This Is the Most Wished for Travel Bag on Amazon

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 10:31
<p>This holiday season, <a href="" target="_blank">give your favorite travelers</a> what they really want.</p><p>There’s no such thing as “too many” travel bags. Every traveler needs options: whether you’re packing for a weekend in the country or a few days in a new city, one travel bag can’t cover all the needs of your upcoming trips.</p><p>According to Amazon, <a href=";tag=tlleathersatchel-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0799LMFN4&amp;linkId=274f364bdebcaa20e96fd7d0e6b41574" target="_blank">this leather satchel</a> is the single most wished for travel bag on the shopping site. It’s the perfect holiday purchase for your favorite digital nomad who’s always working on the go.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Gifts No One Will Realize You Ordered on Amazon</a></p><p>It should be noted that with everyone cramming in their last-minute wish list making before Dec. 25, the Most Wished for list is constantly changing, but this bag has remained a top pick.</p><p><a href=";tag=tlleathersatchel-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0799LMFN4&amp;linkId=274f364bdebcaa20e96fd7d0e6b41574" target="_blank">The satchel has a 4.4-star rating</a> and is $74.99. The 14-inch bag comes in four styles, from sleek and modern black leather to time-worn, cool beaten brown. It’s crafted from real buffalo leather and designed to protect a laptop from the wear and tear of being carried around town.</p><p>Travelers who need a good organizational system will love the bag’s various pockets and systems, including a zipper pocket for important documents, large open pockets for items that need easy access, and even RFID-blocking spots for credit cards.</p><img alt="Messenger Bag "src=""><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a href=";slotNum=3&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;tag=tlleathersatchel-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=w61&amp;creativeASIN=B0799LMFN4&amp;linkId=274f364bdebcaa20e96fd7d0e6b41574"></a>, $75</p><p>“Still big enough to carry everything that I need, but not so big that I feel like I'm carrying an oversize duffel bag,” Amazon reviewer Dustin O. wrote. “I love this thing.”</p><p>And, according to reviewers, it’s the perfect size for all your day’s needs. “I can comfortably hold my laptop (14”) in one section, my iPad Pro in another, some papers I am working on, writing instruments, chargers, and a few extras (glasses, lens wipes, etc.) without impacting the shape or exceeding this bag’s capacity,” user Hopelessly Caffeinated in Phoenix wrote.</p><p>Visit <a href=";refRID=QTKNFX19TW5QR0GW1ZFE&amp;th=1" target="_blank">Amazon</a><a href=";tag=tlleathersatchel-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B0799LMFN4&amp;linkId=274f364bdebcaa20e96fd7d0e6b41574" target="_blank"> to buy the satchel</a> (and yes, it will get there before Christmas if you act fast).</p>
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You Can Rent an Entire Island in Norway — and It Comes With Spectacular Views of the Northern Lights (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:16
<p>Forget the crowds in Venice, the hoards of tourists in Honolulu and the throngs of travelers gawking over Times Square in New York City. It’s time to leave all those people in your dust and go to this teeny, tiny island town in Norway instead.</p><p>Along the icy coast of Norway sits the island of <a href="" target="_blank">Fordypningsrommet</a>. As <em><a href="" target="_blank">Business Insider</a></em> noted, there are no cars, no shops, and barely any people on it. The only way to get there is to take an hour-long boat ride from a neighboring island. But what this island does have in the place of a community is pure, unadulterated solitude underneath the Northern Lights. And, a whole bunch of adorable tiny homes you can rent.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Visit Norway</a>, there are nine homes on the island, each of which has its own function: sleeping, bathroom, kitchen, sauna and more. The cottages come with either two single beds or one double bed. The entire facility comfortably sleeps 10 people, but up to 15 if you’re really pushing it. Each building is so smartly designed that it even earned an <a href="" target="_blank">Architizer's 2018 A+Award</a>.</p><img alt="Interior of a room at The Arctic Hideaway "src=""><p>But, perhaps the best part of the island oasis is the view.</p><p>“The view is formidable with the <a href="" target="_blank">Lofoten islands</a> in your right eye and the infinite horizon in the left,” Visit Norway wrote. “Here you can sit with a glass of wine in the tower house, study the ever-changing nature, and find the peace.”</p><img alt="Cabin accommodation at The Arctic Hideaway "src=""><p>Now doesn’t that just sound lovely?</p><img alt="View at the Arctic Hideaway island in Norway "src=""><p>The island is available year round, but it’s key to note that the host is only included with your stay in the summer months. At that time the host will provide food and heat up the sauna for you. You can still rent the island in winter, but you’ll have to shell out a bit extra for the host. Rent out this entire dream island for just $3,500 a week before the rest of the world finds out.</p>
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This Is the Ultimate California Road Trip, According to Zooey Deschanel

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:46
<p>Zooey Deschanel isn’t new to travel. In fact, the <em>New Girl </em>star has been around the world a time or two.</p><p>She’s not new to working towards making the world a happier, healthier, and all around better place, either. From starting <a href="" target="_blank">The Farm Project</a>, an organization tasked with helping people better understand the food they eat and where it comes from, to speaking out about feminist issues and raising money for <a href="" target="_blank">The Innocence Project</a>, Deschanel has given a helping hand.</p><p>So it only made sense that the <a href="" target="_blank">“Elf” star</a> teamed up with Capital One for a new initiative, <a href="" target="_blank">The Purpose Project</a>, to help start a conversation about purposeful travel and how seeing the world helps us to better understand it. According to a study conducted by Capital One, 87 percent of Americans desire a sense of discovery when they travel. To help people make their own discoveries, <em>Travel + Leisure</em> sat down with Deschanel ​to talk about California, food, and purposeful travel.