Viagra Plant Gives Irish Town Free 'Love Fumes,' Residents Say

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:22
<p>There’s something in the air in Ringaskiddy, Ireland.</p><p>Residents near the tiny village of Cork, where Pfizer’s erectile dysfunction drug Viagra is manufactured, recently said they get a unique kind of contact high from the fumes.</p><p>“One whiff and you’re stiff,” <a href="" target="_blank">one resident told the Times</a>. “We’ve been getting the love fumes for years now for free,” chimed in another.</p><p>Despite the locals’ accounts, Pfizer laughed off the rumors in <a href="" target="_blank">a statement provided to Fortune</a>, saying, “Pfizer manufacturing facilities operate to high environmental standards and are regulated and licensed by health authorities and environmental agencies which have strict protocols to ensure that emissions from manufacturing sites have no effect on human health or the environment.”</p><p>Locals still aren’t convinced. One speculated <a href="" target="_blank">to the Irish Post</a> that the drug had found its way into the water supply, saying even village dogs “walk around in a state of sexual excitement.”</p><p>The pharmaceutical company recently announced plans to sell its flagship product over-the-counter in the U.K., and to introduce <a href="" target="_blank">a significantly cheaper generic version</a> to the U.S. market.</p>
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This Man Survived After Nearly 29 Hours Lost at Sea

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:32
<p>Food poisoning turned potentially deadly after a man ended up lost at sea for nearly 29 hours.</p><p>Brett Archibald says that he got up one night while on a charter boat and went to get sick over the side when he lost his footing and fell into the water. He recounted his harrowing experience from 2013 on the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Today</em> show’s "True Grit"</a> series this week.</p><p>Archibald told the show, he had been hallucinating, stung by jellyfish and fighting cramps and dehydration. He swam with the current, recited cell phone contacts and sang Elton John songs to pass the time, he said.</p><p>Archibald stayed in the water for more than a day before a search boat eventually caught up to him, and said a medic onboard told him he only had about an hour left to live if they had not found him.</p><p>He said his experience led him to reflect on the kind of person and father he was through conversations he had with God.</p><p>"The first conversations were very anger-driven. I scream. I can't even use the profanities that I used in that ocean. And then they evolved to reassessing my life. I reflected, I hadn't been a good person. I thought I was a great father and husband, but when I was faced with reality, I hadn't been," Archibald told <em>Today</em>.</p><p>His story of being lost at sea was also documented in his book <em>Alone: Lost Overboard in the Indian Ocean</em>.</p>
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Watch Out: Bag Fees Are Coming to International Flights

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:31
<p>Another day, another new airline fee.</p><p>Some airlines are planning to add fees for the first checked bag on transatlantic flights. While fees for checked bags have quickly become standard on domestic flights, international routes have so far have been spared. But travelers should expect that to change. The fee goes hand in hand with the expansion of <a href="" target="_blank">basic economy</a> tickets, which don't include any “extras” — like seat assignments.</p><p>Beginning in April of next year, Delta will charge a <a href="!Y!vY!_rY!~A&w_id=33887&news_id=2030125" target="_blank">$50 fee for the first checked bag</a> for passengers with a basic economy ticket on transatlantic flights. A second checked bag will cost an extra $100.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Why You'll Likely Never Know How Much a Flight Actually Costs</a></p><p>Air France KLM will do the same on transatlantic flights in April, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>Business Traveller</em></a>, except they refer to basic economy fares as “hand baggage only,” or HBO (premium cable subscription not included).</p><p>On Delta, passengers who are booked with Main Cabin or Comfort+ tickets will still be able to check their first bag for free.</p><p>The new fee will make it even more important to check restrictions on a ticket before purchasing, and to weigh your specific travel needs: Will you be checking a bag? Consider a ticket upgrade. Are you ok with roughing it in exchange for some savings? Double down on your <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on packing skills</a>.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Of course, Delta and Air France KLM <a href="" target="_blank">aren’t the only airlines</a> adding fees for customers who purchase the cheapest fare. Following the success of ultra low-cost carriers like Norwegian and WOW Air, many legacy airlines have introduced stripped-down tickets that are cheap upfront, but come with extra fees for seat assignments, checked bags, and even for a carry-on bag.</p><p>Airlines have touted these tickets as providing more choice for passengers who travel extremely light and don’t mind where they sit. However, airlines won't mind if you end up <a href="" target="_blank">buying the more expensive ticket</a>.</p><p>“Really the success of that product isn't how many people buy it, in our mind, but how many people don't buy it and choose another product,” Delta President Glen Hauenstein said in an investor’s meeting, as reported by <a href="" target="_blank">CNBC</a>.</p><p>Every person is a little different in the way they'd like to travel. If you’re price-conscious, you'll want to check if your cheap ticket is actually cheap.</p>
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A White Christmas Came Early in the South and People Don’t Know What to Do

