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This 17th-century Italian Castle Is Now a Luxurious Boutique Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 11:02
<p>Step back in time to Renaissance Italy at the newly renovated <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Lecce-Hotels-Castello-Di-Ugento.h21957186.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">Castello di Ugento</a> in Puglia.</p><p>The castle, which dates back to the 17th century, has been restored and transformed into a luxury boutique hotel. Guests can sleep underneath frescoes, wander the 18th-century walled kitchen garden and look out from <a href="https://castellodiugento.com/castle-in-puglia/history-of-the-castle-of-ugento/" target="_blank">a towered bastion that was built by the Normans</a>.</p><p>The €10-million, five-year renovation created nine modern suites in the castle without sacrificing the historic architecture of the building. Guests can touch the walls in their rooms knowing that they date back hundreds of years. Some artifacts uncovered during renovation even date back to the 12th century B.C.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/michelangelo-villa-tuscany-for-sale" target="_blank">Michelangelo's Villa Is for Sale and It's a True Tuscan Dream</a></p><p>“Whilst our ambition has been to create a very contemporary space, we’ve done it with no disruption to the building’s infrastructure, which was the challenge imposed by the historical monuments national trust,” Diana E. Bianchi, one of Castello di Ugento’s co-founders, said in a press release.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/tuscany-food-tour-vespa" target="_blank">A Food Tour of Tuscany Is Even Better When You're Riding a Vespa</a></p><p>In addition to the hotel, the castle also houses the Puglia Culinary Centre — developed in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America to teach ancient Pugliese cooking — and a museum wing with restored frescoes and a permanent collection of 20th-century Italian art.</p><img alt="Castello di Ugento in Salento, Puglia "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518459461/Castello-di-Ugento-interiors-CASTLEHOTEL0218.jpg?itok=7PbfC-rD"><img alt="Castello di Ugento in Salento, Puglia "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518459461/Castello-di-Ugento-gardens-CASTLEHOTEL0218.jpg?itok=UcuHQ_hw"><p>The hotel also has a garden where guests can wander and chefs can pick fresh herbs and produce for their meals. It’s located less than three miles from the sea.</p><p>Nightly rates start at about $400 (€330) in the low season and $520 (€425) in high season.</p>
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Man Tries to Build Meth Lab in His Atlantic City Hotel Room, Accidentally Sets It on Fire

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:31
<p>A lot of weird things happen in casinos, but what happened in Atlantic City on Wednesday may just take the cake.</p><p>According to the <a href="https://apnews.com/aa95a71be4c941e88700410805b0455e?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&amp;utm_source=Twitter&amp;utm_medium=AP" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>, police in New Jersey arrested a man named Michael Pillar after he attempted to set up a methamphetamine lab inside his hotel room on the 44th floor of the Tropicana casino. Pillar was, of course, unsuccessful in his attempt to become the new Walter White and instead started a fire that caused four floors of the casino to be evacuated.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/quebec-city-canada-ice-hotel-catches-fire" target="_blank">A Hotel Made Entirely of Ice Caught Fire in Canada</a></p><p>“The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority at Tropicana Atlantic City,” Steve Callender, the Tropicana’s general manager, told the Associated Press. “Only a few rooms were affected by the fire. Hotel rooms have been professionally inspected, and cleared to go back online tomorrow.”</p><p>Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, though Pillar and and a hotel employee who entered the room after the fire was detected both sustained minor injury, according to <em><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/15/man-charged-with-setting-up-meth-lab-in-casino-hotel-room.html" target="_blank">Fox News</a></em>. As the Associated press noted, the hotel employee used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, which spread from the bathroom to a bed. The local fire department also noted that the casino’s sprinkler system helped prevent the fire from spreading.</p><p>The only damage to the casino was also contained to the one room Pillar had rented. Moreover, a New Jersey State Police hazardous materials team has already dismantled the lab.</p><p>Following his arrest Pillar was charged with maintaining a controlled dangerous substance production facility, possession of methamphetamine and criminal mischief.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/exploding-toilet-german-hotel/ajdlha" target="_blank">Exploding Hotel Toilet Puts Four Guests in Hospital</a></p><p>Though Pillar is being held in a New Jersey jail it appears he may not have acted alone. The casino’s surveillance spotted two men and one woman fleeing the room before firefighters entered, the Associated Press reported. Hours after the fire the three were captured and taken into custody, though two were later released without being charged.</p>
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Why More People Are Flying Private — and How to Become One of Them

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:30
<p>We all love arriving to new and thrilling destinations, but sometimes the journey can be a real pain in the butt.</p><p>From the very start of booking commercial travel you must choose a seat, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/cost-flying-hopper-hidden-fees" target="_blank">which you’ll likely pay more for</a>, pack light, because you don’t want to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/save-on-baggage-fees-pack-light" target="_blank">pay extra to check a bag</a>, arrive hours in advance, and still run the risk of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/airlines-bumping-passengers-less" target="_blank">getting bumped off your flight</a>.</p><p>But there may be a way to avoid all of this: <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/luxury-travel/airbus-acj319-infinito-private-jet" target="_blank">flying private</a>. No, really, hear us out.</p><p>According to research by JetSmarter, a members-only service that allows users to book a private jet rental through an app, more people than ever before are jumping on the private air travel bandwagon. In fact, in 2017 alone, the company saw a 110-percent increase in its membership database. For 2018, the company is projecting growth by yet another 100 percent.</p><p>The average age range of a JetSmarter member spans all the way from 26 to 55, the company added in an email.</p><p>And while companies like JetSmarter are negating the (incredibly expensive) need to own your own plane, they're also making flying private even more approachable by letting passengers book single seats. JetSmarter members could book a seat from New York City to Los Angeles for $540, <a href="https://jetsmarter.com/fare-estimate/?from=KTEB&amp;to=KLAX" target="_blank">according to the company's website</a> (though they're also paying $5,000-15,000 a year in membership fees). </p><p><a href="https://www.jetsuitex.com/flight/select" target="_blank">JetSuiteX</a> lets passengers share private planes along West Coast routes like Los Angeles to Las Vegas, San Francisco to Salt Lake City, and more. Right now, a weekend flight from Los Angeles to Vegas will run just over $400.</p><p>As the company shared in an email, “because JetSuiteX flies between private terminals, travelers arrive at the airport just 30 minutes ahead of takeoff. No never-ending security lines, cattle-call boarding or baggage claim crowds. And forget ancillary fees – baggage up to 50 lbs, wifi, and drinks/snacks (including beer, wine and cocktails) are totally free. All while enjoying leather seats (no middle seats!) with business class legroom.”</p><img alt="Private Jet "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1513975247/private-jet-interior-JETTRENDS1217.jpg?itok=S8TzguF4"><p>JetSmarter and JetSuiteX aren’t the only options for people looking to fly private, and that’s a good thing. All that competition, like LinearAir, BLADE, and Victor, simply means that prices on private jets will likely continue to decrease.</p><p>“There’s clear potential to expand the market,” Douglas Quinby, an analyst for the travel market-research company Phocuswright, told <a href="https://thepointsguy.com/2017/09/affordable-jet-luxury/" target="_blank"><i>The Points Guy</i></a><i>.</i> “There is definitely a ton of excess supply — private jets sitting on runways or flying under capacity. The challenge is, can these startups find sufficient demand and supply within the right bucket of city pairs to make this work?”</p><p>Beyond booking single trip travel, there are also new subscription jet services available for frequent fliers, like <a href="https://www.surfair.com/us/" target="_blank">Surfair</a>, which further drives down the price because the more you fly the more you save. The company’s “all you can fly” membership starts at $1,950 a month.</p><p>While it may still seem over the top, next time you go to book a flight perhaps scan over the private companies — it never hurts to weigh your options. Who knows? One day you too could kiss <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/tripit-app-fastest-security-wait-time" target="_blank">long TSA lines</a> and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/free-stuff-at-airport" target="_blank">airport wait times</a> goodbye.</p>
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Should You Chat Up Your Seatmate on a Flight?

