Woman Detained at Dubai Airport After Admitting to Drinking One Glass of In-flight Wine

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 07:35
<p>One woman's seemingly innocuous in-flight beverage choice landed her in hot water in Dubai. </p><p>On July 13, Ellie Holman, a dentist from Kent, England, was flying <a href="" target="_blank">Emirates</a> with her four-year-old daughter, Bibi, from London to Dubai. On the flight, Holman had a glass of wine, as serving <a href="" target="_blank">alcohol is permitted on Emirates</a>, despite United Arab Emirates laws being extremely conservative when it comes to drinking.</p><p>People over the age of 21 are <a href="" target="_blank">allowed to drink alcohol at licensed venues</a> (hotels, bars, etc.), and on flights to the UAE, but drinking or being intoxicated in public is strictly prohibited. "British nationals have been arrested and charged under this law, often in cases where they have come to the attention of the police for a related offence or matter, such as disorderly or offensive behaviour," the U.K. government warns on its <a href="" target="_blank">official website</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Why You Should Think Twice Before Ordering Coffee or Tea on a Plane</a></p><p>When Holman landed, an official informed her that her visa had expired and said she had to return to the U.K. immediately, she told <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>. But Holman did not want to get on another eight-hour flight with her daughter and argued with the officer. Holman said the officer then began to question her about whether she had been drinking. </p><p>Holman admitted she had one complimentary glass of wine on her flight, she said. Her blood test was consistent with that claim, as her blood alcohol was only a 0.04 percent, well below the legal driving limit in the U.K. </p><p>However, Holman said the official told her that in the UAE, possession of alcohol is prohibited, even “inside a person’s body.”</p><p>Both Holman and her daughter were detained in a cell for three days. Holman’s partner, Gary, flew to Dubai to take Bibi home, but Holman must stay in the country until her case is processed, which could reportedly take up to a year.</p><p>Holman says she has spent £30,000 (just over $38,000 USD) in legal fees and other expenses, and has had to close her practice as a result of her detainment.</p><p>Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained In Dubai, told <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em> that airlines should be held accountable for misleading and endangering passengers by serving free drinks on flights.</p><p>“If consumption of alcohol is illegal in the UAE, airlines are complicit in serving alcohol to their passengers and need to be accountable and liable for their actions,” Stirling said. “I expect that we will soon see airlines being sued for damages and losses incurred by their passengers when they are arrested.”</p>
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This New Cruise Will Take You to 56 Famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites on 6 Continents

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 17:29
<p>If you’re looking for a trip that lets you explore the ancient history, natural beauty, and rich culture that make UNESCO's most famed World Heritage Sites so special, <a href="" target="_blank">this world cruise</a> is your ticket.</p><p>Regent Seven Seas Cruises is inviting travelers to embark on a 117-day journey to six continents, 30 countries, and 56 different <a href="" target="_blank">World Heritage Sites</a>.</p><p>Guests will hop on board the cruise line’s <a href="" target="_blank">Seven Seas Mariner</a>, the first all-suite and all-balcony ship of its kind, and will set sail out of Miami to a whopping 61 ports in South America, French Polynesia, Australia, Asia, and the Mediterranean.</p><p>Travelers will head to Caribbean islands like the Bahamas and Aruba before crossing through the Panama Canal to South America’s west coast to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites that include the ancient adobe city of Chan Chan (the largest city in pre-Columbian America), and Peru's <a href="" target="_blank">Nazca Lines</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a>.</p><p>The cruise will also spend a night at <a href="" target="_blank">Easter Island</a>, where travelers will be in awe of moai statues, pink sand beaches, and volcanoes. </p><p>The trip includes both popular spots like the Great Barrier Reef and lesser-visited locations like the Bay of Islands and the uninhabited Whitsunday Islands National Park in Australia.</p><p>They'll also sail through the Indian Ocean and into Indonesia, Oman, and bucket list locations like Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan, where they’ll be treated to a dinner featuring traditional Arabic cuisine and dances before continuing to cruise along the Red Sea.</p><p>In the Mediterranean, the cruise will visit the coast of Limassol in Cyprus before hitting the <a href="" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a> in Italy to swim in hidden locations like the fjord of Furore. They'll also get to wander the streets of the medieval town of the Greek island of Rhodes. You'll have a total of 11 overnight stays in locations including Dubai, Bali, Singapore, and Mumbai. </p><p>The cruise departs on Jan. 5, 2021, with fares starting at $61,999. Fares include first class airfare to Miami with free airport to ship transport, and business class airfare back from the final stop in Barcelona at the end of the journey. Fare prices also include a pre-cruise gala event and one-night hotel stay in Miami, unlimited onboard beverages, door to door luggage services, unlimited dry cleaning and pressing services, and onboard medical services.</p>
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Grand Canyon National Park Wildfire Doubles in Size, Closing Popular Roads and Trails

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:56
<p>A rapidly growing wildfire has led to several road and trail closures at Arizona’s <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Canyon National Park</a>.</p><p>The Obi Fire, started on Saturday, July 21 by lightning that struck the Walhalla Plateau on the park’s <a href="" target="_blank">North Rim</a>, has <a href="" target="_blank">spread to an estimated 7,420 acres</a> as of Wednesday, Aug. 8. It more than doubled in size over the course of <a href="" target="_blank">three days</a>; estimates reported the fire's size at 3,550 acres on Monday.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">InciWeb</a> officials, southwesterly winds combined with dry air have continued to spread the fire through the park’s ponderosa pines and brush areas, leading to temporary closures of the Cape Royal Road.</p><p>Several trails are also closed as a result, including the Cape Final Trail, the Cliff Spring Trail, the northern portion of the Ken Patrick Trail stretching from Point Imperial to Cape Royal Road, and the southern section of the trail, which stretches from Cape Royal Road into the <a href="" target="_blank">Bright Angel Trail</a>.</p><img alt="Grand Canyon Obi Fire Perimeter Map "src=""><p>The road closures will remain in effect until further notice as firefighters continue to tackle the flames. Smoke from the fire can now be seen on both the park’s North and South Rims.</p><p>The road to Point Imperial and the park’s other North Rim trails are still open at this time, though visitors will want to check on the <a href=";cityid=31" target="_blank">park’s air quality conditions</a> before their arrival.</p>
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New Zealand's New Human Slingshot Will Fling You Across a Breathtaking Valley at 60 MPH (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:37
<p>The newest <a href="" target="_blank">way to see New Zealand</a> is being flung almost 500 feet over it in a human slingshot.</p><p>A daring new exhibition of <a href="" target="_blank">adventure travel</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Nevis Catapult</a> in Queenstown is now open for intrepid travelers who want their bodies to be hurled 60 miles per hour through the air.</p><p>The daredevils who visit the catapult will “be propelled 150m up and out across the Nevis Valley, experiencing up to 3Gs of force as you reach speeds of almost 100kms an hour in 1.5 seconds flat,” according to the attraction’s website.</p><p>The catapult itself will last between three and four minutes, but the entire trek will take about four hours, including a bus ride to and from the Nevis Valley, where the catapult is located.</p><p>The Nevis Catapult claims to be the largest catapult in the world.</p><p>Humans who wish to try out the slingshot must be at least 13 years old and weigh at least 60 pounds. It costs about $170 ($255 NZ) to experience. </p><p>Those who thrive on adventure travel can plan an <a href="" target="_blank">entire itinerary in Queenstown</a>. The city also has bungee jumping, jet boating, canyoning, <a href="" target="_blank">a wire climb across a waterfall</a>, and something called <a href="" target="_blank">OGO</a> (an inflatable ball you can climb into and roll around the countryside).</p>