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 15:43
<p>Residents of many southern states may get a white Christmas this year — whether they like it or not.</p><p>People in states from Texas to Alabama woke up to a blanket of snow on Friday morning, setting snowfall records in many parts of the region, <a href="" target="_blank">the Weather Channel reports</a>. Some areas near Atlanta saw five to 10 inches; Anniston, Ala., got 10 inches; and the mountains of North Carolina got hit with 18 inches.</p><p>Even some of Texas’ southern-most cities, including Brownsville and Corpus Christi, saw snowfall. Corpus Christi has only seen eight days of measurable snowfall in the last 69 years, <a href="" target="_blank">CNN reports</a>.</p><p>While many residents were excited by the unusual snowfall, the wintry weather plunged many cities into disarray. More than 100,000 people across the south lost power, <a href="" target="_blank">the Washington Post reports</a>, and several car accidents were reported near Houston. In Atlanta, residents were beside themselves.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Other parts of the country will get their turn later in the weekend, as weather systems drop snow on many states in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. Even in the Northeast, however, the Weather Channel predicts most areas won’t see more than five inches.</p>
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Everything We Know so Far About Universal Studios' Nintendo Theme Park

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 15:31
<p>Did you spent your childhood battling friends in Super Smash Brothers or perfecting your driving skills in Mario Kart Double Dash? Good news: The latest from <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios</a> is about to make you feel like a kid again.</p><p>A new immersive, ride-filled, character-packed themed land is coming to <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios Florida</a>, and it revolves completely around the Nintendo franchises. The news, which has been floating through the theme park rumor mill for months (or even years), was finally confirmed just a few weeks ago when Universal received the necessary building permits to begin construction on Nintendo World.</p><p>Although the opening of this video game wonderland is bound to be a few years away, here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming addition to the <a href="" target="_blank">Orlando</a> park. If the early plans are any indication, Nintendo fans will not be disappointed with this gamer’s paradise.</p><h2>Where will the park be located?</h2><img alt="Universal Studios Japan "src=""><p>As was correctly guessed by fans when the rumors first started, the new Nintendo World will take the place of Universal Studios’ current Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone, an area of the Florida park that currently houses attractions aimed at younger visitors. According to building permits released in November, an 8.8-acre Nintendo area will replace attractions like Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, the Animal Actors show stage, and a number of kids’ play areas.</p><p>Fortunately, early plans indicate that Universal’s classic and beloved E.T. Adventure ride will remain, making it the longest-running ride in the park’s history.</p><h2>What kind of rides will the park have?</h2><img alt="Mario Nintendo merchandise gifts "src=""><p>Based on what we know so far, Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Kirby are just a few of the characters who might make an appearance in the park. The recently released building permits confirm that Donkey Kong and Mario Kart sections will definitely be part of the final land.</p><p>Additionally, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">report on WFTV</a>, “Sources have said the idea is to expand on a possible film project with Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind ‘Despicable Me,’ to eventually make a Super Mario Brothers CG movie.”</p><p>This idea fits well into Universal’s current landscape, which relies heavily on the “Despicable Me” and <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Minions</i></a> franchises, with the corresponding ride being one of the most popular in the park.</p><p>While our certainty ends there, a bit of speculation might give us a better idea of what Nintendo World will look like. Back in June, the site Theme Park University shared a <a href="" target="_blank">possibly “leaked” map</a> of the new park which shows some of the rides, areas and restaurants in detail. The site, however, admits the possibility that these maps could be fan concepts, or at the very least do not show Universal’s finalized plans. However, the footprint and layout of the park do seem to match what fans have predicted the park will look like, as well as correspond to the filed building permits.</p><p>The leaked map includes areas called Mushroom Kingdom, Princess Peach’s Castle, Kirby’s Kid’s Playland, Zelda’s Kingdom and Donkey Kong Island. Additionally, this proposed plan houses a massive Super Mario World Ride that would put guests in the middle of a Mario Kart race.</p><p>Again, these plans have not been confirmed by Universal Creative and could be merely the detailed work of an avid fan. Still, one can dream.</p><h2>When will the park open?</h2><p>An official opening date has not yet been confirmed. Currently, Universal is also working on opening <a href="" target="_blank">another Nintendo park</a> at Universal Studios Japan, which is scheduled to open in 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympics. The Florida version is expected to open shortly after that.</p><p>While the Japan version of the park only broke ground a few months ago, the plans for this park may give us a few ideas about what’s to come for Florida in the future. So far, Japan’s Super Nintendo World will definitely include a Mario Kart attraction, giving American fans more hope that Orlando might receive the same.</p>
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Day 2: Bose SoundLink Micro & SoundSport Free

