6 Unusual Spa Treatments to Combat Jet Lag Around the World (Video)

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

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

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

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

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:53
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Reese Witherspoon</a> seems to know that planning a trip can be just as fun as the trip itself.</p><p>In September, Witherspoon will go on tour to promote her new book, “Whiskey in a Teacup,” kicking off with a stop in <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a>.</p><p>Taking a hint from the “bleisure” travel trend, Witherspoon will blend business with leisure, visiting a few NYC hotspots while she’s in town to promote her book. In a series of Instagram Story posts, the actress detailed her dream itinerary for her upcoming trip to New York City.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Reese Witherspoon Dishes on All the Hilarious Things Her Mom Carries in Her Travel Bag</a></p><img alt="Reese Witherspoon - NYC Vacation "src=""><p>As a performer herself, Witherspoon would be remiss to skip a trip to Broadway. At the top of her list of must-see shows is “<a href="" target="_blank">Head Over Heels</a>,” a new musical featuring the music of The Go-Gos.</p><p>Any Manhattan trip must have culture. Witherspoon’s art-focused stops include the Guggenheim Museum (<a href="" target="_blank">currently hosting a retrospective on the artist Alberto Giacometti</a>) and the <a href="" target="_blank">Heavenly Bodies exhibit at the Costume Institute</a> at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.</p><p>For her culinary options, Witherspoon mentioned that she has “always wanted to try out the famous <a href="" target="_blank">Cookie Do</a>” shop. The decadent sweet spot offers a childhood dream: seemingly endless flavors of cookie dough you can eat raw in the shop or take home to bake.</p><p>Her final NYC plan is a stop at the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Open Tennis Championship</a> in Queens. This year, the 50th anniversary tournament runs from Aug. 27–Sept. 9.</p><p>Witherspoon will appear at Town Hall Theatre <a href="" target="_blank">in New York City on Sept. 17</a>.</p>
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Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks Are Both in Italy and We Want a 'You've Got Mail' Reunion

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:20
<p>Life truly isn't fair. The latest proof: Two of our all-time favorite co-stars are living it up in Italy, and we weren't invited. </p><p>Earlier this week, Meg Ryan spent a bit of time in Switzerland. There, she attended the 71st Locarno Film Festival, where she received the Leopard Club Award, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Entertainment Tonight</a></em>.</p><p>Ryan even showed off her vacation a bit in a brief video posted to Instagram. </p><p>Next, the 56-year-old star kept the vacation vibes going and was photographed hopping into the waters off of Portofino, Italy. There, the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Dailly Mail</a></em> noted, she was joined by a female companion. The pair happily sunned themselves on the boat’s deck throughout the day and took turns floating in the warm water with the help of a pool noodle.</p><p>Ryan was also <a href="" target="_blank">spotted</a> with the same friend galavanting around the town, doing a bit of sightseeing and window shopping, as one does on summer vacation.</p><p>And according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Yahoo</a></em>, her "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle" co-star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson are also in town celebrating their summer vacation. Hanks joked about his new Italian ride on social media, though we seriously wish he'd hop in and use it to go pay Ryan a visit for old time's sake. </p><p>Beyond Hanks and Ryan, a number of stars have <a href="" target="_blank">descended on Europe for the season</a>. That includes Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, who were busy earlier this summer soaking up the sun in Greece, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who have been spotted having several family photoshoots in France. Even <a href="" target="_blank">pop princess Britney Spears</a> has been getting in on the action, taking some time away from her tour to check out the sights in the United Kingdom and Germany.</p><p>And really, you don’t have to be a member of the rich and famous club to have a stellar European vacation too. Just check out<i> </i>our list of <a href="" target="_blank">top European destinations for summer 2018 travel</a>, and get to booking your last-minute trip now. Who knows, you could still run into an A-lister or two.</p>
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This Disneyland Pop-up Has Every Piece of Memorabilia You've Ever Wanted to See — and It's Free

