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Save 27% off Stays at The Reverie Saigon

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 10:28
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Vietnam: 27 percent off the <a href="https://www.thereveriesaigon.com" target="_blank">The Reverie Saigon</a>, a lavish property in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.</p><p>Suite Dreams includes:</p>Three nights in a fully serviced residence A $250 resort credit, which can be used towards anything from airport transfers in a limited-edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Dragon to meals at the hotel's restaurants and bars <p>Original Price: From $750 (or $250 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $550 (or $183 per night); valid through February 28, 2019. </p><p>Booking details: Email <a href="mailto:reservations@thereveriesaigon.com">reservations@thereveriesaigon.com</a> to book.</p>
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What Airline Passengers Really Want, According to IATA's Annual Global Passenger Survey

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 10:16
<p>The International Air Transport Association (<a href="https://www.iata.org/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">IATA</a>) asked 10,408 air passengers around the world to share their views on the passenger experience. The results reveal what travelers hate about air travel — along with a few surprises.</p><p>This year's survey covered four subjects: Interactive Data, Transforming the Airport, Seamless Journey, and Aircraft Experience. The airlines group published some results from the Global Passenger Survey (GPS) at the <a href="https://www.iata.org/events/gaps/Pages/index.aspx" target="_blank">IATA Global Airport and Passenger Symposium</a> in Athens.</p><p>“The GPS tells us that passengers want a seamless and secure travel experience from booking to arrival,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security. It’s a tall order because airlines have to coordinate with a mix of governments, regulators, airports, and technology companies to get it done. (IATA and Airports Council International have launched <a href="https://nextt.iata.org/" target="_blank">an initiative</a> that will explore possibilities to smooth out the bumps along the journey.)</p><p>One surprise in the survey is that passengers are less willing to share personal data in exchange for a more personalized travel experience. While 70 percent of survey respondents said they'd be happy to last year, that number dropped to 65 percent in this year's report. The industry is studying the cause of this significant drop, while c<a href="https://www.iata.org/events/gaps/Pages/index.aspx" target="_blank">onference</a> attendees — which are largely airline and airport executives — agreed that it could be a reaction to recent issues of data breaches at companies like Facebook, Uber, and British Airways.</p><p>“As we move more and more towards digital processes, passengers need to be confident that their personal data is safe,” Careen says. “IATA is working to establish a trust framework that ensures secure data sharing, legal compliance and privacy.”</p><p>The survey also revealed that 45 percent of travelers would hand in their passports if they could travel by air with a selfie. Biometric ID is a hot topic in aviation this year, and we can expect to see more facial scanners at checkpoints and gates. We might even use our fingerprints to pay for Duty Free shopping. That said, those same airline and airport executives don't believe we’ll be rid of paper passports before 2030. (So for those who want to build up an impressive collection of passport stamps from around the world, there’s still time.)</p><p>Survey respondents were also very vocal about the things they don't want: 57 percent don't want to go through security screening, 53 percent don't want the hassle of the lines at immigration, and 56 percent don't want to stand around to reclaim their bags as the luggage wheel goes round and round and round.</p><p>Respondents also want to get reliable alerts from the airline on changes throughout the journey. A growing number of passengers would rather get updates from airline apps rather than by SMS or email. About 82 percent of respondents said they want digital flight updates, 49 percent want information on the location of their bags and a time frame for delivery, and 46 percent said that they would like the airline to automatically re-book them and issue new boarding passes when there are flight changes.</p><p>Digital isn't the only thing passengers think could be better, though. On the plane, 42 percent of survey respondents said that they want more room for their luggage. The survey did not address the contentious subject of the cabin crunch, but T+L asked IATA to give us some exclusive insights on how airline seats measure up. IATA shared the results from a separate Airs@t Passenger Benchmark Survey — an ongoing study of tens of thousands of passengers on 30 major global airlines. It rates cabin comfort by the average level of satisfaction on a scale from Excellent (5) to Very good (4), Good (3), Fair (2) or Poor (1).</p><p>It turns out that passengers don’t rate airline seats as negatively, when asked, as public grumbling over crowded cabins suggests. For long-haul flights, global passengers rate business class seat legroom as “Very good to Excellent” (4.3), “special economy,” including economy plus and premium economy seating, at “Good to Very Good” (3.4), and economy legroom as “Fair to Good” (2.84). Seat width on business long-haul flights rates “Good to Very Good” (3.86), special economy gets a “Good” (3.39), and economy earns a “Good” (3.04).</p><p>The survey covered other in-flight elements, with respondents showing an increased preference compared to last year for seat-back screens over bring-your-own-device entertainment options. This may be a reaction to airlines now <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/american-airlines-seat-back-entertainment" target="_blank">pulling screens from planes</a>. Conference attendees suggested that device battery life, screen size, and lack of access to premium content (early-release movies) may be why more passengers turned their noses up at streaming entertainment in-flight.</p><p>At the same time, in-flight Wi-Fi is a must for many. A good number of passengers would like to make last-minute travel arrangements on their way to the destination, with 39 percent saying they would use it to look up flight information and 37 percent saying they would use it to book ground transportation or hotel stays.</p><p>This year, in response to T+L questions on last year’s survey, IATA fine-tuned its GPS to better reflect the preferences of women travellers. The association also added information on preferences by generation. The results show that women generally like to book a hotel with their airline ticket, are less willing than men to share their personal information, want more space for their carry-ons and don't want to wait more than 10 minutes for their luggage to arrive.</p><p>Millennials of all genders are even less patient with baggage. They would like to drop off their luggage in less than 30 seconds and don't want to wait more than five minutes to collect them on arrival. These trend-setters are to thank for a lot seamless travel innovations and will push the airline industry to improve on digital services for check-in, boarding and security, including biometric ID.</p><p>By contrast, Boomers want personal service and prefer paper boarding passes to hand over to agents. They also want a person to help them manage travel disruptions, rather than tapping for a fix on their smartphones. However, Boomers also hate going through the hassle at security and immigration, so at least all generations agree on something.</p>
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JetBlue Is Making Its Planes Quieter

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 09:40
<p>JetBlue is taking steps to make flights even better for people who are in the air <em>and</em> on the ground.</p><p>According to <em><a href="https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Airline-News/JetBlue-retrofitting-planes-with-vortex-generators" target="_blank">Travel Weekly</a></em>, the airline has announced that it will retrofit 138 of its Airbus A320 aircrafts with vortex generators, which significantly reduce noise upon landing, by 2021.</p><p>This is especially beneficial to both passengers and locals near the airport, since a study conducted by the <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5437751/" target="_blank">US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health</a> found that sustained exposure to aircraft noise can be linked to poor health, including sleep disturbance, higher blood pressure and heart rates and increased stress that could contribute to a lower quality of life.</p><p>Sound levels inside the aircraft can reach dangerous levels as well, which can cause hearing loss. According to a <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41370-018-0027-z" target="_blank">Swedish study in 2018</a>, which measured noise levels on 200 flights, sound levels were between 37.6 decibels (dB) to under 110 dB with a median of 83.5 dB. About 4.5% of flights exceeded the recommended TWA exposure limit of 85 dB within an 8-hour period. Noises that reach <a href="http://dangerousdecibels.org/education/information-center/noise-induced-hearing-loss/" target="_blank">85 dB or above</a> can cause permanent hearing loss.</p><p>But these vortex generators will hopefully significantly reduce the risk by diverting wind over certain parts of airplane wings, which produces a “whistling” noise as the plane approaches an airport.</p><p>“While the airline industry has benefited from advances in technology and efficiency leading to quieter planes and engines, the work is never done," said Joe Bertapelle, JetBlue's director of strategic airspace programs, according to Travel Weekly. "We're pleased to incorporate this advancement across our Airbus fleet.”</p><p>According to <em><a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/jetblue-to-retrofit-airbus-fleet-with-vortex-generators-2018-10-10" target="_blank">MarketWatch</a></em>, all future Airbus orders will have vortex generators already installed. The company expects to spend less than $1 million to complete the retrofitting on the existing Airbus fleet.</p>
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Scientists Just Discovered a “Lost World” of Volcanoes Hidden Deep in the Ocean

