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The Royal Family Is Officially Planning the First Gay Royal Wedding

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:54
<p>Meghan Markle may have made history a few weeks ago as a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-royal-wedding-dress" target="_blank">biracial and American royal bride</a>, but soon another member of the royal family will enter the wedding history books.</p><p>Lord Ivar Mountbatten, the Queen's cousin, will soon become the first gay royal family member to marry his partner.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/official-harry-meghan-royal-wedding-photos" target="_blank">No One Looks Happier Than Prince George in Harry and Meghan's Official Wedding Portraits</a></p><p>According to <em><a href="https://www.eonline.com/news/944734/queen-elizabeth-ii-s-cousin-to-become-first-in-royal-family-to-have-gay-wedding" target="_blank">E! News</a></em>, Lord Mountbatten came out in 2016, becoming the first member of the royal family to do so. As <em>E! </em>also noted, Lord Mountbatten was married to a woman, Penny, prior to coming out. The pair share three daughters, Ella, 22, Alix, 20, and Luli, 15. He reportedly told Penny before their engagement that he was bisexual.</p><p>Now, Lord Mountbatten will wed James Coyle in a lavish royal ceremony — and his ex-wife is incredibly supportive. In fact, she will be there to walk him down the aisle.</p><p>"It was the girls' idea," Penny told the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5849971/Royal-familys-gay-wedding-story-Queens-cousin-Lord-Ivar-Mountbatten.html" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a>. "It makes me feel quite emotional. I'm really very touched."</p><p>As for how her ex-husband has changed since coming out, Penny said he’s softened in a way she couldn’t imagine.</p><p>“Ivar is so much more relaxed these days. He's so much kinder. He's become a great cook. I now call him Fanny Cradock,” she said. “He probably wasn't even aware that by keeping his sexuality a secret it was really quite tormenting him. Now it's 'out' he's a completely different person. Everybody says they've never seen him happier.”</p><p>James told the <i>Daily Mail</i> that the wedding will be a smaller affair, with about 120 guests in attendance. The ceremony will be held at a private chapel on his own country estate in Devon.</p><p>"For me, what's interesting is I don't need to get married because I've been there, done that and have my wonderful children; but I'm pushing it because I think it's important for him," Lord Mountbatten said. "James hasn't had the stable life I have. I want to be able to give [him] that."</p><p>The one thing you likely won’t see at this wedding is two miniature grooms adorning the top of a wedding cake. “We’ll probably have cheese instead of cake,” Lord Mountbatten said.</p>
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A Look Inside MSC Seaview, the Brand New Luxury Megaship from Europe’s Favorite Cruise Line

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:06
<p>If you haven’t heard buzz about <a href="https://www.msccruisesusa.com/en-us/Homepage.aspx" target="_blank">MSC Cruises</a> yet, it’s only a matter of time. This brand — the fourth-largest cruise line in the world, by capacity, though still lesser-known stateside — recently embarked on an ambitious $13.5 billion global expansion plan, including extensions into North America, to bring its Mediterranean hospitality to a wider audience.</p><p>The company’s deep-rooted Mediterranean history is a part of its broader ethos. Its parent corporation, the <a href="https://www.msc.com/" target="_blank">Mediterranean Shipping Company</a>, was founded by in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/maddeningly-seductive" target="_blank">Naples</a> by sea captain Gianluigi Aponte. After acquiring a local cruise line back in 1989, the branch that would come to be known as <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/msc-world-cruise" target="_blank">MSC Cruises</a> steadily built up a loyal following in the region, eventually becoming the number one cruise line in Italy and Europe as a whole. MSC remains a family company, run by several generations of Apontes who oversee the growing cruise division and every aspect of its operations. From the international menus to lush design, there is a distinctly Mediterranean spirit to their ships.</p><p><a href="https://www.msccruisesusa.com/en-us/Discover-MSC/Cruise-Ships/MSC-Seaview.aspx" target="_blank"><em>MSC Seaview</em></a>, the most recent addition to their fleet, is just the third of an eventual 13 megaships to be introduced over the next eight years. Alongside twin sister <em>Seaside</em>, which debuted in Miami in December 2017, <em>Seaview</em> is the largest ship ever built in Italy. And last week, the ship made a ceremonial entrance to the inaugural port in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/a-food-lovers-guide-to-genoa-italy" target="_blank">Genoa</a>. After a glamorous christening event — featuring Sophia Loren, the company’s “godmother,” in her ceremonial role as ribbon-cutter — the ship set off on its first <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/reasons-to-cruise" target="_blank">sailing</a>. </p><p>The inaugural summer season will circle the Mediterranean, with six stops each week in Genoa, Naples, Messina, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/more-than-meets-the-eye" target="_blank">Valletta</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/the-new-barcelona" target="_blank">Barcelona</a>, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/marseilles-travel-restaurants" target="_blank">Marseilles</a>. When autumn comes to Europe, <em>Seaview </em>will move to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/brazil-points-of-interest" target="_blank">Brazil</a> for a variety of itineraries along the coast. Because the ship will sail between hemispheres twice a year — creating an effect of endless summer — <em>Seaview</em> is known lovingly as “the ship that follows the sun.”</p><p>Interested in learning more about this luxe new megaship from the Mediterranean’s favorite cruise line? <em>Travel + Leisure</em> was invited for an exclusive tour around the just-christened <em>MSC Seaview</em>. Here’s a look inside:</p><img alt="atrium on the MSC Seaview "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528839597/atrium.jpg?itok=_9mllHGR"><h2>Ship Design</h2><p>The design for MSC Cruises' <em>Seaside</em> class, of which <em>Seaview</em> is the second of an eventual four ships, is inspired by ocean liners from the golden age of transatlantic travel. The engine and funnel are brought forward, toward the middle, allowing for better weight distribution and an unprecedented amount of outdoor space. The design also allows for a soaring four-story atrium in the middle of the vessel, surrounded by bars and lounges and focused around a LED installation that becomes a colorful backdrop for nightly live music. Connecting the various levels of the atrium are MSC Cruises' signature <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/swarovski-kristallwelten-austria-reopens" target="_blank">Swarovski</a> crystal staircases, found on all of their newer ships.</p><img alt="suite on the MSC Seaview "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528839597/MSC18015536.jpg?itok=XzK7F9tn"><h2>Staterooms</h2><p><em>MSC Seaview</em> has 2,066 cabins that can welcome up to 4,052 passengers. There are seven levels of accommodation, ranging from affordable interior rooms (no windows) to various suites and family-friendly cabins. The two-bedroom grand suites, the largest of the options outside the MSC Yacht Club (more on that later), feature two bathrooms (including a bathtub) and a sizeable balcony, and other large suites include whirlpool baths on the deck. I stayed in a comfortable Balcony Stateroom and loved being able to read outside at sunset while enjoying a beer from my well-stocked minibar. </p><img alt="Asian Market Kitchen by Roy Yamaguchi on MSC Seaview "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1529087210/asian%20market%20kitchen%202%202.jpg?itok=qBxSrxme"><h2>Dining</h2><p>Food lovers rejoice: MSC Cruises is bringing its culinary offerings to the next level with its <em>Seaside</em> class, and the options aboard <em>Seaview </em>are as varied as they are delicious. The ship houses an impressive six specialty restaurants, like Asian Market Kitchen by chef Roy Yamaguchi, a noted restaurateur and pioneer of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/new-hawaiian-food-revolution" target="_blank">Hawaiian regional cuisine</a>. Inside, you'll find three different spaces: a teppanyaki grill, where chefs experiment with nontraditional flavors and new applications of the teppan technique with dishes like filet mignon seared with rosemary-infused oil; a pan-Asian, Hawaiian-inspired a la carte space; and a sushi bar, where chefs slice up fresh seafood in front of your eyes for dishes like yellowtail crudo with grapefruit, ponzu, and <em>kaiware</em> daikon sprouts.</p><p>Next door, Spanish chef Ramón Freixa — who started his career at his family's eatery in Barcelona, before earning two Michelin stars at his eponymous restaurant in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/tls-definitive-guide-to-madrid" target="_blank">Madrid</a> — serves up fresh and inventive seafood dishes at Ocean Cay. Freixa mixes his Mediterranean roots with his passion for "glocalization" to create spins on classic preparations, like a twist on <em>huevos rotos </em>swapping in octopus for the typical Serrano ham, or "Binomial Shrimp" served both as a tartare and head-on and stuffed with salmon roe.</p><img alt="Ocean Cay by Ramon Freixa on MSC Seaview "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528839597/ocean%20cay.jpg?itok=hU6fn1-S"><p>For dessert, the place to be is the Venchi Chocolate Bar — formed in partnership with the 140-year-old Italian confectionary company. In addition to the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/best-gelaterias-in-italy" target="_blank">gelato</a> made fresh on board, using regional ingredients like <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/taste-the-flavors-of-piedmont" target="_blank">Piemontese</a> hazelnuts, Sicilian Almonds, and pistachios from Bronte, you'll find a candy case full of treats like olive oil chocolates and nutty cremino. For a sweet caffeine fix, try a specialty coffee with freshly-made <em>gianduja </em>and a hazelnut-coated rim. </p><p>There is also a steakhouse, Butcher's Cut; L'Atelier Bistrot, a french brasserie; three dining rooms for nightly dinners; and two buffet-style cafeterias. While the buffet options span the globe with dishes from cheeseburgers to palak paneer, the company’s Italian origins are especially evident here. Even the casual meals have flair, featuring fresh mozzarella made on board, innovative pizzas like a sausage pie with charcoal-infused crust, and local ingredients from each port (for their fresh pesto, the ship's culinary crew buys four tons of fresh basil every week). Oh, and there are 20 — yes, 20 — different bars around the ship.</p><img alt="snow room at the MSC Seaview Aurea Spa "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528839597/MSC18015368.jpg?itok=FpHG22bv"><h2>Wellness</h2><p>The centerpiece of the wellness offerings is the MSC Aurea Spa, measuring at nearly 26,000 square feet. In addition to the dozens of massage treatment rooms, it also includes a thermal area with different areas to explore at your leisure, like a Himalayan salt room, several types of saunas, sensory steam baths bathed in mood-setting colored lights, and even a snow room for your cool down. The complex also has a medi-spa for treatments like acupuncture and even Botox, plus <em>vinotherapy</em> facials — harnessing the antioxidant power of grapes — and two dedicated rooms for <em>thalassotherapy</em>, a saltwater treatment.</p><p>Also onboard is a huge fitness center, with brand-new Technogym machines, a spinning studio, and daily fitness classes, and a sports area for activities like tennis and basketball. Post-workout, stop by the barbershop or Jean Louis David hair salon to freshen up.</p><img alt="Odeon Theatre on the MSC Seaview "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528839597/odeon%20theatre.jpg?itok=GUSu9rZo"><h2>Entertainment</h2><p><em>Seaview</em> has 13 public whirlpool baths and four pool areas, including an aft pool on deck seven. The sunniest spots are the main pool on the top deck and the limited-access plunge pool in the members-only Yacht Club area. The Jungle Pool, with a water park and a retractable roof, is your best bet for kids (especially on the occasional rainy day at sea). There are plenty of thrilling activities in and around the top-deck pool area, including the longest <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel/worlds-longest-zipline-united-arab-emirates" target="_blank">zip line</a> at sea, an interactive slide-boarding game on one of the slides, and a 262-foot high glass bridge that juts out over the water. </p><img alt="kids club on the MSC Seaview "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528839597/kids%20club.jpg?itok=yygEjmUz"><p>The indoor activities are just as exciting. The ship is equipped with two full-size bowling lanes, an interactive 5-D cinema, and even an Formula 1 racing simulator. Six specialized areas are available for kids on board, from playrooms built in partnership with <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/lego-house-denmark" target="_top">LEGO</a> and Italian toy company Chicco to a teen-focused area with tons of videogames. Plus, free daily babysitting until 11 PM. </p><p>Adults will appreciate <em>Seaview</em>'s many shopping areas and the 934-seat Odeon Theatre, which puts on seven different Broadway-style productions each with with multiple showings a night. And, of course, it's good to get off board and experience the ports on one of MSC's three- to four-hour excursions, including their recently-launched bike tours.</p><img alt="Yacht Club on the MSC Seaview "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528839597/yacht%20club.jpg?itok=RfZN0_dA"><h2>MSC Yacht Club</h2><p>MSC is known for this "ship within a ship concept," which offers exclusive perks and a quieter, more private on-board experience. In addition to restricted-access public spaces, like a bar, pool, solarium, and private restaurant, Yacht Club guests enjoy bonuses like 24-hour concierge and butler service and dedicated treatment rooms in the spa. Suites, of which there are only 86, have marble bathrooms, memory foam mattresses, and hardwood detailing. A favorite hangout in the Yacht Club is the Top Sail Lounge, which offers the best panoramas on the ship — from here, you'll get the same view as the captain.</p><p>To maintain exclusivity, MSC Yacht Club guests make up (at most) three percent of the total passengers aboard <em>Seaview. </em>MSC Yacht Club options start at around $2,000 per person per night, inclusive of most costs. </p><img alt="MSC for Me from MSC cruises "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528919345/msc-for-me-MSCSEAVIEW0618%202.jpg?itok=X0jaxqPk"><h2>Onboard Technology</h2><p>MSC has been a leader in using technology to improve the cruise experience, introducing wearable bracelets that can function as a wallet, a room key, and even a kid-tracker, all connected to their MSC for Me app. Facial recognition technology allows staff to anticipate your needs and personalize your experience, and 139 interactive screens throughout the ship will allow you to check your schedule and make reservations for meals, shows, and excursions. MSC Cruises is also on track to have a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/msc-cruises-bellissima-virtual-assistants" target="_blank">digital cruise assistant</a>, named Zoe, in every ship cabin by March 2019. Zoe will speak seven languages, acting as a personal cruise concierge.</p><p>To book: <em><a href="https://www.msccruisesusa.com/en-us/Homepage.aspx" target="_blank">msccruisesusa.com</a>; 8-day Mediterranean cruises from $538, 4-day South America cruises from $359. </em></p><p> </p>
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The Best — and Worst — States for a Summer Road Trip

