JetBlue Will Send You on a Free Trip to a Surprise Destination to Volunteer This November (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 14:22
<p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> is offering a free trip to 50 travelers and their companions in exchange for volunteer work. Continuing its #CheckInForGood campaign from 2017, the airline will send the winners on an all-expenses-paid trip for three days as part of its November “<a href="" target="_blank">JetBlue for Good Month</a>.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Last year, JetBlue offered a choice of destinations</a>, but this year’s destination, “Destination Good,” will remain a secret until the morning of departure.</p><p>“We chose Destination Good as this year's location to reinforce that doing good can happen anywhere and anytime — be it in the air, on the ground, or even in your neighborhood,” Icema Gibbs, JetBlue's director of corporate social responsibility, said in a statement. Winners will be doing volunteer work focused on youth and education, community, and the environment.</p><p>While volunteer options are still being finalized, participants can expect to conduct work in each of the three areas mentioned above with opportunities that range from assistance in local schools to beach cleanups.</p><p>The flight to the surprise destination will depart on Giving Tuesday (November 27) from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, returning November 30. Travelers must provide their own transportation to and from JFK, so it would be easier to be based in New York.</p><p>Interested? You can apply <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or at pop-up kiosks that will open across <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> from October 16–26.</p><p>Applicants will need to <a href="" target="_blank">fill out a short survey</a> about their volunteer experience, and provide an explanation on why doing good is important to them. Winners will be notified by November 20.</p>
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How to Make an Incredibly Long Flight Not Only Tolerable, But Comfortable

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 11:15
<p>An increasing number of international carriers are launching ultra-long-distance routes, making it easier and more efficient for travelers to reach far-flung destinations. But spending almost a full day at 35,000 feet takes a toll on the body.</p><p>Until this month, the longest nonstop commercial flight — Sydney to Houston — clocked in at 17 1/2 hours. But because we humans are (a) amazing innovators and (b) gluttons for punishment, that barrier has been broken. Now travelers can spend nearly 19 hours on the 9,000-mile <a href="" target="_blank">Singapore Airlines</a> flight between Singapore and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, which launched last month. With three weekly flights, Singapore is reclaiming the title for distance and time in the air, which it had ceded to other airlines (United, Qantas, and Qatar Airways among them) after canceling this same route, which it flew from 2004 to 2013, because of fuel costs. Since then, technology has advanced so much that airlines can continue to stretch flight times while also improving the passenger experience on board.</p><img alt="Singapore Airlines Airbus 350-900ULR "src=""><p>Several new features on Singapore Airlines’ A350-900 ULR aircraft directly address common health concerns. The planes simulate a lower altitude of 6,000 feet to make you feel less worn out once you land, while raising cabin humidity to combat dry mouth, eyes, and nose. They also have eight adjustable temperature zones and lighting that mimics the course of a normal day in an effort to mitigate jet lag. Airbus also claims it has the quietest cabin in the sky, so you may be able to get more sleep. One other big change: nixing the economy option from this new route in favor of business or plushed-up premium economy options.</p><p>Further proving its commitment to excellence — it’s no accident that Singapore has earned the top spot for international airlines in <em>T+L</em>’s <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best Awards</a> for 23 years running — the airline is also partnering with Canyon Ranch to offer in-flight stretching videos, created by the resort’s exercise physiologists, and nutritious dining options, such as wild-caught prawn ceviche and lemon angel food cake.</p><p>Even if your version of a long flight is less than 19 hours, you can step off the plane feeling healthy and energized with the simple strategies below from four travel-health experts.</p><h2>Help your circadian clock adjust ahead of time.</h2><p>It can only shift about an hour a day, so for shorter long hauls, Lawrence Epstein, MD, American Academy of Sleep Medicine past president, Assistant Medical Director of clinical sleep medicine Brigham and Women's Hospital, recommends staying up one hour later (or go to bed one hour earlier) until you’re on the new time zone.<b> </b>Don’t use your phone or computer for an hour before bed; their blue light can cause alertness and ship your sleep schedule. An eye mask can block light from other people’s devices.</p><h2>Use a good noise-canceling headset.</h2><p>Even if you’re not listening to music, at least it drowns out a lot of extraneous sounds that can prevent you from getting some rest, says Petra Illig, MD, Member of Airline Medical Directors Association. Avoid putting essential medications in your checked bag. And keep all of it, including herbal medicines, in its original packaging to avoid having it confiscated by security.</p><h2>Stay hydrated by drinking at least a glass of water an hour.</h2><p>Rosella Peck, a United Airlines long-haul flight attendant, notes that the air on planes tends to be very dry, which can make your throat feel sore.<b> </b>Her don’t? Skimping on personal amenities. In economy, bring a pillow and earplugs; push up the headrests to support your head; and invest in some quality compression hose or leggings, moisturizing cream, and hydrating spray.</p><h2>Exercise every couple of hours to keep the blood flowing.</h2><p>For Richard Carmona, MD, Former U.S. Surgeon General and chief of health innovation for Canyon Ranch, that might include pumping your feet up and down, tightening your quad muscles, doing chair lifts, and stretching your arms and fingers. Essentially work through the range of motion with all your major joints and muscles. He advises watching your caffeine or salt before a flight. Both can cause vessels in your body to constrict, which can raise your blood pressure and make your muscles feel swollen.</p>
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These Luxury Private Jets Were Inspired by the Beaches of Brazil — and You Can Have One for $21 Million