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 08:48
<p>Researchers have discovered an underwater volcanic world filled with marine life off of the coast of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/tasmania-travel-trend" target="_blank">Tasmania</a>.</p><p>Scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) recently made the discovery during a 25-day research excursion involving detailed seafloor mapping in waters located some 250 miles east of Tasmania.</p><p>Mapping taken by the Investigator research vessel revealed a chain of volcanic seamounts (underwater mountains) sitting at a depth of about 16,400 feet, with some of the tallest peaks reaching heights close to 10,000 feet.</p><img alt="Researches have discovered a series of underwater volcanoes off of the coast of Tasmania. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1539186492/volcanoes-tasmania-VOLCANOE1018.jpg?itok=OzH-LJtM"><p>“This is a very diverse landscape and will undoubtedly be a biological hotpot that supports a dazzling array of marine life,” Dr. Tara Martin from Australia’s natural science agency, <a href="https://www.csiro.au/" target="_blank">the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization</a> said in a <a href="https://www.csiro.au/en/News/News-releases/2018/Scientists-uncover-volcanic-lost-world" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p><p>The previously unseen underwater world is "teeming with marine life," researchers said, pointing to sightings of 28 <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/humpback-whale-breach" target="_blank">humpback whales</a> in one day followed by additional sightings of a pod of 60 to 80 long-finned pilot whales the very next day. </p><p>Researchers believe the area could be a vital stopping point for migrating animals, particularly with whales who might be using the underwater volcanoes as navigation points to help them find their way. </p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/spa-vacations/vulkana-spa-boat-norway" target="_blank">Watch Humpbacks From a Hot Tub on Norway’s Whaling Boat-turned-spa</a> </strong></p><p>“These seamounts may act as an important signpost on an underwater migratory highway for the humpback whales we saw moving from their winter breeding to summer feeding grounds,” Dr. Eric Woehler, who was part of the team of researchers onboard the vessel, said.</p><p>In addition to whales, researchers also spotted a variety of seabirds that flock to the area, which they believe is a hotbed for marine life both above and below the ocean's surface. </p><p>The researchers plan to continue studying the newly discovered "lost world" this November and December, using deep sea cameras to document its rich array of aquatic species. </p>
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This Man Was Just Looking for Directions When He Found His Wife With Another Man on Google Street View

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 07:50
<p>Heartbreak can happen at the most unexpected times, but you never really anticipate it when you’re just looking for directions.</p><p>According to <em><a href="https://www.techspot.com/news/76878-couple-divorce-after-google-street-view-captures-wife.html" target="_blank">Techspot</a></em>, a man in Peru discovered that his wife was with another man when he was simply trying to find directions to a bridge in Lima using <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/google-maps-best-navigation-app" target="_blank">Google Maps</a>. As he searched through the street view, he happened upon a screenshot of a woman who looked remarkably like his wife sitting on a bench on a lovely, flower-lined street, with a man resting his head on her lap.</p><p>Well, that’s suspicious, to say the least.</p><p>The picture itself was taken back in 2013, but was still recent enough to pique the husband’s curiosity. </p><p>Latin American news site <em><a href="https://www.lacronica.com/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/Internacional/09102018/1379081-Descubre-peruano-infidelidad-de-su-mujer-a-traves-de-Google-Maps.html" target="_blank">La Cronica</a></em> reported that the husband posted the whole ordeal on social media and divorced his wife shortly after, according to <em>Techspot</em>.</p><p>To make matters worse (or just more poetic) the bridge in question is actually named the Puente de los Suspiros, or the "Bridge of Sighs" in English, reported <a href="https://www.msn.com/en-au/lifestyle/familyandrelationships/divorce-after-cheating-wife-snapped-on-google-maps/ar-BBOdsy2" target="_blank">MSN</a>.</p><p>Sigh. Lost love is just a little bit worse when it comes from a Google search.</p>
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Virgin Atlantic Is Now Selling Tickets for Its First 'Pride Flight' to World Pride 2019

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:52
<p>In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the first New York City Pride parade, as well as in preparation for World Pride 2019, Virgin Atlantic is now selling tickets for a special <a href="https://www.virgin.com/news/join-virgin-atlantic-and-virgin-holidays-uks-first-pride-flight" target="_blank">Pride Flight from London to New York City</a> for the event. According to the airline, tickets are selling fast.</p><p>Virgin Atlantic is also working with non-profit tourism organization NYC &amp; Company and the Alliance for Downtown New York for the flight, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/oct/10/virgin-atlantic-launches-flight-to-celebrate-new-york-pride-2019" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em> reported</a>.</p><p>The flight is hosted by Broadway and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess, and will have live performances, sing-a-longs, fun games like Drag Queen Bingo, and a LGBTQ identifying crew onboard.</p><img alt="Virgin Atlantic Pride Flight "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1539271698/virgin-atlantic-titus-burgess-PRIDEFLY1018.jpg?itok=d2llLE0G"><p>Mark Anderson, Global LGBT Lead for Virgin Group and Executive Vice President at Virgin Atlantic, said in a <a href="https://www.virgin.com/news/join-virgin-atlantic-and-virgin-holidays-uks-first-pride-flight" target="_blank">statement</a> that the company takes its “commitments to diversity and inclusion seriously, but you can rest assured we have a lot of fun along the way.”</p><p>“We’re not the type of company to mark an occasion like this half-heartedly,” Anderson said. “We’re going to be pulling out all the stops.”</p><p>Virgin Atlantic has been an active partner in London Pride events, even having employees in uniforms march in the parade, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/virgin-atlantic-pride-flight/index.html" target="_blank">according to CNN</a>.</p><p>Burgess said in a statement that he was “proud to partner with Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic to mark this occasion in style and celebrate the hard-won freedoms from those who came before us,” adding, “At a time when we're seeing the rights of minority groups under threat, it is more important than ever we stand up and make our voices heard.”</p><p>The Pride Flight will take off from London Heathrow Airport on June 28, 2019 and arrive at Newark Liberty Airport. Economy tickets start at £380 ($500), or travelers can buy a three-night Virgin Holidays package starting at £699 ($920). There are three packages to choose from, which include stays at different New York City hotels. For £699 ($920), travelers stay for three nights at the Hudson New York Central Park, for £799 ($1,055), travelers stay for three nights at the The Beekman Hotel, and for £1,369 ($1,808) travelers stay for three nights at The Four Seasons.</p><p>Travelers can book a trip by visiting the Virgin Atlantic <a href="https://www.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/pride.html" target="_blank">Pride Flight booking page</a>. The offer is only available for people who will be traveling from the U.K.</p><p>A percentage of each ticket sold will be donated to The Attitude Magazine Foundation, which works to advance community Pride initiatives in the U.K.</p>
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Google Translate Just Got Even Better for Travelers

