Snow Polo is a Thing — And I Went to the World Cup for It

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 08:00
<p>While us regular folk commemorate the colder months by, say, slapping on the skis once a season, the international jet prefers to get a bit more inventive — or perhaps, over-the-top — when it comes to their winter sport of choice.</p><p>Enter snow polo, a death-defying take on the Sport of Kings that challenges even the most gifted players on the circuit through freezing temperatures, gusting winds, and of course, vision-blurring swirls of snow.</p><p>To witness a match first-hand, I trek to <a href="" target="_blank">St. Moritz, Switzerland </a>— the small, luxurious ski town located three hours away from <a href="" target="_blank">Zurich</a> by train — where the annual <a href="" target="_blank">Snow Polo World Cup</a> is set to unfold over the course of a weekend. The route weaves through the Swiss Alps and offers views so picturesque that the journey has earned a UNESCO “World Heritage Sight” distinction.</p><p>Stepping off the train, I scan my surroundings, counting the number of floor-length fur coats and feather-covered caps in sight. Much like Aspen, St. Moritz is a town of just 5,000 year-round residents, but its population swells during the winter months, when a well-heeled set of regulars come to partake in exclusive sporting events like snow golf, white turf horse racing, vintage car rallies, and of course, snow polo.</p><img alt="Grand Hotel Kronenhof, St. Moritz, Switzerland "src=""><p>I check into <a href="" target="_blank">The Grand Hotel Kronenhof</a>, one of the many high-end hotels in the area, which sets a distinctly Wes Anderson-worthy scene with its pastel-hued, symmetrical architecture dating back to 1864. Today, it offers all of the modern bells and whistles, along with a lavish restaurant, a cozy, wood-paneled parlor, and a basement bowling alley that serves Swiss treats like fondue and potato roti. These hideouts, I come to learn, are where snow polo players come to sip their signature post-game cocktail, a mix of mix of Coca Cola and Fernet-Branca digestif.</p><p>Ahead of the Snow Polo World Cup final, I meet with lifelong polo player Malcom Borwick, who refreshes me on the brass tax and nuances of the sport. Donning his branded riding gear, he explains that the game is divided into six seven-minute play periods called chukkers, and that players are restricted to using the polo mallet in their right hands.</p><p>But the similarities between the average game of polo and snow polo end there. With snow polo, the “field” takes the form of a frozen, snow-covered Lake St. Moritz. A bright red inflatable ball replaces the white, usually wooden variety. And horses wear metal race plates and snow rim pads (“essentially like snow tires for their hooves”). </p><img alt="Snow Polo Gala, St. Moritz, Switzerland "src=""><p>Later that day, I dine with many more skilled players at the Snow Polo Gala, a black-tie affair held inside the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. I notice that nearly all the players are sporting an assortment of nicks, cuts, and bruises from their battles on the field. One competitor in particular, Adrian Laplacette, earns many glances thanks to the bandage wrapped around his ear — the result of an opponent’s hard-swinging polo mallet.</p><p>Turning heads in a different way is Melissa Ganzi, the first and only woman to earn a spot in the Snow Polo World Cup Final. Dressed in a show-stopping sequined Louis Vuitton number, she’s accompanied by her husband, Marc, and son, Grant, both talented players in their own right.</p><p>This being the eve of the final match, I’m impressed by how the players are taking it in stride.</p><p>“I don’t have any pre-game routine,” says the dashing Alfredo Bigatti, one of the four players on the Badrutts Palace team. “I just get up and go.”</p><p>When Sunday morning arrives, an appropriately heavy flurry blankets the town as we make our way to the lake. The scene inside the grounds is a mix of runway show, cocktail party, and sporting event, set to the sounds of clinking glasses and galloping hooves.</p><img alt="Spectators at Snow Polo, St. Moritz, Switzerland "src=""><p>I take in the match first from the grand stands to get a bird’s eye view of the action, and later relocate to the sidelines, where the horses whiz past my head and an announcer often cautions us to stand back. Throughout the game, I see the eight dueling ponies and their riders race across the field, usually concluding in a scrum around their respective goal posts. It’s a nail-biting mix of flying mallets, bucking ponies, and more than a few expletives in foreign languages. </p><p>But with tensions high and their sights set on making history, Melissa Ganzi and her partners eventually pull away from Team Maserati, winning 7 to 3. As the proverbial crowd goes wild, Ganzi gallops past us, raising her mallet in triumph.</p><img alt="Badrutts Palace Polo Team, St. Moritz, Switzerland "src=""><p>She’s the first woman to ever win the Snow Polo World cup in its 35 years.</p><p>Later, the players celebrate this historic moment in a trophy presentation, complete with speeches, photo opps, and a toast. And corks popped, the team and the crowd sprayed in a shower of champagne.</p><p>“I am beyond happy,” Melissa yells, jubilant. “We’ll be back next year.”</p>
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Timothee Chalamet Flies Coach and Is Ridiculously Nice to His Seatmates, According to This Lucky Fan

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 06:32
<p>It turns out stars really are just like us. At least when it comes to travel.</p><p>Earlier this week, Twitter user Alankrutha took to social media to share her nearly unbelievable encounter with Oscar-nominated actor Timothee Chalamet. Why was it so unbelievable? Well, according to Alankrutha, Chalamet was snuggled up in <a href="" target="_blank">economy class</a> like a normal, non-famous person.</p><p>“Y’all nbd just sat next to <a href="" target="_blank">@RealChalamet</a> on a 3 hour flight and we CHATTED FOR AN HOUR NBD I AM SUPER CALM RIGHT NOW AS EVERYONE CAN TELL,” the fan tweeted about the encounter.</p><p>According to Alankrutha, she immediately recognized Chalamet but tried to play it cool for his sake. However, about 30 minutes into the flight she had to confirm her suspicions. So, she turned to her seatmate and said, “Hey, you look exactly like Timothee Chalamet” to which he smiled and replied, “I get that a lot.”</p><p>Alankrutha let it go, at least for a little while. But, after she enjoyed a sandwich, she finally turned to him and said: “I know you’re Timothee.”</p><p>The actor then laughed and confirmed his true identity, according to Alankrutha. With her suspicions confirmed, she began to grill the actor with questions like, “Why are you sitting in economy class (he laughed and said how dare you), have you met Beyoncé (he has not), how is Steve Carrell (he said he’s amazing and offered to FaceTime him!!)”</p><p>But, the best part of the journey, Alankrutha said, was just how invested the actor was in learning more about her.</p><p>“What shocks me the most is this dude wanted to know about me. He asked me what I do, what project management is about (literally who cares Timothee), where I grew up and PRONOUNCED MY NAME RIGHT,” she tweeted.</p><p>She added, “And all his questions were super sincere and genuine and he KEPT high fiving/ friendly nudging and while my heart was exploding, I also spoke to him like I would to a friend only bc he made me feel so comfortable!”</p><p>Before the two parted ways, Chalamet offered to take a selfie with his seatmate, which she posted on Twitter:</p><p>"Idk how one can be this terrible at taking selfies but look out world here I come," Alankrutha wrote at the end of her Twitter stream. "Anyway idc just look at his face, this experience has been beautiful and he’s a very nice person (and we might be friends but idkkkkk)."</p>
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Rumors Suggest Universal Orlando Is Building a Massive New Park — and It Might Involve Super Mario World