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:51
<p>Road tripping through the United States is a summertime tradition as old as cars themselves.</p><p>Americans adore taking road trips through the desert landscapes of the American Southwest, the pine tree lined roads of New England, and stopping at landmarks like Mount Rushmore in the north. But there are a few states that are better than others when it comes to road trips, <a href="https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-for-summer-road-trips/4648/#methodology" target="_blank">according to Wallethub</a>, thanks to their lower gas prices, attractions and safety.</p><p>WalletHub compared all 50 states based on 31 metrics across three dimensions — cost, safety, and activities offered — to find “<a href="https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-for-summer-road-trips/4648/#methodology" target="_blank">the most fun, scenic and wallet-friendly road-trip destinations</a>.”</p><p>According to the study, the best state to road trip in this summer is Wyoming, which came in as the number one most affordable state to travel to, the 19th for safety, and the 22nd for activities.</p><h2>The Best States for Summer Road Trips</h2>WyomingNorth CarolinaMinnesotaTexasFloridaLouisianaWashingtonNew YorkUtahColorado<p>As for the worst state to road trip to this summer, that distinction went to Rhode Island, which scored 48th for cost, 6th for safety, and 49th for activities. The other states that were in the bottom 10 were Alabama, Kansas, Alaska, Kentucky, Indiana, New Mexico, Hawaii, Delaware, and Connecticut.</p><p>Wallethub also determined which states are best for a few key summer activities. For example, for camping, Wallethub said the lowest-cost sites can be found in Wyoming, Georgia, Alabama, New Hampshire, and Arkansas. For the most scenic routes, Wallethub said travelers should head to California, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, and Idaho.</p><p>Of course, getting out on the open road wherever you want to go is more important than any ranking. If you want a little help with planning, check out <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/road-trips/how-to-have-best-road-trip-ever" target="_blank"><em>Travel + Leisure</em>’s step-by-step guide to planning the ultimate summer road trip</a>.</p>
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Now You Can Book a Cheap Flight on Spirit Airlines to Central and South America (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:33
<p> </p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/spirit-airlines-reviews" target="_blank">Spirit Airlines</a>, America’s most well-known ultra low-cost carrier, will soon make a big change by expanding its service <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/spirit-airlines-expanding-international-routes" target="_blank">internationally</a>.</p><p>The airline will be adding nine new international routes out of Orlando International Airport beginning this fall, <a href="http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?c=setreg&amp;region=4&amp;m_id=Y!Y!vY!_rY!~A&amp;w_id=34736&amp;news_id=2032763" target="_blank"><em>TravelMole</em> reported</a>.</p><p>As Spirit Airlines announced, it will soon fly to and from South America, now stopping in Bogota, Medellin, and Cartagena in Colombia, as well as Central America, in Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, and El Salvador.</p><p>“We’re very excited about the places we’re going to serve from Orlando, internationally,” Spirit Airlines President Ted Christie <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2018/06/14/spirit-airlines-major-orlando-expansion-huge-deal/701649002/" target="_blank">told <em>USA Today</em></a>. “They’re all places that we serve today from Fort Lauderdale. We think those markets are very unique to our product and that we serve those customers very well.”</p><p>Spirit is also adding routes to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This, <em>USA Today</em> explained, will put Orlando neck-and-neck with <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/las-vegas" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a> as Spirit’s busiest hub.</p><p>Once these new international routes launch the airline will be able to offer travelers 38 different destinations with 49 daily departures from the Orlando airport alone.</p>
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T+L Summer Shortlist: Why You Should Book a Ticket to Portland, Maine Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:31
<p>Sunny skies and shorts weather can only mean one thing: the official start of summer is just days away. If you haven't booked your vacation yet, look no further than <em>Travel + Leisure'</em>s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/summer-shortlist" target="_blank">Summer Shortlist</a>, which highlights the hottest U.S. destinations we're soaking up this season.</p><p>The last stop on our summer road trip: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-portland-maine" target="_blank">Portland, Maine</a>.</p><p>Coastal lure meets small town charm in this New England city. Spend your days sailing around <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g40827-d198673-Reviews-Casco_Bay-Portland_Maine.html" target="_blank">Casco Bay</a> and your nights sipping craft beer at <a href="http://www.allagash.com/" target="_blank">Allagash Brewing Company</a>. And if seafood makes your mouth water, it doesn't get any fresher — or more delicious — than right in the heart of one of the country's largest fishing ports. Round out your seaside getaway with postcard-ready views of the city's most iconic landmark: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g40554-d108101-Reviews-Portland_Head_Light-Cape_Elizabeth_Maine.html" target="_blank">Portland Head Light</a>.</p><p>With fresh air and lovely scenery, Portland may be your best bet for a relaxing, worry-free vacation. As for us? We'll be booking our tickets faster than you can say "lobster roll."</p>
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8 Ways to Hack Your Morning Routine to Get You Up and Out the Door