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:59
<p>Traveling certainly comes with plenty of perks — like meeting new people, gaining new perspectives, and eating lots of new delicious foods. But, one of the most frustrating parts of adventuring around the globe may just be our attempts to translate everything. From road signs, dinner menus, and subway maps, translating your every move can be a discouraging and lengthy experience. But, have no fear, Google Translate is here.</p><p>Google Translate announced an update to its camera translations feature on Thursday that will allow it to work with new languages to help you understand everything no matter where in the world you go.</p><p>Here’s how it works for the uninitiated: The camera feature allows travelers to take a photo of any sign. The user then highlights the text they wish to translate and which language they would like to translate it to. The translated text quickly appears on screen.</p><img alt="Google Translate for images "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1539275719/google-translate-new-GTRANSLTE1018.gif?itok=e0Pb10w4"><p>And now, the app works with a plethora of new languages including Arabic, Thai, Vietnamese, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marthi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu. <a href="https://translate.google.com/intl/en/about/languages/" target="_blank">See the full list of available languages</a>.</p><p>To try it out for yourself, download and open the Google Translate app, enter in the source language and the language you want to translate into. Click the camera, take a picture, highlight and translate. The app is available for both ios and Android devices.</p><p>If you happen to have a bit more time on your hands you could always choose to learn a new language instead of having to translate it. There are plenty of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/health-benefits-learning-new-language" target="_blank">scientifically proven benefits</a> to learning a new language, and thanks to apps it’s now <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-quickly-learn-a-language" target="_blank">easier than ever to learn</a> how to say “Hello,” “Goodbye,” and “Where’s the bathroom?” in just about every language ever invented.</p>
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This Llama Costume Contest Already Won Halloween 2018

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:40
<p>At the Norfolk County Fair in southwestern Ontario this past weekend, 19 llamas and alpacas got into the spirit of the season by being entered into a costume contest by their enthusiastic handlers.</p><p>The “Llama Costume Class,” at the Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show in Simcoe, Ontario, attracts llamas from surrounding farms and in of all manners of dress, according to the <a href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/llama-no-drama-costume-competition-norfolk-county-fair-1.4854039" target="_blank">CBC in Canada</a>. One llama was dressed like a Peanut Butter Cup, one like a potato — one like a beautiful, exotic parrot. One was a beach blanket.</p><p>While some farm animals would make a fuss being dressed up and paraded around, there was no llama drama, since these creatures are extremely gentle and friendly. George Araujo, the fair's general manager, told CBC, “It's been a tradition and we've done it for years. I don't know what started it, but participants seem to enjoy it and so do patrons.”</p><p>He added that he’s “never seen a llama hurt doing this particular event."</p><p>Plus, there’s an incentive: The top prize is $50, and the last place prize is $5, according to the CBC.</p><p>People have been sharing their favorite llamas on social media so that the world can experience this joy.</p><p>A panel of judges chooses the ultimate winners, though it is unclear who ended up taking the top prize. Of course, to us, every llama is a winner.</p>
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Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director Travels 310 Days a Year — Here's What He Packs in His Carry-on

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:05
<p>Despite traveling more than 310 days a year, Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton and founder of streetwear label Off-White, claims he “doesn't know how to vacation.”</p><p>“I travel for pleasure about 1% of the time,” the Chicago-based designer told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Travel informs what I do and inspiration is everywhere, so I’m always working.”</p><p>Given his unique perspective on travel and disruptive approach to fashion, it’s no wonder that Abloh was one of five “cultural icons” to be featured in luggage brand <a href="https://www.rimowa.com/us/en/home" target="_blank">Rimowa's 120th anniversary campaign</a>. Tennis champion Roger Federer, model-activist Adwoa Aboah, chef Nobu Matsushisa, and jewelry designer Yoon Ahn also appeared in the campaign.</p><p>“As a designer, I’m very particular about the design of a thing, and Rimowa is a product I’ve used and relied on for 10 years,” said Abloh.</p><p>As to what goes inside his Rimowa carry-on: A hoodie, Pilot Pen, blank pieces of paper, and a fully charged iPhone (“When I’m flying, I’m either sketching or working on my phone.”)</p><p>And while the multi-versed designer regularly frequents high-fashion cities like New York City, Milan, Paris and Stockholm, he is most inspired by the fashions he sees at — wait for it — the airport.</p><p>“When I’m in a city, I’m in an office, but when I’m at the airport, I’m around real people just doing their thing.”</p><p>Outside the airport, Abloh says he likes hotels that don’t feel like hotels, like <a href="https://www.etthem.se" target="_blank">Ett Hem</a> in Stockholm and Andre Balazs’s properties, which include the <a href="http://www.chilternfirehouse.com" target="_blank">Chiltern Firehouse</a> in London and the <a href="http://www.chateaumarmont.com" target="_blank">Chateau Marmont</a> in Los Angeles.</p><p>But Abloh says he’s most looking forward to exploring beyond the cities on the global fashion circuit.</p><p>“I travel so much that I’m generally past the point of wanting to visit specific places — except when it comes to Southeast Asia and New Zealand,” he said. “I’ve seen photos and I really want to go."</p>
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United Airlines CEO Wants to 'De-stress the Travel Lifestyle'

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:11
<p>United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz recently spoke about how the airline is trying to focus more on its passengers and “de-stress the travel lifestyle.”</p><p>“We want to make you, as our customer, feel good about flying us,” <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/26/united-continental-ceo-we-need-to-de-stress-the-travel-lifestyle.html" target="_blank">Munoz said in an interview with CNBC</a>. “And so our customer-centricity, our customer properties, are something we really want to sort of engage."</p><p>Over the next year, United will roll out a new customer service initiative every week. Munoz did not detail a plan, but he mentioned the airline was considering ways to better communicate with passengers, including updates when something goes wrong and providing information about a flight, even before customers leave for the airport.</p><p>“How do we keep you informed? How do we keep you focused and directed when something goes wrong?” Munoz said. "But, more importantly, before you even leave your house, you know your flight's on time, you know where you're headed."</p><p>In recent months, United along with <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/delta-increased-bag-fee" target="_blank">several other major U.S. airlines</a> have increased the price passengers must pay to check luggage. Munoz said the revenue from the increase will go towards achieving the airline’s new customer service goals.</p>
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How This 30-something Went From Taking One Vacation in 10 Years to Traveling the World Full-time

