Asian Airlines Continue to Rank As the Best in the World

Travel and Leisure - 1 hour 49 min ago
<p>Asian airlines are continuing to dominate global satisfaction reviews.</p><p>In this year’s annual <a href="" target="_blank">Skytrax World Airline Awards</a>, an overwhelming majority of the world’s top airlines were based in Asia. The winner, Qatar Airways, broke a record, becoming the only airline in the ranking’s history to be named the best in the world five separate years.</p><p>The trend continued onto the smaller awards like best economy class and cleanest aircraft cabin. All the winners were Asian airlines.</p><p>The rankings are determined by a consumer survey of more than 21 million people, representing more than 100 different nationalities around the world. The awards are sometimes nicknamed the “Oscars of the aviation industry.” This year’s results were presented at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday.</p><p>“The fact that the Skytrax awards are voted for by travellers makes them especially meaningful for all of us in the industry,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>.</p><p>Lufthansa was the only European airline to make the top 10 ranking, coming in ninth place. Australia’s Qantas airline placed eighth.</p><p>When the vote was narrowed down to North America, Air Canada took the top spot.</p><p>However, there is some evidence that American airlines are improving and competing on a global scale in some ways. While no U.S. carrier won an award last year, this year <a href="" target="_blank">United Airlines</a> won World's Best Business Class Lounge.</p><p>For best overall airline, the previous record holder was <a href="" target="_blank">Singapore Airlines, which has run the award four times</a>. The Singaporean airline won second place in best airline this year but came in first for world’s best cabin crew. It has also <a href="" target="_blank">won <em>Travel + Leisure</em>’s Worlds Best Awards for 23 consecutive years</a>.</p><p>Qatar Airways also won for best business class. The award for best economy class went to Japan Airlines. The world’s best regional airline was Bangkok Airways; the cleanest cabins went to Taiwan’s EVA Air and the most improved airline was deemed Philippine Airlines.</p>
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Amtrak Wants to Lure Millennials Back to Train Travel With Faster Speeds (on Wi-Fi and the Tracks)

Travel and Leisure - 2 hours 22 min ago
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak</a> has revealed a sneak peek of its new Acela Next-Gen trains, expected to hit the tracks from Boston to D.C. in 2021.</p><p>The new trains are expected to shave 20 minutes off the journey time from <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> to Washington, D.C and include a host of millennial-friendly features, like faster Wi-Fi and power outlets. The trains should be ready for testing later this year.</p><p>“We've got to position Amtrak to have a modern product that a millennial wants to get on with high speed Wi-Fi, craft beers and reliable schedules that beat buses, cars and airplanes,” Richard Anderson, president and CEO of Amtrak, <a href="" target="_blank">told CBS News</a>.</p><img alt="Amtrak's New High Speed Train for Acela "src=""><p>The new trains will carry up to 380 people, an increase of about 25 percent from the older cars. There are also new safety measures put in place on the new trains, <a href="" target="_blank">meant to prevent the type of crash that killed eight people near Philadelphia in 2015</a>.</p><img alt="Amtrak's New High Speed Train for Acela "src=""><p>New seats will feature personal power outlets and USB ports at the center of each row, meaning those in the aisle won’t have to reach over their seatmate to plug into the wall. Screens will come down from the ceiling and show the train’s progress, a la inflight maps on airplanes.</p><p>The new train cars will be lighter than what’s currently on the tracks, lessening the environmental impact of a train journey.</p><p>The Acela is currently the fastest train in the U.S., capable of reaching speeds up to 150 miles per hour. (It should be noted that <a href="" target="_blank">the bullet trains in Japan</a> and Europe are capable of going in excess of 200 miles per hour.) The new Acela trains are expected to go 10-15 miles per hour faster.</p><p>The new cars are currently in production at the Alstom facility in Hornell, New York. They will begin testing later this year.</p><img alt="Amtrak's New High Speed Train for Acela "src=""><p>“Eventually, once the new fleet comes on board, we will be retiring all current Acela trains, and only using the new trains,” Amtrak spokesperson Jason Abrams <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>The Boston Globe</em></a>.</p><p>The current Acela fleet is due to be completely phased out of service by 2022.</p>
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The Tree That Inspired Dr. Seuss to Write 'The Lorax' Has Fallen

Travel and Leisure - 2 hours 26 min ago
<p>The tree that may have inspired one of Dr. Seuss’ greatest children’s books, "<a href=";qid=1560782335&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-3" target="_blank">The Lorax</a>," has died.</p><p>According to reports, the Monterey Cypress tree, located at Ellen Browning Scripps Park in <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego</a>, California, mysteriously died last week. Tim Graham, a spokesman for the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, told <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a> there is "no definitive cause on why it fell."</p><p>According to Graham, the tree was estimated to be between 80 to 100 years old. It was alive and well when Dr. Seuss, who’s real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, lived in the Southern California community from 1948 until his death in 1991.</p><p>In one sliver of light from this terrible news, Graham explained to CNN that the city will attempt to salvage the large trunk section of the tree in hopes of repurposing it. The city, he added, is also planning to plant a replacement in the area.</p><p>Beyond the tree, Seuss​​​​​​​ left an indelible mark on San Diego. As <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Smithsonian</em></a> noted, there are plenty of other places fans can find a bit of Seuss​​​​​​​ magic in the city. That includes visiting the <a href="" target="_blank">Legends Gallery</a> and its permanent exhibit, "The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss." There, guests will find 70 years worth of Seuss​​​​​​​ art. Next, head to the <a href="" target="_blank">Geisel Library</a> at the University of California, San Diego, and read all of his books. Finally, stop in at Hotel Del Coronado, where you can find “<a href="" target="_blank">I Dreamed I Was a Doorman at the Hotel del Coronado</a>,” one of Seuss​​​​​​​’ first original paintings.</p><p>The other thing you can — do both in San Diego and beyond — to memorialize Seuss​​​​​​​ and his lessons is both read more to the children in your life, and share the lesson of the Lorax to <a href="" target="_blank">live more sustainably</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">protect our precious Mother Earth</a>.</p><p>“Seuss is the best selling and most influential children’s author in the United States,” <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Philip Nel</a>, director of the children’s literature program at Kansas State University, told <em>The Smithsonian</em>. “He teaches children not only how to read but why and how to think. He wants children to take an interest in their world and make a better world.”</p>
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Disney Cruise Ship Adds New Orleans-themed Lounge After Making the City Their Home Port for 2020

Travel and Leisure - 2 hours 26 min ago
<p>Right around the time Mardi Gras colors start to fly in <a href="" target="_blank">New Orleans</a>, Disney Cruise Line will launch their first ship from <a href="" target="_blank">the legendary port</a>. The <em>Disney Wonder</em> is set to sail starting <a href="" target="_blank">February 7, 2020</a> and already, the ship is being updated to match the local feel of its new home port.</p><p>The ship’s new French Quarter Lounge will celebrate the Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog,” which was set in New Orleans. The <a href="" target="_blank">family-friendly lounge</a> will have a gazebo stage for live music and New Orleans- and “The Princess and the Frog”-themed activities like trivia, character encounters, and an impressive life-size trolley car. The new lounge will complement the already established onboard restaurant, <a href="" target="_blank">Tiana’s Place</a>, where guests gather to enjoy live jazz and southern cooking.</p><p>In addition to the new lounge, the <em>Disney Wonder</em> is opening a redesigned, <a href="" target="_blank">adults-only cafe</a> — the Cove Cafe — and an updated space for teens. For the latter, the Vibe club will feature a new coffee bar and virtual reality technology.</p><p>The ship’s updated decor and facilities will debut during Disney Wonder’s four-night sailing from Vancouver to San Diego on September 30. Then, starting February 2020, the <a href="" target="_blank">ship will sail</a> to the Western Caribbean and The Bahamas from its new home port in New Orleans.</p>
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You Could Live and Work in Yellowstone National Park This Fall

