A Walking Tour Discovered a Secret Section of the Berlin Wall 29 Years After Its Fall (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:58
<p>A 65-foot section of the Berlin Wall was accidentally discovered earlier this summer by a group of people on a walking tour.</p><p>This week, Berlin gave the newly discovered section status as a protected piece of history to coincide with the the 57th anniversary of the wall’s construction.</p><p>In June, Ephraim Gothe, a local politician, set out on a walking tour with a group of constituents. While walking, they discovered a section of the wall hidden underneath vines and covered in a layer of graffiti.</p><p>“There can always be new smaller sections hidden somewhere around the city,” a spokesperson for the Berlin Wall Foundation <a href="" target="_blank">told German newspaper <em>DW</em></a>.</p><p>The newly found section of wall is in a residential zone of northwest Berlin, in the shadow of headquarters for the German intelligence agency BND. The Berlin Wall Foundation believes the section laid undiscovered for so long simply because it did not look like the main section of the wall.</p><p>The discovery was part of a “smaller, preliminary wall which separated the death strip from East Berlin,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Local Germany</em></a>.</p><p>“Our experts were able to confirm its authenticity based on the materials used to build it and its measurements,” a spokesperson for the Berlin Wall Foundation <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>The New York Times</em></a>. “In addition, there were metal poles protruding from it that were used as lampposts and stones that looked like those from the path that ran through the death strip.”</p><p>“I was totally surprised that there were still undiscovered bits,” Gothe told DPA, a German press agency.</p><p>East Germany began construction of the wall on August 13, 1961. It was demolished by residents 27 years later on November 9, 1989.</p>
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10 Perfect Last-minute Labor Day Weekend Destinations

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 14:51
<p>If you haven't yet planned a trip for Labor Day, don’t despair. You still have plenty of options. Whether you’re craving a quiet day on a pink-sand beach or a hypnotizing zip down a mountain, you’re only a flight, car, or train ride away from an excellent Labor Day weekend getaway.</p><p>To lessen the hassle of planning, Kristiana Choquet, a luxury travel advisor with <a href="" target="_blank">Ovation Vacations</a> in New York, suggests deciding what to do from the outset. Would you prefer to fly or stay closer to home? Paraglide or scarf down lobster rolls? “That helps narrow down options,” she said, and will make your life infinitely easier.</p><p>Also helpful: keeping your budget in mind. A weekend of spa treatments may sound sweet, but not if your wallet can’t take it. To that end, keep a lookout for last-minute getaway deals and stay local to help cut down travel time. Here are 10 last-minute Labor Day weekend ideas you're sure to love.</p><h2>Bermuda</h2><p>This <a href="" target="_blank">pink-sand destination</a> is “fantastic for families,” said Choquet, and super accessible for those on the East (flights from <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> clock in at <a href="*BDA./m/02_286.2018-09-05;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">about two and a half hours</a>). Explore the charming island by bike — ask for a non-motorized “pedal bike,” which is safer than a moped — and hit the Bermuda Railway, which follows an old 22-mile-long railway.</p><h2>South Carolina Lowcountry</h2><p>This coastal stretch of South Carolina is teeming with natural beauty and mouthwatering food, says Choquet. Suck down a raspberry milkshake at Husk, then pay a visit to Angel Oak, a 65-foot live oak tree that’s around 300 years old. For accommodation, Choquet likes Montage Palmetto Bluff, an “amazing getaway” set on 20,000 acres with tons of family-friendly activities like lawn games, scavenger hunts and nature trails.</p><h2>Chesapeake Bay, Maryland</h2><p>The famous estuary is the ultimate New England escape, says Choquet. Wander around historic Chestertown or catch a passenger-only ferry to Smith Island, where you can hear old-timey Elizabethan accents and devour Smith Island Cake (the state dessert). Choquet suggests staying at the pet-friendly Hyatt Regency, equipped with an indoor pool and River Marsh Marina.</p><h2>Newport, Rhode Island</h2><p>On the Classic Coast, families can choose their own beach adventure, from the rocky shoreline of Cliff Walk to peaceful Gooseberry Beach. Outdoorsy types can head to Surfer’s End on Sachuest Beach for kayaking and kite flying, while Third Beach is set in a sleepy cove, making it perfect for curling up with a book.</p><h2>Bar Harbor, Maine</h2><img alt="Bay in Acadia National Park "src=""><p>Tucked on the northeastern side of Mount Desert Island, this tiny seaside resort packs an adventurous punch, says <a href="" target="_blank">Jetset World Travel advisor Julia Davis</a>. Pick out the “Mainer” accents, revel in the coastal beauty — the rocky shores of the Schoodic Region in Acadia National Park are perfect for wandering — and feast on the best lobster rolls in North America.</p><h2>Saratoga, Wyoming</h2><p>Park the family at the picture-esque <a href="" target="_blank">Brush Creek Ranch</a>, just 20 miles southeast of historic Saratoga. Beyond the stunning views of the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges, you’ll find plenty to do, says Davis, from horseback riding to fly fishing to shooting sports and hiking. Be sure to carve out time for yoga overlooking the Platte River Valley.</p><h2>Santa Barbara, California</h2><p>The perfect jump-off point for a day trip to Ojai or <a href="" target="_blank">Solvang</a>, Santa Barbara “feels worlds away from it all but is easily accessible,” said Davis. Here you can happily plop yourself at the beach or check out attractions like Casa del Herrero, a stunning example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Hungry? Eat (and drink) your way through downtown on a <a href="" target="_blank">Taste Santa Barbara Food Tour</a>.</p><h2>Aspen, Colorado</h2><img alt="Stunning Maroon Bells peaks and trail leading to Maroon Lake in summer near Aspen, Colorado "src=""><p>If the mountains are calling your name, head to Aspen for live music (Jazz Aspen Snowmass happens Labor Day weekend), and a tour of the colorful Maroon Bells mountains. For the truly adventurous, there’s <a href="" target="_blank">Aspen Paragliding</a>, which can help you tick tandem jumping off your bucket list.</p><h2>Mackinac Island, Michigan</h2><p>This <a href="" target="_blank">classic getaway</a> offers plenty of natural wonders for kids and parents alike, says Davis: The Original Butterfly House and Insect World, whose tropical garden is home to hundreds of specimens from four continents and Fort Mackinac, where the past comes to life with the clang of an anvil. Watch for a rare glimpse of a beaver family on Loop 3 of the Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.</p><h2>Montauk, New York</h2><p>New York’s most eastern point isn’t just about the beach, although you can blissfully spend the day building sandcastles at nearby <a href="" target="_blank">Hither Hills State Park</a>. Other must-dos on Davis’ list include renting boats by the hour at Uihlein’s Marina and hitting Lake Montauk for water skiing; burning off energy at the playground at Hank Zebrowski Park and sampling the retro frozen treats at John’s Drive-In.</p>
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This New Luxury ‘Wandering Hotel’ Will Pop Up in Locations From Italy to Brazil to Cambodia