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:51
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Universal Orlando</a> is launching a new theme park. At least, we <em>think</em> they are.</p><p>Based on a number of leaked documents that made their way to the internet, Universal may (or may not) be building a new park called “The Fantastic Worlds.” The park,<i> </i><em><a href="" target="_blank">Orlando Weekly</a></em><i> </i>reported, will be built along Kirkman and Universal Boulevard, just south and east of Lockheed Martin.</p><p>Though Comcast has yet to verify the authenticity of the leaked information, <em>Orlando Weekly </em>reported the photos did come from an official Comcast townhall meeting. Several insiders have also independently confirmed the authenticity of the documents, <em>Orlando Weekly</em> explained.</p><p>According to the leaked information, the new park will be a bit of a departure for the theme park. If it comes to fruition it will be one of the largest parks Universal has ever constructed. <em>Orlando Weekly</em> noted that it will also be made with a “hub-and-spoke design,” reminiscent of <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Magic Kingdom</a> and Animal Kingdom.</p><p>Typically, Universal parks use what is known as a "race track" circular layout, to keep guests moving. However, this new park will likely come with a central attraction and spread out from there. It is not known what that central icon will be.</p><p>Though the leaked documents didn’t confirm what the theme of the new park will be, <em>Orlando Weekly</em> is speculating Super Mario may be involved. However, at the bottom of the documents sit a number of other trademarks, including both <a href="" target="_blank">Harry Potter</a> and Jurassic Park, but that could just be coincidental.</p><p>Even the budget for the new park is unknown, however, <em>Orlando Weekly</em> estimated it may cost the same as <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios Beijing’s</a> new park, which ran upwards of $6.5 billion. The company, the leaked documents revealed, is hoping this new park in Orlando will encourage people to stay an extra day and make it at least a three-day travel destination.</p><p>So, we don’t know what it is, when it’s happening, or what the rides will be. But, we know it’s <em>something</em>, so, that’s something.</p><p>Fingers crossed for a real-life Super Mario Kart track, banana peels included.</p>
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Family Home to Open to the Public for the First Time

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:36
<p>There has never been a better time to visit <a href="" target="_blank">Atlanta</a>.</p><p>The National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and the family of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. announced on Jan. 24 that the Atlanta home of Dr. King and his family will be made accessible to the public for the very first time, according to a <a href=";utm_medium=wire" target="_blank">statement by the National Park Foundation</a>.</p><img alt="Dr. Martin Luther King's Family Home - National Parks Foundation "src=""><p>The National Park Foundation purchased the home from the estate of Coretta Scott King on Jan. 8, 2019 for $400,000, the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em> reported</a>. The acquisition of the family home in the Vine City neighborhood of Atlanta comes just months after the park acquired King’s birth home in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood.</p><p>“African American history is U.S. history, and the family home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King is a touchstone for us all to better understand our shared heritage...With greater access to Dr. King’s life and legacy, we can learn more about this country’s past and how his work continues to echo through time,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation.</p><p>Bernice A. King, one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s two daughters, said on Twitter, “We are very pleased to have worked with the National Park Foundation to ensure that the family home that my siblings and I grew up in will be open and available to the public.”</p><p>At the moment, there is no solid opening date for the house. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em>, it could take up to a year before the home is officially open as the park plans repairs and restorations on the house.</p><img alt="Dr. Martin Luther King's Family Home - National Parks Foundation "src=""><p>Until then, there are still many other sites that are part of The King Center, including Dr. King’s birth home, the Eternal Flame, Freedom Hall, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the <a href="" target="_blank">Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park</a> and other sites, all located in Atlanta.</p><p>You can even follow in Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps by taking a <a href="" target="_blank">specially planned road trip</a>.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank">The King Center website</a> or the <a href="" target="_blank">National Park Foundation website</a>.</p>
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Away Just Launched Stunning Limited-edition Metallic Colorways — Including Rose Gold

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:10
<p>Cult-favorite luggage brand <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Away</a> is here with a brand new colorway launch (and just in time for Valentine’s Day, in case you’re looking for <a href="" target="_blank">gift ideas</a>, wink wink). Away is taking its <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">silver Aluminum Edition suitcase</a> and dressing it up in two new metallic shades: a stunning Rose Gold and a handsome, dark gray Steel — both with a shimmering, lustrous finish and a sophisticated name to match: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">the Alchemy collection</a>.</p><img alt="Away Alchemy Metallic Suitcases "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $475</p><p>But don’t think this collection will be around forever. Not only are these colorways limited-edition, we’re also sure that they’re bound to sell out, as these metallic suitcases are the perfect way to make a refined statement (or match your iPhone — had to say it).</p><img alt="Away Alchemy Collection "src=""><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Luggage Covers for Protecting Your Suitcase From Bangs and Scratches</a></p><p>The Alchemy suitcases are available at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> and available in Away’s four core sizes: The Carry-on, The Bigger Carry-on, The Medium, and The Large.</p>
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Even Prince William Took a Gap Year to Travel — but Prince Charles Was Apparently Not Happy About It