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:01
<p>Most of us have dreamed of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-quit-job-and-travel" target="_blank">quitting our jobs and hitting the open road</a> for a life filled with adventure. But <a href="https://tehastravels.com/sample-page/" target="_blank">Teha Kennard</a> isn’t most of us, because she actually did it.</p><p>A year and a half ago, Kennard found herself <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-trips-for-thirty-year-olds" target="_blank">nearly 40</a> and going through the motions at a job she had been in for more than a decade. Throughout all that working time she took just one single solitary vacation. Instinctively, she knew that wasn’t the way to live. But practically, she didn’t know how to begin planning the trip she envisioned for herself.</p><p>“I really hadn’t traveled as much as I would have wanted to,” Kennard told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “And when I was realistic with myself, I realize I'd only taken one vacation that was more than a week and that was only because my sister was getting married in Europe. That's really sad. Ten years.”</p><p>Luckily, fate stepped in when a friend told her about a company called <a href="https://flashpack.com" target="_blank">Flash Pack</a>, which specializes in adventure tours for 30- and 40-something solo travelers around the globe (<em>Trips starting at $1,500</em>).</p><p>“One of the things that kind of held me back was the idea of traveling by myself for potentially months at a time,” she said. “I went home and looked [Flash Pack] up right away and was just really excited because I felt like they provided what I'd been looking for,” she said, “people my age who had the same adventuresome spirit as I did.”</p><p>So, she took a leap of faith and booked a trip. Only, it wasn’t a three-day weekend, a week-long journey, or even a month-long excursion. Instead, after assessing her personal savings and renting out her condo for extra income, Kennard booked herself on an adult gap year around the world.</p><p>First, she booked a trip with the company to Croatia. She loved it so much she booked another to Morocco. She loved that one so much that she booked another to Nepal, then India, and then a few more. In fact, on the day we talked, Kennard was packing her bags to go on her 11th trip with Flash Pack.</p><p>“It’s about the people,” she explained. “I have countless WhatsApp groups. Even from trips that were over a year ago. You really bond with people in a different way because you're experiencing new and cool things and you’re all in a similar place in life.”</p><p>Beyond making new friends, Kennard also fell in love with the idea of traveling solo around the globe without having to lift a finger for planning.</p><p>“You know it's going to be an awesome trip. You’re not the project manager, all you have to do is show up,” she said, noting it’s especially great to have the work done for you “when you're traveling somewhere and some of the places aren’t places that I really would have felt comfortable going by myself as a solo female traveler. Just the assurance that you know everything will be taking care of.”</p><p>For now, Kennard has no plans of coming home anytime soon. Instead, she’s itching to go out and learn even more. "The biggest gifts travel has definitely given me is a larger perspective on the world, a different perspective. There's just good people everywhere and it really restored my faith in humanity."</p><p>To book your own gap year, or just a guided trip, check out <a href="https://flashpack.com" target="_blank">Flash Pack</a> and start planning where you want to go with these <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/trips-of-a-lifetime" target="_blank">25 trips of a lifetime</a>.</p>
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The Best Halloween Parties, Parades, and Festivals of 2018

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:30
<p>A favorite holiday for kids and adults alike, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/halloween/theme-park-halloween-parties-2018" target="_blank">Halloween is celebrated</a> with <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/halloween/best-haunted-places-america" target="_blank">haunted houses</a>, parades, parties, fright walks, zombies and ghouls, jack-o-lanterns, and of course trick-or-treating.</p><p>Whether your Halloween conjures up sweet visions of never-ending candy, creative costumes, or blood-curdling, nightmarish adventures, the following Halloween events across the U.S. will exceed your expectations.</p><h2>NYC Village Halloween Parade</h2><p>Celebrating its 45th year, this Halloween night parade/pageant, touted as the world’s largest and held in New York City’s legendary Greenwich Village, spotlights wildly creative costumes, hundreds of puppets, floats, bands, and dancers. All costumed participants are welcome to march in this boisterous gathering to the delight of crowds of spectators.</p><p><strong>More info:</strong> <a href="http://halloween-nyc.com/" target="_blank">halloween-nyc.com</a></p><h2>West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval </h2><p>California's West Hollywood “Halloween Carnaval” is one of the largest and most unique Halloween extravaganzas featuring elaborate costumes from innovative to outrageous, celebrity entertainment, and more. Leave the kids at home and avoid parking and transportation nightmares with a stay at the Design District’s gorgeous <a href="https://www.lapeerhotel.com/" target="_blank">Kimpton La Peer Hotel</a>.</p><p><strong>More info: </strong><a href="https://www.visitwesthollywood.com/halloween-carnaval/" target="_blank">visitwesthollywood.com</a></p><h2>Providence Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular </h2><p>This family-friendly jack-o-lantern wonderland at Roger Williams Park Zoo stars over 5,000 elaborately carved pumpkins depicting real-life and imaginary characters from Oct. 4–Nov. 4. A stay in the heart of downtown Providence, Rhode Island's arts and theater district at the boutique <a href="https://www.hotelprovidence.com/" target="_blank">Hotel Providence</a> would be a fitting finale.</p><p><strong>More info:</strong> <a href="https://www.rwpzoo.org/jols" target="_blank">rwpzoo.org</a></p><h2>Salem Haunted Happenings Grand Parade and More</h2><p>For maximum spook factor this Halloween, it’s impossible to top Salem, Massachusetts and its month-long list of events from the spine-chilling to the family-friendly. Festivities range from the Grand Parade on Oct. 4 to ghost tours, legendary tales of Salem witchcraft trials, and eerie escape rooms.</p><p><strong>More info:</strong> <a href="http://www.salem-chamber.org/haunted-happenings-grand-parade" target="_blank">salem-chamber.org</a></p><h2>Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights </h2><p>At this astounding adventure created by the team at <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/halloween/universal-studios-halloween-horror-nights" target="_blank">Universal Orlando Resort,</a> brave visitors will experience terrifying haunted houses, frightful scare zones and bone-chilling live shows. Be prepared to scream, laugh, and cry out in fear; not recommended for thrill-seekers under 13 years old. Select nights between Sept.14 and Nov. 3, 2018.</p><p><strong>More info: </strong><a href="https://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/" target="_blank">halloweenhorrornights.com</a></p><img alt="New Orleans Garden District Halloween Decor "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1539118907/new-orleans-garden-district-HALLOWNEVENTS1018.jpg?itok=1x2AsPyO"><h2>New Orleans Krewe of Boo Parade and More</h2><p>Second only to Mardi Gras for kooky costumes and events, Halloween in “The Most Haunted City in America” is a playground for kids of all ages. Youngsters enjoy the Krewe of Boo Parade (Oct. 20) and Boo at the Zoo while adults get their thrills on haunted tours, the Vampire Ball, and the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience. The WWII Museum will host a haunted happy hour, murder mystery party, and film screening on Oct. 29.</p><p><strong>More info:</strong> <a href="https://www.neworleans.com/event/krewe-of-boo/3208/" target="_blank">neworleans.com</a></p><h2>San Diego Hallo-wine &amp; Spirits </h2><p>Welcome Halloween with surf, sand, sun, and spirits at the iconic Hotel del Coronado’s Silver Screen-themed adults-only dinner, dessert, and wine tasting dance party on Oct. 27. A separate Transylvania Halloween Costume Party for children 4–12 includes dinner and trick-or-treating.</p><p><strong>More info: </strong><a href="https://hoteldel.com/events/hallowine/" target="_blank">hoteldel.com</a></p><h2>Six Flags Fright Fest</h2><p>From Sept. 15–Oct. 31, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey boasts seven haunted mazes and five scare zones guaranteed to make your worst nightmares come true. Daytime family activities abound, but beware of spine-tingling horror once the sun goes down at Fright by Night.</p><p><strong>More info:</strong> <a href="https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/special-events/fright-fest-night" target="_blank">sixflags.com</a></p><h2>Sleepy Hollow Halloween </h2><p>With activities ranging from street fairs, farmers markets, and haunted hayrides to nighttime cemetery tours, live music, and parades, Sleepy Hollow is a town immersed in Halloween “spirit” throughout October. Only the fearless walk the spooky trail at Horseman’s Hollow leading to the haunted 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor.</p><p><strong>More info: </strong><a href="http://visitsleepyhollow.com/halloween-in-sleepy-hollow/" target="_blank">visitsleepyhollow.com</a></p><h2>Park City Howl-o-Ween Dog Parade </h2><p>Mild weather and scenic foliage provide the backdrop for the puppy parade while costumed pets and owners strut their stuff down Main Street. Merchants hand out candy to the happy children and many provide grown-up tricks and treats after dark. Look for <a href="https://www.montagehotels.com/deervalley/experiences/family/#family-0" target="_blank">Monty and Parker</a>, Montage Deer Valley’s canine ambassadors, dressed up for the occasion.</p><p><strong>More info: </strong><a href="https://historicparkcityutah.com/events/2018-halloween-on-main-street" target="_blank">historicparkcityutah.com</a></p><h2>Salt River Fields Spooktacular Balloon Festival</h2><p>This unique Halloween celebration in Scottsdale, Arizona features over 20 colorful hot air balloons, fireworks, a spook trail, tethered balloon rides, costume contests, and two tons of candy for the trick-or-treaters. The Spooktacular marketplace vendors sell locally crafted items, holiday-themed fare, and beverages on Oct. 26 and 27.</p><p><strong>More info: </strong><a href="https://saltriverfields.com/project/salt-river-fields-spooktacular-balloon-festival-october-27-28/" target="_blank">saltriverfields.com</a></p><img alt="Reno Zombie Crawl "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1539118907/reno-zombie-crawl-HALLOWNEVENTS1018.jpg?itok=vJDn1d0T"><h2>Reno Zombie Crawl</h2><p>Over 20,000 participants from around the world will be celebrating Halloween at the 10th annual Zombie Crawl in Reno, Nevada, scaring up drinks at more than 50 different bars in their back-from-the dead best. At the <a href="https://www.eldoradoresorts.com/" target="_blank">Eldorado Resort</a>, in the heart of the action, prizes for best costume will be awarded at their epic Halloween party.</p><p><strong>More: </strong><a href="https://www.visitrenotahoe.com/event/reno-zombie-crawl-2018/" target="_blank">visitrenotahoe.com</a></p><h2>Half Moon Bay Art &amp; Pumpkins Festival </h2><p>Half Moon Bay, California, the “World's Pumpkin Capital,” will host the 48th-annual event for a weekend of gourd-themed festivities (Oct. 13–14) including the great weigh-off, where farmers and families bring their heaviest pumpkins, some weighing over 1,000 pounds. Master carvers create incredible designs while guests enjoy pumpkin pie and watch the Great Pumpkin Parade.</p><p><strong>More info:</strong> <a href="https://pumpkinfest.miramarevents.com/" target="_blank">pumpkinfest.miramarevents.com</a></p><h2>Miami Beach Halloween Half-marathon and Freaky Four-miler </h2><p>Runners in full costume, of course, start at Jungle Island and enjoy the South Beach views on their way to the finish line on Oct. 27. With some afternoon relaxation, they can be ready for the “Once Bitten” Halloween Party late that night on the 50th floor of the W Miami, an indoor-outdoor venue with stunning views.</p><p><strong>More info: </strong><a href="https://halloweenhalfmarathon.com/events/miami-beach/register-now/" target="_blank">halloweenhalfmarathon.com</a></p>
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The 10 Longest Flights in the World