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:00
<p><em>This story originally appeared on <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/morning-routine-hacks-2018-4" target="_blank">BusinessInsider.com</a>. </em></p><p>Even the most die-hard morning people among us may sometimes find that the struggle is real.</p><p>Need a wake-up call? We asked some of the nation's leading time-management experts to share their most eye-opening ways to make mornings a little less brutal and a lot more doable.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/rich-middle-class-low-income-morning-routines-2018-6" target="_blank">The Dramatically Different Morning Routines of Americans at Every Income Level</a></p><h2>1. Don't lay out your clothes the night before</h2><p>This might seem counterintuitive, but some experts suggest trying to keep things simple the night before. The idea is to decompress as much as possible before bed — not wind yourself up.</p><p>"It seems smart to lay out clothes, pack lunches, pack bags, and so on the night before," says <a href="http://www.lauravanderkam.com/" target="_blank">Laura Vanderkam</a>, author of "<a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Off-Clock-Feel-While-Getting/dp/0735219818" target="_blank">Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done</a>." But the real problem arises when when you also want to squeeze in some "fun" time before bed.</p><p>"If you spend a lot of time on chores, the fun time only comes at the expense of sleep," notes Vanderkam. "And one of the easiest ways to tank your morning is to wake up exhausted."</p><h2>2. Do a brain dump before bed</h2><p>Even if you have perfect sleep hygiene — no smartphones at night, a comfy mattress, an early bedtime — you still might be plagued with thoughts that keep you up at night and leave you drained in the morning.</p><p>So try this simple hack: "Keep a pad of paper and a pencil next to your bed. Right before you go to sleep, write down anything you're worrying about that might keep you awake," suggests <a href="http://www.steverrobbins.com/" target="_blank">Stever Robbins</a>, productivity expert and host of the podcast <a href="http://itunes.com/getitdoneguy" target="_blank">The Get It Done Guy's Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More</a>. "Your brain will be able to let it go because it knows [those thoughts are] safely written down."</p><p>Robbins also suggests scribbling the top two things you want to get done the next day, so your brain will noodle on that instead.</p><h2>3. Be selfish first thing in the morning</h2><p>As tempting as it might be to jump out of bed and dive into your day, many experts agree that taking time to connect with yourself as soon as you wake up is as nourishing as eating a good breakfast.</p><p>"Wake up 15 minutes earlier, and for the first 5 minutes, just meditate or pray. Breathe and find yourself awake in the world," says <a href="http://peterbregman.com/" target="_blank">Peter Bregman</a>, author of "<a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/18-Minutes-Master-Distraction-Things/dp/0446583405/" target="_blank">18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done</a>." "It reduces the freneticism and allows you to start your morning without already being behind."</p><p>Even just sitting up and stretching "will literally change the mood of your whole morning," Bregman says.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/early-retirement-vs-mini-retirement-advice-how-to-save-2018-6" target="_blank">Forget Early Retirement — People Who Saved Enough Money to Travel for Weeks or Years Say a 'Mini-retirement' Is Just As Rewarding</a></p><h2>4. Follow a morning to-do list</h2><p>You may be encouraging your kids to stop dawdling all morning, but are you guilty of it yourself? "A lot of time can be wasted in the morning performing nonessential tasks, or those tasks that have absolutely nothing to do with getting ready for the day," says productivity consultant Rashelle Isip of <a href="https://www.theorderexpert.com/" target="_blank">The Order Expert.</a></p><p>Stick to the essentials. Factor in only the things you must do in the morning — check the weather, brush your teeth, take a shower, get dressed, pack your lunch, and eat breakfast, for example. "Any task not found on this list will be a drain on your ability to leave your home on time, and should be avoided at all costs," says Isip.</p><h2>5. Batch your breakfast</h2><p>If you have a full house and a full-time job, you probably also have experience with batch cooking.</p><p>Breakfast bars, frittatas, casseroles, oatmeal in jars, and muffins are just a few morning-friendly make-ahead meal ideas that will save you precious get-up-and-go time throughout the week — and give you the energy to get through the day.</p><h2>6. Designate a 'drop zone' for the essentials</h2><p>No mudroom? No problem. All you need is a mini-staging area for all of the stuff you need to grab before dashing out the door, says Isip. "This zone allows you to easily gather and store items in a single location, thereby reducing the chance of leaving or misplacing individual items in one room or area of the home."</p><p>Isip suggests repurposing a side table or armoire in your hallway, a wooden chair in your living room, or even your sofa as a catchall spot for things like your purse, briefcase, lunch, gym bag, keys, wallet, cell phone, and so on.</p><p>Instead of scrambling, "one quick look will let you know whether you have the items in your drop zone, or if you need to locate and retrieve items elsewhere," she says.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/its-bad-for-your-health-to-get-too-much-or-too-little-sleep-2018-6" target="_blank">Too Much or Too Little Sleep Are Both Bad for Our Health, According to a New Study — Further Evidence That It's Our Body Clock That Counts</a></p><h2>7. Ditch the news</h2><p>Some experts say that you should only be processing information related to your morning tasks when you wake up. "Something as 'simple' as listening to the news as you get ready creates a surprising amount of frazzle," says Bregman. "If you allow yourself to wake up and have silence or even music as opposed to content, you'll move faster."</p><h2>8. Hold yourself accountable to others</h2><p>"Schedule a 9 a.m. meeting — one that you will feel obliged to attend," suggests Robbins, who is a big believer in outside accountability as a morning motivator — similar to having a gym buddy who's relying on you for a sweat session.</p><p>Robbins says this method is particularly helpful for anyone who works from home and doesn't actually have to leave the house to start their day. "It all hinges on you having someone else to partner with — someone else who wants to get up and go!"</p>
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Save 30% off a Private Villa in Key Largo

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:05
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Why Visiting New Zealand Is About to Get More Expensive (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 06:49
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/new-zealand-time-lapse-video" target="_blank">New Zealand’s</a> government has unveiled plans to implement a <a href="http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/border-changes/international-visitor-conservation-tourism-levy" target="_blank">tourist tax</a> it says will help protect its infrastructure and natural environment.</p><p>The tax, which will range from NZ $25 to $35 (about $17-24 USD), is expected to go into effect in the second half of 2019. All international visitors staying 12 months or less will be required to pay the new fee.</p><p>There are some exemptions, including short-haul visitors from Australia and the <a href="https://www.forumsec.org/who-we-arepacific-islands-forum/" target="_blank">Pacific Island Forum countries</a>, children under the age of two, and those visiting on diplomatic, humanitarian, business, transit, and medical visas. </p><p>Visitors will pay the tax when obtaining their visa or <a href="http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/border-changes/eta" target="_blank">Electronic Travel Authority</a>. The tax is expected to reel in anywhere from NZ $57-80 million ($39.7-55.8 million USD) in the first year. The funds received will be split between infrastructure and conservation efforts.</p><p>The country currently receives 3.8 million international visitors each year, and that number is expected to grow to 5.1 million by 2024, according to New Zealand’s Tourism Minister <a href="https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/international-visitor-levy-consultation-launch-speech" target="_blank">Kelvin Davis</a>.</p><p>As tourism continues to grow, the tax will ensure "international visitors contribute to the infrastructure they use and help protect the natural places they come here to enjoy," Davis said.</p><p>International visitors to rural <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-new-zealand" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> communities can increase tenfold in the summer months, according to the <a href="http://www.rgpn.org.nz/Network/media/documents/Media%20releases%202018/Tourism-tax-NZRGPN-media-statement-June-17-for-immediate-use.pdf" target="_blank">New Zealand Rural General Practice Network</a> (NZRGPN), often forcing staff to undertake up to six air ambulance call-outs in a day to assist tourists while local communities are often left without support in the case of medical emergencies. </p><p>“Decisions around allocating revenue from a Tourist Tax will need to reflect the real needs of rural communities, not just the highly visible issues like car park congestion,” Dalton Kelly, chief executive of the NZRGPN, said in a statement.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/new-zealand-lake-wanaka-wrinkle-in-time" target="_blank">New Zealand's</a> government is currently accepting public opinions on the new policy through July 15 and a decision is expected by September.</p>
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8 Ways to Be a More Responsible Traveler

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:00
<p>Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries — making up about 10 percent of global GDP, <a href="https://www.travelagentcentral.com/running-your-business/stats-travel-generates-over-10-percent-world-s-gdp" target="_blank">according to the World Travel and Tourism Council</a> — and it shows no signs of slowing down.</p><p>But the economic boon that tourism brings can have detrimental effects on the people that live in popular destinations, and even on the destinations themselves. Around the world, tourists have <a href="http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?c=setreg&amp;region=1&amp;m_id=Y!Y!vY!_rY!~A&amp;w_id=34708&amp;news_id=2032609" target="_blank">driven up rents</a>, disrespected <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/machu-picchu-mooning" target="_blank">sacred monuments</a>, and even defiled <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/tourist-name-coliseum-rome-ancient" target="_blank">monuments when they wanted to leave their mark</a>.</p><p>And this isn’t even to mention the simple wear and tear that comes with more of even the most well-behaved travelers. The industry is growing, but the actual attractions remain the same size. In 1959, tourists gathering to look at Rome’s Trevi Fountain would number about 20 at a time. Today, there are about 1,000 people in front of the fountain at any given time.</p><p>When destinations start becoming victims of their own success, travelers must question their old approaches. These are some simple ways you can become a more responsible person on the road.</p><h2>Learn about the culture before departure.</h2><p>The foremost guideline of the World Tourism Organization (WTO)’s “Global Code of Ethics For Tourism” is to open your mind. “It will transform your experience, you will earn respect and be more readily welcomed by local people,” <a href="http://ethics.unwto.org/sites/all/files/docpdf/responsibletouristbrochureen.pdf" target="_blank">the organization advises tourists</a>. “Be tolerant and respect diversity – observe social and cultural traditions and practices.”</p><p>Learn how to say “hello” and “thank you” in the local language. Educate yourself on local customs and actions that could be considered offensive (like taking photographs without permission). The first step to being a responsible tourist is being a respectful tourist.</p><h2>Be sensitive to destinations combatting over-tourism.</h2><p>It’s basic manners but it bears repeating: Don’t go where you aren’t wanted. Many destinations that are currently battling over-tourism are currently holding protests and campaigns meant to keep tourists out. A few destinations where you should take extra care in planning a trip include Venice and Barcelona, where locals have protested over-tourism. Cinque Terre, Machu Picchu, and the Taj Mahal have all been dealing with huge numbers of tourists, and would-be travelers should research the restrictions in place at each. (For example, entrance tickets for Machu Picchu have split entrance times.) The Galapagos Islands recently instated strict rules for tourists to follow, including the rules that <a href="https://www.galapagos.org/travel/travel/park-rules/" target="_blank">tourists can only travel with authorized guides</a>.</p><h2>Visit destinations with tourism management plans</h2><p>“Greater numbers of visitors provide economic opportunities, but also represent the risk of greater damage to the ecosystem,” <a href="https://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0034/18889/UNESCO-WHA-Report13Finalfinal-1.pdf" target="_blank">a 2017 Griffith Institute for Tourism study said.</a> “Counting and understanding trends is therefore essential.”</p><p>About half of UNESCO’s 229 World Heritage Sites <a href="https://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0034/18889/UNESCO-WHA-Report13Finalfinal-1.pdf" target="_blank">don’t have tourism management plans</a> — but monitoring how many tourists visit is vital to maintaining the site and preserving it for future visitors.</p><p>In the beginning stages of planning a trip, research if your destination has a plan for dealing with growing tourism. If available, this information can easily be found by Googling “tourism management plan” and the name of your destination. You can also call or contact a visitor center for more information.</p><h2>Purchase locally made goods</h2><p>Purchase products from the people who make them in order to directly support the economy. Opt for locally made handicrafts instead of mass-produced magnets, mugs or keychains. When bartering for goods, consider fair pricing rather than a “good deal.” Compare prices around town before purchasing.</p><h2>Think Green.</h2><p>The same rules for eco-friendly living exist all around the world. Don’t leave lights on in your hotel room, don’t leave water running and take public transport whenever possible. Resist the urge to take seashells or sand from the beach or leaves from the forest.</p><p>Cut back on your consumption of plastic water bottles. In destinations where the tap water is not drinkable, consider buying large jugs of water and splitting with a group or purchasing a water sterilization tool.</p><h2>Leave no trace.</h2><p>Don’t carve your name into anything. Don’t leave love locks. Don’t litter. There should be no physical evidence that you were there.</p><p>When packing your bags, leave unnecessary packaging at home. You may not be able to recycle certain materials in other parts of the world.</p><p>For more information about how to reduce your physical impact, check out <a href="https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles" target="_blank">Leave No Trace</a>, a program committed to sustainable exploration of the outdoors.</p><h2>Think twice about interacting with wildlife.</h2><p>While attractions like elephant rides in India or holding sea turtles in the Cayman Islands may seem like a great way to connect with nature, the animals that work the attractions are often mistreated. About 75 percent of animal attractions around the world actually perpetuate wildlife cruelty, <a href="https://www.worldanimalprotection.org/wildlife-not-entertainers" target="_blank">according to a study from Oxford</a>.</p><p>If seeing animals is a vital part of your travel, research businesses and ethical tourism companies before booking. Check out the World Animal Protection’s <a href="https://www.worldanimalprotection.org/sites/default/files/int_files/animal-friendly-tourism-guide-international.pdf" target="_blank">guide to an animal-friendly holiday</a> for more information on what to look for in wildlife attractions.</p><h2>Support leadership committed to sustainable tourism.</h2><p>If you live in a tourism destination, make your city a better place to travel by supporting politicians with concrete tourism management plans. Question candidates on how they plan to support the growth of tourism while combating rent increases that displace locals. Around the world, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/madrid-airbnbs" target="_blank">politicians have creative solutions to dealing with homeshare regulations</a>. Be sure to ask candidates about their positions before casting your vote.</p>
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The Secret to Being Happier Is Slowing Down

