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Tonight’s Pale Orange Full Moon Will Stop You in Your Tracks — Here’s the Best Time to See It

Travel and Leisure - 2 hours 21 min ago
<p>There are few more beautiful sights in nature than a pale orange <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy" target="_blank">full moon</a> emerging from the horizon in the half-light, and against a backdrop of fall color. If skies are clear this Sunday, that exquisite celestial sight is all yours as October’s full moon rises in the east around sunset as the Hunter’s Moon.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/moon-wrinkling-shrinking-moonquakes" target="_blank">The Moon Is Getting Smaller and Wrinklier — Here's Why</a></p><h2>Why is October’s full moon called the full Hunter’s Moon?</h2><p>Hunter’s Moon traditionally refers to a full moon that appears during October. From the perspective of Native Americans and early colonial settlers who lived closer to nature and named the moons, the seasonal connotations are obvious. October is for preparing for colder weather, which means increased hunting in leafless forests and crop-less fields. No wonder, then, that October’s full moon is also traditionally termed the Dying Grass Moon, the Travel Moon, and the Blood Moon (though the latter is also slang for a total lunar eclipse).</p><h2>When is the Hunter’s Moon?</h2><p>The moon will reach its full phase — the precise moment when Earth is between the moon and the sun — at 9:08 p.m. UTC on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. That’s 5:08 p.m. EDT and 2:08 p.m. PDT. However, it’s only possible to see a moon that’s 100% illuminated by the sun if you’re on the nightside of Earth, which this month does not include North America. However, that’s largely irrelevant because the best time to look at a full moon is not when it’s high in the sky — when its intense glare will be impossible to look at for more than a millisecond — but at moonrise and moonset, when it’s very close to the horizon. At those times it’s easier to gaze at because it’s a pale orange color, but it’s also a much more beautiful sight because moonrise and moonset happen close to sunset and sunrise, respectively. So you can see the full moon and the landscape around it. That gives you two chances to see Sunday’s Hunter’s Moon.</p><h2>When is the best time to look at the Hunter’s Moon?</h2><p>You can look for the Hunter’s Moon twice on Sunday, at both moonset/sunrise early in the morning (when the full moon will set in the west), and at moonrise/sunset later (when the full moon will be in the east). In terms of fullness, it doesn’t matter which one you go for. In New York, the moon sets at 6:35 a.m. EDT (sunrise is at 7:04 a.m. EDT) and the moon rises at 6:40 p.m. EDT (sunset is at 6:19 p.m. EDT). In Los Angeles, the moon sets at 6:38 a.m. PDT (sunrise is at 6:56 a.m. PDT) and the moon rises at 6:43 p.m. PDT (sunset is at 6:21 p.m. PDT).</p><p>For the moonset, start watching around 20 minutes before for the best effect. For the moonrise, you can start watching about five or 10 minutes after the exact time. For both, get up somewhere high, such as the third or fourth story of a building.</p><h2>How many more full moons will there be in 2019?</h2><p>After October’s Hunter’s Moon, it gets chilly, bringing us November’s Frost Moon and December’s Cold Moon. The Frost Moon, also called the Beaver Moon, rises on Nov. 12, 2019. Then comes the Full Cold Moon, also known as the Moon Before Yule and the Long Night Moon, which will rise on Dec. 12, 2019.</p>
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The Ranch at Rock Creek Is Where All of Your Luxury Cowboy Dreams Come True — Including 3D Archery and Bourbon Tastings

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 15:01
<p>Fall has arrived at <a href="https://www.theranchatrockcreek.com/" target="_blank">The Ranch at Rock Creek</a>, and that’s a good thing. Smack in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/family-friendly-ski-resorts" target="_blank">Big Sky country</a>, just 75 miles south of Missoula, the all-inclusive ranch is situated on 6,600 acres of rolling amber foothills and grassy ridges. The backdrop feels distinctively Old West: part "River Runs Through It," part "Legends of the Fall<em>," </em>a wide expanse teeming with rugged adventure, vast wilderness, horsemanship, hearty farm-to-table meals and bourbon (yes, bourbon).</p><img alt="The Ranch at Rock Creek "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570655743/rock-ranch-creek-jeffersons-bourbon-TRRC1019.jpg?itok=vfWL00To"><p>The ranch recently hosted its newly-minted <a href="https://www.theranchatrockcreek.com/special/whiskey-water-fly-fishing-weekend/">Whiskey &amp; Water</a> weekend with Trey Zoeller who aged two barrels of his Kentucky-based, <a href="https://jeffersonsbourbon.com">Jefferson’s Bourbon</a> on property for a year. Zoeller’s experiment placed one barrel on a high ridge facing the open elements (heat, freezing temperatures, rain) and the second on a horse-drawn wagon used to take guests around the property. The barrels were tapped and the results were so remarkably good that next year, Jefferson’s is hoping to bottle the collaboration. The festivities also included a chic, family-style lunch over a footbridge and a 5-course, bourbon-pairing dinner. For now, the barrels will continue to age on-site, giving future visitors a chance to literally, taste the elements.</p><img alt="The Ranch at Rock Creek "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570655743/rock-ranch-creek-glamping-fall-TRRC1019.jpg?itok=__7aJjBB"><img alt="The Ranch at Rock Creek "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570655743/rock-ranch-creek-bar-TRRC1019.jpg?itok=jYkZsGNs"><p>Alas, you’ve come to Montana for the fresh air and unspoiled nature. You won’t sit idle. Hiking enthusiasts opt for the uber-scenic, uphill trek to the “End of the World” where panoramic vistas of the Montana Rockies take center stage. When you return, load up on buttery croissants and robust locally-sourced coffee in lodge’s “living room.” Meanwhile, the ranch’s newly-constructed Rod and Gun Club serves as the de facto meeting point for activities like 3D archery or rifle and clay shooting. It’s also the central hub for fly-fishing. Don a pair of waders and hit the namesake waters where you can hook a rainbow trout (catch-and-release). There’s also <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/torres-del-paine-national-park-chile-patagonia" target="_blank">horseback riding</a> (the property houses an impressive brood of 75 horses) and the late-afternoon “running of the horses” — where the ranch’s fleet is cast out in an magnificently, highly-orchestrated stampede to graze in open pasture. And, no matter what time of year, wildlife sightings are plentiful: there’s deer, moose and elk, and if you’re on horseback at higher elevation, you may spot bighorn sheep.</p><p>To unwind, curl up with a good book or try your hand in art class with in-resident John Piacquadio (who also teaches fly-fishing). There’s also outdoor yoga, meditation and forest bathing. When winter arrives, it’s all about sleigh rides, snowshoeing and off-site skiing excursions. For dry, unsavory skin, the spa’s wild sage scrub is a magic fix.</p><img alt="The Ranch at Rock Creek "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570655743/rock-ranch-creek-sweet-grass-cedar-tub-TRRC1019.jpg?itok=5eDZI709"><img alt="The Ranch at Rock Creek "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570655743/rock-ranch-creek-palomino-TRRC1019.jpg?itok=el8q0aRQ"><p>The accommodations, a sprawl of 29-rooms (including a mix of single rooms, glamping-style cabins and log homes) are kitted out in dark woods, plaids and buttery leathers. Designer Jet Zarkadas also opted for period Western photos, frontier-style antiques and Navajo rugs. Meanwhile, elevated, homespun suppers are compliments of chef Josh Drage who leans on local grass-fed beef, seasonal vegetables and foraged ingredients. Afterwards, folks retreat to the Silver Dollar Saloon for bowling, billiards, a screening room and karaoke. Outside, a toasty campfire couples nicely with s’mores and hot toddies.</p><img alt="The Ranch at Rock Creek "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570655743/rock-ranch-creek-night-time-TRRC1019.jpg?itok=FVVO1xHb"><img alt="The Ranch at Rock Creek "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570655743/rock-ranch-creek-bathroom-tub-TRRC1019.jpg?itok=f3n6C4I1"><p>Rise early — the mornings bring a soft, filtered light creating a golden time to spot wildlife. A brisk walk leads you to breakfast where a hearty spread includes farm-style eggs and cowboy toast. Later, the rustic Buckle Barn hosts two-step barn dances (with live music) and glowing bonfires. Should you need cowboy hats and boots, the ranch provides fashionable loaners, or you can visit the mercantile stocked with flannel shirts, Stetson hats and Patagonia fleeces. Despite your wardrobe, you’ll feel you’ve been plucked from a idyllic Western novel. Just don’t skip the chapter where vast night skies and twinkling stars fill the pages, followed by warm baths (in roomy claw tubs) and nightcaps in your room. And outside, the sound of a murmuring creek lulls you to sleep.</p>
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Croatia Is the Affordable European Destination You Need to Visit