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:48
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Dreams Do Come True: FAO Schwarz Is Coming Back to New York City

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:30
<p>Your childhood dreams are soon to be fulfilled.</p><p>Whimsical toy retailer FAO Schwarz is coming back to Manhattan, <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Commercial Observer</em> reports</a>. Now we can all relive our childhood memories of gaping in awe at the magnificent toy paradise and acting out the <a href="" target="_blank">famous giant piano scene from “Big.”</a></p><img alt="FAO Schwarz toy store midtown Manhattan New York City "src=""><p>The former FAO Schwarz had to close its doors in 2015 because of rising rent. The retailer had been sold to Toys ‘R’ Us back in 2009, but was sold off again to ThreeSixty Group in October 2016.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Now, it’s reclaiming a spot close to where its last flagship store was. The old, magnificent FAO Schwarz once occupied several floors in the GM Building on Fifth Avenue. While their new location is significantly smaller (19,000 square feet compared to 61,000 square feet), it will be in a prime location at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">49 Unique Gift Ideas Anyone on Your List Will Love</a></p><p>The new store will be where the current NBC Experience Store is, which is being replaced by the network’s lobby store.</p><p>The new FAO Schwarz will open its doors in fall 2018, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the <em>Commercial Observer</em></a>. But for those who don’t want to wait, there’s currently an <a href="" target="_blank">FAO Schwarz pop-up store</a> in Bergdorf Goodman at 754 5th Ave and 58th Street through December 31.</p>
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Long-distance Flights Could Get Super Cheap in 2018 — Here’s Why

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 13:30
<p>For the majority of passengers traveling for leisure, <a href="" target="_blank">price is the most important factor</a> when deciding which flight to book.</p><p>As airlines continue to compete for price-conscious travelers, the cost of long-haul flights is likely to <a href="" target="_blank">fall even more</a>. So if you don’t mind sacrificing “extras” like checked bags, legroom, and meal service, 2018 will be a great time to travel for cheap.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Here’s the Kind of Suitcase You Need to Get Around New Baggage Bans</a></p><p><a href=";region=4&amp;m_id=Y!Y!vY!_rY!~A&amp;w_id=33882&amp;news_id=2030063" target="_blank">A report from European online travel company eDreams ODIGEO</a> found that the cost of long-haul fares fell 7 percent in 2017: “Airlines across Europe are increasingly engaging in a transatlantic price war, with for example low-cost carrier Norwegian selling flights from the U.K. and Ireland to America from as little as £69 one way or £138 return,” the report said.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>In addition to airlines like Norwegian, AirAsiaX and WOW Air, there are also new players entering the long-haul, low-cost market this year.</p><p>The airline LEVEL (from IAG, the company that owns British Airways and Iberia) announced new routes starting in March 2018, including Barcelona to Boston and Paris to Montreal, New York City, Guadeloup and Martinique. <a href=";p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=2318756" target="_blank">One-way airfare starts at $118</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Where to Go in 2018</a></p><p>And <a href="" target="_blank">Air France’s “hip,” lower-cost airline targeted at millennials, Joon</a>, started offering service from Paris to Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon and Porto. Starting in March, the airline will expand to routes in Rome, Naples, Oslo, Istanbul, Cairo, Cape Town and Tehran. Long-haul flights from Paris to the Middle East start at $175.</p><p>As we head into 2018, airfare cost is less likely to be a prohibitive factor in selecting a travel destination. Check out T+L's guide to <a href="" target="_blank">the 50 best places to travel in 2018</a> for ideas.</p>
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Get 30% off Stays at Baron's Cove in Sag Harbor

