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Jessica Chastain Is Calling Out Airlines for How They Pay Flight Attendants

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 07:41
<p>Academy Award Nominee Jessica Chastain is taking up an unlikely cause.</p><p>For those who are unaware: it is standard practice among airlines to only begin counting flight attendants’ hours from the moment the cabin doors close. They are financially “off the clock” the moment the flight pulls up to the destination gate, though every airline has their own specific set of rules.</p><p>On Monday, Chastain tweeted that she “just discovered that flight attendants don’t get paid during boarding or delays.” She tagged a few airlines in the tweet, asking how it could possibly be legal.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/american-airlines" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> responded to the tweet, saying, “Contracts are negotiated between the company and the unions to determine the details of any compensation package.” But Chastain pushed back by asking, “How could it be legal to not pay your employees while they are serving your customers and performing safety related duties?”</p><p>The answer goes back to the Railway Labor Act. The act, which was passed in 1926 and last amended in 1936 to include airlines, outlined the rules for an elaborate bargaining process between management and labor unions. “It also prohibits the unions or management from making any changes in the status quo without a release by the board,” <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/1988/08/30/business/airline-unions-making-use-of-railway-labor-act.html" target="_blank">according to a 1988 <em>New York Times</em><i> </i>article</a>.</p><p>Basically, because of this rule, unions representing flight attendants have a very difficult time negotiating changes. “Airlines are adamant about not ever changing this method of calculating time for pay purposes,” <a href="https://www.quora.com/Why-are-flight-attendants-only-paid-while-in-the-air" target="_blank">one pilot and union negotiator wrote on Quora</a>.</p><p>“They pay us per diem, which is less than $2 from sign in - the time we get back to base,” flight attendant and author Heather Poole <a href="https://twitter.com/Heather_Poole/status/1095125838951964672" target="_blank">responded on Twitter</a>. “Our pay rate sounds really great until you average in all the hours we aren't getting paid. All that time on the ground, connecting, delays, NOT PAID.”</p><p>"We’re only paid for time in the air. That flight attendant greeting you at the boarding door, helping you find a place for your bag, guitar, crutches, wedding gown, emotional support pig? They're not being paid," Poole told <em>Travel + Leisure. </em></p><p>Things are even worse for flight attendants when flights are canceled.<i> </i>"At my airline, when a flight is canceled, I lose the hours, meaning I don’t get paid. I have to look for another trip — pray I can find another trip — to make up for it on a different day," said Poole.</p><p><a href="https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Flight_Attendant/Salary" target="_blank">According to Payscale.com</a>, the average hourly wage for a flight attendant in the U.S. is $20.66 per hour.</p>
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OpenTable's New 'Matchmaker' Tool Helps You Find the Most Romantic Restaurant for Valentine's Day

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 07:37
<p>The race to find the perfect Valentine’s Day restaurant is on. And it can be harder than you think.</p><p>Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a night where you pull out all the stops and drop hundreds on an extra fancy feast, but many couples still want to at least find a nice place where they can lovingly stare into each others’ eyes over a delicious meal. And finding the right <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/romantic-hotels" target="_blank">romantic hotel</a>, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/romantic-holiday-trips-couples" target="_blank">romantic destination</a>, and especially romantic restaurant can be like looking for a needing in a haystack.</p><p>So how does one find the right “romantic” restaurant that not only has the right ambiance, but also the right food? Well, OpenTable has created a special tool for that.</p><p>OpenTable’s new <a href="https://www.opentable.com/matchmaker" target="_blank">Matchmaker tool</a> helps you easily filter and search for the best restaurants in your area to take your one and only. The tool uses your location and basic questions like how much you want to spend, your preferred cuisine, and ideal atmosphere. Based on your answers, OpenTable's Matchmaker gives you a personalized list of options that fit your criteria.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/yelp-most-romantic-restaurants" target="_blank">This Is the Most Romantic Restaurant in the U.S.</a></p><p>But if you’d rather browse through all your options, or find the best of the best in your area, OpenTable has also published its annual list of <a href="https://www.opentable.com/lists/most-romantic-restaurants-2019" target="_blank">100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2019</a>.</p><p>Featuring restaurants across 32 states, the list provides an overview of the most romantic restaurants in the country, based on more than 12 million verified diner reviews of over 28,000 restaurants in 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to OpenTable. <a href="https://www.opentable.com/lists/most-romantic-restaurants-2019" target="_blank">The list</a> is published in alphabetical order rather than by rank. Ohio has the most recognized restaurants, with nine contenders, followed by Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia.</p><p>Some notable restaurants on the list include <a href="https://www.opentable.com/r/majorelle-new-york" target="_blank">Majorelle</a> in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>, Nocturne in Denver, St Martin's Wine Bistro in <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/dallas" target="_blank">Dallas</a>, Harvest Beat in <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/seattle" target="_blank">Seattle</a>, and Altius in Pittsburgh. While American cuisine seems to be the most popular choice, diners are also looking for French, Italian, Latin, Seafood and Southern fare, according to OpenTable.</p>
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Lufthansa Is Suing a Passenger Who Skipped Their Flight

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:58
<p>If you’ve ever thought about pulling a fast one on an airline by attempting to book a ticket using “hidden city ticketing” you may want to think again.</p><p><a href="https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/homepage" target="_blank">Lufthansa</a>, the German national airline, announced it is suing a passenger for allegedly missing a leg of his journey on purpose. Why is that possibly a big deal? Because missing a flight on purpose could end up costing airlines dearly.</p><p>As <em>Travel + Leisure</em> previously explained, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/hidden-city-ticketing-consequences" target="_blank">Hidden city ticketing</a> — otherwise known as point beyond ticketing — is when a traveler books a flight from point A to point B to point C, with point B representing a layover. However, the passenger has no intention to ever travel to point C and instead just stops at point B as their final destination. This way, the person is likely able to save money because they are booking a layover ticket instead of a direct flight.</p><p>This practice of skipping the last leg of a flight is so popular there’s even a website dedicated to it: <a href="https://skiplagged.com/" target="_blank">Skiplagged</a>, which promotes cheap fares that use hidden city ticketing.</p><p>Though the practice could save a little money, it could be harmful to both the airlines and other passengers as well. As George Hobica, founder of <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/" target="_blank">Airfarewatchdog</a> told <em><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/columnist/hobica/2015/01/06/skiplagged-hidden-city-ticketing/21290655/" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>, hidden city ticketing could deprive other would-be travelers of seats they could use because you booked it instead. This could, in turn, cause airlines to increase pricing on the same routes in the future.</p><p>And now you might also get sued.</p><p>Lufthansa, <em><a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/lufthansa-passenger-tariff-abuse-cheap-flights-lawsuit-tickets-missing-air-france-british-airways-a8773371.html" target="_blank">The Independent</a></em> reported, is currently pursuing payment from the passenger who it believes deliberately missed the last leg of the purchasing journey. According to <a href="https://www.franz.de/fileadmin/user_upload/urteil_ag_mitte_anonymisiert.pdf" target="_blank">a court document</a> obtained by <a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/lufthansa-sues-passenger-scli-intl/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a> the unnamed passenger booked a return flight from Oslo to Seattle with a layover in Frankfurt. On the return flight, the passenger did not catch the Frankfurt to Oslo leg of the journey and instead flew from Frankfurt to Berlin on a separate Lufthansa reservation.</p><p>Though an initial ruling found in the passenger’s favor, the airline has been given permission to appeal. It is currently seeking $2,385 in compensation.</p>
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Emirates Is Offering 2-for-1 Flights to Greece, Bali, and More — and You'll Want to Book ASAP (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:20
<p>Looking for a last-minute <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/valentines-day/best-valentines-day-travel-experiences" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day</a> gift that’ll let you celebrate the occasion with loved ones, friends, and family, long after the holiday passes this year?</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/emirates-flight-attendant" target="_blank">Emirates</a> is giving travelers the chance to grab two tickets to popular cities across the globe for a fraction of the price with its <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-7876402-13616405?sid=TLEmirates2for1ValentinesDay2019" target="_blank">two-for-one deals</a>.</p><p>The airline is <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-7876402-13616405?sid=TLEmirates2for1ValentinesDay2019" target="_blank">offering deals</a> to a variety of cities from various U.S. stops with the sale, with two-for-one deals available to Milan, Athens, Bangkok, Cape Town, Dubai, the Maldives, Bali, and more.</p><img alt="Take a trip to Athens, Greece, for a fraction of the price with Emirates' two-for-one deal. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549986087/athens-greece-emirates-two-for-one-TWOFORONE0219.jpg?itok=TIiJvSVk"><p>The companion fares are available across economy, business, and first class, with the cheapest prices starting at $799 for two economy from <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jfk-airport" target="_blank">John F. Kennedy International Airport</a> to Milan.</p><p>Economy fares from Newark to Athens start at $999 for two, while flights for two from Boston to both Bangkok and Cape Town start at $1,999.</p><p>Additional $1,999 deals include economy fares from Chicago to Bangkok, Chicago to Dubai, and from San Francisco to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/boutique-hotels/nairobi-giraffe-manor-experience" target="_blank">Nairobi</a>.</p><p>Economy fares from Houston to Nairobi for two start at $1,919, while travelers can also book two flights from San Francisco to Dubai for $2,199 total, and two flights from Houston to Bali or Johannesburg for $2,199.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/airlines-airports/best-ways-take-advantage-business-class-flight" target="_blank">Business class fares</a> for two traveling together start at $6,599 from JFK to Milan and at $6,999 from Newark to Athens, while first-class fares for traveling pairs start at $15,799 from Newark to Athens and at $18,299 from JFK to Milan.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/airbus-a380-biggest-passenger-plane#emirates-in-flight-lounge-a380117jpg" target="_blank">Inside the Airbus A380, the Biggest Passenger Plane in the World</a></strong></p><p>While business class flights are higher, you and your travel companion may want to consider upgrading, as business class fliers on the airline are treated with perks that include onboard lounges on some aircraft and lie-flat seats. </p><p>Travelers heading on a solo trip will also find <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-7876402-11472373?sid=TLEmirates2for1ValentinesDay2019" target="_blank">deals for economy flights</a> starting at $539 per person from JFK To Milan, and at $579 per person from Newark to Athens.</p><p>The travel period for each ticket varies from February through December of 2019. But act fast, these deals are only available for booking through Feb. 17, 2019. </p>
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JetBlue’s Valentine’s Day Sale Has Fares As Low As $49