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 13:01
<p>Tourism is on the rise in Croatia and there’s no wonder why.</p><p>This beautiful Central European country along the Adriatic Sea was <em>Travel + Leisure’s</em> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/destination-of-the-year/readers-choice-croatia" target="_blank">Reader’s Choice Destination of the Year in 2016</a> due to its gorgeous beaches, historical points of interest, picturesque national parks, and delicious food.</p><p>And frankly, there’s no sign of the country’s popularity waning amongst international travelers after only a few short years.</p><p>One of the crowning jewels of Croatia still has to be its Dalmatian Islands, one of the country’s four historical regions known for its pristine beaches, limestone cliffs, crystal clear waters, and beautiful vineyards and olive groves. Chances are if you’re planning a Croatian trip, whether it’s by air or <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/sailing-croatia-dalmatian-coast-by-cruise-ship" target="_blank">by cruise ship</a>, you’re probably going to stop in this idyllic location.</p><p>But Croatia is so much more than just pretty beaches. Plitvice National Park, one of the best national parks in Europe, is also a bucket-list destination for the nature lover or adventure seeker. Throughout the country, foodies, wine connoisseurs, and coffee lovers can find fine food, delectable wine, and strong java to enjoy. And if you’re a history buff or TV addict, many of Croatia’s ancient sites have served as filming locations for the HBO show "<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/game-of-thrones-filming-locations">Game of Thrones</a>."</p><p>You might think all this beauty, history, and Hollywood appeal might come with a hefty price tag, but arguably the best part about traveling to Croatia is how budget-friendly it is. Because it was part of Yugoslavia until 1991, the country has stayed off the beaten path for many travelers, making it an often over-looked vacation option.</p><p>Frankly, if you’re looking for a destination that literally has it all while still saving your wallet, you can’t do better than this sunny Mediterranean spot. But if you’re still not convinced, here are some very good reasons to make Croatia your next holiday.</p><h2>The Idyllic Beaches</h2><img alt="A beach on the Makarska Riviera - Brela, Dalmatia, Croatia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1565302638/beaches-maskarska-riviera-croatia-GOCROATIA0819.jpg?itok=naSlBi74"><p>The number one reason to go to Croatia has to be <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-beaches-in-croatia" target="_blank">the beaches</a>. If you’ve ever wanted to soak in the sun on the Amalfi Coast but never quite had the budget, beaches along the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/dalmatian-islands-croatia" target="_blank">Dalmatian Islands</a>, the Golden Cape, and coastal cities like Dubrovnik are the perfect alternative. </p><h2>Plitvice Lakes National Park</h2><img alt="Plitvice Lakes National Park "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1565302638/plitvice-lakes-national-park-croatia-GOCROATIA0819.jpg?itok=4ot_S7_p"><p>Located only two hours from the city of Zagreb, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/plitvice-lakes-national-park-croatia" target="_blank">this national park</a> is arguably one of the most beautiful in the world. It’s chock full of lush moss, turquoise lakes, gorgeous canyons, and spectacular waterfalls. It’s also an incredibly walkable park since many of the paths are well-marked and even constructed with wood for easy accessibility.</p><h2>Aromatic Coffee in Zagreb</h2><img alt="Croatia, Zagreb, Barkeeper making coffee in cafe "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1565302638/coffee-barista-zagreb-GOCROATIA0819.jpg?itok=UBcXk5aD"><p>Coffee lovers, take note: Zagreb should be on the top of your bucket list when it comes to delicious brews. The capital city is overflowing with craft coffee cafes – and you probably won’t find an overcrowded Starbucks here. Coffee (or in Croatian, “kava”) culture here is all about sitting, sipping, and enjoying rather than getting a quick cup of joe on your way to work.</p><h2>The Exchange Rate</h2><img alt="Friends exploring the Old town, Split, Croatia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1565302638/affordability-split-croatia-GOCROATIA0819.jpg?itok=8PHpXT89"><p>Did we mention this place was affordable? Many people save up for an expensive Mediterranean vacation, but perhaps budget-conscious travelers should consider what’s on the <em>other side</em> of Italy’s boot – on the Adriatic Sea. While flights to the country can be as expensive as any other in Europe, travel, accommodation, food, and activities within the country are surprisingly cheap thanks to the favorable exchange rate.</p><h2>There's Delicious Food</h2><img alt="Black risotto "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1565302638/food-black-risotto-GOCROATIA0819.jpg?itok=PAjY4koW"><p>Croatian food is both unique and familiar at the same time, making it a foodie paradise. Some of the best dishes are fresh, handmade pasta called fuzi covered in white truffles and butter in Istria, black seafood risotto along the coast, and many other Mediterranean-style foods. Basically, if you’re a fan of Italian cuisine, you’ll also love Croatian food.</p><h2>One Word: Wine</h2><img alt="Smokvica vineyards on Korcula in Smokvica village on Korcula island. Vinarija Toreta Winery, Smokvica town. Peljesac peninsula. Dalmatian Coast, Croatia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1565302638/wine-korcula-croatia-vineyards-GOCROATIA0819.jpg?itok=khr4QkfJ"><p>Speaking of food, no Croatian meal is complete without good wine. Istria is particularly known for its wines, and would-be sommeliers should definitely take advantage of wine trails in Pelješac, Dingač, Plavac Mali, Korčula Island, and throughout the country — many of which are offered through organized tours. According to <a href="http://www.essenceofcroatia.com/en/blog/258-7-most-popular-croatian-wine-types" target="_blank">Essence of Croatia</a>, the country has 64 distinct grape types and more than 800 wineries in the country so you’re guaranteed to find a vino you’ll love.</p><h2>You Can Pretend to Be in "Game of Thrones"</h2><img alt="Croatia's mediaeval walled city of Dubrovnik, also a set for the HBO series "Game of Thrones" "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1565302638/game-of-thrones-dubrovnik-croatia-GOCROATIA0819.jpg?itok=WztNUXJ1"><p>If you’re a fan of the HBO show "Game of Thrones," visiting Dubrovnik and Split have to be on your bucket list. Most of King’s Landing was <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/game-of-thrones-filming-locations" target="_blank">shot in these two cities</a>, and you can see many of the areas where iconic scenes took place. You can either put together your own list of sights to see or even take <a href="https://www.kingslandingdubrovnik.com/game-of-thrones-tours" target="_blank">local tours</a> to do some in-depth exploring.</p><h2>There's Plenty of Adventure</h2><img alt="Croatia, Dalmatia, Dubrovnik "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1565302638/adventure-kayaking-croatia-GOCROATIA0819.jpg?itok=ziHzb8Rd"><p>Croatia sounds like a fun and relaxing place, of course, but it’s also the ultimate destination for thrill-seekers. Along with its beautiful beaches and fabulous food, it’s also home to some exciting adventure areas where you can <a href="https://www.zipline-croatia.com/en/" target="_blank">soar on a zip line</a>, or go hiking, biking, climbing, or kayaking in its many national parks.</p><h2>Centuries of History</h2><img alt="Pula Arena Amphitheatre, Croatia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1565302638/history-pula-amphitheater-GOCROATIA0819.jpg?itok=_M31T9eB"><p>According to the <a href="https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/hr" target="_blank">UNESCO World Heritage Convention</a>, Croatia is home to eight cultural and two natural UNESCO sites. The country’s ancient heritage rivals that of any other country in the region, so if you’re a history buff you can find many sights to see, tours to take, and intriguing architecture that’s been preserved for hundreds of years, including a first-century Roman amphitheater in the city of Pula in Istria.</p><h2>Diocletian’s Palace</h2><img alt="Diocletians Palace at dawn, Split, Croatia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1565302638/diocletians-palace-split-croatia-GOCROATIA0819.jpg?itok=q0_0ep8M"><p>Perhaps one of Croatia’s most historic and popular sites, this ancient Roman ruin is the ultimate destination for history lovers and "Game of Thrones" superfans. Located in Split, this ancient site was a filming location for the HBO show, but its appeal goes way back. It’s a beautiful send up to Roman architecture with its well-preserved columns and arches, and modern tourists can enjoy some of the city’s nightlife at nearby restaurants and bars when they visit.</p><h2>The Ston City Wall</h2><img alt="Tourists climbing stairs on Great Wall, Ston, Peljesac Peninsula, Dalmatia, Croatia "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1565302638/ston-city-wall-croatia-GOCROATIA0819.jpg?itok=upuBkVZn"><p>The Ston City Wall (located in Ston, of course) is the <a href="https://www.godubrovnik.com/travel-corner/ston-city-walls-longest-wall-in-europe" target="_blank">second-longest city wall in Europe</a>, measuring at 7,000 meters (just under 23,000 feet). The longest wall in Europe is actually Hadrian’s Wall in England. These stone walls protected the city-state of Dubrovnik’s independence for centuries.</p><h2>People You'll Never Forget</h2><img alt="Woman Walking Towards Pile Gate Entrance to Old Town Dubrovnik "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1565302638/people-dubrovnik-croatia-GOCROATIA0819.jpg?itok=61IbOg6o"><p>One of the best parts of any destination is meeting new people, and Croatia is known to have some pretty friendly locals. Croatian culture is a melting pot of other different cultures and histories, including <a href="https://www.everyculture.com/wc/Costa-Rica-to-Georgia/Croats.html" target="_blank">Hungarian, Austrian, Venetian, and Mediterranean</a> to name a few. People there are warm, social, and are all about soccer, style, family, and food.</p>
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Airbnb Has a Bunch of Fall Foliage Hikes That Are Perfect for Leaf Peeping