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Suspect Breaks Into Car, Steals Nothing, Leaves Hilarious Doodle on Man's Passport Photo

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:56
<p>Criminals can be awfully sketchy sometimes. </p><p>In the town of Folkestone, Kent, in the U.K., a man named Ian Sheppard was dismayed to find that his car had been broken into on Shorncliffe Road, according to a post by his daughter, Chara Farrant, on the We Love Folkestone Facebook page.</p><p>Luckily, nothing was actually stolen from Sheppard’s car and there was only minor damage, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Metro</em> reported</a>. Instead, the vandal decided to spend their time doodling on Sheppard’s passport photo.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Samantha Brown's New Passport Photo Just Debunked a Major Traveler's Myth</a></p><p>The doodle, with his bushy, long sideburns, goatee, and moustache, ended up making poor Sheppard looking like a <a href="" target="_blank">Wooly Willy</a> or a villain in a low-budget, 1970s cop movie. But that doesn’t make the picture any less hilarious.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Woman's Passport Photo Is Going Viral for a Hilarious Reason</a></p><p>“He wanted to get something out of his car and then realized the door had been jimmied open,” Farrant told <em>Metro</em>. “He checked over the car and nothing was gone – but then he had a look in his glove box and found somebody had doodled on his picture. When he showed me, I’ve never laughed so much.”</p><p>Luckily, Sheppard also thought the vandalism was funny, but probably only because there was limited damage done to the car.</p><p>Farrant calls the incident “Folkestone at its finest,” even if it was a "pointless" crime.</p><p>The suspect is still at large, though we’re not sure if Sheppard would actually press charges at this point. Maybe he'd just ask for a new, more flattering portrait instead. </p>
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This Weekend’s Meteor Shower Could Be the Best One of the Year (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:31
<p>Save all your wishes for this weekend. Shooting stars could happen every minute.</p><p>From Aug.11–13, the Perseid meteor shower will send between 60 and 70 meteors shooting across the sky every hour. The meteor shower's peak is expected to occur the night of Sunday, Aug. 12 into the wee hours of Monday morning.</p><p>This weekend’s show is expected to be particularly spectacular. The Perseids happen every year, but this year’s crescent moon will make the sky darker, allowing the meteors to shine.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">10 Incredible Nighttime Adventures That Take Stargazing to New Heights</a></p><p>"The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it,” <a href="" target="_blank">NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told</a>.</p><p>Those who live in areas with little light pollution will be able to see the shower best, if there’s clear weather. Urban dwellers can check out <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Active Junky’</em>s guide to the best places in major metropolitan areas</a> to watch the astral phenomenon.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">10 Airbnbs for Incredible Stargazing</a></p><p>If you’re planning on watching the Perseid meteor shower, bear in mind that it will take at least 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. The longer you’re outside in the dark, the better your vision of the meteors will be. The best time to be outside to catch the peak is <a href="" target="_blank">between midnight and dawn.</a> Stargazers won’t need to look at any particular point in the sky to catch a glimpse of a shooting meteor. They should be everywhere.</p><p>“Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness,” J. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of <em>Sky &amp; Telescope</em> magazine, <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. "The Perseids will put on a great show."</p>
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Prince Harry Reportedly Broke a Major Royal Travel Rule for Meghan Markle (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:02
<p>Prince Harry has long been head over heels for his now wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. Of course, you likely knew this because <a href="" target="_blank">they are married</a>, but long before they walked down the aisle Harry was reportedly willing to do just about anything to make his love happy. That includes breaking a few royal rules.</p><p>In 2016, while the two were just beginning their courtship, Prince Harry went on an official two-week Caribbean tour as part of his royal duties. He was reportedly booked to fly back on a British Airways flight to resume his duties as a prince and was scheduled to make several appearances back home. But, rather than flying to England, the love-struck prince canceled the flight and instead went off to Toronto to see his new girlfriend.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Sneak Out of Heathrow Airport</a></p><p>Seems innocuous enough, right? Maybe not, as according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a></em>, palace policy says “working visits should not be combined with personal travel.”</p><p>While it may not seem like a huge deal, the change in plans can easily be misconstrued as misuse of public dollars. And that’s exactly how Prince Andrew got in trouble in 2004 after he combined personal trips with business trips that were paid for with taxpayer money.</p><p>According to <em>The Telegraph</em>, in 2004, the Royal Household said: “In order to avoid confusion, combining private and public engagements in the same trip is actively discouraged.”</p><p>But, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Elle</a></em> reported, Prince Harry likely at least paid for his flight to and from Canada on his own.</p><p>And that, of course, wasn’t Harry’s only visit to Canada over their courtship. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Hello</a></em>, Harry flew to Canada two months prior to the couple’s engagement to see Meghan and meet the entire cast and crew of <em>Suits</em>.</p><p>"He was super low key, met some crew, and was so happy to watch his lady," a source told <em>Hello</em> at the time. "He's incredibly supportive of her work."</p><p>Clearly, it was true love even then, especially if Harry was willing to skirt the royal rules and risk <a href="" target="_blank">getting in trouble with the Queen</a>.</p>
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What Astronauts Really Think About Having Tourists in Space

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 11:01
<p>Many modern-day, adventurous travelers who have “Been there, done that” on Earth have set their sights on space.</p><p>Officially, seven private citizens have already been there, each paying from $20 million to $40 million between 2001 and 2009 (before the trips were put on hold) for a ride on a Russian spacecraft and a stay at the International Space Station.</p><p>Now numerous private companies — including <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Galactic</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Blue Origin</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">SpaceX</a> and others — are developing a variety of space tourism programs and out-of-this-world experiences. Some promise earthlings the opportunity to experience weightlessness, while others are selling rocket ship rides and week-long stays at <a href="" target="_blank">luxury hotels to be built in space</a>.</p><p>And while these journeys won’t ever be cheap, carefree, or 100-percent safe, most are already bookable — although details such as departure dates are still to be determined.</p><p>Another detail not yet determined: what “regular” people who travel into space should be called. Merriam-Webster <a href="" target="_blank">defines an astronaut</a> as “a person who travels beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.” And while some professional astronauts are fine sharing that title, others suggest a better term for someone who purchases a rocket ride might be “spaceflight participant” or simply “space tourist.”</p><p>After all, notes retired NASA astronaut <a href="" target="_blank">Anna Lee Fisher</a>, “Every passenger on an airplane is not called a pilot.”