A Harry Potter Takeover Is Making the World's Best Airport Even More Magical This Holiday Season (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 16:25
<p>Just when you thought the world’s best airport couldn’t get any more amazing, they go and outdo themselves.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">CNN Travel</a></em>, Singapore’s Changi Airport, voted the <a href="" target="_blank">World’s Best airport</a> by <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers, teamed up with Warner Bros. to install full-sized exhibits of locations shown in the<i> </i><a href="" target="_blank">“Harry Potter”</a> movies for travelers to explore as they wait for their flights. The massive installation is called <a href="" target="_blank">A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi Airport</a>.</p><img alt="Changi Airport, Harry Potter "src=""><p>Visitors to Terminal 3 can wander Hogsmeade Village — complete with a Honeydukes, Madam Puddifoot's tea shop, Zonko's and more — or galavant down Diagon Alley in search of brooms, books and other magical items.</p><p>In Terminal 2, be sure to steer clear of the Whomping Willow, and in Terminal 1, pop in to Newt Scamander's Menagerie to find all kinds of magical creatures.</p><img alt="Changi Airport, Harry PotterChangi Airport, Harry Potter "src=""><p>In addition to the installations, visitors can dress up, take part in Quidditch challenges, or enjoy some wizard themed holiday fun. Travelers also have tons of photo-ops around the airport, like posing in Ron Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia or sitting on top of a flying broomstick in the Quidditch shop.</p><img alt="Changi Airport, Harry Potter "src=""><p>Daily snow and light shows will be held during the holiday season as well, because no one does the holidays like Harry Potter, reported <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. And while you’re in the terminals, there will be plenty of places to pick up unique souvenirs. Visitors will still be able to access the other <a href="" target="_blank">incredible Changi Airport amenities</a> during this time, like plush lounges and the butterfly garden, as well.</p><img alt="Changi Airport, Harry Potter "src=""><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em>,</a> all of Changi Airport’s <em>Harry Potter </em>exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day now through mid-February. Activities within the installation will end on Jan. 6.</p><p>Honestly, if we could travel everywhere like this, we definitely would.</p>
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This Tiny Colorado Town Is the Quintessential American Ski Getaway

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:01
<p>As we sat before a crackling noonday fire in the Cat Barn — a rustic, <a href="" target="_blank">après-ski</a> cabin owned by <a href="" target="_blank">Eleven Experience</a>, in Irwin, Colorado — Alan Bernholtz waxed mystical on the <a href="" target="_blank">pleasures of winter</a>: the stillness, the fresh powder. “When you feel that resistance of snow, and it’s quiet, it’s just an indescribable experience that you want to have again,” he said.</p><img alt="Crested Butte Mountain Resort, in Colorado "src=""><p>I wasn’t sure I fully understood what he was talking about, but like an acolyte who had traveled far for a guru, I nodded enthusiastically. Bernholtz is the “minister of fun” for Eleven, an international luxury hotel group that has three properties — <a href="" target="_blank">Scarp Ridge Lodge</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Sopris House</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Public House</a> — in Crested Butte, the self-proclaimed “last great ski town in Colorado.”</p><p>Though Crested Butte, which is located 120 miles southwest of <a href="" target="_blank">Denver</a>, does have fantastic runs, Eleven chooses to base its skiing operations in Irwin, a once-thriving, now mostly empty mining town 10 miles away. Irwin racks up 300 inches of snowfall in a year — almost twice as much as Crested Butte.</p><p>After Bernholtz, a longtime mountain guide, had hauled me and a handful of other guests up to Irwin in a rubber-tracked 10-passenger snowcat, we set out to explore the wilderness: some on foot, others on skis. It wasn’t hard to discern the magic of Irwin on a clear February morning. Instead of crowded lift lines and slopeside bars, there was a preternatural stillness and untracked snow as far as the eye could see. I strapped on snowshoes for a recon of the area, walking past Eleven’s Movie Cabin, originally used as the house in <em>The Further Adventures of the Wilderness Family </em>(1978) and <em>Mountain Family Robinson </em>(1979)<i>,</i> two films that follow the escapades of an exasperated city family that has moved to the woods. (I could relate.) Like the Cat Barn, so named for its resident snowcats, Eleven often uses this intimate cabin as a casual hangout for guests.</p><p>Indeed, Eleven is all about creating bespoke, luxurious adventures in the wilderness. Founded by Chad Pike, a senior managing director at the Blackstone Group, the company takes its name from the infamous Marshall amplifier from <em>This Is Spinal Tap</em><i>,</i> the one with the extra digit of loudness. The base of operations is in Crested Butte, where Eleven opened Scarp Ridge Lodge, the flagship, in 2011. Typically booked on an exclusive-use basis, it sits on a side street in the circa-1885 Croatian Hall, its interior now updated with ski lockers in the foyer and a rooftop hot tub offering a perfect view of Mount Emmons. The four-room Sopris House followed in 2013, and in 2017, Eleven added the Public House, a restored 19th-century building on Elk Avenue. It has a pub on the ground floor, and three loft-style lodgings above, which guests can book individually.</p><img alt="Scarp Ridge Lodge, by Eleven Experience, in Crested Butte, Colorado "src=""><p>Crested Butte lacks the social-register buzz of towns like <a href="" target="_blank">Aspen</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Vail</a>, so it may seem an odd home base considering Eleven’s rarefied clientele. While there has been a quiet influx of money — typically second-home owners from Texas and Oklahoma — Crested Butte, like Telluride, is often regarded as the sort of place other places used to be. When people aren’t skiing or mountain biking, they are participating in quirky events like the Chainless World Championships, in which participants ride a bike without a chain seven miles downhill.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The 5 Best Colorado Ski Resorts That Aren't Aspen or Vail</a></p><p>But after spending some time at Eleven, the choice of Crested Butte began to make sense to me. Locals like Bernholtz really do think of nothing but the outdoors; some restaurants will even halt their lunch service because everyone is up on the mountain. And with those mountains, who could blame them?</p><h2>Colorado Trip Planner</h2><p>From Denver International Airport, rent a sturdy car for the five-hour drive to Crested Butte. Or fly on from Denver to Montrose (a two-hour drive away) or Gunnison (just 40 minutes).</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Eleven Experience</a> has three properties in town. The new Lofts at <a href="" target="_blank">Public House</a> <em>(doubles from $350)</em><i> </i>are on Elk Avenue, Crested Butte’s main street, with a lovely pub and underground taproom open to the public.</p><p>Multigenerational groups should consider <a href="" target="_blank">Scarp Ridge Lodge</a> <em>(from $15,700, all-inclusive)</em><i>,</i> available for buyout only, which has six rooms and a saltwater pool.</p><p>The four-bedroom <a href="" target="_blank">Sopris House</a> <em>(from $9,600, all-inclusive),</em> also buyout-only, has a private saloon and a copper hot tub.</p>
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This Hidden Wine Region Is Putting the Midwest on the Wine Map

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:45