Travel and Leisure - 2 hours 47 min ago
<p>It’s well-documented that spending time in nature is <a href="" target="_blank">good for your health</a>. The fresh air can put your <a href="" target="_blank">mind at ease</a>, a walk through the woods can give you just the right amount of cardio, and the pristine vistas of the great outdoors can give you a whole new perspective on the world. So, of course we should all be spending more time outside. But now, it appears we can get paid for it too.</p><p>Helping Hands, a year-old organization run by Xanterra Travel Collection, is on the hunt for a few more workers for its yearly part-time and seasonal job openings at <a href="" target="_blank">Yellowstone National Park</a> Lodges.</p><p>The gigs require all participants to work 20 hours per week, between four and eight hours per day. According to Helping Hands, participants in the program live inside the park in dorm-like accommodations. Bernd Linzbach, a 2018 participant in the program explained in a statement that the lodging is very bare-bones with nary a television in sight. But, they do come with WiFi (albeit slow), and some even have private baths. All meals are served cafeteria-style, and as Linzbach said, living and working like a college kid in one of America’s most beautiful places is absolutely worth it.</p><p>“I don’t know too many people who get to spend five weeks in Yellowstone,” Linzbach said. “It was a great opportunity to explore the park.”</p><p>Want in on this dream gig? All you need to do is submit your <a href="" target="_blank">application</a> now for the fall season, which begins on either Sept. 5 or 12, 2019. You’ll depart from your post on Oct. 15, 2019.</p><p>As for what job you’ll get you’ll just have to wait. The organization explained, participants could be assigned to either the <a href="" target="_blank">lodging</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">food and beverage</a> department. In both cases jobs include housekeeper, dishwasher, busser, or host. Training will be provided for each vocation. For the roles participants will be assigned to work at either <a href="" target="_blank">Old Faithful</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Canyon Village</a>, Mammoth, Grant Village, or <a href="" target="_blank">Lake Yellowstone</a>.</p><p>So apply now if you’re up for a little work in exchange for a big adventure. Mother Nature is waiting for you.</p>
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The Best Four Colors to Have in Your Travel Instagram

Travel and Leisure - 4 hours 36 min ago
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Certain colors</a> have the ability to draw viewers in, particularly when it comes to <a href="" target="_blank">travel photography</a>. </p><p>To identify which of these colors are drawing the most interest, the <a href="" target="_blank">Pantone Color Institute</a>, influencer marketing platform <a href="" target="_blank">Fohr</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Visit Carlsbad</a>, teamed up to analyze the most engaged photos from 75 different influencers who had a following of 50,000 or greater, finding the four most common colors as part of their 2019 Colors of Travel Study. </p><p>The hues have been named according to the images they draw reference to and the emotions they evoke, with Visit Carlsbad creating a range of activities where visitors to the California beach stop can experience the shades. </p><p>They are: Rose Dawn (described as a soft and dusty pink), Ethereal Blue (an expansive blue hue often seen in open skies), Ocean Depths (a calming shade resembling the color of the sea and deep lagoons), and Harvest Gold (a warm yellow reminiscent of fall flowers and sunsets).</p><img alt="Pictured are the four most popular colors. "src=""><p>Rose Dawn was given its name thanks to its association with the dawn and early morning sunrise, when a comforting sense of peace and quiet can be felt. The color, which is also found in florals, is associated with natural elements and a natural healthy glow, tying in thoughts of wellness, according to Laurie Pressman, Vice President of Pantone Color Institute. </p><img alt="A red algae body scrub celebrates Rose Dawn at Ocean Crest Spa. "src=""><p>Ocean Depths is a teal color that fuses green and blue, showcasing hues often found in the ocean, on coastal shorelines, and in deep lagoons. The color combines attributes from both blue and green, including the feelings of calm often associated with blue and the feelings of soothing and healing attributed to green.</p><p>Ethereal Blue is reminiscent of clear blue skies, giving the feeling of endless opportunities to get outside and explore nature. The color is one we often see daily, which is why Pressman says the color also produces a sense of calm and tranquility when viewed. </p><img alt="The open skies and blue oceans of Carlsbad in Southern California. "src=""><p>Meanwhile, Harvest Gold is a shade often seen when fall arrives and golden leaves and florals abound. The color also draws reference to sandy beaches and images of spices used to create culinary delights. </p><p>“Color has always been a part of why we travel; the desire to ‘see' a new place is rooted in a mental image we’ve already conjured.” Grace Murray, Vice President at Fohr, said in a statement. "We are drawn to land and cityscapes that look drastically different to our own.”</p><p>In celebration of the findings, Visit Carlsbad has created an <a href="" target="_blank">interactive map</a> showcasing new culinary offerings, wellness treatments, and outdoor experiences offering the new Colors of Carlsbad palette. </p><img alt="A grapefruit Paloma will be one of the cocktails offered at Chandler's. "src=""><p>These include everything from spa treatments like a red algae body scrub at <a href="" target="_blank">Ocean Crest Spa</a> and a facial incorporating Patagonian seaweed at <a href="" target="_blank">The Spa at Omni La Costa</a>, to culinary offerings like golden scallops at <a href="" target="_blank">Jeane et Jolie</a> and cocktails and beer offerings in pink, blue, and yellow tones at locations like <a href="" target="_blank">Jeane et Jolie</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Chandler’s</a>, Ocean Pool Bar and Grill at <a href="" target="_blank">Park Hyatt Aviara Resort and Spa</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Barrel Republic</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Park 101</a>.</p><p>Visitors can also see these colors in the <a href="" target="_blank">flower fields</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">lagoons</a> found in Carlsbad, in addition to the beaches where water activities like jet skiing and kayaking await. </p>
Categories: Travel Will Pay You $10,000 to Be a Professional 'Poolhopper' This Summer (Video)

