The Northeast May See Its First Snowfall of the Year This Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 09:32
<p>All "Game of Thrones"<em> </em>puns aside, colder, potentially dangerous weather really is heading to the region. According to <a href="" target="_blank">AccuWeather</a>, a wave of cold air is heading to the midwestern and northeastern United States. Along with the drop in temperature, the front could also bring in damaging winds, rain and snow showers over the weekend.</p><p>"Frosty air is also likely to dip into the southern Appalachians and Piedmont areas," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait, shared in a post. AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson added, “After a brief moderation in temperatures on Friday, a reinforcing shot of colder air will be coming into the Northeast this weekend.”</p><p>This means that temperatures over the weekend will be the coldest the region has seen this year.</p><p>“This next cold front means business,” AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams noted.</p><p>The high daily temperatures will be a good 10 to 15 degrees colder than normal, AccuWeather reported. High's will max out in 40s across the Great Lakes and interior Northeast and 50s near the coast. Thanks to potentially gusty winds, temperatures may feel at least 10 degrees colder.</p><p>The North won’t be alone in feeling the chill for long. According to <a href="" target="_blank">The Weather Channel</a>, temperatures in Tennessee, North Georgia and northern South Carolina will hit the low 30s by Monday. Most of the South will also see temperatures drop somewhere in the 40s and 50s. These lower than average temperatures, The Weather Channel reported, will likely last through the end of October.</p><p>If you want to escape the cold for a few days, there are still two places in the U.S. experiencing warmer temperatures: Florida and Southern California. This weekend, <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> has a 70 percent chance of experiencing warmer than average temperatures, according to The Weather Channel. <a href="" target="_blank">Southern Florida</a> has at least a 50 percent chance of warmer temperatures.</p><p>Of course, if you really want to get away, you should probably head to one of the <a href="" target="_blank">15 best tropical islands</a> instead.</p>
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Japan’s Famed Cherry Blossoms Are Already Blooming — 6 Months Ahead of Schedule

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 09:00
<p>After typhoons and irregular weather, some of Japan's famed cherry trees are already blossoming — months ahead of schedule.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Cherry blossoms</a> typically begin to bud at the start of spring but earlier this month <a href="" target="_blank">Japan’s <em>Weather News</em> reported that</a> more than 350 yoshino cherry trees have already begun to bloom.</p><p>Local meteorologists are blaming the early blooms on salt damage caused by typhoons throughout the summer. Following the storms, warmer-than-usual temperatures also aided the trees’ early flower eruption, <a href="" target="_blank">reports CNN</a>. </p><p>Yoshino cherry trees typically develop their buds during the summer but a hormone, released by the trees’ leaves, inhibits their growth until the spring. Due to the typhoons’ strong winds and salt water, the leaves have fallen off the trees, cutting off the hormone supply.<br /><br />While some cherry blossoms may bloom as early as January, most don’t start to appear until March. This year will likely be very different, though. The <a href="" target="_blank">Japan National Tourism Organization consistently updates a list of predictions</a> as to when the blooms will appear but it has not yet released data for 2019.</p>
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Meghan Markle Somehow Found Time to Bake Banana Bread on Her Royal Tour (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 07:44
<p>Meghan Markle just solidified her place as everyone’s favorite duchess thanks to her apparently very tasty baking skills.</p><p>Somehow, the Duchess of Sussex found time in the midst of her <a href="" target="_blank">busy touring schedule in Australia</a> to head to the kitchen to bake. There, she whipped up homemade banana bread that she brought with her to a picnic meeting with a local farming family in Dubbo, Australia.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Business Insider</a>,</em> Meghan, alongside her husband Prince Harry, went to visit the Mountain View Farm run by the Woodley family, located about five hours outside of Sydney. The couple learned about how the Woodleys and other farming families are coping with the drought.</p><p>For their time together, the couple joined the family for tea and a picnic, which is when the Duchess presented her banana bread to the crowd. According to Benita Woodley, “She said if you go to someone's house you always bring something, so she did.”</p><p>Woodley noted that Meghan "...was worried about the bananas, that she'd put too many bananas in it. But the Duke said there's never too many bananas."</p><p>According to Rebecca English, the <em>Daily Mail's</em> royal correspondent and person lucky enough to taste Meghan’s bread, it came with chocolate chips and a bit of ginger, and tasted "rather nice."</p><p>Beyond the bread, the couple also gifted the family a canister of Fortnum &amp; Mason tea (they brought the <a href=";sku=5444935&amp;cm_ven=PLA&amp;cm_cat=Google&amp;cm_pla=Food%20%3E%20Tea&amp;cm_ite=5444935&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsprC2uqN3gIVhONkCh3CFQcrEAQYASABEgKg8vD_BwE" target="_blank">Royal Blend</a> in case you were wondering).</p><p>As for how the mom-to-be is doing with all this travel, Meghan told <a href="" target="_blank">reporters</a> she’s “running on adrenaline” and feeling “a bit tired.” But, being the professional she is, she added she’s doing “pretty well so far.” Hopefully, a bit of sugar from the banana bread will help.</p>
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How You and 19 of Your Closest Friends Could Get Your Own Ski Mountain for a Day

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 06:34
<p>Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have an entire ski resort all to yourself? This winter, you can.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">VRBO</a> is partnering with <a href="" target="_blank">Eagle Point Resort</a> in Beaver, Utah, to offer one lucky winnter and up to 19 of their friends a full day of skiing with the mountain all to themselves.</p><p>From October 18 to November 17, you can enter the <a href="" target="_blank">Win the Winter Mountain Sweepstakes</a> to get your own mountain for a day, along with private ski instruction, a $5,000 travel stipend, and a three-night stay in the <a href="" target="_blank">Knotty Bear Cabin</a>, a gorgeous 3,600-square-foot home with comfy beds, a wrap-around porch, a pool table, ping pong table, foosball, an outdoor hot tub, and an incredible view of the mountains.</p><p>“We reserve days throughout the season for groups seeking the ultimate ski or snowboard experience, where their dream will come true in literally having the entire resort all to themselves,” Shane Gadbaw, owner and CEO of Eagle Point Resort, said in a statement. “The trails, the lodges, the lifts and hopefully tons of powder, too.”</p><p>If you’re not lucky enough to win, VRBO also has 20 mountain properties as part of its new <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Winter Travel Collection</a>.</p><p>The properties — scattered across California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and Tennessee — offer private home getaways in beautiful, mountain locations where you can enjoy fresh air and gorgeous views in the comfort of luxury homes with easy access to top ski resorts.</p>
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JetBlue, Southwest and Alaska Are All Having Sales — Here Are the Best Deals