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:15
<p>Taking a flight typcially means sitting next to strangers, and it can be tough to know what the etiquette is for travelers when it comes to chatting with (or ignoring) your neighbor. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/british-airways-celebrity-filled-safety-video" target="_blank">British Airways</a> asked <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171108005866/en/Global-Travelers-Speak-Flying-Etiquette-British-Airways" target="_blank">1,500 travelers</a> from the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and Italy about whether you should or should not chat with your seatmate on a flight.</p><img alt=" "src=""><p>Overall, 83 percent of travelers agreed that saying hello and giving a smile to your neighbor is acceptable and appropriate when taking a flight.</p><p>Among respondents in the U.S., what should be discussed was a big concern, and 42 percent said it’s unacceptable to share personal stories. Anyone confronted with an oversharer on their flight could politely thank the person then excuse themselves by putting on headphones, respondents said. Another way to get out of an awkward conservation mid-flight, according to travelers from the U.K., is to step out to use the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/why-cant-you-use-lavatory-before-takeoff" target="_blank">lavatory</a>.</p><p>A majority of travelers from Europe were open to engaging with their seatmates: 80 percent of Italian respondents said small talk is appropriate during a flight, and half of the French respondents said that flights are a great place to make new friends.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airlines-airports/turn-off-cell-phone-on-plane" target="_blank">What Really Happens When You Don't Turn Off Your Cell Phone on a Plane</a></p><p>When it came to German travelers, 85 percent said they would just acknowledge their seatmate with a “hello” and leave it at that.</p><p>As for what to do if your seatmate's conversation is making you uncomfortable, 53 percent said it’s appropriate to switch seats (but you should check with cabin crew before doing that).</p>
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The Maldives Is Seeing Hundreds of Hotel Cancellations a Day – Should Travelers Really Be Worried?

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:03
<p>Despite its crystalline <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/a-beach-for-every-day-2018" target="_blank">beaches</a> and breezy palm trees, the island nation of the Maldives is not in a state of paradise at the moment.</p><p>The South Asian archipelago is experiencing turmoil after its president, Abdulla Yameen, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/maldives-state-of-emergency-travel" target="_blank">declared a state of emergency</a> following a Supreme Court ruling that he felt threatened his leadership. As a result, Yameen ordered the arrest of two judges and a military blockade of the court, prompting protests in the Maldives’ capital, Malé.</p><p>The dissent and Yameen’s warnings of an imminent coup has led several world governments to issue travel advisories for the tropical nation, including the U.S., the U.K., China, and India. The alerts appear to be impacting the country’s economy-driving industry, tourism.</p><p>Hundreds of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/all-inclusive-resorts/best-maldives-all-inclusive-resorts" target="_blank">hotel reservations</a> have been canceled every day since the state of emergency was declared last week, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-maldives-politics-tourism/maldives-tries-to-fight-off-travel-alerts-as-tourists-stay-away-idUSKCN1FY10D" target="_blank">Reuters reported</a> Wednesday.</p><p>Do those tourists have the right idea? Should <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/travel-vacation-guide-to-maldives" target="_blank">travel to the Maldives</a> be avoided at this time? Seth Jones, director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> that visitors to the country should remain alert but not afraid.</p><p>“I wouldn’t necessarily avoid the country, though I would <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/state-department-travel-warnings-abroad" target="_blank">urge individuals traveling</a> to the Maldives to proceed with caution,” he said. “I would urge travelers to avoid major public gatherings and anti-government gatherings."</p><p>Jones added, “[The] Maldives is notably safer than countries like Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Based on past, current, and likely threats in the Maldives, I don’t consider the threat ‘high’ for terrorism or major civilian unrest.”</p><p>The Maldives government has echoed the same sentiment, saying in a statement that “all tourism related businesses will be operating as usual and the situation of the Maldives remains stable,” <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/06/asia/maldives-political-unrest-explainer-intl/index.html" target="_blank">according to CNN.</a> The U.K.’s travel advisory notes that Malé International Airport and the country’s outer-lying resort islands remain unaffected by recent events.</p><p>But Alyssa Ayres, a senior fellow for South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, said it was odd that so many nations — all with different relationships with the Maldives — issued alerts at once.</p><p>“What I would say about this moment is that it’s highly unusual for the United States, India, and China to all issue travel advisories [or] warnings,” Ayres said. “These advisories indicate a level of concern that goes beyond the routine.”</p><p>Jones touched on that same subject, saying that “Yameen’s crackdown on opposition elements creates uncertainty and raises the possibility of some unrest, anti-government protests, and government oppression."</p><p>He added, “It is difficult to assess whether the current crisis will end once the 15-day state of emergency ends, or whether it will persist for longer.”</p>
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Another Snowstorm Will Bring Chilly and Slippery Conditions to the U.S. This Weekend. Here's What You Need to Know

