These Are the World’s Cheapest Airlines by Distance

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:29
<p>Which are the cheapest airlines of them all?</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Global Flight Price Ranking</a>, produced by travel planning website Rome2rio, considered economy class airfares from January and February of this year to determine the average cost per kilometer for flights on airlines around the world. The results showed the 50 cheapest airlines overall, the cheapest airlines for international and domestic routes, and the countries where flying is cheapest by distance.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Ultimate Cheap Airlines Guide</a></p><p>Across the board, Tigerair Australia was the world’s cheapest at only $0.06 per kilometer, followed by AirAsia X ($0.07), Indonesia AirAsia ($0.08), Jetstar ($0.09), and Etihad ($0.10) rounding out the top five. Citilink Indoensia, WOW Air, Oman Air, Lion Mentari Airline and Ryanair also came in with a cost of $0.10 per kilometer. No U.S. airlines were in the cheapest 50 airlines, which all came in at $0.14 or less.</p><p>When it came to international travel, the study found that Asian airlines had the lowest cost flights. The cheapest was AirAsiaX, followed by Air India Express, Indonesia AirAsia, <a href="" target="_blank">Primera Air</a>, and IndiGo Airlines. Some of the next-lowest price airlines in the international category included major airlines like Etihad, Qantas, and budget carriers like <a href="" target="_blank">WOW Air</a> and Ryanair.</p><p>In domestic travel (meaning domestic flights for that airline, depending on where it is based), the cheapest airlines by kilometer were Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Indonesia AirAsia, JetSMART, and Indonesia AirAsia Extra.</p><p>The countries with the cheapest average prices by distance, according to the study, were Chile, Indonesia, Turkey, India, Bulgaria, Thailand, and South Africa.</p>
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The Plane That Crashed in Cuba Was Already Under Investigation for Serious Safety Issues

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 08:59
<p>On Friday, a <a href="" target="_blank">Boeing 737 airliner</a> flying under Cubana de Aviación, Cuba's largest national airline, <a href="" target="_blank">crashed</a> near José Martí International Airport in <a href="" target="_blank">Havana</a>. The <a href="" target="_blank">crash</a> left 110 people dead and three more critically injured. The company that owns the aircraft is now facing questions after it was revealed that the plane had already been the recipient of two serious safety complaints.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">NBC</a>, Mexico's government confirmed its own National Civil Aviation Authority will carry out an operational audit of Damojh airlines, the owner of the aircraft, to see if its "current operating conditions continue meeting regulations." It will further collect information for the investigation into why and how the plane crashed on Friday.</p><p>What we do know already is that the exact plane that crashed was already barred from Guyanese airspace after authorities discovered ts crew had allowed dangerous overloading of luggage on flights to Cuba, according to the Associated Press, who spoke with Guyanese Civil Aviation Director Capt. Egbert Field.</p><img alt="Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana's Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. "src=""><p>However, according to Armando Daniel Lopez, president of Cuba's Institute of Civil Aviation, who also spoke to the Associated Press, Cuban authorities had not received any complaints about the plane in the last 30 days.</p><p>NBC further reported that both the plane and the crew were being rented from Damojh, a Mexico-based airline, by EasySky, a Honduras-based low-cost airline. Cubana de Aviación then rented the plane from EasySky in what is known as a "wet lease" — where one company leases the aircraft, complete crew, maintenance, and insurance to another. This means that Damojh would be wholly responsible for the aircraft’s maintenance, not Cubana de Aviación or EasySky.</p><p>"It's normal for us to rent planes," Cuban Transportation Minister Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez told <a href="" target="_blank">reporters</a>. "Why? Because it's convenient and because of the problem of the blockade that we have. Sometimes we can't buy the planes that we need, and we need to rent them."</p><p>The investigation remains ongoing. Damojh has yet to comment on the crash.</p>
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It Is Safe to Travel to Hawaii During the Volcanic Eruptions — but Avoid These Areas

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:09
<p>After two weeks of eruptions, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano became more dangerous over the weekend.</p><p>Lava from the volcanic eruption <a href="" target="_blank">oozed out to the ocean on Saturday</a>, creating something called “laze,” a lava-haze hybrid. As the lava combines with ocean water, it forms a steam cloud laced with hydrochloric acid and fine particles of glass. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) calls laze a "hot, corrosive, gas mixture” that can create "hazy and noxious conditions” and warned people to stay away from the coastline where the cloud lingers.</p><img alt="A steam plume rises as lava (C) enters the Pacific Ocean, after flowing to the water from a Kilauea volcano fissure, on Hawaii's Big Island "src=""><img alt="Steam plumes rise as lava enters the Pacific Ocean, after flowing to the water from a Kilauea volcano fissure, on Hawaii's Big Island "src=""><p>County officials have distributed breathing masks and warned residents about air quality near the laze cloud (which is mostly offshore). Sulfur dioxide levels have tripled in recent weeks because of the eruptions.</p><h2>Is it safe to <a href="" target="_blank">travel to Hawaii</a> now?</h2><p>The National Park Service <a href="" target="_blank">has closed most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park</a> “due to ongoing seismic activity, summit deflation, and a possible steam explosion.” <a href="" target="_blank">Tourism officials maintain</a> that most of Big Island is still safe to visit and remains unaffected by the explosion. However, travelers are urged to <a href="" target="_blank">avoid the island’s Puna region</a>.</p><p>The Kilauea volcano also caused its first injury on Sunday when molten lava hit a man outside his home. The rock “hit him on the shin and shattered everything from there down on his leg," Janet Snyder, spokesperson for the Hawaii County mayor, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Hawaii News Now</em></a>.</p><p>Scientists are unsure how long the eruption will last. Kilauea erupted at least twice over the weekend.</p><p>"At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles very near the vent," the USGS wrote in an update. "Communities downwind should be prepared for ashfall as long as this activity continues."</p><img alt="Steam and volcanic gases rise as lava enters the Pacific Ocean, after flowing to the water from a Kilauea volcano fissure, on Hawaii's Big Island on May 20, 2018 "src=""><p>Since its eruption two weeks ago, the volcano has caused thousands of people to evacuate their homes.</p><p>Over the past few days, lava flow has picked up speed and intensity. At least 23 fissures from the volcano have opened so far and 40 homes buildings have been burned by the lava.</p>
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The TSA Is Keeping a Secret List of People Who Misbehave at Airport Security