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 17:54
<p>Travelers looking to book either a last-minute fall getaway or get a jump start on their 2019 vacation will find a slew of savings as three U.S. carriers are currently running sales.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest </a>are currently running flash sales, with domestic deals that start as low as $49 one-way and international flights that start at $99 one-way.</p><p>Those booking through JetBlue and Alaska Airlines will have to act fast, as the two-day sales are only available through Oct. 17.</p><p><a href=";cluid=66494630" target="_blank">JetBlue’s deals </a>are available for travel between Oct 12. and Dec. 15, with top savings including $49 one-way flights from Long Beach to San Francisco and $49 one-way flights from Charleston to Washington, D.C.</p><p>There are also $54 one-way flights between Long Beach and Las Vegas, $59 one-way flights from Boston to Atlanta, $64 one-way flights from New York to Washington, D.C., $69 one-way flights from Burlington to New York, $69 one-way flights from Richmond to Orlando, and $74 one-way flights from both Austin to Orlando and from Boston to New York.</p><p>Boston fliers can snag $99 one-way flights to Bermuda and $119 one-way flights to Mexico City, while top international deals also include $99 one-way flights from Fort Lauderdale to Havana, and $139 one-way flights from Orlando to Montego Bay.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Alaska’s top deals</a> include $49 one-way flights from San Francisco to both Los Angeles and Las Vegas, $49 one-way flights from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, $59 one-way flights from Seattle to Portland, $64 one-way flights from Los Angeles to Portland, and $99 one-way flights from Los Angeles to Dallas and from San Francisco to Chicago, Austin, and Baltimore.</p><p>There are also deals to several stops in Mexico, most of which take off from the west coast. Examples include $119 one-way flights from Los Angeles to Guadalajara, $149 one-way flights from Los Angeles to Ixtapa, $139 one-way flights from Los Angeles to Manzanillo, and $139 one-way flights from San Francisco to Los Cabos. </p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">You Can Now Text Alaska Airlines Agents for Your Customer Service Needs</a></strong></p><p>Alaska’s deals are available for travel between Nov. 6 and March 7, 2019.</p><p>Meanwhile, Southwest’s sale runs through Oct. 25, with deals available for travel between Oct. 30 and March 6 of 2019.</p><p>Top one-way deals include $49 flights from Las Vegas to San Francisco, $59 flights from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, $59 flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco, $59 flights from Nashville to Atlanta, and $69 flights from Portland to Los Angles and Burbank.</p><p>East coast fliers will also find one-way deals that include $82 flights from New York to Chicago, $99 flights from New York to Tampa, $99 flights from Boston to Houston, and $99 flights from Philadelphia to Tampa.</p>
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This Theft-proof, Waterproof Backpack Will Keep You Organized and Ready for Any Adventure (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:04
<p>If you’re on the hunt for the perfect travel bag to accompany you on an adventurous backpacking trip (or if you’re just looking for a reliable travel bag in general), then ladies and gents, we may have found The One — and we’ve got the specs to prove it.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The 19 Best Carry-on Backpacks for Your Next Trip</a></p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cotopaxi’s Allpa 35L Travel Pack</a> is a super-tough, ultra-convenient suitcase-backpack hybrid, combining the beloved organized interior of a suitcase and the weight-distributing silhouette of a backpack.</p><p>The bag is fully carry-on compatible, boasting a 35L capacity and quickly-accessible, cushioned zipper compartments to hide away your laptop or small essentials such as your passport. A rain cover keeps everything safe from unpredictable weather, and separate compartments keep things in order, so you don't have to waste valuable vacation time searching for your missing <a href="" target="_blank">sunglasses</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">camera</a>.</p><p>What’s more is the bag’s genius theft-proof webbing is sewn across all openings, so other travelers (or curious animals, for the <a href="" target="_blank">campers and hikers</a> out there) are nothing to worry about. You can watch the video above to see the backpack in action, and then head over to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> to shop it in four different colorways for $220.</p>
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16 Gift Cards Any Traveler Will Love

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 14:01
<p>The benefits of travel are impossible to wrap up in a gift — taking in the splendor of an impossibly beautiful view, touching down on a new continent, or having a life-changing conversation with a local who lives oceans away from you.</p><p>But if you want to encourage the budding jetsetter in your life or help your frequent-flier best friend add to that passport stamp collection, travel gift cards absolutely can be wrapped (or sent quickly via email when it’s down to the wire).</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Gift Ideas for Travelers</a></p><p>You can select gift cards that will make getting to and from destinations easier or enrich the experience on the ground. From language classes to a few nights at a hotel, there are a myriad of gift card options for travel lovers.</p><p>And, hey, if you have a birthday coming up yourself, don’t be shy. Forward this link to your friends and family to treat you to what you actually want: a ticket out of here!</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">21 Items Our Editors Pack for Every Single Trip</a></p><h3>Southwest Airlines Gift Card</h3><p>Southwest is known for offering booking flexibility with no hidden costs, and the airline consistently ranks on our <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best domestic airlines</a> list. So if you’ve got a friend or family member who's been pining for a weekend getaway, you’ll be their new favorite person with this pick.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tltravelgiftcards-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00GU300HO&amp;linkId=8a94ee691450b869a6dd35c3d410edc0" target="_blank"></a></p><h3> Gift Card</h3><p>Expedia’s hotel arm,, is one of the best places to score hotel bookings and packages for less. The site is always offering savings at some of the top spots to stay around the world, from Paris to Cabo San Lucas. You’ll effectively be gifting a discount and taking care of the bill, too.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h3> Gift Card</h3><p>Are your parents finally doing that cross-country RV trip they’ve been talking about since, well, forever? Make sure they’re well fed with a gift card. With hundreds of dining options to choose from, they can book reservations across every state border they attempt to take a selfie on.</p><p>To buy: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>ClassPass Gift Card</h3><p>Staying <a href="" target="_blank">active while traveling</a> is always a tricky situation: you want that last mug of beer at a local pub in London, but you also want to wake up early enough to work out. Encourage healthy habits with a gift card to ClassPass. Thanks to the “Flex” feature, your business-traveling friend can toggle her gyms between New York and Los Angeles, or London and Sydney. You can select any amount to give, from a single fitness class to a 10-pack, in 39 locations around the globe.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>StubHub</h3><p>Some folks travel for food and sights, while others chase their favorite musicians, comedians, and athletic teams across the country and the world. For the superfan in your life, consider a gift card to StubHub, where they’ll be pumped to spend less on pricey tickets and still get that seat in the stadium.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>Airbnb Gift Card</h3><p>For someone you know values a truly local experience when they travel, an Airbnb gift card is a no-brainer. Now they can use it to either book a <a href="" target="_blank">unique space to sleep</a> or an experience with a local, like blending their own wine in the vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape or learning the ritual of cigar making in Cuba.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tltravelgiftcards-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01ESBMY3W&amp;linkId=661f7cee3788eb1f2d3cc0f3a376e0ef" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>Away Luggage Gift Card</h3><p>Did your little brother finally graduate college and decide to test his adulting capabilities with a year abroad? Celebrate his success and sense of adventure with this smart piece of luggage. Through the gift section of their website, he’ll be able to pick the color and the size, but each can come with a built-in <a href="" target="_blank">portable charger</a>. That way, when he’s racing through security and somehow manages to lose his credit card, you’re only a phone call away.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>eBags Gift Card</h3><p>So your friend’s already loyal to a few other <a href="" target="_blank">luggage brands</a>? We get it. We have <a href="" target="_blank">our favorites</a>, too. With an gift card, they’ll be able to save on travel brands like Tumi, Travelpro, Samsonite, and hundreds more. And if they’re not quite ready to give up their trusty carry-on — even though it’s looking a little worse for wear — they can pick up a few accessories like <a href="" target="_blank">travel pillows</a> and even Bose headphones for less.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>Apple Gift Card</h3><p>Have a digitally nomadic friend who you constantly have to locate via Facebook? They’ve mastered the skill of booking a flight at the drop of a hat and finding the cheapest last-minute hostel or hotel deal, but they could always use a little insurance for their most valuable asset: their technology. With an Apple gift card, they’ll be able to buy the accessories they need or enjoy a little discount if their laptop or iPhone bites the dust on the road.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>Amazon Gift Card</h3><p>When you think of traveling, your first instinct might not be to shop online, but if your friend is heading for a long trek overseas? There’s nothing quite as addicting as reading every last review on Amazon for <a href="" target="_blank">suitcases, packing cubes, outlet converters, and portable chargers</a>. Especially if your pal is already subscribed to Amazon Prime, a gift card to this marketplace will help them check off their endless to-do list of items they have to stuff in their checked bag.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tltravelgiftcards-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01FIS82WQ&amp;linkId=9810890283cb7c6c6124853d6483231a" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>CheapoAir Gift Card</h3><p>Is there anything more tempting than getting a travel alert that your saved search for <a href="" target="_blank">Lisbon</a> is having a major last-minute sale? We think not. Arm your friend with another excuse to “call in sick” on Monday with a gift card to Here, she can search for the least expensive routes and book without thinking twice about when her next paycheck hits.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>Columbia Gift Card</h3><p>After months of training, your sister is finally setting out to hike the Appalachian Trail all by her bad self. Express your support and encouragement with a gift card to Columbia, one of the leading trusted brands in outdoor wear. Depending on how generous you’re feeling, you can outfit her with a tent, an insulated jacket, a backpack, and much more.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>Uber Gift Card</h3><p>Navigating a new city can be stressful, especially with language barriers and signs you can’t understand. Uber is now available in many parts of the world, making a gift certificate not only a smart idea, but one that will help you rest easy, knowing your friend can make it from point A to point B safely.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tltravelgiftcards-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B079YMX2J6&amp;linkId=e9eb172a2c611fe2b40f76ba5078a825" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>Rail Europe Gift Card</h3><p>After months of talking about it, your friend who has been itching for a change finally booked that one-way <a href="" target="_blank">ticket to London</a>. As they prepare to try their hand at crossing borders and checking off that 40-before-40 country bucket list, send them packing with a Rail Europe gift card. As one of the most seamless ways to get from Paris and Amsterdam to Madrid and Berlin, you’ll help them to not only save money, but also get a glimpse into the countryside between cities.</p><p>To buy: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>Fluent City Gift Card</h3><p>If being able to speak another language comfortably has always been a goal for your mom and now she’s <a href="" target="_blank">heading to Italy</a> post-retirement, consider giving the gift of spoken word. Fluent City offers in-person language classes in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Boston, and also has pay-per-lesson online video classes. Being conversational in Italian will help her navigate the many cities and seaside towns she’s touring, and more importantly, give her an entryway into true local immersions, since she’ll be able to ask deeper questions and understand the greater impact of living — albeit, briefly — in another land.</p><p>To buy: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><h3>Starbucks Gift Card</h3><p>Ok, trying the local coffee concoctions in every country is an important experience. But real talk? Sometimes travelers crave a venti iced coffee instead of a mini shot of espresso that you can’t take to go, since that’s counterculture in most European nations. For when the caffeine fix hits your globetrotting pal, a Starbucks gift card will come the rescue.</p><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tltravelgiftcards-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00AR51Y5I&amp;linkId=7ad8cff51114257f504fe45f605ab9b5" target="_blank"></a></p>
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You Can Now Text Alaska Airlines Agents for Your Customer Service Needs