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:45
<p>Embraer introduced two new private jets Sunday in Orlando, Florida. Dubbed the Praetor 500 and the Praetor 600, they represent the Brazilian planemaker's newest entrants in the midsize and super midsize private-jet market.</p><p>"The Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 are the disruptive aircraft for the entrepreneur, for the pioneer, for the innovator," Embraer Executive Jets' president and CEO, Michael Amalfitano, said in a statement.</p><p>Neither aircraft has a brand-new design. Rather the two are derived from two of Embraer's existing Florida-built jets. The Praetor 500 is based on the existing Legacy 450, while the Praetor 600 is a development of the Legacy 500.</p><p>The biggest updates involve range, with the Praetor 500 said to be capable of going 3,740 miles and the Praetor 600 said to be able to go 4,500 miles.</p><p> </p><p>Embraer's vice president for interior design, Jay Beever, told Business Insider in an interview that the decision to leave behind the Legacy name was done to differentiate the company's dedicated business jets, such as the Legacy 450 and 500 and the Praetor 500 and 600, from its commercial derived models like the Legacy 650.</p><p>Named after the title given to high-level government magistrates in ancient Rome, the Praetor name was selected to convey the sense that the jet is the owner's ultimate servant, Beever said.</p><p>Interestingly, the Praetor 500 and the Praetor 600 will not replace the two aircraft on which they are based. Instead, the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 are intended to remain available for customers who don't require the new planes' increased capabilities.</p><p>For the new aircraft, Beever and his team created a custom interior option called the Bossa Nova that's inspired by the soul and beauty of Brazil's beaches.</p><p>Here's a closer look at the Embraer Praetor 500 and 600 jets and the Bossa Nova interior:</p><img alt="Embraer Praetor 600 Plane "src=""><p>The Praetor 500 can fly nearly 3,700 miles, according to Embraer, more than 300 miles farther than the Legacy 450 on which it's based. The Praetor 600 has a range of nearly 4,500 miles, according to Embraer, roughly 900 miles more than the Legacy 500. The extra range is the result of more aerodynamically efficient winglets and additional fuel capacity. Both aircraft will be powered by a pair of Honeywell HTF 7500E turbofan engines.</p><p>The Praetor 500 will have room for seven to nine passengers, while the Praetor 600 can hold eight to 12.</p><img alt="Embraer 500 Plane "src=""><p>For the new jet, Embraer's interior-design boss, Jay Beever, came up with a cabin called the Bossa Nova.</p><img alt="Embraer Praetor 600 Interior "src=""><p>According to Beever, the cabin is inspired by Brazil's beaches.</p><img alt="Praetor 500 Plane Interior "src=""><p>For example, the stitch pattern on the seats is modeled after the stone walkways by Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro while the silk and wool carpets are "an abstract interpretation of the glowing light reflecting off the ripples in the ocean on a perfectly calm day," Beever said.</p><p>The retractable tables are made of carbon fiber.</p><img alt="Embraer Praetor 500 Table "src=""><p>Here are the seats berthed into a bed.</p><img alt="Embraer 600 Bed "src=""><p>Here's the carbon fiber and stone galley.</p><img alt="Embraer Galley "src=""><p>And here's the cockpit.</p><img alt="Embraer Praetor Cockpit "src=""><p>The base price for the Embraer Praetor 500 is $16,995,000, while the Praetor 600 starts at $20,995,000. The Bossa Nova interior costs an additional $750,000.</p>
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Gisele Bündchen Was More Excited Than Her Daughter to Meet Cinderella at Disney World

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:19
<p>Just a casual day being the most famous supermodel in the world at the happiest place on Earth.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Model Gisele Bündchen</a>, who just completed her memoir, "<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life</a><i>,</i>"<i> </i>spent the day on Wednesday treating her kids, Vivian and Ben, to a visit to <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World</a>, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">People</a></em>.</p><p>And, lucky for us, she shared an Instagram story to let us bask in the magic.</p><p>Bündchen and her kids met up with Cinderella and raced cars on the Tomorrowland Speedway. She posted a picture of her kids strolling through Tomorrowland, dressed up in adorable costumes, describing them as her “little princess” and her “little knight.”</p><p>As her daughter, Vivian, held hands with Cinderella, you can see Bündchen looking over at them excitedly. Her caption read, “Who do you think is more excited to meet Cinderella?” Honestly, we’re not sure. But that’s the best part of Disney: even world-famous supermodels can feel like little kids again.</p><p>It’s not exactly clear whether Bündchen’s husband, Tom Brady, was also at the park, since the New England Patriots are still in the midst of their NFL season.</p>
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This Very Good U.S. Customs Beagle Sniffed Out an Entire Roast Pig Hidden in Someone's Luggage