</p><p>Whatever citizen astronauts are called, Fisher, one of the “original six” women accepted into NASA’s Astronaut Training Program, and many of her peers don’t seem to have an “I got mine, let’s pull up the ladder now,” attitude when it comes to novices visiting space.</p><p>“I seriously believe that if more people had the opportunity to go into space and see the Earth from that vantage point they would definitely stop thinking of themselves as being from this country or that country and slowly start feeling like they’re just from this planet,” said Fisher.</p><p>And while he wouldn’t have wanted extraneous people on board when he was flying multi-billion-dollar missions, “that’s different than having a spacecraft designed from the get-go for tourists, which I applaud,” <a href="" target="_blank">said former NASA astronaut Frederick “Rick” Hauck</a>, a veteran of several Space Shuttle missions. In the same way tourism helped grow the airline industry on earth, “I think the space science and space engineering industry could benefit from amortizing the cost of developing new ways to get tourists into space,” said Hauck. “That’s a win-win.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Jean-Francois Clervoy</a>, a European Space Agency astronaut and veteran of three NASA Space Shuttle missions, is all for space tourism even if, for the foreseeable future, it’s an experience only available to rich people.</p><p>“The travelers who have the money, the time, and the courage to try space tourism are and will be great ambassadors,” said Clervoy. “They know people will want to hear about their adventure and that is what explorers and pioneers going first are supposed to do. Bring back the experience.”</p><p>Before putting down a deposit and heading to space, though, “There’s one thing people to need understand,” warns former NASA astronaut <a href="" target="_blank">Sherwood “Woody” Spring</a>, who logged 165 hours in space, 12 of them doing spacewalks, “When you get into orbit, 99 percent of astronauts go through what we call ‘space adaption syndrome’; some people throw up, some don’t, but you’re probably not going to feel well the first two days.”</p><p>It can feel like a mild case of the flu, said Spring, who highly recommends the IMAX space movies to those who just want to see what Earth looks like from space.</p><p>But for travelers who have their hearts set on that exclusive space experience, “If that’s what you want, and you have the money to afford it, go for it,” said Spring, “You don’t need my permission.”</p>
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Pilot Listed Taylor Swift As Emergency Contact Before Crashing His Plane in Nashville

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 07:31
<p>A Canadian pilot who was tragically killed in a <a href="" target="_blank">plane crash</a> was apparently a big <a href="" target="_blank">Taylor Swift</a> fan.</p><p>According to a report by <a href="" target="_blank">WSMV News 4</a>, Michael Callan died on Oct. 29, 2013 when his Cessna 172R plane crashed in Nashville. According to a 2016 investigation on the crash, Callan was drunk and attempted to land during a thick fog after circling Nashville International Airport for two hours. He was alone in the plane and never tried to contact air traffic control, investigators said. </p><p>But that was after Callan has listed singer Taylor Swift as his emergency contact on his membership application to the Windsor Flying Club. A copy of his application was <a href="" target="_blank">obtained by WSMV</a> this week.</p><p>Callan’s obsession with Swift began years before and had escalated to the point that he underwent a mental health evaluation in 2012, when his evaluator said he had been writing letters to Swift that had the “flavor of stalking,” according to WSMV.</p><p>The Nashville news station reported that Callan was actually an infamous bank robber in Windsor before becoming a pilot, allegedly having <a href="" target="_blank">robbed five banks in 11 months</a>. </p><p>Swift’s publicist told the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Tennessean</a></em> the singer never met Callan.</p>
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Drunk Wasps Are Going on 'Stinging Rampages' at U.K. Beer Gardens

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 06:59
<p>You can be a happy drunk, a sad drunk, or an angry drunk. And apparently, these rules also apply to wasps.</p><p>Of course, the <a href="" target="_blank">little pests</a> are likely to get even more pest-like when booze is involved. According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>, wasps that have been imbibing in leftover cider at beer gardens have been going on “stinging rampages” in the U.K., wreaking havoc on lager-loving humans.</p><p>Apparently, the insects have been turning to cider for sustenance after a harsh U.K. winter. Remember <a href="" target="_blank">Storm Emma</a>? It affected way more than just you and your neighbors.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">14 Natural Insect Repellents That Actually Work</a></p><p>“Wasps have built absolutely massive nests and, now that all the larvae have grown up and the queen has stopped laying eggs, the colonies have a workforce with nothing to do – and nothing to eat. So they go down to the pub, obviously,” Shane Jones of Ridtek Pest Control told the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p><p>So Britons shouldn’t be surprised if they find some swarms hovering over their leftover ciders or fruity beers. However, the alcohol makes the wasps very testy, which leads them to sting people more aggressively. Sounds a bit like other pub patrons we know, frankly.</p><p>A rep for the Sussex Wildlife Trust told the<em> Daily Mail</em>, “In the spring, queen wasps wake from hibernation and start to build their nest, laying eggs and raising their first brood of daughters.” So the nests only get bigger, the wasps get more numerous, and the wasp party debauchery continues. </p><p>These pests are also attracted to sweet foods, much like humans are.</p><p>Dee Ward-Thompson, technical manager at the British Pest Control Association, told the <em>Daily Mail </em>that the best way to avoid these drunken insects is to dispose of your trash properly.</p><p>“We always advise waste to be securely bagged and held within a clean container, away from where young children might play,” Ward-Thompson said.</p>
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TSA Will Not Stop Screening Passengers at Small Airports After All

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 06:41
<p>Don’t expect the Transportation Security Administration to be going anywhere anytime soon, travelers. Even if you are flying out of a tiny airport.</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">CBS News</a></em> reported that the TSA has no plans to <a href="" target="_blank">drop security screenings</a><a href="" target="_blank"> at 150 small airports</a> across the country, as an exclusive <a href="" target="_blank"><em>CNN</em> report</a> claimed earlier this month. TSA sources told <em>CBS</em> the report was based on “worst-case scenarios” for the 2020 budget.</p><p>“We’re not doing that. Real simple," TSA chief David Pekoske told <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>. “We looked at that and decided that was not an issue worth pursuing. Off the table.”</p><p>Airports will continue to screen passengers as usual, with some potential modifications coming in the near future. Separate lines for passengers who have been sniffed by bomb-sniffing dogs have been proposed as well as expanding the use of new, <a href="" target="_blank">3D scanners</a>, which could speed up the security process. </p><p>These 3D scanners would allow passengers to keep their shoes on as well as their <a href="" target="_blank">liquids and electronics in their bags</a>. Size restrictions on liquids, however, will still apply. Passengers who have been screened by dogs will also get an expedited screening process since they are deemed “lower risk” after being sniffed, according to Pekoske.</p><p>The first phases of the plan are tentatively scheduled to go into effect this fall or early next year.</p>
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The Obamas Are Back in Their Favorite Summer Vacation Destination (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 17:59
