Here Are the New Flights Southwest Is Adding to Hawaii

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 06:53
<p>The long-awaited flights between California and the <a href="" target="_blank">Hawaiian Islands</a> on Southwest Airlines were <a href="" target="_blank">well received</a> upon release in March. Lower fares — some as cheap as $49 each way — were <a href="" target="_blank">bought up</a> within hours. With the initial launch and inaugural flight under their belt, the airline is preparing to expand their Hawaiian service with new flights from mainland U.S. and additional flights between islands.</p><p>Southwest Airlines announced on <a href=";theater" target="_blank">their Facebook page</a> that the city of Hilo on Hawaii Island — commonly called the Big Island — would be the fifth Hawaiian airport served by Southwest. According to reporting by <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, the island’s mayor, Harry Kim, said Southwest would be launching direct flights between Hilo and mainland U.S. before the holidays as well as four daily flights between Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu and Hilo International Airport later this year.</p><p>Southwest said on Facebook, “We’ll let you know when our low fares and interisland flights for Hilo are available for purchase.” The airline already offers flights to the Big Island’s Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole.</p>
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At Least One Third of Americans Think Your Destination Wedding Is Selfish

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 16:22
<p>According to a survey by <a href="" target="_blank">Allianz Global Assistance</a>, 37 percent of Americans think it’s selfish for a couple to ask guests to use their money and vacation days on a <a href="" target="_blank">destination wedding</a>.</p><p>Cost is, unsurprisingly, the biggest motivator for guests declining a destination wedding invitation: Fifty-three percent of respondents cited money as their main reason for not attending a wedding in a far-flung locale.</p><p>Among those who said destination weddings are selfish, 17 percent said they wouldn’t spend the money because they don’t know the couple well enough. The takeaway? Your close friends and family are much more likely to <a href="" target="_blank">travel for your destination wedding</a> than distant relatives or friends you rarely catch up with.</p><p>Of the three weddings I’m heading to this year, two of them require a flight. And for the record, I’ve never earmarked those weddings as “selfish” — especially considering I’m planning my own destination wedding. Because I tend to worry about what people think and how much money I’m asking them to spend, I tried to over-communicate with my guests to make sure they weren’t uncomfortable receiving an invite to my wedding. If you’re worried about your guests thinking your wedding is selfish, here are a few simple solutions I’m (trying) to implement.</p><h2>1. Let your guests off the hook.</h2><p>My wedding is fairly small, and for those I thought might not come, I asked them outright if they’d prefer not to be invited. Receiving an invitation to someone’s wedding still comes with a certain amount of obligation—you’re typically expected to send a gift even if you don’t attend. Giving the guests you think wouldn’t be thrilled by the idea of trekking to your wedding an easy-out might be much appreciated.</p><h2>2. If you’re asking people to fly to the wedding, avoid asking them to fly to your bachelor or bachelorette party.</h2><p>Allianz reports that 73 percent of respondents have never attended a destination wedding, and 76 percent have never attended a <a href="" target="_blank">destination bachelor or bachelorette party</a>. For brides and grooms worried about overloading their guests with plane tickets, consider hosting just one event in a destination, as opposed to multiple.</p><h2>3. Stop worrying about it.</h2><p>Here’s the thing: According to Allianz Global Assistance, more than half of Americans define a “destination wedding” as a wedding they have to fly to. It’s 2019 — someone is going to have to fly to your wedding, even if it’s in your backyard. If those who need to fly to your wedding are unable to do so, as long as you’re completely understanding about it, there’s nothing else you can do after a certain point. And it’s okay to realize that, show kindness to all of your guests whether they can or can’t come, and move on.</p>
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Why You Need to See This English Town’s Annual 'Bed Race'

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 16:11
<p>Perhaps more people would participate in races if you didn’t have to get out of bed for them. One town in northern England has been testing that theory for more than 50 years with the annual “<a href="" target="_blank">Great Knaresborough Bed Race</a>.”</p><p>Since 1966, the town of Knaresborough has hosted an event that requires teams of six people to push a bed through 2.4 miles of track and then finish with a swim in the River Nidd.</p><p>The North Yorkshire town started the race as a way to raise funds for charity. Today it’s become an annual extravaganza that’s part pageant part grueling physical activity, with each team raising funds for their own individual causes. Each competing team is made up of seven people: six to parade the bed throughout the town and one person to sit in it like a king. (There is also a contest for best-decorated bed so the least physical but most artistic teams stand a chance at winning something.)</p><p>The course sends competitors up a steep grassy bank and along Knaresborough’s waterfront. The race continues through a gorge, around the town’s old cobbled streets, down its main High Street and finishes with a 20-yard swim across the River Nidd. Remember this is all done while carrying a bed with a person in it.</p><p>The fastest teams finish the course in around 14 minutes while the slowest usually clock in somewhere around 30 minutes. After the competitors are finished, everyone gathers in town for a parade and a party in the streets.</p><p>The race only accepts 90 teams per year and this year’s spots are all filled up. However, you can still go and watch the spectacle take place. (Arguably, it’s even more fun to stand on the sidelines, listen to the marching bands and watch 630 people push a bed around a town.)</p><p>The race takes place <a href="" target="_blank">every second Sunday in June</a>.</p>
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How The Colonial Town of San Miguel Became Mexico's Most Enchanting Destination