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:57
<p>We're in for more cold this weekend as another <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/pilot-emergency-landing-during-storm" target="_blank">snowstorm</a> will make its way across the U.S. </p><p>Though the northeast storm is expected to be a quickly moving one, meaning it will bring in lighter amounts of snowfall, locals and travelers in affected states will want to on alert as snowy conditions could lead to flight cancelations and slippery road conditions over <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/presidents-day" target="_blank">President's Day</a> weekend. </p><p>The storm is expected to last anywhere from six to 12 hours in most of the affected areas, according to <em><a href="https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/snowstorm-to-create-wintry-mess-across-much-of-northeastern-us-saturday-night/70004160" target="_blank">Accuweather</a></em>, with the majority of snowfall expected to fall at a rate of an inch per hour Saturday evening.</p><p>Accuweather's latest forecast points to a combination of rain and melting snow hitting southern Ohio, western Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and southern New Jersey on Saturday night, creating wet road conditions that will continue through Sunday morning.</p><p>Meanwhile, those in Cincinnati, Charleston, Annapolis, Dover, Atlantic City and Washington, D.C., will be in for rainy conditions, with one to three inches of snow expected in cities that include Philadelphia and New York City.</p><p>While airlines have not started <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/canceled-diverted-flight" target="_blank">canceling flights</a> for the storm as of yet, travelers will want to be on alert as Saturday’s conditions could lead to the need to facilitate deicing operations, potentially delaying and canceling operations into the evening. </p><p>Temperatures are expected to pick up again by Sunday morning, assisting in melting any remaining snow off of the streets and roads. </p><p>The storm's approach follows the splitting of the polar vortex this week, which has resulted in two smaller vortices that reside over western Canada and Europe.</p><p>The split will likely bring an initial cold weather front across the eastern U.S. and Europe, according to <em><a href="https://weather.com/news/news/2018-02-14-polar-vortex-split-february-2018" target="_blank">Weather.com</a></em>, resulting in <a href="https://twitter.com/WeatherCoEurope/status/963694557924864000" target="_blank">chilly conditions to Europe</a> towards the end of February and start of March.</p>
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‘Pulsating Auroras’ Might Be Even Cooler Than the Northern Lights

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:28
<p>The Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon causing a gorgeous display of colors in the night sky, has so captivated people around the world that many will <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-see-northern-lights-february" target="_blank">travel thousands of miles</a> just to catch a glimpse in real life.</p><p>Travelers will <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/iceland-when-to-see-northern-lights" target="_blank">plan a trip to Iceland</a> or northern Canada around the time of year they're mostly likely to see the lights. One hotel in Finland even has an <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/northern-lights-spotter-finland-ice-hotel" target="_blank">“Aurora Borealis monitor”</a> on retainer, whose job it is to track when guests are most likely to see the light show.</p><p>Now physicists have a greater understanding behind what causes a very specific kind of lights, called “pulsating auroras,” thanks to <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25505" target="_blank">new research published in <em>Nature</em></a>. Unlike Northern and Southern lights (Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis, respectively) which appear as a seemingly unmoving displays of light, pulsating auroras grow brighter and dimmer, appearing to flicker.</p><p>“They are characterized by auroral brightening from dusk to midnight, followed by violent motions of distinct auroral arcs that eventually break up, and emerge as diffuse, pulsating auroral patches at dawn,” <a href="https://www.eurekalert.org/emb_releases/2018-02/uot-doa020818.php" target="_blank">lead author Satoshi Kasahara</a> wrote.</p><p>Pulsating auroras are caused by “chorus waves,” or when shifts in currents of charged particles cause electrons to scatter. These waves are thought to be caused by changes in the magnetic field.</p><p>Given the blinking movement of pulsating auroras, they can often be harder to spot, though some lucky residents in Canada were able to see one at the <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/pulsating-aurora-the-pas-1.4534912" target="_blank">Pas, in Manitoba in 2017</a>. Unlike other types of auroras, these often occur closer to the equator than to the poles, <a href="https://www.sciencealert.com/electron-microbursts-from-chorus-waves-detected-causing-aurora-substorm" target="_blank">according to <em>Science Alert</em></a>, and scientists from the recently published report are still tracking their movement.</p>
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What the Partial Solar Eclipse Means for Your Horoscope, According to 3 Astrologers

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:08
<p>The skies will be graced by a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/partial-solar-eclipse-february" rel="noopener" target="_blank">partial solar eclipse on Feb. 15</a>, and astrologers have forecasts (<a href="http://time.com/4905319/total-solar-eclipse-astrology/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">albeit conflicting</a>) for what this event means based on their views.</p><p>Most of us — those in North America, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the northern half of South America — won't able to see this partial solar eclipse as it will only be visible in Antarctica, areas of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and portions of southern South America.</p><p>For those who believe in astrology – the interpretation of celestial bodies, their positions, and how they influence the natural world – this matters to a degree.</p><p>According to queer, feminist astrologer <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-himi-astrologer-chani-nicholas-20170101-story.html" target="_blank">Chani Nicholas</a>, who is based in Los Angeles, "If eclipses are visible, the impact is magnified, but that doesn’t mean it’s magnified in a positive way," she wrote over email. "Many thought that being under the shadow of an eclipse wasn’t good."</p><p>"Eclipses were historically seen as ominous events in many traditions as the luminaries, the sun and moon, are viewed as places of life in astrological terms," she continued. "To have either a light or life source obscured was thought of as inauspicious most times."</p><p>This particular partial solar eclipse is a time to "consciously set new patterns," Nicholas said. "Because this is also a new moon this is doubly so, as new moons are times to begin things in our life that we hope to see grow into fruition."</p><p>Astrologer <a href="http://karmicrelief.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Shelley Ackerman</a>'s reading of the partial solar eclipse veers towards the political. Ackerman, who is on the board of directors of the International Society for Astrological Research, believes that given the position of the moon (27 degrees of Aquarius) and the birth date of the United States (July 4, 1776), this eclipse is significant for the U.S. "because the moon is the population, Aquarius is the masses."</p><p>"There's going to be a big kind of shift in the collective consciousness and the collective expression of what they need from their elected officials," she said, sharing her view that this eclipse is just the prelude to bigger astrological and political changes to come in the next few years.</p><p>For popular New York-based astrologer <a href="https://www.astrologyzone.com/about/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Susan Miller</a>, the eclipse is more personal than political. Miller also noted the 27 degrees of Aquarius position but said, unlike some eclipses that can be negative, she sees this as a kinder eclipse — especially for the zodiac signs Aquarius, Libra, and Leo.</p><p>"I can't see everybody's charts, it's all unique, but generally I'm seeing that this is one of the friendliest eclipses of the whole year," she said. "I really like it ... and it opens a new path because that's what new moons do."</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/cyprus-nasa-observatory-star-wars" target="_blank">NASA</a> has accepted that "Like reading fantasy stories, many people enjoy reading their 'astrological forecast' or 'horoscope' in the newspaper every day." But, the agency emphasizes that astrology "<a href="http://time.com/4507672/nasa-on-zodiac-signs/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">is not science,</a>" which Nicholas acknowledges.</p><p>The University of California Berkeley's <a href="https://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/astrology_checklist" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Understanding Science website</a> further clarifies the distinction between astrology and science, reading, "Although astrologers seek to explain the natural world, they don't usually attempt to critically evaluate whether those explanations are valid — and this is a key part of science."</p><p>The next partial <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/when-is-the-next-eclipse" target="_blank">solar eclipses</a> of note take place on <a href="https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2018-july-13" rel="noopener" target="_blank">July 13</a> and <a href="https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2018-august-11" rel="noopener" target="_blank">August 11 of 2018</a>, while the next total solar eclipse visible from North America won't be until April 8, 2024.</p>
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These Exhilarating African Boat Cruises Are the Best Way to See Hippos in the Wild

