This New Museum in L.A. Will Let You Taste the World’s Most Disgusting Foods (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:31
<p>Ever wanted to try a durian, the <a href="" target="_blank">world's smelliest fruit</a>? Or how about some maggot cheese?</p><p>If either of these made your stomach churn, you’re not alone. But if you actually are curious about these considerably gross culinary wonders, you might want to make your way to <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> this winter.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Disgusting Food Museum</a>, an exhibition from Sweden, is opening its doors for the first time in North America at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in LA.</p><img alt="Sheep Eyeball Juice at the Disgusting Food Museum, which has locations in Sweden and Los Angeles "src=""><p>The exhibition will feature 80 of the world’s most disgusting foods. Among the many repulsive offerings will be casu marzu (maggot-infested <a href="" target="_blank">cheese from Sardinia</a>), stinky tofu (pungent bean curd from China) and cuy (roasted guinea pigs from Peru). And yes, visitors will get the opportunity to both smell and taste these unique “delicacies.”</p><p>But the point of the exhibition isn’t just to gross you out. The exhibition, instead, aims to have visitors “explore the world of food and challenge their notions of what is and what isn’t edible,” according to the <a href="" target="_blank">museum's website</a>.</p><p>“Disgust is one of the six fundamental human emotions. While the emotion is universal, the foods that we find disgusting are not. What is delicious to one person can be revolting to another,” it says on the website.</p><img alt="Natto at the Disgusting Food Museum, which has locations in Sweden and Los Angeles "src=""><p>Curator Dr. Samuel West also added in a statement to <a href="" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a>, “The museum aims to change our view of what is disgusting or not and expose our minds to what is known as normal in other cultures.”</p><p>So come with an open mind and an empty stomach.</p><img alt="Jello Salad at the Disgusting Food Museum, which has locations in Sweden and Los Angeles "src=""><p>The exhibition will be open Wednesday through Sunday between Dec. 9 and Feb. 17. Museum hours vary depending on the day. Admission will be $15 on weekdays and $18 on weekends for adults and $10 for kids.</p>
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What You Should and Should Not Order From the In-flight Menu (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:15
<p>Every frequent flier has a <em>strong</em><i> </i>opinion on airplane food. Some refuse to touch a bite, some claim it’s best to only order vegetarian and others have some strange affinity for the in-flight Salisbury steak of a particular airline. But, no matter your taste preferences, a new survey has revealed the in-flight meals that are best (and worst) for your diet.</p><p>Of 11 U.S. and Canadian airlines, <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska</a> was rated the best by Dr. Charles Platkin, executive director of the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center.</p><p>“Alaska’s meals are now on the lighter, better and healthier side, having gone from ‘Island hash’ and teriyaki chicken bowls, for example, to Fall Harvest Salad on coast-to-coast flights,” <a href="" target="_blank">Platkin wrote in his review</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">You Can Now Enjoy Cheese Fondue Mid-flight on This Airline</a></p><p>Alaska Airlines passengers can reserve their meals anywhere from 12 hours to two weeks before their flight, which makes meal-planning easier. All nutrition information is available on the Alaska Airlines app.</p><p>Runners-up for the healthiest in-flight meal offerings were Delta, Air Canada and JetBlue.</p><p>On the opposite end of the spectrum, Frontier Air was deemed to have the least healthy inflight meals, earning only 0.85 stars out of a possible five. “The trail mix could be the healthiest option, but travelers would be best off bringing their own food,” according to Platkin.</p><p>Passengers who are looking for the healthiest options on their flights should avoid “eating lots of heavy carbs such as pasta with thick, dense sauces, breads, muffins or cakes will leave you feeling lethargic, cranky and not full or satisfied,” Platkin said. “Your blood sugar levels will spike and then fall, which will negatively impact how you feel.”</p><p>The survey recommended purchasing healthy options in the airport or packing a meal at home, as most food is allowed through TSA security checkpoints. Cereal, fruit, salads, energy bars, sandwiches and nuts are all good options for healthy eating while traveling.</p><p>Platkin also suggested staying away from snack boxes, unless you will share with others. People tend to eat most, if not all, of the food put in front of them, so be conscious of what you order.</p>
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This River in Colombia Turns Into a Liquid Rainbow You Have to See to Believe

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:01
<p>What’s at the end of a rainbow? Perhaps it’s not actually a pot of gold, but a fantastic and colorful river.</p><p>The Caño Cristales river in La Macarena, <a href="" target="_blank">Colombia</a> is dubbed the “River of Five Colors” and “Liquid Rainbow” because of the many colors you can see below the clear waters. Bright greens, yellows, reds, and purples appear to be flowing down the river depending on the light and water conditions, according to <em>Insider</em>.</p><p>Sometimes, the river can also appear a bright blue, hot pink, orange, or a deep maroon, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">BBC</a>.</p><p>But it’s not magic that makes this river look so vibrant. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Algae World News</a></em>, it’s the macarenia clavigera plant, which is a particular aquatic plant that’s different from algae or moss. The right water level and weather can make a big difference in what colors you can see on any given day.</p><p>Besides being beautiful, the plant is also very sensitive to its environmental conditions. The best time to go is when the weather is bright and sunny, so light can reflect the colors. The waters must be high enough for the plants to thrive, but not so high that you can’t see the river bottom, otherwise they’ll die and turn brown, according to the travel website, <a href="" target="_blank">Rove</a>.</p><p>Generally, the colors are at their peak vibrancy between July and November. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Atlas Obscura</a></em>, to get to the river, travelers must first fly into Villavicencio, in central Colombia, then charter another plane to La Macarena. There, travelers can find a guide to take them to Serrania de la Macarena, the fairly isolated mountain range where you can access the river.</p><p>Not only is the rainbow river an excellent photo opportunity, you can also go swimming in certain parts. Only 200 people are allowed to swim per day, however, in order to protect the picky plants.</p><p>Next time you go on a <a href="" target="_blank">South American adventure</a>, be sure to pack your suit and a waterproof camera. This is a sight that shouldn’t be missed.</p>
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Why You Should Get TSA PreCheck and How It’s Different Than Global Entry