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:00
<p>With its obsidian-lined walls that narrow to a high, vaulted ceiling, the six-seat <a href="" target="_blank">tasting room of the tequila company Casa Dragones</a> feels like a sleek, pocket-size chapel from the future. Since it opened in 2016, it has become an essential stop in the Mexican colonial town of <a href="" target="_blank">San Miguel de Allende</a>, so I headed there my first night to pay respects to the <a href="" target="_blank">tequila</a> gods. Now I was sitting at the altar-like bar, admiring a long-stemmed crystal glass of Casa Dragones Joven, which the brand bills as a “sipping tequila.” Admiring her own glass was the manager, Eva Corti, an effortlessly stylish Italian with straight-cut blond bangs. “See how clear it is?” she asked. “No imperfections.” We passed our noses from rim to rim, searching out fragrances of citrus and spice, flowers and wood. Then we sipped, and warm tequila fuzzies floated through me.</p><p>After we’d done some more sipping, Corti told me about herself. Since moving to Mexico six years ago, she has lived in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, and the Yucatán, but she said it wasn’t until arriving in San Miguel that she felt like she was home. The place has that effect on people. MTV founder Bob Pittman, who launched Casa Dragones in 2009 with the Mexican tequila entrepreneur Bertha González Nieves, bought a house in San Miguel days after his first visit. Americans have been drawn to its sloping cobblestoned lanes since a shy Chicagoan named Stirling Dickinson became the director of the Escuela Universitaria de Bellas Artes, a local art institute, with the idea of turning San Miguel into an international arts colony. After World War II, veterans came to study there on the G.I. Bill, sending word of its wonders back to the States. Before long, it was a top vacation and retirement destination for Americans.</p><p>The arts are still central to the appeal of San Miguel, where the gallery-to-resident ratio might exceed that of <a href="" target="_blank">Santa Fe, New Mexico</a> (which it has more than a little in common with). Over the past decade, however, San Miguel has also blossomed as a gastronomic hub, thanks to the arrival of destination restaurants like <a href="" target="_blank">Moxi</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Áperi</a>. Perhaps not coincidentally, a number of fine hotels have also opened, introducing a true luxury quotient to a place that once catered mostly to backpackers and bohemians. The town’s growing popularity has led to some hand-wringing about traffic and touristification, but I found these to be minor issues and, to be honest, I got a kick out of the mariachis and balloon vendors in front of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, the soaring neo-Gothic cathedral you’ve probably seen if you’ve ever seen a picture of San Miguel.</p><p>Anyway, a few tchotchke sellers can’t sabotage San Miguel’s most appealing trait, which is its gloriously anachronistic cityscape: the Spanish-colonial architecture that glows as the sun sinks over the central Mexican highlands, the hundreds of brightly colored doors leading to languid private courtyards, and, of course, the Parroquia, around which the entire town revolves. All this colonial perfection is due largely to the quirks of San Miguel’s long history, which is almost palpable as you wander its plazas and churches and the endless covered market that snakes though its middle. Under Spanish rule, San Miguel had a larger population than New York City, but it lost prominence in the 19th century after the Mexican War of Independence and was practically abandoned by the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1920. As a result, historic San Miguel has survived intact.</p><img alt="Street scenes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico "src=""><p>“It’s an organized city — not like other Mexican cities,” said Victor Martinez, the sous-chef at <a href="" target="_blank">Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar</a>, at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. Other San Migueleños I met took similar pride in their town’s singularity, boasting that it embodies many of Mexico’s best qualities (The food! The culture! The weather! The people!) and none of its worst; again and again, I was told that San Miguel is one of the safest places in Mexico.</p><p><img src="" /></p><p>One morning, Martinez took me to <a href="" target="_blank">Rancho La Trinidad</a>, a 10-acre organic farm on the outskirts of town from which the Rosewood’s restaurants (and many others) source much of their produce. Its founding in 1995 by Carl Jankay, a former Campbell’s Soup Company executive from the U.S., marked the beginning, Martinez told me, of San Miguel’s “awakening of consciousness” with regard to food. Iliana Lanuza, Jankay’s stepdaughter, led us to the crops that were in season — beets, squash blossoms, spaghetti squash, leeks, carrots — which we harvested under the watchful eye of the mule that tills the fields. Then we headed back to the hotel to cook our own farm-to-table meal at Les Pirules, the Rosewood’s recently added traditional Mexican outdoor kitchen.</p><p>Martinez, who is originally from Mérida and oozes enough rakish charm to pass for a telenovela star, guided me through some basic principles of Mexican cooking. Before I knew it we had produced four beautiful dishes: beets with kumquats, almonds, and basil; spaghetti squash in a Parmesan cream sauce; Mexican-style rice with broccoli rabe; and braised pork shank in a quick mole topped with squash blossoms. As we ate, I asked Martinez how he felt about the recent global popularity of Mexican cuisine. “I think it’s great,” he said. “But I could never pay so much money for tacos.”</p><p>Though I ate my other meals at the Rosewood alone, they were no less lovely. At the expansive main restaurant, <a href="" target="_blank">1826</a>, another of the spots that established San Miguel as a culinary destination earlier this decade, I was treated to a procession<br />of playful twists on tradition: a ceviche in a tequila-spiked <em>sangrita</em><i>,</i> lobster ravioli in a butter sauce with Mexican truffles, suckling pig in mole. At Luna, arguably the best rooftop bar in this terrace-mad town, I ate guacamole and drank a Casa Verde (Casa Dragones with limoncello, lemon juice, kiwi, and celery) while watching guests snap pics of the Parroquia as it turned pink in the honeyed late-afternoon light.</p><img alt="Luna rooftop bar at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende "src=""><p>For breakfast one day, I walked over to an all-day café called <a href="" target="_blank">Lavanda</a> to join the crowd that was waiting on the narrow sidewalk for it to open. The weather was brisk and the restaurant wasn’t insulated, but the heat lamps and the cool air only added to the ramshackle appeal of the place, with its climbing vines and rattan furniture. Befitting the restaurant’s name, my cappuccino came with a sprig of locally grown lavender. My bowl of chilaquiles was delicate, spicy, and comforting, all at the same time.</p><p>The restaurant had a youthful, unfussy approach to cooking that I saw a lot in San Miguel, including at a place called <a href="" target="_blank">Trazo 1810</a>. You can’t get much more San Miguel than this: to reach the restaurant, you walk through an art gallery and ascend in the elevator of the <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Casa 1810</a>; if you wish, you can dine on the fourth-floor terrace. As I ate my cayenne-rubbed roast chicken and gnocchi, the Parroquia seemed to exert a magnetic pull on me, like a benign version of the Eye of Sauron.</p><p><img src="" /></p><p>The central tension of a stay at the <a href="" target="_blank">Rosewood San Miguel de Allende</a> is your simultaneous desire to explore the city around you and to relax in one of the white cabanas by the pool. (Solution: book a longer stay.) The 13-acre modern hacienda, whose arched colonnades and faded ocher exteriors belie the hotel’s newness, has 67 generous rooms, all with lovely dark-wood colonial-style furniture and private gardens or terraces; mine had its very own rooftop with a plunge pool and a view of<br />the Parroquia. There is lavender everywhere: in the garden along the path to the pool, in the butter at 1826, in the products at the Sense Spa.</p><p>But while this little utopia raised the bar for hotels in San Miguel, the town’s pioneering luxury property is the <a href="" target="_blank">Casa de Sierra Nevada</a>, which Belmond acquired in 2006 and completely overhauled last year. Unlike the Rosewood, which sits at a slight remove from the city, the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada is very much<i> </i><em>of </em>the city. It consists of a cluster of colonial mansions (the main building, Casa Principal, was once the residence of the archbishop of San Miguel) in the Centro, each with half a dozen or so guest rooms around a central courtyard that’s walled off from the street, so the vibe is of a private sanctuary right in the middle of everything. The 37 rooms have a slightly <em>wabi-sabi </em>quality, with stone fireplaces, copper-lined tubs, herringbone wood flooring, and regional textiles that all add up to a very authentic kind of elegance. As part of its makeover, the hotel, whose Sazón culinary school ushered in the local mania for cooking classes, has added something called the Artist’s Corner, where a resident artist teaches painting classes and meets guests for gallery tours.</p><p>Belmond’s renovation coincides with several openings that further diversify the hotel options in San Miguel. These include <a href="" target="_blank">L’Ôtel at Dôce 18 Concept House</a>, part of the same artisan-forward mini-mall that houses the Casa Dragones tasting room, and <a href="" target="_blank">Casa Blanca 7</a>, a tiny Moroccan-inflected spot near El Jardín, the central plaza. The two latest go in very different directions: <a href="" target="_blank">Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende</a>, the fifth location for the Mexican brand, is now the biggest hotel in town, with 153 rooms. Situated in a renovated contemporary hacienda-style building in front of a centuries-old dam, it’s a curious mix of arty futurism and welcoming homeyness. With its repeating archways, vast sunlit expanses, and monolithic sculptures strewn across the grounds, it has the surreal feeling of a de Chirico painting — and yet the reception desk doubles as a bakery, and every Sunday there’s an enormous brunch in the courtyard.</p><p>By contrast, the other newcomer, <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Amparo</a>, in an 18th-century mansion where a mayor once lived, has just five rooms. Owned by a pair of Houston art collectors, it contains an appealing mix of modern works and antiques. Naturally, there is a traditional open kitchen where guests can attend cooking workshops, and, naturally, there is a rooftop terrace, which Bernardo Morales, the hotel’s assistant general manager, told me would soon become a small, wine-focused restaurant.</p><img alt="Food and hotels in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico "src=""><p>I’d already had breakfast, but Morales insisted I have another. As I sat in the courtyard eating chicken chilaquiles and a delicate parfait, listening to the Beatles and the sound of the fountain, and watching through the front gate as the world went by outside, I couldn’t imagine a better place to be.</p><p><img src="" /></p><p>Because I wanted to see the landscape around San Miguel, the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada arranged for me to go horseback riding at <a href="" target="_blank">Rancho Xotolar</a>, about 45 minutes outside town. I was picked up by Lio Morín, a smiling cowboy who spoke English with a Southern lilt, thanks to many years spent in Oklahoma. He’d recently moved home to the ranch where he grew up, which he said his great-grandfather, a silver miner from Guanajuato, had purchased nearly 70 years ago. We turned off the highway at the Cañada de la Virgen, an Otomi archaeological site that the Mexican government opened for tourism in 2011, and bumped down a narrow dirt road, passing giant crows perched in the acacia trees, until we reached the sprawling compound where Morín’s enormous extended family lives. He pointed out the small school attended by all the kids on the ranch.</p><p>With Felíx, Morín’s uncle, and Roberto, his cousin, we rode out onto the mesa, threading through cactus and shrub brush. After stopping to take in the view of San Miguel, we descended on a narrow trail carved into a steep arroyo. It started to rain, so my companions gave me a canvas poncho to go with my straw sombrero. I almost felt like a real caballero as my horse scrabbled down the wet rocks, the guys behind me shouting Mexican folk songs. At the bottom, we forded a small river, then galloped through it, whooping and kicking up spray.</p><p>It was dusk when we got back to the compound, but there were no lights on. Morín explained that, to this day, Rancho Xotolar has no electricity. “When we want to watch TV, we hook it up to a car battery,” he said. We headed over to a small building with an open kitchen where his mother and sister were preparing a meal over a <em>fogón</em><i>, </i>a traditional wood oven. In the gathering darkness, we ate <em>queso fresco</em> made from that morning’s cow’s milk, a wonderfully astringent nopal salad, a fiery<i> </i><em>pico de gallo</em><i>,</i> beans, rice, <em>sopes</em><i>,</i> and warm, soothing enchiladas. It was as delicious as anything I ate in town.</p><p><img src="" /></p><p>Another thing you can do if you want to see the landscape around San Miguel is take a taxi up the winding roads above the city to the Charco del Ingenio, a 220-acre nature preserve on a site that was once a water mill. I wandered alone past burly indigenous cacti, breathing in the tranquil sweetness of the place. A flock of ducks landed on Las Colonias reservoir, which sits at the center of the gardens. I decided to cross the old dam to check out a ruined hacienda I’d seen on my map.</p><p>A couple crossed from the other side, the first people I’d seen since entering the preserve. Just as my lips started to make the <em>b</em> in <em>buenas tardes</em><i>,</i> the man said my name.</p><p>It was Bernardo Morales, from Hotel Amparo. “It’s my first time here,” he told me. “I just moved to San Miguel three months ago.”</p><p>We agreed that San Miguel really must be a small town if we could run into each other here, and that we’d have to run into each other again soon. Then we went our separate ways.</p><h2>A Thumbnail Guide to San Miguel</h2><p>Spend at least four nights to soak up the town’s many pleasures. San Miguel, which is roughly equidistant from Guadalajara and Mexico City, is also a great part of a larger central Mexico itinerary.</p><h2>Getting There</h2><p>San Miguel isn’t a particularly quick trip, as flying from most U.S. airports will require a layover, and once you’re on the ground there will be a significant drive. The two nearest airports are Del Bajio, in León, about 90 minutes away, and Querétaro, about 75.</p><h2>Hotels + Restaurants</h2><p>The luxury hotels that best showcase the region’s traditional aesthetics are the <a href="" target="_blank">Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada</a> <em>(doubles from $275)</em>, in the Centro, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Rosewood San Miguel de Allende</a> <em>(doubles from $300),</em> home to the popular Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar. <a href="" target="_blank">Hotel Amparo</a> <em>(doubles from $325)</em> is the most intimate of San Miguel’s many newcomers, and great for buyouts. Travelers seeking small hotels should also consider <a href="" target="_blank">L’Ôtel at Dôce 18 Concept House</a> <em>(doubles from $355)</em> or <a href="" target="_blank">Casa Blanca 7</a> <em>(doubles from $342). </em>By contrast, <a href="" target="_blank">Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende</a> <em>(doubles from $289)</em> is an artsy citadel just north of the Centro.</p><p>Expect to visit other hotels when you dine out. <a href="" target="_blank">Moxi</a> <em>(entrées $9–$16),</em> at Hotel Matilda, and <a href="" target="_blank">Áperi</a> <em>(tasting menus from $62),</em> at Dos Casas, serve locally inflected haute cuisine, while <a href="" target="_blank">Trazo 1810</a> <em>(entrées $14–$30),</em> at Hotel Casa 1810, offers relaxed, youthful cooking. Hit <a href="" target="_blank">Lavanda Café</a> <em>(entrées $5–$6)</em> for breakfast and <a href="" target="_blank">El Pegaso</a> <em>(entrées $4–$18)</em> for Mexican classics. Make an appointment at the <a href="" target="_blank">Casa Dragones Tasting Room</a> for the tastiest tequila in town.</p><h2>Activities</h2><p>Many hotels can arrange half-day riding tours at <a href="" target="_blank">Rancho Xotolar</a>. Afterward, visit the ancient Otomi pyramids of <a href="" target="_blank">Cañada de la Virgen</a><em>,</em> nearby. <a href="" target="_blank">El Charco del Ingenio</a><em>,</em> San Miguel’s botanical garden, is a great way to get away without going far. </p>
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JFK Isn't the First to Have a Bar on an Airplane — Here's Where You Can Have a Cocktail on an Aircraft