<p>Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle are once again back on their beloved island of Martha’s Vineyard for their <a href="" target="_blank">annual summer vacation</a>. Though it looks like they won’t have the <a href="" target="_blank">quiet vacation</a> they were probably hoping for.</p><p>Each year, the Obamas descend on the island for a bit of quality time together. Their youngest daughter, Sasha, even famously had her first summer job on the island, <a href="" target="_blank">working at Nancy’s</a>, a popular seafood restaurant, in the summer of 2016. And, the former first family spent <a href="" target="_blank">seven out of eight summer vacations on the island</a> while Obama was running the nation. The only year they missed out was 2012, when Obama was running for re-election.</p><p>So far this summer it appears to just be Michelle and Barack on the island. On Monday evening, the couple attempted to have an intimate dinner with a few friends at a restaurant called <a href="" target="_blank">The Cardboard Box</a>, which is owned by Ben DeForest, who also owns another island restaurant, the <a href="" target="_blank">Red Cat Kitchen</a>. According to DeForest, the couple has dined at the Red Cat Kitchen a number of times.</p><p>“They could’ve gone to the Red Cat, where they know the experience, where they know what to expect,” DeForest told “It’s a very private experience over there. It’s quiet. It’s contained.”</p><p>However, this dinner was anything but private. Well-wishers soon caught wind that the Obamas were dining at the restaurant and showed up in droves to catch a glimpse of them. A screaming crowd waited outside the restaurant for the two to emerge, and when they did, the rowdy crowd began chanting, “Obama! Obama!”</p><p>But, it appears the couple at least found a little solitude on their trip. Just a few days prior to their very public dinner date, Michelle posted a sweet snapshot of her husband relaxing by the shore to celebrate his 57th birthday. She wrote in the caption, “Happy birthday <a href="">@BarackObama</a>! The view is always better with you.”</p><p>According to reports, the couple will likely be spending most of August on Martha’s Vineyard, so who knows, maybe you’ll be able to spot them dining out next weekend too. But maybe let them finish their appetizer before you start chanting at them.</p>
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Amazon Is Hiring More Than 200 Work-from-home Positions Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 17:32
<p>Amazon fans, your dream job just became available.</p><p>The gargantuan online retailer is looking to fill more than 200 <a href="" target="_blank">work-from-home jobs</a>, both full- and part-time, across the globe, including in the U.S., Europe, and South America, <em><a href="">USA Today</a></em> reported.</p><p>The company is <a href="" target="_blank">looking to fill positions in various fields</a>, including marketing, employee relations, logistics, human resources, sales, software development, and digital content development.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">How to Keep Your Mental Health in Check If You Work From Home</a></p><p>Employees enjoy a wide range of benefits, including health care, 401K, maternity and paternity leave, paid time off, and employee discounts. Just imagine the savings on <a href="" target="_blank">Prime Day</a>.</p><p>If you happen to be based in the U.S. but speak Japanese, you'll want to check out the part-time <a href="" target="_blank">customer service associate role</a> in particular. There's also an opening for a U.S.-based <a href="" target="_blank">Spanish speaker</a>, and one that will <a href="" target="_blank">work from home in Costa Rica</a>, so if moving to a tropical paradise is a goal of yours, now could be the time. </p><p>To search jobs and find out more about the open positions, visit the <a href=";result_limit=10&amp;sort=relevant&amp;distanceType=Mi&amp;radius=24km&amp;latitude=&amp;longitude=&amp;loc_group_id=&amp;loc_query=&amp;base_query=&amp;city=&amp;country=&amp;region=&amp;county=&amp;query_options=&amp;">Amazon Jobs website</a>.</p>
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This Man Planted a Tree Every Day for 35 Years and Created a Forest Larger Than Central Park

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:47
<p>It may take a village to raise a child, but it only takes one man to plant a forest.</p><p>In 1979, 16-year-old <a href="" target="_blank">Padma Shri Jadav "Molai" Payeng</a> was devastated when he stumbled upon a pile of dead snakes, scorched to death by extreme heat on the banks of Majuli Island in Assam, <a href="" target="_blank">India</a>.</p><p>Due to erosion, Majuli — the largest river island in the world — has lost more than half its land mass in nearly 50 years. Scientists say the island could be gone in another 15 to 20, according to the award-winning documentary "<a href="" target="_blank">Forest Man</a><em>.</em>"</p><p>The snakes, which came to the island by way of flooding from the Brahmaputra river, could find no shade to escape the heat.</p><p>When he saw the snakes, Payeng told <em><a href="" target="_blank">NPR</a> </em>he knew he had to do something about it or else even humans might "have to die this way in the heat." </p><p>And so, with an unquestionable love for his homeland and the most admirable dedication, Payeng planted one sapling on the barren land every day for the next 35 years.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Tracking Siberian Tigers, Replanting Hurricane-ravaged Forests, and More Ways to Help Save the Earth While You’re on Vacation</a></p><p>Payeng's tremendous efforts have paid off 39 years later. Spreading over 1,360 acres, the woodland, named Molai Forest after Payeng, is about 1.6 times larger than <a href="" target="_blank">Central Park</a>.</p><p>The forest contains several thousand varieties of trees, according to <i><a href="" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></i>, and has attracted elephants, rhinos, deer, wild boars, reptiles, vultures, and Royal Bengal tigers. </p><p>Aptly nicknamed the "Forest Man of India," Payeng said that planting was "very time consuming" before he started collecting seeds from the trees. Even now, Payeng starts his day around 3 a.m. to reach Majuli by 5 a.m. to care for his woodland.</p><p>In 2015, Payeng won the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in India, for his perseverance and hard work. He considers Molai Forest his family and advocates for environmental protection and better education, teaching children from a young age how to raise trees.</p><p>Payeng plans to plant 5,000 more acres on Majuli, creating a 500-mile stretch of flora on the Brahmaputra river's sandbars, <em><a href="" target="_blank">NPR</a></em> reported.</p><p>"My dream is to fill up Majuli Island and Jorhat with forest again," <a href="" target="_blank">Payeng said</a>. "I will continue to plant until my last breath. I tell people, cutting those trees will get you nothing. Cut me before you cut my trees!"</p>
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People in These States Travel More Than Everyone Else (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:30
<p>Project: Time Off, <a href="" target="_blank">a U.S. Travel Association campaign</a> that seeks to prove the importance of vacation, conducts a survey every year to get a state-by-state picture of America's vacation habits. This year, the coalition interviewed over 4,300 full-time employees to find out which states take the most — and least — amount of paid time off, and how each state utilizes their time when they get the chance to escape the daily grind.</p><p>The results are now in, and <a href="" target="_blank">Project: Time Off</a> reported that Colorado residents are the best in the U.S. at taking vacation. Whereas the average American takes approximately 17 days off each year, Coloradans reported using 20.3.</p><p>Following closely behind are Virginia and Arizona, where residents take about 19 days on average.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Want a Promotion? Take a Vacation</a></p><p>Montana residents, on the other hand, take the least amount of vacation, using an average of 16.3 days a year. Rhode Island and Delaware residents don't fare much better: full-time employees in these two states take only 16.5 days off.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Is Where You Should Go Based on How Many Vacation Days You Have Left This Year</a></p><p>Rather than proving that Montana, Rhode Island, and Delaware are the hardest working states, the data seems to indicate that vacation is viewed in a more positive light in Colorado, Virginia, and Arizona than in the rest of the country. While Americans receive 23 vacation days a year on average, residents in Colorado earn about 28 and residents in Virginia 25. More than half of full-time employees in Virginia also reported working for companies that actively encourage taking vacation time. Meanwhile, Montanans are able to take off an average of 21.8 days each year, while Rhode Islanders and Delawareans get 21.6 days of PTO.</p><p>In addition to taking the most time off, Virginians and Coloradans also travel the most during their PTO, according to the report. Compared to the average American, who uses less than half of their vacation days to travel, employees in Virginia spend an average of 12.2 — or 64 percent — of their vacation days on the road. Workers in Colorado and New Jersey fall closely behind, with each taking 11.7 and 11.1 days respectively to travel during their time off.</p><p>And the state that travels the least? The average full-time employee in South Dakota uses only 26 percent of their vacation days to travel.</p><p>Residents in Missouri and Iowa are also likely to choose staycations: they spend on average 29 percent and 31 percent of their paid time off traveling.</p><p>With 64 percent of South Dakota residents feeling stressed at home and 78 percent feeling stressed at work, the case for getting away from the office (and onto a plane) has never been stronger. According to a <a href="" target="_blank">previous report by Project: Time Off</a>, Americans who use most of their paid time off to travel are significantly happier than those who do not travel. They also reported greater happiness with their work, and were more likely to have been promoted within the last two years.</p><p>So whether your company has given you 10 days off or 25, try to maximize your PTO to the fullest extent and get out of town: you and your boss will be much happier for it.</p>