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:45
<p>Struggling through an hour-long security line is so easy to forget about when you’re fondly looking back on your <a href="" target="_blank">latest trip t</a><a href="" target="_blank">o Japan</a> or wine tour through Northern California. But in the moment, when you’re lugging your bag through a painstakingly slow security line, it’s pretty brutal. It is in that dreaded <a href="" target="_blank">security line</a>, listening to a crying baby and biting my tongue as someone cuts the line, that I vow to finally, <em>finally</em> sign up for TSA PreCheck. Because when I’m in the security line thinking that there simply has to be a better way, it then dawns on me that <em>there is</em>. All it takes is actually applying for TSA PreCheck, and once you’re approved, you could be sailing through a virtually non-existent line, keeping your shoes on and your laptop in its case.</p><p>If you’re someone who has heard murmurs about TSA PreCheck but put off actually learning more about it, here’s your quick-and-easy guide to everything you need to know about game-changing program.</p><h2>What is TSA PreCheck?</h2><p>TSA PreCheck is essentially a way to expedite the <a href="" target="_blank">airport security process</a>. A government program that started in 2011, it provides a separate security screening lane for TSA-approved passengers. With TSA PreCheck, you don’t have to take off your shoes, belts or your sweater for the plane. You’re also spared having to put your laptop in a separate bin and removing your liquids from <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on baggage</a>.</p><p>As of June 2017, <a href="" target="_blank">5 million travelers</a> had signed up for the program. However, this is actually well below TSA’s goal of signing up <a href="" target="_blank">25 million travelers</a>.</p><h2>How to Get TSA PreCheck</h2><p>Your first step is to <a href="" target="_blank">apply online</a>. Then you’ll schedule an in-person appointment at one of the nearly <a href="" target="_blank">400 enrollment centers</a> in the U.S. Your appointment will include a 10-minute background check, and they’ll take your fingerprints. You might be approved just a few days after your appointment, but it will take two to three weeks to receive your written approval in the mail.</p><h2>How Much Does TSA PreCheck Cost?</h2><p>To secure five years of TSA PreCheck, it costs $85. Before paying, find out whether your credit card will reimburse you for the the program cost. Some credit cards — especially ones that offer travel rewards, like <a href="" target="_blank">Chase Sapphire Reserve</a> — may pick up the cost of your application fee.</p><h2>What if the Person I’m Traveling with Doesn’t Have PreCheck?</h2><p>Unfortunately, they won’t be able to enter the PreCheck line with you. Because every PreCheck recipient had to go through an application and screening process, any traveling companions that don't have PreCheck can’t enjoy the same perks. That means your spouse or relative traveling with you will not be able to go through the PreCheck security lane. The only exception to this is if you’re traveling with young children. If your child is 12 or under, and you’re TSA-approved, they can join you in the PreCheck security lane.</p><h2>Where is TSA PreCheck accepted?</h2><p>Some airports don’t permit TSA PreCheck, but <a href="" target="_blank">56 major airlines and more than 200 airports do</a>. It’s typically safe to assume that your airline will accept TSA PreCheck (if you’re flying Delta, American Airlines, JetBlue, Lufthansa, United, Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, or British Airways, for example, you’re in the clear). However, there are still a few airlines that haven’t started offering PreCheck, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair, EasyJet, and Qatar Airways.</p><h2>Will it Say Whether I’m PreCheck on My Boarding Pass?</h2><p>If you have TSA PreCheck, your boarding pass should reflect that. Those who have TSA PreCheck will often have “TSAPRECHK,” “TSA PRE,” or “TSA Pre✓” on their boarding pass. And when your boarding pass is scanned, the barcode should also signify that you are TSA PreCheck, and the airport staff will point you toward the PreCheck line accordingly.</p><h2>Is TSA PreCheck Worth It?</h2><p>Predictably, it depends how often you travel and who you travel with. If you travel once a week for business by yourself, then yes, TSA PreCheck can end up saving you quite a bit of time each week. If you and your partner or favorite travel buddy like to plan a few trips together each year, it could still be very worthwhile, as long as you both have PreCheck. If you take only a few trips a year with the whole family or a big group of friends, it may not be as worth it. It’ll still make things more convenient for you, but you’ll end up having to wait around for your PreCheck-less companions. So the time you save will, unfortunately, be spent waiting for anyone in your party who got stuck in the non-PreCheck security line.</p><h2>How is TSA PreCheck different from Global Entry</h2><p>Similar to PreCheck, <a href="">Global Entry</a> is a TSA program that allows travelers to move through customs lines much quicker when re-entering the United States. For people who fly outside of the United States regularly, it's worth considering applying for Global Entry instead of PreCheck, as Global Entry includes PreCheck. Additionally, the price of Global Entry is $100, only $15 more than PreCheck alone. Even if you're not flying out of the country often, the small up-charge may be a smart investment for five years of Global Entry and PreCheck in the chance you go on a foreign trip in that window. If not, you still get to skip the lines at security. </p>
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Flying in the Dreaded Middle Seat Could Actually Pay Off This Holiday Season — Here's How (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 06:52
<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">middle seat</a> can be a dreaded location for fliers, which is exactly why Stella Artois wants to reward travelers flying on the middle seat this holiday season with a selection of prizes.</p><p>Starting Dec. 3 through Dec. 21, Stella Artois will be awarding travelers who share their travel woes in the middle seat a slew of freebies that range from hundreds in flight credits to free Lyft rides and memberships to speed through airport security as part of the <a href="" target="_blank">Stella Artois Holiday Travel Contest</a>. </p><p>The prizes passengers can receive include $500 in credit via either a pre-paid debit card or to the winner’s PayPal account to be used towards seat upgrades on any domestic and international flights. The credit is available for use on any airline and will be awarded to 60 winners.</p><p>A total of 28 winners will also get $500 credits to use either with Ticketmaster or Stubhub, while 42 folks will receive up to $50 in <a href="" target="_blank">Lyft</a> credits and 28 travelers will receive a free yearly membership to Clear airport security.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Clear</a> allows travelers to skip airport security lanes and ID checks through fingerprint and iris scanning technology, and is also available for use at select sports arenas throughout the U.S.</p><p>Travelers who wish to enter simply need to snap a photo of their middle seat travel woes and post it to one of Stella Artois’ social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with <a href="" target="_blank">@StellaArtois</a> and the hashtags #StellaUpgrade and #Contest, between now and Dec. 21 to be eligible for the prizes. </p><p>Stella will be awarding winners on a daily basis, with participants required to be a resident of the U.S. and at least 21 years of age to apply. Participants will also need to like Stella Artois’ social media pages (<a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, or <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>) for their entry to apply.</p>
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This Fashion Designer’s Vacation Photos Will Make You Want to Go Island-hopping Through Greece

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 13:00
<p>If we could rent anyone’s wardrobe for our next beach getaway, it’d be New York City-based designer Kee Edwards’. The founder of resort wear brand <a href="" target="_blank">Loup Charmant</a>, Edwards is the woman behind the line's ethereal coverups, flouncy maxi dresses, and beach-ready basics. </p><p>The fashion maven has traveled all over the world, donning her covetable styles everywhere from the <a href="" target="_blank">alluring coast of Portugal's Algarve region</a> to the surf-centric beaches of <a href="" target="_blank">Cape Town</a>. Her most recent adventure — a two-week trip through the <a href="" target="_blank">Cyclades</a> with her husband — is arguably her most picture-perfect adventure yet. Hopping from one island to the next, Edwards alternated between swimming in the crystal-clear Aegean Sea, exploring medieval villages, eating fresh seafood at restaurants on water's edge, and painting watercolors of the azure landscapes. Below, she recounts some of her favorite moments exclusively for <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p><h2>Pollonia, Milos</h2><img alt="Scenes from Milos, Greece "src=""><img alt="A taverna by the sea in Milos, Greece "src=""><p>"The first stop on our trip was Pollonia, a charming fishing village on the northeast tip of Milos. We stayed at the family-run <a href="" target="_blank">Milia G Suites</a>, where our hotel room had a private rooftop deck with a hot tub. Part of the reason my husband and I chose Milos was its food. People take so much pride in the local cuisine, so it was really a treat to sample island specialties — goat, anyone?! — at fabulous restaurants like <a href="" target="_blank">Taverna Embourious</a> (pictured). When we weren’t eating, we were exploring the island’s rocky shoreline and aquamarine waters. The owner of our hotel recommended we visit this one beautiful little cove that you accessed via ladder. We were so blown away by the beauty of the place that we ended up hanging out on the beach the whole afternoon!"</p><h2>Verina Astra, Sifnos</h2><img alt="Scenes from Verina, Greece with designer Keen Edwards "src=""><img alt="Vacationing in Verina, Greece with designer Kee Edwards "src=""><p>"After three days in Milos, we went to Sifnos and checked into the <a href="" target="_blank">Verina Astra Hotel</a>, a collection of cottages overlooking the sea. Because the accommodations are set on the side of the mountain and surrounded by lush gardens, the vibe is really private and serene. I’d start each morning meditating on my outdoor veranda and my afternoons painting watercolors. I found the landscape to be so inspiring."</p><h2>Vathi Beach, Sifnos</h2><img alt="Squid drying at Vathi Beach, Greece "src=""><img alt="Scenes from Vathi Beach, in Greece "src=""><p>"One day in Sifnos, we rented a car and drove to Vathi Beach, a beautiful bay on the southwestern side of the island. Getting there was a rather harrowing experience — we had to drive down one unpaved road after another, at one point even venturing down a road that was nearly vertical — but the payoff was big. The beach had velvety golden sands and there were plenty of charming seaside restaurants."</p><h2>Kastro, Sifnos</h2><img alt="View of Verina, Greece "src=""><img alt="View of Kastro village in Greece "src=""><p>"One of my favorite things to do while staying at Verina Astra was wandering the medieval town of Kastro. It was once the capital of the island, so it has incredible history. I loved exploring the little churches, like the blue-domed Church of Seven Martyrs, which hovers on the edge of a rocky peninsula."</p><h2>Mandrakia Village, Sifnos</h2><img alt="Harbor of Mandrakia, Greece "src=""><img alt="Scenes from Mandrakia, Greece "src=""><p>"From Sifnos, it was back to Milos to stay in the small fishing village of Mandrakia. We wanted an authentic experience, so we stayed in a rental property a short stroll from the water. Our neighbors were 85 years old and didn't speak a word of English! Next door to our place was this wonderful restaurant, Taverna Medusa, which was parked on the water's edge and served mouth-watering Greek food. It was so good, we went back three times!"</p><h2>Kimolos</h2><img alt="Relaxing in the waters of Pollonia, Greece "src=""><img alt="Scenes from Pollonia, Greece "src=""><p>"One of the coolest things we did on our trip was take a boat trip around Milos. Our guide, Captain Andreas, had a traditional fishing boat and toured us around some of his favorite small islands — Kimolos being one of them. Once we docked the boat, we were greeted by a herd of wild goats that roam the island and who we fed with melon rinds from Captain Andreas’ garden. After, we went swimming and collected rocks while he cooked us a lunch of lamb and fresh vegetables on the beach."</p>
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You Can Meet the Grinch This Winter in a Real-life Whoville

