Host Your Own 'Great British Bake Off' by Renting Out Mary Berry’s Former Cottage

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:19
<p>You may not have Mary Berry’s baking skills, but you can still cook in her kitchen.</p><p>The former English countryside home of the “Great British Bake Off” judge is available to rent. <a href="" target="_blank">Old Manse cottage</a> in Salcombe, Devon, has the same proper British charm as Berry herself. The four-bedroom cottage is located on the southwestern coast of the U.K., with a marble fireplace and views of the nearby harbor.</p><img alt="Old Manse, Salcome, Devon, England - "src=""><img alt="Old Manse, Salcome, Devon, England - "src=""><p>But for any baking fan, the main attraction is the kitchen. As would be only fitting, Berry’s former kitchen is ready to entertain. The Aga oven (which calls itself <a href="" target="_blank">the world’s best cooking experience</a>) is waiting to <a href="" target="_blank">bake Berry’s famous pavlova</a>. It’s stocked with pots and pans, a large stainless steel fridge and a grill. An eight-person wood table sits in the dining room, ideal for serving elaborate feasts <em>a la Berry</em>.</p><p>For dining al fresco, the cottage has a charming backyard with a paved terrace, outdoor furniture and British landscaping.</p><img alt="Old Manse, Salcome, Devon, England - "src=""><img alt="Old Manse, Salcome, Devon, England - "src=""><img alt="Old Manse, Salcome, Devon, England - "src=""><p>The bedrooms upstairs are outfitted in a classic and simple style, complementing the seaside environment with details like striped fabrics and rope tie-backs for the curtains. And there’s also WiFi and a TV if you wish to stream episodes of “Great British Bake Off” for inspiration.</p><p>The cottage is available from $1,173 (£926) per week. It can accommodate up to eight guests.</p>
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Delta Is Hiring 1,000 New Flight Attendants

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:02
<p>Your chances of landing a job that will pay you to travel the world just got a whole lot better. </p><p>Earlier this week, <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> announced its <a href="" target="_blank">plan to hire</a> a whopping 1,000 new employees in 2019, the majority of which will be flight attendants.</p><p>"The best flight attendants in the world wear the wings of Delta and we'll be looking for top talent as we welcome 1,000 new members to the Delta family," Allison Ausband, Delta's senior vice president of in-flight service, said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a>. "Our people are known for their engaging personalities, ability to listen, composure and teamwork — if this sounds like you, apply to come fly with us."</p><p>To qualify for the role, an applicant must have a GED or high school degree, be fluent in English, have the ability to work in the United States, have a flexible schedule, and be 21 years old by Jan. 1, 2019.</p><p>Though these qualifications seem simple enough to fill, it turns out becoming a Delta crew member is incredibly difficult. As Delta noted, in 2017, more than 270,000 applicants applied for roughly 1,700 open flight attendant positions. To really stand out from the pack, Delta said applicants should also have at least one year of working experience — especially in roles involving customer service — have a fluency in a second language, and have a college degree.</p><p>But, if you’re more interested in flying the plane than working in the cabin, Delta is hiring for that too. In July, NBC reported that Delta is on the hunt for <a href="" target="_blank">8,000 new pilots</a> over the next decade.</p><p>Virgin Atlantic is also on the hunt for more <a href=";jobid=137826,3425368247&amp;key=91611036&amp;c=489823218702&amp;pagestamp=seuexkmpjkximhtmdk" target="_blank">crew members to join its team</a> out of Heathrow, and <a href="" target="_blank">Emirates is hiring</a> attendants based out of Dubai. However, those <a href="" target="_blank">Emirates jobs come with the added qualifications</a> of being at least 5’2’’ and having an arm reach of about seven feet while standing on your tiptoes.</p>
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Aldi's Wine Advent Calendar Is Finally Coming to the U.S. This Year

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 06:13
<p>It may only be August, but somehow Aldi has us craving the holidays already.</p><p>In 2017, the supermarket chain had everyone all up in a tizzy over its <a href="" target="_blank">wine advent calendar</a>, which came with 24 miniature bottles of wine to help people get through — er, celebrate — the holiday season.</p><p>"Every day offers a new mini bottle of wine for an evening indulgence in the lead-up to Christmas," Aldi's site explained at the time. "There's no better advent calendar out there."</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Prosecco Advent Calendar Is All You'll Want for Christmas</a></p><p>Sadly, that calendar was only available to U.K. residents. But, it appears the chain got the memo that Americans like wine because, according to <em><a href=";utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=myrecipes&amp;XID=mr_socialflow_facebook" target="_blank">Kitchn</a></em>, the store will be bringing its wine advent calendar stateside for 2018. Oh, and it's adding in a cheese advent calendar to boot.</p><p>As <i>Kitchn</i> explained, it got an exclusive first peek at the wine calendar, which will cost $69.99 and will again hold 24 mini bottles of wine. And that, my thirsty holiday friends, is a pretty great deal as it works out to just about $3 per bottle. Or, if you want to think of it another way, it also equates to about six full bottles of wine. Those wine varietals include red, white, rosé, and sparkling, meaning there really is something for everyone inside.</p><p>The cheese calendar will only set shoppers back $12.99, and will include 24 different mini imported kinds of cheese. <i>Kitchn</i> noted it includes cheddar, Gouda, Edam, and more.</p><p>Both calendars will be available for purchase starting Nov. 7 — only in states where selling alcohol in supermarkets is legal — and they're expected to sell out fast. But, if you can’t get your hands on these suckers fast enough you <a href="" target="_blank">could always make your own</a>.</p>
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Move Over, Vermont — Texas Just May Be the Best State for Fall Foliage