Travel and Leisure - 4 hours 39 min ago
<p>It’s (almost) summer. Though for many people that means going on vacation, for many more that also means getting a summer job. But, what if we told you, you could do <em>both </em>at once?</p><img alt="The Loews Hotel outdoor deck and swimming pool in Chicago "src=""><p>Yes, my vacation and getting a paycheck-loving friends, it’s true. Thanks to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> you can travel and get paid for it all at once.</p><p>This summer, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> is hiring a "Poolhop" to travel across the nation all in the name of researching the most <a href="" target="_blank">epic hotel pools</a> from coast to coast.</p><p>“The job is simple: travel to six incredible hotel properties, sip on fruity drinks, snap some photos, report back to reward-loving fans,” the company explained. “In case we weren't clear enough: Lounge by the pool. Document the experience. Get paid.”</p><p>That’s right, you can get paid to do this job. How much? How about $10,000 for a little summer fun.</p><p>“No one wants to be sitting at a desk all summer,” Katie Junod, General Manager of the brand in North America, said. “There are so many incredible hotel pools to explore across the country and we want to give travelers a first-hand look at the crème de la crème. And who better to live the hotel life than our very own Poolhop?”</p><p>The chosen candidate will not only be compensated $10,000 for his or her time, but will also have their travel and lodging to six epic hotel pools covered as well. During their tenure as “Poolhopper” the person will stay at the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Four Seasons Hualalai</a> in Hawaii, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Mondrian Los Angeles</a>, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">SLS Las Vegas</a>, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Garden of the Gods Club and Resort</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">Colorado Springs</a>, Colorado, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The William Vale Hotel</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">Brooklyn</a>, and the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">National Hotel</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">Miami</a>. As a bonus, the candidate will also receive one year of Gold Rewards member status on</p><p>Want to apply? Don’t wait. Starting today, June 18 through June 25, summer job hunters can <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">apply here</a>.</p>
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Sleep in a Treehouse Surrounded by Bamboo at This Llama and Alpaca Sanctuary in Atlanta

Travel and Leisure - 7 hours 38 min ago
<p>For most, a trip to Atlanta might include a stop at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, a visit to the city’s botanical garden, and a couple nights at a perfectly nice hotel — but those in the know, know that tucked away in the heart of East Atlanta is a once-in-a-lifetime <a href="" target="_blank">Airbnb experience</a>.</p><img alt="Atlanta airbnb with llamas "src=""><p>We’re talking llamas, <a href="" target="_blank">a treehouse</a>, and lots of bamboo.</p><p>Guests who book Kara O’Brien’s “<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">alpaca treehouse</a>” or “<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">llama cottage</a>” stay in a bamboo forest that’s home to two llamas and four alpacas who meander around the backyard-turned-urban-farm alongside the property’s guests.</p><img alt="Atlanta airbnb with llamas "src=""><p>It’s an experience that’s hard to beat — and it hasn’t been overlooked by Atlanta travelers who have made O’Brien’s treehouse the <a href="" target="_blank">second most “wish-listed”</a> Airbnb in Georgia, an Airbnb spokesman told <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Atlanta Journal-Constitution</a></em>. Hollywood has taken notice as well, with O’Brien’s Airbnb listing noting that <em>Kevin (Probably) Saves the World</em> and <em>Treehouse Masters</em> have both filmed at the property.</p><img alt="Atlanta airbnb with llamas "src=""><img alt="Atlanta airbnb with llamas "src=""><p>“It’s a place where people can come together and celebrate each other and are really happy,” O’Brien told <em>The Atlanta Journal-Constitution</em>, “and that’s something that we didn’t really expect when we started.”</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">The Atlanta Journal-Constitution</a></em> reports that O’Brien bought her first alpaca in 2014 and that all six animals are essentially rescues since some had health issues or were kept in poor conditions before coming to her property.</p><p>Visitors to Atlanta who aren’t lucky enough to book the popular property can enjoy an <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Atlanta Llama Alpaca Experience</a> for $50 a person.</p>
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These Genius New Sunglasses by Bose Play Music While You Wear Them

Travel and Leisure - 8 hours 8 min ago
<p>There are two things I can’t live without when heading to the beach: great music and even <a href="">better sunglasses</a>. If you’re like me and tend to listen to music everywhere you go, vacation is no exception. But if you’ve ever worn headphones around tons of other people, it can be isolating (unless that’s the vibe you’re going for). So when I discovered that <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlboseaudiosunglassesmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=5013c7210f6175f44685547c23f20291&amp;language=en_US">Bose’s new Audio Sunglasses</a> allow you to listen to your own music while still hearing your surroundings, I couldn’t wait to tell everyone about them.</p><p>Great for hiking, beach-lounging, exploring a new city, and everything in between, these sunglasses feature a miniscule, wafer-thin speaker on the inside of each arm. It’s the tiniest, thinnest, and most lightweight Bose system ever — but the sound quality is so impressive it made my mouth drop the minute I put them on. When I showed friends and family, they were equally surprised that they couldn’t hear my music at all. The listening experience is entirely made for the individual wearing the sunglasses. And while the wearer is the only one hearing the music, they can still hear their surroundings at a comfortable level, making them a safer option than wireless headphones for walking in high-traffic areas.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">19 Pairs of Sunglasses for Your Next Adventure</a></p><p>Once you turn Bluetooth on from your phone, the sunglasses pair almost immediately via the small button on its right-hand arm. This button also connects you to voice control, which can help you communicate with Siri or Google Assistant to make calls or pause and skip songs. And for even more controls, you can download the Bose Connect smartphone app.</p><p>Both sunglass designs — the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlboseaudiosunglassesmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=000bcc3309467a2855d845726677bfb4&amp;language=en_US">Alto (a larger frame with rectangular lenses</a>) and the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlboseaudiosunglassesmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=504fd48466246e481e774478de8572af&amp;language=en_US">Rondo (a smaller frame with round lenses)</a> — are unisex, but you can customize them further. Just swap out the included black, non-polarized lenses for colored, polarized mirror lenses that you can purchase as a bundle. Each style and all of the lenses are conveniently available on Amazon, meaning it’ll only take two days to get them before your next trip.</p><img alt="Bose Audio Sunglasses "src=""><p>And while Bose could never skimp on sound quality and design, the company didn’t spare any efforts on the sunglasses’ other functions either. They weigh a mere 45 grams, and the lenses block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays. While the sunglasses might be one more device to charge while you’re traveling (especially if you’ve already packed a <a href="">lighted travel mirror</a> or a <a href="">portable charger</a>), they’re guaranteed to last at least 3.5 hours at an average listening level.</p><p>To put it simply, these sunglasses are game changers. They’re the wearable tech accessory I didn’t know I needed, and now I don’t know how I ever lived without them. </p><h2>Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses, Rondo</h2><img alt="Bose Rondo Audio Sunglasses "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlboseaudiosunglassesmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=504fd48466246e481e774478de8572af&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $199</p><h2>Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses, Alto</h2><img alt="Bose Alto Audio Sunglasses "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlboseaudiosunglassesmalcedo-20&amp;linkId=000bcc3309467a2855d845726677bfb4&amp;language=en_US"></a>, from $199</p>
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Adults Can Visit Disneyland Paris for the Price of a Child Ticket This Summer

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 17:48
<p>Not many sites in Paris are as popular as the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, but <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Paris</a> has made its own impact on the city, welcoming over 15 million people in 2018 according to last year’s <a href="" target="_blank">Global Attractions Attendance Report</a>. And although Disney characters and the themed amusement park may be most popular among kids, what adult doesn’t secretly love the <a href="" target="_blank">thrill of a ride</a> or a casual spotting of their favorite childhood Disney character?</p><p>Thanks to a new summer offer from <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Paris</a>, adults can now visit the amusement park for the same price as a child. For the resort’s MINI validity period — which typically includes weekday visits — the cost for both children and adults is $61.68, while the more desirable MAGIC and SUPER MAGIC dates are priced at $82.24 and $96.76, respectively. With Disneyland Paris’ <a href="" target="_blank">“Adult at Child Price” offer</a>, adults can save up to $37 off the gate ticket price, according to the resort’s booking site.</p><p>The special <a href="" target="_blank">offer is available</a> for new bookings made by Sept. 29 for a one-day visit by Sept. 30, 2019. The offer’s MINI, MAGIC, and SUPER MAGIC tickets are valid starting the day following the date of purchase. These <a href="" target="_blank">special offer</a> tickets are nonrefundable and a maximum of six tickets can be booked per order. The offer is not available at the park’s entrance.</p><p>At Disneyland Paris children under the age of 3 at the time of visit don't need a ticket.</p>
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Queen Elizabeth's Former Villa in Malta Is for Sale