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:03
<p>The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is maintaining a list of unruly and disruptive passengers, <a href="" target="_blank">according to a five-page directive obtained by <em>The New York Times</em></a>.</p><p>Actions that could land a passenger on the TSA’s list — known as the “95 list” — include swatting away a security officer’s hand, loitering suspiciously near to a checkpoint, or anything that poses “challenges to the safe and effective completion of screening.”</p><p>Since the list’s creation in February, fewer than 50 people have been added. Guidelines in the directive prohibit profiling and inclusion in the list based on race, gender, or religion.</p><p>Agents cannot use the list to deny boarding to passengers or force them to undergo additional security screenings: “It's simply an awareness that somebody is going through the checkpoint that has demonstrated concerning, assaultive behavior in the past to our officers,” Darby LaJoye, TSA's assistant administrator for security operations, <a href="" target="_blank">said at a House hearing of the homeland security subcommittee last week</a>.</p><p>The TSA said the list was made in response to an uptick in assaults on security agents. Last year, there were at least 34 assaults on TSA officers. The agency said in a statement that it is “committed to its people and wants to ensure there are safeguards in place to protect Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) and others from any individual who has previously exhibited disruptive or assaultive behavior at a screening checkpoint and is scheduled to fly.”</p><p>At <a href="" target="_blank">the hearing</a>, lawmakers took problems with the fact that passengers have no way of knowing if they’re on the list and that there is currently no way to contest their inclusion.</p><p>The TSA said that this is the only list of passengers the agency keeps besides the “no fly” list (which is <a href="" target="_blank">maintained by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center</a>).</p><p>Critics of the list say that it is a civil rights violation and unnecessary government surveillance.</p><p>“This is conduct that’s so completely subjective, and in many cases likely completely innocent, it just gives officers too much latitude to blacklist people arbitrarily and to essentially punish them for asserting their rights and in doing anything other than complying with officers demands,” Hugh Handeyside, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) <a href="" target="_blank">told the <em>Washington Post</em></a>.</p><p>The U.S. is not the first country to maintain lists based on behavior. In 2016, <a href="" target="_blank">Chinese airlines created a blacklist</a> of passengers who misbehave on flights. Those on the list can be denied service from airlines, hotels, and tourist attractions.</p>
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This Bookstore's Vending Machine Will Give You Rare Books for Just $3 (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:30
<p>If you're a regular bookshop bargain hunter, you are probably familiar with the discount bins and shelves sitting on the sidewalk right outside your local indie. Browse the selection, and for one, two, or three dollars, you can take home a rare and eclectic book to add a unique artifact to your personal collection.</p><p>Sadly, these book bins are often ignored in favor of bestsellers and more commercial titles.</p><p>To reinvigorate interest in obscure and peculiar books, antiquarian bookstore <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Monkey's Paw</a> introduced Toronto to the Biblio-Mat, a vending machine that churns out old books of all sizes and subjects.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">World's Coolest Bookstores</a></p><p>The Biblio-Mat has drawn countless numbers of bookworms from all over the world since it was first installed in 2012. “People use the machine every day, people come visit us from all over the place,” owner Stephen Fowler told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Global News</a></em>. “Sometimes it feels like the thing is just running non-stop all day long.”</p><p>Even though the mechanics behind this random book dispenser seem complicated, it's actually easy to use. <a href="" target="_blank">For $3</a>, you can purchase a coin, drop it in the coin slot, and the Biblio-Mat will randomly select your next read. No two books are alike, so not only do you get one-of-a-kind souvenirs for your home library, there are endless opportunities for surprise and delight with each book you buy.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Books Based in Every State</a></p><p>The mystery, anticipation, and thrill of getting a book from what may be the world's coolest vending machine is reason enough to visit the Toronto bookstore, but The Monkey's Paw also has a lot of other exciting antiques to offer.</p><p>According to its <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>, the independent bookshop stocks 20th-century books and paper artifacts, specializing in "visual culture; obsolete opinions and technologies; lesser-known works on highly specific topics; books as objects; and pop detritus." You won't find bestsellers or any books published after the 1970s among these shelves: all the books tucked away here are truly special.</p>
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Meghan Markle and Sofia Vergara Swear by This $18 Eyeliner

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:30
<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's much-anticipated wedding finally went down, but our eyes are still on the U.K.'s <a href="" target="_blank">newest royal</a>. And who could blame us? The world’s fascination with the British royal family aside, Markle’s polished-yet-laid-back style has us all Googling how to emulate her — from <a href="" target="_blank">what she wears</a>, to <a href="" target="_blank">where she stays</a>, to even <a href="" target="_blank">what she reads</a>. And now we know what she puts on her face.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Everything You Need to Do in London to Celebrate Harry and Meghan’s Royal Wedding</a></p><p>In an <a href="" target="_blank">interview with <i>Allure</i></a>, the former <i>Suits</i> star shared her daily makeup routine, dubbing it her “five-minute face.” For concealing blemishes or dark circles under her eyes, Markle uses fan-favorite <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Touche Éclat Radiant Touch by Yves Saint Laurent</a> ($38). “Curled lashes, mascara, Chap Stick, and a little bit of blush” finish her daily routine.</p><p>But if she’s looking to amp up her look for night, Markle said she turns to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">M.A.C.’s eyeliner in "Teddy,"</a> a warm brown shade with subtle flecks of gold. “A makeup artist I work with often, Kayleen McAdams, turned me on to it,” Markle told <i>Allure</i>. “It’s what she uses on Sofia Vergara, and who wouldn’t want those gorgeous brown almond eyes?” Never has a truer question been asked.</p><img alt="M.A.C. Eyeliner in Teddy "src=""><p>Shop M.A.C.’s "Teddy" eyeliner for $18 at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>
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Everyone's Debating What Prince Harry Whispered to Meghan Markle at the Altar

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 15:02
<p>On Saturday <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally got married</a>. Throughout the last few months the world has become engrossed in their relationship, reveling in every detail of how they met, fell in love, and subsequently <a href="" target="_blank">planned their wedding</a>.</p><p>And though all this, it became difficult to remember that at the end of the day these really are just two people in love. Though, at the wedding, Harry reminded the world of that fact by whispering something sweet to his bride.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Watch Prince Charles Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle After Heartbreak With Her Dad</a></p><p>According to reports, just as Meghan made her way to the altar Harry turned to her and simply asked, “Are you ok?” Then, many believe he added, “You look amazing,” and bit his lower lip to choke back tears of joy.</p><p>People of course lost it over the romantic moment on social media.</p><p>However, it’s what Harry said next that has people a little bit more divided.</p><p>After telling his bride she looks amazing, some believed he added “I am so lucky.”</p><p>Others, however, thought he added, “You look so beautiful.”</p><p>But, a few people believed Harry let a less-than-royal statement slip as they thought he may have let his bride know just how nervous he was by telling her “I’m shitting it.”</p><p>Whatever he said, it made Meghan smile, so clearly she enjoyed it. The pair then went on to have an extremely joyous and laughter-filled ceremony, which will undoubtedly live on for some time in fans' memories.</p>
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6 Meghan Markle Wedding Day Makeup Essentials to Keep in Your Bag at All Times