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:00
<p>Fall isn’t just for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/fall-vacations/best-orchards-for-apple-picking">apple picking</a>.</p><p>In fact, all nature lovers can enjoy the beauty and wonder of autumn thanks to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/airbnb-animal-experiences-launch">Airbnb Experiences</a>. The home-sharing website is offering some excellent getaways for anyone who is excited to see the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/fall-vacations/find-out-where-to-see-the-fall-foliage-with-this-interactive-map">fall foliage</a> this year.</p><p>A lot of people may not realize that Airbnb isn’t just good for finding an inexpensive homestay, it also offers tons of fun activities and adventures that you can do in your own city (no room booking required). However, if you’d like to take a break from subways, sidewalks, and traffic on every corner, you can also find some nature-loving things to do all over the United States.</p><p>Of course, since it’s fall, many people are looking for an adventure in the outdoors. It’s finally cool enough to hike, but not so cold that you’ll be shivering. Plus, who doesn’t want to do a little leaf peeping while they’re hanging out with Mother Nature?</p><p>Below are just a couple of excellent Airbnb Experiences that will show you the best places to see beautiful, orange-changing trees, gorgeous waterfalls, and some of the most picturesque scenery this season.</p><h2>Guided Waterfalls Hike in the Smokies — Great Smoky Mountains National Park</h2><p>Experienced hikers should definitely embark on this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/752368" target="_blank">three-hour tour in the Great Smoky Mountains</a>. This excursion will take up to four people on a hike through some of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area where they can see truly breathtaking waterfalls while also learning about local plant and animal life. Prices begin at $59 per person.</p><h2>Fall Foliage Hiking Tour and Photo Shoot — North Coast Massachusetts</h2><p>Grab your camera, because <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/979272" target="_blank">this experience</a> is perfect for photography loving leaf peepers. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/979272" target="_blank">This four-hour trip</a> allows for up to 10 people through some of the most beautiful hiking trails in New England. It meets early in the morning, so the natural light will be excellent for snapping some wonderful pictures. There are also activities like yoga and extended photo sessions that you can add-on for some extra cost. Prices begin at $85 per person.</p><h2>Mindfulness Hike Along the James River — Richmond, Virginia</h2><p>There’s no better way to calm your mind and reconnect with nature than practicing mindfulness. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/932380" target="_blank">This two-hour hike</a>, for up to six people, begins with a meditation session before setting off on a three to four-mile hike around the James River Park System. On the way, the guide will lead you through some mindfulness exercises to help you de-stress and take in the beauty of the environment. Prices begin at only $25 per person.</p>
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L.L. Bean's Best-selling All-weather Boots for Men and Women Are 20% Off Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 10:30
<p>If you're looking for a new pair of all-weather boots, there's no better time to head over to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.llbean.com/?nav=gn-hp" target="_blank">L.L. Bean</a> for their massive 20% off sale and shop the brand's wide variety of footwear.</p><p>The sale, which lasts through Monday, covers select L.L. Bean-brand clothing, outerwear, and footwear, but we're particularly excited about the discount on the brand's classic <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/506708?page=womens-boots&amp;csp=f&amp;bc=474-630&amp;start=1&amp;viewCount=48&amp;nav=ln-506708" target="_blank">L.L. Bean Boots</a>. Just use the code BEAN20 at checkout to make sure you get the deal. </p><img alt="L.L. Bean Boots "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570810071/bean-boots-mens-womens-LLBEANSALE1019.jpg?itok=0Ld79fqW"><p>To buy: (men) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/31178?page=men-s-l-l-bean-boots-6&amp;bc=474-629&amp;feat=629-GN1&amp;csp=f&amp;attrValue_0=Tan/Brown" target="_blank">llbean.com</a>, $104; (women) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/35477?page=women-s-l-l-bean-boots-8&amp;bc=474-630&amp;feat=630-GN1&amp;csp=f" target="_blank">llbean.com</a>, $112</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/best-hiking-shoes-for-women">The 20 Best Hiking Shoes and Boots for Women</a></p><p>In addition to a wide variety of styles of the famous "Bean Boot" for both men and women — that includes different color combinations and boot heights — there are also several premium full-grain leather and insulated boot options that are perfect for winter.</p><img alt="Leather L.L. Bean Boots "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570810523/leather-bean-boots-LLBEANSALE1019.jpg?itok=2yG3dsnk"><p>To buy: (men) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/119204?page=men-s-tumbled-leather-8-bean-boots-chamois-lined&amp;bc=474-629&amp;feat=629-GN1&amp;csp=f&amp;attrValue_0=Tan/Brown/Gum/Apple%20Cinnamon" target="_blank">llbean.com</a>, $128; (women) <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/123544?page=women-s-limited-edition-l-l-bean-boots-8-thinsulate-insulation-flannel-lined&amp;bc=474-630&amp;feat=630-GN1&amp;csp=f&amp;attrValue_0=Olive/BeanBootBrown/Gum/BeanofFreeport" target="_blank">llbean.com</a>, $136</p><p>The Original L.L. Bean Boot is made from durable leather that's triple-stitched at the company's factory in Maine. The rubber chain-tread bottom is also waterproof to keep your feet dry in rain and snow. </p><p>These boots are clearly a best-seller for a reason, and shoppers agree. </p><p>"They are comfortable, waterproof, [and] well made, [with] just enough flexibility to where they aren’t so stiff when walking," said one reviewer of the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/31179?page=mens-llbean-boots-8in&amp;csp=a&amp;feat=119204-item_page.recsbottom" target="_blank">original boot</a>.</p><p>Another shopper commented on the coziness of the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/119204?page=mens-tumbled-leather-llbean-boots-8in-chamois-lined&amp;csp=a&amp;feat=31179-item_page.recsbottom" target="_blank">chamois-lined boots</a>: "The flannel lining is comfy and warm without being too much."</p><p>Whether you're looking for a boot to wear in the rain in all seasons or a pair that will keep your feet extra warm in the winter, L.L. Bean is a one-stop shop for weatherproof footwear. </p>
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Your View of New York City From the Empire State Building Just Got Better