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 17:29
<p>If you’ve ever dreamed of living just like <a href="" target="_blank">Queen Elizabeth</a>, now’s your chance. All you need is $6.7 million to do it.</p><p>The Queen’s one-time villa, <a href="" target="_blank">Villa Guardamangia</a>, located in Malta, is officially for sale. According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Telegraph</em></a>, the palazzo-style mansion nestled in the outskirts of the Maltese capital Valletta, served as an official royal residence immediately after Elizabeth’s marriage to Prince Phillip.</p><img alt="Villa Guardamangia "src=""><p>At the time, <em>The Telegraph</em> explained, the then-princess was not only a senior member of the royal family but also a Navy wife to her new husband. So, she lived in <a href="" target="_blank">Malta</a> on and off from 1949 and 1951 while Philip served in the Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet. It was a place the Queen herself remembered fondly during a trip to Malta in 2015.</p><p>"Visiting Malta is always very special for me,” she <a href="" target="_blank">said</a>. “I remember happy days here with Prince Philip when we were first married.”</p><p>During the trip, the former Maltese president Marie Louise Coleiro presented her and the Duke of Edinburgh with a watercolor of their one-time villa, <em>The Telegraph</em> noted.</p><p>However, since the couple moved out the mansion reportedly fell into disrepair. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth its hefty price tag.</p><p>The home, built in 1900 still comes with six bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a grand "sala nobile" living room. It also has various guest quarters and servant quarters. The property, <em>The Telegraph</em> added, has "great historical value" according to estate agents Homes of Quality. It also comes with stunning ocean views over Marsamxett Harbor.</p><p>The villa’s listing also noted the home’s spacious interior rooms along with its high ceilings. It added, “The main house is further complemented with stables, various guest/servant quarters, cellars, shelter etc. The property is just crying out for a great conversion and will make a superb residence or possibly a commercial venue.”</p><p>If you’re up for a little renovation work this home, and its history, can be yours. All you need to do is <a href="" target="_blank">bid on it here</a>. </p>
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More Than 1,000 Corgis Took Over a San Francisco Beach This Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 17:05
<p>Can you handle all this fluff?</p><p>For the fifth year in a row, Northern California became a paradise for corgis and corgi lovers alike. <a href="" target="_blank">Corgi Con</a>, a beachside convention of fluffy Corgis, their owners, and people who just love dogs, welcomed over 1,000 dogs on the north side of Ocean Beach on Saturday, June 15, the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Forget <a href="" target="_blank">corgi cafes</a>, this beach party is a dream destination if you’re a true corgi fan.</p><p>If you’re not sure you can handle the profound cuteness of hundreds of adorable dogs waddling around on a beach, in costumes no less, turn back now (we know you won’t, though).</p><p>It’s easy to see why the <a href="" target="_blank">Queen’s favorite dog breed</a> is also a favorite to the rest of us. Their big ears, long bodies, and especially fuzzy backsides are impossible to resist. Which is probably why some of the dogs in attendance have more Instagram followers than most people do, according to the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>.</p><p>“Corgis look really funny. But corgis don’t know they look really funny,” corgi owner Alaina Roberts told the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>.</p><p>At the event, both humans and canines can participate in activities, including a group picture, corgi races, corgi “ninja warrior” (an obstacle course, similar to "American Ninja Warrior"), and of course, a corgi costume contest.</p><p>Even if corgis aren’t entering the contest, they still come in a variety of fun outfits. There are corgis in sunglasses and Hawaiian shirts, adorned with unicorn horns, or dressed as pirates, gladiators, Waldo, and just about any other wacky thing you can think of.</p><p>The event has become so popular that other cities around the U.S. have started their own corgi-centered traditions. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Corpus Christi Caller Times</a></em>, this year marks the first annual Corgi Con in Corpus Christi, Texas, inspired by the NorCal convention. The Corpus Christi event was also held on Saturday, June 15.</p><p>The popular event actually happens twice a year, in June and October, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Hoodline</a>. So if you happened to miss this weekend’s corg-stravaganza, you only have a few more months to plan for the next one.</p><p>More information about the semi-annual event can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">NorCal Corgi Con</a> website.</p>
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America's Most Scenic Road Trips