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 08:13
<p>The word safari tends to evoke images of expansive savanna landscapes; roaming giraffes, lions, and zebras; and minibuses, trucks, and all-terrain vehicles. These classic safaris, however memorable and necessary to complete the African experience, tend to skip the continent's many rivers, lagoons, and lakes.</p><p>If hippos are more your thing than giraffes, consider going on an African water safari to best see the semi-aquatic mammals in their natural element.</p><p>One of the most popular ways to see hippos up close is to take a <a href="http://www.botswana.co.za/Game_Viewing_Activities-travel/mokoro-experience-dugout-canoe.html" target="_blank">mokoro safari</a> through Botswana's Okavango Delta, a <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1432" target="_blank">UNESCO World Heritage site</a> and the seventh wonder of Africa.</p><p>Similar to a canoe, the mokoro is streamlined to maneuver through narrow waterways and is motor-less so as not to scare the wildlife. It is steered by a tour guide who uses a ngashi, a long pole, to propel two passengers across deep lakes and shallow channels through the reeds and marshlands of the world's largest inland delta.</p><p>Relaxing and peaceful, a ride in a mokoro provides safari-goers a unique vantage point to see the hippos, as well as the frogs, birds, and elephants common to the areas.</p><img alt="Mokoro "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518636326/mokoro-tour-HIPPOTOUR0218.jpg?itok=SV429o-Z"><p>However, a mokoro safari is not without risk. Travelers are typically safe, but hippos are the <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-36320744" target="_blank">world's most dangerous large land mammal</a> and have been known to chase and <a href="https://www.sundestinations.co.za/blog/a-mokoro-safari-in-the-okavango-delta/" target="_blank">overturn</a> the boats to protect their territory. But if the prospect of danger excites (rather than deters) you, you can take a day tour from Maun with <a href="https://www.onthegotours.com/us/Botswana/Best-Places-To-Visit/Maun/Okavango-Canoe-Safari-Day-Trip" target="_blank">On the Go Tours</a> or <a href="https://www.odysseysafaris.com/tours/okavango-canoe-safari-day-trip/" target="_blank">Odyssey Safaris</a>.</p><p>A safer – but just as adventurous – experience can be found in Kwazulu Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park, <a href="https://www.sa-venues.com/unesco_world_heritage_sites.htm" target="_blank">South Africa’s First World Heritage Site</a>. The park claims to have the <a href="https://www.discoverafrica.com/blog/top-five-places-to-spot-hippos-in-africa/" target="_blank">largest hippo population in South Africa</a>, with approximately 800 hippos residing within the <a href="https://isimangaliso.com/jewel/lake-st-lucia/" target="_blank">50-mile long waters of Lake St. Lucia</a>. In addition to hippos, 1200 crocodiles, 2,180 species of flowering plants, and 155 kinds of fish call this lake, “Africa's largest estuarine system,” home.</p><p>To see this ecosystem in all its glory, <a href="http://www.stluciasouthafrica.com/hippo-croc-boat-cruise/" target="_blank">Shoreline Boat Cruises</a> offers two-hour Hippo &amp; Croc tours down the St. Lucia Estuary for spectacular hippo viewing. Unlike some of the other tour operators in the area, Shoreline's boats are small enough to get you up close to the wildlife – and unlike the mekoro, they have waist-high barriers to protect you as you watch the hippos eat, swim, and play.</p><p>You can book a spot on one of the cruises <a href="http://www.stluciasouthafrica.com/hippo-croc-boat-cruise/" target="_blank">starting at $240</a>.</p>
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Lilly Pulitzer’s First-ever Swimsuit Collection Is Finally Here