</p><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure</em>: What does it mean to travel with purpose? </strong></p><p><strong>Zooey Deschanel: </strong>“More and more people are interested in experiences rather than collecting things. These are the things that enrich our lives and inspire us. And you know when you travel with purpose you can come back to your life and be more productive and happier and more inspired.”</p><p><strong>How do you translate those trips and experiences after the fact?</strong></p><p>“I usually think of my years in terms of the trips that I take. I think every year, ‘Where did I go on vacation? Where did I spend Thanksgiving? Where did I go over the summer?’ and those things define and frame your life.’”</p><p><strong>Where is your favorite place to recommend people to travel?</strong></p><p>“California is my favorite state because it’s where I’m from and there’s so much beautiful scenery and there are so many amazing places to visit. I feel like a <a href="" target="_blank">California road trip</a> is such a classic, and always a wonderful choice for a vacation. I’ve done it many, many times.”</p><p><strong>What’s the perfect California road trip?</strong></p><p>“There are so many places, that’s why a road trip is great. You’ve got to hit a lot of spots: San Diego, L.A., of course. Go to a desert place like Palm Springs or Death Valley or something like that. Joshua Tree. Santa Barbara. Monterey. Carmel, that area. And you have to go to the wine country. So Napa, Sonoma, St. Helena to the Bay Area and then up to the Redwoods.”</p><p><strong>That’s sounds like a really solid road trip. California’s greatest hits?</strong></p><p>“And I’d recommend Eureka.”</p><p><strong>Eureka probably isn’t on too many people’s radars, right? </strong></p><p>“Oh you have to go. It’s so beautiful. It’s amazing forests and hiking and it’s absolutely magical.”</p><p><strong>I heard you’re going to Sonoma to film a series with Tastemade and Capital One about purposeful travel. Why Sonoma?</strong></p><p>“I love Sonoma. I love the food culture there. I love the farm-to-table culture and you know I love the wine. I went for my birthday the year before last and it was just such a great trip.”</p><p><strong>Going back to being purposeful, so many people are inspired by your initiatives to make the world a better place. What advice do you have for anyone looking to change the world? </strong></p><p>“I think picking one thing that you’re passionate about — that can make such a difference. If you just sort of focus on one thing that you’re really passionate about, that affect can trickle down to other things. I’m really passionate about sustainable food, that’s so connected with our issues of health and the environment and climate change. It’s all so intertwined with food. There are other things that are important to me that definitely go hand-in-hand with the food thing. So I can focus on one thing and also deliver other messages as well. My message would be no thing is too small if you’re passionate about it and you have positive feelings and you want to share them."</p><p><em>Editor's Note: This interview has been edited for clarity and length.</em></p>
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All the Best Fashion Deals You Can Score During Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:31
<p>We're halfway through <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon's 12 Days of Deals event</a>, which is like a series of themed mini-Prime Days. It kicked off on Dec. 2 and has featured some stellar discounts on popular toys, tech, and home essentials. And the categories still to come? Expect beauty deals on Sunday, electronics sales on Monday, and tons of outdoor gear savings next Friday. </p><p>As for today, you can save on tons of <a href=";node=18022412011&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=e34f072560568faf4bebbd727a40ae09&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon Fashion</a> categories. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Gifts No One Will Realize You Ordered on Amazon</a></p><p>There's a massive selection of <a href=";node=5550343011&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=bf823af0284c1fc4330a8ca2fd287236&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Lightning Deals</a>, which are limited by both time and quantity (<a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=ec6a9e9912b81fd46a38af9c698bb97c&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Prime Members</a> can get early access). In the fashion category, we'd recommend keeping an eye out for top-rated travel wallets, <a href="" target="_blank">weatherproof boots</a>, and packable backpacks. </p><p>And the best all-day fashion deals? We've rounded those up for you below. A quick note: to see the deal prices on specific products, you'll have to select a size and/or color first.</p><p><strong>Up to 50% off Select Levi's &amp; Dockers Styles: </strong>Replace your worn-out jeans while<strong> </strong>Amazon Fashion is featuring <a href=";node=17934046011&amp;field-enc-merchantbin=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=63fb57b7d88b440d4d613de85f117395&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">select Levi's and Dockers styles</a> marked at up to 50% off. </p><p><strong>50% Off J.Crew Mercantile: </strong>Today only, save 50 percent on select women's and men's styles from <a href=";node=18359724011&amp;field-enc-merchantbin=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=bce1bd75180a43e6e40e56f1353b5501&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">J.Crew Mercantile</a> including jeans, sweaters, blazers, cardigans, T-shirts, outerwear, and more. We especially love their <a href=";tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07DQ735CF&amp;linkId=07c8daa74a74beb6467dde19e25f033c" target="_blank">wool cocoon coat</a>, which comes in seven colors. </p><p><strong>30% off Select Shoes &amp; Handbags: </strong>They've expanded the <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=711c6735f5b9acfc58f795086d79c919&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">30% off shoes promotion to include handbags</a>, too. This one lasts all the way through Dec. 31.</p><p><strong>Up to 50% Off Select Men’s Styles From Amazon Brands: </strong>Save on curations from Amazon menswear brands <a href=";node=18327973011&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=0feb0bed77844f4788b895c7fb8c16a1&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Buttoned Down, Goodthreads, and 28 Palms</a>. Pro tip: Buttoned Down makes some super-nice cashmere sweaters. </p><p><strong>Womens' Dresses and Tops Under $50: </strong>There are great prices on <a href=";node=18125098011&amp;lo=none&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=ef120f6bf7d968d332a40764dfb85822&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">more than 100 dresses and tops</a> from PattyBoutik, Cable Stitch, Lily Parker, and more.</p><p><strong>Up to 40% Off Jewelry Made With Swarovski: </strong>Save on <a href=";node=18366362011&amp;lo=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;lo=none&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlfashiondeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=ce9ee51accef779e17130045ddd76d56&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, and more</a> from Amazon Collection. You can even find some gems for under $25.</p>