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:00
<p>Traveling through airports can sometimes be a hectic experience, making it all the more essential to be able to get in touch with an airline quickly.</p><p>To create an easier way for passengers to get quick answers, <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines</a> has launched text messaging customer service assistance.</p><p>The airline rolled out the new feature in late July, providing its passengers with another way to connect beyond calling its contact center (1-800-252-7522).</p><p>Through the new service, passengers who have an upcoming itinerary with Alaska Airlines can <a href="" target="_blank">text</a> 82008 to be connected with a customer service representative to get answers to specific travel questions.</p><p>This includes real-time information on flight delays, schedule changes, and flight status in addition to general policy questions.</p><p>Agents can also assist passengers with adding a frequent flier number to a reservation, opting in or out of an upgrade, receipts, seat assignments, requests for accessible travel services, and enrollment in the airline’s frequent flier program, <a href="" target="_blank">Mileage Plan</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How to Make the Most of Your Airline Miles</a> </p><p>Alaska Airlines started the new service after noticing that 70 percent of its passengers were already contacting the airline using mobile devices. Reps for the airline told <em>Travel + Leisure </em>they estimate 40 percent of the calls received could be handled via text.</p><p>Since the service launched less than a month ago, representatives also said 83 percent of customers have been either "satisfied" or "extremely satisfied" with the experience. </p><p>While the texting feature is a great way to connect with live agents in a timely manner, it cannot accept payments and so reservations requiring fees will need to either be booked online or by phone. </p><p>The airline also provides a virtual assistant chat for questions called <a href="" target="_blank">"Ask Jenn"</a> on its website, and customers can also get assistance via social media. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hawaiian Airlines</a> also offers the ability to text agents, though the airline's system also cannot accept payments via text. Agents can assist with everything from re-booking flights to answering questions about flight changes and checked baggage fees. </p>
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I Took the World's Longest Flight Twice in 4 Days and This Is What I Learned