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 12:31
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</strong></em></p><p>New York: At least 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Baron’s Cove</a>, harbor- or village-facing rooms with a classic American restaurant in Sag Harbor.</p><p>The Perfect Landing package includes:</p><p>*One or more nights in a Village King room (upgrades available)</p><p>*Two all-day ice skating passes at Buckskill Skating Rink</p><p>*A $50 dining credit</p><p>*Hot chocolate with whipped cream for two</p><p>*2pm check-out</p><p>*Complimentary meals for children</p><p>Original Price: From $239 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price: </strong>From $159 per night; valid through March 31.</p><p>Booking details: <a href="" target="_blank">Book online</a> or call 844-227-6672.</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates apply.</p>
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Why a Solo Trip Is the Best Way to Celebrate Turning 30

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 12:00
<p>Taking a minute to catch my breath, surrounded by nothing but trees about 40 minutes outside of <a href="" target="_blank">Lisbon</a>, I felt truly alone. To my own surprise, I didn't hate it.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Turning 30</a> was a big deal, so to mark the milestone with the appropriate pomp and circumstance I thought it deserved, I decided to book my first-ever solo trip and challenge myself to do a bunch of things I was not comfortable with.</p><p>I thought I might have some profound, life-changing experience. I also thought I'd likely spend my entire three days in Portugal cowering in a corner of my room at the hostel crying from loneliness.</p><p>Neither of those happened.</p><p>Instead, I found myself staring out at the trees that surround the candy-colored Pena Palace in Sintra and wrapping myself in the quiet (something I never do). I fell in love with the hilly, cobblestone streets, buttery sand beaches, and <a href="" target="_blank">fairy tale castles of Portugal</a>, and realized being alone in a place where I didn't know anyone was the best way to spend my birthday.</p><p>Here's the thing: Being alone is actually amazing. Here's why you too should book a solo trip for your big day.</p><img alt=" "src=""><h3>You'll realize you're more adventurous than you thought.</h3><p>Practically every house in Lisbon is covered in tiles — tiles of all colors and patterns that make you feel like you're inside an elaborate dollhouse and never want to leave. Just walking around the city is a great start (there are enough cobblestone streets and red roof tiles and can't-pass-up Instagram opportunities to spend days on).</p><p>But to really get the most out of the experience, I booked a solo surfing lesson. A total beginner wary of rip tides and wiping out and the freezing water of the Atlantic, I strapped on the board and gave it my best shot. There were kids half my age whipping around as I tried my hand at the baby waves made mostly of foam. But I stood three times and with each accomplishment cared just a little less about how silly I looked.</p><p>Even more than learning to surf, I figured out that I could try something that I was afraid of and there was no one to convince me otherwise. Facing my fears was easier when no one who knew me was looking.</p><h3>You might not end up feeling lonely at all.</h3><p>I'm the girl who calls someone to chat on the walk home from the subway. And the transition to having only my thoughts to fill my time wasn't going to be easy. Cheating a bit, I texted my sister as I climbed the hills of Barrio Alto, a vibrant collection of shops, restaurants, and bars set amongst the city's typical winding streets — in other words, a photographer's dream. I sent photo after photo of intricate tile-covered buildings and crisscrossing tram lines, piles of rich <em>pastel de nata </em>that taste like wrapping yourself in warm sugar. And butter.</p><p>But I needed to quit the texting crutch. One walking tour, 9.7 miles, and an ice cream later, I made my first attempt at talking to complete strangers in the living room of the hostel. It was like speed dating on steroids. But travelers are nice and open and, again, I had nothing to worry about. After a bar crawl, several birthday drinks, and some soulful Fado music in a dimly-lit, steamy bar in Alfama — a historic district dating back to the eighth century where colorful graffiti tells you stories as you climb the hills — I was more upset about my impending departure than I was about feeling lonely.