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 17:13
<p>Not long after arriving in Texas Hill Country, I found myself committing one of my favorite sins: <a href="" target="_blank">eating barbecue</a> for breakfast. I’d ducked into Keese’s Bar-B-Que in Medina — a sleepy town surrounded by apple orchards, roughly 90 minutes from San Antonio — and ordered a plate of beef brisket tacos with fresh pico de gallo. I ate it in blissful silence, observing the other diners in the small café, none of whom appeared to be in any hurry to leave. Afterward, I stepped onto Keese’s side patio to enjoy the morning sun at one of the picnic tables, whose surfaces were painted to resemble the Texas state flag, and check <a href="" target="_blank">Google Maps for the route</a> to Lost Maples State Natural Area. But I’d lost cell service, so I’d have to wing it.</p><p>Leaving Keese’s, I took my best guess, picked a lane, and drove out of town. The music of Robert Earl Keen (a Texas country music legend and Hill Country resident) drawled from my car’s speakers. I opened a window, remembering that breathing the warm air that hangs over these alternately lush and arid hills is its own reward. I rubbernecked to stare at what looked like antelope but turned out to be native pronghorns, grazing near vineyards along an old cattle trail around Bandera Pass.</p><p>An area covering some 11 million acres, Hill Country is bookended by <a href="" target="_blank">San Antonio</a> to the south and <a href="" target="_blank">Austin</a> to the north. This sprawling region is a wild, rural place, and its size presents considerable challenges to taking it all in. You could stuff three Connecticuts into Hill Country and still have enough space left over for Rhode Island.</p><p>Aside from its uninterrupted wilderness, Hill Country is also famous for its small towns — ike the charmingly Germanic Fredericksburg and Wimberley, a rural cradle for artists. Texan culture knits the region together. The connection is easiest to see in the <a href="" target="_blank">Tex-Mex food</a> and barbecue found throughout Hill Country and in the strains of music — country, blues, folk, Tejano — heard in its honky-tonks and rural dance halls.</p><p>Before long I was lost, which, while not unpleasant, was cause for embarrassment, considering that I’d visited more than a dozen times before. But I’d never been here at this time of year. I had come in pursuit not only of food, culture, and great hotels but also of autumn foliage. Yes, <a href="" target="_blank">fall colors</a>, in Texas: in late October and early November, weather conditions in certain pockets of the region, particularly at higher elevations and around river and creek beds, provide conditions for foliage to erupt in earthy Technicolor hues. I saw many flashes of orange and yellow and red during my drives, though I quickly learned that predicting the time and place where colors bloom, the subject of leaf-hunting Facebook pages and blogs, is an inexact science.</p><p>Though the name Hill Country doesn’t promise the drama of a mountain range, the high views over expansive valleys are breathtaking. Leakey, one of the towns I passed through after losing my way, is known locally as the Swiss Alps of Texas. The clearest views are of infinite landscapes that undulate until they’re swallowed by the horizon. Was this Provence without the castles? I wondered. The Pyrenees with lower peaks and taller hats?</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">14 Fall Road Trips for Seeing the Best Fall Foliage — and a Whole Lot More</a></p><p>In addition to its hills, Hill Country is a mash-up of stone-strewn plains, limestone cliffs, dew-wet forests, and sun-scorched rangeland. Repeatedly, I experienced the vertigo of roads that felt like vertical switchbacks. They crested amid noticeably cooler air, then plunged into valleys marked by giant roadside rulers that measure the depths of the frequent and often dangerous flash floods.</p><p>When cell service kicked in again, I frantically looked up directions to <a href="" target="_blank">Lost Maples State Natural Area</a>. Miraculously, I wasn’t too far away. The park, which is 90 miles northwest of San Antonio and covers more than 2,000 acres, has a spacious welcome station with a chalkboard list of “birds to look for.” It ran to 88 species, from Acadian flycatchers to yellow-rumped warblers. On my late morning hike, I traversed jagged limestone bedrock and half-dry riverbeds, with enough variations in temperature that I drove away with one sunburned arm and a frozen toe, thanks to a slip into cold creek water.</p><p>Hill Country destinations like Marble Falls and Fredericksburg see traffic spike in April, when the bluebonnets and other <a href="" target="_blank">wildflowers</a> are in full bloom, but at Lost Maples, autumn is high season. I heeded warnings to arrive before noon to avoid the crowds and was rewarded with near solitude on the trails. A ranger wearing silver maple-leaf earrings described the conditions as “mid color.” That meant <a href="" target="_blank">bursts of rust and red edged with deep yellow</a>, flaming orange, and pale green. The blend of maples, oaks, sumacs, and sycamores were all the more vivid against the marbled-gray backdrop of a canyon wall.</p><p>Robert Caro, the Lyndon Baines Johnson biographer who has spent decades chronicling the life of the Hill Country native, once said that the moment he realized his subject “was going to be really hard for me to understand was the first time I drove out of Austin into the Hill Country.” The native New Yorker was talking about how far removed Hill Country was, and often still feels, from city life. I’ve never gotten used to the swiftness with which the subdivisions are supplanted by lonely windmills and white-tailed deer.</p><p>I spent the first night of my trip in one of the tin-roofed cabins on the grounds of <a href="" target="_blank">Camp Comfort</a>, in the town of Comfort, roughly an hour from San Antonio. Opened in 2014, Camp Comfort calls itself a bed-and-breakfast, but it is really a fashionable, budget-friendly rural retreat, on the site of a 19th-century social club that became a bowling alley in the early 20th century. There’s an indoor common area where the lanes once were, as well as an outside stage, where the camp often hosts local singer-songwriters. The cabins are built largely of reclaimed wood.</p><img alt="Scenes from Texas Hill Country "src=""><p>The evening I arrived, children were trick-or-treating on the street leading up to the camp. The leaves of the riverbank cypresses were beginning to yellow. When night fell, I sipped wine in an Adirondack chair with my feet at the edge of a roaring fire. It took a bit for my eyes and ears to recalibrate. While daytime in Hill Country is staggeringly bright—the sun hammers down from big skies — the night gets pitch dark. By 8 p.m. the sky was an inky blue, and the temperature had dropped at least 20 degrees.</p><p>From Camp Comfort, I drove to the <a href="" target="_blank">Inn at Dos Brisas</a>, a Relais &amp; Châteaux property in the town of Washington. Dos Brisas lies just beyond Hill Country’s eastern edge, but it still captures the spirit of the region, and the rolling, forested grounds are as much a draw as the luxury accommodations. There were few signs of autumn, but near a creek I found a particularly gorgeous example of orange-blushing sycamore.</p><p>Dos Brisas is uniquely Texan, with the air of a wealthy person’s ranch. It is beloved by the well-heeled Houston crowd, who come for the huge indoor riding arena. (It’s common to spy guests on horseback, outfitted as though for a Ralph Lauren ad.) In terms of guest quarters, however, the footprint is small: there are only nine haciendas and casitas, albeit large ones, tastefully decorated with Persian carpets and leather furniture.</p><img alt="Scenes from Texas Hill Country "src=""><p>Another reason people come to Dos Brisas is for the food. It has a 42-acre farm and a 7,000-square-foot greenhouse, both of which fuel a standout culinary program led by executive chef Zachary Ladwig, who trained at Bouley in New York. You can eat meals in your hacienda, although I took mine in the main restaurant, inside what is literally a mansion on a hill.</p><p>On my first night, the Houston Astros moved one game closer to winning the World Series, animating a dining room that was populated by preppy Texas couples sharing bottles of Meursault. I ate a partially boned, boudin-stuffed, Texas shrubland quail, accompanied by Dos Brisas produce — cannelloni-bean ragoût, grilled scallions, pink radishes — that deepened the Texas accent of Ladwig’s fine cuisine.</p><p>On my second day, I wandered the grounds, mainly from the seat of an electric golf cart, steering past organic gardens and a clay-shooting range. I took a garden tour with Ladwig, who showed me broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale all ready to harvest — another benefit of a fall visit. He became particularly animated where the chickens ranged freely near beds of snapdragons and nasturtiums, whose flowers are edible, explaining how the gardens compel his cooking in a “vegetable forward” direction — a refreshing twist in Texas, where the cattle-ranching mystique still holds sway.</p><p>That night, I slathered butter, enriched with chicken skin, over hot buttermilk biscuits. A fried, panko-crusted egg rested on a bed of fresh salsify, baby squash, and edible flowers. “Having a chef who works with you is crucial,” said Steve King, the general manager of Dos Brisas Farms, who was wearing a sweat-stained, wide-brimmed leather hat. A plant-breeding Ph.D., he helps Ladwig write menus inspired by seasonal crops. “The farm exists for the restaurant,” King added.</p><p>On my way out of Washington I passed through Brenham to visit <a href="" target="_blank">Truth Barbeque</a>, one of a new generation of small, artisanal smoked-meat joints that have made national headlines. Truth is open only Friday to Sunday, and the lines are long, so I ordered as if it were a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample the celebrated brisket and pulled-to-order smoked pork. It was enough to sate me for the drive ahead, which I routed through the Hill Country town of Blanco. It is cut through by the Blanco River, and for stretches the road follows its limestone banks. I found myself repeatedly surrounded by fields of little bluestem, a perennial bunchgrass that turns russet red in the fall, even in areas where trees remained green.</p><p>Hill Country’s parks, historic towns, and casual restaurants make it ideal for a <a href="" target="_blank">family getaway</a>. So now, midway through my trip, I was on my way to meet my wife and two sons, ages one and three, at the slightly lower-key <a href="" target="_blank">La Cantera Resort &amp; Spa</a>, a Destination Hotel, near San Antonio. The resort is positioned on one of the highest points in the area, and its proportions are characteristically Texan, which is to say it’s big: nearly 500 rooms, nine restaurants and bars, two golf courses, and five swimming pools spread over 550 acres. The views are of a lush, rolling expanse where Hill Country peacefully coexists with the San Antonio suburbs. The four of us decided to take advantage of the family-friendly amenities, and in the space of an afternoon, La Cantera converted me from a waterslide virgin to a full-throated evangelist.</p><img alt="La Cantera Resort & Spa in Texas has a restaurant, and outdoor spa treatment cabanas "src=""><p>La Cantera is also the site of Signature, the newest restaurant from chef Andrew Weissman, who built his reputation at San Antonio’s Le Rêve in the early 2000s. Though it closed in 2009, I agreed with the consensus at the time that Le Rêve was among the most accomplished French restaurants between the coasts.</p><p>Weissman told me his food “twists what I grew up eating in San Antonio” with Texas ingredients and French technique. Our meal included raw oysters garnished with pickled peppers; supple, house-made pappardelle; and Hill Country venison draped in green-peppercorn sauce. One of Weissman’s favorite desserts is a cardamom <em>paleta</em><i>,</i> his take on the Latin American ice pops found all over San Antonio.</p><p>The antiques-strewn restaurant occupies a window-filled building a short walk down the hill from La Cantera’s villas. At night, it appears to glow from an underground source of golden light. There, you can forget you’re so close to the city, particularly if you get a table with a view. “If you look out the windows at certain angles,” Weissman said, “it looks like you could be in the foothills of Hill Country, or you could be in Italy — those verdant, rolling hills.”</p><p>There was a time when Weissman, who honed his chops in France, was a rare bird in this part of Texas. Today, it’s possible to find the kinds of pleasures he offers — modern, satisfying alternatives to Tex-Mex and barbecue — even in Hill Country’s rural small towns.</p><p>Fredericksburg, an hour north of La Cantera, is among the area’s best-known destinations. Its bakeries, beer gardens, and gift shops still bear the imprint of 19th-century German settlers, but it’s also the site of Hill Country’s burgeoning cosmopolitanism. The warm, sunny climate here has proven ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, among other grapes. Now Fredericksburg and its environs are home to tasting rooms from up-and-coming wineries like 4.0 Cellars, William Chris Vineyards, and Pedernales Cellars. Restaurants like Vaudeville, a home-furnishings store and café in the center of town, serve wood-fired pizzas, gourmet sandwiches, and more ambitious, globally influenced entrées at night.</p><p>But I knew my kids’ new favorite place would be the <a href="" target="_blank">Hamilton Pool Preserve</a>. The park, about an hour east of Fredericksburg (and just under two hours northeast of La Cantera) is 232 acres of protected land with a natural, jade-green pool at the center of it. My three-year-old collected fallen leaves on the hike down to the secluded swimming hole. We waded into the cold water, a small, exposed section of an underground river, and stood under the gently trickling waterfalls at the back end of the pool. It was like swimming in a cave that contains both forest and blue sky.</p><img alt="Swimmers at Hamilton Pool, near Austin, Texas "src=""><p>We spent the rest of the day touring areas around Hamilton Pool, where Hill Country bears the strong influence of nearby Austin. Jester King Brewery, on the outskirts of the city near Dripping Springs, makes what my friend Matthew Odam, the Austin American-Statesman’s restaurant critic, insists is the best beer in central Texas. We went on Matthew’s recommendation, just after our Saturday swim, to find the brewery’s grounds had been transformed into a pastoral celebration of Texas’s artisanal boom. There were long picnic tables overflowing with people tearing apart pizzas cooked in a horse trailer that had been converted into a wood-burning oven. I bought a bottle of Swedish-style ale brewed with juniper at a table outside the tasting room, near where a banjo-fiddle duo played.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">This Natural Pool Is the Best-kept Secret in Texas</a></p><p>From there we made the short drive to Treaty Oak Distilling, where the scene was equally memorable. The operation, like Jester King’s, was set up to show off both Hill Country’s great outdoors and the wares of a burgeoning class of entrepreneurial brewers and distillers. Lines formed in front of the taps inside a metal-sided barn, some containing Treaty Oak’s beers, others dispensing cocktails made with its rum, bourbon, and gin. Another building holds Ghost Hill Restaurant, one of a slew of new spots expanding the borders of traditional Texas barbecue with dishes like cumin-cilantro hummus, lemon-garlic vegetables, and Asian-style spare ribs in addition to classic smoked brisket.</p><p>Most of Treaty Oak’s 30 acres are undeveloped rolling grassland. We took our lunch of hummus, green-chile pimento cheese, brisket, and pulled pork to a table beneath one of the many oak trees. The leaves were still green. Later, we took a walk and saw, in the distance, patches of orange and golden yellow, signs of the seasonal change that inevitably comes, even here.</p><h2>Exploring Texas Hill country</h2><p>Plan on spending several days in this central Texas region of farmland and prairies, road-tripping to barbecue spots and wandering historic towns like Fredericksburg. And if you time your visit for early November, you can take in the colorful fall foliage. Choose whichever route or itinerary you wish — there’s no one way to experience Hill Country. Just remember to go slow.</p><h2>Getting There</h2><p>The best way to navigate Hill Country and its nearly 11 million acres is by car. Rent one after flying in to San Antonio or Austin, the cities that serve as gateways to the region.</p><h2>Lodging</h2><p>There are a few top-notch resorts in the area, including <a href="" target="_blank">La Cantera Resort &amp; Spa, a Destination Hotel</a> <em>(doubles from $209)</em>, near San Antonio. With its five pools, nine restaurants and bars, and decidedly laid-back atmosphere, it is ideal for families: parents should look into Babierge, a service through which they can rent cribs, toys, and children’s books. It also has a great restaurant for date night: Signature, run by Andrew Weissman.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Inn at Dos Brisas</a> <em>(casitas from $490)</em>, in Washington, is east of Austin and beyond Hill Country’s border, but it is arguably Texas’s top hotel—and very much worth a visit if you are in the area. It has a sprawling equestrian center, a 7,000-bottle wine cellar, and organic gardens that supply the fantastic on-site restaurant, which has a vegetable-heavy menu (a salad of 15 lettuces with herbs and flowers; peekytoe crab wrapped in kale).</p><p>I also love <a href="" target="_blank">Camp Comfort</a> <em>(doubles from $205)</em>, a collection of warm, renovated cabins high above Cypress Creek in the town of Comfort, one hour northwest of San Antonio. The friendly owners, Phil and Lisa Jenkins, are extremely hands-on and a great resource.</p><p>Glamping has come to this corner of Texas, and fall is a great time to try new properties such as <a href="" target="_blank">Walden Retreats</a> <em>(tents from $300)</em>, which has luxury tents on 96 acres outside Johnson City, right in the middle of Hill Country. And <a href="" target="_blank">Collective Retreats</a> <em>(tents from $500)</em>, a young brand with properties in places like New York’s Hudson Valley, opened last fall near Wimberley. The beautiful tents have en suite bathrooms and wood-burning stoves, which come in handy on cool fall nights; on-site activities include fly-fishing and ziplining.</p><h2>Eat &amp; Drink</h2><p>Texas barbecue is legendary — and two of my favorites places for it are Keese’s Bar-B-Que (13869 TX-16; 830-589-7474), in the town of Medina (don’t miss the beef brisket), and <a href="" target="_blank">Truth Barbeque</a>, in Brenham, voted one of the state’s best by the editors of Texas Monthly. In Fredericksburg, <a href="" target="_blank">Otto’s</a> <em>(entrées $20–$52)</em> nods to the town’s German past with standout duck schnitzel and house-made sausages. <a href="" target="_blank">Vaudeville</a> <em>(entrées $16–$38)</em>, a home-design showroom with a bistro, reflects the sophisticated present thanks to dishes such as charred octopus and burrata with truffled asparagus.</p><p>The craft-beer scene is also booming. At <a href="" target="_blank">Jester King Brewery</a>, on the outskirts of Austin, you can listen to live music while sipping barrel-aged beers fermented a second time with strawberries. About a 10-minute drive west, <a href="" target="_blank">Treaty Oak Distilling</a> is a massive facility set on 30 acres that produces its own gin, rum, and bourbon. Order some ribs at Ghost Hill Restaurant, located on the grounds.</p><h2>Activities</h2><p>Though <a href="" target="_blank">Lost Maples State Natural Area</a>, in Vanderpool, is about a 90-mile drive northwest of San Antonio, there is no better place to experience Hill Country’s fall colors. If you’re traveling with kids, <a href="" target="_blank">Hamilton Pool Preserve</a>, in the town of Dripping Springs, about a 30-mile drive west of Austin, is a must. This forested park has a beautiful natural swimming hole; online reservations are required.</p>
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Celebrate the Reopening of California's Highway 1 With a Drive Down Its Most Scenic Stretch