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:56
<p>“In our red rental car, we passed 617 white-knuckle switchbacks, 56 one-lane bridges, and tons of waterfalls as we traveled away from civilization,” says Kim Binsted, an astrobiology professor at the University of Hawaii who last month drove the length of Maui’s Hana Highway—one of the most heart-clutching and beautiful drives on the planet—with her best friend.</p><p>“To everyone in this country, the car represents freedom, mobility, and the control you feel over your destiny/destination,” says Callie Khouri, Oscar-winning screenwriter of <em>Thelma &amp; Louise</em>.</p><p>From the dramatic <a href="">California</a> coast to history-lined thoroughfares of New England, there are countless scenic drives across the country—and some stellar standouts. We’ve picked the American routes with heart-stopping views. On the winding Blue Ridge Parkway, for example, don’t be surprised if the morning mists seduce you like a country melody. The 469-mile road, now over 75 years old, winds its way past limestone caverns, clear mountain springs, and Appalachian majesty, offering different panoramic vistas depending on the season.</p><p>But sometimes it’s the man-made sights that make the trip. As you cruise on <a href="">Chicago</a>’s Lake Shore Drive, the view to the west includes the greatest hits of American architecture, such as Willis Tower, better known as the Sears Tower, once the tallest building in the world. To the east, there are 26 miles of Lake Michigan beaches.</p><p>And on U.S. 1 from <a href="">Key Largo</a> to <a href="">Key West</a>, travelers are treated to a good time, <a href="">Florida</a> style. The island chain’s stretch of road encompasses everything from underwater coral reefs and 7 Mile Bridge, one of the longest in the world, to marinas where you can hand-feed tarpon, and beach bars filled with Jimmy Buffett fans drinking margaritas.</p><p>So bring a friend or your family and hit the road. In Khouri’s words—go see what America tastes like.</p><h2>Hana Highway, Maui</h2><img alt="Scenic coastline Hana Highway, Maui "src=""><p>The T-shirts all say: <em>I survived the road to Hana</em>. It can take more than two and a half hours to travel the 52 miles from Kahului to Hana, as you snake past steep sea-cliffs lush with blooming mango trees, buy banana bread from roadside stalls, and pull over for Jurassic vistas. In tiny Hana, a town on eastern Maui, a cinder cone shields the red sand beach where nudists and endangered monk seals bake idly in the sun.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Drive past Hana to where the road ends (or becomes unpassable, according to most rental car contracts) to visit the Seven Sacred Pools, a gently cascading, seven-tiered gulch at Haleakala National Park. (<em><a href="" target="_blank"></a>; free.</em>)</p><h2>Blue Ridge Parkway, Carolinas and Virginia</h2><img alt="Scenic mountain highway in fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway "src=""><p>The nearly 500 miles of blacktop twisting through the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah national parks was built for travelers seeking Appalachian overlooks. It’s a panoramic drive for all seasons, with undulating slopes of color in autumn, a bounty of forest canopy in summer, and hot-cider ski resorts in winter. The parkway has become a paradise for birders: with over 50 resident species, it boasts more diversity than the entire continent of Europe.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> In the mines of the mineral-rich Appalachian Mountains, visitors can pan for emeralds, amethyst, rubies, topaz, and even gold. (<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>; from $10.</em>)</p><h2>Lake Shore Drive, Chicago</h2><img alt="Aerial of Lake Shore Drive in Chicago "src=""><p>The rock stars of American architecture line up like soldiers facing Lake Michigan, starting north at Hollywood and reaching south through Jackson Park, spanning 26 miles. But the downtown buildings are showstoppers, from the blocky staircase of the Willis Tower—formerly the Sears Tower and tallest building in the world—to the Belle Époque<em> </em>elegance of Burnham and Root’s Rookery, to the stark post-Bauhaus boxes of Mies van der Rohe. It is the greatest architecture road on earth.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> In Millennium Park, listen to free summer concerts under Frank Gehry’s fretwork bandshell. (<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>; free admission.</em>)</p><h2>17-Mile Drive, California</h2><img alt="17-Mile Drive along the PCH in California "src=""><p>The so-called 17-Mile Drive spanning California’s Monterey Peninsula clocks in at less than 10 miles long. On a privately owned strip off Highway 1, stretching from the towns of Pacific Grove to Carmel, the road runs through the Del Monte forests belonging to the exclusive Pebble Beach golf community. With surf-beaten cliffs and colonies of harbor seals, it also boasts spectacular sunsets over the Pacific that residents say are worth the $10.25 entry fee to use the private road.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The Monterey Bay Aquarium has sunlit kelp-forest tanks, a petting pool, and a million-gallon tank with giant sharks and sea turtles. (<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>; $49.95 for adults, $29.95 for children.</em>)</p><h2>U.S. 1, Florida Keys</h2><img alt="Scenic U.S. hwy 1 in the Florida Keys "src=""><p>Leaving the mainland for the 120-mile-long island chain of Florida’s Keys, travelers enter a paradise of beach bars, water sports, and Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffett fans). From Key Largo to Key West, the overseas highway strings the islands together like beads, running past lighthouses, underwater coral-reef parks, and across 7 Mile Bridge—one of the longest bridges in the world.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> On the docks at Islamorada travelers can hand-feed bait fish to tarpon more than six feet long. (<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>; from $4.</em>)</p><h2>Route 12, Utah</h2><img alt="Route 12 desert highway in Utah "src=""><p>The red rock majesty of Utah is on triumphant display on State Route 12 winding between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon national parks. The 124-mile strip has funky small towns and very few entry points, so it takes a map and determination to witness the steep sandstone canyons and bluffs of purple sage, and to tackle the narrow cliff-hanging ridgeline road called The Hogback.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The log-and-sandstone Kiva Koffeehouse in Escalante supplies travelers with art, coffee, and views of Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. (<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em>)</p><h2>Bluebonnet Trail, Texas</h2><img alt="highway through the flower feilds on the Bluebonnet Trail, TX "src=""><p>Between Austin and Houston lies the Lone Star State’s most beautiful scenery, especially from March to May when the wild bluebonnets are out in force. From Austin, you’ll pass a chain of seven interconnected lakes on the Colorado River, including Lake Buchanan, a wilderness resort area popular with fishermen and artists.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> To admire more of the state’s native flowers, visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Research Center, named for the first lady who made national beautification a priority. <em>(<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>; $12)</em></p><h2>North Shore Drive, Minnesota</h2><img alt="Bridge overlooking the lake on North Shore Drive, MN "src=""><p>Lake Superior’s Minnesota shoreline is a thing of glacial beauty. As you drive from Duluth toward Two Harbors, Gitche Gumee’s “shining big sea waters” stretch out to the right and birch and maple northwoods climb high on the left. You’ll also get a look at ocean tankers anchored in the last inland port of the St. Lawrence Seaway as they wait to upload iron or grain from America’s heartland before sending it out to the world.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Duluth’s four-mile lakeside sports path shows off the city highlights: a rose garden, pre-Prohibition brewery, an aerial bridge, and the largest grain elevators in the world. <em>(<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">v</a><a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p><h2>Trail Ridge Road, Colorado</h2><img alt="winding highway in the mountains on Trail Ridge Road, CO "src=""><p>Welcome to the highest continually paved road in the U.S.: the Trail Ridge Road winds as high as 12,183 feet through Rocky Mountain National Park. Following a route traced over the Continental Divide by Native Americans for thousands of years, visitors can see elk, deer, and bighorn sheep above the tree line in the dramatic tundra. </p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The imposing Victorian splendor of the Stanley Hotel, in Estes Park, CO, was Stephen King’s inspiration for <em>The Shining</em>. <em>(<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p><h2>Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire</h2><img alt="fall foliage in Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire "src=""><p>Though the White Mountains are a year-round sportsman’s paradise, the autumnal fireworks are the undisputed highlights of New Hampshire’s 36-mile Kancamagus Highway. Serious leaf-peepers visit in October to see the maples, alder, and birch blazing in full Technicolor glory. In spring, expect yellow violets and wood anemone.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Take the half-mile hike to Sabbaday Falls, near Waterville, NH, to visit a three-tiered waterfall with easy access to the road.<em> (<a href="" target="_blank"></a><em>;</em> fre</em>e.)</p><h2>Going to the Sun Road, Montana</h2><img alt="Going to the Sun Road scenic mountain highway, MT "src=""><p>One of America’s most inspiring public-works projects winds through Glacier National Park’s snow-covered peaks, sub-alpine meadows, and lakes across the Continental Divide on the spine of the Rockies. Snowdrifts threaten to top 100 feet in winter, so the road is open only from May to October.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> To learn more about the geology of glaciers, local Native American customs, or the park’s ecosystem, sign up for a day class at the Glacier Institute. <em>(<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>; from $65 per person, per day)</em></p><h2>Highway 101, Oregon</h2><img alt="Highway 101 along the Oregon coast "src=""><p>The state owns the entire coast of Oregon and has preserved unobstructed natural vistas along 300 or so miles of beaches off Highway 101. Between Port Orford and Brookings, fierce sea cliffs stand in contrast to the pastoral farmland and roaming cattle of Oregon’s small towns.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Pull over when you spot the roadside Tyrannosaurus rex at the Prehistoric Gardens, where 23 life-size dinosaur replicas are staged against the rainforest landscape.<em> (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; $12)</em></p><h2>Olympic Peninsula Loop, Washington</h2><img alt="aerial of Olympic Peninsula Loop mountain highway, WA "src=""><p>Both the <a href="" target="_blank">scenic route</a> and the peninsula’s only major route, Highway 101 loops around the largest road-free area in the continental U.S. Starting in Seattle, head northwest to climb into the Hoh River rainforest, dominated by ancient Sitka spruce and western hemlock. You can spy the San Juan Islands from the top of Hurricane Ridge, and at low tide, the pools on Olympic beaches are rife with starfish, sand dollars, and crabs. <em>(<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Take a break at the spooky logging town of Forks, a must for <em>Twilight </em>fans.</p><h2>Route 6, Massachusetts</h2><img alt="Route 6 along the coast in Cape Cod, MA "src=""><p>This 118-mile <a href="" target="_blank">route</a> links Cape Cod’s network of sand dunes, beaches, marshes, tidal ponds, and quaint fishing towns. You can follow it to Provincetown’s music festivals and art galleries, to the bay side for family-friendly beaches, or ocean-side for panoramas of the Cape Cod National Seashore.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Book a summertime whale-watching boat tour and keep your eyes peeled for a big-winged New Englander or humpback whale. <em>(<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>; $53)</em></p><h2>Anchorage to Valdez, Alaska</h2><img alt="road to Anchorage to Valdez along snow-capped mountains, AK "src=""><p>The trip from Anchorage to Valdez, which connects Glenn and Richardson highways, runs past prehistoric glaciers and into mountain ranges with so many 14,000-foot peaks a lot of them haven’t even been named. Along the 300-mile route, the trans-Alaska pipeline pops in and out of view. The final approach to Valdez includes a 25-mile drop from Thompson Pass (2,771 elevation) to sea level through the waterfalls of Keystone Canyon, opening into Prince William Sound.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Gaze at domesticated musk oxen, the Ice Age wonders of the Alaskan landscape prized for their wool, in Palmer. (<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>; tours $11 per adult.</em>)</p><h2>Lemhi Pass, Montana and Idaho</h2><img alt="Lemhi Pass "src=""><p>Explorer Meriwether Lewis came to the Rocky Mountain backbone of North America, the Continental Divide, at Lemhi Pass (7,323-foot elevation), in 1805. Instead of the fabled Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean, Lewis looked west over the mountains and saw….more mountains. Determined visitors with a 4 x 4 can take in the historic view on single-lane Forest Service roads from either Beaverhead Rock State Park in Montana or the Salmon National Forest in Idaho.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Go in August to see the annual Lewis and Clark Festival’s historic reenactments, with men dressed in buckskin traveling on dugout canoes. (<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>; free.</em>)</p><h2>Silverado Trail, California</h2><img alt="Silverado Trail highway through vineyards, CA "src=""><p>Here’s a road trip where the food rivals the scenery. Flanked by the rolling vineyards of more than 40 wineries, the Silverado Trail on the eastern edge of Napa Valley road passes a who’s who of the American culinary scene. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, where a 1973 Cabernet made headlines, and Yountville, home to the French Laundry restaurant, are two highlights.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Experience an Estate Collection tasting flight at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. <em>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; $45)</em></p><h2>Ocean Drive, Newport, RI</h2><img alt="mansions along Ocean Drive in Newport, RI "src=""><p>The 10-mile coastal route packs in historic mansions and spectacular views over Narragansett Bay. The Gilded Age “cottages” of Ocean Drive compete with maritime scenery for jaw-dropping splendor, including opulent homes built for titans of <em>fin de siècle </em>industry, the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Morgans.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> War buffs can visit historic Fort Adams, which garrisoned soldiers for more than 125 years. (<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>; $15.</em>)</p><h2>Park Loop Road, Maine</h2><img alt="Park Loop Road coastal highway, Maine "src=""><p>The loop through Acadia National Park can be completed in an hour—when summer tourists aren’t clogging the 27-mile, two-lane artery. But whatever the season, you’ll want to give yourself time to appreciate the high ridgelines, sheer rock precipices, and rugged coast of the North Atlantic along the way. An ocean-side cavern dubbed Thunder Hole explodes with a plume of foamy surf as waves beat the shore.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Spend the day on a lobster fishing boat and take your catch home for supper. <em>(<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p><h2>Highway 143, Tennessee</h2><img alt="spring flowers on scenic mountain, Tennessee "src=""><p>Set out along Tennessee’s Highway 143 in the Roan Highlands of the Appalachian Mountains to witness the world’s longest uninterrupted stretch of grassy heaths. Purple rhododendron blossoms carpet the slopes in early summer.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The highlands portion of the Appalachian Trail is famous for its balds (summits covered in thick grasses rather than trees); catch the trailhead at Carver’s Gap. <em>(<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p><h2>Great River Road, Louisiana</h2><img alt="Great River Road along the river, Louisiana "src=""><p>There are tons of entry and exit points along the Great River Road, which follows both sides of the Mississippi through 10 states. But when it hits Louisiana, the road offers a special peek into the world of antebellum southern living. Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, drive under broad oak canopies and forests dripping with kudzu to view the colonnaded, plantation-era “Big Houses.”</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Take a tour of Oak Alley on select days to hear “The Colonel” recount the effects of the Civil War on the lives of plantation families. <em>(<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p><h2>Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Michigan</h2><img alt="Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive along sand dunes, Michigan "src=""><p>Only 7.4 miles long, this short-and-sweet drive along Lake Michigan’s eastern shore shows off the majesty of giant bald sand dunes, dense forest canopies, and a freshwater lake so wide that you can’t see the opposite shore.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The Dune Climb up steep 450-foot sand dunes is a fun challenge—but not half as fun as the run back down. <em>(<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p><h2>The High Road, New Mexico</h2><img alt="The High Road through a village, New Mexico "src=""><p>The 56-mile route from Santa Fe to Taos delivers one photo-op after another: ancient Indian pueblos, deserts, forests, wildflower meadows, and artists’ colonies in 17th-century adobe towns. The High Road climbs from the Sangre de Cristos to the Rocky Mountains, with canyon views over Truchas Peak at 13,102 feet.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The Sante Fe Opera for summer concerts <em>(<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p><h2>Highway 2, Nebraska</h2><img alt="scenic winding Highway 2, Nebraska "src=""><p>Sandhills (grass-covered sand dunes) make up nearly one-fourth of Nebraska, undulating in slow hypnotic curves as far as the eye can see. Take Highway 2 for expansive views of the Great Plains and pastureland that’s more than twice the size of Rhode Island.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The sand dunes are smack in the middle of the Great Plains Migratory Flyway; look out for cranes at the Nebraska Nature &amp; Visitor Center. <em>(<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p>
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Out Of 21 Of The Richest Countries On The Planet, The U.S. Is The Only One That Doesn't Offer Paid Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:46
<p>It’s no secret that there’s a paid vacation problem in the U.S., but when you see it laid out in a chart, suddenly the problem becomes so much clearer.</p><p>A recent report from the <a href="" target="_blank">Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)</a> shows that the U.S. continues to be the only country out of 21 "rich countries," (including 16 European countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand) that does not offer workers mandatory paid vacation time and paid holidays. The report includes a chart laying out how much paid time off is offered to workers in other nations around the world, and seeing the U.S. with a little “zero” next to it can be a little demoralizing.</p><p>Especially when you consider that other nations, like Australia, France, Spain, the U.K., Sweden, Germany, Greece, and others get nearly a month or more of mandatory paid vacation time.</p><p>Many studies on workers in the U.S. have been conducted about how much time we take off from work, and most of them come to the conclusion that workers are at work too much and take off time too little.</p><p>There are many reasons for this. Some workers claim they <a href="" target="_blank">simply can’t afford</a> to go on vacation while others worry about feeling <a href="" target="_blank">“vacation shamed”</a> by their coworkers. People (especially young people) are now resorting to super-quick getaways, or <a href="" target="_blank">micro-cations</a>, just to catch a break while still showing up for their 40 hours per week.</p><p>The CEPR notes that the European Union imposes a four-week minimum of paid vacation time for all countries that belong to the EU, but some exceed that requirement. France requires companies to offer 30 days of paid vacation (plus one paid holiday), Austria, Denmark and Finland offer 25 days of paid vacation (plus at least nine paid holidays).</p><p>Countries like Australia, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Ireland, and Germany all offer 20 days of paid vacation (plus a minimum of eight paid holidays).</p><p>On the lower end of the spectrum, both Canada and Japan offer 10 days of paid vacation time, plus nine days and 15 days of paid holidays, respectively.</p><p>And at the very bottom of the chart — dead last — is the U.S., with zero mandatory paid vacation and zero paid holidays. Perhaps it’s time to declare this an emergency situation.</p><p>Although many companies in the U.S. do offer paid leave, this decision is up to the employer’s discretion. Back in March, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed <a href="" target="_blank">mandatory two weeks paid vacation for all New York City residents</a>, making New York the first U.S. city to make vacation mandatory.</p><p>The CEPR study also shows a large discrepancy between full-time and part-time workers, with 90 percent of full-time workers getting paid time off, and only 40 percent of part-time workers getting that same benefit.</p><p>How much money a worker makes also plays a role, with 91 percent of the top 25 percent of high-wage workers receiving paid time off, compared to only 52 percent of the bottom 25 percent of low-wage workers. Only 70 percent of workers in small companies (less than 100 people) also received this benefit, compared to 86 percent at larger companies.</p><p>The report concluded that about a quarter of the U.S. labor force has no paid vacation or holidays, and the “absence of mandated paid vacation and paid holidays in the United States disproportionately affects lower-wage and part-time workers, and employees of small establishments.”</p><p>Taking a vacation isn’t time to blow off work or responsibilities, it can actually have numerous health benefits and even <a href="" target="_blank">help you live longer</a>. In that way, mandatory paid vacation time might actually be a good, legislative step to helping Americans live healthier lives.</p><p>More details on the report can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Center for Economic and Policy Research</a> website.</p>
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United Airlines App Will Now Help You Make a Tight Connection