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:00
<p>The first few times he practiced sitting still and silent, he felt edgy, almost itchy. The peacefulness of his surroundings oppressed his senses. Without tasks, without a phone to reach for, he felt totally out of control.</p><p>“I felt suffocated by the stillness, the silence, the lack of activity,” said <a href="http://benjaminshalva.com/" target="_blank">Benjamin Shalva</a>, author of the book “<a commerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Ambition-Addiction-Thanks-Discover-Within/dp/1503938638" target="_blank">Ambition Addiction: How to Go Slow, Give Thanks, and Discover Joy Within</a>.” He likened this feeling to a “real sense of withdrawal,” only not from alcohol or gambling, but from busyness.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/breathing-exercises-to-calm-pre-flight-nerves" target="_blank">How to Relax Before a Flight in 60 Seconds or Less</a></p><p>For Shalva and for a growing number of people amid an expanding mindfulness movement, confronting that sickening feeling is the whole point in moving past it. Quite simply, they’re tired of being so busy.</p><p>“All ambition addicts, no matter the activity, venue, or great and glorious goal, have at least one behavior in common — we are running for our lives,” Shalva writes. Shooting off emails, constantly refreshing social media, and even rushing bedtime with the kids — all to stay ahead in some invisible race. Slowing down not only seems laughable but physiologically dangerous.</p><p>Whether one calls it ambition addiction, busyness addiction, or something more specific, such as workaholism, the headlong rush toward elusive and sometimes undefinable goals is a particular issue in Western culture. For Americans, “We pride ourselves on being very productive. The pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps ethos still holds true,” said Shalva.</p><p>But productive for whom, asks Georgetown assistant professor Neeru Paharia, co-author of the 2016 research paper, “<a href="https://academic.oup.com/jcr/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/jcr/ucw076/2736404/Conspicuous-Consumption-of-Time-When-Busyness-and?redirectedFrom=fulltext" target="_blank">Conspicuous Consumption of Time: When Busyness and Lack of Leisure Time Become a Status Symbol</a>.” Work seems the obvious answer, but then the busyness bleeds into our free time until we’re rushing through family dinners, only to head home and tick off emails before bed and before tomorrow’s official work day. All the while, we’re complaining about how busy we are. In fact, Paharia argues, our busyness has become a badge of honor, a sign of “productivity,” proof of how much we are needed. Busyness has become “as important to signal your status to other people as it is for yourself,” she said.</p><p>It comes down to status partly because few modern tasks are actually necessary for survival, so we’re actually making up activities to fill time. “I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter,” writes essayist <a href="https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/" target="_blank">Tim Kreider</a>. “They’re busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they’re addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.”</p><p>“The reason we’re busy is because we’re afraid,” echoes Shalva, whose early experiments with meditation tended to overwhelm more than calm. Indeed, a 2014 <a href="http://science.sciencemag.org/content/345/6192/75" target="_blank">study</a> showed that participants reported an aversion to being alone with their thoughts for just six to 15 minutes. In one group, 64 percent of men and 15 percent of women chose to administer electric shocks to themselves rather than sit with their thoughts.</p><p>But the term “addiction” gets thrown about loosely these days. There isn’t much clinical research on the neuroscience of perpetual busyness. We can draw comparisons to related conditions, such as workaholism, however. In a 2016 large-scale <a href="http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0149206314522301" target="_blank">meta-analysis</a>, researchers found workaholism was positively related to job stress, work burnout, decreased job satisfaction, greater work-family conflict, decreased life satisfaction, and poor physical and mental health. According to one of the study’s authors, University of Georgia assistant professor <a href="http://psychology.uga.edu/directory/malissa-clark" target="_blank">Malissa Clark</a>, workaholism is driven by introjected motivation, a compulsion or feeling of guilt that a person “ought” to be doing something productive. She suspects busyness operates the same way. “This is different than behaviors driven by intrinsic motivation, where people do things because they enjoy it,” she says. “So the motivator [with busyness] is not to seek out positive emotions, but to calm down or stifle negative emotions.” Either way, we’re not enjoying ourselves.</p><p>To truly move past negative emotions, we have to confront them. Or at least sit among them. Suppressing thoughts only fuels them until, one way or another, our bodies and minds force us to take note.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/wellness-vacations-2018" target="_blank">These Luxury Wellness Vacations Are the Perfect Opportunity to Relax and Renew</a></p><p>Shalva felt himself approaching that edge. So, he began practicing sitting still. When that cloying nerviness came up, he tried a simple approach: With each natural breath, he repeated in his mind, “I am breathing in.” When he breathed out, he told himself, “I am breathing out.” It was a powerful grounding tool. He likens it to discovering a buoy amid a rough sea. Eventually, the surrounding waves will calm, but the buoy remains, a strongly tethered signal of your safety in this moment.</p><p>It won’t be easy at first. The inertia of busy, contemporary life packs a built-in challenge to slowing down. But a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28425778" target="_blank">mindfulness-based approach</a> — being still and observing one’s thoughts, without fighting them off or chastising painful feelings — is shown to improve wellbeing and job performance with fewer work hours.</p><p>“Being still and existential, there is a release on the other side: relaxation, joy, attention to detail,” says Shalva, who eventually became a meditation coach and spiritual guru of sorts. He enjoyed the work, but once he found himself scrambling for Twitter followers, he backed off once again. Now he’s trying his hand at writing fiction. Regarding his book of short stories, “It’s taking a long time,” he said, “and that’s okay.”</p>
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Meghan Markle's Go-to Comfy Heel Designer Also Makes the Perfect White Sneaker