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Why Your Jordan Bucket List Shouldn’t End at Petra

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:00
<p>My father and I dangled our bare feet over the edge of a cliff, a column of light broke through the clouds and swept across the dunes of <a href="" target="_blank">Wadi Rum</a>. In his book <em>The Seven Pillars of Wisdom</em><i>,</i> the British officer and archaeologist T. E. Lawrence, who often camped here during the Arab revolt of 1916, described the place as “vast and echoing and godlike.” We’d been discussing how much this 300-square-mile wadi, or valley, in southern Jordan reminded us of the canyons of the American West as mythologized by Edward Curtis, one of our favorite photographers. But we fell silent when the sun lit up the red earth. So did a dozen other travelers scattered atop the mount. My father, a longtime travel photographer and the man responsible for these images, reached for his camera. We all took in the view until a pickup truck appeared, kicking up clouds of sand, to ferry us back to our tented camps for sunset.</p><p>To travel in the <a href="" target="_blank">Kingdom of Jordan</a> is to be constantly reminded of the ancient world. Four days earlier, as we explored the capital city of Amman, our guide had taken us up Mount Al-Qalah, one of the seven limestone hills that make up the old city. We stopped for an aerial view of a Roman amphitheater, built in the second century, that is now surrounded by low apartment buildings. The steep rows still seat spectators for cultural events. A plaza at the base of the amphitheater hummed with gentle activity, as locals enjoyed the cool evening. Floodlights cast shadows against the Roman walls as the call to prayer echoed.</p><p>Jordan, it must be said, is in a difficult neighborhood. Hundreds of thousands (some say millions) of Syrian and Iraqi refugees have crossed the country’s northern and eastern borders during the past 15 years. (Earlier this year, the kingdom even rescued Lula, a starving bear, from a bombed-out zoo in Mosul, Iraq, resettling her in a wildlife refuge in Amman.) Across the river Jordan, in the West Bank, Palestinians still live under Israeli occupation. To the southwest, across the Red Sea, Egypt struggles to contain an Islamist insurgency on the Sinai Peninsula. Saudi Arabia, to the southeast, offers stability— though the ambitions of the crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, could change that.</p><p>A bastion of peace in a volatile part of the world, Jordan has long relied on tourism, which until the Arab Spring accounted for 20 percent of the country’s GDP. But foreign travel has slowed since then, straining both the economy and the national psyche. One might argue that there has never been a better time to visit Jordan, since sites like Petra are less trafficked than they have been in years. (The ancient Nabataean city saw 400,000 visitors in 2016, half of what it got a decade earlier.) My father and I avoid crowds when traveling, which is part of what drew us to visit Jordan with Wild Frontiers, a London-based tour operator that organizes tailor-made, off-the-beaten-path itineraries. We also wanted to go because every traveler who chooses Jordan right now is casting a vote of support for the country’s stability, and in turn, the stability of our world.</p><p>On our second morning, Ahmed, our guide, and Wasfi, our driver, met us in the lobby of the <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Hyatt Amman</a>. We all loaded into a silver Kia and sped north along the eastern wall of the Zarqa Valley, then west across the Zarqa River. Our destination: the Greco-Roman city of Jerash. As we approached a shuttered amusement park, Ahmed said, “Here we are!”</p><img alt="Scenes from Jerash and Ad Deir, in Jordan "src=""><p>My father and I laughed. Then, moments later, a sandstone gateway appeared, and we realized he wasn’t kidding. Shaded by a red juniper, its central arch buttressed by two smaller archways, the south gate stood tall, as it did centuries ago for travelers who followed the King’s Highway from the Egyptian city of Memphis to Jerash and, farther north, into Damascus and Resafa, in modern-day Syria. Alexander the Great first established Jerash as one of the great cities of the Decapolis, a network of 10 settlements he built throughout the Levant. In the ensuing centuries, it was occupied by Byzantines, Crusaders, Mamluks, and Ottomans, but it was the Romans who made it into the regal metropolis whose ruins we had come to see.</p><p>A broad road led us to the forum, an expansive oval commons surrounded by an Ionic colonnade. The only other person there was a merchant dozing at his souvenir stand. We trod carefully on the Roman road extending north from the forum; deep grooves from centuries of traffic made footing treacherous. Carvings of acanthus leaves crowned the high Corinthian columns that lined our route. Starlings darted in and out of nests wedged in the cracks between segments. We lingered at the nymphaeum, an ornate fountain that once dispensed water from seven spigots. Earthquakes have rerouted its water source, but other Roman-era basins around Jerash fill up each winter.</p><img alt="Mosaics at Mount Nebo, in Jordan "src=""><p>Next, we rode south on the King’s Highway, which has been adapted to modern needs. Though slower than the parallel Desert Highway, it is far more scenic. The tight folds of the Ammani hills gave way to undulating valleys dotted with olive trees and groves of prickly pears. On our long push southward, we stopped at Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have died, and Karak, a cliff-side Crusader fortress, both of which left me again in awe of Jordan’s history. We also saw girls in white hijabs walking home from school and the blank faces of local politicians staring from faded campaign posters.</p><p>By the time we approached the mountain village of Dana, darkness had fallen, interrupted only by the flickering lights of Israel in the distance. Closer to us lay a black gulf I knew to be the <a href="" target="_blank">Dana Biosphere Reserve</a>, set aside in 1989 by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. The late King Hussein, considered the father of modern Jordan, founded the RSCN in 1966 to stem the extermination of the Arabian oryx, an elusive, steppe-dwelling antelope that had been hunted nearly to extinction by oilmen and Arab princes. Reintroduced to the wild in 1980, the animal now safely roams reserves in other parts of the country, including Wadi Rum and Shaumari. Though there are no Arabian oryx at Dana, there are numerous<br />other creatures, and the reserve is Jordan’s largest, covering 198 square miles on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, the tectonic trench extending from Lebanon to Mozambique.</p><p>I woke up the next morning to my father’s voice. “Come see this,” he called from the balcony. Pillowy masses of fog filled the walls of a sweeping canyon. I now saw that our room at the RSCN-run Dana Guesthouse was cantilevered over the edge of the miles-wide basin, which on its west side funneled into a gorge.</p><p>Eleven hiking trails snake through Dana. Malik, our encyclopedic local guide, led us through the center of the valley along the most popular route. Not long into our descent, Malik grabbed my arm and pointed. My eyes made out a twitch of motion on the northern canyon wall. “Nubian ibex,” he whispered. “There, another! And another!” Rapt, we tracked a half-dozen of these nimble mountain goats as they skirted the face. They stayed in a tight unit to guard against the threat of eagles, whose preferred hunting method is to drag young ibex from the cliffs, then let gravity finish the job. Malik explained that ibex venture from the highlands only in search of water. “It hasn’t rained for months,” he explained. Their bad luck, it seemed, was our good fortune.