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The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Are Shutting Down for Paris Protests

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:58
<p>In expectation of political protests, some of Paris’s biggest landmarks are shutting down this weekend.</p><p>The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame are among the famous monuments that will be closed Saturday during the “yellow vest” protests.</p><p>An expected 8,000 police officers will be dispatched in the capital to counteract the potential "small minority" who have been "radicalized and fallen into violence and hate,” <a href="" target="_blank">the Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said</a> at a press conference on Friday.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Why It's Illegal to Take Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night</a></p><p>Hundreds of businesses around Paris — especially those around the Champs-Elysees shopping district — are expected to close this weekend as well. Shop owners have boarded up their storefronts in anticipation.</p><p>A complete list of the landmarks, theaters, and shops with planned closures this weekend is <a href="" target="_blank">available online</a>.</p><p>The U.S. Embassy has advised American travelers to avoid the demonstrations, particularly in areas of central Paris. <a href="" target="_blank"><em>France-24</em> warns</a> that protests could take place around the city, including the Champs-Élysées, Concorde, Madeleine, Opéra, Bastille, République, and Trocadéro metro stops.</p><p>Travelers who purchased advance admission to any of these attractions should check their emails or contact the institutions for additional information. Travelers in Paris this weekend can follow the Paris Tourism Board’s Twitter account, <a href="" target="_blank">Paris Je T’aime</a>, for up-to-date information about closures and security in the capital.</p><p>“It’s with an immense sadness that we’ll see our city partially brought to a halt, but your safety is our priority,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in a statement. “Take care of Paris on Saturday because Paris belongs to all the French people.”</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">“yellow vest” protests</a> began on Nov. 17 in response to a sharp increase in diesel taxes. The movement criticizes President Emmanuel Macron and has disparate grievances, including education reform, police brutality, and union workers' rights. Since the movement began, four people have been killed in protest-related incidents.</p><p>Demonstrations are also expected in other French cities like Bordeaux and Lyon this weekend.</p>
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Amazon's Next Stop on Its World Domination Tour Might Be Your Local Airport

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:02
<p>Now that Amazon has announced its new HQ2 in New York City and Crystal City, Virginia, the company is setting its sights on a new venture: airports.</p><p>If you’ve ever been in a large airport, you know that it’s basically like a shopping mall. Among the duty free areas, restaurant chains, bookshops, and travel accessory stores, Amazon thinks something is missing: quick, easy, and affordable pre-flight meal options.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Gifts No One Will Realize You Ordered on Amazon</a></p><p>Amazon Go, which is essentially like a deli or convenience store with high-quality food created by local chefs, sets out to bring people exactly that, plus the added benefit of never having to wait in line to check out. Customers can simply come in, pick out what they want, and scan the item with their phone, and Amazon will charge their card on file. </p><p>Amazon Go already has a few locations in shopping centers around the country, including Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco, but now the company is looking to expand to U.S. airports too, possibly starting with Los Angeles International Airport and San Jose International Airport, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNBC</a></em>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Tech Gifts on Amazon</a></p><p>“I am looking forward to moving forward with the Amazon Go technology at the airport,” an airport information technology manager told <em>CNBC</em> back in June.</p><p>But at the moment, nothing is set in stone. In fact, Amazon Go declined to comment on the matter. Officials have commented that the company would have to “undergo a competitive bid process to become a concessionaire,” according to <em>CNBC</em>.</p><p>Still, other airports around the country may also be interested in partnering with Amazon, even if LAX and San Jose don’t pan out. A concessions manager for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport even contacted the vice president of Amazon Go regarding becoming “the first Airport Amazon Go location” back in September, <em>CNBC </em>reported.</p><p>It’s unclear whether any of these airports are actively moving forward with bringing an Amazon Go to their terminals, but between the mega online store, the multiple headquarter locations, brick-and-mortar book sellers, and now, convenience stores, Amazon’s growth (or some would say, world domination) seems quite unstoppable.</p>
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The USS Arizona Pearl Harbor Memorial Finally Has a Reopening Date

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 06:52