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:16
<p>When you tell people you’re going on the <a href="" target="_blank">world’s longest flight</a>, you’re met with mixed reactions. A trip to the <a href="" target="_blank">cosmopolitan island of Singapore</a> promises some of the best Southeast Asian comfort food, a vibrant fusion of cultures, and unforgettable scenery, from modern cityscapes to traditional shophouses to busy waterfront promenades. An almost 19-hour flight, however, threatens <a href="" target="_blank">jet lag</a>, leg cramps, dehydration, and pull-your-hair-out levels of boredom.</p><p>As I prepared to join the new world’s longest flight on its maiden voyage from Newark Liberty International Airport to <a href="" target="_blank">Singapore’s award-winning Changi Airport</a>, however, my excitement only grew. Yes, I was eager to see Singapore, but it wasn’t just that. In a world where we’re constantly running short on time, it was the idea of having a surplus of hours to use as I pleased up in the sky with no distractions. For almost two entire days (18 hours and 25 minutes on the way there, 18 hours and 45 minutes on the way back), I would be forced to take a real time out. I would be so rich with spare time, I’d have to actively figure out how to spend it. I was up for the challenge, and I knew just who to call.</p><p>But first, my disclaimer: Had I known I’d be roughing it in a last-row, middle seat for this long-haul journey, I might not have had such a rosy outlook (although the “worst” option on the plane was premium economy). I would be in a cushy business class seat with Singapore Airlines — <a href="" target="_blank">voted the T+L World’s Best airline</a> by our own readers for 23 consecutive years — on a brand-new <a href="" target="_blank">Airbus A350-900ULR</a> with lighting, humidity, cabin pressure, <a href="" target="_blank">meals</a>, and programming all aimed at keeping me healthy and rested on board. Singapore Airlines even teamed up with the experts at top U.S. wellness destination <a href="" target="_blank">Canyon Ranch</a>, from doctors to exercise physiologists to chefs, to craft the experience.</p><p>I consulted <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Richard Carmona</a>, chief of health innovation at Canyon Ranch, and the 17th surgeon general of the United States. I figured he was more than qualified to give me tips that would help me get through this flight — tips I also hope are helpful for future long-haul fliers, whichever part of the world they may be visiting. Here’s what I learned from our chat and my experience with Singapore Airlines.</p><h2>Sleep strategically.</h2><img alt="Singapore Airlines business class bed "src=""><p>“It’s important to think through what time you’re leaving, what time you arrive, and what you’re doing when you get there,” Dr. Carmona said, so don’t just sleep through it all or let yourself doze off whenever. “Think: When will sleep be most helpful to me? Get up earlier that day, get on the plane, take a nap. Nap before you land ... you may be a little tired when you get in, but stay up to work into the sleep pattern in Singapore.” Avoid drinking caffeine or looking at your phone or laptop about two hours before sleeping, and try to leave the same amount of time to digest after a meal.</p><h2>Watch what you eat and drink.</h2><img alt="Singapore Airlines relaunches the world's longest flight Newark-Singapore "src=""><p>“Watch the food that you eat — no excessive salts, sugars, or chemicals,” Dr. Carmona said, adding that you should go for plant-based dishes, fish, lean meat, protein, fruits, and vegetables. He warned not to overeat and to properly time caffeine intake to the times you want to be awake. Say yes to water every time it’s offered, and pack healthy snacks like unsalted nuts and organic protein bars.</p><h2>There may be a point when you panic — but there are easy solutions.</h2><p>For me, it was hour seven. I had been battling with the Wi-Fi for too long and was stressing out about the work I had so optimistically planned to get done. I remembered Dr. Carmona’s advice to use exercise, stretching, calming music, and entertainment, and a combination of those things pushed me past that suffocating feeling of, “What do you mean we’re not even half-way through?”</p><h2>Get your to-do list done early.</h2><p>If something — say work you hope to get done while on board — is weighing on your mind, get it done as soon as possible so you can rest easier for the rest of the flight. Otherwise, when you’re in the air with no distractions, it’s easy to let stress over small things build up fast. Have a back-up plan that doesn’t involve internet, as in-flight Wi-Fi “<a href="" target="_blank">is subject to factors</a> such as the number of concurrent users, regulatory approvals from countries, satellite coverage, and weather conditions.” Singapore Airlines offers a variety of internet packages, including freebies for premium fliers, but I was not able to successfully connect for the majority of my flights.</p><h2>Move more than you think you need to.</h2><p>Anytime you get the chance to take a walk — even just to the bathroom or up and down the aisle — do it. If you don't have room to stretch in your seat, Dr. Carmona suggests using the bathroom, and says you should get up at least every couple of hours. While sitting, “move all the major body parts,” he said, and pack a <a href="" target="_blank">resistance band</a> you can use in your seat to do arm curls and other stretches.</p><h2>Put extra thought into packing your carry-on.</h2><img alt="Singapore Airlines world's longest flight what to pack "src=""><p>Dr. Carmona’s must-pack list includes:</p><p><strong>Moisturizer:</strong> I used <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">iS Clinical’s Hydra-cool Serum</a> at the beginning and end of the flight, which hydrates and soothes the skin and also uses antioxidants to protect it from gross airplane germs. To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90</p><p><strong>Lip balm:</strong> I brought <a href=";tag=tllongestflight-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0018MLZMQ&amp;linkId=c2496c2ff33f3dd06837f8aaf4f309e6" target="_blank">Nivea</a> and Singapore Airlines provided their own on the flight in a customized amenity kit. To buy: <a href=";tag=tllongestflight-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0018MLZMQ&amp;linkId=c2496c2ff33f3dd06837f8aaf4f309e6" target="_blank"></a>, $9 for pack of three</p><img alt="Singapore Airlines relaunches the world's longest flight Newark-Singapore "src=""><p><strong>Healthy snacks:</strong> Dr. Carmona recommended organic protein bars; my favorite bars are RXBars (<a href=";tag=tllongestflight-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01DJN1F5I&amp;linkId=f8e82a9ce31aaca09a0f70118ccfd2c6" target="_blank"></a>, $39 for pack of 16) and Larabars (<a href=";tag=tllongestflight-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B000ENWSBW&amp;linkId=b25d7f099156042e69e5cb6810887e07" target="_blank"></a>, $16 for a pack of 16).</p><p><strong>Eye mask:</strong> An eye mask will help you signal to your body that it's time to sleep with darkness. I brought a <a href=";tag=tllongestflight-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01E7YKAL8&amp;linkId=92a3f714b953893bd10a075b3c1bff3e" target="_blank">Nodpod weighted eye mask</a> for even more help falling asleep. To buy: <a href=";tag=tllongestflight-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01E7YKAL8&amp;linkId=92a3f714b953893bd10a075b3c1bff3e" target="_blank"></a>, $25</p><p><strong>Rubber ball:</strong> While I didn’t try this method myself, using a tennis ball or hard rubber ball to <a href="" target="_blank">increase circulation and relieve tired muscles</a> is a health hack our most devoted readers know well (and Dr. Carmona agrees). To buy: <a href=";tag=tllongestflight-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07C1TTHN8&amp;linkId=4f82bcdefe3c157ce1180c7da3daf9bb" target="_blank"></a>, $20</p><p><strong>Resistance band:</strong> This piece of workout equipment can be used in so many ways — neck releases, leg and cross-body stretches, arm curls — and it takes up no space in your bag. To buy: <a href=";tag=tllongestflight-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0136PR5TO&amp;linkId=c07b3037df346421e3bbc08a4d392513" target="_blank"></a>, $10 for a set of five</p><p><strong>Travel pillow:</strong> Be sure to get one with ample neck support. T+L editors are fans of the thin-yet-sturdy Trtl pillow — and we've <a href="" target="_blank">tested a lot of travel pillows</a>. To buy: <a href=";tag=tllongestflight-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00LB7REFK&amp;linkId=7be88ebcc0deb582de8ebf43de72dbcc" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><p><strong>Disinfectant wipes:</strong> Use these to wipe down the area around you, and definitely <a href="">don't forget about the tray table</a>. Clorox makes on-the-go packs. To buy: <a href=";tag=tllongestflight-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00FKIEQUC&amp;linkId=57d9711bdd8644bf966b22ae29e7330c" target="_blank"></a>, $40 for a pack of three</p><p><strong>Compression socks:</strong> I added <a href="" target="_blank">compression socks to promote blood flow</a> and avoid swelling. To buy: <a href=";tag=tllongestflight-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00TKMBPCQ&amp;linkId=f90c8317e70ae9cb360491eeb73d52d0" target="_blank"></a>, $35 for pack of six</p><h2>Dress in loose layers.</h2><p>Dr. Carmona suggested loose, comfortable clothing, and I had to be a bit better dressed than usual thanks to business class, so I went with Athleta's Gramercy Track Trouser (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $108), which felt like pajamas but didn't look like them, and their oversized and airy NOPA button-down, which luckily proved to be mostly wrinkle-resistant (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $79). I had a soft sweater to throw over it as needed and a tank top beneath it, and wore all versions of this outfit at different points throughout the flight as I inevitably went from cold to hot and back to cold again. Comfortable footwear is also key: my Allbirds sneakers (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95) were so soft and light, I never even used the free slippers.</p><h2>Talk to strangers (sometimes).</h2><img alt="Singapore Airlines relaunches the world's longest flight Newark-Singapore "src=""><p>When I noticed my in-flight neighbor, who I now know is Isabelle Chu of <a href="" target="_blank">Bonaventure Travel</a>, wearing a t-shirt with a photo of our aircraft across it (and realized she was the same woman I had seen excitedly hugging the flight attendants in the terminal earlier), I had to ask her about it. She was happy to tell me about her hobby of joining inaugural flights and how she had just flown into New Jersey from Perth and was headed right back there. This hobby, which she admits is, of course, an expensive one, has earned her 3.5-million miles and about 3,640 in-flight hours.</p><p>“I sleep very well,” she told me. “As soon as the engine is on I'll just pass out.” She slept for a good seven straight hours after lunch and woke up looking incredibly refreshed, leaving me envious and honestly a little bit in awe of her level of expertise.</p><h2>If you can afford to splurge on an upgrade, do it and never look back.</h2><img alt="Singapore Airlines business class "src=""><p>Singapore’s premium economy seats are relatively spacious at 19.2 inches wide and come with foot rests and an 8-inch recline, but I don’t think I would’ve been in hop-off-the-plane-and-run-around-town shape if I hadn’t had those four quality horizontal hours with a real blanket and pillows, 60-inch seat pitch (as opposed to 38), good meals, ample water, and a sense of privacy. Business class seats <a href="" target="_blank">recline into beds that are 78 inches long</a> and allow you to sleep in a bunch of different positions. There's also a ton of storage, multiple outlets for charging devices, customized amenity kits, slippers, and 18-inch-wide TV screens.</p><p>Of course, a round-trip business class ticket could cost you more than double (about $5,000) the price of the trip in premium economy (about $1,600). But being able to put up a divider when my neighbor was coughing and sneezing on the way home was priceless.</p><h2>The aircraft you’re on makes a difference in more ways than you realize.</h2><p>While we waited to go through passport control in Singapore, the other journalists I met on the flight couldn't stop talking about how much <a href="" target="_blank">the new A350-900ULR's anti-jet lag features</a> actually helped. The lower cabin pressure, higher humidity (double that of most airplane cabins), advanced climate control, and hospital-grade air filters had us feeling much more hydrated and energetic than expected upon landing. For the first time ever, my skin felt totally normal after getting off a plane, and I didn't break out for the entire trip.</p><h2>Be extra nice to the cabin crew.</h2><p>You should always, <em>always</em> be nice to the cabin crew, but if you can’t imagine flying for 19 hours, imagine working on a plane for that amount of time. Yes, they take shifts and are able to nap in their bunks, but you should still go out of your way to make their jobs easier — and they’ll go out of theirs to make your journey better in return. If feeling like a decent human for 19 hours isn't incentive enough, you should know your good attitude will likely result in extra snacks.</p><h2>If you only do one thing for yourself, prepare a flight plan.</h2><p>“Don’t just get on the plane and wing it,” Dr. Carmona told me. “Have a plan.” While he emphasized that every person’s plan looks different depending on their lifestyle, preferences, goals, and schedule upon landing, he said it’s important to be mindful of your in-flight actions and how they will affect you. But what does that really mean? I gave him an overview of my health situation, daily life, in-flight concerns, and plans for Singapore, and he sent me general guidelines that I adopted into my own plan. Here’s what he advised for my flight there (and how I tried my best to follow along).</p><h2>My flight plan:</h2><p><strong>Schedule:</strong> Depart Newark 10:45 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, arrive in Singapore at 5:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, Oct. 12.</p><p><strong>Time difference:</strong> 12 hours</p><p><strong>Plans upon arrival:</strong> A walking tour with a friend-of-a-friend at 7:30 p.m., followed by dinner at Glutton’s Bay, one of Singapore’s famous hawker centers, with KF Seetoh, Anthony Bourdain’s go-to expert on Singaporean street food and the creator of <a href="" target="_blank">Makansutra</a>, Singapore's most famous food guides. The following morning I had to leave my hotel at 9 a.m. to tour another property.</p><p><strong>A week before the flight:</strong> Start going to bed earlier and getting up earlier to slowly pre-adjust to the 12-hour time difference. “Shift your meals a little bit, shift your sleep pattern a little bit so you start moving your circadian clock to the clock of the place you’re going to.”</p><p>(This proved easy for me because I have a new puppy who, in spite of spending all eight weeks of her life living in EST, seems to naturally live on Singapore time.)</p><p><strong>The morning of:</strong> Get up early and have breakfast before settling in on board.</p><p>(Although our flight took off at 10:45 a.m., I was up at 5 a.m. and headed to the airport for a press conference and celebration of the new route. I had coffee, water, and I think I remember eating a banana but honestly it’s a blur.)</p><p><strong>The first 2-3 hours in the air:</strong> “Have handwipes with you with some type of disinfectant, Clorox or Purel and wipe down surfaces, wash your hands with soap and water.” Try to nap, adjusting lighting to signal to your body that it’s time to sleep. Avoid looking at your phone or computer and put on an eye mask. Use ear plugs to block out noise or headphones to listen to calming music and adjust seat maximally to sleep comfortably.</p><p>(I always fall asleep during takeoff. I napped for the first hour of the flight without the proper prep, but I woke up feeling at least somewhat on track.)</p><p><strong>Hours 3-6:</strong> “Plan for some chair exercises and walking after which a light healthy lunch is an option. Remember to stay hydrated with non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages.”</p><p>(The problem here was that I woke up to a lovely flight attendant offering me champagne, which doesn’t exactly happen to me every day. So yes, I took the champagne, OK? I did, however, get up for a brief walk and do some stretching with the exercise bands provided by Canyon Ranch for the flight. One of my neighbors completely out-did me and was doing squats in the aisle, but I’m a bit, um, shy for that. I chose what I judged to be one of the healthiest lunch options, a Singaporean chicken, noodle, and vegetable soup.)</p><p><strong>Hours 7-11:</strong> “During the middle hours, move as much as possible and enjoy some reading, a movie and or conversation.”</p><p>(This is where Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown," my aforementioned seatmate, Isabelle Chu, Canyon Ranch exercise videos, and the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Liane Moriarty beach read</a> I never finished this summer got me through.)</p><p><strong>Hours 12-18:</strong> “In the last few hours of the flight if you are feeling tired, I would suggest a nap prior to landing. If you’re not tired, then push through. Have a healthy snack or decide to have dinner on board before you land.”</p><p>(I found myself very tired during these hours and actually took my biggest nap, about three hours between hours 14 and 17. I did pick at dinner — chicken, rice, and vegetables.)</p><p><strong>After landing:</strong> “Alternatively when you check into your hotel, have dinner then go for a walk or do some light exercise and prepare for bed time on the Singapore clock.”</p><img alt="Singapore skyline at night "src=""><p>(I was ready for round two by the time my 9 p.m. dinner plans rolled around, after walking around the <a href="" target="_blank">Arab Street</a> area and having a cup of tea. I was feeling surprisingly normal, even energetic, which, left to my own devices, I’m fairly certain would not have happened. Thank you, Dr. Carmona.)</p><p>Singapore Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between Newark and Singapore on October 18, and will start flying A350-900ULRs between Singapore and <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> and Singapore and San Francisco before the end of the year.</p>
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This Might Be the Best Country to Experience by Train, According to a Travel Photographer

