller-christmas-tree-2019" target="_blank">Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree</a>, admire decorated shop windows, and ice skate in Bryant Park.</p><p>To take full advantage of this festive season, The Refinery Hotel decided to create a holiday package that offers guests the quintessential New York City Christmas experience. Now through Christmas Day, guests can book the Refinery’s “<a href="https://www.refineryhotelnewyork.com/special-offers/refinery%E2%80%99s-winter-spectacular-stay-package/" target="_blank">Winter Spectacular Stay</a>” for an unforgettable holiday experience, complete with a fresh, in-room Christmas tree and seasonal food and drinks, like eggnog and cookies with milk. You can even order a gingerbread house and spend a night in, decorating to your heart’s content, or you can take advantage of a special discount for tickets to see "<a href="https://www.rockettes.com/christmas/" target="_blank">The Radio City Christmas Spectacular</a>" starring the Rockettes (Radio City Music Hall is even within walking distance of the hotel).</p><img alt="Refinery Hotel, New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573834707/refinery-hotel-new-york-HOTELTREE1119.jpg?itok=AT9Z5iIW"><p>Every afternoon, the hotel will offer a festive hot chocolate cart, complete with yummy toppings (and some adult-friendly additions). There's no better way to warm up after a day exploring the city in chilly December weather. Throughout the month, the hotel will also have a sleigh full of toys and treats, and children checking in will get to pick something — talk about getting them in the holiday spirit? Finally, enjoy a pre-fixe Christmas feast at <a href="https://parkerandquinn.com/" target="_blank">Parker &amp; Quinn</a>, the Refinery’s restaurant, with options like tender prime rib and a life-changing mushroom risotto.</p><img alt="Refinery Hotel, New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573834707/refinery-hotel-christmas-tree-HOTELTREE1119.jpg?itok=hMJqureZ"><p>I had the chance to experience the Refinery’s Winter Spectacular Stay, and honestly, I wish I never had to check out. Located just steps from major tourist attractions like <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/secrets-of-times-square-nyc" target="_blank">Times Square</a> and the Empire State Building, its location can’t be beat if you’re hoping to explore the city. As a recent transplant to New York, I was especially excited to try the hotel's festive offerings because this is my first Christmas in the city! Walking into my room to find a beautifully-decorated, fresh-cut Christmas tree was such a treat, and getting to see the Rockettes really put me in the holiday spirit.</p><p>Whether you’re a tourist visiting the city for its holiday offerings or a New Yorker looking for a festive staycation, this package is sure to make this holiday season your best one yet.</p>
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After Qantas' London to Sydney Flight Success, the Airline Wants to Make Room for Stretch Zones on Planes

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 17:18
<p>Following the success of Qantas' <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/qantas-airlines-sydney-london-19-hour-flight-route">non-stop London to Sydney flight,</a> the airline wants to implement “move and stretch” zones to help passengers handle the 19-plus-hour flights.</p><p>Ultra-long flights are <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/singapore-airlines-worlds-longest-flight-newark-singapore-nonstop">increasingly becoming the norm</a> as airlines test the limits of what’s possible and the comfort level of passengers. And while the convenience of a nonstop flight is undeniable — no matter how long it is — it’s important to stretch and move around to prevent a myriad of issues from sitting in one spot too long.</p><p>As part of the test, the airline is examining the effects this kind of long-haul travel has on people, and stretching and meditation is part of that.</p><p>“We know that [travelers] want room to move on these direct services, and the exercises we encouraged on the first research flight seemed to work really well,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce <a href="https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-to-operate-non-stop-london-to-sydney-research-flight/">said in a statement</a>. “So, we’re definitely looking to incorporate on-board stretching zones and even some simple modifications like overhead handles to encourage low impact exercises.”</p><p>The London to Sydney flight had about 50 passengers and crew on board and flew across 11 countries, including Germany, Russia, China and Indonesia before it crossed the Australian coast near Darwin. The super long flight was met with a celebration upon landing in Australia as 2020 marks 100 years of the airline's operations.</p><p>Earlier this year, Qantas also tested a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/qantas-airlines-sydney-london-19-hour-flight-route">19-hour and 16-minute flight from New York to Sydney</a> during which staff tracked the passengers’ health while on board. During that flight, passengers got up for group exercise at assigned intervals.</p><p>While the idea of sitting in one spot and binging on movies is relaxing, it’s ultimately very important to get up and move while flying — and that is especially true for ultra-long-haul flights. Sitting too long can cause your <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/why-feet-and-ankles-swell-on-planes">feet to swell</a> or could cause a potentially <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/how-to-avoid-blood-clots">dangerous blood clot</a>.</p><p>One of the best ways to avoid blood clots is to move around a lot, get up from your seat often, and invest in a good pair of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/compression-socks-for-flying">compression socks</a>.</p>
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The Largest Lantern Festival in North America Is a Truly Dazzling Display — and It's Coming to New York in Time for the Holidays

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 17:11
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/hotels-in-new-york">New York City</a> is about to get a whole lot brighter.</p><p>This December, New York’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-best-baseball-stadiums">Citi Field</a> will host the largest lantern festival in North America.</p><p>The event, known as the <a href="http://www.hellopandafest.com/">Hello Panda Festival</a>, will take over some 700,000 square feet of space and entertain guests with a fully interactive and multisensory experience. It will also be a social media-ready affair with some 120 Instagrammable lantern exhibits containing more than 10 million handcrafted and hand-painted lights.</p><img alt="Hello Panda Lantern Festival New York City "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573832802/hello-panda-festival-new-york-02-LANTERNSNY1119.jpg?itok=HEZVpmWC"><p>Beyond the light show, the event will also feature 60 international food vendors cooking up dishes from all over the globe, and cultural arts experiences splattered throughout the space. There will even be a holiday market available for those looking to do some last-minute shopping for their loved ones.</p><p>"Hello Panda's mission is to not only give New Yorkers and visitors something they've never seen before but also deliver an experience they can't find anywhere else," Winston Wang, General Manager of CPAA North America, the organization putting on the event, said in a statement. "Our festival will offer a variety of immersive and social media moments that introduce guests to the artistry of lantern-making while bringing different communities together through food and culture."</p><img alt="Hello Panda Lantern Festival New York City "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573832802/hello-panda-festival-new-york-01-LANTERNSNY1119.jpg?itok=0JKkK9a_"><img alt="Hello Panda Lantern Festival New York City "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573832802/hello-panda-festival-new-york-04-LANTERNSNY1119.jpg?itok=ZTXOA5Tc"><p>As for why the company chose Citi Field as the location, Heather Collamore, Vice President of Metropolitan Hospitality at Citi Field, explained it succinctly in the statement saying, "Citi Field is a place where people from all walks of life come together and share an amazing experience.” She added, “The Hello Panda Festival is a unique event that promotes cultural exchange while delighting the child in all of us."</p><p>Guests interested in checking out the space and taking as many Instagram photos as they’d like can visit the lantern experience from Dec. 6, 2019 to Jan. 26, 2020. Tickets, which are available now, range from $22 - $28.</p>