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:01
<p>On a day as bright and clean as a scrubbed deck, I was sitting in a sky-blue fishing boat anchored in a cove just off the coast of southern <a href="" target="_blank">Puglia</a>, where the heel of the Italian boot points into the Mediterranean. I’d just been for a swim in the translucent water and was eating the coral-colored roe of a sea urchin that, 10 minutes earlier, had been clamped to a rock beneath the waves.</p><p>A stocky, tanned 17-year-old named Giuseppe — one of those rare blond southern Italians — had dived for the urchins. Back on the boat, his father, Rocco, split open each spiny black ball with a pocket knife. Then he’d grabbed a handful of friselle (a type of Puglian dried roll) and served them topped with the scooped-out roe, some halved tomatoes, and a spiral of olive oil. As I ate, I felt the tingle of sea salt crystallizing on my back. No Michelin-starred restaurant could have bettered this — it was perfect.</p><img alt="Thierry Teyssier in Puglia, Italy "src=""><p>Italy is good at these serendipitous moments, but this one wasn’t quite as spontaneous as it seemed. All of a sudden I remembered something my host in Puglia, a genial Frenchman named Thierry Teyssier, had said to me on the phone 10 days earlier. “When I discover a beach, or a cave, or a boat,” he said, “I picture your entire moment. Something new on the plate in front of you is as important as the boat, the fisherman. Everything must be part of the scene.”</p><p>At the time, it had sounded like a metaphor to illustrate the importance of detail in the planning of Teyssier’s new travel project: <a href="http://700000" target="_blank">700,000 Heures</a>. Now I realized he had been thinking of a real boat, a real fisherman, and a real “something new on the plate.” Oh, and a real cave, too. On our way to lunch, the boat had entered a sea cave, a Blue Grotto without the tourists, alive with shards of light.</p><img alt="Landscape of Puglia, Italy "src=""><p>The name 700,000 Heures derives from the amount of time the average person in the developed world spends on earth (it’s a shade less than 80 years, but somehow it seems shockingly brief when expressed in hours). Teyssier describes his new venture as “the first wandering hotel in the world.” It involves taking over existing properties for months at a time, often renting them from owners who are already considering turning their homes into hotels or guest houses, and creating a range of experiences both inside and <a href="" target="_blank">outside their walls</a>.</p><p>Teyssier is the visionary behind Dar Ahlam, a <em>maison d’hôte</em><i> </i>in Morocco’s <a href="" target="_blank">Atlas Mountains</a>. Since opening in 2002, the property has become one of the most influential hotels of the 21st century. It’s not the stunning casbah setting or the perfectly pared-back décor that makes it so: plenty of other hotels do nice locations and nice interiors. At Dar Ahlam (which means “house of dreams” in Arabic), it’s the way the guest experience is laced with surprises that has made it such a bucket-list legend. Famously, the hotel has no restaurant — because guests rarely eat any two meals in the same place. Instead, staff whisk them from one immaculately staged romantic setting to the next.</p><p>It comes as no surprise to discover that Teyssier has a background in theater design, later parlayed into a career in events management. In the wake of Dar Ahlam’s success, he has extended the formula to create a four-day journey, La Route du Sud, through the ravishingly stark landscapes of southern Morocco, as well as to open temporary hotels in <a href="" target="_blank">Paraty, Brazil</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Portugal’s Douro Valley</a>.</p><p>Teyssier is running 700,000 Heures as a club, with membership available from its website (guests who prefer not to join can book via one of 50 approved travel agents). The most basic level of membership costs just under $3,000 for two people — an annual charge of $585 plus a $2,340 one-off entry fee. This amount is then gradually deducted from the cost of the trips you take, in the form of a 20 percent discount each time you check out of a 700,000 Heures property. “For me,” Teyssier explained, “it’s just money you put in our company to spend on holidays with us.”</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">This Is the One Thing Travelers Really Want in a Hotel Room</a></p><p>Over the years, Teyssier’s most loyal clients have come to regard him as an important part of the experience. So he will be in permanent residence at each 700,000 Heures location, serving partly as general manager, partly as master of ceremonies. He has also devised a series of elements that will recur in every place. These include a range of fragrances from perfumer Olivia Giacobetti and a set of trunks, made by the artisans of L’Atelier de Manue in Agadir, Morocco, which open to reveal portable seats, tables, cocktail bars, massage beds, kids’ play supplies, even camp toilets and showers — all of which will be used to create Teyssier’s trademark surprise excursions.</p><p>I was in Puglia to check out the first of Teyssier’s nomadic hotels (he dislikes the term pop-up), which is open for just two months, this September and October, in the town of Gagliano del Capo. That’s why I was on that tiny fishing boat eating sea urchin roe, sampling one of the excursions that 700,000 Heures members will be able to choose from during their stay. Others include jaunts in a vintage Fiat 500, breakfast in a cave overlooking the sea, and a wine tasting in a cellar that dates back to 1878.</p><p>Our base in sleepy Gagliano was Palazzo Daniele, a frescoed mansion on the main piazza. Arranged around a handsome, arch-lined courtyard that looks like something out of The Leopard, Luchino Visconti’s iconic twilight-of-the-aristocracy movie, it was built in 1861 by the family of Francesco Petrucci, a contemporary art curator who now hosts artist residencies in the property.</p><img alt="Scenes from Puglia, Italy "src=""><p>At Palazzo Daniele, 700,000 Heures guests will find beds made up with linens from Chez Zoé in Marrakesh placed in the center of airy, high-ceilinged rooms, some of them frescoed. The mood is simple, not opulent, but the details are telling: water jugs and serving bowls made in Grottaglie by ceramist Nicola Fasano (a name in every Puglian interior designer’s little black book); copper tea and coffee caddies made by cult artisanal workshop Kaikado, in Kyoto.</p><p>Out in the palazzo garden, I encountered Teyssier in rehearsal mode, stage-directing his upcoming show. The Frenchman jumped down a couple of steps to where I was standing and gestured at the kitchen, where resident chef Rosa Vanina Pavone was making lunch with a couple of helpers, the whole busy scene framed by a tall arched window. “Look!” he exclaimed. “It’s a theater!” I followed him as he strode into a walled citrus garden and glanced around critically. “Bof,” he said. “Can’t do anything here.”</p><p>We marched back into the kitchen just as Giuseppe Battocchio, a local organic farmer and proponent of the region’s growing number of Slow Food–style producers, made an entrance. He was bearing a huge basket of specialty breads from a nearby bakery and a tray full of fresh pecorino. Soon an impromptu tasting session was under way, and Teyssier was almost gurgling with joy: he had found another experience.</p><p>Later that day, we visited the location for one of the surprise dinner extravaganzas Teyssier is planning to incorporate into his Puglian show — the factory of a family-run company that makes luminarie, those traditional Puglian lighting installations that turn village fairs into enchanted kingdoms.</p><img alt="Private dinner in lighting factory in Puglia, Italy "src=""><p>Back at the palazzo, Teyssier told me the question <em>What is a hotel?</em> has been much on his mind recently. He believes it no longer needs to be a physical space with “four walls, a roof, rooms.” Instead, he advises hoteliers to literally think outside of the box, to imagine their hotel as the hub for a local network — of people, food, crafts, and excursions — that extends far beyond its gates. Searching for an example, his eyes light up. “Giuseppe and the pecorino this morning. That’s my deal.”</p><p>After my stay, Teyssier and his team decamped to Cambodia to plan an experience that will accommodate guests in a traditional Khmer house in Siem Reap, as well as a fisherman’s house on the Tonle Sap lake. Further destinations will open at the rate of two or three a year, and are likely to include Scandinavia, Central America, and Japan.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure's Top Travel Advisors</a></p><p>Many of Teyssier’s hotel regulars have become friends over the years, and the highest tier of 700,000 Heures membership will allow guests to help him scout new destinations, plan experiences, and even get involved in offering them. He told me of one member who loves to cook, so she will be doing just that for the other guests when she comes to stay.</p><p>I found it hard not to think of Tom Sawyer’s fine ruse, when he made whitewashing a fence seem like the best fun in the world — and charged his friends for the privilege. But as the “great law of human action” uncovered by Mark Twain’s hero at the end of this famous scene decrees, “Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.”</p><h2>How Traveling With 700,000 Heures Works</h2><p><a href="http://700000" target="_blank">700,000 Heures</a> is a membership club that gives access to a series of experience-rich trips curated by hotel impresario Thierry Teyssier. Guests will be lodged in private accommodations around the world, from mansions to houseboats. Some projects, like Puglia, Italy (September – October 2018), will be based at a single property; others, like Cambodia (November 2018 – April 2019), will encompass two or more accommodations. </p><p>Membership in Teyssier’s club is available on the website, or guests can book via one of 50 travel agents, including <a href="" target="_blank">T+L A-List</a> members <a href="" target="_blank">Local Foreigner</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Matueté</a>. You don’t need to join 700,000 Heures if you book through an agent, as they pay a fee that gives all their clients membership privileges.</p><p>There are four levels of membership, each named after a nomadic tribe. Most members will opt for the most basic, Awa, which requires a $2,340 entry fee and an annual fee of $585 for two people.</p><p>All-inclusive daily rates range from $1,755 to $2,105 for two people, depending on the destination. Membership fees are deducted from the cost of trips taken, in the form of a 20 percent discount on members’ bills when they check out.</p>
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You Won't Believe This Gorgeous Island Is Just Off the Coast of Michigan