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:16
<p>A new <a href="" target="_blank">bar and lounge built inside a defunct TWA plane</a> is opening up in New York City, but it’s not the only place in the world that brings the in-flight cocktail back to earth.</p><p>A 1958 Lockheed Constellation was taken back to John F. Kennedy airport last month, where it will serve as a chic, vintage cocktail lounge as part of a new hotel being built inside the <a href="" target="_blank">formerly-abandoned TWA terminal at JFK</a>.</p><p>The new hotel will be decorated as if you’ve just stepped into an episode of <em>Mad Men</em> — if it were set in an airport, that is. With so many beautiful mid-century modern 1950s and 1960s furnishings, artwork, and amenities, you might actually <em>want</em> to have an extra long layover in <a href="" target="_blank">New York</a>.</p><p>And the new TWA cocktail lounge will be another incredible addition to the space. However, it’s not the first time an airplane was converted into a bar or restaurant. Here's where you can find comparable airplane lounges around the world:</p><h2>Solo's Airplane Restaurant: Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, Colorado</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Solo's Airplane Restaurant</a><b> </b>is made from a U.S. Air Force Boeing KC-97 and boasts seating for 275 guests, 45 of which are inside the plane itself. Aviation buffs would especially love this bar since every inch is decorated as a send-up to aviation history. It’s a great place to get classic American diner food like a Reuben or cheeseburger, as well as amazing margaritas.</p><h2>El Avión: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">El Avión</a> is famous for its seafood bar bites like calamari, ceviche, and coconut shrimp. Its inside a Fairchild C-123 Provider and located along the way to Manuel Antonio National Park, making it a fantastic place to stop and enjoy a beer or cocktail while taking in some of the most beautiful views in <a href="" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>.</p><h2>Steaks on a Plane: Bolton, England</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Steaks on a Plane</a> is a Boeing-737-turned-restaurant. Specializing in finger foods and classic takeout fare, this is a great, casual place for some in-flight meals right on the ground. If you’re in a hurry, you can even order a drink to go from the hatch of the plane, according to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>.</p><h2>Jumbo Bar: Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport, Sweden</h2><img alt="Jumbo Bar, Stockholm, Sweden "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Jumbo Bar</a> isn’t <em>just</em> a bar and restaurant, it’s also part of a very trendy and modern hostel. The café and bar itself is located at the back of an old Boeing 747, while the rest of the plane holds several rooms and dorms. Both guests and the general public can hang out in the café for drinks, dessert, and delicious meals from breakfast to dinner.</p><h2>La Tante DC10: Accra, Ghana</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">La Tante DC10</a>, near the Marina Mall, in Accra, Ghana is an old McDonnell Douglas DC-10 that now serves up traditional Ghanaian fare like kelewele and jollof rice and plenty of hot dishes including fried fish, sauteéd duck, and guinea fowl. Of course, it’s also a fun place for a beer or cocktail. The restaurant recently went through renovations and has reopened with some fresh decor as well.</p><h2>Hawai Adda: Ludhiana, Punjab, India</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hawai Adda</a> is just one of the airplane bars and restaurants you can find in India. This location, in particular, is especially for people who love the finer things in life — and pizza. The plane itself was once an Airbus A320 operated by Air India, but now is an incredible spot for some delicious vegetarian food including pizza, pasta, and some traditional Indian flavors.</p><h2>Runway 1: New Delhi, India</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Runway 1</a>, at the Metrowalk Mall, in New Delhi, India is nothing to sneeze at either. The luxurious restaurant is built inside an old Air India Airbus A320 and offers cuisine from all around the world including pizzas, rice and noodle dishes, and some non-vegetarian options as well. One particular feature of this restaurant is that some guests can even take a table on the wings of the plane (whereas most other airplane bars and restaurants have the wings removed to save space).</p><p>There have been plenty of other airplane bars and restaurants that have opened and closed over the years. The above restaurants are only a handful of the best ones you can find all over the world that are still open, very accessible, and make for an excellent adventure on your next trip.</p>
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This Super Comfy Travel Dress Comes in 27 Colors and Prints — and Costs $24

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:31
<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">best travel outfits are comfortable</a> enough to wear on long flights, polished enough for first-class cabins (in case you score that last-minute upgrade), and versatile enough to wear en route to your destination and while you’re there — by the pool, sightseeing, or for whatever you have planned. A piece that meets all of that criteria at an affordable price point would be the ultimate travel garment, and get ready, jet setters, because we found exactly that.</p><p><a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d8e648ad34b44adf19a1577b65c1e79c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">This under-$24 maxi dress</a> is one of the most comfy and versatile travel pieces you can find on Amazon, and it also happens to be the <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d8e648ad34b44adf19a1577b65c1e79c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">retailer’s best-selling women’s dress at the moment</a>. Shoppers love its stretchy, spandex material, universally-flattering shape, and handy pockets as well as its 27 color and print options. It’s no wonder its racked up over 1,600 five-star reviews.</p><img alt="GRECERELLE Women's Maxi Dress "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d8e648ad34b44adf19a1577b65c1e79c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank"></a>, from $17</p><p>The flattering maxi dress is the perfect basic to throw in your suitcase and rewear throughout your trip. Wear it with your favorite sweater on your flight, throw it over your swimsuit and use it as a coverup, pair it with your <a href="" target="_blank">most comfortable shoes</a> for a day of exploring, or style it with jewelry and heels to wear for a casual dinner. When you’re not sure what to wear, this flowy dress is the answer.</p><p>Owners love its drape-y shape — claiming it “fits like a dream” — and its subtle slits, which you can wear as is or tie in a knot to really show off your shoes. Its super soft material is also a bit hit among Amazon reviewers. “Love this dress!” <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d8e648ad34b44adf19a1577b65c1e79c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">one reviewer wrote</a>. “The material is soft [and] the army green is so pretty. I'm definitely buying another.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">13 Comfortable Dresses That Are Made to Travel In</a></p><p>“I love this dress!” <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d8e648ad34b44adf19a1577b65c1e79c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">another chimed in</a>. “It’s a little shorter than other maxis that I own, but the slits on the sides make that not a big deal — I actually like that it shows off my shoes. The fabric is super comfy and stretchy, so I plan to get a lot of wear out of this dress. I highly recommend ordering one!”</p><p>The brand also makes another equally popular <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=d17aff514abaad3a197c4a400c592ad3&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">racerback maxi dress</a>, which comes in 30 colors and prints, and a <a href=";linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=tlfascomfytraveldressjmattern0519-20&amp;linkId=668cbaf59ccf381da67279f9c94fe3d8&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">similar long-sleeve maxi dress</a>, which shoppers say are just as basic and comfortable. Choose the dress that best suits your destination’s climate — or get yourself one of each. For less than $24, they’re all a steal you’ll wear nonstop this spring and summer.</p>
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This New Miami Hotel is Inspired by the Timeless Glamour of Life at Sea

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:18
<p>In <a href="" target="_blank">Miami</a>, it’s not uncommon to see glamorous yachts sailing by on the calm waters of <a href="" target="_blank">Biscayne Bay </a>and the Atlantic Ocean. Despite the frequency of these sightings, few hotels have drawn inspiration from these luxurious vessels.</p><img alt="Mr. C Coconut Grove "src=""><p>Enter <a href="" target="_blank">Mr. C Coconut Grove</a>, a sleek new hotel that brings the glamour of life at sea to land. Presiding over Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the 100-room property boasts an array of nautical-inspired features: a gleaming, hull-like exterior; a timber-paneled, double-height lobby; and vibrant interiors with pops of Bellini peach and sea blue.</p><img alt="Mr. C Coconut Grove "src=""><p>To learn more about the breezy look, we caught up with the property’s designer, Martin Brudnizki, who shared the inspiration behind the hotel and dished on his favorite<a href="" target="_blank"> things to do</a> in the city.</p><img alt="Martin Brudnizki "src=""><p><strong><em>Travel + Leisure</em>: Tell us about the new hotel.</strong></p><p>Martin Brudnizki: “Mr. C Coconut Grove captures the timeless charm of Italy’s iconic coastal style. The interiors are inspired by the honesty and materiality of classic yacht, with high gloss timber paneling and a double-height lobby. I wanted the design to hark back to Italy’s golden era, so there are plenty of mid-century details throughout, like Murano glass chandeliers, large-scale terrazzo floors, and sleek mirrored and chrome accents.”</p><img alt="Mr. C Coconut Grove "src=""><p><strong>What do you like about designing in the city?</strong></p><p>"Miami is a melting pot of cultures and styles, so it’s been exciting work in a city with such a unique identity. Since designing my first Miami project, the Soho Beach House, in 2010, I’ve completed three different projects. It’s been really fun and rewarding."</p><img alt="Mr. C Coconut Grove "src=""><p><strong>What’s the first thing you do after touching down in the city?</strong></p><p>"A swim in the ocean. It’s the best remedy for jet lag."</p><img alt="Mr. C Coconut Grove "src=""><p><strong>Describe your perfect day in the city.</strong></p><p>“I’ll jump start the day with a coffee and pastry at the Buena Vista Deli in the Design District before heading over to The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. The gallery showcases the collection of Martin Z. Margulies. The artwork doesn't always agree with my taste, but there’s always something interesting on show and I think it’s important to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while. After, I’ll grab lunch at Madolin Agean Bistro, a lovely Greek restaurant that serves simple but flavorful food. Later in the day, I’ll stroll around the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Biscayne Bay. Vizcaya is a stunning home built in the Gothic style for industrialist and antique collector James Deering. It’s built on the water’s edge and has an impressive façade crafted from coral stone. Walking around the house and gardens gives me a moment to reflect and soak up the beauty of my surroundings. From there, I'll close out the day with dinner at Mr. C."</p>
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These 19 Brands Make the Best Travel Clothes for Women and Men