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 14:33
<p>On Saturday, Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry looking every bit the royal bride.</p><p>Not only did her <a href="" target="_blank">Givenchy dress</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">borrowed crown jewels</a> make her shine, but her effortless makeup made Meghan look absolutely radiant.</p><p>As <em><a href=";utm_medium=social-media&amp;utm_campaign=socialflowTWELM" target="_blank">Elle</a></em> described, Meghan kept things simple by wearing her signature soft smokey eye, curled long lashes, pronounced brows, and just a soft nude lip. This ensured Meghan not only looked beautiful for her big day, but also still looked like herself. Indeed, her tiny freckles even showed through, proving she wasn’t wearing much makeup at all.</p><p>Lydia Sellers, Markle's makeup artist who worked with her from 2015 to 2017, predicted Meghan’s look a few weeks ago, telling <a href="" target="_blank">People</a> in an interview that Meghan "will go with a classic, timeless look similar to what we have seen her wear lately." She added, "Natural, dewy-looking skin, with her freckles peeking through, a sheer pink lip and a daytime smokey eye with beautiful volume in her lashes."</p><p>Want to get the same look? Here’s what Meghan was likely wearing, and how you can get a matching style too.</p><h2>Foundation: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=572622.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=10002&amp;;u1=TLMeghanMarkleWeddingMakeupIsSimpleEnoughtoWearEveryDayNR201805" target="_blank">Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk</a></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to Sellers</a>, Meghan has a deep and unabiding love for <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=572622.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=10002&amp;;u1=TLMeghanMarkleWeddingMakeupIsSimpleEnoughtoWearEveryDayNR201805" target="_blank">Armani Luminous Silk Foundation</a> because it allows for a lightweight finish and gives that perfect “no makeup” look.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=572622.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=10002&amp;;u1=TLMeghanMarkleWeddingMakeupIsSimpleEnoughtoWearEveryDayNR201805" target="_blank"></a>, $64</p><h2>Blush: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";" target="_blank">Nars Orgasm Blush</a></h2><p>In 2014, Meghan told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Allure</a></em>, "We've used the same things during the past few seasons on <i>Suits</i>, and it's been great to have access to these really cool products and see what works. I love <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";" target="_blank">Nars blush in Orgasm</a>. I use it on and off camera because it gives you a nice glow from within.”</p><p>To buy: <a href=";" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><h2>Mascara: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Diorshow Iconic</a></h2><p>Again, in 2014 Meghan shared with <em>Allure</em> that she always curls her lashes then coats them with <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Diorshow Iconic</a> before heading out the door.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><h2>Eyeliner: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";siteId=93xLBvPhAeE-SiZdxg4JE3soVzwVbwc0AA" target="_blank">M.A.C. Teddy eyeliner</a></h2><p>Meghan told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Allure</a></em> if she’s looking to glam things up she only reaches for M.A.C. eyeliner.</p><p>"If I'm going to amp it up for night, then I use <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";siteId=93xLBvPhAeE-SiZdxg4JE3soVzwVbwc0AA" target="_blank">M.A.C. Teddy eyeliner</a>, which is a really beautiful brown that has some gold in it,” she said. “A makeup artist I work with often, Kayleen McAdams, turned me on to it. It's what she uses on Sofia Vergara, and who wouldn't want those gorgeous brown almond eyes?"</p><p>To buy: <a href=";siteId=93xLBvPhAeE-SiZdxg4JE3soVzwVbwc0AA" target="_blank"></a>, $18</p><h2>Concealer: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=390098.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=8158&amp;;u1=TLMeghanMarkleWeddingMakeupIsSimpleEnoughtoWearEveryDayNR201805" target="_blank">Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Touche Éclat</a></h2><p>Meghan previously told <a href=";utm_medium=affiliate&amp;utm_campaign=TnL5HPStwNw&amp;siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-xcH7.dgcxJpUnvFwsF_qMA" target="_blank">Birchbox</a> in an interview that <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=390098.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=8158&amp;;u1=TLMeghanMarkleWeddingMakeupIsSimpleEnoughtoWearEveryDayNR201805" target="_blank">Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Touche Éclat</a> is her best beauty secret.</p><p>"To open up your eyes, apply a highlighter like Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat in the inner corner — this trick is especially good when we are filming at 3 a.m. and I need to look bright eyed and bushy tailed,” she said.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";subid=0&amp;offerid=390098.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=8158&amp;;u1=TLMeghanMarkleWeddingMakeupIsSimpleEnoughtoWearEveryDayNR201805" target="_blank"></a>, $38</p><h2>Lip color: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1526732145&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=chapstick" target="_blank">ChapStick</a></h2><p>Yes, really, Meghan loves to keep her beauty look simple. As she noted to <em>Allure</em>, “I call it the five-minute face. It's just Touche Éclat, curled lashes, mascara, <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1526732145&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=chapstick" target="_blank">ChapStick</a>, and a little bit of blush. "</p><p>To buy: <a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1526732145&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=chapstick" target="_blank"></a>, $3</p>
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Kate Middleton Recycled the Perfect Outfit for the Royal Wedding

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:49
<p>On Saturday, all eyes may have been on <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle</a>, but for one split second Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, stole the show.</p><p>Middleton made her first public appearance since she gave birth to her third child, Prince Louis, on April 23. Yes, that means Middleton showed up to her brother-in-law’s wedding looking like a million bucks less than a month after giving birth.</p><p>At the wedding, Middleton wore a light yellow coat dress by <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Alexander McQueen</a> (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">here's a similar one</a> you can actually buy now) and matching hat by Philip Treacy. She finished the outfit off with a pair of <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";origin=keywordsearch&amp;keyword=jimmy+choo+shoes" target="_blank">Jimmy Choo shoes</a>.</p><p>The outfit was certainly stunning, but if it felt familiar that’s because it is. As <em>Wall Street Journal </em>fashion reporter Elizabeth Holmes noted on Twitter, Middleton has been seen in this exact outfit not once, but twice before.</p><p>“Kate wearing a dress she has worn TWICE before. Charlotte's christening and the Queen's birthday,” Holmes tweeted.<a href=""> </a>“Truly the nicest gesture she could show her now sister-in-law. Absolutely nothing to see here! Focus on the bride!”</p><img alt="Catherine Duchess of Cambridge "src=""><p>According to <em><a href="">People</a></em>, Middleton arrived alongside her two older children, <a href="" target="_blank">Prince George and Princess Charlotte</a>, who also each served as a page boy and bridesmaid respectively in the wedding. Middleton then took her seat next to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during the ceremony at the front of the church.</p><p>She’ll simply have to wait to sit next to her husband Prince William as he was a bit busy playing best man to his brother Prince Harry. Though, something tells us Middleton is feeling absolutely fine about being able to attend a royal wedding without having to do a thing.</p>
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Meghan Markle Put Her Own Twist on the Queen's Crown Jewels