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:00
<p>In the age of globalization, it’s increasingly difficult to find a place that feels wholly unique. But off the coast of Michigan is a secret hideaway with charms all its own.</p><img alt="Mackinac Island West Bluff Victorian Cottage "src=""><p>Known as the “<a href="" target="_blank">jewel of the Great Lakes</a>,” Mackinac Island (pronounced <em>Mack-in-aw</em>) has maintained its singular atmosphere by banning two things: cars and chain hotels. Everything is stuck a bit in the past. Horses and buggies clomp down the streets. A fudge shop churns out sweets with recipes from the 19th century. Hidden in a Revolutionary War-era fort is the oldest building in all of Michigan.</p><p>The island occupies approximately four square miles in Lake Huron. And within those four square miles is historic architecture, undisturbed nature, and thriving nightlife.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Top 10 Islands in the Continental U.S.</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The 15 Best Islands in the World</a></p><p>Buildings on Mackinac island date back to the 1700s. The entire island was named a National Historic Landmark in 1960 for its remarkable preservation of Native American buildings, Victorian homes, and Arts and Crafts cottages.</p><img alt=" Vacationers take on Market Street on Mackinac Island that is lined with shops and restaurants. "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Since 1875</a>, Mackinac Island has been protected land. As part of its early protections, cars were banned on the island. Today, visitors and residents get around via bike. It’s also possible to rent out a horse and buggy for an old-timey tour (or for a late-night crawl back to your hotel).</p><p>A visit to <a href="" target="_blank">Mackinac Island State Park</a>, which makes up approximately 80 percent of the island, will yield opportunities to explore historic fort buildings, follow the Native American Cultural History Trail or hike through the woods to elaborate limestone caves.</p><p>It won’t be possible to rack up loyalty hotel points on a trip to Mackinac Island; all of the hotels are independently owned and operated. An overnight stay is considered <a href="" target="_blank">an integral part of the Mackinac experience.</a> <a href="" target="_blank">The Grand Hotel</a> (from <a href="" target="_blank">$329 per night</a>) is the best option for those looking for historic luxury. Since 1886, the hotel has welcomed a fabulous clientele, including stars from the golden age of Hollywood to film the movie “Somewhere in Time.” For those who prefer something on the smaller side, there are plenty of bed and breakfasts throughout the island offering a firsthand look at Mackinac culture.</p><p>If possible, schedule a visit for early June when Mackinac Island hosts the 10-day Lilac Festival. The entire affair culminates in the Lilac Festival Grand Parade, an annual tradition since 1949. The horse-drawn parade is even <a href="" target="_blank">recognized by the Library of Congress as a local legacy event</a>.</p><p>It's also the perfect time to enjoy time out on beautiful Lake Huron.</p><img alt="Lake Huron, Mackinac Island, Michigan "src=""><img alt="Lake Huron, Michigan Upper Peninsula "src=""><p>Before leaving, scoop up a box of <a href="" target="_blank">Mackinac Island Fudge</a>, one of the island’s most famous exports. While the island does not claim to be the birthplace of fudge, it has decried itself as America’s Fudge Capital. Approximately 10,000 pounds of fudge leave the island every day. The recipes haven’t changed since the Antebellum period, meaning that a bite of Mackinac Island Fudge is still as decadent as it was in pre-diet times.</p><p>Many travelers extend their trip by visiting <a href="" target="_blank">Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore</a> on the south shore of Lake Superior for even more unbelievable Michigan scenery. There, you can paddle through the Lovers Leap Arch or take a sunset cruise by the Battleship rocks.</p><img alt="Lake Huron, Michigan Upper Peninsula "src=""><img alt="Lake Huron, Michigan Upper Peninsula "src=""><p>Whenever you visit, be prepared: a trip to this part of Michigan is unlikely to feel like anywhere you’ve been before.</p>
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Where to Find the Best Deals on Rum for National Rum Day 2018