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 10:01
<p>One of the best views in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city">New York City</a> is finally coming back.</p><p>After more than four years of renovations, the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/empire-state-building-exhibit-nyc-above-and-beyond-offers-personalized-travel-tips">Empire State Building</a> — well known for its colorful nighttime light displays and incredible views of the city — is welcoming visitors to its 102nd floor <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/architecture-design/best-skyscraper-observation-decks-world">observatory</a> on Saturday, Oct. 12. </p><p>After its $160-million revamp, the observatory now includes a 360-degree view of the city from over 1,250 feet in the air, <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2019/10/10/empire-state-building-102nd-floor-observatory-reopens-saturday/3930926002/">according to <em>USA Today</em>,</a> and will have floor-to-ceiling windows for an unobstructed panorama.</p><p>The 102nd floor is about as high as you can get to the top of the building, which is 103 floors.</p><img alt="102nd Floor Observatory Empire State Building "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570810285/Empire-State-Building-observatory-2-ESBVIEWS1019.jpg?itok=1LOFGAdv"><p>“What we really wanted to do was to connect with people … give them something magical. So 102 is the absolute pinnacle of that magic,” CEO Anthony Malkin, whose grandfather built the original skyscraper back in 1931, told <em><a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/empire-state-building-massive-renovation-exclusive-look-inside-new-observatory/">CBS News</a>.</em></p><p>In addition to the major makeover at the top, the second floor of the building has been transformed into an interactive museum, which opened to the public in July. There, visitors can learn about the history of the building and get a glimpse of it through the decades. There is even a walk-through tribute to the building’s role in pop culture, including in movies like "King Kong," "An Affair to Remember," and "Elf,"<em> USA Today</em> also noted. </p><p>The open-air observation deck on the <a href="https://www.esbnyc.com/explore/main-deck-86th-floor">86th floor</a>, of course, is still there for visitors to enjoy, but that extra 16 stories can make a bigger difference than you might think when you’re looking to see the best of the city.</p><p>Malkin also <a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/empire-state-building-observatory-new-york/index.html">told <em>CNN</em></a> the new renovations are “a reflection of what it means, to 13 cultures in nine languages around the world, to be at the Empire State Building. People share the same words – iconic, authentic, historic, dreams, inspiration.”</p><img alt="102nd Floor Observatory Empire State Building "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570810285/Empire-State-Building-observatory-3-ESBVIEWS1019.jpg?itok=0igT4gRv"><p>It costs $58 to get to the 102nd floor observatory, according to the famed tourist attraction's <a href="https://www.esbnyc.com/buy-tickets?utm_source=Digital_Remedy&amp;utm_medium=Google_Search&amp;utm_campaign=1341001581&amp;utm_term=empire%20state%20admission&amp;utm_content=62239536708&amp;gclid=Cj0KCQjw0IDtBRC6ARIsAIA5gWviGcXvZ2WvyklQjHEvSWACe2JLMt9KVOYT7FFm3oNksTcjcMvvjdEaAlOvEALw_wcB">website.</a> It’s a pretty steep price, but it’s also your chance to see one of the best views in the city. The cost to get to the 86th floor observatory is $38.</p><p>Renovations are still going on inside the building with the final phase being a new exhibition space on the 80th floor, which is due to open by the end of November. </p>
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Woman's Cat Goes Missing After Lufthansa Flight to Washington, D.C.

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 16:54
<p>A woman traveling on a Lufthansa flight from Munich, Germany to Washington, D.C. is living out every pet parent's biggest fear after she found that one of her beloved cats was missing after being stowed in the plane's cargo hold.</p><p>Molly McFadden <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MilosMissing/posts/113876123353034">wrote on Facebook</a> that her cat, Milo, had <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cat-escaped-carrier-jfk-found">gone missing</a> sometime between the time he was transported onto the tarmac at Washington Dulles International Airport and the carrier arrived in international baggage claim on Oct. 3.</p><p>“Despite best efforts, including extensive searching in the area, flyers, tracking dogs and humane traps, Milo has yet to be located,” McFadden wrote.</p><p>In what she describes as "a nightmare I never even considered," McFadden explained that her cat was joined by his brother, Beau, who did not go missing.</p><p>At the moment, he has been missing for over a week. </p><p>McFadden got Milo while she was traveling in Germany over the last four years. When she reached the international baggage claim in Virginia last week, she saw an airline agent waiting with her two cat crates, though something was amiss right away. </p><p>“Beau, my other cat, was in the crate and it was locked, but Milo’s crate was empty and the cage door was pushed in,” McFadden <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2019/10/10/lufthansa-passengers-cat-goes-missing-after-munich-dc-flight/3930469002/">told <em>USA Today</em></a>. “Initially, the airline told me they were searching the plane itself since they believed he had escaped during flight — however, they said the door was pushed in when they found him gone, and I still don’t think he would’ve yanked the door towards himself to escape.”</p><p>On Monday, Oct. 7, McFadden found out Milo’s carrier had been damaged while being transported on the tarmac, leading her to think he must have escaped after the flight. </p><p>Christina Semmel, a spokesperson for Lufthansa, told the news outlet the airline has “sent out emails to the airline community at Dulles Airport, members of the various authorities there, including ground handlers as well as other airlines, asking for assistance in the search.”</p><p>“At this stage, we are working right alongside the owner in terms of looking for Milo," she added. "The safety of the animals that we transport is always of our utmost concern and we certainly abide by each and every safety measure."</p><p>Milo is a gray and white tabby with a white neck, mouth, and stomach and green eyes. His nose is almost entirely gray with a bit of gray near his whiskers on one side of his face.</p><p>McFadden has been posting flyers around the airport and the surrounding areas. As of October 8, McFadden posted on Facebook that there was a potential sighting at South Riding Town Hall in Chantilly, Va. </p><p>Apparently, the cat that was spotted ran into a storm drain. McFadden is still searching for more news of what happened to her pet.</p><p>She asked in a follow up post for people who live nearby towns to post his photo and flyer on the app <a href="https://nextdoor.com">NextDoor</a> to alert the community to be on the lookout.</p><p>Any further updates are being shared on the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/MilosMissing/posts/115439376530042?__xts__%5b0%5d=68.ARD0tey7HlBZpHY43chtmm55TRkBsLk6HsNKyuYMuq_adpGl0MGrVmcdlQDA-hE2PoR77wj9fP2OtFotCT83W9vNtSJeZ3jdB7GS-vyCutmlO0lFeiIIUlhriXnWXOeUX2-NsIrVnmXzbJBKWkW4rqQsP7A36fQ62liQklKuWHL1mPfLLSmY1NzRsOlZx0TC5o7gcLXillLuDFTzmShZCE1_3fur-QN_-VnFMBwKgl5xUvrLFr0CN9O4UX3MiUQxWculMsVtQxGOSX33QZwa3BeFboqaE6KqJDpLqUphvwjLOMX75O0iM8fYGr-pQsaNx5x01N3QA1aj2iYdrBBmUbk&amp;__tn__=-R">Milo Is Missing</a> Facebook page.</p>
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Just 5 Percent of U.S. Pilots Are Women, but Delta's Trying to Change That — Starting With This All-female Crew