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:00
<p>If you’re itching to visit Whoville after watching "<a href="" target="_blank">The Grinch</a>," you’re not alone. This sweet new take on the classic Christmas tale makes the heartwarming imaginary neighborhood more appealing than ever before. And we have good news: to visit the snow-capped mountain town — where you can sing wintertime songs, bask under the glow of a tree, and actually meet Max the dog, Cindy Lou Who, and the furry, fiery Grinch first-hand — you won’t even have to travel too far.</p><p>All you’ll need is a flight to Los Angeles or Orlando.</p><p>The Grinch’s signature sass and sourpuss behavior hits Universal theme parks on both coasts each winter, bringing Christmas cheer and The Grinch’s lackluster jeers to Universal Studios Hollywood and <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure</a>.</p><img alt="Grinch with Family "src=""><p>With merchandise from the film for sale, character meet-and-greets, and special photo opportunities, there are as many Grinch experiences in the theme parks as there are ornaments hanging on the movie’s massive Whoville tree. Since the new film’s green giant is animated, the theme park Grinch still resembles that of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," played by Jim Carrey — a magnetic maestro of festive feels that cannot be missed, no matter which you prefer.</p><p>Grinchmas descends upon Los Angeles in December, where a Christmas tree fit for a Who towers 60 feet tall in the center of <a href="" target="_blank">Universal Studios Hollywood</a>. The wavy-shaped, whimsical emblem, which is topped with snow, ornaments, and colorful lights, serves as the backdrop for live entertainment and photos with characters like the Grinch and Max. Singers and performers even provide a festive spin on caroling, with their noses turned up towards the sky just like the townsfolk in the film. Find the Who-liday Singers and Who Dolls on the first two weekends in December (1–2 and 8–9) and daily from Dec. 14–30, included with park admission.</p><p>Celebrations continue at the Florida theme park, where "The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular," a stage show bringing Cindy Lou Who, the Grinch, and <a href="" target="_blank">the entire town of Whoville</a> to life in a rousing rendition of the popular tale performed multiple times per day from Nov. 17 through Jan. 6. Stick around afterwards to meet the Christmas-hating villain and his precious pup in a tinsel-covered Seuss Landing for next year’s ironic Christmas card, also included with admission.</p><img alt="Wizarding World of Harry Potter "src=""><p>Guests traveling to Orlando can even sit down for bacon, eggs, and toast with the mean one if they dare. <a href="" target="_blank">The Grinch &amp; Friends character breakfast</a> at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park brings the Christmas-despising recluse tableside for a fun and comical visit with perfect photo opportunities. (No word on if the coffee will also be prepared and delivered by Max, but one can only dream.) The meal is $35 for adults and $21 for children on select dates in November and December; park admission is required for entry.</p><p>Whoville’s joyful celebration makes for unadulterated holiday cheer, but it’s not the only festivity happening at Universal theme parks. <a href="" target="_blank">The Wizarding World of Harry Potter</a> on both coasts will embrace Christmas for the second year in a row with nightly snowfall and an illuminating castle show, and Universal Orlando fills its park with sky-scraping merriment by way of massive balloons shaped like "Despicable Me," "Shrek," and "Madagascar" characters as part of <a href="" target="_blank">Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s</a>.</p><p>This much holiday glee and you won’t even have to pack a parka? Consider it a Christmas miracle.</p>
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Amazon's 12 Days of Deals Start Now — Here's What You Can Save on Each Day

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:15
<p>If you missed both <a href="" target="_blank">Black Friday</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Cyber Monday</a>, it’s OK, you’re still in luck. That’s because Amazon still has your back with even more deals as part of its <a href=";node=5550343011&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlamazon12daysofdeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=34a804630ea1e53b0174af18675bddf3&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">12 Days of Deals</a> event.</p><p>Starting today, Sunday, Dec. 2, Amazon is rolling out extra savings on popular holiday products and <a href="" target="_blank">gift items your friends and family are sure to love</a>. Just make sure to buy everything in your cart by Dec. 13, when the sale officially ends.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Gifts No One Will Realize You Ordered on Amazon</a></p><p>Just like <a href="" target="_blank">last year</a>, Amazon will put <a href=";node=5550343011&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlamazon12daysofdeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=34a804630ea1e53b0174af18675bddf3&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">all of its deals</a> live each night at midnight PT. Each day the sale will come with a different theme. For example, day three marks the big toy sale, where you’ll likely be able to scoop up serious savings on all the hot toys this year and a few games the entire family can enjoy. On day six, expect to see plenty of savings on your favorite brands as it’s fashion day at Amazon. And, on the last day of savings, my true love (Amazon) will give to me: deals on sports and outdoors.</p><p>Here are all the dates and themes so you can mark your calendars accordingly:</p><p>12/2: Home improvement<br />12/3: Video games<br />12/4: Toys<br />12/5: PC<br />12/6: Home (bedding, bath, décor)<br />12/7: Fashion<br />12/8: Baby, pets, camera<br />12/9: Beauty and personal care<br />12/10: Electronics<br />12/11: Kitchen<br />12/12: Furniture lawn and garden<br />12/13: Sports and outdoors</p><p>Of course, this isn’t the only way to save on Amazon. You can also save by signing up to become a regular on its <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlamazon12daysofdeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=ae6f8b010f766a667803257ee756c7f4&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Today’s Deals</a> page, where you’ll get reminders on what exactly is on sale at all times on Amazon. The online retail giant also suggests customers follow them on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> to receive minute-by-minute updates on the <a href=";node=5550343011&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlamazon12daysofdeals-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=34a804630ea1e53b0174af18675bddf3&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">12 Days of Deals</a> as well as exclusive Amazon content. Lastly, you can download the Amazon app to stay up to date on deals and save on your purchases no matter where you are.</p>
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This Norwegian Town Has More Books Than People