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:58
<p>Meghan Markle finally had <a href="" target="_blank">her princess moment</a>, and a tiara to match.</p><img alt="Meghan Markle Arrives At Windsor Castle Ahead Of Her Wedding To Prince Harry "src=""><p>On Saturday, Meghan walked down the aisle to marry her prince charming, Prince Harry. It was then that the world not only got its first glimpse of <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan in her wedding dress</a>, but also its first glimpse of the new royal in some borrowed Crown Jewels.</p><p>For the big day, the Queen lent Meghan the bandeau tiara, a piece that has grand significance in the royal family.</p><p>“The veil is held in place by Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the entire brooch dating from 1893,” Kensington shared in a tweet.</p><p>Prior to Meghan and Harry’s wedding the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara had been seen with a sapphire as the center stone, but it appears Meghan chose to swap it out for a gigantic diamond for her big day.</p><p>The Art Deco design truly shined thanks to Meghan’s choice to wear a simple, understated, yet elegant A-line gown by Givenchy. And really, isn’t this day about letting her newly royal side shine?</p>
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Anthony Bourdain Woke up Early to Hate on the Royal Wedding — See His 'Grumpy' Tweets

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:42
<p>While the rest of the world was busy joyously <a href="" target="_blank">celebrating the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle</a>, Anthony Bourdain was busy raining on all of our parades.</p><p>On Saturday morning, the famed chef and television host woke up early to tweet, “I’m all for love, but if you are attending the royal wedding, I kind of automatically don’t like you.”</p><p>Perhaps it’s because Bourdain ate something bad last night, or because he was mad at not being invited, but somehow we don’t truly believe he feels this way about the royal wedding.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah Already Won the Royal Wedding so Everyone Can Go Home Now (Video)</a></p><p>After all, why would he wake up like the rest of us to watch Harry and Meghan say their vows?</p><p>Bourdain’s first tweet garnered thousands of comments and replies, with most of his fans calling him out for being in a bad mood.</p><p>In a second tweet, Bourdain clarified by adding, “Yeah yeah yeah, I know. I’m a crank. But the word “royals” just ...will never go down easy. Only person I ever felt comfortable referring to as “Prince” came from Minneapolis.”</p><p>Fans appeared to like that response a bit better, with many agreeing that the only true royal was indeed the Artist Formerly Known as Prince.</p><p>So there you have it, Anthony Bourdain, man of the people, may say he doesn’t love the royal wedding, but we’d place bets he’s got his television tuned in just like the rest of us. Who knows, maybe their royal vows will make Bourdain shed one single, but very, very salty, tear.</p>
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See Meghan Markle's Stunning Wedding Dress From Every Angle

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:34
<p>On Saturday, <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle walked down the aisle</a> to marry her fiancé, Prince Harry.</p><p>In front of <a href="" target="_blank">hundreds of her friends and family</a>, along with millions around the globe, Meghan stepped out of her hotel and into a Rolls Royce next to her mother Doria in her custom-made wedding gown.</p><p>It was then that people got their first glimpse of Meghan in her long, white veil covering her pulled back and thoroughly regal hair, and the Queen’s diamond bandeau tiara adorning the top of her now-royal head. And it was then that the world got just a hint of her bateau neckline gown created by Givenchy.</p><p>“Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy,” Kensington Palace shared in a tweet.</p><p>Following her short drive from the hotel to Windsor Castle, Meghan stepped out of the car looking every bit the royal in her long-sleeved, A-line, silk gown. Her veil, which trailed for several feet behind the stunning bride, also came complete with a delicate lace detail.</p><p>According to Kensington Palace, Meghan thought it was important to have all “53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.”</p><p>In a <a href="">statement</a>, the palace noted that Meghan first met Keller in early 2018. Meghan chose the designer for “her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour. Ms. Markle also wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy.”</p><img alt="US actress Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. "src=""><img alt="US actress Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. "src=""><p>Meghan reportedly worked very closely with the designer for the look of her dress, and truly, the love and effort put into the gown shows.</p>
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23 Sites to Help You Find the Best Deals on Flights, Hotels, and More