<p>In northwest <a href="" target="_blank">Michigan</a>, where sand dunes tower above massive lakes and sweet cherries dangle from boughs, vineyards also string across hilltops. For years, two wine regions have for years been quietly excelling among the United States’ most underrated <a href="" target="_blank">wine culture:</a> cool-climate winemaking. Long under the radar, Michigan is finally beginning to take its place among the top emerging wine regions to watch. As it turns out, northwest Michigan — "Up North," as the locals call it — has a great wine scene, innovative winemakers, and a beautiful landscape, too. </p><p>Michigan — which currently ranks sixth in the U.S. in wine grape production — is home to five <a href="" target="_blank">American Viticultural Areas</a>, or designated grape growing regions. In the southwest corner, with roughly 20 wineries, is the Lake Michigan Shore AVA, which also includes the Fennville AVA. At the top of the lower peninsula is the new "Tip of the Mitt" AVA, with about five percent of the state’s grape acreage. </p><p>Then there are the two AVAs that are most worth traveling for, <a href="" target="_blank">both set on peninsulas flanking Traverse City</a> — some five hours northwest of <a href="" target="_blank">Detroit</a>; six hours northeast of <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a>; and due east of <a href="" target="_blank">Wisconsin</a>’s Sturgeon Bay. To the west of Traverse City, the Leelanau Peninsula juts fingerlike into Lake Michigan. To the east, the Old Mission Peninsula splits Grand Traverse Bay in half. Combined, the two are home to 35 wineries, grow nearly 55 percent of the state’s wine grapes, and some of the most picturesque wine touring in the United States.</p><p>Where else can you stand in a vineyard, gaze out across a sea-sized lake, and sip on sparkling wine? </p><p>Though set along the famous 45th Parallel — which also runs through <a href="" target="_blank">Piedmont</a> in Italy and the <a href="" target="_blank">Rhone Valley</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Bordeaux</a> in France — both the peninsulas are cool climate regions, and shine for cool climate winemaking styles and grape production. Think crisp Rieslings, bright Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay that make for bubbles that sparkle. What makes this region so good for quality grapes? Just three miles apart at their nearest point, the proximity to Lake Michigan tempers weather for each peninsula in unusual ways: it provides excessive snow (versus just freezing temperatures) which protects vines in winter. Come spring, the lake effect helps delay bud break, preventing damage to the buds when warming temperatures suddenly dive. And, it extends the overall growing season by as much as a month, which allows for full ripening. </p><p>Another reason these peninsulas are worth a visit: wineries there are branching out into new territory, experimenting with varietals and techniques previously rare in Michigan. The <a href="" target="_blank">wine regions around Traverse City</a> are Riesling heaven; cold winters and comparatively cool summers help whites keep their acidity, yet long daylight hours in summer allow grapes to build sugar. Lately, there has also been a boom in sparkling wine production in the area.</p><p>You can see the depth and breadth of the region’s winemaking by touring the two winemaking regions on either side of Traverse City, the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. For a scenic Michigan wine tour, head to the gorgeous Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas, home to dozens of wineries, plus quaint fishing towns and miles of beaches. Arrive — by car or via a flight into the region’s Cherry Capital Airport — and you can spend full days touring wineries, and stopping for a swim along the way. (Or lighthouse views. Or leaf tours in the fall. Or smoked fish in old shanty towns.)</p><p>Here’s where to drink, what to eat, and the best places to check out the scenery in between.</p><img alt="Black State Farms, Michigan Wine "src=""><h2>Leelanau Peninsula: Sand Dunes, Smokehouses, and Bubbles</h2><p>West of Traverse City, the <a href="" target="_blank">Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail</a> offers three different tasting routes and is home to a total of 25 wineries. </p><p><strong>West and North</strong></p><p>The wine trail's <a href="" target="_blank">Sleeping Bear Loop</a> stretches from the western edge of South Lake Leelanau to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with its 450-foot high sand bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan, and north to the area surrounding the town of Leland. Here, perched above serpentine South Lake Leelanau, is the charming 30-year-old <a href="" target="_blank">Bel Lago</a>, where they grow 100 varieties, but focus on cool-climate varieties — Auxerrois (a lesser known French variety), Chardonnay, and Riesling in three styles included — and also an ice wine, when the season permits. From Bel Lago, roll to the northern end of Lake Leelanau for a visit to Laurentide, where, in keeping with what the region has long done best, they focus to near exclusivity on whites — Pinot Gris, Fumé Blanc, and Riesling included. </p><p>It’s just a short jaunt to the quaint village of Leland, home of the 34-year-old <a href="" target="_blank">eponymous wine festival</a>, and the site of <a href="" target="_blank">Fishtown</a>, where wooden fisherman-style shacks cluster at the edge of Lake Michigan sending plumes of smoke into the crisp air. Lunch on smoked whitefish, a delicacy here, before heading north, where 10 other wineries dot the landscape between M-22 north and south. </p><p><strong>Northeast to South</strong></p><p>Across the Peninsula, outside of <a href="" target="_blank">Suttons Bay</a>, off of M-22 south, bottles hang from trees at <a href="" target="_blank">Black Star Farms</a>, with perfect pears, like ships in bottles, sprouting within. In the spring, bottles are placed over the pear buds in the orchard. At harvest time, the bottles — now with fully grown pears inside — are filled with pear brandy from the same vineyard. Beyond spirits, though, Black Star is dedicated to wine — and especially whites — and the Arcturos line regularly produces some of Michigan’s best wines, from multiple types of Riesling to Chardonnay. </p><p>Further south still is <a href="" target="_blank">Mawby</a>. Mawby set the standard in the region for sparkling wines, and it remains their focus to this day. While they started out with table wine, in 1984 founder Larry Mawby, believing the cool climate would be perfect for sparkling wine, began producing a cuvee brut in the traditional style, méthode champenoise, or fermented in bottle. By 2000, he had discontinued still wines, and focused exclusively on sparkling. Today, Mawby produces Blanc de Blancs, Cremants, Brut Rosé, and more. </p><p>Making just 5,000 cases per year, <a href="" target="_blank">Shady Lane</a> focuses largely on cool climate wines. Fall or winter, you can visit their tasting room inside a restored fieldstone chicken coop; come summer, the winery serves up everything from Grüner Veltliner to Gewurztraminer in their covered outdoor tasting pavilion.</p><img alt="Shady Lane Cellars, Michigan Wine "src=""><h2>Old Mission: Lighthouses, Orchards, and Pinot</h2><p>Roll through the hilly orchards and farmlands of the <a href="" target="_blank">Old Mission Peninsula</a> on M-37, but plan on stopping en route. Farmstands sprout along the roadsides offering everything from cherries to apples, and, of course, pumpkins in fall. </p><p>Michigan’s first large-scale planting of European vinifera grapes — Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Riesling — versus native grapes or hybrids, were planted on the Old Mission Peninsula in 1974. Today, its nine wineries also grow Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In addition to making dry and still wines, several of the nine wineries here also make sparkling and ice wines. </p><p><strong>South to North</strong></p><p>The newest tasting room on the Old Mission Peninsula belongs to an older winery: <a href="" target="_blank">Mari Vineyards</a> first planted grapes in the area in 1999. The sprawling winery itself opened in 2016, boasting the area’s first extensive underground wine cave. Today, Mari produces some classic Italian varietals, as well as Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Riesling. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Chateau Grand Traverse</a>, among the region’s oldest wineries and largest producers, still cleaves to varieties that thrive in cooler climates, such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot and Gamay Noir. </p><p>Beyond just grapes, lavender flourishes at <a href="" target="_blank">Brys Estate</a>, set just one mile from — and overlooking — the East Bay. They produce everything from Sauvignon Blanc to Gewürztraminer in whites, and four reds: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and a Cabernet-Merlot blend. </p><p>From atop <a href="" target="_blank">Chateau Chantal</a>’s 65-acre estate, watery vistas abound. Both the Grand Traverse East and West Bays fill the horizon. In addition to the local wines, which range from very dry to lightly sweet as well as an eau de vie made from Michigan cherries, Chateau Chantal also produces a Malbec sourced from their Argentina estate. </p><p>Near the very tip of the Mission Peninsula is the outlier, the über-modern <a href="" target="_blank">2 Lads Winery.</a> In addition to sustainable practices and views of the East Bay, 2 Lads brings a focus on cool climate reds — Pinot Noirs, especially — and sparkling wines. </p><p>Beyond them all, past the acres of grapes and hilltop wineries, stands the now decommissioned <a href="" target="_blank">Old Mission Lighthouse </a>— where, in addition to hiking and picnicking, it’s also possible to sign on for a one-week stint as the keeper. Perhaps the perfect way to detox after a long weekend of everything from bone-dry bubbles to ice wine. <br /> </p>