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:20
<p>Attention <a href="" target="_blank">road trippers</a>: <a href="" target="_blank">California’s Highway 1 is open for business</a>.</p><p>In May 2017, arguably the most iconic section of the famed highway, around Big Sur, was shut down after a mudslide buried nearly half a mile of roadway under 40 feet of rock and mud. It took local authorities more than 14 months to finally get the roadway in drivable condition — and, counting the work to replace the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge that began in March 2017, made it the first time in 18 months the entire highway is open. Now, towns, shops, restaurants, attractions, and the people living along the central coast want everyone to know that they are officially ready for visitors. </p><p>To help celebrate that fact, <a href="" target="_blank">Visit California</a> invited more than 100 members of the media for a drive down the coast. However, this wasn’t just any drive, as it included a car manufactured every year since 1934, when the highway first opened.</p><p>For our journey, we chose to hop into a white 1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible borrowed from <a href="" target="_blank">Monterey Touring Vehicles</a> (you can rent it too for <a href="" target="_blank">$600 a day</a>). Along the way, we stopped in at a few places that will make your next <a href="" target="_blank">Highway 1 road trip</a> a dream drive come true.</p><img alt="Stacey Leasca Highway 1 Drive "src=""><p>California’s Highway 1 stretches down the state for 655.8 miles, but we'll focus on the most scenic part of all: the 139 miles along the coast between Monterey and Morro Bay. </p><h2><strong>Monterey and Carmel</strong></h2><img alt="California Coast Highway 1 "src=""><h2>What to See:<b> </b></h2><p>Monterey is filled to the brim with things to see and experience, but luckily for visitors, it’s a fairly small town, meaning you can check a ton of things off your sight-seeing list in one day.</p><p>Start your day with a stroll down <a href="" target="_blank">Fisherman’s Wharf</a> — you won't be the only tourist, but it's a popular spot for a reason. From the neon signs to the food stalls calling your name, to the whale watching excursions waiting on the end, it’s something all visitors should embrace. You are, after all, a tourist in an adorable seaside community. On the Wharf, stop into the <a href="" target="_blank">Crab House</a> for some of the best calamari of your life.</p><p>Next, build in some time to visit the Monterey Aquarium and visit its sea otter exhibit. There, you can wave hello to <a href="" target="_blank">Rosa</a>, the aquarium’s 19-year-old otter who was rescued when she was just a few weeks old.</p><h2>Highway 1 Map: Monterey to Carmel-by-the-Sea</h2><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="!1m28!1m12!1m3!1d102528.64056333432!2d-121.98059596726465!3d36.57773543491939!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m13!3e6!4m5!1s0x808de45270b5fb91%3A0xee484909d84a3d5e!2sMonterey%2C+CA!3m2!1d36.600237799999995!2d-121.8946761!4m5!1s0x808de615b717ec53%3A0xd2c22ba6ca51541c!2sCarmel-By-The-Sea%2C+California+93923!3m2!1d36.555238599999996!2d-121.92328789999999!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1534218283208" width="600"></iframe></p><h2>Where to Eat:</h2><p>After grabbing the aforementioned calamari at the Crab House, head to one of the area’s more upscale dining establishments. Monterey has a well-established French cuisine scene, and the best place to experience that is <a href="" target="_blank">La Bicyclette</a>. The scent of wood-fired pizza draws crowds to the cozy little bistro, so make a reservation.</p><p>If you can’t get into La Bicyclette, head over to the equally delicious <a href="" target="_blank">Alvarado Street Brewery &amp; Grill</a>. There, you can dine on gourmet flatbreads, burgers, and more, all perfectly paired with a local pint or two. And best of all, the place is dog-friendly, so you can bring along your best friend for a bite too. (They even offer a hamburger made specifically for dogs.)</p><p>After dinner, stop in for a scoop at <a href="" target="_blank">Revival Ice Cream</a>, made famous for its locally-sourced honey ice cream.</p><h2>Where to Stay:</h2><p>There are plenty of stunning hotels in the area, but you won't regret driving a little out of your way for <a href="" target="_blank">Carmel Valley Ranch</a>.</p><img alt="Carmel Valley Ranch "src=""><p>Leave Highway 1 and drive about 7 miles east on Carmel Valley Road, and you'll find the enormous ranch, where visitors can hike, golf, dine, visit the hotel’s personal apiary to learn about honey production, ride horses, partake in morning yoga, and more. Just make sure to hike up the hillside to watch the sunset over the mountains and valley below. Opt to upgrade your stay to a Vineyard Oak Studio Suite, which overlooks the hotel’s vineyard and comes with an outdoor soaking tub, beckoning you to pour a glass of wine and relax all your cares away.</p><p>If the popular ranch is fully booked, stay at the nearby <a href="" target="_blank">Quail Inn</a>. A prime spot for golfers, the inn is home to its own 18-hole course. Both accommodations are also dog- and kid-friendly, making them ideal family getaway destinations. </p><p>If you’re looking to stay right on the coast, choose the <a href="" target="_blank">Monterey Tides</a>, a boutique hotel that comes with dramatic ocean views and hosts some of the best waterfront meals in town.</p><h2><strong>Big Sur</strong></h2><img alt="California Highway 1 Dream Drive - Visit California "src=""><h2>What to See:</h2><p>After you’ve had your fill of Monterey, it’s time to drive down the coast a few hours to the town of <a href="" target="_blank">Big Sur</a>. But, on the way, make sure to stop and check out the view from Bixby Bridge, one of the largest single-span concrete bridges in the world, and one of the most photographed bridges in California. At the bridge, visitors can pull over to either side, though we recommend the non-ocean side as there are small trails leading down the hill a bit where you can get a better view.</p><p>In Big Sur, the only real thing you should do is check out all the parks, including Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, Point Sur State Historic Park, and Big Sur State Historic Park. Each place is unique, but all provide breathtaking views, so make sure to <a href="" target="_blank">pack a pair of comfortable shoes</a> and a camera.</p><h2>Highway 1 Map: Carmel-by-the-Sea to Big Sur</h2><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="!1m28!1m12!1m3!1d205359.21189889748!2d-122.05929260571749!3d36.46389507822496!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m13!3e0!4m5!1s0x808de615b717ec53%3A0xd2c22ba6ca51541c!2sCarmel-by-the-Sea%2C+CA!3m2!1d36.555238599999996!2d-121.92328789999999!4m5!1s0x808d94a0aea9511b%3A0xadfeac07efb3a389!2sBixby+Creek+Bridge%2C+CA-1%2C+Monterey%2C+CA+93940!3m2!1d36.371434!2d-121.90170739999999!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1534219701996" width="600"></iframe></p><h2>Where to Eat:</h2><p>Though it’s an expansive place, Big Sur doesn’t dot its gorgeous coastline with too many bars or restaurants, but visitors won't go hungry. Leave time to dine at <a href="" target="_blank">Nepenthe</a>, a restaurant with a rooftop terrace overlooking the ocean below, or stop at the <a href="" target="_blank">Big Sur Roadhouse</a> for locally sourced ingredients on a California-centric menu.</p><h2>Where to Stay:</h2><p>If you’re up for camping, there are a number of excellent sites in the parks listed above, but to improve upon that experience, try your hand at glamping at <a href="" target="_blank">Treebones Resort</a>.</p><p>Nestled in the hills, Treebones offers solitude in nature with the amenities of a five-star resort. Guests can choose from autonomous tents, yurts, or even a birds' nest to spend the night in. The resort also offers fresh garden-to-table dining.</p><p>If you’re more interested in accommodations that come with four solid walls, book an overnight at the <a href="" target="_blank">Post Ranch Inn</a>, which is made up of 10 gorgeous buildings, housing 39 rooms. Each space offers a unique view as it’s perched high above the stunning California coast. </p><h2><b>Morro Bay </b></h2><img alt="California Highway 1 reopened "src=""><h2>What to See:</h2><p>After hiking in Big Sur, hop back in your car for a drive to Morro Bay. Along the way, make sure to stop in at the <a href="" target="_blank">Hearst Castle</a> for a tour, and pop your head in across the street at the Hearst Ranch to try one of their wine varietals.</p><p>Keep driving until you see the Morro Rock jutting out of the water. </p><p>Like Monterey, Morro Bay is an incredibly quaint coastal town, though it comes with a much slower pace. There, the best thing to do is sit at the beach and stare into the water, which is filled to the brim with local seals and otters who will swim by and wave hello. Visitors who are feeling a bit more motivated could even hop on one of the many seal and <a href="" target="_blank">whale watching tour boats</a> waiting at the docks.</p><h2>Highway 1 Map: Big Sur to Morro Bay</h2><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="!1m28!1m12!1m3!1d826377.4709799268!2d-121.86222256634521!3d35.99496263528219!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m13!3e0!4m5!1s0x808d94a0aea9511b%3A0xadfeac07efb3a389!2sBixby+Creek+Bridge%2C+CA-1%2C+Monterey%2C+CA+93940!3m2!1d36.371434!2d-121.90170739999999!4m5!1s0x80ece10bb9b5aa93%3A0xaa1be219c181970c!2sMorro+Bay%2C+CA!3m2!1d35.3659445!2d-120.84999239999999!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1534220051232" width="600"></iframe></p><h2>Where to Eat:</h2><p>While visiting the fishing port of Morro Bay there’s only one thing you should eat: seafood. And there is perhaps nothing more authentic than dining at <a href="" target="_blank">Dockside</a>. The closest restaurant to Morro Rock, its offerings include locally sourced fish and vegetables. The space itself is unpretentious, but the dining is world-class.</p><p>For more locally sourced dining, try <a href="" target="_blank">Windows on the Water</a>, located just up the road. There, diners can dig into seafood, vegetables, and fresh oysters, all paired with one of the restaurant’s more than 300 varieties of wine.</p><h2>Where to Stay:<b> </b></h2><p>Because this stretch is so famous for its marine life and giant rocks, it’s key to stay as close to the shore as possible. And you can’t get any closer than the <a href="" target="_blank">Anderson Inn</a>.</p><p>At the inn, guests can book a suite with overwater access (yes, even coastal California is in on the overwater bungalow craze). Inside, guests will be able to hear the seals chattering away all night long, and will be happy to look out their window to spot the serene view of an otter or two lounging on their backs as they float on by.</p><p>If you’re after more amenities, book your stay at the <a href="" target="_blank">Inn at Morro Bay</a>, which comes with a pool, spa, and restaurant, making it a bit more of a family-friendly destination.</p><h2><b>Keep Going</b></h2><img alt="California Highway 1 Dream Drive - Visit California "src=""><p>If you enjoy this famed stretch of Highway 1 (and you will), the coastline still has more to offer. Keep your drive going to visit coastal communities like Santa Barbara, Malibu, and Huntington Beach, all the way down to Dana Point. You might just find yourself tempted to turn around and do it all again. </p><p><em>Note: Visit California provided support for the reporting of this story.</em></p><p><strong><em>Our series <a href="" target="_blank">Reasons to Travel Now</a> highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day.</em></strong></p>
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Woman Accused of Trying to Smuggle Cocaine Onto Flight Says Her Internet Lover Is to Blame