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:17
<p>Now that <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/singapore-airlines-longest-flight-in-the-world-newark-singapore" target="_blank">Singapore’s new world's longest flight</a> has commenced, here are the rankings of the top 10 longest flights in the world. They are ordered according to flight distance, as this metric remains constant.</p><p>The flight times listed are current as of October 2018, though these tend to vary seasonally thanks to factors like weather, climate conditions and airport traffic at different times of year. With all that in mind, here are the 10 longest flights in the world. How many have you been on?</p>Singapore Airlines: Newark (EWR) to Singapore (SIN): 9,521 miles; 18 hours, 45 minutesQatar Airways: Auckland (AKL) to Doha (DOH): 9,032 miles; 17 hours, 40 minutesQantas: Perth (PER) to London Heathrow (LHR): 9,010 miles; 17 hours, 20 minutesEmirates: Auckland (AKL) to Dubai (DXB): 8,824 miles; 17 hours, 20 minutesUnited Airlines (until October 27) and Singapore Airlines (starting November 2): Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore (SIN): 8,770 miles; 17 hours, 15-50 minutesUnited Airlines: Houston (IAH) to Sydney (SYD): 8,596 miles; 17 hours, 20 minutesQantas: Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to Sydney (SYD): 8,578 miles; 17 hours, 15 minutesUnited Airlines and Singapore Airlines: San Francisco (SFO) to Singapore (SIN): 8,446 miles; 16 hours, 35-40 minutesDelta Air Lines: Johannesburg (JNB) to Atlanta (ATL): 8,439 miles; 16 hours, 27 minutesEtihad: Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Los Angeles (LAX): 8,390 miles; 16 hours, 30 minutes<p>Special case. Air India: San Francisco (SFO) to New Delhi (DEL): The airline usually flies a polar route over Europe covering 7,707 miles. Sometimes, though, it flies the opposite direction over the Pacific to take advantage of strong tailwinds. When it does, the flight cover 9,507 miles — in less time that the shorter route. Flight time clocks in at 15 hours, 55 minutes to 16 hours, 30 minutes.</p><p>A flight lasting 19 hours might seem like news today. But as Boeing and Airbus continue to develop <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/boeing-777x-development" target="_blank">future generations of jet aircraft</a> driven by both airline and passenger demand, we might see flights break the 20-hour mark. Or longer.</p>
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Singapore Airlines Is Launching the New World’s Longest Flight Today — From Newark to Singapore in 19 Hours