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A Budget Airline Passenger Who Wanted Water Was Given a Cup of Ice and Told to 'Wait for It to Melt' (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:34
<p>A complimentary soft drink is one of the few free perks many travelers still get to enjoy on their flights. But this practice is no longer guaranteed — especially on budget airlines.</p><p>According to his Facebook post, passenger Gene Goh was on a Scoot flight between Singapore and <a href="" target="_blank">Osaka, Japan</a>. When the flight was delayed, Goh says he asked for a cup of water. Sounds like an easy enough request.</p><p>But, Goh wrote, the flight attendant serving him told him that the airline only offers bottled water for purchase.</p><p>Naturally, Goh seemed a little shocked that such a basic commodity would not be provided to him unless he paid for it. Many airlines consider water part of their usual drink service, often pouring bottled water into cups instead of serving the whole bottle. Goh claims he would have even been OK with tap water.</p><p>Since Goh was unwilling to pay for a bottle, he said the flight attendant served him a cup of ice and told him he could wait for it to melt. Sure, ice is just frozen water, but this doesn't exactly seem like the most timely or accommodating solution.</p><p>“All I am asking is just a cup of water, I wouldn't care if it was from the tap. I hope that there could be some sort of care for passengers, not being unreasonable over here,” Goh wrote on Facebook. Many commenters have voiced their opinions on the matter, some supporting Goh and others criticizing him for not just ponying up the cash.</p><p>Considering dehydration is a serious medical issue on a flight, it’s not entirely unacceptable to expect free water. Though, airlines now charge for lots of things that used to be free, like carry-on bags, headphones, or a blanket and pillow on a long-haul flight.</p><p>Furthermore, according to a flight attendant who spoke to <em><a href=";IR=T" target="_blank">Business Insider</a></em>, regular tap water might actually be the worst thing you can order on a plane; a study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that one in every eight planes fails the standards for water safety. </p><p>That means <a href="" target="_blank">ice water, plain water, coffee, and tea</a> can be hazardous to your health if an airline is not keeping their water and cleanliness up to standard, and this opens up room for the possibility of a lawsuit if a passenger becomes ill. This is also why many airlines consider <a href="" target="_blank">bottled water part of their usual drink service</a>.</p>
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A 21-year-old Was Kicked Off His Flight and Detained for Sending a 'Terrorist' Snapchat Joke

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:21
<p>There’s a time and a place to express your sense of humor, but while waiting for your plane to take off is not one of them.</p><p>A 21-year-old man on a <a href="" target="_blank">Jet Airways</a> flight found this out the hard way when he made a joke about being a “terrorist” on social media while waiting for his flight from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport in Kolkata to Mumbai, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Fox News</a>.</p><p>The passenger, Yogvedant Poddar, was allegedly seen covering his face with a handkerchief to take a selfie. His caption allegedly said, “Terrorist on flight, I destroy women's hearts,” <em><a href="" target="_blank">Newsweek</a></em> reported. According to the Times of India, another passenger seated near Poddar saw the photo and told the crew.</p><p>The plane quickly turned back before even taking off. Once it reached the gate, Poddar was detained for “mischievous activity on board" and for language "which was inferred as a security threat,” reported <em>Newsweek</em>.</p><p>“After taking his seat, he covered his face with a handkerchief and started sending WhatsApp messages from his phone,” said a security official to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Times of India</a></em>. Fox News reported that Poddar was using Snapchat. A police officer also told the <em>Hindustan Times</em> that Poddar would not show his phone to the crew when they asked him, which only contributed to the suspicious situation from the crew’s perspective.</p><p>Poddar, who was traveling with his friends, explained to officers that he was only joking. However, making a terrorist joke in 2018 is generally <a href="" target="_blank">considered a bad move</a>. Poddar’s baggage was also examined when he was taken in by police, but nothing suspicious was found. According to the <em>Times of India</em>, Poddar was handed over to local police after the examination.</p><p>According to <em>Newsweek</em>, Poddar’s “joke” ended up causing his flight to be delayed one hour and 10 minutes. Siva Murgan, deputy commissioner of the Bidhannagar Police, told <em>Newsweek</em> that an “inquiry is on” regarding the incident.</p>
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Travel Deal Tuesday Has Flights to Asia’s Top Cities Starting at $391 Round-trip

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:11
<p>While Black Friday and <a href="" target="_blank">Cyber Monday</a> both bring a slew of travel deals each year, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is often the best day to score cheap flights to the greatest variety of destinations, according to fare prediction app <a href="" target="_blank">Hopper</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Travel Deal Tuesday</a> brings a range of flight deals offered directly by airlines and by booking platforms, with some of the top deals including up to half off round-trip flights.</p><p>Travelers will find a range of domestic deals and plenty of discounts to international locales. Many of the top deals we spotted on the Hopper app were to some of Asia's most popular destinations. </p><p>Deals to Japan, <em>Travel + Leisure</em>'s 2018 <a href="" target="_blank">Destination of the Year</a>, are discounted at 50 percent off, according to Hopper, with flights starting at $394 round-trip from Los Angeles to <a href="" target="_blank">Okinawa</a>, $412 round-trip from Los Angeles to <a href="" target="_blank">Osaka</a>, and $502 round-trip from San Francisco to Osaka.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Japan's Coolest New Hotels, From Glamping Near Mount Fuji to a Snowy Chalet in Hokkaido</a></p><p>Deals to <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a> also start at $448 round-trip (down 30 percent) from Los Angeles and at $489 round-trip (down 50 percent) from New York City. The deals are available for travel dates from January through May 2019, giving travelers a chance to enjoy the country’s <a href="" target="_blank">prime skiing</a> and winter scenery, plus <a href="" target="_blank">smaller crowds and discounted hotels</a> during its slower tourist season from January through March. </p><p>Discounted flight prices to <a href="" target="_blank">Bangkok</a>, Thailand include $429 round-trip flights from San Francisco, $460 round-trip flights from Los Angeles, $469 round-trip from New York City, and $540 round-trip flights from Seattle.</p><p>Travelers will also find flights to <a href="" target="_blank">Beijing</a> starting at $399 round-trip from Los Angeles, $468 round-trip from Dallas and Phoenix, $482 round-trip from Denver, and $525 round-trip from Chicago.</p><p>Flights to Shanghai start at $391 round-trip from Los Angeles, $461 round-trip from Seattle, $513 round-trip from Phoenix, $516 round-trip from Denver, $549 round-trip from Portland, $554 round-trip from Chicago, $557 round-trip from Washington, D.C., and $568 round-trip from Dallas.</p><p>There are also flights starting at $457 round-trip and $470 round-trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Phuket</a> from Los Angeles and New York, respectively, while flights to <a href="" target="_blank">Seoul</a> start at $407 round-trip from Los Angeles, $491 round-trip from Seattle, and $498 round-trip from San Francisco.</p><p>Travelers will also find flights for under $500 round-trip to Manila, Taipei, Bali, Ho Chi Minh, and Hong Kong from a variety of U.S. cities, and deals to India starting at $490 round-trip from San Francisco.</p><p>Passengers will want to act fast to snag the deals. The best way to find them right now is using <a href="" target="_blank">Hopper's Travel Deal Tuesday</a> search function in <a href="" target="_blank">its app</a> for the top deals of the day, and you can also try searching your desired dates and destination with <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>.</p><p>And once you book your flights, you may want to <a href=";afflid=TL%2CTravelTuesdayIsHereWithFlightDealsThatWillMakeYouForgetAboutCyberMonday%2Cnruggiero1271%2CNEW%2CART%2C727702%2C201811%2CI" target="_blank">head to Orbitz</a> to save up to 50 percent on hotels or to <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";intlid=us_hpv3_merch_b1_wintersale" target="_blank"></a> to save up to 40 percent before their sales end too.</p>