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:15
<p>If you’re going to be wearing the same three shirts in all your vacation photos, you want them to be nice shirts. Enter: the eternal quest for the best travel clothes.</p><p>Rule number one is to stay within your personal style range. If your travel outfits don’t feel as good as the clothes you wear at home, you aren’t going to wear them. You want to feel like yourself on the road. If you weren’t already into the geometric prints that seem to reappear in travel clothing regardless of season, you’re not going to magically start being into them on your trip. Realistically, you may only need one or two new pieces for a trip <a href="" target="_blank">rather than a whole new wardrobe</a>.</p><p>Once you’ve decided to shop, start off with a unified, simple color scheme so that you can mix and match across your items. Stick to a few basics that you can liven up with accessories, either packed or purchased along the way. “I love to pack clothes in neutral colors, because I know I don’t have to pack as many items and can always swap things around for a completely different outfit,” said designer <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Katie Schmidt</a>. “Think of it like creating a capsule wardrobe, so you don’t end up with a bunch of clothes that can’t even make a single outfit, let alone several.”</p><p>After you’ve figured out fashion, it’s time to examine function. Choose fabrics that are machine washable, wrinkle-resistant, lightweight, and either stretchy or loose enough to maintain their shape even when shoved in a <a href="" target="_blank">packing cube</a> and unwashed for long periods of time. Steer away from 100 percent cotton; it takes too long to dry and will wick heat away from your body if it gets wet. You also don’t want anything too bulky. The rolling strategy will help keep your clothes both compact and less wrinkled, so make sure your clothes can actually roll up.</p><p>“At the end of the day, the highest functionality a piece of everyday clothing can offer me is flexibility within the wardrobe,” said Patricia Davis, senior vice president, marketing &amp; communications of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Davidson Hotels &amp; Resorts</a>. “I will do almost anything not to check a bag, so on long trips, repeats are a necessity. I often pack a number of items that go well with a number of other items but that can stand up to more than one wear to help expand my outfit possibilities.”</p><p>These are some of our favorite mainstream and niche clothing brands to help you craft your ideal travel — and who knows, maybe even everyday — wardrobe.</p><h2>For Merino Wool: SmartWool</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>“Merino wool is a fantastic fabric for travel because it's stink-free, moisture-wicking, and lightweight. It's also very breathable, keeping me cozy in cold climates and cool in warm ones,” said travel blogger <a href="" target="_blank">Kay Rodriguez</a>. “My <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">SmartWool</a> gear has kept me warm and stink-free while hiking in Patagonia, horseback riding in Kyrgyzstan, and Northern Lights seeking in the Arctic Circle of Norway.”</p><p>SmartWool is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">EMS</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zappos</a>.</p><h2>For Merino Wool: Icebreaker</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Icebreaker</a>’s New Zealand merino frequently tops travelers’ lists, as well. I’ve toted an Icebreaker cardigan around the world and their ski base layers up multiple mountains without complaint. Their selection of tops is particularly impressive.</p><p>Icebreaker is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Backcountry</a> and <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelclothes-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=bb331c94a8c8c0045cd3830751ef0f14&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.</p><h2>For Merino Wool: Unbound Merino</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>The perfect T-shirt can see you through almost any situation, and Unbound makes a strong bid for the title with their chic merino designs.</p><p>Unbound Merino is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Comfortable Denim: Aviator Jeans</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Jeans are controversial as travel clothes. Some people just don’t feel comfortable without them and insist they help you blend in, but their bulky nature and slow drying time can make them clunky in the long-term. Enter: the travel jean, designed with extra spandex to avoid sagging between washes and quick-drying fabrics. And, in the case of Aviator’s denim, truly excellent deep pockets, including a back zipper pocket.</p><p>Aviator is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Comfortable Denim: Duer</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Duer</a>’s performance fabric and signature seat gusset keep their jeans fitting well across wears, even if you can’t always stop to refresh them with a wash.</p><p>Duer is retailed at <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelclothes-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=61498a3aada0a58cae33b59ae1397edc&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.</p><h2>For Technical Outdoor Gear: ExOfficio</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">ExOfficio</a> is best known for their quick-drying, anti-microbial travel underwear, but their BugsAway and sun-protection clothing lines are also well worth investigating.</p><p>ExOfficio is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zappos</a> and <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelclothes-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=3d6a6ea38078c20ad14b87dfe4cbefdc&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.</p><h2>For Technical Everyday Wear: The North Face</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Is there anything <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The North Face</a> can’t do? The same construction that makes their gear excel is carried over into their clothing lines. Even better, they’re introducing a new FutureLight line for fall 2019 that provides an impressive combo of warmth, waterproofing, and breathability while still packing small enough to bundle your ski clothes into a carry-on.</p><p>The North Face is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zappos</a>, <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelclothes-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=72fe187a45ce5430182f51e2847e2f45&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Macy’s</a>.</p><h2>For Technical Everyday Wear: L.L.Bean</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Always a classic, L.L.Bean builds their products to last, particularly their outerwear. Even better, most of their clothes come in plus-size options up to 3X.</p><p>L.L.Bean is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Packable Basics: Uniqlo</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>In addition to their excellent basics and packable jackets, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Uniqlo</a>’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">HeatTech</a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Airism</a>, and new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">UV Cut</a> lines will keep you layered properly in any conditions. They run from underwear to jackets and scarves for maximum building potential. T+L editors are partial to their stretchy <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">legging-pants</a>.</p><p>Uniqlo is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Packable Basics: Toad &amp; Co.</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>This California-based company focuses on manufacturing all of their clothing using sustainable fabric and practices, nicely complementing their line of basics and prints.</p><p>Toad &amp; Co. is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zappos</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags</a>.</p><h2>For Business Travel: Ministry of Supply</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Ministry of Supply makes professional apparel that’s comfortable enough to fly in and smart enough to take you straight into the boardroom or on stage to moderate a panel right after landing. Check out their wrinkle-resistant, unrestrictive <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Kinetic suiting line for men and women</a>; it’s pretty revolutionary.</p><p>Ministry of Supply is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Adventure Travel: Patagonia</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>“I've been shopping with this brand consistently for the past few years and have yet to be disappointed,” said travel blogger<a href="" target="_blank"> Jenny Smith</a>. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Patagonia’</a>s extensive product range, quality gear, and ethical company policies continually convert new fans.</p><p>Patagonia is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags</a>.</p><h2>For Adventure Travel: Prana</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Prana</a> started out as a yoga clothing line, but has expanded into a full travel line with eco-friendly fabrics. “Prana is my favorite travel clothing brand,” said Rodriguez. “Their clothes are comfortable, lightweight, and stylish, perfect for the traveler on the go.”</p><p>Prana is retailed at <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelclothes-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=fc5a8c092b2798d5442a0b6d2c4f2eb0&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a> and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zappos</a>.</p><h2>For Plus-size Travel Clothes: Columbia</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Blogger <a href="" target="_blank">Charish Badzinski</a> found her go-to travel piece at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Columbia</a>. “I recently found a simple, black, lightweight, sleeveless dress made with wicking fabric. It's so versatile, and flattering to many body types, so it's my favorite piece that I pack,” she said. Columbia also offers a nicely comprehensive plus-sized range.</p><p>Columbia is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Function and Fashion: Ably Apparel</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Messy eater planning a trip to Italy? Keep your clothing safe from staining with <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ably</a>’s stain-resistant Filium fabric technology. The same system that allows stains to slide off helps their clothes dry quickly, as well.</p><p>Ably is retailed at <a href=";ref=w_bl_sl_s_ap_web_7141123011&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tlbesttravelclothes-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=d7d37a853ff3be0f2b1f4a875b117571&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.</p><h2>For Fashion and Function: Époque Évolution</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>This stylish, minimalist design duo makes merino wool dresses and other items that will take you from sightseeing straight through a night out.</p><p>Époque Évolution is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Women’s Athleisure Travel Clothes: Athleta</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Multiple travelers we spoke to raved about Athleta’s (appropriately) athleisure lines, particularly their pants, which are comfortable enough to work out or hike in but won’t look out of place at a post-hike happy hour.</p><p>Athleta is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Women’s Travel Clothes: Sarah Liller</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>California-based designer <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Sarah Liller</a> makes simple, super-soft birch rayon designs for women looking to create an ideal capsule wardrobe. The collections are designed in complementary colors for maximum combination potential and, even better, most of the dresses and skirts have pockets.</p><p>Sarah Liller is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Plus-size Women’s Travel Clothes: See Rose Go</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Finding the perfect outfit gets even harder for plus-sized travelers. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">See Rose Go</a> offers breathable travel basics that look just and feel as good as straight-size brands in sizes 14-24.</p><p>See Rose Go is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><h2>For Men’s Travel Clothes: Rhone</h2><img alt="Best Travel Clothing Brands "src=""><p>Rhone combines cutting-edge fabric technology with fit-forward design for an impressive line-up of athleisure-meets-business clothing. Their <a href="" target="_blank">Commuter Pants</a> are particularly popular with travelers.</p><p>Rhone is retailed at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>
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Spice Up Your Life! The Double Decker Tour Bus From 'Spice World' Is Now an Airbnb