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:45
<p>Can you imagine spending nearly 19 hours straight on an airplane? That’s what passengers aboard Singapore Airlines’ new flight between Singapore and Newark will embark on Thursday, when the route goes into operation. It's the new <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/singapore-airlines-worlds-longest-flight" target="_blank">longest flight in the world</a>, both by distance and time in the air.</p><p>Covering 9,521 miles, the journey is about 500 miles longer than the runners-up, Qatar Airways’ <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/longest-flight-departs" target="_blank">Doha–Auckland service</a> and Qantas’s recently launched <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/longest-flight-qantas-perth-london" target="_blank">Perth–London service</a>, both of which just crack 9,000 miles.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/longest-flights-in-the-world" target="_blank">The 10 Longest Flights in the World</a></p><p>Singapore Airlines’ flight is blocked out at 18 hours, 25 minutes in the direction from Singapore to Newark, and an astonishing 18 hours, 45 minutes on the return. You know, for when you really want to challenge yourself.</p><p>For the first few weeks, Singapore Airlines flight SQ22 will depart Singapore at 11:35 p.m. and arrive in Newark the same day at 6:00 a.m. On the return, Singapore Airlines flight SQ21 will depart Newark at 10:45 a.m. and arrive the following day in Singapore at 5:30 p.m.</p><p>The flight will initially operate just three times per week, before going into daily service on October 18. Starting October 28, the schedule shifts slightly so that SQ22 will depart Singapore at 12:40 a.m. and arrive the same day at 6:30 a.m. (that makes it only 17 hours, 50 minutes). Flight SQ21 will depart Newark at 9:45 a.m. and arrive the following day at 5:15pm. Flight times shift again with Daylight Saving, so be sure to check the schedule for your specific dates.</p><h2>Same Route, New Plane</h2><p>Thursday’s launch actually marks <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/singapore-airlines-bringing-back-worlds-longest-flight" target="_blank">a return for nonstop flights</a> between Newark and Singapore.</p><p>“This is an event that, in many ways, has been five years in the making,” said Singapore Airlines spokesman James Boyd. “Though Singapore Airlines flew longest distance and duration flights for a full decade using a different aircraft, technology has advanced to the point where we can now re-launch ultra-long-haul flights in cost-effective way.”</p><p>Singapore Airlines flew Newark–Singapore until 2013 using an all-business-class Airbus A340-500. This time around, the airline will employ brand new Airbus A350-900ULRs. This jet, for which Singapore Airlines is the launch customer, is mostly the same as the standard <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/airbus-a350-airlines-routes" target="_blank">Airbus A350-900</a> already in service both with Singapore Airlines and other carriers like Cathay Pacific, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/delta/delta-a350" target="_blank">Delta</a>, and Qatar Airways. However, the ULR stands for “ultra-long-range,” and it can cruise for 11,160 miles. That's 1,800 miles more than a typical A350-900.</p><p>“What the new aircraft offers us, and traveling public, is a new set of options for saving time and traveling in greater comfort,” said Boyd. “For flights from the U.S., Singapore is located just outside the service range of planes like the Boeing 747 and 777 and the Airbus A380, all of which require an intermediate stop. The A350-900ULR is an aircraft that levels the playing field and will let us connect many more points within the U.S. to Singapore on a nonstop basis.”</p><h2>Seat Assignments</h2><p>To make the nearly 19-hour flight bearable, Singapore Airlines has opted for a cabin configuration with 94 premium economy seats and 67 business class seats. There are no economy or first-class seats.</p><p>The two business-class cabins feature some of Singapore Airlines’ <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-singapore-perfected-the-business-class-seat" target="_blank">newest seats</a>. They are arranged in a front-facing 1–2–1 pattern. Each is an ultra-wide 28 inches across, with a pitch of 60 inches between seats. They recline to fully lie-flat beds that are six-and-a-half feet long. The individual entertainment screens are 18 inches wide, and they all have in-seat power and USB ports for staying charged.</p><p>Premium economy seats are spread across a single cabin in the back in a mostly 2–4–2 pattern. There are single C and H seats, however, in rows 40-42 if you can stand being near the lavatory. These are the airline’s latest premium economy seats, and are a roomy 19.5 inches wide. That’s about an inch wider than the premium economy seats on American and Delta. Each has 38 inches of pitch and eight inches of recline, with ergonomically designed leg and footrests. The personal entertainment screens are 13.3 inches wide and all seats have personal power outlets and USB ports.</p><p>“The concept of ultra-long-haul flight has matured in the five years since we last operated this flight with all business-class aircraft,” said Boyd. “Offering two classes of service represents a democratization of this type of travel and allows a broader swath of travelers the benefit of getting to Singapore in comfort four to six hours faster than taking connecting flights.”</p><p>In other words, the airline is hoping to lure not just business travelers, but leisure ones including seniors and millennials looking to reach Singapore and secondary destinations faster.</p><h2>Cabin Comfort</h2><p>Aside from seating, the A350 fields an array of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/common-jet-lag-myths" target="_blank">jet lag</a>-fighting features, all designed to minimize the effects of long-haul flight. The fuselage’s composite structure is stronger than steel so the cabin can be pressurized to the equivalent of 6,000 feet, versus 8,000 on conventional jets. Humidity can be kept near 20 percent, as opposed to 10 percent on conventional planes. Both these factors should help reduce symptoms like fatigue and lightheadedness.</p><p>The A350-900ULR also has multiple temperatures zones for precise climate control throughout the passenger cabin, and over 16 million ambient lighting settings that can be programmed to help travelers adjust their circadian rhythms on specific routes. There are also hospital-grade HEPA filters circulating air throughout the entire cabin every two to three minutes.</p><p>Singapore Airlines will put A350-900ULRs with the same cabin configuration into service flying between Singapore and Los Angeles starting November 2, shortly after United ends its flights between the two cities.</p><h2>What the Longest Flight in the World Costs</h2><p>Ready to test out the new service for yourself? At time of writing, airfares from Newark to Singapore in premium economy were $1,017 one-way, or $1,623 round-trip. Business class one-way fares start at $3,379 from Newark to Singapore later this month, or $5,098 round-trip.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/longest-flights-in-the-world" target="_blank">The 10 Longest Flights in the World</a></p><p>You can use airline miles to book these seats as well. The easiest way to do so is to create a <a href="https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/ppsclub-krisflyer/registration-form/" target="_blank">Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer frequent flier account</a>. The program is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards, so if you have credit cards that earn these types of points, you can transfer miles into your new account when it’s time to book a ticket.</p><p>Premium economy seats at the lowest mileage level cost 70,000 miles each way. Business class awards are 92,000 miles each way. Taxes and fees are about $6-$50, depending on your direction of travel.</p>
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We Can’t Stop Watching This Mesmerizing Video of Utah’s Gorgeous Fall Foliage

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 08:32
<p>Worried about not being able to see the leaves change this fall? Don’t sweat it. We’ve got you covered.</p><p>Leaf peeping season on the Eastern Seaboard has been a bit slow this year, but it’s in technicolor in Snowbasin, Utah. According to <em><a href="https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/leaves-changing-color-fall-foliage-drone-video-2018" target="_blank">Thrillist</a></em>, videographer Justin McFarland used a drone to capture the bright pinks, greens, yellows, purples and reds on full display in the Ogden Valley only last week.</p><p>These amazingly vibrant colors mean the fall foliage has reached its peak (or near-peak) in Utah, so if anyone is looking to see the hues up close and personal, it’s best to take a trip now.</p><p>But if you can’t, you still have this incredible, bird’s-eye drone video that you can play on repeat.</p><p>If you're still hoping to catch some of the season's changing hues, there's still time to explore many places on the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/fall-vacations/fall-foliage-2018" target="_blank">fall foliage map</a>. Even better, catch a last minute train ride on some of the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/fall-vacations/best-fall-foliage-train-trips" target="_blank">most scenic fall train rides</a> in the country for an extra special adventure. </p>
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This Couple Got Drunk on Their Honeymoon and Accidentally Bought a Hotel (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 08:17
<p>Gina Lyons and Mark Lee, two British newlyweds, purchased what can only be described as the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/honeymoon-destinations" target="_blank">best honeymoon</a> souvenir of all time: an entire beachfront hotel.</p><p>According to the <a href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-newlyweds-drunk-luxury-honeymoon-13387506" target="_blank"><i>Mirror</i></a>, the pair were honeymooning in Sri Lanka last December when they checked into their <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/honeymoon-destinations/unique-island-honeymoon-destinations" target="_blank">beachside hotel</a> and went to the bar to have a few cocktails to celebrate their wedded bliss. While there, the couple struck up quite the friendship with the hotel’s staff, including one of the bartenders. On their very first night, the couple revealed, they took a bottle of rum to the beach with the bartender and drank the night away.</p><p>During the drinking session, the bartender shared that the current hotel owner’s lease would soon be up. So, Lee and Lyons decided right then and there that they should take it over. And all it cost them was $39,500.</p><p>"After finding out that it was £10,000 a year, myself and Mark thought that it would be a brilliant idea to buy it - because we were so drunk,” Lyons told the <i>Mirror</i>. "Now, almost a year on from our drunken idea, we own the hotel and have started doing the hotel up and making it ours."</p><p>However, the lease wasn’t the only thing they had to plunk down a few dollars on. According to Lyons, additional legal fees and refurbishment coasts have set them back an additional $17,000.</p><p>Oh, and one more life event popped up — Lyons and Lee are now expecting their first child, who they say came as a bit of a surprise.</p><p>"Even our friends and family think we're idiots and shouldn't have been doing it - we owed a lot of money from the wedding and only lived in a tiny flat, and now we had a baby on the way,” she said.</p><p>But, rather than worry, the pair are now just going all in on their seven-bedroom hotel, called <a href="https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en-gb.html?aid=898224;label=Share-auW0I4%401535089263;sid=e4b9802369a6925119d714df2816db9b;checkin_monthday=14&amp;checkin_year_month=2018-11&amp;checkout_monthday=15&amp;checkout_year_month=2018-11&amp;class_interval=1&amp;dest_id=-2236847&amp;dest_type=city&amp;do_availability_check=1&amp;dtdisc=0&amp;group_adults=2&amp;group_children=0&amp;highlighted_hotels=3857528&amp;hp_avform=1&amp;inac=0&amp;index_postcard=0&amp;label_click=undef&amp;no_rooms=1&amp;offset=0&amp;postcard=0&amp;raw_dest_type=city&amp;req_adults=2&amp;req_children=0&amp;room1=A%2CA&amp;sb#sort_by" target="_blank">Lucky Beach</a>, which you can book a stay in now for just $18 a night.</p>
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The Roles Prince George and Princess Charlotte Will Play in Princess Eugenie's Wedding