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Starbucks Has Concocted a New Holiday Beverage

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:33
<p>Your Starbucks addiction may finally pay off.</p><p>On Tuesday, the coffee giant announced the return of its <a href="" target="_blank">Starbucks for Life</a> contest. Just as the name implies, contestants who are currently enrolled in its Starbucks Rewards program may enter to win free daily drinks for 30 years, worth a grand total of $56,575. However, if you’re not one of the five lucky grand prize winners you can still take home one of the company’s other prizes, which include daily, weekly and monthly drink giveaways, totaling an estimated $1.6 million in caffeinated prizes to keep you going.</p><p>But, that’s not the only thing Starbucks has going on this season. It also announced that the Juniper Latte is finally available in stores nationwide. The drink, which made its debut at select stores last winter, is now available to anyone sick of the same old Eggnog Latte.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Food&amp;Wine</a></em>, the drink comes with juniper syrup along with notes of sage that somewhat resemble the taste of a gin cocktail. In the concoction, customers will also find espresso and milk that combine into a smooth, mellow taste. The drink also comes topped with citrus and juniper sugar to finish off this holiday treat.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Starbucks in Mexico City Will Be Run Entirely by Senior Citizens</a></p><p>But, if you want in on the juniper goodness you better act fast as it’s only here for a limited time. And if this drink isn’t doing it for you fear not, as Starbucks is also offering its other traditional seasonal drinks including Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Gingerbread Latte and the aforementioned Eggnog Latte.</p><p>Oh, and one more thing: If you’re going to only get one Starbucks drink this season make sure to go in and indulge on Saturday, Dec.1. On that day, which also marks <a href="" target="_blank">World AIDS Day</a>, Starbucks will donate 20 cents for every latte purchased in participating U.S. and Canada stores with funds going to the Global Fund to help (RED) fight AIDS. Giving back and getting to taste the season, what’s better than that?</p>
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Travel and Leisure - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:29
<p>If you’re really looking to get away from it all this winter, then <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> is here to help. In fact, they’re willing to pay for your getaway too, but with one major catch: You need to be willing to stay in one of the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";locale=en_US" target="_blank">most remote hotels in the world</a>.</p><p>Just 450 people live in the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland. The nearest community is a whopping 497 miles away. It sits at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, where icebergs abound. And it’s exactly where <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> wants you to spend your winter holiday.</p><p>Starting today, <a href="" target="_blank">Travel Tuesday 2018</a>, through Dec. 31, will be picking up the tab for bookings at the Guest House in Ittoqqortoormiit for travel throughout the month of March.</p><p>At the <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";locale=en_US" target="_blank">Guest House</a>, guests can choose from its seven rooms, each of which come with comfy plush beds and common areas for lounging with other adventurers. Though the rooms are certainly nice, the real reason for the trip is right outside its doors.</p><p>In Ittoqqortoormiit guests can take part in dog sledding missions across the icy terrain, but watch out, as polar bears and other arctic wildlife including musk oxen, reindeer, and walruses may be roaming around (it is their home too, after all).</p><p>After a day on the ice, guests can sit back, relax, and enjoy a local meal. Though, the trip may also be best for those who enjoy a good meat or fish dish as fishing and hunting are really the only means of foraging for food in the area.</p><p>Finally, guests can top off their excursion by stepping outside to experience the glorious <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Lights</a> show above.</p><p>While <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> is picking up the room tab, guests will still have to get to the town themselves. That,, explained, takes “two planes, a jaw-dropping helicopter, and a bumpy ATV ride,” but really, it’s all a part of the exciting journey. Now, you’ve just got to pack your warmest winter coats, book your flight, and get there.</p>
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Oprah's Favorite Travel Sneakers Are on Sale for 40% Off Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 17:15
<p>Each year, Oprah brings the world her very <a data-ecommerce="true" href=";docId=1003017751&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tloprahsfavoritesneakers-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=43e3abc78a604fcce99e1fcf5c0ab53a&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">personal list of favorite things</a> including clothing, books, tech, food, and more.</p><p>The list is indeed hand-selected by the queen of talk shows herself and gives fans everywhere the opportunity to say “Oprah told me to buy it.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah's Favorite Gadget Will Help You Find Everything You Crammed Into Your Carry-on</a></p><img alt=" "src=""><p>And because <a href="" target="_blank">Oprah is such a globetrotter</a> herself, it’s no surprise that so many of the items on this year’s list are perfect for travelers, including <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Vionic’s midi slip-on sneakers</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">19 Pairs of Sneakers Celebrities Love to Wear on the Go</a></p><img alt="Slip-On Sneakers for Women "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $78 (originally $130)</p><p>"Treat feet to these sneakers designed to hug arches and support natural alignment with an orthotic insert. They're super comfortable,” Oprah says.</p><p>As Vionic describes, the sneaker makes casual look chic with a new, perforated leather upper that comes in five different colors. The sneaker also provides <a href="" target="_blank">all-day comfort for travelers</a> walking around the globe thanks to its twin gore panels and removable microfiber-covered EVA orthotic inserts. The shoes are so comfortable and so perfect for walking that they are even recommended by another influencer, celebrity doctor <a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Weil</a>.</p><p>Travelers can add these kicks to their wish list on sale for just $78 (originally $129) at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Hey, if it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for us.</p>
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NASA's Attempt to Land on Mars Today Will Be Intense — Here's How to Watch It Live

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 17:01
<p>Applause, laughter, hollering. You'll hear all that today from <a href="" target="_blank">NASA</a>’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mission Control in Pasadena, California if its InSight spacecraft successfully touches down on Mars. Due to reach the Red Planet's surface just before 11:53 a.m. PST/2:43 p.m. EST today, InSight will attempt to land using a parachute and retrorockets. Just six minutes before it attempts a landing, it will have been traveling at 14,100 mph.</p><p>This is going to be tense.</p><h2>How difficult is it to land on Mars?</h2><p>Almost half of the attempts to land on Mars fail. Although 70+ robotic spacecraft, orbiters, landers, and rovers have made the trip to Mars, 40 percent of them have been lost during landing. Engineers will be hoping there won't be a dust storm going on when InSight comes in to land, though the real problem is speed. Having launched on May 5, 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as it enters the atmosphere of Mars, InSight will be traveling at 14,100 mph. It's hoped that a supersonic parachute, 12 descent engines, and some shock-absorbing legs will slow it down enough for a safe landing. However, a high-speed crash remains a risk.</p><h2>How to live-stream Insight's landing on Mars</h2><p>You can <a href="" target="_blank">watch InSight’s attempt to land on Mars live on NASA TV</a>. On Monday, Nov. 26, NASA TV will broadcast the landing from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST/2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. There will then be a post-landing news briefing no earlier than 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST. You can also watch the landing on <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">UStream</a>.