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:09
<p>People pack some odd things when they fly, especially when it comes to food. Before you know it, your <a href="" target="_blank">live lobsters</a> or bunches of <a href="" target="_blank">coconuts</a> are being searched by airport officials.</p><p>One traveler carrying a roasted pig probably didn’t expect a trained (and possibly hungry) dog to ruin their dinner plans at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBC).</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a>, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thursday, a member of the airport’s Beagle Brigade, Hardy, detected a fully cooked pig in a person’s luggage. Naturally, Hardy alerted the Customs team right away.</p><p>Hardy is clearly a very good boy.</p><img alt="Hardy, CBP K9 Atlanta Airport "src=""><p>“This seizure at ATL illustrates the tremendous expertise of our four-legged K-9 partners in protecting the United States,” said Carey Davis, a CBP official, to Fox News. The 6-year-old rescue dog obviously knows exactly what he’s supposed to do for his job, but also, what dog <i>doesn’t</i> want to immediately seize some delicious roasted pork?</p><p>Unfortunately for the traveler, the two-pound pig was confiscated and destroyed by the CBP, as regulations require. And poor Hardy was left without so much as a doggy bag. <a href="" target="_blank">According to Fox 5</a>, the U.S. does not allow pork products from other continents into the country as a preventative measure against swine flu, foot and mouth disease and other diseases.</p><p>Travelers are required to declare any agricultural items like fruit, vegetables or other food products when entering the country, as stated on the <a href="" target="_blank">CBP website</a>.</p><p>The traveler who attempted to transport the pig has not been identified.</p>
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Seaplane Company Blames Tourist's Selfie for Deadly Crash

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:54
<p>A seaplane crash in Australia killed five British tourists and their pilot on New Year's Eve in 2017. Though the reason for the crash remains officially unknown, Jerry Schwartz, the new part-owner of Sydney Seaplanes, is offering up one plausible theory.</p><p>Schwartz believes the pilot may have become incapacitated when a passenger knocked him out while attempting to <a href="" target="_blank">take a selfie</a>.</p><p>“The investigation has shown that safety is good and it’s actually believed to not be pilot error,” Schwartz told <i>T</i><em>he Australian.</em> “The current belief is the passenger at the front actually knocked out the pilot.” As he further noted, the passenger was likely in the front seat, swung around quickly to take a photo, and possibly elbowed the pilot in the temple, either knocking him out or disorientating him.</p><p>According to reports, the plane, a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane, flew off course and nosedived straight into the <a href="" target="_blank">Hawkesbury River</a>, located north of Sydney, at 3 p.m. local time on Dec. 31, despite flying in perfect conditions.</p><p>“Something definitely happened to the pilot to incapacitate him,” Sydney Seaplanes managing director Aaron Shaw told <em>The ­Australian.</em></p><p>The Australian Transport Safety Bureau initially found that there were no obvious mechanical defects or fuel contamination on the aircraft, the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Telegraph</a></em> reported. The aircraft, it noted, was also up to date with its maintenance checks. The pilot, Canadian-born Gareth Morgan, had plenty of experience and a good record.</p><p>Along with Morgan, <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a></em> reported, the crash claimed the lives of Richard Cousins, 58, his fiancée Emma Bowden, 48, her 11-year-old daughter Heather, and her cousins’s sons William, 25, and Edward, 23. The family had been taking part in the airline’s “fly-dine” sightseeing trip, which was en route to Rose Bay in Sydney Harbour when the plane made the devastating sharp turn. A final report on the crash is due to the ATSB by next year.</p>
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This Master Carver Turned a 2,000 Pound Pumpkin Into a Spooky Jack-o’-lantern

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:33
<p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Examiner Live</a></em>, Master pumpkin carver Christian Russell showed off his incredible skills by carving up a 2,013 pound — just over one ton — pumpkin for <a href="" target="_blank">York Maze</a>, Europe’s biggest corn maze. The carving will be part of the York Maze’s Halloween Festival.</p><p>Unlike the rest of us, who opt for a smaller variation or go on endless searches in pumpkin patches for the “perfect” option, Russell is used to working with pumpkins that are extraordinarily huge. All in all, the carving took Russell a day and a half (including breaks), reported the <em>Examiner Live</em>.</p><p>This one-ton pumpkin was given a classic yet spooky jack-o'-lantern face with artistic details like sharpened teeth, intricate patterns around the news and eyes and even eyebrows. A face isn’t quite a face without eyebrows, after all, even if it is a pumpkin.</p><p>According to the <em>Examiner Live</em>, Russell often makes displays for stores during this time of year. He also carves pumpkins into horror and fantasy creatures like Jabba the Hut and Pennywise, the clown from "IT."</p><img alt="Pumpkin carver Christian Russell with a 'World Record Breaking' Jack O "src=""><p>“Pumpkin is a lovely material to carve. If it dries out it's like soft balsa wood,” Russell told the <em>Examiner Live</em>.</p><p>To see more of this fantastic creations, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">All Carved Out Facebook</a> page or Russell’s <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>
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The World's First Racing Launch Coaster Has 2 Tracks So Close Together Riders Can Almost High-five Each Other