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Hiking From Dana to Petra on the New Jordan Trail</a></p><p>As we descended, scree gave way to soft sand that showed the tracks of a sand fox. Malik pointed to a trio of griffon vultures, a species of old-world scavengers, who were using their nine-foot wingspans to surf the ridgeline thermals high above us. In the course of four hours and 4,000 feet we had passed through each of Jordan’s four bioclimatic zones: Mediterranean (windswept and dotted with juniper), Irano-Turanian (marked by sculptural rock formations), Saharo-Arabian (parched, pure, cinematic), and Sudanian (shaded by acacia and stands of bamboo brought by migrating birds). With the sun still high, we crossed Wadi Dana’s final escarpment, where a band of Bedouin was camped in black goatskin tents.</p><p>A few young tribesmen emerged to observe us walking to the lowlands of Feynan. The Bedouin (from the Arabic <em>badawi,</em> meaning “desert dweller”) once wandered between North Africa and Iraq, guiding argosies of camels and taxing foreign caravans. As with other indigenous populations from the Americas to Australia, colonial statecraft had a withering effect on their traditional way of life in the 19th and 20th centuries, pushing many into cities. Today, however, the Bedouin enjoy significant autonomy, both legal and cultural.</p><p>The Middle East is known for the ritual welcoming of guests, but the Bedouin have turned it into an art. The next place we stayed, the Bedouin-run <a href="" target="_blank">Feynan Eco Lodge</a>, which sits between Dana’s highlands and the desert of Wadi Araba, exemplifies their knack for hospitality. After passing through the worn wooden doors of a large adobe structure and into a tree-shaded courtyard, we were met by the lodge’s young manager, Hussein al-Amareen, who handed us icy glasses of fresh mint lemonade. He then showed us to our room, which had colorful glass embedded in the stucco walls.</p><img alt="Hotels in Jordan "src=""><p>That afternoon, three of the hotel’s Bedouin employees led us and a pair of intrepid young English women up a gentle rise west of the lodge. There they built a small fire and brewed sage tea. “It hasn’t rained here in many months,” said Suleiman, who spoke the strongest English. It’s not the economic pressure of drought that most disturbs the community, he explained, but the sense of cosmic misalignment it represents. Without rain, they had no way to practice their ancient pastoral ways. Replace “rain” with “travelers,” and our conversation reflected many I’d had, with street merchants and local guides, across the country in the past few days. The sustainability of Jordan’s traditions relies, in no small part, on the health of the tourism business.</p><p>The mood grew lighter as the sun dropped behind the clouds, the mountains glowing saffron and scarlet. We returned to a lodge lit by hundreds of flickering candles, all made on site. In the dining room, we heaped our plates high with stuffed eggplant, hummus, and fresh pita, then ate on the patio under the stars with our new English friends. Later, my father retired to our room, glad to leave me in such unexpected, pleasant company. The three of us relaxed on well-worn sofas around a fire in the lodge’s common room with our guides, sharing travel stories and asking questions about Bedouin life.</p><p>Like many who come to Jordan, my father and I were anxious to see the <a href="" target="_blank">ancient city of Petra</a>, about a two-hour drive south of Feynan. Few, however, enter this network of sandstone cave dwellings and classical façades as we did. Following a Bedouin guide and his mule, we ascended a stone path along a harrowing valley, circumventing the crowded route through the gorge to approach Petra from the northwest: a reverse commute, as my father described it. I was absorbed by the rock formations, sculpted by the winds over millennia to resemble delicate turtle shells, or the baleen of a whale. “The greatest artists pale in comparison,” my father said.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Explore This Hidden Gem of Jordan Many Visitors to Petra Never Get To See</a></p><p>Around noon we reached a plateau edged by long-abandoned cave dwellings. Turning a corner revealed the sandstone façade of Ad Deir, Petra’s Monastery, standing 160 feet above a sandy plaza. Less ornate than the iconic Treasury, the Monastery is also quieter and more meditative. That’s partly because it’s shielded from tourists and Bedouin hawkers by a steep one-hour hike, preceded by a half-hour approach through the gorge from the nearby city of Wadi Musa. Ancient Nabataeans incised the structure deep into the mountain sometime in the first century B.C. as Petra was growing into a thriving city of 20,000. Later expanded by Byzantine settlers, the Monastery consists of two stories; the top is a broken pediment surrounding a grand tholos upon which a large urn sits. Some locals believe the urn contains a pharaoh’s hoard of gold.</p><p>I ordered a Turkish coffee with cardamom from the restaurant and settled onto one of the padded benches facing the Monastery. Two Bedouin sat in the mountain’s shadow brewing tea, shielding the flames of their fire from the occasional gust with their thick goat-hair robes. The wind whistled through the pocked canyons as a column of goats marched across the empty plaza, kicking up dust.</p><p>The following day, we cruised along a highway parallel to the Hejaz Railroad, the artery that once linked Damascus to Medina. When Lawrence and his troops severed it in World War I, the Ottoman Empire bled to death. In the village of Wadi Rum, the gateway to the entire Wadi Rum area, we said farewell to Wasfi, our driver, and swapped our trusty Kia for a four-wheel-drive pickup (with a Bedouin navigator) capable of handling the sand tracks that extend beyond the road’s end. The broad, rusty plains set between towering granite and sandstone massifs could have been in Utah’s Moab Desert (so named for the ancient Kingdom of Moab, whose borders fall within modern-day Jordan) were it not for the wild camels grazing on brittle stands of the white saxaul tree. We paused by a cliff with other travelers, remarking on the beauty of it all.</p><img alt="Wadi Rum, Jordan "src=""><p>As we crested a dune, we saw six white canvas tents tucked in the ridge’s lee. At the compound’s entrance were three men wearing red kaffiyehs and navy parkas with the camp’s name, <a href="" target="_blank">Discovery Bedu</a>, stitched on the chest: Muhammad (the camp’s diligent manager) and two porters. One conveyed our bags to the tent. The other offered a tray of warm towels, cups of mint tea, and dates. Shielded from the wind on two sides, Discovery Bedu was otherwise open, an opera box over a plain whose sands faded from deep red to white.</p><p>As the sun went down, the temperature dropped precipitously. We left the warmth of our guest tent to enjoy a communal dinner. The chef had prepared a main course of chicken, lamb, and vegetables, heated in a barrel under the sand by fragrant, smoldering olive-wood coals. We ate like emirs alongside the only other guests, a couple from Boston.</p><p>Some time into the meal, we realized it was Thanksgiving. As if we didn’t have enough to be grateful for already, we emerged from the main tent to find that the clouds had parted, exposing an infinite network of constellations. After sharing<br />this extraordinary evening, we four Americans so far from home wished one another a good night, and returned to our tents. After my father showed me the day’s photographs, I picked up Lawrence’s <em>Seven Pillars of Wisdom</em> to read once more about his adventures in Wadi Rum and to contemplate how they had foreshadowed my own.</p><p>The following day, as we drove north to Amman, I thought of my new Bedouin friends at Feynan. In the days since we had left those parched lowlands, rain had fallen, a signal of hope for their community.</p><h2>A Journey through Jordan</h2><p>You’ll want to spend at least a week exploring the streets of the capital city Amman, the desert dunes of Wadi Rum, the mountains of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, and, of course, Petra.</p><h2>Getting There</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Royal Jordanian Airlines</a> offers nonstop service from New York (JFK) and Chicago O’Hare to Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport.</p><h2>Tour Operator</h2><p>Independent travel is possible, but by booking with an operator such as <a href="" target="_blank">Wild Frontiers</a>, which arranged our trip, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the country. <a href="" target="_blank">Jonny Bealby</a>, the founder of Wild Frontiers, is part of <a href="" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s A-List</a> network of the top travel advisors. Our custom 10-day itinerary combined time in Amman with adventures in the desert. The price included an English-speaking guide and driver for the first seven days. <em>From $3,895 per person.