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:22
<p>In August of 2017, Denise Marie Woodrum, a 51-year-old woman from Missouri, allegedly attempted to smuggle cocaine into Australia. While this type of crime doesn’t typically make international headlines, the circumstances around the case are more than unusual.</p><p>You see, Woodrum was reported to be a <a href="" target="_blank">nun</a>, although the congregation she was involved with says she was just a "lay associate." And her lawyer says she got caught up as an alleged drug mule because of a lover she met on the internet.</p><p>Let’s reel it in and take you back to the beginning.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Time Mary Berry Was Held Up at the Airport After Security Mistook Her Flour for Cocaine</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em></a> reported that Woodrum suffered a series of setbacks over the years, including health issues and a failed marriage. But, Woodrum, who was a lay member of the international Catholic congregation Adorers of the Blood of Christ at the time, supposedly thought her luck was turning when she met a mystery man online named Hendrik Cornelius. </p><p>The pair spent months texting back and forth but never met face-to-face before her August flight, where she allegedly attempted to smuggle cocaine in the heel of a shoe.</p><p>“She was groomed to provide a financial gain for this person, Hendrik Cornelius, whatever person or persons it was behind this identity,” Rebecca Neil, Woodrum’s laywer, told District Court Judge Penelope Wass, according to the <em>Herald.</em> “She went on this trip thinking she was bringing artifacts for him.”</p><p>However, Woodrum is having a hard time convincing some people that she truly didn’t know what was inside the shoe.</p><p>“I am less than convinced by her explanation,” Wass said, according to the <em>Herald</em>, noting it seemed “inconsistent” with facts.</p><p>For example, according to evidence presented in court, Woodrum took a rather unusual flight path to get to Australia. She first flew from Missouri to Texas and then continued on to Trinidad and Tobago. From there, she flew to Suriname and on July 25, Woodrum texted a mystery woman named Stacie noting, “This whole trip is paid for and will get additional payment for work.” She then flew back to the United States, waited a few days, and headed to the airport once more.</p><p>Prior to her flight, Woodrum texted her internet lover a list of her expenses for him to repay, including flights and hotels. </p><p>“It just came out of the blue,” Tom Rozanski, Woodrum’s father told the <em>Herald</em>, adding that he believes in her innocence.</p><p>“Life took a turn. She has never done anything like this before, and this experience has been difficult for me to understand. Mostly because none of our family has had anything happen to them that even remotely resembles what Denise has done,” he said. “I’m just hoping the best for her, that’s all I can tell you.”</p><p>Woodrum will be sentenced in early September.</p><p>"The Adorers have known her for five years," Adorers of the Blood of Christ communications director Cheryl Wittenauer told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. "The Adorers have known her for five years. They learned of her alleged criminal behavior last August. Nothing in her actions or statements to them in the past would have tipped them off to this kind of behavior or action."</p><p><em>Correction: A previous version of this story identified Woodrum as a nun. Reps for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ told Travel + Leisure she was a lay associate. The congregation's U.S. offices are in St. Louis.</em></p>
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5 Apps That Will Help You Save Money for Your Dream Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:01
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Budgeting for travel</a> can be tricky, but there are some <a href="" target="_blank">helpful apps</a> out there to guide you (and your bank account) to the best vacation ever.</p><p>Many people out there struggle to find the extra dough to put away for future trips. Between bills, rent or mortgages, student loans, groceries, other essentials, and a general “weekly fun” fund, having a nest egg for travel can often be overlooked.</p><p>So no matter how much money you make, you’re probably looking to save more money so you can go on the best trip of your life. Or maybe you just want to be able to save enough for a yearly road trip or to <a href="" target="_blank">see your extended family during the holidays</a>. Whatever travel you need to save for, planning for these trips always seems to be left to the last minute.</p><p>But a few apps out there are changing the game by making saving easier — sometimes, to the point where you barely even have to think about it at all.</p><h2>1. Digit</h2><p>This <a href="" target="_blank">popular app</a> lets you set up several funds for whatever your needs may be, from paying off your credit card to planning that epic trip to Thailand. Without even changing how you spend, Digit automatically takes out tiny amounts of money directly from your bank account every day and stores it away. And don’t worry about Digit over-saving for you. You can always pause saving or set up a minimum balance protection, so you’re always safe.</p><h2>2. Ibotta</h2><p>This is a <a href="" target="_blank">free app</a> that saves you tons of money whenever you shop. As soon as you’ve completed a purchase, scan your receipt into the app and it will send you cash back on the items you’ve purchased within one week.</p><h2>3. Retail Me Not</h2><p>Before you shop, check out <a href="" target="_blank">this app</a> for everyday deals that will save you tons of dollars at places where you already spend money, from department stores like Macy’s, to Amazon, to restaurants.</p><h2>4. Acorns</h2><p>This desktop platform is a <a href="" target="_blank">micro investing app</a> that takes your spare cash and uses it to help you build a portfolio of investments, kind of like Digit, but also with the added bonus of a diversified stock portfolio. It’ll help you with your stocks and bonds while buffering your losses when the market changes, so you can stay secure.</p><h2>5. Mint</h2><p>Meet the <a href="" target="_blank">No. 1 budgeting app</a> that will teach you how to track your spending like a pro. It was even created by the makers of Turbo Tax, so you can manage your money and find places where you can tighten your belt easily.</p>
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5 Easy Ways to Eliminate Plastic From Your Travels