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 08:06
<p>Gird your loins, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.lillypulitzer.com/" target="_blank">Lilly Pulitzer</a> fans. The iconic American brand you love for its signature <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.lillypulitzer.com/section/dresses/38.uts" target="_blank">colorfully printed sundresses</a> (and matching <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.lillypulitzer.com/category/accessories-shoes/agendas/pc/61/429.uts" target="_blank">agendas</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.lillypulitzer.com/section/accessories-shoes/61.uts" target="_blank">accessories</a> galore) is now bringing you its first-ever swimwear collection (cue the hot pink confetti).</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/comfortable-travel-dresses" target="_blank">18 Comfortable Dresses That Are Made to Travel In</a></p><p>The just-launched collection comes to us as a 30-piece lineup of triangle, bandeau, and underwire bikinis; tankinis; one-pieces; and various bottoms so you can mix and match to suit your style (get it?). And of course they all come in a range of new and vibrant Lilly prints and patterns to get you in the summer mood.</p><p>But don’t just take our word for it. Head over to Lilly Pulitzer stores or shop online at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.lillypulitzer.com/section/swim-shop/727.uts" target="_blank">lillypulitzer.com</a> to score the new Swim Collection and gear up for warmer days to come (or just, you know, book a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-travel-february" target="_blank">mid-winter getaway</a> for ASAP).</p><p>You can also scroll through to shop some standout styles, below.</p><h2>Bliss Halter Tankini Top</h2><img alt="Lilly Pulitzer Swim Collection "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518715057/lilly-pulitzer-tankini-LILLYPULITZERSWIM0218.jpg?itok=cvZgg8UH"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.lillypulitzer.com/product/swim-shop/bliss-halter-tankini-top/c/727/11429.uts?swatchName=Twilight+Blue+Gypsea+Girl+Swim" target="_blank">lillypulitzer.com</a>, $88</p><h2>Lagoon Sarong Bikini Bottom</h2><img alt="Lilly Pulitzer Swim Collection "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518715057/lilly-pulitzer-sarong-bikini-bottom-LILLYPULITZERSWIM0218.jpg?itok=gqA-ImfX"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.lillypulitzer.com/product/swim-shop/lagoon-sarong-bikini-bottom/c/727/11428.uts?swatchName=Multi+Catch+The+Wave+Swim" target="_blank">lillypulitzer.com</a>, $78</p><h2>Lanai Halter One Piece Suit</h2><img alt="Lilly Pulitzer Swim Collection "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518715057/lilly-pulitzer-halter-one-piece-LILLYPULITZERSWIM0218.jpg?itok=ZgWqbSPw"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.lillypulitzer.com/product/swim-shop/lanai-halter-one-piece-suit/c/727/11430.uts?swatchName=Multi+Catch+The+Wave+Swim" target="_blank">lillypulitzer.com</a>, $148</p><h2>Blossom Underwire Bikini Top</h2><img alt="Lilly Pulitzer Swim Collection "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518715057/lilly-pulitzer-underwire-bikini-top-LILLYPULITZERSWIM0218.jpg?itok=P5PGJnm8"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.lillypulitzer.com/product/swim-shop/blossom-underwire-bikini-top/c/727/11426.uts?swatchName=Multi+Shady+Lady+Swim" target="_blank">lillypulitzer.com</a>, $78</p><h2>Isle Lattice One Piece Suit</h2><img alt="Lilly Pulitzer Swim Collection "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518715057/lilly-pulitzer-lace-up-one-piece-LILLYPULITZERSWIM0218.jpg?itok=xLIesnnJ"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.lillypulitzer.com/product/swim-shop/isle-lattice-one-piece-suit/c/727/11431.uts?swatchName=Twilight+Blue+Gypsea+Girl+Swim" target="_blank">lillypulitzer.com</a>, $138</p><h2>Guava Bikini Bottom</h2><img alt="Lilly Pulitzer Swim Collection "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518715057/lilly-pulitzer-tassle-bikini-bottom-LILLYPULITZERSWIM0218.jpg?itok=mUwsu9Hd"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.lillypulitzer.com/product/swim-shop/guava-bikini-bottom/c/727/11422.uts?swatchName=Multi+Shady+Lady+Swim" target="_blank">lillypulitzer.com</a>, $68</p>
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Amy Schumer's Surprise Malibu Wedding Will Give You Serious Beach Ceremony Goals