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:31
<p>Aug. 16 is finally here, and that can only mean one thing: it's National Rum Day.</p><p>Whatever your feelings are on "fake" holidays, there's no denying the fact that Americans love their rum. In fact, Bacardi and Captain Morgan are two of the 10 most popular spirits in the United States, according to <a href="" target="_blank">YouGov</a>.</p><p>To celebrate one of our favorite alcoholic drinks — and live up <a href="" target="_blank">beach vibes</a> while summer's still here — we've rounded up 11 bars and hotels in the US and Puerto Rico that are offering special deals and promotions on Thursday.</p><p>So sit back, relax, and enjoy a cocktail or two to get you through the rest of the week.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">These Are the Hotel Credit Cards That Earn You a Free Night Every Year</a></p><h2>Nationwide</h2><p><strong>Bahama Breeze:</strong> The <a href="" target="_blank">Caribbean-inspired U.S. chain</a> is offering several rum deals. Now through Aug. 16, you can get $4 Painkillers (Pusser’s dark rum, cream of coconut, pineapple and orange juices, and ground nutmeg); $3 Bahama Mamas (Bacardi Black and Castillo Silver rums, Leroux banana liqueur, pineapple and orange juices, and Cruzan coconut); and $2 rum and Cokes.</p><h2>New York City</h2><p><strong>Monarch Rooftop Bar:</strong> In celebration of National Rum Day, the <a href="" target="_blank">iconic rooftop lounge</a> is offering <a href="" target="_blank">buy one, get one free watermelon, mango, and coconut mojitos</a> for $18. You can also mix it up by ordering a Coco-Lada, Monarch’s take on the piña colada, for $10 a drink.</p><p><strong>The Rum House:</strong><b> </b>At one of the <a href="" target="_blank">best cocktail bars in New York City</a>, happy hour runs everyday from 12-6 p.m. — but on National Rum Day, happy hour lasts until 4 a.m. In honor of the occasion, the bar will also run a special cocktail menu featuring its very best rums.</p><p><strong>Refinery Rooftop:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Refinery Rooftop</a> is celebrating National Rum Day on Friday this year. In collaboration with the Tipsy Scoop, the bar is giving away <a href="" target="_blank">free piña colada strawberry daiquiri swirl sundaes</a> — with an extra splash of Malibu rum — to the first 50 customers who arrive after 5 p.m.</p><h2>San Diego</h2><p><strong>The Grass Skirt:</strong><b> </b>This <a href="" target="_blank">tiki bar</a> has over 175 varieties of rum to choose from — and you can purchase them at a discounted price during the <a href="" target="_blank">National Rum Day “Half-off the Rum Wall” promotion</a>. While you’re there, be on the lookout for the dim sum cart so you can pair your cocktails with savory bites.</p><p><strong>Havana 1920:</strong><b> </b>From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the <a href="" target="_blank">Cuban bar</a> is offering a curated list of half-off rums, as well as a specialty Matusalem &amp; Company rum flight.</p><h2>San Juan, Puerto Rico</h2><p><a href=";language=en_US" target="_blank">Sheraton San Juan Hotel</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">San Juan Marriott Resort &amp; Stellaris Casino</a>: Take your love of rum down to the Caribbean and sign up for one of these hotels’ rum-themed tours. Options include the “Sip &amp; Savor Cocktail” tour, which includes a stop at the local bar where “Despacito” was filmed, as well as the “Casa Bacardi” tour of the largest premium distillery in the world.</p><h2>South Florida</h2><p><strong>Galley at Hilton West Palm Beach:</strong> Head to the hotel lobby between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. for a <a href="" target="_blank">complimentary rum cocktail</a>, including an Aged Rum &amp; Honey and a Light n’ Sandy. Continue the rum day festivities inside the <a href="" target="_blank">hotel bar</a> for special appetizer and cocktail pairings and live steel drum music.</p><p><strong>Burlock Coast:</strong><b> </b>The Ritz-Carlton’s Fort Lauderdale restaurant comes with its very own Rum Room and over 150 types of rum — and for National Rum Day, Burlock Coast is one-upping itself with <a href="" target="_blank">rum punch for $5</a>. Since the holiday lands on <a href="" target="_blank">Tapas Thursday</a>, you can pair your cocktail with $1 oysters and $5 tapas between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. this year.</p>
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This Site Will Find the Cheapest Weekend Trips You Can Book Across the U.S. and Canada Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:01
<p>Taking a trip on weekdays can sometimes mean dealing with fewer travelers and scoring better deals, but it also means taking time off of work.</p><p>But <a href="" target="_blank">weekend getaways</a> can offer their own set of deals, if you know the right place to look. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Airfarewatchdog</a> scours through more than 20,000 routes a day to find the best fares available for bookings, and they’re looking to help you plan your next weekend trip with their new tool, <a href="" target="_blank">The Weekender</a>.</p><p>Dedicated specifically to short-haul weekend and long weekend travel, the new travel tool lets you search for the top flight and hotel deals available across U.S. and <a href="" target="_blank">Canadian</a> destinations up to a month in advance. </p><p>You can start by entering your departure city and using their “Anywhere” search to see what some of the top deals are across the board if you’re flexible on your destination, or search for a specific route to see the best offerings within the next four weeks.</p><p>The search can be filtered to include just flights, just hotels, or both, and you have the option to search for two-, three-, or four-day trips departing either on Thursday or Friday and returning on either Sunday or Monday.</p><p>The tool primarily scans shorter non-stop and one-stop flights and incorporates secret deals that airlines might not have advertised during their flight sales. </p><p>When you find a deal you like on the site, you can click on “Explore Deals” to be taken to the direct booking links for both your flight and your hotel.</p><p>While the tool is currently available to search flights for up to one month, the site will soon be adding extend search capability to see top deals for up to six months to give you a chance to plan further ahead.</p>
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The Brand Behind Meghan Markle’s Go-to Tote Just Released Its Best Travel Bag Yet

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:32
<p>Everlane is known for creating everyday pieces (at accessible price points) that deliver on both form and function. Think: stylish <a href="" target="_blank">dresses in wrinkle-resistant fabrics</a> and sleek <a href="" target="_blank">heels that are made to be worn all day</a> without wrecking your feet. And lately, the brand has especially been hitting it out of the park with its leather goods.</p><p>The recently launched Italian-leather Day Glove flat (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $115) is a top-seller with <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers. And Meghan Markle is a fan of the brand’s Day Market Tote (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $175) — the one she famously wore on her <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">first official outing with Prince Harry</a>.</p><p>Today, Everlane debuted its newest silhouette: the Form Bag (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $235), which is handcrafted in Italy and comes in black, (Duchess-approved) cognac, and a stunning hunter green.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">16 Cute and Roomy Tote Bags No One Will Know You Got on Amazon</a></p><p>The bag has a surprisingly spacious central compartment for how slim the design looks — you’ll be able to fit a 13-inch laptop horizontally. There’s a slip pocket inside for easy access to your phone or other oft-grabbed essentials. And the coolest part: it's got a magnetic top closure, so there are no zippers or flaps to fumble with when one hand is occupied by a phone call, coffee, umbrella, et al.</p><p>It's also a generally comfortable bag to carry. The strap is wide and made of a soft, seatbelt-like material, so it doesn’t dig into your shoulder when you’ve got it packed to the brim (hi, <a href="" target="_blank">airplane snacks</a>). It’s adjustable, too, allowing you to wear the bag as a hip-height cross-body or to shorten it into a shoulder bag.</p><p>If you’ve got your eye on a Form Bag, we recommend moving quickly. Everlane’s launches don’t tend to stay in stock for long, especially one this good.</p><h2>The Form Bag</h2><img alt="everlane form bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $235</p>
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This 'Floating' Backpack Is an Overpacker's Dream Come True