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 11:00
<p>In the year 2000, a fresh-faced, 18-year-old Prince William had just graduated high school and was well on his way to attending the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland. But, before he started his freshman year of classes, William was hell-bent on taking a <a href="" target="_blank">gap year</a>. Though normally that’s a fine thing to do, Prince Charles wasn’t exactly thrilled with the idea.</p><p>That’s because instead of taking a gap year to intern or traipse around the rest of Europe, William wanted to go on a rugged backpacking trip through <a href="" target="_blank">Argentina</a>, according to royal author Katie Nicholl in her 2010 book “<a href="" target="_blank">William and Harry</a>.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Prince Charles Planted an Entire Forest for Beloved Grandson Prince George</a></p><p>As Nicholl wrote, William’s choice in gap year activities made Charles quite anxious and the two had their very first father-and-son fight.</p><p>“Charles sighed in exasperation and noted how determined and extremely stubborn his elder son could be,” Nicholl wrote, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">International Business Times</a></em>. “To [William’s] anger, Charles had vetoed the suggestion. ‘It’s not fair,’ William complained. ‘Everyone else is allowed to go backpacking, why can’t I?’”</p><p>As a compromise, Prince Charles relented and allowed his son to take an adventure-filled year off. Only, he didn’t go to Argentina. Instead, William and Charles agreed his gap year should be “vocational, educational and safe.” Prince William eventually joined Welsh Guards on exercise in Belize, the “toughest expedition of his life,” according to Nicholl.</p><p>Prince William then went on to travel through Kenya, the Indian Ocean island of Rodrigues, and volunteered in Patagonia, South America, the <i>International Business Times</i> reported. He then went on to attend Saint Andrews, where he met his future wife, Kate Middleton.</p><p>And in a bizarre twist, at nearly the same time Middleton was on her own gap year journey with a sustainable development charity in the country of Chile. Prince William <a href="" target="_blank">traveled with the same tour company</a> just weeks prior to Middleton.</p><p>"She was by herself, like most people. She was definitely one of the fitter and stronger members of her group, which assisted her for sure. At times it was physically demanding. She was pretty easy going,” Expedition leader Malcolm Sutherland previously told the <a href="" target="_blank">Evening Standard</a>. "There are no hair dryers, and there are very few showers to be seen. Even if you are a princess, it's very hard to operate as a princess."</p><p>Looks like these two were headstrong adventurers who were meant to be after all.</p>
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Air France Unveils New Business Class Cabin, Complete With Lie-flat Seats and a Self-serve Bar

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 10:00
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Air France</a> has <a href="" target="_blank">unveiled</a> the interiors of its new, fully retrofitted fleet of Airbus A330s, giving travelers a sneak peek into the changes coming to its business class, premium economy, and economy cabins.</p><p>The airline will be retrofitting 15 of the aircraft between now and 2020, with each including 36 seats in business, 21 seats in premium economy, and 167 seats in economy.</p><p>The aircraft come with completely new seats and new cabin interiors.</p><p>When it comes to the business cabin, seats will convert into lie-flat beds measuring 78.7 inches in length and 22.4 inches in width.</p><img alt="A photo of the business seats onboard the A330 with Air France. "src=""><p>A sliding panel between seats helps ensure complete privacy, while ambient lighting and new leather cabin interiors provide a sense of luxury.</p><p>Seats are fitted with new 18.5-inch HD touch screens, while a self-service bar is stocked with goodies for passengers.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Air France’s New Lounge Was Designed to Make You Feel Like You’re Already Flying</a></p><img alt="A photo of the business seats onboard the A330 with Air France. "src=""><p>Business class passengers will also receive amenity kits filled with <a href="" target="_blank">Clarins beauty products</a>, and services that include complimentary champagne and French candy upon arrival.</p><img alt="A photo of the business class bar onboard the A330 with Air France. "src=""><img alt="A photo of the business seats onboard the A330 with Air France. "src=""><p>The airline will also feature “one of the widest seats” in premium economy. The seat measures at a width of 19 inches and has a seat pitch (the space between the back of one seat and the back of the next seat) of 40 inches.</p><p>The fixed shell seat will recline to 130 degrees and include lumbar support for added comfort. Seat cushions and wider leather armrests have also been added. </p><img alt="A photo of the premium economy seats onboard the A330 with Air France. "src=""><p>Premium economy seats will include a 13.3-inch HD screen and two USB ports in addition to feather pillow, blankets, and amenity kits stocked with travel accessories.</p><img alt="A photo of the premium economy seats onboard the A330 with Air France. "src=""><p>Meanwhile, economy seats include a 118-degree recline, 31 inches of legroom, and a personal power outlet and USB. The airline will equip each seat with audio headsets in addition to increasing the size of tray tables and widening seatback touchscreens to 11.7 inches. </p><img alt="A photo of the economy seats onboard the A330 with Air France. "src=""><img alt="A photo of the economy seats onboard the A330 with Air France. "src=""><p>The aircraft will be equipped with inflight Wi-Fi, and passengers will have the option to choose between three passes: a free message pass to send and receive messages, a surf pass to browse the internet and send emails (prices start at about $3.50 for short-haul flights), and a stream pass to stream and download files for about $34.</p><p>The refreshed A330s will fly to Accra, Ouagadougou, Houston, Cotonou, Lagos, Niamey, Bengaluru, Delhi, Seattle, Chicago, and Dallas.</p>
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Siri Is Actually a Great Travel Tool — Here's How She Can Help You Find Parking, Open Your Hotel Room and More

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 09:00
<p>Travel would be so much better if we all had a personal assistant. Well, it turns out we all do. She’s just in our pockets.</p><p>If you’ve ever thought <a href="" target="_blank">Siri</a> would only be useful for the occasional Google search or to call your friends when your hands are full, you’d be surprised to learn that she can do so much more.</p><p><em>Especially</em> when it comes to travel.</p><p>If you’re working with iOS12, you can use Siri to figure out your flight time, find your luggage, check the weather, grab parking or even open your hotel door in a matter of seconds.</p><p>Some of these shortcuts involve already built-in widgets, while others involve downloading extra apps. But if you panic at the last minute before travel, they’re all worth it.</p><p><strong>Check Your Flight</strong></p><p>The apps, <a href="" target="_blank">App In The Air</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">TripIt</a> will give you your most up-to-date flight status, which means your travel experience will be as smooth as ever. But these app get even better when you set up a custom shortcut using Siri to give you an update by programming her to pull up one of these apps when you simply say, “Hey Siri? Check my flight status.”</p><p><b>Related: </b><a href="" target="_blank">This Secret iPhone Hack Will Turn Your Phone Into a Flight Tracker</a></p><h2>Find Your Luggage</h2><p>Losing luggage can be a nightmare on wheels (even if your bag doesn’t have wheels). But you can get your peace of mind if you equip your bag with a <a href="">Tile device</a> and track it with the Tile app. That’s right. It’s not just for your keys. Plus, you can use Siri to set up a custom demand to track your bag instantly. “Hey Siri? Find my bag.” And presto. If your bag doesn’t reach your final destination, you can enable the Notify When Found feature. Sadly, Siri can’t stay on hold with customer service for you.</p><h2>Check the Weather</h2><p>You can easily check the weather using Siri without downloading another app. But if you’d like something a little more customized, there are apps like the snarky <a href="">Carrot Weather</a> that will give you the report in a particularly sardonic way. And you can use all kinds of commands to get the specific information you need like “current weather,” “extended forecast,” or “rain report” so you have a better sense of whether your flight might be delayed.</p><h2>Find Parking</h2><p>Even though Siri can’t drive for you (yet) she can find you some convenient parking when you team her up with the <a href="" target="_blank">ParkWhiz</a> app. Anywhere in the U.S. or Canada, this app lets you book parking spaces using Apple Pay, and you can set up a custom demand with Siri to find your car or even show you your parking pass without moving your hands away from ten and two.</p><h2>Open Your Hotel Room</h2><p>Staying at a Marriott? You’re in luck, because Siri is happy to help you get into your room faster than ever. Check in through the <a href="">Marriott Rewards app</a>, get notified when your room is ready, and you can use your device to open your door. But if that’s just too much to do with your hands, you can set up a demand with Siri, so you can simply say “Open my door,” and she’ll automatically do it for you. Talk about service.</p>
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This City Just Overtook Atlanta for America’s Busiest Airport