</p><h2>How will NASA know when InSight lands safely?</h2><p>Bringing live coverage from 91 million miles away will not be easy. NASA will use radio telescopes in Green Bank, West Virginia and also in Germany to listen out for radio signals from InSight. The entry, descent, and landing phases will each emit a slightly different radio frequency, enabling engineers to track InSight's progress. InSight will also send a "tone beacon" when it touches down on Mars, and again seven minutes later, but much more loudly. It’s hoped that the radio telescopes will pick up those signals, though NASA also has a couple of CubeSats orbiting Mars that could help relay the signals.</p><h2>Where will InSight land on Mars?</h2><p>The area where InSight is landing is called Elysium Planitia, a particularly flat area of Mars where hazardous loose rocks are absent. Just north of its equator, it's also a great place for InSight's solar panels to generate power for long periods. However, dust storms are common in this area. Still, this second largest volcanic region on Mars is an ideal place for InSight to land because of the science it is designed to perform. Unlike NASA's famous rovers Curiosity and Opportunity, InSight will remain in the exact place it lands.</p><img alt="NASA Landing Pia "src=""><h2>What will InSight do on Mars?</h2><p>InSight is designed to detect Marsquakes. Built by Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, InSight will measure the frequency and intensity of Marsquakes, with mission scientists expecting to see between 12 and 100 Marsquakes during the two-year mission. The seismic data collected by InSight will also be used to figure how Mars was formed, and reveal much about its internal structure, which geologists know very little about. It will also slam a self-hammering heat flow probe about 16 feet into the Martian surface to take the planet's temperature. The mission will last for one Martian year (the time it takes for Mars to complete one orbit of the sun), which equates to 26 Earth months.</p><h2>Is Curiosity still on Mars?</h2><p>Although NASA's Curiosity rover only had a two-year mission when it landed on Mars in 2012, the robot has since traveled about 12 miles around Gale Crater, and is still conducting science. However, NASA's Opportunity rover, which landed in 2004, looks to have finished its mission after engineers lost contact with it in August 2018.</p><h2>Are there any other missions to Mars planned?</h2><p>Next up is NASA's Mars 2020 rover, which is modeled on Curiosity and planned to launch in summer 2021 for a February 2021 landing. It will use a robotic arm, and a drill, to collect rocks and soil samples from Jezero Crater just north of the Martian equator, and if it finds anything interesting, it will leave it in a box for a possible future "sample return" mission, possibly by humans. Mars 2020 will also look for water, test oxygen-producing tech, and collect data on weather, wind, radiation, and dust.</p><p>After all, if we are going to send humans to Mars, we're going to need to know much more about what its surface is like ... and how bad those Marsquakes are.</p>
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The Newest iPad Is $80 Off at Walmart — and Selling Fast

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 15:52
<p>Before you drop your hard-earned cash on a new tablet, check out this deal from Walmart that is way too good to pass up. Right now, savvy tech consumers can buy the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">latest generation of the iPad for only $249</a> (that’s $80 off the original price of $329).</p><p>This 32GB, wifi-enabled, 6th Generation tablet comes in Space Gray or Silver and has a 9.7 inch Retina display screen. Not only is this Apple’s latest design for the iPad — complete with the more advanced 8MP iSight camera and multi-touch display — it also supports the Apple Pencil for people who are looking to do a little more with their new toy than just checking their email and streaming Netflix.</p><p>And for shoppers looking for tablets with more space, Amazon has the 128GB <a href=";tag=tlipadcybermonday-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07BTPZ5YV&amp;linkId=b45538054a2cae0a8b10cab12d77908a" target="_blank">6th generation iPad</a> for $50 off right now. And you can also score an <a href=";tag=tlipadcybermonday-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B018UR4FP0&amp;linkId=19634a63673fcecfed280e7593bb9254" target="_blank">iPad Mini 4</a> (wifi + cellular) at Amazon for $129 off. This iPad, while smaller, also has 128GB of space and a 10-hour battery life.</p><p>Both iPads make excellent <a href="" target="_blank">gifts for travelers</a> who want to travel light and work efficiently when they’re on the go.</p><p>Walmart also has loads of incredible <a href="" target="_blank">Cyber Monday deals</a>, including other electronics like high definition TVs, headphones, gaming consoles, laptops, and more. There are also deep sales on clothing, housewares, toys, and other amazing gifts in every department.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a> is also shelling out incredible tech discounts for Cyber Monday as well, including <a href="" target="_blank">$190 off Bose headphones</a>.</p><p>Cyber Monday deals don’t last very long, so it’s best to shop early to get the exactly what you need for everyone your list. Plus, you don’t have to camp out in front of the store or battle the crowds to get the best savings.</p><h2>Apple iPad (Latest Model) 32GB WiFi</h2><img alt="Cyber Monday Apple iPads "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $249 (originally $330)</p>
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This Instagram Account Shows What Popular Movie Locations Look Like Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:31
<p>Do you ever get excited when you see a movie and recognize the places they filmed?</p><p>Besides huge landmarks like the Empire State Building, you can see tons of lesser known locales all over the country that are immortalized on film. And one Instagram account, <a href="" target="_blank">@hollywood_irl</a> is one place on the internet where you can find a side-by-side comparison between <a href="" target="_blank">the movie and it’s real location</a>.</p><p>The account owner, Steve Peterson, wrote on Instagram, “Over the past few years I've visited many filming locations and collected a ton of pics. Figured I should probably put them all together in one place.”</p><p>Peterson has been taking photos since 2001, but took a real interest in film locations in 2014, when he took a trip to Hawaii for a "LOST" event. “I ended up having a lot of fun finding locations and seeing what they were like in real life and people seemed to really enjoy my photos,” he said.</p><p>Usually, Peterson meticulously plans out his travels in order to find locations, rarely resorting to tour buses since he found it easier to get better photos if he struck out on his own,</p><p>“I need to gather screencaps, map out routes, assemble spreadsheets, and check Google Street View to make sure the places still exist/look familiar. Very rarely do I ever just stumble upon a location while on vacation,” said Peterson.</p><p>While scrolling through the feed, you can see tons of different places from your favorite movies and TV shows — some very recognizable, and some a little more obscure.</p><p>Among the famous locations Peterson has captured includes The McCallister’s home from "Home Alone<i>,"</i> which in real life has a little less Christmas sprit than you’d imagine. You can also see the spot where they filmed Tom Hanks sitting on the bench in "Forrest Gump." Sadly, the bench is no longer there.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>He also captured some smaller locations from movies like "The Dark Knight," "Mulholland Drive" and "La La Land," as well as TV shows like "LOST," "Stranger Things" and "Hawaii Five-O<i>."</i></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>For more Hollywood magic, film fans can follow the account on <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</p>
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We Know Where You’re From Based on What You’re Buying at the Airport (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:16