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:01
<p>In college, I studied American history. The Vietnam War is an integral part of that story, and it has always been a prominent event in my mind.</p><p>My parents got married in 1969, and while my dad didn’t fight in Vietnam, both he and my mom protested the conflict here in the States. When I was about 10 years old, in 1986, they took me on a six-week trip to Asia. It felt like we traveled everywhere — China, Burma (now Myanmar), Malaysia — but we didn’t go to <a href="" target="_blank">Vietnam</a> because it hadn’t opened up yet.</p><p>I’ve traveled a lot at this point in my life, and I’ve long felt a specific pull toward that missing experience. Through reading history and literature, I’d developed these ideas of what the North and the South were like, how they were distinct because of the way they’d been governed and developed. In many ways, the most tangible connection they shared was the North-South Railway, a 1,072-mile network built by the French during colonial rule that stretched from <a href="" target="_blank">Hanoi</a> to Saigon (now <a href="" target="_blank">Ho Chi Minh City</a>). Rebuilding this infrastructure, which was originally constructed in 1936 but bombed and nearly decimated during the next 40 years of war, became a signature project for the postwar government, which managed to repair thousands of tunnels, bridges, and stations in less than two years.</p><img alt="Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam "src=""><p>The railway’s reopening in 1976 symbolized the country’s coming back together — hence its nickname, the Reunification Express. The more I researched, the more I felt like the <a href="" target="_blank">train</a> was the most cohesive, immersive way to experience a wide swath of the country. I convinced my high school friend Tess to tag along as my “assistant.” We’d traveled by rail through Europe together in our twenties, but hadn’t had the chance to spend much time together since.</p><p>Our seven-day trip started with 48 hours in Hanoi, with the Sofitel Legend Metropole as our base. The capital city felt chaotic but vibrant — dripping hot during the day, but cool and clear in the early morning. A guide took us through the wild markets, and we ate papaya salad and pork-and-crab dumplings that the vendors turned in the fryer with beautiful long chopsticks. And while I’d eaten <a href="" target="_blank">Vietnamese food</a> before, I discovered that pho — basically the country’s version of chicken-noodle soup — makes a perfect breakfast. It sounds counterintuitive to eat something hot when it’s scorching outside, but it actually cools down your body. During the day, we caught taxis and tuk-tuks and had to fight our way through streets packed with motorbikes. We’d stop at shops selling fabrics in a riot of colors, and the markets were even livelier at night when the lights came on and more people came out.</p><img alt="Scenes from Vietnam "src=""><img alt="Father and daughter in Hanoi, Vietnam "src=""><p>From there, we took a four-hour bus ride to Ha Long Bay to spend a day and night cruising on one of the old-fashioned Chinese-style junks that ply these waters. The midday heat could get oppressive, but in the morning and evening hours, there were these sublime moments when the temperature cooled and everything felt peaceful. I snapped pictures during a hiking excursion on one of the islands, and some kayakers drew my eye, but most captivating were the fishermen who live and work on their boats, leaving them only to sell their catch at market. The area in general sparked my imagination partially because the scale of the topography was so amazing and much of it is inaccessible, but more because as I sat on the roof watching the scenery pass by, I could imagine what it had been like during the war.</p><img alt="Ha Long Bay, Vietnam "src=""><p>After Ha Long Bay, we headed back to Hanoi to board our first train, a 17-hour overnight stretch that took us along the coast south to Da Nang. I learned quickly that, as with photography, taking the train in Vietnam requires flexibility, but you start to find humor in situations that don’t go as expected. I’d read the train schedule wrong, which meant we had showed up with about three minutes to spare before the train departed. For the first hour, Tess and I hunkered down by the water cooler while the conductors figured out which car we were supposed to be in. The train cars were all nice and modern, but the sleeping arrangements and seating types varied, as did the air-conditioning.</p><img alt="Scenes from Vietnam "src=""><p>On every assignment, it seems like I have to learn a new way of photographing. In this case, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to shoot at sunrise and spent a good portion of the morning trying to convince the conductors to unlock the windows so I could get better shots unobstructed by the glass. The train went through rice fields with Catholic churches in the distance, and then along the coast, which is tropical with the green sea and white angel’s trumpet flowers growing everywhere. At some point, one of the conductors even grabbed my camera and took portraits of me.</p><img alt="Ha Tinh, Vietnam "src=""><p>We pulled into Da Nang in the afternoon and hopped in a taxi to Hoi An, a picturesque port town where I could see Vietnamese history punctuated by Chinese, French, and Japanese influences. At first, it felt touristy, but that feeling subsided at night, when we took a boat out onto the Thu Bon River and bobbed past lanterns in the water. The real magic happened the next morning, when I woke to walk around 5:30 a.m. I loved being up before everyone else arrived. It gave me the chance to appreciate the textures and colors — the magenta of the flowers and the orange and yellow of the lanterns in this speckled light.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Stunning Hyperlapse Immerses You in the Beauty and Culture of Vietnam</a></p><p>Another 17-hour train ride — decidedly less bucolic than the first — took us from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City, which is where the complicated layers and history of the country came into the starkest relief for me. Vietnam is one of five remaining Communist countries, and this is very much a city in change, being modernized and developed over and over. At the War Remnants Museum, there was an exhibition of combat images taken by members of the Magnum photographers’ collective, and though I’d seen many of them before, revisiting them after having just traveled through the land where it all took place stirred intense emotions.</p><img alt="Scenes from Vietnam "src=""><p>The funny thing is, not many people take the train through the country and see the sights these days, because it’s very slow and the delays can be frustrating. At one point, when one of our departures was pushed five hours back, I got fed up and wanted to fly between cities instead. But that’s when Tess reminded me: taking our problems in stride would give us a new perspective — which was the whole point of going to Vietnam in the first place.</p>
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Samantha Brown's Secret to Never Running Out of Room in Her Suitcase