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:20
<p>Flight transfers can be tricky. Even when it appears you’ve got ample time, a simple <a href="" target="_blank">flight delay </a>— or a lengthy gate-to-gate walk — can result in a tight or impossible transfer, leaving you waiting hours for the next flight.</p><p>United Airlines is looking to eliminate this <a href="" target="_blank">travel stressor</a> with a <a href="" target="_blank">new tool</a> that helps travelers make tight transfers. The airline recently announced ConnectionSaver, a program that was designed to make connections easier for United passengers.</p><p>ConnectionSaver works by first identifying departing flights that can be held for connecting customers while ensuring passengers who are already on board will arrive at their destination on time. Before making the decision to hold the flight, the new tool takes into account the impact the hold could take on other flights and how much time it will take the tardy connecting passengers to reach the gate.</p><p>Connecting <a href="" target="_blank">passengers</a> using the latest version of the United app will get personalized text messages that include directions to the connecting gate and how long it should take to get there. The airline will also send a map of the airport and available amenities.</p><p>The tool, which <a href="" target="_blank">was tested</a> earlier this year at Denver International Airport and Chicago O'Hare International Airport, has helped more than 14,400 customers make connections they would’ve otherwise missed, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a> by the airline. During the test, flights that were held were delayed an average of six minutes.</p><p>"Through improved technology and our dedication to running a reliable operation, customers with tight connections are making their flights. With summer travel picking up, as many as 150,000 customers will make connections on United flights every day and our goal is to provide our employees and these customers with the most up-to-date information to make connecting as stress-free as possible," Toby Enqvist, chief customer officer at United said in a statement.</p><p>United plans to have the technology at every United hub by the fall, before expanding to every airport utilized by the airline.</p>
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Waikiki Beach Has Been Eroding for Years — but a $13 Million Allocation Will Ensure the Beach Remains