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 13:01
<p>People are the worst sometimes.</p><p>For travelers who wish to escape humanity, there’s a remote village in Norway that officially has more books than people.</p><p>Mundal, in western <a href="" target="_blank">Norway</a>, is an introverted bibliophile’s dream. There are only 280 people but more than 150,000 books. In fact, the country often refers to Mundal as “<a href="" target="_blank">The Norwegian Booktown</a>.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Rural Train Offers the Most Breathtaking Views of the Norwegian Alps</a></p><p>Between secondhand shops, roadside stalls and bookshelves along the coast of the fjords, the town of Mundal embraces readers. Secondhand bookstores are integrated into local cafés, art galleries and even souvenir stores. When in doubt, any structure probably has a shelf of books tucked into it.</p><p>Most of the bookstores around town sell used books because of the belief that <a href="" target="_blank">old books should be preserved</a> in an increasingly digital age.</p><p>Readers should be sure to plan their visit with the seasons. The outdoor bookshops are only open from mid-may through June. But those who visit from mid-May through June can take part in the annual Solstice Book Fair.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Norwegian Book Town</a> began stocking its shelves in 1995. Since then, it boasts that its collection has grown so much that if all the books on all the town’s shelves were lined up, it would stretch over 2.5 miles.</p><p>But Mundal isn’t the only town in the world with more books than people. The remote village of <a href="" target="_blank">Hay-on-Wye</a> in Wales has a population of only 1,400 people but thousands upon thousands of books lining its open-air “Honesty Shelves.” The town also sponsors a literary festival and is home to more than two dozen different booksellers.</p>
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This London Hotel Only Has One Room — and a Whisky Vending Machine

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 12:02
<p>Love whisky, hate people? The <a href="" target="_blank">Napoleon Hotel</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">London</a> might be the retreat of your dreams.</p><p>The one-luxury-suite hotel, already home to three different whisky-filled bars, now also has a whisky vending machine that serves a variety of labels ranging from Macallan to Aberfedly to Royal Lochnager.</p><p>The machine, which stands in front of the hotel’s entrance, comes form <a href="" target="_blank">Whisky-Me</a>, a U.K. subscription service that delivers pouches of <a href="" target="_blank">Scotch whisky</a> to customers’ homes each month.</p><p>Since the concept of Whisky-Me is to make whisky more accessible, each pouch features simple tasting note photographs to let drinkers know what they can expect. </p><img alt="Each pouch comes with depictions of the flavors a customer can expect. "src=""><p>Customers can choose from selections that come with an eclectic range of flavors like the <a href="" target="_blank">Laphroaig Lore</a>, which includes hints of chili pepper and smoked fish, according to Matthew Hastings, head consultant for <a href="" target="_blank">Fluid Movement</a> (the company behind Whisky-Me, Black Rock, Sack, The Devil’s Darling, and The Napoleon Hotel and Bars).</p><p>Be sure to also try the Table Whisky, created at the hotel’s Black Rock Bar, where an 18-foot-long English oak tree has been turned into a table and has channels cut into it that are lined with oak barrels and streamed with a combination of aged whisky to produce a continuously revolving house blend.</p><img alt="The Black Rock Bar includes a large English oak tree that has been made into a table where whisky is aged onsite. "src=""><p>“We age it in the table to that you can sit and taste and drink something that is aging and changing in front of you,” Hastings said.</p><p>Besides the <a href="" target="_blank">Black Rock</a> bar, which specializes in whisky and includes selections from Japan, Ireland, Finland, France, and more, the hotel also includes the Wes Anderson-inspired <a href="" target="_blank">Devil’s Darling</a> bar, and <a href="" target="_blank">Sack</a> (noted for serving affordable sherry selections in a space inspired by the bodegas of Spain).</p><img alt="The Devil's Darling bar is meant to resemble hotel bars found around the world. "src=""><p>The only suite on the property comes with a lounge area, complimentary Wi-Fi, Spotify music selections, an LED television, cold and boiling water on tap, fresh coffee, a mini-bar, and a roll-top bath. </p><img alt="The Napoleon Hotel in London only includes one luxury suite. "src=""><img alt="Enjoy complete privacy in the one suite property of the Napoleon Hotel in London. "src=""><p>The best feature of the room, though, might be the service elevators guests can use to send down and receive drinks and food straight to their room.</p><p>Guests can simply fill out a paper with their request and send it down the service elevator attached to the room to have their order sent directly through the chute, all without ever having to speak to anyone or leave the room. Rates for the suite start at about $230 per night.</p><p>While Whisky-Me announced the machine is guaranteed to be available through December, there are no current plans to remove it, Hastings said. To purchase a whisky from the machine, guests and passersby can head to the Devil's Darling bar from 5 p.m. every day to purchase a token.</p>
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Why Disneyland Is the Best Place on Earth to Celebrate the Holidays

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 10:46
<p>Unless you nab a ticket to the North Pole, there’s no better place to celebrate winter than at <a href="" target="_blank">Disneyland Resort</a>. Holiday time at the parks is so much more than Christmas trees, parades and hugs from Santa Goofy — which happens to be a very real thing. Between the nightly snowfall, majestic gingerbread houses and celebrations of every seasonal holiday beyond just Christmas, there’s plenty worth coming back for time and time again. Thankfully, holidays magically last longer at Disneyland, too, with the park filled with tinsel-topped joy through January 8th.</p><img alt="Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland Resort during the Holidays "src=""><p>Here’s every sugarplum-dusted, icing-slathered, icicle-covered bit of the holiday season you can expect at Disneyland this winter:</p><h2>Christmas Magic Is Better Here Than Anywhere Else</h2><p>Disneyland doesn’t have a well-appointed tree — it boasts a 60-foot behemoth covered in lights and oversized ornaments. (The holiday emblem used to be fresh, but after <a href="" target="_blank">an inopportune fire</a>, live trees have since been replaced with artificial versions.) Holiday cheer can be seen everywhere from garlands and tinsel lining Main Street, U.S.A<strong>.</strong> to the storefronts of Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street, along with photo ops, like Santa &amp; his reindeer flying across a Hollywood Land backdrop and California Adventure’s own tree, featuring secret nods to Walt Disney’s origins throughout.</p><img alt="Christmas Tree Lights at Disneyland Resort "src=""><p>Santa Claus is even on hand at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail until Christmas Eve — as is Santa Goofy, who takes over through January 8th once the real work is done.</p><p>Even Disneyland Park’s colorful afternoon parade is swapped out for a festive one, filled with themed floats, an appearance by royal Disney couples and even Santa. But our favorite part of A Christmas Fantasy Parade remains the quirky reindeers, toy soldiers and twirling snowmen dancing their way across Disneyland each day.</p><img alt="Main Street at Disneyland Resort during the Holidays "src=""><h2>The Yuletide Cheer Is Indoors, Outside And Limitless</h2><p>Disneyland “decks the halls” on four of its attractions, which are completely re-themed to toast the holiday season. It’s a small world is completely overtaken by wintertime settings and new global rendition of “Jingle Bells”, while Haunted Mansion keeps its "The Nightmare Before Christmas" overlay, complete with its gigantic gingerbread house <a href="" target="_blank">made from 90 pounds of the sweet stuff</a>.</p><p>Over at Disney California Adventure, the entirety of Cars Land dresses up for the holiday — picture towering “trees” made from tire stacks — as Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters play their own auto-inspired soundtracks throughout the winter months.</p><p>Sleeping Beauty Castle gets in on the festive spirit too, glowing bright with <a href="" target="_blank">over 50,000 lightbulbs</a> that make for a majestic display come nighttime, adding extra delight to Believe...In Holiday Magic, Disneyland’s nightly wintertime fireworks show.</p><img alt="Holidays at Disneyland Resort "src=""><h2>They Make It Feel Like Winter</h2><p>Huddling around the hearth, snow falling every night like clockwork — it may be nestled in Southern California, but Disneyland still manages to bring every cold weather tradition to life.</p><p>Pop into <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel</a> for a peek at the seven-foot-tall gingerbread house, made with fresh icing, white chocolate and peppermint. Holiday cookies, Mickey whoopie pies and hot apple cider are available on site as well, best enjoyed by the picturesque fireplace.</p><p>Snow fills the sky by Main Street, U.S.A. and it’s a small world after each fireworks show, as well as throughout the night along the Grizzly Peak path leading Grizzly River Run.</p><img alt="Minnie Mouse poses for photo during the holidays at Disneyland Resort "src=""><h2>It’s More Than Just Christmas</h2><p>Disneyland Resort celebrate all wintertime holidays throughout November, December and January. The Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street party fills the park’s Paradise Gardens with mariachi and samba music, folkloric dancers and fun character interaction with The Three Caballeros, as well as eye-popping oversized Santa and Mrs. Claus <i>mojiganga</i> puppets.</p><p>Live performers, like a modern klezmer band and all-female mariachi band play sets throughout Disney California Adventure all season long, as modern takes on favorite foods from Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and beyond are offered at the festival food booths scattered across the park. And, early next year, Three Kings’ Day will bring a week’s worth of activities, entertainment and decor to Disney California Adventure.</p><h2>And The Food? It’ll Beat That Friendsgiving Potluck</h2><p>A couple hundred new desserts, dinners and drinks arrive to Disneyland Resort each winter; expect candy apples and krispie treats shaped like Mickey Santas, peppermint bark and macarons to give some warmth to the flavors of the seasons. 2018’s flavorful lineup includes eight new churro flavors, seasonal toffee and so much more.</p>
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Richard Branson Will Become the First Person to See the Bottom of Belize's Famed Great Blue Hole This Weekend — Here's How to Watch