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:39
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Samantha Brown</a> travels for a living as a veteran T.V. host and the creator of "Samantha Brown’s Places to Love" on PBS. But even people who spend more time in airports than at home still have to figure out how to pack efficiently.</p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> caught Brown as she prepared for one of her more challenging packing trips. This week she will be co-hosting PBS’ "<a href=";utm_source=youtube&amp;utm_medium=direct&amp;utm_medium=pbsofficial&amp;utm_campaign=autumnwatch_2018" target="_blank">Autumnwatch — New England</a>,"<i> </i>a three-part, live national T.V. event running from Oct. 17-19 at 8 p.m. ET. Packing all those warm coats and boots could stress even the most advanced of travelers out, but Brown has a few tricks — or, rather, cubes — up her sleeve.</p><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure: </em>Do you have a packing system for these big trips? What do you use?</strong></p><p>"I do have a system. <a href="" target="_blank">I love cubes</a>. And I've tried everything. I roll, I fold, I use envelopes, but now after all these years I'm a cube person. You want cubes that have a clear top so you can see what you packed with one look. For the 'Autumnwatch' shoot I have to pack a lot of winter gear and big jackets, so for the first time I'll be using the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">bags you roll that get all the air out</a>. It compresses your clothes and it is awesome! I can't believe it has taken me this long to use them. The technology really works, especially if you are packing for a winter destination.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">These Are the Top 5 Best-selling Travel Packing Cubes on Amazon</a></p><p>Now that we are in the fall and people are packing bigger things to just carry, I find that rule of wearing your biggest, bulkiest items absolutely helps. If you get hot, just take it off and it becomes your roll neck pillow. Personally I love when I can bring my big down jacket [on the plane] because it's like a feather mattress for that stiff, terribly uncomfortably airplane seat. The biggest bummer is wearing your boots because you don't want to take them off. It's like that game when you were young and would put on all the clothes."</p><p><strong>What are three or four pieces of clothing you always pack in your carry-on bag?</strong></p><p>"I like a nice <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">cashmere crewneck sweater</a>, a thin one. I like <a href="" target="_blank">flowy pants</a>. I see a lot of women in their Lululemon jogging/yoga pants, the athleisure look, but that's just wrong. So much spandex is going to work against you on a flight because we all bloat a little. I wear loose-fitting clothes. I love cotton and I always bring fuzzy socks with me to keep me warm. And I always have a <a href="" target="_blank">neck scarf</a> because it can be used for so many things whether its cleaning a screen, keeping my neck warm, etc."</p><p><strong>What other items do you consider an essential for your carry-on bag and why?</strong></p><p>"I start off strong with doing work and then resort to looking at <em>Us Weekly</em> and <em>People</em>. Adults do need to be treated like a toddler on a plane and every half hour we need something new. I am a good sleeper on the plane but I do travel with <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">melatonin</a> to help me relax and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">ear plugs</a> (the little cheap foamy kinds) to create my own private Idaho. I can sleep really well on a plane. I can be near the toilet and in the middle seat and I can sleep.</p><p>I always travel with peanut butter. Always. If I go to Asia, I bring a whole jar. If I'm traveling where I'm just carrying on, I bring <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">little packets</a> because I find that travel mishaps where I've lost my temper happen because I was hungry. If I'm not hungry I can handle the thing that travel throws at me at the last minute. So I <a href="" target="_blank">always bring food</a>.</p><p>I also bring a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">spork</a>, a <a href="" target="_blank">water bottle</a>, and because I'm so tired of plastic and I want to cut down as a traveler I will be bringing <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">metal straws</a> on this trip for the first time. I do always <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">travel with a teacup</a>. Just starting my morning with coffee in my teacup, it makes me feel like me. When you travel, you sort of lose who you are."</p><p><strong>Do you have any hacks for fighting jet lag or being able to function when you get off the plane?</strong></p><p>"I try to limit caffeine a few days before I leave on a trip so it is totally out of my system when I land. I try to wait to have more caffeine until I'm about to collapse and that is when I allow myself to have a double espresso. The caffeine then hits my system so strongly because I am so depleted of it that I am able to go the rest of the day. I do that again when I return. It is like methodically taking caffeine so I get the strongest punch."</p><p><strong>What brand and make/size is your go-to carry-on bag?</strong></p><p>"I carry a bag <a href="" target="_blank">from my own line of suitcases</a>! For this trip I am going to try to make it one <a href="" target="_blank">28-incher</a>, but I may have to do a <a href=";sf=HO0554&amp;ac=&amp;utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=shopping%20engine&amp;utm_term=&amp;utm_campaign=GShopping%7CL%7CBrandProduct%7CHome&amp;utm_content=55185527029_492445165391_8178125&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwPr_jaWJ3gIVFK_ICh1aXQOhEAQYASABEgJ-F_D_BwE" target="_blank">25-inch</a> and a 28-inch."</p><p><strong>Why did you love your luggage line?</strong></p><p>"I had the Tumi bag with the massive pocket in the front that was for men's shoes, and I don't need men's luggage. Women don't need that. So I started designing it for how women need luggage and I started incorporating a lot more color. For years bags were only black and aubergine was about as colorful as it got. My bags are extremely colorful and stylish and the pocket configuration is more suited to how women travel."</p><p><strong>In addition to your outdoor gear, what is your packing strategy for events and meetings and going from day to night?</strong></p><p>"Everything is very color coordinated. I have a dress up outfit, but then I know that top can go into my day rotation. Everything I wear I should be able to wear at least twice. Everything goes together so instead of three outfits, I potentially have nine and then I change the look with accessories like scarves because those create a different look without adding weight or bulk. With pants you need a black pair and a nice pair of dark jeans and one more pair and that's it! Because you can wear those a lot and then a bunch of tops and you are good to go."</p><p><strong>Why are you looking forward to "AutumnWatch?"</strong></p><p>"It's going to be live with a few pre-taped segments. I grew up in New Hampshire and I haven't been for autumn in 30 years. I'm always in Cambodia or something and now I get to go home. I travel everywhere and people show me everything and now I get to show people what I love most about where I grew up. This is the time of year, and maybe I'm projecting, that everyone loves. We get the big sweaters out, we drink hot apple cider, it's just that sort of warm feeling.</p><p>The live aspect as Autumn is something that should be consumed while it lasts. These days we want television on demand, we binge-watch everything two months later, but this is live. The idea we need to enjoy this and as people we need to take stock of the year's passage and being with family. Autumn can't be binge-watched or on demand. Autumn is now. It is a great time of year to just slow down because winter is coming."</p><p><strong>What was the best trip you have been on recently?</strong></p><p>"I love going to Asia. When I shot my series in Hong Kong and Korea this year I got to bring my kids. They are 5-year-old twins and we had such a great time. Being in a place like that that is so different from their own upbringing and where they live is just wonderful. Those are always magical trips for me when whatever is familiar does not exist and I've got to figure things out."</p>
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Keds’ ‘Wanderlust’ Sneaker Will Be Your New Favorite Travel Shoe