<p>When the <a href="" target="_blank">USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu closed</a> back in May, no one knew when it would reopen again.</p><p>Due to “critical structural and safety [issues]” to the monument’s loading dock and visitor ramp, authorities thought it best to close the memorial, originally built in 1962 over the ship’s wreckage, indefinitely in order to do repairs. Cracks that had developed on the outside walls of the monument also complicated the repair process.</p><p>Which is to say that, for a while, no one really thought the memorial would be open anytime soon.</p><p>In the meantime, visitors have been able to take a free, narrated boat tour of Pearl Harbor that goes by the sunken ship, as well as other sites including the Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum &amp; Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.</p><p>But now it looks like the memorial has a new potential opening date on the calendar. "The National Park Service has revised its construction timeline and we anticipate project completion by the end of March 2019," the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Service website</a> states. “Navy staff have been working days, nights, and weekends to fix the memorial's dock, and we expect to award a construction contract this year.” </p><p>Unfortunately, this means that the memorial is not open for Pearl Harbor Day this year, as it has been in the past. In addition, the remaining survivors of the USS Arizona attack who have consistently attended the Pearl Harbor Day memorial service will not be present this year, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a></em> reported.</p><p>Just over 300 sailors survived the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, and only five are still alive today. Unfortunately, various issues, including health problems, have prevented them from attending. About 1,177 sailors perished in the attack. One survivor, Lou Conter, told <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Live 5 News</em></a> that he intends to come back in 2019.</p><p>More information and updates on the USS Arizona Memorial repairs can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Service website</a>.</p>
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This New Designer Swimwear Collection Is the Next Best Thing to a Vacation in the Bahamas

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 06:19
<p>Iconic swimwear company <a href="" target="_blank">Vilebrequin</a> is most closely associated to the ritzy shores of the <a href="" target="_blank">Cote d’Azur</a>, where the brand was founded by sports journalist Fred Prysquel in 1971. But the French label’s newest collection is inspired by a beach getaway on the other<i> </i>side of the Atlantic: <a href="" target="_blank">the Bahamas</a>, home to the sprawling luxury resort <a href="" target="_blank">Baha Mar</a>.</p><img alt="Vilebrequin swim trunks designed for Baha Mar resort "src=""><p>Baha Mar’s creative arts director, John Cox, a notable Bahamian artist, conceived of the limited-edition collection design, with a graphic flamingo print inspired by the Caribbean nation’s national bird. Meanwhile, the range's striking color palette of turquoise, white, and lime green evokes the archipelago's natural scenery. </p><img alt="Vilebrequin tote bag in Baha Mar exclusive print "src=""><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">15 Cute Swimsuits You Won’t Believe We Found on Amazon</a></p><p>The three-piece collection includes a men’s swim short, a boys' style, and a unisex tote bag, perfect for storing all your seaside essentials. Don’t have a trip planned to the luxury resort? No sweat: the set can be purchased <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or at Vilebrequin stores across the United States.</p>
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You Haven’t Seen the Sunset Until You’ve Visited This Rooftop Infinity Pool Overlooking the Mediterranean

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:16
<p>There are, conservatively, a dozen reasons to choose <a href=";lang=en" target="_blank">The Setai</a> when booking a <a href="" target="_blank">hotel in Tel-Aviv</a>: The dreamy, tree-lined courtyard, where you can dine on a top-notch breakfast spread; The grotto-like lounge bar; A spa that knows its way around both Turkish hammam rituals and Reiki. But after a day wandering through <a href="" target="_blank">Carmel Market</a> and before a night out at Kuli Alma or Sputnik, The Setai rooftop is the best-situated spot for watching one of the city’s epic sunsets.</p><img alt="Terrace during sunset at The Setai Tel Aviv "src=""><p>The ancient legacy of the edifice certainly helps bolster the feeling that you’re part of something eternal as you watch the sun dip into the Mediterranean. Located in Jaffa, <a href="" target="_blank">Tel-Aviv’s ancient port city</a>, the hotel itself is housed in a grand building dating back to the Crusader period, when it was used as a fortress. During the Ottoman era, it was a prison (the heart of the building bears the original seal of Abdul Hamid II, 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire), and more recently it housed what must have been one of the world’s prettiest police stations.</p><p>In 2018, it reopened as a hotel after years of renovation, which involved archaeological digs on the property that uncovered artifacts from the 12th century. And the formidable history, centuries-old stone work and original walls are especially striking next to the picture-perfect and very modern rooftop infinity pool.</p><img alt="Beach view at The Setai Tel Aviv during sunset "src=""><p>Designed in collaboration with Feigin Architects and Eyal Ziv, the building’s restoration architect, it’s the closest pool to the sea out of any hotel in Israel. As the moment approaches, you can order a custom cocktail to your lounge chair — comfy ones, with a design spare enough to not distract in your Instagram photo — or float on your back, watching the sky change color. In June or July, the sun sets directly in front of the hotel, with the edge of the infinity pool seeming to <a href="" target="_blank">spill into the Mediterranean</a>. The sun slips below the horizon just before 8 p.m., and the evening call to prayer rings out in Jaffa just as dusk settles. In that moment, you can feel Tel Aviv’s past and its future. And, a nice buzz from a glass of Golan Heights Syrah.</p>
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Top Baby Names of 2018: Millennials Are Naming Their Kids After Kale, Kardashians, and Chip and Joanna Gaines (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:02