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 17:40
<p>At this point, is there anything Richard Branson won’t do? Probably not.</p><p>The Virgin Group founder has been busy lately with everything from <a href="" target="_blank">high-speed trains</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">cruises</a>, but this Sunday he's embarking on what might be his boldest adventure yet.</p><p>Branson and Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau, will dive deep into the inky blue depths of the <a href="" target="_blank">Great Blue Hole</a> off the coast of Belize, all in the name of science. And luckily for everyone, the pair will be streaming their expedition live with the Discovery Channel.</p><p>“This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known as one of the most amazing places on Earth,” Branson said in a video announcing the trip. “We all share the common goal of conserving and protecting our beautiful global ocean.”</p><p>Truly, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime look at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole, as divers who venture to the popular destination typically only dive about 130 feet. However, it goes much, much deeper than that. <em><a href="">The Telegraph</a></em> reported the hole is large enough to swallow two Boeing 747s “with room to spare.”</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, the hole’s exact measurements come in at approximately 984 feet across and 410 feet deep. It is the world’s largest natural formation of its kind.</p><p>The team, <i>The Telegraph</i> noted, is hoping to not only bring attention to ocean conservation, but to also gather high-resolution footage and data on the hole including water quality at varying depths and bacterial activity. They are also hoping to gain further information about the oxygen-depleted layer at the hole’s floor. This, according to <i>The Telegraph</i>, could provide more clues to the environmental forces that may have led to the fall of the Mayan civilization.</p><p>In case you’re not sold on canceling your plans to watch the dive, just read this description of the hole by Glyn Collinson, a NASA scientist who personally dove in before:</p><p>“It was the deepest, deep blue hole imaginable; A chasm that fell away deep into the deep, dark blue. It had been forged out of solid rock as caverns, hundreds of thousands of years ago during the last ice age. For eons, water filtered through the rock and into these great stone cathedrals, breeding multicolored stalactites and stalagmites. Then, one by one they collapsed in on each other, creating a chasm four hundred feet deep. As Earth’s swollen polar ice-caps receded, the warm Caribbean ocean swept in to fill the chasm with boiling white hands, the last rays of sunlight struck the chasm’s floor. Then, as the limestone broke down, it began to rain tiny fragments of rock, which slowly began to fill the great Blue Hole.”</p><p>In other words, this is going to be a seriously amazing adventure for Branson. Tune into the Discovery Channel to watch from 9 to 11 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.</p>
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Marriott Data Breach May Have Affected up to 500 Million People — Here's What to Do If You're One of Them

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 16:36
<p>On Friday, Marriott International announced a data breach that may have affected up to 500 million guests who used its Starwood guest reservation database. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">NBC</a></em>, it could be one of the largest consumer data breaches in history.</p><p>According to Marriott, it received an alert on Sept. 8 from an internal system about an attempt to access the Starwood database in the United States. At that time, <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em> reported, the hotel group brought in security experts. Those experts found that there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood network, which includes W Hotels, St. Regis, Westin Hotels, and more, since 2014. The breach could affect anyone who made reservations at Starwood properties on or before Sept. 10, 2018.</p><p>"The company has not finished identifying duplicate information in the database, but believes it contains information on up to approximately 500 million guests who made a reservation at a Starwood property," company reps said in a statement.</p><p>Out of those 500 million guests,<em> NBC</em> reported, around 327 million had some combination of their name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences stolen. For some guests, their credit card information may have also been taken. Marriott cannot rule out that the credit card information may have been decoded.</p><p>"We deeply regret this incident happened," Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson said in a statement. "We fell short of what our guests deserve and what we expect of ourselves. We are doing everything we can to support our guests, and using lessons learned to be better moving forward."</p><p>Marriott <a href="" target="_blank">set up a website</a> for any guests who would like to learn more about the breach and be notified via e-mail if their information was stolen. Marriott will also provide guests who sign up with one year of WebWatcher, a digital security service, for free.</p>
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Couple's Mid-flight Fight Causes American Airlines Plane to Return to the Airport