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 09:46
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Picking the right travel bag</a> can make or break or break your adventure. Bring something too small and you won’t have enough room to pack <a href="" target="_blank">souvenirs</a>. Bring something too big and you can’t fit it in the overhead. But, perhaps worst of all, you could bring something uncomfortable to carry and ruin the entire trek.</p><p>Now, there’s a new, high-tech backpack on the market that may be able to fix that last problem forever.</p><p>The HoverGlide backpack is the latest innovation from <a href=",_LLC_%7C_Lightening_your_load,_lighting_your_way.html" target="_blank">Lightning Packs</a>, makers of electricity-generating backpacks. The company’s newest invention promises to reduce the impact on the wearer by up to 86 percent.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The 17 Best Carry-on Backpacks for Your Next Trip</a></p><p>It works with a rather mysterious “patented double-frame and pulley system design.” <em><a href="" target="_blank">Reuters</a></em> broke that down to mean it works with bungee cords to counteract the movements of the wearer.</p><p>“The cords suspend the load in the pack so it stays at the same height from the ground while the wearer is running or walking and reduces the risks of muscle and joint problems,” <em>Reuters</em> noted. Its founders further claim this technology will allow someone to carry up to 12 extra pounds of weight while exerting the same amount of force.</p><p>“For the same energetic cost, you can either carry 48 pounds in a normal backpack or 60 pounds in a suspended ergonomic backpack,” Lawrence Rome of the University of Pennsylvania told <em>Reuters</em>. “It is like carrying an extra 12 pounds for free.”</p><p>The pack was designed with the military or emergency workers in mind, however, it could be extremely useful to travelers and trekkers alike.</p><p>“Being able to move at relatively high speeds is crucial for many professions as well as in some athletic competitions and recreation,” Rome said. </p><p>And while all that may be true, there’s one hurdle this backpack is having a hard time getting over: Looking a little bit goofy. But if it works, it works.</p>
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The Beckhams Are Vacationing at One of the World's Best Hotels (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 08:46
<p>Victoria and David Beckham are living their best lives this summer and traveling the globe with their family. In fact, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">W Magazine</a></em>, they are currently on their third vacation of the summer.</p><p>But really, who could blame them for taking so much time off? After all, they are rich and famous and are going to fantastic locations like Montenegro and Croatia. Now, the entire Beckham brood is in Bali.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Queen Quietly Gushing Over David Beckham Is the Video You Need to See Today</a></p><img alt="David Beckham with his kids in Bali "src=""><p>Over the last few days, the Beckham family has been busy sharing their journey on social media while staying at the ultra-luxurious <a href="" target="_blank">Nihi Sumba</a> resort. </p><p>On Instagram, Victoria kicked things off by sharing a photo of her entire family as they played in the crystal clear blue waters.</p><p>She then shared an absolutely adorable video of her youngest child, Harper, skipping down the lane at the hotel with her big brother, Brooklyn.</p><p>Brooklyn also showed off his sunscreen technique, which may, in fact, need a little work.</p><p>Romeo, 15, showed his little sister some love, too.</p><p>In a series of stories, David also shared what the family was dining on while on vacation: <a href="" target="_blank">Wagyumafia</a> meat. </p><p>If these images aren’t enough to make you jealous, perhaps the fact that <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers named Nihi Sumba the No. 1 <a href="" target="_blank">World's Best hotel</a> last year will.</p><p>At the resort, the family is likely enjoying its 560-acre property, staying in one of its glamorous bungalows on the beach, taking part in water activities, horseback riding on the beach, and swimming in the expansive infinity pool. Next time, maybe they can invite us along as part of the family too.</p>
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Emirates Is Having a 2-for-1 Sale on Flights to Greece and Italy — and You’ll Want to Book Now (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:54
<p>If traveling to Italy or Greece has long been on your travel bucket list, now may be the time to finally book that dream vacation. And you can bring a friend along, too.</p><p>Emirates announced it has a new <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";intc_type=offers-airlines&amp;intc_name=Fly-nonstop-to-Milan-or-Athens&amp;intc_location=book_special-offers" target="_blank">two-for-one sale</a> on tickets to both <a href="">Milan</a> and <a href="">Athens</a> for travel this fall. The sale includes tickets in economy, business, and first class. </p><p>For the companion fare offer, travelers can choose to depart from either JFK airport in New York City or Newark airport in New Jersey. Economy companion tickets to Milan and Athens begin at $799 (that's the total for two). Business class fares from both airports start at $5,999 for companion tickets, while first class will run you $9,999 for two.</p><p>You and your travel buddy might want to consider upgrading if you can, because Emirates' first class experience is one of the <a href="" target="_blank">best in the business</a>. </p><p>But if you’re more of a solo traveler, you’re in luck too. The same flights will cost single travelers just $449 to Milan and $469 to Athens for an economy ticket, $3,599 for a business class flight to Milan, and $3,699 for business class to Athens. First class options will run you $7,999 for both destinations.</p><img alt="Milan, Italy "src=""><p>The travel periods for each ticket vary from October to May 2019. Check Emirates for details. And if you’re thinking of taking the airline up on this incredible offer you better act fast as the deal is only valid until Aug. 17. </p><p>To book: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";intc_type=offers-airlines&amp;intc_name=Fly-nonstop-to-Milan-or-Athens&amp;intc_location=book_special-offers" target="_blank"></a>, from $499 for two</p>
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The New World’s Fastest, Tallest and Longest Dive Roller Coaster Is Opening Next Year

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:34
<p>Are you ready for the ride of your life? Better buy a ticket to Canada.</p><p>A new roller coaster is coming to Canada’s Wonderland theme park in Vaughan, Ontario. The “Yukon Striker” is set to be the fastest, longest, and tallest dive roller coaster in the world, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Global News Canada</em> reported</a>. A “dive coaster” is made of steel, and gets its name from adding a free fall drop — typically a big one.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to the theme park</a>, passengers on the ride will hang over a 90-degree, 245-foot drop for about three seconds before suddenly diving, seemingly endlessly, into an underground tunnel. The ride is 245 feet tall and 3,625 feet long, with a massive 360-degree loop and speeds up to 80 mph.</p><p>The new ride will be joining a part of the park called “Frontier Canada,” with other rides like the Lumberjack, Mighty Canadian Minebuster, and White Water Canyon, according to <em>Global News</em>. The Yukon Striker is the 17th roller coaster to be added to the park, and the first dive coaster to be built in Canada, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Spec</em></a>.</p><p>If you want to know what you're in for on the Yukon Striker, check out this POV video:</p><p>Fans on Twitter are already getting excited — and nervous — about the new roller coaster. Some are already favorably comparing it to Valravn, located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, the current title holder for the tallest/fastest/longest dive roller coaster in the world.</p><p>Valravn stands at a height of 223 feet, has a drop of 214 feet, is 3,415 feet long, and reaches speeds up to 75 mph. It's unlikely that anyone who has ridden it got off the ride thinking “that should have been more extreme,” but roller coaster designers will not be stopped.</p><p>Yukon Striker is scheduled to open in 2019, and <a href="" target="_blank">season passes for Canada's Wonderland are now on sale</a>.</p>
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Lightning Strike Causes Massive Fire in Glacier National Park