<p>What traveler hasn’t browsed through books, magazines, and <a href="" target="_blank">candies</a> at the airport to pass time before a flight? If that includes you, you’ve probably been a customer of <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson Group</a>, the largest travel retailer in North America with over 1,000 airport shops. And they know more about you than you might think.</p><p>For example, travelers from the Northeast are more likely to buy allergy medication than in any other region, while West Coast travelers purchase more eye drops than East Coast travelers. Hmmm… trees and greenery in the Northeast and dry desert air in the West?</p><p>When it comes to pre-flight sweets, West Coasters go for gummy bears or sour gummy worms, while East Coasters prefer salty and sweet flavors, munching on chocolate-covered pretzels instead. West Coasters are more likely to be sipping on an iced coffee before departure, maybe trying to keep up with East Coast caffeine-fueled pace?</p><p>Reading material is also a giveaway. Health and wellness magazines are more popular with West Coasters. They also go for tabloids, probably keeping up with the latest fitness trends and Hollywood gossip, naturally. East Coasters lean towards high-end fashion and beauty magazines, with New Yorkers more likely to be reading <em>The New Yorker</em>, duh. </p><p>Zeroing in on customer preferences is not only revealing and fun at Hudson Group, the information helps keep their shops stocked with travelers’ needs. This is especially important for travelers during the holiday season as <a href="" target="_blank">record-breaking passenger traffic expected</a>.</p><p>As much as we all hate to be predictable, we know you’ll be thinking about this the next time you stop at Hudson News or <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson Bookseller</a> for a snack or something to read before your trip. Don’t be self-conscious, grab that bag of gummy bears or pretzels. They know you want to.</p>
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Why Bartering Will Make You a Better Traveler

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:01
<p>Entering the souks in Marrakech feels a little like preparing for battle. Among the ceramic tagines and the leather mules, you’ll find vendors hawking almond pastries and syrupy dates by the vat. You’ll side-step motorbikes and inhale clouds of turmeric, armoring yourself against the the drone of shouting hagglers. When you locate something you’re willing to fight for, you’ll have to do just that: <em>fight</em>. Bartering is a local tradition and a cultural idiosyncrasy — it’s part of the game here, and tourists are not excluded.</p><p>On my 6th day in the city, I <a href="" target="_blank">found myself in Marrakech’s</a> central carpet bazaar, bickering with a bearded man over a hand-woven wool rug. “You will never find a husband with an attitude this stubborn” he told me, throwing up his hands. “Such a shame.”</p><p>Well. I have<i> yet</i> to find a husband, but I <em>am</em> the proud owner of a stunning Moroccan carpet, for which I paid approximately 250 Dirhams ($25) after 45 minutes of high-stakes negotiating. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful things I own — and it would have cost a small fortune at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Anthropologie</a>. But that’s not the point, here. Rug aside, there is a certain pride that comes along with the act of bartering on foreign land. However hostile it may sometimes feel, it remains a powerful means of immersion.</p><p>“[Haggling is] part art and part science,” <a href="" target="_blank">says</a> travel reporter, Suemedha Sood. “Participating in the tradition can make travelers feel accepted — like they’re in on the secret.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Website Will Let You Barter Your Skills and Belongings for Free Stays at Charming Properties Around the World</a></p><p>Bartering is a little bit like dancing. To use a cliché, it takes two. But it <em>also</em> requires a certain rhythm, a focus on conversation, and some sense of mutual respect. In the states, we attribute value to things based on price tag, but any country that relies on a system of negotiation allows folks to assess the quality of an item based on the circumstances. And by the same token, it allows <i>vendors</i> to name prices on a case-by-case basis. It’s a mutual exchange, and it's always fluid.</p><p>“Exchange is personal,” <a href="" target="_blank">says David Graeber</a>, a professor at the London School of Economics. “If you’re trading with someone you care about, you’ll inevitably also care about her enough to take her individual needs, desires, and situation into account.”</p><p>We’re not typically opposed to a system of bargaining (think eBay), but some of the magic is lost when we do so on our own turf. Negotiating your salary is not <em>quite</em> the same as talking shop with a Berber ceramicist. I fell in love with the art of haggling in Marrakech, specifically, because it was the most direct and open line of communication I had to local culture. It was my way of pushing through discomfort and emerging on the other side, carpet in hand, plus an excellent travel story to go with it.</p><p>For most, the biggest turn-off in bartering is merely the fact that it’s a form of head-to-head combat. “Not only does this process take time—both the actual haggling and the research required,” <a href="" target="_blank">says</a> financial journalist Timothy B. Lee. “But many people (including me) find it unpleasant.”</p><p>At it’s best, however, <a href="" target="_blank">travel <em>requires</em><i> </i>a little piece of that discomfort</a>. To barter is to declare your value to someone, and in turn, to allow them to dictate their own — equal parts humbling and empowering. It’s a form of candid, open engagement with locals in their own context, and often times, they enjoy it as much as you do. You’re not observing from the outside, you’re participating.</p><p>“Now you go home and you have a beautiful thing,” a souk vendor in a long white caftan told me, grinning, having sold me on a pair of leather sandals. “And when you wear your beautiful thing, you will think of the Moroccan man who gave it to you.”</p>
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This Top-rated Backpack With a Built-in Cooler Is on Sale for $30 Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:55
<p>Amazon: what a wonderful place to find great deals on anything under the sun, from <a href="" target="_blank">the comfiest travel pillow</a> out there to <a href="" target="_blank">super-popular wireless headphones</a> (with three different levels of noise-reduction, might we add) to even <a href="" target="_blank">DNA testing kits</a> that you can do from the comfort of your own home. Ah, the world of online shopping. And now with Cyber Monday sales in full swing, this whole shopping online thing just got better.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">This Leather Wallet Has Over 2,000 Five-star Reviews on Amazon — and It's on Sale for $7 Right Now</a></p><p>Among the many deals on Amazon, we found the perfect travel backpack for just $30. The <a href=";tag=tltouritbackpackcooler-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N5WHYPH&amp;linkId=3ff6f145d0682afd6cbaefa74dd51a0e" target="_blank">TOURIT insulated backpack</a> features a water-resistant built-in cooler that’s made for storing food, making it ideal for picnics, hikes, beach trips, or any activity you’re packing food for. The lightweight design and padded straps provide comfort, while the spacious main storage compartment is lined with leak-proof material that’ll keep your snacks hot or cold for hours. Plus, it comes with mesh pockets for holding utensils. Just call it the ultimate snackpack.</p><img alt="TOURIT Insulated Cooler Backpack "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tltouritbackpackcooler-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N5WHYPH&amp;linkId=3ff6f145d0682afd6cbaefa74dd51a0e" target="_blank"></a>, $30 (originally $47)</p><p>If this backpack cooler checks all the boxes for you, you can buy it for 36 percent off at <a href=";tag=tltouritbackpackcooler-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N5WHYPH&amp;linkId=3ff6f145d0682afd6cbaefa74dd51a0e" target="_blank"></a> — but you’ll have to act fast. This flash sale is ending today, Nov. 26, at about 9:40 p.m. EST — that is, if it doesn’t sell out before then.</p><p>Head to <a href=";tag=tltouritbackpackcooler-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01N5WHYPH&amp;linkId=3ff6f145d0682afd6cbaefa74dd51a0e" target="_blank"></a> to buy the TOURIT insulated cooler backpack and shop the other <a href=";_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=tltouritbackpackcooler-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=feededcce37619a1bdea0aec7b5d39fc&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325" target="_blank">Cyber Monday Deals Week sales</a>.</p>
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Kanye West's New Private Plane Is a Double-decker Boeing 747 That Can Seat 660 People (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:04