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:30
<p>Meghan Markle, the new Duchess of Sussex, is well on her way to becoming a royal fashion icon, just like her sister-in-law Kate Middleton.</p><p>Of course we all love her sophisticated style when it comes to dressing up for fancy events like her <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-royal-wedding-dress" target="_blank">own royal wedding</a> or <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/queen-elizabeth-meghan-markle-cheshire-happy-photos" target="_blank">traveling with the Queen</a>, but we also love Meghan for her down-to-earth, “California cool” look as well.</p><p>Case in point: Thursday, when we saw the Duchess step off the train in Cheshire, England for a visit with her new grandmother-in-law in a gorgeous Givenchy sheath dress paired with a slim black belt and matching <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sarahflint.com/collections/royal-treatment/products/perfect-pump-100-black-nappa?variant=7667628933150" target="_blank">black pumps by designer Sarah Flint</a>.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.sarahflint.com/collections/royal-treatment/products/perfect-pump-100-black-nappa?variant=7667629064222" target="_blank">sarahflint.com</a>, $355</p><p>Those shoes, Flint's site explains, are more comfortable than they look thanks to arch support, extra foot bed padding, a wider toe box, and a rubber sole "for grip, comfort and longevity." A steel rod in the center of the heel also promises "durability and security."</p><p>So yeah, it's no wonder these have become Meghan's go-to heels for style and comfort. </p><p>And, to make these shoes even cooler, they are a part of Flint’s “Perfect” collection, which also comes with a pair of white sneakers we simply know the Duchess will love.</p><img alt="Sarah Flint Perfect White Sneaker "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1529078142/Perfect-Sneaker-white-MMFAVSHOE0618.jpg?itok=q4_0fY5x"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sarahflint.com/products/perfect-sneaker-white-deer?variant=7667654262814" target="_blank">sarahflint.com</a>, $265</p><p>Those kicks, Flint’s site explained, are a white leather sneaker made with <b>“</b>soft deerskin leather upper, fully leather lined, leather covered insole with arch support, full rubber sole, and silver grommets.” <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sarahflint.com/products/perfect-sneaker-white-deer?variant=7667654262814" target="_blank">They retail for $265</a>.</p><p>For real, this isn’t us just projecting Meghan’s love onto a sneaker. As the world knows, the Duchess is a huge fan of white kicks, specifically the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Reebok-Womens-Classic-Leather-Sneaker/dp/B000AOZKZQ/ref=as_at?creativeASIN=B000AOZKZQ&amp;linkCode=w50&amp;tag=people0d0-20&amp;imprToken=M.hnr-X1IOeDVzIUPXs1LA&amp;slotNum=0" target="_blank">Reebok Classic Leather white sneaker</a>, which retail for $75.</p><img alt="Women's All White Reebok Classics "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1529078142/reebok-womens-classic-MMFAVSHOE0618.jpg?itok=pAeUC7HI"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Reebok-Womens-Classic-Leather-Sneaker/dp/B000AOZKZQ/ref=as_at?creativeASIN=B000AOZKZQ&amp;linkCode=w50&amp;tag=people0d0-20&amp;imprToken=M.hnr-X1IOeDVzIUPXs1LA&amp;slotNum=0" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $75</p><p>Prior to marrying Prince Harry, Meghan was spotted wearing them everywhere from yoga to brunch. But now that she’s a royal, she may want to up the ante with the perfect kick above. Either way, we’ll still love her style.</p>
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How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World Worry-free (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 13:00
<p>Quitting your job is worrisome. But quitting your job to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/quit-your-job-to-travel-bucketlist-family" target="_blank">travel the world</a>? Now that’s <em>really</em> worrisome. I would know: In a matter of weeks, my husband and I will leave our home to travel through <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/resort-hotels-in-southeast-asia" target="_blank">Southeast Asia</a> for three months.</p><p>To make that epic adventure happen, he’ll do the quitting, and I’ll do the worrying. So much worrying that I worry — pun intended — it’ll ruin our trip. But I have a feeling I’m not the only traveler with work-related anxiety.</p><p>(For those curious, while my husband must leave his job to take this kind of trek, I’m lucky enough to be a freelance writer, which means I will work while we travel. With my income, plus a year’s worth of savings and a very strict travel budget, we can make this trip work. But just because we can financially afford it now doesn’t mean the future won’t worry me.)</p><p>According to millennial career expert <a href="http://www.jilljacinto.com/" target="_blank">Jill Jacinto</a>, we’re programmed from an early age to stick to a schedule, from kindergarten through retirement.</p><p>“Volunteering to quit your job and jump into the unknown is naturally a bit unnerving,” she said. “Add in the fact you’ll lose an income and potential career growth, and it’s really frightening. It takes us from our comfort zones and forces us to live a totally different way.”</p><p>I don’t know about you, but the way I want to live is worry-free. So I turned to experts for tips and tricks quitting your job and traveling the world — without going totally, completely, and utterly crazy with worry.</p><h2>Start practicing self-care.</h2><p>The time to start managing your work and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/tips-for-safe-travels" target="_blank">travel-related worry</a> is now, not abroad, advises <a href="http://www.intentionalexpat.com/" target="_blank">Melissa Parks</a>, Ph.D., a psychologist who specializes in helping expats and digital nomads.</p><p>“Work on increasing your emotional resilience and self-care before you leave,” said Parks.</p><p>Start by identifying what soothes you now, and how you can take that same routine on the road. “Travel is full of ups and downs, and it will ultimately teach you a lot about yourself—but you´ll want to have tools in your self-care tool box so that you can cope with whatever hiccups you meet on the road,” Parks said.</p><p>She said one self-care practice travels particularly well: deep breathing. “It may be something we do all day, every day, but shallow breathing sends a message to our brain that something is wrong,” Parks said. “If you practice breathing deeply you´re sending a message to your mind things are actually OK.”</p><h2>Leave your job on a high note.</h2><p>When it comes time to put in your two weeks’ notice, you’ll want to leave on the best terms: “It's helpful to be honest about your reasons for leaving — a desire to see the world — so that your employer understands that it isn't for reasons against the company itself,” said career coach and strategist <a href="https://www.halliecrawford.com/" target="_blank">Hallie Crawford</a>. And, by explaining your personal values, “you’ll often gain the respect of your manager, whether they agree with your reasons or not.”</p><p>Another way to find favor with your soon-to-be former employer is to time your departure well — meaning don’t leave in the middle of a big project or when your manager is already down a man or a woman, if possible, said Jacinto. Ask your boss, and if you find you’re leaving at an inopportune time, then “reconsider the timing and push back your travel date,” she said.</p><p>Of course, if you’d like to one day come back to your job or company, “take the initiative to express that to your employer,” said Crawford. “Let them you enjoy your job and would be glad to return if that is a possibility.” You can also ask if you can continue in your position, remotely, while you travel.</p><h2>Update your portfolio <em>now</em>.</h2><p>You may also be worried about finding a new job when you return. But Jacinto assures me there are steps you can and should take today to set yourself up for future job success.</p><p>For example, the time to update your portfolio and resume isn’t when you return from your travels. Rather, it’s before you leave your current job, according to Jacinto. As she explains, all of your projects and accomplishments are fresh in your mind right now, and they might not be after too many days spent sunning yourself in, say, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/bali" target="_blank">Bali</a>. When you update your portfolio, “include metrics and measurable results that can speak to your success,” she said.</p><p>Another smart thing to do today connect with coworkers, managers, and clients. “Send out an email to your team and let them know you’ll be leaving,” she said. “You never know who might be helpful with a future job connection — or at least a great travel recommendation.”</p><h2>Learn to stay in the present.</h2><p>According to Parks, “worry occurs when we´re focused on the future, rather than being in the present.” In other words, if you’re worried about whether you’ll be employable upon your return, that worry could ruin even the most amazing sights — from <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/photo-submissions-round-up#amritsar-india" target="_blank">a golden temple in India</a> to the snow-capped <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/northern-india-and-the-himalayas" target="_blank">Himalayas</a> — that deserve your full and awe-struck attention.</p><p>To stay in the present and not miss the wonder around you, Parks advises that you practice mindfulness. “Think of it as a workout for your brain, getting your attention muscle to focus on being in the present rather than in worry land,” Parks said. “There are some great apps available to get introduced to mindfulness. My personal preference is <a href="https://insighttimer.com/" target="_blank">Insight Timer</a>.”</p><h2>Portray your travel experience in a positive light.</h2><p>If you’re like me, you may be worried about how you can spin your travel into a positive for a potential employer. Luckily, that’s nothing to worry about.</p><p>Good employees such as yourself have incredible hard skills — measurable skills such as knowledge of software or a foreign language proficiency. But employers are also looking for people with soft skills, such as the ability to communicate effectively and be a leader.</p><p>The act of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/most-tourist-friendly-countries" target="_blank">traveling in foreign countries</a> all but ensures you’ve honed soft skills — and you should call those out in your resume and cover letter, and during your interview, Crawford says. “Seeing how others live in different parts of the world will help you have more of a big-picture vision,” Crawford explains. “These are valuable soft skills that employers want.”</p><p>Not only that, but chances are potential employers will be fascinated by your travels — and the chutzpah it took to leave a job for such a big dream. “Most people dream of doing what you did but you had the guts to actually do it,” Jacinto said. “Let them live through your experiences. Explain your why. What made you take the time off — and what made you come back? This is where you need to be clear that you will not be pulled away again,” and assure the employer that you went, you saw, and now, you’re ready to get back to work.</p><h2>Don’t hide from worry.</h2><p>Of course, the goal is to reduce your worry while traveling. But if you can’t relieve yourself of worry entirely, Parks warns you shouldn’t hide from it.</p><p>“We can make ourselves even more anxious when we become anxious about anxiety,” Parks says. Instead, “try a strategy called ‘changing but for and’ to make sure that worry doesn´t hold you back.” Here’s how it works: “Instead of saying ‘I would go on this trip, <em>but</em> I´m worried,’ say, ‘I´m worried <em>and</em> I´m going on this trip,’” she said. “You may be surprised at how much calmer you feel when you allow the worry to be there, but don´t let it hold you back from pursuing your dreams.”</p>
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Shampoo Bars Are the Travel Hack You Didn’t Know You Needed

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 10:31
<p>The bellowing sound of a TSA agent repeating over and over again “<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/tsa-freeze-liquids" target="_blank">no liquids more than 3.4 ounces</a>” is forever burned in every frequent flier’s brain. And, because we simply must travel with our moisturizers, makeup, shampoo, and conditioner, we tend to get creative by stuffing our bags full of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/amazon-prime-samples-section" target="_blank">dozens of miniature bottles</a>. But what if we told you there was a better way? At least, when it comes to your hair care.</p><p>Over the last few months, shampoo bars have become the It product among travelers, beauty gurus, and environmentalists alike. These little travel godsends are friendly to both your luscious locks and your suitcase thanks to the fact that they come in solid rather than liquid form. This means you can tell that TSA agent with pride that no, in fact, you aren’t carrying any liquids over the allotted amount.</p><p>And yes, to add icing to this already delicious packing cake, these shampoo bars are great for the environment, too.</p><p>In a viral video produced by <em>ATTN</em>, Lush Cosmetics, the leader in the shampoo bar movement, explained that its bars could one day replace the “552 million shampoo bottles we throw out annually.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/hotels-getting-rid-of-tiny-shampoo-bottles" target="_blank">Tiny Shampoo Bottles Are Disappearing From Hotel Rooms (and Not Because Guests Are Taking Them)</a></p><p>The Lush bars, which are the equivalent of three bottles of shampoo each, can last for up to 80 washes, so there will be no more running out of your favorite shampoo two days into your trip. And, once they're done they are gone forever — no plastic packaging included. </p><p>Check out the best shampoo bars to buy before your next trip below.</p><h2>Lush Shampoo Bars</h2><img alt="Shampoo Bar "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528917868/lush-shampoo-bar-SHMPBARS0618.jpg?itok=5Fguh1fb"><p>With a variety of choices for every type of hair, including a few infused bars that come with added ingredients like argan oil and juniper, you can’t go wrong with Lush. You can even pick up a few solid conditioner bars to match your new shampoo.</p><p>To buy: <a href="http://www.lushusa.com/hair/shampoo-bars/" target="_blank">lushusa.com</a>, $12</p><h2>ScrubblesBubbles Strawberry Shampoo Bar</h2><img alt="Shampoo bars "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528917868/scrubblesbubbles-shampoo-bar-SHMPBARS0618.jpg?itok=UiVGBFzJ"><p>These homemade bars, which are made with cocoa butter and jojoba oil, will last you for up to 60 washes and will have you smelling like strawberries and cream all day long. What’s better than that?</p><p>​​​​​​​To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/500618060/strawberry-shampoo-bar-60-wash" target="_blank">etsy.com</a>, $9</p><h2>Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar</h2><img alt="Shampoo Bar "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528917868/christoph-robin-shampoo-bar-SHMPBARS0618.jpg?itok=4XTS2JIH"><p>​​​​​​​Perhaps the most luxurious bar on this list, the Christophe Robin bar will make you feel hydrated from head to toe thanks to its aloe vera and castor oil. It’s also completely free of synthetic agents meaning you can feel good about the suds that head down the drain.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/space-nk-apothecary-christophe-robin-hydrating-shampoo-bar/4790565" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $22</p><h2>J.R.Liggett's Old-Fashioned Bar Shampoo</h2><img alt="Shampoo Bar "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528917868/jr-liggetts-old-fashion-shampoo-bar-SHMPBARS0618.jpg?itok=rrMdagYn"><p>​​​​​​​The J.R. Liggett’s bar is still made from the company’s original formula. Though it comes with no fragrance it will leave your hair silky smooth thanks to its hemp oil, essential fatty acids, and almond oil extracts.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/J-R-Liggetts-Old-Fashioned-Shampoo-Tree-Formula/dp/B0070Z6Y2G/ref=sr_1_8_s_it?s=beauty&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1528913166&amp;sr=1-8&amp;keywords=shampoo%2Bbar&amp;th=1" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $8</p><h2>Ethique Eco-Friendly Solid Shampoo Bar</h2><img alt="Shampoo Bar "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528917868/ethique-shampoo-bar-SHMPBARS0618.jpg?itok=twkBgcCq"><p>​​​​​​​Ethique’s Heali Kiwi is specifically formulated for those who suffer from dry, itchy scalps. The formula, made from kiwi fruit oil, coconut oil, neem oil, oats, calendula, and manuka oil, will leave both your scalp and hair feeling soft and totally touchable.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Ethique-Eco-Friendly-Solid-Shampoo-Heali/dp/B07571LXYD/ref=sr_1_10_s_it?s=beauty&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1528913166&amp;sr=1-10&amp;keywords=shampoo%2Bbar&amp;th=1" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $16</p>
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Jellyfish Stung More Than 800 People in Florida in One Weekend — Here's What to Do If It Happens to You