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 15:44
<p>An American Airlines flight from Chicago to Toronto was forced to turn around on Wednesday after a fight broke out between a couple on board.</p><p>American Airlines flight 3284 took off from Chicago at 5:06 p.m. on Wednesday. It was only in the air for about 15 minutes before it turned back around for O’Hare airport due to a “disruptive” passenger on board, <a href="" target="_blank">an airline spokesperson told the </a><em><a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Sun-Times</a></em>.</p><p>It arrived back at O’Hare at 5:48 p.m., <a href="" target="_blank">according to FlightAware</a>. Police met the flight as it landed. <a href="" target="_blank">Police told NBC Chicago</a> that the flight was turned around due to a “small verbal argument” between the couple and that nobody was injured in the argument.</p><p>However, <a href=";" target="_blank">one passenger wrote on Twitter</a> that a flight attendant said the woman was punched in the face and that the husband refused to get off, so the entire flight had to deplane.</p><p>It has not been confirmed whether or not this was a case of domestic violence. Police said <a href="" target="_blank">no charges were filed</a>.</p><p>After the incident, the flight was delayed about five hours, due to a crew swap, a passenger said. It took off again from O’Hare at about 10 p.m. and landed in Toronto after a one-hour flight.</p><p>The couple was rebooked on a later flight.</p><p>In issues of a mid-flight fight, <a href="" target="_blank">it is up to the discretion of the pilot</a> whether or not to turn the plane around. At first, cabin crew will attempt to talk down the passenger. If unsuccessful, they must call local police. The pilot will then decide whether or not the disruptive passengers poses a threat to others in the cabin. If so, they will turn the flight around or land at an alternate airport, depending on the circumstances.</p>
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These Airport Nap Pods Are Like Tiny Hotel Rooms for Tired Travelers (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 11:15
<p>Everything's better when naps are included, especially while traveling.</p><p>A brand new micro-hotel is opening up at <a href="" target="_blank">Washington Dulles International Airport</a> just in time for busy holiday travelers with long layovers, according to <a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a>.</p><img alt="Sleepbox sleeping pods reception room "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Sleepbox Nap Lounge</a>, located in Concourse A, is a little like those privacy pods that have been popping up in airports all over the country, except it’s better because you can actually rest at the micro-hotel. Weary travelers will be able to sleep on a memory foam bed in a soundproof room, plus have access to power outlets and wireless entertainment, making it a great place to recharge yourself and your devices at the same time.</p><p>“We believe that the opportunity to relax and recharge in the midst of our busy lives is a valuable asset,” Mikhail Krymov, Sleepbox CEO and founder, said on the <a href="" target="_blank">company blog</a>. “We are thrilled to have won this prestigious contract and look forward to joining the Dulles Airport community.”</p><p>One tiny drawback, however, is that Sleepbox Hotels do not offer private bathrooms or showers.</p><img alt="Interior of a Sleepbox sleeping pod "src=""><p>The rooms themselves are about 30 square feet each for a compact suite with eight foot ceilings – so they feel anything but cramped. A larger “standard” room is slightly bigger, at 45 square feet, USA Today reported. All in all, the <a href="" target="_blank">upcoming micro-hotel</a> will have 16 rooms available for booking.</p><p>Compact rooms will cost a rate of $25 per hour, while standard rooms will cost $35 per hour. But besides being a quiet, cozy and affordable place to rest, Sleepbox Hotels allow for flexible check-in so you can choose when to come and go. And if you are on an especially long layover, you can also book a room for 12 hours for between $120 and $150 for the stay.</p><p>According to USA Today, Washington Dulles will be the first U.S. hotel to offer a Sleepbox hotel, but there are more on the way, including a flagship <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a> location.</p><p>Travelers passing through Washington D.C., will have the opportunity to book rooms through the Sleepbox app starting December 7.</p>
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101 Romantic Messages to Keep the Love Alive While You're Apart

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 11:01
<p>How do you show your person that they really do mean the world to you? Maybe you don’t know how to write a love letter, or put into words how your partner makes you feel. But that shouldn’t stop you from showing the love of your life how much you care. Perhaps you’re trying to write them a full love letter to <a href="" target="_blank">celebrate an anniversary</a> — or just because it’s been a stressful week and you want to lift their spirits. Or on the flip side, you might just want to send them a quick, goofy, lovey-dovey text to remind your special someone that you’re thinking about them while you're apart.</p><p>When you’re crafting your gushy love message, remember that something doesn’t need to subscribe to “traditional” gender norms to be romantic. In fact, most men and women I know find something much more <a href="" target="_blank">romantic</a> if it doesn’t follow a dated definition of what a relationship is. We don’t just need to be complimenting women’s looks and men’s strength.</p><p>Truly romantic love messages should explore your man’s beauty or <a href="" target="_blank">your woman’s determination</a>. Below, we’ve suggested prompts for “love letters for him” and “love letters for her,” but if the “love letter for him” speaks more to your lady love’s strengths, use it for her. Whatever the reason for showing your partner some affection (and to be clear, you never need a reason), here are 101 romantic love messages that will help you write love letters for him or her, or just send a short-and-sweet romantic text.</p><img alt="Romantic Messages "src=""><h2>Romantic Love Messages for Wife</h2><p>The best part of my day is your smile.</p><p>Being with you is the easiest choice I have ever made, and I’m so lucky I get to make it every day.</p><p>I love you more every day.</p><p>I love your honesty, your passion, your resilience, your courage, your partnership, and your smile.</p><p>As we grow separately, we also grow together, and it’s truly a privilege.</p><p>You’re my soulmate, my best friend, my partner, and my confidante. Thank you for that.</p><p>I want to be your favorite hello and your hardest goodbye.</p><p>Your smile takes my breath away. It took my breath away on the day we met, on our wedding day, today, and every day in between.</p><p>Thank you for teaching me what marrying your best friend means.</p><p>I wish every day you could see yourself the way I see you. Because I see you as absolutely perfect.</p><p>When I put my arms around you, I never want to let you go.</p><p>My life was black and white until you came in and added color.</p><h2>Romantic Love Messages for Husband</h2><p>I feel safest and happiest when I’m in your arms.</p><p>I choose you every day, and I’m so lucky you choose me, too.</p><p>I didn’t know what marrying your best friend meant until I met you.</p><p>You’re my first thought every morning and my last thought before I go to sleep.</p><p>You inspire a love in me that I never knew was possible.</p><p>I can’t wait to come home to you tonight.</p><p>I love you more than pizza. And I really love pizza.</p><p>I am so lucky to have you by my side today, tomorrow, and forever.</p><p>You make my heart soar, my mind race, and my lips form a perfect smile.</p><p>There are a million ways to say how much I love you that I truly don’t know where to start.</p><img alt="Romantic Messages "src=""><h2>How to Start Your Love Letters for Him</h2><p>Thank you for lifting me up when I’m at my best and my worst. I promise to always return the favor. (Then reflect on times when you have each pushed each other to be better, or been there for each other.)</p><p>There are a million words to describe our love, but let’s start with this one: everlasting. (Then give a few other words that describe your love and explain why.)</p><p>I’ll take care of you, and you’ll take care of me. (Discuss your partnership and how you appreciate being there for each other 50/50.)</p><p>I want to explore your eyes, the curves of your face, and the pout of your lips forever. (Tell him what else you want to explore.)</p><p>I’d say you’re my dream come true, but that would be an understatement. (Explain why he’s better than a “dream come true” or a “prince charming.”)</p><h2>How to Start Your Love Letters for Her</h2><p>I love who you are, I love who you were, I love who you are becoming. (Then add a sentence about her in the past, present, and future.)</p><p>I get lost in your eyes, I feel safe in your touch. (Then explain how she moves each one of your senses.)</p><p>You are beautiful when you wake, beautiful before your hair is brushed, beautiful at work, beautiful when you’re all dressed up, and beautiful on the couch in sweatpants. (Add examples of when her beauty mesmerizes you.)</p><p>You touch every part of my life. (Name a few parts of your life that she has changed for the better.)</p><p>P.S. I hope you feel beautiful today. (You can also say “I hope you feel as beautiful as you did when ___, and then fill in the blank.)</p><img alt="Romantic Messages "src=""><h2>Romantic Quotes for Love Letters for Her</h2><p>“We were together. I forget the rest.” - Walt Whitman</p><p>“Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley</p><p>“In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.” - Maya Angelou</p><p>“Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.” - Nicholas Sparks</p><p>“I loved her and I loved no one else and we had a lovely magic time while we were alone.” - Ernest Hemingway</p><p>“You are my today and all of my tomorrows.“ - Leo Christopher</p><p>“When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.“ - John Lennon</p><p>“Love makes you want to be better. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the…[person] you are.” - Gillian Flynn</p><p>"Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet." - Katharine Lee Bates</p><p>“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever.” - Alfred Tennyson</p><p>“People say they find love, as if it were an object hidden by a rock. But love takes many forms, and it is never the same for any man and woman.” - Mitch Albom</p><p>“You’re the greatest risk I’ve ever taken. And the greatest reward.” - Sylvia Day</p><p>“True love stories never have endings.” - Richard Bach</p><p>"All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love." <i>-</i> Leo Tolstoy</p><p>“To love another person is to see the face of God.” - Victor Hugo</p><p>“Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full.” - Rumi</p><p>“If you live to be 100, I want to live to be 100 minus one day so I never have to live without you."<i> </i>- A. A. Milne</p><p>“I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart).” – E.E. Cummings</p><p>“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.” - Jane Austen</p><p>“I have died every day waiting for you; darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand more.” - Christina Perri​​​​​​</p><p>“I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.” - John Keats</p><p>“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” - Margaret Mitchell</p><p>“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” - Zora Neale Hurston</p><h2>Romantic Quotes for Love Letters for Him</h2><p>“It was one of those fine little love stories that can make you smile in your sleep at night.” - Hunter Thompson</p><p>“We loved with a love that was more than love.” - Edgar Allen Poe</p><p>"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." - Dr. Suess</p><p>"For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person, and we are finally home." - Stephanie Perkins</p><p>“Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.” - John Lennon</p><p>“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” - Roy Croft</p><p>"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." - Emily Bronte</p><p>“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride.” - Pablo Neruda</p><p>“To love is to burn, to be on fire.” - Jane Austen</p><p>“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” - Mother Teresa</p><p>“Where there is love there is life.” - Mahatma Gandhi</p><p>“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” - David Viscott</p><p>"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet."<i> </i>-<i> </i>Plato</p><p>“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” - Nora Ephron</p><p>“We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows opens and the stars bright.” - Ernest Hemingway</p><p>“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” - Mitch Albom</p><p>“Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.” - Swedish Proverb</p><p>“You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” - Melissa Etheridge</p><p>“You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to Earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.” - Boris Pasternak</p><p>"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds." - Nicholas Sparks</p><p>“I remember who I am when I’m with you.” - Nicole Christie</p><p>“All I’ve ever wanted was to be near you.” - Shannon Hale</p><p>“You are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing.” - E.E. Cummings</p><p>“No matter where I went, I always knew my way back to you. You are my compass star.“ - Diana Peterfreund</p><p>“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” - Paulo Coehlo</p><p>“Love is a game that two can play and both win.” - Eva Gabor</p><p>“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.“ - Aristotle</p><img alt="Romantic Messages "src=""><h2>Romantic Text Messages for Him or Her</h2><p>Just so you know, I’m madly in love with you.</p><p>Counting the hours until we’re together again.</p><p>I can’t focus today, and I blame it on you. Because I can’t stop thinking about you.</p><p>Tell me how you’ll kiss me when I see you tonight.</p><p>Every time I think about you, my heart dances.</p><p>It was hard to get out of bed this morning, because I just want to hold you forever.</p><p>A friendly reminder that you bring so much joy into my life, and I love you for it.</p><p>I want to say I love you in a thoroughly non-corny way, but nothing comes to mind, so let me just say this: I love you.</p><p>You are beautiful, sexy, and cute, all at the same time.</p><p>Plans for the weekend? You, me, cuddling for 48 hours straight?</p><h2>Goofy and Short Love Letters for Him or Her That You Can Put in a Text</h2><p>I love you like XO.</p><p>You’re the cheese to my pizza.</p><p>Every time we part, I realize I want s’more. *insert fire and chocolate emojis*</p><p>I love you more than *insert taco emoji*</p><p>You’re my *insert sun emoji* and my *insert stars emoji*</p><p>Hey there *insert honey emoji*! I just wanted to say I love you.</p><p>Our puppy and I have big plans to give you a million kisses tonight.</p><p>You’re the *insert light bulb emoji* of my life.</p><p>Me + You = A forever kind of love</p><p>Here’s the plan for tonight: *insert bento box emoji, movie emoji, wine emoji, and kissing emoji*</p>
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You Can Ice-skate Along a Fire-lit Trail in Canada This Winter