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:51
<p>There’s a place in California filled with storybook ride vehicles, beloved artwork, and Mickey Mouse souvenirs where visitors can gleefully take photos inside Skyway buckets, see Dumbo up close, and even view retrofuturistic designs that can’t be found elsewhere.</p><p>The only catch? It’s not a real theme park.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Ultimate List of the Best Disney Rides in the World</a></p><img alt="That's From Disneyland Pop-Up Exhibition and Auction "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">That’s From Disneyland</a>, a massive private collection of Disney artifacts and antiques that’s on pre-auction display throughout August, has channeled the Disney experience into an exhibit that provides nostalgia on high, no matter when you remember visiting the parks. Located in Sherman Oaks, California, in a space formerly occupied by a Sports Authority, this magical plethora of all things Mickey Mouse comes from collector Richard Kraft, who turned his collection into a Museum of Ice Cream-like experience for theme park fans. Better yet? Admission is free, making it as close as you can get to Disney magic without spending a dime.</p><img alt="That's From Disneyland Pop-Up Exhibition and Auction "src=""><p>It’s not just an auction preview, it’s a living tribute to all things Disneyana, repurposed for the Instagram age. Whether you choose to smile for a photo inside a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride vehicle or simply gaze in awe at the Peter Pan’s Flight pirate ship, you can get closer to some beloved props here than you can at Disneyland.</p><p>Real It's a Small World statuettes are on display, and a collection of four original Haunted Mansion “stretching room” posters has become a crowd-favorite photo location. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Secret Attraction at Disney World That Most Guests Don’t Know About </a></p><p>Just like Disneyland, it’s also organized by lands. Head to “Frontierland” to peek Swiss Family Treehouse props and a Davy Crockett Explorer Canoe; find original Star Tours posters and a Space Mountain attraction vehicle in the “Tomorrowland” section. Most items are in good condition and best of all, some are even set up to work. Stand by the audio-animatronic tiki bird José and you’ll be instantly transported to Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room and its familiar song. (Don’t get too excited, though — there’s no <a href="" target="_blank">Dole Whip</a> here.)</p><img alt="That's From Disneyland Pop-Up Exhibition and Auction "src=""><p>That’s From Disneyland contains relics of yesteryear that aren’t on display at the parks, inside the Walt Disney Family Museum, or anywhere else, because Kraft’s collection came straight out of storage — and in more instances than one, directly from his home. The cheerful Dumbo vehicle used to hang from his living room ceiling while a Submarine Voyage sea serpent stood watch over his family pool. There are even retro surprises among the dozen ride vehicles, like a shuttle from the short-lived Rocket Rods attraction and early attraction sketches and models.</p><img alt="That's From Disneyland Pop-Up Exhibition and Auction "src=""><p>While the most thrilling items will undoubtedly draw hefty prices at auction, there’s plenty for any level of Disney enthusiast. The 40,000-square-foot building is filled with cherished belongings both big — a 16-foot-tall neon letter "D," which used to be affixed to the Disneyland Hotel, is expected to go for about $25,000 — and small, including unused ticket books, maps, and vintage menus. There are also assorted oddities, like Disneyland attraction-themed bubble bath (estimated $200-400) and a 24-pack of themed birthday candles from 1955 ($100-200). An on-site gift shop is selling ceramics, lithographs, and other affordable goods throughout the month.</p><img alt="That's From Disneyland Pop-Up Exhibition and Auction "src=""><p>Can’t make it out to California to see the goods in person? That’s From Disneyland’s Van Eaton Galleries auction book <a href=";e=15511873%2F63216390">can be browsed online</a>. (Online bids are also accepted during the end-of-month auction.)</p><p>The outer-Los Angeles pop-up exhibit will be open Wednesdays thru Sundays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. until the auction takes place Aug. 25 and 26. Special events are being hosted throughout the month as well, including a fundraiser concert with Alan Menken, a podcast recording with comedian Paul Scheer, and free kids’ arts-and-crafts activities on the weekends.</p><p>Consider it an unbirthday party — and everyone’s invited.</p>
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Airbnb Is Canceling Its Sleepover at the Great Wall of China

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:07
<p>Just a few days after announcing it would host a pop-up at the <a href="" target="_blank">Great Wall of China</a>, Airbnb was forced to cancel as local authorities claim they were never notified of the event.</p><p>Last week, <a href="" target="_blank">Airbnb announced a contest</a> wherein four winners and their guests would get to stay overnight at the Great Wall of China. They called it the world’s first sleepover at the world wonder.</p><p>But on Monday night the Beijing Yanqing Cultural Commission, a government agency that operates the section of the wall where the Airbnb was to be, said it did not support the pop-up because it “is not in line with the Great Wall’s heritage conservation values,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to the <em>South China Morning Post</em></a>.</p><p>In a statement on Tuesday, Airbnb said they “made the decision to not move forward with this event and instead we are working on a range of other experiences and initiatives that showcase China as a destination and highlight how people-to-people travel can drive human connections.”</p><p>“We were excited to promote the Great Wall and Chinese cultural heritage with our Night At The Great Wall and while there was an agreement in place that was the basis for the announcement of this event, we deeply respect the feedback we have received,” the statement said.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> said one of the goals of the contest was to “highlight how everyone can play a part in honoring and preserving this incredible piece of world history.”</p><p>The event was planned in partnership with the Beijing Badaling Tourism Company. Airbnb said the two organizations are still working together to plan future events.</p>
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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Took Luna to Meet Exotic Birds in Bali and the Photos Are Adorable

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 07:42
<p>One might think people as famous as Chrissy Teigen and John Legend would want to take ultra-private vacations to unheard of destinations far, far away from their fans.</p><p>But Teigen and Legend aren’t just any old famous people: They are social media-loving famous people who like to share their every move with their followers while traveling the globe.</p><p>Right now, the duo is spending time in Bali, a destination they first <a href="" target="_blank">fell in love with in the summer of 2017</a>. And just like their last trip, both Teigen and Legend have been diligently updating their <a href="" target="_blank">followers on their activities on every social platform.</a></p><p>In a series of updates, the pair showed off their intimate Balinese setting, with Teigen even giving a little behind-the-scenes tour of the family’s sleeping arrangements.</p><p>And on Wednesday, in her Instagram Stories, Teigen updated followers to let them know that even though they are stars they are just like the rest of us when it comes to tourist attractions.</p><p>Teigen shared a series of videos and photos from the family’s outing to a bird sanctuary in the area. There, Legend was brave enough to hold a few of the birds as his daughter, Luna, sat perched on his shoulders.</p><p>Beyond following Teigen for her vacation updates, you may want to follow her for her “headband of the day” updates. You see, it’s become a running joke between her and her husband, who sings the most beautiful melody to celebrate his wife’s new, exciting headbands each and every day of their vacation.</p><p>And honestly, as any frequent traveler with long locks will tell you, those headbands can really save your entire look while traveling somewhere with high humidity. If you need more hair options, here are <a href="" target="_blank">six hot hair accessories for keeping cool this summer</a>.</p>
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These Cheap Flights to the Cayman Islands Come With Free Onboard Cocktails