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 08:51
<p>If you’re a thrill seeker it may be time to book a ticket to Los Angeles, because Six Flags Magic Mountain has a new slate of rides and roller coasters coming soon.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The amusement park</a> announced its new 2019 rides, including the upcoming West Coast Racers, the world’s first racing launch coaster. Unlike traditional coasters that use chains and pulleys to lift the coaster up a hill and gravity to pull it down, this new ride will use a propulsion system to push it forward.</p><p>Each “race” takes two complete laps, covers several airtime hills, some extreme banking turns, and comes with four total inversions, including three zero-G rolls and a zero-G stall. With two cars racing, the trains interact over 30 times, including a "high-five," where opposing trains come so close they can almost physically high-five. It also comes with an immersive real-time “pit stop” designed by <a href="" target="_blank">West Coast Customs</a> — the crew that tricks out cars for celebrities like Justin Bieber on TV — to give riders an authentic racing experience. At its fastest point, it will hit 55 mph.</p><p>If all of that technical coaster talk is over your head (pun intended) we've <a href="" target="_blank">broken down some of the more technical elements</a> of how these thrill rides work. </p><p>“We are thrilled to partner with Six Flags Magic Mountain to create this unprecedented new ride,” Ryan Friedlinghaus, founder and CEO of West Coast Customs, said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>. "Throughout my career, I have always thought outside of the box and I love being challenged to build things others can't. Talk about the ultimate outside of the box challenge — a West Coast Customs-style roller coaster!” ​</p><p>But, if this coaster isn’t doing it for you, fear not, as the park has many more roller coasters for you to enjoy. In fact, <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a> </em>reported, Magic Mountain is the world record holder for the most number of coasters in one park. West Coast Racers will become the park’s twentieth coaster.</p><p>"Six Flags Magic Mountain is the undisputed 'Thrill Capital of the World,'" said Neal Thurman, the park's president. "And with this newest coaster, strengthens our position as the ‘Coaster Capital of the World’ with a total of 20 roller coasters — more than any other theme park on the planet.”</p><p>No word yet on an exact start date, but booking your tickets for summer vacation 2019 would likely be a safe bet. If you can't wait that long, some <a href="" target="_blank">pretty insane roller coasters</a> opened this year. Scarier yet, <a href="" target="_blank">Halloween celebrations</a> are going strong at theme parks around the country. </p>
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Frontier Is Offering $20 Flights Around the U.S. This Fall

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 08:36
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Frontier Airlines</a> flights to destinations around the country are starting at $20 one-way as part of the budget airline's <a href="" target="_blank">fall sale</a>. </p><p>The $20 one-way deals are available from a variety of cities, including New Orleans, Sacramento, Austin, Birmingham, Denver, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Tampa, San Antonio, Jacksonville, Albuquerque, Myrtle Beach, and more.</p><p>Return flights on most routes also start at $20 one-way, giving travelers $40 round-trip flights between cities like Las Vegas and Sacramento, Denver and Albuquerque, Jacksonville and Austin, and New Orleans and San Antonio.</p><p>Travelers will also find $24 and $29 one-way deals from Charlotte, Tampa, Chicago, Cincinnati, Des Moines, Memphis, and more.</p><p>Deals include $24 one-way flights from Orlando to both Atlanta and Jackson, from San Antonio to Tulsa and Jacksonville, and from Tampa to Charlotte and Norfolk. </p><p>For $29 one-way, passengers can also book flights from Atlanta to Orlando, Philadelphia to Charleston or Orlando, Denver to Des Moines, Louisville to Austin, and San Antonio to Memphis. </p><p>See what deals are available from your home airport on <a href="" target="_blank">Frontier's website</a>. </p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">28 Cheap Airlines Around the World</a></p><p>Deals are available for travel between Oct. 23 and Dec. 18 of this year (though blackout dates from Nov. 16 to 26 apply). The sale is available for booking until Oct. 17.</p><p>Frontier is a <a href="" target="_blank">budget airline</a> that charges additional fees for amenities like seat selection and baggage. The airline does offer <a href="" target="_blank">purchases made as a bundle</a>, which can be the best option depending on how many extras will be added for the trip.</p>
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Remember Halley's Comet? It's Causing a Meteor Shower — and This Week Is the Best Time to See the Shooting Stars