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 17:09
<p>More than 800 people were treated over the last weekend for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/jellyfish-lake-palau" target="_blank">jellyfish</a> stings received at beaches in central Florida, namely in Volusia County, including Daytona Beach. Lifeguards treated 107 jellyfish stings on Saturday alone, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/13/health/florida-jellyfish-stings-trnd/index.html" target="_blank"><em>CNN</em> reported</a>.</p><p><a href="https://abcnews.go.com/US/perfect-storm-led-1200-florida-beach-goers-stung/story?id=55888578" target="_blank"><em>ABC News</em></a> had the number of reported stings as high as 1,200.</p><p>The area's population of <a href="https://oceana.org/marine-life/corals-and-other-invertebrates/moon-jelly" target="_blank">moon jellyfish</a>, while beautiful, can irritate skin, causing itching and pain. University of Florida Health recommends getting immediate medical attention if you are stung by one.</p><h2>What to Do If You're Stung by a Jellyfish:</h2><p>If you are stung, <a href="https://weather.com/en-CA/canada/animals/news/2018-06-12-florida-jellyfish-stings-treated-lifeguards" target="_blank">Weather.com</a> says you should rinse the sting thoroughly with vinegar or ocean water for 30 seconds, protect the infected area, avoid rubbing or putting pressure on the sting, soak it in hot tap water (about 107 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20 to 40 minutes, and apply an antihistamine or steroid cream.</p><p><strong>Video: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/video-palau-jellyfish-lake" target="_blank">A Swim with Thousands of Adorable Jellyfish (That Only Sting a Little)</a></p><h2>How to Spot a Moon Jellyfish:</h2><p>You can spot a moon jellyfish by identifying its purple or pink-ish flower shape with four “petals” in the center of its body.</p><p>Tammy Malphurs, spokeswoman for Volusia County Beach Safety, told<em> CNN</em> the stings were not a record high for the area, but were higher than usual. </p><p>Purple flags, noting dangerous marine life, have been put up on many Florida beaches to warn people about the jellyfish.</p>
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This Is What It's Like to Be Stranded at the Airport Overnight

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 16:13
<p>On May 2, I was flying home from a shoot in Columbus, Ohio. John, my shooting partner, was on vacation, so I was rolling solo on this one. My original flight was slotted to leave Columbus at 5 p.m. headed for L.A. with a brief layover in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/ord-airport" target="_blank">Chicago O'Hare</a>. </p><p>As we were waiting to board the plane, the attendant announced that our flight was delayed two hours, causing widespread pandemonium. It turned out there were several tornadoes and other wild weather events moving through the Midwest causing massive delays and cancellations. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-know-if-your-flight-will-be-delayed" target="_blank">How to Know If Your Flight Will Be Delayed Before It's Even Announced</a></p><img alt="Sleeping Overnight at the Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527881629/chicago-airport-overnight-sleep-01-SLEEPERS0518.jpg?itok=JQJXuGHM"><p>Knowing that I would now miss my connecting flight in Chicago, I spoke with United and they were able to get me onto an American flight heading out of Chicago later in the night. Eventually we got on the plane only to sit on the runway for about half an hour. At this point, I realized my new connecting flight was all the way on the other side of ORD (I flew into concourse B and my connecting flight was at the end of concourse H).</p><p>As we sat on the runway I was counting the minutes realizing that even the best case scenario would only give me a few minutes to race across the whole airport and catch my flight. Several people on the plane had similar circumstances and there was a lot of tension in the air. To make things even worse we taxied at ORD for a good 20 minutes, literally driving the plane right past my connecting flight as we slowly drove around the airport. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/canceled-diverted-flight" target="_blank">This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted</a></p><img alt="Sleeping Overnight at the Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527881629/chicago-airport-overnight-sleep-02-SLEEPERS0518.jpg?itok=nIvOEChv"><p>Once we landed, I raced off the plane toward my connecting flight. As I got one terminal away from my flight I received a text message saying my flight was canceled. It seemed that almost every flight in or out of ORD was canceled. Sweating from my sprint across the airport, I saw there was another flight still slotted to leave that night for San Francisco. I wasn’t sure if it was the right move, but I figured if I could get to S.F., worst case scenario I would drive or get a short flight home. I explained my situation to the flight attendants and they were nice enough to let me on the plane. </p><p>The flight was suppose to leave any minute, but we ended up sitting for about an hour. I didn’t think much of it because at this point I was watching "Black Panther." Suddenly, I heard people start screaming, so I removed my headphones to discover that the flight was now delayed four hours. By the time I got off the plane and up the gangway, the flight was delayed another five hours. I was obviously bummed, but tried to see it as an adventure.</p><p>I called American Airlines' customer service and re-booked myself on a flight going directly to L.A. the next day. It was now around 10 or 11 p.m. and it had finally sunken in that I was going to be staying the night at the airport. I sort of walked around aimlessly for a few minutes until I decided to post up near a charging station and listen to a podcast. Feeling restless, I decided to walk around and see if there was anything interesting to photograph. My thought was that I would find some weird scenes of people hanging around the airport.</p><img alt="Sleeping Overnight at the Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527881629/chicago-airport-overnight-sleep-03-SLEEPERS0518.jpg?itok=1K0hCsZh"><p>The first thing I saw was a guy who was sleeping upright in his chair. What caught my eye was that he had a bright blue sweatshirt pulled over his head. The people around him were very confused when I took his photo. As I continued walking around I realized that almost everyone in the airport was sleeping. I decided to walk around and take the opportunity to study the different ways people chose to camp out for the night.</p><p>Some just slept upright in the airport seats, as if they had passed out watching TV at home. Others figured out unique ways to lay down on the seats, often times weaving their legs over and under the arms of the chairs. Some were lucky enough to snag a bench and turn it into a make-shift cot, while others chose to crash in the most private corner they could find. </p><img alt="Sleeping Overnight at the Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527881629/chicago-airport-overnight-sleep-04-SLEEPERS0518.jpg?itok=zlg4A9H1"><p>I walked around for about an hour before the weight of the day's adventure finally got to me and I became exhausted myself. I made one last call to the airline and was able to get on an even earlier flight that morning. I decided to make my way toward my departure gate where I ended up crashing, becoming one of the airport campers I had been photographing. I chose to sleep near a charging station, placing my bags under the seats next to me to protect my camera gear. I got a few hours of sleep before I woke up as the first few flights of the day started to take off. In a haze, I grabbed some coffee and slowly made my way onto the plane.</p><img alt="Sleeping Overnight at the Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1527881629/chicago-airport-overnight-sleep-05-SLEEPERS0518.jpg?itok=62Q32Tuw"><p>While it was not the best way to spend a night in Chicago, what I loved about the experience was that it reaffirmed how much I love the adventure of being a photographer. You never know when life will hand strange circumstances and as a photographer you always have to be ready to seize the moment. </p><p>Upon landing in L.A. and taking a two-hour Uber ride home — thank you, L.A. traffic — I calculated that I had been traveling for about 20 hours. Exhausted, I stumbled into the house, took a much needed shower, and collapsed into bed for the remainder of the day.</p>
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Hipsters Are Taking Over This Bangkok Neighborhood — and You're Going to Want to Try Their Cocktails