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:33
<p>California’s <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/sting-malibu-beach-house" target="_blank">Malibu</a> can be quite the romantic destination, which is why it makes sense that actress Amy Schumer recently chose the city for her wedding to Chris Fischer right before Valentine's Day.</p><p>The couple has tied the knot, with Schumer revealing that the secret wedding took place by posting a photo of the event on her <a href="http://www.instagram.com/amyschumer/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</p><p>Schumer and Fischer were married at a house they had rented that overlooks the ocean, according to <em><a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/amy-schumer-marries-chef-chris-fischer-in-surprise-wedding/" target="_blank">Us Weekly</a></em>, with a celebrity-packed guest list that included Jennifer Lawrence, Jake Gyllenhaal, Larry David, David Spade, Judd Apatow, and around 80 other guests.</p><p>The duo had only recently made their relationship public on Monday, Feb. 12, in another Instagram post of them exchanging a kiss at Ellen Degeneres' 60th birthday party.</p><p>The two were <a href="http://people.com/movies/amy-schumer-boyfriend-chris-fischer-married/" target="_blank">first spotted together</a> in New York City last November, though Fischer currently lives in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/obamas-summer-vacation-marthas-vineyard" target="_blank">Martha's Vineyard</a> on Beetlebung Farm, where he wrote his award-winning <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Beetlebung-Farm-Cookbook-Cooking-Vineyard/dp/0316404071" target="_blank">Beetlebung Farm Cookbook</a>.</p><p>After the duo spent the day soaking in the sunshine and enjoying the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/photography/best-sunset-spots#zuma-beach-malibu-california" target="_blank">sweeping ocean views</a> of the area, Schumer took to Instagram to ask that those considering getting her a gift for the wedding make donations towards the Everytown for Gun Safety movement instead. </p><p><a href="https://everytown.org/who-we-are/?source=igno_0214bio" target="_blank">The movement</a> hopes to end gun violence in the states and uses donations towards building safer communities</p>
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This U.S. Region Is Cooling Down While the Rest of the World Gets Warmer (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:31
<p>Floating over the southeast U.S. is a thing called a “warming hole" — and it's not what it sounds like.</p><p>Despite the rest of the planet increasing in average temperature because of global warming, according to a Dartmouth study released Tuesday, there is an anomaly called the “<a href="https://phys.org/news/2018-02-polar-vortex-defies-climate-southeast.html" target="_blank">U.S. warming hole</a>” where temperatures are actually getting cooler.</p><img alt="Winter Warming Hole Location - Dartmouth - Trevor Partridge "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518641224/winter-warming-hole-USSOUTH0218.jpg?itok=ScGu80v2"><p>The study believes that in the late 1950s, the jet stream over the U.S. became “wavier,” thus causing the polar vortex to cool down the Southeast U.S. While average global temperatures have increased about 1 degree Fahrenheit since 1958, that number has decreased by 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit in the “warming hole” during that same period.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/pyeongchang-olympics-weather-wind-temperature" target="_blank">Gusty Winds and Freezing Temperatures Are Wreaking Havoc at the Olympics</a></p><p>During winter and spring, the warming hole floats over the southeast part of the country, resulting in cooler temperatures as “the polar vortex allows arctic air to plunge into the region,” <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180213183555.htm" target="_blank">according to the study</a>. During the summer, the warming hole moves north to the Midwest, causing lower temperatures there.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/eiffel-tower-closed-paris-snow" target="_blank">Snow</a><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/eiffel-tower-closed-paris-snow" target="_blank"> and Freezing Rain in Paris Forces the Eiffel Tower to Close</a></p><p>“The recent extreme cold snaps in the Southeast, which seem counterintuitive to global warming, may be related to the U.S. warming hole," Trevor F. Partridge, a graduate student in earth sciences at Dartmouth and the study's lead author, said.</p><p>January’s winter storms <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-hunter" target="_blank">Hunter</a> and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-inga-path" target="_blank">Inga</a> — which passed across southeast states like Kentucky, Tennessee, and northern Alabama — are perhaps the most recent and telling examples of the “winter warming hole.”</p>
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Insider Tips for Visiting the Bahamas, From SI Swimsuit Model Chase Carter (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:08
<p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> teamed up with <em>Sports Illustrated Swimsuit</em> to highlight <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/things-to-do-harbour-island-bahamas" target="_blank">one of the beautiful destinations</a> included in this year’s swimsuit edition.</p><p>Twenty-year-old Chase Carter, a Bahamian-born model from Nassau, gave T+L an exclusive tour of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/things-to-do-harbour-island-bahamas" target="_blank">Harbour Island</a>, in the Bahamas, during a break from shooting.</p><p>“I could not feel more blessed and lucky to be here in the Bahamas where I’m from,” Carter told T+L. “I get to take you around and show you my Bahamas.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/golfer-paige-spiranac-sports-illustrated-swimsuit-aruba" target="_blank">The One Thing a Pro Golfer and SI Swimsuit Model Packs for Every Trip</a></p><p>Harbour Island is just northwest of Eleuthera Island, and it’s famous for its blushing pink beaches, stylish boutiques, and tropical eats.</p><p>That’s why the Conch Shack — Carter’s favorite place to eat when she visits home — is the first stop on her tour of Harbour Island. Conch (pronounced <em>conk</em> by locals) is a common, tropical mollusk that can be eaten either fried or raw. Guests at the Conch Shack can also have their fresh catch prepared as a salad.</p><img alt="Sports Illustrated Swim model Chase Carter gives T+L a tour of Harbour Island "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/bahamas_0.jpg?itok=MbixjJz4"><p>Next, Carter took a private horseback ride on the beach — an activity travelers can easily set up through Pink Sands Resort. This upscale property has a mix of 25 cottages and two oceanfront villas, set along three miles of the island’s <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/pink-sand-beaches#pink-sand-beach-harbour-island-the-bahamas" target="_blank">iconic beaches</a>.</p><p>Carter told T+L that the island’s pink sands are created by frequent storms that break up the surrounding coral, and wash ashore the red shells of the <em>Foraminifera</em>.</p><p>On her day off, Carter also played dominos with locals and went snorkeling. Harbour Island’s unique reef system doesn’t just contribute to the tint of the beaches — it also keeps the waters incredibly clear. Serious explorers can head farther off shore for dive trips to the island’s shipwrecks and underwater caves.</p><p>The 2018 <em>Sports Illustrated</em> Swimsuit Edition was shot all over the Caribbean, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/golfer-paige-spiranac-sports-illustrated-swimsuit-aruba" target="_blank">including Aruba</a>, Nevis, and other destinations in the Bahamas (like Spanish Wells, where cover model <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/danielle-herrington-sports-illustrated-bahamas" target="_blank">Danielle Herrington went swimming with pigs</a>).</p>
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How London's National Gallery Hid Art From Nazis

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:06
<p>Following the battle of Dunkirk in 1940, as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill grew increasingly concerned about a Nazi invasion on U.K. soil, he ordered that precious works of art from <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/london" target="_blank">London's</a> National Gallery be evacuated.</p><p>After deciding that shipping the paintings to Canada would be too dangerous, politicians and museum authorities housed them instead in a variety of locations in northern Wales, including a disused slate mine. Now, a new exhibit at the National Gallery is exploring how the gargantuan rescue effort took place.</p><p>The exhibition, showcasing 24 archival photographs and a new video, shows visitors how the museum successfully hid its art for four years during World War II. It is set to run March 6–April 8.</p><p>“Hundreds of feet underground, the Manod slate mine is an extraordinary subterranean space in north Wales. Robin Friend’s photographs convey the wonder of this secret and labyrinthine world, where for four years during the Second World War, the National Gallery hid their collection for safe-keeping," National Gallery curator Minna Moore Ede <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/15/national-gallery-celebrate-hid-priceless-paintings-nazis-welsh/?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">told <em>The Telegraph</em></a>.</p><p>Museum workers evacuated hundreds of paintings from the London galleries and transported them to the Manod mine in 1940. The entrance to the cave was enlarged with explosives to allow easier transportation for the art, and curators built brick "bungalows" inside the mine to protect the paintings from the damp.</p><p>A number of paintings were also transported to the University of North Wales, the National Library of Wales, and three additional Welsh castles, <a href="https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/history/the-gallery-in-wartime/the-gallery-in-wartime" target="_blank">according to the National Gallery website</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/all-eyes-on-london" target="_blank">The entire collection</a> was fully evacuated by the summer of 1941, <a href="https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/national-gallery-showing-photographs-of-disused-slate-mine-where-it-hid-artworks-36607060.html" target="_blank">the<em> Irish Independent </em>reported</a>.</p><p>The British were not the only ones to hide art in caves and castles <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/london-city-airport-world-war-bomb" target="_blank">during WWII</a>. French curators collected and hid art in caves and chateaux during the war, as curator Rose Valland documented the paintings and sculptures looted by the Nazis for retrieval after the war.</p>
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A Collision at Heathrow Airport Led to One Death, 20 Delays, and Hundreds Stuck on Flights