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 07:18
<p>The remains of the solar system’s most famous visiting comet will light up the night skies during October when the Orionid meteor shower sees dust and debris strike the Earth’s atmosphere. Visible from anywhere on the planet between midnight and dawn near the constellation of Orion the Hunter, this year’s peak night will be marred by strong moonlight, so it’s best viewed on or around Tuesday, Oct. 16.</p><h2>When is the Orionid meteor shower in 2018?</h2><p>Usually, it’s worth waiting for a meteor shower to peak before going outside, but this year’s Orionid meteor shower will be best viewed early. Although the peak night is on Sunday, Oct. 21 and into the early hours of Monday, the Orionid meteor shower actually began on Oct. 2 and doesn’t cease until Nov. 7. So why avoid the peak night on Oct. 21? It’s very close to the full moon on Oct. 24, which means there will be a lot of natural light pollution.</p><p>However, that doesn’t mean you can’t see the Orionid meteor shower this year.</p><h2>How to see the Orionid meteor shower</h2><p>No special equipment is needed, just good timing. (In fact, a telescope will massively limit your chances of seeing shooting stars.) The peak night might be ruined by the full moon, but with some careful planning, it will be possible to see the Orionid meteor shower in most of its glory. If you get outside just before midnight on Oct. 16, around about the same time a 50-percent-lit first quarter moon sets, you should have a dark enough sky to enjoy around 15-20 shooting stars per hour between midnight and sunrise.</p><h2>When is the best time to see shooting stars?</h2><p>The week beginning Oct. 15, 2018, is a great time for stargazing with a chance of shooting stars. To maximize your chances, stay away from strong light pollution, such as streetlights, and wait for 20 minutes until your eyes get used to the dark. Resist the temptation to look at your smartphone because its white light will instantly destroy your night vision.</p><h2>What causes the Orionid meteor shower?</h2><p>It’s none other than Halley’s Comet, officially called Comet 1P/Halley and surely the most famous comet of all. It was last in the solar system in 1986, when it left a stream of dust and debris on its way towards, and then away, from the Sun. One caused the Orionids, and another the Eta Aquarids, which will next peak on May 5-6, 2019. The shooting stars themselves are caused by tiny particles being struck by Earth’s atmosphere. As that happens, the particles burn up and glow for a split second. Halley’s Comet will return to the solar system in the year 2061.</p><h2>Where and when to look for shooting stars</h2><p>Since the constellation of Orion will be due south around 2 a.m during mid-October 2018, that’s roughly when and where to look for shooting stars since that’s the time Earth is meeting the debris stream head-on. However, that’s very general advice because the shooting stars can appear anywhere in the night sky. In fact, if you do see them near Orion, they are likely to be rather faint. So watching before midnight is fine.</p><h2>Where do the Orionids come from?</h2><p>All meteor showers have what astronomers call a radiant point, a location in the night sky where the shooting stars appear to be traveling from. In the case of the Orionid meteor shower, the radiant point is obviously in the constellation of Orion, which is rising in the east in the evenings during October. However, the radiant point is not near the three stars that make the famous Orion’s Belt, but near the famous star Betelgeuse just above. You can’t miss it; this massive red supergiant star’s color is a giveaway.</p>
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Pippa Middleton Gives Birth the Day After Harry and Meghan Share Their Baby News

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 06:35
<p>On Monday, at exactly 1:58 p.m. local time, Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews welcomed their son into the world. The baby weighed a healthy 8 lbs. and 9 oz.</p><p>Pippa gave birth in the <a href="" target="_blank">Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital</a>, the same place where Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed all three of their children.</p><p>"Everyone is delighted and mother and baby are doing well," a spokesperson for the family told <a href="" target="_blank">reporters</a>. A Kensington Palace spokesperson additionally noted that Kate and Prince William are “thrilled” with the new arrival.</p><p>Pippa famously <a href="" target="_blank">attended Princess Eugenie’s wedding</a> on Friday, looking as if she were ready to give birth any moment inside St. George’s Chapel. Pippa also happened to give birth just one day after news broke that <a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting</a> their own bundle of joy in the spring.</p><p>After announcing her pregnancy in June, Pippa chronicled her baby bump’s ups and downs in her column for supermarket monthly <em>Waitrose Kitchen</em> magazine.</p><p>“I was lucky to pass the 12-week scan without suffering from morning sickness. That meant I was able to carry on as normal,” she wrote in her announcement. She then shared her pregnancy workout routine —which <a href="" target="_blank">included plenty of tennis</a> — along with some adorable <a href="" target="_blank">maternity swimsuits</a> for water aerobics.</p><p>“From personal experience, I’d confidently say I find it has been the most enjoyable and rewarding form of exercise since I found out I was expecting,” she wrote of water aerobics. “It’s comforting to know that it’s safe throughout pregnancy, and you don’t need to adapt and change too much (unlike most other sports). It’s so good for you that you could swim every day – as long as you don’t overexert yourself – right up until the end of the third trimester.”</p><p>Now, if only she’d start sharing the parenting advice Kate’s undoubtedly giving her in her next column we’d be all set.</p>
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Everything You Need to Know About This Under-the-radar Disney World Food Festival