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 08:35
<p>Chicago’s <a href="" target="_blank">O’Hare International Airport</a> has overtaken Atlanta for the title of the busiest airport in the U.S. in terms of its total flight operations, according to data from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).</p><p>This marks the first time the airport has surpassed the <a href="" target="_blank">Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport </a>since 2014, according to the FAA. It’s also the first time the airport has seen its total operations top 900,000 flights since 2007, with the total number of flights coming in and out of the airport in 2018 reaching 903,747.</p><p>Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport saw a total of 895,502 flight operations in 2018, coming in at second place in terms of total operations.</p><p>O’Hare’s total flight operations came in at 867,049 in 2017, with the airport seeing some of its busiest days in 2018 occur during the summer.</p><p>The busiest days for O’Hare in 2018 were on June 12 (with 2,821 flight operations), June 14 (with 2,845 flight operations), June 27 (with 2,847 flight operations), July 12 (with 2,823 flight operations), and July 19 (with 2,826 flight operations).</p><p>“Chicago is proud to be the home of the best-connected airport in the U.S., and now the busiest airport for total flights, as well,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. "With more people visiting Chicago every year, our modernization programs at O’Hare and Midway will keep passengers connected to our two leading gateway airports, and will fuel new opportunities for the City and the region for years to come,” he added. </p><p>O’Hare, which was also dubbed <a href="" target="_blank">America's best-connected airport</a> by air travel intelligence company OAG in 2018, is home to dual hub operations from two of the country’s major carriers — United and American — and is in the process of $8.5 billion plan to expand its terminals throughout the next decade. </p><p>Chicago is now also the <a href="" target="_blank">only U.S. city</a> that offers travelers nonstop flights to six continents (all but Antarctica), and is one of only four other cities in the world to offer this connectivity to passengers.</p><p>While O’Hare ranks as the nation’s busiest in terms of flight operations, ATL has been known to boast the most passenger traffic based on <a href="" target="_blank">data from Airports Council International</a>. The airport accommodated roughly 104 million passengers in 2017.</p><p>The ACI typically releases preliminary findings on these numbers for each year in the spring, with the finalized results arriving later in the fall to determine which airport was 2018's busiest in terms of its total number of arriving and departing passengers. </p>
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Southwest Is Officially Testing Flights to Hawaii, Meaning Those Cheap Tickets Are Almost Here (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 08:21
<p>After multiple delays, Southwest Airlines will begin its first test flights to Hawaii on Tuesday.</p><p>The airline has been attempting to begin <a href="" target="_blank">its long-anticipated service between California and Hawaii</a> since late 2017, but several factors, including this year’s government shutdown, delayed the start.</p><p>To begin its certification process with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southwest’s Boeing 737 will take off without any commercial passengers. The point of Tuesday’s flight is to test the plane’s long-range navigation and communication capabilities, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <i>Forbes</i></a>.</p><p>The flight from Oakland to Honolulu is a critical step in receiving government approval to begin flight service to the islands. Because the airline, so far, only operates flights in the continental U.S., Mexico and a smattering of airports in the Caribbean, it needs a new type of certification (<a href="" target="_blank">extended range or ETOPS</a>) to fly across the Pacific.</p><img alt="Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii from plane "src=""><p>Traveling on this flight will be FAA officials who will judge whether or not the aircraft is capable of not only completing the flight but diverting to a nearby aircraft, in the event that something goes wrong mid-flight. Flights from the mainland to Hawaii are about 2,500 miles long and take approximately five hours to complete.</p><p>"If we successfully pass this next phase, we will move into tabletop exercises with the FAA to demonstrate our full ETOPS procedures followed by ETOPS validation flights," Southwest spokesperson Brian Parrish <a href=";utm_medium=facebook" target="_blank">told <em>SF Gate</em></a>. "Once we pass all phases of the ETOPS application process to the satisfaction of the FAA and receive our ETOPS authorization, we will announce further details of timing for selling and operating flights."</p><p>It is thought that several more test runs between Oakland and Hawaii will be completed within the coming days, including one flight with a simulation of an emergency diversion.</p><p>In addition to the new certification, the airline had to complete mountains of paperwork and permit applications. It seemed that the airline was close to launching the flights at the beginning of 2019. But not only were there paperwork delays, <a href="" target="_blank">the government shutdown in December pushed back the launch</a> period even further.</p><p>With the FAA back in commission, the airline expects to begin selling tickets to passengers in February or March. The airline expects to begin commercial service within weeks of putting flights on the market. But it will only announce further details once it has received federal clearance to begin operating flights.</p><p>The Hawaii flights are particularly high-anticipated in the aviation world because Southwest’s foray into the route is expected to <a href="" target="_blank">bring down the costs of flights to the 50th state</a> considerably.</p>
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49 Anthony Bourdain Quotes That Will Inspire You to Travel More, Eat Better, and Enjoy Life