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This Lightweight Carry-on Comes With a Luggage-tracking App

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 17:01
<p>Since you’re probably already deep in research for the perfect carry-on, we’ll just cut to the chase. We found it. And <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Smart-Aluminum-Luggage-Carry-Suitcase/dp/B07MQP8QQK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvlightweightcarryoncomeswithappkcnov19-20&amp;linkId=298eff4d60f4342259c9ac670823206c&amp;language=en_US">it’s on Amazon</a>.</p><p>Attractive, sleek, and unexpectedly roomy, the <a href="https://samsaraluggage.com">Samsara hard-sided carry-on</a> was already everything you needed in a small suitcase. Then the brand took it a step further and made it “smart.”</p><p>The Samsara carry-on has real-time GPS tracking, so if you decide to check it with the rest of your luggage or lose track of it for whatever reason, you won’t have to wait for TSA or the airline to find it for you.</p><p>An easily chargeable, accessible, and removable smart unit located inside the suitcase connects to an app on your phone. Through the <a href="http://samsaraluggage.com">Samara app</a>, you can see precisely where your bag is at all times, and when and where your bag is opened while out of your sight.</p><img alt="Samsara Smart Carry-on "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573660107/samsara-charger-details-SAMSARA1119.jpg?itok=_QwY9AIx"><p>Should anyone have the opportunity to take a peek inside your Samsara, you can rest assured knowing that the carry-on’s TSA-approved double locks will do their job. They are absolutely as challenging and heavy-duty as they look and will intimidate anyone who doesn’t know their codes.</p><p>The body of the carry-on is also made out of industrial aluminum, so it's <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/best-lightweight-luggage">lightweight</a> and won't make lifting it into overhead bins any harder than it needs to be. </p><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Smart-Aluminum-Luggage-Carry-Suitcase/dp/B07MQP8QQK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltrvlightweightcarryoncomeswithappkcnov19-20&amp;linkId=298eff4d60f4342259c9ac670823206c&amp;language=en_US">amazon.com</a>, $449</p>
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Pickpocketing Has Skyrocketed in Paris Over the Past Year — Here's How to Avoid It (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 16:30
<p>Savvy travelers who opt to take public transportation need to be on high alert in Paris as reports of pickpocketing on the city's metro stations have increased 74 percent over the past year. </p><p>From January to October, the Paris metro saw a reported 7,485 thefts. In the same period last year, that number was only 4,721, French outlet, <a href="http://www.leparisien.fr/info-paris-ile-de-france-oise/transports/pickpockets-dans-le-metro-des-vols-en-hausse-de-60-en-un-an-sur-le-reseau-ratp-et-dans-le-rer-14-11-2019-8192808.php"><em>Le Parisien</em> reported</a> this week. </p><p>The Metro station with the highest number of thefts is Châtelet-les-Halles, one of the busiest hubs in the city center, where most travelers connect to other metro lines. Another highly-reported theft spot is the Gare du Nord train station, where the Eurostar and trains to the city’s airports meet.</p><p>City police has increased their presence in popular metro stations to monitor train platforms against pickpockets.</p><p> </p><p>It’s not just unwitting tourists who are victims. Even the most experienced traveler could find their wallet has slipped away on the Paris metro. Earlier this year, famed travel TV host <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/rick-steves-how-to-avoid-pickpocketing">Rick Steves revealed that he was pickpocketed</a> while traveling around the city.</p><img alt="Paris metro station "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573831729/PARISPICKPOCKET1119.jpg?itok=ecImI12q"><p>Not surprisingly, pickpocketing was found to be most common in Paris’s high-traffic tourist spots. The Line 1 Metro — which stops at popular destinations like the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries Gardens — is particularly afflicted by pickpockets roaming the train cars. Other popular Metro lines for pickpockets are the 2, 6, 8 and 9, according to <i>Le Parisien</i>.</p><p>Pickpocketing is also rampant in the neighborhood of Montmartre, particularly around the Sacre-Coeur church.</p><p>To avoid getting pickpocketed on your next trip, exercise extra vigilance with your wallet and your phone if you are in these areas. Avoid distractions like texting while walking, as it may make you a likelier target for pickpockets. Additionally keep copies of travel documents should one be stolen and leave valuables in your hotel room. </p><p>And for any small belongings or extra cash that are necessary for your day out in the streets of Paris, it may not be a bad idea to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/get-your-hand-out-of-my-pants">pick up a money pouch</a> to keep things extra safe.</p>
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You Can Ice Skate During Your Next Layover at JFK This Winter

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 15:10
<p>Combining nostalgia and winter vibes, an ice rink will open at the mid-century modern <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/hotel-openings/jfk-airport-twa-hotel-sells-out-on-its-opening-night">TWA Hotel</a> later this month, allowing visitors to John F. Kennedy Airport to go for a spin amid the planes taking off and landing around them.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.twahotel.com/runway-rink?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=mc&amp;utm_campaign=twa_rink!pressrelease_191114&amp;utm_content=copy&amp;mc_cid=67a48a89cd&amp;mc_eid=ffdd2014a0">runway rink</a>, which will sit in the shadow of the hotel’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation Connie airplane/<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/restaurants/twa-hotel-jfk-airport-bars-inside-old-airplanes">cocktail lounge</a>, will open Nov. 30 through the end of February. The rink, which stands at 56 by 44 feet, is made with 3,500 gallons of frozen New York City tap water (which many New Yorkers — this one included — will vow is the best anywhere).</p><p>“Normally, when you hear about ice at the airport, it’s not good news,” Tyler Morse, the CEO and managing partner of the hotel’s owner and operator MCR/MORSE Development, said in a statement. “But in this case, people can get excited about a frozen tarmac at JFK — we’re creating the Rockefeller Center of Queens.”