<p>If you’re pregnant, adopting, or even thinking about having a baby sometime soon, there are probably more than a few things weighing on your mind. But one of the biggest may be what to name your impending bundle of joy. Parenting resource site <a href="" target="_blank">BabyCenter</a> has a few ideas for you.</p><p>Last week, the website revealed its Top 100 Names of 2018 list. And once again, Sophia is the top choice for new parents for girls. In fact, it’s been the top name for girls for the last 10 years in a row. Jackson also continued its streak as the top name for boys.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">20 Gender Neutral Names Inspired by Places in the World</a></p><p>"Sophia is the dominant girls' name of the decade, with no signs of slowing down," Linda Murray, BabyCenter's senior vice president of consumer experience and global editor in chief, said in a statement. "It has worldwide appeal, it's pronounceable in multiple languages, and it's feminine and sophisticated all at once. As for Jackson, it's a modern twist on the old classic Jack."</p><h2>Top 10 Girl Baby Names of 2018</h2><p>1. Sophia</p><p>2. Olivia</p><p>3. Emma</p><p>4. Ava</p><p>5. Isabella</p><p>6. Aria</p><p>7. Riley</p><p>8. Amelia</p><p>9. Mia</p><p>10. Layla</p><h2>Top 10 Boy Baby Names of 2018</h2><p>1. Jackson</p><p>2. Liam</p><p>3. Noah</p><p>4. Aiden</p><p>5. Caden</p><p>6. Grayson</p><p>7. Lucas</p><p>8. Mason</p><p>9. Oliver</p><p>10. Elijah</p><p>But those aren’t the only popular names to make it on the list. According to BabyCenter, Millennial and Gen Z parents are finding plenty of inspiration in their everyday lives for their baby names, including from their favorite foods, flavors, spirituality, and even the online game Fortnite.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Here's What Bookies Think Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Name Their Firstborn</a> </p><p>"Parents are inspired by the things they love as well as the sound of a name," Murray said. "In the past, we'd look to the Bible or royalty for name inspiration. Today's parents turn to other sources. We've had two decades plus of 'unique' names, and anything goes. It's not like the days when every other baby was named Jessica, Jason, or Jennifer.”</p><p>For example, spiritual names like Peace rose 66 percent this year while Rainbow’s use increased by 26 percent. On the food front, the name Kale rose 35 percent for girls. Boys are increasingly being named after nature, with names like Ocean jumping 31 percent and Sky up 38 percent.</p><p>The Kardashians were among the <a href="" target="_blank">most impactful celebrities</a>, with Stormi (Kylie Jenner's daughter's name) rising 63 percent, Dream (Rob Kardashian's daughter) 42 percent, Saint (Kim Kardashian's son) 42 percent, and Reign (Kourtney Kardashian's son) 27 percent. Chip and Joanna Gaines were up there as well, with Magnolia jumping 21 percent, and their kids' names, especially Drake and Emmie, also on the rise.</p><p>As for those Fornite names, Ramirez jumped 57 percent in usage in 2018 while names like Leviathan increased by 46 percent for boys, Bunny by 30 percent for girls, and Rogue, up 47 percent for girls and 21 percent for boys.</p><p>Still, tradition runs deep. The overall top 10 names for girls include Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Ava, Isabella, Aria, Riley, Amelia, Mia, and Layla. For boys, the top 10 include Jackson, Liam, Noah, Aiden, Caden, Grayson, Lucas, Mason, Oliver, and Elijah.</p><p>Check out the entire <a href="" target="_blank">top 100 names list here</a>.</p>
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The Queen and Prince Philip Have Been Married 71 Years — and This Might Be Their Secret to Happiness

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:46
<p>If you haven’t figured it out by now, let us fill you in on a little secret: Queen Elizabeth is living her best life. In fact, she’s living everyone’s best life. Not only does she allegedly drink <a href="" target="_blank">however many cocktails she wants in a day</a> and travel with a <a href="" target="_blank">slice of her favorite cake</a> at all times, but now we’re learning she has a pretty sweet sleeping arrangement, too.</p><p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a>, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have been able to maintain their happy marriage after all these years because they each sleep in their own private bedroom each night — separately. And apparently it’s a sleeping arrangement that most of British high society lives by.</p><p>“In England, the upper class always have had separate bedrooms. You don’t want to be bothered with snoring or someone flinging a leg around. Then when you are feeling cozy you share your room sometimes. It is lovely to be able to choose,” Lady Pamela Hicks, the Queen’s cousin, said in 2011.</p><p>Of course, these two aren’t alone. As a <a href="" target="_blank">National Sleep Foundation</a> poll found, nearly a quarter of American couples sleep in separate beds or rooms as well.</p><p>Having separate bedrooms doesn't mean these two aren't very much in love. They just don’t mind having alone time and their own space. </p><p>"Their life together has always been built on regular separations. They are not a soppy couple," royal historian Robert Lacey told <a href="" target="_blank"><i>People</i></a>. But they do reveal their love for one another now and again.</p><p>"He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments,” the Queen has previously said about <a href="" target="_blank">Philip</a>. “But he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I and his whole family, in this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know."</p><p>I’m not crying, you’re crying.</p>
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You Can Finally Book Those $199 One-way Flights From the U.S. to India with WOW Air

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:12