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:06
<p>We’ll tell you what you want (what you really, really want).</p><p>For the first time ever, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";adults=1&amp;sl_alternate_dates_exclusion=true&amp;source_impression_id=p3_1557953627_r%2Bvh7I%2F7iCmvRDjs" target="_blank">Spice Girls’ double decker tour bus</a> from "<a href="" target="_blank">Spice World</a>"<i> </i>is taking overnight guests.</p><p>On June 14 and 15, three lucky fans will get to spend two nights on the Spice Bus in <a href="" target="_blank">London</a>’s Wembley Park. According to <a href=""><em>Daily Mail</em></a>, the bus will cost 99 pounds ($127) to book. And no, the Union Jack-painted bus is not a copycat: it really is the same bus that Meatloaf and Victoria Beckham drove in the classic 1997 movie.</p><p>Although the interior has been completely renovated, it’s been outfitted with plenty of nods to your favorite 90’s girl group.</p><p>Downstairs, potted plants, Union Jack chairs, and plushy pillows provide a cozy and welcoming space for some much-needed girl time. There’s even a CD player for you and your squad to <a href="">“slam your body down and wind it all around” to “Wannabe.”</a></p><img alt="The original Spice Bus from 1997 movie Spice World "src=""><img alt="The original Spice Bus from 1997 movie Spice World "src=""><p>House rules mandate a 90's dress code, but don’t worry about wasting your precious time if you forget to pack your <a href="" target="_blank">little Gucci dress</a>. Upstairs, there’s a dressing room area with plenty of scrunchies to choose from for a Sporty Spice-inspired look.</p><p>Next to the dressing area is a double bed and day bed that can fit up to three fans.</p><img alt="The original Spice Bus from 1997 movie Spice World "src=""><p>“My greatest love is the Spice Girls,” host Suzanne Godley says in her listing. “I adored their music growing up and used to choreograph routines to all my favourite songs! I watched "Spice World" on repeat and never thought I’d get the chance to go inside the actual Spice Bus — so to get this opportunity and now be able to share with other fans is just a dream come true.”</p><p>If you wanna get on the the Spice Bus, you gotta set your alarm. <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";adults=1&amp;sl_alternate_dates_exclusion=true&amp;source_impression_id=p3_1557953627_r%2Bvh7I%2F7iCmvRDjs" target="_blank">The Airbnb will be open for booking</a> starting at 2:00 A.M. EST on Wednesday, May 22. The bus is currently only available to guests on June 14 and 15, but <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a> reports that Godley is planning to add more dates.</p><p>So “say you’ll be there!” Just note that a “compulsory rendition of <a href="" target="_blank">‘Goodbye’</a>” is required at check out.</p>
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You Can Now Tell Your Uber Black Driver You Don’t Want to Talk Before You Even Get in the Car

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:56
<p>When <a href="" target="_blank">Uber</a> first launched they had only one vehicle type, a black luxury car. Passengers can still book the high-end car service through Uber – now called Uber Black – if they’re willing to pay a little more. And as of today, the service is about to get even better.</p><p>The ride-hailing company is relaunching Uber Black with added features and improvements that <em><a href="http://makeover">The Points Guy</a></em> reports will be rolled out today. Before being picked up, passengers can add their ride preferences into the app so the driver knows in advance if you want to chat or are looking for minimal conversation. Riders can also request a certain temperature or let the driver know if there will be luggage.</p><p>Passengers can expect a seamless pickup, with Uber announcing in March that only drivers with a rating of 4.85 or higher can drive on the Uber Black platform. Riders will also have extra time to <a href="" target="_blank">get to the vehicle</a>, with Black car clients getting 15 minutes instead of the normal five to get to the car and avoid the automatic cancellation fee. However, as <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Points Guy</a></em> notes, the driver will start the meter after waiting five minutes.</p><p>If anything goes wrong, Uber Black users will have access to Uber’s premium support line.</p><p>Uber explains on their <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> that with Uber Black, “you can arrive at your destination in style with a black-on-black luxury sedan (or SUV if you're lucky).” As part of Uber Black’s latest makeover, Uber will be implementing new vehicle requirements. According to reporting by <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Points Guy</a></em>, the company said cars must be “stylish later-model vehicles with extra legroom.”</p><p>With these changes being rolled out today, users should soon see new features when requesting an Uber Black.</p>
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Mark Lakin’s 13-Day Itinerary Around Japan