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:06
<p>A lightning strike in Glacier National Park in Montana sparked a fire over the weekend that has forced the evacuation of visitors and has destroyed several private homes and historic buildings, <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Great Falls Tribune</em> reported.</a></p><p>The fire, now dubbed The Howe Ridge fire, has so far claimed seven private summer residences, according to the <em>Tribune</em>, along with a nearby cabin, three outbuildings at a National Park Service-owned residence, and two boathouses.</p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Current Conditions at Glacier National Park</a></strong></p><p>The National Park Service described the fire as “extreme.” By Monday afternoon, <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em> reported, the fire had already burned between 1,500 to 2,500 acres.</p><p>“This is a heartbreaking time at the park,” Park Supt. Jeff Mow shared in a statement. “We’ve lost extremely important historic buildings that tell a piece of the park’s story, and multiple people have lost homes that have welcomed their families to the shores of Lake McDonald for generations.”</p><p>Wildfires have burned through a combined 30 square miles in Montana so far this year, <a href="" target="_blank">NBC reported</a>. The Howe Ridge fire is just one of <a href="" target="_blank">dozens of fires</a> burning across the West, with California taking the hardest hit in recent weeks.</p><p>On Monday, a firefighter was killed while fighting the <a href="" target="_blank">Mendocino Complex Fire</a>, which has now become the largest wildfire in the state’s history, <a href="" target="_blank">according to NBC</a>. The firefighter, who has not been identified, is now the eleventh person to perish during this year’s wildfire season.</p><p>“We are extremely heartbroken from this loss,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Sean Kavanaugh said in a statement.</p><p>That fire has now burned an astonishing 350,000 acres across Colusa, Lake, and Mendocino counties in California. Cal Fire reported that the fires are becoming more contained, although still raging.</p><p>“It will take weeks to get full containment on some of these larger fires,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox told NBC.</p>
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Mexico’s New Maya Train Could Help You Explore New Parts of the Yucatán Peninsula

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:33
<p>Mexico is planning a railway that would make it easier for tourists to navigate the Yucatán Peninsula, with stops in Tulum, Cancún, and Chichen Itza.</p><p>A newly proposed extension to the “Maya Train” was discussed by Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador earlier this week, <a href="" target="_blank">according to Associated Press</a>.</p><p>Construction on the project is expected to start in 2019, with completion within four years. Once operational, the train will connect 12 stations along more than 930 miles of track. The total cost is likely to be between $6 billion and $8 billion — more than double previous cost estimates.</p><p>The route would encourage visitors to get off the beaten path along the coast, and explore untapped nature reserves further inland. The rail will start in Cancún and travel south through Quintana Roo, with a stop in <a href="" target="_blank">Tulum</a>. The train would also stop in Campeche, an area known for its colonial architecture and finish in Palenque, Chiapas.</p><img alt="Campeche, Mexico was founded in 1540 by Spanish conquistadores as San Francisco de Campeche atop the pre-existing Maya city of Canpech. "src=""><p>“We are going to support tourism in this region of the country, but there will be equity; so that the tourists who come to Cancun, to Playa del Carmen, can easily explore the Mundo Maya in the southern regions,” Obrador said, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Yucatán Times</em></a>.</p><p>Mexican politicians have been talking about building the rail line since 2012. But in 2015, the project was cancelled due to a lack of funds.</p>
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5 Easy Steps to Actually Enjoying Your Vacation (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:01
<p>You’d think planning and going on a vacation would be a dream. But, for a surprising number of people, taking time off of work, family, and daily responsibilities can be a stressful nightmare. So much so that <a href="" target="_blank">more than half of Americans</a> forgo taking a trip every year.</p><p>In 2015, <a href="" target="_blank">Healthline</a> surveyed more than 2,000 working adults and found that 62 percent of respondents had “very or somewhat” elevated levels of stress during their winter vacations. But stress is the last thing that should be holding us back from taking time off. Here are five ways to keep stress at bay when planning, taking, and returning from a vacation — so you can enjoy your hard-earned getaway.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">7 Simple Ways to Unplug While on Vacation</a></p><h2>Don’t be so hard on yourself to begin with.</h2><p>“If you're someone that works, you're checking your emails, you're getting text messages, maybe you're going onto social media, you're digesting a lot of information, so it's no wonder that we're going to have a hard time settling down from that and quieting our mind on vacation,” Dr. Megan Jones Bell, clinical psychologist and chief science officer at meditation and mindfulness app <a href="" target="_blank">Headspace</a>, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “It's a lot to expect that you just go flip a switch.”</p><p>To help combat the stress of planning travel, try to unpack what is actually making you stressed in the first place. Is it the idea of unplugging that has you worried? Then maybe book a vacation where you know there will be <a href="" target="_blank">reliable Wi-Fi</a>. Are you stressed about feeling like you have to check in with work but don’t really want to? Try one of these <a href="" target="_blank">internet-free vacations</a> instead. Worried you can’t plan the ultimate trip? Hire these <a href="" target="_blank">A-list travel agents</a> to do it for you. No matter the source of your stress there is always a way to help ease it.</p><h2>Start the relaxation process before you leave.</h2><p>According to Bell, you should begin the relaxation process before you even leave for the airport. This, Bell explained, can be done by building in rituals and routines you can perform before, during, and after a trip “that help anchor you and act as a buffer to the stress that’s going to try to creep back in.”</p><p>For Bell, this entails settling in for a <a href="" target="_blank">Headspace</a> meditation routine, which means she begins a new 10-minute daily practice several days before leaving for an excursion. If you’re new to meditation, you can always sign up for the app for free and work your way up minute by minute each day until you find a comfortable length.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How a Single Vacation Helped Me Sleep Way Better at Home</a></p><p>For others, those rituals could also mean journaling what you hope to gain from your vacation or creating a personalized itinerary so you can ensure you get to see everything you want to while away. Just make sure you make your routine your own.</p><h2>Make sure all your vacation goals are achievable.</h2><p>Making plans for your vacation is a great idea, but stuffing your days with too many to-dos can be a real buzzkill. In fact, <a href="" target="_blank">multiple studies have proven</a> that meticulously planning your leisure time <a href="" target="_blank">can seriously ruin your fun</a>. And it’s not the activity, but rather the act of assigning a time to an activity that will do you in.</p><p>To combat this itinerary-induced stress, Bell suggested starting each morning of your trip by setting an intention. Taking just a few minutes to quiet your mind and think about what you’d like to accomplish that day will help mitigate any stress you may feel later on.</p><p>And before your departure, try creating a looser itinerary for your journey. Create a list off all the “must-see” places and another of “would like to see.” This way you can prioritize your time without feeling constrained by the clock.</p><h2>Use vacation time to kickstart healthy new routines.</h2><p>Instead of thinking of vacation as a few days away from your real life, think of it as a few days away to help improve your every day.</p><p>“Vacation is a really great time to initiate healthy habits that you just don't have the time or energy to start during your day to day life,” Bell said, noting that you’re much more likely to pull healthy routines back into your life if you can start them in a happy, conducive environment.</p><p>To do this, look into a vacation that is tailor-made for your goals such as a <a href="" target="_blank">yoga retreat in Montana</a>, or a <a href="" target="_blank">culinary journey to improve your kitchen skills</a>, or even an <a href="" target="_blank">all-around wellness getaway</a> to renew your mind, body, and soul. Or, as Bell suggested, use it as a great time to — you guessed it — start a meditation practice, which has some <a href="" target="_blank">seriously impressive, scientifically backed health benefits</a>.</p><h2>Keep up your new habits for at least 10 days after you return.</h2><p>According to Bell, it takes just 10 days to form a new habit, meaning if you start a new one on your vacation you should bring it home with you to reap all the rewards.</p><p>“Our research at Headspace has shown that the use of our app for just 10 days can reduce stress,” Bell said. “So that's where I'd say before your vacation, if you start meditating and you can do just 10 minutes a day during it, it's gonna help reduce your vulnerability to stress.”</p><p>But really, no matter what new habits you form or how relaxed you were on vacation, re-entering your normal life can get you down. To combat the post-vacation blues make sure to <a href="" target="_blank">build in an adjustment day to settle in</a>, decorate your home with your new souvenirs, and stay in the vacation mindset as long as you can. Follow these steps and you'll be a master at beating vacation stress in no time. Now, there’s only one thing left to do: <a href="" target="_blank">Plan your next stress-free adventure. </a></p>
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A Swarm of These Tiny Robots Could Keep Your Plane Flying Safely