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:03
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/jetblue" target="_blank">JetBlue</a> is feeling the love for Valentine’s Day.</p><p>On Tuesday, the airline announced it is offering <a href="https://www.jetblue.com/deals/love-saving-sale/?source=MKTEM20190212&amp;cluid=27236405" target="_blank">major discounts on one-way tickets</a> both around the nation and to the Caribbean in honor of the lovey-dovey holiday.</p><p>Of course, there are a few restrictions for the sale: All bookings must be made by Feb. 13 at midnight and all travel must take place between Feb. 26 and May 22. The sale also comes with a few blackout dates between April 16 and April 24.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><b> </b><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/valentines-day/best-valentines-day-travel-experiences" target="_blank">These Romantic Valentine's Day Travel Experiences Will Bring Couples Closer Than Ever</a></p><p>But still, if you’re looking to score a few cheap tickets for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/most-romantic-cruises-for-couples" target="_blank">you and your lover</a> this Valentine’s Day is the time to get booking.</p><p>According to JetBlue’s sale site, you could grab tickets for as low as $49 one-way from Boston to New York, or New York to Boston. If you’re looking for a bit warmer of a destination, the airline is also offering tickets from New Jersey to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/lin-manuel-miranda-increasing-tourism-puerto-rico" target="_blank">Puerto Rico</a> for just $134 one-way. Those flying out of New Jersey can also get tickets to West Palm Beach, Florida for just $104 one-way, and to the Dominican Republic for $174 one-way.</p><p>Those flying from the East Coast can even jump over to the West Coast with flights from Boston to Los Angeles running at $169 and New York to Los Angeles for just $164.</p><p>You could even get to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/havana" target="_blank">Havana, Cuba</a> this spring on the cheap. JetBlue is currently offering flights from Fort Lauderdale to the capital of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/best-cruise-trips-to-cuba" target="_blank">Cuba</a> for $94 one-way.</p><p>This sale also doesn’t end at flights. JetBlue also lists its flight plus hotel prices as well, which could offer up even more savings. For example, those New York to Los Angeles passengers could both fly and stay in the sunny Southern California city for $569 for a four day, three-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Orange County.</p><p>So, what are you waiting for? Book a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/romantic-getaways/most-romantic-destinations" target="_blank">romantic getaway for two</a> just in time to surprise your honey for Valentine’s Day.</p>
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Oceania Cruises Is Undergoing a $100 Million Redesign — and the New Suites Are Some of the Most Luxurious at Sea

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:55
<p>Last month, <a href="https://www.oceaniacruises.com/?s=PS_TSI_BD_BRA_GOO-g_NA_SRH_BRANDCORE_oceania%20cruises_NA_US_NA_kwd-116160982&amp;_st_custom_id=3676563c-3bdc-4d93-8a76-782778fe75f5&amp;kenibpid=p.402._k_EAIaIQobChMI8sWJnqKt4AIVh47ICh1ZzQ2VEAAYASAAEgKvk_D_BwE_k_.kw14998&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8sWJnqKt4AIVh47ICh1ZzQ2VEAAYASAAEgKvk_D_BwE" target="_blank">Oceania Cruises</a> unveiled the new look of <i>Insignia, </i>one of their four Regatta-Class ships, and the first to undergo renovations as part of brand’s $100 million <a href="https://spark.adobe.com/page/3HKqpGAbu9FcV/" target="_blank">"re-inspiration"</a> initiative. </p><p>The dramatic makeover was led by <a href="https://www.studiodado.com/about" target="_blank">Studio DADO</a>, a Miami-based firm known for luxury residential and hospitality design. But the inspiration behind the new vision came from Oceania's loyal passengers. </p><p>“The guests we spoke with kept telling us how dearly they loved the ships,” said Yohandel Ruiz, founding partner of DADO. “So it was important that we kept the intimacy and warmth in the redesign.”</p><img alt="Oceania Cruise Redesign by Studio DADO "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549489136/oceania-cruise-ship-design-space-OCEANREDESIGN0219.jpg?itok=3eFF9grj"><p>The resulting look marries the brand's signature classic style (crystal chandeliers and a grand staircase) with airier touches, such as a cream and light blue color palette and gleaming marble surfaces. Stripped down to their studs, the new designer suites and staterooms have custom furnishings in silvery greys and greens, exotic stone and polished wood accents, and totally redone bathrooms.</p><img alt="Oceania Cruise Redesign by Studio DADO "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549489136/oceania-cruise-ship-design-detail-OCEANREDESIGN0219.jpg?itok=GdKg5lpO"><p>“We are maintaining the intimate surroundings and personal attention that our guests love, while at the same time setting a new standard of style and elegance for small ship cruising,” said Bob Binder, president and CEO of Oceania Cruises.</p><img alt="Oceania Cruise Redesign by Studio DADO "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549489136/oceania-cruise-ship-design-lounge-OCEANREDESIGN0219.jpg?itok=5I3lX9BC"><p>Fans of the brand’s other three ships won’t have to wait long to see the stunning transformations first-hand: <i>Sirena </i>will debut its new look in May, followed by <i>Regatta </i>in September, and <i>Nautica</i><i> </i>in June 2020.</p>
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A Terminal-by-terminal Guide to DFW Airport