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 08:02
<p>I have a printed out copy of Anthony Bourdain’s first <em>New Yorker</em> article, <a href="" target="_blank">Don’t Eat Before Reading This</a>, in my desk drawer. Sometimes I forget it’s there, and sometimes it gets crushed by external hard drives, travel brochures, or extraneous chords. But every so often, when I’m sick of working, I’ll clean out my desk and start reading the crumpled pages. And almost instantly, I am thrown by the way Bourdain sculpts sentences, by his matter-of-fact humor, and by how timeless his words are. Bourdain’s work hooks me instantly, and offers answers to questions I didn’t even know I had. Much of <a href="" target="_blank">Anthony Bourdain’s writing</a> advocates for <a href="" target="_blank">experiencing culture through food</a>, and exploring the lesser-known sights of new cities. And those ideas have helped informed how I travel.</p><p>Whether you’re a fan of his written work and are searching for "Kitchen Confidential" quotes, or you’re more partial to watching <em><a href="" target="_blank">Parts Unknown</a></em>, there's a piece of his wisdom to suit every appetite. These 52 Anthony Bourdain quotes about life will broaden your travel horizons and inspire you on your next journey.</p><img alt="Anthony Bourdain "src=""><h2>Anthony Bourdain Travel Quotes</h2><p>“It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn.”</p><p>“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.”</p><p>"The journey is part of the experience — an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca."</p><p>“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them — wherever you go.”</p><p>“If I'm an advocate for anything, it's to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food, it's a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”</p><p>“Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.”</p><p>“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”</p><p>“It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a>, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been and what’s happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there — with your eyes open — and lived to see it.”</p><p>"I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary."</p><p>"Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonald's? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria's mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head?"</p><p>"Drink heavily with locals whenever possible."</p><p>“Nothing unexpected or wonderful is likely to happen if you have an itinerary in Paris filled with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.”</p><p>“Plans should be ephemeral, so be prepared to move away from them.”</p><h2>Anthony Bourdain Food Quotes</h2><p>“You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.”</p><p>“Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.”</p><p>“Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”</p><p>“I, personally, think there is a real danger of taking food too seriously. Food should be part of the bigger picture.”</p><p>"I think food, culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseparable."</p><p>“The mishandling of food and equipment with panache was always admired; to some extent, this remains true to this day.”</p><p>"I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times."</p><p>“I've long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Whether we're talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime 'associates,' food, for me, has always been an adventure”</p><p>“Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.”</p><p>“An egg in anything makes it better.”</p><p>“But I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money.”</p><p>“The way you make an omelet reveals your character.”</p><p>“An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.”</p><p>“And now to sleep, to dream. . . perchance to fart.”</p><p>“Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go.”</p><p>“Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.”</p><p>“For me, the cooking life has been a long love affair, with moments both sublime and ridiculous.”</p><p>“You have to be romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.”</p><p>“Generally speaking, the good stuff comes in on Tuesday: the seafood is fresh, the supply of prepared food is new, and the chef, presumably, is relaxed after his day off.”</p><p>“You can dress brunch up with all the focaccia, smoked salmon, and caviar in the world, but it’s still breakfast.”</p><img alt="Anthony Bourdain "src=""><h2>Anthony Bourdain Quotes about Life</h2><p>“I am not afraid to look like an idiot.”</p><p>“There is no Final Resting Place of the Mind.”</p><p>“I’m through being cool. Or, more accurately, I’m through entertaining the notion that anybody could even consider the possibility of coolness emanating from or residing anywhere near me.”</p><p>“Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have.”</p><p>“Luck is not a business model.”</p><p>“But I'm simply not going to deceive anybody about the life as I've seen it. It's all here: the good, the bad and the ugly.”</p><p>“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”</p><p>"I don't have to agree with you to like you or respect you."</p><p>"If you’re a writer, particularly if you’re a writer or a storyteller of any kind, there is something already kind of monstrously wrong with you."</p><p>“If I believe in anything, it is doubt. The root cause of all life’s problems is looking for a simple f—ing answer.”</p><p>“Perhaps wisdom. . . is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”</p><p>“Without new ideas, success can become stale.”</p><p>“What are our expectations? Which of the things we desire are within reach? If not now, when? And will there be some left for me?”</p><p>“Give the people you work with or deal with or have relationships with the respect to show up at the time you said you were going to. And by that I mean, every day, always and forever. Always be on time.”</p><p>“It’s those little moments that are the ones that stick with you forever, the random acts of kindness.”</p><p>“I have a tattoo on my arm, that says, in ancient Greek, ‘I am certain of nothing.’ I think that’s a good operating principle.”</p>
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You Might Soon See 'Selfie Seats' at Popular Destinations to Protect Tourists From Tragic Accidents

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 08:01
<p>Between March 2014 and September 2016, 127 people died around the world <a href="" target="_blank">while attempting to take selfies</a>. Since the advent of social media, more and more people are choosing to put their <a href="" target="_blank">lives in danger</a> in order to get increasingly dangerous photos to share online. But, one Irish politician may have a plan to help protect people from themselves.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a></em>, Jim Daly, the Minister for Mental Health and Older People, introduced a new proposal to install “selfie seats” at popular tourist destinations around Ireland. He submitted his proposal to the Irish National Tourism Development Authority, <a href="" target="_blank">Failte Ireland</a>.</p><p>Daly reportedly feels that if some type of seat or standing area were installed at different interest points it could help prevent tragic accidents. As <em>Lonely Planet </em>noted, he believes that it would be an “innovative marketing tool” as well, which could showcase places like the <a href="" target="_blank">Cliffs of Moher</a>, Old Head of Kinsale, Mizen Head, the Beacon in Baltimore, and Lough Hyne woods. It would also help guide people to an exact location for the perfect photo.</p><p>“Families and individuals love taking photographs of themselves in areas of natural beauty. But often it is almost impossible to find a steady location or to know where the best shot is,” Daly told <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Southern Star</a></em>. “Tourists, being time sensitive, like to know where to go and what to do. They also like clear shots rather than grainy images on their social media and Instagram.”</p><p>Beyond the seats, Daly also proposed coming up with hashtags people could use in their selfies as well. And really, this isn’t a completely altruistic venture to help keep visitors safe. It’s a marketing tool, too.</p><p>“When it comes to a picture painting a thousand words, the selfie is a very effective marketing tool and we need to harness its potential more,” he said. “This is a cost-free innovative proposal that will allow Ireland to present our best face to the world.”</p><p>Selfie seat or not, you don’t want to miss <a href="" target="_blank">Ireland’s incredible scenic views</a>.</p>
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Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Pressure Issues Cause Passenger's Ear to Bleed

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:50
<p>Cabin pressure is one of the most important and yet least noticed elements of the cabin when it comes to your comfort when you fly. But when something malfunctions with the process, it can lead to some real health concerns.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a>,</em> a Southwest Airlines flight from Connecticut to Florida experienced a problem with pressurization within the cabin so severe that it caused at least one passenger’s ears to bleed.</p><p>Flight 1694 took off from Bradley International Airport in Hartford on Friday night, and only about an hour after take off problems began to occur. According to <a href="" target="_blank">News 12 Connecticut</a>, the flight returned to Bradley just after 9 p.m.</p><p>Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Ro Hawthorne told <em>USA Today</em>, “Several customers among the 139 onboard were treated for injuries and discomfort by local paramedics,” after returning to Hartford.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">ABC 4</a>, at least one passenger was bleeding from the ears.</p><p>Small changes in cabin pressure can have all different kinds of effects on people. On a Jet Airways flight in 2018, <a href="" target="_blank">30 people had to be treated for nose bleeds</a> and ear pain due to pilots mistakenly forgetting to flip the switch that normalizes cabin pressure in the air.</p><p>Similarly, <a href="" target="_blank">33 Ryanair passengers</a> were hospitalized back in July due to a loss of pressure during flight, resulting in pain in the ears and eyes. But most importantly, the loss of pressure can affect oxygen on board.</p><p>Hawthorne told <em>USA Today</em> that the plane has been removed and passengers have been rebooked on new flights, adding, “The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority.”</p>
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Southwest’s Latest Sale Lets You Book a Spring Getaway For $49 One-way