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:30
<p>No matter how good travel may be for the soul, it's not always great for the environment.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>The New York Times</em></a>, a “round-trip flight from New York to San Francisco emits about 0.9 metric tons of carbon dioxide per person.” That works out to about one-eighteenth the average American’s carbon emissions per year.</p><p>When you’re traveling long distances, it’s very difficult to cut back on the environmental impact your transportation will have. But once you’ve arrived at your destination, it’s simple to offset your carbon footprint.</p><p>Manufacturing plastic is a gigantic contributor to greenhouse emissions. The Pacific Institute estimates that one 500-milliliter plastic water bottle has a carbon footprint equal to <a href="" target="_blank">about three ounces of carbon dioxide.</a> In addition, <a href="" target="_blank">only about nine percent of the world’s plastic gets recycled.</a></p><p>But luckily it’s easy to cut back on plastic consumption during travel — it only requires a hint of foresight and the desire to do so.</p><p>These are five easy investments you can make to save the planet while you’re traveling around it.</p><h2>Filtered water bottle</h2><p>This is by far the most common and easiest way to cut back on plastic. It’s estimated that the world purchases one million plastic bottles every minute. Cut back on your plastic output by investing in a portable water bottle or thermos. While there are plenty of <a href=";tag=tltravelwithoutplastic-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B004GN6QV4&amp;linkId=b733c5a68f7b6a933245aae3722836ec" target="_blank">filtered water bottle</a> options, consider a <a href=";tag=tltravelwithoutplastic-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0017IHRNM&amp;linkId=ccce995e7ba9c4632debd6806ef42837" target="_blank">hot/cold thermos</a> with a <a href=";tag=tltravelwithoutplastic-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B006QF3TW4&amp;linkId=364c2c9798d9d101d84ca7517f04290c" target="_blank">detachable filter straw</a> to use for water, tea or coffee while on the road.</p><h2>Utensils</h2><p>Plastic straws have been dominating headlines over the past few months. The single-use items take <a href="" target="_blank">up to two centuries to decompose</a>. As airlines, restaurants and cities ban plastic straws, travelers can lessen their own environmental impact by refusing straws while on the road. Invest in a glass, bamboo or metal straw if you the tubular liquid vehicle is <i>very </i>important to your beverage experience.</p><p>The same goes for plastic utensils. A reusable spoon and a pair of chopsticks should suffice for most food you’ll encounter while traveling. Leave the fork and knife behind if you’re flying; TSA agents may have some questions while you’re passing through security.</p><h2>Wrapping</h2><p>An incredible amount of stuff comes packaged in plastic. Cut your plastic consumption by keeping a small reusable bag in easy access for shopping trips.</p><p>Instead of buying chips or a nutrition bar while traveling, “try some local fruit that is far better for you and the environment,” a spokesperson for the environmental travel group African Impact told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Remember to always give it a good rinse, or better yet, stick to fruit that comes pre-wrapped in environmentally friendly packaging commonly known as the peel. Bananas, oranges, watermelon, mangoes and so on have been supermarket-friendly for millennia.”</p><h2>Toiletries</h2><p>“Rather than use a plastic comb, try out a bamboo one,” the spokesperson said. “You could also invest in a bamboo toothbrush rather. Look for shampoo, conditioner and soap options that are not wrapped in plastic, or petroleum-based.”</p><p>Consider solid shampoos, conditioners and soaps instead of gels, <a href="" target="_blank">like the shampoo bars from Lush</a>. In addition to being better for the environment, you don’t have to worry about TSA liquid limits.</p><h2>Glass tupperware</h2><p>If you’re looking to cut all plastic out of your travels, pack glass tupperware in your suitcase. Ask restaurants to put your food in tupperware to cut back on takeaway boxes or doggy bags. Tupperware is also useful for collecting street food to bring back to your hotel room.</p><p>And it can do double-duty in your suitcase. Pack jewelry, clean underwear or charging cords in Tupperware to keep it organized, protected and separate from any other messes.</p>
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There's a Simple Trick to Shutting Your Hotel Room Door Quietly