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:02
<p>At 17,207 acres, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/dfw-airport" target="_blank">Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport</a> is larger than the island of Manhattan. The airport – which sees more than 69 million passengers every year – is one of the most frequently visited superhub airports in the world. With all of that land and five terminals, it's no surprise that a DFW airport guide is necessary for getting around. </p><p>Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, known as “DFW,” opened in 1974 with eight signatory carriers and four additional carriers. Early on, DFW nonstop international flights consisted of two daily flights to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/resort-hotels-in-mexico" target="_blank">Mexico</a>, a flight to Jamaica, and Air Canada service to Toronto. Today, passengers at DFW can choose among 182 domestic and 62 international nonstop destinations worldwide.</p><p>DFW airport is situated between <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/dallas" target="_blank">Dallas</a> and Fort Worth, and is so large it has its own zip code, city designation (DFW Airport, TX), police, fire, and emergency medical services.</p><iframe frameborder="0" height="500" id="gmap_canvas" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=dfw%20airport&amp;t=&amp;z=13&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;iwloc=&amp;output=embed" width="600"></iframe><p><a href="https://www.pureblack.de">Travelers have had direct access on public transit to Dallas with the </a><a href="https://www.dart.org/" target="_blank">DART</a> (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) rail since 2014, and as of January 2019, travelers also have direct access on public transit to Fort Worth via the <a href="https://www.dfwairport.com/texrail/index.php" target="_blank">TEXRail service</a>. The DART station is located in Terminal A, and the TEXRail station is located in Terminal B. These stations have access to all terminals provided by Terminal Link (on the non-secure side) and Skylink (on the secure side). Inside the airport, bouncing from terminal to terminal after security is easy with <a href="https://www.dfwairport.com/connect/" target="_blank">Skylink</a>, which can move between terminals in less than 5 minutes.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.dfwairport.com/map/" target="_blank">DFW Airport Map</a></p><p>With so much terrain to cover and almost 2,000 daily flights to choose from, it can be stressful to navigate the larger-than-life airport. Whether you’re worried about finding a healthy airport meal or in a mad dash to make your flight, this guide to DFW airport will help you find your perfect plan before takeoff.</p><h2>DFW Wi-Fi</h2><p>DFW has free Wi-Fi for visitors in all terminals, parking garages and gate-accessible areas.</p><img alt="DFW Airport - Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1547762219/terminal-parking-dfw-DFWGUIDE0119.jpg?itok=2gUh1EuG"><h2>DFW Airport Parking and Car Rentals</h2><p>There are <a href="https://www.dfwairport.com/parking/index.php" target="_blank">four parking options available</a>, including valet, terminal, express, and remote parking. Valet parking ($31 a day, plus tax) is available at all terminals with no reservation required. Terminal parking ($24 for 24 hours) is available at each terminal with more than 20,000 total parking spaces. Express parking ($12 daily rate) is offered at the north and south ends of the airport where travelers are shuttled into the airport. Remote parking ($10 a day) is also located at the north and south entrances of the airport with travelers being bused into terminals. DFW’s Terminal Link provides free shuttle service between terminals. In 2018, the airport introduced <a href="https://onlineparking.dfwairport.com/en/" target="_blank">Prepaid Parking Online</a>, which can save travelers up to 50% on parking. This option is available for terminal, express, and remote parking, and customers simply choose and pay for their parking online ahead of time. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/american-airlines" target="_blank">American Airlines</a> customers can park and check in at any terminal.</p><p>Renting a car is easy at DFW considering the airport has a 24-<a href="https://www.dfwairport.com/rentalcars/index.php" target="_blank">hour car rental center</a> with 12 different companies offering the service. For arriving and departing passengers, shuttles cross between the airport and rental center every 10-15 minutes.</p><h2>DFW Airport Hotels</h2><p>Though there are many hotels in the area surrounding the airport, there are only a few DFW airport hotels on the actual grounds itself. The <a href="https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/texas/grand-hyatt-dfw/dfwgh" target="_blank">Grand Hyatt DFW</a> is located inside Terminal D and is accessible by Skylink and Terminal Link. Other hotels include the <a href="https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/texas/hyatt-regency-dfw-international-airport/dfwap" target="_blank">Hyatt Regency</a> (near Terminal C), and <a href="https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/texas/hyatt-place-dfw/dfwzi" target="_blank">Hyatt Place</a>, located inside Southgate Plaza near the rental car facility. </p><img alt="DFW Airport - Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1547762219/terminal-a-dfw-DFWGUIDE0119.jpg?itok=T-ETENuW"><h2>DFW Terminal A</h2><p>Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal A is exclusively operated by American Airlines and has 26 gates. This terminal is one of four in the airport that has <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/tsa-precheck" target="_blank">TSA PreCheck</a>, which is located at gate A21. The airport lounge available here is the American Airlines Admirals Club, located at A24.</p><h2>Terminal A Food </h2><p>Terminal A has a wide range of eateries including coffee shops and bars. For fast food, there are two McDonald’s in this terminal and a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen for a fried chicken fix. <a href="https://www.twistedrootburgerco.com/about-us" target="_blank">Twisted Root Burger Co.</a> offers a taste of Dallas’ Deep Ellum district, and <a href="https://saltlickbbq.com/" target="_blank">Salt Lick BBQ</a> transports travelers to the Texas Hill Country for a taste of true-Texas ‘que. Coffee is available at numerous spots including Starbucks, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and Dunkin’ Donuts, and bars include Bleu Mediterranean Bar with an expert mixologist and Vino Volo, an award-winning wine bar.</p><h2>Terminal A Shopping</h2><p>Terminal A is a great terminal for high-end shopping spots and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/carry-on-must-haves" target="_blank">quick airport necessities</a>. Grab a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-travel-pillows" target="_blank">travel pillow</a> or <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-noise-cancelling-headphones" target="_blank">headphones</a> from Brookstone, and don’t forget a jersey representing America’s Team from the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop — one of three in the airport. Johnston &amp; Murphy has fashionable men’s clothing, and there are plenty of options to grab skincare products before your flight with shops like Kiehl’s, MAC Cosmetics, Benefit Cosmetics, and L’Occitane. For cheesy-yet-necessary Western souvenirs, the Stockyards Marketplace is a must. And for plane reads, CNBC News, Hudson News, and Southwest News have you covered. Terminal A also has a currency exchange.</p><h2>Things to Do in Terminal A</h2><p>For a last-minute haircut or styling, XpresSpa is a full-service hair salon. Minute Suites offers private suites with daybeds, workstations, printers, and fax and scan machines for rest or work time, and The Bubble presented by Coca-Cola is a nice spot to relax with charging stations, TVs, comfy seating, and vintage Coca-Cola décor.</p><h2>Terminal A Charging Stations</h2><p>Charging stations are located at gates A10 and A24.</p><h2>DFW Terminal B</h2><p>Terminal B has 47 gates and is also exclusively operated by American Airlines. Security checkpoints are located at gates B9 and B30. The airport lounge located here is the <a href="https://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/airportAmenities/dfw-club.jsp" target="_blank">American Airlines Admirals Club</a>, located at B3. This terminal also offers a USO lounge for active members of the U.S. military and their families, complete with Wi-Fi, video games, TV, bathrooms, food, a sleeping area, computers, charging stations, board games, and more.</p><h2>Terminal B Food</h2><p>Terminal B has more casual and fast food options like Wing Stop, TGI Fridays, Panda Express, and Subway. For coffee, there is Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts, and the hard stuff can be found at Rodeo Bar. For last minute Tex-Mex, <a href="https://www.cantinalaredo.com/" target="_blank">Cantina Laredo</a> offers nachos, tacos, and traditional Tex-Mex fare, while <a href="http://www.cousinsbbq.com/" target="_blank">Cousin’s BBQ</a> has two outposts in the terminal for barbecue. Icebox Café has fast-casual grabs like sandwiches and paninis, and UFood Grill gives a nutritious (never fried) take to burgers, wraps, and fries. Have a sweet tooth? Natalie’s Sweet Gourmet is a self-serve candy store with more than 300 varieties of treats.</p><h2>Terminal B Shopping</h2><p>Terminal B is full of places to purchase the latest magazines, books, and newspapers, including Hudson News, Sierra News, and Texas Monthly News. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/best-travel-jackets" target="_blank">Eddie Bauer</a> has clothing and accessories for men and women, and Brighton Collectibles has beautiful leather and silver accessories. Texas souvenirs are found at Texas Marketplace and Texas Territories, and upscale luggage and accessories are at the Travel + Leisure store. For electronics and entertainment, head for InMotion Entertainment or the Best Buy Express kiosk.</p><h2>Things to Do in Terminal B </h2><p><a href="https://www.airportgameway.com/" target="_blank">Gameway</a> is a new addition to the airport (B42) where travelers can play Xbox One games on 4K TVs with noise-cancelling headphones, leather chairs, and charging stations. Be Relax Spa can assist with manicures, pedicures, and massages, and the DFW Airport Travel Lounge has complimentary lounge and workstation seating and power outlets at each seat.</p><h2>Terminal B Charging Stations</h2><p>Charging outlets in this terminal are in the DFW Airport Travel Lounge at gate B28.</p><img alt="DFW Airport - Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1547762219/terminal-dfw-DFWGUIDE0119.jpg?itok=NN6Una0T"><h2>DFW Terminal C</h2><p>Terminal C has 28 gates and is also exclusively operated by American Airlines. Security checkpoints are at C10, C21, and C30, and TSA PreCheck is at C21. The airport lounge in this terminal is the American Airlines Admirals Club, located at C20.</p><h2>Terminal C Food </h2><p>The airport’s latest addition, <a href="https://www.shakeshack.com/" target="_blank">Shake Shack</a>, is located in this terminal. It’s the first <a href="https://www.dallasnews.com/business/dfw-airport/2019/01/14/shake-shack-opens-latest-location-dfw-airports-terminal-c" target="_blank">Shake Shack in a Texas airport</a>, and the first Shake Shack in the DFW region to serve breakfast. Craft beer lovers can unwind at Beer Union, and coffee fans can appreciate the Caribou Coffee &amp; Einstein Bros. Bagels collaboration. Fast options include Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut Express, and Boar’s Head Deli. <a href="https://pappadeaux.com/home/" target="_blank">Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen</a> and <a href="https://pappasitos.com/home/" target="_blank">Pappasito’s Cantina</a> are delicious Texas favorites, and Chili’s, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and Freshens Smoothies and Yogurt are also popular selections.</p><h2>Terminal C Shopping</h2><p>Shopping in this terminal is similar to Terminal B with numerous magazine and book outposts such as Sierra News, Wall Street News, and Daily News Express. There is also a MAC Cosmetics in this terminal along with Benefit Cosmetics. Fort Worth Magazine offers Texas souvenirs and gifts, and the Emmitt Smith Sports store celebrates the NFL’s all-time leading rusher with apparel, footballs, and souvenirs.</p><h2>Things to Do in Terminal C </h2><p><a href="https://www.spaherewellness.com/locations/DFW/" target="_blank">Spa Here</a> offers hair services for men and women, plus massages and spa treatments.</p><h2>Terminal C Charging Stations</h2><p>Charging stations are located at gates C20 and C35.</p><img alt="DFW Airport - Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1547762219/airplane-landing-dfw-DFWGUIDE0119.jpg?itok=2xaCctBE"><h2>DFW Terminal D</h2><p>Known as the international terminal, Terminal D has perhaps the best variety of dining and shopping available at the airport. The airport’s new Duty Free location (D20) opened in this terminal at the end of 2018 and is a two-level space with world-class shopping, VIP concierge services, and 17,000 square-feet of space. The terminal has 28 gates and services AeroMexico, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Emirates, Interjet, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, QANTAS, Qatar Airways, Sun Country Airlines, and Volaris. Security checkpoints are at D18, D22, and D30 with TSA PreCheck available at D22 and D30. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/priority-pass-additional-discounts-offers" target="_blank">Airline lounges</a> in this terminal are British Airways Lounge, Korean Air Lounge, Lufthansa Lounge, QANTAS Business Lounge, The Centurion Lounge, and The Club DFW.</p><h2>Terminal D Food</h2><p>A large array of dining options are available in this terminal, from fast food to elegant sit-down establishments. Quick options include Applebee’s, Au Bon Pain Deli, Artisan Market, and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. For coffee, try Lavazza Coffee or Moka. Elevated dining includes French cuisine at <a href="https://abacusjaspers.com/whitetail-bistro/" target="_blank">Whitetail Bistro</a> by Kent Rathbun, <a href="https://wolfgangpuck.com/" target="_blank">The Italian Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck</a>, Reata Grill, and Stampede 66 Express by Stephan Pyles. Terminal D has cuisine from multiple cultures, including Irish fare at Tigin Irish Pub &amp; Restaurant, sushi at Shinsei, and Southeast Asian specialties at Banh Shop. For a cocktail or a beer, there’s the Flying Saucer, CRU Food &amp; Wine Bar, or Grand Met Lounge.</p><h2>Terminal D Shopping</h2><p>Terminal D features plenty of luxury shopping such as Montblanc, Longchamp, Kate Spade, Jo Malone London, Coach, and Michael Kors. Departing international travelers can buy cigars and whiskey selections at Whiskey Flights, and Texas gifts are found at The Range. For plane reads, there’s Univision, The Wall Street Journal store, World News &amp; Gifts, and more. For all things tech, check out iStore for the latest mobile devices, plus Best Buy Express, and InMotion Entertainment. An urgent care facility and pharmacy are also available in Terminal D, as well as a currency exchange.</p><h2>Things to Do in Terminal D</h2><p>Aside from the numerous lounges that offer day passes in this terminal, there are other things to keep you busy while waiting on your <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/singapore-airlines-worlds-longest-flight-newark-singapore-nonstop" target="_blank">long-haul flight</a>. To ease pre-flight stress, a yoga studio is available at gate D40 and mats are provided. XpresSpa helps travelers unwind with massages, hair salon services, pedicures, and manicures. If you’re coming off a long flight and need a shower, Minute Suites in Terminal D offer showers along with workstations and daybeds for napping. A children’s play area is located by the McDonald’s at gate D8.</p><h2>Terminal D Charging Stations</h2><p>Charging stations are at D21, D30, and D40.</p><img alt="DFW Airport - Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1547762219/terminal-e-dfw-DFWGUIDE0119.jpg?itok=r-1O0IL5"><h2>DFW Terminal E</h2><p>With 28 gates, Terminal E services Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, jetBlue, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines. Security checkpoints are at E8, E16, E18, and E33, and TSA PreCheck is at E16. This terminal also offers <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/clear-airport-security" target="_blank">CLEAR</a>, the fastest way to get through security. Lounges here include the <a href="https://www.delta.com/us/en/delta-sky-club/overview" target="_blank">Delta Sky Club</a> and <a href="https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/products/travelproducts/Pages/UnitedClub.aspx" target="_blank">The United Club</a>.</p><h2>Terminal E Food</h2><p>Terminal E grub includes many different eateries not available in other terminals of the airport. There’s a Blimpie sub spot, Blue Mesa Taco &amp; Tequila Bar, IHOP, Genghis Grill, and a Wendy’s. Drew Pearson’s Sports 88 is a sports bar dedicated to the NFL legend himself. For a taste of Fort Worth, <a href="http://loveburgershackfortworth.com/love-shack-dfw/" target="_blank">Love Shack</a> serves up tasty burgers by Texas chef Tim Love. Uno Due Go offers Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas and sandwiches, and Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse satisfies barbecue cravings before boarding.</p><h2>Terminal E Shopping</h2><p>Shopping in this terminal is a bit more limited than in others, but there is a Marshall Rousso for women’s fashion, LICK Candy Store for candy found around the world, Hudson News, Southwest News, and the NBC-5 Travel Store. Tech goods are at Best Buy Express, Sound Balance, and InMotion Entertainment, and last-minute souvenirs are available at Texas Marketplace and Lone Star Attitude. There is also a currency exchange.</p><h2>Things to Do in Terminal E</h2><p>The second Gameway location is in this terminal, along with The Bubble by Coca-Cola and another yoga studio. Pampering is available at XpresSpa.</p><h2>Terminal E Charging Stations</h2><p>The charging station for this terminal is at E37.</p>
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‘Big Bang Theory’ Actress Mayim Bialik Went on a Twitter Rant About United Airlines After Being Denied Boarding (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 07:42
<p>Mayim Bialik, neuroscientist and star of <em>The Big Bang Theory</em>, is none too pleased with <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-airlines" target="_blank">United Airlines</a>. That’s because, according to the actress, a ticket agent with the airline not only slammed a boarding gate in her face but also allowed other passengers to board instead.</p><img alt="Mayim Blalik of Big Bang Theory "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549900769/Mayim-Bialik-UPSETUNITED0219.jpg?itok=w-tf-T-w"><p>"To the @UnitedAirlines flight attendant who shut the boarding gate in my face," Bialik wrote. "I made my connecting flight in Houston. it was a tight squeeze but You said there were plenty of open seats. when you saw my carry on suitcase you said there was no room and shut the door in my face,” Bialik tweeted on Sunday following the alleged incident.</p><p>The actress followed up with several more tweets about the event, explaining, “there were five other people from my flight standing there with me who she let on the plane.”</p><p>According to Bialik, it all came down to her carry-on bag. Bialik claims the agent told her there was no more room on the plane for carry-ons, but allowed the other five passengers to bring their luggage on with them.</p><p>“And also why couldn’t my little suitcase somehow fit,” she added in a third tweet. “Maybe the first class seat I was supposed to sit in could have held it and I would have gladly sat in all of the open seats anywhere on that plane.”</p><p>Bialik didn’t stop there. She also posted to her Instagram account adding, “I know I barely made my connecting flight. But I made it despite your delays making me late. And you turned me away as you let 5 other people on from my connecting flight because I had a carry-on suitcase. They had carry-ons too. I understand everything was shut but that lady stewardess didn’t have to shut the boarding door like she did in my face without even saying she was sorry.”</p><p>She added that she had seven minutes left for boarding and that the agent “could have made a small effort to try harder since she said there were ‘plenty of seats open.’ Maybe she hates <em>The Big Bang Theory</em>. Maybe she was having a bad day. Maybe she hates women who look like they’re going to cry. Now my suitcase is broken from running so hard and aggressively, my asthma is super angry and random people think I’m a prima donna because as she shut the door I said ‘I have a first class seat!’ I didn’t mean I deserve it more, I meant can my suitcase sit in my first class seat and I’ll sit anywhere else? Not a good day for me and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/united/" target="_blank">@united</a>.”</p><p>In a statement to <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/travel/big-bang-theory-actress-upset-with-united-airlines-claims-agent-shut-the-boarding-gate-in-my-face" target="_blank">Fox News</a> United simply stated, “We were able to get Ms. Bialik on the next flight to Los Angeles and we are reviewing what happened with our team in Houston.”</p>
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Should You Buy That Cheap IndiGo Airlines Ticket?