</p><p>When not <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/winter-vacations/natural-ice-rinks">skating</a> on the icy rink at JFK, which measures two to three inches thick, visitors can enjoy old-fashioned candy like Snow-Caps, keeping with the spirit of the TWA Hotel.</p><p>The hotel itself opened in May in the previously shuttered terminal that was designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen in the 1960s and served Trans World Airlines until 2001. The period touches like the penny-tile floors, split-flap boards and chili pepper-red carpeting transport visitors to a romanticized era of flying.</p><p>And in the ultimate celebration of the Jet Age, the hotel features a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/vintage-plane-cocktail-bar-jfk">vintage plane-turned cocktail bar</a> serving drinks like the Old Fashioned and Shirley Temples.</p><p> </p><p>Skating is open seven days a week and costs $15 for adults and $10 for kids under 12. If you didn’t bring your ice skates to the airport (and we don’t blame you with <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/budgeting-currency/how-to-avoid-paying-checked-baggage-fees">baggage allowances constantly shrinking</a>), you can rent them for up to $10.</p><p>The rink is open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.</p>
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This Travel Router Gives You Wi-Fi and Charges Your Phone at the Same Time — and Amazon Shoppers Are Obsessed

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 15:01
<p>If there’s one thing that traveling for a living has taught me, it’s to always be prepared for just about anything.</p><p>That means I typically travel with at least two pens (and a pencil just in case the ink runs out), a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/packing-tips/best-travel-underwear-cotton-period-proof" target="_blank">few extra pairs of underwear</a> (you never know when you’ll have to extend your trip), and a few trusty electronic devices — including a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/anker-portable-charger" target="_blank">portable charger</a> and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-travel-adapter-converter" target="_blank">power adapters</a> — just in case. That includes the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/HooToo-Wireless-Portable-10400mAh-External/dp/B074LHG47K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltectravelrouterchargersleasca1119-20&amp;linkId=2f3931c0d4724ce72e88c96c68e32c2c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">HooToo TripMate Titan</a> wireless router and charger, which not only allows me to charge my smaller electronics, but also lets me store electronic files on-the-go, connect to the internet, and more — all in one compact gadget. </p><p>The device is truly a one-stop-shop for all your <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/best-new-travel-gadgets-tools" target="_blank">travel electronic needs.</a> The TripMate comes with storage backup capabilities so you can transfer all your photos and videos from your camera or phone if you need to make more space. It also works as its own wireless router, so next time you’re in a hotel room without wireless access, all you have to do is plug it into the modem to use the Internet. It even turns into a media streamer, allowing users to share videos, photos, or music across their connected devices easily. And, of course, the device comes with a built-in power bank with 10400mAh (or milliamper hour, which measures the energy capacity of a battery) so you can charge your iPhone or smartphone up to three times before having to recharge the TripMate. </p><p>With all of these smart features, it’s no wonder that so many Amazon shoppers <a href="https://www.amazon.com/HooToo-Wireless-Portable-10400mAh-External/dp/B074LHG47K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltectravelrouterchargersleasca1119-20&amp;linkId=2f3931c0d4724ce72e88c96c68e32c2c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">rely on this multi-use gadget</a> to stay connected while traveling. “I had my doubts but this is simply the best and amazing device,” <a href="https://www.amazon.com/HooToo-Wireless-Portable-10400mAh-External/dp/B074LHG47K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltectravelrouterchargersleasca1119-20&amp;linkId=f597f48c439a5785416726ae85250680&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">one reviewer wrote</a>. “I am typing this message in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean while both of my kids are watching Netflix and my husband is watching all the stuff in the hard drive while my kid is also downloading in another tablet. Yes this device works like a chime and can “share” the cruise rip -off WiFi you paid for ONE DEVICE... and share the connection to the whole family!..It is very powerful and truly worth every single penny of it!”</p><p>Another said: “I travel a lot for work, and I was looking to build my own private WiFi network off the hotel WiFi, and to view movies wirelessly from a 4TB external hard drive. I did a lot of research and decided on the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/HooToo-Wireless-Portable-10400mAh-External/dp/B074LHG47K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltectravelrouterchargersleasca1119-20&amp;linkId=2f3931c0d4724ce72e88c96c68e32c2c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">HooToo Tripmate Titan</a>. I was a little concerned about how difficult it would be to configure everything the way I wanted, but it turned out to be so easy. I have the Tripmate connected wirelessly to the hotel's WiFi, and my own private network running. I have the external hard drive plugged into a USB hub with its own power adapter, and I plugged the USB hub into the Tripmate Titan. My laptop is logged into the Tripmate Titan network and has internet access! I can also access all the files on the external hard drive.” </p><p>Heading out of town but want to make sure you’ve got absolutely everything you need to stay connected during your travels? Pick one up and see for yourself what all the hype is about. At the very least, you’ll have a new heavy-duty battery pack to keep your devices charged constantly.</p><img alt="HooToo Filehub, Wireless Travel Router "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573671289/hootoo-filehub-wireless-travel-router.jpg?itok=ztlqdqT8"><p>To buy: $43.99, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/HooToo-Wireless-Portable-10400mAh-External/dp/B074LHG47K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltectravelrouterchargersleasca1119-20&amp;linkId=2f3931c0d4724ce72e88c96c68e32c2c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a></p>
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Bose’s Latest Headphones Are Noise-cancelling, Wireless, and Compatible With Amazon Alexa

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 15:01
<p>Noise-cancelling headphones are a must have for travelers, whether you want to tune out on long trips or stay connected once you've reached your destination.</p><p>The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are the brand's newest wireless headphones. Between their sleek design and high-tech features, these headphones make the perfect gift for travelers this year. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/most-comfortable-headphones">The 11 Most Comfortable Headphones to Wear on Your Next Flight, According to Thousands of Amazon Reviews</a></p><p>With up to 20 hours of wireless battery life, these headphones will get you through nearly any flight, train ride, or car trip. You can choose from 11 levels of noise cancellation, depending on whether you want to block out as much noise as possible while trying to get some sleep on an airplane or let in some ambient noise when walking around a city. </p><img alt="Bose Headphones "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573674101/bose-headphones-side-BOSEHPAMZN1119.jpg?itok=3D0RGX74"><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Bose-Cancelling-Wireless-Bluetooth-Headphones/dp/B07Q9MJKBV/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tltecboseslatestheadphonesmdiamondnov19-20&amp;linkId=aaa0cf413f3fa4b64ddb318bd1773805&amp;language=en_US">amazon.com</a>, $399</p><p>Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility allow these headphones to act as a convenient travel companion. For example, you can use the Alexa voice assistant for navigation and weather so you never miss a turn on a cobblestone street or a forecasted rainstorm. </p><img alt="Bose Headphones "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573673898/bose-700-amazon-BOSEHPAMZN1119.jpg?itok=ifiUQrvk"><p>The headphones come with an audio cable, USB charging cable, and carrying case. In addition to classic black, they also come in silver and white variations. </p>