</em></p><h2>Lodging and Experiences</h2><p>We began in Amman, at the <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Hyatt</a> <em>(doubles from $129)</em>, our base for visiting markets and heading out to the Greco-Roman city of Jerash. After two nights there, we spent one night each at a succession of properties, beginning with the <a href="" target="_blank">Dana Guesthouse</a> <em>(doubles from $140)</em>. A 2½-hour drive south of Amman, and run by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), the property is a haven for hikers and naturalists on the edge of the Wadi Dana, in the Dana Biosphere Reserve. A four-hour hike away is the <a href="" target="_blank">Feynan Eco Lodge</a> <em>(doubles from $114)</em>, run by Bedouin on behalf of the RSCN and still within the reserve. I loved the bird-watching. From there, we drove two hours south to the city of Petra, where we enjoyed an afternoon at the ruins before spending the night at the <a href="" target="_blank">Mövenpick Resort</a> <em>(doubles from $191)</em><i>.</i> But the highlight was our two-night stay at <a href="" target="_blank">Discovery Bedu Camp</a> <em>(doubles from $800)</em>, six well-appointed tents set amid the canyons of Wadi Rum. It is two hours south of Petra, and a great base to go camel riding in the desert. For our last two nights, we returned to Amman, a four-hour drive north. From the <a href="" target="_blank">Kempinski Hotel Amman</a> <em>(doubles from $143)</em><i>,</i> we set out to see the <a href="" target="_blank">Jordan Archaeological Museum</a><i>.</i></p><h2>What to Pack</h2><p>You will need a sturdy pair of hiking boots or sneakers to explore the Dana Biosphere Reserve, Petra, and Wadi Rum. Light, comfortable clothing is good for daytime; a heavier jacket will come in handy for chilly desert evenings.</p>
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6 Unusual Spa Treatments to Combat Jet Lag Around the World (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:01
<p>Exploring far-flung lands is an adventure. The accompanying jet lag shouldn’t be.</p><p>While much has been written about <a href="" target="_blank">how to fight jet lag</a> before, during, and after your flight, all these solutions require some work. But you can let someone else do the work for you by booking a natural spa treatment instead.</p><p>Heading to the spa immediately after check-in is not only a luxurious way of easing into a trip, it can help you mitigate the physical effects of switching time zones. Whether you trust ancient principles to move <em>qi</em> around the body or newfangled technology to pump vitamins into your veins, there is a natural spa treatment that will help you learn about a destination while acclimating to its time zone.</p><p>Consider one of these natural spa treatments for a jet lag antidote, cultural experience, and relaxing treat all in one.</p><h2>U.S.</h2><p>In New York City, methods for dealing with jet lag have a technological twist. At <a href="" target="_blank">Clean Market</a>, guests can sit down for a vitamin IV drip to adjust their internal clocks. Those who are going back in time and need energy can schedule a NutriBOOST drip (B-vitamins, taurine, carnitine, IV hydration) and Cryotherapy. Those who need relaxation and sleep ASAP can book an infrared sauna session and NutriCLEANSE (Vitamin C, Magnesium, Glutathione).</p><p>“I generally recommend adding extra Vitamin C to the drip, or getting the NutriMMUNITY to fortify your immune system during a lack of sleep and protect against catching a cold on the plane,” Lily Kunin, the founder of Clean Market, told <em>Travel + Leisure.</em></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">SpaHalekulani</a> in Honolulu offers acupuncture “to help to stimulate the body’s ability to heal and help guests experience a more balanced way of being.” The 50-minute treatment can aid in digestion, stress and sleep — all issues that can exacerbate the already bad effects of changing time zones.</p><h2>Asia</h2><p>Jumping ahead to Asian time zones can be disorienting — unless you reach back in time and take help from traditional and ancient practices.</p><p>Four Seasons Resorts Bali at Sayan suggests a <a href="" target="_blank">Chakra Ceremony</a> to guests arriving from overseas. Traditionally, the Balinese cleanse the Muladhara (root) chakra twice a month. The hotel recommends this treatment for frequent travelers or people in periods of change. The ceremony “combines a cleansing Balinese kemenyan smoke ceremony, soothing singing bowls and deep slow massage” to promote a sense of stillness and connection to the earth.</p><p>At The Mulia Spa at The Mulia, guests can book a <a href=";dest=bali" target="_blank">crystal healing ritual</a> to align chakras after travel. Crystal quartz is used throughout the experience to “amplify healing and restoration” that is thrown off sync by air travel. The session includes accompaniment by Tibetan Singing Bowls to improve circulation and contrast therapy in steam and ice rooms to wake up the body.</p><p>In order to ease into the Japanese time zone, <a href="" target="_blank">the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo</a> offers two options: The jet-lag reviver for those who land in the day or the sleep enhancer for those who need help settling down at night. The hour-long massages help rebalance internal clocks with aromatherapy and massage techniques to eliminate muscle tension. The spa also offers an Immune Recovery massage with steam inhalation for those who are prone to picking up colds while traveling.</p><h2>Europe</h2><p>The Connaught in London knows that travel takes a toll on the body. The Aman Spa has <a href="" target="_blank">an entire selection of offerings</a> for those getting off a long flight. Treatments that specifically target jet lag are available for 45-minute or two-and-a-half-hour sessions. Relax through a scrub to shed dead skin cells (which can build up after a long flight) and come back to live with invigorating aromatherapy.</p>
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This Chemist Turned Her Travel Skin Woes Into a New Beauty Brand for Frequent Fliers

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:31
<p>Traveling often means breaking from your everyday routine — and exposing yourself to things like <a href="" target="_blank">changes in humidity</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">shifting time zones</a> in the process. All of this can take a toll on your skin, which is why having the right facial <a href="" target="_blank">products</a> can become all the more essential.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Cotarde</a>, created by chemist and pilot team <a href="" target="_blank">Danuta Dudek and Victor Pellon</a>, is a natural unisex skincare line dedicated to and tested by globetrotters, cabin crew, and pilots to tackle the skincare problems travelers deal with most.</p><p>Dudek, who worked as a chemist for eight years before spending 18 years in the beauty industry, launched the line back in 2017 after noticing increased dryness and blemishes on her skin following periods of frequent travel. </p><p>Studying for a pilot’s license at the time and coming from a family of pilots, Dudek began tapping into her network of frequent fliers to learn how their skin reacted during flights, finding that the biggest complaint was dehydration. </p><p>Planes can have <a href="" target="_blank">humidity levels of less than 20 percent</a>, but our skin is typically happiest at between 40 and 60 percent, according to Mary L. Stevenson, M.D., dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at NYU Langone Health. Skin tends to feel drier in colder temperatures due to a lack of humidity, while hotter temperatures have the opposite effect, Stevenson said. </p><p>Traveling through different time zones can also affect our circadian rhythm and lead to increased production of cortisol, the hormone known for triggering stress. All of these factors can lead to changes in the skin, which is exactly what Dudek wants to target with Cotarde. </p><p>Cotarde's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">DayDream Mousse Cream</a>, created by extracts pulled from pomegranate, wintergreen leaf, madder, and black currant, also includes ingredients like sunflower oil, shea butter, and natural salicylic acid that tap <a href="" target="_blank">aquaporins</a> (proteins that serve as water channels throughout various parts of the body, including the skin) to provide an instant feeling of moisture and coolness.