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:02
<p>If you’ve ever had to share a hotel room with a <a href="" target="_blank">light sleeper</a>, you know how difficult it can be to get dressed, take a shower, brush your teeth, or do pretty much anything else without waking them up.</p><p>You may put in your most valiant efforts to keep quiet as you slink from your bed to your suitcase to the bathroom in the stealthiest of stealthy moves — but no matter how hard you try, all your consideration seems to go to waste as soon as you sneak out of the room for a midnight snack from the vending machine, or for a head start on the complimentary breakfast.</p><p>Because whenever you open the door to the hallway, the latch will inevitably<em> </em>make a loud <em>click </em>when you shut it behind you.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Simple Request That Will Get You a Bigger Hotel Room for Free (Video)</a></p><p>In the past you may have tried circumventing the noise by turning the door handle, retracting the latch, and easing the door back into its frame. But due to the door's locking mechanism, you'll have noticed that this first step — the turning of the door handle — is impossible.</p><p>Luckily, travel blogger <a href="" target="_blank">Johnny Jet</a> has found a way for you to leave your room without disturbing your mom, friend, or significant other (and risking their grumpiness later on).</p><p>If you need to head out while everyone in your room is still asleep, open the door and keep it ajar. Next, make as if you're unlocking the door to your room (by tapping your keycard against the magnetic lock or by turning the key in the lock, for example), and voilà: you can twist the handle and close the door with barely a peep.</p><p>Now your loved ones can get a few more minutes of shuteye while you go to town on those eggs, waffles, and coffee guilt-free.</p>
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The One 'Cure-all' Beauty Product Meghan Markle Always Packs Is Only $10

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:31
<p>Leave it to Meghan Markle — Duchess of Sussex, <i>Suits</i> alumna, and seasoned world traveler — to know what’s worth shopping. From <a href="" target="_blank">the comfiest heels</a> that’ll carry you through a full day of royal duties, to <a href="" target="_blank">the perfect leather travel case</a> that’ll hold all of your essentials, the new Duchess has recommendations, and we’re definitely taking notes.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Prince Harry Reportedly Broke a Major Royal Travel Rule for Meghan Markle</a></p><p>So when she chatted with <i>Allure</i> about what she always packs in her carry-on, well, we couldn’t <i>not</i> listen. Speaking with the publication back in 2014, Meghan admitted, “The one thing that I cannot live without when I’m traveling is a small container of <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanmarkleteatreeoil-20&amp;linkId=f39131388b9c436b1f4ae1c42c0b2db5" target="_blank">tea tree oil</a>. It’s not the most glamorous thing, but if you get a cut, a mosquito bite, a small breakout, no matter what it is, it’s my little cure-all. It’s inexpensive, it’s small enough to carry on, and I bring it with me all the time.”</p><p>She’s not wrong. Tea tree oil is a cult favorite among the beauty set for its purifying properties, meaning it’s great for targeting breakouts. Dab a small amount directly onto the acne spot/mosquito bite/cut using either your finger or a cotton swab and let the tea tree oil do its thing.</p><img alt="The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanmarkleteatreeoil-20&amp;linkId=f39131388b9c436b1f4ae1c42c0b2db5" target="_blank"></a>, $10</p><p>If you’re looking to get in on Meghan Markle’s “cure-all” beauty hack, then grab yourself a little bottle of <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanmarkleteatreeoil-20&amp;linkId=f39131388b9c436b1f4ae1c42c0b2db5" target="_blank">The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil</a> on <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlmeghanmarkleteatreeoil-20&amp;linkId=f39131388b9c436b1f4ae1c42c0b2db5" target="_blank"></a> for just $10 — and bonus: it comes in a TSA-approved bottle so you, too, can take it with you on every trip.</p>
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This Is the New Best City in the World to Live In

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:00
<p>After seven years of being ranked the most liveable city in the world, Melbourne was usurped in this year’s <a href="" target="_blank">Global Liveability Index from The Economist</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Vienna</a> came out on top as the world’s most liveable city, as judged on qualities like stability, healthcare, culture, education and infrastructure. The Austrian capital ranked second in last year’s survey.</p><p>But Australia still has a strong claim to the title of the world’s most liveable country. In addition to <a href="" target="_blank">Melbourne</a> in the second spot, both Sydney and Adelaide also ranked in the top 10 (in fifth and 10th, respectively). Another strong contender was Canada, with three of its cities in the top 10: Calgary (4), Vancouver (6) and Toronto (7).</p><p>Japan has two cities in rank among the top 10 — Osaka in third place and Tokyo in seventh. Rounding out the list is Copenhagen in ninth place.</p><p>Metropolitan life in the U.S. is unliveable compared to the rest of the world. The top-ranked American city is <a href="" target="_blank">Honolulu</a>, with a global ranking of 23. The second-best American city is Pittsburgh, coming in at 32nd place on a global scale.</p><p>According to the survey, major finance cities like London and New York City are victims of their own success. Because of overcrowded public transit, higher levels of crime, and higher costs of living, the cities are not as liveable as their glamorous reputations may suggest.</p><p>At the bottom end of the survey were Damascus, Syria and Dhaka, Bangladesh. The cities ranked poorly in almost all categories, but especially so in stability and infrastructure. The study attributed this to civil war, terrorism and crime.</p><p>The survey was comprised of 140 major cities around the world.</p>
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I Traveled Through Nine Countries With Just a Carry-on — and I'm Never Checking a Bag Again

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:54
<p>When I found myself between jobs, I decided to fulfill my longtime desire to <a href="" target="_blank">travel in my twenties</a>. I planned a four-month trip across three different continents — and before I left, I was asked an obvious question. </p><p>“<a href="" target="_blank">Backpacking</a>?” My friends and family, excited about my big adventure, were curious. </p><p>“Not really,” I replied sheepishly. “I’m carry-on-ing.”</p><p>I didn’t arrive at this luggage choice after some long, grueling brainstorm session, nor did I make a Venn diagram weighing pros and cons. It just made sense. </p><p>The idea of stuffing all of my clothes into a freeform backpack was completely unattractive to me. The idea of bearing the weight of all my belongings on my back seemed even worse. I would be flying every other day, so the thought of checking a suitcase seemed like an inconceivable waste of time. I was left with a single option: I would pack everything I needed for four months in a <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on</a>.</p><p>Here’s how I did it.</p><h2>What I Packed</h2><p>Whether you’re backpacking or carry-on-ing, you have to understand that you’ll be doing laundry along the way. Once you research the climates of your destinations, it’s fairly easy to figure out what you’ll need. For me, there was a lot of variation: I knew that it would be chilly fall weather in <a href="" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a>, very hot and humid in <a href="" target="_blank">Southeast Asia</a>, summery in <a href="" target="_blank">Australia</a>, and crisp spring in <a href="" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>. </p><p>That meant one pair of jeans (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">high-waisted, light-wash from Madewell</a> that go with everything); four pairs of workout leggings; one pair of jean shorts; one denim skirt; a handful of light tops; a couple long-sleeve tees; a few cotton dresses; one sweater; one windbreaker; two bathing suits; and two week’s worth of undies and socks. I will tell you right now that my undies math was off. If you’re washing your clothes at least once a week, half of your fourteen pairs of underwear will go untouched.</p><p>I did my best to pack articles of clothing that would be easy to mix and match, which is pretty seamless to do when your wardrobe, like mine, consists solely of black, grey, white, and denim. My other prerequisite was to include as many outfits as possible that did not require a bra, an article that somehow becomes even more uncomfortable when you’ve been on the road for months (plus, I wanted to take advantage of the freedom of life outside the office). For shoes, I narrowed it down to a pair of white leather <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Tretorn sneakers</a> for walking, my running shoes, one pair of black leather sandals, and waterproof flip flops.</p><p>My small, green <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Fjallraven Kanken</a> backpack functioned as a drug store — one that my mother had stocked with every conceivable over-the-counter medicine she feared wouldn’t be available in <a href="" target="_blank">Chiang Mai</a>. In terms of liquids, I brought a handful of shampoo and body wash samples, but resolved to mostly rely on what hotels, Airbnbs, and hostels would provide. I could buy anything I needed along the way — turns out, every country has conditioner.</p><p>In the entertainment and technology department, I had my phone, <a href=";tag=tlcarryonnevercheck-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00ZV9PXP2&amp;linkId=9e8c9d52e747a3f728c7185e7edfd32b" target="_blank">Kindle</a>, journal, headphones, and an adapter for every country I’d be visiting.</p><img alt="Morgan Goldberg - World Travel One Carry-on "src=""><h2>How I Packed It</h2><p>In order to avoid worrying about international suitcase measurement regulations, I determined that I needed a hardshell carry-on. My trusty <a href=";tag=tlcarryonnevercheck-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0799X8QP4&amp;linkId=5e3632c83021d21a2cebbc209ae6ef82" target="_blank">Kipling</a>, which got me through the JFK to ATL trips throughout college, was often a squeeze even on domestic flights. I didn’t want to deal with the crippling anxiety of having to jam my bag into the little sizer box to test if it would fit — for failure meant the shame and inconvenience of gate checking.</p><p>Drawn to its reasonable price point and flashy “smart” features, I purchased <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Carry-On from Away</a>. I figured it couldn’t hurt to have charging capabilities — but I was really in it for the TSA-approved lock, the functional compartments, and the laundry bag.</p><p>On advice from my mother (Hi, Mama!), I rolled each item of clothing individually, which compacts your wardrobe more efficiently than folding and tends to prevent wrinkles. I then stacked the cotton cylinders to minimize any unused space. I fit an incredible amount of clothes in my 21.7” x 13.7” x 9” bag — but I did have to forgo any shopping urges along the way for lack of room. </p><h2>How It Worked Out</h2><p>If I’m being honest (I am), I thoroughly enjoyed traveling for four months with just a carry-on. The luxury of a four wheel suitcase that rolls along beside you as you walk, unencumbered by weight, is game-changing when you’re constantly on the move. Rolling my clothes up neatly made it extremely easy to locate any given item — and somehow, rolling isn’t as tedious as folding when it comes to clean laundry. </p><p>It was rare that I didn’t have a clean, weather-appropriate outfit, and in those few cases, it didn’t kill me to wear a pair of leggings for the second time. I didn’t even get bored of my outfit options, and I promise I’m not lying.</p><p>You may be wondering about those draconian carry-on weight limits we’ve all been hearing about. Few <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. carriers</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">nicer international airlines</a> will weigh your carry-on, but many <a href="" target="_blank">cheaper ones around the world</a> do. However, as I’ve learned, they will only do this if you check in by talking to a human at the airport — a human who will often make you pay more than the plane ticket itself to check your bag. If you check in online and download your boarding pass on your phone, no one will weigh your (usually, severely “overweight”) carry-on. </p><p>For the month I spent in New Zealand on a hop on hop off bus (shoutout to <a href="" target="_blank">Stray</a> for anyone looking for this type of experience), I was one of the only travelers who wasn’t backpacking. While the rugged backpackers definitely looked cooler and less high maintenance than I did, many of them were jealous of my wheels and didn’t make me feel lame at all.</p><p>While the four-month travel experience was as incredible as it sounds, I’m perhaps the most thankful for the perspective I gained on packing and possessions. After four months (across three continents) of living out of a carry-on, I realize how little I need to have a fulfilling travel experience — and now, packing for a normal trip in a singular climate is a breeze. I don’t think I’ll ever check a bag again.</p>
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This Comedian Perfectly Captured the Experience of Being a Parent at Disney World