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:32
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Mark Lakin</a> is a member of <a href="" target="_blank">Travel + Leisure’s Travel Advisory Board and the A-List</a>, a collection of the top travel advisors in the world, and can help plan your perfect getaway. Below is an example of the type of itineraries he creates. To work with Mark, you can contact him directly at <a href=""></a>.</p><h2>Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo</h2><p>You will begin your trip in Tokyo. Depending on time of arrival, you may either choose to go directly to the hotel or have a half-day tour of the city with a private guide and driver.</p><p>In Tokyo, a small space paired with a fierce culture has allowed for one of the most impressive cities in the world. Tokyo renders urban chaos desirable as the most populous metropolitan area on earth, the gastronomic capital of the world, and as home to the biggest fish market, most expensive sake, best service, fashion, and riverboat entertainment on the planet. Lose yourself in a maze of Michelin-starred restaurants, pachinko parlors, quirky museums, imperial architecture, and bustling streets. Rediscover yourself in a deliciously juicy watermelon square and a short train ride to the mountains. Test the limits of your sensory stimulation and then let it all go — it's part of the experience.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>:</strong> AMAN Tokyo or The Peninsula Tokyo</p><p><strong>AMAN Tokyo</strong></p><p>Set in the heart of Otemachi, AMAN Tokyo embodies the fusion of urban dynamism and traditional serenity that we love so much about Japan. AMAN features large luxury suites outfitted with traditional furnishings from washi paper slide doors to an <em>ofuro</em><i> </i>or deep-soaking bathtub, a spa with eight different treatment rooms, a 1,200-bottle wine cellar, an in-house signature sake, and a private dining room perched right above Tokyo's sweeping skyline.</p><p><strong>The Peninsula Tokyo</strong></p><p>Superbly located in the prestigious business district of Marunouchi, opposite the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park and within minutes' walk of the shopping capital of Ginza, the Peninsula Tokyo offers commanding city views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, and extraordinary dining options. You will stay in one of five incredible suites — all boasting a sun-drenched private balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, a grand piano, a dining room for 12 and quite frankly, whatever else your heart desires. We will also arrange for a private tea ceremony to be conducted in the comfort of your suite.</p><h2>Day 2: Tsukiji Tuna, Goma Fire Ritual &amp; Private Tea Ceremony</h2><p>Start Day 2 with a visit to the Tsukiji Market Tuna Auction. This will be followed by a fresh sushi breakfast inside the market — traditional sustenance for the day ahead. Your private guide will then take you to Fukagawa to observe the Goma Fire Ritual, complete with chanting monks, pounding drums, and a very energetic fire. You will then visit the nearby Fukagawa-Edo Museum. Next will be a tour of Akihabara, home to Japan’s "otaku" subculture. You will have a private lesson with a working <i>manga </i>(comic) artist followed by a cup of tea at a Maid Café paired with a lunch of locally handmade ramen. Finish Day 2 with a private tea ceremony with a certified tea master. Tea is a huge part of Japanese culture. It has been around since the 12<sup>th</sup> century and was first enjoyed by imperial family and nobility.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>AMAN Tokyo or The Peninsula Tokyo</p><h2>Day 3: 400-Year-Old Sake &amp; Heritage Silk</h2><p>You will visit a 400-year-old sake brewery just outside Tokyo and spend the day with a specialist. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a renovated farmhouse and later, stop by a generations-old working silk factory. Then, it’s back to the city where you will meet up with a personal shopper who will take you to all the best boutiques around Harajuku and Shibuya. Dinner at one of Tokyo’s top sushi restaurants is followed by a casual tour of the city’s best cocktail bars.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>AMAN Tokyo or The Peninsula Tokyo</p><img alt="Tokyo, Japan "src=""><h2>Day 4: Samurai Swords &amp; Sumo Tournaments</h2><p>Meet up with the world’s leading specialist in Samurai swords for a private visit to the Sword Museum. From there, you will visit one of Japan’s renowned sword makers in his personal studio and witness how one of these amazing works of art is created. After lunch, we will organize for a private lesson in iaido, the art of drawing and controlling a sword. Later that night, you will have the incredibly unique opportunity to attend 1 of only 6 professional sumo tournaments held annually. Watch these giant athletes compete from your premium box seats.</p><p><strong>Stay:</strong><strong> </strong>AMAN Tokyo or The Peninsula Tokyo</p><h2>Day 5: Helicopter Over Mt. Fuji, Transfer to Hakone &amp; Gora Kadan Ryokan</h2><p>Your private helicopter awaits. First fly over Tokyo before heading 40 minutes south to circle Mt. Fuji. Land and explore the area, which includes one-of-a-kind museums, beautiful gardens, and gorgeous scenery. Enjoy a private motorboat ride on Lake Ashinoko.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>Gora Kadan Ryokan</p><p>Your accommodation for the night will be Gora Kadan — considered to be Japan’s ultimate onsen-ryokan or luxury hot spring inn. Relax with a soak in your private outdoor bath and a visit to the spa. Dinner will be served in your room — a fabulous traditional Kaiseki banquet.</p><h2>Day 6: Transfer to Kyoto; Temples, Drums &amp; Geisha</h2><p>Transfer to Kyoto by shinkansen or bullet train. You will spend the next 4 nights here, all booked at The Ritz Carlton. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and driver who will escort you to a completely private temple visit where the head Abbot will teach you a bit about Japanese Buddhism. Musically gifted or not, you will then be taken to your private taiko drumming lesson. Pounding on a massive wooden drum is the ultimate stress reliever, a relatively intense workout, and a whole lot of fun. Later, a private evening with geisha, including a delicious meal and plenty of sake.</p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto<p>This property has been described as a modern day luxury ryokan, combining century-old traditions with the world class hospitality that the Ritz-Carlton is known for. Perfectly located at the heart of Kyoto, the Ritz affords expansive panoramic views of the Kamogawa River and Higashiyama mountains. So, retire to your culturally inspired suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and traditional Japanese motifs, relax, and enjoy the mesmerizing and imperial purple sunset.</p><h2>Day 7: Bamboo Forest &amp; Private Cooking Lesson</h2><p>Wake early and enjoy a peaceful jiurikisha ride through a deep bamboo forest before a locally-prepared breakfast. You will then be taken to Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion and one of the city’s UNESCO sites) well before the masses arrive. From there you will head to Saihoji (the Moss Temple). Then, it’s a lunch of flaming ramen at Kyoto’s hottest noodle bar followed by a private tour of Hosoo, a 350-year old textile company that once wove fabrics for the Imperial Family. Your guide will take you to Kyoto’s best shops for high-quality kimonos and collectibles. End the day with a private cooking lesson with one of the city’s top chefs.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto</p><h2>Day 8: Japanese Ceramics &amp; Miho Museum</h2><p>Your guide for the day will be a leading expert in Japanese ceramics. You will first be taken to the phenomenal Miho Museum in Shiga. From there, you will visit several working artisans in their homes and studios – a personalized experience allowing you to both observe and learn traditional and creative processes. Your day will end at your guide’s home, which also serves as a gallery for the best working potters in all of Japan. As a serious sake fan, he will arrange for a tasting of several local brands for you to enjoy.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>:</strong> The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto</p><img alt="Unesco World Heritage Site, Nara "src=""><h2>Day 9: Eight UNESCO Heritage Sites &amp; Kasuga Taisha Lanterns</h2><p>Head south for Fushimi Inari Taisha, a lovely mountain shrine encircled by thousands of vermillion tori, or gates. Continue south for the lovely river town of Uji, one of Japan’s green tea centers. Here, you will also visit the stunning Byodo-In Temple.</p><p>Nara is next — home to no less than eight UNESCO heritage sites, including several of the world’s largest wooden buildings. Here, you may enjoy strolling the grounds in traditional Japanese dress, an option available to you from several local shops. You can also visit Nara’s deer park, the stomping grounds for over 1200 friendly deer that will happily eat right from your hands! End the day with a truly rare and unique experience: a private ceremony at Kasuga Taisha. The main gates will close to the general public and the monks will light hundreds of individual lanterns. This ceremony is only performed for the shrine’s most important guests. Dinner will be at one of Kyoto’s top restaurants.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto</p><h2>Day 10: Transfer to Okinawa &amp; Ocean Adventures</h2><p>On Day 10 you will fly to Japan’s southernmost post, the island of Ishigaki, then transfer via boat to the tiny paradise of Taketomi. Here, you will unwind and enjoy a variety of ocean activities — snorkel, scuba, kayak, sail or simply read on the beach. You will spend the next 3 nights in an ocean-facing suite at Hoshinoya Taketomi.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>Hoshinoya Taketomi</p><p>Taketomi is graced by clear blue waters, breathtaking skies, white sands, and red-tiled roofs. Hoshinoya Taketomi is a luxury experience that harmonizes with the surrounding tradition and soothing ocean setting — it is the perfect accommodation for the modern traveler.</p><h2>Day 11: Island Hopping &amp; Indigenous Cats</h2><p>On Day 11, you can either continue to relax on the beach or meet up with a guide and explore some of the area’s cultural highlights. These include visits to local artisan villages, spectacular hikes, trips to neighboring islands to catch a glimpse of the rare indigenous Iriomote Cat, or a visit to the local awamori (alcohol made from long-grain rice) distillery.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>Hoshinoya Taketomi</p><h2>Day 12: At Your Leisure &amp; Hoshinoya Taketomi</h2><p>Your last full day in paradise. Once again, you may choose how to spend it — at your leisure or touring the area.</p><p><strong>Stay</strong><strong>: </strong>Hoshinoya Taketomi</p><h2>Day 13: Depart Japan</h2><p>Today you’ll catch a flight home from Ishigaki.</p>
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Archaeologists Sign Petition Protesting the Construction of a Machu Picchu Airport (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:01
<p>Peruvian archaeologists, historians and conservationists are banding together to petition against a new airport at <a href="" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a>.</p><p>The famous Incan ruin is Peru’s most famous tourist attraction, bringing in almost 1.5 million people in 2017 alone, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em>. In order to bring more people to the landmark, the Peruvian government has begun construction on an airport that would allow direct international flights.</p><p>Plans for the airport were announced back in 2012. But it was only earlier this year that bulldozers arrived to begin clearing ground at Chinchero, an Incan town considered to be the gateway to the Sacred Valley.</p><p>To get to Machu Picchu, tourists currently must fly into <a href="" target="_blank">Cusco Airport</a>, located about 50 miles south of the site. From there, a train or a bus will take visitors to the ancient citadel. The airport only has one runway, capable of carrying only narrow-body planes.</p><p>But the proposed Chinchero Airport would be capable of accommodating larger jets, allowing for direct flights from the U.S. to land close to the historic landmark.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Almost 6,000 people have signed a petition</a> to stop construction of the airport, saying that the project would cause “irreparable damage to the culture of Peru and humanity.”</p><p>“This is a built landscape; there are terraces and routes which were designed by the Incas,” Natalia Majluf, a Peruvian art historian at Cambridge University, told <em>The Guardian</em>. “Putting an airport here would destroy it.”</p><img alt="Machu Picchu threatened by Airport "src=""><p>Some people fear that a new international airport would create a storm of businesses competing for a slice of tourism money, with hotels and chain restaurants popping up overnight. Others have expressed concern that the noise from the airport would bring noise and air pollution to some of Peru’s most sacred and historical sites.</p><p>The Peruvian government still plans to move forward with the project, with the land expected to be completely cleared by September, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the magazine <i>Science</i></a>.</p>
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Nearly 38 Million Americans Expected to Clog Roads Over Memorial Day Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 08:37
<p>If you’re planning on taking a trip this <a href="" target="_blank">Memorial Day</a> weekend, be prepared for lots of crowds.</p><p>According to a statment by AAA, nearly 43 million Americans will be taking a Memorial Day weekend getaway this year, an increase of 3.6 percent, or about 1.5 million people.</p><p>AAA forecasts that 3.25 million people (an increase of 4.8 percent compared to last year) will be traveling by plane, 1.9 million passengers (an increase of 3.8 percent) will be traveling by bus, train or <a href="" target="_blank">cruise ship</a>, and a whopping 37.6 million (a 3.5 percent increase) will be <a href="" target="_blank">traveling by car</a>.</p><p>So much road travel can come with risks, and AAA predicts it will be rescuing 353,000 road trippers this Memorial Day weekend thanks to dead batteries, flat tires, and so on.</p><p>However, though average gas prices this year have risen over 30 cents, amounting close to $3 per gallon (or more, depending on which part of the country you’re in), this doesn’t seem to dampen anyone’s travel plans. In fact, global transportation analytics company INRIX predicts travel delays for anyone taking a road trip could reach up to two or three times longer than usual, depending on which metro area you’re traveling from.</p><img alt="Memorial Day weekend at Rehoboth beach, perhaps a bellweather on the economy "src=""><p>“Americans are eagerly anticipating the start of summer, and expensive gas prices won’t keep them home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Paula Twidale, vice president of AAA Travel in a statement.</p><p>If you are looking to avoid travel headaches on the road, INRIX and AAA suggest avoiding travel on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 in the late afternoon in places like Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles. Travelers in San Francisco and Houston could see congestion on Saturday and Sunday, while Monday may be the worst time to travel for people in Boston, Seattle, and Washington D.C.</p><p>Though travelers may be paying more at the pump, some of that cost could be made up in other ways, like car rental prices and hotels. According to AAA, car rental prices have declined 7 percent over last year, with an average daily rate of $55. Mid-range hotels are between 2 and 3 percent cheaper this year, with an average nightly rate of $146 and $183, respectively, as well.</p><p>Out of the many domestic destinations around the U.S., travelers are looking to <a href="" target="_blank">spend their holiday weekend</a> in cities like Orlando, New York, Las Vegas, Honolulu, and Anaheim. Other popular destinations include Seattle, Phoenix, Anchorage, Tampa, and San Francisco, according to AAA. Considering there are lots of <a href="" target="_blank">free, exciting Memorial Day events</a> like L.A. Zine Fest, Carnaval San Francisco, and the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C., it’s no wonder people are flocking to these cities.</p>
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The First-ever Open-water Beluga Sanctuary Will Welcome Two Adorable Whales in June

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:55
<p>Animal lovers now have a new reason to visit <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Adorable beluga whales</a> are a popular attraction to aquariums around the world, but like many other wild animals, they also risk losing their habitats due to human intervention such as population growth, new buildings along the coastline, fishing, and other problems that sea creatures face.</p><p>While the beluga whale is <a href="" target="_blank">not technically endangered</a> (except for one particular beluga population in Alaska), conservationists are working to keep this beautiful and lovable creature safe for the future.</p><img alt="Klettsvik Bay, Iceland "src=""><p>According to<em> <a href="" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a></em>, a conservation organization called Sea Life Trust in Iceland has created the world’s first open-sea beluga whale sanctuary and already has two beluga residents on their way.</p><p>The trust’s two 12-year-old female belugas, Little White and Little Grey, are traveling in June to Iceland after living in captivity at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, China, <em>Lonely Planet</em> reported. The two whales will find their new home in Klettsvik Bay on Heimaey Island where they can swim in the natural waters of the Beluga Sanctuary.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Thrillist</a></em>, beluga whales can dive thousands of feet below the water but generally stay around 60 feet below. The waters at the sanctuary are about 30 feet deep but cover an area that’s close to the size of about six football fields (34,455 square feet). Though the whales will be in slightly shallow waters, they’ll be able to spread their fins, so to speak, as much as they like.</p><p>The whales are currently being acclimated to the icy waters before their trip, <em>Thrillist</em> reported. Though belugas are Arctic creatures, the two whales have been swimming their entire lives in far warmer waters than they would have in the wild.</p><p>After the whales are fully acclimated and settled in their new home, visitors will be able to view the whales between Aug. 1 and Oct. 30, according to Thrillist. Boat ride prices will begin at $50 USD. The sanctuary is also home to a population of puffins and its own aquarium as well.</p><p>More information on the sanctuary and its first two residents can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">Sea Life Trust website</a>.</p>
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You Can Watch Movies in Bed at This Theater in Switzerland