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 06:33
<p>If you missed <a href="" target="_blank">Southwest Airline's</a> last sale, the airline is <a href=";RR_NUMBER=065ad8393e206a662519cfd233bb68c2f874f1fa&amp;src=MAILCNS1011032&amp;RSD=6534&amp;RMID=swaDM3391&amp;RRID=e5ec1331104c8f1c39194386cf1b7b31008a189854432d04187ac0c2aa698a3a" target="_blank">back with another round of savings</a> for travelers looking to book <a href="" target="_blank">winter</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">spring vacations</a>.</p><p>The airline is offering a variety of domestic and international deals, with one-way domestic flights starting as low as $49.</p><p>A majority of the $49 one-way deals are available on short-haul routes that include flights between Burbank and San Jose, Long Beach and San Jose, and Sacramento and San Diego.</p><p>Flights from Oakland and San Francisco to Las Vegas start at $51 one-way, while $59 one-way deals include trips between Burbank and San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville, and Los Angeles and San Francisco.</p><p>There are also deals ranging from $60 to $70 available between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Washington, D.C. and Rhode Island, Atlanta and Nashville, Burbank and Salt Lake City, Chicago and Cincinnati, and El Paso and Denver.</p><p>Flights from Washington, D.C. to Boston start at $70 one-way, while additional deals include $73 one-way flights between Los Angeles and Portland, $82 one-way flights between Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale, $85 one-way flights between Atlanta and Orlando, $86 one-way flights between Austin and New Orleans, and $88 one-way flights from Chicago to Louisville.</p><p>Those looking to visit Chicago can fly for $91 one-way from New York and $99 one-way from Burbank, while those in Atlanta will find a variety of deals that include $91 one-way flights to Boston, $92 one-way flights to Houston, $96 one-way flights to Tampa, and $93 one-way flights to West Palm Beach.</p><p>Travelers will also find international flights to destinations like Belize City, Belize, with flights starting at $103 one-way from Fort Lauderdale and $141 one-way from Houston.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">20 Destinations Where You Could Save by Booking Two One-way Tickets Instead of a Round-trip</a> </strong></p><p>Deals to Cabo San Lucas start at $120 one-way from Los Angeles, $160 one-way from Denver, and $173 one-way from Houston, while deals to Cancun start at $101 one-way from Fort Lauderdale, $140 one-way from Houston, $168 one-way from Atlanta, and $183 one-way from Austin.</p><p>There are also flights to Havana, Cuba, starting at $106 one-way from Tampa and at $111 one-way from Fort Lauderdale. </p><p>Travelers will need to book by Feb. 7 to snag the savings, with domestic deals available for travel between Feb. 26 and May 22, and international deals available for travel between April 23 and May 16 of 2019.</p>
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Six American Airlines Crew Seek Medical Attention After Cockpit Odor Forces Plane to Turn Back

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 06:17
<p>There are many reasons why a plane might have to <a href="" target="_blank">turn around mid-flight</a>. Some reasons can be a little strange, and others can pose a serious risk to both passengers and crew. So, even the tiniest tip-off, like an out-of-place odor, can cause an emergency landing.</p><p>This was exactly the case for an American Airlines flight from Miami International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday morning, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Flight 1060 left Miami shortly after 8:30 a.m., according to Flight Aware, and returned to the airport around 9:10 a.m. According to <a href="" target="_blank">CBS Miami</a>, the crew reported the smell of smoke in the cockpit and were forced to turn back.</p><p>Two pilots and three flight attendants requested medical attention once the plane landed in Miami, CBS reported. One other flight attendant had to be taken to the hospital as a precaution. There were six crew members on the flight. However, none of the 149 passengers on board were harmed and were rebooked on a new flight to Newark.</p><p>American spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello told <em>USA Today</em> that the cause of the smell is being evaluated by the maintenance team.</p><p>Smoke smells are nothing new to airlines, and can often leave passengers and crew feeling quite ill. Earlier this year, an <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines flight experienced a 30-hour saga</a> due to a smoke smell on board, and two people had to be taken to the hospital after <a href="" target="_blank">smoke was reported in the main cabin of a Southwest plane</a> in 2018.</p>
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The U.S. Is Experiencing Blizzards on the West Coast and Spring Temperatures on the East Coast

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 17:30
<p>As the <a href="" target="_blank">polar vortex</a> that recently hit cities in the Midwest makes its way west, those in the Northeast will see springlike conditions for the next two days.</p><p>Temperatures in the Midwest and the Northeast will rise as much as 40 to 60 degrees in warmth Monday and Tuesday in comparison to the frigid cold that struck the areas last week, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">AccuWeather</a></em> meteorologists.</p><p>Forecasts from <i><a href="" target="_blank">The Weather Channel</a> </i>show temperatures reaching the high 50s in locations like Washington, Norfolk, Boston, and Buffalo on Monday.</p><p>While the warm temperatures will be a pleasant surprise for those who faced temperatures that felt as low as <a href="" target="_blank">-50 degrees Fahrenheit</a> due to wind chill just days ago, folks experiencing the warm conditions will still want to practice caution as melting snow and ice could cause travel delays and disruptions. </p><p>As the warmth arrives into the Midwest and Northeast (with cooler temperatures expected to hit the area once again after Tuesday), the West Coast is now feeling the chilly effects of Winter Storm Lucian.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The 12 Warmest Winter Socks You Can Buy</a></p><p>The storm has already brought snowfall to low elevations across locations like Seattle, with the National Weather Service posting <a href=";wwa=Winter%20Storm%20Warning" target="_blank">winter storm warnings</a> and weather advisories across Washington into Oregon, the Sierra Nevada, and eastward into parts of the Rockies.</p><p>Seattle had already seen up to 10 inches of snow in some areas as of Monday morning, and a combination of strong winds and snow in the Sierra Nevadas are expected to <a href=";wwa=Blizzard%20Warning" target="_blank">cause zero visibility</a> throughout the day.</p><p>Snow and rain are expected from the Pacific Northwest into Sierra Nevada and parts of the Rockies throughout Monday, and some locations, including Salt Lake City, Utah, will see snow continue throughout Tuesday.</p><p>Chilly conditions on the West Coast will continue through Wednesday, and areas of the Rockies and the Northern Plains will experience continued snowfall.</p><p>The chilly conditions on the West Coast will bring the colder temperatures and a combination of what could be rain, sleet, or snow to New England and northern New York State by Wednesday night, according to <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The Weather Channel</i></a>.</p>
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This Former County Jail Is the Best Bed and Breakfast in the U.S., According to TripAdvisor