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 07:13
<p>I grew up visiting family in India, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned about <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/resort-hotels-in-india" target="_blank">traveling in India</a> it’s this: Getting to India is expensive, but getting around India isn’t. From rickshaws to taxis to domestic flights, transport in India is very reasonably priced. As most travelers know, the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals/wow-air-flights-india" target="_blank">cheapest options</a> are also sometimes the ones that leave you stranded at an airport overnight. But that’s not always true — and there are plenty of budget options that get the job done without overcharging you. So how does IndiGo airlines, India’s budget airline stack up?</p><p>First, some background on <a href="https://www.goindigo.in" target="_blank">IndiGo</a> airlines, India’s go-to budget airline: IndiGo is headquartered near New Delhi in Gurgaon. Not only do they offer affordable flight prices, but they have pricing tiers to suit each type of traveler. Reserving a “flexi” ticket allows you to make “unlimited modifications to your booking.” You can also opt for “lite fare,” which means you’ll pay less if you’re just traveling with a “hand bag.” (If you don’t choose “lite fare,” IndiGo airlines baggage allowance is one checked bag.)</p><p>Not only does IndiGo offer flights to domestic Indian destinations like Jaipur, also known as the “Pink City,” but they fly to plenty of other sought-after Asian destinations like the Maldives, Thailand, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/hotels-in-singapore" target="_blank">Singapore</a>.</p><p>If you’re <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/a-list/best-asia-travel-agents" target="_blank">planning an Asia trip</a> and India is your starting point, IndiGo can help you see the expansive country, as well as nearby destinations that are high on your travel list. (After all, the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/travel-vacation-guide-to-maldives" target="_blank">Maldives</a> is just a three-hour flight from Mumbai.) We read countless IndiGo airlines reviews<b> </b>so we could answer any questions you might have about that IndiGo ticket you’re considering.</p><h2>Here’s what the IndiGo airlines reviews are saying:</h2><p>If you’re hoping for a great price and a dependable flight to far-flung and stunning destinations, you’re in luck. This isn’t a first-class or luxury airline, but travelers tend to be reasonably pleased. On <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729090-r648780325-IndiGo-World.html#REVIEWS" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a>, Primestop said IndiGo was dependable and efficient — especially for the price.</p><p>“I took two flights in a day with IndiGo,” wrote Primestop. “Both flights were on time leaving, on time arriving, comfortable in Economy with reasonable leg room, the staff were efficient but not pushing to get extra sales from drinks and food although it was there if you wanted it. For the cheap price, this was an impressive experience.”</p><p>Another <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729090-r649046413-IndiGo-World.html" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a> review from Northste said that when you purchase an IndiGo ticket, you’re getting exactly what you’d expect for the price.</p><p>“No thrills, no spills. You get what you pay for,” wrote Northste. The TripAdvisor user said they experienced a slightly late departure, but their luggage arrived just fine.</p><p>Abraham T reported that the aircraft was clean and the staff was helpful. “Flight was on time, smooth check in, baggage arrival was quick, aircraft was clean, and the staff were helpful and courteous,” he said on <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729090-r649427222-IndiGo-World.html#REVIEWS" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a>.</p><p>FoodyFoodFood specifically mentioned on <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729090-r648828961-IndiGo-World.html" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a> that they found their IndiGo experience to be better than flying on a North American budget airline. FoodyFoodFood wrote, “Overall you get solid (and for us, on time) service at a very low price with only a seat selection fee for some aisle and exit row seats; definitely very different than the Spirit and Frontier low cost business models in North America where add on fees for seats, checked and carry on baggage can quickly eat into any lower fare savings.”</p><h2>Is there entertainment and food on board IndiGo airlines?</h2><p>It seems like most IndiGo flights are BYOE — bring your own entertainment. It’s a no-frills airline, which means there won’t be an endless supply of movies and music choices. The solution: Travel with a book, a magazine, or a laptop with pre-downloaded movies.</p><p>“As far as in-flight entertainment is concerned, they don't have seat back TVs. Indigo provides an in-flight magazine, <em>Hello 6E</em>, which has minimal content to read,” Abhishek Panicker wrote on <a href="https://www.quora.com/How-is-IndiGo-Airlines">Quora</a>.</p><p>According to Panicker, you’ll have to bring your own snacks, too, though there’s also in-flight food available for purchase. “The passengers have to pay for their food on-board. No free foods are served in Indigo,” he wrote.</p><p>FoodyFoodFood compared IndiGo to a flight on Southwest. “Like Southwest, soft drinks are complimentary but unlike Southwest there are food for purchase options. Indigo does a much better job of getting through the cabin for service compared to Jet Airways [which] is more of a full service airline (think American, Delta, or United). Flight attendants were friendly, helpful, and efficient,” they said.</p><h2>How is IndiGo airlines’ check-in process?</h2><p>“To save the passengers from the long queue of the airports, IndiGo allows them [to enjoy] web check-in facility. Travelers can check-in through web at any time within 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure of their international flights and 1 hour prior to the departure of the domestic flights,” reported <a href="https://www.easemytrip.com/webcheckin/indigo-web-checkin.html" target="_blank">Ease My Trip</a>.</p><p>FoodyFoodFood also provided context, explaining that the boarding process is fairly quick. “Boarding starts early and ends early with no more than 5 minutes between ‘now boarding’ and the ‘final boarding’ calls. Customers line up without a lot of pushing and shoving for a very orderly boarding process ... since bags can be checked there is not much concern about sufficient space for carry on bags which removes a lot of tension.”</p><h2>What is IndiGo airlines baggage policy?</h2><p>According to <a href="https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/IndiGo/checkin.php" target="_blank">Seat Guru</a>, “IndiGo's web check-in allows you to check-in 2 to 48 hours before your flight departs. No checked baggage is allowed when using web check-in. Passengers may bring one piece of carry-on baggage.”</p><p><a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1-d8729090-r648828961-IndiGo-World.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT" target="_blank">FoodyFoodFood</a> added that there are weight specifications for the checked bags. “Checked baggage is limited to 15kg. (33lbs.) before baggage fees kick in ... [the fees are] about Rs400 per kilogram. This is similar to most other Indian airlines with the exception of Air India that offers 25kg. of free checked baggage.” </p>
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Southwest May Soon Start Charging for Certain Perks

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:51
<p>Southwest Airlines is known — and beloved by many — for its “no-frills” pricing model. The airline has long been a low-cost favorite that has never stooped to “basic economy” status. In fact, its <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/southwest-no-basic-economy" target="_blank">CEO steadfastly refuses to sink to that level</a>. But now, the airline may be shaking things up to increase its own revenue, and some Southwest freebie perks may be getting the axe.</p><p>According to <em><a href="https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-southwest-airlines-extra-fees-20190208-story.html" target="_blank">The Chicago Tribune</a></em>, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly revealed the company is currently working on new ways to generate revenue. Though, he didn’t really go into specifics from there.</p><p>He did, however, note that the company would not be following other airlines in charging for things like checked bags, assigned seats and reservation changes.</p><p>"That's not what we do," he said on the call. Instead, he said, Southwest has "better opportunities that fit our brand.''</p><p>So, what could those opportunities be? As <em>The Chicago Tribune</em> theorized, the airline could finally be offering more perks to passengers, but at a price. As the paper noted, the airline could offer more perks like early boarding and drinks at higher price points. Adam Hackel, an Imperial Capital analyst, told <em>The Tribune</em> that a Southwest passenger may also be willing to pay more for priority screening or to get their baggage first after landing.</p><p>Jamie Baker, an analyst at JPMorgan Chase also shared with <em>The Tribune</em> that the airline could start charging more for ultra-first class space. According to Baker, there is an opportunity for the airline to charge just a bit more for guaranteed access to the first few rows near the front of the plane.</p><p>Lastly, <i>The Tribune</i> hypothesized that the airline could find more upselling opportunities with its tickets, including charging more for the right to cancel or change tickets. It may even — <em>gasp</em> — make <a href="https://www.inc.com/chris-matyszczyk/southwest-airlines-gets-648-million-from-nasty-fees-its-getting-worse.html" target="_blank">canceled flights totally nonrefundable</a>.</p><p>All of these changes are fine with Henry Harteveldt, founder of Atmosphere Research Group, which focuses on the travel industry, who told<i> </i><em>The Tribune</em><i>,</i> "As long as Southwest offers these as add-ons and the consumer sees they are appealing, and Southwest doesn't take anything from its core value proposition, they have a reasonable chance of success.” He added, "It's been timid and allowed itself to be held hostage by its legacy, as opposed to being innovative and saying, 'We can keep our legacy and still innovate and add products that would appeal to customers.'"</p><p>Before Southwest makes any changes make sure to read up on <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/when-to-upgrade" target="_blank">how to decide if your seat upgrade is really worth the markup</a> just in case they start charging.</p>
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The Closest Airports to Disneyland — and How to Get to the Park From Each of Them