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:30
<p>Keds’ classic sneakers already made for excellent <a href="" target="_blank">travel shoes</a> for decades — with their comfy cushioned insoles, breathable fabric, and time-tested style. But the beloved brand just launched a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">new lace-up style</a> that travelers truly won’t be able to resist. </p><p>These printed "Wanderlust" kicks are part of the brand’s frequent collaborations with <a href="" target="_blank">Rifle Paper Co</a>., and they might just be our favorite edition yet. The navy canvas upper is dotted with tiny landmarks from around the world. Look close and you’ll find a mini <a href="" target="_blank">Eiffel Tower</a>, Big Ben, <a href="" target="_blank">Empire State Building</a>, tons of exotic flora and fauna, and many more nods to popular global attractions.</p><p> </p><p>Each pair also comes with an adorable enamel pin of a woman riding a scooter for free. We can’t wait to wear them both to Italy, Morocco, Japan, the grocery store, the office on a particularly restless Friday — need we go on?</p><h2>Keds’ x Rifle Paper Co. Anchor Wanderlust Sneaker</h2><img alt="keds travel print sneakers "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $70</p>
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All Major U.S. Airports Must Now Have Rooms for Breastfeeding

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:52
<p>All major U.S. airports are now legally required to provide lactation rooms for travelers who are <a href="" target="_blank">breastfeeding</a>.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act</a> went into effect earlier this month as part of the <a href="" target="_blank">Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 2018</a>.</p><p>The FAM Act mandates that all large- and medium-sized airports are now required to provide a private space in each terminal expressly for lactation, be it breastfeeding or pumping. The space must have a door that can lock, be accessible to people with disabilities, and include seating, a table, and at least one electrical outlet.</p><p>“No one likes flight delays but for people who are lactating, extra time in the airport can mean finding a place to express milk or risking a dwindling milk supply or even infection,” Mona Liza Hamlin, chair of the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, <a href=";blogaid=2092" target="_blank">said in a statement.</a> “We look forward to building on this momentum and continuing to support breastfeeding people and families in all places and spaces.”</p><p>Previously, travelers who were lactating were often forced to express milk in public toilet stalls.</p><p>The act is the latest of the government’s mission to make airports more understanding places for travelers who are breastfeeding. Last year, Congress passed <a href="" target="_blank">the BABES Act</a>, which required the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to educate officers about the equipment associated with breastfeeding and infant feeding that travelers may need to transport across airport security checkpoints.</p>
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57 Percent of Millennials Would Rather Travel Than Have Sex, According to New Survey

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:12
<p>Companies often speak about how important travel is to millennials. But Contiki, a travel company specializing in trips for people aged 18 through 35, tried to nail down <em>just how</em> important it is.</p><p>It turns out that travel is much, much higher on the list of Millennial priorities than many stereotypical generational desires, like Netflix, alcohol and even sex.</p><p>The travel provider asked a survey of those aged 18 to 36 what they would be “willing to give up for around six months if that meant you could travel the world for free.”</p><p>About 80 percent of respondents answered that they would immediately do away with their Netflix passwords for a few months to go around the globe. About 77 percent said they would give up their coffee, 73 percent could go without alcohol and 60 percent would cut out carbs.</p><p>But perhaps the most surprising figure is that more than half of Millennial respondents (57 percent, to be exact) would go without sex to travel the world for free. The number dropped to 41 percent when asked if they would give up their cell phone to see the globe.</p><p>It's worth noting that only one percent of respondents answered that they were unwilling to give up any of these things to go on their dream vacation for free.</p><p>If nobody is lining up to give you a free trip in exchange for six months of asceticism, follow <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Travel + Leisure</i>’s tips for saving up for your dream vacation</a> (and learn how to <a href="" target="_blank">cut costs when you’re abroad, too</a>).</p>
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Someone Called 911 Because They Thought This Halloween Airplane Crash Decoration Was Real

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 08:33
<p>It’s trick or treat season, people. Just remember not to get tricked.</p><p>It seems like one person in Pickerington, Ohio was duped when they saw a “plane crash” in a man’s yard, so much so that they actually called 911, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a>. When the Violet Township Fire and the Ohio State Highway Patrol got to the location, they saw that the crash was actually just Halloween decorations.</p><p>85-year-old Air National Guard veteran Delbert Holsinger is a lover of clever Halloween decor, and this year was no different. Holsinger laid out a fake crash on his lawn with skeletons hanging out of the cockpit for a bit of dark Halloween humor.</p><p>Holsinger told ABC affiliate <a href="" target="_blank">WSYX</a> that he was surprised his decoration prompted such a serious response. “Anybody with any daylight there they can see what kind of shape it’s in,” he said. His neighbors were similarly surprised and amused, Fox News reported.</p><p>Holsinger told WSYX that he may add a witch’s broom to the display to make it look like she ran into the plane. Which, to be honest, may help passersby with the confusion.</p><p>Or maybe he should just put up a warning sign?</p>
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The Home of Salem Witch Trials Victim John Proctor Is for Sale

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 07:47
<p>If you’re looking for a new home that’s the perfect blend of history and Halloween, you’ve come to the right place.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>, the house that was once owned by John Proctor — who was not just a character in Arthur Miller’s "The Crucible, but also a living, breathing person who died in the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 — is up for sale by <a href="" target="_blank">J. Barrett &amp; Company Realtors</a>.</p><p>And in case you didn’t know, he had a <em>very nice house</em>. </p><img alt="Salem, Mass. John Proctor home for Sale "src=""><img alt="Salem, Mass. John Proctor home for Sale "src=""><p>The Peabody Historical Society and <a href="" target="_blank">the realty company</a> holding the listing claim that the house as “built” in 1638, and curator Kelly Daniell told <em></em> that “the current residence definitely sits on the land Proctor and his family farmed and operated their business on, the structure could have part of the original home inside, or, perhaps, it was rebuilt on that original foundation.” It’s unclear either way how much of the house was actual living space for John Proctor himself.</p><p>After all, you can probably expect <em>a few</em> renovations over the course of almost 400 years.</p><p>In addition to the house being a family home and farm, Proctor also operated a local tavern from it, so you know you could do a lot of entertaining. At least, as long as you’re not squeamish about owning the house of a man who was convicted of witchcraft.</p><p>According to <a href=",-70.900354,42.499757,-71.010218_rect/12_zm/1_fr/" target="_blank">Zillow</a>, this registered historic house is a mix of both “period detail with the functionality of today’s needs.” It features a large eat-in kitchen, dining room that’s great for parties (or, gatherings with your fellow witches), six bedrooms, seven fireplaces and even an in ground swimming pool.</p><img alt="Salem, Mass. John Proctor home for Sale "src=""><p>The house itself is not being sold by some long descendent of the Proctor family, though. According to, the current owners, the Raponi family, bought the house in the 1960’s and are largely responsible for its stellar historical preservation.</p><img alt="Salem, Mass. John Proctor home for Sale "src=""><p>At the moment, the property is up for sale for a surprisingly low $600,000 and already has some interested buyers – including the Peabody Historical Society. It’s possible that if the house is not bought by an independent, private buyer, the town of Peabody (where the house now sits), could buy it with grants and community preservation act funds.</p><p>Daniell told <em></em> that the society would like to buy the house in order to preserve the place and conduct more studies and archeological digs.</p><p>To check out the house for yourself, check out the listing on <a href=",-70.900354,42.499757,-71.010218_rect/12_zm/1_fr/" target="_blank">Zillow</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">J. Barrett &amp; Company Realtors</a>.</p>
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Melania Trump’s Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Filling With Smoke (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:48
<p>First Lady Melania Trump’s aircraft returned to a military base about 10 minutes after takeoff on Wednesday morning, after the cabin of the plane began to fill with smoke.</p><p>The Boeing C-32A was traveling with reporters on board. Shortly after takeoff, a thin layer of smoke permeated the cabin along with a burning smell. Those on board were told to cover their noses and mouths with a wet towel.</p><p>The plane returned to the base, where everybody on board disembarked.</p><p>Stephanie Grisham, communications director for the First Lady, <a href="" target="_blank">told CNN</a> the incident was a “minor mechanical issue. Everything is fine and everyone is safe.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Plane Spotters</em></a>, the aircraft that Trump was traveling on is 20 years old.</p><p>Trump took off on a different aircraft and proceeded with her schedule, which included <a href="" target="_blank">a visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia</a>. She is meeting with families of children who were exposed to opiods while in the womb.</p>
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Meghan Markle Just Wore the Perfect Fall Booties — and They're Selling Out Fast