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:45
<p>There’s a food festival at Disney World that has been running for nearly a decade, only it’s not the one you’re thinking of.</p><p>Walt Disney World <a href="" target="_blank">Swan and Dolphin Food &amp; Wine Classic</a> hosts seminars, events, and 90 festival booths each October for a phenomenal festival that only in-the-know Disney fans are aware of — even though it's just steps outside of the parks.</p><p>With <a href="" target="_blank">Epcot International Food &amp; Wine Festival</a>, the famed spectacle celebrating global cuisine lasting through November, Swan &amp; Dolphin’s festival — this year October 26–28 — deems autumn the best season for foodies to visit Florida.</p><p>Even better? This under-the-radar festival is open to non-hotel guests, doesn’t require park admission and is walking distance from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, located just beyond <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts</a> and Disney’s BoardWalk.</p><p>At nightly events on October 26 and 27, guests can sample food from hotel’s award-winning restaurants like Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Shula’s Steak House and Todd English’s bluezoo on the outdoor causeway between both hotels, along with additional food booths, beverage stands and a seperate beer garden. Special themed areas like Chinatown and Carnival Corner provide a set of different experiences to guests as well, with the hotel’s private beach transformed into a Hawaiian-themed getaway with baked Kalua pork and steamed white rice, tuna poke, and shave ice, all set to the sounds of live music.</p><img alt="Lobster Benedict Disney "src=""><p>Unlimited food and beverage wristbands, which begin at $119 per person, are <a href="" target="_blank">available online</a>, along with hotel packages booked directly through <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort</a>.</p><p>Ticketed seminars focusing on subjects including wine blending, craft cocktails and pasta making are offered throughout the festival weekend for $50 to $85 per person. Hungry vacationers can also opt for the Sunday Bubbles Brunch inside <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Swan’s Il Mulino </a>restaurant on October 28. For $85 per person, attendees can dine on an awe-inspiring spread of meats, cheeses and sushi, entrees like saltimbocca and lobster benedict and a glass of champagne or mimosa, with an optional upgrade to bottomless drinks.</p><img alt="Food & Wine Classic Disney "src=""><p>Still in the mood for more culinary expertise? The second-annual <a href="" target="_blank">Homestead Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando</a>, Grande Lakes’ Whisper Creek Farm, honoring sustainable food and practices at a dinner hosted by James Beard Award-winning chefs, will also be happening that weekend on Friday, October 26.</p><p>2018’s Food &amp; Wine Classic marks the ninth year of the festival at <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort</a>, which recently underwent a $150 million renovation updating guest rooms and enhanced lobby spaces. A new 349-room, 14-story tower with a rooftop space and fireworks views is slated to open in late 2020 on the property, which is walking distance from Disney’s Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Though not operated by Disney, Swan &amp; Dolphin hotel guests receive select <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World benefits</a>, including early mornings in the park and first availability for FastPass booking, along with significant transportation perks.</p>
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Enjoy 30% off Stays at a Glamping Retreat in Torres del Paine National Park

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:29
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Chile: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">Patagonia Camp</a>, a collection of tricked-out yurts off the shores of Del Toro Lake in Torres del Paine National Park.</p><p>The deal includes:</p>Three nights in a Deluxe Yurt or a Deluxe Yurt + Jacuzzi Shared transfers to and from the Presidente Carlos Ibáñez International AirportFull board (buffet breakfast, lunch, or boxed lunch during excursions, plus three-course dinners) Open bar with house wines and standard liquorsSelect guided excursions Bilingual guidesEntrance fee to the National Park<p>Original Price: From $1,390 per person, all-inclusive (or $463 per night) for a Deluxe Yurt, or $1,530 per person, all-inclusive (or $510 per night) for a Deluxe Yurt + Jacuzzi</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $973 per person, all-inclusive (or $324 per night) for a Deluxe Yurt, or from $1,071 per person, all-inclusive (or $357 per night) for a Deluxe Yurt + Jacuzzi; book by October 31, 2018 for travel through May 26, 2019. </p><p>Booking details: Use reservation code TL18 when emailing <a href=""></a> or calling 56 241 5149 or 56 2259 40591.</p><p>Availability: Subject to availability.</p><p> </p>
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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby Is Shaking Up the Royal Line of Succession