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:31
<p>Ask anyone who, like me, grew up in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/bangkok" target="_blank">Bangkok</a> in the 1970s, and they’ll tell you about suffering through interminable weddings at a riverside hotel in Bangrak, one of the Thai capital’s oldest districts. In those days, status-obsessed locals would shuffle over to Charoen Krung Road, Bangrak’s main drag, elbowing through steamy markets and stalls selling jok, or Chinese rice porridge, to submit to an eternity of long-winded wedding toasts.</p><p>My father, however, had better ideas. He and I would show up, make our rounds politely, then decamp to the nearby Oriental hotel, now the <a href="https://www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/chao-phraya-river/luxury-hotel" target="_blank">Mandarin Oriental</a> <em>(doubles from $420)</em>, his old friend Nelson in tow. Over <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/cocktails-spirits" target="_blank">cocktails</a>, the men would hatch outlandish plans. They dreamed of launching Bangkok’s first yoga studio, and a hospital-themed aperitif bar called the Pulse. My father, a physician, and Nelson, a flaneur who dressed in crisp linen suits, had no business sense, and when they did eventually put their schemes in motion, both immediately flopped.</p><p>If they’d only waited a few decades, their ideas might have gone down better. Because today, Bangrak is the epicenter of Bangkok’s Creative District, a trio of neighborhoods populated by artists, designers, chefs, and musicians. Lured by low rents and a postindustrial aesthetic, these upstart entrepreneurs are renovating shop-houses and using them to reinvent izakaya food, say, or experiment with artisanal spirits. Young and edgy, the Creative District has become the city’s must-visit destination.</p><p>Although the Creative District is anchored in Bangrak, it includes neighboring Talat Noi as well as Yaowarat, Bangkok’s effervescent Chinatown—all historic communities straddling the Charoen Krung corridor. Each borders the Chao Phraya River, and has roots in the river trading that was, in previous centuries, a mainstay of the Thai economy. This was where merchant ships from the Far East, Europe, and the Americas made landfall in the Siamese kingdom; Bangrak was home to the city’s first European quarter. You’ll see this multicultural legacy in the area’s range of architectural styles and its mix of Hindu and Buddhist temples, mosques, Chinese shrines, and churches.</p><p>“I remember coming here for weddings and scuba gear,” jewelry artist and Bangkok native Atty Tantivit told me as I browsed at <a href="http://attagallery.com/" target="_blank">Atta Gallery</a><i>,</i> her contemporary jewelry store, which sits in a courtyard close to the Mandarin Oriental. Tantivit, who holds a master’s in marine policy, decided 15 years ago to trade her scuba mask for jewelers’ goggles. When the time came to open a boutique, she decided against fashionable Sukhumvit and settled in Bangrak instead. “Back then, it seemed like the boonies,” she recalled. “Today, this is the best spot to be.”</p><img alt="Florist and restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528487268/oneday-wallflowers-jua-dish-BANGKOK0618.jpg?itok=v-sUxLTA"><p>It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the evolution of the Creative District began. Some say it started around 2012, with the opening of an influential art space named <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SpeedyGrandma/" target="_blank">Speedy Grandma</a>. That was quickly followed by the music venue <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293916-d7116793-Reviews-SoulBar-Bangkok.html" target="_blank">SoulBar</a> and fashionable bars like the gin-focused <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293916-d8790570-Reviews-Teens_of_Thailand-Bangkok.html" target="_blank">Teens of Thailand</a><i>.</i></p><p>Then, in 2016, the organizers of the <a href="http://bukruk.com/festival/" target="_blank">BukRuk Urban Arts Festival</a> zeroed in on Charoen Krung and commissioned a number of new works of street art, adding to the area’s design credentials. A year later, the art institute <a href="https://web.tcdc.or.th/th" target="_blank">Thailand Creative &amp; Design Center</a> moved into the 1940 Grand Postal Building, and Bangkok’s first-ever Michelin Guide listed several spots in the neighborhood, including trailblazing Thai-fusion restaurant <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293916-d9722066-Reviews-80_20-Bangkok.html" target="_blank">80/20</a> <em>(entrées $7–$22)</em>, noodle house <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293916-d10383802-Reviews-Baan_Phadthai-Bangkok.html" target="_blank">Baan Phadthai</a> <em>(entrées $4–$8)</em>, and Cantonese specialist <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293916-d3709886-Reviews-Sanyod_Chinese_Restaurant-Bangkok.html" target="_blank">Sanyod</a> <em>(entrées $5–$16)</em>.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/local-flavor-international/sukhumvit-bangkok" target="_blank">What to Do in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Neighborhood</a></p><p>On the other side of the river, the Creative District is gradually expanding into Khlong San, where architect Duangrit Bunnag opened the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293916-d9746096-Reviews-The_Jam_Factory_Gallery-Bangkok.html" target="_blank">Jam Factory</a>, a complex of cafés and lifestyle stores arranged around a tree-lined courtyard. More recently, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293916-d12899222-Reviews-Lhong_1919-Bangkok.html" target="_blank">Lhong 1919</a> took a 19th-century warehouse and repurposed it as a group of galleries, eateries, and boutiques selling everything from leather goods to homewares.</p><p>One recent afternoon, Tantivit and I took a walk around the Creative District together. Ducking into the <em>sois</em>, or narrow lanes, between Charoen Krung and the river, we ran into the newly opened <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293916-d13946970-Reviews-Warehouse_30-Bangkok.html" target="_blank">Warehouse 30</a>, a phalanx of  World War II–era warehouses lined with stylish shops. We downed shots of passion-fruit and green-apple juice at the pocket-size Real &amp; Raw, then headed over to <a href="http://ptendercool.com/en/" target="_blank">P. Tendercool</a>, where we ogled modern furniture handmade from vintage opium beds and Ming dynasty floorboards.</p><p>On Charoen Krung’s Soi 28, we admired the patchwork of venues: <a href="http://www.tropiccitybkk.com/" target="_blank">Tropic City</a>, a Swedish duo’s take on Caribbean rum and other spirits; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/blackpigtattoobkk/" target="_blank">Black Pig Tattoo</a>, part art studio, part tattoo parlor; and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/juabangkok/" target="_blank">Jua</a>, an homage to the street food of Osaka, Japan. I told Tantivit about my father’s creative failures, and we agreed he was well ahead of his time. A yoga studio and pulse-quickening aperitifs would definitely fit with the neighborhoods’ current incarnation.</p><p>Read on for more spots to explore in Bangkok's Creative District.</p><img alt="Jua Restaurant and live music at FooJohn, in Bangkok, Thailand "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528487268/jua-restaurant-foojohn-music-BANGKOK0618.jpg?itok=yzhWQlSB"><h2>Hotels</h2><h3><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Bangkok-Hotels-Baan2459.h19441080.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Baan 2459</a></h3><p>A romantic Sino-European colonial bungalow with a striking garden café (<em>doubles from $175).</em></p><h3><a href="http://www.capellahotels.com/bangkok/" target="_blank">Capella Bangkok</a></h3><p>Opening this fall, this contemporary 101-room hotel promises to be an exciting addition to the Chao Phraya riverfront (<em>doubles from $500).</em></p><h2>Restaurants and Bars</h2><h3><a href="https://www.facebook.com/asiatodaybar" target="_blank">Asia Today</a></h3><p>Inventive cocktails made with herbal infusions from the far corners of Siam.</p><h3><a href="https://www.ba-hao.com/" target="_blank">Ba Hao</a></h3><p>Humble home recipes including duck wontons and braised pork (e<i>ntrées</i><i> $7–$8).</i></p><h3><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293916-d12891634-Reviews-FooJohn_Building-Bangkok.html" target="_blank">FooJohn Building</a></h3><p>Three restaurants are arranged across the three stories of this atmospheric Chinatown shop-house, where live music events are also often held.</p><h2>Shops</h2><h3><a href="https://www.facebook.com/aoonpottery/" target="_blank">Aoon</a></h3><p>Ceramicist Pollaste Lohachalatanakul’s raw, ethereal pieces crafted from local clay are complemented by an excellent on-site café.</p><h3><a href="https://www.facebook.com/onedaywallflowers/" target="_blank">Oneday Wallflowers</a></h3><p>A fashionable, frond-filled florist with a hit cocktail bar on its roof.</p>
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7 Ways to Make Sure Your First Trip As a Couple Isn't Your Last

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:01
<p>Traveling together as a couple, especially for the first time, can have its challenges. There’s something about being together 24/7 that brings out a side of each other that neither of you have ever seen before, no matter the length of your romance.</p><p>Missing a connecting flight or finding yourself lost on public transportation is stressful on its own. Throw in a somewhat new romantic relationship, and it's easy to see where things can go awry.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/things-to-do-before-you-go-on-vacation" target="_blank">11 Things You Should Do the Day Before You Leave for a Vacation</a></p><p>In reality, unless everything goes exactly according to plan — which it rarely does — avoiding these bumps won’t be easy. All you two can really do is problem solve and have a game plan for when things go wrong.</p><p>To make life a little easier, here are some tips and tricks to ensure you both stay away from as much tension as possible and spend more time enjoying one another.</p><h2>Speak up.</h2><p>If something is bothering you, say something. Even if it’s as simple as wanting to walk to the next sight versus taking a cab, you’re not doing anyone any favors by keeping your thoughts bottled up. It’s always easier to fix an issue on the spot, instead of later down the road when it inevitably comes out all at once. And on the flip side, don't forget to listen: It's your partner's vacation, too.</p><h2>Remember the itinerary is simply a guide.</h2><p>Unless you have tickets or a scheduled event, don’t feel pressured to stick with the original plan. Whether it’s a train delay or unexpected weather, learn how to adjust as a team. Over-planning can also add unnecessary pressure to the trip, so consider ditching the itinerary for a bit and see where you end up.</p><h2>Take a break.</h2><p>Regardless of how many days you and your special someone are on vacation, remember there’s no shame in slowing down. After all, aren’t you both supposed to be relaxing? If the sights get to be too much and one of you, if not both, begin to fade, grab a drink and reboot. Taking a half hour to chill can make all the difference.</p><h2>Don’t play the blame game.</h2><p>Once a disagreement arises, the key is to remember you’re both on the same team. Figuring out who’s right, wrong, or how you two even got into the predicament in the first place is irrelevant and a waste of time. All that matters is finding a solution to the problem — which is only going to happen by coming together and not pointing fingers.</p><h2>Stop being a backseat driver.</h2><p>Being lost is the worst, and shouting out random street names when the other person is trying to navigate isn’t going to help — if anything, it will actually make things worse. Try staying calm, whipping out your own Google Maps, or even asking a local for directions to amend the situation.</p><h2>Don't forget to rest.</h2><p>Jet lag and not getting enough rest the night before a flight can heavily impact one’s mood. If you or your significant other is grumpy and tired, taking a nap may be the way to go. Even a short nap can really turn things around and give the getaway a fresh start.</p><h2>Remember why you're there.</h2><p>Not every duo gets to the point where they want to travel together, so don’t take the special opportunity for granted. Make the most of this next step in your romance by not sweating the little things and showing the other person just how much you care.</p>
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A Photographer Spent 3 Years Documenting Giant Pandas in China, and It's Making Us Want to Book a Ticket