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:16
<p>Meghan Markle may be <a href="" target="_blank">pregnant with her first child</a> with her husband Prince Harry, and she may be busy jetting off to far-flung places like <a href="" target="_blank">Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and the Kingdom of Tonga</a>, but that isn’t stopping her from being as trendy as ever.</p><p>Just a few days into her royal tour, the Duchess of Sussex is setting trends with everything she wears, right down to her shoes.</p><p>On Tuesday, while meeting with more locals in Australia, Meghan kept things casual with a Maison Kitsuné blouse, a pair of black Outland denim pants, and even rocked a jacket from her BFF with the Serena Williams Collection blazer. She pulled it all together with the boot (yes, <em>the boot</em>) of the season: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Sadie Ankle Boot by J.Crew.</a></p><img alt="J. Crew Sadie Boots "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $178</p><p>The boot is perhaps the perfect shoe to dress up a fall look without overdoing it. Its 2.5-inch heel gives just enough lift but is low enough to remain comfortable all day. Meghan’s shoe is constructed with a suede upper and supple leather lining along with a back zipper detail. It retails for <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">$178 on</a>.</p><p>Because Meghan wore the shoe, odds are they will sell out fast. However, if you can’t get your hands on the black suede pair fear not, as J.Crew has the style in plenty of other colorways, textures, and prints to perfect your fall look. In total, there are 10 different styles to choose from, but here are a few of our favorites to buy right now.</p><h2>Blue Velvet</h2><img alt="J. Crew Sadie Boots "src=""><p>Honestly, who doesn’t need a pair of blue suede shoes? Get your Elvis on with this pair made with blue velvet upper and leather lining. (If the blue isn’t doing it for you, the shoe also comes in blush pink).</p><p><strong>To buy</strong>: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $198</p><h2>Leopard Print</h2><img alt="J. Crew Sadie Boots "src=""><p>Leopard is one of those prints that just never goes out of style. Grab a pair from J.Crew to spice up any look. Each leopard pair is made with calf hair upper and leather lining.</p><p><strong>To buy</strong>: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $248</p><h2>Melted Caramel</h2><img alt="J. Crew Sadie Boots "src=""><p>To keep your fall look grounded, opt for a color like melted caramel, which will go with just about everything in your closet. Constructed with a suede upper and leather lining, it will also give the right amount of texture to your look.</p><p><strong>To buy</strong>: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $178</p><h2>Gold</h2><img alt="J. Crew Sadie Boots "src=""><p>Looking for a fall bootie that’s also glam enough to wear at night? Look no further than this gold option.This shoe gives off the ideal amount of shine that can transition your outfit from day into night.</p><p><strong>To buy</strong>: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $188</p><h2>Silk Tie</h2><img alt="J. Crew Sadie Boots "src=""><p>For something totally unique and eye-catching, add the Sadie Boot in Silk Tie to your fall bootie collection. The boot, constructed with a fabric upper and leather lining, looks like it’s made from your dad’s favorite ‘80s tie, in all the right ways.</p><p><strong>To buy</strong>: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $188</p>
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Walt Disney World Just Changed Its Ticket Prices — Here's What You Need to Know for Your Next Trip (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 17:02
<p>Your Walt Disney World vacation just got a bit more complicated — if you like to save money, that is. The Florida entertainment powerhouse just unveiled a <a href="" target="_blank">new ticketing system</a> that could change how you approach your next vacation.</p><p>To book a visit to see Mickey Mouse, you’ll now need to know <a href="" target="_blank">the exact date you plan on visiting</a>, which date your multi-day ticket will start on, or what you’ll be doing each day of your trip in order to determine what admission will cost.</p><p>One-day tickets have shifted from a dynamic pricing model, where days are split up into three clear pricing tiers, into different pricing for each day of the year. With four pricing options — and all parks now costing the same — you’ll pay between $5 and $7 more on most tickets by default. The one admission option unaffected by this shift is 1-Day adult tickets to the most crowded park during the busiest time of year. Peak tickets to Magic Kingdom will continue to cost $129 on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.</p><p>Disney’s method for booking multi-day tickets is perhaps the largest shift with the Most Magical Place on Earth’s booking system. Before, guests would pay the same regardless of when they visited; now, pricing is based on which exact days you plan to spend in the park. With <a href="" target="_blank">multi-day tickets</a> no longer uniformly lasting 14 days between first use and expiration, you’ll now have less time to use your 2-day and 3-day tickets specifically, requiring a further level of planning before snapping up admission.</p><p>Ticketing is slightly adjustable — first day of use can be changed up until the night before — but it’s not quite a win. Disney now charges guests a Flexible Ticket premium just to have the same freedom that was included in all multi-day admission previously.</p><p>Parking has increased at Walt Disney World’s theme parks as well, with cars now costing $25, and <a href="" target="_blank">WDWNT is reporting</a> that standard MagicBand prices have slightly increased as well, to $14.99 each. (If you’re staying at a Disney Resort, you’ll save a few bucks here, as the MagicBands are automatically included with room reservation.)</p><p>Walt Disney World’s two tiers of Annual Passes have increased $45 each — in contrast to Universal Orlando Florida’s recent promotion, which gives guests <a href="" target="_blank">up to six months completely free</a>.</p><p>The increases are all part of recent changes to Walt Disney World resort, likely in preparation for the influx of crowds at next year’s Star Wars Land. Just last week, Disney <a href="" target="_blank">raised prices</a> on all its popular snack foods and sodas, and earlier this year began charging their <a href="" target="_blank">hotel guests for parking</a>, up to $24 per day.</p>
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Meghan Markle Spent Her First Day in Australia Cuddling Babies and Koalas

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:50
<p>The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, just <a href="" target="_blank">announced her pregnancy</a>, and on the first day of her international tour alongside her husband, Prince Harry, Meghan showed off her teeny, tiny (is it there?) baby bump in <a href="" target="_blank">Australia</a>.</p><p>On day one, Meghan met the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison. Of the pregnancy announcement, Morrison called it “fantastic news” on Twitter, adding that he was “looking forward to sharing in the joy during your stay down under.”</p><p>Harry and Meghan then went to meet with Australia’s governor-general Peter Cosgrove, who gifted them their first baby present: a <a href=";qid=1539700548&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=stuffed+kangaroo" target="_blank">stuffed kangaroo</a> and an adorable pair of <a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1539700557&amp;sr=1-5&amp;nodeID=7141123011&amp;psd=1&amp;keywords=baby+uggs" target="_blank">baby Ugg boots</a>.</p><img alt="Prince Harry and Meghan "src=""><p>Next up, the royal pair went over to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney to meet with another mother, Ruby, who is a mama koala that happened to give birth to koala joeys <a href="" target="_blank">named Meghan and Harry</a>. Surely, she had excellent parenting advice for the Royals.</p><p>After meeting with Ruby,<a href=""> Harry and Meghan</a> were ushered to an afternoon reception at the Admiralty House in Sydney, where Meghan met with Australian singer Missy Higgins and her baby daughter, Luna. Higgins shared a few more parenting tips with Meghan and let the world in on a secret about the Duchess’ pregnancy on Instagram, revealing just how far along she really is.</p><img alt="Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception hosted by the Governor-General at Admiralty House on October 16, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. "src=""><p>“I said I felt sorry for her having to do all these meet-and-greets while 4 months pregnant!” Higgins said in a post. “What a trooper! Looking forward to telling Luna she slept through it all one day.”</p><p>It appeared Harry also almost let slip the gender of the baby while making a speech at the event. “We also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the, er, upcoming baby,” Harry said, nervously looking over to Meghan. He added, “whether it’s a boy or a girl.”</p><p>Follow along on Harry and Meghan's <a href="" target="_blank">entire royal tour itinerary</a>.</p>
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