<p>Working while traveling can be a real grind. Unless you’re Yeezy.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Kim Kardashian</a> posted on her Instagram story to take all her followers on a tour of her husband Kanye West’s gigantic private jet, which they dubbed the “Yeezy floating office.”</p><p>“No big deal just taking a private 747 this is how [Kanye] does it now. Only 747s. Private. I've never even heard of this but whatever,” Kardashian said on Instagram. </p><p>The plush, double-decker Boeing 747 can actually seat up to 660 when used for a commercial flight, but for Kanye, all that space is for his luxury double-bed suite, marble bathroom, lounge area (or chill room as Kardashian says in the video), guest rooms, dining area, cushy seats, and other areas to really spread out.</p><img alt="Kim and Kanye fly in private 747 jet via Instagram "src=""><p>Kardashian mentioned that the plane was given to West by "Team Adidas" for his Yeezy brand. The couple was boarding for a long flight, though Kardashian did not mention to where, and she also decided to take her personal trainer, Melissa Alcantara, along on the trip so they could “work out” on the plane. Kardashian posted some clips of her training session, which included lunges up and down the massive aircraft's aisles.</p><p>It's worth noting that <a href="" target="_blank">Air Force One is also a Boeing 747</a>. Not to make any assumptions about Kanye West and 2020, but it definitely gives you a sense that West only wants the best of the best when it comes to traveling.</p><p>The giant jet is certainly an extra level of luxury, even for a celebrity, but we really shouldn’t expect any different from the Kardashian-West family. Even the family camping trip to <a href="" target="_blank">Wyoming back in May</a> was a rather lush experience to see.</p>
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This Pocket-sized Device Helps You Get a Great Workout Anywhere — and It’s $20 Off

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:47
<p>While I'll be the first to commend anyone who works out while in transit, there are quite a few wrong ways to do it. (Take, for instance, <a href="" target="_blank">pull-ups on the overhead bin</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">push-ups in the airplane aisle</a>, in Crocs, no less.) But there's now a much more discreet, and much less ridiculous, way to squeeze in some weight training between takeoff and landing: the <a href=";tag=tlactiv5workout-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B075TS166P&amp;linkId=c2d51e202b5847a9d012a2330a664523" target="_blank">Activ5 portable workout device</a>.</p><p>Dubbed the "tiny gym in your pocket," the Activ5 is programmed with more than 100 seated and standing isometric workouts to choose from. Some are even designed specifically to do on the plane or in your hotel room — with clever names like "On Bored" and "Raise the Mini Bar," which I personally appreciate. It was named one of our top <a href="" target="_blank">travel tech essentials</a> earlier this year. And I got the chance to test one out on a recent road trip.</p><p>Regardless of whether I'm at home or on the road, I'm much more likely to do a guided workout with a coach or in a class than I am to just head to the gym and wing it. So something like a <a href=";tag=tlactiv5workout-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00PJ7U8EM&amp;linkId=c7061e7529e93dbe2080fd75a4ba330f" target="_blank">resistance band</a> is unlikely to leave my suitcase, but the Activ5 gamifies your workout, which I'm into. And it really works, too. The first time I used it, I tried about 30 minutes worth of seated workouts and my abs and triceps were feeling it the next morning.</p><p>It was easy to set up both the app and the device, which connect via Bluetooth to both iOS and Android phones. It will ask some basic demographics, give instructions for how to position the device, and then measure your maximum chest press power as you squeeze it between both palms as hard as you can — pretty cool, right?</p><p>From there, you can choose exercises by theme or by muscle group and all of the moves are resistance-based. So, you'll place it between your foot and the floor to work your hamstrings and calves or between your knees for inner thighs or between your elbow and opposite palm for shoulder presses. And while you technically could do these exercises without the Activ5 and feel the same burn, it's so much more fun to watch your applied pressure chase the dots on your phone screen like a video game. And you'll get to track your progress over time and assess things like your left and right body strength balance. </p><p>It makes for a pretty solid replacement for your typical strength training regimen (and a memorable gift for fitness-focused travelers).</p><h2>Soda Says x Activbody Activ5 Portable Gym</h2><img alt="activ5 travel workout device "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a href=";tag=tlactiv5workout-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B075TS166P&amp;linkId=c2d51e202b5847a9d012a2330a664523" target="_blank"></a>, $120 (originally $140)</p>
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This Tiny Phone Camera Lens Is My Secret for Professional-looking Travel Photos

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 06:44
<p>Whether for Instagram or just for the memories, snapping photos is a huge part of taking a vacation. But unless you're a professional, buying an expensive camera — and worse, packing that bulky piece of equipment and then carrying it around as you explore your destination — doesn't always feel worth it.</p><p>Luckily, today's smartphones make capturing a trip's best moments pretty easy, and with the right lighting, a photogenic subject, a good eye, and a steady hand, can even make you feel like a pro (we're looking at you, iPhone portrait mode). But if you've ever watched an orange sunset wash over the deep blue Aegean Sea from a <a href="" target="_blank">clifftop in Santorini</a> or found yourself on the perfectly placed <a href="" target="_blank">New York City rooftop</a> on a clear night, you know the pain of not being able to fully capture the scene your eyes are witnessing with your measly little phone.</p><p>There are many clip-on camera lenses out there that you can attach to your phone for just these moments, but the best-selling one on Amazon is a very affordable <a href=";tag=tlxenvolens-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01A6D2JVI&amp;linkId=333bf41fa5c9ac01729452db6a7f14b3" target="_blank">lens kit by Xenvo</a>.</p><img alt="xenvo phone lens kit amazon cyber monday "src=""><p>To buy: <a href=";tag=tlxenvolens-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01A6D2JVI&amp;linkId=333bf41fa5c9ac01729452db6a7f14b3" target="_blank"></a>, $35</p><p>Xenvo's camera lens kit comes with a 15x magnifying macro lens that's perfect for shooting details if you're say, in a gorgeous <a href="" target="_blank">field of blooming bluebells in Belgium</a>, and a wide-angle lens that will let you capture 45 percent more in every picture so you can master landscape shots or do that <a href="" target="_blank">white and turquoise coastline</a> justice right from your beach chair this winter. It also comes with a rechargeable LED GlowClip, you know, like influencers use for food shoots in dark restaurants and the Kardashians use for those oh-so-flattering selfies. Better yet, it all fits inside a compact and durable little case you can pop right into your carry-on. Make sure you book the window seat, by the way, because photo ops don't wait for landing.</p><p>The lenses are compatible with iPhone, Android, Samsung, and Google phones and tablets, and make a <a href="" target="_blank">memorable gift for the traveler</a> and/or wannabe photog in your life (a gift that seems a lot more expensive than it is, if we're being real here). </p><p>To see the difference they make for yourself, check out the demo shots (and read over 1,000 top-notch reviews) on <a href=";tag=tlxenvolens-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B01A6D2JVI&amp;linkId=333bf41fa5c9ac01729452db6a7f14b3" target="_blank"></a>.</p>
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America's Most Beautiful Lake Has a Sunken Forest Beneath Its Crystal-clear Waters

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 14:01