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 10:00
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/relocation-china-panda-sanctuary" target="_blank">Giant pandas</a> are one of the most elusive species on Earth, with fewer than 2,000 living in the wild — but <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Panda-Love-Secret-Lives-Pandas/dp/1784881279" target="_blank">a new book</a> from wildlife photographer <a href="http://www.amivitale.com/" target="_blank">Ami Vitale</a> helps bring these compelling creatures to a wider audience. </p><img alt="pandas from the book Panda Love by Ami Vitale "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528816864/playing-PANDALOVE0618.jpg?itok=MKOs6qMO"><p>Over the course of three years, Vitale worked alongside panda researchers to photograph China's national animal at breeding centers and nature reserves — even donning a panda suit infused with the pheromone scents of panda urine and feces to blend in. The result is "<a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Panda-Love-Secret-Lives-Pandas/dp/1784881279" target="_blank">Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas</a>," out now from <a href="http://www.hardiegrant.com/us/publishing/bookfinder/book/panda-love-by-ami-vitale/9781784881276" target="_blank">Hardie Grant</a> and <a href="https://www.chroniclebooks.com/titles/panda-love.html" target="_blank">Chronicle Books</a>, a riveting collection of photographs that illustrate the personalities and resilience of these endangered animals. </p><img alt="baby panda from the book Panda Love by Ami Vitale "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528816864/baby-PANDALOVE0618.jpg?itok=-Y39W61d"><p>Much of the work at panda research centers involves cubs. Breeding is the focus of the whole operation, of course, and staff work tirelessly to nurture these young bears and prepare them for their eventual release. For the first three months of their lives, they are under constant supervision by a "panda nanny." </p><p>The re-wilding process begins when the pandas are about two years old. Pandas bred in captivity have an amazing 90-percent survival rate, a threefold increase from just 50 years ago. Before they are introduced into their natural habitat, they are given a series of tests to make sure they have learned the skills their wild cousins are taught from birth — like how to find good bamboo and protect themselves from predators.</p><img alt="pandas from the book Panda Love by Ami Vitale "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528816864/enclosure-PANDALOVE0618.jpg?itok=uzVlriot"><p>While Vitale was given special access, there are plenty of ways to visit pandas for yourself in their home in south-central China. The most popular and accessible option is the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297463-d457089-Reviews-Giant_Panda_Breeding_Research_Base_Xiongmao_Jidi-Chengdu_Sichuan.html" target="_blank">Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center</a>, a retreat just outside the city of over 14 million, which also houses a panda museum as well as several other threatened species. </p><p>Vitale spent time at centers like the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1016982-d1514828-Reviews-Bifengxia_Panda_Reserve-Ya_an_Sichuan.html" target="_blank">Bifengxia Giant Panda Base</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g681034-d2562111-Reviews-Panda_Valley-Dujiangyan_Sichuan.html" target="_blank">Dujiangyan Panda Center</a>, as well as the wilder habitats in <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1169756-d324053-Reviews-Wolong_Giant_Panda_Nature_Reserve-Wenchuan_County_Sichuan.html" target="_blank">Wolong Nature Reserve</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1795742-d1824105-Reviews-Liziping_Nature_Reserve-Shimian_County_Sichuan.html" target="_blank">Liziping Nature Reserve</a>. <a href="https://www.pandasinternational.org/panda-reserves/dujiangyan-panda-center/" target="_blank">Dujiangyan</a> offers limited day-long volunteer programs where you can assist panda keepers, and the nature reserves are good for longer trips involving hikes through the pandas' habitat. </p><img alt="Amanyangyun, Shanghai "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1517340848/Amanyangyun-shanghai-siobhan-EDPICKHOTEL0118_0.jpg?itok=YET5uTF5"><p>Interest piqued by these adorable pandas? There are plenty of other reasons to travel to China now, including a major hotel boom that's seeing international luxury brands and creative boutiques popping up in the country's major cities. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/architecture-design/shanghai-hotel-design" target="_blank">Shanghai</a>, especially, is having a moment with the recent debuts of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Shanghai-Hotels-Amanyangyun.h21512524.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Amanyangyun</a>, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/cn/the-middle-house.html" target="_blank">Middle House</a>, properties from <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/cn/shang-hai-jian-ye-li-jia-pei-le-jiu-dian-shanghai.html" target="_blank">Capella</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/cn/bellagio-shanghai.html" target="_blank">Bellagio</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.booking.com/hotel/cn/w-shanghai-the-bund.html" target="_blank">W Hotels</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/cn/the-st-regis-shanghai-jingan.html" target="_blank">St. Regis</a>, and the forthcoming <a href="http://www.bulgarihotels.com/en_US/shanghai" target="_blank">Bulgari Shanghai</a> and <a href="https://www.editionhotels.com/shanghai/" target="_blank">Shanghai EDITION</a>, among others.</p><p>Travelers to Beijing will also be spoiled for options, with exciting recent additions like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.booking.com/hotel/cn/bei-jing-bao-ge-li-jiu-dian.html" target="_blank">Bulgari Beijing</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/cn/xin-guo-mao-fan-dian.html" target="_blank">Hotel Jen</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.hotels.com/ho623348704/vue-hotel-houhai-beijing-beijing-china/" target="_blank">Vue Beijing</a>, and soon-to-open <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.thepuxuan.com/en/" target="_blank">Puxuan Hotel and Spa</a>. </p><img alt="Hangzhou sunset "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1512762694/hangzhou-china-lake-asia-sunset-SUNSET1217_0.jpg?itok=zavtixUb"><p>But it's not just about Beijing and Shanghai. International travelers are increasingly interested in the country's lesser-visited regions, which are becoming more accessible than ever thanks to expanding transportation options. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/chengdu-china-modern-makeover" target="_blank">Chengdu</a>, for example, has had non-stop flights from Los Angeles and New York City on Hainan Airlines since late last year, making it easier than ever to visit the country's fourth-largest city and center of the Sichuan Province.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/hangzhou-chinas-most-relaxing-city" target="_blank">Hangzhou</a> is another huge but lesser-known megacity (China famously has dozens) that is a draw for its two UNESCO World Heritage sites and relaxed atmosphere. A new collection of <a href="https://www.alilahotels.com/about-alila/upcoming-developments" target="_blank">Alila Villas</a> will soon be added to its impressive list of luxury properties. And, in connection with its ambitious <a href="https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/building-new-silk-road" target="_blank">"New Silk Road"</a> vision, China has invested hundreds of billions of dollars in high-speed rail travel — <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world/china-watch/travel/china-bullet-train-expansion/" target="_blank">over 2,000 miles of new track</a> will be laid over the next year, with more to come, eventually speeding up travel into the country's stunning <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/yunnan-china-travel" target="_blank">western region</a>.</p><p>Check out the book for more (extremely cute) inspiration. </p><img alt="cover of the book Panda Love by Ami Vitale "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528816864/book-cover-PANDALOVE0618.jpg?itok=xzSlaKCu"><h2>"Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas" by Ami Vitale</h2><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Panda-Love-Secret-Lives-Pandas/dp/1784881279" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $18</p><p><em>Our series Reasons to Travel Now highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day.</em></p>
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Two Passengers Were Flung From a Florida Roller Coaster Hours After It Passed a Safety Inspection

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 07:57
<p>Two people were flung to the ground when a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/wicker-man-roller-coaster-fire" target="_blank">roller coaster</a> derailed in Daytona Beach, Florida on Thursday evening. Six people were still hospitalized as of Friday morning.</p><p>The front car of the Sand Blaster roller coaster on the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34172-d207937-Reviews-Boardwalk_Amusement_Area_and_Pier-Daytona_Beach_Florida.html" target="_blank">Daytona Beach boardwalk</a> completely derailed at about 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, sending two passengers on an approximately 34-foot fall.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/riders-stuck-on-roller-coaster" target="_blank">Riders Stuck on 300-foot Roller Coaster for 2 Hours During Power Outage</a></p><p>The Daytona Beach Fire Department said it rescued 10 people from the ride and transported six to the hospital. They said the two people who were ejected were alert and not seriously injured.</p><p>There were four passengers in the front car, which was left dangling perpendicular to the ground. Four more passengers were in the second car and two in the third.</p><p>“Daytona Beach firefighters did an amazing job tonight rescuing the 10 very frightened passengers on the roller coaster,” Sasha Staton, a Daytona Beach Fire Department spokeswoman, <a href="http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20180614/2-riders-plunge-3-stories-in-daytona-beach-roller-coaster-derailment" target="_blank">told the <i>Daytona Beach News-Journal</i></a><i>. </i>“They were faced with dangerous conditions as they worked as fast as possible to successfully extricate everyone safely.”</p><p>The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has launched an investigation “to determine the cause of the accident, and anyone who should be held accountable will be held accountable,” <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/14/us/roller-coaster-derail-daytona-beach/index.html" target="_blank">a spokesperson for the agency told <em>CNN</em></a>.</p><p>The ride <a href="http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20180615/state-daytona-roller-coaster-passed-state-inspection-day-of-crash" target="_blank">had just passed state inspection earlier that day</a>.</p><p>The Sand Blaster was a 40-year-old ride that the Daytona Beach Boardwalk purchased in 2012.</p>
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Book Your Dream Caribbean Getaway for As Little As $209 Round-trip

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 07:25
<p>Whether you're already dreaming of a fall or winter getaway in the sun or looking to plan a last-minute summer trip, now is the time to book a cheap flight to the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/caribbean-bermuda-bahamas" target="_blank">Caribbean</a>.</p><p>There are currently a number of deals to popular Caribbean destinations like the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/sports-illustrated-swim-model-chase-carter-harbour-island-tour" target="_blank">Bahamas</a>, Guadeloupe, Martinique, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/road-trips/jamaica-blue-mountain-road-trip-guide" target="_blank">Jamaica</a>, the Dominican Republic, and more from a variety of U.S. cities.</p><p>The deals, which start at $209 round-trip, are available from June 2018 through May 2019.</p><p>For example, you can book a flight from New York City to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/martinique" target="_blank">Martinique</a> for $209 round-trip in December or February, and for $219 round-trip in November, January, or March. Meanwhile, flights to Guadeloupe start at $209 round-trip in October and range from $209 to $219 round-trip from December through March of 2019.</p><p>From Florida, you can fly to Grand Cayman for $211 round-trip, to Providenciales in Turks and Caicos for $231 round-trip, to Nassau, Bahamas for $254 round-trip, and to Montego Bay, Jamaica for $227 round-trip.</p><p>In September, travelers from Los Angeles can fly to St. Thomas for $260 round-trip, while Chicago fliers can hit St. Thomas for $274 round-trip and St. Croix for $270 round-trip.</p><p>Finally, travelers based in Baltimore can find flights to St. Thomas for $276 round-trip and to the Bahamas for $278 round-trip. Just put in your ideal destination and view the cheapest dates using <a href="https://www.google.com/flights/#flt=/m/02_286..2018-07-01*./m/02_286.2018-07-05;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:h" target="_blank">Google Flights' fare calendar</a>.</p>
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