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:09
<p>An accident at London’s <a href="http://How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Sneak Out of Heathrow Airport" target="_blank">Heathrow Airport</a> Wednesday morning caused dozens of delays after two airport staff vehicles collided with each other, resulting in a death and another injury.</p><p>The incident happened around 6 a.m. local time and involved a British Airways engineer, who later died at a hospital from injuries he suffered when his vehicle slammed into another on the tarmac, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/14/passengers-evacuated-heathrow-airport-serious-accident/" target="_blank">the <em>Telegraph</em> reports.</a></p><p>In a statement to <em>Travel + Leisure</em>, a spokesperson for Heathrow Airport said: “We can confirm that following a serious accident involving two vehicles on our airfield, a British airways colleague has passed away. Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends affected by this accident. We will be fully cooperating with the Police in the investigation which will follow.”</p><p>Scotland Yard, headquarters of London’s Metropolitan Police Service, also confirmed the collision in a statement to the <em>Telegraph</em>.</p><p>"One male is believed to have sustained a broken shoulder; his injuries are not life-threatening or life-changing,” it reads. "There have been no arrests,” adding that an investigative unit is looking into the matter.</p><p>At least 20 flights were delayed, according to the <em>Telegraph</em>, and hundreds of passengers were left stuck on their planes with no immediate explanation. After one social media user requested information from Heathrow’s Twitter account, the airport replied that the incident was “not expected to cause any impact on journeys today.”</p><p>“Well that's disingenuous when 200 people in this plane are stuck,” one user tweeted back.</p><p>“With respect, it is impacting journeys departing B gates - BA710 to Zurich delayed by +2 hrs and aircraft change required,” another added. “Sending good wishes to injured staff.”</p><p>The airport has since tweeted out confirmation that the incident was “serious” and resulted in the death of a colleague.</p><p>T+L has reached out to British Airways for comment and will update this story when more information is available.</p>
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Emirates Is Offering 2-for-1 Flights This Valentine's Day

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:02
<p>Could there be anything sweeter than buy one, get one airplane tickets to a dreamy destination like Italy or Greece?</p><p>We think not.</p><p>This <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-deals/last-minute-valentines-day-travel-package-deals" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day</a>, Emirates is encouraging couples to plan a romantic vacation by selling two tickets for the price of one.</p><p>The airline’s most affordable bundle is a $799 set of tickets to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/milan" target="_blank">Milan, Italy</a> (that means $399.50 per person), followed by $899 flights to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/athens-cultural-revival" target="_blank">Athens</a>. (Split two ways, you could get a Greek getaway for $449.50.)</p><p>Emirates is also offering companion fare flights to Dubai, Tehran, Hyderabad, and Bangladesh, among others.</p><p>Travelers should note the sale is valid on business and first class fares, too, meaning you can travel in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airlines-airports/emirates-airlines-business-class-amenities" target="_blank">Emirates’ lauded premium cabin</a> starting at $4,999 (that’s less than $2,500 per person).</p><p>Travelers have four days to <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-7876402-11472373?sid=TLTRVValentinesDayFlightDealFeb18" target="_blank">book these companion fares</a>, which disappear at 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 17.</p><p>Travel to Milan and Athens is valid from Feb. 21 until March 26; April 1 through May 9; and Aug. 20 through Dec. 2. Flights to all other destinations can be booked between Feb. 21 and May 10, and from July 29 through Dec. 2.</p>
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Meghan Markle's Hopelessly Romantic Valentine's Day Post From 2015 Is Proof Dreams Do Come True

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:41
<p>Meghan Markle, like people everywhere, is a self-described “sucker for Valentine’s Day.”</p><p>“Hook, line and sinker, I am such a sucker for Valentine's Day,” the one-time <i>Suits</i> star <a href="http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/meghan-markle-sucker-valentines-day-im-waiting-be-dipped-into-kiss-1659460" target="_blank">wrote on her now defunct blog</a>, The Tig. "Without fail, every February 14th, I wake up feeling like I'm immersed in a Robert Doisneau photo, waiting with bated breath to be dipped into a kiss. This is all happening in black and white, of course. And in Paris, if I had my way.”</p><p>Honestly, everyone’s probably feeling a little bit jealous right now because for Meghan this fantasy is sort of coming true. She is, after all, marrying an actual prince. And though she’s not celebrating in Paris, she’s likely <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-prince-harry-valentines-day" target="_blank">celebrating in Edinburgh</a>, which is equally as romantic with its centuries-old castles and royal gardens.</p><p>And staying in Scotland really is probably OK with Meghan too. As she wrote in her blog post, “...delusions of francophile grandeur aside, Valentine's Day is special wherever you happen to find yourself. And in terms of gifts, be it breakfast in bed, a sweet love note, or a single flower, it really is the thought that counts."</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-cross-body-bag" target="_blank">Meghan Markle's Latest It-bag Defies Royal Tradition, but You'll Want One Anyway</a></p><p>Though we’re sure Harry has something special planned for his bride-to-be, it’s nice to know Meghan is low-key all about the holiday — and has some pretty stellar advice for single people looking to enjoy the day.</p><p>"...couples are cuddled up and singletons see their requisite froyo as a cup of lonely. But it doesn't need to be. I think you need to be your own Valentine,” she wrote. Meghan added that on one particular solo Valentine's Day she gifted herself a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/meghan-markle-shoe-designer-sarah-flint-lower-prices" target="_blank">new pair of shoes</a> and allowed herself a few pink cocktails while traipsing around New York City.</p><p>“Those shoes, by the way, were my gift to myself,” she wrote. “Because I've worked hard, because I'm not going to wait for someone to buy me the things I covet (nor do I want to), and because I want to treat myself as well as I treat those dearest to me. Because I am my own funny Valentine."</p><p>Now that’s our kind of 21st-century princess.</p>
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Michelangelo's Villa Is for Sale and It's a True Tuscan Dream