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:28
<p> A movie theatre in <a href="" target="_blank">Switzerland</a> has installed double beds instead of seats — and they assume that everybody is going to behave themselves.</p><p>Eleven freshly-made beds make up the new “VIP bedroom” cinema at the <a href="" target="_blank">Cinema Pathé movie theatre</a>, which opened on Thursday in Spreitenbach, Switzerland.</p><img alt="Pathé Spreitenbach "src=""><p>The beds come equipped with two pillows and an electronically adjustable headrest. Guests can put on a pair of slippers and sip wine from the bedside table. Food options include popcorn, waffles, crepes and hot dogs. It’s all the comfort of watching a movie at home in your bed — but with none of the shame that comes from staying inside and refusing to make contact with the outside world.</p><p>“The offer is unique in Switzerland,” Venanzio Di Bacco, CEO of Pathé Switzerland, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>20 Minuten</em></a>. “But we tested the concept abroad and had no problems so far. "</p><img alt="Pathé Spreitenbach "src=""><p>And, despite movie theatres famously being an excellent location for making out, theatre owners are not worried about what anyone will do in the double beds. Di Bacco said that he did not feel that the cinema would become an “immoral” place.</p><p>But just in case you don’t trust other people (and why should you?), the theatre says it will change the bedsheets between every screening. “The hygiene aspect is very important to us,” Di Bacco told <em>20 Minuten</em>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">You Can Watch Movies on a Boat at This New Cinema in Prague</a></p><p>One ticket to a VIP bedroom screening will cost about $48 (49 francs) and includes snacks and non-alcoholic drinks during the film.</p>
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The TWA Hotel Has Officially Opened at New York City's JFK Airport

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:09
<p>After years of anticipation, the <a href="" target="_blank">TWA Hotel</a> at New York’s <a href="" target="_blank">John F. Kennedy Airport</a> opened its doors on Wednesday.</p><p>Trans World Airlines was one of the world’s most stylish airlines during the “golden age” of air travel in the 1960s. In 1962, the airline commissioned Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen to design its JFK terminal. The TWA Flight Center became a symbol of mid-century design, known for its wing-shaped roof and red-carpeted corridors.</p><img alt="TWA Hotel at JFK Airport "src=""><p>The space-age building closed in 2001 with the shuttering of the airline. There were worries that the building would be razed, but now it’s been transformed into one of the world’s most stylish on-site airport hotels.</p><p>Guests will be able to relax at the rooftop infinity pool, drink a themed cocktail at <a href="" target="_blank">The Sunken Lounge</a> (famous for having hosted the Beatles on their American tour) or step onto <a href="" target="_blank">a vintage 1958 Lockheed Constellation</a> for a drink.</p><p>The defunct airline’s iconic branding is all over the hotel. Amenity kits, keys, and bathrobes all feature the TWA logo and red-and-white color scheme.</p><p>“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” <a href="" target="_blank">MCR Development CEO Tyler Morse told Yahoo Finance</a>. “You will feel like you are in 1962, minus the cigarette smoke.”</p><p>The hotel will also feature <a href="" target="_blank">a food hall</a> with some of New York’s favorite mainstays, including Empanada Republic, The Halal Guys, and Fresh&amp;Co. Travelers who wish for something a bit more upscale can visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Paris Cafe</a>, helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.</p><p>All 512 of the hotel’s rooms are booked for its opening night. Nightly rates start at $249. But travelers will be able to visit for shorter amounts of time while on layover. The hotel is selling $25 passes for its gym and short-term stays, starting at $139 for four hours.</p><img alt="TWA Hotel JFK Airport "src=""><img alt="TWA Hotel JFK Airport "src=""><img alt="TWA Hotel JFK Airport "src=""><img alt="TWA Hotel JFK Airport "src="">
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Google Trips Now Puts All Your Travel Planning in One Place (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:03
<p>If you're like most people, when planning a trip you're spending weeks (or even months) researching, doing dozens of searches, making a handful of reservations, and going back and forth on platforms and sites trying to keep it all organized. Now Google has a plan to fix that.</p><p>Google announced Tuesday a new feature that will put everything related to your next trip in one place. Google's Trips which you can get to either by making travel-related searches in Google, or by navigating to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, will now automatically organize all your travel planning.</p><img alt="Couple traveling "src=""><p>“Travel planning is multisession in nature — it takes place over many days, many weeks,” Richard Holden, vice president of product management at Google, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Any trip content you have will be featured on that page.”</p><p>Trips provides easy access to Google's powerhouse travel tools, including <a href="" target="_blank">flight</a> and hotel search, while featuring both your confirmed reservations and whatever you've been considering in your searches.</p><p>“If [you] make a reservation via flight search or hotel search and get an email in Gmail confirming that reservation, we'll automatically take that content,” Holden told T+L. “And when you next type that, take you back into it.”</p><p>So, for example, if you're headed to Barcelona this summer, the next time you search “Barcelona” Google will know you aren't looking for basic information. Instead, if you have a flight booked or were already researching Park Güell, expect to see content tailored to you.</p><p>“We've spent a lot of time over the past number of years trying to make our subverticals (hotel search flight search) more comprehensive,” Holden told T+L. “What we haven't done yet is help the user connect the dots.”</p><p>Google plans to roll out the unified <a href="" target="_blank">Trips</a> info in Google Maps in the next few months.</p>
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Under Canvas Wants to Help the 39 Million Americans Who Can't Afford Summer Vacation With a 'Pay What You Can' Campaign

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 16:15
<p>Not only is travel beneficial for over-worked brains to get a bit of relaxation, traveling with friends and family can bring loved ones together. However, it’s estimated that <a href="" target="_blank">39 million Americans won’t go on summer vacation</a> this year because they can’t afford it.</p><p>After reading that figure, Sarah Dusek, CEO of glamping company <a href="" target="_blank">Under Canvas</a>, wanted to do something to make quality outdoor travel more economically accessible.</p><p>Now, Under Canvas is introducing their #paywhatyoucan campaign to give travelers the opportunity to take an amazing vacation at a price they can afford.</p><p>To apply, those who wish to pay a reduced price for a glamping experience this summer need to <a href="" target="_blank">fill out Under Canvas' application online</a>, explaining why they’d like to be selected for a trip, where they would like to go, how many people are in their household, and provide a range of their income.</p><p>The company will consider all applications that are submitted before the campaign deadline of Tuesday, June 4. Decisions will be announced June 7.</p><p>The selected families will receive a stay at one of the eight Under Canvas camps, paying only what they can afford. Under Canvas has locations in national parks around the country, including the <a href="" target="_blank">Great Smoky Mountains</a>, Mount Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Zion, Moab, Yellowstone, Glacier or Tucson. Accommodations include plush beds outdoors with terraces, sofas and even en-suite bathrooms.</p><p>Company representatives say they hope that the campaign will encourage applicants to spend quality time with their loved ones while igniting a passion to “protect and preserve our planet for generations to come.”</p>
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19 Comfy, Travel-friendly Shoes Made for Walking