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:03
<p>On any given day you’ll find surfers, swimmers, and sun-seekers <a href="" target="_blank">enjoying Waikiki Beach</a> — but chances are most have no idea that the iconic beach is completely man-made and has been plagued with <a href="" target="_blank">erosion problems</a> since the late 1800s.</p><p>Hawaii is hoping to get ahead of the erosion with a $13 million restoration project set to start late this summer or early this fall. The project is funded under a new state budget announced on Sunday. The <em><a href="" target="_blank">Honolulu Star Advertiser</a></em> reported on Sunday that the Royal Hawaiian seawall will be a major focus of the efforts, along with other man-made structures that keep the popular beach from disappearing.</p><p>University of Hawaii’s Dolan Eversole told <a href="" target="_blank">The Associated Press</a>, “This is the largest appropriation for beach improvements on Oahu in recent memory. It allows us to move forward on several projects that have been discussed on and off for decades.”</p><p>According to 2016’s <a href="" target="_blank">Waikiki Beach Economic Study</a>, the beach has an economic impact of $2.2 billion a year. The AP reports that Waikiki Beach saw more than 5.9 million visitors last year — with visits generating 46 percent of statewide spending.</p><p>Hawaii Tourism Authority President Chris Tatum told The AP that the authority supports the state’s decision to <a href="" target="_blank">protect the beach</a>. “Today, it is one of the most renowned beaches in the world and is also tremendously important to the Hawaii brand image,” he said.</p>
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You Might Soon Be Able to Prepay for Your Checked Bag on American Airlines

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:35
<p>No one actually likes to have to pay for a checked bag, but the only thing that makes checking a bag more of a hassle is having to wait to get to the airport to actually pay for it.</p><p>American Airlines is going to try out an option that’s going to make the process a lot easier, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em> reported</a>.</p><p>According to a statement by CEO Doug Parker during the airline's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, according to USA Today, the company will be testing prepaid baggage fees. A spokesperson confirmed that this test will only be available on select flights to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.</p><p>If you are on one of these flights, you will be able to check in normally on the American Airlines website or app, with the added bonus of paying for any checked bags you have online instead of waiting in line to pay for them at the airport. So, all you have to do is print your tickets and bag receipts at home, pack, and drop off your bag before you get to the security line.</p><p>Considering there are lots of people out there who are <a href="" target="_blank">chronically, inescapably, or even purposefully late for flights</a>, one more way to avoid disaster or long lines can only be a good thing.</p><p>Plus, according to <em>USA Today</em>, the prices will be the same for prepaying online as you would in person: $30 for the first bag and $40 for each additional bag. Of course, you won’t get a refund if you end up carrying-on.</p><p>Unfortunately, as <a href="" target="_blank">baggage fees get higher across the board</a>, these prepaid services do little to make checking a bag an affordable option, but at least it doesn’t cost anyone more money.</p><p>Other airlines like United, Delta, Frontier, Spirit, and Allegiant also offer a prepaid bag service, according to <em>USA Today</em>.</p><p>The American Airlines website already has <a href="" target="_blank">details about pre-paying for luggage</a>, stating that passengers can prepay for up to three bags only.</p>
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More Than 1,800 Amazon Shoppers Are Obsessed With This Super Absorbent Travel Towel