</p><h3>You'll learn to be comfortable in the silence. </h3><p>Sitting on a ledge overlooking the ocean, I took stock of what was going on around me. It was the day of my birthday and I was reflecting on how I had spent most of it trying to get away from the crowds, falling behind when in a group, and wandering off on my own when I had the opportunity. I had rolled my jeans up and dipped my feet in the chilly ocean water in Cascais, climbing back up the soft sand to the boardwalk after. I dangled my legs over the edge of the wall and listened to the waves come in. I was calm. Part of it was due to the ocean — I've never met a beach I didn't love — but part was because I was quiet (for once in my life, as my dad would probably say). I was loving the solace that came with just being. And I was shocked that I did.</p><p>Since getting back, I've tried to force that on myself little by little. To give up headphones when walking or taking the train, to allow myself to observe the world around me, reflecting on it with a clear head. It's not easy when you live in New York City, but I learned how nice it can be when you unplug and how important it is to try.</p><h3>You'll experience a place differently when there's no one else to consult.</h3><p>Growing up in Brooklyn, the closest I came to nature was Prospect Park on a crowded Saturday afternoon. So when it came time to walk up a (steep) hill to a lookout point in Sintra, I was hesitant. I know my family, who I often travel with, would be too. But they weren't there to convince me that I shouldn't do it.</p><p>Huffing and puffing, I started the walk up to the top with travelers from Montreal and Japan. But I found myself purposely falling behind. It wasn't until they had passed around the corner that I looked up, turning around 360 degrees and realizing that I was completely alone on the path. I stuck my hands out, almost as if I could feel the fresh air. I stayed about 10 minutes, repeating to myself over and over that wow, there was no one else there — a novelty for a New Yorker — and wondering if I would be able to live like this all the time (yeah, probably not).</p><p>Then a small group came marching up, breaking the silent spell and making me feel a bit self-conscious for my Julie Andrews "Sound of Music" impression, sans the music. I moved on but not before patting myself on the back for truly experiencing the view and actually enjoying the alone time.</p><h3>As cliché as it sounds, you will learn something.</h3><p>While I can't pretend I had some profound revelation on my solo birthday trip that will change my whole life, what I did get to do was visit a new destination with only my perspective to rely on. It's so easy to look at your fellow companions, be them friends, family, or even people you just met, and see a destination through their eyes. They may move on quickly or want to spend more time on something than you. When you're alone, you get to do what you want, have the experience that you want, be a little selfish.</p><p>In March, I went on vacation with a friend who wanted to separate to each do the things we wanted without dragging the other along. It was a foreign concept to me and, at the time, I felt a little slighted. But I've learned that it's OK to be slightly selfish sometimes and it's OK to just want to be on your own. I learned there is comfort in the silence and lessons in observing the noise around you. I learned it's easy to make new friends if you're open to it. And, best of all, when you're alone there's no one to judge you for eating your weight in <em>pastel de nata</em> and ice cream cones so big you're afraid they might topple over.</p><p>Next solo stop: <a href="" target="_blank">Dubai</a>. Who's ready for some sand-boarding?</p>
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Visitors to the Island of Palau Now Have to Sign an Eco-Pledge

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 09:35
<p>Tourists visiting the nation of Palau will now have to sign an eco-pledge before entering the country.</p><p>The pledge would be stamped into tourists passports, which they would have to sign before entering the country, <a href="" target="_blank">according to Agence France-Presse</a>.</p><p>Authorities hope that the new effort would reduce ecological damage driven by increased tourism.</p><p>"We rely on our environment to survive and if our beautiful country is lost to environmental degradation, we will be the last generation to enjoy both its beauty and life-sustaining biodiversity,” Palau President Tommy Remengesau told the AFP.</p><p>“Children of Palau, I take this pledge as your guest, to preserve and protect your beautiful and unique island home. I vow to tread lightly, act kindly and explore mindfully. I shall not take what is not given. I shall not harm what does not harm me. The only footprints I shall leave are those that will wash away,” the pledge reads.</p>
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Delta Airlines Cancels Hundreds More Atlanta Flights Amid Snow