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:38
<p>All roads may lead to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disneyland-raises-ticket-prices" target="_blank">Disneyland</a>, but in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the journey from area airports varies in distance, time, traffic, transportation options, and best hours of day to travel. Your starting point will determine your options for an arrival airport, but if you do have a choice, these details should be helpful.</p><p>A <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/complete-guide-to-disneyland-resort" target="_blank">hotel stay near Disneyland</a> will make a multi-day visit more convenient and relaxing. Lodging is available within walking distance of Disneyland’s entrance, and most hotels offer shuttle service to the park. Options range from budget to luxury, and nightly prices vary depending on the season and day of the week. Three hotels on the Disneyland property are available in addition to the many local lodging options.</p><h2>Closest Airports to Disneyland</h2><p>Depending on your location of departure, there are multiple airports to choose from when booking your trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Here, area airports are listed in order of distance to the park, starting with the closest.</p><h3>John Wayne Airport, Orange County <a href="https://www.ocair.com/groundtransportation/">(SNA)</a></h3><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d212496.92403253732!2d-117.99880004892296!3d33.67621633638678!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x0%3A0xc941e8f5c31119e2!2sJohn+Wayne+Airport!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1549906027905" width="600"></iframe></p><p><strong>Distance:</strong> At about 15 miles, John Wayne Airport in Orange County is the closest airport to Disneyland. (CA-55 North, I-5 North)</p><p><strong>Car Rental:</strong> On-site rental car counters are located on the Arrivals (lower) Level between Terminals A and B, across from the statue of John Wayne.</p><p><strong>Shared and private shuttle service:</strong> <a href="https://www.ocair.com/groundtransportation/shuttles" target="_blank">Several companies</a> provide service from SNA to Disneyland with pickup on the Arrivals (lower) level in the Ground Transportation Center.</p><img alt="John Wayne Airport - Santa Ana, California "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1548697635/john-wayne-airport-DLANDAIR0119.jpg?itok=lVG4wz8w"><p><strong><a href="http://www.snashuttle.com/disneyland_shuttle.html" target="_blank">Disneyland Shuttle</a></strong>: Large vans can accommodate parties of six or more people. Numerous shuttles operate daily with special rates to Disneyland Hotel or other nearby lodging.</p><p><strong><a href="https://dre.coachusa.com/airport-information/john-wayne-airport-shuttle" target="_blank">Disneyland Resort Express</a></strong> by Coach USA: Provides shuttle from John Wayne Airport to over 70 hotels at 17 designated bus stops in the Anaheim resort area. The shuttle operates nearly 15 hours a day with last airport pickup at 7 p.m.</p><p><strong>Transportation Network Companies:</strong> <a href="http://www.lyft.com/" target="_blank">Lyft</a>, <a href="https://www.uber.com/airports/sna/" target="_blank">Uber</a> and <a href="https://www.wingz.me/airport/sna/" target="_blank">Wingz</a> are permitted to pick up and drop off passengers at John Wayne Airport. Drivers drop off passengers on the Departures (upper) Level at curbside and pick up their passengers on the top level of parking structures A2 and B2 also in the Terminal C parking structure on the upper level. (about $25)</p><p><strong>Taxi:</strong> <a href="https://www.californiayellowcab.com/sna/" target="_blank">John Wayne Airport Yellow Cab</a> provides service from the Ground Transportation Center on the Arrivals (lower) Level between Terminals A and B. In Terminal C, cabs are available on the Arrivals (lower) level at Column 14. ($29 flat rate to Disneyland)</p><h3>Long Beach Airport <a href="http://www.lgb.org/travelers/transit.asp" target="_blank">(LGB)</a></h3><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d212148.4372186467!2d-118.29149088741471!3d33.81697516670369!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x80dd3236c1430c85%3A0x3d72b50085627ff!2sLong+Beach+Airport!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1549906463877" width="600"></iframe></p><p><strong>Distance</strong>: 24 miles, with two routes: CA-91 East, I 5 South; and 405 South, CA-22 East. Drive time varies from 30 minutes to about an hour during afternoon commute time between 3 and 7 p.m.</p><p><strong>Car Rental</strong>: Major rental companies are located across from the terminal.</p><p><strong>Shared and private shuttle service</strong>: Several companies provide service from LGB to Disneyland – <a href="http://www.supershuttle.com" target="_blank">Super Shuttle</a>, <a href="http://www.primetimeshuttle.com" target="_blank">Prime Time Shuttle</a>, <a href="http://www.americanshuttlellc.com" target="_blank">American Shuttle</a>, <a href="http://www.premiershuttleride.com" target="_blank">Premier Shuttle</a>, and others.</p><p><strong>Transportation Network Companies</strong>: <a href="http://uberestimate.com/costs.php" target="_blank">Uber</a>, <a href="https://www.lyft.com" target="_blank">Lyft</a>, <a href="https://www.opoli.com" target="_blank">Opoli</a>, <a href="https://mvn2.com/" target="_blank">MVN2</a>, and <a href="https://www.wingz.me" target="_blank">Wingz</a> are available for pickup outside the terminal. (About $35 to Disneyland)</p><p><strong>Taxi:</strong> Taxis are available outside the terminal. <a href="https://longbeachyellowcab.com/" target="_blank">Long Beach Yellow Cab</a> offers flat rate service to Disneyland for $66.</p><h3>Los Angeles International Airport <a href="https://www.flylax.com/lax-traffic-and-ground-transportation#Ground-Transportation-Information" target="_blank">(LAX)</a></h3><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d13239.9283249927!2d-118.41728474440079!3d33.94158897745381!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x80c2b0d213b24fb5%3A0x77a87b57698badf1!2sLos+Angeles+International+Airport!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1549909115635" width="600"></iframe></p><p><strong>Distance</strong>: 34 miles, with two primary routes: I 105 East, I 5 South; and CA-91 East. Drive time varies from one hour and 15 minutes to as much as two hours during afternoon commute time between 3 and 7 p.m.</p><p><strong>Car Rental:</strong> Major rental companies are available with shuttle pickup outside of each terminal.</p><p><strong>Shared and private shuttle service</strong>: Several companies provide service from LAX to Disneyland – <a href="https://www.supershuttle.com" target="_blank">Super Shuttle</a>, <a href="https://www.primetimeshuttle.com" target="_blank">Prime Time Shuttle</a>, and <a href="https://www.shuttletolax.com" target="_blank">Shuttle2LAX</a>.</p><img alt="Los Angeles International Airport "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1548697635/lax-airport-DLANDAIR0119.jpg?itok=RGv7Vmeg"><p><strong><a href="https://dre.coachusa.com/airport-information/lax-airport-shuttle" target="_blank">Disneyland Resort Express</a></strong> by Coach USA: Provides shuttle from Los Angeles International Airport to over 70 hotels at 17 designated bus stops in the Anaheim resort area. The shuttle operates nearly 15 hours a day with last airport pickup at 8 p.m.</p><p><strong>Transportation Network Companies</strong>: Uber and Lyft are available at LAX. Prices vary depending on time of day and traffic. Estimates are available at <a href="http://uberestimate.com/cost/LAX/Disneyland/" target="_blank">Uberestimate</a> (about $50-65 to Disneyland).</p><p><strong>Taxi</strong>: Taxis are available outside each terminal. (The fare will vary depending on traffic conditions but would be approximately $100.)</p><h3>Ontario International Airport <a href="https://flyontario.com/parking-transports">(ONT)</a></h3><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d847352.5452006474!2d-117.98809605196682!3d33.93799510908235!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x80c334fc5acfd4a7%3A0x9fc4ed16c859523b!2sOntario+International+Airport!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1549909378735" width="600"></iframe></p><p><strong>Distance</strong>: 36 miles, with two routes: I-10 West, CA-57 South; and CA-60 West, CA-57 South. Drive time varies from about one hour to as much as two hours during afternoon commute time between 3 and 7 p.m. </p><p><strong>Car Rental:</strong> Free shuttle service is provided for rental car customers between passenger terminals and the Consolidated Rental Car Center, where on-airport rental car counters are located. Off-airport rental car firms provide transportation for customers between the center and their offices.</p><p><strong>Shared and private shuttle service:</strong> Several companies provide service from ONT to Disneyland – <a href="https://www.supershuttle.com/locations/ontario-ont/" target="_blank">Super Shuttle</a>, <a href="https://www.primetimeshuttle.com/airports/ontario-airport/#/" target="_blank">Prime Time Shuttle</a>, <a href="https://xpressshuttles.com" target="_blank">Xpress Shuttles</a>, and others.</p><p><strong>Transportation Network Companies</strong>: <a href="http://uberestimate.com/costs.php" target="_blank">Uber</a> and <a href="https://www.lyft.com/" target="_blank">Lyft</a> provide drop off and pick up at each terminal under the designated sign. (About $45 to Disneyland)</p><p><strong>Taxi:</strong> Taxis are available outside each terminal. Fare is approximately $100 to Disneyland area, depending on traffic conditions.</p><h3>Hollywood Burbank Airport, AKA Bob Hope Airport <a href="https://hollywoodburbankairport.com/">(BUR)</a></h3><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3300.0302549554885!2d-118.35653798503289!3d34.196703380566845!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x80c295aefb65cb17%3A0xc8078c6452abf40!2sHollywood+Burbank+Airport!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1549909585854" width="600"></iframe></p><p><strong>Distance: </strong>45 miles, (I-5 South). Drive time varies from 80 minutes to over two hours during afternoon commute time between 3 and 7 p.m.</p><p><strong>Car Rental:</strong> The rental car pickup and drop off is located in the Consolidated Rental Car Facility in the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center which is about a seven-minute walk from the terminal. An elevated moving walkway is available and wheelchair service can be arranged. (818-795-6087)</p><img alt="Bob Hope Airport, Burbank, California "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1548697635/bob-hope-airport-DLANDAIR0119.jpg?itok=3H2PTDMT"><p><strong>Shared and private shuttle service:</strong> Several companies provide service from Hollywood Burbank Airport to Disneyland – <a href="https://www.supershuttle.com/" target="_blank">Super Shuttle</a>, <a href="https://www.primetimeshuttle.com" target="_blank">Prime Time Shuttle</a>, and <a href="https://www.rrshuttle.com/airports/burshuttle.aspx" target="_blank">Roadrunner Shuttle</a> with pickup at ground transportation islands outside terminals.</p><p><strong>Transportation Network Companies:</strong><a href="https://www.uber.com/" target="_blank"> Uber</a>, <a href="https://www.lyft.com/" target="_blank">Lyft</a>, <a href="https://www.wingz.me/" target="_blank">Wingz</a>, and <a href="https://www.opoli.com/#/" target="_blank">Opoli</a> serve Hollywood Burbank Airport with pickup at the ground transportation island across from Terminal B.</p><p><strong>Taxi:</strong> Taxis are located on the ground transportation islands immediately in front of the terminal. Fares to Disneyland are about $200 depending on traffic conditions.</p><h2>Hotels Near Disneyland</h2><p>Once you get to Anaheim, where should you stay near Disneyland Resort? Here are options on property and nearby.</p><h3>Disney Hotels:</h3><img alt="Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1548697635/Disneys-Grand-Californian-Hotel-DLANDAIR0119.jpg?itok=IVTWhePj"><p><a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/grand-californian-hotel/" target="_blank">Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa</a> offers premium accommodations and its own entrance to Disney California Adventure Park. The hotel features California-inspired artwork, fine dining, and a world-class spa.</p><p><a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/disneyland-hotel/" target="_blank">Disneyland Hotel</a> is located just steps from the Downtown Disney District and a short stroll to both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Dining options include a buffet starring Goofy, the classic Steakhouse 55, and casual Tangaroa Terrace.</p><p><a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/paradise-pier-hotel/" target="_blank">Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel</a> offers a variety of dining, shopping, and recreation including a rooftop pool and waterslide, with decor in the casual style of California’s beachfront boardwalks.</p><h3>Disneyland "Good Neighbor Hotels":</h3><img alt="Anaheim, California Marriott Hotel "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1548697635/Anaheim-Marriott-king-suite-DLANDAIR0119.jpg?itok=yazNqUnO"><p>Disneyland provides a list of 49 <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/good-neighbor/" target="_blank">Disney-approved hotels</a> near the park, with search options based on location, price, and amenities. These are just a few examples of conveniently located hotels.</p><p>The <a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/good-neighbor/anaheim-marriott/" target="_blank">Anaheim Marriott</a> is located just two blocks from the Disneyland Resort. The hotel offers 1,030 guestrooms, two restaurants, a pool, and a fitness center.</p><p><a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/good-neighbor/embassy-suites-anaheim-south/" target="_blank">Embassy Suites by Hilton Anaheim South</a>, about a mile from Disneyland, features two-room suites, complimentary breakfast, a restaurant, room service, a pool, and shuttle service to the park for an additional fee.</p><p><a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/good-neighbor/tropicana-inn-and-suites/" target="_blank">Tropicana Inn &amp; Suites</a>, in the “moderate” price category, is conveniently located next to the pedestrian walkway to the Disneyland Resort. The Mediterranean-style hotel includes an outdoor pool and spa.</p><p><a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/good-neighbor/sheraton-park-anaheim-resort/" target="_blank">Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort</a>, just one block from Disneyland, offers 490 guestrooms with private balconies, upscale amenities, two restaurants, lobby lounge, and shuttle service for an additional fee.</p><p><a href="https://disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/good-neighbor/desert-palms-inn-and-suites/" target="_blank">Desert Palms Hotel &amp; Suites</a> is located about two blocks from the Disneyland Resort and includes a hot breakfast buffet, a pool, a game room, room service, a complimentary mini-fridge and microwave, and a lounge.</p>
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Expert British Airways Pilot Saves the Day After Plane Bounces Off Runway in Heart-pounding Video