<p>Travelers looking to head from the U.S. to Delhi, India, can now get tickets at discounted rates when booking with <a href="" target="_blank">WOW Air</a>.</p><p>The budget airline <a href="" target="_blank">announced earlier this year</a> that it would be expanding to <a href="" target="_blank">Asia</a>, with the first routes coming from nine different U.S. cities to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.</p><p>The new service launched on Dec. 5, and <a href="" target="_blank">WOW Air</a> is now celebrating with promotional rates of $199 one-way flights. The flights area available from seven U.S. cities: Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), Detroit (DTW), Los Angeles (LAX), Pittsburgh (PIT), and Washington, D.C. (BWI). Travelers will want to note that the ticket price fluctuate in real-time, however, so flights from Pittsburgh are now starting at about $250 one-way. </p><p>The $199 one-way fares are currently available for travel through January of 2019, though travelers should keep an eye on WOW Air’s website for additional deals on the destination throughout the year.</p><p>Return fares start at about $250, meaning you can book a bare bones ticket for around $450. Passengers will want to note that amenities like checked baggage are not available on basic fares. WOW Air charges $69.99 to check in bags online and $89.99 to check in bags when checking in at the airport, though travelers can also book a variety of other seat selections that come with added amenities in the price. </p><p>Travelers looking to book tickets that provide amenities like a personal item, a carry-on bag, a checked bag, and seat selection can book tickets on WOW Plus, while WOW Comfy includes cancelation protection and additional legroom and WOW premium seats include two checked bags alongside cancelation protection, additional legroom, priority check-in, in-flight meals, expedited security screening, and no change fees.</p><p>WOW Plus seat flights start at around $300 one-way, while premium seats start around $700 one-way.</p>
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You Can Sip Cocktails in an Igloo Surrounded by Christmas Trees at This Brooklyn Hotel

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:17
<p>If you’re looking for an opportunity to get festive this season, consider taking the train to <a href="" target="_blank">Brooklyn</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Hoxton</a>, a hotel in the heart of Williamsburg, is ringing in the holiday season with the jolliest event New Yorkers can enjoy, complete with igloo-like domes, <a href="" target="_blank">dozens of Christmas trees</a>, and as much $1 hot cocoa as you can drink.</p><img alt="The Hoxton Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn "src=""><p>Now through February, the hotel will be setting up three limited-edition domes in its courtyard. Even though they’re not actually made of ice, you’ll still get a wintry feel from the warm blankets and faux fur throws that decorate the insides of the domes. Each dome can seat groups of 8 for lunch, dinner or cocktails and are available to both guests of the hotel and those without rooms. Domes have a food and beverage minimum of $300 per party.</p><p>In addition, the domes are surrounded by more than 50 Christmas trees, courtesy of neighborhood staple Crest Hardware. As a bonus, you can even buy and take a tree home with you as well, with 10% of tree sales benefitting Coalition for the Homeless.</p><p>According to the Hoxton website, the lot will have “everything from Charlie Brown’s to ten footers, wreaths, lights, and more” available for purchase. So you can continue to enjoy the holly jolly season even when you go home.</p><img alt="The Hoxton Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn "src=""><p>Plus, as you’re shopping for trees or enjoying the festive atmosphere, you can guzzle down some $1 hot cocoa with 100% of the proceeds also benefiting <a href="" target="_blank">Coalition for the Homeless</a>. Or, have a drink with a little kick by sipping on a warm cocktail, mulled wine or cider.</p><p>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">You Can Build Your Own Igloo at This DIY Ice Hotel</a></p><p>More information on the Christmas tree event at the Hoxton can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">hotel’s website</a>. Domes may be <a href="" target="_blank">booked via Resy</a> or private event sales starting on Dec. 10.</p>
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An American Tourist Left $10,000 in a Thailand Taxi — and the World's Most Honest Driver Returned It

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:16
<p>A good trip can turn into a disaster with one simple stroke of bad luck. But happily, it can also be turned around with a simple act of kindness.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The Daily Mail</i></a>, Jerry Hart, an American tourist, was on his way to Suvarnabhumi Airport in <a href="" target="_blank">Bangkok, Thailand</a>, for his flight back to the U.S. when he accidentally left a very important bag in the back of his cab.</p><p>How important was it, exactly? It contained nearly $10,000 in it.</p><p>It’s unclear how Hart managed to forget this bag full of cash, approximately $9,800 in U.S. dollars, but when he realized his mistake at the airport, he ended up canceling his flight in a panic and called the police.</p><p>Luckily for Hart, his cab driver, Veeraphol Klamsiri, was cleaning out his vehicle when he found the money bag underneath one of the front seats. Klamsiri immediately reported it to his supervisors, who worked with police to track down Hart, <i>The Daily Mail</i> reported.</p><p>“I'm very happy. I can't believe my luck. I didn't think I would see the money again,” Hart said to <em>The Daily Mail</em>.</p><p>Lucky may be a pretty mild way of putting Hart’s situation. According to <em>The Daily Mail</em>, Klamsiri also drove one other passenger after Hart before discovering the money, but it seems that passenger did not see the bag or its contents. Who knows, Hart may have come incredibly close to losing his bag and his cash forever. Klamsiri isn’t just honest or noble, he’s practically a hero.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="" target="_blank">How to Keep Your Money Safe While Traveling</a><strong> </strong></p><p>Kittipong Kittikachorn, airport deputy director, told <em>The Daily Mail</em>, “When taxis enter the airport they must return all property of the customer. Tourists can feel safe that their belongings will always be taken care of even if they lose them or forget them.”</p><p>Hart mentioned that he plans to move to Thailand <a href="" target="_blank">when he retires</a>, especially since he had such a good experience here.</p>
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Kate Middleton Took Princess Charlotte to a London Pub for an Emergency Bathroom Break

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:06