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:20
<p>If you’re in search of endless summer, you may want to head to the <a href="" target="_blank">Cayman Islands</a> for some beach time this fall — and you can get there for a fraction of the price if you act fast. </p><p>The islands’ national carrier, <a href="" target="_blank">Cayman Airways</a>, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a slew of deals and freebies you can take advantage of this September through November.</p><p>As part of the promotion, travelers can head to <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Cayman</a>, the largest of the islands, starting at just $363 round-trip from New York City and $312 round-trip from Miami or Tampa.</p><p>The flight deals also come with complimentary onboard Seven Fathoms rum punch and free meals for travelers departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport.</p><p>Once you arrive on Grand Cayman, you can also book tickets to the Sister Islands of <a href="" target="_blank">Cayman Brac and Little Cayman</a>, known for their wall diving, scuba diving, and wildlife spotting opportunities, for just $77.50.</p><p>If you head to the islands before Nov. 15, you can also score <a href="" target="_blank">up to 45 percent off</a> your resort stay and deals on activities ranging from diving and snorkeling tours to swims with stingrays.</p><p>While the top savings are offered on economy class flights, business class travelers will also find round-trip flights starting at around $688 round-trip. Business class tickets include three free checked bags, complimentary meals and drinks on board, priority check-in and boarding, and free lounge access.</p><p>Travelers will need to book their flights by Aug. 11 for travel between Sept. 7 and Nov. 7 to take advantage of the deals. </p>
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This Paddle Boarder Accidentally Crashed a Humpback Whale Migration Party (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:01
<p>The most spectacular moments are those you can’t prepare for.</p><p>A paddle boarder with a <a href="" target="_blank">GoPro</a> captured the incredible moment his board unexpectedly knocked into a pod of humpback whales.</p><p>A 28-year-old German backpacker named Alex was paddling off the eastern coast of Australia when he happened upon a pod of humpback whales.</p><p>Alex had been staying at the <a href="" target="_blank">Surfaris Surf Camp</a> in Crescent Head, Australia when he set out for the morning with his GoPro camera. While paddling, he came directly in contact with three <a href="" target="_blank">humpback whales</a>. One leaped directly onto Alex’s board while the others breached nearby.</p><p>Alex "sat there filming them while they swam around him for three or four minutes," Ben Conn of Surfaris <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>Daily Mail Australia</em></a>. “He then paddled south to back beach Crescent Head before turning back to Crescent Head point.”</p><p>The whales were likely on their migration north up the coast of Australia. Migration takes place every year between June and August. It is the time when they mate and give birth, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy</a>. They will migrate back south for feeding in September.</p>
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The Most Unusual Thing David Copperfield Has Ever Packed for a Trip