</p><img alt="Cotarde's DayDream Mousse Cream provides instant moisture to the skin. "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $64</p><p>Dudek recommends applying the cream towards the tail end of your flight and when you find yourself in warm and humid climates, as its light coverage helps to avoid clogged pores while keeping your skin looking refreshed and blemish-free. It can also be used as a primer underneath your makeup. </p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Face With a View Concentrated Cream</a> also works to activate aquaporins with the use of ingredients that include extracts from pomegranate, caviar, maritime pine trees, and oils from sesame, avocado, olives, sunflowers, and soybean.</p><p>With a deep collagen regeneration formula, the cream is ideal for overnight flights or when you're preparing for bed. Dudek also recommends using it when you find yourself in colder environments as its thicker makeup produces a mask on your skin to fight against harsh weather and air pollution. </p><img alt="Coterde's Face With a View Concentrated Cream works well when applied during overnight flights. "src=""><p>​​​​​​​To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $55</p><p><b>“</b>Cotarde’s products are a life saver to me,” travel blogger <a href="" target="_blank">Laura Girard</a> said in a testimonial. “I always have a hard time finding the best products for my sensitive skin that could answer all of its care needs, whenever I’m flying from a cold country to a warmer climate and vice versa; I love that they’re all made of natural formulas, and thus provide the best natural actives for my skin.” </p><p>Cotarde's products are free of silicone, parabens, sulfate, synthetic fragrances, colors, and alcohol to help avoid irritating already sensitive traveling skin. </p><p>"When your skin already feels dry, your skin's barrier may not be intact, so you don't want to use anything that could be a potential irritant," Stevenson told T+L. </p><p>For this reason, Stevenson recommends using simple products, in addition to making sure you eat well, stay hydrated, and apply <a href="" target="_blank">sunscreen during flights</a>. </p><p>While Cotarde's DayDream Mousse Cream includes natural UV filers, Dudek also recommends applying sunscreen over it to ensure protection. Those interested in testing out Cotarde's products can grab a sample size starting at just <a href="" target="_blank">$3</a>, or a TSA-approved travel-size kit to try the products on the go for <a href="" target="_blank">$31</a>. </p>
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A Former British Airways Employee Says He Was Fired Because of His Man Bun

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:15
<p>Working for an airline requires adhering to a lot of rules, and not just for flight attendants.</p><p>People in other positions can have a hard time measuring up to strident dress code standards. Even common, socially acceptable hairstyles can get employees into trouble.</p><p>One former British Airlines employee is saying he was fired for sporting a trendy ‘do: the man bun.</p><p>Sid Ouared was training for a customer service role for a full two weeks with BA before he was terminated, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em> reported</a>. Ouared said he was told his hairstyle was against the dress code on the very last day of training. He claims that is what led his supervisors to dismiss him.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Flight Attendants Reveal What You Should Wear If You're Looking for a First Class Upgrade</a></p><p>Ouared believes his termination is a case of discrimination. “According to them [the man bun] doesn’t comply with their uniform policy. The fact that they dismissed me for being a man with long hair is ridiculous and sexist,” he told <em>The Sun</em>.</p><p>“In a nutshell they pretty much dismissed me on the claims that my hair is like a 'girl's hair',” he told ITV News.</p><p>He says his supervisors offered him three alternatives if he wanted to keep his job with BA: cut his hair, put it in a turban, or wear dreadlocks.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">What Travelers Need to Know About Dress Codes on Major U.S. Airlines</a></p><p>Ouared is neither Sikh nor Rastafarian, so a turban or dreadlocks would be, in his opinion, inappropriate. And he was unwilling to cut his hair based on the principle that his previous employers have never had a problem with the length or style.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">British Airways’ dress code</a> states that men’s hairstyles must be “clean, tidy, well-groomed,” and “must not touch the shirt collar at the back or sides.” A neatly done man bun should resolve all these issues. However, there is one more requirement that could be used to restrict the male bun-wearers of the world: “Ponytails are only permitted to secure dreadlocks.”</p><p>Of course, women who wear their hair in buns are perfectly acceptable, even encouraged. Perhaps Ouared’s experience could be a jumping off point for a more open-minded dress code policy. In the meantime, he’ll hopefully find a more amenable place of work. Reps for <a href="" target="_blank">British Airways said in a statement</a> that they "do not comment on employment matters related to individuals." </p>
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You Can Ditch the Mosh Pit for the Spa at These Luxury Music Festivals

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:00
<p>If you’re feeling a little too old to camp out at Coachella — fending off dust with a bandana just to see Beyoncé and Eminem perform live on back to back days — then <a href="" target="_blank">KAABOO</a> might be just what you’re looking for.</p><img alt="ARTWORK at KAABOO Festival "src=""><p>An elevated festival experience that prioritizes comfort, hospitality, and customer service, KAABOO has been setting itself apart from music festivals like <a href="" target="_blank">Coachella</a> and The Governors Ball since its inaugural Del Mar, California event in 2015.</p><p>After finding himself disappointed with the amenities at music festivals he attended with his daughter, founder and CEO Bryan Gordon was inspired to create a multi-generational event with an emphasis on comfort. “Bryan discovered that only a small percentage of guests attending festivals were receiving a VIP-level experience, and so the idea for an elevated music festival was born,” said Jason Felts, KAABOO’s chief brand and marketing officer, in an interview.</p><p>A self-proclaimed “anti-dirt event,” KAABOO takes the roughing it out of the traditional festival experience. There’s no need to spend 12 hours on your feet to hear live music; general admission tickets to KAABOO include access to spa services, pool cabanas, ample shade, air-conditioned spaces, and flushing toilets — which may be the most attractive of all the swanky selling points.</p><p>Catering to the more mature, refined live music lover has paid off. KAABOO is about to host its fourth Del Mar festival, and is premiering events in <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Cayman</a> and Texas in 2019.</p><img alt="Music at the KAABOO Festival "src=""><p>While lineups will, of course, vary from event to event, guests can always expect entertainment catered to KAABOO’s signature "five senses": music, comedy, food and drink, art, and spa-like indulgences.</p><p>The talent in each of the categories is accordingly top-notch. Music headliners at this year’s Del Mar festival, which is going down September 14-16, include Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, and Imagine Dragons — and at the seated indoor comedy club, Craig Ferguson, Judd Apatow, and more will perform standup.</p><img alt="Food at the KAABOO Festival "src=""><p>Guests can peruse art exhibits, enjoy bites by chefs like Ludo Lefebvre and <a href="" target="_blank">Daniela Soto-Innes</a>, and relax with massages.</p><p>“KAABOO Del Mar is our flagship event, and therefore built the platform model for our family of events,” said Felts. “Each event proudly displays a flare of its local culture and personality within the brand.”</p><img alt="Beach at Sunset at the KAABOO Festival "src=""><p>Guests heading to Grand Cayman over February 15-16, 2019 will encounter a distinctly island event — right across the street from the renowned Seven Mile Beach. Here, the lineup includes Duran Duran, Sean Paul, Jason Derulo, Counting Crows, and more. Comedians Wanda Sykes, Darrell Hammond, David Spade, and Jenny Slate will take the stage, and there will be no shortage of Caribbean flavors and art.</p><p>KAABOO Texas will be the biggest of the brand's festivals to date, taking place at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&amp;T Stadium in mid-May 2019. The lineup will be announced early next year.</p><p><strong><em>Our series <a href="" target="_blank">Reasons to Travel Now</a> highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day.</em></strong></p>
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