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:42
<p>If you've never dreamed of packing your bags, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/henri-chenot-health-centre-merano-italy" target="_blank">leaving it all behind</a>, and moving to a villa in the Italian countryside a la “Under the Tuscan Sun,” well, congratulations — your life must be pretty awesome.</p><p>For the rest of us, there's a sprawling 10-bedroom, seven-bathroom “farmhouse” for sale in Castellina in Chianti (a picturesque town between Florence and Siena) that puts that hunk of junk Diane Lane bought to absolute shame. Villa Michelangelo — yes, that Michelangelo — was purchased by the Renaissance artist in 1549. The property, according to its official <a href="http://www.handsomepropertiesinternational.com/listing/cms/villa-michelangelo/" target="_blank">Handsome Properties International listing</a>, remained in the Buonarroti family for more than 300 years.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/tuscany-food-tour-vespa" target="_blank">A Food Tour of Tuscany Is Even Better When You're Riding a Vespa</a></p><p>Set on a hill among Tuscany's signature cypress trees, the villa has been restored to “accurately tell the rich historical account of this property,” the listing says, adding that its current owner “holds copies of the original documents and deed to the home.”</p><img alt="Villa Michelangelo living room in Tuscany "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518558051/villa-michelangelo-fireplace-MICHEL0218.jpg?itok=pl2oQG-L"><img alt="Villa Michelangelo Tuscany living room "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518558051/villa-michelangelo-living-room-MICHEL0218.jpg?itok=bJrm2FCz"><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/obama-oprah-italy-tour-company" target="_blank">How to See Italy Like Oprah and the Obamas, According to Their VIP Guide</a></p><p>With a classic stone exterior, romantic fireplaces and wrought-iron balconies, rustic wood-beam ceilings, and a serene courtyard, it's easy to see how this cozy yet glamorous villa could have inspired one of the most influential artists in history. It's also easy to picture yourself curled up on a stylish sofa by the fire with a bottle of Chianti Classico.</p><img alt="Villa Michelangelo Tuscany kitchen "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518558051/villa-michelangelo-kitchen-MICHEL0218.jpg?itok=-njTqjVZ"><img alt="Villa Michelangelo Tuscany garden patio "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518558051/villa-michelangelo-patio-MICHEL0218.jpg?itok=uOvSCugy"><p>The home's €7,500,000 price tag is a hefty one (that's $9,274,800 USD), but when you consider all the million-dollar ideas you'll undoubtedly dream up while relaxing in Michelangelo's former living quarters, it's actually a total steal.</p>
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'Scariest Flight of My Life.' Passengers Describe Terror After Engine Cover Explodes on United Flight to Honolulu

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:45
<p>Passengers aboard <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/united-airlines-expansion-plan-cheap-flights-small-cities" target="_blank">United Airlines</a> Flight 1175 to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-hawaii" target="_blank">Honolulu</a> described their panic after watching the cover of one of two engines on their plane explode as it was crossing over the Pacific Ocean Tuesday. </p><p>The flight was en route from San Francisco when the cover on the right engine of the Boeing 777-200 disintegrated about 40 minutes before landing. Passengers said they heard heard a big boom and felt the plane begin to shake intensely. </p><p>"There was a loud bang ... and then the plane really started shaking," passenger Allison Sudiacal told <a href="http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/37498698/scariest-flight-united-plane-makes-emergency-landing-at-honolulus-airport" target="_blank">Hawaii News Now</a>. "It was like rattling and the plane was kind of shaking like boom, boom, boom."</p><p>“Back and forth, down one side and down to the other side,” Haley Ebert, told the <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/us/united-airlines-engine-cover.html" target="_blank">New York Times.</a></em> “The whole thing felt like it was a roller coaster going to go off the tracks.”</p><p>Ebert said she watched the engine cover explode into shrapnel from her window seat on the right wing of the aircraft. </p><p>Pilots were able to make an emergency landing at the intended destination, Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The flight was met on the tarmac by fire crews, but no one was injured and the passengers were able to disembark as normal, according to Hawaii News Now.</p><p>One Twitter user Maria Falaschi described the scene as the “scariest flight of my life.”</p><p>The reason for the malfunction is not yet clear. An investigation is underway by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the <em>Times</em>.</p><p>"United flight 1175 traveling to Honolulu from San Francisco landed safely after the pilots called for an emergency landing because of an issue with the #2 engine. Our pilots followed all necessary protocols to safely land the aircraft. The aircraft taxied to the gate and passengers deplaned normally," the airline said in a statement. "United is fully cooperating with the NTSB and FAA investigation of the event."</p><p>Passengers said United’s crew was helpful in reassuring everybody on board.</p><p>"They kept us informed," Sudiacal , who was traveling with her husband and 4-month-old, told Hawaii News Now. "They let us know that we had to brace for impact in case there was a rough landing. It was scary. But they did a really good job."</p><p>And at least one passenger had the sense of mind to crack a mid-air joke about the entire ordeal.</p>
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You Could Win a Three-night Stay at This Gorgeous Charleston Mansion

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:33
<p>As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun — and that couldn’t be more true for the <a href="https://www.wentworthmansion.com/" target="_blank">Wentworth Mansion</a>.</p><p>The 21-room hotel in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/charleston" target="_blank">Charleston, South Carolina</a> is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. We already know <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/charleston-best-us-city-2017" target="_blank">you love Charleston</a>, but if you’re unfamiliar with this breathtaking hotel, let us tell you a little bit about it.</p><p>The Wentworth Mansion is decked out with Italian crystal chandeliers, hand-carved marble fireplaces in most rooms, and luxurious amenities like nightly homemade chocolates, an in-room, two-person whirlpool tub and more. And you get all of this while staying just steps from the city’s best dining, shopping, and sightseeing.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/reasons-to-love-charleston-south-carolina" target="_blank">26 Reasons Travelers Love Charleston</a></p><p>If all that interests you, now is the time to check out the hotel because they are celebrating their anniversary in a big, big way.</p><p>“The Wentworth Mansion first opened its doors to hotel guests in 1998. In honor of our emerald anniversary, we are giving away the ultimate three-day stay valued at over $10,000,” the hotel announced on its site. “The 1st place winner will receive all the components to have an amazing anniversary celebration.”</p><p>That $10,000 prize includes a three-night stay in a suite at the Wentworth Mansion, a real pair of emerald earrings from Croghan's Jewel Box, a 60-minute couples massage at the Spa at Wenworth Mansion, a five-course dinner paired with wine at Circa 1886 Restaurant, a three-course dinner paired with wine at The Grocery, a six-course dinner paired with wine at Charleston Grill, a $1,500 Gift Certificate to Hampden Clothing, another $500 Gift Certificate to Jordan Lash Charleston, and a Brackish Bowtie so you can get as fancy as possible while drinking the bottle of Stoller History wine you won.</p><p>Entering to win this seriously awesome travel package is very simple. All the hotel is asking is that entrants share a photo depicting a memorable moment with their <a href="http://wentworthmansion.stories.travel/invite?contest=Emerald-Anniversary-2018-02-14" target="_blank">favorite travel companion on their website</a>, along with just 20 words on why you want to win.</p>
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