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:09
<p>On Monday morning, Prince Harry and <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle announced they are expecting their first child</a>. The baby, Kensington Palace shared, is expected to arrive this spring.</p><p>“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace shared in a statement as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in <a href="" target="_blank">Australia</a>. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since <a href="" target="_blank">their wedding in May</a> and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”</p><p>The baby will become Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s eighth great-grandchild, and fourth grandchild for Prince Charles.</p><p>While the baby will sit in the number one spot in Harry and Meghan’s hearts, where exactly will <a href="" target="_blank">he or she sit in line for the throne</a>?</p><p>As <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em> broke down, the newest child would sit seventh in line to take over the monarchy. The new line of succession is as follows: Queen Elizabeth (current reigning royal), followed by Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry, then Harry’s expected child. The new baby pushed Prince Andrew, the Queen’s son and the Duke of York, into eighth place. His children, Princess Beatrice and <a href="" target="_blank">Princess Eugenie</a>, are now ninth and tenth in line.</p><p>This royal order will continue to change over the years. For example, Prince Harry and his soon-to-be child could move further down the list if Prince William and Kate Middleton have more children. And, one day, when Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis have their own children, Harry and his child will be pushed further away from the throne.</p><p>Though the baby will likely never become the reigning monarch, they will at least have a large family — and even bigger fanbase — to support them along the way.</p>
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Here's What Bookies Think Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Name Their Firstborn (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 16:18
<p> </p><p>It’s official: There’s a new royal baby on the way.</p><p>On Monday morning, just after landing in <a href="" target="_blank">Australia to celebrate the Invictus Games</a>, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle <a href="" target="_blank">announced they are expecting their first child</a> sometime in the spring.</p><p>While there’s still a long way to go until the newest Windsor baby enters the world, people are already obsessing over every element of the pregnancy. And bookies in the United Kingdom are already taking bets on the name.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Evening Standard</em></a>, which spoke to the private bookmakers <a href="" target="_blank">Fitzdare</a>, Alexander is the favored male name with 2/1 odds, and Alice is the favorite for a girl at 5/2. But, those aren’t the only names in play.</p><p>“Meghan’s loose coat at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday led to speculation that an announcement was imminent and now that we have it, the Royal Baby name game starts,” Katie Baylis of <a href="" target="_blank">Betfair</a> said. “At this stage Diana, Arthur and Alice, which was favorite at different stages for Kate and William’s babies, are the 12/1 front-runners. However, with months until the baby is born, those odds will shorten, change and other names will come to the forefront.”</p><p>There are still other names in the running, according to Betfair. Edward and Elizabeth are both coming in with 16/1 odds, James at 18/1, and Victoria at 20/1.</p><p>At the bottom of the betting list? Barry — which would be a nice nod to Prince Harry’s friend Barack Obama — which has 150/1 odds, and Joffrey — which would prove their extreme Game of Thrones fandom — at 200/1.</p><p>The one thing this baby won’t have in his or her name is a Prince or Princess title. Unless, of course, the Queen steps in.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Metro</em> reported</a> the child would automatically become a Lord or a Lady at birth, and would be given the last name Mountbatten-Windsor. If it’s a son, he would also become the Earl of Dumbarton, which is one of Harry’s lesser peerage titles.</p><p>However, Queen Elizabeth could also step in upon the child’s birth and gift the title of Prince or Princess for their birthday. Even without a title, this child will certainly be living a charmed life.</p>
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Adobe Releases 'All-in-one' Video Editing App Premiere Rush for Creating Social Video

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:59
<p>Adobe is releasing a video editing app on Monday that will help you take your Instagram videos to the next level.</p><p>Adobe Premiere Rush CC is an “all-in-one, cross-device” video editing platform that brings several features associated with professional editing software (which typically require a more powerful desktop computer) to iPhone, iPad and Windows — and soon Android as well.</p><p>The app syncs with the Creative Cloud, and Adobe provides 100 GB of storage so that video shot and edited on any device is immediately available to edit on all your others. When the final product is ready for social, it can be shared from the app seamlessly, and unleashed upon your Instamasses.</p><p>Adobe previewed the app <a href="" target="_blank">over the summer</a>, and will announce the publicly available app at <a href="" target="_blank">Adobe MAX</a> in <a href="">Los Angeles</a> on Monday.</p><img alt="iPhone Adobe Premiere Rush "src=""><p>While the most obvious appeal is for content creators looking for an on-the-go solution to creating professional-quality video for Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook, the app is beginner-friendly to the point where even with minimal experience you can be editing in minutes. Premiere Rush simplifies editing — including adding transitions, background music, and titles — into a mobile interface that offers all the necessities on a screen the size of a smartphone, while also offering cross-device access for more complicated projects.</p><p>Those who already have experience editing, whether with Adobe Premiere or other software, will be pleased with the easy access to the most useful features.</p><p>Adobe Premiere Rush CC is now available <a href="" target="_blank">for iOS (for iPhone, iPad, and Mac</a>) and Windows, and will be available on Android some time next yaer, the company says.</p><img alt="iPad Adobe "src=""><p>There's a free <a href="" target="_blank">Starter Plan</a> for the app, while individual subscriptions are $9.99 a month (through <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or the <a href="" target="_blank">App Store</a>), or included in several Creative Cloud memberships.</p>
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New Bullet Train Could Transport Passengers from Oregon to Canada in Under Two Hours (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:00
<p>A <a href="" target="_blank">new ultra-high-speed train</a> could soon be whisking passengers from <a href="" target="_blank">Portland, Oregon</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Vancouver, British Columbia</a> in just under two hours.</p><p>Officials in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia are currently in the stages of looking into the planning for a proposed ultra-high-speed train that would travel at speeds 250 miles per hour or greater, transporting passengers from Portland to Seattle in under one hour and from Seattle to Vancouver in just under another hour.</p><p>The concept of the new train is <a href="" target="_blank">one of three high-speed transportation options</a> officials are looking into, with additional options include magnetic levitation (maglev) trains and a hyperloop system. </p><p>The goal is to create transportation options that would alleviate traffic and transit congestion and help to boost business innovation across the <a href="" target="_blank">Cascadia</a> megaregion (a network of metropolitan regions that have shared economies, infrastructures, and ecosystems). While the concept for the ultra-high-speed train is still in its early stages, officials hope to launch it by 2035.</p><p>The concepts are under evaluation and will be discussed at October's Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference before a more in-depth study on how each transportation system would work is set to be released in July of 2019.</p><p>The train would serve as an additional travel option to the already available <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak Cascades</a> trains, which serve 18 cities across Canada, Washington, and Oregon. In contrast to the newly proposed trains, the Cascades train travels at a mere 79 miles per hour.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">How to Master the Art of Amtrak Travel</a></strong></p><p>So far, the project has received 1.5 million in funding from officials from Washington state, British Columbia, Oregon, and Microsoft. Should the new train be built, it will stand as <a href="" target="_blank">one of the world’s fastest</a>.</p>
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Get 30% off Stays at This Lavish Art-Centered Hotel in Rome