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:45
<p>If you’re looking to be basic this winter then it’s OK to head to a regular skating rink. But, if you’re looking to seriously up your winter activity game then you need to head to the Muskoka forest.</p><p>Situated inside Arrowhead Provincial Park in <a href="" target="_blank">Ontario</a>, Canada, is one of the coolest ice skating paths on Earth. As part of its annual Fire &amp; Ice nights, Arrowhead Provincial Park opens up its famed ice skating trail both during the day from 11-3pm and again at night, from 6-9pm so visitors can skate under the stars and among its “fire.”</p><p>During the night skate, the 1.3-kilometer trail is illuminated with hundreds of tiki torches lighting the way and adding even more romance to the air.</p><p>Of course, the park’s attraction becomes extremely packed during the weekends as hoards of people descend to take part in the magical event. That’s why the park itself recommends visitors try to experience it during the week, on Thursday nights, when it’s a bit more manageable.</p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Narcity</a>, dates for the trail have already been announced. Open dates, weather permitting, include:</p><p>Monday, December 31, 2018<br />Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019<br />Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019<br />Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019<br />Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019<br />Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019<br />Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019<br />Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019<br />Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019<br />Saturday, March 2, 2019<br />Saturday, March 9, 2019</p><p>Skates will be available for rent at the head of the trail and admission to the park will run between $17 to $20. Dogs are not permitted, however, parents can bring strollers along so long as they feel confident and the stroller comes with rubber wheels.</p><p>To make the event even more special guests can stay overnight at one of Arrowhead’s <a href="" target="_blank">10 onsite cabins</a>. The rustic camping cabins are one large room but can sleep up to five people for the ultimate sleepover in the wilderness. Just make sure to bring along a few warm blankets and plenty of cocoa to sip with your loved ones after your ice-cold skate.</p>
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Why This Fashion Designer Thinks You Should Only Fly in White T-shirts