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:01
<p>If you’re truly <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/getting-over-fear-of-flying" target="_blank">afraid of flying</a> you might want to click away from this story now (here’s something <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/islands" target="_blank">more pleasant to read instead</a>). But, if you’re here for the drama then keep scrolling because this video of a British Airways flight bouncing off the runway is something you need to see.</p><p>Late last week, a British Airways flight from Hyderabad to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/london-heathrow-airport" target="_blank">London's Heathrow Airport</a> was closing in on its landing when strong crosswinds picked up. As a video of the attempted landing shows, the massive aircraft is pushed back and forth and side to side several times as it attempts to land. The aircraft comes close to touching down, but instead, in a heart-pounding moment bounces off the runway on its back tires instead.</p><p>But, this is British Airways we’re talking about, which means that the plane also came with one of the best pilots in the world. So, instead of letting things go haywire the pilot quickly pulls the plane up into the sky to circle the airport to land safely.</p><p>"Well done pilot!" Big Jet TV said in its tweet of the video, which now has more than 3 million views.</p><p>"Our highly skilled pilots regularly train to conduct the standard maneuver known as a 'go around'," British Airways told <a href="https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/heart-stopping-aborted-landing-of-hyderabad-london-flight-caught-on-video-1990835" target="_blank">NDTV</a> in a statement. "The aircraft circled the airport and landed safely.”</p><p>While the idea of an aborted landing like this, otherwise known as a “take off/go around,” sounds scary, it’s really a fairly common and well-known maneuver by pilots. In fact, according to <a href="https://www.casa.gov.au/standard-page/go-arounds" target="_blank">Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority</a>, there are about 800 standard go-arounds performed in Australia alone in typical year. So, if this happens to you just sit back, relax, and enjoy an extra five minutes in the air.</p>
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I Traveled Solo to a Romantic Private Island Resort and I Don't Regret a Thing

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:01
<p>The thing about gorgeous <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/private-islands-you-can-rent" target="_blank">private island villas</a> is that you don’t usually stay in them alone. On my flight down to Belize, there were seemingly no other solo travelers; the couple sharing the row with me was heading to their friends’ vow renewal ceremony. When I told them I had plans to stay (by myself) at <a href="http://www.turnefferesort.com" target="_blank">Turneffe Island Resort</a>, a private island 30 miles off the coast of Belize City, they both nodded vigorously and smiled at me in the way people do when they’re at a loss for words.</p><p>I had honestly been itching for a solo trip for a few months. For some reason, 2018 really kicked my anxiety up a notch, and solitude is something I’d been craving. I don’t think there’s any shame in admitting that sometimes you need a break from the cyclical business of the real world. I know the private island market is one typically cornered by couples, but can it be equally fulfilling if you’re looking for a little alone time and a solo adventure?</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-countries-for-solo-travelers" target="_blank">The Best Countries for Solo Travelers</a></p><p>Short answer: Yes. Spending four days on a 14-acre island taught me that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/kamalame-cay-bahamas" target="_blank">vacationing solo on a private island</a> is like getting your own one-bedroom in a building your friend already lives in. You get all the perks of seclusion without spending hours replaying all your isolation-related phobias over and over in your head.</p><img alt="Turneffe Island Resort "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530222796/turneffe-island-resort-room-PRIVISLESOLO0618.jpg?itok=m8wenNWL"><p>My villa had an outdoor shower roughly the size of my kitchen at home, a view of the Caribbean Sea, a hammock, a personal palapa, and its own little stretch of private beach. Was it abundantly clear why it would’ve been appealing to honeymooners? Yes. Was it weird to have it all to myself? Not even a little. The phrase “villa for one” might not be super common, but it should be, because sleeping diagonally in a king-size bed and sprawling your toiletries out over two bathroom sinks is truly luxurious.</p><img alt="Belize, Lighthouse Reef , Blue Hole, aerial view "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530222796/belize-great-blue-hole-PRIVISLESOLO0618.jpg?itok=qewsyG7k"><p>I’ve <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/solo-travel/best-european-cities-solo-travelers" target="_blank">traveled solo in Europe</a>, and there are few things that boost your confidence as much as planning and executing an itinerary in a foreign country by yourself. But there are times when mapping out discount flights from Barcelona to Athens gets lonely, and you get tired of doing all the logistical heavy-lifting. At a private island resort, you don’t need a travel partner to coordinate logistics, because it’s all done for you. At Turneffe, I didn’t have to worry about planning my daily activities — I just showed up for the twice-daily snorkeling trips, hopped on the boat, and 15 minutes later, I was floating along the Belize Barrier Reef. They also organize a trip to the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/great-blue-hole-belize-scuba-divers-paradise" target="_blank">Great Blue Hole</a> and Half Moon Caye once a week, so I was able to knock some sites off my Belize bucket list. Snorkeling or diving at both locations should be 100 percent mandatory for anyone heading to Belize.</p><p>And in the moments when I wished I had someone to talk to, company was readily available. The meals are all communal at Turneffe, so even though I was on a completely remote island, I was by no means starved for human contact.</p><p>Sally and Nick Cooper, the managers of Turneffe Island Resort, said solo travelers often choose their island because of the built-in community. Most of their guests are fervent travelers, so they usually have plenty to connect on, as opposed to forcing conversation over meals. I rarely had to succumb to the perils of generic small talk, because there was always someone at my table excitedly telling me how I needed to hone my sailing skills so I could charter a boat around French Polynesia. At least once a day, I left the communal dining tables with a detailed itinerary for my next <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/best-snorkeling-spots" target="_blank">snorkeling trip to Hawaii or Palau</a>.</p><p>But at the same time, I could retreat when I needed to. Activities and resort camaraderie weren’t shoved down my throat. No one was knocking on the door of my villa to usher me to the marina. Every activity on the island has a “come if you want to” feel. Sunrise yoga happens every morning — show up if you feel like it. If you sleep through it (which I did, twice), no one’s going to ask why you weren’t there.</p><img alt="Two coconut palms on Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530222796/half-moon-caye-boat-PRIVISLESOLO0618.jpg?itok=3iD68c9n"><p>In terms of choosing a destination for your solo island stint, I appreciated the accessibility of Belize. I don’t mean that so much geographically — though finding <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/islands" target="_blank">tropical island seclusion</a> without flying over the Pacific is a perk. I mean more that it’s an easy place to come to on your own: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/belize" target="_blank">Belizean culture</a> is laid back and welcoming, the locals are friendly (and not in an artificial-smile-around-tourists kind of way), and most of them speak English.</p><p>A private island gets you off the grid while simultaneously providing everything you need to relax. The spa was a couple hundred yards from my villa — so was the bar, the pool, and the dive center. All your meals are included, as is the yoga on a floating palapa. (And what’s more essential to your island experience than floating yoga?)</p><img alt="Heron walking on the beach at Half Moon Caye. Belize Caribbean. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530222796/half-moon-caye-bird-PRIVISLESOLO0618.jpg?itok=lCOsb3hE"><p>I was fully planning to be self-conscious about mingling as a party of one among parties of twos and fours and fives. But the island is inclusive enough that I didn’t feel sectioned off. The fact that the island was partially occupied by employees, most of whom are native Belizeans and are incredible to spend time with, made me feel less like I was surrounded by twosomes. While I was on the island, they were near full capacity, with about 40 guests and 45 staff.</p><p>For me, the biggest hurdle of traveling alone is pushing myself to show up for new experiences. I’m comfortable staying in my shell until a significant other or a parent or even a tangential acquaintance prods me out of it. Without any of that, I had to push myself — to show up to cocktail hour before dinner (the appetizers were good motivation), to ask a stranger for Dramamine (necessary), and to try fishing (in a stunning display of beginners luck, I reeled in a barracuda that was subsequently served for dinner). A private island can facilitate a lot, but at the end of the day, it can’t make you more extroverted. However, it can reward your self-imposed extroversion with a glass of champagne enjoyed in a magically serene outdoor shower.</p><p>Turneffe Island allowed for a perfect balance of scheduled activity and uninterrupted alone time. I felt like I got the solo restoration I was looking for, but there was still a structure to my days when I wanted it. Whenever I travel alone, my instinct is to be as frugal as possible, because the notion that extravagant trips should be reserved for families or couples is somehow ingrained in me. Allowing myself to have a pampering experience that was entirely my own felt foreign in the best way. The quietest, most meditative moments I had were just floating by myself in the Caribbean and savoring the island breeze from my hammock. If nothing else, it is something entirely different from the moments you take to yourself back home.</p>
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Karlie Kloss Shows Us Exactly How She Keeps Her Skin Supermodel-fresh While Flying