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United Airlines Will Let You Buy a Flight Now And Pay For It Later

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 14:36
<p>United Airlines will now let you pay later for the flights you want now.</p><p>The airline has become the latest to add payment plan service Uplift as an option for tickets, allowing users to make monthly payments to cover their airfare over the course of anywhere from three to 11 months.</p><p>Uplift, which has been previously used for other United services, will appear as customers proceed to checkout with their flight. They will be given the option to either pay entirely upfront or to plan the payment with Uplift.</p><p>“We began offering Uplift Pay Monthly in 2017 with United Vacations and received great feedback from our customers about the option to pay over time,” United’s vice president of digital products and analytics Praveen Sharma said in a statement. “Expanding Uplift’s flexible purchase option to flight tickets now allows even more customers to travel the world and create memories that will last a lifetime.”</p><p>However, the offer won’t be automatically available to everyone. Customers will have to open a credit inquiry and, depending on the state of their credit, they’ll be offered interest rates ranging from nine to 35 percent.</p><p>Spirit and Allegiant also allow customers to pay using Uplift. And if you’re booking a vacation package through Southwest Vacations, American Airlines Vacations or Norwegian Cruise Lines, you can choose this option, too. Several other travel websites, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/pay-flight-installment-websites">like Expedia, also have similar “buy now, pay later” plan.</a></p><p>Bear in mind that paying with Uplift is opening another line of credit, which could impact your credit score. And paying with Uplift doesn’t have the same <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-cash-back-credit-cards-for-travel">travel benefits as some credit cards</a>, which may help you earn frequent flier miles.</p>
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You Can Visit Andrea Bocelli's Family Vineyard in Tuscany — and Even Record Your Own Song in His Studio

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 14:00
<p>The church bells begin to ring and I look up, admiring the picture-perfect, honey-hued chapel perched on a hill in the middle of Valdera, an area 30 minutes outside <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/pisa">Pisa</a>. The sun is hot, and other than the bells and the steady buzz of cicadas, it’s quiet. In front of me, the sunflower-spotted <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/hidden-valley-tuscany-garfagnana-barga">hills of Tuscany</a> dip and dive like notes on the endless musical scores found in the recording studio I’m about to enter.</p><p>And it’s not just any recording studio, it’s where Italy’s most popular living tenor produces music.</p><p>Before boarding <a href="https://www.oceaniacruises.com/">Oceania Cruises’</a> Regal Riviera Voyage, I didn’t know much about musical maestro Andrea Bocelli. But when I learned that I could join an onshore excursion that would allow me to spend the day touring Bocelli’s studio — and record my own song while I was there, let’s just say this <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-best-karaoke-bars">karaoke-loving traveler</a> was sold. I mean, when in (or kind-of near) Rome, right?</p><img alt="Andrea Bocelli's Tuscan recording studio "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1572450030/farmhouse-studio-andrea-bocelli-BOCELLISTUDIO1019.jpg?itok=Uk6glXLD"><p>Before arriving, I had imagined a glitzy operation — a shiny, modern space fit for the Beyoncé of Italy. Instead, I find myself standing on the front lawn of a modest coral-stucco home that’s surrounded by the rolling hills of Tuscany. And before I know it, I’m greeted with a gentle smile by the studio’s owner, Pierpaolo Guerrini.</p><p>“Trenta­nove anni,” is the first thing Guerrini says, flashing his fingers for emphasis. He wants me to know that he’s been friends with Bocelli for 39 years. I’ll later learn that during those 39 years, Guerrini has served as the sound engineer on several of Bocelli’s albums and helped write multiple songs on the singer's 2018 album, “Si.”</p><img alt="Inside the studio where Andrea Bocelli records "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1572450030/inside-the-studio-BOCELLISTUDIO1019.jpg?itok=qTqzOrRJ"><p>In the studio’s entryway, there’s charming clutter — family photos, prayer cards, and several newspaper clippings taped to the wall. It’s only when Guerrini points to a nondescript door on the right that I spot the sleek main “control room,” where a massive mixing board with hundreds of buttons and dials enable Guerrini to masterfully add depth and clarity to Bocelli's recordings.</p><p>Once settled in the control room, we turn our attention to the flat-screen TV above the mixing board where Guerrini plays a documentary featuring footage from Bocelli's most iconic performances, including his 2017 show at the Colosseum and scenes from Teatro del Silenzio (or Theatre of Silence), an open-air amphitheater in Lajatico, the singer’s hometown.</p><p>After the film, it’s time to give my own recording a go. But first, Guerrini gestures me outside where I discover that his wife has set out a bowl of barbecue Lays and several Pepsis for us to enjoy. I may have just met them, but as we crowd around the bowl of chips, it feels more like being at an old friend’s house than part of a cruise ship excursion.</p><p>Back inside, I’m led to a small, light-filled room where a standing microphone is set on a red Persian rug. A piano sits in the right corner. Guerrini hands me the lyrics to Bocelli’s “Can’t Stop Falling in Love” and gives me a thumbs up before accompanying me on the piano. Unfortunately, as my voice cracks mid-song, I realize that Bocelli’s musical magic is not contagious.</p><p>I laugh, listening to my recording in the car ride to Teatro del Silenzio and a wine tasting at the <a href="http://www.bocellifamilywines.com/about/">family’s vineyard</a>. I drink away my sorrows with Alcide, which Bocelli’s niece — who is also the sommelier — generously pours before delivering a plate of glistening antipasto. There, our guide casually points out that the woman enjoying gnocchi at the back table is, in fact, Bocelli's mother.</p><p>Later on, in the <a href="https://bocellifarmhouse.com/bocelli-food-wine/">museum</a>, I discover a quote by the singer: “Every memory tied to Tuscany is kept guarded deep in my heart. I will carry it with me wherever I go, because I, myself, am the product of this land, the sum of my past, my experiences and my childhood dreams.”</p><p>When I get back to the ship, I can’t stop thinking about the quaint recording studio, the sound of church bells, the beauty of the Tuscan hills, Guerrini’s gentle smile, the thoughtful bowl of Lays, and Bocelli’s mother enjoying her gnocchi. Yes, the local community might be lucky to have Bocelli and his fame, but Bocelli is lucky to have this loving community too. Weeks later, the memory of this intimate visit still pulls on the chords of my heartstrings.</p>