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 17:25
<p>At this B&amp;B, if you get in, you may not get out — at least not without an appeal.</p><p><em>Just kidding.</em></p><p>While some people are always on the lookout for somewhere luxurious to stay on vacation, others are more in the market for something a <a href="" target="_blank">little bit weird</a>, and this bed and breakfast is definitely the most unique stay you can find in the U.S.</p><img alt="Jail Hill Inn "src=""><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles Times</a></em>, the Jail Hill Inn in Galena, Illinois — about a three-hour drive from Chicago — has been named the best B&amp;B in the U.S., and the second best in the entire world, based on reviews on TripAdvisor.</p><p>The six-room inn is actually a renovated, old county jail. And while there are other jail-themed hotels in the world, like <a href="" target="_blank">Sook Station in Bangkok</a>, where guests can get their own mugshots and sleep in black-and-white pajamas, Jail Hill Inn isn’t about themes and kitsch.</p><p>The building itself is 140 years old and stopped functioning as a jail in 1977, according to the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>.</p><p>In fact, very little of the old cells remain. According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune</a></em>, little details like old inmates’ names etched into the window frames are just one of few historical gems you can find hidden in the luxury B&amp;B.</p><img alt="Jail Hill Inn "src=""><p>Otherwise, it looks like a fairly plush stay. Every room is outfitted with a king-size bed made up with high quality linens, a fireplace, a wet bar and a Bluetooth speaker system. All guests are treated to champagne and chocolate as soon as they arrive and enjoy a three-course breakfasts in the morning and wine-and-cheese receptions in the late afternoon. We’re pretty sure the previous inmates did not get this kind of pampering when they stayed here.</p><img alt="Jail Hill Inn "src=""><p>"It’s kind of a juxtaposition, going from being a place nobody wanted to be, to being a place everybody wants to be,” innkeeper Matthew Carroll told the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. Carroll renovated the place after purchasing it in 2015.</p><p>Rates begin at $295 for a midweek stay and can go up to about $445 during the busy season. For more information, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Jail Hill Inn website</a>.</p>
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Royal Caribbean Is Hiring Someone to Instagram Their Cruise Adventures Around the World (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 17:07
<p>There seems to be an abundance of “dream job” listings these days with companies looking for people to do everything from <a href="" target="_blank">ski around the world</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">run a private island</a>, and be a <a href="" target="_blank">professional cat cuddler</a>. But this new listing from Royal Caribbean is taking the dream job to a whole new level.</p><img alt="Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Ship arriving at Coco Cay "src=""><p>Last week, the cruise company announced it’s looking for one very lucky person to fill its “<a href="" target="_blank">shore explorer apprentice-ship</a>” position. Don’t worry, this isn’t any old apprenticeship: The person filling the role will get to travel the world and document it all for social media.</p><p>"We're looking for an adrenaline junkie who is not only hungry for adventure but also has a unique ability to capture a moment and tell a story in a simple social media post," a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Insider</a></em>. "We already offer a huge amount of incredible, once-in-a-lifetime, on-land experiences as part of our cruise holidays — from zip-wires and white water rafting to walking on glaciers and hot air balloon rides. By launching this position, we're hoping that the winning candidate will take our shore excursion program to the next level."</p><p>As part of the job, this person will travel to Royal Caribbean’s own private island for a “<a href="" target="_blank">Perfect Day at CocoCay</a>,” and will also travel to Alaska, Portugal, Norway, Dubai, and Japan to capture more content. The winner will also get to tag along with photographer and Royal Caribbean’s “Instagrammer In Chief” Russ Francis. According to Francis, he was given that amazing title after winning a similar competition two years ago.</p><p>For capturing and posting photos and videos, the applicant will be paid £2,000 ($2,616) a week, as well as have all transfers, room, and meals paid for.</p><p>To enter, you need to be a British or Irish citizen 21 years of age or older (sorry, Americans) and post an “extraordinary travel story, video or image on Instagram” via Instagram stories, IGTV, or an Instagram post and tag @RoyalCaribbeanUK and #ShoreExplorer by March 1.</p><p>The applications will then be judged by The Vamps’ James McVey, Royal Caribbean managing director Ben Bouldin, travel writer Nadia El Ferdaoussi, and Francis.</p><p>So, what are you waiting for? Get posting.</p>
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Everlane Finally Made Rain Boots That Won’t Ruin Your Outfit — and They're Only $75