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:31
<p>Let's face it: <a href="" target="_blank">traveling can get expensive</a>.</p><p>When you factor in flights, hotels, transportation, food, and activities, planning a trip can become <a href="" target="_blank">overwhelming and stressful</a>. That's why we've put together a comprehensive guide to all the major travel deal sites for plane tickets, hotels and home rentals, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages. Whether you're searching for the cheapest ticket to Iceland or an affordable hotel near the beach, this list will help you through every stage of the planning process.</p><h2>Flight Deals</h2><p>Don't forget to track your flights.</p><h3>Airfarewatchdog</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Airfarewatchdog</a> has a team of people dedicated to personally selecting the best fares out of thousands of routes every day. Although the interface is not particularly intuitive and will take you to online travel agencies (OTAs) like Expedia and Priceline when it's time to book, it's worth learning how to navigate the site to get these deals. You can look up tickets on your specific travel dates and destination if you already have a trip in mind — but if you're feeling extra spontaneous, you can find the day's top deals to anywhere in the world, or you can look up the cheapest flights from your nearest airport for the weeks and months ahead.</p><h3>Google Flights</h3><p>If you need to escape — and you’re not picky about where to — you can count on <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a> to help you select the most affordable ticket out of town. All you have to do is select your dates at the top of the page, click the map, and Google will show you how much it costs to fly to different cities around the world.</p><p>If you do have a particular destination in mind, Google not only offers you the best prices for your selected dates, it also suggests other days you can fly for cheaper — a great option for those who are flexible with timing.</p><h3>Hipmunk</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hipmunk</a> compares prices for plane and Amtrak tickets to wherever you’re heading. The site is simple to navigate: choose your destination and dates and Hipmunk will pull up all available flights (and train tickets), which you can then sort by price, duration, departure and arrival times, and agony (i.e. the number of connections you’d have to make, the expense, and how long it takes to get to your final destination). You can also filter for your preferred airline, airport, and fare class to help narrow down your search.</p><p>The site also gives you the option to book your hotel, rental car, or a vacation package based on your budget and travel needs.</p><h3>Hopper</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hopper</a> is an airfare forecasting app that analyzes historical data from trillions of flights and predicts the best dates to book for the most cost-effective trip. When you enter the details of your trip, Hopper will either suggest that you wait for prices to drop before buying your ticket, or it will tell you to go ahead and book. If you decide to wait, you can set up a price alert and Hopper will notify you when prices drop or start to rise.</p><h3>Kayak</h3><p>Although it doesn't track Amtrak prices like Hipmunk, <a href="" target="_blank">Kayak</a> is a fare aggregator that pulls together the best deals on flights, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages. When you search for plane tickets, Kayak allows you to filter your preferences down to the tiniest detail, giving you the most comfortable and convenient flight possible. Not only can you specify which airline, airport, and fare class you prefer, you can also filter for short flights, short (and long) layovers, red-eyes, flights with Wi-Fi, and even the type of aircraft you’ll be taking off in.</p><p>While you're there, you can also book your hotel, rent a car, buy a vacation package, and reserve your spot at nearby restaurants.</p><h3>Momondo</h3><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Momondo</a> helps you compare flights between different airlines and booking sites. You can search for flights by price, speed, and a combination of the two, adequately labeled "best." To find a flight most suited to you, you may also opt to filter for cabin, departure and arrival times, flight quality (e.g. red-eyes and layovers), airports, and airlines. There is also a price graph at the top of the page to give you a visual representation of the cheapest dates to fly if you're flexible.</p><h3>Priceline</h3><p>This OTA compares deals on hotels, car rentals, flights, vacation packages, and cruises. Whether you're searching for plane tickets or a car to rent for a weekend getaway, <a href="" target="_blank">Priceline</a> doesn't give you the option to be too picky about your preferences — but its simple interface makes finding the cheapest ticket as easy as possible.</p><h3>Skyscanner</h3><p>After you enter your destination, departure and return dates, and cabin class on the main page, <a href="" target="_blank">Skyscanner</a> will pull up a list of the best flight deals. In addition to filtering for number of stops, departure times, and airlines, you can also sort flights by price, flight duration, and "best," a handy combination of price and speed. And if you're having trouble deciding where to go, search for flights to "Everywhere" to find the lowest ticket prices to anywhere in the world. You can also search for hotels and car rentals while you're booking your tickets.</p><h3>Yapta</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Yapta</a> has partnered with Skyscanner, so you'll find a lot of similarities between the two sites. However, Yapta is just for booking flights. Once you log into the site, enter your destination city and travel dates, and Yapta will send you the best deals. You can then filter for price, times, airlines, and duration, and sort the flights to see your cheapest options first. As a bonus, if you've already purchased your ticket from <a href="" target="_blank">these major airlines</a>, make sure to send Yapta your flight details. If ticket prices fall below what you've already paid, Yapta will notify and you and you can get a refund.</p><h2>Hotels, Hostels, and Home Rentals</h2><h3>Airbnb</h3><p>Since launching in 2008, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> has become the go-to resource for renting a house, apartment, or room while on vacation. Pick your destination, dates, and number of guests who will be joining you, and Airbnb will offer a selection of homes to stay in. Airbnb allows you to filter your search by price, neighborhood, house rules (e.g. the space is pet-friendly), amenities, and property type (e.g. house, bed and breakfast, yurt, trailor, etc.), and to rent an entire home or book a private room.</p><p>Through Airbnb, you also have the option now to book experiences and restaurants for your trip. From surfing classes in Venice Beach to wine and cheese tastings in Paris, Airbnb is becoming the one-stop shop for all your travel needs.</p><h3></h3><p>Much like Hipmunk and Kayak, you can use <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> to book flights and car rentals, but it's also great for snagging hotel deals. Among the many filtering options, this site allows you to search for hotels based on property rating (e.g. 5 star), price, review score, neighborhood, and distance from downtown. You can also filter for landmarks so you can choose a hotel within a certain radius of all your must-sees.</p><h3>HomeAway</h3><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">HomeAway</a> is similar to Airbnb: enter your destination city and dates, and HomeAway will offer a number of houses, apartments, and studios you can choose to stay in. Unlike Airbnb, however, most of the homes on the site are not shared house listings, so you can easily find a place all for yourself. The filters also give you even more options to choose from in terms of property type and location (think a chalet in the mountains or a houseboat on the canal). HomeAway also has a filter for nearby activities; whether you're into scuba diving or museums, the site will help you find a place close to the action.</p><h3></h3><p>Hostels are your best bet if you're traveling solo: not only do they give you the opportunity to meet fellow travelers and backpackers, you can also save money by booking a single bed in a dorm. On <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, you can search for hostels in your destination city by price, rating, and distance from the city center. If the idea of sharing a room with a bunch of strangers makes you uncomfortable, you can also narrow down your search by looking at hostels with individual rooms for couples, groups of friends, and solo travelers. And if you're still not sold on hostels, you can also search for bed and breakfasts, apartments, campsites, and even hotels on the site.</p><h3>Hostelworld</h3><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hostelworld</a>, like, helps you find the best hostels, bed and breakfasts, hotels, apartments, and campsites in whichever city you're visiting. Once you enter your destination and check-in and check-out dates, you can sort your options by price, rating, and distance from the city center. You can also filter your search by the type of room you'd like to stay in (e.g. an individual room with a single bed, a female dorm room), payment options (e.g. credit card, Paypal), and facilities (e.g. free breakfast, luggage storage, 24 hour security).</p><h3>Jetsetter</h3><p>If you have five-star taste on a three-star budget, you can find great deals on luxury hotels on <a href="" target="_blank">Jetsetter</a>. Just search for hotels in your destination and Jetsetter will pull up the best discounts, which you can then book on travel aggregator sites like You can filter by neighborhood and the coolest amenities (like spas, golf courses, babysitting services), as well as by three <a href="" target="_blank">glamorous collections</a>: Royal, Posh, and Brilliant. If you're flexible on the destination, Jetsetter also offers exclusive deals on luxury hotels at up to 40% off; to score these deals, sign up for a free membership <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><h3>VRBO</h3><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">VRBO</a> is owned by the same company as HomeAway, and other than the web design, you won't find any difference between the two. Enter your destination city, dates, and number of guests, and VRBO will offer you a selection of available homes to rent. From bungalows and cottages to yachts and villas, you can filter your search to find a place suitable to you, whether your travels take you to the beach or the city.</p><h2>Car Rentals</h2><h3>Expedia</h3><p>Whether you're renting a car for a week-long visit to a far-off destination or you're road tripping from one end of the country to the other, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Expedia</a> will round up the best deals on cars from different rental car companies. Enter your pick-up location (and drop-off, if applicable) and dates, and Expedia will send you a selection of cars to choose. Filter cars by car type (e.g. economy, SUV, sports car), price, and specifications (e.g. air conditioning, automatic transmission), and if you'd rather not have to go all the way to the airport to get your car, you can also select which neighborhoods you'd prefer to get the car from.</p><p>Expedia also provides deals on flights, hotels, cruises, vacation rentals, things to do, and packages — so you can finalize the details of the rest of your trip here as well.</p><h3>Orbitz</h3><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Orbitz</a> is owned by global travel company Expedia Group, so it shares many similarities to Expedia. You can find everything you need to plan a trip on the site: hotels, flights, vacation rentals, cruises, activities, and vacation packages. Head to the Cars section to find the best deal for your day trip outside the city or road trip down the coast.</p><h3>Travelocity</h3><p>Expedia Group also owns <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Travelocity</a>, so this OTA is a lot like Expedia and Orbitz. You can book your hotel, car rental, flights, cruise, and activities here, but the vacation packages are not to be missed. Travelocity will save you lots of money when you book your flight and hotel at the same time, and even more if you need a car rental.</p><h2>Cruises</h2><h3>Cruise Compete</h3><p>If you're anxious to escape town and go on a cruise, <a href="" target="_blank">Cruise Compete</a> will help you do that at an affordable price. Select your destination, the month you're planning to travel, cruise length, and cruise line, and Cruise Compete will work with more than 500 travel agencies to send you quotes on different cruises that match your preferences.</p><h2>Activities</h2><h3>Travelzoo</h3><p>Every week, <a href="" target="_blank">Travelzoo</a> searches over 2,000 companies to offer up the top 20 vacation packages around the world. If you're looking for something more specific, Travelzoo also organizes their vacation packages by trip type, including Beach, Family Friendly, Sports &amp; Adventure, Luxury, and European. The travel site also offers great deals on cruises, city-specific attractions and entertainment, and holiday weekend getaways.</p><h3>TripAdvisor</h3><p>You can book hotels, vacation rentals, flights, and restaurants on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a>, but the travel aggregator also sells sightseeing tickets and passes, day trips and excursions, and tours. As you plan your trip, look up the city's top attractions to hit the must-see spots favored by travelers around the world, or filter for specific types of attractions — Nature &amp; Parks, Sights &amp; Landmarks, Museums — to experience the city the way you want. Filter options vary by section, so if you're researching tours, you can narrow your search even further by filtering for tour type (e.g. balloon tour, cultural tour), price range, and popular attractions; but if you're hoping to take in nature on your trip, you can filter for hiking trails, state parks, beaches, gardens, and more. </p><h3></h3><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a> is owned by TripAdvisor, so it is similar in many ways, but the biggest difference is that you can only book tours and activities on the site — and over 60,000 of these attractions have been handpicked and pre-vetted to make sure you have the best possible experience. Those who don't have a particular destination in mind can head to the Deals &amp; Discounts section at the bottom of the main page; there you'll find a number of cities offering major deals on their top attractions and tours. However, if you've already got your plane tickets to San Francisco or Florence booked, look up the city on the main page's search bar. You can then filter for Deals &amp; Discounts and low-cost options in the Price Range sections on the left side of the page, and/or sort your options by price. also allows you to filter the attractions by activity duration and categories, such as shopping, day trips, theme parks, and walking tours.</p>
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Oprah Already Won the Royal Wedding so Everyone Can Go Home Now (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:28
<p>Early Saturday morning, guests began to arrive at the <a href="" target="_blank">wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle</a>. And though all were very important people, it was a surprise to many that the Queen of the United States showed up so early.</p><p>Yes, Oprah Winfrey, the unofficial royal of America (or perhaps the world) indeed attended the royal wedding, because why not?</p><img alt="Oprah Winfrey at Royal Wedding "src=""><p>At the wedding, Oprah wore a light pink Stella McCartney dress with lace edge detailing and an oversized cream hat, with a smattering of gray feathers on top. She looked every part the perfect <a href="" target="_blank">royal wedding</a> guest with matching light pink heels to match.</p><p>Though, according to her best friend Gayle King, Oprah almost caused an uproar by wearing white to the wedding.</p><p>Winfrey "had a little bit of a wedding emergency yesterday," King shared on CBS This Morning. She explained Oprah took her first look at her ensemble put together by another designer and realized it was rather white. So, Winfrey quickly changed designers and wore an outfit "whipped together" by designer Stella McCartney. Must be nice to have designers on speed dial, right?</p><p>According to <em><a href="">USA Today</a></em>, Oprah arrived along with Idris Elba and his fiancée, Sabrina Dhowre. No word yet on which side of the aisle, the bride’s or the groom’s, Oprah will sit on.</p>
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What to Do (and Wear) in Jamaica’s Coolest Beach Town