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These Knit Socks With Over 1,000 Perfect Reviews Will Keep Your Toes Warm No Matter Where You Go

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 13:02
<p>Having the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/compression-socks-for-flying" target="_blank">perfect pair of socks</a> is truly underrated. Nothing can ruin your day faster than a sock sliding down into your boot, silently souring your mood with its bunching and twisting. Or what about the embarrassment of having your pant leg hike up during a meeting on laundry day, revealing the socks generously gifted by your mother last holiday season with your cat’s face all over them? And don’t even get us started on the discomfort of a too-thin sock in the middle of winter. </p><p>Fortunately, over 1,500 customers on Amazon have done the legwork — or, better yet, footwork — to find you the perfect pair. With an average 4.4-rating out of five stars, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Loritta-Womens-Vintage-Winter-Multicolor/dp/B077JTYPFC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlamazonwoolsockslfisher1119-20&amp;linkId=be6d1628f072ee0d18a55c452cd9711a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">the Loritta five-pack of wool knit socks</a> are here to save your toes. And for only $14, you can afford to be cozy and comfortable all winter long. </p><img alt="Thick Knit Vintage Winter Warm Cozy Crew Socks Gifts "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573494019/thick-knit-vintage-winter-warm-cozy-crew-socks-gifts.jpg?itok=GDmufrg-"><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Loritta-Womens-Vintage-Winter-Multicolor/dp/B077JTYPFC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlamazonwoolsockslfisher1119-20&amp;linkId=be6d1628f072ee0d18a55c452cd9711a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>; $14</p><p>One reviewer even called these the “perfect sock,” writing, “These socks turned out to be my perfect sock! Just the right amount of warmth, stretch and ankle-height — plus they're pretty! Had no idea when I bought them, but, if it's not too ridiculous to say, I've fallen in love with these socks. I REALLY like that they stay in shape and hold your foot without crushing the life out of it. Fit was perfect too[...] Enough to say I'm ordering more, I NEVER want to run out of these socks. I also never thought I'd be so enthusiastic about a sock.”</p><p>You might think of wool as an itchy material, but these socks are are made of a blend of 35 percent wool, 29 percent cotton, and 36 percent polyester, so the fabric is soft, breathable, and moisture-wicking. They’re even odor-fighting — which is helpful for when that one family member decides to go shoeless on a long holiday road trip. </p><p>The socks have a fair amount of stretch to them, but reviewers report they hold their shape well over time. (No more baggy heel pockets and droopy ankles!) The wool blend also keeps feet warm without being too bulky, which means you don’t have to buy <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-walking-shoes-for-travel" target="_blank">another set of shoes</a> in your “winter size.” </p><p>In addition to being ulta-comfortable, these socks come in beautiful colors and patterns. Brighten up those dreary winter mornings with <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Loritta-Womens-Vintage-Winter-Multicolor/dp/B01M0WBQQ5/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlamazonwoolsockslfisher1119-20&amp;linkId=02b1507a8e5d6638a16dfb4790cfbcec&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">rich maroon, vibrant pink and orange</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Loritta-Womens-Vintage-Winter-Multicolor/dp/B07T5D43PH/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlamazonwoolsockslfisher1119-20&amp;linkId=7b3e275d6f3972809350a4b2aa1e92f4&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">earthy sage, and hunter green</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Loritta-Womens-Vintage-Winter-Multicolor/dp/B0752FMPGM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlamazonwoolsockslfisher1119-20&amp;linkId=ec97d8e71a84326bfd796780c404a4cd&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">festive reindeer</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Loritta-Womens-Vintage-Winter-Multicolor/dp/B0736NM875/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlamazonwoolsockslfisher1119-20&amp;linkId=d314fa1c416d2a3a73aa8e2cd3b4092e&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">intricate patterns</a>, or <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Loritta-Womens-Vintage-Winter-Multicolor/dp/B07T5BK48D/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlamazonwoolsockslfisher1119-20&amp;linkId=7c010d8004af418e23ff231d8cfadb43&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">classic stripes</a>. The cool vintage style ensures you won’t be embarrassed by your sock game when you end up at a dinner party where you’re asked to take off your shoes at the door. </p><p>Reviewers say that the socks hold up well in the wash with no fraying, making them <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-gift-ideas-for-travelers" target="_blank">the gift that keeps on giving</a> year after year — perfect for stocking stuffers or to complement larger presents this holiday season. Don’t forget to treat yourself, though. It might just be me, but <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Loritta-Womens-Vintage-Winter-Multicolor/dp/B0773H9NSS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlamazonwoolsockslfisher1119-20&amp;linkId=a7a15986941bbcbfc52f16b9e9de0983&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">a new, soft pair of socks</a> feels like the ultimate (and easiest) step toward winter self care. </p>
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From Horse Yoga to Cow Cuddling, These Are the World's Wackiest Hotel Activities (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 12:00
<p>Cryotherapy? A bit yesterday. Stand-up paddle boarding? Done that. These days, hotels and resorts know that they have to crank up the novelty factor when it comes to activities, both to tempt seen-it-all guests and reap those all-important social-media likes. Savvy properties are hustling to out-do each other with a host of inventive — and in some cases, borderline wacky — activities. (If yoga is on offer, it should be practiced with a large group of animals). Below, seven of the zaniest offerings we've ever seen. </p><h2>Beekeeping</h2><p dir="ltr">%image2</p><p dir="ltr">At the newly-opened <a href="https://www.miravalaustin.com/" target="_blank">Miraval Austin</a> you can be beekeeper for a day at the resort’s onsite apiary. After strapping on a full beekeeping suit, you'll help the beekeepers manage the hives, getting an up-close view of the extraction process. </p><h2>Cow Cuddling</h2><p>At <a href="https://www.mountainhorsefarm.com/" target="_blank">Mountain Horse Farm</a>, a leafy wellness retreat in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/wine/new-york-finger-lakes-wine-region" target="_blank">New York’s Finger Lakes</a> region, the rurally-deprived can brush and pet a small herd of placid cows. If the animals happen to be lying down — often the case — you can snuggle up to them and listen to their slow breathing. Your stress levels are guaranteed to plummet. </p><h2>GolfBoarding</h2><img