<p>Tucked-away in Oregon’s <a href="" target="_blank">Willamette National Forest</a> is a lake with waters as clear as a <a href="" target="_blank">swimming pool</a> and fascinating wonders hiding underneath. </p><p>Oregon’s <a href="" target="_blank">Clear Lake</a> is a spring-fed lake that was formed around 3,000 years ago through lava flows that ran from Sand Mountain, creating a natural dam that slowly filled with water over the years. </p><p>The forests that surrounded the lake were submerged into the water overtime, remaining today in the form of trunks that can extend as far as 120 feet into the water. </p><img alt="clear lake oregon "src=""><p>Thanks to <a href="" target="_blank">volcanic activity</a> that once shook the area, the lake's grounds are also covered with volcanic silt that is so thick, it looks like white sand. </p><p>This, in combination with the shipwrecks of wooden boats — some of which date back to the 1920s — sitting on the white silt, makes it feel as though you're diving through an underwater beach. </p><p>Take a look at the video below to see for yourself: </p><p>The lake's clarity is the result of snow and ice that melt from the top of the surrounding mountains and filter through 7,000-year-old lava, slowly running through underground springs before it reaches the lake. </p><p>“To me, Clear Lake has a very spiritual affect on people… when you get there it just comes across as magical,” Brian Carroll, Linn County Parks and Recreation director, told<em> Travel + Leisure</em>. </p><p>“You’ve got it all, the mountains are there, the forest is there, and there’s lava; there’s just so many different abnormalities about the area because you’re surrounded by all this volcanic terrain, ” he said of the scene. </p><img alt="clear lake oregon "src=""><img alt="clear lake oregon "src=""><p>While divers do come here for the fascinating underwater scenery, the waters can get very chilly at an average of around 37 degrees Fahrenheit.</p><img alt="clear lake oregon "src=""><p>For most folks who don't take a dip due to cold temperatures, the area also provides rowboats ($45 for the day for a large and $35 a day for a small) and kayaks ($30 a day for regular kayak and $45 a day for a tandem kayak) you can rent. You can launch your own for $5. </p><p>You can also explore the <a href="" target="_blank">Clear Loop Trail</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Mackenzie River National Recreation Trail</a>, both of which take you through areas of lava flows dotted with volcanic glass and old forests adorned in wildflowers from May through June and covered with vine maples and a sea of colors in October.</p><p>If you're planning to drive to the lake, the route from Willamette Valley will weave you through forests as you drive along the path of the Mackenzie River, with plenty of spots along the way that offer hot springs and hiking trails to explore. </p>
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Here's What Really Happens When You Visit a Balinese Healer

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 14:01
<p>As <a href="" target="_blank">traveling for wellness</a> becomes more and more popular, hotels are finding more diverse ways for their guests to explore health and wellness while on vacation. In Bali, the increase in wellness focused travel has many hotels incorporating traditional Balinese healing elements in their spa and wellness programs, some even bringing on Balinese healers and priests for shamanic energy work, therapy and traditional healing sessions. Translation: there’s never been a better time to visit a healer in Bali.</p><p>But while anyone who’s given "<a href="" target="_blank">Eat, Pray, Love</a>" a watch might be familiar with what a Balinese healer is, what it’s actually like to go to one (off the silver screen) is a different story. To learn for myself, I headed to the <a href="" target="_blank">Mandapa Reserve</a>, home to one of the most immersive, curated selections of Balinese healing experiences in the region.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Bali</a> is Indonesia’s spiritual center. With a population that’s nearly 90 percent Hindu and religion deeply rooted at the heart of daily life — you’re bound to find offerings of fruit and flowers at the feet of nearly every street corner statue — Bali is one of the world’s most vivid centers for spirituality and self-discovery. But even still, finding the right healer in Bali can be tricky.</p><p>Not only because of the language barrier (many will need a translator to speak with you) but because many legitimate healers don’t advertise themselves and instead serve the temples and local people by word of mouth. In many cases, you may actually want to avoid ones that are too prominently advertised as they may be making the most of the burgeoning tourist wellness market. Why does this matter? While anyone can learn the principals of healing in theory, the Balinese wholeheartedly believe that to be a true healer you must possess a healer’s soul that’s been divined by the universe.</p><p>If Bali is the spiritual center of Indonesia, Ubud is the nucleus. And that’s exactly where you’ll find <a href="" target="_blank">Mandapa</a>, nestled along the Ayung river. Mandapa takes the hours of research (and the organization of a translator) out of the equation, working with a handful of <a href="" target="_blank">carefully selected Balinese healers</a> known ceremoniously as Balians — from an esteemed fourth generation Balinese priest to a blind intuitive healer — specializing in everything from traditional chakra cleansing to panca mayakosha healing. The ten plus healing sessions and ceremonies are meant to heal the physical, emotional and spiritual—a triad that the Balinese believe to be intrinsically linked to one another. As a first timer, I decided to go with the most traditional for my session and try a good old-fashioned chakra healing.</p><p>A chakra healing session works within the belief that some physical and emotional ailments are manifested forms of a spiritual imbalance or blockage in one or more of the body’s energetic centers, <a href="" target="_blank">the seven chakras</a>: the crown, third-eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, or root chakra. In other words, there may be a spiritual element to <a href="" target="_blank">problems with your immune system</a>, pain in your shoulders, or varying forms of emotional or mental burdens held within yourself that a healer can address by removing a chakra blockage or invigorating a depleted (low energy) chakra with prana energy.</p><p>As with visiting any religious figure, it’s important to come to a session dressed modestly. So, leave the beachwear in the hotel room. While healing sessions vary dependent on the healer and the issue you’re focusing on, most sessions take place fully clothed or with blankets to cover the areas that are not being worked on while lying down on a table. Instead of the relaxing touch of a masseuse, most healers will barley touch you at all. Instead they’ll hold their hands above the chakra centers on your body, occasionally applying minimal to firm amounts of fixed pressure to the chakra area either in silence or alongside a mantra or prayer. But if they do touch you, you might wish they hadn’t—belly massages and the reflexology methods used by some healers are so painful (yet releasing) that it can have even the most stoic among us red faced with tears. I say this from very fresh first-hand experience.</p><p>My session with Pak Dewa Made started off exactly how I imagined any mystic healing experience to: with incense. From then on everything was new. Encouraging me to close my eyes and take long breaths in and out, Pak Dewa Made began tracing my body with incense and praying in a low guttural voice. Suddenly Pak Dewa Made pressed hard on my forehead’s third-eye chakra then pulled his hand away with a simultaneous exaggerated exhale like a gust of wind. The resulting effect: an instantaneous and extreme euphoric high and bodily lightness. “Is this magic? Is this incense made of ayahuasca?” I questioned in my mind. As someone who isn’t particularly spiritual, I seriously wondered.</p><p>Throughout the session, Pak Dewa Made moved between chakras in mantras and silence, and as he progressed so did a warm numbness in my hands that paired with the involuntary rapid eye movement you experience while deep in meditation or REM sleep. What stood out most to me was the welling of certain emotions that came out of nowhere, unpaired to any particular thought or memory. Like a doctor testing your knees’ reflexes with a little rubber hammer, I found myself brought to cathartic tears throughout the session by the slightest touch of pressure to which Pak Dew Made would simply reply, “Yes, this is good.”</p><p>At the end of the session, I had a newfound boost of energy as well as a deep sense of calm and lightness that felt bigger than myself. Pak Dewa Made accurately explained the sources of the sort of emotional chakra blockages he found in me which can lead to physical pain or illness. “The soul is like a video recorder that is always on,” he said, “we take everything that happens into the soul whether or not we realize we do.” He then explained that the chakra blockages had been removed and now it was up to me to maintain them with various forms of physical and emotional self-care, meditation and living a generally balanced life.</p><p>If there’s one thing you should do following your healing session it’s give yourself some time. While some people report feeling very little during or after the sessions, others find that the hour or two following can be deeply emotional or pensive and you may want to sit alone with the experience and any revelations. There can also be some lingering effects from the energy work that doesn’t exactly put you in the right head space to get your day drink on with friends. Also, <a href="" target="_blank">drink plenty of water</a> and let yourself rest if you need it. After all, you did just literally bare your soul to someone.</p>
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