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 16:39
<p>In the United States, a mere <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-trends/women-pilots-aviation">five percent of commercial pilots</a> are women. However, Delta is hoping to change that by not only hiring more women, but by also encouraging young girls to join the aviation industry in the future. </p><img alt="All-women Delta team flies girls to NASA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570811649/wing-Flight-crew-DELTAGIRLS1019.jpg?itok=otNcfM1y"><p>Last weekend, Delta celebrated International Girls in Aviation Day by flying 120 girls between ages 12 and 18 to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas with its Women Inspiring our Next Generation, or WING, program. And they got there with an all-female flight crew of gate agents, ground workers, crew, and pilots.</p><p>"We know representation matters. At Delta, we believe you have to see it to be it," Beth Poole, general manager of pilot development, <a href="http://news.delta.com/leveling-skies-delta-flies-120-girls-nasa-promote-gender-equality-5th-wing-flight">said in a statement.</a> "We're taking ownership to improve gender diversity by exposing girls at a young age and providing a pipeline so that 10 years from now, they will be the pilots in the Delta cockpit inspiring generations of women who follow."</p><p>As Delta noted, its WING Flight program began in 2015 as part of a larger effort to diversify the male-dominated aviation industry and expose girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers.</p><img alt="All-women Delta team flies girls to NASA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570811649/wing-Flight-selfie-DELTAGIRLS1019.jpg?itok=AtykFZG5"><p>Once on the ground in Houston, the girls who took part in this year’s flight toured NASA's Mission Control Center, spent time with female aviation mentors, and even enjoyed lunch with NASA astronaut and aerospace engineer, Jeanette Epps.</p><p>"I never would have thought I would have had this experience. I'm really grateful for my parents who have made this possible and inspired my love of aviation," Karyanna, a 16-year-old participant, shared in the statement. "It's such an exciting time to be in STEM. There's so much left for us to discover."</p><p>Katelyn, a 17-year-old participant, added, "It didn't seem realistic to go after a career in aviation, but today I realized, 'Hey, I can do this too.’”</p><img alt="All-women Delta team flies girls to NASA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570811649/delta-girls-space-nasa-learning-DELTAGIRLS1019.jpg?itok=J0D2Xygw"><p>Though Delta remains on par with the rest of the aviation industry, noting five percent of its current pilots are women, it added that 7.4 percent of Delta's newly hired pilots have been women. One day soon, they’ll hopefully be able to hire more women like Katelyn and Karyanna, too.</p>
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Amazon Now Has Hot Cocoa in Your Favorite Chocolate Candy Flavors

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 16:27
<p>It’s almost the perfect time of year to curl up with a cup of <a href="https://www.bhg.com/recipes/drinks/chocolate-drinks/hot-chocolate/">rich hot chocolate</a>. Everyone has a preference for how they take their hot cocoa: plain, with tiny marshmallows, with <a href="https://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/cooking-basics/anyone-can-cook-whipped-cream/">whipped cream</a>, made with water or milk, and some put <a href="https://www.bhg.com/recipes/drinks/chocolate-drinks/this-is-the-best-way-to-mix-alcohol-and-hot-chocolate-281474979594634/">an adult twist on it by spiking it</a>. On top of that, there are tons of flavors to choose from in the cocoa aisle. Our decision just got a little bit harder with the discovery of classic candy-flavored hot cocoa—not to be confused with <a href="https://www.bhg.com/news/all-the-hot-cocoa-foods-you-need-to-try-to-survive-winter/">hot cocoa-flavored candies</a>, which we will also be stocking up on for the winter season. </p><p>If you’re a fan of mint and chocolate mixed together, you’re certainly not alone—and you're in luck. York Peppermint Pattie-flavored instant hot cocoa is now available in packs of six pouches, which you can buy in-store <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hershey-s-York-Peppermint-Chocolate-Hot-Cocoa-10-ct-Packets-5-29-oz-Box/565001122" target="_blank">at Walmart ($2.93)</a> or online <a aria-describedby="external-disclaimer" data-amzn-asin="B07SGD1VJ1" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SGD1VJ1/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlsyndcandyhotcocoa-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07SGD1VJ1&amp;linkId=4df1987ee3fcfa833ef1372a2ade40ae" target="_blank" title="(opens new window)">from Amazon ($8.33)</a>. The iconic minty treat swirled with milk chocolate will pair so well with all your winter plans like <a href="https://www.bhg.com/christmas/new-hallmark-christmas-movies/">Hallmark Christmas movie watching</a>, binge reading, and <a href="https://www.bhg.com/health-family/mind-body-spirit/where-to-buy-weighted-blankets/">cozy-blanket snuggling</a>. </p><p>For even more iconic flavors of hot cocoa, you can order a 40 count box of classic candy hot cocoa K-cup-style pods <a aria-describedby="external-disclaimer" data-amzn-asin="B01BORVIJY" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BORVIJY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlsyndcandyhotcocoa-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01BORVIJY&amp;linkId=8c1ff18fc37245947925c3df6a37a31f" target="_blank" title="(opens new window)">from Amazon ($14.97)</a>. It’s full of well-known candy brands: Tootsie Roll, Junior Mints, Charleston Chew, and Sugar Babies. Each K-cup style pod brews a sweet and velvety cup of hot chocolate that will have you feeling nostalgic with its notes of the classic candies you grew up with. </p><img alt="Candy flavored k-cups "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570821280/tootsie-roll-k-cup-COCOA1019.jpg?itok=Z2mxXHau"><p>So whether you load your mug with marshmallows or top it off with whipped cream, you can’t go wrong by enjoying a cup of cocoa that tastes like all the iconic candy flavors you’ve loved for years.</p>
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Massive Fire in Los Angeles Forces Highway Closures, Thousands of Evacuations

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 16:20
<p>Three massive fires erupted on Thursday in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/resort-hotels-in-california">Southern California</a>, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, an “unknown” number of homes have burned down, however, no injuries have been reported yet.</p><img alt="Saddleridge Fire, Los Angeles, California "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570805181/Saddleridge-Fire-porter-ranch-homes-LAFIRE1019.jpg?itok=18x1nk0D"><p>According to <a href="https://weather.com/news/news/2019-10-11-california-wildfires-grow-power-outages-continue">The Weather Channel</a>, the fire quickly worsened when flames from the Saddleridge Fire crossed over the 210 Freeway. It then crossed over the 5 Freeway, a major artery for Los Angeles’ traffic. Both highways were closed due to smoke. The fire is moving so rapidly that it’s hitting new neighborhoods before authorities can warn residents.</p><p>That can’t be that fire,” Cece Merkerson, who lives in Porter Ranch, told <a href="https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-10/saddleridge-fire-sylmar"><em>The Los Angeles Times</em></a> as she watched the fast-moving flames approach. “That can’t be it.” She was evacuated a few minutes later.</p><p>“I started knocking on all my neighbors’ doors because I knew they were sleeping,” she told <em>The Times</em>. “I’m banging and banging and I woke up about eight of them — and they all looked at me like I was crazy.”</p><p>On Friday morning, the fire department told reporters the blaze has grown to 2,000 acres. There are currently some 400 firefighters fighting to contain it.</p><p>Meanwhile, further north in the San Francisco area, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/utility-company-shuts-off-power-california-high-winds-wildfire-precaution">Pacific Gas &amp; Electric</a> cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people in an effort to reduce the risk of fires due to downed power lines. Though customers, including California Governor Gavin Newsom, criticized the move, the utility company said it already found cases where the power lines could have sparked fires.</p><img alt="Saddleridge Fire, Los Angeles, California "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570805181/Saddleridge-Fire-porter-ranch-home-LAFIRE1019.jpg?itok=VsYw0biy"><p>"We have found multiple cases of damage or hazards," Sumeet Singh, a vice president for the utility, told <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-fires-power-outages-today-wildfires-santa-ana-high-winds-evacuations-2019-10-11/">CBS</a>. He noted, the company found fallen branches that came in contact with overhead lines. "If they were energized, they could've ignited.”</p><p>Residents in both areas are urged to stay tuned to local stations and adhere to any warnings officials may give. Travelers are also urged to have patience when traveling to or from the area.</p>
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Ditch the Cold This Holiday Season and Head to Los Cabos for the Thanksgiving of a Lifetime — Pies Included