alt="Goldboarding at Kukui'ula "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573662305/golfboarding-kukuiula-resort-HOTELFUN1119.jpg?itok=RDJt0fUQ"><p>Whiz through the 18-hole golf course at <a href="https://www.lodgeatkukuiula.com/" target="_blank">The Lodge at Kukui’ula in Kauai</a> on this strange-looking but undeniably fun hybrid of a golf cart and an electronic snowboard, developed by surfer Laird Hamilton. It’s eco-friendly (powered by lithium-ion batteries) and can go up to twelve miles an hour. </p><h2>Zen Horse Yoga </h2><img alt="Horse Yoga at Four Seasons Lanai "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573662305/horse-yoga-four-seasons-lanai-HOTELFUN1119.jpg?itok=z8m_Xg_s"><p>Get your horse yoga on at Hawaii’s <a href="https://www.fourseasons.com/lanai/" target="_blank">Four Seasons Resort Lanai</a>. Gather at a platform in the middle of a vast — and insanely scenic — horse pasture. As the sun sets, yoga master Rajanish Govind leads you through poses as horses graze and frolic around you. Not into horses? <a href="https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/thebahamas/grand-hyatt-baha-mar/nasgh" target="_blank">Grand Hyatt Baha Mar </a>has rolled out Flamingo Yoga, where you can practice alongside Lenny, Luke, Indy and Baha, the resort’s in-house flamingo flock. </p><h2>Woga</h2><img alt="Water on Water pool at Grand Hotel Tremezzo "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573662305/water-on-water-pool-hotel-grand-tremezzo-.jpg?itok=DjnwXZXI"><p><a href="http://www.grandhoteltremezzo.com" target="_blank">Grand Hotel Tremezzo</a>, the sumptuous, family-owned resort overlooking <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/lake-iseo-italy" target="_blank">Lake Como, Italy</a>, boasts a floating water-on-water (WOW) pool on Lake Como. Sign up for Woga (a yoga class on the WOW pool), and you'll flow from pose to pose while being gently rocked by the waters of Lake Como. </p><h2>Snuba</h2><p dir="ltr">Craving a scuba experience without the certification and hours of training? Try Snuba, a combination of snorkeling and scuba, in which you breathe through a 20-foot tube. At <a href="https://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/sugarbeach" target="_blank">St. Lucia’s Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort </a>divers (Snubers?) can explore the island’s famous reefs using a regulator and weight belt like scuba, while an oxygen tank floats on a raft above the waves. </p><h2>Dog Surfing</h2><p>Take a private surf lesson from former pro surfer and North Shore native Rocky Canon at Oahu’s <a href="https://www.turtlebayresort.com/" target="_blank">Turtle Bay Resort</a>, which overlooks one of the world’s most epic surf spots on the North Shore. You’ll be joined by his two surfing pups, Hina and Kahuna, who hang ten on the front of Canon’s custom board wearing tiny wetsuits. Don’t forget the GoPro!</p>
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The Leonid Meteor Shower Will Light up the Sky Monday Night

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 11:02
<p>Prepare to spend an hour or two outdoors on Monday night if skies are clear for the stunning sight of the Leonid meteor shower, which could bring as many as 15 shooting stars per hour. What’s more, sky-gazers in both the northern and southern hemispheres can look up together for this celestial spectacle.</p><h2>What is the Leonid meteor shower?</h2><p>It’s space dust that Earth is about to bust into. A stream of leftover fragments from a passing comet, the Leonid meteor shower sees Earth’s atmosphere collide with them, causing them to heat-up and burn-up, emitting light as they discharge energy.</p><h2>When is the Leonid meteor shower?</h2><p>Active from Nov. 6 through Nov. 30, the Leonid meteor shower will peak in the early hours of Monday, Nov. 18. The ideal time to take a look is around 1 a.m. EST. That’s not a particularly convenient time, and you’re welcome to look earlier. It’s just that by 1 a.m. your location will be firmly on the night-side of the planet, so assuredly dark enough for the shooting stars to be visible — if skies are clear, that is.</p><h2>Why are they called the Leonids?</h2><p>Shooting stars produced by the Leonids meteor shower appear to come from the constellation of Leo, the lion. It's an unmistakable constellation best identified by “The Sickle,” a kind of backwards question mark that denotes the lion’s head and mane. It’s rising in twilight at this time of year as seen from the northern hemisphere, so you can actually start looking for shooting stars as soon as it’s dark. However, the Leonids only appear to come from Leo. In reality, they don’t have anything to do with the stars in the constellation. Astronomers call Leo the “radiant point” of the Leonids, though it's shooting stars can appear anywhere in the night sky.</p><h2>How best to see the Leonids meteor shower?</h2><p>Successfully seeing shooting stars is about planning and patience, and in 2019 that might mean avoiding the peak night. Unfortunately, a bright Last Quarter moon will be hanging about in the night sky before midnight on Sunday and Monday nights, so it might be worth holding on until Wednesday and Thursday if you want a better chance of seeing shooting stars. The quoted “zenithal hourly rate” of 15 shooting stars per hour for the Leonids assumes a very dark sky and Leo the lion directly overhead. Find a dark sky with low horizons and all you’ll need is the patience to look up — and then keep looking.</p><h2>What causes the Leonid meteor shower?</h2><p>The two mile-wide Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, which hasn’t been seen in the solar system since 1998 and is due back in 2031. <a href="https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/asteroids-comets-and-meteors/comets/55p-tempel-tuttle/in-depth/">According to NASA</a>, every 33 years the Leonids meteor shower becomes a meteor storm of around 1,000 meteors per hour that “fall like rain.” However, that’s not happened since 2002 and there’s no prediction of a storm for the 2019 peak.</p><h2>When is the next major meteor shower?</h2><p>Coming up between Dec. 4 and Dec. 17 is the Geminid meteor shower, the most active of the year, and the only one definitely caused not by a comet, but an asteroid (called 3200 Phaethon). It peaks on Dec. 14 when as many as 120 colored shooting stars could be visible. The ideal time to look will be about 2 a.m. on Dec. 15, though that’s only a few days after the Full Cold Moon, whose glare will make shooting stars harder to see.</p>
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This Snuggie-inspired Travel Blanket Will Keep You Warm on the Coldest of Airplanes

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 11:00