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:02
<p>Negril — a laid-back Jamaican coastal town — has everything you'd want from an idyllic island getaway.</p><p>There are long stretches of sandy beach lined with restaurants, bars, and vibrant street vendors; cliffside hotels and restaurants overlooking glittering Caribbean waters; and, of course, Bob Marley’s greatest hits playing around every corner. Whether you’re looking for a weekend of romance or partying, Negril can offer both.</p><p>Below, we round up the best things to do and what to wear for a perfect weekend in Jamaica’s coolest beach town.</p><h2>A Day of Swimming and Lounging</h2><img alt="what to wear jamaica "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em></p><p>Onia swimsuit, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195<br />Loup Charmant skirt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $295<br />Gimaguas necklace, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $39<br />Le Specs sunglasses, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $70<br />Mila Moursi sunscreen, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $148<br />Roxanne Assoulin black and white bracelet, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $85<br />Roxanne Assoulin gold bracelet, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $75<br />Kayu bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140<br />Ancient Greek sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $245</p><p>With its thatched-roof cottages with wraparound terraces perched atop rocky cliffs, <a href="" target="_blank">Rockhouse Hotel</a> looks like a Caribbean playground. Emily Ratajkowski recently paid a visit with her husband, and T+L readers voted it <a href="" target="_blank">the best hotel in Jamaica</a> in our 2017 World's Best Awards. That said, there’s no better day in Negril than one spent lounging outside of your cliffside bungalow, diving into the glittering waters beneath you.</p><p>Hungry? Head to the hotel’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Pushcart Restaurant &amp; Rum Bar</a> and enjoy the live reggae music and a traditional Jamaican menu. Another worthy stay is at Rockhouse Hotel’s newly opened sister property, <a href="" target="_blank">Skylark Negril Beach Resort</a>. The Skylark is a breezy, beachfront hotel with New York–favorite restaurant <a href="" target="_blank">Miss Lily’s</a> set to open on the property in June.</p><h2>A Night Out</h2><img alt="what to wear jamaica "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em></p><p>Elder Statesman cardigan, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $1,615<br />HVN dress, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $545<br />Hunza G swimsuit, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $165<br />Beck Jewels, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $195 <b> </b><br />Nannacay bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $263<br />Kodak disposable camera, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $12<br />By Far sandals, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $397</p><p>Head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Rick’s Café</a> for an entertaining dinner as you watch people cliff dive against the backdrop of one of the best sunset views in Negril. <a href="" target="_blank">Ivan’s Bar &amp; Restaurant</a>, another dinner spot, is popular among couples for its romantic, clifftop setting. If you’re looking to party, the <a href="" target="_blank">Jungle Night Club</a> is known as one of the best clubs in Negril.</p><h2>A Day of Shopping at Seven Mile Beach</h2><img alt="what to wear jamaica "src=""><p><em>(clockwise from top left)</em></p><p>Ganni banana T-shirt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $80<br />Maryam Nassir Zadeh necklace, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $495<br />Saint Laurent sunglasses, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $340<br />Galamaar swimsuit, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $279<br />Rejina Pyo bag, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $560<br />Ouai Sun of a Beach hair lightening spray, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $24<br />Isabel Marant skirt, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $580<br />Cornetti sandals, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $250</p><p>Head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Seven Mile Beach</a> for a day of shopping the local seafront shops and shacks that line Negril’s most famous sandy stretch. (Insider tip: remember to bargain!) Once you’re shopped out, head to <a href="" target="_blank">Bourbon Beach</a> for some live reggae and then to <a href="" target="_blank">Alfred’s</a> for a local catch lunch.</p>
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This Is Why the Queen Dresses in Bright Colors