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 08:00
<p>On Friday, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/princess-eugenie-meghan-markle-wedding-comparison" target="_blank">Princess Eugenie</a> will walk down the aisle at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel to marry her fiance, Jack Brooksbank. While we know most of the royal family will be in attendance to watch the couple say their vows, Eugenie and Jack have also announced the few special people who will be on hand as part of their wedding party.</p><h2>Maid of Honor: Princess Beatrice</h2><p>This one is pretty obvious considering Beatrice is her older sister and only sibling. Following the announcement of Eugenie’s engagement, Beatrice told <em><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2018/10/10/princess-eugenies-royal-wedding-date-time-details-latest-news/" target="_blank">British Vogue</a>,</em> “Euge is amazing,” adding, “She’s a very modern bride.”</p><h2>Bridesmaids: Royal Children and Rock Royalty</h2><p>Remember, royals don’t do “<a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/destination-weddings/royal-wedding-traditions-prince-harry-meghan-markle" target="_blank">bridesmaids</a>” like the rest of us. Instead of being a gaggle of your girlfriends and a cousin or two, royals choose to surround themselves with a group of cherub-like children who act as maids.</p><p>For her wedding, <em><a href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a23703741/princess-eugenie-maid-of-honor-bridal-party-royal-wedding/" target="_blank">Harper’s Bazaar</a> </em>reported, Eugenie will have several royal children helping her, including Princess Charlotte, the daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton; Savannah Philips, daughter of Autumn and Peter Philips; Mia Tindall, daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; and Maud Windsor, daughter of Lady Frederick Windsor and Lord Frederick Windsor. To round out the group, Eugenie also asked Theodora Williams, daughter of Ayda Field and British singer Robbie Williams, to join the group.</p><h2>Best Man: Thomas Brooksbank</h2><p>Like his future bride, Jack also chose his sibling, Thomas, to be his best man.</p><h2>Page Boys: More Royalty and Friends of Royalty</h2><p>Jack will also have at least one royal child on hand to help him throughout the day. The page boys will be none other than Prince George, future King of England and another one of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children, and Louis de Givenchy, son of Zoe and Olivier De Givenchy.</p><p>The wedding will be broadcast in the United States starting at 4:25 a.m. EST, with a three-hour tape delay for the West Coast. It will appear both <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/how-to-view-princess-eugenie-wedding" target="_blank">online and on the TLC network</a>.</p>
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Hurricane Michael Is Now a Category 4 Storm Expected to Cause 'Catastrophic Damage'

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 17:59
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-warnings/hurricane-michael-path-towards-florida-panhandle" target="_blank">Hurricane Michael</a> is currently making landfall in the Florida Panhandle. It is now a category 4 storm, meaning it is the strongest storm to come ashore in the region in at least a century.</p><p>According to the <a href="https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshws.php" target="_blank">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association</a>, a category four hurricane will cause “catastrophic damage.” It will cause “well-built framed homes” to “sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls.” The storm could cause most trees to snap or become uprooted and power poles will likely be downed. “Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months.” As it further noted, most areas hit with a storm this size will be uninhabitable for weeks or months to come.</p><p>“This is the worst storm that our Florida Panhandle has seen in a century,” Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said in a statement. “Hurricane Michael is upon us, and now is the time to seek refuge.”</p><img alt="PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 10: Cameron Sadowski walks along where waves are crashing onto the beach as the outer bands of hurricane Michael arrive on October 10, 2018 "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1539185011/panama-city-beach-fl-michael-CAT4FL1018.jpg?itok=3Ri4oZ2l"><p>While the storm will bring top sustained wind gusts of up to 145 mph and plenty of rain, officials are more deeply concerned with the possible storm surge. As <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/10/us/hurricane-michael-live-updates-florida.html" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em> noted, officials are warning that the storm surge could reach 13 feet in some areas, which could be particularly devastating for the relatively flat region.</p><p>An estimated 375,000 people have already been told to evacuate the area, <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-michael-shelters-open-florida-georgia-alabama-2018-10-10/" target="_blank">CBS</a> reported. If they haven’t left already it may be too late.</p><p>“The time for evacuating along the coast has come and gone,” Scott said in a statement, adding that “First responders will not be able to come out in the middle of the storm.” But, if you can still safely leave, there are a number of shelters still accepting people who need a <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-michael-shelters-open-florida-georgia-alabama-2018-10-10/" target="_blank">safe place to stay</a>.</p><p>And those living along the Gulf Coast aren’t the only ones who need to worry about Hurricane Michael. The storm’s path will soon take it inland, up through Georgia and the Carolinas, and beyond. Stay tuned to news stations and the <a href="https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2018-10-10-hurricane-michael-cat4-historic-landfall-gulf-coast-florida" target="_blank">Weather Channel</a> for the latest up to date information and warnings. If the hurricane is coming your way, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/how-to-prepare-your-house-during-a-hurricane-to-stay-safe" target="_blank">here’s how to ensure you’re prepared. </a></p>
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All of Your Favorite Disney Snacks Are Now More Expensive