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 11:16
<p>When it comes to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/thanksgiving-travel/cheap-international-places-to-go-for-thanksgiving" target="_blank">Thanksgiving</a>, some people absolutely live for all-day food prep, a big family dinner, and a cozy sleep in their own bed when it’s all over. But for others, the mere idea of running around like a chicken (or turkey?) with its head cut off to execute the perfect meal drains all the holiday spirit right out of the day. If you identify more with the latter, it may be time to spend Thanksgiving somewhere tropical and free of family stress, like Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/los-cabos" target="_blank">Los Cabos</a>, Mexico. If you <a href="https://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotels/los-cabos/las-ventanas-al-paraiso?utm_source=tandl&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=&amp;utm_keyword=thanksgiving">book a four-night stay during Thanksgiving through Five Star Alliance</a>, you can snag the mouthwatering Thanksgiving dinner of your dreams minus the work — plus the gorgeous ocean views.</p><p>At Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Thanksgiving means guests don’t have to lift a finger. With the special four-night holiday deal, you’ll stay in one of the resort’s large Signature Villas or the luxurious Ty Warner Mansion, and the Las Ventanas staff will handle any and all holiday prep. While you zen out by the pool, the resort’s chefs will whip up an incredible Thanksgiving feast, which your own private host will serve to you and your family in-villa.</p><p>As if that wasn’t enough for the perfect Thanksgiving, the resort offers a host of other fun and relaxing holiday activities, like a pie-making masterclass, a Turkey Trot, and festive taco and tequila pairings. Not to mention, exclusive Five Star perks like in-villa welcome massages, daily breakfast, spa credit, and even roundtrip airport transfers are included in each Thanksgiving stay, making for a truly rejuvenating holiday trip.</p><p>And face it — in most places where Thanksgiving is celebrated, late November weather can be pretty unpleasant, especially if you’re not a fan of the cold. In Los Cabos, you’ll get to celebrate the holiday soaking in the sun’s warmth next to the calming sound of crashing waves. And really, how could Thanksgiving get better than that?</p><p>Book your Thanksgiving at Las Ventanas al Paraiso <a href="https://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotels/los-cabos/las-ventanas-al-paraiso?utm_source=tandl&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=&amp;utm_keyword=thanksgiving">here</a>.</p>
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An Expert Lists Ways to Protect Yourself From Sexual Harassment on a Plane After a Woman Was Victimized Through In-flight Entertainment System (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 11:02
<p>A woman called out <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/sexual-harassment-flight-attendants">sexual harassment</a> on a transatlantic flight earlier this month after she received inappropriate messages through the plane’s in-flight entertainment system — a move that an expert applauded.</p><p>The woman, Jessica Van Meir, 24, was traveling on Virgin Atlantic from <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/london">London</a> to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/washington-dc">Washington D.C.</a> when she started receiving the messages shortly after takeoff, according to <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/07/us/woman-receives-in-flight-messages-trnd/index.html">CNN</a>. The airline’s entertainment system allows passengers to message people in other seats.</p><p>The messages called her a “tidy babe” and said “welcome to hell,” according to photos of the seatback screen. But CNN reported that Van Meir, a paralegal, knew exactly how to respond: "i work for a law firm that specializes in online sexual harassment. enjoy being reported to virgin."</p><p>She reported the incident to flight attendants who immediately asked if they could speak with the men who sent the messages, according to CNN. Van Meir said the harassment then stopped and flight attendants checked with her throughout the flight.</p><img alt="Virgin Atlantic Airlines "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570728618/virgin-atlantic-VIRGINHARASS1019.jpg?itok=TFDbFkUo"><p>"It's on a regular basis that women are catcalled," Van Meir told <em>CNN</em>. "It's exhausting and it makes you feel unsafe… I was also appalled and disappointed that someone would be so disrespectful and entitled as to send me messages on a flight when I'm traveling on my own just trying to enjoy my flight peacefully and not be harassed by anyone."</p><p>A <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/virgin-america/new-features-on-virgin-atlantic-a350-1000-inagural-flight">Virgin Atlantic</a> spokeswoman told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> in an email the company was very concerned by the incident and were investigating it “as a matter of urgency.” The spokeswoman noted that seat-to-seat messaging will not be available on any of the company’s newer aircraft.</p><p>“We want all of our customers to have the best possible experience when they fly with us, and have zero tolerance for any disruptive or inappropriate behaviour,” the spokeswoman said. “We are now reviewing our entertainment systems to ensure this does not happen again.”</p><p>Laura Palumbo, a spokeswoman for the <a href="https://www.nsvrc.org/">National Sexual Violence Resource Center</a>, said it’s difficult to prevent this type of situation from happening in the first place — especially on an airplane — but there are a few things you can do in response.</p><p>“The person who is committing harassment and assault is really taking advantage of the situation where it’s not really a dynamic where you have that much freedom,” Palumbo told T+L. “What’s important to acknowledge is it’s not appropriate behavior and that you always have the option of calling out that behavior.”</p><p>Palumbo said if this happens to you, you should flag down a flight attendant to make a report and you can always ask to change seats.</p><p>“For some people when they’ve had that experience of violation, it feels important to them to respond directly. But that’s going to be a very uncomfortable option for some people,” she said. “For some people, it may feel more comfortable to relocate yourself to create some space, to walk over to a flight attendant rather than calling them over just so you can create some distance for yourself.”</p><p>Palumbo noted that it’s also important to find a way to cope with the trauma, suggesting it may help to talk about it.</p><p>“All forms of harassment or assault, whether they be verbal or written communication, that all impacts someone — it impacts their sense of self, their sense of safety,” she said. “Just because it’s something that happened through technology doesn't mean it doesn't have a real impact on someone.”</p>
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Away's Soft-shell Expandable Suitcases Are Here — and They're the Most Spacious Bags Yet

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 15:00
<p>Away is expanding — literally — as the luggage brand just released their first set of soft-sided, expandable bags.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.awaytravel.com/expandables" target="_blank">The Expandables</a>, as the line is called, is very similar to the classic Away bag <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/away-expandable-suitcases" target="_blank">we all know and love</a>: sleek, indented lines across the front, removable laundry bag, and 360-degree spinner wheels, plus the amazing interior-pocket and straps to compress your precious belongings.</p><img alt="Away zipper "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570657216/away-zipper-NEWAWAY1019.jpg?itok=l8EvZv-o"><p>But there are a few key features that set this bag apart. The exterior is made from woven nylon, perfect for people who steer clear of hard-shell luggage for fear of scratching or aesthetic damage. A massive zip-up nylon pocket lives in the front of the bag, perfect for storing those things you’re always reaching for on the go. And there’s even an entirely new luggage tag.</p><img alt="Front Pocket "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570657216/expandables-pocket-NEWAWAY1019.jpg?itok=rye8V4rN"><p>The highlight, though, is that every suitcase in the collection has a built-in zipper that increases the capacity of the bag up to 4.5 cm. This is huge for you people who can’t stop shopping on vacation.</p><p>Another major difference: The Expandables don’t come with a battery to charge your many, many devices.</p><p>The bag will be available in four colors — black, navy, asphalt, and green — and the four sizes Away has always carried: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.awaytravel.com/suitcases/expandable-carry-on" target="_blank">Carry-On</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.awaytravel.com/suitcases/expandable-bigger-carry-on" target="_blank">Bigger Carry-On</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.awaytravel.com/suitcases/expandable-medium" target="_blank">Medium</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.awaytravel.com/suitcases/expandable-large" target="_blank">Large</a>. Prices start at $275 for the smallest and $345 for The Expandable Large bag.</p><p>To celebrate the launch of the new bag, Away surprised travelers in New York City, Austin, Los Angeles, Toronto, and London with the chance to “expand” their visit by spending “one more night Away.” Those lucky guests were some of the very first to get to try out the new suitcase before taking it home after their surprise extra night.</p><p>Most people can’t just take one extra night of vacation, so Away set it all up for them: a concierge to re-book their flights home the next day; dinner at a fabulous restaurant, like Frenchette in NYC; tickets to a museum or show, like VIP tickets to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/austin">Austin City Limits</a>; and plenty of other goodies like a mini bottle of Veuve Clicquot and local souvenirs from each city.</p><p><strong>To buy:</strong><b> </b><a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.awaytravel.com/expandables" target="_blank">awaytravel.com</a>, $245-$345</p>
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You Can Spend the Night in a Real-life Version of ‘The Addams Family’ Mansion This Halloween