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:15
<p>Leave it to a jet-setting supermodel to provide us with an in-flight beauty regimen that’s really more of a full-on spa night. In a recent <a href="https://youtu.be/H97YCU-b1Xo" target="_blank">YouTube video</a>, Karlie Kloss <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta-new-boarding-process" target="_blank">boards a Delta flight</a> and films her go-to long-haul routine as she takes a red-eye flight from New York to Madrid. As a model, Kloss has to arrive looking photoshoot-ready, so far be it from us to skip out on any tips she slips our way.</p><p>“I am just having a very busy day — got off of one set, getting on a plane, and getting off of a plane [and] going onto another set,” Kloss shares. “So basically, I need to just get on this plane and get to sleep.”</p><p>After changing into <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.adidas.com/us/alphaskin-sport-climawarm-tights/CY2246.html" target="_blank">Adidas Alphaskin Sport Climawarm compression tights</a> ($50), she heads back to begin her in-seat pampering. </p><p>Pajama-clad and ready to rest, her first step is to wipe her hands with a hot towel and her seat with on-the-go <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FKIEQUC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlgiftsunder50-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00FKIEQUC&amp;linkId=42e5b4c1b640961e680aaef76ef25dc2" target="_blank">Clorox disinfecting wipes</a>. Then she squeezes a dollop of hand sanitizer into her palms, pulls her hair back, and gets to work. After removing her makeup with a wipe, she applies night serum in the form of both <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sephora.com/product/advanced-night-repair-concentrated-recovery-eye-mask-P417359" target="_blank">Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Masks</a> ($44 for a set of four) and liquid <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sephora.com/product/advanced-night-repair-synchronized-recovery-complex-ii-P379994?skuId=1551761" target="_blank">Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum</a> ($68 for 1 oz.), which she smooths over her cheeks.</p><p>Kloss then pulls out a tube of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://seed.com/female-daily-synbiotic/" target="_blank">Seed Probiotics</a> and pops one in her mouth — “Love these,” she comments — followed by a <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DEK990/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlgiftsunder50-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B005DEK990&amp;linkId=d4a99c2f15a9127185c7ce3f92933634" target="_blank">melatonin</a> tablet. “It’s my favorite way to help me fall asleep on an airplane and stay asleep,” she shares. Next, she applies another Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair product, this time in the form of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.sephora.com/product/advanced-night-repair-eye-concentrate-matrix-P422651" target="_blank">Eye Concentrate Matrix</a> ($69 for 0.5 oz.). “I like to lather on as much serum and cream as I can,” she explains.</p><p>Kloss then proceeds to perform a self-administered lymphatic massage with a <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DLF4HMY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlgiftsunder50-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07DLF4HMY&amp;linkId=e5e315932db432974324ec6d603a4d11" target="_blank">butterfly-shaped rose quartz tool</a> ($20.99 on Amazon). “It really helps de-puff,” she says. “It helps kind of circulate your skin...especially when you’re on a plane and it’s just super dehydrating.” As a last step, Kloss rolls calming essential oils onto her wrists, spritzes her pillow with <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006VT8G1O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlgiftsunder50-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B006VT8G1O&amp;linkId=a20eef7e2713651549bf4d04ca056586" target="_blank">Thisworks deep sleep pillow spray</a> ($29), pops in her Invisalign, and hits the hay.</p><p>Not even the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/singapore-airlines-worlds-longest-flight-newark-singapore-nonstop" target="_blank">world’s longest flight</a> could slow us down after a routine like that.</p>
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How a Bunch of Bigfoot Hunters Helped Me See My Home State's Breathtaking National Forests in a New Light

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 11:00
<p>It’s just before dawn, on the shortest, darkest day of the year. I’m parked underneath a street lamp at a gas station just east of the Tillamook State Forest. I’m here anxiously awaiting a rendezvous with a pair of Bigfoot trackers from the<a href="https://www.bfro.net/" target="_blank"> Bigfoot Research Organization (BFRO)</a>: Cindy Caddell and Russ Lockrem.</p><p>Off to my right, a pair of headlights pierce the early morning fog. The lights slowly get bigger and brighter. The source of the lights — a large, white pickup — pulls up behind me. The lights are now blinding, as they reflect off my rearview mirror and into my eyes.</p><p>Through the light, I see a man’s shadowy figure hop out of the driver side of the truck and saunter toward my SUV. I open the door and step out to greet him. With a big grin, he introduces himself: Russ. From the passenger side, a woman gets out and cheerily power walks up to greet me, her hand already extended: Cindy.</p><p>After a quick how-do-you-do, Cindy climbs into the back seat of the truck behind Russ, allowing me to ride shotgun.</p><img alt="Russ Lockrem "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1547140133/russ-lockren-ORBIGFOOT0119.jpg?itok=nDNFl4kt"><p>Normally, I’d be wary of taking a ride into the wilderness with a pair of strangers. I’ve thrown caution to the wind today, though. That’s because the BFRO keeps its Bigfoot hotspots secret. And, if I want to learn the art of Bigfoot tracking, I am going to have to play by their rules.</p><h2>The Forests of Oregon</h2><p>Growing up in Northwestern Oregon, I was aware of the legend of Bigfoot. It wasn’t until I met my neighbor, Joe Beelart, Bigfoot expert and author of "<a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Oregon-Bigfoot-Highway-Joe-Beelart/dp/0692380817" target="_blank">The Oregon Bigfoot Highway</a>," that I began to give Bigfoot a second thought.</p><p>Sitting in Joe’s suburban kitchen, I got the Bigfoot deep dive. Spreading out a large map on his kitchen table, Joe plotted the spots I’d need to visit for the best Sasquatch sightings across the state, from Suttle Lake in Eastern Oregon to Estacada just outside the Mount Hood National Forest to the Tillamook State Forest in the west.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/clear-lake-oregon" target="_blank">America's Most Beautiful Lake Has a Sunken Forest Beneath Its Crystal-clear Waters</a> </p><p>After I left his home, Joe introduced me to other Oregon Bigfoot aficionados. This is how I wound up riding shotgun in Russ’s truck through Tillamook.</p><img alt="Tillamook State Forest, in Oregon, where Bigfoot is thought to roam "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1547140133/tillamook-state-forest-oregon-ORBIGFOOT0119.jpg?itok=E2KHA3F9"><h2>Tillamook State Forest</h2><p>Almost as if it’d been planned, as soon as Russ turned off the paved highway and onto the gravel back road, it began to snow. We weaved our way deep into the forest. Cindy narrated from the back seat.</p><p>She explained that Bigfoot is believed to be a relative of the now-extinct Gigantopithecus. Bigfoot experts theorize that Bigfoot has Asian origins and crossed the Bering land bridge into North America.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/alien-hunting-cultus-camp" target="_blank">Searching for UFOs at the Mojave Desert's Most Exclusive Airbnb</a></p><p>Miles into the state forest, Cindy walked me through locations of reported Bigfoot sightings. She recounted mysterious vocalizations she heard in the night and described the infrared outlines she captured of an eight-foot-tall creature — “or naked man” — spying on her camp.</p><p>I’d been through the Tillamook State Forest more than a dozen times over the years. Viewing it through the BFRO lens was like seeing it for the first time. The vibrant greenery of the forest, even on the first day of winter, was awe-inspiring. The place felt almost primeval in its lushness.</p><p>Before we part ways, Cindy and Russ give me pointers on how to spot signs of Bigfoot. Marks of the Sasquatch vary, from fur snagged on tree trunks to broken tree limbs. The most compelling, however, are foot prints.</p><p>Staring at the forest floor, I quickly realize that it takes a sharper eye than mine to spot a Bigfoot print. There are so many impressions, divots, and odd shapes in the forest floor that I wouldn’t know where to begin to pick out a Sasquatch print.</p><img alt="Bigfoot enthusiast Randy Silvey at Suttle Lake, in Oregon "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1547140133/randy-silvey-suttle-lake-oregon-ORBIGFOOT0119.jpg?itok=-R6EvGqJ"><h2>Suttle Lake</h2><p>My final Bigfoot expedition took me east over Mt. Hood to Suttle Lake — a virtual Bigfoot hotbed. There, I met with Randy Silvey, BFRO member and founder of <a href="https://bendbigfootresearch.com/" target="_blank">Bend Bigfoot Research Group (BBRG)</a>.</p><p>Randy is perennially cheery and — just like Cindy before him — excitedly narrates the drive. Navigating me around the maze of dirt roads that crisscross the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, he leads me to a couple of the region’s Bigfoot hotspots.</p><p>The forests of Eastern Oregon aren’t as dark and lush as those in Tillamook. What they lack in prehistoric atmosphere, they more than make up for in ecosystem diversity.</p><p>The ground was snow-covered at the spot where Randy and I met up. Minutes into our drive, we were out into the red soil and sunlight of the high desert. Parking in the middle of the BLM land, we hiked into the spare forest populated by thin, tall pines and came out on a massive lava flow.</p><img alt="Estacada Forest, Oregon "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1547140133/estacada-forest-oregon-ORBIGFOOT0119.jpg?itok=gg0eJntZ"><p>Any minute, we should hear a ‘thwack!’” Randy warns me. This is supposedly one of the telltale auditory signs that Bigfoot is nearby, as they try to ward people off by hitting tree trunks with massive logs. Imagine the crack of a baseball bat making collision with a ball, but 10 times louder and more menacing.</p><p>“Want to run into a Bigfoot? Just go out and act like a normal person,” Randy says. “Get all decked out in camo and stuff, they’ll steer clear — you won’t find or hear anything. They’re much more intrigued by people acting like people.”</p><p>Randy’s advice mirrors what both Russ and Joe had told me, too.</p><p>“Bigfoot hunting is anything but,” Joe said, when we sat at his kitchen table. “It’s hiking, camping, fishing, and star gazing.”</p><p>Similarly, when I asked Russ what got him into Bigfoot hunting, he admitted it was a way to connect with his son and spend more time outside. To me, that’s the most compelling — and charming — part of Bigfoot, the community and drive to keep exploring.</p><img alt="Mount Hood National Forest "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1547140133/views-from-mt-hood-national-forest-ORBIGFOOT0119.jpg?itok=J28OE6Xn"><p>“It’d be really friggin’ neat if Bigfoot were real,” Russ chuckled during our expedition through Tillamook. I agree. Though, I suppose it doesn’t really matter.</p><p>I conceived of this story as a way to expose new readers to Oregon’s many beautiful forests. However, I’ve come through it with a new community of friends and a reason to keep exploring my state’s stunning public lands. In this way, I’ve become sold on Bigfoot myself.</p>
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This Harry Potter Beer Festival Is the Most Fun a Muggle Will Ever Have

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 09:14
<p>Accio brewski!</p><p>According to <em><a href="https://www.delish.com/food-news/a26133246/harry-potter-beer-festival-boozy-butterbeer-tour/?utm_medium=social-media&amp;utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=socialflowTWDEL&amp;src=socialflowTW" target="_blank">Delish</a></em>, Rock Star Beer Festivals is bringing a Harry Potter-themed beer fest to the U.S. so all the Potterheads out there can imbibe in as much butterbeer as they like.</p><p>Or winter ales, pumpkin beers, and special cider “potions,” if they’d prefer.</p><p>The “Wizards and Witches Beer Festival” officially kicked off on Nov. 24 at San Diego's Irenic venue, and is currently touring the country stopping in Denver, Portland, Seattle, Austin, and other cities.</p><p>At the moment, tickets are <a href="https://www.rockstarbeer.com/" target="_blank">still available</a> in Seattle on March 1 and Austin on May 11.</p><p>But you won’t be heading to some crowded beer hall. This is a magic beer festival after all, so all venues will be decked out in Harry Potter decor to make the environment look just like locations like Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley, and Hogwarts' Great Hall.</p><p>“We try to find venues that fit the theme, like historic building[s] and modified churches,” Rock Star Beer Festivals' director of marketing and sales Ryan Wieczorek told <em>Delish</em>.</p><p>Among the different beverages people can enjoy are Snape's Lair of Secret Cider Potions and an adult-friendly butterscotch beer (since butterbeer is technically supposed to be non-alcoholic in the books), as well as different winter and holiday themed ales. Because Harry Potter is practically synonymous with Christmastime.</p><p>In addition, according to <em><a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2019/02/06/harry-potter-inspired-beer-festival-usa/" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a></em>, there will be a bevy of activities for would-be witches and wizards, including live music with a DJ, photo ops with characters, and lots of food.</p><p>Tickets for the festival are $35 each, and all attendees must be 21 or over. More information can be found on the <a href="https://www.rockstarbeer.com/" target="_blank">Rock Star Beer Festivals website</a>.</p><p>At the moment, locations are only planned through May, but Rock Star Beer Festivals will announce any locations on its <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rockstarbeer/" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> if it plans to add more dates.</p><p>And if you can’t get into the festival, you can always buy a ticket to the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/amusement-parks/best-times-harry-potter-world-universal" target="_blank">Wizarding World of Harry Potter</a> at Universal Studios in California or Florida to get your butterbeer fix. The park even sells <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/universal-studios-frozen-butterbeer" target="_blank">butterbeer ice cream</a>.</p>
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The World's Bluest Oceans Are Going to Get Bluer — but That's Not a Good Thing