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:19
<p>While Disney touts its parks as the happiest and most magical places on Earth, there’s one group of people who may only see a trip to the park as a stressful day of juggling hyperactive kids: parents.</p><p>Comedian John Crist definitely understands parents' plight. In a video, Crist perfectly sums up the experience of the typical Disney World Dad, full of sweat, sore feet, and an empty wallet from buying his numerous kids expensive souvenirs. It’s all just too real.</p><p>Hey, anything to keep the family happy, right?</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Today</a></em>, Crist does not have children of his own, but anyone who has been left in charge of little humans knows the struggle of keeping them entertained and fed. It’s harder than it looks, people.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Secret Attraction at Disney World That Most Guests Don’t Know About</a></p><p>Crist covers every park frustration, from overpriced gear to kids who won’t stop asking for food to the constant search for that one ride with an air conditioner.</p><p>Parents, prepare to be triggered.</p>
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Anthony Bourdain’s New York City Apartment Is for Rent Two Months After His Death

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:08
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Anthony Boudain</a>’s former New York City apartment is now up for rent.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">E! News</a></em>, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment located in Columbus Circle is now available for rent just two months after his death. <a href="" target="_blank">Bourdain died by suicide</a> in early June while traveling in France and filming his show, <em>Parts Unknown</em>. The beloved host was 61 years old.</p><p>According to the apartment’s listing on <a href="" target="_blank">Street Easy</a>, the home features “west exposure with breathtaking city and Hudson River views, floor-to-ceiling windows, kitchen with top of the line appliances, hardwood floors, washer/dryer and ample closet space including two walk-in closets.” It is currently listed at $14,200 a month.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How Anthony Bourdain Left His Frequent Flier Miles in His Will</a></p><p>The building, the listing further noted, also comes with a full-time doorman, a concierge, spa, gym, lounge, screening room, garage, and sundeck.</p><p>As the photos in the listing show, the 1,280-square-foot apartment is indeed drenched in sunshine, and the kitchen does truly come with every amenity a chef like Bourdain could want. The apartment also has easy access to Whole Foods, which is located in the building’s basement.</p><p>Bourdain never owned the property, however. <em><a href="" target="_blank">Variety</a></em> reported that the chef and television host likely leased the property at some point after 2016, when he separated from his wife, Ottavia Busia. Bourdain and Busia bought a two-unit combination apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in late 2013 for <a href="" target="_blank">$3.35 million</a>, according to <em>Variety</em>. Busia reportedly retains ownership of that unit. Still, if you’re looking for a bit of Bourdain’s magic to rub off on you, this could be the apartment for you.</p>
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Southwest Airlines Just Overhauled Its Animal Policy

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:46
<p>Southwest is the latest airline to revamp its pet policy, after several high-profile incidents involving <a href="" target="_blank">emotional support animals</a> caused problems on several carriers.</p><p>Southwest's new policy is designed to provide “clearer guidance” to travelers with service animals of all kinds.</p><p>“We welcome emotional support and trained service animals that provide needed assistance to our customers,” Steve Goldberg, senior vice president of operations and hospitality, said in a statement. “However, we want to make sure our guidelines are clear and easy to understand while providing customers and employees a comfortable and safe experience.”</p><p>To come up with the new policy, airline officials reviewed the recent enforcement guidance issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT), evaluated feedback from customers and employees, and spoke with numerous advocacy groups.</p><p>Starting on September 17, Southwest will enforce the following rules: For trained service animals, Southwest will accept only “the most common service animals — dogs, cats, and miniature horses. For the health and safety of our customers and employees, unusual or exotic animals will not be accepted.” The traveler will also have to give “credible verbal assurance that the animal is a trained service animal.”</p><p>Emotional support animals will be limited to dogs and cats. (<a href="" target="_blank">Sorry, peacocks.</a>) Each passenger is limited to bringing just one emotional support animal on the plane, and the animal must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times. Customers will also have to continue to travel with appropriate documentation including a “complete, current letter from a medical doctor or licensed mental health professional on the day of departure.”</p><p>In a new addition, Southwest will now recognize fully trained psychiatric support animals as trained service animals. The airline had, in the past, accepted this form of service animal and is now simply formally putting the policy in writing. Travelers must also give a “credible verbal assurance” that the animal is trained.</p><p>As always, all emotional and service animals must be well-trained and under the control of the handler at all times. Southwest noted that it reserves the right to deny boarding to a disruptive animal.</p><p>“The ultimate goal with these changes is to ensure Customers traveling with service animals know what to expect when choosing Southwest,” Goldberg said.</p><p>If you’re planning to travel with an emotional support animal soon <a href="" target="_blank">here’s everything you need to know</a>. If you’re furry friend is just a pet, here’s <a href="" target="_blank">what you need to know about flying pets</a>.</p>
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‘Heartbroken’ Lance Bass Outbid by HGTV for the Famous Brady Bunch House

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:40
<p>Looks like poor Lance Bass will have to say, “Bye, bye, bye,” to his dream house.</p><p>The TV host and former N’Sync member thought he was on top of the world two weeks ago when he tweeted to his followers that his bid for the iconic “Brady Bunch” house was accepted, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>People</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The North Hollywood home, which was only used in the 1970s TV show for exterior shots, went on the market for $1.8 million. Originally built in 1959, it has three bedrooms and three bathrooms across 2,477 square feet. A little cramped for six Brady kids, but they still managed to solve all their problems within half an hour, so we’re not judging.</p><img alt="he house used in the American sitcom “The Brady Bunch” has been listed for sale at $1.885 million July 19, 2018 in Los Angeles "src=""><p>The house’s <a href="" target="_blank">listing on Zillow</a> calls it “the second most photographed home in the United States.”</p><p>Naturally, Bass wanted in on the history – plus a gorgeous house. According to his Instagram, he was “heartbroken” to find out he was outbid by a “Hollywood studio who wants the house at any cost.</p><p>Bass claimed that he was already informed that his bid was accepted and the agent representing the property had notified him. “Isn’t a deadline a deadline? This was a dream come true for me and I spent the night celebrating amongst friends,” Bass wrote on Instagram. “How is this fair or legal?? How can I compete with a billion dollar corporate entity?”</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Los Angeles Times</a>, that corporate entity was HGTV. The studio plans to restore the house to the famous home to its 1970s style.</p><p>Interestingly, “Property Brother” Jonathan Silver Scott tweeted back at Bass’ original tweet, writing, “I’m a little bummed that you out bid me (seriously) as I really wanted that house.” “Property Brothers” is a popular show on the HGTV network.</p><p>Although suspicious, it’s more likely that Scott had nothing to do with the sale. Douglas Elliman agent Ernie Carswell told the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> that Bass’ bid was not a “done deal,” and that the “seller had not actually made a final decision.”</p><p>Thankfully, whether Bass or HGTV wins, the house is here to stay.</p>
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This Is Your Last Chance to See Marilyn Monroe's White Dress Before It's Sold at Auction