<p>A royal bladder cannot wait. Especially not a tiny one.</p><p>Patrons at The Phoenix, a local pub in South London, were surprised by an impromptu visit last week from the <a href="" target="_blank">Duchess of Cambridge</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Princess Charlotte</a>.</p><p>“There were only a few of us in the pub at the time,” a customer <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>The Daily Mail.</em></a> “No one noticed to start with, but when Princess Kate came in we started to look up.”</p><p>The three-year-old princess and her mother popped into the pub in the afternoon and dashed to the loo. Those who were there said that the royal pair was in the pub for no more than 10 minutes.</p><p>It was unclear what was happening until Kate Middleton walked in. “They seem very nice, totally normal,” a customer told <em>The Daily Mail</em>. “Princess Kate was holding her daughter's hand. Princess Charlotte was just any other little girl.”</p><p>But the process for getting a toddler to the toilet is a bit more complicated when you’re royal. First, the entourage parked their black Range Rover on the street. A “royal protection officer” walked into the pub first and asked if the princess could use the facilities. (It is unclear if workers knew the identity of the child-with-a-full-bladder when they agreed, as staff have been barred from speaking about the visit.) Patrons were told they would not be allowed to take pictures.</p><p>The royals walked to the loo and then walked back out to the car just like any other parent with an over-hydrated toddler.</p><p>The visit has not been confirmed by Kensington Palace. “This is not something we will be commenting on,” a spokesperson told <em>The Daily Mail</em>.</p>
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The Top Pets Names of 2018: People Are Naming Their Pets After Meghan and Harry, Cardi B, and Childish Gambino (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:31
<p>If a new four-legged friend is about to enter your life you’ve got a few things on your to-do list: buy a dog bed, pick out a dog food brand, buy a boatload of toys, and oh yeah, think about a name.<br /><br />That last one is extremely important because remember, you’ll be screaming it for the next 10 years as you say “down!,” “no!” and “don’t eat that!” Ahhh, the joys of being a pet parent.</p><p>If you need a little help thinking of the perfect name for your new baby bear <a href=";utm_campaign=DogNames2018&amp;utm_source=facebook&amp;irgwc=1&amp;clickid=xCZyokTseQKdyKX3%3AAWLvSq3UkgU9E1ONQlL0k0&amp;utm_campaign=10079&amp;utm_content=Online%20Tracking%20Link_ONLINE_TRACKING_LINK&amp;utm_source=impact&amp;utm_medium=affiliate" target="_blank"></a> is here to help. The pet sitting website released its list of the top 100 most popular dog names of 2018. And, <a href="" target="_blank">like human children</a>, it turns out people are heavily influenced by both pop culture and tradition when it comes to naming their pets.</p><p>According to Rover, retro names are making a big comeback, with names Minnie, Pearl, Willie and Fred jumping 17 percent this year.</p><p>People are also clearly obsessed with <a href="" target="_blank">Fortnite</a> with names including Zoey, Lucky, Rex, and Ranger, jumping 16 percent.</p><p>Musically-inspired names also made a big leap with the use of Cardi jumping 1,250 percent, Freddie Mercury up 67 percent, and Gambino up 190 percent.</p><p>Of course, <a href="" target="_blank">the royal family</a> made an enormous impact on both the world and pet names this year thanks to the birth of the newest prince and <a href="" target="_blank">the wedding</a> of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Dogs named after the royal family went up by 11 percent this year with names including Sophie, George, Prince, and Charlotte. But, Meghan and Harry saw the biggest leap, with the use of Meghan up 133 percent and Harry up 129 percent.</p><p>Still, the old favorites reigned supreme. The top 10 female dog names of 2018 include classics like, Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Lola, Sadie, Molly, Bailey, Stella and Maggie. For boys, its Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, Jack, Rocky, Duke, Bear, Oliver and Tucker.</p><p>But really, no matter what you name them you’re going to give them a nickname within the first day of bringing them home. Still, if you need ideas check out the complete list of <a href=";utm_campaign=DogNames2018&amp;utm_source=facebook&amp;irgwc=1&amp;clickid=xCZyokTseQKdyKX3%3AAWLvSq3UkgU9E1ONQlL0k0&amp;utm_campaign=10079&amp;utm_content=Online%20Tracking%20Link_ONLINE_TRACKING_LINK&amp;utm_source=impact&amp;utm_medium=affiliate" target="_blank">top 100 dog names on</a>.</p>
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All of Your Favorite Disney Channel Holiday Episodes Are Streaming 24/7 Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:27
<p>It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Disney fans.</p><p>Throughout the month of December, Disney Channel is making every early-aughts babies’ wishes come true by streaming a 24/7 marathon of special holiday episodes of five classic shows on its YouTube channel, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Channel press release</a>.</p><p>That’s right. All day. Every day. Throughout December.</p><p>On the Disney Channel YouTube, anyone will be able to stream five very special holiday episodes from<i> "</i>Lizzie McGuire<i>," "</i>The Proud Family<em>,"<i> "</i></em>Even Stevens," "That’s So Raven," and "Phineas and Ferb." And these episodes are all repeating on a loop for the entire month, so there are plenty of chances to catch them all.</p><p>If you were a tween in the early 2000’s, you’ll be happy to know that all of these episodes are catering to your very specific nostalgic tastes. The "Lizzie McGuire" holiday episode on the stream involves a cameo from pop star Aaron Carter (try not to squeal), and the "Even Stevens" episode, “A Heck of A Hanukkah,” features Shia LaBeouf’s character enacting his own version of "It’s A Wonderful Life".</p><p>Not to mention some hilarious antics from Raven-Symoné on "That’s So Raven," an adventure with the boys on "Phineas and Ferb," and a heartwarming Kwanzaa celebration with "The Proud Family."</p><p>To watch the stream, simply visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Channel Youtube page</a>.</p><p>And, if you need more than just five shows to get your Disney holiday entertainment fix, the Disney Channel network is also airing its 25 Days of Christmas between now and Dec. 25, showing everyone’s favorite holiday movies, Disney Channel Original Movies and special programming for most of the month.</p><p>Frankly, this is the best reason to stay in and <a href="" target="_blank">binge watch</a> rather than <a href="" target="_blank">face the winter weather</a>. So, grab the family, fire up your streaming device, get cozy, and indulge in some nostalgia this season.</p>