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:02
<p>While David Copperfield is most known for his decades-long career as an illusionist, he has — no pun intended — many more tricks up his sleeve than you could ever imagine.</p><p>As the first living magician to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Copperfield is hailed by many as one of history’s greatest magicians. He spends most of his time dazzling his audiences at the <a href="" target="_blank">MGM Grand in Las Vegas</a>, Nevada, where he holds residency. Although he performs as many as three shows a night, in his spare time he has a true passion for exploring the areas surrounding him, and finding the magic that’s often hidden in plain sight.</p><p>When he’s not wowing crowds with his illusions, he’s busy creating a fantasy of a completely different kind. At <a href="" target="_blank">Musha Cay</a>, his resort on his own private chain of islands in the Bahamas, his most memorable travels are incorporated into nearly each square foot. And, if you’ve got the means to be a guest, your biggest vacation desires can seemingly be pulled out of a hat, as your island experience is entirely bespoke and a snap of the fingers will make nearly anything you crave appear.</p><p><em>Travel &amp; Leisure</em> spoke with Copperfield about Musha Cay, the other locations a world-famous magician finds intriguing, the time someone performed a magic trick for <em>him</em> midair, and what exactly he stashes in his carry-on. (Hint: it’s got wings.)</p><p><strong>Travel + Leisure: You’re currently performing in Las Vegas — what’s your favorite part about that city?</strong></p><p><strong>David Copperfield:</strong> “I do 15 shows a week — that’s no days off. I do two shows a night, every night, and on Saturday, I do three shows. But my days are free, so I can explore and do a lot of fun things with my family, and there’s a lot to explore around the Vegas area. You know, Las Vegas isn’t just about the strip — there’s amazing mountains that surround it, there’s <a href="" target="_blank">Red Rock Canyon</a>, which is otherworldly, there’s the Valley Of Fire, which is an incredible location, and there are museums that are wonderful. There’s a kid’s museum called Springs Preserve which is a beautiful recreation and exploration area, so there’s plenty to do for families, and I’ve got a family, so.</p><p>“There’s also a shoe designer, Chloe Gosselin, of note, and she’s a CFDA award winner, and she has horses which is another beautiful area of Las Vegas — pastures and trees, and things you wouldn’t expect when you think of Las Vegas — it’s a half hour away from all of the hustle and bustle.”</p><p><strong>Are there any hidden spots you like to visit in your spare time when not performing?</strong></p><p>“There’s a theater here in town, the Dolby Atmos theater. I’m a movie lover, and all of my friends are filmmakers, and the theater here in the town square shopping area is right in the middle of Vegas. It’s perhaps one of the best theaters to see movies, and if I plug it here I’ll get lots of free admission (<em>laughs</em>). The seats shake and recline, and the screen is gigantic; it’s a pretty great place to see amazing films the way they should be shown.”</p><p><strong>Do you have any packing tricks or tips for when you’re traveling?</strong></p><p>“I’m a uniform guy. If you’ve ever seen the movie “<a href="" target="_blank">All That Jazz</a>,” it’s about — and made — by Bob Fosse. And Roy Scheider, who is the main character who plays Bob Fosse, goes up to the closet and there’s a lineup of shirts that are all the same, pants that are all same, and shoes that are all the same. And maybe I was just inspired by that as a kid, because I got to hang out with Bob Fosse when he was doing “Pippin” and “Chicago” and all of these amazing shows, and a lot of my magic was influenced by Bob Fosse’s work.</p><p>“But I guess the way I carry on with my clothes — forgive the pun — was inspired by Bob Fosse, so my packing tip is lots of duplicate clothes of the same thing. And people say, ‘Don’t you dress in fashion designers and stuff?’ and I say, ‘Yes, I do, I have a black shirt by Prada, and a black shirt by Givenchy, and some white shirts, too!’ But if you look at my closet and at the way I pack, it’s just a lot of duplicates. So if something gets wrinkled, there’s one right next to it to wear.”</p><p><strong>What’s the best hotel you’ve ever stayed at?</strong></p><p>“I have a hotel of my own; it’s a hotel that people rent out and charter it for a week at a time. It’s 11 islands that they get all at once. You can’t just get a room there, you have to take all of the rooms and book it out. I’m trying to please the people who have seen it all and done it all — that was my goal, to create an environment that was a bespoke experience that caters to the whims and desires and dreams of the people who come there. Not unlike <a href="" target="_blank">Fantasy Island</a>, but in a way where whatever the guests want, it will magically appear on the island, anything from food to experiences. That’s <a href="" target="_blank">Musha Cay</a> in the islands of Copperfield Bay, so I’m very spoiled by that.</p><p>“I’ve traveled around the world for 40 years, I’ve done 10 or 12 world tours, and every place I would go to, I would be taking pictures of everything I wanted to duplicate. Every towel, every shower head, every plate, every food presentation that I experienced traveling all over was unbelievable, and I tried to emulate in my own way — not copy, but do it in my own way, so Musha Cay is a product of that. All the furniture and accoutrements are things that royalty have given me in my travels around the world. So there’s a Houdini Room with all of Houdini’s stuff, like his pool table for example. I’ve got a gym that’s a Jack Johnson gym, there’s a sculpture beneath the Eiffel Tower of the fighter Jack Johnson, and I have all of his fighting equipment are a part of that gym. Each of the rooms are based on a fantasy place — Bali, Thailand, Africa — so it’s a very, very special place.</p><p>“The best hotels I’ve been to — aside from the one I’m involved with — are the <a href="" target="_blank">Aman Resorts</a>. Adrian Zucker is pretty much a genius with the hotel business. I really love everything that is in the Aman Resorts and I’ve been to many of them. When I travel, that’s where I like to stay when I can’t get to my place.”</p><p><strong>How did you end up with your own islands in the Bahamas?</strong></p><p>“It was a dream since I was a kid. I loved the idea of it and having a new palette, and the location of it was based on an X-pattern — if you take the Pyramids of Giza, I should check and get this right — but you make and X from Stonehenge to Easter Island — I’m going to be saying this wrong! There’s four magical places in the world — and if you make an X, it arrives right in the middle of my islands, which is kind of a magical way of discovering it, and when it became available it was perfect. It’s been a few years since I’ve discussed this so I have to look up the details (<em>laughs</em>).”</p><p><strong>What one item do you always bring with you while traveling?</strong></p><p>“I bring a toothbrush. I bring Listerine breath strips, chapstick — I guess I have a freshness fixation.”</p><p><strong>Are there any strange things that you’ve packed? Any magic tricks in there?</strong></p><p>“It really depends on what I’m working on. If I’m working on something cool or a new piece that I’m doing, I’ll travel with it. I was doing a piece in my show about freedom, and the metaphor for it was shown with a butterfly. And it dealt with a Holocaust survivor that was in the prison, and it was a butterfly piece, so for a while I was traveling with butterflies — well, they were <em>about</em> to be butterflies. They would be secretly packed, so hopefully that wasn’t illegal (<em>laughs</em>), but I’d travel with them so then when I arrived in the next city, I could put them in an environment that they could grow, and become butterflies, and I could actually try this sleight of hand trick that made them appear.”</p><p><strong>What's the most “magical” place you've ever been?</strong></p><p>“Bali is incredible, that’s the fact of it. It’s a whole location of artisans raised to be artistic whether it’s painting or sculpting or so forth. My islands in the Bahamas are very heavily based on things I brought there. Like Bali and the Balinese culture, I love that, and Africa — really, wherever there are people who do really creative things. Building, constructing beautiful art that shows hope for the future, the possibility of wonder. The possibility of a better life, I love that and I’m drawn to that, and that’s what I try to do with my work — to have people dare to dream about things. So locations I went to that have that, whether it’s amazing ceremonies, like the <a href="" target="_blank">Kecak dance in Bali</a> where all the men of the community sit in the circle and they chant and they gesture towards the center and you’re overwhelmed with the power of unified interaction. I have an illusion in my show based on that, where I have the whole audience participate to the center of the room. So I get great inspiration from ceremony that is magical. I’m supposed to go there to relax, and not to work, but then I’ll see something and go, ‘Oh my God, that’s great, how can I use it?’”</p><p><strong>Do you prefer a relaxing getaway or a more adventurous getaway?</strong></p><p>“I’ve been trying to do relaxing, but with limited success! I’ve been trying to kind of not think about creative endeavors, but if something’s great I end up working again in a sense, because I want to keep it alive. But I’ve been trying to force myself to just relax. I went to the Aman resort near me actually, in Utah, called <a href="" target="_blank">Amangiri</a>, and we explored Antelope Canyon — beautiful, natural, wonderous pink caves inside. You light a fire outside your room and just look at the mountains which were amazing. And I was able to forget — for at least a couple of days — other stuff with work.”</p><p><strong>Do you have a most or least favorite plane food?</strong></p><p>“Sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised by a plane meal and you go, ‘Wow, that was pretty good, and pretty unexpected!’ There was a burger that I had on one flight and it worked; it was good! I loved — as a kid, you know, America was landing on the moon, and everyone wanted to be an astronaut. It was an incredible time of inspiration. Everybody was glued to their TVs and it was just an inspirational time.</p><p>“As part of that time, they would show how they had orange juice in little packages on the spacecraft, and little compartmentalized portions of food. And on airplanes they had little compartments and trays, and we had TV dinners — and it kind of was fun to eat in this little kind of space age thing. It kind of appeals to me. I kind of like it. Even though I’m friends with Joël Robuchon, who is best chef in the world, and Daniel Boulud, and all of these genius chefs — so I’d say I’ve had both sides of the spectrum with food."</p><p><strong>So maybe the plane food isn’t always the best, but the nostalgic way of eating on a plane brings back some memories for you?</strong></p><p>“I think that’s well-put. There’s something fun about it, you know? It’s just little compartments of stuff, and it really was an inspirational time when I was a kid. I like those memories.”</p><p><strong>Have you ever performed a magic trick in-flight?</strong></p><p>“It’s funny you mention that. I’m working on something for my islands. I have a plane, a [Bombardier] Global 5000. And what would you do if you had a plane? You do nice things for charity, you try to get needed supplies that can’t get supplies, and you do it quietly, you don’t make a big deal. But for your guests, what would you do? What would David Copperfield do?</p><p>“On the island, we have experiences you can only get because they’re mine. We have treasure hunts, and the Olympics, and magical stuff happens to you. I’ve rigged the island to have really cool stuff take place. But on the airplane right now, I’m working on experiences where every hour on the hour, I’d come on the screen, and if the guest wants to do it or choose to do it, I’d do an interactive piece of magic with the guests on the plane, where the magic happens <em>to</em> them in their hands with me on their screen talking back and forth to them. Right now, we’re in the process of developing that for our guests that fly. Literally, I’m staring at props and things that the guests would have on the plane, but again, it’s a choice. If people want to get on the plane and sleep the whole time or have some great food, then obviously that’s something we can do, just like on the island. Some people just want to play bongo drums and have lobster, and that’s no problem. You don’t need to have a ‘magical’ experience — that’s magic enough. But if you want interactive experiences that are unlike anything else, we provide that, too.</p><p>“There was a magic effect that was done on a plane, that I didn’t do, but if was done for me. A guy named Clay Lacy, he’s a big private airplane aficionado. Years ago, on one of my episodes, I made an airplane disappear. It was Clay Lacy’s airplane, and it was at Van Nuys airport. And as part of the show, it starts with my flying in his Learjet, and the Learjet had my face on the tail temporarily — he was a good friend of John Lear, he was a real expert pilot. Well, he took me up in the plane to get some air-to-air footage, meaning from one plane shooting the other plane, so you can see me in the cockpit. He says, ‘You’re a magician, so I’ll show you some magic.’ And he’s flying the plane, I’m sitting in the co-pilot’s seat. He pours a glass of champagne as he’s flying the plane, and he puts the full glass of champagne on the dashboard of the Learjet, and says, ‘Watch this.’</p><p>“He takes the plane and he turns it upside down, and the champagne glass doesn’t spill, because as he’s turning the plane upside down, he’s descending at the same time, so the plane is dropping upside down, so the glass stays where it is and the champagne stays in the glass. Then he makes the plane right-side, and he takes the champagne and he has me drink it. It was an amazing thing that apparently he does for his friends, but I got to see a piece of magic midair, and that was pretty cool.”</p><p><strong>Window seat or aisle?</strong></p><p>“Window seat, always.”</p><p><strong>What’s the one place you’d still love to visit?</strong></p><p>“Iceland. I haven’t been, I’ve seen amazing videos, I have friends that have been there. Horses are important in my family, so riding horses ... We love Bjork, and what she’s contributed creatively, and, you know, she’s the queen of Iceland. We’ve never met, but I’ve gained a lot of inspiration from her videos.”</p><p><strong>Is there anything that you’re currently working on that you can tell us about?</strong></p><p>“My show is brand new. I’ve tried to take magic in new directions my whole life, whether it’s walking through the Great Wall of China or the Statue of Liberty vanishing — even telling stories about my life using magic as a way of inspiring people, it’s always been very important to me. The new show now deals with the new language of magic. It deals with spaceships, and aliens and time travel and dinosaurs — things you can’t find in any magic book. My show really consists of a very immersive experience at the MGM Grand. And I love the fact that we’ve been experimenting and taking it to directions, it’s a real sensory experience. There’s magic happening above you, behind you, all around. I’m continuing to work on new material on that show, so there’s always something new in the show to see.”</p><p><em>Editor's note: This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.</em></p>
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How I Booked a $16,000 First-class Flight on Japan Airlines for Just $32