<p>Whether or not you’re a germaphobe like me, the truth is, most <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/bring-your-own-airplane-blanket">airlines only replace the blankets in the morning for the first flight of the day</a> — shocking, right? When I first discovered this need-to-know tidbit for travelers, I immediately searched for the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-travel-blankets">best airplane blankets</a> to find one before my next trip. There’s nothing worse than boarding an airplane that feels like the arctic and realizing you forgot a jacket, and I’ve found myself in that frigid situation more times than I’d like. </p><p>Now, I won’t travel without a blanket, and it has to be one that folds up easily to fit in my carry-on personal item, which is why <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Travelrest-Travel-Blanket-Poncho-Zippered/dp/B010U194E6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsnuggietravelblanketmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=f3c52b40cda67f9314b42555a4475c5f&amp;language=en_US">this four-in-one wrap blanket from Travelrest</a> is brilliant. It’s a nod to the good ‘ole Snuggie that you probably purchased in the ‘90s — and solves quite a few travel problems too.</p><img alt="Snuggie Travel Blanket on Amazon "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573765522/snuggie-like-travel-blanket.jpg?itok=ErE50s7J"><p>Most travel blankets fall down or prevent you from finishing your complimentary beverage and snack, but this one won’t. It fits on your body like a poncho, so it’s a lifesaver for when you need to get some work done without freezing. The concept is simple, but it really makes all the difference, and you no longer have to embarrassingly wear your jacket backwards (or use a communal airplane blanket!). </p><img alt="Wrap Travel Blanket on Amazon "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573765522/wrap-travel-blanket-amazon.jpg?itok=FDN8pLVD"><p>When you’re not using this blanket to stay warm on planes or on a road trip, you can also fold it up to use as a neck pillow or lumbar pillow, and it even folds up into a carrying case that easily attaches to the handle of your suitcase. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Travelrest-Travel-Blanket-Poncho-Zippered/dp/B010U194E6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsnuggietravelblanketmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=f3c52b40cda67f9314b42555a4475c5f&amp;language=en_US">Available on Amazon in two sizes and two colors,</a> this might easily be <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-travel-accessories">your new favorite travel accessory</a>. </p><h2>Travelrest 4-in-1 Travel Blanket </h2><img alt="Travelrest 4-in-1 Travel Blanket on Amazon "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573765522/travelrest-wrap-travel-blanket-amazon.jpg?itok=XJucEXUp"><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Travelrest-Travel-Blanket-Poncho-Zippered/dp/B010U194E6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlsnuggietravelblanketmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=f3c52b40cda67f9314b42555a4475c5f&amp;language=en_US">amazon.com</a>, $30</p>
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These Merino Wool T-shirts Are the Cozy Layering Piece You Need This Winter

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 10:31
<p>From hiking to hitting the slopes, winter weather offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while working up a sweat. But cold weather workouts pose the unique problem of finding clothing that will keep you warm while still letting you move with ease. </p><p>Outdoor Voices' Merino T-shirts for men and women are must-haves if you'll be exercising outside this winter. The shirts, which are available in both short and long sleeves, regulate body temperature, wick away sweat, and prevent odor. They're made from ethically-sourced Merino wool that's warm yet still breathable. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/outdoor-voices-megafleece-half-zip-hoodie">The Fleece Hoodie That Garnered a 20,000-Person Waitlist Is Finally Back In Stock</a></p><p>The women's Merino Fitted T-shirt is a body-hugging base that can be worn on its own or as a layering piece. The men's t-shirt has a looser fit, but still works as a base layer.</p><img alt="Women's T-shirt "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573166360/outdoor-voices-merino-wool-t-shirt-OVWOOL1119.jpg?itok=SYLPjxWU"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.outdoorvoices.com/products/merino-fitted-t-shirt?variant=30259376554062" target="_blank">outdoorvoices.com</a>, $55</p><img alt="Men's T-shirt "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573165822/outdoor-voices-mens-merino-wool-t-shirt-OVWOOL1119.jpg?itok=AuqaCOLg"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.outdoorvoices.com/products/merino-tee-1?variant=12535200284750" target="_blank">outdoorvoices.com</a>, $55</p><p>One shopper raved about the performance of the shirt during workouts. "I have worn mine so much for lacrosse practices throughout the Minnesota winter and it is the perfect material to keep you just the right temperature for working out in a cold dome. Awesome for doing sweaty things in cooler weather!"</p><p>Another reviewer put the t-shirt to the test on her recent travels, and it didn't disappoint. "Amazing tee! Used it on a rugged 20 day backpacking trip and it held up super well. It was also fairly odor-resistant and overall just comfortable to have on. Would totally recommend for backpacking/hiking," she said.</p><p>If you're looking for a little extra coverage for your base layer, the Merino Longsleeve T-shirts are the perfect cozy yet breathable option.</p><img alt="Women's T-shirt "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573165822/outdoor-voices-merino-wool-long-sleeve-OVWOOL1119.jpg?itok=1ETfb-V4"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.outdoorvoices.com/products/merino-fitted-longsleeve-t-shirt?variant=30259419873358" target="_blank">outdoorvoices.com</a>, $65</p><img alt="Men's T-shirt "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573165822/outdoor-voices-mens-merino-long-sleeve-OVWOOL1119.jpg?itok=J1Iy0282"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.outdoorvoices.com/products/merino-longsleeve?variant=12535204577358" target="_blank">outdoorvoices.com</a>, $65</p><p>Stay extra warm this winter by adding an Outdoor Voices <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.outdoorvoices.com/products/megafleece-half-zip-hoodie?variant=30259316064334" target="_blank">MegaFleece Hoodie</a> or <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.outdoorvoices.com/products/megafleece-crewneck-1?variant=30259360006222" target="_blank">Crewneck</a>, on top of your Merino shirt.</p>
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This Compact $12 Power Adapter Lets You Charge So Many Devices at Once — and It Works in Over 150 Countries

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 10:16
<p>In the last year, I’ve visited <a href="https://www.instagram.com/sleasca/?hl=en" target="_blank">11 different countries on five different continents</a>. Some of them more than once. For each and every journey, I bring along <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/carry-on-must-haves" target="_blank">a few time-tested traveler favorites</a>, but perhaps none as important as my global travel adapter that works with literally any plug in the world. </p><p>As a travel journalist and photographer, being able to charge all my devices is paramount to my job — but it’s just as key for any of you travelers, casual or professional, to be able to capture and share all the moments you want of your personal vacations. And that’s why I and so many others fell in love with the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Adapter-Worldwide-Universal-Adaptor-Charging/dp/B01DJ140LQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlpoweradapteronamazonsleasca1119-20&amp;linkId=cafd99498ab34f28a6c759af35d54d98&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">MingTong All in One Universal Adapter</a>. </p><img alt="Worldwide All in One Universal Travel Adaptor Wall AC Power Plug "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573139926/travel-adapter-worldwide-all-in-one-universal-travel-adaptor-wall-ac-power-plug.jpg?itok=4tbKNzTL"><p>To buy: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Adapter-Worldwide-Universal-Adaptor-Charging/dp/B01DJ140LQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlpoweradapteronamazonsleasca1119-20&amp;linkId=cafd99498ab34f28a6c759af35d54d98&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $12</p><p>The compact adapter comes with four international plugs, meaning it covers you for all your charging needs in more than 150 countries across the globe. (The only places it doesn’t work are South Africa, India, Switzerland, and Italy.) </p><p>The all-in-one adapter comes with Fuse protect and a built-in safety shutter to prevent those dreaded blown-fuse moments, and it even comes with a dual USB port to charge multiple devices at once.