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 08:36
<p>In the future, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-warnings/paris-climate-agreement-destination" target="_blank">climate change</a> will cause the blues of the ocean to look bluer and the greens to look greener, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And no, that is not a good thing.</p><p>To understand how this will happen, you first need to understand why the ocean is blue in the first place. As the <a href="https://weather.com/news/news/2019-02-05-climate-change-oceans-colors-blue-green-phytoplankton" target="_blank">Weather Channel</a> explained, the water gains its color thanks to microorganisms called phytoplankton. Those organisms contain chlorophyll, which is a pigment that absorbs the blue part of the light spectrum and reflects the green part of the light spectrum.</p><p>That means if water has more phytoplankton it will come off as more green. Parts of the ocean without these organisms look bluer.</p><p>The growth rate of phytoplankton, <em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/04/world/climate-change-ocean-color-study/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a></em> further explained, is dependent on how much sunlight, carbon dioxide, and nutrients are in its vicinity. And, because climate change will alter all of the above, there will be fewer nutrients for phytoplankton to feed on.</p><p>The areas most affected by the change will likely be in subtropical regions like Bermuda and the Bahamas, according to the team’s findings, which were published Monday in the journal <em><a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-08457-x" target="_blank">Nature Communications</a></em>. Conversely, it found places like the North Atlantic and the Antarctic will become much warmer, bringing more nutrients to the area, thus turning the water much greener.</p><p>"The model suggests the changes won't appear huge to the naked eye, and the ocean will still look like it has blue regions in the subtropics and greener regions near the equator and poles," Stephanie Dutkiewicz, the study’s co-author and a principal research scientist in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, told the Weather Channel. "That basic pattern will still be there. But it'll be enough different that it will affect the rest of the food web that phytoplankton supports."</p><p>According to the study, these changes will likely take place by the end of the 21st century. This change will also likely have a catastrophic domino effect on not only what ocean animals eat, but what humans eat too.</p><p>"The change is not a good thing, since it will definitely impact the rest of the food web," <a href="https://eapsweb.mit.edu/people/stephdut" target="_blank">Dutkiewicz</a> additionally told CNN. "Phytoplankton are at the base, and if the base changes, it endangers everything else along the food web, going far enough to the polar bears or tuna or just about anything that you want to eat or love to see in pictures."</p><p>But, there are still things you can do to help stave off this change, even as a traveler. Read more on <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/responsible-travel" target="_blank">how to travel sustainably</a> so we can preserve the world’s most precious places for generations to come.</p>
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American Airlines Cancels Flight Because Pilot 'Appeared Drunk' Before Takeoff

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 08:03
<p>An American Airlines flight was canceled shortly before takeoff on Thursday after the pilot allegedly showed up visibly intoxicated.</p><p><a href="https://uk.flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL735/history/20190207/1115Z/EGCC/KPHL" target="_blank">Flight AA735</a> from Manchester in the U.K. to Philadelphia was canceled shortly before 11 a.m., <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/08/uk/american-airlines-pilot-arrest-manchester-gbr-scli-intl/index.html" target="_blank">according to CNN</a>. The flight was scheduled to take off at 11:05 a.m. local time.</p><p>A statement from the Greater Manchester Police said that “a 62-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of performing an aviation function when over the prescribed limit of alcohol." According to police, the pilot was “bailed pending further inquiries.”</p><p>"The employee was detained and the flight, AA735 to Philadelphia, has been canceled," <a href="https://eu.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2019/02/07/american-air-flight-canceled-after-pilot-arrested-intoxication/2808813002/" target="_blank">the airline said in a statement</a>, according to <em>USA Today</em><i>.</i> "We have rebooked (passengers) on alternative flights."</p><p>The airline said that it is "fully cooperating with local law enforcement" on the investigation.</p><p>According to CNN, pilots in the U.K. are allowed to have up to 20 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, or about 0.02 percent blood alcohol content (BAC).</p><p>Recently, there have been a string of high-profile incidents involving pilots showing up drunk to fly.</p><p>Last month, according to <em>The Independent</em>, <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/drunk-japan-pilot-all-nippon-airways-alcohol-crew-ana-a8710081.html" target="_blank">a pilot for All Nippon Airways delayed five flights</a> after he showed up to work after drinking within 12 hours of takeoff (which is against company policy).</p><p>In December, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/japan-airlines-asking-employees-stop-drinking-rest-of-year" target="_blank">Japan Airlines asked all employees</a> to refrain from drinking until the end of the year after several employees, including a pilot, were found to have been drunk while working flights. According to CNN, The pilot’s blood alcohol content was 10 times the legal limit shortly before his scheduled takeoff (the flight never left the airport). He was sentenced to 10 months in prison.</p><p>Last year, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/alaska-airlines-pilot-prison-flying-under-influence" target="_blank">an Alaska Airlines pilot was sentenced to one year in federal prison</a> after admitting that he operated a flight with more than 80 passengers aboard while intoxicated.</p>
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These Are the Best U.S. Cities to Live in If You're Single

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 16:29
<p>It’s that time of year again: Singles Awareness Day is right around the corner.</p><p>While <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/valentines-day/best-valentines-day-travel-experiences" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day</a> is nothing but <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/gift-guide/valentines-day-gifts" target="_blank">candy hearts and two-dozen roses</a> for some, it can be a huge letdown for people without a significant other to dote upon. In fact, there are some places lots of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/10-must-avoid-spots-for-singles-on-valentines-day" target="_blank">singles straight-up avoid</a> on this infamous day.</p><p>But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a day that’s reserved just for couples. Single people out there can have a good time, celebrate their independence, or even find love on Feb. 14 quite easily depending on what city they live in.</p><p>Sadly, some cities are better than others when it comes to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/valentines-day" target="_blank">Valentine’s Day</a>.</p><p>In order to discover the perfect locations for singles on the official holiday of love, bus and train travel platform <a href="https://www.wanderu.com/blog/the-best-cities-to-be-single-on-valentines-day/" target="_blank">Wanderu studied cities and ranked the best</a> based on a number of criteria, including the percentage of single people in each city as well as the quality and total number of goods and services that can be enjoyed without a romantic partner.</p><p>It may come as no surprise that the biggest metropolitan areas in the U.S., Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago, top the list of the best cities to be single. With so many options of other single people out there, there are plenty of fish in the sea. Not to mention, these cities have a deep pool of things to do with or without a partner – so going solo isn’t a big deal.</p><img alt="U.S. Cities Best for Singles "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549487857/best-cities-for-singles-SINGLESCITY0219.jpg?itok=ncqbsI0H"><p>But there are some dark horses in the rankings that you may not expect, like Baltimore, Sacramento, and Portland beating out bigger cities like Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Austin. These smaller areas have just enough charm and activities to make being single an ideal situation for many.</p><p>It should be noted that Wanderu published only the top 25 cities that ranked in their study of the 50 most populous, so even the cities that round out the bottom five — Phoenix, Arizona; Charlotte, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Tampa, Florida — are not the worst places in the U.S. to be single. </p><p>Still, it may seem odd to see notorious party city Las Vegas only come in at 24. According to Wanderu’s analysis, “hook-up friendly” cities may not be the ideal places for some singles.</p><p>The cities with the highest percentage of singles include Detroit at No. 1, followed by Washington D.C. and Atlanta. So, if you are looking for a big dating pool, you might <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/best-places-to-live-singles" target="_blank">consider a move to one of these cities</a>.</p><img alt="U.S. Cities Best for Singles "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549487857/singles-population-cities-SINGLESCITY0219.jpg?itok=Z_EGSlRQ"><p>Wanderu ranked cities based on specific activities as well, including best cities for day trip destinations, most massage parlors, most adult shops, fastest download speeds, most cupcake shops, cheapest wine, and most takeout options.</p><p>For the full analysis, visit the <a href="https://www.wanderu.com/blog/the-best-cities-to-be-single-on-valentines-day/" target="_blank">Wanderu website</a>.</p>
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Las Vegas's Most Luxurious New Hotel Suites Have Their Own Bowling Alley and Basketball Court

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 14:00
<p>The <a href="http://www.palms.com/" target="_blank">Palms Casino Resort</a> in Las Vegas is lifting the curtain on one of its most impressive renovations yet.</p><p>Since 2016, the Vegas hotspot has been undergoing a $690-million renovation, and it's now debuting the results. Two of the hotel’s largest and most luxurious digs, the Hardwood and Kingpin suites, made their grand re-debut on Thursday.</p><img alt="Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Luxury Suites "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549472862/Hardwood-Suite-Palms-Casino-Resort-VEGASLUX0219.jpg?itok=cfbDoRBX"><img alt="Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Luxury Suites "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549472862/Hardwood-Suite-court-Palms-Casino-Resort-VEGASLUX0219.jpg?itok=IOeFmmZs"><p>The Hardwood Suite is a sleek, cosmopolitan pad with many stylish features across its 10,000 square feet. But the most jaw-dropping is a graphic black-and-white basketball court painted by graphic <a href="https://www.instagram.com/joshuavides/?hl=fr" target="_blank">artist Joshua Vides</a>. The two-bedroom, two-story suite also includes a hidden whiskey room, a game room with pool and poker tables, and a fully equipped bar with 16 suites. If you’re looking to host a party, this suite is capable of holding up to 300 of your closest friends. If the party gets too rowdy, the walls of the basketball court fold down to reveal three murphy beds for guests who won’t be able to make it home.</p><p>Meanwhile, as its name may suggest, the main draw of the Kingpin Suite is a bowling alley in the living room. The entire suite has a ‘70s vibe, complete with a starburst ceiling lamp and technicolor paintings. Invite friends over to lounge on the leather banquettes and cheer on those in the lanes. (The bowling alley comes complete with shoes, balls, and an automatic scoring system.)</p><img alt="Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Luxury Suites "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549472862/Kingpin-Suite-view-Palms-Casino-Resort-VEGASLUX0219.jpg?itok=4e6b0imV"><p>The Kingpin Suite is available from $15,000 per night while nightly rates for the Hardwood start at $20,000.</p><p>The two suites are the latest to debut. Last year, the hotel showed off <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/palms-casino-resort-renovated-suites" target="_blank">its renovated themed suites</a>, Fantasy Tower guest rooms, and six uber-luxurious Sky Villas. All rooms are available for booking now.</p><img alt="Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Luxury Suites "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549472862/Hardwood-Suite-bed-Palms-Casino-Resort-VEGASLUX0219.jpg?itok=WB-GyZlk"><img alt="Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Luxury Suites "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1549472862/Kingpin-Suite-bed-Palms-Casino-Resort-VEGASLUX0219.jpg?itok=o-fVCAc8"><p>In addition to the renovated suites, the Palms Casino Resort is also opening a new music venue this year, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/music/cardi-b-vegas-residency" target="_blank">where Cardi B will make her Vegas residency debut</a>.</p>
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