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:24
<p>If you’re itching to own a bit of cinema history, you’ll be excited to learn that Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress (yes, <em>that</em> dress) is going up for auction. To quote the star herself, isn’t it delicious?</p><p>The movie star wore the flowy, white halter dress in 1955's “Seven Year Itch,” and her sidewalk scene from the movie is engrained in cinema history.</p><p>Profiles in History, the world's largest auctioneer of Hollywood artifacts, is putting up an exhibit called “Essentially Marilyn,” which will display all kinds of Marilyn Monroe artifacts from costumes to signed photographs at the Paley Media Center in Beverly Hills, California, beginning August 18, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>Today</em></a>.</p><p>“We have everything you could possibly want — her wedding photo, wedding invitation, her [Screen Actors Guild] membership card, baby photos, everything,” said Joe Maddalena, CEO and founder of Profiles in History.</p><p>Monroe’s dress, as well as other objects from the exhibit, will official go up for auction at the end of October, Today reported. The exhibit will be free to the public from August 18 to September 30. More information can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Paley Center website</a>.</p><p>Even if you’re not able to be in Beverly Hills in the next month, you can still honor Marilyn by visiting the famous subway grate at <a href="" target="_blank">Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street</a> in New York City.</p><img alt="Where Marilyn Monroe's dress went up in Seven Year Itch "src=""><p>The grate is unmarked, making it something of a secret attraction for only those tourists in the know. To <a href="" target="_blank">find the exact spot</a>, go to the southwest corner of the intersection, and then to the second grate from the corner. The actual grate has been replaced, but you can still stand where Monroe did for the studio's staged publicity stunt, which involved a fan below the grate to get the perfect, dress-lifting image. The crowd that came to see her along with street noise made that shot useless for the film, but the photographs from the scene were used for marketing “The Seven Year Itch.”</p>
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These Are All the Cheap Flights to Europe You Can Book Right Now for a Fall Getaway (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:03
<p>Now is a great time to book a cheap flight to Europe for travel this fall.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Scott’s Cheap Flights</em></a> spotted deals from many cities across to the U.S. to popular European destinations, with travel dates from September all the way through next May.</p><p>Those considering a fall trip to watch Amsterdam’s leaves change colors can spend crisp days wandering the city’s museums without breaking the bank. Flights from Chicago to Amsterdam this fall are <a href="*AMS./m/01_d4.2018-10-11;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">starting at $533</a>; from San Francisco <a href="*AMS.SFO.2018-10-17;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">flights start at $652</a>; and round-trip flights from Atlanta can be found <a href="*AMS.ATL.2018-11-10;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">starting at $690</a>.</p><p>Brussels, <a href=";start%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=01%2F09%2F2018&amp;end%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=15%2F11%2F2018" target="_blank">which is hosting exhibitions</a> on topics as diverse as Surrealist Art, Star Wars, and Amy Winehouse, is a great fall destination and round-trip airfare is <a href="*/m/02rnbv./m/02_286.2018-11-06;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">as low as $491 from New York City</a>.</p><p>Very few cities are as cozy as Dublin for the fall. Grab your warmest sweater (or jumper) and prepare your liver for several pints of Guinness. <a href="*DUB.BOS.2018-10-04;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">Round-trip flights from Boston</a> are as low as $492 and from New York City, <a href="*DUB./m/02_286.2018-09-23;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">flights start at $409</a>.</p><p>Copenhagen is always charming but there’s something particularly enchanting about the city when the trees along the canal turn bright orange. New Yorkers can <a href="*/m/01lfy./m/02_286.2018-09-16;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">get there and back this fall for $440</a>.</p><p>From Boston to Rome, <a href="*/m/06c62.BOS.2018-10-25;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">round-trip fall flights are currently $897</a>. New Yorkers can <a href="*/m/06c62./m/02_286.2018-11-02;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">get to Rome for $421</a>. From Los Angeles, <a href="*/m/06c62.LAX.2018-10-24;c:USD;e:1;s:0*0;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">flights are starting at only $490</a>.</p><p>Although Zurich may be one of the world’s most expensive cities, getting there is affordable. From New York City, round-trip flights come out to <a href="*/m/08966./m/02_286.2018-09-24;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">only $393</a>. From Atlanta, <a href="*/m/08966.ATL.2018-09-24;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">flight prices stay around $435</a>. Prices rise slightly from Boston but are <a href="*/m/08966.BOS.2018-09-24;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">still affordable at $530</a>.</p><p>No matter where you’re going this fall, book sooner rather than later. Deals are unlikely to get much better.</p><p>To check fares from your home airport for your preferred dates, head to <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Skyscanner</a>, or your preferred meta search engine. Always check what services are included in your flight — like seat assignments, baggage, and meals — so you won't be surprised by any extra fees.</p>
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You Can Rent Your Own Private Pub in the Cornish Countryside With a Waterfall-powered Beer Tap

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 06:15
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Beer fans</a> looking for a <a href="" target="_blank">pub experience</a> they won’t find anywhere else can now book their own private pub tucked away in a forest, complete with a waterfall-powered beer pump.</p><p>Global brewing company Carlsberg has created the ultimate getaway for those looking to combine cold brews with forest views: the new <a href="" target="_blank">Carlsberg Cabin pub</a>.</p><p>Located in the <a href="" target="_blank">Cornish countryside</a> and nestled between willow groves, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">the pub</a> is the world’s first fully off-grid and carbon-neutral bar, powered by solar energy and a nearby waterfall. </p><img alt="The Carlsberg cabin comes with open spaces to allow you to admire the forest it is surrounded by. "src=""><p>The space was inspired by a love for nature and by the traditional Cornish engine houses, which were built of stone and pumped water from tin mines. But at the Carlsberg Cabin, it's beer that's pumped, to give you a chilled pint anytime you like.</p><p>Besides the beer pump, which is located in the communal area, the cabin also includes enough beds to sleep six, a communal kitchen, a deck area where you can admire the lush greenery, and a series of hammocks to enjoy a pint in.</p><img alt="Inside the Carlsberg cabin, you'll have your very own beer pump. "src=""><img alt="The Carlsberg cabin can sleep up to six guests at a time. "src=""><p>Streams flow beneath the cabin and trees grow through its deck, so you can immerse yourself in the nature that surrounds you. </p><p>The cabin is in <a href="" target="_blank">Kudhva</a>, a camping retreat where you'll find 180-degree views of the nearby coastline and a hidden waterfall-fed lake to take a dip in.</p><p>When guests book the space, they’ll get sole use of the cabin and shared use of the Kudhva campsite, and will have one of North Cornwall’s most spectacular beaches, Trebarwith Strand, just a mile away.</p><p>Bookings on Airbnb are currently only available through the end of October, so act fast.</p><p>To book: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $466 per night</p>
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Sheriff Rescues Women Stranded in Lake on a Rainbow Unicorn Floatie (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 17:53
<p>Over the weekend, four women in Minnesota proved just how treacherous riding on a <a href="" target="_blank">rainbow unicorn float</a> can be. Yes, really.</p><p>According to reports, on Saturday, the women all hopped aboard their giant inflatable unicorn for a bit of fun in a Chisago County lake before becoming stranded in the lake’s weeds.</p><p>As <em><a href="" target="_blank">TIME</a></em> reported, despite having paddles with them to navigate the waters, the lake’s plant life proved to be too much for the women, who became stranded several yards from the dock. Luckily for them, a deputy sheriff happened to be driving by and pulled over to save the day.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Inflatable Pool Floats to Travel With This Summer</a></p><p>From the dock, deputy Scotty Finnegan threw the wayward women a rope and pulled them to the safety of the shore.</p><p>“With a handful of laughs and some mad rescue roping skills they were pulled back to the dock!” the Chisago County Sheriff’s office tweeted. In fact, Finnegan’s rescue techniques proved to be so skillful that he was even able to safely reel in the unicorn float without any damage.</p><p>And these women weren’t the only ones to face a perilous situation at the hands of a rainbow unicorn this summer. As the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Telegraph</a></em> reported, in May, a young girl had to be rescued by the Coastguard in Scotland after the float she was riding began to drift out to sea.</p><p>"This was an incredibly lucky escape for the young girl and her father after a sunny day at the beach quickly turned into an emergency,” Kevin Paterson, station officer of the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue, said in a statement at the time. "Fortunately in this instance, Coastguard rescue assets were already on scene as the incident unfolded and were quick to react with additional resources being immediately launched to the area.”</p><p>As Paterson added, inflatables are not designed for the ocean, so keeping them in lakes or pools is probably for the best. Of course, you could always just head to this <a href="" target="_blank">unicorn-themed island</a> instead of going through the hassle of blowing up your own float. This way, there’s zero chance of getting stranded at sea.</p>
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