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:45
<p>Although it might seem like scoring <a href="" target="_blank">first-class flights for budget airline prices</a> is the exception rather than the rule, if you know <a href="" target="_blank">where to look</a> and how to book — and can be a little bit flexible in terms of timing — you can find similar award tickets to fly some of the world’s best first-class seats regularly.</p><p>Just last month, I was able to secure a <a href="" target="_blank">first-class award on Japan Airlines</a> from Los Angeles to <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>, and then onward to Jakarta, in business class — all for just 75,000 miles and $32 in taxes and fees. Here’s how I did it.</p><h2>How I Booked It</h2><p>I needed to travel from Los Angeles to Jakarta in June, and I wanted to redeem miles for an award ticket in first class aboard one or more airlines en route. I decided to use <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan</a> miles for my trip after looking at my mileage balances across various frequent-flier programs, and because Alaska's <a href=";INT-_AS_NAV_-prodID%3aMileagePlan" target="_blank">award chart</a> charges far fewer miles than many other airlines’.</p><p>Though it is not in an airline alliance like Oneworld or SkyTeam, Alaska partners with more than a dozen different carriers including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Korean Air, Qantas and Singapore Airlines. By flying a combination of Alaska and many of those carriers over the past few years, I have managed to rack up hundreds of thousands of Alaska miles. As an added bonus, I was awarded 50,000 Alaska miles for hitting MVP Gold 75K status last year with the airline, so that alone was nearly enough miles for this one trip.</p><p>If you don’t fly Alaska or its partners much, you could consider opening an <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card</a>, which offers a sign-up bonus of 30,000 miles when you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days, and earns miles on everyday purchases. You could also transfer points from Starwood Preferred Guest to Alaska Mileage Plan. For every 20,000 Starpoints you transfer, you get a 5,000 mile bonus with Alaska.</p><p>Alaska has different award redemption charts for each partner airline. My two main choices would be to redeem either 70,000 Alaska miles for Cathay Pacific first class from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and on to Jakarta, or 75,000 Alaska miles to fly JAL first class from Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita and then on to Jakarta in business class. For reference, American Airlines, which is a Oneworld alliance partner with JAL and Cathay, would charge me 110,000 miles for the same awards.</p><p>I searched for JAL award space directly on Alaska’s website, but to find awards on Cathay Pacific, I had to use British Airways’ award search engine since Alaska does not show it.</p><p>Based on my travel dates and award availability at the time, I decided to book my award on Japan Airlines. I would fly from L.A. to Tokyo in the airline’s international first-class cabin aboard a Boeing 777-300ER, then connect to Jakarta aboard a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in <a href="" target="_blank">business class</a>. (This plane does not have a first-class cabin.)</p><p>The total travel time of my itinerary was 20 hours, 10 minutes. My ticket, which would not even price out altogether on JAL’s site, would have cost $15,560, though it looks like on other days, you could book a similar ticket for the relative bargain price of $10,349. Instead, I paid just 75,000 miles and $32.40 in taxes and fees.</p><h2>The Highlights</h2><p>This was my second time flying in Japan Airlines first class, so I knew what I had to look forward to on this journey.</p><img alt="JAL First Class Experience "src=""><p>Thanks to my first-class ticket, I was able to access the Qantas First Class Lounge at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal before my flight. The lounge features a full-service restaurant serving seasonal à la carte menus created by Aussie celebrity chef Neil Perry and his Rockpool Dining Group team. I didn’t want to fill up before my flight, but I did have a snack that included the signature fried salt-and-pepper squid with aioli and green chili dipping sauces, and light roast duck salad with beets, grains, watercress and lemon-thyme dressing. I washed it down with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne.</p><p>JAL’s first-class cabin has just eight huge semi-private seats (no doors, though, like you’ll find on<a href="" target="_blank"> other airlines</a> like Emirates and Etihad) laid out in two rows of four seats each. Those on the sides of the plane are individual, while those in the center are paired up. I had seat 1A in the very front of the cabin closest to the exit.</p><img alt="JAL First Class Experience "src=""><p>The seats themselves are very spacious. They are 23 inches wide between armrests while in seat mode, and they expand to 33 inches wide and 78.5 inches long when reclined into bed mode, and you can stow a carry-on under the ottoman. When I got to my seat, I found Bose noise-cancelling headphones and a set of disposable slippers.</p><p>I spent the first few minutes playing with all the seat control buttons and perusing the movies on the 23-inch in-flight entertainment monitor.</p><p>The flight manager came by to introduce herself while one of her colleagues brought glasses of champagne and water, a code so I could use the onboard Wi-Fi for free, and an Etro amenity kit with a “Gentle Steaming Face Mask” to refresh myself during the flight.</p><img alt="JAL First Class Experience "src=""><p>Though last time I flew JAL first class they were pouring Salon 2006 champagne, this time around, they were stocking two other famous labels: 2009 Louis Roederer Cristal and 2006 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill. I tried both, natch, along with amuse bouches of smoked fish and prosciutto with mozzarella on canapés.</p><p>Meal service is one of my favorite things about the JAL first-class experience since the airline partners with a handful of accomplished Japanese chefs to create its menus, and this flight did not disappoint. I went for the Japanese set menu, which started with a plate of five appetizers including grilled lobster with egg yolk vinegar and kelp-marinated fluke with braised soy pulp. Each dish was unique and flavorful, though I felt full after this course. Only three more to go!</p><p>Though the cabin was full, meaning there were eight passengers, there were three flight attendants working, so meal service took just over an hour. No sooner had I eaten a dish than the next was brought out from the galley.</p><p>By the time I’d finished off dessert, I was ready for bed, so I changed into the set of JAL pajamas the cabin crew gave me while flights attendants made my seat up into a bed.</p><img alt="JAL First Class Experience "src=""><p>The lavatory had a high-tech Toto toilet, though I did not personally use the bidet function. (Would anyone on an airplane?)</p><p>The airline provides double-sided cooling Airweave mattress pads with a firm side and a soft side (soft for me), plus a duvet and an Airwaeave S-Line pillow for first-class passengers. It was so comfortable (or perhaps it was all the Cristal I’d quaffed) that I slept a solid six hours before waking up for a snack of soy-marinated tuna slices over rice and grated yam.</p><p>By then, it was nearly time to land, so I changed back into my clothes. We got to our gate right on time, and I was able to get off the plane, through transit security, and to the JAL First Class Lounge in time for a quick shower before my connection to Jakarta.</p><p>That flight featured the airline’s latest staggered, Apex-style business-class seats, which you’ll find on most flights to and from the U.S. on the 777-300ER and the 787-9. They are very private and spacious — but they’re no first class.</p><h2>Was It Worth It?</h2><p>Though 75,000 miles was a lot to spend on a single award, it was much better than shelling out $16,000, and it’s easy to rack up the miles necessary with some strategic flying and credit card spending. It was also far fewer miles than other U.S. airlines, including American and United, require for first-class awards to Asia. Plus, just think about all that money you’ll save on free champagne up in the air.</p>
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How to Book a Private First Class Suite on a Budget Airline Right Now (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:21
<p>If you’ve ever dreamed about having the opportunity to fly in a luxurious <a href="" target="_blank">first class</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">business class seat</a> without paying immensely high prices, this month is your chance to do just that.</p><p>Travelers taking a flight with budget carrier Norwegian Air will have the opportunity to get a major upgrade when booking premium seats this month.</p><p>A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Points Guy</em></a> that Norwegian is currently leasing a Hi Fly <a href="" target="_blank">A380</a> aircraft that will operate between New York City and London in both directions from Aug. 3–23.</p><p>The double-decker aircraft, <a href="" target="_blank">first flown by Singapore Airlines</a>, is the largest commercial aircraft in the skies and is made up of 12 first class seats, 60 lie-flat seats, and 399 economy class seats.</p><p>Hi Fly, a Portuguese charter airline, acquired the airline's former aircraft earlier this year, <em><a href="" target="_blank">according to Reuters</a>. </em></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Singapore Airlines Just Unveiled Its New A380 Design and It Looks Amazing</a></p><p>The lease of the aircraft means that passengers who happen to book premium seats — which also includes complimentary drinks, food, two free checked bags, and lounge access at select airports — on the New York City-London route can get randomly assigned to one of the upgraded suites. Prices for premium cabin seats are currently starting at <a href=";A_City=LGW&amp;TripType=1&amp;D_SelectedDay=23&amp;D_Day=23&amp;D_Month=201808&amp;R_SelectedDay=15&amp;R_Day=15&amp;R_Month=201808&amp;dFare=280&amp;IncludeTransit=false&amp;AgreementCodeFK=-1&amp;CurrencyCode=USD&amp;mode=ab" target="_blank">slightly over $600</a>.</p><p>When booking flights on the airline’s website, a note saying “Operated by hi-Fly” is a hint that you’re booked on board the special aircraft.</p><img alt="Flights operated on the A380 will show a note stating "operated by Hi Fly" when booking. "src=""><p>The airline is employing the aircraft as it works on engine problems related to its 787 Dreamliner fleet.</p>
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These Are the Best Days to Book Your Thanksgiving and Christmas Flights This Year