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Alaska Airlines Has $39 One-way Flights Around the U.S. This Winter (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 16:47
<p>Travelers looking to book a winter getaway to popular locations across the U.S. for cheap can now snag round-trip flights for as little as $78 with <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines’</a> latest <a href="||20181204_SALE_FLASH||-prodID:FareSales" target="_blank">flash sale</a>.</p><p>The airline is offering flights that start as low as $39 one-way, though travelers will need to act fast as the deals are only available for booking through Dec. 5.</p><p>Flights are available for travel between Jan. 8 and March 6, with blackout dates from Feb. 14–25.</p><p>Domestic flights start at $39 one-way between locations like Las Vegas and Los Angeles, while $49 will get passengers one-way flights between Las Vegas and San Francisco and between Los Angeles and San Francisco.</p><p>Some top domestic deals include $69 one-way flights from Burbank to Portland and from Seattle to Las Vegas, $79 one-way flights from Austin to San Diego and from Burbank to Seattle, $89 one-way flights from San Francisco to Nashville, $99 one-way flights from Chicago to Los Angeles and to Portland, $119 one-way flights from Boston to Los Angeles and to San Francisco, $119 one-way flights from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, and $129 one-way flights from Boston to Portland.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">You Can Now Text Alaska Airlines Agents for Your Customer Service Needs (Video)</a></p><p>Those looking for a sun-soaked getaway will also find flights to Hawaii for $189 one-way from Seattle to Maui, $189 one-way from Los Angeles to Honolulu, and $199 one-way from Los Angeles to Maui.</p><p>There are also deals to several locations in Mexico. These include Los Cabos, with flights starting at $109 one-way from San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles, and from $169 one-way from Seattle.</p><p>Los Angeles fliers can also take advantage of $109 one-way flights to Mazatlan, $119 one-way flights to Guadalajara, $119 one-way flights to Manzanillo, and $129 one-way flights to Ixtapa.</p>
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You Could Celebrate the Holidays at the Real-life 'Downton Abbey' Castle

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:15
<p>No one celebrates the holidays quite like the Crawleys. And now, you can ring in the festivities just like the high-born, English family from “Downton Abbey<i>.</i>”</p><p>On Dec. 15, <a href="" target="_blank">Premium Tours</a> will be holding a Christmas Ball in true Edwardian fashion at <a href="" target="_blank">Highclere Castle</a> – the famous mansion used as the setting for the Masterpiece Classic show, “Downton Abbey<i>.</i>” As part of the one night event the current owners of the home (yes, people <em>do</em> live there), the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will welcome guests to sip champagne, nibble on canapés and enjoy guided tours of the house to discover its own rich history as well as the history of the beloved TV show.</p><p>After a short reception, guests will also enjoy a three-course meal, including a starter, dessert, and main course with a choice of roasted turkey breast or a vegetarian baked “Goldcross” goat’s cheese. Surely, Mrs. Patmore would approve.</p><p>Guests will also be able to enter a free raffle to win amazing prizes like Lady Carnarvon’s novel, “Lady Catherine, the Real Downton Abbey<i>,</i>”<i> </i>or <a href="" target="_blank">Eurostar</a> tickets to Paris plus chocolate and (more) champagne. And the final treat of the evening includes Christmas carols by the fire.</p><p>Booking this special evening begins at £490 (just over $623 USD) per person, including seniors, students and children between the ages of three and 16. Suit and tie or cocktail dresses are required for the night, not that any of us need an excuse to dress up for a fancy party at a castle. If anything, don’t be surprised if people show up in full-on early 20th century regalia.</p><p>Premium Tours also offers a luxury motor coach that leaves London at 4 p.m. local time and returns to the city around 1 a.m.</p><p>More information on this opulent night of holiday festivities can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Premium Tours website</a>.</p>
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Traveler’s Diarrhea Is the Worst — but a New Pill Could Save You on Your Next Trip

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:40
<p>Nothing ruins a trip to Mexico like a case of Montezuma’s Revenge. A jaunt through India can stop dead in its tracks due to a bout of Delhi Belly. In other parts of the globe, the affliction is simply called “Traveler’s Diarrhea,” and there are estimates that it affects up to 40 percent of travelers around the world.</p><p>But the condition may no longer need to put your travel plans on pause.</p><p>The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) <a href="" target="_blank">recently approved a new drug</a> that could quickly eradicate the symptoms when you’re on the road.</p><p>Aemcolo, an antibacterial drug, will work to eradicate the symptoms of Traveler’s Diarrhea caused by E. coli. It is expected to be available to Americans in February 2019. The pill should be taken orally over the course of three or four days to alleviate symptoms.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to the company that developed Aemcolo</a>, it is the first antibiotic the FDA has approved for the treatment of Traveler’s Diarrhea in over a decade.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The FDA defines Traveler’s Diarrhea</a> as “having three or more unformed stools in 24 hours” while you’re traveling. It is caused by “a variety of pathogens, but most commonly bacteria found in food and water.” It can happen anywhere but the highest risk destinations for American travelers are throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central and South America.</p><p>The treatment wasn’t effective in cases where diarrhea was complicated by a fever or bloody stool. Aemcolo also won’t work for cases of Traveler’s Diarrhea caused by “pathogens other than noninvasive strains of E. coli,” according to the FDA.</p><p>Aemcolo’s most common side effects were headache and constipation.</p><p>The pill <a href="" target="_blank">should be available at pharmacies</a> to purchase before (or even during) your trip.</p>
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