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 14:01
<p>As we glide through October, those with a ghouly nature are thinking of all things <i>creepy</i>, <i>kooky</i>, <i>mysterious and spooky</i>. Lucky for them, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.booking.com/" target="_blank">Booking.com</a> wants to really send people screaming this month by renting out a real-life recreation of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/the-addams-family-mansion.html" target="_blank"><em>The Addams Family </em>home</a> just in time for Halloween.</p><p>Located in a 19th-century townhouse in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/brooklyn" target="_blank">Brooklyn’s historic Cobble Hill</a> neighborhood, this spooky manor will feature plenty of nods to each individual member of the Addams Family. Toy around with weird machines in Pugsley’s room, watch out for Wednesday’s beheaded doll in the living room, be careful watering Morticia’s carnivorous plants, or even pull Lurch’s famous “you rang” bell to set the mood.</p><p>If the spirit of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/halloween" target="_blank">Halloween</a> really comes through you might even get an appearance from Thing.</p><img alt="Wednesday Addam's Room "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570562655/wednesday-addams-room-ADDAMS1019.jpg?itok=UpysG1mv"><p>The manor sleeps up to four guests with a king-size bed, a queen-size bed, and one twin bed. Ghosts and other creepy creatures are not counted in this stay.</p><img alt="Pugsleys Room "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570562655/puglsey-addams-room-ADDAMS1019.jpg?itok=EiGIq0dS"><p>Coinciding with the release of the new “<a href="https://www.addamsfamily.movie/" target="_blank">The Addams Family</a>” movie on Oct. 11, the mansion will <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/the-addams-family-mansion.html" target="_blank">be available to rent</a> for $101.10 per night. Bookings are open for four exclusive overnight stays at this <i>not so usual</i> family home at 12 p.m. EST on Oct. 28. Actual stays will occur Oct. 29 through Nov. 1, great timing for Halloween.</p><p>If you find yourself seeking even more creepy experiences during your stay, consider a visit to one of the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/haunted-places-in-new-york-city" target="_blank">most haunted places in New York City</a>. At the Van Cortlandt House in the Bronx people have reported seeing dolls walking about on their own accord. And if that doesn’t do it for you, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/hotel-openings/historic-horror-hotel-reopens-in-colorado" target="_blank">this hotel in Colorado</a> has serial killer-themed rooms for those who really, really, really don’t<i> </i>want to sleep.</p>
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These Lightweight, Water-resistant Travel Sneakers Have Already Raised More Than $60,000 on Kickstarter

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:31
<p>Whether you are looking for a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-travel-adapter-converter" target="_blank">high-tech travel adapter</a> or a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-carry-on-luggage" target="_blank">stylish new carry-on bag</a>, one of the best places to find new and innovative travel accessories is Kickstarter. The crowd-funding site is not only a cool way to find fresh and exciting products, but the process of backing the projects you believe in makes you feel like you’re involved in the process. </p><p>One of the most popular pieces on the site right now are these <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://pathfinder-the-travel-sneaker.kckb.st/e0eb7728" target="_blank">sleek travel sneakers by Muroexe</a> — and it’s easy to see why. Along with being made from a flexible, lightweight material, they’re super breathable and water-resistant. </p><p><strong>RELATED:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shoes/most-comfortable-sneakers" target="_blank">These 11 Shoe Brands Make the Most Comfortable Sneakers Around</a></p><p>They also boast a padded memory foam insole that makes them comfortable enough to wear all day, plus a durable EVA-outsole that features an anti-slip rubber piece for added traction. What’s more, the travel-ready sneakers also boast antibacterial and anti-odor properties, so you never have to worry about smelly feet. </p><p>The sneakers are incredibly versatile too and could easily transition from an early morning hike to after-dinner drinks in a snap. Plus, there are five stylish colors to choose from (black, white, pink, blue, and brown) that are neutral enough to pair well with pretty much any outfit packed in your suitcase.</p><p>Did we mention they are eco-friendly too? Each pair of sneakers is made from 10 recycled plastic bottles and are vegan and PETA-approved. With details like that, it’s no wonder <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://pathfinder-the-travel-sneaker.kckb.st/e0eb7728" target="_blank">The Pathfinder Travel Sneakers</a> quickly surpassed their initial Kickstarter goal of $21,775 and have already raised more than $62,000 in funding. </p><p>If you love the shoes as much as the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://pathfinder-the-travel-sneaker.kckb.st/e0eb7728" target="_blank">300 other shoppers who have already backed them</a>, you can pledge your support and back the project now. The brand offers several different donation bundles that will get you these cool sneakers (as well as other cool products from the brand) as soon as they launch in February 2020.</p><img alt="The Pathfinder Travel Sneakers "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570112679/kickstarter-shoes.jpg?itok=aqWJwXGT"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://pathfinder-the-travel-sneaker.kckb.st/e0eb7728" target="_blank">kickstarter.com</a>, from $93</p>
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Princess Cruise Line Just Announced a New Ship That Will Visit 18 Ports Around South America in 50 Days (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 09:41
<p><a href="https://www.princess.com/">Princess Cruises</a> announced the name and routes of its newest ship, the Discovery Princess, on Oct. 4. This is Princess’s largest-ever inaugural launch, and it has planned cruises to Europe, the Caribbean, and the California Coast. The Discovery Princess is also going to embark on a 50-day cruise around South America perfect for travelers hoping to explore the continent! The <a href="https://www.princess.com/cruise-search/details?voyageCode=X202A">South America Connoisseur</a> cruise will pick guests up in Ft. Lauderdale and stop in 18 ports before finishing the cruise in Los Angeles.</p><img alt="Princess Cruises "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570736307/discovery-princess-NEWPRINCESS1019.jpg?itok=Xe1oYcVS"><p>During the 50-day cruise, passengers will have plenty of time to enjoy the luxurious offerings this new ship has in store. Enjoy fine dining from Michelin-star chefs, or unwind at the spa. The Discovery Princess will feature the largest balconies at sea in its Sky Suites, which will give guests unbeatable 270-degree views of the ocean! At night, check out new Broadway-style productions at the Princess Theater. With all the amenities on board, you’ll never have to leave the ship — but you’ll want to when you see all the amazing excursions offered at port!</p><p>The South America Connoisseur will stop in several South American capital cities, like Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Lima, Peru. Thanks to Princess’s “more ashore” program, you’ll be able to enjoy the cities’ nightlife with late or overnight calls in port! This cruise will also provide travelers with the opportunity to visit 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the mysterious Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca.</p><p>Other exciting excursions include penguin watching in the Falkland Islands, checking out the volcanoes in Guatemala, and visiting the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro. You can even fly to Antarctica to visit the continent’s glaciers and wild landscapes during a day trip excursion from Punta Arenas, Chile. Whether you’re sipping rum at a distillery in Martinique or visiting an Incan fortress in Peru, you’re bound to have an adventure on this new cruise.</p><p>The Discovery Princess is the cruise line’s 6<sup>th </sup>Royal-Class ship, and it will debut in Nov. 2021 for a Mediterranean and Aegean cruise. The 50-day South American Connoisseur will set sail on Jan. 6, 2022.</p>
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Winter Storm Aubrey Is Bringing Heavy Snow and Freezing Temperatures to the U.S (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 08:36
<p>A potentially historic snowstorm is bringing winter a little early to a large swath of the United States. The snowstorm is so impressive that The Weather Channel gave it a name: Winter Storm Aubrey.</p><img alt="NOAA Geo-Color Map "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570725066/noaa-us-snowfall-USSNOW1019.jpg?itok=0MR92DUy"><p>According to <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/10/crippling-blizzard-snowstorm-threatens-dakotas/3928901002/"><em>USA Today</em></a>, North and South Dakota were hit with blizzard conditions on Thursday and parts of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/triple-creek-ranch-montana-sapphire-panning">Montana</a> have already seen up to a foot of fresh snow. The storm is also expected to drop snow on Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado. The storm actually already made history when Spokane International Airport recorded 3.3 inches of snow on Tuesday, breaking a 40-year record.</p><p>But that’s not all. Beyond the snow, temperatures will also dramatically fall by more than 50 degrees in some areas in under 24 hours. That includes places like Cheyenne, Wyoming, which will see temperatures fall from the low 80s to the 20s throughout Thursday.</p><p>It's going to be really cold out there, and a spectacular winter storm for early October, much earlier than normal," AccuWeather meteorologist Geoff Cornish told <em>USA Today</em>. "Nasty winds are going to be buffeting the Northern Plains on the backside of this storm."</p><p>The storm, <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/potentially-historic-october-storm-slam-north-central-u-s-snow-n1064601">NBC</a> added, is expected to stick around the Northern Plains well into the weekend. <a href="https://weather.com/forecast/national/news/2019-10-06-first-snow-of-season-rockies-plains-early-to-mid-october-forecast">Weather.com</a> said "dangerous blizzard conditions" are expected in the region well into next week.</p><p>Though a bit of early winter snow sounds fun, it’s important to remember this system comes with other dangerous conditions, including wind gusts of 40-50 mph or more. Those winds, The Weather Channel reported, could down trees and power lines, and cause power outages in many areas.</p><p>Travelers are warned to stay off the roads and to expect airport delays well into next week. Those with plans to travel through the region should check in with their accommodations. And anyone with connections through the area should check in with their airline before heading to the airport.</p>
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TSA Searches Woman's Luggage to Find 'Like 20 Bags’ of Flamin' Hot Cheetos (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 08:23
<p>It’s important to only pack the essentials when you’re going on a long trip. We, of course, mean bringing as many bags of your favorite snack in your carry-on as possible.</p><p>According to <em><a href="https://www.delish.com/food-news/a29413990/woman-stopped-by-security-hot-cheetos/">Delish</a></em>, a woman was stopped by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Oct. 4 because she had a bunch of bags of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/hot-cheetos-bagel">Flamin’ Hot Cheetos</a> in her carry-on. But, in her defense, she had a very good reason — besides them being delicious.</p><img alt="Hot Cheetos filled bag stopped by TSA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1570722915/hot-cheetos-bag-CHEETOS1019.jpg?itok=3Y-7fuDG"><p>Emily Mei was traveling to South Korea when she was stopped by TSA. She wrote on Twitter, “Will never forget the day TSA stopped me [because] they thought I was hiding sh*t inside my bag...”</p><p>She continued on her post that she had “like 20 bags" of the popular snack chip in there. The TSA doesn’t have a ban on food, especially the dry, sealed, and packaged kind. So, if you’re nervous about <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/tsa-snacks-removed-from-carry-on-luggage">bringing some snacks</a> with you on your next trip, you still can. However, according to the <em><a href="https://nypost.com/2019/10/08/tsa-flags-woman-with-20-bags-of-flamin-hot-cheetos-in-duffel/">New York Post</a></em>, the TSA reserves the right to flag and inspect your bag if they suspect your food “clutters bags or obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine.” It’s unlikely that they’ll confiscate anything if it’s all in the clear.</p><p>Other Twitter users replied to her post in solidarity, including one guy who packed a bunch of boxes of Cheez-Its in a suitcase and another guy who shared a video of his bag, packed with Airheads, being searched.</p><p>But Mei isn’t just a hardcore Hot Cheeto enthusiast. She wrote on Twitter that she was bringing the bags with her to give to her friends because this particular snack is very hard to find in South Korea.</p><p>“Apparently it’s hard to get in Korea so my friends always ask me to bring it for them,” Mei wrote.</p><p>Not all heroes wear capes.</p><p>According to <em>Delish</em>, it was unclear if her Cheeto haul made it through security, but it’s likely that those snacks were fine to fly. It’s not every day that you see a friend who is willing to go toe-to-toe with the TSA just to bring them their favorite junk food. As they say, it ain’t easy bein’ cheesy.</p>
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This Dream Job Will Send Sports Fans to NBA Games Across the Country to Find the Best Game Food