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 08:53
<p>Winter weather continues to wreak havoc on travel in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.</p><p>After canceling more than 1,000 flights on Friday, Delta Airlines—which is based in Atlanta—scrubbed another 350 from the schedule on Saturday, according to <a href="" target="_blank">an announcement from the airline</a>. Most of the affected flights were supposed to originate or land in Atlanta.</p><p>“Delta people have been working around the clock to reset the Atlanta Airport operations for weekend travel; however, the continued stream of winter precipitation in metro Atlanta throughout the night continues to impact the airline’s startup at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,” the statement says.</p><p>Atlanta has been slammed with an unusual amount of snow this weekend, with most parts of the city seeing roughly six inches of accumulation, and some nearby areas getting as much as a foot, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution</a>. States across the south, including Texas, Alabama and North Carolina, saw far higher-than-average snowfall this weekend.</p><p>Delta isn’t the only airline affected by the snowstorm. Hartsfield-Jackson, one of the nation’s busiest airports, <a href=";" target="_blank">warned travelers on Twitter</a> Saturday that, while it’s open during the storm, “delays and cancellations are expected.”</p><p> </p>
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High Winds Ripped the Roof Off Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu Home

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:59
<p>As a wildfire blazed through Ventura County this week, Caitlyn Jenner returned to her Malibu home to find most of her roof gone and her dog missing.</p><p>While the house was safe from the flames, Jenner’s roof was torn off, part of it landing in the pool, as high winds ripped through the area Wednesday, <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Deadline </i>reported</a>. Her 8-month-old Labrador puppy, Bertha, was gone.</p><p>“It was awful," one of Jenner’s representatives told <a href=""><i>People</i></a><i><a href="" target="_blank"> Magazine</a>.</i> We all thought Bertha was buried under that wreckage. Nowhere to be found last night nor this morning.”</p><p>But thanks to a wreckage crew, who mentioned seeing a dog nearby, the <i>I Am Cait </i>star and Bertha were reunited the next day, according to <em>People</em>.</p><p>“Poof, down the hill is this filthy-covered Bertha,” Jenner's rep told the magazine.</p>
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Alaska Airlines Will Let You Board Early If You Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:52
<p>You can wear your ugly Christmas sweater with pride this year. Especially if you’re flying on <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a>.</p><p>National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day (one of the more fun invented holidays) is December 15, and Alaska is celebrating by <a href="" target="_blank">offering a perk</a> to customers flying with them.</p><p>If you happen to be flying on any <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska</a>, Virgin America or Horizon Air flight on that next Friday, remember to wear your ugly holiday sweater and the airline will offer you early boarding. Assuming everyone else on your flight doesn't have the same idea, you can avoid some of the frustration of boarding and get your carry-on in the overhead compartment.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>The airlines are also playing holiday music during boarding throughout the month of December to get passengers in a holiday mood.</p><p>“Travel during the holidays can be stressful for guests, especially those who do not travel often,” Natalie Bowman, managing director of marketing and advertising at Alaska Airlines, said in a statement.</p><p>The airline is (of course) encouraging passengers to take photos and share them on social media with the hashtags <a href="" target="_blank">#UglySweaterDay and #MostWestCoast</a>. If you need a sweater, Amazon has <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";field-keywords=ugly+sweater" target="_blank">some horrifically ugly options</a>.</p><p>Of course, since it’s the holidays, be sure to arrive at the airport extra early for your flight.</p><p>More than 100 million Americans will travel this holiday season, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Generali Global Assistance</a>. Airlines for America expects <a href="" target="_blank">51 million passengers</a> to fly on U.S. airlines from December 15 to January 4.</p>
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New High-Speed Train Just Made Traveling From Berlin to Munich a Lot Faster

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:35
<p>A new high-speed rail line operated by the German company Deutsche Bahn will allow passengers to travel the 363-mile distance between the cities of Berlin and Munich in less than four hours.</p><p>Currently, the quickest way to travel between the two cities takes six hours by train, but the new line will get customers there in just three hours and 55 minutes. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>, trains on the new line will be able to travel at speeds of up to 186 miles per hour.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>The new fast trains, which will be available to the public starting on Sunday, will run three times a day in either direction, AP reports, while regular trains between the two cities will continue to run every hour. <br /><br />According to the German edition of <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The Local</i></a>, with faster trains come higher fares. First-class, full-fare tickets on the new long-distance trains will be 2.9% more expensive, while second class full fare tickets will set customers back around 1.9% more. That means a one-way ticket from Munich to Berlin on Sunday would set you back around €125 ($147), whereas the current six-hour train costs between €75 and €120 (or between $88 and $141).</p>
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9 Amazingly Cheap Trips You Can Take If You're Willing to Fly on Christmas Day