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:47
<p>Rain boots don’t have the most stellar reputation. They’re often clunky, inflexible boots you tug on reluctantly when the forecast requires it, slosh through puddles or mud in, and tuck back into the deep recesses of your closet.</p><p>Everlane, the transparency-first retailer of perfect <a href="" target="_blank">leather tote</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">comfy flat</a> fame, set out to change that with its brand new Rain Boot (<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $75). They meet the rain-ready qualifications: a 100 percent rubber construction makes them easy to clean, grippy, and totally impervious to water, but they’re so stylish you may find yourself reaching for them on sunny days, too. And there are thoughtful design elements to make all-day wear more comfortable, like rubber-backed elastic paneling and easy-to-grip pull tabs on both the front and back.</p><p>Everlane also developed a custom comfort insole that you can feel as soon as you put them on and stand up. The heels are reinforced with extra cushioning to absorb the shock of every step — or puddle jump.</p><p>Three of <em>Travel </em>+ <em>Leisure's </em>editors were able to get our hands (feet?) on a few pairs to test before the launch, so you can read what we thought — and see how we styled them — below.</p><img alt="Everlane Boots "src=""><p>“Every time it rains, my brain goes through the same thought process, which is, ‘Oh no, I must wear rain boots, but all my rain boots look like rain boots, and I don’t want to wear rain boots when I’ll mostly be indoors, so are there any non-rain boot-looking rain boots that I own? No? Rain boots it is then.’ And then enter: Everlane’s rain boots. What I love about them is how versatile they are. I could essentially wear any outfit and trust that these boots will look great with it. The classic Chelsea boot silhouette and matte finish give these weatherproof shoes a low-key style that doesn’t make me feel out of place when I’m walking around the office in them, sans umbrella and raincoat. They just look like boots. Also, the double boot loops are a real time-saver, and I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated a boot detail more.” — <em>Kim Duong, Assistant Digital Editor</em></p><img alt="everlane rain boots "src=""><p>Everlane The Rain Boot in Toffee, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $75<br />(Similar) Urban Outfitters Jeans, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $69<br />Free People Cardigan, <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";color=080&amp;quantity=1&amp;type=REGULAR" target="_blank"></a>, $108<br />(Similar) Gray Tank Top, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $10<br />Jorge Gold Crystal Ear Cuffs, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $80<br />(Similar) Jennifer Zeuner Star Hoop Earrings, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $132<br />(Similar) Rebecca Minkoff Scarf, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $41 (originally $58)</p><img alt="everlane rain boots "src=""><p>“I tested my <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Everlane rain boots</a> on a trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Park City, Utah</a> during the <a href="" target="_blank">Sundance Film Festival</a>. I was lucky to have blue skies for my entire trip, but even though there wasn’t any rain or fresh powder, there was plenty of snow and ice already on the ground to test traction, which for me is where they really shined. While I did plenty of falling on this trip (cross-country skiing is harder than it looks, right?), I never once slipped in these boots — even when walking on the frozen slopes at night to and from the snow-cat that took us to dinner 1,800 feet up Park City Mountain at the <a href="" target="_blank">Viking Yurt</a>, a Nordic-themed, six-course dining experience that sells out all winter long. So yes, I wore these in freezing temperatures and lived to write about it, and yes, I wore them to a trendy (but casual) dinner party spot during the city’s biggest event of the year and felt no shame. I found them stiff at first but comfortable enough to spend the day in after a little breaking in on a walk down Main Street. Oddly, none of the actors I passed stopped to compliment me, but I’m <i>pretty</i> sure I saw David Arquette eyeing them longingly. They weren’t particularly warm (rain boots aren’t really meant to be), but they successfully kept snow and slush out and with two pairs of socks I could stand outside the yurt and stargaze — my favorite ‘I’m not in Manhattan anymore’ activity — without feeling like my toes were going numb. I found that the light pink scuffs easily, so a darker color might be a better investment, but the cheerful shade is a welcome addition to my all-black rain boot collection at home. Lastly, I was thankful for the double-loop action when it came time to take them off — something I was relieved to do after a long day, but I do feel like I could wear them again tomorrow without issues, and that’s not something I can say for all of my boots.” <em>— Nina Ruggiero, Senior Digital Editor</em></p><img alt="everlane rain boots "src=""><p>Everlane The Rain Boot in Pink, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $75<br />(Similar) Caslon Fleece Jacket, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $78<br />Lou &amp; Grey Cuffed Tunic Sweater, <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";-grey-cuffed-tunic-sweater/485846?prodId=485846" target="_blank"></a>, $60 (originally $70)<br />Marc New York by Andrew Marc Velvet Leggings, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $25 (originally $58)<br />(Similar) Michael Kors Cable Knit Beanie, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $35<br />Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $24</p><img alt="Everlane Boots "src=""><p>“I am notorious for not checking the weather until it’s time to grab a coat, so I can foresee these chic Chelsea boots saving many a future rainy-day outfit. I love the unexpected olive green color; it verges on a neutral for me as it won’t clash with the many floral prints I have on rotation. As for fit, they’re designed to be worn with thick socks, so size down one if you plan to wear them a with thin or low-cut pair. I’d recommend going for the thick socks if you’re going to be walking a lot in them, though, because I did feel a whisper of an ankle chafe coming on during a 12,000-step day with a thinner pair. The cushioned insole, though, was perfect.” — <em>Richelle Szypulski, Senior Associate Editor </em></p><img alt="everlane rain boots "src=""><p>Everlane The Rain Boot in Surplus, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $75<br />(Similar) Vince Long Coat, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $348 (originally $695)<br />(Similar) H&amp;M Floral Blouse, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $30<br />Uniqlo Leggings Pants, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $30<br />Herschel Corduroy Backpack, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $65<br />(Similar) H&amp;M Knot Hairband, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $8<br />(Similar) Shashi Earrings, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $55<br />H&amp;M Black Socks, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $10</p>
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Here’s How Often Airline Blankets Actually Get Washed (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:30
<p>There are plenty of things you’re supposed to avoid while flying. In case you didn’t know, you should never <a href="" target="_blank">turn off your air vent</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">order the tea</a>, or go <a href="" target="_blank">barefoot in an aircraft</a>. But, what you may not know is that you might also want to avoid those cozy airline-provided blankets.</p><p>According to one Reddit user by the name of <a href="" target="_blank">mehow44</a>, some airlines don’t bother to clean or swap out those blankets between flights. That means you could be covering yourself up in someone else’s germs.</p><img alt="Passenger on airplane with blanket "src=""><p>"I worked for Southwest as a flight attendant. Those blankets and pillows? Yeah, those just get refolded and stuffed back in the bins between flights,” the user wrote. “Only fresh ones I ever saw were on an originating first flight in the morning in a provisioning city. Also, if you have ever spread your peanuts on your tray and eaten, or really just touched your tray at all, you have more than likely ingested baby poo. I saw more dirty diapers laid out on those trays than food. And those trays, yeah, never saw them cleaned or sanitized once."</p><p>We’ll let that sink in for a minute…</p><p>According to active flight attendant and HuffPost blogger Sara Keagle, this dirty little secret is indeed true, at least partially. As she revealed to <a href="" target="_blank">HuffPost</a>, freshly washed blankets are only supplied to the first flights of the day. On subsequent flights, the blankets are re-folded and re-used. As for the tray tables, Keagle said they are cleaned “about once a day, usually when the aircraft RONs (remains overnight).”</p><p>Don’t be fooled by any plastic packaging over those blankets either. In the year 2000, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees accused some of its clients of repackaging their blankets without ever cleaning them, <a href="" target="_blank">Bravo</a> reported. A few years later, <a href="" target="_blank"><i>The </i><em>Wall Street Journal</em></a> released a report explaining that most airlines only clean their blankets every five to 30 days.</p><p>And, in 2017, comedian Nicole Byer <a href=";" target="_blank">shared the horrifying tale</a> of her flight on Delta when she found a piece of human feces inside her first class blanket.</p><p>Moral of the story, if you really want to stay warm on your next flight it may be best to bring your own blanket. Here are three easy to pack blankets to ensure you’re only covering yourself in your own germs.</p><h2>ComfortPlus 3-in-1 Premium Travel Blanket</h2><p>The ComfortPlus blanket folds into a teeny, tiny satchel that can be used as a neck roll, nap pillow, or unrolled as a blanket. The microfleece fabric will keep you cozy and warm no matter how long your flight takes.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=dirtyairplaneblanket-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07DLB4J6Z&amp;linkId=ad8575788787714ee83a6e840156823e" target="_blank"></a>, $25</p><h2>Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Class Travel Blanket</h2><p>The Travelrest 4-in-1 takes things one step further with its poncho style blanket. The wearable blanket comes with a front pouch to store your things and will keep your shoulders covered throughout your travels.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=dirtyairplaneblanket-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00P9YP2M8&amp;linkId=65db6423ed967d30e447d9908da2dcd8" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p><h2>Matador Pocket Blanket</h2><p>The Matador Pocket Blanket may be the most versatile of all. That’s because it comes with ground stakes so the blanket can be used not only for flights, but for picnics, beach visits, and hiking outings. The blanket is also water, puncture, and tear resistant.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";tag=dirtyairplaneblanket-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B06VVVQ72B&amp;linkId=75b2ca9a99650c821349cc3f6b8e38b4" target="_blank"></a>, $30</p>
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