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 10:02
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Queen Elizabeth</a> knows exactly what it takes to be the center of attention at all times: a supremely bright outfit.</p><p>According to an interview with Her Majesty's daughter-in-law Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, the Queen’s deep and unabating lifelong obsession with brightly colored clothing (always paired with a matching hat) isn’t just because she loves the look, but rather because she knows it’s key to always stand out for her fans.</p><p>"She needs to stand out for people to be able to say 'I saw the Queen,'" Sophie revealed as part of the Smithsonian Channel documentary "<a href="" target="_blank">The Queen at 90.</a>" "Don't forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, 10, 15 deep, and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the Queen's hat as she went past."</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Queen Elizabeth Has Been Traveling With This Luggage Since Her Honeymoon in 1947</a></p><p>And really, this choice of bright clothing comes down to a wardrobe theory beloved by most women in leadership roles: <a href="" target="_blank">confidence dressing</a>, which can help you command a room, a palace, or in the Queen’s case, an entire nation, with the simple choice to rock an outfit that makes you look unique.</p><p>“The queen has always been aware that she needs to stand out from the crowd, and it is for this reason that millinery has always played an important role in her wardrobe,” Caroline de Guitaut, the curator at the Royal Collection Trust, told <em><a href="" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>.</em></p><p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19 was no exception — while <a href="" target="_blank">Kate Middleton wore understated cream</a>, the Queen made a stand-out statement in bright green.</p><img alt="Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle "src=""><p>And truly, nothing the Queen puts on happens by accident. According to couture designer Karl-Ludwig Rehse, who started creating outfits for the Queen in 1988, her outfits are planned weeks, possibly months in advance.</p><p>“It's not the case that the queen is going somewhere next week and thinks, 'What am I going to wear?' Sometimes it is six months, 12 months or longer,” he told <a href="" target="_blank">CNN.</a></p><p>Moreover, the Queen doesn’t simply leave her outfits up to designers or staff. According to Rehse, she’s quite hands on with her fashion choices.</p><p>"I do get a lot of input from the queen," Rehse added. "The pressure is there but I take great joy out of it and it's very rewarding to see Her Majesty wearing my clothes in public.”</p><p>So next time you see Queen Elizabeth at an event make sure to thank her for putting a lot of thought behind her outfits. She is, after all, doing it for your benefit.</p>
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A Former Model and Her 7-year-old Son Are Dead After Apparently Jumping From Their NYC Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 17:19
<p>A 46-year-old woman identified by police as former <em>Playboy </em>model Stephanie Nicolai and her seven-year-old son are dead after apparently jumping out of a <a href="" target="_blank">midtown New York City</a> hotel.</p><p>They were pronounced dead at the scene around 8:30 a.m. Friday. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Witnesses told <em>NBC New York</em></a> that Nicolai jumped but it is unclear if she was holding her son or if he jumped of his own accord. Police believe the fatal jump took place around 8:12 a.m. </p><p>Law enforcement sources told <a href="" target="_blank"><em>NBC New York</em></a> that Nicolai, who posed in 1992 under the name Stephanie Adams, was involved in a custody battle with her husband. </p><p>Nicolai and her son had checked into the Gotham Hotel around 11 a.m. on Thursday morning. A hotel employee said they were staying in <a href="" target="_blank">the 25th floor penthouse</a>. Their bodies were found on the second floor balcony of the hotel Friday morning.</p><p>"It's crazy. I don't know what to say. Nothing (like this) has ever happened here," Ilir Krsniqi, a waiter at the hotel, <a href="" target="_blank">told the <em>New York Daily News</em></a>. Krsniqi said he was sent home shortly after his shift started and that the restaurant will be closed for the remainder of the day.</p><p>The Gotham Hotel is a boutique hotel in midtown Manhattan with 67 rooms.</p><p>A police investigation is ongoing.</p><p>Nearby streets (East 46th St. and Fifth Avenue) have been closed while police investigate.</p>
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Disney World Just Made It Much Easier to Find Alcohol at Magic Kingdom