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:27
<p>Travelers who don't celebrate Christmas — or who are willing to forgo the festivities — can find great deals by booking <a href="" target="_blank">flights</a> for Christmas Day.</p><p>In a recent holiday travel report by <a href="" target="_blank">Hipmunk</a>, the online travel company found that travelers could save up to $100 on flights by traveling on December 25. As an added bonus, Christmas is also the least busy departure date during the holiday season, with only 1 percent of bookings scheduled for that day.</p><p>We looked at flights departing Christmas Day using <a href="" target="_blank">Kayak’s Explore tool</a>, and found more than a few tickets with reasonable price tags. So instead of packing up presents, pack your bags. After all, last-minute holiday flight deals make perfect gifts for your loved ones — and you.</p><img alt=" "src=""><h2>Christmas Flights from New York</h2><p>Ticket prices have been fluctuating — and have even been spotted in the $200s — but we most recently found <a href=";flexreturn=20171228&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">$309 round-trip flights to Bermuda</a> from New York City. (Book a room at the Hamilton Princess and check out their life-size gingerbread house, which was crafted from 350 pounds of dough and 120 pounds of sugar icing.)</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">New Yorkers</a> can also travel cross-country with <a href=";flexreturn=20171228;flexreturn=20171228&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">$487 flights to San Francisco</a> on JetBlue and United, or head south to <a href=";flexreturn=-20171228;flexreturn=20171227&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">Cancun for $473</a>.</p><h2>Christmas Flights From California</h2><p>Los Angeles-based travelers can find Christmas Day flights to a number of far-flung destinations, including Costa Rica (starting at <a href=";flexreturn=20171231;flexreturn=20171231&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">$663 round-trip</a>) and Mexico City (<a href=";flexreturn=20171228;flexreturn=20171228&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">starting at $403 round-trip</a>).</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Cheap flights to Hawaii</a> are also a viable option for travelers interested in heading far from home for Christmas. Flights with Hawaiian Airlines start at <a href=";flexreturn=20171231;flexreturn=20171231&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">$605 round-trip</a> from Los Angeles, and there are also <a href=";flexreturn=20171231;flexreturn=20171231&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">$727 round-trip tickets</a> from San Jose. All flights are to the island of Kauai.</p><h2>Cheap Flights From Florida</h2><p>Travelers in the Fort Lauderdale-area can book $666 round-trip (and nonstop) <a href=";flexreturn=20171231;flexreturn=20171231&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">tickets to London</a> right now — and because they depart late on Christmas, you don’t even need to ditch Christmas Eve or early morning Christmas Day festivities to take advantage.</p><p>The low-cost carrier Frontier is also selling <a href=";flexreturn=20171231;flexreturn=20171231&amp;sort=bestflight_a" target="_blank">$279 round-trip tickets</a> from <a href="" target="_blank">Miami</a> to Las Vegas: one of the hottest holiday destinations in the country, according to Hipmunk. Unfortunately, to save you’ll need to depart before the New Year’s Eve celebrations begin.</p>
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Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 14:22
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Where the First Major Snow Storm Could Hit This Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:02
<p>Some parts of the East Coast and Midwest may see their <a href="" target="_blank">first sticking snow of the season</a> this weekend.</p><p>Starting Friday, a weather system may bring snow to Virginia and southern New Jersey, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Weather Channel</a>.</p><p>That system will continue traveling up the East Coast, likely bringing winter weather to New England, parts of the Tri-State area, some mid-Atlantic states and parts of Maryland and Virginia by Friday night. By Saturday, much of the East Coast could be getting a blanket of snow, though New England has the highest probability of snow fall, according to the Weather Channel.</p><p>Boston may see between one to three inches of accumulation, according to the forecast, while New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., are likely to get even less than that.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>In the middle of the country, a separate weather system could bring a light dusting of snow to the Upper Midwest and western Great Lakes on Friday, the Weather Channel reports. On Saturday, the Ohio Valley and eastern Great Lakes will get their turn, though snowfall shouldn’t exceed three inches in most areas.</p><p>Meanwhile, some parts of the southern U.S. are already getting a taste of the season. Some parts of Texas, Georgia, the Carolinas and even Mexico may get a rare wintry mix on Thursday and Friday, <a href="" target="_blank">AccuWeather reports</a>.</p>
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VIDEO: Five Things To Do in Vail