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:32
<p>Keeping planes' engines well maintained is critical to flight safety. A swarm of robot bugs could help.</p><p>Rolls-Royce has revealed a project with the <a href="" target="_blank">Wyss Institute of Harvard University</a> to develop tiny robots that could help inspect all the nooks and crannies of aircraft engines by crawling through around inside, scanning for any tiny flaws that could grow into bigger problems.</p><p>Engine checks cost airlines a lot of time and money. Even the shortest checks can take hours to complete, during which the engine must be taken apart, the fan blades and other components checked for problems, and the whole thing put back together again.</p><p>KLM, which has leading Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) facilities that serve a number of airlines around the world, explains that a full engine test can take up to 16 hours including <a href="" target="_blank">disassembling and then rebuilding the engine</a>.</p><p>And there are many different types of engine checks required at different points in their service life. It’s very sensitive and specialised work and gets expensive. In 2014, the <a href="" target="_blank">International Air Transport Association</a> (IATA) reported that engine inspections cost airlines around $24 billion and predicted that costs would rise to $36 billion by 2024.</p><p>With this new technology, the robot SWARM would be fed into the engine by a a robot snake, scurry around, and transmit live video from their tiny cameras to the maintenance operator.</p><p>These little robot bugs are actually “quadrupedal microbots” which means they move on four legs. They can move vertically or horizontally which would allow them to climb over and through the many wires and turbine components, find the parts they are assigned to check, and then crawl back into the snake to be removed when their work is finished.</p><img alt="Airplane Engine "src=""><p>The versions Wyss Institute researchers have developed right now are bigger than the bots which would ultimately be used to check engines. But they are still only 4.5 centimeters long, weighing 1.5 grams. The plan would be to miniaturize them as the technology advances.</p><p>“We’ve got about eight years of research which makes it a concentration of technology that we’d find nowhere else on Earth,” said Sébastien de Rivas, a research fellow at Wyss Institute Harvard University.</p><p>Robots big and small are learning to move to help with a number of industrial applications. Boston Dynamics has developed a <a href="" target="_blank">robot dog which can get around on four legs and even open doors</a>. And Wal-Mart has patented little <a href="" target="_blank">robot bees</a> that could find pollen and pollinate flowers.</p><p>These bots appear in the plots of “<a href="" target="_blank">Black Mirror</a>,” but those working on this technology want to keep it safe for humans. Artificial intelligence and robotics researchers have recently signed an agreement <a href="" target="_blank">not to use this technology to develop weapons</a>, which is comforting.</p><p>If the tiny Rolls-Royce robot SWARM can keep engines flying safely, then they’ll actually be saving lives.</p>
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Andy Cohen's Flight Had to Turn Around Over a Broken Toilet and He Shared the Entire Saga

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:27
<p>Early Wednesday morning, a Delta flight bound for Nice had to make a U-turn nearly halfway through the flight thanks to a broken toilet. And <a href="" target="_blank">Bravo star Andy Cohen</a> is pissed.</p><p>As the<a href="" target="_blank"> <i>Daily Mail</i></a> reported, Delta Flight 412 took off from New York City’s JFK airport at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday and was excepted to land in France at 10:30 a.m. local time Wednesday. However, three and a half hours into the flight the pilots made a U-turn back to the U.S. despite being closer to Europe. The reason, <i>Daily Mail</i> explained, is because the airline had more staff available to fix the bathroom’s issue on the ground in New York City than in Europe.</p><p>In total, the flight spent seven hours and 31 minutes in the air, a full 20 minutes longer than if they had landed in Europe.</p><p>Though this was unquestionably an annoying ride, Cohen made the best of it by sharing his hilarious take on the situation on Instagram.</p><p>“We were an hour outside of Europe, somebody pooped or put something down the toilet that didn't go, broke the toilets. Guess where we are? Back at JFK,” Cohen shared in his <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram story</a>. “We had a round trip to JFK. I had a full night's sleep, at least.” He then begged the man (or woman) responsible to come forward and take responsibility for their actions in the bathroom.</p><img alt="Andy Cohen Instagram Flight Travel Day Nightmare "src=""><p>Following that post, Cohen left the airport, had a productive day at work, and was back again for round two of his flight. As he explained in his last story, the plane’s captain did his best to comfort the tired and weary travelers and explained exactly what happened on their first flight.</p><p>In a statement provided to <i>Daily Mail</i>, Delta said: “Delta apologizes to our customers for the inconvenience after Delta flight 412 to Nice, France returned to John F. Kennedy International Airport after the crew received an indication that the lavatories were inoperative. The flight landed without incident and the aircraft proceeded to the gate for maintenance inspection. Customers have been re-accommodated on an alternate flight and were offered a gesture of service recovery for the disruption to their travel.”</p><p>Cohen isn’t the only famous person to ever experience a flight to nowhere. In December, <a href="" target="_blank">Chrissy Teigen live-tweeted</a> her own U-turn ordeal after her flight to Tokyo was diverted back to Los Angeles because an “unauthorized passenger” was on board. But hey, they at least got good social media content out of it, right?</p>
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This Treehouse in the Middle of a Hawaiian Forest Is One of the World's Most Wished-for Airbnbs