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 16:58
<p>Yes, <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World</a> was already the Happiest Place on Earth, but the Magic Kingdom's latest announcement somehow just made it even happier — at least for adults.</p><p>On Saturday, <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World announced</a> that three restaurants inside the Magic Kingdom will now be offering alcoholic beverages to guests 21 and over, meaning you can now drink at all sit-down restaurants in the park.</p><p>“Magic Kingdom Park guests ages 21 and over can now enjoy libations such as wine and beer at <a href="" target="_blank">The Plaza Restaurant</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">The Crystal Palace</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">The Diamond Horseshoe</a>,” the park said in a statement. </p><p>Disney added that the new drink offerings will be specially selected for each restaurant’s unique menu.</p><p>For example, The Plaza Restaurant will offer a selection of American beer and wine including “beverages such as a regional craft India Pale Ale which goes wonderfully with the Angus Chuck Cheeseburger.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The 30 Best Drinks You Can Have at Disney World</a></p><p>Meanwhile, The Crystal Palace will offer guests a selection of sparkling wine mimosas with breakfast, and wines such as “Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to pair selections such as pasta or shrimp from the lunch and dinner buffets.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Bars at Disney World</a></p><p>And finally, at The Diamond Horseshoe guests can dig into “frontier food favorites with classic American beers and wines like a traditional lager style beer or a robust Pinot Noir, which pair well with the plentiful platter of BBQ pulled pork, sliced turkey, country smoked sausage, or braised beef.”</p><p>This news is a major change for Disney. As <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em> reported, the park had a strict no-alcohol policy dating back to its opening in 1971. And though guests can now sit back and sip on some adult beverages in Florida, they can’t in California as the no alcohol rule remains in place at Disneyland. Though, to be fair, adults can drink just across the street at its sister park, Disney California Adventure.</p><p>Still, maybe keep it to a one drink maximum before hopping on any roller coasters or stepping into a spinning teacup.</p>
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Puerto Rico Just Opened Its First New Hotel Since the Hurricanes

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 16:03
<p>It’s been five months since the Puerto Rico Tourism Company declared the island open for business after last summer’s storms. Now, more than 100 flights land daily at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport; Uber vehicles zip across the capital; and major cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean International and Silversea, have returned to the port of San Juan. More than 140 hotels have reopened, as well as 4,000 restaurants – including San Juan favorite <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">José Enriqué</a>, where a two-hour wait for a table isn’t uncommon. But perhaps the biggest sign of the capital’s bounce-back is the debut of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Serafina Beach Hotel</a>, the first new resort to open here since Hurricane Maria.</p><p>On Ashford Avenue, in San Juan’s Condado neighborhood, the 96-room boutique is the first hospitality project from Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato’s Serafina Restaurant Group, which operates restaurants all over the world, but is probably best-known stateside for their string of New York City restaurants. Three years ago, the partners opened Serafina restaurant’s first Caribbean outpost at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">La Concha Renaissance Resort</a>, also in Condado. And when they were presented with the opportunity to set up shop inside the former San Juan Beach Hotel – one of the first beachfront hotels on the strip – they jumped at the chance.</p><p>“Puerto Rico is such a fantastic destination: there are so many flights from New York, it’s inexpensive to get here, you’re in the center of the Caribbean, and its 85 degrees year-round,” says Assaf, sipping a flute of the company’s private-label rosé in a poolside cabana. “For the last 10 years, it’s been our dream to open a hotel. This one took three years and $30 million to create. It’s about casual elegance, fun, and excitement. The idea behind the hotel is the same as Serafina restaurant’s motto: ‘Welcome home.’”</p><img alt="Serafina Hotel "src=""><p>The welcoming energy can be felt the minute you arrive at the hotel, which is one of few on the Avenida that offers a tantalizing view of the sea. Referencing the resort’s position between the crashing Atlantic and tranquil Condado Lagoon, the lobby is washed in soothing tones of blue and green, crowned with a cluster of pendant lamps suspended from the vaulted ceiling like a smack of multicolored jellyfish.</p><p>The aquatic theme continues in the rooms, where “surf lodge sleek” décor features soothing sandy tones punctuated with pops of seafoam and witty touches such as wall-mounted towel rail that mimics a pool ladder. The best rooms are the Ocean Terrace suites, each with a broad balcony overlooking the surf and the 50-foot oceanfront infinity pool.</p><p>On weekends, the pool deck is a hot spot for stylish <i>Sanjuañeros</i>, who lounge in $1,000 a day cabanas and dance to tunes spun by a DJ flown in from St. Barths. It’s the Caribbean with a Calvin Harris soundtrack—a bikinis-and-bottle service scene that is strictly for adults.</p><img alt="Serafina Hotel "src=""><p>Fans of the restaurant chain might be disappointed to learn that the eatery here isn't a Serafina (for that you’ll need to walk a few block up Ashford to La Concha). But the hotel's seafood-centere concept, aMare—which serves breakfast and lunch and is swiftly becoming one of the city’s hottest tables for dinner— is sure to satisfy. Your order: tuna sashimi tart and a so-fresh-it-almost-quivers octopus salad. </p><p>The lobby PiñaCo Bar and aMare shake up some of the finest cocktails we’ve ever enjoyed in the Caribbean. The signature Caribeño is a deconstructed piña colada (Puerto Rico’s national cocktail, invented here in the 1950s) made with local rum, washed with hand-pressed coconut oil, miso syrup and dehydrated pineapple, and garnished with a pair of pineapple stalks. It’s a thoroughly modern reinterpretation of a classic – and in that respect, an emblem of the hotel itself.</p>
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Meghan Markle Will Walk Down the Aisle Alone — and Then Be Joined by a Special Member of the Royal Family

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 14:53
<p>It’s official: Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle this Saturday for <a href="" target="_blank">her wedding to Prince Harry</a>.</p><p>It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for Meghan and her family. In the beginning of May, Kensington Palace announced that Meghan’s father, <a href="" target="_blank">Thomas Markle</a>, would fly to London to be a part of his daughter’s wedding day and would be walking her down the aisle himself. However, after suffering a heart attack, Thomas backed out if his wedding duties.</p><p>“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health,” Meghan said <a href="" target="_blank">via a statement released by Kensington Palace</a>. “I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”</p><p>Since Thomas officially stated he would not attend the wedding many wondered who would step in to fill that role. And though most thought Meghan’s mother Doria would step in, on Friday, just one day before the wedding, it was announced that Prince Charles, Meghan’s future father-in-law, would instead do the job.</p><p>"Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George's Chapel on her Wedding Day," Kensington Palace said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>. "The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”</p><p>However, it’s key to note that Charles will not be giving Meghan away, nor will he be by her side during her entire walk down the aisle at St George’s chapel. Instead, <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a></em> explained, Meghan will enter the chapel alone, <a href="" target="_blank">alongside her tiny bridesmaids</a>, do a bit of the walk alone, and be met by Charles, who will then stand back as she approaches Prince Harry.</p><p>Meghan’s mother Doria will still be a big part of her daughter’s day and will be <a href="" target="_blank">spending the evening with her tonight</a> at a hotel outside Windsor before accompanying her in the car to the chapel tomorrow morning.</p>
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