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 09:58
<p>Summer is still in full swing, but it’s not too early to start thinking about booking flights for the holidays if you want to save. </p><p>CheapAir has released its <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Holiday Flights Report,</a> tracking some 11,000 itineraries from the most popular markets to show you, in real-time, the average fare you can expect to pay for flights this <a href="" target="_blank">Thanskgiving</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Christmas</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">New Year</a>. </p><p>Besides showing daily airfare rates, the report breaks down expected monthly flight price fluctuations for each holiday and the days to book the best deals.</p><p>For Thanksgiving, flights booked in August and September can yield some of the biggest savings, with fare averages of $406 in August and $393 in September. Flights start to rise in October, with an average of $430, while November has the highest prices at an average of $500 per ticket. </p><p>Booking flights on the Monday of <a href="" target="_blank">Thanksgiving</a> week can save an average of $40 compared to flights booked the day before the holiday, while flying on the morning of Thanksgiving can also offer more affordable options if you have to wait until the last minute. Booking a return flight for the Tuesday after Thanksgiving can save you around $209 per ticket instead of on the Sunday after, which is the busiest and priciest day to fly.</p><p>Christmas and New Year flights average $450 in August, $411 in September, $416 in October, $465 in November, and $529 in December.</p><p>For those who can take a longer vacation, flying from Dec. 18 through Dec. 28 is the cheapest time, while flying on Christmas Eve instead of on Dec. 22 can also save you an average of $76 per ticket.</p><p>Similarly, flying on New Year’s Eve is the cheapest day if you're looking to ring in 2019 away from home, while waiting until Jan. 3 as opposed to Jan. 2 to fly back can mean saving $60 on average per ticket.</p><p>If you do see an affordable ticket that works for you, book it quickly as there may be only a few seats with these rates, and they tend to go fast.</p>
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Charging Rhino Almost Flips SUV at Safari Park in Terrifying Video