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:47
<p>To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Airbnb shared the <a href="" target="_blank">properties that users have added to their wish lists</a> most often over the past decade. And those properties aren't just regular old apartments — there's an <a href="" target="_blank">Italian trullo</a> that looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale, a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">cave house in Santorini</a>, a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">bamboo cabana in Colombia</a>, a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Moroccan palace</a>, and a tropical treehouse in Hawaii.</p><img alt="Tropical Treehouse Airbnb - Hawaii "src=""><p>But because we know how much you <a href="">love a good treehouse</a>, we're going to focus on the “<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Dreamy Tropical Tree House</a>,” located on the <a href="" target="_blank">island of Hawaii</a> (AKA the Big Island), which has been saved to wish lists more than 66,000 times. Take one look at the listing and you'll see why.</p><img alt="Tropical Treehouse Airbnb - Hawaii "src=""><p>The treehouse, which only has one bedroom, is the ideal getaway for a single person or couple. The house, nestled deep within the Fern Forest, sits 15 feet above the ground, giving visitors both the best views and the ultimate private experience.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="">You Can Sleep in the Belly of a Giant Snake at This Amazing Mexico City Airbnb</a></p><p>Inside the house, guests will also be delighted to find massive windows and doors, allowing sunlight to flood in. The kitchen comes fully stocked with local coffee and snacks.</p><p>But the real highlight of this magical treehouse is the bathroom, which comes with floor-to-ceiling windows and a shower that uses “naturally caught rainwater,” making you feel even closer to your natural surroundings. And you can feel good about your eco-footprint as the toilet and handmade rock sink make use of graywater so you can wash your hands with fresh water before it goes on to fill the toilet bowl. (It should be noted that none of the water is potable for drinking, but fear not, as the host will provide you with ample bottled water.)</p><img alt="Tropical Treehouse Airbnb - Hawaii "src=""><p>The treehouse truly does make for the best off-the-grid escape for adventurous people. The entire place is run off of solar power, meaning once the battery goes out so do the lights, but really, what’s more romantic than a night in the jungle under the Hawaiian stars?</p><p>Best of all, the tree house is just $300 a night, which is far cheaper than a luxury hotel room on the Big Island. So, instead of dreaming about it, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">book it instead</a>.</p><p>To book: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $300 per night</p>
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Dollywood Is Planning a Major Expansion for 2019

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:33
<p>In case you weren't already planning a trip to Tennessee, Dollywood just announced new reasons you'll want to in 2019.</p><p>Superstar Dolly Parton’s Appalachian mountain theme park will be unveiling a large expansion to the park, Wildwood Grove, with 11 new, family-friendly experiences including six rides, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Pigeon Forge Tennessee Guide</a>.</p><p>In the middle of the expansion will be a 55-foot tall “Wildwood Tree,” covered in brightly-colored leaves and decorated with butterflies (Parton's signature flourish) that will be lit up every night.</p><p>“The entire area is filled with beautiful and distinctive rides and attractions for families to explore,” <a href="" target="_blank">the park announced</a>. “You can imagine yourself riding on the back of a Smoky Mountain black bear, swinging on a giant leaf, or flying suspended from a dragonfly.”</p><p>The six new rides coming to Wildwood Grove include:</p><strong>The Mad Mocking Bird —</strong> named after Tennessee's state bird, this ride flies around a giant tree at high speeds (though riders can control their experience).<strong>Treetop Tower —</strong> Riders can get a birds-eye view of Wildwood Grove while riding in giant acorns that spin at the top of an oak tree.<strong>Black Bear Trail —</strong> Ride on a black bear and take a scenic tour of the woods.<strong>Sycamore Swing —</strong> This swinging boat ride is like riding on a giant leaf.<strong>Frogs and Fireflies —</strong> Guests can hop on to the back of a frog and chase others around lily pads.<strong>The Dragon Flier —</strong> This family-friendly roller coaster takes riders on an adventure along with a dragonfly.<p>There will also be an indoor play area called Hidden Hollow with slides and towers and bridges, and a water play area called Wildwood Creek with splash pools and more.</p><p>Wildwood Grove is costing about $37 million to build, and about $1 million is being spent just on the landscaping in the park, including 400 trees and 1000 shrubs, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>Lonely Planet</em></a>.</p><p>Season passes for 2019 are now <a href="" target="_blank">available for pre-sale</a>. More information on other rides and experiences at Wildwood Grove can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Dollywood website</a>.</p>
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Canada Man Flew 1,400 Miles in the Wrong Direction After Boarding the Wrong Flight to the Arctic

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:49
<p>Even your worst navigation mistake likely pales in comparison to the detour that a Canadian man took that got him 1,400 miles in the wrong direction.</p><p>Christopher Paetkau, a wildlife photographer and filmmaker from Winnipeg, was booked on a <a href="" target="_blank">First Air</a> flight from Yellowknife to Inuvik, Canada on Sunday. That's supposd to be less than a three-hour flight, according to <a href="*YEV.YZF.2018-09-09;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;a:7F*7F;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>.</p><p>But as the <a href="" target="_blank">CBC reported</a>, Paetkau somehow ended up on a flight east to Iqaluit, about 1,400 miles away from Inuvik. That’s quite a detour.</p><p>Paetkau arrived at the airport in Yellowknife on Sunday morning to find that the First Air kiosk computers were down, so airport staff were processing ticket information by hand, according to the CBC. He went to his gate and found that there were three departing flights, all about to take off. By the time Paetkau made it out to the tarmac with his ticket, he started following a big crowd of other passengers, thinking they were on the same flight.</p><p>“After the 15 minutes people start moving out, and I'm thinking, is this my flight? People are leaving. I need to get on this flight,” <a href="" target="_blank">said Paetkau</a>. “So now I'm following like a lemming, I'm following the rest of the people who are going on this flight.”</p><p>It was several hours, after the plane made a pit stop in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, that the flight crew realized the problem.</p><p>“She's like, 'What are you talking about? We're not going to Inuvik, we're going to Iqaluit,” Paetkau said. He ended up having to stay on the flight in order to return to Yellowknife and board the correct plane to his original destination. In typical Canadian fashion, he was actually in pretty good spirits about it.</p><p>“I am not upset. I guess you could say [I'm] grateful, because they handled it perfectly. A different airline might not have,” Paetkau said.</p><p>According to Paetkau, he was in the air for about 14 hours between flying to Iqaluit and back. First Air put him up in a hotel in Yellowknife before he got on the correct flight to Inuvik on Monday.</p><p>Dan Valin, a spokesperson for First Air, said in a statement to the CBC, "Although we are happy that Mr. Paetkau was able to ‘make the most of the situation’ in his words and that we were able to make his unexpected journey as pleasant as could be with our staff, we take this matter very seriously.” The airline is looking into how the incident occurred in the first place.</p>
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Watch a Young Boy Challenge a TSA Officer to a Truly Adorable Dance-off

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:37
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Transportation Security Administration (TSA)</a> agents may be on the job when you’re going through airport security, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a sense of humor.</p><p>A new video shared by the TSA caught the adorable moment a young boy challenged one of the agents to a dance-off at New Jersey's <a href="" target="_blank">Newark Liberty International Airport</a>.</p><p>According to TSA representatives, officer Joshua McCall was helping a family through the screening process on their way out of Newark last week when one of the family’s kids started doing the floss — a dance move involving swinging your arms with clenched fists from back to front and side to side. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The TSA Is Keeping a Secret List of People Who Misbehave at Airport Security</a></p><p>When McCall, impressed by the youngster’s moves, complimented him on his skills, the boy turned around and challenged him to a dance-off.</p><p>That’s when the officer busted out his own version of the floss, as shown in the fun clip below.</p><p>“After ensuring all are secure as they enter the checkpoint, our TSA officers will be happy to accept any dance challenges from passengers,” Tom Carter, TSA’s security director for New Jersey said in the post.</p><p>“It’s a good example of the human side of our great and dedicated professionals on the front lines of homeland security,” Carter added.</p><p>TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein <a href="" target="_blank">told NBC</a> the family was so appreciative of how pleasant the TSA officer made the experience for the young boys that they even asked him to take a family photo with them as a sweet mememto. </p>
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