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 08:00
<p>The big game just isn’t the same without some tasty snacks.</p><p>If you consider yourself a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-best-vacations-for-sports-fans">sports fan</a> as well as a discerning stadium <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/culinary-vacations-agritourism/culinary-adventures-2018">foodie</a>, there’s a competition that will not only let you see your favorite basketball teams but also enjoy delicious food. The best part, of course, is that you also get paid while you do it.</p><p><a href="https://www.pickswise.com">Pickswise</a>, a website for sports betting, is looking for an Official <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-nba-experience">NBA</a> food tester to visit various stadiums around the nation and try out each stadium’s signature dish. Who doesn’t want an opportunity to chow down on some specialty hot dogs or nachos while cheering on their sports idols?</p><p>The winning candidate will get tickets to three to five games in the 2019-2020 season plus $500 to order a signature dish at each one to see which “team does the best dishes.” Expenses will also be paid to visit and eat at each stadium.</p><p>Once they’ve sampled the best foods at each game, the candidate will then get to rank which ones were their favorites as well as create content for Pickswise’s social media accounts.</p><p>Of course, there are some terms and conditions. All applicants must be over 21 years old and be a resident of the U.S. or Canada. Pickswise may ask for confirmation that you are eligible to apply and receive a cash prize. And finally, you must also be a Pickswise customer (but you can sign up before you enter).</p><p>To apply, follow <a href="https://twitter.com/pickswisesports">@Pickswisesports</a> and reply to the pinned competition tweet by sending a picture of yourself at a game, eating food, or both included in a tweet. Be sure to tag @PickswiseSports and use the hashtag #NBAFoodTester.</p><p>Entries are open from Oct. 1 until Oct. 14. The competition officially closes on that Monday at 5 p.m. EST. The winner will be notified personally on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Pickswise will be sending out an announcement on social media as well.</p><p>More information on the competition can be found on the <a href="https://www.pickswise.com/2019/10/01/win-500-and-the-chance-to-become-the-pickswise-official-nba-food-tester/">Pickswise website</a>.</p>
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Inspectors Ground More Boeing Planes After Finding Cracks in the Wing

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 07:31
<p>U.S. regulators hit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/boeing-737-max-planes-when-will-they-return-to-service">Boeing with more bad news</a> this week after they found cracks in several planes built by the aviation giant.</p><p>The cracks, <em><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/09/boeing-737-ng-faa-inspection-wing-support-cracks-36-planes/3926470002/">USA Today</a></em> reported, were discovered by inspectors while the airplanes were being converted from passenger to cargo planes. A total of 13 Boeing 737 NG airplanes have now been grounded worldwide. Two of the planes were grounded by Southwest, while 11 more were grounded by Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas.</p><p>"Boeing regrets the impact this issue is having on GOL, as well as our 737 NG customers worldwide," Boeing said in a statement. "We are actively working with our customers with inspection findings to procure parts, develop repair and replace plans, and provide all the technical support needed to safely return every impacted airplane to service as soon as possible."</p><p>Inspectors told airlines to inspect a total of 165 of the 737 NG planes for structural damage after they found cracks on an airplane part known as the “pickle fork.” That part, <em>USA Today</em> explained, attaches the fuselage to the wing. Nearly all of the 165 jets in question were Southwest aircraft.</p><p>For its part Southwest explained it found no issue with the “vast majority” of planes, though it “removed the two aircraft from our operation and reported the findings to Boeing and the FAA.”</p><p><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-boeing-southwest/southwest-gol-ground-13-boeing-737-ng-airplanes-after-checks-idUSKBN1WO2CJ">Reuters</a> further explained, the 737 NG aircraft was first delivered to airlines in 1997. The NG was the third iteration of the 737 and precedes the 737 Max. All 737 Max aircraft remain <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/boeing-737-max-controversy">grounded</a> following two fatal crashes. And it appears the 737 Max will stay on the ground for a bit longer than expected.</p><p>American Airlines announced it <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/09/american-airlines-cuts-boeing-737-max-from-schedules-until-january.html">won’t return</a> the aircraft to service until mid-January, however, the FAA replied to that announcement saying it had <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2019/10/09/american-airlines-says-it-will-resume-flying-boeings-max-jet-january/">no set timeline</a> to return the airplane model to service. In the meantime, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/southwest/southwest-airlines-pilot-union-lawsuit-against-boeing-737-max-safety">Southwest pilots are suing Boeing</a> claiming the airplane manufacturer knew its planes weren’t safe before they even hit the market. Boeing called that claim “meritless.”</p>
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