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 09:38
<p>Visiting a safari park can be a great way to learn about animals you wouldn't normally encounter, but there are risks involved with entering someone else's habitat. </p><p>A family at Africam Safari Park in Puebla, Mexico had a terrifying encounter when a rhino attempted to ram and flip over their SUV on the dirt road.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Watch a Fiercely Adorable Baby Rhino Protect Its Mom From Humans</a></p><p>Footage of the attack was filmed by visitors in a car directly behind them, according to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>.</p><p>The female rhino rammed the side of the car at first, then moved to the back of the vehicle and tore at the back bumper with her horn. She even pushed the car down the dirt path. Despite the harrowing ordeal, no one was harmed in the incident.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Toronto Zoo's Baby Rhino Really Loves Taking Baths</a></p><p>The reason the rhino attacked the vehicle is unclear, however, reps for the park told the<em> Daily Mail</em> it could be related to the rhino mating season.</p><p>“The rhino was separated and is staying in another part of the park while the fertile period of the female rhino ends,” a spokesperson said. </p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Africam Safari Park</a> is home to a number of wild species, including Bengal tigers, zebras, and giraffes. Reps for the park told the <em>Daily Mail </em>that this type of incident is “isolated” and uncommon.</p>
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California Is Now Battling the Largest Wildfire in State History