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 17:25
<p>Dole Whip, Mickey-shaped pretzels, cotton candy — they’re all crowd pleasers and some of the best foods you’ll find at Disney parks. Only problem is, these salty treats and frozen sweets are about to cost you significantly more than on your last Orlando vacation.</p><p><a href="http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2018/10/02/news-fountain-beverage-price-hike-at-disney-world-counter-service-restaurants/" target="_blank">Disney Food Blog</a> broke news that food and drink prices have increased at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts, and the price hikes aren’t just affecting grab-and-go favorites.</p><p>Snack prices have changed across the board at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Animal Kingdom. Popcorn and cotton candy now cost $5 each, up from $4.50 and $4.75, and churros $5.25 (they cost $4.50 last week). Mickey pretzels with cheese are now $7, up from $6 — cheese is not optional, requiring guests to spend the extra buck — and Mickey ice cream bars are up 75 cents, now costing $5.75. The chocolate-covered delights have increased 35% in the past three years, with Disney’s most iconic frozen treat costing $4.25 in October 2015.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/dole-whip-pineapple-donut-disneyland" target="_blank">Dole Whip</a> isn’t safe, either. The pineapple soft-serve is up fifty cents for cups (now $4.99) and floats (now $5.99). Disney Food Blog is even reporting that turkey legs, the famed oversized meaty snack, <a href="http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2018/10/02/news-fountain-beverage-price-hike-at-disney-world-counter-service-restaurants/" target="_blank">now cost $1.50 more</a>, going for $13.25 each at Epcot’s Fife &amp; Drum Tavern.</p><p>Bottled drinks are up a full dollar at the Florida resort, from $3.50 to $4.50, and bottled water is now $3.50, from $3. Fountain drink prices <a href="http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2018/10/03/news-prices-increased-on-food-and-beverage-items-across-disneyland-resort-drafted/" target="_blank">have actually increased at both Disney parks</a>, with regular-sized sodas increasing from $3.29 at Walt Disney World and $3.59 at Disneyland to $3.99 at both parks. Given that large drinks are $4.19, guests are incentivized to splurge on a bigger beverage, and likely choose to spend more than they may have previously.</p><p>Headed to Disneyland <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/halloween/scariest-halloween-ride-disneyland-space-mountain-ghost-galaxy" target="_blank">for Halloweentime</a>? Many snack prices have stayed firm — churros are still $4.75, Mickey pretzels $5.25 (plus an optional dollar for cheese) — but one popular item has changed: popcorn. A scoop will now cost $5, up from $4.50, making it one of the more expensive noshes at the park.</p><p>It’s normal for Disney to increase prices for its snack cart items, but the frequency has pushed some of the most popular foods to surprisingly high prices. Cream cheese-stuffed pretzels, for example, <a href="http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2017/07/19/news-and-review-pretzels-at-magic-kingdoms-lunching-pad-our-favorites-are-back/" target="_blank">were $4.79 last July</a>. Now, they're $7.</p><p>The Disney Food Blog also noted <a href="http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2018/10/03/news-prices-increased-on-epcot-food-and-wine-festival-menu-items/" target="_blank">an unprecedented uptick on prices</a> on food and select alcoholic drinks at <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival" target="_blank">Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival</a>, even though the celebration only lasts until Nov 12. A few Walt Disney World restaurants have also increased prices, with Epcot’s Biergarten costing <a href="http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2018/10/04/epcots-biergarten-price-increase-plus-other-disney-world-restaurant-price-changes/" target="_blank">over 25% more</a> for lunch-seeking adults and children, the blog reported.</p><p>These are just the latest price changes hitting Disney parks. Walt Disney World recently announced it's overhauling its ticketing system, completely changing <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-world-ticket-prices-2018-2019" target="_blank">the way you plan your next vacation</a>.</p>
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These Are Officially the Best Halloween Haunts in America

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 17:06
<p>If you’re looking to have a spooktacular October, the <a href="https://hauntedattractionassociation.com/about-us/" target="_blank">Haunted Attraction Association</a> is here to help.</p><p>As the “only official association in the haunt industry,” the HAA takes its job of promoting safe and ethical haunted places very seriously. With that, it’s now revealing its list of the 31 top haunted attractions across the U.S.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/halloween/theme-park-halloween-parties-2018" target="_blank">11 Theme Park Halloween Celebrations That'll Have You Screaming for More</a></p><p>According to the HAA, in order to gain its seal of approval, haunted sites must be a member of HAA and meet a list of 10 criteria relating back to the group's mission, which includes: to protect customers, promote haunted attractions, and educate industry professionals.</p><p>“Guest safety is a top priority throughout the industry,” HAA President Brett Hays said in a statement. “The number of certified Top Haunt attractions has more than doubled in the past three years, which shows the commitment to safety across the board from our members.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/halloween/travel-related-halloween-costumes" target="_blank">25 Halloween Costume Ideas Travelers Will Love</a></p><p>Sure, this all sounds kind of tame for someone looking for a frightful Halloween, but trust us, you’ll still be screaming, crying, and calling your mom to tell her you love her at all of these places.</p><p>Seriously, you think you’re getting through the <a href="https://www.hauntedhotelky.com/" target="_blank">Haunted Hotel in Kentucky</a>, where ghosts, goblins, and bad guys lurk around every corner, without screaming? How about the fact that the killers hiding inside are actually allowed to touch guests? Is that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&amp;v=Pl7ZpSVIfQs" target="_blank">horrifying enough</a>?</p><p>Oh, you assume you’re making it out of the <a href="https://www.fearfarm.com/" target="_blank">Fear Farm in Arizona</a> without peeing your pants just a little? I don’t think so, especially after you get a good look at their witches.</p><p>And don’t even get us started on <a href="https://terrorinthecorn.com/" target="_blank">Terror in the Corn in Colorado</a>. Corn fields are already scary enough without ax murders hiding among them.</p><p>Here are 31 different places around the country you can visit with your family this Halloween season where we’re almost positive you’ll make it out alive.</p><strong><a href="http://www.13thfloorhauntedhouse.com/" target="_blank">13th Floor Haunted House</a> </strong>– Denver, Colorado<strong><a href="http://creepyhollowhauntedhouse.com/" target="_blank">Creepy Hollow Haunted House</a></strong><strong> </strong>– Rosharon, Texas<strong><a href="http://fotohio.com/" target="_blank">The Factory of Terror</a></strong><strong> </strong>– Canton, Ohio<a href="http://fearfair.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Fear Fair</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Seymour, Indiana<a href="http://fearfarm.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Fear Farm</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Phoenix, Arizona<a href="http://www.fieldofscreams.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Field of Screams</strong></a> – Lancaster, Pennsylvania<a href="http://frightland.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Frightland</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Middletown, Delaware<a href="http://www.elyriahauntedhouse.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Hauntville Haunted House</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Cleveland, Ohio<a href="http://hauntedhollow.net/" target="_blank"><strong>Haunted Hollow</strong></a> – Rockwood, Pennsylvania<a href="http://www.hauntedschoolhouse.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Haunted Schoolhouse &amp; Laboratory</strong></a> – Akron, Ohio<a href="http://www.hauntedhotelky.com/" target="_blank"><strong>The Haunted Hotel</strong></a> – Louisville, Kentucky<a href="http://www.hobbsgrove.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Hobb’s Grove</strong></a> –<strong> </strong>Sanger, California<a href="http://thehouseoftorment.com/" target="_blank"><strong>House of Torment Haunted House</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Austin, Texas<a href="http://www.hauntedcavern.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Headless Horseman Hayrides &amp; Haunted Houses</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Ulster Park, New York<a href="http://www.hysterium.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Hysterium</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Fort Wayne, Indiana<a href="http://kingwoodasylum.com/" target="_blank"><strong>The Kingwood Asylum</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Houston, Texas<a href="https://legendsoffear.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Legends of Fear</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Shelton, Connecticut<a href="http://www.haunted.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Niles Scream Park</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Niles, Michigan<a href="http://www.hauntedcavern.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Chattanooga, Tennessee<a href="https://reapersrevenge.net/" target="_blank"><strong>Reaper’s Revenge</strong></a> – Scranton, Pennsylvania<a href="http://www.scarehouse.com/" target="_blank"><strong>ScareHouse</strong></a><strong> </strong>–<strong> </strong>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania <strong> </strong><a href="https://www.scareusa.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Scare USA</strong></a> –Two Rivers, Wisconsin<a href="http://www.shocktoberfest.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Shocktoberfest</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania<a href="http://www.spookyranch.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Spooky Ranch at Rockin'-R- Ranch</strong></a> – Columbia, Ohio<a href="https://www.easternstate.org/halloween" target="_blank"><strong>Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary</strong></a> – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania<a href="https://terrorinthecorn.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Terror in the Corn</strong></a> – Erie, Colorado<a href="http://www.terroronthefox.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Terror on the Fox</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Green Bay, Wisconsin<a href="http://www.asylumdenver.com/" target="_blank"><strong>The Asylum Haunted House</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Denver, Colorado<a href="http://ussnightmare.com/" target="_blank"><strong>USS Nightmare</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Newport, Kentucky<a href="http://www.hauntedhousemichigan.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Wiard's Orchards Night Terrors</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Township, Michigan<a href="http://wisconsinfeargrounds.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Wisconsin Fear Grounds</strong></a><strong> </strong>– Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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