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 10:41
<p>Planning a trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Vail, Colorado</a>? Considered one of the world’s most famous ski towns, Vail has plenty of fun things to do both on and off the mountain. And while it may be best known as a winter destination, Vail is an excellent year-round spot for outdoor enthusiasts.</p><p>Of course, the Colorado city is well-loved by skiers and snowboarders who flock to Vail Mountain Resort’s 5,289 acres in search of powder-covered slopes, like Blue Sky Basin.</p><p>More advanced riders can also head to the iconic Back Bowls section of the mountain.</p><p>Learn a bit about Colorado’s surprisingly young ski resort history through a series of themed galleries at the Colorado Snowsports Museum. The exhibits feature early snowboard models, an old gondola, and even vintage ski fashions.</p><p>Travelers who visit Vail in the spring, summer, or fall can also head to the mountains. In the summertime, <a href="" target="_blank">Vail Mountain Resort</a> hosts an Epic Discovery program that lets guests tackle zip lines and ropes courses.</p><p>For sweeping mountain views of the Gorge Range Mountains, take one of Vail’s two scenic gondolas — Gondola One in Vail Village or the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead. The vistas are just as impressive when the mountain peaks are snow-covered as they are blanketed in fall hues.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">What to do in Vail</a> for a more low-key day? Pick up a map of the city’s public artworks at the Vail Village or Lionshead welcome centers. You can spend the day spotting nearly 50 pieces scattered around town on this DIY art walk.</p><p>Another fun, year-round activity is to end your day with a drink from one of the city’s boozier attractions. Bourbon hounds will love the 10th Mountain Whiskey &amp; Spirit Company distillery (though they also turn out excellent vodkas, whiskeys, and moonshine). Craft beer aficionados, on the other hand, should head straight to Vail Brewing Co. and see what’s on tap.</p>
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The Worst Airport in the U.S. Is Going to Be Extra Chaotic This Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 10:16
<p>If your next flight is out of LaGuardia, in New York City, double check your airline's terminal. And then check it again.</p><p>This weekend, over December 9 and 10, travelers at LaGuardia Airport might get a little confused about where to find their flights. Six major airlines — yes, six — <a href="" target="_blank">will be moving to different terminals</a> due to a major construction project happening at LGA, which is scheduled to be completed by 2021.</p><img alt="LaGuardia Airport Queens New York City Construction Terminal Changes Traffic "src=""><p>Passengers on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Shuttle, Frontier, JetBlue and Spirit will be heading to new terminals for departure. Officials at the Port Authority of New York &amp; New Jersey, have for weeks been spreading the word on where to go starting on Saturday, based on your departing airline.</p><p>Beginning Saturday, December 9, <strong>Alaska Airlines</strong> passengers will find their flights at Terminal A.</p><p><strong>American Airlines</strong> and <strong>American Shuttle</strong> fliers should head to Terminal B.</p><p>Passengers on <strong>Delta Shuttle</strong> should go to Terminal C.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>On both <strong>Frontier</strong> and <strong>Spirit Airlines</strong>, the LGA terminal for departures is Terminal C, but you can pick up your loved ones arriving on those airlines at Terminal D.</p><p>Other airlines at LGA including Air Canada, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines will not be moving from their current terminal.</p><p>If you're flying on an airline not listed here, the full list of carriers that operate at LaGuardia (and their terminals) and the <a href="" target="_blank">LGA terminal map</a> is available on the <a href="" target="_blank">airport website</a>. However, the terminal moves are not yet reflected, so just to be safe, <a href="" target="_blank">check your terminal here</a> again.</p><p>Often derided as the <a href="" target="_blank">worst airport in the U.S.</a>, the massive terminal change is unlikely to get LaGuardia more fans. However, it is in the name of progress as New York City works on a major upgrade to the hub.</p>
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