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:30
<p>Whether you’re <a href="" target="_blank">taking a road trip</a>, going on a camping excursion, or even just heading to the beach, if you plan on spending time outdoors this summer, a high-quality towel is a must-have travel essential. If you don’t want to risk ruining <a href="" target="_blank">your luxe bathroom towels</a> while on the road, be sure to invest in a lightweight durable towel that you can always keep stashed in your car or travel bag. </p><p>Thankfully, if you are still on the hunt for the perfect travel towel, you don’t have to look far. Amazon customers are calling <a href=";psc=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlrainleaftowelrcarhart0619-20&amp;linkId=1598c0422e2fc3c6ede7e9df1cb915ed&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">Rainleaf’s Microfiber Towel</a>, “the best travel towel ever,” and it’s easy to see why. Not only does it absorb more water faster than cotton towels, it is also quick-drying and incredibly soft on your skin. Besides its super light weight (seriously, it weighs less than one pound), the towel is incredibly easy to pack thanks to its ability to fold up into a compact size.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Beaches for Camping in the U.S.</a></p><p>The travel-ready towel also comes with a convenient carrying bag that is both reusable and waterproof. What’s more, it’s made in seven stylish colors so you’re sure to find an option (or two) that you love. Along with being <a href=";linkCode=ll2&amp;tag=tlrainleaftowelrcarhart0619-20&amp;linkId=31bdcdd93611d47d3defd7208369a479&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">the number one best-selling camping towel on Amazon</a>, the super soft accessory also boasts an impressive 4.7-star rating with more than 1,800 reviews.</p><p>“We took 2 of these towels overseas recently. One of the places we used them was the Dead Sea. We had heard of people not being able to wash or rinse all the minerals out of the towels they used there and ended up throwing them away. We didn't have any problems! Took these towels into the shower to give them a quick wash and rinse and by the next morning, they were clean, dry and ready to pack. These were perfect for travel but will be great for future beach and camping trips. So glad we bought them,” raved one customer.</p><p>“Really cool towel! I bought this for a five day hunting/backpacking/camping trip where I would be living only on what I could carry in my pack, every ounce mattered. Knowing I was to be walking a lot during my daily hunts and was going to become quite sweaty, I definitely wanted to [bathe] each night before crawling into my bag. This towel dried me very well each night and dried out quickly each day, even after washing the towel in the river after drying me. Great product. I know several people who are about to purchase these,” said another.</p><p>The microfiber towel comes in six different sizes ranging from XS to XXL. The <a href=";psc=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlrainleaftowelrcarhart0619-20&amp;linkId=10fef981819ea5434212a8c9d1cf7cb3&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">XS option measures at 12 x 24 inches</a>, making it a great option for the gym, while the <a href=";psc=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlrainleaftowelrcarhart0619-20&amp;linkId=1598c0422e2fc3c6ede7e9df1cb915ed&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">XXL version is 40 x 72 inches</a> and is big enough to use as a full body bath towel. The best part? The towel is totally affordable too. Prices range from $9 to $21, depending on which size you choose. </p><img alt="Rainleaf’s Microfiber Towel "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";psc=1&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlrainleaftowelrcarhart0619-20&amp;linkId=1598c0422e2fc3c6ede7e9df1cb915ed&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $9</p><p dir="ltr"> </p>
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These Best-selling Comfy Travel Pants Look Good With Anything

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:16
<p>Every experienced traveler knows incorporating a <a href="" target="_blank">comfortable travel outfit</a> that basically becomes your go-to “travel uniform” is key to having a stress-free journey. There’s nothing more annoying than wearing a brand new pair of shoes (hello, blisters!) or pants that don’t offer any stretch when you’re running to your next gate to make a connecting flight. And if you’re traveling overseas, forget it. At that point, a comfy outfit is just as important as your passport, especially if you’ll be <a href="" target="_blank">confined to a middle seat</a>.</p><p>There’s nothing wrong with outfit-repeating while on the go, but if you’re tired of only wearing leggings, we have the next best solution: <a href="" target="_blank">comfy travel pants</a>. These <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Brooklyn Ankle Pants from Athleta</a> were made for traveling, commuting, and work — even though they feel like sweatpants, they’re business casual. Not only are the pants made from super light, recycled Featherweight Stretch fabric, but they also have front and back pockets, side paneling, and ankle cutouts for a dressier look.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">The Best Travel Pants for Women Who Hate Flying in Jeans</a></p><p>And with more than 1,500 five-star reviews, customers agree that these $89 pants are worth the investment. Not only do they run true-to-size, but shoppers love them because they don’t wrinkle in transit, and the material is super breathable unlike some jeans and leggings.</p><p>Available in six colors and three lengths (regular, tall, and petite), these pants will look good with basically anything. Pair them with your favorite <a href="" target="_blank">walking shoes</a>, a simple tee, a jean jacket, and voila — you have one of the easiest (and comfiest!) travel outfits.</p><p>Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, these pants should be on your next packing list. Their tapered, semi-fitted style is similar to a pair of slacks, so you’ll still look like you put in a little effort. And the pants’ light-as-air feeling can’t be beat, too, especially with summer just around the corner.</p><h2>Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant</h2><img alt="Best-Selling Travel Pants From Athleta "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $89</p>
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The Taj Mahal Will Start Fining Visitors Who Stay Longer Than Three Hours

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:05
<p>If you’re planning a trip to the <a href="" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a>, be sure to plan your time wisely.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">India Today</a></em>, authorities at the Taj Mahal, arguably one of the most popular tourist sites in India and the world, will be charging additional fees to visitors who stay at the famous mausoleum longer than three hours.</p><p>Over the last few years, the Unesco World Heritage site has implemented a few new rules in order to fight overcrowding and injuries, as well as help preserve the delicate, ancient site from wear and tear. In 2018, authorities decided to <a href="" target="_blank">limit the number of visitors</a> allowed on the premises per day to 40,000. In the same year, authorities <a href="" target="_blank">raised prices</a> from 50 rupees to 250 rupees for Indian citizens (about 72 cents USD to around $3.60 USD) and from around $16 to $19 for international visitors (1,300 rupees if you want to <a href="" target="_blank">visit the main mausoleum</a>).</p><p>But there is <a href="" target="_blank">free WiFi at the Taj Mahal</a>, so there’s that.</p><p>In order to keep tabs on visitors coming and going to the site, there have been seven turnstile gates installed at both the east and west entry points, five of which are exit-only, according to <em>India Today</em>.</p><p>Vasant Swarakar, the superintending archaeologist, told the <a href="" target="_blank">Times of India</a> how the new sytem would work.</p><p>“If tourists exceed their time limit of three hours, they will be charged an extra amount equivalent to the ticket, which will have to be paid at the exit gate,” said Swarakar. “Entry time will also be enforced and if tourists don’t arrive at the slotted time, they will not be allowed entry and will have to buy a new ticket.”</p><p>Many tourists have voiced their annoyance with the new fees, especially international tourists who must pay far more than locals for the same amount of time spent at the site, according to <em>India Today</em>.</p><p>“A person comes here for relaxation and to spend some time. If the sightseeing is limited to three hours and the charges are so much then anyone will think twice before coming here,” said tourist Mohammad Mustafa Hussain, according to <em>India Today</em>.</p><p>However, there are lots of other amazing things to see in <a href="" target="_blank">Agra and Uttar Pradesh</a> besides the Taj Mahal, so don’t think you need to spend all of your time there. Even if you’re only visiting the mausoleum for a short part, you can find other things to do to make the rest of the day just as interesting.</p>
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