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:17
<p>When it comes to travel, there’s one thing nobody can seem to agree on: what to wear on the airplane. For some, it’s important to dress nice, evoking <a href="" target="_blank">the Golden Age of air travel</a>, when the place to see and be seen was aboard a jet. For others, flying is a time to relax and recharge; it’s a time to binge those movies you’ve blown off for months or wrap up in a blanket with the novel you haven’t yet finished.</p><p>Either way, deciding what to wear is tricky. And as planes become more efficient and more advanced, flying time continues to grow longer and longer — Singapore Airlines just reclaimed that title of <a href="" target="_blank">world’s longest flight</a> with a 19-hour direct flight from Newark to Singapore — meaning that it’s more important than ever to dress comfortably for a flight. But dressing for comfort doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style.</p><p>Enter <a href="" target="_blank">ATM</a>, a lifestyle brand that’s every bit as sleek and refined as it is comfortable and utilitarian. Founded by Anthony Thomas Melillo, the former style director of Esquire, ATM creates high-end, high-quality basics — some might say the perfect t-shirt — that are extremely well suited for any type of flight. Even better, Melillo is acutely aware of how and where his products are made, <a href="" target="_blank">telling<em> Vogue</em></a> he visits Peru “four times a year to review production and meet with everyone” to ensure the quality of both the clothes he makes and the people who are making them.</p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> sat down with Melillo to discuss what exactly makes the perfect travel outfit for a long-haul flight, plus other travel tips from a fashion insider who’s seriously in the know.</p><img alt="Thomas Anthony Melillo "src=""><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure:</em> What is your perfect travel outfit?</strong></p><p>“My typical uniform is a white t-shirt, which probably sounds dangerous anywhere because white is susceptible to stains, but I’m still cozy in my white slub t-shirts. That’s what I usually wear. We have <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">long-sleeve, destroyed wash</a> which tend to look great, but not so fancy. I don’t want it tucked in because it has a destroyed hem. Even if I’m flying to Florida I wear the long sleeves versions because it keeps my arms warm.”</p><p><strong>Why just a white t-shirt?</strong></p><p>“I just think the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">white t-shirt</a> makes things look clean, and when you get off the plane you don’t feel like you’re gross. I tend to think it looks fresh on or off the plane, so that’s why i stick with my white t-shirts. And would stick with that if I was a guy <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">or a girl</a>.”</p><p><strong>Is there anything you wouldn’t recommend wearing for a flight?</strong></p><p>“I <a href="" target="_blank">never wear jeans</a>. That’s the one thing I surely wouldn’t travel in. I find them really super uncomfortable and I don’t wear a lot of denim.”</p><p><strong>If not jeans, what bottoms should people wear to stay comfortable traveling?</strong></p><p>“<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sweats</a> are slimmer. [Chinos] definitely look more like something that’s dressier than wearing sweatpants. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">We do this Chino</a> — we call it our fabric code — it’s more of a washed look. It definitely has a feeling of relaxed and not so precious, but it also <a href="" target="_blank">doesn’t wrinkle</a>. It’s got a little bit of spandex in it, which keeps the hold in it to stretch and move and you don’t feel uncomfortable. And you don’t really want to wear a belt with it.”</p><img alt="Thomas Anthony Melillo "src=""><p><strong>Are there any other clothing items you recommend to stay comfortable? </strong></p><p>“One of the sort of key things that I wear? <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cozy socks</a>, for sure, which is more than just men’s dress socks. I buy different socks all over the place, but cozy socks. <a href="" target="_blank">Sneakers</a> for sure. If I’m going on a long flight I tend to like a <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&amp;color=black" target="_blank">cashmere scarf</a>. I just like it warm around my neck.”</p><p><strong>Speaking of staying warm, do you have tips for people who might be traveling between different climates, which always makes packing and dressing more difficult?</strong></p><p>“The fewer pieces the better. That’s why I don’t like layering that much. I’ll bring a big overcoat and I’ll wear a scarf, but I know a scarf can be thrown into my briefcase and overcoat I’ll leave in the car. And then I’m dressed in an outfit that’s maybe appropriate in LA and for winter in New York. Or from winter in New York you go to Miami, I’m done. I take the jacket off because you’ve got a t-shirt on and you’ve got chinos. You just can kind of transition easily. Yoga tights and white t-shirts look great when you arrive in LA just as well as it does when you’re in New York.”</p><p><strong>What travel essentials can you not leave home without?</strong></p><p>“<a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Eve Lom face soap</a>. It comes in a 3.3 ounce, so I can travel with it. I use the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Aesop shaving cream</a> and they come in travel size so that’s always in my bag. The other thing is <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Marvis Toothpaste</a>, it tastes really good and they also have travel size. I know those three things no matter what are pretty good.”</p><p><strong>Any other tips from someone who is clearly a seasoned traveler?</strong></p><p>“I use this thing called <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Clear</a>, which is really helpful at times at airports. It’s a service that you don’t have to take off your shoes, but gets you past the TSA.”</p><p><em>Editor's note: This interview has been edited for clarity and length.</em></p>
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Inside the Grand Indian Hotel Where Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Getting Married

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:07
<p>This weekend, India’s Umaid Bhawan Palace will play host to one of the most star-studded, over-the-top weddings of the year.</p><p>Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are taking over the <a href="" target="_blank">Jodhpur hotel</a> for three days for an elaborate ceremony, with no expenses spared. The ceremonies will be held in different locations around Rajasthan, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>The Daily Mail</em>,</a> but the focal point will be on the Umaid Bhawan Palace for Sunday night’s grand finale.</p><img alt="Courtyard of the Umaid Bhawan Palace "src=""><p>The hotel hosting the wedding is an actual royal palace, and one of the world’s largest private residences. The palace has 347 rooms, <a href="" target="_blank">some of which are operated by Taj Hotels</a>. It spreads across 26 acres, which are monitored by freely-moving peacocks.</p><img alt="Swimming pool and walkway at the Umaid Bhawan Palace "src=""><p>It was built between 1928 and 1943, with the very same palm court marble that was used to build the Taj Mahal in Agra. While part of the palace is a hotel, another part still houses the “erstwhile royal family of Jodhpur, and is one of the last remaining great palaces of India,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to the hotel’s website</a>.</p><img alt="Central cupola inside the Umaid Bhawan Palace "src=""><p>The palace is located on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur. From the hill, there’s a panoramic view of the city with a wave of sand dunes in the distance. The palace is frequently referred to as among the last of India’s great palaces.</p><img alt="View of the Umaid Bhawan Palace "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">This won’t be the hotel’s first celeb rodeo</a>. It has plenty of A-list credentials. Over the years, celebrity clientele have included Mick Jagger and Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. This isn’t even the hotels’ first celebrity wedding. In 2016, the hotel hosted the wedding of Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar, with celebrities guests Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Sting and Diana Ross in attendance.</p><p>Celebrities expected to attend the Jonas wedding include Kelly Ripa, Lupita Nyong’o and Dwayne Johnson. <a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle</a>, the Duchess of Sussex and Chopra’s best friend, will not be in attendance.</p>
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This Woman Was Thrilled to Be the Only One on a 144-passenger Plane to a Thai Island — Until It Hit Turbulence

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 09:04
<p>One of the nicest surprises of modern air travel is showing up to your flight to discover you have been upgraded to first class. But not many passengers show up to discover they’ve been upgraded to a private flight.</p><p>When Latsamy McAdoo showed up to her Bangkok Airways flight from <a href="">Bangkok</a> to the island of <a href="" target="_blank">Koh Samui</a>, she was expecting a typical flight. The Miami-based traveler has family on the island and regularly flies back and forth.</p><p>McAdoo didn’t notice anything unusual until she boarded and a flight attendant shut the door behind her — despite the fact that no other passengers had gotten onboard the Airbus A319.</p><p>At first, the experience was a dream come true. McAdoo ran down the aisles of the plane, was the sole recipient of the in-flight safety speech, got the best seat in the cabin and was treated to endless food and drink for the duration of her flight. But, as turbulence set in, conditions changed and the dream became a bit of a nightmare. “I began to worry that this was some type of Final Destination flight and it was my time to go,” <a href="" target="_blank">McAdoo wrote on Instagram</a>.</p><p>But the pilot was able to land without further problems and McAdoo had an excellent story to tell when she got off the plane.</p><p>And the “private” experience didn’t end once she stepped into the airport. McAdoo’s final surprise perk was that, because her bag was the only one checked onto the plane, it was the only bag to emerge on the carousel.</p><p>This is not the first time that a passenger has been treated to an impromptu private flight. Last year, a woman named Karon Grieve was treated to <a href="" target="_blank">a “private” flight from Glasgow to Crete</a>. The flight was already sparse, with only about 10 people booked, but Grieve was the only one who showed up.</p><p>There are several reasons an airline may choose to operate a flight with only one passenger. There may be cargo in the hold that needs to get transported. It could also cause scheduling issues for pilots and cabin crew, or for passengers who are waiting to board return-leg flights.</p><p>In addition, to leave a plane parked at an airport can cost an airline a substantial amount of money in fines. It may just be cheaper to operate the practically-empty flight.</p>
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