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:33
<p>Walking is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to take in a new city. On foot, you can spot the details that bring a destination to life. It’s easy to lose track of time perusing the shops along Via del Corso in Rome, exploring <a href="" target="_blank">a bamboo grove in Kyoto</a>, or weaving your way through the medieval medina of Fez. But there’s no quicker way to shatter the magic of these <a href="" target="_blank">immersive cultural experiences</a> than wearing an uncomfortable pair of shoes.</p><p>Comfort vs. style has long been a classic conundrum for the fashion-conscious traveler. Your everyday flats may not necessarily be the best walking shoes for a packed itinerary, but something more orthopedic in design might have you cropping your <a href="" target="_blank">vacation photos</a> from the ankles up.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="">Comfortable Travel Shoes for Men</a></p><p>Some destinations call for a sturdier shoe due to rugged terrain or extreme weather — <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland in the winter</a>, perhaps — and in that case, you’ll need some trusty, <a href="" target="_blank">travel-friendly boots</a>. But when mild weather and walkable streets open up the possibilities, it gets a lot harder to choose the perfect pair.</p><p>We sorted through sneakers, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">sandals</a>, slip-ons, and every style of footwear in between to find the best walking shoes for women. Our picks are designed to maximize comfort — using technology like shock absorption, memory-foam insoles, and breathable upper fabrics — without compromising style.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Comfy Walking Sandals for Women</a></p><p>There is one more important element that sets an OK pair of travel shoes apart from the best travel shoes: <a href="" target="_blank">versatility</a>. If the same kicks can take you effortlessly from shopping to a six-hour <a href="" target="_blank">walking tour</a> to dinner, sans blisters, you’re set. We know it’s a ludicrous ask, but planning to wear only the pair on your feet makes it much easier to pack everything else to match. Plus, those five just-in-case pairs of shoes are often what add the most weight to your <a href="" target="_blank">luggage</a>. Wouldn’t you rather have the extra suitcase space to pick up a few souvenir pairs?</p><p>Below, we've rounded up the very best walking shoes for travel, in every style category. Oh, and one last suggestion: A weekend staycation is a great way to <a href="" target="_blank">break in your new favorite travel shoes</a> before you go.</p><h2>Best Casual Sneaker: Allbirds Wool Runner</h2><img alt="allbirds wool runner "src=""><p>Allbirds' superfine <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">merino wool sneakers</a> give you the best of both worlds with the feel of a slipper and the look of a sneaker. You get all the coziness of wool without any of the scratchiness. Plus, the outsole's unique "S-curve" was designed to distribute your weight more naturally, making them equally as supportive as they are soft. If you're usually a half-size, the brand recommends sizing up. Also, if you generally find you need more arch support for long days spent on your feet, we recommend <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">replacing the insole</a>.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $95</p><h2>Best Comfortable Flat: Everlane Day Glove Flat</h2><img alt="Best Walking Shoes for Travel: Everlane "src=""><p>Save precious suitcase space with a shoe that can take you from day to night. Everlane — one of Angelina Jolie’s <a href="" target="_blank">go-to brands for travel shoes</a> — makes this modern <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Day Glove flat</a> with buttery, molds-to-your-foot leather that pairs well with jeans, skirts, business attire, and beyond. They've even got durable rubber soles for slip-free grip and side vents to keep your feet from overheating.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $115</p><h2>Best Sandal With Arch Support: Olukai Upena Sandal</h2><img alt="walking sandals for women travel "src=""><p>If an easy pair of sandals is your vacation footwear of choice, you don’t need to give up on comfort. OluKai’s <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">crisscrossed leather pair</a> has an anatomically built footbed that feels better and better with every wear and the toe loop and adjustable ankle strap will keep your foot secure. It comes in six color options, and we love this gold and leather combo.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90</p><h2>Best Leather Sneaker: Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker</h2><img alt="Best Walking Shoes for Travel: Ecco "src=""><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Ecco Soft 7</a> has <a href="" target="_blank">been a traveler-favorite for a while</a>, and for good reason: it delivers on arch support and high-quality materials with simple, Scandinavian style. Though its supple leather upper is available in 13 colorways — from floral prints to metallics — keep in mind that when packing, neutrals will be the easiest to work with.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $160</p><h2>Best Knit Sneakers: Rothy's The Sneaker</h2><img alt="rothys comfortable sneakers for travel "src=""><p>Looking for a lightweight slip-on that's comfy right out of the box? Rothy's has you covered with its new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">slip-on sneaker</a>. The upper is made of the same upcycled material used for the brand's beloved <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">flats</a> — of which Meghan Markle is a fan — but it's been given a more sturdy sole that offers more support for a long day on the go. Both the sneaker and the removable insole are machine-washable, too.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $125</p><h2>Best Espadrilles: Cole Haan Cloudfeel Espadrille Sandal</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>The new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Cloudfeel collection</a> from Cole Haan is designed to live up to its name. They cored out the jute sole of a traditional espadrille and filled it with lightweight, super-cushioned foam to make it feel as if you're walking on air — whether you're on smooth pavement or bumpy cobblestone. The elasticized ankle strap makes it easy to slip on and off, too. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90</p><h2>Best Active Sneaker: Merrell Range AC+ Sneaker</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for women "src=""><p>These knit <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">walking shoes by Merrell</a> may look more like sneakers than <a href="" target="_blank">hikers</a>, but they hit all the basic technical points — like a high-grip outsole and a contoured insole with triple arch support — to keep your feet happy for all the miles ahead.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $120</p><h2>Best Leather Sandals: Born Trang Sandal</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>With a silhouette inspired by Menorcan-style avarca sandals, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Born's Trang</a> has recently become one of the brand's best-selling shoes and it's no wonder: the footbed is packed with cushion and the leather is super soft and supple.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $90</p><h2>Best Summer Travel Shoes: Sperry Seaport Boat Shoe</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>Heading to the coast this summer? Opt for this sophisticated take on the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">deck shoe</a> by Sperry. The 360-degree lacing system allows you to make the fit as wide or narrow as you need it to be, and they're cushioned with memory foam. Plus, the upper is pre-treated to withstand the effects of salt- or freshwater so you can wear your pair seaside without worry. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, from $60 (originally $100)</p><h2>Best Canvas Sneakers: Superga Cotu Sneaker</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>A favorite among the likes of <a href="" target="_blank">Kate Middleton, Emma Watson</a>, and even a mainstay in Princess Diana's casual travel wardrobe, the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Superga Cotu sneaker</a> has been a go-to for travelers for decades. This soft pink upper is a trendy update and there are even more colors <a href=";tag=tlcomfyshoesmadeforwalking-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00F4SUFNA&amp;linkId=5dfd95fcb4ecbc5ac9278f405cd5650d" target="_blank">available on Amazon</a>, but you can't go wrong with the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">original white canvas</a>.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $65</p><h2>Best Water Shoes: Sea Star Beachwear Slingback Espadrille</h2><img alt="comfortable womens water shoes sea star "src=""><p>Would you believe us if we said these sneaky <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">slingback espadrilles</a> are actually <a href="" target="_blank">water shoes</a>? With a fast-drying neoprene upper and a grippy rubber sole, they'll take you straight from lunch beneath the palm trees to a rocky surf, sans stubbed toes. And there's also a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">traditional beachcomber style</a> if you'd prefer the full-coverage upper. For both styles, we recommend sizing up if you typically wear a half size.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $96</p><h2>Best Slip-ons: Toms Clemente Slip-on</h2><img alt="womens walking shoes for travel "src=""><p>While you may be familiar with Toms' <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">classic alparagatas</a> and its philanthropic One-for-One mission, there are a few other shoe styles making waves with travelers, like the retro-inspired Clemente. This lightweight <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">canvas number</a> is equipped with Ortholite comfort insoles that rebound with each step. </p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $50</p><h2>Best Dress Shoes: Sarah Flint Rosie Loafer</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>Sarah Flint — a made-in-Italy brand beloved by celebrities like Meghan Markle and Amal Clooney — is known for effortless, feminine shoes like this <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">elevated loafer</a>. The footbeds have 3mm of extra padding for all-day walkability and the one-inch block heel is inset a bit to keep your steps from feeling clunky.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $345</p><h2>Best Casual Sneaker: Vionic Codie Casual Sneaker</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>One of <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah's favorite shoe brands</a>, Vionic is known for working with podiatrists to blend trend-forward style with comfort technology (like a biomechanically molded footbed and a shock-absorbing midsole). Reviewers are calling the slip-on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Codie sneaker</a> "extremely comfortable right out of the box."</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140</p><h2>Best Driving Shoes: M.Gemi Felize Suede Moccasins</h2><img alt="womens walking shoes for travel "src=""><p>Pebbled driving soles soften each step in M.Gemi's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">hand-crafted Felize moccasin</a>. We're into this pretty sage green this season, but there are also tons of colors available. In our experience, they fit perfectly true to size from day one, but if there's any chance of rain where you're headed or if you plan to spend some time exploring less-than-pristine city sidewalks (sorry, New York City) we recommend you <a href="" target="_blank">pre-treat them with a waterproofing spray</a>.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $198</p><h2>Most Stylish Flat: People Royale Flat</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for women "src=""><p>Made in Spain, this pointed-toe, leather <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">slip-on by Free People</a> is the perfect casual pair to step into for a day of wandering. Right out of the box, the leather feels ready to go. And if you like the asymmetrical silhouette, but want something a little more summer-ready, it also comes in an <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">open-toe style</a>.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $198</p><h2>Most Stylish Sandal: Beek Finch Sandal</h2><img alt="womens walking shoes for travel "src=""><p>With Beek's 100-percent leather sandals like the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Finch,</a> you're getting the best of both worlds: arch support that doesn't get in the way of unique design. It's molded into the slim sole of the sandals, all of which are handcrafted by artisans in Mexico. The brand makes a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">ton of other creative styles</a> if you're not into the toe-ring silhouette.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $280</p><h2>Best Loafers: Taryn Rose Faye Loafer</h2><img alt="womens walking shoes for travel "src=""><p>These sleek, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">pointed-toe flats</a> may not look like a comfort shoe, but the generously cushioned, shock-absorbing footbeds will prove otherwise. Designed by an orthopedic surgeon, this pick from <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Taryn Rose's line of luxury comfort styles</a> can easily be dressed up or down.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $140</p><h2>Best Walking Boots: Blondo Valli Waterproof Bootie</h2><img alt="best walking shoes for travel women "src=""><p>This cognac suede <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Blondo ankle boot</a> will take you seamlessly from breakfast to nightlife, adding a bit of sophisticated Western edge to dresses, skirts, and denim. There are seven different colors of suede and leather uppers, and they're all waterproof. The footbed is cushioned for natural-feeling comfort, and the low block heel is the perfect height for all-day wear.</p><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $160</p>
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You Can Now Earn Hilton Honors Points Every Time You Ride Lyft

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:33
<p>Starting Tuesday, May 14, Hilton Honors and Lyft are teaming up to give their customers a chance to earn more rewards points than ever before.</p><p>How exactly can you start earning points? First, link your Hilton Honors and Lyft accounts on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. As soon as you finish a ride, you’ll get double the points for every dollar spent on shared Lyfts, and three times the points for every dollar spent on economy, luxury, and extra seats.</p><p>The partnership gives Hilton Honors members an opportunity to rack up points — and the resulting rewards — even faster.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Hilton Is Launching the Hotel Brand of Business Travelers' Dreams</a></p><p>Lyft has a similar partnership with <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> that allows people to earn <a href="" target="_blank">one mile per dollar on rides within the U.S.</a>, and two miles for any cars booked from the airport.</p><p>“Our vision is for Lyft to be the most convenient and rewarding travel option for our riders and having a top tier hospitality partner, in addition to our current airline partnerships, brings us one step closer,” said David Baga, Lyft’s chief business officer. “We are always seeking to provide the best rider experience and often look to leading category partners to help deliver a great hospitality experience.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Hilton Honors member benefits</a> range from late checkout to <a href="" target="_blank">free hotel nights</a> to special offers (<a href="" target="_blank">like tickets to the Grammy's</a>).</p><p>The timing of the new partnership couldn’t be better with summer right around the corner, so here's your reminder to get traveling.</p>
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