</p><p>It may sound funny to love a mere device this much, however, I’m not the only one singing its praises. </p><p>“This was an excellent purchase,” one five-star Amazon reviewer wrote. “I bought two of them but found one was enough for my daughter and myself to charge our devices in our hotel room in the UK. We charged both of our phones in the USB ports and I used the front outlet to charge my tablet. My other daughter also purchased one and she charged her laptop and cell phone without issue. She also used it when we arrived back in the states and found she did not have a US plug with her.” </p><p>“Love this universal adapter, and very easy to use,” another happy customer expressed. “I travel overseas quite a bit. Having this one device can be used in different countries means I don't have to think about which adapter to bring. Especially having two USB ports makes even easier to charge cell phone and tablet at the same time.” </p><p>Before your next trip, be sure to pick up <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Adapter-Worldwide-Universal-Adaptor-Charging/dp/B01DJ140LQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlpoweradapteronamazonsleasca1119-20&amp;linkId=cafd99498ab34f28a6c759af35d54d98&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">one of these handy and compact adaptors on Amazon</a>. That way you too can document and share your travels with all your jealous family and friends back home.</p>
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Artist Yayoi Kusama Is Taking Over NYC — Starting With Her Own Balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 09:31
<p>At 90 years old, artist Yayoi Kusama is still working around the clock.</p><p>First, according to <em><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-09/kusama-at-90-plans-macy-s-parade-balloon-new-york-installation">Bloomberg</a></em>, Kusama will be debuting a new balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov. 28.</p><p>The balloon, titled “Love Flies Up to the Sky,” is a quintessential Kusama piece: a round sun-like character with 300 of Kusama’s signature, hand-painted dots, according to <em>Bloomberg</em>. The balloon is expected to be 34 feet tall and 30 feet wide, and it’s sure to be one of the stars of the parade.</p><img alt="Yayoi Kusama exhibit at David Zwirner Gallery in New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573840391/yayoi-kusama-sculpture-painting-zwirner-KUSAMANY1119.jpg?itok=v1S0Pfy4"><p>About 40 handlers will float this balloon down the parade path, which is about 2.7 miles, <em>Bloomberg</em> reported. Kusama is <a href="https://www.instagram.com/yayoikusama_/?hl=en">well-known on Instagram</a> with over 32,500 followers, but the parade may be the biggest single exposure the artist has ever gotten, <em>Bloomberg </em>reports. Over three million people are expected to attend the parade, and over 20 million are expected to watch it on TV on Thanksgiving morning.</p><p>In addition to the parade balloon, Kusama’s latest exhibit has people lining up for hours in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city">New York City</a> just to get a glimpse of the artist’s work in person, according to <em>Bloomberg</em>. The show, entitled “Every Day I Pray for Love” at the David Zwirner gallery, features many of the artist’s new and old works.</p><img alt="Yayoi Kusama exhibit at David Zwirner Gallery in New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573840391/yayoi-kusama-every-day-pray-love-zwirner-KUSAMANY1119.jpg?itok=L2M2Z-_o"><p>But perhaps the most impressive and highly anticipated parts of the exhibition are two of Kusama’s signature <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/visual-arts/kusuma-infinity-mirrors-retrospective">Infinity Mirror Rooms</a>. Starting on Saturday, the exhibit will run for five weeks, <em>Bloomberg</em> reported, and the gallery already expects wait lines over two hours, even though visitors will only be able to stay inside the Infinity Mirror rooms for about one minute.</p><img alt="Yayoi Kusama exhibit at David Zwirner Gallery in New York "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1573840391/yayoi-kusama-infinity-room-zwirner-KUSAMANY1119.jpg?itok=TWMZ--pV"><p>Considering that Kusama’s work has drawn huge crowds around the world, it’s no surprise that art lovers are willing to stand for hours in the cold just to experience a few minutes with her colorful pieces. These rooms are specifically meant for selfie-obsessed art lovers, though the crowds have caused <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/visual-arts/yayoi-kusamas-infinity-mirrored-room">some damage</a> in the past.</p><p>More information on the Infinity Mirror Rooms can be found on the <a href="https://www.davidzwirner.com/exhibitions">David Zwirner gallery website</a>.</p>
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This 420 Tour of LA Takes You to A-list Celebs' Favorite Cannabis Dispensary

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 09:14
<p>Cannabis culture seems to be taking the country by storm, with hotels across the U.S. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/cbd-hotel-amenities">offering CBD products</a> and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/first-cannabis-cafe-in-the-united-states-opening-in-los-angeles">cannabis cafes</a> popping up all over states where consumption is legal.</p><p>Now, a tour company in Los Angeles is hopping on the bandwagon by offering people tours to one of the city’s best dispensaries plus some glimpses of celebrity homes and favorite hangouts.</p><p>It’s like your typical celebrity homes tour, but with some extra special “souvenirs.”</p><p>The <a href="https://www.starlinetours.com/en/hollywood-420-celebrity-tour" target="_blank">Hollywood 420 Tour</a>, operated by Starline Tours, is a two-hour ride that will take guests through Hollywood, passing by many stars’ homes and favorite places to go, then continues to the <a href="https://herbarium.la/" target="_blank">Herbarium</a>, one of Los Angeles’ most popular dispensaries. According to the Starline website, this dispensary is apparently the top choice for A-List celebrities to buy their cannabis products. Who knows, maybe you’ll see your favorite star while you’re there?</p><p>The tour isn’t just about recreation, however. It additionally focuses on the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/cbd-lotion-review-travel">medicinal properties</a> of cannabis, THC, and CBD. The informative tour also stops for a glass-blowing demonstration and a grow room demonstration, so guests can learn about the growing process, as well as the process for making other products, like edibles. Afterward, of course, guests will be able to browse and buy items at the Herbarium at their leisure.</p><p>All guests must be over 21 to attend and there is absolutely no consumption allowed while on the tour. The company offers five departure times every day, seven days a week, and requires guests to arrive at least 30 minutes before their departure time. Check-in is at the company’s office at the Chinese Theater and departure can be found at the Starline terminal at the Hollywood &amp; Highland Centre.</p><p>If you book online, the company will also offer a $20 discount, lowering the typical price of $99 per person to $79. Making a reservation is highly recommended.</p><p>For more information or to make your booking, visit the <a href="https://www.starlinetours.com/en/hollywood-420-celebrity-tour">Starline Tours website</a>.</p>
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