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:00
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p><p>Italy: 30 percent off <a href="" target="_blank">The First Hotel Roma Arte</a>, a former nobleman’s palace near the Spanish Steps. Enjoy an aperitivo on the rooftop garden, Acquaroof, and Mediterranean fare at the Michelin-starred Acquolina restaurant. </p><p>See Rome First package includes:</p>One or more nights in a Junior Suite and above Welcome drinks upon arrivalEarly check-in and check-out<p>Original Price: From $522 per night (or 450 euro)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $365 per night (or 315 euro); valid for travel from November 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.</p><p>Booking details: Reservations can be made by emailing <a href=""></a> and mentioning the code Travel + Leisure.</p><p>Availability: Subject to availability. Not combinable with other promotions. Blackout dates are Dec 21, 2018 to Jan 2, 2019.</p>
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This Country Was Just Named the Best Place for Expats for the 4th Year in a Row

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:00
<p>Singapore has been named the world’s best country for expats for the fourth year in a row.</p><p>The results are based on HSBC’s annual <a href="" target="_blank">Expat Explorer survey</a>, a global survey completed by 22,318 expats across 163 different countries.</p><p>Expats were asked to rate countries based on three different categories: economics, experience, and family.</p><p>Singapore came in first overall, scoring high on its economic offerings. According to the survey, close to half (47 percent) of respondents said they moved to Singapore to progress their career, with expats in Singapore earning an average income of $162,000. This income is $56,000 more than the global average, according to HSBC.</p><p>While salaries earned are higher, Singapore is also one of the <a href="" target="_blank">world's most expensive places to live</a>. </p><p>Despite this, Singapore also ranked high thanks to its wellbeing and education offerings for children. A total of 60 percent of participants said they found their children’s health and wellbeing improved since moving to Singapore, with three quarters of family respondents saying their child’s life has also improved overall since the move.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> came in at second place, earning the highest ranking in the experience category thanks to its wide array of outdoor activities. </p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">How to Get the Most Adventure out of the Adventure Capital of the World</a></strong></p><p>Germany came in at third place, scoring the second highest rating in economics, followed by Canada and Bahrain in fourth and fifth place, respectively.</p><p>Of the 31 countries listed on HSBC’s <a href="" target="_blank">leaderboard</a> (countries that had at least 100 expat respondents and scored highest on each category) about a third hailed from <a href="" target="_blank">Asia</a>. </p><p>The U.S. ranked in 23<sup>rd </sup>place, dropping down three places since 2017. While the U.S. offers almost $80,000 more than the average expat salary, long hours spent at work and difficulty forming social circles were some of the factors that lowered the country’s ranking.</p>
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Here’s a Sneak Peek at Legoland’s New Rides in the Lego Movie World Expansion

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:20
<p>What’s better than watching "The Lego Movie?"<i> </i>Being<em> in</em> the Lego Movie (so to speak).</p><p>No, we’re not talking about “walk on” roles in the animated film. We’re talking about an incredible new theme park completely based around "The Lego Movie" cinematic universe.</p><p>According to <a href="">t</a><a href="" target="_blank">he company's blog</a>, The Lego Movie World at Legoland Florida Resort is a brand new project in conjunction with Warner Bros., allowing guests the chance to stroll around the movie’s fictional town of Bricksburg and experience amazing rides based on the original movie and its sequel, "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part."</p><p>Some of the awesome (because <a href="" target="_blank">EVERYTHING IS AWESOME</a>) new rides include The Lego Movie Masters of Flight, a flying theater attraction in which you sit on Emmet’s (played by Chris Pratt in the movie) flying couch and go on an adventure through the town. According to a press release, this ride will be the first attraction at a major theme park in the United States "that embeds a 180-degree turn in the ride experience."</p><p>For people who are in love with Lego cat-icorns, there’s Unikitty’s Disco Drop. The tower-style ride is a dropping, spinning, bouncing thrill ride that only the quirky Unikitty (played by Alison Brie in the movie) can provide.</p><p>And for the master builders out there, put your skills to the test at the Battle of Bricksburg attraction. On this ride, guests fight off alien invaders with water sprayers as they sail through downtown Bricksburg.</p><p>Aside from rides, fans of the movie can meet their favorite characters, enjoy delicious food and even stay in a "Lego Movie" themed room at the <a href="" target="_blank">Legoland Hotel</a>. The park itself is scheduled to open in spring 2019. Trust us, if you’re a fan of the movie, you’re going to want to grab a season pass.</p><p>More information about The Lego Movie World, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Legoland website</a>.</p>
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