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 09:01
<p>The Mendocino Wildfire became the largest wildfire in California history Tuesday morning when two separate wildfires joined to cover an area of 443 square miles, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection</a>, or Cal Fire.</p><p>The fire is barely one-third contained and Cal Fire predicts that the wildfire in Northern California will continue to burn <a href="" target="_blank">through the beginning of September</a>.</p><img alt="Burned down vehicles sit at a property under a deep orange sky during the Carr fire near Redding, California on July 27, 2018 "src=""><p>The Mendocino fire is about the size of the city of Los Angeles, although it is burning in mostly remote areas. It has already destroyed 75 homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. Almost 4,000 fire personnel are working to extinguish the flames. </p><img alt="The sky turns a deep orange as smoke fills the area during the Carr fire near Whiskeytown, California on July 27, 2018 "src=""><p>“We broke the record,” Scott McLean a spokesperson for Cal Fire, <a href="" target="_blank">told the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a>. “That’s one of those records you don’t want to see.”</p><p>The fire has continued to grow over the past 11 days, even at night, when most fires die down. Dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures, and fast winds have created perfect conditions for wildfire spread.</p><p>The Mendocino Wildfire is the largest of 18 <a href="" target="_blank">wildfires</a> currently alight in California, prompting a state of emergency.</p><img alt="A large pyrocumulus cloud (or cloud of fire) explodes outward during the Carr fire near Redding, California on July 27, 2018. "src=""><p>The previous record for California’s largest wildfire was set in <a href="" target="_blank">December 2017</a> when the <a href="" target="_blank">Thomas Fire burned 440 square miles of land</a> in Southern California. Of the five largest wildfires in California history, four have occurred since 2012. Cal Fire attributes the rapid increase in fires to years of drought across the state.</p>
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Two Elderly Men Snuck Out of Their Nursing Home to Go to a Heavy Metal Festival

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:35
<p>As the saying goes, you’re only as old as you feel, and it seems two men in a German nursing home were feeling as young as ever when they snuck out to attend a heavy metal music festival.</p><p>Police were called to Wacken Open Air, the world’s biggest heavy metal festival, at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning to escort two elderly men back to their nursing home that they had escaped from on Friday. A police spokeswoman told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Deutsche Welle</a></em> that the men were “disoriented and dazed.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This 81-year-old Man Is Europe’s Oldest Study Abroad Student</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Man Forgets Where He Parked, Finds Car 20 Years Later</a></p><p>To be fair, who isn't dazed at a music festival at 3 a.m.?</p><p>Naturally, the geriatric metalheads did not want to leave the festival, so police had to take them back to the care home by patrol car and taxi. “They obviously liked the metal festival,” police spokeswoman Merle Neufeld told local broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Deutsche Welle</a></em>.</p><img alt="Germany, Wacken: An older visitor of the Wacken Open Air celebrates the performance of the local fire brigade band with the metal greeting, the "devil horns" hand gesture. "src=""><p>The colossal festival featuring acts like Judas Priest and Danzig had completely sold out this year, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">CBS Pittsburgh</a></em>.</p>
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Why Meghan Markle Has to Return Most of Her Birthday Gifts

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 06:55
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Meghan Markle celebrated her 37th birthday</a> on Saturday, marking her very first birthday as a member of the British royal family. Though really, it may not have been much of a birthday as she was stuck celebrating <a href="" target="_blank">someone else’s wedding</a>, and perhaps even worse, she’s not allowed to keep her birthday presents from well-wishers.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Mirror</a></em>, members of the royal family receive a boatload of gifts for their birthdays from adoring fans all over the globe. But they are not allowed to keep any of them thanks to royal protocol.</p><p>"The fundamental principle governing the acceptance of gifts by Members of The Royal Family is that no gifts, including hospitality or services, should be accepted which would, or might appear to, place the Member of The Royal Family under any obligation to the donor,”<em> The </em><em>Mirror </em>explained. </p><p>This rule means that the Duchess of Sussex is not allowed to keep any clothing or accessories, including samples, in case it gives off the impression of impropriety. (Remember, she famously paid for her <a href="" target="_blank">custom Givenchy wedding gown</a> that cost more than $100,000.)</p><p>She is, however, allowed to keep gifts from members of the family and is allowed to keep gifts from public bodies including “government bodies, trade associations, guilds, civic bodies, the armed services, charities or similar organizations” as long as they're based in the United Kingdom.</p><p>Meghan and the rest of the royal family are also allowed to keep smaller gifts from fans including flowers, food, books sent by the author and books presented by the author, as long as the subject matter isn't controversial, and other gifts which cost less than £150.</p><p>Don’t worry, Meghan, Prince George and Princess Charlotte <a href="" target="_blank">have to send back all their awesome gifts</a> too. But hey, you’re still a royal, which is a pretty awesome gift in itself, right?</p>
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This Airport Is Treating Passengers to Comfort Kittens for Pre-flight Cuddling

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 06:34
<p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-61073b27-7fff-8c2a-0f0e-fb5220b42701">Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina has figured out the purrr-fect way to travel.</p><p dir="ltr">Many airports offer stress- and anxiety-relieving services, mostly in the form of comfort animals like dogs, pigs, and even miniature horses. Charlotte Douglas International, which already offers support dogs to anxious fliers, is now upping their services with a pack of adorable kittens as well.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">You Can Play With Adorable Cats All Day on This Hawaiian Island</a></p><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">WCNC</a>, the airport will have a special Kitten Cuddle on Aug. 8, hosting 10 cute little felines from CMPD Animal Care and Control for passengers to fawn over. The event will only last from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., so passengers should be quick to get their pets and nuzzles in. The event will be in the Atrium at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Why Dog People and Cat People Probably Shouldn't Travel Together</a></p><p dir="ltr">The first-ever kitten cuddle is part of the airport’s TLC from CLT program, a plan to thank passengers by offering pampering services to make flying more enjoyable.</p><p dir="ltr">The airport also has 31 dogs on staff for passengers to ease their nerves before boarding, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Charlotte Observer</a>. Cats have been used as stress relievers at other airports, including <a href="" target="_blank">Denver International Airport</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Calgary International Airport</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">Perhaps this event could inspire the airport to add comfort cats to its regular crew. We can only hope.</p>
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